Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
As exciting as December is, I haven't had time to focus my energy on the excitement of the Holiday and the anticipation of all of my family members in one place.
I've been looking at cars and dealing with cars for the last two weeks after my little trooper of a Focus, breathed its last breath. Grrr...
So as to remind myself that this little stressful moment will soon pass I would like to focus on wonderful things about this time of year.
While I miss seeing the lights a temple square, I'm excited to go to the Parade of Lights on Saturday. It reminds me of being a little kid.
I did get to go the starlighting to kick of the holidays! I hadn't been since I was 16! I just love my little town traditions.
I can't wait for all the siblings to be together. Although it will be brief, it will be amazing!
I'm excited to pick out some super awesome gifts from Sports Authority!!!
I hope y'all are in merry moods!
Friday, November 19, 2010
Navigating the world as an emerging adult is tricky.
In college I made some pretty amazing friends. People who I still care a great deal about and people who keep in touch with on a semi-frequent basis. I find solace in the fact that all of my comrades are just as confused when it comes to this as I am.
It seems a bit easier for people around me, as if there are some people who’ve just got it all together. I suspect that if I looked a bit closer into the personal dealings of these people, they are probably just as confused about becoming adults as I am.
I think circumstances can force someone to grow up pretty quickly, suddenly finding oneself responsible for an infant (or hopefully preparing for this task for nine months) can cause people to grow up very quickly, but for the rest of us who go to work/are finishing school/looking for jobs it’s a tricky situation to figure out.
I would like to think that I have made some significant strides in the direction of acting like an adult recently. I have dealt with my fair share of adult issues and I have made rational, mature decisions.
Yet, I still feel like a little kid living the life of someone much older.
I don’t know if it’s an issue of my generation being coddled and told they could have whatever they want in life, only to hit the stage of an “emerging adult” to be crushed by the realities of socio-economic crises that I don’t think will go away for the coming generations.
Yet, I still feel as if the world is at my fingertips. The dreams I was told to aspire toward still seem achievable, if only I am that one person who gets the perfect opportunity to use the skills I have honed for years to make a significant impact on the world.
The problem with believing that those opportunities are still waiting for people is that it’s difficult to tie oneself down to reality. Now, I’m not saying I live in some fantasy world, simply mean that when there are endless options it is difficult to follow one course of action.
Well, at least I feel like this is my plight.
I’m just still trying to figure it all out, and I suspect that this feeling is never going to go away.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
For some weird reason, I feel like almost everything in life is a game, and you can either win or lose. I don't like to lose.
This can drive me to behave a bit out of character.
I know where to draw the line. I don't compete with my friends, and I don't sacrifice my morals or values in the name for a win (because in the long run that would really be like a loss).
All I am saying is that I like to win. At everything. It's so bad.
Friday, November 12, 2010
I can't wait for the game, and some good ol rivalry between myself and some friends that attend CSU. It should be fun!
A few things I'll leave with y'all before the weekend:
The Pioneer Woman is going to be on Throwdown with Bobby Flay!!! I'm so excited. I just love her. One of these days I will win an awesome giveaway on her Web site.
I think this store looks really awesome.
This wedding looks amazing.
Malcolm Gladwell - he's fantastic. I've read all his books and this week I found his blog. He doesn't update it often, but I can forgive that because he's such a great writer.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
My mother has taught me so many things in life. She taught me to be a strong, independent woman with the courage to stand on my personal beliefs and to search after my dreams. Despite the fact that we both posses equal amounts of stubbornness, we get along amazing well and I am privileged to call her my rock and one of my best friends.With three young children a small support system, my mom managed to complete her bachelors degree and begin a teaching degree as a single mother. She made so many sacrifices for her children, and for that I will be eternally grateful.
It's hard to imagine that my mom wasn't more than a few months older than I am when she had me, and she already had two-year-old twins!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
My roommate Heather got me hooked on the Bachelor/Bachelorette. I watched every single episode of two season, and both seasons included Jillian Harris. I loved her! I thought she had this great personality that was spunky, cute and full of life.
I was so sad to hear that she and Ed had broken up, but I was super excited to find that she is now on Extreme Makeover Home Edition!
I forced my dad to switch between that at the Packers game last night and I was so excited! Turns out she’s a really good designer and has a similar aesthetic to mine.
I’m so glad that she’s hanging around the spotlight for a while longer.
P.S. That show is amazing. It always makes me tear up a bit. The family was in
Friday, November 5, 2010
Despite having to help with the District football events on both Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, but I don't even mind. My friend from high school works with me so we usually spend the whole time just laughing and poking fun at our Canadian friend.
I'm planning on attending Denver's Night at the Museum's. I really want to go to the Botanical Garden, but there are so many Museums to visit, I guess we'll see what happens.
Just a few things to share with you to start the weekend off right:
A Beautiful scene here
Words to live by here
With the Hills canceled at least we can see Kelly Cutrone on Dr. Phil
This has been on my mind a lot, especially No. 29
My cousin is studying in the UK right now, how jealous am I?
What kind of Mrs are you, I'm Mrs. Taurus.
I love my pixie, but sometimes I miss long hair.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Now with baseball season at a close I have determined that I should probably move to a place where you can enjoy baseball year round. Remember this?
With the current state of the Broncos season, I can tell that it is going to be a long, cold, sad winter.
P.S. in case you were wondering, my brother Justin is forever 1-for-1 against Tim Lincecum, and my brother Jeff was college rivals with Sergio Romo (Romo's a homo chants and I go way back).
Monday, November 1, 2010
While working out keeps those days where I can't seem to control a craving in check, I've noticed I've become a bit lax in my eating habits and something has got to change. Worst time in the world to make a change like this is right around the holidays.
So dear delicious bread that my co-worker made, and pumpkin bars sitting at my house, you have no pull over me anymore.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I'm not sure who to expect to win this game. Both aces will be pitching and if Lincecum is on, he'll be difficult to face. Plus only one Rangers player has ever faced Lincecum in his career, and I have a tendency to believe in great pitching over great hitting.
But with Cliff Lee throwing for the Rangers, it's a bit of a toss up. Lee has been virtually untouchable this post season.
I'm excited to see what will happen, although I won't actually be able to watch it - state field hockey.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Life threw some curveballs my way and I'm scrambling to take care of things now. We shall see what happens.
In the meantime I would like to share this with you, a dear friend sent it to me to brighten my day and I hope it does the same for you.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I'd like to think I have pretty good style, but I'm not incredibly trend. I kinda do things my own way, while working a classic look with an eclectic flair (if that at all makes sense...). But my dear friend Larke is a fashion student and she just returned from New York for a magazine internship, and she invited me to attend a fashion show with her.
She went to fashion week while she was in new york (where she saw a designer that I recently fell in love with, WHIT) so she's pretty much an expert, but I'm a newbie. No clue what to wear or how to act. It should be interesting.
On a baseball-related side note, I'm not at all surprised with what happened yesterday. I think today's matchup will be interesting with Lincecum and Halladay facing off. I'm going with the Phillies and Halladay on this one. I'll take giants in game six though.
Happy day before Friday!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Can’t say I’m not happy about it! I think the Yankees will put up quite a fight against the Rangers today, but they’ve got CC pitching. Not that he was all that impressive in his last start, but the Yankees did manage a late-inning rally for the win.
With Teixeira out, it takes a lot of power and consistency away from the Yankees offense, plus he’s a gold glove first baseman.
I’m anxious to see what this game brings. I just don’t think they Yankees are just going to roll over and take a loss, the Rangers will have to fight for it. Despite lackluster pitching and Teixeira’s injury, the Yankees have the mentality of a championship team so they’ll keep fighting.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
From weddings to birthdays to hipsters and baseball, this weekend had it all.
I took most of Monday off of work to have lunch with Janessa before she went back to Austin and she introduced me to Watercourse Foods, a delicious vegetarian restuarant in Uptown. This place was great from someone like me (you know, someone who doesn't eat meat) but it is great for meat eaters too.
It was super delicious! I had a veggie reuben sandwich with tomato coconut curry soup and quinoa salad. Loved it.
I'm pretty sure it was a hipster gathering place.
I love being able to discover new places in the city. I love Denver! Then I discovered they also own a pizza restaurant in Capitol Hill and I can't wait to go there because pizza is my fav.
I wish I had pictures to show you, but I haven't downloaded them from my camera yet... too busy trying to catch up on sleep.
Friday, October 15, 2010
This new little cafe opened up around our corporate campus and I decided to check it out for lunch. It was a very interesting experience.
Cafe 180 is a community kitchen. Here's the mission statement:
"CAFE 180, recognizing our universal appetite for delicious, nourishing food and social connectedness, is dedicated to eliminating hunger and social barriers associated with food by feeding all people regardless of their ability to pay, in a dignified and respectful manner"
First off, it was delicious. Great little atmosphere, my co-worker and I sat in the sun room with window open to the rest of Broadway. The pizza was delicious! Natural, organic, locally grown... Can't beat that.
You determine the amount you pay. If you can't pay then you can volunteer.
After a little internet research, I learned it's based off the model of the SAME Cafe in Denver and is involved in a little community of One World Everybody Eats. These community kitchens are starting to pop up around the country and even Panera owns one.
There are some really amazing people out there who are striving to make a positive impact in their communities.
Here's to spending the weekend running around in fabulous fall outfits! I will be enjoying as much warmth as I can before winter sets in.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Rangers all the way baby!
That’s the way I’ll be cheering this post-season. It will be interesting to see how the Rangers matchup again the Yankees. Talent-wise they should be pretty even, although I think I’d take the Rangers pitching over the Yankees. But the advantage that
I still like
As far as the Rangers/Rays matchup I got to see a pretty good game. David Price threw well, and most of the runs were allowed because or mental errors. The Rangers exploited those errors and played aggressively. Did anyone see Vladdy score from second on a ground out? I’ve never seen him run like that.
The Rays couldn’t produce any type of run support. The bats were doing much and Cliff Lee was dealing. He made a lot of those batters look like high school players. They didn’t know what to do… just swinging at everything and then watching third strikes.
Anyway I’m excited for the Championship Series to begin, which won’t be until Friday. Does anyone else have a problem with the amount of time they take between series? These guys play every single day during the summer, but then they need this much time between series???
The NLCS doesn’t even begin until Saturday?? I’m sure it’s about ratings but still, I’m annoyed.
Also, Ranger celebrate with Ginger Ale, that’s awesome. LOVE Josh Hamilton.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I'm predicting quite a battle between both of these teams. They both have a lot of talent and there will be two great pitchers toeing the rubber tonight.
This is what makes October baseball so great. It would be great to Texas move on and make it all the way to the World Series, given the management issues the team had during the first half of the season, plus who doesn't love Nolan Ryan.
Then there's the Rays, who are the saving grace of the AL East. They knocked the Yankees out of another AL East Championship and the Red Sox out of the post season completely. I would love to see the Rays to become perennial competitors, and challenge the AL East's deep pocket ownership who ruin the game for everyone else.
I can't wait to see what happens. I'm even skipping my class at the gym to be able to watch this game!
Monday, October 11, 2010
I hope everyone is having a good Monday and I hope you'll have a good week.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Every team I want to win is losing. Some due to bad calls, some due to bad play. It's sad.
I have sought solace in my non-sports related interests and would like to proclaim my love for Mondo on project runway. At first I liked him simply because he's from Denver, but I love his personal style and the clothes he designs!
Photo from The Fabric Lab.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I'm not cheering for any particular team, but I really don't want to see the Yankees or the Phillies in the World Series.
I'm a little sad that the Rays and the Rangers are facing of in the NLDS because I would be happy with either team advancing to the World Series... I love what the Rangers have done despite the issues in the front office, but I'm a sucker for David Price.
We'll have to see what happens.
Monday, October 4, 2010
I took this photo of the field at the last Rockies home game. (I regularaly take photos when I'm at games and send it to the rest of my family, to make them jealous).
And these are other random baseball field photos I took from this summer that I haven't deleted yet.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t live here for such a long time, or if it is because I hold onto my first impressions (judgments is probably the more appropriate word but it sounds harsh, maybe I deserve that though), but I find myself thinking everyone fits the exact same stereotype that they did in high school.
Another friend of mine and I were talking about how we hang out with people from high school that we weren’t friends with in high school and about how different we were back then versus who we are today.
I am not the same person I was then at all. Not that I didn’t like who I was then, but I’ve matured and grown, and quite honestly I barely even look like I did in high school. The difference is enough that mere high school acquaintance will barely recognize me.
If I can have such a dramatic change from high school to today, why is it that I doubt that no one else might have changed? It took a girl that I barely knew in high school telling me how different her sisters are from the people they were in high school, for me to realize that it was ridiculous of me to make assumptions about who she is today because of who she was when she was 16.
I felt terribly guilty when this realization hit me. I am going to try to avoid those assumptions and attitudes toward people I knew practically a lifetime ago. I am going to let go of high school grudges (and who knows, maybe I’ll be really mature and even let go of recent ones as well).
I just don’t see the reason to assume that someone isn’t capable of change, and I feel that every one deserves a shot and changing from who they were. I would hate for someone to dislike me now because of who I was then and I don’t want to do that to anyone else.
Perhaps this is a naïve notion, but I’m willing to give it a shot.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I feel like there is a balloon inside of my head that is trying to expand but my skull won't let it, creating an intense amount of pressure below my eyes and right at my eyebrows.
I'm hoping it has to do with allergies, but I just checked all the allergy forecasts and the levels are supposed to be low. Perhaps it is the dramatic climate changes.
Anyway, I'm rockin out to Jess The Facts right now.
I dig it. If you like hip hop you'll like it (and by hip hop I mean Run DMC and A Tribe Called Quest, not what you catch on the radio these days, with the exception of Kanye who seems to be going more this route recently).
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I don’t mean to be that person who is jumping on the new group bandwagon. I don’t typically like those types or people. I just wanted to tell you that I can’t get enough of this song right now. I loved it the first time I heard it and listened to it for about a week straight, then barely listened to it again. I set my iPod on random yesterday and this is what came.
I love how this song fits any mood I can possibly be in. It just makes me want to move!
Friday, September 17, 2010
People are always agonizing over change and I’ve never really understood it.
I think that deep down I’m a restless soul. I can’t sit around for too long and I can’t get too complacent in life.
College was ideal for this. Just when I was sick of the same classes, the work group, my roommates, anything that became routine, it was a new semester and I began all over again.
Real life doesn’t always allow for constant change. Although I have moved three times and another move is on the way, I go to the same job every day and I do the same thing everyday, just for different people.
There is no real problem solving, no great strategizing, not utilizing my skills with a fresh new conundrum every week. I’m bored.
I’ve been craving a change. I think that’s why I ended up cutting my hair. However satisfying it was, it was a temporary fix for a grand craving.
I need change.
Monday, September 13, 2010
There's bills to pay, 401k's to sign up for, insurance companies to deal with (which I dealt with ALL day) and countless other items that I've encountered and tried to handle like an adult.
For the most part I feel like I'm playing the role of "the adult." I find myself thinking, "Am I really dealing with _______?" Insert any adult-like topic and I've probably thought it a time or two.
What I find myself thinking tonight, "Am I really dealing with this stupid drama again?"
I remember going into college thinking I was so glad to be done with the drama that came with high school, who stole so-and-so's boyfriend and what that girls said about the other girl and who won't be nice to the girl that doesn't fit in our "group", and it went on and on at DCHS and probably every other high school in the world.
But different drama came with college (please keep in mind that I went to BYU so pregnancy scares and sleeping with friends boyfriends didn't exactly occur, at least for me and my friends). Who got kicked out of their apartment for what, who likes who in the ward, what that girl said about me to my friend, who broke up with whom, she dated him and now she's engaged to his best friend/brother/roommate/mission companion... I think I saw it all and then some.
Then I start hearing the drama that surrounds my mom's friend's lives, or my friend's family ward, or my aunt and her friend, or my cousin's friends, my distant relatives, my friend who moved across the world, or my dear sweet random almost cousin but not really even through marriage (not to be confused with the other cousin that I just referenced who isn't really my cousin either we just say that).
My point is that we don't outgrow drama. The topics of drama change and grow as we get older because the interests in our lives change, but I'm now convinced that it's everywhere, there's no escaping it.
Tonight I found myself in a drama-filled situation, where I even said "This is so ridiculous I feel like I'm in high school."
In my mind I blamed the other people involved for the drama, clearly I was an innocent bystander. Nope, I wasn't I was actively involved in creating the drama in my life.
After cleaning up the mess I helped create, I was talking to my friend about it (this is where the drama begins... I need to keep my mouth shut and my thoughts to myself). She said that she was so over everyone and their behavior.
Knowing that she was all talk (actions speak louder than words my friends) I spent a lot of time thinking about how much people talk about drama in their lives.
I don't know a girl (and I say girl because a lot of guys just don't care enough, drama takes a lot of energy) who doesn't talk about how she's done with drama. Then said girl runs off and actively participates in creating drama in her life.
Well, I'm making a change. I don't have to add to the drama of the world by engaging in drama-filled discussion. I'm keeping my opinions to myself and I'm staying out of it.
I've made my peace and I'm moving on. I will be getting my drama straight from the Kardashians and whatever ridiculous reality show E! comes up with.
I choose to channel my energy into something better, I will no longer actively engage in drama.
P.S. yes I realize this is a rather dramatic post but I had to get it off my chest without creating more drama.
P.P.S. I don't meant to sound self-righteous or preachy. I just don't want to put my energy into it any longer. Do what you please in your life, I am not about to judge you or your drama. Let's be honest drama keeps life interesting.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I love the beginning of football, you know before it gets freezing cold.
I just thought I would share these two little thoughts with y'all.
Friday, September 3, 2010
I’ll try to snap some pics at the Sportscastle. People have been camping outside for five days!
In my meeting this morning we learned that the Sportscastle will have 1,000 people through the door in the first 15 minutes! It's been going on since 1954. Crazy.
I’ve got a busy weekend ahead of me and I can’t stop thinking about the Taste of Colorado!
So please enjoy this Sniagrab commercial and think of me when y’all have a three-day weekend.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
I feel guilty.
At one point in time this blog was completely dedicated to my love of sports and my outlet for writing about collegiate, professional and high school athletics. It’s sort of morphed into a “this is what’s on my mind today and I hope all 15 people who read this like it” kind of blog.
So, I feel the need to comment on BYU’s independence. And in case you live in a non-sportscenter world, BYU announced that it would leave the Mountain West Conference following the 2010-2011 year and go solo. Meaning the non-football sports will join the WCC and Football will remain independent (I’m still not sure what is going to happen to softball and track…)
Google it and you’ll learn all the details.
Here’s what I care to share about this:
- I am looking forward to some friendly competition with my family members (ahem, Justin and Eddie) when BYU goes head-to-head with the Fighting Irish six times in eight years.
- Holy ESPN!
- I miss press conferences, I miss writing, I miss knowing stuff before it becomes public knowledge and dealing with nosey media members.
Side note: I’m worried about suffering through October, I only remember how to live in Rocktober and unless there are some major offensive changes on the road I’ll be in October.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I feel like the summer has just flown by. Despite it being my first summer without a “summer break” I’ve had a fantastic summer.
I hate to see the summer fade away, but I love fall clothes and colors!
Here’s a peek at what I’m lusting after:
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I’ve been doing a lot of yoga lately. I love it.
Despite contorting my body into some of the most uncomfortable positions, I always feel strong and grounded after I do Yoga.
Last week someone asked me why I enjoyed doing yoga so much and I’ve been thinking about it all week.
I love how much focus it requires to remain balanced, and I love taking a pose a bit further and achieving a new level.
I love how self-aware I am after an hour of yoga. The teachers are bound to say something ridiculous and occasionally I’ve had to work with my “third eye” and I really have no idea why I want to center my hands through it, but they also have a lot to say about your place in the world and the importance of owning your position in the world.
Y’all know how much I’ve been obsessing over Eat, Pray, Love, so I wanted to share this with you:
"Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it."
- Elizabeth Gilbert
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Work has been SO busy this week!
We’ve got one of our biggest weekends of the year next week (Snigrab) and it makes a lot of additional work for me. Nine special event locations!
Today we are taking two hours of work to celebrate the opening of our new concept store SA Elite (check out the Web site, it’s pretty cool).
The party will be a much welcomed break, aside from the fact that it will put me another two hours behind.
I hear this is how busy my position is until January… oh goodie.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
My mom’s husband, Cris, took a position with the Spurs so they are in the process of moving to San Antonio.
Cris is already down there and my mom will hit the road once her house is sold.
I’ve been mooching off my parents since June, so that means I’m going to have to start paying rent and turn into a real grown up.
I’ve got most of that part figured out – now the payment for the last three months of my life rent free – helping the house get ready to sell.
There’s a lot to do!!!!!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I think my mom and I had the perfect day.
We went to see Eat, Pray, Love; which wasn’t as disappointing as most movies turned books are (they stayed true to the story and Julia Roberts was fantastic). I've been craving margarita pizza since the movie though, I should work on that.
Then we ran over to the cheesecake factory and grabbed two sliced of cheesecake. We got them to-go and went home and I enjoyed the masterpiece that is the Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake on the porch.
It was quality time with my mom, quality food and we enjoyed the early evening weather that makes
I don’t think much is going to change. My body is used to not having the sugar and I would like to keep it that way.
Now if only I could kick this diet coke habit…
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Originally I was going on a sugar detox for 21 days, I’ve always heard that’s how long it takes to break a habit. For good measure I decided that four weeks was a better and Saturday will be four weeks!
Now, I haven’t been perfect, but I’ve been REALLY REALLY good about it.
I decided that I would break the sugar detox with a visit to the cheesecake factory and it’s all I can think about. I will be eating a Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake on Saturday afternoon and I can’t wait.
I can practically taste it now…