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place # 2

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Clue Layover US AIR burrito

first stop, first clue

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happy halloween!

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Guess Where I Am?

For the next three days I will be off on a trip. Rather than tell you where I am going, or what I am doing when I get there, I think we should play "where in the world is Erin Ann Diego?" (you should sing that to the tune of "where in the world is carmen san diego?" a game i played and won many times as a kid.) Pics will be sent from my cell phone and sent in real time. The first person to correctly guess the most locations will have a blog post devoted entirely to them upon my return. Julipalooza, you are disqualified from the game since we had a lengthy conversation about the trip earlier today. Sorry. Also, my co-workers are disqualified for unfair disadvantage as well!
Let the game begin!

How Well Do You Know Me?

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random pictures of the week

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Time for fun with pictures I haven't bothered to post before. Why? Because I want to.
Here we have my darling cousins Merry Brooke, Christopher and Savannah. Robert is missing from the picture. I had the four of them (plus friends Josh and Sean) over for dinner on Sunday. These 3 cousins are all BYU students, and it made my day to get to invite them over. I remember all too well my sad and lonely days at BYU when I had no relative to feed me on Sunday. I can't wait to have them over again soon.
Can you see that my hair looks darker? Probably not. But it is!


This is another picture of Mt. Timpanogos as seen or not seen from my office window. This was taken a few weeks ago when the smog and clouds were so thick you couldn't see the mountain at all.



This is my office mate, Sweet Pea. He doesn't get a lot of play on the blog because he's mean. Sadly, he's also my best friend in Utah. When he's not beating me up or kicking me for no reason, I make him business c…

Utah Friends and the VA Friends Coming to Utah for Cougartail

First, if you don't know what CougarTail is, click on it and go find out. Because you should all come!

Next, I am inviting all y'all to the Tavernacle the night before CougarTail. The Tavernacle is a dueling pianos-singalong bar. (you may have noticed in past posts that I LOVE these kinds of places.) And by "all y'all" I mean all the bloggers, Utah friends, and friends flying and/or driving into Utah for Cougar Tail.

And if you don't come to one or both parties, I will be greatly offended and hurt, because you know how hard I have been trying to make friends. And I will consider this a great slight against me that you ignored this very personal invitation to a party.

So Friday, Nov 2- Tavernacle
Saturday, Nov 3- Cougar Tail

So many fun ways to scream and sing yourself hoarse!

Now for the catch- Tavernacle requires reservations. So if you want to join our merry band, you must simply click on "comments" or send me an email and say you will be there.

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Utah Friends and the VA Friends Coming to Utah for Cougartail

First, if you don't know what CougarTail is, click on it and go find out. Because you should all come!

Next, I am inviting all y'all to the Tavernacle the night before CougarTail. The Tavernacle is a dueling pianos-singalong bar. (you may have noticed in past posts that I LOVE these kinds of places.) And by "all y'all" I mean all the bloggers, Utah friends, and friends flying and/or driving into Utah for Cougar Tail.

And if you don't come to one or both parties, I will be greatly offended and hurt, because you know how hard I have been trying to make friends. And I will consider this a great slight against me that you ignored this very personal invitation to a party.

So Friday, Nov 2- Tavernacle
Saturday, Nov 3- Cougar Tail

So many fun ways to scream and sing yourself hoarse!

Now for the catch- Tavernacle requires reservations. So if you want to join our merry band, you must simply click on "comments" or send me an email and say you will be there.

Str…

Mental illness? Or just from Springville, Utah?

Actual conversation at the grocery store:

Pregnant Clerk: (holding up large red and green fruit) Ooh, what is this one called?

Me: That's a mango.

Pregnant Clerk: I've never tried one of those. You're really adventurous!

Me- blank stare back

Pregnant Clerk: Ooh, green peppers! I just tried my first one a few days ago.

Me: Your first green pepper?

PregnantClerk: Yeah, it wasn't what I thought at all. It wasn't spicy like I thought. And it was real crunchy.

Me: Wow. That's crazy.

Pregnant Clerk: Yeah, some people even put green peppers on their pizza. I bet you're one of those people who tries everything, aren't you?

Me: That's not a green pepper, those are granny smith apples.

Pregnant Clerk: Oh, I know, but they're green like peppers. I don't eat green.

Me: Oh.

I fear for the unborn.

Like we didn't see that one coming...

And when I say tonight...

... I might mean tomorrow night. The Anderson Cooper website is saying it is on tonight. But my uncle informs us that it got moved to tomorrow night.

I have no idea.

As Seen On TV

Tonight (Thursday) on Anderson Cooper 360! The talk will be all about Mitt Romney and his faith. My uncle, Dane, will be talking about Mitt Romney. As will Elder Ballard of the LDS Church General Authorities. My uncle is good friends with Mitt, and was his mission companion in France.

In other TV appearances, the little X-ray machine, the NOMAD, that I work for has been making appearances on CSI: NY.

Recently the NOMAD has been seen in several episodes of CSI:NY. In case you aren’t already watching this hit show, you can now see it online. The NOMAD only appears for a few seconds during the weekly episode autopsies. It isn’t necessarily used in a completely believable way, but it’s TV, and it is great exposure. To see our little X-ray machine click on the following link.You will see each episode listed. Click on “Watch Now.”A short commercial will run first, then the episode.There is a small timer running below the screen. You can see what time you are at in the show. I’ve listed at …

The Better Things Going On

In better goings on in the ErinAnnie family-

Natalie and company- moving! Again! To Reno! Yes, they have only been in Vegas for 5 months. It's crazy. I'm trying to pretend I'll forgive her for moving further away from me. But let it be known, I'm only pretending.

The Nephews- continue to be cute. I love telling them bedtime stories over the speaker on cell phone.

Scottie Boy- my brother graduated from boot camp at Lackland AFB in September. While his sisters were hoping he'd get kicked around a bit and learn some humility. Instead, Golden Boy graduated top of his class with honors. His sisters are proud of him. He's now in Monterrey learning Arabic for the next 15 months. I'm looking forward to him visiting me for Thanksgiving.

Steph- The Baby of the family is busy kicking a** as a fire fighter back home. She's got a Marine boyfriend and is counting down the seconds till the Marine Ball next month.

The Folks- Mom is working a nearly full-time job for the fi…

I Think I've Finally Lost Me

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For months now I have just told myself over and over to "just hang in there." "Give it a few more months." "You're still new here." I keep thinking things will get better. But really, I just can't take it anymore. I'm admitting defeat. I'm admitting I'm just miserable. I'm not the girl I used to be/always was. I can't recall the last time I actually had to use my brain or put forth an effort. I watch 4-5 hours of TV a night because I have nothing better to do. I hate this. I have signed up for volunteer jobs. I attempt to meet people. I'm doing everything I know how. But I am still miserable.
I realized today I am living my worst nightmare. I am a 30 something, with a very average, uninteresting, nothing of a job. I have few friends, no social life. I don't own my home. I am nothing but a total waste of space. This is the one and only goal I ever had for myself- that I would always be engaged in a good cause, and that I …
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Fall Cleaning

I finally gave in and accepted the seasons have changed to autumn today. I don't dislike autumn. I just really like to hold on to summer for as long as possible. But the continuous fog and sleet, coupled with the snow-capped mountains today forced me to accept there will be no more summer.
So I enjoyed it while I could. I cleaned my house like it has never been cleaned before. We're talking dusting behind the TV and organizing the sock drawer clean. I even ironed all of my clothes and put away the summer t-shirts. It will be months before I will get to wear short sleeves again. (So sad.)
My favorite part of accepting (albeit reluctantly) autumn is switching to flannel sheets and a warmer blanket. And eating pumpkin pie. I've made three pies this week, just messing with the recipes. My favorite involves adding a little bit of brown sugar and maple extract to the ingredients. SO GOOD.
Now I just have to buy a pumpkin and call it a decoration. And then it will reall…

LDSBlogs.com

As of today I am writing for a new website, LDSBlogs.com.
This website is written by LDS Church members for both other LDS members and non-LDS members. Most of the topics and writers are serious religious topics. It's a great place for non-LDS people to learn more about Mormons from actual Mormons, and not from the media who just never do seem to get it right.
As you can imagine, I'm not writing on a serious subject. I'm writing about singles (no surprise there), and mostly in a funny light (really no surprise there). I think there will be an occasional sober subject though. I even get my own URL, so if you want to just read me, feel free to go straight to http://singles.ldsblogs.com/ . I'll be honest, I get paid not just for entries, but for page views, so feel free to link it on your personal blogs and share the link with others!!
(I'm still working full time at my real job. This is just a side writing gig.)

No wonder I feel like crap

18 days of a "bad cold" turned into-

bronchitis
sinus infection
and an ear infection

in one short trip to the doctor's office this morning.

Let's hear it for antibiotics!

New Fall TV Shows

I admittedly love the beginning of the Fall TV season. Part of it is just my TV junkie side, part of it my college education (broadcast journalism, media communication, and history of movies and entertainment courses). I love not just watching TV shows for their entertainment value, but also following the ratings, network lineups, critics and commercial value. This fall has not disappointed with interesting new story line, commercial values and lineups.
No one is going to bother reading everything I could possibly say on the subject. So I'll just give a few short wrap ups on some of my new favorite shows.

Gossip Girl -on the CW network. It's a little too "OC." But if you like watching high drama tv shows about spoiled rich kids in really expensive clothes, it may not disappoint. I give it a 2.9 out of 5.

Pushing Daisies - I read about this show in a few different magazines before actually catching the pilot. All the critics promised something new, unique and co…

Amputated Leg Found In Smoker

1. CNN article on it- best quotes- "We're looking at split custody," and "Anybody who knew me knew that leg was in there."

2. Local news article on the subject- best quote, "It ain't too healthy looking."

3. YouTube -



All I can say is, so your leg gets amputated. You lose all your money and put your belongings in a storage unit. You need a place to keep your leg. So you put it in the freaking bbq smoker??

Ginsu Knives, Ninjas, Lamb and a Good Rotisserie Chicken

Actual (emailed) conversation held at work today:

Context: Deciding if we lead off our ad campaign with "routine uses" or "exotic uses" of our product.
Editor's Note: Name of our product has been substituted with Product, because the last thing I need is people googling our product name and finding this blog.

Me: I think everyone has a product already that does the routine procedures. And if we sell ourselves as just another way to be routine, we’ll never get anywhere. Setting ourselves apart as the product that does the routine AND goes above and beyond and does cool stuff- that gets us noticed. I’m thinking of those great infomercials on TV. Ginsu knives. We all have knives. Why do we want more? Because just in case I ever need to cut through a diet coke can, and then cut a tomato, I need to have a Ginsu knife. My regular routine knife only cuts through a tomato. And it only does it relatively well. A Ginsu knife must cut tomatoes better because it can…

Keep on, keeping on

I have now lived here a full 5 months. I'm not sure how I feel about that. It isn't the life I expected to have when I came, and I have accepted that it never will be that life. I've moved all over the country and never had the problems I've had since moving here. But I'm working on it. I've signed up to volunteer as a "big" in the Big Brother, Big Sister program. I've picked up the new writing gig (which terrifies me). And I am house-hunting. All things I think will improve my spirits some.
It's funny though. You can leave, you can make changes, but somethings will always remain the same. For instance, the singles activity I went to on Friday night. 70 women, 14 men. I met several really nice girls there (obviously, meeting men was not going to happen). 2 girls had lived in DC for 5 years, and knew my name from the activities I did. And another girl is on her way to move out to DC soon. And a fourth girl came up to me (this was…