Friday, March 30, 2012

imagine dragons! and other stuff.

my new music obsession is imagine dragons. they're like a mix of the killers and onerepublic. and there is not a thing wrong with that.
my new love is probably thanks to this new show called audio-files. each episode profiles a different band. it premieres this april, but as i'm an employee at the tv station airing it, i got to see the first two episodes ahead of time. and it is going to be freaking awesome.
the above clip is an excerpt from the imagine dragons episode. so if you like that, you'd really like this show.

ps. my other favorite of their songs is called demons. give it a listen if you like.


i'm a little behind the times, i realize that.
but i just got drawsomething and my drawings are getting really good,
if i do say so myself.

i'm really proud of my art.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

today during my class break i wandered around to my favorite trees.

i can't pick a favorite season. it changes from day to day. usually i say fall is my favorite, but really, there's no way for me to decide. i think my favorite thing is the change in seasons. i like that i get reminded how great all the seasons are right at the beginning of each one. there's equal excitement and beauty whether it's seeing the leaves first change yellow and red and breaking out the cardigans again, or sitting on your driveway eating an otterpop and looking at stars on warm summer nights, or the first snowfall and seeing christmas lights, or the huge pink blossoms on all the trees and seeing the sprinklers turn the grass green. all of the seasons are my favorite.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

the past few weekends

little bit of clue.
little bit of allred.
little bit of hunger games.

Monday, March 26, 2012

hello, my name is bed head

some days
i just know that stacie and clinton would be very disappointed if they saw me.
but i sort of love those days.
bed head and slippers for the win.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

festival of colors

worth the crazy traffic and a very purple shower? i think it was.

Saturday, March 24, 2012


birdy. i heard "just a game" from the hunger games soundtrack and it was love. i love this cover so much. her voice just floats.

Friday, March 23, 2012


i got tagged by mallory. who is awesome and gorgeous and loves cats. i'm not really going to follow the rules, but here it is:

post a picture of yourself
there i am, with a whole bunch of strangers. we were united by our love of hp at that moment.

1. what band(s) did you grow up on?
queen. I can sing you all the queen songs.

2. name three things that would be in your worst nightmare.
sea creatures, being kidnapped, my teeth falling out.

3. if your wedding was tomorrow, what would it be like?
there would be lace and a temple and a really nice groom.

4. what is your favorite band, album, song?
it is so impossible for me to pick a favorite. but right now i love brandon flowers' album "flamingo." and the song "just a game" by birdy.

5. kiss, date, dump. jake gyllenhaal, channing tatum, jude law? choose wisely.
this isn't a hard one for me. date jake, snog jude, dump channing.
a hard one for me that i refuse to answer is: ryan gosling, zachary levi, robert downey jr.

6. what are your favorite names for a boy and a girl?
sometimes i'm afraid of sharing my kids' names because i don't want them to be stolen. like i'm having kids soon anyway.... but i like emma and will.

7. if you had unlimited money, where would you travel in the world?
everywhere. everywhere. but first, i would probably go to iceland.

8. what is the funniest video you have seen on youtube?
right now i really like bad lip reading. and flula. the accent kills me.

9. describe your ideal man.
loves me. likes harry potter. doesn't litter. wears a seatbelt.

10. what is your fashion weakness?
grey. i have too much grey but i always like it and i keep wearing it.

11. give us a favorite quote.
wait on the lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart. wait, i say, on the lord. - psalms 27:14

Thursday, March 22, 2012

happy hunger games tonight!

also, i've already listened to the soundtrack and it's really good.
like really good.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

favorites today

article of clothing: grey shirt
song: england by the national
nail color: go overboard by essie
boy: daniel
language: french
author: roald dahl
candy: almond joys
beatle: george
girl's name: emma
boy's name: will
ocean: atlantic
flavor: lemon
hp character: luna
animal: lion
country: iceland
color: yellow
friend: chandler
funny thing: edgar allan bro

some changed. some didn't.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

still the favorite

i went home on sunday.
jack jumps on my lap when i'm doing homework at the table.
he still does it after all this time.
i'm the favorite.

Decline of Civility

My roommate, Rachel, wrote a brilliant essay for her honors (read: smarty pants) american heritage class. Part of the assignment was posting it on a public blog. She asked if she could post it here, and I said yes because I love her and it's a really good essay. Here it is:

Public Blog: Decline of Civility

Have you been on Facebook today? If so, what did you see in your newsfeed? If it’s anything like my newsfeed, you would have seen pages of witty posts that are borderline rude and degrading. Perhaps you saw a new meme mocking President Obama, or a photo shopped picture mocking a particular religious group. Do we participate and support these posts? More importantly, what does this say about our characters as individuals and collectively, as a country?

Forgive me if the topic of civility seems weighted and overwhelming, but it is something that has been on my mind this past week, and something that I feel is necessary to discuss. So if you would be so kind, please continue reading.

John Locke, an English philosopher, defined civility as, “That general good will and regard for all people, which makes any one have a care not to show, in his carriage, any contempt, disrespect, or neglect of them.” Along with this, Thomas Jefferson said that civility is “one of the preservatives of our peace and tranquility” and ranked it “of first rate value.” I wholeheartedly agree that civility should be one of the highest concerns in today’s society, yet, that is not what I see when I look on the internet. With the increasing accessibility of technology, I would argue that the general trend of civility has decreased. It’s as if talking to a person via texting or Facebook chat, rather than face-to-face, justifies saying rude or overly sarcastic things. The pattern may go something like this: a friend sends you a text that makes fun of you a little bit, you think for 5 minutes of the wittiest comment you can conjure up to backfire, you send the text and revel in your own genius for a while, then your friend reads it, gets offended, and never talks to you again. Okay, so maybe that’s a little overdramatic, but you get the picture. I will not pretend that I am perfectly civil all day every day, because that is a horrible lie. I have had similar texting experiences like the one just discussed, and let me tell you, it’s a horrible situation to be in. It’s easier to just be considerate of others’ feelings, as you may not know the personal trials that people are going through, and how your seemingly innocent comment can add on to their trials even more.

One of the topics discussed in my Book of Mormon class this semester was the mistake that Captain Moroni made of threatening the Chief Judge, Pahoran. Moroni was not receiving any support for his troops, so he wrote an epistle to Pahoran that if he did not hurry and send provisions, he would kill Pahoran himself. Moroni did not know that Zarahemla was being overrun by the Lamanites, and therefore, Pahoran could not send any help. In reply to his epistle, and considered by myself as one of the greatest displays of character, Pahoran said, “In your epistle you have censured me, but it mattereth not; I am not angry, but do rejoice in the greatness of your heart” (Alma 61:9). Pahoran’s response to Moroni is such a great example of civility! I do not think that I would be so kind in my response. How would you respond to a similar situation? In today’s world, it is quite unlikely that you will ever be a censured chief judge like Pahoran, but what if someone degraded your religion…or your culture? Would you respond like Pahoran?

One of my favorite church history stories deals with the President of the original Quorum of the Twelve, Thomas B. Marsh. Marsh left the church at one point in his life due to some disagreements with Joseph Smith, and he went so far as to send an affidavit to Governor Wilburn W. Boggs of Missouri which stated that Joseph Smith was trying to take over the entire United States of America. Marsh wanted to get back at Joseph, and he was quite successful at it. That letter was one of the main reasons why Boggs later issued the infamous Mormon extermination order. Marsh stayed away from the Saints, and wandered throughout various states for years. Fast forward to a general conference in the Salt Lake Valley, President Brigham Young presented Thomas B. Marsh to the Saints and asked for a vote for Marsh’s re-admittance into the church. There was not a single right hand in the entire congregation that was not raised. Despite the various persecutions that Marsh inflicted upon the Saints, they unanimously welcomed him back. That is how we should act. That is the true spirit of civility.

3 Nephi 14:5 reads, “First cast the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Let us first improve our own civility towards others, and then we can help others in their quest for improvement. Let us do our individual parts to perfect this great nation.

Rachel Purcell

Monday, March 19, 2012

someone smart said this:

a boat is always safe in a harbor.
but that's not really what boats are for.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

my nemeses.

i think nemeses is the plural version of nemesis....

1. wet socks. enough said.
2. used bandaids. on the ground. in the garbage. floating in a swimming pool. anywhere. if i can see them, they are my nemesis.
3. chemistry. and all other science classes that i'm currently in.
4. portia di rossi. not really. i quite like her. but i have a reoccurring dream where she is trying to end me. true story.

and happy ides of march! (happy?). i celebrated by going to a shakespeare play, not by hanging out with ryan gosling.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

limitless paper in a paperless world

here i am, writing my american heritage paper. 96 words down, only 654 to go. but i realized about 15 words in that we were out of paper. of course. so i texted my roommate, and she brought home this:

whaat? is this real life? as soon as i saw it, this song popped into my head.

what a great day to write an essay. i can't wait for those 654 words to be done so i can print it.

Monday, March 12, 2012

which is better: halloween candy or easter candy?

i think i'm an easter candy kind of gal.

just because of these things. addiction.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

letters in the mailbox.

that is one of the greatest feelings. getting mail. especially from missionary friends!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

last hurrah.

we had a pretty fun time with my instax last night.
evan is leaving on a mission in about 11 days.
so we had one last hurrah before he leaves.
colombia, get ready.
you are about to get an awesome addition to your country.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Wednesday, March 7, 2012


i got bored during class today. learning new, weird words like gesamtkunstwerk and writing them over and over is not a good form of entertainment. it got old pretty quickly. so i decided to browse the app store. i purchased one and used it on my walk home. people scoffed as i pranced all the way there, but i felt alive and happy. so there you go. my nightly walk turned into a gesamtkunstwerk.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


when i get ideas for potential blog posts, i usually jot them down in a draft. there are a bunch of those baby ideas that i probably will never write into full posts. so here's a taste of what could have been:

i ate a kumquat for the first time today and it was real goooood. they are like baby oranges.

if i could switch with someone for a day, i think i would choose kate middleton.

is it just me, or do owen wilson and ellen degeneres look really similar...

maybe my life revolves around food.

i just want to make nice things and have a nice husband and be happy.

i spent $5.24 in the past two weeks. that's cool.

i like adam levine. mostly his voice. his face is good too.

Monday, March 5, 2012


it's 63 degrees outside. my brain is programmed to think i'm supposed to be golfing right now. that's how i've spent every spring day for the past 3 years. so it's a little weird that i'm studying for an exam and going to work in half an hour, and not at golf practice. hmm. it ain't right.

i named my driver bruce willis because it is really bad-a. i'm letting kirsten use him this season since i won't be able to give him much attention. sorry for leaving you, bruce willis. at least you get to go out and play. make mama proud.

Sunday, March 4, 2012


you know it's a successful weekend if you slept in till 11, people brought you donuts and chocolate cake, and you watched 3 tom hanks movies.

Friday, March 2, 2012


you know, i'd kind of like to be heading out of town this weekend... to a beach would be lovely. a girl can dream.

i just did the weekend big clean on my room. for some reason, my room is always so messy by the time friday gets here. i don't even know how it happens. but it does. i should get rid of some clothes...

now that the cleaning sesh is done, it's time to move on to the real weekend festivities. i'm having a sister night with kylie, which will consist of sandwiches and movies. because that's how we do. kylie was in school last semester with me, and we had a sister day every tuesday. we went to devotional, then lunch with dad, then i hung out at the library with her while she worked as a tutor. she graduated and we don't have tuesday sister day anymore, so it'll be fun to have a sister night.

tomorrow will be a laundry, grocery shopping, homework day. james dean might pop in for a visit as well.... we'll see. i hope everyone has a rockin weekend!

the best picture

i watched one of my all-time favorites tonight.
bless my roomie janae for having an edited copy. love her.

someone asked what we were watching.
my friend devon said, "the king's peach!"
then i got crazy with the photoshop.