Thursday, October 30, 2008

France, here I come?

I went to the French majors/minors meeting today and got some saddening information:
They don't do summer term study abroad programs.
Being a member of the ballroom tour team means you rehearse all fall and all winter semesters and then tour during the spring term. So my only hope to get to do study abroad in Paris was to go summer term, and that is apparently not an option.
I guess I'll just have to go on my own. I have the money already set aside, I have a mother fluent in French who wants to come, and I have three weeks in July or August. I can either go this summer after I tour the East Coast with the team, or I can wait until the summer after that, when I'll already be in Germany/Austria with the team, and I can just stay in Europe for the rest of the summer. OR, I could just up and quit ballroom already and spend the rest of my life in France. :)
Anyway, I'm seriously considering putting together a trip to France/Europe next summer. Anyone interested in coming?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Check yes Juliet

“You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church. It may conflict with your political views. It may contradict your social views. It may interfere with some of your social life … Your safety and ours depends upon whether or not we follow … Let’s keep our eye on the President of the Church.”

-President Harold B. Lee

"Sometimes there are those who feel their earthly knowledge on a certain subject is superior to the heavenly knowledge which God gives to his prophet on the same subject. They feel the prophet must have the same earthly credentials or training which they have had before they will accept anything the prophet has to say that might contradict their earthly schooling. How much earthly schooling did Joseph Smith have? Yet he gave revelations on all kinds of subjects. We haven’t yet had a prophet who earned a doctorate degree in any subject. We encourage earthly knowledge in many areas, but remember if there is ever a conflict between earthly knowledge and the words of the prophet, you stand with the prophet and you’ll be blessed and time will show you have done the right thing."

-President Ezra Taft Benson

“I say to Israel, the Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as president of the Church to lead you astray. It is not in the program. It is not in the mind of God.”

-President Wilford Woodruff

Good thoughts, n'est-ce pas?
So when a prophet of God tells us to do all we can to get Proposition 8 to pass in California, it'd probably be a good idea to comply. I really think it's ridiculous that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints would make a petition and send it to the first presidency informing them of their opposition to Proposition 8. Did you or did you not sustain President Thomas S. Monson as a prophet, seer, and revelator a few weeks ago? So why are you blatantly disregarding his council? I'm not saying that we should blindly follow our church leaders, but it really says something to me when the church gets this heavily involved in political matters. It's because this isn't about politics anymore. Should Proposition 8 be defeated the decline of the family as we know it will greatly increase.

There's less than a week left until election day. With whom will you side?

Monday, October 27, 2008

This afternoon I had nothing that ABSOLUTELY needed to get done. It was the most delicious feeling.

Every month, I write an average of 14 or 15 posts.
It is October 27th, and I only have 7 (soon to be 8 as soon as I publish this) posts. Something is wrong with the world! How did my blogging drop off?

Oh yeah...I jettied (isn't that a great word? it just came to me) off to Washington and Oregon for 10 days and spent the week before and after that in complete academic freak out. Now I'm in academic relief/dulled freak out that will probably resurrect as soon as I get all my tests back.
Except for my D&C test which I already know my score and is the best I've done on a test all semester: 153/155.

Amazingly enough, studying until 1 AM does seem to help! At least this time around...wouldn't recommend it and will hopefully not be resorting to it in the future...and ok, it probably wasn't so much the last minute cramming as the many, many desperate prayers offered up in hopes of that result.
You do all you can and God will take care of the rest.
I can't tell you how many times that principle has popped up in my life. Thank goodness, because I could never do this chem major/French minor/ballroom dance tour team/attempt to have friends/boyfriend thing alone.

Let's see...I had something else to say...oh yeah! Election day is in a week and a day! You had all better vote, even...gah...ok, I guess I'll say this...even if you're voting for Obama. Voting is our civic duty as American citizens and we should feel privileged to have that opportunity. Now, go take advantage of it! I'll be partying it up with Fox News and some sort of red, white, and blue dessert all night. Go McCain/Palin!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Just like glass

I feel so fragile.

I want to come home and make myself dinner. I want to love my classes again. I want to stop feeling guilty for every moment I don't spend with my head buried in a textbook. I want to learn concepts instead of just throwing answers on a page because it's due in two hours. I want to feel smart again.

I can't...can't I caan't take freaking physics for two and a half more semesters!!! GAH it's killing me!!

I just want to sleep for days. Wake me up when my life is back to normal, and I have good grades again please.

I miss myself.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Take a breath

"While the world was racked and distracted-while millions were groping as the blind for the wall, and while all men were resting upon uncertainty, as a general mass, our eyes beheld, our ears heard, as in the 'blaze of day'; yes, more-above the glitter of the May sunbeam, which then shed its brilliancy over the face of nature! Then his voice, though mild, pierced to the center, and his words, 'I am thy fellow-servant,' dispelled every fear. We listened, we gazed, we admired! 'Twas the voice of an angel from glory, 'twas a message from the Most High! And as we heard we rejoiced, while His love enkindled upon our soulds, and we were wrapped in the vision of the Almighty! Where was room for doubt? Nowhere; uncertainty had fled, doubt had sunk no more to rise, while fiction and deception had fled forever!"
-Oliver Cowdrey's footnote * to Doctrine and Covenants 1:71

May I avoid groping for the wall and resting upon uncertainty. May I listen, gaze, and admire as my doubts sink no more to rise.

It's nice to take the time to remember what's important sometimes, especially when you don't think you have the time.

Life in Technicolor

I'm home!
Tour was awesome; being on the team is just fabULouS.
Sometime in the next week look for a post filled with photo evidence of this fact and another about proposition 8 and some related thoughts about that.

Wish me luck with catching up on school. I'm considering changing my major. :P

(Ok, not seriously, but it's nice to fantasize about having facile homework for once)

And it was really fun to mess with FoNtS and colors on this post, as well as typing a bunch of one liners. Time to go to bed for sure.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Ok, ok, I give in...

Just one quick post, since I'm online and reading everyone's blogs and commenting on them anyway:

Washington is so gorgeous. I've had people from there say there aren't any trees where I live, and I'm always like, "What do you mean? There's lots of trees here!" But no. I was wrong. There are TREES here. And they are so pretty! I think I'm adding this state to my list of potential fantasy places to live eventually in the future.
Tour's going really well. Being on the team is such a blessing; everyone's amazing. It's been quite the experience performing every day sometimes twice a get all sorts of interesting things happening backstage in all the chaos...missing costumes...props...people...haha for the first couple of shows people sometimes didn't changed quite fast enough to make it on stage on time so the show went on without them.

Anyway, this is getting too long, and I've got a long day ahead of me.
And now I'm really swearing off blogging for the next while.

Monday, October 6, 2008

So this is goodbye...

Well folks, thus begins my incredibly hectic, potentially scholarship/GPA/graduate school future destroying three week period of before/after mid semester tour.
I have zero time to spare, so I'm swearing off facebook and blogging for the time being. See you all in the cyberworld after the week of the 19th...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Someday, I can't wait to have my own fridge.
And my own washer and dryer.

That's all I have to say about that.