Friday, June 18, 2010

Old and New Friends

So I've gone to institute the last 2 Thursdays and LOVED it. I have a seminary teacher for an institute teacher and OH MAN! Do I miss Brother W. This guy is great, but he's makin' me homesick! He tells corny jokes, jumps around the room when he gets excited about something, asks provoking questions, emphasizes the spiritual moments, and I swear he sees right through me (although I know he really doesn't. And therefore has NO CLUE who I am). All the makings of a great seminary teacher.

At institute last week, I ran into one of my college friends' little sisters. She came up for something once and stayed in our apartment (instead of the yucky boys') ;c). This week, I ran into (or more like she recognized me, which still boggles my mind, because she even remembers how to spell my first name right, which is obviously a task. I'm impressed she can pick me out of a crowd at all!) my old kindergarten/ 6th grade friend (we had kindergarten together, then went to different grade schools, and then our schools re-combined for middle school... and THEN I moved).

I'm also making new friends. Last week, I brought a girl from the singles ward along with me. We met because her boyfriend said something about me and she thought I sounded like a good person to be friends with. That makes me wonder what was said! But anyway, now we're friends, and went to institute last Thursday, and one of her friends was there. She didn't come this week, but he did. And he kept coming up and talking to me. And I know I should be nice, but I also don't want to be too nice to him, because I've done that before, and it doesn't seem to end well. Plus, last week, he asked Tamara out. I promptly walked away while she said, "No, I've got a boyfriend." When I come back, he turns to me and asks ME out! I don't want to be snooty or anything, but even though I'm not dating, I really don't consider myself a SECOND choice. At least I don't want anyone else to consider me a second choice. And I sure don't want to KNOW I was a second choice. And really, I don't even know this kid. And he doesn't know me. What if I was an ax murderer, coming to prey on all the innocent souls who come to Institute? And like I said, I don't want to be rude, and I'm sure the kid had good intentions. But I've been in situations similar to this, and I was nice, and I've lead the poor guy along because I was nice to him. And I can see the exact thing happening here. So... I "forget" to come back to conversations with him. And I DON'T make eye contact. And I don't say anything personal about me. Or give any indication I'm interested in what he has to say. And I hate being like that.

But I'm still trying to make other new friends, too. Not doing so hot at it. It would probably help if I went to the local institute instead of the one in the city. But I didn't know there was a local one until I'd already signed up for this one. Maybe next season. Or maybe I'll crash a few of the local ones just to get an idea of who comes to them. Since I bet I know SOMEONE here. Tamara switched over to the local one. Maybe her bf Gail comes to them, too.

And aside from institute, I've discovered an old high school friend! She sent me an email. Cyberspace makes our world very small. We used to sit in the seminary building before school and eavesdrop on Brother W's early-morning class. That man changed the world, I tell ya.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Blog posts that inspired me today:

"PLEASE DON'T NAG YOURSELF WITH THOUGHTS OF FAILURE. DO NOT SET GOALS FAR BEYOND YOUR CAPACITY TO ACHIEVE. SIMPLY DO WHAT YOU CAN DO, IN THE BEST WAY YOU KNOW, AND THE LORD WILL ACCEPT OF YOUR EFFORT."

- GORDON B. HINCKLEY  



THANKS SHATZI! I MIGHT JUST "STEAL" YOUR SOAP RECIPE TOO! LOOKS GREAT!



"Indeed, one of the signs of mature Latter-day Saint life is the ability to see a limitation in ourselves without letting it cast a shadow over all the many other things we do and say....It has always struck me as being sad that those among us who would not think of reprimanding our neighbor, much less a total stranger, for mistakes that have been made or weaknesses that might be evident, will nevertheless, be cruel and unforgiving to themselves. When the scriptures say to judge righteously, that means with fairness and compassion and charity. That's how we must judge ourselves. We need to be patient and forgiving of ourselves, just as we must be patient and forgiving of others."

Howard W. Hunter 



Thanks Mary! I love reading your blog. It's so inspiring! (To those who don't know Mary, check out this inspirational blog on womanhood: http://rejoicinginwomanhood.blogspot.com/)

This helped out a lot, too:

"When you focus on the house, the schoolwork slides. When you focus on the schoolwork, the house slides." (source)

If I'm sewing, the house is a wreck. If I'm cleaning, I'm not reading with the kids, if we're up to our noses investigating the world's first inventions and making some of our own, my sewing projects lie neglected under heaps of fabric scraps and dishes pile up in the sink.


And this whole story.  What can I say, Jessica inspires me on a regular basis! I'd say "when I grow up I want to be like her (which references another one of her posts)," but in truth, I really don't. I mean, I've got trials,  but I don't envy HER trials at ALL! 

Oh, I wish I could share everything! I've spent the whole day catching up on reading blogs! But it was very much worth it!

Lost Generation

Sadly, in 30 years, I'm HOPING to celebrate my 30th anniversary of my divorce. But I still like this. And I still would rather reverse the trend. Stole this from Amy's blog. Thanks Amy!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Staycation

So, I've obviously not been posting. I've decided after much stress and confusion in my life that this blog, and the others that I write as well, would be something to pause on. Don't you worry, it's not permanent. And as I said, this blog was just an experiment anyway. It will be back up and running as soon as I 1) get my garden in. It's June and I'm no where close to planting. 2) get my NEW computer set up the way I would like. (OK, it's not really new. Gotta love hand-me-downs from sisters) 3) Organize my craft room. I've been working on it this month since I've been home from Disneyland. It's been SUCH a project. It's spent the last year in boxes and half open boxes (because I needed something from them). 4) Do some rearranging and goal setting.  In the meantime, check out these projects. I've been saving the sites to comment on later, but I dont want to leave you all hanging:

How to Make Birdcage Veils by Jordan Ferney
How to Make Paper Cherry Blossoms by Martha Stewart
Lots of crafts you can do with paper via Martha Stewart
A really cute paper bow by Martha Stewart

And a disclaimer on the Martha Stewart websites. I know I include a lot of things by Martha. And I know that it's a name everyone wishes would either vanish off the face of the earth or could claim as their own (we all want to be Martha, admit it!). So, let me point out that Martha Stewart has LOTS of different craft blogs. And SHE'S NOT THE ONE writing most of them! We could all be Marthas if we could hire the help she's got. Until then, we can use all of the ideas she didn't really come up with anyway.

Be back soon!
Keira