May 26, 2009

I went to the spiral jetty on my day off.. go ahead, call me art school.

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.  

So while I didn't spend my long weekend in california, vegas, or moab, I did enjoy getting in touch with my artsy-utah pride side.  Utah may not have the moma or a national gallery but we do have the spiral jetty- so take that big cities!  All in all, the trip was a huge success and if you ever feel the need to be more art school or feelin the utah pride- I'd highly recommend the spiral jetty- and just make sure you take a 4wd car.

  (the artist himself, robert smithson)

May 16, 2009

wii fit.

(Photo courtesy of Kylie Nixon)

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.  

There are many other cool features the wii fit has but basically it is amazing and I have been sold on it.  Hopefully this is not like other goals that I initially was excited about and then slowly lost focus (ahem lent).  But so far so good.  I have set some goals, have a trainer, and have already started working out.  I even woke up the next day with sore abs after my first set of workouts with the fit.  I even plan to do some yoga on it this week..  So if you see me in a month or so with a super toned bod- we'll all know who to thank.

May 13, 2009


So I have realized I have been slacking on my blog lately and I just wanted to let you all know I am still alive. (I am sure you were all very worried) I guess I've been a bit busy with stuff but mostly just lazy when it comes to blogging. So maybe I'll try to do better..

Well recently I have started spring term and woah does it go by fast. Reading like 60 pages of my textbook before one class period is normal. So is sitting in a class for 2.5 hours. But luckily I am finally taking classes that are applicable to my major and what I want to do. It is all relevant. I'm enjoying the things I'm learning and I find it easy to understand. It's no biology 100 or stats 221. (thank goodness) It's also weird to think that after this term I will have only 2 more semesters of classes and then I am a college graduate! I know I'm getting ahead of myself but it's still nice to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.. (then comes looking for a job.. the light dims a little..)

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.

(..and I'm still dancing (and singing) at other friend's receptions)