Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Treat?

Happy Halloween everyone!
I haven't dressed up for Halloween since high school when I was Queen Elizabeth and Ian was Tony Blair:
But this year I was invited to a Halloween party at the Hughes' so I decided to dress up. The only thing I could think of on short notice was a skipper:
While I would much rather have been a Star Weasel crew person:
Oh well, maybe next year.
In the mean time, enjoy this funny trick:

Monday, October 19, 2009

I'm Basically Famous

About a week ago I sent in a question with a couple pictures to Apartment Therapy (since I recently learned how to do a screen shot-- so simple, so awesome!!! I'm easily amused...) about the headboard in Across the Universe, which I think is a beautiful piece of carpentry and would love to have grace my future perfect bedroom.
Anyway, tonight the editor/s decided to post my question! Hopefully I will get some response from this.
In somewhat related news, over the summer when Mom and Adrien and I went shopping in Salt Lake (and didn't buy anything...) we passed this wonderful apartment building that looked like it was falling to bits, but I of course loved. I took a couple of grainy pictures with my phone:

What is wrong with me? Why do I find such dilapidated buildings so beautiful?

Sunday, October 18, 2009


When I say "Boo" I'm not really talking about Halloween stuff because I don't really have anything Halloween-related going on right now (though there's a party at the Hughes' I might go to the day before and a movie at Jared & Megan's Halloween night, which I'm excited about). I sort of want to make Kleenex ghosts to hang around the house, but I don't have any Kleenex,
That's really the sort of "boo" I mean to talk about right now, so this might be a little complain-y for you. Feel free to not read on.
I curled my hair today. It was frizzy and creepy so I put it in a ponytail. That made me feel like a 50s librarian. Or maybe like I needed to be wearing a poodle skirt.

Yes, I did just take this picture as I was sitting here typing this.
Actually that doesn't look too bad, at least not from this angle. I guess I'm too hard on myself sometimes. Well anyway.

My grilled cheese sandwich stuck to the pan, which has never happened to me before...maybe it was the pan? Though I'm pretty sure I've used that pan to make grilled cheese Anyway, it made it taste all nasty and tore holes in it. But I'll have you know I ate it anyway. So there.

I didn't babysit this past week because the grandma/mom was in town, and you all know how grandmas are, they love their grandkids enough to babysit so the babysitter doesn't have to. For me this meant not only that I didn't have to wake up before the sun rises over the mountains and brings light and life to the valley, but also that I didn't get my $30 in spending money this week. But my habits didn't change, and the bills came early (or late?) so I have no money (though I did save enough cash to be able to buy a few necessities at the grocery store this coming week, thank goodness for my moderate foresight), and I'm having a craving to make many tasty and delicious things but I can't pay for the ingredients! I am so very, very sad :(
Luckily, Mom's coming to town on Thursday so maybe I can get her to pay for some superfluous groceries if I make tasty things for her to eat!

Madraste? Will you?

P.S. I posted a recipe for cheesecake on my other blog.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Having Fun

You know how kids are lean and scrawny because they run around all the time? (Well, besides those whose parents buy them video game consoles) Well, it's because they're having fun. Remember the days when you didn't want to come inside when you were called in for dinner as the sun was setting on another beautiful day involving running all over the yard and maybe even down the street to the huge open fields? Even if you don't, you can learn something from all of this-- fun is good exercise! Remember my post on the Tumble Gym? I went again last week and woke up sore the next morning, and I don't remember doing anything that wasn't fun, meaning the fun is what made me sore (okay, I'm stretching a bit here, but I'm trying to make a point, mkay?).
The other day Adrien and I discovered this type of "dancing" that, when we tried to learn it, put us out of breath but also made us anxious to try more because it was fun.
In Sweden they did this test to see if they could get more people in the subway/metro/whatever to use the stairs by making them more fun. And it worked! Watch the video:

So getting more exercise doesn't have to be a chore. Find a way to make it more fun. Go to the rock wall place (definitely gets your heart rate up, especially if you're afraid of heights like me), go to the tumble gym, make up challenges like "how many jumping jacks can I do during the course of this song?," or learn a jumpstyle dance! You'll feel a lot better, I can assure you.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Des Livres

So far I have thirteen books left before I reach my goal of reading 50 books this year! I have compiled a list of books that I would like to read next and came up with twelve.
Here, in alphabetical order, with an explanation:

84 Charing Cross Road
by Helene Hanff
-recommended/ in preparation for the London trip this spring

Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
by Steven Callahan
-read a good review/recommendation

The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll
by Alvaro Mutis
-read somewhere one's life would be incomplete until this book had been read

The Big Over Easy
by Jasper Fforde
-I read the beginning of this book ages ago and loved it but had to surrender it to the proper owner before I got very far

by Jose Saramago
-recommended by a friend

by Malcom Gladwell
-recommended by a friend

Founding Brothers
by Joseph J Ellis
-required for my Political Science class

Gideon's Trumpet
by Anthony Lewis
-required for my Political Science class

Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer
-I think this is an interesting story and hope it will be a good read. I know the guy had flaws, but no one is perfect, right?

The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss
-recommended by a friend

Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen
-read a good review/recommendation

The Wild Trees
by Robert Preston
-came across this book a while ago, thought it looked interesting, and haven't had the chance to read it yet

Now here's where you come in. I need a thirteenth book! Recommend something to me! Also, if you see something on my list that you read and didn't like or that you want to read too, or something/anything you might want to comment on, go right ahead. Here's to fifty books!

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Today I went and saw a matinee by myself. I saw White on Rice, a weird independent(?) film that was in town for a while.


Today was the last day it was showing in Provo and I read about it somewhere and went to see it. Everyone was in class or at work like most normal people are at noon on a Thursday, so I went alone. I was actually the only one in the entire theatre. What bothered me was that the movie was playing when I got there. It didn't bother me that it had already started because I was a few minutes late anyway, but since I was the only one in the theatre, that must've meant they were planning to show the film whether or not anyone was there. That bothers me. I'm sure Cinemark is wasting a lot of electricity by playing a film when no one is watching it. Anyway, the movie has moved out of Utah now, so I can't recommend it if you live in the area, but if you don't, check the website and see if it's coming to you. I do recommend seeing it, but only at a matinee. It was a good show and had quite a bit of comedy, but it was just a little too awkward at times. Maybe it's a better show when you have some company or don't have a headache (which I did)...
Anyway, in other news, I randomly found this song and happened to like enough to take the time to download it for free on the band's website (there's a link in the description of the video if you're interested).

Monday, October 5, 2009

Tell Me Something

Why is it that I cannot attend a concert when an interesting band comes to town with fairly good priced tickets? Oh that's right, because it's 21 and up.
And why is it that one of the best scores I've heard is unavailable in sheet music form alone? Here I've found "River Waltz" and "Promenade" from The Painted Veil in a collection, but there's no music just from that particular film. There's still The Hours I suppose, but I really love the music in Painted Veil.

Am I not right?

Saturday, October 3, 2009

New Things

With all my free time, I've decided to branch out in the blogosphere with a new food blog and participation in a fashion (of sorts) blog/project with Megan and Adrien.
Check them out!

Oh and P.S. Happy 60th birthday to Lindsey Buckingham, one of my favorite musicians.

Friday, October 2, 2009


I'm considering making a new blog just for food stuff. But do I really cook or bake often enough to make even a weekly post? Would you read it? Input please.
Also, this is pretty cool: