Thursday, December 30, 2010

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Last January I wrote a post about a junk yard I saw off the side of the freeway on the way back to school. It is with a sad heart that I announce that my little red baby wagon, the Ford Escort SE, has gone to just such a place.

She was a valiant car (aren't all cars girls?), who made it through 2 teens learning to drive, a head-on with the house, a rear-end collision with an Idaho hillbilly, and was finally thwarted by an icy road and a cement median in podunk Idaho.

She will be missed, especially as I walk myself around Rexburg in the middle of the winter.

She served as my get-away car, my partner in crime, my location for many a photo shoot. She had zip and grit. She carried her battle scars proudly and with strength.

Wagon, my friend, rest in peace.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy Birthday

She's a cut above, that mother of mine. Always doing what needs to be done and fighting the good fight. I love her bunches and think that she is just the bees knees. Do bees even have knees? If they do, they must be freaking awesome because my mom is.

Happy Birthday Mom. You're a lady and a scholar, I love you.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Missing You

While today is my dad's birthday, it was also my Aunt Shelly's, his older sister. Shelly recently passed away and our family is feeling the loss keenly this season.

I have memories of my dad calling Shell every year on this day, joking with her about how she got the best birthday present ever, him. I know he missed her today, as did all of our family.

Shelly lived a beautiful life, and we'll continue to remember her and honor that fact.

Happy Birthday, Shelly. We love you.

Papa Wallwork

My dad was born today, and thus began the life of a true hell-raiser. Some of the stories I've heard about his childhood are kind of ridiculous. Fires, cutting down trees, selling a faulty car to his shop teacher are just a few.

For all his gruff, he's really the sweetest guy I know. He's endlessly generous and genuinely enjoys giving to others. It's definitely something I admire about him.

From him, I was lucky enough to inherit the Wallwork short legs and long torso. Let's not forget my unibrow that I'm not always the most diligent about keeping under wraps. I also inherited his love of listening to music loudly and the enjoyment of good food.

He's always encouraged me to do what makes me happy, even if he doesn't necessarily understand why it does.

I love my dad, and I know he loves me.

Happy Birthday, old man!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Cosmically Awesome!

It's finally happened! The universe has shifted. The fates have come together. The cosmics have aligned. Dare I say, that I am a little golden today?

One of my short stories was accepted for publication at an online lit magazine. It doesn't pay anything, and honestly, it's probably not that hard to get accepted there, but I'm excited none the less.

My short story, "Waiting", will be published in the February 2011 issue of Blue Lake Review. I wrote the story for a class, and submitted it for publication as a final assignment. And it got accepted. This has seriously made my year. I'm so pumped up I just want to write for days! Maybe when I get home...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Do I Know You?

It's been what, like 8 days since I last posted? We're in full out finals mode here in Idaho, people, and I've been forced hunker down and get serious.

For the past couple days, I've had my days and nights mixed up. Up all night, sleeping for hours during the day. Just 6 more days and I will be on the road home.

Christmas is my favorite time of year, I can't wait to sit in my living room and stare at the tree lights. I definitely need this opportunity to recharge and prepare for my last semester of college. Eek!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I'm in a very 80's teen comedy mood today. I think I'll watch some of the classics while working on projects today.

A little Girls Just Want to Have Fun perhaps?

Pretty in Pink is a must.

Maybe even some Sixteen Candles.

Also, Teen Witch is not to be ignored...

Monday, November 29, 2010


Random image I found after googling "thankful"

I know I'm late, but I never told the world what I was thankful for. I'll make a list.

1. Family. I know everyone thinks that their family is the best(the rest of the world is clearly deluded in this belief), but mine really is quite fantastic.
2. Education. I know I whine constantly about having to go to class, but buried deep under all that resentment is gratitude. Less than a 100 years ago few colleges even allowed women admittance. I'm lucky.
3. My sense of humor. Not to toot my own horn, but I crack myself up every day. It makes living in an icebox a little less horrible.
4. Cute stuff. I don't want to sound incredibly shallow or superficial, but I really just feel better when I'm wearing cute stuff. Especially if said cute stuff is covered in bows, lace, or a mixture of the two.
5. Blue skies. I miss joy riding with the windows down and the stereo turned up. It makes me happy!
6. Hanging with my mom. She's one of my best friends. Even if we're not talking, I just feel good around here. We love giggling together! I appreciate her more and more as I get older.
7. My pops. He's pretty cool too!
8. Katie. I kind of have to put her on the list now don't I? Kidding. We don't always get along, but she's been there for me when I've needed her. Most of the time. ;)
9. Music. Songs get stuck in my head and I have to listen over and over. It makes me feel connected.
10. Friends. Due to a lack in that department this semester, I appreciate the friends I do have more than ever.
11. The Gospel. Like anyone, I go through stages of less enthusiastic worship, but I am thankful for the Atonement of Christ and His love for me. I need to do a better job of showing it.
12. Books. The written word does and will always fascinate me. The stringing together of sentences and stories is beautiful to me.
13. Lists. Haha, just kidding! Though you all know how I love a good list!

Be thankful ladies and gents. We have a lot more than others do. It doesn't hurt to remember that.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Check this hot number from Forever 21. It's all demure in front, and kind of rock n' roll in the back. I like it!

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Happy Thanksgiving all! Are you feeling my turkey centerpiece?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Word (more or)less Wednesday

Feeling nostalgic today. Here are some pics from my past.

Kindergarten- September '94

Julie, Katie, and I - Christmas 2005

New Year's Eve 2005

Senior Prom- May 2007

Sunday, November 14, 2010


I'm kind of in love with this room.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


I'm slightly obsessed with the pairing of havarti cheese and french bread. Deee-vine. Seriously. They're like best buddies. Penn and Teller. Sigfried and Roy. Sherlock and Watson. Well, you get the idea. They make a good team.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Art Feeling

So I'm in this Flower Arranging class. And if you're my Facebook friend, then you know sometimes I complain that we don't always discuss flowers. Today turned into one of those days. We started out learning about how silk flowers are made. We watched a video of factory workers in Asia.

In the video, the narrator said not to think of them as slave labor because they earn 4 times as much as their parents did.

After the video our professor posed a question to us.

"Do you agree with that? Do you think they're being treated as slave labor or are you okay with it?"

Thus prompted group discussions that led into other topics and to the story of our "art feeling".

Our teacher spoke of a professor he had once in college that questioned him about how he was inspired,how he liked to create etc. She called it your "art feeling". He asked us how we like to create, about what inspires us.

Our assignment for next class is to write about our "art feeling" and to research the origins of a product we've always been curious about.

I'd thought I'd take a second to write about my "art feeling".

I see inspiration in every situation. As a writer, I am constantly observing what is going on around me. What people are saying, how they are walking and the way they are dressed. I look at how they react to each other, and their hand gestures. I find it fascinating that we each relate to others differently.

Often snippets of scenes, like in a movie, scroll through my mind. Many of these scenarios are written in my notebook of possible story ideas.

I love color. And texture, and pattern, and combinations with gusto. I especially love lace, and sparkles, and bows, and soft pinks. They feel ultra feminine, and I like it. I see things like that and feel more in tune with myself as a female. I'm not saying that if you don't like that stuff you're not girly, I guess I'm just super girly.

I love to create things. To build something up from nothing. I like the feeling of success, the joy of completing something and trying something new.

I feel this compulsion to make things, to create. It's like a pulsing in my heart. If I could do nothing but craft and write and bake all day every day, I would be incandescently happy.

Music inspires me, it gives me a rhythm to my creating, but silence inspires me also. Staring out a window to the world beyond, just sitting there is when I feel most connected to this world. I watch the goings on and marvel that we are living on a creation, that we are creations ourselves.

It's been said before, but it's never really sunk in before. As human beings, the need to create is inherent in us. As children of God, the ultimate creator, he wants us to be like him. He wants us to create and learn for ourselves. To share our talents with others. I love it. It makes my stomach feel fuzzy and warm.

I learn more about my Heavenly Father as I make things. I feel a smidgen of what He felt after He created us at the completion of a project.

I don't know if I'm articulating myself in a way you understand. Creation is God's gift to us. We should use it. Go forth and figure out what you love, what inspires you.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Be Still My Heart

Everything about this shirt makes my heart thump. The puffy black bow, the stark white polka dots and the vintagey gilded frame surrounding it. It's from Torrid as are many of my favorite pieces this season. It's a shame that it costs $28 for a tshirt. I'll stalk this one too, but it's so cute it's not likely to show up on clearance anytime soon, if ever.

I need a size 1 in case you were wondering. 'Tis the season and all that jazz...


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Deliciousness in a Can

I found these babies at Ross On Saturday for $3.99. I thought "Eh, I want a treat maybe these will be good." I wasn't expecting too much, as it is Ross after all. Anyways, they are delicious! Really fresh and crispy with a creamy chocolate center. Look for them!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Today was my aunt's funeral. It was beautiful. Full of love and laughter and music. Beautiful music.

I got to listen to my aunts,uncles, and cousins tell stories about Shelly. They were lovely. I found myself wishing that I could have half as nice stories told at my funeral.

I have a memory of Shelly from when I was about 9 or 10 years old. For my birthday she took me to lunch with her daughter Julie. We ate at Wasabi and I got my very own rice bowl. We went to some cute store next, and she let me pick out a gift of my choice.

I ended up selecting a green velvet date book, because what 9 year old doesn't have a need for a planner right? She tried to get me to buy something else, but I was adamant. I went home with that date book and I think I still have it in a drawer somewhere.

I treasured it. To me,it was a sign that I was mature, because mature people had datebooks. I wrote random events down, like church on Sunday or school on Monday. Every time I looked at that book, I thought of my Aunt Shelly buying it for me. I'll always remember that.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Last night my aunt, Shelly Wallwork Catton, passed away. After a battle with cancer, she went home to live with our Heavenly Father.

Today, I am incredibly grateful that I know about the plan of salvation. I know that Shelly was greeted by friends and family that love her. I know that I will see her again, and I know that she is happy.

Though I am sad that she's no longer with us, I know that it's not forever.

She was a kind, sweet, and gentle woman very much loved by her family. We will miss her greatly.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

AoG Day 7

Tonight, I am grateful for Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Milk Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Bars. They remind me of family dinners at my grandparent's house on Loganberry. Add in a 2 liter of Squirt and a big plastic bowl of watermelon and that about sum sums up my childhood.

This familial memory comes at a time where I am greatly missing my family. We're going through a hard time right now, and I want to be with them very badly. It's not much, but it makes me feel connected a little bit.