Sunday, December 5, 2010

My Show!

To see the images from my show and read my artist's statement, click Here

Hey everybody!  So my Bachelor's of Fine Art Show went up last Thursday.  I have been working on it for the past six months and it is such a relief to be done.  It looks so good on the wall.  A lot of my friends and teachers were able to come and my family will be able to come in about two weeks!

I wanted to create work that was beautiful and educational.  I wanted to teach people how simple photography really is and I think I was able to accomplish that.  My favorite part of the show was when parents would come in and tell their kids "Look at these images!  They came from homemade camera's that you can make!  you don't need an expensive camera to make art.  We should try this."

Here is the set up, I have my own hallway on the second floor of the Spori building.  On the left are some camera's that people can pick up and look at.  I felt like that was necessary for people to grasp the concept.  Not shown is a video tutorial I made showing the process of making and taking images with a pinhole camera.

Here is me before the show!  I was so nervous.

Here is Ben before the show!  He was not nervous.

After the show!  Not nervous anymore!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

We had a wonderful thanksgiving with some friends in the ward and their family.  Here is the beautiful turkey.  It was so very delicious and not a bit dry.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Less than two weeks!

13 days until my show opens at the Spori Gallery here on campus!  I am so excited but so nervous.  Today was spent printing everything.  Tomorrow will be spent framing everything.  And then I have a photoshoot!  Very exciting.

Life here hasn't been all that interesting lately.  Ben and I spend most of our days at school and then we eat and go to sleep.  Weekends are spent cleaning and doing laundry and doing homework.  I cannot wait to get out of school, work on my State Farm license, and finally be a good wife!  I can't wait until Ben and I can both go to work all day and then come home and not worry about it until the next day.  I can't wait to have a clean house that isn't oozing with bookarts tools and dirty dishes.  I can't wait until we move into a more permanent residence so that i won't feel dumb about decorating.  Pretty much, I can't wait to move on to the next big adventure :)

Many of you might remember the little car chaos Ben and I had a few weeks ago.  The first week of school Ben's car got hit while Ben was sitting at a red light.  Dumb?  I know.  So pretty much it was totalled.  And the guy's insurance took forever to contact us and like a week to get us a rental.  So after finally getting a rental they decided to take it away.  And then it took them another month and a half to get us a check to get a new car.  So we had to walk to school.  And you know what?  It was actually not that bad.  Ben and I grew so close on our long walks home from school.  We were able to slow down and talk and it was really rather great.  We started counting our blessings:  We were both safe, we had great friends to take us shopping, we would eventually be getting a better car, we saved so much on gas, and we really started looking out for eachother a lot.  A couple weeks ago we bought a new car!  And even though I am so glad we have it now that it is snowing, I'm kinda glad we were without it for a little while.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Just so everyone is aware...

I have a new blog!  For by business class we have to show our online portfolio to some potential clients and I wasn't sure I wanted clients reading all about my personal life.  It's the perfect time to launch my new blog:

For now it's just images from my portrait class but expect great things soon...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A Preview...

Matchbox Pinhole Camera - Color Film

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Bachelor of Fine Arts Project
That's what I work on all the time.  And when I'm in other classes it's what I think about.  I'm dying right now because the photo lab is closed on Sundays.  My project will be different from other people's.  The past few days I was a wreck because of how different my images are from other BFA Student's work.  I was worried that people wouldn't appreciate dark, blurry, pinhole images.  For some reason I was also very worried that President Clark would hate it...But I talked to my teacher and he said that once people see the process and time that goes into pinhole photography, they will appreciate the images.  And that's the whole point of my project anyway, to explain the process of creating an image.  It's not just about pointing and clicking a shutter, it's about light, dark, sensors, and pinholes.  I can't wait for you to see my project :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Our Vacation:

-Boogie Boarding
-Meeting Family
-Digging Holes
-Hugging Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents
-The Fair
-Baby Zebras
-Bathing Suits
-New Babies
-Old Babies
-Playing Nertz, Ticket to Ride, Shanghai Rummy, Monopoly Deal, & Phase 10
-Finally Getting Rid of our Couch
-Snow Cones
-Farmer's Market Salsa & Tortillas
- And we still have a couple more weeks!

Monday, July 19, 2010


Can't wait for my summer to start <3

Monday, July 12, 2010

labels are very important, but for bottles of wine, not for artists - Jeanne-Claude

Today I developed my own prints in my own darkroom.  It was our family home evening activity.  While rinsing my prints and getting them ready to dry, I shed a little tear.  This has been my dream for years.  I remember peeking into my grandfather's studio when he wasn't looking and wondering why it was always so dark in there.  Later I visited his studio at the university and developed some prints of my own. How incredible!  Images appeared on blank pieces of paper.  How was it possible?  I remember my dad telling my about how he had darkroom supplies growing up.  I wanted to go search my grandma's house for them.  Then I came to school and I learned how to mix the chemicals and expose the paper.  But darkroom's around the country were becoming endangered.  Nobody wanted to use film anymore when computers and digital sensors were so much easier.  I worried that eventually I would have to leave my school and never find a darkroom ever again.  But now I don't have to worry about that.  All you need to develope prints are the right chemicals, a dark room, and a timer.  And that's what I've got. 

It's crazy how in just an hour I've gotten over the fear of the future I had before.  I used to be so scared that once I got out of school, I would be stuck doing weddings and senior portraits.  Now my art will always be with me.  I'll be able to share it with my husband and my children!  I can't wait to go home for the break so that I can develope pictures with my brothers!  While I was in my darkroom today, I imagined a day when Ben would come home from work, knock on the bathroom door, and I would be in there with all my little youngin's yelling "DON'T OPEN THE DOOR!  WE'RE MAKING A PRINT!!"  There are a whole new bundle of possibilities coming my way...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Day on the Farm...

One of my concept images for my commercial photography class is to photograph an illustration of a "Cash Cow" so today we spent the afternoon at a dairy farm!  This is my lovely model "Winter."  Images from the photoshoot will be up once they are edited!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Another List...

I haven't written a list in a long time, so I better do it now
I feel like when I do this, I'm catching up with all the Twittering I forget to do...
I love my pinhole cameras
They are like my children
I own 5 1/2
Ben is sleeping
I cannot wait for the Fourth of July!  It is my favorite!
But I am already way homesick for the part-ay that will be going down in Woodland.
I do not like to photograph people.  Or buildings
I like to photograph peppers though.  And landscapes
Brother Brown says I don't use enough props in my commercial photography, and I tell him that I am a minimalist.
I think I would rather build cameras that have leaks and contrast issues than use a perfectly new DSLR
is that wrong?
I'm really bored when Ben is sleeping

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Tony Chacher's

Sooo, we bought some pretty sweet Tony Chacher's Creole Seasoning the other day.  It comes with a sweet syringe so you can inject it directly into the meat you are cooking.  Tastes so good!
Yeah, he's pretty cute.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Elche, my dog, has been around for a long time.  When I was just barely four-years-old, my mom took my sister and I to the animal shelter to look for a dog.  There were a lot of cute dogs but Elche was the one we were immediately attracted to.  As soon as they opened her cage to let us see her she bolted for the exit.  I remember watching her run down the hall and seeing all the shelter workers trying to catch her.  My mom decided that's the dog we wanted.  The next day my mom sent my dad over to check Elche out.  My dad says that as soon as he saw her he knew that she was our dog.  So he brought her home.

I loved my dog.  We played together.  I built her forts and chased her around the yard.  I remember one time she chewed up my favorite helmet, that wasn't so fun.  When she was little she had this stuffed fish that she loved.  She could run so fast.  We'd play this game with her were we would stomp our foot and she would take off running around in circles.  Then she'd stop and look at us and we'd stomp our foot again and she'd run again.  It seems really boring, but she loved that game.

In case you don't know Elche, but a lot of people do, she ran away....all the time.  Like once a week at least.  For awhile it was everyday.  My mom would leave to pick up the kids from school and when she came back Elche would be gone.  A few hours later Elche would show up on our porch or the pound would call us and tell us they had our dog.  Again.  One time we came home to find an Animal Control truck parked outside our house.  The officer told us to stand back because the "wild dog" he had been chasing had ran back there.  We assured him it was fine, it was OUR dog.

Twice we thought we lost her for good.  The first time was in Rancho Cordova.  Elche was staying there while we remodeled our house.  She was missing for a week in a city that she knew nothing about.  A man finally coaxed her into his house with a piece of pizza.  The second time was at New Years.  Elche was terrified of fireworks so when we got home she had chewed her way out of our fence.  She was gone for a week that time too.  When we found her, she was 10 miles away, across a river, muddy, skin and bones, and she had lost her voice.  My mom told us that someday she would run away and we would never see her again.

Elche lived a long time.  Seventeen years!  I can't remember a time without her.  Over the last few years she turned into this old lady dog that just wanted to sleep all the time.  She went blind and practically deaf (Sometimes I think she just pretended to be deaf...) but she still loved to play with us.  Whenever Arianna was over, Elche always wanted to be right in the middle of whatever we were doing.  She followed my dad everywhere, all over the house and in the yard.  She was a good dog.  Soon she couldn't recognize my dad or my brothers.  She ran into things and got lost in our yard.  Yesterday we put her down and she was buried out in the country.  She lived a long long long life.  And it was fabulous.  And even though we will miss her, it's so great to know that she has her playful body back.  I know that I will get to see her again :)


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tender Moments...

-Just ate a delicious bowl of cookies and cream ice cream
-Watching Shakespeare's "Henry V."  It's actually pretty good, except for all the parts with the dirty nasty soldiers
-Fiction Family is my favorite today
-LOST Finale was this weekend.  I'll admit, I'm a little heartbroken...
-Ben and I debated about the outcome of LOST for like an hour last night...and I won.
-I miss my puppy so very bad...
-I like food photography, if only because I get to eat the deliciously expensive food when I'm done.
-Kenneth Brannagh as Henry V is sooooo romantic!
-I don't understand why Ben won't watch "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" with me after all the Shakespeare I've watched with him...
-Today I didn't really do anything...
-I practically live at the photo lab, but I don't mind
-Poor Benjamin Linus...he didn't get to go with the rest of the LOST people...
-I have a new pinhole camera!
-Photography is as simple as a pinhole in a dark room...who needs photoshop?
-ewww, somebody made a pinhole camera out of a skull...gross!
-I just want to sit at home and make books all day
-We finally bought some furniture for our living room, and it looks fabulous!
-Especially our tv stand
-I haven't watched TLC in like a week, aren't you proud?
-I love my job, I'm kinda sad I won't get to do it forever
-Someday I want to start a commercial photography business.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

April 27th, 2009

"Have a nice life!"

It was the classic scenerio.  Boy likes girl, girl likes boy, girl must leave boy.....akward goodbye scene.  A year ago today Ben and I had our goodbye scene.  We thought it was the end, but it was just the beginning.  Last fall I wrote a paper about our less-than-dramatic farewell.  Here you go :)

The Bus
   It was 3:30 in the morning. Any other day I would still be cuddly and warm all snuggled in my bed next to my pink fuzzy rabbit named “Bunny.” This day was different. I was about to get on a bus that would take me to a plane that would take me to the other side of the globe. I was going to spend the next month with 50 other art students travelling around Europe and I was very excited. But first I had to get off of the couch where I had fallen asleep the night before. My phone vibrated next to me on the pillow where my head was resting. I opened my eyes and tried to focus on the name scrolling across the screen. It was Benjamin Salter Betts. Ben was my long-time crush, my best friend, and my ride to the bus stop. He had dark brown hair, clear brown eyes, and towered over my petite stature. He loved 80’s music and High School Musical. We did everything together and that morning was no different. I answered the phone with a lethargic “hello.” He was calling to make sure I got out of bed and to see if I wanted a bagel for breakfast. I told him I would like a plain bagel with plenty of cream cheese please, it’s my favorite food.

   Two weeks before that early morning, Ben and I had had a little discussion. The night was a little frigid for April and I was wearing a light jacket. Ben kept asking me if I was chilly and I pretended to be tough and kept telling him that I was fine. We were sitting on a large, cold boulder near an intersection where we could watch the cars drive by. He was wearing the green jacket that I loved. We sat just close enough that our arms were touching but not too close because we were “just friends.” We both had feelings for each other and had hoped that someday our relationship could turn into something more lasting but there was a giant and unavoidable glitch in our plans. I was leaving for the summer and he was planning on an internship that next fall. There didn’t seem to be any chance that our paths would cross again. We both agreed that long-distance relationships were not a wise decision. If we were lucky enough to meet again in the future, we would try for this whole dating thing again. It was decided that the two weeks before I left would be full of fun but after that we would both move on to whatever life had planned for us.

   I rolled out of bed that early morning and put on my glasses. I rarely wear my glasses. They are out of style and they turn into sunglasses when exposed to UV light. How embarrassing. I didn’t want to wear my contacts because I knew they would just dry out once I fell asleep on the plane. The rest of my outfit was also tailored around napping on the plane. I put on an old t-shirt, some comfortable jeans, and a pair of flip-flops. I didn’t bother washing my hair because it would just get oily and matted by the end of the day anyway. At least I brushed my teeth. There was a knock at the door and I hurried to answer it before my roommates woke up. There stood Ben with my bagel, all handsome in his green jacket. I felt a little bad because I hadn’t showered.

   Nothing really changed after the discussion between Ben and me. We still did everything as a pair but now we pretended there were no romantic intentions. We watched movies, changed the oil in his car, and cooked meals together. One day we made fried chicken strips. They were crispy, delicious, and covered in Creole seasoning. We made enough to last us all day. That night we stayed up late sitting on the couch eating chicken and looking up our hometowns on Google Earth. We talked about our families and friends from back home. We talked about places we want to go someday and things we want to do. I told him about how I planned on traveling the world as a photo journalist and living out of a backpack. He told me about his dream of starting an advertising agency and raising a family in Southern California. I wanted to hold his hand really bad that night, but I knew that would only make things harder when I left, so I didn’t.

   I felt kind of bad when Ben picked me up from my apartment and I looked like I had just rolled out of bed. He looked dashing in his green jacket and blue jeans. He wore his grey and white Adidas. He handed me my breakfast, grabbed my suitcase, and we headed to his car. I immediately started jabbering about how excited but nervous I was to go to Europe. He had to open my car door for me. All the handles had frozen off long before I met Ben and I still hadn’t learned the skill to maneuver the lever correctly to get the door open. It had gotten below freezing that morning so I sat in the car while he wiped the frost off his windshield. I knew this would be the last time I would see Ben for a few months, possibly even forever. I had no idea how I was going to say goodbye.

   Two days before driving me to the bus stop, Ben took me on a final date before I left. We went to see a dance performance on campus and then met up with some friends for ice-cream. Ben got a Gorilla Munch Crunch with banana and I got a flavor that turned out to be disgusting because it had coconut in it. We sat at a table waiting for our friends to join us. We talked and we laughed. I felt so lucky to have such an amazing friend who I could talk to about anything. I never felt awkward or embarrassed and no conversation was ever boring. Ben made me feel special and beautiful and I loved being with him more than anything. After eating we headed over to his apartment to watch a movie. I was exhausted but I didn’t want to leave him. He told me that he didn’t want me to leave. That night when I got home, I broke down and called a friend from back home. I cried and told her that I didn’t want to go to Europe anymore, that I had made a mistake. I was too much in love to want anything else. She told me I was being crazy and that I would get over it once I stepped off the plane.

   The car ride to the bus stop seemed to last just a few seconds. Ben hardly talked and I just rambled on about plans for my trip. When we got to our destination, the bus was already there. I wasn’t ready to leave. I could see my other classmates loading up their luggage and boarding the bus. Ben and I reluctantly headed out into the cold. We dragged my blue, beat up suitcase over to the bus and stood silently next to each other while the driver lifted it into the back. We slowly walked over to the door of the bus, dreading the impending goodbye scene. I wanted to tell him how much I loved him, how bad I would miss him, and how long the summer would be without him. Two weeks before none of these feelings seemed all that significant but now they were the most important things in the world to me. Instead, I just thanked him for the bagel and for being such a good friend to me. I told him not to have too much fun without me. We gave each other a hug, not to fast, but not to slow either. We both knew we would miss the other, but neither of us wanted to show any kind of weakness that morning. We wanted to be strong for each other. No tears were shed, no love was pronounced. Only comfort and support was shared in that quick embrace. Then I turned from Ben and walked onto the bus.

We all know what happened next.  Ben broke his promise of staying away from me to write me a very adorable "I miss you" letter while I was in Paris and the rest is history :)
p.s. Ben will tell you that I barely even hugged him...and I'll admit it...even though I didn't want to leave Ben...I was pretty darn excited to get on that bus.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I Get It Now

Today I discovered something.
I finally understand why women like to scrapbook so much!  And here it is:
-We love to reminisce.  I love to talk about back in the day when Ben and I were dating.  I like to remember the first time we held hands or that one time he wrote me a poem.  I like to talk about our wedding day and how much fun it was.  But, boys don't like to talk about that stuff.  It's too mushy I suppose.  Soooo, scrap booking fulfills my need to reminisce about all those times.  I get to read stuff and choose my favorite pictures.  I write down my memories and little fun facts without even boring Ben.  Haha.  It's great fun.
-Reason number two (and I don't know if this applies to everyone) it gives me a place to put all my stuff.  I have a box full of stuff from back when Ben and I were dating and when we got married.  There are invites and cards and pictures and paper chains :)  The box kinda intimidated me and I never looked through it.  But now that it's all in an album, it's like art!  It's so much fun to look through!

Anyway, I haven't turned into a full blown scrapbooker yet.  I've just been putting things into an album, but it is so fun!  That's all :)
Rachel Betts

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Favorite #2

Switchfoot's Album Hello Hurricane
"The storms of this life shatter our plans. They tear through our world and destroy our hopes and dreams. They ruin sunny days, flatten the structures we depend on, and shock our world views. Hello Hurricane is an attempt to sing into the storm. Hello Hurricane is a declaration: you can't silence my love. My plans will fail, the storms of this life will come, and chaos will disrupt even my best intentions, but my love will not be destroyed. Beneath the sound and the fury there is a deeper order still- deeper than life itself. An order that cannot be shaken by the storms of this life. There is a love stronger than the chaos, running underneath us- beckoning us to go below the skin-deep externals, beyond the wind, even into the eye of the storm. Hello Hurricane, you're not enough- you can't silence my love." -Jon Foreman

Wow, Just watched the "Making of Hello Hurricane" dvd and it changed my life.  I can't even put into words how much passion and intensity was put into this cd.  Every song was created with purpose and meaning.    Lead singer Jon Foreman said that if his songs aren't in him enough to make him cry, then why is he singing them?  It made me wonder if I'm trying my hardest as an artist.  So far nothing I have done has made me cry.  I want to change the world.  I want to create feeling in my images.  I want to love them and I want people to feel that love.  I need to find the passion in my work.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Day After Moving Day

The day after moving day is one of the best days ever.  Wednesday and Thursday of this week were spent moving and cleaning.  Both days were beautiful and it was kinda tragic that we had to spend most of the days inside packing.  Luckily we had plenty of friends come to help us out.  Yesterday we spent the whole day cleaning our old apartment so that we could check out.  It took, like, seven hours!  That's a lot.  And now my arms hurt from scrubbing.  But it was worth it.  Today has been so relaxing.  We unpacked the essentials yesterday so I don't have to worry about that.  I have been in bed most of the day, just being lazy.  Ben and I spent most of the morning just talking and watching What Not To Wear.  We like to make fun of Stacie and Clinton's so called "Fashion Sense."  We have seven windows in our new apartment.  SEVEN!  And they are huge, so they are all open.  And I've put all the clothes away and did a load of laundry (My goal for the day).  And we went to the park and I got to play with my friends adorable little son.  So today has been one of the best days ever.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Today is going to be oh so fabulous.
I babysat the cutest little baby this morning...even if she did cry the WHOLE time I was there.
Winger's Original Amazing Sauce is's true.
I'm so excited to finally finish all my thank you cards.
It feels so great to be done with last semester.
I thought Documentary was gonna kill me...but it didn't.
I'm watching a guy on tv eat a giant burger.
I still haven't really slept in since I got out of school.
I need a harcut.
Taxes?  That's Ben's job today.
I like to watch you have a problem with that?
I can't wait to move into my new apartment!
I'm going to miss Melissa so much this summer.
I miss Rome.  And Salzburg.  And Vienna.  And the Underground.  And bikes.  And   postcards.
I love to hold Ben's hand.
I can make some mean chicken and rice...and that's all.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

My Favorite Thing Part One:

I read this blog where this girl writes one favorite thing on her blog every weekend and I thought it was a fabulous idea!  Since right now I have been so blessed, there are a lot of favorites.  But for today it is General Conference.  It is such a blessing to be able to listen and be counseled to the prophets of the world.  Their testimonies are so strong, and they help to srengthen mine.  The talk that really stood out to me today was the one about teaching your children at home.  I can't remember who gave it.  But it's something I've been thinking about for awhile.  I've always felt that parents should be the teacher's of their children, we shouldn't just depend on the school system or primary.  Parents should teach their children how to read, write, and add.  They should teach their children gospel principles and how to build a testimony.  By having that hand in our children's life, I feel like they will be comfortable coming to us when they have questions or struggles in life.  Anyway, that's what I got out of it.

Other things I love about General Conference weekend:
-Making a big breakfast
-Staying in my pajamas all day
-Cuddling with my husband ;)
-Playing Ultimate Frisbee between Saturday sessions (Not this year, since it snowed a foot this morning)
-Watching the cheesy mormon movies on BYUTV
-Game night after Priesthood session
-Sleeping in!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Ok, I'll admit it, I read Seriously, So Blessed! But can you really blame me?  It's hilarious...Anyway...She's doing a drawing for these adorable camera bags from Jo Totes and I want one!  This way I can carry around my camera stuff and my school stuff all at once...good plan right?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I Love My Pinhole Camera Part 2

Step One: Cover all your windows with black paper.  Make sure no light gets in!
Step Two:  Cut a small hole (Trace a nickle or something to make it round) Out of the black paper
Step Three: Turn off all the lights and enjoy watching the world around you, right on your living room walls!

The images are reversed and upside down...but it's still way cool.  It even looks 3D!

We had fun watching our neighbors walk around in the parking lot!

Ben, taking a nap under the trailer park.

Ben and I spent part of the afternoon "car" watching on our ceiling.

This was not projected on our walls...this is Julia.  My sister.  I took her picture with my new lens!  Beautiful? Yes.

Friday, March 26, 2010

I Love My Pinhole Camera

Here are the images with my pinhole camera.  I love how unpredictable they are :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I built my first pinhole camera this past week and I think I have fallen in love all over again.  First of all, it's made out of an Ovaltine favorite food ever.  Second, I missed being in the darkroom.  I spent about four hours in there on Saturday and I loved every minute.  It almost broke my heart when I had to leave.  I loved experimenting with different exposure times and finally discovering what worked.  Figuring out how to get the images focused was a problem at first, but in the end, the images are beautiful.  They are black and white of course, but who knew you could get such distinct values out of a little hole poked in the the bottom of a can.  I'm seriously considering doing this for my BFA...we'll see :)  Anyway, I have to scan the images later this week for a you will see them soon.  Excited?

Having Julia up here with me at school has been one of the best things ever!  We had a Sister's Saturday this weekend and it was a blast.  We hung out, cut eachother's hair, had a photoshoot, and went to a play.  Here are some of Julia's pictures I took.  I had her dress up in a dance outfit and took her over to the auditorium.  She was so fun to photograph.

p.s...I hope these pictures look ok on here...they look great on Ben's computer but they look terrible on mine.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sneek Peek

Here is a sneak peek at the book we have been working on this semester for our Documentary Photography class. The photos are organized chronologically starting with the earliest time of day to the latest.

Pretty much what I have come to realize from this project is that food controls our lives. We make money so that we can feed ourselves, we celebrate by eating food, we blame our problems on things that we eat. Even when we are trying to control our food intake, we still plan meals based on the rules that are set for us. How has food become such a significant part of our lives? Is it because it is so readily available? Is it because it's "fun"? How much food are we wasting by eating because we are bored? Do we take food for granted?

These are just a few of the many questions that have come up while doing this project. It's been a really great experience...but I'll be glad when my whole life doesn't revolve around watching people eat :)

Rachel Betts

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Five Books

My friend Melissa wrote a blog about five of her favorite books, and it got me thinking about all the books I love.  Sooo, I thought I would share :)

1.  Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
The Best Book Ever.  Seriously.  Scarlet O'Hara is such a jerk but for some reason, I relate to her a lot.  Ever since reading this book, I have found myself saying "I'll think about it tomorrow" a whole lot more.  Scarlet is such a strong character who secretly loves Rhett Butler but is to prideful to say it.  Rhett Butler is another strong character who secretly loves Scarlett but is to prideful to say it.  Even when they are married they cannot admit their love for eachother.  It drives me crazy so much that I just can't stop talking about it sometimes.  Just ask my husband, I can relate anything back to this O'Hara/Butler relationship.

2.  To Destroy You Is No Loss - JoAn D. Criddle
The next best book ever.  Seriously.  But it will make you cry, and cringe, and be so grateful for this country we live in.  It follows the true escape of a upper-class family from communist Cambodia.  They do everything to keep themselves safe including playing dumb and swallowing jewels.  I have read this book over and over and it never gets boring!

3.  Watership Down - Richard Adams
I'll admit, I haven't read this book in years, but it was my favorite book all through high school.  I loved reading it when I needed a good cry because it is really emotional.  It's about rabbits...yup, rabbits...who find out that everyone in their little rabbit home is going to get killed if they don't leave right away!  Their adventure to find a new home is really suspensful actually.  There is superstition and plotting.  It might seem a little childish, but it's not at all.

4.  Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
Such a good book.  I read it twice in a row when I had foot surgery.  It's about a radical baptist minister who drags his family into the heart of Africa to convert the Africans to christianity.  The story is narrated by his four daughters and occasionally his wife.

5.  Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa - Katherine Dettwyler
This is actually a documentary about Dettwyler herself.  She is an anthropologist working in Mali, Africa studying malnutrition in children and mothers.  The book explains her studies and interesting things that she discovers about people's eating habits and traditions.  This book has made me realize how grateful I am to live in a country where we have basic sanitary options, a variety of nutritional foods, and vaccinations against deadly diseases.  Mothers in Africa are used to losing many children to Malaria, malnutrition, polio, and so many other diseases that we consider to be extremely rare.  This book has opened my eyes, but beware, some parts can be pretty graphic when describing cultural traditions or symptoms of disease.

So there you have five books.  Enjoy :)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ummm, I just feel like posting something to avoid homework. This week has gone by so fast. Which is absolutly fine with me. I cannot wait for the three day weekend. I need this time to relax and rejuvinate myself. These past few weeks have been really hard. I've been dizzy almost everyday. I don't know how I lived before Ben. I remember days last semester when I would walk myself home while I was dizzy and would just pray that I wouldn't slip or accidently walk into the street. Ben is my hero. He takes me home, sets up the tv next to the bed, and tucks me in so that I'm nice and cozy. He brings me his laptop and glasses of water. I am so grateful for him.

While in the temple today, I read this scripture:

2 Nephi 2:2 "...thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain."

I know that the Lord has given me my trials for a reason and that somehow, they are actually a blessing. They have been consecrated for my gain. So, instead of being angry and dissapointed in myself when I get sick, I have decided to spend my time counting my blessings and thanking God for the strengths I have been given through this trial. I think that's a much more productive way to spend my time :)

<3 Rachel Betts p.s. Stevie Wonder is amazing!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Documentary Photography!

11:00am - Breakfast - Strawberries and Tea
This semester I am working on a documentary project for my wonderful documentary class! We will be working on our projects all semester and then publishing a book of our work. I love the class, but I never realized how hard it was to work on a documentary. I have kinda been put in charge of my group's project. There is so much involved like scheduling appointments, making sure everyone is doing their part, getting people to agree to getting their picture taken, and designing the graphics for our book, and making sure everyone's pictures look unified but not too similar.
Our project is on eating habits. We are photographing what people eat, where they eat, and when they eat. Our book will be in the form of a timeline with all the images placed in chronological order...hopefully it turns out good!
So what kinds of wierd things have you been caught eating? Is there a certain place you just love to eat? What time do you usually eat breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? The other day, I found Ben eating dinner at 9:00pm. He was eating meatballs on a hot dog bun covered in cheddar cheese. Wierd.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Married Life...

Sooo, life in the past month has been really good. After our wonderfully full month of December, Ben and I headed back to our little home in Rexburg, ID. Getting here was a little scary with all the snow storms and ice that just happened to hit on the weekend we were travelling back. But that just made getting home that much better!

Mom and the boys visited us for a few days while they were dropping off Julia at school. It was so much fun! It was fun to finally have my family as visitors at my house instead of vice versa haha. I miss my little brothers! They should come up here more often...hint hint. Having Julia here at school is really great. We have so much fun watching movies, shopping, and writing thank-you-cards together. Plus she lives with my old roommates so Ben and I have a good excuse to go visit our old apartment complex a lot. I spied Jules walking with a boy on campus yesterday...that was really freaky.

Being married is the awesomest thing ever just FYI. If you are not married and reading this...I highly recomend it. It's so fun to just hang out with my best friend everyday. We have been playing a lot of games like Rumikub (Thanks Aunt Sarah!) and Nertz. Ben is getting really good at Nertz so watch out Jensen Family. He might just woop us all at the upcoming family reunion. Plus, since my social life lives with me, I get a lot more homework done haha.

Ever since getting married, I have been way more of a clean freak then ever before. Like, maybe it's just because now I'm living in my own home and half of the mess is mine, but I love to have a clean apartment. Cleaning isn't a chore or anything anymore, it's fun because I know that in the end, I will have a spottless kitchen or living room to hang out in. Yessss.

Anyway...that's all for now. Ben and I got a Flip for Christmas so maybe I should post some of those videos someday. adios.