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In no particular order- things making me happy at this exact moment

*my girls camp YCL's are making"pink is the new girls camp" t-shirts for me.
*i got the lyrics to the "oakton ward" version of "a boy and a girl in a little canoe"- (thanks to my oakton ward lurker- i knew you were out there!)
*a sunset drive down the GW parkway in my new car* yeah baby*
*the mcd's drive thru guy hitting on me- did he really think he had a chance?
*in just 3 short days i will be hyping my nephews up on candy
*totally unnecessary flirting with an old flame
*realizations of greater powers in my life

I don't want to sip cider through a straw ever again

In just two short weeks I will be at Girls Camp corrupting the minds of the innocent young ladies trapped in the woods with me. This year I have a mere ten third level girls, as compared to last years' 23 4th year girls. One of the highlights for me this year is that some of my girls from last year are returning to be YCL's (Youth Camp Leaders for those of you not in the know). Which means, if nothing else, I'll know 3 of the 15 names I'm expected to learn.
I have a favor to ask of the blogging world. Please save me from 15 rounds of Sippin Cider. (True, I do plan to sip some cider in the near future, but not while I'm at camp) I need new camp songs. I need a refresher course in all songs sung in the woods. The only ones I know are Sippin Cider and Trippin Billies. And somehow I don't think Trippin Billies will go over well at girls camp. So if you have a great, cute, and catchy song I can teach the girls (after all, it is one of our "requirement…

Can I get a hoo-ha Tuesday?

So freaking happy! On a complete whim I checked plane tickets one last time today, just on the off chance I could get a ticket to Utah next week. The frequent flyer gods have been punishing me and not giving me what I want for the last 2 months. But I checked one last time today and I'm going to visit my sister!! YEAH!!! WOO-HOO!! I get to spoil nephews and everything!! I can't wait!

Tonight I sat down to re-do the budget (hello car payment and new rent) and schedule out July. Holy Cow! How did I get so busy in July already? Next week I'm in Utah, followed by a big singles activity the next day. I'm home for 3 days, working serious overtime, and then off to Girls Camp for 3 days (yeah!! i heart GC!). Home for 1 day. Off to National Range Day in Philly (work thing). Home for a week. Off camping for a weekend. Home for a week. Off to go white water rafting with the cousins for a weekend. Home for a week. Off to a family reunion. Home for a week. Do y…

The Lord Told Noah There's Going to be a Floody Floody

Like everyone else in the DC area all I can talk about right now is the weather. In case you are one of the readers on this site not *enjoying* our 40 days and 40 nights, and/or are not yet tired of the weather stories, here's mine.

I spent my Sunday afternoon at my parents house in Fredericsburg. I left Fredericksburg at 9:34 p.m. (As noted by the time I started making phone calls on my blackberry.) Thinking that the rain would probably cause some slow traffic, I was prepared with a list of phone calls to make, in cross country time zone order, just in case. It is 54.5 miles from my parents' house to my apartment, and usually takes me about 1 hr 10 mins to make the trip. I do it most Sundays. No big deal, right?

I was in my fourth phone call of the night (having made it to the "pacific time zone calls") when I was starting to realize that I was *still* driving, and yet, not that close to home. I wasn't even to the Beltway yet, and I had been driving over an…

Change, change, and more change

There are two distinct sides to me. I love change. I love dynamic activity, constant motion, never sitting still, lots of variables. But, on the other hand, I hate change. I don't like change I can't control or decide on. I don't like it when things outside of my control change. I like control and I like change. And lately there have been a lot of changes. There have been changes within my family, changes to my friends, changes in my work responsibilities, changes at home, etc. All things outside of my control. Some are good changes, some are negative. But changes nonetheless.
Some of the changes I welcome- I'm moving soon, I've got a new car, new roommates in the new house. I'm excited for some of these changes. But there's so many changes happening at once right now (add to the list, no more column, new part time job), that I feel like I'm sinking. There's this wierd feeling to realize that by the end of the summer, my life will barel…

The Caldwell Chicks and Cali's Big Day

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Friday was my travel home day- by way of Palm Bay, FL. If I am in FL, obviously I have to make a trip to visit the Caldwell Chicks (and their big, sweaty daddy). So in our usual fashion, we did lunch and went shopping. Here's some fun lunch pictures!



This is the picture that also explains why the waiter assumed I was Cali's mom.









But there is never any question as to who Andi's mommy is! (There will never be a picture of Andi snuggling with me- it generally takes her about 3 days to warm up to me. We did make progress on this trip- she hugged me when I left!)









During lunch Cali mentioned her tooth was a bit wiggly. She demonstrated it, but we saw little evidence that the tooth fairy needed to visit the bank. In fact, in this picture you can't tell that there's anything wrong with her teeth at all... (Cali smiles like the best of us as children, and it's rather difficult to find a picture with her lower teeth in it!)












Shortly after we took this picture, she …

3 words for you- Wonder Woman UnderRoos

Please pardon me as I go twirl into something more comfortable...

It's Wednesday so I must be in Tampa

Today I am in Tampa, FL, at a SOCOM trade show. It's an interesting change of pace from a law enforcement show. At LE shows all the guys are trying to be more manly than the last guy and are all there to let me know they know more than me. But military shows tend to be a bit more humble (which I wasn't expecting at a Special Ops show). These guys are mostly officers and aren't afraid to admit they haven't held a pistol since they qual'd on it twenty years ago. (Enlisted guys are a different story for a different day.) Anyway, my point? It's nice to be at a show where the person on the other side of the table actually listens to what you have to say. And when they call me "Ma'am" I don't feel like it was condescending (usually).

But back to our regularly scheduled Erin's rants and thoughts on life...

By the time most of you read this it will be Thursday. And Thursday is the last day of "A Single Thought by Erin and Juli."…

You know you've reached the high life when...

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... there's a mini plasma TV in your bathroom.
Last night was an absolute blast. I convinced Co-Worker Chris to go with me to Jelly Rolls, one of my absolute most favorite places on Earth. It's a dueling piano sing-along bar that I was once a regular fixture at. Ten beers (Chris), 6 Diet Cokes (me), 1 Sprite (also me), 2 baskets of popcorn, and 6 song requests later, a good time was had. (a little over $100 between the two of us) I "sang alonged" my heart out (showing Chris the "real" Erin- something that rarely occurs on company business), and surprisingly didn't make my voice any worse than it already was.
Now I'm in Tampa at a SOCOM event. Four more days of shows and hotels! Yee-haw.

O-Town

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I'm still pretty exhausted and fighting off this virus. (The virus that isn't SARS, lung cancer, bronchitis or pneumonia.) After Paint the Town Red, I got home at 1:45 a.m., and still had to pack, clean my room, etc., all before my 6:05 a.m. flight. Already completely exhausted from the festitivities on Saturday, I managed to get about 1 hour of sleep before my flight to Florida.

So with no sleep and a lovely hacking cough, I'm in Orlando for a few days attending the National Sheriffs Association Annual Meeting. So far it's just another show. We're just working and doing our thing. It is interesting being back in Orlando as a tourist/visitor and not as a resident. I'm staying at the Peabody on I-Drive, which is a fun little experience. Tonight Chris (co-worker) and I are off to my favorite bar in the whole world, "Jelly Rolls." It's a dueling piano sing along bar on the Disney Boardwalk. You ain't seen nothing till you've seen dru…

My Favorite Pic From Orlando Thus Far

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I love their slogan and their spelling mistakes. You may need to enlarge this to figure out why.

And the crowd goes wild- PAINT THE TOWN RED DAY!!

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Saturday, June 17- Paint the Town Red Day- We've been planning this day for about 1.5 months now. It was our first big "Mid-Singles" activity for McLean Stake (non-Mormon readers- this translates to "big singles activity for my local congregation and region"). We put a ton of work into this. (We being mostly Brenda and me, with tons of help from Jeremy, Jen, Steph, Staci, John, Gavin, Kara, and more.)

The schedule went as follows- 9 am- Temple Session, 11:30- lunch at Red Sage Grill, 1:20 pm- Nats. v Yankees game, 8pm- Rooftop Party. I don't have pictures from the temple or lunch, but keep on scrolling down for lots of pictures from the game and the party. We had a GREAT turnout at all events, and we are VERY happy with the final result. We had catering by Red Hot and Blue (and I still can't believe there were leftovers- the food was delicious!), music a la Stephanie, and oh yeah, we rented out the club-penthouse of one of the tallest buildings in…

Go Nats Go!!!

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I love Gwen's pink Nats hat! I gotta get me one of those! Did you know we (we being the Nats) beat the Yankees? Including one grand slam??
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You can take them out to the ballgame, but you can't make them put their cell phones away!

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Jeremy on the cell...

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Check out that sold out stadium behind him!

Paint the Town Red- The Rooftop Party!

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Woo-hoo! Work it Eddie!

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Hey, it's my blog, I'll post funny pictures of me!

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The type of scene every event planner wants to see- lots of happy people!

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Lots of self-portraits- some with me in them, some with me mostly in them!

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Lots of People!
















Lots of fun!












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A few little changes here and there

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Before (at the wedding last Saturday)






















After (about 10 minutes ago)

















In case you are a guy and can't tell what has changed here, I shall explain. I'm not a blonde anymore. Well, maybe just not a platinum blond anymore. It's a dark blond. I like it. Suddenly you can actually tell I have green eyes and I am not as pale anymore. I look a lot more tan, and my "rosy" pink cheeks aren't so notable anymore (yeah). I like the change, but I'm still a little freaked about it. Oh, and there's layers in my hair now, which I like a lot.

I had the platinum blond for almost 13 years so this is a big change for me!

(If you are trying to read my shirt, it says, "writing well is the best revenge." fussy.org it's funny for a girl who writes a column and a novel about her bad dating experiences.)

In other minor news, I'm feeling considerably better. We still haven't figured out what I have, but we know it's not lung cancer, pneumonia, bronch…