Monday, March 28, 2011

never stop learning

I love to learn. So i have made it a goal of mine to think of/write down something new I've learned every day. Here are a few things Jake and I learned over the weekend.

-no matter how much it snows the night before, sundance will never make it to my list of top 10 best snowboarding days

-even though it extremely cloudy and overcast and you are on a mountain with an altitude of only 8200 ft, that won't keep jake and i from getting major goggle tanlines

-the year of physical therapy school has been worth it. I have been able to diagnose my dad's sore neck as a result of bad posture at the computer, my friend's inflamed pica in her knee, and my sisters new pathology of plantar fasciitis (even though i've failed to diagnose my brother-in-laws unexplainable dull, aching pain in his leg).

-driving an hour to sunday dinner is totally worth it when the menu consists of potatoes, gravy, turkey, yummy fruit, salad, asparagus, and banana pudding parfait.

-it only takes talking in the car for an hour about your equal love for pokemon, to be able to fully accept another couple into your circle of married-couple-friends.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Laundry day

Bad part of my day: going to do laundry real quick before our soccer game and realizing I needed just ONE more quarter.

Even worse part of my day: searching the apartment shelves, drawers, and corners for quarters and finding a plethora of pennies, nickels, and dimes, but no quarters.

Worst part of my day: thinking about going somewhere to get change in quarters, but looking out the window and seeing the sky suddenly decide to start snowing. hard.

Best part of my day: after searching for 20 minutes, I finally found 1 quarter in my car.

Who would have thought doing laundry would be so difficult?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Step 1 to growing up: Join a book club.

Yes, my friends and I have put a little book club together. We had our first get together tonight and although it didn't consist of us discussing themes, motifs, and quotes like AP English (and like I secretly hoped it would be), it was still a lot of fun.

The book was The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. It tells the forgotten story of Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob from The Old Testament. The events of the book follow the events found in the Bible, but give a new light on what the personalities and relationships of the women might have been like. It is full of themes about the importance of family relationships, memories, and motherhood.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

-"We have been lost to each other for so long. My name means nothing to you. My memory is dust. This is not your fault, or mine. The chain connecting mother to daughter was broken and the word passed to the keeping of men, we had no way of knowing. That is why I became a footnote, my story a brief detour between the well-known history of my father, Jacob, and the celebrated chronicle of Joseph, my brother...It is terrible how much has been forgotten, which is why, I suppose, remembering seems a holy thing"

-"Why had no one told me that my body would become a battlefield, a sacrifice, a test? Why did I not know that birth is the pinnacle where women discover the courage to become mothers?"

-"I will remember you in the morning and in the evening, everyday until I close my eyes forever. I forgive your every harsh thought of me and the curses you may hurl at my name. And when at last you do forgive me, I forbid you to suffer a moment's guilt in my name. I ask that you remember only my blessing upon you, Bar-Shalem Re-mose."

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


A year ago at this time Jake and I had to make a very hard decision. I had gotten accepted to a couple different physical therapy schools and we needed to decide where we wanted to go. Our final choices were between Rocky Mountain University in Provo and UNLV.

Rocky Mountain pros: We would be able to stay near our family and friends
Rocky Mountain cons: I would be in the first graduating class and taking the huge risk of it not becoming accredited. The years and money in school would be a total waste (the first class of every new program has to take that risk).
UNLV pros: It had a great program with great faculty, and we could move away for a couple years.
UNLV cons: I felt bad forcing jake to move to vegas and go to UNLV, even though he said he wouldn't mind

So it seemed strange, a year ago, when I felt really uncomfortable thinking about going to UNLV. I didn't want to go to a school that wasn't accredited, I didn't want to put my future on the line, I didn't want to take any risk like that. But every time we thought about it or prayed about it we both felt like we shouldn't go to UNLV. i hated that so bad.

I finally decided to go against what I was more comfortable with, and told Rocky Mountain I would attend their school. I started last May and have really enjoyed it here. I have learned so much and the faculty is great. But that risk has never gone away. The past 2 months we have been waiting to hear the news about whether or not we have a future as Rocky Mountain students and a future as physical therapists. I have been a little apprehensive about all of it because I know I had the choice to go somewhere else; but at the same time I was at peace. I knew we were here for a reason and if it wasn't to go to school to be a physical therapist then it was for another reason.

The fax came in yesterday: The University is now officially accredited! But that's not all. The day before that fax came in I was reading in the newspaper about past UNLV budget cuts ($50 million in the last 4 years). They just announced on Sunday they have gotten another $50 million budget cut for the next year. They are saying how they are having to cut programs and become a lot smaller of a school.

I can officially say our prayers about which school to go to were answered. And it was a whole year later that I was able to see why.