Monday, November 21, 2011

in the navy.

Jeremiah officially graduated from Navy bootcamp on Friday.
It was all very official and ceremonial; they all looked very sharp and austere... do you see him?

He only had a few hours of liberty... so we attempted to party it up as much as possible.
(mostly at the Sprint store trying to set up a new phone and at the airport... exciting, I know)

 Proud of that kid....

Sunday, November 13, 2011


My last month in a flashback.

1. Wedding in Kansas City.

2. Got a car.
"Schwaat?! Layla got a car?!" (you may be thinking)
"Yes, yes I did blogperson" (what I'm probably thinking back at you)
 sidenote: yes, we did just communicate telepathically.
      (car is not pictured... mostly because I had not deemed in necessary to have a picture of my car)

3. Saw my dad.

Dad was taking the picture, but here are his dashing children.
 4. Went to Iowa City.

5. Twice.

Also, this weekend is my magical adventure to Chicago for Jeremiah's graduation. I get to see Jeremiah (who I have not seen in two months), eat Persian food, and go to Ikea... the perfect storm... of greatness, that is.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

happy things.

This is the part of the blog where I tell you fun and happy things in my life. Because we all need some excitement, right?

FIRST off, I got my first letter from Jeremiah today! It was incredibly short, and most of it was government issued official paperwork about what to expect out of my navy recruit... blah... blah. But there was a very short handwritten paragraph on the back of it all. That made it worth it.

AND I've had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time with my sister, brother-in-law, and their wonderful little boys. It has been good for me, and a lot of fun. I've learned that the insult of choice amongst 4 year olds is "chicken nugget head". If you've learned nothing else from this blog, you at least now know how to stay hip and relevant in verbal combat.
Here are those little boys and my, not so little, little brother showing off their sweet mohawks.

AND not only are they for reals going to produce the Arrested Development movie, but also like nine or ten episodes to preface it. No bigs deals.

ALSO, friends. I mean "friends" in a lot of ways... I'm hoping to set aside specific time to visit those close friends, skype date with Lauren tomorrow night, and I've met a few people at church here.  Friendship will ensue, and fun will be had by all... or at least me.

So there you have it. Life can be tough, but there are a few gems...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

i'm begging, darling please...

Some days I wish I could wear this. Maybe in sticker or pin form? Haha....

It honestly doesn't bother me when people do... although it drew far too much attention on the first day of school. For years. A difficult last name combined with a song title.... talk about anxiety for this Layla.

Friday, September 16, 2011

vague and brief.

Yes. I'm not doing a very good job at this blogging thing.
No. I cannot promise that it will get better... but I shall try.

I suppose life has been a bit strenuous... and bustling right on by. A lot has happened, and yet I feel like I am lingering in a phase in life that I'm ready to be done with. Being an adult (and all that it entails) can be arduous... and trusting that it is all a part of God's wonderful plan for me can be... challenging? Sure. I don't know. I like to have life planned out and organized, and right now it is all hazy. Like a fog.
But I believe life will get better, and plans will become clearer... I just need to be patient.

So in a very vague and brief sort of way you have an update. Hah.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Sometimes I really miss my friends. And by sometimes I mean most all of the time.
I just miss having a social life, you know... random trips to Kalona or Des Moines, going to the dollar theater, garage sale-ing, making dinner together.... fellowship.

I miss Iowa City, and I miss Ames.

So this is how I handle it all...
Well not really all the time, hah.
Moral of the story (my life)? I am going to try my hardest to visit friends, soon.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

indubitably part II.

Remember my last post? Yes, my very last post.
Well this is exactly how I feel about my in-flight beverage choice. Every time. Without fail.
Oh the oatmeal... you've got me again.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Sometimes I find things on the internet that describe me. 

Yeah, it just got real.

Monday, July 11, 2011

if you give a layla an avocado....

... she will make salsa with it.
Or more like she will go to Target and buy seemingly arbitrary (okay, not really) ingredients to toss in a bowl with said avocado.
But it will taste delicious.

So what's in it? You may ask....
-a couple avocados
-lime and cilantro rotel
-diced tomatoes with peppers
-lime juice
-black beans

Maybe I will post more on my culinary adventures......

Saturday, June 25, 2011

native american ritual dancing wildness.

errr... not really.

But as a result of my new job I have found myself with feathered hair for the last few weeks. And by feathered I don't mean crazy eighties wildness... I literally mean I have feathers affixed to my hair.


Don't judge me. 

Also, you want to know what Raleigh and I do when we hang out?

mustache cat. 

Yeah, he probably thinks I need a better hobby. Oh well.... 

Monday, June 20, 2011

brothers. part deux.

Remember how I told you about my brothers a couple months ago?
(if not feel free to check it out)

One benefit I have discovered about moving back home is that I have had the opportunity to spend more time with said brothers, which has been quite nice. Some highlights of sibling bonding?
I was able to take Matthew to go get that driving permit I was telling you about. After the acquisition of his driving privileges we went out for a "celebration slushie"... no bigs deals.
slushie, driving permit, and itouch...
oh the life of a fourteen year old. 

Bijan and I have taken a few adventures... all over the state of Iowa, in fact (what we will do for our Apple products... psshht).
We all three got together and took some pictures together before Matthew flew off to Florida for the summer. Check out how good looking we are....


We like to have fun. And pick on Matthew.


In summation, it's been a sweet time to get to spend with my brothers.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

white screen of death.

Apparently that is the slang term of the illness that plagued my computer last weekend.

Technically my hard drive went into some catastrophic physical failure.

In "layla terms" (yeah, that's a real thing) it was a plague named "dang, layla really should have backed up her files before her computer forgot they ever existed" or maybe "layla's hard drive tried to run away, but it forgot that it was tightly enclosed in a plastic case"... I could go on... really. I've been thinking about it all week.

Alas, the Apple Genius who shall remain nameless (mostly because I forgot his name) brought my computer back to life; charging a nominal fee, and unable to recover my files. But it is back to life, never the less. So that's good, right?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

kite flying.

Have I ever told you that I love flying kites?
Because I do.

Maybe it's because kite flying is invariably associated with beautiful weather in my mind. And I love beautiful weather.

Here are some of my favorite people flying kites....

So there you have it. I'm a sucker for going on a kite adventure. Also, Batman inspired kites.

Today is a prime kite flying day. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

a lapse in blogging.

Well hello there friends.

Sorry there has been an absence of my blogging presence, it's been a long and rough month.
Quick run through? 

Well for starters I've moved back home for the time being. It was a difficult decision to make, but I suppose I need to be all grown up and stuff. It'll be a good change to spend more time with my family, and I'll be saving moneys. So yeah, grown up. I've been working a lot. So yeah, grown up again. Look at me being all responsible. hah. So my friends, I ask that you would be praying for me? Transitions are not always fun.

The last Salt Company of the school year was last Wednesday. How wild is that?! I cannot believe that year one is now over, and it was a rewarding year. It was challenging at times, but I've made some wonderful friends. Said friends make this move home oh so difficult. But! Fear not, I now have a car that I am able to use... so both my Iowa City and Ames friends will be seeing more of my face than anticipated.

What's next? Summer summer summer! It feels like it's finally coming! I am ready for sun, I'm over rain.

That is my last month in a very small nutshell. If you want a more in-depth review, let's skype, write letters, or something... and be friends.

Thursday, March 31, 2011


I suppose I've always been slightly partial to the month of April, not only because it contains my birthday but because it always starts to warm up and really feel like spring (and I hate the cold, so any heat is welcome heat... even if it is rainy).


There are some things that I'm very excited about this years version of April... so here it goes... in no particular order....
-VEISHEA/birthday shenanigans. Where I will get to see Lauren, play bingo, see some sweet shows, and have a birthday party slumber party! What more could one want out of a weekend?! Last year's VEISHEA was memorable... but this year's is going to be pretty fantastic.
- Anthem is also happening soon, and it's going to be neat. You should go. I wasn't able to go to Anthem last semester (darned appendix), so I'm excited to be able to go this time around.
- Mission Creek drifted into the month of April, so it kind of counts? Right? Sure. The Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps show ended up making for a wonderful evening. And Joel McHale would have been pretty entertaining. Except for tickets sold out. Lame.
- Figuring out where exactly God wants me for the next few months of my life. Which is hard, but good. I know that it's a little vague, but could you be praying for me in that?

So yes. There it is.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

david bazan.

Last Friday I had the opportunity to see David Bazan at Tony and Alicia Streeter's home, right here in Iowa City. It was like a bunch of children sitting around listening to a story; we all sat, huddled around listening to him play for an hour and a half. I really enjoyed it. He was really quite personable, friendly, and open to conversation.
 After the show we repeatedly tried to sneak in a conversation or a picture. But everyone else was more committed, therefore it didn't really happen... this was as close as we got...
 And as we would move in closer (so as to hint that we wanted to visit with him too) those talking to him would huddle in even closer. But we had fun with it... haha... here we are with David Bazan.
It was a really enjoyable evening, and '17 year-old Layla' would be oh so proud of me.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Two blog posts in one day?! Why yes. I feel as though I've been slacking for the entire month of March. So here you go friends.

While everyone was off in far away lands for spring break, I was doing this:
No, not taking pictures of myself... knitting! I learned how to purl, so that was neat.

(Sorry, I don't like taking pictures of myself... therefore avoided directly looking at the camera. Typical.)


Grace is one of the most fascinating aspects of a relationship with God; it is so profoundly simple, yet such a huge concept to really grasp. We are constantly tempted to resist grace. God sees this resistance in us, and gives us more grace; "where sin increased, grace abounded all the more" (Romans 5:20). In a world where everything is so conditional and unpredictable God gives us an unconditional constant, which is all the more reason why it is so difficult to grasp... there is no comparison, no other culture or religion offers such an unwavering love.

God loves without logical justification.

On a similar note. Cale was baptized earlier this month, and it was awesome! 

Monday, February 28, 2011

the loss of a car.

I really enjoy living in Iowa City, I really do. But there are a couple areas in which I feel like Iowa City could take some advice from Ames, and one of those areas is the bus system (which I will be forced into using due to the death of the Alero... but I have yet to try....).

Reasons why Cyride is far superior to the Iowa City "bus system":
1. The Iowa City area feels the need to have 3 separate bus lines, whereas Ames neatly creates one efficient one.
2. Cyride is free. Who really wants to spend $80 a semester to ride the bus?
3. I watched a Cambus driver pull a 7-point u-turn in the middle of the Iowa St. bridge.
4. I also watched a Coralville transit bus have some issues in front of the English building. It was stopped, straddling both lanes. As a result I had to put the 'lero in off road mode and drive partially up on the curb, following suit of the minivan in front of me.
5. I also watched another Cambus driver sit at a green light, until it turned red... then green... then it went.

Need I say more about those crazies?

Friday, February 25, 2011


I have two of them.

We've spent entire summers together, attacking each other while riding large plastic whales and long car rides up the coasts and through deserts. Bijan and I have spent the school years filled with chores, almost being late to school, and too much hair gel. Now he's a manager at Staple's, all grown up. Matthew is quite a bit younger, we watched a lot of Veggietales and he just got away with being cute... and now he's almost old enough to get behind the wheel (not by himself, of course... he's not that old yet!) and about to embark on high school. Crazy. And scary. hah.

 We've grown up together, so naturally we've gone through not liking each other so much... but in the end we do love each other, and I'm so blessed to have them around.

We're also silly. 

ps. This is one of the funnier conversations between my brothers. 
      context: living room, roughly 3/4 years ago
      action: Matthew punched Bijan
      Bijan: "If you do that one more time I'm going to punch you right in the ovaries."
      Matthew: "You don't even know where my ovaries are!"

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

valentines day.

I've never minded valentines day. I always felt like it was a good excuse to eat chocolate (not that I need or use an excuse to do so... ). This year some friends and I celebrated together, and it was quite the success. We dressed classy, had a classy dinner, went to open mic at The Mill, had classy strawberry champagne, and watched Bravo. haha. All in all a pretty fantastically classy evening. It was also super fun. If you don't believe me, check this out....
Yeah. We're classy AND fun. And awkward. But we are awesome.

I loves my friends.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands."
-Isaiah 55:12

"If I am alive this time next year,
will I have arrived in time to share?
And mine is about as good this far.
And I'm still applied to what you are.
And I am joining all my thoughts to You.
And I'm preparing every part for You.

And I heard from the trees a great parade.
And I heard from the hills a band was made.
And will I be invited to the sound?
And will I be a part of what you've made?
And I am throwing all my thoughts away.
And I'm destroying every bet I've made.
And I am joining all my thoughts to You.
And I'm preparing every part for You."
-Sufjan Stevens

love. love. love. love. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

here we go...

Hey there... hey.
Introductions can be painfully awkward. So let's just skip all that nonsense, okay? Okay.

I'm just going to leave you with this picture. It's from pretty much the greatest day of my life. 

I wish every day was flood day.