Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dear Lessons Learned,

The snowboarding season has begun and after my first day on the mountain at Snowbird, I learned the following:

  1. I didn't start off better than where I ended last season. I didn't magically acquire new skills through sheer will.
  2. In addition to the helmet I bought, I should have purchased knee pads. They took a beating.
  3. Thank goodness for the iPod. Never leave home without it.
  4. Music makes me brave.
  5. I still tend to favor heel-side.
  6. I love the mountain.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dear Utah Humane Society Animal Shelter,

Thanks for having this guy available for adoption. His name is Britain. An 11-month-0ld male black labrador/retreiver.

He fits right at home and loves everyone. He's trained and well behaved and enjoys a good belly rub. He's melted all of our hearts in the house...and slightly warming Camille's.

Dear Snowbird,

Thanks for the invite, but I have to work.
Maybe next week.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dear everyone in CA,

The snow has begun to fall in Utah. I wouldn't mind being at the beach right now.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Dear Life,


I'm only 25 and this pretty much sums up how events have been unfolding as of late.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Dear Gossip Girl,

I've never been ashamed to say I'm an avid watcher.
Until now.

Hilary Duff?
Tyra Banks?

It's embarrassing really.

But it's a labor of love, so I'll continue watching.
Just know it is causing me a lot of discomfort.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dear 10 Days to Go,

I. Can't. Wait. To. See. Where the Wild Things Are.
Can't.
Wait.

In other news -

Today I attempted to kill a bee (which I'm pretty sure was a yellow jacket) and only upset it more and then trapped it in my lunch container. Take that.

I sat in a meeting for 5 hours. And somehow remained sane.

Went to the gym and burned some calories.

Had some great homemade baked goods - cookies and bread.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Dear Advertising,

This is why you were my major. Who wouldn't want to be a part of something this cool?


Is it foolish of me to want to influence the ad biz like these great creative minds?
Maybe.
Maybe not.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Dear (500) Days of Summer,

I saw you.
I loved you.
I will be seeing you again...
The story is bittersweet but in a good way.



Great soundtrack.
Great actors.
Great clothes.

It's official that I'm in love with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. My how far he's come since 10 Things I Hate About You. And Zooey Deschanel...who wouldn't want to be you? U R A Q T.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Dear Mars Candy Pt2,

Success!
Coconut M&Ms are nothing short of delicious.

Thank you dear Katie White for giving me my highlight of the day!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Dear Mars Candy,

I thought it couldn't get better than Peanut Butter M&M's. How I misjudged you! COCONUT M&M's! Life (potentially) could get a WHOLE lot better.



The sad thing is, I haven't been able to find them anywhere except for Sam's Club. Even though I love bulk items, I can't bring myself to buy a case of 48 packs of Coconut M&M's unless I'm sure I will want to eat every single pack in less than 24 hours.

I just need to find them sold individually.
Anywhere.
Please help me find one.

image courtesy of: http://www.mms.com/us/about/products/coconutmms/

Dear Fireworks,

I love you.

Oh, and I love you too America.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Dear Little Women,

The following are lessons learned after I saw the movie:
  • the word 'awful' is inappropriate to say as it is considered to be slang
  • today, the word 'ninny pinny' isn't used NEARLY as often as it should
  • i hope to never date a person my friends would describe as 'dull as powder'
  • cutting one's hair off is equivalent to social suicide
  • although my gut reaction is to not like jo for turning down laurie's insanely perfect marriage proposal, the fact that she falls for mr. baehr who publishes her novel makes me overlook her past mistake
  • swine flu is just as trendy today as scarlet fever was back then

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dear Sapa Bar and Grill,

The speed dating was tolerable but the food was INCREDIBLE.

I got more than enough to eat. Who knew sushi could be so good? Oh wait, I did.

Open to the public July 13 - grand opening is July 9 w/ free food - come one, come all. You won't be disappointed.

www.sapabarandgrill.com

Friday, June 19, 2009

Dear sad but true,


Needless to say, I'm looking forward to Bear Lake this weekend.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dear tender mercies,

Thank you for friends who search in the grass, at night, on their knees, with their headlamp for a lost necklace.

Thank you for friends who play fetch with the dog while I continue to search for the lost necklace.

Thank you for a sister who found the necklace on the edge of the air conditioning unit and took time to de-tangle the chain.

It's the little things that make the difference.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Dear vacation,

You are wonderful.
Completely rejuvenating.

I am looking into the possibility of making you a career...but then I guess that kind of defeats your purpose if it is work. But man, what a day job that would be.


Walk in the Blue Mountains, Australia - shout out to Fern Gully, the Last Rainforest. "Can't you feel it's pain?" referencing the hurt we cause trees by our need to write our names in their bark.


Nothing makes me happier than the beach. Maroubra Beach outside of Sydney.


When asked, 'What animal would you want to be if you had the choice?' I decided a tiger...even though I think I look like a koala.


See the resemblance?



My view in Samoa for a week. Not too bad.


I love coconuts. True happiness.


Samoan fire dancers.
Hot in more ways than one.


Friday, June 5, 2009

Dear When in Rome,

(...and by Rome, I mean Australia + Samoa...)

In Sydney, I saw a show at the Opera House. Yes, THE Sydney Opera House.

In Brisbane I fed kangaroos. I also attempted to kiss one as well, but he would have nothing to do with me...strangely paralleling my dating life...

I experienced 24 hours non-stop rain...and we're not talking a sprinkling, we're talking torrential downpours that closed roads, shut down schools, businesses, you name it. It was nuts.

I saw my best friend get married and loved every minute!

In Samoa, I ate fresh papaya, coconut, oranges, bananas and some other fruits I don't know the names for.

I slept in a hut 50 ft from the beach.

Every day I went to the beach.
Every day I swam.
Every day I napped.
Every day I was bit by at least 10 mosquitoes.

And last but not least...

I received 2 marriage proposals.
I was asked out by 3 Samoan men.

Pictures forthcoming.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dear Law of Accumulation,

I am choosing to believe that if I run nine 5Ks, it is the same as running a marathon.

3 down, 6 to go.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dear Bias,

I feel completely justified in having you when it concerns any of those pictured below:



Thank goodness for nieces and nephews.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dear Victoria's Secret,

The fact that I can't return my online purchase to your physical store location makes absolutely no sense.

Especially for a company that patents their bras with built-in anti-gravity technology. I would think you'd be able to have a full-coverage return policy.

Pun intended.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Dear Samoa,

Plan on having me attend the temple while I'm out your way - probably not the normal tourist destination - but at least I know there won't be long lines of any kind.

I'm very excited.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dear Wolverine,

If being excited for the movie premier on May first is wrong...then I don't want to be right.

http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/wolverine/medium3.html

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Dear SLC 5K,

I'm glad I finished you!
However, I would have preferred to win $5K.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Dear Harry Potter,

You are one more reason I can't wait for summer to arrive.
Watch the latest trailer HERE.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Dear Miracle of the Day,

The package I sent to the wrong address was safely retrieved by my wonderful mother.

Which reminds me...

Dear Office of Consumer Postal Affairs,
Please disregard my voicemails.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Dear Friends and Family,

If you send me one of these ecards, it will most likely be a highlight of the day:

http://someecards.com/



Three cheers for clever electronic greetings.

Hip hip...hooray!
Hip hip...horray!
Hip hip...horray!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Dear Life,

Despite my occasional grumpy days and my complaining, I do like you...a lot.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Dear April Snow,

You've made road conditions too hazardous for my lil hatchback.

How am I supposed to enjoy the 31" Snowbird has received in the past 24 hours?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Dear Winter,

So you decided to stick around a little longer...I think I will survive...because as much as I love Spring, I'm glad I was able to get some time on the mountain and experience this...

Okay, so no, this isn't a picture of me...but it best represents what I did on Saturday and what the weather conditions were like. Blue skies, sun, practically NOBODY on the mountain and soft soft snow. Sadly, I have no goggle tan.

Thanks L for taking it easy with me.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dear Where the Wild Things Are...movie...


This could go two ways:
  1. Really well
  2. Really poorly
I hope for option 1 since it's one of my favorite books...http://wherethewildthingsare.warnerbros.com/

Dear turning quarter of a century,

You rocked the casbah.

Thanks to everyone who made it an incredibly memorable day (emails, ecards, FB posts, phone calls, text messages, gifts, blog posts, waffles for breakfast, car decorating, a fryless Mighty Kids meal, blue plate for dinner, gluten free apple pie, movies, music, homemade Rancho market gift card, ice cream = lots of love).

I have a feeling 25 will be a very very good year.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Dear Samoa,

I can you hear your white beaches, palm trees and turquoise blue water calling. Thanks Air New Zealand for having an offer I couldn't possibly refuse...anyone else want to come along for the ride? May 15-June 1 (1 week in Australia + 9 days in Samoa).



*Note: to all my friends and family members who are not yet married, I don't mind if you decide to get married in an area where one (me) could easily extend their trip post-wedding to a tropical destination. Thank you Leah for being so considerate.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Dear Undergrad Education,

For the first time, in a really long time, I missed you.

I happened to come across the final script for my advertising capstone group project and I got the butterfly feeling in my stomach as I remembered all the long days, nights and the seconds leading up to the presentation.

How the group PWN just came together and rocked it. Our thumb bands, our homemade t-shirts (which I still wear), our posters, our kick A books, our TV spot...our trip that we won, but never went on.

THAT was a lot of a fun (not the trip part...everything before that).
Not that I would want to do it all over again, but still, I had fun.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Dear Road Conditions

(for Little Cottonwood Canyon),

I sadly won't be going to the Bird today because "The canyon road is currently restricted to vehicles with 4WD, AWD, or chains." I have none of those things.

Dang it.
Dang it.
Dang it.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Dear 60-day Review,

Remember when I forgot about you? So I showed up at work at 8am, business as usual until my supervisor asked if everything was ok. Yeah, I replied, Why do you ask? She looks at me with a furrowed brow. Your performance review was at 7:30. We can meet whenever you're ready, in a super nice but I knew was a little confused and maybe a little miffed as to why and HOW someone could possibly forget about their performance review (I'm still learning to cope with my life unattached to the blackberry).

I stammered a little, but firmly responded with I'm ready right now - of course, *#&^, @#$*, @!@# - was my mental response.

Great way to start the day.
Great way.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Dear RTA,

RTA (v.) - reply to all; a function in email that allows you to reply to all parties that sent and received an email. Sometimes used inappropriately causing an excess of non-relevant replies to flood one's Inbox. Very annoying. Very amusing.

For example - this is the original email I received at work:


Subject: Please stop feeding the cats



FYI…
The County Animal Services has requested that we ask our employees to stop feeding the feral cats that are hanging around the campus. There is an ordinance prohibiting feeding cats without licensing them, apparently feeding them is claiming some sort of ownership, so please refrain from feeding these feral cats or catch them and take them home.

Human Resources



As if the original notice from HR wasn't weird enough...this was the BIZARRE RTA that followed MINUTES after...



This RTA resulted in a chain of back and forth, off-line email conversations among my coworkers and I, trying to figure out who would do this sort of thing. I have never met the guy who sent the email, but he will always be known as the cat Cheezburger guy who inappropriately RTAs.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Dear Super Bowl,

WHICH ONE OF THESE IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER?


It's true, before tonight's game I thought the Steelers were playing the St. Louis Cardinals (option #3...with the cardinal perched on the baseball bat). Sports fans everywhere - you have my permission to collectively roll your eyes, shake your head and sigh in disappointment.

BUT REALLY - just for kicks - think how much fun that game would be if it were to happen...picture this, a Steelers linebacker bolting from home plate in an attempt to tackle the Cardinals pitcher while he stood on the mound, just getting ready to throw a curve ball. Or have the QB throw a pass to home only to have the batter swing at the pig skin with his Louisville Slugger and knock it out of the park.

I find it to be an amusing image - but then again I could have just committed some serious sports blasphemy crossing these 2 very different American sports.

I'll be the first to admit, I'm not a sports fanatic nor am I even remotely concerned about what's going on during the game (despite my past as a high school cheerleader). I will however admit that I liked a few ads. I've heard it said the ads are the best part of the Super Bowl - I say that's true, but on an ad by ad basis. Some are good. Some are awful.

GOOD
#1 - Freak outs in the car relating to work frustration?
I have no idea what they are talking about...



#2 - "...what are you going to do, turn off your TV and computer?? hahahahaha..."



AWFUL
- these ones I refuse to post in an effort to lessen the amount of garbage on the internet - but let's just say some of them had to do with Go-Daddy, E*Trade and Doritos. Sex unfortunately still seems to sell (boo), talking babies are not funny and eating chips to blast a female's outfit from her body? yeah, that guy deserved getting hit by a bus.

Oh and another non-football Super Bowl highlight? When Bruce Springsteen ran into the camera, crotch first. Celebrities! They're just like us!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Dear Bed Time,

Even though I don't get MLK day off, I ignored you last night and stayed up way too late. Mostly because friends were hanging out and we eventually spent hours looking up SNL skits - this one had me crying.

Thank you Jill.
Thank you Brad.
Thank you Joey.

Dear Snowbird,

The mountain and I were in love on Saturday. Slowly but surely I'm getting the hang of toe side.

And...remember when I somehow ended up doing moguls? Yeah, that wasn't the plan.

Five more days til the weekend.
I'm officially one of those people who would...rather be snowboarding.

Noelle - I'll be ready for your trip in February. I promise you won't be embarrassed to ski with me. Just no double blacks ok?


Cheryl and Curtis taking a lift to the top. We practically had the mountain to ourselves in the morning.


Cheryl and I taking a lift to the top. Cheryl looked like a pro in her new jacket. She happily pulled me along at one point (Cheryl skies) with her pole as I was stuck, at a standstill on a catwalk. My normal hop hop move wasn't getting me anywhere, nor was my primate push (picture what an ape would like walking, hands on the ground pushing along with the feet). Without Cheryl I would have had to unstrap - which I hate doing - it's one of the downsides of snowboarding: not enough speed/skill + a slight incline = no forward movement.


I am happy as a snow bum even with a broken binding, a paper clip zipper jacket and gloves tearing at the seams. It all makes me sound a lot more hard core than I am. The fact of the matter is, it's what I get for getting cheap stuff on sale. Boo.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Dear Dream Job,

An Account Planner for Facebook...in the Paris office.

And we're not talking Paris, Texas people.

What not apply?
I can't think of a single reason.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Dear Denny,

Just die. Again. Or whatever it's called when the ghost of one's former self leaves...cross over? Yeah, that's it - just cross over already. Seriously.