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I want to be a part of it, NEW YORK NEW YORK

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I'm exhausted. Completely and in every way exhausted. I have walked more than I ever thought possible. And then I walked some more.

I'll get around to a better travel review when I get back to Utah this week. For now, a very quick recap.

On Friday, I actually went into our company offices, and got to meet my co-workers for the first time! I have worked for my company for 7 months now, and this was my first time to meet any of my co-workers in person. It was a lot of fun to actually put names with faces and get a better feel for the company personality.

My mom and sister took the train up from Virginia to join me in the city. On Friday night we went to go see WICKED on Broadway!! You may not all be aware of the fact that I'm a huge musicals FREAK! If you have ever seen my interior decorating style, you probably have some indication of how much I love musicals. (I have dozens of Broadway record albums on my walls.) I've seen dozens of musicals on many major stages. But I…

Remember Me to Herald Square

Did I mention I'm in NYC? Because I am in NYC. I'm here for work, where I actually get to finally meet my bosses and my co-workers. I've worked here for 6 (almost 7) months, and I've never met any of my co-workers before! I'm excited to finally meet these people and feel a little bit more like part of the team.

Did you know Prince Harry is coming to NYC tomorrow? Is this Fate? I think so!

I've been Twittering my trip all day, and will continue to Twitter throughout the trip on my both my @erinannie personal account and my work account. My hotel room free internet connection pretty much sucks, so uploading pictures is just not an option. So instead of posting pics, I'm going to post links to my Twitpic account. And all my little Twitters from throughout the day.

6am Utah time

http://twitpic.com/641bz - TSA just stopped these micro thin flip flops and made me xray them. Seriously??

11 am Central time

Just landed for my layover. Have less than 20 mins to race ac…

Day 4 of Dog Ownership

Day 4 and I'm stilll loving my dog. She continues to be the perfect dog. She doesn't jump on the furniture, doesn't bark, doesn't chase the cats (birds are different- they have it coming!), etc. She's really perfect! I have discovered that if the dog thinks I'm asleep on the couch she will try and sneak up on the other couch. But she keeps a close on me while she does it. If I open just one eye and look at her, she quickly gets back down on the floor.
We walk, and we walk, and we walk! Right now our weather is perfect, so I'm enjoying the chance to take several walks a day with her. (I'm not enjoying walking around with dog poop in a baggy in my pocket though. I forgot how much I hate that.) I've even lost 1 whole pound with all the walking! We're averaging about 3 miles of walking a day. I'm thinking I need to get one of those little pedometer things so I can figure out how far I'm really going. I'll be in NYC later this week, and I…

Seriously, its like I don't even know you at all.

I'm going to be honest with you here. Sometimes I think people are too stupid to vote. Case in point? The good people of Washington, DC. I recently received my first Washington, DC "state" commemorative quarter. Now, let me explain, I love all the new state quarters coming out. I have a little map that sometimes I even remember to put my quarters in. And sometimes I steal the quarters back out of it, because I want a Coke. So please, understand, that as a native of our Nation's Capitol, I was excited to find out they were even getting a quarter. And then I saw it.
And seriously, people, DUKE ELLINGTON?
I have lived the majority of my 34 years on this planet within a stone's throw of the Potomac River. I was born in DC proper boundaries. My social security number starts with the 3 magic digits that say I am a DC native. I make a fuss when I'm asked what STATE I was born in. I'm a big fan of the whole Taxation Without Representation movement. I think DC des…

And my life goes, FLIP, upside down!

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I've know this day was coming for several weeks now. And I've been preparing for it. And here we are, at bedtime, on the big day where my life went flip, upside down, and you know what? It's all good. No stress, no freak outs, nothing. Its all good. (Ask me again this time next week, and I may not be so positive.)

First, I woke up to this degree of cuteness-
And how can you not LOVE that?? Big Kitty (Stinky) has insisted since birth on sleeping cheek to cheek with me. And Tiny Kitten has insisted on doing everything that Big Kitty does, with the exception of actually touching me, since day 1. So Big Kitty snuggles with me, and Tiny Kitty snuggles with Big Kitty, and we're all happy.

I extricated myself from the cuteness and went to pick this up from the airport-

That would be my brother Scott, aka Mancub! He's moving in with me for the next few months while he finishes up Air Force training, and gets shuffled around the country a bit. This was my first time to see…

At least we've been here before

Random aside from the girl that has to blog for work three times a day as it is-
Interesting that on blogspot, the "edit html" button is on the left, and compose is on the right. In both Typepad and Wordpress, its the other way around. Ergo, we know I blog way too many times a day.

Back to the real world, or at the very least, the world as I know it.

Let's talk about my love life, or lack thereof.

Here's the basic nutshell version.

That guy I was interested in for way too long? I'm over it. If anything, he suddenly annoys me. I'm tired of guys that never know how to step up the game. So very very tired of it.

Seriously, I think all of my dating experiences over thirty could be summed up this way. Either its a guy that comes on way too strong, in spite of my objections, or he's so freaking lazy that it takes forever just to get to know each other well enough to know we're not interested.

So then I've met another guy. He's great, he's funny,…

Welcome Interns

I'm interviewing potential interns this week. They have been challenged to show me that they have the skills required to do the job by searching on a few key terms I gave them to find my personal Twitter and blog. So Interns, if you are here, you found the right place. Leave me a comment below to get the credit!!

Green Thumb and a Big Red Blister

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I wish I had had the forethought to take a before picture of my yard. Words cannot explain just how awful my yard really is/was. I've had multiple lawn care companies stop by to offer my estimates on what it would take to get rid of the weeds, and try and grow some grass. One estimate was that my yard is 80% weeds, 10% grass, and 10% dead. I've spent countless hours pulling weeds, spraying weedkiller, etc.

Here's the best picture I have of the yard. Please note the lack of lush green grass growing freely.


Okay, I have to admit it. I'm amazed by weedkiller. How it can kill just the weeds and not the grass is really cool. Sadly, at the same time, my yard is/was so full of weeds that now instead of being a big scary green weed field, it's a dead yellow and brown weed field.

My landlord said I can buy whatever I want for the yard and take it out of my rent. So I went a little crazy buying flowers and bushes for the yard. Particularly, I bought a lot of flowers for the…

I'm Cheap, and I'm Proud

My love of coupon cutting has been well-documented on this blog. Today was one of those days where I actually took the time to research deals and cut coupons in an effort to save a few pennies. But I saved more than just a few pennies. I'll tell you how much I saved in a minute. First you have to read how I saved them.
On Sunday (while I was sleepwalking- I have almost no memory of going to the store. Its an odd dream.), I bought the 2 pack Sunday paper. (In Utah they sell both of the local major papers in a set on Sunday so you can get "double the deals.") This gave me 2 sets of all local coupons. I cut out all the coupons that were applicable to me.
Next, I reviewed all of the circulars for the local stores to see who had the best deals- Albertsons, Smiths, and Target. My research told me that Albertsons had the best deal on produce, but Target had a lot of non-food items on sale (cleaning supplies, toiletries, etc.). Smiths Marketplace (which is like a Super Walmart or …

I would if I could

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I would do the singles week thing I wanted to do this week, but the truth is, I'm too tired tonight. Maybe tomorrow, maybe next week.

For the last few weeks I've had a totally messed up schedule between going to Reno, working extra hours, watching the god-daughters, catching up on work hours, being sick with allergies, going to traffic courts, etc. But you know what tomorrow is? My first day back on my regular schedule in over 2 weeks. My cats and I are all looking very forward to that. It's not going to last for long, but I'm going to look forward to my 3 days of normal life while I can. Next week brings another trip to the courthouse, my brother moving in, getting new furniture, finally finishing the last of the foster care paperwork, a holiday, a wedding, and a trip to NYC.

Parting thoughts... Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

If you ever wonder if Big Brothers Big Sisters actually has any influence or effect on the kids they work with, I offer you the…

Oops, a brain dump

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Random thoughts and a little brain dump!

Along with half of the rest of the country, I saw Star Trek this weekend. I'm not a Trekkie. I am a movie buff. I loved it. I loved Chris Pine as Kirk, and Zachary Quinto as Sylar, I mean Spock. And JJ Abrams just plain rocks. It makes me want to see the old series now. And I really hope this is the beginning of a new set of Star Trek movies with this new cast.

I had fun with Misty and Shane at Lumpy's Saturday night watching the soccer game on the big screens. And now Misty and I are planning a soccer blog and website, where I will be able to go completely fangirl on my favorite players.

For what I believe is the first time in my life, I managed to sleep walk during a nap today! (My nocturnal sleepwalking has been well-documented on this blog.) I came home from church early with massive allergies. I took a benadryl, and expected to crash out. I have vague memories of sleeping in my actual bed, but also of going outside to sit in my la…

I blogged on blogging

I blogged on blogging. How random is that?
Actually, I blogged on blogging for business. If you want to understand what it is I do and preach just a little bit better, check it out at Utah Pulse.

More on this Cupid thing

I've been thinking more about my playing Cupid idea. I've changed my mind about what I want to do. Rather than "set people up" on my blog, I've decided I want to write blog posts about some of my awesome single friends. I know some great single people. And they deserve to be noticed by more people. And maybe, just maybe, those people who notice the great single people will want to introduce them to other great single people. And while I have enough wonderful single friends to fill the phone book, I'd like your suggestions for other great single people we can share with others as well. So if you have a great single friend that you would like to say a few things about, send it to me! Male and female accepted!

Keeping It Real

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It's time for a little soccer love and tutorial!
I'm going to guess that most of my friends don't know the following about major league soccer-
Games are actually called matches.
Matches are only 90 minutes. And unlike football or baseball, where 2 minutes of game time can literally stretch out over 40 minutes, the soccer clock never stops. The game is in constant motion. The exception to this rule is when someone gets injured on the field. If the game stops or slows for an injury, time is tacked on to the end of the half to make up for it.
Halves are 45 minutes with a 15 minute half-time.
Soccer rocks.

Tonight the Little and I went to the rare mid-week, school night game to see our beloved Real Salt Lake take on the LA Galaxy. Let's quickly learn to say "Real" the proper way. "Ray-al." Not "reel." Some people also pronounced it "Ree-al." I don't have a preference either way. Just don't call it "reel salt lake."…

Let's Play Cupid

I've yet again reached that point where I am about to throw in the towel on all dating forever (again). (Seriously, if I were at liberty to really tell you what goes on with me and certain men these days, you'd want to just give it up too!) But before I do just give up, I thought we could all have a little fun. But first, I need to gauge participation in my potential experiment.
I have so many wonderful friends that I think deserve to meet someone. A lot of them are in situations like mine, where its next to impossible to meet new people. And I want to give them a chance and some exposure to meet someone. How will this work? You can nominate yourself, or someone you think is great, to be "set up" on the blog. And by "set up" I mean we maybe post a picture and a short profile on them. And if you happen to know someone who would be great for them, or who likes their type, etc, you email and tell me. Or you tell your friend to check out the great person on the…

How To Get the Swine Flu

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Need a few days off of work this week? Need to lose a few pounds the not so fun way? Wondering where the swine flu came from? This is all you need to know.
A picture is worth a thousand words.

My grandfather gives away 880 Books of Mormon

There's an interesting piece in MormonTimes.com this week about my grandfather, Vearl McBride. (Well, at least I think it is interesting!) He's nearly 90 years old and is still very much an active missionary for our church. He gives away a Book of Mormon almost daily. According to the article (written by a very credible source and "adopted" family member) he has given away 880 copies of the Book of Mormon!!

You won't read this in the article, but it is one of my favorite stories about my grandfather and his Book of Mormon sharing efforts. He really likes to eat out, particularly at the Waffle House. A while ago my dad joined him for breakfast at the Waffle House. My grandfather is getting to be an old man and doesn't move as fast as he used to, but when they got to the door to walk inside, he realized he didn't have a Book of Mormon on him, so he turned to go back to the car. My dad went inside to get a table. When Dad looked back outside he saw my grandf…