indian food + photo adventures


Mmm it was a good weekend. The closer it gets to moving out, the more I realize how much I’m going to miss the life that I’ve made here in Provo this year. I’m excited to go home, and I’m excited for all that my summer will hold, but I’m full of all sorts of bittersweet feelings, because this year has just been so good. Less than two weeks left and I’m dyinnnnngggg!

Friday night was quite stellar, and it involved Indian food at Bombay House with the roommates, which was, of course, the best. Chicken coconut kurma and garlic naan bread for the win. Every time. We’ve talked about going to eat at Bombay House all year, and we finally got around to it just before the end of the semester. Food like this just makes me want to travel all over the entire world and eat delicious ethnic food every day of my life.

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I was going to take a nice pretty picture of my plate {see bottom right}, but then I forgot and went and messed it up. That’s why I’m not a food blogger. Hopefully Caroline’s {see top right}, which still looks normal, makes up for it.

Saturday was a nice day for doing mostly nothing except look at blog improvement articles all day, and take a nap on the couch, and sit on Pinterest. But nothing days are always much-needed, right? And hey, I got ready, so that’s always a plus. {Excuse the dirty mirror.}

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When we’d lazed around enough, Caroline and I trekked on-campus to the library where we checked out a couple DSLR cameras, and then went on an adventure with said cameras up into the neighborhood behind our apartment, and to a field-sort-of-a-thing that happens to be tucked up in there. And we took lots of pictures. And it was great. And now I really want a DSLR.


{Can you spot the hole in the cardigan??? College probs. I’m looking forward to a trip to Old Navy when I get home.}

Right after church today we walked up to the same spot, and it was lovely. Today was just the perfect day, with the perfect temperature, and perfect-smelling flowers everywhere, and blue sky, and I’m going to miss days like these. Stay tuned for the end result of the photography adventures. In the meantime, here are a couple sneak peaks of my lovely roommate, who is a babe, and all eligible gentlemen should want to date her.



Let’s sing praises for better-quality-than-iphone images for a change. I hope everyone that happens to read this has a fabulous next seven days, and look out Idaho, because I’ll be coming for you in less than two weeks. {Insert alternating sad & happy faces here.} And Martha’s Vineyard, don’t think you’re off the hook, because I’ll be coming for you in less than two months. So be ready.

{If you want something uplifting to read, check out THIS TALK that I discovered in Relief Society today at church. Elder Holland is the best. }


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it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas

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This evening has been magic. It’s been one of those evenings where the company is good, the food splendid, the atmosphere just feels like home. And I’m left just sitting here in awe of the rightness of the world.

Let’s just say that I have a wonderful, thoughtful grandmother who was perceptive enough to know that a bunch of college kids, away from home, would be craving some proper Christmas decorations around this time of year. Thanks to her, I had a box full of holiday goodness hand-delivered to my front door, just in time to cure our itching for tangible evidences of the upcoming season.

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So this evening we ordered Chinese takeout, as only the best domestic, housewifely college students do, turned on the Michael Buble holiday Pandora station, and dove into said box of decorations, plus some snowflakes that my roommate had stashed away. A Gilmore Girls episode happened in the middle of the party when the food arrived, and that Chinese was an excellent decision, indeed.

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^^^This is Santasaurus, our apartment mascot.

When everything was up and plugged in, and the overhead lights turned off, the four of us sat around the living room with homework and a dose of comfort food (hot chocolate for me…duh), and just soaked it all in. There’s just something about the soft, golden glow of strings of Christmas lights all around the living room, and the quaint row of stockings hung on the wall, and the multicolored tree in the corner, and the snowflakes in the kitchen, and the candycanes strung above the window…and guys, it’s almost Christmas! We may not even have gotten to Thanksgiving yet but who cares about that. This season is the greatest. It’s the time of the year where the world is overflowing with strings of lights, and joy, and anticipation, and magic, and I count myself lucky to have such amazing people around me to celebrate it with.

I say it all the time, but I am just so incredibly blessed. I have a wonderful family, wonderful roommates, a wonderful place to live, and so many other blessings. It’s on nights like these that I am filled with gratitude, and complete awe of how life works out perfectly. I go through normal life every day – school, work, sleep, running, etc. – and then every once in a while it’ll just hit me how truly beautiful life is. Sure, parts of it may not be pretty, but when you step away from the mundane, and the difficult, and the negative, the view is completely glorious.

It’s been a good day. Happy decorating, and merry early Christmas!


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lessons learned in the past eight weeks

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The past eight weeks have been absolutely wonderful. Quite possibly some of the best eight weeks thus far in my life, I’d venture to say.

I think I’ve felt more myself in the past eight weeks than I have in a long time. It’s been a feeling of arrival. A feeling of ‘oh yeah, so this is what I’m meant to be doing!’ I’ve worn my hair up in a bun about 90 percent of the time, and I’ve worn lipstick a handful of times, and my overwhelmingly neutral wardrobe is performing fabulously, and maxi skirts are my favorite, and I fixed up the layout of this blog, and running the hills of Provo is turning into my thing, and it is so incredibly refreshing to be living a constant rush of new experiences.

And new experiences come with new lessons, right right? So just for fun, let’s have a party and lump those lessons into a list, shall we?

Comfort food is a must in life. Yeah, eating healthy is all great and everything, and I make sure that happens the majority of the time, but I’ve come to believe that anything rich and creamy just makes the world a better place.

And meat, for that matter. I think I’ve taken meat for granted thus far in my life. As soon as you have to make meat all by yourself whenever you want it…….yeah who has time for that?! {a.k.a. I’ll graciously accept any donations of deliciously seasoned, cooked chicken anytime. Just kidding. Sort of.}

Moments for introspection are a necessity. A strange part of me actually enjoys having to walk everywhere because that’s when introspection opportunities are prime. Especially in the mornings, when I’m nice and on-schedule for getting to class on time. But late nights + music are also pretty decent for the introspection thing. And long runs.

October is my favorite month. I can’t say I’ve ever had a definite favorite month until now, but this year’s October has settled it. There may be some more words coming your way sometime in the future about the loveliness of October, so no guarantees, but it’s a possibility! Isn’t it the best that October is a thing?

People change, and often times will have completely different sides than you expected, but you just have to love them anyway. This has been a hard one, and it’s been a lesson that’s actually taken a lot longer than eight week to figure out, but it’s coming.

Everyone should take a Zumba class in their life.

Roommates happen for a reason. I’m so grateful for all three of my roommates, and they’re exactly what I needed.

Free food is the best. I used to care about how healthy the free food I received was, but now…yeah, no, it’s free food, I’ll take it. I make plenty of decently healthy food on my own, so I figure I’m covered there.

Random moments of gratitude are also the best – those moments where I’m least expecting it, but then all of a sudden it’s like someone flipped a switch and I just want to tell anyone who’ll listen how beautiful life is. This morning when I walked out of the temple was one of those moments. There was the crisp morning air, and the clear blue sky, and the lake in front of the mountains, and Provo just laid out in front of me, and the red-orange-yellow leaves, and the flowers, and thoughts of the temple, and everything in the world felt right.

I really, really, really want to live in New York City. Actually, I suppose this doesn’t count as much of a “lesson learned in the past eight weeks.” More like a fun fact…a fun fact that pretty much everyone already knows. But yeah, after living out here for a little while, now it’s just like, “Okay, let’s bring on New York now!”

Fun lessons, right? Maybe I’ll elaborate on some of them at some point…maybe not…who knows! Inconsistency tends to be my thing when it comes to blogging, but it is how it is, and I’m a fan of blogging when there’s substance, and not just a need to have a Monday-Wednesday-Friday post or some sort of similar schedule. At any rate, October’s doing beautiful things around here, so I have some good intentions to make some sort of a post on it.

And if you want some fun things to read, here are a few lovely pieces that I’ve stumbled across this week in my various perusing of blogs…

New girl. – Beautiful insights on the nature of change.

What We’ll Miss About NYC – Part 5 –  I found this old post today on one of my favorite blogs, and I love the documentation of small, significant moments.

Creamy Garlic Mac and Cheese – Okay, does this not look like the best thing in the entire universe? Did I mention the comfort food kick that I’m on?


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