Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This. Everything about this:

I hope you're all having a great week!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jamaica: Part Two

On one of the days in Jamaica we decided to do the excursion to go climb Dunn's River Falls. I climbed them back when I was 17 with my parents and sister and knew that I'd go back someday. Needless to say, I found climbing the falls a bit more difficult than when I was an athletic 17 year-old, but I still had a lot of fun with Karl and a kindly, old, but extremely tan and buff Irish man. Anyway, here's the evidence:







Besides the pictures from these last two posts, I took a ton with my iPhone which I'll try to post by the end of this weekend.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Jamaica: Part One

I'm about two months late in posting these, but I had planned on posting the pictures from my Diana Mini since I got them developed first, but unfortunately they all came out overexposed (oh, the joys of film photography). These photos are from the disposable waterproof cameras Karl and I were wise enough to purchase. Overall, they capture some of the best bits of our vacation.







As you can see, everything about this trip was gorgeous, especially the perfect teal-blue, clear water. Stay tuned for my next post tomorrow with the last half of the pictures. 

*On a side note, if any of you know how to fix the spacing between the pictures on Blogger, I'd be eternally grateful for your help. I've tried several things, but have been pretty unsuccessful. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Firmoo Glasses Review and a Treat for You!



Hey friends! So a few weeks ago I was approached by Firmoo to do a review of some glasses here on The Resolution. I actually have 20/20 vision, so I was unsure if they'd have anything to offer me, but as I looked around, I noticed that they have some great sunglasses that can come with prescription lenses or not. As an avid $12 Target sunglasses purchaser, I was excited that I had the option to customize the color and lightness or darkness of the lenses and that I might find some sunglasses that wouldn't break in the first five seconds of owning them (this is my curse).

After waiting a couple of weeks for shipping, my hand-picked sunglasses arrived in all their beauty. I have to admit, I was really impressed with the quality of the glasses. On top of that, Firmoo provided a great hard case (which has essentially curtailed any problem I may have had with breaking and/or scratching the crap out of them), a drawstring bag, a cleaning cloth, and a little screwdriver so I can tighten my glasses when the need arises. I hate to be one of those people, but I'm going to say it: nice sunglasses, which are still inexpensive (mine were only $49), are so much better than bulk-buying cheap ones. These sunglasses fit my face well, have a great design, and have already lasted me longer than a lot of sunglasses I have owned. I kind of feel like an adult now. Is that weird? Who knew nice sunglasses would be the ticket to adulthood for me? Haha.

Now here comes the fun part. Firmoo is offering a few $30 voucher codes for some of you ladies and gents, which means that depending on the pair you order, you'd be paying around $10 for some great sunglasses or you could get some other prescription glasses for free. All you have to do is comment here, or email me at kristie.resolution@gmail.com.


While I did receive a free pair of sunglasses from Firmoo, all these opinions are my own.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Thankful

Waking up next to this guy is my favorite.
Hey friends. If you follow me on IG, you probably know that I just got back from Jamaica a couple of days ago. It was beautiful and so relaxing, but I'll do a separate post on that once I have the pictures developed. 

Since I've been back, I've gotten a lot of questions that go something like, "Are you so sad to return to normal life?" And if I'm being 100% honest, I'm not sad about it. While having two personal butlers at my beck and call and being a ten-second walk from the beach were awesome, it made me do a reality check in which I realized that I have a pretty kick-ass home life. I sometimes whine about Utah, but it's a beautiful state and it's more home than I ever realized. I have a home that sometimes smells like our health-freak neighbors' strange food, but I've decorated it myself and it has a nice, squishy bed. I have two sweet cats (one of which hasn't left my side since we've been home) and one studly, hard-working husband. 

Jamaica was beautiful. The people were so kind. I got to spend 24/7 with Karl on a beach sipping virgin piña coladas. I'll always remember it as being our first real, relaxing vacation together that was unbelievably perfect. BUT, I'm so thankful for the life I have here in America. I'm truly blessed and nothing made me realize that more than not being achingly depressed to leave a tropical paradise and return home to a slightly messy home. 

Anyway, I just felt like I needed to write this post to remind myself of the joy I find in my life right now and to provide evidence of it when I inevitably forget how lucky I am. So while Caribbean vacations are great, I highly recommend we all take a look at our lives and appreciate the small and large ways in which we're blessed in our daily lives. 

That's all for me today. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Easter

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These are just a few pictures I took on Easter. Karl and I headed out to Price to visit Karl's mom and stepdad. It was a nice, relaxing day with the whole family (minus Karl's sister, Lara who's on a mission). The day culminated in a silly string fight in a parking lot, which was pretty perfect.

In other news, my last day of class was two days ago and I was actually really sad. I know I've said this before, but I'll say it forever: school has been so fun. I'm excited to not have to write 11 page papers on fanaticism and the doppelgänger in the gothic novel, but I'm going to miss so much about school. I guess I'm just feeling nostalgic and a little stressed about finding a job. Anyway, my parents will be here in a few days and Karl and I will be on a beach in exactly two weeks. Graduation is a week from today. Lots of exciting things are happening.


Well I'm off to go write my last paper for my children's lit. class watch copious amounts of Mad Men. Have a great weekend, friends!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Endings and Beginnings

Hey, friends. It seems like time is slipping away from me lately. Sometimes when I realize this is my last semester of school I have to do a double take. How did two years pass so quickly, especially when my time at Salt Lake Community College felt like an eternity? It's kind of a bummer. As much as school is a ton of work and I'm excited for it to be over, I have loved almost all of my classes at the University of Utah. If I had it my way, I'd spend the rest of my life discussing books on books on books with opinionated literary scholars.

That being said, each day of this semester is dragging on. It's difficult to be in that spot where I'm not registering for exciting new classes next semester, but I also don't have a job yet. I've been applying like nobody's business, but job hunting isn't what it used to be. It's a huge time commitment. Luckily, I have an interview for an internship that I'm really excited about this Friday, so wish me luck. 

On top of all of that, Karl and I are going to Sandals in Ocho Rios, Jamaica in a little over a month(!). We're going to have a butler and a balcony and a private resort beach, and a pillow menu (yes, a menu where you can choose what kind of pillows you want)...I could go on and on. Karl and I are beyond excited. We never took a real honeymoon, so this vacation has been a long time coming.  

I'm on the cusp of a lot of huge changes and I'm really excited for what the future holds. It's hard to say goodbye to the life I've known over the last few years, but I'm ready to embrace a career and a few virgin piña coladas on the beach with my best friend. 

I hope all of you out in Blogland are having a good week. Stay happy. :)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Hello Again and My Favorite Social Issue


Hello, friends. Long time, no see. Things have been pretty quiet over here for the last little bit, but don't worry, I haven't forgotten about this little home away from home in the virtual world. To be honest, lately my life looks like this: wake up, shower, go to class, come home for lunch, go to another class, come home for dinner, do homework, watch The Walking Dead, go to bed. And just like that, you have the perfect vision of the last two months. Thrilling, right?

I guess I am reducing my life down a little too much. I want to talk about something that I've become incredibly passionate about but have never really written about in this space. If we're friends on Facebook, you're probably very aware that I am a passionate advocate for women's rights. This includes the desire to change everything from the overt objectification and sexualization of women in the media to the lack of education and ritualistic cutting of women all over the world. The name for this social movement is feminism. I know a lot of you tend to shy away from this word as images of bra burnings and abortion rallies come to mind, but feminism is simply the belief in equality for women. Caitlin Moran sums it up pretty well in her book, How to Be a Woman: 

"We need to reclaim the word 'feminism'. We need the word 'feminism' back real bad. When statistics come in saying that only 29% of American women would describe themselves as feminist - and only 42% of British women - I used to think, What do you think feminism IS, ladies? What part of 'liberation for women' is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? The campaign for equal pay? 'Vogue' by Madonna? Jeans?"

For me, feminism is the right to see women of all shapes, sizes, and races represented in the media, both as true, unaltered representations, as well as diverse characters in films and television. Feminism is women supporting other women in all that they do. It's about ending sex trafficking and the forced slavery of women all over the world. I feel strongly about these issues largely because of documentaries that have changed my life. I cannot recommend these enough.

1. Miss Representation is a documentary about the negative portrayal of women in the media. Watch the preview:

2. Half the Sky is a documentary based on a book by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn that focuses on the plight women face globally. It's about six hours of straight turmoil, but it's so worth it. Watch the preview:

If you want to learn more, I also recommend following these groups of Facebook:
Smart Girls at the Party (founded by Amy Poehler)

And of course you can always add me as a friend on Facebook and get flooded with reposts from these fabulous groups above. And just in case you were wondering, I often share these posts and documentaries with Karl, who also now identifies as a feminist. ;)

Feminism has become hugely important in my life as of late. I am always thinking of ways to spread its message and to change my own mindset and that of others so that we can all become forces for change. In the end, the only way to reshape world is to do something or to say something. We can all alter the way the world sees and projects women, we just have to identify the problem and get to work.

So here's my question for you: how do you feel about feminism? Are there any other issues that you're passionate about?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

2013 in Review




Hello, friends! I've been super sick lately, so this post is a little late coming. I always like doing a year-end post to take stock of where I've been and what I've accomplished. Occasionally throughout the year, I met up with old friends and the inevitable question always came up: "So, what's new in your life?" Answering this question was always hard because I'm not in a particularly exciting stage of life. One of my best friends just had a baby, another just began a new relationship. Meanwhile, life is pretty much the same for me. I'm still plugging away at school and living my life. Still, there have been little blips of interesting things I'm glad to remember about this last year, so here we go with my top 10 moments from 2013. 

1. I visited:
  -Price, UT (three times)
  -St. George, UT and Zion National Park
  -Lava Hot Springs, ID (three times)
2. I worked at Torrid for a few weeks last month. 
3. I had a lot of fun dyeing my hair platinum, then purple, then watching it fade into gorgeous lilac hues.
4. Karl and I celebrated our three-year wedding anniversary.
5. We bought a new car and said goodbye to my favorite car ever (RIP 4Runner).
6. Karl and I moved back into the first place we lived as a married couple. 
7. I reached the 5-year marker with this blog. Hooray!
8. I read 37 books 
9. I applied for graduation (!)
10. I've had the opportunity to take lots of photos I love this year. It's been so fun to organize mini shoots and get to know my camera a little better.


Stay tuned for a post with my plans for 2014. I have a feeling it's going to be a big year. :)


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