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What are your priorities?

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“You love the Red Sox.  But have they ever loved you back?”

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                  Oh, and thanks to this girl for inspiring me in this post, and in my life.

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She’s a HUGE Red Sox fan (DUH!)

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and I wouldn’t be the person I am without her. Image

But MOST importantly, I wouldn’t have watched the movie without her.

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PS.  I have thought a lot about this idea of  hobbies/interests (ie Natasha Bedingfield) getting in the way of REAL life.  Check it stat: 

PPS.  In the end, Jimmy Fallon’s character gets his act together, gets the girl, gets to the game, AND the Sox win the 2004 World Series.  Every once in a while, EVERYONE WINS!  Take that, Curse of Bambino!

PPPS.  If my guy ever wanted to read about sports while I blogged on my Mac computer, that wouldn’t be the end of the world…

*blink and you might miss that there are 2 wedding dresses in this post.

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“You said we’d never make my parents’ mistakes…”

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Nature vs. nurture is a theme as old (and relevant!) as any other in literature/ music/ film, etc.  So when it comes to our own lives and relationships, how much will we incorporate what we’ve seen from example (for good and for bad), and how much will we be pioneers and break new ground?

We said we’d never make our parents’ mistakes…

Lyrics Here: 

Just to clarify, PLEASE KNOW that I am NOT writing this post about my own parents.  I’m writing it because I know that not everyone is so lucky.

And to quote again from Ms. Swift, “I have an excellent father.”  Read about him here.

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The letters “K” and “W” don’t exist in Spanish…

Darnie.  Those letters are special to me; they are my (and Kanye’s!) initials. 

The “K” sound is made by “qu,” as in quince (“15”, which IS a good bildungsroman Tay-tay song).

The “W’ sound is made by “ue” as in abuelo (“grandfather,” as in my grandfather Ernest)

Kinda cool, I guess.  Still, I wouldn’t mind if these letters find their way into mainstream Spanish someday. 

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What’s in a name?

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Names play a significant role in our lives (especially in THIS girl’s life!)  Furthermore, name changes are an interesting part of our experience.  Let me share for a minute about my own name and it’s journey.

My birth name is Katherine, but when I was very young my family called me Kate.  In 2nd grade, I wanted to go by my original name, and because education often stressed phonetic spelling, it was “Katheren.”  I eventually spelled it the way it was given to me and used this name until the end of high school.  When I first came to BYU, I wanted a new identity.  Not brand spankin’ new, but a way to have somewhat of a fresh start.  I wasn’t a reformed bad girl or anything, but almost anyone can relate to wanting a clean slate when they first leave home.  I told every new person I met that my name was Katie.  Not anything too drastic, but the change was still significant.  But 2 years later, “Katherine” was calling my name again (see what I did there?), and so I used that name and continue to use it to this day.  My name journey was and continues to be very funny at times as some people to this day do not know whether to call me Kate, Katherine, or Katie.  I will respond to all, but 90% of the people in my life call me Katherine, so if in doubt, go with that.

Why does this matter to you?  May I suggest that you ponder your names.  First/last/middle/maiden/nicknames, etc.    What do they mean to you?  To your family?  I have known people who have chosen to take on new names after significant changes, such as religious conversions, therapy, and of course marriage.  Names are a part of our identity, and since we do not choose our own names from birth, there are times when individuals decide to change them on their own.  Deeper parts of the LDS theology reveal the significance of new names for those who desire to become closer to God.  Think about how Saul changed to Paul in the New Testament.  Oh, yah, AND my platonically beloved former counselor went from ______________ to Therapist Zach.  An alias, a pseudonym, but for a good purpose, I’d say.

Last soapbox for the day:  I am open and accepting, but whatever you do, do NOT name your child North West, or something weird like that.

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The Most Important First in this Woman’s Life…

First bra?  Flimsy piece of fabric.

First kiss?  Nope.

First boyfriend?  Boyfriend Schmoyfriend.

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FIRST HAIR EXTENSIONS!

Not bad here.  But 21 year old self, if you only knew the great things that lay in your hair future 🙂

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Becoming a woman….

BYU Fall of 2006, I spoke the following words with complete and utter sincerity:

“My email is AmericanGirl, but now that I’m in college

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And Melissa never let me forget it 🙂

I’m an All-American rebel making my big get-away…

~Sheryl Crow

 

#bildungsroman

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