Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Just make me a sandwich

Today I went to Subway for lunch.

I don't go out a lot here (i know, i know. its very strange) so it's kind of exciting when I do.  Except Subway isn't that exciting...most of the time.

Today I had quite an adventure (please lower all expectations because it wasn't really an adventure by any means.  it was just something that happened).

I will tell you about it.  Here:

(if you have a ginger baby, i'm sure he/she is cuter than the one i saw today.  i'm also pretty positive your child isn't hanging out behind the counter at subway)

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Too much to ask?

This is really all I want in my life.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Haircut and Cupcake

A few days ago I made a rash decision to walk into a hair salon and set up an appointment.  

You see, it'd been a while since I had my hair cut, and even though I'm going to grow it out (i say this every day/week/year but it never seems to happen so don't hold me to it), it was getting pretty funky looking.  My last hair cut was an A-line (to you boys that means its shorter in the back and longer in the front) so it was growing all sorts of crazy.  And it felt like the front was significantly longer than the back.  And blah blah blah.  My life is hard.

Anyways, point is, I woke up this morning and was like, "Ahh I don't know if I want to cut it!  Plus, its kind of pricey.  Maybe I'll just call and cancel"

But then I couldn't find their card with their phone number.  And then by the time I decided it look up their number online, I just decided to go.  Because that's what I do.

So, I got my hair cut!  And it was really nice.  It'd been awhile since I went to a real salon for a cut and I forgot how nice it was.  She spent over an hour cutting my hair.  Legit.

And bless her, that girl was most def not a scholar.  We were doing the standard chit-chat between a client/hair stylist and she asked me where I was from.  
I told her Denver.
United States.
Got it.

Then we were talking about where I would go teach if I decided to go abroad again.  I told her I would love to go to South America.

Her exact words: "Oh what countries are by that?"

She gives great haircuts!

(also-announcement! my hair color is all natural!  no dye!  this hasn't happened in...a long time)
(i can do hard things)

And then I found a cupcake shop.  

(hey! look! its me holding another item of food!)

Thus ends Thursday morning, the twenty-sixth day of January, in the year two-thousand and twelve.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tasty Treat

This is a wack name for ice cream.

That's all.


I'd spend all the money in the world to play this crane game.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Lets Talk Politics

Its been awhile since I did a little political blurb on this little ol' blog.  Part of me feels a little disconnected from it all since I'm overseas, but thankfully we still have the internet (close call this week) and I can read.  

We all know who the Democratic nominee is:

I mostly like him because I picture him and Michelle on a double date with Jay-Z and Beyonce.  And on that double date they're jammin' out to some Kanye and then taking turns freestylin' and dropping it like its hott.  And I like that in a President.  I also really really like his VP:

It's Joe Biden!  As a young man.  NOW can you see why I love him so much?!  Such a dreamboat-this might go on my wall.

Now as far as the Republican nominee is concerned, things are a little bit trickier. And a whole lot less dreamboat-y.

We have Newty Newt, Mormon Mittens, Little Dicky, and Rockin' Ronny McD.  They all look like Presidential material.  Minus a couple of them.

It has been quite a race, and even I am shocked Newty Newt took South Carolina-and by a significant margin.  I am confused at exactly how and why this happened, but you know, whatever works.  Florida happens in a week and that will add another piece to the puzzle of who will be on the ballot.

2012.  Such drama.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

KFC is only good sometimes

I was bored a lot this week.  It was also just kind of a 'I'm in a rut' week, but those have to happen sometimes. Then they end and happiness ensues yet again.  Thank goodness.  

Anyways, this is what happens when I'm bored.  Best one second of your day!  Actually, I hope that is not true. But its at least top ten material.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Into the Ocean

Last Saturday morning I woke up and had to be to my exam by 9am.

It was a horrible way to start a Saturday morning.  Or any morning, really.

The air was crisp.  There was a layer of frost covering the ground.  It was cold.

But still, the plans for the day had to continue.  We were to go to the ocean!  And jump into the freezing water.

And when I say we, I really mean two of my best mates here: Ben and John.

I had originally planned to join in the jumping of the ocean, but it was less than ideal circumstances. I figure I can wait to enjoy the freezing water when its not deathly cold outside.

John was an excellent driver, even though we had some sheep try to deter us.

This is a picture of their hands BEFORE they jumped in.  Not natural.

Ben and John were excellent wave riders.  The waves were really quite big and even though I'm pretty sure both of them ended up with signs of hypothermia, it was totally worth it.

I just want everyone to take a moment appreciate John's wetsuit.  He has remarkable calves. 

Best picture of Ben.  Ever.

A very unfortunate street map:

This street was rampant with crane games.  I love crane games.  

Scarborough, you are an excellent little place.  I want to go back right now.

Thursday, January 19, 2012


I had my first British person say Cheerio! to me yesterday.  In real life.  

I hadn't heard it yet, so I wasn't sure it was real current vocabulary.  But I guess some people say it.

Unfortunately, the British person who said it to me was an older gentleman, who happened to be a doctor, and who also just happened to examine my lady parts.

I won't go into too much detail, because its mostly awkward and a little bit embarrassing.  But just to keep you all at ease, I don't have an STD and the antibiotics are working just fine.  Everything is dandy.  

I may have just crossed too many blogging lines, but you should be glad I didn't post the original version of this post.  A lot more gory details.  You're welcome!

Other basic updates on my life:

-I saw The Artist.  I know some people are giving this rave reviews and saying its super innovative and great and fantastic.  It was enjoyable and I thought there were two or three really brilliant scenes, but I also think parts of it dragged a bit (at one point i checked the time, sure that the movie was almost over, but it had only been on for 30 mins).  It currently has 97% on Rotten Tomatoes though, so don't listen to me.  I don't know what I'm talking about.

-I ate an entire pizza

-I finally purchased real pillows.  The ones I bought when I moved here were little guys.  It feels weird sleeping with head and neck support.

Yeah, that's all.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A tribute

Bear Lake

If I were in Utah this weekend, I know where I'd be,
A place where its happy, and go-lucky, and free.
One of my favorite spots in the whole wide world,
It's not even mine! But oh how I've twirled.
You see, I like 360's, especially at the lake,
When there's monkey's in the bed, you can't be a flake.
And where would George go without a boat?
Or the rest of us keeping it all afloat?
This place is of dreams and sometimes of nightmares,
After scary stories, my pillow is covered in tears.
I'd say I love it for all of the movies we watch,
But with all my sleeping you'd think I'd had some scotch!
The food is always delicious and yummy and good,
I'd stay there forever, or at least a few days, if I could.
The location is great but what makes it most fine,
Are the people who go there, and the Ponderosa Pine.

(one year ago)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


If you're wondering about my recent surge of blogging, you have one thing to thank for it.


They're this week, so naturally I've been finding lots of ways to procrastinate.  Which includes watching almost an entire season of Law and Order in the last three days and, of course, blogging!

So let us continue on this journey while I explain some things I've been thinking of lately.  Actually, only one thing for now.  Because I do have to go meet with my supervisor about my paper today, in less than two hours, and its not even done!  I wish I was stressed out.

More importantly than that, though, is something that has been on my mind awhile. 

A couple months ago, I noticed I was finding myself strangely attracted to every construction worker I saw around here.  There is a lot of work being done on the buildings around campus, including the library, and so I pass a fair amount of workers on a daily basis.  And every time I do I think, "yeah, I could probably work with that" and secretly I would make googly eyes at them, just hoping they'd notice.

But then I wondered.  Why was I so attracted to them?  Where was this coming from?  I mean, back home I rarely found myself attracted to construction workers.  But here?  Different story.

Then it dawned on me.

A typical British man: 

(ok not super typical. this is james middleton, so he's related to royalty now, but stay with me)

He's kind of cute, right?  A little bit precious.  But also, for lack of better wording, a little bit too precious.  He dresses better than me (i know, hard to do).  He probably also showers on a daily basis.  And he's just so...British?

Which is why, after some deep reflection, I've realized I fancy these British construction workers!  I DO dress better than them!  And they ooze a little bit more masculinity than the rest of the male population here. And I like it.  Their job cancels out some of the British in them.

Also, I hope this doesn't offend any of my male British friends.  Because guys, lets be honest, you look good.

Monday, January 9, 2012

It doesn't take long

I've been back for only a few days, but I already miss America again.

Then today while I was shelving some books in the Political History section, I caught a glimpse of a book jacket, and this man:

Denis Healey.  

Can we all just take a moment of silence for the beauty of his eyebrows?  Healey was the Secretary of State for Defence in the 1960's and then the Chancellor of the Exchequer (i had no idea what that was so don't be ashamed to click on that link to see what that means) in the 1970's.  So , a pretty big political overachiever. 

ANYWAYS.  Point is, I feel like there's no one even close to having eyebrows like this in Congress.  I started going through all their pictures on the official website, but it was taking too long.  But I know for sure that no Congressman/woman from any of the A states have eyebrows like this.

I do know one person who can compete with Healey's eyebrows:

Picture of Nicolaas Unlandt

Dr. Unlandt-one of my old professors from BYU.  Sometimes I could barely focus on the troubadours and the Middle Ages in France because every time he spoke, his eyebrows would distract me.

And now I will be done.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, January 8, 2012


I love New Years Resolutions.  

(last years resolutions were a success)

And when I say I love them, I really mean it.

I love goals in general.  I write them all the time.  I don't know if I've mentioned it before on here, and I'm too lazy to look, but I have a goal book that I started when I was about 14 years old.  One of those old black and white composition notebooks.  I would write down EVERYTHING I wanted to accomplish in that book.  They included things like "Meet the Backstreet Boys" and "Be on the Price is Right".  Along with some more important goals, like "Make it into show choir!" and "Graduate with honors".  I had a lot of friends in high school, ok?  I would constantly edit this book; adding new goals, writing in the dates when I accomplished others.  It was a really sad day when, next to the goal "Go to TRL in NYC!" I had to write cancelled.  Oh Carson Daly.  Such a heart breaker.

Then, there was a period of time in college, when my roommate and I would write weekly goals and post them on our wall.  And then each Sunday we would evaluate our success/failures.  Our goals were too embarrassing to list here, but lets just say they sometimes had something to do with what she learned in her Marriage Prep class (its a real class. thank you BYU).  We are both still single.  

Anyways, as much as I've matured, my goals have not, as my 2012 Resolutions/goals include going to the NKOTBSB concert (which we all know is already going to happen in April).  I love goals that are easy like that.

I've never posted my goals on here (again, i don't think i have.  and i'm still too lazy to check) but I thought, it's cool to do!  Right?  Or is it trendy?  And not that awesome?  No bother, it's still going to happen.

So here, in their glory, are some of my 2012 Resolutions/Goals/To-do's

(if you have any other awesome suggestions for me, please share!)

1. Visit 3 new countries.  Maybe even get an insert in my passport!
2. Graduate/have my dissertation win
3. Take a language course
4. Say yes more
5. Show more appreciation
6. Budget my money
7. Finish my book (i am writing a book)
8. Serve others everyday
9. Find a good first career job
10. 2012-Commit(elve!)

I am so excited.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Holiday Wrap Up

It's Saturday night and the only time I've left my flat today is to get some groceries to last for the weekend.  

I arrived back in York on Thursday afternoon, after a long and mostly uneventful travel time.  

Scratch that.  There was some excitement.  One of the flight attendants asked me to move up a few rows and I did.  So he offered to buy me a drink.  You know, like a real drink.  I told him I was fine with my cran-apple juice (sidenote-i always always drink this on airplanes.  and never anywhere else).  He double checked, "Are you sure you don't want a glass of wine?" It was hard to turn down, but I did it.  I was also busy playing Angry Birds (i'm back on angry birds) so I really just wanted him to stop talking to me.  

So yeah, not exciting!

I had all intentions of going into work for a little bit after getting back.  I wasn't completely sleep deprived-I felt like I got a good few hours of sleep on the plane and train, but after I walked into my room my bed just looked too good to resist.  So I told myself I'd just take a short little nap!  

Seven hours later, my nap ended.  And there I was.  Wide awake.  At 11pm at night.  Oh goody!

I wasted time like a champ a few hours, then tried to sleep.  It did not come until close to 7 am.  By this time I almost just got up for the day, but...yeah right.  I told myself that I could sleep for awhile and then work at noon.  Easy peasy! 

And failure came again as I didn't get up until 1:30pm.  I put in a whole 2.5 hours at work this week.  Solid showing.

Anyways, that's what I've been doing since I've been back!  But today I did actually study and watch a whole disk of Seinfeld.  Just color me productive!

Oh right.  I was going to post about my Christmas break!  I went home!  You all know that!  

It was really fun.  So fun that I almost didn't want to come back.  

But then I told myself, I could finish this degree.

So that's what I'm doing.  

Update complete.  
(hey, no one is forcing you to read this.  except me)

And a photo of the Eiffel Tower:


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Because sometimes...

...life is full of perfect combinations.

This is what I want my marriage to be like.  Two completely and random things that seem like they don't go together, but then when you see it, it just makes sense.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Janna and Jill are the best friends ever! 

They drove here this weekend.  To say hello.  And because of it, my life was not hard! 
MLISG (my life is so good!)  

We spent some time making fun of Darren:

Janna and Jill showed off their scms (classic)

Sunday picture!! 
(prints are so in right now)

One mile high.  Because in Denver, we like to be high.  

But really, having these two visit meant more than they even know.  There is nothing in the world like good friends.  Nothing.

2012.  It will be good.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Annual Ford Family Photo Shoot

Because its only natural for us to go out into the freezing cold in the middle of winter to take pictures!

But when you look this good, how can you not?

(props to Jill and Janna for their photography skills/prop management) 

Monday, January 2, 2012

It's over.

Well friends.

The Year of the Bunion is officially over.

This new year, 2012, seems so foreign to me.  It is the first year of my life I'm starting without bunions.

But already, that sounds fantastic.

A recap of sorts of 2011:
California a couple times.  Bear Lake a couple times.  Jackson Hole.  Denver a couple times.  Seattle and the San Juans.  Temple time!  Bunion removal times two.  Lots of Korean friends.  Lots of time with the best friends.  Lots of goodbyes.  Lots of hellos.  York, England.  Paris.  Dance parties.  New goals.  Grad school.  Family time.  

I loved 2011.  Even though some of it sucked, it was mostly good.

And 2012?  Already awesome.  Its going to be so good.  And full of commitments.  Just you wait and see.