Thursday, May 11, 2006

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

I have a sneaking suspicion that my life is about to change.

There have been a couple hints to support this suspicion: I graduated from college last weekend. I'll pause while you wake up from your faint... I won't go into details about graduation, if you want them you'll have to steal my diary or call me. I'll just say that finishing school makes me feel like the world has finally opened up and I'm free to do whatever I want (within reason) and go wherever I want (without reason). Inexplicably, Providence, Rhode Island keeps popping up in my head as a possible future residence. I'm also lightly considering getting a Masters in Statistics. We'll see. If nothing else, graduating has changed my evenings. No more homework, study groups, or cramming for tests! Just lots of time for reading. :)


Another possible (probable?) change: my roommate moving. Not just out of our apartment, but out of our town. As a friend, I'm excited for her to be making this change and sad that I won't see her as often. As a roommate, I'm thinking about the pros and cons of having the apartment to myself. I can afford it, but do I want to afford it? Would I want a new roommate? NO! Maybe I'll be able to find a cheaper, one-bedroom apartment in my same ward, close to my work. Hmm. Probable? Maybe my mom will let me move back in with her?! Hmm. Even if she did (improbable), it's not something I'm going to consider unless it's for only a month so I can prepare to move to Providence, Rhode Island.

Minor change: I got a new calling in my ward. I'm the gospel doctrine teacher. This Sunday is my first lesson. I love teaching and I look forward to learning more about the Old Testament. It will also help me get to know the people in my ward. So far I've really enjoyed this ward. I feel like everyone is so concerned about me feeling like I don't fit in that they try hard to make me feel like I belong. They are very friendly, not just for the first couple weeks but every time they see me. One of ladies I'm becoming friends with has 6 kids, was raised Jewish before her mom converted to Catholicism, and is now in the middle of a painful divorce. We giggle together in Relief Society and she always invites me to sit with her and her kids for sacrament meeting. If only I could remember her name!!

Actually, this ward and my new calling adds to the list of reasons to stay where I am. It's been awhile since I've enjoyed my ward as I do now. Add that to a job I like and being close to my family, and there are serious reasons to stay here. There are good reasons to move, too. Which set of reasons weighs more? I'm not sure. I'm not going to try not to worry about it. I trust that if and when the time is right to move, I'll know and will do it. Until then, I'm going to enjoy what I have and not go chasing rainbows. That in itself is a big change!

14 comments:

tearese said...

you cleaned out all of your previous posts?
Your roomate is moving??? what? I'll have to talk to her about that. Change can be very good, if scary at times.

julie said...

I did! I needed to do a little cleaning. They aren't gone for good, though. I saved most of them, and their comments, as Word documents. Maybe someday I'll print them out and put them in a binder. Someday. Maybe.

Framed said...

Providence is a wonderful city. But too far away. Can't you just go for a visit?

julie said...

It's a thought. If I DO move there, you could come visit me!

Sarah said...

I would love to come visit you in Providence. I did a book report on RI in 5th grade, and though I can't remember much about it, I'm somewhat drawn to the place!

Cassie said...

Well, I think if you decide to go to graduate school you should move to SLC (instate tuition) and then we could hang out more. Still close to family but not too close and somewhat of a change.

booklogged said...

Providence, huh? Sounds intriguing. I hope to visit Eric and Annie someday before they move, maybe I'll stop and see you on my way!

Starting in the fall I'll only be working 10 hrs/week so I probably won't be making any more trips. Add to that the price of gas. YIKES! Guess I'll be forced to live on memories of past trips - that should take me well into the next millineum.

Framed said...

Book, I'd like to go with you to Hawaii by way of Providence. Julie, I noticed on Cardine's blog that most of your suggested moves were big cities. I guess I don't really know you.

Alyson said...

Oooo! Count me in on the trip to visit you on the way to visit Eric & Annie. I would love to go to both places. I'm so happy for you! Maybe there aren't any dramatic changes in the next couple of months, but I'm glad you get some more time to read. That's always a good thing. I just told my mom today that there isn't enough time in a day to do everything I want to.

I also agree with Cassie about you going to graduate school. If you go, you should go in SLC. I'll probably be in Ogden and then we can all get together a lot more often.

P.S. For a couple of pics of Julie's graduation visit my In Nuce blog.

Cardine said...

I miss your old posts. Yeah, I can feel the change, too. Not for me, but more for everyone else. The changes for me will be that everyone else's lives will be changing, and that will change mine, but I will still be in the same place with the same job. Hmmm.

julie said...

Why do you miss the old posts? Did anyone ever read them again? I didn't and I don't.

tearese said...

I used to go back to see if there were more comments, or if someone replied to something I said,etc.

julie said...

If it makes you feel better, I won't be deleting for awhile and no one had commented on my old posts for a long time. I figured it was safe to get rid of them. It's like I'm starting fresh. And, it doesn't take nearly as long as it did to republish my blog when I make changes. :)

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