Monday, July 31, 2006
Philology 1) The study of the chronological development of languages or 2) The study of literature and of languages as it is used in literature.
Imagine, a group of people devoted to such a thing. Oddly enough, it sounds like a group of people I would like to befriend.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
On Sunday the Johnsen clan got together for the blessing of Isaac Ellis. He such a beautiful child; good natured too. All of my siblings and their children were there. Monday was a holiday for those of us in Utah. The 24th of July is always celebrated as the arrival of the pioneers into the valley. After awaking, I went to lunch with Grandma and Dad. I had forgotten how yummy the Chocolate Avalanche at Wingers is. I missed Brandi and her boys leaving on their jetplane. It was nice to have a day off of work to just hang out. Over the weekend I watched a really cute movie called "A wedding for Bella." I highly recommend it. Also, I started an interesting book called "Grave Sight" which is a mystery featuring a woman who can sense dead bodies. I haven't finished it but I have high hopes for the ending.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
The next day I was at work by 9:30 am where I was greeted at the library by swarms of gnats. They hovered in clouds just waiting is unsuspecting people to open their mouths so that they might attack. It was truly disgusting. After working until 3:30, I arrived home and played with Lauren for a while. After dinner with Jen, Mom, and Dad, Josh and Brooke came over. Josh showed us a website that he was working on and they told us of the other exciting news in their lives. I guess Jordan, Alison, and Isaac had stopped by earlier because Mom had a picture of Isaac and Lauren side by side. Although it appears that Lauren is a little bigger to me, I was informed that Isaac actually weighs more. I stayed up with Lauren when Jen went to bed. By talking and rocking, I managed to get her to sleep.On Sunday morning I was awakened by my Dad and discovered that I had overslept. After a breakfast of waffles, I managed to make it to church for sacrament meeting. When I got home I finished "Come and See," a semi-biography of Mother Teresa. It was a journey of a photographer who went to India to meet Mother Teresa and found herself. I started "Definitely Dead" and finished it on Monday after working from 3-9 pm. Tomorrow I hope to get a haircut, do my visiting teaching, fix dinner, go to Institute, see some friends, take Alison to pick up their new car, and do some laundry.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
After lunch, Jen, Lauren, and I returned to Jen's house to take naps. Lauren ate like a champ and slept for over two hours. Her mom fed Lauren like a champ and took a nap as well. With Lauren asleep in my arms, I layed down on the couch and read. It was so relaxing. A sleeping baby, a comfortable couch, and good reading material; what more could an aunt ask for? After Jen awoke, we had a good conversation about dating and life in general while Lauren continued to sleep. I love talking to Jen. She is always full of good advise and a witty comment when appropriate. I couldn't ask for a better sister. (She didn't even complain when I had been holding her baby for over three hours straight.) After Lauren awoke, she ate and I took some cute pictures of her that are included in this blog. When John, Lauren's cute but tired father, arrived home I realized how late it had become. I drove home, took a quick shower, and arrived late at Institute where we discussed marriage and qualities we desire in a mate. Those were easy; I just look at my father, brothers, and brother-in-law to see what qualities I want.
After Institute I met my best friend for a bite to eat at IHOP where we complained about our jobs. Ryan is going to be changing jobs, which can be scary. After food and a hug, I returned home to a mother that was in quite a bit of pain. Although the details were sketchy because she wasn't making a lot of sense, I discovered that sometime today she had gone to the emergency room because of the pain in her jaw and neck. She was given a prescription and a shot of steriods. When I arrived home, she told me that she was taking pain medication and going to bed. Before falling into bed, she mentioned that my youngest brother, Jordan, would be dropping the green car off and would need a ride home. I was only too happy to take over this responsibility for her because I love talking to Jordan. Even after a 16 hours shift (whoa), he still has interesting things to say and is always willing to listen to the semi-boring things I have to say. I never cease to be grateful to the Lord for giving me siblings that I love and who love me in return. Well, I should turn in for the night. I will be working from 10 am to 9 pm tomorrow. A librarian's work is never done.
P.S. Did I mention that I hate getting private insurance? I guess that is a story for another night.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Afterwards, Ryan and I went to visit a friend of his at her birthday party. There was some smoking around and on the way home I had a hard time breathing. By the time we got to Ryan's house I was wheezing and my chest hurt. I hate how my body responds to smoke. I have never liked being around campfires or people who are smoking because, for some reason, my lungs are really sensitive. Ryan and I layed on his front lawn while my body calmed down. We talked for a little while and then I went home.
Saturday morning my dad and I went to the Bountiful temple for baptisms and then to IHOP for breakfast. After we came home I read until about 12:30. (Yes, I should have cleaned.) Jeremy, Britnie, Josh, and Brooke came over so that we could all go see "Superman Returns" to celebrate Father's Day. We figured it was better to celebrate Father's Day late because of the birth of Lauren and Isaac. Mom babysat Sidney and Wyatt while the rest of us went to lunch and then to the movie theater. The movie was pretty good. The new Superman, Brandon Routh, is pretty cute. He reminds me a little of Christopher Reeves, the Superman of the 1980's. I could see a sequel to this one, perhaps with a little superboy discovering his powers when he hits puberty. There have been a lot of movies based on comic books lately. The next one to look forward to is Spiderman 3. Sadly, we must wait almost a whole year until it is released. I love escaping into movies like these. I have often dreamed of having a superpower (besides the super-sarcasm that i now posess now :)
Today was a crazy day at work. It was strange to look up at the clock to realize that two hours had passed in a blink of an eye. Mondays are always crazy at the library. Between people coming for family night, people finishing their books over the weekend, and kids who just must check their e-mail, the library is scary on Monday. My feet hurt but it was nice that the time passed quickly. One bright spot in my day at work is that I found out that my recommendation for reading was put on the Davis County website under BookLetters staff picks. It is nice that someone at my new job thought I had a good recommendation. (For those who are interested, I recommended "Dead until Dark," a humorous vampire romance. I have tomorrow off so I get to go into Salt Lake City and play with my sister and my new niece, whom I haven't seen since she left the hospital. Yeh for days off!
Saturday, July 08, 2006
It seems so strange to think that I am not an employee of the Kaysville library any more. It has been a week since I was employed there. As much as I love my new job, I still miss Kaysville. I miss my fellow employees, my patrons, shelves, books, carpet, computer, typewriter, personal desk, hold shelf, reference room, and everything else. I even miss the patrons who used to yell at me for things that weren't my fault and the toilet that wouldn't stop running. Oh well, life is all about change. Life goes on.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Three of the Allred girls: Tiffany, Treena, and Taryn. They are all really cool. Trisha was missing. (She may have already been proposed to when this picture was taken :)
This is a picture of me. I really was smiling, but my niece is a lot shorter than me. I guess she forgot to angle the camera up.This is my mom and her best friend, Missy. When the two of them get together, either tears or laughter usually follows.
I actually took the last two pictures. The fireworks were pretty good although I, along with the Allred girls, was confused by the music. Only half the songs were patriotic. The others must have been chosen because they were the favorite songs of a member of the city council or another reason as equally important as that. All in all, a fun night was had by all. The only thing missing was someone to snuggle with during the fireworks. Oh well, maybe next year.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
1. Rock of Cashel in Ireland
2. York Minster in England
3. Mont St. Michel in France
4. Notre-Dame in Paris, France
5. Louve Museum in Paris, France
6. St. Peter's in Rome, Italy
7. The Blue Monsque in Istanbul
8. Temple of Amun in Karnak, Egypt
9. Abu Simbel in Egypt
10. Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem
11. Potala Palace in Lhasa, China
12. The Forbidden City in Beijng, China
13. Taj Mahal in India
14. Chicken Itza in Mexico
15 Machu Picchu in Peru
Monday, July 03, 2006
This weekend was an interesting one. On Friday, I went to the birthday party of John. John, “lawyer” Ryan, Katie, Kyle, Curtis, “best friend” Ryan, Doug, Monica and I went to the Skybox at the Gateway for dinner. While the food was good, the waitress seemed to forget about us. We then went to a club that had dueling pianos. It was really cool. With a tip, people seated around the two pianos could request songs. The crowd would then sing along with them. John ended up singing on the pianos for his birthday. We stayed until about 12:30 am, then went to
On Saturday I worked from 12-4:30. After work I headed down to Woods Cross to be in their parade. My dad drives a foam truck for the refinery every year. Sidney and I rode on the back of the truck and threw candy. It was a lot of fun. After dinner with Mom, Dad, Britnie, Jeremy, Sidney, and Wyatt, I went out with Brittany (friend, not sister-in-law), Spencer, and Michelle. We walked around
During church the next day, I couldn’t help but reflect on the two groups of people. Both groups have amazing people in them: God-fearing, kind, loving, smart, funny people. But there was a big difference. On Saturday, I didn’t have to worry about what would come out of people’s mouths (or what would go into them.) I thought about the differences between the two groups of people that I would consider friends. I would never expect anyone to change their actions around me. Everyone should be able to be exactly what they want to be. But, I must admit, it is frustrating to see people do things that you don’t agree with and to keep your mouth shut. I would hate to be judgemental. This weekend was like like two weekends instead of two consecutive days. They were so different and yet I did have fun both nights.