Sunday, August 1, 2010

Crazy Week 8/1/10

Oh my goodness, life’s been crazy this last week. Thankfully, things have begun to slow down as each days gone by though. Some highlights from this last week…

Monday I got home from school around three and found my Mom still not showered for the day diligently working outside in the yard. Somehow, despite it being a Monday I was exhausted! I walked outside and began to work. As we were working, she pointed out to me all the things we needed to get done in the yard...we were both so tired, yet both trying our hardest to be optimistic because we knew that the work needed to be done. (My younger sisters that can normally help us were all out of town for the week) I was unable to persuade my Mother to go inside so that I would finish the yard work, and her unable to persuade me to let her finish it up, so we worked side by side figuring it would be quickest that way. I told her that I wanted to at least mow the lawn and she agreed. As we worked I kept telling myself over and over that if I didn’t do the lawn today I would have it looming in front of me to do Tuesday, and decided it would be best if I did it now. After a bit I looked up to see some of my Dad’s foremen mowing and edging the lawn for us! I was so happy! My Mom and I were able to finish what we needed to do in about an hour, and the lawn was taken care of. I’ve really got no idea how my Dad knew that we would be so exhausted, or that he knew the two of us had so much to do, but I was so grateful he did know and sent us some help! Definitely made my day. :) Reminds me of the whole “pass it on” service theme.

Tuesday was also a busy day full of studying and preparations. Because we were planning a date night for Relief Society I went shopping Tuesday night with the rest of the Relief Society presidency and we got everything we needed. Oh how I’ve enjoyed working with those gals.

Wednesday I had the Relief Society date night at my house. About 80 people showed up, it was a lot of fun. After everyone arrived and talked for a few minutes we had a barbeque for dinner. Following dinner we split people into four teams, had them go through our back gate into the school yard that backs my house, and started two giant games of kick-soccer; those that didn’t leave to play kick-soccer played volleyball, or socialized. Subsequent to kick-soccer we had dessert and two campfires going for everyone to roast marshmallows and mingle. Again my Dad stepped in to save the day and did all the grilling for me! My date was great, I felt bad…I was really a horrible date…I ran around like a mad woman- refilling foods, cleaning up messes, and taking care of everything, and he helped the whole time! Haha, I actually sent him off with another friend to pick up a part for one of the barbeques, and then the two of them again for more food when I was worried there wouldn’t be enough…but when he was actually at the party he helped me the entire time! Poor guy even drove himself to my house, he told me not to worry about leaving and coming to pick him up, and he was the last one to leave at the end of the night. I was really glad it wasn’t it a blind date! Lol, oh the wisdom I had in asking a good friend to come with me…he was a lifesaver and we still had fun, we tried to make up for the evening chatting on my front porch for awhile after everyone left. I didn’t end up going to bed until about two that night…I’m not a night person at all, I was so tired! All in all I felt like the event was a success.

I decided Wednesday night that I was not going to wake up early the next day…I had already been exhausted before my late night jaunt and didn’t want to go to school and try to function on four hours of sleep. Thursday I slept in until nine, and then feeling sufficiently lazy ran errands, went to the gym, and tried to work on homework. (I’ve never had such a hard time trying to make it through cardio at the gym…my muscles were shot!) Honestly, I just couldn’t work on homework and read instead of studying for much of the time I should have been working. My brain just wouldn’t concentrate; I just wanted to go back to bed! Oh well.

Friday I went out with friends to dinner. Had a great time. Knowing that I had tons of stuff I needed to get done I skipped out on the movie afterwards and went home to study since I’d failed to study the day before. The thought of going home to study was a really nice idea, and I made it home, but I ended up just falling asleep after a few minutes of working. Oh brother, this continuous sleepiness is ridiculous!

Saturday was much more productive. I ran more errands I needed to do, and then planned my lesson for Relief Society the next day. Some of my family and I had planned to go to the Hale Center Theater for a play, that was a lot of fun to go to. Afterwards we went to dinner together. On our way home my Mom showed my younger sister and me my parent’s first two houses they lived in when they got married. I’d never seen the houses; it was fun to see where they had first lived and hear my Mom talk about it. Again, I had wishful thoughts of studying for my Dance History midterm…didn’t happen. :S

Today, Sunday, has been busy, but relieving. I woke up, got ready and went to a welfare meeting before church. Next was church. I knew I was going to be released from my calling in the Relief Society and that was taken care of in Sacrament Mtg. Second hour I was in a welcome meeting for visitors to the ward…that got out just a few minutes before the end of classes for that hour so I just talked in the hall until third hour. Despite being released I was still in charge of RS for today. I got to RS and quickly organized everything, and handed all the notes to our secretary so that she could conduct since I was teaching and thought it might be a little odd to both conduct and teach. (The Pres was gone, and the second counselor told me she had to leave early). Once everything was set and the meeting started I felt as if things were running much better. Teaching is a lot of fun, I really enjoy conducting groups of people, but I always get a bit nervous! I didn’t feel like today was my best lesson, but oh well, I think I still got my point across. The lesson was on service. Here it is the end of the day, I really enjoyed being in the RS presidency but I knew it was time for someone else to have the opportunity to be. I loved the opportunities I had, the girls I got to know, and all the crazy experiences we went through. I’ll miss it. Besides missing it, I feel like I’ve had a massive weight lifted from my shoulders today. I no longer have the responsibility of organizing teachers and music, going to additional meetings, and being on top of everything else the presidency does. I’m excited to sit back and let someone else take that role for awhile. Today’s been nice because I was able to successfully make it to and through all meetings, give my lesson (that’s been stressfully hanging over me!), and take a breather from my responsibility in the presidency. Phew!

This week has been busy, I feel like I’ve accomplished almost everything that has been looming in front of me. Thank goodness. I can now focus on studying for my Dance History midterm, take it this week, finish my Dance History timeline, and then breathe a massive sigh of relief. I’m almost there! Two more major points I’ve gotta hit… I’ll find the energy to do them both. (Heavens, this synopsis makes me sound like I’m suffering from mono or something lol, I’m not. Somehow I’m just abnormally tired this week!) After those two things are done, I’ll be feeling so much more carefree. I’m more than halfway there. Carefree…here I come.

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