Girls Trip

We saw an awesome city. We saw a great show. We ate yummy food. We shopped.
What more can a girl ask for? 


True Grit

The Coen brothers are doing it again. Josh Brolin, Matt Damon and Johnny Cash. This preview looks bloody good. True Grit? Indeed.


 I got my hair did

I figured it's going to usually look about like this anyway.

Vivi was our photog.(As she is every morning.)
Even though my head is cut off, I love this one the most.

Look, I'm cooking 
 With my mom and some monsters

Grandma Carolyn's Birthday Party



"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
- Marianne Williamson


By Sofia Coppola

Tom and I saw this preview a few weeks ago while at our movie theater of choice in Salt Lake.  I think Sofia Coppola is brilliant. Truly, who doesn't love Lost in Translation? And who doesn't love Stephen Dorff? Also, Elle Fanning, who played a young Cate Blanchett in Benjamin Button, is absolutely stunning. I think she has a very bright future ahead of her.

This movie is scheduled to come out on December 22 in limited release. You and I both know what that means.  It's not going to be released in my county. A little ridiculous? Don't get me started...

The song in this trailer is I'll Try Anything Once by The Strokes. I will say that it played a big part in catching my eye in this particular trailer.  I love The Strokes...and I love this song. (No, Phoenix did not cover it, they are on the soundtrack, but they only do a couple songs.)

So for those of you that live in our area but  haven't been to a theater outside of our county, you may not have seen this preview, so this is for you.


2b or not 2b
Please don't let it be a question. 
I  received an email from a forty something co-worker tonight. Do you want to know what was in the subject line?

I can't wait for you to guess...I'll just tell you. (Take a second to prepare yourself...)


This email has forced me to ask a lot of awkward and grievous questions I shouldn't have to ask myself. For example:
1. Can I consider this a safe work environment?
2. Will I ever go through a mid life crisis and behave as though I were 13 years old?
3. Is technology (use of texting and internet chat rooms) forcing us back to neanderthalism?
4. Why am I working here?
5. Although I don't know this woman from Adam,  how can I save her from any further embarrassment?
6. Is the English language dying?
7. And last, tell me one more time why I work here?
Why am I so down on "OMG" and any other chat room/texting acronyms? Well, besides the fact that it is very near physically painful to my eyes, I  resent it. It's lazy and lame and it's leaking into our everyday lives. I can't seem to go one day without seeing, or worse yet, hearing these irritatingly wretched words... Which, mind you, ARE NOT WORDS. Rather gibberish for young  girls and the feeble minded. Fine, if they are ten years old and are just getting into the world of texting and chatting (please bless there aren't any ten year olds out there "chatting") then fine, I get it. Hopefully it's just a stage of trying to find themselves, finding their voices... and when they realize no one is responding to them because we don't know what they are saying, they will stop this crazy vernacular and just  take  twenty more seconds out of their day to spell the full word. And for those adults that support their children in this behavior by purchasing comforter sets that  are decorated in "OMG, TTFN, GR8, LOL, IDK, BRB," and the like, I make a plea to you... Stop contributing to this rampantly horrifying communication (or lack thereof) madness!!! You are going to ruin your children's language and spelling habits and any chance of decent communication skills. I have a sneaking suspicion the local English teacher will not accept the answer  "IDK" on an essay question.
 I am now going to say something that I know will offend many people, but just know, I am saying this out of pure love and concern. (The fact that I can't take it anymore is a menial side issue.) Please keep in mind, I am not a linguist, pedagogue or even much of a language loyalist. I am more just a girl who has had enough and can take it no longer. 

Quite Possibly the most irritating piece of chat room/texting vernacular in existence is LOL. Worse forms being LMAO, ROTFL or LOLZ. Although it is mostly used by teenage girls in  chat rooms or on their Facebook status, I am sad to report I have seen many grown adults referring to their emotional state with this depressing form of communication.  So, I say to them- Speak proper, or STFU, NOOB. (Too harsh?)
So, Till we meet again.



Just what the doctor ordered 

Who has the best group of Sunbeams?
That's right... We do!


I couldn't wait for success...
So I went ahead without it.

-Jonathon Winters


Conference Sunday

I have always enjoyed Conference Sunday. 
I love our Prophet. I love to hear the words.
I love the stories. I love the lessons.
I love the truth. I love the spirit.
On this day I am reminded of President Hinckley.
 I miss him terribly. 
He will always be dear to me.

 During intermission, we became one with nature.
A great time was had by all.