Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hi

Oh hi blog, there you are. 

I can't quite accept that I am actually done with college and no one can make me do any more work for my undergraduate degree ever! 

What the?!?

Real life people graduate from college, they don't let babies finish college and that is just what I feel like. 

Anyways, 

The past little while has been quite good. I just feel really content, satisfied, and happily busy. Which means I haven't been doing enough thinking to come up with a really deep wordy posts. (Probably no one is mad about that)

So I will just tell you that life is good and that finishing college is good.

Figuring out what to do with yourself for the summer is not so good....if anyone has any jobs they want me to have that would be marvelous!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Last.

Well today officially marks my last day of college.

I have a final next tuesday and 2 more homework assignments to finish up but besides that I am done. 

What the heck???

How did this happen???

I am so ready to be done with school but being totally done with college is kind of a freaky thing. And I am not quite sure I am ready for it.

But I guess there is nothing I can do about it now. So here we go.

Last day of school!


(oh and thank you for everyone that feels the need to remind me that I am going right back to school in the fall. Not helpful!)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Announcement

I mentioned my graduation announcements last week but I wanted to share it with you all.


Everyone keeps asking if I designed them and that could not be further from the truth. My lovely friend Sarah designed them for me and I couldn't be happier. I also got a million compliments on them and I really should pass those on to Sarah but I will just take them for myself haha.

Oh and here is the picture I sent with them. This was taken by the amazing Shelby.  What would I do if I didn't have such talented friends??


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter.

I am particularly grateful for Easter this year. 

Having the knowledge that because Christ atoned and died for each and every one us and because of that we can live again is something I have really relied on this week. I know that we will all have life after death and we can be reunited with our loved ones. This is truly the greatest blessing we have been given and I can not adaquetly express how grateful I am for this blessing. I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter and can remember what we are truly celebrating this day.


Friday, April 18, 2014

This just seemed appropriate today. I hope everyone has a marvelous weekend.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Puppy!

Last Saturday was Henry's birthday and he got the best present ever!



A puppy!!! 

A very large puppy!

He is a Great Pyrennes and we are all obsessed with him. He is a little bit of a spaz but that makes it all the better. Oh, and he doesn't have a name yet, so don't ask. 



Right now he is just a sleepy pup and he apparently likes to sleep in all the weirdest places.

But that is not the oddest thing about him. He is completely unable to walk on a leash. If you even try to pull him at all he just lays down. 


This is how far we got on our walk the other day. Yes that is my house in the background which means we made it to the neighbors front lawn. Super productive. 

Even though he is a little crazy we still like him! 

Hooray for puppies!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GW.

On Monday at the age of 100 my amazing wonderful inspiring great grandfather passed away. 


He wasn't doing very well so we kind of knew it was coming but it shocked me how hard it has been for me. He was one of the most wonderful men I have ever met and I am so grateful that I got to spend almost 22 years with him. Most people don't get to even meet their great grandparents so I know I am lucky.

He started his life off with nothing and to see all that he has accomplished in his life is a testament to how hard of a worker he was. He built the most amazing life and everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him will attest to that fact. And despite all of the amazing things he has done with his life the thing he is most proud of is his family. He leaves behind 2 children, 13 grandchildren, and 28 great-grandchildren. 

 I am so so proud to be his great-granddaughter and I hope he was proud of me as well. If I can even be 1/10th of the person that he was I will be happy with my life.

(And here is a link to his obituary if you want to read it)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Friday

Do you ever have a day that just feels pretty much perfect?

That's how Friday felt to me. 

The weather was glorious, I had a short to-do list filled with things I actually wanted to do, and fairly exciting plans that evening. 

I spent the morning sleeping as long as I wanted and exercising for the 1800 minute challenge (I am a little behind so I really should get myself in gear)

I spent ALL afternoon trying to get my graduation announcements put together. That involved getting paper/envelopes, printing the announcements, addressing envelopes, cutting the announcements, and enjoying a slurpee. It was kind of a tedious task but it was nice to make a list of all the people that I want to celebrate graduating college with. And I also had to text like a million people to get their addresses and it was nice catching up with some people. Oh how I love all the people in my life!

(That being said, I am sure I forgot some important people and if you want an announcement I would LOVE to send one to you, just let me know!)

That evening I went ice skating.


It should be noted that I am not that great at ice skating and Spencer kept trying to get me to be tricky. The end result of that was me on the ground. Now, I am sticking with the story that Spencer pushed me which caused me to fall, but there is some debate about what actually happened.

After ice skating we stopped by Little Ceaser's because what night is complete without pizza? We tried to share our pizza with Andrew and Laurel but they weren't home so we just sat in their driveway and ate the pizza. Not weird at all.

Now, this whole day may sound very exciting or great to anyone else but I really enjoyed it. I think we all pay too much attention to when times our hard in our lives and don't take enough time to recognize when life is just good and easy. Does anyone else have any simply wonderful things that they did this weekend?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Photos.

I have been writing too much lately. So here are some pictures to start your weekend off on the right foot and get you in the mood for spring. 







(all images from pintrest)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wants.

One of the most annoying things in the world to me is when people say "if you want something bad enough and work hard enough then it will happen"

That is just not true! 

Maybe that sounds so pessimistic and awful of me but its not true.

Believe me, there is nothing I want more in this world than to be Kate Middleton, but no matter how hard I work, I will never be Kate Middleton. And that is just how it is. 

 Life isn't fair and hard work can help make it more fair but most of the time it won't.

Now that is not to say that some people just have horrible lives and they shouldn't even try to make their lives better because there is no point. There is obviously a point to working hard for something but there is no guarantee that it will work out.

There are things that I want so badly I can hardly stand it. I have done/am doing everything I can to get those things but sometimes it just doesn't work out. And although it hurts for a little while I know it is for the best. 

I know that I will get something else even better for me. 

So while it may be nice to think that you will always get the things you want if you work hard for them, you just won't. And that is a good thing. It may not seem like it, but I can promise that it is. Everything is going to work out just how it should and you will have all the happiness you could imagine...but it might not be just how you imagined it. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

High School.


I am sure that everyone is sick of hearing about how great my high school was or how much I loved it. And if that is the case for you then stop reading right now, but if not then you are really in for a treat....kind of.

The Washington Post recently posted a list of America's Most Challenging High Schools and guess whose school ranked 19th in the country....oh right, mine!

I am so so proud and grateful that I got the opportunity to go to Waterford. It was a huge part of me becoming who I am today. I know everyone says that about their schools but I am totally serious. Waterford is a huge part of who I am and what I am doing. I really don't know where I would be if I didn't go there. Ok, I would probably be in college but I can assure you that I would not be on the path I am on right now and I would definitely not be succeeding in the ways that I am now. Waterford is the root of almost everything I have done in my life.

Recently I have had quite a few discussions with different people about how prepared I felt for college and how I have felt that college has not been as hard as everyone made it out to be. Honestly I think spring semester of 11th grade was the most challenging time I have ever had in school (but I am sure grad school will challenge 11th grade). 

So although high school was hard academically I am so grateful for it. Waterford truly is a remarkable and exceptional school and I am so glad they are finally getting the recognition they deserve. 

#goravens

Friday, April 4, 2014

Global Community Summit.

If you are friends with me on Facebook you will know that I have been working on this project called the Global Community Summit. 

It was a collection of events centering about the UK hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal. Emmanuel Jal is a Sudanese refugee who was rescued by a British aid worker and has since made a great career for himself and uses his fame to help people suffering all through out the world. 

(I don't think my skin has ever looked quite so white...)

We had a whole bunch of events but definitely my favorite was the Evening of Dialogue. This was TED talk style event and we had few speakers from around the valley come and speak, with the keynote speaker being Emmanual Jal. He is such a powerful speaker and even though I heard the same speech about 5 times during the weekend I was moved by it every time. At the end of his performance that night he shared on of his songs and he picked people out of the audience to join him on stage. He picked my dad and I almost died laughing.


Lets just say that my dad probably shouldn't be dancing....

I feel so blessed to have been able to work on this project and help it run smoothly. It has taken more than a year of planning and the fact that is it over is sort of surreal to me. Huge thanks to anyone who came and supported the events and everyone who helped along the way. 


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Maturing.

Do you ever notice yourself maturing? 

Lately I feel like I have really been feeling that way. Like realizing that maybe I am not quite so far away from being an adult as I thought I was. 

I especially realized this the other day when something that used to really bother me and send me into a little pit of despair and self-consciousness happened and it slightly bothered me but then I realized that this occurrence doesn't mean that I need to have a freak out. I can just roll with it. I feel like I have a new stability and the things other people do don't have such an effect on me.

Another sign of my impending maturity is my ability to be alone. I remember in high school being so concerned about what everyone was thinking about you if you had to walk anywhere by yourself. I always assumed that everyone though I was a super freak who had no friends if I had to walk down the hall by myself to meet up with my friends. And heaven forbid you had to walk across the whole quad by your lonesome. You might as well just commit social suicide. But now I do almost everything by myself. And I kind of love it.  It gives you a whole new level of self-confidence. 

The other day someone asked me what I would have done if they hadn't shown up to this event we were at. In that moment I thought that I would have been kind of mad at them for abandoning me but honestly I probably would have just rolled with the punches and had a good time by myself. 

 Feeling stable and confident in being your own person is really good. And you couldn't pay me a million dollars to go back to feeling the anxiety that came with this lack of confidence....ok, maybe you could because a million dollars is a lot.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Fools.

We will start off this post by saying happy birthday to Spencer. It really is his birthday and not just a joke. And I know he LOVES getting shout outs in public places so here it is.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

(also I always like to have a way to test if he is actually reading the blog)

Now onto the matter at hand.

The best April Fools Day joke that has ever been played in the history of forever happened to me in 6th grade. 

We were all anxiety ridden babies who were still nervous about being in middle school when our french teacher told us we had a huge test. Everyone started freaking out because no one knew about the test but there were two girls in our class that were like "ya guys, she told us about the test two weeks ago" and in that moment those girls were basically satanic because isn't it an unspoken rule of school that you all band together??? So we spent the next 20 minutes arguing with the teacher about how we couldn't possibly have a test. Some of the girls were literally on the verge of tears (maybe I was one of them). There was also someone filming the whole ordeal because our teacher had told us she was a student teacher who was observing. After all the argument had settled and we had resigned ourselves to the fact that we were all going to fail the test and our lives were ruined our teacher told us it was an April Fools Day joke. I can still remember how mad I was about that. You don't mess around with a 6th graders perfect GPA!

A few years later the senior class president came into class meeting and told us that the prom venue had canceled and we were going to have to have prom in the gym. Being the spoiled private school kids we are, we were not so pleased about this. People started offering their houses and country clubs to have prom because there was no way we could have it in the gym. The horror! He eventually told us it was an April Fools Day joke and we all relaxed and went back to acting like we weren't actually spoiled brats. 

Now, I don't love Aprils Fools Day, mostly because I am horrible at pranks and my pranks are kind of similar to Winston's pranks from New Girl. But this year I think I have a few up my sleeve that might succeed. So we will see.

Anyone have any really good prank stories?