props to peefy for this one.

home, sweet, home.

Bax & I took a trip to Seattle/Olympia to plan our wedding! We are so excited about it and I was equally thrilled that we were lucky enough to have some quality time with one of my BFF's and her husband and kiddies; I am so in love. Aren't they KKYYUTTTEEE??

By the way, mission was accomplished! 


PLEASE READ! The terrible plight of the persecution of the Baha'is in Iran continues...

Rainn Wilson, "Dwight" on "The Office," wrote a news commentary for CNN on this same issue, as he is a Baha'i himself. Please take a moment and read the article; it is short, to the point and very informative. you can read Rainn's article here.

just as a refresher, here is a little background about the issue, taken in part from Rainn's article in CNN:

Now, as I mentioned, this all happened in Iran, and needless to say the Muslim authorities did not like the Baha'is very much, accusing them of heresy and apostasy. Tens of thousands were killed in the early years of the faith, and the persecutions have continued off and on for the past 150 years.

Why write about all this now? Well, I'm glad you asked. You see there's a 'trial' going on very soon for seven Baha'i national leaders in Iran.

They've been accused of all manner of things including being "spies for Israel," "insulting religious sanctities" and "propaganda against the Islamic Republic."

They've been held for a year in Evin Prison in Tehran without any access to their lawyer (the Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi) and with zero evidence of any of these charges

Reading the seven Iranian Baha'is bios was what made me cry. i just cant believe that travesties like this are still allowed to take place to innocent, wonderful people. You can read their bios

You can read the highly emotional speech of one of the imprisoned Iranian Baha'is children, Naeim Tavakkoli,  here.

Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner has taken the plight of the persecution of the Baha'is in Iran very serious and done what she can to assist in equal human rights for the Baha'is in Iran. Through her work defending women's rights and defending and assisting the Baha'is in Iran, she is getting death threats among other terrible things. Below is an interview with Ebadi:

this is a really big deal and i would urge you all to write your Representatives and ask them for support on this!

If you want to keep up on the latest, you can always go here.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and raise your awareness on such an important matter that is so very close to my heart. Please keep them in your prayers and/or best thoughts during this trying time.



so good i had to post it. i think my father and grandfather would appreciate this.

louis ck (who sometimes totally repels me) is actually super awesomely tubular/funny:

enjoy. did you laugh like me???


one cool thing and one really UNCOOL thing.

COOL: Bat for Lashes Music Video, "whats a girl to do":


The Slumdog Millionaire children actors are STILL living in the slums...screw a Danny Boyle. The children actors are what made the movie as successful as it was anyway...it wouldn't be getting all the hype if it wasn't for them. so so sad and frustrating.

read the article here: 


or here:



The Great Wild West; i live in true cowboy country. and i freakin' love it.

so these last couple weeks Rapid City was host to the "South Dakota Stock Show".  i had NO idea what that meant. none at all. but basically its a cowboy + rodeo party for two weeks. unfortunately, i wasn't privy to it until it was almost over. i was able to go on my birthday DURING work hours , with my boss and a co-worker/friend. it was a blast. though they didn't understand me taking all these pictures, so i was shy to take too many as my boss is an old rodeo mom herself. i meant to go back and shoot the melancholic cowboys with the long, droopy mustaches, the rodeo moms with the bedazzled jean mini skirts and the babies in cowboy boot booties. but alas, i didn't, but i still think the shots i did shoot are worth sharing...and especially the videos i snapped. do watch, you'll be highly entertained. unless of course, you're from a cowboy town in the wild west, then you'll yawn, but my Alaskan blood reveled in the culture shock. do enjoy, dear, sweet readers. 

think: miss piggy selling dolls + pink junk = amazing.
this was a cowboy band at "The Cowboy Bar". Take notice of the gentleman on the far left playing bass; he's 87 years young (FANTASTIC):

my boss especially wanted me to take a photograph of this horse. man, you should have seen the man selling it; he had made a cowboy hat out of old beer boxes. DANG I'M KICKING MYSELF FOR NOT GOING BACK AND PLAYING TOURIST!!!!!! :

this here video was something i couldn't believe was actually happening in front of my very eyes; a real live stock auction. and the dude was REALLY using his true auctioning voice!! i have NEVER experienced such an amazing thing. i was busting up listening to him speak so fast and everyone just sitting on the bleachers yawning...i was in heaven. my co-workers stood off to the side not really believing i was getting SUCH a hoot outta this. you gotta tell me what you think of this pure genius: 

ever since moving to Rapid, i have been told about this PALACE. a palace named "Pac-Rat Palace". i had an itch to go on saturday and i was determined to find some white cowgirl boots. dude, you wont believe my luck: AS I WAS WALKING IN THE FRONT DOOR, THEY WERE SITTING THERE GLEAMING, WITH A SIGN THAT SAID, "THESE ARE TO BE WORN AND CHERISHED BY DEAR, SWEET, SAMIMI." AND THEY FIT. i couldn't believe it. sigh. i am so lucky. now i have four pairs of cowgirl boots: black, brown, maroon-ish brown and now these hot little babies (jealous?!?!?) :
and this one, this video clip is especially for peef. this couple was tearing it up on the dancefloor, and they didn't even notice me filming the crap out of them. the music the band is playing is an old "german cowboy song" whatever the hell THAT means....enjoy: