Harry Potter, Creative Motivation, and Pseudo Spring Break

The cover for the 7th Harry Potter book was released today!!! It's so cool and I love finding clues in the covers. Last semester I even wrote a critical analysis on the Harry Potter book covers, dissecting their many intricacies and hints. I just had to share that exciting bit of information because let me tell you: I'm stoked!!

So the other night I was talking to my mom and she was telling me about this scrapbooking book she got for Christmas (The Big Picture or something like that) and how it revolutionized her way of thinking about scrapbooking. She's started a scrapbooking club and they have a different project each month (I'll join their ranks next month!). With Mom telling me all about her new perspective, I've been really excited to do likewise! What they're all doing is a "Month in the Life of (insert your name here)" and I've decided to do April. Starting on Sunday, I'm going to jot down just the little things I do and I'll keep receipts, to do lists, little handouts, maybe even a candy wrapper or two--you never know what could come in handy! I'm going to have an envelope for everyday and then when I get back for the summer I'll scrapbook it all! Also, I'm going to take my camera with me everyday and try to take pictures of the random minutiae of my days. I figured April would be a good month to record because it's more indicative of my life right now than anytime during the summer. I'll have regular school, projects, finals, moving, plus a few days at home! Perfect combination of my life! Also I'm going to do the "Me Album" with mom's group in May--I can't wait to get started!

So it's unfortunate that BYU has no spring break (a lack I felt more so a month ago when I was suffering from Mid-Semester Burn Out) however, Emily is on her spring break and came out with Jacquelyn to visit me and Jessie! I'm so excited! She got in yesterday afternoon and after work, Jessie and Emily picked me up, bringing super good and super big Iceburg shakes and then we went back to Jessie's and hung out while watching American Idol (can you believe Sanjaya's hair?!?!!?#^%$& That was the first episode I've seen this season and I couldn't believe how stupid Sanjaya is). Tonight I'm sequestering myself so I can finish a research paper, but tomorrow we're meeting up with a family from home who are here to do some missionary shopping for their son and then I'll show Emily around campus a bit, show her my dorms, and we'll hang out there a bit until 9-ish when my friend Blake will pick us up and we'll all go to the Malt Shoppe. I'm most looking forward to the weekend when I'll spend the night at Jessie's and Timm's and have fun over conference weekend. So even though technically I don't have spring break, I'm blowing off school as much as possible to have a fun time this week! Yay for visiting siblings!

*note: red letter day for me--I'm actually publishing a post the same day, nay even the same afternoon, as I started it!!*


Time Warp and Rainy Smell

College is a time warp I swear. All of a sudden it's the 26th, I haven't posted in three weeks, and it feels like yesterday was a week ago Sunday. Anyway, my life has been the usual: school, work, not much of a social life the past few weeks because of tests and the like. Classes end in a little more than 3 weeks (!@#$*&) and then Dad is going to drive over and help me move out. After this week, I should be set until finals. I took my second American Heritage test on Monday, wrote an English paper Tuesday, had a dance test Thursday, been working on a group newsletter project in print publishing, and I took my third Book of Mormon test on Friday. Phew.

In a different vein, I've loved the nice weather!! I've been wearing capris and skirts and sandals and I love how it feels like spring! When I walk back to the dorms I see blankets spread out all over the grass with people sunbathing, playing games, studying, cuddling (a bit uncomfortable for me sometimes), and then there are the three or four groups tossing a frisbee around. The one odd thing about this though--it is most perplexing--is that all of a sudden, the girls seem to think it's okay to strut around in tiny tank tops and underwear shorts. I know--go figure. In sacrament meeting our bishopbric reiterated the importance of and the still-present Honor Code and I did notice a difference last week. Last Wednesday it was so nice because it was kind of rainy for part of the day and every time I went outside I could smell the rain and the air had that crisp feel about it. I loved it!! Rain is by far the best weather ever.

The weekend was super nice and I got a chance to just crash after such a hectic week. I watched a bunch of "24" on Friday and on Saturday I slept in a bit, showered, did a bit of homework, went to the Panda Express with Katelyn for lunch, headed up to campus and spent a while in the card aisle in the Bookstore, worked with my publishing group, went to Target with Jessie, and then headed to the Vocal Point concert! I'm glad I was so productive and was still able to feel relaxed and at ease. The Vocal Point concert was AWESOME (like the last one!). They did their primary song medley and at one point in the number had the whole audience doing the motions to "Do As I'm Doing"--so much fun! It was a long concert (a little over 2 hours), but I was having so much fun I didn't even notice!

Once again I finish this post almost a week after I started (requiring some information changing ie-I am taking my Book of Mormon test to I did take my Book of Mormon test). Oh well, I'm glad I actually finished it. Hopefully I can be a bit better now that school is taking a bit of a breather for me. So glad I can catch my breath!


sliding into the home stretch

I only have 6 more weeks of class left as of tomorrow! I was looking at my schedule for the next six weeks and I have SO much going on I don't know how I'll get it all done. I have yet another American Heritage midterm in two weeks and I have to take my second Book of Mormon test tonight. These next six weeks are going to be so busy and I have so much to do and the worst part is that I am completely lacking motivation. I didn't have too much homework over the weekend which was really nice, but at the same time I spent a big chunk of my day avoiding the homework I did have (which included studying for the Book of Mormon test . . . ). I get into this rut every year around this time when I have zero motivation and not only do I not have motivation, but I have total apathy as well. I don't do my work (or I don't do it well) and I don't even care--that's the worst part. I feel like I'm coming out of this funk a little bit, but I'm still a bit personality-less and apathetic. This funk is definitely not helped out by the fact that I've been a bit homesick the past couple of days. Last semester the homesick factor really wasn't a problem because I went home for Sarah's baptism and there was the week I went home for Thanksgiving. This semester I'm not going home at all, which is fine most of the time, but these past couple of days I've been pretty down. I did get to talk to my family last night though (for the first time in about 2 weeks because of the school musical that consumed everyone) and that did a lot to lessen the stress of missing people.

When I was talking to my dad, he posited the plan that he drive over at the end of April to help me move out and then he could drive me back! I love it and I really hope that can happen! It's weird to me that none of my immediate has seen my room or met my friends, so that would be way cool if Dad could come out to pick me up. Most of the time he'd actually be here, I'd be taking finals, packing, or moving, but he has family out here he hasn't seen in a while, so he'd have fun while I get myself ready to come home for the summer.

I woke up this morning feeling a bit more motivated, overwhelmed, but at least some of my motivation is returning. I'm in the home stretch for the semester and I just have to keep telling myself I can do it!
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