The Old Hope Chest

I have merged my blogs.
If you want to keep up with us you can find us at

oh, hi.

is this thing still on?

honestly, i completely forgot about this little blog.
here's the scoop:

we've been to idaho A LOT lately. (the photo above was taken by a friend the last time we were up there)
i got a new job. i now work for head start. i am so happy with this switch in jobs thus far.
and BONUS: i get summers off. boom. how could i not take the job?
i also had other good news, but im going to be vague and leave it at that.
garrett starts grad school on friday!!
deep love has 10 days left on their kickstarter. give them your money. please?
jared, jessica and baby james moved to provo!!!!!!!
mom, dad, and matt came for a visit.
and then mom and matt came for another visit.
ive been reading lots of good books lately: A Walk In the Woods, Off the Road, Z: A Story of Zelda Fitzgerald, im currently reading Lady Sings the Blues, an autobiography by Billie Holiday that is spectacular and heart breaking in every way.
weve been binge watching the tv show the killing. so good.
and garrett keeps laughing at me for this (though im not sure why) but i cleaned out my closet. and by cleaned out my closet i mean i got rid of 90% of the clothes i own. i want a simpler life and a simpler lifestyle. with that comes owning less things so that less things own me.
woof. now that it is 9:00pm i will proceed to my bed with my book and a bowl of cantaloupe.

Deep Love Kick Starter

Well, its that time of the year again. DEEP LOVE SEASON!!!!
This year there are only TWO shows, one in Salt Lake and one in Idaho Falls.
BUT the Deep Love team is hitting the road and heading to Eugene Oregon to be apart of the North West Arts Festival where they will have a chance to perform in front of booking agents.
So, in order to get the team there, they have a kickstarter to raise money. BUT the cool thing about kickstarter is that you get something for the money. CD, DVD, song book, t-shirt, ghost hunt in SLC with Ryan Hayes,  pep talk from Ford Erickson, a 15 minute opera written on any topic by Ryan and Garrett, etc, etc. With this, you get what you pay for AND you help Deep Love get to bigger places.

So, watch the video above and then click HERE and give them your money.
k. thanx.

oh, and here is one of my new favorite songs from the show (it was added last season.)

the salty beatnik

i have been so bad at the internet lately.

so in case you didnt know, WE HAVE A NEW BLOG!
dont worry (or do) this here personal blog will still be live.
this is where i post things for me.
but is a collaboration project between Garrett, Mal, Josh and I as well as a guest contributor once a week. (and we have some pretty good guests lined up!)
This blog is a place for everything; food, fashion, music, words, art, lifestyle etc.
Mal, Josh, and Garrett all are writers, so you can read there words there.
I am not a writer so you can mainly look at things that Ive been looking at lately.
This started in conjunction with my Etsy shop, The Salty Beatnik.
It is a fun project and I am so glad it has been so successful in just a week!

So, here is some shameless self promotion:

disposable camera

the first time i rode in garretts car we were just acquaintances.
we had the same group of friends and had said a few words to each other, but that was it.
i was riding in his car to flier for deep love.
he had a disposable camera in his center console, so the other twos girls i was with and i took a selfie with it.   little did we know garrett and i would get married ( garrett and i didnt even start "talking" until 5 months after this car ride) and find this photo 3 years after it was taken.

Also on this camera is the only photo we have from our honey moon in Big Sur.
Neither one of us had a smart phone or a digital camera at the time.
So this one photo is it.

And then there are lots of photos of Sal of course

And some photos of other random things.

*note, garrett has had this disposable camera in his car for 4 years, and we just finished up the film this month.

sea of love

Sea of Love by Cat Power on Grooveshark

why is it that you can put cat powers "sea of love" to almost anything and it will make me tear up and feel all sentimental?

life lately has been full of ups and downs. (when is it not though, right?)
it feels like a lot of downs, so when the ups happen, they feel really great.
ive been crazy emotional and having hope and staying positive is a lot of work.
but an up that happened today is garrett heard back from Westminster and he got into grad school!
this is huge for him and i am so happy and excited for this new adventure.
also,were moving this week.
so thats cool i guess.
but heres to trying to be patient, positive, and hopeful!

swan valley

we spent the weekend in idaho with mal & josh.
today was their one year anniversary, so we celebrated love all weekend.
we hiked the lower palisades, stayed at the cabin, cooked delicious food, made up games and watched movies all weekend.
we did a lot of soul searching on the trial, had some heart to hearts, shed some tears, and stood on a mountain and spoke our dreams and wishes and put them out into the universe. 
it was the kind of weekend i have been needing, 
as well as some quality girl time.

sal was also in heaven. he was the happiest weve seen him. which sounds odd because hes a dog, but he literally had a smile on his face all weekend. he got to hike and swim, which are two of his favorite things.
but he also was a ranch dog for the weekend. 
he helped herd cows, stood back while josh shot ground squirrels, followed josh around the yard to collect wood to burn and do ranch duties. 
he was a city dog, living his dream of being a country dog. 
some day sal, some day,

oh and today is jays birthday. happy birthday or something... 
(i am currently unhappy with jay. but what ever, hes a cat, so he doesnt care.) 

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