Friday, October 30, 2009

The Big Apple

So, it's true, this semester I've been super busy. It's probably been my busiest semester so far. It's been super great, and super interesting, and I really like my major. I'm doing my Junior core taking Corporate financial reporting, Financial management, Investments, and Money Banking and Business. They are all extremely interesting. One of my teachers in the first couple days of class told us about a trip the Capital Markets Club takes to New York every year. Me at Grand Central Station I decided I wanted to jump on that boat and go to the New York and learn more about my degree and the things I could actually do with it. I flew out last Tuesday afternoon and arrived late at Laguardia airport. We took a taxi to our Super 8 motel across the river in Queens. Wednesday morning we took the subway to Grand Central Station. It was pretty sweet. There were heavily armed Police staking out the main area with assault rifles. In Connecticut we met with a lot of companies, mostly smaller in size. Some of the things that they did were private equity, private wealth, large cap investments for mutual funds, hedge funds, and fixed income investments. Very interesting, but meeting with companies from 9 in the morning till 5 in the afternoon really makes you tired, especially after going to bed late and waking up early. So we woke up and did it all again the next day, but this time in down town Manhattan. Manhattan at night from our hotel room Most of our activity was at Cerberus, one of the largest private equity firms in the U.S. One funny thing about Cerberus, is that Cerberus is the name of the three-headed dog that guards the gates to Hades in Greek mythology. He makes sure that those that are in Hades across the River Styx can't escape. What does that say about New York? Go figure. The New York Stock Exchange Thursday and Friday were about the same. We met with all of these companies, ranging from small management groups to large companies like JP Morgan Chase, Goldman sachs, Credit Suisse, and Oppenheimer. Most of the time, it was BYU alumni that had made their way to Wall Street giving these presentations. We usually had two groups going at the same time, so I didn't meet with all the companies, somehow I still managed to hear 25 presentations given. The last night we went to some hole in the wall Indian restaurant that dining area had enough room for 3 small tables, and was half the size of our kitchen, but it was super good. Good idea by our Nepalese roommate staying with us. Then we spent some time at Times Square, but all in all, we didn't really have much time to do many recreational things. Camille and I will just have to go back someday. She loves New York. Me at Times Square

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Why Jason Never Blogs Anymore

That darn Junior core has stolen my husband from me.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

An Oldie

I was going through pictures and realized that I forgot to post these pictures from back in late August from "Celebrity" semi-finals at the Scera karaoke contest! Jason wasn't there for me to sing to (it was closing night of "Joseph", which started in about 15 min. at this point), so I didn't win, obviously :) Like many of my sew-the-night-before-and-wear-once dresses, this outfit will also soon be on sale on

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dress Up

I got to put on my favorite dress again tonight and help out with a fundraiser. Good times in that dress. Jason comes home tomorrow! Its been so long. I hardly remember what he looks like. Ok, that's not true.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Baby Come Back

Jason left me yesterday morning until Saturday night for New York City. How rude! He went with the BYU Capital Markets Club and is doing some networking/businessing/maybe-interviewing with over 30 companies. I sent him with the camera, so I'll pressure him into writing all about it when he gets home. I also packed his angry eyes, just in case.

In the meantime, I'm actually getting a lot done around here. I tried a few chocolate caramel apples and chocolate pretzels to give as Halloween gifts, and I'm working on sewing a Captain Hook outfit for my friend, Bill. Gotta hurry, only 9 more days!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Twilight Revisited

I finally finished the Twilight series! (Only 6 months behind the rest of the world) I really enjoyed it! Again, I'm not much a reader, so I was surprised how intrigued I was with it. Throughout the series, I kept thinking about how romantic everyone (including myself) finds it that Bella & Edward will be together forever in the endless state of having beauty, power, and immortality, and I could smugly smile and think, "Ya, me & Jason will have all that too" :) What a beautiful thing, as a member of our Church, to know with certainty that if we live this life to our utmost, in a sense, we will live this life of trials and weak bodies and fears, inevitably experience death, but then go through a process of refining and changing, until we are beautiful and powerful, and we have our eternal companion FOREVER!! I guess I hadn't thought about the beauty of being with someone you love for eternity until I read about it from a ficticious character's personal account! Perhaps Stephanie Meyers was alluding to this celestial marriage thing all along, or maybe I just like sucking out religious meaning from every experience, even a fantasy novel. Needless to say, you can bet your bottom dollar that we'll be seeing "New Moon" the night it comes out, even if it is on our one-year anniversay while we vacation in St. George :)