Saturday, May 29, 2010

A fish out of water

For work I've spent the last two days at the Casual Blogger Conference. And the best part, is that I've learned some amazing tips and tools and I didn't have to pay the $185--thank you work.

Want to know what a blogger conference is like? It's like:

1. A singles ward activity
Why? Because everywhere I look all I see are ladies. Oh, there are guys here. You just have to look very hard to find them. Unfortunately, it's the same in a singles ward.

2. A YW activity
Have you been in a room with a bunch of young women? They all talk super fast, loud, and with a little too much excitement. Yah it's like that here.

3. A newly married student ward
Most of the bloggers here are between 20 and 35 and married with young kids. The other 20% are older married bloggers. If you're single you fall in that other .1% (with the other six guys). See why I kind of feel like a fish out of water? :)

Plus what's not to love about a conference were because EVERY blogger has a business card, giving me a whole new list of blogs to stalk.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Monkey Business

I'm really excited to become an aunt. Since I've known that Spencer and Sara were having a little baby boy, I've wanted to make something for him. At first, I was going to sew him a quilt, but then I realized that a) I don't have enough time and b) he would probably get tons of blankets.

For months, I've had this book of stuffed animals to make and when I came across Mr. Monkey I fell in love with him and knew that I just had to make him. And didn't he turn out adorable? I love his imperfections, yellow plaid pants, and his wonderful little heart! (Which freehand turned out really well, I'd have to say.)

Thursday, May 06, 2010

This little badge is the reason I haven't been blogging much lately.

What's so special about this badge you ask? It's my ID badge for the Church History Museum and receiving it is the culmination of four long months. This little badge gets me into the parking lot behind the church museum and of course opens up fun doors in the Church History Museum.

When I started docent training in January I had no idea how intense the next four months would be. Though walking out with the following reading material on the first day should have been my first indication. Yes, that's over seven inches of material. When I started training I thought I would show up on Thursday, sit in a class for three hours and then be on my merry way. What I didn't count on was the HOURS I would spend on homework.

I've enjoyed the training and I've learned some amazing things. Did you know that the Church History museum has a penguin in it's basement? Or that Brigham Young got the idea for the tabernacle roof from a bridge that was built over the Jordan River? Or that the original Church History contained rocks and animals? Or that the longest serving bishop in the church served as bishop for 49 years?

While I like docent training (and while I may grumble about it, being a docent would be a whole lot scarier if I hadn't prepared as well), I was glad to see it finally come to an end. Yesterday, was the first day I was able to officially be on the floor and I loved this sense of being part of something special. There is a wonderful spirit in the museum and I know it's because of the thousands of artifacts and stories that are dying to be expressed. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to share amazing things in church history while strengthening testimonies. Who knows maybe I'll become one of those docents who has been at the museum for 10, 20 and even 30 years.

So if you're in Salt Lake on a Wednesday evening, stop by the museum for a tour. I'd love to show you around, unfortunately I won't be able to show you the penguin.