Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sewage


Kate Blocher (one of my dearest old roommates) inspired me this week. Thanks Kate.

I just bought a new laptop, and I love taking it on campus, but it gets scratched in my backpack, and ya know - I paid a lotta money for it, so I started looking around for a case. The bookstore had some manly ones for like 40 bucks, and Etsy had some really really cute ones. But every time I see something on Etsy I just think...why am I buying something that I really could just make myself? Laziness, really. So I was about to buy one until I read Kate's blog (she is a master seamstress lady), and she sewed her own baby holder thingy - for goodness sakes!! So I thought, if she could do that, then I can definitely sew a dumb little case. Turns out I didn't even really need too many supplies, and voila! A laptop case :)

Behold:



I made two. But there are more to come. Want one?? :D

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Margaret Sanger

Have you ever heard of Margaret Sanger? Me neither until a few weeks ago. She is one crazy lady. She basically is responsible for the discovery and legalization of contraceptives and birth control. Her first endeavor was just basic contraceptives like the female condom/diaphragm. She went to jail over 8 times for distributing contraceptives and even just talking about them in public. My favorite quote from her is(talking about the laws prohibiting birth controls):
"I bumped up against this very, very arrogant, old fashioned, stupid law,
which had to be changed, but it was going to take a long
time to change it. And I decided the best way to
change it was to break it."

Aw yeah! You go girl! Haha...but really - she is one of my heros. Not just for what she did - which was to make birth control possible and bring forth the single most important factor for women's liberation and equality in the world - but for her attitude and her determination to do what she believed. Even when it seemed like the whole world was against her, and especially when her church was saying that she was going to burn in hell for her actions, she didn't give up. She's an inspiration to me, and I love her feisty attitude.

Here's a video I found of an awesome interview with her. It's 30 minutes long, but it's worth watching:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1118049676798642567#

P.S. The ridiculous Phillip Morris ads in this interview could be a whole other blog post, thanks to my excellent substance abuse class

I need to go back to Switzerland. Right now.

video

Monday, September 20, 2010

Confidence

Ok so I've always loved this song:

I mean, The Sound of Music is my favorite movie. I love listening to this song in the mornings and just all other times of the day. But especially in the mornings when I have a lot to do in the day.

Today I realized how truly remarkable this song is. It's so great. Certain lyrics were in my head today:
The courage to serve them with reliance,
face my mistakes without defiance.
Show them I'm worthy,
and while I show them, I'll show me!
I really like that - because you know, sometimes I try hard to impress other people, but at the same time I impress myself! And other reasons, but I won't elaborate.

Ok also I love singing "What will this day be like....I wonder..?" in the beginning of the day, and then singing it again at the end of the day when I'm walking home.

This song also reminds me of my first big trip to Europe. I was so nervous!! But I thought about this song alot...
It could be so exciting, to be out in the world, to be free!
My heart should be wildly rejoicing, oh, what's the matter with me?
I've always longed for adventure! To do the things, I never dared
Now here I'm facing adventure, then why am I so scared?

I thought of that line too when I was rapelling down a really big scary slippery waterfall. I wanted to be like - "Haha, just kidding...I don't need to do this." But I couldn't because the whole thing was my idea. So I just sang my song.
Oh I must stop these doubts, all these worries
If I don't I just know I'll turn back, I must dream of the things I am seeking
I am seeking the courage I lack.
The best way to get that courage is to pray, I've found.

With each step I am more certain, everything will turn out fine,
I have confidence the world will all be mine,
They'll have to agree I have confidence in me.

Basically, you need to just have confidence in yourself, and then everything else will fall into place. People are just people, you know? Why be scared, just face your fears with confidence in yourself that you will be great, and you will be. It's all about faith - have faith in yourself and that Heavenly Father will help you. Everything will turn out fine.

Anyways - I can go on and on about this marvelous song. Listen to it twice please. And then whistle it all day. It'll do ye good.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Over It

I'm kinda sick of stuff like this: http://greenweddingshoes.com/real-wedding-maya-daves-eclectic-fiesta-wedding/ .

Ya know? I mean, it's really cute and stuff, but...it's just so much. I feel everyone is doing too much lately...like when I see stuff like that - weddings and parties, and the pictures and the excess - I feel like I've eaten too much candy. Too much frosting on the cupcake.

Just keep it simple, in my opinion.

PS - I just don't really like the pictures where they cut off half your face...and no one ever smiles anymore! It's your wedding! Be happy!