Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy Dance!

I just finished my last class of the semester.

HAPPY DANCE!

Just need to survive finals.

Please pray for me to pass all of my classes, if you have time and wouldn't mind!

I'm sure you'll all get blessings for it, or something!  Or a nice card or brownies.

Maybe.

And then, after finals,

EXAM FM AND P.

In other words,  the first 2 exams toward being a real life, grown up, actuary.

Thank you.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sticky Notes

What a cute idea!

I was on campus at the library tonight, and had to use the restroom.

Upon entering the restroom, I found a few sticky Post-It notes on the mirrors, that said,

"You're going to rock those finals!"

"You are beautiful!  Believe in yourself!"

"You rock, you are beautiful, and everything will work out!"

It made me smile.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Shyness



I've always known that I can be pretty shy in groups of people, especially groups of my peers, but I thought I had gotten over that the last few years.

Now that I've spent a little more time with a friend who is NOT shy at all, I'm realizing again how shy I am in groups.

I have no problem being fun and wacky around him by myself, but once we get in a group of people, I'm quiet as can be, and am generally too scared to do much in front of the group.

How many of you are like this?

What do you do/do you try to do anything about it?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Cross That One Off My List!

Last night there was a ward party at a high councilman's cabin up Logan Canyon, just past the turnoff for Beaver Ski Resort.

I took the turnoff for the huge cabin available for Beaver Resort, and my friend Cam met me in the parking lot to give me a ride in to the cabin.

On snowmobiles!

It was my first time ever riding a snowmobile, and we rode the snowmobiles in maybe 1/3 mile to get to the cabin.  There was 6 feet of snow everywhere.  It was awesome.

He took me on a ride for a bit out in the 100 acres the high councilman owns as well.  That, too, was awesome.

It didn't hurt that I liked the guy I was riding with either.

:)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fridge Etiquette

Some observations I've found:

(Roommates now and in the past, this is all in good fun)

Leftovers should be disposed of within the week.

Each shelf should have a go-over once a week to insure that there is no stinky food or unknown food laying around.

Mexican food leftovers have a 2-day limit in the fridge.

No uncovered food should be left in the fridge - it may make other food taste bad, or your own uncovered food may end up tasting like the tuna next door.

Rotten milk is a no-go.

Engagement pictures on the fridge shall be taken down following the wedding - we no longer need any reminder that those people have moved on to that next step.

If there is a spill in the fridge, clean it up!

When in doubt, throw it out!

Whether you label your food as yours or not, keep track of where and what it is.

Raw meat should either be frozen, or used within the week, or before it starts stinking up the fridge.

You know there's a problem when the apartment smells bad because the fridge smells bad.

Open cups with liquid in them don't really belong in the fridge.

If you intend to share your food, don't put your name/initials on it.  No one will ever feel comfortable using it.

Please only use your share of the fridge.

Magnets are cool - but don't over-do it.

Thank you, that is all.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Finals

I think I got a mini idea of what a panic attack would feel like in class today.  Lightheaded, not enough oxygen.  Blah blah blah.

Lots of homework and more got piled on today.

I have been having a bunch of mini almost-panic attacks today thinking about everything I have to do in the next 2 weeks.

Checking out for a bit (or not).

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Perseverance

Nope, I'm not talking about schoolwork here.  Though, that would definitely be applicable.

Not talking boys or dating crap either.  Definitely applicable too.

I'm talking about the air quality study I participated in January of 2010.  I was supposed to be compensated by the end of April (really, before).  I was never compensated, and kept asking what was going wrong only to often be ignored.

It's been an off and on thing, me contacting one person, them contacting the next down, that person contacting me and conversing until they decide to ignore me again, and then repeat again maybe a month later.  All the while, still waiting for just one check in the mail.

I was ready to give up, and was getting really upset, but decided to try one more time.  I went to the head of the study, talked to him, and he had it solved in about a week's time.

I just checked the mail, and now I've got to go to the bank.  :)

Still think I should've earned interest on it or something.........

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sure do 'Preciaytcha!

Last night I had the worst migraine I've had all year.  I generally get them around 1-2 times a month.  After staring at my homework and trying not to throw up for 4 hours, I e-mailed my professor and told him what I'd been doing, and asked him if I could turn it in the next day instead.

Thank heavens for professors who are attached to their laptop as much as I sometimes am!

Within 45 minutes he responded and said it would be fine, not a problem at all.

I also e-mailed another professor, asking him when he would like me to turn some assignments in.  I missed a few assignments in the stress of the first half of my semester, then went in and confessed to him.  He was kind, understanding, and didn't treat me like I was a failure.  He asked me to turn in those assignments I had missed, but only as long as it didn't interfere with my current assignments getting done.  If that were to happen, he offered to work something else out homework-wise to be able to pass the class.

In his e-mail back to me, he told there was no due date, just as soon as I finished each assignment.  He added good luck, and told me he was glad to see me making a come back.

I really appreciate some of these professors not treating me like a failure just because I'm not the top student, and don't raise my hand and ask questions or go to their office hours every day.  I appreciate that they see that I didn't just slack off from school.

Then there are other professors.................

Let's not go there.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Headaches

I detest them.

I have had a headache every day so far this week, starting on Sunday, and I'm ending the day today with a full-blown migraine.  And I have 3 assignments due in the morning for the same math class.  Blah.

What usually causes your migraines/headaches?

How do you usually get rid of them?  Different things work for me each time, as each headache tends to be different, but then there are times like this migraine where I know nothing is going to help.

Help!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Jokester

Three days straight of nonstop snow, and it's not stopping still.........

Okay, haha, funny joke!

Silly!

You can stop now, I get it, it's a funny joke!

Yeah, snow can stop anytime now.............

Seriously, stop.


STOP NOW!



{going crazy}

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Pay Phones

Today, I answered the pay phone in the customer service area.  Twice.

The first time it rang, I had no idea what was going on.  I just heard this incredibly loud ring, coming from one of the walls.  By the time I figured out that someone was calling to the pay phone, it was done ringing.  I asked my coworkers about it, and they said, "Oh, that's normal; it happens every once in a while."

I don't know what they're talking about - I've worked there nearly a year, and have NEVER heard the pay phone ring!

Then it rang again, maybe a half hour later.  I motioned to my friend and supervisor to make sure I was fine to answer the pay phone (after all, it did say "Ringing.  Please answer me." on the read-out screen), I picked up.

"Hello?"

"Hey, is Jimmy there?  I need to talk to him."

"Um, nope.  He's not here that I know of.  This is a pay phone inside a WalMart."

"Nice try lady.  Pay phones can't be called.  I need to talk to him."

"Um, really, it's a pay phone."

"Uh-huh.  Well, when you see him, tell him I've left my apartment and he can just figure out how to pick me up {insert expletives wherever}."

"Oooooooooookay, but seriously.  This is the pay phone inside the North Logan Walmart."

"K bye hon."

What in the world?

Then the phone rang another hour later.  I answered again, and a different voice was on the other end.

"Hi, did someone just call me from this number?"

"I don't think so - well, actually I don't know.  Maybe.  This is a pay phone in Walmart."

After apologizing profusely and being embarrassed, she hung up the phone.

And that was the interesting highlight of my day.

Oh, and also, it's been snowing for 5 hours and my shoes are soaked through as well as my socks and my pants, and all of Logan.

Too-da-loo!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bringing out the Best

I've discovered for myself that roommates are a great way to discover what your true pet peeves in life are.

Case 1:

Taking out the trash.

Now, I have absolutely no problem taking the trash out;  I really don't mind.  What I DO mind is a roommate who never ever takes out the trash, period.  In fact, when the trash gets too full, said roommate simply ties it off and plucks it somewhere on the ground as if to say, "Hey guys, please take this trash out.  It's far too stinky for me."  Also, when said roommate's own personal trash can gets full or any of the bathroom trashes are full, roommate simply ties off those small grocery-size bags and puts them inside the main trash can in the kitchen, again, for me or any other roommate to take out.

Interestingly enough,  I have had 2 or 3 roommates do this that I remember.  I never realized so many had a phobia of taking out the trash.

Case 2:

Loud music.

The main thing that bothered me from this was last school year, when I had a roommate, not of our faith, wait to get ready for her own church services until the early afternoon on the Sabbath, and put loud rock and country music blasting through her ipod speakers in the bathroom(apparently this roommate never heard of ear phones....ever....).  Also, other loud music in general bothered me.

Case 3:

Unmentionables overflowing in the trash can in the bathroom.

Not much to say on this one, just:  seriously; that's disgusting.  Just take the trash out for crying out loud!

Case 4:

Shutting off the entire bathroom any time a roommate needs to use the toilet.

I think this is a shyness characteristic, but it gets annoying that the entire bathroom becomes unusable whenever a certain roommate needs to use the bathroom.  I was under the impression that this was the reason that the toilet room in our apartment was separate from the rest of the bathroom, so that you could still use teh sink and anything else you might need in there.  Maybe I was misinformed.

Case 5:

Actually, I'm running out of cases.

I think that through having roommates, all different people, that while I've discovered pet peeves I didn't realize I had, I've also learned to deal with them.  I've taught myself not to internally grumble when I notice the garbage bag has been filled up with lots of smaller plastic bags, and to just take it out to the dumpster.  I've learned to tune out music, and it honestly rarely bothers me anymore.  In fact, I've not only learned to fall asleep quickly, I can fall asleep with loud music blaring right outside my door.  I've learned to not need the bathroom and go next door if I need to use the restroom and a roommate won't get out of the bathroom.  I'm learning to let things slide and just take care of them myself.

Then again, a lot of these things still seem a little ridiculous, don't they?  ;)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Yummies

Kendra wanted to make cookies last night, and I suggested we look up a recipe online for something new we hadn't tried before.

So we ended up with German Chocolate Cookies.

Soooooo good!

The recipe can be found here, from All Recipes.

This was really easy, as in, I can't fathom cookies being any easier than this EVER.  Sure, I'm sure someone has a really great recipe for actually making your own German chocolate cake mix instead of using the store-bought mix, but for college students who are poor and with limited cupboard space and time, this was GREAT!

1 pkg. German chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 c. butter or margarine, melted
1/2 c. quick-cooking oats
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. raisins (DON'T put these in your cookies)

1.  In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients but the chocolate chips, and DEFINITELY not the raisins.  Seriously, DON'T PUT THOSE IN YOUR COOKIES!  Then stir in the chocolate chips.

2.  Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls on an ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart.  You may want to make these bigger than normal, because the cookies don't spread out very much at all.  They pretty much stay as big as you make them on the cookie sheet.

3.  Before you bake them, please make sure you didn't put the raisins in the mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes and move to wire racks.

4.  Eat these while they're still warm - they're not quite as good once they cool off, but they're still pretty good.