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Friday, September 24, 2010

family.

my family is coming to me in provo.

in like, 30 minutes.

i am so excited.

we are going to the UNR game tomorrow. we went to football games last year:



it was so fun.


i miss LIZZIE so much. i am counting the moments till they get here.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

f-book.

social media.



now this is something i can talk about for days on end.

i LOVE social media. and i am way good at it. is it possible to have social media be one of those talents discussed in the doctrine & covenants?? cause...pretty sure i have been blessed with the divine gift of face-stalking.

there is so much i can say about social media. i could talk about how:

-social media is the number one way people connect with each other. forget actually talking in person. old school.......
-ashton kutcher has more followers on twitter than there are people in switzerland.
-If Facebook were a country it would be the world’s 4th largest between the United States and Indonesia (note that Facebook is now creeping up – recently announced 300 million users)
-If you were paid a $1 for every time an article was posted on Wikipedia you would earn $156.23 per hour
-There are over 200,000,000 Blogs
-What happens in Vegas stays on YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook…

these are just some fun facts. there are many more out there that are simply MIND BLOWING. check out:
http://socialnomics.net/2009/08/11/statistics-show-social-media-is-bigger-than-you-think/

do it now.

social media is HUUUUUUMONGOUS. seriously people, think about it. 5 years ago, no one had a facebook relationship for everyone to gossip over. people found out their roommates were engaged because they told them, not because they accidentally saw it on facebook before she had time to call her roommate back. (no........i'm not bitter........). people had no idea what joe jonas was eating for breakfast each morning because no one followed him and twitter because he had no twitter account and neither did anyone else. no one uploaded hilarious videos onto youtube so their grandma across the country could see it. no one cared about sharing pictures on photobucket or flickr, they just developed them down at the costco and mailed out copies to friends and families.

TIMES HAVE CHANGED. i am the biggest guru for social media. yes, it is a colossal waste of my time and every bad grade i have ever received has not been because i am dumb or not a good student, but rather because i was up late on facebook or twitter or youtube. it's so sad. this blog post was actually a healthy awakening for me, because i thought to myself as i started:

"social media is big....but i don't think it really influence me or changes my life THAT much. it's more of just something i do when i am bored."

after further contemplation and research, i decided that i am so into social media. i mean, seriously, look at this. IT IS PATHETIC:please take a gander at how pitiful my life is.

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bah hahah. embarrassing??? kind of. but maybe i shouldn't be embarrassed that i have an account, profile picture, short description of myself, and at least 2 followers on practically every social media outlet invented.

maybe it's a good thing!!!

this is a nice segway into the purpose of this blog post: SOCIAL MEDIA AND JOURNALISM.

in my broadcast journalism class, we are required to do a web version of out news stories each week. we do this because most people don't get the news now at 5 o'clock on their couches while having a nice chat with their wife and kids. they get their news on their iphones. they get it on their emails. they get it whenever they are on their computers during a lunch break at work. if we did not evolve with the news/website relationship then we would all soon be out of business.

i put all my news stories on youtube because if i have a prayer of getting hired at a news station after graduation then i want potential employers to be able to readily access my stories on youtube. i have a blog where i post my thoughts and feelings and pictures for anyone who wants to get to know me or know anything about my life can read about it. i would be perfectly happy for future employers to check out my blog. in fact, i recently ordered MOO cards. ever heard of them?? they are trendy little business cards you can hand out. on the website where you design your own MOO cards, they encourage us to put our blogs on there......cool huh?? that is the kind of world we are living in. the social media we choose to be involved in is now intertwined into WHO we are. i am whatever is on my blog, or whatever is on my facebook, or whatever is said on my twitter.

this past summer, i worked at the american red cross for their PR department. i was in charge of social media. i worked tirelessly on their twitter account and facebook page, because i realized that it could make a world of difference for us. i started following a bunch of other red cross chapters and local news reporters and columnist in las vegas (where i was working), and pretty soon we had hundreds of followers. we also got lots of facebook requests once we started publicizing our page. we put our news releases, press releases, event information, and helpful facts about water safety or fire safety on our pages. this was a great example to me about how the future of journalism relies on social media. we had SO MUCH more interest in what we were doing once we used social media. we received more donations and got more volunteers. the old ladies who i worked with who had never heard of facebook were blown away.

i believe that social media is the world's most fun method of advertising and contacting people. journalims and social media is a beautful combination. now more people can voice opinions about news stories or debated topics. there is a never-eding amount of space to publish whatever we want. we are not restricted to a 30 minute newscast or a 30 page news paper. if i wanted to, i could go and write a 593 page essay on any topic i want, publish it on my blog, and wait for the comments to come from weird people who actually had time to read it. that is the beauty of journalism and social media. i have said it once, and i will say it again: SOCIAL MEDIA IS MAKING EVERYONE IN THE WORLD A JOURNALIST.

i love it.

i am not embarassed i have about a trillion social media windows currently open on my computer. i am not embarassed that it took my twice as long as it should have to write this blog post because i kept getting distracted on facebook, or because i was busy uploading my news story for channel 11 news this week on youtube and emailing it to my parents. NO SHAME. that is the world we live in. they even made a movie about it, and i am going to watch it. so there.


so, face-stalkers, blog-stalkers, and fellow tweeters. welcome to the new world. and mom, if you are reading this, get a facebook. it's only a matter of time.

watch this video for a jaw-dropping experience regarding social media:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

tired.


im so busy and it makes me tired. i went to the smith's today and almost fell over in an aisle because i felt like i was going to fall asleep. so i bought/chugged some superfoods, went to sephora, watched glee at my sister's house......and now i feel better. but i think i have mono probably because i feel asleep today in the middle of practicing piano and that is really an accomplishment. because i have never ever done that before and i feel like i have spent a good portion of my life practicing the piano.

being a broadcast major is:

-time consuming
-stressful
-crazy
-fun

i never sleep and it makes me delerious. ON THE BRIGHT SIDE:

my roommate moved in! long saga housing drama story short, i haven't had a roommate and it has been sad and depressing. but now leslie is here! and it makes me happy. i LOVE leslie. we are going to have so much fun. we were bunkmates once upon a time all through europe. and now we are roommates.

paris:

i pretty much just love all my roommates. we have way too much fun. and we laugh a lot. a lot a lot. i am happy we live together, it's the most perfect situation ever. oh gees, this is getting mushy...

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new topic.

I PET A LLAMA!!.....

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......at the india festival with my ward friends: so fun. seriously. i went to the colors festival my freshman year with zak and becky and it was LIFE CHANGING.
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the india fest was almost as fun. we went to india palace on center street, then to the sikh temple located in spanish fork. that is where the llama petting happened. then they did this play that lasted a really long time and was cheesy and strange. i guess it was explaining what exactly we were celebrating, which i know for a fact none of us knew. at the end, we all followed the stars over to this huge effigy of an evil god, and they shot arrows at it till it literally blew up in a HUGE mass of flames! then we all danced and chanted HARE KRISHNA over and over again to celebrate. pretty sure everyone there was from BYU. and we were like worshipping pagan gods. it was funny. BYU people=hilarious....

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Italia!

finally.....
i am blogging about ITALIA.

our family sort of randomly decided to go to italy this summer because we had a bunch of frequent flier miles and hotel points saved up. when i protested and suggested we go next summer due to the fact that i had already spent 4 months of the year in europe, my mother indirectly hinted that "we may not all be together as just us 5 next summer..." what?? marriage hints!? hahaha yea right, clearly if you have seen becky or i recently here at BYU you can attest that we do not need to worry about that. but my mother is a thinker. so we went to italy! and i retract my doubts. i am SOOOO happy we went! such good family bonding time! we went to:

-Rome...
-Pomeii...
-Florence...
-Venice...


we did so much. and when contemplating how i would tackle this immense blog post and try to cover all the fun and memories for those who have time to read it and care enough....i decided that i would type my notes i took on my tiny little notebook that was free from the Rome hotel. i am going to add my memories and thoughts to that, so here goes nothing:

FRIDAY, 8-13-10

-got to rome and walked to our hotel, the Westin, next to the Spanish Steps. the hotel was SOOO fancy. the first had their own huge room as did the parents. fancy livin'

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-went to the spanish steps and trevi fountain and made a wish like lizzie mcguire

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-went to the roman baths at our hotel

-went to the pantheon and partook of the large hole and ate yummy gelato recommended by rock steves. the man with the PLAN!

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-ate pizza, explored rome, and went to bed to try and get over jet lag.

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SATURDAY, 8-14-10

-woke up about a trillion times trying to convince my internal clock that it was bed time

-went to the bourgeois museum and saw lots o' art work

-took the metro/tube/subway/whatever it's called to the vatican and saw st. peter's basilica and lots of dead pope's.

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-ate gelato (duh)

-went to the piazza del popolo (so charming) and walked to the top of this lovely hill and saw a roman sunset overlooking the city. bahhh, so cool.

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-walked around the stores and streets of rome.

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-ate MORE gelato. fail.

SUNDAY (the most exhausting day) 8-15-10

-went to the forum and saw lots of amazing old ruins

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-went to the colleseum which was crowded, old, and confusing to navigate

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-went to the museum capitolino and ate at their crummy cafeteria

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-saw michaelangelo's steps and had a great view of the city

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-went to st. peter's and the chains church and saw bernini's moses statue. lizzie and i had to make ourselves modest. fail

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-went out to dinner at a charming street retaurant near our hotel and got some free alcoholic beverages! cheers!

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-watched the Simpsons all night, our new favorite roman show...who knows why. when in rome, watch the simpsons??

MONDAY 8-16-10

-went to an outdoor market and saw a huge salami. i wanted a bite

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-went to the piazza navona to see the fontana dei quattro fiumi statue by bernini

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-we saw 2 italian girls crash their little car right into the vehicle of a scary roman police officer. terrifying to run into someone so large and scary.

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-went to trajan's column and thought of my humanities class in london and missed the V&A

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-went to palentine hill and had to sweet talk our way in because our "roman pass" for that site was only valid when used at the same time as the colosseum. family ticketing fail. but we got in. award for the worst audio guide and map goes to palentine hill. FAIL. we got lost so many times

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-went back to the vatican and saw the sistine chapel and museum. bahhh it was so crowded! (and kind of over rated.....sorry....just sayin) i didn't even take any pictures. weird??? i must have been way tired....

-went to where john keats DIED (wahhhhhhhhhh) right next to the spanish steps. i love love love john keats so seeing his death bed brought tears to my eyes. he had such a short life. bright star.........love his poems

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-ate at the world's fanciest mcdonalds for like the 3rd time. dang it, we're american

-went to an italian grocery store with mom and dad. i LOVE grocery stores in different countries. such fun!

-highlight of the rome trip: we got to see a free opera and fireworks show on the spanish steps!! i never knew how much italian people ADORE opera! ridiculous. the show lasted 3 hours cause everyone keep freaking encoring them. and then there was a dramatic and glorious fireworks show. then becky and i ran back to the hotel through the streets of rome so we didn't get mugged. it was great

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TUESDAY 8-17-10

-we rode the train to pompeii and walked around pompeii for like 6 hours. it was seriously awesome. so many amazing ruins that were so well preserved from the volcanic explosion. and you can explore and touch everything, which lizzie and i enjoyed. we also got to see naples. ehhhh nothing too great about that place. pompeii though......that was cool

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-we walked around rome during the night and had more gelato

WEDNESDAY 8-18-10

-we rode the train to florence (firenze) and passed through lots of beautiful scenery. i slept through most of it. fail

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-ate the best sandwhiches of our life...and thus began all the great food florence had to offer

-walked around san lorenzo market and partook of the leather bracelets, leathers bags, leather jackets, leathers everything they kept throwing at us to buy

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-saw the medici chapel

-saw the DUOMO!! it is huge and awesome. literally. i love how florence is so small and you can just walk everywhere and partake of the charming windy streets. it's like beauty and the beast minus the talking dishware

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-walked across pontiveccio bridge (where they sells LOTS of gold and jewelry) and got rick steves recommended gelato. (sensai rick...teach us your eating ways)

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-went to accademia and saw david by michaelangelo. that thing is huuuuuuuge. i took an illegal picture of it. sneaky anna

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-ate out at a delicious restaurant and were blissfully happy. lizzie dubbed it the 2nd best night of her life, and i agree

-went to a grocery store where they played lizzie and i's dance song: if we ever meet again. we did the dance right there in the store for all of italy to witness. i am pretty sure lizzie and i dance and sang our way across that country

-sat outside the duomo talking and enjoying italian nightlife and being MORE blissfully happy enjoying good family times. i love my family

THURSDAY 8-19-10

-enjoyed a large complimentary breakfast. (thanks quality florence hotel that i already forgot the name of)

-shopped at the outdoor market and got bargain cute leather bracelets! score

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-went to st. croce church and saw where michaelangelo and galileo are buried plus some other cool relics

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-visited the uffizi museum, the big art museum in florence, and did the ENTIRE AUDIO TOUR. it took a long time. and lizzie and i really had to go to the bathroom, but there was a super long line. so we pretended that lizzie was handicapped and went into the private handicapped bathroom with no line. good memories

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-ate THE BEST GELATO IN ITALY. it was soooo good. no words to describe

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-we had dinner at a cute little street restaurant. great pizza. our waiter told us we needed to vote cause we are american. he was interesting and had lots of opinions about life

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FRIDAY 9-13-10

-walked up the hill of fiesole and had the most stunning view of florence. it was breath taking. i love big views and walks that make it worth it

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-took a train to venice, a little later than expected, but hey we made it!

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-got HOPELESSLY lost in venice. we roamed around for like 3 hours. but on the bright side ofl ife, which i enjoy looking at, we saw pretty much ALL of venice. it just would have been better if we weren't dragging our luggage around behind us. there are A LOT of freaky masks in venice. that is the sourvenire you buy and then regret it when you get home because you realize you have no need for it. yup, i did NOT buy one. go anna

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-finally found our hotel, europa regina, and found out it was quite splendidly fancy and located on the water! you have to take a boat to go through the front door. ooooooooohhhhh

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-visited st. mark's basilica. they told me i wasn't modest enough to enter. but they were charging a euro for a cover up. yea right! i went in as dressed....sinner

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-walked all around venice and took the water taxi and endured the crowds of cruise ship tourists

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-ate dinner at a cute little place near the water and enjoyed our last moments of good pizza and french fries in italy

-dangled our feet in the meditteranean. it was glorious and warm and time with my sisters. loved it

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-ate gelato in the main square in venice and heard live music and loved our life so much...till a bird pooped on my dad. way to ruin the family bonding moments stupid european birds which i HATE! (bad london bird flashback.....http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1196125750721)

-stayed up late (like really late) packing and reminiscing

SATURDAY 8-21-10

-got up at 4:00 AM and took a WATER TAXI to the venice airport!!! it was SO COOL!! it was a little boat and our driver was super fast and it was so early and we were so tired but it was SOOOO COOOOOL. you get the point

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-began the 27 hour journey home to america. this is how it went down:
venice to rome. (1 hour)
4 hour layover.
rome to atlanta. (14 hours, i think. i was too absorbed in lame bad airplane movies to notice)
5 hour layover.
atlanta to vegas. (3 hours)
IT WAS TERRIBLE. but in the grand scheme of things......so worth it. i got to go to italy with my amazingly fun family. i am such a lucky girl. it was an incredible trip and this below average blog post does not do it justice. let's just say i am counting on not ever getting married so that i can continue to go on awesome trips with my awesome hayes family. thanks mom and dad and rick steves for planning everthing.

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ciao.