Wednesday, August 26, 2009


I have brown hair now. I needed a change.

Sorry I don't have a picture.


Over the last several weeks I have been working on catching the mice that seem to think that my house is their house.

I have now caught seven.

I have released one, killed 5, and left one alive outside on the trap for some other animal to get. The larger forest animals are probably lurking around my house since I keep throwing mice (dead and alive) outside.

To Mary Beth

This is my dear friend Mary Beth . . . affectionately known as MB. We came on full time staff at the same time and immediately were good friends. We lived life to the fullest this past year. We went on many adventures together, ran many miles together, enjoyed a lot of coffee and tea together, made snowmen together, ate many meals together, read together, had hours and hours of conversation together, talked in our sleep to each other, made "would you rathers" together . . . and just generally lived and loved life together. We had a blast. Sadly, she moved away on Sunday, but happily . . . she is going off to do great and exciting things with her life! And we will still have many more adventures together and continue to share life together for many years to come!

If this were a toast . . . now would be the time I would ask you to raise your glass. "To Mary Beth!"

Friday, August 14, 2009

1 Year/6 Months

This week is my one year anniversary in my job as the Development Assistant. It's definitely been good and bad, but overall a good year of acquiring new skills and experiences that would go nicely on a resume. Perhaps I should update mine now. Anyways,I feel that my job has a lot of different aspects to it, and now that I've been through every season and event . . . I think I am well equipped to do a better job this next year. Here's the top 10 job highlights of my past year of being on full time staff (in no particular order)

1. Writing and editing for the Hume News
2. Traveling and staying in hotels
3. Learning to do event coordinting
4. Working on Country Fair with Suzanne
5. Putting together reports on tons of different things - finding new facts from my research . . . which represents real people and real money.
6. Getting better rates on Vision Dinner room rentals than past years. (We've saved hundreds of dollars!)
7. Being successful in soliciting donations for Country Fair (Disneyland tickets, In-N-Out gift certificates, Build-A-Bear gift certificates . . .)
8. Getting a clothing allowance and getting clothes embroidered so I don't have to wear my polo everyday.
9. Working with Tyler. We're very different and work very differently . . . but we learned to work really really well together.
10. Learning new skills

So yeah . . . good stuff.

And by the way . . . Nathan and I had our 6 month anniversary too this past week. We spent it driving in the car. Which is always fun :-)