Friday, December 30, 2011

A few words

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, and that you awoke to some pleasant surprises!  
I woke up to a brand new stereo for my car!  HOORAY :)  I was not expecting anything of the sort.

Also, Happy 5th Anniversary to Courtney and Mckay!
They are silly.
If you know me in the slightest, you know that I'm a huge fan of Zooey.  Basically, I kind of wish I was her.  Well, here's a little something from Zooey and Joe.

Aren't they so cute?  

The Ugly Christmas Sweater Party is tonight!  Be there, or be square!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Diaries of an unhappy salesperson.

Dear Friends,

May I just say a word about Christmas?  

It's the most wonderful time of the year, right?  Well, working retail this holiday season has opened my eyes to a whole new world of Christmas.  

I get the whole giving thing.  I love that about Christmas.  I love giving to the people I love.  I love Celebrating the birth of Jesus, and his life.  But what has Christmas become to the average human being?  Consumerism is good for the economy.  I know that.  But what makes me sad is what consumerism does to human beings: it's kind of nuts actually.  They herd around stores buying everything in sight, leaving shelves bare.  They want 20 of multiple items.  They want this; they want that.  
They become hostile, angry, and impatient.  
Really, people? 
What happened to the true meaning of Christmas?  What happened to the most wonderful time of the year?  What happened to spending time with your family?  
What about ME spending time with my family?  
To tell you the truth, Christmas hasn't been as special to me this year.  I'm not saying that I'm not grateful to have a job in a college town where jobs are scarce.  My heart is full of gratitude towards my Heavenly Father.  Words cannot express how much my job has blessed my life this school year.  
But staying in little Logan town to work on Christmas Eve so that customers can come in and purchase their last few items on their list, annoys me a little.  While everyone else is taking a break and rest from school, I'm still going 100 mph to feed all the needs of these consumer-crazed people.  
I need a break too, ya know.  
I know that we emphasize the true meaning of Christmas at Church on Sunday, but how about we actually live it?  
I found this video on youtube, and I really like its message:
How about we spend less on presents and spend more of our time together?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Treat Yo Self 2011

Well Folks, Finals are all over, and that means it's time to treat yo self.  
I would just like you to all know that I killed my jury.  I'm quite pleased.  I'm just so grateful to be singing.  It truly brings me great joy.  You know what else brings me great joy?  Parks and Recreation.  It's a great show; you should check it out!

So, what are you going to treat yo self to?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Need a break from studying?

I don't know about you, but studying for 6 finals is making my brain feel like it's about to explode.
That said, here are some videos for you all to enjoy. If finals doesn't blow your mind, these might.

Go ahead, laugh, cause I did.
Bless their hearts...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Madness, Mayhem, & Other Great Opera Moments

It's snowing here in little Logan town.  And when I say snowing, I mean snowflakes-the-size-of-my-head-snowing.

On other matters of business: tonight is closing night of "Madness, Mayhem, & Other Great Opera Moments".  So if you want to come enjoy a free (for USU students) opera concert full of the best pieces of a variety of operas, or if you just maybe want to come see me sing, than come! It's at the Caine Lyric Theater at 7:30.
We are so hot we can't be stopped, so come join the fun. :) 

That's about all for now.  Cross your fingers we don't get snowed in tonight!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankful Thursday

I know this whole being grateful thing might be getting a little old cause of the billions of Facebook statuses, but I'm a firm believer that happiness is a grateful heart.  
Also, it is November.
So, this Thursday I am grateful that I passed all my memory tests for voice lessons. After 10 solid weeks of drawing pictures, making up acronyms, and beating my brains out, memorizing  became a bit painful.  
Monotony is the devil, for reals.
my love/hate relationship with memorizing
  Also, pumpkin spice hot chocolate is good.
hmmm :)
That's all folks.
What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

It tastes like sugar

All I have to say is that yesterday I rode on a tandem with a complete stranger across campus.

My dream of riding a tandem has been fulfilled. 

Thank you, complete stranger!

Oh, and, remember Fun Dip?

Yeah, me too.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Here's to 70 years

Meet Grandma and Grandpa Craig.
This weekend they are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.
Isn't that pretty amazing?

Aren't they attractive people?

I just wanted to say thank you Grandma and Grandpa for getting married so that I could be born.  I cannot wait to celebrate this special day with you!  You two are such great examples to me.  One day that'll be me and my true friend.


     Here's a song for this special occasion:

Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Sentimental Journey

Sorry I've been M.I.A. lately.  
I know there is no excuse; I promise I will be a better blogger. Here's what I've been up to lately:
A trip to Preston, ID
(don't worry mom, I promise I don't have a problem/I only bought three)
Napoleon D.
and cookie factories
I'm "Fall"ing in love with the Fall Colors!  Cheesy?  Yes, but, it's true.
Fall strolls/drives through Logan Town,
and caves
Legit prescription nerd glasses,
Pumpkin choco chip cookies= EPIC FAIL
and fun people.

I am having a good time in little foggy Logan Town.
Now, if only I can survive these next two weeks of school it could turn out to be an early Christmas Miracle!

P.S. I extended the deadline for my poll on the right side bar, so please take a second and vote!  I have some exciting ideas for the blog coming soon :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

To the cute boy on campus,

p.s. you should follow me on pinterest, cause I want to follow you!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Magic Ratio

Alright Folks,

I'm sure that a lot of you have been bugged by my posts lately.  Well, I'm here to apologize for being such a negative nancy.  It was unintentional, I promise. 

The other day, in my Marriage and Family class, I learned about something called "The magic ratio".  And what is the magic ratio, you ask?


If you say one negative comment, you have to say 5 positive comments to counteract the negativeness.  

So today on this Thankful Thursday I would like to list 5 positive things about today:

1. I love that fall has finally come.  I want to stomp and roll in a throne of crunchy leaves. Bring on the sweater weather!

2. Hazelnut Steamers-because they keep me all toasty in this pretty (wet) Logan town. 

3. Friends and Family who call me.  They make me laugh and smile. 

4. After this semester, I will only have one more semester of Aural Skills.  And let me tell you, when that day comes, I will be hanging from the chandeliers.  

5. Last but not least, I am grateful to be at school learning and growing.  I'm so blessed to be surrounded by beautiful music everyday.  It truly makes my soul smile.  

6. (I know it's only 5, but I couldn't resist) This blog slash video made my day.  Hopefully it'll make yours too. 

How about you?  What brought a smile to your face today?  

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Oh what a day is today.

"Nothing can stand in my way.
Now that you've shipped out from under my skin,
I think I'm ready to win.

Oh what a way that we die,
plenty of tears were supplied.
my eyes are wrung out and dry as a bone,
but I taste much better alone.

Something good,
Something good.
Now that you're gone 
I can roll on to something good."

And, yes, I just quoted Ingrid.  

It's amazing what that realization can do for a person.  
It's like a warm blanket covering your doubts and fears.  Realizing that you're better off now.  Realizing that you're in a better place than you've been in some time.  Realizing that you deserve SO much more.  Marvin J. Aston once said:

"A true friend is one who is willing to take us the way we are, but is still able to leave us better than he found us."

And that's all I want--a true friend.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dear Friends,

I've decided that the blog needs some vamping. And more specifically a new name.  Since I love you all so much, I made a poll in the right hand column.  Yes, it's pretty cool.  If you'd like to help me in this endeavor, please cast your vote, cause there are only 24 more days of polling.  

And, plus, I'll love you forever! :)


Monday, September 26, 2011

And so the days go by...

After a long day of school and work, I'm now trying to regurgitate a two page essay for my marriage and family class.  Yeah....right.  This is the first time I've had free time all day and all I want is to chill out and listen to some good ole she & him, so here we are folks!  

Isn't the Female psyche a strange thing? 


Friday, September 16, 2011

Cutters remorse

I've had my share of bad bang experiences: The mullet bang, micro mini bang, the 80s bang, you name it, I've had it.

Sometimes I just want my bangs to not attack my eyeballs.  

Is that too hard to ask for?

On Tuesday I got frustrated debating whether I should wait for my next trip down to Centerville to have them cut or get them cut now.  Unfortunately, on Tuesday, I wanted instant gratification-so I marched myself-okay drove myself down to great clips.

Mistake # 1

I asked if I could get a bang trim and the lady grudgingly escorted me to the hair dresser.  I highly doubt that she was qualified to be given that title, but, whatever.  The point is that she had a dome head the size of Texas.  
She just looks like she's up to no good.
I'm talking Snooki hair.  

Mistake #2

Anyways, so I cautiously sat in the chair and explained to her ever so carefully what I wanted. Exhibit A: 
I wish I was her.

She started snipping away and away and away.  I tearfully told her to stop.  They were micro mini bangs now.  Like a micro mini skirt with an uneven hem, but bangs.  So short and so sad.  I left that institution feeling remorse.  
I look like I have a lazy eye. 

My friend Josh even made fun of them. 

I think i'll be resorting to headbands for a few weeks.  Needless to say, I've learned my lesson.    

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The beginnings of a gratitude journal...

So, I'm starting something new on here to maybe give this sad little blog a little more structure. 
I often find myself wishing my life was more exciting, or that I had this or that, but today I want to change the way I've been thinking for the past few months.  In an effort to do complete this task; I'm going to start a gratitude journal.  Hopefully, it won't be too boring for y'all.   
Not gonna lie, today I wasn't in the happiest place.  
This morning I woke up to my alarm screaming at me that it was 6:30. 

6:30 always comes too soon.  

My first thought was to shut my eyes and push the snooze, but instead I pulled my legs out of my bed and knelt down to say a prayer.  I asked for my legs to work, and my lungs to not collapse when the time came for me to take on Old Main.  Among other things. 
Ladies and Gentlemen: God answered my prayer.
I'm truly grateful for the power of prayer and for the comfort it brings me when my heart is troubled, or when I'm down and lonely.  

We aren't alone.  Ever.

Today I felt my Savior's love for me.  And for that, I am deeply grateful.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I promise I'm not weird.

I'm currently watching this in the library as we speak.
and I think the people walking past might think I'm crazy, but I don't care.  
They can't hear the beautiful sounds coming out of my headphones.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Three Cheers to Labor Day!

Sometimes Sam gets in four wheeling accidents,
and sometimes I come home unexpectedly.
Sometimes we party in the hospital room with root beer,
and sometimes I miss my besties.  
Okay, forget sometimes...always.
Happy Labor Day to you all.

Friday, August 26, 2011

This is for the ladies

Today in little Logan town I found myself in a conundrum. What was I supposed to do on my day off when it's 100 degrees outside?

Then I found this...

And, boy, was I inspired.  

This is what I came up with:


1. paint on the background color and let dry until hard.
2. soak an individual nail in rubbing alcohol for 10-15 seconds, and then take your scrap of newspaper or music and place directly on nail. Press firmly, and peel off.  If paper is stuck on your nail dab your finger in the rubbing alcohol and gently rub the excess off. (repeat 9 more times)
3. paint a clear coat on to add shine and seal the nail.  
4. tah dah, you did it!  :)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

So indie it hurts

Is it just me, or does she just look pissed?
Guess that's what happens when your necklace is made out of caution tape.

I'm trying to figure out a new name for the blog.  I will post few ideas soon, but I'd like to hear what you think.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

They say it's not over until the fat lady sings...

Last weekend I went up to pretty Logan town and hung out with my friend Elizabeth.  I had a blast seeing two operas at the Utah Festival Opera, scootering through the canyon, seeing HP 7.2, browsing through a farmers market, getting a henna tattoo, dancing like a fool, and watching fireworks at Mantua days.  Here are some pictures from my vacay:
I'm famous, by association.

Boris Gudunov and I are pals

Scooty Tate

I heart Mozart!

I want school to start

Scootering Adventures

I cannot wait till I can ride my bicycle around in pretty Logan town.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Creation

So, let's just say that one Saturday I watched one too many episodes of Cake boss.
photo credit

It couldn't peel my eyes away from the t.v.  I was so inspired!  So I made my mind up that I was going to make a fondant cake.  It was final.

After two long days of making almond flavored pound cake, smearing butter cream frosting, and pounding out all my frustrations into the sticky marshmallow fondant, I came up with this:

Eat your heart out, Cake Boss!

Monday, June 13, 2011

a jane austen monday

"How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!" 

Oh, how I love her wit.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

You're over the hill, Samantha!

Happy Birthday Samantha,
we miss you!

This makes me laugh.

I wish I could ride around in one of those.
That baby is SO cute!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Here's to a little blog lovin'

My friend Makenzie has started a lovely fashion blog called a spoonful of couture.  She definitely has some awesome ideas and insight!  I'm often inspired by her and feel honored to be featured in one of her posts.  She even included the t-straps! Check it out here:)

Lessons of yesterday.


the quality of being patient,  as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner.
quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence: to work with patience.

"Patience n.  A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue." [Ambrose Bierce, "Devil's Dictionary," 1911]

I need more of it.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Trax Adventures

Riding the trax to work everyday has proven to be an adventure, to say the least.  I must admit that I sometimes fear for my life. I know that may sound dramatic, but being a girl you see things that you wouldn't if you were a boy.  Men don't usually have to worry about being taken advantage of by creepy scary looking men.  I often clutch my purse and phone in case of any thing going awry. Luckily I'm still alive.  Since I've started riding the trax I've had some interesting things happen to me, for example:

  • A nice man asked me for some change because he was trying to sell the man next to him drugs.  Umm, no, Sir, I don't carry any change with me.
  • A homeless man belting-and I mean belting- a song with incoherent words. Please, one more time with feeling!
  • Another homeless man telling me repeatedly that he liked my hair, and to "give them hell!" I can only assume he was referring to the hot tempered stereotypes of red heads. 
  • Especially in the morning waiting for the trax, homeless men will have their beer in paper sacks, already getting started on their drunkenness for the day.    
What have I learned from these experiences?  That pepper spray is probably a good investment.  I know I probably sound super prejudice against homeless people in this post, but I'm not.  I do not disrespect them in any way, I know that we all are God's children.  But as a young woman, how do I act charitable without getting robbed or raped?  
I want to hear some suggestions!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

sum·mer [suhm-er]

Sorry for neglecting the blog these past few weeks.  I had some finals and moving home to do.  It's amazing how things really work out when you just have some faith.  This last semester I had been stressing out about scholarships and finding a job for the summer.  After countless trips from Logan to Salt Lake and back, with interviews and resumes coming out of my ears, I finally landed a job at the Downtown SLC Deseret Book.  All I can say is that I'm truly excited and grateful for this new job.  It's going to be an incredible experience for me.
I'd kinda given up hope on scholarships until last night, when I received an email notifying me I got a scholarship for the fall.  I can't explain how excited I am to keep on improving.  My heart is entirely full of gratitude.  

My favorite backyard tree.  Isn't it beautiful?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter and some random thoughts

Today was a beautiful Easter Sunday.  And boy, do I have much to be grateful for!  Especially my Savior, Jesus Christ.

So I came home this weekend for Easter, and for some job interviews on Saturday.  I had to travel to SLC for the interviews, so afterwards I got hungry.  Naturally I decided I'd go to einsteins and get a bagel.  As I was sitting enjoying my lovely brunch, a strange man came and tapped me on the shoulder.
"Exuse me, Miss, I don't want to interrupt your meal but, I just wanted to tell you that you look real good today."
My first thought was, "is this man genuinely giving me a compliment, or trying to rob me?"  I tried to have the nicest reaction possible, since this man was old and dirty looking.  A simple thank you was all I could manage. I quickly finished my bagel and left.  
So my question for you is:

Why is it that the only men that hit on me are old and homeless looking?  

Sunday, April 10, 2011

What the...

I wish I was asian, cause then I could be a wizard at everything.

Friday, April 1, 2011

19 candles

I turned 19 yesterday.
It was weird
and fun.
I got 60 degree weather, a cherry chip cake, cd's, pictures, and some birthday cards.
Boy, was it a lovely day.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Triumph, Triumph, Triumph...

Come see Mozart's Magic Flute at the Kent Concert Hall April 6-9th.  

I'd love to see you there :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I've been scarred for life

Take my advice:
Dont EVER Google "goiters".
Poor, poor, man.

Monday, March 7, 2011

You've got growin' up to do

Nathan surprised me with Joshua Radin tickets.  Yes, he is the greatest.

So on Wednesday night we drove down from Logan to witness this beautiful little concert.  Man, that Joshua is a dreamboat!  He practically swooned every boy and girl.  (I meant the boy part in the least homosexual way possible.)

Hooray for music that isn't crap!  Joshua's music is actually musical.  He knows how to not only be loud, but quiet.  His lyrics are pretty, and have a significant meaning.  I didn't care for Carey Brothers though; he sounded like a sheep "bahing".  Seriously.  

Funny, story: Carey Brothers is the guy who pushed Joshua into writing music and playing shows.  Yeah...and now Carey Brothers is opening for him.  That should tell you something.

Anyways, I love Joshua, and Thank you, Nathan for taking me to the concert :)