Thursday, December 30, 2010

this is not a trend

but i've actually just found my husband! great news huh??
This is a picture of him.

Yes, I am marrying Zachary Levi.
There are my very good reasons:
      (for this exercise, let us pull from the last post)

1. My brothers like Chuck. Check!
2.He looks extremely fit. And I have seen pictures of him at a basketball game. (yes, yes i know; Papa- papa razzi.)
3.... Yes. I don't think this one needs further explanation. Hello?! He is the funniest ever.
4. He is quite charming. Quite quite. Just look at his charming face.
5.I just bet he reads. I bet he just finished The Hunger Games. ... And plus, he has to read scripts like 24/7... so we know he can do it. I can get him the rest of the way.
6. Oh yeah. I seem to remember this happening in Chuck, kind of a right of passage thing where he takes charge of his life and etc etc? Right (Sorry, Zachary, I've not been the loyalist of followers).

And these are all of my other reasons.

1. He can sing. (check out the song "Terrified" by Katharine McPhee. Yeeeah boy.)
2. He is a self proclaimed Nerd (see photograph) as well as what he calls a "Dis-nerd" meaning that he watches and loves Disney movies (specifically referencing Newsies.)
3. His favorite Disney movie is Alladin. And I love Alladin. Perfect.
4. He is a Christian, I am a Christian, we will have similar belief codes. Perfect. (See? I'm only half kidding, I really do think we should get married).
5. I bet he would watch "The Sound of Music" with me and sing to me the parts of Georg... or Gaorg. I have NO idea how to spell that. Gayorg... whatev. Captain Von Trapp.
6. His last name is also a blue-jean.
7. And finally...

He is actually, literally a Disney Prince. This is every little girls dream. 
Do yourself a favor and go see
...while I go become Mrs. Levi.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

dear husband,

hello. how are you today? My friend Jenna  just got engaged last week. And that got me to thinking: I wonder how you got to me, because I'm becoming increasingly aware that I might be a tad bit difficult kind of a girl when it comes to you fellas.

Most likely, I am guessing it was through one or more of the following paths
1. through my brothers
   If you like them, and if they like you, you're way more than 50% there.
2. through espn
   I like a man who likes, watches, and plays sports.
3. through humor
   make me laugh. make me really laugh, and you're nearly there.
4. through your charm
   if you've got enough of this, all the others might be overlooked. might.
5. through books.
   I am an English major, after all.
6. "be a man" (right kelle?)
    Be in charge, be confident, be just you.

This is, of course, in addition to your millions and your dashing good looks.
so... I bet I really like you . And I bet it was through all of these things that you got to me, huh?
Mmkay, husband, see you soon? I hope? Because, I've gotta tell you, I'm not such a fan of this waiting and waiting and waiting in suspense.
I'm not necessarily opposed to this being you. Just sayin.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

we wish you a merry christmas...

....and a happy new year!

"At this time of Christmas, this season when gifts are given, let us not forget that God gave his Son, and his Son gave his life, that each of us might have the gift of eternal life." - Gordon B. Hinckley

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Float Like A Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee

Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision.
Muhammad Ali

We watch American Ninja Warrior pretty religiously now a days.... (see below)

I think that Jenna's Sam should train for it. I would mos def by a ticket to Mount Midoriyama to see that.

since these men are the greatest athletes ever of all time (obviously) please enjoy some quotes by famous athletes/Vince Lombardi. I LOVE sports quotes, they are raddest.

Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
Vincent Lombardi
American NFL football coach.

I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.
Shaquille O'Neal
American basketball player.

This is Brian. I picked him from the very first time I saw him. Because hello! He's a ginger with the world's best mustache (and I hate mustaches, so this is a big achievement).

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog!
Archie Griffin
American football player and two time Heisman Trophy winner.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
Vince Lombardi
American football coach.

Just so you know, American Ninja Warrior does not even hold a candle to the original Ninja Warrior. The original is just that cool. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Happy Finals!

You're almost there.
The end is in sight.
Two more days.
You can do it.

Monday, December 13, 2010

it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I love Christmas. Today's "Big Picture" was entitled "Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas". Okay, for your information, Jimmy Mathis' version of that song is one of my FAVORITE Christmas songs ev.ver. (There's a tree... it's sturdy... a sturdy tree that doesn't mind if it's snowing... it's in a's sturdy, a sturdy tree...)
This is one of the pictures. It reminds me of the updated "Miracle on 34th Street" (my favorite Christmas movie). And I do believe that Santa was once a redhead - check out the tips of his 'stache. 
                                (Okay, a man just entered the ASB lobby and mooed at another man. Weird.)
Christmas is coming and I am so happy about it! I went to a party with some London-ers last night and it was just the ticket to sooth my sad sad heart. 

On a more sober note, I have spent the morning reading about the Elizabeth Smart/ Brian David Mitchell case. If you are not familiar with it, here's a link to the story. 
I was 12 when Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped.She lives in the Salt Lake area, her cousin went to high school with me.  I vividly remember the day that she was found and returned home. I don't pretend that I know at all what she went through and I don't mean to be dramatic and say that what happened to her affected me like it must have her - I can't imagine. I just know how horrifying the ordeal seemed to me. I remember feeling afraid to sleep alone in the basement, and remember feeling so sorry for her little sister, watching the tireless efforts of her mom and her dad. What happened to her affected the community at large, and I think that how I felt echoes the fears and concerns of all the girls that were her age when she was kidnapped.
I just want to say that I am so happy for her! She has said that she can finally move on with her life, and I have to say I believe it! She is serving a mission for the LDS church (which was interrupted by the trial, so she gets to go back to France for a few months) and she looks happy. I pray that she'll be blessed to leave this behind her and that her life will now continue as normal as anyone's. 

OKAY happy christmas y'all!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I have been missing London like crazy today. I was reading through my journal last night and this is what I wrote the morning that I left to come back home:
"I decided a while ago that I was leaving my heart - a little chink of my whole heart - here. In Hyde Park and Palace Court and Queensway and Bayswater and Whitely's and Tesco Metro and Pizza Hut."
And for some reason today it just - wham! - hit me that I still miss it.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

gotta love finals week

Wherein my diet consists of:
A. an assortment of holiday cookies from (presumably) smith's bakery
B. a box of cheez-it's
    (ahaha! It just occurred to me that they probably had a heck of a time trying to get the word "ZIT" out of their products)
C. a month old box of good & plenties

... this is what I ate today. And my mom even sent me with Asparagus.

Monday, December 6, 2010

I find this a good time to remind everyone that I have been here.
And to say Happy Christmas!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Mum

Christmas last year. ... We look kind of weird, right? I can't figure it out...
It is my mom's 32nd birthday today! (disregard that she was 12 when I was born. She is just still so young). I bused home today to meet my mom, my aunt, my cousin, and my grandma for a little Birthday lunch. We even got her a free piece of chocolate mouse (how do you spell that? I went back and forth). The waitress was mean, but I drummed up some courage to get a free dessert for her. So, in honor of today I thought I would tell everyone a little about my darling mom.

The fam in Hawaii this summer. And Jony has grown probably 2 or 3 inches since then.

  • I love her so much. I call her so much. I rely on her so much. I think the world of her and admire so many things about her. For example:
    • She is so good at basically everything she does. I am not lying. Find a craft, she can do it.
    • She is a good friend. To me and others. She is always talking to people and asking them about themselves, making them feel at ease. 
    • She is a very good teacher. Right now she's teaching Sunday School to the 16-18 year olds at church. And she has 3 brilliant children, am I right??
Now you see where James gets it??

And...Mom's New Year's Talent. I'm proud.
These are from the (in)famous New Year's Eve Party. ... Yes.

  • My mom gave me a great appreciation and love for books and reading. Hence, I am where I am today: an English major and at BYU.
  • The following are traits I inherited from my mom
    • A little bit of perfectionist-itis. It comes in handy from time to time.
    • A little bit of basically nothing can make me cry in public. 
    • A little bit of my love for reading. 
    • A little bit of independence and the ability to be a leader.
At Buble last April. 

  • My mom is a terrif mother (and daughter, sister, wife, neighbor, etc etc) I mean, seriously guys look at my brothers! They are fantastic fellas. And I have yet to walk in front of a moving bus, so I think I absorbed a thing or two from her teachings as well.
  • Some little known facts about mi madre: A spider once bit a hole through her eardrum in the middle of the night. Ouch. She and mi padre were high school sweethearts. She went to BYU for exactly 1 year (freshman in college). She seriously loves chocolates. Seriously. Her favorite movies are How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days and If A Man Answers (I believe. Am I right?). She loves all things that are for babies or little kiddies (books, toys, shoes, clothes). My kids are going to just adore their grandma.
  • She is really my best friend. My constant. I have no secrets from my mom. Absolutely 0. (except that I once got my friend's car towed. And now that's out of the bag as well). She is always there for me when I need her, always with a sage word of wisdom and advice. 
At James' Homecoming, 2008.

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." Abraham Lincoln.

Mom, I really love you! I hope your birthday was grand.