Monday, February 20, 2012

roller coaster weekend

Friday I had class and we talked a lot about community organizers, community health assessment, and what that all means.  For part of the class we watched a documentary called "The Garden".  It was about the citizens (mostly of hispanic ethnicity) in South Central Los Angeles and a Community Garden that they had been working for years, which was sold out from under them by the City.  It documents the struggle they went through to try and keep their community garden.  I was so touched by their struggle and the gross injustice they faced, that I was brought to tears.  I don't think I've ever watched anything quite so moving.  I was surprised at the events that occurred and truly felt for the members of the community garden.  I would highly recommend this documentary to anyone, just be prepared with a box of tissues. 

Saturday was biostatistics.  My classmates and I have spent so many hours studying for this class.  We had a quiz to start off the day and I don't think I did very well.  I had a tough time focusing the rest of the day because I was so dissappointed with my quiz.  I have a strong desire to do well in all that I work at and feeling that my quiz didn't turn out well, did not sit well with me.  I need to get over it and realize that I may not be able to get a's 100% of the time.  I'll still try though.  Needless to say, I was so excited to spend some time with Carie, James, and the boys.  We had an excellent dinner made by Carie, then we made sugar cookies and decorated them.  It is our Valentine's Day tradition, but it got pushed back this week as I had other plans on Valentine's Day :)  We made ghost cookies, christmas trees, pumpkins, hearts, cats, snowflakes, flowers, and gingerbread people.  My dear four year old nephew had eaten his one cookie for the evening, and after he finished decorating a second one, he lifted it to his mouth to eat it.  I turned to him and said hey I thought you were only supposed to eat one.  He broke down into tears and sobbed, not the reaction I expected.  I felt so awful.  I hadn't raised my voice, I was making an observation, but it sure affected him.  Let's just say I was no longer the favorite aunt for the rest of the evening, although I did get to read the good night story.  Note to self, just don't say anything the next time the little one goes to eat a second cookie.  Making and decorating cookies, and spending time with good friends really made my day so much better.

Church was Sunday, filled with great talks, and lessons.  I drove out to Dixon after to visit my Aunt and Uncle.  We talked about life, played a game of Qwirkle, and had some delicious dinner.  Then it was time for me to head to Davis.  I was attending a fireside on Patriarchal blessings.  It was interesting to hear some of the history of patriarchal blessings, and some information on the early church patriarchs.  I think the comment that the Patriarch shared that touched me the most was "Faith and prayers do not override the will of the Lord or the timing of the Lord."  I think it was a good reminder to me that I just need to have Faith and trust in the Lord and he will provide me with the comfort and guidance I need in order to make it through anything, including stress at work, stress of school, and other stress in general.  It was a much needed message for me and I am so thankful that I attended the fireside.

This morning I slept in.  Something that normally doesn't happen because toothless (my kitty) decides that I need to be up just before dawn.  It felt so nice to sleep in.  I got up, went to work organizing files, and cleaning up the house.  Then it was off to grocery shopping.  I got back and my neighbor and I went out for a walk which was great fun.  We watched her son run around the park.  He is way cute.  Now I'm relaxing, thinking about what to make for dinner, and thinking it would be a good evening to go to bed early.  It has been a good weekend. 

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