31 January 2013

I can get used to this

The lovely view from the office building in Rosslyn. Georgetown, the National Cathedral, Key Bridge, all the way to Capitol Hill (not pictured).These are both kinda tacky, poor-quality photos, no thanks to Google images. Shockingly, no Deloitte employees ever take pictures of the view here and post them on the Internet. Weirdos. Look at this! Soon I will take my own since these ones are lame.

28 January 2013

The Land of Cotton...

...old times there are not forgotten.

As bummed as I was to not drive through Utah and see all my favorite peeps on my way to DC, Route 40 offers a world of gems, starting at about Oklahoma.

This is why the South is so great:

Highway Patrol officers will pull you over just to chat.

Your restaurant waiter will treat you like you've been friends for 20 years.

There are things on the menu like okra, fried green tomatoes, sweet tea, hush puppies, and biscuits & jam.

There are towns named "Lottawatta" situated conveniently by a lake.

And this is why Asheville, NC is my favorite city in the South:

All the men look like Scott Avett and all the women look like Scott Avett.

This works tremendously in my favor.

25 January 2013

06 January 2013

Happy Sunday: Science, Religion and Eternal Truths

The Mormon Church is the only church that publicly proclaims the doctrine of Pre-Existence over the pulpit. However, I feel that the truth that we lived with God in Heaven before this life is an innate concept to many Christians, even if their individual denominations do not preach it.

My mom, born and raised in a very active Catholic family, always knew she lived in Heaven before this earthly, mortal life. She vividly recalls a time when she was four years old and made a comment to her mother and grandmother about how she was "waiting in Heaven for Daddy to find Mommy so she could come to Earth." The adults laughed and wrote it off as something that any cute little kid would say. But my mom remembers feeling confused as to why they thought it was funny. Years later she was visiting a recently-baptized friend in Italy who explained to her what Mormons believe, including the Pre-Existence. It's no wonder that she immediately recognized it as an eternal truth.

Like the chemist in the video, I am fascinated by the science of the universe. The more I learn about the intricacies of nature, the more certain I am of the existence of a Higher Power, even a loving Heavenly Father who created it all. And as my Heavenly Father, it's only logical that I once lived with him in a heavenly home and family, whereto I strive to return one day.

"Science and religion represent two independent witnesses of Creation. And we're told throughout the Old Testament that two or more witnesses are required in order to certify the truth. They are not opposites, but they are like the vision seen from your two eyes. If you close one eye and then close the other and alternate back and forth, you don't see the same things with the two eyes. But it is the combination of those two views which gives you three-dimensional perception and shows you a lot of things that neither eye by itself sees."

Science confirms faith.

Happy Sunday.

04 January 2013

Superlatives of 2012

A selection of numerous highlights from the Year of the Dragon:

In January, I started teaching my first Romanian class, which also happened to be the largest class in the history of the course. Good thing all 23 of them were total gems.

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In April, I graduated from BYU, alma mater of the highest scorer and MVP of 2012 NCAA D1 basketball, the first Mormon to run for U.S. President, a Superbowl MVP, and Jeopardy's All-Time Champion. Oh, and the world's gooiest couples.

In May, I took a trip with the cuzzballs and Gma to Chile, where we ate the most seafood and saw the most volcanoes I have ever eaten or seen in a 2-week time span.

June was a busy month. I went hiking and camping in the best adventure destination in the Western States (my humble opinion) with three of the smelliest boys and one of the sweetest girls I know.

Also, my friend Sara Jarman and I climbed Germany's tallest peak.

Finally, I endured the hottest, sweatiest, most hellacious train ride from Hungary to Romania. My brains were literally (but not literally) boiling in my skull and melting out my nostrils. You know you'll be disappointed if I don't draw a picture of this...

Whilst studying in Romania, I met the goofiest Dutchman and the most fab South African.

In September, I moved to the DC Metro Area, home of the world's largest building, the longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere, the wealthiest county (oh ho ho), America's skinniest regional park, and the most infuriating law makers. That's a lot of superlatives.

In December, my colleagues voted me "Trivia Most Valuable Player." Anyone who understands my love of trivia understands that this is the greatest complement I've ever received.

That answer was way off...

They also voted me "Most likely to become President." Thanks, guys. This was the push I needed! HOLDEN-KNOPE 2024!

Also in December, I accepted my first big girl job offer.

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Cheers to a fab year!