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Wednesday, November 30, 2011


i spent most of the day working on my resume reel to turn in for a class, and to send to potential employers when i get my first news job.

as i was digging through old stories, i found packages i have done from way back in 2009 when i applied to the just this past summer when i was interning at NY1 News.  i was blown away by how differently i report now...and....dare i say: better.  not like i was horrible then...well....almost...but it is just amazing to me what practice and hard work can do.  

long story short, i love my major.  i love my friends in my major.  i love all that i get to learn and all the wonderful experiences and stories i have done.  i get to do the craziest things i would NEVER do in a million years if it weren't for my major.  

for example:  yesterday i shot a real life GUN at a (fake) person.  seriously.  i am both morally and ethically opposed to guns...and yet by the end of my mini-lesson, i was killing fake people right and left.  crazy.

i am going to miss all my favorite people who are soon-to-be-graduates who have been such good friends to me over the past few years.  we have gone through the best of times and the worst of times together. fellow 325 peeps that are graduating in december...i'll miss you so much!  but i can't wait to see where we all end up and what kind of reporting we end up doing.

also: today i was in the newsroom when brother walz brought the cub scouts in from his ward for a tour.  they were SO cute!  brother walz asked me to show them my resume reel and they were ooooing and ahhhing like they were so impressed.  don't judge me if a bunch of 6 year old boys boosted my confidence big time.  they all got to sit on the anchor desk and could see themselves on the TV screens...haha...they were so amazed by it.  it was totes precious.  when i am in a family ward...i am going to have to request the calling where you are cub mother/den keeper/pack mom or whatever it is called. ###

Sunday, November 27, 2011


i LOVE thanksgiving. 

it is the best holiday.  it is a day that revolves around parades, eating, napping, shopping, and the beginning of christmas.  as a friend of mine once told me, there are three F's of thanksgiving:
1. food
2. family
3. football
(in no particularly order)

the hayes clan certainly had lots of food, family, and football this thanksgiving break.  
the best part of the week long break was definitely the trip to southern california.  i loooove california.  it was like 75 degrees there the whole time!!  gahh.  no wonder it's so crowded there.  i don't get why everyone in the world doesn't move there.

we had a great time seeing the Ngo family....doing a puzzle...running and biking....taking family christmas card pictures (stressful)...and visiting long beach and newport.

i am already excited for this semester to be over so i can go home again.  just gotta get through 2 and a half weeks of snow...tests...papers....and holiday cheer.  i can do this. ###

vegetarian turkey!!  cute huh!?  thanks pinterest.
sweet cousin kinsi

i love my sisters.  and the beach.  SO much.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

don't make me go.

soooo i don't want to go back to utah tomorrow...

check out this glorious sunset we saw last night.  holy pretty!

i am having too much fun with my family at the beach.  life in huntington beach is carefree and warm.  life in utah is busy and cold.  i am sure you can understand.

but alas, christmas is swiftly coming, the semester is almost over, and the NBA has triumphantly i guess there are a few things to live for.  right? ###  

Sunday, November 20, 2011

breaking dawn. part one.

i went to see breaking dawn with brian on friday evening.  the fact that we did not see the ending is a hilarious story within itself, but let's just say if you see the movie, make sure you have a strong tolerance when it comes to seeing LOTS of blood.  and that is all i am going to say about that..... 

the movie was entertaining, although i don't think that i would have chosen to make it into two movies....but it's all about the cash flow for these hollywood movie people, right?  so i guess we are going to be favored with yet another twilight movie next year.  yeee.

anyways...i am not sure i would let my 13 year old daughter see it...theoretically speaking of course.  it was sort of risqué.  

the best part of the movie?  the music.  what a great soundtrack.  

i love how they brought back "flightless bird, american mouth," the love song from movie numero uno.  that song makes me feel like crying.  i don't know why.  i can't stop listening to it.....
so pretty.  and the wedding scene when they started playing cute.  i would like to get married in a green forest in washington with a crowd of beautiful vampires looking on.  

although, i am still team jacob.  forever and ever.  rawrrr jacob.  ###

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


what a powerful way to start your wednesday morning.  i love this video.  

Sunday, November 13, 2011

go UCLA.

this weekend was a wonderful weekend.

brian's parents were in town!  they are so hilarious and nice, it was great to hang out with them all weekend, despite the cold.  i am sure they suffered more than we did, being from southern california and all.  apparently it is like 70 degrees there now??  could it not??

we went to the Utah vs. UCLA game!!!  go BRUINS!!  (i quickly discovered the words "bruin" and "bear" are NOT, in fact, synonymous.  so do not chant "let's go bears!!!" in a crown full of UCLA fans).  FYI.

SLC got snowed on for a good 2 hours before the game and 2 hours during the game.  not sure i have ever been that cold.  a cold, metal, snowy bench and wind chill do not make for perfect football watching conditions....we may or may not have left at half time.  but we definitely did do that, so don't judge us.  

today we were able to attend music & the spoken word and walk around temple square.  i always forget how wonderful that is.  the message of music & the spoken word today was about keeping calm and continuing on through life's challenges and trials, having faith in Christ and in God's plan for each of us.  the program was amazing, and temple square is so beautiful.  the spirit is so strong there, and it is a constant reminder of how lucky i am to be living in utah.  they introduce special guests before the program starts...and there are always people who have traveled from across the world to come see temple square.  how lucky i am to be only 45 minutes away from it!  it was a great program....and a great weekend.  keep calm and carry on.  ###


last weekend i tried to get a cute picture with my dog to put on my wall and cherish forever and show my future children and blah blah blah.

this is the best i could do.

my dog is so hyper.  she would NOT hold still.  it was hilarious trying to get her to pose for a picture.  i think the end results of like 20 pictures of her going crazy/me yelling at her are even better than one good one. ###

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

it's so...MOIST!

i love the word moist.  
i know, most people hate it, so i try to avoid using it.....but there is absolutely no other word i can use to describe the cake lizzie and i conjured up tonight.  it defines moist.  i call it the "chocolate fudge brownie super moist cake with dark chocolate ganache."  doesn't the name just make your mouth water??  om nom nom.  this cake uses ice cream as the wet ingredients.  nope, not a joke.  i am being so serious.

i got the idea for this cake off pinterest, source of ALL knowledge, but added my own ganache and flavors.  it is so simple and quite impressive.  you simply must must MUST try it. 


for the cake:
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 pint chocolate ice cream, softened (i used ben & jerry's chocolate fudge brownie)
3 eggs
1 cup water

for the ganache:
4 ounces, one bar,  bittersweet chocolate
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1 teaspoons vanilla extract

STEP ONE: preheat the oven to 350.  melt the ice cream, but not all the way, just mostly.  spoon it into a mixing bowl.
STEP TWO:  add the three eggs and water.
STEP THREE: mix the ingredients together for 4 minutes.
STEP FOUR: grease a bundt pan and dust it with cocoa powder to make sure the cake doesn't stick.
STEP FIVE: pour that yummy batter in there!
STEP SIX: bake for about 45-50 minutes.  then take 'er out.

For the Ganache:
STEP ONE: chop the bittersweet chocolate into bits.  not too small.  put them in a bowl.
STEP TWO: heat up the cream with the corn syrup.
STEP THREE: add the vanilla.
STEP FOUR: pour the hot mixture in the bowl with the chocolates.  whisk it all together till it's smooth!

Pour the ganache over the cake and sprinkle some powdered sugar over it.  let it harden and cool for an hour-ish.  (if you can wait that's a test of strength and endurance, let me tell you.)

wow the pants off everyone with a fancy schmancy MOIST cake that literally takes like 20 minutes to make.  deeeelish. ###

Saturday, November 5, 2011

digging it in vegas. love being home.  enough said.  all i do is eat nommy with my football with my grandpa...go to the strip with my sister....make homemade pizza with my mom...get trader joe's groceries from my on my iPhone with my dad....and love my life.  

and to top it all off: today i got to drive an excavator.  for fun??  nope.  for a news story.  but here's the thing: it WAS SO FUN!!  "dig this" is a big empty plot of land right next to the strip (seriously, like right next to it), and people come and learn how to operate heavy equipment and dig holes and push humongo rocks and stuff.  awesome, no?? 
my instructor, travis, told me that i was the best heavy equipment operater of all the news reporters he'd had come through to do stories.  what up!?!  did i miss my calling in life??my dad says it runs in my blood, and that is a fact.  hayes family loves their heavy equipment.  

i even got a certificate proving it did it.  i felt special. 

i can't wait to put this story together!  also, my father is a great camera man!?  who knew.  well, i guess i did.  he is basically great at it makes sense.  
normally a "dig this" session is 400 dollars.  but because i was doing a story on it, it was zero dollars.  i love my major.  fact.  i get to go play around on heavy equipment and get a grade for it.  i think i can handle that for like....the rest of my life. ###

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

i go home tomorrow.....i think.

las vegas=tomorrow.

but it is, honestly, a miracle that i remember that.  because my life has come crashing down this week.  during my live shot from the marriott center after president monson's amazing devotional at BYU, (i will post that video of the story soon), i was using my planner to jot down notes and try and get ready to go on the air in literally like 30 seconds.  most crazy thing ever.
amidst all the craziness, my little buddy, mr. planner, got lost.  :( and he has not been found.  and my life has been a confusion and mess ever since.  i am overly-relient on that thing, i have realized.  slash it has literally every speck of information about my life in it.  so i am convinced i have probably missed turning in like 20 homework assignments...lunch meetings...ect.

sorry if i ditched you this week.  not my fault.  well...yes it is....but i am still sorry.

planner or no planner, life must go on, and i am quite excited to be home tomorrow and see the fam bam!!!  SOSOSOSOO EXCITED!!  see you tomorrow, family/doggy.