Tuesday, July 24, 2007

J.Crew's Debut

Jimbotron is amazing. Simply amazing. Not in the Byroni and Kimmy meaning of "amazing", but in the co-chair to co-chair to friend (not-lover) type of "amazing".

While the J.Crew (Jimbo, Jbeany, Jride, and Jefe) and RyGuy were in SLC celebrating the RoMo's wedding, we entertained ourlselves by playing photographer; Jride making Jbeany feel uncomfortable in the Visitor's Center and dismissing his advances during 'Music & Lyrics'; watching Jimbo prance amongst the flowers at the temple, Jefe proposing to Jbeany; and Jbeany feeling utterly mortified by an accidental incident during the reception dinner.

Jimbotron spent countless hours and suffered miserably making a funny montage film with these photos for the Cinema Nouveau: LA REVOLUTION. But sadly, unfortunate events led to his film not making the final cut.

He doesn't know it yet, but his directorial, editing, and acting debut is about to take place... right here on my blog. That's right folks... give Jimbotron a round of applause for this little beauty!

Also, if you watch closely, you'll see one of my engagement photos and some crazy-stalker-guy trying to get fresh with me. Don't worry, I took care him... and the (ex)fiance.

JRIDE


JBEANY


JIMBO


JEFE


RYGUY



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PS-I'm not quite sure why this video's play cursor stops randomly... but if it does, just nudge it to the right and it will keep playing. :)

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Living with Charity toward All

I'm nerdy. Everyone knows it, but this proves it: Yes, it's true. I subscribe to daily uplifting emails from the LDS church for Young Single Adults called "LDS Gems". And yes, I actually read them almost every day. This past week I've been incredibly busy, so they've all been deleted immediately without second thought. Tonight I was just about to banish my 'Daily Gem', when I read the subject line and decided it could be worth my time. I figured it wouldn't hurt... let's be honest... it was 3:15am and I just got home from a night out on the town. What's an extra 20 seconds?

It surprised me... to say the least. This short email was an answer to a prayer and problem that I've been pondering (and festering about) all week. I didn't realize I had such a problem until I read this little message from President Hinckley. This was exactly what I needed to hear.
Gems for Young Single Adults
Living with Charity toward All
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"We must live as true followers of the Christ, with charity toward all, returning good for evil, teaching by example the ways of the Lord, and accomplishing the vast service He has outlined for us."

(Gordon B. Hinckley, The Dawning of a Brighter Day," Ensign, May 2004)
I realize this phrase is trite, but the Lord really does work in mysterious ways. Email?! Sure! Why not? (Remind me to tell you the story of how Gloria Estefan was an immediate and shocking answer to my fervent prayer when I was 17. You laugh, but it's the truth. I swear!)

Hallelujah for a little insight, good counsel, and simple reminders to us all.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

How do I sign up for a House-Husband?!!

I wouldn't be grateful if I didn't publically acknowledge how wonderful dinner was last night. I truly have a testimony of EvRo's cooking and Panda's ability to put up with him. ;)

I was officially the 6th person invited over to the newlyweds' pad... Dan-O being the 7th. We felt very honored and were delightfully fed one of the best 'picnic' dinners I have ever eaten in my life. I'm not exaggerating, it was spectacular! I'm sure EvRo will go into what he made and fed us when he gets the time, but let's just say it was amazing. They were the BEST pork chops I've EVER eaten with this glaze and apple topping... wow. The salad was incredible... EvRo sacrificed not only his time and energy into this little bowl of goodness... but 2 fingers (not kidding)! Even the lentil soup was to die for. Oh what a little bacon can do!

I am eternally grateful to the new RoMo Family for inviting me over into their little abode and entertaining Dan-O and I. Even though the food was amazing, the company was even better. I'm so lucky to have been born in a place where I could grow and meet so many amazing people... I don't know where I'd be without them.

I just want to end with saying how much I love my roommates and I really appreciate everyone. You guys are just the best!

Love you all,

jbeany

Ok, ok. Seriously... Paternity Pants and Panda, thanks again. It was such a pleasure to hang out with you and partake of the goodness that is house-husbandry. ;)

Good luck next week with the bar exam! I can't believe it's almost here... congrats!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Cinema Nouveau: LA REVOLUTION

This weekend was the annual combined ward Film Festival. Many hours of planning, setting-up, cleaning-up, and stressing-out were put into making this activity a huge success. My little committee of worker-bees were there--working their little tails off. They were fantastic; I can't thank them enough!

Here are a few papparazzi photos of the Red Carpet arrivals...











Wednesday, July 11, 2007

ENFJ

This is surprisingly me. Odd. These things never seem to say "me" until this one. Check out this little quiz I took during lunch today. What are you?!! Take the quiz here.

You Are An ENFJ

The Giver


You strive to maintain harmony in relationships, and usually succeed. Articulate and enthusiastic, you are good at making personal connections. Sometimes you idealize relationships too much - and end up being let down. You find the most energy and comfort in social situations... where you shine.

In love, you are very protective and supporting. However, you do need to "feel special" - and it's quite easy for you to get jealous.

At work, you are a natural leader. You can help people discover their greatest potential. You would make a good writer, human resources director, or psychologist.

How you see yourself as: Trusting, idealistic, and expressive.

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Bossy, inappropriate, and loud

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

LA 1st ROCKS

The LA 1st ward bishopric is getting released this coming Sunday, and I'm putting together a small thank you book for Bishop Silva from past/present members of the ward. I've been looking through all my photos over the past 5 years, reminiscing over all the fun I've had in LA and all the incredible friends I've made. Enjoy!

PS- If you'd like to contribute a note or photo to the book, email me by Thursday.

Night at the Beach



Little boyfriend #1



Happy Birthday to ME!



Two members of the J.Crew... they're so hot.



It was a wild night



2006 HOMECOMING Game!



Happy 1st Birthday to Little Boyfriend #2!



Cousins - Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, 2006



It wouldn't be a game without a concussion and stitches, even BEFORE the Ultimate Frisbee Tournament began! Steve is cool.



BBQ Boys-Ultimate Frisbee Tournament



LA 1st Litigators Team-Southern CA YSA Ultimate Frisbee Tournament! August 2006



House Warming party, August 2006



2006 Memorial Day Slip-n-Slide Kickball Game



2006 Memorial Day Slip-n-Slide Kickball Game



2006 Memorial Day Slip-n-Slide Kickball Game



Sunday Picnic, 2006



Sara & Vic at Lakers game, 2006



Lakers-Jazz Game 2006



Dodgeball Game, 2006



Los Angeles Stake Volleyball Champs! October 2005



The 2006 Gong Show- Brian's Ultimate Fan Tongue-Stopping Performance



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2006 Gong Show Dance
Tim (the one with the red sash) is my hero. Those abs are so hot.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

On another note...


I saw a double-feature last night because I couldn't decide which group of friends I liked more. Ratatouille began at 9:30pm... it was a riot! Then I went to see Transformers at 11:35pm (thanks to 'Jimbo and friends' for saving Vic and I seats, it was much appreciated). I cannot reccommend this movie enough! It was completely far-fetched, but oh so fun! It's a MUST SEE in the theaters. The special effects are amazing! Kudos to any friends (ie- Adam, Tom, Lauralea) who may have worked on this film. Nicely done. Nicely done.
(Too bad they didn't spell my middle name correctly!)

Happy Birthday!

My favorite holiday of the year began with a nice little conversation in the LBC.

"You know why I'm here, don't you?"
"Yes, Sir."
"I assume you didn't see me as you passed by me going 83 in a 65, huh?"**
"No, Sir... I didn't see you."
"Don't you know that's what passengers are for?"

He thought he was so funny and I was amused as well. Three minutes later, he hands me a pretty little yellow paper and my sister says from the passenger seat, "Did we really pass you?!" He leans in and says, "Yes. How come you weren't looking out for your sister?!" She replies, "Well, we're late to breakfast and I got distracted because I'm so hungry!"

He laughed and told us to have a good holiday... and we did!


The festivities officially began about 30 minutes later in Laguna Beach. We met my good friends for brunch at Las Brisas. The food is great and the view is incredible... it's my favorite little gathering place. After reminiscing about awkward moments and stuffing ourselves with omelette's, waffles, fruit, eggs Benedict, bacon, and cinnamon rolls, we strolled around the town's many art galleries and shops. We got out of the heat at South Coast Plaza and watched "Breach" at Liz & McKay's in Yorba Linda.

We were invited to a friends' beach house in Dana Point for dinner and fireworks... so we headed back down there. The house was gorgeous and everyone was super fun, not to mention the food! Dinner was fabulous! It was complete with grilled chicken, steak, fish, sausage, vegetables, onion rings, fruit parfaits, and baked beans. The highlight of the night was watching fireworks on the ocean from the balcony of their home. We laughed about the multiple malfunctions of the fireworks, how much better it would've been if present company were in charge of the display, and the lovely "cloud animals" of smoke that covered our view of the celebration! We thought we were so funny. I wasn't sure we were going to be able to leave because Courtney was so attached to the two dogs, but we eventually made it back to LA.


Maybe my love for the 4th stems from my upbringing. We'd celebrate by boating all day, BBQ-ing, playing volleyball, having water balloon fights, watching the yacht parades at Flaming Gorge, and then watching fireworks from our boat on the lake. One of my favorite memories was at the Sagamore Resort in upstate New York. That was a great week.


A 4th of July post wouldn't be appropriate without a little bit of trivia... so here's a quote from John Adams to his wife, Abigail,
"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not. (The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784, Harvard University Press, 1975, 142)."

The 4th of July is still my favorite holiday... even with speeding tickets!

**[Note to the parental units reading this-I honestly didn't realize I was going that fast, I promise! Like Courtney said... we were hungry! Woops!]

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

I dare you not to yawn.

After FHE tonight, I came home and spent good quality time with my roommates. Kami and I played Tetris (see my ə-dĭk'shən post) on our twin computers, while listening to some tv show in the background. Let's preface this post with the fact that she and I are extremely competitive when it comes Tetris. She has a higher "Line Count" and I have a "Higher Total Score"... however that works. Anyways, amidst our lightning fast fingers, I became SO DISTRACTED by the commercial in the background, that I lost any chance of getting a better 'Top 10' score. RUDE!

What marketing department, in their right mind, would ever put this campaign together?!! Yawning is extremely contagious. Who knows why, but who cares, it just is! We all know it. Just thinking about yawning makes me yawn, but listening to it and watching it on a commercial at 11:30pm on a Monday night?!! Not funny!

I'm officially boycotting this commercial. Every time I see it on tv from now on, I'm turning the channel. You know it's bad marketing when you see a commercial once and NEVER want to see it again! Or maybe it's ingenious because I'll never forget that stupid commerical either. Yeah, I could go grab a diet Pepsi from the fridge right now and drink down as much caffeine as possible to keep from yawning, but hey, I'm tired and I want to go to bed... And, have you ever had that unfortunate accident of yawning just after guzzling down a carbonated drink? It doesn't sound pretty... or taste pretty, for that matter. Zero points for Pepsi today. And zero points on my Tetris High Scores.

PS- Yes, I embedded the video in my blog for all of you to see why I was so distracted. I'm definitely not going to be watching it, but if you decide to take the plunge... beware... it could be dangerous to your health. I especially discourage J.Thompson (of the J.Crew) not to watch this despite what time it is. I think he suffers from narcalepsy. ;)