Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I wish I were...

Here. Cataract Canyon, Southern Utah

Or here. 
Durango Colorado
Mesa Verde National Park
Angels Landing, Zions National Park

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Or here. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

 Or here. Halfdome, Yosemite National Park, California

Or here. Europe (France, Italy, Vatican City, Austria, Switzerland, Germany)
Salzburg, Austria

Assisi, Italy

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany



Munich, Germany

Versailles, Paris, France

Venice, Italy


Or here. Hebgen Lake, Montana

Oh well, I guess Provo will have to suffice.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Give a little bit

One of the many things that I love about BYU is the abundance of blood drives that come to campus. I never have to wait long for the next one to arrive. In fact, there are so many that I have had to skip a few due to the 8 week time period between donations. (I found out the embarrassing way that you cannot give blood sooner than 8 weeks after your previous donation) I never thought that I would be one to really want to give blood. Anyone who knows me at all can verify the fact that I cringe at the word "blood" and hate talking about anything to do with surgery, anatomy, or bodily functions. Ughhh, in fact, I'm feeling a little woozy as I type...

Don't get me wrong, the body is a fascinating thing that I am very grateful for and amazed by, but when you have two older siblings who are EMTs, a roommate who is taking anatomy, friends who love to discuss terrible accidents during dinner, and a family who purposefully talks about "blood," "tendons," and "cartilage" just to see you squirm, you might shy away from such a topic. Thus, I surprise myself at my willingness and enthusiasm to let strangers stick me with needles and draw life giving liquid from my body.

I guess it goes back to my senior year, which was the first time I gave blood. I was apprehensive and nervous and confided those feelings in my friends. One of my friends reacted in a way I did not expect. She stared at me and said "Rachel, you are one of my heroes." I was very taken aback by such a proclamation and didn't quite know what to say. This friend of mine went on to explain that her little sister and been diagnosed with cancer at a young age and had gone in and out of remission 3 times. My friend said that it was only because of blood transfusions that her little sister had been able to spend so much more time with her family here on this earth. My friend sincerely thanked me for what I was about to do and as I went to give blood I felt less apprehension and fear. Instead, I was thinking of this little girl who had blessed so many lives, including my own, and how my actions might be able to help another person in need.

Watching fake hospital shows makes me squirm. Talking about "incisions," "scalpels," and "needles" makes me cringe. I understand the worry that some may have to donate blood. I feel your anxiety. But I also know that by giving of a few minutes of your time you are giving someone else even more time with their loved ones. You may be uncomfortable for a small moment, but you are letting someone else experience comfort for much longer.

Give a little bit.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

This is a shout-out

To my sister Rebecca and my brother-in-law Wes. I spent this evening with them. Wes fixed my computer and Rebecca taught me how to make popcorn with the WhirlyPot. Then we watched Iron Man 2. Definitely a great way to spend my Saturday night.

You guys are cool.

Artwork provided by Rachel Weiler

Friday, January 21, 2011

This Morning

So this morning...
I left for class a little late. The walk from my place to the JFSB is about 10 minutes at a leisurely pace. I like leisurely.
My class started at 9:30am.
I left at 9:26am.
Not ten minutes.
I had a paper due at 9:30am. As class begins you turn in your paper. Not a minute later. Thus, I HURRIED. I ran down the street, made the crosswalk by cutting across the grass, went barreling past the MOA, and awkwardly jogged past the library. I got to class at 9:29:31. My paper was on time.

Through this experience I gained some knowledge.

  • Running in flat shoes makes a lot of noise as they slap against the pavement
  • Running with a backpack full of books is not fun and makes you look like a geek
  • I already am a geek so that's cool 

Anyway, I got my exercise for the week so that's one thing off my list.

Friday, January 14, 2011

I'm excited for plans

It's Friday. That fact always seems to be able to boost everyone's spirit. I know it's made me happy.

It's a three day weekend. That fact also seems to make people happy. Myself included. This weekend I plan on having a sleepover in the kitchen with my roommates while watching a scary movie. I plan on going to my little sisters race on Saturday. I plan on going to dinner with my family after Caroline's race. I plan on going to church and learning of Christ and feeling happy. I plan on going to dinner with some friends from my building Sunday afternoon. I then plan on driving up to Logan to spend some more time with my family. I plan on going skiing at the Beav with my family on Monday. Then I will drive back down to Provo and enjoy the company of the great people down here. I also plan on getting homework done in there somewhere.

I'm excited for plans.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

In the past month I have...

  • Taken a road trip to Salt Lake to do baptisms with very good friends.
  • Completed my first semester of college
  • Survived finals week at BYU
  • Received an early Birthday gift from my roommates. I LOVE ANASTASIA
  • Turned 19 (on December 18th)
  • Spent a weekend in Logan with my wonderful Frost family
  • Reunited with old friends
  • Read books because I wanted to, not because I had to
  • Gave my sister the same scarf that I had recently received (oh hey Rebecca)
  • Received too many wonderful gifts
  • Spent an entire day with extended family on both sides
  • Attempted to play "Sleigh Ride" with a very talented aunt
  • Said goodbye to a close friend who is doing great things while serving the Lord
  • Played racquetball with my brother Spencer and my Dad. (I admit defeat)
  • Watched "Legend of the Guardians, Owls of Gahoole," "Despicable Me," and "Inception" with my family. (The listing goes from worst to best)
  • Aided my little sister Caroline in her recovery from wisdom teeth removal
  • Laughed and my little sister Caroline during her recovery from wisdom teeth removal
  • Teased my little sister Caroline about her recovery from wisdom teeth removal
  • Gone snowshoeing with my family on New Years Eve
  • Said goodbye to my family and have returned to Provo
  • Started up my second semester at BYU

This is also the scarf I had just bought for my sister. To my surprise and happiness, my roommate gave it to me the day after I purchased Rebecca's.

Catherine, Gil, Ariel, Kate, Rachel. Temple Square lights are always a delight.

Home again, home again, jiggety jig.