Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Construction

Hello Friends!  

I'm doing some construction on this here little blog for the next week.  Sorry for the ugliness!  

Thanks :)

Caitlin

Something I've been pondering:

“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become - because He made us. He invented us."


C.S. Lewis

Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!

Today for Memorial Day, my family and I visited my Grandpa's grave.  The colorful mums were a reminder of just how precious this life is.
I am so grateful for my family, and for all those who have already passed on.  
I'm grateful for my Grandpa and for his loving Christ-like example.  He was truly an example of someone who loved others with boundless charity.
I love and miss you Grandpa.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Some jackass stole my backpack and lap top out of my car trunk:

In other words, I've seen better days...

I came home this past week to celebrate my big younger brother's 17th birthday.  Happy Birthday Cameroni, I love you to the moon and back.  


Besides still searching for a job, and trying to scrape up money for a new lap top, I was able to attend the Joshua Radin concert on this past friday.  I sat front row and basked in that little beauty of a concert.  It was pretty spectacular.  And I wanna say that when he stared into my eyes, it was almost worth getting robbed.  Almost.  However, I did have a brain melt whenever his eyes met mine...J-rad, you make my dreams come true.



I also had a nice little Mother's Day spent with my mom and both grandmas.  I'm sure grateful for her, and all she does for me.  Love you, Mom, thank you for birthing me, and being my number one fan.  For all you mothers out there, watch and enjoy:




Even though I've had a grand series of unfortunate events, I'm trying to stay hopeful and grateful.  Just when you think you're at your limit, God throws you another curveball, just to prove that you are, indeed, stronger.  I just need to remember that.      


Friday, May 3, 2013

I absolutely refuse to get a spray on tan.

Let's just say my interview for the receptionist position at the shady hair salon didn't go so well.  Who knew that scheduling, filing, and cleaning required someone to be bronze & sun-kissed?  
I will definitely never be any of those things.
What is this world coming to?
For more recent news, I'm jobless.  
And today I applied at Village Inn.  
I'm not implying that is a bad place to work, I just never thought that it would come to this.  My summer, so far, has been nothing but the pits.  
I'm not going to cry about it anymore, but I seriously consider it sometimes.  My best Logan friends are all leaving me behind.  I guess that means it's time to make some new ones...
I feel like I'm in third grade all over again.  Rejected, dejected, and friendless.

This is not so awesome.




Wednesday, April 10, 2013

It's that time of year again.

That time of year when my to-do list is longer than physically possible to accomplish.  The papers are in a stack of 4 high, and all I really want to do is eat Kneaders raspberry bread pudding until I'm in a sugar coma.  

No, I don't.  I seriously regret that.


Being a Junior is hard.
Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.







Tuesday, March 26, 2013

This is exactly what I needed to hear.



A Julliard Master Class Q&A session with Mezzo Soprano, Joyce DiDonato.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I seriously just ugly cried in front of my voice teacher.

Today I feel like I wanna crawl back into bed and not go anywhere or see anyone.  
Three cheers to having days that go to crap before noon.
And,here's to hoping that spring 
break will come a little sooner.




Monday, March 4, 2013

to the boy with the pretty rad black-rimmed glasses:

I'm pretty sure you read this here blog, cause Courtsie told me so.
Woops...?
Hopefully you don't mind that I know that...

But, I just wanted you to know that I think you're the tops. 
This made my whole day (even though you almost always make my day). 
Also, this weekend was spectacular.
You made Cedar cool.
Thank you for always opening my doors, keeping me awake when I'm sleepsie, and for not hating me when "totes" comes out in my everyday vocabulary.


You're the best boyfriend a girl could ask for, Austin.
Even when you're 331.4 miles away.

Monday, February 25, 2013

I live for nature drives and walks.

Saturday brought us a foot of snow, and on Sunday the sun came out with some serious blue skies. So yesterday called for a Logan canyon nature drive.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

happy late v-day everyone!

I had a pretty fantastic weekend.
It may have involved a dozen red roses,
an opera class tour to Price and Roosevelt,
and a handsome guy with some pretty rad black rimmed glasses.

And I'll let you in on a little secret:
I think he's the tops  :)

Also, please enjoy this video me and my awesome friends made:


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Remember that essay I told you I was writing? Well, here it is:


Jane Austen, and the reactionary plight of expectations

                Jane Austen did an awful thing by conceiving such a character like Mr. Darcy.  It may be “a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife,” but it has left women for over two centuries with great disappointment.  With characters like Mr. Darcy, Captain Wentworth, Colonel Brandon, and the likes, women of all ages have summoned to this idea of an “idyllic man”.  Not saying that these literary hotties are cramping our style, but rather suggesting that they may be the driving force behind the high expectations women hold upon love and relationships.

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy, a brooding and proud character at the beginning, is seen as a rich disagreeable bachelor.  As the story enfolds we see a change in his character, and a turn for the more humble.  These changes are made after he proposes to Lizzy, is refused, and then reprimanded.  It’s not that Lizzy is actively trying to fix Darcy, but rather that Darcy chooses to set aside his ideals because of his fervent love for her.  Because of this classic power couple, women have the expectation that love conquers all; love will fix all problems.  Darcy is so enamored by Lizzy, that he proves to her his love.   Women believe that if their love is strong enough men will consciously change.  As real relationships will prove, there is more needed for survival than just mere love.

It may be true that some men are fluent in romantic prose, but I argue that this is generally not the case.  When it comes to romantic prose and letters of engagement, Captain Wentworth, from Jane Austen’s Persuasion, takes the cake.  When Wentworth realizes that he may have lost his dear Anne forever, he writes to her, “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.”  These simple two sentences, alone, leave women swooning.  This works in a romantic literary sense, but when women reflect these types of expectations on their relationships, a problem arises.  It may come as a shock to some women that men aren’t fully versed in their Shakespeare sonnets.   In a society where video games and sports center reign, Shakespeare is commonly last on the list of possible readings.  Why do women appeal so much to the emotion and drama of Wentworth’s musings?  Perhaps this is because in society nowadays words aren’t given much importance.  Penmanship is no longer graded in our elementary schools.  Instead of writing thoughtful letters, words can be sent from our cell phones straight up into the space, and magically be found on another device.  The exchange of words is easy, and thoughtless.  In this case words have lost importance.  Women swoon after his rhetoric, because they want to be treasured and thought of.  His letter proves to be thoughtful, and most ardently romantic. 

In Sense and Sensibility, Colonel Brandon is the stable, established, and constant male protagonist.  Because of his pleasant and safe qualities, he may be one of Austen’s most over-looked heroes, but this does not demean his powerful appeal on the female mind.  Because of his well-put-together manner, women have the expectation to marry someone who has his ducks-in-a-row, so to speak.  Women want to find that man who is stable in all facets of life.  He symbolizes this ideal of having it all.  This expectation can be very dangerous, because some women may think that this ideal is what brings happiness in a relationship.  They forget that hard work, and dedication is what brings a sense of confidence to a relationship.  They want it all, and they want it now. 

As we can see, these three male protagonists are all handsome, desirable, and noteworthy, but the one thing they have in common is the fact that they perpetuate an “ideal”. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

The red headed temper strikes back...

When I was younger I used to deny the existence of the red headed temperament, but with each passing birthday, I realize that it is a hidden truth deep inside each and every ginger.
Forgive me for stating the obvious, but, I feel like it is something I need to publicly accept.

I, Caitlin Craig, a fellow ginger, recognize the existence of the temper that may arise (be triggered) in every ginger from time to time. And I would like to apologize to any past, present, or future offenders. I know that I am bold, and guilty, and I promise to work on this. I am deeply sorry, and I hope that you can accept my sincerest apology.

Signed, your favorite ginger,

Caitlin



Thursday, January 17, 2013

Jane Austen and the reactionary plight of expectations.

I'm writing an essay about how literary hotties, like Mr. Darcy, give women high/unrealistic expectations in love and relationships.

My question for you is: why do we idealize male characters like Mr. Darcy or Captain Wentworth?

May the discussion begin!

Friday, January 4, 2013

A little Auld Lang Syne

Well ring out the old and ring in the new, it's 2013! I hope everyone had a happy holiday season.
We got lucky enough as to have a white Christmas here in Utah! And my whole family was here to enjoy it with me.
Les Miserables was great! (I will be writing a later post about my thoughts on the movie)

As I reflect on 2012 and all my adventures I feel extremely grateful for all the wonderful people in my life. Thank you for making this past year memorable! And most of all I feel incredibly grateful and indebted to my Heavenly Father. I have truly experienced countless miracles this past year that remind me that God lives and loves us. May we always remember Him and his hand in our lives.

I received an ukulele for Christmas this year, so start expecting some covers on this here blog periodically.

Happy New Year!