Tuesday, August 30, 2011


I started my classes on Monday, and boy was it a whirlwind! My professors seem preeetty top notch though! Here are a few examples:

1. Communications Management, Comms 360 (about how to manage a news corporation taught by redhead Prof Walton, who used to head the Public Relations team at Harley Davidson, yes that's right, and was also in PR for Dow Chemical Co. which is a Fortune 500 company she mentioned... classy.)

Anyhow, she is very business and down to earth but in a super endearing way. She asked those in our class to raise their hands if they had a class from her before... and about 9 kids raised em up. Then, she said sweetly, "Now, I'm going to leave the room for 5 min so these students can tell you the honest truth about me as a teacher. I want you to get the real scoop about me before you waste a semester with someone you don't like."

How cool is that?!

2. Comparative Politics, PL SC 150 
On the syllabus, Prof Jacoby put the grading scale, which of course is on all syllabi. I'm looking through it and read:
     Daily quizzes 20%
     Attending Constitutional Convention (and do paper) 10%
     Three short papers 30%
     Final exam 30%
     Class participation 5%
     Responses to lectures given outside class 5% 
     Having done well in high school  0%

Pay close attention to that last little one! haha, it is true, we think we have a sense of entitlement if we did alright in high school! We're playin' with the big boys now.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The new house!

I got the key to move into my house yesterday. It may not have a dishwasher, and it may only have 1 bathroom for four girls (can anyone say disaster?), and the fridge MAY have stunk to the heavens when I first moved in, but here it is in all its glory. 
The ladies that lived here before had that couch on the porch! It's a bit of an
eyesore, but how does one exactly throw away a sofa? Perhaps to Goodwill....
but how to get there?

And yes, that is a fireplace you see. Will we use it? That is questionable. Lets say "to be determined" (meaning if we can figure out how to work it!) But it sure does feel like home already, which is surprising I think.
The kitchen is way nice, with the glass-in-the-door cabinets and a white stove. I do love the house and I'm so excited to see what it will look like when we have everything in! And my room mate will be new too! I'm excited for a new best friend.

Monday, August 22, 2011

oh work...

I know I've been griping about work a lot lately. But, I sure have been having difficulties maintaining desire to keep going! I feel like I just want to quit after every shift! What is this?

Do most people feel this way after working 40 hours at one thing? How normal is this?

And granny, Whitney adored your comment on her blog and says a sweet thank you :)

But, on a happier note, I can think of 5 friends that got engaged in the last 2 weeks! Cupid must be flying around working double time, and not having any issues at all working his job...
Kelly and Andrew... looks like from a movie :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Mormons and Sharks around the Web

I cannot believe that 2 presidential candidates are Mormons! I have to say, I do like Mitt Romney better myself, in my personal (and could be more knowledgeable) opinion.
Romney and Huntsman's mugs
This little funny news video (at this website) by Stephen Colbert is a hoot! He talks about Mitt and Jon Huntsman and how allegedly the Obama campaign is trying to make Mormons (and therefore competitor Mitt!) look "weird." I'm not sure if that's really true, but it is kind of refreshing to hear a supportive take on a Mormon president.

ALSO, I cannot BELIEVE this photo!
It kinda gives me the shivers! Here's the story about it: 

"A family were on holiday in Australia for a week and a half when husband, wife and their 15 year old son decided to go scuba diving. The husband is in the navy and has had some scuba experience.  His son wanted a picture of his mum and dad in all their gear so he got the under water camera ready to go. When it came to taking the picture the dad realized that the son looked like he was panicking as he took it and gave the ‘OK’ hand sign to see if he was all right."

"The son took the picture and swam to the surface and back to the boat as quick as he could so the mum and dad followed to see if he was OK.  When they got back to him he was scrambling onto the boat and absolutely panicking. When the parents asked why, he said ‘there was a shark behind you.’ The dad thought he was joking but the skipper of the boat said it was true but they wouldn’t believe him."
"As soon as they got back to the hotel they loaded the picture onto there laptop and that was what they saw."

I got the story from this cool blog.

Friday, August 12, 2011

A little guy

My friend Katie found this little birdie on her doorstep, so naturally she took him in. However, Katie had the landlord coming around today, and unfortunately we can't have animals! So I birdsat little guy for a while. What a cutie! He would get cold and just start chirping and chirping! Then, when you held him or put him in the sun he would just stretch up on his big feet and get real tall and close his little eyes. He would make my heart melt (not that I even know its a he... kinda hard to tell with all the feathers:)

Excuse the sideways photos... for whatever reason I would save the photo as vertical, but yet when I put it on my blog it would do its own little thing. 

Maybe I was a little obsessed. But he was just so fluffy! and cute! But I took this little video of him cause he had been following me around earlier. Ha, but in the video, he got so caught up in the warmth of the sunlight that he forgot about following me for a while. But then he starts scurrying, and he is just the little fluff scooting around!

After birdwatching and packing up the kitchen to move this Saturday, I worked all day. What we do for the money, right? Thanks for your comment last time Phoebe, always makes me feel better :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Oh, work.

It brings in the cash... but what else does it do??

Monday, August 8, 2011


Ms. Kelly Stapleton Nielsen was married on Saturday- and what a sweet little wedding it was! I was to pick up the bouquet (below!) the morning of and bring it to her in Logan, and I was kinda nervous they would wilt in the sun on the 2 hour drive there! Can you imagine, wishing Kelly happy nuptials with a bouquet of deads... I would die! The florist instructed me to keep it cool. And I thought, excellent, I'll keep it in the fridge. But the next words out of her mouth: "But not in the fridge, fruits and vegetables will wilt the flowers." Ha, unfortunately I don't have a cooler or nothin, so I dampened a paper towel and put it over :) Worked like a charm.

I just love this photo above. Kelly looks so happy! With her parents Sue and Steve.

Kelly just looked perfect. She wasn't loud and crazy excited, but just so solidly happy and graceful... like Kate Middleton now that I think of it. But I have to be honest, that bouquet was like my pride and joy. Every time I saw it against her dress, it was so stunning! The purples were so rich and just matched perfectly with the bridal party's deep purple dresses. That bouquet was under my watch and care, and it did me proud!

I did unfortunately, ball like a baby when Andrew and Kelly came out of the Logan temple looking so sweet and holding hands. Neither Kelsey or Whitney could be at the wedding, so I'm pretty sure I cried for all three of us. No sweat.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A bit of a Funk

Sometimes, I feel a bit of a funk! When I'm not working, it sometimes feels like I'm not sure what to do, and for whatever reason that makes me feel like a slob mc-slob. Even though, my rational self tells me that having a little breather at the end of summer is just fine... sometimes I can't get over the wierdee feeling!

This cheered me up a bit:
Stunner, right? I think the northern lights are on my bucket list. And you know, this photo of St. Peter's was a little pick-me-up too.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Provo Canyon

I took the bike up the Provo Canyon today, about a 30 min ride from mi casa. I did get stuck in the rain for a time... but it was so pretty! Conveniently, there was a bike path in the canyon so I didn't have to be nervous for my life riding on the road (the cars always go so fast, whippin around those canyon corners!). Though I was a bit nervous about the big snake I saw on the bike path! Haha yikes.
The 600 ft. water fall that Provo Canyon is known for, Bridal Falls. Took this with Kelly's camera, the little champ! Turned out pretty good.
The view from behind the handles.

This photo is from right up in the canyon. The mist around the mountains was so dreamy! I had just gotten caught in the rain storm, which was a bit of a bummer, but it created this romantic little landscape so I couldn't complain.
A little trippy right? The mountains were reflected just stunningly in this little pool. See if you can guess which way it goes :)