Thursday, December 27, 2007

2007 Yearly Update

My Yearly Update

Hello everyone! Another year has somehow flown by and now it is time for me to send another email out to you so that you may have the blessed opportunity of learning all about my life. If an email like this isn't enough for you, again, you can read my blog at where I try to write on a regular basis about what is going on with me. If we haven't been in touch for awhile, please write me back! I would love to hear from you, and I promise to reply.

January-I moved back to BYU. Finally! I am barely 2-weeks post surgery and so unable to carry anything in. This means that moving in was a wonderful experience for me as I "had" to sit back and let everyone else carry all of my belongings into the house. I live with Benita, Megan, and Lindsay in a giant house with 8 girls in it. The classes I have are Italian, Anatomy, and Physical Science. I took a note up to my old home teacher and asked him and his roommate to look at my computer again (as they had done before I moved home). The home teacher ignored me, but his roommate That Boy called me back and brought his genius friend Cory to help me. I miss my roommate Heather as she heads off for a semester of study abroad in Spain. I begin working at the Provo restaurant Magleby's. I buy the most adorable little car. I call her Abbie. She is a 2000 Volkswagen Cabrio, and I can't wait until it is warm enough to drive her around with the top down.

February-That Boy, Cory, and I become the bestest of friends. I have snowboarding Tuesday's with Cory. I am really terrible but he is patient with me.

March-Aubree gets married and I am a bridesmaid for the first time! That Boy takes me out on my first date in a really long time (mostly because I whine a lot about how I haven't had a date in a really long time).

April-I finally finish the semester. I ask That Boy to "Ward Prom" with me.

May+June-I snag myself a boyfriend somehow. He is Polish, like really from Poland. I take a full load of Spring classes. Both World Civ classes and a Survey of World Religions. That Boy takes the Civ classes with me and we have a lot of fun taking 10 hours of classes a week together. He takes all of the notes and I do a lot of playing around on the internet. Surprisingly, he does a lot better in the classes. Heather returns from her semester in Spain and we spend an exciting few weeks doing the house hunting search (with no success). The search wasn't that bad when we figured out the best way to do it was to get slurpees from 7-Eleven and drive around with the top down looking for rent signs.

July-I move home to work at Cave B for 6 weeks, as they are kind enough to let me come back to work the dinner shifts during the busiest time of the year. One of my favorite things is when I get to drive home with the top down at 11 at night. That Boy drives with me as I move home and meets my family. We exhaust ourselves attempting to introduce him to every person in my family in a 3 day period. He moves down to Texas to start working in Dallas. We have our Andersen family reunion at Ensign ranch and then my family and I go play in Seattle together.

August-Cory comes up to Washington to spend a week with me. He fixes every single computer that my family has ever owned. Everyone loves him as much as I do. My parents ask repeatedly if he is going to come back for Thanksgiving. My roommates came to visit me right after him. We played in Seattle and then came back and live it up on the farm in Royal. I gave them the 8 second grand tour of the town. I move back to Provo again and start school. I finally decide that I am going to be an English major. It is the best choice. I sign up for 6 English classes, 18 credits. Grammar, Creative Writing, Lit. Interpretations, English Novel, Folklore, and Dante's Divine Comedy. I live with Heather, Megan, and Benita in a cute little condo.

September-One of my favorite parts of Fall semester in Provo is the flag football team that I am a part of. The REGULATORS. I head down to Texas to visit That Boy. Dallas is a little too hot for me. I eat at the same restaurant for every meal. I lose all of my friends as I spend every spare moment in the library.

October-My roommies and I dress us as "the four seasons" for Halloween (a very abstract concept). I am Summer. That Boy flies to Provo to carve pumpkins with me.

November-I begin to wonder if I am going to survive the semester. I count down the days until Thanksgiving because (1) it means that I will get to see ]That Boy and (2) it means a much needed break from school.

December-The semester hurtles to a close. I spend the majority of my time in the media lab of the library working on a documentary of my Grandpa and Grandma Andersen's ranch for my Folklore class. I highly recommend attempting to document some part of your own family history. I didn't get the straight A's that I wanted, but I caused a significant increase in my GPA. I attend the funnest Christmas party that could possibly be thrown by anyone. That Boy flies to Poland and I fly to Washington. I miss him. I am spoiled by my parents for Christmas (as is usual). Santa comes a little early for us so that we can spend Christmas day snowmobiling together. Now I only have one more day ahead of me before I fly off to spend New Years in the best way possible.

Altogether, life is amazing. I have another semester of 18 credits ahead of me. That Boy and I will continue to do the long distance thing while he lives in Dallas and I go to BYU. I hope that everyone else had a year that was as fantastic as mine. I would love to hear from you! I am so blessed and grateful for all of the wonderful friends and family that I am lucky enough to have in my life. I will leave you with a quote from my creative writing class that I have been working hard to remember. Every time I want to sleep in, or avoid going to the library, I let the words of Anton Chekov remind me why I am doing what I am. Happy New Year!

"What is needed is constant work, day and night, constant reading, study, will.... Every hour is precious for it.... You must drop your vanity, you are not a child ... you will soon be thirty. It is time!"

Much Love,

Jenna Andersen


krystind said...

you're such a good writer. You catch my interest even about every day life trivial things.

Jenna said...

Thanks Krys! I am trying to get better, and that is part of the reason why I have this blog. And also because it is so fun to hear people's responses to what I have to say.

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