Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Third

*Um, maybe I got a little wordy on this post. Just a heads up. I mean, I thought it was interesting...but that's cuz it was about me. *

Mmkay. I'm answering comments today fromCa-Joh who asked a few questions which were mostly thought provoking. Much like his blog. Thanks for that, Ca-Joh. Here goes:

Life's journey… how did you get to where you are now, and where do you want to go next. Is it completely wrong that I'm not quite sure how to answer that? My life has been much like my childhood---pretty great. I always knew what I wanted and since it wasn't TOO difficult or demanding---I managed to pretty much get it. Minus the part where I thought I'd be happily married at this point in my life... Hmm. When it was time to apply for school, my parents said I could go anywhere I wanted as long as I lived at home (don't worry---that was just for a semester---then I ran off to Nauvoo for a few months). Well, that worked out well since all I ever wanted to do was go to BYU (cuz that's where nearly every person in my ENTIRE extended family went/goes/will go). The only problem with that was that I went to BYU with every expectation of getting married before I left. Yes, I'll admit it. I fit the stereotypical BYU co-ed exactly. And I'm totally okay with that. I'm Utah Valley bred and it's all I'll ever be:) Anyway, I got to BYU and about a semester or two in I had to figure out what exactly I was doing there....besides finding a husband. Right. So I majored in American Studies---cuz I love American history. I did a semester "in-broad" at Nauvoo which was quite possibly the funnest/best/wonderfulest thing I ever did. I could probly write a million posts on that subject alone! I graduated very much single from BYU....now what? Well, why not sojourn for a year in Arizona. So I did. It was hot there. I like the heat. But I missed my family...so I came back. And now here I am----blogging about randomness on a frequent basis. And as far as where I want to go next....? Not sure. I'm happy where I am and my goal is just to keep being happy.

Barbaloot… where did you get such a clever nickname and do you have others that can be mentioned as well. I can't quite trace the whole naming process at this point. Basically, my brothers have a large amount of nick-names for me; some flattering, some not so much. One of them is Barbaloot Suit---which was an evolution from Barbala...which is maybe how my Chinese sister-in-law pronounces my name. Anyway, my nephew caught on to Barbaloot and it's kind of the cutest thing in the world when he calls me that. So that's my name:) As far as do I have any other nick-names...sometimes my brother calls me Babar the Elephant. Sweet, right? There's Barbie, of course. Some people I play soccer with refer to me as The Captain---cuz I probly told them to. Cuz I was the Captain. And I subscribed to a magazine at one point under the title Squadron Leader. Then changed it to Commodore. It's currently Admiral. And I made my roommate refer to my by those titles. Kind of sounds like I have a Napoleon complex, no? I don't. Swear.

Why do you write… pretty self explanatory, but it is always interesting to know why people choose to write and why they choose this medium known as blogging to do so. I just write for fun. It started when I was in my sojourn to Arizona and felt the need to talk about silly, random things and thought a blog would be a fun place to do it. I knew a few people that had one...and I enjoyed reading them so I made my own. It was just close friends and family reading for almost a year. Then, one day someone I have never met in real life but hope I get to someday, commented on my blog---and I was launched into the massive, addicting blog community from there.

Jokes… know any good jokes— now's the time to tell. Well, this video is possibly my favorite joke in the entire world. Maybe I'm ridiculously immature, but I kind of love it so very much.

K-I know that was real long. Thanks for reading it...if you really did. I promise the next post will have less words and more pictures.

19 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I graduated from BYU single and unnattached as well. Good thing I don't have the bubonic plague anymore. Sorry.

CaJoh said...

Did I actually ask all those questions… Wow.

So glad you are comfortable with your Napoleon complex. Do you walk around with you bottom buttons unbuttoned and your hand inserted accordingly???

Machen family said...

Were they the guys who did that mother's day skit, because I love that mother's day skit. It's the greatest. And love the joke, it might be a surprise to you, but I can joke with the best of the 5th grade boys in our ward.

Shelley said...

Ok..so that was really great. It's fun to hear this stuff about you. I need you to help me! How do you post a link, and yet change it from the URL to whatever you want? Did that make sense?

Tiffany said...

Nothing wrong with leaving good ole BYU unattached! and I sure am glad that you included your Barbie Doll nickname, cause that's your name as far as I'm concerned!

rychelle said...

Man, I really thought that link was going to lead to my blog. I thought I was the one who took you world wide. ;)
(in my dreams)

T said...

see... I have the opposite problem... left BYU with the man but a year shy of my degree... had to move on to another few years of his schooling and... okay - it's a fairly typical story... at least for us BYU co-eds :) someday...

I can't believe Shelle hasn't just dropped in on you in all of her travels - or you could pop down here (before it gets TOO hot) and we could finally get that Pedi I've been hinting at for months :)

Deb said...

As someone who didn't go to BYU, I used to think they didn't let you graduate unless you got married. Now I know better, because at least 3 of the most hilarious, intelligent, gorgeous women I know (virtually and in real life) left the Y sans husband.

(You're one of them, by the way...)

sara said...

Didn't you get the memo that it's actually in now to graduate from BYU single? I should know, I started the memo and it was supposed to make the rounds.

Motherboard said...

Hey Babs. Its OK to add one more nickname to you, right? I mean were almost-sort-of-twice-removed-like family and all...


That video made me burst out laughing. I may have cackled so loudly that my baby my have screamed. Or not.

I LOVED that! Thanks for sharing.

Melissa Bastow said...

That joke is hilarious. At first I was like, "What the cow joke? Come on Barbaloot." I should know to never doubt you - that was great.

JustRandi said...

I love baratsandbereta!
Their Mother's Day one is my fav!

Thanks for reminding me to go watch those again!!

Heidi Ashworth said...

Nobody can carry off a Napolean complex as well as you! (Wait, did I spell that right? I've been spelling words wrong all day.) Meanwhile, there is a very special guy just waiting for you out there Barbara, my love! You are too darn cute and wonderful to remain unattached for long ..

Kazzy said...

I like your honesty about the BYU "goal". All I can say is that those guys must have been idiots!

annie valentine said...

I was so engrossed in this post that I didn't hear my baby open the door and run straight for the road. Good thing I have angels screaming at me, I caught her two seconds before she became a serious grease spot.

phew.

wendy said...

ok, I may be a little sick and wrong, but I am laughing so hard --as I can hear in my head your chinese SIL calling you Barbala. (sorry---toooo funny)

Buffy Dayton said...

I think barbaloot came from my family somewhere. Jack and Ky always come up with good names. Member how kylee called Jack jack-a-budabus, and that is why we call him buddah sometimes. Anway, I want more pictures.....

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

That was great~ going to college to find a husband. yep, it is the little things I love... you are a hoot.

Becca said...

I want to hear more about the study "in-broad."