Date Night, Conference, and the Girls

        . . . Date Night

Bryan and I are still dating. Yes we’re engaged…and technically getting married…but we’ve decided we’re always dating, always courting, and obviously always playing. Therefore, we have and always will have a weekly date night. You might snicker at this and say: oh you naïve dear, just wait til you have kids, and this, and that, and…well maybe you’re right. However, I’m not afraid to try. Better yet, I’m not afraid to succeed. Check in with me 20 years from now and we’ll see who has the last laugh…

Anywho, date night last Friday night was fantastic! It was absolutely one of my favorite Bryan-Rachel adventures! We traveled to EGYPT! Ok not really…but we did venture to the King Tut exhibit which was FAN-TATIC! I LOVE Egypt! LOVE it! And I've loved it from the moment my 6th grade teacher—Ms. Martinez—brought the wonders of that ancient civilization to life before my eyes. In fact, if you had asked me at the age of 12, “What are you going to be when you grow up?” I would have answered, “An Egyptologist.” I planned from that moment in 6th grade that someday I would make it to Egypt. In fact, I knew someday I would ride a camel in Egypt; I just had to. So I did. In 2007 on my Israel study abroad I journeyed to Egypt. I confess: I cried tears of joy when I saw the pyramids of Giza towering over Cairo as the sun was setting.

Thus you can imagine my joy when Bryan surprised me with such a fantastic date night! Bryan has also been to Egypt—on a study abroad to Israel only six months after me—so it was fun to be able to reminisce and share insights about our journeys. Those artifacts are SO OLD! They’re ancient! 3,000 years old! The Egyptians were definitely ahead of their time. First: mummification. Amazing! And the pyramids?! Flabbergasting! What is particularly fascinating to me is how King Tut’s tomb was so little in comparison to other Pharaoh’s—imagine the artifacts and treasures that once lined the innards of those bigger tombs! Loved it! Love Egypt! Love date night! And…love the Fiancé!

Side note: I was just thinking about the question, “What are you going to be when you grow up?”
Age 6: ninja turtle
Age 9: Belle (from Beauty and the Beast)
Age 12: Egyptologist
Age 14: singer AND anthropologist
Age 16: singer AND archaeological anthropologistAge 18: anthropologist
Age 19: social worker
Age 20: nurse
Age 21: certified health education specialist (public health)
Age 22: marriage and family therapist
Age 23: doctor
Age 24: a forever child AND social worker AND apparently a wife (which I’m quite happy about)
Age 25: hopefully a Columbia grad and soon after a LMSW…
Age 50: TBA

        . . . General Conference
I LOVED General Conference! It was an exquisite feast to hear the living apostles of God revealing living scripture. What a blessing it is to have a spokesman for God on the earth, and to have the Gospel of Christ restored on the earth today. Loved it! Oh, and naturally we had waffles… Waffles + chocolate + syrup + General Conference = heaven!

A few favorite conference quotes:

“In whatever country you live, however young or inadequate you feel, or however aged or limited you see yourself as being, I tell you, you are individually loved of God, you are central to the meaning of His work, and you are cherished and prayed for by the presiding officers of His Church. The personal value, the sacred splendor of every one of you, is the very reason there is a plan for salvation and exaltation. Contrary to the parlance of the day, this is about you.”

—Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

“There is a serious need for the charity that gives attention to those who are unnoticed, hope to those who are discouraged, aid to those who are afflicted. True charity is love in action. The need for charity is everywhere.

Needed is the charity which refuses to find satisfaction in hearing or in repeating the reports of misfortunes that come to others, unless by so doing the unfortunate one may be benefitted. The American educator and politician Horace Mann once said, 'To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.'

Charity is having patience with someone who has let us down; it is resisting the impulse to become offended easily. It is accepting weaknesses and shortcomings. It is accepting people as they truly are. It is looking beyond physical appearances to attributes that will not dim through time. It is resisting the impulse to categorize others.”

—President Thomas S. Monson

“Some people can’t get along with themselves. They criticize and belittle themselves all day long until they begin to hate themselves. May I suggest that you reduce the rush and take a little extra time to get to know yourself better. Walk in nature, watch a sunrise, enjoy God’s creations, ponder the truths of the restored gospel, and find out what they mean for you personally. Learn to see yourself as Heavenly Father sees you—as His precious daughter or son with divine potential.”

—President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
        . . . Girls Night
During the LDS General Conference Priesthood Session, the girls—Melissa, Alycia, Julia, Kelly—and I went out for a fantastic girls night! Sushi in East Village followed by some scrumptious Pink Berry (the chocolate flavor with raspberries is divine)!

And…I may or may not have obviously waved my ring in order to deter a male from continuing to hit on me. I never thought I’d do that! In my defense: home boy wouldn’t take the hint. It was most comical.  Oh yes...then we appreciated some performers in the subway...

*Sigh* It was a lovely weekend!

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