Monday, March 14, 2011

Completely Clueless: Some favorite quotes from Phil Dunphy.

-Whoa, whoa, maybe it's all the creams, that just made sense, girlfriends.

-I don't like to talk about money. But I have exactly ten million dollars.

-I'm still thinking about all the Sanjays.

-I called the florist and ordered one dozen Mylar balloons. Good luck staying mad, honey!

-Yeah, yeah he gives me a hard time. But that's the deal with a father-in-law. The key is I never let him see just how much it devastates me.

-Haley: Dad, that was a stop sign.
Phil: I'll stop twice on the way back.

-Phil: Wow, this place has really changed. Time marches on, huh? See that Starbucks down there, you know what that used to be?
Luke: An orange grove?
Phil: No, a Burger King. You can still see some of the architecture.

-Phil: You're such a great mother. Sometimes I wish you were my mother.
Claire: Oh gosh. I'm already queasy.

-I know I got a lot of baggage, but don't worry, I'm seeing a therapist. Just kidding. I'm fine.

-The iPad comes out on my actual birthday. It's like Steve Jobs and God got together to say, "we love you, Phil."

-In nature, fathers are known to eat their young. Is it because they're delicious? No. It's because they want to give their female... bear, giraffe, what have you... the honeymoon they never had. Just to be clear: I don't condone eating your kids, although I sure as heck know why giraffes do it.

-She's one of my 447 friends. Everyone wants a slice.

-You're doing that thing when you say what I want you to say, but your tone seems mean.

-My boy was in trouble. So I put my fears aside and came to his rescue? Does that make me a hero? Yes it does.

-You never want your kids to see you scared. You want to be that rock that they grab a hold of in a stormy sea. Actually, a rock would sink. So a floating rock.

-Cheerleading in my college was cool. The football players were so jealous they wouldn't even let me and my buddies, Trevor, Scotty and Ling go to their parties.

-The little snowflake makes it cold, cold, cold. Set Temperature makes it hold, hold, hold...

-I guess the couch did it to itself. I guess it came home after a tough day, lit up a cigarette and burned itself. Is that what happened? Because that makes no sense.

-Claire likes to say "You can be part of the problem, or part of the solution." But I happen to believe you can be both.

-A Realtor is just a ninja in a blazer. The average burglar breaks in and leaves clues everywhere. But not me. I'm completely clueless.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A good day.

It's funny how going to church used to be more of a social gathering for me. And of course that is part of it but I think during most of my teenage years I didn't love going to church because I focused on the fact I didn't have a lot of friends in my ward and stuff like that. Last year when I went to my parent's ward still and most people my age were in singles wards, I guess my idea of church shifted. I started going to church to actually be spiritually uplifted. Now I am in a singles ward and I think sometimes I do focus more on the social aspect but when I actually go there to learn something I come away from it feeling so good and happy. Today was one of those days where I just felt really uplifted by every meeting. The topics were all slightly different (importance of family, enduring through hard times on the mission, and service) I came away with one central idea that seemed to be emphasized strongly in all three meetings. All the topics kept being related back to charity and how although we may be having a really hard time for whatever reasons if we just focus our efforts on making other people happy and showing them love we can find joy too. I really needed to hear this I think because I guess I've been kind of down lately and I haven't been trying that hard to show love to other people.

I think sometimes we get so caught up in our busy lives and the stresses that are weighing us down that we completely forget about those people around us who could probably use our help. Also sometimes we might forget that the people we love are much more important than the things we tend to put as our number one priorities. I know that school is very very important and I definitely am not saying we should just forget things like school, and work, and obligations but I find that I am happier when I also set apart time to just spend talking to a friend who needs a friend or just having fun with my family. If I make sure to strengthen those relationships I feel happier and when I am happier I feel much more motivated to do better in my schoolwork.

I don't know if anybody read that article I posted in my last blog post but this quote really stood out to me: "In a hundred small ways, all of you wear the mantle of charity. Life is perfect for none of us. Rather than being judgmental and critical of each other, may we have the pure love of Christ for our fellow travelers in this journey through life. May we recognize that each one is doing her best to deal with the challenges which come her way, and may we strive to do our best to help out." Everyone struggles like we do, so why put them down or ignore them? I want to try to just remember that everyone has burdens and maybe I can help them out somehow if I am really paying attention. Kind of like how in my favorite hymn "Lord I Would Follow Thee" there is this line that stands out to me every time we sing that. It says:

"Who am I to judge another
When I walk imperfectly?
In the quiet heart is hidden
Sorrow that the eye can’t see.
Who am I to judge another?"

I've always liked that line because when someone is annoying me or something like that and I find myself judging them, if I think about how they have their own burdens and insecurities and they want to be loved and accepted just like I do. That really changes the way I see them and helps me feel more love for them. And it's especially important to show that we care to our family and friends. If we focus on loving other people it can help take our minds off of the things that might be stressing us out and we have family and friends as support to help us endure those things. We are support to them as well.

I don't know, this blog post has kind of been unorganized. But the point is that I really feel like maybe this was something I was supposed to remember and it was kind of comforting to remember it when I've been feeling so discouraged about school and have been pushing away my friends. This week I actually made a real effort to talk to/spend time with my friends and my family. I felt so much happier and I feel a lot less stressed and have been able to study with a clearer mind and more motivation. Also I love my church. I love how so much of the doctrine focuses on love because I think that's really one of the most important things we have.

Now I will stop being all cheesy. Also the sun is shining which is making me happy. :)

Also Divine Comedy's parody of This Club Can't Handle Me: I think it is really funny and now every time I go to the testing center I think about the dance in the music video haha.

Friday, March 11, 2011

This is random

So last year Camille gave up Facebook for Lent (40 days) and she did it and I was impressed. This year she decided to try giving up something again and I am doing it too this year. She's giving up chocolate (I don't know how) and I am giving up Facebook because I would eventually like to get to the point where I don't get on it every day. It's only been about three days but has been actually going pretty well. I do tend to almost get on it absent-mindedly sometimes but I've been able to remember just in time haha.

Also my psychology professor sent all of his students this talk and I really liked it. I would recommend reading it. :)

And tonight my sisters and I are going to have a little party. We're having homemade pizza and watching Little Dorrit (a BBC film Camille and I haven't seen before). I am excited.

Also it is Friday and it's sunny and I am so glad.

The end.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

Well. It's been an interesting week. I wouldn't necessarily call it a good week though. I'm not gonna lie, there were a few tears and I wasn't really in the best mood. And I may have lost something really important to me. So that's been kind of rough. While I was wallowing and sad I realized that although I may have lost some friends, I actually do have so many really amazing people in my life. Also, I was thinking about how last year there was a time when I got pretty discouraged about school and life in general and I wrote a cheesy, little blog post about the things I was really grateful for and it actually helped more than I expected. So I'm going to do that again. Sorry for the cheesiness also it's way long so if you don't have a lot of time or interest in the subject I would suggest you stop reading now haha.

I am so glad I have the family that I do. I don't know what I would do without them. They are my very best friends... all of them. I love how my dad always seems so excited for me to come home and when he sees me on campus he just has the biggest smile and gives me hugs. Also he makes me my favorite dinner every single time I go home and I thoroughly appreciate and look forward to it haha. My mom is so patient when listening to me ramble on and on about everything in my life. I am so grateful for her, it's nice that someone listens and cares. :) Also I'm grateful she gives me a ride home from school every day so I don't have to deal with the bus and I love being able to see her and Camille that often, helps me not feel so homesick. I really look up to Jamie Lyn and I wish I were as witty and awesome as she is. My whole family looks forward to her coming home because she really just livens thing up and makes us laugh. And of course Camille, I'm so lucky to have her for my sister. Seriously, if I could be just like anyone in the world I would want to be like her. I'm glad that even though we go to different schools and live in different houses now, we can still just talk about everything going on in our lives like people, places, events, random stories that no one else would care about. But we care and we laugh and listen and talk. It's awesome.

I'm grateful for my closest friends. I love Jamie, she is the best roommate I could ever ask for! She has a very eventful life but it means a lot to me that she trusts me enough to tell me what's going on all of the time. I really do look forward to her stories from every day and especially the weekends (they are extra eventful). Also I am so glad she can just tell when I am having a bad day and get me to talk it out. Afterwards I feel a lot better and she gives really good advice. Stephanie is still one of the best friends ever even though we can't hang out as much. I appreciate her thoughtfulness for other people and our deep discussions and hyperness. I am excited that she has a boyfriend! And thanks to Matt Andersen for listening to me and being there for me. Also, glad I have him as a good example of a really good student haha. And Alexi is just wonderful to talk to because she talks a lot. It's very refreshing, she has a lot to say and even though I don't talk quite as much, I really enjoy listening to what she has to say. I'm glad she shares what's going on in her life. I'm also really glad that Jamie and I randomly became friends with Matt B., Thomas, John, and Hiram. They can really turn my day around for the better just because they are fun to hang out with. And I'm glad Matt and I have become closer friends because who else would run over here late at night with a hug and giant chocolate cookies (they were huge) when I really need a friend? He's also really easy to talk to and fun to hang out with. Kevin is really the person I have the most interesting conversations with I think. He's really great to talk to and really cares about making what he knows to be the right thing happen. He's very motivated.

I am also thankful for chocolate
Gilmore Girls
The comfy chairs in the alcoves at the JFSB
My job
Modern Family
The gospel (this list is not in any order haha)
School (even though it's discouraging sometimes)
My ipod so that I can listen to music all of the time
My laptop
Trees, sunsets, blue sky, sunshine, etc. (Nature, except snow)
Sweet mint gum. It's tasty.
Hamburgers and french fries.
Good memories
Long walks with good friends
My colorful socks
People with cars
Motivation (though I don't have a whole lot of it, I have enough)
Road trips
The ocean
When people randomly text me
Picture books
Red Robin
Cameras and photos
Really nice people
Psychology class
Best friends
Cuddly animals
Musical instruments (especially piano)
People who keep trying
Friends who stay friends
Marriages that last
Professors who actually love to teach
That broken hearts can heal
Stories with happy endings (yep, even if they're predictable)
My mind
People who really want to do the right thing
Spanish Fork
Missionaries (Thomas got his call and John is getting his next week!!)
Dr. Horrible
Comfortable couches
That I am no longer in high school
Parker- because he makes Jamie so so happy
My extended family

And yeah... you get the idea.