Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas - The Picture!!!

My siblings got all of their kids together before Christmas to give my mom and dad a special gift! (My contribution was picking it up from the studio :) )
Before opening the gift, Thelissa read a list of quotes from each of the grandkids about why they like their grandma and grandpa.
Grandpa opened the round tube but had a little trouble getting the gift out...
So Grandma had to help a little.

She got the first glimpse at the picture...
And then showed it to Grandpa. It is a picture of all of the grandkids!! It will be framed and hung soon where everyone can see!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Best Friends Forever...Seriously

On Saturday I got together with some of my dearest friends. The girls I've known forever. We just know that we will always be there!! What a blessing they are!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Tonight's Christmas Party

Tonight Miles To Go played for the 12th Ward Christmas Party. It meant the world to me to have everyone take time and come play! No one's really looking at the camera but here is a fun picture. I don't know why this gig meant so much to me. I don't really even know the people in my ward all that well. And no one special was there to watch me or anything like that. I guess I just want to make a good impression on the ward members.
Trent brought all the equipment and everything just for this little ward party. I really owe him one. I think I will get he and Amy some movie passes or something!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Let it snow! Let it snow!

Tonight as I was briskly walking towards trax (that I knew would be coming soon), I couldn't help but stop and try taking a picture or two outside my work! There was really no one around! And the snow made the lights even prettier!! I had a moment all to myself (amazingly enough!) there in the falling snow.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Thanksgiving is Coming!!

So, my parents were given this blow-up turkey!! They blow it up each Sunday until Thanksgiving and set it out on the lawn for the entire neighborhood to see! How hilarious!
Even though it was raining last Sunday, everyone wanted to help! Savannah is helping grandpa.
Ta da! Ready for anyone who drives by!
Zachary wanted to help to! He was so so excited!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

i-have-an-awesome-job post

Camera operating is becoming a regular thing now. About once a week. Some Sunday mornings. Sister Matsumori of the Primary Presidency told me today that she thought it was fun to see a camerawoman amongst all the cameramen!

We work in this room at the Conference Center during broadcasts, webinars, Music and the Spoken Word, etc.Today I was running around trying to get so much done. I am making DVDs for each of the Twelve of themselves talking in Conference. They have to approve the clips that have been chosen to go into kiosks at Visitor's Centers. In the pic I am cuing up Conference Tapes while another project was rendering. The project that is rendering is of interviews that were done of many Public Affairs reps. They each need a DVD of themselves for critiquing too.This is not my desk. This is a little workroom that we all share. Ironically, E Eyring and E Uchtdof were pictured on the screens when I was taking pics. I was with them both later in the day when I was doing camera for the Hawaii Stake Conference Broadcast.This is my desk. I need more room! Today I checked out a motor pool car and went to Bonneville to pic up a bunch of film that was shot in Brazil for the Portuguese homefront commercials. Adam Abel produced them. He is great. He and Ryan Little did the movie "Saints and Soldiers."Sometimes I get to record for the Ensign/New Era on

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Vernal in a minute five

Miles To Go in Vernal for their Story Telling Festival
September 22-23, 2007

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Moab - 2007 October 14

"Miles To Go" band likes to play all over the place. A few weeks ago we went to Moab to play for a private party. Then, in the morning, before leaving for the return road trip home, we stopped to take advantage of the beautiful Arches landscape! These are some clips that will eventually be edited into my cool Miles To Go documentary!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Oh Deer!!!

Oh Deer!!! It just came out of no where!!

On September 29th in the early morning, I hit a deer! My roommate was driving with me. We were on our way home from a ward activity up above Heber at a cabin. There were deer everywhere!! (like this pic I found on the internet) We had even stopped a few times to just watch them all. So I was going slowly out of the canyon watching carefully. Then...wham!! He came charging at us and hit the driver's side of the car in the front. I wonder if he just got spooked from the headlights and went crazy and came into the road. It's like he purposely timed it so that he would head-butt my light. When we came to a complete stop I put the car in park and opened the door. The deer was about 15 feet back just wriggling in the road. The poor thing didn't die. I wanted to put it out of its misery! I think I must have broken its legs. It just wriggled its body enough until it got itself off the road. At first it was wriggling in the the wrong direction and was coming towards the car. I got a little scared and realized it could suddenly charge me or others could come out to save their friend or something. But then he was gone soon.

Emilee told me to stop looking at the deer (so I didn't have nightmares or something) and said "what about your car?!" Oh yeah! My car! We looked. Just a light that was dangling and a little fur stuck to the car. I luckily had a flashlight and tape to fix up my car as to not loose parts on the way home.

I called mom even though it was 1 am. It was just my first call home to get advice!

The says: If an encounter with a deer is inevitable, then you should hit the brakes up until the very last second of impact; suddenly releasing the brakes will send the deer propelling into the roadway rather than into your windshield." Source

"Most motorist deaths and injuries occur when drivers swerve to avoid hitting the deer and strike a fixed object, such as a tree or another vehicle. It may seem powerless, but simply applying your brakes while you're buckled up, gripping the steering wheel with both hands, and coming to a controlled stop (if possible) can actually help minimize damage and injuries." Source

Well...that's what I did! I was really lucky. The deer caused minimal damage.
It all could have been so much worse!! I'm so grateful it wasn't!!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007

The song mom would sing to me as she woke me up for school. The red part
is what she would sing as she opened my blinds. It was so hard to get up in high school!

When the red, red robin comes bob, bob bobbin' along, along,
There'll be no more sobbing when he starts throbbing
His own sweet song.

Wake up, wake up, you sleepy head,
Get up, get up, get out of bed,
Cheer up, cheer up the sun is red,
Live, love, laugh and be happy.

What if I've been blue,
Now I'm walking through fields of flowers,
Rain may glisten, but I still listen for hours and hours.
I'm just a kid again, doing what I did again, singing a song,
When the red, red robin comes bob, bob bobbin' along.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Decapitation

The piñata is a brightly-coloured paper container filled with sweets and/or toys. It is generally suspended on a rope from a tree branch or ceiling and is used during celebrations. A succession of blindfolded, stick-wielding children try to break the piñata in order to collect the sweets (traditionally fruit, such as sugarcane) and/or toys inside of it. It has been used for hundreds of years to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays and Christmas. (Wikipedia)

Pinata time!! Jeffrey was successful in decapitating the horse and unleashing the candy on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

They Tell Me...

They tell me I look like her. What do you think? Who do you think she is?

My Day - Sept 10, 2007

Woke up at 6:30 ish
got ready
7:35 Drove to Trax
7:42 ish arrived at Trax Station
7:45 took Trax to SLC City Center Stop. Read Family Law all the way there.
8:20 Arrived in SLC and walked to the Church Off Bldg (w my violin)
8:30 til 11:30 finished transcript for Elder Ballard. He was pleased to get it.
11:30 meeting about new visitor center kiosks
11:50 rehearsed on the lower level with AV band for Friday's social
12:45 rehearsed "Bubbly" for social
1:00 rehearsed "I'm Already Home" for Paul Miner, for social
1:10 returned to work upstairs to find refreshments for Marsh's going away prty
1:15 meeting about kiosks again
Things I have to do for that: find GA quotes about BofM, 3 Witnesses pictures download HiRes copies, pull Homefront Commercial tapes from the vault and get them to the graphic artist, find "man on the street" testimonies of the BofM, find BofM passages read audibly in about 15 languages if that exists, and find images that depict some major events of the BofM and the Bible for the graphic artist to create graphics out of for the "Timeline" portion of the touch-screen kiosk.
1:15 had to send someone else down to meet mom outside to pick up a disc for dad.
1:45 worked on kiosk stuff, downloading images and converting to .tiff format in Photoshop.
Just ate refreshments (fruit and brownies) cause didn't have time to warm up my food.
Entered my hours
5:11 Caught tracks. With my backpack and violin, and Family Law book.
5:50 Arrived at station, walked to car, listened to Bubbly on the way home to unwind.
6:00 Arrived home. Ate cereal, opened the blinds, watched commercials in the amount of time.
6:10 Stephanie arrived to edit the Food and Care Coalition Video.
9:00 Mom and dad stopped by to pick up a VHS tape of dad's.
9:30 Finished editing. Talked to Emilee, my roommate to catch up a bit.
9:40 Ciro came over to use our internet.
9:45 Ate a frozen Oreo Ice-cream treat and then some left over enchiladas.
10:00 I helped Ciro with Business Law homework. He needs the internet at our house.
11:00 Read scriptures
11:30 checked email, facebook, ldslinkup, blog
12:41 going to bed.


Monday, September 3, 2007

Working on Temple Square!

LDS Church Office Bldg, SLC. Photos by Ciro Abril
Fountain on Temple Square, by Ciro Abril

Temple Square never seems to get old. I work there almost everyday. The landscape makes working there seem very peaceful and spiritual. But that is not always true. I do, however, take it for granted. I forget that I work in a very pretty place sometimes.

When friends come to visit, I meet them down on temple square for a while. When I do, I stop thinking about the daily push to move projects through the Intellectual Property Office, and just relax and look around. It's then that I realize how pretty it is!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

South Point Scavenger Hunt!!

Tonight I went on a South Point scavenger hunt to capture my new place in photos.

They call this area "South Point." It is very peaceful. The sunsets and rainbows are amazing to view out over the valley.

And we will have a temple here shortly!

I chased the hangliders, the sunset, and a deer.

A lot of rich-looking homes are here! Castles if you ask me!

The wind continues to blow tonight. This is no surprise. You can see the flags. They are always waving. The green one has been torn off the post. I awoke to pounding rain on my window too.