Showing posts from March, 2006

Military Channel :: GI Factory :: Episode Guide

Military Channel :: GI Factory :: Episode Guide
Apparently it is a big TV week for me. From Little Rock to the Military Channel! If you are curious what else my job may entail on occasion, check out the "GI Factory" tonight (Friday) at 8 on the Military Channel. (Don't expect to see me in it though. As far as I know, I stayed on the right side of the camera the whole time.)

well, that's a first

I am getting very excited for the Mason Final Four game on Saturday. (anyone want to go to a sports bar with me to watch it?) The excitement is in the air, and I'm feeling it big time. But today something a little unusual has happened making it that much more fun for me. Not one, but two different readers to the "Single Thought" column wrote in just to say "Go Patriots" to me. And I must admit, that has made my whole day. I think that is just too cute! But then something a little odd happened as well. Someone on LDS LinkUp spotted my profile, recognized me from the column (which isn't mentioned directly in my profile), emailed me (via Linkup) and asked me out. He has, of course, failed to mention his name, which just makes it that much funnier to me. Does he really think I am going to respond to a complete stranger and say, "Yes, I'd love to go out with you sometime. What is your name?" Um, no. Sorry, I do need a slightly better i…

Today's THV KTHV Little Rock

Today's THV KTHV Little Rock

Click on "THVideo" button to see what it is I'm doing out here. And to see Red Arrow (aka Blake) teaching a few gun skills. I do show up in the video briefly- look for the blond hair walk by holding 2 rifles. (and 2 pairs of hearing protection)

Word Association From Little Rock

- complete idiots at show management level

- Bill Clinton nightmares

- Waffle House Biker Dudes

- People need to mind their own business

- SWAT guys

- Blake and the red underarmor

My Blog, My Way

Stupid blogger. I wrote this whole big post ranting about the awful horrible show management today. But then I hit "publish post," and the whole stupid computer crashed. ARGH!!!

More later, after "Idol," when I'll most likely have something completely superficial to say. After all, it's my blog. I can do and say what I want here. If you don't like it, or me, why are you here?

Go Pats, Go Pats, Go Pats!
test test test

i think i'm on a roll here in little rock (thank you collin raye)

I know way too many songs involving the words, "little rock."
"ooh, ooh, Little Rock. Think I'm gonna have to slip you off..." (Reba)

3 am ET- wake up
4 am- depart for BWI
5 am- arrive BWI
6 am- flight is cancelled
7 am- depart on new flight
7:20 am- recognize man in seat next to me- arch enemy.
7:30 am- ask flight attendant for a can, she gives me a cup instead
7:35 am- man in seat in front of me suddenly reclines his chair, causing my drink to spill in my lap.
7:36 am- every bad word i know goes through my head. go to lav, clean up, and scrounge for a blanket in front of whole plane looking like i've peed my pants.
8 am CT- arrive Memphis- pants still wet
8:01 am- i've missed connecting flight, must sit around for 2.5 hours. scrounge around airport for sweatpants or something. no luck. pants no longer look like i've peed them, but i'm still cold and wet on the inside. give up and read. and book plane tickets. and order 500 t-shirts. and call d…

If You Believe in Yourself . . .


"Biggest upset in NCAA history!" Yeah Baby!

so far, so good

down 2.5 lbs. run/walked at least 1.5 miles each day. have done so many sit ups and sitting on big ball thing that my bum is sore. friday's caffeine intake- 2 diet cokes. counteracted by 6 glasses of water. on way to gym.
won't get hopes up that a 2.5 lbs loss means anything. have always been able to lose 5 lbs without effort. it's the other 15 i will struggle with.

Colin Firth, Duck Beach, Vegan Diet- it all comes together now

For years now I have slowly threatened to completely turn into Bridget Jones. As of today, I officially give up the fight and just allow the inevitable to happen. From alternating crushes on Colin Firth and Hugh Grant to her trademark absentmindedness and clumsiness, I have slowly evolved into Bridget. (By the way, this would be the Bridget from the books, not her movies. Although, I am also considerably like Movie Bridget as well.) I was about to make the following blog post when I realized that I have become Bridget (sans the "fags.") I now completely acknowledge and proceed forward anyway.

The contract on the beach house is complete and the deposit is in the mail. Which basically means I am officially on a weight loss regimen. Diet City here we come. In order to keep myself dedicated I will be posting my progress here (a la Bridget). Today is kickoff day which means only water and fresh fruits and vegetables. I'm not going vegan, just healthier than my usual burger an…

All My Favorite TV Shows Online

AOL Television: In2TV: Upgrade

If you are so blessed as to have Windows XP, you can also watch Wonder Woman, V, Mr Kotter, and more on your computer.
Sadly, I don't have XP. Stinkin' stupid laptop.

Did Anyone Else Just Fall in Love?

I love Chris Daughtry. There, I've said it. How did it take me 6 weeks of American Idol to just now notice this guy? He took the biggest chance ever tonight on "Walk the Line," but oh my... There's steam rising up off my television set. There is definately something about rockers.
I need to go take a cold shower.

Go Patriots!

Overnight Success, Instant Changes at George Mason

Oh and let's not forget that other important little detail- my alma mater making into the Sweet Sixteen! Yeah Baby!

Mork from Ork Lied

TV has lied to us again. As children we were lead to believe that on the planet Ork, babies were hatched out of giant shells and started out bigger than their parents. Eventually they shrank and apparently became hairy like Robin Williams. But I’m here to tell you this is impossible. This civilization never could have survived if the children were bigger than their parents. The only leverage parents really have over their children is size. And trust me, size matters.

I've been "house-sitting" for my parents this past week. The house comes complete with two dogs, (one in heat,) and 2 teenage siblings. To be perfectly honest an experience like this is enough for my tubes to tie themselves. I've determined that the only reason parenting works is because the parents start out bigger. Size and the ability to forcibly train and brainwash children makes a huge difference. Cause let me tell you, right now I have nothing on these kids. They are bigger than me- tal…

Happy Erin's Independence Day

A few weeks ago I realized I was about to have an anniversary of sorts for myself. It is the anniversary of the end of a period of my life that most people will never truly understand or even know much about. It was the day I got out of an abusive relationship. It unfortunately also coincides with the anniversary of the death of a good friend of mine, and as a result it is hard for me to seperate the two events in my head. I wonder what my friend would have said to me or thought of me if he had ever seen me in an abusive relationship. I wonder if I would have ended up in that same situation if my friend hadn't died.
But this isn't meant to be a sad blog post today. It is a happy one. It has been two years since I got out, made changes, and moved on. It is my personal Independence Day, and I couldn't be happier. Last year when I marked just one year out, I was still shaky and scared that I could lose it all again. Now I know how to stand on my own two feet and kn…

i've heard that's hard for a guy (like it's not for a girl)

Funniest conversation this week-

Male: Growing up in the Church, we were taught that girls barely like the physical stuff. Kissing, making out, etc. They just barely put up with it. And we were given the talks of "Men are like microwaves, women are like crock pots." What I have found in the last year, and my friend in the last four years is that Mormon women are AGGRESSIVE.

Female: Some- not all- the ones that are not aggressive, are sitting at home knitting something

Male: Ok, the age group I've been dating has been. I've been mauled. I've had to tell the girl, "WHOA, back down."

Female: Poor guy. (rolling her eyes in mock sympathy)

Male: That's hard for a guy.

Female: So I've heard.

Male: I (we?) are at that time in life when both mentally, physically and psychologically, we have a deep need for that fulfillment.

Female: I'm pretty sure when the chastity commandment was handed down, no one ever expected people to make it to 30 yrs old and sti…

these irish eyes are not smiling

Its that time again- time for Erin's rants on men to begin. I've been debating posting anything on this subject because I'm not sure if any of the men in question read this or not. But today I realized that I don't care. They obviously don't know my side of things, and it probably couldn't hurt for them to find out. There are four guys worth mentioning right now.

We'll call the first one Cougar (which has nothing to do with anything other than I'm looking at a college logo on my desk right now). Cougar and I met online and had several great conversations, at pretty predictable times of the day. Without having actually met him, I was really starting to like him, and I had every reason to think it was mutual. And then he disappeared. Poof! Vanish! Gone! I waited an appropriate amount of time before sending an email to hopefully spur our conversations back on. Nothing. Days turn to weeks, weeks turn to a month, and NOTHING. No contact, no explanation, nothi…

As Luck Would Have It, Bishops Allow Meat on St. Patrick's Day

As Luck Would Have It, Bishops Allow Meat on St. Patrick's Day
Despite the Vatican's prohibition against eating meat on Fridays during Lent, Catholic bishops in about one-third of the country's 197 dioceses have issued a one-day waiver of the rule, citing the benefits of Irish American tradition and community. After all, what do you wash down with green beer if not corned beef and cabbage?
Not to be left behind, the Mormon Church Bishops have lifted its ban on drinking beer in honor of St Patrick's Day for all those of Irish descent. "Finally, a chance to sin and not get in trouble," Patrick McBride said after hearing the news.

Celebritology- My Newest Weakness

I have a new addiction. Love it!

From HBO, a 'Big' Distortion

From HBO, a 'Big' Distortion

Thank you Steve Hovey, whoever you are.

I believe in Politics and the Achenblog

NPR : I Believe In Politics


Every day I anxiously await my lunch break so I can peruse all of my friends' blogs and wait for the next edition of the Achenblog to pop up. I am convinced that Joel Achenbach is the next Dave Barry. This post is one of my current favorites. Not because it is all that funny, even though it is funny. (Hey Sherpa- does the 'dueling banjos' on backroads sound familiar?) But because I like the NPR article he's talking about.

Expect to start seeing a lot more political posts from me. I have kept away from posting too many political rants on here knowing that my views are very different from many of my friends'. And the fact that I didn't want to alienate 68% of my readers. (Yes, I did the math. I don't know who 68% of my page hits are coming from.) But then I woke up and realized, "This is my blog. I can say whatever I want."

Friends, if you agree or disagree, you are always welcome to state your opinions. Just keep…

pictures found on my computer

I was cleaning up the personal files on my work computer today and found the following fun pictures. Just had to share.

I'm too sexy for my car. (But we all knew that already.)

Hanging out with Little G Money last month. (Sorry it took so long to find and post G!)

Two girls who will be happily keeping all of their hair. For more info on what that means, please visit Le Ruby G's blog.
(This picture is not sideways. It is how I was holding the camera when I took the picture. )

HBO sucks - Local Politics: Mormon Mitt not �Big� on HBO polygamist series

HBO has brought us some decent programming. It is no secret that I am a huge "Sex and the City" fan (the edited, cleaned-up versions on WB and TBS). I have never seen the "Sopranos" but I hear people like it. However, I can't believe they have stooped so low as to create this new series, "Big Love." It just makes me mad that they are calling up old stereotypes on something so many of us have worked so hard to shed. They have made no attempt to make the situation even close to accurate. A real polygamist family wouldn't be found living so close to mainstream, probably wouldn't be anywhere near as attractive, and most likely would live in either rural Utah or Colorado. But not hanging out in the SLC suburbs. It all just makes me mad. Why can't someone do a real movie/series/something on Mormons that is actually somewhat indicative of who we really are??
All I can…

Always Think Twice

From Russia, a Royal Infatuation That Misses Its Mark

Note to self: next time check to see which country my beloved lives in before sending a love letter. Sheesh! What was I thinking??

Vote for ? 2008 :: Polls

Its never too soon to start thinking about who you want to see run for President in 2008. In fact, the earlier on you show your support, the better the chance of your candidate getting the nomination. Here's a link to a poll for the GOP race for the nomination.

rambling- give me a sec, i deserve it

I deserve to complain for a minute. Trust me. I'm sure half of Northern Virginia is suffering from severe allergies this week thanks to everything under the sun blooming at once. And while I've had some allergies in my life, I've had nothing like this ever before. I am severely congested, eyes watery, sneezing more than usual (which for anyone who has been in a room with me knows is a LOT of sneezing), and the worst sore throat ever. And then to add insult to injury, the allergy medicine I was taking was messing with my stomach, and causing me to have flu-like symptoms as well. I'm tough. I can handle it. Except that all of Arlington County lost water yesterday (and a lot of today). You try throwing up repeatedly without running water. Its not a pretty experience. Its all so bad that I've broken a blood vessel in my left eye. Who knows what it was that made that happen, but there it is, looking all nasty. Thankfully our water is back on today, except t…

Out of the Darkness

Out of the Darkness
Maybe it is because I am sick and miserable today, and Arlington County has no water, that I am feeling extra irritable. (You try having the flu when there's no running water!) But this article has me feeling very critical. I think most of you know that Romania is very near and dear to me, and that I have several close Romanian friends. A good portion of this article and accompanying video is based on a family in Targu Mures, not too far from where I stayed in RO. Transylvania is where I worked and stayed during my time there, so reading an article that actually does a decent job of relating the life there, meant a lot to me.

Except that I don't agree fully with the article. It didn't go far enough. And it certainly didn't finish explaining the story. One of my dearest friends returned to RO over Christmas to see her family after a 1.5 year absence, and told me the following. She was heart broken over the poverty happening in her town and family. Beca…


I'm sick again! Why???? I thought it was just going to be allergies, but no! Its full-blown flu symptoms- AGAIN.

Starting to Grow On Me

One of the perks of going on the hotel lottery tour are the gifts you get. I got a great fleece from Boston PD, a rubber ducky, a filofax, more hotel pens than I can count, and one Boston Red Sox hat. This town is finally starting to grow on me!

Highlights from Boston

The police escort was a definate highlight of the trip. Except for the following incident...

Let's just say, NEVER insult the Red Sox. (Beautiful Johnny Damien was the only reason to watch them before!)

The Boston Creme Pie (check out the Boston skyline cookie) was worth the trip though. (So was the chowder.)
After touring 17 hotels plus special venues, it is easy to forget why you took certain pictures. I have no idea why I took this one. No idea at all.
Some parts of the tour I could live without. Such as the live music at the Hilton. Please note the middle aged man in the double breasted suit singing patriotic hymns with an accordian accompianist. Trust me, NOT a selling point.

Boston Day 2

Eight hotel inspections in one day. I am officially exhausted. And we still have dinner at Top of the Hub tonight. All I can say is thank heavens for turndown service and housekeeping. I need it today.
Kinda wish I was home for the Thursday Night Dinner Club though. Someone have fun for me.

Ooh- but I will have good pictures to post after dinner tonight.

one other lesson learned in boston, okay maybe two

Down mattresses, blankets, and pillows may be absolutely divine to sleep on, but can cause complete misery if you discover you are allergic to them. In spite of the most comfortable bed I have ever enjoyed last night, I also had the worst night of sleep in recent memory. So tonight I am surrendering to the sweet side effects of Benadryl and hopefully sleeping in a state nearing unconsciousness. (I am sure the hotel would provide different bedding if I requested it. But please note, in spite of my overwhelming sinus pain, headache, and fever every time I enter my suite, I still think this is the most divine bed I have ever slept on. I'd rather take Benadryl than give up this perfection.)

One other lesson learned today- Boston is rather fanatic about their baseball. I understand hoping that maybe the Red Sox will defeat all odds and curses and go to the World Series again, but let's be real. THEY WON'T. But that doesn't change the fact that Fenway Park will turn down a we…

Boston- Day 1.5

I'm in Boston thoroughly enjoying the IACP Hotel Lottery Tour, also known as the Biggest Boondoggle Ever. The IACP conference is a huge trade show my company attends every year. The actual show isn't until October, but the work starts now. This week we are the guests of the Greater Boston Visitors Bureau and are touring all of the hotels available to us. Seventeen hotels, plus "special event venues" in 2.5 days. Last night kicked it off with a fancy reception at the Convention Center and dinner in Fanueil Hall. I had clam chowder at the oldest restaurant in the US. Boston Clam Chowder really is better than all other chowders. Today we toured six hotels and we still have the Hampshire House to get to for a reception. I'm exhausted! And so stuffed full of food I can't even imagine eating more at the reception tonight. They started us off with a wonderful breakfast, and then we got cookies at two different Doubletrees (including one that specializes i…

Naturally Seductive?

Your Seduction Style: The NaturalYou don't really try to seduce people... it just seems to happen.
Fun loving and free spirited, you bring out the inner child in people.
You are spontaneous, sincere, and unpretentious - a hard combo to find!
People drop their guard around you, and find themselves falling fast." What Is Your Seduction Style?

Treehouse Camping

The Treehouse Camp, Gapland, Maryland

I'm so happy. The time has finally come for me to spend some quality time with my camping gear again. I have missed it so! And I get to fulfill a little childhood dream and camp in a treehouse! What could be cooler?!?!

Sidenote: I'm off to Boston for 4 days tomorrow. Be back on Friday. May or may not have time to post while I am gone. Next week I have a trade show in Arlington, so I'll be treating it like I'm on the road. (And then I'm going treehouse camping.) The following week I'm going to be home- sort of. I'll be "hanging out" with my baby sister, who refuses to let me call it babysitting. And then the next week I'll be in Little Rock. The week after that I will be in Ft Bragg. And then I will need to take a nap. Such is the life of a frequent flyer miles queen.

Good on Paper...

The past few weeks have brought several new guys in to my little world. (I'd venture to say too many guys, but really, that would be a lie. You can never have too many guys.) So I've been thinking about something I call "Good on Paper Guys." These are the guys that if you were to pick a boyfriend solely based on his dating resume would make it to your short stack and called in for an interview. I've met several of these guys recently. They look great on paper, particularly if they are required to attach a photo. But then you meet them... Some continue to be great, some let you know that they believe themselves to be great on paper, and others remind you that anyone can pad a resume. Which is why the interview is so important, right? And why we don't allow our mothers to arrange our marriages.
One particular new friend really qualifies as "Good on Paper" (hereby to be called "GOP men.") He has a good job, interesting career, nice home, nice … - Fugitive dad leaves sick son on dialysis - Mar 3, 2006 - Fugitive dad leaves sick son on dialysis - Mar 3, 2006
I hope this man burns in hell. Or dies from injuries in a horrible car accident because of indecent medical care in a sub-par Mexican hospital. He deserves nothing more.