Wednesday, June 30, 2010


I love short hair. And those hats.

I would have rocked that look.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

JK Rowling is a genius.

I thought I should write a post in honor of the new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer.
These are the top ten greatest moments in the the history of the Harry Potter films*:

#10 - When Fred asks Angelina to the Yule Ball (Goblet of Fire). I love the intra-Hogwarts love drama in the books. And I love Fred Weasley. Funny stuff in that scene.
#9 - The entire part in Prisoner of Azkaban when Hermione and Harry time-turn. I remember my mind being blown the first time I watched it.
#8 - When Harry meets Ron on the train (Sorcerer's Stone). Hello, it's Ron. How can you not love the first moments of their friendship. "Sunshine, Daisies, Buttermellow. Turn this stupid, fat rat yellow." Classic.
#7 - Perhaps the most epic scene, when the Aurors arrive at the Ministry of Magic and fight off the Death Eaters (Order of the Phoenix). Sirius has some incredible dueling moves. And they get so into fighting that Sirius accidentally calls Harry "James." It's so intense at that part.
#6 - Quidditch tryouts (Half-Blood Prince). Ron finally gets to play Quidditch, but he's real nervous. Especially after he is confronted by Cormac "hottest-quidditch-player-since-Oliver-Wood" McLaggen. That scene is dope.
#5 - When Fred and George disrupt the O.W.L.s and leave the school with a bang (Order of the Phoenix). Three words: Fred and George. That's all you really need to say. They show Umbridge who's boss in this incredibly rad way. Not to mention, the music at that part is sooo good.
#4 - Dumbledore's Army (Order of the Phoenix). First of all, they are all at the Hog's Head pub and they talk about how awesome Harry is for a few minutes. Then Neville finds the Room of Requirement (Awesome!), then they master these crazy spells (Awesome!), then Hermione teaches Ron a lesson by stupefying him (Awesome!), then there is some romantic tension between Harry and Cho (Awesome!), then Fred and George give Filch chocolates that make him break out in boils (Awesome!), then they all make patronuses (Double Awesome!), all the while outsmarting Umbridge and the Inquisitorial Squad. It's awesome.
#3 - The first potions class with Slughorn (Half-Blood Prince). Harry and Ron first get there and there are only two books left so they fight for the nicer one. Heehee, I love that. Then they are all stewing their potions but Harry is wasting everyone thanks to the Half-Blood Prince. Hermione gets all stressed and her hair frizzes from the steam. Then Harry wins a little liquid luck. Sweet.
#2 - The first Quidditch Game (Sorcerer's Stone). Just watch the scene again. You'll remember how truly awesome it is.
#1 - When they encounter Boggarts in Defense Against the Dark Arts class (Prisoner of Azkaban). Lupin is only the best DADA teacher one could have. He puts on that record and all the students get to defeat their fears. Snape wearing Neville's Grandmother's clothes: Priceless. Ridikulus!
*this list is subject to change... perhaps daily. It's hard for me to pick favorites when it comes to Harry Potter.

Monday, June 28, 2010

and i could write a song, a hundred miles long

These guys are still good. I like their albums just as much now as I did when they came out years ago.
They are kind of what junior high sounded like for me...
but I still like them.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

girls camp yo

I kind of went to camp with this attitude:But remember how the Grinch's heart grows three sizes? I think that literally happened to me. Now I feel like I have the strength of ten Grinches (plus two) and my heart is softer. Good thing I went.

Much of it was probably thanks to this girl:

I won't go too much into detail, but meeting Tehiva was probably one of the best things that has happened to me in a really long time. After talking to her about her family situation back in Tahiti and how much she loves the gospel and the scriptures and how sincere she is when she bears her testimony and tells people she loves them made me really want to change and not be a Grinch anymore. She is seriously a rock. She officially qualifies as one of my heros.

This year at camp was by far my favorite. Being a YCL is the only way to do it. It was kinda lame that I didn't get to hang out with these guys as much, but it's all good.
I'm not actually that much shorter than Kirsten... I don't think.

I think 1998 was a really popular year to name girls Jessica. Because every other first year was named Jessica. And that's my name. And I finally quit answering to that name because there was only about a 12% chance someone was really trying to get my attention.

We had a huge dance party late at night in the lodge with stellar tunes. And there were no boys there. It was so boss.

We compared tans, of course. I think Valorie is secretly a persian princess. Whater.

I learned that I'm really really dependent on time. There were no clocks anywhere and it made me kinda crazy to not know what time it was all the time.

No make-up. Not to be a princess, but I really missed mascara.

When the bright yellow bird flew into the pavilion doors and died, of course Kirsten and Eryn were the ones to smirk and whisper "Dinner," while everyone else was crying.

All I wanna say is that I finally feel like I know for myself.
I love the gospel.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

a little astronomy humor for you

If I marry Dallin Major, I think we'll name our first daughter Ursa.

get it...

Friday, June 25, 2010

i have a new favorite animal

One day I got an envelope with a brand new butterfly in it.

I didn't want to taint it by giving it a stupid name. So I didn't.

I held it on my finger. I've always wanted to do that.
it. was. so. cool.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

i'd really like to have a butler to help me pack stuff.

Martin: Shall we review your mother's list?
Annie: Mmhmm.
Martin: Now, let's see. Vitamins?
Annie: Check
Martin: Minerals?
Annie: Check
Martin: List of daily fruits and vegetables?
Annie: Check check. . . check for fruits, check for vegetables. Go on.
Martin: Sunblock, lip balm, insect repellant, stationery, stamps, photographs of your mother, grandfather, and of course, your trusty butler, me.
Annie: Got it all, I think.
Martin: Oh, and here's a little something from your grandfather... Spanking new deck of cards. Maybe you'll actually find someone on this continent who can whip your tush at poker.

Oh, I'm going to girls' camp this week. And I automatically read my packing list in Martin's voice in my head. No big deal.
I don't think we're allowed to play poker.. Shoot.

my faja.

This is my dad being really epic on some rocks. I must say, he's an epic man.
Happy Father's Day, Dad!
I love you so much.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

sweet love, renew thy force.

Awesome things about my weekend:
darth-vader-shaped pancakes
destroying people at badminton
finding half a golf club at the driving range
setting balloons free
"should you really be drinking that if you don't have a liver?"
sleeping in until 11
dang good cheesecake

"When I get sad, I stop being sad and be AWESOME instead. . . True story."

Thanks Lucy

I like thoughtful people.
Lucy is a thoughtful person.

I accept your friend request.
And the brownie chunks in that ice cream were sooo good.
P. S. Remember when this happened? I still don't know who is responsible.

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Adjustment Bureau

I can't stop watching this trailer.
I think I've watched it 10 times in two days.
It looks way good.
I'm totally up for a semi-sci-fi/action/romance right about now.
Plus, it's a two-fer. Emily Blunt and Matt Damon are great.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


See this lady?
I kinda want to be her.
She has my dream job...
She's a Hollywood movie producer.

Oh, did I forget to mention her name?

Susan Downey.
Yep. She's married to him.

You're living the dream, sister.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


every once in a while, you just gotta go to the woods, sleep on the ground, and eat way too many hot dogs.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Babysitter's Club.

Top 6 Worst Babysitters You Could Have:

#6 - Rasputin
Well, he's really creepy, really gross, and mostly dead. But he might be slightly entertaining to watch, unless he really lost it and sent his smoke demons after you.

#5 - Severus Snape

He'd be that babysitter that makes you want to shut yourself in your room the whole time. You would try to play with your toys as quietly as possible, but you wouldn't be able to concentrate because there is a creepy man in a billowing cloak prowling through your house.

#4 - Rothbart

He would be the one that is just purely cruel. He would try to make you do things you didn't want to do and mock you for fun. And he might lock you up somewhere.
#3 - Aunt Marge

For starters, she has an awful dog. She's cruel and would probably talk smack about your family the whole time. Not to mention she would drink all your liquor.
#2 - The Trunchbull

Have you seen the movie? She'd hammerthrow you, make you eat until you felt like you were going to die, and throw darts at your picture.
#1 - The Child Catcher

He'd be the worst, hence his name. He looks way scary and he prances around in a cloak and top hat trying to lock children in cages. You would shut yourself in your room trying to be silent, but he would be right on the other side of the door saying, "Lollypops.. Icecream.." and when you started propping large objects against your door, he would go around outside and peek in your window.
Top 6 Best Babysitters You Could Have:

#6 - Nanny
She's English, she would love you no matter what, she'd play any kind of imaginary game with you, she'd let you eat fudge, and she would read you stories until you fell asleep. She would be the babysitter that you actually want to hug when she has to leave.
#5 - Jason Bourne

Granted, he wouldn't be the most fun. But you would feel really protected while he was there. If a bully threatened your safety or if anyone tried to wrong you, he would beat their sorry behind and then drive you across the country to somewhere even safer. Really, would you complain if someone who looked like that showed up at your house?
#4 - Miss Honey

She would tell you all the wonderful things about yourself while you had a tea party.
#3 - Maria

She would sew you a new outfit, take you on a sweet day trip through the city, and play the guitar and sing for you. Then you could make happy lists.

#2 - Nick Palmer
He would turn on an italian opera and sing it at the top of his lungs while he made you some delicious gourmet meal. Then you would build a fort and he would play in it with you until you were hungry again, then he'd make you dessert and let you eat it in bed. And he's rilly attractive.

#1 - Mary Poppins

She's obvioulsy the ideal babysitter. You wouldn't have to worry about cleaning up your toys. She and Bert would probably take you on a cool adventure, she would let you sit on the roof enjoy the city at night, and sing you to sleep. Oh, and she can fly and has magical powers.

Babysitters are kind of like sushi; they're either really good or really bad.

Monday, June 14, 2010

look at all the beauty still left around you and BE HAPPY - Anne Frank

movie trailers.
english accents.
Psalms 27:14.
saying "yo" after every sentence.
down comforters.
driving on university avenue.
imagining myself married to a professional soccer player.
wedding and engagement photos.
earflap hats.
red doors.
plaid flannel shirts.
the smell of the orem public library.
when a movie is just so awesome that you stay until the credits are over and the lights come on and the workers tell you to leave.
cake batter.
fuzzy kitty tummies.
green left turn arrows.
those black nike socks that boys wear.
reading biographies.
an unexpected nice text.
seeing the date in print on your birthday.
string cheese.
rain clouds.

sometimes i feel like this.

things get harder before they get easier.
that's like the worst cliche i have ever heard.

it would be nice if yelling "mulligan!" worked in life, not just in golf.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

i'm a movie addict. sorry if i bore you.

K, it's time to talk about some more movies.

#1 - The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. This was Heath Ledger's last film; I'm probably the biggest Heath Ledger fan you know. I only proclaimed my undying love for him when I was like 12, so, I called him a long time ago. Anyway, I got it from redbox the other day. It was incredibly weird. Kylie put it well when she said it felt like a Salvador Dali painting the whole time. It was very surreal. And weird. And creepy. I really just watched it for the actors: Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, and Jude Law. Colin Firth is just whate'r for me, but he was good too. I applaud the makers of the film for solving the problem of Heath dying; you wouldn't even know those actors weren't initially intended to be in the film. And Anton (Andrew Garfield) was pretty cute; I'd never seen him before. Ok, but honestly, I had no idea what was going on. It made The Labyrinth and The Brothers Grimm look completely normal. You have no idea what is happening until the last 3 minutes, and even then you aren't so sure. It was so obscure, that the minute it was over, I watched it again. Yep, I watched it twice in 3 hours and 20 minutes. It was MUCH better the second time.
Story: C+. It was really kind of disturbing, but a pretty unique idea.
Actors: A+ (it would be an A+++, except that Johnny Depp was only in it for about 10 minutes, and Jude was only in it for about 15. Oh, and it took 25 minutes for Heath to finally show up...)
Special Effects: A+
Cinematography: B
Music: B

I recommend it, but watch it edited. And watch it with an open mind. And try not to have weird dreams after.

#2 - The Invention of Lying. I quite liked this one. Again, watch an edited version. This one had Ricky Gervais and Jennifer Garner. And Tina Fey made kind of a cameo, which was cool. She's funny. The whole concept is about a society where no one can tell a lie; they always say exactly what they're thinking. It's pretty thought provoking, but mostly just fun to watch. And funny; there were two or three lines that made me laugh out loud. That's saying a lot.
Story: A
Actors: B
Cinematography: B
Music: uh... I didn't even notice the music.

You should watch it; it's good.

#3 - 10 Things I Hate About You. I haven't watched this super recently, but we bought it on the 'Zon and it's en route to our house. I'm way psyched to watch it again. Oh, Heath. I'll watch anything with him in it. This one is about 10 years old, and it's based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. I like Shakespeare, so I like the story; it's pretty dang accurate, too. It's basically just a cute high school movie. Julia Stiles is good. Joseph Gordon-Levitt! He's really young in it, and super cute. It's a fun one.
Story: A
Actors: A
Cinematography: C
Music: A-

Watch it if you're in the mood for something cute, kind of out-dated, and involving handsome males.

I'm really diggin' these songs too. Take a quick listen if you like movie music.

The Ice Dance - Danny Elfman, Edward Scissorhands

Concerning Hobbits - James Newton Howard, Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

Panic, Shear Bloody Panic - Hans Zimmer, Sherlock Holmes

Movies... my first love.
Thanks for making it through this post.

my name is Jessica

And it came from the 1970's wooden puppet movie Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
Kylie, the 3-year-old, liked the movie a lot.
She suggested the name, after her favorite character: Miss Jessica.
She's probably the best part of that movie. Not that I'm biased or anything.

**Spoiler Alert: Miss Jessica later becomes Mrs. Claus. Pretty proud to be named after her.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Hero of the day: Rob Green
Thanks for letting that one through today, buddy.

I guess you could say I'm like Ron.
He wanted the Irish to win the Quidditch World Cup, but he cheers for Viktor Krum from Bulgaria.
I wanted the U. S. to win, but I also cheer for Wayne Rooney from England.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Oh, this makes me feel good.

My life would suck without you

Kylie is 21 today.
She and I go way back.
This is a photo of one of the many times she buried me in stuffed animals.
She has always played with me, even though we're 3 1/2 years apart.
She's really funny.
She knows everything about anything Shakespeare-related.
She can quote movies like a fiend.
She's smart and good at stuff.
She and Jude Law are homies. Pretty much.
She's good at having fun, and helping other people have fun.
It's pretty cool having my sister as my best friend.
Happy Birthday Ky!
you can read her blog here. you'll like it.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

this post about a bedroom tent turned into a movie review.

You know that part on The Holiday, when Jude, Cameron, and the little girls are all in that tent in the girls' room? With the cut-out stars hanging down? I want that tent in my room so bad. Berry kiss.

Also, I love that movie. I connect with it on so many levels.

A) England. I like England. It seems so magical, especially at Christmas.

B) Kate Winslet is a babe. She is such a believable actress; so good at what she does. And her character radiates goodness. She is so sweet. You're supposed to be the leading lady of your own life, for goodness sake! She has some good monologues too. Like the one at the beginning about unrequited love. And when she's talking about how it can actually ache in places you didn't know you had inside you... I feel her pain. But that's another post.

C) Arthur Abott, he's the cute old man that reminds me of a prophet. I like him a lot. And I like when he gives Iris the corsage. He cuts a nice suit!

D) Cameron Diaz is still a ditz, at least to me. She's real pretty, and I guess she plays the part well. But all in all, she's not my favorite actress. She sort of has my dream job in the movie though-- editing movie trailers.

E) John Krasinski is in it! For like 4 minutes. But hey, it's him. Happy red.

F) There's a part when Amanda first gets to England and she doesn't know what to do with herself, so she blasts Mr. Brightside. I love that part, for some reason... Choking on your alibi!

G) I don't really like Jack Black, either. But I like him in this movie. Iris, if you were a melody... I used only the good notes. Oh, and I like the part when he kisses Iris on the cheek, twice. Sorry, I didn't mean to kiss you twice and linger on the second kiss. It's awkward, but that's Jack Black for you.

H) Amanda's house is rad. I want those dark things that roll down in front of the windows.

I) Christmas fettucini!

J) I don't think Rufus Sewell knows how to play a good guy. Jasper, ew. What a jerk.

K) That bedroom tent. I already talked about it up there. But I want it so bad. That kinda goes along with Mr. Napkinhead. It is so funny, you will fall off your chair.

L) Hey Jude. He's unbearably handsome. I like his glasses. and his mannerisms. and when he shows up at the door in the middle of the night and flashes his charming smile. Aww yeah. I can't figure out the mathematics of this. I just know I love you.

The Holiday. It's a dang good movie. I recommend it.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Virginiuh Beach, 2008

Jessie: Hey Ky, what are you eating?
Kylie: An orange. Want some?
Jessie: Yeah! But my hands are all sandy; will you feed it to me?
Kylie: Sure.

Jessie: Wait a sec, the wind is blowing my hair in my mouth.

Jessie: That's better.

Jessie: Thanks.
Kylie: Summer is so boss.