I'm a little behind on the blogging, but I wanted to post some pictures from the party we had for our good friend Maggie who moved to D.C. We decided to go with an independence day in December theme. I'd say the party was a success... For the food we picked Americans favorites. We had an appearance from Betsey Ross, as well as the president's/coaches wife. We even had Americas favorite housewife come (Missy Todd) as well as Americas favorite siblings (Annie and Brock).There was pre-party stretching and splits getting ready for the America song themed dance party. We miss you already Maggie. Can't wait to visit you in the land of the brave and the home of the free.
After three long and for the most part fun years I have decided to make a career change. I'll be moving on from the wonderful world of CB Richard Ellis. I started at CBRE when I was just a little career baby, right out of college. It's been a great job and I've learned a lot. I'll be starting at Goldman Sachs on January 3rd. I'm excited for a new challenge. Here's to a new year of change and hopefully prosperity. I hope to have a better fortune this year, referring to this post I wrote last year. Oh and I almost forgot the best part... I have two weeks off in between jobs. It's a real Christmas Break again. It'll be like I'm reliving my school days.
I'm beginning to think I should call my blog the accidental accident blog. Why? I'll tell you why... BECAUSE I'M SO ACCIDENT PRONE. Let me back up here. I adapted this thing from my friend Mel called tri-fecta Saturdays. This is where you participate in three different types of activities on any given Saturday. For those of us who work full time we have to get as much in as we can on our Saturdays. Anyway yesterday to start of the tri-fecta I met up at Snowbird with these cats:
Then after I got back from skiing etc. I went climbing at The Front. To top of the tri-fecta Saturday I went to a birthday party (which happened to be a dance party). I decided to wear these shoes, which happen to be my favorite lately, because they look like a flat boot, but they have a secret hidden wedge heel.
Well after being at the party for about a hour and a half I decide it was time to go dance. I start dancing and within a minute I rolled my ankle which dropped me straight to the ground. I would be lying if I said it wasn't super embarrassing, but it was hilarious. I walked out of the dance room doing the pain laugh, you know the one you do when you're in a lot of pain, but you're trying to pretend you're not. This is what I woke up to this morning.
SWOLLEN ANKLE... My point of this all is I don't get hurt skiing, I don't get hurt climbing, but I get hurt wearing hidden heels on the dance floor. Hey, at least life is pretty entertaining for me. Here's to tri-fecta Saturdays!
Disclaimer: This is going to be a serious blog post. If you’re not in the mood for anything cheesy or mushy, please come back for the next blog post, but these are my thoughts lately. .
Life has been interesting the past couple of weeks. About a week and half ago I was involved in a serious car accident. First things first I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but here’s the truth. I’m very lucky to be alive after such a serious accident. Second, I am even more lucky that I wasn’t seriously injured, or really injured at all for that matter. Besides some whiplash and a few bruises I came out of the accident alive and well, which I am very grateful for. I used the word luck above, but I need to give credit where credit is deserved. I know that I was being watched over from up above and it wasn’t just luck that saved me. I couldn’t help but think of who was watching over and protecting me in that moment; maybe sweet Ali, or Grandpa McElhiney. I may never know who it was, but I am certain it was the will of God that preserved my life that night. The craziest part of the whole thing is that the accident lasted longer than most, so I actually had the time to think “this is it... my life is over, this is how I’m going to die.” I’ve never actually had a moment like this before, and it’s pretty crazy if you do actually live through it. It’s sad that sometimes this is what it takes for us to open our eyes to our life. I feel like I’ve been given a second chance (this could be my third or fourth... it’s been a crazy year), but I know there’s things I need, and get to accomplish in this life and I’m excited to see what’s in store for me. Sometimes it’s experiences like this that get us thinking about the real meaning of life and what is important and what should be important, versus the things that we sometimes think are important that really are not important. There are always things that we can improve on and I’m glad to have the opportunity to become a better person. In the article “How Will You Measure Your Life?” Clayton M Christensen wrote “Don’t worry about the level of Individual prominence you have achieved; worry about the individuals you have helped become better people. This is my final recommendation: Think about the metric by which your life will be judged, and make a resolution to live every day so that in the end, your life will be judged a success.” This article was written by Clayton M. Christensen and can be found in the Harvard Business Review. You may also click this link to see the whole article. http://arikjohnson.posterous.com/how-will-you-measure-your-life-by-clayton-m-c it is very inspiring, so if you have the time you should read it. I want to thank all of my friends and family members who have touched my life. I’m grateful to have such amazing people in my life. I’m also grateful that I’m here to share this season of life with you.
Here’s a picture of the car this is the back perspective underneath the semi truck. I didn’t get any other pictures I was too in shock at the time to think about it, but this will give you an idea of how serious the accident was.
Side note: You may be wondering why the title of this blog post is Baby Angel. It is, because Annie started calling me Baby Angel since the accident... I sort of like it.
The iPod has revolutionized the way we listen to music. With the uprising of the iPod came the downfall of something that is now what I call a lost art.What is this art form you might ask?What I’m talking about is the CD Mix tape.(yes I know it’s not really a tape, but I just like that phrase). I feel like the youth of today are deeply deprived of something amazing. They don’t even realize what they’re missing out on. I don’t get it... what do they do now days? “Hey plug your iPod into my Macbook Pro I have a mix I want to share with you?” hmmm seems strange, to be honest I feel bad for the youth of today for this reason alone. I found my old CD case you know one of those big ones stuffed to the brim with 4 CD’s per pocket.I started looking through the case and remembered the hours on end my high school friends and I would spend making a “new mix”.Once the new mix was made you’d put it in your CD player and listen to it over and over and over.Maybe this is why I have so many songs from the early 2000’s memorized.Well blogging world, get ready for what’s about to hit you, because with the “new mix”, also came a fancy name you had to write and decorate on the CD.I was hysterically laughing as I was looking through my CD’s and wanted to share some of the names with you.Disclaimer:Please do not judge me I was in high school a lot has changed since then.Second disclaimer:the list below portrays actual spellings from the mix tapes I know I spelled them wrong.I just thought it was cool to use x’s in place ck’s and stuff like that.
It's Nacho Business
Time to Get Down
Our Chill Mix
Giddy Up (some sort of lame country mix)
Once In a Lifetime ( love mix duh)
Pool Side Mix
Sexual Chocolate (infamous amongst the high school friends)
It's All in The Lyrics
Hot T's and Gummy B's
Slow Your Roll
Bust a Move
Sassin It Up
Spring Break It Up
See Ya In 2 Mix (A mix for someone leaving on their mission?)
The You Fell For Me Mix
A Mix That Kix
Romantic Smooth Grooves
Just in case you were wondering, none of these mix names are copyrighted you may use any you see fit for your iPod playlists. I will also hold hope that the CD mix tape will make a comeback, let's just hope it's not as big of a disaster as Brit Spears comeback in 2007 things really haven't been the same since.
Hey... WHOA get your mind out of the gutter. I'm talking about the Dirty Dash, the 10K team mud run/obstacle course I participated in a couple of weekends ago. If you did not do it this year, you should do it next year. If you're expecting a hard core race this is not for you. This is for those of you who want to have a good time running while getting REALLY dirty at the same time. I think the pictures say it all.
Our Team Before:
Our Team After:
Faces of The Dirty:
Babes of The Dirty:
Overall I give the Dirty Dash two enthusiastic thumbs up! Hope to see you on the course next year... I'll race you down the slip and slide.