Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Time Out For Women is Returning to Toronto

Time Out For Women will Be in Toronto MAY 7th and May 8th, 2010.

Yes this is very much a blogworthy post..

I haven't registered yet but if we can get a group of women together we can save on the group rate. It makes a fantastic Christmas present for sisters, friends, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, etc.

I attended a year ago and it was awesome, a super fantastic uplifting weekend. I got to spend some quality time with my mom.

This year, I want to HOTEL it up and have the full fun experience.

Does anyone want to come with me? Message me and I can register for us or click the link here.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

To All Women

When Christ was in his final hours hanging on the cross he saw his mother weeping. He said to her, “Woman, behold thy son.” And then turning to the disciple he said, “Behold thy mother.” Have you ever wondered why he called his heart stricken mother “Woman” rather than calling her by name Mary or even mother? James E. Talmage said, “Can it be thought that in this Supreme moment, our Lord’s concern for the mother from whom he was about to be separated by death was associated with any emotion other than that of honor, tenderness and love?” Then he adds, “‘woman’ was so respectful that it might, and was, addressed to the Queenliest.”

You have that title of “woman” because you are a Queen. Regardless of the # of kids you have, or the weaknesses you have - surely even the mother of Jesus had weaknesses. She left him behind once in Jerusalem. Even the mother of Jesus was imperfect, but with tenderness, honor and love Christ called her “woman”
The same can be said to you. You are a “woman” and Queen - filled with nobility and infinite worth.

Now sometimes you don’t feel noble, you often feel pain, sorrow and loneliness. Sometimes you feel insecure, inadequate, and lacking in faith. Christ knows exactly how you feel. When Lazarus died and was in the tomb Jesus came to Mary and Martha, who were no doubt in paid and sorrow wondering why. In that moment Christ wept. But why did he weep? He already knew he was going to raise Lazarus from the dead. He told Peter that when Jesus first received the message of his dying friend. Yet he wept. Among the many possible reasons is the reason that he was validating Mary and Martha’s pain. He had the solution, but he first took the opportunity to weep with them. Thus acknowledging and validating their pain. He mourned with those that mourned.

“He will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death, which bind his people and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh. That he may know, according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. “ Alma 7:12
Christ has taken upon himself your personal infirmities and cries with you when you are hurt, when you are lonely, when you feel unworthy, He validates your pain, acknowledges it, and has infinite compassion, understanding and loves you personally.

2 years ago I was trying to put to sleep my very cranky and hysterical 3 year-old daughter, Sarah. She cried hysterically for what seemed like an hour and behaved in deliberately disobedient ways. After I had had enough, I got up to leave and as I got to the door she stopped crying, looked up to me with pleading eyes and said, “Daddy, I’m sorry, will you wipe away my tears.” My heart melted, my anger vanished, and love entered my heart like I had never felt love for a child before. I embraced her, held her tight and wiped away her tears.

Your Father in Heaven is right there with you. No matter what you’ve done in the past (deliberate or otherwise). No matter how inadequate you feel, no matter how much of a failure you feel, no matter how many times you failed and no matter your weaknesses. He will never get up and leave. He will never give up loving you. He will Always be by your side even when you feel alone. He is ready to embrace you with his infinite, unconditional, and personal love for you and will validate how you feel because he has felt your pain. He has borne your grief and he will wipe away your tears because you are his child. A daughter of God with infinite worth, and you are a Queen in his eyes.

Marvin J. Ashton said, “Commune daily with your Heavenly Father who knows you best of all. He knows your talents, your strengths, and your weaknesses. You are here on earth at this time to develop and refine these characteristics. I promise you he will help you. He is aware of your needs. He is aware of your unanswered prayers.”
Pray that you will catch a glimpse of how the Lord views you and feels about you. You are a Daughter of God and he loves you with unconditional and infinite love.

- tripletdad, timeout for women message board

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Driven to the Point of Exhaustion

So in the past week and a half I have been places.

Lots of places in fact some of these places I have been to several times within that time period

In the Past Week and a Half I have been to: The Temple (YAY), Work at two High Schools, one where I  am an alum and the other an hour away in NOTL., Welland (For Dinner, For Work, For Family), FHE, and Institute.  On the Bulk of these nights after everything is said and done and at least a handful of times I come home after 10pm and that’s after a 1/2 hour drive out to where I live.   Last night I woke up for work @ 6am and didn’t get home after FHE until Midnight.  Extremely LONG day.

I’m grateful that I can drive and go to all these places but there have been a couple of things I have really wanted to do that I was unable to do.

SLEEP – yes I get enough but it never felt like enough.  We just had a YSA Temple conference which was great but over the two day conference (Friday & Saturday) I received about 5 hours of sleep in total.  However, with this much sleep I was able to do a baptismal session, play laser tag, dance, attend workshops and hang out with friends.

Do A Fall Photo shoot – Although this might not sound like something that I really desperately want to do, IT DEFINATELY IS. My Friend H is studying for her Photography Certificate and has done some photo sessions and I volunteered myself to be a model because I thought it would be fun to do it with someone who was a good friend and with the Fall Season UPON us.  There is a lovely scene to go with the Ridiculously Good Looking Gal that I am.

Study My Scriptures and other Church materials better and Rely on the Lord More Often – With the Loss of My Newest Set of Scriptures (lousy excuse) and the lack of time I spend in the car and working, etc. I haven’t had time to Study and read my scriptures as I would like.  The fortunate thing is that I’m praying more fervently and relying on the spirit more to direct me to the direction I should go. 

Read – Okay I have had the chance to Read while I’m at work because the LT that is normally there doesn’t give me very much to do, and I’m trying to manage my time better at work and not be on the Computer 100% of the time just doing stuff that I could be doing at home (wasting time with email, Facebook, blogging, surfing the net, performing duties that have to do with my calling, and shopping the net, yes I have been known to shop online while I’m at work) because I’m trying to focus on the Library side of things rather than the (Kicking kids off the computer thing, with the software installed on the LT computer) because I want to have further training and expose myself to as much library-ness  instead of boredom on the computer thing. So I can tell future employers that I spend the bulk of the time checking in and out, shelving, helping students, helping students research, assisting teachers finding materials, etc.  Which is the right thing to do.  So if they don’t give me anything to do or, don’t give me enough to do while I’m there for 3 days, I bring a book and read it, essentially I’m improving my reading skills so that when someone is looking for a recommendation (I read lots of Teen Lit) or needing research assistance, to picking out the facts amid the fiction in the research, I think it is definitely beneficial.

Anyway, with all that said and done. I was a SLOTH today, slept in, played on the computer, read the zillion emails, did stuff for my calling, etc.   It has been a very relaxing day and I’m glad it’s not quite over yet, I still have at least 5 hours left of my day.  WOOHOO!

I may even post again later.  SWEET!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Books Lately

So I've been on this quest to read all the books I have bought within the last year and a half. Yes I have added to this list recently because I've bought a couple books but I've managed to read and get my number down so it's almost under 30.

But I wanted to share with you My Book Reviews of a couple of the titles because they were much awesomeness.

And Part of the Reason I wanted to blog was because I love to read books and I am in the Library Field so I thought Hey I could write a blog about what I read. Even though there are probably about a zillion other book blogs out there. I wanted it to just be about my lovely life and the books I read which is probably what every other book blog is about as well.
So ONTO The Books!

I've had this book on my reading list for a very, very long time and did not have the chance to read it until very recently. I've got to say that no wonder this book is an acclaimed book, The story takes place in the first two decades of the 20th Century. It was written at the beginning of the last century and published during WWII and it tells such a wonderful beautiful story. When I first began reading it the size of it daunted me a bit and the story didn't move right away but in its simplicity a wonderful story takes place. It's a coming of age in Brooklyn New York, a young girl goes through her daily life and speaks in such a wonderful voice Francie Nolan grows up living the little dream she has to grow up. Her grandmother instilled on her mother the value of education and she instilled it on Francie. You see the world through her eyes and through the good points and the bad points it is simply grand to see the industrial revolution happen through her eyes. I loved every moment of it even during the most alarming moments without giving any plot details right away, this is definately in the TEEN section at Chapters and Probably Borders & Barnes and Noble in the states. The content is definately shocking and alarming to say the least. Even with the sad moments the characters revolving Francie have their own story her aunts, her mother and father, her brother, and they are simply wonderful.

Rate it: Read it! ☼☼☼☼/☼☼☼☼☼ 4/5 Suns

So Initially when I read this book the first time, I had to return it to the library after I Inter-Library Loaned it (Borrowed it from another Library in Ontario, not my own) Because a page into it there is some ADULT content which suprised the heck out of me. It didn't go into to much detail but after reading A Handmaid's Tale. I was afraid it was going to turn into a really not fun book to read. However, with the Movie coming out and looking really good I decided to bunker down and buy it. So I Literally laid down on my couch for hours and I was hooked, the story is a little sci-fi and a little romance. I absolutely love Henry and Claire together. I loved that Henry Flashed Forward and Backward to signifigant points of his life as he figured out why he Shifted through time as he did. It went through the good and the bad days and the moments in time when Claire was on her own waiting for Henry to return from whatever point in time he had travelled to. I really have to say that although the language was colourful sometimes the story was awesome, I loved that Henry was able to exist when he was already in that time. I even thought that through their hardships their relationship was able to be as strong as it could and as honest as it could. It was such a good book, although there is some adult content and strong language(It is in the ADULT section afterall) I really enjoyed it.

Rate It: Read It unless you find that you shouldn't because of the strong adult content!
☼☼☼☼/☼☼☼☼☼ 4/5 Suns

Monday, October 19, 2009

Full of It: Joy 100%

So I love it when at the beginning of the weekend you have the feeling like it’s going to be a fantastic weekend, and then you attend yet another YSA (young single adult) conference, one you’ve only missed once in the past 9 almost 10 years. 

Then you get maybe four hours of sleep, drive back to the conference to be back in time for the workshops, lunch (which I didn’t have an sense that I was hungry) and as we were around the lunch table the subject of Go Karting Came Up.  So a good group of friends of mine all jumped into a friends car to go to this indoor go karting race track, to find out it was closed.  After a few rounds of Who Can Do This the Longest (I will explain this at  another date) we soon realized that it was “CLOSED TEMPORARILY”  we didn’t want to head back without doing anything fun so we quickly decided to find out if there was a Laser Tag place nearby which seriously was so much fun.  Although the 20, 8 year old kids persistently ganged up on us it was fun running around in Sunday dress shooting lasers at my friends.

Another awesome part of the weekend was being in the Temple.  I can’t even begin to express that I haven’t fully appreciated being in the temple until very recently, I realized that it is probably one of the best places to be at peace.  I had been attending the temple and serving by proxy and not focusing on how the temple can benefit me.  I get to sit among a great people doing the same service and I feel like all the worry and the weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  I then get to think about how far I can go.  I think about the things I need to accomplish spiritually. How much potential I have.  I love it, I can’t wait for the day that I can attend the temple and receive further knowledge and light.  It will definitely be a wonderful day.

I love that I get to spend time with so many amazing people doing things that are of similar interest and that even though we all may be extremely different we get to go and just have Good Clean Fun, without the smells of alcohol and drugs, and the smell of a place that I have no place in with a clear and clean conscience. 

I really appreciate that I have made some amazing choices to be steady and sure and immovable but moving towards a goal where I will have the opportunity to become the woman my family wants me to become, my friends want me to become, I want to become, and my Heavenly Father wants me to become.

I’m so grateful that at the moment that I have my old scriptures, I was really sad to loose the scriptures I’ve had for almost my entire time as a Young Single Adult.  I am also so excited for the new scriptures that I will have.  But since I got my YSA scriptures stolen I had to rely on scriptures that I used to the point where the spine is no longer attached to the bindings of the book.  But I was excited to find that even without the lovely book tabs I was able to find the scriptures that the workshop instructors wanted us to find, I can’t even begin to express that I didn’t even know that I knew the scriptures so well.  I was so excited.

So now that it is way past the time I wanted to stay up, I think I will post this blog for now.  I absolutely loved this weekend.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Death To Turkey and Other Things

So After a Fabulous Weekend we decided to kill the already frozen turkey and eat every morsel. It was a pretty uneventful sunday of two awesome talks by some good friends, of replacing my temple recommend and trying to figure out why we now have elders in our branch, they drive me crazy, to trying to walk through the congested hallways which for our branch doesn't always end up that way since there are only about 40 of us YSA everyone decided to stand right in the middle of the hallway which left no room for me to get through.
I came home to a wonderful house full of good smelling food and no crazy brothers + girlfriend A were home yet, I was disappointed and starving and was too excited to stay at church because of my love of turkey because I couldn't eat the delightful food yet because they hadn't arrived.
Upon their arrival not much later we finished all the necessary food prep and sat down to eat our heart and stomachs out and trust me at 4am my stomach was still working to digest all the food I ate.
After we ate we played Things and even with one brother who was under the weather we pulled out some great fun. I'm so glad and grateful that I get to spend time with at least one part of my family (my elder brother is still in CowTown and my mother and grandmother were in KingTown)
So today I am bound for another turkey dinner and don't know how my stomach will take it but I'm glad that I'm able to provide transport to a gal who might not get a turkey dinner otherwise. She's super sweet She Deserves it!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

On Sugar Overload Lately


SO I’ve got to tell you how much I love sugar.  I don’t know why I’ve been craving it insanely crazy this week, I have eaten a huge amount of chocolate, doughnuts, cinnamon bread, brownies, gummy candy, etc. 

As much as I just would love to be able to eat everything under the sun, it’s a huge weight that I don’t need.  Plus after awhile of eating some sugar I sit there and it doesn’t taste like anything appealing anymore. 

So, I really have no idea what I’m going to do.  I love baking and I don’t want to stop baking and I love eating chocolate like you wouldn’t believe. 

I know I gave up sprite for a good 5 months or so.  I’ve only had the occasional sprite/pop/soda ever since, so that  might be part of it.  I’m over compensating for the sugar in the sprite.

SO I really have to find some natural sugar (apples, bananas, grapes, etc.) and eat enough of them to reduce my sugar highs and lows.  Because that’s what it really is.

The other thing that gets me is that I will eat sugar over the course of the day and be fine.  Then there are those rare occasions where I definitely late night sweet binge, and then sometimes, I have really bad nights of sleep because I ate so much.

Anyway, I’m really hoping to curb all this craziness before Hallowe’en or Else I’m going to have even bigger problems with sugar because there are even  more opportunities to eat it even more.

So that’s it for now. I will probably do my best to get through my turkey dinner and stuff without an exorbitant amount of extra food.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Sit Down and Wait for The Walrus

Much of my time lately has been spent in the vehicle known as Sammy Dean. 

My Dear Sammy Dean and I have had a good and bad couple of weeks.

I went to a YSA dance in “Big City” with three other girls from my branch, I drove, and realized that I was “STARVING” so after Institute the one girl and I went to get some good food.  Upon our return I parked out front of the Chapel and headed inside to dance the night away.

Throughout the night I found out two of the girls I brought were not coming with me (not to happy about that) and that we would have to drive back to pick up a friends car (45 min to 1 hour) away from my house, before I got home. 

At the end of the night, I was so thrilled to get an email from I guy who I want to get to know better (score!)  and headed out towards my car.

Upon walking up to it I found my rear passenger car door smashed in and my entire purse which included my scriptures, my cell phone, my camera, my wallet, my iPod, GONE!

So afterwards, I had to cancel my debit & credit cards and deal with the fact that I now had to fix a window $200+ to fix, buy a new cell phone (daddy wouldn’t not want me to go without one) and buy a new iPod and camera. 

So since then I’ve slowly been replacing cards and electronics but I’m left with the sense of “What else do I have to do?”

I have the feeling that I’ve got to watch and make sure that I have everything with me all the time.

I’m really praying and hoping that I’ll get my scriptures and my SD card back with almost a years worth of photos on it.  Who wants random photos from a LDS wedding? (I found a website that showed photos from cameras and asked people if that camera was theirs, got to find that website again)

Anyway, This weekend marks the Canadian Thanksgiving which is always good, one turkey dinner until the second last weekend in October when I get my second turkey dinner.  I can’t wait.   Yum Yum.

I’m also hoping to head to a craft sale with a friend of mine.  She is taking photography classes and I asked her if she wanted me to be a model and do a session.  So that I could possibly give them out as Christmas gifts and the like.

So that’s the update for now.  Hopefully I’ll give more time and effort to my blog in the coming days, weeks, months, and years.

I owe it all to Wilford Wooddruff!  Thank You!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Giveaway & Fantabulously Frugal

Fantabulous Giveaways and deals are always going on here @ Fantabulously Frugal right now she has one from NOVICA which is in association with National Geographic, they have toys, table linens, jewelery and more so go there now and enter the contest :)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

thoughts and more thoughts


I’m not afraid to say that I’ve kissed a frog, I’ve had several crushes that lasted for a long time and a really long friendship that could have been a relationship on more than one occasion and it never really manifested itself into anything beyond a friendship.

I’ve come to realize that I value people more and more and it just becomes difficult to even see that a relationship with another guy.  I don’t give up on that though, I can see myself where I want to be I just have the utmost patience too much maybe that It’s hard to see where the blessings are.

I’ve really come to understand that I don’t really know what I’m looking for.  I have come to know that I know I’m looking for someone who will love me unconditionally but I don’t have any other sort of list of looks or attributes.  I just know that I want to be sealed and stay together for eternity.  I don’t want to have my future posterity to live through hardships like I have.

I pray constantly to understand what love really is.  I’m afraid that in the whole process of seeing my parents separate I found it more and more difficult to even go on dates because I didn’t even know how to I was supposed to tell that I really liked or even loved a guy.  It was really very difficult.

So now that I’m in my late 20s I realize that I can see love and feel love sometimes but I’m not 100% there yet.  I feel like the feeling I have left some of my insecurities behind but I feel like I’m more and more ready for possibilities but I don’t see the opportunities.  I don’t know if that makes sense or not.

So that’s part of my thoughts today, I am going to get offline and make a bigger dent in my pile and finish a book or two.

Feel free to share you thoughts.  I’d love to know any advice or insight you might have for me.  

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happenings in the Right Direction



So I don’t have much news but the good thing is that in the past week or so I have applied to two new jobs which is a great step into the right direction.  They are two jobs I am qualified for I just have to pray and hope that I have the chance for an interview.  So pray for me.

In other news I also had quite the awakening and I feel like I really need to rely on assistance from my Heavenly Father.  Things brings about my need to read my scriptures more often I’ve always tried to read the ensign and other LDS speeches online but I need to focus on reading my scriptures.  It really does make my day much more smoother. 

I had a funny thing happen because of reading my scriptures, I have read my scriptures one day and that entire day everything went completely wrong but It was like I really didn’t get upset.  It just seemed like it was completely normal that everything could possibly go wrong.

I made another new goal for myself.  Between May 08 to June of this year I bought approximately 39 books.  During that time I did read some of the books but I didn’t nearly make a dent in the pile.  So on Friday I bunkered down on the hot day, yes i should have sat outside, but I sat inside on the couch and finished two books.  It was awesome.    I’m determined to be under 30 soon and the sooner I do that my friend H.G. and I are going to have a little party.  I’m so excited about it. 

I am also getting really excited to hit up one of my fave places PEI.  I get to spend some time with my mom and hopefully I can do a bunch of stuff and meet some new people.  I’m going see if I can contact the church leadership and see if there are any YSA that I can hang out with while I’m there so that I can party it up PEI style.

So that’s about it for now.  I’ll probably have a tonne more to say within the next couple of days or so.  I am so excited for the summer and Tomorrow is the Day it Officially Starts for me!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

BatGate 2009

So Tonight my brother came over for a brief visit to see my dad and myself, and we had a good hour or so together before he headed over to his friends house. So Afterwards my dad and I were just talking and watching television.
When Overhead I see something FLY into the Kitchen which was a whole lot bigger than a bug but slightly smaller than a bird. It took my dad and I several moments or so to actually figure out what type of flying animal it was. Then we realized it was a bat.
It flew all over the house. Then I flipped on all the lights and closed all the bedroom and the bathroom doors so it wouldn't end up in our bedrooms and removed the screens off two of the windows and opened them.
Finally 30 to 45 minutes later the bat found it's way outside so I quickly closed the unscreened windows and it didn't come back into the house again..
It was quite the experience tonight, Fortunately this wasn't the first time we had to deal with a bat in our house. I think this is the third experience and I now know how to get a bat out of the house!
If you ever need to know how here are a couple of tips.
  • if you notice that it is a bat and are slightly fearful don't be afraid to don a bedsheet or a window screen to protect yourself
  • bats like the dark, if the bat is flying around your house turn ON all the lights so if it's dark outside the bat will eventually fly out the window
  • be prepared it will be a memorable experience for all involved.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Week In Review

So I hate to be the type of person who does "WEEK in Review" postings but I thought I would wait until the weekend since it has been quite a busy week.

MONDAY - It was a long weekend this past weekend and on Monday I was going to be lazy maybe finish reading a book or two, maybe watch a movie, however I was Hijacked by the SISTER MISSIONARIES to do some Fun Filled Missionary Work. It included a walk down the waterfront trail contacting, a really good teaching experience, a missionary making me eat a falafel (wasn't a fan), knocking on doors and ending up at FHE with them, and then finding out I wasn't doing the lesson after all and driving them home.

TUESDAY - Worked today, actually had a list of things to do from the librarian that's away so that was a BIG PLUS because I worked there all week, and I actually did everything, SWEET! OH THAT DAY, WAS MY CRAZIEST LONGEST DRIVE HOME EVER BEHIND A TRUCK! I never want to repeat it again, it's a good story

WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY - good tired long days of work.

FRIDAY - My friend H. and I went to the local bookstore and talked and chatted and bought some books. I am no longer allowed to buy a book until I read at least all the books I've started (7) and read all the ones I've bought but never read (39+) I'm going to see how well I do, Hey I might even save money.

SATURDAY - Crazy Day, Got to Sleep In (YAY!!) Went to See Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian (Good Movie, First one slightly better but way good) I love museums! Went to a Missionary homecoming for two guys who just got home, so nice, just hung out and chatted and ate good food, good night :)

One of the funniest things that occured every day this week was when I was driving to work everyday, I saw this sight off to the side of the road behind a fence.

It was like they were saying good morning to me and wishing me on my way. It was sweet of them.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Temple Quote

President George Q. Cannon said

"Every foundation stone that is laid for a Temple, and every Temple completed . . . , lessens the power of Satan on the earth, and increases the power of God and Godliness, moves the heavens in mighty power in our behalf, invokes and calls down upon us the blessings of the Eternal Gods, and those who reside in their presence."
["The Logan Temple," Millennial Star 39, no. 46 (12 November 1877): 743]

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Another Quote

Elder Marvin J Ashton said

“Sisters, do not allow yourselves to be made to feel inadequate or frustrated because you cannot do everything others seem to be accomplishing. Rather, each should assess her own situation, her own energy, and her own talents, and then choose the best way to mold her family into a team, a unit that works together and supports each other. Only you and your Father in Heaven know your needs, strengths, and desires. Around this knowledge your personal course must be charted and your choices made.”
Elder Richard G. Scott said

"Your Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son love you perfectly. They would not require you to experience a moment more of difficulty than is absolutely needed for your personal benefit or for that of those you love."
". . .The Lord’s plan is to exalt you to live with Him and be greatly blessed. The rate at which you qualify is generally set by your capacity to mature, to grow, to love, and to give of yourself. He is preparing you to be a god. You cannot understand fully what that means, yet, He knows. As you trust Him, seek and follow His will, you will receive blessings that your finite mind cannot understand here on earth."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Quotes From David A. Bednar's CES May Talk

Elder Neal A. Maxwell said,
“The youth of this generation have a greater capacity for obedience than any previous generation.”

President George Q. Cannon said,
"God has reserved spirits for this dispensation who have the courage and determination to face the world, and all the powers of the evil one, visible and invisible, to proclaim the Gospel, and maintain the truth, and establish and build up the Zion of our God, fearless of all consequences. He has sent these spirits in this generation to lay the foundation of Zion never more to be overthrown, and to raise up a seed that will be righteous, and that will honor God, and honor him supremely, and be obedient to him under all circumstances"

Friday, May 15, 2009

Check this Out

Fabulously Frugal is giving stuff away, it's all really good nice stuff every day in May.. Go Check It out! :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Things that I've Just got to get off my chest

*continue composting this message if necessary*

Things that may have happened recently that are of utmost importance
  • I Was Fired without warning (going on three weeks ago) don't really want to get into much more detail than I have to at the moment
  • I paid my tithing this week, yay
  • I found a paralell in the parable of the good samaritan in the little engine that could, more info about that later it's good
  • I'm almost finished my first John Green book Looking For Alaska It's been one heck of a story but it's One Heck of A Good One!
  • Had a job interview on friday for a Mat Leave it was good, need to take the time to make my brain meet up with my mouth for all the words that were missing and no i don't think I made up any words. Keep prayers and good vibes coming.
  • Going to make a stronger emphasis on doing visiting teaching for my great girls. They need it.
  • Going to try and figure out a service project for branch
  • Need to get to the temple this month! (if i ever go to take upon the endowment covenants i've got to get to the temple, i missed the last two potential trips, which is really bad for me, I'm usually a regular attender)
  • Want to take family names to do baptisms
  • Need to read scriptures more frequently
  • Need to fill up my awesome quote journal from RS lesson and other quotes i've read/heard recently.

I have more to say and Will write again shortly.. I just had to get a couple of thoughts for future reference and blog posts!

Oh and AuthorBee, I'm still figuring out my Jane Austen Guy.. Don't Worry I didn't forget!

Monday, April 6, 2009

weekend whirlwind photo story

so whatever you can guess from these pictures is probably true

picture #1 my car
i was driving to church for general conference on saturday when i got to the bottom of the escarpment where the stop light was red and my ford stalled, I then got it restarted (thank goodness!) then promptly after conference I went to get my oil changed since getting it changed the car seems fine.
picture #2 - Jane Bennett
I think this is the second time in blog history I'm mentioning Pride and Prejudice (GO ME!) I watched it consecutavely over two days with my dad (yay dad, for watching it!) I told him that the dress Jane wears at the end when she's being proposed to is a potential wedding dress/temple dress for me, when I tie the knot & go to the temple one day! I also bought an austen inspired novel over the weekend from Mr. Darcy's point of view, should be a good read
picture # 3 - Thomas S. Monson
General Conference was fantastic. I love it when the talks are inspired and especially meaningful in my life, I have to go back and reread what I wrote when I was taking notes. Lots of fun little quotables :)
picture # 4 - Ginormica also known as Susan from Monsters Vs. Aliens in 3D
went to see it two rows from the front in the movie theatre, was VERY impressed, Was even MORE impressed that sitting two rows from the front with 3D glasses didn't enduce vomitting. I may go see this movie again so that I don't have to sit that close to the front and I can score another pair of 3D glasses, they're really cool.
picture # 5 - TRUTH OR DARE
between conference sessions yesterday I hung out with two of my friends E and S who are brother and sister, they're really nice and super fun and we ate a delicious unexpected lunch (score) of pasta! Which i am learning to love all over again. I'm not a big fan of spagetti but if you put other shaped pasta on my plate with spagetti sauce without meat count me in.. and then we hung out on the front lawn and sidewalk of the church and played truth or dare. It was fun and very short lived, but it was very enjoyable. Plus the weather was really nice outside and it was bright and sunny :D

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I've Come a Long Way...

So this post embarks a milestone 30 posts since this blog began, now why am i celebrating this? I am celebrating this because i've blogged in the past and never been very consistant. I very recently came across an old website of mine that was my first attempt at any blogging at all and i was amazed that i was still a pretty smart chick. It was way back when i was still studying to be a Library Gal. Wow, so little time has passed 7 years but it seems like a lifetime. I have to say my priorities have changed a little bit since then, now I'm a working Library Gal and I have changed my focus to include my crazy attempts at dating and defining myself more. I have to say along the way I do want to share things I'm extremely proud of and seriously excited for.

I can't wait to share more.. I'm trying to figure out blogger and I'm really hoping to include more of made me a remarkable person.

I'm into a little bit of everything and I'd love to know what people would want to find out.

So in the comments ask me some questions and I'll do my best to respond to them..

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Great Non-Date Fiasco

So Very Recently a new guy joined the church and our fair little branch. It was great he seemed like a nice guy (and yes he is a nice guy) he's funny, and sweet, and exactly my age. So automatically I'm like sweet, I'll have someone to relate to because there is no one born in my year of birth that is a guy anymore because the last one got married (which was fine) he and I are good friends.

So this "new" guy and I have been striking up some pretty amazing conversation and I was finally ready to ask this guy out on a "date".

Here's where the trouble happened.

I wanted to make sure that he didn't know it was an actual date because I didn't want him to "run & scatter"

So I proceeded to ask him to go to the temple activity that was two weeks from the day I asked him. No problem, well enough in advance and he didn't have a problem with it.

So the next Sunday I find out that one of the councillors in the branch presidency had secured a box for the Raptors Basketball Game and he's doing a draw of YSA so that it's fair and he's pulling names. Perfect! What is always going to stand in my way of a "date"? SPORTS!

So his name gets pulled and previous to this I tell him he can't go, which he then becomes a little disappointed but he realizes that he's already made a commitment with me which he doesn't turn back on but. So I was instantly a little happier because he put his priorities in front a basketball game. I'm instantly uber excited.

So the "Temple Friday Arrives" I find out some semi-not good news that some other girl likes him which disappoints me a little, and by the time I'm in the car I've psyched myself out of having a good time, but just going to enjoy the temple no matter what.

So I pick him up and i'm a little late (mormon standard time hazard, I usually am not a MST offender but this day I was) he gets in the car makes a huge deal out of the fact that I'm 10 minutes late and then asks me if I can go pick up another girl we are both friends with on the way to the temple to come with us. BUMMER!

At that point I was a little disappointed. I was looking forward to getting to know this guy a little better and being the kind person I am I said yes and didn't worry about the "date" anymore. We have a good 3 way conversation in the car on the way up to the temple and I stop worrying about what to do, etc.

So in the baptistry I decide that I'm going to sit beside the guy before the opening prayer which is fine. Then the Baptistry coordinator makes a big deal about ysa men and ysa women shouldn't worry about boundaries when they sit on the "waiting to be baptised side" and I instantly feel like I was pointed out because I decide to sit on the said "guys only" side.

The rest of the baptistry session is fine, I sit and watch baptisms enjoy the spirit, and enjoy my time.

Afterwards the YSA all get together and have a little YSA testimony meeting and a Mix 'N' Mingle. In which he sits beside me at the testimony meeting (HOOHAW) and then we mix 'n' mingle it up where he talks to lots of people, I talk to people I don't get to see very often whom I only see if i actually go to the big institute class in the big city or go to big city dances. Then I go over and talk to the guy with this other girl whom I drove up and all is fine and good.

So then the night is over and I decide to get going (at this point in our "date" i was going to ask if he wanted to go to a local dessert place for some sweet snacks before we go home but I completely chickened out at this point.) So as we walk to the car the guy says that the girl can sit in the front and he sits in the back (total mood killer at that point for me) and the girl talks all the way home and I can't get a word in edgewise! (I completely hate this because I'm not the best conversationalist at times) I drop her off and I'm slightly more relieved because we can talk in the car again.

So we are about at his house and we're just chatting about stuff and I completely on focused on stopping at an upcoming stop sign and then, I run through it. So I then feel like an idiot. We say our goodbyes and I drive home feeling like it was a good night but a really bad night all at the same time.

So now, I have to get out of this I'm a "really bad dater" and I don't know what to do to improve because I've never had a really "good date" I'm more than ready to date anyone now though I think because I really want to have a good time and not worry about the pressure of a good date.. Just to date is experience under my belt.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Incredible Shrinking Shirt Size

So, I just like to mention that I am trying to work on my weight management and everything, In the meantime, recently I went to find out what my proper bra size was and it turned out that I was completey wrong in my bra size and i went from a larger cup size to a much smaller once
(a C to a B)

So then several months later I went to the same clothing store and found out that i went from a 2x to a 1x.. I was so shocked I couldn't believe it. I then bought some nice 1x tops that I fell in love with.

So we have these stores in Canada that are Superstores, you can get groceries, pharmacy, beauty, electronics, and clothes all in one store (Walmart Superstores) Called Great Canadian Superstore and they have a Clothing line called joe

So I was there to pick up a couple of groceries yesterday and I passed by the joe section in the store and saw a cute top and was like, hey that looks long enough, it's modest and has a cute accent on the shoulders of the sleeves, I should try it on.

So I asked to go into the fitting room to try it on. I was very skeptical because I thought it wouldn't fit at all.

BOY was I wrong. the XL totally fit.. I was so stoaked and couldn't believe the price $12 so I was like maybe I should see if I can find any other tops (I didn't) but now I can totally check around the next time I go and see if there are other things that i like.

So I now can buy nice modest and inexpensive clothes..



Friday, March 6, 2009

Sprite Update

Upon my recent Break Up With Sprite
This News Article about BPA (Bisphenol A) appeared on one of the websites i visit..
I feel like I may have dodged a bullet!


So Very Recently I Bought a Really Nice Knit Hat from a fancy hat store (i love it, it's adorable) It's green. But without knowing it about a week or so previous to buying the hat, I had bought some nice green yarn which was an almost similar shade of green to make a scarf with.
In the Past I have been a starter of knitted or crochet items but I'm more determined than ever to complete this project. So I've been knitting away, and last night while I was working on my scarf when alas I reach THE KNOT OF DOOM yes, this knot then made it into the KNOT BALL HALL OF FAME FOR ME, and after about a half an hour, I KILLED THE KNOT OF DOOM and untangled all the yarn and it is all in a nice big Yarn Ball now.
Which makes me very excited because now I can keep knitting and if i need more yarn
which i probably will, I know to TRY not to make another KNOT OF DOOM.. I'll have to be more careful. But Sheesh Don't they make yarn not to not so you can actually knit it properly..

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I'm Breaking Up With You Sprite!

So Once Upon a Time when I was in High School. I bought a bottle of Sprite almost daily and drank it and put it in my locker.

My Locker Friend who had his locker next to mine, at the time suggested I see if I could try and see how many bottles I could fit in my locker, the last day of school came and went and I can't even remember how many bottles of sprite i had drunk throughout that year.

Many years since then, I have had a can, a cup, or a bottle of this stuff. Until at least two weeks ago when I realized that I wasn't out buying it anymore, or drinking it.. I had decide last tuesday (Pancake Tuesday) that I was going to give it up for LENT (a practice that isn't practiced by the LDS) but I thought I would give it a shot and give it up, not buy it, not drink it.

I almost gave in today because I went out and bought gas at a gas station and had the thought, "You know what would be nice right now, an Aero Bar and a Sprite" but my other thought was. Maybe another time.. WHAT!!! Maybe another time... I love you Sprite I really do.. You go really nice with that Aero bar and you're really nice to drink cold and I passed IT UP!! AM I CRAZY!

I realize now that yes I did want it but I can go without having it. It isn't easy! I hope it will be worth it!

Friday, February 27, 2009

If I Lost My Camera,

I would want someone to post that they had found it and they were willing to return it on this site Found Cameras and Orphaned Pictures

A Happy Coincidence

I love when you don't realize you've written something
until after the fact.
authorbee sent me a message and I replied
and it turned into this!
it's the small things that crack me up!

A Little Bit of Drive & A Little Bit of Motivation

So this past monday night we had our lovely YSA FHE and I was in charge of the activity so we had a photo scavenger hunt..

It turns out that it was a ton of fun.

Here are a couple of photos from our journeys.

A Little Penguin Love
University Tower Happiness and COLDNESS!

Mad Driving Skills (Blindfolded, What!?!)

I had everyone high fiving, feet measuring, showing off their mad tableau skills for Book of Mormon and Doctine and Covenants stories.

I can't believe it went over so well & that I want to do it again! I had fun thinking of creative things and laughing the entire night and I'm still laughing at these pictures..

I Love You!

Monday, February 23, 2009

"Happiness is the most attractive accessory a young woman can have."

Books Books and More Books
Have you Ever Felt Like This?
Not only Do I feel Like This On a Regular Basis But I have a Ton of Reading Material that is not only taking over my shelves (it already has) but it has now appeared in boxes and laundry baskets throughout my room. The books are talking to me begging to me that they want to be read.. I can't wait to start them and finish them!

Here are a couple of titles I've started but still have to finish

and here are some books I can't wait to start

Friday, February 20, 2009

Yes I am A Librarian...

Today I had a student come up to me and basically mock me to my face because I went to school to be a librarian.

Yes I went to school

Yes I have a diploma/degree

I do more than shelve books

or sit on my duff and tell people to "SHH"

Yes I am smarter than you and can block every single game site you go on because you should be in a class or elsewhere because computers are for class work purposes only.

NO Facebook, NO MSN, No GAMES!


I love that grade 11 & 12 boys think they're smarter than me..

I have a special program that can block you every single game you try.


I know my software, my databases, my internet search engines



as much as I love filling in for the library techs of the board one thing will never change.
High School Students who think that there isn't anything else to do but play games
High School Students Who Talk Back To the Librarian
High School Students Who Continually Think I don't know what I'm talking about.

I think that principals & teachers should be aware of where all their students are. I know you are busy and have other classes but they should definately be checked up on so that they can be dealt with the proper concequences.

One thing that I will not tolerate from now on is the fact that they think everything is a joke when I come in as a supply and think that they can take over.

Just pull up your pants and realize you soon will be an adult.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Little More Love.. A Little More Appreciation

So I started off my week with Family day where I didn't do anything at all that day except watch television and veg in front of the tv. I did spend time with my dad though so that was a plus.

A Big Highlight of my week was getting to go over to my friend Belle's house to watch...

Pride & Prejudice!

Words Cannot Express How Much I Love This version... As Much as I love...

Which were also provided for consumption.. Which is always the best thing in the world!

So I was blog-surfing again today and found MORE great websites

one said website lead to this YouTube Video

Haven't You Always Wondered What News Anchors Do During Commericals?

The Wii Connundrum

I really want one! I will have some money to buy one, but there are so many other things that I could do with the money like..

  • pay off more student loan
  • pay off more of my car
  • go on a road trip
  • go on a vacation (PEI, North Carolina, Utah, Calgary, I can't decide where)
  • buy books
  • buy church books
  • save money to buy an even bigger item, left to be determined.

I think that is all I've got to say at the moment, I've been trying to update for two days and I saved it yesterday because I ran out of time.

So Hopefully I'll have more to write soon, within the next day or so. I'm really hoping to become a more frequent blogger.

Chow for now!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

quotables.. and other things..

"make a list of important thigns to do. At the top of your list, put 'Eat Chocolate!' Now you know you can get at least one thing done today..

the excuse I've been really busy is an understatement. I was working at one of my favourite places in the entire world from October '08to the Beginning '09 A BOOKSTORE! I loved it and I miss it entirely!

On The Flipside, since not being employed at the bookstore. I have worked almost every day in elementary school and high school libraries February minus a couple of days.

Not only that.. I got a RAISE with both of the school boards I work for so when pay day comes on friday and two fridays from now.. i'll have a good sum of money..

So Very Exciting! :D

in other news. i've found a couple of blogs at the right side of the blog that i've come across that I like. Feel Free to Check them out! They're From Different aspects and viewpoints but they're also kinda cool. :)

Looking Forward

There are some things I have been thinking about recently that are basically summed up in this thought from Matthew Hussey, who is a relati...