Mai Olivo

So I have a serious need to shop every fall. I'm sure this comes from years of school shopping when I just picked whatever was cute and left my mom at the register. What a spoiled child. Now I just look longingly at Ruche look books (Mai Olivio is their main designer) and wish I had cute clothes. (Don't you love this blouse/sweater combo?)
 My sweet husband did however let me get these cute boots. They finally restocked my size and I have been waiting months for the perfect boots...so here they are! Adorable, right? I almost missed the fall shopping season but just in the nick of time these little guys showed up. I love them.I love the detail of the buckles on the back. They should be here in a few days so hopefully they fit perfectly...online shopping always makes me a little nervous.

 These two posts with in a few hours of each other are proof that there is nothing to do at work. And I have no motivation to do homework since my twelve page paper took it all out of me.Anyway, Happy Halloween! I only have 37 minutes until I get to party it up. Look forward to awesome Godfrey Family fun pictures from our Halloween Extravaganza! Woot, woot!

Anne Bradstreet

So I know I have been blogging about love and marriage a lot lately which tends to get on the boring/annoying side. But today is the 6 month mark for me and Danny! We went to lunch today at Pastorero (they have the best Mexican popsicles EVER, so if you haven't been go for that reason alone) to celebrate since we are headed down to Ogden tonight so I can see my little cousin I haven't seen in ages. This is why my husband is awesome.  I know he wanted to have fun plans with the two of us to celebrate but instead he is going to hang out with my family because I really feel like I need to see Kate. I wanted to post a picture of the awesome pumpkin I carved last night in honor of our six months, but my computer at work hates my camera, so we will have to do that later. So instead I thought I would share a poem that Anne Bradstreet wrote because she explains how I feel more eloquently than I ever could.

To my Dear and Loving Husband
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole Mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that Rivers cAnneot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompetence.
Thy love is such I can no way repay.
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let's so persever
That when we live no more, we may live ever. 
I feel like we have been married for about two weeks in some ways but then I feel like we have been married for 10 years in other ways. Our wedding seems like a few hours ago. It snowed and snowed during my spring wedding but I didn't even care. By the time we got done taking pictures and got to the luncheon  my feet were numb and my dress was soaked up to my knees. Friends and family gave toasts and sang, we even met the prophet but the thing I remember most is the way Danny looked at me. It was different than any look ever before. On the other hand, I feel like we have been together our whole lives. His face and smell and habits and voice are more familiar to me than my mother. He is more my best friend than Brittan or Selaina and I think he knows me more than them or anyone. Everything I experienced, everyone that influenced me, every moment is somehow blurred and wrapped up in him. My hopes and dreams are the same but different because they are all for him and in him.

I couldn't ask for anything more in a husband. I couldn't thank him enough for the sacrifices he already makes in my behalf. And I am sure no one has ever loved a husband more than I love mine. So ya, I can't help but blog about love because it is my whole life. Mine is a life full of people, a life full of a single person...and I couldn't be happier.


Selaina Broderick

Selaina. Me. Brittan. Newlyweds.

I can't believe how lucky I am. My two best friends and I all got married within six months of each other. We never had to have that awkward phase so many people talk about. You know that time when one or two of you are so happy but the other one of you hates life because some jerk just stepped all over you heart so your "happily ever after" friends have to can it because talk of marriage makes you want to pull their hair out? (So we maybe had a few of those stages when it comes to boyfriends)
But something incredible happened on September 24, 2010.
We sat in the temple. All three of us. All with the loves of our lives (besides each other of course...) and all happier than ever before. I can't believe how lucky we are.

I loved getting married so close to each other because it means endless amount of advice and hilarious stories from the people who know exactly how it feels RIGHT NOW. I love advice from people who have been married for 50 years, it is helpful and inspiring but there is something to be said for the advice that comes from other newly weds living the dream here and now. So here are things that us newlyweds love RIGHT NOW!

-Theme date nights (Ex: Bad Ass Biker Night= awesome. Recipe= markers for tattooing, Fast and the Furious 1-3, root beer, hoop earrings and a wife beater)

-Going to bed early because he doesn't have to leave

-Putting freezing cold feet on your own personal space heater :)

-decorating your own space

-eating sugary cereals because we do the grocery shopping

-Watching TV marathons instead of homework...and not feeling guilty about it

-Batting cages. Who knew I would love the batting cages?

-Making plans. I think this is the best part. No guessing, no worrying. Making plans because the two of you are permanent.


Spencer Barfuss

The Barfusses (Barffi?) are our new married friends. I knew Syd from EFY as we were co-counselors in 2008.

Anyway Sydney and Spencer ended up being in our married ward. So after the first Sunday, Danny and I agreed to make them our married besties here in Provo. So last Saturday while Danny and I were avoiding writing our talks for sacrament meeting, we went to Trafalga with the Barfuss clan. Here is what we discovered...


These passes are $44 each when you buy two...so should this be me and Danny's Christmas present to ourselves? I can't decide. I mean it seems like a great deal but there are a few flaws. The Seven Peaks pass doesn't include tube rental and if you have ever been to 7P you know that a tube is essential (or so says my coworker and 7P guru). Rentals are $4 for a single tube and $8 for a double....every single time you go. So....yeah. I'm undecided but I need to be decided since the longer you wait the more expensive the passes get.

Oh, and there is an unlimited pass for batting cages...we know Danny's opinion on this matter. And the Barfusses already have passes, so this would be a really great free double date activity for a whole year.


Mr. Google

Google is a very important person in my life. I go to him for everything (why do I assume Google is a man...?). He knows how to get everywhere I'm going and often finds somewhere better to eat than I intended. He has all the best ideas for my research project and then practically writes it himself. He keeps my appointments and assignments straight and never lets me forget my meetings with professors. He sends all my letters, stores all my recipes, makes the on going study guide for my tests...what doesn't he do? Google. The best friend ever.


Juno MacGuff

Juno MacGuff is one of those girls that is naturally cool. She has a room full of trolls and posters, she talks on a hamburger phone, her name is Juno and she is prego. Not that being a teen and pregnant is awesome but she totally rocks it. I think it is a mix of her wit, nonchalance and image of self.

I have a running list of women that are really cool (both real and fictional). In no particular order....

1. Juno MacGuff
2. Brittany Dahlin- An Art History Major that speaks Italian, goes to international cinema every week, attends the orchestra and opera alone, loves F. Scott Fitzgerald, cuts her own gorgeous hair and always dresses like a mix of Jackie O. and Katherine Hepburn. B is also a vegetarian that does yoga that grew up in Happy Valley which says a lot about how incredibly cultured she is. Plus, this girl is the one that makes you feel like a million dollars on the crappiest day of your life.
3. Ginny Wealsey- Bad A witch that rocks her spells and is super fiery, which I respect.
4. Jordyn Canady - Her blogs make me laugh out loud almost every time I read them and she is ten times funnier in person. She is a walking pop culture dictionary and her Ipod is filled with every artists from backstreet Boys to to the Beatles and every good thing in between. Killer tights. Killer style. Killer all around.
5. Elizabeth Bennett- Does this even need an explanation?
6. Elaine Benes - This video says it all. Plus, she hangs out with all boys, has great hair and always gets out of really awkward situations.
7. Selaina Brinkerhoff Broderick - The only girl I know that would lick gelato off the mall floor during the holiday rush because someone "triple dog dared" her.
8. Allie - Not the Bachelorette. Check out her blog (I will warn that she does not always use the most appropriate language) She is truly H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S.
9. Lorelai Gilmore - Lorelai talks a million miles an hour, named her daughter Rory, she can pull off bedazzled T-shirts and leopard cowgirl hats and can only be rivaled by Jordyn in her pop culture references.
10. Joye Faulkner. My Nana Joye is the coolest person I know, she is now 82 I think. For my 8th birthday she bought me leopard print slippers that were trimmed in black feathers. When I was 12 she gave me my first tube of red lipstick. When I was 16 she told me to sluff school with the cutest boy I could find to celebrate. When I was 19 she told me to get in to trouble because I hadn't had enough experience yet to be too good for the rest of my life. And when I was 21 she loved my husband before anyone else because he was tall and had broad shoulders. When I was young and stayed at her house I would take long bubble baths, drink apple juice out of a champagne glass, lay in her white bedroom with tons of pillows and watch Anne of Green Gables. Nana taught me to never swear in front of men because it isn't feminine. She also taught me that swearing is sometimes necessary when dealing with "bitches".

I think all of these women are ridiculously and naturally cool. Some people have it and some people don't. I love them because even though they are really cool they usually don't know it or are too chill to care that they are. But mostly these women make the list because they see the "cool" in everyone else. We are the Paulie Bleekers but they makes us feel like the Junos when we are with them.

Juno MacGuff: I think I'm in love with you.
Paulie Bleeker: You mean as friends?
Juno MacGuff: No... I mean for real. 'Cause you're, like, the coolest person I've ever met, and you don't even have to try, you know...
Paulie Bleeker: I try really hard, actually.


Emily Bronte

High waving heather, 'neath stormy blasts bending,
Midnight and moonlight and bright shining stars;
Darkness and glory rejoicingly blending,
Earth rising to heaven and heaven descending,
Man's spirit away from its drear dongeon sending,
Bursting the fetters and breaking the bars.

All down the mountain sides, wild forest lending
One mighty voice to the life-giving wind;
Rivers their banks in the jubilee rending,
Fast through the valleys a reckless course wending,
Wider and deeper their waters extending,
Leaving a desolate desert behind.

Shining and lowering and swelling and dying,
Changing for ever from midnight to noon;
Roaring like thunder, like soft music sighing,
Shadows on shadows advancing and flying,
Lightning-bright flashes the deep gloom defying,
Coming as swiftly and fading as soon.

I love fall. I love pumpkins, the smell of baking, the colors, the change in the air and the methodical walks home from campus as leaves flutter to the ground. I just want to curl up in a big blanket and read Victorian novels.It is pouring rain outside but some how I find that incredibly comforting.


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