Showing posts from May, 2008

Happy Birthday Juli!

Happy Birthday Jules! You have supported me through more crap in the last 11 years than I can even begin to recount. I couldn't ask for a better BFF. Just think, we're only legally obligated to stay friends for 18 more years, and you won't have to hand over your first born to anyone. (Although, I'm willing to take the first or second born off your hands anytime. I am rather fond of them.)

For the rest of the world, here's some of the incredible ways Jules has been there for me this year-
1. listened to more phone calls about useless guys than either of us could ever count
2. let me live in her living room for a week
3. took me to the emergency room even though her own kids were sick, and she was getting sick as well
4. has subjected herself to public humiliation by participating in a guinea pig program for my clients
5. has convincingly faked interest in all of my clients
6. even listened to country music to support me (and if that isn't love, i don't know what is…

Good Feeling

You know what is a good feeling? Hope. Just feeling like there are some good things on the horizon. Especially after long periods of feeling like nothing ever goes your way. Whether it is financial hope, romantic, or just the hope that maybe your kitchen will stay clean for a few days, hope is just a great feeling.
Right now it's all of the above for me. The brakes on my car are fixed, which in an odd way is a financial hope. As in I am hoping I won't be dealing with that again for a while. There's actually happy hopeful feelings in the romance department. If nothing else, there's 1, maybe even 2, guys that make me smile. And my whole apartment is clean. And that is a great feeling.
So in spite of the fact that Horatio is kicking the crap out of me tonight, I'm going to bed happy and hopeful.
And hopeful is good.

A Special Day in Every Girl's Life

There's a special day in every girl's life. The day she goes to the mailbox and gets the one thing she never thought she'd get.
Her very own AARP card, so she can make the most of life over 50.

I also got 3 Prevention magazines in the mail today. I'm not sure what to say!

LDS Bloggers Needed

If you are a blogger, and want to review an LDS film, let me know by emailing me (erinm at cobaltcg dot com) your blog link, and how many people you estimate/know read your blog a week. And your mailing address where we can send you the DVD.

Only 2 criteria required to review this movie-

1. You can follow simple directions
2. You actually watch the whole movie and review it.

(it's amazing to me how many people volunteer to get the free movie, and then never review it.)

We'll pick and choose blogs to give it to based on our own totally biased criteria. Pretty much its nothing more than, "did they follow the directions?" and "do they have more than 5 readers a week?"

More from Reno

Just a few more pictures to wrap up the Reno weekend.

Is there anything cuter than a boy and his dog?

Ruby has an ear infection, but because she went and got herself knocked up she can't take the antibiotics. So she's stuck wearing the collar for a while until her ear clears up. When she has the collar on she refuses to make eye contact with anyone.

Unlike Ruby, Porter enjoys wearing her collar. He calls it his trash can.

Moments after this picture was taken he got the collar stuck around his head. And not unlike Ruby there was serious weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth until it was removed.

The skate park was fun in spite of dark scary skies.

This picture was taken specifically to show the contrast of the Cotton Top against the black sky.

A quick trip to Costco turned into a maze crawl through the cat scratch carpet thingys. Who knew there was so much adventure and fun to be had at Costco?

And naturally Super Diaper Baby made an appearance.

So long my cute little men.

Discovery Park Reno

Between shopping, skate parks, and nudist camps, we also found time to visit the Discovery Park in Reno. The park boasted a "working mine" where you could pan for gold, a petting zoo, a log flume, and oh so much more. Apparently you just couldn't do most of that on the day we were there. In spite of claiming to be the grand opening for the season over the holiday weekend, they hadn't yet opened most of their exhibits. Maybe next time...

One of the highlights of the park was the so-called working mine. It had slides going from floor to floor (and regular stair cases). Porter saw the slide from the outside, and ran like a mad man screaming "SLIDE!!!!!!!!" to get there. Once we got inside and he saw how dark, steep, and strange it was, he immediately declared, "I SCARED!" and wouldn't go near it. But as soon as he saw his mother climb in, he climbed right on top of her and went down the slide.

I should mention here, it's a little bit strange ge…

Reno and the Nudists

I just spent 3 days in Reno visiting my sister and her family. We had a lot of fun from skate parks to shopping to nudist colonies to dinosaurs and panning for gold. Wondering how we fit all of that in in just 3 days? Let's just say little boys have a lot of energy.

My round up of the weekend is going to be completely out of order. I'm sure you'll get over it.

On Saturday Natalie declared she wanted to go to the hot springs and go swimming. She looked up a few places online. One was a state park about 3 hours north of Reno and cost $5/person, the other was a private resort about 1 hour away. We compared admission versus gas money, and opted to go with the private resort (which cost $15/person). We loaded up the car with 4 little boys (her 3 boys, plus their cousin), and Steve, Nats, and me, and headed off for middle of nowhere California.

It was an overcast, chilly but warm day. The resort was in a heavily wooded mountainous area- good for hot springs. When we arrived the fir…

Oops, I forgot

I just realized I forgot to post something for the Sunday Morning Shout Outs this week.

I think they are the same as all the other weeks, but I could use an extra shout out for myself and Due West today.

Click this- - and you'll help us get their new song played on Clear Channel radio across the country.


Greetings from the Reno airport

Sometime later this morning I will get home and take a very long nap. After that, I will wake up, go grocery shopping, clean my apartment, take another nap, and then probably get around to posting some pictures about my weekend.
And telling you the story about how my sister took us to a nudist colony this weekend.
And then you will laugh.
A lot.

Indy Meets National Treasure Meets the X-Files?

Tonight I got the rare chance to go to a private screening of Indiana Jones. A friend of a friend rented out an entire theater for a private screening. I think in the future I want to see all movies this way. The theater has a very fun energy and vibe to it when everyone is chatting beforehand and excited to see each other. JennC- thanks for inviting everyone. It was great!

Now, for the move itself. I had heard that some reviews were negative, but the only review I actually read myself said something like it is what it is, an Indy film. And that was exactly right. It had the classic Indy quips and one-liners, and all the classic lines that you wanted to hear, "I HATE snakes." (Truth be known, I, too, hate snakes, with more than just a little passion. I DESPISE and FEAR snakes. And this snake scene made me scream and cover my eyes. My friends laughed as much at me as at the scene I think.) They also threw in another classic line from a different George Lucas-Harrison Ford movi…

Want to read a funny story about my lunch today?

here's the teaser...

Lunch with Heidi and Sara
$100 bill
Scuzzy guys
True blog moments

For the story click here.

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What I Don't Get

In today's Washington Post there is a quick recap of the John Bloxham conviction for murdering Todd Rogers. You can read it here. It is actually on page 2 of the recap.

On that same page there is a recap of the conviction of a man who murdered a cab driver. He received a 73 year sentence for first degree murder. Presumably robbing and murdering a cab driver, is not pre-meditated. (For those who are about to argue that he brought a weapon, and therefore it is pre-meditated, please stop and realize that pre-meditation requires intent to kill a specific person in a specific way. Presumably, he did not specifically target this exact cab driver.)

But John was only given 35 years for what was an elaborately planned and executed plot over several months to stalk, slander, libel, and eventually murder. It was most certainly pre-meditated.

Does this bother anyone else? One person gets 73 years for what is perceived to be a crime of selfish convenience, while the person who set out with an age…

My new alarm clock

I've made an interesting discovery. The sprinklers in my neighborhood turn on at 11 pm. They make a beeping sound before the start.
Why does this matter to me?
The beeping is my cue to stop working and get ready for bed.

Idling for Idol

I have consistently been a David Cooke fan all season. I have voted more for him than for anyone else. But tonight, my vote goes to Archuleta. Both were great tonight. I think both deserve to win. So maybe I just shouldn't vote? I can't decide.

I am what I am, and that's all that I am, and all that I want to be

Sometime last week (who knows when it actually was, the past 3 weeks are nothing but a blur), Heidi sent me this link to an article entitled "Marry Him!" Now, I'll be honest, I won't read most articles sent to me on any subject regarding singles or marriage. Why? No two people are the same, no two relationships are the same. And most of the people who do send me such articles are not people I care to take relationship advice from. Why? I wouldn't want to be in a relationship like theirs, and therefore, don't take their advice. Or even though they may have good intentions, they don't know what it is like to be LDS, single, and in your 30's.

That all being said, Heidi does get what it is like to be LDS, single, and in your 30's. And she's married to a guy I knew when he was single, and they have a very happy and great relationship now. So I'll pay attention when Heidi has something to say on the subject, or sends a link. (**update, Heidi has …

Sunday Morning Shout Outs

Let's shout out for Sunday-

Anyone need a taser?

Vote for Dirt's Shirts.

Bertie's jeans.

And I'm giving myself a big shout out this week for my clients seen on the right of this page. In nothing short of amazing, I managed to get Clear Channel radio to pick them up for online rotation. But they only stay in the rotation with online demands. So I am begging and PLEADING with you, please just click right here, and just stay on the page long enough to get the music to play. Feel free to come back and click it all the time. Click early, click often!

I Can't Be Sure, But, I Think Something Cool Just Happened

I can't be sure. I really can't. But I just got home from a fun night out with the girls from work (more on that later), and turned on the radio. I was just putting around, doing whatever, and realized I was singing along to the radio. To one of my client's songs.
Why is this significant?
I've been working my butt off to get my client's song on the radio!!! But I'm so used to hearing the song over and over now, that even though I have been anxiously listening to the radio hoping to hear their song, I think it just came on and I didn't even realize it!!
But I can't be sure. Oh this is killing me!

Enlightenment- Moving at the Speed of Life

Several times lately I have heard old friends and family say to me that I am back in my element, or in the right place, or that I sound like the old me again. They almost all seem to be laughing when they say it, and I almost always sound exhausted or overwhelmed in the conversation.
It's a good feeling. But wow, I have no idea where this energy all comes from. Or where it used to come from. Or how to make sure I keep it.
If all goes well, I'm getting furniture next week sometime (um, I'll be in touch Laurie). And I can't begin to tell you how excited I am for a real bed. I need my sleep these days, and this broken air mattress and I are not getting along well.

More Gems from the World of 0nline D@ting

Two more gems stood out at me today-

Guy #1- In response to preset question about what book he is reading. "A biography of Lou Gehrig. He was the baseball player who had the disease named after him."

Really? Cause I thought maybe he was the cousin of the guy who died from the disease, and that's how it got it's name.

Guy #2- Claimed to be 33, looks to be about 50, including the mustache and black leather jacket, who lists himself as sexually and morally conservative, and says he only drinks a "few times" a year.

"Things I can't Live Without"- Great sex, iPod, girls, women, martinis, and my motorcyle.

The only surprise in that statment was that he said women AND girls. I would have expected his mustache to make the list.

David Archuleta Overload

I've mentioned a few times now that I live in the hometown of American Idol David Archuleta. This post is more for my mother and sister who have heard me complain about the traffic situation this week for his big "homecoming," and have heard me laugh and show some happiness at seeing my little town gather round and support one of their own.

The following pictures are all seen within 1-2 miles of my house.

"I'm thinking... David?"

City Government Building

Murray High School (rumor has it American Idol paid for the banner)

The walkway from the school to the seminary building.

Popular sub shop

Local car dealership practices a little copyright infringement for a good cause!

These were all taken while driving stick and talking to my sister on the phone. I am nothing if not the ultimate multi-tasker. I wasn't fast enough to get pictures of the Carl's Jr, McDonalds, and bank that also had signs out.

Sunday Morning Shout Outs

Okay, this will be a quick Sunday Morning Shout Out. As usual, it's not Morning anymore, and I'm anxious to get to my Sunday Nap. But time is of the essence regarding one of the shout outs today.

Dirtius Maximus (Brent) and Dirtius Wifius (Heather- who just announced she's pregnant) have a shirt up in the Woot Derby again this week. And this time Dirt is this close to making it into the coveted top 3 position! So, if you have a Woot account (and really, have I not talked this site up enough for you yet?), go vote for this shirt NOW!

And while there are other friends and family I could shout out to today, I'm tired, and I'm just going to shout out for my parents and their Taser business. $349 for your own personal security Taser. Legal and easy to buy. You can even host a "taser party" at your own house, and earn your own free Taser. Check it out at

My other beloved blog, has a new submission up t…

I am the Wooting Sleepwalking Queen

My love for knows no bounds. This is a well documented fact. Earlier this week I got really excited to see a red blender on a regular woot, and had to buy it. Why? Because I have all red small appliances, and really wanted a red blender. Duh. On Wednesday at work we were discussing companies we all love and therefore want to do business with. I mentioned Woot, and then had to explain the beauty of the Woot. (They all love it too now.) I said at that time that my spidey sense was tingling and I felt a woot off coming. And sure enough, there was a HUGE one the very next day.
(if you are not yet familiar with the beauty of the woot, please visit their site now and figure it out.)
So of course, all excited about rebate checks and pay raises, I found myself gleefully participating in the woot off. I made 2 more fun purchases (both items I have wanted for a long time) before the excitement was over. But we're going to wait until Mr UPS Man in his hottie shorts shows up with my be…

Moving On Up!

Today was unexpectedly great. I was scheduled to have my 3 month review tomorrow (Friday), but instead we held it today at a moment's notice. I had no reason to be nervous, but since my last employee review at that company we do not name back in Maryland ended with me leaving the company 20 minutes later, I tend to be a bit wary over these things.

But no need to be wary today. In fact, it was cause for celebration! I got a promotion to Director of Marketing! (not too shabby for a girl who was told she sucked at marketing just a few months ago by a man who probably couldn't spell marketing if he had a dictionary open in front of him.)
I'm very excited, and I'm really enjoying the changes in the direction my company is making right now.

Thanks to my great co-workers Jess and Sara, and to Heidi who got me the job in the first place.

I Love My Dallin Boy

My cute little nephew men have been busy visiting Nana and Papa in Virginia (they are on the odd year round school calendar. off track right now.) for the past 3 weeks. The grandparents may love their little boys but you sure can hear the exhaustion in their voices while they remember how to herd small children.
I should point out Natalie was with the boys as well. But as we all know, children don't really count when there are grandchildren present.
My dad called me this morning to relay another classic Dallin moment.
Papa had been telling the boys a bed-time story about when Papa and Uncle Dane were little boys. (It's a story I've heard often enough myself.) Uncle Dane was about 6 years old- Dallin's age- and some big boys dared him to roll down a hill in a tire. And if he would do it they would give him some money. As little boys are prone to do, Uncle Dane got in the tire, and very foolishly launched himself down the side of a hill, falling out of the tire, and breaki…

Another Foray into Online Dating

Why do I continue my ventures into online dating? I don't know. But I do. I'm currently using one of those online sites that matches you based on so-many-points-of-compatibility. Today I received this gem of a profile.

going on long walks thru natural settings hills, moutains, seaside or even in big city downtowns and looking at the architecture or other activities like ski, swim yoga or bike cooking or dinning out I enjoying making and eating dishes from around the world thai and indian curries I very much so enjoying a mexican mole sauce the richness and complexity of chocolate in that one so creative and chocolate bars I love trying chocaltes from all over the world my favorite so far is one from iceland called serrius I like studying about the mind/universe or God in all the forms religious and quantum physics

(and then regarding his favorite book)-
one of my favorite books tom robbins' Jitter Bug Perfum it is fun and an adventure that spans the globe and many centuries i…

Things You Don't Want to See in the Mail

I rarely check my mail. I'm actually quite horrible about it. And after today's heart attack, I'm less likely to check it in the future. Why? Because I got these 2 envelopes in the mail today. (Also, my camera sucks at close ups. Sorry.) The top one says, "Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service." The bottom one says, "United States Office of Personnel Management, Federal Investigative Services Division." It also says below that, "Have a nice day," printed on by the Postal Service. Oh the irony.

Needless to say, seeing the words "IRS" and "Federal Investigative Services" in the mail together FREAKED.ME.OUT.

But in the end, all is well. The top one was just letting me know I should have received my IRS rebate by now (which I haven't- anyone know what to do about this dilemma? They are auto-depositing them in the bank accounts our tax refunds went to. But I've closed that account. Any idea who I contact or …

Sunday (Afternoon) Shout Outs

Time for the weekly Sunday Shout Outs to support my fabulous friends and family in their business and online ventures.

My parents are now selling Tasers. Yes, Tasers. This is a bona fide cottage industry sanctioned by Taser International themselves. So if you are in the need of a taser gun for personal protection, you can buy one from them at . My dad is even blogging on the subject right here.

Krispy is an aesthetician and, if she likes you, will let you pay her for services at her home.

Another week, another shirt woot derby for Brent. You can vote for him here. He really is a very talented artist.


May the Fourth Be With You!!!

Due West Free Music- Please Download!!

I know I have said it before, but I have to keep saying it again and again- I need people to go download Due West's "Sweet Gravity" for free. It is a GREAT song. (really, i'm not the only one saying so. the critics that have reviewed it have all given it very high marks.) So you can click RIGHT HERE and go to the download, (easier for you RSS feed readers), or you can click on "download" in the "widget" below.