Thursday, December 16, 2010

At the end of a long week

I've started and stopped a lot of blogs in the past few days. Life has been pretty scattered this week due to finals, lack of sleep, and a crazy work schedule but I've finally made it to the end. Finals are finished and I can feel the weight of school lifting from my shoulders. My boarding pass is printed and I'll be on a flight home tomorrow morning. At the end of a week like this I think I'm mostly grateful to learn that I can do the things that seem impossible. I'm so thankful for the heavenly help I've had this week.

Friday, December 10, 2010


My seventh grade Core teacher Mrs. Busch (the one that frequently rubbed off her penciled on eyebrows in frustration) told us that certain scents bring up different memories. She proceeded to pour a bag of recently fallen fall leaves on the table and has us smell them and see what memories we remembered. I remember having this instant flashback to Boston in the Fall. I think it had been about two years since Dad, Mom, Kendall, and I had traveled to B-town and walking around in the leaves wasn't a memory that I ever consciously remembered storing. It was a very weird experience.

So here I am, almost eight years later, still fascinated with the idea that my brain can store memories without any conscious effort on my part. Since I'm now one of those weird kids that is obsessed with the human body, I decided to look up the science between memory and scent. This is what Discover Health taught me...

"A smell can bring on a flood of memories, influence people's moods and even affect their work performance. Because the olfactory bulb is part of the brain's limbic system, an area so closely associated with memory and feeling it's sometimes called the "emotional brain," smell can call up memories and powerful responses almost instantaneously.
The olfactory bulb has intimate access to the amygdala, which processes emotion, and the hippocampus, which is responsible for associative learning. Despite the tight wiring, however, smells would not trigger memories if it weren't for conditioned responses. When you first smell a new scent, you link it to an event, a person, a thing or even a moment."

So I've been thinking about this for a while and started compiling a list of the scents I associate with certain memories or people.

Hot Tamales or Cinnamon Bears (really any cinnamon candy) - Natalie
Fresh wall paint- Mom and Dad
Recently cut grass- Dad
Lavender- Mom
Any indoor pool- G+G's Salt Lake pool
Coconut Lime Verbena Lotion- Kendall
Pink Lemonade- Joshua
Gasoline- Mexico (this one always makes me laugh)
The smell of any doctors office- The West Linn Women's Clinic
School smell- Aunt Cheri and when Kendall, Rachel, and I would "help" her set up the classroom for the Fall.
Wet/muddy shoes- Rugby

And of course there are the harder ones that you don't really know how to define the scent. Like Alaina's house. I can definitely tell when something comes from Alaina's. I almost certain that if someone gave me something from the Backus home I could tell. I haven't been there in more than four years, but even now I'm positive I could recognize it. Also, the smell of G+G's Salt Lake apartment always gives me strong flashbacks to coming there as a child.

Are there any scents that you associate with certain memories/people?

Monday, December 06, 2010

Two things...maybe three

Tonight in FHE we finger painted a mural. The theme was Christmas in Space. Our end had way more pizazz than the other end. I think my fingers may be permanently stained with tempera paint, which doesn't totally make sense because tempera paint is suppose to be washable.
I went to the temple lights with some of my girl friends this weekend and really enjoyed it a lot. I took in the rain and cold and just told myself it was part of the Christmas experience. I do so love to see the temple.
Three days of school left and then finals! I'm getting so excited for Christmas in the Northwest.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Anatomy and some other things

Anatomy has been one of the most intense classes I've taken at BYU but it also seems to be the class most relevant to my life. It's not just because I start the nursing program next semester but because the more I learn about the body the more I realize what a gift it is. In the past semester I've spent two hours a week in lecture, two hours a week in lab, and at least two more hours in open lab studying off the cadavers not to mention the time I spent studying off the computer program at home. The more time I spent learning and memorizing bones, muscles, structures, and organs, the more I was in awe of all the intricate details that make up our bodies. I don't know how anyone could look at the body and not think a divine creator had some part in it.

The heart is my favorite organ. I get goosebumps when I think about how blood pumps through atria, valves, and ventricles then out though arteries to the body and then back through the veins to the heart. I love that it sounds like a simple process but how there are really so many other small pieces that contribute to it. I love that I can feel my own heart beating and know that by body is doing its job. I love that one muscle can keep us alive simply by pumping. It's also pretty cool to hold a human heart in your hand. Just saying.

I'm continually fascinated by the leg muscles. If you could look at the dissected quad and hamstring muscles of a cadaver I think you'd understand. The adductor magnus is my favorite one because it's this huge meaty piece of muscle on the medial side of the leg and it's there just so you can move your leg.

Galea aponeurotica is my favorite anatomical term to say. It's just the fibrious tissue that covers the top of your head but I can never say it enough. GALEA APONEUROTICA!

After I study for a long time I fall asleep naming anatomy terms. It's sort of a bad habit because it usually keeps me up longer than if I just laid there. The terms are constantly running through my mind.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that our bodies are awesome. Next time you climb a flight of stairs, eat a delicious meal, or lay down at night to sleep take a minute to stop and think about what an amazing gift it is to have your body. The last semester has been a real testimony strengthener for me as I've seen how great our bodies actually are. If I were Satan, I'd feel pretty foolish for giving up the opportunity to have a body. Be grateful for what you have and take care of your bodies because they are truly the greatest gift.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

It all makes sense now

Various precipitating factors may cause tension type headaches in susceptible individuals:
* Stress: usually occurs in the afternoon after long stressful work hours or after an exam
* Sleep deprivation
* Uncomfortable stressful position and/or bad posture
* Irregular meal time (hunger)
* Eyestrain
* Caffeine withdrawal
* Dehydration

Guess which one is not part of my life?

T minus 2 days until anatomy lab final
T minus 12 days until finals week

I am super excited for Christmas break.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Life has been good

As I've been here in Oregon enjoying a rather different holiday than usual, I can't help but think how blessed I have been and continue to be in my life. I have always been given what I needed even when I didn't know that's what I was missing. Life continues to simply be grand and I'm sure it will only get better. I thought I'd share some of the little seen pictures as I blog from the home computer. Some are cute but mostly they're just hilarious.
I loved those silky star pajamas. This Christmas was also the year I got the hand held cotton candy maker. mmmmm...cotton candy
Please notice how ill fitting all of our jeans are. Women's fashion has come a long way since then.
FINE! I totally did ruin this picture.
So we went to Boston in 2001 when PT Cruisers were new and SO cool. Of course we had to get a picture with Kendall and me standing through the sunroof.
Delphine! Remember how she could never get our drinks right? And where is Kendall in this picture? Check out my sweet corn rows. hahahah.

I hope you enjoyed the little flashback. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Airport Adventures

The great blizzard of 2010 got me stuck in the Salt Lake airport last night for about 5 hours. I got to the airport and the snow had not started falling. Around 5:30pm the storm unleashed its furry. I have never seen snow like I did last night. The wind was blowing and the snow was falling and you could hardly see out the window because everything was white. Needless to say my flight got delayed, and delayed again, and then delayed a third time. I really didn't mind so much. I had a nice chair to sit in, a book to read and my flight wasn't canceled like so many of the other ones. Because I didn't really want to lose my fancy chair, I sat down almost the whole time. It gave me a lot of time to observe the different people in the airport. This is what I've noticed.

There are three types of people that react to a flight delay
1. The ones that get angry/frustrated at the people working in the airport. (which I don't understand because it's not like the airport employees can control an airplane)
2. The ones that instantly become super friendly with the airport employees in hopes that it will increase their chances of getting on a flight (but seriously? does that help anyone?)
3. The people that patiently sit around and catch little snippets and updates from people around them. (the majority of people) I fall into this catagory

Everyone has a laptop. Was it like this even a few years ago?

Most of the men with laptops were playing computer games or watching a movie.

Quite a few women with laptops were catching up on their online shopping.

There are some people that would just prefer to stand up and wait for the plane.

The airport food of choice is definitely Burger King.

Most of the single travelers had headphones in/on the whole time we sat there.

The airport gets sort of cold when you sit around forever.

Eventually our flight got out of there. I escaped the winter wonderland and made it safely to Reno, NV and then all the way to Portland, OR. I waited outside in the cold, breathing in the deliciously cold and clean air of the Northwest. It's great to be home.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Best Thing Ever = Harry Potter 7



That's right...I just got back from the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows premiere and it blew my mind. Like seriously, all the best action and forward moving plot of movie 5 combined with the cute/funny little snippets of movie 6. July cannot come fast enough.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


School is hard. Especially when you're in a class called statistics. It's a little bit discouraging when you spend all day studying, think your doing great, take the exam, and then don't do so hot. aye aye aye.

On the bright side, tomorrow is Thursday (the start of my weekend for those of you that don't read this blog all too often) and Alyssa and I get to go to the midnight Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 movie. I can't wait to be a part of history.

I go home for thanksgiving one week from today.

I've finally convinced Alyssa that it's okay to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving. It's just an extension of the holiday season!

I go home for Christmas one month from today!

It doesn't really matter what grade I get in statistics as long as it's above a C because I already got into the BYU Nursing program!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

This weekend I...

Slept in until 10am without even making myself sleep.
Studied for like 45 minutes before I figured out that I really have no motivation to memorize all the chemistry involved in glycolysis, krebs cycle, and oxidative phosphorylation
Discovered that I really love to do things while laying in bed. There is just no feeling like being warm in your bed, laying down, and knowing that you're getting stuff done. Especially if it's real cold in your apartment.
Made cookies for Dad's birthday.
Ate a J-dawg with some of my favorite people.
"Killed it" in Beauty more than twice. Stupid stop signs.
Started listening to Bon Iver and couldn't stop.
Attended a baby shower for Kendall and enjoyed some great food. That baby is coming so soon!
Spilled body spray all over my hands. They still smell like white gardenias.
Realized that the semester is nearly finished! Really only one week of class, then Thanksgiving break, and then two weeks of school and finals. And then I'm a nursing student. AH!
Remembered that I have a Christmas tree pin to wear as soon as Thanksgiving is over.
Started sewing Christmas decorations
Watched Thoroughly Modern Millie with Alyssa and totally loved it. I think it helped that people kept telling us how awful it was before we watched it.
Chatted with Amanda at least three times
Cleaned off the mountain of junk from my desk.
Sang in sacrament with my FHE group.
Realized that it's going to be a long, cold winter in my top corner bedroom.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

If you love something, you should probably name it

It's probably not news to most of you that I was the victim of bike theft this summer. I walked out to church one Sunday morning and this is all that remained of my mode of transportation.
I am convinced that the reason said bike was stolen was because I never named it.

Naming a car is a tricky thing. You've got to pick the right name to fit the car's personality (you cannot name a black Escalade "Rainbow") while keeping it original (a white car named Snowball, are you for serious?). For example, a few years ago Kendall and I dubbed the Honda Odyssey mini-van Rocky (short for rocket ship) because a.) it's a beast like the great Rocky Balboa and b.) it sounds like the ship may just take off while you drive it.
The second example, and one very close to my heart, is Cher the 1995 Dodge Spirit. Now, Cher was my girl all through the last two years of high school. Kendall and I wanted to pick a name that was classy (she had an automatic seat belt!) but still a little bit trashy (there were a few cigarette burns on the upholstery). Cher just seemed to fit perfectly.
In order to keep all current and future modes of transportation safe from damage and theft, they have been named. The beautiful bike that Aunt Cheri was kind enough to lend me has been named Firenze after the centaur in Harry Potter that is old, wise, and kind to Harry in the forbidden forest. (And yes, I am comparing myself to Harry Potter and Provo is the forbidden forest, deal with it) And in anticipation of what is to come, I've named the Black Jetta Beauty because a.) having a car to use is a beautiful thing and b.) it's short for Black Beauty, like the mighty stallion, because I hear it has a pretty powerful engine. Oh, and the car is actually black.

In memory of my long lost (unnamed) bike, I've purchased a necklace with a bedazzled bike. I'm glad it could teach me to name the things that are important before they are gone forever. And thank goodness it was only a bike!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Something died on my face

I think I'm discovering that I'm an awful writer. I mean, give me a topic and I can bust out an A+ quality five paragraph essay in no time but ask me to write something creative and more likely than not you'll be disappointed. That being said I'll let the pictures do most of the talking for my Halloween holiday. The quick sum up: I went to my roommates house in Alpine for a party with her family and some friends on Utah Halloween (aka Saturday night 10/30). I decided to be a dad for Halloween a) because I'm a little bit lazy and b) I'm sort of obsessed with mustaches right now.

Alyssa and I are really great at being awkward with other people which makes things pretty hilarious. And just in case you're wondering, I am indeed dying for another occasion to wear my dad mustache.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Seriously so blessed

As of Friday at 5pm I have officially been accepted to the BYU Nursing program! It's been a tough road to get me to this point but I could not be more ecstatic. I am so grateful to the people that believed I could get to this point when I didn't. I'll start taking nursing classes when I come back to school after Christmas break and I can't wait! Miracles really do happen.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mini Vacation

One of my best friends from high school, Michelle Francis, flew out to Utah last Friday to spend the weekend with me. Different circumstances kept us forever in different places when it was convenient to get together and after more than a year of being apart we decided it was time to reunite. Michelle arrived in SLC Friday morning and the next 78 hours were as perfect as perfect can be. I have not laughed so much in my whole life. It was such a blessing to have a break from school and I'm so glad that Alaina would trust me with her car for the weekend. Nothing beats reuniting with a friend and finding that even though time has passed it feels like you've never been apart.

I'm glad Michelle had an iphone otherwise we wouldn't have any of these gems.

Saturday, October 09, 2010


I am consumed by the thought of doing crafts right now. Something about being super busy always makes me want to take a break and do something crafty. This summer I was especially crafty and made silhouettes. (whoa...I just spelled that right all on my own). I don't know where I got the idea from, maybe I just stumbled upon it as I surfed the internet at work or maybe it was just a weird inspiration, I don't really know but it's turned into one of my favorite things. Oh and it was pretty easy too.

Here's how you do it...
Take some profile pictures. Try and keep the pictures at the same distance so the heads are the same size. These are what my pictures looked like.
Obviously the heads are a little different size in these pictures. It really helps if you have a fancy computer scientist help you format the pictures and make them the size you want but I'm guessing most of you can do that on your own. Also, take into account what size frame you want to display them in. I knew that I wanted both the silhouettes to fit in an 8x10 frame so they were formatted to be that size.
Print the pictures and trace the outline onto tissue paper. I didn't have a working printer when I did this so I just traced the outline right off the laptop screen. It was really nice to have the back light while tracing.
Tape the tissue paper outline to the paper you want your final silhouette to be made of and cut along your traced line through both the tissue paper and project paper. And like magic you have a cut out of your profile!
Here's what my finished product looks like. I went to the trouble of matting them inside an oval. It took forever to figure out but it made the finished product look so much better. Since I didn't really have any process to that I'll let you figure it out on your own.

You can make a silhouette out of any picture you have so you might not have to go to the trouble of taking new pictures. I guess you could do some of an action shot. That would actually be super sweet. Anyway, making silhouettes isn't really hard but it takes some time and patience with cutting. I really love my silhouettes and the memories I made creating them. Happy crafting!
I've started a new project but it's top secret! But more on that later.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Things That Make Me Love Thursday

It's my last day of work for the week!
Anatomy Lab! I'm sort of obsessed. It's hard for me to study for any other class because all I can think about are those cadavers.
Project Runway!
Grey's Anatomy!
I give myself the night off from school work.
Tomorrow just so happens to be pay day.
The week is almost over and that puts me one week closer to Christmas and my 20th Birthday!
The whole weekend is still ahead of me. And yes, I count Friday as a weekend day.
I don't have to wake up to an alarm tomorrow!

Friday, September 17, 2010

How Could I Not Buy This?

But seriously October, COME FASTER!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


I've finally discovered how to get milk into my diet. Two words: Chocolate Pudding
I'm sort of really excited to look at cadavers in anatomy.
Florence + the Machine has been my motivation to study this week.
Ingrid has a new song that is real good. I think that might be my motivation to study next week. Have a listen
I've gotten ready by myself for the last 5 years and now my new roommates like to be up in the morning and get in my way while I prepare for the day. It's hard.
Hey remember how we're suppose to be running a 10K next weekend? hahaha
I keep having dreams where people are brushing my hair. First it was Mom, then Kendall, and then Joshua. Is that weird?
I want fake facial hair for Halloween. Pretty much that's going to be my costume.
I've been sick of my hair lately.
I have a great roommate.
What am I going to do when it gets cold and I can't ride my bike everywhere?
I had to pay $65 to get CPR certified. Doesn't that seem like something they should do for free? is the new pandora except better because you get to pick the songs that play.
I have my first round of tests/quizzes for the semester this week.
My work schedule got rearranged so now I work M-TH from 8am-1pm. I figure an hour of sleep lost for a work free Friday is worth it.
If you make it through Wednesday the rest of the week is a piece of cake.
I don't think I've ever been so excited for General Conference to come.
My friend Michelle is coming to visit me in Utah!
Mastering Chemistry is the devil.
I wish someone would tell me what to wear tomorrow.
I think tortilla chips are my favorite kind of chip. SO salty and delicious.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Mildly Obsessed

I cannot get enough of Sharpies lately. If I had to pick one tool to use from now until forever with which to created, I'd pick a black Sharpie. I don't know what it is about them that I love so much. I like that you can use just black and focus more on the lines of things rather than colors. It's also probably because that smell is so delicious. [Note to reader: I do not sit around an huff Sharpies. I'm just stating the fact that I (and probably many of you) cannot resist the smell of a Sharpie while in use]. Anyway, this is my latest creation for a Humanities assignment. Three things you should know about it: it's cheesy, most of my high school projects looked similar to this, and it's 100% Sharpie created. Hooray for Gilgamesh I guess.

Also, I wanted to show you the valuable skills I'm learning at the Law School. I scanned the original piece of art into a PDF and then sent it to myself from a copy machine. It's pretty high tech I guess.

Also also, I love this Sharpie Pens commercial. It's just so cute.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The End of Summer

It is still so weird to me that the Summer is really over. In a way my summer ended as soon as I left for Oregon. Not that I didn't see my trip up North as a vacation but more that everything I've had the last four months ended when I drove out of Provo. Everything about this Summer was perfect. Even getting my bike stolen turned out to be okay since I got the sweet upgrade to a bike with baskets (thanks Aunt Cheri!). Anyway, to remember the last month of Summer I thought I'd sum it up in some of my favorite pictures of the last month of freedom.


The Great Salt Lake

Hiking the Y

Seaside, Oregon

I'm crossing my fingers for a speedy Fall semester because I'm already ready for Christmas break!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

A Laugh

I cannot stop thinking about this commercial! The best part is the last 10 seconds so watch all of it.

Monday, July 26, 2010

100 (more) Things

1. I can sleep almost anywhere
2. I crave canned peaches a lot right now
3. I can kill a spider as long as it is below eye level
4. On the last day of my senior year of high school I got into a fender bender with a parked car
5. Dove soap is the only way to feel clean
6. Sometimes I feel a compulsive need to buy new shoes
7. I actually hate rubber bands. They creep me out for some reason
8. I love the feel of hot paper as it comes out of a printer
9. I also love the smell of hot paper as it comes out of a printer
10. Having curly hair is like the best way to be lazy and get away with it
11. I wish I could travel the world with Natalie. I'm pretty sure we would be the world's greatest travel companions.
12. I will go to London in 2012
13. Alaina and I have the most similar personalities of all the girls in our family
14. I really want an old book I can hollow out so I can hide things in it while it sits on a book shelf.
15. Ticking clocks use to drive me crazy when I was trying to fall asleep. Now I'm just too excited to go to sleep to even notice the ticking.
16. I bruise really easily
17. I'll always choose the top bunk
18. My birthday is the 18th of May
19. My middle fingers are super crooked
20. I am almost 20. Did you know that?
21. Living away from home = spending money on boring things. That's right toilet paper, dish soap, and paper towels I'm talking to you!
22. It is very nice to be in charge of myself
23. Unpainted girl toenails give me the creeps
24. I really enjoy hands
25. Sometimes I imagine what it would be like to have a nubbin
26. Sometimes I feel like I would give anything to have a DVR again
27. I love to snuggle
28. I think doing the dishes isn't so bad as long as you do them right after they've been dirtied
29. I have a scar on my knee from a cut that got infected with sand on a rugby pitch
30. The Child Development class I took last semester is the best class I have taken so far at BYU.
31. I frequently go through phases where I'm obsessed with peanut butter. (Seriously try peanut butter on toast already!)
32. I love to nap on top of my bed with a blanket while it's still light outside
33. Dinosaurs are my favorite
34. Some days I just want to lay in bed all day
35. I like how smooth and soft eye lid skin feels under my fingers
36. I usually dream in the morning
37. Mexican food is the best food
38. Fried chicken will make me sick, without fail, every time I eat it
39. Fat babies are HILARIOUS to look at
40. I wish that I could read more with out falling asleep. I spent too many years reading right before bed and now my body can't tell the difference between reading for pleasure and sleep time.
41. Most favorite dance ever. I get chills every time I watch it
42. Every time I get out of the shower I shake my towel to make sure there aren't any spiders living in it
43. Baseball is the most boring thing ever to watch. Well I suppose it's more interesting than golf but really, I couldn't tell you
44. Cookies are my favorite dessert
45. It's a tie between oatmeal scotchies and sugar cookies for my favorite cookie
46. I am so excited to take anatomy in the Fall
47. I am also so excited to meet Baby C. Don't you think Kendall and Josh will be awesome parents? I do
48. When you get the right bag of Crazy Bread from Little Caesars it's like heaven sold in a bag for only $1
49. I love to be warmed by the sun after you've been cold and inside for too long
50. I don't really like roast beef
51. I'm a little bit more than obsessed with Beyonce
52. If I could meet one celebrity right now I would meet Beyonce
53. If they were handing away magical powers I would choose to apparate
54. Of all school subjects English comes to me most naturally
55. I hate white pants and white church shoes. They just seem so impractical
56. I do not enjoy getting wet when I'm not planning on it. Clothes are for wearing and swim suits are for playing in water
57. I am most definitely a morning person
58. Cooked broccoli with lots of salt is the only way to go
59. Pride and Prejudice is one of my top three favorite movies. I could watch it every day
60. I like to donate blood
61. I still jump on elevators when I'm alone
62. Sometimes when I take my warm clothes out of the dryer, I put them in a pile and lay on top of them
63. I believe some candies are just better when they're a little bit warm. Try leaving a box of Hot Tamales in a warm car for a while and then eat them. It will change your life.
64. I love to get things in the mail
65. The older I get, the more I enjoy being with my family
66. I am a master of Uno
67. When I was little I use to ask for a baby brother for Christmas. Now that I'm older I am so glad that Santa never brought one to me.
68. The softer a bed is, the better.
69. Natalie, Kendall, and I all share a weird obsession with Pop Culture. That's right world, I'm keeping up with the kardashians, big whoop.
70. I like mini cupcakes but I hate making them. It's too much work with not enough to show for it. Oh and I eat way more of them than regular cupcakes
71. I would rather spend time with a few good friends than with a giant group of people I sort of know
72. It bothers me when people I barely know call me Mal
73. I like the way stainless steel appliances look but I would never put them in my own kitchen
74. I like weird old things
75. I want to live in a cute little old house when I grow up
76. When I'm going to sleep for the night I lay on my back and flip onto my stomach. I usually wake up on my back
77. When I nap, I lay on my side
78. I enjoy listening to the radio in the car with the windows rolled down
79. I've never been pulled over or ticketed by a cop
80. Journaling is awesome. I started keeping one about a year ago and I love flipping back and reading what I've written
81. Kendall and I share a love of Western Family's string cheese
82. I would probably choose ground beef over about any other kind of meat
83. Every time I cut an avocado in half I want to eat it with a spoon
84. If I could plant any fruit producing tree and have it thrive, I would plant an avocado tree
85. I love the smell outside after it rains
86. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (are you singing the song because I sure am?)
87. Tongues simultaneously disgust and amaze me
88. Sometimes I want to eat just the crust off a slice of pizza
89. Target is my most favorite store
90. I frequently pick things up off the floor with my toes
91. The smell of fresh wall paint makes me think of my Mom and Dad
92. My favorite part about playing rugby in high school was getting to be a part of a team and learning to love my teammates
93. "Smack That" by Akon runs through my mind more often than I'd like to admit
94. I like the way my eyelashes feel when they're covered with mascara
95. The first thing I remember about September 11, 2001 is that Grandma called and told us we were getting bombed. Mom and I turned on the news on right after that
96. I've discovered that it's easier to waste time on a computer than you think
97. I really do love to laugh
98. It constantly surprises me how much I am like my mother
99. I've still never let anyone cut off any of my skin tags
100. I wish we could go to Mexico with the family every Christmas

Filling My Time with T-Shirts

For those of you that don't know, I work at the BYU Law School as an assistant faculty secretary. To say things are slow during the summer would be and understatement. Things here just barely dribble by as I literally sit and wait for someone to give me something, anything, to do. In the last few weeks of boredom I've discovered a few things to keep me busy. Of all the things to pass the time my favorite by far is looking a t-shirt designs. It has even led me to buy these two beauties below.

I don't know what it is about these t-shirts that I love so much. Maybe I'm just a sucker for bright colors. Maybe I enjoy the thought of lounging around in a t-shirt. Or maybe (and probably most likely) my love of inanimate objects with faces is just too strong for me to resist having them on a t-shirt. So, for those of you who don't know where to look or are just bored like me, these are my two favorite t-shirt sites.
At shirt.woot! they post a new t-shirt everyday for only $10. You don't even have to pay shipping. The designs are always different so you never know what's coming.
Threadless is a site full of shirts that are just awesome. They're more expensive but they go on sale periodically. If I had a million dollars and spent more time wearing t-shirts I would definitely own more of these.
Well friends, that's about it. Hope you're all having a fantastic Monday! I'm stuck at work all day (8-5) and I've already run out of t-shirts to look at. Any ideas?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Dinosaur Day

So pretty much I'm in love with dinosaurs. If I had to pick a moment when the love affair began I'd pinpoint this sunny day in Murray, Utah when Kendall and Rachel let me take pictures at the Sinclair gas station.

Life since then has been a blur of growing obsession as I slowly purchased almost anything dinosaur and snapped pictures of dinos anywhere I could find them. For some reason both of these dinosaurs were discovered in Boston when I was there in May.

One day at work I received the following email from Joshua.


Can we finish our hoodies on Friday so that we can have dinosaur day on Saturday? My idea of dinosaur day is that we wear dinosaur t-shirts and dinosaur hoodies and watch dinosaur movies or something. Does that seem like a good idea?


When Saturday came around we did just that. We got together in the morning to work on our hoodies and then met Kendall and Josh for J-dawgs. After that we went and got Jurassic Park, Dino nuggets, and our own choice of 2 liter for dinner. At the end of the day Joshua presented me with my very own dinosaur puzzle, a puzzle that he'd made all by himself! 53 pieces of wooden dinosaur beauty. It has been fascinating for me to see what sort of creative things he comes up with.

Here is a glimpse of what my finished hoodie looks like.

So pretty much dinosaur day is my favorite day and I wish it could be everyday.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Let Freedom Ring

As promised here are some of the pictures from the longest 4th of July ever. Seriously. We celebrated the greatness that is the United States from Saturday morning to Monday night. It was an awesome weekend.

Saturday morning started with blueberry pancakes with strawberries on top. Very patriotic.

Okay so Joshua and I totally didn't plan on matching but when I saw his red striped shirt I knew I had to wear blue. hahaha. Later in the evening we waited to watch stadium of fire and played a lot of Uno.

Sunday was church and then once it was dark outside we lit sparklers. Call me old fashioned but they're still my favorite.

On Monday Julia and I went to see Eclipse. It was awesome. We made a delicious french silk pie and went swimming later with some friends. Basically my life is awesome. I've been spending a lot of time with my (to put it in Aunt Cheri's words) "special friend" Joshua. He's in our ward and we've been dating for the last few weeks. It's been interesting to experience life with a boy involved. Happy 4th of July again world! Oh, and I get to be an Aunt again. Hooray!