Wednesday, September 30, 2009

the play

My play Evita starts this week so if anyone wants to come and see it you can click here for the theatre's website to order tickets.

It runs from October 2-30 at

I am in the Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
, however,

I am covering for my counterpart and will be doing the
whole first week
of the show.

(FYI - I WON'T be doing it Saturday,
October 10th as I'll be in Disneyland!)

When you call the theatre mention that you know me and you'll
get $2 off per ticket!

Be forwarned: I am not in this play a ton, I'm ensemble (I do dance in the front quite a bit though so you can see my dancin' skills ;D). And my sister, Breanne, is in it with me as well so you can see both of us!

Another forwarning: this play is about a woman who sleeps her way to the top, Rodgers Memorial Theatre in Centerville; however, is a family theatre and they have cleaned it up quite a bit. But it is not just a light, happy play and you do have to pay attention to what is being sung otherwise you'll miss the plot. The music in it is absolutely gorgeous, as are the leads who sing them.

We have fantastic leads in this play and we are totally blessed to have them.
Bios on the leads: one of the Evitas is Nate Royall's sister, Erin, who is extremely talented. Her Peron is Joseph Paur who is the guy from Rigoletto (and you might recognize him from his younger days in the temple video ;). The other Evita is Holly Jo who has performed as Eponine for the touring cast of Les Miserables. They are both so good, you'll be blown away. Our Ches are also both incredible.

So if you're in the mood for a good show with fabulous singing and want to catch a glimpse of me dancing my heart out - come see me!

FYI - tonight it our dress rehearsal so if you're wanting to save a buck be at the theatre before 7pm and you can see an almost polished version of our play for free!

Saturday, September 26, 2009


So we had quite a few eventful things happen in the last couple weeks and since I love taking pictures and I had some good ones I thought I would share them with you all. Enjoy!

I am rehearsing a play at the moment called 'Evita,' maybe you've heard of it? There was a movie made of it staring a little actress named Madonna; co-starring the fabulous Antonio Banderas. This is one of our Evitas and her husband, Peron (who you might recognize from the temple...).

A slew of sunflowers! Does it seem like everywhere you look there are sunflowers swaying in the breeze? I pulled off to the side of the road to snap these beauties.

Have you eaten at the little Mexican restaurant downtown next to the Rio Grande? It's delicious and full of character/history (if you can, try to avoid the bums hanging out nearby).

(My) man's best friend, Sophie.

This is a picture of Dave and I leaving early from a 5k that we had planned to run for the American Heart Association... circumstances called us away... shhhhhh.

Poor, poor Sophie. She was having... erm.. feminine problems. And she hated what we had to do to her. Can you see the "are you serious?" look in her face?

The Greek festival was tons of fun, if you haven't been you should try it out. The dinner, we heard, was amazing. The line was amazingly long, so we didn't get any. We did however get the baklava and it was delicious.

Thanks for reading about us :)
Please excuse my bad job of spelling 'baklava' on my photo, but that takes longer to change at this point so I think I might just leave it. 'Back-lava' doesn't sound very appetizing though does it... oh well. (Maybe when I'm done with this play that's taking over my life I'll have time to change it.)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

rose ring? yes, please

I want you, I want you, I want you.
In orange, pink, black and ivory please.

Monday, September 21, 2009


Don't do it! Don't change colors on me, not yet. I need a little more time. Oh summer! How I will miss you... What, you may ask, will I miss?

Warm breezes at night.

Not having to wear jackets.

Golden, warm mornings.

Opening my window and letting the breezes in and smelling summer in the air.

Sweet fruits of the season; strawberries, nectarines, peaches, blueberries, and raspberries.

Fresh veggies.

Warm nights playing games on the grass.

Eating lunch at my favorite park, lying out in the warm sun, reading a book.

Drive-in movies (although I didn't make it to one this year).


The 4th of July.

Friends and families hanging out outside all the live long day.

Swimming and water parks (although I didn't get to do much of those this year either).

Lagoon (missed that as well).

I'm sad every year that fall comes around, but I think I'm terribly sad this year because I feel like I missed too many things. I guess I'll plan better next year. Just don't get so cold yet Mr. Weather Man! Give me a few more weeks of warmness! Stop changing colors leaves! You may in a few weeks if you ask very, very nicely.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

random thoughts for the day

K I got this email from a co-worker and was laughing SO hard! Some of these are just so true! Here are some of my favorites, ok most of them were my favorites so sorry it's really long (I don't know who wrote this but kuddos to you my friend, for you are my friend even though we've never met).

* I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

* More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can't wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own story that's not only better, but also more directly involves me.

* Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

* Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you're crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.

* I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

* The letters T and G are very close to each other on a keyboard. This recently became all too apparent to me and consequently I will never be ending a work email with the phrase "Regards" again.

* Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn't work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ's. We just figured it out. Today's kids are soft.

* There is a great need for sarcasm font.

* Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the crap was going on when I first saw it.

* I think everyone has a movie that they love so much; it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I'll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone's laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I'm still the only one who really, really gets it.

* How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

* I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

* I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

* The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to finish a text.

* Was learning cursive really necessary?

* Lol has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to say".

* I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

* Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely petrifying.

* My brother's Municipal League baseball team is named the Stepdads. Seeing as none of the guys on the team are actual stepdads, I inquired about the name. He explained, "Cuz we beat you, and you hate us." Classy, bro.

* Whenever someone says "I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart", all I hear is "I'm not real smart, but I'm imaginary smart".

* How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?

* I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!

* While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it....thanks Mario Kart.

* MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

* Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

* I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

* Whenever I'm Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red Ryder BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don't mind if I do!

* If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would probably just be completely invisible.

* Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from; this shouldn't be a problem....

* You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you've made up your mind that you just aren't doing anything productive for the rest of the day.

* Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't want to have to restart my collection.

* There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

* I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

* "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this ever.

* I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people watching TV. There's so much pressure. 'I love this show, but will they judge me if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren't watching this. It's only a matter of time before they all get up and leave the room. Will we still be friends after this?'

* While watching the Olympics, I find myself cheering equally for China and USA . No, I am not of Chinese descent, but I am fairly certain that when Chinese athletes don't win, they are executed.

* I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

* I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it's on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

* Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed for pedophiles...

* As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

* Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

* It should probably be called Unplanned Parenthood.

* I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

* Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn't know what do to with it.

* Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet my a$$ everyone can find and push the Snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time...

* My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day "Dad what would happen if you ran over a ninja?" How the heck do I respond to that?

* It really pi$$es me off when I want to read a story on and the link takes me to a video instead of text.

* I wonder if cops ever get pi$$ed off at the fact that everyone they drive behind obeys the speed limit.

* I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.

* The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then estimate d that there must be at least four people eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There's nothing like being made to feel like a fatty before dinner.

Hope you had a good laugh like me, and thanks for making it through to the end :D

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

what? television is taking over our lives? naw...

I'm a little worried for our future because I've kind of come to the realization that we have too many shows that have started or are about to start and I think we might turn into the George's and watch T.V. all the time ;D There are just so many good ones! Behold our (well mostly MY) lengthy list of addictions:

1. Glee (I'm hoping for cleaner episodes in the future but I'm totally addicted to that girl's voice)

2. Grey's Anatomy (I'm hoping this one turns around and goes back to its roots)

3. 30 Rock (can't live w/o)

4. So You Think You Can Dance (also can't live w/o, if only I were that talented!)

5. Vampire Diaries (Yes, I'll admit it, I did watch it. And I kind of liked it. Totally cheesy but I'm hoping it gets better.)

6. Flash Forward (I'm way excited for this one to start - hope it doesn't disappoint, love that Penny from Lost is in it)

7. The Office (a staple)

8. Ugly Betty (I don't watch this one religiously but I do think it's totally funny and I don't want it to go off the air)

Hmmm I bet there are more but I think I better stop before you think we're complete couch potatoes...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

labor day weekend - saturday night

Cute 'lil nephew Jimmy. Yeah that was an apple from off the ground...

Hayls and I.

The finished product.

My sister Mylissa, who lives in Heber knows all the fun things to do there. She found out about this old orchard that used to be a pioneer farm but is now a public park up in the mountains. Back in the day these pioneers started the orchard and a farm and now they allow you to go up there and pick as many apples as you want. I've actually never picked apples before so I loved it. I felt very much like I was living in Anne of Green Gables :D. The activity was very fall-ish which made me sad... don't get me wrong, I like fall and all but I absolutely love summer. I actually think I just love NOT being cold all the time. But being up in the mountains and picking those sweet smelling apples made me excited for cider. So bring on the fall! (in like a month or so please).

labor day weekend - favorite tent

My favorite sign, that I'm actually sad I didn't buy.

The sign my sis Myliss got (we're Parkites - yes, that's how you say that, and yes, totally cheesy).

This was the coolest tent at Swiss Days. These guys actually make their own vintage signs, like create the pattern and everything and I'm a big fan of all things vintage so of course I loved them. So if any of you are in the market check out

labor day weekend - saturday

I have to say I love, love, love Midway and Heber. My parent's moved there last year and I wasn't thrilled about it but I do actually love the place. It's so gorgeous and refreshing.

Some random something on the way to Swiss Days that I thought was cute (I think it's an old gas pump).

These were dang cute.

Dave really enjoyed Swiss Days, mostly because he stayed at home and I didn't force him to come. I have to say it was so terribly crowded this year. We went from 10:30-12pm and it was like going to Disneyland on New Year's Eve. Don't do it. Ever. Advice for next year: don't go until like 5pm when the crowds have died down.

The true reason I go to Swiss Days? If you can't tell that collage is all just about what my friend Hayley and I ate that day.....gross? No, it was really good actually ;D I just won't put it all in detail to really gross you out.

labor day weekend - friday night

Jenn, one of my bff's from high school, and I. Isn't she gorgeous?

A new restaurant to try out.

The garden outside was cute and quaint.

The food was pretty good too.

We did so much this weekend that I thought I would post it one day at a time - I have too many pictures for one post ;D Friday night we met up with some great old friends of ours, Jenn and Russ, and tried out a new restuarant, The Blue Iguana. I loved the hispanic hole-in-the-wall ambiance of the place. They even had live entertainment by two girls and a cute old man playing the guitar and they were fabulous. It's downtown right under Benihana if anyone wants to try it out sometime.

Friday, September 4, 2009

i think i've fallen in love. again.

Dave if I'm a super, super good girl, could I get these pruddy pleese!!

I don't just want them, I need them. Materialism. I. Am. ;D

Thursday, September 3, 2009

lame, but oh-so-cute, magnets

So you know those magnets that I posted about a week ago? Three of them have broken...yeeaah. Good thing I bought that glue gun. Maybe I need superglue...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

the art of teaching a dog to rollover

trying to teach the dog a trick when all she wants is the treat!

oh dave sure loves this dumb dog.

p.s. trick still a work-in-progress.