Sunday, January 30, 2011

proverbial 'hanging out.'

some sunday

i thought
ben's shirt
was funny.
game over?

jimmer joy.

coming out of church this sunday to spot this gem-of-a-poster-on-a door.

apparently every day this last week if you collected a part of the 
newspaper, by the end of the week you could form the treat of a
life-size jimmer fredette.




couldn't resist.
good sabbath,
good sabbath!

and let's hear it
for byu basketball.

Saturday, January 29, 2011


so, my wonderful job teaching at the mtc
sees its comings and goings of missionaries,
and for me, in my life, coming up
is going to see some goings at the mtc.
yes, my sweet little district is heading
out slowly over the next few days & weeks.

...gotta love the awkward missionary can't touch guy/girl photos...!

these are our great missionaries, going to 
places like paris, toulouse, singapore,
and taizhong, all mandarin chinese 
speaking! they will be missed.
it's a bit bittersweet. you're sad
to see the little tunas go, you're
happy to see them enter the field.

later on, after work, fiance and i
went over to the library on byu campus.
we managed to snap just a couple of
quick pictures before our departure:

 engrossed in a

& engrossed in

happy saturday

friday night

was a fun night.

we first hit up
the local
to see this,
which was 
so fun 
because it 
took place 
completely in 
land of my people,
and brought
back a field
of memories
such a wonderful,
little island.

after that
we headed 
over to b.o.
(or brick oven,
if you're
a bit more
for some
bbq chicken
and that
root beer.
in frosted
glasses that
we really 
as you'll see
in the 

but any thought
of root beer
when the pizza

and much too 
it was
all gone:

after brick oven
we came home
to watch
which ben and i
had both seen
but both
really enjoy.

sometimes i
love just
being able
to relax at
home in sweats.

in the meantime,
we be lovin'

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

todaze news.

goodness what a b-LIZZARD this morning. ben was driving
me up to work and we were slipping around. often.
tuesdays are quite busy for me, what with
class in the morning, immediately followed by work,
then about a 2-hour break, then another shift
at work, followed immediately by class.
we're settling in tonight to watch this. i just
finished reading it for my postmodern
american literature class (even though the author
is sri lankan. don't think about it.) and it should be good.


i wanted to include a picture,
because who doesn't love them?,
so i was searching
through some old things and found this gem,
taken the very very
very last day of my mission.

we were taking advantage of the few hours we had 
before our dinner/devotional with our 
mission president and his wife and decided to
hit the loud, crowded streets of taiwan littered with
tiny little shops such as this one. i ended up
buying those boots. i just think my face is kind of
funny in this picture. please notice how
tiiiiired i look.

i really like looking at mission pictures.
it reminds me of when i didn't care about my hair,
makeup, fashion, movies, music, facebook,
boys, or any, ANYof those silly things.
mission pictures remind me of when
i had a beautiful purpose.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

an abnormally huge blog post.

i'm so sorry i haven't posted for a while!
these past few weeks...well, they've been
quite intense. what with the concussion...
(when the doctor said no school, no work,
no church, no reading, for a week!
all because i stood up too fast, fainted, and
hit my head on the wood floor...)
and then there was the start of classes...
and work, of course, gets stuck in the
cracks, and let's none of us forget
planning a wedding.

we'll definitely be seeing how this semester goes.


i do have some nice pictures to share of the things that have
happening while i was away. so, while trying to get through
a saussure essay i need to read for a literary criticism class,
i'll nourish you with these little delights:

ben and i caught up with mozart and a few other
composer friends at the utah symphony in salt lake:

a certain someone
couldn't open his spread at the local in n' out.
and yes, there is a picture of it
and this one made the list. it was that epic.

and then there was a certain ward activity where,
because of aforementioned concussion,
a certain someone had to sit on sidelines.
oh well. pictures were taken.

this one requires explanation: a family in one of the
areas i served in on my mission gave me a
white jade bracelet that many taiwanese
women wear. it signified/fies good luck
and protection from evil spirits.
being jade, it was not one of those nice bracelets
you can snap on and off. no. we had to lotion 
down my hand and (luckily this whole time i had 
no idea what i was getting into) and 2 people 
had to help slide the bracelet over my fingers, crushing 
and folding up my knuckles, and finally getting it 
on my wrist. ...needless to say, i haven't taken
it off since. it became the lasting symbol of my 
mission. and if you've ever seen me since my mission, 
you'll either completely remember the bracelet,
or not remember it at all because it was just such
a ubiquitous part of me. but for a while
now i've been feeling ready to slip it off
and maybe taking it to a jeweler's to get made into
a bracelet that can snap on and off.
but in order to 'take it off,' as it were, we had to...

take it off right when i woke up (that's when my skin
and stuff are at their smallest, tightest, right after sleep...
that's what the jeweler said...) but not before
dipping my hand in a freezing bowl of ice water
and then just DOUSING the sucker
(and when i say sucker, i mean half my arm)
in vaso. (shorthand for vaseline)...can i just
say again how cold that white bowl of
water was??.......???

success! or, as the taiwanese say...chenggong!

let's hear it for the right to bare arms.

last night, we headed to jason's deli and i got me
hands on one of my favorite things:

husband's credit card.

 after dinner we headed over to BYU campus
and met up with some other whipples
for an amazing, visually astounding,
pitch-perfect musical "Peter Pan."
if you ever have an opportunity to see
this most wonderful of stage productions
floating in front of you, grab it.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

images as of late:

ben always gets me o.j.
because it's great.


say yes to WHICH dress?




while ben was in town pt. ii:

we took a trip into seattle! it was an amazing surprise
from the parental units. for our first stop,
we headed up to the top of the space needle
for lunch at sky city--that is, the restaurant 
that spins slowly for you to have a full view
of beautiful seattle while you eat!

delicious grilled king salmon. 

one of the views from our table.


after lunch we went up to the observation deck at
the very very top of the space needle.
it was just our luck that out of that whole week,
the day we went was the one day 
it wasn't rainy and the skies were clear
enough to see for miles!

we loved being there at the observation
deck as a family! 

post observation deck, we stopped over at
pike place market, which was bursting full
of smells, voices, music, signs, food, flying fish,
and bright, beautiful signs.

i really liked being
there at pike place market.
it was such a good day.


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