Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Random Things I Don't Like

This post is so minimalist.

  • When people say, "You Go Girl!" It feels patronizing to me. 
  • When girls where short shorts with long-sleeved shirts.  Pick one.  
  • Rihanna
  • Cake. it's just bread, most of the time with cheap frosting on top.
  • Girls with prettier hair than me

Friday, December 4, 2015

Catch-Up (Ketchup?)

So, I'm already off to a bad start on the whole consistent blogging thing, but we're not going to let who we have been define who we are and who we're going to be. Right, team?

(Sidenote: We used to call my brother Marcus "Coach" because he would give us spontaneous pep talks and motivtional speeches on occasion. I think we egged him on.  Second Side Note: you know you missed my side notes and my story-telling ADD.)

But the purpose of this post (yes, there is one), is to explain what I have been up to for the last almost three years of life.  That was a quick three years. And it's been pretty eventful.

So first, and I told you this, I left for an ecclesiastical mission for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Remember how excited I was to go to Argentina? Well, that didn't quite go as planned. I spent the first 7.5 months of my 18 month mission waiting for a visa in the very exotic mission of Ogden, Utah.

Quite honestly, and to my own surprise, I loved it. I made some amazing friends. I fell in love with being a missionary. I fell in love with the Spanish language. I fell in love with the feeling of caring for other people so much that I cared less and less about myself.

And after I decided I was good and I didn't need to go down to Argentina, my visa came through (which was actually just a tourist visa, but that will be another story for another day). And I was electrified. Argentina was like nothing I had every dreamed of. The people were brusk and passionate, the food was bland but delicious in its own way, the streets were cold and rainy, the language was almost unrecognizable.  And boy oh boy, there will be plenty of stories to tell about all of this.

Then I got home in August of 2014, and I went back to school to finish my last year at Stanford University, studying economics. It was a blast actually. I lived with girls I had never met before from my church and they became some of my best friends, my best dancing partners.

Somewhere towards the end of that school year (I actually know exactly when this last one happened), I went on my first date with the love of my life, the man I am currently dating. I fell in love, actually (I said "love, actually"). But there's more to come on that too.

After graduation in June, I moved to Utah to start working at a tech startup. I have a very vague role, but what I do is loosely consulting, loosely a billion other things that I could never begin to explain, nor would I want to. Because I have had a sea of experiences at this job as well - some good, some interesting, and a LOT of learning experiences that I'd love to share here as well. Some of these are work related, and some have to do with moving to the Utah County community after really enjoying my time in the Stanford community. Its a pretty big leap.

What else? I traveled a ton. I flew free standby flights that made me laugh and made me cry and helped me have some of the most amazing and memorable experiences of my life.

So, if you want to hear more about any of that, as well as mundane anecdotes, unsolicited opinions, and a plethora of selfies, then you should just call me Danny Zuko because I'm the one that you want ;)