Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Next Tuesday, April 6th, my bestie Brie is going to have a gathering of friends and loved ones in order to honor the life and loss of her baby girl Kendall. We are going to release white balloons; pure, whole, angelic in her memory. It is amazing to see how many people are there to rally around her, letting her know how much we all love her and Kendall.
I am so proud of her for taking that step to face the pain of her loss and turn it into something freeing and healing. For those of you who have walked my journey with me over the last year and a half, you know that I have struggled to find a way to tribute and memorialize my daddy. I have spent more time trying to accept and deal with the injustice and cruelty surrounding his death that I have neglected to celebrate his life. I hope one day to be able to have my own "official goodbye," but I am feeling so grateful that I get to take a small step in that direction by holding the hand of a friend I have pretty much adopted as a sister while she bears her pain, takes a deep breath and lets the string fly.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Momma

She's Mine!!!

Well... not until some indeterminate time on Thursday.
Some nice person is going to put her in a box, then in a vehicle of transportation (car, truck, train, plane), make its fine way to Utah...
Then she will meet my very very sweet mailman, short shorts and all and
find her way home.
Here... With me.. Where we shall share stories and pictures and lullabies.......

I cannot wait to meet her...
But I won't put mangos on her.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Restaurant Rules

I just thought that today would be the PERFECT day to give you some insider tips.. (that is sooo sweet of me right?)...
It was while I was working the Front Desk tonight that I realized that people don't really know the rules of how to behave when going to a popular restaurant on a Saturday night.
So, I'm feeling up to sharing.
By the way, all of these have made this list because of some guest I encountered tonight who unfortunately didn't know these secrets.... Don't fall to the same tragedy.

1. As we don't EVER take reservations, don't bring 28 people for your party and then expect to sit together in the next 45 minutes. Would you be able to do that ANYWHERE???
2. When you see the little peeps in white sprinting back and forth between the building and CurbsideToGo parking spots, don't call inside the restaurant swearing because you don't have your food yet, wondering "where in the world it could possibly be." Our employees are NOT Olympic sprinters, and YOU CHOSE not to get out of your car to come inside to pick it up.
3. The Cheesecake Factory is, in fact, a restaurant... NOT a bar.. So while we highly encourage embarrassingly noisy Happy Birthday songs, we do not need 4 minutes of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow", "Hip-Hip-Hurray's" and other pub renditions sung by 20+ drunken friends. (party size is unfortunately no exaggeration)
4. Bringing 14 of your girlfriends to a bridal shower dinner is a GREAT idea. However, waiting almost 3 hours to sit down to then just order WATER... is more than a tad weird. "Dinner" did seem to be the key word... but...
Apparently you need to be adequately hydrated to open gifts... So confusing.
5. If we make accommodations for your party in order to get you seated faster (even if that means sitting in back to back booths or adding a chair at the end of a table) please bow and give endless praise to your Front Deskers. They probably just saved your hungry ass over an hour. Name-calling is slightly ungrateful.
6. Hovering over families sitting at our Bar High Tops, anxiously waiting for them to get up so you can sit next, is to be expected. Standing so close that you can basically smell the man's sweaty cologne and asking how every bite of his dessert is will probably make them eat slower... Thereby extending the time before you can sit.
7. We are the only Cheesecake in the state and one of the only restaurants that stays open late on weekends, so please don't be surprised that we still have a wait at 10:15pm. Everyone needs food. So, please put your angry eyes away, pick your jaw up off the floor, grab the pager we give you and enjoy your company in our lobby for a few minutes before the feasting begins.

Most likely there were more unfortunate offenders; but my tired little brain is having a hard time remembering the hilarity you brought to my life today.
Consider yourself saved.

Friday, March 26, 2010

741.69 Miles Apart

Last night I went to bed happy, curled up warm with a great book after a decent day,
and a juicy episode of Sober House with Dr. Drew! Love
I remember thinking that "THIS is the best way to end a Thursday"...
until I saw this.
This morning I woke up to the sun (that soon turned into DUMPING snow) and my smiled while sipping my amazing coffee on my way to work.
I was more than pretty pleased with the way it was looking.
I worked a double today and got home and saw what I actually missed this morning.

This precious Sleeping Princess
and this handsome Snoozing Prince

Who both greatly needed their Royal Sleep as they got to play on their new swing set today.

All in all, today was a pretty good day,
but I got to have an unexpected glimpse of even more joy that I am missing out on.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Holy Osmond

After the death of Michael Bryan, the Hollywood world has been watching his mom Marie Osmond; wondering and admiring her strength, her courage to continue on with her daily life and job. I can't imagine the pain that she has been going through, but I can't help but marvel at her ability to trust in the Gospel and the Lord's ability to take care of His children.
This was an article written by People Magazine. I am so glad that Marie and her family have been able to find love and gratitude in the middle of their loss. I still struggle to find that same gratitude, even after all this time. It strangely gives me motivation and hope that I can find my own definition of peace and closure.

Oh and the Hymn they sang, is one of my favorites... even when taken out of context of a funeral.

Marie Osmond Joins in Solemn Final Hymn for Her Son
By Elizabeth Leonard
Monday March 08, 2010
Marie Osmond Joins in Solemn Final Hymn for Her Son | Marie Osmond

MIchael Bryan's funeral


Marie Osmond had not planned to speak at her son Michael Bryan's funeral.

But as the service drew near an end Monday afternoon, she stood and addressed hundreds of mourners at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel in Provo, Utah, who included her show business brothers, seven surviving children, and one unexpected invited guest: the biological mother of Michael, who was adopted.

"I'd just like to say thank you to everybody," she said. "As you see I have amazing support from great men, my family, my brothers. God was very wise when he put me into a family with honorable men because they have served as examples for my children."

And so, Osmond, 50, said she wanted to use this occasion of horrible grief to "honor my children."

"I'm so proud of each and every one of you," she said. "I'm proud of my son and I honor his birthmother who's here today, who gave me the greatest gift. Thank you for those beautiful 18 years."

Marie then joined all of her brothers in singing the closing hymn, "God Be with You Till We Meet Again."

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tracy's Twin

I found her...

I am NO racist, but I do greatly appreciate watching these videos of hilarity. I first fell in love with Tracy (New Coping Skill post), but finding this video made my day. I honestly doubt that me as a ghetto whitey could get the same reaction as this girl.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

From the Point of the Mountain

Dear Coffee,

I love you.
You make my mornings shine brighter.
My grouchy face disappears in your presence.
With you in my life; I laugh louder, skip higher, sing sweeter and smile my life away.
Thank you for all you do.
You bring great joy to my life.
I'll see you again tomorrow morning.
Forever Yours,