Friday, September 5, 2008

Surprise Phone Calls

Emely, Sara and I at the Glendale YSA Conference a couple weeks ago.

This was last photo taken before getting SUPER SICK. I was sooooo sick! After A LOT of praying Saturday night, I was able to finally get a couple hours of sleep, get ready for church in the morning, and take 10-15 minutes to prepare my RS lesson before I had to give it. The lesson wasn't that easy either... it was on "Words of Hope and Consolation at the Time of Death". Thankfully I had prepared a little by emailing 3 close friends about their recent experiences and had those printed out. I wanted die while giving the lesson, but I made it through fairly well and went home to crash on the couch for the next 3 days. No joke. I went to the doctor after having a 101+ degree temperature for 4 days in a row. When I got there, I just cried. At this point I hadn't eaten or had anything to drink in over 72 hours. He told me to go straight to the ER to get some fluids in me. I honestly didn't have the strength. I barely made it home. Kami came over and brought Gatorade. It was my saving grace. Slowly I went back to work and got over this craziness.

Then I got a phone call. And a voice message.

The CDC wanted to talk to me. Huh? And the LA County Health Department? It seems that my lab results came back positive for Salmonella poisoning. No wonder I felt like crap. Literally. :) I spent over 45 min on the phone with the CDC answering questions about anything and everything you could think of. There's a 72-hour incubation period before symptoms show. So now I get to go back and figure out exactly what I ate that week and where. Then the County Health Department came to my house. Wow, who knew I was so important? Surprisingly, my doctor was the last one to call and tell me what was going on.

It's sad when the state and federal gov't has faster response times than my own personal doctor. And I pay extra to have a PPO. Hmm.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Summer Office Party

My summer office party was last night. I've worked at many places and been to many summer parties, but this one doesn't even compare. E! definitely knows how to throw a party! It began with an order of 200,000 Krispy Kreme donuts for breakfast, Pink's Hot Dogs for lunch, an incredibly tasty catered Mediterranean influenced dinner, about 10 open bars (stocked with diet coke, thankfully, and 'round-trip taxi vouchers for all employees), and ended with live music performances from 7:30pm-2:00am! This was an employee-only event--no guests allowed. My friend Shana works in the twin building across the courtyard from me and she sent me a text message yesterday afternoon wondering what was going on. Sorry Shana! (Hope you had fun watching the concerts from your balcony!) Her office building wasn't even allowed out of their front doors! Security stopped "outsiders" at every point... checking for the coveted little green wrist bands we were all given to attend. One of the funniest parts of the night was watching the security "standing guard"--while dancing the night away!

Clinton Sparks DJ'd all night and N.E.R.D. (Pharrell Williams' band) was the headliner. Sean Kingston--famous for "Beautiful Girls", Colby O'Donis--“What You Got" featuring Akon, and Ray J--"Sexy Can I" all performed too. It was pretty fun and wild. Our CEO told us not to show up to work today before 11am... needless to say... it was a quiet day at work. I'm assuming Advil sales were at an all-time high at the grocery store across the street.

I can't wait for the Holiday Party!

My office front courtyard turned concert venue

Amanda and I--we sit right next to each other and have the same last name!

My coworkers and I

I loved the decor

Sean Kingston

Colby O'Donis

Ray J


*I saved these videos at a very low-res... maybe I'll reexport better versions later.

Wedding Weekend!

Amy and Justin got married last month! Their reception was beautiful and the company even better. Chris came to visit from TX for the wedding, so we had to celebrate all weekend long. It was slightly fabulous. We have another friends' wedding coming up in October... will we see Chris again? We'd better!!!

Danny Doom

Danny is our beloved friend and we recently celebrated his birthday... Danny Style. Traditionally, Danny sings the Gloomy Birthday song to each of us for our birthday's, so we decided to do the same for him. The JCrew added a special verse for Danny and it turned out to be a great success. Notice the lovely design Josh made with the candles.
Happy (Gloomy) Birthday, Danny! And congrats on finishing the Bar Exam!


I've officially finished the domestic and international campaign I've been working on. YAY! I can't tell you how happy I am about it! We even celebrated at work! Well, I lied... I celebrated the end of Pamelaland... at a co-workers birthday. Here are a two photos I took through my car window.

Don't Smoke.

The Body Worlds exhibit at the California Science Center continues to enthrall me. This is the second one I've attended and I can't wait for the next. It's a science exhibit of the human body and all its many parts, but they're plasticized... it's pretty much amazing. The show is moving to SLC from LA this month, so if you have the chance to go--definitely go, you won't regret it. The smoker's lung has got to be the most persuasive reason not to smoke. NASTY!