February 28, 2010

n is for narwhal

Ok so is everyone aware that narwhal's exist? Weird, dolphin-like animals with giant unicornish horns sticking out of their heads. They look like this:

all for one, one for all.

So I mean I guess I've heard of them before and figured they were real but seeing a picture of them makes me feel like they are an animal that should be studied in a Care of Magical Creatures class (Harry Potter reference for the uncultured). By the looks of it, it must be hard to get around without poking something, including a fellow narwhal. According to wikipedia those long pokey things are actually a tooth! That's the last time any of us should worry about having pointy k-9's. Anyways I stumbled across these little guys and thought they were quite humorous and interesting. I'm hoping that maybe Planet Earth will do an episode on them..

p.s. remember when I said I'd post pictures from st. george trip at the gma's 80th? well here's one I got with the precious baby ava and I. It's just one pic but baby steps people...

cutest niece ever.

February 20, 2010

Madison Avenue, I'm coming.

Well it's official folks: I am going to Y & R ad agency for my internship this summer! It's located on Madison Ave. which for those of you who don't know is a popular street in the advertising biz. (If you've ever seen the show Mad Men it's located there) Oh and did I mention I pass a beautiful big J Crew on my way to work everyday, not that I'll be able to actually spend any money there but window shopping is almost as good. Y & R is a great agency with great clients and offices all over over the world (including london ;)). I am real excited to go and leave April 26th. Can't wait for a summer in the big city with my great advertising buddies, and favorite candy shoppers. I feel so lucky to be apart of such an awesome program with great professors and classmates.

Now the only thing that would really make this summer in nyc perfect would be to transport the candy shoppe and its inhabitants to new york with me. sorry i-house but nothing beats the candy shoppe (except maybe 27 palace court). sigh.

2 months can't come soon enough. Madison Ave., I'm coming.

February 16, 2010

I can finish books when I have time.

Grandma turned 80 on Valentine's day so the whole fam travelled to st george to celebrate it with her. My other relatives on that side also flew in from all over so it was a really great experience since it doesn't happen very often. It was surprise and she had no idea we were coming. She cried. She was overwhelmed with happiness to have her family close to her. At the end of the day it doesn't get better than being surrounded by family does it? Not only was the company great but the weather was a nice sunny 60 degrees. I had almost forgotten what it was like to stand outside (without a jacket) and let the sun warm your face. Needless to say I loved it. Really ready for Spring. Well in addition to playing some fun games, playing with my niece and nephews, and great conversation, I actually had time to read/finish my book. I really do love reading but sometimes school bombards me with so many other books and assignments that reading takes the back burner. But when I do get the time I enjoy a good book.

The book I finished over the weekend was The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Beautiful, beautiful book. The storyline is simple but what you read it for is the writing. Her writing was incredible and every word was artfully placed. She has such a distinct tone and voice that lead the story. There were certain passages that I read and re read a few times just because I loved the writing. It's a really simple, easy read that wont take you long to read at all.

A favorite passage: "Four Skinny Trees"
"They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here but are here. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. From our room we can hear them, but Nenny just sleeps and doesn't appreciate these things.

Their strength is secret. They send ferocious roots beneath the ground. They grow up and they grow down and grab the earth between their hairy toes and bite the sky with violent teeth and never quit their anger. This is how they keep.

Let one forget his reason for being, they'd all droop like tulips in a glass, each with their arms around the other. Keep, keep, kepp, trees say when I sleep. They teach.

When I am too sad and too skinny to keep keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so many bricks, then it is I look at trees. When there is nothing left to look at on this street. Four who grew to despise concrete. Four who reach and do not forget to reach. Four whose only reason is to be and be."


Now I am working on Mere Christianity. Smart guy, that CS Lewis.

February 10, 2010

birthday fun and portfolio done!

Well I think my post title sums up what I've been doing and why I haven't been around on the ol' blogosphere. Birthday was great. 22. Feels good, feels adult-like. Perhaps that's because Mandi and I brought in our birthday by having a quinceanera, we may not of turned 15 but we most certainly came of age and entered into womanhood. (pictures to come.. wait don't I always say that and never post pictures? sorry..) Again, feels really good. Maybe 2010 is really my year, cuz we all know we had such high hopes for 2009 and it really let us down.. So I am really banking on the twenty-ten. Looking promising so far between the coming of age quinceanera and summer in new york to look forward to...

which bring me to my next point,

I just turned in my portfolio for nyc. My professor will be taking it to a variety of agencies and soon I will know where I am going. wild. a summer working in new york with two fellow candy shoppers and bfs, her and her. 2010 you really are looking good.

Well after all the craziness that was last weekend and the legitimate all-nighter that I pulled sunday night/monday morning, I was so thrilled to have my portfolio done. I think I felt like Christopher Walken in this music video. Thought I'd share since it's pretty funny stuff. enjoy:

anyways, welcome back bloggers. It feels good to be here.