Monday, July 15, 2013

SBT 2013

Sooo...yeah I know that I have been TERRIBLE about keeping up this year. And yes, I realize that was one of my goals for the year. ugh. Life got it in the way. Between grading over winter and now running 2 observatories (one for research) and one planetarium(sort of anyways) and being in classes and church and all I have just been trying to keep my head above water. But school is about done for the semester, and all I will have is research, so hopefully I will be back a little more.

Okay for those who don't know there is a site called New LDS Fiction that gives a shout out to LDS authors and their new books. In the summers they sponsor a thing called the Summer Book Trek (see here). To participate you have to post your book list. So here is mine:

1. Above Rubies by Jaclyn Hawkes

2. Outer Edge of Heaven by Jaclyn Hawkes

3. Essence of the Heart by Daris Howard

4.The Kiss of a Stranger by Sarah M. Eden

5. Royal Target by Traci Hunter Abramson

6. Do Over by Shannon Guymon

7. Freefall by Traci Hunter Abramson

8. The Broken Road by Shannon Guymon

9. A Bid for Love by Rachel Ann Nunes

So these are a few of my ideas of what I will probably read before the end of July. :)

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Monday, January 7, 2013

A New Semester

And so today marks the beginning of a new semester!!! I am currently off track. This means that while school is in session, I am not taking classes. Though I will begin in taking classes again in April. This isn't anything unusual, but how my schedule is every year. Weird, I know, but that is how my university rolls apparently. :)

So, since I am not taking classes, I am working (and looking for another job). This semester I get to TA a beginning algebra-based physics class. I will be doing all of the homework grading, as well as teaching and grading the lab portion of the class for half of the students. I am super nervous because I have never taught a class like this before. AHHH!!!

Also, tonight I have been asked to start helping run the Astronomical Society. I am pretty excited about this. They are even trying to get the funds together to allow us to go visit the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City. That would be amazing! :)

I just found out that the Physics Department is adding an emphasis option to the major! And they have an Astronomy Emphasis. :D The funny part is I have already taken one class needed, and was planning on one of the others that is needed. Also, the third class needed is a brand new class starting next winter semester. So I kinda was already planning on doing the emphasis, now it will help in my academics! :)

So some good news all around!  Now to finding another job (I really hope!!!) And hopefully I will be able to write tomorrow about the fantastic weekend we had! :)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Bucket List for 2013

Okay so I started writing down some resolutions for this year...and realized how unlikely that I will complete them if they are set up like that.  Then, I got a message on my last post to check out this blog post. It is about creating a bucket list for the year rather than resolutions. And after seeing my sister do this on her blog (see here), I decided, why not try it.

So here is my Bucket List for the year:

  1. Read 100 Books
  1. At least half the books I read have to be new (to me) books
  2. Read 5 Non[-fiction books
  3. Read Scriptures/pray Daily
  4. Finish Jim's 4 ties
  5. Finish bunny cross-stitch
  1. Finish Love cross=-stitch
  1. Start and finish white tiger cross-stitch
  2. Blog at least 3 times a week
  1. Learn to use Gimp
  1. Grow hair to waist
  2. Travel somewhere new
  1. Go to temple at least 3 times a month
  1. Go to 2 new temples
  2. Due Project Life 365/Photo-a-day
  3. Learn a new skill
  4. Try my hand at developing film
  1. Make a quilt
  1. Organize craft stuff
  1. Sell a piece of jewelry
  1. Move
  2. Take 25 Bryson/McGrath names to the temple
  3. Write 5 chapters in 2 books
  4. Finish sewing class's projects
  1. Edit photos for portfolio
  1. Build website for portfolio
  1. Go to a museum
  1. Go to a concert
  1. Read Book of Mormon
  1. Read Book of Mormon in Another language (maybe? Suggestions for a language?)
  2. Start Astronomy Research (starts this summer!!!!)
  3. Try a new recipe at least once a month
  4. Try hand at a new calling
  5. Write Thank you notes (from the wedding last that still okay??_)
  6. Clean up Kindle
  7. Add 50 books to Goodreads account
  1. Make something for Visiting Teaching girls each month
  2. Host a game night/get together at least once a month
  1. Do a family photoshoot
  2. Second a wedding (aka be a second photographer)
  3. Build a bookshelf
  4. Catalog books (we have a lot….hence build a bookshelf_)
  5. Learn to play a new game
  6. Make a new painting
  7. Build up food storage
  8. Make 72 Hour kits
  9. Make 10 things I have pinned on Pinterest
  10. Do service for husband once a week
  11. Try Astrophotography
  1. Camp in Yellowstone National Park
  1. Index 150 names through  

I feel pretty good about a lot of these, though there are some kinda crazy ones....I mean reading the Book of Mormon in another language....when I can't read or speak ANY other language but English?? But there are also some really fun ones, like learning to develop black and white film. :) I am super excited. There isn't a particular order, nor is this likely a complete list. So I will do my best to keep you all updated on how I am doing on these and any new ones that come to mind. 

Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

I need some help...

No, seriously, I want some help!!!! I really want to start blogging more, but am having trouble finding the motivation to do so. So please, what do you do to keep yourself motivated??