Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Biggest Loser

Almost every Tuesday night at 7:00pm, you can find me in front of the TV watching The Biggest Loser (link to the show). I've never really been a faithful watcher before, but this season I got hooked! And every week, without fail, I tear up at some point during the show. One week, it was watching Mike go back and help his dad, Ron, to finish the challenge. One week, it was watching Mike donate his prize (a year's worth of free groceries) to Mandy, a mother of four or five. Through the weeks, I've seen this show bring out the best in people as I watch their lives being changed. This week, I watched Tara fit into a little black dress she had bought in London hoping to fit into someday. It was amazing to see how far she's come from her first day on the ranch. In 16 weeks, these people have all lost over 100 pounds! Yes they had access to world-class trainers and didn't have the concerns of work or family weighing them down, but that's remarkable! They have run a half marathon, and will be running a full marathon this week! That is truly inspirational to me.

After this week's show, I got to thinking, if they can do it, what's stopping me from being my healthiest? It was amazing to see the improvements in their health after 16 weeks. I came to the declaration Tuesday night that I'm going to start running again. It's amazing how much better I feel when I'm working out and eating like I should! I will be working from the Couch to 5K plan. Feel free to join me and comment with your progress!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Crafty Me!

Here are the latest craft projects I've been working on!

I found this one on craftstylish. I scored the shirt at Savers for $0.99 and had a blast making it with my grandma! I did modify the pattern a bit. First, I wanted the pocket on my skirt, so we had to cut a bit higher and then stitch the sides to create a little bit of an A-line effect. Second, my belt and waistband aren't as wide as the pattern says, but it works!

This I found on Joann's website. I think my gauge was a bit off, and I used double crochets on the base rather than singles, but I love the way it turned out! I found the button at Wal-mart of all places! I was on the hunt for something vintage looking, and think the button is perfect!

My mom, grandma (probably), and I are planning to do a craft project this weekend, so I'm sure there will be more pictures come Monday!! :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

How Grateful I am

I had an experience yesterday that made me realize how blessed I am, and I am truly grateful for that. I went to apply at In-n-Out's open interviews (along with 1000 other people). As I was standing in line, there was a cameraman from Fox 10 interviewing some of the people in line. I heard people talk about how they had been looking for jobs for so long. I heard people talk about how they've decided to go back to school because jobs are so hard to find. I heard people talk about getting up at 5:00am to go to other open interviews, just to be able to get in the door. I realized what a blessing it is that I've been given the opportunity and privilege of going to college. In the college system, higher education has become just a regular thing, and most students think that everyone goes to college after high school. Standing in line at the open interview was a reality check for me, and one that I'm grateful to have had. Now as I start to write yet another paper, I might consider it a privilege to get to write 10 pages on Mary Wollstonecraft...Well, maybe I can't go that far, but I am definitely grateful for the opportunity of college!

For the rest of the In-n-Out part: I left line yesterday after a woman came out telling how she had been there since 9:00am (it was now almost 1:00pm). I went back today, and the line was super short compared to yesterday. I still waited some, but it went much quicker than I thought it would! I also got a second interview, which went very well! I am staying positive and will know either way by Friday. :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Top Ten Freshmen Year Survival Tips

As the year is coming to a close, I'd like to offer my top ten college freshmen survival tips. Not only have I survived a freshmen year, but I've also worked for two years with freshmen.

10. If you live on campus, get to know your Resident Assistant (at ASU Community Assistant) and any other staff on your floor.

9. If you live at home or off campus, investigate the resources available to commuter students (at ASU, here's the website).

8. Think of a few of your interests and search for a club along the lines of one or more of your interests.

7. If you are tired, go to sleep. I promise you will do much better work if you aren't completely sleep deprived. (I must give credit to one of the Peer Mentors I oversaw this year for this insightful advice; it's pure genius!)

6. Don't procrastinate, so you don't have to stay up all night before the assignment is due. I am just as guilty of this as anyone else. I promise your life will be so much easier if you start the assignment early.

5. Go to class. It sounds trivial, but you really will do much better if you go to class and pay attention.

4. While in class, don't email, im, facebook, watch sports, play games, etc. It's tempting, yes, but all the people sitting behind you will thank you if your computer screen isn't distracting them too.

3. Keep looking for scholarships throughout school. Sometimes there are scholarships specifically for upperclassmen; sometimes scholarships are available through your department. It pays to check out where the money is!

2. Go to your professor's office hours, at least once during the semester. With the impending budget cuts, class sizes are again increasing (didn't know they could get any bigger). You will thank yourself if you get to know your professors a little bit. They can provide help on upcoming papers, study suggestions for tests, and potentially letters of recommendation.

1. HAVE FUN! Most importantly, remember to relax and take a little time for yourself. College should be fun; it's kind of a transition between childhood and the real world. Take advantage of having this time!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

My Favorite Day

I realized yesterday that Saturdays are by far, my favorite days of the week. It's not just because I don't have school those days, or any of the typical reasons. It's because I get to spend time with my family on those days. My grandparents spend half the year in Kansas (their home) and half the year in Arizona. We have started a tradition of meeting for a meal every Saturday they are here. Of course, I often see them throughout the week, but Saturdays are the special days devoted to that meal with my grandparents. It's come to be one of the things I most look forward to during my week.

Yesterday for example, I was up early and got my oil changed (a big accomplishment). So I dropped by my mom's house and asked her if we should call grandma and grandpa to meet for breakfast. We did and it was wonderful! I showed my grandma a clutch I had crocheted, and she just marveled and oohed and aahed. My heart swelled because I could see that my grandma was proud of me. She also had show and tell! She has gotten heavily into beading, and made bracelets for my mom and I. It's so special to wear something and get a compliment on it and say, "Thanks, my grandma made it for me!" After breakfast, my mom, grandma, and I went downtown Mesa. For anyone looking for a neat outing, this would be one! As we perused a few stores and gawked at the unlimited options of yarn in The Fiber Factory, we had the most fun! After downtown, we went a couple other craft places and it was nearly 1:30pm before we went to drop my grandma off at her house. We were all hungry again, and so we had lunch with my grandparents! It was such a treat to get to spend so much time with them and just be able to enjoy the time.

My grandparents know so much about life, about my family, and about our ancestry. I am so lucky to have them close for half of the year, and to be able to email and call them the other half. I feel blessed by the love and knowledge they pour into my life.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


I've officially decided to join the blogging world. I know, I know, I'm a bit behind, but better late than never!

I'm a student at Arizona State University studying Political Science and English Literature. Eventually I want to teach high school English and government, but at the rate jobs are being cut, I think I'll pursue a Master's first! I love life and I love living my life to the fullest! Blogs will include current happenings, current craft projects and my thoughts about life.