Showing posts from September, 2009

Mikarose Giveaway

There's a giveaway going on over at the awesome blog Elegance Redefined. If you are not already reading  Rachel Hagen's blog, you really should be! She's a Utah interior designer with serious flair and style. Even if you aren't in the market to redecorate your house right now, you should read her just for the design and inspiration ideas!

Here's how the giveaway works- go to her blog, read about it, go to the Mikarose site, pick out the dress you would buy if you won the free gift certificate, and then go back to Elegance Redefined and leave a comment telling them which dress you picked! Tada! That easy.

Here's the dress I picked! Even if I don't win, I totally want this dress. I just lost 20 lbs, and I started on my second round of HCG today! I'm going to lose another 20!! And I want this dress to show off my new skinny self when I get there!!

Puppy Dog Eyes

This little puppy hasn't had one accident in 3 whole days. And, thanks to some french fry bribery, has learned the command for "SIT!"

Did I mention we changed her name to Duchess? Well, there you have it. Our little Duchess, the pure bred pit bull baby, with the biggest, brownest eyes in the world that you just can't resist.

Porter's Picture of the Day

I've been pretty sure my little nephew Porter is one of the cutest kids on the planet since the day the little guy was born. But then one day he started making "ships" out of Legos every day, and then I knew he was one of the cutest kids on the planet. And I'm not biased, so you know it must be true!
In collaboration with Porter and his personal photographer, my sister/his mother, Natalie, I will now be bringing you the occasional Porter's Picture of the Day of his beloved ships. He makes his little ships from scratch each morning, and gladly brings them to whatever audience will have him for praise and adoration. If you are lucky, he'll explain all the important parts, like the afterburners, and the landing gear, or where Darth Vader sits.
And as his unbiased aunt, I have to say, he's made some pretty incredible little ships for a 4 yr old!

Crush, Crush

I have a new crush. It is a big one this time, and this guy is very different from my past choices. He's better than most of the guys I've ever dated. And that's saying something, since I do hold most of my exes in very high regard.

I think he's somewhat interested back. But he runs hot and cold. One minute he's shy, the next he's flirty and affectionate. When we see each other, he gives me every reason to think he's interested. But I wonder if he thinks of me when we don't see each other?

I'm 34 and single. We can safely assume I've made stupid dating choices in the past. "He's Just Not That Into You" could have easily been written about me. This time I'm making different choices. I'm taking it all at face value. I won't dissect his every move, or lack thereof. I won't waste (too much more) time daydreaming about how cute he is. And I'm putting a time limit on it. This crush comes will have an expiration date…

Practicing What I Preach

I haven't been much of a blogger for the last few months. But I've decided to make a few changes, and one of those things will be improving my blog, and hopefully getting some new readers. Why? Because I work in social media, and it just seems silly that someone who consults other people on how to have a good blog doesn't bother to practice what she preaches.
Hopefully this means for you more interesting blog posts.
And for me it means getting more readers and that you will start clicking on the ads on the sidebars. (hint, hint)
Support your local blogger! Click an ad today!

I choose

It is my belief that sometimes we spend a lot of time looking for signs or answers to our problems. And then, once we receive a sign or answer, we spend even more time refusing to accept the answer and keep looking.
if you are a female, this is when you go directly into "HJNTITY" territory, asking all of your friends for advice and input, dissecting every little thing, and hoping for a different answer. And I'm not just talking about boys and affairs of the heart.
For me, and I can't speak for everyone here, I do this whether the answer is positive or negative. Even when I get what I want, I question it to death, wondering if it is the right way to go. For me it is even harder when my gut says one thing, but the answers all say something else.
But today I choose to do the logical thing. I choose to give up dissecting ambiguities and gray areas. From now on, it is black and white. If it is the answer that makes me happy in both the short term and the long run, I choos…

Happy 90th Birthday, Pompa!

This week was the 90th birthday of my grandfather. Those of us who do not live nearby we're invited to send cards, "or something" to be shared with him at his birthday dinner party.

Here's my card-

And here's what Natalie's family made (the voices are a bit distorted. Natalie does not actually sound like a man!) Aren't my nephews cute? My favorite part of the video is Porter in the last few seconds hitting the balloons. 

Love, Erin Style

You know those blogs with sweet sentimental pictures, or inspiring photos with deep thoughts? This is not one of those blogs.
This is about as close as you'll ever get to that crap around here.

If this picture doesn't describe love, I don't know what does.

If someone loved me, they would get me this-

Or maybe this

I think we all know I would rock the shirts way better than this model. And I wouldn't wear a bra that is totally visible under a blue shirt. 

Foster Care and Adoption

Lately I've been getting frustrated with the process to become a foster parent. My life is moving on and moving quickly, and because I still have no idea if and when I will be getting a child, I can't make plans around a child's welfare. And I know I'm not the only one in this position. My friend Lindsay is going through a contested adoption over her youngest son. My friend, Sara, is in the process of adopting two little girls from Ethiopia. (Sidenote: Sara and Linds know each other as well. We all grew up in Oakton together.) And my friend, Richard Rieben and his darling wife, Valerie, who have "homemade" triplets, plus two "custom ordered" sons from Uzbekistan and Ukraine, are in the process of adopting two girls from Bulgaria. (each of the links go to each respective person's blog on their adoption journey)

As I read the blogs of each of these people, and I am overwhelmingly affected by how much we all have in common, in spite of the total d…

Pure, Unadulterated MayorJuliani

True to my word I will now be blogging about the wonderful and incomparable MayorJuliani. I made a deal that if you would submit your photo to my company photo of the week feed I would blog about you. Jules did it, and here's her blog post.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Juli/Jules/Mayorjuliani/Julipalooli/Julipalooza is one of a kind, even if she does have 5+ names (she also answers to Mom, Mommy, Hey You, and in theory Julianne, but the truth is, I've never heard one person call her by her full name). Jules and I have known each other for approximately 12 years now. And I have to say, life hasn't been the same since the day she walked into our shared bedroom and we agreed that didn't care if kept it clean or not. Life is too short to worry about clothes on the floor. A few months later my mother came over to surprise me for my birthday by cleaning up our whole house and leaving a present for me. But instead when she saw our bedroom she realized he…

Let's Make a Deal

I'm trying to increase and improve the pictures in my company's Flickr account. We've invited the public to submit their pictures to our Flickr feed and I want to personally invite all of you to do it too! All you  have to do is tag your favorite travel/destination pictures with "CheapOair."
I know many of you have GREAT travel pictures! And I'd really appreciate it if you could help me pad the account with new pics! All you do is tag it! It still belongs to you. We're not taking it.
So here's my offer. If you will submit some pictures, I will dedicate a blog post to you. I will write a lovely missive about how great you are. How can you pass up that fame and fortune?
Please? Pretty please??

Support Big Brothers Big Sisters This Weekend!

YOU are personally invited to come out for a great night of fun at the Woodshed Bar and Grill in SLC to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah.

As you all already know, I'm a huge supporter of BBBSU, and I know you all love and adore my Little just as much as I do! This event is being put on by the Big Alliance and 100% of the proceeds will go to BBBSU!

BBQ 7 - 9pm // Live music at 9:30pm
$25 BBQ/Concert // $10 Concert
All you can eat Bella’s BBQ
Beer provided by Squatters
Music by Jagertown

The Big Alliance is a group of young professionals engaged in supporting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah mission statement. All proceeds from this event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah. For more information on Big Alliance or Big Brothers Big Sisters you may go online at

Clothing donations will be accepted to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters that evening as well.

This event is for everyone! (over the age of 21 that is)

Funny Nephews

From Natalie- Porter:  I bought a new fly swatter and Porter walked around holding it saying, "I want to spank a fly!" Dallin:  "Chicowa is the Chinese word for watermelon in Spanish." Tell:  "Oh, you bought a fly swapper!" (Natalie informs me that my blog is boring and doesn't have enough pictures. So I'm adding pictures just for her.)

Happy Birthday, Natalie!

Happy Birthday to my little sister, the mother of my nephews, best friend, and all around great person- NATALIE!

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

It has been several weeks since the last time I heard from the foster care licensing people. I've had it on my daily to do list to call them and find out what's going on for a while now. But since I have no idea who I should be calling (remember how my last communication with them was being told that i mailed my forms to the wrong person when i put all of them in the self addressed envelope they provide?), I haven't called them yet. But today they called me! Yeah! I was thrilled for about 2 seconds to hear that someone actually was looking at my file!
And yet then the following conversation took place-
Her: I'm working with the Virginia agency that is doing your out of state background check.
Me: Okay, good!
Her: Your file has been sent back to us for review because some sections were left blank.
WTF??? Not possible. No freaking way did I leave a section blank. Trust me. It was a notarized form. I know I didn't leave it blank.
Me: Wha??
Her: You didn't fill out…

Up, down, and all around

The last few days have brought a lot of unexpected developments into my sheltered little world. A few quick glimpses-
1. My quiet little world from home job suddenly wants me in NYC for a week each month. I'm very happy to do it, but it is also a huge change of pace and time expenditure for me. (Anyone want to visit me in NYC? I've got a fully paid hotel room!)
2. I have really enjoyed my first month of working with the Big Alliance organization. (They are an all adult arm of Big Brothers Big Sisters that does fundraising and service projects in the community.) In just this one short month I have been involved in planning an event (taking place this upcoming Saturday), and now will be involved in several more upcoming events. For those of my friends and readers who knew me in my old life back in DC, this is a familiar place for me. I have missed being involved in events and activities. It is nice to be able to do it for a good cause now (and not just for singles looking for date…

Mean Lady Update

My choir sang Friday and Saturday nights. I was on the look out for the Mean Lady. I wanted to make extra sure that I was standing nowhere near her. Thankfully I sat between some new-to-me women who's company I truly enjoyed. In fact, I predict that one of them and I will become good friends in the future.
It turns out Mean Lady isn't even a 2nd Soprano! She was standing over in the 1st Sops. This irritates me even more that she sat there and corrected me when she was the one sitting in the wrong section!
On Saturday night there was a photographer there to take a few group photos. As with any scenario where 300 divas are trying to be smushed into a standing arrangement for 200, there was a lot of talking and extra bossy people. No big deal. It was to be expected.
The director told everyone to be quiet and to listen just to the designated person. Most people did shut up and obey. But I took a little secret joy in seeing the actual director snap at the Mean Lady who was loudly boss…

Blog style update

I updated the blog to a more autumn appropriate style. The picture is of a famous bridge and valley in Scotland. I'm hoping the new style, colors, and picture will help me get in the mood for my upcoming trip to Scotland and Ireland. Besides, Utah's fall season lasts all of about 1 week if we're lucky. Blink and you miss it. I love the changing of the leaves and the fall colors. I really hope I get to go home to Virginia at the right time to truly appreciate fall this year.

Erin's 2 cents on online dating

There was some serious debate and discussion as to whether or not I should blog about online dating. First, do I really want to publicly admit that I've tried it? Second, no, wait, that was pretty much it. Oh and maybe there was some concern on the behalf of a few people that some of the current guys in my life would read this. I say letting those guys know what goes on inside my head can only be a good thing. If it scares them off, well, then better now than later, right??
In the end, Steph H was the one who put it best. "You are in your mid-30s, single, and LDS. Everyone already thinks you've tried online dating. So why not own up to it?"
Meh. Not my favorite logic, but it works.
Let's cover the basics. I work from home. I have no co-workers. I have very few close friends or family in Utah. (Or even non-close friends or family.) I'm in a family ward with a very very limited number of singles (I think there are 2 divorced mothers). My point? I'm up a cre…

Remarkable Use of Talent

I discovered this short video today over on Rachel Hagen's Elegance Redefined design blog. (If you love beautiful things, anything design, or just want to get to know a cool girl, you should be reading Rachel!) Like Rachel said, I hadn't planned on watching more than just a minute or two, but found myself unable to stop watching until the end. Kseniya Simonova is the winner of the Ukranian equivalent of America's Got Talent. Their show must be considerably different from ours, as she is about to entrance you with her sand painting set to music that tells the story of the German occupation of Ukraine during WWII.

One Night in Gotham

Live from New York, its Wednesday Night! (okay, yeah, that was lame)

So here it is, a little after midnight New York time, and I am completely and in every way exhausted. But also in every way very happy and excited. I left for NYC about 24 hours ago on the red eye. I took some Benadryl just before my flight in hopes of sleeping my way across the country. It worked- a little too well! I fell asleep before the flight took off, and woke up when we landed. I like it like that! Unfortunately, I was so drugged up still (8 hour Benadryl dose, 4 hour flight- you do the math) that I could barely see straight. So I sat down in a seat in the airport terminal, just a few feet from the jetway I had just walked out of, and fell asleep hard for another hour or so. Let me just say, sleeping in an upright position on the flight, and then in a really awkward position in the terminal, bent over my briefcase, has not done good things for my back and neck muscles! So I woke up, went into the bathroom to c…

The one where I try to convince myself I like being this busy

While I'm in the blogging mood this week I figure I'll blog again! Why not?
In about 24 hours I'm going to fly out to NYC on the red-eye. Its just a quick business trip to touch base with my team, remind my company I work for them and they should love me, pitch a major marketing campaign, and to eat NY style pizza. I'm not sure which part I'm more excited about- the pizza or the campaign?
Its my first time to take a red-eye flight in a very long time. It will be my first time to ever take a red-eye and then have to go directly to work and be expected to be productive. Heaven help me!! But this was my idea, so that I could control my schedule a little more this week and get back in time for Friday night...
Because Friday night is the Sterling Singers concert (mentioned in the post below)! And then we're doing the same thing Saturday night.
And then Sunday I'm getting in my car and driving to Las Vegas. I'll be back either sometime late Tuesday night or Wedne…

The Day the Music Died or Mean People Suck

Every Sunday I go to choir practice for the Sterling Singers. I joined the choir a little over a year ago in hopes of getting to sing beautiful music and making new friends. Sing beautiful music? Check. Make new friends? Not so much. The choir is so big that rarely do you get the chance to sit by the same person twice, or even see the same person twice. But its no big deal that this isn't my spot for making new friends. I have had a wonderful time in the choir, and have enjoyed singing again.
Until last Sunday.
We are just 5 days away from a big show. We're singing some beautiful patriotic and inspirational music for a 9/11 tribute this week. Many of the songs are familiar and beautiful, and a few of the songs are very unusual and very challenging. Last week's rehearsal was very demanding as we put the finishing touches on two of our most difficult songs. Like many in the choir, I was struggling with a few of the passages in one particular number. We were rehearsing it ove…

Erin's Home for Stray Siblings, Children, Cats and Dogs

As of today Erin's Home for Stray Siblings, Children, Cats and Dogs has a new resident. The sweetest little puppy found its way into Scott's heart and came home with him. And well, it turns out puppy eyes are like kryptonite to me. I have no strength to resist them. I can't say no! And so, even though I'm pretty sure the last thing we needed was a puppy, little CJ is sleeping in my living room.
At least we think her name is CJ, we haven't completely decided yet. Its short for either Calamity Jane or Curious Jorge, depending on who you ask. Both names are very appropriate to this little pup. She's a sweetie, and thus far, well-behaved. But my goodness is she a cute little puppy klutz! She falls downstairs, or suddenly becomes overwhelmed by gravity and just topples over, or my favorite, fails to realize the overhead dangers of walking under a larger dog.  Speaking of larger dogs, big doggy Kaya has taken quite kindly to the puppy. She's mothering it and being …

Good Customer Service From Sprint

We complain about bad customer service so often online these days, that when I receive good customer service, I want to share that as well.
My Blackberry/phone/lifeline to everything suffered a major malfunction this week. It has been a long time coming. The mini-usb port on the side that is used for charging the device broke. For the last several weeks I've had to wiggle the charger around until the phone acknowledged it. As a result, my phone hasn't been fully charged for weeks. But I've gotten by. Until 2 days ago when suddenly I couldn't get it to charge for more than 2 minutes, and even then I had to be pinching it and holding it 'just so.'
Finally today it gave up the ghost completely and couldn't be charged at all. I have researched spare batteries and external chargers for my phone in the past and found they cost roughly $85! So I went on eBay and found exactly what I was looking for for $14. There was just one major problem, I won't get it from…

Who needs a blog when you have Facebook and Twitter? (and phones, and texting)

I have a confession to make. It's 8:47 pm and I'm in bed. No, I'm not sick. I'm just exhausted. It has been one long week.
Remember way back when when I first started this blog how I was doing all sorts of fun things? I'd go on weekend camping trips, or go to Duck Beach for a week? And all of the fun dinners and parties I went to? What happened to all that?
My life is so incredibly different now that I barely remember how it is I ever used to do all of that. My weekends now are spent gardening, cleaning the house, and grocery shopping. I varely recall that I used to be the queen of midnight shopping trips. Granted, that was all back in a city that had 24/7 grocery stores, as compared to my current grocery store that has an awesome sign up that says "24/7, closed Sundays."
So you'll have to excuse me a bit when I say this past week felt something almost like the old me, and yet, was nothing like the old me.
Monday- work,work, work. Pick up Little for t…