Tuesday, April 29, 2014

101 in 1001

This is something I have been thinking about for a while. I have seen this trend of "101 Things in 1001 Days" popping up all over my Bloglovin' and Pinterest Feeds and felt like I should do one too. Thanks so much to Design Darling to starting such a great idea and the inspiration I got here, herehere, and here!

I have to be honest, at first I felt a little silly writing up this list. 1001 days (2.75 years) is such an unknown to me right now! The longer I thought about it though the more I realized that this kind of format has helped me to think about a large variety of things, in many parts of my life. This helps me to look toward the future, but also appreciate all the smaller steps that will take me to that point. So here it is, broken into categories but in no particualr order within those categories, just however I thought of them.



start: April 23, 2014
end: January 18, 2017

Personal

1. Decide 101 things
2. Finish and upload my blog remodel
3. Send 30 handwritten notes/letters
4. Organize my music
5. Get a passport
6. Write in my journal twice a month for a year
7. Put $10 in savings for each completed thing
8. Reach 100 blog followers
9. Read The Book of Mormon
10. Read the Doctrine and Covenants
11. Read the Pearl of Great Price
12. Read the Old Testament
13. Read the New Testament
14. Keep a gratitude journal
15. Blog every day for a month
16. Attend the temple once a month for a year
17. Be featured on another blog
18. Make a blog calendar
19. Get a job for our Seattle summer move
20. Meet up with an old friend
21. Make a new friend

Marriage/Family

22. 2014 Lee Family Reunion
23. Take family pictures in Seattle
24. Have Family Home Evening every week for 6 months
25. Go on a date twice a month for six months
26. Celebrate 3 years of marriage
27. Celebrate 4 years of marriage
28. Celebrate 5 years of marriage
29. Create a working list of names, addresses, and birthdays
30. Start a new tradition
31. Take an updated Tingey family picture
32. Spend time with every sister and sister-in-law individually
33. Organize something nice for my parents
34. Organize something nice for my in-laws

Home

35. Move to Seattle for summer internship
36. Move to our first semi-permanent place
37. Make a picture gallery wall
38. Plan and host a dinner party
39. Pick a wedding picture to enlarge
40. Have houseplants
41. Create a home library/office
42. Stick to a weekly cleaning schedule for 3 months
43. Display some of Sierra's pictures

Adventure

44. Visit Camas
45. Visit Rathdrum
46. Go on a beach vacation with Brett
47. Hike Mt. Timpanogos
48. Visit the Ape Caves at Mt. St. Helens
49. Visit Glacier National Park
50. Go to a Mariners Game
51. Visit Arizona
52. Visit a Museum
53. Go 3 camping trips
54. Go on 10 hikes
55. Fly on an airplane again
56. Go to a farmer's market
57. Hike the "Y" with Brett
58. Go to a rodeo
59. Go into Canada
60. Swim in the ocean
61. Ride a Ferry
62. Watch a meteor shower

Create

63. Make an indoor herb garden
64. Sew a bedspread
65. Crochet a blanket
66. Print photo books up to present
67. Make a Lee Family sign
68. DIY 3 other projects
69. Buy a nice camera
70. Learn how to edit pictures

Health/Fitness

71. Get cholesterol down to health levels
72. Run a 5k
73. Run a 10k
74. Run a half marathon
75. Try a regular yoga schedule for 3 months
76. Follow low cholesterol diet until Anniversary
77. Re-evaluate cholesterol diet after doctor appointment
78. Finish #1800 minute challenge
79. Wake at 6 every day for two weeks
80. Not drink soda for 6 months
81. Whiten my teeth

Intellectual

82. Buy at least one book from Powell's Books
83. Start Student Teaching
84. Finish Student Teaching
85. Graduate from BYU
86. Start drawing again
87. Read 50 new books
88. Reread 5 favorite books
89. Start a book club
90. Memorize a poem
91. Read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
92. Learn a new skill

Food

93. Make a meal from Pike's Market
94. Go to 5 Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives restaurants
95. Consolidate and organize recipes
96. Try 20 new recipes
97. Create my own recipe
98. Decorate a cake for someone
99. Cook my way through a book/blog
100. Create a good menu planning system
101. Plan a month's menu and stick to it





Monday, April 28, 2014

New Design

What do you think?

I have been working on this slowly for the last couple of months. I wanted to be able to have it worked out perfectly before I changed it so that once I made the switch the look could be stable.

One of the reasons that it took so long is that I did all of this myself. Crazy! Lots of time was spent googling and trying different things over and over again until I got it just how I wanted. Luckily now I know what to do if I ever need to add or change anything!

Let me know what you think! What do you wish I had included?

Friday, April 25, 2014

Two Years of Memories



Yesterday we moved out of the apartment we have lived in for two years. So much happened to us over two years. So many memories will forever be housed here. Luckily we are leaving to create even more memories, building on decisions made while living here. The dreams, the restless nights of worry, the celebrations of success, and passing milestones of our time together as a couple all have us leaving with a little nostalgia, but excitement for the future.

When we first moved in our bathroom was this nasty color blue...











Two years later, I am happy with the home we created for ourselves!






Here is to another adventure and that we are always so happy with our home, and yet able to look to the future for things to come.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Day of Blessings

I am a planner. I like having my lists and working towards an end goal. Sometimes I can't keep control of a situation and it stresses me beyond belief. I like to be in control. So the last several weeks have been hard.

Two important things needed to happen in order for us to financially justify moving to Seattle. We knew we need to make this move for Brett's career, but how could we possibly live somewhere so expensive with such little income? I get a job, and we sell our apartment contract for where we live in Provo. One means making enough to pay the bills, the other not having to pay double.

Today is Wednesday. We leave on Thursday. Both of those things finally happened last night. Talk about a close call. But, you know what? They happened.



In situations like this I try to do my best to remember that blessings come to those who live in a way to be deserving. Blessings also come when you recognize them. I could just look at the events of today and think that it was just the dozens of jobs I applied for, or that the right person finally looked at our job posting. Or I can look at the whole experience as an exercise in faith, knowing that everything would work out for us in the end.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

On What is Most Important

Today is Easter. It comes with any number of traditions. Family time, Easter Eggs, gifts, full spread of wonderful dinner, any number of things. With so much excitement it is also important to remember why celebration is initially in order.

Easter. The celebration of new beginnings. The celebration of redemption. The celebration of a second chance.

My testimony is simple, but strong. I know that my Savior lives. I know that he sacrificed himself for the sake of the world, so that we, as sons and daughters of God can choose to use our agency in a way that will eventually allow us to live with our Heavenly Father. This is the basis of the gospel of Jesus Christ, of Christianity.

This knowledge helps me get through whatever tough times I may have. Trials happen to everyone, and we have the choice to turn it into a learning experience rather than be bitter. In every way that I need, I can come to this knowledge for strength in so many ways. I find this strength by seeing the love, dedication, perseverance, self-sacrifice, priorities, and the ability to look to the long term exemplified through Christ.

Because of Him, I can become better. Because of Him, I can find strength. Because of Him, I can have Eternal Life.




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Setting a Big Goal

I am a kind of person that needs a figurative finish line. I like to be working toward something tangible, something that will give me a measurable result. Keeping my eye on the prize can be very motivational for me. 

What about when there is no visible finish line? For example, what is the finish line for a healthy lifestyle where I keep my cholesterol under control? Is it a number that I can only check once or twice a year? But what if the number fluctuates? I don't want my self-worth tied to a number. 


I think the key is to create other finish lines along the way. Finish lines that will work together to keep me progressing in the direction I want to go. Isn't that all goals are? Achievable desires that take you one step closer to being the kind of person you want to be? 

I have reached some of my finish lines. I haven't had red meat or dairy (more on that here) and I am running and doing Pilates 5 days a week. Now it is time for the next goal. The next thing that will keep me progressing and not let me fall into complacency. 

So I decided to make one of my figurative finish lines into a real finish line. I decided to run a half marathon at the end of the summer. I can't believe I just said that. But it's true. And if I tell as many people as possible then I have to follow through not just for myself, but for other people too. 

It really is exciting though! I found a race near where we will be living in Seattle that doesn't happen until the end of August, a week before we come back to Utah. Its a surprisingly flat and wide trail around a watershed reserve. How cool is that! To run in a place where there is moisture and trees! And what better place to train for a half marathon than in the mild Seattle summers. I mean seriously, follow this link and look at that picture from a previous year. How could you not want to do that?

I will keep you posted on how training and everything goes. Brett agreed to run with me so that will be extremely helpful. I am looking forward to crossing this adventure off the list of possibilities and feeling the internal power that comes from accomplishing something that takes so much work. 


All images can be found on this Pinterest board.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Dry Canyon Hike

With the amazing weather that we have had lately Brett and I just needed to get outside for the weekend. After looking at all the stuff we had to do we realized that if we planned our time wisely we would have time to go for a short hike on Friday evening. Luckily we live so close to the mountains so there are lots of nearby trails.

This time we drove about 20 minutes to get to the trail head of Dry Canyon. It was so much fun. We had to walk a little fast sometimes since we went after work and were loosing daylight, but the trail loop only took an hour so it worked out well.


The trail head already starts part of the way up, but since these mountains are so big, the hike is uphill fast and downhill fast. 


This was the start looking up the canyon. I just loved the fact that the mountains are big enough that we were warm in our shorts and short-sleeved shirts, and yet all the tops of the mountains still have snow. I liked the cliffs on the sides of canyon and kept thinking of all my friend that rock climb who would have loved to be there. This picture also shows just how fast we were loosing daylight. 




The view from the top of the loop looking back towards Provo. At first I couldn't believe how much elevation we had gained, then I realized how sweaty and out of breath I was! It was amazing to be able to see the entire Utah Valley, and unlike hiking Y-Mountain with all the other students, we had this view all to ourselves. 


And did I mention how beautiful the sunset was? It was probably my favorite part. By the time we had worked our way down to the car again the entire sky was pink. 

Here's to the start of warm weather and the first of many summer hikes to come for us this year. 

Our Busy Spring


There have been a few things to happen over the last couple weeks that were just not documented to their full potential. So I am doing it now.
  • Spring finally came! We had new snow one morning then four days later it is 70 and beautiful. I have loved not having to carry a coat around campus anymore. There is nothing more annoying than when it is cold when you leave your house in the morning, but then by the time you are done with your first class its warm again. 
  • My friend Jill got back to Utah! I was so happy when she stopped by the night she drove in just to say hi and then the next day when she still showed up for our HIMYM date. She still has some catching up to do, so we just watched a couple and spent time catching up, but it was so nice to sit down and have a conversation face to face.
  • We had the semi-annual Waffles and Apostles breakfast, one of my favorite activities of the year, and I had every intention of taking pictures, but we were running behind and in my hurry I totally forgot. My sister came over with her new boyfriend and we all ate our weight's worth in waffles, hash browns, scrambled eggs and omelets (mine with egg whites and veggies of course!), and banana bread. Okay I admit, Brett and I ate our weight's worth, the other two just ate like normal people. 
  • We have finished all our big projects for school. For Brett that means lots of group work. For me it is writing lots of papers. The good news is that now that we are done we can focus on our finals and knock those out of the park!
  • I got a much needed haircut. I was having some serious split ends and my layers had disappeared. I loved how subtle my layers were when I got a trim in December, but they had vanished. Now my layers are a little more pronounced, but my overall hair still has the same style. I have tried going shorter in the past, but I just love my hair long like this. Its so versatile and I just feel more comfortable. 
  • We have begun the process of saying goodbye to people that we either won't see for four months, or that we may not see for an undefined amount of time since they are graduating. The end of the school year always comes with so many dinners and last minute get-togethers and this one is no exception. In fact there are so many they might just get a whole post dedicated to them. 

So there it is. Playing a little bit of catch-up for things I should have taken pictures for and celebrating the little things that you can't capture in an image.

Friday, April 11, 2014

New Diet Breakdown

After finding out that I have a high cholesterol problem, like most people in my family, I made some life changes. I have mentioned some parts of it a few times, but I am so proud of my success and how well I have done that I wanted to document it in a little more detail. I have also had a lot of friends and family ask me questions, and hopefully this will answer some of those.

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First of all, I just want to make it clear that I am not doing this because I feel like I need to loose weight. I am doing it because I see a scary trend in my family medical history, on both sides. I have watched as people with the same medical history either take care of themselves or use their medical history as an excuse to have medical problems. I decided to take care of myself and increase my overall health and hopefully put some years on my life. One of my dearest friends (who happens to be a dietitian, super convenient) told me when I started that my effort into my health means a lot to the people closest to me in my life, and Brett has seconded her words so many times to me. So that is my motivation.

I got my results back from my doctor on January 6th, and since then I have not had any red meat, dairy (milk, cheese, butter, etc), or eggs (actually, I can have egg whites). These were the biggest things that the doctor and my friend told me I needed to completely cut, at least for now. So that is what I did. I knew from the start that if I tried to ease my way in telling myself to only cut one thing a week I would never get there, so I cut them all cold turkey. It also worked out that we had to go grocery shopping the next day anyway so I really got to start from a clean slate. I found that it is a lot easier to keep my goals about my diet if bad options are removed in the first place. 

I also started to really limit my salt intake, and look at the overall healthiness of my food. For the first couple weeks I tracked all my meals on myfitnesspal.com just to get an understanding of where I stood, if my changes were effective, and how I was progressing and getting used to cooking this way. Tracking it like this was extremely helpful for me at first, but since I don't have a smart phone it was a huge pain to have to track it all. Now I only do it when I feel myself relaxing a little and need to get back on track. 

So what does a typical day look like then? Actually I eat so much more now than I used to. One reason for this is that now I have to actually plan what I will be eating. That has made the biggest difference in my meal planning, our budgeting, knowing what I can eat for lunch and what I can't, and just overall organization. Another reason is that I eat a lot more vegetables now, and those tend to not keep you full as long. That being the case, I usually pack a pretty big lunch but eat it one piece at a time throughout the day, most of the time between 11 and 3.

Here is a day we had last week that actually repeats itself every 5-7 days. We really like it. (Keep in mind, all these things are extremely clean, so I usually don't limit my portion sizes too much. I know my body and know when I should save something for leftovers the next day and when I really need to keep eating. For the sake of this outline here I didn't include my portion sizes since they very so much, but just know they are often quite large!)

  • Breakfast
    • oatmeal with some almond milk and brown sugar mixed in. Love it.
  • Lunch
    • Nature Valley granola bar
    • snack bag full of each (I usually pick 2)
      • cucumber slices with pepper
      • carrots
      • celery
    • snack packaged unsweetened apple sauce
    • snack bag full of reduced fat Wheat Thins
    • Turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onion, and whole wheat bread.
    • When we have them I also really like to take natural almonds, but they get a little pricey so we only get them once a month and I try to make them stretch.
  • Dinner
    • chicken breast cooked up in some olive oil with only lemon-pepper mix
    • whole wheat angel hair spaghetti
    • the garlic and oil sauce I posted before
    • whole wheat (or half whole half white) rolls
    • topped with green onions and chopped tomatoes
  • Dessert/treat/snack (when I have one)
    • a package of skittles (no cholesterol, my doctor loves me, my dentist hates me), OR
    • Healthy Pop kettle corn (this is my favorite!)
So there you have it. None of this is really that large of a change to make! Most of these things I would eat anyway, just not as regularly. 

Overall, I can actually say that I am now to the point where I love my new diet. At first I thought that not having cheese was going to kill me, and if I sit down and think about it then it does, but I actually taste so much more now. For example, in the picture below you can see what I had on taco night. You can see my corn tortillas on the small plate, but the large plate is full of (working from top clockwise) olives, shredded lettuce, cilantro-lime rice, seasoned black beans, red bell peppers, green onions, green bell peppers, and tomatoes, and chicken in the center. Without smothering the whole thing with cheese I can actually taste all these components and it is wonderful!


Wow! Sorry this is the world's longest post, but I feel like all of it is relevant. Hopefully it made sense, but if not, feel free to ask me in the comments below!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

We Had a Marathon

Bam! Harry Potter movies watched in order over a couple of weeks. Is it a little ridiculous, of course, but was it worth it? Absolutely! Ever since I read the last two books way back during Christmas I have had the urge to watch them all. Then when I found out that my sister's roommate had all of them and she let me borrow them I realized that we needed to watch them quickly, so I could give them back, obviously.  I seriously love these stories. To quote Stephen King on why these young adult books are superior to others,

"Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend."

These stories teach the importance of family, love, teamwork, forgiveness, integrity, and the evils of prejudice and letting fear control your actions. I will stop talking now to prevent rambling about a book (I get extremely attached to fictional characters), but just know, that I love them.

And yes, I cried like a baby during a significant chunk of the last movie. Just like I cried when I read the book. Just like anyone with a soul should cry.



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Failed March Madness



Wow. March Madness was not super great for me this year. To be totally honest, I didn't pay much attention to it this year as I have in the past, but it is still a disappointment.

But honestly, who would have guessed that it would be Connecticut and Kentucky in the final, and that Connecticut would win?

Not only would I want the bragging rights, but the pool I was in was organized by one of my favorite professors and the prize was dinner with a guest of ours and his family. Oh well. At least I still got to hang out with Brett and watch the game!

Monday, April 7, 2014

An Inspiring Weekend

As I mentioned on Friday, I spent the weekend being taught and reminded of the the things that matter most in my life. The best part of the weekend is that I got to do it with Brett, who cares as much as I do. Being able to listen to modern prophets and apostles as they communicate the things necessary for happiness with the man I love and have the privilege of being sealed to is one of my favorite things.



This conference, like so many others, addressed things I wanted to hear, needed to hear, and loved to be reminded of. There were so many times that I got the little kick in the gut that makes you want to desire to be a better person. While there were so many that I loved, I think that Elder Uchtdorf's talk spoke to me the most this time. With all the craziness of moving to Seattle, I have been a little stressed and a little pessimistic. I catch myself thinking that if I am just going to get some crappy job just to help pay the bills that will probably require nights and weekends, then what is the point of living somewhere we have always wanted to, just to do the same thing we are doing here?

But then I sit down and think about all the blessings and opportunities this move will bring to our lives. The more I think, the longer the list gets. This internship is exactly what Brett needs to further what he wants to do for a living. We are living to a new city that gets to be our very own adventure. We will be so much closer to our hometowns that we will actually get to visit them. We are going somewhere that is not this desert! We were able to find a good deal on an apartment in a part of the country that is very expensive. We have help to move so we don't have to rent a truck. We already have a few fun hiking trips planned that we can do at short notice if needed. Neither of us will be taking classes for the first time since we got married. I can keep going, but I won't. :)

Elder Uchtdorf gave a wonderful reminder of what it means to have gratitude in your life. My favorite part was when he talked about how gratitude should not just be something show after you have been blessed in a measurable way, but a consistent state of mind that allows you to find the blessings in the first place. It was definitely something I needed to hear, and I would be surprised if I was the only one.



This was just one of so many wonderful lessons and talks given by the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are several ways to watch them again if you missed it. You can go through them all in order by going to lds.org (the official church website) or you can look at short summaries of the individual talks put together by Deseret News. Finally, in order to watch the delivery of any single talk you can visit the official YouTube channel and select your favorite.

I will leave you with some of my favorites before I go.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf: "Grateful in any circumstances"
President Boyd K. Packer: "The Witness"
President Thomas S. Monson: "Love The essence of the gospel"
Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis: "If ye lack wisdom"
Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge: "The Prophet Joseph Smith"
Elder David A. Bednar: "Bear up their burdens with ease"
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: "The cost — and blessings — of discipleship"


Friday, April 4, 2014

Mourning Becomes Electra and an Invitation


Mourning Becomes Electra-Eugene O'Neill

I loved reading this! This trilogy of plays by O'Neill mirrors the Greek trilogy Oresteia, set now in post Civil War time rather than the end of the Trojan War. The play follows a bitter wife, a returning war hero husband, a 'captive' daughter and the lengths at which all go in order to achieve justice, or rather what they think they deserve. I will admit that if you haven't read the Greek original that the story put forth by O'Neill simply seems like a soap opera, but having read the original for a class this semester (I'm in a Greek and Roman Mythology class, how cool is that!) I loved to see all the allusions to the first and see how O'Neill adapted the plays for a more modern audience. The plays were really easy to read, I did so in only one day compared to the several that it took me to struggle through the Oresteia, and I highly recommend reading them.

An Invitation

This weekend is the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which I am proud to be a part of. Every six months, members of the church gather with family and friends to be taught by today's prophets and apostles. These people will give wonderful talks about the core values of what we believe, how to become a better person, and how much each of us are loved as a child of God. These talks are open for the public through many different outlets. You can watch on TV, on internet streaming, listen to the radio, or follow snippets on social media. In whatever way you want, if you have any questions about our faith, our people, or even if you are struggling with a testimony, you can participate. That is my invitation. Come, learn for yourself.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

We Found an Apartment!

We know where we are going to live this summer! I cannot even tell you how much of a relief it is that we found an apartment. What's crazy is that we got help from a friend of a friend who was able to hook us up with an apartment that has a washer/dryer and a dishwasher within our budget! I am so excited for the washer and dryer! This will be the first one since I left home! Oh, the simple things in life.

We also found someone that can move into our current apartment so we can get out of that contract. Once again, we were able to help out a friend who is going to get married this spring. When we come back at the end of the summer we might even end up as neighbors, which would be great!

We still have lots to do, but now it is nice to know that we will at least have somewhere to sleep! We will be living in the North Seattle area which will give us great access to Lake Washington, the Puget Sound, downtown Seattle, and so many other places we are excited to see. Now for the fun part of getting there!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March Goal Recap

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Physical

  • Exercising is going great! I have seen a huge increase in my ability, endurance, in the way I look, and in the way I feel. 12 weeks in I am finally to the point where I don't need a motivation to go workout or go for a run, the motivation is the action itself.
  • Now that it has been a few months, my weight has stabilized a little from the crazy fluctuations that happened in January and February. I have never been one to weigh myself very often, (I don't think it is healthy to get caught up on a number than can fluctuate throughout the week, or even the day) but from following general patterns and weighing in at the end of every month it looks like I have lost somewhere between 7-14 pounds. Not that loosing weight was my goal, it was getting healthy, but its nice to be able to see such a tangible result when I can't just check my cholesterol all the time. 
  • My healthier diet is going well too. I am thinking that I will do a post dedicated to how it has gone for these three months, so I won't put too many detail here. I just am happy, and that is good enough for now.
Spiritual
  • Reading scriptures and journal writing is going great. I love the release that comes from writing my personal thoughts out in paper and the feelings that come along. It helps remind me that I am loved, that I am blessed, that I have a wonderful life with a man I love, and that whatever difficult thing I may be going through now I can get through based on all the written evidence of survival in the past.
  • Now that it is April, we have General Conference this weekend. This is a time that I look forward to every April and October as a time to spend a weekend at home with my family and closest friends as we are spiritual fed by the inspired leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I encourage all, both LDS and those who are not but want to know what we believe, to follow along for the amazing weekend. 
Social
  • I have some ideas for this blogging thing. If I can find the time to write them, I have enough ideas to get me through this entire month! We will see how that goes. 
  • I am trying not to be nervous about moving to somewhere I don't know a soul other than Brett. I am so glad that we will both be working and then get to spend time with each other, because I don't even know how to meet people if they don't go to school with you. Heck, I may just want to spend all my free time with just the two of us anyway!
Financial
  • Going as well as could be expected with our upcoming move. We were able to find someone to buy our contract, we think we have found somewhere to live, and we can afford all the deposits, fees, and first months rent, which was our biggest goal for these first months of the year. 
Intellectual
  • School is going well. I am in the middle of working on a few different projects, so that is a little time consuming, but I love what I study so I am willing to do it. In fact, I am working on finalizing a paper that only needs to be 10 pages, but I enjoy my topic so much that I have done so much reading and research that I don't know how I will get it into only 10 pages. 
  • That being the case, I am going to count all the extra research I did as my reading for enjoyment for the month of March. Honestly I read way too much, but it was by choice. Don't believe me, here is the proof. The first picture is one stack that I read, and the second is only HALF of another. I definitely read too much for 10 pages. 


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happy April Fools!

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This is the day that I don't like to answer calls from my family, and yet I do because I am always afraid that something bad is happening. I am sometimes too trusting of the people I think should never lie to me, so I always get tricked by something fairly reasonable, and yet still not ever going to happen.

Of course there is the usual, "we are going to Disneyland!" trick, but the most realistic one had to do with a pick-up truck. It was my freshman year here at BYU and my dad called. He said he had been shopping for a new pick-up and that he found a Ford F-150 that was 30 minutes from where I live. He said he had a friend go look at it already, but figured I could pick it up for him. At the time I didn't have a car and my mom was going to need to come get me to take me home for the summer, and the thought was that I could get the truck, drive it for the last couple weeks of school, and then drive myself home. It was the perfect plan! And then at the end of the phone call my dad just said "Happy April Fools" and that is when I knew I was had.

So today, be careful who you listen to!