Showing posts from October, 2008

I know!

I know what you are thinking! "Wow, erinannie, your hair is so much darker! What a huge change! Did you change the cut too?"
Why, yes, yes, I did. It's about half an inch shorter and has a few more layers. And it got a LITTLE curlier. Don't know if you could tell or not.

Another Happy Dance Day

Have you ever had good news that you wanted to share, but you can't share yet, cause it's still a little too soon to say it? But really, you're just so happy you are about to combust for several reasons? (wow, my spell check is tell me that combust is not a word. who know? not me!) I'm happy, but I can't tell you why yet. So instead, I give you another happy dance. Posting random happy dances will now be the new secret code word for "THINGS ARE GOING GREAT, BUT I CAN'T TELL YOU WHY YET." Okay?

And that made me smile

I made a guy blush today just by smiling and winking at him.
The End.

A Walk Down My College Memory Lane

So after giving myself the worst breakfast ever this morning and making myself sick all day, I decided to sit around and scan in old pictures from my college years and 20's. There's a LOT of pictures. Most have now been posted up on Facebook, but since 3 of the key players I want to see the old pictures aren't on Facebook, I'm double posting over here. Sorry for those who didn't care and have already seen them.
But for Lib, Bran, Karm, Min, and Kat, here you go!

I'd like to make it sound like we were somehow different from all other coed apartments, but the truth is, we were probably completely typical BYU coeds, just by the fact that we were so determined to not be typical! This picture is just one of many common scenes in our apartment. The 6 roommates surrounded by boys and goofing off on our huge couch. Two of the guys in this picture ended up marrying 2 of the girls in this picture. Oddly, they aren't necessarily the girls they are sitting by in this pi…

Sunday Morning Confessional

1. I went to a Halloween party dressed up as an FLDS "sister wife" last night. But didn't take any pictures, so you'll just have to believe me.

2. I ate a chili and cheese baked potato for breakfast this morning. And a S'more PopTart, with a Diet Coke. It may have been the stupidest decision of my life.

3. I just watched "Iron Man" for the first time. This may come as a surprise to many of my friends who know I'm a big movie buff. But I don't actually care for superhero movies. That being said, this one rocked. And I can also say for the first time that I really thought Gwenyth Paltrow rocked. And when you think back about all the troubles Robert Downey, Jr had with drugs and alcohol years ago, he has really made something of himself since.

4. My fingers got food dye on them last night, and are now a scary shade of green.

Passionate Person ISO Something to be Passionate About

I have survived my first week on my new job of working from home for invisible people in other states and countries. And just let me say, it is really hard working from home for people you don't know and don't see, and then at the end of the day, not having a social support network. I sit all day alone in my apartment on my computer, and then when the whistle blows, I still have nothing to do but sit all day alone in my apartment on my computer.
I've been putting some thought into things. Am I unhappy here because I really have such a pathetic social life? Or that I have nearly lost all desire to have one because I rarely meet any quality people? Or is it plain and simple, that I am currently leading a completely unmeaningful life?
Not to get too new age here, but I do think there is something to be said for living a purpose driven life. I also know I am not alone when I say that working in marketing is anything but a purpose driven life. If anything, you have to do so muc…

The Cuteness of My Kitten

Yes, I'm going there. I'm blogging about the cuteness of my little kitten. Mostly because today it made me sad to realize that he's not all that little anymore, as you can see from the pictures!

I've changed his name a few times, and have finally settled on Bosephus, or just Bo for short. But truthfully I just call him "Kitten." He's a cat, he doesn't care what his name is.

He used to be a tiny little guy that I worried all day long I was going to lose in the apartment somewhere or accidentally step on. (It happened more than once.) But now instead every morning he likes to cuddle with my feet. I have no idea why. But this seems to be a part of his routine- find me on the couch, and warm my feet for me. It's cute until he decides to start chewing on my feet.

Whenever I leave the house he likes to go in my closet and pull anything he seems to have time to pull down off the hangers and make a pile in the middle of the bedroom. Occasionally a few item…

Worst Dream Ever

I just woke up from the worst dream I've ever had. I'm not happy.
I've always been glad that for the most part I don't have bad dreams. I have odd dreams, and I've had bad experience dreams. But this is the first time in my whole life that I've woken up in a cold sweat and crying.
So what did I dream?
That I was back in college (which was eerily reminiscent of a poorly lit Union Station in DC), and I was in the bathroom, and suddenly my backpack broke and nearly falls in the toilet. As I scrambled to get all of my papers and books off the floor and save them from the toilet, I found materials for a class I had dropped out of (Guitar 101- a class I never did take in school). And then suddenly, the girl in the stall next to me says, "Oh are you in that class too? Are you ready for the final?" Then I realize I may still be in the class, and that I'm about to fail my final. It's the last day of classes and I have to find the registrar's office…

For My Little Sisty Ugler

I hope you dance. And sing. And record it and put it on YouTube so I can put it on my blog.

Mindy Gledhill Concert to Benefit Stephanie and Christan Nielson

The incredible, kind, beautiful, and amazingly talented Mindy Gledhill will be performing in Mesa, Arizona this upcoming Saturday, Oct 25, in a concert to benefit her friend Stephanie Nielson. Stephanie, better known in the blogger world as Nie Nie, was critically injured and burned in a plane crash in August, along with her husband. I was personally not familiar with the Nie Nie blog before the accident. But since then I have been blown away by the overwhelming response from blog followers to help out the Nielson family. If you are in the Mesa area, I hope you will go to Mindy's show. I can promise you it will be a great time. Mindy is a wonderful performer. If you aren't in the Mesa area, and still want to contribute to a worthy cause, click on any of the above links.
And while I'm at it, let me also add that Mindy has a great blog. She's talked about her relationship with Nie Nie, and her thoughts on Richard Simmons and Sweatin to the Oldies. How can you pass that u…

I have a new crush, and other fun things

It was my last week of freedom. I haven't made an official blog announcement yet, so I guess I should do that now. I got a job! I start on Monday. I'll be doing social media marketing for a website based out of NYC, but I'll be working from home. I'm very excited, and ready to get on with it!
In order to get ready to get back to the working world, even if it is just working from home, I got a few things out of the way. Little things like deep cleaning the apartment, organizing crap, and going out and having some last minute fun with Little.
On Friday we went out to Thanksgiving Point to the Cornbelly's Maze. I'm still not quite sure what I think about the David Archuleta shaped maze. I love corn mazes. This was not my first one. But in the shape of D. Archie? Um... Whatever. Somehow we completely missed the maps, and entered in side 2. Don't ask me how, but we came out the exit for side 1 45 minutes later. Then we went on the hayride (I sneezed a lot), and …

Late night random thoughts

I can't sleep for the life of me. It is after 1 am and I am WIDE AWAKE, in spite of having taken Nyquil earlier. Nyquil? Am I sick? No. But it occurred to me the other day that every night I take an allergy pill and a sleeping pill. And then the next day I got coupons for Nyquil and a stronger 12 hour allergy medication. So I came up with this brilliant plan to take the stronger allergy medicine in the morning, and Nyquil at night. I thought for sure the Nyquil would help with my nighttime congestion issues, and knock me right out. Right? Wrong. Whatever. I took it 2 hours ago and my throat still hurts and I'm still congested, and I am obviously wide awake.
I give up!
So here I sit with a head full of odd thoughts and the overwhelming urge to share them with you. First, my kitten is not a tiny baby anymore. I swear he gets bigger every day. This is best evidenced by the fact that we used to share my pillow. He has this crazy overwhelming urge to sleep cheek to cheek with me. W…

Return of the Happy Thoughts

In no particular order, today's happy thoughts are-
1. My cat really is the cuddliest cat ever.
2. I have successfully been to the gym 2 days in a row, and I can still walk all by myself.
3. Sometime next week I will have really good news to report.
4. I get to spend most of the day tomorrow with my "Little" at Thanksgiving Point, and I can't wait!
5. In spite of my extreme laziness, I have also managed to keep my apartment strangely clean for 5 whole days now. I could get used to this.
6. Zyrtec-D.
7. I got hit on today twice. And I hadn't even brushed my hair.
8. The Due West boys really are amazing. They are going to do a show in Idaho next month to help raise money for a man with cancer and his family. I consider myself very lucky to be affiliated with such good good people.
9. Julipalooza will be home in just 3 more days. While I hope Hurricane Omar isn't ruining her cruise, I'm still more than ready for her to get home!!

Funny Stories From the Nephew Front

From my sister, Little Sisty Ugler, the mother of the cutest nephews around.

1.  I took the boys to the doc the other day.  I decided that while I was there I should get Tell his flu shot for this winter.  I didn't tell him until about 30 seconds before he got it.  I was looking down at Porter when the nurse came in.  I saw a concerned look on the nurses face and she said "Are you OK?"  I looked over at Tell.  I couldn't help but laugh for a moment when I saw the pitiful site that the nurse saw.  Tell was rocking back and forth while hugging himself with red cheeks and hot tears filling up in his eyes.  He was so upset.  I hugged him while he got his shot which lasted only one second.  Then he blinked his eyes and said with a half smile, "Oh, that didn't even hurt!"  Then we walked out of the room to the checkout desk and I noticed Tell's leg almost give out and go wobbly.  I said, "Tell what was that?  Did you almost fall down?"  And he sa…

How I Spent My Day Yesterday or The Case of the Broken Window

Yesterday was not the day I had planned. I had planned on running errands and doing the normal stuff I do. But just five minutes after leaving my house, things went completely "off-track." (Bad pun. Keep reading.) I first went to McDonalds, rolled down the driver's side window, got my drink (large Diet Coke with Monopoly game pieces), and drove about ten feet forward to get out of the way for the next person before rolling up my window. I still had my drink in my hand. I wasn't moving thankfully. Cause as I rolled up my window, it suddenly made a large banging noise and shattered everywhere. I screamed or gasped (I don't remember which) and got glass in my mouth. It hit me in the face as well. I spilled Diet Coke in my lap. And the pictures below are the rest of the damage.
There is a recall out on the windows in my car already. But I'm on a 6 month waiting list for my turn to get it fixed. I drove straight to the nearest dealership when it happened. I didn…

Vanity, nothing more

I think I want Kate Winslet's hair. Thoughts?

More Reasons Why Utah's Laws Favor Employers

An update in the former Cobalt Communications Group employees versus our old employer case.

A letter was sent to the State Wage and Labor commission by one of us expressing frustration that the State just doesn't try hard enough.
This was the State's response.

I believe that Mr. Blanco had done a good job explaining to you the legal process that is involved in the effort to collect wages, so there is nothing I can really add other than to reiterate that we are bound by the legal process in trying to collect wages.  Whether the effort to collect wages is made through our office administratively or through the court system, legal process is involved and must be followed.  We cannot guarantee the actual payment of wages; we can only take lawful and orderly steps that put valid legal pressure on a responsible party to pay. The effort culminates in a civil judgment against not only the business entity but also the individual principals (which in this case is Ms. McGarry).  As you kn…

I'm Cheap and Proud of It

The economic crisis is causing a lot of people to want to be better prepared. I'd like to be one of those people. Utah probably isn't the only place in the U.S. making a huge point to stock up on emergency supplies and beef up their food storage supplies.  For the last several months (before losing my jobs), one of my priorities was to shop more at Costco, buying larger essential items, and stock up slowly on different necessities when I saw them on sale at the stores. As a result, when I lost my jobs and money, I was in a good place with food and several toiletry items. I really haven't had to spend much money at all on buying groceries over the last few months. But now it has been about two months, and... yeah. I'm down to the stuff I really don't want to eat or just wasn't very useful to start with. For instance, cans of mushrooms. What the heck did I buy 10 cans of sliced mushrooms for? If I remember correctly it was because I like to add them to spaghetti …

The Job Hunt

Every day a different employment site I have been to sends me a list of jobs I may be qualified for in my area. 9 times out of 10 these job suggestions make no sense whatsoever. Today was a great example of that.
Listed below you'll find today's top jobs matching your profile.
Keep in mind I have 7-10 years of marketing experience, including trade show management and event planning experience, and social media marketing experience. I list myself as looking for something in mid- to senior management.

Sandwich Artists, Subway, Salt Lake City, UT-- words fail me. But I do suppose that on some level I am qualified to work for minimum wage making Subway sandwiches. If nothing else, my father would really love the discount on food there. Thankfully, unemployment pays me enough that I don't have to do this.

Assistant (Remote, part-time vacancy; $3500/month), Insurance Company
Salt Lake City, UT-- Sure, there is a chance this may work for me. Except I looked, and it doesn't. …

Reading the Signs

I have a few job hunting crazy things on my mind right now. An opportunity has come up that may or may not lead to anything, but it has me thinking almost non-stop about it. Part of me knows I shouldn't do that, because the rejection will sting that much more. But at the same time, I'm the kind of person who has to know if they would take the offer, if it were to come, before they can even go down that road. Does that make sense?
I'm sure it is just because I suddenly have this particular job and place on my mind so that I'm suddenly seeing so many signs. But I can't help it. Every where I look, there is something else reminding me of it. I think the signs are telling me I have to go to this totally unexpected place.
(Don't you love when I can't be more exact or descriptive?)
So for my happy thoughts of the day, I will say that it is fun to be excited about something. And that I had a great time at the Operation Kids gala tonight with Sara. There are a few …

Day 5 of the Happy Thoughts Campaign

Well, we're on Day 5 of the Happy Thoughts Campaign, and I think it is working. I am feeling happier as I stop and take account of all the good things that happened. Today I got to go do some volunteer work downtown, and I'll return again tomorrow. With my life being all about me- me- me these days, it was nice to do something for someone else for a change. I look forward to tomorrow's chance to do some more good.
And I had another good promising lead in the job hunt, and that always makes me happy.
And last but not least I was grateful today that in spite of how tight my funds are, when I had a small emergency this morning, I still had the money I needed to take care of it. When I heard I would be attempting to live off of 1/4th of what I used to make, money for emergencies was the first thing I worried I wouldn't have. What if I need an unexpected medication? What if I get (another) flat tire? Things like that. So my happy thoughts today are also grateful thoughts th…

Another day, another reason to smile

I like happy thoughts that really are happy. Today I had several reasons to smile! My top 2- a company I did some consulting work for - before Sept 1!- finally paid me today. Halle-freakin-lujah. That alone was happy news. Considering how tight my budget is right now, this paycheck was really really welcome. Next, I had a conference call with another consulting job, and it went very well. Which hopefully will lead me to sharing even happier news in the near future.  And there were other good things. But I don't have to share all of them, right?  It was such a good day that I even went out and celebrated poor girl style. I bought a USB cord, mopped the floor, cleaned the dishwasher, cleaned the washing machine, went to the library, and the post office, wrote up a case study, watched approximately 6 hours of television, got Indian food take out, got McDonalds game pieces, and made another trip to the grocery store. For a girl who has done pretty much nothing all day every day for the…

Today's Happy Thought

Today's happy thought comes in the form of the only truly stupid game I fall for repeatedly. Monopoly at McDonald's. Yes, it is that time of the year again where the game comes back and I suddenly feel the need to go buy Mickey D's almost every day.  You know how it says in the details in the tiny print on the game pieces that no purchase is necessary? Yeah, they lie. It's sort of not necessary. You just have to send in a letter and request a game piece. So dumb. Why can't the stores just give me a free game piece? Whatever. Anyway, blog friends, I extend you a deal. If you will play along with me, and share your pieces with me, I'll share the winnings, if we win something that is. I will daily (along with my happy thoughts) post the game pieces I have accumulated. And if they have an online board again this year (yep, I get into it that much that I know about the online board), I will put them up there to help you along.  All of the tangible items, like big screen…

Utah Wage Laws Favor Bad Employers, and Hurt Employees- HELP US!

While the country turns it's attention to the Wall St bailout, it is time for Utah to turn it's attention to the laws that allow these things to happen. With many of Utah's start up businesses and new companies financed not by profits, but instead by venture capitalists and loans from outside interests, many companies are suddenly facing going under. Many of these employers will choose to use the Utah code to their advantage and just walk away, never paying their employees. With our current code, employees may never see a dime.

This isn't just about Wall St or bad investments. This is about a bad law that protects employers, while doing nothing to protect employees. Say an employer decides it is in his or her best interest to walk away from the business and go find other employment, leaving the employees without a paycheck or employment. Utah actually protects the employer from having to pay the employee!

According to Utah Admin Code R610-3 Filing, Investigation, and …

Today's Happy Thought

No matter what happens, my kitten still loves me.

My Choice For President

Click here to see who I am voting for for President!

(trust me, it's funny!)

Mind Over Matter

My goal for the next week is to "just say something nice, or not saying anything at all." Mostly it is because things are so rough right now that I'm going to have to make a concerted effort to see the good in anything.
So for the next week I will share a happy picture, a happy thought, and do one happy sort of thing for me.
I read a book at the library last week (sometimes, in my infinite boredom, I go to the library and read a whole book while I'm there) that said you should spend an hour each day both job hunting and man hunting. I found it amusing. So I'm taking the theory, and applying it slightly differently. I'm going to continue to spend an hour each day job hunting, and I will now spend an hour every day looking for a life. Because, oh man, I need one!

So the significance of the picture above? On Friday I went up to Ruth's Diner in Parley's Canyon and had a great bbq sandwich. It's always beautiful up there, and this week was no disappoi…

Story Telling versus the Pain of Real Life

Today in my infinite boredom I went to go see a film I would most likely otherwise not have seen on the big screen. But I was feeling nostalgic for home and "Nights in Rodanthe" is filmed in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. To my Virginia friends I do not have to explain why the OBX are as much a part of home as any other part of DC is to me. It's where holidays and vacations have been spent several times over many years. And when I heard this film was filmed on location, I knew I was going to have to see it just for a glimpse of the shore I love, the beautiful houses, and the wild horses.
But this isn't a review of the film or even a walk down OBX memory lane. It's my thoughts on reality versus books and movies.
As I watched the film today I found myself rolling my eyes as yet another movie shows a couple who just 2 days previously were complete strangers, sharing an intimate and personal moment in bed, as comfortable as old lovers. This of course happened aft…

I Grew A Pair

Today started out miserably. There was even a point in the day where I just finally pulled off the side of the road, took a short break from life, and just CRIED. I was so angry and frustrated and disappointed and overwhelmed I just had to let it out and go.
And then I grew a pair.
(I am so tempted to post a picture of truck nuts right here, but I know I'd offend too many friends, so I won't.)
In fact, I went to my second favorite place to eat in all of SLC (first favorite is still Bella's in Ogden), The Bakery and had a lovely meal. See? Here it is!
(It does seem a little contradictory to say "I grew a pair" while I ate at undoubtedly one of the girliest places in all of Utah. But isn't it a cute little outdoor place?)

And then half way through my meal I realized I could fix this. I do have some control in this situation! And on the back of my napkin I composed an entire plan on how I am going to change a bad law, get the money from the past employers, and ho…