Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lazy Weekend

We just passed Memorial Day weekend. I love 3 day weekends, but it’s still hard to get up to go back to work. I didn’t do a whole lot and it felt great. On Saturday I slept in then cleaned my house and read my book in turns.  Sunday and Monday I spent some time with my family, which I always like to do.

I took the time to purge my bookshelves on Sunday. I have one large 6 shelf and one small 3 shelf and they are overflowing. That’s even after I purged some books. Now, it’s just not as bad. I’m not usually a pack rat but I struggle getting rid of books. I won’t get rid of my favorite books, but I love to re-read and even books that I wouldn’t list as my favorites are still re-readable to me. Then there are books that I just want to keep because I loved them as a kid and I’ve taken the time to find copies of some I didn’t have.  And of course, there are books that I’ve picked up to read someday.  Sometimes I can get rid of a few of those because my tastes have changed or I realize I’m really never going to read them. But most of the time, I read the back cover and think “oh yeah, this sounds good” so even if I don’t want to read it now, I want to read it when that elusive someday comes.
Interestingly, I think that sometimes I just have to wait for the right time to come along. Case in point, this weekend I read Fate’s Edge by Ilona Andrews, who happens to be the author of one of my favorite series. I bought it the day it came out sometime last year and it’s been sitting on my shelf because even though I wanted to read it, I didn’t want to read it at that exact moment. Last week, I read Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares. I’ve had that book in my TBR pile for years (I even owned a copy but I purged it thinking I would never read it – then had to borrow it from the library) and finally the time came when I wanted to finish that series.
I think sometimes if I force myself to read a particular book at a particular time, I don’t enjoy it as much as I would have if I just let the right time come. I wonder if I’m just crazy or if other people do this?

Monday, May 21, 2012

I'm an aunt again!

My sister-in-law had her baby yesterday. It’s hard to believe my little brother is a dad now.  I’m happy for them. I got to see baby Katya for a few minutes in the hospital after I ran an errand for them. She’s got a head of dark hair. It’s going to be so nice to have a baby in the family again since my next youngest niece is now 3.
I went to see The Man of La Mancha this weekend also. It was very good, but then I’ve never been to a bad performance at Pioneer Theater.  The only thing I actually knew about it before going to see it was that it is based on Don Quixote (a book I own but have never read) and I knew the song “The Impossible Dream”.  I thought it would be nice to see “The Impossible Dream” in the context of the play and while that was probably my favorite songs, there are some other songs I really enjoyed.  It was interesting that there was a story within a story being told and I liked that even though the reality for the characters in the story was quite bleak, there was a message of hope at the end.
I also had stake conference this weekend (busy weekend) and I was very inspired. While I do things with/for my family, friends, and church calling, being single with no children means most of my time is my own. And I like it. And I’m usually very happy with my life. But I can do better, be kinder, serve others more often, and try a little harder. After all, there is always room for improvement and I like feeling like I’m progressing and challenging myself to be a better person.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I passed!

Well, the day finally arrived when I had to go take the PHR exam. I have put a lot of effort into studying for it these past couple weeks. To the extent that I even stopped reading (except for exam materials) for days at a time. But it paid off.

I didn't sleep well last night and had a huge amount of test anxiety this morning as I got up and drove to the university where the testing center is. My stomach was seriously not happy. I kept trying to give myself pep talks and take deep breaths. :)

When I first started the exam, for a little bit I thought I was taking the wrong test. I really didn't know why they were asking those questions, and it wasn't really what I had studied for. I bet I was positive on the answer for about 1/3 the questions. The rest I had to elimiate answers to get to what I thought was the best one. I hate those kinds of questions.

After 2 and 1/2 hours I pushed the "end exam" button and waited for my score. It's only a preliminary score that just says Pass. So I have to wait a couple weeks for the official score and the certificate, but I don't see what can change. It was all on the computer and they score it to get the pass. At first I thought I was seeing things. I had to go into the restroom afterwards and I just started crying. :) Yes, I have been an emotional wreck today. So pretty soon I'll have a certificate showing that I am certified PHR (Professional of Human Resources) to hang in my office.

The rest of the day was wonderful! I shopped a bit and ate lunch with my sister and then on the drive home, I hit the emotional low and made it home for a cat nap. I was exhausted. Then I got up and went to Lowe's and bought a bunch of flowers and potting soil and planted flowers in all my pots. I always think I'm only going to get a couple pots full, but I always end up buying too many flowers. I ended up with flowers in 7 pots/planters of different shapes and sizes.

I can't wait to just sit outside in my lawn chair with my flowers and a good book!  :)