Friday, November 28, 2008

Pretty Dang Lucky!

Well, I was checking out my friend's blog, saw this list, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving and decided to do it myself. Sometimes you don't realize how much you've done till you sit down and see it written in a list. There are a lot of things I still hope to do before my life is over, but at the same time I realize how blessed I've been and how much cool stuff I've been able to do. I'm just a pretty dang lucky girl.

1.Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (does orchestra count?)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice (well we asked the guy how much one cost to ride and decided to use that money towards eating more gelato instead)
29. Seen an eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie (not like a big one, but making little movies in high school was always a fun past time)
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

So there are some things on the list that I'm glad haven't happened to me in my life time, and other things that I really wouldn't mind doing sometime in the near future (such as #'s 4, 65, and especially 52)... but like I said earlier I have been very blessed and am very satisfied with my life thus far!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Semester in Review

Well, I know the semester is not over yet but at the same time I can't believe how quickly it has flown by. Here's a little bit about what's been going on in my life the last few months. School started for me Monday, August 25th. I finished up with EFY and spent some time with the family and I actually ended driving back to Tucson and Sunday the 24th... yup the day before school. I wasn't worried though because I figured there would be lots of time to settle in after school started, but boy was I wrong. Whit and I have managed to travel about every other weekend and the weekends that I have been herein Tucson have been filled with activities, concerts, and whatever random stuff goes on here. For example I was in school for 4 days and then I drove with my sister, my roommate Heidi, and my buddy Fabio back to Salt Lake for Labor Day weekend. It was a blast of a weekend filled with water-skiing, visits with dear mission friends, a BYU football game, and lots of family. Long story short though... I never ended up "getting settled in" here and I spent almost 2 months living out of my suitcase and sleeping on the couch in the backroom (which I must admit was very comfortable). The good news is that I am back in a bedroom like a normal person and Whit and I are our sharing our silver bunk beds like the good old days. Well, so here are some other highlights and random facts about this semester:
  • I am taking 22 credits this semester which I know is a lot but that's what you gotta do turn a 5 year program into a 4 year program, and I am determined to finish up in May without having a crazy schedule my last semester.
  • I did it... I read the Vampire books (also know as the Twighlight series)... and the verdict? Honestly, it's like reading a book soap opera, and yet it is so addicting and I couldn't put it down. I am definitely not one of those Edward lovers or anything though... I actually thought Jake seemed more like a real person and I like him better most the time. So yeah, I read over 1,700 pages about Vampire romances during the first 4 weeks of school. Yup I am pretty cool.
  • I started practicing the violin and everything again. I mean that is my major, but after the mission I definitely was a little rusty. It's all coming back slowly but surely.
  • Whit and I have been pretty inseparable and I wouldn't have it any other way. This is our last semester together as college students (did I mention her mission papers are in... yup, next time we are together we will be young working "grown-ups".... It really makes me sad though... this whole growing up thing.
  • Las Cruces Trip # 1- family photos.... trying to get all 9 of us to be looking at the camera while also smiling was quite the crazy challenge and it's always an adventure at the Robb house. We also went to our brother Joe's orchestra concert which definitely brought back a lot of high school memories, mainly because most of that music we also played in a similar concert back in my day.
  • California Trip #1- Uncle Dean got married in the New Port Temple in October. Since we already needed to be there for the wedding we decided to make the most of our California visit by staying in a beach house right off the coast New Port Beach and it was amazing. Three days on the beach surrounded by all of my little cousins building sand castles and burrying each other... does it really get any better?
  • Jenny Visits Arizona- Utah EFY friends in Arizona? Heck yes!
  • High School Musical 3!!! I know that most of the people that are as enthusiastic about High School Musical as I am haven't even reached puberty yet, but so what? I love it, and you better believe that I saw HSM3 with Whit opening weekend.
  • Whitney turns her mission papers in- I am so super excited for her, but it does make me miss the mission even more. We should know where she's going this week!
  • Las Cruces Trip #2- Halloween weekend... Joe turned 16, Sam was dressed as a star trooper, Rock Band, I got to visit with Katrina (one of my favorite high school friends ever!), haircuts, pedicures, etc.....
  • California Trip #2- Friday- Disneyland-free, no lines, 25 rides in one day, plus it really the happiest place on earth-nuff said. Saturday- New Port Temple, Wahoo's Tacos, sitting on warm sandy beach while watching the sunset, and most importantly visiting with Hermana Cresine, my newly returned mission companion. Hermana Cresine's homecoming talk.
Well, this is some of the stuff that comes to mind at the moment. Life is dandy but busy. Honestly this blog entry is horribly long and probably horribly boring for most of you reading this (that is if you got this far), but I'm sure one day my great great grandchildren will be able to look back on this blog and learn a lot about their great great grandmother and her crazy collage life :)