Monday, November 18, 2013

The Wedding Announcement

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

I fell in love

and we started a blog. case you hadn't heard.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

It's not about the pants

It isn't about wearing skirts or pants to church.

The wearing pants instead of skirts is symbolic of shedding a cultural (as opposed to a doctrinal) gender role.  It's about how some church policies promote gender roles that could be interpreted as perpetuating a culture of inequality between men and women.

For example, although being the Sunday School President requires no preisthood authority or stewardship, it is always a role filled by a man. Likewise all of the church finances are processed by men, both at the local and general level.

These were the two examples that I admit could have merit, however overall I don't feel like I have been treated as inferior or unequal ever in my worship or leadership experience. If anything I have been deferred to more because I am a woman. Now perhaps that is due to excellent local leadership, but one would hope it happens at a worldwide level.

As with all things I decided that due to my personal experience most of the goals of this event don't resonate with me. If there is sexism in the church, it certainly isn't doctrinal. Perhaps some policies are favored towards men fulfilling more roles, but I don't believe this implies that women can't fill those roles; just that they don't have the responsibility to.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Variety Show: Betsy and Friends

I confessed to Louisa (my younger sister) that I have a dream of putting on a variety show someday with all of my wonderfully talented friends and myself. I would be a good backup singer!

Here are my ideas:

Marae -Angela (Missy Higgins), Far Away (Ingrid Michaelson), Hot Dog (Meiko)
Eliza, Kristy & Rachel - The Chain (Ingrid Michaelson)
Eliza and me - Call Your Girlfriend (Robyn--but Lennon and Maisy-style)
Spencer Johnson - Follow you Into the Dark
Sweat Taxi - (or what was that band that Scott and Brawny made?) whatever they want
Steve Mortensen - The Curse (Josh Ritter)
Rachel Brown - anything from Pirates of Penzance
Emily McConkie and me - Loathing  (Wicked)
Ali Savage - Get Over You (Sara Bareillis)
Susie Peterson - Any rap she wants, I'll be the counter (girl-sung) chorus. (Ex: here or here)
Me - Joshua Noveck (did it!)

I also think we should add a reading from The Princess Diaries (the book) in there (Lauren, Heidi, Rachel...)

I may edit this post later, as I remember other songs and friends I want to add. Suggestions welcome!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

"Anything is possible if you've got enough nerve."

No glasses!
My, what an excellent jawline I have!
From the side...

I cut it shorter than ever before, but everyone seems to love it! Or at least, those who don't love it aren't saying anything.

I was sort of hesitant to go get it cut because I didn't know a reliable stylist in the area, but it turned out great.  I told the girl who answered the phone at Regis' (thanks Maranda for biasing me for my ENTIRE LIFE) that I was a girl getting a short haircut, and she said "I'll set you up with Krista, she's amazing," and it was so true! Krista and I just might be hair salon besties for life, she and I hit it off quite nicely. She swears like a sailor, and believes in horoscopes like the true gospel, has a 4 year old boy and had THREE friends stop by to say hi to her. I love her.

I suppose everyone would like a legitimate update on my goes.

I am currently an office manager in Green Bay at my parents' business, and I live in Appleton, which is about a 40 minute drive from the office. It just so happens that most of the YSA happenings go down in  Appleton, and also I live with THE RELIEF SOCIETY PRESIDENT AKA the greatest girl in the world, my friend Becky.

Isn't she great?

I am also a temple worker! And second counselor in the Relief Society Presidency. And --are you ready--Branch Facebook Coordinator. And on the Stake Activities committee. As you can tell, we are a little strapped for leadership out here in Wisconsin. 

I realize I haven't posted in forever. And some of you CONTINUE to check this blog regularly. I'm so sorry I have been quiet for so long. Although my life has moved on from BYU (for the moment), and there are some people I have "lost touch" with, I still think of you guys regularly. You know who you are. Thanks for still being my friend...and by being my friend, I mean checking my blog when I hardly ever post.  I promise to do better in the future. And thanks again, I appreciate you. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

The day all my dreams came true

Let's chat about this.

Right now I am in Chicago, going to LeakyCon.
It is a Harry Potter conference, featuring authors, actors, fan-made musicals, and a lot of standing in line for said wonderful things.
You probably think that is why my dreams are coming true.

Only partly.

Today I met  TEAM STARKID who is the cast of a fan-made musical (A Very Potter Musical/ A Very Potter Sequel, both available on youtube), AND I had three personal experiences with cast members as they were signing my poster! I qualify the term "personal experiences" as saying more than 'hello how are you' in the signing.

ALSO I was looking for DFTBA ribbon to add to my badge, and then John Green (who was signing things at the time) gave me his!!! Tell me this is not the best day ever and I will contradict you heartily.

There are some things I never dreamed that I would get to do. Life is crazy, sometimes.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

things I want my visiting teachers to do but would never actually ask them to

  • sort the pile at the end of my bed into clean clothes/dirty laundry and then DO the laundry bit
  • go to the mall to pick up some of my favorite bubble bath
  • find a boy to hold me until I feel better

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I'm obsessed with the song "Bulletproof" by La Roux
Susie endorses the obsession
"It's a good song,"

on the other hand
am not so sure
"except that it gives me
unrealistic expectations about emotional stability"
I respond

Ellie, Louisa and I sang along to it
at the top of our lungs
a good moment

I try to re-create it
singing along
at the top of my lungs
on my own

and to me
my voice comes out flat

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

my little sister is visiting

the usual process
with sixteen year olds and me
is me putting them in a desk
and making them think about something

I have years of training
leading to that point

somehow that might not work this time
I think

Monday, March 12, 2012

getting a part of my soul back

is what it felt like
to put on my beat-up, neon plaid,
Chuck Taylors

love them.

I had trouble throwing away the pair I wore out climbing to the Y my freshman year.

 I've had these for six years now. Same problem.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


gotta love these fifth graders.

very clever my young Luis. Very clever. This is the same boy who asked me to take him to Rio.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

what i did today

I get paid for this.

they buried me to my knees
and then Clowey threw her arms around my neck,
and said, "you're never leaving, ever!" 
and hugged me 

if there is more to life than that feeling
of being held tightly
I haven't found it yet
or anything that comes remotely close

I have the best job in the world.