Friday, March 29, 2013

date night: wild ginger

monday night date.
because we weren't patient enough
to wait until Friday...

we had a buy one get one free coupon 
at wild ginger sushi and we went
crazy over their las vegas rolls. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

i made: a knit skirt

I did it.
I made something with my sewing machine. Me!
I think that this is the start of a beautiful relationship between
mr. singer and me. of course, I had help along the way
telling me how to thread the machine, change the stitch, and,
even turn on the light.

in my {pitiful} defense, let it be known that
that light switch was TOTALLY hidden on the side
 of the machine.
okay, I promise I'm not completely challenged, 
but when I say that this was a first I really mean 
that this was a first.

I was so excited after making this beauty that I wore it two days in a row.
someone call the fashion police because I am violating all sorts of rules.
but, it can't be helped - I am in love with 2 yards of forest green interlock knit.

here are some places to find a similar, easy tutorial on 
how to make your own maxiskirt.

and, if the girl who didn't how to turn the sewing 
machine light can make one, you know that you can too. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

i love you, i love you not

five little things i currently love :
1. waking up late on saturdays (like, sleeping in after 8 am)
2. mexican food dates.

3. honorĂ© de balzac. he's majorly helping me with this french paper. merci, b.!

4. this blog and the hopes that I will one day be better acquainted with my Singer.

5. the sun shining outside.

three little things i {am trying but failing to} currently love:

1. final term papers.
2. waiting for this.
3. my hopelessly distracted self: "I am going to write this paper!Yes! I am motivated! But...hmm, I should probably check to make sure nothing exciting of FB happened during this 5 minute break. And, on CNN?" Palm to forehead.

Saturday, March 23, 2013


A few months ago, my friend and photographer, Alison, asked if 
I would help her with a photography project focused on 
on contrasting colors. The location was in a local 
greenhouse, and it was incredible to leave the freezing 
January weather {and boy was it cold here in January!} 
into what felt like what a tropical, humid paradise full of flora!

Check out more of the shots from the shoot here and take a look
around her site. She is a talented, creative photographer.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


I have irrational fears. I do not like studying alone in the front
room late at night (hello, there are scary things outside at night - 
like cars driving by and cats meowing and GRASS). and
of course I fall asleep if I try studying in bed and of course Phil
finishes ALL of his homework weeks in advance (I am not kidding)

 while I'm the lazy one who puts off everything until the.very.last.minute.
so he can go to bed at a normal hour and I, well, cannot. but just look 

at this picture! Phil so kindly humors my irrationality by sleeping
 in the front room while I study late into the night so I don't just give up
(because of the thoughts ruminating in my mind of bad men 
just outside our front door looming over my back as I read 
and type - where have these come from???) and go to bed.

anyway, i just couldn't help but snap this and tell the
world how wonderful this dear boy is.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

project: yours, mine, ours

this weekend, I spruced up our new ikea shoe holder that we got on our
last adventure to that magical place
I simply wrote the words "yours, mine, ours" (since phil and I
both share those drawers with our plethora of shoes) in pencil 
across the drawers in cursive and then painted over
the pencil in black acrylic paint. it's simple,
but I think it adds a creative touch to that corner
of the living room.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

challenge 395: week 12

this week we...
spent a little quality time together,
attended the byu lu'au,
noticed beautiful buildings,
ate classics
and added on.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

snip snip

and off fell...
10 inches.

the before:

the after:
 it was time for a cut; there was just
so much mane on my head and I ended up doing
the same old easy up-do with it everyday: bun/braid.
so, hopefully this change is fun 
although I am still adjusting to it along with phil (who 
has never seen me with short hair).

(SO glad that I can still put it into a ponytail and a bun!)

 plus, I feel good knowing that these
locks will help someone in need of
what I have a bounty of: hair!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

hey, sister

kristina (aka: keeks!) came to
visit today since she had the afternoon
off. she brought a pick of spring with her and
we enjoyed a frozen yogurt afternoon date. and,
 in other news,
today the temperature hit a high of 74! I know -- it was fa.bu.lous.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

365 challenge: week 11 - yoga and IKEA

highlights of the week:
^^ yoga wednesday. it was so good
that I still felt its effects waking up this {saturday} morning.
hello, hamstrings!

^^ we might have gone to IKEA...again!
phil was clearly very pleased about our free IKEA meal cards. 

^^ enjoying one of the chic "living rooms" in the middle of the store.
seriously, could you just transplant any one of those
"rooms" into our house? I'll take them just as they are.

^^ best ride down the aisle ever!

^^ new comfy spot
^^ because someone has too many shoes...
(I am going to paint this soon, so be looking for a project update)
handsome phil about to go and present a project 
on photoluminescence at a conference. neeerd. :}

Friday, March 8, 2013

thursday date night

because not having classes on Friday morning
means that we get to enjoy time, large burritos, and a movie
together even before the weekend starts.
 ^^ he's the best date ever!

 ^^ I may or may not be wearing phil's jeans here...
they are just SO comfy.

 ^^ you may have notice that I colored over someone's face that was showing
between our faces. haha. I am really talented at that paint brush...

Thursday, March 7, 2013

365 challenge: week 10

last week...
 ^^ I borrowed an old sweater of phil's

 ^^ we devoured a whole margherita pizzzzzza
 (we're lucky I even captured this
photo; we inhaled this deliciousness)

 ^^ philip blew out 24 candles

 ^^ we fell in love with this king size bed with white sheets and fluffy pillows
{future bedroom hopes}

 ^^ I wore some new skirts which make me feel as though spring is near ^^

 ^^ took a family date to ikea

 ^^ and had a cone to top it all off