Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I went home and got Zipsie and then headed back out to my parents' house. We started a fire in the fireplace, which we haven't done for years. Later on, David and I went out to Jen's for a visit and got back to my parents' around 1:30. Then we stayed up talking until about 3. At 5:45 my alarm went off, and I headed back to Jen's so I could watch her kids open their presents from Santa. I've never had the chance to do that before, and it abosolutely made my Christmas. They were so excited and grateful. No one can capture the spirit of Christmas like a child, let alone 5 of my favorite kids in the whole world.
The rest of my day included talking to Matt, exchanging sibling gifts (ADORABLE owl pillows, beautiful black purse, and my new-favorite 2 pair of shoes from Jenny), a humbling and underserved gift from my parents in the form of a Kindle, taking a nap with Zipsie, and visiting Adiel for the first time since she got into town. It was a really fantastic day.
How was your Christmas? Did you enjoy any long-standing traditions or start new ones? Whatever you did and wherever you were, I hope you had a magical Christmas.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Wendell--I was named after a guy named Wendell Williams
Wend--It's just a shortened version of my name
Wen--It's an even shorter version
Pup--An odd nickname that just developed between Jess and me
Puppy--A lengthened version of the above nickname
IHT--Once upon a time my hair was the same color as Adiel's, making us Identical Hair Twins
Wendy 4.0--I used to be a good student and Adiel still occasionally finds it appropriate to harass me for being the teacher's pet that I was.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
1. Hideaway - Rock Kills Kid
2. My Baby - Britney Spears
3. Wake Up America - Miley Cyrus
4. Evacuate - The Boxer Rebellion
5. Ignorance - Paramore
6. Everglow - Mae
7. You Told Me You Loved Me - Cinematic Sunrise
8. Viva La Vida - Coldplay
9. Talk You Down - The Script
10. Miserable at Best - Mayday Parade
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I watched an episode of Criminal Minds last night, and a brief interchange at the end of the show made me think of you. Agent Rossi is talking to Agent Seaver about her dad. Seaver says, "It feels like he's winning if I don't hate him." And Rossi replies something like, "There is no winning. Just living and moving forward." Anyone reading this that knows who you are would agree: it's far past time for me to move forward. And I'm trying. In a round-about way, you're the reason I work so hard to make a name for myself at my job and the reason I did so well on the LSAT. I put my dreams on hold long enough for you, and it's been liberating to remember my potential and what I want to do with my life.
So, thanks for breaking me. I know it's taken a pathetically long time to create, but I like the replacement version of myself much better.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
There are a couple of important things in this picture. First and foremost, my dad. I went looking for a picture of him alone to satisfy the requirements of this post, but then decided to add to my answer when I came across this picture. My dad has been the most influential person in my life. Maybe he wouldn't like to hear that, because I always feel like I fall so short of the example he has set for me in many different areas, but I really do strive to be like him. He is an example of everything good. Smart, funny, caring, giving, spiritual, hard-working, and the list goes on...So many things that I wish I were, but I'm not. Those of you who know my dad will agree--He's simply amazing.
Next, my sister, Jen. I love and admire all of my sisters, and I think Ashley and Jessica would both agree with me that there is something especially amazing about Jenny. (Plus, she's in the picture and Ashley and Jess aren't, so they can't be mad that I'm spotlighting her :) I admire her so fully. I can't think of something I "don't like" about Jen. When I'm a mom, I want to be the mom that she is. If I ever decide to cook, I want to be the cook that she is. I want to have her thirst for knowledge, her desire to try new things, her acute sensitivity to others, her ability to recognize each of her children for their individual strengths and weaknesses, her natural ease at working movie quotes into conversations, her supportive personality, her money-saving skills, her passion for everything important to her, and her excessive use of the word, "absolutely." :)
Finally, you can see the field behind us. This picture was taken at a BYU football game. I would be lying if I said BYU hadn't shaped and influenced me, but I actually care more about the larger umbrella under which BYU falls--The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I've allowed myself to become a bit apathetic about things Church-related lately. Don't worry; this isn't going to turn into a confessional. It's just good to have a reminder that hating my singles ward isn't a good excuse to allow myself to forget what I really believe in and why. I'm grateful for the way I was brought up and know I need to do better to stand as an example of what I know.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I firmly believe that eyeliner is a gift straight from God. I think everyone should wear it; it makes everyone look better (as is evidenced by Johnny Depp in Pirates)
I still miss my white ‘92 Honda Civic all the time. It died Summer of '09
Misuse of apostrophes is quite possibly my biggest pet peeve
My left thumb is significantly shorter than my right
I absolutely love adverbs
I have a Cocker Spaniel-Pomeranian mix named Zipsie that turned one today
I love to play Roulette. I always place money on 3, 8, 18, or a multiple
I don’t cook and I have no desire to start
I have 24 journals
I will always be a BYU fan
I've lived in Utah for 23 of my 24 years and never skied
I love driving
The thought of injustice makes me physically ill
Day 01 - A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
Day 02 - The meaning behind your Blog name
Day 03 - A picture of you and your friends
Day 04 - A habit that you wish you didn't have
Day 05 - A picture of somewhere you’ve been
Day 06 - Favorite super hero and why
Day 07 - A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 08 - Short term goals for this month and why
Day 09 - Something you’re proud of in the past few days
Day 10 - Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad
Day 11 - Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12 - How you found out about blogs and why you made one
Day 13 - A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Day 14 - A picture of you and your family
Day 15 - Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 16 - Another picture of yourself
Day 17 - Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Day 18 - Plans/dreams/goals you have
Day 19 - Nicknames you have; why do you have them
Day 20 - Someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future
Day 21 - A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 22 - What makes you different from everyone else
Day 23 - Something you crave for a lot
Day 24 - A letter to your parents
Day 25 - What I would find in your bag
Day 26 - What you think about your friends
Day 27 - Why are you doing this 30 day challenge
Day 28 - A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29 - In this past month, what have you learned
Day 30 - Who are you?
I'm going to give it a whirl! I understand I'm not that interesting, and if you don't care to hear from me for a month straight, just tune out for awhile :) You can catch up on January 8th...which is a day I fully approve of for catching up with Wendy!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Btw, I love Josh Groban's new cd, Illuminations. (And do you want to know something? I forgot the name of the album and just did a quick google search to come up with it. See, that's what you can do when you have the internet in your apartment.)
I promise not to do these ridiculous blog entries all the time, but you might have to deal with them every once in awhile. I'm just excited to be online, after nearly two years in my apartment.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Last night we got a TON of snow. A good old-fashioned Utah winter. This morning, you would have thought I had a completely different dog. She charged right into the snow to do her business, started galloping around (yes, galloping), and then began digging tunnels. I finally had to drag her inside to avoid being late to work.
At least one of us is excited about the snow.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Jen and I went to Greg Wrubell and Johnny Harline's book signing at the Macey's in West Jordan, Saturday morning. It was fun to meet Harline and Wrubell and even more fun to see Jen's starstruck reaction when talking to Wrubell about his "best call ever" (referring to the subject of the book, of course--Johnny Harline's game-winning catch in the 2006 chapter of the Rivalry). We were also able to grab some game treats in appropriate colors. Lots of fun!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I hope you enjoyed a relaxing holiday with your family. We all have so much to be thankful for, and this time of year brings so many great reminders to express that gratitude. Like so many people, I'm grateful for a loving family and accepting friends. I'm lucky to have a steady job, a roof over my head, and shoes on my feet.
But additionally, I'm grateful for hot chocolate from co-workers, rivalry jokes, a puppy that eats couch cushions for breakfast but licks my face when I cry, Veronica Mars, cardigans, 'N Sync's Home for Christmas CD, multi-colored pens, the Jazz, purses, Twitter, parents' extra cars, online shopping, Jenny's pumpkin rolls, a family whose conversations are comprised of movie quotes, my health insurance, books, Adiel being home, eyeliner, a mechanic I trust, and sweatpants...just to name a few.
Monday, November 22, 2010
As we headed out of town, the snow started coming down. We decided to spend the night in Park City rather than continue down the mountain. Even though it's dark, this is the view from our hotel room just minutes after we checked in:
And I can't really believe I'm saying this, but I'm glad it snowed. :)
1. My "new" job at work continues to go well. I'm continually getting new duties assigned to my position, which I really like. I enjoy being the one to pick up odd jobs that need done.
2. On October 9th I took the LSAT (again). Last time I took it, in October of 2008, I got a 158. That's not a terrible score, but it's not good enough to get me into law school. So I took it again, this time cracking open a few prep books the week before the test. Despite my efforts, I felt like the test went horribly.
3. Also on October 9th, my family went to the BYU homecoming game against SDSU. The Utah fans behaved themselves, and we had a great time. The win helped :)
4. On October 28th, Dad, David, and I left for Pennsylvania. We had a great time visiting relatives and watching JoePa get his 399th win against Michigan. It was an incredible experience and a great weekend.
5. October 29 brought a pleasant surprise in the form of my LSAT score. I miraculously did much better than I expected. I'm now in the process of applying wherever I think I might have a shot of getting in.
6. November 5 I attended the Mae concert at Avalon Theater. For those of you who don't know, Mae's my favorite band, and this happens to be their farewell tour. I was feeling melancholy prior to the show, knowing it was the last concert. But it ended up being an incredible night. They played for two hours, including a thirty-minute encore. Probably the best concert I've ever been to.
7. I attended my nephew's closing night of Once Upon a Mattress on November 8. I sometimes feel old when I look at my nieces and nephews growing up. But having a nephew play the lead role in a junior high musical is too much. I swear just yesterday I was dancing in Joseph with Jess and Adiel. Regardless, my nephew did such a great job, and I had so much fun seeing him perform.
8. Kate and I are finally getting internet. Through some issues we had with Comcast, they decided to comp our DVR service. So we're going to put the money we save monthly on that toward internet service. The equipment came this last weekend. Now I just have to set it up.
9. I'm going back to school. Not law school, either. Turns out, I was confused on a few course requirements at BYU, and so after two and a half years I'm going back to Provo to finish my degree for real. Classes start January 4. Yikes.
10. It's my favorite week of the year...RIVALRY WEEK! Send me your best jokes (whether you're a BYU or Utah fan--I appreciate them both) and LET'S GO COUGS!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
ksl.com - Woman killed in rollover accident
I don't think of girls my age as "women," but we are.
I don't know anyone close to me that has died, but I will.
I don't know how to express love and concern for a family of a girl I knew 10 years ago, but I want to.
I don't want to get older, when it's even more common to hear that a former classmate has passed on, but it's happening.
I don't know what to say when my best friend calls, heartbroken over the news, but I try.
I don't feel right saying I'm in mourning when I haven't seen someone for at least 6 years, but it's true.
I remember Chelsie Hill as a nice, smiling girl that was friends with all of my friends. When I think of her, I see her in a class officer polo shirt from our 9th grade year in junior high. I try and recall specific conversations or classes we had together, and I come up short. Her death is so sad. But when I'm being completely honest, it's clear that we were little more than acquaintances.
So why am I so upset? Why have I been on the verge of tears since hearing the news? Why can't I concentrate on any of my work?
She has friends and family feeling this loss so acutely, and I wonder why I feel like this is somehow my loss, too.
Maybe it's textbook empathy. Maybe I'm saddened over the fact that I never knew her better. Maybe it's scary to realize how fragile life is.
Or maybe it comes down to the simple fact that the death of anyone so young, with so much life left to look forward to, is nothing less than tragic.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
What I don't understand is 1) How people can be so ignorant as to believe something like this in an email forward. And 2) Why dislike of a political figure's policies or ideologies automatically translates into criticism on all fronts.
In case you're wondering, our beautiful First Lady actually wore the dress seen below:
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Prentiss: He might need our help.
Garcia: He didn't ask anyone for help.
Prentiss: Penelope, Rossi is a guy who color codes his handwritten notes in his notebooks: blue pen for evidentiary items, red pen for supposition and theory. The guy is a fussy, anal-retentive neat-freak who never leaves anything out of its place. (pointing to the mess in Rossi's office) I would say this is a scream for help.
I would never be described as fussy, anal-retentive, or a neat-freak. But, isn't this normal?
That's my monthly report. When I finish a case, I cross it out. That's normal, right? That's how I keep track of where I am in the 60 pages. But apparently, people think the colors are weird. I think they make sense. I can look at this picture and easily tell you the bottom case got set up for tracking. The one above I did nothing with because it was current. The one above that I emailed the Judge's clerk with a question about.
On my work calendar, I see dates circled in different colors. Fuschia: I'm covering the front counter. Purple: I'm covering Protective Orders. Orange: I have the dates scheduled off.
I still identify very strongly with the color blue, because that was my color on our family calendar growing up. When I think of Jen, I see green. Ashley, purple. Jessica, pink.
Are you telling me this isn't normal? And if it's not, I'd love to know--how on earth do people organize without color coding? Weirdos.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Another difference is that since we're on the top floor by the roof, some of our walls are pitched. It's made decorating interesting. Plus, Kate and I don't spend a lot of time at home. But it seems like any time one of us has a day off work or something, the apartment becomes a little more lively.
Last Monday, I did some Labor Day shopping with my sisters. Every time I'm at Ross I look at their gigantic wall hangings, because I think they're awesome. This time, I came across this:
Kate's an Audrey Hepburn fan (probably because they look like twins). I immediately thought of her, and it was a good price, so I bought it.
Then, on Wednesday I was sick, so it got hung up. Here's the wall from the other side. Sorry for the messy table:
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I don't understand all the hype over this book. I guessed the ending on page 98. I fell asleep reading it until I got past page 200. And it once again got boring in the final ONE HUNDRED pages it took to wrap everything up. It was good, but not nearly as great as everyone has made it out to be.
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Friday, September 3, 2010
"When they're young puppies, you may get away with an average rope or squeaky toy, but beware.... soon you'll be finding disemboweled duckies and shredded rope all over your living room.
Apart from being a nightmare to clean up, this kind of destruction can be dangerous to Fido, who will probably attempt to eat as much of the ruined toy as possible."
I feel like this is all I deal with lately. Zipsie destroyed 4 big stuffed toys this month, two of them being in the last 6 days. And when I say destroy, I mean DESTROY. Stuffing, fur, and squeakers all over the place. My wonderful roommate spent this weekend totally cleaning the apartment, vacuuming the couch, floor, chair. Everything looked pristine...for about four minutes. That's the amount of time it took Zipsie to tear off a rhinoceros's leg and pull the stuffing out.
Now as I mentioned, I really connected with part of that article I included above. But I feel the need to point out that this article was written by the owner of a Rottweiler and an Italian Mastiff. Have you seen my dog? She is neither. She can still fit on my lap. Her teeth don't even hurt when she catches my hand when we're playing.
Anyway, I just don't know what toys to give her anymore. And don't suggest more exercise. The rhino leg incident I told you about immediately proceeded a 2 1/2 mile walk.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Perhaps the most amazing thing I saw here is the Star Spangled Banner...the actual flag which inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that would become our National Anthem. This exhibit is one in which you can't take pictures, so the pictures below are taken from the exhibit's blog. I can't accurately describe the feeling I had here.
As you enter the exhibit, the outside wall is filled with information about Francis Scott Key and the events leading up to that fateful battle. Then as you round the exhibit you see on your left a glass room, with this giant flag laid out. Behind the flag, on the wall, are projected the words to the first verse of the Star Spangled Banner. Seeing those words behind the actual banner talked about in them filled me with a sense of patriotism that is beyond explanation. As much as I loved my Lincoln Day, I would recommend this exhibit to anyone going to D.C.
Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand
We started off the day at the National Archives. We tried to reserve tickets online, but there were none available. So we were pretty nervous about what the lines were going to look like. When we got to the Archives, the line was pretty long, but since it was moving quickly we thought we'd be fine. The biggest concern we had was Samantha. Sitting too long without moving in the 100-degree sun they have here can be a bit much. We were in before too long, and moved through security quicky.
We were waiting right off the elevators because the crowd waiting for the rotunda was huge when an Archives worker walked up to Ashley and said, "Have you already been to the rotunda?" Ashley said, "No, that's what we're waiting for." And the worker asked, "Would you like me to take you in a back entrance so you don't have to deal with any more stairs?" Oh the perks of having a baby in a stroller...She walked us right up and in this gate that led directly into the rotunda where the Charters of Freedom are displayed. We didn't have to wait in line at all (and it was a line that probably would have taken us an hour to wait through). It was AWESOME. So I got to see the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Then I went to the gift shop where I spent as much money as I've spent the rest of my trip here :) Oh well. It was worth it.
Monday, July 5, 2010
I'm only going to explain a few pictures. The rest should be self-explanatory.
That feeling of connection only grew as we ventured out to the Lincoln Monument