locked out

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So sometimes you and your roommate get locked out of your apartment in the morning after a quick waffle stop two doors down, and you just get to chill outside {literally} until your manager shows up. But spring mornings are a glorious thing, and the way that the sun rises over the mountains and gives everything a magical haze is almost worth getting locked out for.

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on a wednesday

Hola world. It’s Wednesday. Wednesdays are my favorite, aside from Sundays and Fridays. Monday and Tuesday I have FHE, and class after work, so when Wednesday comes around and I don’t have anywhere I need to go in the evening it’s glorious. I get to come home and laze around a little, and go running at some point, and then I have the freedom to go to bed whenever I want to.

Today was a grey spring day. Spring is made up of those amazing days where the sky is blue and the blossoms are fairly exploding everywhere and the grass is green and the world is fresh. And then since spring is a season of contrasts, it’s only fair that you have your share of grey, slightly drizzly days like today. Which is totally fine…except when you make the great choice to leave the apartment without a jacket, because it’s April and April means no need for a jacket, right? Nope. Don’t fall victim to the lie that just because it’s April and the world is supposed to be warm you don’t need to bring a jacket.

For some spring in your life (at least the part of spring that I like best) these beauties have been living on our counter for the past few days, and I’m in love.

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Aaaaand then this is what it looked like outside today. At dusk, mind you, but still. Cheers to rain, and to running in the rain up a hill, which is actually quite an adventure.

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Also, random thoughts of the day:

-I’m blogging twice in less than a week? Whaaat?? Your mind may be blown, but I think the blogging fever might be coming back. Who knows. Mysteries are good every once in a while.

-gold sparkly shoes may look amazing, but when you have feet that are 1/4 size larger than your roommate and you decide to wear her gold sparkly shoes to class, bad things happen to your heels

-I love peanut butter

-reading blogs makes me just want to blog all day long {this is a bad idea when finals start in exactly a week}

-it’s a great thing to find your favorite pair of black pants hidden in your closet so you’re no longer consigned to wearing skirts to work every day

-maybe when I have children I’ll be better at taking pictures of life on a daily basis

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good spring days

This past weekend was General Conference, and it was so needed. There is something so comforting in knowing that we have leaders that are inspired by Heavenly Father, and that are direct messengers of His will. I sustain them always.

My dad got his hands on a couple tickets to Conference for Saturday afternoon that he passed on to me, so my soon-to-be-roommate-next-semester (whooo!) Mikelle and I went, which was absolutely great. Temple Square looks so gorgeous, with all the blossoms and green grass and tulips and pansies and it was just the best. And even though Salt Lake is a far cry from NYC, it still makes me itch for the city. Also, I just love the Salt Lake temple, and I’m kinda thinking it’s where I want to get married. Yes, practically everyone in the world gets married there, but it’s just so beautiful – inside and outside – and my parents were married there, and it just represents eternity in my mind. And yes to the most beautiful wedding pictures.

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Not pictured is an incredible bed of tulips and other colorful flowers behind us, and tree blossoms all around us, and green everywhere. It was fantastic, so use your imagination a bit. My apologies for those that are fortunate enough to follow me on Instagram, and also be my friend on Facebook, and get to see this picture for the third time. I was just lame and I didn’t take any other pictures.

Also, side note to appreciate the wonder of Café Rio. We went there after Conference, and it was the best. The sweet pork salad never ever disappoints.

Saturday evening around dusk I stepped downstairs to pay rent real quick, and the night just felt lovely, so I felt that a spontaneous walk was necessary. I just walked around Kiwanis park before it started getting too dark, but it was a good choice indeed. At that hour, the park was so calm and peaceful and quiet, and it almost felt like a summer evening (can we all just give a big ‘amen’ to the wonder of summer evenings?). And the air was just right for thinking, which was convenient.

Yeah, it was a good weekend. Yesterday I took a walk up to the temple in hopes of catching the sunset over Utah lake (I have a thing for sunsets lately) and doing some more thinking & writing. It was a bit too chilly and windy for it to be completely comfortable, and the wind made the air all grey with dust, so the sunset thing wasn’t too glamorous, but it was still good to sit by the temple for a bit. I’m going to miss the Provo temple for the four months that I’ll be off having adventures elsewhere.

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Since it’s coming up on the end of the year (3 WEEKS TILL I MOVE WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?), I’ve been doing some looking back, and appreciating. Appreciating my amazing roommates, and BYU, and Provo, and getting to live next to a mountain, and my ward, and having a park as a backyard, and I am just so grateful. It’s been a wonderful year. I’ve grown so much, and learned so much, and had so many experiences that I wouldn’t ever trade.

These last days are tinged with the bittersweet, since next year I’ll be moving to a new apartment, and only keeping 1/3 of my current roommates, and saying goodbye to the previously mentioned backyard park, and I’ll miss a lot of what life is now, but I know that there are good things to come {Martha’s Vineyard this summer, a.k.a. I’m going to be living on an island that is much closer to New York than I’ve been in the past three years, and no school for four months, and then there’s Brick Oven Pizza just down the street from our apartment in the fall, and granite countertops in said apartment, and a pink bathtub, and I’ll be living with some other amazing people}, so I’m stoked for the future.

Side note again, if you’re in the mood for some sap, I’ve been on a wedding video kick, and these are my two current favorites:

Also side note again, I’ve remembered that I actually really like blogging, so we’re gonna try to do this once a week or so, just to ease back into it. Cheers.

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