Friday, September 26, 2008

We Belong

It's Friday, and I'm tired. This week has been exceptionally long. So here's a favorite of Gordita's (that's me) AND the Compensator's. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pachanga! Celebration for TC.

On Saturday the 13th, we had a Defense Passing Party (DPP) for TC. I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the people who came to celebrate with us. We had people from our ward come, friends who came from far away, and family who came from far away too. It was great to have so many people we care about in one place.

Since I was busy hosting I didn't have a chance to shoot many photos. Here are two that turned out.

TC with friends Nick and Mike playing the Wii. Mike was nice enough to bring a TV and his Wii so we all could enjoy playing games.

TC brought down his PS3 so we could play off-road racing games, and Karaoke Revolution: American Idol Encore. This picture is of Matias racing an ATV. Note his crossed legs.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Summer of George is gone...

This summer of 2008 was supposed to be the Summer of George.

I had wanted to attend every festival, enjoy the State Fair, ride roller coasters (no matter how dinky) at the Lagoon, spend a day in the sun on the grass, ride my bike until it gets dark like I did when I was a kid, stay up late watching movies, take a spontaneous trip out of town, go to the zoo, go for a drive in the canyons...

But instead, the State Fair didn't fit into our schedules, some festivals seemed like a waste of money, Lagoon really isn't all that it's cracked up to be when you've been to bigger amusement parks, in order to spend a day in the sun I have to apply and reapply sunscreen by the liters, I tried riding my bike and fell off and injured myself, I get sleepy at 10pm and will fall asleep watching any movie past that hour, spontaneity is overrated, the zoo is... well I don't have an excuse for that one, and a drive in the canyons doesn't have to be a summer activity, so I don't know why I'm whining.

If you've read this far, I'm impressed with your loyalty. When it comes down to it, my summer wasn't the Summer of George because I didn't make it the Summer of George. But I still had a lovely summer. I went bowling, had a campfire, saw two parades, watched fireworks up close, threw a big party, went to the Farmers' Market, rode my bike on Antelope Island, lounged by a pool, took photos just for the sake of taking photos, went to Park City one day on a whim, baked a cake for no reason, sewed for people other than myself, and, best of all, I spent an unprecedented amount of time with TC, my favorite person of all time.

And, as if this post wasn't going on for long enough, I made new friends. I no longer feel like I have no where to turn (besides TC) when things get rough. Even though this summer didn't turn out to be the Summer of George I expected it to, it turned out even better.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Introducing... The Family Doctor

On Friday TC had his defense, where he presented the research he has completed in the last few years to the public and to his committee of professors, and he passed! This means, that he is now The Compensator, PhD. How exciting is that?

For the past four years he's worked his tail off, and in that time he received his masters of science, and now PhD. What a stinking smart, hard working, wonderful man. So when you see him, if you feel so inclined, remind him that he's a doctor now. And if you want to hold off on the "what comes next?" questions, we won't be offended. We're still floating on the "he's done with school" bubble. In a week or so, after we complete our obligatory and celebratory partying hard, we can come back down to earth and face the reality that finishing school means job hunting.

Congratulations TC!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


I realize that this post will be a departure from my normal immaturity. I am having a bout of adulthood right now, and I feel like I need to share my thoughts with my dear and faithful readership (all one or two of you).

On Sunday, our ward bishop gave a lesson on recognizing answers to prayer. I was deeply touched by his lesson, feeling like it was an answer to my own prayers. I've been seeking to understand better what decisions I should ask for help making, and when I don't feel any specific guidance if I should wait for confirmation or just move forward. I came to the conclusion that when I do pray about a decision, if I don't feel a specific answer, I should just move forward with whatever option seems best based on my best judgment. But I've doubted the conclusion that I came to, until Sunday.

The bishop used a talk given by Elder Richard G. Scott in 1989 to frame his own thoughts. I am overwhelmed after reading it with how directly my questions are answered. With the thought that others might have the same questions I do, I write about it on my blog. Enjoy!