Thursday, December 31, 2009

Partaking in the miracle of flight

After the trials we went through last Christmas break, driving the 13 hours from Provo to Portland, we decided to fly this year. Contrary to plans, this turned out to me more of an adventure than anticipated.

For some unidentified reason, our conformation codes for our flight home didn’t work online or at the kisok, so we hopped into a line... we waited in that line an hour and a half, finally making it to the front 5 minutes after the final call for boarding.

(pictured right: our new friends Mitch, two guys going to battleground, and a girl headed to Chicago as the final call for our flight is made on the PA.)

So we missed that flight, but got on standby for the next flight 5 hours later… and magically made it on the flight because someone else missed their connection…sorry about that.

For the trip home, we hopped on a turbo-prop headed to Boise, and then on to Salt Lake. Despite my concerns, the turbo prop made it up in the air amist snow flurries. On our connection flight (only an hour behind schedule) Cam and I sat in row 13… that is, the very back row which we shared with the lavatory. Luckily, this meant we also shared our overhead compartment with the extra toilet paper and that we got to be served first from the juice cart (admittedly, my favorite part of flying.)

Overall cost benefit analysis for flying rather than driving this year:

Cost: 400$ on tickets, 9 hours spent in an airport, 10$ in airport Chinese food.

Benefit: made 7 friends in the airport AND got 3 cups of juice, cookies, pretzels, and a bag of peanuts.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

You know you picked the best major ever when:

  • You made it through the last month of the semester without using a single notebook or sheet of lined paper
  • You haven't written a paper in over a year
  • You watch youtube videos in almost every class
  • You didn't go into the testing center once during finals week
  • One of your finals was actually a presentation that three of your classmates presented while you ate pizza
  • You regularly get free stuff
  • Class assignments have required you to meet bigwig advertising and business people
  • You've had someone fly in to meet with you
  • You find yourself more concerned about doing work the client will like than about what grade you will get
  • You sometimes feel that attending classes interferes with schoolwork
  • You bought only one textbook for next semester... and it's for an elective class.
  • You don't bring enough stuff to warrant a backpack (it would be floppy)
Looking forward to a great last semester.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

One down, like a gazillion to go

Yesterday, we got to go to the wedding of my high school friend Hilary, which of course caused us to reflect on our wedding...I know, it was fast for us too, but on the 30th we will have been married a whole year. I'd like to take a moment to review the things that have happened in the first year of our marriage:

January started out with our honeymoon vacay in Cabo. After a fantastic trip we were greeted by snow and yuk in provo. I started a new job and Cam got his research grant, which allowed us to
move into our new apartment! Which meant the next couple weeks we spent acquiring furniture. I lost the mail key. And we studied our way into...

February where we spent the first Valentine's day together that I wasn't sick to my stomach (a nice change). We got curtains and finally got everything moved in just in time for...

March lots of school, midterms, and finishing our wedding thank-you-notes. Cam's family came to visit and we flew kites in 40 degree wind. A nice transition into spring and...

April We went on an awesome backpacking trip in Arches National Park. We slept out in the middle of nowhere on an air mattress in our tent.

In May we went rafting with the fam and Cam tried his darndest to scare me to death. We listened to the twilight books on audiotape as we drove most of the way around the western states. I also started my Blog so I have someone other than Cameron to tell about my life (not that he doesn't care, he is just usually there...)

June I got the internship with BYU Athletics Marketing, and traveled around to parades. I started my jungle shelf and took my cake decorating class (I work cheap guys, seriously!) KayCee came to visit and I got called into the primary. Cam studied for the OAT.

July we took the infamous hike up Y mountain, and thought about patrioticness. Cam got called into elder's quorum and studied for the OAT.

In August Cam rocked the OAT and hiked Mt. Timp. We went Camping with Tiffany and Co. and got mildly sunburnt. It was a great last hurrah before...

September (my birthday month) we started up our last year of school. I got to be on the football game sidelines and Cam... got to watch. Then we celebrated the twelve days of my birthday.

October Cam got into Pacific University. We said goodbye to diamond, but gained Spencer... (listed in the ward directory as our child, which makes us the worst parents ever because we didn't know about him.)

In November 17 people came to Thanksgiving dinner at our cute little apt. We went "camping", dancing, and I spent all my imaginary spare time working on my L'Oreal Brandstorm project which I presented the first of...

December so far has been just finishing this semester, decorating for Christmas, baking, and hanging with family. With December 30th fast approaching we doubt there's any way next year can be quite as eventful as this one.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Pink Elephant


This visual arts minor is easily one of the awesomest decisions I've ever made. In my sculpture class the last month we have been doing stone carving. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like: chisel + hammer and occasionally sandpaper.

Pretty much I decided to make an elephant, because I couldn’t think of anything else I would like to have carved in stone and displayed in my house for the rest of my life… and it was a neat coincidence that they had pink alabaster in stock.

Here he is in his place on the jungle shelf.

He just fits so well in the family

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The L'Oreal Project

So for those of you that have been following me in my quest through the L'Oreal Brandstorm competition, it is finally over! I competed in finals last night, our group did fantastically and pretty much everything went smoothly. We didn't win though- I talked to our adviser though after, and he said that they loved us and we were one of the teams talked about a lot while they were making decisions. Anyway, the group headed to nationals are all very talented and down to earth people, and I totally support them.

But I did want to post some of the stuff that our group came up with. The assignment was to develop a men's beauty product range for Diesel clothing company (on an unlimited imaginary budget!). Based on a ton of research, we decided to go with a men's shaving line we call Fire&Ice because each product feels either warm or cool to the touch. Here is my product design:
The second portion was to create a 2-year advertising plan. We came up with some crazy stuff like "skyline tagging" having the name written in skyscraper lights.Then I got to design some crazy fun print advertising. The idea is based around the fact that alot of things that women say they want about beauty products, men (deep down inside) also are looking for. Which, let's be honest, is a pretty funny idea.Anyway, the whole thing was a blast, I got PLENTY of photoshopping practice in, and I got some fantastic Ralph Lauren perfume as a prize!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Party over here!

In our first year of marriage we have accomplished some great feats including epic rafting trips, finishing the Twilight series, and most recently, hosting Thanksgiving Dinner. That's right, from our cute little apartment for two. We reserved the basement of our apartment for the event, and outsourced ovens, but we still had to prepare for 17 people (Me and Cam, My family + significant others, Tiffany and Co, and My mom's sister's family.)
Table 1:
Table 2 (the cool kid table):
I never got a picture of the kid table during the 3 seconds they sat there, but here are the little people chillin in our bed watching a movie:
It was ton's of fun and I'm glad everyone could make it... but next year I'm inviting everyone to my parent's house...

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Primary Program

Today was our primary program- the kids did absolutely fantastically… and lived up to all expectations in the ridiculously funny category. A few of the highlights for me included:

  • My fantastic next-door neighbor (of “Hazardous living”) doesn’t know most of the songs, and can’t read the cue cards. So he just sang the scattered words he knew, and hummed the rest at the top of his lungs. One of the songs he didn’t know well, he just sang the words a half-second after the other kids.
  • Cole (afore mentioned 3-year-old owner of the Baby Bimmer) didn’t get up to sit on the stand with the rest of the kids. When it came to his part Sister Jones asked him in the microphone if he would get up and say his part. From the back of the room he proudly marched- it probably took him 2 minutes to get up there- said his one line, and sat down beaming.
  • A cute sunbeam, told me beforehand that she didn’t want any help because she could do her part by herself. After 10 secconds of “ah, er, um” at the microphone, she said her part perfectly and without any help.
  • Of course, how could I leave out Cameron sitting in the back of the audience holding up the poster of the thermometer to remind the kids to sing louder… we may not have any children, but it was still a proud day in the Horch household.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Dancing

As many of you may know, Cameron and I are taking our first dance class together this semester- it's been tons of fun for us and Cameron is doing wonderfully. As part of the class, we competed yesterday in the BYU Dancesport competition. We competed in the Triple Swing, and for your entertainment, here is the video of us in round one:

We made it through all three rounds of the morning without getting eliminated, and called back for the quarterfinals (top 24 out of like 75 couples) last night! We didn't do so hot in the quarterfinal round though, so that was the end of the road for us-- but we had a ton of fun and got to watch some other great performers (the couple right behind us in the video got 3rd). I even managed to get Cam psyched up for our latin dance class next semester, you'll want to stay tuned for videos from that performance for sure!


Sunday, November 8, 2009

November Camping

Being as it was such a nice fall day yesterday, and being as I am married to Cameron, he asked me to go on an adventure with him yesterday. The proposal went like this:
Cam: Would you like to go on a walk by the Provo river with me and then cook our dinner over a fire?
Kim: Yes, but I don't want to go on a walk up a mountain, or sleep there after we cook dinner.
Despite my concerns Cam meant exactly what he said. Here are some pictures of our walk by the river- it really was a beautiful day



Then we went and found a spot we could have an open fire and cam had brought foil dinners so we cooked those and ate them.
Cam had a great time making his fire, and I had some fantastic hot chocolate- and then went home and slept in my warm bed, which by all accounts makes it a perfect November camping trip.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Death of a Goldfish

So my goldfish, Diamond, died today. I'm pretty sure I got her October 17th 2007, just over two years ago. That means I got her even before I met Cameron. To remember her, I would like to commemorate some of the accomplishments of this remarkable fish in her short but full life.
  • She outlasted the two other goldfish that came with her (Cheddar, Oct 17-20 2007 and Thunder, Oct 17-Dec 28 2007)
  • She passed 11 Glenwood cleaning checks when I wasn't supposed to have a pet
  • She traveled from Utah to Washington by car in a Mason Jar (I opened it at rest stops to let air in)
  • Survived 4 months under the care of 5-year-old Nathan (while I was in europe) who tried to pet her periodically
  • She traveled from Washington back to Utah in a Mason Jar
  • She starred in a full length youtube video
  • Finished 1 &1/2 containers of fish food
  • Brought Joy and happiness to all who watched her.
Diamond's bowl was on our hall shelf and she used to get excited when anyone walked by-It seems so empty now. So long Diamond, you will be missed.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Gooooooooal!

Just wanted to let everyone know, that I scored my first goal in a soccer game since about 6th grade this week!

I'm playing on an intramural team with my sister and my brother's girlfriend and their roomies (pretty much I'm the old girl on the team). I always play defense, and we were ahead 6-0 at the half, so they let me play up and passed the ball to me. The goal I scored was like the 8th or so, so no one else really was excited, but I was pretty stoked -and Nathan was pretty impressed when I told him on the phone- he was even more impressed that it was the 8th goal, because let's be honest, that's a pretty big number.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Butterscotch Brownies



These really are about the most fantastic/easiest dessert ever. They are my go-to when I remember last minute that I am supposed to bring a dessert because I pretty much have everything on hand. 

This recipe is simplified and reduced from the version that I learned working in the BYU Pastry Kitchen that makes 216 brownies and uses 10 pounds of brown sugar. This one makes a more manageable 24 brownies (a 9x13 pan).

BYU Butterscotch Brownies

1/2 cup margarine
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 cups flour
opt. 1 cups walnut halves

Cream margarine and brown sugar. Add eggs, and vanilla. Combine with baking powder, salt, and flour, mixing just until batter is consistent. Add walnuts. Spread in 9x13 baking pan (try to make it even, but it will melt and spread out a little). Place in oven at 350 for about 19 minutes- Watch carefully, they burn easily! Take out when an inserted knife comes clean and they have fallen.

Cream Cheese Icing
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 tsp. vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

Combine and spread on cool brownies. 


Top with crumble heath bar- YUM!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

From the sideline

So for the BYU vs. CSU game this last week I got to be on the sidelines with my internship. I am interning with Athletics Marketing, so my official purpose on the sideline was to pick random people for the contests and hang out with them so they get where they need to be on time. It was also fun to see the game so up close! Here are some of my pics from the sideline:
Me and my fellow intern Ian During the Game
The Players running out on the field- right next to me
The third touchdown, as seen from the goal line at field level
And the best part: I get to keep the polo! This job Rocks!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sleepwalking

Just thought I'd share something-I found this on a friend's blog and I love it! Can anyone else relate?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sticking to Decisions...Good Idea

Last year I hiked Mt. Timpanogos for the first time. Kim and I both hiked it with the singles ward that we were in at the time. It was quite difficult, but with several rest stops we were able to make it up the 11,749 foot mountain. The trail is about 7.5 miles with an elevation gain of about 1 mile. After our trip last year we decided that once was enough and we were happy to check off that adventure and never do it again. Kim was smart and has stuck to that decision. Yesterday, I was not as smart and decided to climb it again.

My previous roommate, Dusty, has always wanted to summit Timp, but was foiled when he attempted 4 years ago. Snow still covered the treacherous trail to the summit and he reported to the MTC the next day. Determined to not let the mountain win, he set a goal to reach the summit before leaving Utah. Yesterday he accomplished that goal. I went with him.

Dusty, Lane (another roommate), and I left Provo at midnight and headed up to the trail head. About a mile away from the trail head we found some hikers on the road. They flagged us down and asked if they w
ere going the right way to get to the summit. They weren't so we took them back to the trail head to try again. They took off while we were still getting our gear all together.

We took off down the trail only to realize about 15 minutes into it that w
e were actually going down in elevation, not up. It turns out that we had made the same mistake that the hikers on the road had made. We turned around and made it back to the real trail at about 1:45am. Once again the hike was long, and a little painful, but we made it to the summit at 5:45am. It was quite cold at the summit so we huddled together in the summit shack and tried to nap until the sun rose.

(Sorry about the "will you marry me?" graffiti)

The sun was beautiful as it rose. Pinks and oranges, purples and reds, it was absolutely amazing. The picture below is my sad attempt at trying to capture it. You could see for miles in every direction, it was awe inspiring.


On our way back down the mountain we we took a detour to find parts of a plane that had crashed into the mountain over 50 years ago.



The rest of the trip down was uneventful. The sense of accomplishment was great! The view was unlike any other. It was an incredible experience, just like last year. You may stop reading now, but I must write a few of the less pleasant details so that I can remember next year why I do not want to hike the mountain again.

Going up is hard. The burn will start in your calves and move up to your thighs, then your lungs start to burn. You heart will begin to pound, some because you need more blood moving and some because you are terrified of falling off the huge cliff next to you. Once you get to the top, you are only halfway. Going down is harder. Your knees will hurt, your feet will hurt you will stop talking with your friends because all you want is to get back to your car and back to your bed. It takes nearly as long to come down as it does to go up. Having said all of that you should go again because God made mountains to be climbed and the view from the top to be enjoyed!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Bring it on fall!

It's official, school starts in 9 days. I'm thrilled to say this is my last fall semester (Although I won't say it too loudly or Cam might realize he's got four more to go).

We spent this week getting ready for classes- which meant that today I had to venture into the "office". It's been more or less abandoned all summer, with neither of us wanting to think about school work- I've pretty much only been in there to dump stuff that was on the kitchen table when people come over.

Needless to say, it was scary to walk in there today. Especially when Cam wanted to re-arrange the furniture and move the couch that was in there out (which meant clearing all the stuff off it). It "only" took us four hours, but it looks decent in here now- which is good because I am going to be seeing a lot more of the office in the coming weeks...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

One of these things is not like the others...

Let's play a game of one of these things is not like the others. These are all things that the kids in our quad left out monday night...I thought this was pretty funny and wanted to take pictures, but Cameron told me that was creeper, so I decided to wait until it was dark so that people wouldn't see me take the pictures... we decided later that that was actually probably more creeper since I had to use my flash. Whatev, I got the pics:
The Classic Scooter
A girly pink bike
A little lawn mower
A red bike with training wheels
A baby bimmer
This really just cracks me up- all the other kids in the quad drive their bikes, and there are a few of those orange and yellow play cars. You just know this has got to belong to the cool kid on the block right? If you look at the front, it actually has the BMW logo. I like the leather interior too...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Finished Shelf!

I finally finished the shelf today! It only took me one month and fourteen days... not bad for a summer project (especially for a Gassaway) Now I can put it straight into the extra bedroom where we have room for it.


Can you find: 3 butterflies, 3 birds, a leopard , and zaboomafo? 

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Scooping the Daily universe

Looks like I scooped BYU... (see blog post 2 weeks ago)
Let's all agree my graphic is better.

http://universe.byu.edu/node/1000

Monday, July 13, 2009

I give unto (wo)men weaknesses...

Last month I was called to work in the primary. Since then I have been humbled. Not in the sense that I now realize how difficult it is to keep children calm and quiet while I try to teach them about Jesus (although that too), but rather it seems that they have the ability to spot weaknesses and call me out on them.

This week I was doing sharing time, and writing on the board ways we can learn from the scriptures. I know I have bad handwriting, but they're children, they don't care right? Well... as I start writing, one of the kids calls out, "why don't you just write it in cursive?" I had to admit to the entire primary, "well, because my cursive is actually not very good..."

I also am not an ambi-winker, I can only wink with my left eye. This was actually a big problem when I was a cheerleader in highschool... anyway, A few weeks ago I had a sunbeam sitting next to me and out of the blue she turned to me and asked, "can you wink?" I said yes and showed her. Then she said, "can you wink with the other side?" and I had to admit I couldn't. Then she clapped her hand over her other eye and sadly said, "I can't either." I'm ashamed to admit I felt better about myself when I found that out.

Another weakness... I'm not a very good gymnast (you're dying to know where this is going aren't you?). This week in sharing time we were doing skits. One group was in front of the primary doing their skit about the Army of Helaman. One of the Stripling warriors (a sunbeam) turned to the front and said, "I can do a summersault" and he bent over and did one. Then he stood up and got back in the group. I think the funniest part was that none of the children (either watching or participating) reacted in the least. I guess this one represents a weakness I'm gradually getting better at, not being surprised when these kids do totally weird things.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hiking Y Mountain


I really should change the name of this blog to be Cameron and Kim's wild adventures. On the Third Cam asked me if I wanted to go hike Y mountain, I said, yeah okay. Thinking he meant the Y...should have known better. We got to the Y and Cam asked if I was ready to go. To my dismay he meant up again rather than down. On a normal day, perhaps I could have taken it, but at 2 in the afternoon and with the temperature in the 90's I was pretty convinced he was crazy. We did it anyway. We trecked on another hour until we ran into two teenage boys coming down. Cameron asked them how far it was to the top- and they said they had been coming down for about 40 minutes, so it was probably about 2 hours. I was almost out of water and put my foot down. Okay, so it doesn't look that bad in the pic, but keep in mind the perspective (things farther away and higher look smaller).
Anyway, Cam is in the market for someone who wants to make another try... let him know if you're interested.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Rainy adventure

We had another great first as a couple this week: our first 4-wheeling adventure. A group of teachers that work with Cam went up to midway to go 4-wheeling. There were four 4-wheelers and a jeep wandering around on a trail up a hillside. Cam let me drive for a little, then I got cold and decided to let him break the wind.

It started to rain really hard, so the trails got muddy, and we got into a spot where we were having to squeeze between and go around fallen logs. All the four wheelers hadn't seen the jeep in awhile, and realized there was no way it could have made it, so we turned around. It wasn't 30 seconds later that the jeep roared up the side of the muddy hill just going right over the logs in the way.

There's my jeep ad for the day... I'm a believer. So much so that When I decided it was way too cold I decided to ride inside and let cam go crazy on his own.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Project Day

Today was project day. It all started a couple of weeks ago. I was painting an apartment and had to remove several shelves from the walls in order to complete the job. The past residents had put up shelves that were not supposed to be there. I figured that nobody would miss the shelves if I took them home with me, they would probably be thrown away otherwise. So, I brought them home and announced to Kim that I wanted to make a bookshelf. She was very excited because she has wanted a bookshelf since before we were engaged. She was kind enough to let me think that it was my idea when we all know that she had just been waiting patiently for the last year for me to get around to it. I started working on the project last night when we bought one board for the back of the shelf. This is Kim...very thrilled to be at Lowe's on a Friday night.


This morning after I finished all of my chores (cleaning out the garage, tidying up my room, etc...) I started working on the shelf. Here are a few photos of me working away.


After I finished priming the shelf Kim took to sketching her design all over it. I thought that it looked nice in white, but she had other plans for it...


I left for the MTC at 5:00 and came home around 9:30. Here is the artist and her work.


Its only one side, so there is still more work to be done, but doesn't it look fabulous! Here's to project day!