Friday, April 30, 2010

Weekend Bliss

I love the weekends!

This one is going to be a relaxing one!

I'm pulling a grown-up stunt and hosting a dinner party tonight and I'm pretty excited. Wanna see what I'm making?
This morning I got the best video of this little girl, she's the first little baby in our family and she's adorable. I can't wait to go out to Nevada to see her!

It's so crazy to me that my brother is a father now. I'm so happy for both Justin and Brooke and they are going to be amazing parents. Baby Brielle is one cute little girl!

My other brother up and got engaged last week, I honest thought it was a joke when he told me. I didn't know he had bought a ring and he was supposed to be in Maryland but he drove to Indiana and surprised Jenna.

I'm loving this blog post. It's a letter from a mother to her daughter.

My job allows me to get some sick discounts on athletic apparel and it doesn't help that I'm obsessed with Nike Women.

I have no idea which pair of shoes to get but I know I NEED some (and by need I mean by current running shoes now have a weird color from the strap on the bike and my spin class).

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dirt Rain

I knew today wasn’t going to incredibly warm, and there was a good chance of rain showers this morning, but I when I saw my car I was really shocked.

I walked down the stairs and thought, great I’m already cutting my timing close and now I’ll have to scrape the ice and brush off the snow from my windshield.

As I got closer to my card I realized that it was mud, yes a layer of mud on my car.

There is dirt rain in the air today and my allergies are not loving it (bonus for me because I remembered to take both allergy medicines).

Here are some shots I took with the new app on my phone yesterday. These trees are outside of my mom’s house.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


So next week I will be turning 24 years old. I’m slightly devastated (I realize that the word devastated implies feeling emotions in such an intense way that you would never use the phrase slightly, but I have chosen it because I’m dramatic and I feel it really expresses how I feel).

That is full-on mid-twenties. For some reason I think that I should feel more grown up, I should be more independent, I should have done something remarkable with my already, but alas I will be 24 with little to my name but some great ambition.

I miss feeling incredibly young, and if I feel this way at almost 24 imagine how I’ll feel at 40!! Yikes. Last night I went to the Rockies and had an amazing time and played a little bit too late. I crashed into my bed at roughly 12:30 a.m., woke up at 6:15 a.m. and I was out the door for work within 30 minutes. I feel that it goes without saying that my general appearance is less-than-stellar, at least I managed to throw together a cute outfit (denim pencil skirt, white tunic, yellow skinny belt cinching the waste, hair in pony tail, bangs out, black flats).

Remember as a freshman and sophomore in college I consistently survived off of less than six hours of sleep a night for months and months?? Eventually my body revolted and these terrible migraines came into my life – but those were easily solved by the four months of summer that brought more sleep into my life.

Two-straight days with less than six hours of sleep and I’m dead. It’s terrible and terrifying.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday, Monday

Mondays are rough.

Back when I was in school or working for the athletic department/the Bees the weekends meant nothing to me because I was working through them.

Monday wasn’t such a terrible day because it was just another day, in fact Mondays were generally better than the other days of the week because BYU doesn’t play in a lot of Monday games.

Now that I’m in the “real world,” my weekends are precious and my Monday morning wakeup is painful.

Now I have to just sit and wait for the remaining days of the week to pass by before I experience two days of freedom.

I will celebrate this torturous morning by sharing a few links with you:

So Bobby Wilson got rocked this weekend and the video is hard to watch. He's doing ok now. It's baseball and this stuff happens.

Tebow! So excited! The Broncos might not be that much better this year but at least with Tebow and Quinn, they'll look better!

Check out the players who signed with NFL teams from BYU here.

Guess what's coming to the Denver area, check here and here.

Friday, April 23, 2010

A Little Gem

So I came upon this little site when I was checking my favorite Angels Blog.

It's got some good stuff worth checking out even if you're not into baseball.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

We had a great time at Rocky Mountain National Park. There was a lot of snow.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I Need the Ocean

So I can’t wait for a vacation. I can close my eyes and feel the salt air from the beach, I can smell it in the air and then I open my eyes and I’m sitting in my cubicle and I want to cry.

Caley and I are doing something epic and super American – we will be taking a road trip across the country at the end of May. She’s going out there for an internship at a law firm and to fulfill her maid-of-honor duties while she’s on break from school and she needs people to ride with her. Enter Samantha and I!

Last summer we road tripped it to Long Beach and had some pretty amazing moments – I sense that it is only going to get better!

Plus, I will get to see the ocean again and get away from work for a while. Plus we might be making a few awesome stops along the way. Possibly the Negro League Baseball Museum (I went when I was in Kansas City for work, but Caley and Sam have never been), possibly some Arthur Bryants (yes I would eat meat if we went there because it’s the best barbeque ever) and then we might hit up some random minor league games along the way.


The Versa, such a trooper

Monday, April 19, 2010

No No

What an exciting weekend, it made having to come to work this morning a lot easier (that and the fact that I didn’t have to come to work until 10 a.m.

I didn’t do as much sleeping as I would have like, but I did have a lot of fun not sleeping!

The free trip to RMNP was amazing, but I’ll save that for later. What I want to focus on was what happened when I got home

Did you see the NO HITTER!!!??? You know, the first one in Colorado Rockies history? I love that Ubaldo Jimenez, and did you catch Dexter fowler’s amazing catch in the seventh inning?

I was at Dustin’s house waiting to go to dinner when Dustin, Devon and I started freaking out over what was happening. All the girlies who were going to dinner with us were sitting on the couch not understanding what a big freaking deal it was!!!

Don’t worry, within seconds I whipped out to text my cousin Caley, we’re not even blood related but sometimes I feel like we were separated at birth and this was one of those moments, but as I typed the second word she called.

I love this sport and I love my crazy family and friends who love it too!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Happy Friday

Couldn't be more excited that it's Friday!

I've got some big plans for the weekend. I'm going to check out these ladies.

Then I'm off to explore the great state of Colorado because free national park week kicks off this weekend.

Then on Sunday morning I might even do this.

But the most important thing is doing this:

But I thought I would leave you with a few little discoveries from my week (I was obviously very productive at work this week).

The Girls with the Glasses - anyone remember Brooke White from American Idol of ever check out Eliza magazine, well the brains behind the magazine and the lovely singer/songwriter teamed up for this:

Then how can you not love this song & the happy little video?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I Love a Walkoff

I was having an argument with some of my friends who went to the Rockies on Tuesday. They left the game in the seventh inning and I may have lectured them for a long time about not leaving a game early, especially when your seats are as good as theirs were.

I went to the game with Dustin and Devon last night and we stayed for the whole thing and boy was it a great thing we did.

Below is the text from our e-mail conversation today and please disregard any spelling or punctuation errors, I feel like I shouldn't change anything (excpect I did remove their e-mail addresses):

Ok good because I really didn’t want to stop being friends.

From: Rebecca Reil
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2010 9:13 AM
To: Jessica Okey; Hilary Smith; Jillian Williams
Subject: RE:

Jill I am totally just kidding. I am just giving you a hard time because I know it is a touchy subject for you (and others though he has major freakouts instead). I would absolutely disregard precious sleep for an intense 9th inning.

--- On Thu, 4/15/10, Jillian Williams wrote:

From: Jillian Williams
Subject: RE:
To: "Rebecca Reil" , "Jessica Okey", "Hilary Smith"
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 9:10 AM

Bex (as I have decided that is the best way to spell it because Bex rhymes with Dex), you and I are no longer friends.


From: Rebecca Reil
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2010 9:06 AM
To: Jessica Okey ; Hilary Smith; Jillian Williams
Subject: RE:

I did not understand a single thing your wrote Jill. If I could choose between a ninth inning in baseball and precious sleep. I choose precious sleep.

--- On Thu, 4/15/10, Jillian Williams wrote:

From: Jillian Williams
Subject: RE:
To: "Rebecca Reil" , " Jessica Okey " , "Hilary Smith"
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 9:03 AM

Speaking of leaving the game early – let’s chat for a minute about why you don’t leave the game early.

In the eighth inning the Rockies were up by two runs, it seemed like they had the game in the bag, with two outs they only needed four outs without giving up two runs. But there was a runner on and a single brought the Mets within one run.

I was hoping for some insurance runs to put some distance between the Rockies and the Mets, but alas – everyone choked.

In the top of the ninth a lead off single put one runner on. A throwing error from Ianetta allowed the runner to advance to third when he was stealing second – then a sac fly tied the game.

The game went into extra innings – it was exciting.

Then Ianetta made up for his throwing error with a solo walkoff home run to win the game.

That is why you never leave the game early.

From: Rebecca Reil [mailto:]
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2010 8:56 AM
To: Jessica Okey ; Hilary Smith; Jillian Williams
Subject: Re:

You should have just left the game early and this would have never happened. haha

I took a nap from 5:30 to 7 woke up and ate, but the food didn't sit well with me. That combined with my laziness this week and there was no way I was going to the gym or leaving for that matter. I tried to go back to sleep, but because my tummy was feeling a little weird I didn't fall asleep until 1. that's cool. Gym today definitely.

--- On Thu, 4/15/10, Jillian Williams wrote:

From: Jillian Williams
To: " Jessica Okey " , , "Hilary Smith"
Date: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 8:37 AM

I am so unbelievably tired right now. I don’t know why I make such stupid decisions.

I did not have time to make any food this morning so I stopped at the gas station by my house (I knew I was desperate for caffeine), one of the guys inside looked me up and down and had a look on his face that said “you poor thing, you must have had a rough night.”

Diet Pepsi and a pop tart – breakfast of champions

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Links to Love

Remember when I used to do this?
Well, I'm randomly bringing it back.

Ever wonder how to do a braided updo? It's a fancy look without looking too done up.

The Yankees pulled a great prank on Matsui when he was in New York with the Angels... Check it out. I love when players pull these types of pranks on each other - keeps things fun and light hearted.

Farewell Brandon Marshall - the best Broncos player. not surprised.

I'm going to see these girls play this weekend and I'm so excited!

I had to add this play when I saw it

Friday, April 9, 2010

A Year Later

I started writing this yesterday, but didn't get a chance to finish it, so here is the combined two-day efforts of my thoughts on the one-year anniversary of Nick Adenhart's death.

I can't believe it's been a year since Nick Adenhart was killed following his 2009 debut. It seems a little surreal. I can't believe a year has gone by already.

It doesn't feel like that long ago that I met Nick. This tall skinny kid had a big smile and made everyone laugh with his antics during media day.

I kept thinking that this kid (and I can say kid because he was the only player on the team that was younger than me) was the no. 1 pitching prospect for thw whole organization.

I loved watching him throw. He was so talented, it seemed his biggest would easily be overcome with him and maturity and I was anxious to see him produce in the bigs.

I remember watching his six-inning shut out against the A's last year. I was joking with Carey about Nick the whole time. The following day I was on my way to work when my brother called me and told me what happened. Just thinking about that day make me feel sick to my stomach. Every emothions comes back so quickly.

When something this tragic happens it feels like there is no possible way that the world will still go on, and yet one year has already passed by.

I just want to comment on what an amazing organization that ball club is. The Angels handled the situation with such grace and should be commended for their actions.

"People have understood the tragedy as time goes on and you try to accept it but to be honest it was never about us, it was never about our team or our organization. It still remains about a family losing a son and a community losing a son. Jim and Janet and the whole extended Adenhart family, we got a little bit of peace by trying to support them." - Manager Mike Scioscia

Links to some news stories
LA Times
***picture from

Fall in Love

I know this line is making it's way though the blog world, but it is seriously amazing!

J.Crew unveiled it's 2010 Fall collection and it looks amazing! If I didn't love summer so much and live in a climate which practically skips the entire Fall phase, I would be wishing for the time to fly by for me to get my hands on these clothes!

The hat on the bottom left is amazing

Check the fall collection at

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Almost Vegetarian

So I’m veggin out.

And by that I mean I am once again no longer eating meat. Many of you may remember my eight-month vegetarian stint a few years back that was brought to an end when football season came around and I got to eat Tucanos for free.

You can’t pass that up. (p.s. I’m incredibly jealous of all my Utah friends who still get to eat at that place, that and kneaders and a million other restaurants I leaned to love in Utah)

So I’m really liking not eating meat, probably more than I was the first time I did it. It forces me to eat really well and consider what I am putting into my body and whether or not it will benefit me.

I’ve been looking for some good vegetarian blogs and this is the only one I’ve been able to find, but I love that the writer goes to culinary school and that he or she (don’t know for sure) can have a little humor with the subject.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


So I’m loving this print from theloveshop over at etsy.

It really exemplifies how I feel about life.

I’ve been putting a lot of thought into the topic of mediocrity, occasionally as life begins to settle into a routine I start to freak out that I’m not living the best life that I possibly can, that I am not challenging myself and growing.

I love risks and I love new things. My cousin and I had a 45 minute conversation about it yesterday. It’s a big part of why I’ve decided to go to grad school while working full time, which was always in my plans but I’ve decided that I’m not going to wait as long as originally thought.

I just want people to check this out. I love Jenny and I think she is so talented. I’m so impressed with the accomplishments of the people around me!