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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Livin' Quarters (Or Dimes)

 
Remember how I said I wasn't gonna stress out over this marriage thing?
 
Well fellas
finding married housing in Provo (especially right now, when everyone else trying as well)
is some serious business.
 
We've been looking daily on Craigslist and KSL throughout the entire month of August, as the housing market here is QUICK.
 
We tried to get in touch with more than a few landlords,
and more than a few did not return our attempts.
 
Frustration.
(No breathing, don't give a jilly drop.) ((Morgan shoutout, only he'll get that in two years, holla.))
 
Yes, stress only seemed to grow as September drew closer.
 
But finally, yesterday,
 
WE GOT AN APARTMENT!
YES YES YES YES YES!
 
Ohh goodness, turning in that safety deposit check this morning to our new managers made it so real and exciting..
 
Something you have to know about me is this:
Throughout all my time in college, all my time moving from place to place, I have never bought decorations. Not once. I figured no place felt like it was really mine, so why try to dress it up like it was?
But after this morning, something in me got SO excited to make this place ours.
 
I'll be moving in on the 1st, and Dallon will be moving in after we're married
on the 30th.
Oh yeah, p.s.
We're getting married on the 30th of September.
 
YEAH YEAH YEAH
 
I'M SO EXCITED TO HAVE MY OWN LITTLE CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE WITH DALLON
 
AND WE'RE GONNA BE POOR BUT IT'S GONNA BE AWESOME
 
AND HERE'S A PICTURE OF ME BEING ASIAN AND SO EXCITED ABOUT ALL OF THIS
 
 
K see ya.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Is It Worth It? Let Me Work It. Volume I: Results

 
Remember how I was going to add coconut oil to my facial care routine and told you I'd get back to you in two weeks?..
 
Well, confession.
 
I didn't last the two weeks.
 
Becaaaauuuuseeee I had large, gaping, cluster zits all over my face,
I decided to refrain from continuing this little experiment.
 
All in all, the coconut oil (no matter how little I put on)
made my face feel oily forever after.
 
Yes, I understand, oil is actually pretty good for your face. Without it, your face thinks there is no oil there and tries to overcompensate.
 
But this was insane.
 
And the clustered zits I got from this experiment made me frustrated I shelled out $8 on the oil.
 
So, while it may work on some,
my face was not a fan.
 
Not worth it, Missy Elliott. Not. Worth. It.
 
 
K see ya.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

OH, YEAH, NEW YORK CITY

 
(scream that Andrew W.K. style, please)
 
This past weekend I had the chance to go to New York City for the Keds Brave Life Summit and Brand Ambassador Orientation.
 
Despite all the travel time (a Red Eye on Thursday, getting in at 10 AM Friday.. helps meh),
it was awesome to get the chance to see the city once more.
 
Here are a few gems / ultimate tourist pics.
 












 
K see ya.


Monday, August 11, 2014

"Estamos Juntos, Minha Irma. Te-amo."

"I love you too, you know? One of my friends here, Manuel, lost his sister this week. It took one second of thinking of losing you and I had tears in my eyes. He's going through the biggest trial I think this life can provide.

But he was so happy to hear the Plan of Salvation, and I was so happy to teach it. I don't have my Bible with me, but there's a point where Peter is writing and says:
 
"For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty."
 
I'm not here to tell a good story, you know? I wouldn't leave you and our family for two years unless I knew it was for something greater. Manuel knows he's going to see his sister again. He wants to get baptized and he wants to go to the Temple. I can assure you he doesn't want to do these things because a 19-year old white kid is telling him to.

I love you a ton Bert. And our entire family. I want to come back one day and make things right, but it's gonna take a lot of preparation and a lot of patience. I know you're with me, and I'm so glad you are. Estamos juntos, minha irma. Te-amo."
 
 
(We are together, my sister. Love you.)
 
-Elder Morgan Mortimer
 
 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Long-Suffering

 
Me on birth control // Eat everything.
 
Hey fellas
I'm engaged to the best guy in the world
because he has handled my out of wack hormones
wack
wiggity wack?
no, just the regular kind
(get that reference and I will give you two quarters)
 
But really, holy crap
eat everything
and when someone addresses it
think they're calling you fat and cry
cry and want snuggles
 
help
 
 
In other news,
I cannot tell you how many crazy car expenses have come up for both Dallon and me in the past two weeks. Extreme money saving mode: commence.
 
I thought I was pretty good at not buying things before, but now.. shoot.
$160 for registration and title change
$30 for safety/emissions test
$free removal of tint on front two windows, because,
1.) you're angry about how much money you're having to spend and
2.)YouTube champions (DIY tutorials forever)
$150 for rent and utilities
aaand monies for gas and food.
 
aka
live on saltines and hope for the best
 
Which is easier said than done.
 
It has been so hard for me to have faith the past few days that money will work out, even though I know it will.
I pay tithing, or give 10% of everything I earn, to my church.
To me, that money was never really mine to begin with. It's the least I can do to follow what I know is right.
In the past when I've paid tithing, things have been tight, but I've always somehow ended up with enough money to pay for the things I've needed to pay for.
Spring tuition, for instance.. I thought there was no way I'd be able to afford it.
But so many sudden jobs came my way and I was able to.
Things like that, where everything works out.. I attribute to paying my tithing.
I know God blesses me when I have the faith to follow Him.
 
But it has been harder than most times to have faith that the blessings will come.
 
Today, Dallon and I went to the temple, where I was able to read the scriptures and think a bit.
Usually, I'm not one of those people who will open up the scriptures and read exactly what I need that day, but today, it happened.
 
Alma 7. Reading Alma 7 was really, really good for me.
 
The following stuck out:
 
 23 And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
 
Particularly, the term "long-suffering."
 
 
long-suf·fer·ing
adjective
adjective: long-suffering; adjective: longsuffering
  1. having or showing patience in spite of troubles, especially those caused by other people.
     
  Suffering doesn't have to mean experiencing life altering trials.. it could just mean you're experiencing something you'd rather not. And in my mind, long-suffering is experiencing it with an eternal perspective in mind. The thought that, yes, this is hard - but it's nothing but good for me in the grand scheme of things.
 
Alma 7 ends with the following:
 
27 And now, may the peace of God rest upon you, and upon your houses and lands, and upon your flocks and herds, and all that you possess, your women and your children, according to your faith and good works, from this time forth and forever. And thus I have spoken. Amen.
 
PEACE!
Peace can be mine if I do the things outlined in the other verse.
If I'm humble, if I ask for help in what I need, and if I have patience in spite of troubles..
if I'm full of long-suffering. If I have faith, and do good works.
 
So although these expenses are petty, they took a toll on my little soul.
But I know better. And I can have peace through it all,
and that's worth it.
 
K see ya.