Sunday, February 9, 2014

Celebrity Crushes. A Valentines Post about imaginary loves.

In honor of upcoming single-awareness day, here is a post dedicated to everyone who has wished that one of the following people were taking them out to dinner on February 14th.

Disclaimer: I am happily married and will be going out on a date with Steven this Valentines, I just thought this would be an amusing post to write. Don't get worried! ;)

Celebrity crushes come in many forms. Some are attractive simply for their looks, but lack any actual talent, and others lack the looks but have the talent. Here are some of mine.

#1: THE TRIPLE THREAT.

Cha Ching!
Hugh Jackman.
Can we just talk about Hugh Jackman? He is my ultimate celebrity crush. I mean, COME ON. Yum. He can sing, he can act and he can dance!

As Curly in Oklahoma

Ain't nothin' hotter than this!
Also hot, he's been married to his lovely wife for like 9 years and they have two kids. A good husband and a good dad. Now that's hot!

And who can resist THIS?? Answer: Not me! 
Hugh Jackman is a great guy, a triple threat and my number one celeb. crush. 

#2: ACTING ABILITY CRUSH

Gladiator, Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander, Robin Hood...what do these incredible movies have in common? That would be my acting crush, Russell Crowe!

Look at that smoulder! 
Besides his rustic good looks and husky deep voice, Russell Crowe is pretty much unbelievable in everything he's in. There is something so peircing about those blue eyes that just get me. MmmMM! I can't even handle some of the scenes in Robin Hood with Cate Blanchett. So hot!! He's just hot. Also one time I saw him shoot a bow and arrow in real life on Ellen and my heart was shot as well. Something about men and archery. I love it. 

Musical shortcomings aside, Russell Crowe brought something to the character of
Javert in Les Miserables that I've never seen before.
No one else has done him justice in my opinion. 

I can't wait to see what he brings to the upcoming movie "Noah".







#3: THE CHARACTER CRUSH. 

Along the same lines as having a crush on someone for their acting ability, does anyone ever fall for a character? My top character crush would hands down have to be....

Captain Jack Sparrow.


















Ladies, amiright? Srsly. 


Lets just look at him some more. 



Nuff said. 
Add oddly enough, I don't find Johnny Depp nearly as attractive as I find Jack Sparrow. 

#4: THE HOT DUMB GUY/THE MAN MEAT
If I were into Channing Tatum I would put him here... But I'm not. So no pictures of him. If you're into that, you can google him yourself. 

#5: THE PROFESSIONAL DANCER
I basically just needed a place to put Maxsim Chmerkovskiy from Dancing with the Stars. He's a hottie. 


BOWM CHICKA WOW WOWWW! 
He could also probably fall under the category of hot dumb guys...lets be honest. But still so hot!

#6 and #7: The bad boy and the good boy. 
Robert Downey Jr. and Ewan Mcgregor respectively. 

Can I get a double yum?

#8 THE HOT FOREIGN ACCENT
Again, just needed a place to put this hottie. But let's all admit that he's soooo much hotter because of the scottish accent. 

Am I right ladies? You know it! Let's get another BOWM CHICKA WOW for Gerard Butler. 


One picture is not enough. Let's just see a few more. 

You can shush me anytime, Gerard. 
Another good smouldering look. 
#9: (Against my better judgement sharing this with you...) THE GUILTY PLEASURE. 

Ok...ready? ...I told Steven about this secret celebrity crush just now and told him I didn't want to actually put it on the blog because people would judge me. I told him who it was, and I was right, he gave me a judgey look. But then I googled pics of this person and I couldn't help it. It's going on the blog. 

Ready?? 

My secret guilty pleasure celebrity crush is...

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Mel Gibson. 


I'll allow you a moment to let that simmer. 

BUT HEAR ME OUT, OK?? 

I know he's like a crazy old cranky man now, but look at him when he was younger! 

See? Hot! 
Also, look at this hair! Who can say this isn't attractive? 


And did you  guys see Braveheart? Nothing sexier than a man avenging the death of his secret wife by slaughtering literally everyone. 


And even recently .... I mean.... I think he's aged pretty well. ...yep. ....... ...


Stop laughing guys, I know you're laughing. But look at that nice smile. And think of Braveheart! And also The Patriot. That was pretty awesome. 

Ok, I'm done trying to justify my crush on Mel Gibson. 

#10: THE LADY CRUSH(ES). Let's be honest, how could there be just one? 

Number one lady that comes to mind as my top lady crush would have to be Keira Knightly. I pretty much think everything about her is attractive. 


Steven vehemently disagrees. In fact, we have very differing tastes when it come to women. Go figure. However, this is MY blog post, and if he wants to write about his celeb lady crushes, he can write his own. 

Her are some other ladies that I think are super hot. 
Sarah Shahi
Jessica Alba
Naya Rivera (I also love the name Naya!)
Emma Watson (I mean, COME ON,
GORGEOUS!)
And Pink. Love her! 
So there you have it. My celebrity crushes categories 1-10. 

On this upcoming Valentines Day if you start to feel lonely, just pull up some google images of your favorite celeb crushes and imagine an evening with them. You can even buy yourself treats and pretend your crush gave them to you. Or set up a romantic dinner for two with a screenshot of your crush opposite you at the table. Some places even sell those life sized cardboard cutouts! Perfection.  

Now, if everyone would please comment with your celebrity crushes and help me feel slightly less weird about writing this post, that would be great. Also, if anyone else also secretly has a thing for Mel Gibson, now would be the time to chime in. 

Mm! Love me some Mel! 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Resolutions for 2014

*Taraya Galloway and her husband Joe (Check out their blog HERE) reminded me the other day that it's still Chinese New Year, so I can still count this as a New Years post.*

I have been extremely unmotivated to write this blog post, because I feel like once I do and it's out in the bloggy world, then it means I have to follow through on my resolutions.

Resolution one...procrastinate less? ...?

Okay, so last year was a great year and I had some really awesome resolutions. In fact, I think that blog post was the first one that I linked on Facebook after writing it, and in doing so I got a lot more blog followers. Woohoo! Thanks FB people!

In case you don't feel like re-reading last years post, I'll do a quick recap of my previous resolutions.

2013 RESOLUTIONS WERE...

Goal #1: Hard core workout at least once a week!

Follow up: Yeah...that didn't exactly happen.


BUT when you publicly declare something over social media it does tend to stick on your mind more!

I had some good weeks and some bad weeks. I had weeks where I even worked out TWICE! Especially when Steven was in Wales. But then there were some months where I only worked out twice the entire month. All in all, I think I worked out more in 2013 than I'd worked out in any other recent year, and apart from when I was like 14-15 and on the track team, I think I'm in better shape than ever before. So, I'm going to go ahead and call that a success.


Goal #2: Health. My goal was to make every recipe on my Pinterest Recipe Board. The idea behind it being that it would encourage me to make and eat more "real" food that I made from scratch, even if it was desserts.

Follow up: *Laughs hysterically* yeah, I didn't even come CLOSE to making all the recipes on that board!! Do you guys understand how long cooking things takes?


BUT on the up side, I DID discover the worlds best chocolate chip cookie recipe this year, and I don't even know how many times I ended up making those! So...win?

*Pats myself on the back reassuringly*

#cookies.

Goal #3: Spirituality.
I opened up a lot last year about some struggles I'd had with churchy things. I just wanted to do better in 2013. Pray more, read scriptures more and attend church more.

God must read my blog, because right after publishing that blog post last year I got called to be a Relief Society teacher. This pretty much meant that I was forced to show up for church at least once a month.


And you know what? I made some friends! And then I wanted to go because I had friends! And then I gave up my pride and joined the ward choir, and when they moved our meeting time and we lost our rehearsal space, I volunteered my house, and then I made MORE friends!

And basically I really like church now. So...that happened.

Goal #4: Personality.
Basically I just wanted to stop being so judgey and gossipy.
The one person I had in mind when I made this goal ended up becoming a close friend, so that worked out.

However, my goal not to gossip was not a success. I mentioned that it was hardest at work because I am such good friends with my managers, and I have found that it continued to be a huge discouraging problem.

How do you draw the line between being a good listener/friend, and being a gossip?

Someone please tell me. I haven't figured it out yet.


So there you have it. In the last year I improved my fitness regime (baby steps!), found some great new recipes (cookies!), regained a love of the gospel (Yay church!) and turned an "enemy" into a friend.

Overall, a successful year!

It's actually kind of perfect timing that I waited this long to write this, because the home teaching message for the month ended up being about goals. President Uchtdorf gave a fantastic message about how important it is to set goals for ourselves, and how we shouldn't get discouraged if/when we aren't successful right away. We are imperfect human beings, and we often fall short. The important thing is to keep trying, and get better bit by bit each day. It's really a fantastic message, and if you haven't been home taught yet this month (or if you are not LDS and have no idea what home teaching is) you can read it HERE.

So, in an effort to keep moving forward and improving, no matter how slow the pace, here are my NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR 2014!

GOALS 1-4: Recycle last years goals! You can't make progress if you just stand still.


I want to keep working out, keep making recipes, keep improving spiritually and be kind in my words to and about others.

BUT, I can't push myself to become better if I remain in the past, so....NEW GOALS ARE...*drum roll please*

GOAL #5: Update the blog weekly!
I love this blog. I enjoy writing things on it. It is a place for me to both give detailed updates of our married life, and also ramble about things on my mind. I want to make it "a thing" this year. So...buckle up. It's happening.

GOAL #6: Write in my journal.
I used to be religious about journal writing. Throughout junior high and high school I'd do it almost every night without fail! I have some hysterical accounts of my life then. Then there are years and years of nothing but the occasional blog post or Facebook status. I don't want any more years of my life to be missing.


GOAL #7: Accept compliments.
It has come to my attention lately how quick we are to dismiss other people's praise.


As if just accepting someone's nice thought about you somehow makes you conceited. Or, on the other hand, we are all too critical of ourselves and can't believe anyone would actually think we had nice hair, or a nice outfit or a nice face.


It's time to start accepting that we are pretty awesome people. Take that compliment! Feel good about yourself! You are awesome. :) 

LAST GOAL: Get a new job. 
This is the year. It's time. I'm burnt out doing this night shift thing. 
I don't have a time limit on this one, I'm just open to something better coming along. If anyone has any good recommendations, let me know!


So there you have it. 2014 will be a year of better fitness, better health, a more committed spiritual life, kind words, more blogs/journal entries, epic self-esteem and hopefully a new job. Sounds like a great year!

To all who have made resolutions, keep it up! Don't get discouraged if you miss a day or a week. Keep trying!

To anyone who hasn't made any goals yet, just do it. It feels good.


Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Little Lindsley Christmas Letter

                The year two thousand and thirteen was a year some big exciting events, and a year of some...interesting less exciting events. January got things rolling with another car break-down and UVU denying Rebekah her financial aid claiming that “according to her records she is currently incarcerated”. Happy New Year, I’m in prison. We thought the car issues had been resolved, but in February it broke down a second time and the prognosis was that it needed a new transmission. Rebekah also got so ill that month that she had to call into work sick for the first time in three and a half years, but on the upside we were both in good health for Valentine’s day and celebrated at Tucanos

Both Steven and Rebekah attended school all year, and Rebekah sang first soprano in UVU masterworks chorale during Winter semester. Along with school, Rebekah still volunteers weekly in the crisis nursery at The Family Support and Treatment Center in Orem, and in April received acertificate from the state for her service. Also in April Rebekah turned twenty four, we celebrated ourthird wedding anniversary in Las Vegas, and Jennifer and Matthew, Rebekah's extremely generous and charitable older sister and her husband, offered to let us buy their old car so we traveled to California to retrieve it. 

With the unexpected and much more reliable second car, life and traveling got a lot easier, making a trip up toSmithfield and Logan for Memorial day in May possible. 

In June Steven and Rebekah marched with a group called “Mormons Building Bridges” in the Utah Pride Parade, and Rebekah’s accompanying blog post about the event received over four hundred views. Rebekah still works the graveyard audit shift at the Fairfield in Provo which has proved to never cease to be surprising. This years most memorable experience was getting flashed by a drunk naked man. That accompanying blogpost also received numerous views.

July was the most significant month of the year because it was Steven’s month long study abroad in Wales at Cardiff University. He was awarded a full scholarship to the program and was gone for the entire month of July doing what was called an "Intensive Language Study". He took Welsh language courses at the university and lived in Cardiff with other students for the month. Rebekah kept busy with work and summer classes, but also occupied her free time by renovating the apartment with new paint, new shelves, some new furniture and a make-over of some old items.

In August Fall classes started up again and Rebekah auditioned for the Utah Valley University Chamber Choir. She was accepted as a second Alto and has loved every minute since! The Chamber Choir is a professional touring choir, and in October Rebekah went with them to Charleston South Carolina. 




September had some wild ups and downs with Rebekah surviving a bought of food poisoning and recovering just in time to attend the first ever Salt Lake City Comic Con with Steven. We dressed up as Gandalf and Galadriel from The Lord of the Rings movie series and enjoyed our few hours of being comic con celebrities. 

Also in September, Steven took the GRE in preparation for grad school, and he rocked it! 

October was a busy month with Steven’s celebrating his 25th Birthday with a party at Jump on it, (Can you believe he's a quarter of a century?!? I can't!) decorating for Halloween just as extravagantly as we always do, and Rebekah going on tour. 
In November school really started to bog us down, but we got to follow traditions and celebrated two Thanksgivings with our families in Springville. 


December: It has been the hardest and most grueling semester for the both of us. Yet Steven conquered all and will graduate from Brigham Young University with two majors, Linguistics and German studies, and a minor in linguistic computing. He will "walk" in the Spring, and we would love for as many of you as possible to come and support him in this phenomenal academic achievement! Steven plans to attend grad school in the Fall, and his final destination is to be determined. Rebekah will continue working on her Music degree at Utah Valley University, and hopes to graduate herself someday. In the meantime we continue to enjoy living in our cute apartment in downtown Provo with our animal babies, Missy the cat and Claymore the turtle. 

We appreciate all the love, support and help we have received this year from kind family and new friends. We hope that this next year brings everyone the same joy and peace we received from all of you. Thank you for your interest in our lives, and a Merry Christmas to everyone! 

The following pictures were taken by our good friend Alana Dunn. To see more of her photographical amazingness, please visit: Beautifully Dunn Photography





Merry Christmas! We Love you!! 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Fridays Fun Facts

So I've seen this little thing floating around Facebook the last few days where you are supposed to post some "unknown facts" about yourself and then if anyone "likes" your status you give them a number and they repost that many things about themselves...etc. I decided I wanted to do it too, but rather than leave the number of things up to someone else I'd go with ten things, and I'd make it a blog post because 1. I haven't blogged in a while and 2, I can add pictures. SO MUCH BETTER.

So here goes. Ten facts about me.

1. I don't like any type of pasta. Including noodles. It makes me gag. I keep trying, and I keep trying and just NOPE. No noodles for me. I just can't stomach them. It's a sad reality.

Yuck. 
2. I would rather be in the mountains than on a beach any day. I'm not a big beach person. I'm afraid of the ocean and I don't like how sand sticks all over you and never comes off. Also beaches smell bad.

Better. 






Not good. 
3. I enjoy hand washing dishes (which is lucky since we don't have a dishwasher) but I despise washing utensils! It's just so tedious. I try to get Steven to do it whenever possible.

This is not an actual picture of me or my dishes. 
4. I am terrified (like phobia worthy) of spiders and clowns.


*There will not be a picture of a clown included here, because I am afraid to google search it.*

5. My most embarrassing moment is that when I was 9 years old I walked in on my Grandpa using the bathroom.

Just let that sink in for a moment...

My second most embarrassing moment is that when I was about 14 I wanted to impress the guy I liked, who was a skater, and I tried to skateboard and I flew off and cut my foot open. He had to carry me home because I was bleeding everywhere. Score? ...? I never tried skateboarding again.


6. The history of my predicted career choices go as follows:
In the third grade I wanted to be an artist, in sixth grade I changed to wanting to be an author, in ninth grade I decided I wanted to be a psychologist and then Senior year I decided I wanted to be a choir teacher.
Haven't changed my mind about that in 8 years.

This will be me someday
7. I attended The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City for one semester when I was 18 because I wanted to sing and dance on Broadway and get super rich before becoming a teacher and starting a family. I'm pretty sure I will always regret not finishing the program even though it wasn't the right career choice for me.


8. I have never been skiing or snowboarding. And I live in Utah.


9. My best friend Xanthe and my cousin Kira and I made a mini-video series when we were around 13 which was called "Stealth Cats" and basically consisted of us filming cats and doing voice-overs of what they were saying.
Pretty sure I was destined to become a crazy cat lady from then on...



10. I've had a crush on Steven Lindsley since I was about 14. I think I married WAYYYY above me. I still think he's the hottest guy around and I don't know how I tricked him into wanting to marry me. ;)