Saturday, December 19, 2009


Here I am.

I'm done! :)

Oh you want some background story about the day--like why I look so dang tired? Okay here goes... (but if you don't feel like reading the details, you can just skip to the comment form & congratulate me--I don't mind)

First I have to say thank you to everyone who has supported me & encouraged me to get through school (My sisters, Mom & Dad, Allison, etc.) but I have to say that I wouldn't have graduated if it weren't for Joseph. Literally. I-would-not-have-graduated.

No Joseph = no college degree.

You see, being the genius that I am, I procrastinated a 10 page research paper until the day before graduation (it was due Friday at 5) and, after staying up ALL night working on it [for 14 straight hours] I only had 4 1/2 pages done. YUP. I wasn't even half-way done and I felt like I'd run out of things to write about. I was freaking out, to say the least. I was going to call my parents and tell them not to drive down for commencement at 8am because I needed the time to finish my paper. In other words, if I went to commencement I wouldn't graduate. How ironic.

Anywho, Joseph called me at 6am to see if I had finished my paper and to make sure I was up getting ready so I'd look nice at commencement. But when he heard the unexpected frantic distress in my voice he got out of bed & came over, calmed me down, and made me take a short nap while he (the Creative Writing major) figured out how to expand my paper another 2 pages. Yes he showed me how to make it 50% longer (all I needed to do was explain everything I'd written--which I hadn't done because I was too tired to comprehend anything at that point). I was amazed at his skills and because of that I felt comfortable going to commencement and waiting to finish the last 4 pages til afterward. [and I did, with 2 hours to spare--hooray!]

Since I was graduating mid-year the commencement ceremony was small, so they convened all of the Psychology majors (who are usually in the college of Social & Behavioral Sciences) with the College of Science majors for graduation. That means I was graduating with people who majored in Molecular BioPhysics and Applied Mathematics and Biochemistry...

All through the ceremony the speakers kept talking about how we're gonna cure cancer and fix the energy crisis and invent awesome machines etc. etc.

Uh. I'm a Psych major. We don't do that stuff. I felt like such an impostor. Like I was impersonating a genius scientist just by being there. Oh well.

I had fun texting Allison & Joseph throughout the ceremony :)

Afterward Mom & Dad took us out to lunch at BoBo's... and they had this hanging from the rafters:

How cute :)

Anyways, aside from the sleep deprivation, it was a very fun day and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. Thanks Dad, Mom, Grandma Holyoak, & Allison for driving down for commencement--it meant a lot to me! And thanks to everyone else who was there in spirit ;)

Oh and CONGRATS to my sis Carla & her husband Brigham for graduating last week too--
woo-hoo! We be wun edjookat'd fam'ly!

... and here's to now being officially "unemployed" :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

MistleToga 2009

Prepare for a wild ride...

Ok not really. But whatever.

Side note: Don't you love "guy" togas? Super-wrinkled & Spiderman. Wonderful haha

So this was my 3rd annual Tucson MistleToga Christmas party. I don't like being around large groups of people for long periods of time so I ducked out after about an hour and hid at my neighbor's much quieter apt for much of the rest of the evening. I am pretty good at the whole absentee hostess thing.

I didn't take many pictures. Sorry. We had a good turnout though...

This is my home teacher Ammon:

Side note: he is the BEST home teacher. Ever. He's always checking up on us and begging us to find stuff he can do for us. I'm pretty busy so... I'll admit: I don't often clean out my rotten food from the fridge. In order to give him "an opportunity for service" as a good home teacher I asked him to dump my leftovers for me... He cleaned our fridge, dumped a TON of nasty food I had made like 3 months earlier, AND washed the dishes. The next week he brought us roses--one for each girl in the apartment. Yesterday he brought us ice cream. This kid hasn't even been on his mission yet and he's already got a leg up on how to treat a lady ;) What a stud!

Okay back to the party...

This is Jillie. You may remember her from past performances such as she-hulk

The most awkward moment of the evening came when some of these kids (who were friends-of-a-friend-of-a-friend type thing):

showed up with... uh... something that you would find at probably any other college party except a MORMON one. As soon as I saw them bring it in I explained that this wasn't one of those kinds of parties... so they went and put it in their car. It was SUPER awkward though because all the other 40 people in my apt just stopped talking. It was silent. No one knew what to do...

It was shortly after that when I snuck out to go next door :)

So yah, the night of awkwardness shall be summed up in this next photo:


Monday, December 14, 2009


My apartment does not have a heater. So when my hand starts to cramp up from frostbite on the 3 days a year when it's actually cold in Tucson...

this must suffice.

PS: Check out this lovely Christmas card I got in the mail from the wonderfully talented Allison :) :) :)