Wednesday, December 31, 2008


“Have you heard of chaos theory? It’s a science that tries to determine underlying patterns in chaotic systems in weather, ocean currents, blood flow that sort of thing. But it turns out that there are few things more chaotic than the beat of the human heart.

Speeding up, slowing down, pretty face, flight of stairs, it’s always changing depending on what is happening to us out there. It’s an erratic thing, but the truth is under all that bump-pi-di-bump mess, there is in fact a pattern, and it's love.

The most important thing about love is that we choose to give it and we choose to receive it. Making it the least random act in the entire universe. It transcends blood, transcends betrayal and all of the dirt that makes us human.
If you can figure that out, all of the trials, disappointments and tragedies of the world have nothing on you.” -chaos theory

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2008

some good advice

Another great Etsy find! Click here for more.

and in news everyone already knows,

30 Rock is amazingly funny.

How is it this show has been on for 2 seasons and I had never seen it? I desperately need Tivo.

Friday, December 26, 2008

four years ago

Luke and I got engaged. Aw, aren't we cute. I love the second picture with my mom, grandma and aunt all just a twitter over the occasion.

On a side note, if you haven't seen Say Anything, stop what you are doing and go rent it. You won't be sorry.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

vintage santa, vintage coke




They just don't make advertisements like they used to, don't these just make you want to run out and get an ice cold Coke in a glass bottle? I found the top print while looking at one of my favorite blogs Snippet & Ink, it inspired me to go searching for vintage Santa Coke advertisements. These are my favorite. Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008

the drive


I had an interesting drive to work today, and by interesting I mean life threatening. I love my job, but days like today often leave me wondering why on earth I work at the top of a mountain. Then I get to work and a stray goat (who apparently made his way down from bear lake) is tied to our Safety department, they have named him (his name is Steffan) and Steffan is really cute and warmed up to me. That almost made it worth having to drive up today. He looks about as stressed out as I do, bless him. I know I should be grateful for that moisture that everyone is praying for, but I was cursing it today. At least we will have a white Christmas.

generally amazing

I have the best job. It is made amazing by the lovely ladies that I get to work with! We had a great time at our Christmas Party at Zoom in Park City. I wish I had more pictures of everyone, but I was a bit distracted by the copious amounts of food we ordered! I love you guys (I mean gals!)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice is an event that I begin to look forward to in October when the days start to become noticeably shorter and darker. Then in December when it is snowy all day and the sun sets at four o'clock I start to get cagey, cranky & tired. I am glad this day has arrived, not only because it means that Christmas is only four short days away, but because the days will only get lighter and longer from here on out. Happy Winter Solstice Everybody!

One day I hope to be in England on December 21st so I can attend the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge, looks pretty amazing (especially with Gandalf & Harry Potter at the same event, it's enough to make a nerd's head explode.)

photos courtesy Google imaging.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Thanks Emily

I had forgotten how much I LOVED Amy Grant Christmas when I was growing up. And thanks to Emily, I have reunited with the Christmas music of my childhood. She posted about this earlier, and at first I started to laugh and then began singing along to the top of my lungs. Please, enjoy.

Nice to meet you

I had an epiphany today, it has always been really hard for me to learn other people's names. For years I just thought I was cursed with a poor memory and I felt so bad because I'm that person that is always like "Hey you, it's so great to see you." All the while wiling my brain to remember their name.

But today it hit me, I know why I can't remember any one's name. Here is how a conversation would go the first time I meet someone.

"Hi I am Joe."

"Hi Joe, I'm Meikel."


"No, M-e-i-k-e-l."

"Oh sorry, Mickell?"

"That's OK, it's like the month M-a-ykel."

"Oh, Nice to meet you May."

"No it's actually one word, Meikel (insert some joke about how my parents must have hated me)

"Oh well, good to meet you."

"Yeah, great to meet you too . . ."

And by the time this oratorical circus is over I have no idea what this person's name is. From now on I am going to write their name down first, and then pull up a chair for them and walk them slowly though the pronunciation. At least now I know the root of my problem, and knowing is half the battle.

I promise, no more posts about my name.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

pull up a chair

I had the day off today, and since it was basically a blizzard I took advantage and holed up at home. I sat in my favorite chair and read Harry Pott . . . I mean Catcher in the Rye, yes Catcher in the Rye that's it.
I would love to spend an afternoon in any of these fine seats. (However I will have to have a much larger bank account to do so, a girl can dream.)

1. Sustainable Luxury Collection leather "Sylvan"
2. Calandria Chair, Mod Garden
3. Nathan Turner for Elite Leather "Flores"
4. Eames Style Lounge Chair
5. 1934 Dining Chair
6. Mid-Century Studio Stool

all you need is love

Call me cheesy, but I LOVE this scene from Love Actually.

Happy Birthday Joey


Today is Joey's Birthday and in honor of this event, I thought I would share our favorite birthday that we spent with our dear Joseph. Four years ago Joey, Justin, Beth, Luke & I decided to take a trip to Rome, Florence, Athens & Naxos.

The whole trip was tremendous, but I do remember the amazing meal that we had on Joey's birthday in Athens. Probably one of the cheapest and best meals I have ever had. We wish we could be in Spain to celebrate with Joey today, but instead we send our best!


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

New Year

Have I mentioned that I like paper? I do, a lot. And I just picked up this beautiful calendar from Orange Beautiful's Etsy Shop. When you are done with a month the bottom dates just tear off leaving you with a gorgeous print. Nothing like a great calendar!

Dear Santa,

A few things I would like for Christmas:

And of course, World Peace.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Nerd or rather, Herd

Ahem, I don't believe I have made it known publicly that I am a Harry Potter Nerd. I am, a big one. I mean I don't have a scarf or glasses or a wand, but I could rattle off quite a few spells if asked to do so. So, naturally I am dying to read this latest bit of greatness from J.K. Rowling. I am however waiting for Christmas because I am a huge nerd and am waiting for a special occasion.

Also, it has come to my attention that Twilight and Harry Potter are being compared as equals. This must stop, Harry Potter is in a whole other echelon of nerdiness, the great kind. Twerds are a whole different breed of Nerds (mostly distinguished by the fact that they have never read Lord of the Rings and that they tend to have black & red themed parties.)

Let's make sure that pre-teen literature remains compared to it's correct peers. Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings and Twilight to the Baby-Sitters Club. Now I have angered 4 different kinds of nerds, impressive I know.

This is great

The "This is" series by Miroslav Sasek are now some of my favorite children's books. I didn't grow up with them, but I am going to make sure all my nieces and nephews do! The 1950's graphic art is amazing, I almost want to take these books apart and frame them. The series includes: Rome, Venice, Hong Kong, Ireland, Texas, Edinburgh, Britan and Isreal (I know they say that Texas is like a different country, but I find it a bit odd it got into this mix.)
Pick up these books on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Evening with the Stewarts

We got to spend a marvelous evening going to Body World's (thanks so much to David for the tickets) & Temple Square with the Stewarts. Body World's was amazing, if you have the opportunity to go I highly recommend it. Traci was especially pleased to see that they had a three headed camel at Body World's, after all they are very, very rare.

As always the lights were beautiful as is Temple Square, but we did notice they cut back on the lights a bit this year. Nothing like an evening of Christmas lights and plasticized corpses to get you in the Christmas spirit! Merry Christmas everybody!
photos of Body World's v. Google imaging.

Friday, December 12, 2008

this ought to clear things up

I'm thinking of having this made and wearing it all the time. It ought to clear up the immense confusion about how to say my name, and I wouldn't have to think about what to wear in the morning. Win-win.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

baby steps

A few of my friends have had babies lately, and that got me looking for some great gifts to bestow on the little ones. While perusing the vastness of the internet, I stumbled upon what very well may be the cutest shoes ever. I am already a sucker for all things felt, but these make me seriously consider having a child. (Is it wrong for retail to inspire motherhood?)

Aurelia & Annalise, who of course are on Etsy offer a great selection of these darling shoes for very reasonable prices. They also have adorable hair clips , bands and hats. Find them here.

days of christmas

The marvelous Lovelands of Loveland Miscellany are offering this free advent calendar. I am tickled and will be putting mine together this weekend. Get yours here.

just can't get enough

I have not stopped listening to these five albums in constant rotation for days. I love them, you will too. From top left:

Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend
Kanye West, 808's & Heartbreaks
Colplay, Viva la Vida (Prospeckt March Edition)
Yelle, Pop Up
Orignial Motion Picture Soudtrack, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

I didn't link to these because I got them all off Itunes, I haven't bought a CD in years so if you would like a CD I suppose Borders, or Amazon would have these.

*I have also been listening to the fantastic mix that Emily made me, I hope some of you were luck enough to receive Late Fall, Run to The Lights Of the City. It is wonderful, as is Emily.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

I judge books by their covers

Or rather I judge food, candles, beauty products, stores, office supplies, home items and you name it if it comes in a cute package chances are I will buy it. Thanks to The Coterie, I have found this great website dedicated to the art of packaging. Check out The Dieline here.