Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Parasocial Relationships and Fitness Challenges

I wrote a funny blog about parasocial relationships, Pioneer Woman and Angel Stone. Then Blogger failed me. I don't want to talk about it. Let's just assume it was funny, it involved witty commentary and a love of all things blog related, with a firm stance that I live in reality even thought Angel is clearly my friend... right?

Anyway, Check out Fit and Hungry for a December fitness challenge!!!!

One day I'll make up for Blogger's mistake.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

There's So Much to be Thankful For

There is so much to be grateful for. My life has been richly blessed. I'm thankful for my family and friends, for incredible new opportunities to grow and change. I'm grateful to have the gospel in my life, and for my Savior.

The older I get the more precious all of my relationships with my family become. So at a time like this I can't help but be grateful for their support and love!

Also, I'm so glad I'm done with the GMAT!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Confession Monday

I LOVE the holidays, but my love of the holidays has taken some hits this season - consequence of working in retail advertising.

I complain about feeling stagnant in life, and then progress and change are heaped upon me in mass quantities and I have a hard time dealing. Irony?

Despite loving my short hair, I really miss having long hair. Hair that pokes out of hats, hair that you can put in braids, hair you can put in a ponytail or a bun. I miss it.

I haven't been very nice to my body, consequence of stress but only makes me more stressed?

I love the Pioneer Woman, and I have this in common with my grandmother. Does that make me a nerd? My granny sent me her cook book and I got so excited that I jumped up and down like a kid on Christmas morning. P-Dub is awesome and makes good food!

I'm so excited for The Great Gatsby remake! Also, please see Midnight in Paris.

I have a strong desire to simplify my life and it is effecting my wardrobe choices. I want effortless looking style with no effort (not easy to achieve...)

I can't wait for my family to come! Busy week - terribly,awesome week - of course!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Almost Time...

photo via

I'm ready to put up the tree and the Christmas decorations... here's hoping for some snow!

The Christmas Waltz by She & Him on Grooveshark

The Christmas Song by The Ravonettes on Grooveshark

Monday, November 14, 2011

Occupy Denver

Over the weekend I had my first Occupy (insert any city name in the world here) experience.

I went to the 16th Street Mall to check out the new H&M (note it was way too busy for me to actually get any shopping done...). I did manage to make an amazing purchase thanks to some friends and family coupons I got...

While making my way over to the Denver Pavilions my friends and I hear a commotion, then we saw some police in the distance. Everyone around us had stopped what they were doing so we joined in. I saw a group of people coming toward us, with police lining the street. The next thing I know, a group of young people, with handkerchiefs over their faces started walking by, knocking the tops off of the trash cans, and in some cased knocking the trash cans over. A group of police officers on Motorcycles followed the group, urging them off of the main pathway.

Then a larger group chanting "We are the 99 percent," walked by. They were turning to us, asking us to join in on the protest, informing us that we too were the 99 percent.

On our way to dinner after the H&M disappointment, we saw the perimiter of Civic Center Park was surrounded by police, and police were everywhere just beyond the park.

It was very interesting.

Photo from the Denver Post

Friday, November 11, 2011


I don't think I can remember a time where I was more excited for the weekend than I am today. My roommate is graduating from cosmetology school and we're having a fun little gathering at our new place to celebrate. There's still a lot to be done, but it will be presentable tonight. Our rooms will remain shut because those are still a giant mess....

I'm excited to get all my DIY projects done and to get ready for the holidays! I'll share some photos with you next week, when a lot of the projects are complete.

In the meantime, please enjoy this song and a few links.

Planning on making this for our deck.

This might be my next project, I think it would look lovely in my room.

Have I confessed my love of StyleMint promo videos? Here is a new one.

H&M has opened in Denver, guess who is making a trip tomorrow.... me duh.

photo here found via pinterest

Monday, November 7, 2011


After an incredibly exhausting weekend so much of my stress has been relieved.

Unexpectedly having to move for a type-A planner throws a big wrench into everything. The result is a lot of stress.

But with a lot of help (that I am so incredibly grateful for) Jen and I moved into our awesome new apartment. I will post photos when it is a bit more put together. We’ve unpacked a large amount of boxes, put up a few decorations and we’ve settled on how we want our furniture set up. There is still a lot of work to be done, but most of that will have to take a back seat to other life events. AKA the GMAT…

But it feels nice to breathe again, to be reminded that things have a tendency to work out. I’ve still got a lot of work to do, but everything will be ok.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


I hope it will be said we taught them to stand tall & proud, even in the face of history & the future was made new & whole for us all, one child at a time.
          - Brian Andreas
Sometimes I worry. I worry a lot. About things that are completely out of my control.

Life is so much better when you let go of the worry around you and you focus on the good and the positive, and you find it engulfs your life. It’s just waiting there for you to allow it in. For your eyes to see it. I think it is usually found in those around me. In my family and my friends. In their courage in hard times, in their trails and heartbreak and mainly in allowing yourself to see the divine within them, what they can’t even see about themselves.

It can be a bit sad, to watch someone struggle to find these truths. But it is overshadowed by their goodness, by their hope and optimism. Even if they can't see or feel it yet.