Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Random


So, I never post about anything, I know, so I thought occasionally I could post random bits about me, meaning random things you might not know about.

First off, mostly because I'm typing this from work, you should probably know I'm kind of a telemarketer. I say kind of, because I actually work for the Utah Department of Health and we're peddling surveys, so I guess I'm really more of a market researcher. Basically, we randomly get phone numbers (valid Utah prefix, computer randomly generates the rest) and we call people and ask them to take a (relatively) short health survey. I've actually been working here a while, and, although I'm not a fan of public health care plans, I do like the DOH and their trying to educate people about taking care of themselves and the people around them.
So, if you get a call from me or one of my friends, please, for the love of all things holy, don't yell at us, hang up on us, or swear at us. If you don't want to talk to us, tell us nicely, it's just common human decency!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Grad School, dun dun dun

So, I took the LSAT, and I got a whopping 153, which is decidedly average. Seriously, I'm in the 53rd percentile, so slightly above average. I might still apply to my programs, but I'm leaning more towards Grad school now, and if I decide I want to do law, then I'll apply later on, I'm not really in a hurry. Can I just start by saying, applying to schools is ridiculously expensive. All of the schools have application fees, most of them $60 or more (except Wisconsin, who is only $56, big difference). So, I'm applying to at least 10 schools, that's at least $600! It's a racket, I tell ya! I'm also going to take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) in November, yeah for dumb tests that include math when I haven't taken math in at least 4 years! It's also really awkward to ask people for letters of recommendation, because they're so labor intensive, they can't just send me a letter I can make copies of, they send emails with links to online recommendations for every dang school I'm applying to! It's a good thing I found a full time job, and I'm keeping my part time one, so I've gone from very little to do, to way too busy... that's life I guess.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Monty Python's Flying Circus

IFC (the Independent Film Channel) is running a whole documentary series on Monty Python and I've been staying up late and spending way too much time watching it. I love Monty Python, they're just so bizarre and fun, truly great comedy. The documentary is awesome too, they got all the living members together and interviewed and it's so much fun to hear them all. Not to mention they're still freaking hilarious. Here's one of my favorite sketches, cracks me up every time, enjoy! (this particular sketch is clean, no swearing that I can think of, it's amazing what they got away with back in the late 60's early 70's)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

I love fall!

Yesterday, it was almost 90 degrees, and then today, the high was 45...45! And it was cloudy and raining, it was fantastic. I love the fall, the changing leaves, the brisk air, the fact that I don't have to shave my legs because no one is going to see them (overshare, I'm sorry). Mostly though, I love fall because it meant school, and, let's be honest, I love school. The school supplies (I just cleaned out my desk, garbage bag half full of pens/pencils/paper/folders/stickers), the smell of the library books, the syllabus. I really love school and this year, I really miss it, going to it or teaching in it. Probably why I'm so anxious to go to grad school. If I had a million dollars, I would go to school all over the world, no kidding, I love it that much...I'm going to go curl up with some boxes and paper and listen to the rain.

Friday, September 18, 2009

What waste

So that overnight job was supposed to last at least two weeks, lasted a whole week and two days. But they did pay me everything (including holiday pay!) in a nice check that was delivered via overnight UPS this morning. Hallelujah!

In other news, I went out to dinner last night, it's the Dine-O-Round in Salt Lake, which is when restaurants downtown offer a three course meal for either $15 or $30. There's a lot of restaurants participating in this and it's great opportunity to try out the more expensive ones (The Melting Pot is generally around $50 a person, so it's deal on the Dine-O-Round!). Can I suggest something, go out to dinner, really treat yourself, don't think about the price, or the fact that you have $14 in your savings account because you took $40 out to go out to dinner, just go out with good friends, have some good food, some interesting conversation, sit on the patio and get some nice air, and support your local businesses for crying out loud!

Oh, and we went to Tin Angel, it's eclectic and fun, their service was great, their food was divine and the desert to die for. I would highly suggest it. It's down on 4th south across from Pioneer Park. But if nothing else, just get out and spend some time with friends, we all need that sometimes.

Ummm....there's links above, but they don't show up, I'd try and change the format, but last time that happened I lost my blog list so I'll add them here as well:
http://www.thetinangel.com/index.html
http://www.downtownslc.org/events/dine-o-round/62-fall-2009-dine-o-round

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Working Overnights

So, I found a temp job (yeah!) that I started Saturday. It's data entry, but it pays well and it's only supposed to last a month, then I'll probably have more substituting jobs. There's a catch too, I get to work 11 pm to 7 am. That's right, I've be relegated to the realm of the graveyard shift (or the third shift, which is what they call it). First of all, can I just say that I don't mind working the graveyard, I get to stay up late, sleep the whole day away and there is shift differential, because I"m working overnight, but there are some small things that might make it less than ideal. Let's start with who else works the graveyard. I'm not saying that most people who work graveyards are socially inept weirdos who like to overshare personal information and smell funny, but I'm not not saying that either. Also, my lunch break is at 3am, my stomach doesn't care for food then, were it three in the afternoon maybe, but not in the am, so I wake up early and am hungry, but am unable to eat when it's time. Finally, my calender is so thrown off, I'm never sure what day it is, my daytime to you is the nighttime and that's just weird. Anyway, it's only for a month, my Mom always says you can do anything for a month. Heavens knows I need the cash, and the work is pretty easy. So, I've invested in some good headphones, I've prepared a look of stupidity (so no one thinks to ask questions of me) and I've slept all day (it's fantastical, to a point). Overnights it is.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Bleh

I am so totally over this whole time going so quickly thing. It's September, I hate and yet love it. I want it to be next August and then I've already done everything I need to do this year. So, I'll be honest, I'm broke, as a joke. Seriously, I've got two nickels to rub together and that's about it. Not that I haven't been working my tail off for most of the summer, or that I've been spending it without regard (ok, not all the time, just some of the time), but I've come to a point where I have no money in my accounts and I've very little coming in (part time job until I substitute some more, even then, I won't get paid until next month). I don't want sympathy, it's partly my own fault, and partly the fault of the woman I worked for over the summer who has yet to pay me. That's right, I did work (about $1400 worth of work) and I haven't received a cent. Not to mention, I was told to purchase things on my credit card and I would be reimbursed, yeah well none of that either. But, I shouldn't have to scrape is the point, I should have had a savings account with some money in it, why is it that I always have the best intentions to save my money, and then I spend $100 on Oldnavy.com (in all fairness, I got 20% off my entire order). Anyway, I'm not sure exactly why I'm sharing this, if only to encourage you, all three or four of you who read this blog, don't ever, ever, ever get the point I'm at. It's depressing and frustrating and it keeps me up at night. Fortunately, I have some amazing family who help support me and cover my bills, but that's just as frustrating, because then I feel bad, I'm an adult I should be able to take care of myself.

Anyway, until I get paid, selling things on eBay (shoes, movies, books, etc. it's amazing what you can live without) and working odd jobs for my parents so I don't feel like such a lout. Also, it makes me happy that I'm endowed, because I've been going to the temple at least twice a week and that's free, so it gets my mind off my money, or lack thereof.
Think happy thoughts, life is great, even if it's a little stressful right now, I've got my health, I've got my family, and I've got the knowledge of the true and everlasting gospel, do I really need anything else?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Not as Planned

I had every intention of having a job, I applied to several places (even outside of Utah) I had a great resume (if I do say so myself) I had some great interviews, I have excellent letters of recommendation, and yet, here it is the weekend before school starts and I have no job. It's frustrating because I had this great idea that I would have a job and could move out of my parents house and start my career, but, apparently, that is not what was meant for me. Now I'm getting the distinct impression that I need to go to Grad School, and, even more frightening, I'm getting the distinct impression that I should go to Law school! Hence the poll, those are the schools that offer a duel degrees in Law and Library Sciences. Is it weird that I would love nothing more than to be a law librarian at the Library of Congress or some other fantastical library somewhere in the world? So, despite the fact that I've worked 7 years to get my BS in teaching,I have no money saved to speak of, and I'm really just wanting to settle down, I'm taking the LSAT (Law School Admission Test) and GRE next month. I'll have a better idea then of where I should go.
Now, having shared that with all three people who read this,what do you think?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

It's August Already?!

This summer has totally flown by! One minute it's May and the next it's August and I haven't done hardly anything I've needed or wanted to! Whatever, life is busy, but only because I make it that way. I was working setting up educational conferences around the state, which was incredibly fun and rewarding, then they didn't know how they were going to pay us for the whole summer, so we bagged that. I still haven't found a job for the fall, people just aren't hiring. That's OK though, I'll just substitute, it's more flexible and pays fairly well, plus there's no pressure. After that, I'm thinking Grad school, but we'll see. First I'd have to figure out how to pay for it.
For those who might read this and not know, I am LDS, a.k.a. a Mormon, the following paragraph contains updates on Spiritual events in my life, enjoy:
I recently got called as the Laurel Advisor in my home ward (I was in a single's ward for a while, but it just wasn't my thing) and that has been a very rewarding experience. I get to teach pretty much every Sunday and it's been so great, mostly because I get more out of it than the girls do I'm sure.
In other spiritual news I recently (Tuesday!) took out my endowments at the Salt Lake Temple. It was an awesome, life-changing experience and I'm so blessed to have had it. Since I have a little more time on my hands, I've decided to go as often (maybe daily!) to the temple until school starts at the end of the month. If you want to come, just give me a call or shoot me an email! Please note, I work part-time in the evenings so I would be going during the day.



All in all, my 25th year is shaping up pretty well. Also, in reference to previous posts where I bemoaned the lack of birthday cake, I would like to note that the reason for not having cake was because we did something else. None of us now can remember exactly what we did, but we did do something.
Life is good.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Random Poll

I've been toying around with the idea of going to Grad school. I know I just graduated with my Bachelors, but it just seems like now (or next year) would be a good time to do it. I don't want to say what degree I'm thinking about yet, but I wanted some input on where to go. Please answer the poll on the left, if you'd be so kind.

Slacking Off, At Least From the Blog

So, I promised the story of going to Washington DC, which turned out to be the best trip ever (at least that I've been on). So, since, I'm really tired and frustrated right this moment, I thought I might at least post a slideshow ...enjoy!



http://picasaweb.google.com/emily.johnson314/WashingtonDC?feat=directlink

P.S. I promise to try and update more, I've just been ridiculously busy lately, but something has changed and now I have more time!

Friday, May 22, 2009

I'm slow, I know

So, I know it's been like a month since I posted. I've been so busy and slacking off really. Lots of things have happened, so I'm going to have to break this up into a few posts. First off, let's talk about graduation. I am officially a college graduate! I have a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Secondary Education (not that I'm going to be able to do anything with it). Graduation was not as tedious as I though it was going to be, and I saw lots of fun people I knew so that made standing in line a lot easier. Saturday morning we arrived a lined up in our colleges (even though I'm going into teaching I graduated with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, only the biggest college on campus ya know).
Then, we all marched down to the Centrum (it's really an event center, like the Huntsman Center or the Eccles Center, but smaller). As we were marching down we passed by protesters who were mad about President Monson speaking at the commencement. Then we walked by all the schools' professors who were clapping for us, which was really fun and embarrassing.
Commencement was short and sweet (about an hour and a half) and it featured a couple of speakers, then we switched our tassels, then a few people got honorary doctorates, then President Monson (the President of the LDS Church, don't cha know) was the keynote speaker. He had some really good advice (most of it abridged from a talk he gave a few years ago, I filled in the spiritual parts myself) and then we broke up.


I had to wait for a few hours because I wasn't getting my diploma until that afternoon, so we went back to the Hotel, took some pictures and went out to lunch (if anyone wants a good fancy restaurant in cedar City, I'd suggest the Garden House). Then the other ceremony (I don't know what they call what). This is where they read my name and I got the diploma (just a cover). We lined up, marched in and then they went department by department. My name was read with the History department (Social Sciences encompasses History, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, and Economics, it has been described as the Wal-Mart of college degrees).
I was just glad I got across the stage without tripping over myself. Since we were the biggest college, the President of the School got to shake our hands, then we shook hands with all the History professors, then they took our picture off stage, then, as we went back to our seats, the Alumni club gave us cards, which was kind of weird honestly, but whatever. And then the day was over. It was quite the whirlwind, but such a sense of accomplishment. I'm just so grateful I'm able to live in a country where I can get an education and have my own career.
So, next time, Graduation Trip to Washington DC (hint: BEST. Vacation. EVER).

Friday, April 17, 2009

Yeah!

I get to graduate in less than 3 weeks. That's right (imaginary) people, I'm finally finishing my edumacation and moving on with life! And, since I have the most awesome parents in the world, I get to go on vacation to...wait for it....Washington DC! Now, you might be asking yourself, why not somewhere nice and sunny? Well, the answer is my friends that I am a big freaking dork who loves to learn about history, so why not Washington DC! I've been saving up my frequent flier miles since I was 12 (smart parents got me an account when we went to Hawaii) and now I have 55,000, so not only is the flight free, but we're going First Class, I'm pretty sure I'm not fancy enough to do something like that, but you only live once and I'll probably not get the opportunity again. I'm so excited to go, mostly because I've not been on a good vacation since Spring 2007. Come back (imaginary) people and read all my fancy posts and see all my super awesome pictures from my graduation and other assorted fun things going on in my (imaginarily) awesome life!

I'm a ball of craziness sometimes.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Creativity

I'm not a particularly open person about my spirituality, but I though Easter would be the perfect opportunity to share a message from my favorite apostle (I know you really shouldn't have favorites, but you do anyway). So, there's this channel on YouTube called Mormon Messages and they do videos and stuff, I really loved this message and I think it's a particularly powerful one that we forget. Have a Happy Easter and remember the reason for the holiday, because "God so love the world that he sent his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life"!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Amazazing Internets!

So, I happened upon the following video on the internets. Its basically this awesome Israeli musician who clips together sounds and images from YouTube to make songs. It is awesome!

Monday, April 6, 2009

वेयर'स थे ग्लोबल वार्मिंग?

So, I don't really believe in Global Warming, although I am fully convinced that we need to be better stewards of the earth or it's not going to last. Mostly I don't believe in Global Warming because it is so frikkin cold outside! It's April for crying out loud and it's still snowing!

Well, lucky for me, Utah might get a small break tomorrow and it might reach 60 degrees outside, so guess who has two thumbs and is going to wear capri's tomorrow?
This gal!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

When I Grow Up

I've been finding myself thinking about how I'll do things when I grow up, funny I'm not there yet. Things like, buying a house in the country, growing a big garden and settling down. I've never been one for rural living, but that idea is growing ever appealing to me for some reason. Mostly because I've really felt the need to be self sustainable, you know grow my own food and whatnot.
It just sounds so peaceful, on the other hand, it sounds like a ton of work.
I really want to take some gardening lessons, but my Dad won't let me use the garden (in all fairness, we need the garden for parking our fleet of cars, 9 of them for 5 drivers, it's ridiculous). Anyone have ideas where I could rent a plot or get some pointers?

Whoa!


Did you guys hear about the Salmonella outbreak?! No more pistachios for me, I wonder if it affects pistachio ice cream too?
That got me thinking about food and how we get it...do you even know where the food you're eating comes from? I certainly don't, it's kind of scary to think about actually, we just eat this food without any question about its safety. It really makes me want to start eating organic and more locally, but that proves difficult because I'm poor and that stuff is expensive. Maybe when I get a real job, but at least its got me thinking.
4 more days!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Castle and Other Obsessions

I am currently re watching one of the best new shows I've seen. In fact, it's the first new show I've actually taken the time to watch, TV has just been crap lately. Anyway, the show is called Castle and it stars one of my all-time favorites, Nathan Fillion, who you might or might not know from Firefly, Serenity, Desperate Housewives or Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. I just like a show that makes me laugh and makes me think a bit.
So, that's my obsession for this week, we'll add it to the other TV shows I watch, it's a considerably shorter list than it once was, which is good. I pretty much have one show per night, and then I'm working the rest of the time (or pretending to work while I blog and play Monopoly on Pogo). Sunday is Big Love night, I really shouldn't watch it, but I do anyway, although their whole showing the temple ceremony thing threw me off of it. Monday is Castle now, it used to be nap time. Tuesday is NCIS, I absolutely adore this show for so many reasons, mostly because it has the same dry, cynical humor I also possess. Wednesday is open. Thursday is The Office, 30 Rock and Bones (Bones used to be on Wednesday, I hate it when they change like that, thank goodness for the DVR). Friday is Dollhouse (I'm a big Joss Whedon fan, even if the show is sub par). Saturday is a special day, which is usually reserved for movies.
So, that's my week in TV, having written it all down, it seems like a lot more than I thought. If I weren't so stressed with student teaching I might care.
9 teaching days!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Student Teaching-12 Days and Counting

12 teaching days that is. Today, I had a collaboration meeting with the other student teachers from SUU and I wish we had gotten together sooner and talked about stuff, because they're going through pretty much the same thing I am! It was nice to be able to talk with them about how the education system is flawed and realize that I'm not the only one who thinks that.
Also, I went to a job fair and it makes me nervous about the job front. I think I might be ok, if I start filling out applications now, but who has the time when they're student teaching. Once I'm done, I'm taking a week and finishing up my teacher work sample and fill out millions of online applications, even if I have to move to the boondocks of Alaska, as God as my witness, I'll have a job by the fall!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Where the heck is the cake?


Well, one of the suckiest birthdays ever was topped off with a complete lack of birthday cake. Despite the fact that I'm a chubby girl, I don't generally eat cake a lot, but I think birthdays are the most appropriate time for slices of rich delicious chocolate cake like the one pictured. Yet, none for me, maybe I should move to pre-Revolutionary France and talk with Marie Antoinette.
To ease my feelings of slightedness, I decided to buy and devour an entire box of Samoas, it worked rather well actually.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Birthdays are Boring


So, now that I'm a little older, I realize that Birthdays don't really mean all that month. Not to mention, I'm pretty boring myself. Right now I'm blogging and watching The Gameplan, which is good because I have a gigantic crush on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He's so charming. Oh crap, he's singing to the little girl, is it wrong that I'm tearing up? Hold on Emily, don't show emotion...better now.
14 more teaching days and I'm done with student teaching!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Prospects

So, I'm excited to graduate in May, but I'm so nervous about not finding a job that I'll lie awake at night (which is really a dumb idea, just so you know) stressing out about it (I really need to take up kick-boxing or something, after student teaching is over). It's not that there aren't teaching jobs out there in Social Studies, it's just that they're really far apart or in places I wouldn't want to live (like South Dakota and New Mexico). I'm trying to be more proactive about getting my resume and stuff out there, but I've been so dang busy with student teaching that I've hardly had time to think. Would it be wrong for me to wait a year and then look for a job next spring when I have real time to devote to it? I could substitute teach and I'd been certified so I'd get paid a lot more (like $40 more a day). So, imaginary people I'm talking to, because we all know no one reads this blog (and if you're a real person ready this blog, then I apologize) what do you think? Should I stress myself out and try to get a job in the Fall (which would include going to a teacher fair next) or should I just take the next year off and devote myself to finding a job in the Spring of 2010?
Also, anyone who likes me a lot and wants to write a letter of recommendation, not that I don't already have a few (3), but you can never have enough really.
I'm going to be 25 on Saturday, I'm getting so old!!!!!!!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The New Great Depression

I try not to be a pessimist, it’s a struggle at times I’ll admit it, but it’s been even harder lately with all the talk about the economy and how we’re heading towards a recession. I am by no means an economist (their psychobabble makes my head hurt), but I did take microeconomics, macroeconomics, and personal finance in college and I feel like I have a better understanding of the economy than most lay people (mostly because most people don’t care or don’t have a need to care). That being said, I think we’re headed towards some serious hard times. It’s not that we didn’t know they were coming either, we’ve been putting off these hard times since the 80’s following the stagflation of the late 70’s. We’ve (the we in these scenarios is America) been slowly drowning ourselves in debt. In the year 2006, for every 20 dollars an American earned, they spent 21 dollars; we’ve obvious lost some concept of thrift. I can see it with people my age (I’m almost 25 btw), they expect to graduate college, get married and have the same standard of living they’ve been accustomed to when they were living with their parents. What most people fail to consider is that their parents might have had decades to accumulate the things they had, I think of my own parents who have taken 17 years to really remodel our house because they didn’t want to go into debt to do it. I don’t know what the answer to this is, maybe we need to have some hard times to get back on track or maybe it’s not going to be as bad as some people say. Here’s hoping.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Knowledge is Power

I seem to be full of blog postings, since there’s so much going on in school right now. Education is changing, it’s moving away from what it was, mindlessly drilling information into students without any thought to retention of knowledge, and turning towards making information relateable to students. Why should they care about the Renaissance? Without the Renaissance we wouldn’t have the Reformation or Exploration, without the Reformation and Exploration we wouldn’t have America. Education is shifting from teaching how something happened, to teaching why something happened. It really doesn’t matter exactly when Martin Luther was born, what matters is what he did and how that impacts us today.
There are lots of great teachers out there, who have been teaching for decades and have high test scores, but they haven’t changed with the times and now, with Educational Reform, they’re holding their students back, filling them with useless knowledge, such as the fact that Plutarch (the father of the Renaissance) wrote sonnets for a woman named Laura, and you’ll be tested on that, that her name was Laura.
I guess I’m part of the new thinking, the new age of Education, preparing students for the real world, rather than just filling them with needless information. Knowledge is power, but without application it’s useless.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Uninvited Images

I began student teaching about a month ago and I’m observing an 11th grade Honors American History class. Today, the teacher shared with students the most horrific pictures of people injured during WWI. There were pictures of men with half their bodies and faces blown away, African-American soldiers being hung and burned and photos of the plastic surgery. While I understand the point of showing students the atrocities of war, it seems almost too much at times. They’re sitting here with these stunned looks on their faces, and it seems as though they’ve lost a bit of their childhood. War is hell, no doubt, and we need to instill in them a sense of horror at these things so that they will never want to participate in such atrocities, but there is no warning, no limit to what we share. Since when is it ok to show a picture of a man with half his face blown away and his brain showing. I know that we need to share such things with students, but I feel as though I’m going to have nightmares because of these pictures. If I, who is already desensitized because of the onslaught of such things in college, am horrified then these students must be past feeling. It feels as though all we’re doing is barraging the students with these things, without fully preparing them and without showing them the opposite, what could have happened had we not fought. WWI was one of the bloodiest most atrocious wars in history, but if we hadn’t gone over there and fought and, at least temporarily, defeated the Central Powers we would have been subject to more mayhem and destruction. “Then fight when we must, when the cause it is just, and let this be our cry, in God is our trust!” (Taken from the third verse of the National Anthem, as best I can remember it). We couldn’t just sit back and watch our families (remember this is 1914, there were millions of first generation immigrants who still had extended families in Europe) be destroyed by people who had no regard for human life. I know this is kind of a downer, I’m sorry, but it really troubled me.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Remodeling

This is the afore-mentioned post about my house remodeling, it's taken a while because I've gotten a new computer and I'm having issues connecting my camera to it (my old computer had a slot for the memory card, no such luck with the Mac, although I'll take it over the PC any day of the week) and I'm still having issues, so I'm going to post this sans photos. Hopefully one of these days I'll get around to make this a better photo blog.
Anyway, I live in the house my Dad grew up, that was partially built by his Dad (The added on about half of the house and remodeled all of it at some point or another). Since it's a pretty old house, we've slowly but surely been remodeling it, starting when we initially moved in almost 18 years ago. Since then we've done the attic (thanks in part to my Brother who started a fire there and initiated the need for a remodel), my Grandma (who lives in the basement) has remodeled the downstairs, we've redone our family room and mine and my younger Brother's bedroom and bathroom, and now we've moved on to the all important Front room that includes our dining room and kitchen, and my parents bedroom. It's a rather large job that, of course, is taking longer than expected. And it's not that it didn't need to be done (our roof was literally be dragged down by a sagging beam), but it's hard to have everything you've grown up with torn apart. This house is the house I've know my whole life and, I know this sounds silly, but it breaks a part of my heart when I see it torn up. When it's done it's going to look awesome and it will be safer to live in, but it won't be the same. It will take some time to get used to the new house and to make it our home once more.

2009

So, every blog I've read seems to have the same theme going for the new year. I figured I'd better jump on the wagon, particularly because I haven't been so good about the blogging. This year, I'm turning 25, I've never really though about aging before, but then I realized I'm almost a quarter of a century old and it really threw me through a loop. I look around at all the people I've met over my life and sometimes it makes me feel bad that I haven't done more things with my life. Not that I haven't done great and fun things and all that, but that it's taken me so long to get to do the things that I feel like should already be done. For example, I'm getting my Bachelors degree this year and it annoys me that it took me 7 years to get it when most people it only took 4. I recently moved back home and it annoys me that I had to do that, even though I generally love it here (generally because we're remodeling, there's an upcoming post about that, when I can get my pictures to upload, still the issues with the new Mac).
But then it occurred to me; Who am I measuring my life against? My life, my goals and aspirations, everything that I am, is totally and completely different from everyone else in the world, so of course I'm going to do things differently, but that doesn't make it any less right for me. Maybe getting done with school now is perfect, because I've gained experiences in those seven years that will help me be a better teacher, and maybe living at home isn't ideal, but it gives me the opportunity to save money for the future. Perhaps this life wouldn't work for someone else, but for me, it works perfectly.