Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Occupy Wally's

Yesterday some of the occupy protesters made more news in Utah as they blocked the entrances to three Walmarts along the Wasatch Front, so that no trucks could get in and dock.  They also held protests inside the buldings.

Can someone please explain this to me?  I am all sorts of confused on what the actual goal of the Occupy movement is.  One day it's standing in front of the universities complaining about tuition, the next they just won't leave the big city park, some people are driving up and down State Street in SLC all day just to cause traffic, and now they're preventing Walmart from doing business.

You want to know what happened after the trucks were finally able to get in?  No, this wasn't in any news story, but I guarantee it happened.  Whoever was in charge of unloading those trucks probably stayed late (at least half of them) to unload the truck anyway, or a bunch of managers would have stayed late who work 12 hour shifts each day already.  I'm not trying to say "Oh, poor Walmart workers," just simply that they still stayed and got the work done.  Why?  Because some of them actually need the money (since that is what the protesters are protesting - they say Walmart doesn't pay enough), and you know what?  Some people actually like their jobs there.  They don't mind, and they make things work.  Yes, a fair portion of those workers are on welfare and such, but I also personally know these people - the workers who intend on staying there forever are (in general) literally not capable of holding a different job.  And the ones who don't plan on staying there - they're just trying to get through school, or find a better job, or anything as a means to an end.

I'm also not sure if the protesters have considered the economic consequences of what they're suggesting.  If Walmart has to pay their employees more, as the occupiers demand, prices are going to go up on the products.  How else are prices kept lower, on average, than other stores?  (And if you don't believe me, that's fine.  That is just my experience in this valley - 9.5 times out of ten, if I look at the same item in another store, it is less expensive at Walmart.)  I can hardly imagine they'd be happy once all the prices increased.

Maybe I'm missing something - I seriously don't understand the purpose of a lot of this 'movement.'

Care to enlighten me?

Monday, December 12, 2011

If the Shoe Fits

My final English paper:


If the Shoe Fits:  When it Doesn’t, and What to Do
            It’s no secret that we Whitings have large feet.  My grandpa wears a men’s size 15 in shoes.  Consequently, all of his 10 children have larger-than-average feet.  All seven of his daughters struggle to find shoes that are cute, reasonably priced, and fitting all at the same time.  Many of his granddaughters also have this same problem.  I am one of them.  I wear a size 10 ½ in women’s shoes.  Contrary to the belief of many, not all department stores have this shoe size in stock.  My purpose here is to show you how important it is to wear properly-sized shoes, as well as where to find those properly-sized shoes.
            How many of us have worn the wrong size shoe in order to have that really cute pair of shoes we wanted, to get a good deal, or simply so that we had a pair to wear rather than nothing at all?  When I was 15, I needed a pair of black ballet flats to take on my high school orchestra trip in order to match the required uniform.  This seems like a simple request, right?  I remember searching store after store, trying to find just one pair that didn’t either pinch or fall off my feet.  I finally gave up and purchased a 20-dollar pair of flats in size 11 at Target.  The entire week my feet fell out of those flats, and they continued to slip around in that pair of shoes for 6 years, until this past summer, when I finally found a pair to replace them.  I’m sure there are many similar stories out there; whether the decision was to purchase a pair too big, too small, or nothing at all, we’ve all experienced the frustration of an improperly-fitting shoe.  In fact, you may be wearing that pair of shoes right now.
            According to a study performed last year on the relationship between wrong shoe sizes and foot pain, more than 48% of women are wearing the wrong size shoe (de Castro et al, 218).  Another similarly-performed study showed 72% of people (both male and female) were wearing either too large or too small of shoes (Burns, 345).  Both studies show that a significant amount of people in both the United States and the United Kingdom are wearing the wrong size of shoes!  Wearing men’s larger shoes is not going to cut it either.  When compared against each other, men’s and women’s lasts (a last is what is used to mold the inner shell of a shoe) are not similar enough in what should be comparable sizes (i.e. women’s 10 vs. men’s 8-8.5) (Grau, 151-154).  Just because a man’s shoe and a woman’s shoe both have the same length does not mean they will both properly fit the same woman’s foot.
            There are consequences to wearing incorrectly-sized shoes.  I am sure most every woman who has worn poor shoes has had at some point in time foot pain of some kind.  One study performed in 2009 found that for women specifically, past shoewear was a good predictor for whether or not they would have foot pain years down the road.  The authors even go so far as to say outright, “Young women should make careful choices regarding their shoe type in order to potentially avoid hindfoot pain later in life…” (Dufour et al, 1357)
            Poorly-fitted shoes can cause foot deformities as well.  Bunions or hammer toe, anyone?  Painful, as well as potentially long-lasting, it is no secret these are unpleasant.  Not only can wearing the wrong size shoes cause painful foot problems, but it can change the shape of your feet.  A previously mentioned study found that there were differences in foot measurements. This study measured 16 different spots on each participant’s foot.  For those wearing an incorrectly sized shoe, 14 categories of measurement had higher average values than those of the participants wearing correctly sized shoes (de Castro et al, 220).  So wearing too big or too small of shoes can actually cause your feet to be bigger!  I prefer to think of buying well-fitting shoes as a prevention method.  If you were told you could help prevent a common disease with medication, you would likely take it.  Likewise, when you wear the right shoes, you are helping to prevent foot problems and pain later in life.  If you want to know more about foot deformities, do not do a Google image search unless you have a particularly strong stomach.  Really.
            Now that it is clear why it is so important to wear well-fitting shoes, the question has likely already risen:  “But we can’t find any shoes that fit in the first place!  Where can we find them?”  It’s no secret that fewer women have large feet:  it’s a basic normal statistical truth that if a value is larger than the average, it is less likely to occur.  Department stores don’t have as much financial incentive to stock larger shoes when there are not as many women purchasing them as there are the smaller and more average sizes.  Below is a breakdown of the most commonly purchased shoe sizes in America.  It should be noted this is from 1998.  Many sources suggest that the average woman’s shoe size is growing from 7-8 to 8-9 (Baghdjian, “Bigger Feet a Growing Shoe Problem for UK Women”).
A breakdown of women’s shoe sales by shoe size, taken from 525,375,000 sales through April 1998
From Footwear Impression Evidence:  Detection, Recovery, and Examination by William J. Bodziak.

            In a recent interview I had with my aunt, Jennifer Wood (a Whiting by birth), she expressed her frustration with the lack of shoes available for larger feet.  One day a few years ago, after many unsuccessful shopping-for-shoes trips, she said, “I went into a store, and I was determined that I was going to find some shoes.  At about the third store I went into, I asked, ‘Do you have any pair of size 12 shoes?’  Their answer was no, and I had tears start running down my face, right in the store…Then I decided, this is reality.  Are you going to cry about it?”
            Armed with the hard truth that finding good shoes in a size 12 was going to be rough, Jenn decided that she would have to be willing to search in less usual places, and perhaps be willing to spend a bit more money.  My aunt has found success shopping for size 12 shoes at Payless Shoe Source, which, according to their website Payless.com, carries women’s sizes through 13, with half-sizes stopping at 9.5.  However, due to quality issues, more recently she has taken to shopping at Zappos.com, an online company which supplies just about anything you might reasonably want.  Jenn purchased a few pairs of shoes from them recently and needed to return one she didn’t like as well.  She said of the experience, 
Zappos is really great because if you do have to return something, it’s free shipping I believe.  When I called and said I wanted a different pair, I found the pair I wanted first; they said, ‘Ok, we’ll send you that one out right away and we’ll send you a packing slip so you can send that pair back.’  I didn’t have to wait to get my new pair of shoes.  They’ll mail them to you within usually a day.
            Zappos’ website confirms that they offer free shipping on returns, and at the time this was written, they are offering free returns for 365 days (likely as a Christmas incentive).  Their shoes are offered in multiple widths, and range from size 2 to size 15 in women’s.  When compared with Payless, their prices are higher; however, as my aunt puts it, “I’ll wait for a year and save up and buy a pair of shoes that I really like rather than buy a cheap pair at Payless that will fall apart within a few months and not fit me as well.”  Oftentimes better quality comes with a higher price.
            Both Kmart and Walmart often carry shoes up to size 12, though most shoes run only to size 11.  My experience in department stores has been that most of them carry through size 10, some up to 11, and there is a very occasional 12.  If you are willing to pay the price (their “starting” price online is $25), Nordstrom’s online store carries through women’s size 14, and carries half sizes through 11.5.  Nordstrom even tends to have most of these sizes in stock in their store as well.  I found similar results with the department store Macys.
            Other online sources for specialty shoe shopping include (but are not limited to):  6pm.com, eccousa.com, drewshoe.com, sanitaclogs.com, aetrex.com, dsw.com, famousfootwear.com, footsmart.com, and shoesofyourdreams.com.  These are just the tip of the iceberg.  So many other sources are there, waiting to be discovered.
            When it comes to finding the right shoe, if you have large feet, you have to be willing to possibly pay a larger sum, take extra time to research out all your options, and deal with the (in)convenience of online shopping.  When you shop online for something like shoes, the opportunity is missed to try on the actual shoe.  However, at minimum, return shipping is paid in many cases, so if the shoe doesn’t fit when you receive it, you can return the shoe for free to the company and choose either another size or go with another option/company.  These are all drawbacks to the art of large-shoe-shopping, but in order to have healthy, pain free feet, you must be willing to make this sacrifice.  After all, this is “reality,” as my Aunt Jennifer states, and your feet are not going to magically get smaller. 
Shoe size is one of our unchangeable features as human beings, and we all need shoes.  The foot-health benefits far outweigh the cost and inconvenience of finding the right shoe to wear when you have large feet.  There is no shortage of shops out there with the right shoes; the key is finding them, whether in person or online.  Once you find your store, an entire world of shoe options can be opened up.  Sometimes it takes time to find the one shop or shoe that will be your best fit.  However, the sacrifice is still worth it; I would prefer to wear shoes that are comfortable because they fit, don’t hurt, and look at least mildly attractive.  Wouldn’t you? 



Works Cited
Baghdjian, Alice. “Bigger Feet a Growing Shoe Problem for UK Women.” Reuters. 4 Aug. 2011. Web. 22 Nov. 2011.
Burns, S.L., Leese, G.P., McMurdo, M.E.T. “Older People and Ill Fitting Shoes.” Postgrad Med J. (2002): 78: 344-346. Web. 18 Nov. 2011.
de Castro, Alessandra Paiva, José Rubens Rebelatto, and Thaís Rabiatti Aurichio. “The Relationship Between Wearing Incorrectly Sized Shoes and Foot Dimensions, Foot Pain, and Diabetes.”  Journal of Sport Rehabilitation 19.2 (2010):214-225. Academic Search Premier. Web. 16 Nov. 2011.
Dufour, A. B., Broe, K. E., Nguyen, U.-S. D. T., Gagnon, D. R., Hillstrom, H. J., Walker, A. H., Kivell, E. and Hannan, M. T. (2009), “Foot Pain: Is Current or Past Shoewear a Factor?” Arthritis Care & Research, 61: 1352–1358. doi: 10.1002/art.24733.
Grau, Stefan et al. “Comparison Of Female Foot Morphology And Last Design In Athletic Footwear—Are Men’s Lasts Appropriate For Women?.”  Research In Sports Medicine 18.2 (2010): 140-156.  Academic Search Premier.  Web.  5 Dec 2011.
Nordstrom.  www.nordstrom.com 3 Dec 2011.
Payless Shoe Source.  www.payless.com 3 Dec 2011.
Wood, Jennifer.  Personal Interview.  29 Nov 2011.
Zappos.  www.zappos.com  3 Dec 2011. 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Long and Slow Death Called Finals Week

Hey - if one of my ancestors died from a blister, I could die from finals, right?

This has been one of the best semesters of my life. It may have to do with a boy, but I'm not so sure.

I started out the semester right, with just the right amount of hours at work that I thought I could handle. I've been able to balance 20 hrs a week at work, 15 GPA credit hours (5 classes), one early-morning gym class, and a boyfriend. Well, at least my definition of balanced.

I have not had to pull any all-nighters this semester (a first), and I've only had a few weeks where I've had nights getting 3 hours of sleep each night.

Seriously, it's been fabulous.

So here I sit on the night before finals start, with a terrible headache/beginning of a migraine.

I've always found it ironic that things like this tend to happen at the least convenient hour.

Or is it just that whenever a migraine happens I think of all the things I could be doing? And when a migraine doesn't happen I ignore those things? I'm more inclined to think I am a lazy bum who only complains about things like that when it is convenient.

Well, wish me luck! And good luck to everyone out there with finals in the coming couple of weeks!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Temple Square-ing It Up

I went to the First Presidency Annual Christmas Devotional this past Sunday with my sister, friends, and boyfriend.

Here are the pictures:











Please also listen to my new favorite version of "Feliz Navidad", as performed by Michael Buble:



This is the end of the post.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Es lo que Está Pasando

Yup, if you speak fluent Spanish, don't check the title.  It's probably all wrong.

However, I am getting quite good (I think) at my Spanish skills.  I help customers nearly every day in Spanish; some days I'm more helpful than others, but hey - at least I try, right?

I have been busy with work and school and spending time with Caleb (don't barf).

Classes are done next week, and then one week of finals.

After that, one more semester until I graduate!

I leave for the Dominican Republic in 3 weeks!

Kaitlin, Caleb, Kendra, Clayton, Megan and I are attending the Christmas First Presidency devotional on Sunday.   Look for us in the nosebleed section.

Caleb, Kendra and I are attending the Music and the Spoken Word/Christmas Mormon Tabernacle Choir Concert on Dec 18.  Also look in the nosebleed section for us.  I can't believe I was lucky enough to get tickets to both!

I still haven't gotten the promotion at work, but I'm working on it.  I guess they want to work me as much as possible, for as little as possible, for as long as possible.  Which financially makes sense.  However, ethically it does not.  According to corporate policy, they are allowed to work me up to 12 weeks in a position without extra compensation for the higher-paying work.  If I work more than half my shifts in a higher-paying position consistently for more than 12 weeks, then they will give me the higher-paying position, as well as give me back pay for the 12 weeks.  I don't know that that would hold up with the law, but whatever.  Oh well, at least I have a job.

The snow is mostly nonexistent here so far, thank goodness.  I don't plan on it staying that way much longer, but I'll enjoy it while it lasts.  I will never complain about heat again in my life.  Probably.

Well, I'm off to get my snow tires put on.  Just in case, you know, it SNOWS.

Also, wish my mom a happy birthday today!  She's    years old!

(Blogger must have censored the age there.)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Grateful Post

I didn't have a chance to get online yesterday, so here is my belated thankful post:

I am thankful for my family, who made an effort to call me yesterday, even on an international line.

I am grateful for my mom's cooking knowledge, so that I could make my own pie for Thanksgiving (and boy is it GOOD).

I am thankful for my sweet boyfriend and his family who invited me over for Thanksgiving.

I am grateful to have had the 'luck' to not be schedule an early Black Friday either year I've worked at Walmart (I say luck, because, well, someone has to work early Black Friday and I would hate to think that Heavenly Father only blesses me to not work early but punishes the rest...).

I am thankful that the snow has mostly melted away and there was no terrible weather this week, at least in Utah.

I am grateful I have always had a place to go on Thanksgiving.  Not always have I been able to take advantage of that due to work obligations (last 2 years), but I have always known that someone wanted me at their table.

I am grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ.  Without Him I would have had a completely different life.

I am thankful that I can live in this country, that I am allowed to go to school as a girl where so many cannot, and that I can sleep safe at night and drink the tap water.

I am thankful for easily accessed medication we have here in the USA.  Seriously, can you imagine what kind of trouble I'd be in if I couldn't just buy ibuprofen at the grocery store like so many can't?

I am grateful for nights like last night.  I had a terrible migraine most of the day, but tried to conceal it.  When I got home at 7:30 my house was empty, so I was able to sleep for nearly 12 hours.  Now I feel fantastic!  Not often do you get the chance to sleep that long.

I am thankful for having a job.  It may not be the best job in the world, but I don't have to worry about getting laid off (they are the largest retailer in the world), nor do I have to worry about constantly outperforming everyone in the store in order to keep my job.  As long as I am honest, show up to work on time, and do what is asked, I am not going to lost my job.  I hope.

I am grateful for so many other things, but this post is starting to get lengthy.

Last of all, I'm thankful for all of YOU.  My family, mostly, and a few friends here and there.  I know you all love me, and I want you all to know that I love you all.

Unless you're some creeper that just showed up on my blog.  Leave.  You are FREAKING me out!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Playing in the Snow

Here are two pictures from playing out in the snow last Friday, where I hit my head.  Yep, these are the first (and only) pictures I have of Caleb and me.  And I look special, which is super awesome.  So here ya go:






 And from when I got to see my mom a week and a half ago, in Layton:


Monday, November 21, 2011

A Game of Roulette and Trust Issues

Picture this if you will:

You're walking through a beautifully wooded campus, on a wonderful November day.  Snow blankets the ground all around you.  Students frolic down the sidewalks together, laughing and chatting as they go to and from class.

A huge puff of snow falls off a higher branch onto people in front of you.  They are engulfed in the white powder and soaked.  Wait - this isn't a pleasant Thanksgiving-week-day.  It's a sick game of roulette as you try to get from warm building to building because it's so dang cold outside.

Ice also covers the ground - your pants are wet because there's snow everywhere.  You almost fell down the hill going to class because you haven't waterproofed your wickedly awesome boots you finally purchased over the weekend.  You're just wearing your normal shoes, the ones you've been fine with being wet in the last 3 years, and so you keep slipping around.  You forgot your gloves, so your fingers are freezing and there's no cute boy to be seen to keep them warm for you.

You remember the current situation at hand - you're trying to get to the student center to get lunch, but there are trees everywhere, covered in snow.  You strategically dart under branch to branch, trying to play your chances right and not choose a branch that gives way, dumping all the contents of the snow on top of you.  Thankfully, you make it to the next building, free of snowfall on you.

And it's only November.  It's only going to get worse, and will stay until March at least, and who knows how much longer you're going to live here!

Also on my mind - trust issues.

No, I'm not reliving horrific childhood experiences or anything like that.  It snowed on Friday - around 6-8 inches I believe.  Caleb and Kendra and I went outside after I got off work to play in the snow in a field next to our apartment.  I decided to make a snow angel.

I thought that snow was supposed to be light and fluffy.  Like, really fluffy.  Like, if you wanted to make a snow angel and just decided to play a game of trust with the snow and fall straight back onto your back to make the snow angel, that the snow would be so fluffy that it would decide to catch you and let you nicely down to the ground.

The snow did not pull through for me this time in fluffiness content.

I woke up on Friday with the worst sore neck of my life, unable to get up without rolling myself over and pushing myself up.  After two days of a migraine and unable to move my neck, I finally got some sleep last night and now it just feels like a regular stiff neck.  Hoping I didn't damage anything or put out of place my spinal cord.  Because it sure feels like I did.

Moral of both stories:  snow is sneaky and cannot be trusted.

Moving to the Caribbean.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Dilemma

What would you do?  I seem to have to ask this a lot.

My 2 new roommates this year are quite the drama.  I love them, they're cute fun girls, just dramatic.

One roommate started dating a neighbor living in the same complex.  I've known him more than two years, a long time by college neighbor standards.  Said roommate is only 19 years old, and is on the third person she's dated this school year (different stories entirely).  One of those guys is roommates/best friends with the guy she's dating currently.  Or at least, was best friends.  I don't know what it is now.

My problem is this:  a friend of mine directed me to one of those neighborhood watch websites or something or other, and I found out that this neighbor of mine is a registered sex offender shortly after moving in.  I have known him for more than two years and have never said anything.  I don't know what his offense was.  I don't know how old he was, what happened, nada.  I do know that the neighbor I have gotten to know and consider a friend with a loose definition of the word friend is a nice guy.  From what I can initially see.  He goes to church every week, goes to school, helps people out, etc.  It appears that whatever happened he has dealt with it.

But I don't know that for sure.  Now, do I mind my own business and not tell my roommate any of this?  It is very likely that it is all in the past; if I were a betting lady, I would bet it is.  Or, do I risk upsetting both my roommate and her boyfriend and sharing a possible concern?

So far, I'm leaning towards not saying anything.  Why hurt/ruin something that is good?  She is an "adult."  My only reason for wanting to say something is the "what if" factor.  "What if" something bad does happen and I could have prevented it by giving her some forewarning?

What would you do in a situation like this?  Would you even consider it a situation, or just a hyper-active imagination?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

So Yeah, I Haven't Posted In a Bit

And I can't think of anything to post.  All day stuff happens that I think, "Man, that would be a really good posting on blogger, and then people would come and comment and think my blog was super interesting."

Then I get to my computer late at night and by that time I can't remember any of it.

I filed the first request for graduation late last night.  Now I just have to wait for 2 weeks or more for them to get me my packet.  Yee-haw.

I will hopefully have a promotion at work within the next three weeks.  Everyone's rooting for me, and due to some recent forced changes of a supervisor, I think for once everyone will follow through and I will get to move up as promised.

The semester ends in a month.  Yeah!

Next semester is looking to be pretty chill.  I'll have classes on Mon, Wed, and Fri straight from 8:30AM to 12:30 PM.  On Tues-Thurs, I will have my regular spin class at 7:30 in the morning, and that will be it.  THAT WILL BE IT!  WOOOOOOOHOOOOOO!

(I'm a little excited about next semester's schedule.)

Everything else is going well.

K, see yall later when I actually remember one of my creative postings. :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

While It's Still October

Halloween this year:


Pretty dang close, dontcha think?



My coworkers and I:  Hiccup, Rockstar, and Minnie!


I was commissioned to perform the Thriller at work, but failed miserably!  Here's my coworker Candace doing great though - I jumped in at the last 5 seconds or so.


My neighbors and roommates came to see me at work - I felt like a celebrity!
(No, not my boyfriend in the picture - he doesn't have a car, so couldn't come see me.)


While we're on the subject of boyfriend and Halloween - go check out this awesome romantic song by Stephanie Mabey - you'll love it!  It's a free download, but don't know how long that is going to last.....

Here's to November!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

End of the Week

It is a comfort knowing I did not fail any of my exams the last two weeks.

I did not get scores worth bragging about, but I did not fail.

And now I leave you with this:

There were three medieval kingdoms on the shores of a lake.  There was an island in the middle of the lake, over which the kingdoms had been fighting for years.  Finally, the three kings decided that they would send their knights out to do battle, and the winner would take the island.

The night before the battle, the knights and their squires pitched camp and readied themselves for the fight.  The first kingdom had 12 knights, and each knight had five squires, all of whom were busily polishing armor, brushing horses, and cooking food.  The second kingdom had twenty knights and each knight had 10 squires. Everyone at that camp was also busy preparing for battle.  At the camp of the third kingdom, there was only one knight, with his squire.  This squire took a large pot and hung it from a looped rope in a tall tree.  He busied himself preparing the meal, while the knight polished his own armor.

When the hour of the battle came, the three kingdoms sent their squires out to fight (this was too trivial a matter for the knights to join in).  The battle raged, and when the dust had cleared, the only person left was the lone squire from the third kingdom, having defeated the squires from the other two kingdoms, thus proving that the squire of the high pot and noose is equal to the sum of the squires of the other two sides.

Don't think about it too much.  This joke made me laugh out loud when I read it the first time.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

So Things Are Crazy

Hey there!

I've been kind of MIA for a bit I guess.

Here's what I've been up to:

1.  Hanging with Caleb.

2.  Doing homework.

3.  Going to class.

4.  Working.

5.  Sleeping.

Ok, that was very enlightening, wasn't it?!

I've been studying a lot; I had an exam in one of my classes this week.  Other than the final, it was the only exam of the semester, so here's crossing my fingers that I did all right!

I've been sleeping a LOT, but still not getting enough sleep.  I've been sleeping to the point of missing many classes, halfway through the day, and still not feeling up to doing anything or concentrating on anything.  I finally went to the doctor and he confirmed my thought that I was really low on iron.  Hoorah for vitamins!

I've been working.  Not too much, just a normal amount.  My max right now is about 20 hours a week.  In the next few weeks I can retake the 'leadership test' at work and, assuming I pass it, I will get the next promotion as promised me 6 months ago.  Woohoo!

I've been doing a lot with Caleb in the little free time between work, classes, and sleep.  Mostly we have study parties.  No one raise your eyebrows at my last comment.  I might die of embarrassment.  Seriously, we're so hard core that we really just work on homework.

Ok, chau until next time! :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Blog About My Mom Coming Soon

Well, my mom's coming soon, the first week of November.

Some surgery or other on her foot.  It will be painful.

My mom's mom is also coming, to take care of my mom.  Haven't seen my grandma in more than a year.  I am SOOOOOOO excited!

They will be here (North Salt Lake/Davis area) for more than 2 weeks, I believe.

That is all I had to blog about, though I'm sure I left out details other people want to know about.  :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Blog About Guy I'm Dating

So I'm dating someone.  Like legit-ly.  And that isn't even a word.  And I feel like I'm 13.

Anyway.  He is a friend from my freshman year of college, who actually went to high school with me as well.  We e-mailed back and forth during his mission, just friends, and he got home this last summer.  We've been doing a lot together, hiking, comedy shows, playing games with roommates and his brothers, and have been dating since school started.  And he definitely got bonus points for the rose, and bonus points with my roommates for bringing them chocolate.  Everyone likes him, including me.  He's a sweet guy.

**********Update**********

Okay, Caleb is 21, and went to Portugal on his mission.  Now you may all Facebook stalk him out from my page.  J/k.  He's a sophomore at USU majoring in Biochem, and then plans to go on to U of U or ISU for Pharmacy school.  He likes long walks on the beach and........ok that was a little much.  We good?

What to Blog About

I'm drawing a blank on what to write about here.

Blog about my school work?  Lots of math and writing?

Blog about the guy I'm dating?

Blog about the corn maze last night?

Blog about work?

Blog about my singing roommate?

Blog about my roommates' drama?

Blog about the Halloween candy my mom sent?

Blog about the book signing I went to?

Blog about my friend whose mom died suddenly this week, just as he made the decision to be baptized?

Blog about hearing Sister Shari Dew and Sister Nelson speak?

Blog about lack of sleep?

Blog about my mom coming in a few weeks?



Hmm....

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Feeling Super

'Skinny' Jeans are back on!  AND I had pizza last night.  What could be a better combination?

Did I mention pizza last night was on a DATE? With an actual boy?

This may be a super hard semester school-wise and sleep-wise and (no)friend-wise, but I'm loving it.

I don't think I've ever felt more focused on what I should be doing - less procrastinating, more scripture-reading, more talking-to-boys, more bike-riding (indoor).

And while I'm on the whole no-procrastinating subject, I better get back to my actuarial exam I'm working on.

Chau!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Practicing Problems

I have a dilemma.

I have a piano student who won't practice.

GASP.

"How could it be?!" you say.  "Why would any young student of yours not want to practice the piano religiously?!"

I know.  It is hard to believe, but I have a 10-year-old student who just won't practice.  Hasn't practiced more than ONE time in the last 2-3 months.

I am looking for ideas of incentives.  The parent is not helping at all.  The family just moved to their other house, which does not house their piano yet.  My student still goes back to her old house every few days to do chores and such (her sister and sister's family lives there currently), where the piano currently resides.

This student is not a bad person - she just doesn't have any encouragement at home, but has so much potential.

Lessons are getting to be a huge frustration on all parts.

Help!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

News of the Week

This week's newsflash:

I got a rose from a boy yesterday!!  :)

I feel the need to document this first-time event:


Picture's kind of blurry, but eh that's ok.  Also it is late at night and I just got off work from a full shift.  Don't judge.

Also, last week I went down to Provo to go to the BYU v. USU game.

:(  

That's all I have to say.  But it was fun hanging out with Kaitlin - we went to In N Out, and went to a cupcake store Kaitlin had been wanting to try - it was pretty darn good.


That is all.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cultivating My Talents

Sunday activity:


What scares me is that I think I look more like my mother in this picture than I ever have before.

And my roommate owns this.  Yes, the same one who is causing me medical problems. ;)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Strain of Bacteria

There is a new strain of talkingyourearoffitis running rampant in my apartment.

It appears to be a close cousin, and is called singingyourearoffitis.

This new strain does not have any known fast cure.  The best thing that can be done is be patient and hope it goes away.

Symptoms do get a titch better if you remove yourself from the situation, but this is a minuscule difference.

Again, you just have to wait it out until it's over.

Or, insanity is another option.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The End of the World

I saw this on Facebook this morning and thought it was hilarious.  Couldn't help myself, had to re-post it here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ninjormons

I came across this treasure today during a homework break.

It's hilarious!



If you liked this, there are 2 more episodes made, available on YouTube.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Death by Math: R.I.P.

I'm a little scared of my Inroduction to Analysis class right now.  Proofs are not my thing.  In fact, math in general is no longer my thing.  But heck - I'm this close to graduation, so I should just keep plugging along.

I'm so scared of my math class, in fact, that I just might die.

That could be an interesting epitaph.

Kikigirl
1990-2011
Death by Math

Kikigirl
1990-2011
Prove she's really dead.

Kikigirl
1990-2011
If 1+1=2 but 3+5=2, how old was she?

Got any others?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Too Many, Not Enough

Too many girls, not enough bathrooms.

I severely dislike sharing a bathroom with 3 other girls - especially when you have a guest staying with you, so it's 4 other girls you're sharing your bathroom with.

I especially dislike getting up before class at the appropriate time and having to wait another half hour to get to use the restroom.

And I REALLY dislike having to go to class/campus nasty and gross because my roommates decided to take almost an hour showering in the bathroom.

You wouldn't think sharing with 3 people would be that big of a deal; it shouldn't be.  But apparently it is just too hard to communicate with people before you get in the shower, and near impossible to shower in less than 30 minutes.

I now blame my lack of dating opportunities on my roommates.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Aggie Football, Road Trip

Yeah!  This weekend was awesome.  I started out the weekend going to a party at my friend's house, playing Kinect (previous post), and having fun.

Saturday I picked up my sister Kaitlin at the Frontrunner station in Ogden.  We went to Costco for lunch and went to the USU vs. WSU game that night.  USU won 54-17.  It was my first winning game I went to, woohoo!











On Sunday, Kaitlin and left bright and early for Idaho Falls to go to my cousin's homecoming.



Ben's home!


I got to see lots of family on the Whiting side.  I left by myself shortly after church was over, and got home in time to work on homework all night.

Yeah!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mormon Hollywood Part 2

Today while walking towards the SciTech computer lab in the basement of the library (to do statistics homework), I ran into something interesting.

In the middle of the library's main entry way, there stood a beautiful black Steinway.

Drool.

And on my way in to see the aforementioned Steinway grand piano, I almost literally ran into Craig Jessop.


Remember this guy??

He was walking into the library with his wife.  I was so in awe I couldn't believe it.  I guess there was a sort of exhibit going on for a Cache Valley musical prodigy who had recently passed away.  A student had put together an event to celebrate her life and her music she composed.

After I got over the fact that Craig Jessop was within feet of me, I came to my senses enough to realize that the school president, Stan Albrecht, was actually standing closer, almost touching elbows with me.

I felt incredibly out of place.  Everyone who knew about the program had come dressed to impress.

I stood around in my shorts and sandals, with a heavy backpack weighing me down.

My friends and I wanted to stay for the program.  About 7 minutes in, though, we had had enough with the opera singing already, and walked downstairs, only to be horribly confused by mathematical/statistical computer programming.

Oh joy.

P.S. Might I mention Dr. Jessop is incredibly shorter than I imagined?  Not that I sit and imagine things like this all the time, that would be weird.

Uh, anyway.  He was short.  Like 5'6", give or take an inch.

Ok, end of story.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Kinect Review

Unfortunately, this is not a paid review from BlogHer, or from XBOX Kinect, or anything.

Someday.

I went to a friend's house last night for a party they were having.  Since I am an anti-social wacko, I felt extremely uncomfortable walking up to a house with a wicked sweet dance party going on outside, complete with car headlights synced up with the beat of the music.  Luckily my friend who invited me was also feeling like this, so he invited Kendra and me downstairs to play his XBOX.  I could only hope that when the cops came to break up the party, they left us alone, since we were inside the house and couldn't possibly have anything to do with the outside.  

Probably not the best logic.

Fortunately, police never showed up for noise control at this party, so that is not how this posting ends.

My friend Landon had a Kinect that he thought would be fun for all of us to play.

After he turned it on, he started directing the console through the different buttons to get to the game he had put in, Kinect Sports.

I said, "Hey, where's your controller?"

Everyone started laughing, and I looked in disbelief as this guy controlled the console simply moving his hands, no controllers involved.  He could also speak aloud to it, to tell it what game to open, and the thing responded!

I felt like I was in Back to the Future Part II.  It was crazy wicked.

Funnest thing I've played in a while!  We played bowling, table tennis, beach volleyball, and a game called Hole in the Wall.  I've never seen something so intricate - your entire character moved with your body.  If I jumped up and started dancing (what no that did NOT happen....), then the character did that as well.

I may just have to go back and play this game some more.  It was pretty sweet.

So, am I the only one who did not know that a Kinect involved no controllers whatsoever?

It reminded me of this:

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ready

I came across a picture of a wedding cake in my aunt's wedding photo blog.


Don't worry this picture is not stolen from my aunt's blog; I stole it from somewhere else.




It's perfect!  I'm in love with it!

So I looked up how to make it, and it looks not tooooooooo difficult.

Which means I could probably hire someone to make it for my own wedding for less than an arm or a leg.  Maybe just an ear.

So it's settled.  I'm ready to get married now that I know what to do for a cake.

Oh, and I forgot.

I just need to go find a guy to go along with the idea too.

Hmmm....

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tony's Grove

Yesterday being Labor Day, I wanted to do one last fun outdoor-sy thing before winter sets in here, in what feels like approximately 3 days.

So I headed up Logan Canyon with my friend Caleb and we hiked around Tony's Grove.  Go almost 20 miles up Logan Canyon, take a left at a marker labeled "Tony's Grove" and then go 7 more miles until you reach the lake there.

I had never really heard about this lake, so I was surprised when I found half of Cache County hanging out up there as well.  Oh, well.  We parked about 1/4 mile away from the parking lot, paid the entry fee, and explored a little bit.  We hiked around the lake, which was just short of one mile.

Then we decided to be ambitious, and made the hike to White Pine Lake, 3.8 miles away.  It was well worth the trip.  There's something about hiking to a spot you can't reach by car, or by anything other than your own feet, really (or a horse).


A portion of White Pine Lake











Hiking back.


Not very clear, but I still like it, sort of.


Coming back down into Tony's Grove.  
The lake is much bigger than this picture describes it.






After I dropped Caleb off at his apartment, having hiked about 8 1/2 miles, I went home and promptly fell asleep.  Yay for actually using a holiday to do something!

Friday, September 2, 2011

You Know You're a Nerd When....

You have only 3 'friends' on Skype.

And your Analysis professor is one of them.

You know your analysis professor is a nerd when....

He is online nearly 24/7, and as proof, he confirmed us 'friends' within 5 seconds after the request was sent.

At least I'll be getting near instantaneous help with my homework this semester!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Recent Medical Condition

I think it is actually possible to physically talk someone's ear off.

Seriously.

Sweet/nice/friendly new roommate, but seriously.

STOP TALKING!

I'm not sure if the doctor will have a prescription for this condition quite yet.



Unfortunate.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Summer in Summary

I am in mourning, as this is the last day of summer for me.  But, even so, we should celebrate this summer, rather than only focus on the loss.

Happenings:

I dated a cute boy.

I went to Boise for my birthday!

I hiked the wind caves on a full moon.

I went to the Boise temple, the Logan temple, and the Oquirrh Mountain temple to do baptisms.

I saw Captain America, Rango, HP 7, Kung Fu Panda 2, Pirates of the Caribbean, Super 8, Thor, and Unknown (yeah, it was a pretty good summer of movies for me).

I sent off two good friends on missions, one to Guatemala, and one to Panama.

I ate at Red Lobster for the first time.

I went to Disney World!

I went rock climbing in the great outdoors.

I went to Bear Lake.

I rode all the rides at Lagoon.

I hiked in Twin Falls.

I hiked in Logan Canyon, and did a good chunk of the Crimson Trail.

I hiked the Jardine Juniper trail (10.4 miles!).

I went to Temple Square with my mom and sister and Kendra.

I went to This Is the Place monument/pioneer park with my family.

I had many friends get married, only one of which I actually went to.

I bought my first webcam.  And got an iPod.  Yeah, I'm pretty high tech now.

I found Tillamook ice cream in my city.

I saw the last of the three witnesses' grave.

I (almost) finished the Book of Mormon in Spanish.

I went country swing dancing!

I worked my fanny off at Wally's, and got 2 better positions (the last of which will be finalized come November).

I studied to no avail with my math material.

Phew!  I definitely need a break now after all that!

What's that you say?  School starts tomorrow?!!!!!!


Well shoot...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

You Know You're a College Student When.......

....You buy a new package of undies rather than do your laundry.  Sometimes there's not time to do it! Or money!


....You feel like a hitchhiker mooching your way around the state, from high school friends you haven't talked to in more than a year to the Frontrunner, to Trax, and then begging a friend to pick you up at the station....even if it didn't take much persuasion.  Clarification - I didn't mooch a ride on the Frontrunner or Trax...I paid my ticket in full.


....Your room decorations consist of posters that cost you a dollar at the Distribution center....Though pictures of temples are probably a much better choice than a steamy picture of Zac Efron...right.......?....shudder...


....Your textbooks for the semester cost about the same amount as you'd normally spend on food in the same allotted time.

....You can fit your life into a car.



Have any to add?


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Days of Summer

I love days like this one, 2 weeks ago, when I went to Bear Lake with 2 of my best friendlies, and played all day, boating, swimming, sunning, and chocolate-raspberry shaking.



Even if I'm still peeling over my entire body from the severe sunburn.

I'm excited to finish school in May, but so bummed summer has to end.

P.S. I have an air vent working in my room now, and it's quite entertaining to see my turtles from the Dominican Republic bobbling their heads like they're supposed to.  Just thought I'd let y'all know that little tidbit.  It's like you're right in the room with me now!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Giving Thanks

I read this thought posted on Facebook this morning by a friend of a friend:

"What if  you woke up today with only the things you thanked the Lord for yesterday?"


Something to think about.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

iHurt

My friend/roommate came up to Logan on Tuesday of this past week to visit and endure some torture from me! How fun!

We left as early as our bodies would let us on Wednesday and drove up Logan Canyon to Wood Camp Campground, where the trail head lies for Jardine Juniper.





I was pretty excited to be in legitimate 'wilderness'.




5.2 miles later, we arrived at our destination: this old (try about 1,500 years) tree.

Pretty dang spectacular, huh?


Since I don't really see myself doing this again in this life, I figured I'd better document that I was there.


We got to the trailhead just before 9:30 in the morning (after getting water, lunch, backpack, driving, etc).  Almost 6 hours later, 10.4 miles, 2000 feet up and 2000 feet down, blisters on both feet, and 2 very tired ladies, we made it back to the car.

This completes my goal of at least 4 hikes this summer.  Yeehaw!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

NEWS OF THE YEAR

TILLAMOOK ICE CREAM 1 MILE FROM MY APARTMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I can die happy.


In other news, I am having a semi-mid-life crisis.  My life goal to move to Oregon is now obsolete.  I guess I could stay in Utah...........