Friday, March 23, 2012

Try something new for 30 days: Week 3.

March 16th.
I drove home to see my mom for the night. This picture was taken through my windshield while I was driving through the Nisqually Basin. Don't worry, I didn't look, I just held the phone up and pressed the button. Turned out pretty good. I love trees!

March 17th.
Oh St. Patrick's Day. I hope yours was as delightful as mine. This is my friend Megan and I putting the final touches on Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes made by her beautiful twin sister Linnea. There were sprinkles EVERYWHERE once I was done. :)

March 18th.
I only went outside once on Sunday to work at a concert. I watched Frasier all day long on Netflix. I took a shower and went to bed early. Here is my freshly clean face.

March 19th.
My mom bought my this for my birthday. In case you're not a die-hard fan like myself, Luke's is the fictional diner in Stars Hollow, Connecticut- the sight of my favorite television show of all time: Gilmore Girls. I had three of these filled to the brim with hot chocolate. My heart was beating ridiculously fast all day.

March 20th.
For my statistics test on Wednesday we were allowed to use a note card with all the needed formula's written out. This is mine. Impressive, huh? It's just a one-way between SS ANOVA as well as Effect Sizes and HSD post hoc comparisons. :) I think I did really well on the test.

March 21st.
I was babbling on and on about cake at work when my Operations Supervisor walked in with leftover cake from his birthday on Saturday. It was my favorite flavor: LEMON!!! Sadly, it sat in my stomach like a lump and hurt my cavities...

March 22nd.
I am super proud of how my hair turned out today. I love my new curling iron! This was the best shot I could get.


On a side note, this week has been pretty hard for me emotionally. I haven't had enough things to distract me from thinking too hard and have fallen into bouts of gloominess several times since Sunday. Spring break is upon us and I am going home to visit the family this coming weekend to start it off the right way. I'm hoping to also take a day trip to Portland on Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on if I can afford it or not) but will be back at work on Thursday. It'll be nice to not have any homework and hopefully I'll be motivated enough to start on some projects and papers I have coming up. It's almost April which means I have two months left of the semester. Where did the time go!?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Try something new for 30 days: Week 2.

March 10th. AM.
I forgot to take a picture on the 9th but Saturday I got up early and went to a track meet to watch a couple friends compete. I ran into Megan Anderson and my friend, Kelsey and hovered with them for the hour I was there. It was raining and freezing.

March 10th. PM.
Sarah Lawson and I have been friends since our Junior year of high school when we took American Sign Language together. We really hit it off as freshmen music education students and became inseparable with two other girls, Megan and Abby. Out of us four, Sarah and Megan are the only two who made it all the way through the music education program. This picture was taken after Sarah's Senior saxophone recital. She was amazing and I am SO proud of her.
March 11th.
I thought it would be good to show my relatives who worry about me that I am eating [somewhat] healthy at school. Of course, I do recall that salad being the only thing I ate that day... woops.

March 12th.
This is Geena. She is my project partner for my statistics class and this morning (Monday) she was pounding chocolate at 9:15am. She made it through a bag of Lindor truffles and that bar of cookies and creme chocolate you see on the desk in front of her. She came down from that sugar high by 10:30am, immediately after class ended.

March 13th.
Annika again. This is her being gangster. We live in Parkland after all, we're pretty legit. We went grocery shopping and talked about boys. It was delightful.

March 14th.
This day was horrible. I was crying and angry all day. I spent about three hours in my car, driving off my emotion and was finally calm once I hit Olympia and got some Taco Bell. I took a picture of this quote I cut out of magazine because it reminded me of this day. All I can do is keep breathing.

March 15th.
This is the only picture I took on Thursday. I went up to Seattle, Thursday night to see my friend Brian's band play their last show before he moves to Chicago. This picture was taken in the bar I went to afterwards. Since it was so dark, nothing showed up but the string of red lights running around the edge of the bar.

Quotes from my best friend

"We never understand how our past actions are going to affect our future relationships."

[paraphrased.... She's the best.]

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Try something new for 30 days: 1 picture a day.

So I've tried this before and it didn't go well. As you'll notice from this blog, I told you there would be pictures and then none appeared. I didn't want to overload the blog with 31 pictures so here is the first week of March:

March 1st.
These three things are "roses" made by Dale Chihuly. There are four each in a different color- green, blue, red, and white in the music building. They are supposed to emulate the stained glass window in Eastvold, the auditorium on campus. I was in the music building after my morning class playing piano for awhile. As this picture was being taken, I was being hassled by a few friends who were at the top of the stairs, teasing me for taking a picture of something we see every day.

March 2nd.
This is my friend Annika Swenson. She is hilarious. We have all of our classes together and our Community Psychology professor tends to mix us up because our last names are so similar. In this picture, my phone is upside down on my binder as Annika and I sit through a very technical psych colloquium about the difference between Standard American English and African American English. She is making a face at me as we completely ignore what's going on at the front of the lecture hall.

March 3rd.
This is Rebecca Cooper. She is the wittiest, silliest person I know. I am a huge fan of all that she is. This is at the end of her sister's wedding. What you don't see is our sweaty-ness as we had just been breaking it down on the dance floor.

March 4th.
I love pigeons. They are filthy birds but I love their grey feathers and their cute little beaks. On this day, my best friend and I were in Seattle. She was getting her hair cut at a fancy boutique and I was tagging along with nothing better to do. :)

March 5th.
I went to Spanaway Park. Because of the January snow, all the trees look like they've been stripped. If you can tell towards the top of the tree, broken branches are sticking out. As I was walking around, I saw a man standing by a tree looking up into the branches. He told me in a very thick (Russian?) accent that he often came there to feed a little squirrel but he hadn't seen her since the storm. He was very concerned- how sweet. :)

March 6th.
This vat of deliciousness is a mango pico de gallo recipe my Aunt Julia passed on to me. It's so delicious, you can put it on anything!!! It has mango's, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, cilantro, a pinch of sugar, lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. It is perfect over rice and chicken!

March 7th.
This is Alex Domine. He has been a constant friend all four years of PLU. He is witty and brilliant and a very impressive vocalist. The building directly behind him is Xavier. It is the social sciences building so I pretty much eat, breathe, and sleep there.

March 8th.
These two lovely ladies are Geena and Annika. This picture was taken after finishing our Abnormal psych final. Annika, Geena, and I have the same statistics class, which we also had a test in last week. THREE EXAMS IN ONE WEEK, TWO IN ONE DAY. We were all pretty excited to be done. :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Forgiveness.

This is my best friend.

I am blessed to have an incredibly steadfast best friend. She is wise beyond her years, constantly reminding me of the simple but strong truths of scripture. We were talking about anger and forgiveness last week and she said some simple yet profound things to me. As I work through some of my anger issues, I am constantly re-reading this one text message she sent me. I want to share it because it reminds us all that our view of justice is not the Lord's. His ways our higher than ours. We want to see the justice, for everything to be fair... but usually what we think is the right path and what really is are not even close to being the same thing.

"You can forgive and stand up for yourself at the same time. You can acknowledge when you were treated like crap and then choose not to hold it against them and let go of your anger for your own health. And because if life was just we would all deserve to be stoned to death. But that doesn't mean you have to try and forget about everything that happened and try to just sweep it under the rug. You can say I forgive you, I'm not holding how you treated me against you but I won't subject myself to it again."

My favorite part is where she reminds me that if everything were as it should be, we would all get what we deserve. The consequences of sin is death. A lot of people also forget that forgiveness doesn't mean being a doormat. You can forgive someone for something they did that hurts you but that doesn't mean you have to subject yourself to habitual, unfair behavior if you can avoid it. See? I told you she's awesome.