Karin Eriksson

When D and I went camping we trudged through cold, black, thick, clay mud. It was the kind of thick clay that is really slippery and I'm sure if I had scooped a bunch up it would have been perfect for a potter's wheel. It was really beautiful as is this video. 

More craft movement for you. 


Julia Louis-Dreyfus

I think I have made it pretty clear I'm a TV addict. Which means I obviously love the Emmy's. This year was pretty good (especially since last year was a total BUST). Lots of gorgeous dresses, I like the color that always shows up at the Emmy's. I love the Oscars most but the dresses tend to be shades of white, black and then pops of red.

I'm glad Modern Family is still walking away with lots of awards. They totally deserve it. I get torn up every year about best drama though. I mean Parenthood makes me tear up almost every episode but then how can Downton Abbey not win in every.single.catergory? Sheesh. My life is so hard.

Anyway here are just a few of my favorite looks of the evening:

Actress Julie Bowen
Didn't she look amazing? It was more stunning live.
(the red carpet doesn't exactly compliment her color)

Actress Sarah Hyland
Pretty and age appropriate.

Ginnifer Goodwin
She totally rocked this.

Actress Tina Fey
Love the color and love Tina's hair in styles like this.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Not a great picture of it but possibly my favorite dress of the evening.

Actress Leslie Mann
Or this one.

A lovely evening. But I really caaaan't wait for the Oscars. Please Oscar people! LISTEN! Listen to Jordyn's wisdom and have Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law host. Make all of our dreams come true  (including a lost invitations for Anne Hathway and James Franco)!


Rosi Golan

 Sometimes solutions are just that, hazy.
So here is to looking for clearer answers.

Hazy by Rosi Golan on Grooveshark

Happy Friday.



I love the blog Today's Letters. It is a sweet and funny and beautiful. Anyway they do a series called "Craft Movement" and I am completely obsessed with it. It has me looking in to all kinds of videos and articles and classes. I need to do something with my hands. I need to do something creative. I need to find my craft.

Anyway I will be sharing these videos every so often.



Lorelai Gilmore

Another post not about Nauvoo. Instead random thoughts that correlate to absolutely nothing.

Please football gods let this be the season you give in and get all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls. I just can't get through this entire season on commercialized reruns or watching D list TV shows available to me (not you Felicity, you rock my socks).

I'm on a Pinterest fast. Not because I actually do the projects I pin or that I spend a ton of time on the site but because I get seriously peeved with the general population that refuses to follow the rules. Don't we get it people? You should be pinning original pins from your favorite sites and not just constantly re-pinning. It makes the content suck on the whole site. Booo! Yes, we re-pin but lets keep it to a 1 original in 10 re-pins ratio, thanks. End of rant.

I love lazy taco soup. Seriously, I eat it every night that D works. I call it lazy taco soup because I am seriously too lazy to brown ground beef. D would never eat taco soup meatless but it is the one veggie meal I'm totally down with.

Lazy Taco Soup
1 can of corn (w/juice)
1 can of kidney beans (rinsed....some people don't know this...sick)
1 can black beans (again, rinsed)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 pack of taco seasoning (I actually do this because I hate buying taco seasoning and this tastes WAY better)

My sister-in-law Jill sent her extra subscription of TIME to my house and I love her for it. Well I love her anyway but seriously I am obsessed with it. However, I need to get a basket of some sort for all my mags because the coffee table is a hot mess.

My house is not at all toddler proof. The cutest kid in our ward stopped by (with his mom) to hang out for a bit. He wandered all over the house and I realized how much having a baby would change even the smallest parts of my life. Baby hungry, yes. Baby ready, nope. Ask me again next month folks or don't (you know who you are!).

Truth is a hard thing. Sometimes lies and undisclosed truths are much easier to bare. Because the truth can hurt people. We avoid the truth; we push it to the back of our mind and justify our preferred stories. And other times we selfishly keep the truth because in sharing it we may be it's victim. Miracle on 34th Street is my favorite Christmas movie. In the end Bryan Bedford asks the judge, "I ask the court to judge which is worse: A lie that draws a smile or a truth that draws a tear." When I watch the movie the answer is obvious. In real life, it is much more difficult.

The Brigham City Temple is crazy beautiful. Is it bad to walk around the temple and pick things out for your future house? I mean that textured linen wall paper was to die for. And the floral pattern set in the tile? Love it. Not to mention the inset moldings. I lust after the Lords house, shame on me.

People complain about Facebook during football and election season because it becomes an ugly place supposedly. It doesn't bother me. Maybe having so many political science classes and lack of interest in sports makes me oblivious.

Speaking of Facebook. Last week I had several moms bragging about their babies hair/rolling over/smiling capabilities on my news feed. They were all using the hashtag #mybabyis(insert category)thanyourbaby. What the hell is wrong with people? They are babies! Lets at least have the same self discipline as Honey Boo Boo's mom who didn't brag about her until she was six.

Also, I want a puppy.



I spent last week in Nauvoo with my mom and sisters (minus Tara) and had an amazing time there. The Mississippi moved my heart and Old Nauvoo kept it forever. I'm still trying to formulate the words to share my experience there, but more will be coming soon.

At certain times I get that giddy excitement deep in my gut. Not the kind you get as a child on Christmas Eve but more like the first time you ride a bike. I get it every September because I love the fall. On my list of top ten favorite things of all time (Danny would be number one) Autumn is currently sitting at number four. (Maybe I will reveal this list I keep on a later date. It is an actual list I keep in the back of my journal that is constantly changing.) 

Tonight after D left for work I put up all my fall decorations, went to the store to stalk up on pumpkin and spices before they sky rocket and listened to James Taylor while the rain tapped along on the roof. These days are my favorite. I'm waiting for sweaters and pumpkins and Halloween and our annual drive up the canyon and the summer breeze to turn to a brisk wind. It's like I'm racking my brain for a word I know but just can't get to the tip of my tongue.

At the house I grew up in there was a large tree next to the front porch. I would been settled in to my school routine by mid-September and one day I would walk out the front door and be taken by surprise by that beautiful smell. The tree was starting to turn and this smell would wrap me up like a caterpillars cocoon making me something entirely new. After that I would leave the house early and sit on the cool cement steps before I had to run to the bus and try to get the smell soaked in to my skin.

I don't know if I love the fall because of the weather or the beginning of the holidays or the start of school or the color of the leaves but it remains deep in my gut and soaked in to my skin. And today, I could almost smell the tree in the rain.


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