Monday, December 29, 2008

Dear WWYD, had the opportunity to go work in a foreign country (the UK or France) as an au pair (a nanny)?

So maybe I filled out a profile with an online service that matches families with au pairs.
So maybe I checked my email and noticed 7 responses re: my profile. Seven parents all interested in having me watch their kids (with incredibly cute names - Henry, Wendy, Jack, Lillie, to name a few).
So maybe I'm interested.
Did I just start a new job? Yes.
Has it always been a dream of mine to live and work in the UK and France...yes.
Am I crazy to even consider this? Maybe.

Or maybe I'm having a quarter-life crisis.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Dear Valerie Needs New Snow Tires Fund,

Short of standing outside grocery stores ringing a bell, I think baking cookies will be the best idea to try and collect some monies to help pay for the insanely expensive pieces of rubber that prevent my car from slipping and sliding on the road.

Or maybe I could sell an organ on the internet.
I don't need BOTH kidneys...or my gall bladder for that matter.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Dear Remember When,

Disney made the movie Escape to Witch Mountain about two orphan kids not from this planet, who realize they have "special" powers and become the target of a scheezy millionaire who wants to exploit them? A widower helps the children escape to their space ship in the depths of Witch Mountain while the children help the widower recover from the loss of his wife...aww...nothing like a classic 1975 Disney movie. Below is a trip down memory lane for those who are nostalgic.

...well...remember when Disney decided to remake it for the new generation and call it Race to Witch Mountain where (according to IMDB) "A UFO expert enlists the help of a cabbie to protect two siblings with paranormal powers from the clutches of an organization that wants to use the kids for their nefarious plans."

Gag me.
Especially when the cabbie is none other than Dwayne Johnson aka the Rock.

Props to Disney for trying to make $.
Boo to Disney for rehashing the same material - nothing will beat the 1975 version - nothing.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Dear Snowbird Resort,

Here are a few of my favorite things:
  1. You
  2. Ski Laura
  3. Ski Cheryl
  4. Snowboard Joey
  5. Snowboard Val
  6. Falling off the chair lift
  7. Having a 12-year-old boy inform me he recognized me by my board
  8. Going down the mountain every time heel side only

Cheryl, Joey and I (all pictured above) survived our first 1/2 day on the mountain of the season and had a rip roarin time. I can't wait for next week.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Dear Coworker,

Your eye contact might be considered attractive if I didn't find it creepy. It gives me the heeby geebies.

PS - Despite what you may believe, 'Figment' is not an actual Disney character.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Dear Ruth's Diner,

Your Quiche Lorraine was delicious.

I can't wait to try something off the lunch and dinner menu.
There will be more visits.

Dear Coldplay,

You were incredible...and even that doesn't do your performance justice.

Hopefully this tour will be available on DVD.
I want to be able to relive every second.

**Yes, for you art history buffs, Coldplay used Eugène Delacroix's painting of Liberty Leading the People for their album artwork. For the record, this painting in person, is unreal - if you don't believe me, buy a ticket to Paris and visit the Louvre. I'd be happy to tag along.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Dear Snowbird Resort,

I purchased a season pass and now there are rumors that you may close until the snow returns.

I don't know how I feel about this.

Normally I would LOVE the fact that there has been a significant lack of snow in the area, but now with all my gear, I am itching to get on the mountain.

For the first time EVER in my life, I am praying for snow. I guess Hell has frozen over.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Dear TA,

It was a great 19 months.
A great cowboy day with a mechanical bull ride.
A great free soda day...every day.
A great 2 seasons of the TA Cocoa Order.
A great attempt at the Biggest Loser.
A great 2 Halloween parties - and 2 great costume contest wins.
A great lunch at the Crown Burger in Clearfield.
A great time black berrying.
A great time making life-long friends.
A great memory of a coworker scratching a client's car...a great brand new car.
A great lunch at the Red Robin in Layton.
A great 'I Love You' email sent as a 'Reply To All.'
A great time of Costco pizza lunches.
A great blind date for the company summer party at Lagoon.
A great lunch at the Thai restaurant in Layton.
A great time of's Word of the Day emails.
A great "cooking class."
A great time at FPU.
A great trip or two to the Top Stop.
A great race in the parking lot where Brett fell...bad.
A great time of group skyping.
A great carpool.
A great time at the park eating McDonalds' chicken nuggets.
A great time laughing.
A great Hill Billy Olympics.
A great April Fool's prank involving a missing basketball hoop.
A great hour of working from my car with great wireless.
A great trip to the Centerville DI.
A great time wearing jeans every day, rain/snow boots in the winter, hats and hoodies.
A great time problem solving.
A great time of living in the city and a great time working in the country.
A great time on camping trips with friends first, coworkers second.
A great memory of Cinco de Mayo 2008.
A great time of classic pages.
A great time at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas with friends first, coworkers second.
A great kids club.
A great time work flowing.
A great time of running around corners and down the halls.
A great time of Leap Day activities.
A great time account coordinating and managing.

For now, I'll remember the great.
But eventually, I'll enjoy having a life outside of work unattached to the blackberry. So great.

Your former Workflow Manager, Various/Legacy Account Manger, Pinch Hitter and Problem Solver

Monday, November 17, 2008

Dear Monday Morning,

You always come a little too soon. Just 30 more minutes of sleep please?

A fan of the snooze button and sleeping in

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Dear Fakin' It,

That's me!

I purchased a snowboard, boots and bindings this weekend. For those who know me, this will probably come as a surprise seeing as how I've only been snowboarding once in my life. ONCE.

Carpe Diem anyone?

It all started when a friend gave me his bro-code to (because he works there, he gets a discount and can share it with his friends...his bros if you will). I started looking for a coat that would go with some pants I purchased on a whim last season. I found one, purchased it, picked it up, tried it on and loved it.

Saturday rolls around and I decide to 'look' for a board, boots and bindings. I recruit my friend Stevie to come with me and we go to Milo Snowboard in Holladay and started looking around. I sucked up my pride and asked a guy for help seeing as how I am very much a beginner snowboarder and had no clue what to look for - except that I knew I didn't need or want anything fancy.

Anyway...70 minutes later at Milo's, I walked out with a snowboard, boots and yup, bindings. So much for research. The thing is, I liked what I walked out with and I don't have an ounce of buyer's remorse. I've put all my gear on a total of 3 times in the past 36 hours just to make sure. But I do sort of feel like a poser because I don't really know what I'm doing when it comes to snowboarding. Again, I've been once. One day. I haven't even ventured to toe side or carving...just heel side. Trust me, I know how ridiculous this sounds and to quote my roommate Cheryl probably says it best - "I'm really impressed that you would go all in after only having been once." Translation: You're either a fool or really adventurous. I choose the second. Everyone is a beginner at one point or another, right? I'm just a little later than most.

For all I know, I could be a pro-boarder waiting to break loose from her shell to which her 9-9 job has confined her.

So now, all I have to decide is where to buy a season pass...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Dear Future Fan Base,

Don't worry, I'm still Val from the Block.

This was for a client at work - a 'viral' spot for Mozy - an online computer backup site. I'm the voice of the 'loving wife and adoring mother.'

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Dear Nabisco,

Although the discovery of the Double Stuf Oreo was nothing short of genius, I must say the Holiday Oreo takes the cake...or should I say cookie?

Ok, that was lame.

But seriously, for the Holiday Oreo to come in festive colors AND automatic Double Stuf makes the Original DSO a blatant underdog.

The good news is, I normally side with the underdog - so in this case - I'll continue to eat both varieties of Oreo cookies. Despite the annoying and very unattractive bits that are always left in the teeth.

<--- more delicious, but only slightly more than --->

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Dear November Snowfall

Even though I'm not excited to drive with you on the ground, I am anxious to get on the slopes and try out snowboarding again.

In this instance, I prefer to look for the silver lining (snow = snowboarding) rather than focus on the opposition (snow = driving nightmare).

Dear President Elect Obama,

Yes we can...and will...because we did.

Dear Halloween,

Hands down TA is the best place for a costume contest. Where else can you wear a sweatsuit to work and get away with it?

The $60 we won was worth the lunch hour spent spray painting cardboard and discussing choreography for a minute and a half skit which involved real tetris music, marching, falling into place and a quick "up, down, wave, wave, turn, turn" sequence.

Trust me, it was a hit.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Dear Skycoaster at Lagoon,

150-foot drop.
I conquered you and it was AMAZING!!
Thank you sister dearest for the free pass.
Thank you brother dearest for sharing the moment of sheer terror with me.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Dear Steep & Cheap,

You were my ray of sunshine on my cloudy day when I received this in the mail at work:

I am now ready for any nighttime activity with my
Princeton Tec Aurora LED Headlamp. And, yes I've worn you intermittently throughout the day just to cheer me up.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Dear Lemons,

Even though life gives me lots of you, what if I don't want to make freaking lemonade?

Very much aware of her much needed attitude adjustment but in denial

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Dear camping in the bitter cold,

Per, I'm in for some not-so-warm-and-toasty camp fire moments this weekend...that is, of course, if I decide to go.

Is getting out in the great outdoors really worth being wet, cold and miserable? I don't think people intentionally go camping in the snow - unless you are Bear Grylls (and have no choice) or live in Alaska or the Antarctic or some other wintry, icy, snowy geographical location.

The only upside to camping in freezing temperatures would be that I could catch cold, get incredibly sick and then be able to legitimately take a sick day on Monday.

Decisions. Decisions.

Prefers staying dry but willing to try anything once to at least say "I tried!"

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Dear Brachs,

Original candy corns taste better than their chocolate cousins.

<------ more delicious than ------>

In case you decide to discontinue producing the latter, I would not be heartbroken.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Dear Fortune Cookie,

"Many will seek to be in your company as your popularity peaks next month."

So, does this mean that I will have a great next 2 months?
Or that after November, I'll be a social outcast?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Dear I Love You,

You are the best words that could ever be said-especially when you come from the mouth of my 3 year-old nephew. I love you too Finley.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dear FB Identity Fraud,

It's a conspiracy.

Did I somehow manage to upset the wrong person?

Still completely clueless concerning the identity of ANY secret crush

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Dear Celebs of the movie Hancock,

(aka Will Smith, Jason Bateman & Charlize Theron)

Bad move on your part and your agent's on deciding to star in that horrid movie. Two thumbs WAY down.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Dear Gym Employee

Thank you for making my day and not charging me for my replacement card. I'm glad you and I see eye-to-eye on the fact that paying $10 for a piece of plastic is ridiculous.

Dear Inadequacy

I do not like you.

Dear High Horses

I seem to be working with a lot of people who are on you lately. Would you mind bucking some of them off? Preferably next to a huge mud puddle?

Dear Last Lecture Series

Can we stop it with the athletic team meet and greets?
I'd rather learn doctrine.
You know, what the gospel is all about.
Scripture study.

Dear BYU

I'm so proud you crushed UCLA last Saturday. Even though it was a blowout and I prefer closer games, I'm glad we were on the winning end.

Go cougars.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Dear 5K,

I can now check you off my life "To Do" List and you are precisely the reason why I will never run a full-marathon.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Dear Sincerely Cheryl,

I sincerely miss you.


Monday, September 1, 2008

Dear Identity Theft,

Dwight was right, "Identity theft is not a joke...millions of families suffer every year."

Recent events with my Facebook account have made me rethink the number of friends I need to have affiliated with my profile. I have accepted and extended many requests to siblings/relatives, childhood playmates, high school comrades, college buddies, and coworkers. All people with various degrees of awareness concerning my personal life, work life, family life and the personality quirks that make me who I am.

Back to the aforementioned "recent events." I was hacked. My facebook account was grossly violated. Some crack genius, probably a person with way too much time on their hands, assumed my identity on facebook and made a spam wall post to all my "friends" with this message: "What's up! You have a secret crush go here to find it at www.some lame fake (remove spaces)."

Adding to my simple annoyance that a person did me...were the idiotic comments on my wall the next day from people I rarely/never talk to (whether it be via facebook, phone, sidewalk chalk, email, carrier pigeon or those planes that fly around with a banner flapping behind). Now for those of you who I do talk to on a quasi-regular basis (and you better know who you are), I appreciated your comments; in fact they lightened my mood given the circumstances. But seriously, if you know me AT ALL and were a true friend, you would know I would a) NEVER write wall posts about a secret crush and b) I would never direct you to some blog to find out who it is. If I really did know someone who harbored secret feelings for you, I would tell you and if I did feel the need to write about it on your wall, I would never start off with greetings such as "Yo!" "Wots up" "Hey therre" or "Dude." Be smart people. In fact, if you're my facebook friend, you should BE smart. I've obviously been too generous in extending friend requests and accepting requests.

So...why am I proponent of strict qualifications for facebook friendships? Because in times of Facebook identity fraud, I would like to think that my friends or at least really good acquaintances would realize automatically I got hacked instead of checking with me to confirm whether or not I really did know the identity of their secret crush. It looks like my facebook friend list is in need of some serious purging - similar to the cell phone contact purges we are all guilty of. It's a fact of life - which now, I'm led to believe is the case for identity theft as well.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Dear reasons that I like/don't like my job

Like: I get to be part of the Kids Club and participate in after office hour cookouts.

Don't like: There should be at least 3 more people in this photo - SJL, NRNL and WSC - they might not be single and thus not official members of the 'kids club' but the fact that they are no longer coworkers is why I don't like my job.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dear Weekend Plans

Here's to actually having some!
  1. The Pie was delicious.
  2. Bowling was a blast - who knew I had a score of 146 in me? I think it had something to do with the great bowling alley tunes. Good times are guaranteed at the Ritz...bring great friends...they will make all the difference.
  3. I never considered myself to be an outdoor enthusiast, but I went hiking on Saturday up Big Cottonwood Canyon and I really enjoyed myself; a great way to get some exercise, again, be with great friends and enjoy the outdoors...even if there was a group of adolescents swimming in the lake that had a clearly posted "No Swimming" sign. So, in case those in the SLC area are wondering why their drinking water tastes funny it's because a group of 14-year-old girls thought it would be fun to take a dip and as a result tainted a part of the area's fresh water supply.
  4. Provo is always a fun place to visit - especially when it means I get to see loved ones, eat some good food and go shopping!
    • I didn't really know how to react however, to the little child who came up to me on the street, not speaking English but obviously wanting me to play with him and his bubbles. Odd. Very odd.
    • Note to pushy sales people - no I don't want to buy a pair of socks or an extra pair of shoes or sign up for a credit card or take a survey to win a TV or join a mailing list - the fact that I'm purchasing something in the first place should be enough. STEP OFF.
  5. BBQ Chicken Pizza and chocolate cake - great meal for a Sunday.
Too bad Monday is tomorrow and I have to return to the 9-5. Will I ever NOT dread going back to work?

Friday, August 15, 2008

Dear Lagoon

I love Wicked.
I love Colassus.
I love being able to scream away a week's worth of frustration with my coworkers and return to the office with a stamp on my hand.
And you weren't even crowded.
The temperature was just right.
Can't wait for next week's visit.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Dear Ryan Lochte,

Yes, I will marry you.

Let every other woman in the US drool over Michael Phelps and his umpteen Gold Medals.

You're just so cute.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Dear Foot in My Mouth

I'd like to think that at 24 years of age, I'd know better to keep my mouth shut...but apparently, I don't.


Monday, August 11, 2008

Dear Beijing Olympics

I never thought I would say this, but I have a crush...on YOU!
Or maybe it's the US Male Swim team.
Either way...USA! USA! USA!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Dear People Who Shout at Me From Their Car While I'm Running,

a) get a life
b) don't waste your breath
c) I wish I were as cool as you
d) all of the above

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Dear Work Party aka HillBilly Olympics

Thank you for surpassing expectations. I never knew tapping into my inner hillbilly would be

Dear Linksys Tech Support

Thank you for always having helpful and happy customer service reps when I attempt to set up the wireless router for my house. Whether it be over the phone or via live chat you always help me realize I would have never been able to cut it in the Information Systems world.

My online shopping, banking, chatting and emailing from the comfort of my bed would not be the same without the wireless internet for which you have successfully helped me configure my computer...twice.

Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dear Vernal UT, part 2

Token scenic shot - Rainbow Rock

Our little lunchstand on a private beach off the Green River

The crew

Me helping Cheryl tighten her life vest

Note how the 2 on the left are ready for the water, whereas the 2 on the right are avoiding further bug bites

Proof of how many things were using US as their midnight snack

The best 45 minutes of sleep during the entire trip - in Cheryl's car

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Dear Vernal Utah

Thanks for a great 24 hours. The river, the camping, the rafting, the weather, the friends, the swimming and the rock skipping all were great. The bugs? Well, those could have gone away but as I look at the 10+ bites I have, it just reminds me of all the fun things that I guess the bugs served a purpose...I believe it's called 'opposition in all things' or something like that.

Pictures documenting the actual 24-hour camping/river trip are forthcoming...but here's what greeted us upon entering the city called Vernal.

How could one not have fun in Utah's Dinosaur land?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Dear Insomnia

I wish I could say I'm surprised to see you. But I'm not, which only means one thing - work sucks right now.

Dear Family,

You are all great. I'm glad we'll be together forever.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dear Oakley Rodeo

Me and L.Rees - my rodeo coach (thanks for the invite)

I honestly can't fathom how I've gone 24 years without seeing a rodeo. On the 4th of July I attended the Oakley Rodeo (the creme de la creme of UT rodeos). Thank you to the riders, the bull tossing, the annoying filler entertainment, the rodeo girls, the fringe, the leather, the Wranglers, the belt buckles, the hats, the Yeehaws, the boots, the free red handkerchief, and the realization that my back just wouldn't quite cut it to compete. It was all wonderful. I wouldn't normally agree with Kid Rock, BUT I will admit to having a new desire to wanna be a cowboy...or at least date one.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Dear Dark Knight...

...[aka the second installment of the reinvented Batman movies (thank you, thank you Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale)],

I'm very much looking forward to seeing you opening night - even though it's not the midnight showing, Friday night 7:10pm at the Century 16 theaters will be just as wonderful - I can feel it. And yes, I am one of those people who will buy tickets early to ensure a chance to see a GOOD movie (despite a coworker's remarks about how I didn't seem to be one of 'those people' who bought advance movie tickets - he obviously doesn't know me at all).

Photo courtesy of

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Dear NY Trip

Although I like the theory of moving out and living in the city, in practicality, I think I would go crazy. Rain in the city is no fun. Well, rain in the city w/o an umbrella is no fun. No AC in the city is no fun. Climbing 6 flights of stairs and reaching the top drenched in sweat is no fun. True - these are all character building experiences, but I think my parents would agree that I already have too much character for my own I think I'll stay in UT for a little bit longer.

That being said, thank you for the great time (hot, humid, thunderstorms excluded).

The happy couple Noelle and Matt Lybbert (aka the entire reason I was in NYC - thanks for getting married guys!)

Laura, Noelle and me outside the temple after a Nicolai crossed over to Lybbert side. Best bridesmaids dresses ever: looked great on everyone, lasted through the entire day looking fabulous, it was great to dance in - so much room, really is re-wearable and don't you worry, it will be worn again and again and BEST of all, it had POCKETS. Thank you Noelle.

My hero, Getting Low, Dance Captain L. Rees.

Of course, the wedding didn't last all weekend (sadly) so I was able to spend some time with another dear friend, Alicia, who suffered through a 4-hour concert because I wanted a NY experience with her. And what better NYC experience than a true Rock concert. I didn't know any of the bands; Alicia was acquainted with ONE. It was a great evening that started with Fixer, the opening band, fully clothed....

...and their set ended with the lead singer, NOT so fully clothed. Best quote of the evening was from him: "In case you have forgotten, this is effing (edited) New York City. We're here to rock all day, every day, all the time."

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dear I'm Coming to NY

Dear Bride-2-Be,
I can't wait to see you.
I might even let go of my personal boundary walls and let you give as many touches as you'd like [it's not perverted for you perverts out there].

Mon Amie Parisienne,
Merci pour me permettre à rester chez toi. Tu es tellement gentille.

Dear Former Supervisor,
Here's to a true business lunch - under 30 minutes in the heart of the financial district. You'll realize how much I've grown since my internship days. Bring on the networking. Bring on the industry connections.

Dear Former Traditional Mascot of UHS,
Reminiscing over salads about the good ole days sounds quite delightful. Remember the spandex? The lilac spandex?

Dear everything I hope I can do while I'm in the city,
If I am unable to do/see/eat something, consider it on the itinerary for my next trip out.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Dear New Car,

I. Love. You.
Even if you are another monthly payment I have to make AND the main reason why I am no longer debt free.

I’ll make sure you stay clean if you promise to run for a really long time.

Here’s to a wonderful life together.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Dear Black Wednesday,

There are no words.
No words.

Except for maybe WHAT THE %&*@

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Dear rainy day at work,

Here's hoping a game of 'Heads up, Seven up' breaks out during lunch...since we can't go outside for recess.

Dear Lagoon,

Any day now.
You + Me = Roller coaster riding funnel cake eating bliss

Dear dating,

Congratulations. I've found one more thing in life that is more frustrating and exhausting than you.
Car shopping.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Dear balcony,

Thank you for making the work I do from home much more...tolerable.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Dear Grandpa's Garden

I hope this season is a fruitful one (no pun intended) - here's to oodles of peas, carrots, radishes, green onions, tomatoes, beets, squash, green beans, green peppers, zucchini and cucumber.

It was lovely planting you yesterday.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Dear May 22,

An all-day meeting with a client does not make a happy Val.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Dear Academy of Country Music Awards

Thank you for giving me an excuse to:
  1. Go to Las Vegas for the weekend (22hour road trip) with the girls
  2. Harmonize to N*sync in the car
  3. Stay in the MGM Grand and have some quality pool time in 107-degree weather (I love tan lines)
  4. Dress up fancy and attend the Awards show in style
  5. Be in the same vicinity as Nicole Kidman, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Jewel, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland (new fave) and Reba McEntire...just to name a few...I feel like we all connected
  6. Eat an In-N-out cheeseburger (animal style) and a strawberry shake
  7. Reconnect with my inner cowgirl
Best weekend trip for under $100 of my life.
So far.

*Of course, NONE of this would have been possible without the hookup from Noelle's sister's best friend who works for CBS and gave us the tickets. Thank you sister's best friend, thank you Erica, thank you Noelle (and thank you Laura for driving 12 hours - getting us there and back safe-n-sound).

Friday, May 16, 2008

Dear New Kids on the Block

I don't know if you got the memo - or skipped school the day opposites were taught in kindergarten - but you are most definitely not the 'new' kids on the block. As much as I love the hits of the early days (The Right Stuff, Hangin' Tough and Cover Girl to name a few) and reminisce over the days when my sister and I used to dance to your music in our family room, the fact remains that you are no longer kids, nor new. You've been around the block a few times (yes, pun intended) and once you become a checkmark in the 30-35 year-old segment, you forfeit being able to pass as a kid.

And don't even get me started on your new single 'Summertime.' A song which makes me hang my head in shame. You're sealing your fate of being regulars on the state and county fair circuit in 5 years. Nay, 2 years.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Dear Moab,

Thank you for the great weather, frisbee in the park, the Delicate Arch hike, the Colorado River - class III rapids, the wet suits & life vests, putting the wet suits on, helping others get their wet suits on, River Guide Jake, tailgate breakfast time, sleeping sans tent under the stars...illegally...sort of, early morning yoga from Cheryl, sunrises, detours in West Helper, slightly melted PB M&Ms, endless amounts of drinking water, true love in the Price Taco Bell parking lot, excellent road trip conversation, sing-a-longs, Chaco's tan lines, naps in the park, pizza buffet eating contests, jalapeño cheese bread from Maverick, Judd the bus driver who needed a lift and many many many more memories...priceless.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dear Patience

I'm sorry I forget to use you when things start to hit the fan - especially at work. I tend to panic and resort to anger/frustration/loud outbursts as I read emails from coworkers who make my life difficult to exercise patience. It's not you. It's me. I'm working on it. Please don't give up on me. I think I'll need you more than ever in the upcoming months.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Dear Grey's Anatomy

It's so nice to have you back with new episodes. I've missed you.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Dear First Work Trip Ever

While I'm staying at the Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, should I spend my "downtime" at the Lagoon or the Pool?

The Lagoon...or...The Pool

I guess it's a good thing I'll be there for 4 days so I can give both a fair shot...I hate making hard life-altering decisions: man-made beach or man-made concrete pond? TRUTH: As long as I get tan it doesn't really matter.

Photos: Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando - Florida

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Dear Giant in the City "Black Tie" Banquet

Thank you for giving me a reason to dress up and feel fancy. Thank you for the delicious 3-course meal, particularly the dessert: cheesecake with passion fruit filling. Thank you Elder Russel M. Nelson for speaking on the many wonderful contributions William H. Nelson has made to the healthcare industry - I still think I should have said "Amen" after you finished - you're an apostle! And thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the amazing live band: The Beach Boys. Who knew those old guys could still rock? My only regret is that I didn't take one of the centerpieces.