Monday, August 29, 2011

The Week.

Wow, this week has been… I n s a n e .
I’ve been through an earthquake, a car breaking down/towing,  my first week of college, and Hurricane Irene.. not to mention everything that comes with those things! Needless to say, I feel a little shell shocked.
The earthquake was crazy. It was like standing on jello… it was a wake up call for being very grateful that things weren’t worse. My car breaking down was very sad. It was on the way to a dance, of course, with a friend. We were jammin’  to music, but whenever I turned on my blinker the stereo would turn off. Slowly it just turned off completely… and we were finally left stranded by a WalMart. A super nice cop helped us out, and a super nice tow guy. I’m so grateful we weren’t stranded! So we chilled at WalMart all dolled up on a Friday night. It was great…
My first week of college has been … hm, tough! Haha. It’s definitely popping the Utah shell. People are really nice and friendly. But I think everyone’s in the same boat, where their kind of trying to put on a show and make a good impression and everything. Which is totally understandable. But not fun when people act kinda fake :P I think the only real conversation I have had so far kind of went like this:
Whitney is sitting on a bench, eating her salad (free) for dinner. Suddenly, a young man with wiry curly red hair shoves himself into the seat next to her, almost knocking into her. He crouches over and begins eating his waffle with gusto. Whitney sits there a little awkwardly. Although he sat next to her, he doesn’t acknowledge her existence. So, she decides to say hello – take a little bit of the awkwardness away.
“Hi! What’s your name?” she says, enthusiastically but sincerely.
“I don’t know” he responds.
“Um… okay. Well my names Whitney. It’s nice to meet you.” She responds, and turns back to her salad.
“You don’t have to be so social you know. Even though everyone says make new friends and try to get to know everyone, you don’t have to. I bet you won’t even remember anybody’s name at the end of today” he says quite passionately, cutting his waffle into pieces.
“I wasn’t saying hi because everyone tells me to.. I was saying hi because you came and sat by me. I was just trying to be nice” she says, smiling a bit and a little shocked at this interesting young man.
“I didn’t come here to sit by you. I came here to sit because there aren’t any other seats in this place” he says.
“I didn’t mean to sit by me. I mean you happened to sit next to me, so I decided to say hi, to be a nice person.” She responds quite firmly, and resumes eating.
This seems to intrigue the kid. “Your majoring in biology, huh?” he asks.
“Nope.”  She says. “Guess again.”
“Computer Science?”
“Nuh uh.”
“No sir.”
“Then what are you majoring in?!” he asks, quite exasperated at guessing.
“I’m majoring in art, and then getting a minor in business.”
“Oooh” he says. “It all clicked. Your personality, your view of life, your major – it all makes sense now.”
“Really?” she says. Inside she’s thinking, okay man, you know absolutely nothing about me. Instead of being rude, she simply asks “Why’s that?”
He proceeds to tell her that people who are artistic tend to be very nice to people, and that he’s found people who try to be nice to everyone are simply extremely naïve.
“There’s something usually wrong with their head” he says, wheeling his fingers around his ears in the universal ‘coocoo’ sign. “No offense. That’s just what I’ve found.”
She is very intrigued by what he says, and wonders why he thinks she is nice to everyone just because she is artistic.
“You know,” she responds, “I’m sure I would try to be kind to people, even if my major was business or biology or linguistics.”
He looks at her, his expression mixed with awe, astonishment, and a bit of newfound friendship.
“Who are you again?” he asks.
“Whitney Morris. You?” she replies.
“My names Freddie.” With that, he picks up his  now empty, sticky plate, and leaves Whitney sitting alone at the café table, without even a goodbye behind him.
Is that not the oddest conversation you’ve ever heard? I think my life could be a fascinating novel.
Other then that, school has been good. I’m being a bit dramatic with fellow freshmen at UMW. Their really nice. It’s definitely tough though, when in the new student orientation the school pushes students to endorse things that are against the standards I live by. It can be hard to have the Spirit. I am SO grateful I can go to church, and have my family, pray, and read my scriptures.. I would be so lost without them! I’m also super grateful for my friends in the branch, who are an awesome support (: I read 2 Timothy 3, and it really helped me out.. living a  Christlike life, there will always be persecution,  and it will never be easy. But it will be worth it. I know that.
Anyways, I’m excited for classes to start (:
The hurricane hit, and it was actually really cool. The storm was beautiful. I’m so grateful it didn’t do any damage to our house. Our basement flooded, and we spent ALL DAY bailing buckets of water out, and quite a few trees are down in our yard, but other then that there was no damage. The power is out, still, and their guessing it will be out for about a week. It's been fun having oil lamps and candles at night, playing the piano or reading scrips or writing in my journal to the flickering candlelight (:
So I’m sitting at UMW in the library typing right now. Taking cold water showers from gallons in food storage isn’t the comfortable life! But I’m so grateful it wasn’t worse! I guess I can check off earthquake and hurricane off my unintentional bucket list this week (: I’m so grateful for the gospel, and for my family. I’m excited for my future. There are beautiful things coming ahead (: I love life! It’s not easy, but it is wonderful!
the end for now!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Oldie Schmoldie

I had fun looking through old pictures the other day, so I decided to put up some more (: I had the best childhood. Roaming the woods, pretending to be horses and lost princesses, writing stories, drawing and painting, catching caterpillars and watching them turn into butterflies... it was wonderful (: Sometimes I miss those days. I'm so glad I made it through middle school ok, and high school was great, but childhood was really the best.
Hannah and Jacob (:

Dexter with Isaac and their model dino in Pennsylvania

The family (: school in Pennsylvania.

Studly boys at Katharine's baptism

Cutie patootie (:

Writing or... something

Goofballs (:

Hannah's backwards outfit

Beautiful Hannah (:

The Explorin' Gang

Creepy me at 15, haha

First stake dance! Wow!

Yummy hot cocoa chin (:

I loved Elbereth (: I would love to have a horse again someday!

Cute Adam

Stinky Pete.. haha
Life has been fantastic lately. Way too much to expound on right now, I'm kinda tired, but it's been lovely (: I'm so blessed. So, enjoy (:


Friday, August 19, 2011


Cooper and I! Most adorable dog ever! I've already told him my life story (: He's great!

My 21 and a half inch catfish I caught (: First fish of the summer!! Beat Isaac's record, which he isn't too happy about (: Now he knows nothing of fishing! (inside joke, haha)

Laughin (: on a date! My smile looks kinda goofy, but I'm happy haha.

The adorable kids, when we lived in Pennsylvania (: We've all grown so much! I love these kids! Their my best friends (: Adam and Peter too!
Hello again! It's been a while so I wrote. Nothing too interesting has been going on lately... it's funny how no matter where you are, life just is ALWAYS busy! At least for me! It's crazy! As soon as one thing is out of the way, another thing just fills that time slot right back up immediately.
I've been working a ton, at Subways. It's a pretty great job - we get free sandwiches and drinks, and tips! I'm saving the tips in a jar to save up for a GPS. Virginia roads are insane, and I am, let's say.... directionally challenged. That sentence should suffice. I've also been checking them out for older coins - and have found quite a few! I guess the older they are, the more likely their made out of more valuable metals, and some of them are worth a ton of money. So that's been fun (: I've been working a ton of hours every day. It'll make a nice paycheck, but it's taking a toll on my energy levels!
Church has been incredible, as always. The branch here is amazing. FHE and Institute are so fun. My fellow "single adults" (Okay, that sufficiently just freaked me out. How about fellow college students?) are incredible. Super fun, kind, all that jazz. On my days off work, or even days with work, I usually have a date or a hiking trip or something fun to do which keeps me busy, and keeps life fun and super interesting(: Alot of the kids are taking off to college this week or next, some of them have left already :( Sad day! But Matt is staying, and a few other awesome people. So we'll keep the branch goin' while their gone (:
School is starting super soon! Next week is the New Student Orientation. I'm going to be joining a club called COAR, which is basically a huge service group. They go build houses during spring break, and do all sorts of service projects throughout the year. During orientation their helping out in the morning to clean the Rappahanock River, and then later we're going on a kayaking trip (: WOOHOO! Another check off my bucket list! I'm super excited (:
I'm taking pretty interesting classes too! I ended up having to drop horseback riding, which I am SUPER bummed about :'( It had a pretty hefty fee, sadly. Money, money, money... I also dropped my math class.. I am thinking of majoring in art, and getting a minor in business. That way I could own my own studio or gallery someday, and it would be more applicable to the job market. I feel super good about it. Pretty excited, honestly (:
So I am taking:
-History of Western Art (Turns out this teacher is LDS, and I've heard she's amazing. I'm excited)
-American Studies
-First Year Seminar in American History
-British Novels
-Principles of Macroeconomics

Tada! My first semester of college schedule. We'll see if I transfer any of them the first few days, but I feel pretty good about it.

Random Tidbits for the day:
On... Wednesday? When I was working, I got made fun of by an old man, WHILE I was making his sandwhich mind you, about my accent! Apparently I say words very oddly. He gave me quite a hard time, while I was dribbling mustard on his sandwhich. Ew, that sounds like I was spitting.. okay, squirting mustard on his sandwhich. He thought I was from the boonies of the Appalachian Mountains. Thanks, man! Little did he know, it was the U-taw accent! Slowly picking up the Southern accent, here and there... Southern accents have always charmed me, especially when attractive guys call me ma'am. Ever since the 9th grade, I specifically remember. Not sure why. It's very cute (: But I'm not sure how hot I am on my own Southern twang.

My Dad bought me this car air freshener, that smells INCREDIBLE. I almost drive with the windows up, even with no a/c which is unheard of here, because I love the smell so much. It's called "Midsummer's Evening" and it has a picture of a soldier's silhouette on the flag (Naval base - go figure). Basically, it smells like men's cologne. Being a girl who sometimes enjoys wearing guy deoderant, because it smells sooo good (: , I thoroughly enjoy it! Haha! I love it so much, it was worth writing about on my blog. It's wow. If you could sniff and smell it right now, you would understand.

Today I'm off to the temple. I'm so excited (: The Washington DC temple! That means I've been to the Salt Lake, Timpanogas, Denver, Manti, Nauvoo, Portland, and today the one in our nation's capital. I'm super, duper, triple excited, with a lip-smackin cherry on top (: Haha. Then tonight is a dance for the branch, it's funny - their alot like stake dances from the old days, but everyone is taller. That's basically the only difference. Their pretty fun (: We're supposed to dress up as our celebrity look alike.. I was going to dress as Reese Witherspoon, but I've been too busy to put anything together. So yeah.

Which reminds me, I got a haircut - EW! I got bangs, which look cute, but then she did this weird short layer thing... so basically, I look like a 70s shag rockstar. Like Shaggy from Scooby Doo? Slightly mullet like... bleck! I'm not a huge fan! I CANNOT wait for it to grow out. I'm going to grow my hair out long again.. longer then last time. Just trim it from now on. No more crazy hair experiments. Bangs... psh, what was I thinking?
Wow, I wrote a lot. Pat on the back for Whitney (; Thanks for reading! I'm off to party and work in my lovely life (: Life is beautiful, and I am so grateful for that. There are definitely tough times. But it's so worth it. Life is truly wonderful (:
the end, for today!