October Moments: Mid-Month Update

It’s 10:30 a.m. on Columbus Day and I am still in my pajamas… I haven’t had such a relaxing morning in months. I’ve been up for a few hours, responded to emails, read, and caught up on Once Upon a Time. It’s raining gently outside, and my bed just seems too peaceful to leave, so I figured I would update my blog.

Jen’s Birthday

My roommate Jen just had a birthday. She’s leaving here in a couple of months to return home to Utah. Jen and Keri are the only roommates I’ve had since I graduated from BYU. We’ve lived together for two and a half years. I am sad she is leaving, but grateful we’ve found another great roommate, Lucy. Jen has been such a great roommate. She is kind and a great listener. I was excited we could celebrate one more birthday together. To celebrate, we went to our favorite restaurant — Sweetwater Tavern.

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Institute Fall Board Meeting

The Institute Fall Board Meeting occurs annually in Washington D.C. A lot of prep goes into this two-day meeting. This was my first year serving as the staff liaison to the Curriculum Committee, and I love this new role! Below are some picture from the meetings.

Curriculum Committee hard at work (photo courtesy of Raymond Towle).
Curriculum Committee hard at work (photo courtesy of Raymond Towle).
I wish I could remember what Russ said to make us all laugh (photo courtesy of Raymond Towle).
I wish I could remember what Russ said to make us all laugh (photo courtesy of Raymond Towle).
Institute team after day one of meetings and a delicious dinner at Carmine's.
Institute team after day one of meetings and a delicious dinner at Carmine’s.
This is probably my favorite room at the U.S. Chamber. It's called the Hall of Flags (photo courtesy of Raymond Towle).
This is probably my favorite room at the U.S. Chamber. It’s called the Hall of Flags (photo courtesy of Raymond Towle).
Quick team selfie before the start of day two of meetings.
Quick team selfie before the start of day two of meetings.
Eating delicious chocolates (thank you Nick Kieffer) at the conclusion of day two of meetings.
Eating delicious chocolates (thank you Nick Kieffer) at the conclusion of day two of meetings.

General Conference

Twice a year we “gather” as a church to listen to the Prophet and apostles and other leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speak. Gather is in quotes above because we can’t all fly to Salt Lake to participate in General Conference live in person, but we are able to gather in our homes and watch the broadcasts via the internet. I love General Conference weekend. You can view all the talks from General Conference here.

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