Friday, December 31, 2010

december. the last one.

* my history class * the beach boys christmas album * Pride and Prejudice * Michael Jackson Just Dance * How the Grinch Stole Christmas * good books * Sufjan Stevens * weird KPGR traditions * when my bangs are the perfect length * 2:15 pm on a friday * gingerbread cookies * orange juice * texting Ky * Kirsten * milk * good hot chocolate * Christmas Break * dance party music * sugar cookies * nerds (the candy kind) * playing in the snow * the new house smell * the nutcracker * Christmas eve * Christmas * Jesus * green gumdrops * new ukulele * my kitty cat * Tangled * Mr. Knightley *

I did it! I wrote down something I love or that makes me happy every single day of 2010! What a feat.

All 365 things are here. (in case you have 10 minutes you are trying to kill and/or want to learn a lot about me)

twenty ten

Since everyone else in the whole blogosphere is summing up 2010, I guess I will too. In my family, we fill out "personal summaries" at the end of the year, so here is mine:

What I have been doing this year at home, church, work, and/or school:
Junior/Senior at PG. Early morning seminary president Junior year. KPGR radio president senior year. Varsity golf, 30 on the ACT, cello. Laurels first counselor. Keeping a comfortably messy room. Making plenty of videos. Blogging.

Vacations I went on: Las Vegas, Salt Lake City for orchestra tour (ha! doesn't really count), Cedar City, St. George, Fish Lake, Fort Lauderdale Florida, Orlando Florida - Universal Studios Harry Potter World!

Favorite books and movies this year:
Books: Harry Potter (always), Life of Pi, Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Movies: Inception, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter 7 pt 1, Iron Man 2, 500 Days of Summer, Tangled. also, I started watching Chuck, which is the greatest.

The best thing about this year was:
Harry Potter World! Aaah, that was unreal. The whole Florida vacation was the best. HP7 premiere. Starting to actually be good at golf. Being a senior=little or no homework.

The worst thing about this year was:
applying for college, AP calculus, not passing any AP tests, not winning the UCCU short film competition, bronchitis, taking the ACT a million times

Accomplishments, achievements, awards, new interests or hobbies:
Finally getting a good ACT score. Finally finishing online Financial Literacy.
Took a picture almost every day of summer vacation. Wrote down what made me happy every single day of the year.
Started playing the ukulele. Fell in love with Food Network.

New Years Resolution for 2011:
Make more videos. Graduate. Learn to cook things.


Bring on 2011. It sounds promising.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

i do a lot of posts like this.

I hope the man I'm going to marry likes to play monopoly.
And is good at it, so he poses a real threat.

Tom Hardy, who plays Eames in Inception, is really handsome and has a hot accent.
(it's so cliche to love men with accents. oh well. swoon).
Aaand, he was the second choice to play Mr. Darcy, right behind Matthew MacFadyen.
He would have been phenomenal.


I feel like I'm ready to be done with high school,
but I don't feel ready to go on to college yet.
I need a year off.


I'm not sure why I'm so amused by this...
Have you seen Julie & Julia?
Some guy named Lawrence is watching that movie every day for a year and blogging about it.
Ha!
Here it is.


I just listened to Total Eclipse of the Heart about 8 times in a row.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

MASH

This is my husband, Zachary Levi. He's a surgeon.
I'm a TV/film editor. It's a great job, and it allows me to be home with our 3 kids.
We went on our honeymoon to France. It was lovely.
We ride Razor scooters everywhere. Very eco-friendly.

We live in Virginia. This is our house. It's from the colonial era, but we've restored it.
And last but not least, this is our puppy.
We named him Chuck.
Thank you, MASH, for giving me a perfect life.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

playing with a new app at in-n-out






I realized that I rarely post pictures of myself.. oops.
Well, that's what I look like.
My teeth are larger than average and those highlights are all natural.

And I think I should change that new profile picture.
It was brought to my attention that I look like a myspace floosie. Niice.

Monday, December 27, 2010

in real life

What is it? Is it frustrating that you can't be with this person? That there's something keeping you apart? That there's something about this person that you really connect with? And whenever you're near this person, you don't know what to say, and you say everything that's in your mind and in your heart, and you know that if you could just be together, this person would help you become the best possible version of yourself?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

a little bit funny

You know Open Arms by Journey? Great song.
Try replacing the word "open" with "broken."


So now I come to you with broken arms,
Nothing to hide, believe what I say.
So here I am with broken arms,
Hoping you'll see what your love means to me.
Broken arms.


Bahaha. Imagining that in my mind is so much better now.

Friday, December 24, 2010

"the big jolly day"

Merry Christmas!

sisters + me visiting santa last year.
i think he's talking directly to me in the photo,
that's why i'm not facing the camera.
he's nice, but scary.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

winter kid

Does it seem like people that are born in the winter seem to enjoy winter more? Whilst kids born in the summer seem to prefer that warmer time of year?

It's a weird hypothesis. Here is why I think this:

I am a January baby. I love winter. I look better and am more comfortable when I'm bundled up in a sweater and boots than I do in a sundress. Actually, I don't wear sundresses, but this is probably why. My sister Kirsten is also a December baby, and she looks really cute while she skis, etc.

My sister Kylie, on the other hand, was born in June. She doesn't look so good on the slopes (her words, not mine). But put her and my mom (also June) on the beach, and they are totally in their element.

Maybe this is a weird coincidence in my family. Maybe it's really true.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

please toby, it's christmas

tree

Isn't this tree in our yard so cute?
I've always liked it.
And I especially like how it looks with snow on the branches.
One year I want to get a real Christmas tree.
It'll probably have to be when I have a house of my own.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

double-feature
























I'll be watching these tonight.
I love Christmas Break!

the other night

I had a dream I was in a big room with little or no gravity.
I was doing flips and swimming through the air and having the time of my life.
It was one of the coolest dreams I have ever had.
I think it could have been my mind preparing to watch this again...
Love that movie.
And anti-gravity dreams.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

favorite things today

Christmas lights everywhere! I actually keep them up in my room all year.
realsimple


This picture. Julie Andrews is my favorite, and everyone loves Audrey.


And the new Pirates trailer! I had a huge grin on my face while I watched it.

Friday, December 17, 2010

dad?

Here's our newest creation.



here is the other one.


weasley is my king


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

anything is possible if you just believe

Texting
December 13th

Kylie: Watching "He's Just Not That Into You."
Jessie: Good one. I'd take Ben Affleck every day of the week.
Kylie: For real. But he loves Jennifer Garner for real. But I do NOT like Scarlett. AT ALL.
Jessie: She is ruining everyone's lives. Including Ryan's probably. Ryan should have been dating Rachel McAdams. They're both Canadian.
Kylie: They would be the most attractive couple of all time.

...about 8 hours later...

What? That's right. Called it.
Kylie and I have been plotting to break Ryan and Scarlett up for quite some time now. A direct quote actually:
"I am willing to destroy their marriage." - Kylie

This just goes to show that anything can happen if you wish it hard enough.

This also goes to show that Kylie and I need to stop calling celebrities by their first names. And that maybe we should sort out our priorities.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

big kurst

This is my little sister.
Her name Kirsten Tara.
We're 23 months apart.
She's my best friend.
And it's her 16th birthday.

To celebrate her 16 years, I asked her 16 questions. She's pretty funny. Enjoy.


Q: If you could live in any foreign country for a year, which would you choose?
A: Hh, I really don't know. France. or Greece.

Q: What is your favorite kind of wood?
A: Oooh. Ash. I don't really know what it looks like, but that's what my wand would be made of. I hope it's pretty.

Q: Snog, date, dump: Voldemort, Wormtail, and Igor Karkaroff?
A: I couldn't snog Karkaroff, cuz his teeth are from the other side... (?) Snog Voldemort, and date Wormtail. Dump Karkaroff.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: Optometrist. And a mother.

Q: What are your top three favorite musical artists?
A: There are a lot. But at the current time, I'd say Regina and Coldplay and The Killers.

Q: If you could pick any fictional character to marry, who would you choose?
A: Captain Awesome from Chuck.

Q: If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be?
A:
1) That the wizarding world was real and that I was at Hogwarts as a student.
2) That I could have a really good singing voice.
3) And probably that I could find the perfect man for me and go to the celestial kingdom with him. I guess that should be #1...

Q: Who/what is your inspiration?
A: Jesus. It's true. Other than that? Mom... and... yeah.

Q: What are you afraid of?
A: Creepy priests, like the one in hunchback. And suffocating. Like being locked in a room while the oxygen level drops to zero, or like quicksand. But if I saw a boggart I don't know what it would turn into. It would probably just surround with me those creepy statues like in the graveyard on Phantom of the Opera. Oh! and I'm really afraid of the KKK. That would actually probably be the boggart.

Q: What is your idea of the perfect date?
A: Finger foods that aren't hard to eat. Something fun like the zoo, where you don't have to entertain yourselves. So like the zoo or a museum or mini golf.

Q: If you could only choose 4 TV shows to watch for the rest of your life, which would they be?
A: Chuck, Modern Family, Iron Chef America, The Office.

Q: What is your favorite article of clothing?
A: My red boots and my Kirsten necklace.

Q: What is your quest?
A: Uh.. to... succeed? Oh! To find the holy grail.

Q: If you weren't named Kirsten, what would you want your name to be?
A: probably just Kirsten, but spelled Kjerstin.

Q: So, your husband. Whose voice would you want him to have? (poorly constructed sentence..)
A: Alan a Dale (Joe Armstrong). I just love his voice. And I was thinking if my ipod had a voice, I would want it to be his.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish as a 16 year old?
A: I want to try crab and like it, and I want to be able to lift 50 lbs over my head (?), and I want to paint my room.

Happy Birthday Kirsten! You so cool.

Monday, December 13, 2010

tiger?

In my Popular Literature class, we had an assignment about our "inner animal."
Inner animal? That is basically a patronus, right? Yes.
So, for the assignment, we had to take the "animal in you" test.

Remember how I thought my patronus was a tiger?
Well the result I got from the test was

a prairie dog.

That is kind of a lame patronus if you ask me. So I'll be sticking with a tiger.
Harry could choose to be in Gryffindor, so I'm choosing my own patronus.

But you can take the test here, if you like. Knock yourself out. It's kind of cool, and maybe you'll actually like the animal you get.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

bane. but not the centaur.

one of my favorite phrases to use:
"______ is the bane of my existence."

but i don't really have too many opportunities to use it.

i can say that public bathrooms and calculus and dishonest people and the smell of bleach and wet socks are the bane of my existence,
but that is pretty much it.

i wish it was a positive phrase is all.
i could use it more often.



what is the bane of your existence?

Friday, December 10, 2010

it's time

for gingerbread houses.
or in my family: cardboard houses with frosting and candy on them.

this year's edition
hogwarts. built by me. decorated by everyone else. (click to enlarge. do it. i went into detail)
we even made a cute little dumbledore outfit for our santa.

harry potter is a pretty big deal at our house.



Thursday, December 9, 2010

the new one is much better



always funny.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

only wednesday

things i used to despise, that i now love:
mustard
almond joys

it felt like friday today.

kaity: "my class is so bad. we're on probation."
kirsten: "what does that mean?"
kaity: "it means we don't get to go to recess or have any parties."
kirsten: "... so it's like high school."
in december, drinking horchata.
it's that time.
what is horchata anyway?
life is like riding a bicycle.
to keep your balance, you must keep moving.
-albert einstein
have a good day dudes.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

brought to you by the letter B


Today I like:

Cranberry Orange Bread from Kneaders
The Boys are Back in Town by Thin Lizzy (love it. i know every word)
eating Brown sugar out of the bag with a spoon
The Beach Boys Christmas Album
my Bed (but not when i have to get out of it)
Bingley and Jane

Monday, December 6, 2010

All my friends,


I've returned to Sister Winter.

oh, sufjan. you are awesome.



p.s. one of those kids is my grandpa.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

thanks photo booth






because no one was home to take a picture of me in my preference dress.
it's fine.

Friday, December 3, 2010

tight.

this is the tag of my sister's jacket.
how funny is that. i love it.

main problems

i rush things. i eat fast, i walk fast, i read fast, i write fast. i don't know if i've done this my whole life, or if i'm just now realizing it. i need to learn how to slow down. i don't always need to be in a hurry.

also, i sigh a lot. i don't know how long i've been doing this either. i sigh when i'm happy, sad, tired, confused, excited, hungry, just sitting there, you name it. i don't know why.

weeeird stuff.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

here's what i'd like for christmas

1. this movie + soundtrack
2. panini griller thing
3. zachary levi. ahhh.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

ha. ha. ha.



my mom took the time to cut this out and give it to me.
i wonder what on earth she could be trying to tell me...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

november.

* symphony bars * Joseph Gordon-Levitt * good leftovers * Tom Hanks * babes night * leaf showers * Coldplay * when the windshield wipers are wiping to the beat of your music * getting a 30 on the ACT * taking a video rest after school * cheesy potatoes * Jimmer * dancing like crazy at Sadie's * when the same song is on two different radio stations at the exact same time * french toast * when it's finally bedtime * Les Miserables * Harry Potter * Gob * jamba juice * turkey * scarves * sweaters * thanksgiving break * fruit leathers * double chocolate cookies * Will Smith * christmas trees * daydreaming about places I'll visit/live one day * Seth and Ammon and their hilarious radio show *

Monday, November 29, 2010

lav-lav

This was me right before going to see Harry Potter.
I was Lavender Brown.
I feel a connection with that actress;
her name is Jessie
and she snogged Rupert.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

name it.

.You know, sometimes I wonder...
.What?
.Well... if I hadn't been Fox Books and you hadn't been The Shop Around the Corner, and you and I had just, well... met...
.I know.
.Yeah.
I would have asked for your number, and I wouldn't have been able to wait twenty-four hours before calling you and saying, "Hey, how about... oh, how about some coffee or, you know, drinks or dinner or a movie... for as long as we both shall live?"


so cute.

Friday, November 26, 2010

reasons why i love thanksgiving break

staying in pajamas all day
beatles rock band
arrested development and modern family
delicious food
sleeping till 11
hanging out with my family
sudoku
christmas music

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

thanksgiving eve



The other night I was laying in my bed all ready to go to sleep, except my light was still on. I thought to myself, hhh I wish I had one of those clapper lights so I didn't have to get up to go turn my light off.
Then I thought, whoa whoa whoa stop.
Some people in the world don't even have electricity, let alone a nice house, or their own room, or a cozy bed.
I have so much, and I didn't really have to do anything to get it; I just had to be born. It's kind of overwhelming to think about how much I really have.
And I'm so thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 22, 2010

random

every time i want to cut all my hair off,
i think about how much i love side braids.
that is all.
a cup of jo

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

perfect.

It was perfect perfect perfect.
I have a really hard time finding the right words to describe how I feel about this.
I love Harry Potter so much. I feel this deep emotional connection with all the characters and the whole wizarding world. I love it.

The movie was everything it was supposed to be and more.
Ahhh.

they say the nile used to run from east to west

have you heard?
the killers are releasing a christmas single on november 30th!
i'm so excited. love them.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Picture your self in a boat on a river


Thank goodness we can buy these guys on iTunes now.
And Beatles Rock Band is fun. I always forget how much I love it.


You know what else is fun? Robot Unicorn Attack.
Yeah, I know how that sounds. I had my doubts at first too.
Go ahead, play a round. ...or two or three.

This is cool. The beard suits him, I think.


And since I'm in love with love:
They're lovely.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

today.

Sometimes when i have a runny nose, i stick tissues in my nostrils so I don't have to sniff. But only when I'm alone, since that isn't really acceptable.

Sometimes the guy at Gandolfo's throws my sandwich at me while I'm not looking. And sometimes my teacher tells the whole class that I have polio. I don't.

And sometimes I learn in seminary that we have colors for the sole purpose of making us happy. I like that.

Monday, November 15, 2010

thanks

for books.
for clear skin.
for my dad's employment.
for milk.
for sisters.
for medicine.
for the gospel.
for this pretty place I live in.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

hp is on the brain

"Look familiar? We are filming here today. This is the actual place. No butterbeer to be found, though."
- my dad

Saturday, November 13, 2010

what would your patronus be?

Mine is a tiger.