Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I really think

So what if my personal blog has become a repository for videos of random bands playing good music.

I really think that Vincent Moon is doing some of the most exciting things happening in Music/Film. I feel that this is further evidenced in his latest video with Fleet Foxes.

I mean the sound! Geez, I think they are all wearing lavs, and yet they mix it to catch that incredible space! I miss playing music.

Fleet Foxes - A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Jobs and Such

Yo Peeps. As if getting married recently wasn't enough excitement in my life (it is!), I recently quit another job. Here is the story behind it:

Ever since I graduated from school, I have wanted to get back into it. Seriously, the time that I spent at BYU was so awesome, and the jobs that I had as a graduate student were the best ever. I loved teaching -- and despite the fact that I am not the greatest at it, I wanted to get back into it.

When I moved to Seattle, I was desperately looking for a job. I looked for teaching spots, but there are relatively few community colleges in the area that have any course of study that I would be an expert on (Mass Comm, Video/Film, Saved by the Bell), and the ones that did really didn't have any openings.

But randomly, before the wedding, I found a job posting for a teaching position at a Technical College in Kirkland. It was in the Video Production department -- I really didn't have any intention of leaving my current job, but decided to apply just for the heck of it (putting my resume together the night before the wedding while watching "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" with James). After all, there are a few teaching jobs that I could take, so this would be the perfect opportunity to get in and get some experience at the community college/technical college level.

I got a call while on my honeymoon for an interview.

At my first interview I talked too much and didn't think I did very well. But I got another interview -- apparently they liked me and offered me the job. I am the newest Full Time Faculty in the Multimedia Design and Production Department at Lake Washington Technical College.

So now I am taking another road that I didn't anticipate, but that I have always wanted. Today is day number two (I start teaching Monday) and I am scared out of my mind. There are so many unknowns, so many areas where I don't have a clue, but this time I am determined to not let that scare me away.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Check out my married blog for updates on my married life. Peace!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Two Days!

I am so excited!!!

Now if only stupid work didn't keep me from having fun. urgggh.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Our new blog

So I don't know if everyone knows this, but Steph and I started a new blog for our wedding and/or our future life together.  Use it to figure out how to get to our reception, learn about me and Steph, or send us a wedding gift via the internet.

Our wedding is from the future.  Check it out at

3 more weeks!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Before I became all domesticated, I used to pride myself on an ability to make a mean mix CD.  This was back when I still kept up with music and stuff, and I would enjoy giving these CDs to friends as birthday presents.  To try and keep sharing music in this digital age, I started a music blog which turned into a podcast.  And while that is fun and all, I still don't have the chance to share a shiny disc full of music with anyone.

Enter  I read about it on Wired this week.  And the site is pretty cool.  You can upload 12 songs and anyone can go listen to them like a complete mix CD.  I made my first tonight and maybe I will try to update in the future.  However, this means that I may actually have to try and find some new music.


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Lay off me, I'm starving!!

Hey dudes -- sorry it's been so long since I've last posted, but I figured I'd better give any remaining blog readers out there an update on my life.

Some of you may have heard, but Nathaniel, Jane, and I got booted out of our house. It was sad, and only now do I fully realize how good I had it there. Anyway, I ditched Seattle and moved to Kirkland to be closer to work. I moved in with James for a few months before I have to dish out money and get an apartment for me and the lady. Meanwhile, here is my basement abode:

It's pretty cool, but not too cool that I am not excited to ditch this place and move in with a lady (only 2 plus months til the wedding!)

Oh, and while I was moving over here to Kirkland, my old faithful blue Honda shot out some nasty smoke and gave its final breath. It was a sad day, because that car had served me for 230,000+ miles and had seen some pretty awesome times. These are some highlights in the old blue Honda:

1) Road tripping with Jared Clark to San Francisco to see the Notwist and hang out with those dudes out there, before they were all married
2) Amanda cracking the windshield with her foot in the middle of our break up
3) Road trip to Jenn Nations mission farewell -- Suzanne, Nathaniel and I at Las Vegas Casinos at 3 am. Also the same night as Suzanne's infamous mustard sandwich at Carl's Jr.

That's all I can think of right now. Feel free to give your memories and pay your respects in the comments below.

But with death brings new life. And this car was brought into mine:

It's a 2008 Honda Civic (high rollin, I know!) The ride is pretty dope and futuristic. So futuristic that it has a digital speedometer ("why yes officer, I can tell you the exact speed that I was going"). I figure it will be a handy car to have around when gas gets up to 1 firstborn/gallon.

Well that's it for my update. I will try to be better about updating this.

Oh, and now is a good time to buy your plane tickets for the wedding. Remember Aug 16th! We already have one confirmed guest: Mike Nations -- so that should be enough to get anyone up here.


Monday, May 5, 2008

Matters of Ward Business

I've been meaning to update this for a while with the various happenings of my life. I would like to do this with pictures, but I always forget to bring my camera around with me.

1. My 1991 Honda Accord died this weekend after 17 years of faithful service. It began doing weird things last week while I was moving and this past weekend I drove it home to have my dad look at it. It was at this point that it gave up the ghost. I am convinced that it wanted to go home to die. So now I get to buy a new car...which shouldn't be difficult, but I rarely think about cars so I have no idea what to get.

2. I was booted out of my house in Seattle and I now live with James. He is a cool roommate who has fun things at his house like ball pits, and randomly buys sewing machines and bread makers....and I am constantly finding out totally random stuff about him -- like last night he told me that he was a stock broker for a year.

3. Stephanie and I moved our wedding date to August 16th!!! Save this date and come visit me in Seattle -- I can probably find you a floor to sleep on.

Okay, I think that's it for now.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

On Getting Hitched and Stuff

On Friday night I asked this girl

to marry me.  Even though the whole process kind of freaked me out, and I got many good suggestions on how to do it (putting the ring in various forms of food, skydiving, etc).  I opted for the old fashioned approach of taking her to a dive of a chinese restaurant in the international district (really good dumplings and homemade noodles).  Following which, I took her on a tour of notable sites in our relationship, ending up in Matthews Park out towards the end of Sand Point.  It was dark, rainy, and real cold.  I tried to make it seem like I wasn't about to propose marriage, but there was no way around it, and thankfully, she said yes.

I consider myself pretty lucky.  Wedding details will be forthcoming, but we are thinking the end of the summer -- as if you needed another reason to visit the great northwest.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Good Friday!!

Hey dudes-

While all of you suckers were slaving away at your jobs. I was having the best Good Friday you could ever imagine. You see the thing with my job is that my company is based out of Dallas, and I guess good Friday is a big deal down there, and as a result, I didn't have to work.

So it started out with me getting a new job -- which was pretty awesome. I guess I won't get to enjoy any more Good Fridays off -- oh well, at least I won't hate my life that much.

Stephanie decided that I could do whatever I wanted, considering that it was my day off (she is so nice, she just finished her last day of school yesterday as well, but she wanted the holiday to be all mine). I jokingly said that I wanted breakfast in bed -- so she brought me hot chocolate and the peanut butter and jelly donut from Winchell's that I've been eyeing for months. She is pretty much the bomb dot com.

Then we went to Ikea and we bought a bunch of nick nacks that we didn't need. However, I did decide that I needed this organizer (it like I, was temporarily oversold):

Then, we went to eat lunch at the Australian Pie company. They are this fantastic place in Burien that makes Australian Meat Pies. After my mission I would wake up in the middle of the night craving these things.
Look at all those choices -- how is someone supposed to decide?

I got the beef, potato, and cheese pie. I was not disappointed:

We got a sausage roll for nostalgic purposes -- just as bad as I remember.

It makes me happy that Steph is into them:

After Burien, we went into the city and went to the Columbia Center, which is the tallest tower in Seattle.

The view from the bottom:
The view from the top:
Good Friday pretty much rules.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patty's

a classic:

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Red Mill

Steph and I have been craving Red Mill Burgers for approximately 6 months now, and every week, she is disappointed that we don't get to go there. So tonight, post MOHAI, we headed up to Phinney Ridge and got our eat on.

I was first introduced to Red Mill a few years ago by Cindy and I have not looked back since. The last time I went was with Jared Clark and Jason Anderson. And Jason, despite being a vegetarian for the year prior to the Red Mill visit, totally downed a double bacon deluxe.

Stephanie played it safe with the regular deluxe....wuss!

I played it less safe by adding cheese. But I was immediately filled with guilt afterwards for not ordering the Bacon and Bleu Cheese Burger.

Notice that I am not a tomato or pickle guy -- so shoot me!

But I am a goopy kind of guy....mmmmmmmmm

If anyone wants to come and visit, I promise to take you there. But if you don't come, don't worry, because I probably still will end up going.

History and Industry

On Thursday night Steph, and I decided to resume our tour of free museum nights (the first thursday of each month) by attending the Museum of History and Industry, which coincidentally is the museum that my roommate Jane works at.

In boomtown, Stephanie attempted to hold up a bank.

Then she decided it might be better if she concealed the fact that her gun was really a finger. A wise crook.

Oh, no big deal, but this glue pot started the great fire of Seattle. Shame on you pot of glue!

Stephanie lost me for a while, only to find me making attempts to cut up this Salmon in record speed. Don't worry, I was pretty amazing.

Steph really liked this chair. Me too!

Wow, I have such a renewed appreciation of Washington history and industry -- thank you museum.


Last weekend my nephews and brother-in -law made an excursion over to Seattle to come see a free in-store at Easy Street Records with Tullycraft. My nephews were really excited about it.

Simon was really good at hiding his excitement and just playing it cool. Here he is post-stitches:

They both kept peeking under the rolling door and saying things like: "I think I saw a foot go past"

Simon is getting ready to Dance:

When they finally started playing, the boys no longer looked excited, but instead assumed the indifferent "too hip to get into it stance". Oh yeah, and there is Steve, taping.

Tullycraft are a lot of fun. I really like Sean, the lead singer, because I think him and Mary Cox should get married, and because he only really plays one string on his bass, and he probably hasn't changed those strings since I saw them in '97.

Overall, we had a lot of fun. Except for Simon, who I couldn't tell if he had fun, because he was way too cool to show it. Thanks Dudes.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Pike Place Market

On Monday, our day of presidents, I had to work. Now while I was a little bummed about this -- the good news came later on when I found out that I got to go home early -- especially because it was such a nice day out.

To celebrate -- I went with Stephanie, Alicia, and their out of town friends Micah and Rachel to the Pike Place Market -- it's so Seattle.

I did see one thing that I hadn't seen before -- the gum wall:

And this familiar scene:

Saturday, February 16, 2008

A Valentine's Day Cookie

Now while mine and Stephanie's Valentine's plans weren't impressive by any means -- Her gift to me was really wonderful. She made me a Smart Cookie out of two of my favorite things: Ginger Molasses cookies (sooooo good!) and coconut ice cream (so gooood!). When they were put together they were pretty much the best thing ever -- I have pictures to prove it:

Do I really look like that when I am eating?!? Oh well.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

caution: spoilers ahead


I am so glad that this guy is no longer in my life.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Question for Death Cab fans

how do we feel about Chris Walla solo?

me: undecided

although I do love that John Roderick and the ugly girl from the Decemberists are in this video

Thursday, January 10, 2008

recognize the ex-provoite from this?

hint: it is not paul

thanks nathaniel for the link

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

New Years Bingo!

So I am assuming that most of you heard about this raging party that happened on New Years Eve in Silverdale, WA -- I guess there were a few national reports in the papers.  Well, it was all a result of Stephanie and I deciding that we wanted to throw a party for my nieces and nephews.  The party itself was a lot of fun, but the most fun was had during a game of Bingo (Thanks Bruce for the awesome Bingo set!)

Simon was really frustrated for the first couple of rounds because he really wanted to win one of the slap bracelets I picked up from Archie McPhee's.
My dad has found his new post-retirement calling -- Bingo caller!

Overall, it was a pretty awesome night.  We were going to have a prize for the kid that made it to midnight, but they all did.  We were more tired than they.  It was probably due to the massive amounts of candy that each of them ate.

Thanks family!


The week before Christmas I went and saw Tullycraft with my brother-in-law Steve.  The show was fun because we both really like Tullycraft, and we first saw them together in 1997 at Pop Fest Northwest in Seattle.  This is a picture of Steve and Sean, the lead singer.  Sean is totally awesome because he only plays one of his bass strings and is kind of the most awkward singer ever.