Saturday, December 20, 2008

coming to you from lovely Pasadena

After 14 hours in the car, we finally made it to the lovely Carrie Graham's house, and it is lovely as well. We stopped twice; once for breakfast in Cedar City, and again for (late) lunch in Barstow. Well, not really Barstow, but that's a story for another day.

I'll leave you with an amazing quote on dear Carrie's wall. Read it a couple of times for full effect, and then you'll realize why I absolutely adore her.

"Cultural engagement is crucial, but we must remember that authentic engagement is never condescending. It's not "top down" it's shared knowing marked by equanimity. In the most intimate of dances, there is no leader and no follower. Instead, there is a gracious mutuality, a learned sensitivity to the movement, personality, and mood of the other. If we are truly going to incarnate the gospel in this new world, we as Christ-followers would do well to learn the spiritual rhythms of non-Christians and a dance that is, first of all, fully human. As we seek humble engagement instead of power, we will earn the right to draw others into the subtle rhythms of grace."

-Sally Morrgenthaler

Friday, December 19, 2008

Society as family in German film: Fritz Lang's M and Wolfgang Becker's Goodbye, Lenin!

at least that's the title of the paper that I should be writing right now.

Instead, I think I'll tell you about some of my favorite places in Provo. Here goes:
(disclaimer: this list is not all inclusive, and of course, includes many places of sentimental value)
  1. Gloria's Little Italy. I love Gloria's because of their delish pasta, pesto with pine nuts, and delectable desserts. It's a perfect place to get authentic Italian food, spend time with your friends, and don't forget, eat amazing gelato. Definitely worth the pretty penny for a meal or dessert every now and again.
  2. The Provo Bakery. Love their sugar cookies, and the buttermilk bars. My arteries can only handle this place about once a year, and it's a perfect place to take a spring-time stroll to when you're trying to avoid finals in April.
  3. The Provo Library. Beautiful architecture and comfy, airy, light study spaces. Not to mention, high-speed wireless internet. The ballrooms have beautiful wooden floors and amazingly tall ceilings.
  4. The Joseph Fielding Smith Building. I love the spiral staircase and the cozy study spots that look over the courtyard. The fourth-floor balcony has a must-see view of the campus, and is a perfect place for late lunch and study when it's a little warmer.
  5. Diego's Taco Shop. Only been there once. Had the carne asada burrito. It was amazing. I absolutely recommend this if you're looking for a less-greasy Mexican alternative.
  6. (this probably doesn't qualify as "in Provo", but hey, it's my list.) South Fork Park. Take the turn to Vivian Park, but keep heading south on the windy road. It has a little stream running through it, and it's absolutely the best place to see the stars (within a decent drive, that is), and a perfect place for an evening walk. Don't forget the bug spray, though!
  7. Kneaders. Great all-you-can-eat french toast with real whipped cream and strawberries. For lunch, try the turkey-bacon-avacodo sandwich on foccacio bread. Or, just stop by for delicious cinnamon rolls, fruit tarts, and other goodies. I also happen to love their cinnamon chunky bread (or whatever it's called).
  8. Bombay House
  9. Thai Ruby
  10. J-Dawgs
Well, I think that's a pretty good list for now. Any suggestions to add? What did I absolutely forget? What should I try next? I love trying new food, so I'll take suggestions!

(p.s. if you're having trouble commenting, email me at sadler dot kate at gmail dot com; i've been having comment troubles, and i need to know if it's working!)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

can you comment now?

I can't wait to be done with this semester in two days! Blech. I'm a little disappointed with my motivation and performance, but I'm also willing to admit that I just haven't tried my hardest. unfortunately.
In good news, I got a URA for 10 hours per week next semester, and Dr. Buskirk has agreed to pay me for 10 more per week. And I'm going to work all 20 of those hours. And I'm going to get things accomplished around here.
besides, next semester is going to be way easier. thank goodness, i'm going to be busy with Interfaith Hosting and volunteering at the Sundance Film Festival!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What they thought. What do you think?

This was a fun exercise that we had to do for a student development class I took. It was really insightful to hear from mentors about these types of questions and to consider them myself.

1. Who am I today? What makes/made me the way I am?

  • Motivated
  • Driven
  • Wants to achieve
  • Wants to break out of her mold, to some degree
  • First child, had lots of adult attention when little. Because of this attention is very verbal at a young age. By age 4, one neighbor claimed she would be a talk-show hostess b/c of vocabulary. Another evidence of adult attention is that she read at an early age and became enthralled with reading. Ability to read and be verbal lent itself to achievement in school.


  • Sincere
  • Competent
  • Problem solver
  • Performance—what you can do
  • Sensible, quality person, cares what others think, but only to a point.
  • Committed and not flighty
  • Honest, lots of integrity
  • Soft heart and nurturing
  • Brave

2. What do you think may have been some of my most defining moments? What did they define?


  • Decision to go to BYU—hard to come by—fasting, tears, thought, prayers, testing, applying, deciding—shows that follow spirit, value parents' opinion—try to please others. Chance to talk to Dr. Jellen—emotional answer post facto.
  • Moves—three elementary schools. At age 8, made a difference in acceptance by friends—never felt like belonged in the neighborhood. Sought friends elsewhere quickly.
  • Violin—gave direction to go in jr. high—goal.
  • Singing—different circle of friends in choir—set a goal to make madrigals
  • When I came to understand what Greg's bone disorder was—defining moment in decision to study genetics and science fields. b/c of love for him and concern, became old enough, I understood and wished I could understand and do something about it—summer biology
  • Change of major—being a TA and teaching college
  • Quickwater Ranch—socially and emotionally, EFY
  • Friendship with Lindsie—spiritual motivator
  • Patriarchal blessing & related factors—faith in process
  • I prayed that King Herod would change his mind and be nice when I was young—be kind and help others be kind. I cried when I got too big to sit on Jesus' lap when he came.
  • Seminary—Brother Wilde, who encouraged getting patriarchal blessing, Sister Hill, Jeannie Nay, Sister Muhlestein—teaching wise.
  • I resented mom because she said I wasn't going to be a prima ballerina and she pulled me out.
  • Navi—politics, democrat, involved in issues—politically rebellious

Lindsie—Prayer for Mike, deciding to go to the Y

Elise—Camille Cleverley, meeting the Evangelicals

3. What are five things that identify me or make me unique?


  • Although I may have fear, but I don't let it intimidate me (for good or for bad), I have courage about what I want to do. (i.e. race at rodeo, age 4, always tried to do things whether successful or not (color guard, running for office)
  • Not afraid to look at different issues that some people would consider important (involvement with Evangelicals)
  • Not a shy wallflower—willing to inject into situation (for good or for bad) despite father's counsel to be demure. Don't fear taking on issues and projects—able to overcome
  • Curious—always been interested in learning and books
  • Not afraid to be involved in male conversations—sports, outdoors issues, fly fishing—willing to watch and be involved in sports—NCAA b-ball and football—interested in things not traditionally feminine.

4. How well do I know myself? Do you think my self-image is accurate?

Elise—Good idea of how others affect you
Kristie--I think you know yourself pretty well. For example, freshman year you would wake up 2 hours before you had to leave for class just so nothing could go wrong and you could get everything done that you needed to w/out stress. You know how impatient you are with boys and that's funny to me. You know your abilities in school and how much you can realistically do. The one thing you are not accurate about is how much you mean to other people. I think everyone struggles with that. You are a fantastic girl, smart, driven, funny, caring, etc.

Lindsie—You know what you want to know, and there are some things you don't want to deal with, so you don't. Some things you'd rather be confused and frustrated about—guys and relationships. Feel like you need a guy, but no one can tell you why—something I haven't settled about myself—better to ignore and deal with confusion and drama rather than settling.

5. Are my life purposes clear? What do you think they are?
Mom--Quite clear—desire to live gospel, live POS, settle down and raise a family, serve the Lord.

Lauren says they are, more so than her. Know what want to do, stick to it, don't regret and bobble back and forth. Know who you are.

6. What do you think are some things I should know about myself?
Jeff Dutson--I think that you are a very outspoken person who is well informed on both sides of an issue, out going and not afraid to try new things

7. Am I an optimist, pessimist or an improver?
Pessimistic, more than optimistic, but able to get in and do something about it. Overall an optimist, sometimes a pessimist (cynical, expect Mormons to be judgmental) improver, but sometimes impatiently.


8. What are some changes you think I could make in my life?

I would say that one thing you could change is to have more fun but you've gotten waaaaaay better about that. You could be less dependent on boys. Boys are gay and you're better than having your heart ripped out

9. What are some of my strengths? Weaknesses?

Mom—Sometimes you can be sharp with others, Impatience

Anson—Strength—gorgeous, weakness—not next to me.

Chantelle—Genuineness and kindness—not having enough confidence in amazingness

Jarrett—Get 'er done, take charge—weakness—focus on one thing and let others slide, headstrong

Kristie—strengths- patience. you put up w/ your dad, you put up w/ me, you put up w/ your roommate until she didn't deserve it. you also are very resourceful w/ problem solving

Kent—Chemistry and outgoing, weaknesses—too studious and…um…chocolate?

Elise—in control of situations—can make things go the way I want, but sometimes they don't and I get frustrated. Willing to discuss anything, good at not being materialistic. Happy, and if moody, will talk about it. Good at reading body language

Ben Buchanan—caring, considerate, and patient; weakness—let things bother me too much, get frustrated about things.

Kamille—open to relationships and love; weakness—too exuberant and can freak boys out.

Bobby Gibson—Faith and Friendship, testimony, help people feel relaxed, safe, and welcome,

Jordan Cox—Compassionate and intelligent

Dave Healey—Integrity and virtue; weaknesses—impatient and stubborn

Cami Williams—interaction b/t strengths and weaknesses—sometimes strengths become weaknesses—sometimes hide behind strengths. Strengths—Independent spirit—don't like to be told to do things—want it to by my choice—put soul and heart into it. Excited to be with family—more than happy to be friends w/Cami—Excited about life, truly, to see the world, learning and growing—maybe holding back b/c of desire to be independent, but afraid inside to break away. Care about people—esp. family, evidenced by my relationship with Jackie.

Bryant—pragmatic and loving; sometimes too trusting.

Anson—smart, dedicated to school, hard-working, perfectionist, impatient—with stupid people, people that don't get it. Don't take things personal when other girls are being retarded.

10. Anything else?


Reading—made a big difference in education, favorite role-play is "smart girl" catch on that I am smart and that I can do things.

(Kristie) well I think a lot of you

you helped me grow up a lot freshman year and still allowed us to have fun

and forgiveness

and spying on people

Monday, December 15, 2008

What are your education plans? Do you want to work or be a stay-at-home mom?

I'm graduating in April with my BS in Biochemistry. Right now, I'm applying to graduate schools in four different states in biochemistry as well. My opinion is as follows: It is important to prepare for marriage. I want to be married and to raise a family more than anything. I also want to pursue an education. I know that the Lord has a plan for me, but that does not eliminate the importance of me having a plan for myself. I cannot plan to get married or have children at this point. I can, however, plan to make my plan flexible so that if that opportunity does present itself, I can be ready for it. When I have a family of my own, I would like to stay at home and take care of them. I have noticed that this has made a big difference in my life, as my mom has stayed at home. That being said, even though I won't be working, I'd like to be active in the community, perhaps even in local politics, school community councils, etc. I may even considering tutoring in the sciences as a part-time supplement to income. In the words of one of my favorite chemistry professors, Jennifer Nielson, "Almost any career is an option as a mom, you just have to think out of the box."

For now, though, I look for value as I serve in the church and volunteer in other venues, as I learn and further my education. I think that education is so important in having a family. I want to be able to be the primary teacher in the family. I want school to supplement learning in the family, not vice versa. I am also working to improve myself so that when marriage opportunities present themselves, I will be ready. This includes physical improvement, mental improvement, intellectual improvement, etc. One example of this improvement (for me) is getting in the habit of making my bed every day. I know that it is small, but that that small addition to tidiness will one day make a bit of a difference in my home. I try to be the best person I can be outside of a marriage, since I cannot plan for that. When it comes, I am prepared to change my plans and be flexible, and that's about all I can do at this point in time.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

excerpt from Dear Elder Moon, 30 November 2008

The thing I am most excited to do over Christmas season is to focus on my Savior, Jesus Christ. I love the feeling of joy, kindness and warmth that fills the air at Christmas time. My idea and view of Jesus Christ has changed so much over the last year as I have been more involved in interfaith relations. I love having the chance to build and reflect on my relationship with my Savior. I love Him so much. He is my guide and my anchor. He calms the stormy seas in my life and brings me a deep peace. He fills the emptiness in my life and imparts joy and happiness. He helps me do each day those things that I cannot do for myself. For that I am eternally grateful and promise to follow His teachings through the scriptures and a latter-day prophet.