And since it's Easter . . .
Here's something I wrote around Christmastime, but it's just as true at Easter: I Believe in Christ.
It's been nearly a year since I attended church at a family ward. Today, though, I went with my parents to church, and I noticed some things I hadn't paid much attention to before:
The Proust Questionnaire* is a questionnaire about one's personality; it's supposed to reveal a person's tastes and aspirations. There are countless variations of the questionnaire, and apparently, around the turn of the 20th Century, answering such questions was popular among English families. Contrary to popular belief, though, Proust did not create the questionnaire; he just happened to take a version of one and answer enthusiastically.
I just got this e-mail from the University:
Environmental Health and Safety and the Office of the Vice President for University Operations want to remind you that Austin has a significant bat population. Bats are considered a high-rabies risk species and like all wildlife, should never be touched.
If you find a live or dead bat in a building or a live bat outside that cannot fly, please call Environmental Health & Safety's Animal Make Safe program at 471-BATS (2287).
Please remember to shut all windows and doors especially in the evening to help keep bats and other animals from getting into buildings.
It was foolish of me to think I could start making bread at 11:00 at night and still be in bed before 2:00 am. Granted, I had a few other things to do as well, but really, I shouldn't have even let myself start something so late at night. You can all laugh, too, and say, "But Sara! You always go to bed that late; why is it a problem now?" Because it is, that's why, and because I've been trying really, really hard (and somewhat successfully) to get in bed by 12:30 every night.
Sometimes I like bragging about my siblings because I think they're so great.
Gwyneth Paltrow, to be exact.
A couple of years ago, I got really run-down. I had to sing at awards shows, which was fun but stressful. I'd have a Guinness and a beta-blocker every time. I also was constantly getting on airplanes, trying to knock myself out with sleeping pills and wine, waking up, trying to sweat it out with exercise and a steam, and then working really hard all day. Eventually, I had a panic attack. My body was like, "What is happening?"
My doctor, Alejandro Junger, recommended that I cut out basically everything: dairy, sugar, gluten, anything processed. I was like, "What the f--- am I going to eat now?" That's why I made the book: to stop eating brown rice out of the fridge because I didn't know what else to eat and it was demoralizing.
The last night of "South by," as the locals say it,* was an interesting one. It started with dinner at Phil's Icehouse, maker of my favorite burger in Austin, and ended with The Smashing Pumpkins. As you can see, it was book-ended by two good things.
This was the best part of SXSW today:
Well, it's Day 2 for me, anyway.
Every SXSW I've been to has been a little different. The first year, I went to a lot of films, mostly because I didn't know there are so many free shows. (I did know about the free Strokes show, though!) The second year, I carefully planned all the concerts I wanted to catch and unexpectedly found out about a few gems (Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes). This year, it's a whole new experience because there aren't that many bands or shows I'm familiar with, so I'm sort of flying by the seat of my pants. Heck, I even listened to a hip hop band today! (See? It's totally unlike me!)
The hymn “Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy” best tells this story: “"Dark the night of sin has settled; loud the angry billows roar. Eager eyes are watching, longing, for the lights along the shore." That is the moment I tried to capture. The lighthouse represents the light of the gospel and of the Savior that we all hold and can use to guide people to their Father in Heaven. The storm and rough waters represent the trials we go through in life. The red of the coat worn by the sailor on the right symbolizes the Savior, showing that Christ is with us, and that if we let Him, He can be the captain of our boat to point us toward the lighthouse of our Heavenly Father’s love and mercy.
Today, LinkedIn pushed some articles into my inbox. The title of one caught my eye: 20 Powerful Action Verbs to Kick Your Resume Up a Notch. It seemed like a worthwhile read. I've known for some time now that using precise action verbs on a resume is essential to explain previous work experience and to catch potential employers' eyes, but it's always useful to add new words to your resume toolbox.