Showing posts from August, 2010


A few shout-outs, reminders, and things to think about!

Remember a few weeks ago when I issued the $30 Date Challenge on Meridian? Well, I could use a few more participants!! Please go check it out and consider participating! Pretty please!

Now for some shout-outs-
Go check out "We Talk of Christ, We Rejoice in Christ" (my friend Jocelyn's blog) and her current giveaway.
Did you know Mindy Gledhill's new album, Anchor, is out? I love her new sound! So far my two favorite songs are "Anchor," and "All About Your Heart." But to be honest, I have a new favorite Mindy song every week.
Today is Due West's radio release of "Bible and the Belt!" If you are a country music fan, you really have to check this song out. As you know, I've been a Due Westie for about 5 years now. Bible and the Belt is my third favorite Due West song. (They haven't released my first 2 favorite songs- yet.) Go check out and song and request it on your local…

Who says life is boring?

Let me tell you about my day-
First, I woke up to find my arms and legs covered in spider bites. The house has a serious spider problem and apparently it has now moved into my room. This does not please me. (A few hours later I discovered my dog also has several spider bites all over her.) Benadryl to the rescue!
I dragged myself out of bed to discover the worst smell ever had permeated the house. As you may know, I have the worst sense of smell EVER. So for me to wake up and notice a wretched smell is pretty significant. I set off to find the source of the gag inducing smell.
My first clue was the black cloud of fruit flies in the kitchen. I've been gone for 4 days so I worried it was something I had left out. But the flies seemed to be congregating over both the sink and in a corner. In the corner I found a big bucket of rotting onions. DISGUSTING. Before taking it outside I stopped to poor a ton of bleach down the kitchen sink. And I put on my shoes, as I had pla…

Who says life is boring?

Restoring Honor- My unexpected day at the Glenn Beck Rally.

In recent years I have become more firmly set in my political ways, and in doing so have moved myself even further away from any defined political party. I do not choose to affiliate myself with any person or party that makes a practice of anger and finger pointing. My politics are those of charity and kindness. I do not believe in heavy regulations, big government, or rules for every thing. I call my politics those of Joseph Smith’s, “I teach men correct principles and let them govern themselves.” I believe in punishments for those that hurt others or the public at large. I believe in the Constitution and the words of the Founding Fathers, and in very little else.

I was invited by a relative to join her at the “Glenn Beck Rally” in Washington, DC. Not necessarily being a supporter of Mr. Beck or his style of “shock conservative politics,” I was hesitant to accept. But after a few days of considering the invitation, I came to the conclusion that no matter what was said or how many ga…

Utah Friends- Amazing deals at Seven Peaks

Utah friends, this is for you- Jump on over to my Cutting Back and Going Green blog to get an amazing (70% off!!!) deal on passes to Seven Peaks. You know you want to. Because you would be crazy not to! (Hey! I rhymed!!)

Did someone say HAPPY DANCE?

In grand tradition, I bring you a HAPPY DANCE!! (This may or may not be exactly how I really do dance!)
And in keeping with tradition, I'll explain to you what made me so happy some other day. 

For more happy dance postings-

#6 Happy Dance Jai Ho (featuring blog friends Mick and Rachel Hagen)
#5 Happy Dance- Fat Bottomed Girls
#4.5 Happy Dance Elaine from Seinfeld
#4 Happy Dance from Ally McBeal (Barry White song)
#3 Happy WeddingDance
#2 Happy Dance New Kids on the Block
The first happy dance (air force guy) declaration

In the blink of an eye

Last week was just plain awful, right? No hope, lots of depressing things, too much stress.
This week? Off to a grand start. Job interview, friends, lunch dates,

Service to God

I spoke in church today on the subject of "Service to God." I've taken the talk and abbreviated it down and published it on Examiner. I took out the personal passages and have left it primarily to the doctrinal points of the subject.

Product Review- AVIA iTone Toning Shoe

I've been dealing with a LOT of back pain recently. So bad so that I've spent nearly $200 at the chiropractor's in the last 2 weeks. We're talking, staying flat on my back, on the floor, popping Lortab, and icing like crazy, kind of back pain. And all for no apparent reason. There was no accident or incident that caused it.
After talking with my chiro this week he suggested I try better shoes, possibly the kind that are designed to take the pressure off of the lower back. I'm unemployed, out of unemployment coverage, and totally broke. So the idea of spending $100 on tennis shoes (especially when I rarely wear them) didn't appeal to me.
But then yesterday I just happened to be passing a shoe store with a sale going on. So I pulled in and checked out the 5 different lines of "toning" shoes they carry. Reebok, Skechers, Easy Spirit, and some other brands all have the new toning shoes. The Avias were brand new, and therefore a little bit cheaper. So I t…


Remember when you were a little girl (because I'm assuming the bulk of my readers are female) and you would go to a slumber party? You were surrounded by friends and food and the promise of fun things to come, but you got homesick and scared, and cried to go home instead? And so with you dad in his pajamas and a trench coat, he'd come down the street to carry you home? And even though you know the party would have been fun if you had just stuck it out, all you want is to go home?
That is how I have felt lately. I'm in a good place. I'm surrounded by people that I love and they love me. There are good things here for me. And the promise of more good things to come. But I'm homesick. I'm so very very homesick.
I miss my old life more than words can say. I want to go back to my old life, where I had a big wonderful home, and my own things around me. I want to go back to my friends. I miss "Little" more than words can say. I want to know my neighbors and…

Book Sale!!

During the move this past month we came across a pile of books! And not just any book! But the book I co-wrote along with BFF Jules. My father's forgetfulness (that he had a stash of books hiding in the basement) is your gain! I am having a fire sale! You can buy your very own copy of Beyond Perfection for $5, plus shipping, directly from me! If interested, send me an email at mcbridemarketing at gmail.

"Really, really good, girlie!" - Dad
"So funny!" - My cousin.
"This book is an updated, Mormon version of Pride and Prejudice. If you're a die-hard Austen fan, you might not want to read this because it doesn't draw faithfully from the plot (like the movie Pride and Prejudice: a Latter-Day Comedy which I love too!) Instead takes certain social issues from the original and parodies the Mormon culture, like the insane mom who doesn't care who her daughters date as long as they get married, loser user guys who womanize, guys thinkin…

Now I've had the time of my life, no I never felt like this before

Today was full of highs and lows, just like so many other days of unemploymentville. Let's dwell on the highs today, and keep the lows in denial. First, thank you for your happy thoughts let to my last post. I really appreciate them.
I got an unexpected email from an old friend today. (She knows who she is, and knows that I know she's reading this.) It came from the heart and really cheered me up. The strange part is that it wasn't intended to be a cheer up letter. She sent a truly "I get it" email. It really felt good to feel loved by an old friend, and to know I'm not alone in my frustrations and experiences lately. To that friend- thank you.
As things tend to do when a friend from the past comes up, one thing lead to another and we began discussing boys we had crushes on back in the day. I think she and I crushed on many of the same boys, and frequently at the same time too. I revealed to her one of my better high school secrets. (I kissed a boy we all kne…

A little less talk and a lot more action

I've talked about this in the past, and I find myself faced with it again.
Unemployment Depression I know there are crazy people out there who seem to think that unemployment is all parties, daytime TV, and free checks from the government. Clearly, they have never been unemployed against their will.
It is more a tangled web of money woes, broken dreams, constant disappointment, living under a microscope where you know everyone has an opinion about how you spend your money, constant criticism, and feeling overall like a failure. You know, the perfect formula for depression.
So here I am again, holding my breath so long I'm afraid I will turn blue, wondering WHAT NEXT?!
But I'm not giving in. I'm fighting back on this black hole that threatens to suck me in! And I'm asking you to help me. Share a happy thought with me. Tell me something good going on in your life. Share the good parts. My comments section is ready and waiting for you. Share away!

See the sidebar for some CityDeals

Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you CityDeals - a fun way to save!

City Deals offers a wide variety of deals every day in your city.  This isn’t a one-deal-a-day site.  There are lots of deals to the places you play, eat, and relax. When you click the link (or sometimes just look at the ad here in the sidebar) you will see the deals for your specific location.
Just find the deals you want and check out.  There are restaurants, movie theaters, car washes, and more. If you love Buca di Beppo as much as I do (which, my friends, is a LOT of love), you will soon love CityDeals as much as I do because you can save up to 40% off at Buca. Also, you can save 20% off concessions and movie tickets at Cinemark theaters if you buy through CityDeals. 

You’ll normally receive your order by mail within 2 – 3 business days.  They will send you professionally designed certificates you’ll be proud to use and give as gifts. (no ugly homemade print outs that look sketchy)

Its All About Me (and Jon)

I have been in need of some professional head shots for a while now. I am lucky enough to be related to the incredible photographer Jon McBride. He took me out last week at 8 pm on a horribly muggy night (my hair had been nice and curled when we started) and had a little photo shoot in downtown Roanoke. As you may have noticed in the past, I'm not exactly photogenic. To actually look this good in pictures is really fun for me!! I'm not sure how to react to such flattering photos!!
Jon's photography studio is Vantage Pictures, where he specializes in "wedding photojournalism." But as you can see, he isn't limited to just weddings. He is based in Pennsylvania, so that he can better serve the NY through DC markets. (But I've seen him fly off to the Caribbean for a wedding or two!)
He's amazing, and I highly recommend him! Check out his site! I love looking at all the weddings (of complete strangers) that he does. They are beautiful!


Color me amused.

I've been following the stats on my blog for years. (after all I do work in social media marketing. i analyze and read stats in my sleep! that and its just fun to do.) Today Blogspot released their own Stats program, so I had fun comparing it to the other tools I have used. It has similar data, but not exactly the same. My favorite? These keywords!
These are the words people are searching online that lead them to my site. Various versions of my name (include 10 of you who spelled it eirn, not erin)- to be expected. But percocet hallucinations? And reno nudists? I know that I have said those words before, but who knew so many people were searching on those terms?!

The things I get myself into sometimes

Have you read my Meridian Magazine column about the $30 Date Challenge yet? If not, go read it!
In the column I ever so boldly agree to take the challenge myself. And I really want to. There's just a few major problems. Starting with, I don't remember the last time I spoke to someone that wasn't related to me. Which makes it really hard to meet eligible men. Second, any eligible men I do know live about 4 hours away. Third, rule #2 of the challenge "2. Don’t ask out someone you have a major crush on. That’s too much pressure for this challenge. Ask out someone you trust will be enjoyable." There is someone I would love to ask (or greatly fear asking, depending on how you look at it), but it violates rule #2. Fourth problem, whomever I choose to ask has to be a good sport. After all, approximately 50,000 people (yes, really, that many) are going to be reading about the date.
Is it possible for me to plan a date with no pressure knowing 50,000 people will be rea…

The Many Faces of Me

Today I was two very different people. Maybe three.
At one point I was articulate, direct, flirty, and respected. I was who I love being- I was on the ball!
And then later on, I was self-conscious, unable to relax, and said some really stupid things, and could barely form a coherent though.
And then finally, I got really angry when I found out about a liar, and said something I'm not proud of.

One of these conversations involved a millionaire, another with a great guy, and another with an innocent bystander. I'll leave it up to you to wonder which was which.

Book and Movie Recommendation- North and South

My aunt(s) introduced me to the North and South BBC miniseries this week-

Apparently my aunts have been watching this for years, but it only made it to me this past weekend. It has a distinct Pride and Prejudice flair to it, but if I dare say it, I may have liked it even more than Pride and Prejudice! It is book turned BBC miniseries set in a more modern time than P&P, but is still British, and still all about a woman knowing what she wants, and more importantly what she doesn't want. I LOVED it. In fact, I just added it to my Netflix instant queue to watch right now. And I'm looking at buying the book off of Amazon right now as well. Yeah for timeless English romances and strong female role models! Now someone go buy/rent/read/watch it and tell me what you think!

$30 Date Challenge

My Single Thought column is up on the new and improved Meridian Magazine today. I've issued the $30 Date Challenge to all of those who are burned out and tired of dating. And I commit to taking the challenge myself. If you know me, you know I've had nothing but really awful experiences when it comes to asking guys out. This would normally be a next to traumatic event to have to do this. But that is the whole point of the challenge- to eliminate the trauma from dating! I'm looking forward to some responses and acceptances!

A Walk Down Memory Lane

From 6th grade till 10th grade my family lived in Centreville-Clifton, Virginia. Our mailing address said Clifton, but we went to Centreville High School, and went to the Centreville church. For all intents and purposes, we lived in Centreville, and only the mailman disagreed. Centreville was where all the new homes were being built. When we moved out there to the country there was only 1 Braddock Road (there are too many to count now), and where 28 and 29 intersect was a simple stoplight of an intersection (not an entire cloverleaf overpass intersection). Centreville was a booming suburb, with yuppies flocking to it as fast as they could.
But just down the road from our little suburban world was the sleepy little town of Clifton. Inside the formal town limits of Clifton there were magical mansions, with gated driveways, palaces with 17 fireplaces, rolling fields and hills, horse country farms, and the cutest, quaintest little Main St in all of Northern Virginia.

When we were kids we h…

All because 2 people fell in love...

I went over to the nursing home today with my cousin MB, her new man Aaron, and my younger cousin Little K to visit our grandmother. Grammy is speaking a bit slower these days and requires a good deal of prompting and reminding to help her get her answers out, but her mind is mostly still all there. More importantly,  her wit and sense of humor is still as sharp as ever. MB and I asked her to tell us the story of how she met our grandfather, and here's how her answer went.

Me: Grammy, how did you meet Pompa?
Grammy (who was born and raised here in Roanoke, Virginia): I had some cousins that lived in the Gila Valley (southern Arizona). They invited me to come for a visit.
(long pause, so I prompted her)
Me: Did someone introduce you? Where did you meet him?
(long pause)
MB: Did you meet a dance?
Grammy: Yes, yes. We met at a dance, and then he asked if he could show me home. (then using her "scarlett o'hara" voice, or more a "i did him a favor" voice, imply…

Family Reunion in Progress

Stay tuned for some real life is always better than fiction stories from the family reunion. And if you are really lucky, I'll take more awesome pictures just like this-

She tooteth her own horn

My grandfather had this funny scripture he would quote, "29th chapter of Mattew, verse 11.  "He who hath a horn and tooteth it not, the same shall not be tooted."

It is a line oft-repeated in our family when someone would like to draw attention to themselves. (Okay, how weird is it that spellcheck is telling me that spellcheck isn't a word but tooteth is?" Bizarre.)

So here I am, tooting my own horn, and promoting those other places I write! Understanding the Book of Mormon (which got more than its fair share of hate comments. i've finally given up deleting them all.) LDS Church responds to Prop 8 ruling (as of this moment, no hate comments. But I'm bracing for them. It is inevitable!) LDS Church breaks ground on 133rd temple Chastity and adultery (which again- hate comments?? i'm truly stunned at how some people spend their time. oh and i deleted the interesting barrage of f* you comments thi…

Little Orphan Erin Annie (with the really big family)

The past few weeks have been full of days where I had overwhelming urges to break out singing, "TOMORROW, TOMORROW, I LOVE YA, TOMORROW, YOU'RE ONLY A DAAAAAY- AAAAA-WAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYY!" However, since most of the time I've been in a very quiet hospital room when those urges have hit me, I have yet to serenade anyone, except the voices in my head. Can you say stress? Here's a tiny glimpse of what's going on- Spending a LOT of time at the hospital and/or nursing home with my sick grandmother. The normal life stuff going on- clean the house, buy food, walk dogs, pay bills, etc.  The never-ending job hunt.  My mother getting medevac’d to London for a (please try not to laugh) cat bite. She’s getting treated for (again, please try not to laugh) rabies. I came *this* close to flying to London to assist her. Sadly, she's doing just fine there without me. Moving from the current relative’s house to another relative’s house this week. Getting screwed over big time by a …

Love isn't love till you give it away

"You wouldn't understand, you're not a mother."

I know the person who said that to me didn't mean for it to cut like a knife. But then, maybe she did? She's said things to me like this several times in my life. "When you're a wife, you'll understand," she says with her head condescendingly tipped down, her voice full of airs and pretension. I used to let it roll off my back, her opinion meaning nothing to me. But lately, it has really started to hurt my feelings and break my heart. Why must she always treat me like an immature, selfish teenager, just because I've never been married? Does wisdom, authority, and knowledge, suddenly come with a gold band? Do the last 17 years of living alone, providing for myself, getting an education, traveling the world, and serving others somehow not give me adult credentials?

A few nights ago I saw a cute couple flirt with each other. They have been married for over 25 years, and have several children …

On the Job Hunt

I have been actively job hunting for a while now. This week I will be trying even harder to put myself out there and search for the right job. Step 1- asking friends to take a look at my qualifications below and see if they know of anyone in their networks that may be able to help me!

Erin A. McBride

CAREER FOCUS: Marketing Communications
Qualifications: Ten years of experience in diverse marketing communications environments. Areas of expertise include
Event/trade show coordinationSocial media and engagement marketingProject managementRelationship managementViral marketingContent writing and productionStrengths: Advanced experience in social media and engagement marketing. Articulate and persuasive writing. Proven ability to think creatively and strategically, overcome obstacles, work independently, and recognize potential in others.

Social Media, Engagement, and Viral Marketing
Leveraged social media and viral syndicatio…

On the Job Hunt

I have been actively job hunting for a while now. This week I will be trying even harder to put myself out there and search for the right job. Step 1- asking friends to take a look at my qualifications

Introducing My Other Blog!

A few months ago I started a new blog. Of course, things have gone a little haywire in my life since beginning it, but I'm determined to continue through with it! The focus of this blog is on cutting back financially and going green environmentally. I'm hoping to compare costs, products, share tips, ask for advice, etc. I do not intend to do all of the writing! I'm certainly no expert in any of these areas! If you have a guest writer recommendation, please let me know!
Please join me over at Cutting Back and Going Green!