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Monday, July 14, 2008

Then and now

20 years ago: I was 5 years old and a Kindergartener at Woodstock Elementary in SLC. In class I sat with my two neighborhood girlfriends at the “Circle Table”, which was actually rectangular, and this was cause for much confusion to me. (I guess the tables were all named after shapes, but I’m very literally minded, so I couldn’t quite handle this abstraction at 5 years of age). My girlfriends copied their classwork off of mine.

10 years ago: I was 15 years old and in 9th grade at Bonneville Jr. High. This was the most Mormon year of my life. I took my first seminary class, read the entire Book of Mormon cover to cover in 2 months, and finished school with a sense of peace and a testimony about the LDS church. This only lasted for about a year, and within 2 years I lost my belief in god and the church. I also started my period during this year. Yay for late blooming in that area! (Apologies to my male readers.)

5 years ago: I was 20 years old and a Junior at the University of Utah. I had just declared my second major in Linguistics, and would have to complete the required Linguistics courses within four semesters, but I planned it all out and knew it would be doable. I was living in the same apartment in which I’m currently living, and working part time at a medical malpractice law firm. I was very poor, but very happy.

3 years ago: I was 22 and had graduated from the U with a double major in German and Linguistics, and I had a plan to flee Utah at the end of summer and move to Boston, though I had no job lined up. It would have probably been a mistake to move to Boston (I can’t stand the humidity on the East coast), and so that’s why it’s a good thing that I decided to stay and pursue a relationship with my post-collegiate fling Like Me, which promptly ended at the end of summer anyway.

1 year ago: I was 24 and my situation then was much like it is now: Living with Ian in our apartment near the U and working at the patent law firm. The only difference is that I had not yet decided to pursue law school.

So far this year: I took the LSAT in June, which is basically the only thing I have been focusing on this year. I did well on it and I hope it gets me into law school next year.

Yesterday: I had a fun little relationship talk with Ian. He and I are not great at communicating with each other, and this is something that I feel needs to be addressed if we are to rekindle a closeness between us. Honestly not sure where this is going to go, but we’re going to try to keep things together. I love him, and he loves me, but the space between us has got to go. Will love prevail? Stay tuned.

Today: I slept through my alarm for the entire hour it went off, and got to work late. Nobody was mad. I love working here because of that. Later Ian and I will be celebrating Zac’s 100th day of rebirth with a round of sushi. Well, it’ll probably be teriyaki chicken for me. Can’t stomach the raw fish and seaweed. Happy hundredth, Broy!

Tomorrow: I am going to the library to pick up the Extras on DVD (thanks to Miss Whit-face for the recommendation.)



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16 comments:

Sov said...

This is a cool idea, and I think I shall partake as well. I like reading about people's history. Sometimes you learn thing you'd never think to ask about. Very cool.

Sov said...

Wait... you were 15 when womanhood came calling? That seems really late...

Sra said...

Yes, I was 15, and yes that is late. Girls can start as early as 10 or 11, but most have it by 13. So I was very late. But how can you complain about having to delay that little beast?

Trovan said...

It is interesting to look back at our lives and see the path we've taken. I tend to believe that our current self is the sum of our past experiences. When I look back at my own life it seems that there are certain times and decisions that are highlighted in bringing me to where I am now.

And then I think, "Why the hell did I do that?"

Claire said...

Hmm...that's really cool. Not being what one might call a "joiner," I was initially resistant to this idea...but I may have to jump on this band wagon. Of course, that assumes I can remember what happened last week, let alone 20 years ago.

heidikins said...

Hurray for Zac! And for LSATs. Huzzah.

xox

The Over-Thinker said...

That circle-table thing would've totally messed me up. I could barely wrap my head around the idea that they gave us cartons of orange juice at "milk break"....

I hope you and Ian are able to close the gap. If not, make him sit at the circle table and discuss late-blooming womanhood. :)

Congrats again on the LSATs!

P.S. I think you should do an entire post in German.

Sra said...

Huzzah indeed!

Orange Juice at Milk Break would totally mess with me too. I had a hard enough time sorting out the fact that the "used" in "I used a screwdriver to tighten the screw" and the one in "I used to go there more often" was the same word despite the fact that they are pronounced differently and have a grammatically different function in those two sentences. I was astonished in first grade when I learned this.

A post in German, eh? You're trying to kill me right? Alright, I may oblige, but let me just tell you that it takes me twice as long to write half as much in German, especially since I'm not doing it all the time now. But I'll come up with something.

Sov said...

Du konnen es tun!

Sra said...

Danke! Du meinst aber "Du kannst das machen".

Verzeih, ich bin Grammatiknazi auch auf Deutsch!

Sov said...

?? What did I say then? It seems right to me. Bah! I should have had the Internet translate it for me.

Sra said...

What you wrote does say "You can do it" but you should have either written:

Du kannst...

or

Sie koennen...
(there is an e after the o to signify an umlaut over the o)

And since we are good friends who even know each other in real life in addition to blog life, "Du kannst" is better, because it is the familiar form.

And technically, there is nothing wrong with saying "do it" as "es tun", but it is more frequently said as "das machen", so that's just a matter of my personal preference.

The real beef was with the incorrect conjugation of the verb.

So if you said, "Du kannst es tun", that would have been fine.

Sovknight said...

I guess you're right. I always tend to go with the shorter words, because, let's face it... German words can get pretty horrendous length-wise. I still think in English even if I'm writing German.

Sov said...

Du konnen es tun!

The Over-Thinker said...

That circle-table thing would've totally messed me up. I could barely wrap my head around the idea that they gave us cartons of orange juice at "milk break"....

I hope you and Ian are able to close the gap. If not, make him sit at the circle table and discuss late-blooming womanhood. :)

Congrats again on the LSATs!

P.S. I think you should do an entire post in German.

Trovan said...

It is interesting to look back at our lives and see the path we've taken. I tend to believe that our current self is the sum of our past experiences. When I look back at my own life it seems that there are certain times and decisions that are highlighted in bringing me to where I am now.

And then I think, "Why the hell did I do that?"

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