Friday, October 18, 2013

Confessing Two Levels of Nerd

So if you know us at all, you know that we have a huge soft spot for nerdy things that we think are awesome, but yet play off as a joke. Similar to how in "The Other Guys" Marky Mark knows ballet, but then says the only reason he learned was to be able to make fun of the kid he grew up with.

The problem is that we have a hard time remembering that we are supposed to play it off like a joke. Examples? Oh okay. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy (okay, lets be real, any of Christopher Nolan's movies), Brett's love and expansive knowledge of obscure 80's music, my crochet ability, and that conversation we had once about 1) how to determine levels of mutants according to X-Men, 2) what powers we and our friends would have, and 3) who would be the highest level, and therefore most powerful.

I know, its pretty sad.

But then I made a connection between two separate spheres of my nerdiness last night.

During half-time of the Jazz/Blazers preseason game (Confession 0.5-who watches preseason? We do.) we took the time to watch Bill and Jalen's 2013 NBA Preview (Confession 1.0). Bill Simmons is an NBA writer for Grantland, and Jalen Rose is a retired NBA player, and they are buds. After shutting themselves up to record their talks about how this NBA season will go, they are releasing their thoughts one team at a time. And they are hilarious! Check them out if you want.

Here is where the connection came it...It clicked in my head that Bill is a writer for Grantland and that one of my favorite articles written about a movie was on Grantland by someone who normally wrote about the NBA. Turns out it was him!

Back in February, as all my coworkers at the time know, Bill wrote an article detailing the extended trailer for Fast and Furious 6 (Confession 2.0-I love the Fast and Furious movies.). It is one of my favorite pieces of written work. There are F&F references everywhere (obviously), mentions of Ben Affleck, and basketball analogies. It is wonderful! If you like those things together, go read it right here! If you do, consider this a fair warning that you will not necessarily learn anything new, simply see everything that any fan of F&F has ever wanted to say.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I'm Not a Criminal

This little badge means that I get to start taking my education courses that include an introduction into classrooms. Don't worry parents of Utah high school students: I will not be setting an example of delinquency to your children, I promise. I am really excited to get to start working towards getting my own classroom, and to do so, I have to practice and gain experience, and now I can!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Last Concert of the Year

Guys, I went to a rock concert, and it was great. I have been to several concerts before, but they were always fairly family friendly country concerts either in big arenas or county fairs. This was my first concert that was in a small, dark building with nearly no kids in sight.

A few years ago, 30 Seconds to Mars came to Salt Lake and neither Brett or I went, and we have regretted it ever since. When they came back this year in a small and relatively inexpensive venue, we knew we had to go. I love 30 Seconds to Mars. They are extremely talented and the lead singer, Jared Leto, is the triple threat of modeling, acting, and band member. And the crazy thing is that he is excellent at all of them! He turns down movies in order to tour with his band which includes his brother.

Sadly, they wouldn't let me into the concert with my actual camera, only the camera that is on my old phone, so the pictures aren't the greatest, but I had to have some proof!

All of the band was sick, just like the rest of the world lately, so the middle third was more calm and acoustic versions of their songs. It was really great and was the perfect opportunity for Leto to show off the amazing pipes he has. If you don't believe me, check out this song

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sisters Dessert

The Lee family has some recent news that was worth celebrating. The beautiful girl in the middle was just engaged to the youngest Lee! We are so excited for Matt and Hannah and cannot wait to see them be married in December.

Naturally, this meant that we, as girls, had to go out for dessert to celebrate! When Brett and I were engaged, his sisters did the same thing for me, and it meant a lot to me to know that they were excited to have me join their family. I was so happy and honored to be able to help do the same for Hannah. It was a fun night full of laughs and wedding giggles. I am so happy to have all these new sisters of mine as such friends. We all missed Megan, who was too sick to join us, but there will be more opportunities in the future.

Check out these beautiful pictures of the engagement. I am so lucky that Brett didn't have anyone take pictures of ours, I had tears and makeup all over my face. It was bad...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Happy Birthday Brett!

Today this handsome guy gets to turn 25! He has accomplished so much in the four years that I have known him, and am happy that I get to be married to him and therefore get to help celebrate all his birthdays with him. I know that I am excited for all of today's activities, and maybe even more so than he is. :)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

100th Post!

I just was looking through all my drafts and scheduled posts and realized that I was coming up on 100 and though that it deserved its own post. Who cares that it took almost two years to get to 100 posts right? When I started this blog it was really only for two reasons, that my brand new sisters-in-law had them and I wanted to fit in, and that my mom back home in Idaho had one too and wanted to see what I was up to. I thought it would take me a decade to reach 100 posts, but now here I am.

Some of my favorite posts of the first 100 are below! Check them out if you feel like it :)

Some Sugary Goodness
Successful Sewing
When We Vacationed in Park City
Hiking and Camping with Friends
Midnight Movies
Why Parades aren't My Thing
One Year of Marriage
My Family Visited Utah
Christmas Family Pictures
Where We Eat in Portland
An Outdoor Country Concert
Why I Love What I Study
I Spent Too Much Time Making a Cake
Spending Time in Seattle
My Thoughts on Potential