June 7, 2010

Free Time... It's SO nice!

It's been a while since I've been able to enjoy some good-quality-sit-down-and-do-absolutely-nothing time. I think I've lost touch with my, "I just want to do nothing" self and have been so focused on "Go-GO-GO" for so long, well the last 2 1/2 years I guess. I know I've written about this before, so I won't elaborate. All I really want to say is that I'm happy with all this free time I have at the moment! I'm like a kid in a candy store, I just don't know what to do with myself… HA! I know, right.... of course I know what to do...

So I've "rediscovered" some of my favorite things to do:

Hang out with friends again, of course! At first I was sad at the thought of not being able to use the, "I have homework" excuse - just so I can have some personal time, but I've been enjoying a much more social life these days (THANK YOU roomies:) I'll have to elaborate more on that later, at least for the month of June aka 'The June that Ends Too Soon!'

The Internship. I like my internship. "Therefore I'm okay with working for free." (through semi gritting teeth!) I'll have to blog about my internship, what it is I'm doing there and the FABULOUS people I get to work with as well... :) In the future for sure!

READ. Yes, just sit and read. I used to read for hours and hours on end. I'm not sure when this "love affair" started. I do recall always finding the "MOST interesting" book around finals time in high school. It was always "just to good to put down" that I couldn't ever put it down... which prevented me from actually studying :) Shocking, riiiiight!

I'm embracing this free time... and I know it's embracing me back...

May 17, 2010

I can't believe it's over....

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. - Mark Twain

Yes. It's true. I, like my friend Mark, have never, ever let my let schooling get in the way of any education I've pursued. It's been a long time coming and I'm happy to announce: I've (finally) graduated college! Class of 2010 baby! ...and it's only taken me 9 years! Not that I haven't been busy or anything, but I've finally taken the last 2 years seriously and committed myself to finish something I started 9 years ago.

The weekend was a great celebration with family and friends, good food, seeing old professors and having a fun get-together... along with some birthday celebrations. See for yourself:

Dad & Gina (along with Gentry & Ashby) drove all the way down from Utah to see me walk! Very cool! L <3 VE them!

Pat & Peri were there as well, of course!

Dr. Lee... one of my favs! I had her 3 semesters in a row, she's seriously one of the sweetest people ever!

My LADIES + one! I spent several semesters with these kids: Chrissy, Justin & Callie!!! LOVE THEM!

LOOK! Stace-Face made it to graduation, just on time! Naaaah! That would have been nice though :) ...this is just a photo shop job ;)

...my cute little sister, Ashby and I waiting to be sat for dinner at a cute little Italian restaurant, yum!

May 4, 2010

A Free Time Reading FIND!

All semester long I've had a fabulous 2 ½ hour long break between my first and second class. I love it and will miss it dearly when the semester ends. I won’t however, miss my classes. Well, that’s not 100 % true either. I’ll miss the social aspect of having classes, all the conversations, all the characters I’ve had to work with or have been forced to work with on group projects. Ugh. And of course, all of the great friends I’ve made over the last few years. *Siiiiiigh* I will miss them. But life moves on and I’m all about change in the end. Anyways, this isn’t my “farewell to college” blog post…. This is something BETTER! This is something I came across while enjoying my 2 ½ hour break today.

It’s one of the best news articles I’ve read in a long time. So good, so touching, so what life should be about that I cried. I’m such a baby these days though. I don’t know what it is? Maybe it’s knowing that my brother is leaving for Afghanistan in the next week or two? Maybe it’s the “closure” of this chapter of my life? Maybe it’s a million other things, but in the end I’m sure it’s a mix of everything…. Anyways… here’s this incredibly cute story:

Local boy with cancer turns into a superhero for a day

Erik Martin, who is living with liver cancer, has always wanted to be a superhero. On Thursday, the regional chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him that wish with an elaborate event that involved hundreds of volunteers in Bellevue and Seattle.

By Katherine Long
Seattle Times Eastside reporter

Thursday was shaping up to be just another school day for 13-year-old Erik Martin, but then something extraordinary happened: Spider-Man called.
Spider-Man happens to be one of the few people who knows that Erik, too, has a secret identity — he's Electron Boy, a superhero who fights the powers of evil with light.

And Spider-Man needed Erik's help.

Erik, who is living with liver cancer, has always wanted to be a superhero. On Thursday, the regional chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him that wish with an elaborate event that involved hundreds of volunteers in Bellevue and Seattle.
The local chapter, which serves four states, grants more than 300 wishes every year to children with life-threatening medical conditions, but only a few of them involve so many participants.

Pulling off a wish like this one required a big story, and a lot of heart. And so, with a note of panic in his voice, Spider-Man explained the dilemma: "Dr. Dark" and "Blackout Boy" had imprisoned the Seattle Sounders in a locker room at Qwest Field. Only Electron Boy could free them.

Erik got into his red-and-blue superhero costume, and called on the powers of Moonshine Maid, who owns a DeLorean sports car. For good measure, more than 20 motorcycle officers from the Bellevue Police Department and King County and Snohomish sheriff's offices escorted Electron Boy to Seattle.
"They shut down 405 — they shut down I-90," marveled Moonshine Maid, aka Misty Peterson. "I thought it would just be me, in the car."

At Qwest Field, Electron Boy was directed by frantic fans to the Sounders locker room, where the entire team was shouting for help behind jammed doors. With a little help from Lightning Lad, the alter ego of local actor Rob Burgess, Erik opened the door with his lightning rod. The Sounders cheered.

"Thank you, Electron Boy," said defender Taylor Graham.

"You saved us!" exclaimed forward Nate Jaqua.

"Good job, big man," said defender Tyrone Marshall. And forward Steve Zakuani mutely bowed his thanks.

Electron Boy seemed a little dazed by his powers. Out on Qwest Field, the Sounders gave Erik a hero's congratulations, posed for pictures and gave him a jersey and autographed ball.

Everyone was startled when, overhead, the Jumbotron crackled to life.

"Electron Boy, I am Dr. Dark and this is Blackout Boy," sneered an evil voice, as the villain — Edgar Hansen, and his sidekick Jake Anderson, both of Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" — taunted the young superhero. "We are here to take over Seattle and make it dark!"

On the Jumbotron, a video showed a Puget Sound Electric employee Jim Hutchinson trapped in the top of his bucket truck in front of PSE's Bellevue headquarters. Only Electron Boy could save him.

As Electron Boy's motorcade — the DeLorean, the 25 motorcycle officers and a white limo — rolled through downtown Bellevue, pedestrians stopped in their tracks and pulled out their cameras to take pictures. Clearly, somebody famous was in town. But who could it be?

"It's Electron Boy," Erik's older sister, Charlotte Foote, shouted out the window of the limousine.

More than 250 PSE employees gathered outside the company's headquarters and cheered as Electron Boy freed the trapped worker. "It was so loud, people in office buildings were looking out the window," said Make-A-Wish communications director Jeannette Tarcha.

But Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy were still at large. Electron Boy got a tip that the evil duo were at the Space Needle, where they had disabled the elevator and trapped people on the observation deck. Racing back to Seattle, Electron Boy stepped out of the DeLorean to a cheering crowd of dozens of admirers, and confronted his nemesis.
"How did you find us, Electron Boy?" Dr. Dark demanded.

Erik wordlessly leapt at Dr. Dark with his lightning rod, freezing the villain. Then he unlocked the elevator and freed the people trapped upstairs.
Bellevue police Officer Curtis McIvor snapped handcuffs on Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy, who couldn't resist some last words: "How can we thank you for saving our souls?"

A tiny smile played around Electron Boy's mouth. Just for good measure, he held his lightning sword to Blackout Boy's throat again. The crowd went wild. "Hip-hip, hooray!"

Seattle City Councilwoman Sally Bagshaw stepped forward with a key to the city and a proclamation that Thursday was Electron Boy Day. Afterward, Erik posed for the TV cameras, flexed his muscles and spent some time astride a Bellevue police motorcycle.

"He's over the moon," said Foote. "This is definitely beyond anything we thought it would be."

Watching her son run across the plaza in front of the Space Needle, mom Judy Martin said Erik goes to school when he's able, but is often too tired. "He hasn't had this much energy in a long time," she said. "They called it the power of the wish, and they're right."

Like any good superhero, Electron Boy kept his innermost thoughts to himself. But he did have one important thing to say:

"This is the best day of my life."

April 22, 2010

Every now and then...

….I get the “travel bug”, well more like ALL OF THE TIME. Although I know fun travels are far off for a while, this is what I’m thinking of next:

April 20, 2010

I'm a sucker....

....for cheesy youtube videos, even if they are repeats.... But really, who isn't, right?! This is my latest find! And it's quite the jem :) I even LOVE the name: Axis of Awesome!

April 9, 2010

More Energy, Anyone...?

My doctor, Dr. Web MD respectively, sent me an email just the other day on something I've been struggling with for quite some time. The title of the article/advice/something we should all be doing was: "Fatigue Fighters - 6 Quick Ways To Boost Energy" After looking over these 'Fatigue Fighters' I've come to the sad realization that:

1. I don't follow any sort of regimen for health, right now at least.
2. These are all GREAT ideas I plan on implementing when I find the time.... errr, what?
3. They TAKE no time! 5 minutes is all it's asking!

So I'm going to start some of these up. It's my new goal, because everyday at 4'o'clock, I AM pooped, have NO energy, want to nap but then end up getting a second wind some short time later and then end up staying up WAY too late.

I'm sure you're interested to know what these 'Fatigue Fighters' steps are?! I've listed them below, along with the link if you decide you need more information.

Energy Boost #1: Reach for energy food
Energy Boost #2: Eat a high-carb, high-fiber breakfast
Energy Boost #3: Take breaks
Energy Boost #4: Get moving
Energy Boost #5: Take 5 and Meditate
Energy Boost #6: Ditch the Energy Vampires
Here's the link

Happy HIGH ENERGIZED Weekend Everyone!

January 28, 2009

Here's a random update for everyone. Sorry I haven't been to keen on writing on here lately... life is CRAZY busy with full time work and full time school....

Here's a bit of an update:

-I went from 15 credits to 12, as with working full time, I didn't have the time I needed to devote to reading an extra 40 pages a week... on top of the 70-80 I'm already reading on a weekly basis for my other classes. *sigh* So yeah, indeed I have nothing to talk about or discuss, unless you'd like to know about sustainable communities, world tourism and accomadations or the nature of inclusiveness....*SIGH*

-Training for the half marathon is getting more and more intense! I'm working out several days a week - and running up South Mountain (a nice little "hill" here in Phoenix) on any extra time I have. From the VERY top you can see the whole Phoenix valley! Amazing! From where we run/hike up to, it's also a great view and one of my favorite runs. Here's a picture from the TOP of the mountain.

-I'm OBSESSESED with chips and salsa, again. Oh, and I've been on a hot chocolate kick too.

-I've lost all interest in blogging. Period.

-I spent my whole Spring Break working. No joke. I worked six days straight, sad face.

-I'm LOVING my new place of residence! My roommates are fabulous, loooove living in a house and love the location :) Trust me, this move has been such an upgrade from the last place I lived... which was sort of a dump and living with a Beast isn't a good situation anyways, now, is it?!

-OH! I'm sure most of you have heard, but Jordan and Stacey had their bebe... Lily Grace Brown, or as Stacey's Dad calls her Lily Bean (and I LOVE the nickname and plan of using it too!)She's SO CUTE! I love her so much already :) She's such a sweet baby. So little and feminie! I swear, all first babies HAVE to be sweet and easy going, otherwise parents would stop at numero UNO if the kid were crazy! Here's Lily on her blessing day.
P.S. Jordan was deployed to Iraq today. Please keep him in your prayers that he'll be protected and kept safe.

-So after my run today, I decided to take a little "nap" outside in our fancy backyard (Although it's no Italian Riviera!) for about 30 minutes... man oh man.... it's only March (BUT 78 degrees!), and let me tell you... I FRIED! No joke. Not that I like to burn, but I do like to be several shades darker than I've been all winter long... and I'm now well on my way:)

-Peri (Mom) and went and saw the Lion King about a month ago! AMAZING! Although it was no NYC Broadway location, it was a close 2nd at the Gammage Theatre in Tempe, AZ. Meh. But the show itself was AMAZING!

-And last but not least... I'm OBSESSED with this new website... it's HILARIOUS! But it's not for the easliy offended, FYI! Some of the stuff is SO true... Twilight, group dinners, etc. And some of it's completely ridiculously lame... but still sooooo funny :)

January 17, 2009

It's been a while since I've done any blogging lately... and I have some pretty BIG updates!

I'm MOVING!!! YAY!! Anyone who knows me, knows that I don't stay put for long. About 7 months top in one place at a time. That's the going time length for me these days. Lol. Since being home from the mission, (2 years this last December, geezzzz, time flies!) I've lived in Scottsdale, Tempe, Ahwatukee and now I'm moving to Chandler (with a small stint in Asia). OH! and check it... I'll be living with all LDS girls... WEIRD! I've never had LDS roommates before, so this should be fun :) Out of the 4 of us 2 have served missions, sooo that should be fun!

I got my first "instult" here on my BLOG!!! Crazy! Hahahaa! Here is it for your reading pleasure:
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "I don't care if he's a Communist!" Remember that one? It was about {hot} Russian {sexy} tennis {puuuuuurrrrr} player, hottness Marat Safin:

'You're an idiot... just because someone is Russian doesn't make them a communist - that's just plain insulting. Learn about the different cultures of the world and the politics before you make comments like that, especially on the Internet where people who have a higher brain capacity than you can see it.'

Isn't that hilarious?! Seriously! Who goes around calling people idiots? Besides Tom Hanks trash talking Mormons... but seriously?!? Okay, I can catch myself trash talking certain things/people too, and I'm working on that... but I'd wouldn't be posting it on someones blog. Well, not as anonymous at least! So I thought you'd all get a kick outta that! I find it quite entertaining actually. Here's a little something to enjoy, again....
School starts! yay! One more semester down, two more to go after this one. 15 credits too. Phhhheeew! + working full time, yes - 40 hours. Pretty exciting. Well, basically I won't be having a social life for the next 4 months

I have to find a place to go for Spring Break!!! I'm thinking that I'll be meeting up with some buddy from Nor California in Southern California to hit up some amusement parks... but we'll see. I'd really like to go to Costa Rica or something?!?! Any Ideas?!? Somewhere CHEAP?!

I went to Park City, while the Sundance Fetival was going on this week, up here in Utah and DIDN'T see anyone famous.... BUT talked to some kid that seemed to have done too many drugs or was just putting on a really good act, on the bus that saw Will Smith buying some Nikes.... ooooh la la. So basically I'm ONE person away from Will Smith, or however that works?!? Funny experience tho :)

Gentry and I had a little dance party like old days. We danced to Out Kast- Hey Ya!!! Just like old times when I had moved home and shared a room with him.... sooo funny. I taught him to "Shake-a-Bumm" AND "Raise the Roof" - you've never seen anything as cute as a 3 year old shak'in his bumm!! Although his skills have digressed a bit, I'll have to come back up here more often to give him a few lessons!

I heart... RUNNING! No joke. I love it. Well, I guess I'm growing to love it. I guess right now I'm just liking it. But it feels great! I haven't gone in a few days due to sickness and then being on vaca in Utah (riiiiight, vaca in Utah?!?!?) But seriously, if you're looking to lose some of that holiday belly... running will do the trick! no joke!! You'll be "raising the roof" (hahahaaaa, hilarious!)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Amy Winehouse.... well, her music, not the cracked out version of herself. Unfortunate. She alone should be able to scare the CRAP outta anyone who might even be considering doing drugs... riiiight!

OH, and I've got two weeks to get caught up on The Bachelor... but I will... and that will be it's own blog. BUT I'm now obsessed with The Biggest Loser! LOVE LOVE LOVE that show! Soooo good... more on that later.... this is long enough!

Ciao for now!! More to come, after I get my homework done... I've got like 60 pages of STUFF to read... *sigh*

January 5, 2009

You'll Never Belive It...

But one of my 2009 Goals is to start running again... so some of my peps and I have decided that we're going to run a half marathon! I know, I don't look like I'm ready to run one, but I'm getting there. SL..OOO...WLY. YAY! Okay, sooo my peps are actually some family members and myself that have decided that we're going to run in the Charlottesville Marathon and Half Marathon at the end of April, in Virginia. And get this, it's call "Bad to the Bone" Marathon! SICK! It's actually considered to be one of the top 10 BEST half marathons for beginners and in America. YAY! It's also one of the most B-E-A-UTIFUL runs too. We'll be sure to take lots of pics! I'm SO SO excited to get back into running and I've been enjoying it the last few weeks I've had free from school. I hope to get better and make this a regular physical activity for 2009!!

December 26, 2008

I came across this video the other day and I thought that it portrays a GREAT message. As we're ALL surrounded by IMAGES everywhere of what we should look like, dress like, act like and be. This little message reminds us that we're all different, no one's the same and that goes for our clothes, looks and size. Yay for being HEALTHY and not trash talking ourselves :)