Thursday, October 14, 2010

Missin the Mission



It's been over 2 months since I've been back, and trying to get my life adjusted to being an "RM" rather than putting on my name tag every morning. I LOVE being back in the states, I love having my freedom to what I may, I love being able to catch up with friends, stay up late, sleep in, go to football games, and especially talk instantly with my family when I want to, rather than having to write what I want to tell them down and wait a week to email them.
I mean, my awesome older sister even surprised me with an afternoon of working out with Richard Simmons with my other sister and a couple of friends in Beverly Hills... I LOVE BEING HOME.
But oh how do I miss it. I miss every wonderful thing about those Paraguayans. I miss teaching them American traditions, like egg coloring on Easter, cake and ice cream on birthdays, roasting marshmallows and making s'mores (one of the coolest things I taught a Paraguayan).

Let's just say when people start doing mission talk, I couldn't feel more comfortable. It's my area. It's what I know. I know how to serve a mission, I know how it all goes, I love mission conversations... because I feel so comfortable in them.
I can be pretty awkward... I can be pretty shy if I don't know you too well (especially if you're between the ages of 19-29 because of the whole social thing... so not quite there yet!). If you know me, you know I'm not shy at all, and I'm pretty darn hilarious (I laugh at myself even when no one else does...) (ok so maybe I just think I'm pretty hilarious). But I can be quiet if I don't feel comfortable enough to say something, but man, you get on the topic of the mission, and I'll just talk with you about it.
I'm not one of those you can say, "Hey! Tell me a mission story!" too, and on the spot I'll tell you one of the craziest things you've ever heard. I'm not out to throw the "my horse is bigger than your horse" mission stories. I love hearing about other missions and what they did and how interesting the contrast is between missions around the world.
Right now this is just my area of comfort... it's a weird world for an RM. We get made fun of a lot... because it's true. Just humor us when we talk about the mission, once it gets like 8 months to a year down the line... then I say it's pushing it and I should be better with my conversation skills other than just talking about my mission. But just for now... humor me and my weirdness! I'm embracing it!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Today I had to get drug tested...

For the first time ever I was drug tested for a job. As I was in the office, I saw this comic. It made me laugh... because I had a diet coke in my hand precisely at that time.









Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Amazing new HAND AIR DRYER era....

So, I went to Ikea this past week. Maybe it's because I've been in an extremely poor country for 18 months, but I was really impressed by what I found in the womens' bathroom.
















Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd like to introduce to you the new and improved... hand dryer. This hand dryer is not like any hand dryer I have ever seen or used in my life. You stick your hands in, it turns on, you slowly pull your hands out, and THEY'RE DRY.

Now, if you're any old hand-dryer junk of a thunk user, you know air hand dryers DO NOT WORK... I'd rather go get some toilet paper and dry off my hands than spend a half hour of my quick passerby visit to the powder room just drying my hands off from all those germs only to get them dirty again as I open the door because they provided no paper towels to use to open the door again so BASICALLY hand air dryers are pointless, UNLESS they have this new and improved air hand dryer.

Dudes... seriously. Go to your nearest Ikea and try these little suckers out. You're whole vision of hand air dryers will change for life!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The BUCKETLIST






















So, when I was in Paraguay, I had a companion who once asked me what was on my "bucketlist". I hadn't really thought of it until then, but every once and a while I do. On my drive to the smog-filled Salt Lake Valley today, I was thinking about it around the point of the mountain. What IS on my bucketlist? Some people have skydiving, hang-gliding, deep sea fishing, visiting every continent... man, some pretty intense stuff. As for now, I could only think of a few!


1. My #1 thing I want to do before I die... go to New York City and tour every little part, see the shows, be a groupie of the today show and make a sign to get on TV, I wanted to go see Emeril Live (but foodnetwork cancelled his show), other NYC shows, everything about New York... it's my number one destination to go to before I die.



2. Backpack Europe. Just cause it seems like fun.



3. Go on a cruise. Midnight chocolate buffets anyone? Diet starts the day I get off the ship...

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4. Make out in the rain



5. Make a wedding cake


6. Run a marathon (Happening in January at Walt Disney World!)

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7. See CHICAGO in concert

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8. Eat a true Chicago dog in Chicago

9. Run the NYC Marathon

There's more to the bucketlist that I can't think of, these are just some things I thought of on my drive. Let's make this a series... THE BUCKETLIST... to be continued...