Saturday, August 31, 2013

A New Job

Guys, I am just finishing my second week of a new job situation and it is wonderful! As much as I loved the opportunities I had to work my way around and meet so many amazing people while working for Vivint, it just came time to get a job more suitable to being a full-time college student.

last Halloween's group costume at Vivint
That brings me to my new setup! I work as at the Social Science/Education Reference Desk in the BYU library. It is so much fun, especially since I am a Social Science Teaching major in the first place. I get to see new books come through on all social science topics and I totally nerd out over all of them. Its also great because I am building relationships with the topic librarians and learning of the amazing resources here at the library in order to do fantastic research. This is going to be so beneficial for the rest of my college experience.

my super talented new coworker does the whiteboard art for the department, and it's awesome
For this semester only I am also working as a Teaching Assistant for a professor I had last year in the religion department. I love working with her for a couple reasons. First, she is so knowledgeable I am constantly blown away. Second, it will be great to be able to work with students about their work and get a taste of what it is like to grade papers, deal with grades, all the stuff that is a teacher's least favorite thing to do.

Both of my new supervisors have been so great to work with and are letting me split the time I am allowed to work in on-campus employment between the two jobs. Once next semester starts I will be able to stay at the reference desk for all my hours. All around, I think it is the perfect situation.

Friday, August 30, 2013



So I am pretty sure that I have blogged about my hatred of running in the past. Not that I hate to work out, but just that I get really bored of just running all the time. That being the case, several months ago I was just cruising the internet looking for different ideas on how I could exercise. I love exercising in a variety of ways, similar to the way I was always excising during the practices of all the different sports I used to play. Just for kicks I decided to do a you-tube search for a beginner, full body, pilates work out. I did a few random videos, just clicking on whichever one was the same length as how much time I had. Then I started to notice a bunch of videos from one girl, and went to her home page. That is when I found the treasure trove that is Blogliates!

When I say treasure trove, I absolutely mean it. Blogilates is run by Cassey, a pilates instructor who decided to put all her knowledge on the internet for free! She has page after page of workouts, videos, recipes, motivation, clothing, and almost anything else you can imagine. I used to laugh at things like pilates and yoga as being too sissy for any actual benefit, but her videos are killer. Each month she creates a new calendar of workouts pre-planned that you can work from. There is always variety, and it is so easy to see the checklist of videos for every individual day. She also has a beginner calendar up all the time for anyone just getting started.


With September just around the corner, a new calendar is on its way out and I am so excited. I usually try to do her workouts 4-5 times a week and then run at least once as well. I have found that for me, this is the perfect amount of variety that I need in order to not dread the running day(s). One time when I was really not wanting to run, I didn't for a few weeks. The next time I did I was really worried about dying since it had been a while, but I jumped on the treadmill and ran farther than I had in a long time. That was when I knew for sure that these videos were really doing something for my whole body, other than the confirmation from gallons of sweat I have every time I finish. 

Someone should really do this with me! In order to get the current calendar you just need to subscribe with your email. All that means is that you get the password to the calendar sent to you, and once a week when she makes a new video she sends it at well. Sign up and tell me you did! We can help each other make sure we stick to our goals.

Go check out her website here if you haven't already. Get lost in the maze of videos like I did. It will be worth it, I promise :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Man's Search for Meaning

I recently was assigned to read this book for my Introduction to Psychology class at BYU. When I saw it on the syllabus I was initially just glad that I already owned it so it was one less book to purchase for the term. I have had this book sitting on my bookshelf for a few years (I don't even remember who it was that gave it to me as a hand-me-down), and I had never gotten around to reading it. I saw that it was written by a psychologist and for some reason that turned me off to it. Then I finally started reading.

This is one of my favorite things I have read in a long time. His thoughts about what gives meaning to a person are so beautiful. The most amazing thing about this book is how it is written. Viktor Frankl is a survivor of several Holocaust concentration camps. As a practicing psychologist at the time, his memoirs are written with the unique perspective of hope during some of the darkest events in history. As you read about the everyday experiences of a camp, you simultaneously learn his prospective on man's ability to adapt and survive.

Without giving away the entire book, I want to share a few of my favorite quotes.

"What is to give light must endure burning."

"But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer."

"Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'."

"Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself."

There are so many more, but I will wait. Let me know if have read this before and maybe we can have a little chat. If you haven't, I really encourage it. You can get it on Amazon for less than $10, so there is no excuse. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sunday Social

Last night I stumbled on this link up and I figured I would jump on in!

What is something you've always wanted to do but are afraid of?
I have a fear of falling, usually from heights. But I would love learn how to legitimately rock climb and do some crazy climb. I saw climbers in Zion National Park last year and it looked insane!

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years we should be done with school and living somewhere for Brett's first job. Maybe in the Northwest, maybe in the Washington DC area. In five years we should also have our family started with a baby or two.

What are you looking forward to by the end of 2013?

Our two year anniversary next month, going to a 30 Seconds to Mars concert in October, and taking my Media in Politics class starting in two weeks.

What are your hopes for your blog?
That people want to read it! And to improve my writing skills.

Do you see yourself living in your current town/city?
Nope. Provo has been great for us and still has things to offer, but we don't want to settle here permanently. Ideally we will finally settle somewhere on the west coast of Oregon or Washington. If between Provo and the Northwest we end up at an internship or something in Washington DC or Texas, that would be amazing.

What is your morning routine?
Wake up about 6:45. Get dressed, do makeup, and straighten my hair (I am a night shower-er after exercising so that really cuts down my mornings). Eat breakfast and read a little scripture with Brett before heading out at 8:00 for either school or work, depending on the day.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Bringing it Back

Over the last week or so we have been having lots of throwback activities. It started when Brett was planning what to do for Tyler's Mormon version of a bachelor party. They settled on watching Heavyweights, a Disney movie about kids at fat camp. Since they didn't get to finish it that night, Brett and I obviously had to finish it ourselves.

Each time we watch Heavyweights, Brett and I always eat junk food. Last time was ice cream, this time fresh cookies. How could you not eat treats when the kids on screen are too?

Then we had to buy new laptops. Yes, that was laptops plural. I was able to get four years out of my laptop, but when the power plug on the side broke and it would cost $250-$300 to fix it, we decided it was time for a new one. Then Brett's laptop that is only a year and a half old also died out on us. After two brothers-in-law that are computer guys spending 2 months trying to fix it for us it eventually became time to buy two laptops. Now we have matching laptops (tentatively named Maverick and Goose).

Long story not very short, It means we had to transfer all our documents, pictures, and music to our new computers and reset our iPods. I took this opportunity to do a music purge and it had brought back so many old songs that I love. Combined with the fact that it is summer and I always go back to country music in the summer, I can not get enough of the music I remember from growing up.

Flash forward a couple days and we are watching Space Jam. You read that correctly. Space Jam. At this point we are getting a little out of control.

And finally we get to Netflix. I came home one day and Brett was super excited to tell me he had stumbled upon Malcolm in the Middle on Netflix. Naturally, we are now a few episodes into that as well. We alternate some Malcolm with Seinfeld. Once Seinfeld is finished off our next plan is to put Scrubs into the mix.

Something about not having cable but having Hulu and Netflix gets us stuck in old shows. We are more than okay with it though.

Friday, August 9, 2013

America's Game

What is more American than a summer baseball game? When I asked my sister she said " pie!" Probably true, but baseball is right up there on the list. Salt Lack has their own Triple A team, The Bees, that supports the Los Angeles Angels so naturally we had to go. I love going to baseball games. So much so that we went to a Mariners game for our honeymoon. 

It was Matt's idea for the group of us to go to the game. Matt and Hannah, Scott and Megan, and Brett and me. I think it great that the Lee brothers all are friends and do things together. 

The best part of an outdoor sporting event is when the lights get turned on!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

2013 Ward Campout

I love camping. It is one of those things that I grew up doing and I look forward to every realistic opportunity I have to go. Last week was our Ward Camp Out with friends from church. Sadly, I totally forgot my camera. We went last summer with Brett's brother and his wife, so just enjoy those pictures instead. Anyway, it was a great evening of campfires, conversation, and laughter. Payson Lakes is one of my favorite places to go in Utah. Its an hour away and brings with it some cooler weather and trees. Two years ago we even took our engagement pictures in a couple places throughout the canyon.

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Forgotten Garden

When we visited my family back in April I borrowed a bag full of books from my mom's bookshelves. It was one of my favorite parts of the trip. I sat on the living room floor with piles of books around me and discussed them all with my mom and husband. Why she liked certain ones, which ones discuss this topic, which ones do others, etc. Sadly, I am reading them a lot slower than I was expecting due to the fact that I am taking classes this summer, but I did finish this one a while ago.

Short review: I liked it, but didn't necessarily love it.
It took me a little while to get into, but once that happened I just wanted to know what happened but not necessarily all the details. I have this problem where once I start a book, I have to finish it no matter what. That is where I was with this book. 

The story covers three generations of women and bounces around in time to show events as they are happening to each woman. These kind of books tend to frustrate me because story lines seemingly drop off at the end of a chapter when you jump back from 2005 to 1900. By the end everything wrapped up together nicely. It was a simple read and if I wouldn't have had homework I would have finished it quickly. If you are looking for a simple read to pass the time, this is not a bad choice. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Love in the Air

The main event in our trip to Portland and Seattle was the wedding of one of our best friends to his beautiful fiancee. Tyler and Kourtney had been dating for a while and we were so happy to hear that they were getting married in the Portland Temple in July. After making the trip we were there for all parts of the ceremony, reception, and Brett was in all the pictures as a groomsman. It was such a wonderful day! As busy as weddings are, and as exhausted as we were from everything else we did that week, we were so happy for the lovely couple. 

It was amazing to be back at the Portland Temple again to see one of Brett's childhood friends tie the knot. Brett, Tyler, and Jesse all grew up together and I am the only wife that isn't local to the Portland area as well. Pretty coincidental that two of the three marriages were in Portland. It was so good of Tyler and Jesse to come to Spokane for ours.

More pictures of Tyler and Kourtney are bound to end up here, but for now, pictures are not available yet, so its just these smart phone pictures of us. Thanks to Michelle for letting me borrow this beautiful dress for the weekend!