If I Could Be…

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I saw this on my friend Grace’s blog and since I have nothing else to do, I thought it would be fun to do.

If I could be a month, I’d be September.

If I could be a day of the week, I’d be Saturday.

If I could be a time of day, I’d be 3 p.m.

If I could be a sea animal, I’d be a Sea Turtle.

If I could be a direction, I’d be up.

If I could be a piece of furniture, I’d be an antique chair

If I could be a liquid, I’d be strawberry lemonade.

If I could be a gemstone, I’d be a pearl.

If I could be a tree, I’d be one that reaches the sky.

If I could be a tool, I’d be a paintbrush.

If I could be a flower, I’d be a mum.

If I could be a kind of weather, I’d be a cool Fall day.

If I could be a musical instrument, I’d be a piano.

If I could be a color, I’d be peacock blue.

If I could be an emotion, I’d be contentment.

If I could be a fruit, I’d be a strawberry.

If I could be a sound, I’d be rain on the roof.

If I could be an element, I’d be water.

If I could be a car, I would be a mini cooper.

If I could be a food, I’d be cupcakes.

If I could be a place, I’d be home.

If I could be a material, I’d be Bamboo cotton.

If I could be a taste, I’d taste like dark chocolate.

If I could be a scent, I’d be warm summer rain, mixed with fresh coffee and a hint of vanilla.

If I could be an object, I’d be an ampersand.

If I could be a body part, I’d be the mouth, so I could say nice things and kiss Jake anytime I want.

If I could be a facial expression, I’d be silly.

If I could be a song, I’d be Dream by Priscilla Ahn.

If I could be a pair of shoes, I would be bunny slippers.

Jamie BartlettIf I Could Be…

yum

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Now that Jake and I have our own place, we have started to bake a few things. The entire process has been fun to do together: shopping for ingredients, making a mess baking and then of course eating the results. So far, we made two things. First, we made Whole Wheat Blueberry Scones and then Dark Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies. The mint part was kind of a mistake. I found some dark chocolate chips at the store and it wasn’t until we started making the cookies that we realized not only were they mint chips, but they were also gigantic. We ended up just cutting the chips in quarters and they still turned out pretty good.

Oh and most of the ingredients we used were organic. Who says sweets can’t be good for you?

Jamie Bartlettyum

And so it begins..

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So as you can see, in the past we’ve neglected our little blog. However right now we make an oath to you to post often about our new life together from our new home in the big sunny city of Los Angeles. I am positive we will be having some exciting adventures together that we can share with you.

I think it would be most appropriate to start off with an update about our wedding. Sadly though we don’t have our photos back yet from our lovely photographer. She did however hint that they turned out really well. So be looking for those soon. Other than that, our wedding was everything we dreamed. It was beautiful, creative, fun, romantic and screamed US! Thank you to everyone who made it happened. It was a lot of work but worth it all. We will go into more detail when we post pictures.

Now as for our honeymoon, we can say the same. As most of you know Jake planed everything and it was a surprise to me. I didn’t know where or what we were doing until we pulled in. Our first night we stayed in Traverse City at a beautiful lodge right on Grand Traverse Bay.

The view from our room was amazing and the room itself had everything you could imagine. It was beautiful. The next day we went about an hour up the bay to Charlevoix. It was a cute little town right on the water. We spent the day relaxing and exploring the town.

One of the days, Jake took me on a tour of the most fantastic places in Northern Michigan. We climbed the Sleepy Bear Dunes,

hiked up to Pyramid point for a view of the water,

had lunch at a local cafe in Glen Arbor, which gave us free cupcakes because they noticed our decorated car advertising we were just married,

Drove out to the end of the peninsula,

and finished the day with a delicious dinner at Red Lobster. Another day was spent up on Mackinac Island. Most of the afternoon we rode a tandem bike around the island

and then ate giant hot dogs for lunch.

We treated ourselves to ice cream and of course the famous Mackinac fudge and lastly, we made sure to buy some souvenirs to remember our time there. On our last night, Jake took me to this expensive restaurant for dinner and we sat on the deck and ate amazing food and watched the sun set.

The whole trip was wonderful. We had the time of our lives together and the weather was just perfect. I completely fell in love with Northern Michigan. Jake did the most perfect job planing our honeymoon. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Now we are living in the heart of Los Angeles. We have a cute little one bedroom apartment that we are making into our home (we will post pictures soon). So far we love it here. Mostly though we love each other.

You can see all of our honeymoon photos on facebook: Our Honeymoon

Jamie BartlettAnd so it begins..

Shirt.woot.wait-is-that-our-design?!?!

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Jamie and I accomplished our next life goal together since getting a shirt printed at goodjoe. Last week’s woot theme was Japan, our design placed third in the derby competition, and it was printed! You can see it for sale here:

http://shirt.woot.com/friends.aspx?k=9708

As I mentioned, the theme was Japan, and one of the rules was that if you had text it would have to be in Japanese. So with a little help of google’s translator, we found the characters for “Spork” and “It’s the new chopstick” in Japanese. That’s what the shirt says, and it was verified by a Japanese-savy user on woot.

We’re both very excited, and can’t wait to get our shirts in the mail. Woot pays $1000 to the designer of every shirt they print, plus $2 for every shirt sold after the first 24 hours. It’s quite an accomplishment.

JakeShirt.woot.wait-is-that-our-design?!?!

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Since being back together, Jake and I have realized just how perfect we really are for each other. Together we’ve been able to be creatively designing for things that we’ve never done before.

Through Jake’s boss, we were asked to help make the Siloam Springs high school football field center design. It was by far the biggest piece of art we’ve ever done, here’s how it turned out.

(They’re the panthers)

This semester we’re taking a printmaking class. Our first project was a one color linoleum cut.
(Jake’s design)
(Me cutting my design)

After cutting out the parts of the design we didn’t want to print, we got to ink our piece of linoleum, and make our first ever print by hand.

(Jake thinks he’s pretty funny)

We’re really excited to do more. For this assignment we have to turn in 5 consistent-as-possible, good-looking designs. Last class period we printed 8 and only had 2 good prints. So it’s a difficult process. We’ll give an update with our final prints when they’re finished.

Last weekend I took my bridesmaids to try on dresses for the wedding. It went really well, and now we have all of our dresses picked out. Jake also bought his suit on Labor Day weekend. So things are moving along.

Jake and I designed another shirt for woot last week, and it’s doing better than any other shirt we’ve submitted. We’ll know by Saturday at midnight if we got printed, so we’ll update you on that as well. That’s all for now.

Jamie Bartlett

Whoa whoa whoa!

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Before I left LA, Jamie and I had noticed that the design of our blog was…lacking. It did not reflect ourselves as the graphic designers we are, and was honestly pretty embarrassing. So now that I’m back with my girl in Colorado, we’ve been working on a long to-do list; redesigning our blog was part of that list. So here we are, a new blog design. We hope you like it.

On an even more exciting note, Jamie and I designed a shirt in July for a weekly shirt competition at goodjoe.com. Every week a new design is chosen to be printed based on votes and comments from other users. The winner has their design printed and receives $300 cash, $200 for school, $50 store credit, and $1 for every shirt sold. In addition, $1 of every shirt sale goes towards a different monthly charity. Jamie and I have been designing shirts for online competitions for almost a year now, and last Monday, our goodjoe design was chosen to be printed. {insert intense excitement here} Needless to say, Jamie and I were ecstatic. It’s on sale for the next four days for just $10, and starting Monday will be $18. Here is a link to the design: http://www.goodjoe.com/Store/Product.aspx?id=32

We’re extra excited because it’s the first goal we’ve accomplished together as a couple. It’s a good feeling to know that other people appreciate your art enough to purchase it.

Early Monday morning, Jamie and I head back to JBU. We have mixed feelings about going back, but we get to take intro to printmaking together, which will probably be our favorite class of the semester (possibly of my entire college experience).

That’s all for now.

JakeWhoa whoa whoa!

Today is a big deal for 4 reasons

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1. It’s Father’s Day.
I love my dad and I know I can say the same thing for Jake.

2. It’s the first day of summer.

3. It’s the longest day of the year.

4. and best of all today marks one year of Jake and I dating.
It’s hard to believe that one year ago we were in London and one year later we are planning the rest of our lives together.

(one of the first pictures taken as a couple…in London)

Jamie BartlettToday is a big deal for 4 reasons

Well that makes more sense now.

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Despite our expectations, Jamie never heard back from the TOMS shoes internship here in Santa Monica, even after a very drawn out application process and confusing emails. As a result she was not able to come out to LA for the summer, which meant she and I wouldn’t see each other until August. This was a very confusing and difficult time for both of us. Neither of us were clear as to why after such a long and complicated application process for the internship, God would let everything fall through at the last minute. Not much time passed before it became very clear to everyone why she wasn’t in LA for the summer.

On May 27th, around 2 am, Jamie’s appendix decided it had spent enough time not doing anything for her, and quite violently informed most of the rest of her digestive system that it was ready to leave. After a very unpleasant few hours, Jamie was rushed into the ER for an appendectomy. Her father called me just as she was about to go into surgery. By noon that morning she was able to call me herself. Everything had gone very smoothly; she was even able to go home that day. While it was very difficult not being there for her, the operation was successful, and she was doing well.

Had she been part of the TOMS internship, the timing of her appendicitis and recovery may have allowed her just enough of a window to make it out here. However, after seven full days of being home, eating regular food and going on regular walks, Jamie was once again rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night on June 4th. The pain was coming from the same area as before, but this time much, much worse. Jamie was once again reattached to an IV filling her system with narcotic pain killers. She was very drowsy because of the medication, but still able to speak to me on the phone. The only information I really knew was that when she first came in that morning, the doctors thought they would have to do corrective surgery because of some mistake from her appendectomy, but that they ruled that out right away. Apparently it was something that would just take care of itself.

I desperately wanted to be with Jamie while she was going through all of this, but had no idea how I could afford to. Less than an hour after that thought, I was pointed towards an affordable round trip airline ticket that left that night for Denver. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity, cleared up everything at work, and left that night. Jamie had no idea I was coming, and didn’t know I was there until I walked through the hospital door at midnight. Since I was there, her family was able to take a much needed break from staying with Jamie since 2 am the previous night.

I spent most of the next four days and nights by Jamie’s side. I wont go into detail of what Jamie had to go through in those days because

  1. I don’t think you want to know.
  2. Neither of us want to remember.

Nearing the end of my stay, Jamie was not in much better of a condition than when I had arrived. In fact, she got worse just about every day that I had been there. However, the doctors assured us that had something serious happened during her previous surgery, they would know, and Jamie would definitely be feeling it. They were very confident that this was simply an inoperative digestive system that would start itself up on its own with time. So with what seemed to be comforting information, I left Jamie with her family’s care and flew back to LA on the 7th of June.

To my surprise, I received a call from Jamie’s sister the next day. Jamie was once again being rushed to the ER. After one final test, the doctors were able to identify the real cause of Jamie’s predicament, and we’re forced to operate again. Turns out Jamie had scar tissue around the outside of her large intestine, pinching off her digestive system like a rubber band. Before I knew it, the operation had finished, the scar tissue was removed, and Jamie was quickly recovering. Four days later on the 12th, Jamie was able to go home. This operation was a little more evasive than the original appendectomy, so she’s been healing slower. However, she has improved every day that she has been home, and has had no signs of any irregularities.

During my stay with Jamie I had the most traumatic experience of my life. At one very brief point I was actually in fear for her life. It became very clear to me exactly why Jamie hadn’t been a part of the TOMS internship. Had she come to LA, I don’t know how I would’ve ever been able to deal with such an ordeal on my own. Jamie needed to be at home with her family through this. As soon as I realized that, all of my frustration with not being able to have her here disappeared. I once again was reminded that no matter how frustrating He can be sometimes, God knows what He’s doing. He has a reason for everything that happens, and forgetting that only leads to stress and frustration.

I am so glad that my baby is fine, and can’t wait for this August.

JakeWell that makes more sense now.

365 day and counting

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Who’s counting? Well of course we are! In exactly one year from today we will be getting married…we’re excited!

Jamie Bartlett365 day and counting

Spring Break in LA

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For my spring break I was able to go see Jake out in LA. It had be a long 10 weeks since we had seen each other (which made for an extremely long plane ride) We got to spend 9 amazing days together and here is what we did…

I met Jake’s brother Aaron and sister-in-law Elaine.

We went to San Diego to film for a project.

We took a silly picture for Threadless and got $1.50 store credit.
http://www.threadless.com/profile/830786/jamiedodger/photos/172659

We saw the Hollywood sign.

We saw the place where the Oscars take place.

We saw the celebrity hand prints in the cement…

along with the stars on the sidewalk.

We did a lot of art (of course)

a logo for our wedding

a shirt for Woot. The theme was music (we got 6th out of around 200 shirts)

We also did some paint splattering for a Threadless design (go here to see it finished) http://www.threadless.com/critique/40491/Artful_Accident

(Jake’s)

(mine…it kind of blew in the wind)

We did a lot of things, but most importantly we got to spend lots of time with each other.

It was the best week or our lives.

Jamie BartlettSpring Break in LA

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