Friday, April 30, 2010

Nothing but Blue Skies!

I woke up this morning, took a shower, got dressed, did my hair and makeup, and looked outside to see snow flurry down at an obnoxious rate. I squinted at the nasty white substance and thought to myself today would be a great day to take a drive to Vegas.

And do you know what I saw? Now don't get jealous...

I just about died when I saw the beautiful blue skies! I had to pull over and get a picture! It's not often you see Vegas without the smog cloud over it.

To all my Utah friends--hope this brightens your day!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The End

Finals week brings out the blonde in me in the WORSE way! Why is it that when it's of necessity to keep my brain focused and together it flees me completely? No really, I've been a basket case trying to get everything together and finish with grace, but it just ain't happening people!

On a good note, I ROCKED my computer graphics app final. It was a project to create a new packaging for a sweet. I chose gummy worms. It looked like this:
And the tops look like this:

My professor made a couple comments, shook the can and asked: So what's in here?

Me: Gummy worms

Him: No, really, what's in here?

Me: No, really, gummy worms

Him: NO!

Then everyone asked me how I'd done it. I was sneaky and opened the bottom of the can with one of those can openers that breaks the seal. Then I put the worms in and glued the bottom back on.

Yay for getting something right! And if there are any brain donors out there-- this scarecrow is looking!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Something to be Proud of

So my sister calls me yesterday and starts out with "I'm so proud of myself."

"Why's that, Megan?" I ask, because I'm a good older sister and always show interest in what she's doing.

She tells me about the tests she's having done to get ready for when her and her husband have in vitro done later this year. She explained a test where they do an ultrasound to see how many eggs your ovaries produce. Apparently most women produce an average of 12 per ovary. "My count was 19," she said, excited. I imagine she was probably jumping up and down at this point as if she won the lottery. "It's just nice to know everything is working right and everything, ya know? And you know what this means? Your ovaries probably work great too."

Great. My ovaries produce lots of eggs. Can you put that on a resume? Maybe I can use it on a first date. Like "You know if things ever did work out, you should know I have a family history of great functioning ovaries" *wink wink*.

Ha! The many things in this world we have to be proud of!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Show of Talent

Monday night I saw something that was indescribably hilarious. Something I never thought in my entire life I would EVER see. Like... EVER!!!

We had our last big activity in our singles' ward--a talent show. They did a bake off, did a big picture montage to music where we all oohed and ahhhed, and, of course, people showed off what they could do! One of the coolest things were two guys who did a whole bunch of 90's songs, one playing the guitar and singing and the other playing the cello.

But that wasn't the hilarious part.

Let's see if I can summarize the craziest talent of the night:

Six roommates

All guys


Black tennis dress and shirt

Sound of Music

My side splitting with laughter

Seriously... they did pieces from each of the major songs. And Maria VonTrapp? The first AP from my mission. Yup. Elder Dayton. AHHHHH! I just about died when he came out the in previously mentioned dress and the t-shirt on his head like a makeshift habit. Then there was the moment when one of them came out in a blond wig singing "sixteen going on seventeen".

To sum up: You never know what you're going to see at a ward talent show. So be careful. Be very, very careful.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Adding up...

You would think when you join up as an art major, you wouldn't have to deal with math anymore... right? Wrong! Wrong, wrong, wrong!

Anyone who's studied photography knows that the main factor is light. There are two variables: aperture (how big the opening gets) and shutter speed (how long the shutter stays open). Both basically fulfill an equation that looks something like this:

light coming in x time= exposure

Lost yet? Yeah, that's what I thought. So I made a little diagram...

So in other words, you need a certain amount of light and the two factors have to balance that out. But--since each has a different effect-- you might want to swap one for the other. This is known as reciprocity. Like so....
Got it? Good. Now I'm going to let you in on a little secret... if the exposure is too long (when using film) there's this loving thing called reciprocity failure. That's right. The simple back and fourth FAILS! This just goes to show that math and science isn't everything it pretends to be.

You see, if your shutter speed is too long, all the sudden you need MORE time to make sure enough light gets in. I'm sure someday this odd fact will start to make sense to me, but for now... it's proof to me that math is completely overestimated and unpredictable.