Saturday, August 28, 2010

SF with the Popsicle!

I just got back from my wonderful trip to San Francisco!  Oh my goodness it was such a blast.
My Popsicle, also known as Dad, and I woke up early Friday morning to make our 7:45am flight out of SLC.  One thing you must know about my family is that we ALWAYS pack a camera, but said camera never seems to make it to the airport like we do.
I had the infamous camera packed in my backpack along with my laptop and a couple school books.  When I walked down the stairs my dad gave me the look of 'are you seriously bringing all the crap?'.  So being the wonderful daughter that I am I grabbed my reading books and followed my dad to the car. 

Jump forward a couple hours.

Yay, our plane just landed in Oakland! 
While walking off the plane I instantaneously felt the moisture in the air.  I don't really do the whole "moisture in the air" thing. My hair is really fine and has some awful natural wave to it.  Did I mention that the wind was blowing?  
It was a no bueno situation!

My dad and I were staying at the Marriot on the corner of Sutter and Powell (they have the most comfy beds!) so we had to take the BART from Oakland to San Fran.  It was a new experience.  I figured that the BART was going to have a stop close to our hotel, but I was TOTALLY wrong.  It stops at the bottom of Powell and our hotel was near the top of a couple hills. 

 I had to roll my suitcase, which weighed close to what I weigh up a huge hill and while doing that I looked like a major tourist.  It was fun!

Later that day we walked around China Town.

  I LOVE CHINA TOWN!  It's so unique.  My dad told me a story while we were walking around about how you shouldn't order things from a Chinese bakery because the Chinese don't like things as sweet as we do in America.  Well, he broke his own rule and we ordered what is called a Chinese donut.  It was probably the most interesting thing I've ever eaten in my whole life.  It's a ball of dough rolled in sesame seeds with this weird sweet brown paste in the center.  It was kind of good... kind of. 

   We decided to stop and have dim sum at New Asia, the place that the hotel recommended. 

In a restaurant that had close to 200 people in it, my dad and I were the only ones who weren't Asian.  I'm all about dim sum, it's good and as far as I know it's super healthy because everything is steamed.  Although we didn't speak a lick of Chinese we managed to order a pretty satisfying lunch that was pretty affordable. 

The bestest part is coming up!

After lunch we were SUPER full (as you should be after eating a delicious lunch) so we decided to make our way back to the hotel.  We stopped in a couple shops to look around, but the one place that caught my eye was this little hole in the wall where a girl was making crepes!  Who makes crepes in China Town?  Well, this girl does, and they are to die for!  I made my dad order a banana and nutella crepe for the two of us to share.  I have never had a better crepe in my whole entire life!  The crepe is hot but the fresh whipped cream is cool and the bananas were super ripe and you just can't go wrong with nutella.
The address is 909 Grant (street or avenue) in China Town in San Francisco.  Go there!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Who Moved My Cheese?

When I was about twelve years old my dad brought this book home from work and told me to read it.  I don't know who gives a twelve year old a "self help" book, but I read it anyway.  I've been meaning to re-read this book for years but it always seems to slip my mind and I find myself engrossed in some novel or memoir.

The other day at work I noticed that my boss owned a copy, and though to myself "If my boss likes this book and keeps it at work then maybe there is something in it that I need to read in order to be a better sales woman".  After my shift was over I went home, plopped myself into my comfy reading chair and plowed through the book.

I can't say that the book is all that enjoyable, it's actually a little childish... I mean the story is about mice, little people and cheese.  But it's a metaphor... oooo metaphor :)  So it does make you think about the things you are doing in life and the way you react to changes.

I realized that I've been very opposed to the changes that are coming in my life and that me being so adamant on not moving with the changes is holding me back.

Have any of you read this book?  What where your thoughts?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Salt Lake City BBL Style

Last week the bestie and I went school shopping Busy Bee Lauren style, or at lease that was our original plan! The two of us left early in the morning with cutie outfits on, more money than we were ever going to need and of course... my camera!

We got down to SLC and headed straight for out favorite vintage store (which I will not tell you much about because I'm selfish!) and realized that it didn't open for another hour. No worries, we'll just go to the gateway.

First stop Urban Outfitters. Urban is one of the best stores to take pictures in! Everything is displayed all super cutie and they have some of the most uniquely designed outfits. We were in the headband section when I first realized that taking pictures was A MUST! I went to pull out my camera and realized that being a super smartie pants I left the battery charging in my kitchen 25 miles away. First of all can I tell you how much I hate the person who decided that they were going to make a camera where you have to take out the battery to charge the stupid things?! Worst. Idea. EVER!

But who really needs to take pictures of their shopping trip?
Me, I do! The whole trip was ruined after that :(

Or at least I was until I stepped foot in Forever 21! My almost favoritest store on the planet.
Things True Aggie Girl loves:
Cheap + Cute + Unique/Trendy = FOREVER 21

Pictures to come!

Keep coming back because I'll soon list my favorite things to do in SLC and most importantly the secret places that I go to enjoy DELICIOUSNESS!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Say "Cheese!"

It's absolutely no secret that I LOVES cheese! I'm pretty sure that I could live off of delicious cheese for the rest of my life and be an extremely happy camper. I first became aware of my unusual addiction when I was a freshman at USU.
Time for a cute story!

I don't believe I had been at school for very long, maybe two or three weeks, but I had already gotten into a few habits that were going to have to die hard. Before I went to bed each night I would make my way to the kitchen to have a nibble of cheese, kind of a mousy thing to do, I know. One night in particular I was not only wanting some cheese but I was having some serious cheese cravings. As I opened up the fridge and began rummaging around I discovered that the cheese WAS GONE! In utter frustration I yell out "WE. HAVE. NO. CHEESE!", little did I know that one of my roommates had company over. The next thing I know I'm looking at a tall, skinny, blond guy. Can you say "awkward moment"? I bet you can. He stood there slightly laughing at me; completely embarrassed I slipped past him and hid in my room for the rest of the night.
The next day while talking with my roommate about my completely embarrassing moment she admits that once I had left the blond guy who was one of her best friends asked "who's the cheese girl? She's cute."
The blond guy and I ended up formally meeting within the next couple days and soon after that we began dating.
He always called me "cheese girl".

This whole post wasn't intended to be about how I got one of my many nicknames or about a guy I dated or even my love for cheese. Come back soon to find out which book I finished that just might make you want some cheese, or give you a new perspective on life.

I'd love to see if anyone can guess which book I'm talking about!

Monday, August 9, 2010

My Next Craft Project

I just got done making the flower "poofs" for my apartment and now I'm thinking of making this:

Okay, maybe I lied. I'm not making a ring pillow like the one shown, but I am going to make the uber cute flower and then put it on a more appropriately sized pillow.
My bestest friend and I always go to the store and she point things out and says "Kelsey, I want you to make this for me!".
For my birthday we went down to Gardener Village and we saw some pillows that looked exactly like this one and she wanted me to make her one. 3 months later I've finally found the pattern and am finally going to be a good friend and make her a pillow.
She'll probably get it sometime around Christmas.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Mommy, Look What I Made!

Take a peek at what I made for my apartment!

I think the tissue paper "poofs" turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself. And what better way to display them than in a teapot?
I love teapots!... A LOT! I have some magenta tissue paper that I'm thinking would look super cutie next to the lime green. I'm thinking i'll also go with a royal blue. Yes? No?
Silver might look kind of cool. Maybe?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Wigglin' and A Jigglin'

Today I jumped on the bandwagon and tried me some ZUMBA!

It's about time I do some physical activity! I'm starting to feel all rollie pollie :(

My feelings after day one:
ZUMBA is the best thing out there! I am totally not a fan of working out or anything but this was a complete blast and I didn't want to stop.
I'm going to call it dancer-cise! For one whole hour you are shakin' your booty, jumpin' around and movin' your feet. I honestly have never felt so attractive while working out. Yes I know it's weird to feel attractive while you're sweaty and maybe just a little stinky. But for reals, the moves are sexy! I never knew I could shake my booty so well!

I now understand why so many people rave about this form of exercise. I truly feel like I did get a workout.
For example: Today as I was taking the laundry out of the dryer instead of bending over I decided to do squats... I could tell that I has worked out earlier, I was feelin' the burn!

You must go to youtube and watch some of the videos!

What do you do to stay in shape? Do you have a favorite workout routine? Healthy snack? Or are you just naturally sexy without having to do anything?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

So I Just Might Be Crafty

Before I show you my awesomely cutie craft project that I'm working on for my apartment I have to admit that I stole the idea from one of my friends blogs. She's making the exact same clock for her apartment in "the burg". I know, tisk, tisk tisk, but the idea is so cute that I feel it would be a sin if I didn't share it with the rest of the blogging world. And I know i'm being a total copy cat, but lets face it, if there is anyone that I have always admired and wanted to be like it would be her.

I'm also in the process of making some of these babies to hang from my ceiling!

I dare say that apartment 305 is going to be so super cutie come fall 2010!

What do you think? Are tissue paper balls hanging from the ceiling tacky or super cutie?

Sunday, August 1, 2010

True Aggie Girl Reviews a Book

A few posts ago I listed some of the books that I've read but I forgot a couple of them. This summer I've also read The Shack and A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. I've come to realize that I don't have any particular type of genre that I prefer over any other. I've read quite the assortment of books this summer and I've enjoyed my time exploring different styles.

The Shack by William P. Young
Mack's youngest daughter, Missy, was abducted while on a family camping trip and evidence shows that she was brutally murdered in an abandoned shack. Four years after the abduction Mack receives a note telling him to meet the sender at the shack. Mack believes that the note is from none other than God.
Mack goes against his better judgment and makes the trip one wintry day. What he finds there will end up changing Mack's life.

This book attempts to answer the question of: Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?

My thoughts and feelings:
This book really does make you think about your relationship with God, it helps you to understand why we are given trials and that we are never alone in this world. The author does however have a different view on God than most Christan's, but if you are able to put your beliefs aside and accept someone else's viewpoint then you might just enjoy this book.
I don't think i'll be recommending this book to everyone that I meet but if you're given the chance to read it you might as well. What's the worst that could happen? You won't like it.
I honestly can't decide how I feel about this book.

Do you have any book recommendations?