Tuesday, August 3, 2010

"Come On, Come Out"

So, yes I skipped a week or so... not that there wasn't oodles of stuff happening, but this blog is basically for my "family fans" and I had chatted with most of them. But anyway, to recap the latest, would probably be that Carmen has ditched me and gone to have her Linguistics research adventure in the Marshall Islands, but before she jet out of here we squeezed in some fun and from what I can tell she is having a blast in the South Pacific!

So it's 3 strikes and then you’re out at the old ball game right? Well, I’ve been to Fenway 2 times to see the RED SOX WIN, so I just have to go at least one more time when my brother Alex comes out for his Birthday and then I'm out of the game...literally; my time is almost up out here! My good friend Tom recently reminded me of the wise words of Ferris Bueller, "Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." So this last weekend I finally had to myself to stop and look around and it was Fantastic! I slept in, went aimlessly running around the Charles River, ate at the famously scrumptious "Grendel's Den", experienced the official "Hahvahd Tour" (a play on the Boston accent) of Harvard's campus with my friend Crystal as the guide and later soaked up a couple of hours at the Museum of Fine Arts studying Egyptian, Grecian, European, Asian and American art and artifacts. I loved having the day to myself; I haven't felt that free in a very long time.
Which also reminds me, I officially graduated from BYU this week, but I walked in April since I knew I'd be out here interning. Micheal Flaherty (Co-Founder & President of Walden Media) found out and threw me a very thoughtful Grad party that also officially made me tear up...hahaha!

Then my roommates took me to Rockport Beach in Gloucester, a seaport city full of FUN and where my dad's family actually stayed for awhile when they came from Cuba years ago! We relaxed by the shore, climbed the rocks, ate fish, and browsed around the neatest shops. This summer we've become attached to a movie called "The Proposal" with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds because it was filmed here! So being the film fanatic I am, we searched for the actual locations and spotted, what is known as
Motif Number 1 and the Fudgery from the movie. So, naturally, we took pictures of ourselves reenacting the scenes. If that wasn't already enough for me, we ended the day by watching the sunset on the beach from the lifeguard tower where I met a little boy playing in the sand named Jack. I asked him where he was born (thinking I was making the question simple) and my new friend made his answer simple,
"At the Doctor's." Hahaha! Oh dear, rarely am I that outsmarted and I loved it. Needless to say, this weekend was BLISS. The title of this post is actually a song title, "Come On, Come Out" by A Fine Frenzy because it perfectly describes this weekend if you'd like a listen.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

"Ramona and Beezus", "Waiting for Superman" & "New Spice"

So this first week in Boston was really great! Walden Media is doing some good things and I'm excited to be a part of it all. I got to help at the "Ramona and Beezus" movie premiere which was super fun and the film was adorable! I loved reading Beverly Cleary's books when I was young and still now, so it was very satisfying to see a well done film adaptation that can relate to a wide audience today. It makes me excited to see it with my sister Eden! Also on the list of good things is Walden's first documentary, "Waiting for Superman." This documentary strongly promotes children's education, so the cool thing with this is that every time someone visits their website and clicks to see the film, First Book will donate 5 books to a child. So if anyone is even reading this, I'd encourage you to be a "Superman" and give a child 5 books for FREE!

Then, if being a part of all of that here wasn't neat enough, an awesome surprise happened this weekend that actually began back in Provo... I was the Production Coordinator at the Harold B. Lee Library Multimedia Production Unit at BYU. As part of this unit, our crew collaborates to create campus promotional videos. Our latest edition for the library is a parody of the popular "Old Spice" commercial which we have called "New Spice", featuring my friend and stand-up comedian, Stephen Jones. It was posted Friday and we can't believe this video's success on YouTube,CNN, CBS, Facebook etc. I was the Casting Director, 1st Assistant Director and Craft Services on "New Spice." What an opportune time for me just after graduation because hey, you never know, maybe this could be the kickstart to my next job! Check out our "New Spice" blog!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Home Sweet Hopedale & NYC

Well, we made it to Boston a week ago today, just in time to see the "Boston Pops Firework Spectacular" on the Charles river on July 4th! The next day we happily moved into the Hopedale House and then quickly took off to visit New York city for a few days before living life in Allston. We rummaged through the avenues of NYC strolling through Central Park, Times Square, St. Patrick's and The Trinity cathedrals, Wallstreet, The Empire State Building, The Brooklyn Bridge, Ground Zero, Little Italy, Chinatown etc. Then of course we hopped on the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. My favorite day had to be when we shopped at H&M, ate Cuban food for lunch, caught a studio tour at NBC and then snapped with the Sharks and the Jets while seeing "Westside Story" that night. I'd say the trip was a jam packed success! Tomorrow is my first day at Walden so I better get to bed, but that pretty much sums up the past week. Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 26, 2010


After 4 fabulous years of studying on and off campus, the highlights would probably be studying abroad in Mexico, Spain and Jerusalem and producing my short senior capstone film, Cricketless. I graduated from BYU in Theater & Media Arts with an emphasis in Film Producing and a minor in Spanish. But just because I "graduated" I still have so much more to learn, so my Spanish es muy peor and the next couple of days are packed with me tying up strings in Provo so I can move to Boston for a summer internship with Walden Media and my best friend Carmen is coming along for the ride and we can't wait!

So the blog begins...

for those of you who actually care to read the rants and ravings of above said "Rave", welcome! Honestly, I have always been reluctant to begin a blog because:
1. I don't think I'm so cool that everyone and their dog wants to read about me.
2. I am a lousy journal writer and...
3. I like to amuse and usually I'm much more entertaining in person.

But anyhow, this blog is for my friends and family who are interested in my latest news and therefore I don't have to compile chaotic emails with pixilated pictures etc. Hopefully this "exercise" will keep me organized and documented for all intents and purposes. Enjoy...or not. Love ya! :)