Thursday, August 30, 2007

We are easily entertained

Zach was home on Wednesday night so we spent the evening playing in the backyard with the dogs.

Sydney LOVES playing in the water. She likes to practice her sweet acrobatic skills and is hoping to audition for Cirque du Soleil.

Parker hates the water and tries to hide.

He does love the water inside the house, though. He refuses to drink from a bowl like a common animal and pouts outside the bathroom door until we turn on the faucet for a drink.

What a city dog.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Oprah: Eat (pray, love) your heart out

About two months ago my good friend Teri invited me to join her fabulous book club, made up by many of my fellow SoTro neighborhood people.

Some of our book club members

Tonight I hosted our meeting and we discussed the book "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert. If ever there was a book with an adorable cover, this is it. I did not, however, love the book itself. Most of our book club did, though, so don't let me discourage you from checking it out.

A quick overview: It's the true story of the author's journey as she divorces her husband, leaves her NYC home and finds out more about herself by living in Italy (eat), India (pray) and Indonesia (love) over one year. She discusses what she learns from each place and its culture.

We had pizza from the best pizza place in SLC (in my completely objective opinion), Z Pizzeria, and everyone contributed additional delicious items, including the lovely Indian treats Sonia shared with us.

Susan was so thoughtful and even brought me a hostess gift. Who knew that you could get a gift just by having some great girls over for treats, wine and a fun discussion? Book club, where have you been all my life?

My hostess gift. Thanks, Susan!

It was a great night. Four bottles of wine + lively discussion, pizza, treats, gelato & full moon = One perfect evening.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Better than that time I was a telemarketer

When I was in college I decided to major in public relations. I knew that I had to have a job that I enjoyed. I didn't want to commit 40+ hours a week wishing I was doing something else. Lucky for me, I was able to do a PR internship a year early to figure out if that was the career for me. And I found that it was.

Since I'm a news and magazine junkie, working with reporters all day is a great gig for me. My favorite part, though, is that since I've had such an interesting menagerie of clients I've gotten to do some pretty cool things and learn about topics I NEVER would have known about otherwise. Like when I spent two days with Miss Rodeo America (she let me wear her cowboy hat), wrangled fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger for interviews, learned how to milk a dairy cow, ate sushi with Robert De Niro, filled in for an allergy-stricken TV camera man, pretended to fit in with Vogue Magazine editors (I'm from Price!), found out how to make an 800-pound butter sculpture or cruised the Caribbean in a former Columbian drug smuggling boat while a client was island shopping in Belize.

This week, though, I was able to do something really amazing that I'll remember for a long, long time. I heard about Brittany Gonder through Rebecca, who happens to be one of Brittany's trainers at Total Health & Fitness, and thought she had a great story I'm sure others would find inspiring. Brittany has worked so hard to lose about 90 pounds this year. A huge feat for anyone. But Brittany's husband has been deployed in Afghanistan for 14 months, so talk about stress. I'm sure that I, instead of dropping a Nicole Richie, would have done some serious damage on every root beer float in the valley. Brittany let me pitch her story to the Salt Lake Tribune's fantastic reporter Jennifer Barrett and also to KSL-TV. While Brittany's husband Zane was away, he didn't have any idea of what Brittany looked like--she was keeping it as a surprise.

I was able to go to the Salt Lake Military Air Base on Thursday and be there with Brittany and her family when Zane and the other troops got home. I have never been to anything like that before so I wasn't really prepared for how emotional it would be. Hundreds of the soldiers' family members were there waiting for their heroes they hadn't seen for more than a year. I can't imagine going that long without seeing my husband, dad or brother and knowing all those months they were smack in the middle of harm's way.

I'm really grateful Brittany invited me to be a part of this day. She really inspires me. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Friday, August 24, 2007


So I think I've done a great job of convincing my friends to start their own blogs. For instance, see here and here . I decided that maybe I should start my own, too. Except I just realized something: I have nothing to blog about.

So for now, I leave you with a picture of my dogs. I hope the popularity of this site doesn't crash the Internet.