Sunday, November 23, 2008


After much prayer, contemplation, and tears I decided not to go home for the Holy War this year. Flights from NYC to SLC to NYC to Peru to NYC were just a little too much for me for a football game, so we watched at the ESPN Zone in Times Square. It's not the best way to watch a football game, attending last year's game was pretty fun (besides the ending), but what can you do? Every year during this week I get asked the same question over and over again, "Why are you wearing red?"

Nobody can quite understand it, so I thought I'd do my best to explain. I was raised cheering for the U, especially for the Holy War. It's just what we did. When I went to BYU, I had fun at numerous sporting events and occasionally cheered for BYU, but for the big game, I continued to cheer for the U. The first rivalry game after my graduation from BYU everyone kept asking me what color I was going to wear to the game. I, of course, planned on wearing red. Everyone found this so ridiculous as I had just, three months earlier, graduated from BYU. That year, I made one of the biggest mistakes of my life, caved to the peer-pressure, and wore blue. I felt awful during the entire game. When the U scored, my natural inclination was to cheer, when BYU scored I was sad, but I was wearing the wrong color, so what was I going to do? I basically sat there the entire game (if you've been to a sporting event with me, you know that me sitting there quietly is not normal) torn because my outsides didn't match my insides. The U ended up winning that game, and I was so happy, but I couldn't be part of the celebration because I was wearing stupid blue. So, my entire life I've worn red except for once, and on that day I deeply regretted it. Ever since then, I've stayed true to my roots even though some people find this hard to understand. So there you have it... I just like the U, I like to win, and I like to going to BCS Bowls, which I guess would be pretty hard to do if I did cheer for BYU! Here's the New Years in New Orleans... Holla!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


For my job I regularly to go to court to report on how my families are doing. This can put me in awkward situations. The parents I work with can be difficult, but I try very hard to build working relationships with them. Reporting that they have positive drug tests, are missing visits or are not going to their programs, can add some strain to the relationship and make things awkward. It's strange to report on people's bad behavior and then play with them and their children the next day. That being said, I always try to lessen the blow, by informing my parents of what I'm going to report to the judge before we go to court so there aren't any surprises. For some reason no matter how many times talk I to parents about this before we go to court, they're always blown away and seem to be surprised by what I say. In the last month this has caused some pretty intense confrontations outside the court room.

I guess life isn't all bad in the court room. Last night after waiting for TEN hours to get called in on a case, one of the attorneys told me she wished she had me on every case because she enjoys to work with me so much. I guess it's comments like that that make all of the abuse worth it. Holla!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"Better in Time"

Kristan came to town this weekend... I have to say, NYC hasn't been the same for me since she left. It felt like she was back living here, and we were back to our usual routine. While she was in town, it gave some of the girls a good excuse to get together...

How about brunch at Bubby's??

We didn't see any celebs at Bubby's, but we did run into the fire station from Ghost Busters..
Kind of funny, right?

We also hit up Patsy's for Sunday dinner...

Kristan... come back and live with me.. PLEASE!

Monday, November 17, 2008

"Single Ladies"

Why does SNL take all of their stuff off of YouTube? I HATE IT! This video won't let me embed, but here's the link. It's pretty funny. I can't get this song out of my head... Why is JT taking over the world??

Sunday, November 16, 2008

"Teen Angst"

After eating at The Smith on Friday night we headed over to Webster Hall to see M83, and I realized I forgot my ID. Ugh, annoying right? I thought it would be okay since Helen didn't have her ID at the last show we went to, and Ali passed Helen her ID after Ali used it, and Helen got in. (Did that just make any sense?) Helen and Ali look pretty much NOTHING alike so... no problem, right? Ali and I at least have the same coloring, and how much do the bouncers really look at the picture anyway?

So, Ali got in using her ID, went to the smoking section, gave me her snakeskin bag that her ID in it, and I got in line. I gave the bouncer her ID, and he was like, "Wait, I just saw this ID." Oh crap. What am I going to do now? So I fight with him for a minute about it, and finally I just say, "Look, I forgot my ID, but I'm old enough, I'm not going to drink, please just let me in." And he says, "You had your chance to be honest get out of the line." UGH... ANNOYING. So, I called Ali to tell her that I wasn't getting in, and the bouncer went INTO the club saw Ali on her phone, and kicked her out. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? So, we're both standing on the street looking pitifully at Webster, so sad that our friends were in the show.

I felt like I was a teenager trying to get into The Bay in high school. I go back up to the bouncer and say, "Look, you caught us, I forgot my ID, but my friend has hers, just let her in, and I'll leave." "You don't have any ID?" "Nope." Then Ali said, "Obviously she's old enough," and he responds, "Nothing is obvious these days. Let me see your ticket." I show him the ticket, and he lets us in, but not before he gives us ANOTHER moral lesson.. "Remember, honesty is the key to life." Thanks for that one buddy, but I can guarantee if I had just gone up to him and said "I don't have my ID," he wouldn't have let me in.... So does that mean honesty isn't the key to life? Technically I was old enough to get in, so was using another ID to get in dishonest? I'm not sure, I'm just glad that I got in.... Holla!

Friday, November 14, 2008

"Another Way to Die"

After being scared out of my mind in court today, I got to go home a little early. While I was trying to de-stress by watching some trashy tv, an ad for 007 came on, and I realized that I must have missed more of the movie than I thought since I didn't recognize a lot of stuff in the ad. You'd think since I went to a midnight showing LAST NIGHT, I'd remember every scene in the movie. Unfortunately, last night I was a little tired, and I slept through quite a bit of the movie. (I think that not being able to make it through a midnight movie means I'm getting old. Boo!) I'm definitely going to have to go see it again, but one thing I'm sure was not in the movie (trust me, they would have woken me up) were these little blue babies!

Oh, how I miss the blue speedo shorts. Why is Daniel Craig such a good 007?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

"Tiny Dancer"

Tuesday was Veteran's Day, and guess who got the day off (I never knew this was a day that pople got off)...
What's one to do in the middle of the week when nobody else has the day off? How about take a ballet class... I've been wanting to do this for a long time, but I just haven't gotten around to it. I'll admit I was a little intimidated after going eight years without dancing, but on Tuesday I decided to take the big plunge, and I have to admit I kind of loved it. It was crazy how fast a lot of stuff came back to me. Don't get me wrong, I was definitely clumsy and not looking good, but I could follow most of the combinations... Holla! Hopefully I'll be motivated to go more regularly. Who knows, maybe I'll be able to put my point shoes on again without breaking an ankle. Until then, my butt is just trying to recover from Tuesdays class. Living in a fourth floor walk-up has not been fun since that class.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


On Saturday after we scored some deals on fancy dresses, Ali, her work friend, and I headed down to Elizabeth street to look at our new apartment (keep your fingers crossed, it's a good one). We were a little blown away by the apartment and wrapped up in the excitement of moving to a such an ideal situation, when Ali started freaking out about her phone.

M: "It's gotta be in your purse." Fact: Ali has a big purse, and it would be easy to lose a phone in there.
A: "I've never had to dig so long for it, it's not in there!"
M: "It's gotta be in your pocket."
A: "It's not in my pocket!"
M:"It's in one of your shopping bags?"
A:"It's not in my shopping bags. Oh no, I left it in the cab!!"
M: "You didn't leave it in the cab... Keep looking through your stuff, and I'll call it."
A: "I can't hear it ringing. It's in the cab! I left it in the cab!" Panic was setting in at this point.

Two seconds later...
M (with a look of shock): "You're calling me! How can you be calling me? You don't have your phone."
A: "Answer it!!"
M: "Hi, are you in the cab?"
Person with Ali's phone: "Yes, I'm headed to Ave. C."
M: "Take the phone with you and we'll meet you there."

We hop in another cab heading across town in search of Ali's phone.

While we're driving, Ali's work friend gets a call from Ali's phone...

Person with Ali's phone: "Hi did you just call this phone? I found it in a cab."
A to M: "What is she just calling everyone that calls me?"
Ali's work friend: "Where are you again? We're coming to get the phone. Keep it with you."

FINALLY we arrived at Ave. C, get out of the cab, and Ali's work friend says, "Anyone leave anything in the cab," with a smile on his face. Ali said, "Nope," just as work friend pulled Ali's shopping bags out from behind his back!!

Now, a few questions about this situation.... Who actually loses their phone in a cab? THEN gets in another cab to hunt down a stranger who is headed clear across the city... THEN leaves more stuff in the second cab?? THEN is stranded clear on Avenue C waiting for ANOTHER cab to take them home?? All I can say is... Ali's a little spacey, and we better get that apartment, or all of that cab money will have been for nothing, but I am glad we found her phone. The panic setting in when she realized it was lost, was not good.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"O New England"

Last week we went to see The Decemberists... I was pretty excited for this show. I saw them a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I feel like they're unique in some ways, and I just love some of their songs. So, we get to the show, and I was loving the first few songs .. They even threw in a little Fleetwood Mac number in the middle of one of the songs which was pretty cool. As the show went on, Colin seemed to think that he was quite the comedian, and he got pretty annoying. It reminded me of Kalai back in the day. Remember how he would talk for 15 minutes in between each song, and we'd all just sit around saying, "I wish he would just shut up and play." That's how we were feeling with Colin.

As Colin continued with his funny man business, he started to rant about Obama. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm an Obama fan, but I seriously felt like I was at a rally.. a three hour long rally, and, really, I just wanted to hear some good tunes, not crazy chanting. At one point Colin would yell, "Yes, we can," and the crowd would yell, "Yes, we did." It was never ending, and it was all a little much for me. It seems like all of the Obama rallying is getting a little out of control. Oprah did FOUR episodes about it last week... FOUR HOURS OF OBAMA.. that's a little intense. I'm just getting a little worried that with all of this hype, there's no way he's going to be seen as a success, especially given the mess that he is being handed. So, yes, I'm excited about the new pres, but I just think everyone needs to calm down about it a bit, but I guess that's just what I think.

Monday, November 10, 2008

"Late at Night"

I've blogged about it before, but I have to say it again... I LOVE My So Called Life... I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. When I was 12, I wanted to be Angela Chase. I dyed my hair red, wore construction boots, tie-dyed shirts, and flannel shirts... I seriously had the look going on. Sometimes people would tell me I looked liked Angela, and it was the BEST compliment anyone could have given me. It would just make my little day. Anyways, Ali's been watching my DVD's lately, and I've been catching an episode here or there with her. Tonight I caught the end of an episode with her, she went to bed, and I kept watching. Guess what the next episode was.. THE BOILER ROOM! Oh my, I about died. I love everything about that episode... Jordan's eyes, the kissing, Jordan's jacket, Rayanne sticking up for Angela, Jordan's hair, the boiler room, Jordan's necklace... OH MY, OH MY. Why is it SO good? Then the hand holding at the end... Could there be anything more perfect? I think not. Here's the perfect song that is playing during that perfect moment...

In other news... I finally saw HSM3, and, of course, I loved it. How cute are Troy and Gabriella? I know I shouldn't compare Troy to Jordan (that's a sin), but honestly, Troy was pretty sexy in the movie... I had a huge smile throughout the whole thing So if you like to smile... you should go see it. I promise... just seeing Troy in those tank tops is worth it! This song was so cute..

Now that I've ranted like a tween... I can go back to reality where my boyfriend worked the entire weekend.. BOO for jobs... We HATES them!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

I want this dog so bad I can't handle it.... Isn't he the cutest thing you've ever seen? RON, stop being difficult.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

It was an easy vote for me.. straight dems... holla!

Sunday, November 02, 2008


Last night we went to the Cloisters to go long boarding. Davis and I have been long boarding here and there this summer, but I hadn't really done any big hills. So, we got up there, went down a couple of times, and I was feeling pretty good about myself. After a few runs I maybe got a little to confident in my abilities, got going a little too fast, and had a tiny crash. After I fell I rolled over and Davis, Andrea, and Slade were all running towards me in a panic (aren't I lucky to have such nice friends?) Turns out I was fine; I just have a couple of battle wounds to show for it, but my favorite pair of skinny jeans didn't fare so well. Davis has offered to fix my jeans the way he's been fixing his only pair for the last year....

There's nothing that a little duct tape won't fix, right? I told him no thanks to the duct tape, but I would take a trip to the jeans floor at Bloomies to make everything all better. Don't you think I earned it by putting my life at risk? As a side note, I've actually learned to really love long boarding. It makes me feel really young and free. It's the same thing climbing always did for me in Utah... HOLLA!

"There's Always Someone Cooler Than You"

Yesterday Davis was at it again, spotting celebs...

We saw Tory Burch at Cafe Habana
Then when we were scooting on home we saw Tim Robbins playing street hockey in the village.  Kind of cool that he just plays with randoms, eh?  Sometimes Ron joins him for a game or two.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

"Candy Man"

Last night Ali, Davis, and I had fun getting ready, watching Friends, eating pizza, and dancing around in our dresses....

There's nothing like a flapper and a gangster with a cowboy mustache...

or how about two flappers...

Ali had a little too much fun dancing around...

I got some kicks in too...
After the dancing we headed up to St. John The Divine Cathedral. The church was all decorated for Halloween, and they showed old scary movies. Last night they showed the original Phantom of the Opera. It was a little LONG for me, but it was pretty cool. They had live organ music to go along with the movie. We met up with these girls at the movie...

After the movie was over they did the March of the Ghouls. Here's some of the crazy costumes...

Happy Halloween! Now it's onto Thanksgiving in MP. I ran 5 miles in the park today in preparation for the big hike. I'm just hoping I don't die on the way up.