30 November 2009

The Garden State

so starting next week I will be working on a client out in New Jersey. now this is not New Jersey across the river New Jersey. this is big time, real New Jersey. like take the NJ transit more than an hour into NJ. honestly-i haven't heard wonderful things about NJ. most people say it and wrinkle their nose. since that is going to be my work home for about 3 months i decided to do a little NJ research via wikipedia...
A few fun facts about NJ:
  • It's the most densely populated state in the US
  • Jersey oak has been used extensively in ship building
  • The median household income is the highest in the US but Newark is the 4th poorest city
  • The drive-in movie, the ice cream cone, and the zipper all originated in NJ
  • There are more diners in NJ than anywhere else in the world
  • NJ state slogan: "come see for yourself"....why I think I will...thank you very much

I will be commuting approximately 2.5 hours each day, by train, to reach Piscataway New Jersey and I'm in search of some good train reading. now that I'm done with the CPA I can read an actual book without feeling guilty that I'm not studying Becker (and hopefully after scores are released I can keep that up and not have to study again...). any train reading suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

29 November 2009


i know i'm a few days late but i'm still thankful for...

my family...my parents came into town this weekend and wow it was great to have them here! i am so grateful for their unending love and sacrifice for me. i can't wait to go back home for a couple weeks over the holidays. AND i get to talk to sister!! ah! these must be the longest 18 months of my life...

my friends...oh my goodness. my friends are seriously amazing. i am so grateful for their love and support. i don't know how i got so lucky to have such great people in my life!

my job...so far (and i know it's only been 3 months-3 slow months at that) i really like my job! i am so grateful to have such a great job right now. we'll see if i still feel that way after busy season...

my Savior Jesus Christ...i am thankful for His sacrifice for me. i am so grateful to have the knowledge of the gospel and for all of the blessings that it brings to my life.

i just love thanksgiving and the coming of the Christmas season!!!

16 November 2009

A letter to Jamie

Dearest Jamie Cullum,

Please send Amazon UK more of your CDs so they can send mine out. I want it. Now.

Kind regards,

14 November 2009

Thank you hunter wellies for making my day in the rain much more pleasant.

04 November 2009

A change in career?

today i was a teacher. don't worry-i'm def not planning any career changes anytime soon. work has been pretty slow so caroline and i decided to volunteer to teach a junior achievement course at a public high school here in the city. today was our first class.

we're teaching at an "inner city" school (at least i think it's inner city...definitely more inner city than Skyline...) and i had visions of the type of inner city schools you see on tv-complete with gangs, drugs, and unruly scary teenagers. when we first got there we ended up trying to go through the student only entrance. it was complete with id card scanners, metal detectors, those people scanning rod things (have no idea what they're called) and x-ray machines to put your belongings through. it looked a lot like going through airport security. when we finally got to the correct entrance we had to go through the same process and check in. it was definitely different from my high school...

i have never taught anything. ever. not in church. not at school. so i was worried. luckily it turned out i was worrying about nothing (as is usually the case). today's lesson was on budgeting. junior achievement has a great lesson manual and actually has pretty much everything you need to talk about written out word for word. after going through the beginning part of the lesson, we decided it would be more fun to just go to the game part of the lesson. surprisingly the kids actually got into the game and really played it! i think the kids enjoyed a break from the normal school day and we had fun teaching!

can't wait to go back for round 2 in a couple of weeks!