9.26.2013

Chicago

And... it looks like we haven't stepped out into the sun since 2011. 

This past week was incredible. Breck and I traveled to Chicago with a few of my coworkers to attend the Story Conference. Breck was very excited to have an entire conference named after him. 
We crammed in A LOT in 5 days (left with 100 pictures on my phone, came back with 800) but pinky promise I'll keep it brief! 

Day 1
What is it about being in a plane that makes you feel so alive? The eminent threat of engine failure followed by a plummet to your death? Yes.


Day 2


Travel Trip: If you go to Chicago, head to Walgreens and ask for a 7 day CTA pass. It's only $28 dollars and the buses and L can take you anywhere your heart desires!







OMG. Top left. Where is Ursula???

This tiger was such a cheeser. 

What does the fox say?

I don't know. But I love it.

The Story Conference started on day 2! We were in a dark cathedral with lightening flashing through the stained glass windows... when the ceiling came alive! They had an awesome projector show to kick of the night, totally made me feel like I was in the great hall at Hogwarts!

We finished off the day by watching Blood Brother, a.k.a. the best, most haunting documentary I've ever seen:

It's screening across America so look it up. Everyone should see this movie. 


Day 3

9 AM Paper Route concert? Why not.

Followed by this Austrailian beat boxer? That makes total sense. (You should watch this!!! All of it!)


One of my favorite presenters from that day was Chuck Anderson. He inspired me to start doing something I love everyday. If you follow me on Instagram you might of noticed that I've been posting a daily doodle. That will switch to my blog (tab at the top) so that I don't overflow Instagram feeds! Any requests are welcome. If you have a quote you want done just comment on the page and I'd be happy to do it! 

Each piece of this pizza is like 5 pizza's stacked on top of each other. Breck (who can eat a large pizza by himself) could barely get through 2 pieces! Oh and my old internship building! 

One of my favorite places in the city.

Finding bits of home at The Chicago Tribune Building.

We went and saw The Book of Mormon Musical! For my thoughts on that click here.


Day 4

My favorite speaker of this day was Alex Chen, the director of Google Creative labs. He's the guy who created the Google Guitar.  He is a genius. I don't even get ow his brain works. Here's another one of his personal projects that turns the New York subway system into a tune.

Skyhigh selfie.  Breck was at the Braves v. Cubs game so I went exploring on my lonesome.

Travel Trip: I recommend the CityPass if you head to Chicago. You get all the tickets to the biggest attractions, save a bunch of money, and get to skip all the lines! Hallelujah!

Fancy work dinner at a Brazilian Steakhouse. Vanilla soaked apricots? Nectar of the gods. 

Oh just my boss and my husband trying to change a strangers tire in the middle of the city. Two hours later... she still had a flat tire and we were sprinting through Union Station to get the last train! We made it... with one minute to spare!


Day 5

Portillo's is a MUST if you go to Chicago. Don't ask how many calories are in the cake shake. Just get it. 

And Sprinkles. German Chocolate is my favorite!



Can you even believe this view?

Didn't know about my fear of heights until this moment. But it really kicked in when the 300 pound man stepped on next to me. 


Can you even imagine a more perfect team to pick you up?? Thanks Callie, Hannah, and MS. Charlie!

Miss this place already! If your ever planning a trip to Chicago, let me know!

9.22.2013

A Mormon's Review on The Book of Mormon Musical

This past week, Breck and and I flew to Chicago

It was a busy trip, but let's chat about our experience Thursday night when we went to see the infamous Book of Mormon Musical. 

Deciding to get the tickets was an interesting process. When I asked Breck if he wanted to go, his only response was, "Uh, I don't think your mom would like that." As always, he was right:

But it made me curious. I actually google searched, "What do Mormons think about the Book of Mormon Musical" and the only thing that came up were members that:

1. Were vehemently against it. 

2. Had never actually seen it. 

So I decided to go. If I was going to make a stand against something, I wanted to be informed. 

And I have a lot of feelings about it. 

First, an overview of the plot:
The play centers around Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, two missionaries sent to labor in Africa. Elder Price is what we would call "AP Material" while Elder Cunningham is the companion you just try to survive. The people in their mission are unresponsive to their teachings, so they go to extreme lengths to relate the topics in the BOM to the trials they are experiencing. 

Let's start off with an easy question. Would I recommend it? 
Nope.

But NOT because of what it says about Mormons. Honestly, when it came to the content that actually reflected on our religion, Breck and I were probably laughing harder than anyone else. They talked about stuff that we already make fun of ourselves for, or things that we acknowledge are hard to accept at face value.

For example, one song is called "I Believe." Take a listen:


Sure, it pokes fun at Mormons. But it's a satire! Did they get all the facts right? Definitely not. However, I never felt a vindictive attitude from the cast or audience. And although the plot revolves around LDS characters, it's not like the writers spared anyone. Christians, Africans, Jews, Asians... they threw just about everyone under the bus. If you can laugh at yourself, that part of the play was a breeze.

The music is great! The humor is spot on! The cast is wonderful!
So... why wouldn't I recommend it?

MY GOSH. It is so, so, so vulgar. There were 2 or 3 songs that made me (and trust me, I don't get bothered by pretty much anything) cringe, look away, and seriously consider leaving.

You can be at ease knowing none of these moments specifically related to LDS teachings or beliefs, but they were there, they were in your face, and it tainted the rest of the play.

Beyond the glamour, the lights, the talent, the most fascinating thing about the show was the reaction of the crowd. At intermission, the audience was just buzzing around us. Everyone was asking each other questions about Mormons and pulling out their phones to figure out what a particular joke meant. How brilliant is it that the church took out ad space in the playbill and put in these ads?

As we rode the train home that night and discussed the play, I think Breck hit it right on the head when he said, "I don't think it's a conversion tool by any means, but I can guarantee that everyone in that theater will be more willing to open the door to the next missionary that comes by."
End Scene. 

9.16.2013

Back in Action

Story of my life right now:

1. We moved to the ghetto. As in I make eye contact with every single person so that if they kidnap me I'll be able to identify them. It's cool though because it's cut off a good 30 minutes of my drive time and the apartment itself is pretty dang cute.

Also, I no longer have the crappiest car in my parking lot. It's the little things.

2. Work is pretty busy but I'm kind of madly in love with it. The company has a grand total of six employees and I'm the only girl, so each of us has a huge say in what the culture is like.

Perks include

Dart Wars:

Maple Monday's:

Thai/Tie Tuesday's:

Walt Wednesday's in which we, you guessed it, eat popcorn and watch Disney movies.

Oh and I'm going to Chicago this week for a conference full of people from Google, Pixar, Disney etc. AND they are letting Breck come too. What? Yes.

We do get work done! And they encourage side projects like these going away gifts I made for our awesome interns.
(It's paradise! And we are hiring if anyone is interested!)

3. We road tripped to Arkansas to visit Breck's fam.

This conversation happened at church:

Breck's friend: So when are you moving back to Arkansas???

Me:

No offense Arkansas. But there isn't an Anthro in the entire state. Where would I get my whimsical dishes? WHERE? 

4. I have literally watched 3 seasons of Parks and Recreation in the past week. 

As a result I'm having an odd affinity for breakfast food. 

And a little wary of library's 

Wonder why. 

Mkay! Bye!