Monday, December 19, 2011

Things You Should Know

Here are a few things you should know about me as of recently:

I ate a chocolate covered potato chip today. New found love.
In 45 days from today I will marry my best friend.
I only work 4 days a week. This means that after every long weekend I'm dreading returning to the office. Yet I LOVE my job so once I'm happy.
I have the best friends in the world. I could literally call any of them at any time and get help. This includes my siblings. It's really quite nice to know that you have people that look out for you.
My mom is one of my best friends. I can literally talk to her for hours.
It may be snowy outside and I've been listening to Christmas music for the past few weeks, but I don't feel Christmasy at all. It's kind of depressing.
I don't get depressed.
I wish it were warm outside. I want to have a picnic and eat fresh fruit.
When I walk up and down the aisles in any store, I tend to reach out and touch whatever is on either side of me.
Caitlin graduated from college this weekend. We both now have Bachelor's degrees. Hers: Health Science. His: Communication.
Since I haven't gotten into an exercise routine with my new job, I do push-ups in my office and lunges between my office and other offices. The receptionist thinks I'm crazy.
I've started playing Words With Friends. It's the best time waster.
I'm finishing Moby Dick (unabridged) this week - even if it kills me. I'm in chapter 113 of 130.
I don't like getting out of bed if it's cold in my room. I'll hit snooze for hours to fight off the inevitable.
I'll be in San Diego for Christmas. The next time I visit Oregon, I'll be married.
I ate a Japanese pear today. Not worth it.

And those are a few things that you should know about my life lately.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

An Office With A View

Yes, my new job is amazing.
Yes, I have my own office.
Yes, it's in the corner so I call it "time-out".
Yes, I've included pictures of my view and my three computers.
Yes, you should be jealous.

I work in both the business department and the administrative office. My office is in the admin office and is surrounded by empty offices. Basically I'm in solitary confinement. But I do go and visit my peeps at least a dozen times a day.
Perks of the new job:
  • I love the people I work with.
  • We work four 10-hour work days. 3-day weekend every week!
  • I get to design and have fun with my work.
  • My bosses are actually cool.
  • Every day is different. I'm never bored.
Basically I'm really loving life right now. I can't wait until Caitlin can join me down in Provo. It's a lonely place without a fiance.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Dear Blog...

Dear blogofmine,

I'm so sorry I've been neglecting you lately. I've been reallyultrasuper busy. What has been happening lately you ask? Well let's see:

I started a new job for a company called CR Foundation. It's like a real job. I even have business cards and my own office. Basically big kid stuff. Who would've thought I would maintain the appearance of an adult?

Since my new job is in Utah, I'm staying at my sisters house until I find my own place. This has been such a blessing since moving and starting has been stressful enough without having to secure housing last-minute. Plus it gives me time to play with my niece and nephew, even when my niece wants to do our hairs it is a lot of fun.
Caitlin and I are just about done with wedding plans. Only 60 more days to go! It's been insane trying to plan everything and get it ready. But it will be great to have it all done and finally be married. Caitlin graduates in 2 weeks, then she'll be off to California for January to finish planning everything. Hopefully that month will fly by faster than the past three.

What else has happened? Oh so much! But of course I'm back in a blogging mode so I'm sure I'll catch up on other sorts of things later. For now I just needed to begin so I could start some momentum. Get ready for lots more.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Early Christmas Present

Marcel, one of my favorite Youtube personalities, has given me an early Christmas present. Another video!

In case you haven't seen the first one, I've included it on here. So hilarious! I love it to death!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sneak Peek

Here is a little sneak peek of our engagement pictures. :) Don't worry, we're saving our favorite ones for our announcement. We want it to be a surprise. Hope you guys enjoy this little sampling though.

Secret Life of Bees

I started reading the Secret Life of Bees yesterday while I was on the tractor (going only .5 mph give me the opportunity to read, not just listen to books) and I'm loving the story. There are a lot of things that can be learned from this book and I wanted to share one of them with you.

August, a beekeeper, is explaining to Lily, a 14-year-old girl, why their house is painted bright pink. August's sister May was with her when she went to go pick out the color. She says, "I had a nice tan color in mind, but May latched on to this sample called Caribbean Pink. She said it made her feel like dancing a Spanish flamenco. I thought, 'Well, this is the tackiest color I've ever seen, and we'll have half the town talking about us, but if it can lift May's heart like that, I guess she ought to live inside it.' You know some things don't matter that much. Like the color of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person's heart - now, that matters. The whole problem with people is...they know what matters, but they don't choose it. You know how hard that is? I love May, but it was still so hard to choose Caribbean Pink. The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters."

What great insight. Thank you Sue Monk Kidd. How difficult is it to choose what matters?

So what really matters to us? Is the color of your house more important than making someone else happy? How far would you go to ensure the happiness of someone else? What would you be willing to sacrifice?

I think a lot about the sacrifices I am willing to make in order to ensure that Caitlin is happy, and the numerous things she has given up to make me happy. When you truly love and care about someone you don't mind sacrificing for them because their happiness is your happiness. I'm so grateful to have found someone that makes living this principle of choosing what matters so much easier. Now if only I could learn to apply the same principle to others in my life.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Special Message

I love this message and I love the illustrations. What a great testimony. Watch and enjoy.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween Half

This past weekend Caitlin and I went down to the Provo Half Marathon to cheer on our friends who were running in it. It was a lot of fun, yet I have no proof cause Caitlin has all the pictures on her camera. :) But I did take a picture or two on my phone.

Let's start with where we stayed on Friday night. We stopped in Brigham City, Utah and spent the night at Caitlin's aunt and uncle's house. I got to sleep in Dannon's (her cousin) room. It was so much fun! There were so many things to look at, legos to play with, and even my sheets were Where's Waldo! I had to snap a few pictures before I left because I think everyone should enjoy a night in this overwhelmingly creative and fun room.

You'll notice PEZ dispensers above the windows and buttons on the curtains.

Literally, I could've spent many hours staring at everything on the walls, but I was WAY too tired to truly enjoy the beauty of the room. Maybe the next time we visit I'll be able to browse for a while longer.

Then of course there is the marathon to talk about! I have no pictures of any of the runners (like I said, they're on Caitlin's camera) but I did snap one picture of Caitlin and I after the race was over. We went down to cheer on Ben Burke, Emma Holmquist, Julie Larson, and Ali Berger. They did so amazingly good! I am so impressed with everyone that runs marathons/half marathons. What an impressive accomplishment.

After we enjoyed cheering them across the finish line, we hung out with Brittany and Alex for a few hours, babysat, and designed our wedding announcement. That was for sure a lot of fun. Even though Brooklyn didn't want to hang out with us at all, we can still say we babysat. :) We also had a "harvest dinner" with the runners. We had delicious homemade (homemade by Costco) potpie, caramel apples, and we also baked some delicious looking dessert pies, but we were way too stuffed to eat them. After dinner we just talked and played games and had the perfect life. Literally, my life is perfect. The following day we enjoyed church with Alex and Brittany, visited my sister Jara, and finally made it back up to Brigham City and visited with Caitlin's family up there. Good weekend? Check.

Then Monday was Halloween, and since Caitlin and I spent it apart we just sent pictures to each other of what we were. Caitlin's picture came to me upside down. I liked it, so I didn't flip it around. :) She was a minion.
And I was a Hogwarts student (Ravenclaw of course).

It's strange to think that October is over, but the festivities have only begun. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Caitlin's birthday, then wedding! These next three months are going to fly by!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tour of Burley

I've never really seen a lot of Burley even though I've been living here for two months. So today we decided to take a tour of the town. So basically this post is just the pictures we took all over Burley.
Brynn and Caitlin sitting on a drawbridge.

Having a blast on a graffiti grain.

Then we went to a park and played around on the jungle gym and on all the play structures.

After the park we went and found some cool buildings and Halloween decorations.

Loved finding the Normal Avenue.

I got hit by a bus somewhere along the way.

A little fun with some leaves.

And we finished it off with a BEAUTIFUL sunset.

Now I feel like I really know Burley. It was such a blast going on a tour of the town. Caitlin and I decided that we should tour more towns in the future. Maybe Rexburg will be next.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Song of the Day

I like to listen to music. I like to listen to music a lot. I may listen to music way too much actually. And since Caitlin and I aren't together, I like to send her a song every day that I'm really feeling. So this blog post is dedicated to songs we've had in our "Song of the Day" in the past month. I'm not going to describe the songs, just posting the videos seems sufficient.

Hopefully you enjoy this post of music. Basically every day is a new day and with each new day comes a new song! Isn't it a great life?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Do You Know How To...?

Have you ever sat down and thought about all the diverse things you've learned to do during the course of your life? I know that 25 is not very old to be reminiscing about my life, but I've been thinking a lot lately about some of the strange things I know how to do. Here is a list I've compiled of some of the diverse things I know how to do:

I know how to deliver a baby. What a strange skill to possess, right? Well this is not the only medical-type skill in my repertoire. I actually studied to become an EMT and am nationally certified. Although I took the classes, labs, clinicals, and national exams, I have never practiced. Basically it's just been good information to have. Plus, it makes for a great excuse to tease Caitlin about delivering our children. She's not too keen on the idea. :)

I can read, understand and actually enjoy (gasp!) Shakespeare.
I've always had a love for Shakespeare. I can't quite pinpoint when it started, but most likely it was when I had a silent role in A Midsummer Night's Dream when I was a freshman in high school. Since then I have taken two classes all about Shakespeare and read all but two of his plays. Macbeth is my favorite of them all, but I'm also a fan of Twelfth Night. I think this is a skill that anyone can gain if they have the desire, but when I worked in the English Department at BYU-Idaho there were several people I spoke with who had no desire to ever read or try to comprehend even a sonnet written by Shakespeare. What a shame.

I can drive (and back up) a semi-truck. This is a relitively new skill (the past month or so) and I don't particularly enjoy it, but I feel that it adds to the diversity of things I am able to do. Not many people transition from Shakespeare to semis, but I do. I must admit that the first time I got behind the wheel of one of these monsters I was terrified. Since that first day (which was nearly accident free) I have calmed down quite a bit and am not a semi-pro semi-truck driver.

I know how to tape and treat sports injuries. I even worked in the sports medicine treatment room at BYU-I for a semester. I loved learning how to tape and even more so, I loved practicing on Ben and Rick. The class I had to take was pretty pointless since we learned everything through videos, but it is such a useful skill to have and be able to use when you know someone in need.

I know how to use the Adobe Design Suite and can design virtually anything I set my mind to (although I don't set my mind to impossible design-ness since I didn't study graphic design). I love playing around designing things and while I was at BYU-Idaho I had several of my designs used in advertisements around campus and on the school website. I'm even designing my wedding announcement, which is one of the most difficult pieces I've designed. Designing for yourself is a lot more difficult than designing for a client. If you want to see some of my work you can go here. Just a sampling on a website I made for a class.

I know how to work an SLR and can even develop my own film. SLR, eh? Maybe some of you are confused by this acronym (Single Lens Reflex) but it layman's terms it is a camera that uses a mirror to reflect the image seen in the viewfinder onto the film. Really quite basic, but it has a lot of settings that can kind of be confusing to our generation of digital camera clickers. I used to love taking pictures, and using an SLR was my favorite. But the digital wave took over and the necessity of using film (I even cut and rolled my own) went out the window. It's been years since I've seen a dark room and I doubt they will be coming back into style anytime soon.

I speak Spanish, or en español, Yo hablo Español. I learned Spanish on my two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Houston, Texas. I loved learning Spanish, and I love being able to communicate with those immigrants that haven't learned English. I work with a guy named Antonio who is from Mexico. He's been in the United States for three years but still hasn't picked up on much English. Since I'm the only one that speaks Spanish, we have formed a bond and now he comes to me when he has questions about what we're doing, and I even gave him a ride in my semi-truck to his car. This could've been a missed friendship had we not spoken the same language. This is one skill I am extremely grateful to possess.

I know how to cut frames and mats and frame pictures. This is a completely useless skill unless I have the proper equipment (I guess some of my other skills are too) but it's still super cool that I can do it! In the picture, Lacy and I are posing inside a frame that I'm sure one of us assembled. We used to work at a custom frame shop where we helped customers match mats and frames to their prints, and then we'd cut the frames, mats, plexiglass and put it all together. Many of the pictures hanging in my dads house are ones that I framed. Having a skill like this for sure gives you beautiful decor around the house.

My last skill is one I also picked up recently, and that is knowing how to drive a tractor. You wouldn't think these babies were all that different from a car, but they are. It only took about a day to figure my way around a tractor, and I had a great teacher who helped me along the way. But had I not been forced into learning for my new job, I don't think I would've ever taken the time to learn the in's and out's of a John Deere. Luckily I have and it is something that can go on my list of random skills I possess.

Well that is it for today. I hope you enjoyed my random list of skills. If you have any sort of crazy weird skills I would love to hear about them. As hard as I tried I could't think of any more skills that show my diversity, but I'm sure they're out there and as soon as I publish this post I'll think of a million. So maybe I'll do another post sometime in the future regarding some other interesting random skills.