Sunday, December 21, 2008

five good things...

So, I know I haven't blogged lately. Sorry! But you know how you don't blog (or write in your journal) for a while, and then you're too intimidated by all the stuff you have to catch up on to do it? Well, a lot has happened in the last month. So rather than write about all of it, here are five things (chosen, basically, by the pictures that were easily accessible on my desktop) that have happened recently. 

1. Mark was here!!! So, Grandpa died. That sucked. But the funeral allowed Cassidy and I see to Mom and Mark, and that was--well, a little awkward, but mostly awesome. I'm very proud of Mark. He's a quirky, loving, smart, weird, wonderful kid. I'm a big fan. 

2. Portland. I've finally decided to move back, and while there's a lot that has to happen before I can move, I'm really looking forward to going home. The Northwest is my favorite place in the world, conveniently filled with some of my favorite people (more on that shortly). Three weeks ago I flew up and surprised Ross for a day (he was giving a talk in Sacrament meeting). It was a great trip. It's a great city.  

3. Anthropologie. Nothing much to say here: I just really, really love this store. No, really. 

4. Fort. Ross has been here a couple of times since I last posted. The weekend after Grandpa's Utah funeral he flew down. We went to Disneyland (his first time ever) and California Adventure, both of which were deeply awesome. My favorite part of the weekend, though, was building a fort in the living room. This is it. Feel free to admire. 

5. Ross. I've seen him three times in the last month and a half, and each time has been fantastic. He's coming down on Christmas day and I can't wait. I haven't been this excited for Christmas since I was a little kid. 

Saturday, November 1, 2008

ready much?

At this time one week from today I'll be sitting (hopefully) in a small room at UC San Diego taking the GRE Subject Test in Literature. This test is a bummer of a big deal, and--let's be honest here--I haven't been studying nearly hard enough. Sample question:

"The race of women will have honour; no longer will men tell disreputable tales about them." So sing the women of Corinth, in Euripides' tragedy, when they head how ________ has been wronged by her husband Jason, and learn how she plans her revenge.

Which of the following will correctly complete the passage above?

(A) Penelope
(B) Medea
(C) Cassandra
(D) Circe
(E) Electra

Seriously? Seriously? When I first read this, I had no idea. But now I've studied quite a bit, and you know what? I still don't know the answer. Let's check the back of the book, shall we? I know the answer isn't (A) or (D), and I'm pretty sure it's not (E). And in fact, it is... (drumroll) (B), Medea, from Euripides' play... Medea. Oh. 

Wish me luck, friends. 

Saturday, October 25, 2008

inspired by stefan...

From my favorite kid's show EVER, "Between the Lions." There was a sketch on this show with Dr. Ruth, the famous sex therapist, acting as a word therapist. 

the trees are always redder...

It's fall in Oregon. Well, it's fall everywhere north of the equator, of course, but it's really fall in Oregon. I really, really love autumn in Oregon. Everything about them: the rain, the smell of dead leaves, the color, the sound of tires on wet pavement. It seems ridiculous to be missing the rain when I live in what is commonly considered paradise, but there you have it. I miss home. 

This church is about fifteen minutes away from my college. I drove past it every day. My life was really hard. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

new job new blog oh my oh my

Hooray! After five weeks of feeling weighed down by enforced uselessness I have finally found a job. Not just any job, either: it may sound silly, but I have always wanted to work at a bookstore.

How's that for ambition, huh? So I was thrilled just all to bits when Erin, the very 
nice manager at Borders, surprised me by asking for an interview right then and there with herself and Darryl, the head honcho store manager. Some of the grueling interview questions:
*What's your favorite book?
*What are your three favorite movies? 
*What was the last CD you bought?
It was exhausting. Anyway, I start on Monday. I'll be making a ridiculously low wage 
doing something (knock on wood or, in the absence of wood, something that kind of looks like wood) that I might just really like. And the best part? I mentioned
that I liked working with kids and Erin asked if I'd
be willing to help set up a weekly storytime. Love it.