miss micaela jean, birthday queen

my best friend's birthday was awhile back, in september. on the twenty-seventh, to be exact! she's in the missionary training center getting ready to serve a mission in TAIWAN for the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints for 18 months! i miss her a lot but am mega proud of her. so here's to you, micae!

my #1 partner in crime freshman year (slash always) as a team mama to our boys as they played (and lost, but we loved them no less!) flag football + basketball that year.

the girl who turned me into a tv-watching fanatic for just two years + endured countless episodes of our favorite tv shows together over our freshman + sophomore years, including (but not limited to): gLee, grey's anatomy, community, the office (which we watched ALL episodes of, through the last season steve carell was in), + modern family.

my favorite window-shopping buddy, who enjoyed running around ikea (just like 500 days of summer...a movie she loves almost as much as i do, clearly another reason we are best friends) and taking photos of just about everything we could.

my favorite person to go on double-dates with + be domestic with...even though that one time we totally ruined the brownie recipe her mom gave us to make from scratch...

...but it was okay since i think that's the only thing i can remember that we've made over the years that was 100% inedible. we've grow far more domestic over the years (;

my favorite person to get tattoos with!

...just kidding. (: but i did love the fact that she was never embarrassed to be around me or my goofy faces...at least for the most part.

i'll never forget the morning our sophomore year when micae woke up + came to eat breakfast + told us all that she had a dream and knew she needed to learn chinese. and then she actually did it, enduring 4 long + difficult semesters of chinese at byu. and she loved every moment. and now she's on a mission where she's learning how to speak chinese so she can go and serve in taiwan for 18 months, teaching chinese people about the gospel! she may be crazy. but she's also an inspiration. (:

oh! and how could i forget? my favorite traveling companion...going to a handful of temples with me all around the state of utah, sometimes driving 8 hours in one day (4 hours there + 4 hours back) to go to some of them. there was never a dull moment. we could literally talk for hours + hours on end. and still have more to talk about, but we'd have to wait until our voices came back (;

visiting one of our favorites: st. george!

ah. my dearest little cheerleader. drove all the way to layton, utah with me for my first-ever half marathon in layton, utah! and cheered me right across the finish line. + then read a story to me while i promptly fell asleep  as soon as we got back to the hotel. (: what a grand best friend.

after the finish line:

never afraid to do crazy/weird/illogical things with me...like dressing up as prim (her) + katniss (me) to go see the hunger games - our favorite book everrrrr! - movie on the night of the premiere. or yelling "i volunteer as tribute" at least 500 times before the movie actually began.

my best friend that i've been roommates with ever since my freshman year. this wasn't the first time we had to exchange "see ya laters", but it's always weird to say it when you don't really know the next time you'll see each other!

nevertheless, micae, happy birthday to you, back in september! heaven knows the next birthday we'll get to celebrate together, but i'm sure it'll be a party whenever we see each other next!

miss you. love youu. see ya in (at least) 2 years (:


september instagram-a-rama

for the first-time ever, i completed an instagram photo-a-day challenge. for september! lo and behold:
















#firstthingyousee (again, couldn't help it)

















back in UTAH: the first coupla weeks.

sometimes you only have like a 3.5 week-long summer break, in between terms/semesters at school + vacationing/traveling for your major...but no complaints here (:

the below quote pretty much sums up what this past (fall) semester has been like:

and it's only the beginning (here on the blog)! so without further delay, please enjoy a photo montage of my september 2012:

i spent lots of time with some of my favorite freshman year amigos (like topher, bottom left) who just got back from their 2-year mission trips! (clockwise from bottom left: topher, topher's friend, katherine, whitney, me)

i found out i was going to become an aunt again! coming april 2013 (: wheeee!

i ate my first-ever humongous sno-cone from that little shack on the corner by helaman halls, my old stomping grounds freshman year. courtesy of friend (cousin-in-law of sister ruth), madison!

i don't think i've ever seen a real-life rat's tail. yikes. hahaaa.

i skyped (from my iphone! while going through a car wash! i love this thing haha) my far-away old roommate, miriam, who was getting ready to head-off to SPAIN to spend a semester abroad! jealous doesn't even begin to cut it. don't worry though, she'll be back on the blog by next semester, living with me again (:

and, of course, the sunday-night family skype sessions continued. mostly with my favorite little brother, dk.

i got out to school a week before any of my roommates showed up (thanks to assistant stage managing the first theatre production of byu's mainstage season, a second birth), and had lots of free time on my hand that first week to essentially deep-clean/de-clutter the apartment + decorate! so i had some major fun cutting up a huge stack of old magazines before throwing them out + making a few collages for our front room.

...and into the first week of school, my first assignment for my english class was to take a stack of magazines and make a collage about what "writing" means to me, through pictures. coincidence?

i missed my favorite little brother more than ever, but luckily i had a sister (ruth) who was still living back with the fam in ohio for a few more months after i left to come back out to utah who took plenty of photos of him + his shenanigans to keep me posted from far, far away.

i found a krondashian kardashian kollection lookalike while thrifting:

look familiar? i'll give you a little reminder:

man i just realized how random this post is, haha. so all over the place from september. hope you're enjoying (:

once back at byu, i got a few chances to practice (+ perfect!) my parallel parking skills,

see!? huge accomplishment.

after 3 years at college without it, the roommies + i pulled our money (only $8.50 a month for each of us, yes please) to get extra-fast wireless internet + cable tv!! wheeee.

our first shot of cable! some hispanic cooking show. winning.

i also enjoyed my first (of many) trips to the local farmer's market in provo on saturdays. including my first visit to my new favorite food truck: waffle-love. yum. check them out!

also enjoyed some farmer's market limeade...so yum.

i finally(!) took photos of my marathon photos...because whenever i've tried to scan them they come out really weird. haha. so here is my finisher's photo...crazy belated but better late than never, right??

went to stan's diner (again, so many times) to get some of their famous shakes...SO good. + although i don't have any photos of any of my shakes/the diner itself, check out these gems that are on display on its walls (could be a part of the reason i love this place so much):

i ate a banana that had a built-in smiley face. check it out.

i learned how to curl my hair in all kinds of different ways, including the mega-huge bouncy curly whirly way.

we handed out free cake (!!) at byu's testing center. ps i love my job. (:

i talked to micae (most everyday) since it was our first time not living together since freshman year (weird), since she was back in virginia (home for her) preparing to go on a church mission for a year-and-a-half to taiwan! she left in november. but more on that to come, well, when i post about november. in another month or so (;

i saw a double rainbow.

i hung out with topher some more and he made one of the most delicious meals of my ever life, totally from scratch. and his brain. SO. yum.

and we went to get cupcakes! can you believe i'd never been to a provo cupcakery before this night?? they only have them like, all over the place. it was about time.

cakebites! so! cute! and! adorable!

best friends.

also, went to see my first-ever improv show: comedy sportz. SO. funny. loved it.

oh! how could i forget? i started TEACHING! as an assistant/team-teacher for two of BYU's theatre and media arts (tma) voice and diction classes. so cool! and fun. and we do things like make our students use their bodies as different parts of a human body that moves and breathes when you tell it to. basically awesome.

oh! i also started taking a puppetry class. which yes, is totally as fun as it sounds. (: i love my major!

also, i got in touch with my inner krondashian and loved seeing me some bruce jenner (<3 champion="champion" grocery="grocery" i="i" night.="night." olympic="olympic" one="one" out="out" p="p" runner="runner" shopping="shopping" was="was" when="when">

but what was almost even better...my favorite addiction cereal on mega-sale!! so i may or may not have stocked up just a bit...

gotta take advantage of a sale when you see it, right? (:

i also went to yogurtland (i know you were all waiting to hear about this one) a handful of times...and then some. but sadly, i also SPILLED for the first time, ever. i'm not entirely sure how it happened. or how it spilled into like, a perfect "S". and i still haven't forgive the yland staff for not letting me go back through to put more toppings on...! just kidding (: i actually discovered this day how much i like having strawberries and cookie dough on my froyo. so thanks, butterfingers (no pun intended).

yland with freshman year roommate mace face:

and with the roommates:

oh. and did i mention my nephew is the cutest little thing alive? stickers for the future baby (: what a gem.

that's all for now!
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