Monday, December 14, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
So I read this article yesterday about having a Quarter Life Crisis, and as I am reading it I am thinking two things:
1. I am pretty sure I am having one
2. I need to figure out what it is I want to do with my life.
Then I found this great quote....so I am sitting here attempting to listen... but I can't seem to hear it. So heart kindly speak a little louder so I can hear you. I would like to avoid the BLOW.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
2. GPA, Shelia, Mitch, LoLo and Sarah are all getting here today, yeah family :)
3. Kickball Tonight (even though I have a very big fear that I might kick the ball and miss when it is “pitched” to me) Go Team I’d Kick That!
4. Blake and Nellie’s Open House. It is going to have an ice cream sunday bar. There are few things in this world I enjoy more than soft serve ice cream.
5. The weekend, wow do I need one!
P.S. I am working on getting some pictures up from my brother's wedding, my camera has an issue, so I had to use my sisters and I haven’t cleaned up the photos yet since they are trapped on her memory card.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Kind of made me think, so simple yet so true. I was talking to a good friend the other day and we were talking about making tough decisions and how when it really came down to it the actual decision it didn't take all that long to make. It was just getting to the point where you could be OK with the consequences of your decision, because either way you went it was going to be a little rough. This just put it so eloquently. Stop being afraid, I loved it.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Me: P.S. I think Michael Jackson died today…there are varying reports some people say he has been hospitalized others report him dead. Weird…..Farah and Michael on the same day? Doesn’t it happen in three’s I wonder what other celebrity is going to kick the bucket?
Morgan's Reply: My fingers are crossed for Paris.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Mad Men Post
My favorite part of this are the comments where people get so serious. Come on people it's supposed to be funny.
Friday, April 24, 2009
I had the pleasure of attending an Alumni Event for the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Chi Omega last weekend. It was such an amazing experience that was made possible by Patty Halaufia. Thank you for planning such a wonderful event. It was definitely bitter sweet and I did get a little teary eyed, but being able to see a group of 150 very accomplished woman ranging in age from 18 to 80, from all over North America gather in one room was a reminder of what a powerful organization Chi Omega is and how much it means to me. It was so much fun to be back with all of my sisters and to get to spend a little time with them. They really do mean the world to me and I wouldn’t have meet most of them without Chi Omega. Joining this organization is one of the best decisions I have made in my life, I believe it has helped me in so many ways to become a better person, and I am constantly reflecting on the lessons it taught me in an effort to improve myself. It’s being a part of something bigger than yourself, and I really do feel connected to all of these women and its inspiring to see them again and here about their accomplishments. I included some more pictures from the event :).
Love in Chi Omega
This is almost everyone that was there when I pledged :).
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
New Battery Because "The Fix it" People Drain Yours and Forget to Tell You Before you Break Down in the Middle of One of the Busiest Intersections in Utah: $88
Tow Truck for Car Dying Next to the Homeless Shelter Downtown and Being Hauled to the Dealership Two Weeks After You Get a New Battery: $65
Mazda Dealership Diagnostic Fee: $85
Mazda Service Man Calling to Tell you the Battery Wasn't Connected to the Negative Charge because the "Fix It People" Left Out a Part that Holds the Battery and it Has Worked Itself Loose: Priceless.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
1. I am getting my hair cut and colored tomorrow. I need this bad, the ends of my hair are in fight and are starting to split. (Don't worry I did find time to Google images of celebrities whose hair I like and place them in a nice PDF for my wonderful hair dresser Peggy. Seriously I love her even if she is ridiculously expensive)
2. I am going to Sun Valley tomorrow with my fabulous friend Elizabeth to visit my fabulous BFF (yes that means Best Friend Forever) Morgan.
3. In about two weeks more than a few of my BFF's are coming into town. I will get my Lisa, Heidi, Morgan and this just in possibly Jenny, my BFF cousin friend. I am so excited I can hardly stand it.
4. It's my birthday on Wednesday. Which I don't really like hence it means I am one year closer to 30 and I have a moments of realization that I might be in the middle of a quarter life crisis, but you do get presents and fun dinners with your friends. So that part is exciting.
5. My brother is getting married, and I get to throw a shower for my new sister-in-law at the end of April. I really like this kind of thing because I am a weird human being who likes to come up with themes that having matching decor, food and invitations. Plus I absolutely adore Nellie and cannot wait to have her as my sister!
6. I don't have to go to work tomorrow! So basically it's like Friday and who doesn't love Fridays?
Monday, March 30, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
I just spent a very hilarious weekend in Sun Valley with some really good friends. Totally adore them. It was way too quick, but I was feeling OK about the fact that we had to drive four hours there and back to have two very fun filled days because Chad promised me he would drive home. Well when it came down to it this is how the conversation went down (or at least how I remember it):
Cara: Don't even think about getting in the passenger seat Chad! You are driving.
Chad: Um don't think I can do it (as he pushes me away from the passenger side door and puts himself firmly in the seat)
Cara: But you promised!
Chad: I can't it won't be good for anyone
Cara: I am not sure we can recover from this, but it might be OK if you buy me Starburst Jelly Beans.
Chad: I think I can make that happen
Really what is wrong with me? I drove four hours so Chad would buy me a $2.15 bag of Jelly Beans. I should raise my standards, but really I love those things.
Friday, February 20, 2009
I just got a new pair of skis! And I am super excited about them, yes I had to throw in "Super" because excited just doesn't cut it. I am going to try them out tomorrow for the first time and the very thought of it is what has helped me get through a very long Friday at work. Here is a picture of what they look like, it's OK to be jealous. :).
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
$25 Million shall be available for tribal alcohol and substance abuse drug reduction as.sistance grants
$150 million for “producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish”
$50 million for habitat restoration and other water needs in the San Francisco Bay Area
$198 million to compensate Filipino World War II veterans
$87 million for a polar icebreaking ship
$1.7 billion for the National Park System
$650 Million to the Forrest Service for hazardous fuels reduction and hazard mitigation activities in areas at high risk of catastrophic wildfire
$545 Million for Indian Health Services
$100 Million for the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program
$850 million for Amtrak
$150 million for the Smithsonian
$300 million for energy-efficient-appliance rebate programs
$4 billion for job-training programs, including $1.2 billion for “youths” up to the age of 24
$125 Million for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
$50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
$1 billion for community-development block grants
$4.2 billion for “neighborhood stabilization activities”
$650 Million for Digital Converter Box Program, coupons and converter box installation.
$55 million for Historic Preservation Fund
$7.6 billion for “rural community advancement programs”
$150 million for agricultural-commodity purchases
$1 billion for the Census Bureau
$1.368 Billion for grants or loans for energy retrofit and green investments in as.sisted housing
$40 Million to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for Operation of Indian Programs
$1.5 Billion for NASA, Science, Aeronautics, Exploration, and Cross Agency support.
$198 Million for School Lunch Room EQUIPMENT
$ 9 Billion for ‘Broadband Technology Opportunities Program’
$1.256 Billion for NOAA, Operations, Research, Facilities, Acquisition, Construction and Management
$300 million for Violence against Women Prevention and Prosecution Programs’,
$954 Million to carry out the immunization program
$545 Million to carry out chronic disease, health promotion, and genomics programs
$60 Million to carry out environmental health programs
$50 Million to carry out injury prevention and control programs
$40 Million for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to carry out research activities within the National Occupational Research Agenda
$40, Million for the National Center for Health Statistics
$390 Million Dollars for the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning Fund
$600 Million Dollars for acquiring motor vehicles with higher fuel economy
$400 million for hybrid cars for state and local governments
$34 million to renovate the Department of Commerce headquarters
$500 million for improvement projects for National Institutes of Health facilities
$44 million for repairs to Department of Agriculture headquarters
$350 million for Agriculture Department computers
$88 million to help move the Public Health Service into a new building
$448 million for constructing a new Homeland Security Department headquarters
$200 Million to the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund Program
$200 Million for direct loans and grants for distance learning and telemedicine services in rural areas
$6 billion for university building projects
$4.5 billion for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
$200 Million for developing and implementing a nationwide Integrated Wireless network supporting Federal law enforcement
$1.2 Billion for TSA procurement and installation of checked baggage explosives detection systems and checkpoint explosives detection equipment
$15 billion for boosting Pell Grant college scholarships
$2 billion for renewable-energy research ($400 million for global-warming research)
$2 billion for a “clean coal” power plant in Illinois
$6.2 billion for the Weatherization As.sistance Program
$3.5 billion for energy-efficiency and conservation block grants
$3.4 billion for the State Energy Program
$200 million for state and local electric-transport projects
$1 billion for the manufacturing of advanced batteries
$1.5 billion for green-technology loan guarantees
$8 billion for innovative-technology loan-guarantee program
$2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects
$4.5 billion for electricity grid
$89 billion for Medicaid
$30 billion for COBRA insurance extension
$36 billion for expanded unemployment benefits
$20 billion for food stamps
$380 million in the Senate bill for the Women, Infants and Children program
$2 billion for federal child-care block grants
$79 billion for State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (for bailing out your local politicians overspending)
$145 billion for “Making Work Pay” tax credits
$83 billion for the earned income credit
(largely welfare now defined as a tax cut)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
My heart has been a little heavy this week because the Alpha Gamma Chapter of the Chi Omega Fraternity was officially closed at USU this past week. My experience at Chi Omega had such an impact on who I am today. And I am truly saddened that the women of Utah State will no longer have an opportunity to experience what I did. This was such an amazing organization that had such an impact on the person that I am today; it changed me for the better. It taught me important life lessons about leadership, organizational politics, delegation, graciousness, being a part of something bigger than yourself, believing in myself and my sisters and more importantly it helped me develop friendships with women I can truly call my sisters. They mean the world to me and I don’t know who or where I would be without them. I know there are countless times in the last 8 years of my life when I have called on my sisters knowing they would be there no matter what I needed.
The one thing this news has allowed me to do was to reflect on all the wonderful memories I have from my experience with the Alpha Gamma chapter. I am reminded of all the items we used to talk about in preference, and the ones we liked to add to the list. It’s hugs and excitement on bid day surrounded by a sea of new faces who in a short time will become the best friends you’ve ever had, it’s Monday meetings, and nights at the factory, sisterhood retreats, and Owl Pals. It’s a helping hand, sleepovers in the big pit, Lazy Sunday Afternoons in the chapter room and prank calls around the kitchen tables. It’s table dancing to Tiffany, Monefia and the Carpenters, big and little sis week, and laughing for hours on end about nothing at all. It’s window watching, Halloween carnivals, Chi-O-Fest and Rush. It’s remembering the dinosaurs and raising a glass to the birds. It’s knowing you have a shoulder to cry on and using it, it’s being surrounded by a group of the most beautiful and diverse women whom you share a common goal with and have the privilege of calling your sisters. I could go on for hours, don’t worry I won’t. I just felt like I had to talk out a little last goodbye. :/
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I have a new obsession. I am not one of those “I know about everything the minuet it comes out people” I am more of the “oh everyone knows about this maybe I should too people” so I am sure everyone else knows about this but me, including the lady who told me about this months ago, who by the way has five children and is 41, talk about making me feel like I was behind the curve. I finally decided to see what she was talking about and I feel in love this afternoon.
What could be better than a website that plays music based on what you tell it you like or don’t like? I feel like this along with my newly decorated office are going to help get me through the fact that I am a little stuck in my job because I don’t really want to be the new kid at any company in the middle of a recession (not that there are many jobs out there for me to head to). So I am thanking Pandora.com for my new found attempt at a positive attitude towards my work day. Check it out if you’re slow like me and have yet to learn about this awesome site.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The Barrus' were supposed to come up in the afternoon so we could have our soup and game day but the weather was so bad we all decided they better not brave it. So instead we all went outside to build a snowman with the kids. It was so much fun! Here are some pictures from the day.
The Family with our Snowman
Making the Snowman