Monday, March 30, 2009

New Goal

In the New Era this month, there's an article about 5 easy ways to make school hard, and 5 hard ways to make school easy. You can read the article in full at http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=024644f8f206c010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=60495e8d52440210VgnVCM100000176f620a________

But... Anyway... I really want to focus on the 1st hard way to make school easy.
It reads,

Feed the need to read.
Start by making scriptures a habit. Then add the New Era. Discover the counsel and uplift that await you if you read beyond the joke page. Pick up other great books too. Unlike TV, which is a mentally passive activity, reading is mentally active. It stretches your mind. That’s why if you have ever read a book and then seen a movie made from it, the book is almost always better.

I just started to realize (again) the importance of scripture study. In his Real-Life Education article, President Eyring said in this month's new era, "Our first priority should go to spiritual learning. For us, reading the scriptures would come before reading history books." I often put scripture study at the bottom of my to do list. I am going to make this one of my top priorities, and ... In two weeks, I'll let you know what it does for me. :) That's all.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

District Speech Competition

March 28, 2009
I'm at District speech right now... I just finished my first round. I felt really good about it... :) My Mother Teresa speech is... the bomb. It's a nice speech if I deliver it well. I thought I did... 'till Mr. Burton, our speech coach came up to me and said, "You really need to step it up next round." *Sigh!* I thought I did well... but he didn't even see me! and I was the first one to go today... Ugh... Oh well, I'll step it up... and dominate. Until next round...
Two more to go...

March 29, 2009
So, ... district speech is over now. I didn't really dominate, but... it's all good. :) I'm an alternate to go to state! I took 6th out of about 19 kids. I did pretty well for my first time ever! Burton was right in saying I needed to step it up in the next rounds. I either didn't do a stellar performance the first time, or my judge judged me harshly because I was the first to go. I would like to blame it on the judge... but it probably wasn't quite stellar. Good, but not stellar. The only complaints the judges really had were that my blocking wandered a little bit and one thought it was too long. (It wasn't. It was 9 minutes when it was supposed to be under 10.)
Overall, I do think I did a good job, especially for being a rookie. It was a hearty amount of fun :). If you want to read my Mother Teresa speech, let me know, and I'll email you a copy.

Who knows? If someone dies, maybe I can compete at state. :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Solitude.

I like my alone time.
I like to think by myself.
It's all a little new. . .
I've learned to enjoy the silence.
Mindless chatter isn't necessary anymore.
It's new to me, but I like it.

To Sleep, Or Not to Sleep?

To Sleep, or not to Sleep? Is it really a question I can control?

Sometimes. . . I can't Sleep. My body is exhausted, but my mind seems to be on a completely different page.
I lay down, close my eyes, and am ready for Sleep. . . when all of a sudden a flood of thoughts rush into my mind! They aren't usually the flimsy pointless threads either. . . They always seem to be my biggest worries, or my biggest life plans.

How will I work out going to Utah State, and are the next three years really going to work out..??

How can I help motivate and create world peace?

These rushing rivers keep me up too many hours of the night. . .

Sleep. I love sleep.
I love the way it makes me feel. . .
To dream sweet dreams of euphoria. . .
I love Sleep.
Dear Sleep, I miss you.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

20 things that have happened since I last blogged.

  1. I got to visit Mary in Provo. It was fantastic.
  2. She set me up on a blind date where we painted pottery.
  3. I went to prom in Riverton. I had a splendid time.
  4. I got to visit with some of my most favorite Riverton friends.
  5. I got mission hungry. I want to be a missionary so SO very badly!
  6. I missed my shuttle home from Utah and had to wait 5 hours at the Salt Lake airport for my mama to pick me up. All alone. Hungry.
  7. I went to my clogging competition and won Idaho State Champion for my freestyle! Super.
  8. I lost a couple bets.
  9. We had our spring break!
  10. Emma, Benny, a few girls in my ward, and I worked the whole time picking the rocks and garbage out of a farmer's million fields.
  11. I learned and helped choreograph a short duet for clogging.
  12. At our competition, they said we won overall duet, but they messed up. I have to give my trophy back at the next competition.
  13. I got sunburned.
  14. I got the part of Sarah Brown in the school musical, Guys and Dolls.
  15. I helped make some great brownies.
  16. I fell up the stairs.
  17. We got a cat named Sadie. Not like Satan. We just call her Kitty.
  18. I memorized my Oratorical Analysis speech. It's about Mother Teresa, and changing the world by putting our love into action.
  19. I got asked to the Jerome prom, and said Yes! I'm pretty excited.
  20. I tried to take up poem writing. Haiku style. It didn't work too well. . . :)

Here are some examples.

Sand is in my toes.
I eat an Ice Cream Sandwich.
Sun Shines on my nose.

Dirt is real dirty.
I like to make good brownies.
Water here's real clear.

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It hasn't been TOO eventful of a time for me, but it's been fun for sure :). Okay, I like life. I'm going to be late to choir! And....I blogged. Hooray :).

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I love to remember. . . :)

India.
Curry.
Today, well, this morning. No, last night.
Last night, my mom made a bean soup. It reminded me a lot of the food we often ate in India. It was missing one little thing. Curry. I thought it was curry, but I've never been positive as to what curry smelled and tasted like. I began to search our cupboards. . . . . .

. . . . . . Where is it??! Ugh! I can't find it anywhere. Mom. She must know where it is. I should have asked her in the first place! Yes! I found it.
Yes, yes, that's the smell! I pot a little on a spoon. . . Yes, yes, yes! That's the taste. As my palate absorbs the flavor, my mind floods with memories, and feelings of sorrow and euphoria as I remember how India forever touched my soul. . . .

I fell in love with India.

It really is nice to remember. . . :)

Slow down.


Smell the Roses.

Remember the Honeysuckles.

Find the Daffodils.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Surprise. To: Me

So. . . As you know, It's the beginning of a new trimester. The new trimester brings new classes. Working classes. . .

Wait, working classes??? Surprise! Oh snap. . . I haven't had to work in school since. . . Last year! I'm not sure if I remember how. . . Ugh.
I'm secretly dreading it. Well. . . Not-so-secretly anymore.
I am going to kick it into gear. I can do this!

I looked at my bum this morning before I ran out the door to go to school, and I noticed that I have a lot of bum that I can work off. Some girls in my speech class and I also talked about it. Together, we are going to work our bums off. We're going to work them off this trimester 'till there's nothing left. Gone. Zip. Nada. Zilch. (I love that word! Zilch.)
I have a long way to go, but by graduation, I really will have no bum.
In all my classes, I will work! I'll work hard, and well. :)

I'm not very practiced at working hard in school. . . but I can do it. I can, I can! This trimester frightens me a bit but. . . with faith, hope, and persistence I'll do splendidly. I will, I will!