January 30, 2010

Bina's Bizaar

Last night when I was walking home from the testing center my friend Katie from my major called and told me she had a friend who was starting up an Etsy business. So, for the last couple of hours (because we made the sets for them) I have spent my time with crocheted animals. Next week we're taking photos of her headbands and hair barrettes, but if there any little animals in there she knows what she wants her sets to look like. When she has her Etsy shop set up through it will be located HERE.

I did front, back, and side mug shots of all of them.
Then I found a photo for them or made sets for them.

The set kind of reminded me of Yoshi's story.
We wanted to make it look like a little kid made it.

I think they are really cute though and I kind of want one. Hint, hint, hint.... the lady bug.

January 22, 2010

My favorite photo of my Dad

My Dad is on the right and this has been my favorite photo of him since I saw it. My Dad likes to joke around and he essentially does what he wants. I have never really known him to be intimidated by much of anything and if he feels right about something he is completely loyal to it regardless of if it makes him a martyr.

He is a great father. He is encouraging and I never have to worry about my goals with school or life being too extravagant because he is right there with me and sometimes further ahead. I blame the life I have on his work ethic and for chasing the wonderful Mom I have.


January 16, 2010


I played ultimate frisbee last night and I went to a dance they held for engineering/education majors tonight. Both are activities I am not even remotely good at doing, but all in all, it was nice to be out. I am glad there are not pictures of either activity to accompany this post though. I suppose if I ever do meet anyone trying to play sports or dancing they must genuinely really love my personality because that is all I have to offer in those areas.

So here's to trying things- even when I know I'm not good at them and having fun with people who are, but still love me anyway.

January 14, 2010

looking forward, not backwards

"As a new year begins and we try to benefit from a proper view of what has gone before, I plead with you not to dwell on days now gone nor to yearn vainly for yesterdays, however good those yesterdays may have been. The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead and remember that faith is always pointed toward the future. Faith always has to do with blessings and truths and events that will yet be efficacious in our lives." Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Best Is Yet to Be,” Ensign, Jan 2010, 22–27

January 10, 2010


I was really good friends with my last room mate and I was a little anxious about having a new room mate.

She is my new room mate and I pretty much love her. I would gladly be her room mate forever. She is so kind, clean (look how nicely her things are organized), and is constantly complimenting me! She is also pretty laid back which is nice because- well, let's not kid ourselves- I'm not!!

I like coming home and talking to her on the other side of the room while we're doing homework. It has been a happy change and I will happily take it with the new semester which seems to be going equally well.


I received a really nice camera over break and thus my Dad started off my bucket list with a bang...or whatever the noise my camera makes when it takes a photo. I think my Dad is more of an avid reader of my blog than I realized because I believe he saw this bucket list and kept on asking casual questions like: "Do you need a new camera?" I told him my camera was working great and I loved it. He asked me when I planned on buying myself my camera and I said "Oh, I'll probably buy it for myself the first teaching paycheck I have." He said that seemed like a long time and I had no idea he had already bought the one I wanted on eBay. Oh Daddy.

I've never had a camera with a fast shutter speed like this, but I kind of felt like trying to take photos of people with past cameras resembled a little bit of what this poor man went through below:

Despite how excited I have been to have my camera, a guy in my ward volunteered to fix my computer and a lot of my time has been spent with that. I have been praying and trying to figure out ways to save money and ...he saved me a lot of money and I get to return my rental computer and it's $15 a month bill back Monday. Isn't it funny how that works out? He would only accept the lunch I bought him for payment and told me to "Do something nice for someone else" for payment.

All in all, I'm grateful for people and for how observant they are of my needs and even wants. I'm trying to figure out how to be the same way.

January 8, 2010

this makes sense

"When a man already has everything he needs in order to be contented, it is very unreasonable of him to go off seek satisfaction elsewhere. It has often struck me that when people are not satisfied with what they already have, and think they can find something better, then they only make themselves worse off. And they do not get any sympathy, because inconstancy is one thing that is universally condemned."

"But what about people who have not yet found their other half?" asked Simontaut. "Would you still say it was inconstancy if they seek her wherever she may be found?"

"No man can know," replied Dagoucin, "where his other half is to be found, this other half with whom he may be find a union so equal that between [the parts] there is no difference; which being so, a man must hold fast where Love constrains him and, whatever may befall him, he must remain steadfast in heart and will. For if she whom you love is your true likeness, if she is of the same will, then it will be your own self that you love, and not her alone."

"Dagoucin, I think you're adopting a position that is completely wrong." said Hircan. "You make it sound as if we ought to love women without being loved in return!"

"What I mean, Hircan, is this. If love is based on a woman's beauty, charm and factors, and if our aim is merely pleasure, ambition, or profit, then such love can never last. For if the whole foundation on which our love is based should collapse, then love will fly from us and there will be no love left in us. But I am utterly convinced that if a man loves with no other aim, no other desire, than to love truly, he will abandon his soul in death rather than allow his love to abandon his heart."

-Heptameron (I don't feel like taking the time to properly cite this)

and I wonder how far flung medieval chivalry is from now. This may be 452 years old, but it makes sense to me. However, something I can't believe though is that I typed up all of this for the point of sharing.

January 4, 2010

Just thought you should know

The girls in my major feel like family and it was so nice to see all of them today and be back in my routine. I didn't even realize how much I missed them over break! I was totally giddy before classes today realizing how awesome it is to have all of my classes with these people. I love seeing my teachers again. These people are like slave drivers and I'm sure when we are teachers we will love them even more for it.

Everything about this major is just really amazing. I love it all over again.

January 3, 2010

Winter 2010...the semester I was supposed to graduate

When I go to Kentucky everything seems so laid back and easy going, but coming back to Utah seems like this time warp that sucks up all of my time (in a good way).

It seems I came straight from the airport and
haven't stopped running since (or perhaps laughing at myself in the Zumba class I went to),
meeting new people (like my new room mate and her parents),
went grocery shopping,
re-organized my room,
and bought my textbooks.

Regardless of how much I have liked my classes (and with special ed- I love them) or how difficult they will be, something in my head always clicks when I buy textbooks that says "You can do this." But I was grateful when I received my grades back from last semester and they said "You did it."

and here's to starting that cycle all over again.

January 2, 2010


The man next to me said "You must be hung over from New years the way you are acting."

I laughed because I can't think of anything more of an opposite. I fell asleep on the couch at 7 PM watching a home makeover television show with my Dad playing on the computer. He woke me up and said, "Wow, you're a New Years riot."

A steel box with wheels and wings took me 1600 miles away from my parents and deposited me in a city as foreign to me as the cracked lips I haven't had in two weeks.