Saturday, October 2, 2010

General Conference and other such shenanigans

Wow, so I am really bad at posting regularly. Anyways, fall term is going wonderfully despite the increased academic load. Ballroom is super fun, as are Book of Mormon, Aerobics, and choir. I am in the BYU Women's Chorus, which is super exciting :) I missed singing in an audition choir so much over the summer. Not that I don't love people who aren't amazing singers, it's just easier to progress when everyone is at the same level. Our first concert was last weekend and it went really well, but I was disappointed that we didn't get to see the other groups.
This morning I went to general conference with my room mates in Salt Lake City and it was AMAZING. The spirit was so strong and the sound was so much better than watching it broadcasted on the computer. My room mate Elizabeth's parents and brother came out for conference and afterwords they took us to lunch at In-n-out burger. It was delightful. In between Conference and lunch we went to temple square and walked around the grounds and went in the visitors center which was super fun. I had a nice chat with some sister missionaries, one of which was from Kalamazoo, and the other from Allen, TX where my really good friend stayed for several transfers on his mission.
I absolutely love my new room mates. we all get along really well and our personality and senses of humor are all pretty similar which is great. The girl I actually share a bedroom with is named Jessica and she is from a little town in Idaho called Mud Lake. She actually lived on a farm and got a week or two off of school in the fall for spud harvest and knows all of this stuff about animals that I never even thought about. She also laughs at the "fresh" milk from the creamery and says I have to try "real fresh milk" sometime. She likes dancing and did Idaho Junior Miss for several years and she's just all around nice.
That's all for now, I'll try harder to post regularly from now on!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

One year later...




It has been a really long time since I've written, due mostly to laziness and also to the fact that the number of people who had no idea what was going on in my life but were interested was pretty much zero. So now that I am really far away from home, I think I'll pick this back up.

BYU is absolutely WONDERFUL. Everyone is so kind as caring, and random guys you don't know will hold the door for you and ask how your day is going. Strangers look you in the eye and say "good morning" when they walk past you and honestly, it is amazingly refreshing to feel that there is a bond between us simply because we're all human and we are all willing to live by the same standards. I am so glad that I chose to come here.

It took me a while, but I am almost used to the thin atmosphere and am in significantly better shape than I was at home thanks to all the walking. Seriously, if I want to get groceries, a smoothie, do laundry, go to class, pretty much anything, I have to walk. It gets a little tiring, but it makes up for my lack of a perfectly balanced diet.

My room mates and I get along very well and we have a lot of fun being absolutely insane together. We also have a lot of fun with our FHE brothers, or my sons and my room mates brothers. My calling is to be the "mother" of our group and I enjoy it. It worked out very well, actually, because when people ask me what I want to study, I say "I have no idea, I know going to school is important and I love to learn, but I just really want to be a mom." I guess I got my wish :).

The semester has gone really fast, and frankly I don't want it to end in a week. I'm finally making friends and getting acclimated, and now we're all leaving for two weeks and not coming back to the same ward. Its a little depressing. Thankfully I made a few friends that live in Utah so I might be able to hang out with them while I'm at my Grandparents house for two weeks.

That's it for now but I love everyone back home and hope you are all having a great summer!
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