Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Now get ready for a "HOLY FREAKING CRAP' rendition of
The Harry Potter theme :)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

the wausau loner.

when i first started telling people i was going to wausau to be a reporter, few people knew where that even was. but one of my friends had heard a lot about the city because of a particular twitter account he followed -- the wausau loner.

as the story goes, two years ago, there was a zombie apocalypse in wausau. 99% of the population died, leaving behind a trail of undead bodies and not many clues as to how everything started unravelling -- save the memories of a green flash of light and the remnants of their crumbling civilization. now in 2011, the wausau loner and his crew continue their quest to take on the zombies and avenge their nearly-lost society. 

...awesome, right?

well, i found out the guy who did the tweets lived around here and arranged to do a halloween story with him this week. i interviewed him about why he started doing these serial tweets (it's like a book, told 140 characters at a time) and how the past few years have been for him. it was an interesting story -- you can watch it by clicking here.

anyway, while i was working on the story, the author asked me what i was doing two years ago. i told him i was in school, working on my journalism degree. i was delighted to find out he wrote me into the story over the past few days -- as anna, the WAOW intern who captured video on a flip camera as zombies started taking over the north-central wisconsin area. COOL!!
so although i'm still far from famous, my legacy will live on via twitter's zombie apocalypse.

Friday, October 28, 2011


This is beautiful.
Watch the whole thing.
It's amazing:)


Monday, October 24, 2011

Things that make me cry

The most adorable Proposal ever
(Jaime posted this on FB. You may have seen it)

Hearing Herself for the First Time
(I posted this on FB. Again, you may have already seen it :)

Two men raise a lion cub until he's full grown & release him into the wild.
A year later they go to Africa to find him...this is their reunion.
Pretty popular story, but it's my favorite.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

what you've been missing.

dear people who have DVR.
here is what you're missing out on -- 

the truthfulness and honesty of this girl?
seriously adorable.

the thumbs-up on this one?
seriously hilarious.

the attractiveness of my favorite leading man?
seriously undeniable.
(p.s. micae may love this one)

here are the two songs i have been jamming to this weekend.

Thursday, October 20, 2011


if you haven't seen this yet...you've been missing out. it still amazes me what a great voice she really has. and that other girl is just so adorable as her groupie hahah. and i just love the second vid because i love ellen and she really does just make everyone's dreams come true. (:

and these guys i am honored to call some of my good friends here at BYU (: they have amazing voices (at least two of them are MDT majors (musical dance theatre)) and acting/songwriting skills/abilities to make music videos...they just have all the hook-ups. and they are all beautiful. and you will love this song. i promise you!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

just learning to sit up

waking up from a nap, fuzzyhead does what he does best...ham it up for the camera :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

pictures on a whole other level.

this just looks awesome. 

technology, man.
they're cloning sheep and everything.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Upgrading your Bed

For the last couple weeks I've been waking up with a sore neck.  I thought maybe it was the stress of work or maybe the position in which I was sleeping.  I have a tendency to sprawl across the whole bed.  I like my head leaning over the edge on my side and my feet almost all the way on Jon's side of the bed.  Jon's solution for the problem?  Get a bigger bed.  If I could sprawl how I wanted I wouldn't wake up hurting.

Getting a bigger bed isn't really an option in a house that was built in 1957.  The rooms are designed for full sized beds as it is.  Also, a new bed is expensive and not something in our budget.  So, no new bed?  What was the solution that you should try?  A brand spanking new pillow!!!  I got one at Ross for $9.99.  It's the most firm pillow I have ever owned.  I totally sleep like a baby and wake up with no sore neck and no crankasaurus rex problems now.  Well, no crankasaurus rex problems as long as Jon hasn't stolen all of the covers.

And since we all love pictures, here are some older pictures that fit with this Try-me Tuesday.

Koda wanted to upgrade his bed.  So, he figured out a great way to get his wish.  Destroy the other one.  Yes, that green thing is his blankie and if you were wondering if he pulls it around the house with him, the answer is yes as well.  He's like the dog version of Linus.

Koda with his upgraded bed.  The head at the bottom of the picture is his stuffed pheasant who he can't sleep without.

And just so Star doesn't feel left out.  Our new pillows are so wonderful that her snuggles don't even wake us up anymore... or they don't wake me up at least.
So... try it.  A new pillow or a new bed.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

talented friends.

i may not have a lot of cool skills, but i like to think i've at least surrounded myself with people who are incredible at a lot of awesome things.

here's a video of my friend john doing what he does best -- dancing.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Precious Moments.

My dad sent me an email today with some tender stories. Today's lesson is that we all could be a little more caring. (Especially because it is so cold outside.)

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once
Talked about a contest he was asked to judge.
The purpose of the
Contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was:

1. A four-year-old child, whose next door
neighbor was an elderly gentleman, who had recently lost his
wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old
Gentleman's' yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.
When his mother asked him what he had
said to the neighbor, the little boy just said, 'Nothing, I just
Helped him cry.'


2. Teacher Debbie Moon's first graders were
discussing a picture of a family. One little boy in the picture
had a different hair color than the other members. One of her
students suggested that he was adopted.
A little girl said, 'I know all about
Adoption, I was adopted..'

'What does it mean to be adopted?', asked
another child.

'It means', said the girl, 'that you grew
in your mommy's heart instead of her tummy!'

************************ *********************

3. On my way home one day, I stopped to
watch a Little League base ball game that was being played in a
park near my home. As I sat down behind the bench on the first-
base line, I asked one of the boys what the score was
'We're behind 14 to nothing,' he answered
With a smile.

'Really,' I said. 'I have to say you
don't look very discouraged.'

'Discouraged?', the boy asked with a
Puzzled look on his face...

'Why should we be discouraged? We haven't
Been up to bat yet.'

*********************** **********************

4. Whenever I'm disappointed with my spot
in life, I stop and think about little Jamie Scott.

Jamie was trying out for a part in the
school play. His mother told me that he'd set his heart on being
in it, though she feared he would not be chosen..

On the day the parts were awarded, I went
with her to collect him after school. Jamie rushed up to her,
eyes shining with pride and excitement.. 'Guess what, Mom,' he
shouted, and then said those words that will remain a lesson to
me....'I've been chosen to clap and cheer.'


5. An eye witness account from New York
City , on a cold day in December,
some years ago: A little boy,
about 10-years-old, was standing before a shoe store on the
roadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering
With cold.

A lady approached the young boy and said,
'My, but you're in such deep thought staring in that window!'

'I was asking God to give me a pair of
shoes,' was the boy's reply.

The lady took him by the hand, went into
the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks
for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water
and a towel. He quickly brought them to her.

She took the little fellow to the back
part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed
his little feet, and dried them with the towel.

By this time, the clerk had returned with
the socks.. Placing a pair upon the boy's feet, she purchased him
a pair of shoes..

She tied up the remaining pairs of socks
and gave them to him.. She patted him on the head and said, 'No
doubt, you will be more comfortable now..'

As she turned to go, the astonished kid
caught her by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears
in his eyes, asked her:

'Are you God's wife?'

Ps. Sorry I'm such a lackadaisical blogger:(

100 Dresses - more than your average children's play

Click the link to watch the video from KSL's 5 o'clock news!

'100 dresses' play inspires real-life fundraiser by 5th graders | ksl.com

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Playing White Elephant Photo Exchange

World's worst blogger here.  I signed on and saw every one's awesome posts and decided that I wanted to participate in the awesomeness again.  So... here it goes.

Jon's family has a tradition on family vacations to do a white elephant gift exchange.  Each person can spend $5 on their gift and it has to be something that you find on vacation.  In Asia this was pretty easy.  The winner was Aimee's Top Ramen Toilet Paper Holder.   In Jamaica David won with the dog tooth that he got for free from a man with a tooth collection that he admired.  This year, we decided to forgo the gift buying because France and Switzerland were significantly more expensive than our last two trips.  Instead we all had to take pictures of the weirdest/ grossest thing we could find.

Jon and I took this game very seriously.  We searched and searched for oddities.  And... we won!

Here are a few of our runner up pictures, with the last picture being the cake winner.
Jon found a Four-leaf Clover in the Gardens of Versailles
Portrait of a dying queen in the Louvre.  We couldn't decide if the queen was male or female.

Baby face in an old school toilet.  The hole leads down to Lake Geneva.
Speaking of old school toilets.  We hadn't seen any like this since Malaysia.  Your feet go on the foot marks and you squat.  We all opted to hold it at this rest stop.
Fuzziest and biggest slug I have ever encountered.
 If you are faint of heart, you may want to look away now.  The rest of these are kind of grotesque, but they are the pictures that helped us win.

Smiling skull in the Catacombs of Paris.  6 million corpses were thrown down here during the Black Plague.

Bloated dead fish hanging out in the moat of one of the castles we visited.  Of course there were little kids throwing rocks at it to see if it might pop.

Dead rat all curled up in the roots of a tree near Pont D'Avignon.
Dead bird hanging out at the Roman Amphitheater in St Remy.
Winner!  Winner!  Chicken Dinner!  You are probably catching on to our theme at this point and realizing that this is probably not a garbage bag.  It is in fact a pile of body bags.  Jon and I stopped with David and Aimee at a French Cemetery because they are very different than American ones.  Families share a common crypt.  One of the crypt doors was rusted open and we used the camera to see inside because it was very dark.  This is what we saw.  A stack of about 20 body bags.  YUCK!!
So... I don't think I would try taking pictures inside of a grave or crypt again.  But, I would suggest that you try a photo white elephant exchange.  It's really fun to see who can come up with the weirdest stuff.  Trust me, the other families had awesome submissions as well.  The Mason's for example took a tour of Des Egouts de Paris... look up a translation and you will understand why they were probably second runners up.

Monday, October 3, 2011

So wrong yet...

I can't stop giggling.

The first one is more adorable, than wrong...

This one I feel a little more guilty for laughing at...

Ahhhhh, Youtube.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

red light on hope street.

umm...this is adorable.
even though it says not to let love pass you by, i think anything goes.
don't let life pass you by -- whatever you want, just go for it.

also, whoever updated the background -- LOVE IT ( :