Thursday, February 28, 2013

when security beats style

When the weather is nice, I ride my bike to school. I got it for Christmas from a great family friend and it is magical. I love exercising while traveling to and from school and feeling the wind in my face.

Naturally, I am absolutely paranoid about riding my bike. I feel like once I got my bike, all of these horror stories started arising about people dying or getting injured while on a bike. Thus, the reinforcement of the helmet began.

Don't I look snazzy? 

I wear this super sexy helmet every time I ride my bike. Sometimes security beats out style. I know I look like a complete nerd, but hey, I'm married so who cares?

I'm slowly but surely turning into a frumpy mom. But, I will never succumb to the minivan! 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

yoga and food

I have been having a really good time with the girls from my ward recently (a ward is a group of people I go to church with). I used to not really like being in a married student ward. I used to think that I should just endure it, but now I am enjoying it instead.

Last week I got to teach yoga to some amazing girls. It was my first time teaching yoga ever and I really loved it. I may be the teacher for this little club for weeks and months to come and I am thrilled. We all got our chi on.

Then my friend Lindsay and I delivered dinner to a girl from our ward who just had a baby.

I made some garlic bread for the dinner and saved half the loaf for Brett and me to consume at our leisure. There is nothing quite as delicious as huge chunks of garlic, parsley butter on a thick slab of Italian bread. 

My Relief Society (the group of girls in a ward; strange name I know) is awesome. I have met great friends there and I love it. 

I wrote down my calendar for this week and I think the week should be admitted into an insane asylum because it's absolutely crazy! 

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, February 25, 2013

fin de semana

This past weekend was oodles of fun. Brett and I spent Friday night in cuddling and watching Project Runway (my choice, obviously). Bri and her soon-to-be-hubby came in late on Friday and spent Saturday and part of Sunday with us. They got their engagements pictures done and they look so good!

We helped them register on Saturday and went out to our favorite cupcake place Provo has to offer: The Cocoa Bean.

On Saturday night we attempted to see Warm Bodies with our friends Luke and Lindsay but it was sold out (second weekend in a row!) so we ended up seeing Safe Haven much to Brett's dismay. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be actually.

Sunday we went to church and then had a giant and delectable Oscar's feast with lots of fun friends. Sadly, I'm terrible at remembering to take pictures now so we do not have any. And I am SO MAD that Les Miserables didn't win Best Picture! They got robbed!

This weekend was blissful and relaxing and I finally got over the sickness I dealt with last week.
Here's to a new week and new goals!

Friday, February 22, 2013

throwing up words

I was honored to guest post on Throwing Up Words today--a blog to support those writing young-adult fiction. The brilliant writers Carol Lynch Williams, Ann Dee Ellis, and Kyra Leigh created the blog and it's comical and catchy and I love reading it. If you have dreams about being a writer, then make it happen! I know there are more people out there who are secretly love books and making up stories in their head. Live your dreams e'erbody! Write if you love to write!

Thursday, February 21, 2013


I am so exhausted from the week right now. This has been an emotionally, mentally, and physically draining week. And I still have another day, two papers, two article drafts, a ton of meetings, and tons of reading to do before the weekend. It's a little bit of an understatement when I say I'm tired of school. I want to go on a vacation to Fiji and just sleep on the sandy beaches with the sound of waves crashing in the distance. Gah, I could just melt.

This song has been my theme song all week--it's constantly been in my head. Sometimes Adele just pulls you through, you know?

Tomorrow is Friday! Hallelujah!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Valentine's Day with Us

Valentine's Day was as low key as low key ever gets. Even more low key than when low key is sick with the flu. That's how low key it was!

I came home from class and found the apartment covered with Justin Bieber valentines on the walls complete with little notes on the back of each. Ha! I'm not one of those girls that drools over Justin Bieber. He's a little too short and scrawny for me, as you can probably tell by the 6'3" muscular man that I married. Therefore, it was ever so funny that Brett included the tiny-man-who-thinks-he's-cool-because-he-has-tattoos-and-pierced-ears into our Valentine's Day festivities. The notes on the back were very romantic and special, however.

I love that Brett vandalized the valentines.

We then made a lunch out of valentine cupcakes that dyed our teeth pink and took a three hour nap. Yes, a THREE hour g.l.o.r.i.o.u.s. nap. Then we ordered pizza and cuddled together. A relaxing evening with the love of my life.

Valentine's Day doesn't need to be over-the-top for it to be special. I had a great day with my babes. Hope you had a great day with yours!

good book double whammy: very far away and glimpse

I missed doing Good Book Friday two weeks in a row, so today you're going to get two books! Isn't it just the greatest day of your life?? You thought I'd forget? Well too bad, muahahaha.

I read this first book last year and I haven't stopped thinking about it since. It is called Very Far Away from Anywhere Else by Ursula K. Le Guin. It's about a high school boy named Owen who has never been able to define or identify himself and then he meets this amazing girl Natalie who seems to have it all figured out. The connection between them is beautiful, real, and deep--even though they are just kids. But, what am I saying? I'm practically a kid and I'm in a deep, committed relationship.

I wrote a paper about this book for my Women's Literature class in which I said that Owen and Natalie have a symbiotic relationship where they thrive off of the strengths of the other where they have weaknesses in themselves. Owen can laugh and talk and break free and Natalie can be sure and hard working and identifiable. The man and the woman really are meant to be together. I find that Brett balances and completes me and I him. O, don't you just love the gushiness?

The next book is by someone I greatly admire and have become close to in the past months. Glimpse is by my teacher and friend Carol Lynch Williams. She has wrote over twenty novels and is soon publishing an exceptional middle-grade series called Just in Time with Familius, the publishing company I'm interning with. I have read several of her books and each is captivating and as always, the young-adult voice is perfect.

The story is set in short verse which accentuates the intensity of its plot. And it is heart-rippingly sad. I got through most of the book in one sitting because I was so emotionally invested. Carol will do that to you. The other books I have loved by her are Waiting and The Chosen One. You should definitely read all of them. This Glimpse copy was signed especially for me and I will treasure it always.

Have a great Tuesday! Keep reading and learning because, let's face it, what's better than learning? Nothing I say!

Disclaimer: Sorry for any unusual weirdness in this post. I have a bad tension headache and thus am a little loopy.

Monday, February 11, 2013

agape love

Check out the article I wrote for my internship with Familius publishing. It's called Agape Love. It's about how we should show our love to our special ones this Valentine's Day by serving instead of giving them materialistic gifts.

Go here to read it.

Valentine's Day is approaching. Brett and I are excited to celebrate our third Valentine's Day together (it would be our fourth, but I decided to spend Valentine's Day with my family in 2010 when Brett and I first started dating . . . whoops).

I like the pixilated look of this design. It was fun to add some personal touches to it and play around on InDesign and Illustrator; always my favorite distraction from homework. 

Happy Monday! 

Friday, February 8, 2013

i got some new shoes on

This week has been a little sliver of insanity. But, that's how life goes. Sometimes you watch movies all day and drink hot chocolate and your bum goes numb from sitting and some days you run around to and fro with frazzled hair and wide, twitching eyes wishing that there just might be one extra hour in the day because then you could actually have time to sleep.

But, there are always blessings in the midst of intense busyness. Brett and I had the pleasure of joining some friends in a Mongolian grill feast last night. Mongolian grill is the best thing since Crest Whitestrips. We ate our hearts out and almost had to be rolled out by the nice, awkward waiter.

I also have been enjoying some great new shoes lately. I am taking a Latin ballroom class at BYU this semester and I'm loving every millisecond of it. We had a competition yesterday where my partner and I danced the Samba. We moved our hips and turned and did those awesome Samba rolls like there's no tomorrow. To look the part, I got myself a sweet pair of Latin ballroom shoes.

I also got some new Nike Frees for Christmas. I love them so much. I love them more than I love pizza and that's saying something. There are so light and make me feel great even when I'm near to exhaustion at the gym. Life is always a touch sweeter for us women when we get a pristine pair of shoes. I'll be a shoe girl until the day I die.

This weekend Brett and I are babysitting our friends' adorable baby boy so they can celebrate his mommy's birthday. I also plan to put my Nikes to the test yet again at the gym and catch up on some reading and zzzzzzzz's.

Have a lovely Friday!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

my new favorite work out song

I was listening to Pandora and this gem of a song popped up. I immediately fell in love and researched the violinist. She graduated from BYU. Of course she did. BYU often doesn't get enough credit for the talent it breeds.

This is definitely my new favorite work out song. See me head bobbing to it on the treadmill three days a week (cross my fingers I actually go on the treadmill that many times in one week).

Brett and I had a fabulous weekend complete with movie watching, church going, Superbowl fake-watching with friends, Little Caesar's eating, and apartment cleaning. Oh and I devoted my entire Friday night and Saturday all-day to editing a cookbook for my internship. The sacrifices we make with the hopes of having a good career, sigh.

Today is my little baby sister's birthday. Sophia Kira McCloskey is seven years old. How is she growing up so fast? I really wish I could be there for her pajama birthday party. I have a great idea: I'll dress up in my pjs all day to celebrate. Sounds like the perfect plan to me. I love you, Sophie!

Have a great Tuesday and enjoy a second night of The Bachelor. I know I will.

Friday, February 1, 2013

good book friday: the maytrees

My mom and I got pedicures this past Monday before she went back to San Diego.

I decided to get something appropriate for Valentine's day. I can't believe it's already February!

Now let's talk literature. The Maytrees is sensational in that it uses all of the senses and completely grabs the reader. The imagery is vivid and the words are so good that I want to eat them. I literally want to eat the pages. Annie Dillard is an extraordinary writer and focuses on parts of nature I've never even considered before. She talks of grace and forgiveness in the most unique way. There is a scene where the main character goes up to the edge of a cliff and lifts her palms to the sky as if in prayer--probably the most powerful scene I've read in my life. She puts everything into her writing. I love it when writers empty out all of their insides on the page and hold nothing back.

“One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better.” 
― Annie DillardThe Writing Life

Brett and I had a good but crazy week. We had dinner with some great friends and applied for a bunch of internships for the summer and went to Zupas and yelled at the snow for falling. This weekend we are going to relax and enjoy the coziness of our apartment.

Have a great Friday!