Monday, November 23, 2009

the brothers grim

Who knew the twin terrors could be so sweet and peaceful?
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Assignment: Feature Page

Here's my latest design assignment, a feature page with a column.

Plan D?

Before I get to a few thoughts, where in the heck was Izzie tonight on Grey's? It was the first night since September that I was able to watch Grey's on tv. I didn't have to work tonight! Also, as much as I like Christina, I think that Hunt should be with Teddy. Don't stone me for saying that. 

I think I'm being taught some very important lessons right now, and I'm not sure that I'm being the best pupil.

One of them is that you can plan as much as you want, but things rarely go according to plan. You aren't working on your timing, your working on God's. And sometimes you can't understand what in the heck the point is as to why things can't just go to plan. I honestly think that I've had my next 12 months planned out about four different times now. Each time it's been a bring-you-to-your-knees-type-of-quick-kick-to-the-shins where it takes some time for me to feel comfortable with the "new plan" and as soon as I find some level of comfort another kick comes.

I've found a lot of comfort in my scriptures these last few weeks. This week, after some frustrating news, I opened up my scriptures and read in Ether (in The Book of Mormon), the first chapter. About Jared and his brother and their families.

"(38) And it came to pass that Jared spake again unto his brother, saying; Go and inquire of the Lord whether he will drive us out of the land, and if he will drive us out of the land, cry unto him whither we shall go. And who knoweth bu the Lord will carry us forth into a land which is choice above all the earth? And if it so be, let us be faithful unto the Lord, that we may receive it for our inheritance.
(42 - part of the Lord's response)....thou shalt go at the head of them down into the valley which is northward. And there will I meet thee, and I will go before thee into a land which is choice above all the lands of the earth.
(43) And there will I bless thee and thy seed, and raise up unto me of thy seed...And thus I will do unto thee because this long time ye have cried unto me."

Essentially what I got out of these verses was that we should pray for guidance, have faith that the Lord has a plan, prepare to follow in faith and then let the Lord lead you from there.

Soon after reading this, my plans were changed again. A few hours later I was able to feel fairly at ease as I remembered to put it in this perspective. And so I continue to make plans, because I think in some way it makes me feel more secure, but I also count on them changing. 

Finally, I'd like to thank my mom. My mom is human, she makes mistakes, she's the first to admit she's far from perfect. But, I must thank her for her strength and her example. I think through a combination of genetics and growing up watching her, I've been blessed with some of that strength that she posseses. I do a lot more complaining than she does, that's for sure. But, I think this week, has been trying for the both of us. And yet somehow she is so brave and so strong and I sometimes wish that she had more of a partner to lean on. Yet, that's the great thing about my mom, she makes it, with or without other people.

And now, I must go to bed. I have a long day ahead of me as I move forward with something like plan D.

Good night and good luck (and enjoy this song from one of my favorite movies).

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Just a sample of the lunacy that surrounds me at work, in class, doing homework. Love my Everett. Love all my newsies.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Are you a Guru?

My friend Joseph took me to lunch this afternoon to discuss all sorts of things, mainly related to our current jobs at The DU (what we newsies call The Daily Universe ), and about our future careers. Joseph just got a copy job at The Daily Herald in Provo, I'm really excited for him!

We went to Guru's , which is all the rage with the young hipsters these days. I'm apparently not young or hip because I have yet to go. It's got a quirky, modern and casual atmosphere. The food is good and not too spendy. I enjoyed my time here, aside from the infamous B rock or whatever this guy who roams Provo trying to sell rap cd's trying to use our cell phones to get a job. Actually, I enjoyed that, too.

Joseph gave me a lot to think about as I look to my professional future. Like, maybe I should stay on the Web desk next semester. Maybe I should work for the DU this summer ( I guess they let you do that for summer). Maybe I should take some different classes.

Maybe maybe maybe I should just go home, get in my sweats and read New Moon.....(yes, I got sucked in by my roommate to read the second book in the Twilight "saga,") And avoid thinking about any of this for awhile. That is my coping method of choice, avoidance.

Made it to the gym today! Yay! Even though I've been feeling flabby, the scale was nice to me today. The lightest I've been in about 5 months! Woot. And I can't get this song out of my head today...... you tell 'em Carrie Underwood!

*Oh, and for the record (Mom and Grandma) Joseph is happily married, just a good friend and mentor type. 

Sunday, November 15, 2009

What's on your nightstand?

I think a person's bedroom says a lot about a person. So, in a effort to tell you more about me and to hopefully learn more about you, I'm sharing what's on my nightsand.

Towards the back is a box of facial tissues, in an effort to clear up my face and keep it clear (does anybody else have worse face problems than in highschool?). I'm too lazy by the end of the day to walk into the bathroom and actually clean my face. It's much easier to pull out a tissue whilst lying in bed.

Next to it is my Olay night cream. I have pretty impressive crow's feet for a 22 year-old. I only remember to put it on once every couple of weeks, but that's gotta help, right?

A little orange flashlight for reading on sleepless nights or writing things down when my mind won't stop racing.

A biography of the Kennedy family that I sometimes pop open and read for a few minutes.

'Stand a Little Taller' by Gordon B. Hinckley. It's a calendar book with scriptures and thoughts for each day.

My fancy new glasses case with my glasses.

'The Miracle of Forgiveness' by Spencer W. Kimball. I read a page or few from it each night.

'Lectures on Faith' by Joseph Smith. It supplements Kimball's book and my nightly scripture reading.

So there you have it.

What's on your nightsand??
Dear Mom,

I know it's almost 4am my time, but I can't sleep. I also know that you're not feeling well, and I hate to bug you, but...

I'm coming home in aproximately five days and I just had a couple of requests.

Will you still buy me the latest "Real Simple" magazine? I missed out on November's issue, but December's is even more enticing!

And will you sponsor a hair cut for me? It keeps growing and growing and not in a good way. I can hardly take it anymore. Plus, shorter hair will look cuter under a wintery hat.

Finally, could you maybe set off a bug bomb in my "cottage" before I get back? Please?

Think about it. Feel better. Respond promptly.




...I can't stop, won't stop, listening to this and this and this. favorite thing to wear is usually my yellow cardigan, but everyone notices when I wear it, so I can't wear it very often.

...I am trying to rationalize eating everything I know I'm going to eat over Thanksgiving.
...ready for a new laptop. It would make my cumulative hours spent on campus per week a lot fewer.

...I am a dreamer.
...wishes I could see this girl sooner than Christmas. Lame.

...I have not been to a rodeo in over a year. I need this to be rectified quick.

...I would probably marry the man who buys me a CCR t-shirt.

...I miss my old Blackberry. This guy just isn't worn in yet.

...ready to be done with the Provo life. I want my own little place, in a new environment, with a new routine, meeting new people who weren't born in the 90's or married (everyone I go to school with).
...would do almost anything (just shy of prostituting myself) to go see my love, Garth, in Vegas.

...I could really go for some genuine Japanese curry, gyoza and sushi roll.

...have been wanting a no-strings-attached spoonfest.'s been 8 days since I made it to the gym. Feelin' flabbbbby.

...I could use a massage.

...I am wearing scandal on my fingers and siren on my toes. really grateful for such supportive peers in the journalism program. Thursday night we came together to help a girl get her internship application FedExed overnight even though it was after 5pm. These people are pretty great. the mood to go sledding or Christmas shopping.

...misses Kara's morning, usually towel-clad, serenades.

...nostalgic for that family trip to the coast we took two summers ago. We laughed a lot, in between the fighting.

...I am reading "The Miracle of Forgiveness," finally making some headway on this spiritually intense book.

...I have been working on a muse wall. Does that make me lame? Really it's just a billboard with crap on it.

...liking the name Ellis for a boy.

...compiling a mental list of places to potentially apply for an internship at. Including The Hill, Niche Media (Capitol Living magazine), The Washingtonian, The National Journal, Fox News' online magazine, etc. etc.

...wants to get the H1N1 vaccine.

...thinking that sleeping all day sounds pretty good to me.

...and finally, wishing my shower would magically grow a porcelain tub for me to fill with hot water and soak in.
...and did I forget to mention, I'm engaged (who could say no to a rock that big)?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Countdown to Christmas.....

There are something like 40 days til you better start planning what you're going to get me now.

Many of you know I'm headed to Washington D.C. in a measly 9 months (ha ha). Since learning this I've become slightly obsessed. Therefore you should feed my obsession with gift idea number one:

You can conveniently gift subscribe here.

Assignment: Photo Spread

We were technically supposed to do a photo spread. Mine kind of developed into a feature page...about sushi....mmmm.

Potomac River mist

Oh, how I love this photo. Love, love, love it. Mom threatens my life when I threaten to put up in public. But, she is sick and 544 miles away. We took this on the little Duck Boat fairy ride which on this picture was sailing down the Potomac River. Good times! I love you Mom. She's been sick with the swine or something for almost two weeks now....send her some get well wishes...... 

Oh Blogspot! I'm baaaaack.

Can I tell you how much I love my header??  A LOT!

The great thing about learning InDesign is that I now can basically make whatever I want anyway I want it (my only real limitations are my lack in depth of InDesign knowledge).  And so, I probably love my header because I designed it. Woot! Your first taste of my baby designing skills. I really am just a baby with lots to learn about design. 

I'll soon post some drafts of some assignments I've been working on for my 428 class as well as for my portfolio. I feel like I have so much to learn and to do, especially to make myself more marketable. Right now I feel like the more I learn about this stuff the more I feel like there is I don't know. I am having little successes though and building confidence in my own tastes and instincts.