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christmas and winter may now begin

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Because I said so.

more ways utah is different from dc

1. There's a nativity set on the front desk. Obviously, I have no problem with it. It's just strange to see it there. And that no one is threatening a lawsuit.

2. Today we got an order from SAIC. And nobody else had ever heard of them. Now, granted, half my readers aren't in or from DC, so that won't mean much to them. But in DC, it's impossible to have not heard of SAIC.

3. It snowed 3 inches. And no businesses, schools, or work was closed or delayed. (That's mocking DC, not Utah.)

more ways utah is different from dc

1. There's a nativity set on the front desk. Obviously, I have no problem with it. It's just strange to see it there. And that no one is threatening a lawsuit.

2. Today we got an order from SAIC. And nobody else had ever heard of them. Now, granted, half my readers aren't in or from DC, so that won't mean much to them. But in DC, it's impossible to have not heard of SAIC.

3. It snowed 3 inches. And no businesses, schools, or work was closed or delayed. (That's mocking DC, not Utah.)

YEAH!!!!!

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In the best Christmas present EVER, my BFF Jules will be eating some serious crow in the very near future!! Her husband, the Big Hairy Man, has accepted a job in Utah! Woo-Hoo! Erinandjuli will be reunited soon! YEAH for us!

(not unlike me and not all that long ago, juli swore she would never return to the mothership utah. hence the crow feasting.)

Let the Post-Thanksgiving Blogging Begin

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It is well known that when no one else is around and I am left to my own devices complete chaos tends to break out. Sadly, or possible fortunately, no one else is ever around to witness the insanity. But then again, if someone else was around, the chaos would probably not ensue, because I'd have someone to help me and help prevent the near disasters.
Cooking my first ever Thanksgiving meal on my own was one of those times. To say I was nervous about cooking several recipes I have never tried before for my cousins (Merry Brooke, Savannah, Chris and Rob) would be an understatement. And thanks to the discussion boards on LDS Linkup, I got really wrapped up in the excitement of something called "brining* a turkey." One week ago I had never even heard of brining. But then, somehow, thanks to my online friends, I decided to attempt it.
That was my first mistake.
Several more followed.

Here's what I wrote on the subject late Wednesday night (with a few edits)


I'm not sure …
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Wednesday Night Dinner Club

Come join us for Wednesday Night Dinner Club!

This week we'll be eating at the Bombay House in Provo.
463 North University Ave
Provo, Utah 84601

7 pm

Come alone or bring some friends! It's a great and easy way to make new friends. Last week (our big debut week) we had 12 people! Considering no one knew each other- that was great! WNDC is a simple way to meet new people, have a good meal, and just chat. Don't be shy! We'd love to meet you!

Taking the Mountain to Mohammed

Or is it taking Mohammed to the mountain? I always forget.

I've been making a very concerted effort lately to find happiness here in un-Happy Valley. I've made no secret on my blog that I'm pretty much been miserable here. The facts are simple- the job is... well, we'll figure that one out later. And I'm stuck in a social black hole. So I've been trying harder. I've signed up as a volunteer pretty much everywhere and anywhere. And I'm making my own happiness. I've set a few personal goals and I'm working every day on each goal. (more on those later) But three big things happened for me this week.

But first let's back up to last week. Last Thursday I had every reason in the world to just throw in the towel and call it quits here. I really did. But after much prayer and contemplation, I'm still here one week later. And in most certain and definite answers that God does love me more than I trust Him to at times, three key things happened this…

Things That Make You Go OWWWWW!!!!!

(all things inflicted upon my body today)

1. Dropping the scissors on my own bare big toe.
2. While using some ridiculous lower back/glutes machine at the gym, not paying attention and attempting to use it with the weights set at 200. (I normally do 50-70 lbs on that particular machine.) I think it is possible to literally feel a muscle tearing.
3. Before nearly killing one's self on said machine, doing (under the supervision of a minimum wage trainer) a double work-out. (I think the twitches, tremors, and shaking that follow killer work outs should also count towards the calorie burning.)
4. Biting your own lip when you meant to bite into a celery stalk.
5. Paper cut inflicted by stupid bill envelope.

Pushing Daisies, How I Love and Hate Thee

Like many other people this season I have fallen in love with the show, Pushing Daisies. After all, what isn't too love? Cute pie maker that brings people back from the dead? Chi McBride as a selfish detective using the pie maker to solve mysteries? Quirky females both in love with the truly adorable and delicious pie maker? How can you not love this show? (One of the better lines, "Our saliva isn't compatible." How can you not laugh?!)
But there's something bugging me to no end here. THE MORMON REFERENCES HAVE GOT TO GO! For those not watching the show, let me explain. In one episode the bad guys' names were Lemuel and Wilfrid Woodruff. For non-Mormons reading along, I shall explain. Lemuel is a name right out of the Book of Mormon. WilfOrd Woodruff was a prophet in our church. And then tonight the episode was about a polygamist. The actual show never said Mormon, but there was one wife who didn't drink coffee. But an online description of tonight's …

Martian Child

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Friday night I took a spontaneous trip up to SL Valley to go see a movie with Krispy. We had plans to see a different movie that was serendipitously sold out. So we got tickets and walked in 10 minutes late to see Martian Child. Please note I said serendipitously. Martian Child is my new favorite movie. I can't wait to buy it on DVD. I can't wait to take another friend to see it next week. Like the reviews said, it is a bit sappy. But sappy in a very good way. Krispy and I both found ourselves just letting the tears flow. It's a GREAT movie.


To try and sum up this movie it is basically about a widower single man who adopts an orphan boy with serious social issues and believes he is from Mars. The story goes through both the man's roller coaster of emotions as he tries to figure out this strange little child. And the audience will identify with the child and how he never feels like he fits in, and is, in fact, from outer space. The audience identifies with both sides. J…

4 eyes

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On the weekends I try to wear my glasses as much as possible. I'm not really supposed to wear my contacts as often as I do, according to an optometrist I went to a few years ago. So on the weekends I try to wear my glasses as much as possible. This past Sunday I must have fallen asleep wearing my glasses during my nap. And I must have taken them off in my sleep too. Because I woke up when I rolled over on top of them and heard them snap in two. Now normally I have 2 pairs of glasses. But back in May my darling littlest nephew (while I was still living with him) brought me my regular pair of glasses in a broken mess. His lack of command of the English language at the time has left it a mystery as to how indestructable frames could be in so many pieces. So I packed the pieces in a box that I have since lost. Which left me with my backup pair of glasses, which suits me just fine.

I wasn't too worried about my glasses. Until I got to work on Tuesday and discovered a co-worker with…

It's the week after Halloween that must mean it's almost Christmas, right?

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So Halloween has gone and no sooner did the orange and black have its moment in the moonlight, that it's all gone again. And now the Christmas deluge may begin. I really really get annoyed by Christmas music this early in the year. Not only do I get tired of the repetitiveness of it all, but I feel like we miss out on other events as well as a result. For instance, Veterans Day. Personally, I have always felt like Veterans Day deserves the same treatment as the 4th of July. But apparently I am alone in these sentiments. Most people don't even know what day it is, and unless you work for the Feds, you probably don't get the day off from work. Personally, I think it is a shame. Not just because I like time off of work, but because I do think it is a holiday that deserves a lot more recognition. But since patriotic Santas have never been top retail sellers, the day comes and goes with little to no fan fare.
I also have a rant about the cost of normal every day services that sk…

We have a winner!

TRS guessed correctly! I was in Newton, MA last week. Sorry it wasn't a more exciting trip or destination. Just a very quick trip to the East and right back again. More time spent flying than actually working. Between the jet lag, early flights, and now Daylight Savings, my sleep schedule is completely thrown off. Yeah me.
TRS, for Googling with confidence, I owe the world a post about you! Sadly, I do not know you (yet) very well. So if you don't mind, can you please email me so I can get to know you better??

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Claim to fame- this is their 8th hotel (according to my cabbie)

clue 3

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when traveling always take time to sample local cuisine