Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
In diary news, we did end up making it to Morgan to visit my family last night, busing most of the way and stopping to see the light on temple square. We opened presents this morning and have just been enjoying a very peaceful holiday. We're excited to spend the rest of the break together and also are getting excited for school to start. We have some cool classes this semester.
And here's our present to all our blog readers.
SLEEPY BABY 6
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
A pictography of the night:
Also, Tim thinks we need more pictures. We don't really take pictures though, but here are a few:
Sometimes... Tim cooks in our kitchlivinbedroom....
...we do this a lot (currently I'm working on Guns, Germs, and Steel. It's awesome. Highly recommended. Tim is working on Hillary Clinton's autobiography, Lord of the Things, Anna Karenina, a book about the apostles, some Orson Scott Card sci-fi, etc, etc. He likes to bounce around)...
...we go on dates sometimes to usually delicious yet sometimes disappointing ethnic restaurants...
our wall furnishing.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Now, I'm just sitting in bed, practicing my Spanish, and listening to the stew simmer. Waiting for my wonderful husband to finish his final already and come home to our little haven. Then we'll watch our Netflix movie (we have Once and Into the Wild). Both look profound. The snow continues to fall. Christmas is in a week. Life=blissful.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
"My Mormonism and my feminism intersect in a belief in the absolute equality of all of God’s children and in a belief that we have a responsibility to make the world better."
I found it while I was flipping through notes on Soc of Gender for my final tomorrow morning. I love it. That's exactly how I feel. Equality and parity and equal opportunity and improved standard of living for all of humanity and all of God's children.
On a lighter note, our housing situation is dire. Not dire actually, we just only have one more month in our apartment and nowhere to go after that until April. I think we should live as squatters in various locations on campus to make a statement that until everyone can have adequate shelter, we don't want it. And then if BYU gives us grief, we'll just claim to be anthropology students doing an ethnographic research project. Brilliant.
**In the early 1990s, BYU board of trustees "vetoed without comment" a proposal to have Laurel Thatcher Ulrich speak in a forum at BYU because she was "too controversial" (she's a Harvard history professor, Pulitzer Prize winner, married, LDS, mother of many children, and brilliant! Is that controversial?!). That same year, Justice Clarence Thomas (after his controversial sexual harassment case), was brought to BYU to speak. VOICE (Parity's ancestor) protested, and was suspended as a BYU club. CAN YOU IMAGINE? I wish I had been around during the heyday of feminist activism at BYU. We've made strides in the past few decades, but we're not nearly finished.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Today, I have lost all faith in the BYU student body (at least that enjoy Randy Bott's mission prep class). Dr. Hudson sent me this article this morning. Highest-rated professor in the nation?? That is so unnerving.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tim says I sounded like I was scared to get beat up [which at some point, I think I was afraid of that]
I didn't mean for it to sound like I was going to be physically abused, just emotionally...
I can't find that one online yet, but she e-mailed it to me and this is what my section said:
"Senior Caitlin Carroll from South Carolina had a different experience. As someone who is against Proposition 8, Carroll began the interview for this article by saying, "I will not share with you all of the things that I am passionate about for fear of further attacks and threats against my personal being."
This fear, she said, was based on the response she received after publishing her opposing thoughts on the issue in a "Letter to the Editor" in The Daily Universe which included "threats and vicious e-mails from fellow students that I could not believe."
"I listen to my leaders, but I also pray and ask God for confirmation to know that what my leaders are saying is what I need to be doing," Carroll said. "On this issue, I received no divine answer but decided through my own experiences and research into the matter my position on it."
In the end, Carroll thought the way in which the campus dealt with the issue was harsh.
"I have so many friends here at BYU that are gay that mean so much to me, and I hated the way the students promoted Prop. 8 like it was a fun game with the plastering of posters and the telephone banks right in front of their faces," she said. "I don't think they realized the hurt they were inflicting upon the gay community both at BYU and throughout the Church.""
Haha... it does sound like I was scared.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
BUT on the bright side:
Wonderful husband. Secondary education. Access to health care (even if it costs hundreds of dollars). Free lunch at the Pennyroyal courtesy of Cecilia. Wearing PJs all day long because I can. Plans tonight? Maybe.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I'm doing a project for my introduction to middle east studies class, and we're doing it on Saudi Arabian poetry. Under the topic of Saudi Arabian poetry on Wikipedia there are four names. The second name on the list is Osama bin Laden. That's right. According to Wikipedia one of the four most noteworthy poets from Saudi Arabia is Osama bin Laden. Here's a sampling of his poetry:
Tomorrow, William, you will discover which young man [will] confront your brethren, who have been deceived by [their own] leaders.
A youth, who plunges into the smoke of war, smiling
He hunches forth, staining the blades of lances red
May God not let my eye stray from the most eminent
Humans, should they fall, Djinn, should they ride
[And] lions of the jungle, whose only fangs
[Are their] lances and short Indian swords
As the stallion bears my witness that I hold them back
[My] stabbing is like the cinders of fire that explode into flame
On the day of the stallions’ expulsion, how the war-cries attest to me
As do stabbing, striking, pens, and books.
We are also adopting a Utah County child as well, but have not been assigned yet. I have been needing to do something good in the community recently. There are so many people in need and I couldn't be happier to help.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Since exercising my right to vote last month, I have been reflecting upon the work and sacrifices of the early suffragettes. The first wave of suffragists in the mid-19th century paved the way for the more radical movement in the 20th century that ultimately resulted in the 19th amendment.
I was reading today about Lucy Stone, a prominent suffragette who was present at the Seneca Falls Convention with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Lucy Stone was the first woman to graduate from college in Massachusetts, having been inspired to receive an education by Mary Lyon (the founder of Mount Holyoke) while sitting in a sewing circle of all places. After graduating, Lucy married Henry Brown Blackwell, a prominent abolitionist and brother to Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in the US. Let's just talk about what a progressive feminist family: Another Blackwell brother married Antoinette Brown, the first female minister and another prominent feminist in the early women's rights movement. Those Blackwells must have had fantastic parents (father was a sugar refiner from England, mother bore 9 children, nothing too unique except that they were adamant about education for their daughters).
But what I learned today that I really wanted to share: Lucy Stone is the first known woman in the United States to have kept her last name after marriage-- "Women who continue to use their birth names after marriage are still occasionally known as "Lucy Stoners" in the U.S."
I'm a Lucy Stoner! That sounds so cool!