Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Place I Love

The Tuesday after the Forth of July weekend by Ancient Political Theory teacher noticed my accent and asked me where I was from. I told her I was from Canada owe of my classmates was surprised and then asked me in dismay, “What did you DO for the Fourth?” She then seemed surprised when I told her about the lovely day that I had spent in Idaho Falls. I mean really what was I supposed to do? Spend the day in my apartment looking at a wall while contemplating my non-American-ness?

This encounter somewhat hurt my feelings and confused me a little bit. It has really got me thinking about how much I really do love America. Although I am not a citizen of the country I still appreciate and love the country. I kind of feel like it is how parents love all of their children and not just their oldest. I love Canada, but I also love the United States.

I love how the people love their country and not afraid to tell you that they do. I love how they are interested in their government and form strong opinions about issues. I love how they have multiple different patriotic songs and know they words to all of them. I love how they respect the people in the military. I love how they know their countries history.

I have had some of the best experiences of my life in the United States. I have met some of the most incredible people who are lifelong friends, seen beautiful sunsets, eaten amazing food, matured a lot, furthered my education, walked along sandy beaches, strengthened my testimony, and made decisions that will impact the rest of my life. I wouldn’t trade these things for anything!

I feel so blessed that I have the opportunity to live in the United States and attend the amazing BYU-Idaho.

I love America, and I love all the amazing opportunities and experiences that it has given me.

{I would love to visit here someday}

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Observations About Being Home

The following is a list of things that have been of interest to me since I have been home:

My family got me the most adorable birthday cake of life
{The fact the Hooray was Deliberately misspelled makes the cake more awesome}

I now how the ability to hear the accent that Canadians have with their O's. Particularly when people say hello to me. I have thought that multiple people who have said hello to me have a German accent, this interesting me so I talk to them more and then realize that I am just hearing a boring Canadian accent.
{Yay for lederhosen}
Ikea now has stuffed toys that are shaped like vegetables. I think mothers everywhere are rejoicing.
{Maybe if a child has a toy shaped like broccoli they will want to eat it? I mean real broccoli not the toy.}

After a year in a half of searching I have found the leather jacket of my dreams. When I saw the jacket the heavens opened and a choir of angels started to sing. This abruptly stopped when the store didn't have my size. My wallet is happy about this, my closet is not. 
{The lining of this jacket is striped. Could it be any more perfect?}

My head might explode if I hear Katy Perry's Last Friday Night again
{This is the face I make whenever the song comes of the radio. I feel your pain Katy}

My optometrist told me that all my studying has wrecked my eyesight. I am not happy about my poor vision, but am glad that I finally have an excuse to get new glasses 

{See above photo for the glasses I plan to get. They will look super cool with my nonexistent leather jacket}

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Garage Sales

You know those people who find incredibly awesome things at ridiculously low prices at garage sales? I am not one of those people. Every garage sale I have ever looked at has consisted mostly of old knickknacks and unused exercise equipment. To make garage sales more interesting my Dad has come up with a list of things that he wants to buy from a garage sale. It is so good that I can't resit sharing it!

Item 1: Devo Hat

Item 2: Kit Kat Clock

Item 3: Hamburger Phone

Item 4: Leg Lamp

If anyone sees any of these things at a garage sale please let me know. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Canada

Dear Canada,

Happy 144th Birthday
On this very day in 1867 you officially became a country. How exciting. 
Also, you should know that this birthday is extra special because William and Kate are visiting from England and are going to celebrate Canada day with all of the Canadians.

And to everyone else,

Happy Canada Day! I hope you get to eat lots of pancakes  and bacon today. 

P.S. Say hello to the motherland for me. I miss it.