today is the last day of this blog challenge...you'd think i would have seen this coming since i numbered them every day but it took my by surprise! so i leave you with #30...
a picture of something I made recently
i have wanted a book like this since i was little! i found an old book at a flea market a while back and finally just got around to carving it out today. i feel like i should have something really cool to hide in it like secret spy equipment or stacks of 100 dollar bills.
what i do involves going to a lot of events. so yesterday [when i was supposed to post this] i was working at the barnes & noble at the grove. the buried life guys had a book signing for their new book which just came out, "what do you want to do before you die?'. if you haven't heard of them, they are pretty amazing. they set out about six years ago to cross off their bucket list of 100 dreams, and along the way have helped a stranger accomplish something on their bucket list for every one of their own they accomplish.
i think this is from when i was a freshman in high school. i went through a beach phase where that was all i painted for a while. there are others that were much better that i loved but they have sadly gone missing. i was lucky enough to have the most amazing art teacher and even if i don't love them, my paintings always remind me of her. and i love that.
i am bad at choosing a favorite of almost anything, especially favorite song. i love music too much to play favorites, but i was thinking just today about how much i was loving this song about this time last year. so here you go. 'home' by edward sharpe and the magnetic zeroes.
honorable mentions include 'it's all been done' by the barenaked ladies and 'kiss me' by sixpence none the richer. now those are some good ones from fifth/sixth grade.
i take a class every monday morning, which requires me to
buy a $2 parking permit. since the permit is good until 11pm and i use it for
less than two hours, i always wait around after class and try to give it to
someone before they buy theirs. the reactions I get are priceless. people are
either scared that i am being nice to them or think it’s crazy I won’t let them
pay me for it. one man even insisted that if i wouldn’t let him pay me for the
pass, i let him give me a dollar for being so nice. i think it is so sad that
people think they need to pay someone for being nice!
so my favorite thing about today was that it was monday and i got to surprise another unsuspecting stranger. it is almost sad that it is
shocking that someone would go out of their way to help a stranger...and i seriously think it makes me happier than the people
getting the pass!
i have the best friends...which means i had a lot to choose from for today's post. unfortunately i don't have very many pictures on my computer so here are just a few [like i could choose just one]. jenni, chad, adi and lauren are just a few of the fabulous, wonderful, amazing friends i am lucky to have!
today was a crazy one. i didn't get one good picture, but here are a few combined into one. we had a bunch of events to cover for work and were gone all day. out of all the celebrities i saw, the only one i took a picture of was cute little uggie. he was the star of that carpet for sure.
okay so i’m not actually saving up for this but the last
thing i joked about saving my pennies for was to visit downton abbey, or at
least where it is filmed.
for those of you who have
not yet watched downton abbey, watch it! you won’t regret it. everyone i know
that has had doubts about watching it has ended up loving it…even men! so do
yourself a favor… season 1 is on netflix and you can watch all of season 2 on
pbs.org. and no commercials...hooray!
i missed a day....technically two! so to play catch up i had to take a picture of myself tonight with bad lighting on my computer.
but here i am:
and in hopes that two poor quality pictures equals one good one, here is another one i stole from carly's facebook. we went to a screening of titanic in 3d at paramount studios tonight and had to document our hot 3d glasses.
i have always loved the idea of going to ireland and scotland. they are so beautiful and i have family from both sides that came from there so i think it would be fun to explore and see where they lived. and of course, i love the accents!
[the things a girl has to do to be taller than 5'4"]
do you know how hard it is to take a picture of yourself wearing shoes? nearly impossible without it looking weird..and i was not about to ask someone to take a picture of my shoes for me because that is also weird.
1. my incredible family, who are always there for me...whether i want them to be or not! i am extremely blessed to not only be so close to my immediate family, but my extended family as well. i didn't realize how rare and lucky it was that we are this way until i was older and realized most of my friends didn't have what we do.
2. my sunbeams. i teach sunbeams, and i'll be honest...it's not my favorite. but i can't deny the fact that they are super cute and i love to watch them learn and grow. just today one was crying because he was so disappointed he didn't have the third article of faith down well enough to pass off. but by the end of primary he had practiced it enough and knew it perfectly. so cute!
3. technology. you may roll your eyes, but it's true! do you realize how amazing it is?? all of my very best friends are scattered around the country and thanks to technology i get to talk to them, hear them and even see them instantly whenever i want. i don't know what i would do without it.
i really don't like playing games. i will usually avoid them at all cost but my friend, adi and her mom forced me to play phase 10 once and i won. so naturally i liked it. and i kind of still love it actually. it probably helped that it was when we were in the netherlands and they bribed me with the yummiest treats that you can only get there while we played. i absolutely refuse to play anything where i have to look really stupid, like charades.
[if you asked me this like 15 years ago, i would have said life. because i would cheat and get twins every time so i filled up two cars.]
these barefoot contessa coconut cupcakes are to die for!
and i am not really a dessert person so that means they must be pretty good...right?
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
2 cups sugar
5 extra-large eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
14 ounces sweetened, shredded coconut
For the frosting:
1 pound cream cheese at room temperature
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 1/2 pounds confectioners' sugar, sifted
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment,
cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5
minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, one at a time,
scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the vanilla and almond
extracts and mix well.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking
soda, and salt. In three parts, alternately add the dry ingredients and
the buttermilk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix
until just combined. Fold in 7 ounces of coconut.
Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Fill each liner to the top with
batter. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until the tops are brown and a
toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
Remove to a baking rack and cool completely.
Meanwhile, make the frosting. In the bowl of an electric mixer
fitted with the paddle attachment, on low speed, cream together the
cream cheese, butter, and vanilla and almond extracts. Add the
confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth.
Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with the remaining coconut.
[i am not usually very careful with following recipe directions, except with this recipe. follow them exactly and they will turn out perfectly every time!]
if you know me at all, you know my favorite city is new york. But
since so many of my blog posts have been dedicated to that great city already,
I decided to choose another favorite place.
carpinteria is an charming little beach town just north
of where we live. even though we have beaches much closer to us, it is the one
i will always choose to go to. it usually surprises people when they hear i love to camp…but only in carpinteria. I love
the way it smells like campfire, taking naps while listening to the water &
train, the spot, main street [which is full of cute antique shops], and of
course, robitaille's, the little old
[super old picture of me & hannah in carpinteria. don't mind my sunglasses. i forgot mine.]
i changed this to a photo of myself 10+ years ago because i am pretty sure 10 years ago i was going through a phase where i wouldn't let anyone take pictures of me. and then i was looking through pictures and couldn't pass up the opportunity to use these. apparently i got a little too excited when it came to sister pictures. the last one isn't too bad but clearly hannah had been scarred from the other experiences because she doesn't look too excited to be taking a picture next to me.
i have had so many great teachers over the years that that it was hard to choose just one. but my fourth grade teacher, ms. gauger, was amazing. fourth
grade was easily the most fun year in all of elementary school.
we celebrated may
day, the gold rush, learned all about the earth, the rainforest, california and
missions…and we had an iguana as a class pet! we went panning for gold, made our own beef jerky,
candles, ecosystems, may pole, and a giant tree in the corner of our classroom. that year i also got way into recycling and saving endangered animals…all
because of ms. gauger. she got me so excited about learning and exploring, and
was always thinking of new ways to make learning fun.
when i am at the doctor, they can poke me with a needle as many times as they want. but what they can't to is take my blood pressure. i hate it so much...it makes me want to throw up just thinking about it right now.
and another one is nuns. i know they are just sweet little old ladies but i am so afraid of them! except for Fraulein Maria.
when i was in fourth grade, my mom made me this amazing new
dress. denim shirt on top, floral print on the bottom…i was so cool! i paired it with a cute pair of matching tights and walked proudly
to school one day. you see though, the problem was that maybe i walked a little
too proudly and confidently to school because apparently with each step i took,
my backpack did a little bounce, grabbing just a tiny bit of my dress each
time. and those darn tights kept my dress from falling
back down where it belonged.
so i get to school and notice people are staring. my dress
must have been better than i thought! and then i looked to my right and saw my
crush walking towards me. i was so excited it seemed to happen in slow motion! he got closer and closer and i got nervous…and then it happened. he leans over and he tells me that my fabulous dress is
bunched up around my waist, making my stocking-covered bum visible to everyone
on the playground! oh, it was tragic. pretty much the end of the world to fourth-grade me.
let me just add the fact that a lot of you probably know exactly who this crush is that
managed to save my life and humiliate me all at the same time. if you don’t
know him from byu football, you may have seen him recently sporting a baltimore
raven’s jersey. fortunately for me i am pretty sure he doesn’t remember this
tragic event, or at least that’s what i keep telling myself.
i don't get embarrassed easily, but to this day i still get embarrassed thinking about this.
my dream house is not very big and full of lots of love and bright
colors. i’d like to think it will be very organized and spotless, like the
pictures of the hgtv dream homes but i doubt that will be the case. Since i
don’t have a specific dream home picked out, i give you...part of my pinterest pin board for all things "home":
in third grade i was in the school choir. one day our choir
teacher told us we were going to have auditions for the solo parts in our
upcoming performance. so we sat and watched as whoever wanted to raised their
hands and went up to try out. i kind of wanted to but kept brushing the thought
aside because i knew i would never be brave enough to audition. finally our
choir teacher said we had time for one more person to audition. without
thinking i shot my hand up in the air, and before i could take it back, he
called on me. i am 100 percent sure i was picked because he knew how big of a
deal it was for me. so i walked up to the front of the room and my whole body was
literally shaking…but i did it! a few weeks later i was singing a tiny solo
part in “the lonely goatherd” in front of an audience. we have it on tape and
it is horribly embarrassing to watch but i am still so proud of my third grade
self for being so brave!
it was such a crazy few days we didn't have a chance to get a picture of the whole family together but i love these pictures from my graduation, which was also the same day we picked my sister up from her mission [which explains the BOM and Y cookies].
1. i absolutely love cheesy made-for-tv movies. lifetime,
hallmark, abc family, you name it. don’t even get me started on the christmas
ones. i LIVE for made-for-tv christmas movies!
2. gnomes. love them! not to go all hipster on you guys but I
loved them before they became popular, honest! growing up, every time i went to
my grandma’s house she would read to me from a book all about gnomes. except
for the pages where they were naked, which there were surprisingly many of.
3. i could eat a bagel every day and never get tired of them. i think i scared my dad once by how fast i ate one he bought me on a road trip.
4. target is my version of heaven.
5. peonies. not only are they amazingly beautiful but they
remind me of my grandpa. i love them for both of those reasons.
i have a really hard time with choosing a “favorite” of pretty much
anything. so i don’t know if i have a favorite youtube video but i do love looking up
clips from what is kind of like the british version of modern family. the show is called outnumbered and i could honestly watch clips of the little girl, karen all day long. first of all, she has an accent, which makes just about
anything better. but she also makes up most of her lines on the spot which makes it extra
hilarious because you can just see her little mind spinning.
so here are a few of my favorite clips from
in third grade i did the second official report of my elementary school
career on the african elephant. to this day it is still my very favorite
animal. i could go on and on but i will spare you all the details and just say i think they are the most amazing creatures and it is incredible to me how they
have emotions and instincts so similar to humans.