Friday, December 19, 2008

I am a dreamer. I've always been a dreamer. Dreaming of what could be, could have been, what could but never would be. What I lack in action is made up for in extreme hope and faith in something entirely different than what my actions are pursuing. I dream of wild fantasies, of a different life that has never been my own, would never be my own. I've been building my own demise and the pathway to that demise contains everything but what I truly want. The person I see is not myself. She has never looked the way I should. I should be beautiful. Smaller and warmer. Cheekbones large and protruding, almost freak like, their severity lessened only by my wide round eyes. They shine, almost sparkle in vivid shades of green. So wide with hope, desire and power. Power to attain the things I crave, and bravery. Her eyes speak with out sound, her heart is worn on her sleeve. Its unprotected but still guarded. Long black locks of hair swirl out from her scalp and sway perfectly as she enters rooms. Mysterious but everything is given away, or what is to be perceived as everything by her eyes. Even as a child, the confidence that I was somehow better, more thoughtful, more open, more deserving of my heart skipping a beat, of that persons attention.. felt as though it belonged to me, yet it wasn't me. This life that I felt someone like myself was meant to have has never been more than a fanciful wish, that someday maybe by chance I would wake up from the nightmare of this chain of mediocrity and entirely usual events that have been my actual life, claimed my life. I'm good at things. Good. Good is the blandest and worst of all complimentary words that exist in the human language. The only thing worse than being good at something is being OK at something.. and only because that means that you aren't even good at that something. I'm good at most things, and I feel with little effort I could be good at anything. I will never be spectacular at anything. There in lies the problem with being good at most things...just good enough. Good enough to pretend that I might have some sort of special skill, somewhere.. or maybe if I tried just a little bit harder I could excel at some, one thing. But that's not me. Perhaps its the completely self obsessed part of me that believes that this can't possibly be true, that i contain something just a little better than everyone else, something that shines a little bit brighter but has been dimmed, probably even burnt out by this relentless fear and inability to actually do anything. I think of doing things. I dream of doing these amazing things, being looked at as something not ordinary, something of greatness, and power, and beauty. Of others knowing that there is something about me, that isn't like them. That my compassion for their suffering is great, hindering and sometimes all together consumes me. I worry more about you.. them.. anyone before myself. I ignore and become removed, rather, I remove myself. There is sadness, but mostly confusion as to why I instinctually make the wrong choice. I see myself as so powerful and willful with an almost animalistic need to attain membership in this world I so badly want to be a part of but I remain stalled and motionless. I don't know if I'm even necessarily falling backwards or if its just that I can't keep up.

I don't know if sadness is even the right word. Somber?

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I <3 My Family.

Last week was super nuts but I loved every second of it. My little sister got married and my brother Billy and his family flew out for the wedding and to spend time with family in general. The wedding turned out really nice, I honestly didn't get to enjoy myself much, but it was Wendy's day to not have to worry about a thing so I think that I accomplished that! She looked really beautiful in her dress, and Chris performed the ceremony. He got a lot of compliments on it and I think it may have been a neat enough experience for him that he wants to do more.

The younger kids all wore their halloween costumes (the wedding was on halloween!) and they all looked so cute! Lora was a pirate, I made her the costume and she seemed to really like it! Its the third costume I've made for her.. last year I made her "a very real" looking Sally costume.. even hand painted the exact patterns on the different colors of fabric.. and the year before I made her a cute fairy princess costume. Its fun to be able to make stuff for her, I can tell she feels extra special in the handmade costumes and knows that most kids have to wear gross plastic cheapo ones. Billy and Christy's kids went as minnie and mickey mouse and were totally adorable!
I was so happy to get to spend as much time as I did with Billy and Christy and their kids. Its crazy that you can love little kids so much that you don't even get to spend that much time with. I feel like Alana (minnie mouse!) genuinely gets it that I'm her Aunt and I feel like we have a fun little bond even though I only get to see her a couple times a year.

Sunday night after the wedding everyone came over to my house to just hang out and eat wedding leftovers. We managed to get everybody there so of course we had to take a picture.. there is a lot of us and this is only the 2nd time in probably a decade that we've all been in the same room together! Last weekend was great and really made me so thankful for my family. I can't imagine ever having as many kids as my mom had.. but I really feel like people with super small families are missing out! My family rocks!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

This feels much different than 4 years ago.

I have a lot to write about and many pictures to share from the last week or so of my life.. my little sister got married and my brother Billy and his family came out to visit and while both are extremely important to me, this is really important too. For as long as I've been aware of politics and government, George W. Bush has been the president of this country - It's pretty mind boggling to try and even think that tomorrow we will have a new president-elect and there is absolutely no chance of it being Bush. 4 years ago I voted and hoped and waited and hoped and watched and I went to bed that night knowing that Kerry had lost and it was going to be another 4 years of W. I feel very different today than I did 4 years ago. I really feel like I just went and voted for the next president of the united states.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Just some stuff..

Yesterday was my little brother James' birthday, I can't believe he is really all grown up, 18 years old. I remember turning 18 and who I thought I was at the time and what I thought I believed and it's interesting to think that James is now that age, in my head he is still that cute little boy in his blue jammies holding Tiggy outside our house in Rexburg, Idaho. I think maybe thats one of the reasons its hard to see him as a "person", I see him and who he is and it just dosn't connect right in my brain.. he is still 5, not 18. We had a nice little get together at my house for him and it was nice to have everyone together.

Lora and I went down to my garden to finally pick the pumpkins I grew and I have to say, I'm pretty proud of them! First garden ever, and I managed to get some good looking pumpkins! I let Lora choose whatever one she wanted and she picked the worst one. I wasn't surprised at all.. I would expect nothing else from that little girl! Little girl.. I don't know how much longer I even get to call her that, yesterday she looked more grown up than ever.. even in her "Clarissa Explains it All" inspired outfit!

Yesterday got me extremely excited for the next week or two. My brother Billy and his family are flying out and my sister Wendy is getting married on Halloween. It will be nice to have everyone all together since it rarely ever happens. <3

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I'm F***CKING Seth Rogen!

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

I loved the Sarah Silverman/Matt Damon & Jimmy Kimmel/Ben Affleck video a LOT... but I might like this one even better because I have a secret crush on Seth Rogen.. too funny!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

This makes me angry.

I got this photo off of a article about gas prices, which have fallen over 40% in the last month. FOURTY PERCENT?? Weird, I know I'm not a mathematical genius but a little over a month ago I was paying $4.15 per gallon of gas (which was still among the highest in the country) and now im paying $3.50 per gallon of gas.. somehow that dosn't equal 40% less, its actually about a dollar shy of being 40% less.

What is even more puzzling, is the fact that in most other places in the country the regular-cheapest gas is 87 octane, here in utah the regular is actually 85 octane which is EVEN CHEAPER, yet we still pay more!

I live 15 miles from one of many huge oil refineries here in Utah, a refinery owned by Flying J that somehow is able to transport gas to gas stations in New Mexico to be sold for $2.85 a gallon .. yet they can't transport it 15 miles for less than $3.50 a gallon.

It makes absolutely no sense.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Halloween Cookie Love

Saturday night girldates rock! Especially when making yummy soft sugar cookies is involved.. I like the fact the my saturday nights can include frosting cookies and watching Paris Hilton's - My New BFF (it was surprisingly entertaining!). My cookie frosting skills were not up to par with Aimee and Maddie but even the ugly ones still taste good right? I'm just going to consider this batch the practice batch and I will just have to make more!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

No Place Like Home

I'm back from my quick trip out to Massachusetts. It was definitely nice to go out there and spend time with people I always miss but at the same time it's very nice to be home. This time, probably more than any other time I've gone out there I was really homesick.. maybe not homesick but I missed the routine of my life.

Jill's son Jordan is totally adorable. He is full of life and personality and I had a good time playing with him. Jill should be very proud of herself.. she seems to be in a really good place in her life and is an awesome mama! She asked me to take some photo's of him for halloween so she got him all dressed up in little devil outfit.. so cute!

Speaking of cute.. I finally got to meet my newest (well, only) nephew Cole! He was born on my brother Jonathans birthday in February this year and has gotten so big! On sunday I went over to Christy and Billy's house to watch the Pat's game (ouchhhh....) and got to hang out with Alana a lot. She is so cute and talks A LOT! The way she would say "Auntie Sue!" over and over again made me happy. Im glad that even though we live on opposite ends of the country that she knows who I am and seemed really happy to see me... I brought her two crocheted octopus that I made and she loved them. (focus on the cute little girl and not oily-no makeup person on the right!)
I think I would have felt a lot more sad leaving but I know I get to see them all next month when they fly out for Wendy's wedding. I hope while they are here that the rest of my family gets to know them and can create some sort of bond with them because they are really awesome little kids.. with awesome parents too.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wishing I was already a grown up.

I have unfortunately entered a portion of my schooling that BLOWS. Hardcore. Flash is hard.. maybe I shouldn't have read the first 4 chapters on 3 hours of sleep - falling asleep every other sentence. It makes a little bit of sense I guess but the moment I start to feel like I might be grasping it.. BOOM .. nothing works and I want to punch the monitor. I wish I could just design stuff all day, my brain understands that sort of thing. Its the actual navigating the programs and all of the technical stuff that I sometimes have a problem with. Speaking of designing stuff, I have been playing around with a lot of stuff in Illustrator lately. I wish I could get paid to just make cute things all day - someday I hope. Someday I want to be able to design stationary and scrapbook stuff. I want to design my own collection of fabric. I pretty much want to be able to pay my bills while just making pretty things all day.

I have been really liking the projects I've been working on lately. I've posted a few things on my flickr account and gotten some nice comments. I was hesitant to post anything for people to look at because I know my illustrator skills aren't even close to being sort of good - I've been doing it less than two months but I feel like I've learned a lot in a pretty short amount of time.

Here are some projects I finished up tonight for a craft swap I'm participating in. Im picking up the prints tomorrow and they will be matted and framed - I hope she likes them!

They are meant to be displayed side by side like this.

If you want to look at any of the other silly things I've been doing you can see them on my flickr. I also put up a bunch of photos on Flickr that I took for my sister Wendy and her fiance for their wedding invitations. A lot of them were taken in front of the Nightmare on 13th Haunted House in SLC and I really like how they turned out!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


After a lonnnng crappy day at school this totally cheered me up.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Nothing of Any Importance.

Kelly got eliminated from project runway. This makes me sad.

I have re-discovered my love of Dr. Mario and I RULE at it.

I heart conversations with Maddie.

Lora is the best Grandma Georgina ever.

I got to see my brother Joe tonight.

School is kicking my ass.

Friendships seem to be fading.

Need to fly away to Boston and see family out there.

Helping my mom clean out her garage is HARD.

Kitty Litter sucks up spilled oil.

Traffic on the west side BLOWS.

The neat paper store up on Highland had no owl paper. Must steal Aimee's.

Wishing I still enjoyed stealing stuff from my big sister.

Should be working.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Project Runway Episode #2 and #3

School is kicking my bum so I didn't have time during last week to post anything about the second episode so I'm doing a 2 for 1 post! I really liked episode #2, I liked the organic-green fabric aspect of the challenge and for the most part I thought everyones dresses were really pretty - except for the dress that won! I was not feeling Suede's dress at all. It wasn't all that flattering and the fit on the back was bad. Sure, he definitely put a lot of thought and time into it but I can work on something for 24 hours straight - doesn't mean that it will be pretty! The tutu-ballerina look has been done a million times (even by me!) and it didn't strike me as a pretty cocktail dress at all.
I thought Kendel's dress should have won - she came in second and her dress was gorgeous and fit like a glove. I loved the big collar and the color - everything about it was perfect. Wesley got eliminated and i was totallllly ok with that - his dress was bad and he was one of the only designers that I felt treated his model rudely for the fabric she picked out.

Winner: Suede
Sent Home: Wesley

did they get it right?

half right!

Episode 3 was really interesting to watch - I love the challenges when they send them on field trips and they get to find their own inspiration for that are making. This episode was more half and half where the dresses that were good - were really good and the bad.. were bad. There were quite a few that I really loved. If I had to pick a most favorite (ok I lied - I have two favorites!) would be Kenley's and Kelli's.

Kenley's dress was really interesting and pretty. It seemed like had she changed even one thing it could have ended up really badly but everything was perfect and I liked how Kelli's had a perfect mix of so many different materials from sweater knit to leather but it all fit together perfectly. There were a lot that I didn't like but I think the worst were were Emily's and Keith's. They were both really bad but in different ways. Emily's dress could have turned out a lot better if the placement of the crazy ruffles were different - she put them in the weirdest spot possible but the black dress underneath seemed sewn well and fit nicely. I can't think of anything that could have saved Keith's dress and I completely agree with Micheal Kors when he said it looked like "toilet paper caught in a windstorm". It was shapeless and honestly, where would ANYONE wear that dress?? I was shocked when Keith was in and Emily was out.. because while both dresses were bad, Emily's dress was a little less bad and with a little bit of editing could have been wearable - what would have helped Keith's?

Winner: Kenley
Sent Home: Emily

did they get it right?

Again, half right! Emily should have stayed.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Brooke HOgan.

"You know what? I am actually not that much into voting. I think it’s kinda crazy that a woman is running, because I think that women deal with a lot of emotions and menopause and PMS and stuff. Like, I’m so moody all the time, I know I couldn’t be able to run a country, ‘cause I’d be crying one day and yelling at people the next day, ya know?"

- Brooke Hogan

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Project Runway Episode #1

I finally got around to watching the newest season of Project Runway's premiere episode and it definitely was not a disappointment! Its probably my favorite show on television! I have a tendency to pick favorites right off the bat, pretty much based on looks and the first few clips of their portfolio they show. Last year my favorites were Sweet Pea, Christian and Kat. This year I think my favorites are Kelli, Leanne and Emily.

None of the guys grabbed my attention at all. I thought the blue plastic cup dress, while yes, sure it was innovative due to being made out of plastic cups.. was a little over rated by the judges. It really wasn't an exceptional looking dress. Had it been made out of blue fabric it would have been considered boring and ill fitting I think. I was excited to see what Keith would come up with.. because he's the first person representin' from the SLC on the show, but his dress totally fell short too.. so many people used table cloths but at least the girls were smart enough to use solid colored ones so it at least looked like fabric and not a checkered tablecloth.. then all of the fishnet he added.. egh, i just didn't get it and the fact that he called it the most "sexy" dress out of them all was kind of funny. There is nothing sexy about a checkered tablecloth. Sorry!

My favorite ended up being the winner! Kelli made a rad dress out of vacuum cleaner bags. Everything about her dress was creative and innovative and she was one of the few designers that made me curious about her future creations. Kelli is seriously amazing, I have been following her work for over 5 years.. we were both in the LBG group, It was a small group of designers that mostly sold on ebay and she is definitely an inspiration.. She started out selling her stuff on ebay and now look at her! It kind of makes me feel like I can do it too...

Winner: Kelli
Sent Home: Jerry

did they get it right?

fo sho'!

Friday, July 18, 2008

I Love You, BITCH!

This is one of the best youtube videos i have seen in quite a while.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Giving Birth.

Sewing is weird. Everything is so ugly on the inside but the outside is pretty and looks effortless.

My favorite part is when you turn the ugliness inside out and it's almost like it gives birth to this cute thing thats been growing on the inside.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Pretty Cups.

I found four of these beauties on my last thrift store excursion. They are amber tinted with the perfect shade of orange flowers all over. When I saw them I instantly fell in love and they are getting my kitchen 4 glasses closer to being completely vintage.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

4th of July

For not really caring about this particular holiday I actually had a pretty enjoyable 4th of July weekend and its not even completely over yet. I would have liked to spend the holiday with my whole family.. but even though that didn't pan out, the portion of my family that I did get to see made it all better.

Chris and I went down to my dad's house. He made really delicious food in a dutch oven and gave Chris a lengthy lesson on dutch ovens which in turn has sparked an interest in Chris and he thinks we should get one and cook our meals during the summer with it. I like stoves - they are fast and don't involve burning oil onto big heavy pot things.

I spent most of my time just taking pictures of the cute kids running around. It came time to do fireworks and the whole neighborhood is going to hell for lighting off so many illegal fireworks! Very funny that a whole neighborhood of mormons were enjoying breaking the law.. while drinking caffeine-free soda!

If you want to see more of the pictures just check out my flickr.. Im leaving to go spend the evening with my favorite girls in the world.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Aww.. <3

Today has been a little crappy. I feel kinda down and frustrated with a lot of things. Im trying to shake it off.

Watching this video helped.

I pretty much can't watch it and not smile. :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Garden Update!

Our garden is doing soooo good, for the most part. If I had known what I know now.. I would have done a few things differently but for being the first garden I've ever grown I'm pretty pleased! The empty spot is where we planted cantelopes and watermelon but they both died for some reason. I had no idea that squash and zucchini plants grew as big as they did so they are all squeezed in with each other and are getting bigger by the day! They have almost overgrown my pumpkin and my onions are hidden within the zucchini leaves.

We still have to find some tomato posts, Chris tried to go to Lowes and get some but the lady there pretty much acted like he was retarded for not already having them and they were sold out. We have to find some soon though because I think our tomatoes are getting to the point that they really need them. I hope our corn produces something, I've heard from a few people that corn dosn't do well unless there is a ton of it. The corn plants are growing tall and look great but I guess we will have to wait and see!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Straight Outta Compton! Or the Mountains.. whatevs.

That picture pretty sums up the most recent camping trip. No, just jokes. It really was a great time, mostly due to the fact that my awesome friend Maddie came along for the fun! We were awesome and drove up just the two of us in my brothers truck and brought two big ass dirt bikes in the bed up into the mountains vagina.

Well its only 13 miles into the mountain but half of it is really fucked up dirt with rocks and a straight up cliff style drop off one one side that apparently 16 year old boys that drive jeeps that they really can't drive and Dodge Neons navigate up.

Both stories (the dumb boy driver, and neon) are really to stupid and long to even repeat. Pretty much, us girls rule and kicked that mountains ass. TWICE.

Smoked too many cigarettes, enjoyed lots of applefuntimegoodness, had really good almost therapeutic conversations with a rad girl, built the fire all by myself, had magical moments in the forest, was cold, was hot, almost annihilated my hymen, and fed Cuz lots of dog treats.

Camping RULES.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Troubles Melt Like Lemondrops.

"Some day I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemondrops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me"

But since that place doesn't really exist I'm going into the mountains for the weekend. Hope I return with some clarity and a peaceful mind.

And lots of funny drunk pictures.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Someone put me out of my misery...

Timeline of my morning/afternoon:

Wake up with horrible.. HORRIBLE headache.
Smoke a cigarette that makes me want to vomit.
Drive to Starbucks and get a quad Americano.
Come home, take 3 excedrin.
Drink Americano and a bottle of water.
Take 3 more excedrin and another bottle of water.
Lay down and fall asleep for 3 hours.
Take 4 ibuprofen and another bottle of water.

headache still here.

Friday, June 20, 2008

The evolution of making a creepy cute bag.

I'm participating in a few craft swaps right now on craftster (no more Archuleta to consume my time every week.. so I've gone back to crafting!) and one that I'm doing is the "Cute + Doomy" swap. Last night I decided to work on a bag.. it wasn't really planned out I just added stuff as I went but i really like how it turned out.

Here is the process.. in pictures!

I finished it and I still felt like something was missing so I added the pink Ric Rak and it really pulled it all together.. and besides.. EVERYTHING is better with some Ric Rak!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Never Grow Up.. Never Fall in Love.

I really never thought I would ever, EVER say this.. but the new Alkaline Trio is pretty close to horrible. Maybe its not horrible.. but its not good. Not even a little.

I've been having an over a decade long love affair with this band and this album is almost heart breaking.

If I had to pick only one thing that made them amazing.. it would be the lyrics. They have written some amazing songs with lyrical gems like "
and maybe i'll catch fire. something warm to hold me, something pure to burn away the darkness that hides inside my mind." and " He likes to spill all of his guts On the top of a well stocked bar
And then swallow them bit by bit remembering every scar As a valid reason for every drink" or how about "
I'm dying tomorrow, Did I do it right Did I remember to sleep in, Take lots of pills or Commit irreversible sins."

I could write down words from their songs for hours.. and I can think back to a certain point in time.. being drunk, or sad or even really fucking happy and being so glad that I had their music to listen to. The memories they have given me are priceless but even beyond that.. The Alkaline Trio have been somewhat of a bonding thing between me and my sisters. I think they are the only band that all three of us absolutely love and we all get the same sick tingle when we listen to them. I have so many sister-memories involving them.. from the time i played "Fuck you Aurora" in Rand's bookroom for Aimee to hear.. or when Aimee and I waited outside their bus like little fangirls just to be able to say Hi! to them and I still remember the heartfelt thing Aimee said to Dan about his songs. I remember driving to Cali for my birthday and fucking rocking out so hard with Wendy.. sweating and screaming along. Someday I will see to it that we really do get sister-tattoo's involving the whole "mishaps always happen in three's" idea.

I think all of that is why this new album is depressing me! There are no lines to fawn over. Not once did I hit the back button because I just had to hear that again.. in fact, I hit the forward button more than once. Their previous album Crimson almost left me speechless and this new one is making my mouth verbally vomit. I just hold those two boys to such high standards that writing songs with lyrics like " Love Love Kiss Kiss Bla Bla Bla" or "
And I feel a miracle, In every breath that I breathe, Won't let this miracle, End in tragedy " is just not acceptable.

I guess they aren't boys anymore. They grew up and fell in love.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Real vs. Pretend

I used a mannequin to model all of my stuff for ebay and etsy this week and I really like how the pictures came out.

From a customers point of view I would be interested in finding out what is more visually appealing. A lot of people say they like clothing to be modeled on a real person so they can judge the fit and compare sizing but I have also heard the opposite and people don't want to buy clothes already worn by someone.. even if it was only for a minute or two.

What do you think, which picture would make you want to buy the shirt more.. or not at all.. whatever..!

I can't escape the achey breaky family!

I just heard this really awesome band, Metro Station. Seriously one of the best albums I've heard in a while, synth pop-electro-punk rock and the singer is gorrrgeous. So pretty in fact that I decided I needed to find out more about him.. Turns out, his name is Trace Cyrus and HE IS MILEY CYRUS' BIG BROTHER.

What the!? Billy Ray Cyrus' son is this tattooed punk rock kid? It kinda makes me like that whole family a little more, which is scary because I already really like Miley Cyrus.

All silliness aside you should really go download some Metro Station.. you won't last more than about 2 minutes before your ass starts shaking.