Sunday, November 28, 2010

A few picture morsels of Thanksgiving

I'm not too good at taking pictures over the holidays... but here's a few I snapped on the last day.

Thanksgiving was so nice. A perfect break from the city - fresh air, good food, and a great time with the family. (oh yeah, and some shopping too)

A hazy Tink. She wasn't too happy that I woke her up from her nap.


Boys will be boys. Adventures in the world of Halo


My family's quaint little stove that kept us warm during our stay.


I feel pretty when I'm with my family. Laughing, joking, relaxing, not trying to impress anyone. Just being me. (Note my mother's holiday gel clings stuck on the mirror. Pretty sure she has those for every holiday)


I'm so incredibly excited for Christmas! In less than two week, I will done with school. It's hard to believe... I was so afraid of this semester and now it's almost over. I'm praying for strength to finish strong (I lose steam quickly, but I know it just an opportunity for God to provide when I do)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dim

In some ways, being a designer is being an idea generator.

Well, generating ideas is draining. The generator switch is hard to turn off; it's almost like turning off your brain because the need for new ideas is always in the back of your mind. What's worse is right now my switch is stuck between on and off. I'm weary, and I feel like my ideas aren't cutting it.

Is it Christmas break yet?

(And yes, I think often about what happens when I'm no longer a student and I don't get a Christmas/summer break. It's a little disheartening)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Retro Housewife

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I'm fairly certain food tastes better cooked in a kitchen like this.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Very Hungry Caterpillar



One of my latest purchases. I could not be more excited as this was one of my favorite books growing up. Jason scoffed at me, but I forged ahead and now it is mine. When I got it in the mail (thank you amazon) we cuddled on the couch and I read it to him. There's something so wonderfully simple and charming about children's books and I'm head over heels in love.

In related book news, I finally finally finally read Mockingjay. It was a long time coming. School kept me too busy, but one night I just said screw it and plunged headfirst into the book. I finished at 2:30 in the morning, weeping. I can't even quite pin down why I cried so much. Partly that it was the last book, partly that I felt so deeply for Katniss, partly at how terrible the world she lived in was. Some books seem to manufacture tears, as though in between the lines it says, "and, cue crying." Not so with Mockingjay. It was more just the weight of what was happening that took such a toll on my emotions. I'm not completely satisfied with the book, but that's another post for another day.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The endless inbetween


I miss these girls.

There something to said for having fun/spontaneous/silly/awesome roommates. Now Lyndee is being a big girl in Utah and Kellie has new roommates to keep her entertained. I'm not saying I'm not grateful for Jason, but it's harder to be social when you're not living with your best (girl) friends.

Jason and I don't always have the same interests and I don't want to be the wife dragging her husband to the ballet show. Most recently, Harry Potter is the metaphoric ballet show. Usually, my roommates and I have our tickets to the midnight showing booked a month in advance. This will be the first time I'm not going to the midnight showing, and I'm feeling sad/sentimental about it.

Growing pains I suppose. But girls, know that I really truly miss you and the fun we had.

(Kellie, sorry about the blinking picture. But it is kinda your trademark in our pictures)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Show me what I'm looking for



Love. this song. I know it's old news (thanks Kellie for educating me) but it speaks to me. Again and again. Yes I'm one of those people. The ones who find a song they like and put it on repeat for 4 weeks straight.


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Also. Where do I find myself a bark container-vase-thingymabob? I adore them.

Monday, November 1, 2010

So give me your hand, and let's jump out the window

Usually my blog is not a platform for announcing new and important news in the life of Emily Lunt, mostly because there isn't any news. My life is fairly uneventful, albeit busy. Oh yeah, and there's that whole thing about how I don't like the c word.

Change.

Well, blogging world, things are changing! The craziest thing is - I'm really, truly happy and excited about this new change. Say what?

No, I'm not pregnant. (just wanted to clear the air on that one)

So on to the real news. My teacher approached me one day during class and offered me a job. Who me? I was really taken off guard and immediately began resisting in my mind. I already have a job. This new job is scary. There's too many unknowns. I can't handle the stress of a new job. I don't know how to be a real designer. Thankfully, my teacher gave me some time to think about it.

And the more I thought about it, the stronger that glimmer of hope became. I knew in my heart that I would really regret turning down the job. Which only means one thing, right? I have to smile when I think about Jason patiently supporting me as I agonized over the decision. I have the tendency to freak out about making life decisions and he calmly let me word vomit all over him for at least a week. He was really excited for me and wanted me to take the job, but he waited for me to decide in my own time.

With the new job, I am part of team working for our new design school. The economy forced the schools to make cuts, which led to the School of Design Innovation (my school) being absorbed into the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Bear with me. Now that this new school has so many different disciplines (which might I add, is really the first of its kind in the US, and possibly even the world), the architecture name no longer fits. This is where my team comes in. The school will be renamed The Design School, and our task is to brand this new school.

Branding goes far beyond a new logo. The first task of our team was to get a pulse on how the students feel about the school, and where they want the school to become in the future. This is my first experience with focus groups. The most exciting thing to see was how fantastic our school director is. He has some grand ideas about how to explode the school with innovation and creativity, but most importantly, he really values the students.

I realized what a privilege it is to be designing something that is so central in my own life. Most of time, designers are working with companies that they may or may not have some sort of relationship with the product. But this time, I'm designing my own experience. It's hard to describe how our school works, but we really are our own culture, almost completely apart from ASU. Which is why I love my school so much. Across the board, each student is passionate and committed to what they're doing, and even though we may not know each other's names, we all understand what we're going through - the late hours, the stress piled on stress, the tedious and time-consuming work we have, the comradery we have with our classmates, the mentor-relationships we have with our professors, the feeling that we can make a difference in the world, and the reward we get from our work. Cheesy, right? But I love us.

I know I'm blabbing, but it's my journal and I want to document this new starting point. God continually amazes me by how he works in my life. I'm really grateful for the opportunity... Grateful and terrified. Things are changing, and I like it.