Showing posts from July, 2008

Everything is Beautiful- Tyson's Song

I don't usually share very emotional or deep videos. I tend to shy away from anything that requires me "feeling" more than necessary. But if you have been following my blog for more than 2 years, you know I have had a soft spot in my heart for children suffering from cancer.
Recently, I became aware of Tyson and his story, through Due West and the Nashville Tribute to Joseph. This song was written by the guys involved with DW and NT for Tyson, as a tribute from Tyson to his mother. It's beautiful and moving. I hope you will take the time to watch it, and maybe even help pass along the song, story and video. Thanks!

Turn and face the strange ch-ch-ch-changes!

The number of changes my left underwent in the last 24 hours.

1. Started a new job.
2. Had to start waking up before 7 am.
3. Actually got paid. Not in full still, but I did get paid.
4. I admitted (in my own head and out loud) that I have a crush on someone.
5. Maybe even 2 someones, but probably just one.
6. Got new clients for my own consulting business. Scary!
7. Realized yet again that I really do have the most generous and incredible friends ever. And not one made me feel stupid for needing love and help!
8. Decided it's time to make plans to hike Kilimanjaro, and start training for it.

10 Minutes in the Life of the Kitten That Runs This Place (as typed by his human)

8:01 am: The human's alarm clock has gone off. It is awake. I will cry at it's door until it lets me in. Hmm... if I stick my head far enough under the door maybe I can slide under and get into it's room and bite it's arms! Ooh, drat these ears! They won't quite flatten down. OWWWWWWWW! My HEAD IS STUCK! MY HEAD IS STUCK!!!! HUMAN! COME GET ME OUT! GRRR... Why must the human laugh every time I do this. For laughing at me, I must bite it's arms.

8:02 am: The human has been sucked into the blankets on the big thing in the middle of the room. I must free the human so it can play with me again. I will attack the long things under the blanket.

WOAH! Whatever evil hides under the blanket has retaliated against me. I must have caught 3 inches of air that time. I will pounce again, followed by multiple bites, I am sure this time it will succumb to me, and I will release the human from it's snares... Ooh look! An arm! First, I must chew on the arm for a few minutes. I…

Funeral talk

I have funerals on my mind this morning. My family is right at this moment attending the funeral for a good friend of my brother and sister. The friend passed away last Saturday completely unexpected. I believe he was only 22 years old. He played football and video games with my brother in high school, and was a regular fixture in the crowd of boys that hung around our house. And like many of my brother's friends, suddenly noticed when my sister was old enough and hot enough to not be thought of has someone else's little sister anymore.
I've endured many deaths and funeral in the last ten years. I've talked about that before. But this one was different (they are all always different) because it didn't really affect me. It affected my two siblings (and my parents who knew him as well). And the big sister in me has had her heart breaking all week for what my brother and sister are feeling. I know too well the pain of losing a friend so young and out of the blue. In th…

Happy Pioneer Day, Y'all

Due West on stage at the Wasatch County Events Center in Heber. L-R, Brad, Tim and Matt.

Okay, so Pioneer Day was actually yesterday (Thursday), but it's still today for me, since I won't be sleeping anytime soon. For all you non-Utahans, and/or Mormons Who Don't Care, Pioneer Day is a Utah state holiday commemorating the Pioneers journey West and the settlement of Utah. It is celebrated as widely and with as much energy as the 4th of July.

Matt and me (a picture I'll never put up on their blog, but don't fear sharing here.)

My holiday was simple enough. Go to the pool to work on the tan, play with the kitten, watch some X-Files, go to Heber City to see Due West and the Nashville Tribute to the Pioneer Trek. DW did a GREAT job, and I really enjoyed seeing the Trek show. I've seen the "Joseph show" several times now (first post on it was Jan 2006), but this was my first "Trek" show. I've heard the album a few million times, and I love it. I …

Filling in the details

After my Monday post complaining about not being able to control things in my life right now, things took a very unexpected turn. It wasn't something that had been on the list of things to worry about before. I lost my job very unceremoniously. Oh, and did I mention I haven't been paid? Oh the joys of working for a volatile start up. But hey, I don't work there now!
So no job, no money. It's a great combination. But like I said, the good news is that more than one former client has come to me with work to do in the meantime.
There's a lot going on, like how my old company is getting sold to a new company. Today my whole team was interviewed (including me) by the new company. And I couldn't be happier or prouder that my team all went in there and defended the team. No one took an "each man for himself" mentality. And given the circumstances, that is amazing. I wouldn't have questioned anyone's motives for going in there with that mentality. It ma…

Top Ten Reasons I Like Unemployment Today

Less than 12 hours after my last post, things got crazier. I am officially unemployed! But this time at least I qualify for unemployment. (Feel free to read between the lines.)

So without further ado, here are my Top Ten Reasons I Don't Mind Being Unemployed Today

10. I don't have to be at work dealing with the never ending frustrations.
9. My favorite client is going with me.
8. Squiggy is more than happy to keep me entertained, and I am happy to entertain him.
7. Lots of great people have already helped me on my way to getting my next job.
6. I got to job hunt while sitting by the pool today.
5. I've discovered Plurking. No job= lots of time to plurk!
4. I got a nap today.
3. I witnessed Squiggy jump off the couch, launch on to the drapes, and climb to the top of the drapes (8 feet up), and then fall.
2. Lots of time to sing and dance to the "Mamma Mia" sound track in my apartment!
1. The entire season 6 of X-Files arrived courtesy of Netflix today. If you don't think…


This is my 1,300th post. Wow.
It is fitting that for such a big post I would be so incredibly frustrated. Why fitting? I don't know. It just is because this blog seems to be the place I take out my frustrations.
The last few weeks have had some great highs, as well as some very very irritating lows. I've enjoyed every minute of the highs, and yet had to put up with several frustrating moments where I could control nothing.
It is these highs and lows that have lead to me going on my third job in one year sometime in the near future. Which definitely falls under the category of "Things I Could Not Control." There are many parts about this that are good. And many that are bad. All I know is I just want it to settle down.
And I wish more than anything I was in a position to say more. But I'm not. Because I don't know anything. I know my company was sold to another company, and I am considered one of the resources that was sold off. I have no control in the situation.…

More Squigs

This is pretty much Squiggy's favorite thing to do all day. If he isn't curled up under my chin he's busy attacking my hands and feet. I'm covered in scratches. I wasn't planning on declawing him, since there's a puppy coming soon, and the claws seemed necessary. But I am starting to reconsider that option now. He's already proven that he's able to claw up my bare legs, hop onto my dress, and climb up to my shoulder. It was cute the first time. Not so much every time since then.
In spite of my whining, I think he's a pretty darn cute cat. I'm glad I got him.

My new little love- Squiggy

The little guy crawling over my shoulder in the picture here is Squiggy, my newest little fur baby. He came to join me today by way of the Palooza Clan. He's a feisty little bugger. Normally I wouldn't post such an incredibly unflattering picture of myself. Nor would I post such a non-interesting picture of my kitten. But so far this is the closest I have come so far of getting a picture of him that isn't a total blur as he goes streaking by.
Squiggy won't be alone for long. I'm getting a puppy to join him in a few weeks. The puppy will be named Lenny, for those who care.
DANG! Since starting this post Squiggy has attacked the laptop full force, causing the corner of the screen to fall right into my face, hitting the cheekbone right under my eye. (I was laying on my back with the laptop up on my knees above me.) Pretty much no question about it. I'm going to have a black eye tomorrow to go along with my sundry of scratches. OUCH!
That all being said, I really like…

I am the X-Philes

Kick Like a Girl

Have you heard of this movie yet? It's called Kick Like a Girl, and is a documentary about 8 year old girls that are "so good" they play on a boys soccer team here in SLC. It's a great little film.

While I do love this film, it also bugs me that it was even considered a noteworthy topic. Why is it so interesting that girls are "good as" boys? That just bugs me! It shouldn't be so interesting. It should just be a matter of fact that, yes, girls and boys are equal.

Thoughts? Comments? BS?

The Great Artichoke Becomes a Mulch Fire Averted

After the Great Artichoke Disaster of 2008 last night, I put the still smoldering hot pot down on a dead planted pot on my balcony. Because my apartment had filled up with smoke, I turned off the a/c and left my balcony doors open for the night.
This morning I came out to find my living room seemed to still have a smoky haze going on. I looked on the balcony to see my former planted pot smoking significantly! I pulled the melted artichoke pot off of it to discover a mulch fire in progress.
Apparently I forgot all those years as a volunteer fire fighter I spent putting out mulch fires. I cannot believe I was so stupid!
And now I am at work, paranoid that I smell like a mulch fire. It's going to be a long day.

The Great Artichoke Disaster of 2008

It was that strange one day of the year where I was craving fresh vegetables for dinner. I even went so far as to drive to the store to buy an artichoke, avocado and butternut squash. Why? They sounded good at the time. I also wanted a cucumber, but forgot to get one.
They seemed so easy to cook. Squash in the oven. Raw avocado. And just steam the artichoke, right? I took the steamer thingy tray out of my rice cooker and put it in my big new pot. It was a perfect fit, like the were meant to do that.
Just add water and the artichoke, right? It seemed so easy. I turned the artichoke around a few times, and then suddenly heard the strangest hissing noise. I looked over and realized there was black smoke filling the kitchen. This is one of those times where having a sense of smell may have helped a few minutes sooner.
The entire steamer thingy tray had completely melted. There is white goo all over my beloved artichoke. Do you like how there is still smoke coming up out of the pot in the pic…

For my cousins


I am confused as to who has had babies, who is pregnant, and who is not preggers. Can someone please enlighten me?!


The Old Maid Cousin

Video Dating

Here we go again! I'm using my blog for work purposes.

I just had a very interesting meeting with another potential client. I can't go in to much detail here, but basically I need to get some honest feedback from y'all- both single and married.

1. What do you think of video profiles on an online dating site?

2. Would you be more or less likely to click on a profile if there was video? Why or why not?

3. Would you load a video of yourself on a dating site? Why or why not?

4. Let's say there was a cable channel (on-demand) where you could watch video profiles. Would you watch that channel?

5. Would you watch an on-demand channel just for the entertainment value (if you are married)?

6. Do you (married or single) go to dating sites just for the entertainment value (ie- mocking profiles)?

7. If there was a singles event where professionals were making videos (and you didn't have to do it at home on the webcam), with interviews and questions, even candid footage, would you get …

Happy Thoughts

1. "The Baby Borrowers" is pretty much the best show ever.

2. I have a couch, drapes, and the cutest bed spread ever now.

3. I hate my new blackberry. Hate it with a passion. Stupid thing has issues. But the happy thought? Getting lots of text messages from my friends to help me rebuild my address book Sprint accidentally deleted.

4. The Olympics will start in 28 days and 9 hours. At which point, this blog will go 95% Olympics I predict.

5. I had the best time ever with Little last night at a Bees baseball game.

Life comes at you fast

I'm really not sure what I am at liberty to say yet about all the crazy things that have happened in the last 24 hours. And it wouldn't matter what I said anyway. It's all going to change again tomorrow. And then again the next day, I am sure.

So for now, hopefully in a one time only rare appearance, I give you K-Fed, to put into words how I am feeling.

I'm sick and there's a flood outside

I have just spent an entire day in bed. Apparently I have the flu. I was really hoping it was just a passing case of food poisoning, but reality hit me, and I think it is a real stomach bug. On Fast Sunday (Fast Sunday- which for the 5% non-LDS readers I have is the day once a month when we choose to go without food or drink. There's a lot more to do it than that, but that's for another day and time.), I got home from church, hungry and exhausted. I still wasn't eating, but shouldn't have been as tired as I was. I laid down on my bed, and surprisingly slept 3.5 hours. When I woke up I was starving. I was so light headed and weak from not eating that I could barely walk though. I have never been that starved before! I finally ate and just didn't feel right the rest of the day.

Monday I woke up with a cranky stomach again, but just figured it was because I was hungry still. No big deal. I ate a frozen dinner for lunch that was of a peculiar nature, and blamed the resu…

Born on the FIFTH of July!

I started out my holiday weekend on Wednesday night by going up to Chez Palooza (code word for Juli's house). What normally takes me 35 minutes to drive, took me about 2 hours. And no, it wasn't holiday traffic. It was an accident involving 2 police cars with each other that apparently required blocking 2 lanes of traffic.

Naturally the entire point of going up on Wednesday night was to play with the girls. Which I did. And somewhere along the way, I let Jules convince me (around midnight) that getting up at 5:45 am to participate in a 5K was a good idea.

Here is a picture of Jules and me at approximately 6:45 a.m. Have I ever mentioned my complete and total distaste for waking up before 8 am???

Now, if you want to read a cheery thought and see happy pictures of a race, visit Keli's blog. Keli actually ran the 5K. She liked it. I remembered I have asthma and haven't taken my inhaler in over a month. Ouch.

After getting all hot and sweaty at the crack of dawn, we went o…

Memories, something something something Memories, of the way we were

I got this from my friend Heidi's blog. Some lighthearted fun for the holiday weekend!

Here are the directions:

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you. If you don't want to play on your blog, or if you don't have a blog, I'll leave my memory of you in my comments.

Perfect Summer Night

Tonight I am working on my novel from the comfort of my lawn chair on my balcony, with my cute little japanese lanterns lights all aglow on the railing. I have beautiful country music playing from the laptop. It's a lovely 80 degrees outside.
I'd call this the perfect summer night.

Thank you to the commenters on the novel passage below. I really appreciate it. I hope a few more people leave some feedback as well. When Juli and I wrote Beyond Perfection I never really faced a monumental block. There were days where it was hard to be disciplined and keep writing. But I never really got frustrated and unable to decide what to do with a character. Many writers will tell you that the characters tell them where they will go. And that is very true. I do feel that at times. I think the block this time is my own personal emotional block, unwilling to let the characters have to feel certain pain, because it means I will have to feel it as the writer as well. I'm not sure if that will …