Saturday, May 21, 2011

the news!

well i'm supposed to be sleeping right now, but i am just in a blogging mood! mostly for one big update...


other than that, it's been a great summer so far! (if you can call it summer with all the rain...which i have secretly been loving...)

my dear friend/mission companion kayla got married!

 fun times with high school friends

 mother's day!

 kelly and i in our matchy rain jackets! (she is also in the lab full time this summer so we have plenty of adventures together)

 my roommate stephanie won a vacation off the radio!

 kelly and i again, this time with the awesome flask of cells i composed a limerick on . . . everyone likes a good limerick :)

yup, life is pretty great :) seriously . . . today was just fabulous. it was WARM, pops and i ran 12 miles with a gorgeous view of salt lake valley, i got to reunionize with some high school friends i hadn't seen for years (kenzie, dani, marianne, and amber to be exact), i got to go to the temple, we listened to elder lynn robbins at stake conference, i came home to my acceptance letter in the mail (and a letter from my first greenie who's coming home in 2 months!), AND i got to belt out country tunes with my windows rolled down quite a bit today. lovin' it.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

PhD? or not to PhD?

today i officially turned in my application to switch from a master's student to a PhD student!!  i've been thinking a lot about it the past week and it just feels right. i'm so excited! after looking at all the requirements i think it will just take me one extra year than the master's would have. i'll graduate in April 2013 instead of April 2012.  Plus i figure if i really have to I could do one more summer and graduate August 2013 and it'd still be a pretty sweet deal :) it will be hard work but i think it will be the kind of nerdy hard work that i LOVE!! so cross your fingers the department gives me the OK!

PS - i have a new life motto.  you know the song by Lee Brice "Love like Crazy" ? (country of course!) well one of the choruses goes something like this:

Just ask him how he made it
He'll tell you faith and sweat
And the heart of a faithful woman
Who never let him forget

Be a best friend, tell the truth
And overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best
Don't outsmart your commonsense
Never let your prayin' knees get lazy
And love like crazy

well i decided my new life motto is FAITH AND SWEAT. it's kind of along the lines of "work like it all depends on you, pray like it all depends on the Lord" ... but i think FAITH AND SWEAT has a nice ring to it. i kind of like "never let your prayin' knees get lazy" too...but FAITH AND SWEAT still wins :)

sweet...this concludes another lame blog post! tune in next time and be wow'd once again.