Wednesday, June 6, 2012

another one of those posts

where i brag about the children whom i obsess about so much, you'd think they are mine. seriously, i love my niecephews. they are THE best. here is a 2 year old doing the ABC's (my favorite is "dubby". we have been calling Wesie dubby ever since.)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

unbelievably excited.

so tyler's 6 month countdown begins in June. to celebrate, i made a list of things to look forward to in the meantime. there are two things (several, actually, but two in particular) that i'm ECSTATIC about:
1. Les Mis the movie [Dec. 2012] coming out with Hugh Jackman who is my all time FAVORITE FAVORITE FAVORITE! (i've been told that it's slightly unhealthy, but i'm a lover, not a fighter).

(isn't anne's (cleaned up) hair to DIE for?! what can i say, i'm a sucker for short hair!)

2. Blackbird Sister Mystery book #8 [August 2012]. Major guilty pleasure but i LOVE this series. i've blogged about it before. but "no way to kill a lady" comes out in august and i've already paid for my copy to arrive on the very date!!!! i CANNOT WAIT!!!!!
EVEN THE COVER GETS ME EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!

at any rate, anyone who thinks that i sit around moping is far from correct.... i simply make lists of things to be excited about until the big excitement happen. one could say i've been throwing an excitement party for the past year and a half.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

eyeliner.

i have been on a quest for good eyeliner. unfortunately, because i recognize that this can be a costly quest, it is also a lengthy one. the best eyeliner i can ever remember having was this liquid eyeliner i bought from the dollar store that they no longer have. i'm too afraid to try anything else new from the dollar store. don't judge. anyway, i've had to do the trial and error method and it's been... frustrating. so far i've tried:


-avon's glimmer stick: approximately $8 on average. (i've been using this since high school and finally gave up on it) and although it goes on gently (does anyone else have REALLY sensitive eye tissue that cuts like butter?) and fairly evenly, my oily skin still did not allow it to stay intact for an entire day. i would recommend this kind for those who have sensitive yet dry skin. i would imagine it lessens the likelihood of wrinkles developing because there is minimal pull.
Then i tried Urban Decay. slightly expensive than what i was used to. $19 at Sephora. It was a great dark color so i didn't have to go over the "lines" i created multiple times but it DID require sharpening (annoying and messy) and if i didn't realize it needed sharpening, it was likely i would get a lovely cut along my eye which would make for a make-up sabbatical whilst my eye healed. It also runs down my oily skin. I would recommend this for someone who doesn't mind sharpening on a regular basis, has dry ish skin, and likes the drama of dark eyeliner. (also: it is harsh-chemical free or something so doesn't cause sties- hurrah!!)
The next chapter: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. $20 at sephora. i am praying that waterproof also means oil-proof. it's been a looooong time since i've applied liquid eyeliner so i am anticipating it to be a shaky situation but hopefully with some practice (and eye make up remover... i recommend MaryKay) i'll be able to come back in a few weeks and report good things. It comes in a marker-like contraption so there is no need to "re-dip" like mascara but not being waterproof can also mean unforgiving of mistakes. don't judge me if i look like a raccoon in the coming weeks.

Until next time....

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

the place for families.

DISNEYLAND 2012!!!!
it's been a long time coming. all of us together and no one is even knocked up! so this should be an accurate headcount for awhile, anyway.

ELDER LAWRENCE IS IN HIS HOME!!!!

the long and the short of it: we were early, he was late, we waited, he came, i cried, we hugged, then ate. happy to have our brother home.

i always wanted a twin sister...


1.5 going on 24.
our joint obsessions:
1. shoes-- homegirl will wake in hysterics if her shoes have been removed during a nap and requires they be placed in her bed with her at all times.
2. john cena-- we can't explain it. we don't try.
3. judgement eyes-- no one has truly lived until they've gotten lissy's dirty looks.
4. lemonade-- we will drink it whenever, wherever.
5. fear of things in costume-- need i say more?
6. bff's with Rachel A.-- we know where our homies are at.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

2 years ago today...


we took this picture.... see you next wednesday!!!!!!!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Indiana Jones, Bid for Tenure: DENIED


Maybe this isn't as funny as i think it is, but i was laughing SO HARD!!! my friend shay (a fellow anthropology major) sent this sucker to me and i couldn't resist posting it. ENJOY!!

January 22, 1939

Assistant Professor Henry “Indiana” Jones Jr.
Department of Anthropology
Chapman Hall 227B
Marshall College

Dr. Jones:

As chairman of the Committee on Promotion and Tenure, I regret to inform you that your recent application for tenure has been denied by a vote of 6 to 1. Following past policies and procedures, proceedings from the committee’s deliberations that were pertinent to our decision have been summarized below according to the assessment criteria.

Demonstrates suitable experience and expertise in chosen field:

The committee concurred that Dr. Jones does seem to possess a nearly superhuman breadth of linguistic knowledge and an uncanny familiarity with the history and material culture of the occult. However, his understanding and practice of archaeology gave the committee the greatest cause for alarm. Criticisms of Dr. Jones ranged from “possessing a perceptible methodological deficiency” to “practicing archaeology with a complete lack of, disregard for, and colossal ignorance of current methodology, theory, and ethics” to “unabashed grave-robbing.” Given such appraisals, perhaps it isn’t surprising to learn that several Central and South American countries recently assembled to enact legislation aimed at permanently prohibiting his entry.

Moreover, no one on the committee can identify who or what instilled Dr. Jones with the belief that an archaeologist’s tool kit should consist solely of a bullwhip and a revolver.

Nationally recognized for an effectual program of scholarship or research supported by publications of high quality:

Though Dr. Jones conducts “field research” far more often than anyone else in the department, he has consistently failed to report the results of his excavations, provide any credible evidence of attending the archaeological conferences he claims to attend, or produce a single published article in any peer-reviewed journal. Someone might tell Dr. Jones that in academia “publish or perish” is the rule. Shockingly, there is little evidence to date that Dr. Jones has successfully excavated even one object since he arrived at Marshall College. Marcus Brody, curator of our natural-history museum, assured me this was not so and graciously pointed out several pieces in the collection that he claimed were procured through Dr. Jones’s efforts, but, quite frankly, we have not one shred of documentation that can demonstrate the provenance or legal ownership of these objects.

Meets professional standards of conduct in research and professional activities of the discipline:

The committee was particularly generous (and vociferous) in offering their opinions regarding this criterion. Permit me to list just a few of the more troubling accounts I was privy to during the committee’s meeting. Far more times than I would care to mention, the name “Indiana Jones” (the adopted title Dr. Jones insists on being called) has appeared in governmental reports linking him to the Nazi Party, black-market antiquities dealers, underground cults, human sacrifice, Indian child slave labor, and the Chinese mafia. There are a plethora of international criminal charges against Dr. Jones, which include but are not limited to: bringing unregistered weapons into and out of the country; property damage; desecration of national and historical landmarks; impersonating officials; arson; grand theft (automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, and watercraft in just a one week span last year); excavating without a permit; countless antiquities violations; public endangerment; voluntary and involuntary manslaughter; and, allegedly, murder.

Dr. Jones’s interpersonal skills and relationships are no better. By Dr. Jones’s own admission, he has repeatedly employed an underage Asian boy as a driver and “personal assistant” during his Far East travels. I will refrain from making any insinuations as to the nature of this relationship, but my intuition insists that it is not a healthy one, nor one to be encouraged. Though the committee may have overstepped the boundaries of its evaluation, I find it pertinent to note that Dr. Jones has been romantically linked to countless women of questionable character, an attribute very unbecoming of a Marshall College professor. One of these women was identified as a notorious nightclub singer whose heart he attempted to extract with his hands, and whom he then tried, and failed, to lower into a lake of magma. Another was a Nazi scholar he was seen courting just last year who, I’m told, plummeted into a fathomless abyss at Dr. Jones’s hand. And, of course, no one can forget the slow decline and eventual death of Professor Abner Ravenwood after Dr. Jones’s affair with Abner’s underage daughter was made public, forcing her to emigrate to Nepal to escape the debacle.

Demonstrates successful record in undergraduate and graduate teaching:

In his nine years with the department, Dr. Jones has failed to complete even one uninterrupted semester of instruction. In fact, he hasn’t been in attendance for more than four consecutive weeks since he was hired. Departmental records indicate Dr. Jones has taken more sabbaticals, sick time, personal days, conference allotments, and temporary leaves than all the other members of the department combined.

The lone student representative on the committee wished to convey that, besides being an exceptional instructor, a compassionate mentor, and an unparalleled gentleman, Dr. Jones was extraordinarily receptive to the female student body during and after the transition to a coeducational system at the college. However, his timeliness in grading and returning assignments was a concern.

Establishment of an appropriate record of departmental and campus service:

Dr. Jones’s behavior on campus has led not only to disciplinary action but also to concerns as to the state of his mental health. In addition to multiple instances of public drunkenness, Dr. Jones, on three separate occasions, has attempted to set fire to the herpetology wing of the biology department. Perhaps most disturbing, however, are the statements that come directly from Dr. Jones’s mouth. Several faculty members maintain that Dr. Jones informed them on multiple occasions of having discovered the Ark of the Covenant, magic diamond rocks, and the Holy Grail! When asked to provide evidence for such claims, he purportedly replied that he was “kind of immortal” and/or muttered derogatory statements about the “bureaucratic fools” running the U.S. government. Given his history with the Nazi Party, I fear where his loyalty lies.

- - - -

To summarize, the committee fails to recognize any indication that Dr. Jones is even remotely proficient when it comes to archaeological scholarship and practice. His aptitude as an instructor is questionable at best, his conduct while abroad is positively deplorable, and his behavior on campus is minimally better. Marshall College has a reputation to uphold. I need not say more.

My apologies,

Prof. G.L. Stevens
Chairman


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All in all, i think it's safe to say that the board is comprised solely of men.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

plagiarism. (WARNING: rant)


today i had to turn in a (ridiculous) paper for my philosophy: introduction to ethics class. right before we turned the paper in, my professor went on a 7 minute (yes, i timed it. holla.) rant about plagiarism and how he caught 3 plagiarists in his other class and how wrong it was and blah, blah, blah.... don't get me wrong. i am a HUGE opponent of plagiarism. but I'm also a huge opponent of the fact that MY COLLEGE INSTRUCTOR IS STILL HAVING TO "REMIND" STUDENTS TO DO THEIR OWN WORK!!!! maybe this is a combination of several things that i hate about my school (sorry fellow school-mates, but the mount SUCKS these days.) but I'm seriously tired of getting into a college course and the first day is spent discussing that gum chewing is prohibited, cell phones are not allowed, and plagiarism is wrong... INEVITABLY the professor says, "does everyone know what plagiarism is? raise your hand. ))pretends to glance up at the vote he/she has just forced meanwhile ALL students are touching sky(( oooh, i see some people without hands up." then they continue to describe plagiarism in the most obscure way possible. no, plagiarism isn't taking someone else's ideas and writing about them necessarily. I'm sure most professors are even MORE frustrated that they (feel that they) have to explain this in every class and still get offenders. i just wish it was time for professors to say, "you know what? if they don't know what it is and they still do it, i can still flunk them because how did they make it thru 12+ years of education without knowing what plagiarism is."

in 8th grade my sister helped me out on a project on slavery. (i linked her blog so those who don't know her can see what an awesome writer she is and therefore understand that, with her as my editor, my project turned out awesome). everything was my original work. still, my teacher accused me of plagiarism (because, let's be honest, how could an 8th grader POSSIBLY know what an abolitionist is just thru research?! [yes, that was dripping with sarcasm]) wow. seriously insulting. luckily, mom called and set the lady straight so the points were re-applied and dignity was regained, etc. even luckier, my parents raised independent thinkers who could not be less interested in regurgitating the ideas of others in an attempt to cut corners.

i guess what I'm getting at is this: when can we all just agree to leave each others' words outta this and just move on with our lives?!

i guess i could have said that at the beginning and saved you all the trouble of gathering at my soapbox.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

the moment we've all been waiting for...

i finally crammed my surgery foot into a high heel!!! BIG news for this girl. this happened back in december but i am now announcing to the world that i am regularly applying heels (my minimum for a heel is 3 inches) to my wardrobe again! WOOOOT!!! here is the victory shot of the crammed foot. excuse the swell:

so, naturally i ordered one of these!!!

yes, i am in shoe heaven. i took a picture before all of the shoes were up because i don't want anyone to be able to see how many pairs i actually have. DON'T JUDGE ME!
so as with any collection, i get many FAQs:
where did you get this shelf?
amazon.
how many pairs does it fit?
it SAYS 50, but i've gotten WAY more than that.
can i go shopping in your closet?
certainly. i'm always game to allow a borrower don my collection.

Friday, January 27, 2012

State of the Union address

i am the opposite of into politics. i don't like them at all. but i came home from work the other day and turned on the tv and the state of the union address was on and i couldn't find the remote so i watched it. allow me to share with you some of my very deep and provocative thoughts:
- i cry every time i see gabrielle gifford. she is such an inspiration!
- is hilary clinton growing out her bangs? why is her hair like that? WOOF!
- politicians kiss WAAAAY too much
- oh! there's Gab Giff, again! SUCH an inspiration!
- is that LaRee???
- who is the a-hole that is wearing that stripey tie on TV. RIGHT behind the pres. it's doing that weird thing and giving me a headache.
- OH! is that the vice president??? i didn't even know that's what he looked like!
- i wonder what his name is.
- i wonder what his he does. huh.
- GAB GIF!!! SHE IS SUUUUCH AN INSPIRATION!
- mrs. obama looks like an african-american sigourney weaver, doesn't she?
- if they show GG again, i'm going to have to get another tissue box.
- gosh, all this standing and sitting. this is like catholic mass!
- GABS!!!!! YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION!!!!


all in all, i'd like to think that i am now very knowledgeable in this field.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

seriously cool website

my mom told me about this REALLY cool website and i've spent HOURS on it now just exploring!!!
http://lds.org/service/volunteer-and-contribute/create?lang=eng
you can submit photos, songs, videos, graphic design projects, etc. that LDS and non-LDS members can use world-wide! i'm stoked because one of the things they need is a picture of the anchorage alaska temple and i totally have one!

enjoy!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

crazy cool video!!!

5 people playing 1 guitar... at the same time!!!!!