Monday, July 30, 2012


A friend of mine, Nikki, updates her blog way more often than I do. She posted a questionnaire with an open tag for anybody to respond to, so I decided to take up the offer, since there is not much else exciting to post about right now.

I'm not going to post the rules/do the game, but I will answer the questions. If you like, you may answer them as well - in the comments, or on your own blog!

1. What gets you out of bed each day?
Usually responsibilities and/or anxiety to get things done.

2. If an alien landed on Earth, what would your top tip "for living here" be?
Have a plan.

3. What is your "happy song"?
Not a song, but a piece. "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" by Ralph Vaughn Williams.

4. Do you have a special place, real or imagined?
My bed is a very very very special place.

5. What childhood fable, fairy tale, or movie stretched your imagination and sticks with you today?
The movie Fantasia.

6. What is your idea of a perfect evening?
After a warm day spent with Nick filled with swimming, people watching, great food and each others company, a perfect evening would proceed as follows: walking on a quiet path/trail near the woods and/or ocean in the fall with all of the leaves changing. We would just talk, hold hands, have no worries. We would find a very old abandoned cabin or house and do some climbing and exploring, finding hidden rooms and passage ways. Then we would head back home, snuggle on the couch, maybe watch a movie or some funny youtube videos. Yeah, I think we would do youtube videos.
UGH I miss Nick.

7. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A meteorologist, astronomer, pediatrician, olympic swimmer, concert pianist, surgeon

8. What is your favorite type of movie?
Based on a true story war/history movies.

9. If you won the lottery, would you tell anyone?
Well, I would have to tell the bishop, seeing as the church frowns upon gambling.

10. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I want to visit literally the whole world. If it were physically possible, I would love to explore the deepest bottoms of the ocean, where things are undiscovered.

11. Do you believe in destiny?


  [des-tuh-nee]  Show IPA
noun, plural des·ti·nies.
something that is to happen or has happened to a particularperson or thing; lot or fortune.
the predetermined, usually inevitable or irresistible, course ofevents.
the power or agency that determines the course of events.

I do not believe in #1 or #2. I do believe we have the agency to determine our own course of events, but we cannot predict anything.
So no.

Monday, July 23, 2012


Well, I'm home now. For the first time. It is really quite overwhelming. I have not even been here for 24 hours and I'm overwhelmed. Everything is so different. The only thing that is the same is the color of the sky and the fact that my family is here. I think maybe when I unpack everything I brought home from college, things might get better. Having access to my clothes, my pictures, all that is familiar to me, that might help.
But today it actually rained and is in the mid 90's with the sun out, so I may go outside before it becomes blistering hot again.

Oh, and here is the view from my room:

Not bad!

Sunday, July 15, 2012


....I don't have to write another paper again until 2013.

I certainly could, but I don't have to.
I do enjoy writing. But like drawing and painting and some math, I do not enjoy it when it is required of me.

I can be a music major because I love having music demanded from me. I can supply the demand. It is high quality supply. And I care about it.

It is not that I do not care about writing and art and math, but I certainly do not care about them as much as I do music.
Hence why I am not in any other major. I could do very well in a variety of other majors. I have the skills and intelligence. However, I simply could not be happier anywhere else.

One a side note, these are the pieces I am playing for my cello juries this semester:
Bach Cello Suite No. 2: Prelude, Minuet 1 &2 
Cello Concerto in D Minor by Eduard Lalo

Thursday, July 12, 2012


One in the morning is not a good time to be looking at masters programs and figuring out what you need to change during your last two semesters in order to have all of the prerequisites.

It also is not a very good time to write a blog post. But putting my thoughts into words takes some of the stress off of my mind. So maybe I will sleep well tonight, unlike every other night this week.

I have a few things to figure out.
1. I could change my course plan for the next two semesters. This would involve dropping the psychology cluster I am currently planning on graduating with. I would replace some of the psychology classes with a statistics class (3 credits) and two anatomy & physiology classes (8 credits). But then I would be overloaded with credits and would not have room for the psychology classes that I also need for prerequisites. So I do not think that is an option.

2. I could take one or two of the above mentioned classes at a local college when I get home for the fall semester. But I don't know if it is too late for that. Time for a phone call with father.

3. I could graduate without changing anything, and enroll in the classes at some college somewhere immediately after I graduate. That sounds the most reasonable. But I don't know where I will be going be when I graduate. I honestly have absolutely no idea. I need to figure that out soon so that I can look into schools. Home is always an option, but I don't know if that will necessarily be the best option.

4. I could just forget about getting a masters in OT all together and just live with a BMA, teaching kids the cello and piano in my living room for a starting wage of $15 a lesson while working retail the rest of the time to bring home a barely sustainable income. (yeah, not going to happen.) Not as huge of a problem if I were to be married by then, but that isn't what I really want anyway. (I do plan on teaching lessons, but I don't think I want that, or retail, to be my full time occupation for the rest of my life..)

The third option sounds the most appealing to me, because that will give me more time to work out applications without having the rest of the undergrad to worry about at the same time. I can work 35 hours a week and take the necessary prerequisite courses, no matter where I am.
It's just the whole figuring out where I will be in a year and what schools are available that offer those courses for people looking to just fulfill the prereqs that is a bit daunting.

Time to get busy praying about all of this.
Time for bed.

Monday, July 9, 2012


The semester is winding down very quickly, but not fast enough!

Everything big for this semester is done. Except for juries. But that is the only big thing left! And I'm not even worried about those. Seriously, aside from the final exams (which will NOT be that hard... they never are), and class attendance for the next 7 class days, I am done. All of my heavy reports are in. My homework is complete (save one paper, but it's a reflection paper - easy!). Reading assignments are finished.

I just have to sit around here for ten more days.

I really want to go home.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


It has been an excellent day. :)

Independence Day is usually my favorite holiday.

I went swimming in the Teton River in St. Anthony with some friends.
There was a diving board, a water slide, a little river bed beach, many rocks to climb on and sunbathe on, and beautiful weather.

We went to lunch at a new Greek restaurant in town. I had eaten Greek food (well, American-ized Greek food) a couple of times and I love it. I am not much of a fan for many foreign foods, but the Greek food is SO good.
But mine had barbecue sauce on it, and an order of fries and root beer. Independence Day for the USA, after all. :)

I got home and got to have a fun, lovely chat with Nick. :)

Did a bit of homework, the works, and treated myself with a bowl of Breyer's Homemade Vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookies that I made with my Grandma this past weekend.

Following this, I watched the sun set over the mountains from my apartment.

To finish off the night, I had a bit of a marathon with The Office.

It was definitely a great Independence Day today. :)

Monday, July 2, 2012


Back in March, I was feeling very impatient with life. I decided to write out a list of questions for myself to answer in five years. I have it saved on my computer, but I figured I should probably put it someplace where it is less likely to be lost.
If you would like to make one for yourself, feel free to copy from mine. You will need to change some of the questions, of course, but I don't mind at all.

Questions to Answer in Five Years
Written March 2012, to be answered anytime after March 2017.
1. Where do I live?
2. What is my relationship status?
                Depending on that answer:
a.       Who have I been in (a) relationship(s) with?
b.      If currently in a relationship, who is it with?
c.       If currently in a relationship, do you think it will progress?
d.      If currently in engaged, when/where is the wedding going to be?
e.      If married, when/where was the wedding?
f.        If married, do I have any kids yet?
g.       If single, what I am I doing to continue being the best I can be and be happy?
h.      No matter the relationship status, have I been through the temple yet?
i.         If married, where was the honeymoon?
3. Do I have a job?
                Depending on answer, go into detail.
4. How much education have I completed?
5. What was my focus on in my schooling?
6. Did I serve a mission?
7. Am I an aunt yet?
8. Are any of my other siblings married?
9. Has anyone in the family (immediate and extended) passed away?
10. What pets do I have/have I had?
11. Is Hoover still around?
12. Where do mom and dad live?
13. Where do my siblings live?
14. What callings have I had/do I have in the church (while writing this I am ward pianist for YSA 50th ward 3rd stake BYU-I)?
15. Who is my best friend?
16. Do I have a car? If yes, what kind?
17. Can I speak anything other than English and a bare minimum of Spanish?
18. Have I been outside of USA yet?
19. What has been the hardest thing I have done/gone through in the last five years?
20. How are the non-members of my family doing?
21. What is my favorite color?
22. What has been the happiest/best thing I have done/gone through in the last five years?
23. Did I have anymore crazy roommates?
24. What have been some major musical accomplishments I have achieved in the last five years?
25. Have I been to any new states in the last five years? (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, North Dakota, Arkansas, West Virginia, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, New Hampshire, Vermont, Tennessee)
26. Any new signs of the Second Coming?
27. Who is the current prophet and who are his apostles?
28. What callings do my family members have?
29. Has cousin Spencer married yet?
30. How about Andy or Daina?
31. Ben and Dani have any kids?
32. Shelley and Trev have any more?
33. Any other cousins/family married/have kids?
34. What is my current biggest struggle/weakness?
35. What am I better at now that I wasn't so good at five years ago?
36. Four and a half years away from being thirty. How do I feel about this? At 20 1/2, I feel okay with it. I hope to not be dreading it in five years.
37. How is my health?
38. How is communication with family? Better not be any stupid drama!
39. What hobbies do I have?
40. Any near-death experiences?
41. Have any major disasters in the last five years had an impact on my life? (weather, earthquake, terror attacks, drought, car accidents, etc)
42. What is the latest fashion trend (Hipster is 2012) and do I despise it as much as I did the hipster trend?
43. Who is president of the United States?
44. How is facebook doing? Have I dropped it or is it still going strong?
45. Are people still crazy for people like Lady Ga Ga, Katie Perry, Micheal Buble, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, etc? Who is the newest/hottest celebrity that I still just don't care about?
46. What is my hair like?
47. Has my vision gotten worse?
48. Have I still not broken any bones?
49. Still not had any surgeries (not including wisdom teeth)?
50. How is the insomnia?
51. How much debt am I in and how am I working to pay it off?
52. If any grandparents are still alive, how are they doing?
53. What ever happened with Nathan and Ryan?
54. How is Nick?
55. Am I still in contact with anyone from Clarke?
56. Am I still in contact with anyone from BYU-I?
57. What are my current short-term and long-term goals?
58. Has Disney Channel gotten any worse (I can't imagine how, but I believe it can)?
59. What political party do I associate with?
60. How is Nikki Johnson/Riddle doing?