Sunday, August 11, 2013

Water, Water Everywhere

For anyone who is not currently aware, I really really adore water. The sound rain falling, swimming in it, playing in it, watching it fall and wind so freely, the canyons it carves, the coolness of it on your skin... Everything about water just makes me so incredibly happy. So, I'll be dedicating this entire post to water and all of my experiences with it in the past week or so. This will be a long one, hence the read more after this point. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hot Air Balloons and True, True Friends

Hot Air Balloons
6:30 a.m. this morning, I get a call from my friend Alisha. It being so early, I silence my phone and don't answer it. (Sorry, Alisha!) Then, as I'm about to slip back into slumber for another hour, my phone goes off twice--indicating that I have a voicemail. "Oh, this must be important!", I think to myself. So, I listen to it and Alisha says, "Hi, Melissa! I know it's like, super early. I just wanted to tell you that there's a hot air balloon outside of our apartment...". Immediately upon hearing this, I open the curtain to my bedroom window. Much to my delight, a rainbow colored hot air balloon is indeed flying fairly close to our complex. I was so happy; I am still smiling about it!
 For those of you who aren't aware, I have a bit of an obsession with things that fly--most especially hot air balloons, kites, and birds.

True, True Friends
I love my friends; I really love them so incredibly much. My move out here would never have been the same without the companionship I've had from these amazing people. Last night, I went on a walk with Ashley; there is nothing quite like someone deciding that they want to spend time with you. It is so wonderful to be thought of and to get a bit of fresh air. 
Sometimes you just need chocolate and something to watch to cheer you up. Last night was one of those nights. I'll let you in on a secret, surefire way to cheer me up: ponies. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, to be exact. My wonderful roommate Rebecca watched 3 episodes with me and even seemed to enjoy it! It's so much better when you're not watching it alone. She is a true, true friend.
Warning: this song will probably be stuck in your head all day.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Great Friendships Lead to Great Quotes

Today alone, we've had some fantastic quotes happen at my apartment. I need to record these for posterity:

Me: On what planet is this okay?
Ellen: ...Pluto; because it's no longer a planet.
Me: Too soon!
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Me: Ellen doesn't believe in punctuation everything is just one continuous thought
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Me: How do I own IronMan 2?!
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Me: Don't doubt my powers of deception.
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Me: They're gonna kill Santa!
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Rebecca: But the bad guy's white! He can't be the bad guy!
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And now, some oldies but goodies:

Jordan: What happens in 23, stays in 23.... We are in 23, right?
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 Me: Ellen! Quit walking like an ape!
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Me: [awkward silence] We're friends... and it's great.
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 Leah: I don't wanna lose my womanly baby-making powers!
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Me: The sound of my voice breeds guilt
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Me: You sound like a monkey.
Jordan: I used to sound like a dolphin.
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Me: [stuttering serendipitously turns into beat-boxing]
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Me: Oh, sheep! ...I said sheep, guys.
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Me:  I hope my clothes don't fly out!
Melissa B.: ...Me too!
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Me: Sing it, Rosie O'Donnel!
Melissa B.: I will.
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More to come in the future!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Colonel Brandon

I have found within the pages of Jane Austin's Sense and Sensibility a kindred spirit: Colonel Brandon. Albeit I am only 50 pages into the book, a couple of statements about him rang true for me.
"Brandon is just the kind of man... Whom every body speaks well of, and nobody cares about; whom all are delighted to see, and nobody remembers to talk to"
And
Brandon is "a very respectable man who has every body's good word and nobody's notice"
Now, not to say that this is true on all levels, but it does feel quite familiar to me, especially in the realm of--dare I say it--dating. 
Many will mistake this as a complaint (it's not) so I won't be advertising this post. It is merely an observation. On the bright side of it all, Colonel Brandon is played by Alan Rickman in the BBC adaptation.
Rumor has it that he finds love in the end :)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Today Is Amazing!

Today, on this Memorial Day, I had the wonderful fortune to only work 4 hours; what a blessing work is, too. I also got to go to the park twice with some awesome people! For the first time in my life, I played ultimate frisbee and I also found another person who knows what Speedminton is! Frisbee, Speedminton, otter pops, and friends!
I also made chicken and dumplings, managing to feed 9 of my wonderful friends dinner and even save some for a couple of lunches for myself. Kelsey, Makenzie, Ellen, Melissa and I also watched the new episode of Studio C!
 Goofing off, dancing, laughing, singing, playing, sharing, diving for frisbees, drinking a Slurpee, and getting to know new people! Today is a fantastic day.
To finish off, have a silly joke :)

Sunday, May 26, 2013

It's All Part of the Plan

Moving out to Provo is one the absolute best decisions I've ever made; not because everyone should move to Provo, but because it was exactly what my life needed, and when I needed it to happen. 
The people placed in my path, the news that I hear and when I hear it, the blessings poured out on me so abundantly, and so much more. I'm so grateful to be so loved by those around me and most especially my Heavenly Father.
I am so incredibly far from perfect, but the ones who care about me are so incredibly understanding about it. What a whirlwind journey this has been so far! I'm a Sunday School teacher now: I taught my first lesson last week on the building of the Kirtland Temple and the importance of temples in our lives. I'm going to start law school in exactly four months! This is an incredible opportunity. I would be worried about affording this, what I'm going to do next, etc. but... 
Every time I even think of starting to worry, the Spirit whispers to me ever so quietly: It'll all be just fine. Don't worry, you're here and you know that here is where you're supposed to be. Just keep trying your best and Heavenly Father will take care of you like He always has.
 I've been trying to let worries go and just do my best for a while now, and it's a gradual process. More than likely, this will be something I'm trying to do for the rest of my life, but I am determined to trust my Heavenly Father with my life.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

New job!

So remember that last post about looking for another job? Bingo! I got one! It pays well and it has great hours and great people. I am very happy with it :)

Monday, April 1, 2013

News All Around

I'm fairly sure that I've told everyone all of this news, but I want to document it anyway. At the beginning of this month, I got a job! Then, I found out that I got into BYU's Law School! Shortly after that, I found out that I got half scholarship! Basically, I'm incredibly blessed. Right now, I'm working at an alarm company's call center, Vivint, and actively seeking other employment. I am grateful to have a job, but my entire job is talking on the phone. I barely enjoy talking on the phone with people I like, I hate calling to order food, and so, needless to say, I'm not the biggest fan of talking on the phone for my job. I also have been getting limited hours in the job. I worked only 18 hours last week; I was scheduled for 32.
I may have already found a field of law that I want to specialize in, too! At the very least, there is a program that is done through the law school that I want to be involved in-- the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. It's absolutely fantastic. The whole mission is to create and maintain religious freedom all over the world via the law. They also help to forward worldwide humanitarian efforts. Getting people what they need and protecting religious rights? That's my kind of work.

Other than that, I never thought I could be this excited about going to law school. I've met some of my future classmates, toured the law school, met the dean and a few other professors, and even sat in on a class. I'm so ready to get going! I finally feel like maybe, just maybe, I can make a real difference. I can change the world.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New Year, New Place, New People

Well, I've done it. I moved! I'm still job hunting here in Provo, but I love my YSA ward. I'm the FHE mom and it's been going well so far. My roommates are all great and I'm actually enjoying the snow (probably because I don't have to deal with it consistently). I've had the opportunity to go sledding and see a live CES Fireside in the same room/building with President Uchtdorf and it was simply spectacular. I should really be working on my law school application personal statement right now, so that's the end of this particular ramble. I will surely talk more about everything later, but this is the basic gist of it all.
I'm happy!
Lissa