Monday, May 9, 2011


26 days till my first Half Marathon and my 21st Birthday!
37 days till I'm done with school for 18 months!
41 days till Annie and I fly home to Maryland!
47 days till New York City!
50 days till I get to go through the Washington D.C. Temple!
72 days till I enter the MTC!
100 daysish till I'm officially in Spain!

I have so much to look forward to, now I just need to make it through the next couple weeks of working full time and taking two classes...

Friday, April 22, 2011

iv stands for IV

It all started on Wednesday night.  We were all done with finals and going out to celebrate at Cafe Rio for dinner.  Annie started getting this weird pain in her side as we were leaving.  I didn't really think much of it, but was a little worried she'd feel better soon.

We went to McDonalds for sundaes after and Annie's pain started getting really bad.  She called her mom and she told us we should definitely go to the ER.  So we ran home, got Annie's insurance card and we were off to the Emergency Room!  When we got there we had to wait for a while, she went in to rate her pain and obviously she didn't convince them she was in enough pain because we had to wait for almost an hour.  (There actually were a lot of other more urgent looking cases though, so we understood).  It was ok though - well I guess I wasn't the one in pain, but we had Dillon and the Hannah Montana movie to entertain us!  Every time we laughed, Annie would hurt even more, so we probably weren't the best distractions.  

We finally got in to see the doctor.   Annie got to dress in a beautiful hospital gown...

And gave her dying wishes...just kidding (I hope we didn't offend anyone)

They had to give her an IV and she was really scared (it was the first time she had ever gotten an IV!).  I was there to hold her hand though :)

We had to wait around for a while more, but we stayed occupied.  Again with Dillon there, it was never boring haha

She bled some (dont worry, her IV just spilled out a little)

Then she got wheeled out for a CAT scan 

Then got really pale from all the drugs she was on..

The doctor came back and told us they didn't find anything in the scan or blood sample.  We were a little disappointed that we didn't know what the pain was caused by, but also relieved it was nothing serious that we could tell (at least at this point).  We wheeled her out at about 2 am.  It was an eventful night to say the least!  

Friday, April 15, 2011


Lets just talk about how productive I've been today... Well not so much.  Woke up late, went to a review! yay me.  Went to the lib (although I wasn't completely focused), went outside with Karalyn and Paul and watched people and talked about life.  Then I had to go eat food so I could be productive studying.  We got JDawgs, I went home and ended up taking a nap and now here I am about to get really productive.  But where else other then the Family History dept in the library could be so productive?  I love it here.  And I finally have a table to myself.  I hate the crowded library during finals.  Good luck with finals!

Disco skating from our ward activity the other night.  What a fun night!
p.s. check out this awesome music video... Sorry for the bad pixelation

Sunday, April 3, 2011

la vida es buena

So I've been slacking again...with blogging that is.  Life has been really good to me lately.  And when I try to think about what it is specifically, I cant really place my finger on it, but I've just been really happy lately.  Maybe its been the good weather?  I just feel like I've been more in control of my life lately, which I absolutely love.

Countdown till I'm done with school for 18+ months: 8 days of classes and 5 finals.  The end is near!!!  (maybe thats whats making me so happy?)

Karalyn, JaNae, and I went out to dinner last night while the boys were at priesthood - here are a couple pics from the night.  We had a great time eating at Olive Garden and enjoyed their delicious Raspberry Lemonade!!

p.s. Have a mentioned I'm running a half marathon on June 4th?!  Anyone that wants to join let me know!  I'm starting to train, so if you have any good workout schedules, I'd love to hear them!

Friday, March 25, 2011


Meet Annie.  She is a happy, beautiful, talented, amazing person.  I have yet to meet someone who doesn't like Annie.  She is my roommate and I am probably one of the luckiest people to have her in my life.  No joke.  This girl has done more for me in the three years we have known each other than I think she realizes.  She is my best friend.  I love her to death.  I know I can tell Annie anything and everything (which I probably do too much) and I hope she feels the same way with me.  The funny thing is we are actually quite different.  Its weird when I think about how different we are sometimes, but at the same time we somehow just get each other.

I will never forget the first time I met Annie... I was in my dorm in 1222 Chipman Hall my Freshman year, unpacking with my mom and sisters and this cheerful, upbeat girl comes bounding into my room.  "Hi, I'm Annie!  I live two doors down...."  Ever since then we have done so much together, been through so many fun times together, suffered through lots of hard times together, and have stayed great friends through all of it.  I know whenever I'm with Annie I will have a good time.  She always makes me feel like she really cares about my life.

Freshman Year ^
 Sophomore Year ^

And this year...

I think the thing that really scares me, and actually really depresses me is thinking of leaving Utah and coming back in a year and a half without this girl.  I cant imagine BYU without her and I hope I can survive without her caring, amazing self.  For reals though.  Annie has made me a better person.  I know we will stay friends forever.  (At least we better!) 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

So I know I've been slacking on posting lately...But I have been working hard on other things, so thats good right?  I've had a HUGE Computer Science project that has literally been overtaking my life.  But I turned it in at 11pm last night, so life is good.  Well except for the fact that now I have to catch up on all the rest of my classes...  Wish me luck :)

p.s. See this movie.. I saw it on Saturday and its good.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Yep, thats where I'm going to be spending the next 18 months of my life starting on July 20th!  M├ílaga, Spain!!   I literally cannot stop thinking about it.  And the few times that I do forget about it for just a few minutes (ok seconds...), and then remember again, I just get re-excited all over again.  I still don't think it has completely hit me.  I'm going to be living in Spain, preaching the Gospel to the people there, and I couldn't be more excited!!!  Basically thats been my life for the past 4 days.  I think it goes without saying that I haven't been able to focus on much of anything else...  I keep trying to plug away at school work (silly, right? haha) but I would much rather be printing off my passport picture or shopping online with my mom for clothes that are only on sale today, or start trying to learn Spanish!  But sadly, as much as I want to do these things (and actually do these things...) I really have quite a lot of homework to do.  Lets hope I can make it through this week of school...

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Anxious. Nervous. Excited.

I dont think I have been more nervous in a long time.  I'm so incredibly excited, but within 7.5 hours I will know where I am going to spending the next 18 months of my life!!  AHHHHH I cant wait this long.  (That's assuming my call even comes today!!) 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mission call opening.... T minus 53 hours.  It cannot come soon enough!!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Am I mean for not wanting to help a student who gets on the help list literally 2 MINUTES after I had helped him with a completely different problem??  Can you not at least try to pretend you struggled through the problem a little bit???   And when I go over to help him he has to minimize his Facebook chat window?  Maybe I'm just a mean, super impatient person, but it got me really annoyed. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Something exciting!!

So to make up for that not so exciting post like 2 seconds ago, I figure I'd unveil something very exciting that is coming up in my life...


My mission papers are officially in (as of last Wednesday)!!!  I get my call in approximately 8 days - hopefully!  That is wayy too far away.  I can barely even sleep at night just thinking about it all!  Ahh.  I'm pretty much siked for it.

Maybe in a few days I'll get around to creating one of those silly Facebook groups to have people guess where I'm be thinking!
So I have one half an hour break on Tuesdays...(yes Karalyn and Annie I am thankful for that super loonng break).  Anyways, I was in the Talmage building and head over to my lab.  Well, I guess its not my lab, but I call it my lab because its the only one I ever go to these days.  And usually I have something productive I have to be working on during my break...but today I really could not find one pressing thing.  Look at my Google Calender for proof!

No homework till Thursday!  And then just a little reading on Friday.  I know I should probably be getting ahead or studying or something, but I don't even have another midterm for another 3 weeks!  And I don't have another CS lab due for another 2.  This is big!  (I know I'll probably remember something huge I should've been doing in like an hour, but for right now I am stress free!)

I know, super random, and no one is probably interested, but it was a nice little surprise for me.  Maybe I'll actually go running today...We'll see.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I'm happy. Don't I look happy? This is me happy! See! Happy-happy-happy-happy-happy-happy-happy!

Guess the movie!  Mom, you better get this...  I actually looked up the actual quote just now and apparently I've been quoting it wrong for too long.  But anyways, this is ME happy happy happy.

Today was just a good day.  For a long time I feel like I've been in turmoil over my life and growing up and just making so-called "big decisions" (overrated...haha...just kidding, they are big).  But I've almost sorted out most of the big decisions in my life right now and I cant tell you how much I really feel at peace.   Obviously, I don't have all the answers right now, no one really does, but tonight it just hit me that things will all work out eventually...hopefully.  haha.  But for reals, I know they will, even if its rough getting there, I'll hopefully be better in the end for it?

Tonight I've also have had a new found sense of goal setting.  I've always loved setting goals and have usually been semi-ok with motivating myself to accomplish most of my goals if I really set my mind to it.  But, lets be honest, lately I have been horrible, horrible, horrible with my goals.  Thats going to change.  Today.

Well, that better start with going to focus on the mounds of homework and midterms I should be studying for....

p.s. the movie quote is from Mary Kate and Ashley's, It Takes Two.  Super cute movie - go see it.
p.p.s.  Did I mention I forgot how much I absolutely love reading?  I never have time at school to read for fun, but the past few days I've had to read 150 pages of Pride and Prejudice (I have to finish the rest of it in the next two days) and I'm addicted to reading.  If anyone has any great books I should read, please tell!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I wish I could give out all the right answers

In the class I TA for, the students are in the middle of their first midterm.  Different then most midterms - its a programming project.  We aren't allowed to help them like we usually do on projects, and sometimes I really like that, but sometimes I really just wish I could give out all the right answers.  I hate seeing these kids (well I guess they're not really kids) struggle and obviously put in so much time and effort and then ask me a question that I'm not supposed to answer.

Secretly, I totally would help you if I could, but I'm not supposed to, so I don't  (well...that is the majority of the time)

But then again, there are some guys who give me lip when I tell them I cant answer a question, and that makes me really not want to help them at all.

And then there are times when someone will ask me a question SO nicely, I just cant help but respond....and then I feel like I'm giving away too much!

And then there are times when someone will preface their question with "I know you might not be able to answer this, but..."  I hate that, because 90% of the time I cant answer it, but probably 40% of the time I end up answering it reluctantly. Ok maybe not that much, but sometimes I feel like I answer too much (although the students probably think I'm not giving away enough).

Its really not as bad as it sounds, but sometimes I just wish I could give more help on exams.  Why cant everyone just get an A?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

So, I've officially decided that turning in a finished computer project makes any day about 1 million times better.  And today was one of those days.  It was a super long and exhausting day, but at the end (finally at about 10:15 pm) I finished my project!!  Best day ever.

p.s. I signed up to run a 10k in the beginning of March (it was $2 off the normal price so I couldn't resist signing up).  Maybe I should start running again one of these days...

p.p.s. My roommate laughs like Ernie :)

Saying goodbye to Elder Jake Crowder :(

Monday, February 7, 2011

Have you seen these??

This weekend we went up to these ice castles in Midway!  They are seriously the coolest things ever.  I was pretty much in awe all night.  I guess the guy who started making them got his inspiration from seeing a sprinkler that had frozen in a tree that had made a really cool creation!  They started making these castles a few weeks ago and supposedly by the end of February they will be 10 feet taller!  You should all go see them!  Pretty awesome.

Me and Richard! sweet lighting, huh?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

True Life

I have slept 26 hours in the last 35 hours (well close to the most recent 35 hours).  Basically its been amazing.  The sad thing is I'm somehow still tired.  Being sick is no fun.

 highlights from Mr BYU 181st Ward Pagent

 Paul's birthday dinner at Red Robin!
Here's some fun pictures from lately

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


I have written 2010 on every single one of my papers through the entire month of January until yesterday.  I cant believe I'm admitting it, but I had this huge epiphany yesterday in my D&C class that the /10 definitely did not look right.  I cant believe I really didn't notice it.  I checked like all my notes and even my journal...everything /2010.  I must be going crazy.

Friday, January 28, 2011

I Love Happy People.

How come some people can just be so happy all the time?  I wish I could be more like them and always have a positive outlook on everything.

I was in the JET today (aka the Talmage Building/my home) and ran into one of my CS buddies.  I asked him how he was doing and his response initially kinda threw me off, but then totally made my day.

"fabulous! and hopefully it'll get better!"

It wasn't exactly the normal thing to say after telling me that his day was fabulous (at least I didn't think your day could get much better then fabulous, but maybe I'm just being pessimistic...), but he was so happy and it totally rubbed off on me.  

I love happy people.  

My old CS 340 group.  When I was talking to my friend he mentioned he was taking CS 340 and it brought back many fond memories (and some not so fond late nights) of working with these awesome guys last year.  I kinda miss this.  

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I'm trying to blog more regularly

I really am trying.  I just feel like I never have enough exciting things to say that people would actually like to read.  And then when I dont worry about trying to be entertaining I just start rambling.  Lose-lose.  Oh well.  Anyways, lets see.  I'm at work on a Wednesday night.  I feel like I'm going to fall asleep any minute now.  I've recently reverted back to some of my Freshman year sleeping habits and 2 years makes a big difference.  I'm an old woman who cant handle this lack of sleep anymore. 
On the topic of work, I cant mention how much I love my job.  I really do.  I never really thought I'd say that about a job, I mean who likes working?  But seriously, over Christmas break, I was looking forward to getting back to my job and meeting all my new little (well not really little...most of them are taller then me!) students I'd be helping for the new semester.
I'm a CS 142 TA.  I get to run around the computer lab all day helping little entry level Computer Science students debug their code (oh and help them understand a bunch of really tricky concepts).  Its awesome.  I really do love it though.  It definitely tests my patience (not always my strongest point), but I have grown to love it.  Another perk to being a TA is teaching help sessions.  I used to be terrified of teaching a bunch of students all at once, but after being a TA for a few semesters, I have grown to LOVE it.  I mean, not all my help sessions go perfectly, but now I really enjoy teaching them most of the time.  Its recently sparked my interest in possibly teach high school someday.  I NEVER thought I'd want to go back to high school, but now I've seriously been considering teaching it someday.  I mean its still pretty far off, but its become a whole new possibility that gets me really excited.  So I guess we'll have to see!

Rambling...I knew it would happen.

No pics for tonight.  Hopefully soon!

Sunday, January 23, 2011


So I figured it might be a good idea to finally do one of these "reflect on 2010" things.  2010 was good to me.. Heres a few pictures. (well maybe a little more then a few... I like pictures.  what can I say??)

 sledding up in salt lake
 skiing at Brighton with Annie and Danielle
 Surprise party for Lauren's 20th Birthday
 Skiing at the Canyons
 Baking ALL the time
 Amanda's Masquerade Birthday Party
 Fun at Brooke and Taylor's Cabin
 Festival of Colors!
 Spending my life in the labs with my favorite CS guys
 CS partyy
 Night skiing at Brighton with Benjamin
 Sunday dinners with some of my favorite people
 Picnic in the park
 Home in Maryland with my sisters
 Flew all the way out to Maryland without my family knowing! (to come watch my dad sing a solo on stage!)
 Awesome new roommates over the summer
 Ward jello/pudding fight!
 Fun in MD (another weekend trip home)
 Spent an awesome birthday with two of my favorite people
 Crazy times with the familia
 Ran my first 10k!!
 Manti pageant with the ward
 NYC for Em's 18th bday
 Nights in DC
 I love DC
Monthly Carmen's runs and playground trips
 Elder Crowder gets home from Hong Kong
 Fun times at Brooke's beautiful house in Alpine
 Hanging with the cousins
 End of the summer spent with LAUREN.  
 Trip to Vegas to visit Karalyn for the weekend
 Tie-dying shirts
 Stopping Voldemort!  
 Trip to Glacier with my family!
 Traditional trip to the Cougareat with the fam
 Reunited with the besties
 Trip to Vegas for JaNae's wedding!
 Sending off Sister Beecroft :(
 BYU football
 Weekly Little Ceasars with the roommates
 Reunited with old roommates
 Kentlands/DC reunion
 General Conference
 Brittany's wedding and seeing family
 Nightmare on 13th!
 Watching Annie and Karalyn dance in DanceSport!
 Thanksgiving with the cousins
 Sleepover with some of my favorite Kentlands girls
 Got the wisdom teeth out
 More trips to DC
Trip to Deep Creek with the Parsons!

oh, and lived with my 3 best friends!  (I'm a little obsessed with these pictures if you couldnt tell)

Wow, there were a lot more then a few pictures!  Its been a great year and I've been so blessed to have had so many fun times with so many awesome people in my life.  Hopefully 2011 will be just as great to me!