Thursday, October 29, 2009


I have an interview for an internship tomorrow. The internship is in LA with a firm called Porter Novelli. The internship is focused strictly on grassroots efforts and campaign development to help California stay green. I'm really, really excited for it.

I have done quite a bit of research and feel as prepared as I can be for the interview. I hate the saying, "You don't know the questions but you can prepare the answers!" That leaves one thinking of every possible question under the sun and trying to think of every positive and negative experience he or she have ever had in the business field. Ugh.

The question was posed in my management communications class today to test critical thinking: "How much does a 747 weigh?" The interviewee is then expected to think of all of the situations: is it fully loaded? How much luggage? Is the gas full? And list weights accordingly... end answer: (you'll want to write this down in case an employer gets sassy and asks you...) 670,000 lbs. There we are folks. If you know how much a 747 weighs, you are in luck -- even with the less-than-par economy.

So, as part of my preparation for the interview I went to Banana Republic yesterday to find a nice shirt to go with my gray suit that I will be sporting for the interview. I got a little distracted with their suits. They are so pretty. The following are my thoughts at 12:35 a.m. on my experience at BR:

(Please sing to the tune of everyone's favorite primary song: "Popcorn popping on the Apricot Tree!")

I walked in the store and what did I see?
A nice black suit hanging on the rack for me.
Business suits are quite the treat... a nice black suit hanging on the rack for me.
I quickly grabbed my size and ran to change; the nice helper said it would look nice on me.
It wasn't really so, the suit exceeded budget!
Sorry nice black suit, you're not on the rack for me.

Monday, October 26, 2009

"Could care less"

This is one of my pet peeves. You hear it all the time.

"I could care
less what you..."

"I could care
less if he..."

That doesn't make any sense people! Are you listening to what you are saying? You COULD care less, so it means you do care right now. I don't think that is what you want to be saying because normally, this phrase is used when someone really DOESN'T care about something.

The correct phrase in this case would be:

"I couldn't care

less what you..."

"I couldn't care

less if he..."

Just FYI.

Little sister is REALLY grown up

So. Saturday night, my little sister, who is also my best friend, opened her mission call. She will be serving in the seventh largest city in the world... the third most expensive city in the world... and the lowest recorded temperature is -44 degrees.

Any guesses?

She will be serving in the Russia Moscow mission! My little sister!? Ahh! My heart is kind of breaking. I can't imagine losing her. But, now I know how she felt when I left. I don't like this.

But then again, I couldn't be happier for her.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dance party with spandex

My sis and I partied it up in our spandex leggings and big white t-shirts Friday night for a Halloween dance party... nothing better than a good dance party where you don't care about anything. A run to Wendy's with a big group of friends made it even better.

Pop, lock and drop it!

And 1 Streetballers

I witnessed some amazing streetballing last night. Wow! And 1 Streetballers were at Orem High School and Kels and I went and checked them out. Mmm hmm -- you read that right. We had SO much fun! If you aren't familiar with the group, it is a group of guys that play street basketball to raise funds for a non-profit organization. They played a Utah basketball league (Brent Brown team) last night. The cool thing is, it really is streeball. There is no ref - no fouls - no calls - nothing. Just a bunch of really good basketball players showing off and having fun. There weren't any fights, although there were a few times I thought there might be. They played awesome music the whole game and the players were dancing on the court and totally just playing with the crowd. Awesome.

Here is a YouTube clip to see a little more about them.

They were in the Wilkinson center on Thursday and Kels and I were in there eating lunch and they approached us and invited us to come. We got all excited and were having fun jokin around with these guys... then when we saw them last night, they TOTALLY remembered us! Mmm hmmmm!

I love Macs

Look how amazing this is! Mac has a new mouse... that has a mind of its own.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Buzz in NY

This picture will be my map when I live in NY. Thank you to a dear friend, Laura, for the picture.


I'm sitting in my apartment... it is almost 11... I have been working on homework for the past three hours in the same spot on my couch. My back hurts (cause of our ghetto couch) and I'm tired. I decided to stop doing homework and browse some blogs and watch some good YouTube videos. My best friend likes giving me a hard time about my lack of YouTube savviness.

So - I found a couple great YouTube videos that I totally got a kick out of. (Yes, I did just end my sentence with a preposition. But I don't care.) These videos may be a lot funnier right now because I'm in one of those super tired moods. Hope you get a laugh out of them.

I'm ready for the weekend.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Vatican and the conversion of Anglicans

Well. The NY Times reported quite the story today.

What is the story?

"In an extraordinary bid to lure traditionalist Anglicans en masse, the Vatican said Tuesday that it would make it easier for Anglicans uncomfortable with their church’s acceptance of female priests and openly gay bishops to join the Roman Catholic Church while retaining many of their traditions."

Why is this happening?
"It was unclear why the Vatican made the announcement now. But it seemed a rare opportunity, audaciously executed, to capitalize on deep divisions within the Anglican Church to attract new members at a time when the Catholic Church has been trying to reinvigorate itself in Europe."

Details of the story
"Under the new structure, former Anglicans who become Catholic could preserve some elements of Anglican worship, including hymns and other “intangible” elements, Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, the Vatican’s deputy chief liturgical officer, said at the news conference."

“I don’t want to be a Roman Catholic,” said Bishop Minns. “There was a Reformation, you remember.”

You are absolutely right, Bishop Minns. There was a reformation... and a restoration.

I give my praise to those members who left the Anglican church to join the Catholic church on the basis that they don't believe in certain things. Really interesting though. It also makes me sad, but not by huge surprise, that the Anglican church is doing this. Also, in a sense it is good of the Catholic church to do what they are doing. Lots of different aspects to analyze.

What do you think?

Read the story

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Interviews with a potential employer: note to self

So, I am doing some homework right now and I came across a funny suggestion in my MCom 320 text. The text is talking about interviewing:

"Be prepared to answer any surprise questions.For instance, assume the interview asks, "How many gas stations are there in the U.S.?" To respond, pause and think for a minute about the process you might follow to obtain a reasonably close answer. You might say something like, "Well, if we have roughly 300 million people in the country, and if we assume two cars for every three people, that would give us about 200 million cars. And if we assume there is one gas station for every 1,000 cars, that would give us about 200,000 gas stations."

Wa la!

Man, if I am supposed to think and respond that critically and analytically, I'm out of a job.

Would you have responded the same?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hot showers

There is nothing better than getting up in the morning, rolling out of bed and feeling the cold draft of air breeze over your legs. You are freezing until you hop in the shower and turn the hot water all the way up... oh my goodness. I could stay there all day. I almost fell asleep in there this morning. Cheers to hot showers on cold mornings.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Is your baby racist?

I read an article in the September 14 issue of Newsweek. Actually, I read all of the articles, but this article on racism caught my attention. Here are four powerful (what I thought were powerful) quotations that I took away from the article:

1)"Instead of always telling our children that we are all equal and the same, we should tell them that we are all different. Saying we're the same naturally makes them look for differences. Conversely, saying we're all different (in appearance, cultures, etc.) makes them instinctively look for ways we're alike." Thank you Erica L. Scott from NY for your wise comment.

I agree. My dear mother and father raised me on the idea that we are all the same. They are right, in the idea that we are equal. Americans are not better than Africans. Africans are not better than Mexicans. Everyone should be treated equally. But, are we all the "same?" No! We are not. We were all created differently; different noses, eyes, hair color, skin color ... for a reason. A beautiful reason. God created us that way. I believe in God -- I know He created me the way I am and I am proud of it. I am proud of my hair color. I am proud of my height. We are unique. Let's stay that way.

2)"Why promulgate the theory of infantile discrimination? Attitudes are learned, not genetic," Richard Harris from IL said.

3)"The questions posed to 5-year-olds by Brigitte Vittrup are self-fulfilling: they compel respondents to recognize racial differences, and they're capable of seeding discriminatory perceptions. Anyone who has raised children has witnessed them fearing strangers, not just new faces who are racially diverse. They may be the child's own flesh and blood, perhaps those with whom he or she is unaccustomed, while those with more familiarity enjoy the benefit of the doubt. Ideally most children will get over their errant judgment. For the ones who don't, Vittrup needs to question the parents."

"We need to teach respect for one another rather than try to "Erase" our racism because, the fact is, you cannot erase it." Frosty Wooldridge, CO.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

What happens in Vegas...

Kisses in front of the Bellagio

This was my first time in a Tiffany & Co. and I totally fell in love.

Trip to Vegas Temple

Burden - light or heavy?

I was sitting in my family room on Sunday next to my papa. I was listening to one of the talks and the speaker (I can't remember who, because the ensuing conversation managed to take over my thoughts for the rest of the talk.) The speaker quoted Matthew 11: 28-30:

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

My dad leaned over to me and said, "How is it that the Savior's burden is "light?" Isn't His burden heavy because of what He did for us? Yes. Absolutely. But... here is what we talked about:

What was Christ's greatest burden that He bore on this earth? What was His purpose in coming to earth? To bear our burdens. The Atonement.

3rd Nephi 27 states:

14 And my Father sent me (Christ) that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I (Christ) had been lifted up upon the cross, that I (Christ) might draw all men unto me, that as I (Christ) have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father, to stand before me (Christ), to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil—

15 And for this cause have I (Christ) been lifted up; therefore, according to the power of the Father I (Christ) will draw all men unto me, that they may be judged according to their works.

His burden, the Atonement, is there so that we can have the opportunity and ability to return to our Heavenly Father. That is our ultimate goal in life.

So, now let's look at 3 Nephi 9:18-

18 I am the light and the life of the world. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.

Christ is the light of the world. His burden is the light - the ultimate light that gives us hope that we can return to live with Him: the Atonement.

"For my yoke is easy and my burden is YOUR light."

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Kittens... inspired by Kittens

This is hilarious. A couple friends at The Daily Universe showed them to me and we laughed our heads off.

Walk it out Fosse- hilarious!

Combating the cold weather blues [Part II]

Okay... so here are a few more ideas. Pretty good ones.

(1)Mr./ Ms. "Sassafrass" Anonymous said...

"Stop your whining! Grab the newest ski video and get decked out in all your snow-gear and embrace the gloriousness that is WINTER!"

1. Am I whining? I didn't write it to sound like whining... just stating my opinion.
2. I don't really ski, so I don't know if that would be the best way for me to embrace winter. But, I encourage anyone who DOES ski to follow Anonymous' advice... I'm sure that if that gets Anonymous excited, then it will others. Thank you, Anonymous, for your comments and for reading my blog.

(2)Megs suggested: accepting it.

Say what? Megs... come now.

"I know, I know. It's a crazy concept and I could get killed for saying it! But come on, winter has it's pluses, and I always feel bad for winter for getting the short end of the stick :(

Think about it this way: Winter is that time of year where you get to put a fire on and snuggle next to your sweetie. Winter is where you get to exercise in a different way than usual; sliding down the top of a mountain. Winter is when you get to wear your adorable outfits and walk around Temple Square admiring the lights. My point? Winter is romantic!"

Shoot! Megs... you just convinced me. Good argument. Winter is romantic. And beautiful. Thank you for your fabulous ideas darling.

(3)Zack said...

"When that thermometer begins to drop and happiness ebbs until Christmas, I always love to stop by Sonic, get a large root beer with that pebble ice and sit in the hot tub for about two hours.

...if that doesn't warm your soul then you don't have one."

Well, Mr. Oates, if I didn't turn into "grandma hands", I might hot tub a little more often and try that root beer. Or maybe I need to hot tub more often so that I can get over the grandma hands? Moral of the story: I have half a soul.

(4)Kels said...

"Turn on jazz music and watch the rain outside while sipping some herbal tea in sweats--slippers included--for approximately one hour. After taking a hot shower and changing into your craziest outfit, call up your friends and go ice skating. Then return home and have a dance party with the door open. If you are having a dance party correctly, you will soon appreciate the open door and cold air.
That, children, is how to enjoy winter."

I love the jazz, rain and tea combo. This is a close competitor with "singing the Cougar fight song" for position of "my favorite idea."