Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Scary.

Well friends,

Thanksgiving has come and gone and here I find myself a year older, a little fatter and completely loving life. So much has happened in so little time! Let's see where shall I start? The good, the bad or the scary?...the scary? Ok the scary it is!

Well, do you remember back in Elementary school, Middle school (even a few times in High School) they'd do those practice fire alarms? The bell starts ringing, it's loud and ugly and you can't help but feel scared and panicked - even though you know it's just a practice - and your teacher is telling you "Ok. Don't panic. Leave your back pack and all your stuff here...we need to form a line and meet outside." Then as soon as your outside they tell you the importance of a fire escape plan for home as well. I remember going home, kind of traumatized, thinking "What if my house caught on fire?!?!" and I'd start making a plan and a list to make sure my family was safe and I'd have all my treasures.

I was not prepared.

It was just another regular day for Matt and I, probably the week before Thanksgiving. My mom, sister and my nephews decided to come over at the last minute and we were right in the middle of making Macaroni and Cheese when that same blaring wail filled the apartment. At first we all froze, looking at each other confused, then this robotic woman's voice came onto the speakers (the same speakers Matt and I have looked at several times and wondered what they were for) and said, "The fire alarm has been activated. Please evacuate the building." And repeated it over and over.

After some debate about what to do, it had never happened before, Matt and I decided to investigate the building to see what we could see. In the hallway everything seemed normal. A few others had come out into the hall to see what was going on, all confused as the robotic voice echoed off the bricks walls. When suddenly the biggest and loudest ventilators I'd ever seen started sucking all the air out of the building. At that moment my heart stopped and I knew...this is not a drill!!

We ran back into our apartment and told everyone to stop what they were doing, grab their coat and shoes...we needed to leave! A few of my nephews started to cry, which just made the already chaotic situation even more scary. But as I herd everyone to the door I flashed back to those elementary days where we practiced the drill and I thought, "What about my treasures?!?"

There's an entrance to our building, kind of like a lobby, but more like one of those separator rooms. Like when you walk into the bank and have to go through those double doors?...yeah, that but much bigger. As everyone sat in that "lobby" area anxiously, nervously waiting to see flames or smoke or for someone to jump out and say, "HA! You got punked!" the fire alarms and sirens got louder and louder and it wasn't long before firemen were running up the stairs and into the building.

I thought back to when I was standing in my apartment, thinking of my treasures, as scared as I was to lose everything Matt and I had worked so hard for...an apartment full of memories and goals...I knew there wasn't anything but what was in my arms that wasn't replaceable. The ONLY thing I hesitated about grabbing were the scriptures on my nightstand. My scriptures. So even though more police and firetrucks were showing up, and my imagination was going wild thinking of our apartment going up flames...I was ok with it because I knew I had everything right there I ever needed. My Matthew and my family =)

Ok, but seriously...if it hadn't ended up being a false alarm, it would have SUCKED.

Yeah, eventually the firemen came back down and even though they wouldn't let us go into our apartment yet, it was clear there was no fire. So thank you whoever you are that pulled the fire alarm. For a lesson of remembering my priorities and that worldly possessions are just as important as you make them.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Over Load

Have you ever had SO much going on in your life that you feel like you need to sit down and write but when you do...nothing comes? It's like your mind is this filing cabinet that's so full of papers, reminders and THINGS that when you go to organize it you have to stare at it for 15 minutes before coming up with a plan of attack. My mind is that filing cabinet. So full of recent events that when I go to write...I need my plan of attack.

First, let me get some frustration off my chest...

I have certain people in my life that...oh, how do I say this? I wish weren't. Unfortunately for me, these certain people are in my life and I can't do anything about it. Usually if there's someone you don't like you can at least get rid of them (as terrible as that sounds), alas...I cannot. So to these certain people. I DO NOT like you. I actually despise you. If I could...I would love to expose and show your true colors to the world because although you might have some deceived, not me.

Ok. Now that I've got that out of my system. *Sighs* I try to not let people or things get to me but sometimes it's too much. And believe me if I could only say what these people did...but instead I'll just blow my steam and not let it get to me.

Besides all the frustrating things (retarded would actually be more accurate) people are doing, life is still grand! My goal to have the best fall has been successful so far. Matt and I have put up our Christmas lights outside on our balcony and every time we turn them on it sends a tingle down my spine. Something that must have been instilled in me since I was a little girl...Christmas means magic. I can't wait to start wrapping presents and putting them under the Christmas tree. I can't wait to start baking Christmas cookies and go Christmas caroling. I can't wait to see all the beautiful Christmas lights decorating temple square! Basically, we're just loving all the excitement this time of year brings.

Speaking of this time of year, I'm definitely getting that end of semester itch. You know that itch that you can almost scratch but you know you have just ONE MORE paper to write...just one more test. This semester is so close to being done and I couldn't be more thrilled because next semester is going to be a lot of fun! (If I ever get moved from the wait list that is.) Oh how I love the registering system UVU has...NOT. Regardless, the classes I am registered for will still be really good. I just have one more thing to do! And that is call University of Washington about their nursing program. It was ranked the #1 Nursing graduate school in the US so it's my first choice. Matt and I are going to plan a trip out there so I can meet with them and check out Seattle, see how we like the area. I am so excited! I've heard only amazing things about Seattle. Matt is a little worried about the rainy weather (he comes from California and can't get enough sun) but it's only a few years for school so he's excited for me too =)

Also my "new" hair style is almost complete!! Yeah, I know! I mentioned getting it done Oct 29th and here it is Nov 14th...the thing is my hair was so dark before it's going to take a few dyes for it to be the shade I want so there's a hint. It's really not anything crazy, just different and new! I'm really excited. AND! I feel so lucky because my favorite hair stylist who is seriously SO amazing when it comes to my hair has quit, she just had a baby, but will still be doing my hair from her home! My own personal hair stylist...can't get better than that! But my hair should be complete the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

As for up coming events! Matt's family will be coming in for Thanksgiving! I'm so excited!! It's always a lot of fun to have the Bartlett's together. It usually consists of the men talking business, telling jokes, and crazy stories about past years while the women do the usual...shopping, girl talk, movies, eating, etc. Haha. It's fun! And then the Monday after Thanksgiving is my birthday. I'll be turning 23...which is totally weird and insane. 23 sounds so old to me but I guess from this point on it always will. Haha. I doubt there's a chance 24 will feel much younger than 23 and that 25 will seem younger than 24...I'm officially being welcomed into adulthood...or so my age keeps trying to tell me =)

I will be forever young.
Forever free.
Forever me.

Life is exciting! Always keeps me guessing and on my toes. Until the next time I need to clean out my "filing cabinet."
Glenna May - Out.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Black Friday

Awe, November 1st...

It's peaceful at the beginning of a new month isn't it? This morning I woke up with a nice kiss from my hunky hubby, looked outside and saw the beautiful leaves and the sun shining. I felt peace...

And then suddenly....wait...


A gut wrenching feeling telling me I'd forgotten something very important.

I tried to push the feeling away as I put some laundry away and tidied up a little. But from the corner of my eye, my laptop kept catching my attention...calling to me. At first I thought, blogger? Nah. I pushed it from my mind again. But sure enough a few minutes later, my laptop called to me again. Still confused I thought, facebook? Please!

Finally, after I distracted myself from the feeling as long as I could I went to my laptop.

At first I browsed the Internet haphazardly, trying to think what on Earth was this panic feeling I had...something I needed to do on the internet...something important. When finally, it hit me.

The Black Friday for students.

Aaaaah. My blood pressure spiked as I quickly fumbled to the UVU website. It was almost 11:00AM, how could I have forgotten?!?! People would have stayed up past midnight last night JUST to register as soon as possible...and me? Asleep in my bed. Well, I had to go fast to make up for lost time.

Imagining all the others who made the same mistake I did, running to their laptops...signing up for the same classes I was, taking my seat...

But what? What's happening? Sure enough the website starts lagging, affirmation of my worst fear. UVU students going crazy trying to add classes as fast as possible...it was only a matter of time before it hit overload. Finally, after a frozen page for 10 minutes I sigh from defeat and sadly close out of the web browser.

I was in shock.

What just happened?

*Sighs* Next time UVU...next time.