Showing posts from September, 2005

To Miami and Back Again

I apologize for the lack of blogging this past week. My laptop gave up the ghost and died on me last Friday. I've been in laptop and blog withdrawal for a week now. Hopefully IT will have the girl up and running by tomorrow, with all files safely intact, so my life can return to obsessively blogging.

The Miami trip was busy and fun. This blog started out as a way for me to share the photos and experiences of trade show life with the folks back home, and I won't disappoint with today's entry. (I hope!)

Highlights of the trip- having a great booth at the show, dinner at Emeril's with Seabreeze (how do you expense a $70 dinner for one with no alcohol included??), the amenities at the hotel (loved my bed and the jazz music), the things co-workers will do and say after hours in the bar, Shaq (as in Shaquille O'Neal) in the booth (see pics below), and more.

(Due to technical difficulties and a crappy hi-speed connection, all other photos will have to be posted tomorrow f…

The Players (in no particular order)

Obviously, I must start with myself. Because I am Wonder Woman!

And then there is Len, giving me the look I frequently get from him, usually followed by the phrase, "You're killing me, McBride." But when I'm forced into honesty, I couldn't have done this last show without his help.

And then we have Blake, devoted Blog follower, in a lovely self-portrait.

Boss Man Mike enjoying his post-dinner cigar.

One of the best parts of this trip was hanging out in the bar with the guys. Charlie was a little stunned to realize I really don't drink alcohol. He protested considerably at first, but then ordered me a $6.50 Shirley Temple. (Behind him Timmy is "smiling" for the camera as well.)

Bienvenidos a Miami

I leave for Miami in approximately 9 hours. Stay tuned for all the fun and excitement trade show life has to offer- set up and install of a 20x30 booth, bring 18 staff in from around the country, arrange f&b for 18 staff, worry about hurricanes in the Gulf, ship 20 something firearms, plus accessories, and the rest of the job.
If anyone cares to check it out, I'll be staying at the Raleigh- . Its a beautiful South Beach (SoBe) boutique hotel on the water. I have my sights on a private cabana, with massage time, and a cabana boy who speaks no english, by 4 pm tomorrow (that gives me plenty of time to go set up the show first, right?). Wish me luck.
Fun pictures and trade show stories coming soon. Ciao y'all.

lost house of the gilmore girls of law and order with arrested development at the crime scene

Against all of my better judgment I watched "House" this week. (Courtesy of TiVo.) And yes, I'm hooked. I loved it. And then I accidentally Tivo'd "Arrested Development." And yes, I'm hooked. A hole may be popping up in my busy TV schedule though if "Gilmore Girls" doesn't start getting better. And I think I can finally rule CSI: Miami out of my schedule. David Caruso just isn't doing it for me. But Christopher Meloni over on L&O:SVU still does. (always has)

But more importantly, let's talk about "Lost." Did anyone else see the "108" painted on the wall in the bunker? All of Hurley's numbers add up to 108! And there was a lady in the painting (thanks tara), AND in the bottom corner a little house with "sick" written next to it. And I think I also saw a little boy in the painting as well. So the painting is also a mural. But it still leaves us with the big question of how and why there is a quar…

my life is better blogged elsewhere

I have had a few random questions about why I haven't been blogging about EVERYTHING everything going on in my life right now. The answer is simple- my life is better blogged elsewhere. Currently over on Tara and Gwen's pages you can read about dinner parties, Marrakesh (Saraina's bday) night, singles activities, girls night and more. They have digital cameras, and therefore, better blogs. So if you want to read more about my social life, check out the guys I talk about, etc., I highly recommend their blogs. In the other events going on these days, I am finally off the Nyquil. It took some serious detox, but I think I have finally kicked the habit. But I will miss the good sleep that it brings. 5 weeks of bronchitis. Fun stuff! I have now passed on my germs to co-workers and friends alike. Everyone gets to share in the fun. And while they are coughing and sneezing, I am getting ready for the big Miami trip. In just 3 more days you will have the joy and privile…

A New Sort of Dilemma

I have a new dilemma before me. One I have never encountered before. I have too much to do. Now, you should be saying to yourself, "Um, EA, you are sort of known for always having too much to do, but doing it anyway." Yes, well, I know that. That is why this dilemma is so unique for me. I recently agreed to an online book club, so I need to finish reading, "Brave New World." Plus with the new Harry Potter movie coming out, I have to go back and re-read books 2 and 3, and watch movie 2. One must be fully up to speed before seeing the movies. (And don't even get me started on how much reading I have to do before "Chronicles of Narnia" comes out!) I have started 3 major knitting projects, and have a 4th in my head I want to do. You can't read and knit at the same time. I've tried. It doesn't work. There is a new Institute of Religion class I want to take on Wednesday nights. But my old class, that I don't want to leave, is …

Erin Meets the Stupid Sales Guy

This is a real conversation held with a clothing catalog company over the phone last week.

Stupid Sales Guy (SSG): We have 3 pairs of pants for you today, Miss McBride. Did you know that today for just $6.95 a month you can get rejuvenating eye cream that will improve appearance and take years off your face? This amazing anti-aging cream sells in stores for over $100. But with your purchase of $6.95 today, plus $15 for shipping and handling...."

Me: No, thank you. I don't need any anti-aging cream.

SSG: Well, maam, we can all use a little something to turn back the years. This miracle cream...

Me: Sir, i have the face of a 14 yr old. I really don't need anti aging cream.

SSG: Well, maam, you may say that now, but its never too soon to start. You will see the effects start immediately.

Me: Trust me, I really don't want anti-aging cream

SSG: (very annoyed with me) Well then today for just $49.95 you can get the sweater on page 46 to go with your charcoal pants.


New links

Just for fun I added a few new links to the sidebar today. Please welcome Smash, Hardy, Steph and Boo, to the blogroll. I didn't ask any of them for permission first though. So do try and be nice to them.

Anne and Frankie

I recently acquired two new roommates. The first one was Anne who replaced Cecily. I had about 2 weeks alone between roommates, and never really thought about all of the changes that would happen when I got a new roommate. Cec was pretty much never around, didn't keep any food in our apartment, and didn't really even have anything (furniture, "stuff", etc) in the place either. I always said living with her was like living alone except that someone else paid half the rent. Living with Anne has been quite the opposite of living with C. Not only did she bring tons of furniture and mountains of boxes, she actually eats here and even works from home occasionally. She is also just as addicted to her laptop as I am. It is not unusual for both of us to sit at the kitchen table and work in silence on our respective computers at the same time. Like I said, she's a great girl. I just wasn't mentally prepared to share my space. So I've needed some adjusting time on t…

Bound for Glory

If you have read my blog much this summer you may have caught on to have few Saturdays I have spent at home. So today was a very exciting Saturday for me because of the lack of a road trip involved. So I took care of lots of personal business today (translation: spent way too much money on personal needs), and decided to do one unique thing for myself. A few days ago I learned about a new exhibit at the Library of Congress, called "Bound for Glory." As soon as I heard about it, I knew I had to go. Here is the description of the exhibit from the website-
Bound for Glory: America in Color is the first major exhibition of the little known color images taken by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information (FSA/OWI). Comprised of seventy digital prints made from color transparencies taken between 1939 and 1943, this exhibition reveals a surprisingly vibrant world that has typically been viewed only through black-and-white images. These vivid sce…

Volunteer work can be fun

A few weeks ago the McLean Stake Mid-Singles sponsored a volunteer service project at the DC Village Family Emergency Homeless Shelter. The families there were living in what appeared to be a converted nursing home. Imagine the typical nursing home bedroom, with hospital bed, small closet, and tiny bathroom, and put a whole family in there. These were humble means to say the least. We were originally scheduled to go up and do some landscaping and paint the playground. But Mother Nature had other plans for us, and we moved inside to escape the rain. I made a last minute trip to Target to grab a few toys to play with, in case we needed to entertain the kids for a while. As you can see from the pictures below, its a good thing I made that quick pitstop. The toys were a huge success. In addition to playing with the kids, we also served lunch (hot dogs and chili brought over from the soup kitchen), and sorted clothing and school supplies.

Braiding hair was a VERY popular past time. Here'…
Look at that sweet little smile! How can you not want kids?!
Tyler made a few little friends that refused to let him go. Literally- held on and refused to let go.
A very riveting game of Chutes and Ladders. Even the older kids played along. Next time we'll remember to bring games the older teenagers can play too.
A lovely time playing games with the kids. Such sweet little angels (till the shaving cream comes out).

Taking the Challenge

A few months ago President Gordon B. Hinckley, the president and prophet of the church I attend, ( challenged all members of the Church to read the entire Book of Mormon by Dec 31, 2005. There are 531 pages in this book. Its in the same sort of type print that a typical Bible comes in. So in other words, tiny little print. So its not just 531 pages. Its 531 pages of tiny print of religious doctrine. I have been attempting off and on to read the Book of Mormon daily, but I'm not very diligent. But I decided tonight to really commit and actually do it. And to force myself to do it, I am blogging it. So I will now periodically give little updates as to my progress, just so I can be held to it. There are roughly 100 days left in the year, which means I have to do roughly 5 pages a day. Tonight I am starting with the Book of Alma, pages 207-213 (Alma chapters 1 and 2). Wish me luck! (And for those of my non-LDS friends trying to figure out why I am starting on pages 207- it…

I Heart Beaches

Nags Head
Eddie, Mattie, Kelli
Seabreeze, Ben, Joy
Queen Elephant Trash Talking
Extreme Ceiling Fan Beach Ball
Serenity Now
Chris, Jaqueline, Jason
Equal numbers? Not possible.
Wind, Sun, Sand, Wind, Sand
Cough syrup is my friend
Stars enough to fill the sky
Not naked midnight skinny dipping
3 am bedtime
North Shore, Dogtown
"You're killing me, Smalls!"
If I did I wouldn't let them ash on my monkeyhead

Prayers for Rebekah and Maggie

I have blogged on this before, but because it is so important to me, I am bringing it back up. If you haven't had a chance to check out Rebekah's website yet, I encourage you too. I have never met this little girl. In fact, I've only known about her maybe 2 weeks now. But her story is so touching, that I can't forget her now. Rebekah is just 3 years old and is suffering from inoperable cancer in her neck and face. At her small young age she is going through radiation and chemo. The blog is maintained by her parents on a daily basis. Read it with a tissue nearby.

From Rebekah's page I learned of another little girl named Maggie. She is also just 3 yrs old and suffering from leukemia. She is in the same hospital (sometimes) with Rebekah. She had a bone marrow transplant a few weeks ago, but her body has rejected it. She doesn't have much time left in this life. Maybe just a few days or weeks. Her website is absolutely heartbreaking. Her parents have…

Things I Love About My Blog

One of my favorite parts about this blog is my statcounter. My other blogging friends have frequently heard me speak of my addiction and praise for the statcounter. It keeps me greatly entertained to see who has been checking in on the blog. Ever since the Great Blog War began with Chris' blog ( I have seen an amazing surge in numbers. My statcounter only shows me my last 100 pageloads, minus anyone checking in from the Beretta server, or Arlington Comcast, so that I don't see my own pageloads. Unfortunately, this also means I don't know when anyone else in Arlington has checked in, and I don't know how often my co-workers are spying on me. (And it has come to my attention that this is a lot more frequently than I expected.) So today I looked at my loads, and I was amazed at some of the hits. So, here in alphabetical order, are the last 100 loads. I feel so loved and internationally popular.

Alexandria Virginia United States

Allen Texas United Sta…