Saturday, December 17, 2005

Big News in My World

A big event happened in Betsy-land yesterday. My parents, Mom and Dad, were called on a mission. They're going to be leaving for Tallahassee, Florida on February 6, and they will be gone for 18 months. They are so excited - Dad has already shaved off his moustache, revealing a white and slightly wrinkled upper lip. This is the first time I've ever seen it. The mission area includes Pensacola and southern Alabama, where my brother died 11 years ago. That seems a little too coincidental. I'm happy for them.

I am happy. Really. The deeper truth, though, is that I'm terrified to have them leave for so long. Senior couple missionaries have different rules than young missionaries (for those of you unfamiliar with Mormon-dom), so I'll be able to talk to them and all. The thing is, my parents are the most important people in my life; Mom is my best friend. My life is already changing so much, what with graduation looming, and this is just another little tremor in my already tumoultous existance. But don't get me wrong. I really am happy for them.

I showed Mom my blog today. She disapproved of my listing of my pet peeves. She says it's complaining and whiny. I was going more for blithly sarcastic, but whatever. She's probably right - she usually is. So this is for my mom:

Things that make me happy:

  • Sunshine
  • Fresh snow
  • Friends
  • Good books
  • My dog, Emma
  • My family, the whole weird group of 'em
  • My religion
  • Textbook buyback
  • My hometown
  • My best friend, Felicia
  • Mail (except bills)
  • New Zealand
  • Running into old friends
  • Rubber duckies

That's all that comes to mind right now - here's to you, Mom.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Entry the First

My first blog entry. I have conformed, once again, to pop culture, and after I laughed at my friend when he said he wanted to start a blog. Blog. Funny word. When it comes down to it, it's just that I feel the need to spew my thoughts into space. Maybe I'm hoping someone will answer. Maybe it's just easier than journaling. Maybe it's because I'm currently without boyfriend (I say currently like it's an uncommon occurance - ha!), or because of my current dearth of close friends (that is an uncommon occurance). Either way, I've decided it's time to confer my wisdom onto the world. And the first thing the world gets to learn about me? My pet peeves.

Peeve #1: People who don't turn their blinkers off after changing lanes.
What the heck is with that? Blink, blink, blink, blink, blink. It's bad enough that I can't tell where they are going, but now my eye is twitching too!

Peeve #2: People who don't do what they say they're going to do.
Guys who say they'll call and don't. Friends who say they'll help and won't. Bankers who say, "Oh, that will be fine," but when you get to the bank, it's not. Whoever it is and whatever they're saying, it drives me crazy. And I'll admit to a little hypocrisy here. I'm not perfect at this either, but I'm working on it, and I think I'm getting better. Here's the bottom line. If you're not going to do it, don't say it.