Thursday, June 22, 2017

TBT: my 6th grade graduation

Wearing my first pair of nylons.  Gault Street School in Van Nuys, CA.  #pattonmemories #iwantmybirdlegsback

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Arlington Ward farewells

These farewells at Kimballs are bittersweet.  Godspeed to Utah, you Palmers.  And 4 spoons?  I think they were decoys.  #icecreamgoodbyes #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #eventhosewhogotbumpedtoanotherwardandstake

Kimballs tonight

Strawberry Kiwi sorbet is less calories than Heath Bar Crunch, right?  And I got a kiddie size.  #myprogram #dessertbeforedinner

It's no joke

People joke that Boston has two seasons: winter and construction.  #itisnojoke #roadclosed #constructioneverywhere

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My program

Three (not four) chicken strips, no fries, and a small diet frosted lemonade.  #myprogram #nowondericantdropapound #chickfila

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lovely (Winston Flowers)

And the portrait feature on my phone camera is my favorite.  #sevenplus #windstonflowers

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Do you know what fire does to polyester?!?


Father's Day

Me and my dad.  On our porch in Van Nuys.  Might have been my baptism day.  #anoldiebutagoodie #orinotherwordsaregram #fathersday

I made another dress

Still perfecting the sizing.  And polyester on a really warm day can be sticky.  #ilovetosew #polyesterisforgiving

For Sale by owner

My friend Elisabeth is selling her house which is bittersweet.  They've done a lot of work on the house; they're fixer uppers for sure.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

Why am I sewing myself a dress at 1:00am?!?

#ilovetosew #butwhydidichoosepolyester #creativitycorner

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Charlotte's baptism day



Pizza and salad.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Jasper v. The Kimballs Special

He asked the server if he got to pick his own flavors.  LOL.  #overheardatkimballs

The Swensens

It was so fun having the Swensens over tonight and going to Kimballs  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #awalumsummervisitors2017

I have problems

This is what no self control with a splash of Nutella looks like.  #greekdonuts

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My coworker Mary

My coworker Mary celebrated her 80th birthday traveling around the world for 80 days -- literally -- and is back and I've been asking her about her trip.  I'm so envious!  #sheaskedwhyiwastakingherphoto #caughtnotsmiling #maryoninsta

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A House Full of Females

We are discussing Laurel Ulrich's new book A House Full of Females at book group and I made these cookies.  #iamsoclever #ididntreadthebookthough #yet #arlingtonwardbookgroupisforever

Happy Flag Day!

We're not supposed to put decorations on our doors.  Don't care.  #stupidcondorules #rebelwithaflag #doessomeonedaretotellmetotakeitdown

Missionaries in Belmont. In khakis.

#theyaremormon #ditchthesuitsinthesummer #massachusettsbostonmission

This is the life

#MIToutdoorlibrary #bostonsummer2017

Have you seen these stamps?


Tuesday, June 13, 2017


I bought a new phone and needed a case and screen protector for it.  One of the IT guys at work tipped me off that MicroCenter will match Amazon prices.  It was worth the hassle to get there tonight.  The case was $22.99 and the screen protector was $9.99.  I saved $37.00!  #bam #ipaidfullpriceforthepepsi

Monday, June 12, 2017

Carrie Hill is in the house

Like I said...lots of AW alums visit in the summer.  Carrie (LaPierre) Hill is visiting with her family (she has 7 kids!).  I've known her since she was a kid and can't even count how many movies I saw and outings I went on with Carrie and her twin Lisa...including the Hill Cumorah Pageant and NYC (where we got separated on the subway--a story for a TBT).  Carrie is a gem and I loved reconnecting with her tonight and seeing 5/7 of her kids.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #awalumsummervisitors2017 #plumislandsunburn

Arlington Ward alumni visitors

It's another summer of Arlington Ward alumni visitors--the Manwarings are back!  I love when friends visit.  Like I say, no offense but if you live in Dubuque, Iowa I don't think people come back to visit but if you live in Boston they do!  I love my Arlington Ward people.  #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever #AWalumsummervisitors2017 #streetphotography #literally

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Arlington Ward choir

Our ward choir is amazing.  #amirightoramiright Today they teamed up with the Belmont 2nd Ward choir and sang Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.  It was so beautiful.  This violin (or is it a viola?) belongs to one of the deacons in our ward.  I am always inspired by the music in our ward.  #arlingtonwardchoirmusicalnumbersareforever

New dress

I wasn't sure how I felt about the dress I made but I wore it today.  #mysummersorbetdress #itwasSEWeasytomake #ihaveantlers @greenbeepatterns @kaffefassettstudio

I'm going


Saturday, June 10, 2017

A tower of giraffes

#ilovetosew #babygifts #onematchesthedressimade

Betty's back after a long winter in Utah

#toknowheristoloveher #arlingtonwardmatriarch #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever


Ladies who Lunch

#stilldrinkingsoda #fiveguys #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

My condo

In the words of Nan Patton, "this is a repeat."  When I bought my condo I flew Adrie up to Boston to help me get settled in.  Kim said that she wasn't sure how helpful she would be (she was 10).  Are you kidding me?  She worked hard every day helping me unpack and organize and clean and decide where to put all my stuff.  We went out to eat a few times and went to one movie (Mad Hot Ballroom) and the rest of the time we worked in #230.  The night before she left I heard her in the next room saying to herself, "No kid has had that much fun in 8 days."  #myfavoritequote #ilovemysweetpea #condosweetcondo

My condo

Twelve years ago today I bought my condo.  It was the best financial decision I've made and I think Janae and Adam Cox for encouraging me.  I had told other friends about this cool apartment in a converted school that was for sale and then Adam and Janae told me I should buy it so I called my other friends and told them I was thinking about buying it.  They really wanted to live in Boston so were OK with that.  Anyway, here are photos of my 4 favorite things about my condo: my BIG window (it's 6 feet wide and about 16 feet tall), central air (the control box is above the green 8), my chalkboard from MIT (that my friend Tadd saw in the hallway and snagged for me--before I worked there), and my amazing crawl space for storage (that yes, I have to crawl into).  I feel lucky EVERY day that I live here.  I have loved decorating it, entertaining lots of friends here and making it my home.  #condosweetcondo #LexingtonMA

Friday, June 09, 2017

Thursday, June 08, 2017

TBT: Bryce Canyon

I was there last week.  #mynewfavoritenationalpark #takemeback #utahhasbeautifulnationalparks #epwantstogobackandramblearoundutahagain

MIT Hooding

It's the Hooding Ceremony today at MIT!  #doctorseverywhere

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Happy Birthday to my 1st sister-in-law

We met in Heritage Halls at BYU and I remember thinking we would be friends forever (and not because I thought she would marry my brother).  I love that we're family.  Kim is a strong, smart, wonderful saint.  I hope she gets a picnic on the beach for her birthday.  #pattonmemories

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Southern Utah dirt

Vacation jars.  #icopiedmarthastewart #dontjudgemefortakingdirt #iftheTSAagentdidntconfiscateitthenithinkitisok

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Boston you're my home

I ran an errand in the big city (and made a quick stop at Marshalls).  I love Boston.  Even on a rainy day.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Remembering Judy

 A few friends went to dinner tonight at one of our friend Judy's favorite places--Sound Bites in Somerville.  Judy passed away a year and a half ago from cancer and her birthday is this week.  That's the ole omelet, home fries and a fried corn muffin.  #weallmissjudy #arlingtonwardfriendsareforever

It's always a "moderate delay"

#liars #igotoffthesubwayandimwalking #point7miles

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lanes & Games

I really like this boxy building.  Too bad it's going to be a tear-down.  #lanesandgames

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sewing a dress

I don't have enough going on so I'm going to make myself a dress.  In the next few days.  #ilovetosew #ihaventmademyselfadressinyears

I aspire for someone to cure cancer

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dinner guests

The Checketts came over for dinner tonight.  They are a fun family and their boys were very interested in all my typewriters and my sewing machine.  #bostonfriendsarethebestfriends

Happy Birthday to Robes and Adrienne

I remember thinking it was really cool that Adrienne was born on her dad's birthday.  #pattonmemories