friday night crafts.

this is what a couple of girlfriends and i decide to do instead of go outside. all you need is some ‘friday night lights’ [read: matt saracen, tim riggins, the taylors], a quick trip to michael’s and delicious ice cream to completely indulge in and not feel bad about one bit.
we did some homework via pinterest and shana saw this cool idea of painting a canvas, taping a pattern on it and then painting it white. it turned out amazing! as for me, i went for the classic decopodge collage with one of my favorite scriptures. i got the frame on sale at michael’s for seven bucks! what up.
d & c 6:36 – look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.

costa vida my heart.

a couple weeks ago i went with some friends to costa vida. some would argue that it is a lesser version of cafe rio. i am not really here to pick sides [cafe rio], but basically this was a way to fill the cafe rio shaped hole in my heart. and it [kind of almost] worked.
fun fact: the owner of this costa vida is lds and let’s the missionaries eat there for free! pretty cool. also, the second we walked in we spotted a family that we just knew were mormon so we started talking to them and they were really nice and loved byu. i love mormon spotting in dallas.
happy costa vida filled faces.

wait what.

so according to facebook and twitter, school is in session. and it is crazy. and i am confused at my feelings. 
do i want to be back in school? do i actually miss it? do i want to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for books? do i want to pretend to be super cool on my first day of classes slash church while i scope out the hotties? do i want to have billions of pages to read for each of my classes? do i want to have to choose between socializing and sleep and school and money and sleep and food and exercising and sleep? do i like the anxiety of studying and taking tests and walking out of the test center, avoiding the blazing glare of the test score screen? do i like these things? do i?!
nope. i don’t.
but i do.
no i don’t.
i kind of do.
i like it because it’s the only way i have lived, the only way i know how to live. i have always been a student, getting through the next four months, the next year, the next four years. i have lived my life in segments, with clear cut deadlines and finish lines. i knew that every january, april, august i would get a fresh start. i would meet new people, make new friends, get a new calling, new classes, new teachers, new schedule, new new new. i had the people i could always count on. i knew smith’s like the back of my hand. i had all my running routes memorized. even though it didn’t feel like it sometimes, i had it all and i had it all figured out.
but. here i am. living on my own in dallas, texas. figuring things out as i go. on my own. one day, one week, one month at a time. i have learned a lot about myself, a lot about life. mostly i’ve learned that some things will take me for ev er to learn and some things i will probably never figure out ever. and that’s ok. being here at this place, at this time in my life is great and i love that i get scared and that i figure things out and that i still get help from my mom and people love me even when i get crazy.
good luck to those going back to school. enjoy it, revel in it. it won’t last forever.
four years ago. my freshman roommates. our very first bonding experience. night games in the rain. huzzah.

unleashing instagram.

getting my tennis on after watching the olympics // fact: golden corral is the worst. [minus the rolls.] [i had three.] [or four.] [i don’t know.]
my friend fed me and i got to eat off this plate and it was wonderful // pb toast and reading in bed
this cute girl could not get enough lip gloss in church // hazmat training brings out my creative side
these chocolate covered berries are my absolute favorite ever. ever. // my first pink berry. i approve.
my mom sent me a care package because she is the best // my last meat slash fast food meal. #innnoutftw
new sparkly shoes. did i mention my mom was the best? // ombre fruit plate for my coworker. delish.
me taking a picture of my prep outfit and posting it on all my profiles. word.

baking time.

one day, i made my first cake ever of my entire life for my coworker’s one year anniversary at the company and it was from a box mix and i added a cup of fage greek yogurt instead of oil and eggs and it turned out pretty amazing and extremely moist and tasty. things i learned from this baking experience:
  1. baking should not be done alone. how am i supposed to lick the extra mix slash frosting off everything all by myself?
  2. adele and t swift are a great idea while baking. great i tell you.
  3. nothing has tested my patience like waiting for a cake to cool so i can frost it.
  4. i am terrible at frosting cakes.
  5. i am very good at cake making. from cake mix. in a box.

chevron win.


yep, i am just going to continue being a terrible blogger by giving a bullet point post right now. sorry i’m not sorry. but i will definitely be catching up with posts in the near future. [promisepromisepromise.]

  • if we don’t all know already, my sister niki is engaged and i could not be more happy or obsessed with her future. i may have cried for half an hour when they told me. it’s fine.
  • this means i will be coming out to utah in october! i am so excited, i honestly think about it all the time. it is going to be party central and crazy times will be had by all.
  • i signed up for a half marathon, also in october. i’m pretty excited since it’s been two years [almost exactly] since my last one. and it’s in downtown dallas. cool!
  • kind of on that note, i decided to give up meat for a while. it’s not that i am against it, it’s kind of the opposite actually. i find myself eating it a lot, especially when i eat out. so i’m just going on a hiatus for an indefinite amount of time. plus it’s new. new things are fun.
  • also going off treats and fast food for a bit. i just figure this will help with the half training.
  • you better believe i pre-ordered the killers’ new album, battle born: deluxe edition. i would rather starve for a week than not have that album as soon as i possibly can. [exaggeration.] [maybe.] [no it’s not.]
  • currently obsessed with: 
    1. joshua radin [on repeat. all. the. time.] 
    2. the office [again.] [jim and pam.] [sigh.]
    3. going to bed before ten
    4. my gasbuddy app [it has definitely saved me time and money searching for the nearest, cheapest gas.]
    5. changing all my profile pictures to the same picture. clean and nice. ah.
welp. that about sums it up. and it is 9:30 and time for bed. my 6 am runs require it. [humble brag. or fishing for compliments? meh.]
also, for those who are concerned for my health and well-being, i have bought myself some sweat resistant bug spray to protect myself from the thirsty and carnivorous mosquitos carrying west nile. fear not! i am prepared. like a boy scout.


figuring out how to balance everyday life and things that just happen to come up is proving difficult. i wonder if it is something that i will ever master. if you know the trick, please share with the class. between working 8 to 5 [which actually means not being home from 7:30 to 6], semi-important to do lists, great intentions to work out, getting enough sleep so i don’t feel like a train hit me the next day, and being somewhat social [just to name a few], i just can’t seem to get a handle on it all.

wo is me.

in the meantime, enjoy this amazing girl who i recently met. she just got back from driving to 48 states in 52 days. no joke. kind of incredible. girl is straight crazy. crazy awesome.


take me out.

last friday after work i went to my first rangers baseball game. and it was so fun!
the second i sat down i knew i was in my happy place. baseball is my favorite sport and i have a plethora of irreplaceable baseball memories, especially when my dad took us to padres games. it is just so relaxing and fun and everyone is happy, even if it is just because they are drunk. plus i get to eat yummy hot dogs and the occasional frozen lemonade. three cheers for america’s favorite pastime!
now i just need to invest in a rangers t shirt and or baseball cap. happy friday everyone!

day of my life.

i thought it might be fun to share a few snapshots of what my day to day life [usually] looks like. i might do some more installments of these since my life is an ever-changing kaleidoscope that brings up experiences and adventures i am surprised with daily. no sarcasm whatsoever.
starting my day off with some chamomile honey tea from my incredibly festive byu cup. forever a cougar.
i don’t have a table so this is my view as i lean against the counter eating my delicious oatmeal breakfast.
my desktop at work. my coworkers think i’m crazy. #hatersgonnahate
i definitely underestimated how much i could use post its. i thought i loved them before… but i knew nothing of post it love.
what it looks like when i leave work. sunlight!
stopped by tom thumb on my way home. please note the 112 degrees. what uppp.
even with the unbelievably high temperature i am wearing a long sleeve cardigan. this because my office is freezing to the point where i warm my hands with freshly printed paper.
i always check the mail before i walk in my apt. yes. that is what my actual mailbox actually looks like.
watched the gym girls completely dominate while i filed some papers. i may have cried. i don’t know. whatever. don’t look at me.
going for a run. still insane amounts of hot. [100 degrees+ at 8:30 pm]
my beautiful bed is all kinds of heavenly and is probably my favorite place in dallas. yeah. i said it.
that is my day. not included: listening to alec baldwin’s podcast on the way to work, leftover chocolate cake i thoroughly savored and enjoyed, my trip to office depot during lunch, my commute home in record time, the hour long conversation i had with anna [second one in two days], the amazing watermelon i ate with dinner. maybe next time.