Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Brief Hiatus.

It's Christmas break. I'm thinking I may delve into something crazy. Maybe I can make this? I have no idea really....

This is the Tuxedo Bedding from Anthropologie - and I think it's BEAUTIFUL.

Friday, December 10, 2010


I love this girl's wedding dress!  Understated, classy, gorgeous.  Just really good, ya know?

The whole wedding is pretty gorgeous.  I love all the colors.

Reach for the...

Perfectly edible gold stars.  $6.  Available right here.  Via JordanFerney

Design I like.

I know this is old news, but I really just use this blog as a dumping ground for all things great, weird, inspirational, and curious that I stumble upon across the interwebs.  I am really loving b*spoke's blog and found this awesome post from Halloween time.

Simple, clean, to-the-point design. I like it.

Love, love, love

I love this super simple idea from b*spoke.

This is chalkboard paint!  What an easy, cute way to make sure no one forgets which cup is theirs.

Note to self: Buy something from Jill Bliss

I think the notecards and journals are my favorite, but her prints and other cute items are pretty great, too.

Jill Bliss


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Convergent vs. Divergent Thinking

Let's be honest.  I've been struggling with school - school, not learning.  I'm sure a lot of you can relate to this idea.  I learn quickly and easily, but I'm afraid my learning style is just not meshing with the way things are done in the typical collegiate classroom.

I'm really interested in the concept of divergent thinking.  THIS is definitely how I learn and think.  It makes so much more sense to me.  So, I'm just going to start compiling information about it and see if there's any way I can  figure out how to earn a degree with it.


Idea generation technique (such as brainstorming) in which an idea is followed in several directions to lead to one or more new ideas, which in turn lead to still more ideas. In contrast to convergent thinking, (which aims at solving a specific problem) divergent thinking is creative, open-ended thinking aimed at generating fresh views and novel solutions.(
My Definition:
The purpose of divergent thinking is to explore multiple possibilities and solutions to a problem rather than one 'correct answer'.  

Prayers needed

Sad news morning.  One of our family's close friends was in a pretty serious car accident on December 3.  He was in the passenger seat of a friend's car and as they were turning left a truck his Max's side.  Max isn't in good shape but his family seems to be in high spirits. 
"On December 3, 2010 Max was involved in a car accident.  He and a friend were on their way to work and were hit while turning left.  The truck hit Max's side of the car.  When police and paramedics arrived he was not responsive, they rushed him to Logan Regional Hospital, there they stabilized him and put him in an ambulance and took him to Brigham City where they were met by a helicopter and he was flown to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden.  He suffered some major injuries and we still don't know the extent of all the injuries.  Please keep Max in your prayers!"

If you're interested in following Max through his recovery, his family has put together a website with daily updates, photos, and opportunities to make donations.  An account has been made in his name to assist the Allen family with medical bills and other expenses.  

Tuesday, December 14 · 6:30pm - 9:30pm

The wonderful managers of Westates Theaters and the owners of Firehouse Pizzeria have come together to hold an event for Max. 
All tickets will be $10 each and will include the movie and free pizza. 

All Tickets will be sold IN ADVANCE. 
Contact Tyler Cue (435-764-1757)
Kelley Chambers (435-232-4198)
to get your tickets.

All of the proceeds will go to assist with medical bills and other bills that may accumulate. 

There are only 402 seats in the theater, so getting tickets in advance is very important. Please send invites to anyone who's life has been touched by Max. Lets have a sold out show for him.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Proverbial Wallets - I need thissssss

Proverbial Wallets from John Kestner on Vimeo.

I daresay that these wallets, developed by MIT, could change the world's spending habits.  They're designed to react according to your bank account and electronic purchases.  One model swells when your account balance is high, one gets more difficult to open as your spending increases.  See other articles at The Consumerist and  Ecouterre

4th Amendment Protest Wear

See full article at Guerrilla Marketing here

Sunday, December 5, 2010

To you: (yes, you)

Remind me to follow-up on this post.

Zen Habits: The Case Against Buying Christmas Presents

Every Christmas, the children/kids/young adults in my family swap gifts - as I'm sure many of your families do. All of our names are put into th nearest container that will hold five slips of paper and we each draw one. Here is a photo of MY family:
Matthew, Erin, Colin, Dad, Mom, Shauna & Kelli
This year, I drew the name of my brother, Matthew.  Matthew is two years older than I am and our relationship has only grown since we've grown up.  We have a bunch of similarities but he also excels at things that I can't even begin to understand.  So.  What do I give to my brother for Christmas??  The obvious answers flashed through my mind - camping gear, climbing gear, books, or geeky computer stuff.  It's perfect that those are all the same things I would expect in a gift.  Expect in a gift.  Hmmm....

I came across this article.  First it made me feel enormously guilty - because it's all true.  The bit about spending money to fill a void, provide momentary satisfaction, etc.  I do that.  I love shopping.  And it IS so wasteful.  A great friend of mine asked me this question once, "Can you think of a piece of clothing that has changed your life?"  Arbitrary pieces of clothing certainly came to mine first - shoes (yes, my life would be different if I could not wear shoes. pain. duh.), winter coats and clothing with hoods, socks, underwear, etc.  All of it IS necessary.  BUT - I couldn't think of ONE specific item of clothing that has changed my life.  I thought of random items of clothing that I happened to be wearing in memorable photos that decorate our house and photo albums - like the terrible pink polka-dot skirt I wore on one of my birthdays.

The point is this:  Clothing, in essence, doesn't matter.  It's meant to be functional and stylish - but not a source of confidence and pleasure.  And I'm completely guilty of this.  As are you.  There, we're in the same boat!  I'm not the only bad one!

Anyway.  Back to the matter at hand.  BUYING a Christmas gift is easy.  Paying for a gift is easy.  Perusing the web for cool things is easy.  Finding something, anything, that your loved one will smile about when the tear away the wrapping paper is easy.  But something that creates a lasting memory?  A moment?  A bond?  (I know, this is sounding cheesy - often the seemingly unattainable things DO sound cheesy a.k.a. Cinderella? Forgive me, ha.)  THOSE things are hard to find.

So, my new goal is to find a gift for my broha that is meaningful in some way.  No, I'm not going to spray pasta gold and paste it to a tissue box - but I will search for a gift with the same spirit.  Kids always do it right, don't they?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Restaurant Review: La Tormenta Restaurant

Welllll. I vote 'yes' for La Tormenta. I've been there numerous times and have never been displeased with either the food or the service. It is exactly what I expect every time I go there - affordable, not overly-crowded, and tasty. The atmosphere is pretty chill - you order your food at the register and the staff brings it out to your table (sometimes on disposable plates - but who cares, really? As long as you know what to expect...) and then you pay at the register after you're done eating.

I recommend the chimichangas, tacos, tamales, carne asada, and the smothered burrito. My wonderful friend from Mexico also claims it as the most authentic Mexican food in Logan.

La Tormenta Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Restaurant Review: Fredrico's Pizza

All in all, Fredrico's is more on my 'nice' list than on my 'naughty' list - although it does cause some trouble every now and then.  Tonight I went to Fredrico's with some friends and was happily notified that I could get the lunch special (at dinner time) for $5.79 - which is a steal for a salad, garlic bread, and a personal pizza with one topping.  I was disappointed that they didn't have fresh basil so opted for a sausage pizza instead.  I added ham to my salad (the ham salads are my mom and dad's favorites).  Somehow they mixed up my order with my friend Katie's.  She ordered a sausage + fresh tomato pizza but it came out sans sausage and tomatoes and covered in ham.  We think somehow they  misinterpreted my 'add ham upgrade' for the salad and instead added it to Katie's pizza.  Regardless, as soon as the mistake was pointed out, the staff quickly replaced Katie's pizza.  My food was good overall.  Sometimes the pizza is a little heavy and the garlic bread a little greasy - but that's sort of exactly what I was craving.

That's how I categorize Fredrico's - a place that you get a craving for every now and then.  Sometimes the craving is purely nostalgic (my parents have great memories of Fredrico's from when they were in school) and sometimes you just want a deliciously un-nutritious pizza.

Fredrico's on Urbanspoon

Joke. I wrote it.

What pasta is like rain on your wedding day?



Things that are funny: 'Clients From Hell'

Client: “Why haven’t you changed the website yet? I gave you the information an hour ago! You’re so slow, I might have to think about other options.”
Me: “Have you tried refreshing your browser?”
Client: “Ah, much better, you’re fast!”

Want to-do list.

  1. Study up on Typography and complete this little baby tutorial.  Complete all the tutorials in the Graphic Design Session on PsdTuts+ .  Try out this little text effect tutorial.
2.  Begin learning the basics of Kinectic Typography

To Be Continued.

Keep calm and carry on and the color Bistre

I stumbled onto's beta version of 'Flashcards' and started a little quiz on colors - which is what brought me here.  One color, 'bistre', I wasn't familiar with.  Naturally, I googled it.  This 'Keep Calm and Carry On' poster came up as one of the search results.  I have loved this poster and all the spins of it I've seen becoming popular recently.  What's really great, though, is the original intent of the poster.  It reminds me of those Foundation for a Better Life ads (I'm not sure if that organization's motives are entirely pure, I haven't really looked into where they get funding/support, etc.).  'Motivation... pass it on'.  Regardless, the message is still similar.  No one is trying for a monetary gain - just a morale boost, courage, cohesiveness, loyalty, and rational thinking.  It's the same as when I tell myself that it's going to be fine and that things will work out - only on a larger scale; and it can't be just me that thinks it feels good to have someone besides yourself there to encourage you.  It makes you feel less crazy.  Moral of the story:  It's okay to do good things just to do good.

Via Etsy & Guardian.Co.Uk

A brief history from Wikipedia:
Keep Calm and Carry On was a poster produced by the British government in 1939 during the beginning of World War II, intended to raise the morale of the British public under the threat of impending invasion. It was little known and never used. The poster was rediscovered in 2000 and has been re-issued by a number of private sector companies, and used as the decorative theme for a range of other products. There are only two known surviving examples of the poster in the public domain.[1]

The poster was initially produced by the Ministry of Information in 1939 during the beginning of World War II. It was intended to be distributed in order to strengthen morale in the event of a wartime disaster. Two-and-a-half million copies were printed, although the poster was distributed only in limited numbers. The designer of the poster is not known.

The poster was third in a series of three. The previous two posters from the series, "Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory" (800,000 printed) and "Freedom is in Peril" (400,000 printed) were issued and used across the country for motivational purposes, as the Ministry of Information assumed that the events of the first weeks of the war would demoralise the population. Planning for the posters started in April 1939; by June designs were prepared, and by August 1939, they were on their way to the printers, to be placed up within 24 hours of the outbreak of war. The posters were designed to have a uniform device, be a design associated with the Ministry of Information, and have a unique and recognisable lettering, with a message from the King to his people. The slogans were created by civil servants, with Waterfield coming up with "Your Courage" as "a rallying war-cry that will bring out the best in everyone of us and put us in an offensive mood at once". These particular posters were designed as "a statement of the duty of the individual citizen", un-pictorial, to be accompanied by more colloquial designs. The "Your Courage" poster was much more famous during the war, as it was the first to go up, very large, and was the first of the Ministry of Information's posters. The press, fearful of censorship, created a backlash, and thus a lot of material related to these posters has been kept by archives.
NOTE TO SELF:  Be inspiring.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Washington Crossing the Delaware to Play Laser Tag

Please see....

2.  Film School Thesis Generator

I wish I had done this first.

Amazing time-lapse video. This young lade is now 10 years old.

Jim's Pancakes? He's for real!

Check out the rest of his gallery at

Google Instant

New Math - Craig Damrauer

I love this art by Craig Damrauer via

Coconut Lemongrass Chicken Roti

Coconut Lemongrass Chicken Roti
Does anyone know where I can get a recipe for this?  It sounds sooooo good. 
Coconut Lemongrass Chicken roti was another story though. It was creamy and delicious. All the ingredients worked together and the peanut sauce was useful to balance the heat from the Thai beef roti. I would pick the lemongrass chicken roti over the beef roti any day of the week. It also makes me want to try some of the other ones on the menu like Crispy Basil Pork and Fire Grilled BBQ Chicken. It'll have to be a day when I'm not looking to get full on $10 dollars though. Seriously, if two blocks north of Rhong-Tiam Express is the location of the Shack Attack, then I would really have to want Thai roti's to justify the choice.

FOOD GAWKER! You're making me HUNGRY!

Cake truffles - Via FoodGawker

Mighty Wallets

Some guy came into the computer lab today toting one of these wallets.  Worth it?  I think they're kind of cool.

I want to make a paper crane.

Renaissance Jewelry

I was surprised to see that one of my favorite bloggers (from Ruffles and Stuff) wrote a few posts - even though she is on a self-proclaimed hiatus - and one of her posts was highlighting Etsy shop Renaissance Jewelry.  I loove these rings.  And they're only in the forty dollar range.

Via Renaissance Jewelry on Etsy