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Life keeps on going

Hey look, my blog's all different now! It needed a change. Yes, I know it looks like a frumpy sweater but...its a cute frumpy sweater, yeah?

Today for Memorial Day, I went with my parents, siblings and grandparents to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery to visit the graves of some relatives. There was remembrance hanging heavy in the air today, some sorrow, some grief, and somehow...it felt peaceful, restful and quiet. I sat by the grave of my great-great grandparents and listened to my grandfather tell stories about his polygamist grandfather living in the Mormon colonies in Mexico. I felt a connection to these people I'd never met, that somehow they are inextricably a part of my life in every way. I felt, not like an individual, but like a single thread in an enormous tapestry of my family.
We also went to visit Brandon's grave. My cousin Brandon died when he was 6 years old, 6 years ago this Saturday. I was 13 years old when he died. I remember feeling such intense emot…

I miss winter just because I miss when I knew you best...

Have you ever inadvertently heard a song that expressed exactly what you were feeling at that moment?
Have you ever listened to the music and the lyrics and, bewildered, wondered how on earth the artist read your mind?
Have you ever felt that stab of pain listening to words saying exactly what you'd tried to pretend you weren't thinking?
And then, have you realized that maybe you're not alone after all? That somewhere in this world, someone felt the same way you did, and they wrote it down and set it to music? That in listening to this song, you and the songwriter and the singer and maybe a few other listeners shared that moment, that thought....

I have.

Man, I love music.

Do I have to...?

I'm just posting this on here so I'll be accountable for it. Goals inside my head are a lot easier to neglect.

Tomorrow, I'm not going back to sleep after family scripture study. I will stay awake and do something productive, goshdangit!

Whew. Thanks for listening!

Magnification...yup.

So, in my new ward I was called as the ward organist. This is great and all, but with one drawback.

I've never played the organ.

I mean, I've played the piano for 13 years, so I should be able to just pick up the organ instantly, yeah? It's not like they're two completely different instruments, or anything.

I wish.

Surprisingly though, I'm really starting to enjoy this calling. I'm already discovering new and unexpected perks to this assignment.
First, and most obviously, I get to learn how to play the organ. I wanted to learn a new instrument this summer, and since my guitar learning has been temporarily suspended, it's awesome that I have some new instrument to replace it.
Next, I think this is going to help out my piano skills. A lot. I've always been really, REALLY pedal-dependent. So being forced to play a keyboard instrument where there's no damper pedal to blur over my mistakes, and I have to actually use (gasp) finger legato will be go…

Feeling content

Some things that I like today:
The fact that my laptop is sitting on my feet keeping them warm.
Nate Ruess. Hey, Dria, remember that time...?
Friends who call me when I'm bored and keep me entertained with their witty words.
Along the same lines: drowned muskrats.
My new favorite word: raconteur. Now that I've discovered what one is, I've gotta learn to be one, I think.
Adobe's "We love Apple" ad campaign. (Ok I'm a little bit of a nerd...but you have to admit this is the world's most passive-aggressive ad).
Peanut butter Rice Krispie treats.
The fact that I can do laundry for free. There are perks to living at home.

Goals goals goals goals goals....

I've had a lot of time on my hands lately. This is great. Unfortunately, it also tends to give me a lot of time to drift around and do nothing. And so, to ensure that I harness this time and make this the best summer ever, I'm going to make a few goals for the summer. Here they are, in no special order:
Train for, and run a half-marathon, and the Red Rock RelayGet my average mile pace under 8 minutes for anything less than 5 milesMeet someone new at church every SundayLearn how to cook something new every weekSmile a lot moreGo to the temple at least every other weekServe someone every dayConsistently read my scriptures earlier in the day (I'm too sleepy when I read at night)Read at least 2 books each monthWork on my Honors program Great Works requirementsKeep better track of my belongingsLearn how to talk quietly when I'm on the phoneLearn my Debussy and Bach pieces, and become capable at playing the organGo on ADVENTURES!!!! Yep, that looks like a pretttty good summe…

Feelings? or something....

What are you supposed to do with unpleasant emotions?
I'm not trying to be angsty, this is a legitimate question I'm wondering about.
Part of me wants to say, "Repressing emotions is bad!" and revel in cathartic misery. Nothing more therapeutic than yet another round of sobbing, right?
Part of me says, "Emotions hurt!" and wants to build a thick wall around my heart and just...stop feeling.
I know there's gotta be a balance somewhere. Because I don't want to be a stone wall. I know if I don't let myself feel some sadness, I cut myself off from feeling joy later.
But I also know if I spend my days curled up in a ball crying, or falling apart at the most innocent reminders, I won't ever be able to move on with my life.

Oh boundary, where are you?

"Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time..."

I once had a friend say to me, "Karissa, do you ever wake up and just think, 'Anything could happen today. Today's events could change the course of my entire life'?" I find it thrilling how unpredictable life is, how often I find myself shaking my head in wonder and saying, "Wow. I sure didn't see that coming when I woke up this morning."
Yesterday was one of those days when I said, "Wow. I sure didn't see that coming when I woke up this morning...and if I had, I probably just wouldn't have gotten out of bed."
But this same unpredictability is what gives me hope. I look over the past year of my life and see how many blessings have poured in that I'd never have expected. New friends, rich experiences, fun times, hard times, opportunities, and lessons in love, in trust, in letting others in. I never would have seen this coming. And so maybe a year from now, I'll look back on this weekend and say, "Yep, that sucked.…