I was looking through my hard drive today and I couldn't not go through my photos of Ecuador. I took so many (12,000+ in 3 months--WHAT) and have shared so few, so I dug through and found a bunch that I wanted to share. They are all pretty personal and special to me which gives an indication of why I haven't shared them all, but if you want to take a look at more, check out my other blog, corazon de vida (email me if you want access), or check out my Facebook.

And I'm sorry if you people that follow this blog ("you people" sounds so condescending, but I just can't call you my followers because it makes me feel like I am Big Brother or something) are sick of my ramblings about some random city in some random country in some RANDOM CONTINENT, but I just can't and don't care.  

So for now, here are some Cuencan rooftops from my balcony at sunset on Christmas day of 2010.


Fossil Fish in the Bonneville Salt Flats

GUYS. Isn't this just so neat? Want to know what's even neater? MY REAL LIFE PAL ALI MALAN MADE THIS!

Ali and her pal, Auddie, trekked to the Salt Flats, traced their shadows and filled them with coffee grinders (I think? Al, correct me if I'm wrong), and made this gigantic fish that digested a whole bunch of dancing people. I just can't get over how cool this is. Here's to hoping for more land art from Miss Malan!



sista's new room decor//afternoon naps//celebratory orange creamsicle cake for no reason



Some dorkster photos from the first day of school in my retro-grime kitchen on the first day of spring semester. Retro-grime makes it sound like the dirty dishes and plastic bags shut in the cabinet doors are totally on purpose. *Snaps for combat boots and prepster sweaters*

I feel like I've been posting a lot about school lately, which I don't particularly like because I think it dates me and/or makes my content exclusive to people in my situation. And I don't want to just be talking to students. Because frankly, we're all a bunch of free-thinking, starry-eyed liberal bozos with over-ambitious ideas about solving the world's problems. "So take your overly-hopeful and grossly unrealistic ideas and SHUT UP." (Direct quote from political science teacher. Man, I love that guy.)  Maybe I'm thinking too much about it, but regardless, the thought has definitely crossed my mind. So here are a few thoughts that have been on my mind recently that will hopefully break me out of that? Does it need to be broken out of? Am I trying too hard right now? (Don't answer that.)

I'm researching a few things for an upcoming zine, one of them being SAD, or seasonal depression, or the-crappy-winter-blues-when-the-sun-never-comes-out-and-you-just-want-to-lie-in-bed-and-watch-trashy-TV-while-eating-old-Christmas-candy-and-rot-because-of-how-depleated-you-are-of-vitamin-D period of time. If you can't tell from that hyphenated modifier, this surely durely effects me and seems to be a little more difficult this year than others. Is it my own fault because I'm choosing to live in a tundra with pretty bad air quality that makes it pretty undesirable to go outside? Does this happen to you guys? What do you do to combat it? HOW DO YOU DEAL?

Also, find your opinions about Hipsters. And tell them to me. Especially those of you that don't live and go to school where I do. What is the hipster scene like where you are? Are they taking over the world? Is denying that you're a hipster a defining trait of being a hipster? I wanna know!

And one last one...I've seen bits and pieces of these shows, but I've never consistently followed any season of The Bachelor or Bachelorette until this season. And I'm kind of suprised that the show hasn't gotten more heat, you know, for being what it is. I mean, it's kind of a ridiculous idea and it is pretty degrading to the idea of commitment to one person, along with a myriad of other things (for instance, I'm pretty sure these girls get picked before even knowing who the bachelor would be, so how are all of these women automatically swooning over Ben? I don't understand that. What if you were on The Bachelor and then you met the guy and you just didn't click even though he thought you did? Do you have to like him automatically just because you're put in that situation? Are you contractually obliged to like him even though his hair makes him look like he's part of Hanson? That's where I mildy, key word: MILDLY, understand Bentley from last season for leaving early because he didn't like that chick because he liked that other chick from the other season of the bachelor more and thought she would be the new chick instead of this other chick that he got stuck with. See how much I know? I'm a freaking connoisseur of Bachelor history.) ANYWAYS, even if it's fake or scripted, if this guy is sincerely falling in love with this many women, what does that say about how important commitment and *gasp* monogamy is to our generation? Because nobody seems to find that as a problem. It's totally fine for some dingbat to mack on 25 different girls, didn't you know? How have I missed this? HOW AM I MISSING OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GETAWAY WITH SO MUCH KISSING FROM SO MANY PEOPLE? (Read: joke). Not that I would be, but if I was ever in a situation similar to that, I don't know if I could genuinely fall in love with someone if I knew he would be kissing and potentially falling in love with someone else two hours later.  It just HURTS MY FEELINGS, you know? It's like, "Oh Kacie B! I just feel for you and how jelly you're getting because Ben didn't take you on a one on one this week, but still likes you, but likes alllll these other girls too and I just want you and Ben to runaway together right now and not even bother with this dumb reality show because we all know Emily's too smart, Courtney's a beast, Blakely's scary, and Lindzi is a terrrrible kisser!!! Just DROP the show, IT'S NOT EVEN WORTH YOUR TIME, and just twirl your baton while you bum ski and drink your weight in wine with Ben in San Fran and just be in love! You don't need this show, ya hear me? TRUE LOVE DON'T NEED NO TV SHOW!"

I've been sucked in. And I can't turn back.

You read this entire post? 4 GOLD STARS FOR YOU GLEN COCO! YOU GO GLEN COCO!



Not THAT Pippa, although her derriere is definitely something to get up in arms about. I'm talking about the SOPA and PIPA act. It's a big deal, and it's an infringement on our rights, specifically your freedom of speech. So things like this here blog would not function in the same way nor would it be NEARLY as cool. Watch this video. Learn more. Find your opinions. Tell them to me. And then sign it.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.


You Can Do Anything

"I tried and therefore no one should criticize me."

After seeing this clip on SNL, and seeing it surface around a few friends' blogs and facebooks, I think this is worthy of talking about. 

I can't help but laugh about this because of how accurate it seems to me. And because it seems to be super present in the creative world. There's the ever-present debate of "Are everyone's feeble attempts at being artists and creative prodigies just ruining the creative world and discrediting the real artists and their crafts?" or, "It is so awesome that these things are so accessible and that everyone gets to create things which is one of the best expressions in the world! Everyone should get to be a part of it!"
Honestly, I don't know which one is right, if either could be just right or just wrong. But, I do know that I can't help but roll my eyes when a kid in school says to me says he's picked up falconry because he had mastered rock-climbing and film-making and needed a new hobby. Puh-leez.

So, I do want to know what you guys think! Do we really think we're capable of doing anything and everything? Are doctors and lawyers a dying breed? Are we at risk of being so self-promotional and even less self-aware? Are we a generation of self-serving wannabes? Let's talk it out!



The prettiest photos from Jordan Huntington's suspension series. Each one makes you think, "How did she do that?" Good stuff.

slumber party


A few friends and I made the trek to Provo for Velour's 3rd Annual Slumber party last Saturday. On the schedule was Gils, The Moth and The Flame and Book on Tape Worm, which I had all heard of before, but I'd never seen live. Fortunately for me, they were all absolutely fantastic.

Gils, the first band, had some interesting and different songs that I loved. They had great harmonies and lovely songs, of which you can listen to one of them right here. And I'm telling you, there's just something about guy/girl harmonies that makes me really, really happy.

The Moth and The Flame are like a fusion of Radiohead and Beck which automatically spells groovy stuff. Their sound was different than most stuff I've been hearing lately and it was refreshing to see a band with innovative stuff and humble attitudes. I also love their album art. Like a lot. And I kind of fell in love with the frontman, too. But we'll just keep that on the DL.

Book on Tape Worm are absolute magic. Their songs are so well-crafted and filled with emotion that you couldn't help but be enthralled. A cello, beautiful harmonies, and delicate progressions made for some of the most pleasing music to my ears. And their lyrics. THEIR LYRICS. I'm not a big lyrics person at all and I rarely ever pay attention to them, but these lyrics were just so beautiful and poetic that you couldn't listen and not get emotional. I teared up a few times during their set because of how great they were.

What I loved most about the show was the atmosphere. It certainly lived up to the title "Slumber Party" with the entire audience sitting on blankets and snuggled up together. And the set was the best. Just the best. How can you not be happy as a clam when the moon is smiling smugly at you?

Overall and obviously, this was an incredible show with so many elements that made it a night to remember. Happy 6th Birthday, Velour!




That's all.



My BFF Heidi is getting married soon, so in honor of their decision to get hitched, I took some pichas. This truck is where all the magic happened at the beginnings of Breidi's relationship, so it's only fitting that we take some photos with it, right?


More to come soon.



Yesterday, I was reminded of how fa-reaking gorgeous the mountains are in the winter. I can put up with the snow and the cold just to look at these everyday. MANALIVEILOVEMESOMEMOUNTAINS. Mamamia.

Carved Book Landscapes

By Guy Laramee. WHAT.



A dingy, light leak portrait from the other day.

I have nothing profound to write right now other than Chromeo and Superfreakonomics are completing my life.




Here is my second family. I love them so much.


twenty eleven

I strangely love year in review posts. I love seeing a huge amount of time suddenly being jammed into a blog post. It's great. And while I think a comprehensive look at the year is probably not the most fascinating thing in the world for me or you to read, I'll give a list of a few stand-out events from this year.
  • Ate genie pig.
  • Started a food fight. 
  • Met alter egos Jerry and Kerry from Baston/New Joizee/Brooklyn.
  • Slept in a hotel with a stranger I met in the airport.
  • Got a 2nd degree sunburn.
  • Roller skated until my knee caps were bruised and purple. 
  • Played "Careless Whisper" on the harmonica.  
  • Got the Bieber Fever.
  • Put a bird on it.
  • Brushed up on my Ted Bundy trivia.
  • Slept in past noon at least once a month. 
  • Fell in love with Ron Swanson. And Jean-Ralphio.
  • Publicly vomited in the streets of Cuenca while buying a soccer jersey.
  • Was second-handedly victimized by Wind. 
  • Participated in Carnaval.
  • Coned.
  • Unsuccessfully jump-served in a game of Volleyball.
  • Kissed a black man.
  • Whistled 3/4s of Handel's "Messiah".
  • Got Jiggy With It.
In reality (even though that list is 100% real), this year was a blast and I got to do a lot of great things with a lot of great people. I lived and loved in Ecuador  for the first part of the year, had an fantastic summer full of adventures, and came back to school at USU in the fall to learn and do things I really love doing all while living with some of my best friends. It's been an excellent year and one that I know I will look fondly back on. And it was quite a good New Year celebration, especially considering its the last one and all.

And for a portrait from this year, behold, I give you four:

Happy New Year, friends! Live it up in 2012!

For your viewing pleasure: 2010, and 2009.



And here, a collection of my favorite images from TIME's Lightbox.

Some sad and disheartening, some seemingly unreal and incomprehensible, and some joyous and celebratory--all evoking human emotions that this year has brought. I always enjoy looking at these pictures to really get a picture of what's happened in our world this year. It is crazy how much turmoil and despair is present in the world, but how a simple wedding between a commoner and a prince can make the world sigh for a moment and how a simple transition of time can bring the world together in unison as the new year begins. Happy New Year. May it be a good one.

Dan Kitwood—Getty Images
January 1, 2011. Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight in England. Thousands of people lined the banks of the River Thames in central London to see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display.
Green Renaissance—EPA
November 8, 2011. A sedated black rhino is carried by military helicopter away from a poaching area in the hills of the Eastern Cape in South Africa to a new home 15 miles away. The World Wildlife Fund organized the move of 1,000 rhinos, which are under threat from poachers across Africa because of the market value of their horns.

Yuri Kozyrev—NOOR for TIME
February 1, 2011. A crowd lifts a demonstrator during a protest march in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Wayne Tilcock—The Enterprise/AP
On Friday 18 November, Campus police at the University of California at Davis nonchalantly used pepper spray against students who sat peacefully on the school's quad to protest tuition increases. Online video and stills show the officers standing over the protesters and spraying them repeatedly at point blank range. "It was such an intense feeling. It felt like acid was being poured on our faces" said 21-year-old student Sophia Kamran who was among those targeted. Two officers involved in the incident were later placed on administrative leave—while a task force has been put together to address the incident and the results of a report are awaited. The episode at UC Davis followed controversial police deployments of pepper spray over the preceding days--- on 17 November against Occupy Portland participants in Pioneer Courthouse Square, and in another instance on 15 November when dozens of people including a pregnant woman and an 84-year-old activist were doused during the Occupy Seattle protests. Amidst much online debate, stills and footage in each case went viral--including this image from California by Wayne Tilcock. The YouTube video of the UC Davis incident alone reached more than 1.3 million views that weekend--while a number of creative and humorous reworkings of the images were also widely shared online.
Pete Souza—The White House
April 15, 2011. President Barack Obama meets with Press Secretary Jay Carney, left, and Senior Advisor David Plouffe, center, before an interview with Ben Feller of the Associated Press, in Chicago, Illinois.

Lauren Fleishman for TIME
A crowd gathered at New York's Ground Zero right after Obama's speech announcing the death of Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011. Revelers in the crowd scrambled up light poles over the cheering crowd.
Pete Muller—AP
February 20, 2011. A victim of a mass rape campaign in the town of Fizi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Her identity has been concealed for security reasons and because rape carries strong social stigma in the nation.

Rich Lam—Getty Images
When the Vancouver Canucks lost game 7 of the Stanely Cup finals to the Boston Bruins on their home ice on June 15, local fans took out their frustration in the streets, by rioting, looting and setting fire to cars. During the rampage, Getty photographer Rich Lam captured this image of one couple laying on the ground, seemingly engaged in a romantic moment. The surprising juxtaposition and its metaphorical resonance—make love, not war—made it an internet sensation in the days after it was released. At first, it was suggested that the photo was a fake, but Lam was able to provide before and after frames that disproved that; but even after the fact, he was not entirely sure what he had witnessed. "It was complete chaos," he said. Eventually, it became clear that the young woman, later identified as Alexandra Thomas, had been knocked down by the surging crowd. Her boyfriend a 29-year-od Australian named Scott Jones had come to her aid. Part of comforting her, the couple explained on a Today show appearance a few days later, was a brief kiss.
Eric Thayer—Reuters
September 10, 2011. A plane flies through the "Tribute in Lights" in lower Manhattan in New York. New York marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center this year.
Dylan Martinez—Reuters
The world celebrated the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton with parades and parties, but for one key participant, the festivities were a little too much. Three-year-old Grace Van Cutsem, one of the bridesmaids, could not handle the roar of the crowd beneath the balcony at Buckingham Palace and covered her ears to block out the noise. The photo of her reaction became an instant internet sensation, rapidly morphing into a meme for all occasions. Readers of websites like Buzzfeed pasted her into their own photos, A Tumblr page was created while others used her face as the focal point of videos posted to Youtube.
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Claudio Santana—AFP/Getty Images
June 5, 2011. A cloud of ash billowing from Puyehue volcano near Osorno in southern Chile.
Lewis Whyld—PA Photos/Landov
August 7, 2011. Fire rages through a building in Tottenham, north London as trouble flared after members of the community took to the streets to demand "justice" after Mark Duggan, 29, was shot dead by police.
Pedro Armestre—AFP/Getty Images
August 16, 2011. A woman's confession to a priest at one of the 200 temporary confessionals set up at Madrid's Buen Retiro park. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims gathered in Madrid for a giant open-air mass, launching a six-day youth party for Pope Benedict XVI at a time of economic hardship in Spain.
Damir Sagolj—Reuters
October 5, 2011. A portrait of Kim Il Sung, founder of the communist regime in North Korea, beams from a government building at 6 a.m. in the pariah state's capital, Pyongyang.
James Akena / Reuters
Police spray Ugandan opposition leaders with colored water during demonstrations in the capital of Kampala on May 10, 2011. President Yoweri Museveni vowed to crush the protests and blamed rising food and fuel costs on drought and global increases in oil prices.

Nicolas Asfouri—AFP/Getty Images
March 22, 2011. A general night view taken with a longer exposure, shows destroyed houses and debris in the tsunami-damaged city of Rikuzentakata, in Japan's Iwate prefecture.
Mary Altaffer / AP En Masse
Confetti flies over New York's Times Square as the clock strikes midnight during the New Year's Eve celebration, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.

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