October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, my friends! On campus, I saw: a dinosaur, Marie Antoinette, Buddy the Elf, Indiana Jones, zombies, and a personal favorite: Fantastic Mr. Fox. I wanted to stop Mr. Fox and tell him how awesome his costume was, but he was taking the stairs by twos. I also saw a kid in an 80s get up with a huge boom box on his shoulder blasting 80s pop. I almost went up and hugged him.

I hope your day is full of pumpkins, soup, candy, and costumes. Have a fantastic Halloween!

To the future husband: We'll be Fantastic Mr. and Mrs. Fox one day for Halloween. If we have a son, he'll be Ash. It'll be a great time. 

October 29, 2011

October 24, 2011

Backyard Boo

On Friday, one of our friends threw a backyard Halloween party. There was the classic donut on a string, pumpkin carving, and we even watched a scary movie (or rather, not so scary, complete waste of 2 hours, lame movie known as "The Box"). Before the party, I made pumpkin cupcakes, with a tasty cream cheese-pumpkin-nutmeg-cinnamon frosting. That is one recipe for the books, I tell ya.

Taylor, Kristen, Paige, Jessica, Sarah and I all went in on a group costume. We decided to be the characters from the board game Clue, and each of us brought our own weapons too! I think we looked pretty dang good.

Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, Mr. Green

I think Paige and I make attractive men.

Mr. Green with the wrench, Mrs. Peacock with the lead pipe, Mrs. White with the candlestick, Miss Scarlet with the revolver, Colonel Mustard with the knife, Professor Plum with the rope.

It was such a fun night! I love Halloween!


P.S. Update on this famous pin... 363 repins! What!?

October 18, 2011

Looks Like I Need to go Back to Europe

It seems I was cooler while I was in the UK.

It's ok, I'm cool with going back so my blog will be popular again.

I Miss This

I'll come back to you someday, London.

October 17, 2011

Dear Future Husband

You should do this on our wedding day. 
  • You have permission to laugh at me when I'm sick and get tired of wiping my nose, and walk around the house with tissues stuck up there.
  • If you use the last of the toilet paper, REPLACE IT (and don't just put it on top of the dispenser).
  • I look forward to summer bike rides with you and the kidlets. 
  • I want a hammock in the backyard, so we can take summer naps together.
  • I'll cook. You do the dishes. And vise versa. And when we have kidlets, we'll make them do the dishes. 
  • Hopefully we have the same taste in music, but if not, we will take turns with cds/the radio.

October 12, 2011

Can't Get Enough

Due to previous blog posts centered around fall, I'm pretty sure you all are aware of how much I love fall. I. Love. It. Love.

Last night, Kelsey and I roasted pumpkin seeds and they turned out delicious.

We carved pumpkins on Friday (Jack Skeleton, can you tell?) and saved the seeds. And man,  I'm glad that we did. Who knew garlic salt and some butter could turn out so great?

Today, I had a two hour break. Instead of going home and watching an episode of Grey's or studying, I went on a drive up the canyon. It was just me, my DSLR, and Fleet Foxes. I cannot even begin to describe how relaxing it was. I stopped at a beautiful spot and took some pictures. I even scaled this big hill to get to one particularly colorful tree.

I can't think of a better way to spend a Wednesday afternoon.

October 11, 2011

To Happiness

1. That first burst of sunshine that fills the room when you open the curtains.
2. Wool socks.
3. Compliments from strangers.
4. Waking up hours before your alarm, then realizing you have more time to sleep.
5. When friends play with my hair or scratch my back.
6. Peeling an orange in one piece.
7. The sound of a crackling fire.
8. Cozying up with a good book and a blanket on a gloomy day.
9. When the lights first go off at a concert.
10. Changing in to sweatpants after a long day.

October 10, 2011

Monday Moments


  • This: 

Yes, this is my light fixture hanging from my ceiling. This is the second time this has happened. Story time. I was sitting on my bed, studying. It was around 1:30 am (procrastinator alert), and I hear all these scratchy noises, like nails on glass. I'm getting legitimately freaked out, so I hop out of bed and go be the door. That's when I see my light free itself from the ceiling and start swinging around by the wire. I sucked myself to the corner in case it fell (that sucker was H-O-T) and once it calmed down, I put some wool socks on my hands, got on my chair and steadied it. I made sure it wouldn't fall, and you better believe I prayed that it wouldn't fall while I was sleeping. Did I mention this is the SECOND time?? Luckily my dad was there the first time to fix it. This time I'm making sure they glue that sucker to the ceiling. 
  • So. Much. Studying.
  • Snow last week? We did have fall, it was from 12am to approximately 6am on Thursday morning. If you were sleeping, you missed it.

  • I got to chat with Charles Abouo at the football game. Not a big deal.
  • The snow has disappeared, thank goodness, and fall will now resume as planned.
  • These little cuties dropped off cookies on Conference Sunday. They are the cutest neighbors I ever did see! 

October 8, 2011


I found this personality test on a fellow blogger's page, and I decided to give it a whirl. I was surprised with how accurate it was, and I loved the illustration.

And, for those of you who are extra bored, here is the breakdown of my top ten traits:

You are willing to take the time to find out what's going on with other people, especially if they're in distress. You're a good listener, you don't criticize, and you offer unbiased, respectful, honest advice when it's requested. With a high score on the "understanding" trait, it is likely that you are enthusiastic about charitable work, helping others, and making the world a better place.
You don't feel the need to impose your standards on others or say things that, even though true, cause pain.

You enjoy being around others and others enjoy being around you. You have a "live and let live" attitude; because you know that no one's perfect, you are forgiving and happy to give the benefit of the doubt.
You don't feel the need to be controversial or express contrary opinions all the time. You see no reason to go around rubbing people the wrong way.

You are in touch with your own feelings, which helps put you in touch with the feelings of others.
You don't buy the logic that your happiness comes ahead of everyone else's because unless you're happy you're incapable of making anyone else happy.

You feel it's important to work according to a plan and finish every task, to do things correctly and thoroughly.
You are not the kind of person who abandons a project before finishing it, or slacks off when you've lost interest.

You are in touch with your emotions, and sometimes you react before you think. The good news: you don't tamp down your feelings. The bad news: you sometimes say or do things that you later wish you could take back.
You do not live your life on an even keel; you do not go for long periods without experiencing some mood swings.

You appreciate art, beauty, and design; you know that they are not superficial but absolutely crucial to living the good life. You have good taste, and you're proud of it. Those with a high score on the "aesthetic" trait are often employed in literary or artistic professions, enjoy domestic activities — doing things around the house — and are enthusiastic about the arts, reading, and travel.
You don't think it's pretentious to be moved by art and beauty. You're not one of those who believe it doesn't matter what something looks like as long as it does its job.

You strive to master everything you undertake. You tend to learn quickly and do not shy away from challenges.
You are not a "que sera sera" type of person, nor do you go easy on yourself when attempting to master a new skill or get a job done.

You have a knack for knowing what's going on in the hearts and minds of those around you, without their having to tell you explicitly. People tend to turn to you with their problems because they know you care, and that you will likely offer good advice and a helping hand.
You do not feel that people with sad stories are just looking for attention, or have brought their problems upon themselves.

You have a genuine interest in other people. You're a natural host, and are always thinking about how you can increase the happiness of those around you. When friends have problems or are in trouble, you're usually the first person they turn to for aid and comfort. Scoring high on the "warm" trait suggests that you are among those who enjoy domestic activities — doing things around the house — and are enthusiastic about charitable work, helping others, and making the world a better place.
You don't always say exactly what you're thinking; you don't like the idea of causing anyone pain because of your criticism.

You are an honest, fair person. You don't lie or cheat to get ahead. You treat others with respect and hope for the same in return.
You do not feel that you are above the rules that everyone else follows; you are definitely not willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead.

So, do you agree?

October 4, 2011

Oh, October

This morning, I woke up to  the rolling sound of thunder. I opened my window and was met with a gentle rainstorm. This is why I love fall. I also love

Colorful Mountains
Leaves falling like snow
My birthday
Haunted houses
Corn mazes

So fall, I'm welcoming you with open arms. Stay a while.

October 3, 2011


On Saturday, I woke up to a lovely breakfast and the first session of conference. It was a great way to start my birthday. After the first session, I opened presents. I got some cute, missionary perfect skirts and this baby:

A Michael Kors watch. Oh. My. Word. I have been coveting over one of these babies for about 7 months.

My mom didn't tell me the activities she had planned for the day, so I had no idea what was next. After presents, she took me to American Fork. We got out of the car and walked towards the spa. I thought 'a mani/pedi with my mom!' But then, my friend Summer popped out. My mom had set up mani/pedis for me and four of my friends!

We left after that, planning on seeing each other again at 9pm for a sleepover. Later that night, my parents and I left to go to dinner. I thought it was just going to be the three of us, but I got a lovely surprise. All my close girl friends were already there!

Best card I've ever seen.

I also got a little present from my brother...

See the double one in the right corner??

I don't think he forgot this special day. He knows how much I love rainbows!

After dinner, we went back to my house and had a for a sleepover that included "Ten Things I Hate About You". I love that movie!! We woke up on Sunday to a great breakfast of waffles with all the fixings and some more general conference. I seriously have the greatest friends and parents.

Birthday weekend was one for the books.

October 1, 2011

Wow, I'm Old

In case you didn't know, today is my birthday. Yup. The big 2-1. That's sister missionary age. And gambling age. And drinking age... I digress (come on, we all know I won't be doing those things).

It has already been a lovely day with general conference, gifts, and beautiful friends. And update on activities and pictures will follow!!