Monday, May 19, 2014

Dancing Like We're 22

Here's a recap of what all I did while I was 22:

Ran my fourth half marathon

Ran the BlackLight run (with fun, brilliant people - Ph. D students and Doctors)

Experienced the most perfect run/ Emersonian escape to nature on Tempe Towne Lake

Picked up Yoga and Pilates again

Fixed my back - twice

Got my first massage (and second) - and facial

Wore red and pink lipstick without feeling judged (not simultaneously)

Performed in the official Video Games Live at Orpheaum Theatre

Played some crazy-high parts in Rob Gardner's "Lamb of God"

Participated in a epic ping-pong tournament

Performed in a Christmas program - or maybe two?

Almost played violin for Elder Holland - but ended up Sheri Dew

Watched my first temple cultural dedication on a public news station

Visited Utah - three times

Basically hung out with four different singles wards and lived in two different ones

Let go of a ton of emotional baggage

Completed an internship

Started my career

Graduated - officially

Attended more social events than probably the accumulative last 2 years at BYU

Dressed up as Yzma for Halloween - and decided I didn't make a half-bad brunette

Clean-sweeped Mormon poker night (thanks to Lauren's help)

Visited the Arizona Science Museum

Hosted a Star Wars marathon - and claimed bragging rights for helping a relationship blossom into marriage through it

Hiked Bridal Veil Falls

Hiked Camelback Mountain

Got sick four times

Accomplished some major personal goals

Watched all of BBC's Sherlock - sooooooo good!

Bought my own personal furniture

Actively wrote two missionaries for once

Saw a lot of modern theatre - "A Steady Rain," "4000 Miles," and "Good People"

Saw "Hairspray"

Saw Dr. Dog and the Lumineers in concert

Worked at Goodwill for a day

Discovered a love for copyediting

Worked my first 50 hour week

(side effect of being the last person in the office - a little Styx)

Visited the notorious Amy's Bakery

Finally finished MockingJay and legitimately couldn't look at men for three weeks after because I didn't think they compared to Peeta

Saw my first Spring Training game

Watched my first DragonBoat race

Watched my first Arabian Horseback Show

Went sugar-free for 1.5 months - and loved it (mostly)

Co-hosted a sick Poetry Slam night - (and started a SnapChat account, because, why?)

Semi-completed the great apartment makeover

Got over my "dog allergies" and held a lot of puppies

Mastered the art of homemade pizza - and cooked some fantastic meals

Overcame my fear of driving in the heart of Phoenix and became an aggressive driver

Watched my nephew double-fist straight butter

Experienced a great year for music: Vampire Weekend's "Modern Vampires of the City," Wolf Gang's EP, Lindsey Stirling's "Shatter Me", Foster the People's "Supermodel," Neon Trees' "Pop Psychology," and I personally discovered Walk the Moon, The Naked and Famous, Andrew Bird, and Ellie Goulding's "Halcyon." Just to name a few.

Watched the Diamondbacks play at Chase Field

Found and bought the Zelda Triforce at Buffalo Exchange

It was a Golden Birthday indeed - I turned 22 on the 22nd - AND T. Swift's "22" was on the the top of the charts that day too, BTdubs. It's obvious that Taylor wrote that song with my life in mind, even though I told her that she didn't have to.

Twenty-two, you've done good. Twenty-three, let's see what you have in store for me. 


  1. I laughed, I cried, and I realized we do look alike with the brunette comment!

  2. A great post! Happy birthday, you've brought tremendous joy to your parents and siblings. Even when Nate cheated to beat you at Battleship. He was 13 and you were 2 years old.