CAROLINA

a major pro to nursing school is fall break. what an idea! i’d been promising diana i would come and visit her in north carolina, well, basically since the moment my plane landed on the east coast last may, so last weekend was the perfect time to make an appearance.

north carolina is the furthest south i’ve ever been, and i  was pleasantly surprised with everything it had to offer me. the whole place was completely enshrouded in trees, which made driving equally parts beautiful and confusing, as it is quite possible to drive an extra 17 exits while having a heated conversation and never knowing the difference (oops) due to the fact that everything looks the same: green.

my little trip down south taught me a lot of new things about north carolina, for instance all men will probably wear some variation of a pastel polo with a croakie on their sunglasses, and grits will be on every menu. the trip also taught me a few new life lessons, too, mostly NEVER TO RIDE A GREYHOUND BUS FROM WASHINGTON, DC AT 2 AM. nope. it doesn’t matter if tickets are only 16 dollars. it doesn’t matter if you’ll save time because you’re going through the night. nope. your “bus” will probably end up being nothing more than a mobile homeless shelter containing the dregs of society and their various stenches who opt to carry their belongings in cardboard boxes and garbage bags scattered around haphazardly. if you’re lucky, some guy will intermittently yell at you between bouts at others about his time playing pro football and his veterinarian mother. if ever you find yourself in this position, opt to look as drugged out as the rest of the patrons (even if your disposition is strictly due to insomnia) and dress as androgynously as possible as to deter anyone from talking to you. if you’re really feeling up to it, snap a pic like that captured below at 3 am during a three hour layover in a richmond greyhound station to culminate the experience. (can you tell i had a great time?? if i exhibit symptoms of PTSD now you know why)

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thankfully the trip got really great once i got off the bus because DIANA and BRUNCH. we had biscuits and sweet bread with eggs and homefries, pancakes, orange juice…. everything i needed to remedy the night before.

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(let me clear up any confusion here and now regarding my sweatshirt. i did, in fact, wear it every day while on vacation. actually, i’m wearing it right now, too. that folks, is what happens when all your clothes are in idaho. that, however, is a life lesson for another day. lol)

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diana had a whole host of activities planned for out weekend, giving her the best host of the year award. here we are went to paint night, channelling our inner picasso. it was great. we were the only sober ones up in that wine bar by the end of the night and everybody was a comedian. can’t say i blamed them, though, painting is stressful. i totally understand how that kind of situation could drive you to cut off your own ear.

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another day we hit up the SEGWAY TOUR. when diana text me to see if i’d be down for such an adventure, i met her with a resounding YES because the only thing i like more that making fun of people on segway tours is going on my own. but really, how legit do we look on those things? tourists today are the mall cops of tomorrow!

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downtown raleigh is quaint. i want all of the homes.

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also, we went through the cemetery, which was awesome. i have a strange, somewhat morbid fascination with cemeteries, and so portion of the tour was right up my alley. it was full of confederate soldiers and a few union soldiers who were buried there by accident (lol oops).

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each morning we went to a new place for a little run/ hike. again, TREES! also, snakes in the river!

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of course we had no other option than to go to TCBY afterwards, seeing as we worked there together in high school and consumed so much then that it is an integral part of our beings, both body and spirit. AMEN.

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oh, one more! here we are on another run one day. yelp told me this was the BEST RUNNING TRAIL EVER, so we obviously had to drive 45 minutes to it. well, turns out the beautiful part of the trail was under construction so we ended up running next to the interstate? oops? oh well at least we got this sweaty picture for the grandkids!

all in all a great time with my best friend ever. the older i get the more i realize that being an adult is cool, but having your friends all live far away from you is NOT.

fall time photos.

i’m behind. but in a nutshell, fall has been good. school is busy, but i wouldn’t change anything.

i got my bike back! i never wrote about it, but i got into a bike accident a few months back which resulted in a very broken bicycle. three months later, the bike is back in my possession, and i’ve been so happy ever since. anyway, here’s a few photos of the last few months with friends. IMG_3039bike rides through capitol hill on my way to dinner with friendsIMG_3038babysitting for people who have cool rugs and pay me to watch their sleeping childrenuntitled album - 01never too cool for one direction puzzles as post church activitiesuntitled album - 02my streetuntitled album - 03i got a bad haircut at a beauty school. lol. my bangs. untitled album - 21bloomingdale is something else.untitled album - 22i made seven layer dip for conference brunch because naturally. LOOK HOW GOOD IT LOOKS.untitled album - 04sometimes my snapchats make me question whether or not i am a twelve year old boy. untitled album - 05pretty clouds at an especially hot and muggy nationals gameuntitled album - 06i am so happy that tim is back from his internship- i missed him this summer!untitled album - 07we got matching hats. we’re real fans now.untitled album - 08one day the hankering was so strong for cafe rio that we made my roommate drive us about two hours to cafe rio in a torrential downpour. worth it! every bite! untitled album - 09ethiopian food is a DC trademark, and i like introducing people to it. however, boys hate it. be warned. untitled album - 10my roommate works at a gelato shop. yep. dream come true. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetamy and gelato. a match made in heaven.untitled album - 12my school is patriotic and pretty and i am the only mormon at a catholic school full of muslims.untitled album - 13ritas on the hottest day! man that stuff is good. untitled album - 14my bike! the prodigal son! i love him. untitled album - 15camping in philadelphia. look at those trees! untitled album - 16leaves showing offuntitled album - 17friends on a mountainuntitled album - 18we don’t always go to church in the woods… but when we do we are sure to wear every article of clothing we brought camping with us. untitled album - 19guys i bought a helmet so now i won’t kill myself.untitled album - 20pizza fhe! but i was sick and couldn’t taste it. hell is a pizza party where you have a cold.

an explanation of why i am mattress hunting in washington, dc

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetguess what. i got into nursing school. 

i could have made a bigger deal out of that and fluffed it up, but aren’t you glad i didn’t? here’s the deets:

WHO: me

WHAT: accelerated nursing school

WHEN: starting august 25

WHERE: marymount university, a private university in arlington, va. I’M GOING TO CATHOLIC SCHOOL YA’LL.

WHY: here’s where we can get nitty and gritty. so i’ve always tossed around the idea of being a nurse in the back of my mind. working with nurses in utah was fun, and all my favorite classes at byu were my sciencey ones that involved the body and things that usually would have made normal people squeamish. i didn’t want to do byu nursing because the program is extremely competitive and i have a fear of rejection (i should probably see someone about that). PLUS i really did love my degree in public health, and i learned a ton. at the end of my junior year, i decided i should probably take all my nursing prerequisites just in case i decided i wanted to do nursing school post-grad. you see, there are a plethora of quick, 18ish month programs around the nation that will give post-grads with a bachelor’s degree a bachelor’s of nursing, too. i tailored all my prerequisites towards fulfilling the requirements of the program at the university of utah, then got righteously slapped in the face to find out that the program would be starting at the same time as my required internship, and i had just taken biochemistry and pathophysiology in the same semester for no reason! LOL live and learn, people.

anyway, i came out to dc with really no intention of applying to any schools out here. i planned on riding out this wave of internship, then planned a job in public health and working for a bit. HOWEVER by week two, i knew the office culture wasn’t for me. call me a millennial, but i felt so unfulfilled. every day i went to work i couldn’t help but think there had to be something more to life than sitting at a computer all day. don’t get me wrong, i have learned SO MUCH by doing this internship, and i like it, but i don’t necessarily think it is ME. so, i did some research on schools in the area, fully expecting all the registration dates to be passed. most were, but then i ran across marymount and applied in two or three days. it was a waiting game for a bit, but last week i found out i was accepted. now i’m headed there, and if all goes well and i survive the gauntlet of courses and clinical, i will be a nurse by december 2015. 

HOW: probably by your prayers. and a lot of babysitting jobs and student loanz 4 dayz.

around this town

here’s the 411 of this grand old week of july. 

we had a party on harvard sam’s roof. harvard sam is just that- a kid named sam that goes to harvard. he’s great. also great? THIS ROOFTOP LOCATION. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presethi, hello this is his rooftop view. bless you, building height restrictions! Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preseti hate paying for the bus because generally speaking, i can walk faster than the bus drives in traffic… plus it means i get to leave work earlier for my meetings, which, also a plus. this photo is just a gentle reminder of a perfect day with a BREEZE and only 37% humidity instead of the usual 500%.  Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preseti might be on “official business” at the us capitol, but i have a feeling all the cred that comes with that is negated by the fact that i regularly carry a child’s backpack as a purse. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetlast week we signed on a new place! yep! lookie here what a beaut! in full disclosure, we are actually living in that hole basement in the lower righthand corner and one of the bedrooms has no windows, but it is charming and perfect. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetalso this church is around the corner, so i am feeling right at home in all my sins. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preseton fridays we have meetings with various big wigs in washington instead of doing internships. last week we had one at the us treasury where we had to get about a gillion background checks and carry special passes. the ceiling ended up being more interesting to me than the actual speaker, so i spent much of the time gawking upward. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetoutside the treasury. all the columnsProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 presetdc has a plethora of good restaurants. they are making me broke. i like the ones devoted to salads. dc is probably the healthiest place in the nation, and i laugh every time i see a businessman walking down the street holding one of these salad pods. it is a common occurrence, so i spend most of the day in stitches, as you can expect. double points if they’re wearing a fitbit, too. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetanother gem? THE FOOD TRUCKS! my intern friend and i spend an embarrassing amount of time some days stalking the cookie truck. the chocolate chip! the nutella! the oatmeal raisin! they are all spectacular. one day he was close, so we went after our briefings. this number is an oatmeal raisin topped with coffee ice cream. eaten after my salad lunch, naturally. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presettaken after i probably exclaimed something like, “COOKIE TOAST! LET’S MAKE EVERYONE JEALOUS!”IMG_2393another highlight of my week? picking up my bike. i didn’t write about my accident yet, but to make a long story short, i was riding down this streetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetand it turned into this hill….IMG_2398and i lost control and ended up running into this treeProcessed with VSCOcam with g3 presetand falling off and blacking out.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetand it completely effed my bike fork. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetexpensive repairs are on the horizon. but in the words of john legend, “… cuz all of me loves all of you, love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections”

if you’d like to contribute to the bike fund, venmo me. (jk)

friends that get married

IMG_2471this weekend we went to a wedding in philadelphia. two of my friends from byu married each other. is there anything better than having two people, both of whom you genuinely think are the best, decide to be together forever? nope. actually, finding one of those for yourself would probably be better, but whatever i’ll be happy anyway.

so, um, sorry about getting nothing but crap photos. the best one i took was of a salad, but i think that just goes to show you how great of a time we were having. so, here you have a series of blurry shots that i should have deleted, but couldn’t. YAY

i hung out with these two all weekend. they are great. i’ve never eaten so many french fries in one weekend, but when you’re road tripping with boys you WILL end up going to five guys at 11 am and you don’t say no.IMG_2473westchester, pa is a pretty place. it is a straight forest. the reception was in my friend’s backyard, which is putting it lightly, as she lives on an ESTATE and it was wonderful. she was beautiful, he was dapper, and marshall was a great dj. blake and i broke it down on the dance floor like champs/ provided the comic relief for all the people who were forced to watch us get down. sorry everyone. IMG_2472IMG_2476anyway, i give you mr. and mrs. danny gessel. what a couple. i’m so incandescently happy for the both of you. Processed with VSCOcam with b5 presetcan i just say that it has been one helluva summer?     

a few days on a tributary of a tributary of chesapeake bay

nope, that title is not a typo.

last week i went to chesapeake bay with a few friends to work at my friend’s boss’s cabin. IMG_2367the place was right on the water, and had so much east coast charm, i almost wanted to vomit because places like these are TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. IMG_2366we spent most of friday working for our keep. i trimmed and hedged bushes, taking all my aggression out on overgrown trees and shrubs while looking like a total badass in high water pants, tall socks, running shoes, and rubber bands to keep the ticks out of my pants, because i am a public health major, and if there is one thing i know, it is that NOBODY GOT TIME FOR LYME DISEASE! IMG_2365the boys shingled a roof. i read my kindle with this view behind me. IMG_2368after a full day’s work, bob took us out on his boat. here we are looking like goobers who definitely don’t know how to tie up a boat to a dock and have no idea what “starboard” means. IMG_2363we tooled around in the water, then docked at a restaurant and ate all the seafood we could muster.IMG_2362 these crab cakes should be renamed CRACK CAKES they were so good. also, bob was such a good sport to take us west coast freaks out. also, he was wearing sperry’s and i felt so privileged to see sperry’s in their natural boat habitat! it was almost a spiritual experience. IMG_2364my favorite time on a lake is either the very early morning when the sun rises, or the golden hour before it sets and the water is all shimmery and dewey and dreamy (i hate it when people say that word. i actually wrote it sarcastically, so please read it that way. THANKS!) also, i took this selfie because i was on a boat, and this is the good side of my face. i’ll tell you about the bad side of my face in my next post and things will make a lot more sense, but take this as photographic evidence that I WAS INDEED ON THAT BOAT WEARING MY CROOKED SUNGLASSES! IMG_2361LIFE ADVICE: when you get old, buy a few houses on chesapeake bay, then make 20-somethings come do slave labor for you. take them out for crab cakes. they’ll think you’re all that and a bag of chips. 

 

weekday snapshots

hi welcome back!
14210726039_74cb28e8a6_bi found a new way to walk home this week and was automatically happier. i’m a big fan of downtown dc and its big city feel but with a SKYLINE.14210733459_8ac630ef3f_bone day i put my hair in a bun and it was the best bun i’d ever had, so i just had to document it and now it is on the internet for everyone to see.

14210747219_7ce7debe4f_bweekends around here generally involve karaoke at wok n roll. there’s lots of gyrating and sweat.14210766689_4986d936e3_bi found a new-to-me trail near the least smelly portion of the potomac! it is so beautiful and green. also, who wants to join the crew team with me…14210787880_b6b4ec29cf_zanother great perk of working in the nation’s capital is the city’s extreme eye for detail and beautification. walking to work is often an interesting juxtaposition of bums sleeping to my left and workers planting flowers to my right. 14210942697_7ea883f2d7_bafter-work chill session outdoor movie extravaganza14396284154_cba65b9521_boutdoor movie in NoMa. hi bradley, hi rainclouds
14396311454_982cf9b382_bfood truck empanadas! melty cheese heaven i want to live inside14394027871_82c1133b98_bSO HAPPY TO NOT BE UNDER FLUORESCENT LIGHTS AT WORK14397400405_8ac60672bd_bjazz in the garden is one of the simple pleasures of life in dc, here’s a photo of one million 20-somethings gathered around, listening to smooth, sensual saxophones.

14396030012_45086c03d4_b giving directions around here is great because you generally get to say things like “turn left at the national archives” 14396031142_003a86a08e_zhow adorable are these friends? some of the girls and i had this brainchild to take a bunch of snacks to eat at jazz in the garden last weekend, so we loaded up on all the essentials: bread, fruit, three kinds of cheese, crackers, hummus, carrots, nuts, dried fruit, etc to take along with us. we had a trailer trash-esque cheese pairing in which i proceeded to slice apples with a plastic knife and use a bed sheet for a cheeseboard and open everyone’s eyes to the sport of cheese pairing. it was wonderful. 14374275766_6e90a2cb17_bjazz in the garden at the national gallery of art begged baguettes, so i carried this one on the metro like it was my day job (i wish carrying baguettes was a job) 14394044081_b09cf7be55_zon sunday i explored the city until i ran into a park where a serious community jam session was happening complete with bongos, wind instruments, pianos, dancing, hula hooping, and general merry-making. i want to be there every sunday14374286556_bd60f5102e_bthese guys mesmerized me with their dance fight/kicking for a good 20 minutes.
14394030881_f4a8fb6864_btrue or false: it is going to rain in NoMa14394040081_17d2563571_bwe ventured out to potomac, maryland for a bbq on saturday. bbqs are a vegetarian nemesis. don’t be fooled, that was just a hamburger bun with cheese on it and the potato salad was infiltrated with bacon. nevertheless, this was a quintessential summer night

14394041051_988b4702c4_zshowcasing our croquet “talent” seemed pretty east coast
14396017022_092208b484_bthe exact spot where MLK began his speech at the march on washington. chills
14396322344_c9abf7cd59_bsundates: me, my bike, and curb sitting & listening to smooth jazz in adams morgan≈
14397421785_93708e8288_bsriracha wall. this must be what heaven looks like14397421785_93708e8288_z 14417547993_6b77527908_brunning past the ww2. idaho always catches my eye no matter what14417559943_32f19c52e4_zlast weekend this freak thing happened where i went on two dates in one night. this was date intermission, passing through georgetown and laughing because my life is hilarious and weird.
14417567893_2c2bb02cee_bbike night rides past the mlk memorial. there is just something about riding around beneath the glowing lights, parking next to the jefferson memorial, and sitting on the edge of the pond for a good long chat next to that murky abyss below. life lately for me is full of those WOW moments that aren’t especially special in and of themselves, but hint at being important and beg for remembrance. that is why i snap photos; because small events creep away, but those small moments also make up a life.