Thursday, February 28, 2013


chuck and blair // the ultimate power couple

Do you ever hear a song and know exactly where it would fall in the soundtrack of your life? I love it when this happens. Sometimes I hear a song and I can picture when it would be playing if my life was a movie.

All I know is that when I fall in love, the exact moment, I want Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran to be playing.

Is that too much to ask?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

perks of the swoosh

Most days I don't enjoy my nike job too much.
I mean, who wants to stand on their feet for 8 hours and fold clothes and fetch shoe boxes for the world's most indecisive people? It's not the ideal situation.

However, there are certain magical days when the stars align and it's freestyle friday so you can wear your lime green Lunarglides and you're at cashwrap with your favorite coworkers and tim tebow walks up to you with a bag full of stuff.

Yes, this Tim Tebow.

And then he smiles at you and introduces himself (duh Tim, we all know who you are) and you have the following conversation:
Alyssa: Did you find everything okay?
Tim Tebow: Yes, but I can't decide on this jacket. What do you think?
Alyssa: I think that's a very good looking jacket. You definitely need it.
Tim Tebow: You know what? You're right. I'm getting it. Just because you said so.
Alyssa: { melts on the floor and dies }

You guys, Tim Tebow is a FLIRT. Like for real. I'd like to flatter myself, but really I think it's just because he's a nice guy.
Oh and also, his eyes are really blue and he has a really gorgeous smile AND he meets my height requirement. Sorry for being such a fangirl. Really I'm just mad that the conversation didn't go more like this:

Tim Tebow: I really like those ridiculous lime green Lunarglides you're wearing. Can you go grab me a pair so we can match?
Alyssa: Of course, Tim. Matching couples are all the rage these days, just look at Kimye! Oh and by the way, I'm a good Mormon girl and I'm pretty sure our morals and values and life goals in general would match, too!
Tim Tebow: You know what? You're right. We match in every way, and we would have beautiful babies. Quit your job right now and run away with me.

That's not too much to ask, right?

Shout out to my fab coworkers for secretly documenting the encounter!

the infamous jacket

Next time the sparks are bound to fly, right?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

it's time to begin, isn't it?

So I had this friend in high school that was really cool and would always invite people over to hang out at his house. However, most of the time these hangouts would turn into his own personal concert, as he would consistently bust out the guitar and start singing. Which is cool and all, but sometimes you just wanna chill, ya know? And quite frankly, it got old, fast. I'll admit, I was a little bit of a doubter in this guy, even though I thought he was fun to hang out with. Anyways, I'm telling you this because this cool-guy-slash-constant-concert-giver has turned out to be a certified. platinum. rock star.

Like, literally. His band's song "It's Time" has gone platinum (!!!).

Who woulda guessed? Well, I guess I could have, if I had been paying attention to his music all those years. The point is, it's amazingly gratifying to see someone living their dreams so literally. In a funny way, it makes me feel really empowered. I'm incredibly happy for his success, and this weekend I went with some friends to see his first headlining tour with his band, Imagine Dragons!

Hannah actually wanted to go with her friends and my parents would only consent if I went to chaperone. And what better way to chaperone than with two of your most fun friends and a couple cute boys?!

We had SO much fun, much more than I was expecting. Aren't fun weekends like this just the best? I need more of them in my life.

Go download some Imagine Dragons, stat.

Bonanza Bengals represent!

Monday, February 11, 2013

hey stephen...

... I could give you 50 reasons why I should be the one you choose.

But I'll narrow it down to five.

1. I'll never accuse you of watching too much SportsCenter

2. I greatly appreciate a good steak

3. My car serenades are to DIE for

4. I'm an excellent body surfer

5. I can totally tell you the difference between a Lebron shoe and a Kobe shoe (and why the Lebron is always the right choice)

If any of you know of anyone looking for these qualities, send em my way por favor!

xoxo, alyssa

{ title is referring to song lyrics from the great T. Swift and not any particular person }

Sunday, February 3, 2013

risky things.

I've never really been a risk taker.

I like to know the outcome of what I'm doing before I do it. I like to feel safe and comfortable, something that probably everyone likes to feel. I didn't even like roller coasters until I was in 8th grade because I would just worry so much that something was going to happen while I was on the ride. But then I finally submitted to peer pressure and guess what? I now love roller coasters!

Doesn't that always seem to happen? We worry so much about the smallest things and 99% of the time, it turns out okay. It may not turn out the way we expected, but its almost always okay. I feel like I've shared this 18 million times on this blog, but when I went to Australia a couple years ago, we had the opportunity to go bungee jumping. As I said, I'm not a risk taker, so this activity didn't entice me. When it was time to go, I decided I would just go along to watch everyone else do it. To my surprise and utter terror, my dad signed me up to go without me knowing. And it was already paid for, so no backing out now! Thanks padre, what a gem.

I still remember the butterflies I had in my stomach that whole morning. Once I had it in my head that I was officially going,  I decided that I had to go first, because I didn't want to watch anyone else do it with all these worries in my head. We walked up the tower, which seemed to take forever. The whole time they were rigging us up to everything I was still nervous but getting a little more comfortable with it. I thought I was ready.

Then we walked to the edge of the platform. All of those "I'm totally ready to rock this!" feelings went right out the window and out came the tears. Yes, I'm not ashamed to say that I cried before I jumped.

Because guess what?

I jumped!

It was the most terrifying moment in my life, but I don't think I've ever felt more alive. I conquered something head-on, and it was so incredibly worth it that I still look to this seemingly insignificant event  as a huge moment for me. I jumped! I didn't want to, and I was so scared and worried and emotional, but I did it anyway.

I'm trying really hard to make 2013 a good year for me. I'm trying to go after things that, for whatever reason, I've been really scared to go after. Finishing school terrifies me because being in school makes me feel safe. Making new friends terrifies me because I'm worried people won't like me. The thought of dating is really stressful to me because I don't open myself up to many people at all.

But I feel like I'm somewhat ready to start taking these risks. And even if I'm not, I know from this crazy Australian bungee experience that sometimes the things you are most scared of turn out to be the most worthwhile moments.

Onward to more risky business!