Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Wedding Fever

I have caught it. I am obsessed. Like literally obsessed.  I bought a magazine for 10 dollars that was all about it. Who buys magazines that cost 10 dollars?!?! This girl does. The wedding is in less then 12 hours and that is blowing my mind.  I have always had a soft spot for the British royal family, but this is out of control. I have recorded every special show that aired during TLC's royal wedding week and now I am recording the actual wedding on 3 different channels so I can be sure to get all the inside details. Yes you did read that correctly, I said 3 channels.  I have an illness...but I am not sure that I want to find a cure just yet. This wedding is far too exciting to not be obsessed with. Well by tomorrow this time the wedding will be over and hopefully I will be able to move on with my life. Until then, Happy Wedding Watching!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Finals.

Finals. Are. The. Worst. Thing. Ever.

They cause far too much stress and do not have any benefit...at least in my eyes. They are terrible and everyone hates them. Whoever invented them was probably a serious demon. I completely and utterly hate them. Especially now, I have two finals, a presentation, and a 10 page paper due tomorrow. I think I might die. (So the obvious choice is to blog because I don't have a billion other things to do) 


This is a presh picture from last semesters final of death that me and Emilia
 spent like 8 straight days studying for.
This is where I have basically been living for the past
two weeks.
Hopefully I can survive the next little while. Wish me luck!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Bittersweet.

I am having a seriously nostalgic day.  I think it is because I went to my good friend David's mission farewell and the last farewell I attended was for one of my bestest friends in the whole wide world, Austin.  He is serving his mission in Honduras and he has been gone for about three and a half months. It was much easier to have him gone while he was in the MTC in Provo since it only takes about a day for mail to get there but now that he is in Honduras it takes about 3 weeks to get a letter to him.  Since I sent a letter about 5 weeks ago hopefully I will be getting one back soon because I can't wait much longer to hear from him. Missions are a blessing and a curse. I know he is doing the right thing and he will receive so many blessings from this and help so many people's lives but it is just hard that I will not be able to see him for 2 years. I am also freaking out because two of my other best friends are leaving in 38 days (no I did not count, one of them told me that number today). I will miss them more than I can even express but yet I am still happy for them.  Mission are a very bittersweet thing and today it has been a bit more bitter than sweet but I know that soon enough I will find that sweetness.

Just a super classy picture of me and Austin.
No big deal.

The first picture made him look like a total creep so in this one
he is just super excited about the song we were picking to
karaoke to  on his birthday...I seem a little skeptical...

Easter.

I think that Easter may be my new favorite holiday! First of all, I love being able to focus on the wonderful blessing of the Resurrection of the Savior and the fact that Jesus Christ loved each and every one of us enough to suffer for us so we could return to live with our Him and our Heavenly Father again. Sometimes that fact is too miraculous and awe inspiring for me to accept but on Easter I just seem to have a better grip on it. The first two verses of the hymn "I Stand All Amazed" really sums up my feelings when it says

"I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me,
Confused at the grace that so fully He proffers me;
I tremble to know that for me He was crucified,
That for me, a sinner, He suffered, He bled and died.
O it is wonderful that He should care for me
  Enough to die for me!
  O it is wonderful, wonderful to me!
I marvel that He would descend from His throne divine
To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine;
That He should extend His great love unto such as I,
Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify"

I just feel so grateful for everything that has been done for me so that someday I can have eternal life with my family.  Also included in that gratitude is gratitude for the fact that we have a living prophet upon the earth. Today my wonderful friend David spoke in church before her goes on his mission to Thailand (exciting!) While I was at his church meeting President Monson walked into the building.  I am always amazed and excited when I get to see the Prophet in real life.  Hearing his testimony of the Savior was definitely the highlight of my day.  It is amazing to hear a testimony about the Atonement from a special witness of Christ.  I am such a lucky girl that I get to see the Prophet in such close proximity. 

Another reason that I love Easter is because I have a candy obsession lately and Easter means A LOT of candy. It is just lovely. My family did a fun little egg hunt and it is cute to see all the little kids search for eggs. And it is GREAT to have my grandparents home from Hawaii.  We miss them tremendously and always look forward to when they come home, since family gatherings are not complete without them. Easter (and Christmas)  also means I get to eat DELICIOUS eggs goldenrod (aka my favorite meal in the whole world). Easter is just a great holiday and I have developed a new found appreciation for it this year.

Happy Easter!!!

P.S. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints if that was not apparent, and hopefully that explains some of the things mentioned.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Concerts.

Going to concerts is one of my favorite things to do, even if I only know one of two of the songs that the artist is singing. Last night I went to a free concert (always the best kind!) and it was decent.  Mike Posner was playing and he isn't my favorite but he has a few songs on the radio and if you have a chance to see him for free why not go?  It wasn't exactly my scene but it was still an ok concert and I got to hear both the songs I wanted and it's always fun to go places with Lauren.

Mike Posner Concert
I am a lucky duck when it comes to good concerts coming to Salt Lake and I have been able to see some of my favorite bands perform.  I have three favorites that really stand out as being like the best ones ever.  She & Him is the first one.  It was another free concert and I am so lucky that they came.  Zooey Deschanel is like the cutest person ever and it was super fun to see her in person.  I have most of their songs memorized and that always makes concerts better.  It was way outside and that makes most concerts better and it was one of my favorites. (I know I took some pictures of this concert but I have no idea where I saved it so you will just have to imagine)

Kate Nash is by far one the best artists in the world.  Her songs are just amazing and yet so funny at the same time.  She was a really good performer and it was a super good time. I also know every single one of her songs and I love singing along...especially since it gives me an excuse to sing in a British accent.

High quality phone picture of kate nash singing

Close up of her playing her awesome bubble piano
I went to the Owl City concert last year and it was probably one of my favorites ever.  His opener was Lights and she is super duper amazing and if you haven't heard of her look her up this very instant. I mean it! She is so talented and from the way her music sounds you might think she isn't very good live but she is even better live.  She has so much talent it is amazing.  Owl City was really good too.  His music is totally different from most other people that are popular now and I really like that. He was a good performer and it was a really fun concert. 

Another blurry phone picture of the cool light display
I wish I could go to a concert every weekend! There are so fun and really put me in a good mood. I have not been to nearly enough concerts but hopefully good bands keep coming to utah so I can keep going!!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Cake.

So for the past few days I have been DYING to eat a big piece of chocolate cake. And everyone in my whole house knows because I have been constantly asking them if they have any treats to share with me. So this morning I walked down stairs to grab my breakfast (aka a pop tart, which is basically a treat in and of itself) and I saw this delicious looking cake mix on the table

It looked something like this...or exactly like this
I was obviously insanely jealous of whoever had that delicious cake mix and even contemplated stealing it...not really. But by the time I got back to the house after work I had all but forgotten about the delicious cake mix until someone told me that Rebecca had bought it just for me!!! I was so ecstatic.  I of course had to go and bake the cake right away (and when I say bake I mean watch Paige bake it. Thanks Paige!).  And it turned out something like this...

Thanks to the lovely frosting skills of Emilia since I
apparently can't frost a cake to save my life
It tasted marvelous and I was just so happy that Rebecca bought it for me. That was soooooo nice of her and I definitely didn't deserve it since all I did was whine about how I didn't have any treats. Now that I think about it maybe she bought it just so I would stop whining.... But either way, she is a fabulous person and a wonderful friend. Thanks Becca!!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

College is....

1. Wonderful
       Today for my art history class we went to a lecture by the artist Christo. I thought I had never heard of him but it turns out I have. Him and his wife (jeann-claude) are the brilliant artists responsible for the exhibit of "The Gates" in central park. A few years ago they set up this wonderful project that filled much of central park with these gate sort of things made of orange fabric. They have done tons of other cool stuff but this is probably their most well known project.


I had heard of this project and seen some pictures in the past but I had no idea who the artist was so I was very surprised when I found out I was hearing the artist speak.  He was a very interesting man and it was amazing to be able to hear some of his influences and inspirations for his artwork.  He and his wife completed some of the largest and most memorable exhibits ever.  I am still in awe that I got to listen to and be in the presence of one of the greatest artists of this time! I am so grateful that I have the chance to attend college and especially when I get once in a lifetime chances like this one.

2. Stressful
We only have about a week left of classes before finals and that means that every teacher has decided to assign as many things as they possibly can.  I have so much to do in so little time!! (and yet I am spending like half an hour creating this post...shows where my priorities are) Everyone keeps talking about how we only have like a week left and yes that is true but it is the most stressful week ever!!! And not to mention that after we endure this week of stress we get another week of terrible tests. Now doesn't that sound like a lovely prospect....?

3. Scary
I am just about done with my general requirements to graduate and that means it is time to pick a major. Too bad I have no idea what I want to do with my life or what I would even be good at. The thought of deciding what I will be focusing on for the next three years and most likely working with for the rest of my life is a very daunting idea to me.  Some people are lucky and know exactly what they want to do and I am incredibly jealous of them but I don't even have the slightest idea.  Well I guess I know what I will be thinking about all summer.

Those are my mixed emotions about college not to mention like a hundred other things all going through my mind at once. But to distract myself from all of those thoughts I will just sit and watch this lovely little video from glee last night. Harry Shum Jr. (aka Mike Chang from Glee) is AMAZING and I could watch this over and over again. Not to mention that this is also one of my favorite Jack Johnson songs ever.

Enjoy!




Sunday, April 17, 2011

Boston!

(In case you couldn't tell, I love to travel and by looking at these last posts I apparently travel quite a bit. But keep in mind that these have been spread across the past year they didn't all happen in succession.)

Last month I went to Boston to stay with my aunt and uncle and their adorable little baby. It was a really great trip.  I had never been to Boston before and I really loved it.  We saw some typical tourist stuff but we mostly just hung out.  It was nice to not have to worry about school/work/any other responsibilities.

We went to Fenway park and walked around it.  It is crazy because it is literally right in the middle of the city. Too bad it was march and there obviously wasn't any baseball, but it was still cool to see such a classic baseball place. 

(I apologize for these pictures, I only had my phone as a camera)

We looked right in the stadium and saw the field
I think this is probably a historic statue,
but I just took the picture to prove I was there.
My favorite day of the whole trip was when we drove through New Hampshire and up to Maine for the day. It only took us like an hour to go through 3 states!!! Being from Utah, you can not even get to one different state when you drive for more than an hour.  It was so weird for me to think how small all the states are in the East. 

We went to a little tiny hot dog place that was literally in a shack.  It was funny because one little old lady works there and they don't really have a menu you just have to know what to order.  We all got "the special". The special has mayonnaise and some sort of relish.  I was a little skeptical, but it was actually really good.  We also went to "Bob's Clam Hut" where we had fried clam bellies.  I really like seafood so I thought they were great.  In Maine they have this really gross soda called Moxie.  It tastes like a mix between Dr. Pepper and Coke.  Definitely not my new favorite soda. Basically we did a lot of eating in Maine.

We also spent one day just walking around Boston and seeing some historical sites.  We kind of followed the freedom trail but we made our own path too.  We saw the grave of Paul Revere which was kind of cool. We also saw the "Make Way for Ducklings" statue.  I haven't read the book in forever but the statue was super cute.  I had to take a picture of it for my little sister since we call her ducky.

This is really only a picture of the mom duck
but there are 8 little ducklings following her and
they are so cute!
Also, being the art nerd that I am we had to go to at least one museum so we went to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum.  It was really interesting because it is built in her house which makes for a really interesting way of viewing the museum.  The whole middle of the house has a really nice garden and made for a nice break from the cold Boston weather. 

I had a really good time and I really like Boston and can't wait to go back some day!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Europe!

So this is yet again another post about something that happened a very long time ago but it deserves to be documented. Last summer I got to go to Paris and London as sort of a graduation trip. It was a blast.

Paris was pretty good and I loved going to all the museums but it isn't my favorite city in the world but everyone should go there at least once to see all the amazing sights. Like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Louvre, The Arc de Triomphe and Versailles (excuse any spelling mistakes I made there, yes I took French for seven years but that doesn't mean I was ever good at French spelling.)
One view from the Eiffel Tower

I adored the Musee D'Orsay and I could have spent days there. The art is just so amazing and it is spectacular to see originals or the paintings you have seen so many times. One of the coolest things about that museum is that is is built in an old train station and the architecture is absolutely brilliant because of it.
My favorite thing in the whole museum was The Gleaners by Jean-Fran├žois Millet.  I have seen that painting so many times in multiple different classes and it was like unreal to see it in real life.  I even made my mom sneak a picture of me in front of it with her phone. (sadly she has gotten a new phone since then so I have no documentation that I have actually seen that painting)

Me and Ellie outside the Musee d' Orsay
The Louvre is a must see.  It is literally one of the most gigantic and beautiful buildings I have ever seen. It would probably take you a week to be able to see everything there.  Since we only had an afternoon we took the quick tour and hit all the highlights. I hate to admit that the Mona Lisa was fairly underwhelming.  It was tiny and behind very thick glass. One of the most amazing things in the museum is The Winged Victory. It literally took my breath away.  The way they have it displayed is pure genius. You walk from one room into a giant foyer type thing and it is at the top of a staircase.  

I didn't take this picture but I had to show how it is exhibited.

Versailles was the highlight of the trip for me. It was fantastic!!! The whole time I was there I felt like I should have been wearing a huge ball gown and speaking in a British accent (since they obviously spoke in British accents at Versailles....) The palace was magnificent but the gardens were ridiculously amazing. There were like 18 separate gardens all with their own theme. CRAZY!!!

View from the palace out on the gardens.


Probably the cutest picture of me ever.

Me and my wonderful aunt Kasey. It was the 4th of July
and we were obviously very patriotic.
One of the best parts of Versailles is the village that Marie Antoinette built. Out in the gardens she built herself a little village/farm.  It was so cute but it shows just how extravagant these people were.  If you have ever seen the movie Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst then you have seen snippets of the little village but it is much better/funnier to see it in person.


Cute little mill that she had built, just one of the 7 buildings she had
built for her personal village.

If you ever get the chance to go to Paris then you have to eat at this fantastic little restaurant. They only serve steak and fries so hopefully you like that but even if you don't you still have to go there because you will like this steak.  It was so delicious we went there twice in our 8 days we were there. Oh and you have to go right when it opens or you will never get a table.  (as you can see from the multitude of people waiting outside.)


London

I LOVE London!  This was the second time I have been there and it is probably one of my favorite cities in the whole world.  I just love the vibe and the feel of the city. We only got the stay there for about 3 days but it was all right because I have already seen all the tourist sites when I went the first time so this time we got to do fun stuff.  My studied abroad in London when she was in college so she knows where all the good shops are and the fun things to do. 

We saw some touristy things like Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, and London Bridge (it is actually called Tower Bridge since I think the actual London bridge burned down or something but it is the famous bridge that you see in pictures).  I was dying to go on the London Eye (a huge Ferris wheel! but it was way too expensive we we just looked at it.)


London Eye
Me and my mom with Parliament in the background.
One hilarious thing we did was go see Les Miserables starring none other than Nick Jonas! The play obviously wasn't hilarious since it is an overall pretty sad play but the fact that Nick Jonas was in it made it hilarious.  He actually did pretty well and although it isn't my new favorite play it was an overall good experience.

Anytime I go to London the highlight of my trip is always buying the most amazing candy ever. Percy Pigs!!! They are absolutely fantastic. The first time I went to London my mom bought them for me because pigs are my favorite animal but they turned out to be super delicious. I always HAVE to buy like 10 bags so that I can have some to take home because you can't get them here.  So, if you ever go to London I would LOVE it if you bought me some percy pigs and brought them home to me.

They look like this, and taste like heaven!

While I was googling pictures of the candy I came
across this gem and couldn't help sharing.
This was one of the best trips I have been on and I can not wait to go back and explore more of Europe. It is such an amazing place!!!
P.S. Sorry this is like the longest post ever I just had a lot to say about the trip.

Friday, April 15, 2011

House.

So I live on campus at the University of Utah in a lovely little house that looks something like this.


It is usually great to live in the house except for the one occasion of Friday afternoons. This is when prospective students do tours and one of the stops on the tour is through our house.  They only go on the main floor so you can normally avoid them if you know they are coming, but I was not so lucky today.

Just as I walked through one of the side doors the tour group came into the room and I had to stand awkwardly while all the students and their parents filed through the room.  There had to be at least 50 of them! They all give you little smiles and you can tell they are picturing their own children happily living in this house in a few years.  I felt like I should have been giving off an impression of being an ideal college student but really all I wanted to do was eat my lunch.

Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE living in the house.  Everyone is great and it is one of the best ways I could have imagined spending my first year of college.  Sometimes it just has its inconveniences, but it makes for decent stories...at least in my own mind.

India!!!

Although this happened more than a year ago this blog is mostly just to document my life so I figured I should say something about this.  In February of 2010 I got an amazing opportunity to go to India and do a lot of wonderful service.  It was by far the most amazing trip of my life, and was completely life altering. I absolutely LOVED it.  And hopefully some day I will get to go back to this amazing country and meet more wonderful people.

I hope you like pictures!

View from my hotel window

Just a guy walking down the road carrying a
 TON of stuff
Me with a super cute little boy at the
School for the Blind

One of my favorite girls from the blind school.
She showed me all her jump roping tricks

My group celebrating the Hindu holiday Holi.
It is a celebration of color where all the people take colored powder
and put all over their face and bodies.


This was the line of people waiting at the feeding program.

We all got a chance to help give the people their food.
It was harder than it looks. The food was really hot and
almost burned my hands, but it was still my favorite
experience of the whole trip!

This is my group with the most inspiring woman I have ever met.
Asha started a school for children that live the garbage dumps.

The kids were so excited to have their pictures taken.
And as soon as you took the picture they would run to you
to see the picture on your cameras.
My wonderful group and some kids from the feeding program.
Going to India was so amazing. We met some awe inspiring people and our lives were forever changed.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Oh, what's in a name?

       The name of this blog is fairly obscure so I figured I should explain it.  Most people named Anna have the obvious nickname of "Anna Banana" but  I HATE it when people call me that. My resentment towards that nickname has even possibly effected my feelings towards the fruit.  I am not entirely sure why I abhor bananas but there are two possible reasons 1.People have been calling me Anna banana all my life and i have developed some repressed feelings against the nickname that have extended to the actual fruit or 2. I just simply do not like bananas.  Both are fairly plausible. It is kind of a "which came first? the chicken or the egg?" problem.  Did i dislike bananas first and then the nickname inherited that dislike? Or, did i hate the nickname and then start hating the fruit? I have no idea, I just dislike both and I guess that is how it will always be.
       Since I hate the normal nickname for Anna, my friends have tried to come up with new nicknames to call me. Some examples are "Annie, Little Annie, Big Anne, Anna Avocado, and Anna Apricot (obviously...)." I have therefore decided that Anna Apricot was cute enough to serve as the name of this lovely blog. So that's the super intriguing story of the naming of this blog.

P.S. Anyone reading this (aka no one) better know where the title of this post came from or I don't know what I will do but I will not be happy.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

First Post!

Well hello blogging world.  I have been thinking about this blog for quite some time and it is time for it to come into existance.  Two spoilers about his blog: 1. I am not an avid picture taker so pictures will be limited  and 2. I tend to ramble so be prepared.  I don't have much else important to say in this blog so there it is, my first ever blog post is complete!