Showing posts from March, 2011

While you are here

While you are here, and by here I mean surfing the internet for interesting things to see, go ahead and stop over at my other blog- Jobs By Erin. There are several new jobs up there and you just might know someone who needs one!!

While you are here

While you are here, and by here I mean surfing the internet for interesting things to see, go ahead and stop over at my other blog- Jobs By Erin. There are several new jobs up there and you just might know someone who needs one!!

Best of the Blog Part 1

For the next couple of days I am going to be insanely crazy busy, but in a good way. So rather than blog and whine about my insane crazy, or not blog at all as the case may be, I thought I'd resurrect some of my favorite blog posts from the past.

Blast From the Past Part 1- Making Family Fertilizer (also known as, "your family has rules about who can be buried in the cemetery??") Originally posted in August 2007!

So you think your family has issues? Allow me to introduce you to my family and our by-laws. Yes, my family has by-laws. Not just any bylaws. We have by-laws on how and who can be buried in the family cemetery. And according to the new rules, I am not eligible. Let’s start at the beginning. And by beginning I mean 3 generations back when my great-great grandfather had five children and one mountain in Southern Virginia. Those five children went on to produce nearly 2,000 descendants, with over 1,600 currently living (no polygamy for us, thank you very much!), mos…

Must Love Dogs (to like this story)

I happen to think I have one of the cutest dogs ever. Miss Kaya is my big fat lover dog, my sidekick in all that I do. She's an Australian cattle/shepherd dog, mixed with something (what? I'm not really sure.), a little big for a medium sized dog, and too small to be a big dog. She's incredibly well-behaved, and just all-around awesome (for a dog).
One of her funny quirks is bedtime. Every night we go through the same routine. She starts nudging me and pushing me to go to bed several hours earlier than I care to go. She whines and nudges quite a bit, and I just ignore it, and eventually tell her to just "GO!" and point upstairs. Sometimes she'll go upstairs to the bedroom without me, sometimes she won't. Usually she stays right by me, whining and whining till I go up.
When I do finally go to my room, there's plenty of computer time, reading time, etc, with the lights on long before I go to bed. During this time Kaya will whine, nudge, push me, etc aga…

Poking the hornet's nest one more time

Since I seemed to have stirred up a hornet's nest these past few weeks regarding dating, happiness, single life, etc., I thought I'd have one last little fun jab at it.
The email I am about to share and exploit came to be from a non-secular dating site. The person who sent it to me does not know my name. He knows very precious little about me. He is not LDS. In other words, chances are slim to none that he will ever find and read this blog. Which is the only way and reason I will exploit the following conversation here.

The first email I received from him was one of those lame little "you're cute" wink/flirt things.
I checked out his profile, and found absolutely nothing of interest to me in it. He is not by most women's standards attractive, had poor photos of himself posted, and his personal information was more about his dog than about him.
In other words, he's just not for me. It's that simple.
I like to be polite and not leave people …

tick tock, the clock don't stop

The clock is ticking folks.
My Peace Corps medical app has now been in 6 weeks. In theory, the medical office may actually acknowledge my existence any day now. Chances are still much stronger that they won't acknowledge me for about 4 more weeks, but technically, as of today, it could happen.
For the last 6 weeks I have focused on Plan B. The Plan where I do something with my life if I don't pass the medical round. I've resumed frantically applying for jobs, and accepting responsibilities and long term commitments.
But the little black cloud of "who the heck knows" continues to hang over my head.
I've mentioned the highs and lows of doubt, not knowing, unemployment, etc a trillion times before on this blog. I'm sure you are weary of hearing them. And I think that is one of the hardest parts of being where I am today- we're all weary of hearing about it.
But it doesn't get any easier. I've been without gainful employment for over a year. I'…

Yes, I am a Mormon and PROUD OF IT

Tonight was almost the perfect night. I was enjoying myself immensely, sitting alone in a little sports cafe down the street. It is a family friendly kind of sports bar, complete with a children's menu and everything. I've been there to watch several games now. And of course, it is a bar, so I do expect some bar-like language and behavior to take place. But just to set the picture- when I first walked in there was an entire high school girls' lacrosse team eating dinner. This isn't some dark, seedy, gross bar. It's really much more of a neighborhood, family friendly, and sports friendly establishment.

So there I am watching the BYU v Florida game. I'm at the front table in front of the big screen, in total suspense the entire game. I'm even wearing my Cougars sweatshirt. A dark blue sweatshirt with BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY displayed proudly across the front. I cheered, jumped, and squealed for every BYU basket, and groaned audibly each time Florida inched …

Making a list and checking it twice- for important personality traits

I frequently have boys on the brain. Actually, I'm too grown up to say “boys” now, I should say men. This hasn't changed much about me since I was in the fifth grade. However, it was just this week that I had an epiphany. It turns out I have a type! A physical one that is. I never saw this coming before. I've dated and crushed on many shapes and sizes, but in a quick comparison of my top three “celebrity crushes” I came to realize I have a very specific type. No, I won't be sharing with you who they are, because it is what I learned next that matters most. I realized that while physically I seemed to be attracted to a very specific look, that I also have a very specific personality type I am attracted to as well. My BFF Jules would tell you that personality type is “douchebaggery.” I tend to disagree. I think they were not so bad in the beginning, but many of them turned out to be not so great by the end. I did some soul searching on the personality type and came to…

Do you like me? Do you really, really like me?

Can you believe it? I have a fan page on Facebook. Crazy I know. But between a column, Twitter, a blog, and Facebook, believe it or not, there are still things in this world I want to keep private. While I do appreciate that so many readers of my column want to be friends on Facebook, I'm not quite comfortable adding everyone. And so a fan page it is!
So I invite you to "Like" me at the A Single Thought by Erin McBride Facebook page! Something I never in a million years thought I would need or have!
For those of you already my friend on Facebook, I promise that the more "fans" I have, the less I will be filling up my personal account with links to my column and related material! I'm also hoping that the fan page can be a fun place for LDS singles to talk to each other, and share events and activities!
So "LIKE" away! Share away!

Pass of all Passes Continues (Salt Lake and Utah Counties)

The CityDeals Pass of All Passes continues! And it lives on in both Salt Lake and Utah Counties!
Tickets to Seven Peaks (Salt Lake versions), the Utah Blaze, Utah Grizzlies, Rocky Mountain Raceway, and need I remind you - REAL SALT LAKE GAMES!!!

And that's just the Salt Lake County version.

The Utah County version gets you into - Seven Peaks (Provo version), Trafalga, Owlz home games, and Utah Flash games!

Again kids, that is a $39.95 price on a $327 package.

Keep on Trekking On

It is official. The Summer of the Teenager is upon me. I will be both attending our annual church Girls Camp (as the congregation "ward" leader), AND as an assistant on the Youth Trek.
Let's talk Trek first. Every few years or so it is tradition that for the summer youth conference that the youth re-enact the trek west of our pioneer forefathers. Back in the 1840s (and then some) our pioneer Mormon ancestors were forced from their homes in Illinois (and Missouri- where an actual extermination order was put upon them), and they took both covered Conestoga wagons (if they had that sort of money) and teams of oxen or horses, OR they pushed handcarts. Most pushed handcarts all the way from the Mississippi River to Utah. That's a little over 1,000 miles, and not over the nicest terrain.
And now, in honor of our ancestors, and to learn more about them, every few years or so our church youth reenact a small version of the pioneer trek. We dress like pioneers, push handcart…


Also, let's not forget my Mason Patriots are still holding strong!

Help me choose!

So I've been thinking about starting a new blog. I have multiple topics in my head, but I don't have the desire to write on all of them at the same time. There does come a point where a girl can have too many blogs!
So help me decide- which topic should I make my new blog about?
The losing topics will just have to settle for getting talked about a lot over here on this my every day blog, and not getting the in-depth research and attention the other blog will get.

So should it be-

1. Footballer Fan Girl - and by footballer, I mean soccer. And by soccer I mean Real Salt Lake. And also focusing primarily on the MLS, and other major soccer issues internationally on occasion. (For instance Ronaldo's abs.) (What? They deserve some attention!)

2. Politics - from the completely undecided voter's point of view, who just happens to live in the very right wing, Christian, south, and yet has joined the Peace Corps, and is very much a libertarian?

3. LDS Youth activities- sharing i…


Let's talk brackets, my friends!
So for the first time in my personal history, all three of my alma maters have made it to the tourney. BYU, GMU, and Texas A&M. And, even stranger than that, all three have a fighting chance.
Obviously, I had just to go with a completely loyalty based bracket as a result. I also made a not so loyal bracket that took Ohio over GMU to the finals, and Notre Dame over A&M. And I still can't really decide what to do about BYU without Brandon Davies, so I took them all the way. What? I had to take one of my schools all the way, right?
So here you have it, my dream Final Four, where I will get to wear my Mason t-shirt under my A&M sweatshirt, while wearing a BYU hat. In the end, I put Mason up against the Cougars, mostly because I'm more loyal to them, than I am to A&M.
Maybe not the most practical bracket ever. But a girl can dream!
Also, how grateful am I for the smoke-free, with wi-fi, no cover charge, nice and clean, almost fa…

Sneezing All-Stars

I have sneezed an amazing number of times today. 
Really, it is quite impressive. 
At some point in the day (after taking claritin, sudafed, and some other drug ending in -phed to no avail) I started  making up my own lyrics to Smash Mouth's popular old hit "Hey Now."
Would you like to hear them? 

Somebody once told me the sneeze is gonna hurt me
I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed
She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb
Which is better than up her no-ose

Well the sneezes start coming and they don't stop coming
I don't know the words and I hit the ground running
Did it make sense not to live for fun
Your brain gets smart and your brain goes numb

So much to do so much to sneeze
If only I could stop with the snee-eze
You'll never know if you don't go
But I think my head is about to blow

Hey now you're an All Star, get your game on - go sneeze
Hey now you're a Rock Star, get the show on - get sneeze
And all that glitters is gold

Right Place, Right Time

There are times in your life where you have the choice to follow an urge/prompting/instinct and do the unlikely thing. This weekend I followed a strong urge/prompting to attend a friend's wedding. Following that prompting lead to a perfect example of "right place, right time." Not only did I get to see my friend get married (it happens! a 40 year old woman got married for the first time!! There is hope for the rest of us!!), but I also got to see several wonderful people. Some of the most influential and wonderful people in my life were present for the wedding, and it felt so good to get to see them and hug them!
For months now I have felt "off track" or like I have been spinning my wheels, wondering why I am stuck in this position, and how long it might last. On Saturday so many little things came together to turn into several great things, that I knew I was in the "right place at the right time."
From the wedding, to visiting a friend, to a random c…

Sleepwalking (again)

As well documented on this blog, I am a sleepwalker. Just a few weeks ago I shared with you how I sent an email to someone in my sleep, just to tell him I was right and he was wrong.
A few days ago I turned on my Nook after a whole week of not using it, and there I found a little surprise.
Actually the first surprise was my bank account when I saw a HUGE sale to Barnes and Noble. That's when I rushed to my Nook. Yes, somehow in my sleep I managed to download such gems as Dracula (just not something I would normally download), Dawn of the Dreadfuls (definitely not something I would read), Lose Weight Without Dieting (have you met me? I love dieting!), Little Women (which I actually love, but I already own 2 copies), Awakened (there's something resembling a vampire on the cover), Wench (no comment), and a few others. Oh and the Wall Street Journal, which I might actually read since apparently I've subscribed to it.
So either someone with a vampire and zombie fetish who know…

Women and Men, Cats and Dogs

Over at Meridian Magazine today, I share a little tough love with the single men of the world. And I know without any doubt that what I have to say is making more than a few people angry.
There's women of an older generation disagreeing with every last word I wrote. Men whining that it can't possibly be their fault (although I guarantee you none of them are trying very hard). And there's a lot of single women in their 30s singing Hallelujah, someone understands me!
If you don't know what I'm talking about - go check it out.
And after you have read it (and feel free to leave a comment), feel free to come back here and read these other two articles that don't disagree too much with me either!
(my article) How the Sexual Revolution Killed the Common Date
Where Have All the Good Women Gone
Why Are Men Angry

It Matters to Me (or You, as the case may be)

Over the past few weeks I've had ample opportunities to think about things that are important to other people, and how those things should or should not effect my life. Simply put, sometimes we should feel a sense of love and duty, maybe even call it charity, to do something (whether that be attend an event, listen to a story, send flowers, buy a gift, put on a nice outfit, etc) because something is important to someone else.
I think one of the greatest marks of maturity and charity is when we reach a point where we do something to show love and respect for another person's interests without thinking twice or complaining. Or especially when we do these things at a sacrifice to our own conveniences and luxuries.
How often do we selfishly skip out on a party celebrating someone else because of the (usually minor) inconvenience it would cause us?
Or choose not to get dressed up for a special event because you just didn't care?
In a truly loving and charitable world, we would…


The last two days have been all about my darling cousin Merry Brooke's wedding. She is my 14th (I think?) cousin to get married on that side of the family. It is always fun to get together for big family weddings, spend time with cousins, and just celebrate together.

MB married Aaron. I have actually known of Aaron for at least 6 years. He and I grew up just a few minutes away from each other, and have many friends in common. However, we never really knew each other- just of each other. It is interesting how someone from your past can one day become a permanent part of your future like that! He was just a guy I knew in passing, and now he and I will share kin. Welcome to the family, Aaron.
(He also makes the second Aaron in the family. So now we have an Erin, Aaron, Aaron, and Arianna.)

It was a lovely wedding, and lots of fun to see everyone.

Congrats MB and AB!

Peace Corps Update

Did you know this week marks the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps?
I thought it was about time I give y'all the update. Which is to say, there is no update. My medical and dental kits have been turned in. I've passed the dental exam. And it takes roughly 7-12 weeks to get the medical cleared. I'm expecting a response no sooner than May 1.
Until then there just isn't much to report. I'm watching the political events of North Africa unfold with a great deal of interest. The expectation is that all will be fine in Morocco, but a lot can happen in six months.
I've started to remember that while all signs indicate I will be going to Morocco, that nothing is guaranteed. When Placement finally reviews my dossier they could decide to send me to outer Mongolia. And oh how I wish I was joking.
So there you have it. No news is good news!

sleep deprived ramblings of a mad woman

It is 4:45 am. I just think you should know that before you read on too far. Heaven only knows where my brain may take us at this time of the night, or morning, as the case may be.
Did you know that Hulu doesn't post the previous day's shows until approximately 6 am? I'm guessing this is because Hawaii has to watch everything in prime time before they can go live online. I really do not agree with this time. I would much rather prefer my shows go live around 3 or 4 am. But alas, the networks don't care what I think.
Also, just so you know, CBS, (who doesn't post their shows on Hulu) puts up their shows at 5 am. Which means in 15 minutes I can get around to watching NCIS. And I do love me some NCIS.
My new life of working nights has been good and busy. I'm grateful to be working. Happy to be helping a family member. But wishing, oh so very badly, that my body would make the transition to vampire just a little bit smoother. A million moons ago I worked as a 911 …

Salt Lake County Pass of All Passes for $39.95

CityDeals is excited to announce the new Salt Lake County Pass of All Passes.  Enjoy the all new Seven Peaks Peaks Water Park in Salt Lake City (formerly known as Raging Waters Water Park). The pass also includes admission to some of the best sporting events Utah has to offer!  

This exciting new deal is a $327 value for only $39.95 at checkout; that's an 88% savings!  
The pass includes--
Unlimited admission to Salt Lake Seven Peaks (formerly Raging Waters)
Utah Blaze -  Unlimited admission to all home games
Rocky Mountain Raceway - Admission to 6 preselected events
Utah Grizzlies - Admission to 4 preselected hockey games
Real Salt Lake - Admission to 4 Major League Soccer home games

The Salt Lake County Pass of All Passes won't last long.  This is pretty much the best deal ever. Take it from someone who spends at least $39.95 each time she goes to an RSL game. This isn't just for the kids, buy it for the kids and the water park, and enjoy all of the rest of the tickets for so…