Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tupac: True to Life

So my roommate came home the other day talking about this Tupac quote that had really hit home for her. I was on my laptop at the time, and immediately googled Tupac quotes for two reasons- a) she wanted to know the exact quote and b) looking up Tupac quotes is a hilarious afternoon activity. Tupac does use some colorful language here and there, but I actually appreciated some of his insight.

The quote that started it all:

You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could've, would've happened... or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the __ on.” 
― Tupac Shakur

My discovered favorites:

There's gon' be some stuff you gon' see
that's gon' make it hard to smile in the future.
But through whatever you see,
through all the rain and the pain,
you gotta keep your sense of humor.
You gotta be able to smile through all this bull__.
Remember that.” 

― Tupac Shakur

Reality is wrong. Dreams are for the real.” 
― Tupac Shakur

I want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We're made to grow.You either evolve or you disappear.” 
― Tupac Shakur

There's no way I could pay you back but my plan is to show you that I understand, you are appreciated” 
― Tupac Shakur

I didn't choose the thug life, the thug life chose me.” 
― Tupac Shakur
*Just like I didn't choose the cougar life, the cougar life chose me... wait...

Hate to sound sleazy, 
but tease me, 
I don't want it if it's that easy” 

― Tupac Shakur
*Haha, preach it.

“There should be a class on sex
education, a real sex-education class.
There should be a class on police brutality. There should be a class on apartheid. There should be a class
on why people are hungry. But there are not. There are classes on gym. Physical education. Let's learn volleyball.” 

― Tupac ShakurResurrection, 1971-1996

Some are funny, some are pretty legit. Thanks Tupac!

Oh, and speaking of treasures, this is sure to make anyone's day better. BSB!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Back to Ordering Pizza

In light of recent events causing me to be on both sides of a situation, I have come to realize that dating really is just like ordering pizza. Everybody has certain toppings and sauces they want, and when you find someone who is looking for the same pizza as you, or at least one that would make a good combo, you get together! But if you are looking for different kinds of pizza, well, then you just have to keep looking. Should the metaphor be failing to make sense, what I'm really saying is that everyone is looking for different things. I used to think that what I wanted was fairly universal, and if I thought there was a connection, it would be mutual. I have since learned this is not the case. Just because I think we'd be perfect together, or the reverse- he thinks we'd be perfect together, does not mean we would be. We need to both think that.

It's too bad there isn't a standard for toppings. I mean, we're all looking for pizza. We all want someone who is a faithful member of the church (crust) and serving a mission never hurt anyone (sauce and cheese). But apparently not everyone wants pineapple (the same sense of humor) or green peppers (weathered perspective) or mushrooms (level-headed). They probably want some gross meat-lovers pizza. (someone who can jump really high?)

Which, true to my metaphor, sometimes I like meat-lovers. But usually not. I am, at heart, a green pepper kind of pizza eater.

I guess I'm just looking for my fellow pineapple lover. I know you're out there somewhere.

On another note, I went to a really good mission friend's homecoming this weekend. Here's a bunch of us HHM returned missionaries!

Smith, Lunt, Larsen, Garritson, Clark, Sandoval, Me, Post, Sister and President Peterson

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Little Bit of Humble Pie

But in a good way! I love this video because it reminds me that we really can't do anything alone, and we don't have to. It also made me realize I need to be more forgiving with others and also myself.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


“There seems to be little evidence,” Elder Richard L. Evans (1906–71) of the Quorum of the Twelve once said, “that the Creator of the universe was ever in a hurry. Everywhere, on this bounteous and beautiful earth … there is evidence of patient purpose and planning and working and waiting.”

Master of My Own Destiny

I realized, in light of some recent events, that it may be possible that more people read my blog than I realize.

Luckily, I am an open book! But, I will choose my words more carefully. Although if you are an anonymous reader and find yourself reading about you, you'll know it's you and, well, I guess the cat will be out of the bag. Like this post I'm about to write, for instance, will be rather specific, though I will not use names.

As another preface, I find that I usually blog when I'm at work. Whether or not I have something of importance to say is irrelevant, having time on my hands is the true matter at hand.

So, welcome to a post of useless whims.

Whim #1: I am the master of my own destiny, as far as the weekend is concerned, anyway.
This past weekend I went on a date. He ended it quite a bit earlier than I had expected, and I could only assume it was because he wasn't enjoying himself in my company. I was indifferent- I wasn't having a bad time, but I also wasn't super offended when he dropped me off an hour after he had picked me up.
It took me about two minutes to decide that my Saturday night was certainly not ending at 9:30pm. I watched as all my roommates left to their various activities, and then I remembered a friend had texted me earlier in the week asking if I'd like to go play tennis sometime. Figuring I didn't have a whole lot to lose, I texted him and asked if he wanted to play. Ten minutes later, he picked me up and off we went. It was super fun!! Thought I have no skill to speak of (yet!) I really love to play tennis, and we had a blast. It turns out my tennis friend played all through high school, so it was more of  a tennis lesson for me than a game for him, but it was still really fun, and I'm glad it worked out for us to play together.
I got home that evening and thought to myself, "Take that. I will make my Saturday night fun, regardless."
This isn't the first time a date has ended early (perhaps I should paying better attention as to why... uh oh haha) and this isn't the first time I have ended up doing something infinitely more enjoyable afterward as a result. To quote a previous semester theme, this is my life. :)

Whim #2: Speaking of tennis, my roommates and I have all taken an interest in the sport. Tired of borrowing others' raquets, my roommate and I went to a sporting goods store and purchased our own. While my roommate was carefully examining the various raquets and comparing quality/features/price, I saw this one and immediately made my decision. Let's get real- how awesome is a pink and white raquet, with matching pink tennis balls? Oh and proceeds go to breast cancer research. Pretty sure I couldn't go wrong.

Yeah. Awesome.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Food for Thought

Most have probably seen the link to this blog post pop up on their facebook a time or two. It's a post written by an LDS married man who deals with same-gender attraction. I found his opinions especially interesting because I spent a great deal of time on my mission defending the church's stance on homosexuality, and I mostly talked with people very passionate in their opposing views. Because this man is so unassuming and also unobtrusive in his views, I found it very refreshing to read, and also thought provoking. (It probably also doesn't hurt that his views align with mine in that he is a faithful church member.) Though I do not struggle with same-gender attraction, I came away feeling almost edified. I was mostly impressed by the fact that his companion is so understanding, and it occurred to me that real love includes feeling safe and trusting another person in the midst of weakness and vulnerability. Anyway, give it a read if you have a minute!


I saw this ^^ on and thought it was pretty funny. The last reminded me of our roommate theme for the summer. My roommates and I have had various themes while we've lived together. For example, last semester it was, "This is my life." (as in, "don't let some loser guy decide where things are going, because this is your life too" or, "Yes, you should buy that dress you really like, because this is your life." or, "Yes, you should go for that awesome job/major because this is your life.")

Well, this summer it is, "I am way too awesome to be with just anybody." To go into further detail, this phrase was born from a discussion between Cynthia and I, both recently returning from events where we were asked, multiple times, why we weren't married yet or if we were planning to be soon. We talked about how we wanted to be married, and how (admittedly, a bit conceitedly) we totally could be married had we taken the opportunities in the past, but how we weren't willing to settle. My favorite quote of the conversation, "Look- I am single by choice, not circumstance." And thus was born, "I am way too awesome to be with just anybody."  

Oh my funny life and friends.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

If Dating were like Ordering Pizza...

Sometimes pizza ads have pictures, and you're like, "Ooh.. I want that one!" and ta da- that's the one you get.

So simple. Also, I would like to point out that before you find your favorite pizza, each slice you have beforehand doesn't smack you in the face like dating does.
So here is my solution- I saw this ad, and this is the one I want:

If they happen to be out of any of the ingredients shown in the picture, I just want 25+, tall, and clever. I'm also willing to try other locations.

In other news, I went to one of my mission companion's wedding this weekend. It was so beautiful, and fun to see how in love they were. Here is a bunch of us retired VC sisters after the sealing.