weekly recap.

in one word or phrase: "just when i thought i was out...they pull me back in."

i'm dreaming of: warmer weather without the threat of snow. apparently it is going to snow tomorrow...but i thought it was supposed to snow yesterday...utah weather, gotta love it.

song on repeat: i am super loving some old stuff lately...mostly griffin house and this song.

gotta write it down: i need to start writing it all down. i used to be such a good journal keeper...and blogger. i need to do better. this is the first step to making that happen.

lesson learned: never trust that the attention seeking, mental health kid will not hurt themself, even though they pinky-promised not to...just figure you are making a trip to the emergency room regardless.

picture to frame: i stole this one from my sister...i didn't take any pictures this week...sad face...love lillie and all her facials...especially her selfie faces.

highlight of the week: i got to go on a "ride-a-long" with my friend's husband who is a police officer. it's not the most exciting thing, but i am super entertained by it.

weekend to-do list: i should have cleaned more than i did...also should have worked on organization projects i have planned...i got distracted by the olympics. i'll come up with another excuse to avoid it all next weekend, too. hahaha.

how was your week?
did you have big weekend plans?

that's all.


sometimes friends are the best.

i was super bummed when i received news that i didn't win tickets to see james taylor and the mormon tabernacle choir. i was even more bummed when i found out that not a single one of my out-of-state family members won tickets either. i love james taylor with all my heart and i couldn't imagine him coming to utah and me not seeing him. (except that it did happen once, but i went and saw him in portland instead...i mean, that counts.) i was planning on standing in the standby line but kept having visions of not being allowed inside. so sad.

so you will understand the sheer excitement i experienced when i received correspondence (mind you, in two forms...texts and instagram comments) from the bestest friend ever stating that she had tickets and was asking me if i wanted them. i mean, i can't even express in human words how excited i was...i could "eek" it to you, or screech it to you, but not words. i made her promise she wasn't playing a joke on me, i was so excited. she definitely made my day...my year, even. james taylor, people...james taylor. i just can't get enough.

anyhow, after i calmed down a bunch, her generosity got me to thinking. i am blessed to know someone as kind and generous as she is, besides the fact that she is talented in every way you could possibly think. i love that i know her and that she is someone that i get to call friend. i am truly grateful for her friendship. but the part that really got me to thinking is how i should be more generous in my own life.

i'm not going to lie...i feel like, as of late, that i haven't been very focused on others. i can even admit that i have been pretty selfish. i don't like that about me right now. but i don't know how i got to this place. i can see where i steered the wrong direction on occasions and where i should have and could have done some things differently, but there wasn't an outright decision to be this way. and now i realize that i am going to have to step outside of a comfort zone to change things. and i really dislike stepping outside of comfort zones...i mean, it's so uncomfortable...but it must be done.

and so i am challenging myself...be more generous. or be less selfish. how ever i need to frame it to help myself change. because i do need to change. and i'm glad that on top of being gifted james taylor tickets, my friend could also gift me with this realization about myself.

this picture is old...like, over 10 years old...and i love that it exists. that is my dear friend, the gift giver, on the left. my baby sister in the middle. and me on the right. i don't know where we were or why we were taking this photo, but believe, i love it. (and that is a scanned-from-a-print-never-been-edited photo for your viewing pleasure...keepin' it real.)

do you struggle with generosity?
are you grateful for delightful friends?

that's all.


i was thinking.

this is a random list of things i have been thinking about or have thought about in the last little while. we all know how i love a list. enjoy.
  • i don't mind a well crafted tattoo. in the past i have even considered getting tattoos. several different ideas on several different occasions, but i never followed through. i was looking at some pictures of tattoos on a fellow blogger's blog and i have come to a conclusion...tattoos should never, ever, ever, never be on the face, neck or hands. they just scream "i don't give a crap" and sometimes look dirty. and i feel the strongest about hand tattoos. not cool. not cool at all.
  • i have officially not written a thing for this blog in over a year. i think about starting it all back up all the time, but then get overwhelmed with the thoughts of all the posts i could have written, maybe should have written or would have written if i would have stayed at it. and then i do nothing. i was reading some old posts the other day and couldn't stop laughing at myself. i mean, not to toot my own horn, but i think i am pretty funny. so no more thinking about it. i'm just going to do it. i'm going to start writing again. and we'll see where it takes me.
  • i've been contemplating a possible advancement opportunity at work a lot lately. there is a very low turnover at my work and so when advancement opportunities arise, everyone is excited to and sometimes expected to jump at the opportunity. but right now, it is the very last thing i want to do. it is weird to think about the work dynamics and how one person can change the way the whole ship is run. and i cannot foresee myself even attempting to right the ship. and i fear that the expectation to throw my hat in the ring is going to be so overwhelming to me and it is going to cause me great anxiety. blah. i'm over it. (and sorry for the super lame, non-descriptive description...it is just the nature of the beast.)
  • this past christmas i was fortunate enough to be gifted a delightful dslr camera. it is something that i have wanted for a long, long time. but over the last couple of years, i stopped taking as many photos as i used to. i'm not really sure why. it makes me sad. i love looking at old photos. i really need to start packing around the camera and practice. and then i need to practice editing them in photoshop. i am not sure what i think i have to do that is more important, but apparently i find it and i do it instead. here is to changing that, i guess.
  • i found a small box of old mixed tapes from the late 1990s. i borrowed a tape player from a friend and went through all the tapes. it was the greatest trip down memory lane, i couldn't get enough of it. it was so fun to listen to the songs that were my favorites at the time. it was also hilarious to check out the playlists...some of the combinations were hysterical. i did make special effort to save them as playlists in my itunes and i am for sure going to burn them to cds to listen to in my car. i mean, i can't imagine anything more hilarious than listening to a "mixed tape" from circa 1997 while i drive around town. memory trigger, for sure.
  • one of the greatest moments of my life was being able to see james taylor live. i've been to plenty of concerts, but nothing will compare to the anticipation and excitement of james taylor. he is hands-down, my all-time favorite. so you can only imagine how blasted excited i was to learn that he was going to be performing with the mormon tabernacle choir in september. i made special effort to remember to sign up for the lottery. i also made sure that all my family members signed up, too. i figured between all of us, we should have been able to get at least two tickets. well, wouldn't you know...not a single one of us "won" the lottery. it makes me super sad to think about. i mean, it is james taylor. i am for sure going to plan on standing in the standby line. hopefully i can talk my seester into standing in it with me. i mean, if all else fails, we will get to spend some quality time together in downtown salt lake. and we can probably go somewhere fun for dinner. here is to hoping that the concert happens for us, though.
  • i went to the "corn store" in logan today. i don't know why i call it that, but i do. it is a produce "stand" in a garage on 400 north and about 50 west in logan. there is a sign that says corn and it is the only thing that i remember about the outside of the building. i started going there last year and loved getting garden fresh produce, locally grown for way cheap. so, while i was running errands this morning i decided to stop by. it wasn't great, but i got some nice corn (of course), zucchini, onions, tomatoes and peaches. i can't wait to make my mom's classic zucchini and corn. such a summer staple.
  • a friend got married today and as i was thinking about what to get her, i decided that i was going to make something for her. and then i saw a lovely crafty-craftiness on another blog and an idea came to me. and now i can't wait to make her something. and maybe i'll make something else. i feel a crafty streak coming on.
what have you been thinking about?
did you miss me?

that's all.



in case you were wondering what i did today...on this fine monday--my day off...i colored. and i'm not gonna lie, i enjoyed it. i felt like a kid...pretending to have no responsibilities or grown-up things to do. i just listened to music and colored. and i think i might do it again someday...soon.

and yes, i busted out the crayons and the markers. go big or go home.

and i have no idea how i decided upon nemo and a unicorn, but that is what happened and it was glorious.

how was your monday?
do you like to color?

that's all.

summer concerts and stuff.

summer concert-ing is upon us and the season opened a few weeks ago with an amazing show at red butte garden. it was my first time to that venue and i would absolutely make every effort to see as many shows as i can there. it was super-duper chill and beautiful...albeit cold. we would have been wise to bring layers...lesson learned.

the shins were headlining but the head and the heart opened. i have a deep love for the head and the heart. i love everything about them...even the fact that they seem like dirty, smelly, hippy hipsters. but clearly, their music has my heart. and their short set lived up to the hype in my head...always does. thankfully, they are headlining this fall...you can trust i will be there...and you are more than welcome to join.

show number two was last week and it was amazing. again, the venue was stellar. it was at the gallivan center in downtown salt lake. i've only been there once before and it was to see the same band...the avett brothers. last year i loved the show and it poured rain. this year was just as amazing and it didn't rain. and i was in great company. half the fun of going to a show is sharing it with friends and this one was no different. thanks, bek.

next week is show number three, joshua radin. i have mixed feelings about this show. i originally was planning on going with a couple of friends but they acquired tickets to another show at red butte garden that evening and they subsequently invited me to join them. it makes my heart hurt because a) i love all of the artists that are playing at both shows and b) note my declaration in paragraph one of this post. but, because i purchased joshua radin tickets already, i feel like i must support joshy-josh (we are close like that...i can call him joshy...he follows me on twitter). besides, it is at a venue that i have never been to (the depot) and i want to check it out. luckily, i think i have conned my out-of-town sister into going with me...coincidentally, this show falls right in the middle of our family vacation week at park city. like i said, mixed feelings. but i am excited to go with my sister...we always have a good time together.

there are two more shows lined up for the end of this month (band of horses) and one in august (iron and wine). it will be interesting to see how these shows go. they are part of the twilight concert series in downtown salt lake. i have seen both of these bands as well. the last time i saw band of horses i was with someone that wasn't that into being at a show and we left early. i am excited to fully embrace and enjoy band of horses this time.

i'm a little weary about going to see iron and wine again. last year, we spent some good money on tickets to see iron and wine and it was an epic disaster and disappointment. normally, iron and wine is fairly acoustic with a little of this and that, but fairly mellow. for the particular tour we saw, mr. sam beard (lead singer...and mostly the whole band) invited thirteen other musicians to join him. it was a wreck. not a single song sounded familiar because of all the instruments. now, don't get me wrong, the musicians were absolutely talented and had i not had an expectation of what i was going to hear it would have been enjoyable. but i was expecting to hear iron and wine and i was thoroughly disappointed. let's cross our fingers that this doesn't happen again. luckily, tickets were only five bucks so i won't feel bad walking right out of the show if it doesn't partially live up to my expectations. i'll totes keep you posted.

hopefully more shows pop up. i love to go to them so much. i don't know why or how or what started it, but i might be a little obsessed with live music. and i love it.

oh, and i convinced another friend to go camping...after three years of wanting to make that happen, this might be the year.

do you like live music?
do you have summer plans?

that's all.