Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Anticipating Thanksgiving Day in NYC

I am going to see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade IN PERSON!!!!!! Needless to say, I am extremely excited for this event. I have watched this parade on television probably every year that I can recall being alive (and I know that is totally possible, because the parade has been running for 82 years! This is the 83rd). This is going to be awesome!!!! Soon, I will have pictures of my own to share, but until then, these will suffice.Eeeeeek! If I must not be with my family, this is definitely the other way I would want to spend Thanksgiving. Well, at least in the morning. I look forward to enjoying good food and good company, too.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pleasure Amid Pain

It's that time of year again, where once Halloween comes, times flies and the holiday season begins. And right now for me that means school is nearing the end...of the semester, that is. Let me not get ahead of myself. But I really cannot believe that I only have 3-4 weeks of school left. All I have left to do is write four final papers that are at least each 10 pages long. Sounds simple, right? Ha. I'm not sure how I am going to accomplish it, exactly, but somehow, some miracle will occur, and a month from now I will be home in Las Vegas with my family, enjoying Christmas time. Sigh. I am very much looking forward to that.

I failed to mention earlier this month that I went to the opera for my first time. It was pretty fantastic. It was an American-themed performance titled "American Voices" at the David H.
Koch theater at Lincoln Center. Various American performers, including one of my favorite singers, Rufus Wainwright, each performed one song.
The NYC Ballet also did a number, which was so beautiful. Before it had started, I was outside waiting for Abby to meet me and people-watched. Opera-goers are no joke. Most men were in black tie attire, women were wearing long, shimmering gowns with fur shawls. I was AT THE OPERA. Once inside, I was pretty happy with the seating for the 12-dollar ticket holders (i.e me and Abby). For the cheapest seats, they were not too shabby at all! The theater was beautiful.
We were on the fifth level, on the side (right of stage), and we could see down into the orchestra pit. It was really fascinating to watch the musicians play in addition to watching and listening to the singers. It was a really nice experience.

This post is to prove that despite my stressful state, I do still take time out to enjoy things. And tonight, I'm going here:

And then to see this:
At least my priorities are in order, right? Ha.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

In All Honesty

I haven't been posting lately, because I feel like if I do it's going to be negative sounding and/or depressing. I'm not in the highest spirits these days, but it's manageable. And finally, I have some positive things to mention.

The midterm point in the semester has come and gone, hallelujah. I still have one more paper to turn in, a week late, but it's not my fault. Half of my paper is to involve work with a client, but my internship has not been the most productive and it is affecting me in every way. Hopefully things will change soon, or I may lose my mind. It's such an integral part of the Social Work program at NYU, and I am not getting what I need from it AT ALL. Again, here's hoping that changes real soon, as in this week. Blah.

BUT! On a positive note, I have received two midterm grades thus far: "A" and "A-". Why give the minus, really? I've never understood the plus and minus mentality. Either it's an "A" paper or it's not. I guess I should be grateful for the existence of the plus/minus grading system, because I may have slipped down to a "B" if it didn't exist. So yeah, I should be happy about those grades, and I am. I just sometimes feel like I'm fooling the teacher. I don't quite have the confidence in myself that I should. My roommate called me on that this weekend and told me I'm too hard on myself. That may be true, but I am the only one who knows what goes on behind the scenes of my school life, and honestly, it's not that impressive.

I know it's all this stress that is causing the negativity in my life, so I did some research and found this:

Perhaps it will help some. But what helps more are the little quotes I read each night from the spiritual quote book "Stand a Little Taller". The other night I opened it up to this:

"Don't Quit"

"And now, my beloved son, notwithstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God". Moroni 9:6

"You have not failed until you quit trying." - President Gordon B. Hinckley

This could not have hit more directly on the head of what I have been feeling lately. But just when I think it couldn't get more applicable, tonight's, dated for November the 8th, it reads:

"Believe in Yourself"

"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward". Hebrews 10:35

"Believe in yourself. Believe in yourself as a child of God. Believe in your capacity to do good in the world, to spread light and truth and understanding; to reach out to those in distress and need to help and bless them" -President Gordon B. Hinckley

This one is going on the wall, in big, bold letters where I can see it every single day. So perfect.

p.s. I have the most AMAZING and WONDERFUL parents that ever existed. They help me, too. I'm just sayin'.