Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

The past 2+ weeks have been a little emotional roller coaster to say the least. If you'd like to learn more, I've created a blog here, for my mom.

Any prayers at this time would be most appreciated!


Monday, November 1, 2010

Kami's Kitchen -- Gluten & Allergen-Free Food

Finally, easy, fabulous allergen-free food in one place! Woohoo!

Yum. I'm just sayin'... this Vanilla Apple Cake was amazing. I tried it on Sunday and Kami was right, it's pretty dang good.

Kami just started this new gluten-free and allergen-free food blog... it's fantastic. Although I don't have Celiac Disease, I've been seeing a nutritionist and have been advised to avoid gluten and dairy as much as possible. But I know all too well about the frustration of finding good recipes, food, and eating out when you have Celiac Disease. My mom, sister, 6 cousins, and best friend all have Celiac Disease and/or gluten intolerance. Some people think all this new Gluten-Free food is just a fad diet thing right now, but I don't believe that. I've seen the incredible positive effects of a GF diet not only in my family, but myself, almost immediately. I already feel so much better and have more energy this past month than I have in years.

Jumping off my soap-box, this blog is nice in that it shows how anyone can make normal, fantastic-tasting, allergen-free food. You can also download a pdf of each recipe to print, which is nice for those of us who don't want to deal with Keyboard Al Pomodoro.

I also like that she's starting to review food from restaurants and she shows specific brands of products to use. It makes it easy and you know it'll taste good. Anyone who's had a store-bought GF chocolate chip cookie knows how awful they can be, but Kami's homemade GF cookies are to die for. Let's just say was lucky enough to be her roommate for a couple years. Enough said.

Add this to your Google Reader, you won't be disappointed.

Monday, August 9, 2010

June 2010

LA STAKE GIRLS CAMP 2010 — "Follow the Yellow Brick Road"
It was a lot of work and very rewarding being a leader at girls camp. I love these girls!
Big Bear, California

Everyone made their own pair of Ruby Slippers
Canoeing included the capsizing of some boats.
Some of my social butterflies and late-night jokesters.

May 2010

Yes, you are allowed to be jealous.
And yes, that is Kobe shooting mid-air.
Kami and I went to the Lakers vs Jazz Playoffs!!! The Lakers won, of course.
Staples Center in Downtown LA

April 2010

Let the Twister making begin!!!

5 hours and 4 gallons of paint later... wallah.

Los Angeles & North Torrance Stake Youth Conference 2010
This was about 20 min into the game... it lasted forever!
Pacific Palisades, California

I even made a gigantic spinner thing! It was awesome!

March 2010

Whale Watching with Shaun and Emily!
Newport Beach, California

February 2010

My brother got married over New Years... but didn't tell us until mid-February.
Thankfully we all love my new sister-in-law!

January 2010

Sara's going away dinner... so sad.
Come back Sara!!!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Rundown of 2009...

It's been a while... quite a while... so I've decided to do a quick photo recap of last year. 

April 2009

Ward Pinewood Derby
"The Mean Bean Machine"

Taking a Sunday stroll with my friends
Malibu, California

May 2009

Comcast Entertainment Group Lobby
I designed the frames and layout of the photo wall with
E! Entertainment, Style Network, and G4 talent and programming.

Breakfast @ The Griddle in Hollywood, California.
"'Tis the Season Pancakes" ...'nough said.

My sister and I at our cousin's wedding.
Salt Lake City, Utah

June 2009

At the first McDonald's with friends.
Downey, California

Joel McHale Stand-Up Comedy...
his manager gave me his tickets on the 3rd row. Oh yeah.
Salt Lake City, Utah

My roommate, Julia's birthday dinner at Rock Sugar.
Century City, California

July 2009

4th of July
Dana Point, California

Backstage after The Fray and Jack's Mannequin concert!!!
Irvine, California

At the Coldplay concert with friends
Carson, California

August 2009

Lydia and Sheena visiting from New Jersey!!!
Night we went to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

Rick & Sylvia's Wedding
San Diego, California

A thoughtful parting gift for a few close friends...
from Rick & Sylvia, before moving to Boston for grad school.
Creepy Rabbit Business Card Holders

Fiddler on the Roof @ The Pantages Theatre
Hollywood, California

September 2009

Rocket Day 4
Lancaster, California

October 2009

My brother came home from his 2-year LDS mission in Santa Rosa, California!!! Yay!!!
SLC Airport

Frijole Familia
American Fork Canyon, Utah

November 2009

Heather and I meeting one of my favorite band's, Carolina Liar, after a Rob Thomas concert.
Universal City Walk

29 and holding...

Go Kart Racing for Scott's birthday!
Carson, California

Roommate Danielle's Bridal Shower!

 December 2009

Tri-Stake YM & YW Service Day
Made lunches for the homeless in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Inglewood.
I got called to the Stake YW Presidency in Aug 2009... it's been so fun!!!

Grandma and I pretending to be naked at the Family Christmas Party...
it was her idea, I swear!!!
South Jordan, Utah

Friday, June 26, 2009

Slacker should be my first name.

Yeah, I know... I'm a slacker. I haven't posted anything in a long time. But rest assured, I have lots to update ya'll on as soon as I get a chance to actually download my photos and write a little somethin' somethin'.

In the mean time, here's a magazine ad from the Ruby Season 2 advertising campaign for the Style Network that I worked on. It's fun to see the huge 48" x 70" posters at all the malls around town all lit up. They turned out to be surprisingly beautiful!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Yay! They're Back!

My Daily Candy update was super sweet, just in time for Mother's Day. Thank heaven's for this Mother and my Mother.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

April 22nd is my favorite day of the year...

I don't know why, it just is and has been for as long as I can remember. And yes, I know it's past 3:00am.

While catching up with some long-lost friends (via Facebook) tonight, I began blog-hopping and found my way to this entertaining gem.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I Double-Dog Dare You.

Think you know your Helvetica from Times New Roman? What about Arial from Myriad? Ok, ok... some of you actually do, but what about the difference between Adobe Caslon Pro and Adobe Garamond Pro?

I'm one of those really dorky people that loves typography almost as much as life itself, and I do know the difference between those two. Sometimes I can't control myself and I'll blurt out, "That was [insert font name here]" during a commercial or movie preview. It's embarrassing. Even last week while watching Jack Bauer get the crap kicked out of him on 24, I knew the "terrorist" font they were using.

I just wanted you all to know that someone slightly nerdier than me has created a game that I am now addicted to. I've only played twice so far, but yes, I am addicted. My high score is just over 100,000. I dare any of you out there to beat me. ;) Good luck.

Check out this poster I found the other day too... it's pretty amazing.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The 6 Challenge

I'm taking Renee's "Sixes Challenge." Here's how it works: go to the pictures folder on your computer, go to the sixth file, go to the sixth picture, post it, then tag 6 people.

I've been absent from the blogging world lately, so I don't know if 6 people actually read this blog anymore. But if you're out there... post your photo... I want to see it.

This is a photo taken on the 4th of July last summer from a friend's beach house overlooking Monarch Bay. It was one of the most gorgeous sunsets ever. And it just so happens that this is my favorite holiday. I LOVE BBQs, watermelon, water-skiing, beach volleyball, and watching fireworks... and this photo.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My bad habit... not so bad.

If you've ever had the pleasure of sitting next to me during church, a long movie, a plane flight, and/or any class I took in college you know that I have a "bad habit" of doodling. I'll doddle on anything from receipts to napkins to paper cups. I always carry at least 2 nice pens with me just for such occasions. I also keep a small dark green leather-bound notebook in my purse, exclusively for doodling in. I've had it for two years now and every time I start drawing, I get a question from at least one person. Mostly they want to know my motivation behind my designs—I always tell them it's to keep me from daydreaming. This is usually followed by a strange look.

I guess from the outside world it looks as if I'm being rude and not paying attention, but it's really just the opposite. The doodling helps me pay attention. Growing up, my mom would draw on the church program during Sacrament Meeting. I didn't think much of it until I started doing the same thing (I wanted to be a good little artist just like my mom). Eventually I noticed that when I got home from church, I retained a lot more than I normally did. Coincidence? Maybe. Either way, I've continued to doodle my way around town.

This morning I feel vindicated. I happened upon an article in Time magazine entitled, "Study: Doodling Helps You Pay Attention," by John Cloud. Not that I needed a published article to tell me what I already know, but now I have "proof" for the non-believers that have told me Freud would have a field-day with me and my little green notebook.

Here are a couple examples of my "bad habit" in action...