Saturday, September 16, 2017

Also this.

So this makes me feel pretty legit. Not gonna lie.

(Also, if you go to the Princeton History Department Graduate Students page, I'm the first one that shows up! Hidden perks of being a first year with a name that starts with "A".)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New Haven and New York

One of the perks on living on the East Coast (especially somewhere as nicely situated as Princeton) is that it is relatively easy to get to big cities like New York. Another nice thing for me is that I have lots of family, and lots of family living on the East Coast. And my cousin Kyra was kind enough to let me come up to New Haven to see their family. I had a lot of fun seeing them. I just wish I had more pictures to prove it. But here are some pretty pictures of Yale (but they aren't near as cool as the pictures of hanging out the Kyra and her cute little boys).

[Some obligatory pictures of Yale]

Again, no fun pictures of playing at the park or of our epic dance party, but just trust me. It was awesome. And just a lot of fun. 

I also got a chance to be in NYC before and after New Haven. I went to the LDS Manhattan Temple, walked through Central Park, met up with some friends, and got a Levain Bakery cookie (Em and I have a copy-cat recipe for it, and in my not-so-humble opinion, I think the copycat recipe is better. There. I said it. You may now start throwing tomatoes at me.)

[Cue Alicia Keys]

[Central Park]

[Grand Central Station is just so beautiful.]

[The Lincoln Center]

[Friends at the temple! So fun to meet up with them, if only for a moment]

[C is for cookie. So obvi it's good enough for me.]

The sister missionaries also came up to me at one point when I was sitting at a table and for a moment they thought I wasn't a member of the Church. They asked me what book I was reading (a super exciting one for my upcoming historiography class), and then I told them and just said, "How are you doing, sisters?" And we had a nice little conversation. It was just very funny. (What made it funnier was that 5 minutes after they left, the guy sitting close to me asked, "So how is that book you're reading?" And we also chatted for a bit. Fun times in the city.) 

Road Trip

So, it's been weeks since I've been on the blog. I decided to come back and post right now so that it doesn't become never. Because, in reality, there are so many bits and pieces of this new beginning that I'd like to write down (least of which is Princeton itself--but that also has to be explored and digested by bits and pieces).

But before I forget/before it becomes too long, I want to put down some highlights from the road trip my mom and I took to get out here. I decided that I wanted to drive from Utah to New Jersey, and my mom was kind enough to come along. (She really is a saint.)

[Princeton, here we come.]

[I think this was Wyoming? But it could very well be eastern Colorado or Kansas, too.]

[Definitely Kansas]

[The Sunflower State]

[And here is the part where I bombard you with 10 million pictures of a beautiful sunflower field.]

[They are just so beautiful.]

[And it was just a beautiful summer evening.]

[My momma who is actually the best.]

[Hello there, bright one.]

[Oh haiiiiii]

[By the way, they are not facing the sun.]

[Sunrise in Indiana]

[10 points to Gryffindor if you can guess what this truck was transporting]

[If you guessed chickens, you would be right. Chickens. Chickens everywhere!]

[Heading to NJ!]

[We made it to Princeton!]

[2200 miles later.]

[Sam was a champ and came up from D.C. to help me move in, too.]

[Turns out there's a pelican sundial in Princeton, too.] 

2200 miles, 4 days, and a lot of 80s music, which any true road trip needs. (And lots and lots of sunflowers.) 

Monday, August 21, 2017

august rush

I forget sometimes how much I like this time of year. Warm days and cooler nights. Utah evenings in August are perfection. Night games on the street and in the yard. Fresh peaches. Vine-ripened tomatoes and corn on the cob. Hiking in the mountains and the sweet, fresh scent of pine and juniper in the mountains. Swimming with friends and family. Making peanut butter cookies and summer salads. Talking about everything under the sun--eclipses, protests, Sophie Scholl, books, history, and more.

August. Trying to get everything done that you meant to get done and wondering why you hadn't done it earlier. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Current Mood

This song.

This song expresses what I'm feeling right now. It describes words and feelings of the heart I didn't even know I had.

Especially the part when the strings build to their crescendo . . . pure, agonizing beauty.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Squinting into the sun

I just think these pictures are funny: 

The sun was so bright and the struggle was oh, so real. 

I think the world is glorious

Sam was in town last weekend, and so the world, was indeed, glorious. (Cheesy, yes. But that's how I roll these days.)


Sam was in town for a friend's wedding, and it was just a nice weekend filled with friends, food, and flowers. (Also, ICYMI, the Provo City Center Temple is stunning, and the sealing rooms look like English chapels, which just made my heart very happy.)

[Also, the sun was reallllly bright. We are both struggling to look normal here.]

[The wedding reception. I loved the vibes there. Super chill and just really cool.]

[I realize this little girl looks like she's falling down. I promise I did not take a photo of a child in distress just for the photo's sake. She is rolling down the hill. Because she can. And I probably would have too, if I didn't care for propriety and decency, but there are things you can do when you're 6 when you can't do when you're 26. Sigh.]

[See? She's rolling down. No falling children here. Except maybe the boy is falling down? I'm failing here.]

Sam and I also went hiking in the Albion Basin and had a picnic. It was idyllic. And the wildflowers are in full bloom right now and stunning. 

[Isn't he cute? Yeah. He is.]

[Some Maria Von Trapp/Heidi vibes going on in this pictures. The hills are alive.]

[Better together.]

[Okay, those views, though. So, so pretty.]

[This, my friends, is Utah in the summer. Simply glorious.]