Sunday, December 18, 2011


We've been having a lot of fun this week. Finals are over for my whole apartment complex, and I just have this one week of school until christmas break. I'm so excited!
Here's Gared, with two donut holes stuffed in his mouth. Wierdo...

This week I went and saw the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas Concert. It was amazing! I took a friend, and afterwards, we walked around Temple Square looking at the christmas lights.
It's gorgeous this time of year!On Friday we also had a winter wonderland themed Fashion Show. I missed the actual show unfortunately, because I went and saw the motab, but I was able to help out and see portions of the hair and makeup. In the picture above, you see the model that I was assigned to help work with. We were trying to make him into a modern Mr. Mint from the game Candyland. We only had his beard done when we ran the first run through. We made it out of crushed up candy. And for the hair, we planned on using pink frosting covering the whole head. I hope I get to see pictures of the finished product!

This girl is in my class, and she looked amazing just halfway done! Her hair was made out of cotton candy.
This week has been rather stressful, with lots of fun stuff mixed in as well. I started work, and I'm ready to quit already. But after talking to lots of people, I know that it's not smart to just up and quit right now, so I'm going to stick with it for as long as I can without going insane. It has definitely been a humbling experience. There are a few places that I didn't apply to before because I guess I was too prideful. But not that I have this job, and I absolutely cannot stand it, I have applied to all of those places that I swore I would never work at. In fact, I would be happy to work at those places. I just need to work interacting with and helping people, and also a place where I get to use my hands. I have to DO something. That's why I'm going into Cosmetology! It's all done with your hands, and you get to talk with people. It's perfect for me. So that has not been enjoyable. But apparently, lots of things in life are not enjoyable, but you have to be an adult about it and suck it up... honestly, I'm down with staying a kid for the rest of my life. I think I can sympathize a little more with Peter Pan, now.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

What's new?

So I have some good news.... I got a job! It's not the greatest job, but it's money in the bank and I am grateful :)

Some exciting things that have happened in the last couple of weeks... Gared finally started his dating classes! After weeks of us roommates + Jenna asking him for dating advice, he's finally decided to start a class for our whole floor.

I know what you are thinking: Do any guys come? As you can see from the picture, girls eat this stuff up! But just for the record, there were five, FIVE, guys there total. Not just the two you can see in the picture :) This whole apartment complex will have boyfriends/girlfriends before you know it!

Doesn't he just look like a teacher?

On monday night we have ward Family Home Evening. And we made gingerbread houses. One of the guys made this one. It's Repunzel's tower. See her red licorice braid hanging out of the window?

The hiiiiills are aliiiiiiiiive, with the sound of meuuuuuuuusiiiiiiiiiic! I feel like Julie Andrews :) I couldn't help it! I had to cut my hair again. And I love it. I'm starting to think that I may never have long hair ever again...

Can I just say how much I LOVE my roommates? I hear horror stories from some of my friends from school, and how much they absolutely can't stand their roommates. Why did I get so lucky? I get to live with my sister, and also two of the best girls in the world. I just love them! We also have an awesome ward, and the whole set-up of the apartment complex creates a very social, fun atmosphere. I am going to be SO sad when my roommates leave. One is set to turn in her papers for a mission in the spring, and the other is graduating! So sad :(

Ta ta for now :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011


This year, Gared's super nice parents invited me and Jenna to spend Thanksgiving them and Holly and Gared. They have THE coolest cabin! It was really nice to get out of Provo for a day. Madre sent me with a mission: Get. Pictures. Well, here they are :)

Awesome view.
Jenna and I hiked around before the feast, and we played around a little in this tunnel.

Ok, back to the Cabin. This is the basement. Lots of space, lots of storage. Very nice :)

Here's the main level.

View from the stairs, and the loft. Aren't Holly and Gared soooooo cute?! :)

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Saturday, November 19, 2011


I find that I am running out of things to blog about. I don't have many interesting things going on in my life! I go to school 3 days a week, and the other 2 days I look for jobs, and on Saturday and Sunday, I sleep! Occasionally on Saturday's I go do fun things, like roller skating, or rock climbing. On Thursday night I saw the midnight showing of Breaking Dawn with my Roommates. We went a little crazy with the costumes and makeup. Brooke is obviously Edward, and I am just a vampire. We stuffed a pillow up Rose's shirt to make her look like a pregnant Bella. We got a lot of stares. And surprisingly, no body else was dressed up! Don't people make a big deal out of Twilight here!?

This week in school I get to start cutting hair. I am so excited! I'll update again in a few days :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

School school school...

Friday was my class's very first model day. Periodically throughout my time at Aveda I will have to have find models to come in and showcase some of my services. This week I had all of my roommates come in and get a manicure, pedicure, wash and style, and facial.

Holly was my model for facial and wash & style. Isn't she so pretty?

I knew that Aveda wasn't just a typical hair salon, but I'm always surprised by how much stress relief and massage rituals we have to learn. With every service we give, we also have to perform a Stress Reliving Ritual. It's a lot of work. We have also had to learn the names and uses of every skin care product and hair product Aveda uses. Each product has a special family name, and then individual name, and we have to know them all, what's in them, how to use them, what types of skin and hair to use them on, and so forth. It's a LOT! And most of all, it makes me want to buy all of it to take home, especially since we are allowed to use it on each other while practicing hairstyles, and I have first hand experience seeing that this stuff really works! And the best part is that it is all natural. And I know that that phrase "all natural" is really overused nowadays, but Aveda products are the real deal. We know where all the products come from, what plants they are derived from, and how they are made. It's amazing. I love it!

On Saturday night our ward had a Halloween party. Holly and Gared dressed up as Sandra and Danny from Grease, and we also met a Frenchie there. Perfect!

Yesterday we all dressed up for school, and played the whole day. Seriously. We had one hour of class time and that was all. We spent most of the day experimenting with crazy Halloween makeup and hair.
This is my friend, Heidi. Her hair and makeup took about 3 hours to complete.

I dressed up as Mrs. Incredible (funny story actually: at the Halloween party on Saturday night, some boy got my attention by calling out "Sister Incredible!". Totally Mormon, right? I got a good laugh out of it. He saw me again on Sunday and called me that same thing!).
These two lovely ladies did my makeup. They put this awesome mask on me, and teased the heck out of my hair. I didn't know Mrs. Incredible had such big hair, but apparently they thought she did.
Today it snowed. I almost cried. Snow? On November 1st? Isn't it still in the 60's back home? Lately I have been missing Texas a lot. I miss living far enough a way from a street that you can't hear the cars at night. I miss hearing trains. I miss having land and trees. I miss the heat. Yes, even in a drought, I LOVE the heat. And of course I miss my family down there. Provo can get very claustrophobic at times. Everything is so close. I can hear people driving and talking and laughing right outside my window until very late into the night. We also live right above a pizza place, so the light that shines on the sign all night also shines directly into our window. That's annoying.
But I try not to complain too much. Provo does has it's perks. For one thing, everything is so close that I rarely need to drive anywhere besides school. I can easily walk or ride my bike to the store. I do enjoy the college atmosphere, and staying up late is fun... sometimes. Overall, I am very happy to be here :)

Monday, October 17, 2011


Back at the beginning of school, Holly and I joined BYU's Wildlife and Range club. This week they had they're first camp out, in Ephraim. We stayed at one of Holly's professor's cabin way back in the mountains, and it was spectacular.

It is SO pretty here in the fall. I love it! Holly and I had quite the adventure trying to find this cabin. The other campers in the club left early, but since I had school until 7, Holly and I didn't leave until 8. So then we were trying to find this place on a huge mountain, in the dark. When we got lost, we called some of the club members, and eventually we managed to get there. We also got stuck in the mud before getting there. I could swear the map they gave us said "veer left" at the mud hole, but it actually said right. I was screaming "veer left! veer left!", and all it did was get us stuck. Luckily, Holly's little metro is so light, it didn't take much pushing to get it unstuck .

In the end, it was all worth it! We got to do some hiking/exploring, and four-wheeling. AND we got free food. Holly and I will go to anything that offers free food :)

BYU is always putting on free, crazy stuff activities, and on Tuesday it was blue foam. It is seriously the funnest yet most disgusting stuff ever. They had a blue foam slide, huge foam piles, and spray jet foam.

This week in school we learned manicures and pedicures. We all suck pretty badly, especially at french tips.

So the girl getting her toes done closest to us in this photo, is Vanessa. She was actually smiling just before I took this picture. But the moment I actually pressed the button, she put her feet in the water, and it was really hot. So that's the face she made. Ha ha ha ha ha.

Here's my first haircut while attending hair school! I am going to keep track of each hair style I have. Maybe make a flip book when I'm done with school. Not too much is changed. Back in March I had a pixie cut, and as pixie cuts grow out, they tend to get heavier and longer in the back, giving your whole hair style a sloping effect. Very unattractive. Mullet-ish. So that's what I had, and I got the back trimmed up a bit. I think I'm going to try and grow my hair out a bit. But you never know in hair school, and I change my mind a lot.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

JustCHin Bieber

Yeah... So this is what my roommates and I do during our homework breaks.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

All I can say is... I love school! My class has 22 girls in it, and they are all wonderful. We have had no problems getting along, and we usually hang out with each other at lunch break.

This week we have been playing (literally) with makeup, and learning hand, scalp, and back massages. It doesn't feel like school at all! Most days, I go back to the apartment and put all my roommates to sleep by giving them facials and massages.

On Friday our kits finally came in! We went crazy! Several girls kept exclaiming that it felt like christmas. We spent about 3o minutes ripping open boxes and ooing and ahing over our new things.
This morning I woke up to a parade right outside of my apartment. It's Homecoming at BYU.

This happened on thursday. Snow! What the heck?! It's only the first week of October! I don't like it. It gives the impression that christmas is close by, but it's not even halloween yet. How deceitful!

It reminds me of the scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You know the cartoon segment where it's going through all the seasons? "And summer skipped fall and jumped straight into winter!"

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Temple, Stitches, Toms, and Conference, in that order.

I love to see the temple :) And I see it every week! This week I went for the first time since I've been here. I loved it! I hadn't ever been in another temple, and it just dawned on me that there are a million other temples right here in Utah that I can go to. I love seeing and visiting new temples!
Here is the Provo Temple. Not the prettiest temple in the world (Jenna and I call it the "cupcake temple"), but it is gorgeous on the inside!

Jenna and I walked from her Grandparents house to the Timpanogos Temple yesterday. I plan on doing baptisms at this temple this week.

Last night Jenna and I went visited the Salt Lake Temple. We are convinced that Disney got their castle's look from this temple. It is so gorgeous. I would love to go inside someday.

Holly definitely had an exciting weekend! On Thursday night, Holly bent over her dresser to pick up a shirt (in the dark, mind you), and she smacked her head into the corner of the dresser. She hit the dresser so hard that she bounced off and hit the ground. She just laid there for a minute or so covering her head with her hands. I thought she was going to cry! I finally convinced her to move her hand, just to make sure there was no blood. As it was, there was blood, and we quickly bandaged it up.Here she is all bandaged up. The next day she went to the doc. just to make sure she didn't need stitched. Turns out she did need some, and now she has 3, with some nice swelling and colorful bruises surrounding her eye. Poor girl!

Fall is here! Every day I watch the mountains slowly changing colors. It started with the trees at the top of the mountain, then it slowly crawled down to the trees down here in the valley.

Here are my new Tom Shoes. I have always wanted some, and I learned that all my shoes for school have to be close toed. And comfy, since we are always on our feet. Toms are awesome. For every pair you buy, another pair is given to a child in need.

Conference weekend is the best weekend. It is always so relaxing.
And you can usually get in a few extra naps. Rose, my roommate, can NOT sit still for more than a few minutes without falling asleep. She is so funny!

Monday, September 26, 2011


I've finally started! After a month of watching my sister and roommates go to school everyday, and being so jealous, I have finally started and I am so happy!
I've already made a few friends, I love the people in my class, the teacher is awesome, everything is so COOL!!! And check out my "free" iPad :)
During breaks while the teacher was out of the classroom, the conversation in the room would inevitable include iPads. For a lot of us, the promise of an iPad was enough to convince us that this was the right school. The whole day we were wondering when we were going to get them, and about 2o minutes before school was out, the teacher passed them out! AH! I am so excited!

Today we mostly talked about Aveda, the mission statement, and where all of Aveda's ingredients come from. Basically we learned how the whole industry works. It. Is. Awesome.

Here is Holly, all ready for her first day of work as a concessions worker. She wanders around the stadium during the football games calling "Hot Daaaaaaaawwwwwwwwgggggssssss! Get your hot dawwwwgs!". Ain't she so cute?

On Saturday Holly and I went to the water-shed festival. It sounds kind of weird, but it was a lot of fun. And I won 4 free admission tickets to the aquarium in a raffle :) I wish I had some pictures! Holly spent about an hour total just staring at the pygmy owl and a peregrine falcon.

Here's my recent battle scar from my encounter with the frying pan.

It's a lot bigger in real life.

Speaking of battle scars... At FHE (Family Home Evening) tonight, our group played Ultimate Frisbee with another FHE group. We ended the game when one of the guys dove for the frisbee, landing on the pavement. Everything seemed fine, until he noticed a bent finger. It was totally broken, and in the grossest way ever. He freaked out and I'm pretty sure he started going into a shock. Yikes! Last we heard, he was off to the doc to get it fixed.

Monday, September 19, 2011

My Week

My roommates caught a cold last weekend, but I didn't worry about. I had been very good thus far. I thought, "I've been eating my vegetables, going to bed by 10 pm, and exercising regularly. There is no reason for me to get sick!" Then came the cookie dough. Big. Mistake. I made a huge batch on Sunday night, I then proceeded to eat most of it, and by the next morning I felt horrible. I managed to get out and do some job hunting that day, and I actually had an interview at Red Lobster! But the rest of the week I did nothing but online applications while watching hours of British tv-mini series'. If you have not seen the Masterpiece Theater's version of Emma, I highly recommend it. It's my favorite :)

Tonight I had my orientation for Aveda! I only have one week left before I start! I have been looking forward to starting school for weeks now, and I'm very excited for it, but I'm also wishing I had a little more time. I still need a job! I have been searching for 4 weeks now, and gotten nothing! I checked back with Red Lobster today, and they told me I was no longer being considered for the job :( Maybe I am horrible at interviewing? I don't know. I thought the interview went well! I have resigned myself to working whatever comes my way. Tomorrow I am going to apply to fast food. I told myself I could never work fast food, but right now, I really don't care. Please! Just give me something!!!

I can not wait until I can start working as a hair stylist. At the orientation tonight, they really stressed that each of their graduated students would get a chance to immediately start working as a hair stylist. Everyone has the option of working in an Aveda Salon right off the bat, but if you choose not to, they will help you get into another nice salon. I haven't quite thought that far ahead, but it's nice knowing that I already have some options.

Today I hiked the Y again. I think I am starting to acclimate to this place. Though it's higher elevation than Texas, it's much lower than I'm used to. I spent the summer at about 8,000 ft. But I am determined to climb the Y once a week. For now. At some point I hope to get it in more than that.
I talked to a lady this morning who climbs it every day! She started after me, but quickly passed me up, and then came running back down, all before I reached the top! I told her that she was my idol. She stopped and we talked for a while. She's been hiking up the Y everyday for a long time, and has even done it when the snow was thigh-deep!

Wish me luck this week! It's my last free week to find a job!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Waiting... Just Waiting.

Each day I think "______ more days until I'm in school!" I can't wait. I have know for five years what I wanted to do, and now I am ready to start.

I remember being thirteen, and sitting in the chair just about to get my hair cut. The hairdresser began prepping and watering down my hair, and I had this overwhelming, wonderful feeling come over me. I knew immediately what I wanted to do "when I grow up". Just the idea of it gave me such a good feeling.
I told Mom the moment we got in the car. I'm not sure if she believed me just then, but she was entertained by the idea. She was probably imagining all the free haircuts and high lighting sessions she could get for free ;) She looked into it, and talked to the hair dresser a little. Dad certainly didn't think I was serious. When I would tell him that Cosmetology was definitely what I wanted to do, he would just say "well, we'll see. Maybe in a couple years if you are still interested, we'll look into it." When he would say that, I would get so mad, because I was so sure. I didn't really think it was my choice. I knew I was supposed to go to Cosmetology School.
Now I'm here!... almost. Just 2 more weeks! I am so excited.

So now I am just waiting. And looking for a job. I've applied to 25 places so far. At first, I thought that was a pretty good number. Now I think that it's pretty small number, and in the time that I have been here I should have applied to at least 50. I have gone to a few places to follow up with managers, and most of them don't have any good news for me. At the end of each day I feel so disappointed. How am I supposed to survive here without a job!? I need to be here for at least 18 months. That's 18 months of rent... and food... and electricity... and gas... and clothes... and this is just ridiculous! I wish it could be just like in The Host. The book about all those aliens that take over the planet and all the humans, and they all have to do some kind of mandatory work, but they get all their food for free. They just waltz into a grocery store and grab what they want. That would be so much simpler!

I try to "work" throughout the week, and give myself Saturday and Sunday to just relax. That way I can have some sort of fun. I hang out with Jenna and Lauren a lot. On labor day we went the Bridal Veil falls. We took trails (for the most part) all the way up to the third waterfall, and then took what we thought was a trail back down, but it turned out to just a rocky landslide. We slid on our butts the whole way down.

The mountains here are beautiful. I LOVE seeing them right outside my window. I love riding my bike around hills. Speaking of my bike...
I am SO glad I decided to take it here with me! I ride my bike everywhere. I take it to the store to get last minute stuff, I ride it to Jenna's dorm, and I ride it to the library almost everyday. I installed this bike rack myself. And I didn't have any instructions. AND I didn't ask a guy for help. HA! I try to use my bike to save gas, and as a way to get some exercise in. I refuse– REFUSE to get the Freshman 15. Nope. Not happening. So I'm eating my vegetables everyday. I made a casserole for the first time a couple days ago. It turned out pretty well!

Holly and I had to buy a laundry card yesterday. What. A. Rip. Off. It cost 2 bucks just to buy one in the first place, and then just one load of wash costs $2.15. There was NO way we were going to spend another 2 bucks drying it, so we bought a clothesline instead. It works pretty well, if you don't mind it taking a day to dry, and having stiff clothes, because we won't buy fabric softener either.

Here are my lovely roommates, Brooke (left), and Rose (Right). They found out that I am an Irish Dancer, and they wanted to learn a jig. So here they are practicing a Light Jig.

I love my roommates! They act very much the way Holly and I do together. They are crazy, sing impromptu songs, and they LOVE watching Jane Austen. We are the perfect bunch :)

Tomorrow means back to work! I'm off to find a job first thing. Wish me luck!