Friday, April 29, 2011

Cathrine + William

I am not ashamed to say that I woke up really early to watch Kate and William's wedding! (It was actually more just staying up really late and pulling an all nighter, though.) I'm just a sucker for all the glamor and hullabaloo. I know I'm just an American, and that I shouldn't care... but seriously. Look at this dress! Look at his uniform!

And the flowergirl! So adorable!

I loved everything about the wedding. It was so grand, and yet so simple. The hats were splendid. I think we should all just start wearing hats everywhere because there's nothing quite like them.

Pretty fabulous.

I, on the other hand, was not at all fashionable. I was in my comfy clothes snuggled up in a blanket. This is me in various stages throughout the night.


There were times I cried, you guys! Pathetic? Maybe. But it is all so lovely. I really want to go to England right now. I was thinking about all the reasons why I love England. Here is the list:

Reason I am enamored with England:

1. The Royal Wedding

2. Harry Potter

3. KJV Bible

4. Doctor Who

5. The Beatles

6. Mumford & Sons

7. Jane Austin

8. The BBC

9. Peter Pan

10. Charlieissocoollike

See how many awesome things come from the UK?

OK, back to homework now. Love you all! Toodles!


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Not Really

Re-breaking in my sandals. ouch.

Slowly but surely, the earth is blooming and ruffling its feathers. Warming up. Waking up.

Elder Hill's favorite season is spring. Because he's spending two years in Fiji (and other various areas in the South Pacific), it's hot all year. That sounds nice (and I bet it is) but I know I would miss all the seasons. Yes... even blasted winter.

I haven't heard from Elder Hill in three weeks! And there was no email this week. I have no idea why. But his birthday is coming up soon, and I need to mail something for him. It will arrive late, but we're used to this delay. To communication in

I'm going to be nostalgic, mmmkay?

So Elder Hill's turning 20. I was thinking what a nice age 20 is. It's comfortable. I can't go to bars, but I don't really drink anyway.

What? I "don't really drink"? I don't drink AT ALL! I'm Mormon!

One time, someone asked Paul if he drank. He said, "not really." Later he regretting saying that, but we laughed about that a lot anyway.

In other news:

Somewhere between studying verb conjugations and twittering, my hot pink knock-off sharpie marker got on my monitor. Soy triste.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Last of Mexico

Today was the last days of classes. I came home, ate a kit kat, took a nap and decided to do some reliving of more exciting days. AKA, cruise to the Mexican Rivera.

Ironically, we never went to a beach in Mexico. Don't ask me how this worked out, it just didn't. But San Diego was ours for about a day, so we rendezvoused there.


We went to the temple, and it was so busy. But the day was beautiful.

I'm getting good at making outfits that are appropriate for both the beach and the temple... (it's a talent.)



I love the beach, La Jolla especially. Once I figured out that it was "la hoy-ya" NOT "la jo-la."

My grandma broke her foot two weeks before the vacation. She was such a good sport as we wheeled her around everywhere! (We figured if you have to put your foot up somewhere, it might as well be on a cruise ship.)

(This pic is from Mexico. We are on a catamaran to Santa Maria Cove in Cabo San Lucas where we snorkeled. It was the closest we got to a beach.)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Birthday, Lindsey!

Lindsey is 18 today!

This is the card I made for her.


Because she wears lots of hats, and does lots of things.


This weekend she had prom. She was lovely.


p.s. More Mexico pictures are coming...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

More Mexico!

I miss Mexico! And my cruise ship. The Oosterdam...


So here are some more pictures!

It was really important to me that someone take a picture of me as I took my first steps off of U.S. soil. I had this expectation that I would have a grand, glamorous photograph of my first disembarkment. Um ... this is what happened:

Compare to:

Lindsey and Austin. Movie stars.

Adriana. Movie stars.
More proof that I actually left the country.


Austin, my cousin, just turned 18! I loved cruising with not only my immediate family, but my cousins and my grandparents.


At sea, we played lots of games, and ate lots of food.


See my darling prima, Isabell? I did her hair. Yes, I did. I'm so proud of myself. She's so adorable!

Isabell and Adriana swam a lot. I didn't because 1) I got sunburned and 2) the pool was too cold. Too cold even for Mexico.


Dolphin! I swam with one named Tonko. It was pretty special.

In other news:

I feel so sick.

Over the past few days I've had a cough and sneezes. Now I feel sick to my stomach. I just feel really weird. I can still function, although sleep has becoming something which I avoid because it is so unpleasant. Every time I drive I get motion sickness. I never get motion sick. My body is really messed up.

Finals are right around the corner. I think they'll be fine.

I'm helping out with the University of Utah's endangered language conference. It's going to be sweet.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

ABCs of Me

Bed Size: Single
Chore you hate: cleaning toilets, cooking
Dogs: black lab, pit bull mix.
Essential start of your day: food
Favorite Color: purple
Gold or silver: silver
Height: 5'3"
Instruments I play (or have played): Piano, and my voice. A wee bit of guitar
Job Title: assistant production manager
Kids: no
Live: Utah
Mom's Name: Diana
Nickname: Meg, Megs
Overnight hospital stays: I got my appendix taken out when I was 8
Pet Peeve: Small metal things, balloons, arrogant people.
Quote from a movie: "I can't seem to stop singing wherever I am. And what's worse, I can't seem to stop saying things - anything and everything I think and feel." Maria, The Sound of Music
Right or left handed: right
Siblings: two younger sisters
Time you wake up: if I don't take alternate measures-11:30 a.m.
Underwear: fruit of the loom?
Vegetables you dislike: lentils
What makes you run late: waking up late, or not remembering to leave time to scrape ice off my car.
X-rays you've had done: just on my teeth.
Yummy food you make: Ramen
Zoo animal: Penguins

Friday, April 15, 2011

Food for Thought

Tonight I went to the famous La Caille. Some Chronicle dinner thing for current staff and alumni to mingle and celebrate the achievements of former Chrony kids who actually did something with their journalism degrees. The food and atmosphere was amazing, I felt like I stepped in a magazine.

Except by stepping into that magazine, I was also stepping into the world of journalism--a side I had never seen.

Our speakers were blunt and honest about the rival papers in Utah--they do not like each other. There was much tension and awkwardness, especially when most speakers pretended that The Chronicle didn't even exist. They only talked about the major dailies, even though the banquet was to celebrate The Chronicle.

I'm not going to be a journalist. But I love working at The Chronicle. I learn a lot. I meet great people and I love what I do.

This is what I wore tonight. My fringe bangs have returned. (I cut them a little liberally... I anticipate they will grow out ungainly soon.)


I was a little worried that I was being scattered with the colors. It was random, but I feel the shoes tied it together.


And I'm wearing the shoes I got from my great grandma... (she always wanted me to be a journalist.)


Yes, I wore this same dress as my swimsuit cover whilst in Mexico. I think it's amazing that this piece can be so versatile.


It was a great night. Still getting over a cold, but the crem brule was pretty awesome. I love dressing up.



p.s. Whilst I was composing this post, my Pandora played this song... and I could swear the girl was saying "dear paul" and I was all "how could this be? I'm probably just delusional and crazy" but I wasn't! I went over to my ipod and the song was actually called "Dear Paul"and it was so creepily applicable to my life. So I tried to like the song... but instead by accident pushed the 'next' button. TRAGIC! Only 1 thing to do--go to iTunes. I probably would have bought it regardless.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Episode 2: Mexico and cruising!


That, my friends, is the flag of Mexico.


Adriana--my sister

Lindsey, my sister; Austin, my cousin; Adriana, my other sister. Going to our canopy adventure.

Outside: the sea. Inside: a nice elevator. (My mom and aunt.)
See that skin of mine? Burnt to a crisp. Even Lindsey, the tan one, got scathed by the wonderful hot rays of the star that our plant orbits around.

This is the store of Alejandro, one of the nicest men I've ever met. I practiced my Spanish by speaking to him while buying my bag and vanilla. My mom is super great at not only speaking Spanish, but bargaining and bartering! We were afraid to go to the flea market without her!


Watermelon pie! (Sorbert and chocolate chips.)


We are Dutch, sailing on Holland America. Suffice it to say... we ate twice our weight in sweets. Oh how I love a good sugar rush. Mmmm.

Hospitably--flowers and
...towel folding!
The sea!

And it was made possible by my wonderful parents!

More updates to come!


Monday, April 11, 2011

Episode 1: The Wedding

Ready for the lowdown?

I was sleep deprived to begin with. I had to get as much homework and other nasty stuff done and out of the way so I could take the week off. When NaTasha's wedding came around, I was running on about 6 hours of sleep from the past 3 days.

Cami lives in Lehi, so we drove down there to spend the night, in hopes to save on sleep. But put Tasha, Brittni and me in a room by ourselves... ya, no sleep. We are a trifecta of BFFs. We've been close since high school, which wasn't that long ago. Well, it was almost three years ago. (We're getting so old!) Point is-- we are awesome and I'm so lucky to have those lovely ladies in my life. They are so awesome.

(Us at the Bridal Shower)

We finally stopped giggling at about 2 a.m. And then we woke up three hours later, cheerful and bright-eyed as could be. Tasha's ceremony was at 8 a.m., and it was a beautiful morning. Brittni, Cami and I couldn't go inside the temple, so we helped with all the kids.

Later that night was the reception. Her colors were red, orange and yellow. She enlisted 8 friends to make centerpieces, so each one was unique and different, but somehow they all worked together in a crazy, funky, cute way.

This was mine:

Started like this--
Ended like this--

The open house was awesome, but my feet did get tired from the awesome shoes and the awesome dress did get uncomfortable. That's just how it goes. Weddings are hard work!

Modest is hottest!

Next time: I go to Mexico!