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Write, write, writing away!

It is that time of the week where I promote that other stuff I have been writing again!

Meridian Magazine- Singles and New Years- why do singles feel so much pressure on New Years Eve?

WikiLeaks gets leaked on Twitter (Examiner)

George W Bush uses "the Facebook" - check this one out just to watch the video. GWB and Zuckerberg make a pretty interesting duo, with surprisingly, a lot in common!

And don't forget my $500 offer to pay you to find a friend a job still stands!!

Cyber Monday Deals

Have I mentioned I have awesome Cyber Monday deals on my other blog to major retailers? Go check them out! Buy early! Buy often!

Thanksgiving, the Day After, and other thoughts from the mind of me

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Things I am Thankful for and Highlights of Turkey Week 2010
Having my parents in-country and in-town!
Making the best turkey of all time! (when we took it out of the cooking pan to put in the pretty dish the entire skeleton fell out!)
Having Beverli down to visit for the weekend!
After a year of an undefined future, having 2 solid options for a great future!
Black Friday shopping with Sarah at 4 am! My steal was a $200 set of luggage for only $50 from Macy's. I may still not know where my future will take me, but I do know it will involve a lot of travel (more on these hints later)!
Horseback riding with Steph and Bev in the FREEZING cold! (But it was totally worth it!)
Getting to talk to my brother on Skype (the Air Force currently has him out of country in an unfriendly location).
Getting to see tons of cousins in one place.
My little cousins taking turns sitting in my lap (I am the Pied Piper and I love it!)
Even if BYU didn't win, the BYU v U of U game was seriously aweso…

More amusing conversations with children

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I recently took Cousin #32 (Miss L) out on a playdate (she's 5). From the moment we got in the car she had a lot to say, not unlike a windup doll that talks a lot. Here are a few gems from that conversation.


Me: Your [big sister] is going to have a baby soon! Are you excited to be an aunt?
Miss L: I am NOT an aunt! Aunts are OLD!
(sidenote- her sister is 20 years older than her. Her youngest aunt is 42 years older than her.)
Me: Oh, so the baby won't call you Aunt L?
Miss L rolls her eyes and in her best DUH voice: No! It's just a tiny baby, it can't talk yet!
the conversation continues on regarding a cupcake we were eating
Me: So what will your sister name the baby?
Miss L: I don't know! I have lots of ideas, but she thinks they are all DUMB!
(i can assure you her sister did not say that to her)
Me: Like what?
Miss L: Well, I think House, or Cat would be nice. But she doesn't like those!
I maintain a straight face.
Miss L: My other sister (age 11) likes the n…

I could blog but...

I could blog but I am way too tired. And I do have some interesting things to share, but they haven't finished happening yet. So please stand by, life is in progress. We'll return to our regularly reported randomness shortly!

Peace Corps

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This totally excites me! Just a fun little video to keep up the Peace Corps motivation!

(Don't) Rock the Boat!

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Whenever I hear the expression, "don't rock the boat!" I think of Girls Camp when I was 12 years old. I was in a canoe with at least Cindy, Laurie, Katie, and who knows who else. I do recall we had way too many girls in the canoe. We pulled up alongside another canoe that had a much more manageable number of girls in it (maybe 2?), and decided to unload a few passengers. At the same time, two other girls from the lake decided to climb in our canoe with us. I can still remember Cindy yelling, "Don't rock the boat!!" She was quite determined to not fall in the water. For some reason I am also remembering that we had some crazy idea that we could do lake activities that day without actually getting in the green, murky water.
Multiple 12 year old girls, moving water, and 2 canoes, obviously you know what happens next. We all fell out into the green, murky water.
(I also recall that for some reason we were convinced there was a large sea turtle living in the b…

Get your friend a job and you get $500! (now with job listings!)

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After 10 months of unemployment I ended my losing streak by becoming a head hunter! No instead of looking for a job, I'm helping others find a job. There's a nice yin-yang to it all. I like it.
But I'm finding there is an interesting discrepancy. Job hunters tend to migrate to the big sites like Indeed, Monster, CareerBuilder, etc. But head hunters are usually not found there. Why? Because it costs big bucks to place jobs there! I am trying to bridge that gap and find the job hunters directly.
How am I going to do this? DRUM ROLL PLEASE!


I am going to pay you $500 for getting a job for a friend!

Here are the terms and conditions-

You must have your friend email me a resume (in WORD format) to erin dot mcbride at phase3recruiting dot com. In their cover letter they must mention that you sent them to me! (Just sending me an email that says, “Hey, I think Mike is looking for a job, try him!” Will NOT count!)

If I can place your friend in a job between now and December 31, 20…

Housework and other foul words!

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I feel like I have achieved some sort of maturity milestone this week. My parents are coming to visit for 3 weeks. Normally having house guests for any overnight length of time would have sent me into a tailspin preparing the house- doing laundry, dusting, organizing, cleaning places I never clean, re-organizing, scrubbing the places I hate cleaning, etc. But this is a new thing for me- the house is already clean! Other than freshening the linens on their bed, I just have to do the regular daily chores.
I don't have to kill myself cleaning the house this week!
I don't know how to handle this! This NEVER happens!
Is this what growing up feels like?

Disclaimer- I should also mention this is also all made easier because I don't have to go grocery shopping or do extra menu planning for their visit. My mother (who, in case you aren't aware, lives in a country where she is not permitted to go shopping alone, and can't drive herself anywhere) says she is looking forward …
I may or may not have sat around today thinking up new blog names

Harry Potter- 10 years later

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It is almost hard to believe that these three little kids-

have grown up to be three of the most recognizable faces in the world!




I remember after seeing the first film I thought, "I hope they invest in some acting lessons for Harry/Daniel Radcliffe. The kid can't act!" I also hoped that Ron/Rupert would grow up to outgrow his goofy face. I'm glad he didn't.
Either way, I cannot wait for the release this week!! I need to find some buddies to go to the midnight opening with me!

This picture alone has me excited. I can't wait to see Helena Bonham Carter as Hermione as Bellatrix acting alongside Harry and Ron!
I think some of the best parts of Harry Potter are wasted on the kids. The incredible talent and legendary actors that the films have brought together really do make the movies that much better. It's no secret that I love to watch BBC miniseries and British films. Every time I see another major British name from one of my favorite BBC shows appear in a…

Head cold

Three times this morning I have thought, "I'm hilarious! I should totally blog that!"
You should be glad the same bottle of Nyquil that makes me think I am hilarious also makes me forget what I was going to say.
Can someone please come over and bring the box of Kleenex up from the kitchen to my bedroom? My sleeves are getting slimy.
Never mind, by the time you get this message, I will have fallen asleep again. But you can leave some soup on the front porch. The dog can bring it in for me. But you'll need to make it hot. She can't put it in the microwave. No opposable thumbs.

Happy Face!!

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Why the Happy Face? Because today happy things happened! Starting with (see the posts below) that big bad scary thing that would have kept me out of the Peace Corps- it isn't keeping me out! Turns out I'm not a national security threat after all! Woo-hoo! (also, phew!) So for the last few days I've been trying to distract myself away from that bad thing by thinking up other happy things. Which lead me to remember that I've always wanted to be a matchmaker. And soo.... beware my single friends! I'm on the loose! Published with Blogger-droid v1.6.5

Cute nephew quote of the day

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From my sister, Sisty Ugler:


I am sending the boys to a Christian day care on Thursdays and Fridays while the boys are off track and I am still in school.  The teacher there had the children think real hard about a question they would like to ask to God.  If there is one question you could ask him, what would it be?   Porter asked, "If I don't like my Mom's dinner and I say 'no thank you', do I still have to eat it?" PS- All my nephews and god-daughters are growing up too fast. I'm in the market for some newer, younger models. If you have a small, cute, preferably not walking or talking (but exceptions can be made), sized child in need of a fairy godmother to spoil it, I'm taking applications.

You're invited- to my official new blog launch!

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I am happy to announce the official new launch of my blog Cutting Back and Going Green! Please take a visit over there and check things out! As the name implies it is all about cutting back financially, while trying to live a more green friendly life!
Please feel free to take a button and share it on your own blog! They are free and good for the environment too!





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More adventures in sleepwalking

As I have documented here before, I am a world-class sleepwalker. I'm sure everyone has their daylight savings time change story today, but mine is simply this-
I went to bed relying on the satellite gods to update the clock inside my phone. I woke up in the sunshine, looked at my phone (7:30 am), got up, passed the bathroom clock and it says 10:45. Hmm...
I decided to rely on my phone.
I get dressed, leave at 8:50, get in my car, and it says 10:50.
Wait, shouldn't it say 9:50??
I go back inside and check the microwave clock. 10:50.
Something is very strange here.
And why didn't the alarm clock go off this morning?
I investigate further. Somehow my phone is now set to Central Time. Very strange.
Needing further confirmation, I check my computer, which should also be updated by the satellite gods. 10 am.
I pick up my phone again, right as the alarm clock goes off. It is no longer set for 8 am, and is oddly set for 9:07.
Either the satellite gods are messing with me, or I…

So now what? (also, the "what if" world)

Tonight I am overwhelmed with thoughts of what happens if I don't get to join the Peace Corps due to things completely beyond my control. I've lost a lot of dreams in the past year, and now possibly the Peace Corps. I hope I'm having all of these feelings unnecessarily. Hopefully I will find out that I'm not disqualified very soon, and I can go back to living out a life long dream.
But what if?
It's normally a question I never ask myself. I try to never live in the "what if**" world, and instead operate on facts and reality. I live in the world of events that I can control, and don't operate on "but what if?" But tonight the reality is that I may very well be losing the thing that I have always wanted.


[THERE WAS A WHOLE BLOG POST HERE. SORRY IF YOU MISSED IT. BUT IT JUST GOT REDACTED.]


**the "what if" world is where people hold themselves back by saying things like "but what if you meet someone and get married? would you quit …

It's a spy thing, you wouldn't understand!

And we're off!
Did anyone else just hear a starting gun go off?
No sooner did I get the nomination yesterday, then today I've already got critical paperwork coming my way for the Peace Corps. One item, it turns out, is more important than I had expected it to be. I'm hoping I get a phone call tomorrow telling me it really isn't a big deal after all. But when you see the words "to determine your legal eligibility" on something related to matters of (I kid you not) national security, suddenly things seem more important. Thankfully, it does sound like we'll be able to get a decision made on this issue really quickly. I'd hate to find out 5 months from now that I can't go. I'd rather get rejected sooner than later.

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It's a spy thing, you wouldn't understand!

The Peace Corps and what happens next (and how)

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This is my happy face.
This is what I looked like today as I left my interview with the Peace Corps. (except this picture was not taken today. It was taken about 8 weeks ago after I left a different interview. And I was wearing a black shirt today. And my hair has changed colors since then. But still, it's mostly what I looked like today!)
Have I mentioned that there are 15,000 applicants to the Peace Corps annually, but there are only 4,000 spots? Well, as of today, I am one of the lucky 4,000!
Please join me in the Dance of Joy!



Thank you. I hope it was as good for you as it was for me.

Now, before you get too excited with me, here's the rest of the story.
No, I do not know where I will be going. And I won't know until May at the earliest!
I have officially been "nominated" into the Peace Corps. I now have to pass a medical review (which shouldn't be a problem, as I am an adult in reasonably good health). And an FBI background check (again, shouldn't be…

Best conversation of the day

3 yr old Boy #1 (to me): My cup is red. 
Me: What color are your pants?
Little Boy #1: Blue.
Me: What color is your hair?
Little Boy #1 (He looks up intently, trying to see his hair.): I don't know, I can't see it!
3 yr old Little Boy #2 (points helpfully at #1's head): It's right there!

31 Days of Service Wrap Up

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The last 31 Days of Service have been amazing. I have loved every single day of it. I admit, I missed doing service or acts of kindness on 2 days. But still, come on, 29 days isn't too shabby!
I had expected it to be a lot more difficult. I had researched plans to volunteer at a homeless shelter and the animal shelter. But what I found is that there were plenty of other things to do around me. From helping my family out, to doing favors for friends, or church work, I rarely had time to go find those bigger projects I had expected to need to fulfill my goal.
I didn't expect this goal to do so many acts of kindness would be fun. I had expected it to be more of a sacrifice. But really, it just felt good and natural to just do something good each day.
The best part of it was that every Sunday I took a handicapped woman to church. I had expected it to be more of a sacrifice and an inconvenience. But it turned out to be fun, and I really enjoyed getting know her. I was only filling…