Showing posts from March, 2010

True fact

My arms are still very tan from the Haiti trip. A nice lovely light brown color (I do tan up nicely). Today I accidentally spray painted my bare feet brown. And then I put on a chocolate face mask this evening. My dog can't stop staring at me. I wonder if she's disturbed by my pasty white legs?

"Courtship is a time for two people to get acquainted"

I sat in Sacrament Meeting ready and waiting to be edified. A long week had passed and I was ready for an uplifting experience in the form of an Easter talk. The speaker began her talk in the usual way, “When I was asked to give this talk I thought...” and laughed at herself (one of my biggest pet peeves ever- when people start a talk with "when i was asked to give this talk...") Then she said, “So I went to this month's Ensign to see if it had anything interesting. But it was all about getting the singles married off! Ha ha ha! So that wasn't helpful!” And she loudly continued to laugh at her joke.

Sitting there in the middle of the congregation, I mentally tuned her out. I wondered if she knew our ward has over twenty single adults right there in the room? That there are twenty individual households in our ward that the articles, in theory, do apply to. Does she care? Or does she think singles are just a funny little anomaly that need “help” getting “married off?”�…

To Date or Not to Date, Often You Never Get to the Question

Tonight as I began packing and organizing for my move I had a funny thought. I sold the cute little white wicker bench that has sat on my front porch since last summer. When I bought it I had a date planned for that weekend. I remember thinking that it would be a fun place to sit after the date, rather than invite him in. I don't recall what happened with the date that weekend. But here is what I do know- I've never sat with a date on that bench.
In fact, I haven't had one date since moving into this house where the guy has picked me up at my house. I've had dates, but not one can fall into the gentleman category. For that matter, I haven't had one date in the past several years where I've invited the guy in. 
To that I say, easy come, easy go. In my three years of dating (or not dating as the case may be) in Utah, I've been sorely unimpressed. I can't say I'll miss it. Most of the men came with a glaring defect and a "take it or leave it"…

Shout-Outs to Bloggers I Love

I thought I'd share a few of the blogs I love, and think you should be reading too!

Single Solitary Things by TRS-
TRS is a conservative, charming, Catholic, intelligent and single woman. She is witty and entertaining, and extremely kind and gracious. You don't have to be single to enjoy her style!

Kids are Dang Funny by Jules-
The funny and incomprehensible things children say, as recorded by Jules, enacted by her children.

Beckography by Beck
My friend and neighbor, Becky, was using this blog to showcase her awesome furniture and designs. Her son (my buddy!) was just diagnosed with leukemia this week. She is now chronicling their "new reality" on the blog.

Style Me Pretty
I don't read it because it is wedding stuff. I read it because it is the most beautiful event designs you have ever seen!

From the Trenches of Adoption by Valerie (and Richard)
My two awesome friends who have biological triplets, 2 adopted physical needs boys, and have 2 more physical needs daugh…

PTSD - the gift that keeps on giving

I figure I should probably quickly quell any rumors or concerns I may have unintentionally started on Facebook. I put up a simple status update today that I know will ring true with several of my Haiti friends right now. And it probably freaked several other people out.

The status-
Low flying military helicopter overhead shakes my house. I panic. Train rumbles by, shakes my house. I panic. Nice to know my Haiti PTSD is still going strong. Damn earthquakes. (God Bless Haiti)

I appreciated that one of the nurses from our trip made a funny comment about it. (PTSD is a souvenir you didn't have to buy.) For those who don't know what PTSD is, it stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a condition developed after traumatic experiences. Everyone who gets it will get it in their own special way. No two people are the same in how they exhibit it.** 

I've talked to several of my friends from Haiti, and many of us are dealing with our own special cases of PTSD. For the most …

Do What? Due West!

Little and Due West lead singer, Tim Gates
Thank you, Due West, for yet another amazing concert!  Both "Little" and I are loving our new (autographed!) CDs!
My upcoming move has me getting emotional about all sorts of things. This includes anything related to not getting to see "Little" every week, or getting to do all of our favorite traditions together. So when Due West kicked off the show with 'her' song tonight, yes, I cried! I can't tell you how much it means to me, and her, every time they dedicate "22 Hours" to her.

Have you ever wondered if their goodness and kindness to their fans really benefits them? The answer is yes! Many times over yes!  Remember how a long time ago Due West went to Little's elementary school to serenade her with her favorite song? Well, tonight as we walked into the show, Little said, "hey there's a friend from my old elementary school!" and ran over to talk to her. (She's a mighty middle sc…


I've accepted a job offer, and I'm moving to Arkansas! My dad asked me tonight, "Is Fayetteville a suburb of Little Rock?" As you can see, the answer is no. In fact, much to everyone's surprise, there is more to ARK than Little Rock. I will be moving to the Fayetteville/Bentonville area up in NW Arkansas, the home of the world's largest retailer, Wal-mart. Is it a coincidence I'm going to the same town as Wal-mart? Nope! My job is related to Wally World, but no they are not my employer.
I expect to move around April 9, but nothing is set in stone yet.
Details are still coming! Stay tuned...
For some reason tonight I started thinking about the differences in some of the guys that I have dated, and about some of their similarities. For those who don't know, I have a type. A very distinct type. A type so predictable that my best friend can predict whether or not I will be interested in a guy just from hearing his description. She usually knows before I do if I'm going to be interested. I'm that consistent.
So just for fun, I thought I'd share some of the funny quirks I've learned about the different types. For the record, I've dated two or more guys in each category.

Architects/Civil Engineers- They will doodle on anything and everything. Take them to dinner, go home with a personalized drawing on a napkin. And it doesn't have to be a paper napkin.

Pilots- Eventually, you will have a discussion about their motorcycles, or favorite vehicles. And they all believe that the flight attendants want them.

Fine- be that way!

Have you heard the saying, "Everything will turn out fine in the end. If everything isn't fine, it isn't the end." For a long time I didn't agree with that saying. (I don't agree with a lot of cliches, sayings, or "glittering generalities." I think they give people too much encouragement to be a lemming, or not be an individual.) Sometimes things do have a crappy ending. Sometimes things just don't turn out the way we want. But lately I guess I've lived enough to accept that you can be fine with accepting the crappy ending. Ordeals and trials stop being a trial when you can accept it and be fine with it.
You may have noticed my blog has a new header picture (i've included it in this post for my RSS reading friends). It isn't the greatest quality, but I love it anyway. I took it on our last day in-country in Haiti. Right there in the middle of Hell on Earth, there was a beautiful beach. After all, Haiti is a tropical Caribbean island…

Pregnant Pause, or My Life in Escrow

If there was a way for a person's life to be in escrow, my life would be described as in escrow right now. Big news coming soon.

The GOOD WEEK Challenge

I've put this on Twitter, Facebook, LDSLinkup, and now I'm putting it on the blog! Let's make this a real thing!

No matter what crap gets thrown your way, you take the challenge to have a positive attitude, keep calm, carry on, smile, and go forth.

I like to play this game when I know I potentially have a crappy week ahead of me. And trust me, this week has potential to really suck, or really be great.... And who knows what will get thrown at me. So I am taking the GOOD WEEK CHALLENGE. No matter what happens, it is going to be a GOOD WEEK!!

Who's with me?!

You Never Know Who is Watching

Today I was substitute teaching the CTR4 class in Primary (this would be the 4-5 year old Sunday School class to the non-LDS). I have a "4 yr old boyfriend" in that class, as well as a few little girls that call me "fairy godmother." I like to call them my little 4 year old fan club. It's not every day that a single woman with no kids gets to have a 4 yr old fan club. I love them!
Our lesson was on How to Be Like Jesus. I asked each child to give me an example of how to be like Jesus. My little boyfriend raised his hand and said, "We can be like our Erin Ann who went to Haiti to help the little babies who got sick after the earthquake." {long sidenote as he demonstrates an earthquake} "Because Erin Ann wants to be like Jesus and to take care of all the little children and love everyone."
Needless to say, I cried (and laughed, because it wouldn't be a 4 yr old boy if he didn't demonstrate an earthquake in the middle). And I'…

Happy Dance Day!!

It has been one heckuva long time since the last time I posted a HAPPY DANCE!!!
I thought today's happy dance pick of Jai Ho, as performed by @rachelhagen and @mickhagen was perfect. First, I love the meaning behind Jai Ho (victory to thee!). Second, it seems appropriate that the little victory or happy thing in my head that I am celebrating is social media/career related, and Rachel and Mick are two people that really "get" it! And while I am at it, let me plug Rachel's Elegance Redefined decorating and design blog, and Mick's company I "met" this couple via social media, which makes this post today that much more appropriate!
Lots of good things happening today! Let's all do a happy dance!!

Now, if you'll excuse me, my favorite 4 year old has just knocked on the door and wants me to come play "flips" with her. (Where I through her through the air until we are both completely nauseated.) I can't think of a better way to…

Stay Classy, Interwebz

I am no better than a dog turning to its own poop. If you don't know that reference, go re-read the Old Testament.
Today I got an email from an online dating site I was on forever ago. But because I no longer pay for the site the email didn't tell me who had sent me a message. All I knew was that someone had. Being bored and having nothing better to do with my time, I went to the site, went through the 20 steps to figure out my password again, and finally logged in. Not being a paying member all I could really do was look to see who had viewed my profile recently, and maybe narrow it down to see who wrote me. (In other words, I looked at the viewers to see if there was anyone interesting enough that I would want to read an email from them.) I saw that a guy I was friends with years ago on that site had recently taken a peak. Thinking optimistically that maybe he had written me, I forked over the $9 to access the emails. (If you only knew how many people from my past have resu…

As the World Turns

Today was one of THOSE days in the unemployment world of things. No follow up calls, no great leads, no rejections, no nothing. I started off the day excited and motivated, and I'm ending the day frustrated. I'm a planner, an organizer, a girl with a dream! I like the unknown, because I like organizing and daydreaming about it. But when I have no idea what the future holds, it is really hard to stay positive. 
Have I mentioned here that my parents are about to move to Saudi Arabia? Well, they are. My parents who have barely ever traveled anywhere outside the US, are moving to the Middle East. I spent some time today looking up flights and hotels for my mom and sister to fly to Riyadh, with a fun stopover in London. I'm so jealous! I love England! Just thinking of all the things they get to do has me green with envy. There are 2 things I am sure of right now- I either need to find a job "oconus" (out of the continental US), or a job that pays well enough that I can…

Haiti photos and the Super Bowl Story

Friday night I went to a photo exhibit benefiting Healing Hands for Haiti, the organization we worked with in Haiti. The photos were taken by "Dr Joel," one of the guys on our trip. He's both a photographer and an M.D., how cool is that? A few photos were also contributed by Misha Tulek, an LDS Church member from NYC that spotted our group in Haiti, and joined up and stayed with us a few days. The photography was incredible and brought back some very powerful images and feelings about Haiti for me.
It was also a lot of fun to join up with several Haiti friends and go out for a mini-reunion of sorts. One of our awesome nurses, Kim, is leaving to serve a mission for the LDS Church in Hungary next week. We wanted to get together before she left. It was fun to be with so many wonderful friends again. The communications student in me had fun watching the interpersonal communications in the group. We were all so used to being in a close physical proximity to each other, and th…

Bring on the Options!

I love being able to look to the future and knowing I have options. All too often while unemployed it feels like there are no options. In the last few days I have entertained all sorts of ideas and options for the future. And let me tell you, while it is all good, it is also overwhelming!

what i looked like the last time i was considering graduate school (that little girl i'm holding is my sister stephanie- she's now in college) 

Here is a quick glimpse into the hurricane that is my mind these days-

MBA in Social Entrepreneurshipat Oxford?or somewhere else?Who are we kidding? I'll never get into Oxford! But a girl can dream! Job interviews!Job applicationsAdopting from HaitiFoster careonline courses from Oxford in Globalizationretaking 2 college classesLet's be honest, I'm 35. Am I going to feel over the hill going back to college?I'm afraid to think about the whole career vs marriage thing. Will a 35 yo LDS, American woman ever get married if she goes to England …

One Heart in the Right Place

one of my favorite little girls in the pediatrics tent at general hospital
This morning I had the chance to speak to a group of students at BYU regarding my Haiti experiences. I brought along my favorite translator, Neil, to help me out. These students are working on a plan to go to Haiti this summer to make a difference doing things from "holding babies" to "enabling the Haitians." Their faculty adviser, Prof Woodworth, asked Neil and I to be counselors of sorts to the group. And Neil and I are both hoping to possibly join them when they go down to help. If you are looking to make a difference or to help in Haiti, please support this group! You can find them at Sustain Haiti on Facebook or their blog at

Also, if you haven't already, check out my guest post for therhouse adoption advocacy blog today!

Good Friends, Good Weekend

I had a good weekend with good friends. Friday night I went out for the annual go-kart races for the birthdays of several friends. (See the pic of me in my race suit in the side bar.) Go-kart racing is always a ton of fun. I highly recommend it. But fair warning- after racing around the track all night, sometimes it can be really hard to remember to drive sanely on the freeway on the way home. Also, try to withstand the urge to tailspin into your own driveway. Just saying.
Saturday night I stayed up with my brother, Allyson, and our new housemate Rex and played Settlers into the wee hours of the night. (Made all the more perplexing when I thought I was going to win in the next round so I took a sleeping pill, and then we played for another 30 minutes. I was having trouble remembering what color I was, but I still won!)
Tonight I joined Heidi, Dave, Sara, Oliver, Kristen, Evelyn (Heidi's mom), and all of their collective offspring for an Indian dinner. Their collective offspring c…