Showing posts from August, 2007


Our growing little company is growing again. Which means making room for the new people and fighting for a window office. Right now there are three of us sharing a fairly good sized room with 2 windows, 2 doors, the copier and the fax. We have real desks and not cubes. But sometime next week we have to make room for a fourth person to come join us in our happy, sunny, well-ventilated and rather funny room. (two of my office-mates are reading this i bet. to the two of you i say- i'll place my commas where i want to!)
So we've been trying to plot out our room so as to make sure we all get to have computer screen privacy (because everyone hates having their back and computer screen exposed to everyone who walks in the office, right?), a window view, a slight amount of sound buffer and a decent amount of space.
In the process we've been saying, "But then we'll have to Dwight and Jim it." Because no one wants to be Dwight or Jim in this situation. (Although …

Just 2 Girls Having a Little Fun

My cousin Colette was out visiting this week.

We went out for a fancy breakfast. Here is C looking fancy at breakfast.

We also went to Seven Peaks for some fun. To the best of our knowledge we didn't catch the nasty parasite at the pool. We also didn't know about the parasite before going there. I wish I didn't know about it now.

And here I am modeling the latest in red umbrella fashions.

Is There Anything Cuter?

Is there anything cuter than little kids on their first day of school?

Here's Tell on his first day of second grade. He's so big now!!

And here is my sweet little Dallin all dressed up for his first day of kindergarten.

And all 3 sweet boys, including the little guy, Porter, ever so desperate to be included in the excitement! Does it get any cuter than this??

I think the only thing cuter than little kids on the first day of school are little boys and their puppy!!

(I see this picture and I think that maybe I do want to have kids.)

And then I see this picture and the thought occurs to me that tube-tying isn't a bad option after all!

Notable Exception

There is one notable exception to my weariness. I had a lovely Saturday morning yesterday. It was the kind of day a Saturday is supposed to be. My cousin, Colette, is visiting. We got up and went for a good aerobic walk, which felt great. (My inhaler is working!) Then we were off to join my two favorite Utahns, Cary and Sean, for breakfast at Magleby's. I deprive myself regularly in the breakfast department, and usually only have a boring bagel or yogurt. But I indulged yesterday with eggs, hash browns and chocolate chip pancakes. DELICIOUS! The conversation and company was delightful. It felt great to not be the new girl on the outskirts of a conversation for the first time in a very long time. Cary is one of my oldest friends (14 years this week!). Sean was one of my first new friends out here and is also now my co-worker. Both guys serve as my daily concierges helping me with learning the ropes in a new town. It was fun to get to introduce them to each other. (t…

End <- Rope <- Me

I don't have much to say. I'm tired, frustrated and yeah, tired and frustrated. I'm so tired of having to try so hard to be happy here. It's hard to consider yourself happy when you have to work so hard to be happy. Does that make sense? Earlier this week I posted that I was struggling with whether or not to let something make me happy. It does make me happy. And for that one thing in my life, I am happy and grateful. But overall, I'm very tired and frustrated here. I still feel like I'm not in the life I signed up for. I am me, though, and therefore, proactively trying to change my situation. The first major step is to find a new place to live. I think a slightly more social and singles oriented neighborhood is the first smart move. Then I'll work on the other unhappy issues.
Until then- ugh. I'm tired.

4 prescriptions later...

After 4 days of complaining that my ear hurt I took myself to the doctor's office this morning. And as usual, the appointment was not what I expected it to be. Being new to town, and new to my insurance, I had to pick a new doctor to go to. My only criteria was that my new doctor be a female and relatively close to my office.
First mishap- "erin robinson" was not a female.
Second- their scale lies. According to their scale I've only lost 8 lbs. Either way, I've lost 2 dress sizes, so I don't care.
Third, Erin Who Is Not a Girl (and rather unfortunately named as a result) decided that I don't just have shortness of breath occasionally, and diagnosed it as actual asthma and prescribed me 2 inhalers.
Fourth, I have an ear infection in both ears. BOTH! What adult (especially one that doesn't swim) gets an ear infection?? We determined it was probably from the crazy windstorm I was in on Sunday. 1 prescription for that.

(Don't just look at how funny …

Things I Learned Today

Losing 15 lbs does not mean you will ever find a pair of jeans that will fit right. I tried on no less than 10 different styles, sizes and shapes of jeans tonight, and I swear nothing fits quite right.
Blame it on the McBride Potbelly. Blame it on a lack of decent abs (made impossible by said McBride Potbelly). Blame it on a tired and sore back. Blame it on having child-bearing hips that have never borne children. Blame it on my really short torso. Blame it on what my mama gave me- too much junk in the trunk. But there are just no jeans out there. And I hate them all.
I particularly hate the Gap for changing the material and cut on the curvy fit jeans. And Old Navy. I don't hate Aeropostale as much. And I still think Charlotte Russe is the great and abominable whorehouse.
I also hate 7 for All Mankind jeans, because they fit and I love them. But they freaking cost twice as much as regular brand jeans, and therefore I resent them. It's hard to wear $198 jeans to a cam…

The Great Party for Julipalooza

My BFF Julipalooza has been gracing Utah with her presence for two weeks now. Obviously, the gracing required a party and naturally I planned one.

Her Graciousness

Julipalooza and Heather have the annual "Chesty McChesty" competition.

What do you bet Kim has a picture of me doing the same thing?

CarrieAnn models the latest in baby accessories- Baby Felix (Heather's baby)

One half of the Hill Twins mugs for the camera

Me and my biggest fan, CaliPalooza (photo courtesy of AndiPalooza)

Janeal won the best hair contest (again)

AndiPalooza wins Most Photogenic (again) (photo courtesy of CaliPalooza)

Overhear something funny?

Overhear something at church today?
Your (completely taken out of context or "as is") eaves-droppings are welcome here-

We'd love your jokes!

Why is it so hard to let something make you happy...

... When you know full well it is making you happy?

There's something on my mind that I want to flesh out with writing. Hopefully it can be done without details or specifics. (As I think most people know is not my strong suit.)

How do you let go of what it is you thought would make you happy and embrace the thing that is making you happy? And why on earth isn't that easy? If something is making you happy, why is it so hard to accept it and believe it? And let go of the thing, thought, idea, (pipe)dream that you thought would make you happy?

Is it just the changing of plans? Forgetting what it is you thought you wanted? Making new plans? Or just not wanting to admit that maybe all your bright ideas and dreams were not quite right? (read: erin is still in denial in accept that her plan was wrong)

Or am I 2 seconds away from the epiphany that I have finally reached that magical place where if you just let go of what you thought you wanted, you find out something else makes you mu…

Almost there!

Two months ago I set a goal to lose 20 lbs by this Saturday. (The significance of this Saturday? Julipalooza is in town and we're having a big old party for her.) And I am happy to report I almost made my goal. I'm holding strong at 15 lbs down. I've been a total slacker for the last 2 weeks and not very diligent at all. But I re-found my dedication this week and maybe I'll lose five more pounds before going to Moab for Labor Day (quite possibly my only bathing suit experience for the summer). I'm not only down 15 lbs, but also a dress size. I'm bordering on a second dress size down, so hopefully the next 5-10 lbs will get me to wear I really want to be!

I thought I'd share some of my low-fat recipes that are getting me through this experience. Finding foods that tasted good, but were low-fat, and that I had the patience to make was the hardest part of dieting for me. Breakfast was easy- bagel, cream cheese and a piece of fruit. Lunch- also easy- u…

Tropical Storm Erin threatens Texas - Yahoo! News

Tropical Storm Erin threatens Texas - Yahoo! News

I had been hoping to make Hurricane status and wipe out Cuba. But I'll settle for Brownsville. It was a bit of a hole anyway.

Making Family Fertilizer

So you think your family has issues?Allow me to introduce you to my family and our by-laws.Yes, my family has by-laws.Not just any bylaws.We have by-laws on how and who can be buried in the family cemetery.And according to the new rules, I am not eligible.Let’s start at the beginning.And by beginning I mean 3 generations back when my great-great grandfather had five children and one mountain in Southern Virginia.Those five children went on to produce nearly 2,000 descendants, with over 1,600 currently living (no polygamy for us, thank you very much!), most of whom still live in Southern Virginia. And on that mountain there is a cemetery which is rapidly filling up with my gene pool. While a family cemetery on the family mountain sounds quaint, there's a little problem.They only built a cemetery with space for another 355 people.But we have over 1,600 warm bodies waiting to get in, so a few rules were set.First, “double stacking” will now be implemented in the future.Double-stackin…

Input Needed

I'm considering consolidating my 2 remaining student loans. Other than the obvious benefit of convenience of only paying 1 bill and not 2 that come in identical envelopes, with the same account number, that have nearly the same amount owed, therefore looking so much alike that you can't tell which is which, what other benefit is there to consolidating? (Assuming the interest rate remains the same.) And what benefit is there to using a federal consolidator versus a private company?
I keep looking at this stuff and I really can't see a benefit other than convenience and maybe having such a long term loan paid off on my credit report and starting something new.
Any experiences? Thoughts? Suggestions?

Things I say way too much

1. Seriously. Seriously? Seriously! ... Seriously.
I blame Grey's Anatomy-

2. Oh my. Oh oh my.

3. Just saying

4. Something, something, I think. (as in, "Tastes good, I think." Not in a questioning tone, but in a british and snobby tone maybe.)

5. Dude.

6. Love you bye. (I'm starting to say this to the wrong people at the wrong time. I don't think veterinarians need to hear me say that on the phone.)

7. Yeah, so, um...

8. Just a little bit (added 12 hours after the original post when I heard myself say it three times)

9. Not so much (not saying how much i say that!)

I probably say more than that, but I'm very aware that I keep saying these. So my goal for tomorrow is no seriouslies. Seriously!

Harry Potter Spoilers- Seriously

It's time for some real Harry Potter talk. If you haven't finished it- hello! It's been 2 weeks, how slow do you read?? Just bookmark this page and come back later.
Now I will make happy little marks to give you spoiler room...

h= is for harry

It's Harry Potter time!

When the last book ended I think most people (or at least those in my group of friends that discussed it) knew the original locket was going to be with Regulus Black. I have to admit I was just a bit disappointed when it was with him. I was hoping JKR had a trick up her sleeve on that one.

Actually, as much as I loved the book, I kept hoping JKR had more tricks up her sleeve. But most of the twists and turns were "formattable" - or typical of her style. And in several cases, completely predictable.

I had to admit about 500 pages into the book (or for my Mormon friends "while they were dwelling in a tent in the wilderness") I started to get bored and annoyed. I wanted more to happ…

I always knew I was Elizabeth Bennet!

The happiest quiz I have ever taken!

Take the Quiz here!

"Becoming Jane" - the movie about the real Jane Austen opens this week. AND Julipalooza comes for a visit. Coincidence? I think not!

Live From the Living Room! It's Bloggerday Night!

Some happy thoughts to counteract yesterday's depressing ones.

1. I went to a Salt Lake Bees game this week. And it was a pretty dang good time!

2. One of my favorite Utah friends just became my favorite Utah co-worker.

3. Lots of great people sent me very kind notes about Mindy. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

4. It finally rained here. A real rain. The kind that actually gets your car wet and cleans the dirt off the tires.

5. I finally have non-desktop internet again. I am blogging from the comfort of my couch.

6. Last night my cutest and littlest nephew Porter called to say goodnight. Except he didn't really say goodnight. We talked for a minute and then he said, "Okay Erin, well, goodnight then!" What 2 yr old says "well, goodnight then!"?!?!

Random Other Question-
Does anyone ever get toe cramps? Not just achy toe cramps, but the kind that lock your toes in a position and you can't stop it? And if so, how do you get rid of them?? THEY HURT!


Last night was awful, today was worse.
I got my cat Mindy back from the shelter last week. She didn't look very good, but I figured getting home and cheering up and getting her brand of food back would help. But she wasn't improving. She was coughing a lot so I gave her hairball medicine. And then last night she was completely lethargic and acting strange. And then she started choking really bad. Fearing that she would vomit on the carpet I picked her and put her in the garage. (She's normally not even in the house. But she was acting so odd, I let her sit next to me for a while.) When I placed her down I realized something was horribly wrong. What I took to be an internal organ was suddenly hanging out of her. I freaked and rushed her to the 24 hour vet.
The good news was it wasn't an internal organ. It was a dead kitten. And she has feline leukemia and feline HIV and some sort of respiratory infection (picked up at the shelter). She was barely breathing an…

More Later

Things are pretty crappy right now. I know I owe several people responses and emails. I'll get to them soon. I'll explain more later.