December 24, 2009
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.
p.s. I know, I know- it's been awhile since I've posted. I'll do better. promise. new year's resolution? maybe.
November 21, 2009
November 12, 2009
October 14, 2009
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September 28, 2009
September 16, 2009
September 11, 2009
the candy shoppe and its occupants
(photo courtesy of Kylie NIxon)
This encounter with the young freshman girl got me thinking . It was not too long ago that I was her, unsure of what the next 4 years at college was going to bring me, but excited and ready to take it on. Now years have passed, relationships have come and gone, variety of jobs taken, a major finally chosen, and a study abroad later do I end up here. My senior year of college. While I am looking forward to this 09-10 school year and my senior status, I do have to say that it does feel a bit different this time around. No longer is college the end-all. Turns out there's life after college, the real life so I'm told, and it's out there ready for the taking. Am I ready for that? Ready to have a real job, or even, dare I say it, a career? Back as the meal-card-fresh-out-of-high-school freshman, finishing college seemed so far away, almost impossible-- almost. Now graduation is just around the corner and I am sure that day will come sooner than expected or even wanted. It's a weird feeling thinking that I will soon have a college degree under my belt and a resume in hand to give to whoever will take me.
So here I am ready to take this last year in. Ready to treasure each moment here, because before I know it, life will be different again. I could be moved away to some big city where I no longer know it, like I do Provo. And instead of 5 roommates, probably just one. And instead of a cute, roomy house, a tiny hole of an apartment will have to do. And instead of late night study sessions with DP and cocoamotion, it will be late nights at the office.
I'm sure that new phase of life will be a great new adventure, but as for now I'm still enjoying my college life, ready for the last and final year.
here's to the last year.
August 24, 2009
The concert seemed to mark the end of summer. The days of a new school year, fall weather and fashion, football season, and a student-crowded Provo seem to almost be here. As always, I am excited. Excited for what this new and last year at college holds for me. Excited to live in the Candy Shoppe with 5 best friends. Excited for the new friends I'll meet and the memories I'll make with the old ones. Excited for fall boots and sweaters. Excited for the colorful leaves and drives up the Provo Canyon. Excited for a cougar football season (let's hope they're good this year). Excited for group study sessions in the harold where hardly any work actually gets done and late night finishing of projects, with runs to 7-11 for a Dr. Pepper and a chocolate donut to keep me awake. Excited for this 09-10 school year- it's my last at BYU and I intend to go out with a bang.
Summer, you've been good to me. but fall, I welcome you with open arms.
August 17, 2009
Well I finally have a niece and while she may still be very tiny, she is absolutely precious and perfect in every way. Little miss ava was born on August 13, 2009, about 6 weeks early. She is very small- weighing a mere 3 lbs and 6 oz. and has a skinny, delicate little body. Her arms and legs are quite long but very skinny. Even at her young age she is breathing by herself which is really good news. She will have to be in the hospital for a bit longer so the incubator can help her tiny body grow to its normal newborn size but is doing well with all the tubes and lights. I have not been able to hold her yet but even just looking at her I can tell that she is beautiful and precious in every way. I can't wait to spoil her with candy and bows and anything that will make me the favorite aunt.
Again, grandpa's finger showing how small her little foot is.
I am so happy to see this new little girl come and finally have a niece. Congratulations to my brother and sister in law for having such a beautiful baby girl.
August 7, 2009
August 5, 2009
I recently saw the 6th Harry Potter movie (midnight showing of course) and the best part about watching the movie is not the movie itself, but the environment and magical vibe. Midnight showings are always filled with adults and kids alike who love Harry Potter and are there to show their support and loyalty to the world of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Many people dress up (including myself), perhaps in hopes that we'll feel like we too can fit in at Hogwart's. Being amongst fellow zealous Harry fans makes me feel normal for constantly hoping for an acceptance letter from Hogwart's or that I consider myself to be apart of the DA (Dumbledore's Army), or that I refer to Harry, Ron, and Hermione as if they were long time friends. Now some of you who most unfortunately didn't read the books or never felt that magic may think I am completely crazy, but for those friends- and I know you are out there, know exactly what I am talking about. We grew up with Harry. We opened and turned those pages for the first time with excitement and wonder-like the first time Harry found out he was a wizard and not some ordinary boy living underneath the stairs. Reading the books, we too became no ordinary young readers, but were swept up in the magic, right along with Harry.
These books were much more than a simple story written on a napkin, but the creation of a whole new world- one that felt so real, that even now some of us wonder if we are just merely muggles unable to tap into the magical world we so wish to be apart of. Luckily for us, Orlando Studios is building a Harry Potter theme park. If Harry Potter theme park lives up to all that I think it can be, Disneyland may be replaced as the happiest place on earth. I have many ideas on what they could do for the theme park and I have discussed many of these with fellow fans. Now clearly it will be no Hogwart's but anything closely related to the magical world is alright by me. Maybe i'll be able to find a portkey that will take me to the real deal- one can only hope.
I didn't just read Harry Potter, I grew up with him. When I wasn't reading or re-reading one of the books I was counting down the days til the next one came and the fight against voldemort would press on. Very sadly those days are over. Sure I have some movies to look forward to which is fun, but it is nothing like the anticipation that comes from waiting for the newest book. My fellow fans can agree that finishing the last book was a bittersweet day. It marked the end of an era. a very good era. Sure we can go back and read the books, read them to our future kids, go to HP theme parks, and attend midnight showing, but never will we again open up the books for the first time and faithfully yet greedily pry through each page in search for the next magical adventure we hope to be absorbed into.
So for those who are reading this and haven't read or finished the HP series I hope this encourages you to read them. You are lucky to have the books ahead of you for the first time so sieze up your fortunate opportunity. As for my fellow fans and I, I think JK Rowling said it best in her 7th book dedication:
"The dedication of this book is split seven ways: to Neil, to Jessica, to David, to Kenzie, to Di, to Anne, and to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end."
We grew up with Harry and and being the loyal fans that we are, stood by him until the bitter end. This is my praise and adoration for the 7 books and the characters and stories within them that I came to love. Here's to you, Harry Potter.
August 4, 2009
July 8, 2009
Anyways we had to hike ten miles in to get to our camping spot and we carried whatever we wanted to take in on our backs. Carrying a large pack while hiking was a first for me but went better than I thought it would. Turns out I packed more food than anything (I was really worried about being hungry- more so than about being sanitary/clean) because on our way out my pack felt ten times lighter because all the food was eaten. We didn't bring a tent so we just slept under the stars which was great. Stars are about ten billion times better in the middle of nature. During our camping adventure we played at havasu falls which are really pretty but the water is pretty cold.. then again it feels great after being so hot. We also hiked through the grand canyon and made it to the colorado river. That was a long hike and probably ended up being 20 miles roundtrip- at least this time we didn't have to bring packs! We also played at mooney falls and while we were making our way to this rope swing that is like a mile down from mooney, we totally got caught in a intense rain storm.. so since we were worried that the small river could rise and how they've had flash floods before we started to run back. Luckily we made it back up to the top and the rain stopped. It was way fun though to be running through the canyon and have it be raining way hard. We all felt pretty adventurous.
Overall the trip was really fun. I hadn't been camping in a long time but I had a lot of fun doing it. It feels great to get out in nature with no technology or cell phones to be bothered by. It was a great break from real life- especially since I went right after spring term ended. It was a really cool place and if you are ever considering going I would definitely recommend it.
July 1, 2009
May 26, 2009
This memorial day I drove almost 3 hours to the middle of nowhere on a very bumpy, rocky road to a little thing I liked to call the spiral jetty- and for the record I absolutely loved it. It was the highlight to my weekend and one of the coolest things I've done in awhile. Now some of you may be asking what the spiral jetty is, so let me tell you. Robert Smithson, an artist created a piece of installation art in 1970 called the spiral jetty. As the pictures show it is a giant spiral made out of rocks on the salt flats in seriously the middle of nowhere, which really adds to the whole surreal experience. I felt so small compared to the endless sky and land that surrounded me and the lack of civilization anywhere near. If my car broke down we would have been goners. My friends and I wished there was some abandoned, rusty car on the dirt road there that said 'drivers beware'- I think it would've added to the fact that we felt so adventurous on our very bumpy, rocky road we were traveling on (think indiana jones ride, real life). If you and your car made it there in one piece, you ended up right next to the salt flats and this giant piece of artwork. The salt flat themselves are pretty cool and since the water was lower, we could walk out pretty far on them and see the remains of what used to be covered by water. The spiral jetty wasn't covered by water either so we could walk on the rock path and circle the rocks to get to the middle of the spiral. It's like dorothy and her yellow brick road, but art school style. My man Robert would've been so proud.
May 16, 2009
I'm sure you've all heard of the amazing piece of technology that is called the nintendo wii. man technology has sure come far since the sega genesis. No diss on sega- I think I loved playing sonic more than most any other game- but have you played the wii? They take nintendo gaming to a whole new level. The wii is a whole interactive experience. For all those who played mariokart on the N64 and turned the controller as you tried to turn your car on the game- the wii is fit for you. In mariokart wii you actually have a little steering wheel and the car moves as you turn your wheel. The wii sports are the same. Baseball: swing the controller like a bat. Tennis: swing it like a racket, etc. Well there is a lot more the wii can do and other cool games but I wanted to touch on one that I have found quite amazing. The wii fit.
Now most might think that it is an oxymoron to play a video game and get exercise at the same time, however, the wii fit has overcome this paradox. They laugh at all the other games that make kids (and adults) fat and lazy. Rather they caught on to the fitness craze that America is obsessed with. (next thing you know they'll sell recyclable-"go green"-games and gear) The wii fit is an exercise program in which you set goals, have a trainer, get fitness tips, and so on. It first starts out with you standing on the fitness board. The fitness board is amazing technology. It reminds me of when I rode a segway for the first time and being so impressed with the technology. This little plastic board can measure your weight, tell you your BMI (body mass index)- and then go onto tell you if you are underweight, normal, or overweight. It can also tell you how good your posture is by seeing how much weight you put on both both legs. After doing the body test and find out all this information, it suggests areas in which you should work on. There are 4 categories and in each one there is multiple different fitness activities you can do. As you do them you gain points and as you gain points it unlocks more activities. Motivation to keep working out! The personal trainer feature is great too. He or she shows you how to do everything, gives you good tips, and great encouragement.
May 13, 2009
So this is just a post to let you know I'm alive and well. I'm still spending most of my time with Brigham Young and Harold. I'm still loving the earth. I'm still a sweet fiend. I'm still watching movies instead of going to Belmont parties. I'm still not married or engaged. I'm still me.
April 24, 2009
So I sort of forgot to celebrate earth day. I realized the day after, april 23, that the day prior was earth day. dangit. I am really bad at remember things and dates (unless it's my birthday). Disney and BBC even collaborated and made a movie called earth (basically a glorified episode of planet earth) and released it on earth day. There you go again disney, always being politically correct and showing us that you care about our kids and the world we live in. the world is happier because of you. hats off to you, walt. Anyways, I haven't seen the movie yet but plan too.
I've realized, However, that missing earth day is not too big a deal if you treat every day like earth day. There's always a plastic bottle you can recycle instead of throwing it away in the garbage. or riding your bike instead of driving. or playing outside and enjoying the earth instead of staying inside.. on the computer.. blogging. (crap. )
If we don't start treating mother earth with a little more respect we're going to melt and then the u.s. will partially submerge under water and the polar bears will die and global warming will have won! okay, a bit dramatic- I'm not even a huge fighter against global warming. Rather, I'm on mother earth's team. Sure, let's help the enviroment, but let's not get crazy with all the drama you environmentalist like to bring with the whole global warming thing. just take it easy guys, especially you al gore. The only inconvenient truth you have to share is the fact that you did not actually invent the internet.
But seriously, let's give mother earth a helping hand. Perhaps if we were a bit more considerate and acknowledged her beauty, she wouldn't hit us with a snowstorm in the middle of april. let's take time to not only help the environment but notice it too. some examples of things we might take notice of.. flowers: you're not pointless. even if some boys like to think you serve no actual purpose- I sure do. I love you, so please stick around. mountains: your ruggedness is a breath of fresh air. (seriously- a breath of really unpolluted, fresh air). beach: you've created the perfect getaway and pure bliss and although your water may be salty I appreciate the fact that it cleans up and heals my open wounds and scrapes. sun: you warm my body and tan my skin- i'm eternally grateful for you. the list could go on but you get the gist. basically we could all list a billion reasons why we love mother earth and therefore we should show our love. recycle, ride bikes, play outside, swim, hike, dress up as mother earth for halloween to really show you care, drive less, plant a tree, etc.
here's to earth and making every day earth day.
April 17, 2009
April 13, 2009
I have a problem. I am obsessed with sweets.
Yesterday, (happy easter) I ate so many treats that I got a canker sore. This is not the first time I have gotten a canker sore from consuming too much sugar. Even now as I am typing I am chewing on some candy, even with my not-all-the-way healed canker sore. At this rate I'll have it for awhile.
April 7, 2009
April 1, 2009
best of luck, wolf man boy.
March 30, 2009
Now I am well aware that this idea was not "original" or "different" as there were thousands of people there. As much as we all sometimes want to be authentic and "colorful" (pun intended) in happy valley, there's a good chance a lot of other people are thinking the same thing. None of us were original, but who cares if were not? What's so wrong about being the same sometimes? we can all throw chalk and have fun doing it. we all can't breathe or see when chalk is thrown at our face. we all need friends to throw chalk at. we all laugh at each other when our boogers turn purple because of chalk. we all have things that makes us the same. So while we all have our quirks and some of us might prefer to throw yellow chalk and others may choose red, we're all throwing it into the same atmosphere. So let's delight in all the colors but not be reluctant when we're aiming for the same sky. Just as Mother Theresa said, "When we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." Let's not forget that we belong to each other, especially when throwing chalk.
p.s. the chalk turned my hair pink. I've already tried washing it like 10 times.
March 23, 2009
So when was the last time you went laser tagging? For the veterans, it was probably just last week or last month. For others, like myself, it was last year. And for some it has probably been a long time- far too long actually. It was so fun. Picture this: dark room, fluorescent lights, laser tag gear, mission impossible music playing, and a group of friends running around trying to shoot at each other. Oh and let's not forget the sweat each of us accumulated while running around in that very warm room. I tried to turn all james bond/jack bauer while playing but unfortunately I usually laugh or scream a little every time I shoot someone. I may not be completely up to date on all the bond movies and episodes of 24, but i am pretty sure neither of them squeal when they shoot someone. Not very manly. Either way, I enjoyed myself and thought I was a hard a anytime I shot someone. To say the very least, it was a very fun saturday night activity and I hope to do it again in the near future.
March 17, 2009
March 13, 2009
this dress + spring = love
Utah Tap TV Spot from Mike Morris on Vimeo.
Spread the word. Spread life.
March 9, 2009
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March 6, 2009
March 4, 2009
February 25, 2009
p.s. quick art lesson of the day: the painting on this book cover is called An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump done by Joseph Wright of Derby. The painting is held in the National Gallery of London and I have seen it in real life- (which is why I chose this book cover).
February 23, 2009
February 18, 2009
Below is an amazing project that the ad lab is currently working on and my friend kylie is heavily involved in. It's called the TAP project and it is a foundation working on getting clean drinking water to children who desperately need it. Go check out the website- the ad lab did an awesome video for it. I really hope to get involved with this project.
February 15, 2009
February 11, 2009
Also, I am not married, nor am I photographer/crafter/writer (although I do sort of wish I were all those things) so I don't have much to show for myself except the hum drum of my daily life. Which is why I probably change this layout more than I actually post on it. It is sort of like that computer game "Sims." I only really liked designing the house and what not. Once the game actually began I got bored with them, usually killed them off or something (cruel game- no wonder my mom took it away) and created a new house. So not sure how long this face will last, nor the color pallete, but I hope you like it and perhaps now understand why I change it so much.
February 6, 2009
HAPPY: 21 years old.
love you all.
February 4, 2009
January 29, 2009
January 23, 2009
MERRY: spending a weekend in San Francisco with my girl friends. Well I think it is safe to say that going to San Fran for the weekend was the best idea/road trip ever. A little strong you might think to make such a bold statement but we were speaking in hyperboles all weekend so it works.
The trip started off with the 11+ hour drive, which went over surprisingly well. We almost got pulled over by a cop, he flashed his lights right behind us, but then kindly passed us and did nothing. We then later ran over a bucket that flew out of someones car-Jenny handled the car well and no damage done. We made it through the crazy, hilly streets and found Jimmy's house with ease. '09 is obviously our year.
Well the next few days went great. Here's a quick synopsis of what we did:
Haight & Ashbury street: hippies. tie-die. peace. I also found some cute clothes at a little boutique for my birthday.
Drove, drove, drove: I could spend hours just driving around the city looking at all the amazing houses and architecture.
Art exhibit: monsters eating kids... guess you had to be there.
Union square: palestine protest. H&M. DSW's.
The stinking rose restaurant: garlic anyone? free meal.
Walking around the city at night: canoli's. chinatown. falling in love with the city every step of the way.
Lookout point: can't remember the specific name but highest overlook in S.F.
Presidio: yummy breakfast. beautiful scenery. wish I were riding a bike.
Golden Gate Bridge: a must. very windy.
Church: great ward. showed up late. talk was on how we shouldn't be late. dangit.
Pier 39: SEALS!!! break dancers. seafood (bbq chicken sandwich for me). lame-o fire dancer guy. jenny loses phone.
Best park ever: jenny realizes her phone was in her sleeve the whole time. played at the most amazing park ever. (another true hyperbole)
Beach: beautiful. cold water. walking on smooth sand. never want to leave.
Once again, '09 is our year.
Well that was a basic overview of our trip. It was an amazing time. Thanks to the wonderful city of San Francisco, the hospitality of Jimmy and his roommates for letting us stay at their place and show us around, the great jokes (even if I was the butt of them), the SUNNY, warm weather, and the memories. There is a chance I could do my advertising internship here in SF and after this trip I am seriously considering it. I loved it so much.