Lot 48: March 2017

March 31, 2017


easter is a very, very special time of the year. it is a time to reflect on the greatest sacrifice God gave us: His death so we can repent and be washed clean for our sins. it is difficult to grasp the magnitude of Him dying on the cross for us.

i also like to take this time of year to think about the principles that Christ lived by that i strive to live by too. there are people in my life who are much better at living like Christ than me, and a person who lives by the principles of Christ everyday is my husband.


taran is the most compassionate person i know. he is always thinking about others. the other day, a coworker of his had a tragedy happen and he immediately texted me to ask me to pray for her.
he constantly thinks of how he can help me and make my day and life better and rarely thinks of himself. if i'm having a bad day, he often surprises me with treats to turn my day around. he always asks what he can do to help when i'm feeling low or there's a problem.

i've truly never known anyone who is more Christ-like. he helps others in any way he can. whether it's prayer or helping someone move in or just being there for someone. he makes me feel closer to Christ by being around him. he is kind and selfless and serves his fellow men just like Christ would. i am one lucky girl to be with someone so incredible.

this easter, i encourage you to visit mormon.org to learn about the about the "principles of peace", learn about the meaning of easter, His sacrifice and these principles can bring you close to the Savior.

March 24, 2017

they are all pregnant

guys! its finally friday! this has been a very long and terrible week! work has been really frustrating because the program i use has not been doing what i need it to do!
also, the london attack really ripped me to my core. you might remember that i did my study abroad in london and it really was the best time of my life. i am in love with that city and have some of the best memories of my life there. when i read the news of the attack, i spent the morning crying as i got ready for work and all day i was really really sad. there is so much hate going on in the world and i feel so helpless and i don't know how to help or what to do.

i guess all i can do is pray and be kind to people and do what i can where i am.

all of my sisters are pregnant. my sister announced her pregnancy yesterday. isn't her announcement cute? my oldest sister is 38 weeks pregnant and is waiting for the sex of the baby to be a surprise. then my second oldest sister is due in may and is having her fourth boy. then the sister above is due in october and doesn't know the sex yet.

and this isn't the first time they have all been pregnant at the same time! this is the third!

tomorrow will be a very exciting day! i am finally "meeting" juliette!! i feel like i already know her because we text and email but i can't wait to meet her in person! she is coming to LA from 80 miles away and i'm taking her on the WB lot tour!! we are so excited!! i can't wait!

have a good weekend everyone!!

Bright on a Budget

March 20, 2017

my favorite modern family episodes

modern family has been one of my favorite shows since the beginning.  i have all the seasons on my phone and have watched them too many times to count.  it was also the first spec script i wrote.  (a spec script is a script you write just to show what you can do, no one is paying you for it.)  this show is consistently funny and also continues to inspire me to be a better, smarter, wittier writer.  

so without further ado, here are my favorite modern family episodes

someone to watch over lily - sesason 2, episode 20

this is the episode where cam and mitchell are making a will and are trying to decide who should take care of lily in case something should happen to both of them.  they spend the entire episode weighing the pros and cons so each of the family members and my favorite part which i couldn't find a gif and i tried to take a screenshot during the scene which just turned out to be very pixel-y is when they pop by claire and phil's house and everything is just complete choas.  it is so hilarious. i love the character development that happens in this episode that we see with jay as he shows that he is a supportive father who is there emotionally for manny.  and then there is claire who thinks she should have lily as she has raised 3 good kids in the middle of the announcement she finds out her daughters broke into their school.  what you would think would be the obvious choice is not at all and the least obvious choice surprises you.  its great writing and great development.

vegas - season 5, episode 18

what i love about this episode is that it is so 70's con man, what's-behind-this-door classic era type writing.  so many miscommunications and things behind doors that shouldn't be.  its such a throwback and a salute to 70s writing that i just absolutely love it.  i daresay that it is my very favorite modern family episode.  cam sneaks off to a bachelor party and there is this valet that each member of the family gets in their swanky hotel suites and the things they request get mixed up and end up delivered to each other's rooms and its all one big mess that somehow seems to all work out in some way.  i really tried to find gifs for this but couldn't! aaah! so the above picture is cam at his friend's bachelor party which he doesn't tell mitchell he is going to because mitchell says that  they don't need bachelor parties (they are engaged at this point) because they are in their 40s, they have a child, blah blah blah. and the top picture is when phil is doing a magic trick to get into a super secret magicians club where the member of the club says his trick is overdone until gloria comes out in that outfit and its a long story as to why she does.  so many miscommunications and things being in each other's rooms when they shouldn't be!  really, a salute to 70's con man movies.

bixby's back - season 2, episode 14


the bixby valentine's day episodes are some of my favorites.  i tried to get taran to meet me at a hotel bar where we would drink virgin drinks and pretend to be different people but that just made him crazy uncomfortable. that isn't his style and he had no idea how he would pretend to be a different person.  i always watch the valentine episodes that time of the year because they are so funny and original.  this one has a fabulous miscommunication in it where phil ends up in the wrong room and ends up laying all sexy on the hotel bed of an old woman and scaring the living daylights out of her.  can you tell i love miscommunications?  i think it can be overused if you do it too much in show, but if you do it here and there, its fabulous.  

leap day - season 3, episode 17

i think i really really love this episode because i can really relate to it. my poor dad lived in house full of girls.  he has no sons so that meant that he had to deal with women on their periods a lot.  this episode is when all the girls in the dunphy house have their periods at the same time and phil wants to go to a trapeze class because leap day is an extra day that you get in the year and it shouldn't be spent  at work or school! but all the girls are emotional and he tries to trick them into staying home so he can have a non emotional and fun extra day of the year.  you know that i always pay close attention to writers when i watch an episode and yes, this was written by a man.  

little bo bleep - season 3, episode 13

i really, really love this episode.  firstly, what is funnier than kids swearing? physical comedy and dog humor but that's it. this episode is where lily is the flower girl in one of the family member's wedding and her dress lights up and its so tacky and terrible.  and for some reason, that day is the day she decides to pull out the f bomb and cam can't control his laughter whenever she says it.  when they tell her its a bad word an she can't say it ever, lily says she only says it because it makes daddy laught. mitch and cam are afraid that she will say it at the wedding so they put her on "verbal lock down."   also in this episode, claire has her debate for city council where phil has to defend that unfortunate incident where he ended up naked in that poor old woman's hotel room on valentine's day, as mentioned above in bixby's back.  its phil so he says all the wrong things and he ends up on youtube, autotuned. 

what are some of your favorite episodes of your favorite shows?  in case you missed it, my favorite episodes of seinfeld.

March 8, 2017


it is international women's day! i have been going back and forth these past few weeks on how i feel about the issues regarding women's issues. i was raised and grew up around by incredible women throughout my life. i was never without strong women. i am in a family of only girls and was raised by a father who really killed it in the parent department when it came to raising girls. he taught us to be self sufficient, independent and to never be with a man to fix him. he taught us how to check our tire pressure and to be smart and be educated.

my mom taught my example by being all those things and more. she is truly the strongest, bravest, kindest, most thoughtful woman i know. i am so lucky to have her as my mother.

today at work we celebrated women's day by having a party at lunch and wearing all red in solidarity as women are doing all across the nation! it was incredible to celebrate this day with amazing women and celebrate it at work. i had never done that before. i am so thankful for a company that honors this day and celebrates women!

be proud and brave and remember how precious your power as a woman is on this day!

March 7, 2017

february favoritess

i have never done this before but have seen a lot of my favorite bloggers do it and since there were so many great posts in february i wanted to do a roundup of my favorite posts in february.

post that makes me nod: common sense is not so common sense by stephanie from not entirely perfect.  i agree with so many of these! why must people block doorways? and believe it or not 10 items or less does in fact mean 10 items or less! couldn't have said it any better stephanie!

most inspirational post: you are a survivor by emelia at dream big and buy the shoes.  just the pat on the back that we all needed.  i think we don't give ourselves enough credit.  we are survivors and warriors and women who do hard things and we are all awesome! high five!

most interesting post:
 how to help kids feel safe by joanna of a cup of jo.  i loved this post and am putting it in my back pocked for when i have kids. i love this idea that kids can just say a code word and parents know to go get them from an uncomfortable or scary situation.  and what i really, really loved about it was that the parents don't ask the kids what happened, so they feel safe and can come to them and talk about it when they are ready.  if my kids are like me, my kids will talk to me, but not until they are ready.  taran knows when i'm nervous about something or i'm dreading something like an event and then it happens he knows not to ask "how did it go?" when i get home.  he knows just to be normal and not ask me about it and that i will come to him and talk about it when i'm ready.  it takes a few days for things to process. 

the post that made me feel inspired: my three jobs by sarah from venus trapped in mars.  i love los angeles with all my heart and who wouldn't want to take pictures of every inch of it and get invited to cool events?  i  would love to start my own version of dallas love list but the thing is, i am not sure i would know where to start.  i love this city but really haven't lived here that long and have spent the entire time working.  i don't know where the cool spots are.  i pick up tips from my friends who have lived here for a long time and actually know things and thank goodness for them, but i want to actually know where to go, where is cool and where is the place to be.  i wish i knew of a los angeles love list that i could read so i could know what cool stuff was happening. 

the most heartwarming post: little letters, valentines day edition by namoi at love taza.  i love these sweet little notes to all the things in taza life that she loves and make her happy.  such a cute and unique twist on valentine's day. 

this was fun! i think i might do this again next month! 

happy tuesday! i feel like i say that a lot.  do i usually blog on tuesdays?

March 3, 2017

I can't remember anyone's names

i can't remember anybody's names and it is a real problem. i say people's names with confidence at work and they say "no my name is __." and it's very awkward. even my neighbors. i don't know what's wrong with me. it's like i have met so many new people the past few weeks at work i try really hard to remember them all but i can't seem to make the names stick! it's really embarrassing.

i have a wicked cold in addition to some lady problems that include a minor out patient procedure that i need very soon.

the above cup holds a lovely orange tazo tea that has been saving my life as i have been forcing myself to work while feeling absolutely terrible and half dead.

i wanted to share this amazing new app i found where you can blog from your phone. i'm tired of only being able to blog from my computer. well, blog from my computer where it looks good. i found this app blogo. it's really amazing and allows you to add pictures like i have done here. i wanted to do this post entirely on the app to see how it went. i think it makes it easier to make blog posts on your phone. the above picture shows you how you can edit your photos and make sure that they match the size you want.

this little guy is awesome. he is outside my apartment. someone must have put him there. he is so cute i love looking at him as i walk to my car. so cute.

this orange is at the office kitchen and we named him trump. it always gives me a smile.

have a good weekend everyone!

Bright on a Budget


March 2, 2017

catalina island

i was in fifth grade when my school decided that we were going on a trip to catalina island. this wasn't going to be the catalina island that some of you have been to where you take a boat ride to the pretty part with the shops and restaurants and spend the afternoon at the pretty castle/manor thing and then head back to bigger land.

no. this would be educational. we would stay in cabins and have lessons and snorkle and learn about dolphins and go kayaking.

for me, a young 10 or 11 year old, this was a big deal for me to go on this trip. i was a homebody who was terrified or being away from home. i couldn't stay over at a friend's house i got so homesick, let alone go on a class trip. truly, each time time i would attend to go to a sleepover, i would get really anxious and worry about how my friends would make me stay up because i really just didn't see the allure of staying up late, and then i would get really homesick and miss my mom and then call her crying and she would come get me. i never successfully survived a sleepover. i still avoided class trips even in high school because they were much worse then. because high school is much worse and being a teenager is much worse than being 10.

i don't really remember being super homesick but i'm sure i was. i don't remember being really miserable but i'm sure i was. i was away from my family with a bunch of girls who didn't want to sleep! im sure i was miserable but i don't really remember being too miserable.

our adventures consisted of lots of snorkeling and kayaking and more kayaking. and s'mores by fires. and us girls had the biggest crushes on the male camp counselors. who hated us. who i don't blame them. we were very hyper and were very young and i can only imagine how annoying we were. can you imagine a bunch of screaming pre-teen girls? geez.

this is when we got up at the crack of dawn on our final day and watched the sun rise. it was one of those things when you are relieved that it is over but sad at the same time. i'm glad i went but still can't believe i went. knowing me and how i can't be away from home for even a night at that age i am very surprised that i did it. but it still a very sweet memory that i hold dear.