Friday, July 31, 2009

things that annoy me

I couldn't resist compiling this list. A few things recently have really started to grind my gears (Marshall's favorite phrase) and I just needed to share. So- in no particular order....

1. All the Michael Jackson coverage. Seriously?! It's still going on. Enough already.
2. Jon and Kate. Never seen the show and never plan to but I think it's ridiculous the amount of press attention they're getting and the way they're handling it all.
3. The Henry Louis Gates arrest. Really Obama? You felt the need to comment and interfere?
4. The fact that some of the greatest baseball players of all time- including Sosa, Bonds, A-Rod, Ramirez and Ortiz are all involved in the doping scandal. I feel betrayed. Sammy Sosa was the man when I was growing up and (even though I hate the Sox) Ramirez and Ortiz got the Sox out of their funk. And it's all a lie!

5. Parents of incoming freshman. American Heritage is full for the fall. There really is nothing I can do about it. Calling and telling me your son/daughter's life story and why they have to take American Heritage this semester will not change the fact that the class is full and there really is nothing I can do. Please believe me when I tell you this and don't treat me like I'm stupid just because when you were at BYU (20+ years ago, might I add) things worked differently.

The end. Well actually, that's not the end. There's lots more I could add but chose to refrain.

Monday, July 20, 2009


This is one of the coolest things I've seen/read in a long time. In the middle of New York City a bunch of people came together to create this awesome oasis. And the best part is that the swimming pool is made out of dumpsters. Amazing. I love creative people.

i heart ny

Lately, I've really been missing my home state of New York. Despite my family living in Utah I still claim Ithaca, NY as home. It's where the majority of my childhood took place and where many of my best memories are. I loved Ithaca. I love the east coast. I loved living near a lake and I loved the falls with the beautiful leaves. I LOVED our ward, and miss it constantly. I had the realization hit me that this past week was the Hill Cumorah Pageant which our family went to every year. It broke my heart to realize that I missed it. My goal is the summer after I graduate to go back to NY and be in the pagent. I think that'd be lovely. I think in my mind I've slightly idealized Ithaca and what it was and is. I know my parents don't hold quite the same fondness for it that I do. But I'm ok with that. I think that when I go (notice it's a when, not an if) I may be slightly disenchanted, or I may fall in love with it even more, it could do either way. I'm hoping for the latter.

Friday, July 17, 2009

food for thought

"I must learn to love the fool in me--the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my fool." -- Theodore I. Rubin, MD

(quote and photo via A CUP OF JO)

i heart matt clayton photography

I discovered Matt Clayton photography a few weeks ago and I LOVE everything he does. It's so unique and beautiful. I couldn't resist sharing. (And he's from Utah!)

Thursday, July 16, 2009


images via Oh Happy Day!

I have a balloon obsession right now. No idea how long it will last. But they make me happy.

oh thank heaven for 7/11

My best friend and roommate of three years tied the knot on Saturday. It was an all day event and by the end I was exhausted. But it was so much fun and Candace was so happy. It was a great day.

Last minute my friend Jamie and I ended up doing Candace's hair. It was an interesting experience, but it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. (Mostly thanks to Jamie).

Since it was free slurpee day we couldn't resist a pit stop at 7 Eleven.

This is my very favorite picture of the whole day. Jamie took it and I think it perfectly captures the emotion of a wedding day. How cute are they. And Candace looks beautiful.

They got married in the Draper temple at 4:00 and it was SO windy- as evidenced by my bangs blowing everywhere. I sure am going to miss living with this girl. BUT Jamie and I get to be roommates in the Fall and it is going to be fabulous.

All the girls at the reception. Such a good night! Yea for Candace and Dan being married!

Monday, July 13, 2009


I just discovered this. Really interesting idea. Take a look.

i heart zac

I saw 17 Again this past weekend with my friend Alisa and was reminded of the deep and unabated love I have for Zac Efron. I shamelessly love all High School Musical movies and as I write this I am listening to the sound of Zac's voice serenading me via the Hairspray soundtrack. Lovely. (ps see move pictures from this GQ shoot here)

Sunday, July 12, 2009


"Advice. I'm great at advice." -Tom Hanks, You've Got Mail

So I have always known that I love giving advice. Friends come to me and I have no problem telling them what to do and what should change etc. However, I recently discovered that I'm not so good at taking advice. Especially when it's not what I want to hear and especially when I didn't ask for it. I quite enjoy believing that I have my life pretty well in order. I'm happy with where I'm at and where I'm going. But in light of this recent discovery I've realized I need to do better. For the most part when people give advice, it's well meaning. If I want to dish it out, I need to take it. So new goal- a.) be more careful about the advice I dish out- be more sensitive to other people's feelings and b.) be more open to the advice of others, they can have some good insights.