Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Happy Little Things

a fresh notebook
when a stranger smiles back at you
getting the free drink at the end of a punch card
that pair of jeans you've had forever
"this made me think of you"
people who give those hugs with a little extra, sweet squeeze
finding the perfect gift
a sleepy Saturday with no place to be
secret little grins exchanged across the room
finding someone to geek out with
naps in the sun
a clean kitchen
making someone laugh
hearing a song from your childhood playing in the grocery store
a twirly skirt 
those late night chats with people you love
a deep breath of fresh mountain air
seeing a friend in love

Monday, November 13, 2017

Mini Mail Vol. 2

Dear Stranger Things Season 2,

You were even better than I hoped and lived up to alllll that hype (which was pretty significant since everyone and their dog has seen you). You were so good, in fact, that I forgive you for making me jump so many freaking times. But I also now love Steve Harrington and want to go to a Snow Ball, so thanks for that, too. And the soundtrack?! ...Okay, I'll stop geeking out now. Good work, Duffer Brothers.

Dear Trader Joe's,

Thanks for having the prettiest & wittiest cards for all occasions that are only 99¢. You're enabling my snail mail addiction without emptying my wallet and I love you for it.

Dear Facetime,

You let me see and talk to my cute family all over the country and I'm SO grateful.

Dear flannel sheets,

Please take this as the compliment I intend it to be: you're the reason I don't want to get out of bed in the morning. You create the coziest bed and it's absolutely dreamy! Never change.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

24 To Do Before I'm 24

Here it is--my annual checklist of small, fun, and random goals to complete before my next birthday! This is my third year making this list and I'm loving the guidance it gives me (see previous lists here and here). It gives me somewhere to turn when an empty weekend appears and I want to make the most of it. Come along with me, won't you? It'll be a great year!
  1. See a performance by Ballet West
  2. Get a passport (hey, better late than never.)
  3. Visit Red Butte Garden
  4. Go snow tubing at Gorgoza Park
  5. See a local theater production
  6. Do something that scares me
  7. Go camping at least once
  8. Read 10 books
  9. Run in a 5K race
  10. Go to the Farmer's Market
  11. Graduate from college (!)
  12. Go up in the tower at Trolley Square
  13. Go country dancing
  14. Go to the beach
  15. Go canoeing or kayaking
  16. Wear my hair curly more often
  17. Get new bedding
  18. Visit the Salt Flats
  19. Free Salt Lake Power Yoga class (I have a voucher I still haven't used.)
  20. Organize the linen closet
  21. Get 3rd South Foodies tee shirts made (yes, really!)
  22. Have a slumber party
  23. Play tennis
  24. Get a Costco card
Follow along on Instagram with #RCG24ToDo

Friday, October 20, 2017

New-to-Me Musicals

Y'all know I love me some Broadway. Well recently, thanks to the suggestions of sweet (and cultured) friends, I have discovered these two incredible shows. I cannot stop listening to the original Broadway cast albums on Spotify and I'm just bursting to tell you about them!

This show has been on Broadway for a little less than a year and was written by Pasek and Paul, an incredibly talented duo. It's brand new, relevant, and deeply moving as it tells the story of a severely anxious and lonely teenager, Evan Hansen, who gets caught up in a lie. Even with a cast of just 8 people, their talent reaches out and hits you in the heart. Each of them is so powerful and talented, and when they come together (like in "You Will Be Found"), your heart will soar. Ben Platt, who you might recognize from Pitch Perfect, stuns in his leading role and leaves me in awe. This Tony-winning show is beautifully done, funny at times, and helps us understand the longing that accompanies loneliness--something we have all felt at some point. 

Yes, this was done in live theater, not just animation! I'm talking about the gorgeous show with music and lyrics by Alan Menken (Aladdin, Hercules) and Stephen Schwartz (The Prince of Egypt, Pocahontas). Yeah, so you already know it's going to be amazing because these dudes are legends. Michael Arden is perfect as Quasimodo and has one of the most powerful voices I've ever heard and Ciara Renee (who plays Esmeralda) sounds like an actual angel. The dramatic score takes you away to Paris and haunts you with its honest lyrics. It's heartbreaking, majestic, and will probably make you hold your breath and then cry a few times.

Seriously, just listen to these albums beginning to end, in order, and with your eyes closed. Take it all in. You will not be sorry. 

...then tell me so we can geek out together. K thanks, bye.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Summer Reading Roundup

Assisted by John Stockton
This autobiography was straight up delightful. It feels as if you're having a leisurely lunch with sweet, humble John, swapping stories and reminiscing. Learning more about his life, his roots, and his priorities made me respect him--both his character and his game--even more.

Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius
I heard about this book on a podcast and it's a truly miraculous story. Mr. Pistorius offers his entirely unique perspective from inside a body that betrayed him for over a decade, and a world that treated him as an empty shell while he watched helplessly...until he slowly but surely learned to communicate again. It's almost unbelievable...almost.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I'd been hearing about this novel for about a year and thought I'd finally give it a go, and I can't believe I waited this long to read it! It takes place throughout WWII from the perspectives of two children on opposite sides of the war. I was enthralled with the language and always guessing how their stories would intersect. This work by Doerr is fascinating, deeply moving, and beautiful. Read it ASAP.

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
Their HGTV show Fixer Upper has housewives all over America planning trips to Waco, Texas to see the silos and take photos with the darling couple. I listened to this audio book, narrated by Chip and Jo themselves, and fell even more in love with these hard working, fun loving, goodhearted people.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
I know, I know, I'm about a decade behind in reading this series. But, better late than never, right? I listened to the audio book narrated by Jim Dale and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! As always, the book is better than the movie and I came to understand the characters on a much deeper level (which makes the sad parts even more devastating!). Y'all, I'm beginning to understand the fandom. Rowling is a wonderful writer with an intensely creative mind. It was a pleasure to listen to this story and I look forward to the rest of them!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Mini Mail

Dear Gilmore Girls theme song,

I enjoy you and sing along frequently, but must you be so much louder than the rest of the show?! Quit yellin' at me, Carole King. You're better than this.

Dear $5 movie bin at Wal*Mart,

Thank you for helping this college student fill the gaps in her movie collection without breaking the bank. You're worth the extra few minutes of fishing through the scary movies with creepy covers. My most recent finds include The Intern, Skyfall, and The Vow. Blessings.

Dear family vacation,

GET HERE SOONER!! (I'm sorry I yelled. Just incredibly excited over here.)

Dear Everything, Everything,

My gosh you were a pleasant surprise. You're just the sweetest movie! Thank you for not breaking my heart with a tragic ending like I worried you would--I really appreciate it. Can't wait to buy you on DVD! (Your soundtrack is stellar, too.)

Dear Garth Brooks,

I understand you're a legend, but why can't your music be on Spotify?! You and Trisha are worth about a gajillion dollars at this point, so please please please let me listen to your amazing songs for $5 a month on Premium. I just don't think it's too much to ask. 


Tuesday, June 27, 2017



I geeked out while listening to this podcast every time I was cleaning the house or driving my car--I got through it so quickly. This series, a spin off from Radio Lab, examines landmark Supreme Court cases through the years and how they came to be so influential. Though there are only six episodes, they really delve deep into the before, during, and after of each case and how they've affected the law ever since. I learned so much!


The summer heat is here & my favorite way to stay cool but chic is to wear a dress (or skirt). One piece and you're done! As my girl Ina Garten would say, "how easy is that?" I loved this blue scalloped shirtdress from Banana Republic so much that when it went on sale I got it in white, too! The quality is incredible, it can be dressed up or down, and it has pockets. Need I say more?! I wore it most recently for Father's Day (see right). I wear dresses on the daily either with sneakers or wedges, depending on my mood. It's easy breezy yet I still feel put together. Now that's a fashion motto I can support!


I've shown my inner nerd excitement about my library card on the blog before, and this is just an extension of that. Enter: the Overdrive App. It's the app associated with public libraries where you can download and access music or audiobooks that you've checked out! It's easy to use and I most recently listened to The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines and 
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I certainly recommend both.

What are you loving lately?