Wednesday, March 31, 2010

wild things

i teach violin, and it's awesome. especially the funny things my students say..

a month ago:
student: wait. you're not married??
me: wait. you thought i was married?? how come? because i'm old?
student: oh, well are you a young adult?... if so, then you're too young.

student: how old are you?
me: how old do you think i am?
student: 36? because that's how old my dad is... he was born in 1974.
me: so close.

remember when things like age and marriage didn't make sense?
lucky i have this friendly reminder..

Thursday, March 25, 2010

leaving you

mr. space heater,

i used to love you. i would sit two feet in front of you and create hawaii inside my apartment. you helped me avoid hypothermia, and even took the wrinkles out of my clothes. you were my blowdryer.

and now i'm scared of you.

i tied my shoe in front of you, and my ponytail flopped inside your fiery center.
you burned my hair
and i don't know if we can be friends anymore...

[a freezing] chelsea.


"Do you think I'm wonderful? she asked him one day as they leaned against the trunk of a petrified maple. No, he said. Why? Because so many girls are wonderful. I imagine hundreds of men have called their loves wonderful today, and it's only noon. You couldn't be something that hundreds of others are."
Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything Is Illuminated)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


so i have this sister... and she's pretty much amazing.

she's put up with me for 20 years
everyone wanted her to be their "mom" when we played house growing up
she always sends holiday cards
she trained saylor to say she's her favorite aunt
she wore leggings before they were cool
she loves disney channel as much as i do
she can make friends anywhere
she calls just to check in- even if she doesn't need anything
she never seems stressed
she can cook better than any other college student
she's fashionably selective with a closet full of clothes that she only wears 10% of
sometimes she makes me laugh uncontrollably [this is often at church]

and now she's been accepted into a million and a half amazing graduate programs

i am so. happy. for her.
if only i could go with her...
congratulations ambs.

Monday, March 15, 2010

always follow the sartorialist.

could i look like this?
please and thank you!

isn't this picture beautiful? My amazing friend introduced me to a billion brilliant blogs that i have fallen in love with! This is one of the many many reasons why...

ping pong song.

have i told you i'm going to london? yep. next month i leave to spend the semester in the uk and i am terribly excited. i'm nervous because i actually don't know anyone else in the byu program, but i know i'm going to meet some of the most amazing girls, and i cannot wait.

have i told you the week after i get home from london i'm going on another semester abroad? yep. this is a global marketing program through the business school, so i'm expecting it to be quite different from the byu london center, but i'm also beyond excited. it starts in new york and goes to japan, china, italy, switzerland and france. we visit major corporations and learn from their marketing strategies. i can't think of anything better.

my summer is going to be the most amazing time of my life... now all i need is for it to hurry up and get here!