Monday, July 21, 2008

A few of my favorite things

(1) First and foremost, I love my Savior Jesus Christ and the restored gospel. I love my family and my friends. These are the things that have been there for me though the good and bad and I love you all!!

(2) Traveling. 

I just got back from a trip to the UK (see here, here, here, or here), I am planning a trip to mainland Europe next summer, Katey and I are planning on going to the Mediterranean in a few years, and I am going to Egypt with my family in November! I think one of the main reasons I decided to study Anthropology is because I love people and I love the world around me. I want to see it all! Here are a few of the places I would love to see:

The Statues of Easter Island, Victoria Falls, The Great Barrier Reef, Teotihuacan, Mt Vesuvius, New Zealand, The Louvre, Vatican City, Ephesus, Petra, Machu Picchu, and the Colosseum.

Im always up for a good trip so if anyone is planning an adventure and needs someone to go with... I'm your girl!!

(3) Art

I can look at art all day. I love sculptures, paintings, and architecture.  Here are some of my favorite works of art.

The Winged Victory of Samothrace and Venus de Milo. These are two of the most beautiful sculptures in the world. They were created at a time when the "body" was celebrated for its beauty.

The Scream by Munch. This represents everyone at one time in their lives: crying out for help and no one even notices or cares.  

This is the memorial to Lady Elizabeth Nightingale located at Westminster Abbey. The sculpture is of Death coming out of Hell to claim Lady Elizabeth while her husband tries to protect her. It shows the true love that Lady Nightingale's husband has for her. Not only is he crying out in agony for her, but he is willing to place himself between her and Death. The sculpture itself is beautiful too. It is carved out of marble but it looks like cloth. You can see Deaths ribcage through his cloak.

(4) Death

As an Anthropologist I enjoy reading and leaning about how other people view Death and the afterlife. I obsess about it (which some people find weird). But you can learn a lot about people and their paradigms just by learning about how they view Death (when I say Death I am talking about the Grim Reaper as well as the afterlife). 

(5) Evolution

I am a realistic person that is driven by logic. I accept evolution as scientific fact. I love the idea that modern day homo sapiens are here because we are the descendants of those who have fought to survive. We are evolving now, right now. We, like all creatures, evolve in order to survive in this world. I hope to later study Evolutionary Biology or Biological Anthropology. I want to understand those who have come before us.

(6) Sports
Ok, ok I may not be the most athletic person, but I love to do anything active and watching a good game on a friday night is my idea of a great time! 

P.S. The Lakers will have their revenge!  : )


~ Jamie ~ said...

Fun post! I knew many of those things already but it was fun to get to know you a little better!

Lauren Jayne said...

Man I have always wanted to go to Petra! A friend of mine took a Mediterranean cruise that hit up a couple of those places on your list, his pictures were absolutely gorgeous. You and Katey should probably do that! Also, I'm a fan of Munch too, I just read this great book about the Scream and a series of high profile art heists called The Rescue Artist. If you are up for a good art read you should check it out!

Courtney N said...

Hey Lauren thanks for the recommendation!

emilie s. d. p. said...

I'm so jealous of all your travelling ...past and future. I hope you have so much fun with your family this November and post TONS of pictures!!!

Courtney N said...

I will post a ton of pictures!! No worries!!