Saturday, March 28, 2009


I love this short film. I know it is 12 minutes, but it is amazing. Also, for those of you who wear sensitive sweaters, i suggest you take them off for the funny/sort of inappropriate scene at 6:10.

thanks to le love for this gem.

Friday, March 27, 2009

things i see, part 2: in my living room

a photo of my brother and myself
on the day he got his misson call. we celebrated this day by a spaghetti dinner at my old condo. Patti had to shoot a roll of film for her photography class, and was shooting pictures of the family affair. When she got the roll developed and showed me the proofs, i instantly loved one of jeff and i hugging. as a gift for my birthday, patti made me a print of the photo; she developed, toned, and framed it for me. It's one of my favorite gifts. ever. it represents my close relationship with my brother and how happy and proud of him for serving a mission!

a bamboo plant
whose name is jonathan. my great-aunt helen gave me this plant as a graduation gift when i graduated from high school. she said, "every room needs something green." and i totally agree with her. last spring, i left jonathan outside for a weekend, and many of his leaves wilted and eventually died off. luckly, i rescued him just in time to see a new shoot growing! this is really exciting, and we even celebrated by getting him a new home (thank you, DI glassware!). i don't know how i'm going to get him from here to Ohio, but it'll have to be done somehow!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

can't wait for this!

it's going to be AWESOME.

things i see, part 1: from teachers in my life.

i was looking around my room today and thinking about all of the things that i have that represent people or memories that i love. then, i decided that a little bit about some of these things would make a great series of blog posts! so, here we go.

a card with a painting of the Nativity Scene by Simon Dewey

I was a sophomore at BYU when I got this card. It was Christmas time, and the First Presidency had given Book of Mormons to the professors of the University as gifts. These were accompanied by a beautiful card with this painting on the front. When I commented to the prof I was TAing for (Dr. Lee), he offered me the card, and I, surprised, accepted. Although it's just a Christmas card, it is a beautiful reminder of the Christmas spirit and of the prof who was so encouraging to me in my pursuit of a degree in the Chemistry department.
a Ziggy comic
given to me by my AP English teacher, Ashley Cross. the comic depicts Ziggy at a "Detour" sign. his thoughts are as follows:

"along our path of life we get a series of detours. and we all get frustrated and impatient when we feel we have to leave the path we've chosen! but what if the REAL path of life is REALLY made up of all these detours and instead of learning the real lessons of life, we miss them because we're too busy being frustrated and impatient!!"

this comic has definitely had a HUGE impact on my outlook in college and in deciding what i'm going to do in my life. obviously, since it's been hanging on my wall since i was a freshman, it means a lot to me that Mrs. Cross had the foresight to know that her seniors not only needed intellectual stimulation, but some good, solid mentoring. kudos, Mrs. Cross.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


i'm back to the blogging world. i know it's been a long hiatus, but it has been one CRAZY ride. here's what i've been up to:

1. travelling to Purdue. wow, the midwest was really fun, and a little bizarre. here is what it looked like:it was really pretty. and cold. i liked the ward; it felt so calm and peaceful to be at church after a long weekend of hanging out with people who lived to get wasted on the weekend.

2. Ohio State. Columbus is a buzzing little town. Obsessed with sports. The stadium is over 183 feet tall. That is taller than the SWKT!!!! it houses over 100,000 people. that is one big football stadium. i also ate at a wonderful indian restuarant, the original buffalo wild wings, and der dutchman. yay for amish country and christy and reza. i got to go to the OSU 2nd ward, which was fun, and i even got to stay a second night at the lovely candace's house (she doesn't have a bloggy, so i'll link you to her official OSU webpage...) due to my mistake in booking my flight four weeks later than i needed it. luckily, 12 hours and $200 later, i was finally on a plane back to utah.

3. Utah. i know, i know, i live in Utah. but this is a vacation because i stayed in a hotel and i also went skiing! it was good to see dr. blair again, whom i worked for in the summer of 2004.

skiing was really fun, except that i was so sore the next couple of days. i did love it, i think that if i had funds, i would definitely become a ski bum for the next few months. who knows, maybe i'll take it up as a hobby in ohio (do they even have skiing there??)

Now, i'm just trying to make it through the semester. Starting to make plans for summer. Putting together a book list. Mapping out road trips with the lovely Lauren. Hoping to get into my fly-fishing class.

Any ideas for any of my lists? What would you do with your last free summer?