Home sweet home

I’m home! One year of college down. I know lots of my friends will be home for the summer within the next few weeks. So here’s my list of things to do instead of sitting around, being bored.

  • Read. What’s that, you don’t like reading? You’re doing it wrong. Find a book that looks interesting. I promise you’ll get into it if you just find the right book.
  • Play with your siblings. I have missed my sisters a lot, and Scattergories and Jungle Speed have already been played in excess.
  • Find new music. I didn’t have time at school to find NEW music. Now, I do:)
  • Keep up with the news. Whether it be on this blog or from a news source. You need to know what’s up in the world. You’re an adult now.
  • See some old friends. Yes, it’s weird. We all have these new lives. But we can still go to lunch or have a bonfire or something.
  • Find a show. I’m on Boy Meets World right now! I watch ONE episode a day. Not too much, but not nothing.
  • Write. Journal, blog, whatever. Remember this time. It’s crucial.
  • Visit your teachers. I plan on making a few trips to dear ol’ Davis in the near future and thanking all the people who made my freshman year that much easier.
  • Get a job. Don’t sit around the house. Make some money!
  • Help your mom. She could use help with the laundry and dishes, and I’m sure you’re capable of doing it.
  • Organize your documents/photos. After a year of college you probably have a million documents and photos sitting around. Organize them.
  • Write a missionary! I have a few favorites that I can recommend;)
  • Make dinner. Give your parents the night off and whip out all those cooking skills you gained from college.
  • Enjoy yourself. You have 3 months of you time. Go walking, hiking, whatever makes YOU happy. 
These are just a few little ideas that hopefully will make your summer a little better. Happy Tuesday everyone!

April 30, 2013

New York Times Headline: Colleges Adapt Online Courses to Ease Burden

Colleges are working online to make sure students are more prepared for college, as well as make sure they graduate on time. With state budgets being cut, more students are unable to get higher education. These massive online classes are being tested to help fix the higher education problems.

Click here to read the full story.

New York Times Headline: Flow of Tainted Water Is Latest Crisis at Japan Nuclear Plant

Workers in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear district in Japan are struggling to contain radioactive wastewater. Water is pouring into the plants reactor building at an alarmingly fast rate, which contaminates the water. Workers are doing all they can to contain it.

Click here for the full story.

Saint George!

Finally posting about my Saint George trip! I know you’ve all been waiting;) But really, I have some great ideas for you if you’re ever in the Saint George/Dixie area. We had a blast and wish we could go back!

Here’s a few of the fun things we did:

  • Ate at Paradise Cafe, their cookies are to DIE for.
  • Laid out by the pool at our hotel, reading and talking about everything under the sun. I powered through a really good book called The Secret Keeper. Highly recommend it:)
  • At at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe. Really good smoothies!
  • Cruised around Saint George, pretending to speak other languages in drive-thrus and parking lot dancing.
  • Went to Dixie Rock (beautiful view of the city) and sang hymns at the top when nobody else was there. It was a really spiritual, wonderful moment.
  • Worked out (not my idea, I don’t work out on vacation but some people are more fit than I am) and then jumped in the pool after. SO fun.
  • Hiked in Snow Canyon. Just a few minutes away from downtown Saint George and one of the most beautiful canyons I’ve ever seen. The red rock was incredible, and hiking up to the top of cooled lava and petrified sand dunes was so amazing. 
  • Ate some In n’ Out. I don’t care if you hate fast food, I promise a trip to In n’ Out every once in a while is worth your calories.
  • Also ate some Nielsen’s Frozen Custard. Try it. I promise you’ll love it. 
  • Realized that cute Wendie Davis (Gabe’s mom) was staying at our same hotel! She was so fun to chat with and we had a great time talking with her.
  • Took a million pictures (who doesn’t like to remember their vacation!)
  • Had a great time with my four best friends (I also recommend this one;))
So that’s the highlights of my trip! We had so much fun and a HUGE shout out to Alli’s family for making it happen! 
Dixie Rock
Parking lot dancing
Beautiful and warm!
Happy Monday everyone!

News April 29, 2013

New York Times Headline: Push to Require Online Sales Tax Divides the G.O.P.

There is lots of debate going on about what is a tax increase and what isn’t. Mixed with this debate is the issue of whether Internet sales tax is a tax increase for Americans. The most heavily involved group that is pro-Internet sales tax is small businesses who believe their Internet competitors have an unfair advantage.

Click here for the full story.

New York Times: With Bags of Cash, C.I.A. Seeks Influence in Afghanistan

According to Afghan leadership, millions of dollars have secretly flowed from the CIA to the hands of presidents and other leaders in Afghanistan. Apparently, this money was spent to gain the influence of the Afghan leaders and sway their decisions regarding terrorism and America. The CIA declined comment.

Click here for the full story.

Home sweet home

I said goodbye to my friends today (for real) and now I’m officially home.

It’s nice to be home!

And I miss BYU.

It’s an interesting mix of feelings. Right now I don’t have a minute to blog about my trip or all of the other things I want to blog about. So forgive me! But starting tomorrow, trust me. There will be lots of blog posts since all I’m doing this summer is working, reading, spending time with my family, and you’ve got it…blogging.

On the spiritual note, Dillon gave a fabulous farewell talk today about the restoration and how important that is to the people we are today. He talked about things we can learn from the restoration and apply to our lives. He’s going to be an amazing missionary folks. Those people in Texas are lucky to get one of my best friends for two years. I love you Dil!

Happy Sunday everyone!

News April 27, 2013

New York Times Headline: Europe Facing More Pressure to Reconsider Cuts as a Cure

Southern Europe unemployment numbers are steadily increasing. Experts who suggested that cutting spending would fix the problem are now admitting there are no other ways to cut back. Now they are hoping to find other methods to reguvinate the economy.

Click here to read the full story.

New York Times Headline: G.O.P. Claims Victory as Bill to Curb Flight Delays Passes

The House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a measure to give money back to airport improvement funds after severe cuts in the past few weeks. This money will hopefully curb the problematic flight delays that have been across the board. 

Click here to read the full story. 

Excuse me while I vacation

Photo: So excited for a weekend with my girls! Finals are overrr. :)

Hey Saint George. After 9 months of nearly straight school, you’re looking mighty nice. And it’s even better that I get to be here with my best friends.

Coming up on the agenda of my life; vacation in Saint George, go home and be with my family, say bye to everyone for real on Sunday at Dillon’s farewell, then a summer full of working, my family, and lots of reading.

Welcome to life after college.

News April 26, 2013

New York Times Headline: U.S. Economy Speeds Up, but Less Than Forecast

The U.S. economy sped up in the first quarter of 2013 at a rate of about 2.5%. While this is good news, unfortunately this isn’t the expected 3% growth that experts were hoping. Growth in the 4th quarter last year was incredibly slow, which may have something to do with the stunted growth of this year already.

Click here to read the full story.

Washington Post Headline: Federal Helium Program: How temporary becomes forever

Presidents since Ronald Regan have been trying to get rid of the federal helium program. This program is left over from the age of zeppelins but has been kept around based on the “what-if we need it” argument. There are plans to finally get rid of this program, but the House is likely to vote on Friday to keep it around. This allows the government to keep its foot in the door of the helium business, and continue to profit on the sale of helium to U.S. companies. 

Click here to read the full story.

Last goodbye

So this is the last goodbye. Goodbye to BYU, freshman year. It’s been an incredible 9 months, and I have made so many memories that I will never let go of.

I can’t even begin to document the things I’ve learned or the memories I have, so suffice it to say that BYU freshman year was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I’m currently in Saint George with my four best friends and don’t have time to be all nostalgic about BYU at the moment.

So let’s just stop dragging it out and do this.

Goodbye BYU. Goodbye freshman year. Goodbye to all the things I learned (which will be shared in a later post for my high school friends moving on to college, don’t you worry;)) Goodbye to all the mistakes I made and the things that I finally got right. Goodbye to the first time for so many things and the last time for so many things.

See you in four months BYU, I’ll be missing you.

On a separate note, I’m currently in Saint George with those four girls who make everything great. Get excited for some great adventures!

Long string of goodbyes: my best friends

So I’m sure most of you are really sick of my goodbyes. But since this blog is my journal I have to record everything, even the things that aren’t super popular to the 3 readers….:)

Anywho I promise this long string of goodbyes is almost over. I just had to spend a second blogging about my very best friends. Tomorrow we are taking off to Saint George for a few days of fun and sun and just us. It’s going to be amazing:)

So let’s do this cool little listy thing that ya’ll are probably sick of by now.

Rachel. Yes she gets two little paragraphs because she’s my roomie AND a best friend/Fat Five girl. Rachel and I weren’t immediate friends. We liked each other but I don’t think either of us saw a long term friendship. Now I can’t imagine what the rest of college would be like without her. Rach loves crazy music and dancing, being wild and weird, but she also loves chilling on a Friday night and having a low-key night just talking. Rachel is SO LOUD but I love that about her. Rach is smart even though she doesn’t think she is. Rachel sat and cried with me about Randy and is always happy for me when I get a letter or email, and even plays our song;) (everything is great, everything is grand, I got the whole wide world in the palm of my hand…). She is one of the most generous people I know and loves helping other people. She’s herself 100% and honestly doesn’t care if people don’t like that. People may think they know her, but I think I know her better than all of them. So Rach, thanks for the brownie/cookie dough/cake mix nights, sleeping on the mega bed and the couch and in your bed, figuring out what to say to boys that are texting us, movie nights up the wazoo, good chats about the gospel, crepe parties, dancing on the table and whipping your hair, sharing your clothes with everyone, not showering for days at a time and still looking amazing, temple trips, being loud and crazy early in the morning, jamming in the car, and a million other things that would take way too long to write. I love you Rach and I don’t know how to live without you for 4 months. I am so glad we have next year though! I LOVE YOU. Even when you’re a rake;)

Sarah Ramsay. So sometimes we make fun of Sar and call her Barbie. Because she is beautiful. And she’s smart. And she’s so funny and crazy. I love how Sar logically thinks things through, and then the next minute just says OK let’s just do this! She is spontaneous but thoughtful. It’s a good mix. Sar puts a lot of pressure on herself, which is why she is good at so many things. She always says HEY MADS when she walks in and I love knowing that she’s glad I’m there. Sarah isn’t always the most emotional person, but when I have a problem I know I can go to her and she’ll be there for me and help me be rational about it. Sar loves having fun and is always cooking up crazy things for us to do. She’s stubborn, which I think is one of her best qualities. She works hard for what she wants, and then she gets it. Sar is always herself, and doesn’t let other people get to her. She’s a very genuine person, when she compliments you, you know it’s for real. She’s not fake even a little bit. She also can see the good in people, which is something else great about her. So Sar, thanks for the crazy singing, the breakdowns, the lists of what you ate that day, the movie nights where we screamed when something scary happened, the talks when both of us are stressed about things, the study parties in the activity room/hallway/couch, the secrets we shared, the cabin adventures, the trips in the Jeep, the good advice you always give me, the constant need to want your room clean, the jam sessions and the crazy times we have at dances, and so many other things. I love you so much Sar and I am SO LUCKY you are living with me next year!

Lauren. Lauren is one of the most unique people I know. She is very much her own person, and likes it that way. Lau is so talented but doesn’t brag, and sometimes doesn’t even realize how talented she really is. She is hilarious and makes me laugh all the time, and she doesn’t even have to try to be funny to do it. Lau works so hard to get what she has, and that’s why she values the things she has so much. Lauren is always available for great advice, and she and I have amazing conversations. In a lot of ways we are completely the same, and in other ways we’re total opposites, which makes things fun. Lauren listens to her heart more than anyone I know, which is why she is so herself all the time. She makes me feel important and loved, which is something I adore about her. Lau, thanks for the deep talks, all the times you came and ate my dinner, letting us come watch you dance, your crazy games and schemes for our weekends, all our Spark runs, dressing classy and making me jealous, our funny nap times, all your stories, us figuring out what to do about all the boys in love with you, the times we cried together, for getting what I was going through, how you act when you’re tired, the times you made me edit your papers, helping us find fun places in Provo, our Thai food obsession, all the hair dye excursions, the way you’re straight up about EVERYTHING, your funny one liners that have become catch phrases, and for being one of my best friends. I love you and I know we’re friends for life, even though you’ll be gone for a few months.

Alli. Ok so Alli is the sweetest human. We first bonded over her feeling like a horrible person for eating a candy bar off a table at a party, and worried that it was someone else’s candy bar. Alli is loyal to her friends no matter what. I have never had to worry that Alli was saying something mean about me That’s just not who she is. She cares so much about other’s feelings, and helps me remember that I should do that too. She and I have had some amazing times together and I love her with all my heart. Alli is smart and beautiful even though she won’t admit it. Alli is honest and sincere, but loves to have fun. She has her priorities straight (unlike me,) but still manages to find time to be there for me whenever I need it. So Allison Yost, here’s to sleeping together in a twin bed on many occasions, staying up WAY too late because you have this no need to sleep thing,  you’re breakdowns where you are laughing and then crying, “I don’t know how to help you..,” our talks about your boy problems, trips to the temple, your dedication to Lent, our talks about missions and the gospel, being way too busy but still finding time to make me laugh, movie nights, always being the first one to come help me when you know I’m upset, the cute notes you left for me, us forcing you to come places and you being a good sport about it, your love for your family that inspired me, for coming to me for advice even though I’m horrible at advice, and for supporting me the way a best friend should. I love you Al and not knowing when I’m going to see you again is horrible. But I know we’re going to stay friends no matter what.

These girls are my people. I have so many memories with them and I feel like I’ve known them a lifetime. I know a summer, or 18 months, or longer, won’t keep us from being best friends. These girls know me better than almost anyone, and the person I am today is mostly because of who they are. So girls, thanks for teaching me what friendship is. Thanks for the good times and the bad times, and the way we got through everything together. Fat five forever? I think so.