Friday, December 31, 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Day Twenty-two

What makes me different from other people? I suffer from Brachydactyly type D. Don't worry, it's not life-threatening. I've learned to cope.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Day Twenty-one

Something that makes me happy is Christmas, and since I haven't yet blogged about my holiday, I thought this would be a good time to do so.

I had a really fantastic Christmas. And it wasn't just because I made out like a bandit, either. Christmas was different this year, which I didn't exactly have a great attitude about. My sisters were all at their in-laws' so our typical Christmas Eve traditions were cast aside. I recognize needing to share my sisters now that they're married, but that doesn't mean I'm good at it. I was angry that we weren't finding a way to make things work, and I was bitter that Christmas Eve was going to just be David and me with our parents.

Then Jen invited me to a Dollar Movie on Christmas Eve morning. I hadn't been to the new Ross at Valley Fair, so I hit it up before the movie, buying myself some new outfits to get me in a good mood. The mood improved when I was met outside the movie by Ashley with a plate of our family's famous (okay, no one cares about it except us) peanut butter and chocolate fudge. I met Jen's family in the theater to see Despicable Me, and their youngest started out on my lap. She was so funny, laughing at everything, which of course made me laugh. And let's face it, you can't be in a bad mood when you're laughing.

I left the movie and did some last-minute shopping and wrapping. Then I loaded up Jamie's truck, which she graciously allowed me to borrow while she was in Vegas for Christmas. Loading all of the wrapped packages I had bought for everyone made me really excited to go GIVE the presents. I met my parents and David for dinner, which was enjoyable. We watched the bowl game and had great conversation, followed by an impressive light show at the Valley Fair Mall. Have you been there recently? The renovations are really quite incredible.

I went home and got Zipsie and then headed back out to my parents' house. We started a fire in the fireplace, which we haven't done for years. Later on, David and I went out to Jen's for a visit and got back to my parents' around 1:30. Then we stayed up talking until about 3. At 5:45 my alarm went off, and I headed back to Jen's so I could watch her kids open their presents from Santa. I've never had the chance to do that before, and it abosolutely made my Christmas. They were so excited and grateful. No one can capture the spirit of Christmas like a child, let alone 5 of my favorite kids in the whole world.

The rest of my day included talking to Matt, exchanging sibling gifts (ADORABLE owl pillows, beautiful black purse, and my new-favorite 2 pair of shoes from Jenny), a humbling and underserved gift from my parents in the form of a Kindle, taking a nap with Zipsie, and visiting Adiel for the first time since she got into town. It was a really fantastic day.

How was your Christmas? Did you enjoy any long-standing traditions or start new ones? Whatever you did and wherever you were, I hope you had a magical Christmas.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Day Twenty

Someone I see myself marrying? Still holding out for a combination of the following :) ...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Day Nineteen

My nicknames include:

Wendell--I was named after a guy named Wendell Williams
Wend--It's just a shortened version of my name
Wen--It's an even shorter version
Pup--An odd nickname that just developed between Jess and me
Puppy--A lengthened version of the above nickname
IHT--Once upon a time my hair was the same color as Adiel's, making us Identical Hair Twins
Wendy 4.0--I used to be a good student and Adiel still occasionally finds it appropriate to harass me for being the teacher's pet that I was.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Day Seventeen

This post is difficult. I'm usually pretty content just being me, but if I could switch lives with someone for a day, it would probably be a fictional character. Like Chloe O'Brian from 24. I think the reasons are obvious...she works with Jack Bauer.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Day Fifteen

First ten songs that play with my iPod on shuffle:

1. Hideaway - Rock Kills Kid
2. My Baby - Britney Spears
3. Wake Up America - Miley Cyrus
4. Evacuate - The Boxer Rebellion
5. Ignorance - Paramore
6. Everglow - Mae
7. You Told Me You Loved Me - Cinematic Sunrise
8. Viva La Vida - Coldplay
9. Talk You Down - The Script
10. Miserable at Best - Mayday Parade

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Day Fourteen

I don't have any recent pictures of my family, so I had to steal this from Jessica's blog...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Day Thirteen

Dear person-who-shall-remain-nameless,

I watched an episode of Criminal Minds last night, and a brief interchange at the end of the show made me think of you. Agent Rossi is talking to Agent Seaver about her dad. Seaver says, "It feels like he's winning if I don't hate him." And Rossi replies something like, "There is no winning. Just living and moving forward." Anyone reading this that knows who you are would agree: it's far past time for me to move forward. And I'm trying. In a round-about way, you're the reason I work so hard to make a name for myself at my job and the reason I did so well on the LSAT. I put my dreams on hold long enough for you, and it's been liberating to remember my potential and what I want to do with my life.

So, thanks for breaking me. I know it's taken a pathetically long time to create, but I like the replacement version of myself much better.

Peace Out,

Monday, December 20, 2010

Day Twelve

How I found out about blogs and why I made one is also included in my first post. Basically, my sisters started it :)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Day Ten

I have no idea how to do this post. I'm weird about my music moods and it's never really clear why I listen to certain songs when I do. Lately I've been feeling a little...less-than-enthusiastic about life, and my soundtrack of choice has been LOTS of Florence + the Machine. Another good group when I'm feeling down is Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. I've rediscovered 'N Sync and Britney Spears in the last few months, and they provide good accompaniment for upbeat, goofy moods. Lately my every-day background music has been Until June. I know I didn't really follow the rules with this one, but oh well :)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Day Nine

Something I'm proud of in the last few days? Going to bed before 11pm two nights in a row. :) I should do that more often.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Day Eight

My short-term goals for the month include getting a car and finishing applying to law schools by the end of the year. Of course, that includes an even shorter-term goal (is there such a thing?): finishing my personal statement. It's impossible. Anyone want to write it for me?

I feel embarrassed...

If you read my last post in the past 16 hours, I'm sure you saw my egregious typo... "expecially." I just wanted to say that I do not think especially is spelled or pronounced expecially. It drives me insane when people say it like that; I think they sound so ignorant. The S is by the X on the keyboard. That's all. So, I'm sorry. And I'm embarrassed. And I fixed my mistake.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Day Seven

I'm kind of cheating with this one. The instructions said, "A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you," but I'm choosing more than one someone/something.
There are a couple of important things in this picture. First and foremost, my dad. I went looking for a picture of him alone to satisfy the requirements of this post, but then decided to add to my answer when I came across this picture. My dad has been the most influential person in my life. Maybe he wouldn't like to hear that, because I always feel like I fall so short of the example he has set for me in many different areas, but I really do strive to be like him. He is an example of everything good. Smart, funny, caring, giving, spiritual, hard-working, and the list goes on...So many things that I wish I were, but I'm not. Those of you who know my dad will agree--He's simply amazing.

Next, my sister, Jen. I love and admire all of my sisters, and I think Ashley and Jessica would both agree with me that there is something especially amazing about Jenny. (Plus, she's in the picture and Ashley and Jess aren't, so they can't be mad that I'm spotlighting her :) I admire her so fully. I can't think of something I "don't like" about Jen. When I'm a mom, I want to be the mom that she is. If I ever decide to cook, I want to be the cook that she is. I want to have her thirst for knowledge, her desire to try new things, her acute sensitivity to others, her ability to recognize each of her children for their individual strengths and weaknesses, her natural ease at working movie quotes into conversations, her supportive personality, her money-saving skills, her passion for everything important to her, and her excessive use of the word, "absolutely." :)

Finally, you can see the field behind us. This picture was taken at a BYU football game. I would be lying if I said BYU hadn't shaped and influenced me, but I actually care more about the larger umbrella under which BYU falls--The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I've allowed myself to become a bit apathetic about things Church-related lately. Don't worry; this isn't going to turn into a confessional. It's just good to have a reminder that hating my singles ward isn't a good excuse to allow myself to forget what I really believe in and why. I'm grateful for the way I was brought up and know I need to do better to stand as an example of what I know.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Day Six

Favorite superhero? I don't have the slightest clue. Can I go with my favorite movie about a superhero? Because that would be Iron Man.
I don't have a very intriguing "why." I just thought it was a cool movie.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Day Five

Somewhere I've been...
...that is quickly becoming my favorite place to go :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Day Four

My worst habit is procrastinating! That's pretty much all there is to say about that.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Day Two

The meaning behind my blog name is explained in my first blog post. It's funny, though, because I just re-read that post (to make sure) and my life is so different from what it was nearly three years ago. But I still feel like the blog name applies. When I started--and named--my blog, I had just moved back to my parents' house, was going to school full-time, and working as a teller and cheerleading coach part-time. Now I just work. Haha. But the name, "Life in Limbo," kind of means that I don't know where life is going to take me just yet. I mostly consider myself an adult, but I feel like I'm in a fluid time in life, when changes still happen frequently and nothing is set in stone. When I created my blog, the title was a bit sardonic. However, I've ended up really enjoying Limbo thus far.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Day One

It asked for recent. Well, this is practically real-time :)

I have always been a Britney Spears fan. Never stopped. Even during the shaved-head phase

My sisters are, hands-down, my best friends

I firmly believe that eyeliner is a gift straight from God. I think everyone should wear it; it makes everyone look better (as is evidenced by Johnny Depp in Pirates)

I still miss my white ‘92 Honda Civic all the time. It died Summer of '09

Misuse of apostrophes is quite possibly my biggest pet peeve

My left thumb is significantly shorter than my right

I absolutely love adverbs

I have a Cocker Spaniel-Pomeranian mix named Zipsie that turned one today

I love to play Roulette. I always place money on 3, 8, 18, or a multiple

I don’t cook and I have no desire to start

I have 24 journals

I will always be a BYU fan

I've lived in Utah for 23 of my 24 years and never skied

I love driving

The thought of injustice makes me physically ill

30 Days

I'm sure I knew this at one point, but I didn't remember that my freshman year roommate has a blog! I was looking through and saw that she just started "30 Days to Get to Know Me." It seems interesting, and it just so happens that starting today will take me right up to my birthday. Meant to be, right? :) The activity entails posting the following information:

Day 01 - A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
Day 02 - The meaning behind your Blog name
Day 03 - A picture of you and your friends
Day 04 - A habit that you wish you didn't have
Day 05 - A picture of somewhere you’ve been
Day 06 - Favorite super hero and why
Day 07 - A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 08 - Short term goals for this month and why
Day 09 - Something you’re proud of in the past few days
Day 10 - Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad
Day 11 - Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12 - How you found out about blogs and why you made one
Day 13 - A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Day 14 - A picture of you and your family
Day 15 - Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 16 - Another picture of yourself
Day 17 - Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Day 18 - Plans/dreams/goals you have
Day 19 - Nicknames you have; why do you have them
Day 20 - Someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future
Day 21 - A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 22 - What makes you different from everyone else
Day 23 - Something you crave for a lot
Day 24 - A letter to your parents
Day 25 - What I would find in your bag
Day 26 - What you think about your friends
Day 27 - Why are you doing this 30 day challenge
Day 28 - A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29 - In this past month, what have you learned
Day 30 - Who are you?

I'm going to give it a whirl! I understand I'm not that interesting, and if you don't care to hear from me for a month straight, just tune out for awhile :) You can catch up on January 8th...which is a day I fully approve of for catching up with Wendy!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Live from Salt Lake it's Saturday Night!

Hello folks! I'm sitting on my couch, blogging. That can only mean one thing: I have the internet in my apartment! I'm pretty excited about that. I'm excited that I can blog more regularly, check my bank account without waiting until I have a break at work, and email my brother on his mission more. I can google meaningless information at my convenience, waste even more time on Twitter, and actually read other people's blogs. If you have a private blog and I'm just now getting around to figuring that out, send me an invitation! I'll keep up with you. Promise.

Btw, I love Josh Groban's new cd, Illuminations. (And do you want to know something? I forgot the name of the album and just did a quick google search to come up with it. See, that's what you can do when you have the internet in your apartment.)

I promise not to do these ridiculous blog entries all the time, but you might have to deal with them every once in awhile. I'm just excited to be online, after nearly two years in my apartment.