“I’m going to Army Mother!”

What is better than watching Iron Man?

Becoming Iron Man.

You heard me.

Currently, a company called Raytheon (which actually is located in Salt Lake City) is “developing a robotic suit for the soldier of tomorrow. The exoskeleton is essentially a wearable robot that amplifies its wearer’s strength, endurance and agility. The super-human suit is reminiscent of super heroes depicted in comic books and Hollywood movies.”

How amazing is that?  I heard that the product is still far from being ready.  But who knows, one day it might be our reality!

You can read more about this suit here.

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I’m sure you’ve already seen this, but I still want to blog about it.

I work at the Harold B. Lee Library.  I’ve worked here for about 2 and a half years, which, in this time, has created my undying love for the HBLL and the LAO.

Well, I’m sure you’ve already seen this YouTube video because everyone and their dog has posted it on their Facebook profile about ten times.  But, I have to post it on here too because of my love for the library.

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It was not created by my department, but done by the media productions lab on the 6th floor of the library (yes, there’s a 6th floor of the library) with the help of a HumorU student.  I wish I could take credit for it, but at least my claim to fame is that I work at the HBLL here at BYU!

Sisters do as sisters should.

Amelia Anne Pocock

Abbreves.

For you all that hang out with me on a regular basis, I use abbreves [abbreviations] almost always.

Some of the most common ones are the following:

  • Perf [Perfect]
  • Fav [Favorite]
  • Favs [Favorites]
  • Probs [Probably]
  • Maybes [Maybe]
  • Usge (pronounced like the beginning of usually) [usually]
  • Spesh [Especially]
  • Innaprope [Inapropriate]
  • Innagrope [Inagropiate- as it an inappropriate grope (yes, I know all gropes are inappropriate)]
  • Troom [Bathroom/Restroom]
  • Remembs [Remember]

This is just the beginning. I am constantly coming up with new ones.  They just slide right off of my tongue in my sentences.  Sometimes I switch it up a bit, add a few extra letters, abbreviate every word in each sentence, or repeat the same abbreve twice.  I don’t even think about doing it, it just comes naturally.

Lately, it’s been a bit of a problem.  It’s getting out of control.  But I just can’t stop.

I love my abbreves.

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nos•tal•gic

nostalgic |näˈstaljik; nə-|adjective- characterized by or exhibiting feelings of nostalgia

I have a coworker who is an incoming Freshman.  I talked to her about living on campus, going to all the events and games, moving away from home, fun classes to take.  And after the long talk, I felt nostalgic.

I’m a Senior.  I have two semesters left, college is almost over.  Where did all the time go?

I remember a few days before I left for BYU my freshman year, my mom said the cheesiest thing ever.  But it apparently stuck with me.  I was hanging out with a few friends in the basement and she stuck her head in the room, crying, and said,

“I wish I could bottle up this laughter and save it for ever.”

Wow, that is disgustingly cheesy, but mom’s are allowed to say those things, right?

Well, now that college is wrapping up with just less than a year left, I want to “bottle up” all the memories I’m having and save them for later, because getting old just sounds miserable.

During my Freshman year, my mom told me I needed to write everything down in my journal so I could remember it all later and I, stupidly, replied,

“But Mom, I don’t want to remember these times.”

What an ignorant remark.  Here I am nostalgic, and the more I dwell on it, homesick, and a few years ago I told my mom I didn’t want to remember these memories?

As Michael Scott would say,

“Well well well, how the turntables…”

Anyway, to help cope with my nostalgia and save a few memories forever, here are a few pictures of my time here at BYU.

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Sneak Peak!

Karen Huntsman, T.J.’s wonderful and gracious and talented boss, took our photos on the day of the wedding, as well as our Bridals.

She just sent us a URL for the first set of photos.  They are beautiful!  I was worried they wouldn’t be perfect because it was such a cold and windy day, but they turned out wonderfully!

Here is a slideshow of a few of my favorites.

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If you would like to see the rest of this first batch, click here.

Anyway, thanks so much, Karen!  I can’t wait to see the rest!

Claire Jr.

My sister, Mary Beth, has the most beautiful daughter in the world.

Her name is Claire and I fell in love with her instantly.

We have been best friends ever since.

Well, Claire is getting a little sister any minute now.  I have officially nicknamed my soon-to-be niece “Claire Junior”.  Claire set the standard pretty high, but I’m sure Claire Junior will be just as darling as the Senior.

Revamping

“Life as Katie Lee” is lame and boring.

Does anyone have any good ideas for a blog title?  I’ve got an idea for one right now, but if you think of something clever let me know.

In the mean time, it’s time to redecorate.

I’m a Utahan?

Last week I changed my last name and once I get my new social security card, I’ll be getting my new drivers license.  A Utah drivers license.

I will miss my Kentucky license.  It always sparked conversation and it made me unique. And although my home is now in Utah and my license will say I’m a Utahan, I will always be a Kentuckian at heart (always remember that, mom).

Anyway, now that I’m going to be a Utahan, it’s time to start acting like one.

So first thing on the list as a Utahan was to go camping.  Last weekend I went camping with T.J. and his sister Lacey and her husband Josh out on the other side of Utah Lake. Just a bunch of Utahans camping in the dessert, with a big truck, lots of supplies, a firepit, and guns.

Next thing on the list is to hike Mt. Timp.  Anyone want to join?

First time shooting a gun.

We scooped out the insides of oranges, put cake batter inside, wrapped them up in foil, and baked them over a fire. Delish!

Camping when you're married is awesome!

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Eclipse+Hannah=EPIC

Eclipse. Was. EPIC.

I hear the second time you see it, at a normal hour and when you aren’t loaded up on sugar and caffeine to stay awake, it just doesn’t have as much power, but I refuse to believe it.

The EPIC night started off by eating at El Gillo Giro, my new favorite mexican restaurant (a post about that is soon to follow), filling our stomachs with delicious burritos, enchiladas and free chips and salsa.

When we arrived at the movie theater, it was 8:00 pm.  We thought we probably had some time to walk around the mall for a while after we picked up our tickets, but turns out the Provo Towne Center was the place to be to watch the movie.  People already were camped out with their blankets, laptops, cutouts, t-shirts, memorabilia, pizzas, ice cream, dinners, and my favorite, lawn chairs (brought by two women over sixty years old).

So we found our place in line, set up camp, and waited around.  For 4 hours.  We watched a lot of YouTube videos, ate a lot of candy, took a bunch of videos and pictures, and watched the second Twilight movie.

Finally midnight rolled around and we were let into our theater, and the movie was starting in 20 minutes.  We rannnnnnnnn to the theater, knocked down children, fought for seats, stole some popcorn (more or less of all that is true), and got perfect seats for the film.

Needless to say, I cried several times in the movie, including the proposal scene.  I loved the part when they were in the tent, for several reasons 🙂 anddddd I loved that Edward actually acted in the movie, instead of staring at the camera, all white and gangly.

Anyway, the event was a success.  Here are a few pictures from the evening.