Tuesday, October 9, 2012

general conference and other joyous activities

We have done a lot of fun things lately that I have not shared because I'm a poopy blogger.

First, I sprained my ankle for the 6th time. I know that doesn't really constitute as fun, but it was a happening nonetheless. I just was walking down the stairs and twisted it and now it's all bruised and swollen. Yay for me! Brett and I were training for the Provo Halloween half marathon, so that was put on hold. We already paid for it though, so we are still going to do it! We shall survive, I promise you.

Rachel turned eighteen! That means she can go on a mission in a year according to the new age change. That's so strange to me. She's my little cuzzie-wuzzie!

Blowing out the candles on her pies. One of them had bacon on it. We all weren't sure how we felt about that. Thanks Costco for keeping things interesting.

 Some of the fambam and I went to EviDance (the dance show at BYU where all the different sections of the BYU dance department collaborate to make one production) and it was amazing! My favorite was the Turn to Stone dance.

Watch it here (you will not disappointed!)

Doesn't it give you chills? I'm in love.

 We've also been to dinner with some friends. Here we are at Texas Roadhouse with Stannabel and Brian and Jennica. Three whoops for marital triple-dating.

My mommy, sister, and sister's boyf came in town this weekend to catch up and watch General Conference.

My mom treated us to Communal, a lovely restaurant in downtown Provo. I l.o.v.e.d. the trout with lemon and capers. I could eat that thing for a year and not get sick of it. My mouth is watering just remembering it.

 Mom also treated us to manicures and pedicures. We all decided to go bold and get a pattern. I'm pretty obsessed with my nails (the green ones with the checker accents). I've created my outfits to match my nails since I got them painted. Who knew I had so much forest green in my closet? I didn't.

During the priesthood session of General Conference, the gals went out to Blue Lemon in Alpine, Utah. I got an arugula salad with strawberries and goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette and I almost fell off my seat in pure bliss.

 This is probably the prettiest picture I've ever taken of Bri. Didn't I just capture her perfect face so well? I'm suuuch a good photographer.

 Also stunning pictures of Jessie and Aunt Diane. Gosh, my talent is out of control!

 We took a trip to visit Aunt Lyn and her adorable daughter Mia. Rachel decided to rest on their exercise machine.

 Bri's bf, Garrett, made us a huge plate of eggs before General Conference. What a sweetie.

 In Salt Lake for the Sunday morning session of General Conference. When we got there, the conference hall was completely packed, so we had to sit in a little theater on the side and watch via a large screen. We were disappointed, but it just shows how many people are coming to hear the messages of the prophets and apostles!

My favorite talk from General Conference was by Jeffrey R. Holland. He talked about the first great commandment: to love our Heavenly Father with all our being. It was a powerful message as Holland's messages always are. Watch it.

After the first Sunday session, we met family in Park City where my Aunt and Uncle have a timeshare. We loved walking around and exploring the little shops. We also loved snacking on smoked salmon and brie cheese while watching the second session of conference.

Other things that have happened:
-My article entitled "The Grammatical Innovations of E. E. Cummings' Poetry" was selected to be published in BYU's Linguistics Journal Schwa. I'm stoked. By the way, doesn't the article sound so intriguing? I bet you just want to get your hands on a copy and immediately gobble up all its analytical goodness. Oh the things I write for college.

-Brett and I are juicing everyday. We take out our handy dandy Champion juicer and put carrots, kale, celery, apples, oranges, cucumbers, lemon juice, etc. in there and mix until it's one acidic, potent swirl.

-My side and Brett's side are combining for Thanksgiving this year. We're very excited to have everyone we love all together for the holiday of thanks.

-I have four tests this week and eleven papers to critique. Not to mention my other homework. No social life for me till Saturday.

-My brain is melting, so I can't think of anything else. But, we've had some jolly times these past few weeks, I swear.

Have a great day!

Monday, October 8, 2012


Halloween is my second favorite holiday (my favorite is Christmas . . . duh). I love the crispness of the air, the scariness of haunted houses, the carving of pumpkins, the costumes galore! I can't wait to make our costumes! I want to be dinosaurs, but Brett wants to be a cave man and he wants me to be a woolly mammoth. We shall see, we shall see.

Speaking of scary things, remember the post I wrote about my modeling experience? Welp, the pictures are up, and they are pretty scary. Prepare to be petrified.

Have a spooky day!