29 April 2008


april has been one crazy, fast month. we're moving in four days...so my life for the next few days is packing, organizing, changing addresses, and doing my best not to go crazy. april has been a month of sickness: jake had a terrible cold and mouth problem for almost 2 weeks, and i had my foot problem and am still recovering from a nasty throat virus. awesome. april has also been a month of weird weather, blue walls (i painted my living room with the help of my mother dearest), visitors (lyndsi, mama, and carly), and the following:

one year anniversary (28th...i love my husband)

weddings. go ali and eric.

friends. really, good friends.

birthdays. my beloved.

and more beautiful friends.

i like you april, and i can't believe you're almost over. summer, here we come. road trip 2008 to DC commences SUNDAY.

22 April 2008

bam bam bam...how is that a bad plan?

i am officially done with finals. i'll drink to that.

ouch, chawlayyy.

have you ever been given a shot in the side of your foot? i experienced it this morning...it was more painful that i thought possible.

so, i ran the half-marathon. the next day, my right foot hurt sooo bad. every time i put any kind of pressure on it, pain would shoot through my entire foot. ah, the joys of tendinitis.

went to the foot doctor this morning (oh, did i mention i limped around campus all day yesterday, practically in tears? lopsided? and everyone was looking at me like i had some sort of mental problem? that was fun.) and he told me that my tendinitis was extremely inflamed, which was the source of the pain. i told him my extensive experience with tendinitis (you know, coming home from a mission because of it, wearing special shoes, all that jazz), and he suggested i just go for the gold and get a shot of steroids in my tendon, which would numb the bottom and side of my foot, allowing me to walk with no pain for six weeks.

i took the shot. i squirmed, said "ow" probably 40 times--i've never felt pain like that. 20 seconds of pain pain PAIN.

but now i can walk. thank you, dr. rogers.

19 April 2008

the half-marathon.

she runs...

mile 1.50
: two songs play on my ipod: mr. brightside and bittersweet symphony.

mile 1.52: ipod freezes. YES, FREEZES... slight panic.

mile 1.55: conversation with self: ok, this is not a big deal. you can definitely run 13 miles without music. yeahhh no problem, jenna. you rock. you are strong. you can do this.

mile 2: dear ipod: you've ruined my life.

mile 4: conversation with self: wow i'm kind of tired...what mile am i on? 4???? that's it???

mile 5: conversation with self: this down hill is nice. i like you, hill. thank you for existing.

mile 6: conversation with self: these houses in sugarhouse are very cute. maybe one day i'll have one just like it, with a bright white kitchen with creaky wooden floors...light blue walls. or, maybe i want a celery green? i don't know. but either way, it's going to be cheery. oh wow, that man had b.o. is my 350 final on tuesday or monday? i wonder how jake's rugby game went? my dream last night was crazy. oh my gosh, i miss jake. what should i eat after this? a hamburger? no. crap, i have to start packing for the summer. my feet hurt.

mile 8: serious burst of energy.

mile 9: conversation with self: oh my gosh, i feel GREAT. i think i should just turn around and go up the actual "marathon" route! i could do it!

mile 10: conversation with self: i'm pretty sure i've been running in this park for a good two miles now. where is gateway? how come i don't see the fountain yet?

mile 11: conversation with self: ok, not feeling exactly great anymore. why are my feet tingling? is my back chaffing against my running pants?

mile 12: mentally singing "better, faster, stronger" by dear kanye.

mile 12.2: out loud singing "better, faster, stronger" by dear kanye.

mile 12.5: must. keep. moving.

mile 12.6: "only two more blocks!" someone yells. liar.

mile 12.7
: all of a sudden, hear crowd going wild! i mean, cheering and screaming! oh my gosh, they love me! they totally love me! they are for sure cheering for ME!

mile 12.8: hear the loud announcer say: "and here comes the first marathon-finisher!"

mile 12.9: realized the first marathon-finisher is right behind me, which explains the cheering. maybe one of them was for me.

mile 13: realized that someone ran an entire marathon in the amount of time i ran a HALF-marathon, but proud of myself anyway.

back chaffage, sore feet, two 1/2 blisters, and one sun burn later, i am a happy girl.

thank you, katie, for being at the finish line. pictures coming as soon as katie emails them to me. loves.

17 April 2008

why now??

i'm pretty sure i have strep throat. two days ago, my throat closed up and i could barely talk. it got better yesterday, and now its back, full throttle. i'm running a half-marathon on saturday... how am i going to do that if i can hardly swallow? any suggestions for quick healing? i've been trying to sleep a lot, drink orange juice, daily vitamin---HELP.

i could use some prayers.

15 April 2008


it's snowing outside.

i'm so over utah.

14 April 2008

that's better.

it only took me one try today. i'm keeping this for awhile.

you know, sometimes i feel so pathetic that i care so much. i'm at school, in a very crowded computer lab...and i'm blogging.

what is my life coming to?

all i know is that it's over 75 degrees today. this is something to celebrate.

hello, summer. i've missed you.

12 April 2008

i greatly dislike my blog.

i'm over the fancy designs. i'm over the plainness. there is no answer.

07 April 2008

poem by a worn-out student

went to bed at 3, woke up at 7:30
after a bath, my hair is still dirty
of course it was raining, when i rolled out of bed
"you've got to be kidding me," was all that i said.
with my backpack weighing more than a ton
i put on my jacket and prayed for the sun
but no sun was seen, and as soon as i parked
the hail started falling
"awesome," was my remark.
a ten mile walk to campus, no big deal
the hail continued to hit me, and my happiness steal
it soon turned to snow, and i laughed quite a laugh
"it's april for heaven's sakes!" as i tripped over my calve
with so much homework that kept me up
my eyes droop sadly as i drink water from my cup.
"stay awake, you fool.  concentrate," i say.
won't this day ever end and send me on my way?

this poem proves how delirious i am.  thank you, and good day.

06 April 2008

an actual update.

there is much to update on, and i have a ton of homework---so i'm going to be quick. first things first. it was jake's birthday on saturday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! i'm so thankful he was born because without him, i honestly don't know where i'd be. i know that saying is cliche, but really. where would i be and what would i be doing? NO IDEA. i love you jakey. we went bowling and then grabbed some food--it was a lot of fun just hanging out the two of us. usually we go see a movie or something, but we decided to actually get out and DO something. he beat me, but i let him win. i mean it was his birthday, come on.

then, this past week we were in colorado for rob and jessie's wedding. it was so much fun being there with our good friends and family. julie and max (vela) were there and we LOVED seeing them and hanging out. we always have so much fun with the people we love. the two days we were there went by too fast, though. now we're back, doing homework and the regular routine. congrats to rob and jessie. we had a blast and we're really happy for you.


jeff and jake, doing what they do best. being funny.

i really love jake vela.


like father, like son. honestly.

the happy couple.

don't worry. still obsessed with andrew. he can put his own binky in now.

he can't help himself.

i love this picture. i should enhance all my photos.

jake and his best friends.

05 April 2008

snoop dog and the book of mormon.

interesting. to read the article about snoop dog converting to mormonism, go here.


i have to dedicate a post to miss kelsey nixon and how amazing i think she is. i'm telling you...if there has ever been a bound and determined woman out there, kelsey might surpass her. she is fabulous, talented, beautiful, and smart. anyway, check out the link and see her progress. love you kelsey.

01 April 2008

hare krishna

we went to the hare krishna celebration in spanish fork this last saturday with the bean clan. it was pure madness. here is what happened: they burned a witch at the stake (by witch i mean a dummy with a hockey jersey and helmet on) and once that happened, pure chaos. everyone had bags of colored chalk--once the witch was lit, everyone threw their bags through the air. we couldn't see the sun. we couldn't see each other. we were inhaling chalk...our boogers were every color of the rainbow. we had a blast.