Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I love this candid shot of Kambria shopping at Fashion Island. She had obviously been watching us try on purses, putting them on our shoulders and walking around. So she nonchalantly grabbed my shopping bag and put it on her shoulder and started walking around like a little shopping diva. It was so cute! She's such a good little shopper just like her Auntie Aubrey. It was a proud moment for me!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Unfortunately, it may be several months before I can get my hands on it because there's talk of another 60 day escrow. I guess that'll give me plenty of time to come up with some exciting concepts for my design. You'll have to stay tuned to see what we do...
Sunday, October 26, 2008
A special "Thank You" to Heather for putting together this awesome video of the YES on Prop 8 demonstration from Saturday. Be sure to visit YouTube by clicking HERE to rate the video and leave your comments.
For more information about Prop 8, visit our blog at http://www.preservingmarriage.blogspot.com/.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I feel like our efforts today were a great success! It's truly an incredible feeling to stand up for something you believe so strongly in and then have other members of the community honk, give a thumbs up, or even stop by to wave a sign with you for a few minutes.
After finishing up at our street corner we all piled in the car and headed down the coast to give a few honks, hoots, and hollers to the other supporters. It was so great to see everyone else out in full force having so much fun.
Regardless of the negative slander we recieved, what we did today has given me a greater hope that Prop 8 will pass, as long as we continue doing all we can to share our excitement with the commmunity and encourage those YES voters to get to the Polls.
FYI - I don't normally look so homeless. I enjoyed a run on the beach and was a sweaty make-up-less mess. Don't hate. Just vote YES on 8.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
When I arrived at the showroom, I was given one item as my inspiration for the space; a deep chocolate colored rug with a large geometric print. I was told to choose furniture, fabrics, trims, and a wall covering to complement it. I quickly envisioned Mr. Spielberg sitting behind his desk, looking over his office, and then it came to me. Hollywood Chic. Something trendy, contemporary, and extremely lush. A gentleman's retreat. An inspirational headquarters. An Oscar winning design.
I went to work pulling fabrics, choosing furniture, and designing a layout. At the end of my thirty minute scurry I was pleased with my selections and turned in the final design. I have to wait a few weeks while all the other applicants go through the same process before I find out if I've made it to the third of FIVE rounds of interviews! Whether I get the job or not, I'm still grateful for the learning experience and can use it to build myself as a designer for the future homes I'll create.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
JOB OPPORTUNITY #1:
The first interview was for a Floral Shop in downtown Laguna Beach. They're a new company and are trying to expand the events side of their mostly retail shop. If hired, I would work as an event planner/floral designer for weddings, corporate events, and any other kind of work I can find them. It's an exciting opportunity and something I've always wanted to get in to. Plus, I think I'd be good at it. Creating, designing, inventing, marketing, networking. Could be fun!
JOB OPPORTUNITY #2:
The second interview was for a position at a showroom in the Laguna Design Center as a Showroom Manager. It's a big title, and one I'm not sure I'm even worthy of. But I applied anyway. The showroom sells fabrics and furniture to the trade in addition to commissioning outside design jobs. I think it would be exciting to take on the responsibility and a great opportunity for growth. I'm just not so sure I could handle the stress of running an entire showroom.
I'm still tossing and turning about the two jobs. Maybe I'll just forget about them both and continue doing my own thing. After all, I love being my own boss!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Well tonight when I took it again with my roommates I was pleasantly suprised to find that we were all BLUE! But what is even more interesting to me is that after finding out we were all blue, we learned that each one of us has a strong amount of each one of the other colors. I am mostly blue with a little red. Katie is mostly blue with a little white. And Allie is mostly blue with a little yellow.
Basically, I've come to the conclusion that becuase we all have a lot of blue, we can relate well with each other. But because we each have a little bit of another color, we compliment each other. I obviously bring to the table a more assertive personality, while Katie is the peacemaker, and Allie is the playful one.
So what does all this even mean? Well, this is how it works:
RED – “Red” personalities are motivated by power, or the ability to get things done and move from Point A to Point B. They are focused, proactive, natural leaders and can be argumentative.
BLUE – “Blue” personalities are motivated by intimacy, or connecting and sharing deeply and meaningfully with others. They are quality-oriented, nurturing, analytical and emotionally intense.
WHITE – “White” personalities are motivated by peace, or the ability to stay calm even in the midst of conflict. They are kind, self-regulated, diplomatic and timid.
YELLOW – “Yellow” personalities are motivated by fun, or living in and enjoying the moment. They are spontaneous, charismatic, sociable and forgetful.
Have you taken the test yet? What color are you?
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday was so beautiful that I decided to step away from all the designing and take the afternoon off to play with my roommates down at Tablerock in Laguna. When we got down to the beach it was simply picture perfect and I was bummed I forgot my camera in the car. Luckily I remembered my phone has a pretty sweet camera. I love how the sun altered the lighting and made it look like night and how our shadows on the sand look scratchy and bitmapped. Maybe I'll be forgetting my camera a little more often.
Friday, October 17, 2008
I hope the faces of these children and the words of their loving parents have touched your heart and given you a new perspective on why it's so important that we vote yes on Prop 8.
To learn more visit: http://preservingmarriage.blogspot.com/
Thursday, October 16, 2008
But Oh No! After the first huge drop I thought I was a goner. I think I cried the entire coaster. No, really. It was the most rickety, rockety, un-safe feeling coaster I've ever been on in my life. And I'm not the only one that thought so. I was on it with three guys who said "At every turn I said to myself...this is the turn I'm going to die on. For sure!" I really thought we were going to die. And I'm not afraid of roller-coasters.
After the ride was over I had tears streaming down my cheeks. Don't laugh! It was really scary. Ok, you can laugh cuz it was pretty ridiculous. Needless to say, I will never be riding the GhostRider again. Ever! Maybe you'll have more fun than I did...if you like ALMOST DYING!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The Family: A Proclamation to the World
"The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity."
To learn more about the reasons to vote YES on Prop 8 be sure to visit our blog: Preserving Marriage for California.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
After three days of rest and recuperation, my little sister Jacki and baby Dallen were released from the hospital. Unfortunately, she started feeling ill Saturday evening and was re-admitted to the hospital with high blood pressure and severe headaches. Today while she undergoes an MRI and a few other tests, I opted to stay in Tempe with Grandma Mimi and little Dallen until Jacki is well enough to return home. We are all praying for her speedy recovery.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Guess I'm not going to Utah this weekend! My little sister Jacki unexpectedly went into labor Wednesday night and delivered a healthy baby boy via c-section. I am please to welcome my new little love into the world. Here are the stats:
Dallen Scott Bracken
Wendesday, October 8, 2008 @ 11:45pm
7 lbs. 4 oz. and 18 inches
After the delivery my brother-in-law Mark called me and held the phone up to Dallen's crying voice and I just lost it. I was so overcome with emotions of joy that I couldn't keep the tears back. I've already seen a few pictures via cell phone and he is absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to share pictures with everyone! I'm off to Arizona now to meet my little nephew. I'm an AUNTIE!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Kiele, the lightweight, being hoisted up by Rodney, the muscle man.
This last one was taken by a passer-byer on a cell phone. Guess he didn't quite understand that we wanted the WHOLE pyramid in the picture. At least he was able to capture Brad defying gravity. How'd he do that?
Monday, October 6, 2008
The next morning the early birds were up with the dawn and ran a few miles while the rest of us lazys slept in and enjoyed the warm down comforters. By 9:00 we were all up and the 10 of us enjoyed breakfast in bed as we feasted upon the Word. After the first session of conference we headed out to the pool for some R&R and a light lunch. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day.
After some sunshine and a dip in the pool we headed back up to the rooms for the last session. What a spiritual feast! After conference we packed up our bags and headed for some grub at Armando's, a local mexican restaurant that came highly recommended by a friend from Huntingon. Good call.
With our bellies full and only a few hours of daylight left, we hit the road and made our last stop at the Desert Springs outlets for some cheap shopping. I think the best finds of the day go to Miss Amber Garrett. That girl always finds the cutest clothes. I think next time I'll just hand her my credit card and tell her to buy 2 of everything. One for her, and one for me. Can't wait for next year!!!