Friday, March 30, 2012


I had a meeting with an admissions adviser this morning with the Professional MBA program at the University of Utah. This program is one I could do while still working full time, since classes are in the evenings and only twice per week.

I've only started to look into it in the past few days, but I really feel like it would be a huge step in the right direction for me, and open up a lot of doors for me in my career. It's a two year program, and costs $48,000. Did you know grad school is that expensive? Because I had no idea.

Anyway, there are two start times, one in August and one in January. I was hoping for August of this year, but it turns out the August cohort meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. My boss said he was ok with the idea as long as I was still available for Tuesday City Council meetings. So it looks like it's the January cohort for me. I'm disappointed about that, but at least I now have some more time to prepare for and take the GMAT, and decide if this is really the best option.

One of the questions on the application asks you to tell something unique about yourself. Okay. That is a tough question. You don't want to sound like a crazy person, but at the same time you don't want to be just another sheep in the herd. My first instinct was to say something about how I got married at 18, after my first week of college classes (maybe it would impress them that I still graduated with a double major, magna cum laude?). What do you think? Would that be weird?

Here's a picture of the child bride:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

bucket list

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Found this little gem from Honest to Nod via Pinterest. While it is obviously intended for families with children, a lot of the ideas look really fun! I might just have to check a few of these off this summer (what do you say, A?).

Here's what else I'd add:
  • Twilight concerts
  • hike
  • walk the neighborhood
  • Swiss Days
  • 7 Peaks
  • State Fair

What's on your list for summer?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

looking forward.

I heard a story on the radio the other day about Facebook and self esteem. Basically it was about how people who post negative or "glass-half-empty" status updates have fewer Facebook friends and less positive feedback ("likes").

This didn't surprise me much, in real life most of us enjoy being around positive people, so it only follows that the same thing goes in the imaginary world of Facebook. I would imagine there is a similar dynamic in the blogoshpere. It's not that fun to read poor-me posts. So I'm resolved. To be more positive in the real world, and the virtual ones I participate in online.

I find that I do well when I have something to look forward to. I write little countdowns in my planner, "Only three weeks till ___________!" Hunger Games was a big countdown event. I loved it. Here's what I'm looking forward to now:
  • Attending Women's Conference with my sisters- and mother-in-law in April
  • Having surgery on my foot in May (maybe not so fun, but definitely a life event! and it will come with a week off of work)
  • Our annual trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons in July
  • A taking the summer off from school
  • Seeing Wicked with my mom and sisters in August (so excited!)
  • Celebrating 5 years married to my best friend in August
  • Possibly a trip back to Germany for the Euro version of the show we went to in Argentina, in September

Monday, March 26, 2012

this is how we do SLC.

Here are some photos of our awesome weekend staycation downtown. Not pictured: Hunger Games Thursday show, Jazz game, chocolates from Rocky Mountain Candy Co., street musicians, running into friends in City Creek, tents in Gallivan Plaza, etc.

riding on the train
view from our room at the Marriott
halibut at Copper Onion
pork chop at Copper Onion
strawberry grapefruit basil sorbetto at copper onion
looking down the street at City Creek, so windy!

sunset at City Creek, so beautiful

breakfast at Wild Grape

I had french toast with apples, hazelnuts, and cream cheese

Sunday, March 18, 2012

(more) thoughts on pinterest

Here's a list for you, things I'm not interested in on Pinterest:

  • tattoos (unless they are of Dorothy Gale)
  • quotes
  • scrapbooking page layouts
  • exercise stuff (I don't appreciate the skanky pictures that usually come with it)
  • alcoholic beverage recipes
  • pictures of Channing Tatum or Ryan Gosling (don't judge, but I've never seen "The Notebook" and now it's become a sort of accomplishment)
  • most crock-pot recipes, especially those involving cream-of-something soup
  • most parenting stuff (mostly I've found people don't like it when you give them parenting advice, when you yourself don't even have kids)
  • makeup tutorials (because let's face it, I'm probably just going to do the same two-tone eyeshadow thing I always do)

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Saturday, March 17, 2012


I know, I've been missing in action. You may not have even noticed. It's because, well, aspects of life are not really where I want them to be right now, and that makes me feel like I don't have things to write. Don't get me wrong, there's still some great stuff happening over here, like birthday breakfasts and thrift shopping with my BFF Trisha, seeing the Muppet Movie (!) with the husband, warm spring weather and the return of the evening walk, no-sugar March and resulting loss of lbs., the impending Hunger Games movie release, snowboarding adventures (and bruises), and more. Sometimes I just have to remind myself that life is GOOD, and that there are things about my life right now that I will miss in 5, 10, 20 years. Maybe even in one year, who knows.

And here's the thing of it. While some things may not be exactly what I want them to be, other things are better than I could have ever imagined. I've been married to a wonderful guy for almost five years, and though things are not always perfect, they are pretty great almost all of the time. I have family who is loving and supportive, and so fun to spend time with. I have great friends that listen and care, and that I'm resolved to call more often. And really, when I remember these things, the other things seem less important. I just need to remember a little more often, and blog a little more often.
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