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Random man on the neighboring treadmill, after observing me reading a school book while power walking:

"Wow, I can't get my students to study or exercise, and you're doing both! I'm so impressed!"



My New Years Resolutions for 2008 were to make 2008 The year of Travel, and to lose weight/work out regularly (original, I know).

I was successful in one of these, in 2008 I managed to travel a lot. I visited 11 places (New Orleans - twice, Frisco, San Antonio, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boulder, Salt Lake City, Hartford, Mystic, Providence, New York City) in 8 states (Louisiana, Texas, New York, California, Utah, Colorado, Connecticut, Rhode Island). I managed to add two new states to my "visited" list (Connecticut and Rhode Island) and also made it to one international destination (San Pedro, Belize).

I loved every trip I took and love everybody I traveled with/visited dearly, but I think the highlights were (in no particular order):

Frisco - it's not so much the place I enjoyed, but I had my first Parrothead tailgate/concert experience there and it was AMAZING.

New York - this vacation could not have been more fun, and I could not have had better company than two of my best friends from college, Jo and Ally. The 24 hour trip home left something to be desired, but it wasn't enough to ruin it for me, that's how good that trip was!

Connecticut/Rhode Island - we picked where we were going on Friday, and left on Saturday. We were there as fall was hitting so it was gorgeous, everybody we met was really nice, we ate a lot of fabulous food, and we covered 2 states in 2 days. It was everything I had hoped a spontaneous trip to someplace random would be.

San Francisco - the weather was amazing, I saw my sisters, everything we did was fun and everything we ate was delicious.

The second resolution I failed miserably at. I ended 2008 30lbs heavier and more out of shape than I started it. Not good.

Coming soon - My resolutions for 2009!


Since my last post the following has happened:

1. I have a boyfriend. His name is Don.

2. I went trick-or-treating with Patty, Raul and their kids for the third year running. Niko said "Clare, can you come trick-or-treating with us ALWAYS?". This made me melt, I really love those kids.

Patty, Chachi (the yellow power ranger) and me.

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A while ago, there was a... herd? collection? group?... of goats that appeared to be living in the covered parking lot of my office building. Not living there by choice, they were in cages, and for a while a pen type thing. Some ladies with lawn chairs and blankets seemed to be babysitting them. We never figured out why they were here, and one day they weren't here any more.

The goats appear to be back...

Three things

I ate far too much at lunch and I'm not quite ready to start work yet. I took this from Jenny.

Three About Me
Three Jobs I have had in my life:
1. Kids Club attendant
2. "Ice Cream Lady"
3. Receptionist

Three places I have lived:
1. Windermere, England
2. Salt Lake City, UT
3. Cambridge, England

Three TV Shows that I watch:
1. Gossip Girl
2. Beverly Hills 90210 (2.0 - possible blog with thoughts on it to come)
3. The Soup

Three places I have been:
1. Pompeii
2. Stonehenge
3. a volcano in Arizona

Three people that e-mail me regularly:
1. People at work needing me to do things 5 minutes ago
2. Victoria's Secret
3. RFP Depot

Three of my favorite foods:
1. Tuna & cucumber sandwiches
2. Ice cream (but not chocolate)
3. Pasta

Three friends I think will respond:
1. You
2. You
3. And you

Things I am looking forward to:
1. Planned Spontaneous Vacation
2. Thanksgiving in Belize
3. England in May


Overheard at the nail salon

"It's like picking a Doctor. If you are getting surgery, would you prefer the Doctor who has performed 100 surgeries, or the one who has performed thousands? That is why I am voting for McCain"



School update and E-dating at its finest

I didn't fail Finance! I got a B after some miracle occurred (or perhaps just approx. 30 hours of all-work-and-no-fun) and I got a 96 on the Final. Wooo!

I did, however, fail Marketing. Say WHAT?! Yep, the C stuck.

I have two years left of school, during which I will take 12 classes. I can not get below a B in any of those classes. The fact that I have so far received 2 C's out of the 6 classes I have taken...scares me shitless. Fabulous.

I'm really excited about the new challenges I am being given at work.

I am not so excited about an annoying co-worker.

I joined e-harmony a couple of months ago (no dates yet, in fact no communicating yet either - it's really doing amazing things for my self confidence, this site. Ugh), I figured why not give it a few months trial. Not like I'm meeting guys any other way at the moment. I am slightly concerned though, because e-harmony seems to think I should be matched up with someone who says things like this in his dating profile:

The most important thing K***** is looking for in a person is:
I can not get along with greedy and selfish people. I dislike stereotypes and think we should give the others their chances before we judge them. I dislike when people compete in everything. I dislike when people hate the good things for the others. Those should know that the blessings of God are endless. I have no place in my life for hypocrisy whatsoever. I respect people for their personalities and behavior not for what they have or what I need from them. I like classy people.

He makes a couple of good points, I suppose. In the most negative way one could ever make a good point. He lost me after that, to be honest...but I'm trying to not be too judgemental and to give everybody a fair chance by at least reading their entire profile. So I read on and he hits me with this gem:

The one thing K***** wishes MORE people would notice about him is:
Being really nice and genuine when they think I am too good to be true

HA! Wow. First, I had to read that approximately ten times to get what he was trying to say. Second, just wow.

Finally, this:

Some additional information K***** wanted you to know is:
I am intelligent but NOTTTT a nerd. I DO not wear eyeglasses. I might be more outgoing and funny than you. According to my IQ, I am one of the top gifted 10% of the population of the world ( you better knock on wood ;) ). I respect other people.

I have no words. Match closed.


My faux-brother's 30th birthday

I met my SLC family and some family friends at the Denver airport, smiles and hugs all around

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Jackie's Treintaneira

The week after Boulder, my friend Jackie turned 30. Monica and I went to San Antonio for the night and we celebrated in style, complete with fabulously tacky centerpieces for the table at dinner, and wands.

I also participated in a kickball tournament last weekend. We lost all three games in the first round, but we had fun and had such an awesome tables/gazebo/snacks/beer set up that one member of another team asked if we were doing brunch. Which we sort of were, if beer and bagels could be considered brunch.


So it looks like I am going to do better in my Finance class than in my Marketing class. Sadly this does not mean that I pulled some kind of miracle move in Finance, it's just that I was 10 minutes late in submitting my last three Marketing papers and the professor chose not to overlook it. Awesome. So I now have a C in a class I should have had an A in (on a course where 3 Cs gets you kicked out, and I already had 1). Fabulous. Somehow I managed to get a 96 on my Finance Final (Still in shock!), so fingers crossed my 'class participation' grade is decent because if so, I'll avoid my 3rd C. For now.

/grade panic.

In other news, I now have almost 3 weeks off! I plan to clean my apartment, do a lot of laundry, sleep late on weekends, spend some time sleeping by the pool...and hopefully see some friends.

At work I've been given a lot more responsibility, I get to help work on a strategic planning effort for a new client. I'm so excited, but also nervous - I don't want to mess up now that I'm finally being given actual interesting things to do.
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

1) Bold those you have read.
2) Underline the books you LOVE (I opted for asterisks).
4) Reprint this list in your own blog.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen**
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling**
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee**
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott**
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll**
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis**
34 Emma - Jane Austen**
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis**
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery**
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck**
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding**
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens**
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett**
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome**
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton**
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery**
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl**
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

33/100 is certainly more than SIX...but most of the ones I've read appear to be the Childrens books. Is that bad?