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This Just In!

This Just In! The Haley and Cam Series, Book 2 By Erin Ann McBride

Haley Jo McAdams’ life is a modern-day fairytale! She has the perfect boyfriend in Camden Morrison, a great job, friends, and success.
But no good deed can go unpunished! A new scandal has left Cam’s career and reputation on the line, just as Haley’s takes off. Should she stand by her man or defend her own reputation?
Pirates, death, kidnapping, love, marriage, and babies- is Haley’s life a fairytale or a complete nightmare?
When the fairy dust settles, the explosions begin!

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Bad Serenade Date Guy

In my last post i spoke of a guy I consider to be one of the worst dates I ever went on. I normally don't share these kinds of stories, but since this was about 6 years ago now, I think the polite waiting period has passed, and I can share.

We'll call him Presley.

Presley and I met online through an LDS dating site. I could tell his photos were somewhat old because they were not digital pictures, but obviously scanned photographs. I asked him for more recent (or just more) photos several times, and he always made excuses. The pictures I saw were of a healthy, fit, young man, who told me he had never been married, and had no kids.

I met him on the second day after I moved to Utah. If he had had his way we would have met on the first day. He asked (and asked, and asked, and asked and then finally begged) me to literally drive across the country and straight to his house. He got irritated with me when I said I had other plans and wanted to go to my new home and get some sleep. I…

9 Ways to Woo Me

I came across Erin Burnett's 8 things a man can do to impress her list today, and found that I love it. It's a very honest and real list! (And while some of them are expensive, they aren't actually all that expensive for the circles I imagine she moves in. After all, she did marry a Citibank exec/former trader recently.)
Did you know Erin Burnett is one of my role models? True story- and not just because she has an awesome name (obviously). She is a former financial writer/reporter, and worked on my end of media before switching sides. And now she's an anchor with her own namesake show on CNN. And she appears to have a totally awesome personality (she drank a Heineken on a show once after doing a segment about beer prices), and has a great laugh. Yes, she's my professional role model.
So after I saw her 8 things list, it got me to thinking about my own list. What could a guy do to impress me?

1. Plan a special event for me from beginning to end, and thoroughly com…

Mormon Singles and Sex- a Very Frank Talk

The following was going to run on a different website. At the last minute it was determined that it was too raw and too edgy for that site. I've decided to go ahead an run it here. Some of you will agree, some of you won't. Some of you (non-Mormons in particular) will read this and seriously wonder what the heck is wrong with us.
I'm just telling it like it is.

For the sake of this article I will not use polite alternative language, or pretend we don’t all know what I’m talking about. I will be straightforward and as blunt as possible.
Sex is an incredibly complicated subject. For Mormon singles the subject is even more complicated the more it is engaged in, or the more it is avoided. There is a little secret running through the singles of the Church that the rules for dating and sexual relationships changed over time. No one ever addresses this subject in detail. As a result, many singles have formed their own new rules for appropriate physical relationships that are no …

Woman's Search for Happiness

Oh if you could only hear me laughing now...
No sooner do I go public with my hiatus than another surprise comes my way. It's still a crazy long shot of an opportunity. But it turns out there are still a few irons in this fire after all.

It was a beautiful Sabbath today. I had several opportunities to remember and be reminded of the blessings in my life, and that I am not alone, and that there are others who are mindful of the challenges I face. And sometimes, right when you are not really busy doing anything, it is nice to be remembered for being helpful.

It is the ultimate challenge sometimes to be happy in spite of difficult or unhappy circumstances around us. Tonight I can go to bed and truly say that in spite of difficult or challenging circumstances around me, that I am happy. Maybe it isn't the life or the world that I would have picked or designed for myself. But I can be (and I am) happy with what I have made from what I have been given. And that isn't something I…

How bizarre, how bizarre

If you happened to have come by this blog recently enough as to have seen 2-3 posts that seemed a little out of place, I apologize! They were actually ancient posts from several years ago. I noticed some old posts that were once published (from 2007??) were in draft suddenly, and re-published them. Most of them went back into the line-up where they belonged. A few jumped to the front of the line as if they were new posts.
Sorry for the out-of-order confusion. I have no idea what that was about!

Cry Uncle! (and buy my books!)

Almost exactly one year after I begged for mercy and declared a personal hiatus from life, I'm doing it again.
No more job hunting- or at least not active and aggressive job hunting. There are a few leads still out there and I will continue to follow through with those. And if a great opportunity finds me, I'll pursue it. But otherwise, my ego, psyche, and broken, jaded, little heart need a break.
This hiatus comes as a huge relief for me and gives me the personal mental freedom I need to make other commitments and move on. There are other opportunities and options around me that I have not taken advantage of because I was always afraid that I might be about to accept a job and move away.
And so it is I cry uncle, and move on in a different direction with my life.
I don't regret this. If anything it comes with a great deal of relief. I'd rather be happy with what I have- or work to be happy with what I have- than always be telling myself I could do better if others wo…

A Bittersweet Day- Not Anything Like a Dragonfruit

Today was a bittersweet day.

First, I had a phone job interview. The job sounded absolutely fascinating. I felt like the interview went really well. And then there was the kicker- it's a Christian organization, and the employee must support their cause.
I absolutely do support their cause. In fact, I'd love to be their biggest champion. I am behind what they want to achieve 100%!
But- that doesn't mean they want me- and they don't. No, this "Christian organization" defines Christians by the Apostles Creed or Nicean Creed, and therefore, doesn't allow Mormons (or Jehovah's Witnesses, Adventists, and a few others).
So in spite of the fact that I love their cause and am a great candidate for the work, they have already ruled me out.
The Bitter: Didn't get the job (or even considered)
The Sweet: A good interview, and the assurance that comes from forthrightly standing up for what you believe.

Speaking of job interviews, a few weeks ago I had…

A Friendly Reminder

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The Baby Ducks Take On the Harlem Shake

If you haven't yet discovered the Harlem Shake on YouTube, I recommend checking that out before trying to make sense of what the heck the Baby Ducks were up to last night!

The Sneak Peak (a Baby Ducks Production)

I am my own Valentine

Like so many of my weeks, this has been a crazy and busy week. I'm not complaining. I like to be busy.
I was blessed to have several job phone interviews this week, and they all went well! They were all for different types of work, which was unusual. I feel like I am getting closer to a change, or a result, or something! The hardest part of this whole unemployment - job hunting journey is just not knowing what happens next and when it will ever happen. But right now feels good. There have been a lot of options (some unusual and unexpected) lately, and that feels good. Now, for one of these options to turn into an actual plan!
Today (if I get this posted in the next 5 minutes) was Valentine's Day. For the first time, possibly ever, I didn't have a poor, poor pitiful me kind of Valentine's Day. No, there was no man or special Valentine in my life. I just finally didn't let it get to me. I've really come a long way in the past few months with being comfortable wi…

Spiritual Guidance

Today in Sunday School we discussed how to hear or know when the Holy Spirit speaks to us. We had an enjoyable and in-depth discussion in our class that I really benefited from.

The first time I recall feeling the Holy Spirit I was twelve years old. I was in sixth grade and it was nearing the end of the school year. We were in preparations to make the jump to the middle school. I woke up one morning before school, and had this overwhelming and exciting feeling that I HAD to go to the bus stop early. It was an undeniable feeling.
I got up, dressed, and left early.
I will add here that I lived in a new neighborhood that was still under construction. I lived about one block from the school. Our bus stop was directly across the street from the school. The arrangement was rather ridiculous if you think about it. But because people were worried about young children crossing the street with so many trucks and other construction vehicles around, we got a bus ride directly across the street.

Reflections on life-changing moments

There is a funny little misperception out there that I talk about people on this blog. I've had acquaintances or even close friends tell me, "I better not show up on your blog."
Go back and try to find even one post where I talked about someone (in the negative or even a unfair or humorous way) without their permission. You won't find one. I've never done that and I never will.
I want to make that clear before I continue. I would never speak ill of another person on my blog, especially if it gave away identifying information.
There have been key, life-changing moments in the past ten years that I did not share here because I did not want to say anything that may be construed as negative about another person.
Over the next few days, weeks, maybe months, I have decided to start sharing some of those key moments. This blog is, after all, nothing much more than my personal diary, and the parts of my life I have chosen to share. There has now been enough time and spa…

Black cloud with a silver lining? Or silver cloud with a black lining?

Today was both a beautiful day and a tough day for me. Please forgive me for not getting too specific with the details while sharing this personal experience.
I had a job interview in the DC area. Going to these interviews has really started to take its toll on me. It costs me easily $100 each time I have to make the 4 hour drive up there, for what is usually only a 1 hour meeting. The $100 covers gas, food, etc. Plus let's not forget weather and seasonal changes have meant needing a good winter interview suit.
I've gone on a lot of interviews in the last 3-4 months. I hate to admit that I have lost count, but I'm thinking around 8 times? That's at least $800 I have spent going to job interviews.
Can you see how that alone would really start to wear on me?
And that doesn't even include the time investment, or having to ask friends and family for favors, or letting me sleep on their couches. Or getting a dog sitter. (My dog is becoming a pro at this too. Since she …