Sunday, March 29, 2009

Soundtrack to Graduation: My! My! Time Flies (Enya)

One of the perks to being part of the student council at LCSC is the chance to pick what music is played after graduation. The music begins as soon as the graduates begin to leave the stage and continues while guests mingle in the auditorium after the ceremony. We picked six songs to play during this time and I thought it would be fun to share them with you in the weeks leading up to graduation.

I will start with the last song to play and work backwards through the list of songs. So, first up:

My! My! Time Flies

My! My! Time flies! One step and we're on the moon, next step into the stars
My! My! Time flies! Maybe we could be there soon, a one way ticket to mars

My! My! Time flies! A man underneath a tree, an apple falls on his head
My my time flies a man wrote a symphony, it's 1812

My! My! Time flies! Four guys across abbey road, one forgot to wear shoes
My! My! Time flies! A rap on a rhapsody, a king who's still in the news, a king to sing you the blues

My! My! Time flies! A man in a winter sleigh, white white white as the snow
My! My! Time flies! A new day is on it's way, so let's let yesterday go
Could be we step out again
Could be tomorrow but then,
Could be 2010

Graduation Soundtrack:

6. My! My! Time Flies (Enya)

. . .stay tuned for Song #5 next week!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Weekend Adventures

As my last post said, spring is here! And yes, that is a very good thing. Although, I did see a little bit of snow in the forecast for the next few days. Oh well, the weekend was lovely, although a bit rainy for a couple days, and I am feeling quite certain that spring will come!

I had a really fun weekend. On Friday, after work, I went downtown with a friend of mine. We got coffee at Starbucks and then walked around the boardwalk and along the lake for quite awhile. It was sunny, it was the warmest it had been in months, and the sunset was absolutely breathtaking. I, of course, had my camera handy, and we stopped along the lake for a bit so that I could take some pictures (of course!). I have decided that I am addicted to taking pictures. :-)

On Saturday I went to Spokane, Washington, with the same friend where we went to a Big Horn Outdoors Show. I saw the most camo I have ever seen in one place at one time in my entire life (*grin*), and it was fun looking at different things (and sampling buffalo jerky!) but the best part of the whole thing (and one of the reasons I agreed to go -although don't get me wrong, the whole thing was great fun!) was the Dock Dogs. I am completely inspired. People bring their dogs and they keep their dog at the end of a dock while they throw a toy into a big pool. The dog then runs down the dock at full speed, and is supposed to jump into the pool and the goal is to see how far the dog jumps. It's quite nice when it works correctly. :-) However, there were some dogs who came to the end of the dock and slammed on the brakes. "Why should I jump in there?" was the look on their faces. :-) Our black Lab, Reba, loves water, so I have decided I want to see if Reba will do dock jumping this summer, because I think she would be really good at it. I tried to take some pictures of the Dock Dogs, but they didn't really turn out, so I won't bother sharing them here (they are really dark and hard to see).

Another cool part of the show was the fact that they had 4 black bears there. They were, obviously, in a big cage, but I think they were performing later in the day -we didn't stick around that long. However, when we were there some of the bears were sleeping, and two of them were playing and wrestling with each other - they were so cute!

After the show in Spokane we headed back to Idaho where we got some lunch, but before lunch we stopped by the Post Falls Dam, which was amazing last year and is amazing again this year. I took a video of the falls:

Isn't that amazing? It is, obviously, even more amazing in person, and when they open all the big gates and the entire thing is open, it is very impressive - I got to see that last spring.

Sunday was uneventful - I went to Church and did homework, so nothing much to report there! So that is the latest in the Life of Laura. :-)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring has Sprung!

Just wanted to wish you all a

Happy Spring!

The temperature reached 60 glorious degrees today, and the sun has been shining for most of the day. It's been a beautiful day, and a great way to start off SPRING! Here come the tulips. . .and daffodils. . .and lilacs. . .and all sorts of other beautiful flowers! :-)

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
and I say it's all right

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
and I say it's all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
and I say it's all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes...

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,
and I say it's all right
It's all right

Saturday, March 14, 2009

March Update

Happy March!

I don't know about all of you, but I am having a very hard time believing that it is mid-March already! It seems like it was just Christmas, and now we are almost 1/4 of the way to next Christmas! Where is the time going?

I am now 50-days (and counting!) away from graduating with a BS in Communication Arts from Lewis-Clark State College. Yes, I am totally excited, and yes, I am a bit scared about what comes after graduation.

I'm not going to lie. . .I am starting to think that I actually will miss school. Who knows, maybe I'll be adventurous and go back for a Master's someday. . .but not for awhile. I think school has just been a part of me for so long (since I was 5!) that it is going to be weird not having it. Oh well, I'm sure I'll have no trouble adjusting to the lack of homework. :-) More time for reading, right? Maybe.

But I am not scared about the lack of homework (trust me, that is not something I'm scared about in the least!). . .rather, I am scared about where life could take me after graduating. Maybe "scared" is a strong word. . .but I think there is a little fear there in the back of my mind. I mean, there is so much expected of a college graduate. . .you're supposed to get a job, start a career in your chosen field, and make something of yourself. And in this day and age it's a bit difficult to do that. So I guess we'll see where post-college life takes me. I would love to get a journalism job or something similar. . .but if I don't, oh well. :-) Who knows. . .maybe God has bigger and better plans for me. Only time will tell.

Yes, I, like most people, have dreams of where I would like to be 10 years from now, or 5 years from now, even 2 years from now. Will I meet all of those goals? Accomplish all of those dreams? Probably not. But a girl can dream, right? :-) And like I said. . .only time will tell. . .and 10, 5 or even 2 years from now I'll keep you posted and let you know how many of those dreams have come true. :-) Gosh, I am already about to meet one of my goals in, oh, 50 days! :-P

There are other adjustments that will have to be made in post-college life. For example, when aforementioned "dream job" comes along (or "not-so-dream-but-communications-related job") comes along, that will mean leaving my job at the bakery, where I have spent more hours than I care to calculate over the past almost-3 years. The memories I have made during my time at Great Harvest, as well as the friendships with my amazing co-workers, will forever be unforgettable and it is my deepest hope that the friendships I have with some of my co-workers-turned-friends will not die, but will rather grow even stronger. I suppose, again, time will tell. . .but that is my hope, and I will try my hardest to make sure that happens. :-)

As far as school now is concerned. . .I am excited to say that my senior research project is coming along nicely. Thanks to all of you who are on Facebook who took the online version of my survey (I don't know who you are, but you do!). I appreciate it. I am working on getting the data ready to analyze and then I will meet with someone who will help me analyze it and eventually I will finish my (rather long) research paper. For those who don't know, I have been accepted to present my senior research project at the Northwest Communication Associaton's 2009 Conference in early April. It's a bit nerve-wracking knowing that I will be presenting my paper alongside graduate students and a few professors of communication, but it is also an honor to be accepted and I am, in a way, looking forward to it. There are three others from my class who will be presenting as well, and I am sure we will have fun listening to each other's presentations and spending the weekend together. :-)

I also have to put together a powerpoint for when I have to present my senior project at the 2009 LCSC-Cd'A Senior Research Symposium at the end of April. It's a pretty formal all-day event with seniors from four different divisions presenting their projects, and I am nervous (although excited) about it as well.

Last (but not least!) I am in the process of putting together a portfolio that I will be able to use when I am done with school to, supposedly, persuade a potential employer that I am the best candidate. I have a beautiful portfolio binder (thanks to an amazing friend of mine -- you know who you are) in which I am including a variety of different things, such as papers from college, certificates, letters of recommendation, etc., and I am eager to see how it turns out. :-)

I also want to apologize for the lack of blog entries lately. I really do enjoy updating my blog, but with school and, well, hanging out with friends, the time to update the blog is lacking, as is the inspiration at times. :-) I am sure I'll have more inspiration soon, however, and definitely once I am done with school. :-)

So. . .until my next update. . .have a wonderful March. . .and Happy St. Patrick's Day! :-)