Lot 48

February 17, 2017

i. am. so. tired.

i haven't fully recovered from my whirlwind weekend with my family and i really did feel it this week.  that, and work was a little hectic this week, which i loved.  i talked about this a bit, but the first few weeks in LA weren't that great because i didn't have a job so i didn't have anywhere to go.  so now that my life is hectic, i am loving it.  

1. i am really looking forward to this weekend for many reasons.  firstly, i am throwing a galentine's day party tomorrow! i am really excited.  it wasn't possible to throw it on actual galentine's day, feb. 13, because i was beyond exhausted as i had just gotten back from my trip to surprise my mom and how would that have worked exactly? had everything prepared days and days in advance,  including the food, because i couldn't cook hours in advance on a weekday? made no sense. couldn't throw it the weekend prior either because of my mom's surprise.

its funny that i always had more girlfriends, guy friends, colleagues, people i clicked with, everything, than i ever, ever did  in utah.  so gathering up a bunch of lady friends for the holiday was not that hard.  i can't wait to show you all what i have prepared and how the party goes!

2. secondly as to why i am excited for this weekend, taran and i don't do well apart.  we were apart last weekend and it was hard, naturally.  monday we both have the day off which means we get to be together for an extra long time this weekend and i am definitely going to soak that in as much as possible.  i have a tourist to do list the length of both my arms, my legs, down my back, my fingers, my toes, and just all the things it can go down.  so each weekend i always get excited because i wonder what we will hit that weekend.  so much to do and see and explore here! i love this city SO MUCH.  we never had opportunities like these in utah.

3. i know i'm busy when i haven't even had time to watch tv.  i'm behind on all my shows.  its serious.

4.  i am getting, really, really sleepy around lunch time.  anyone have any ideas?  i am trying to eat natural sugar that part of the day to keep my energy up.  i fell asleep at my desk during the last 10 minutes of my lunch break the other day.  i was mortified.  it was so unprofessional.

5.  did i mention i am really tired?  so, so tired.  i'm so stressed and so tired and i don't usually eat.  send blessings.

xoxo or whatever.

February 16, 2017

the surprise

i don't know if you have all been following me on social media over the weekend, but something legendary and i mean LEGENDARY happened over the weekend.

my mom turned 60 on tuesday! i have been hesitant to say your actual age but i think you have even said what age you are so i think we are okay.  

what my sisters and i did for her will go down as legendary.  i still can't believe we did it and pulled it off!

my sisters and i had been discussing what to do for her birthday for a few weeks when my sister said "i just wish we could all somehow fly there and be together just for the day!!" by some miracle, that's what ended up happening.

my dad was really excited at the idea and wanted to help make it happen.  my sisters and i are all spread over the west, with our hometown being in southern utah.  we all settled on the date of february 10-12.

the next day, my dad texted all of us saying "what day did we say again?" i texted back "february 10-12." his response: "i've made a huge mistake."

turned out that he and my mom were going to a firearms training camp that weekend, with friends, whom they were hosting.

luckily, he realized this within 24 hours of all of us booking our flights so we were all able to cancel.

i was bummed.  i knew this would be the best present ever to her: for her to have all her girls together with her for her birthday.

the next day, my sister called me and said that my dad had decided that it was back on, for that same weekend, that we were going to fly in, kidnap her from her camp, and take her home.  the entire trip would consist of only about 30 hours.

it was crazy.  we all landed in vegas at about 10 am on saturday.  we drove an hour the middle of the nevada desert where my mom was.  we had to sign a bunch of forms to get on the camp.  my dad met us.  my mom was in the middle of a drill and my dad said he had been telling her that her birthday present was arriving late but it should "be here soon" and that he was going to go get her and tell her it was here. i knew she would be confused because why would he have her birthday delivered to a firearms range and not home.  i also knew that she was going to literally collapse when she saw us.  just fall to the floor.  it had happened before when she was really surprised.

we hid behind the car while my dad went to get her.  she started walking towards us, and while my sister was filming, we ducked out from behind the car.  she saw us and we all just bolted, running straight at her.  the look on her face was priceless and something i will never forget.

i was the first to hug her.  she was sobbing immediately.  my other sister said that when she was hugging her, she was indeed, holding her up.  called it.  knew she would collapse.

she was so confused and so excited and happy.  she asked my sisters "did you leave your children at the hotel?!? where are your children?!?!" not being in the state of mind that she could comprehend that their kid were at home with their husbands.

she asked what we were doing.  we told her we were taking her, right now.  we were taking her home to be with her.  we had to leave right now because it was 3 hours to home and we had dinner reservations!! 

my mom said later that we were a beautiful mirage in the nevada desert.  she is so sweet.  my sisters made a playlist we knew she would love for the drive home and she was so so happy.  which made me so so happy.

that night at dinner, we gave her our present.  we had compiled 100 pages of nearly 200 photos of her life sprinkled with things we love about her.

reading it at home later that night was really special.  there are so many good memories that we have with her.  and she has had such a life!

the trip was really, really short and i was really exhausted by the end of it but i was so, so glad that we did it.  if we are referencing inside out, i think we all gave ourselves core memories that weekend.  i know that i will always cherish it and i was still on a high from it the following monday.  

love you mommy! you were worth every bit of the trip! 

February 10, 2017

hey how's LA?

this is the question everyone has been asking me.  everyone. 

and for the first few weeks i didn't have an answer for them.

when taran and i decided when i convinced taran to move to la, i said that it was going to be hard, it wasn't going to be the solution to all my problems, it wasn't going to be a magic potion and that thing would go terribly wrong numerous times and that it would be very, very hard.  

i also said that i couldn't move there for the sole purpose to be a tv producer and writer.  i had to move there because i love la and wanted to live there, no matter what i did.

the first few weeks in la were very, very rough.  i had no where to go and was paralyzed by fear.  i spent a lot of time in bed.  i don't like admitting that and am surprised that i just did.  the first week i had a lot of fire in my belly and did my aaron sorkin lessons and wrote but then i got crippled by fear. 

every morning i woke up with butterflies in my stomach.  lots and lots of butterflies.  and not the fun "is he going to kiss me?!?!" kind, the "oh my gosh i am so scared i might puke" kind.  

i was finally in my city.  the city of stars (hi ryan gosling) where everyone moved here to do exactly what i came here to do.  what makes me special?  what makes me different? i felt like the smallest, tiniest, teenest fish in the biggest, enormous, not pond, but ocean in all the world.  i felt blocked as i tried to write.  i knew i needed to write two pilots and get some original material under my belt because enough with the specs already! but i couldn't think of what to say.  i didn't blog.  i slept.  i applied to job after job.

i met with my friends and contacts that i made when i was here five years ago. i applied to job after job after job.  my friend who is an assistant at warner brothers told me about a temp agency that staffs for warner brothers.  i joined it.  it  was the third temp agency that i joined.  i was getting really really antsy and feeling really really useless without a job.  finally then i got a call from the WB temp agency the next day saying they were putting me up for temp job dc comics doing design work based upon my experience with photoshop, illustrator, all that.  then a few days later i got a call last week from one temp agency asking me if i could be at a real estate firm in beverly hills in one hour to cover the front desk because their receptionist had to leave suddenly.  success!! 

next day i was told i got the dc comics temp job for 3 weeks and now here we are! everyone at dc comics is so, so SO NICE and the office lobby is SICK.  there are enormous batman and superman suits in the lobby and near the elevator.  whenever i step out of the elevator, batman is just standing there, like 8 feet tall it nearly startles me every time, but i just nod to him cordially and say "batman" or "sir" as you say to batman when you pass him in the halls, naturally. 

i was really worried my design and adobe software skills would not be up to par so this past weekend i did a lot of tutorials and studied so i would be as prepared as i could be for this job and do well.  i think i've been holding my own and its really cool to think that i am actually contributing to these comic books that could be around for who knows how long and i am actually helping with them.  its kind of mind blowing.  its really humbling and makes me thankful for my college education and my internship/first job out of college at the web development company where i learned about design and how to design and learned how to use photoshop, illustrator, and indesign.  i can't tell you how many doors and how many jobs i have gotten because i have those skills.  

this is a great place to start in my career.  and it really feels good to have a job.

so how is la.  fab-freaking-tastic. i legitimately haven't been this happy in a really long time. i'm here in my favorite city in the world, working towards my dream of dreams, feeding off this amazing creativity, its all just incredible.  its amazing.  i love it here. 

February 8, 2017

3 years

3 years. 3 years ago today i was in a very sacred temple staring across an altar at my love promising to love him and stand by him throughout this life and throughout all the eternities. i once told one of my non mormon friends that we believe in my Church that when we get married, we believe that we will be married not just for time, but for eternity and that death will not part us. his response was "that's actually really beautiful."

and it is.

i don't think there is anything more sacred or more beautiful than eternal marriage.

whenever i hear of a close friend of mine is getting married, i get very envious because i wish i could live my wedding day all over again.  it was so wonderful but also had its scary moments like when i was so terrified i almost called it off.

but man oh man am i glad i married taran.   i would do it again in a heart beat.  it was the best decision i have ever, ever made.  i really can't believe how lucky i am.  he treats me better than i ever thought i would ever be lucky enough to be treated.  all i want to do is hang out with you and make you happy.  you make me laugh harder than anyone else.  

i love his thirst for learning.   i love his thirst for learning. i love how he pushes himself with his engineering consulting business (curious what he does? website here.  i did a good job doing the content and over seeing the design if i do say so myself :))  i love that he can't wait to be the kind of dad that teaches his kids science and makes sure they are smart and knowledgeable and pushes themselves the way he pushes himself.  i love the way he is around children.  i can't wait to see him be a daddy to our kids one day. 

i love his deep and strong testimony for the gospel of our Church and the close relationship he has with God.  i love that he knows all of my flaws and loves me anyway.  i love that he knows when i am in a certain mood and how to fix it.

i love how much he loves his parents and how much he respects them.  i love how much my family loves him.  i love how much everyone loves him without him even trying to win everyone over.

i love that he always puts me first and sacrifices so much for me without asking for anything in return.  i try to do the same. 

i love that he made this leap with me and moved to LA so i could follow my dream and supports me wholeheartedly in this crazy dream of mine.

taran, you are a dream come true.  i love you to the moon and back.  thank you for being mine.

happy 3 years, baby.  here's to a million more.

February 7, 2017

my favorite seinfeld episodes in order

in case you haven't noticed, this is an entertainment and lifestyle blog.  it took me a while to find my niche but here it is. 

its fun to watch classic comedy and check it off as research.  that's good stuff.  

i was overjoyed when seinfeld was put on hulu a few summers ago.  that was a joyous occasion, especially since i hadn't seen all the episodes before then.

so without further ado, let me introduce my favorite seinfeld episodes, not necessarily in order.

the junior mint.  
its just so funny and ridiculous! first of all, what doctor would let these two goofballs be in the gallery while an operation was happening? while eating?  and then a junior mint falls into the open body of the guy?  and that is what ends up saving him?  its just so ridiculous its hilarious! you just have to laugh and its so ridiculous it is just something that would only happen on seinfeld

the pledge drive.  the reason why i love this episode is because of the miscommunication.  any miscommunication i love.  i love that elaine's friend's boyfriend has a high voice and they can't tell the friend and the boyfriend's voices apart.  its so funny.  miscommunications are what make good comedy in my book.  

the parking garage.  i think i love this episode because it is so relatable.  how many times have you gotten lost in a parking garage?  one time in college i got lost in a parking garage with my sister and her friends at a mall and we were stuck in there for an hour and were just wandering around and i got really mad.  it happens to all of us! last weekend, taran and i went to the movies at a theatre we obviously hadn't been to before because hello, we just moved here, and the theater was also in a mall and had this huge garage.  naturally, we got lost, but a genius of an owner of the property decided to hire a person in a golf cart to take people to find their cars.  whoever that person is is a genius.  we hopped in that golf cart and she drove us around until we found our car.  that is the way to go to the mall! 

the pen.  hahaha i love this guy.  the guy at the retirement community that jerry's parents live at.  he gives jerry this pen that is really important to him but jerry isn't supposed to take it.  its one of those social situations when someone offers it to you but you are supposed to say no but jerry said yes.  uh oh.  and because its a retirement community, it becomes the talk of the place and becomes a huge deal.  that makes it so funny because we have all been there.  we've all been in those social situations where we don't know if the person is being sincere or if you aren't supposed to take the gas money or supposed to take the book they are "lending" you.

seinfeld is such a great comedy because it is so relatable and simple.  so much comedy these days is complicated and tries way too hard.  seinfeld is basic.  besides the pagers and the lack of cell phones and all that, its timeless for that very reason.  people.  it deals with people. just basic human misunderstandings.  high talkers.  low talkers.  do i take the pen?  no, i bought the big salad, i just wanted you to know that, i paid for it.  all that will never stop being funny will never stop being relatable.

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taran wanted me to be like a tiger

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