Friday, December 16, 2011

After 4 years, 3 months, and 2 days my time has come to bid the MTC farewell.

Below is a random compilation of pictures from my time there.

This was my 3rd and final office while at the MTC. It was being painted when I first moved in and my boss thought it was hilarious...so he took some pictures.
 {February 2009}

 {February 2009}

{February 2009}

Meagan as a missionary.
 {November 2009}

Dropping Jacqueline off at the MTC and then going into work.
 {November 2009}

My farewell lunch with the Student HR office and Heather. Courtesy of my boss.
{December 2011}

I'm really no good at goodbyes.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I kind of have a life

Guys! I'm so excited! I kind of have a life.

I'm actually being an adult and going out and doing things. I think about something I want to do and then you know what?, I go out and do it! Weird huh?

Anyway, what I've been up to....

Volunteering at Primary Children's Medical Center

Interviewing for an associate underwriter position with Auto-Owners Insurance
(I think it went really well. I had 2 interviews and now I wait until after Thanksgiving to find out whether I got it.)

and the newest!!!
I am officially a volunteer to work Sundance Film Festival 12!!
(I'm super duper excited! I get a fancy puffy vest from Kenneth Cole and I get to watch some showings for free. And maybe if I'm really, really lucky I'll meet and marry someone famous. Ok jk, but really...)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

more shabby apple

Shabby Apple had another trunk sale today and I got
the Ming dress.

Online for $89

I paid $15

booyah!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Oh you want to know what I do every day?

I come home pretty much every day and immediately put sweats on.

 And yes I look like a boy.

I then promptly position myself in front of the TV and watch meaningless crap until bedtime.

fascinating, no?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

last one

I wasn't really feeling it this week. Maybe because I broke the other half of this cake...or maybe because the frosting doesn't taste very good. Whatever the reason, I gave up on the decorating so it's not as good as it should be for it being the last class.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

things on my mind

I made a reference to a movie, Clueless, and no one knew what I was talking about. I said Alicia Silverstone was in it and still got blank stares. I am officially old.

I volunteer for selfish purposes. I do it for the benefits that come to me (i.e. feeling good about myself, being around people, having something to do on a Saturday)

Sometimes I'm really funny and have people continuously laughing for half an hour. And that makes me feel good about myself, even if it is because I'm making fun of myself.

Sometimes I wish I didn't have to wear a bra. I used to never be able to be without one, it just felt weird to be that free, but I have now been converted. I may have spent the entire morning without one and only begrudgingly put one on because I had to leave my house.

Is it pathetic to go watch a movie by yourself? At the movie theater? Cause I do it all the time...and sometimes I even go in the middle of the afternoon...like an old person.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

cupcakes

This week...



I need to work on the consistency of the frosting a little bit.

Friday, October 14, 2011

when you're through thinking, say yes

Last night I attended my first for real concert.

I went to Secondhand Serenade at Thanksgiving Point a few summers ago and then Lupe Fiasco this past summer at Pioneer Park in Salt Lake but those didn't seem like for real concerts.

Anyway, last night was Yellowcard and I'm in love.

There really are no words to describe how awesome it was. Between the mosh pits and being pushed up against super sweaty people, the head butting someone on accident or ending up bruised like a peach, I've never had so much fun before.

Those boys sure do know how to put on a show. The energy was amazing, the music was amazing. I loved it and I'm totally obsessed with their music even more now. Live music is the best.

The only downer was that my phone takes such crappy pictures. So this is all you get.

{the stage before it started}

{that's Ryan-love him}


Oh yes, I was almost right at the very front. At one point I was only 3 people from the stage and totally touched the gate holding us in like cattle.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

cake

I'm taking a cake decorating class at Hobby Lobby.

This is my first cake. It wasn't very hard but it by no means looks super professional. I still need to work on my technique.




So far so good though. I'm enjoying it.

P.S. I put a football on it because I was/am (haven't decided yet) giving it to one of my home teachers.

Monday, October 10, 2011

I'm one of those


Not only am I watching this on Lifetime...

but

I'm also crying like a baby.

I am so old I now watch Lifetime and I cry while doing it.

I'm pretty sure there is a positive correlation between age and crying. Pretty sure.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

today I feel...

People usually have a hard time reading my facial expressions. I usually only have one look, even though I do know what different feelings are.

So I thought this chart might help you figure out how I'm feeling depending on my different faces.
Pinned Image

Sunday, October 2, 2011

I had a dream

This was a few years ago but I'm posting it now for documenting purposes. I'll probably forget about it if I don't and for some reason I think it's pretty cool.

I once had a dream that I got a mission call to Russia. Random right?

But...

I was told by an apostle that I wasn't allowed to go because I wasn't married.

So senior couples mission or mission president assignment for my future husband?

Friday, September 30, 2011

I got a promotion at work

to the Secret Service!

A few weeks ago the Secret Service came to the MTC two days in a row because we had the Prime Ministers of Tonga and Samoa come tour.

I was the designated photographer so I walked around with them. At one point one of them told me I was doing a good job and gave me that pin. Ha!

Aren't those the pins they hand out to children? Either way I felt cool.

And maybe this is a foreshadowing of my future life?...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

some nights are more eventful than others

like Saturday night compared to tonight when I'm finally catching up on blogging

Oh you want to hear about it? K here goes. Hopefully I remember all the details. Darn this terrible memory of mine. Good thing I'm blogging about it, eh? Ok I'll get to the story now.

So Saturday, I laid around all day. Watched Suits (new TV show from the summer you should check out) and then finally started getting ready for the day/night at around 2 PM.

I finally left my house at 5 PM (yeah got ready for 3 hours apparently, doesn't happen often). Katie and I drove up to Salt Lake, in her car, and went to Z'Tejas (see birthday clubs post). After our lovely meal, we went to Anthropologie where I got an awesome skirt for only $20, originally $98. Score! Said skirt is pictured below.


After that we drove over to Abravanel Hall for the Symphony. Love it.

So we're in line waiting to get into the parking garage and we start smelling something funky. Now I had smelt this before with Chewy (my old car) and thought "oh no, there goes the water pump." We finally get into the parking garage, pull into a spot on the second level and boom, the car exploded. Ok not literally. It started to steam under the hood. So we get out in our heels and fancy outfits, pop the hood and look.

We figure we should let it cool before we mess around with it so we went into the symphony and listened to some Stravinsky and Beethoven.

After the 2 hour performance we come out and once again pop the hood. We couldn't really figure anything out (surprise, surprise) so we just called AAA. That conversation was painful. The dude on the other end was kind of slow. Then the tow truck driver called me to get more details. I told him what happened and that we were on the second level of a parking garage with 6'2" clearance. Awesome. He asked if we could get it to the street and I said we could try pushing it but we were both in heels at the moment. He laughed and asked if we'd both be riding back with him to Provo. Um, no thank you.

We had 2 nice old men (grandpa age) ask if they could help. One wanted to pour Nyquil into the car. No thanks.

So we ended up riding back with the tow truck, he was a nice man and also had a missionary moment with him, even though he told us he didn't believe we were full on LDS. What is that supposed to mean?

After an hour ride with the tow truck man, we get to Provo. It's midnight and now we need to figure out how we were getting home from the shop we dropped the car off at. I like having friends that stay up late. John was a dear and came right away to rescue Katie and me.

Eventful night, no? And winded. This was a long post. Sorry about that. Hopefully at least the pictures were worth it. Ha.

Monday, September 26, 2011

different types of crying

I was talking to my roommate earlier about crying. I don't remember how we got on the topic but I realized, and maybe y'all already knew this about me, but I am a huge crier. Like for everything and anything pretty much.

I have done lots of crying lately. Lots. Like I cried at 2 different occasions just today. And no they weren't just an inside sort of sadness cry. In both instances, tears were streaming down my face.

different reasons/types of crying:
laying on my bedroom floor listening to sad love/breakup songs audibly crying

listening to Conference talks tears streaming down my face no noise crying

watching a religious movie and fighting to keep audible sobs from coming out because I'm in the presence of others while eyes and nose are streaming crying (which is actually quite painful, to try and keep sobs in)

laughing or smiling to keep from crying

I'm so angry and/or frustrated with you crying

PMSing and crying for no good reason

{Goodness. It's scary being me.}

Sunday, September 25, 2011

birthday clubs

I love free food. Especially good free food. These are some birthday clubs you should sign up for so you can have some of this free food. I'm only listing the best ones.

Benihana gives you a $30 voucher to use. Wanna know what that can get you?
Soup, salad, raspberry lemonade, half a sushi roll, fried rice, some veggies, chicken, shrimps, and a birthday sundae. I couldn't eat half of it before I was full. I had to take all of this home for the next day.

And they also take a picture and print it out for you. I wish more restaurants added that extra little bonus.


Happy Sumo gives you $15. Delicious. I got myself a Vegas roll.

Z'Tejas gives you $10 off a meal. I got these shrimp guacamole tostada things.


They were pretty good and the waiter was a really nice hipster man. My meal was originally 10.75 but when the check came out he said my difference was only .38 and that he'd take care of it. And he also gave us dessert on the house.
{it looks gross but I promise it wasn't. apple cobbler with ice cream}

I did not complain one bit.

Red Robin is also pretty good. They give you a free burger of your choice. I haven't used this one yet but I have in previous years.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Yellowcard

When I first heard Ocean Avenue, I kind of liked it, then I thought it was super annoying and hence I didn't really give Yellowcard the time of day.

2008 rolled around and I was dating someone who loved Yellowcard so I decided to give them another listen and fell in love. Their album Paper Walls was a life changer for me.

I broke up with the guy that I was dating (or rather he broke up with me but that's a minor technicality) and Yellowcard got me through it (or made me more depressed). Can't really remember anymore.


I shed many a tear to these songs. Regardless, I love Yellowcard. They are seriously underrated.

I will be going to see them in concert on Oct 13 and you should come with.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

new goal

I have a new goal in life. I may talk about it at some point on the blog. Maybe not.

But for now, know that my new goal requires me to get back into shape. So I started working out again.

Three days in and I'm already up to running 2 miles. You may not think that's a big deal but believe me it is.

Day 1 (Monday) I didn't even make it a mile before walking.

Day 2 (Tuesday) I made it a mile.

Day 3 (today) I ran 2 complete miles.

I'm feeling good about this.

Monday, September 12, 2011

update

I'm feeling this one today. Like I woke up singing this out of the blue and have probably already listened to it 50 times this morning. Not even exaggerating.


glad I'm not the only one

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Adele

This lady knows what she's doing.


I've had this song on repeat pretty much non stop the last 2 days.


Hopefully I'll soon move from that stage to this one...


Her explanation in the first video about the songs is exactly how I feel right now. Some people just have a better way of expressing themselves.

Yes I know I sound pathetic but sometimes you just have to say things out loud to get over them.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

who's laughing now?

sometimes I really like being short

like when this Banana skirt hits me at the knees instead of mid-thigh
(or like when i don't have to worry about {almost} any guy being shorter than me)


bam!
(please ignore my bowlegged-ness and gross face. just focus on the skirt)

this is seriously the most comfortable skirt on the planet. if i could, i would wear it every day. not even kidding.

modal fabric was the best thing ever invented

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

things we all do


it's how i'm entertaining myself today. i don't think they all apply to me but some of them for sure do.

like all of these...

267. i check my phone every 60 seconds when i'm waiting for a reply to something important because i think i won't hear the notification go off

247. i get ready to say something during a conversation, then the subject changes

240. that split second when you've rocked too far back on your chair's hind legs and you think you're about to die

239. looking all over for something, then realizing you had it in your hand

232. when i realize i overslept, i jump out of bed like a ninja

231. i make up a dream in my head before i go to sleep

216. i always take a peek out of my 3D glasses, just to see the difference

214. i hate when i'm dreaming and i can only move in slow motion

212. i'm scared to close my eyes in the shower because when i open them, i don't want a killer to be standing there

204. i wouldn't know anyone's birthday if it wasn't for facebook

201. i never know what i should do when people are singing "happy birthday" to me

198. hearing your voice on video and asking yourself if that's really how you sound

197. when i'm sleeping at a friend's house and i wake up before them, i sit there staring at the ceiling for an hour

186. i wish music played during epic moments of my life, and not just in movies

185. i walk a little faster when i see a creepy van

183. laughing so hard with no sound coming out, then end up clapping like a seal

180. i say "nevermind" because i'm just too lazy to repeat myself

179. the "would you still be my friend if i looked like this?" game

176. sometimes when i'm walking, i try to keep my feet in the little square tiles

173. the mini heart attack you get when you slip on ice

172. responding to texts while half asleep, then realizing you make no sense

170. lying in bed wondering it it's worth it to get up and pee

167. i run like a ninja to get my charger when my computer is about to die

159. flushing the toilet in the middle of the night might just be the loudest sound i've ever heard

158. i text so much faster when i'm fighting with someone

156. automatically hit ignore when i don't recognize the number calling

154. yelling at the main characters in horror movies thinking they will hear me

151. thank you hand sanitizer for letting me know i have a cut on my hand

150. i open the fridge a million times thinking food will magically appear

149. i never stick my leg off the edge of the bed, no matter how hot it is because it would get eaten off

143. when i see "friend is typing..." i stop typing

142. i hate when i'm about to drive into my driveway and my favorite song comes on

141. i don't change in front of my webcam because i'm scared people will see me

140. i save song titles as drafts in my phone so i can remember to download them later

138. when i'm in the shower, i slant my arm in a way to make it look like water is coming out of my fingers

113. when i was little i'd watch the raindrops roll down the window and see which one "won"

105. i think of something, then laugh alone like an idiot

101. i'll see perfectly untouched snow and get the sudden urge to run through it

97. i type out what i really want to say, then backspace the whole thing

95. when i read a sentence in capital letters, the voice in my head yells

94. i get a mini heart attack when someone says "can i talk to you?"

86. i re-play my favorite song over and over again until i get sick of it and don't like it anymore

81. i text someone in the same room as me and stare at them until they get it

79. i still use my fingers to do simple math equations

77. i say "haha" after a text so it won't sound so serious

76. i try to accomplish a task before the microwave hits 00:00

73. i leave the bathroom door open when i'm home alone

64. i'll feel my phone vibrate when it doesn't

63. when i wake up in the morning, the first thing i do is pee

59. when i'm home alone i blast my music extremely loud

58. i hate when people don't know the difference between there, they're, and their

49. i'll zone out only to realize i'm staring at a person

48. when i finish a test, i won't turn it in until someone else does

39. when i go to sleep, i cover my feet in the blankets because i'm scared someone's going to grab them

38. i go crazy when there's someone in front of me walking slow

36. i have to sing my ABCs to know which letter comes next in the alphabet

34. i run up the stairs really quick after shutting the lights off in the basement

32. i step on a leaf on the ground to hear the crunchy sound it makes

30. when my computer freezes i click everywhere thinking it will make a difference

29. when i'm home alone i assume every sound i hear is a murderer coming to kill me

26. before i go to sleep, i think of all the moments i want to relive

21. my voice suddenly sounds great in the shower and i convince myself i'm an amazing singer

17. i imagine scenarios in my head that will never happen in real life

10. when i'm alone in public, i look at my cell phone so i don't feel awkward

9. i overhear funny conversations but won't laugh because if i do they'll think i'm a creep

4. i throw my phone across the room after sending a risky text

2. i smile at my phone like an idiot while i'm texting you


{if you actually read through all of these, i applaud you. you now know lots about me.}

Friday, August 12, 2011

what's your signature?


A little blog called younghouselove led me to this quiz over at ethanallen.com. we all know i'm not a hardcore design person but I have gotten better over the years. 


anywho..you just click on pictures and viola! your signature lifestyle appears before your eyes.


my signature lifestyle is
vintage

The results are in – your Signature Lifestyle is Vintage. Vintage is a visually engaging mix of color and texture. A masterful display of the art of juxtaposition. Its thoughtful, collected vibe springs from a peaceful coexistence of seemingly unrelated elements. An eye-catching interplay of sunwashed fabrics, distressed finishes, and bold and graphic patterns add an element of surprise to any room.













and you know what? I'll take it!!


just to be on the safe side i took it twice and i got the same thing. the pictures switch up every time so it's essentially a different quiz every time you take it. 2 for 2.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

suckfest 2011

After countless of trips up and down the stairs, a few elevator rides, 3 trips to the storage unit, a trip to D.I., a few trips to the dumpster, and a few hours cleaning, my room looks like this...


 and my half of the storage unit looks like this


{moving is the pits}

social faux pas?

Does anyone else think it's weird when someone tries to talk to you in the bathroom?

Like a public bathroom. where each of you are in your own stall. and they try to talk to you while you're each doing your business.

Just give me a sec and then you can talk to me.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I want to be

A person that doesn't suppress a kind thought.

A person that when you think of, brings a smile to your face.

A person that is never inconvenienced by a friend in need.

A person who can comfort on a bad day.

A person who's shoulder you can cry on.

A person you can lean on.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

my favorite shoes

My favorite shoes are by far Vans.

 {those top ones are pretty grody. I've had them for a while.}
{the bottom row have all been acquired within the last year}

It's really hard for me to go into a Vans store and come out empty-handed. Although it has happened, I always consider it an achievement when I'm able to walk out without a pair of new shoes. Especially after Katie taught me that I fit into a size 4 in kids which makes them only $20 a pop.

How many pairs is too many?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Gonzalez-Bruce casa

is a disaster with the beginning of my packing.

 {this was Monday night}


{this is tonight's growing pile}


{Packing was the worst thing ever invented.}
{Actually, being homeless for 2 and a half weeks might take the cake.}

Thursday, August 4, 2011

big tuna

*Disclaimer: This is a super random post*

I like tuna. I get that some people don't but I think it makes a delicious and easy lunch.

Anyway, I just had a tuna sandwich and while I love it, every time I eat one I can't help feeling like one of those super nerdy kids that ate lunch by themselves in the cafeteria (which I totally was but that's a story for a different day).

Anyone else think the same thing? I have this weird stigma in my head attached to eating a tuna sandwich.

But I figured if Jim can do it then it must not be so bad.

earrings

I caught the crafty bug and made my own earrings. I used a mix of these tutorials


and


When I used tutorial #1, the earrings looked a little retarded.


So then I used tutorial #2, altering it a little bit so I didn't have to use as many circles.


The next attempt will include trying to make them a tiny bit smaller.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I love lamp

*Brick, do you really love the lamp or are you just saying that?*

*I LOVE LAMP!*

I'd been searching for a lamp I could use in my room for a while. D.I. is a hit and miss but hooray when it's a hit!

I got this lamp for $4 I think.



Then I went and bought some green spray paint and sprayed the crap out of it. I may or may not have gotten a little intoxicated out of it.

It took a few coats but then I ended up with this.

I would have preferred a more lime green look but oh well. You live and you learn.

I'm determined to make my next bedroom a real room and not a college dorm room.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

In the month of July...

Some of my best blog ideas come when I'm half conscious. The only problem with that is that by the time I wake up I don't really remember all the witty things I'd planned on typing.

The problems I face, terrible, I know.

Anyway, I figured the reason I didn't post anything in July was because I was off somewhere too
busy having fun. And seeing how I only worked 12 days that entire month, it's a pretty good assumption.

So let's have a quick recap, shall we? If anything, just for my documenting purposes.

The month started off by the pool



and visiting Freedom Days in downtown Provo and being super Mexican by eating corn with mayo and chili powder


(and making Katie try it because it's not that gross)



It also included a visit to the zoo


and a baseball game with fireworks.

That was followed by a hike to Stewart Falls



and a trip to Texas to see my family.

Texas included make-overs,



house hunting, pool time,


and just general relaxing.

Then came the drive from Dallas to San Diego with some border patrol, rain storms, head nodding, and finally the sweet sweet feel of the ocean breeze.



Returning to Utah after that was a little hard but I consoled myself through watching Harry Potter, going to the end of an Owlz game to watch fireworks and heading back to the theaters to watch Captain America.

July was finished off by taking a camping trip up American Fork canyon and then having a smores lunch that Sunday.


Overall, a pretty good month.

Here's to August being a better month for the blog!