Tuesday, January 15, 2013

36 Things: 10-18 When I Am a Ghost

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This week I am writing 36 things I will do/hope to do in the year I turn 36.
Here's Day Two:


10. Visit my final resting place. There's this spot of sagebrush and pink sand at the edge civilization just west of St. George, Utah where I plan to live when I am a ghost. Every year I make a pilgrimage to visit my spot. I think about all the novels I am going to write in my space of uninterrupted time. Is this getting weird?

11. Speak at BYU's Women and Education Conference in March. I feel a bit humbled by this invitation but in truth there is nothing I am more passionate about than women of my culture getting educated. According to recent research on women in Utah "a high percentage of Utah women do not get college degrees because they believe they will never use them....Many young women also believe they are being encouraged to attend college but not necessarily graduate." What? NO. We can do better.

12. Go to Hong Kong. Just this Sunday my favorite cousin Kim came to my house with a sincere invitation to share some time in her studio apartment there and before I knew it, Chup was rounding up his frequent flyer miles to see how we can make this happen. I am almost more excited at the prospect of spending time with Kim as I am with the thoughts of a hot bowl of pho.

13. Walk Anson to his first day of kindergarten. Let's not talk about this one right now, ok? Sniff. Sniff.Sniffle.

14. Participate in Utahans Helping Expand Medicaid by doing one or more of these suggestions to help. In 2011 100,000 children in Utah had no health insurance. What? NO. We can do better.

15. Go to a Desert Noises show at Velour. Last June this four-member band blew me away at our Rooftop Concert and I've wanted to see them in a more intimate setting ever since.


16. Walk a few blocks down to my friend Mindy Gledhill's house, sit on her couch and ask her to tell me about her six sisters. My fascination with family dynamics creates a compulsion inside of me, I love to figure out these intimate, micro systems. A few years ago I saw a photo of Mindy with her six sisters and I've been incredibly intrigued ever since. She also has two brothers with the seven girls total. Isn't that a great study?

17. Work on a municipal campaign this fall. Election season in Provo always calls me to action. I am going to study the issues and the candidates stance on them, and throw my support and energy behind someone I trust. I will know I've completed this when I am spending election night with other campaign staffers in anticipation.

18. Convince Book on Tapeworm to come to the Green Room for my birthday and play their beautiful, serene music for me and my good friends. The invitation has been sent to Mr. Scott Shepard, we shall wait to see how it's answered...

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What are you doing in 2013? I'd love to hear it! 
Also, any suggestions, recommendations, feedback about my list is welcome . . . 

p.s. I got interviewed by the fantastic Hannah Mudge on blogging, feminism, church and state of my sister Page. It's all here.



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14 comments:

Just Jaime said...

So sad about the insurance problem! When I was at BYU, 8 years ago, my sociology teacher asked us to discuss a social problem in groups and our approach to fixing it. My group wanted to talk about children without insurance but the professor said that wasn't a big problem. WRONG!

Scouter's Wife said...

Read your post.
Clicked on link to the Green Room.
Looked at post from Thursday, November 18, 2010.
Still trying to figure out how all three of your babies managed to get right in the center of that first photo.

You make beautiful children! :)

Ronny said...

I'm sending my daughter off to college this year, and we've discussed 11 many Sundays after church. I'm anxious to read your ideas.

Pamela said...

FYI: pho is Vietnamese, not Chinese ... as in you could probably get the same hot bowl of pho here as you would in somewhere like HK.

Allison said...

Oh kindergarten, you will not be alone in that sniffly walk that's for sure. I get a double whammy that day of walking the oldest to Kindergarten and #2 to preschool that day, all within the space of a half hour??? I dunno what I was thinking! This year I'm gonna do that, birth a 3rd daughter, try to take better care of this body, mind and spirit. You know, pretty much everything everyone else is trying to do.

Alison said...

Living west of St. George Utah, with a spectacular view of Red Mountain and just five minutes away from Snow Canyon, I am curious to know if you are talking about Snow Canyon, or a different spot. Have you been to the petroglyphs in Santa Clara yet? You would love it, and so would your kids. Besides SC, it's my favorite spot in these west-of-St. George parts.

Stephanie said...

You know pho is Vietnamese, right?

Noodle said...

Talk about sister dynamics! My niece, Tamathy, is one of 12 girls (and 9 boys), same parents, no twins. She has written some hilarious essays about her family, and tells them at No Shame Theaters in West Virginia and Oregon. Contact me if you want to read some!

Jocelyn said...

I am going to Alaska(with the help of ativan of course) to see my niece graduate! BIG moment for me. Thanks for asking.

Scott and Rachel Ellis said...

Oh miss Courtney, would you please take me to meet the Dargers with you? I think they are fabulous! I read their book and this life they lead is not easy and they make it work. I believe it to be a possibility in the next life (you know poligamy)and because of the perfect knowledge I will have there I am good with it. And in this life I am fascinated by it.

Nicki said...

I'm wondering... is BYU's Women and Education Conference in March the same thing as BYU's Women's Conference in May?

Brittney said...

your hannah mudge link to your interview goes to the wrong page fyi.

Erin said...

Love these posts... and it has inspired me to do my own - on a smaller scale. 13 things in 2013. Included: Have another baby, complete my Goodreads challenge of 40 books read this year, write at least 1 blog per month, get my 4 yr old sleep trained, and hopefully a trip to TX to introduce my son to my grandparents.

thanks for the inspiration!

Tracy Morreo said...

on #10... not getting weird at all. I know where mine is and asked my most responsible child (age 14) to make sure that I get there. (maybe that is weird?)