Saturday, July 30, 2011

Oh how lovely!

As you can see from the pictures below, dear Steph and I had a glorious day yesterday! Words can't explain the joy that we felt. But, Stephanie skipping around the house afterward possibly could... Either way, we were pretty much on a high the rest of the night. And, let's just say, this is going to happen more often than it has in the past.
Taz, Steph, Me
Zoe, Steph
Zoe, Steph, flippin' gorgeous field
I hope you'll all excuse the crappy photos. The two of Steph were taken by me (with my phone) while riding my horse. So, it was hard to keep things steady. That's also why there aren't any pictures of me on my horse. And because it's just more fun to look at pictures of Steph. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011


I saw this today and quite enjoyed it. It reminded me of my author project for Mr. Davis... 
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Song of the Week

I have fallen in love with this song! The first time I heard it was at Senior Ball and I loved it and then I kind of forgot about it. But, it came on one of my Pandora stations the other day and I remembered how much I like it and it inspired me to start my newest "-- of the week" post.

I hope you'll forgive me for sharing a song that may be "overplayed" but I never know about things like that because I don't often listen to the radio. 

My imagination is a jerk.

So, last night when I got home at midnight from babysitting, I found something not so pleasant. I was locked out of my house. All doors were locked, the keypad was dead, and all open windows were too high to reach. I  called each member of my family's cell phones twice. I called the house phone twice. And, when there was no answer, I decided, "well, it's past midnight and I'm really tired and just want to go to bed. I'm just gonna sleep out here. I'm tough. I can handle it!" (FALSE!) So, I went back into the garage, grabbed a sleeping bag and a camping pillow, and lay down on one of the lounge chairs on the back porch. I read my scriptures on my phone, turned on some music on my iPod and tried to fall asleep. (I made sure good old Mud was sleeping next to me to make sure I didn't get eaten by our local cougar) However, my calm attitude about this whole ordeal was shattered like a crystal glass thrown against a brick wall when Mud quickly stood up and started to push me out of my "bed" with his head while very disturbing noises were coming from the opposite end of the porch. When I didn't respond to his attempts to get me up and I only burrowed deeper into my sleeping bag (at this point totally freaked out), he just turned around and watched whatever it was that was preparing to pounce upon me and eat me for a late-night snack. I tried not to imagine what it was but it was impossible. My wild imagination just took control, At first I thought it was my cat. "She goes hunting at night and I can't see whatever it is so it must be small... But, Mud wouldn't be acting like that towards Lucy... He knows her. Maybe it's a skunk... That would suck... But at least skunks can't eat me. Only make me smell like heck for a week. [a few minutes later] No. There's no way that's a Lucy OR a skunk. I can't see it but nothing as small as a cat could make noises like that... Oh my heck! What if it is a cat? Just a really really big mean cat called a freaking cougar?" At this point, I had already turned off my iPod so my already oversensitive ears could hear every rustle of the grass and I could be ready to scream and I was now whipping my phone back out to again attempt calling my family to the rescue. I could hear the phone ringing loudly inside but no feet running to answer it. I hung up and tried again. No answer. I tried again. Nothing. I was delusional. I wondered if someone would finally answer the phone before I was torn to shreds by the vicious animal currently making its plan of attack only ten feet away. I tried not to cry and was mostly successful but I didn't stop calling over and over. Finally, at 1 o'clock, Alex answered the phone. However instead of "oh my gosh are you okay?!", I got a "Stop calling!!" and her hanging up on me. After calling her back three more times, she finally came to my rescue. I tripped on my sleeping bag as I ran inside as fast as I could only to find her staring at me with an obvious "What the heck?!" on her face. I just ignored her and walked away. By the time I had washed my face and brushed my teeth, my imagination was too active to fall asleep so I lay in bed reading random blogs and watching the new trailer for Doctor Who. At last, at 2 o'clock in the morning, my brain began to wind down and I fell asleep. Thank goodness!

My advice to you all now: If you want to avoid occurrences like this and maintain the ability to keep your imagination in check (and not come off as a total wacko!), don't read suspense novels while babysitting late at night with the power out and then come home only to be locked out of your house.

Friday, July 22, 2011


Remember them? I think they're really cool. And, they had another performance two nights ago and it's amazing! It's one of those things that reminds you of the 4th of July and of patriotism and of how blessed we are to live in the United States. You should watch it :) It's quite incredible.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Utah Weather and Hiking Through It

This is what happens when you count on Utah weathermen and their predictions of only 30% rain. But, it was more fun this way anyways :)

Jacob, Ryan, Me, and Kristy after finishing hiking Stewart Falls through a rain storm.
Photos are the courtesy of Kristy's phone.

Friday, July 15, 2011

#10- Check!

Last week I went through one of my "sewing moods" where all I want to do is sit down at my sewing machine and design/make something cute. So, I got to cross #10 of my summer bucket list but I'll probably keep at it for the rest of the summer because I love to sew and doubt I'll find much time to do it when I'm back in school. Here are the results of last week's frenzy:

This was also a great opportunity to take a bunch of pictures of my precious little sisters (and their adorable friend, Carley).

I Can't Believe It's Over.

There aren't many words for me to express my feelings right now. However, I can say that am going to miss Harry Potter so so much. I have grown up with this series. It's part of our generation's legacy. I can't let it go. I am never going to stop watching the movies or re-reading the books and I'll probably still throw on my glasses and carry my wand around the house every-so-often even though there aren't midnight showings to dress up for. And, when I'm old and have my own kids, I am going to relive the excitement with them. After they've read all of the books, I'll introduce them to each of the movies one by one just like I experienced them. Though I am having a very hard time dealing with the shock of this being over, let me say that I think that they finished strong and this most recent movie is my favorite of them all. I think it was very well done. I really feel like they did a good job capturing the emotion and the stress of the events in the movie and sharing it with the audience. (I at least felt it. I think I cried five times.) I also feel like the actors did an especially incredible job (namely: Alan Rickman. Wow). If you haven't seen it yet, I encourage you to do so. And, #4 on my summer bucket list is now complete!

Monday, July 11, 2011

For Your Eyes Only

When I listen to music, I don't have only one style or genre that I like. I love everything but rap. But, I don't love them all at the same time. I just go through kicks with certain artists or groups. Currently, I am obsessed with 80's music. Billy Joel is one of my heroes right now (See "Innocent Man" or "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"). And, I really love The Police ("Every Little Thing She Does is Magic") and Neil Diamond ("Cherry, Cherry"). The other night, my mom introduced me to a new 80's song that I absolutely love. I admit, I hate the artist's voice which is why I am choosing not to give you a link to her song like I did with the others but I do love the lyrics. It's called "For Your Eyes Only" by Sheena Easton.

For your eyes only
Can see me through the night
For your eyes only
I never need to hide
You can see so much in me
So much in me that's new
I never felt until I looked at you

For your eyes only 
Only for you
You'll see what no one else can see
And now I'm breaking free
For your eyes only
Only for you
The love I know you need in me
The fantasy you've freed in me
Only for you
Only for you

For your eyes only
The nights are never cold
You really know me
That's all I need to know
Maybe I'm an open book
Because I know you're mine
But you won't need to read between the lines

For your eyes only
Only for you
You see what no one else can see
And now I'm breaking free
For your eyes only
Only for you
The passions that collide in me
The wild abandoned side of me
Only for you
For your eyes only

Friday, July 1, 2011

Take a breather.

"Rest is not idleness... To lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time" -- John Lubbock

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