Thursday, May 24, 2012

Photos that Never Made it, and Thoughts on Life

I have some ADD thoughts and photos that I need to express.  

Last night I played Coldplay's "Yes" over and over in my head as I drove Mike up to work.  I love the beautiful dissonance and the whole tone of the song.  The weird thing was that unprompted by me, Mike started humming the melody when he got home.  Weird!  We are totally bumming brain waves off of each other. 

There were two mud-daubers frolicking in the parking garage for a while, and one awesome dragonfly performing loopdy-loops out in the courtyard, reminding me to just be happy and enjoy the warm summer weather.  

I had the coolest experience volunteering for Dr. Culatta's Early Literacy Program the other day.  We had all prepared lessons with phoneme blends for K---, but after teaching him for a minute or two, it became apparent that it was way above his level.  So I quickly switched gears and threw together games for recognizing the /k/ sound (the beginning sound of his first name); "Hot" and "Cold" with /k/ sound words, Pin the /k/ words on the cat; practice tracing /k/ & c.  Afterwards, teaching E--, J---, and H-- went really well.  We did some active running games (like rag tag) as well as singing and stories.  The best part was when they ran up to their parents afterwards to show them the "flag bags" they'd made and tell them about the fun they had.  I felt like I'm really making a difference, and it was really cool to get experience teaching the same things that I will be doing as a paraprofessional next year (fingers crossed).

It's so strange to think that our college experience is drawing to a close.  The other day, I finished my application to Albany County School District--my first REAL JOB--and got to take a look over my transcripts again at some of the classes I've loved.  They include:

Flexibility:  A 20 minute nap and getting to wear my stretchy-pants each day = awesome
Social/Cultural Anthropology: With Dr. Crandall talking about the menses of Himba women in his "Perfect English accent" (don't ask, don't tell)
Conversational ASL: (no words necessary)
Beginning Jazz, Contemporary, and Latin Dance
Descriptive Astronomy: Reclinable chairs, mythology, and learning the secrets of the Universe
Elementary Skills & Activities: getting to be a kid in P.E. all over again
Clinical Phonetics:  IPA is another great language to learn
Human Anatomy & Speech Anatomy: Nothing was more valuable to my learning experience than the tactile sensation of handling cadavers. 
Principles of Statistics 
Language Structure & Impairment: Taught by the brilliant scientist Dr. Fujiki
University Orchestra
Hearing Tests and Measures: Almost made me wish I was going into Audiology
Parenting & Child Guidance: Awesome tips & theories that I will use
History of Creativity
Figure Drawing & 2-Dimensional Design
Mind/Body Health:  A Holistic approach to health.  LOVED this.
Missionary Prep:  Who doesn't love Bott?

This reminds me of some photos that never made it to the blog; ones that kind of describe what we like to do, more or less, when we're not competing for who can watch the most episodes of "Prison Break" or buying leather-bound books.  

We like to:
Celebrate Birthdays together

Inject my knee with "pain," "swelling," and saline for $120! (participate in BYU's knee pain study)
Volunteering to chalk the walk for cyclists at the Special Olympics in Utah
Go to awesome bridal showers for old apartment-mates (from left to right: Diedre, Lauren, and Sarah)
See some of our greatest friends, the Blumel-Sloats get hitched!!! (sorry for the corny smiles)
Attend my beautiful roomie Amberly's wedding reception
See some more of my old roommates,  Danica & Melanie at beautiful Kelsey (the Bicmore)'s  wedding reception
Before I met Kelsey, I had heard Mike and his roommates refer to her as "the Bicmore" because she was like the hot item in our singles ward. 
Get lost at Cornbelly's Maze with the Merkley's

Visit the Salt Lake City Temple & sealing room where we were married

go camping in wyoming with the fam

Snag great finds that used to belong to other people (Lost and Find or "Finders Keepers" sale at BYU)

Make and eat food with the RS sisters of my ward
Part-ay like it's 1984 with my work friends from the Skyroom restaurant 
Work as a Server at the Skyroom with my cousins & other lovely people (Amanda, Mariah, Me, Maria, Leslie, Jessica, Israel, and John in front)
Play Dance Dance with the Heath's & Co.
Celebrate the summer with my family at my Grandparent's place

(I love my dad & sister Bri)
Mike made awesome George Cloony T-shirts from the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou.  (On the back, they say, "I'm a Dapper Dan Man!")
Hoost "Spook Fest" at our apt.  *Yes, those are brain cakes, graveyard dip, tombstone pudding cups, monster chocolate Oreos, caramel corn, and eyeball eggs

These are the awesome Cosbys.  They just happened to match
Jani made these costumes herself! (Prince William & Kate Middleton)
And of course, we love the Killens as Alfalfa and Darla from The Little Rascals
It's hard to tell, but we dressed up as Forest Gump and hippie Jenny

Watch concerts at the SCERA outdoor theatre and Monday-night movies in the park
Craft! I spray painted this small dress frame from Hobby Lobby ($2)
Decoupaged light fixture (easy: Modge Podge + Scrapbook Paper) 
Decorated presents this year with brown paper bag wrapping paper, ribbon, tags, & salt dough ornaments.

Bought this $5 picture frame & a $1 table runner & made a DIY earring holder (it turned out cute!) 
Made my version of a coffee filter wreath (wreath frame: DI for $1)

Looking back on these experiences is bittersweet.  We've developed so many great friendships here and we will deeply miss Provo and the people here when we leave, but we are excited to get out to Laramie and begin a new chapter of our lives.  One this is for sure, College was everything I expected and more!

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