29 February 2012

On Poets and Leap Day

HAPPY LEAP DAY! Did everyone see the 30Rock episode for leap day?  I hope so, otherwise you won't get why I'm showing off the fact that I'm wearing blue & yellow in the picture below:
And yes, I intentionally tilted my head so you could see that I indeed am wearing a ponytail AKA I'm not bald.

In other news, last night was marvelous!  I had plans with some friends in Georgetown.  Since I got there a bit early, I decided to walk around a bit.  Papersource was calling my name {paper stores = exactly how I want heaven to be}, and I ran into Michele!  Once it got to be 6:30, we went to George's, King of Falafel for dinner with the rest of the group.  Delicious!  The main point of the evening was to listen to a reading by Charles Simic, the 2007 Poet Laureate!  It was so great!  I really liked his poems.  Know who liked them even more?  The female professor who introduced him.  She was giddy like a Bieber fan, no joke!  Sorry I don't have any pictures of that, my camera was dead and I didn't realise it. Fer sad!
Paper Source

27 February 2012

Like A Movie

My weekend was eventful, to say the least.

I got a tour of the Capitol {again}.
Capitol tour

Oh, and I got locked out of my car.  And it's impossible to get into {that is neither a joke nor an exaggeration}.  And the spare key was in Philadelphia.  And my phone was almost dead.  And it was periodically raining.  And my Girl Scout cookies were locked in the car.  And so much more. The whole thing was just like a movie.  See? I even wrote so in my journal.

But stake conference was really good, and the sun was shining, and it was happy :)

26 February 2012

Nail Art

Here's a post that Jordyn will appreciate.  I used 3 different colours and attempted to do some cool designs on my nails! It didn't turn out exactly as planned, but I do think it's really cool!


Also, am I the only one who thinks my hand looks a little disjointed in this picture?

24 February 2012

9:30 Club

Last night, I went to the 9:30 Club with a bunch of people in the ward to see Galactic and Soul Rebels.  Now, I didn't know who either of these groups were before I went.  I was imagining that it would be something like that alien space guy I saw in Parker's Piece that one time (what with their space-agey names and all):
Parker's Piece aliens

Turns out, they were actually jazz-y/ska-y/funk-y/Bosstones-y.  AKA they were awesome-y!! Really, it was great!  I was sad that I had to leave early, but I had a fantastic time!

Also, if someone could get me into the sold out Ingrid Michaelson show that's coming up this spring, I would love you foreverrrrrrrr.

23 February 2012

The Deathstar

So I drive a Jeep.  More specifically, a Jeep Wrangler. 

Most people get surprised when they see my car, and tell me that they didn't expect me to drive a Jeep. 

What can I say? I like to surprise people & defy expectations.

[People are also shocked when I tell them that my car's name is The Deathstar (yes, as in Star Wars) AKA Emmanuel (since you know, it's a stick shift)]

22 February 2012

Cute Pictures

This post is for you, Monica, since you expressily wrote that you were upset I hadn't gotten these pictures while I was home.  I had my mom pick some of her favourites and then send them to me.  So here I am, posting them, and then there is also an additional BONUS cute picture at the very end.  Basically, it's Monica's fault if I look like a crazy person, because honestly, what single person just posts this kind of stuff?
[but really, how great are my parents?]



Dang it, it's not letting me grab the image address, so click [HERE] to see the CUTEST PICTURE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD EVER!!!!

20 February 2012

Good Things

1. Getting to leave work 20 minutes early, which gave me enough time to do everything I needed to for the afternoon/evening.

2.  Going on a fantastic run to an awesome playlist.  Having time to do yoga afterwords and being all limber. [This photo is to freak my Dad out]

3. Delicious dinner with super fun people!  Anyone who wasn't there seriously missed out on an opportunity to be in this awkward photo:

4. PHOTOBOOTH! I just never get tired of it.

19 February 2012

Weekend Update

This weekend, I went home.  It was a really exciting trip- not because I had to get the inspection done on my car, but because we celebrated my dad's BIRTHDAY!!!

I made a [most delicious] cake!

We had a delicious dinner, and we ate it all with CROWNS on!!  Happy Birthday, Papa!!
Classy Ladies

17 February 2012

Craving Summer

& being:
c a r e f r e e

Ponte Vecchio
Ferris Wheel

16 February 2012

Love Lasts

In a time when marriages end before they've even begun, I count my blessings to have my parents.  Today marks their 28th wedding anniversary {!!!}, and they are such an example to me of how selfless service, a good attitude, and hard work can not only make a marriage last, it can make it happy.

Here are some fotos of the happy couple when they went to Africa a few years ago.
Africa 2

While the primary goal of my trip home this weekend is to get the inspection done on my car, hopefully I can find time to scan & share some of their wedding pictures!

15 February 2012

I Would Be Sad- The Avett Brothers

Don't be fooled by the title- I had a great Valentine's Day! But until Rachael posts the pictures of the party to Facebook for me to steal and put here, I thought I'd go ahead a post a song that my roommate's fiance played for us/got us hooked on.
[Sorry that it's the tacky lyrics version]

14 February 2012

If It Is Right, It Happens...Nothing Good Gets Away

In honour of Valentine's Day, I wanted to post a beautiful letter that was brought up in conversation with some friends.  It's written by John Steinbeck to his son Thom, and I think it's marvelous.

New York
November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First—if you are in love—that’s a good thing—that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second—There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you—of kindness and consideration and respect—not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply—of course it isn’t puppy love.

But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it—and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone—there is no possible harm in saying so—only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another—but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.

We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens—The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.



13 February 2012


Caitlin's NEON birthday party was on Friday!  It was so bright and so awesome!  Last time I was at Caitlin's, I was sick so I couldn't participate in JustDance3; thankfully I was good and healthy this time so I jumped up for the first song!  Thank you to Yandary for organising it, and Happy Birthday to Caitlin!!
NEON Bday girl!
NEON party
NEON group
[and now I have the John Mayer song stuck in my head]

12 February 2012


I love the days that get me up early and keep me up late.  Which is another way of saying that I loved yesterday!

I woke up before the birds, picked up some pain au chocolat {during which I think I may have gotten my first speeding ticket?}, and then met my parents in the temple parking lot for a very quick breakfast.  My dad was a total rockstar and brought me a valentine!  Yay! Thank you papa!

The rest of the morning and early afternoon was spent cleaning the church building and then reading somma my books.  All good and fun, but it really got exciting when Jennifer and I went to see The Vow! So I love chick flicks, whatever, I'm a chick.  It totally ruled.

The night ended at a party that involved pysanky, Sherlock, and food!  It was a quality time, even the parts where I almost CRASHED on the way home because of the weird snow/ice.  At least my feet were warm, thanks to the socks that I was gifted! {my current books are included in the last picture!}

10 February 2012

Sign & Seal It

Once upon a time, my lovely friend Jourdan {you know, the one who is now in Paris...audible sigh} came to visit me in Philadelphia.  During our week-long adventures, she told me about her German {or was it Austrian?} friend Philipp, and how members of his family each had seal rings with their family crest on it.  As in, the kind of ring you use with wax-seal letters.  As in, he had stationary and wax to seal such letters.  I immediately said that that was basically the coolest thing ever, and asked if she could have him write me a letter just so that I could say I got a family-crest-wax-sealed letter.

FAST FORWARD TO YESTERDAY {6 months later}, and what did I receive in the mail but said letter!  It was the most cordial little note ever, but still so cool!  Thank you, Philipp!  One of these days I'll get some stationary worthy of a response letter and write him back.

09 February 2012


Best way to spend a Wednesday night.
Thanks to the Spanish group for letting me tag along! 

07 February 2012

Little Letters

Dear Guy Working At Panera,

Thanks for the free piece of bread.  It was both unexpected and extremely welcome!


A Carb-inore

Dear Soriya,

Thanks for cutting my hair today.  I liked that you are from Iran and we could talk about our experiences with different cultures.  I also liked that you both pronounced and spelled my name "Cmily."  "Emily" was always meant to be spelled with a "C" anyway.



Dear Food,

Thanks for once again being so delicious.  Thanks, Ciara, for making it together with me tonight!  And thanks for jamming along with us, Alicia!




06 February 2012

On Why This Is The Worst Week For Me To Have Decided To Give Up Sweets

So last week, I ate a lot of desserts, right?  Too busy to grocery shop, I subsisted mostly on the baked goods my roommates would leave out as a communal offering.  Friday night, I began my resolution to not eat any more sweets until the following Friday {10Feb} at my friend's birthday party.


- I really like sweets. 
- I have been having majorly awful cramps.  I just want chocolate to make it betterrrrr.
- I really really like sweets.
- My roommates have been baking more than ever.
- Still love sweets.
- The candy basket {yes, basket, not some sort of petit dish} sits at my desk at work.  Staring at and teasing me all day long.  And we just got a new shipment of candy.  Meaning that we have the good stuff.
- If I could, sweets I would marry.
- Now I can't tell if I'm moody because of the above point, or if I'm suffering withdrawal, or if I have genuine reason to be upset.

Luckily, there are a few things that don't count.  For example, chocolate chip oatmeal, hot chocolate, or chocolate chip granola bars.  
So basically, if you want to hang out with me this week {or for me to even think kindly of you this week}, I suggest you bring any of those three examples to me. 


{Wish me luck!}

5 Museums In 1 Day, And Other Adventures

Man alive, Saturday was a day of the most splendid variety.

First off, I met up with my friend Jordan {we've known each other for 13 or 14 years now}, his girlfriend {now fiancee!!!} Fan, and Jordan's cousin Jeff, since they were all in town.  Unfortunately, most of the pictures from our time at the Air & Space Museum and the Hirshhorn are on Jordan's camera, so the exciting ones will have to wait for another time.  Oh! I also got a cool tour of the Castle whilst I was waiting to meet up with them.
Kewl Wall
Flowers of the Future

After spending a few hours with them, I had 10 or 15 minutes before I had to catch a metro for my next trip.  So I went to the Freer and checked out the Peacock Room!!! I was soo excited!!
peacock room
peacock room

My next trip was to Eastern Market with Michele!  I got a fantastic pair of new earrings, yay!  Capitol Hill Books is right next door, so we went there, too.  I think I may have now hit up all the cool and famous bookstores in the area!  There were a bunch of funny signs strewn throughout the store.  Oh, and all art nerds, they had a really big selection of art books for a second hand store!
Capitol Hill Books

My final museum{s} of the day was{were} the American Art Museum/National Gallery of Art for the new Annie Leibovitz exhibit!!!  I first went with Michele, and ran into my beautiful cousin Jessie and her husband Steve.  Michele had to leave after a while, so I spent a few hours exploring by myself {and maybe catching a cat nap or two} until Ciara was able to meet up at the museum{s}.  I didn't mind seeing the exhibit again at all :)
Stained Glass

The night ended the best way possible- by watching a foreign film with Ciara!

Sunday was the tops, too.  Delicious food, I always want you.

05 February 2012

Fiddler On The Roof

This was one of those weekends that kept me crazy busy {and it's not even over}.  Those are definitely the best kind!  Sally & I went to Fiddler on the Roof on Friday night.  We made it just in the nick of time, and we had a blast!  I was dancing in my seat, which is always the sign of a good time. The main actor had been in over 3,000 performances of the show! That's CRAZY!!


I have lots of adventures to post about, but I've been so busy that I haven't had time to/I really need to clean my room/I FINALLY WENT GROCERY SHOPPING!!!!!

Better post forthcoming.

03 February 2012

This Is What Happens When I Don't Have Time To Grocery Shop

I had cookies for breakfast!  Don't worry, I balanced it out with some oatmeal.
Photo on 2012-02-03 at 07.52

Is cookies for lunch also not normal?  Good thing I balanced it out with pizza...

*also, I just set up a hair appointment for Tuesday.  So my bangs will no longer be disastrously long!!