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V

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Nothing in this world has scared me like the mini-series and TV show "V" did when I was a little girl. I can still vividly remember watching the aliens pull their skin off to reveal their lizardness, and how it made my own skin crawl.
I remember watching the green circle growing around the pregnant woman's neck, marking the length of her pregnancy. I was terrified about what would happen when the circle was complete. Just thinking about it now makes me shudder.
And the only recurring nightmare I have ever had in my life involves people eating hamsters and mice, and then watching an alien baby crawl out of its mother's stomach.

AAAAGH! NIGHTMARE CITY!

And as you may have noticed I'm rather obsessed with all things 80s.

And Morena Baccarin, who ROCKED in Firefly/Serenity is the star of the new remake.  (I totally have a girl crush on her, and I wish I could rock her hairstyle the way she does.)

So you can probably guess what my DVR is set for on Tuesday night! I c…

New York, New York

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If you had 4 weeknights (think after 6 pm) free to yourself in NYC, how would you spend them? I'll be back in the Big Apple next week and I'm looking for ideas to keep myself entertained in the evenings. So far my list is pretty short-

1. Magnolia Bakery at 30 Rock
2. Shop at H&M, Macy's, Ann Taylor, and all the other shops in the Garment District
3. Eat pizza, and then eat more pizza.
4. Eat more gelato.

I love Broadway shows, but its pretty much out of the budget this trip, so don't tempt me! Oh, and I'll be staying in Times Square, if location makes a difference.

Don't Forget the Pepper Spray

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In just a few more weeks a fun, entertaining, and unique book all about dating disasters will be coming out! And I'm one of the contributors! Don't Forget the Pepper Spray is a collection of true, honest, and real-life dating stories that will leave you laughing with your jaw hanging open. And the best part? Its anonymous. Sure, you know I'm a contributor, but you don't get to know which parts I contributed! HA! I LOVE IT!

To go along with this awesome new book there will be a great website with bloggers, columnists, and much more- all about dating!

Lots of fun changes up ahead! Stay tuned!

Tooting my own horn

In a day that was frustrating, aggravating, and filled with eyeball burning and vomit inducing doggy farts (I am never changing their food again), I shall take a quick break from the usual and direct your attentions to something I'm actually good at- social media and engagement marketing!

I wrote a blog post for the Social Media Club of Salt Lake City this week on SMEM. It probably won't mean much to most of you, but if you are interested in what it is I do all day, here you go.

Life in Progress

I know many of you have been wondering what's going on with the foster care situation. This post is for you. The rest of you can feel free to help me decide what to do next as well.

After waiting months and months to get my home study and personal interview set up, it was finally arranged for next week. And now I have a business trip next week and won't be here for it. Hopefully today we will get the date moved to something in the next 2-3 weeks.

I've heard both good and bad things about the home inspection. All the bad things I have heard from other families who have had to go through one. You have to have everything super clean and organized, locks put on certain doors and cabinets, etc. I need to buy a fire extinguisher still, and get a lock for the closet inside my laundry room where I store the "dangerous chemicals," like bleach. And I need to buy a tackle box that I can lock and keep in there to store medications in. All of this can obviously be done in a b…

Erin Goes on a Date (and tells you about it)

I went on a blind date last week. By all counts, I'd say we had a good time. We got along really well, and there were no obviously awkward moments. We texted some over the weekend, nothing big. And then he called.

Oops, he had forgotten to tell me a major detail about his recent past. He's divorced (by no means a dealbreaker for me). And too recently divorced to feel comfortable dating again. His exact words, I believe, were, "I think you are really great, and I'd just screw it up, so I'd rather not do this."

Gag. Whatever.

Here's the thing. This is the FOURTH guy in a row to give me this excuse. Guy #1 actually had lied to me and wasn't even divorced yet. Guy #2 was divorced but clearly not over his ex, and ended up remarrying her. And Guy #3 just explained the same thing and disappeared (no loss there). And the funny part is that when I think back to the guys I have dated in the past 5 years, the bulk of them were newly divorced and shouldn't h…

Lunchables- Dave W

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Welcome to Lunchables Week #2. This week you get to meet my new friend Dave.


Dave W



Current location: Salt Lake City
Occupation: Online marketing
Lunchables location: Eva's Cafe, Salt Lake City
How I Know Him: We are both volunteers with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and the related organization, Big Alliance. We met about two months ago at a Big Alliance event.

David is great at speaking in quotable one-liners, so instead of writing up about what he said, I'm giving you exactly how he said it when possible!

1. Favorite Past Time-
"Being around people in various capacities. It isn't so much the activity itself, as it is the experience. And experiencing different activities."
Also, "solo time." I asked him to define solo time, since I have learned it means different things to different people. His definition, "Solo time is something you could have done with someone else but do alone instead." He claims he has more solo time than the ave…

HCG Before and After Weight Loss Pictures

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Well, this round of HCG has finally come to an end. You can read about my first experience with the HCG diet here. And here you can learn more about the HCG diet from the company I bought from and recommend.

Now for the moment of truth.

You have seen my before pictures-

(I hate this picture now!)


How it looked after I lost the first 20 lbs!


And how it looks after losing another 18!
(how nice of my dog to try and butt in to 2 of the pictures. I guess that's what happens when I spend too much time by the front door and don't let her out!)

Because I did put about 4 lbs onbetween rounds and things haven't really settled down yet (it takes a few days back on normal foods to know where you are going to land), I've only lost about 30-35 lbs. I can live with that! I lost a total of NINE INCHES off around my waist! I love it!

I am donating my old clothes to both Janae and Juli who are both on the HCG diet as well (36 lbs off for Janae, and 20 for Juli so far!). I am currently dow…

Become a Big Brother or Big Sister!

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You have often heard me tell stories about how much fun I have out with my Little Sister (aka Little) from the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Today I want to take a few minutes to tell you more about the program and hope that I can convince just a few of you to become "Bigs."

The program is different for every single Big. Because no two kids are the same, no two Bigs are the same. First thing to know, adults are called Bigs, and our kids are called Littles. No need to specify that you are a "Big Sister" or you have a "Little Sister." Your gender explains it all. So we just say "Big."

This is a volunteer program that only asks four hours a month of you. (If you are like me and choose to spend closer to 4 hours a week with your kid, that's just fine, and totally up to you!) You are "matched" by the Big Brothers Big Sisters professional staff based on all sorts of criteria. They want to make sure both you and your kid are getting …

HCG Update

I only have a few days left on my second round of HCG. If I can exercise just a little more willpower, I just might make my goal! Since the beginning of August I have lost 35 lbs! With a little luck I will hit the unbelievable 40 lbs down mark this weekend. I will be at my lowest weight in over 10 years! Pictures to come soon! (I'm so happy and excited that I'm considering getting a real photographer to take some pictures of me, and not just my usual self-portraits!)

Cat Eyes

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Most patient kitten ever. 

In the Blink of an Eye I'll Be There

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A long long time ago, before I can remember... I used to be this girl that was so busy all the time that I stopped buying groceries because I realized I was never home and I was just wasting money on food that rotted. And then 2.5 years ago I moved to Utah and became the most boring person known to man? Yeah, fun times.

But then about a month ago I decided to bring back the real me and resurrected my old lifestyle. It started with my cousin-in-law Sarah and her baby, Finlee, coming for a short visit. They left on a Monday night, and I flew to Virginia on Tuesday. I was in VA for a full week, came home on Tuesday, and my sister and nephews drove in from Reno on Thursday. They introduced me to RockBand. I'm in love. They left today.

It has been a lot of fun, but oh my goodness am I tired!

Next up- 2 weeks at home (a very busy two weeks) before I go off to NYC for a full week. Followed by barely any time to get ready for my home inspection for foster care. A few days to recuperate, …

Lunchables- Steph H

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Welcome to the first installment of what I predict is going to be my favorite segment on this new and improved blog. I'm calling it Lunchables. This is where I get to take out interesting and fun singles and interview them for the blog. Why am I doing it? Because I can. And because I think the world is full of interesting and fascinating people, and I want more people to know about them.

Our first Lunchables candidate is Steph H. For some of you, she's going to look familiar. After all, we've been friends for several years now, and back when we lived in the same state, she was a regular fixture on this blog. But now that we live in different states, and I never get to see her anymore.

Steph H.



Current location: Montana
Occupation: 911 operator
Lunch date location: California Pizza Kitchen, Salt Lake City
How I Know Her: I honestly have no idea. One day she was just a name I had heard of, the next we were friends for life.

I asked Steph some pretty straightforward intervie…

Sibling Singalong Fun

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Let it be known, I love singalong bars. Ever since I stepped into my first one 7 years ago in Florida, I have been hooked. I have introduced many friends to the joys of the singalong bar, including my sister Natalie, who is also hooked. And last night we introduced our brother Scott and his girlfriend Ally. I'll let the pictures do the talking.



I had to spend a few dollars to make sure this happened, but getting my siblings up on stage to sing and dance to "Baby Got Back?" Totally worth it.




Sisters



4 inch hot pink hooker heels FTW!




Ally rocks out to a little Bon Jovi (natalie texts)




3 of Scott's BFF's from high school were in town visiting. It was a bit surreal for me to realize that the boys I used to babysit were in a bar with me. 

And for all you confused parties out there- please notice there's nothing stronger than a Diet Coke on that table.

Little Words of Wisdom

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Tonight this cute kid cuddled up to me during the RSL game. The man in the row in front of us had just had enough beers that he had gone from soccer novice to soccer know-it-all.
Little put her head on my shoulder and said, "Boys are such dorks sometimes."
I love that kid.

Highlights from the Trip

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A few quick highlights from my trip to Virginia-

GREENERY!! Just getting to see the beautiful trees and countryside again made my whole trip worth it.








Going out riding with my sister on Streak. Steph took Streak, and I took out Harley (Streak's friend). 










Getting to see my high school best friend for the first time in 16 years. We reconnected and spent the day together like nothing had ever changed. 





Oh and this was what we had for dinner. Definitely one of the highlights!





Pictures of my awesome cousins to come tomorrow!

Things You'll Only Find in the South

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This house has nothing to do with this post. Its just one of the many things I love and miss back home.


I love being back in the South. There are things you see you you'll never see anywhere else. And accents that just can't be beat. And I'm loving every minute of it.

Actual conversation overheard in a doctor's waiting room:

A man about my age walked in, checked in, looked around, suddenly lit up, walked across the room, and kneeled down next to a little old lady and said, "Ma'am you probably don't remember me, but I'm Tommy. I was in your fifth grade class."
She smiled at him and said she sure did remember him, and asked if he "had a real sweet wife and kids?" He stayed down on his knee, holding her hand, and showed her his wife and kids' pictures. He asked about her kids and husband and about her health. And then she asked him "Whatever happened to little Tony who you used to run around and play with?"
His answer was so s…

Virginia

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I'm home. Finally.


If this plane goes down, I'll die a happy girl

I'm starting to think all it takes to spur the foster care system into getting something done is to blog about it! I blogged last night, and this morning they called me! Go figure! That's how it worked last time too! Today we set up my home study and took care of one last piece of paperwork (yet another critical form that was never sent to me the first time and has been holding us up all along). And, drum roll please, can you believe we didn't have one confusing problem regarding my non-marital status! Yeah! I am so happy! My home study is in a few weeks, and assuming all goes well (and why wouldn't it?), I could have a kid by the end of the year!!!! FINALLY!!

Did I mention yet I'm blogging from terminal A3 in SLC? Because I am. Any second now I'll be boarding a flight back to my beloved Virginia. I'll be with my parents, cousins, baby sister, and old friends soon. I'm not sure which part I'm more excited about- riding Streak again, family time, or …

If Foster Parents Have a Nesting Phase, I Am In It!

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Tonight my brain is on full foster parent mode. I'm wondering if and when I'll ever get a placement, what she'll be like, what kind of relationship we will have, and what kind of parent I will be. Living with my brother has taught me a lot about myself.

I'm a nag!

I didn't see this coming. I didn't realize I nag people. But, holy crap, I spend a LOT of time nagging my brother. (Granted, he deserves it, but still!) I just never thought I'd be a nag! I hate nags!

I am hereby setting a goal to by the patient and passive person I tell myself I can be, and to never nag again.

So I'm curious. This is for all my friends with children out there. Are you the type of parent you thought you would be?

Maybe I shouldn't admit this, but here goes nothing. I'm hoping to be more of a Lorelai Gilmore to my girl. Lorelai and Rory (from the Gilmore Girls) were more best friends than mother and daughter. And that is what I am hoping I will be able to forge with m…

Thoughts on Marriage by a Single Girl

Thoughts on marriage by a single girl? Should be completely pointless, right? Maybe. But maybe not.

While most thoughts of marriage for a woman over 30 are not necessarily all positive and hopeful, there are some reassuring thoughts of marriage at times. Some of what I know about marriage has come from watching my own parents, but really, that only taught me about that one marriage. Most of what I know about marriage has come from carefully watching my friends over the past ten years. There have been marriages I have admired. Many I felt sad for. Many I wondered what made them ever get married in the first place. And all I have learned from.

If there is one over-riding detail in all of the less than gloriously happy marriages, it has been that the wife has little to know independence or self-assurance. She has no idea how to take care of herself or be alone. And in a strange way, this is a reassuring thought to a single woman over 30. If there is anything I know, it is that I can take…

God Hears and Answers Prayers

If you ever doubt that God hears and answers prayers, go to Rebekah's page.

From their blog- a quick description of their family and blog-

This is a public diary of a family whose little girl started a battle with inoperable cancer in April 2005. In December 2007 their house burned down. And in August 2009 Mommy was diagnosed with a terminal disease (ALS.) Over several years of ups ad downs, you will get into their hearts, minds and souls as they share their joys and sorrows. It can sometimes be very difficult to read.

 Sidenote- Rebekah, now 7 years old I believe, is cancer-free now.

Take a minute to go read the Saturday, October 3 post. If you struggle with a knowledge of God, and wonder if He hears and answers prayers, this is the post you need to read.

She's Going the Distance!

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It was only a few months ago that I looked this awful. Part of me wants to tell you that I only kind of looked that bad. It was late at night, I was bloated from a LOT of Indian food and traveling, and that shirt wasn't doing my any favors. And of course, I'm standing next to my stick thin baby sister, which is also not helping things at all.
It was this picture specifically that made me decide to lose weight. I hate the way I look in it.
As you already know, I went on the HCG diet during August and lost 20 lbs.
And now I look like this-



This picture is 20 lbs lighter than the one above it.

And as of today, I am back on the HCG diet, attempting to lose another 20 lbs. And here's a surprise. If I make my goal of 20 lbs, I will only weigh 15 lbs more than my baby sister! (and no, I don't plan to lose even more weight than that. i happen to like myself with curves, just as long as they are in the right places.)

Want to see what I looked like at my baby sister's age a…