March 30, 2009

I say hare, you say krishna.

This past Saturday I participated in the Festival of Colors up at the Hare Krishna temple. It is a big chalk throwing even and by the end of it, everyone is covered with every sort of bright color imaginable.. and if you can't picture what that looks like, hop on to facebook and I can guarantee you will find at least 9 photo albums that have an albumful of colorful people. But save yourself the time by only looking through one album, because trust me- they all look the same. Everyone is covered in colored chalk and you can hardly recognize the people anyways.

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

laser tagging is not only for 13 year old boys.

HAPPY: fun weekends. So Saturday night after going to the TAP benefit concert, some friends and I went laser tagging at none other than the classy laser assault. Okay, that's a lie. If you've ever been to Laser Assault you'll know that classy is probably the last word in Webster's dictionary that would describe that place. Think the opposite of the word and you have Laser Assault- which is why laser tagging there is so great.

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

happy st. patrick's day.

HAPPY st. patrick's day.

I hope you are wearing green so you don't get pinched.  
*The picture above is in Chicago- they turned the water green! I love festive. Maybe after that's all gone they can turn the water blue.. 

p.s. I stumbled across this quote today and I heart it. Quick insight for the day:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most.  We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It's not just in some us; it's in all of us.  And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
-Maryanne Williamson

March 13, 2009

spring dress.

Grosgrain: Sunday Laundry Shirt Dress GIVEAWAY!!!!

this dress + spring = love

here's to life.

Utah Tap TV Spot from Mike Morris on Vimeo.

My friend Mike Morris, a legend in BYU's advertising program, created this TV spot for TAP water week which is March 22nd - 28th. Basically when you go to participating restaurants and instead of getting water for free, you can pay $1 for it, which will provide one child with 40 days of drinking water. An article about this project was mentioned in the New York Times, mentioning BYU and featuring one of their own ads for the project.
Spread the word. Spread life.

March 9, 2009

"stuff white people like"

HAPPY: the book, "stuff white people like." My friend Mandi gave me this book for my birthday and I love it. So funny because it is so true. The author also has a website which is really funny too. Here is part of a recent post:

#122 Moleskin notebooks:

Since all white people consider themselves to be “creative,” they are constantly in need of products and accessories that will allow them to capture their thoughts. One of the more popular products in recent years has been the Moleskine notebook.

This particular type of notebook is very expensive and was quite popular with writers and artists in the olden days. Needless to say, these are two properties that are highly coveted in the white community. In fact, it’s a good rule of thumb to know that white people like anything that old writers and artists liked: typewriters, journals, suicide, heroin, and trains are just a few examples.

click here to read on..

March 6, 2009

p is for polaroid.

HAPPY: polaroid pictures. So I found this cool website from my friend Rachel's blog. You can take digital pictures that you have on your computer and put them in this little poladroid thing and make your new pictures look like old, polaroid ones. It is fun and I have done it to some of my photos. Here is just a few examples...

March 4, 2009


MERRY: my memories from London. So I got talking with my friend Annie about London last night and I really miss it- (not that the feeling of missing London has ever gone away but the feelings especially surfaced as we talked about it). I miss runs (or walks) through hyde park, art museums, getting a candy bar at the food & wine every single day, portobello road and their vintage jewelry, extended trips with hours spent on coach rides, hummingbird cupcakes, tesco grocery store, marks and spencer's percy pigs, plays at night, the tourist sites of London, the tube- (minus the circle line), cheesy chips at the Ringer's flat, Nando's, the waffle stand, late nights at the center, english accents, my london mates, and I especially miss walking home to this place every night:

27 Palace Court- my home away from home.