Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Goats.

Wait, did you guys know that I love goats?

Were my multiple posts on goats not enough to let you know that I love them (here and here)???

Really though, the only thing I want more than a goat is a bulldog puppy. And can you blame me?

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Sorry, I just love bulldogs and I am seriously considering buying one. 

Anyways, back to goats. 

Is this picture not perfection? Like if this happened to me I would never be sad again.

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Aaaaaahhh!!! Goats!!!

Please don't even try and tell me that you don't love goats. Because everyone has to love goats.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Vaccines (part 2)

I know what you are all thinking "Anna, enough about vaccines!" but this is my blog so I so what I want. I just want to share a quick follow up on the vaccine post I wrote last week. 

In my public health class we have a few current events we discuss each week and one event that was brought up was the polio outbreak in Syria. 

You can read more about it here and here.

There have been no reported cases of polio in Syria since 1999. That means there have been no reported cases in more than 13 years but in less than 2 years these disease has already started to come back. If this disease had really been eradicated then we wouldn't seen any breakouts like this. 

I think this is a prime example of how important vaccines are. There is no cure for polio but with vaccines everyone can be protected from these horrible diseases. I understand that some people have reservations about getting their children vaccinated but it really is vitally important. 

Now I am really getting off the soapbox...for the time being...

Monday, October 28, 2013

Bananas.

I hate bananas.

Like seriously detest them. Hence the reason that this blog is called Anna Apricot instead of Anna Banana. Because bananas are the worst.

They have the worst texture. They taste terrible. And I hate the nickname anna banana so bad. Whoever invented that should really be suffering. Because they have caused me a lot of suffering in my life. I mean who wants to be compared to a disgusting mushy fruit???

Not me!

Anyways, I saw this picture on pintrest and was initially turned off because duh, banana. But they I really looked at it and I kind of love it.

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I just love the symbolism of it. I mean really. So good.

Even the disgusting things like a rotting banana peel can be covered in jewels but that doesn't mean it isn't a rotting peel. 

I think this really applies to people. We can buy all of the fanciest things and we can have a sparkly exterior (not literally, but if you were literally covered in jewels that would be sweet) but that doesn't effect the person that you really are. 

I like to believe in the good in everyone and I like to try to see the best in people but I also need to remember that everyone is putting on a show. And that isn't necessarily a bad thing. If everyone showed how crazy they were all the time then the world would be seriously messed up. But I think that we all need to remember that exteriors are not who people really are. Just because the girl sitting next to you is wearing an amazing Marc Jacobs dress and her hair is perfectly styled doesn't mean that her life is perfect. She still has problems and trials just like the rest of us. And just because someone is wearing a dirty shirt and smells a little odd doesn't mean we should just write them off. 

People are all people and we all experience really similar things no matter what we look like. 

Who knew a jeweled banana would make me think this much?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Katy.

Guys, I love Katy Perry. 

I have listened to nothing but her new cd since Tuesday and I am not even ashamed. Her songs are just too catchy. I know you have all heard Roar but she also has some seriously awesome songs on her new cd. So you should all hurry along and start listening .

And I will give you a preview right here. This isn't my favorite song from the cd. But it is a pretty good one. 

Oh, and just for future reference, my favorite song from the cd is "This is how we do". Too good.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Friends.

I just started reading a book called "MWF seeking BFF: My yearlong search for a new best friend". It is about a woman who moves to a new city to be with her boyfriend and she is really happy with her life until she realizes that she doesn't really have any friends. 

Recently I have been thinking a lot about how important it is to have friends. Now, I am not a person who has like a million friends, but I like to think that I have enough good ones that I am set. (that doesn't mean I don't like to make new friends it just means I don't feel that I need to have a million friends) Let's also be honest, I am pretty sure that every once in a while everyone feels like they have no friends and that they are a complete loser....ok, I guess I just hope that is a universal feeling because I have definitely felt it before. 

Now I have probably been thinking a lot about friends because my best friend (and probably soul mate) is on a mission and it is just about killing me. In the past few weeks I would have given anything it just be able to talk to her. I know she would be giving me the best advice, just generally making me happy, and probably sending me hilarious snapchats. But since she is gone I have been relying on a lot of other people. 

And boy, am I blessed.

When I call Courtney late at night and I know she has been looking at carotid arteries all day she still listen to me complain.

When I call Rachel and tell her I will be at her house in 3 minutes she says "ok!" and doesn't even care that I barged in while she was wearing her pjamas.

And when all I want to do it watch a scary movie (but not When a Stranger Calls) Becca and Ellie are happy to oblige.

I could go on and on but I will limit it to things they have done for me this week. Don't I just sound like the luckiest girl? Cause I really am.

Oh, and I should mention that I also have some super awesome guy friends. And Wesley is seriously the best and comes up with great life plans like adopting 100 hedgehogs and moving to the woods or becoming serial tolietpappers. Both sound promising right?

I guess I am just throwing out some gratitude to the world for giving me the best friends that will love me no matter how much of a grumpernickel I am being.  

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fall.

I told you guys that I went on a hike last week and I could not resist showing off some more of my pictures. I am really OBSESSED with fall despite the frigid temperatures. 


I mostly love the leaves but I also love the mold. I know, gross.










And last but not least...


Could this get any better??? If fall could stay forever and winter never came I would definitely not be mad.

Oh and if you are looking for some fall colors but don't want to leave the city just drive down Walker Lane. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fall Break.

I had such big plans to be super productive over fall break, but lets just be honest there is no way I was even thinking about school. I only have one precious week and I was not letting school ruin that. 

And also being honest, I did nothing productive or good on Monday or Tuesday. Like I was super lazy, pretty bored, and in a fairly bad mood. So by Wednesday I decided to start at least doing something. And of course that thing was shopping. 

City Creek has just been calling my name for the past few weeks and it was so so good to me. I have been looking for a new chambray shirt and some camo pants and I found both. Too too good. Oh and did I mention they were both on sale? Winner!

I also saw my lovely friend Laurel.


Laurel was feeling extra fally and made us try and take pictures with falling leaves. that is why her hand is in the picture. But it obviously did not work. 


On Thursday I decided to go to the Temple. And of course that was good. Except that I forgot that all the schools are out so I was stuck with a big youth group. But it wasn't as bad as it could have been.


And then after a thrilling conversation with Wesley (seriously, we are the best and need to have our own tv show) about different races and where the highest percentage of African-Americans live (lets just say I said Africa...) I watched some Real Housewives of New Jersey with my mom.

(Sorry that last sentence was out of control. If you understood it I am really proud of you)

Then it was time to get outside. I already posted about Millcreek Canyon a few weeks ago and I could not resist going again. But this time I actually hiked...while wearing an outfit that came completely from J crew except for my shoes which were Hunter boots. It was not the most rational decision I have ever made. But hey, I looked cute.



 I mostly went because I am in love with leaves but also because this view.


 How good is that???

The rest of the week was not quite as exciting. I did a lot of reading on Friday and found some books I am really enjoying. And the weekend resulted in two very disappointing football games.

But now I am back at school and I would definitely take disappointing football games over school. Please come back fall break!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Vaccines.

Weird title for a post, right?

But not really. 

Let me first of all remind you that my major is Health, Society, and Policy and I am hoping to get my Master's in public health. Vaccines are some of my best friends. 

Now that you are reminded of that fact, you are more than welcome to stop reading this post. Because honestly most of you could not care less about this topic. But here we go anyways.

A few weeks ago on Glee (yes I still watch Glee) Sue Sylvester was trying to get everyone at school to get polio and meningitis vaccines and Mr. Schuester says "But Sue, polio has been mostly eradicated from the earth"

And that is a partially true fact. 

Polio is mostly eradicated from the earth, but you want to know why? Because of vaccines!

Vaccines have helped to get rid of so many preventable diseases and I for one am so grateful for that. If everyone just stopped getting vaccines these diseases would be back faster than most of us would like to think about. And in places where these vaccines are not accessible then these diseases are still prevalent.

It just makes me mad that on such a popular show they would propagate the message that we are completely safe from these diseases. It is so far from the truth. There are so many people that are dying every day from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. 

This is really such a nerdy post but it is something I am so passionate about. Countless lives have been lost due to a lack of simple fixes and I wish that Hollywood would not discredit the lives that are lost to these diseases.

Ok, I will get off my soapbox now.  

Thursday, October 10, 2013

General Conference

Every six months my church hold a general conference where we hear from the leaders of our church. This conference happened last weekend and it was amazing. It is such a wonderful opportunity to hear from these inspired men and women and to be more motivated to be a better disciple of Christ.

There is usually one or two talks that really stand out to me but this time I didn't really have one talk that I was just obsessed with. There was just a overarching feeling from all of the talks that taught me the principles I need to instill into my life at this time. 

That being said, there was one quote that I could not get out of my mind.

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Some days doesn't it just feel like you have a very bitter cup? I know that I definitely have times where life just seems really hard and that it will not get better. This quote might seem depressing to some people but for me it was just what I needed. Sometimes there is going to be a bitter cup and it will not always pass easily. No matter how much I pray for a specific trial to be taken from me, sometimes I just have to deal with, trusting that I will be better because of it and I will be happy again. 

Life is hard, and we all know that. And sometimes it will seem almost unbearable, but I can promise you that it will get better. There will be happy days again. If we can keep trusting that it will get better then I think we can make it through anything. 

If you are currently going through something hard and want to talk about it I would love to be a resource for you. I love talking to people and am always open to trying to help someone through a hard time. I also know that if you pray to your Heavenly Father you will gain the strength you need to get you through your difficulty. 

If you want to learn more about General Conference or the LDS church in general I encourage you to go to lds.org or mormon.org. They are both really helpful resources.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

September.

So I have been kind of putting off addressing my September goal. I feel like I did a really good job of it but I am not sure that I can put it into a quantifiable list of what I did. I made progress but it is hard progress to track.

Does that make sense?

Anyone who knows me well will already have heard me going on and on about everything I have been doing and I am sure it bored them out of their minds. I would also like to apologize to anyone who I asked for advice or ranted to. I know that my problems are not really your responsibility but thank you for putting up with me. You know who you are.

Now, for October I don't really have a goal. I am already like a third of the way through the month and so I feel that making one now is a little bit pointless. Plus I am a busy little bee and I have a lot going on this month (which is not a good excuse for not having a goal but it is the excuse I am using).

I think I am just going to work on being more patient. Cause that is something I always need to work on.

I kind of feel like this goal thing was going really well until I got to August and then it all just kind of went downhill. And I am not really mad about that. I feel like I got a lot out of the goals I made and I am proud of myself.

That being said, if anyone has any ideas for a November goal I would love to hear it!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Snobby.

I have often been accused of being a snob. Usually because I went to a private school and people think that automatically makes me a snob...whatever. But right now I am going to prove that I am a snob and a smarty pants.

Recently I saw this picture on pintrest.

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Isn't that just so romantic? Gatsby and Daisy slipping briskly into and intimacy from which they would never recover. 

Not so fast. 

This quote is not from The Great Gatsby. It is from This Side of Paradise. Another novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I know this because I read both of those books and I specifically remembered that quote...I think everyone does because it is beautiful, but not romantic. It was actually about the main character Amory and his mentor. Definitely not romantic at all. It was just about a bond that they had formed.

So there you have it. I am a literature snob and I have an insatiable desire to prove my knowledge to the world.

Sorry not sorry.

Friday, October 4, 2013

We Can't Stop.

Not going to lie, Miley has fallen off the crazy wagon and I am pretty sure that she has lost her mind. I also have some serious feelings about some of the choices she is making and how it is effecting our society. But no one is in the mood to hear me rant. So I will just tell you that I think her songs are catchy and I hate that I like them but I definitely do not feel bad about liking this cover. Seriously so good. I hope you like it too.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Out

You guys are going to think I am like seriously depressed with all the posts I have going on that are fairly deep but I promise I am not. 

Earlier this week I was feeling a little overwhelmed, confused, frustrated, and kind of annoyed. I was just going to take a nap but this horrible congestion I have had lately proved that no napping was going to happen. So I decided to get out of the house.



 I went up Millcreek Canyon and just kind of drove around until I found somewhere to stop. I was going to hike but the previous mentioned sickness decided that was not happening. So I just sat in the woods...


Other people might think that sounds like a weird waste of time but it was just what I needed. I needed to be alone and try and reconnect with myself. 




I am so lucky to live so close to the mountains and I do not take advantage of it enough. Nature really is the perfect place to run away for a little while and figure things out. When I came home I didn't know any better how to handle the situations I am currently facing but I felt refreshed and had a new energy to continue on. 

Sometimes you just need to take a few minutes to reconnect with yourself and take some deep breaths.