Monday, May 2, 2011

USU Theater: The Three Musketeers



I just saw this video on one of my assistant designers' blog. I thought you might like to see it.

Maiden Voyage


In an effort to get out of my apartment, enjoy the nice weather, and get a little exercise, I decided to get out my bicycle today. I pumped up the tires and went for a short maiden voyage. I haven't been out on my bike since I moved to this apartment, two things I noticed 1)this neighborhood is my more level than my old one and it's nice not to have so many inclines. 2)There is allot more traffic here and the view from a bike isn't quite as pretty. I used to live very close to the island and on my old bike route I would ride right along the road that looks out over the valley. I guess it's a trade off. I think I'll see if I can find a bike route that I can use that isn't on such busy streets maybe a park or something.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Adventures in L.A.

As promised, I am posting pictures from our trip to Los Angeles. When we arrived in LA our host Don showed us around his home and the house where we stayed, then we were still very awake so we walked down to Hollywood Blvd and saw a bit of the walk of stars and the Chinese Theatre. The next day we all stayed at the house most of the day working on our presentations, getting them finished up, but we did go to dinner at a Thai restaurant that evening. The next morning we drove to the Los Angeles Theatre Center to set up our displays and find out when our presentations were. Lindsay, Caroline, and Molly presented the first day then Annie, myself, then Milinda presented on Thursday. Thursday night we went to an Italian restaurant then we decided to explore the art walk that happens in downtown LA once a month. Friday morning We had to load in the set for Do Not Hit Golf Balls Into Mexico. The Show had two performances with a feed back session after the first. then after the second show we had to strike the set and load it out which made for a very long day. On Saturday I slept in a bit then Nate and I walked over to Hollywood Blvd and got lunch and I did a little shopping and bought some new perfume at the Sephora. Then we met up with Annie and Melinda and went to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) where there was an exhibit of this year's Oscar Nominated Costume Designs. Then we dropped Nate off and we went to the Disney Concert Hall, and after that we drove by what looked like a street festival so we stopped and looked around and decided to stay for dinner. I had the most delicious Mexican meal and we were serenaded by two Mariachi signers. That night was the awards ceremony we got there a little early and played Phase 10. At the awards ceremony Caroline got a Regional award for costume, Molly got National for make-up, Milinda got a Regional for lighting, Annie got a Regional award for Scenic Design, and I got the National ward for Scenic Design. So, way to go Utah State-rs!

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Home again, home again, gigity gig.

Back home from L.A. lots of fun, stories to tell but for now I'm tired and I'm going to bed. More on my trip soon.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Confession


(New Tools: a kitchen scale and a salad spinner)

Ok so I have started something that I normally don't talk about in public...a weight loss routine. There are a couple of reasons that I normally don't talk about it when I'm dieting or trying a new workout routine; 1) If I tell people that I'm working on my weight and then fail to lose weight then they will know that I have failed, 2)I don't like to acknowledge the fact that I'm not happy with my body to most people. My family and close friends a sort of a different case but even then I'm a little funny about it. But I have realised that this is probably part of the problem if I'm trying to secretly lose weight I have no support or accountability to anyone or anything. So I'm breaking that bad habit and I'm writing this post about my efforts.

I got a Wii Fit for Christmas and I have been working out on that pretty consistently since the week after Christmas. That may not seem that impressive to some people but it's huge for me this is literally the first time I have ever stuck with an exercise routine of any kind for more that a week. EVER! Also, this week my sister told me about something that has been helping her it's a website and an app called myfitnesspal.com she's been having success with it so I thought I would look at it. It's basically a website were I can track the food I eat and the excersize I do and I can connect with my sister (or anyone else on it for that matter) and get support and encouragement.

So let me just say that this effort is not without it's ups and downs earlier this week I was pretty excited because I lost a pound because it means that I'm doing something right and going in the right direction. ( I should say that since Christmas I have actualy lost 3 lbs. but I started the myfittness pal this week) The one problem I have with my Wii fit is it weighs me every time I do it, although it shows it to you in terms of BMI (body mass index) you can peek at your actual weight in pounds, so I'm getting a daily look at my weight and seeing it fluctuate up and down is a little frustrating. I feel like I'm doing everything right even though I'm not perfect with my calorie goal everyday I know I'm doing allot better than I was before I started, but the pounds just aren't moving yet.

So this morning I had a bit of a breakdown. But after a good cry and a good talk with my mom and sister, I've decided to change my focus from pounds to a few things that might be better indicators of how I'm really doing: 1)I am feeling really good, I'm happier,I have more energy and I'm even sleeping better. I'm sure that's due to the consistent exercise. 2)I'm going to take measurements and use that as another way to gauge my progress. 3)I will not look at my weight on the Wii every day. 4)I am going to feel good about the fact that I'm making healthier choices even when I don't meet my daily goals.

I think that last one is really important because I'm not doing this to get skinny fast or to impress anyone else.( The people in my life that really matter love me the way I am, and know that I'm beautiful whether I'm overweight or not) Ultimately I'm doing this to be healthier, the pounds are just a number, I'm trying to make a new lifestyle for myself. I want to go for a hike up the Jardine Juniper trail this spring and not wonder if I'm strong enough to do it. I want to go to Europe next year and have the energy to walk all around to see the things I want to see, and if I get married I want to be healthy enough to have a safe and normal pregnancy in my thirties.

So I guess I've come out of the closet about this now, so if your reading my blog just know that I could really use your support and if you have similar goals I will be more than happy to return the favor.



So Bowling is probably not a big calorie burner but I had allot of fun and I'll tell you what, My bum was sore afterwards it's like doing a bunch of lunges.




Saturday, January 22, 2011

Crazy Week

Well I've come through another crazy week. I managed to get my set for the one acts up and I think it looked good and on Wednesday night I was in charge of stiking it while I was sicker than a dog. On Friday I went to the doctor since I didn't seem to be getting better after a week and a half and it turns out I have an ear infection and probably the flu as well. So now I'm on antibiotics and I'm finaly starting to feel better. Here are some shots of my set.




Friday, January 14, 2011

Happy New Year!

OK I know it's been the new year for a couple of weeks now, but it still feels new to me. If your anything like me you make resolutions every year in fact I make the same resolutions every year because I'm not very good at keeping them but I've decided that it's good to set goals even if I don't reach them because it means that I'm still trying. I don't like to tell people what my resolutions are because I'm slightly superstitious and I'm afraid if I tell people then I'll fail to meet my goals. There is one goal that I have that I don't mind telling you and that is my goal to graduate this semester! It's a little scary to start my last semester of college ever. Wish me luck! Oh and by the way how do you like my new look? I love the sparkle of the chandelier.

A brief glimpse into the life of a slightly scattered girl.