Things have been quite busy in my little life and they are only going to get worse over the next two weeks as I battle papers, readings, reviews and exams in order to make it home for the holidays. My last final is a three hour history final on the 20th from 2:30-5:30pm, I am contemplating driving home after that, putting me in the valley around 1am or leaving early the next morning, it all kind of depends on the weather.
Monday night I ended up going to Jeremy's FHE because they were going to SLC to see the Christmas lights on Temple Square. We watched the Joseph Smith movie as well. I was grateful for the reminder of the freedoms and blessings I enjoy, and the legacy of faith that has been bestowed upon me because of the courage of the early Saints. They were forced from place to place, persectuted, threatened, homes and possesions burned or destroyed, an extermination order placed on every Mormon, killed, and yet so many endured because they had such strong testimonies. I often wonder if I could endure such trials with the same patience and strength.
After the movie Jeremy and I walked around the Square. It was beautiful. I had two favorite parts. First was the reflection pool with the candles floating on top and the temple reflecting on the surface, and second were paper lanterns with all sorts of designs. I really enjoyed myself and thought it was good way to cultivate the spirit of Christmas.
Tuesday I was quite productive. It is my longest day of classes and labs. I attended them all, thank you. I also did laundry, cleaned, dusted and vacummed my room, as well as did homework.
Wednesday I reverted back to my slacker ways. I had plenty of hours I could have been writing my paper, but just couldn't bring myself to do it. That evening I went with Kara, her sister Kami and Kami's friend Stephanie to a musical type show called "The Forgotten Carols" in Salt Lake City. It was really good. It had moments of corniness, but the songs were beautiful, and in the end, Michael Mclean, the star and writer, brought us back to the reason for the season, the birth of our Savior. By the end I was teary eyed and contemplative. We didn't get back until 11pm, I had some things I had to get out of the way before embarking on my paper, but finally got going on it by 12am.
Tonight is the ward Talent Show/Semester Closing Social. It is being catered by Cafe Rio, a restaurant I haven't been to, but one that has a good reputation because everyone is excited to go just for the food.
I have a date Friday night with a guy from the ward, Jared something. We are going to a comedy show with a group, should be casual and fun, a nice break from the stresses of the end of the term.
Other than that my weekend will be full of reading and writing, luckily no arithmetic. Next week will be worse than actual finals. Within three days I have two exams, a vocab exam, a huge term paper, two books to have read, and a reading journal for history readings I haven't done since midterms, yikes! Pray for me! Send me good luck charms! Whatever! Hope you all are enjoying the holiday season, I am finding it hard to fully do so with all the stuff weighing down on me. I can't wait til it's over.....Two weeks from today, baby! Happy December!