Sunday, March 31, 2013

happy easters!

photo credit - sheri my cousin.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

on serving a mission

About a month ago, I got my mission call to the Rome, Italy mission. I'll be serving there for 18 months (July 24th 2013-January 2015) and I'll be learning to speak Italian. (if you want to read more about LDS missions, click here).

Going on a mission wasn't really something I planned on doing for most of my life. It's not really an obligation for girls to go on missions like it is for the boys in my church.

Last year I was a volunteer at the missionary training center, helping the missionaries learning spanish. That was a pretty out-of-the-blue thing, and I ended up doing it weekly for about 9 months. That was what put the idea in my head of, "Hey. This is something you could do. And you might even like it." 

I started thinking more and more about if I wanted to go on a mission. I decided I definitely did want to go, but the timing wouldn't be great when I turned 21. I would be in the middle of a school year, and it would be right near the end of my schooling, when a lot of film students go do internships, make their capstone films, etc. I was thinking how great it would be if I could go sooner than 21. Even though the timing wouldn't be ideal when I was 21, I was thinking a lot about it, because I'd be able to start my mission papers in late 2013.

Then at general conference, President Monson announced that the age that girls could serve was changed from 21 to 19. I was 19. And I started crying my face off. My wish of being able to go sooner came true! I had already applied for my study abroad at this point, and I wasn't backing out (it's a 6 week trip to europe, duh). So if I did go on a mission it would be in the summer of 2013. I gave it a few months of thought, prayer, and fasting. I felt a lot of comfort when I imagined myself as a missionary, and I never heard the spirit say "NO DON'T" so I started my mission papers and submitted them on February 19th.

My call came on February 27th, and it was so surreal. I was anxious to find out where I was going, but at the same time I was totally calm. I was thinking "You know, wherever I get called, I'll be telling people about the gospel. Which is the same no matter what state/country you're in."

I opened my call with my family, and found out i get to go to the Italy Rome mission. That mission encompasses Southern half of italy. 

It's a huge sacrifice, of course. I won't get to see my family for a year and a half. I have to leave school for a bit, which is sad because I love school. All of my friends I've made in film will be graduated by the time I get back. Also, if my little sister decides to go too, then we'll overlap and I won't see her for even longer. I could miss a lot of important events (weddings and babies (potentially), graduations, new movies and new killers albums...). I'll be putting basically everything on hold.

But all of that aside, I'm so excited to be a full time missionary, and I have a testimony that working hard on a mission will bring a lot of blessings. I also have a testimony that the Lord can make more out of me than what I can make out of myself, so I'm willing to give him 18 months of my life. Most of all, I want to share this great news of the gospel with people. I've experienced such happiness in this gospel, and it would be selfish to keep it to myself. In general conference, they said the Lord is hastening his work, and I'm so excited to be able to help forward it. I can't wait to dedicate all my time to serving the Lord, and teaching and serving and loving the italian people.

And like... pizza, pasta, and gelato every day guys....

Friday, March 29, 2013

stoop sitting

doing my homework on the porch today. yeah, we have a couch out here. yeah, it's so ghettoooooo.

i'm totally a stoop sitter. 
it probably seems silly. 
like you're not doing anything or getting anything done.
but you are.
it's good for your heart.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

top ten

it's a bold thing, picking your favorite movie.
i don't think i'll ever be able to settle on one,
and even my top ten is always subject to change.

but as of today, 28 March 2013, these are my top ten favorite movies (not in any order):

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
A Knight's Tale (2001)
Two For the Road (1967)
Little Fugitive (1953)
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Life in a Day (2011)
Hook (1991)
Big Fish (2003)
Warm Bodies (2013)
Annie Hall (1977)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


if i found a genie today, i would first wish to be able to sing like aja volkman-reynolds.
 aka the wife of imagine dragons' dan reynolds and lead singer of nico vega. 
whaaaa. i know. she's awesome and i have a huge girl crush on her.

aja and dan have an awesome side project called egyptian and i've been listening to their ep all day.
listen here, if you wanna.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

warm bodies

my favorite thing of 2013 so far. 
funny without trying too hard, and legitimately sweet.
and a rockin soundtrack.
it's a good example of the type of film i'd super like to make.

it's really important that you all go see it immediately.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

how we communicate

my mom is the best mom.

Monday, March 18, 2013


i happened to be in a glass building while the sun was setting today. 
and the place had rainbows on every surface. 

ps - happy birthday to my favorite american in nicaragua.
i'm so happy he was born 20 years ago today.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

sweet tender mercies

i'm feeling way behind in school right now. after my busy weekend especially. and here i am blogging instead of writing the 2000 words that are due tomorrow!

amidst all the chaos (and sometimes crappy-ness) that has been this month of march, a few tender mercies stuck out to me today:

i got my film history midterm back today and i NAILED it.
i ran into the whole men's rugby team.
i'm getting sick, but i found a whole bottle of ibuprofen in my backpack today to remedy it.
my professor's wife is having a baby so class is cancelled on thursday.
i got an email from the italy rome mission saying that i get to wear my sandals and my boots. YAAAY YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HAPPY I AM!
even though i have a big paper due tomorrow that i haven't started, it's a paper about "who framed roger rabbit" because my major is the shiz.
my bff kelyn sends me paul rudd gifs daily.

k now i gotta WRITE. peace.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

your cocoon and you

i've been MIA this week and here's why:
we're making our movie.
there's the director, directing the fabulous actors.

this script is awesome and hilarious. the crew is so fun. the production design is really wacky.

30 of my past 48 hours have been spent working on set.
needless to say, i look like i could be on the walking dead right now, 
but i love making movies!

stole this photo from jacy.
because my hands were too slimy to be taking photos....

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

i don't use emojis a lot...

...but when i do:

i pretty much just use the italy ones.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

the velveteen rabbit by margery williams

"What is REAL? Does it mean having things that buzz inside you?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes. When you are Real, you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once. You become. it takes a long time... Generally by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

Saturday, March 2, 2013

a little movieeee

here's the short little film i made last week.
i kind of decided last minute that i wanted to make something to enter into this film festival we have, 
and i was actually able to pull it off in time!
HUGE thank you to my friend michael for narrating and for composing rad music.

as it turns out, "sweetly unsettling" stuff is my favorite to write.

let's hope it gets selected to play in the festival.
(and could it win the animation category? doubtful, but that would be neat.)