Friday, March 27, 2009

Hunting

It's 6 weeks until graduation and the more I am exposed to the real world, the more I just want to spend the rest of my life in school. Homework is awful, but job hunting is worse... much worse. I wake up each morning with fears running through my head of if the resume I submitted the day earlier was attached correctly to the e-mail, or if I was too late to apply for the job I had found last week. I am constantly revising, editing, shortening and lenghthening my resume. I have cover letters of all shapes and sizes. I have been at this for about 2 months solid... have I heard back from any of the seemingly hundreds of resumes I have sent? Nope. Not one.

So I am here to say that graduating college in the middle of a economic recession is a delight! That's right, a delight. I need to change my attitude. I have come to the conclusion that my resume has bad karma attached to it because of my bitter feelings. I have made a list of reasons why I should not be complaining about how tough life is...

- being able to go to school and achieve a college degree is something that most in the world don't have the opportunity to have
-I have a strong family backing that I can always turn to in times of need
-I have a plan B when most don't even have a plan A -I can always move back to Utah and live at home until I earn money enough to move back out here again
-At least I don't have debt
-I could always work a low paying sales job even though it is something that I dread doing
- I live in America, the land of opportunity
- I have enough experience being so young to give me a rockin' resume

I have a goal of landing that dream job, it may take some free labor, entry-level work to get there but I am willing to do so if given the chance to prove myself. Hopefully with some luck and divine intervention I will have my life figured out before I waltz across the stage with a serenade of Pomp and Circumstance.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Happy World TB Day!



World TB Day is March 24. This annual event commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of M. tuberculosis, the bacteria that cause TB.


Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s deadliest diseases:

* One third of the world’s population are infected with TB.

* Each year, nearly 9 million people around the world
become sick with TB.

* Each year, there are almost 2 million TB-related deaths worldwide.

* TB is the leading killer of people who are HIV infected.


So spread the word and join in the cause!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Happy St. Patricks Day!

Celebrations have been taking place all over town since this weekend. Riding on the metro on Friday and Saturday was so much more humorous because the majority of the people on board were not only dressed in green from head to toe, but were filled to the brim with good ol' Irish beer.

On Saturday, my roommate Laurie decided she wanted to have a dessert party on Sunday. We all went and did our own activities for the day and when we all were finally back home late that night, Laurie started baking. It was midnight and she whipped out two cakes and batch of cookies. In the meantime, 4 of us are crowded in the hallway leading to the kitchen, lying on the floor talking about the day’s events and watching as Laurie slaved away in the kitchen. I’m sure it would have been hilarious to see, but for us, it seemed normal.

Sunday came, church flew by, choir practice was amazing and it was time for the party. We all contributed and by the time people showed up we had quite a spread to offer:
-No-bake cookies
- Homemade Oreos
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Red Velvet cake with whipped cream frosting
- Death By Chocolate bunt cake
- Banana Bars
- Banana muffins
-Caramel popcorn

We have also learned that when you say dessert, people come running. At max capacity, we had about 40 people, but people kept coming and going until about midnight that night. I was very fun and we were proud of our good party-throwing skills.

Yesterday, I went to a free "River Dance" performance at the Kennedy Center, which was good, but I could only handle it for so long. At home, Lisa had made an amazing St. Patrick’s Day meal of pasta, salad and a yummy lime drink. We had the sister missionaries over for dinner and they were so much fun and they made this holiday much more wonderful. They were truly inspiring.

Memories

As I sit here in my miserable looking cubicle, while my eyes go cross eyed from staring at the computer screen all day long, a familiar song comes on my playlist. Instantaneously, I am transported back in time.

I am riding in the back of the Crane's gold and red, Chevy suburban. The smell of the exhaust, leather and sticky sunscreen lingers in the air. Amanda and Rachel are in the front seat, Lindsey Maren and I are in the back. The sunlight fades in out of view as the mountain shadows it from view while cruising up Ogden Canyon. I can feel the wind comb it's way through my hair and the sounds of Alanis Morisette's " Ironic" bounce off the canyon walls coming from the tape deck on the dashboard. I am giddy with excitement, my heart races as my eye's are glued staring at cabin's passing by trying to be the first to spot the " Air Mail" mailbox. Maren inevitably wins the game, but it didn't matter, nothing mattered, I was free, nothing could tear me down from that moment. I was on my way to the condo to spend a weekend in the pool, on the tunnel slide, in the hot tub, min-golf course and tennis courts, life could not get more simply perfect.

It's amazing to me to think that was so many years ago, when right now, at this moment, I feel like it was yesterday. I don't know if I am the only one, but I feel like I have these moments everyday. I hear a song, I smell a scent, I read a word... and am in another world for a moment.

The other day I was in Annapolis and as I stared out over the harbor, the mixture of lights from the loading docks and the smell of the ocean breeze took me back to San Pedro and remembering moments that I will never forget.

Or while I was walking around New York, the intense fumes of exhaust shoved in your face, with the sounds of city buses and taxi's I was reminded of the streets and markets of Ecuador and how a piece of my heart will always be there, longing to go back.

I'm sure some would say that living in the past is never good, and to only look to the future. I would normally agree, however, I have found that those moments of reflection are sometimes the only thing that get's me through long days. Also, I don't if I am capable of not doing so, it is something that has become so natural to me. So for me, looking back has become something to look forward to. But then again, who wouldn't want to imagine being a 10 year old kid on their way to a weekend of fun in the sun right now?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Bhutan

I went to the Environmental Film Festival last night and fell in love, this is why....

Need I say more?

Bhutan is a small country about the size of Switzerland, nestled in the shadows of the Himalayas. This country has been kept far from the developed world and has proven that progression is not based on gross national product but on gross national happiness. Only within the past 10 years have they experienced electricity, cable and internet. The culture is beautiful, the people are inspiring and their national goals are what all countries should strive for. This is a country I have been dreaming of and I can't wait to someday experience it firsthand. I promise you, that day will come. (I have already started mapping out how to get there and the best ways to get around) Bhutan, here I come!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Big Apple

Lisa's friends Mike and Steve were in town and had never been to NYC. So off we went for a one day excursion to see everything there is to see.
First and foremost: A map
Morning stroll through Central Park where I ran into a family friend Jennifer Buckner. What are the odds?
The NYC LDS Temple
During our hop-on, hop-off bus tour we explored the seaside
The United Nations = my dream
Peace
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G...it's so much cooler in real life!
Carnegie Deli: Pastrami on Rye, NYC classic. ( or grilled cheese which is my classic)
We made it on the late show! Will Ferrell and Cursive ( big fan) all for free!
This was what the trivia question was about that they asked us in order to get tickets to the show... I got it right because Lisa got it wrong.

View from the top of the Rockefeller Center
This is how you do NYC in ONE day:
-Start in DC, catch a bus at 2:00 AM.
-Arrive in NY at around 8:00 AM.
-Do the above mentioned activities.
-Catch the 1:45 AM bus back to DC
-end up in DC at around 6:00 AM.
- SLEEP

Naval Academy Ball





Sunday, March 8, 2009

International Women's Day







There is a relationship between all women across the global that is unique and undefinable. It is sense of comfort, pride and friendship that bind women together from all walks of life. I have been blessed to have surrounded myself with incredible, strong women. Throughout my life I have never had lack of friends to talk to when no other could hear me; of women who rejoiced in my happiness; who giggled with me through the early morning hours. I have never had lack of a shoulder to cry on even when crying made no sense; of sound advice that never failed.I have always had an abundance of love through a network of women who have always been there for me. So here is to my mother, grandmothers, sister, aunts, cousins, friends and everyone who has ever showed me the strength that can only come from a bond between women. I love and cherish you. Thank you for the example you have been in my life. Today is your day...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sometimes

Sometimes I feel like I'm on a traveling road show
Sometimes I've got the power of the will
And I know I'm going to be alright

Sometimes I feel like I'm on a freight train
Forever rescued by the mystery rain
Sometimes I'm just out for a thrill

Sometimes I want to shut down and ride
And go where no man should go
Go where no man should go

The sun's going to come shining down; 
push it all away; make it alright
Sometimes in the heart of a long cold night
It's all too far out of sight

Hard to know everything's going to be alright
Everyone thinks you've got everything you want
Hard to have and then have not
Could it be, ever really be, alright?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Beautiful





This Saturday was amazing. Shannon and I woke up early, jumped in the car and headed to Reston Virginia where an incredible group of relief society women collected items and put together 150 hygiene kits for a school for orphan children living in the D.R. Congo which is called Sowers of Hope.  As I gave presentation to them about the Congo, the school and the organization, I was brought to tears at how incredible it was that these women who knew nothing about what was going on in Congo, where the supplies were going or who they were helping, were so willing to collects boxes and boxes worth of supplies and give up their Saturday morning to put it all together. They were so wonderful and I will never forget how beautiful it was to see the car completely packed with kits, books, clothes and other items. 

On the way back to Maryland we drove by the LDS temple. It is such a beautiful building with an incredible spirit that makes you never want to leave. 

After that, Shannon and I headed to a local grocery store to get some free boxes because we had way more supplies then expected. The store manager was more then happy to give me the boxes if I was willing to unpack all of them... which I did. So I have now learned the art of stacking toilet paper and paper towels on grocery store shelves. All in a days work right? We were in 15 degree weather when you factor in the wind chill and we packed, taped and sorted all of the supplies in the middle of the grocery store  parking lot. Good thing the girls scouts were there to give us our energy "snack". 

Soon thereafter we were off to the container where we were able to meet Bernard. He is the founder of Sowers of Hope which was started with the land he was given by his uncle. He lives part time in the U.S. and part time in the Congo, however, he is moving permanently to the Congo. Therefore, we were able to gather many supplies to ship because he let us use the free space in his container. He was a wonderful man and invited Shannon and I to come visit which I probably will do someday...

All in all, it was a Saturday filled with beautiful moments and beautiful people.