november good times

another post! more photos! gee are you sick of me yet?

a lot A LOT of studying and work happened in november. i honestly don’t fully know how i made it through the semester and actually had time to do these fun things, too? maybe this is why my grades were so mediocre? heh

the highlights of this month, as evidenced above, the hightlight of this month was seeing sufjan stevens in baltimore with friends. i didn’t know if i was going to be able to squeeze the show in because i was going to be putting on a health fair the entire day and giving a presentation on stroke in spanish (ha. oh gee that is a story itself!) but i bought the ticket anyway, and it was worth it. completely, utterly. if you get the chance to see him live, do it.

a new, well, actually old-but-restored, gallery opened up in november near the white house, so we went to check it out. i actually went to it three times, but the first time was my favorite. the renwick does not disappoint! happy to have friends in my life who enjoy looking at dead bugs, marbles, and twine!

my friend works at npr, and this month i got my own personalized tour! the place is like disneyland for news junkies. i loved it. i got to put on 30,000 dollar headphones and talk and listening to my voice was like 100x better than when i have to listen to myself in my head. thanks, lee! you’re a gem!

also you’re probably wondering what those two pictures of tables are? like, alyssa- what are you doing with so much food all the time? WELL november means thanksgiving, and you better believe i helped cut all those pieces of pie for my calling at church. yes, my calling involves preparing food and putting whipped cream on 300+ pieces of pie. not mad! speaking of thanksgiving, i worked the holiday, which was actually pretty fun considering it was a holiday. after all the customers left we had our own thanksgiving celebration with all the leftover food and drink. a happy thanksgiving indeed!

and that, my friends, was november 2015. isn’t playing catch up FUN??

september and october 2015

resurrecting all these photos reminds me that i really do have a great crop of friends, also the fall colors of this area of the country are UNREAL.

first off, birthdays! and a random photo of the cathedral because idk, it was the golden hour and i liked the framing or something. amy had a birthday so we went to wharf and ate crab legs. and the sunset was pretty unreal. IMG_6976IMG_6977after church there was a rare day that i didn’t get called into work, so hailey and i went down to the hirschhorn art museum. that is one thing i did a lot of in 2015- art. i think i developed a greater appreciation for it, or maybe just taking photos of the art? idk but when there is an andy warhol staring you straight in the face you gotta take a pic with marilyn’s lips! also that cheese plate was my consolation for failing some test i had to take. manchego fixes all life’s problems. IMG_6978

in october i made it a point to buy everything trader joe’s sold that was of the pumpkin variety. mormon activities always have refreshments…. this was the first activity i had ever attended with corn on the cob as the institute food? weird. but strangely satisfying. also blythe came back from africa and all the chicks were in the nest! i was happy about that. and then i had to go to my internship and i was probably working a night shift and tired.  IMG_6982one weekend we went to charlottesville, va to see BSU play and trounce UVA. it rained and we wore ponchos, which was my first time actually wearing a poncho, how fun. go bsuIMG_6979the following day we went to an apple orchard and i had my first apple picking experience. also, apple cider donuts are last meal worthy. IMG_6980thank you kolby for helping a sister out. those were the best apples of my life, and the size of my head. IMG_6981i wore lipstick and took a picture in a CAR after giving a talk in church. i was relieved it was over. the leaves matched my shoes and this pleased me. i finished my gallery wall and it was perfectly haphazard. i hit my head on those bottom two photos all the time. AND i want this door in my neighborhood. IMG_6975another weekend, we went camping somewhere in virginia. it was called shady acres or something, and quite honestly sounded like a pet cemetery, but it was quaint and fun and i came back smelling like a fire, so it was perfect. also we got a cabin so we didn’t have to sleep outside, and trent and i got to share bunkbeds. also, that bottom right photo is the one i shall put on the cover of my memoir because me and apple cores, ya know? IMG_6983hiking in shenandoah. it was slap your grandma pretty. IMG_6984

wow this post makes me look so outdoorsy. i promise you i spent most of my time this fall being super indoorsy, but whatevs.