the last night

i moved! yay! to kansas city! yay!

if you think kansas city is a lame place, or that it’s in kansas, I’m here to prove you wrong. (well, half wrong. technically part of kansas city is in kansas. but not the downtown part, or the part with my office, or the part with my apartment.)

but I’ve only been here a week, and it’s good.

also, moving to a new city by myself is probably one of the hardest things I’ve done.


the place and the life are good. and that’s what really matters. I’m so, so grateful to be here. & even though this is one of the hardest things I’ve done, it’s also one of the coolest. how often do we get to start over completely from scratch, knowing zero people, and zero things about the world you’re suddenly in? that’s pretty cool, I think.

one of the by-products of living on your own is that you have thoughts! or at least I do. lots and lots of thoughts! but I’m going to save those for another day because I’m behind and I can’t just move straight on to the Kansas City thoughts without paying my respects to Utah and my last night there.

so here are the respects:

Utah, you made the last 4 years of my life the greatest. a lot of it was actually you (mountains!), but most of it was your people. so thx, peace, blessings, I’ll be back to visit, take care of my friends, don’t let the Wasatch fault line have an earthquake, etc. etc. etc. bye!

and here are some photos from the last night in Utah, which was a trip to Saratoga Springs, because I always wondered what life looks like from the other side of the lake.

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these next photos were my favorite…

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^^^is Joel’s leap not one of the most graceful things you’ve ever seen?


^^^awkwardddd, the only one of these I didn’t edit hahaha…the editing ended up on the purple side of things, but oh well.

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^^^not a basic “peace out,” b/c please notice I’m just holding up my keys. also I need to get my hair done.


things I spent too much time on today


  1. looking at the effortlessly cool Instagram feeds of women working in the ad industry in NYC and killing it at life.
  2. the app “Hyperspektiv” … solidly the best $0.99 I’ve spent all day. but I’m also easily entertained. basically there are about 20 different interactive filters that you can use to distort your photos or videos so you can live our your dreams of being artsy. [AM I AN ART DIRECTOR YET???]
  3. getting the perfect text placement and color for my IG story about how cool Hyperspektiv is.

so basically I need to get off the internet hahaha.

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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little-known facts

-I’m not a selfie person. Seriously, it requires so. much. effort. to take a picture of myself, and the act of taking a picture of myself is unnatural to me. Actually, I’m the worst at remembering to pull out my camera in any situation, selfie or not. But! I feel like pictures of things that aren’t trees and ducks and snow and canals are in need over in this here blog, so I need to get working on it. So that being said, I attempted the selfie this afternoon, in an effort to start conquering my selfie fears…

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-I have a strange love for cats. Loving cats isn’t weird at all, except for the fact that I’m allergic, soooo that’s a little bit of a problem I’ve got on my hands. But yeah, I just have a thing for cats. Dogs are so happy all the time (yes, I know I’m generalizing), and cats seem to have a variety of mysterious emotions that I connect with a little better. Maybe someday I’ll get treated for my cat allergy and then fulfill my destiny of becoming that crazy cat lady down the street with approximately seventeen of the furry creatures, give or take a few.

-Frank Sinatra is pretty much the best. And Michael Bublé too, but Frank will always be my favorite. When I was little and no one was at home, I would turn on his CD and slow-dance with a broom in my living room. Because I was just that cool. But really, he never gets old. Classy, classy, classy.

-I’m unashamedly obsessed with New York City. Actually, if you’ve even read this blog a little bit, you probably know this already. I’m, like, really obsessed. I have a “New York” playlist that I listen to frequently, full of songs that have what I feel like is a New York vibe, a large majority of my sentences about the future begin with “when I live in New York…,” and if you’re a blogger, all you have to do is mention NYC somewhere in your “About” section and there’s a 99% chance I’ll follow you in about two seconds flat, especially if you actually live in New York.

What are some little-known facts about you? I love hearing from you, so don’t be shy…leave a comment instead!


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