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Why it's good that I didn't get straight A's...

I've realized that a large part of my self esteem is based off of grades, so now I get to find other good things about me and understand that I can still be a good person without getting a 4.0It's humbling, even if I didn't think I was that cocky before. I get to think more about how classes affected my life instead of how that grade felt.Being smart is more than just getting A's. It's how you apply and use what you've learned.Life is more than grades.It encourages me to work harder next semester.It forces me to look at the bigger picture because otherwise I'll get depressed. The world isn't small pictures though, it's much bigger than individual moments.It's a good challenge to not compare myself to others.I'll appreciate the scholarship that I have right now more.I can sympathesize better with other people who got poor grades, which brings me closer with them.I am more thankful for the A's I did earn.I can learn that people don't j…

Some things to be thankful for...

My mom and her gourmet cooking and loving spiritMy dad and his inquisitive natureTaylor, who is happily serving the Lord in California for his last Thanksgiving away from homeLogan, who is so full of energy and lifeMy house (with soft carpet, stairs, multiple bathrooms)My bedA fridge full of food Colorado SpringsMusicA pianoMountainsRunningMy bodyVolleyball and tennis and other sportsLaughterKiley PlattCharlotte MartellBethanie SonnefeldMarcia NygaardChristian KerrCaleb Smith+his familyJenny MurnaneTy HigleyMemoriesWritingBooksHistoryLoveEmotionsJesus ChristPresident Thomas S. MonsonExerciseChristmas

Things that have been hard at college

Tests. I miss getting really good grades.Riding my bike to school every day, even when the gears are frozen.Not eating gourmet meals every day because let's face it, no one can cook better than my mom.The absense of fruit and health foods.Going to bed at a decent hour.Learning it's ok to clean up after the other people you live with. I had this idea that every time I did something for my little brother at home, I was depriving him of the opportunity to learn responsibility. Service is good too though.Not having my family close byMissing my best friends Marcia and ChristianThinking about money. Stupid real world problems. Comparing home to here. Colorado Springs has so many wonderful things and people, but so does BYU. It's just different.

Why time works differently at BYU

You sleep about two hours less every night than you used to, which is more than an extra day every two weeks that you can add to your schedule!You live really close to people so you get ten fold the social interactionYour really productive time doesn't start until 8:00pmEvery time you sit down, you fall to sleep so waking hours are organized differentlyKnowing someone for one month is like knowing someone for a whole year, which is probably why people get into relationships so quickly hereThe mountains block sunlight in the mornings, which messes with my circadian rhythms. Well that and inconsistent sleep with an extended weekend.I swear everyone has time turners. How else would you fit so much into one day?

Things we've left at other peoples' doors

Latex gloves filled with waterMost contained messagesOne was frozenSticky notes galoreA cup of bacon greaseA waffle with bacon in the shape of a happy faceSwedish fishPhotoshopped pictureOurselves!

Things left at our apartment thus far

Empty cup of ramon named PhillupLatex gloves with love notes on themStarburstsBeautiful sketch of holding handsA plate of watermelonPeanut Butter and bread (stuck to our door)+yoyogurt cardGallon of sour milk

Things to do with bacon grease

1. Put it in a cup and let it sit on your counter for three days
2. Put it your fridge for safe keeping
3. Use as a substitute for butter to keep costs down
4. Mix it in with scrambled eggs
5. Pour it into latex glove and give to innocent bystander
6. Eat it plain (not recommended)
7. Use as wax to shine wood surfaces
8. Name it and treat it like another roommate
9. Feed it more grease
10. Give it as a gift to someone who was kind enough to wash 37 dishes for you the previous day


*Disclaimer: These may or may not have all been tested. Please check with an adult before trying any of them at home.

Things I love about BYU

My apartment (it looks pretty sweet now that we've organized things)My roommatesHelp and sincerely kind peopleMy ward!Parties every nightDivine Comedy!Exercise galoreExciting classes!New running trails:)The mountains are lovely...even though I said I wouldn't like themThe sweet thunderstorm we had last nightThe thousands of smiles and people who make me laughThe libraryThe maps in the buldingsEveryone is your friend! (and wants to give you food)

Magical places of my world

Doherty's history officeDoherty's foyerDoherty's courtyardThe BYU library (don't tell me 98 miles of books doesn't get you excited)my room in Colorado SpringsWyviewThe map in the international college at BYU with all the countries of Europe in their own languageMy kitchen in Colorado Springs

Books I read summer 2011 (yes, I realize 92% of them are history books)

Lenin, Stylin, and Hitler: The Age of Social Castastrophe (Gellately)-good book to start of my summer of 20th century tragediesThe Age of Napoleon (Horne)- felt like I owed it to Mr. Ecks to read a book about NapoleonFrom Dawn to Decadence: 500 years of Western Cultural Life (Barzun)-dense with knowledge, humanities here I come!Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe (Cahill)- good from what I remember...Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin (Snyder)-really made me appreciate my life and put things in perspectiveGulag voices (Applebaum)-good afterthoughts of the previously mentionedThe Wit and Wisdom of Winston Churchill (Humes)-what a funny manThe Man Who was Poe (Avi)-hey look! fiction! kinda...That's Not in my American History Book (Ayres)-I like American history textbooks betterOn the Wealth of Nations (O'Rourke)-I thought I had enough history to get through it, but my econmics knowledge is still limited…

Ways to tell that you're getting older

People look smaller and younger, even when you haven't grown since 7th gradeYou prefer to socialize with adultsYour email inbox is not full of messages from friends, but from various organizations, colleges, and people reminding you to pay for housingYou read more nonfiction than fictionPeople who left to serve two year missions two years ago are home. What a concept.You print out calendars to plan our your week, or month's, meals.You make more business calls than "let's hang out or talk" callsYour friends are starting to get marrried. And have children. And retire. Oh wait, not that last one.The "in five years..." talks are sounding less and less like the previous five years.Your calendar gets used more than your wii.You start to lose your hair, and then you realize that's just from stress.You do things to remind yourself of childhood, like buying crayons.You know that you only have a few more birthdays before age becomes just a number.

The effects of not sleeping while trying to mentally prepare to leave for college

Irritated eyesHeightened emotional responsesFeelings of devestation and anxietyNail bitingSnacking all dayNot doing things that need to be doneFailure to run, or painful runningSlower reflexesMessy room with lots of pilesLower defenses--the heck with being careful!More conversations with my dog than normalLoss of motivationIncreased clingynessWatching Lie to Me because that's almost like nappingKnowing my body can adjust to a college life schedule with minimal side effects

Things to do before I leave for college

·Read ten more books
·Make geography blanket ·sew skirts?
·Run a half marathon
·Have a picnic (maybe date style?)
·Enjoy final outing with friends
·Write letters to friends and family

·Pack for college and deep clean room
·Print out history people and quotes for picture frame board
·Notes to piano students
·Tennis with Marcia
·Eat frozen goodness often

Why I'm starting a blog

I'm leaving for college in 15 days and want to leave something behind, and forward.Lists govern my life; I make at least one a day, and I think you can tell a lot about people from the lists that they makeFacebook just doesn't get the whole job done.Some inner force is telling me to blog. It might be my spleen or possibly my liver.It's one more thing to add my crazy life!