Friday, April 17, 2015

Currently: April 2015

Current Books
I finally made it to the fifth book in the Game of Thrones series! Of course, at the rate I read them, the sixth book will be out before I finish this one, so I still won't have any downtime between books. But not having to wait would definitely be a good thing!

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure
Ever since I read this post from Kati Rose, I no longer believe in guilty pleasures. Next month, this category is coming off the list!

Current Drink
Coca Cola, baby.

Current Songs

I can't help it, okay. I like One Direction. Sue me.

Current Wish-List
Season tickets to the Angels
My Disneyland Annual Pass back.
    Current Needs
    An oil change and new brake pads for my car
    A nap

    Current Triumph
    I managed to pay a couple of big, scary bills!

    Current Films
    I felt like Nightcrawler was good, but there were times when Jake Gyllenhaal was totally overacting and it bugged me. 

    I FINALLY made it all the way through Gone Girl. The book was better.

    A Walk Among the Tombstones was okay. It was sort of like Taken, but not as good.

    Current Picture

    I freaking love the Rally Monkey. And the Angels. And I had a great time at Opening Night, even though they lost. Boo.

    Current TV Show

    I'm in kind of the doldrums of TV time. Most of my shows have already wrapped up or are in the process of winding down.

    But I'm still watching Bates Motel and really liking it. Things got straight up crazy this past week and I can't wait to see what happens next.

    Deadliest Catch started Season 11 this week and I'm still digging it. I can't explain why I love it so much, but I feel personally invested in these peoples' lives.

    And I've been re-watching Arrested Development here and there. I haven't sat down and binged it, but I'll watch an episode while Chris is doing some work in the other room or something. Man, that show is ridiculously funny.

    Current Celebrity Crush
    I re-watched Days of Thunder recently and remembered why I love Tom Cruise.

    Current Indulgence
    I bought a couple of super cute Vera Bradley bags. I triple puffy heart Vera Bradley. (Yes, I'm an affiliate. No, that isn't an affiliate link. Let me know if you want one.)

    Current Outfit
    Jeans, button-down shirt, flip flops. I will practically live in flip flops from now until September.

    Current Banes of My Existence
    Sloppy handwriting, financial paperwork, and the Kansas City Royals.

    Current Excitement
    Going to Star Wars Night at Angels Stadium on Monday!!!

    Current Mood
    Still a little sad, but generally optimistic.

    What are you into, currently?

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    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Sisterhood of the World

    Okay, I'm tired of being sad, so I'm not being sad. I'm being awesome instead.

    Lauren from Lot 48 did this on her blog the other day, so I decided, why the heck not?

    1. do you still live in your hometown or have you moved away? Will you ever move back?
    I don't live in my hometown anymore, but I live close to it and drive past it every day on the drive to and from work. It has changed a LOT. I doubt I will live there again because I'm such a fan of Orange County, but my brother and sister-in-law live there, so I get to visit whenever I want.

    2. what is your favorite lipstick color?
    I love a good shade of red. I'm still looking for my perfect red.

    3. what is a movie you have seen recently?
    In the theater? The last movie I saw was The Breakfast Club. On DVD/Netflix, it was A Walk Among the Tombstones. Although Chris and I just started watching the Daredevil series on Netflix and it's super good.

    4. what is your favorite TV show??
    The Walking Dead all day every day. Although my favorite show of ALL TIME is Friends.

    5. where did you go to college?
    Weber (pronounced Wee-ber) State University in Ogden, Utah.

    Weber State! Weber State! Great! Great! Great!

    6. what is your job?
    I'm the Tutorial Coordinator in a Tutoring Center at a small community college. I'm essentially the Office Manager.

    7. when you were younger, what celebrity did you think you were going to marry?
    Tom Cruise. And I still love him.

    8. what is the song you are playing on repeat these days?
    I've been listening to a lot of baseball these days...

    9. do you like sports?
    See #8. :-)  I love baseball. It's my favorite. I'm also a fan of football. I want to get back into golf. Chris is determined to get me following hockey. And if the Jazz weren't already eliminated and the Lakers didn't suck, I might have cared a little bit about the NBA this year too.

    10. aaaaand stealing from erica, why do you love blogging so much?
    Because of the amazing friends I have met through this crazy medium. And also I love peeking into other people's lives in a non-creepy way.

    I nominate anyone and everyone reading this post to accept this award and to answer the following questions:

    1. Where is the farthest from home you've ever traveled?
    2. Where is the next destination you'd like to visit?
    3. What is your favorite movie?
    4. What is a movie you absolutely hate?
    5. Other than basic essentials like food and toilet paper, if you could only spend your money in one store for the rest of your life, which store would it be?
    6. What's your favorite small shop/boutique?
    7. Are you looking forward to the 2016 election?
    8. If you were elected President, what would you do on your first day?
    9. What is something that scares you, but that you really want to try?
    10. What's something you've done that you think everyone should try at least once?

    So if you feel so inclined, go ahead and snag these questions and answer them. But make sure to let me know you did because I don't want to miss anyone!

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    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Confession Wednesday: Sometimes it's just too much.

    My heart hurts this week. First there was one of our student tutors, who died in a car accident late last week. Then, yesterday morning I got the news that another student (whom I knew, but who was not directly affiliated with our department) committed suicide over the weekend.

    It's a rough time for our campus.

    Last Saturday, there was a memorial service for my bishop, who passed away a couple of weeks ago after fighting brain tumors.

    (He was released as the Bishop the week before he passed away.)

    It's kind of a rough time for our ward, too.

    And it seems like it's just generally a rough time for a lot of people.

    I have friends that are struggling emotionally, physically, mentally. From cancer diagnoses to 5150 psych holds, it feels like so many people around me are suffering, and I can't do much of anything about it.

    I hate feeling helpless.

    Almost as much as I hate saying "It gets better" but not having an answer when they ask "When?"

    Sometimes it's just too much to take. Whether we're the ones suffering or we're trying to be there for others, it just feels like too much.

    But then I remember that there are other people who have been there. Or who are there. Or who just understand what it's like to be there.

    And I remember that we aren't alone. Not really. Not ever.

    And I'm so grateful for that.

    Do you have something to confess? Link up below.

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    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Sad Times

    The news came in trickles on Friday. It started with a Facebook post I happened to notice and then, before we knew it, my co-worker was on the phone with one of the college Vice Presidents to confirm it:

    One of our tutors passed away early Friday morning.

    This wasn't one of those I-know-who-that-is situations.

    This was a kid that I interviewed. I helped make the decision to hire him. Which wasn't a difficult decision. He was a good student with a lot of passion and motivation and I'd already seen him work hard.

    You just don't expect these things. Not ever.

    After we learned what happened on Friday, we closed the Tutoring Center and sent everyone home early. No one could work after that. None of our hearts were in it.

    This morning, faced with coming in and seeing everyone, it was tough. To be honest, I'm not getting a whole lot done and I'm just not feeling it today.

    It's just such a sad time. And seeing the hollow faces of so many of our tutors just makes me want to hug them all and let them cry on my shoulder. Except that would apparently be weird. Whatever.

    So bear with me as I process this.

    And maybe hug your loved ones a little closer today. Because life is short and you just never know.

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    Friday, April 10, 2015

    Opening Day

    Today's the day, friends.

    The boys are back in town.

    I'll be there tonight. Finally (and HAPPILY!) wearing the Mike Trout jersey that Chris got me for Christmas.

    Can't wait.

    Although we're playing the Royals, and, well, the last time the Angels played the Royals, things didn't go so well...

    But it's a brand new season and my boys are looking great!

    It's gonna be a great season!
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    Tuesday, April 7, 2015

    You also have the right to be an asshole, but that doesn't mean you should exercise it.

    I've gone back and forth a lot on what to say about this topic. Not because I don't know where I stand, but because it pains me that this is a debate that needs to be had in America in the 21st century.

    Indiana passed a law a week or two ago that basically, in the simplest of explanations, says that your religious freedom trumps certain other situations and makes it okay for businesses to refuse to serve customers for religious reasons.

    Of course, the really, REALLY nutshell explanation is that a bakery/caterer/florist/etc can refuse to provide services for a gay wedding if the proprietor is opposed to same-sex marriage.

    This is where it gets sticky.

    Because there are a lot of people out there that still oppose same-sex marriage. In fact, most of the states that allow same-sex marriage have done so under court order, and not by a vote of the majority of the people. And many of the people in those 38 states oppose it for religious reasons.

    But, of course, this sparks the debate that businesses refusing to provide service for gay weddings are discriminating against gay people. And, obviously, discrimination is wrong.

    And then there are people that say that business owners being forced to provide service for something to which they are religiously opposed is its own form of discrimination because of that whole "prohibiting the free exercise [of religion]" thing.

    So who's right?

    To be honest, I don't know.

    I see both sides of it. I absolutely do. Last year, I wrote about the subject of Mormons and Homosexuality and I am no more decided on the issue of same-sex marriage now than I was then. Because of that, I think I can take an honest look at this debate and be fairly unbiased in my opinion of how this should all go down.

    Here's the thing.

    I support the idea behind the Indiana law, but not the law itself.

    I don't think laws like this should be necessary.

    I think if a business owner wants to refuse to cater a gay wedding, they should be allowed to. Whether it's for religious reasons or philosophical ones, I don't really care.

    Just like I think a gay photographer should be allowed to refuse to photograph an event for the Westboro Baptist Church.

    And a Muslim florist shouldn't be forced to provide flowers for a Jewish bar mitzvah.

    And, and, and.

    The thing is, I just really think businesses should be allowed to serve who they want to serve. And that means, if you want to be a racist, bigoted homophobe, then you should be allowed to be so.

    Of course, that means I also have the right not to do business with you.

    That's the way the free market works.

    Because, especially in this age of Twitter and Facebook and blogging and Yelp, if a business owner is going to be a racist, bigoted homophobe then people are going to hear about it. And then other people are going to not go there. Or they are going to go there. It depends on what they are looking for in a business.


    OBVIOUSLY public institutions and government agencies can't and shouldn't be allowed to discriminate against anyone for any reason. When your funding comes from public money, you have to serve the public. That's the way it goes.

    But if you're a private business owner, you should be allowed to run your business into the ground if that's what you want however you see fit.

    That being said, do I think businesses should refuse to service gay weddings?

    Hell no. I think that's just plain stupid. So what if you don't think "the gays" should get married. Are their checks any less cashable than anyone else's?

    Uh, of course not.

    Business owners SHOULD be smart enough and savvy enough to separate their personal biases from what is in the best interest of that business. They SHOULD think to themselves, Hey, there is some good money to be made here and I really need to send my kids to college in a couple of years, or whatever it is.

    That's what SHOULD happen.

    When that doesn't happen, though? ENOUGH with the damned laws! Let people vote with their feet and their pocket books.

    I'm SO SICK of one piece of legislation after another just because someone doesn't like something.

    If you don't like what a business is doing, then DON'T GO THERE. It's that simple. They'll either succeed or fail, but passing laws to force people to comply isn't the basis for a free and democratic republic.

    You know what that IS the basis for? A small family business to receive nearly a million dollars in donations after being forced to temporarily close due to death threats after a hypothetical question is posed.

    I mean, come on.

    Death threats? Because of a hypothetical?

    And nearly a million dollars because of those death threats?

    Where does it stop?

    I'll tell you where it stops. It stops with people just leaving each other the hell alone.

    It really IS that simple.

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    Monday, April 6, 2015

    How is it already April??

    I'm SO late to my own linky party!

    I have goals! I really do! But it's been a BUSY week and that's why I'm just now getting around to posting them. Mega apologies to those of you that have been holding your breath waiting to find out how I did in March.

    Anyways, it's a beautifully lovely week and things are looking up in my little corner of the world! I've turned the tide on a couple of my bigger financial worries and not only that, but it looks like I'm headed to my sister's college graduation next month and I am super excited about that. Up until a couple of days ago, I thought I was going to have to miss it.

    So that's what is up with me. Let's see how badly I did with my goals in March...

    March Goals
    Okay, no, really. Organize my bedroom. I just have some kind of mental block on this, I guess.
    -Closet. Yay! Done!
    -Find a home for the holiday decor box.
    -Make the nightstand functional.
    Go to the gym at least once. Just one time. You can do it! Blah.
    Go to two of The Nephew's baseball games. I feel SO bad about not doing this.
    ♣ Do something productive the weekend Chris is gone. I don't remember what it was, but it was something.
    Do something fun during Spring Break. I literally did nothing.
    Start bringing lunches to work every day. I did it a few times.
    Pay car registration. Boo. It's paid! It's paid!
    Stay on top of laundry so it doesn't all pile up into gigantic mountains. No more laundry mountains!
    Find and follow three new-to-me blogs. I think I found like 12000.
    Finish reading A Feast for Crows. And it was sooooooooooooooooooo good!

    All right. So...March could have gone a lot better. And it could have gone a lot worse. Whatevs. At nearly 50% in an extraordinarily busy month, I'm going to say that's not so bad.

    Here are my new goals for April:
    April Goals
    ♦ Finish making travel arrangements for Erin's graduation.
    ♦ Go to two of the Nephew's baseball games.
    ♦ Finish reading 4 books.
    ♦ Bring lunch from home at least 3 days a week. 
    ♦ Get things together to apply for grad school.
    ♦ Memorize all my choir music by the 20th.
    ♦ Take dresses to the dry cleaner.
    ♦ Go to the gym or cancel membership.
    ♦ Watch/listen to all of the general sessions of General Conference.
    ♦ Find some fun activities/projects to do with the kids.

    So there we go. Those are my goals for the month. What are you up to? Link up and share!

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