Tuesday, August 25, 2009

here it goes again

Senior Year.
No I'm not about to launch into a high-school musical number... but I am already thinking about the many things I will miss about Utah State. Like Aggie Ice Cream and naps on the quad. This is my last semester and I am torn about whether I want to get out of here, or stick around a bit longer....

Lately my life has been full of change. Each change brings with it a new challenge and also blessings.

New Apartment-- Blessing: I have 3 new roomates and all seem to be cool so far. Challenge: Hot water is off, had to take cold showers all week

New Calling-- Blessing: I get to serve as Relief Society President for lots of incredible girls. Challenge: busy busy busy

New Boyfriend-- Blessing: He's amazing :) Challenge: coordinating two completely opposite schedules

No Job-- Blessing: I don't have anymore on-call shifts for housing. Challenge: $$$

New Classes- Blessing: I'm learning. Challenge: In order to do well in these classes I will need to sacrifice sleep.

Overall though I am really happy with the way my life is going. Yes there have been changes and yes some people have fought those changes. But I am embracing them. Let change come and take me somewhere new. I'm ready for a life adventure.

Monday, August 3, 2009

the wheels on the bus go round and round

My summer job has reached a close. No more fun summer days playing slapjack and 4 square with elementary kids. This job is by far the best job I've ever had. I've learned so much from these kids. Here are just a few of the pieces of wisdom that I obtained from my Summer Camp job:

-not everyone can be an autobot in life, some people are going to be punk decepticons.
-sometimes we all just need to put our heads on the desk for a minute and chill out.
-making it through p.e. without any kids crying is impossible.
-kids, like adults, can choose optimism or pessimism-- who can forget the little girl who came to me sobbing because one of the boys in the class told her she was good at soccer. "Ms. Katie he said I was good at soccer and I know I'm not, he lied .... WAHHHH"
-food is the universal language. "Taco? Enchilada? Burrito!"
-sometimes you are BOOM ROASTED
-I love silence
-I love noise
-paint will go everywhere, no matter what
-you can't please everyone
-jealousy in no way improves your life
-watching kids grow and learn is really rewarding
-Bill Cosby wasn't lying when he told us, "Kids Say the Darndest Things"
-secret handshakes and hi-fives are the best
-walking into school and having all the kids yell "MS. KATIE IS HERE!" is the best self esteem boost in the world
-kids have no idea when you make up the games or when you improv an activity, it's just as much fun for them
-sometimes you have to spike the ball in 4 square, to keep the kids humble
-sometimes the kids humble you with a sweet 4 square shot
-getting out in lightning is not the end of the world
-elementary flirting is hilarious to watch
-I love working with kids

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I've gotta get back to the house on Pooh Corner

This summer I am working at an elementary school-- with a program that is essentially an all day, day-care. The past month has been an adventure to say the least. Every day I learn new things about myself and about working with children. It has me rethinking just about everything in my life.

The thing that was most surprising to me was how easy it was to get to know the kids. In most settings I have an almost impossible time trying to memorize names of people. It seems that college students can be so similar that it is hard to remember which girl with long brown hair is which. (I feel ok using the brunette example because I fall into that category).

With kids it is whole different ball game. It was incredibly easy to memorize the names of the 30 kids in the program. I've decided that this is because elementary kids are each complete originals. They have yet to fall into the trap of trying to be like someone else. They are not at all self conscious about the way that they act. They are just themselves completely and unapologetically. While many parts of my job leave me exhausted, there is something completely refreshing about getting to know kids who are unconcerned with their hair getting out of place during a game of 4 square and who don't really care that they forgot to zip up their fly the entire day. Kids who are truly unique.

When I meet people it is easy to put them into categories. While stereotyping can be negative, I just find it easier to understand people by personality types. It's sort of a compilation of all those color tests, the A/B thing and other basic observations that allow me to understand people on some level. These kids don't fit into any of those categories yet.

Maybe it is something that comes with age, or maybe we are born with unique personalities and throughout jr. high and high school we try so hard to be like everyone else that we lose it... and then we spend the rest of our lives trying to reclaim our unique personality traits.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

oh what a day is today

It seems like forever since I've updated this blog, and so much really has changed. I completed my junior year at USU and left my job as resident assistant. I am now living off campus (in the cutest apartment complete with a washer and dryer!!) I am working at an elementary school in Hyrum this summer. So far we've just been planning all of our activities, I am so excited for it all to come together. This is a very different job for me, but I feel like it will be good for me. I'm loving my new ward, where I am once again in the relief society presidency. Even though it is a daunting calling, I am excited to try to do better and stretch myself.

My life has fallen into a comfortable rhythym in which I wake up, work out, and then work on my thesis all day. (I will hopefully have a draft done before the end of June!) Afternoons and evenings are spent hiking, picnicking, movie watching and pretty much hanging out with my friends.

I am absolutely in love with Cache Valley in the summer. If it weren't for winter I could see myself settling down here permanently. There have been some incredible lightening storms the last few nights and the whole valley is so green.

This summer has meant a lot of big changes for me all at once, which has never been my forte, but I really feel like I'm growing and getting ready for whatever is coming next in my life.

Friday, February 27, 2009

3 am and I'm still awake

Today I got back from class and without meaning to, fell asleep for 3 hours. Due to this irregular nap I'm still awake. It's ok though, I've managed to get a lot accomplished this evening. Including, finishing my Barbie for the USU Barbie Bash.
This is my Feminist Myth Barbie. She has a butch hair cut, nasty eye brows, hairy legs and pits, oh and she is burning a bra. All of the many myths combined into one doll.

My life is crazy busy right now, but hopefully spring break will be a nice chance to catch up on things. Also I just got a webcam, so I'm really excited to start vlogging.

That's all I really have to say for now. remember the alamo.