Monday, August 31, 2009

back to school flashback

Today was the first day of class. I think it's kind of lost its luster after this many years, because I feel like I'm in the swing of things already.

Why is periodicals so busy already?
Why am I so busy already?

I can hardly believe that I am a college junior. The thought elicited a little back to school flashback.

Today, junior.
Lessons learned: getting ready for an 8 am class and having nice hair apparently don't mixed. Also, 8 am business students are intense.
Last year...just chillin and happy to be thereFreshman. Bright eyed and bushy tailed.

Here's to another great semester!

Saturday, August 29, 2009


am I the only one who finds it ridiculous that we have to pay a communications fee and still have crazy slow internet?

I just want to stream Ingrid's new album and watch a few movie trailers. Is that too much to ask?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

on top of it all

This is the SWKT (Spencer W. Kimball Tower...Swicket...the tallest building in Provo)

The other day a dream of mine came true when I finally climbed the flight of stairs past the 13th floor and went on the roof. We went on a tour of campus from the roof of the SWKT. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful view of Utah Valley.

We talked about focus and looking past just the academic part of school to service and ultimately to the temple. It was a great reminder of BYU's focus on education for eternity.

The northwest corner of campus...the Tanner Building, Hinckley Center, and the football stadium in the distance
Looking straight down from the SWKT to the keyhole planters on the JFSB quad and the library across the way

The southwest corner of campus..the JSB, Testing Center, and my home, the Brimhall Building in the middle, hub of BYU's Department of Communications.

Also, today is my mother's birthday.
She is the best lady I know.
Happy Birthday, Mom!
I'm sad I'm not there to celebrate with you, but I hope you have a lovely day!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

steps to moving...again

1. Sort and pack everything from home
2. Load car with packed goods.
3. Drive through 4 states, stopping at Grandma and Grandpa's for a quick visit and a care package.
4. Pray the car makes it
(She did, with no problems! Yay Sally!)
5. Crash at your roommates house for a few days (Thanks, Kylie)
6. Break into your old apartment to get the stuff you left there
7. Move into new apartment, marvel at the Native American couches and weird bed arrangement.
8. Rearrange furniture, make a desperate Wal-Mart trip with the roommates, and start to organize.

Oh boy. Craziness.
But, the new apartment is taking shape and I think it has the potential to be quite lovely. (pictures to come)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

thoughts...a collection

utah is hot.
I really like boating a lot. Especially with my recently-reunited-almost-all-of-them-roommates.
so glad spunky sally made it all the way here.
excited to move into a new apartment on monday!
I love temple dedications, and can't wait to watch one tomorrow.
Harry Potter is just grand.
so are chocolate covered frozen cake balls.
I love my job a lot.
Excited for the new semester
textbooks cost lots of money.
I bought textbooks from one of my favorite professor's wives. She was darling.
I'm loving the idea of my internship, even if it does mean zero free time.
byu football.
I should go to bed.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

it's that time again

Can I just say how glad I am that Staples brought this commercial back?

This is how I feel about back to school (I'm the dad)

Alas, gone are the days of writing my name on each indiviual crayon and organizing subject by colored folders and notebooks. My purchases this year have been two notebooks for a grand total of 20 cents. yay college

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

weasley is our king

For the past few weeks, my world has been Harry Potter. This morning I got up early and postponed a gym trip just to finish the last one. I've read each book 27 times before, but there is just something about reading them all in order. I've spent the whole day thinking about Harry, Ron, and Hermione. They are as good now as they were when I was 11. I literally grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

Confession: In elementary school, before the movies, I dreamed of playing Hermione. It was a major blow when I heard they wanted an all-British cast.

I honestly could talk about good ol' HP all day. They are my favorite books, no matter how often I try to convince myself to choose something more "literary". I just love them. So much. I get so invested in the characters, in their magical world and adventures. Not everything is great, (Cho Chang? Aragog? Really, J.K.?), but I love them all the same.
The Marauder's Map? Romance that takes 7 years to bloom? Splattergoit? QUIDDITCH? Sign me up!

Contrary to populay belief, BYU was my second choice school. Hogwarts was always my first.

And who wouldn't want to be friends with them? I feel like a loyal comrade, putting up with Harry's 15-year-old angst, Hermione's house-elf fetish, and Ron's whole Lavender Brown escapades.

Per tradition, I once again took the intense 122-question personality test to see what House I was in. For the past 2 years, I have unfortunately been a Slytherin. Shocking, I know. This year, I'm a Ravenclaw. Well, its better than HufflepuffOh, and a shout-out to Dumbledore's Army.
Except for Cho, no one ever liked her.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

don't agonize...organize!

a perk of getting ready to move for the third time since April...getting to go through an organize everything I own. again.

tedious, but I quite love it

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

a lake day.

In January, my uncle turned 50. In August, there was a party. It was quite the celebration at my aunt and uncle's lake house this weekend.

My mom and I got there early to help set up, and were in charge of arranging the beer. How very fitting. We took a break to shop with the cousins, then the real party started.

I didn't take any pictures of the guest of honor or the tons of other people that were there, but it seems all my pictures are of Isaac, so here are his adventures at the party.

Isaac and Nana found ducks off the dock. Isaac threw a golf ball at them.
There was a band...
...which led to this fine moment of dancing and Isaac's first rejection when the girl ditched him to swoon over the lead singer.
Isaac enjoyed "flying" with his favorite aunt.
While his parents and Olivia took a paddle-boat ride.
Isaac also loved playing with the neighbor dog Pepper and trying to ride her. Pepper didn't really love it.

Oh, and Dudley Dursley was there.