I am in a situation.
My ward "closing social" is on Dec. 10th. It should be awesome. Food, slideshow, possibly my room-mates and I sharing a special talent on stage (we still need to ask).

Now rewind to yesterday, my boss decides that we will have our work Christmas party on the 10th. Oh no, what is a girl to do? I have been brainstorming this party with my boss since probably July. I love love love all my co-workers and have been really wanting to meet all their significant others.

Both events start at the same time. I see people in my ward all the time and I see people at work quite often as well. But I have reduced my hours, meaning I see them less. While I stew about it-- I will keep singing this lovely song by Brandi Carlile.

And I discovered a new band! Well I didn't really bring them fame or anything, but I really love them. SJ and I decided they are a nice blend between folk and electronica and harmony time. Take a listen, if you would like.

For the record: the song is called "fall into love" but I am in a marriage prep class right now and I have learned a great deal. I just want to say that I do know that there is no such thing as "falling in love." It is a decision, it is not something that just happens to you and you have to go with it. You do have control. So even though I like the song, I do not approve their message. Thank your ladies and gentleman.

If you enjoyed it, here is another. If not, so sad for you.


Another Job

So yesterday I saw a friend from high school who is pregnant. She gave me a little update and then she said," So are you still going to school?"
I said, "Yeah I'm studying graphic design and then I graduate in April."
Then she said, "Ok so is anything else going on?"
I kind of laughed to myself but I didn't understand exactly what she was asking.Llike if she wanted to know if I was dating someone or engaged or something or maybe she had heard about Robert and I or something.
But I just said uh, no and we wrapped it up.

It is very interesting to answer people's questions based on how they know you or how often you talk. I wasn't going to start saying well yeah there is a lot going on: I just got hired as the designer for the Education in Zion gallery in the Joseph Smith building and I just won the HRS Christmas Card competition and one of my dearest friends has her mission farewell this week and I am making graduation adventure plans and I am throwing 2 bridal showers in the next 2 weeks and I just did a deep clean of my room and I made a delicious spinach and shrimp pasta last week and my roommates are absolutely wonderful and I love my ward and I am Relief Society president so I have several interviews to complete this week and my marriage prep class has been the most educational class I have taken at BYU and I love to go in and talk to my professor about why the world behaves as it does and I am writing a research paper about vintage aprons, scarves, and tablecloths that were created between the 1930s and 1960s and I am working on coding my portfolio website and I just got home from Boston with my sisters and I get to go to St.George for Thanksgiving and I just got some new grey zuriick shoes and I am absolutely loving them and I just finished studying for my organization behavior test and I am creating some wedding announcements for a friend in my ward and I just discovered some new music that is rocking my world.

Anyway, I didn't say all that but I am loving this last year of my BYU life. I saw some friends from freshman year the other day and as I walked away, I thought of how different I am right now than I was when I shared a bathroom with those girls. College has been good.
As I look toward graduation, I have already been making plans about which people I am going to meet outside of the Marriott Center to take a photo with in our caps and gowns.

Oh and family you might want to be prepared for a photo shoot because there are all these random place on campus that I love and as I have been walking around, I keep thinking- oh let's take a photo there with me in my cap and gown, oh and that tree I just love that tree, we'll need a photo there for sure.

I have also been more sentimental about the college experience because I am in an art exhibition about women and education and why it is important for women, particularly in the Church, to be educated. If you have any interest, come to the opening reception! It is called "After Eve" next Thursday, Nov. 18th and it will be at the Education in Zion Gallery in the Joseph Smith Building at 7:30, on BYU campus of course.



Many semesters ago when I was in my advertising class, our TA would show us the great examples. I am now wishing I could remember all of them but I did remember one of them this week and have been showing it to everyone I can.

This is another one I really love.

For FHE the other night, we had a YouTube night and everyone got to show a video. Well that was the plan, but we didn't get through everyone. I kept saying, "I have a video I want to share but it's not funny- it is just really beautiful." I probably said that exact like 5 times because I wanted to show it and I knew people would love it but I didn't want to be too domineering ya know? So once everyone left I turned to my room mates and said, "Ok I am showing you this video whether you like it or not." Success, but not enough. So I show you now: (Background- this was actually Melissa's favorite video first. She showed it to me in her apartment right after she got married when I was in my senior year of high school. Full credit goes to her and Aaron.)

Last but not least. Maddie introduced me to this a couple weeks ago. They are tap dancers and they do this to prepare before they actually do the moves with their feet. Truly inspiring.