january 2018

what a month. it felt more like spring than anything else, but little did we know, snow was coming.

at the beginning of the month we continued our yearly tradition of seeing temple square lights after christmas… like on the day they turn them off. we like to live on the edge. in regards to food, i’m still cooking it up in tiny kitchen. another day, another pizza experiment. if your new years resolution is to eat more salad then i recommend this. also trader joe’s pizza dough is the best around. aaaaand, new year, new glasses. considering that i need them to see and they fall on the ground of hospitals frequently, i needed a cheap upgrade.

one weekend we went snowshoeing with some friends up at alta. it was so beautiful and actually felt like winter, something that we appreciated indeed. they’re getting married in march so it was fun to listen to brit’s wedding planning all while knowing that i won’t ever go through that again. phew.

and, january meant sundance! one of the best parts about living in utah is volunteering during the film festival. there are lots of perks and i just really love park city. this year i was on a theatre crew at the library theatre. that meant i spent my time telling people to follow signs and scoot in to the middle because it was going to be a full house. very fun. adults cannot follow directions. i saw lots of great films and a few big names. aaand i got the coveted volunteer jacket that is a big deal to no one other than sundance volunteers but i still wear it proudly… along with my geeky credential, pictured above. also isn’t thins the most picturesque view out the bathroom window??

mom came for a visit! i love seeing her. we went to settebello and saw the greatest showman. she slept on my couch and every time she has to sleep on that dumb thing i am more motivated to get a bigger place with a real bed for my poor mother. also i helped throw a bridal shower for britni! and i spent way too much time crafting this backdrop and making a banner that i should have just bought but thought i could be the DIY queen for once. it says love at first swipe. don’t worry, no one else got it either. but they met on tinder so at least the party girl thought it was funny!!! and a saturday spent in provo. i feel like such a granny every time i go there and i am among thousands of bright eyed bushy tailed college students. we went to pizza factory and ate carbs on sticks. does it get any better! tyler is modeling said breadstick.

besides that, i worked a lot and got some big news!!!!!

BYU rejected me from their NP program. lol.

i took it hard for a couple days but then decided it just wasn’t in the cards and continuing to work will be good for me and my resume. better days ahead!

we will end with my two best january creations.

my awful rat’s nest hair after working all week and living the bun life right before a good washing, and totchos.

totchos, you ask? tater tots with layers of cheese, beans, and soyrizo. with sour cream and guac. because sometimes you gotta clean out your fridge. try it!!!!!

work hard, play hard or something

two things: i have six weeks left of school. i’m freaking out.

more importantly, we went to new york last week! IMG_7091

we drove, which was awesome. the drive through new jersey, pennsylvania, and the welcome center in delaware was lovely. east coast in the fall, i tell you what. it is something else. we had no real time table in the city, so it was spent meandering through brooklyn, which is everything you’d expect and more, and and food touring HARD. we hit up smorgasburg, juliana’s for pizza, and vanessa’s for sesame pancakes after seeing a USB comedy show on the lower east side. we even spotted humans of new york guy at penn station.


sunday was strictly reserved for bagels and leaf peeping. we drove into the city, and i fought a taxi driver for a prime parking spot right on central park west. i have never felt more fulfilled! amy snapped a pic for posterity. we then grabbed bagels from barney green grass, and i definitely accidentally spent fifteen dollars on a pumpernickel bagel with lox. thanks, new york. oh well, it was pretty transcendental. right as we finished our bagels we spotted the neon sign for milk bar, so it was basically a no brainer that we continue the carb tour, especially since a milk bar just opened up in dc, and the line could probably wrap around the earth a few times over. we got the cake batter milkshake, crack pie, funfetti cookie, compost cookie, and chocolate chip cornflake cookie. all were great, but i am still partial to the black and white from zabar’s and the chocolate cookie from levain as the best new york cookies… because that is an important thing. IMG_7088

and ahhhhh the park! i love central park. it is wonderful in every season, but guess what- fall is the best. i mean, maybe my opinion is skewed by the bavarian dancers that were cutting a rug by the belvedere castle and the quiddich players getting down on the lawn this time around, but man, i am into it. IMG_7087

and that is our trip.

and now i should really go back to studying.

oh wait- i went to LA

so before the impending radio silence that comes with school starting, i give you one final trip of the summer.

los angeles!

one of my good friends from the byu days is now a super cool photo assistant (almost main personal assistant! boss lady!) for a photographer in LA, and i guess as she now knows, and so all of you for the future living in cool places know, when you tell me to “come visit anytime!” i take you up on your offers. (also a hat tip to allegiant for having 40$ fares to LA from boise- i mean, you never know if you’re actually going to make it with that airline, but hey, when it goes off without a hitch, you forget about all the horror stories!) 

i arrived on a thursday, and in true good hostess brooke fashion, we had a full weekend of things planned. she had made lists and agendas and schedules with variations, heavy on the vegan restaurants and NOT VEGAN dessert places (she knows me). she also chartered me a ride from the airport by one of her friends who works from home, and she conned him into hanging out with me for hours while she was on a shoot. bless them all, really.

so we toured around and saw the cool parts of the city; the tar pits and the iconic lamp posts (pictured here) at the LACMA, hollywood, beverly hills, etc. we also went to the hollywood bowl for a really amazing concert by the LA philharmonic (right??) where there wasn’t a bad seat in the house, and i was in heaven eating my takeout pad thai under the stars, enjoying everything from bach to bluegrass. (no i didn’t think that up, that was the name of the show. it was a little heavy on the bach and lacking in the bluegrass though, IMO. more banjos! more mandolins!).

also that ice cream? salt and straw creamery; they are based out of portland, but they have a few locations in LA now and it was wonderful. they have quirky flavors, like this avocado and strawberry. it was so good.  

i don’t care where it is, if there are palm trees, i am way into it.

the venice canals. in previous LA trips, i’ve only ever gone to the venice beach boardwalk, which is kind of filthy and mostly just medical marajuana shops, so going inland to the neighborhood to see the canals was so juxtaposed! new life goals include a house off dell ave!

LA is just so…. LA. this is us on hollywood blvd eating froyo that is actually pressed juice masquerading as froyo? it is some weird health-crazed inception. some of it tasted like the aftertaste of vomit, but you do that kind of stuff because healthy and trendy. also, we ate it next to a soulcycle studio where there was a dog outside drinking out of a five dollar water bottle. also, a sign above our heads warned us that sitting on the bench meant we could be filmed without consent for a new series called, “sweat in the city”. have i checked off all the LA stereotypes yet??

so i had the bright idea of hiking up the hollywood sign, because HELLO hiking. i brought a heat wave to the city, so we did this hike in 104 degree weather, so if you were wondering why we are holding our water bottles like they’re academy awards, well it is because we managed to forget water, and the park rangers saved us with these free water bottles. bless you.

behind the LA sign! guys it is pretty up there, but a million degrees and hello smog city.

brunch at TOAST. even if the food ended up just being a bit “meh”, i’m a sucker for a good stuffed bananas foster french toast. and crispy potatoes.

hi hollywood, again. 

a few more photos from the venice beach boardwalk, contemplating getting a medical marijuana consultation or some undies that say “brian’s b*tch” … hehhhhh

oh! left lower- that line we are standing in? upright citizens’ brigade. for those not familiar, this is a comedy show with a troupe of hilarious people, some you might know if you’re into the likes of amy poehler. no, she wasn’t there the night we went, but the guy from baby mama who plays the husband in the gay couple who cries and says, “it’s just gonna be me and two fatties!!” definitely was, and he was hilarious. and if you’re wondering about that obscure reference, well, i do not apologize. the show was hilarious. improv forever!

we went to the getty villa, which is a fancy house museum on a hill. it was pretty and i was obsessed with the pictured floor, mosaic, architecture, and groping. i mean, hey when the sign says PLEASE TOUCH and there are exposed breasts, i mean what are we supposed to do? 

mo getty, mo groping. 

and then we went to the beach! santa monica, to be precise. geez there are a lot of people down there. i guess they all know something we don’t- oh! that CALIFORNIA IS AMAZING. also, the pacific highway is the real deal. 

we brought a cooler of fruit and sandwiches from bay cities, a deli near the beach touting a million cool foods and a million crazy shoppers. my sandwich was pretty good, but the favorite for me was the sign above the line for pick up sandwiches warning customers, “DO NOT ASK WHEN YOUR SANDWICH WILL BE READY. IT WILL BE DONE WHEN IT IS ON THIS SHELF”. fair enough. before my red eye flight back to dc, we hit up the getty museum just in time for sunset. geez, that place! it lovely and modern with clean lines and class. basically, it is everything that i am not. also, there was a big pink moon we got to watch rise up over the city and let me tell you, it was really something.

two of my favorite works; jesus coming into brussels, which i am pretty sure was supposed to be satire, but whatever i like the colors. also, van gogh. ANYTHING van gogh. this one was of lillies he painted in the courtyard of his rehab center. he didn’t intend for this to a work, but more of a sketch. ARTISTS, I TELL YA!

one more of getty at sunset. this one didn’t really bring in the instagram likes. WOMP WOMP WOMP 😉

anyway, believe it or not, all this stuff and all this food was eaten in less than about fifty hours, and all made possible thanks to brooke and her big blow up mattress.

now…. who am i coming to visit next?


and so continues my attempt to blog.

hey there. remember me? today is the first day of my third semester of nursing school. THIRD! THIRD! THIRD! this means i am over halfway done and i shall be a nurse by december. (fanfare, drums, applause, encores, kissing babies, etc etc etc)

it is safe to say that the last three months were probably most mentally draining and challenging of my life. nursing school is no joke. i would say these memes sum it up quite nicely.

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can i say i’m glad the madness of winter term is over? anyway. contrary to popular belief, i did stuff last semester amidst the crazy. here’s evidence. in fact, more and more i think this blog is just evidence that i do stuff. IMG_1977we ran a half marathon! well, i ran the half, these cooler ladies did the full. it rained the whole time but i PRed and looked like a mess doing it, which is the right way to do things, no?

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there was a lot of snow weirdness that happened this spring. it was incessant. but, sometimes, pretty enough.

one of my favorite nursing school coping mechanisms when i get stressed out is taking really repulsive photos of myself because it is hilarious to look back at when times are all good and dandy. this is me studying, marginally wanting to just end it alllll.

we redid our hole we call an apartment by adding **twinkle lights** and it is still ugly but at least a little bit less… dim? idk. again, just here to document the ridiculous life i live.

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again, snow. eliza and i on our winter trudge. like, LOOK AT THAT SNOW. i believe this was march but idk. i’m really just trying to block it all out and close that chapter of life, LET’S BE HONEST!


best place to study in the district. i think i’ve said it before. all the hot dads take their babies to the terrace and the conglomerate of them plus the million year old art curators conversing and drinking cheap wine from the gift shop it is really adorable

IMG_4966my study set up. look how organized i am. (lol this lasted one minute) the real star of this photo though is the nalgene bottle that looks like you should be peeing in it and those vanilla mints back there. seriously, best impulse trader joe’s buy. if you like vanilla and mints and happiness, get some.

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Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetcasually passing time in a grocery store, waiting for the bus. this is how we live life.

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lol just kidding it was actually a joint birthday party and only half the banner fit in the frame but seriously, these are the best friends a girl could have. they planned a party and made me a playlist and somebody brought me a hot pretzel filled with nutella. i mean, honestly.

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Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetand it sufficeth me to say that all the people i really like came.

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetthis is hell’s bottom, the trendy barbershop i pass by every day feeling a little spooky at night. this is where i come and gawk at the bearded beauties cutting each other’s hair in shaw.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preseteating food we actually can’t reasonably afford.

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why i cannot seem to land a boyfriend is lost on me given my affinity for fashion when riding to and from work/school/crossfit.


more running fun times to check out the cherry blossoms before the crowds took over with their ipads

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the pretzel bakery on capitol hill where you can buy aforementioned pretzels filled with nutella and other delectables. the joy on our faces here is REAL!

flowers outside my school. beauty like this in the face of such stress makes things a little more bearable.

my roommates were twins and they didn’t even know it. also, please take note of the wonderful lighting in this apartment, we are really blessed to be honest. (Lol)

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the views of adams morgan and georgetown respectively on bike rides to and from who knows where.

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hailey had a birthday!!! she is the best and please take note of the multicolored candles because they cost me AN ARM AND A LEG.

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a one year anniversary trip to teddy roosevelt island one morning. folks, i have lived in this district for one whole year, you better believe it!

flower petals but i am pretending it is confetti for getting through another day of school.

big bear cafe patio is open and you can find me there, not ordering anything and stealing the free wifi. hehhhhh

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favorite ivy covered house on 5th street and kolby’s birthday that wasn’t actually a birthday but just an excuse to celebrate something.

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food pics because who do you think i am?? best bagel sandwich from big bear cafe pre-pharmacology final. I NEEDED THIS! I EARNED THIS! I chanted to myself with every single bite. (not a lot of bites did it take, i inhale food)

post-finals celebration dinner at zaytinya. one of the more meh DC meals i’ve had, but good nonetheless. good try, andrés.


bento box from teaism, which is my new favorite restaurant in dupont. GET THE SALTY OAT COOKIE DON’T ASK QUESTIONS, MAYBE GET TWO.

this is my face on easter after working like fourteen hours at founding farmers or something ridiculous. he is risen! people are getting smashed! IMG_5173this is probably my favorite photo i have ever taken of babies in dc. they ride by in their daycare cars oh so coyly as if to just say, “you can’t sit with us” in true mean girls fashion.

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pretty spring trees! me hating life in my half marathon! tim taking me out to mexican food for dinner at el centro! i’m sick of typing! can you tell?

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pretty golden hour views. empty buses are really creepy. say hello to me and my nursing shoe/leggings combo!

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prettiest trees for spring in ledroit park. and YOURS TRULY WITNESSING BIRTHS! that is right, folks, this is me after watching birth via forceps, i know that you’re JEALOUS!

the last few weeks in photo-ography

welcome to the middle of winter! if you were wondering what is up with me, i am currently sitting here in this hole of a basement listening to the entire drake discography and looking at pizza recipes because what else is one to do on her morning off!!?? wednesday is like my saturday, and i am relishing. here’s some things from this week and last, you know, in the name of productivity. (and to convince you people that i do have some semblance of a life outside of learning how to stick people with needles)

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it was ashley’s birthday. pro tip word to the wise: if you’re going to have a party for someone, you better let them know the party is going on before half the pizza is gone. whatever we lack in decency, we made up in two-bite cupcakes! and candles that say zero because age, be damned! (also, 0 is the most aesthetically pleasing digit.) Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

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happy to live in shoebox with these folks. also happy about this dress, compliments of eliza. yes, i am wearing a sports bra in order to button it up but whatever looking like a boy is a small price to pay, as it was the most comfortable sunday of my life. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetthe next three photos are really important. this is because they highlight tim and me going to farmers fishers bakers and ordering like pregnant women aka ALL THE THINGS. first, sushi.

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and then pizza, but with brussels sprouts because we’re adults.  Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

waiting for the bus in the slush. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

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been working a lot. this means eating a lot of founding farmers… but heck when free meals look like napa provencal trout with red whipped potatoes and kale, onion, pear sautee, life doesn’t seem that bad.  Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preseti’m resurrecting cooking thursdays, a utah tradition from my byu days with prior group members who are on now missions or getting married. feels good to be back in a kitchen with countertops. last week was tofu miso pho with fresh spring rolls. i must have been someone’s italian grandmother in a previous life because cooking for people is so satisfying. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

bike ride home. weaving through cars in traffic and having them honk and yell at me is one of my most favorite past times.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetafter a long week at school, fridays are for mac and cheese with leslie knope. (trashed up with kale and chickpeas though, because NUTRIENTS!) Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetmy work just opened a new restaurant in tysons corner, va, so we had to go check it out. this coy little smile was probably made possible by a mouth stuffed with shrimp and grits.  Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

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those donuts are actually cronuts filled with vanilla bean cream that i wouldn’t mind living inside. honorable mention goes to the poached eggs and beet hash, shrimp and grits, french toast with caramelized apples, and dark hot chocolate with hazelnut crunch.

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and then we went to church with our favorite eighteen year old who has told me multiple times that i am the equivalent of a hot aunt. i don’t know what that means, but i’ll take it!

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wait there’s MORE.

here’s a bunch of november-y photos. my phone is full of photos that need a place to live besides my icloud. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preseti don’t always go to church… but when i do the carpet matches my outfit.Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetwashington, dc temple. not too shabby! IMG_0036if you’re a male and you want women to hang on your every word, move to dc. good work, tyler. Processed with VSCOcam with b5 presetfirst annual fakesgivingProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetwelcome to our mini-kitchen. yes, this is it.Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetwelcome to our mini-oven. used to want an easy bake oven as a child…. never thought i’d get the chance as a 23 year old woman. all i have to say is, “be careful what you wish for”Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetfakesgiving would not be complete without a tofurkey!  Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetour spread. not too bad for a bunch of people with mini kitchens! i made sweet potatoes. (i also ate about all of them)Processed with VSCOcam with b1 presetthey were real happy with my self timer desires. i like this picture for andrea’s death glare and tyler’s and eliza’s profilesIMG_0026logan circle is my favorite part of my bike ride to work and school.IMG_3508my other favorite part? passing all the cars in traffic.IMG_3507brookland bridge (lol)

IMG_3500if you were wondering, this is what the metro looks like at 6:55 am.

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weekday snapshots

last week i finally bought a bike lock, meaning i can now take night rides freely around the city and use the bike lanes that i think were strictly made for ME

14092700768_38da8c4d43_bif there’s one thing i’ve learned in dc, it is maybe i should be the type of person who checks the weather so i quit getting caught in these crazy rainstorms. whatever this is just a good WORDLESS WEDNESDAY for you.
14299546913_23f8274241_bthursday night found us at “wok n roll” chinatown’s elite karaoke club… it was loads of fun also i am fairly certain it is a brothel at night.14092801247_d0fbf7cf8c_zberry smoothies make mornings better.14278891134_8ddd228478_bsometimes running through georgetown is sort of like a fairytale and other times it smells like fish and garbage
14092797387_0b23b11222_zwaiting for the metro and dressing like a kindergartener in the process. 14276024281_a637829bff_ztuesday selfie game: strong (and embarrassing but these fluorescent lights make me do crazy things)
14277304762_2a63c82239_bi ran to roosevelt island this week. it was cool to run around and island and forget about the city just across the potomac14092761488_4385bd1f89_band teddy’s statue! running and sending snapchats is one of my favorite past times. 
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14279402145_67c35be380_bcutting through chinatown on my way to yet another senate meeting
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have a good week, everyone!