Thursday, December 25, 2008

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas...



check

I'm spoiled, I got everything i wanted for christmas.

you'll see...

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Come what may, and love it!



Elder Wirthlin passed away last night, what a great blessing his example was to us all. I am especially gratful for the amazing talk he gave last conference, his optimism was truly inspirational!

read it at LDS.org. seriously, its the best.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Film festival

Me and some friends made this movie for a film festival on campus.




enjoy

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

There's nothing like...

Getting all dolled up




And stuffing your face!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

out of my gourd!



I made my roommates and some friends drive across the island to go to a pumpkin patch! Boy did we get into the season, check out that flannel...




there were bunches of pumpkins to pick from, I got the guy on the right (stage left). I like him, I'm gonna carve him up real soon, maybe roast his insides.



Overalls + flannel + boots + chicken leg = Fall fashion.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Cat Show

So these are the cats that made it to Iams cat show, aren't they beautiful?



so, not all cats make it to the big show... me and my roomate carrie did a little research. We found who missed it.


And what they are doing to be sure to take home the blue ribbon next year

Friday, October 17, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Rain reaction, in a sentence.



Its been raining a whole lot lately, which is partially ok because I study and work all the time and cant go to the beach most of the time anyways, but mostly real crappy because my hair never dries (part the humidities fault, part the rains) and I don't get to ride my bike as much as I want (which is a lot) and when I do ride my bike I get a huge strip of muddy water up my back because I have no fender, but there is a plus and that is rainbows like these (I know rainbows, so cliche, but I really liked this one, in fact, I stopped my car on the side of the road for a half an hour to take pictures of it even though there were people in my car that didn't appreciate the rainbow as much as I did.

Friday, October 3, 2008

22, 2 parties


Ashley turned 22 on monday, we brought her into the new year of her life with two bangs! We had a sit down dinner for her real birthday day (I made that cake, thats why im smiling like a dummy)


We also had an awesome joint birthday dance party for ash and our friend matt newbold. It, of course, had a cowboy and indian theme. We were mostly injuns, because we heard that cowboys often lose their scalps... better safe than sorry.



Lets get a closer look at those white thighs shall we...


There were some attractive squaw their too...


and we had a heck of a time dancing!


Friday, September 26, 2008

My perfect day

so I was pretty bored in class the other day and I decided to plan my perfect day. This, however, is no ordinary day, I decided that I wouldn't have any travel-time constraints on my perfect day (although I actually do like car trips and plane rides...) there is still a 24- hour time limit. So here it is...

9:00- 10:00 ~ I like to sleep in so my day is starting at 9. I wake up at home in Las Vegas and my whole family is there, like Christmas moring, and we make oven pancakes.

10:00- 12:00 ~ go to Waimea with all my friends in Hawaii, all of them, even the ones that are now gone... and we do everything! We jump off the rock and go to the toilet bowl and out to the island and swim with dolphins and sea turtles. (i've done it before, and yes it does fit into only two hours)


12:00- 1:00 ~ get a hotdog, the best hotdog ever, in Vienna. At the stand at the Wahringer strasse stop on the U-3. Except here I travel because I really like watching people on the subway... Its a Linzer Bratwurst, so it is on a toasted bun with sauerkraut and garlic-breaded onions and only a little bit of ketchup.

1:00- 3:00 ~ Play tennis. With Cami and Brit and my mom and John. My dad and any other tennis enthusiasts can come by too.I dont care if I win, but my serve is really on, because its a perfect day...
3:00- 5:00 ~ go cliff jumping at Lake Powell and then get whipped behind the boat by my brothers. We can have Banana wars too, but I mostly like getting whipped.
5:00-7:00 ~ Watch a movie. I really like doing this... maybe a new one or one of my favorites; Charade, Stranger Than Fiction or Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius.
7:00-8:00 ~ Eat thai food at Haleiwa eats here on Oahu. Yellow curry noodles and coconut rice, and I steal some of someone's Panang curry too.
* and for dessert they surprise me with a raspberry tart from Stoher in Paris... the best.
8:00- 9:30 ~ Read Cannery row, my favorite book, and write something of my own too! Oh ya, and while I'm reading my cat Dr. Earl is there to sit on my lap and purr

9:30- 10:00 ~ Put Meg Hogle to bed.
10:00- 11:59 ~ Play cards. First I play rook in Canada until my family goes to bed and then I finish the night with some nerts in Hawaii. And we make chocolate chip cookies with oatmeal in them. And we have an impromptu 30 minute dance party...

11:59 ~ go to sleep on the top of the house boat at a sandy beach in west Canyon. Not a cloud in sight...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Terminal Velocity Achieved

So I jumped out of a plane the other day... i went 180 MPH. i did, science tells me so.

Sweet jumpsuits , huh.

It all began when my great friend Jane came to visit. From the beginning of her trip she was all "lets go sky diving1" and I thought we never would so I was all "ok!"
Much to my surprise we actually went, I was really scared and made everyone listen to coldplay on the way to calm my nerves... the magical music worked though. Because once we got in that plane I was pumped!
and oh that thousands of feet of falling...

Friday, August 8, 2008

maybe it's time to explain...

The name of my blog...



This is G.K. Chesterton. He was born in 1874 and he writes books and essays. ya, ya sure point and laugh at the English major for blogging about some old guy that no one ever heard about, but really he's great! I just finished reading a book of his "The Man Who Was Thursday". He is what I like to call an eternal optimist... thats why I love him and what he writes.

Also (and this is getting back to the original purpose for this post) he wrote an essay entitled "On running After One's Hat". I was given a copy of this short essay once in a class and I carry it around with me where ever I go (really I do, in my green paper organizer that katie gave me for one of my birthdays... along with other great things). The essay is something he wrote in response to some floods in London. I wish I could just post the whole thing but I will give a short excerpt

"The true optimist who sees in such things an oppurtunity for enjoyment is quite as logical and much more sensible than the ordinary "indignant ratepayer" who sees in them an opportunity for grumbling...

"For instance there is a current impression that it is unpleasant to have to run after one's hat. Why should it be unpleasant to the well ordered and pious mind? not merely because it is running, and running exhausts one. The same people run much faster in games and sports. The same people run much more eagerly after an uninteresting leather ball than they will after a nice silk hat...

"There is an idea that it is humiliating to run after ones hat, and when people say it is humiliating they mean that it is comic. It certainly is comic; but man is a very comic creature, and most of the things he does are comic- eating, for instance. And the most comic things of all are exactly the things most worth doing- such as making love ( hey, he said it, not me) . A man running after a hat is not half so ridiculous as a man running after a wife...

" An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.
an inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered. The water that girdled the houses and shops of London must, if anything, have only increased their previous witchery and wonder. For as the Roman Catholic preist in the story said: "Wine is good with everything except water," and on similar principle, water is good with everything except wine."

O.K. so that was sort of a long excerpt... I just really love it. If you hated it send me hate mail or something, but for heaven's sake have some adventures!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Auf Wiedersehen

Good bye Vienna!
I will miss the U-bahn
and the Danube
Milka chocolate
being looked at like an imbecile
and I will miss my German teacher peter, who I don't understand.

I will miss the people at church and at school.


and I will miss Oma and Opa.



and the Jacobs



Its been a grand old time.

Monday, July 21, 2008

At the Danube

So my last week in Vienna has been pretty rainy, but last Saturday it was incredibly sunny! So we went and spent time at the Danube, which you have to pay for! Oh, how I miss America where the beach is free to all.
But it was really great.


Sunny!

Tiny towel!

I went with my roommate and Alex. We had a great time and I had a great peach.



It really was a great peach, but then this bee came and claimed it. Really it wouldn't leave! and I am real afraid of bees so I was freaking out a little and I just set the peach (with the bee sitting on it) down on the ground a safe distance away from my towel. The other girls were laughing at me but then when Taryn tried to shoo it away, it hovered in front of us for like a whole minute. It was really staring us down. It would look at me for a few seconds and then at Taryn... it was one sassy bee.

I walked. a lot

So while in Europe I walked a lot. I didn't really being a lot of clothes and stuff so I ended up wearing the stuff I did bring a lot and these shoes just got worn out!




Yuck huh! The grossest part was that I actually wore them for quite some time in this condition. I have sense bought some H&M shoes that I am already wearing through... I just wish you could smell these ones! When I showed Cami and Brit cami said, "Karl You're like a missionary"

They were Bad.

Thats why I threw them off a bridge into the Danube.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Paris


What can you say about Paris, right?!
I loved it, there was so much to do. I did a lot of planning so that I could do all the things I wanted to and even though I didn't get to all the places I wanted to go I had such a good time. First of all, paris is perfect for me. It gets light a lot later in the day and it doesn't get dark until after ten. seriously, I flew in at ten and it was still light outside. So I got to sleep in and not miss a thing!
Before we went we watched some movies about Paris. We watched "Funny Face" with Audrey Hepburn and the lady at the movie store recommended a French film named "Madame de..." Directed by Max Ophüls. It really set the mood and I highly recommend them.
A few of my favorite things:


San-Chapelle. This church is on the same island as Notre Dame, also really beautiful. The Gothic Stained glass windows are AMAZING. From the outside it looks like any other church but the entire chapel is the original stained glass. It makes the inside look sort of somber, but a beautiful sort.

The Arc De Triumph. Yes, I am standing in the middle of the road to get this picture, but when Cami and Brittany want a photo shoot, I hope to. Also, about 15 people followed us out there. Also, I bought that dress in Paris... love it.


The Champs de Elyse. I once attempted to memorise a song about this fancy little lane on a very productive tuesday/thursday with some fabulous girls, of whom I thought about for the entire time I walked down it. Which was quite a while indeed.


The Catacombs. So creepy, I loved it! The entire first half of the walk through them there were no bones. I kept saying "If there are no bones I will be so so mad" I have been through quite a few bone-less catacombs here... but there were so many, I picked up a skull! it was a little gross. And at the end they checked our purses, just incase we had thought of taking a souvenir.



Oh, you know, The Mona Lisa...


The Shakespeare Book shop, where I bought some great books to read on my billion hour flight home (that I take in one week! where has the time gone?)
And a Crazy girl named Carrie Speed that I bumped into.




The Pompidou, a modern art museum, its built inside out. I loved going there with my sister Katie, who was in Paris for two days with me! The museum was great, but the Frenchies were a little overzealous in their estimation of how much french literature they would need... oh those sassy Frenchies with their French.

The Eiffel Tower was blue, and at 11:00 it sparkled...
Ok, We went to this really great pastry shop, Stoher, that was opened in the 18th century, twice. I just had to film the display case. I am in LOVE!

video