Monday, December 31, 2012

Resolutions

Our resolution/theme for 2013

Tonight Sarai and I are hosting a New Year's party. It shall be awesome and filled with wishful thoughts of first kisses at midnight with some handsome menfolk. 
My nails are sparkly, my hair is curled, and there's bubbly{sparkling cider} chilling in the refrigerator. Let the festivities begin!! 

-Nancy

Friday, December 28, 2012

Babes


Guys.

Being best friends, is just the best. I would be so lost without this girl right hurr. So tomorrow (or technically today...), will be the start of a new era of Nancy & Sarai. We've known each other since we were three years old, and no one will ever quite understand us I don't think. Except Celeste. She comes pretty dang close...
Anyway, we're almost roommates. Just a few more hours, and it's official. I have a feeling that for a little while it's going to feel like a sleepover... and then we'll snap out of it and get down to business..

Folks, I'm just really excited.

If you can't tell...

Love, Sarai

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Newsletter





With the year coming to a close, and so much coming to an end, we thought we'd respost these wonderful Christmas photos for you and your loved ones, along with a sort of "year in review" for those who maybe aren't quite as caught up on our daily lives.

Seth:
This year Seth decided on his future career, namely being a hunter gatherer. If that doesn't work out then he is going to work at In-'N-Out instead. And if that fails then he applied to medical school as a last resort. He also vastly improved his hand-eye coordination, multi-tasking, and strategy skills... yeah.

Joel:
Joel Christensen spent the first half of this year partying it up in Beijing on the government's dime. He is pleased to report that these were well-spent tax payers dollars. Taking a break from the constant partying, he returned in the U.S. in June, welcomed his brother home from his mission and was an instrumental part of his sister's wedding. This last semester, facing an 18 credit class load Joel spent several months whimpering under his bed but recently emerged in the hope that all those horrible teachers and assignments have gone away.

Michael:
Michael finished his first semester as a grad student and a calculus teacher. He had a lot of fun teaching his students and found that grading isn't so bad. Michael also started dating Caroline Faulkner, who is a fantastic person. Caroline studies Teaching Social Sciences, and is planning on teaching History, Geography and Economics at a high school when she graduates.

Stephen:
This past year, Stephen failed all of his classes one semester in a misguided attempt to work in a semi useful major, namely Information Technology. He now has settled with the English major because he "can kind of speak English good." He also watched a lot of Law and Order re-runs.

Ben:
After outsourcing himself to China last year, working for half of minimum wage at a programming sweat shop, Ben was glad to return to the US in 2012. Ben is still attending BYU and looking forward to all his friends graduating without him.

Diana:
During the year 2012, Diana, became pregnant with twins* who she plans to name Justin Bieber and Nedbert. They might be due in April. Something like that. She also became engaged multiple times*, but broke them all off because she "just wasn't feelin' it". She is now preparing to serve a mission in Ukraine. She reports in March. She also became addicted to the popular primetime TV show "Grey's Anatomy" (this may be Sarai's fault).

Sarai:
Just before quitting her job at Icing (where she made little girls cry daily by stabbing holes into their ears), Sarai got hired at Victoria's Secret where she currently makes her daily wages by selling white bras to the women of Utah.  She also made friends with all these boys in these pictures, although she's sometimes not sure why. As soon as the New Year starts, she will be living with her very best friend, and having adventures galore, such as Unicorn hunting.

{not pictured}

Matt: 
Matt Wise is also pregnant with twins*, although no one is quite sure what he plans on naming them. Nothing else of importance happened to him this year.
Except he did kinda get a huge job offer in Texas. Which he took. Because he rocks the professional world and whatnot.

So there ya have it folks. A year in review from these wonderful people who all chose to live in the same complex, and thus became best friends.

Merry Christmas to all!

Love, 

Sarai, Diana, Matt, Ben, Stephen, Michael, Joel, & Seth

*may or may not be completely made up


{And another great picture, for kicks and giggles}


PS:

Video quality is way awkward/awful, but this was a great spontaneous musical effort. Enjoy!

Friday, December 21, 2012

plans for the end of the world

Well, since the world is suppose to end sometime today, here are my plans:
1. clean my bathroom
2. do my hair for once
3. have some girl talk with Sarai {!!!}
4. put on a smashing outfit to hang with the girls tonight for our "annual sleepover" with the lovely Julia. {past sleepover here}
5. going out to dinner
6. watching 'It's a Wonderful Life' at the old theatre downtown

Kiggins Theatre back in the day via

-Nancy

Packing Light






I'm home!

I thought it would never happen....

But here I am! I'm helping my Mom make treats for the family Christmas day tomorrow, recording a sweet little Christmas ditty, and seeing It's a Wonderful Life with my sweet ladies. It's so great to be here. It's a busy weekend, but in the best way possible.

And I also decided to pack light, because I need to help Nancy bring things to Provo. So I'm making this trip on:

1 pair of ankle boots
1 pair of toms
1 vest
1 jacket
1 sweater
1 tee shirt
2 blouses
1 pair of pants
1 dress

and miscellaneous accessories...

let's see what happens folks!

Love, Sarai

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sketched


Whenever I have an event, be it the first day of school, or a wedding reception, I imagine exactly what I'll be wearing for that occasion. And generally, these ideas are almost impossible to explain to other people. Although with Nancy, I can almost always describe it perfectly.

But, the majority of the population does not speak my confusing language. So I draw pictures of what I imagine myself wearing. Granted, the women wearing the clothes are willowy and skinny, nothing at all like my actual true-to-life body. But it's what I see in my mind's eye. 

This particular picture is what I envision myself wearing on New Years Eve when I have a small, classy party with Nancy and various other friends. I want to find a black vintage dress to wear with my sparkly silver tights, black bow-toed shoes, and a glittery pink party hat that I'll be making shortly.

I love sketching my plans out :)

Love, Sarai

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Monday, December 17, 2012

If Anyone Wants to Buy Me a Present...













I wish that I could buy a million presents for everyone I know. And still have money left over to buy that fabulous tulip print dress. Alas, I do not. 

But, as soon as a marry a rich big-shot, I'm pretty much set for life.

Love, Sarai

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Friday, December 14, 2012

So Happy Together!











These are my boys

I convinced them to do awkward family Christmas pictures with Diana and I, and it was delightful. As you can see from the above photos, we are a goofy bunch of friends. Half these pictures are beyond ridiculous, and half of them are probably not very flattering. But, all of them are so completely our relationship. The guys invited Diana and I over for breakfast one morning when we had all just moved in, at the beginning of the semester. And ever since them, we've just gotten closer and closer. I have no problem just walking in at any given time, and I've been dubbed "the seventh roommate". Unfortunately, Matt, the actual sixth roommate, wasn't here today. He's in Texas reuniting with someone special

But anyway. 

I'm sad that Diana is moving out (she's going to serve a mission for our church!), but luckily Nancy will be moving in this next semester. So I'll get to live with my best friend, and the boys will still be here until they graduate. Oh gosh. Now that's a depressing thought...

I'll be updating this post as soon as all the boys send me their Christmas Newsletter Contributions. 

And on that note, Merry Christmas! Take pictures with someone you love :)

Love, Sarai

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

the ocean


This weekend I'm going to the Oregon Coast. Some people don't understand the greatness of the beach in Oregon or Washington, but I never can seem to get enough of it. And going there in the winter? Are you crazy? Well, it's pretty much the same year round. Rain. Rain. Rain. 
There's a special sweetness there, though. The wind, the rain, the sandy shoes, the soaked jackets, the roaring waves. It does something for the soul. Don't give me those California beaches. I need me some  Pacific Northwest goodness. 

-Nancy



Sunday, December 9, 2012

Your Christmas Face






Details:
Dress-thrifted
Heels-JC Penny? Possibly...
Ring-Icing

Christmas! I'm loving this season. The holiday is almost here, and I still haven't picked out most of the presents I need to buy for people! But I'm surprisingly unstressed. Maybe it's because so many wonderful and delightful things have been happening lately to me. I feel this intense gratitude for the people that I know right now. I have the most loving and wonderful parents who constantly and willingly always come to my rescue. And I have a best friend who is planning on moving in with me pretty soon (yay for Nancy finally coming to Utah!), and I have a roommate who looks out for me every step of the way. It's awe-inspiring, is what it is. 

Isn't that sort of the meaning of this season though? Despite the fact that I'm poor, and tired all the time, and busy like no one's business, and struggling in pretty much all aspects of life, I can't even be that upset. Because everyone is just so wonderful, and Christmas is almost here. To think, we're about to celebrate the birth of our savior, and nothing could make me happier. I'm extra grateful because in two weeks I'm going home! It's only for a week, so that's kinda sad. But at least it's happening at all, right? I can't wait to see my family, and sleep in a real house, and not have to cook for myself. Lately, I've been eating milk and cookies every step of the way. Mostly because I haven't gone grocery shopping, but also because I just don't feel like cooking. It's a wonderful life here in Provo ;)

OH! I recently asked a boy on a date. We're friends, so that's scary in and of itself. But, as far as I know, the date went well. So here's to being brave!

Love, Sarai

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Signals


Folks. I must say, I'm the worst at deciphering signals. Men, men, men confuse me to no end! 

I have some limited experience with dating, relationships, love, the whole big dramatic joke. But I still, one hundred percent, suck at reading signals. I can flirt like no one's business, but the perceptions of the opposite gender.. I haven't the foggiest. 

But, I would like to say that I love it all. I don't even care that it confuses me. At least I have something to think about. 

Also, I love that above picture. I have a certain experience where I loathed someone with a small but still fiery passion, and as soon as I got over myself, I realized that he is an incredible person. Truly, a delight. Although he's a confusing delight...

Anyway, here's to second impressions!

Love, Sarai

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Scaredy






Details:
Gold Stud earrings-Icing
Shirt-Thrifted
Pants-F21
Socks-F21
Boots-Papaya

Sometimes, or rather, oftentimes, I am a nervous little creature. This really cannot be helped. I've dealt with it my whole life-I'm the definition of a scaredy cat. And I've come to accept that about myself. But, unfortunately, sometimes situations call for me not to be that nervous little creature that I've grown comfortable being. And when those such situations arise, I am generally petrified. Even to the point where I back out of situations, and I push them far, far from my mind in hopes that maybe I won't have to deal with them at all. So even more rare than the situation calling for me to be brave, and courageous, is the situation where I actually WANT to be brave, and courageous. And today, I had one of those situations. I actually wanted to not be scared, because I just had to do what I set out in the world to do.

So there ya go folks. I may not be a risk taker, but I'm definitely not a scaredy anymore. At least not for tonight, that is.

Love, Sarai

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Fable of the Fatal Optimist






Details:
Dress-F21
Belt-Icing
Tights-F21
Shoes-Target

Once upon a time, there was a girl who was a fatal optimist.

She frolicked through life, hoping that someone would live up to her expectations, and hoping that someone would fulfill her wildest dreams

{These particular-and peculiar-dreams may or may not have involved Jimmy Stewart lassoing the moon for her}

This girl went along her merry way, letting her hopes and dreams build up to an excruciatingly painful height-a height that would be devastatingly awful to fall from. But did she ever stop hoping? Of course not. Then there'd be no fable.

So she met some interesting people, who she believed would each fulfill her dreams. But did they? Naturally, they did not. This may have caused brief moments of doubt in her heart, although nothing could really have stopped her from believing that everyone was good, and wonderful, and wanted to make her happy.

One time, she met a sweet boy, who loved her very much. She wondered whether she should let herself love him. But luckily, someone told her "It's okay, just let it happen. It will be glorious!"

And it was. And then he had to leave.

Which should have changed her. But it didn't.

Then she met someone else, who didn't love her as much, and he maybe didn't want to be there. But she liked him well enough, and even though his tendencies would've been worrying to anyone else, she wasn't like those other people. She heard in a movie "It's okay, just let it happen. It will be glorious!" So she listened to the movie. And he hurt her the tiniest bit. But then she was okay again. She has a pretty fast bounce back rate.

And then she met a lovely gentleman, not unlike the wonderful Prince Phillip from Sleeping Beauty. He seemed like a pretty nice guy.

{Although, let's be honest, he's not Jimmy Stewart. But then again, who is?}

The girl held him in high regard. But he wasn't necessarily reciprocating the feelings that she was sending out. And everyone around her was telling her not to hope, and not to be an optimist, and not to make believe that movies can come true. So she stopped. And she decided it didn't matter.

{But it did}

During a period of reflection, she remembered the words "It's okay, just let it happen. It will be glorious!". So then, she decided...

to...
be......
brave......

{Which is a very, very, good thing to be}

Love, Sarai

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Lasso the Moon for Me






Details:
Blouse-Forever 21
Skirt-Sydney
Tights-Icing
Shoes-Thrifted
Ring-Icing

You probably can't tell from these pictures, but recently, there was a loss in my little family. The family that was Diana, Iroh, Pompeii, and myself. On Monday, my two little sweet babies both died, within twelve hours of each other. Iroh first, then Pompeii. So suffice to say, I've been having a hard time the last few days. I know that to some people they are just rabbits. Cute, but not a pet to cry over. 

Yet they were my babies. That's all there is to it.

Anyway, I've been a mess. But then I went to Thanksgiving dinner with Sydney, and I was a little bit more okay. Still sad, but maybe not crying nearly as much. And that's better than what I was on Monday, and Tuesday, and Wednesday. So there you go.

Also, this past Sunday, I watched "It's a Wonderful Life" with my delightful friends in Apartment 2. By far, my favorite holiday movie, and by far my favorite romantic scenes. My whole romantic life, or lack thereof is defined by that movie. So yeah. That was pretty great. 

oh! Lots of movies were seen this week by the way. I saw Life of Pi on Wednesday (I HIGHLY recommend), I saw Silver Linings Playbook on Thursday (amazing portrayal of mental illness), and I saw Looper last night. Which I recommend also, but only if you can handle mature elements. VERY MATURE.

Anyway, that's my life these days. A lot has happened, and in the matter of twelve hours, so much of my life was changed. Which reminds me, Nancy has been exhorting me to be brave. So that's what I'm doing. I'm going to be brave tonight, and tell the world how I feel. Or rather, just someone...

Love, Sarai

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PPS:

Jimmy Stewart is the love of my life

PPPS:

I just want the moon to be lassoed for me too