Sunday, October 30, 2011

forget me not

I love this video

WE CANNOT WAIT FOR THE GOLDEN TICKET TO BE HAPPY!

I have to remember this.

I feel like I'm always waiting for something to happen so that I can be happy.

I'm pretty sure every human being knows what I'm talking about.

My reminder for the week: Be happy no matter what. You have a great life. Stop complaining.

I'm so happy that we have Elder Utchdorf who is so comforting and reminds us that we are not forgotten and that we can/need to be happy in every stage of life.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

it's always nice

when your cuzzies come over to make caramel apples






your husband makes you breakfast to celebrate your 4 month wedding anniversary



your sister comes to visit with her roommate



and you chop your hair off just for the fun of it


Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

what we did

In D.C. we:

walked around the Capitol building



ate buckwheat blueberry pancakes and grits and shopped at the Eastern Market



these are awesome giraffes that a folk artist made out of soda cans!




went to the Library of Congress




We went on a tour there and then Tara, Ashley, mommy-in-law and I got  
Library of Congress library cards!
 We went into the main reading room where National Treasure was filmed and everything! It was amazing! And so beautiful! The walls were incredibly ornate and statues of famous writers and our founding fathers lined the room. ugh, I can't even put into words how stunning the place is.
The dome that was the ceiling was awe-inspiring. 
It was such a privilege to be able to look at all the books the library has to offer and witness the beauty of the main reading room.


We also walked around the monuments


CALIFORNIA!

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

My absolute favorite is the Lincoln Memorial.


And we ate lots and lots of nummy food. 
What a great trip!
I want to do another one already!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

an adventure in black and white

Our first day in D.C. we went to the Holocaust Museum.
It was quite an experience.
Very heavy and very heart-breaking yet very eye-opening.
May we always remember those who perished or suffered in the Holocaust.


The museum had a special exhibit about the power of propaganda in Germany during Hitler's time. I was amazed at how words and rhetoric can sway people. I was shocked at how Hitler manipulated the minds of the German population for his selfish and insane purposes.
May he get everything he deserves in H-E-double hockey stick.


Here are pictures of us just before going in.
(I was messing around in photo shop and made all of these pictures black and white).






More on D.C. tomorrow!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Les Miserables

So so so much to catch y'all up on.


But, first things first.
Les Miserables 
(pretend the accent's in there).


You bet your bottom dollar that I saw it this past weekend.
In Washington D.C. with my mom, my mom-in-law and sisters-in-law.
At the Kennedy Center.


I'm in love with this musical. If I could marry a musical I would marry Les Mis
(and become a polygamist because I don't want to divorce Brett).
I have every word of every song memorized.
And this was the first time I saw it professionally done.
O my lanta was it amazing.


I especially loved the songs I Dreamed a Dream, Do You Hear the People Sing, One Day More, Bring Him Home, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Javert's Suicide, and the Finale.


And I thought Fantine, Jean Valjean, Enjolras, Marius, Javert and the Innkeeper's wife did an exceptional job.
Can you tell I'm a fanatic?


All of us were crying during the finale when Fantine and Eponine sang 
"To love another person is to see the face of God."
so touching.



Here's some of the shots at the Kennedy Center.
It was b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l. in there.

In front of the Kennedy with the awesome sign.So exciting!Please ignore the blurriness.


I did dream the dream.

Happiness!

Sister-in-law Tara is just as excited as me!

Look at how amazing the ceiling is!

Semi-awkward picture of my mom and I before the show.

After the show. We were so very glad that we saw it. Sister-in-law Ashley to the right.

What an incredible experience.

Monday, October 17, 2011

new addition

No, I'm not pregnant.
Chill.

I feel like I've been ignoring my poor little bloggy (well, not really, but yes I have for my standards).
I've been miserably sick and swamped with school. What a fabulous combination.

But . . . Brett and I got a car!!!!!

FINALLY!

Her name is Pippa and she's perfect.



Now we can go places!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

miss it

I miss playing the piano  
soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
much.

I feel like I've been missing some of my passions in life recently. I feel like I'm missing a lot of the things that make me me.

Piano is definitely one of them.

So today instead of reading Volpone for my British Literature class, I watched piano solos on youtube.

I want to learn how to play this one:

I l.o.v.e. Requiem for a Dream by Clint Mansell, 
so this would be quite exhilarating to learn.

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 10, 2011

roommate reunion

On Saturday, these girls
 
came over for a grand roommate reunion!

It was so fun to have all of us together again (minus Lyndsi who's in Austria).

We chatted and giggled and baked cupcakes and did all other things girly.






 recognize this chica? maybe it's because she's in the group Delilah on the show the Sing-Off. Yep, I have a famous friend.



hahahahahahahaha. love them. 

On Saturday night, my friend Staley (who I went to high school with) and I went to The Chocolate and laughed and caught up and talked about our married lives.
Girl time is the best.
Well, not quite as good as cuddling with my hubbie.
But, still, it's pretty good.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

grateful

I feel overwhelmed right now in gratitude to my Heavenly Father.

I know for a fact that He loves me and blesses my life.

 Brett found us a car (he went home this weekend to get us one) and it is perfect and was super cheap. It's in wonderful condition and was such a steal. I feel so blessed that God helped us find the car that's within our price range and in mint condition.
He really looks out for Brett and I.

Also, I thought I had a giant paper due on Friday, and I was freaking out because I had just spent 6 and a half hours on another paper so I was really brain-dead, but turns out it's not due till November 16th!

And I know a lot of people in our ward (a group of people that we go to church with). One of my good friends from home is in our ward, and I know like 3 other girls from other random things. 
And everyone else in our ward is so nice and I feel so welcomed.

And I thought that I had a huge assignment due for Genealogy tomorrow, and I really didn't want to do it because I want to go to bed and sleep off my sickness (I've been really sick this weekend). Turns out that that giant assignment is due next week and that a much, much simpler assignment is due tomorrow that will take me a half hour max.

And, I heard a loud knock on the door today and someone running away. After a minute or so I opened the door, and found a plate of Halloween-decorated cupcakes with a sign saying we've been BOO-ed. The cupcakes are so yummy and it made me feel so loved that someone thought of Brett and I.

And I had such a wonderful day yesterday with girlfriends despite Brett being gone. I'll blog more on that later. I'm so blessed to have great people in my life.

And I've been wanting a bike for forever and Brett's good family friend just asked him if I wanted her cute bike with a basket in the front and everything! She said that she was going to give it to Good Will, but figured she'd ask if we wanted it first.

And when I came home from campus on Friday, Brett had put post-it notes all over the apartment saying cute things like "I'll miss you my beautiful wife" or "You'll be on my mind the whole time" and other lovely things to make me feel special.

And the sun was out today, so the weather's not so crappy and cold anymore.

And BYU won this weekend, always a blessing :)

And I talked to my best friend from home earlier this week and we caught up and it made me realize that even though I'm married, I still have single friends who care about me and love me.

And I had to read, comment on, and write response letters to eleven papers by last Thursday at noon (what I previously blogged about). I was going to wake up at 6 a.m. to finish, but I accidentally slept in till 8 a.m. I was flipping out because I thought I wouldn't have enough time to finish. But, I finished all the papers, and turned them in to my students with 5 minutes to spare.

I am so grateful for the tender mercies of God. I know that He knows me personally and I just feel showered with His love right now.

I know that Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ live and love all of us.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

who'da thought

that commenting on and writing response letters to eleven papers would take 
seven hours.

Ugggghhhhhhhhh.

If I see another works cited that's not in MLA format
or an unclear thesis
I think I might throw something.

The weekend could not come sooner.

Monday, October 3, 2011

weekend joys + general conference

This weekend we:

went to Bombay House for dinner. (Brett's mom treated us)

A.m.a.z.i.n.g. o my gosh I think I just want to eat Indian food for the rest of my life kind of food.

Then the rest of Friday night I had to finish writing a paper. 
Till midnight. 
three woops for procrastination.

On Saturday, we watched General Conference. 
For those of you who aren't Mormon so you're like what?
General Conference is where the President of our church (the prophet) and the other leaders (the apostles) and even more other leaders (the Quorum of the Seventy and more) speak to all the members of the church around the world in four two-hour sessions.
It is a semi-annual event and it happens out of Salt Lake City and 
it's a perty big deal if you ask me.
 
In G Conf, the leaders guide us in ways of how to live our lives. And not just strictly religious stuff (although most of it is religious) but plain life stuff too. 
For instance, one of the leaders gave a talk about how we can use our time more wisely.

 
General Conference is wonderful and I feel so lucky to have the gospel in my life.
 
My favorite talk (speech) was given by our President, Thomas S. Monson
 

 
After General Conference, we went to 
Sundance
with the McCloskeys, Hoffmans, and my Nana and Poppop 
(my grandma and grandpa, they came in town from La Jolla, CA).

 the whole crew
 love
 girlsies
 I'm so white my skin is blending into my white shirt!
Look at how beautiful it is! I looooooooooooove fall!

Then Nana and Poppop treated us to Noodles and Company. mm mm mmm

Saturday night, Brett and I went on a 5 mile run. 

 Still training for that half marathon.

Sunday, we made waffles with strawberries and watched General Conference again.
For more info on G Conf (not everyone calls it that btw,only me), click here.

And then I spent the rest of the day reading Jane Eyre for my 
Gothic literature class.
The class is i.n.c.r.e.d.i.b.l.e. and Jane Eyre is now one of my favorite books
of all time.

Welp, that was our weekend! 

lovies, 
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