Saturday, May 12, 2012

What pinterest has taught me

There are some fantastic things about pinterest. Let me correct myself. There are a TON of FABULOUS things pinterest has taught me... here are some of the best tips that I love and will continually use. 

1. Soak your razor in olive oil when not in use. I'm cheap. I use the cheap razors sold in multi-hundred packs from wal-mart. These awesomely cheap razors create hideously gross red bumps on my legs... so much for shaving. THEREFORE, in order to save my legs from cheap razor burns, I soak my razor in olive oil. Granted, it makes for an eye-sore in the bathroom. I'm sure pinterest will come up with a way to secretly disguise this in the bathroom or shower sometime soon. OH OH OH I have an idea! Superglue a soda cup to the side of the shower, with a lid and the razor where the straw is supposed to go so that no water dilutes the oil! OK, it could use some smoothing around the edges. I'm telling you, it's going to be big.

2. Pudding jell-o in your cookies. Ever have the issue where you make AWESOME cookies with DELICIOUS cookie dough (and don't care about that salmonella risk because it is just THAT good) and the next day, oh the next day... the cookies are hard. When I went to culinary school (don't ask me to make you anything, I've forgotten how to do it all) it was OK when cookies got hard, because we ended up using all our baking scraps for "rum balls", basically cake balls but with other baking scraps and rum added to it. (Personally I don't think the rum was really necessary in the first place, and if that wasn't enough to make me not eat them, we made them look like rats.) Pudding jell-o solves all your issues with cookies getting hard. Vanilla pudding for chocolate chip cookies, chocolate pudding for chocolate chocolate cookies... and vwala! They stay nice and soft. It's sure to work, it's Kelsy-proof! 

3. Music in a mug. Let's be honest. I find myself carrying my laptop all over my apartment with me streaming shows on netflix while I get ready in the morning or cook something in the kitchen. While I can't use this trick to get a louder sound for my laptop (hint: other creative pinterest users should make a pin about how to get laptop sounds louder without having to carry speakers everywhere...), this works awesome for when I want to listen to music. Simply, stick your music device in a glass. WABAM!! Instant speakers. Don't ask me how, physics, gravity, e=mc2 or something like that makes it that way.

4. Organizing purses with shower rings. I honestly had a pile of bags until I discovered this pin. I used the same purse over and over because I couldn't stand the thought of going through the mysterious mix of shoes and bags pile in the corner of my closet. Ever since I used shower rings to hang my bags on, I feel like my life (and legs, if I have been soaking the razor in olive oil) has been touched by an angel! 

5. Honey & Lemon Juice for sore throat. This may not be new to anyone, but for me, a girl who was raised on nasty cough syrup or cough drops in order to get rid of a sore throat- this was a Thanksgiving miracle! I have an issue, when I drink too much water, my throat gets very sore. So, I mix lemon juice and honey, put it in the microwave, give it a stir and it is the most delicious cough remedy known to mankind! AND IT WORKS! It makes my throat feel Not only to mention... I feel kind of cool drinking something else other than hot chocolate from a mug since coffee and tea are not part of my daily routine. Tricky tricky...

Yes. 5. I believe there are only 5 out of the 6 handy dandy tricks I have tried on pinterest that I am currently recommending. Let's be honest, I've made more food from pinterest than I have used some of these awesome tricks. But I mainly posted this because my legs feel FANTASTIC! So I thought I'd throw in a few others. I am bound to use all my other handy dandy pins... someday. Until then... KEEP ON PINNING!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

All for a piece of paper

Melissa and I decided last minute to go to commencement, where the President of Disney and Pixar Animation was speaking. To be honest, we were SO bored. The only thing that was entertaining was trying to figure out what all the colors, robes and hats meant of all the faculty members. It was an hour and a half of awards to old people. The speaker wasn't fantastic, but it was fun to hear to hear some stories about Disney/Pixar, but even then there weren't too many I was impressed by. Hard to please? Not really. I mean, I got a kick out of riding TRAX to commencement!

The Story Behind the Announcement
BAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Ok, so let's talk about this for a sec, shall we? Technically I had been in school for only 4 years, and I did 3 semesters of summer classes in between (they really help you get to where you need to be when you're behind! I highly recommend taking school during the summer.) I had the opportunity of interning at Scripps Encinitas, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly the Salt Lake Art Center) and with the Utah Athletics Marketing Department. I attended BYU, UVU (culinary school) (don't ask me to make you anything, my family can attest the fact that I've forgotten everything) (I mean, I dropped out... come on!) and finally the U of U (they let me graduate before I could hit every school in Utah.) 

Melissa and I met Fall semester when I had walked into the third class of PR Cases and Campaigns and joined her group to put on a campaign for a PR Group. We instantly became friends.  Our professor will never know how big of an impact her class was on us. And it was not because of the content of the course...

The Lei
Does my lei look like fake money to you? Well, you're right. It's not really "real" money... it's BETTER than real money! It's made of Disney dollars. When asked after the graduation ceremony where I was going, you bet your buttons I responded with, "I'm going to DISNEYLAND!!"

The Convocation
Let's be honest, the second convocation ceremony wasn't much better than the first. Everyone around us was on their iphone. They had Orson Scott Card in attendance for an honorary degree, and they didn't even have him speak! The man is hanging out with Indiana Jones, and who did we have speak? ... I don't even know. Kory and I had a fantastic texting session and game of Draw Something going on throughout the ceremony... until her phone battery died. 

Josh Rios
This is my friend Josh Rios. I met Josh Rios my freshman year at BYU, when we were both taking classes at the Salt Lake Center (another AWESOME and equally encouraged idea- look into it!) We became instant friends once we found out we grew up 15 minutes away from each other. Josh Rios is from Escondido, CA, and we had some similar friends. At graduation, Josh said, "In a million years I never thought I'd be graduating from the U. In 2 million years I never thought I'd be graduating with YOU!" I saw Josh Rios for the first time in years walking into one of my classes last summer at the U. He became my mentor, and showed me that there was a quicker way to graduation day than I had originally planned. 
Disney Dollars for the Rios Family! 

The Family
You know someone really loves you if they come to your graduation ceremony. Let's be honest, there could be things that get more boring. But, still, this is a close second. After commencement in the morning, I realized the most entertaining graduating ceremony would include a flash mob dance... and I wish I thought of it months ago to spice things up a bit. 

My parents flew out from San Diego, and my sister and her family flew out from Dallas to watch the 3 seconds of my name over the microphone, walking to receive a diploma cover and shake a mans hand that I don't even know.  Not to mention, this all happening at THE U. A BYU family now has a U graduate and they showed up for my graduation. Now that, my friends, is true cariño. 

So what does a U of U graduate to do once school is over? 

Take this movie trailer, minus all the life-time friend lovey-doveyness, and do exactly this: become jobless, move back home to San Diego, search for jobs, probably hit up an entry-level job until I land something more secure, and fall in love with my parents new hot Brazilian neighbor. Besides, if I'm going to be jobless, why not be jobless in paradise?

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