Thursday, September 29, 2011

Rain Storms and the Texas State Fair

As I write this post, it is raining outside. Finally. We got quite the storm tonight, after what feels like years without rain, we finally got a downpour that has been long awaited. I loveeeee Texas thunderstorms. Always a treat.

So for the past several months I have been suffering from some serious jaw pain. I had come to the conclusion that it was due to TMJ problems and so I've been trying to treat it with some natural supplements that are supposed to help. Well. After buying a mouth guard out of desperation and pain, I found out it was just making the problem worse. I then got even more desperate and called my dentist, who referred me to a TMJ specialist. I called them...and they basically told me it would cost a fortune to get in. SO. I talked to the chiropractor I work for and she examined my jaw and told me that my jaw was out of place and that it was something we could treat for free at the clinic I work at. How convenient right?! Right. I am so happy. Although today, my jaw is KILLING me, and right now it's hurting more than it has all day. It aches so bad that I have a headache. They say this pain is made even worse with stress. Well. That is so true. Today I'd say was one of the most stressful days I've had in a while. And while I'm pretty good at hiding my stress, your body knows when you're stressed no matter how hard you try to hide it from others and yourself. 

There are two events coming up starting this weekend that I am super excited for. 
1. General Conference. It started off with a bang last weekend with the General Relief Society Broadcast, and it was super amazing. I am so excited to listen to the talks this weekend, I have no doubt they will be anything short of incredible, inspirational, and memorable. 
2. The Texas State Fair!!!! I love the fair! I haven't been able to go for the last four years because I've been away at school. I remember going every year starting at a very young age all the way up to my high school years. There is lots of great fried food, great shows, and fun things to do. I will be riding the big Texas Star Ferris wheel this year for the first time, and I couldn't be more excited. I love the Texas State Fair website, because it's had a countdown to the fair all the way down to the second. I will not apologize for the Texas pride, you should probably just get used to it :)

All the fried food you can imagine..

And of course, Bix Tex always there to greet you in his new outfits every year...

Happy weekend everyone! Enjoy it! Smile lots, go out there and make today the best day of your life. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

First Day of Fall

It's 7:00 in the morning, and I just got back from an early morning bike ride with my friend Erica. A few weeks ago we made a spontaneous decision to buy the cheapest walmart bikes we could find.
I think it was a pretty great decision. Now I'm up, and it doesn't make sense to go back to sleep before work, so I get to have some sort of productive morning.

So here I am blogging. I think that's productive.
Today is the first day of fall, and it's currently 50 degrees. I was cold riding my bike this morning, at first. That's insane. I never thought this day would come. I just can't wait to get off work so I can swing by my mom's house and watch the season premiere of Grey's Anatomy. It was rough not being able to watch it last night while Ally went on and on about how amazing and crazy it was. Thank you Ally.
I'm going to see Maroon 5 and Train in concert tonight with some friends, I'm sooooooo excited. Cool weather, lawn seats to the concert, good friends, couldn't really ask for a better time! I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!
Remember to Live the life you love, and love the life you live.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Week Review.

Today I made the mistake of taking a Sunday nap at about 6 o clock this evening. I forced myself to get out of bed around 7:30. And so now here it is midnight, when I surely should be sleeping, but I'm wide awake.

This week had its ups and downs just like every week does, but it ended on a great note. Sunday's are always my favorite day of the week, and today was another spectacular Sunday. I belong to a really great singles ward, and every week is another three hour block full of uplifting talks and lessons by so many ward members that I really look up to. But it's not just on Sunday's when I have the opportunity to be taught by my ward  members. It's Monday night family home evening group discussions, ward temple trips, Thursday night institute, and weekend activities. 

This week was especially uplifting. It started with another amazing discussion among my fantastic home evening group. We have a comfortable sized group, and I look forward to every lesson because we really get into it and learn from each other. It's really a great way to start the week off. 

Wednesday was probably my most productive day. I woke up at 5:15 in the morning to go on a bike ride with my friend Erica, and then as soon as I got home at about 6:00, I got dressed and took off for the Dallas temple. It was ward temple day, and I was able to go to a baptism session at 7:00 before work. We had a small little group there that morning, and it was a neat experience, I was very grateful for the opportunity to be in the temple with so many wonderful examples and friends. I left after our session to get to work at 9:00, and then went through the long work day. When I got off work that night, there was another baptism session at 8:00, so I drove down again to end the day with that. It once again was a very uplifting experience. As I walked in, I saw many of my friends that had been there with me earlier that morning, they had been there all day.

 I am constantly amazed and grateful for the friends I am making here, they are continually teaching me by their good examples and positive attitudes. When I first moved back here in April, I never thought I'd see the day when I would develop deep friendships with anyone in my singles ward. I'm so happy to say that day is here, and I'm so grateful for it. I've been feeling very blessed lately, because I have been blessed to have so many great friends that are all over the country. I have so many people that I know I can turn to for anything, and that's so awesome. It is my hope that I can be the kind of friend and example to my friends that so many of them are to me. 

I hope all of you go out into the world this week, and make it the best week of your life.
 Live the life you love, and love the life you live. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Brought to you Courtesy of the Red White and Blue

This last week has been a pretty great week. I swear everyday, I'll get the thought in my head like  "Oh I need to blog about this day!", and then I always forget to do so, and the thoughts of my day go away forever. That's why they tell you it's so important to journal. Well now days, it's important to blog.

Anyways, today was a pretty great day in my book. It was Sunday, which is always one of my favorite days of the week, but it was also the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, 2001. It was a day of remembrance and gratitude. As I looked back on my vivid memories of that day, I could not help but be overcome by emotion again. I felt severe sorrow for those that lost family members and loved ones, and I remembered the unity of our great country after that. I am truly grateful and proud to be an American. I'm grateful for those people who have sacrificed their lives to serve and protect our country, it is my hope that they will always be remembered, and never forgotten. I am continually grateful and appreciative of all of those service men and women who sacrifice so much to protect our freedom.

Let us never forget that our freedom is a blessing.
Let us never forget those who lost their lives for our safety.
Let us never forget the events of 9/11.

Today as I was driving home from church, this song came on the radio. Love it. 

I turned up the radio, and started to sing along. I came to a stop at a red light, and still singing along I turned to the car next to me to see the driver proudly singing along to the same song. It was a great moment.

I leave you on that note. God bless the U.S.A.
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