Sunday, November 30, 2008

Updated blogroll!

Today I finished updating my blogroll. I put the list out there with a little shyness because now you'll know A) how much time I spend (waste?) reading blogs (people, I use Google Reader so don't judge me) and B) how many people I spy on. On this list are people I know and love, people I knew in a past life and now just blog stalk and some strangers whose lives I find fascinating for some reason. Wondering the breakdown? I have 136 blogs on my list, I know 93 of them personally (this life or a past one), 8 I've met through someone else and 35 are strangers.

For those of you wondering who's new to the list, I've included the newcomers below. Since blogger limits the width of my post and I'm pasting from Excel there are a few addresses that are incomplete. Think hard and I'm sure you'll be able to figure most of them out.

NameAddress
(No) Sex and the Citymormoninmanhattan.blogspot.com
A Little Sussynicolehill.blogspot.com
Aaron and Heidiaaronandheidi.blogspot.com
Alicek[i]ndalicedewitt.blogspot.com
Andrewwww.drop30pounds.com
Anne with an 'e'mrscropper.blogspot.com
Ashlee and Kippthechambersfam.blogspot.com
Badger and Famjandjtieman.blogspot.com
Bakerellabakerella.blogspot.com
Being Frugal is Fabulousfrugalisfab.blogspot.com
Blue Lily Photographybluelily.squarespace.com
Bowdy and Stephaniebowdyandstephanie.blogspot.com
Brady and Laurenbradyandlauren.blogspot.com
Brandon…being funnythewisecracker.blogspot.com
Braun and Tarathueson.blogspot.com
Brooke and Edwardmartinfamnb.blogspot.com
Candice and Davearchies-candice.blogspot.com
Casey and Lesliecaseyandleslieanderson.blogspot.com
Chris and Andreaacrawford2.blogspot.com
Coop and Mandimandicooper.blogspot.com
Cy and Whitneycyandwhitney.blogspot.com
Danielledanielleboz.blogspot.com
Darin and Kalidarinandkali.blogspot.com
DeeDeelifeasiknowit-d2.blogspot.com
Design Momdesignmom.com
Designerellathedesignerella.blogspot.com
Dustin and Lisadustinandlisa.blogspot.com
Emmaemmafarmer.blogspot.com
Eric and Natalieenmealey.blogspot.com
Erick and Jennerickandjenn.blogspot.com
Food for Thoughtwherefloursbloom.blogspot.com
Formerly Phreadformerlyphread.blogspot.com
Gigglepotamusgigglepotamus.wordpress.com
Gladegladecox.blogspot.com
Goin' Crazy, Wanna Comereyfamnews.blogspot.com
Good Mommyhttp://goodmommybadmommy.blogspot.com
Greg and Michellegregandersenfamily.blogspot.com
Hair Todayshedoeshair.blogspot.com
Hannahhannahfarmer.blogspot.com
Heissatopiaheissfamily.blogspot.com
HellomynameisHeatherheatherbailey.typepad.com
Jamesperspicaciouspirate.blogspot.com
James and Susandreamplanter.blogspot.com
Jedwww.jedivie.com
Jennifer and Dustinthezellerclan.blogspot.com
Jill and Seanbilliej.blogspot.com
Joel and Kristinepincockbears.blogspot.com
John and Karajohnnyandkara.blogspot.com
Jonnothingevergoesasplanned.blogspot.com
Jonathan Canlas Photographycanlasphotography.blogspot.com
Juanjhpmusic.blogspot.com
Juliann Wheeler Photographyjwheelerphotography.blogspot.com
Justin Hackworth Photographyjustinhackworth.com
Katie and Chadrillalev.blogspot.com
Kent and Camdenkentandcamsfam.blogspot.com
Keriann and Bradbradandkeri.blogspot.com
Kevinkevinmarcswiss.blogspot.com
Kevin and Janaekevinandjanae.blogspot.com
Kristyn and Kevinkmead.blogspot.com
Kyle and Katefamiliacampbell.blogspot.com
Laurenlauren-farmer.blogspot.com
Life is Wonderfulla-lifeiswonderful.blogspot.com
Little Shop of Shavslittleshopofshavs.blogspot.com
Little Travelersthelittletravelers.typepad.com
Lizzy Writeselizabethbryant.blogspot.com
Lucky Red Henwww.luckyredhen.net
Mandidouglassbasics.blogspot.com
Marcus and Jennymarcusandjenny.blogspot.com
Matt and Shannongraham865.spaces.live.com
Michellewhereflowersbloom.blogspot.com/
Mimimcdonaldfam.blogspot.com
Mind the Gapchristopher-clark.blogspot.com
My Right Brainheidisdeepsecrets.blogspot.com
Nie Recoveryhttp://web.me.com/andrewtbagley


Orange Drum Photograffitimonicaefarrar.blogspot.com
Our Best Biteswww.ourbestbites.com
Paul and Jennapaulandjenna.blogspot.com
Photography by Emilyrelivingthemoments.blogspot.com
Poop and Boogiespoopandboogies.blogspot.com
Randi Davies Photographyrandidavies.blogspot.com
Sarah Jane Studiossarahjanestudios.com
Savvysavvyrees.blogspot.com
Scottyikbo.wordpress.com
Scott and Carol Deckersccsdecker.blogspot.com
Scott and Chelseyscottandchelseybell.blogspot.com
Scott and Jennscottjenwilson.blogspot.com
Stacey and Tylertous-en-selle.blogspot.com
Steph and Randyarchibaldpost.blogspot.com
Steph and Robroblovessteph.blogspot.com
Team Awesomelaterkater-teamawesome.blogspot.com
The Bingham Diariesthebinghambabes.blogspot.com
The Good Applethegoodapple.blogspot.com
Trevor and Hollytrevorandholly.blogspot.com
Wendywendywking.blogspot.com

I know that some people may be creeped out by finding their blog on my list (hopefully only those I don't know at all!) and if that's the case let me know and I'll take it down immediately.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

My goal for the upcoming year it to build or buy a house. I haven't done so previously because the commitment terrifies me but I think I'm getting over that and might be ready to take the leap. That being said, I'm taking baby steps toward my goal by purchasing the house things I'll need when I move in. This time of year brings pestering calls and emails from my mom asking for my Christmas list so I'm posting this for her and so I can keep a running list of things I see and like.

Parker Bowls from Crate and Barrel
Nine Piece Glass Bowl Set from Crate and Barrel
Melamine Bowls, White, from Williams Sonoma 2 ChaCha Pitchers from Crate and Barrel
Pampered Chef Food ChopperBlack and Decker Handy Chopper Plus Mincer/Chopper
Zing Glasses from Crate and Barrel - 16 Highball, 8 Double Old Fashioned

Rustic White Dinnerware from Crate and Barrel
  • 16 dinner plates
  • 16 salad plates
  • 16 6.25 diameter bowls

9x13 Pans - 4Cookie Sheets - 3

Pan Set from Costco



I watched this today and I cried. And felt even more grateful for all my many blessings, including the ability to help others in their time of need.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Harvest at Thanksgiving Point

I have been a long time non-lover of turkey. I've never hated it, but I also haven't liked it - it just tastes like plastic to me and who likes eating plastic? My mind was changed however with a visit to Harvest at Thanksgiving Point where I had a hot brown. I'd never heard of such a thing, but I LOVED it. I also loved the restaurant - the food is amazing (rock shrimp nachos are to die for) and the atmosphere is great. It would be a great place for a celebratory meal, or as Mary used it, a lazy Saturday lunch on your way to shopping in Salt Lake.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A great place for me

About 6 weeks ago I realized that the small hole I felt in my wisdom tooth was growing so when I went to see Jack at his dentist appointment he made sure I talked to the dentist. I've always heard that Hammond & Ellis (http://www.hhsmile.com/ or 801-374-0070) is a great practice but since Chad Ellis is the brother-in-law of our CEO, I dismissed the praise. When I visited Jack in Chad's office I was skeptical but figured that A) Jack is the pickiest person I know and he drives all the way to Provo to see Chad and B) this was my chance to see if Chad is all they say he is. And that's where this love story begins. Based on my experience that day I made an appointment to have my wisdom teeth pulled and Chad is now my dentist. Hammond and Ellis far outperforms any service industry experience I have had anywhere - including restaurants, spas, salons, etc and here's why:

  1. They got me in for an appointment when I went to visit Jack and they made it seem like no big deal.

  2. When I went to fill out my new patient paperwork in the waiting room Chad, THE DENTIST, came out to meet me.

  3. After I finished filling out my new patient paperwork they took me right back to the examine room, brought an assortment of magazines (all the latest editions) and water on a silver platter. Yes, a silver platter.

  4. I receive a text message and email reminding me about my appointment and I can respond to the email to confirm I'll be there.

  5. Patients are greeted AT THE DOOR by a dental assistant who immediately escorts them to their examine room and stays with them until the visit is complete. When a patient leaves the assistant walks them to the front door.

  6. The dental assistants are normal people with great conversation skills - I actually enjoy talking to them.

  7. Chad is exceptionally nice. When he pulled my wisdom teeth he walked me all the way to my car. Yes, I call him by his first name. It just feels right. I hope he doesn't mind.

  8. Chad doesn't force his treatment plan on anyone. In fact, at my last visit he told me that he sees himself as an advisor. So far his advice to me has been right on.

  9. Chad cares about is work. When I told him that I did have a little swelling after my teeth were pulled he was bummed out for half a second.

  10. The practice cares about patient feedback. When I filled out an online survey after my second visit and indicated that I had to wait for the appointment because I was early, CHAD called me on his way home from work to find out if there was anything he could do improve my experience because he thought I had provided negative feedback. When we were chatting I gave him a suggestion on improving the emails from his practice and the next day the girl in charge of their email campaigns called me to figure out how to make my suggestion work.

  11. Every person working in the office is ultra-nice. They look you in the eye and say hi, even if you've never met them. If they do know you they call you by name most of the time. I've had this experience and I've only stepped foot in the office 4 times. I'm not sure how they remember who I am but it's impressive.

  12. They have snacks in the waiting room. Since I've never spent any time there I've never had any but it sure seems friendly.

  13. You get a $30 gift card for being a new patient and for every new patient you refer. We're not talking lame "one size fits all" gift cards - there is a long list of good (Nordstrom, PF Changs, etc) businesses to choose from. If you decide to give them a try be sure to mention my name. I only shamelessly promote businesses I feel strongly about but if this happens to get me a gift card, I'll take it.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Twilight

I saw Twilight on Friday night and thought it was great. The characters met my expectations, I was as swept away as I was by the book, and I even liked Edward, which was unexpected. Until I saw the movie pictures like the one below did not match the image I had of him in my mind...now he matches perfectly.
My best advice to anyone that hasn't seen it: don't go in planning to be critical. Sit back, enjoy the movie for what it is, and you will be swept away too.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Curly Girl Design

Another great find in Jackson Hole was greeting cards from Curly Girl Design. I ended up buying 9 because I loved the message on all of them. Aren't they just perfect? You can buy the 2009 calendar here.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

I love any product that makes my skin look glowing (note: NOT sparkly) and in the winter I swear by my Shimmer Brick from Bobbi Brown. The come in several different shades so I definitely recommend visiting a Bobbi Brown counter in order to determine which is best for you; if you have my coloring pink seems to look good. I usually use it to highlight my cheek bones, tip of my nose, and chin but my latest trick is using it as eyeshadow. I use the lightest shade just below my eyebrow and a darker one on my lid. It adds just enough color so I look "done" but isn't so bright that it takes a lot of time to apply. Plus, it's great when I travel to only have to throw one compact in my makeup bag.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The consequences of working for me

I consider myself a pretty good boss - not to be cocky or anything, I just think I'd like working for me. One of my favorite things about being the boss is that I can do crazy things with my folks, all in the name of teaching important lessons, improving morale, creating unity, etc.

I think it's important that my managers share major life events with me and with each other so that we can either support or celebrate as the situation dictates. I don't mean the intensely personal life events, just the kind that are appropriate for the workplace like birthdays, new babies, etc.

I recently had 3 managers who decided not to tell me that it was their birthday. The consequence? My lovely assistant, Cheryl, sent invitations to my managers...

and all 9 of us went to Boondocks one Friday afternoon for an afternoon of bumperboats...game playing...

balloon animals...

prize winning...

and a lot of silliness.

We had a great time and I *think* they learned the importance of not keeping secrets. We'll see if it sticks.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Lait Corporel

In Jackson Hole I bought this lotion from the cutest stationery store called Paper & Grace. I've seen it all over the place for a couple of years and think the packaging is so darling. It's made by Compagnie de Provence and all of their products are equally as stylish.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Walls

“Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want something badly enough. They are there to keep out the other people.”
~Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture


Have you ever had to fight really hard to get someone to let you in? It's always worth it and this quote summed up the experience perfectly.

Wisdom teeth

2 weeks ago I had my wisdom teeth pulled. I know what you're thinking...it just hasn't been a good year for my body. Getting my teeth pulled wasn't that bad, I wasn't in too much pain and seem to have healed nicely. This was taken the day after surgery - see, not too much swelling (but yes, a lack of makeup and weird hair).



The best part of getting my teeth pulled? Tara came and took care of me for 2 days so I didn't have to do anything for myself AND I got to spend a lot of time with Darci. Isn't she the cutest? Seems like just yesterday we were having a baby shower and celebrating her birth.

Me and Celine

On Friday 3 exciting things were supposed to be happening...


1) Alicia coming

No James this time, I just liked this picure.


2) Alicia, Ashley, Tara and I going to dinner in Salt Lake...



3) and then going to...

None of it is happening because Celine has a sore throat and canceled her show. Seriously, does she know how excited I was for it and how my ONLY life regret is not seeing her in Vegas? Apparently not because if she did she would not break my heart like this.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fall bedding

Remember when I asked for your opinion of this Pottery Barn bedding? Thanks to your positive feedback I bought it and I love it. It's not on my bed yet, but I smile every time I see it. James, stop judging me. One day you will love seasonal changes of bedding.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Jackson Hole - Amangani

In Jackson Hole we stayed at Amangani, the only Aman resort in North America. It is AMAZING...if you ever go to Jackson Hole and have some extra money to spend on your hotel experience this is the place to go. The entire place feels like a spa (think lemon grass scent everywhere, low lights, and quiet voices) and is just the most lovely place to be. It's so lovely we had to force ourselves to leave the hotel to see Jackson Hole - we would have all been happy to stay inside for 3 days!

The hotelThe restaurant
The bar

The lobbyThe bathroom
The bed The deck The sitting room The view from the room
Sunset from the room

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Jackson Hole

Mary and I, along with her sister Barbara, went to Jackson Hole this past weekend for a 3 day girls spa trip. We had such a great time together - thanks girls for joining me for an adventure! We hiked a little...

shopped and walked around the town...enjoyed the wildlife and the scenery...
ate amazing food...
and just had a really great time hanging out!