Showing posts from April, 2007

good car-ma

Three good things, if not at least 3, have happened so far today.

#1- My mother came up and helped me pack my car. (now there's the stress of "what if someone comes and steals all my stuff from my car tonight?")

#2- I had to buy or rent a rooftop cargo carrier for my car to hold the rest of my junk. I used craigslist and found one in Manassas for sale. Drove out to the boondocks to get it, met some very lovely people who helped me install it, and then they didn't even accept my money! I got a very nice and very new carrier for free!!!! And it is big enough to hold all my clothes and then some. YEAH!

#3- I have a place to live in Utah! Mapleton. Crazy. A good friend is renting me her house while she's in Europe for several months. (And for the curious, there are 2 singles ward and 15 regular wards in the tiny town of Mapleton.)

Still have to find someone to take the lease here, and wait for a judge to determine my brother's fate. But other than that, al…

the final countdown

I've finished all of my temp work (where I was learning Arabic). I had to put in 8 hours on it today to get it completed. I'm looking forward to another night of dreaming about toilets welcoming me in Arabic. (you'd have to speak arabic to fully appreciate that joke. but even then, only poorly speak arabic) I finished the project right about midnight, so I didn't get any packing done today. But I did get all of my furniture sold. Exercise bike, couch, table and chairs. Yeah!
Monday will be all about the packing. I've taken inventory and I don't think it will be too bad. I'm throwing out a ton of clothes. So if anyone has a need for size 8 womens dresses, please feel free to come and take them from me. The hard part tomorrow will just be staying on task and getting the job done.
Tuesday is going to be errands day. Just run all around and tie up some loose ends. Including probably having to go to the Arlington County offices and explain to them for…

couch cushion-- now free


craigslist couch, now free




craigslist table-- SOLD!!!


craigslist chair-- SOLD!!!


for the next 5 minutes i will be...

I'm home. Or at least sort of home. I'm at my parents' house so I can sell off the stuff I have in storage here at a yard sale tomorrow. I'm opting for the no moving truck method of moving cross country. In other words, selling off most of my stuff and taking what fits in my car.
I got home around 10:30 pm, and I have hit the ground running. I have to leave to get my stuff from the storage unit at 5:30 am. So why am I up at 1 am??
The next few days are going to be crazy. I've got a ton to pull off in a very short period of time. Pack, clean, sell, say goodbye, etc. Not to mention scramble to figure out a few other details. I don't have an address yet in Utah, so I don't know where to forward my mail. Chances are slim to none I'll find someone to take my place in VA, so I've got to figure out how to pay rent in two places at once. (I'm getting paid more, but not that much more!) I still have to finish my Arabic program. And try and ge…

the plan for the next five minutes is...

I am flying back to DC tomorrow (Friday). I bought a ticket so I must mean it this time. I'll be in town just long enough to sell some old furniture, pack up my clothes and other stuff and roll back out of town. I'm thinking I'll probably be leaving town on Wednesday or Thursday.
Still no definite place to live in Utah, but I have narrowed it down to 2 places. One is in Orem. More crow.

speaking of the new job

Speaking of which, I guess it's time to tell you what I know about the job. I will be the Marketing and Communications Specialist for a small medical device start up in Orem, UT. The job is perfect for me. The product the company makes and sells is great and one of a kind and selling very well. From my end of things this is wonderful. I will be doing the public relations and telling people about the product. I'm looking forward to selling a product that is making big waves in its industry. The company is growing rapidly and there's just tons of work to be done. It's a very team oriented spirit there. It is Orem, so you can guess that the office is fairly heavily Mormon dominated. It will be an interesting change for me, but one I'm looking forward to adjusting to. I made a Diet Coke joke in my interview and suddenly found myself nervous that it was the wrong thing to say. (they laughed and no one looked horrified) And when they called to offer me the po…

All things subject to change

Okay, so right now the big plan is... completely subject to change.

Today- hunt for a place to live
Friday- fly back to DC?
Saturday- yard sale in Fredneck to rid myself of several belongings
Sunday- a much needed day of rest
Monday- pack what belongings I still have
Tuesday- sell the rest on Craigslist
Wednesday- drive back to UT?
(ooh sidenote to Miss Hass. Yes, I'll be going straight on through Indianapolis. I'll most likely be sleeping there for the night. but as you can see, all things are subject to change. the day and time i get there are negotiable. but i'm definitely sleeping in Indy for a night with some friends.)
Thursday- drive
Friday- drive, arrive UT
Saturday- move into the place I find to live
Sunday- another much needed day of rest
Monday- begin the new job

Or maybe I will...
Stay here all next week and start the job on Monday. Fly back to DC next weekend, pack, move, drive cross country then? I don't know. This is the plan I am leaning towards, but it means a…

It's Official

I accepted the offer in Orem today.
Now I just have to-
1. find a place to live in Utah
2. figure out what to do about my place in VA
3. pack
4. move across country
5. move in
5b. possibly pack, go to Utah and have my stuff moved later
6. start a job
and a few other slightly stressful things. And do it all as quickly and cost effective as possible.

So what goes good with crow?

After what can only be described as another SNAFU riddled trip to get to Utah, I have arrived. (details probably won't be following on that because... well, just read on) My nephews greeted be with all the enthusiasm they could muster. Including little Porter (who generally refused to acknowledge my existence), who actually ran across the room yelling something that sounded like, "Aunt Erin! Aunt Erin!" He actually jumped into my arms and gave me lots of hugs and kisses, while his mother and I just stood there in complete shock. He's apparently forgotten his total disdain for me and made me his new best friend. And I LOVE it!

I had to run straight from the airport to a job interview. Due to the airline SNAFUs I had to miss my first interview of the day, and was late getting to the second one. But I guess no harm was done as the interview went really well. So well in fact that they called me just a few minutes after I left to offer me the job. It really is a…

snow in freakin denver


completely cursed

I officially have really bad flight karma. Stuck in Jfk airport. SUCKS!

procrastination station

tonight i am discovering just how far i will go to procrastinate packing for a trip. i won't bore you with the details, but let's just say if it could be measured in miles i'd be 3 states over by now.

on top of the procrastination (or maybe what is fueling it), are my nerves. i'm getting nervous about my trip. i'm about to do something rather expensive. when you have a job and something to fall back on, expensive is just risky. when you don't have a job or a safe place to fall, expensive is just downright a reckless gamble. so i'm scared and nervous. not to mention just plain old sick and tired of interviewing for jobs. but at least this week they are all direct with the employer interviews, and not with recruiters.

on the other hand, i am excited to go out there and give this new adventure a shot. of the 4 interviews i have (i've decided to cancel one), 2 of them really are opportunities worth moving out there for. but the big interview on monda…

Bringing All New Meaning to Blue Darts

"Toto Ltd., known for its high-tech toilets with bidets that have blow-drying, air purification and seat-warming functions, apologized to consumers and offered free checks and repairs after some of its toilets with bidets and heated seats sent up smoke and three caught fire."

read more here

82-Year-Old Ex-Beauty Queen Stops Intruder by Shooting Out Tires

WAYNESBURG, Ky. — Miss America 1944 has a talent that likely has never appeared on a beauty pageant stage: She fired a handgun to shoot out a vehicle's tires and stop an intruder.

Fox News Story Here

Favorite line-
Ramey said the man told her he would leave. "I said, 'Oh, no you won't,' and I shot their tires so they couldn't leave," Ramey said.She had to balance on her walker as she pulled out a snub-nosed .38-caliber handgun.

finally friday

happy thoughts for the upcoming weekend and week

1. i can sleep in this weekend (no more 6 am seminary rides)
2. i have more dates than job interviews in utah next week
3. i have a second job interview with my dream job before i leave for utah
4. i am excited about 4 of the 6 interviews i have next week
5. i've lost 6 lbs this week. i'll probably put 3 of it back on with one good meal though.
6. i'm almost halfway done with my temp job
7. i can now say "the little boy is six years old" and "the mother drinks milk" in arabic. i'm ready for that trip to iraq now.
8. i get to see my nephews in just 4 days
9. i'm going hiking next week (in real mountains)

Happy Birthday, bebe!

The baby doll isn't jailbait anymore! She's 18!

further explanation


quicky american idol recap

Yeah! Sanjaya is gone!!!!
And apparently I've still got the touch. LaKisha, Sanjaya and Blake in the bottom 3. My theory as to why it was Blake and not Chris is that because of Simon's extra mean comments regarding Chris he got a lot of extra sympathy votes, pushing Blake down.
It was a little sad to see LaKisha next to Sanjaya. She really is a phenomenal singer and does not deserve to be lumped with him like that. She just had a bad flat week.
Yeah! No more Sanjaya!

Okay, for those of you who actually read these recaps, here is my very fast and short Idol recap:
It was country week with Martina McBride (I LUV her) as the mentor. She is someone who really really does have incredible singing abilities (so much more than say J.Lo?).
Phil- for Phil he rocked. For me, his best job to date. Will it keep him in? Maybe. I think he just lacks a serious devotee fan base, and as a result he may end up in the bottom 3.
Jordin- by and far the best performance of the night, an…

My Day

One part of me wants to acknowledge what is happening at Virginia Tech. But for now, I just can't do it. As my dad put it yesterday, "there's been enough death for one week for me." At this point I'm just grateful that almost surprisingly I know no one directly affected by the tragedy. We were concerned at first with that many deaths, at a school so close to home, that we (especially my brother and sister) might know someone. I'm just glad that so far, we don't.

Personally, I'm in a place where I need happier and funnier thoughts. I know others need to mourn right now, but I can't do it anymore. I just need happiness. Too much death for one week of a girl's life.

And so I bring you the insanity of my day.

Like most of Northern Virginia last night we lost power for several hours. (6 hours if anyone cares). So I was all alone in the dark and searching for the candles. Thankfully, I knew exactly where to go to find the matches in the k…


A few weeks ago I saw something come across one of the many listserves I am on regarding a temp work-from-home project involving language translation. Just for fun I responded to the email and just happened to get the job. So this week I am trying to cram 80 hours worth of work into a 7 day period before I leave for Utah. On the bright side this isn't too hard because both of my roommates have abandoned me here all alone and there's nothing to interrupt me. On the downside, there's no one here to interrupt me and I'm bored out of my mind. 12 hours in front of the computer with no one to come home and amuse me is not so fun.
But the language program is fairly interesting. There were 10 languages to pick from, but you had to go with one you had no or little exposure to. Knowing that I tend to pick up romance languages fairly fast, I chose Arabic (with Russian as my alternate). Which in hindsight was pretty dumb of me. Arabic isn't just learning a language, bu…

It was in the bag, but now it's not

So here's the update for the job search this week...

Monday- phone interview (already done, blah)
Tuesday- in person interview. Not toooooo excited about it, but willing to give it a shot because I like the people, just not the position.
Nothing currently scheduled for the rest of the week.
Ooh, but the dream job from about 11 days ago could get back to me starting mid-week.

Next week-
I was attempting to keep it in the bag, but I see that the cat is out and running loose. (maybe cause i told all my cousins...) But the rumors are true, and yes, I have interviews in Utah next week. 4 in fact.
Monday- fly to Utah
Tuesday- 2 interviews (i won't reveal which companies until after. but 1 might make a few of you former and/or current utahns laugh)
Wednesday-1 interview
And I'm playing phone tag with 1 other company, and have it on good authority that another one will be calling me in. So 4 interviews in Utah... Crazy.

I haven't finished setting up interviews out there, so I have…


The sorting hat says that I belong in Hufflepuff!

Said Hufflepuff, "I'll teach the lot, and treat them just the same."
Hufflepuff students are friendly, fair-minded, modest, and hard-working. A well-known member was Cedric Diggory, who represented Hogwarts in the most recent Triwizard Tournament.

Take the most scientific Harry Potter
ever created.
Get Sorted Now!

Overall my scores were-
Hufflepuff- 85
Gryffindor- 81
Ravenclaw- 77
Slytherin- 62

I expected to be Gryffindor over Hufflepuff, but my scores were close, so I'm okay with it.

12 O'clock Knob Rd

With my uncle's death and my cousin's wedding this week, I have had a very long week walking down the family memory lane. And since I know of at least 3 cousins who read this (j, j, and t- hello!) I thought I'd share a few of the memories I can't forget right now.

To the rest of the world, forgive me for what I have to do here. But the real word I want to use is something I do not need coming up in google searches. So I'm going to use a slang term that won't come up in a google search. Read on and you'll see why.

And as clarification, please understand I'm not mocking anyone. I'm just reliving a funny childhood memory that may only make sense to those involved.

My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor and had a mastectomy before I was 8 years old. I don't know when she had the cancer or the surgery, but I know it was before I was 8. I've never asked her any of these questions, (although i probably should), so I don't know why it is…

Screw Red Bull, Trader Joe Gives You Wings!

Thinking I was going to be making some very long road trips this weekend I bought some energy drinks at Trader Joe's yesterday. I had looked at their labels and read the ingredients, which mentioned Green Tea extract, Guarana extract and other things. But no definitive caffeine ingredient, although Green Tea and Guarana do contain caffeine. It sounded good so I picked up a few. Last night all of the plans for road trips changed, and I decided to just buy plane tickets instead. So this morning while puttering around the house I decided to try out a drink for breakfast.
Holy crap!
30 minutes later I'm jittery and bouncing off the walls!!! I reconsulted the can to see what on earth could do this to me in such a short time period. It's low calories, low-carb, and no sugar. Oh, but then there's those little words on the FRONT of the can, not anywhere near the ingredients that say, "75 mg of caffeine per serving." There's 2 servings per can!!
And then I…

My new laptop needs a name, I'm thinking "Bankruptica?"

I finally caved in today and bought a laptop. Crazy, I know. I need it for the work from home job I start on Monday. (more on that deal later) It's a Compaq Presario, used, with XP on it. I really didn't want to buy Vista yet, so I went to a refurbished computer store and found this one. I did my research and think I got a pretty good deal with it. I'm happy.
(Now if I could just get the stupid wireless card (D-link external) to work my life would be complete.)
I also got a new windsheild today. So pretty much, I spent a lot of money for me all in just one short morning. I'm a little freaked out.
I'm leaving for Indianapolis tomorrow and a second funeral. A close family friend succumbed to brain cancer after nearly 9 months of illness. It hasn't been the easiest week in the McBride family. 2 funerals and a wedding... Ay yi yi.
With a third major road trip (2 to Roanoke previously this week) now looming, plus another massive trip right behind it, I'm…

Happy day


yeah! They did it!



I had been considering not explaining all of the craziness going on these days. Somehow it just didn't seem fair or sensitive enough to several of the others more effected by it than I am. But having seen them all this weekend, I've learned that most wouldn't mind my personal acknowledgement of our family's situation.

Last Friday my uncle Dan passed away. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for two months. He was a great man and will be horribly missed. My favorite part about him was his ability to make great off-the-cuff, off-color jokes. In a family of otherwise bookish people, his humor was always very welcome. His family was all able to be with him on Friday when he succumbed to the disease, and were able to say goodbye. Not many people get the chance to be surrounded by those they love most in their last moments. And I am so grateful that my uncle was able to be.

The weekend was spent with family activities. While my uncle's passing was sad, w…

the bride


the groom


backseat sleeper


on the road again




You have new Picture Mail!


Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

Starting with yesterday there will be a lot of unexpected travel in my next three weeks. Rather than talk about the events going on around here, I've decided to turn the blog into a game of "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" Except in this case, Carmen Sandiego will be me, my brother, my sisters and my cousins at different times. If you want to guess where the Traveling McBrides are on a given day (and are not one of the participants in the activity), feel free to venture a guess in the comments section.
Enjoy having that little song stuck in your head now. (Or the "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" song, depending on your age and generation.)

Hooha Thursday

1. 3 job interviews this week. Don't know if company #1 will make an offer, but it doesn't matter as I sent them an email saying no thanks in advance. Company #2 is pretty darn near my dream job and that interview went really well considering I have laryngitis. Company #3 happens later today.

2. I have a 2 week temp job that I can do from home and it pays absurdly well.

3. My "Idol" sixth sense is fairly attuned.

4. I am still sticking to my big decision.

things going not so good
1. I'm wondering if this eternal head cold/allergies/laryngitis/etc has turned into mono.
2. COBRA health care would cost me $800/mo. So if it is mono, I won't be finding out for a while.
3. Gina got sent home from Idol.
4. Not to make light of this, but there's some very sad things going on in my personal life and family right now. While I'm grateful for the chance to be of help to others during this time, it is also very hard to have so much time to th…

Idling Idols

So it was Tony Bennett on Idol this week. Loved the songs, but not necessarily the performances!

Blake- 3 stars
He's so pretty.

Phil- 3 stars
He showed some sex appeal finally, but sadly, not in the music. But he still has an amazing voice. Just needs to improve his polish and performance.

Melinda- 4 stars
I hate hate hate that dress she wore. Again, she sounded incredible, but doesn't make me want to buy a CD with her on it. Put her in a musical on Broadway and she'll kick butt. But she won't make Simon any richer this time next year.

Chris- 4 stars
My favorite performance by him so far. He's a performer and he's fun, and cute to watch on stage. But... I think I have figured it out finally. It's the timbre of his voice. It's just not that great.

Jordin- 5 stars
My favorite of the night. Girlfriend was hot tonight! Of all the songs tonight she was the only one that I could see myself buying or even downloading some day.

Gina- 3 stars
She really is coo…

Look! My Julipalooli Made a Movie!

(there's an inside joke here that only juli is going to get- for the rest of you, enjoy the ninja rap)


obviously i changed the blog layout and format. i never really liked the lighthouse thing. it's just not me.
i also added several more blogs on the side. i read several more than that, but i'm not sure how public some of them are. if you want me to you add yours, leave me a comment, and i'll be happy to add you too.

Can I Get a Hoo-Ha Monday?

I hereby declare this a good Monday for Erin.

The dogs I am watching have not fouled upon anything in the house today.
I FINALLY got paid by that company I left 8 weeks ago.
I opened a new local bank account.
I have THREE job interviews lined up this week. Not too shabby. (and none of them are with recruiters)
I made a major decision last night, and I'm not freaking out about it today. (that almost never happens)
I lost another 3 lbs this weekend. (down a total of 12 now) (that's a lot of dog walking)
I think this or maybe this will be mine by the end of today. Maybe not till tomorrow though. I like to sleep on big purchases.
So far today, no migraines. (I was plagued with them all weekend.)

i dont understand boys

My brother's pants and shorts. In the middle of the kitchen. Why? I have no idea. Perhaps he needed to loosen his belt and they all fell down? In the middle of an otherwise spotless kitchen?

i just dont get it