Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Start of Summer

Summer has been insanely busy so far...hence my blogging absence of late.
But you know it's time to post something when your mom texts you asking
why you haven't blogged all month.

Sorry if this post is long but I want to get caught up on
all the things I've been MEANING to blog about this month:

1. Grown-up Jobs 
I started my internship with
 
at the end of last month, and so far, it's great. 
Sometimes stressful, but great.
So, I commute to SLC a few times a week
and work from home the rest of the days.
I'm learning a ton and even wrote a press release that
got picked up by Yahoo! News and several other media outlets.
Check that out here:
http://yhoo.it/J13IPe

But I also forgot to mention that I'm also
juggling another job:
doing PR for 
So far I'm primarily working in
internal communications and media relations
and will soon add social media and some other things to the list.
So, the full-time internship and the part-time job
are keeping my plate gratefully full.
It's definitely going to be a summer full of 
learning and gaining experience.
Good thing I love my major so much!

2. Towards Sunshine Benefit Album & Concert
This upcoming week I'll be seeing the culmination of
a year of work producing a benefit album for
the local non-profit Inside-Out Learning International.
That deserves its own post, but here's a peek at
the cover art, designed by my good friends
Cassie Bingham and Zac Parkinson

3. Coachella 2012
It's been a month now, and
I never got around to writing that giant Coachella post
but it was seriously the most fun I've ever had in 107 degrees.
I technically went down to Indio on intern duties,
so I spent every morning promoting ShowScoop
and giving out free sunglasses and sunscreen packets.
But once the music started, I saw show after show after show.
32 in three days to be exact.
After thinking about it long and hard,
here are my Top 4 shows:

Florence and the Machine
Obviously. Florence was the one person I was most
excited to see. And I was bound and determined to be
as close as humanly possible during her set.
As you can see by the picture, I was basically front and center.
I'm 99% certain that she might be part magic.

Girl Talk
Photo Credit: Illegal Art
I had never heard of Girl Talk before I went to the festival,
and the only reason I went to his set was to get a good
spot for Florence, who was right after him.
But, boy am I glad I did.
He's a DJ who does mashups
better than just about anyone.
His set was the biggest party of the weekend.

Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg with Eminem, 
Tupac, 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa & Kendrick Lamar
Photo Credit: EW Music Mix
Photo Credit: Guest of a Guest
Photo Credit: MTV
Photo Credit: collegedj.net
I'll be the first one to admit rap is usually not really my thing.
But even I could appreciate how once-in-a-lifetime this set was.
From where I was, the Tupac hologram looked totally real.
The whole thing was just insane.
My little brother was green with envy when I told him about it.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
This was another band I was really looking forward to,
and I was front and center for them too.
Grace Potter might be one of the most gorgeous
human beings alive.
I don't know any other woman who
could so totally, completely
rock out while wearing a sequined dress
and stilettos with a perfect manicure
(Yes I was close enough to notice her manicure.)
The picture below doesn't even begin to adequately
capture how much of a bad-A rock star she is.
Photo Credit: The Examiner


I couldn't decide on a Top 5,
but honorable mentions go to:
Miike Snow ft. Lykke Li
GIVERS
Grouplove
First Aid Kit
Childish Gambino
Azealia Banks
Gary Clark, Jr.
Santigold
The Black Keys
Afrojack
David Guetta
Swedish House Mafia

4. The Big 23
I had planned on going to St. George
for a nice quiet birthday at home,
to spend some time with my family
and Chelsea before she moved to the Big Apple.
Instead, it was a birthday week full of surprises.
First, Adrienne flew into SLC as my birthday present
and drove home with me.
Then the day she left,
Ben and Paige showed
up on my doorstep.
 As they were leaving a couple days later, my roommate
Justin got back from England and drove down for the last two days.
THEN, my mission buddy Brian randomly ended up
in STG for a day. I hadn't seen him
since we were in Canada, so it was great to
spend the day catching up by the pool.
Overall, I spent a lot of time eating and laying by the pool.
I feel like I hardly spent any time with my family,
but it was a great week, and I'm another year older.

5. New Calling
With so many people moving in and out for summer,
a new calling in my ward was almost inevitable.
But I wasn't quite expecting the one I got.
I'm now the first counselor in the Elders Quorum Presidency.
So my Sundays are now full of meetings, home teaching routes,
meeting all the new people and occasionally teaching priesthood.
(I survived my first lesson last week).
So there's that too...

And with that novel of a post, I think I'm caught up...