Saturday, June 30, 2012

I am a Field Technician.

Three weeks ago I started my new job as a Field Technician for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. I love it. I basically drive around South East Idaho with two other amazing women, collect data and samples from streams and sleep in a tent three nights a week. It's awesome.

Here are a few pictures from the first three weeks of work.

Wolverine Canyon

Wolverine Canyon

Edna Creek Campground
 (After a 10 hour day we didn't feel must like committing to a fire, so we just got out the lantern and gathered 'round.)
Our homes this summer

Why yes, I do have the best job ever.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Red Flannel Skirt

My wonderful neighbor Kris gave me 9 yards of flannel fabric, each yard a different print. One of the prints had just enough to make a skirt. Here is it is!

Sorry for the crummy pictures. Picture taking is such a pain! I like the last one best because you can see the print and the adorable button I put on the back of the skirt.

My main complaint is that the skirt fit a little better. I made my own pattern using the slopers we made for our Fitting and Alterations class (I keep striking out when using them). I was hoping to be able to tuck blouses into this skirt, but it doesn't fit well enough to do that, but I really like the way I wore it today with the cardigan.

There are also pockets on the dress, I used this tutorial from The Owls Are Not What They Seem. I love having pockets! These sit a little lower than I'd like, but that's because my skirt doesn't sit on my natural waist like it should.

I still have 8 yards of flannel! Next on the list: a vest.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose

via Museum of the Mountain Man

I love this book. It's a great story of adventure, leadership and friendship. The best part? It's completely true. I love learning about Lewis and Clark and Corps of Discovery. This book was just the ticket. Stephen Ambrose gives you the history leading up the expedition and the story of what happened after. Ambrose is a beautiful storyteller and you can feel his love for these important historical figures.

In short, I love Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. This book helped me learn about them with ease. If you are at all interested in The Corps of Discovery you should give it a try.

PS - Ambrose also participated in the making of the Ken Burns Documentary Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery. I highly recommend the film.

Bill Cosby

Never in my life did I ever think it would be possible for me to be in the same room as Bill Cosby. I never thought I'd have the opportunity to see him live. But that's what happened yesterday! Bill Cosby booked one show at BYU - Idaho, but ended up doing three due to popular demand. It was fantastic. Bill Cosby is a legend. Whether you know it or not he has changed America and the way we perceive others. Flash photography was not allowed so I was unable to take pictures of him, but here is one from The Rexburg Standard Journal. You can read the article here.

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I just adore Bill Cosby.  I first discovered Cosby by watching reruns of the Cosby Show. I then discovered a younger Cosby in clips of the Dean Martin Variety Show. No matter what he does he's genius. He has perfect timing (as I clearly saw on Friday night). I am so grateful I was able to see such an amazing, talented, human being.

Just in case you are unfamiliar with Bill Cosby I want to share a few of my favorite clips.

What do you think of Bill Cosby? Did you like the clips?

Did anyone else see Bill Cosby while he was in Rexburg? What did you think?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

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This might come as a shock to some of you, but today I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's for the first time. I realize that it's a classic, but it's been so popularized and I thought that it couldn't be that good (I often shy away from things that are too popular because that often means it is junk - I realize it's a bad habit). I also kept getting "it's alright" from people. It seemed to me that it was probably a movie about some glamor girl with no plot or point.

WRONG. I loved it. The only thing I didn't like was Mickey Rooney playing an Asian. It just felt awkward. That aside it was perfect. It wasn't shallow at all. It was a beautiful story about two very lost and lonely people finding each other.

I fell in love with Holly and Paul. Much in the same way that I fell in love with Fran and Baxter in The Apartment. These lost people are so easy to identify with. In one way or another aren't we all lost?

One of the most delightful things is that Audrey Hepburn sings Moon River in the film. Moon River is a wonderful, beautiful, dreamy song. Below is the clip from the film. Listen to it while you scroll through some of my favorite stills from Breakfast at Tiffany's.

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Have you seen Breakfast at Tiffany's? If you haven't, you probably should. If you have, speak up! What do you think of the film?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Wild Montana Skies

 Wild Montana Skies by John Denver and Emmylou Harris

I went rock climbing at City of Rocks in Idaho on Saturday. One of the girls gave us a ride in her Jeep and had this song playing. I've had it happily bouncing around in my head for a few days now. 

If you like this song check out this post: Current Favorite Songs.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Rainbow Dress for a Little Girl

My Grandma Summers found this dress in some of my late Grandma Davies belongings cut up and ready to be sewn. I'm really glad she gave it to me to sew up, it's like sewing with Grandma Davies! I am going to save it for when I have little girls.