Thursday, July 23, 2009

My most salient memories

I took a trip down memory lane yesterday and visited my alma mater: Brigham Young University. I walked around campus and had flashbacks of my time as an undergraduate student.

Most people would probably recall the conversations they had or the lectures they enjoyed. Not me, the memories that popped into my head were about all the different places I would take naps: the reading room in the basement of the Maeser building, the hall at the JSB, the periodical section of the library, room 250 of the law building...

The list goes on. After my walk around campus I met up with a freshman roommate who also remembered my propensity for naps. She found a picture from '99 where I had fallen asleep sitting on the loveseat holding a cup.


A conversation back-up plan

I likes things planned. I like to know what I'll be talking about with someone. So, when I realized that I would be driving with my wonderful grandmother for 11 hours to Utah, I got a little nervous. I could only plan 2 hours of conversation. So, I asked for some help from my Facebook friends. They all gave excellent advice for things to entertain us from This American Life, audible, and Sinatra music. So I set up playlists on my iPod with books on CD from the library, Frank Sinatra music, and NPR podcasts. I was worried for absolutely no reason. My grandma, who is quite the story teller, reminded me that when you have a senior citizen around, they always have a story for everything. She has a story about emergency call boxes, United moving trucks, Harmon's grocery stores.... I never even felt the need to pull out my trusty iPod until I dropped her off at my cousins. As I went to select a book on CD, I realized that my iPod hadn't updated and all I had were songs from the Children's Primary Songbook.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tic tock, tic tock

Let's see, can you eat all of your broccoli before the timer goes off. Ready? Okay, go!

My mom taught me the "Race the Timer" strategy at a very young age and I still use it today. I set timers for EVERYTHING including how long students are in my office, how long I'll spend on Facebook, and how long I'll help can applesauce.

My favorite timer is an online visual timer from

Let's see if you can post a comment before the timer goes off. Ready? Okay, go!

Monday, July 13, 2009

One year older and wiser too

Today my blog is one year old! Thanks for your loyal readership and thoughtful comments this first year. Stay tuned for more adventures!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

A song is a wonderful kind of thing

Today in Primary my mom had the children sing Heroes of the Scriptures. Everyone really enjoyed it and one of my boys requested to sing it AGAIN! I love the scriptures and the stories that we find there. I know that as we study the words and apply the teachings to us we can grow to be more like our Savior.

Heroes of the Scriptures

Words by Penelope Moody Allen
Music by Lynn Shurtleff
Penelope Moody Allen and Lynn Shurtleff, “Heroes of the Scriptures,” Friend, June 1998, 14

I want to be like Noah,
Obedient to the Lord,
Courageous like Queen Esther
And Ammon with his sword.
Like Ruth, I would be faithful.
Like Moses, I’d be true.
Examples in the scriptures
Can teach me what to do.

I want to be like Daniel
And stand up for the right;
Like Joseph Smith, seek wisdom
In prayer for heaven’s light.
Sariah’s strength on journeys
And Alma’s change of heart
Inspire me to choose wisely,
Repent, and do my part.

I want to be like Mary,
Rejoicing in the truth;
Like Samuel and Moroni,
Who listened in their youth.
Examples in the scriptures
Can help me to become
Obedient, brave, and holy—
More like God’s perfect Son.

Copyright © 1998 by Penelope Moody Allen and Lynn Shurtleff. All rights reserved. This song may be copied for incidental, noncommercial home or church use. This notice must be included on each copy made.

Birthday blessing

As an unofficial family tradition, my mother offers the prayer before birthday dinner. This prayer is always heartfelt and leaves you feeling loved, well almost always...

Here's what happened this year:
We're grateful for the joy that Jocelyn has brought into our family these many years, I mean, few years.

Giggling broke out around the table. My mom tried to gain her composure and establish some level of reverence, but to no avail.

She finally concluded:
We're thankful for her sense of humor....Amen.

I'm grateful my mom, my Heavenly Father, and I all have great senses of humor. :)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

July IS my favorite month

While I love January, March, April, May, June, September, October and November, July has to be my absolute favorite month. (February and August are omitted on purpose. I do NOT like those months.) You get to start the month with fireworks, sing songs like "What do you do in the Summer Time?" and "It's Summertime and the Living is Easy," eat hamburgers and homemade ice cream, and celebrate Pioneer Day. July is also my new year. Schools start their fiscal year July 1 and so do I. This is when I write my goals, celebrate the growth I've made, and appreciate the beauty of being alive.

Noteworthy achievements of my 27th year:
  • Paid off my credit card balances
  • Went a year without alcohol, coffee, and tobacco
  • Raced in two triathlons
  • Stopped using vulgar language (even in my head)
I thrive on goals and fresh starts.