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Making Friends Utah Style

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For about a week now I've been completely sleep deprived. It started with going to the Due West concert last week and ended (hopefully) last night. The sleep deprivation was seriously starting to take its toll, but it was all for a good cause- making friends!
A sidenote, not in anyway meant to be a negative note- something different about my life here as compared to home is that I'm still not really feeling a part of a ward/congregation. I've been attending one and I've met a few people there. But quite frankly, I don't belong there (yet). So it has been convenient and great for me that I've had so many chances to meet people from LDS Linkup.com lately. And this post is all about the crazy friends I have met through there.
(because i know there are a few people who are protective of having their real names used, i will keep to using all screennames.)
Last Friday, 2 very popular Linksters came into town, and therefore a party must be held. VegasBrad, from V…

My First Favorite Nephew

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Meet Tell, my adorable oldest nephew.
Now laugh with me at the funniest thing he has ever said.

Tell is (like all good children) deep into a questions phase. He drives my sister crazy with some of his bizarre questions. Yesterday it was, "Mom, what's a dictatorship?" After she got over her confusion as to why a 7 yr old would ask such a question, she attempted to answer him. "Well, Tell it's when there's a leader that tells everyone what to do. He's mean and bossy and won't let people do what they want to do." Tell thinks and says, "How come the people don't just jump off?" "Jump off what, Tell?" "The ship!" "What ship?" "The dictator ship!" That might be my favoritest Tell story of all time.

Yeah Baby! The Fall Out Boy Concert!

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As soon as I get my hearing back and can talk without unnecessary screaming, I'll be happy to share that it was a great concert. I may never get, "This ain't a scene, it's a gosh darn arms race" out of my head every again, but I can live with that. They played all my favorite Fall Out Boy songs, and the crowd surfing was spectacular to watch.
We had a funny experience with our tickets. CarrieAnn and I decided on Friday of last week we wanted to go. So I got online and bought some tickets from TicketsNow.com . For the record, these people are one step away from a scam and I don't recommend it. I bought us 2 tickets $40/piece in the general admission or floor seats. We began the mental preparations for mosh pit city. And then this morning I got an email from TicketsNow telling me that, oops, they had oversold tickets at that price. But if I wanted to pay $85 each, they still had general admission tickets at that price. Hmm... um, NO. So I stopped by …

a really bad picture of 2 girls at a fall out boy concert

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Meet Mork and Mindy

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I added 2 little friends to my household this week. Mork and Mindy are unrelated cats that have come to live with me. Mindy is the mama cat, and a rather bossy and protective one at that. Mork is the kitten and personifies what all kittens are like. He's playful, suspicious and rather fascinated by his tail. And I find I'm rather fascinated watching him fall down the stairs as he attacks his tail.
I promise not to be one of those people who talks about her cats all the time. I can't promise I won't talk to my cats though.

meet mork

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I whined too soon. I apologize.

I hereby apologize for whining how I had no friends and/or life. This week I have been so busy with social things that tonight I am exhausted! This is good! This makes me feel alive!
In addition to Institute and the Due West concert, I also went to dinner on Friday with a large group of Linkup friends and to the drive in with other friends tonight. Sunday will bring a large group potluck and on Monday I'm going with new friend CarrieAnn (who not only spells her name the cool way like me (capital letter in the middle), but saved me and my sandal from the Provo River last week) to the Fall Out Boy concert. I actually sound social and busy! This is a good thing!!
I whined too soon. I take it back now. Sorry.

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Due West!

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As mentioned in yesterday's "Dilemma" blog, I really wanted to go see the band, "Due West" play tonight, but I had no one to go with me. So I put myself "out there" as they say, and publicly asked for a friend. There's nothing quite like saying, "Hey, so there's this band playing an hour away from here. You've never heard of them, they are the opening act for a teenybopper act, and oh yeah, the show is sold out. So I'm just going to go and try my luck. Oh, and I know the band, but I'm not sure if they'll remember me!" In spite of this great invite, I got a taker. New friend Craig (met him on Linkup and at the camping trip last weekend) was kind enough to go with me. Now that we got that out of the way...Due West rocked tonight! Brad Hull, Tim Gates and Matt Lopez are the boys in the band and they opened for Taylor Swift (more on that later) in the apparently first ever sold out show at the Sandy Ampitheater. …

awesome

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Dilemma

As I mentioned a few posts back, there's a few things coming up that I want to do, but don't want to do alone. Much to my surprise a very last minute thing came up today that I want to go do tomorrow. A band that I just adore will be playing in (freaking) Sandy. "Due West" is a great up and coming Nashville band. If you recall the big singles conference I worked on back in December, this is the band we brought up to the conference to play for us. They are opening for Taylor Swift, who I'm not big time crazy for, but she's good enough. But I have no one to go with. And this just isn't the kinda thing that is fun to do alone, ya know? So my dilemma is do I go alone? Or truly and seriously suck up some pride and stick something out on the local infamous singles email list and see if there's anyone who'd want to go with me? It's not like this band has a following. In fact, I'm fairly certain I am one of a very few groupies for this pa…

Pure and Unadulterated Happiness

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4 new pairs of summer shoes and a new purse purchased on a whim today. I couldn't be happier.
When I entered the shoe store I was carrying my favorite Kate Spade knock off pink "lunch pail" style purse. But it has a stain on it and it was getting a little too well used. This cute little 4 yr old girl was following me around the store (I swear sometimes I feel like the Pied Piper), trying on shoes behind me. And then she shyly walked up to my purse and pronounced it pretty- while wearing the discarded pink heels I had just tried on. Well, what's a girl to do? I had just decided I needed the polka dot purse to go with the cherry flip flops (obviously). Did I really need the pink purse anymore? Not really. (I have other pink purses, it's not like it's my only one.) So right then and there I dumped the contents of one purse into the other and gave my "pretty" purse to the cute little girl. Her mother (a VERY young looking mother. gotta love th…

I'm a Rambling (wo)Man

I believe I have now been in Utah for 7 weeks. I haven't looked at the calendar to confirm this, but I'm pretty sure I'm right anyway. And for the most part it's all good here. I like my job- the sole purpose in moving here- so that's good. It's a big change going from the oldest company in the world to a new little start-up. But it has been fun and it has been worth it so far.
I like my house and I'm learning to deal with the horses. As much as I love horses, I don't love them outside my bedroom window throwing hissy fits. But the good news is that they are moving in a few weeks. And then they are building a Target behind my house. I'm pretty sure I'm going to miss the horses with that all starts.
It's fun and boring living alone. I enjoy the solitude most of the time, but then I get bored and realize I have nothing to do, no place to go, no one to call and there's only so many times a day I can get online and amuse myself. Wh…

Ta Da! Blog post #1,000

I just noticed this is blog post #1,000. Crazy, huh? I think the only person who has read all 1,000 posts would be Jules. After all, she was the only one who knew about it for the first couple dozen or so. Jules, you rock.

Cool Cousin Michelle

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On Saturday I had an absolutely hilarious conversation with my cousin Michelle. It was so funny, in fact, that I warned her, "This is so going on the blog!" She thought that sounded funny and agreed to allow me to publicly mock her. Sadly, here it is on Monday and I can't recall for the life of me what we were laughing so hard about.
But let it be known, Michelle is a riot, whatever it is she said.

Cool Cousin Michelle

On Saturday I had an absolutely hilarious conversation with my cousin Michelle. It was so funny, in fact, that I warned her, "This is so going on the blog!" She thought that sounded funny and agreed to allow me to publicly mock her. Sadly, here it is on Monday and I can't recall for the life of me what we were laughing so hard about.
But let it be known, Michelle is a riot.

Happy Father's Day

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Thanks for teaching me to love this stuff!

Exactly How Dirty a Little Girl Can Get

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One of my new little camping friends showing us exactly how dirty she can get. This was the same little girl who slept in a pink and purple palace tent.

A Tale of 2 Shoes or the Day I Didn't Die

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I'm not even sure where to begin with this little tale. I'm not even sure what to title it! Should we call it the Great Linkup Camping Trip? Pirates on the Provo River? A Tale of 2 Shoes? The Day My Life Flashed Before My Eyes? How CarrieAnn Caught a Shoe With Her Own Bare Teeth? Or the Story of My Sunburn?

All of these would very accurately describe my weekend. The condensed version of the weekend goes like this. I went camping with a group of friends I had never met before (in person) from the website that I frequent called LDS LinkUp.com. If you have been reading along on this blog you know I've been feeling a lot of anxiety lately, particularly when it comes to meeting new people. This trip had me a little nervous, but I sucked it up and went. Basically it was about 20 adults and I'm guessing 60 kids (Mostly divorced single moms and their kids.) at a campground not far from my house. Friday night was meet and greet and hang out and talk and have a blast. Sa…

see ya later alligator

Reasons I am happy tonight-

1. My mail finally got here! I'm guessing it was 35 credit card offers and 15 bills and 1 very big surprise! (more on the surprise later)

2. I have decided to get a kitten and a puppy. And maybe a hedge hog.

3. I'm going camping tomorrow!

4. I got new netflix today. The guardian and the queen shall keep me company tonight.

5. I had a new baby cousin born yesterday- Lydia Taylor Rosenberg.

things don't change much around here

Please see steps 1, 2 and 11 to know how I feel right now, and add in a dying urgent need for a Wendy's cream float. Or possibly a Lime Rickey from Sonic. Dang it. I might have to get both.

And as for my problems with the postal service--
I managed to get the Falls Church (old address) branch on the phone. They can see my forwarding order, but have no record of my mail being held for a month. They have no mail for me there at their location, and see nothing in the bin going to central forwarding for me. I asked what the next step would be and they said they'd talk to my actual mail carrier when he got back from his route and ask what he knows. They haven't called me back, go figure. I also keep attempting to visit my new local post office, but this isn't the world's biggest town and they don't keep the world's most convenient hours. But someday, somehow I am getting my freaking mail!

The Top 11 Signs I am PMS-ing

(don't worry, it's not gross and it's not about cramps)

1. absolutely craving raw vegetables for dinner
2. having consumed the raw vegetables realize that the world will explode if you don't have chocolate NOW
3. go all the way to the store to buy truffles- the good kind
4. while at store see cherry pie filling and decide you must have cherry cobbler
5. go home, make and eat the cherry cobbler, see brownie mix on counter
6. actually consider making brownies while eating the cobbler
7. while rummaging for eggs for brownie mix in the fridge see a steak
8. and yes, actually wonder if it is okay to broil a steak and bake brownies at the same time
9. the which should come first - brownies or steak- dilemma is solved when you spot the tub of whipped cream
10. eat entire tub of whipped cream, and the cobbler
11. get upstairs to the safety of the office, and realize that life will not be complete until you have gone to carl's jr and had a steakburger

And there you have the last h…

join me on netflix!

Be my friend on Netflix!

For my old Netflix friends, this is a new netflix account!

Erin vs the USPS

Back at the end of April when we discovered I'd be moving west, I had the post office hold my mail. Not knowing for sure where I'd be living when I got to Utah, and not wanting to re-route my mail multiple times, I thought putting it on hold made the most sense.
Using the so-called friendly website I was able to do it myself, and they even sent me a confirmation email with a code and the details of the hold.
The hold supposedly ended May 25. On May 26, I mailed in one of those change of address cards with my new address on it. I went back to the post office site to make sure the hold on my mail would be released. The code didn't work. They have no record of my mail being held.
So I called my old roommates and asked. They had only received a few pieces of junk mail for me over the last month. Obviously, the hold was working. I gave them my new address and they said they'd forward on what they had received.
It has now been over ten business days since the hold was…

so pretty much i suck

Let it be known that I tried. I drove the nearly 40 miles to the activity tonight. I even stayed for nearly 2 hours. But the large group comprised of several cliques and a serious lack of well run things to do lead me to giving up and leaving when I felt the first symptoms of another panic attack coming on. (from the looks of things the activity will probably go another 2-3 hours after i left)
I went for a long drive and asked myself why I'm having so much anxiety over meeting people. I realized a few important things tonight. First, my anxiety isn't over meeting people. I've been meeting people and enjoying it since I have been here. I've been to several social functions and didn't even consider getting nervous over it. My problem is with large groups. Second, this is the first large group function I have attended since December (not counting the new years event i was in charge of). I stopped going to social functions after the major drama and backstabbi…

but Ocean's 13 rocked

I had my first real bout of homesickness this morning. Or was it a bout of stupidity? I can never quite tell the difference. I had volunteered to go help at a huge service project this morning. But when I got there I just couldn't do it. The thought of being solo in a huge large group of people (most of whom had matching shirts on) just got to me. I got up early, drove there, and got halfway across the parking lot before the panic attack hit me. It was somewhere between a fear of being lost solo in a large crowd and not knowing anyone and just the pain of missing home (where "not knowing anyone" rarely happens).
I don't know where the panic attack came from. It's very unlike me. I usually like being alone and doing things by myself. I find my greatest adventures happen when I'm alone. But today it just didn't happen for me.
I have the chance to redeem myself tonight. There's a big party I could go to- if I can convince myself to do it. Pa…

tell me it's not just me!

There's got to be something wrong with me. I cried like a baby through the entire episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip tonight. And for once, I really identified with the Matt character. As usual, I loved Harriett, but didn't love her kneeling down and praying in the middle of a group. Although, that was what made me start crying the first time.
Am I the only one who cried all night??
(that being said, I was actually totally annoyed that Aaron Sorkin, whom I normally love, pulling out every stupid emotional device he could play tonight)

me not loving snow

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that would be snow people

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The view from my desk today.

occasional odd sightings from the office window

The occasionally odd sighting from the office window today--

1. A gray van pulls into our office building parking lot, sliding door opens, a young lad around 3 or 4 hops out and turns to face the side of the van. And drops his pants. And pees. Apparently the large gas station 1 block away, the community pool 2 blocks away and the really big mall just 3 blocks away, and the big office building with all its bathrooms were just too far for the little guy to make it.

2. Snow. Yes, it snowed here today. In freaking JUNE!

that's a lotta posts for one night

One more post before I go to bed (or read Harry Potter 6, whichever comes first).

As you can see, I updated the blog template again. I may change it though. It's not feeling perfectly me yet.

Also, I added about 15 more blogs to my links list. Some of these people know I read them, some don't. If you don't want to be on there, let me know and I'll pull you off. There's still about 10 more blogs I read that I think prefer to stay private, so I'm not posting them.

Dairy Queen helped my mood, but the stupid router is still giving me grief.

And last but not least, my whole day was made when my nephews called to get a bedtime story. I sure do miss those stinkers. Our bedtime story routine is getting rather crazy. Sometime later this week I will make a point to blog the evolution of the Pete and Alouicious fairy tales, and you can read it to yourself for a bedtime story!

stranger than truth

We have some strange weather thing going on here in Utah Happy Valley. The world is getting darker by the minute, and not just cause the sun's going down. Tomorrow the temps are going to drop over 30 degrees and rumor has it, it may even rain! (it hasn't rained since i got here over a month ago)
To give you an idea how strange it looks for the air to be filling with dirt and dust, here are 2 pictures taken about 27 hours apart from the same place in my kitchen. (the room below my bedroom- originally the sunnier picture was going to be to exhibit the proximity of the horses to my house)
Yesterday around 7 pm it was still sunny and nice out. Today its just dark and dreary (but not humid, which is a very odd feeling for this DC girl) and DUSTY! My car is covered in a thin layer of dust and dirt.
It's just strange.

24 hours later

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exhibit a

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oh grr...

Why must it be so dang complicated to get my router to accept my new ISP? Or is it getting my ISP to accept my router? I don't know!

On Saturday my wireless worked just fine, but knocked me offline a few times. On Sunday it worked just fine as well. But by Sunday night it suddenly stopped working. Monday came and the wireless didn't pick up at all, in spite of the fact that the router claims it is giving and receiving a full signal. And my computer claims it is receiving a full signal. I'm just somehow not getting online.

So I called the ISP. A few minutes with them online and they reset some antenna and say good luck. Nothing happens. They tell me to call Netgear. Two hours online with Netgear later and we've reset every stupid setting possible I think! And yet, we hang up with the instructions for me to call the ISP and have them disconnect the DCHP from the modem. But of course the ISP is closed.

So tonight I called the ISP and gave them the verbatim instr…

oh grr...

Why must it be so dang complicated to get my router to accept my new ISP? Or is it getting my ISP to accept my router? I don't know!

On Saturday my wireless worked just fine, but knocked me offline a few times. On Sunday it worked just fine as well. But by Sunday night it suddenly stopped working. Monday came and the wireless didn't pick up at all, in spite of the fact that the router claims it is giving and receiving a full signal. And my computer claims it is receiving a full signal. I'm just somehow not getting online.

So I called the ISP. A few minutes with them online and they reset some antenna and say good luck. Nothing happens. They tell me to call Netgear. Two hours online with Netgear later and we've reset every stupid setting possible I think! And yet, we hang up with the instructions for me to call the ISP and have them disconnect the DCHP from the modem. But of course the ISP is closed.

So tonight I called the ISP and gave them the verbatim instr…

I feel skinny

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room with a view

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DC this is not!

I finally have real internet access and a working laptop. Many of you probably already figured that out by the fact that I caught up on about 30 emails today. Again, I apologize to the people that I haven't had a chance to write in the last month. (who are probably all non-blog readers, but hey, i'm trying!)

The weekend has gone well. I tried out a new singles ward, made some new friends, even got invited out to dinner with some new friends, went for a joyride looking at the countryside, enjoyed the beautiful offerings of 99 cent rootbeer floats at Sonic, and witnessed the mating ritual of horses more times than I care to relate. It was a good weekend. Oh, and I think I'm finally caught up on the past month's lack of sleep.

The horse thing... I have to explain it. My house backs right up to a horse farm and across the street there is an alpaca farm. My bedroom window is about maybe 50 feet from the pen where the horse farm is keeping their stud. And apparently i…

moving in!

things that are put away-
most of my clothes
most of my dishes

things that are not put away-
my shoes (only 40 pairs)
my books

things i have managed to accomplish-
getting internet on my laptop again (oh happy day)
forwarding my mail
paying my bills
watching the fifth season of Frasier for no apparent reason
re-reading all of Harry Potter #5

things i have not managed to accomplish-
making bread successfully in the breadmaker (but did buy butter, jam and peanut butter for when i do)

oh happy day

My real life has finally begun! I moved into my new place last night and I slept in a real bed for the first time in 4 weeks last night. No more air beds or sofa beds for me! Not only did I sleep in a real bed, I slept solid for nearly 12 hours. Can you say exhausted??
I'm just happy to finally be in my own place, in my own bed, and on my own! My real new life can finally begin! No more vagabond life, no more worrying about decapitation every time I hit the brakes (my car has been full of all my earthly possessions for 4 weeks), no more roommates, no more long commutes! I am soooo happy!!
So who's going to be my first house guest?