Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Staying warm.

Well, it appears to be winter. You know how I know? Because yesterday I saw a dog wearing shoes. I also saw some pigeons eating a slice of pizza, but I'm not really sure what that means. In any case, our lovely mild Fall left us rather abruptly, with the average temperature dropping 40 degrees within about two days. It was sad.

Thankfully, there are ways to stay warm that don't necessarily involve watching Glee in my pajamas and eating ice cream (not that I have a problem with that). For example, a couple weekends ago our stake had our annual YSA film festival. Most of the entries were predictably mediocre, but one stood out as a crowd pleaser and won the final prize:

Twilight Years from Tom on Vimeo.

It's also party season, which I happen to be a fan of. In addition to our company holiday soiree and various dinner engagements, we went to a Roaring 20s themed Christmas party recently. Pretty much everyone got decked out and looked fabulous, which was a lot of fun. Our friend Joshua has his own photography business and was there taking glamour shots:

All shots can be found here.

And a week from tomorrow I can look forward to thawing out a bit more (and eating my weight in homemade candy) when I fly back to California for a week and a half. Until then, I'll be keeping a close eye on the behavior of the neighborhood animals.


  1. I give it a huge thumbs up. I married an Edward (and was almost one myself) and we've managed to survive. We both loved it movie.

  2. i'm dying right now! That was so hilarious! "you've been to duck beach 10 times?" And the howard w. hunter gave you your mission call line...love it! And p.s.- you look so glam and HOT in your pics!

  3. Jaron and I enjoyed that video a couple years ago and we laughed our faces off. Amazing.

    Also, homemade candy sounds divine. Enjoy some for me!

  4. You sure, Alli? This video was just made recently.

    And you can bet I will enjoy enough fudge, caramels, sugared almonds, toffee, and peppermint bark for all of us!

  5. That video is incredibly amazing. I LOVE it. And everyone's right--you are super hot.

  6. Great video, and ditto to everyone's hot comment. You look fab.

  7. Can you please explain what a "stake" is? I know it is an implement used in securing a tent, but I think this is different. And is it related to a ward?

    Also, I found that movie amusing.

  8. Stephen - of course! A Stake is a group of wards within a certain region. For example, Manhattan has one Stake that is divided into 14 wards based on geographic boundaries. Of those, 4 wards in Manhattan are specifically for Young Single Adults (aged 18-30).

    The term actually comes from the tent stake, as there is a reference in the Bible to the Church being like a tent, supported by its stakes.

    Hope that clears things up!

  9. Hahaha "I've loved you ever since you left the laurels." Outstanding.

  10. Hahaha "I've loved you ever since you left the laurels." Outstanding.

  11. those pictures of you are gorgeous. you are one beautiful beautiful lady. if i were a man i'd marry you.

    i think party season during winter is wildly appropriate. i mean, if there wasn't a reason to get off the coach and socialize, i would just stay on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and chick flick and call it a night.

    love you dearly. i put "hug from my favorite red headed friend" on my christmas list year. let's hope santa gets it right.



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