Monday, August 23, 2010

Kidnapping Plot

Whenever I go home I just want to steal all of the people I love and take them back with me.

These are my favorites who were in town for me to see. They are all on my list of people who need to come to Provo…

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And of course my family. But I’ll get to see them a little longer, especially Amber who will be at BYU for her freshman year!


Friday, August 20, 2010

Show 'n Tell

I just finished up my portfolio for Washington Seminar this week, the last of the last assignments, and it occurred to me that I never got around to showing what I actually did at my internship. So just in case anyone was wondering, here are some clips.

I also created an online portfolio for my communications class for those of you looking to kill time: It’s still a work in progress, but I decided it was functional enough to turn in. Creating this portfolio was also much more fun than the poli sci project.

My first article for my internship at Where Magazine, a travel magazine, was on an art exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. It was a really interesting.

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And I’m too lazy to narrate the rest. These were in the summer/fall Baltimore magazine.



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I also got some photos printed (I took the little one of the dragon boats right above this too)

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If you want to check some more stuff out go to

I’ll have some more articles in the September Washington magazine. And potentially pictures in the Baltimore Guestbook.

Well, that’s it. All done now!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The High-Roller’s View


Provo isn’t exactly the same as Portland, so my sister created a list of things to see and do at home one more time before she heads off for her first year at BYU. So to check one thing off, after church today we took a quick trip up to Pittock Mansion. (For non-Portlanders, Pittock Mansion is the best place to go to get a view of the entire downtown area. The mansion originally belonged to the 1860 owner of the Oregonian and is now a public park. Fabulous place for a picnic. See table above?)

We brought my camera along because we like it. As usual, the whole experience is right here in the album. The narrated stuff is below. I make no guarantees for quality, but they should be at least mildly entertaining!

The day included an un-intentional yet fun mini-photo shoot of Amber:



(she said trees make her eyes look green)


Jumping pictures were a must:

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But I definitely like this best:


They also have interesting flowers. And bees. (I may have become a little distracted. As usual)

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One more difference between Provo and Portland? The mountains. This is what real mountains are supposed to look like. Nice pointy volcanoes. Just sayin’. Love ya Mt. Hood.


Great day.

Friday, August 13, 2010


Exactly one month ago today I went to the Newseum, so I figured this is a good time to post the pictures I took there. Out of all the museums I went to this was definitely my favorite. But I might be a little biased since I am a journalism major….

Here are some highlights, starting with the view from the top. It just happened to be the Capitol Pride festival the day I went up, so Pennsylvania was filled with people.



Right next to the patio they have the front pages of all of the newspapers. The Oregonian has some encouraging news for those who just graduated… not.


Now on to the best stuff. One of the most compelling and moving exhibits was for 9/11. They had a video of interviews with reporters who were there when it happened, and the front pages of newspapers from the next day from all over the world. There was even the tv tower from one of the Twin Towers. I could have stayed there forever. It really brought back the emotion from that day.


And they also have the largest portion of the Berlin Wall outside of Berlin, complete with an original watchtower you can walk in. They really did an amazing job of combining news coverage with artifacts to tell the stories of what happened in history. I highly recommend it! Go to D.C. now.






Thursday, August 12, 2010

Northwest Magic


A brief break from D.C. blogging.

After being in self-imposed lockdown in my room since I got home to try and finish my last two papers for the Washington Seminar program (yes, I still have homework even though I’m home. And yes, I am bitter and hate it more than anything in the world), I took a little break for a day trip to Seattle with my family. Finally I was able to bask in the glory of cities in the Northwest. It’s amazing how they feel completely different from D.C. and definitely Provo. I don’t really know how to describe it. Just know that it is wonderful here.

Here is an example of our day in pictures from my little camera:

First we got the “world’s best” mac & cheese for lunch at Beecher’s at Pike’s Market.


They make their cheese on-site from scratch.


For those of you who don’t know, I have a minor obsession with mac & cheese. Minor meaning it is one of my favorite things in life, right up there with lemonade and mini coopers. This mac & cheese was quite delicious and I loved it, but I’m not sure if it’s my favorite of favorites. Only time will tell. In the meantime, if you know of any fabulous mac & cheese places let me know!

On another note, I feel I can say with 100% confidence the markets on the east coast have nothing on Portland and Seattle. Sure, the ones in D.C. are a lot of fun, but the ones here are just full of all sorts of wonders. Example:


One of my sister and I’s absolute favorite things at the Pike’s are the $5 bouquets of flowers. See:



Also, there were cute sleeping dogs in front of stores. This is for you, Annie.


My goal is to stay up until The End of Time tonight and finish my research paper so I can finally be free. And after that…

Anyone at home up for hitting up the Portland farmers market, saturday market, 23rd, powells, record stores (decided to buy a record player! more on that later), my favorite muffin, old town pizza, waterfront, flicks on the bricks, moonstruck, mcmenamins….?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Embracing Shadows

This is the first of many catch-up posts. I have folders of pictures just waiting to be shared on my computer and a list of blog entry ideas. With all that was happening in D.C., I have to admit sitting at my computer to type was not my number one priority.

I took these pictures some-odd weeks ago on a Sunday night when we wandered over to the FDR memorial and then the Jefferson. I was a little frustrated that I had carried my camera all the way because it was too dark to have anything turn out clear, so I decided to try and make the blur into a good thing and messed around. These are some of the results. Hopefully some of them are interesting:

This is also time appropriate though because we went back to the FDR memorial on our very last night. We just happened to get there right when a ranger talk was starting, and so we wandered over out of curiosity and got sucked into the interesting stories. He told not only the good but the bad as well, and result was engaging and thought provoking. The ranger left us with the challenge appropriate for the end of our whole program -- go out and do good.




Sunday, August 8, 2010


IMG_8892 So I finally finished my goal of reading All the Presidents Men just before leaving D.C. (I got back to Portland late last night). We tried to read it for SPJ at BYU this past semester, but somehow never really got around to it. Since I had already bought it to read I brought it to D.C. and I carried it around in my bag all summer, reading it on lunch breaks and on the Metro. Reading it in D.C. was fabulous, because sometimes the action would be happening right where I was, like at Lafayette Park next to the White House where we lunched every day. When I finished since we lived five minutes from the Watergate hotel we walked over for a little photo shoot…

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P.S. brace yourself for a million catch up blog posts.


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