Sunday, February 22, 2009


Over the past two weeks I have gained a better understanding of charity as I have been praying for that gift for about 3-4 weeks now. As you've all ready read before you've seen how irritated I got with a certain roommate, well get ready for this.....I'M OVER IT! No more complaining b/c I can now see her as a daughter of God and see her for the good she is not the things that drive me crazy!! Insane right? Well the first time I got along with her for reals was two Mondays ago. We had a flour fight while preparing sugar cookies for FHE, fun huh? Yeah, well then she thanked me for the fun we had. At that time it was like a punch in the stomach like: look how appreciative she is for that and imagine how she's felt in the past when you've ignored her and excluded her..hmmm. Anyway so we've been getting along. It's been exciting and makes my life so much more fun and worthwhile! So I've been in a really good mood for the most part over the last week and a half-ish.

But I've just been super proud of myself for being such a social butterfly! Thursday night I went out to eat with 2 friends, then went back to Cherean's apt. and played games with a bunch of her friends. Then Friday night my apt invited a bunch of different apts over to play games at our apartment, which was fun. We played Cancellation Hearts (interesting game..) then we played Mafia. We played two rounds of that, the 2nd time around I was in the Mafia, yeah mafia kicked butt, and totally won. Me and Phylicia worked together on it and WON!!! haha. Anyway, so after that Phylicia, Tandy, Zach, Francisco, Jakob, Taylor and I went Latin dancing. It was WAY fun. Francisco was AMAZING, but no matter what our skill level we all had fun. Tandy and I had to leave after an hour so that we could get some sleep (we both worked at 8 am Sat. morning). So we left at 11. Then Saturday I worked from 8-12 and then had lunch with Tonya (my cuz) and then Phylicia and I decided that we wanted to go ice skating, so we called up Jakob and Zach, but Zach was sore from snowboarding that morning, so I called Taylor who agreed to go with us. (Jakob and Taylor are our FHE brothers) So we went ice skating and had TONS OF FUN! After ice skating we came back had hot coco and played hearts. Then around 11:30 they were gone and I made a phone call to my brother Sam and we talked for 30 mins when I finally laid down to go to sleep :) Then I woke up for church this morning. Anyway, I'm just so proud of myself for developing charity and for being sooo social! (oh and Jakob and Phylicia decided to try and dance on the ice..we got a video of it, up until Phylicia fell..they did pretty good though, I was impressed :D )

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What are ya gonna do??

Well, we had a day off of school yesterday and I spent all day on my butt staring at the computer screen. It about drove me crazy. So then today I only had one class to go to, and we got out 30 mins early (1 1/2 hr class) and so I came home and was researching stuff for my paper for English. We have to write a paper about "The Other." Someone who has had an experience I haven't so I decided to write it on my friend Boo Bah. She is in her 30's and lives in Grand Island. So I decided to look up some background information so I had a better idea about what she was talking about. When she was about 7 years old her and her family left Laos when the communists were taking over and walked to Thailand. After that a church back in NE sponsered them to be brought to the US. So as I was researching I found information I had never known. I didn't know anything about "The Secret War" (haha imagine that) that occured DURING the Vietnam war. I was shocked to learn that when they were discovered as helping the US pulled out. The politicians afraid for their jobs backed out of the war, leaving the people in Laos to fend for themselves. (They had trained the Hmongs and were fighting along with them, so these people were automatically targeted by the government). They were forced to hide in the jungle and to this day there are still people hiding in the jungle, because those that turn themselves in are never heard of again and forgotten about, and those that remain in the jungle are hunted and killed. However as in the video that I watched we are about to do almost the same thing in Iraq. We started a war, we've stirred things up and now we are going to back out of this war. Ok that was off topic, Laos is the most bombed country in history because of "The Secret War". Innocent people were killed in an effort to stop communism, but then we backed out and let communism take over. It's really sad the things I learned today. I saw pictures of people who had lost limbs, someone who lost half their face b/c it was shot off, I read about the refugee camps in Thailand and how they were like prisons with no sanitation. It was terrible. And it definitely made me sad. I wish there was something we could do about it and help the people that are hiding for their lives. I can't imagine living in those circumstances. Also, how come after so many years "The Secret War" is still fairly secret? We don't talk about it in school, it's hard to come by on the internet unless published by non-American citizens. We should learn from history, and how do we do that if we don't know about it? If only there was more that we could do to help the Lao people.

Anyway I ended up spending all day staring at my computer screen again, and work called and told me not to come in, so all I have left is my flute sectionals. Then clean checks and some last minute homework :)

Here's the video I watched:

Friday, February 13, 2009

What A Week!

It's been such a long week, yet it's flown by so fast! (yeah it doesn't make sense, but somehow it still happens) Anyway, so I've stayed pretty busy. I have classes, and homework, and I'm supposed to be working, but I've only worked one day out of 3 this week, because they just don't have any work. It's not good. So so far I've only worked 3 hours. I need to find a new job, so next week if I get called I'm going to go job hunting. Let's see, tonight I am baby-sitting for a guy I work with. It's his wife's birthday so I'm going to watch their kids (haha two days in a row the wife gets treated like royalty!! haha) Then Saturday I am calling my friend Boo Bah and asking her some questions for the profile paper I have to write, then Saturday night I'm going on a date. Yep..that's right I actually have a date for the weekend.

My friend Adrienne from Grand Island is taking a road trip out here to Rexburg, she's supposed to be here today. I'm also planning on taking a trip down to Salt Lake City. I want to see my friend Torvald Johnson before he leaves on his mission, and his older brother Eric who got back last year, but we never got to hang out. So I'm going to go and hang out with them and Randall :) I'm kind of excited. I just need to find a week I can go. One of my friends got her mission call last night to Brazil, Porto Alegre North Mission. So that's an exciting thing! It makes me very excited to go on a mission. Oh and the other day I was talking to my friend Pama and she said that hopefully the Winter of 2011 I would see her and this guy together a lot (because they will both be here at BYU-I and he will have just returned home from his mission) and I realized that I won't be here in the Winter of 2011! I'm going to be leaving for a mission!!!!!!! So I figured it out, I have this summer, 2 semesters, another summer, one semester and I'll be about ready to leave!!!! I am really excited :)
Ok, that's all I have to write right now, so have a fantabulous day :)