Wedding Business…

I just spent a fair bit of time looking at a stranger’s wedding photos. Don’t judge me too hard – they were really cute! The girl looks soo pretty, but really young too. She seemed mature enough… not that I should judge, because, I mean, it doesn’t matter to me. It all comes back to this preconceived notion I have about how old you “should” be when you get married. Of course, I also think this is completely ridiculous; if you know before you’re “old enough” to get married, your physical age shouldn’t matter. And if it “comes time” in your book and you have no idea, well, that’s okay too. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and that you will find that person if you’re meant to. So we shouldn’t rush marriage, or draw it out too long either, just because of the thoughts we have about timing and such. After all, we are talking about spending the rest of your life with someone, and boy, that’s going to be a really, really long time. I think everyone is entitled to take as long as they need to determine whether that person is the right someone.

But yes. These pictures were cute. Her bouquet was gorgeous – red roses with jasmine in it, really pretty. Her dress was too – really elegant and grown-up and perfect. In other words, it didn’t look like a prom dress (which is something I’m not particularly fond of when it comes to weddings). Her eyes just popped – they were so pretty! Everyone just looked so happy and content and like life was perfect. Because really – it is, especially in those moments. I wish this couple the very best, even though I have no idea who they are.

One more super awesome thing (and quite possibly my favorite part): there was definitely a picture of the “In-n-Out Afterparty,” with all the bridesmaids and groomsmen sitting in the booths eating fries and whatnot. Prepare yourselves, guys. This is so going to happen at my wedding, whenever it may be.

Full of Wonderful Videos and Noises!

Today was one of those days where I feel like I completely won at life. I know that sounds really arrogant, but things just went really well. I crossed everything off my to-do list – heckyes! can’t say that happens every day! – and even did a few extra things, like fixing my bike (the chain fell off again), vacuuming my room, and changing my text message alert noise (cue wonderful nerdiness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahTyGckSJqw it’s from Legend of Zelda. And it’s awesome.).

This was quite contrary to how I thought it would go this morning. And I must say, this is not at all how most Tuesdays-turned-Mondays go. (because of the holiday, today followed a Monday schedule… excellent.) Usually I’m stressed out and drained to the max by the end of the day on Monday, but not tonight. No, today I got to look forward to giving Davis his Valentine’s Day present as soon as I was done with class. I got him a map of the United States and some map pins, so that he and, well, me too, he said, can map out where we’ve been and where we want to go. I was inspired by an article I saw on Yahoo! about Valentine’s Day presents a few weeks ago, which had a similar idea… sorry, Yahoo!, but my version of the present was wayyy better. 😛 And the best part is, he really really liked it!

So anyway, about this morning: I didn’t sleep much last night, and one of the first things I learned about after getting up was the earthquake in New Zealand. One of Davis’s friends from the summer is studying abroad over there – we still haven’t heard from her, and I hope she’s all right. (I’ll be the first to admit to creeping on her Facebook every couple hours to see if any news has sprung up.) All I could think about on my early-morning walk to my 7am class was how incredibly lucky we are that the earth’s crust didn’t decide to move on us randomly like it did for them. I saw the sky, with the rising sun. I saw the apartments that I lived in two years ago, safely standing on the hill like they always do. I felt the ground securely beneath my feet, the calmness surrounding me. We so easily take for granted our world and how in tact it is. How it isn’t torn up by natural disaster or riots like those in Libya and Egypt recently or really anything else. Things, while never perfect, are still really really good. We shouldn’t forget that.

From that, really, the day got better for me. It turned into a productive and happy event. Davis sent me a song from Amélie, which we watched together this weekend. The song (and, well, the movie too) is sooooo good! It picked me up. I wasn’t able to turn it off while doing homework. Here, please go listen to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgYnRh8ACGQ I hope to play the piano like that someday too. Also, I finished and submitted my study abroad application! Huzzah! Hopefully I’ll be in Italy over the summer 🙂 Oh, and my history class was cancelled too. Which, of course, I didn’t remember until I was in the empty classroom… but that’s okay. I proceeded to read for class with Davis afterward.

I’m not going to bore you with more details of my day. At any rate, it was pretty wonderful. I feel like a good song (well, at least tempo-wise) to describe it is “Animal” by Neon Trees: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY–Yu4kzz0 Why? Well, mostly because it’s the one that’s been stuck in my head for the latter part of the day. Oh, and one other thing: I’ve been listening to my iTunes on Shuffle recently, and it’s really fun. I should definitely do it more often. 🙂

That’s really all I’ve got. All I can think now is “Now press repeat” like they say at the end of Infinity on High (the Fall Out Boy CD) because here tomorrow comes… and I hope it’s equally awesome.

Good Conversations

Life’s finally slowed down for a minute, and goodness is it wonderful! This evening I had dinner with the lovely girls I will be living with next year. It was awesome good fun. We ate on campus, nothing special, but it was full of laughter and just good talks. Afterwards I went up to set up a program – Housing showed How to Train Your Dragon – and on my way back to my apartment I called home. The following conversation ensued:

Me: I just finished setting up for a program.
Mom: Ooh! What program?
Me: How to Train Your Dragon.
Mom: … But… what if you don’t have a dragon to train?

I love my mom. Well, I love my whole family, actually. I had some really great conversations with them tonight. My mom and I just laughed a lot. We always do. We’ll talk about serious stuff, and then we’ll poke fun at life and just laugh. Then my dad and I started talking about pretty deep things, like how efficiency can benefit companies but destroy lives if it’s implemented incorrectly. This is the one problem I have with my major. I don’t want to ever, ever, ever use it to jeopardize people’s well-being. I can make processes more efficient, sure. I can optimize them and tell you what the best way to do something is. But I never want to do so at the cost of the jobs of others. I don’t want to replace people with machines and take away their income, work, and life. My main goal (as of right now) is to find some way to apply what I’m learning so that human lives can benefit. How I’m going to get there, or what I’m going to do, I’m not sure yet. But I just… I really want to find a way to make people happier using everything I’m learning right now.

(This conversation was really cool too because my history class just took a quiz on this exact topic, which really made me think about it all again and connect the dots between my real life and something that happened over a hundred years ago.)

Anyways, after that discussion, my sister and I had an amazing one where I’m still not entirely sure what went down. We talked about religion and God and what she wants to do with her life. We talked about the retreat she just went on, about being sisters, about school. It was just so good for both of us. I’m so glad to have her in my life.

One more exciting thing: I bought a book on learning Italian. I realize that I already have a day calendar and other books and can listen to lessons on my iPod, but this one looked so fun! It’s colorful and full of word puzzles, and while I was standing there looking at it in the bookstore a voice came over the intercom saying that they were closing in five minutes, so I followed my impulses and bought it! I’m so excited… I think I may do the first lesson before I go to bed.

I’ve had “After the Storm” by Mumford & Sons (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqUsAHTUPTU) playing on and off in my head all week… it’s so beautiful. Listen to it and have an amazing weekend 🙂