Friday, December 10, 2010

A Dream Fulfilled

Guess who this black man is:

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

8

1. What's one thing you're really glad happened in the past week?
I spent some quality time with my grandmother, in which we embraced and told each other we love each other and I almost cried.
2. What are you favorite things to wear?
Skinny Jeans and baggy t-shirt.
3. Where do you want to be in 5 years?
Making lots of dough as a creative talent. Married. One or two children. Living in a lovely house in a warm climate.
4. What's your most relaxing pastime?
Painting.
5. Have you read any good books lately that you wish to share?
The Mastery of Love. Okay so i've only read the first few chapters, but it's good so far.
6. What's one of your favorite dinners to make?
Eggplant Parmesan.
7. Where do you wish you were right now (time or place) or why are you happy where you're at?
I wish I was in Europe experiencing art, culture and food, sharing the gospel and learning about people different from me.
8. When are you going to call me next?
Good question. Have I ever called you? In fact, I don't think I ver emailed you back...I'd like to just come visit you.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The beat goes on.

Hello dear friends and associates.

You may be wondering what is going on with me? Well, some of you know the details of my life, but some of you don't. And you still won't. I'm not going to put the details of my life on the internet.
For a more general idea of what is going on with me, read the following.
I'm still a 2 year-olds preschool teacher. I still teach an art class after school once a week. I still live with my parents. I still want to get a masters degree and I still want to live my life out as a creative genius. In other news, the significant other, that I have been dating for the past year+, and I are no longer dating, and no that does not mean we are engaged. But, as I said previously, I am not about to discuss the sensitive inner-workings of my life on the world wide web.
I am also considering a move. Perhaps to Houston, TX.
I am also considering various professional fields, including, but not limited to: Textile Design, Graphic Design, Pediatrics, Custom card-making. One of these things is not like the other...
I have a severe and deep-rooted love for art and creating stuff, but I also think I could be good at something like healing sick children. That idea suddenly sprouted in my head one day and I really haven't thought too much about it since. ???

Now for a spiritual tangent.
I have learned a lot in the past... year or so. Mostly about the world and people in it. It has been a very trying year for me. I have been trying to figure out where my life is going. I feel that it has been remarkably unstable and even out of control. I'm not married, I don't have children, I don't have a career, and I feel like I am ambling along, unsure of any certain path I should take. Getting married, birthing and rearing babies and having a career are undoubtedly goals that I hold in high regard in my life, but I am learning that trusting in the arm of God and not the arm of flesh sometimes means waiting... sometimes means not getting what you want right away.. sometimes means going through a lot to get where you want to be.
I am by no means intending this to sound like a complaint, I don't feel that way at all. I am very grateful for the opportunities God has given me, that He knows I needed to grow in the ways I have. I trust Him now more than I did a year ago. I sense His presence in my life now more than I did a year ago. I feel His wisdom and divine purposes at work in my life more now than I did a year ago. I am grateful for His Son more than I was a year ago.
I trust Him in everything, and I expect that trust to grow exponentially for the rest of my life.

It all hinges on the day-to-day.
It has been a necessity for me to fill my life with good things, and believe me, it matters.
I need to know that I will feel the Spirit consistently in my life, therefore attending my church meetings, institute and the temple on a regular basis have become necessary staples of my regular spiritual diet. There is no replacement also for the power of personal prayer and scripture study. I also read my patriarchal blessing often. I can tell you straight up, without these blessings in my life ALL THE TIME, I would be a mess ALL THE TIME, I would've cracked long ago, particularly prayer and scripture study. How do people live their lives WITHOUT the gospel??? I have no idea.

General Conference.
President Monson's talk on gratitude opened my eyes.
Last night when I got home from work I was exhausted. I laid on my bed with pain in the nerves of my neck and aches littering my muscles. I whined in my head until I started looking around my room at all the crap I have. Then thought about the comfortable temperature of my home and the cold rain outside. How many people in the world are too hot, too cold, don't have dinner to eat and don't have a job to be tired from? I felt so sheepish at that moment and my heart opened. I was humbled and promised the Lord I would feel more gratitude and express it for the ridiculous amount of blessings I have, spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.

These are some of the feelings of my heart in the past little while. Share some of yours too. Wow, I'm turning into a sentimental loony-bin, I'm sounding like MEG!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Believe it or not

Take a wild guess at who this baby is:


Saturday, September 4, 2010

LA

I went to Los Angeles last week for a few days.


This is the Getty Center. BEAUTIFUL architecture, landscaping, artwork.





I tried Korean food for the first time. Ate lots of kimchi (I have no idea how to spell that.)


This is Beverly Hills. No big deal.





This is Donald Trump's golf course.


This is Wayfarer's Chapel. It's pretty much glass.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

SD



Here are just a few snapshots of San Diego.
It was windy, overcast and 65 degrees most of the time we were there.

The above dolphins are at Sea World


Fishing Boats at Fisherman's Landing (note downtown San Diego in the background.)


A lovely Monarch on Coronado Island.


A lovely sand dollar on Coronado Beach.


Jets flying overhead at Coronado Beach.


An unidentified jelly object at Coronado Beach. Does anyone know what this is?


The folks under an awesome tree on Coronado Island.
Fishing boats and the city.



This is the really weaird DJ they had at my cousin's wedding reception. He played several soothing tunes along the lines of "Baby Got Back," "Hump De Hump" and "Ice Ice Baby."


I loved this gaggle of young men waiting to catch the garter. The one on the left asked me to dance for the last slow song of the night. I felt like I was in high school again, and I might as well have been, as I think he was 18 or 19. I think he had no idea how old I am. The one on the right should be nominated human of the year. Look at that kid. Awesome.

This is my cousin Kristy and her parents and siblings. Beautiful location.

This is my sister Claudia and myself at the wedding.


This is mutant Claudia. Tide pools at Point Loma.


The small version of my family, Point Loma.


Ma and I at "Rockies Yogurt," a frozen yogurt shop my uncle has been going to for six years. Lots of flavors and huge portions for really cheap. My cousin and uncle are in the background.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I Finished the Book of Mormon Again.


I went to LAGOON for the first time in seven years. or so. It was time.

I've been called as the second counselor in the Relief Society Presidency.

I'm going to San Diego in a couple weeks.

I finished the Book of Mormon again. I think that was at least the 7th time. I haven't kept good count. Do people usually keep count? How many times have you read it?

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Insight into my daily life


So, my job is pretty much the center of my universe these days. It's absurd. My coteacher Tara went to Colorado yesterday for two months, so I may die. In the next to months there may come a point in time where you will never see my fresh face, hear my biting sarcasm or operatic Beyonce singing again. The two year-olds will eat me... they will.
Enough drama. Here are pictures.
I had the art show for my two painting classes last week. I think it went pretty well. Here are a few of my favorite paintings and some pics of the show.




Monday, April 19, 2010

On my sickbed.

Hello again.
I actually have time to write a blog as I am ill. Bedridden. Well, not quite bedridden. I have some weird virus that the doctor told me the name of but I can't remember. So far it has involved headaches, a fever (and a few hours later a temp of 96.4,) swelling of my throat to 14 times its size, waterfalls (mucusfalls?) of mucus, muffled hearing, and foggyheadedness. Could be worse. You should hear my voice though. I sound really funny. I missed work today, and since the doctor said I'll be contagious for five more days, I'm missing work again tomorrow. Thanks to Spring Break I'll have a paycheck of $4.88 this pay period. Not to mention the $100.00 I dropped on the doc and meds today. OK venting complete.

Last weekend was a fun one, aside from the mounting illness. I don't have a ton of goood pics like usual :), there was just too much fun to be had.

On Friday Russell and I went shopping at the Gateway for a while, I didn't buy anything, surprisingly, and took a couple things back (including my purchase from The Gap the other day [it was too big;)]). wow funky punctuation. Then we went to dinner at Cafe Trio, one of my all-time faves. It was deelish. Then we went to my house and got suckered into watching a PBS Anne Frank show. It was one of those where we'd periodically say "WHY are we watching this?" but keep watching it.
These are the only two pics I have from Trio, I told Russell he looked forlorn in the first one. He didn't agree.
On Saturday we mustered up the courage to take my dad's canoe out. We aimed high and struck low, that is, we originally said we'd go to antelope island for the day and ended up at the Daybreak lake. What's even funnier, now that I think about it, is that I started with hopes of going to Cali over Spring Break, then LV, then St. George, then Antelope Island, then it came to Daybreak. Just me and Russell canoeing along. We packed a lunch and ate it in the canoe. Russell's sister and hubby and child came for a visit too. Then Russell and I managed to make it to the Jordan Parkway with our bikes for a bike ride. It was rather enjoyable, what with the weather and all. Then we went to a BBQ/Jazz party at a friend's. The Jazz lost but the food was great. You'll notice Russell sitting in his stroller sucking on his bahbah of ginger ale. The adorable baby is Russell's nephew, Alexander. In the first pic you'll see one of Russell's many classic "Russell face(s)"