Monday, November 16, 2015

Team Vicky

Vicky loves to try and get me to mimic statues' poses while at art museums. Sometimes I'll try really hard to make myself do it, but always get too uncomfortable and embarrassed. The main way you can tell this is to look at my hands because I hold them so awkwardly when I'm self-conscious. I think that's what Vicky means when she says I have "chipmunk hands."

Also, this is Vicky trying to convince me and Bruce to finish eating that doughnut. She ultimately finished it because she can't let food go to waste. Also, note her free t-shirt. Someday I'll write about all the things Vicky has done to get a free t-shirt. Team Vicky forever.

Sister Wives

Happy to have Steve and Ariel as my sister wives and best friends in New York City and the world. 

Some nice friends on my 27th birthday

Back row: Landon Jones, Allison Sligting Mays, Vicky Chen, me (holding Livy Jones), Emily Brown, Christopher Bennion, cousin Daniel Barnes (holding baby Farrah). Middle row: Kimi Jones (holding baby Stella), cousin Kayla (holding Meena). Front row: Lars Christensen, Trevor Christensen, Tanner Williams, James Talbot.
Earlier that day, Vicky and I jumped off a bridge into the Provo River. Vicky was wearing her Hawaiian "little boy" swimsuit and it took us about an hour to finally jump in after sitting on the edge. Later that night, Vicky, Kimi and I went skinny dipping. Kimi and Vicky's first time. I'm the proudest that I FINALLY convinced Vicky to skinny dip. It's been a goal of mine since like 2013. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Schleiffarth takes NY

Kirk visited and it was so fun. I love him a lot, even though he has been known to make fun of the way I sleep, responded "kiiiiind of" one time when I asked him if he wanted to kiss, and told me the reason I almost passed out while hiking the Grand Canyon with him was because I was being self-conscious about my breathing and needed to breathe harder. Kirk is a true mountain man so I wanted him to love NY. I worked really hard to make sure we checked off all his bucket list items. "New York, I love you, but you're bringing me down" is forever etched in my brain because he didn't stop singing it the whole time. Also, it sounded like a broadway routine, so I just wanted to do jazz hands every time he started to sing it. 

Here's a list of everything we did:

- Yankees game (proud to say that the Instagram I posted about the game got me my most Instagram likes I've ever gotten. Cha-ching.)
- Explored Harlem + ate at Harlem Shake
- Shake Shack 
- Times Square
- Museum of Natural History (loved going with Kirk who geeked out over rocks and had me take pictures of him next to rocks for scale.) 
- Doughnut Plant
- Mamoun's 
- Lower East Side
- Smoothies
- Coney Island
- Lombardi's (and mostly talked about people moving to Mars and who even does that?!)
- Molly's Cupcakes
- Church
- Brooklyn Bridge + Please Touch the Art in BK
- Country Hill BBQ
- And then we were supposed to watch Breaking Bad but Kirk watched basketball instead 
- Also, secret confession!! Kirk was so stressed about getting sick the whole trip because he was going climbing in the Alps after NY. (Like anytime I barely sniffled, he would freak out and be like, "Are you sick?! Stay away from me!" Yeah, he's a sweetheart.) But, I totally ended up getting SO SICK. I puked TWICE on Monday (the day he left, but after he left) and again today, so please bless Kirky didn't get sick and puke off the side of the mountain. So nervous.

Hi, I'm Kirk and I love women.
Please Touch the Art - raaaaad exhibition
Steve wanted us to take a serious band photo. Kirk was the only winner.
Coney Island, I'll always love you. (PC: Kirk)
I loved Coney Island more than Kirk. We went into a little museum there and the guy working there said, "Let me know if you have any questions." And Kirk leaned over to me and whispered, "Yeah, I have a question. Why would anyone come here?"
My ombre is perfect in this picture. Thanks, Celia.
I'm obsessed with Ariel. Sooo glad and thankful all the time that her and Steve live here at the same time as me. Also, I was drooling over her outfit - that hat + perfect leather jacket + hot pink lipstick. So dreamy.
Steve Martin takes the dreamiest pictures.
Nose goes for someone to ride the roller coaster with Kirk.
Just doing my normal sunscreen application.
Hi, I'm Kirk and I wish my life was a broadway musical.
PC: Schleiffarth

Merry Christmas, Trevor. (Trevor said his Christmas wish is for me to post more pictures of myself.)

And then Kirk wanted to pray.

Kirk sees the second coming in the distance and Ariel is the cutest.
Shoot. Cutest friends. Remember when meshing friend groups used to give me serious anxiety and now it's my favorite!?
Little Italy is the dreamiest.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

tiny update

New York is rainy and dreamy. I'm obsessed with my new glasses. I love ombre hair (thanks Celia!), really dangly earrings and mandarin collars and I have the best home teachers ever.


I drove to Vermont last weekend with Steve and Ariel in Steve's fancy borrowed Cadillac from work. 

It was the best because:

- we found two swimming holes (Steve swam in both, I swam in one, and Ariel swam in none.) 
- roasted hot dogs, marshmallows, biscuits, and wrapped peaches in dough and tin foil. 
- went to a yarn making place
- went to a petting zoo (because Ariel is obsessed with baby animals), and we got to hold baby goats
- camped and I finally got to test out my new sleeping bag
- found the dreamiest little houses
- Brattleboro (Brattlebro, Battleboro, etc.) farmer's market
- saw the cutest old homes and a lovely church covered with leaves
- we thought Ariel broke the Cadillac because she accidentally pushed the gas instead of the brake and the check engine light came on but we all separately prayed and secreted the check engine light off
- ate Thai food
- ate huge ice cream cones
- ate a giant breakfast in CT on our way home

I'm also just obsessed with Ariel and Steve. They are some of my best friends, and I'm always so grateful that I get to live in NY at the same time as them. Brigham asked me if Steve and Ariel every get sick of me and I was like, "No way, man! They always invite me along and Ariel texts me and says she misses me when I leave! And when I woke up after falling asleep in the car, Steve said, 'Yay, Nad's awake! Now we'll have more fun!'" Birgham still looked really skeptical, but I'm pretty sure they don't get sick of me because I don't get sick of them and we all love each other so much. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

some things I'm really loving right now:

- spring! In NYC
- flowering trees
- leaves on trees
- this weather
- Shake Shack burgers + bacon
- Quiet House's new album
- the girls in my relief society
- Sufjan Stevens
- my new home teachers
- that Bekah Ludlow and I have proclaimed our love for each other
- And, Bekah in general
- facetime chats with Niels
- Parks and Rec
- all types of poetry (obsessed with reading poetry lately)
- Cheiko Okazaki
- that I truly believe in prayer
- the subway
- biking
- being kind to others and when others are kind to me
- the brisket from Hill Country BBQ
- Morgenstern's (especially caramel sesame!) (omg, I don't know why I wasn't instantly in love when Brigham took me there in the fall. So much ice cream I've missed out on)
- Ample Hills and their salted crack caramel ice cream
- chambray
- hot pink lipstick
- jeans with holes in the knees
- hot yoga 
- New Yorkers
- thick sweaters worn over a collared chambray shirt
- sandals
- black leather jackets
- that everyone is out of their apartments - in the park, sitting on their stoops, and playing music in the street

DC houses are the cutest houses // DC, part II

Celia is one of my dearest friends and is one of my most long-time best friends. We became friends due to living on the same street when I was a sophomore and Celia was a junior. We both had a fake crush on Andrew Skabelund (until she had a real crush on him and dated him), and spent our summers sleeping on the tramp, going to 7 Peaks, watching What Not to Wear and some lame MTV shows. When she went on her mission, her now-husband, Benson, and I remained friends and like the best friend I am, DIDN’T tell her about when he was dating other girls. I was there when she opened her mission call (and when I hugged my congratulations to her after she got set apart as I missionary, I RUBBED HER BUTT WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT IT IN FRONT OF THE STAKE PRESIDENT. !!!!) I was a bride’s maid at her wedding and spent many family reunions with her and her family. I took care of her down syndrome cousin, Julie Ann, for a year, which pretty much meant that I was getting paid to hang out with Celia. Celia is the type of friend who, having grown up together, knows all my aunts, uncles, my mom before her accident, and pretty much everyone who’s important to me since I was 12. Her and Benson also invited me to live with them in their one bedroom apartment when I moved to New York since my housing had last minute and unexpectedly fallen through. Hanging out in DC with her and Benson and getting to meet precious little Sebastian was the best and I love witnessing Celia evolve into this new sweet and perfect little mama.

Also, on this trip got to see cousin Harry! I haven’t seen him in years and although we weren’t extremely close growing up, it was so fun to see each other as adults and get to talk and connect on a lot more stuff. He insisted on driving me home and buying me dinner, so he’s definitely one of the best cousins there is.

Also got to see Clark Goldsberry (one of the best!) and I love talking with him more than I love talking with a lot of people. We met up at a bookstore, where Clark was lugging pounds and pounds of camera equipment and ate the MOST delicious food from Founding Farmers. We ran through museums and waited in a long line for Georgetown cupcakes and the people waiting in line with us gave Clark the rest of their pizza because he was starving and also he’s kind and charming, so of course people want to feed him! It was the best. Also got to see Jessica Daye, a beloved mission friend. We walked and talked and ate fancy happy-hour priced chocolate desserts.

And I take back what I said about DC all being the same color, in a negative way. Even though many of the buildings are the exact same color, it’s pretty in a monotone kind of way and there are plenty of charming and colorful homes to make up for it.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

DC, part I

Home of my 2011 profile picture ^^

Reunited with long lost cousin, Harry. He bought me dinner and insisted on driving me home. Sweetest.

This tiny sleepy face is TOO MUCH.
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TERRIFYING. I'm eternally scared to open cupboards in the Bratt's house.


Strolling Georgetown.

The cutest little tiny there is.