Saturday, January 30, 2016

a case of the [double] mondays.

*note: this is kind of a scatter-brained post of the abbreviated story of my life over the course of 8 days. bear with me. (;

last week was quite the adventure from monday (1/18 aka mlk day!) --> monday (1/25). + what made it even better was starting it off with a brand new hairstyle! because who doesn't love cute ways to braid hair...!? #newfavoritehairstyle

the reason for the braids? they're easily the easiest + cutest post-workout hair for a lazy day off from school. (: started off with a super easy run at the gym...

with what is probably my new favorite workout song. the chorus just pumps you up like no other!

this week was awesome also because i made up a new recipe almost entirely from scratch! i've really been loving learning how to cook...especially as i've realized that cooking > baking sometimes, because cooking you just can add things and make up your own stuff (whereas with baking you kind of have to have the right ratios of flour to sugar and butter & etc.). so, i had some chicken broth in my fridge i wanted to use, and i saw there was a recipe for chicken tortilla soup on the side...that i was missing about half of the ingredients for, haha! but...i had some other ingredients i thought would make it just as yummy, so i just threw in a bunch of random stuff (that i thought would sound delicious), and voila! photos never do it justice (how do you even photograph soup in a way to make it look appetizing!?), but it turned out quite delish, if i do say so myself #justcallmechefsarah (;

wednesday night was fabulous hanging out with bff kyle and chatting about life + eating coldstone ice cream together before we headed off to institute. note to everyone reading this: mini gummy bears + coldstone's chocolate ice cream = perfection. just in case you were wondering. (;

i kind of love fridays. i go to the testing center on campus to work (i'm the opening shift supervisor) before 8am...and sometimes you get absolutely breathtaking views like this one as the sun's coming over the mountains. I LOVE UTAH. I LOVE THE MOUNTAINS. I COULD LIVE HERE FOREVER. #endrant. (:

fridays are also fab because i don't have class! after i get off work at 11:45am, i'm freebee as a bird, to do fun things like eat an incredibly delicious breakfast-for-lunch somewhere i'd never been before (black bear diner) with an old-time friend, madison daniels. always great to catch up and um, EASILY the most delicious breakfast i've probably had in my entire life. thanks madison!! #omnomnom

friday was also awesome because i got some baby time in with my 2nd favorite logan (dowling is my fave, sorry little guy!). one of my old beatles friends, jared + his wife breanna (remember how we went hiking together back in august?) wanted to go out for a work dinner, and i had told them i'd love to babysit little lo whenever they needed it! so lo and behold (pun intended ;), lo and i got to hang out for a little while friday night (and i mostly was able to catch up on some homework while he slept!).

ps this is something jared + brea do at their house - a dry erase board: half for the monthly calendar, and half for magnetic meal planning!! i thought this idea was absolutely genius (they've got like 50+ magnetized meal ideas in that little canister on the far right/middle of the board) and every two weeks, they just pick some out and put them on the board!

easy peasy meal planning, plus all the main ingredients are listed under the meal name, so it makes grocery shopping a breeze, too! so naturally i had to take a photo to remember this for future reference (;

ah, saturday. went to the provo temple to perform some baptisms on behalf of some of my ancestors! it was so, so neat to get to be there, especially since pretty much all of last semester consisted of my working in my family history class (on sundays at church) to try and find some names to take to the temple. i absolutely love family history work and it is so so fun to get to make it a more active part of my life!!! (ps you can find more info on your ancestors + make a free family search account by clicking here!) 

i love overcast days. and leaving the temple and walking down the hill and seeing those mountains in the distance....ah. my heart loves it. (: ps please click on this photo to make it's even more gorgeous. promise!

saturday night was the night of nights for our singles ward! the elders quorum (single adult men ages 18-30) put on a valentines day-esque jazz night dinner for all us relief society sisters (single adult women ages 18-30) and they did not disappoint!

(you can click on this one or any other ones to make them bigger)

i went with my lovely housemates: (l --> r): brett, me, liana, and camylla (brett + camylla live upstairs)

they made some chicken and yummy salad (the recipe is below) and served it out to us like real waiters! #soadorable

they also had musical performances (the musical talent in our ward is kinda awesome), such as these, playing guitars, jazz singing, and even some saxophone/trumpet songs. so cool!

great job, gents! i love my ward. just so much love.

the recipe for the salad (SO YUM. seriously!):

sunday is one of my favorite days of the week, mostly because it meals i get to catch up, relax, and say hi to my fambam on the opposite side of the usa! aren't they the cutest!? (:

ah, yes. then it was back to monday all too soon. on my way from the testing center (work) ---> my shakespeare class (in the harold r clark building), i walked between these two buildings and don't think i have ever noticed before that these trees curve into the middle! it must be super pretty here in the fall, when they are covered with leaves and looking like pretty arches. i don't know why i love trees so much, i just do, and i thought this was pretty, so i took a picture of it. (: i love byu. i love my campus. the end.

aaaaand after class, fhe was super fun, decorating cupcakes (this was my "frozen-style" cupcake!) and just hanging out.

good friends, good times. #reasonswhyilovebyu. (:

& here's to another wonderful week! <3

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