Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dear Haagen-Dazs,

'Tis the season.

Thank you for creating an ice cream that captures, perfectly, what Christmas would taste like...if Christmas were a flavor:


White chocolate ice cream + Peppermint pieces + Peppermint bark pieces = Christmas

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dear Australia,

Just one more reason why I should move down unda.

As if the $5,000 cash for every child I have in the country wasn't reason enough...oh and of course the koalas...and the sun...and the beaches.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Dear Single Ladies,

Let's give it up for the Obama Administration and the Onion.

They've given us hope...or at least something to giggle at.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Dear Europe,

I'm on my way back! It's been way too long.

LAX to Heathrow - March 17
Heathrow to LAX - March 28

Expect a little time in the city of Love as well.
Oh Paris, how I've missed you!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dear former life,

I miss you.

Especially when I read little comics about the 'fun' of advertising....or anything design related...or anything resulting from client feedback. So really...it's my past and current life...

source: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/10/26/a-thousand-words-is-worth-a-picture-the-importance-of-justifying-your-designs/

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dear WA,

Hello, my name is Valerie.
And I'm a workaholic.

(in unison) Hi Valerie....

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dear Moses + the Red Sea,

Ready for a pun?
Oh ye of little faith!

Looks like science is trying to steal all the glory on this one:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11383620

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Dear ROI,

(that's return on investment)

A new dress.
New shoes.
Manicure.
Styled hair.
Make up.
In a completely humble way, I looked good.
Add a handsome "friend".

You get a really fun night.
REALLY fun night.

Even though another person wore the same dress as me.
That didn't ruin it.

A lot of investment.
A lot of return.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Dear "friend" requests on Facebook,

I refuse to feel bad about ignoring you.
I didn't know you in high school and know even less about you now.
I most certainly will not have a change in heart 8 years after graduating.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Dear This is It,

....and no, I don't mean Michael Jackson.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
So.
Much.
Better.
Than the King of Pop.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Dear RIP,

To the squirrel who is now roadkill on Sunnyside Ave.
Thanks to me.

I'm so sorry little guy (or maybe girl).
I'm a murderer.

Not a great way to start a Friday.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Dear Long Time Coming,

It only took 8 years of living in Utah to get my first speeding ticket.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Dear Conflict of Emotion,

I don't know whether I should be afraid/annoyed or nostalgic/secretly excited this is coming back to theaters.

I mean come on, as if anyone needs lyrics on the bottom of a giant screen to bust out Summer Lovin'.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Dear Durfee Family,

Thanks for a great Memorial Day Weekend. You all are too cute for words.

Here's Keegan showing off his dance moves - obviously learned on the streets.


Here's Keegan and Camden proving just how much fun it is to be a kid - running through the sprinklers - at my bidding of course.

AJ, the brother-in-law is destined for sainthood.This 'lil guy (man of the house #4) is destined to break-slash-melt hearts everywhere.This aunt didn't want to leave after the weekend.

Dear Anthropologie.com,

Signing up for your emails and your catalog was probably a bad idea in my attempt to be a better budget spender.

Nothing about your clothes says budget.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Dear life balance,

I miss having you.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Dear Easter,

Why I like you:
  • I didn't have to work
  • I was able to sleep in
  • candy, candy and more candy
  • General Conference
  • food, food and more food
and most importantly...He, the Savior Jesus Christ, is Risen!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dear Light at the end of the Tunnel,

I was just given the news I get to work Easter weekend.

Rather than getting closer to you each day, you are moving further and further away.

Maybe one day I'll reach you.
Next year?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dear 26,

Who knew that...

In mathematics, Pierre de Fermat proved you are the only single number between a square (25 = 52) and a cube (27 = 33)...or that...in science, you are the atomic number of iron (actually I did know this)...or that...in the armed forces, you are the age at which males can no longer be drafted in the United States.

So, I guess this means all signs point to me a having a great year.
Please be good to me.
25 was awesome.

Random facts courtesy of wikipedia


Monday, March 22, 2010

Dear Desperation,

I've reached you. I gave in and paid 99cents to have unlimited listening the rest of the month on Pandora.

40 hours of free listening doesn't last long when I work 12-14 hour work days.

Dear eye candy,

Not having you around, is making it really hard to want to do things.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Dear Alice in Wonderland,


For those who haven't decided whether or not to see you, let me give my 4 cents:
  • Obviously, you're nothing like the original animated version, but you're more like the book (from what I've been told since I haven't read it)
  • Loved the look of the film (go figure, Tim Burton is great)
  • Helena Bonham Carter gets my vote for favorite actor in the movie
  • The 3D didn't really do much for me...
Even if you aren't excited to go, give it a shot, maybe not in 3D, but why miss the chance of seeing a movie that isn't like all the others and for which people dress up? I saw Alices and Mad Hatters - - I was hoping for someone in a Cheshire cat outfit. No dice.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Dear Billy and Elton,

(Joel and John that is...)

Your concert was fun. Really fun. More fun than I thought.

Thank you Noelle for letting me be your date (Matt - thanks for going out of town so I could be your wife's date).

Friday, February 5, 2010

Dear you know who you are,

I hope you enjoyed your little spending spree on my behalf. Thanks to email notifications, the suspicious activity on my bank account didn't go unnoticed. Nice try.

As if I shop regularly at hottopic.com and other unknown "specialty retail" stores!

It's true what Dwight sad, "Identify theft is no joke Jim. Millions of families suffer every year!"

Monday, January 25, 2010

Dear Jets,

And no, I don't mean the professional football team who lost to the Colts...or the finger snapping Shark fighting caucasians in West Side Story...or even Elton's catchy and often unknown lyrics of the song first featured on Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

I mean the great 80's pop band:

From a quick poll of close friends and coworkers, apparently my family was one of few families who owned the groups albums on cassette. And I'll even stake a claim to fame and say one of the former band members married the sister of my childhood friend.

Thank goodness for great 80's music. And by great, I mean nostalgic.
I needed this today.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Dear what the,

http://www.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/karatekid/

Another classic...being remade...into a modern retelling.
But, it won't compare.
It can't.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Dear Intellect,

I'm sorry I insulted you by seeing the movie Leap Year.

The romantic comedy is a dying genre and this one should have been laid to rest well before production began. The most entertaining part was hearing/seeing the reaction of the crowd at the 12noon matinee. It was as if they had never seen a chick flick before...I on the other hand know it's bad when I predict 80% of the movie - including exact delivery of lines.

Maybe that proves I've seen one too many chick flicks...

Blast me for getting suckered in all because of an attractive male lead (Matthew Goode).

But I hope Intellect, you enjoyed the attempt to save you by seeing Young Victoria. It provided a take on actual historical events, a female lead (Emily Blunt) who didn't make me embarrassed on behalf of my gender and another handsome male lead (Rupert Friend).

Maybe this proves I'm just a sucker for a period piece...or good-looking British men.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Dear Citrus Fruit,

I miss being able to pick you off the trees in our backyard in CA.
I've never enjoyed buying oranges and lemons in the grocery store.
They can't compare.