Saturday, February 22, 2014

A New Addition to the Plant Family

For Valentines Day last week, Ryan wanted to get me a plant since I love them and prefer them over cut flowers (but I still love a good bouquet of flowers every now and then). Only problem is that he's limited in his abilities to travel because of the fact that I take the car to work every day and have it until 5:30pm at night. And so if he took it at that point, it would be hard to smuggle in a plant without telling me to hide for 5 minutes while he hid it somewhere. So I didn't get a plant on the actual Valentines Day, but did get some yummy mint chocolate truffles and cinnamon candy lips (I got him a giant Reese's chocolate heart).

But the plant did happen the day after. We both went to our local Smith's grocery store to do a few quick errands and there he told me to pick out the cutest succulent I could find. So I did. And we went home, found a jar we weren't using anymore and put the little guy inside. And here he is, cute as can be!

This was taken with the 10x macro lens filter. Such a cool effect!

It's so adorable and brings a lot of cheer into our apartment, along with my other succulents. I'm thinking of replanting some of them since they're all in the same pot (mom, could you help me with that in April when you're here?). Here's are a few quick pics to show how big they've grown!

I love my succulents and look forward to when Ryan will be okay with me adding exponentially more plants to our little apartment. I'm thinking of getting a bamboo plant for my office at work and then getting an ivy plant for our kitchen. And then make some terrariums to add to the one I have currently.

Happy Saturday!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Macro Photography

Yesterday, I FINALLY had a chance to test out a birthday present from my parents: a set of macro filters for my big 14-140mm lens. I haven't had a lot of time to myself to really test them out and so yesterday Ryan and I went around and I got to stretch my photographer muscles and see what I could do with these filters. Ultimately, I'm EXTREMELY happy with how they came out and am planning another small outing tomorrow in search of more subject matter.

So here are some of the pictures I got. I love that a lot of them are pieces of evidence that Spring is, in fact, almost here. I will say that when I took the pictures, it was around 50 degrees and absolutely perfect outside! So it was great to see all the signs of Spring physically as well as smell the Spring-y air and hear all the birds chirping.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Birthdays and Festivals

Between my birthday happening, Sundance Film Festival, changing over jobs and other such daily happenings in my life, a month certainly flies by without taking much effort at all. Suddenly, we're in the second month of 2014 and suddenly Ryan is taking midterms, I'm feeling even more distant from BYU and life is altogether getting back into a normalcy that we both love.

My birthday was way back in January on the 17th. Ryan got me a kettle to fuel my tea addiction as well as a really cool Death Star tea infuser.

 I got other gifts such as a rice cooker, a new messenger bag for work (I'll eventually photograph it since it's so cute!), gift cards, music, a silicone muffin pan, books, and another late gift I'll get to later in this blog.

That night, Ryan and I celebrated by eating dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Station 22. I had their signature Chicken and Waffles and Ryan got the Jack Kerouac burger which has a healthy portion of brie cheese on it. Dessert consisted of deep-fried cookie dough.

 We capped off the night watching some favorite movies/TV shows, such as "Pushing Daisies".

Ready to watch some good ol' TV!
The next 10 days or so was spent volunteering at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City. I basically commuted 45 minutes every morning to Park City and spent the next 8 hours hanging out in the Foundations office/Donors Lounge and helped Donors out with getting their credentials and tickets. It was a pretty easy gig so that was good.
This is the main lounging area of the office. Rather peaceful and comfy.
Selfie during the long hours in the office!
Another selfie.
 Some of that time at Sundance, I was able to actually ATTEND some of the films. Well, two to be exact. Not many considering I had a ton of vouchers that got me in for free. I didn't have a lot of time for movie-watching.

The director of "Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart", Jeremiah Zagar
The director of "Web Junkie", Shosh Shlam
Me with my Volunteer credential. 
 It was a good experience, but maybe next year I'll stick to attending instead of volunteering. I want to see more of the films!

The rest of the time from Sundance to now has been spent getting acclimated to life after BYU. I actually changed jobs in the middle of Sundance and am now working in a company located in Orem. It's called Forever Green and it's been a great job so far. I'm basically doing what I was doing at BYU Communications, so it's good that I'm back in my element. We're working on preparing for the big convention in Las Vegas that will be launching new products and whatnot. The convention will be at the end of March so I'm looking forward to that!

This past week we had a our annual Valentines Dance and so we got all gussied up for that and ate lots of chocolate-covered goodies. It was a good time. But right before that, I opened a belated present from Beckie: an 8mm video camera! It probably still works though getting my hands on film for it will be a little tricky. It looks awesome though, don't you think?

Ready for some dancing and some chocolate!

Here's a random picture showing off the brooch I got up in Park City at a consignment store. It's green but you can't tell in this picture.
 Now we're getting excited for our actual Valentines celebration this weekend and I'm looking forward to going to the True/False film festival in my hometown at the end of February!