February 11, 2009

Here's to Your Health (And Hoping You Slobbered on Some Nasty Toys)

If nothing else, attending BYU has made me more careful about my outlook on diseases. In the past week alone one guy I know was diagnosed with salmonella poisoning and one girl came down with mono. In some ways, college is like a third world country. Everyone is sick. Of course, when everything is dirty, nutrition isn’t very good and there are so many people, there are going to be a lot of sicknesses. It’s like the first week of school after summer vacation when everyone gets a cold…only worse. After a very sick first semester, I’m working really hard to stay well with hand sanitizer, vitamins and better food, so we’ll see where that gets me. At least I know I won’t get mono (or if I did, it would be a lame story about doing sit-ups on the nasty floor mat in the women’s weight room) but I can’t help thinking about all of the people who do have it. To console myself I did a little research and found out that mono is kind of like chicken pox in that most of the population gets it at some point. Just for a lot of people it acts like a normal cold or the flu. Also, once a person has had it, they will be immune to it. Seeing as I spent a couple years in nursery where I probably was sucking on all of the same toys as all of the other kids and did the same at home where I’m sure my sister just younger than me was putting her mouth on my toys. In fact, when I have my own kids, I’ll probably just let them go ahead and suck on the handlebar on the shopping cart and the pew at church. Sure is disgusting, but a little toddler mono cold will be much more pleasant than its adult counterpart, and it might be a chance I’m willing to take.

Also, I'm wishing any of the gals I know with mono a speedy recovery.

Also, I am really hoping that the mono, salmonella and various diseases that are wreaking havoc on the opposite side of my Hebrew classroom don't make it to my side. D:

February 9, 2009

Dude, Where's My Back Scratch?

Every Sunday, after everyone has had a chance to eat dinner and unwind a bit, our ward meets at the central building for ward prayer. Last semester this included an unending barrage of announcements (usually for things that have nothing to do with a majority of the people there), a few songs and dorm introductions. Thankfully this semester, while the number of announcements continues to increase, we have done away with the introductions segments. It has been replaced by an “intermediate hymn” (which is really a performance). This gives everyone a chance to write and rewrite their favorite songs to be about things we encounter every day, like facebook stalking and the hall rivalry in our ward. The following is from yesterday when a group of boys from F. Smith performed a song about Wells (the girls hall). It’s worth a look.

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?success=1&id=1583430099#/video/video.php?v=1087624833950

Our ward is becoming increasingly more divided. I thought that would change as the year progressed but at semester it only seemed to get worse. The boys from Snow and F. Smith generally keep themselves pretty separated a ward prayer (I don’t think through any sort of conscious effort) and likewise, the girls sit near whichever group they have a preference for. For couple of months I didn’t really care for one building over the other but after an incident, I realized that your friends cannot be in one building and your boyfriend in the other. That’s when I decided to go with F. Smith all the way (eliminating said boyfriend). Luckily, my home teachers both semesters have been from F. Smith, but my FHE boys are in Snow and my FHE sisters have a distinguished preference for Snow. This is all well and good. I only have a preference because you pretty much have to. The only thing is that, also as the year progresses, the guys in Snow are getting progressively less masculine. When you can recall a handful of circumstances in which you heard a guy from Snow talking to his roommate or buddy about “that one time” when he was hiding in the other guy’s bed…you get weirded out. If it were just one occurrence, it wouldn’t be a big deal, but it wasn’t. Overall they just seem more enamored with one another than the boys from F. Smith seem to be with one another. Sure they are friends with their dorm mates as well, but there’s a line. Real men just DON’T scratch the backs of other men in church. Doesn’t happen.

I realize that not everyone in Snow hall is to blame and I’m sure they all dig girls…but they have a funny way of showing it. And if they want the Snow/F. Smith battle to continue with any sort of compassion from Wells, they had better fix this.

February 4, 2009

Just A Few Things

I decided to sign up for an account of Shelfari today because I wanted a widget for the books I am currently reading to put to the right (see it?). My page is at http://www.shelfari.com/hillaryp in case you want to add me as a friend or see what I have read or plan on reading.

I also had time to play with my drawing pad and Corel. It was my first time so I mostly just tested the colors, and some of the MANY pens, chalks and pencils.



In Hebrew we were learning about family words and drew picture of our families to talk about. I had a pretty easy job of it compared to the boy I sit next to who has 14 people in his family. The picture turned out really blurry, probably because I was hitting the end of the batteries, but I think the drawing turned out quite well. I even made the heights proportional. In the picture Arianne is in a grumpy mood, but she isn’t always like that. And my dad has a bigger smile than all of us because he likes his job. Under Arianne and Jordan it says אחות (sister), then אמא (mom) and אבא (dad).

February 2, 2009