Thursday, December 30

2010 Album of the Year

Out of all the albums that came out this year, I most definitely have a favorite.

Volume 2 by She & Him.
I think it is all I listened to in the month of April.
I love it sooooo much!
And then I got to see Zooey in concert (for free!!!) in August, and it was wonderful.

There is something magical about this duo.

Monday, December 27


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.
~Miss Piggy

James McAvoy and Christina Ricci from Penelope

Now I want to watch Penelope.

What's in a name?

Names are interesting things...

The origin of my name is from Star Trek.
{something I think is pretty awesome}
The most beautiful girl created was named Rayna.

{She died from emotional stress
and the way college is going, I think this might be a foreshadowing}

And then my mom learned Spanish and that Reina means queen.
And then she changed the spelling to Reyna to make it a name instead of a title.

And then there was me.
{in all my glory: cowboy boots, the beach, and a mcflurry. Brilliant.}

What about your name?
I am most curious to learn where it is from.
Where your parents first heard it.
Are you named after someone?

Tell me.

Thursday, December 23

Quote of Goodness

"Unless you are fully engaged in living the gospel--living it with all of your 'heart, might, mind, and strength' (D&C 4:2)--you cannot generate enough spiritual light to push back the darkness."

~Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, "Out of Darkness into His Marvelous Light," Ensign, May 2002, 71.

Tuesday, December 21

Pretty Things for the Holiday Season

Here are some lovely Christmasey pictures to help you feel some whimsy and delight of the season.

All images from weheartit

Monday, December 20

Whimsy and Magic, Winter and the Moon

There is lunar eclipse tonight, in case you didn't know.
The best part?
It's happening on the Winter Solstice.
There are very few things as magical as a lunar eclipse.
And even fewer as magical as Midwinter.
I'm sad that it doesn't snow in Florida, so I'm missing that little piece of magic.

The point is, this is it.
This is your only chance to see a lunar eclipse at Midwinter.
Because the next one is going to be in 2094 (so says the Washington Post).
So I would advise you not to miss it.
It's kind of a big deal.
If you're into that sort of thing.

Sunday, December 19

Last Minute Gift Guide: Your Mother Who Steals All Your Books and Always Makes You Eat Your Veggies

A Dozi Pocket Planner to help her stay organized.

Some more of her favorite hand lotion that's running low.

A pretty pear painting for her kitchen, since she always has buckets of fruit on the table.

Reusable snack baggies that she can throw into the washing machine.

The Housekeeper and the Professor, so you can have your copy back.

Saturday, December 18

Elizabeth Bennet's Email Inbox

Thank you, English Muse for sharing Famous Inboxes

Last Minute Gift Guide: Your Brother Who Writes Awesome Songs on the Guitar and Learned to Read from Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin and Hobbes artwork to hang up next to his mirror so he can practice making faces.

A cool holder for all his guitar picks.

One of the lovely new Harry Potter books since his originals are all falling apart.

A rad Constitutional t-shirt, so he can tell everyone what he thinks when they comment on it.

Miss Liberty America

Finally, a beauty pageant that Miss Congeniality could win without any trouble.

From the website:
Miss Liberty America is dedicated to discovering America's elite feminine patriots and giving them the opportunity on a national stage to showcase their patriotism, intelligence, beauty, and talent. The ultimate mission is to promote liberty, the military, and the documents of our founding fathers. The contestants will be judged in categories of:
~personal interiew
~evening gown
~questions regarding the documents of America's founding fathers
This will be the first pageant of its kind to introduce competency in the handling, safety, and use of firearms, and CPR.

So funny to me.

Friday, December 17

The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairie

I'm so very excited!
I have a ballet class that begins in January.

I took ballet a long time ago and loved it.
I can't wait to put on those shoes.
I was a ballerina for Halloween.
See?Me with two of my lovely ladies, Princess BubbleGum from Adventure Time and Astrid from How to Train Your Dragon

I know that it is too late, but I still want to dance the part of the Sugar Plum Fairie.
This time of year always reminds me of this, and of how much I am in love with the elegance and balance and discipline of ballet.

Death by dishes

Just another reason why I don't mind being single.
I do love being on my own.
I value my independence.

I just need to remind myself of that when I see all my newly married friends enjoying themselves this Christmas...

Monday, December 13


Let me take a moment to brag.

This is the first finals week that I won't be pulling all nighters and rushing to do ridiculous cleaning checks.
This is the first finals week of my college career that I feel a little bit relaxed.
Maybe because I'm an underachiever
(you know, keep everyone's expectations low, so that they're pleasantly surprised when you actually do well).
Maybe because I'm only taking 12.5 credits and about half of those were block classes, so I did the finals back in October.
Maybe because I'm in a class that is actually called Leisure in Contemporary Society.

The point is, 2 finals today.
Go home Wednesday.
1 final on Friday, emailed from Professor, done from my couch at home.


Florida, here I come.

Saturday, December 11

Things I have learned from Indiana Jones

Bad dates can kill you.

 Here's a picture of Indy for your enjoyment. 

Thursday, December 9

Nursery Rhymes

Yesterday, my roommate was laying on my bedroom floor reading a book.
She came across a whole bunch of nursery rhymes and was excited, because apparently she wasn't familiar with any of them.
I was shocked.
I thought everyone knew all the nursery rhymes!
She was amazed that I could recite all the ones she named.

Is this surprising to anyone else?
Please tell me that you know all those rhymes.
I have no idea where I learned them all.
They've just always been floating around in my head.

My favorites are Goldilocks

Goldilocks, Goldilocks, wilt thou be mine? Thou shalt not wash dishes, nor yet feed the swine, But sit on a cushion and sew a fine seam, And feed upon strawberries, sugar, and cream.

and How Many Miles to Babylon?

How many miles to Babylon? Three-score and ten. Can I get there by candle-light? Yes, there and back again. If your heels are nimble and light, You will get there by candle-light.

I love nursery rhymes.
They're so fun to say and so traditional.
I love traditional things.

What are your favorite rhymes?

Friday, November 26

Holly and Jolly


After waiting and waiting and having to put up with roommates hating the music I began playing in October, it's finally here!


My favorite.

I love:
the feelings in the air
the bundling up to go out into the snow
the warm fires
the way my house looks, all cozy and peaceful with the tree and garlands (thanks, Mom!)
the music
the food
the family
the wonderfulness that is Christmas


Tuesday, November 23


Tonight we are supposed to be getting a massive blizzard.
BYU keeps sending me texts warning me about it.
Biggest storm in years, apparently.

So we did what any smart college students would do:
We plugged in our computers so we can watch movies if the power goes out.
We charged our phones and ipods.
Christine bought granola bars and ritz crackers.
I'll supply the peanut butter.

I'll post some pictures tomorrow.
Of the storm, I mean.
I keep imagining that it will be a Laura Ingalls sort of storm, with huge drifts and all.
But I think I'm expecting too much.

I just really want to walk on the roof to get to the neighbors.

Sunday, November 21

Ice Cream is always the right answer

Every once in awhile, I run across something that reminds me of a great memory and I get super happy.
Today, it was this picture.

Those dipped ice cream cones reminded me of Bo's Ice Cream.
It's a little place back home.
It's been there forever!
And they have the best ice cream.
It might not be that good, but I remember going there with my mom.
I remember going there with the whole family.
I remember Jana Andrews taking us there after dance lessons one day.
It makes me happy.
It's a good place to be.
It's a good place to remember.
And that butterscotch dip was fabulous.

What's one of your favorite places?


Happy Birthday, Sammy!
You're officially a teenager!
And although I'm still a bit uncomfortable with your new, deep voice on the phone, I am excited that you're growing up.
13 is going to be fun.
I promise.

And even though I'm too poor to send you a birthday present, I am singing birthday songs under my breath for you.
So if you hear some creepy singing, it's probably me.

I lurve you.
I luff you.
I loaf you.
Because love is not enough.

ps This is still my favorite picture of you, taking care of your gross bunny :)

Tuesday, October 26

#5 Make a wearable item of clothing


You can add crocheting a hat to my list of accomplishments, 
thanks to the darling Jessica that showed me how to do it.

I am now officially ready for winter.
Bring it on, snow! 
My hair is safe. 

Wednesday, October 20

Basically, I'm On My Way to Australia

In light of the imminent statistics exam that I have to take tomorrow at 11:00 am, I have decided to take a break from my fake studying and tell you some exciting news.

Australia is finally becoming a reality.
My major has a high adventure study abroad program this summer from July 8-August 13.
It takes place in Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand.
Um, yes please!

So I am applying right now, trying to convince them that I am awesome enough to go.
Cross you fingers for me, that I'll get in.
And that I can find a job that will pay me enough to save up for this adventure.

My dreams of scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef and safari on the Outback are finally realistic.

That is all.
Have a good day.

Thursday, October 14

Bird Watching

Thanks to Tiffany, I am completely obsessed.
It's a problem.
He's all I've been listening to for the past week.

There is something about him and his violin,
something about his whistling,
something about his lyrics that captures me completely.

I recommend these songs:
A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head
Oh No
Tables and Chairs
Scythian Empires

You should also read his blog post on Measure for Measure,

Tuesday, October 5

Penguin Love

When a male penguin is sweet on a female, he'll search the beach for the perfect pebble to give to her. Once he finds it, he waddles over and places it at her feet. If she accepts, they become life long mates. 

Monday, October 4


I am trying not to imagine how awesome this dress would look.
Curse you, Anthropologie!
I need to graduate and get a job asap so I can buy things like this.