Sunday, June 17, 2012

Oh what are men to rocks and mountains?

Not really. 
I think men are pretty great, but whenever I'm in the mountains I think of that Jane Austen quote. 

Do you like my Mary Jane shoes that doubled as my hiking shoes when I first got here?  (My tennis shoes were coming down later with a friend)

Surprisingly, they did very well (even though they got very dirty, and my socks are stained orange from it). I've loved these Merrell shoes. Unfortunately they don't make them anymore and mine are starting to feel a little worn.

Here are some pictures from the hiking I've done while I've been in Cedar City:

Zions National Park
Most of these are at the upper Emerald Pools.  It was so beautiful.  I love the contrast of the red rock and the greenery.

Red Cliffs
At Red Cliffs there were Anasazi ruins and dinosaur prints as well as a fun hike.  It was a delight to go with people who had never seen dinosaur footprints or ancient ruins.  I take this sort of stuff for granted and it's nice to be reminded how some people may never see things like this.  I am a lucky girl indeed.  And the hike was awesome.  We followed a river up to this place where there were pools of water and a natural water slide in the red rock.  It was gorgeous.  People were swimming in it and have a grand ol' time (I wasn't adequately prepared to swim.)

Dinosaur Footprints

A glimpse of the pools
The water slide is in the back of this picture.  You could go over this little ledge to more procarious hiking, but I was a chicken with my little mary jane shoes and the ledge above water, so I stayed behind and watched people's stuff.  After my roommate Shelby came back she told me it was probably a good thing I didn't go, because she didn't know how someone with short legs could do it.  (She's 5' 11'' and has long legs to match).

 Anasazi Ruins

The hiking group

Back at Zions
Some of my Bountiful friends came to visit me, and we went to Zions and enjoyed the lovely rocks.
MaryAnn and I by the rock I affectionately called, "the ham rock"
The hike on Watchman's Trail.  Beautiful isn't it?  There were surprisingly few people on this trail, which I enjoyed.
This was taken on our scenic drive through Kolob, the northern part of Zions.  My it was beautiful.  I'd love to go back someday for some hiking.  But seriously, the view was breath taking.
This actually isn't from hiking.  This was just a beautiful trail we found on the outskirts of Cedar as we were letter boxing.  It was gorgeous.  If I had a car, I'd come here to go running.

So, I've done some great hiking while I've been here.  Nothing too crazy, like Angel's Landing, but I've enjoyed it none the less.  I love hiking and being in nature.  I love the red rock, but I'm ready to see a bit more green.  I have a soft spot in my heart for greenery and trees.  Perhaps it's my childhood in Washington coming out.  In a week I'll be back north again, perhaps there will be a bit more green there. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Les Mis Costumes (what I've really been doing in Cedar City)

At last, you can see what I've been working on. These dresses were mine to build from scratch. (We also did lots of alterations.) Special thanks to our designer Kevin Alberts for being so organized and awesome, which actually made the 250 or so looks in this show actually possible to be ready for our dress rehearsal on Saturday.

This first look is Fantine, played by Melinda Pfundstien. This dress is now finished completely, but I have yet to get pictures up of that.  Now it's down in the dye room getting made to look old and dirty. It has been fun to make something for a lead character!

This is the ballgown I made (making - I'm finishing it tomorrow).  It has been a delight and a challenge to make.  My fabric came in after everyone else so it was a mad dash to catch up with everyone else, but I made it!  In fact it only took me about 24 work hours to go from pieces of fabric to fitting stage, which is what you see below.  I couldn't believe how fast it went together.  Of course, now there's all the time consuming finishing work, but it's still coming together nicely.  It now has buttons on the front and lots of flowers on the ruffle.  She's going to look so beautiful.  I love the lace that chevrons down the front.  I rather want a ballgown myself. The actress that wears this is Sara Griffin.  She was very sweet last week and brought our team brownies to say 'thank you' for making her costumes. 

Pictures taken by Jack Schmitz, our awesome first hand (the person that cut out the fabric).

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Who I Want to Be

Sometimes I think I want to be like Audrey Hepburn.  A fashion icon.  Beautiful.  Lovely.  And perhaps even a bit famous (though in costume or fashion, not acting).

On the outside, that life looks fabulous.  But then when I look at her life more, I realize I don't really want to be like her.  She was malnourished during the war, which is why she was always so skinny.  Her marriages were not always the best and being famous surely had it's hardships.

Although I do have to give Miss Hepburn credit.  She did do a lot of humanitarian work and did have some words of wisdom. 

She was great in many ways and I love those words. But the point is, I want my greatness to be in the Lord, not the world.
When I think of what I really want to be, I think of this quote:

“I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.
I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children.
I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden.
I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.
I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.”

When it all comes down to it, do I want to be remembered for my beauty and fashion?  Or for my humility, service and love for people and life?

I suppose I better stop blogging and get to work serving  : )

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Fresh Baked Bread

I made bread tonight.  My favorite thing about homemade bread is the hot crusty crust when the bread first comes out of the oven.  And sometimes, when I'm all alone, this is what happens.

I eat all of the end pieces.

I probably didn't need all of that bread, but it sure tasted good.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

What a Beautiful Sunday

Today my roommate and I have been quite productive in the kitchen.  We've made roast beef, mashed potatoes (Well, a mix of cauliflower and potatoes.  If you haven't tried mashed cauliflower/potatoes, I highly recommend it!), salad, gravy, chocolate chip cookies (Shelby is making 6 dozen!), pumpkin muffins, and a pumpkin pie (for pie day at work tomorrow).  I think that's pretty good for a Sunday afternoon.  Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures.  I suppose I could go take a picture of my pie, but it's not very pretty.  You see, we don't have a pie plate so it's cooked in a round cake pan.  Not very pretty, but it will taste delicious.  It's one of my favorite recipes, even if it isn't in season.  In my mind, pumpkin is always in season.

In fact, I think I'll share the recipe, because it should be shared:

Pumpkin Pie