Sunday, December 21, 2008

White Christmas? No thanks.

All over the country there are reports of airport closures, record snow falls, even snow in places it doesn't usually snow. I was just checking out to see how cold it will be when I fly home to Salt Lake City in a few days, and I was not happy with the forecast.

Current SLC conditions: 25 degrees, but feels like 14. Snow showers are predicted for the next 6 days of the week.

DC's current weather: 32 but feels like 21. No snow forecasted.

Let it be known that I hate snow. Which brings me to my next thought...

Tallahassee, Florida: On Christmas it will be a sunny 79 degrees. No snow. Ever.

Last Christmas my family flew to the Gulf Coast to spend Christmas with me in Florida. We rented a cute, little beach house on the Gulf, and enjoyed white sandy beaches, dolphins splashing in the waves, alligator boat tours, and building sand castles. While the rest of the country got blasted with snow, we were enjoying peaceful, sunny blue skies, completely snow free.

This year, it is a different story. We are back to the traditional Christmas of going home for the holidays. I fly home on Wednesday, where there will be LOTS of snow blanketing the ground. Perhaps there will be a Christmas miracle, all the snow will melt, and I can once again enjoy a sunny Christmas. I can at least hope, right?

So, in honor of a once warmer time, just a year ago, here is a fun video summarizing our Christmas in paradise...

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 8, 2008

The Candrians Go to Washington

This year my mom put me in charge of writing our traditional family Christmas letter. They're always so boring and predictable (the letters, not my family), so I thought I'd spice it up a bit and write it newspaper style. Amy is also posting this to her blog. But granted the subject matter, you really can't post it enough. Enjoy.

The Candrians Go to Washington

By: Andrea Candrian
Candrian Family Staff Writer
Sunday, December 4, 2008; Page A01

WASHINGTON, DC – It would seem that fate and the East Coast would collide in 2008, bringing together, once again, all the children of Mike and Joy Candrian.

You may recall, Brittany was the first to make the move to Washington, D.C., back in 2005. Rob and Lorena followed close behind in 2006. And this year, Andrea and Amy caught Potomac fever too.

First, an update on Rob and Lorena: they are busy preparing for a big move overseas. This next summer they’ll pack up their belongings and head to Stockholm, Sweden, where the State Department has given Rob his first assignment. They’re both busy learning the Swedish language and keeping in shape. Much of Lorena’s spare time in 2008 was spent bike racing. You can check out one of her races on youtube: Rob couldn’t let Lorena have all the fun staying fit, so he trained and did his first triathlon. Sorry, no video available.

Brittany and Brian are still living in Richmond, VA, just a few hours south of D.C. Brittany landed a job in Congressman Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) district office in Richmond. She occasionally gets to head back to her old turf in D.C. for training on Capitol Hill. She couldn’t be happier. Meanwhile, her husband, Brian, is busy pulling teeth. He has a year and a half left to go in dental school at VCU before he can officially be called Dr. Richman. Anyone need a root canal? Brian needs some practice.

As for Andrea, she’s slightly regretting her move to D.C., now that the weather has gotten bitterly cold. She ditched her CBS reporting gig in sunny Florida this spring to pursue a press job on Capitol Hill. She now works for Senator Bennett (R-UT) as his Deputy Press Secretary. All you Utahans can rest assured that the Senator will be getting only the best news coverage on how your tax dollars are wisely being spent.

Amy graduated from Brigham Young University in April. She didn’t want to be the only Candrian kid left back west, so she too headed to D.C. She interned with the American Diabetes Association this summer. That led to a full-time job at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where she now works as a program assistant in the office of HIV/AIDS. She’ll be headed to Africa sometime in 2009 for a business trip. Amy has discovered that post-college life, aka growing up, is slightly overrated.

“Do I want to stay on the East Coast,” Amy questioned. “Nope. I’ve lived in California, and that’s the funnest place I’ve ever been.”

Mike and Joy wouldn’t mind it if their youngest moved closer to home. They, of course, aren’t really enjoying life as empty nesters as much as they thought they would. In 2008 they made four trips to D.C. to visit their children. While it’s not likely they’ll be moving there anytime soon, they’re realizing their West Coast blood is running a little thin these days.

“I miss my kids,” Mike and Joy are constantly heard saying. Joy is spending her lonely hours perfecting her oil painting skills and working for an architecture firm. Meanwhile, Mike continues working for the church, keeping up on the latest novels, and jogging on a broken foot.

If you’d like to join the Candrians, and millions of other Americans, at the Inauguration in January, give any one of them a call. They insist they'll give you a good rate on a place to stay.

Who knows where the Candrians will be a year from now? They’ll keep you posted. For now, they wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best in 2009.

You can reach Mike and Joy via email at or

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fifth Folder, Fifth Picture... Kind of

My best childhood friend, Tiffanie, "tagged" me on her blog. I always think it's annoying when people blog just because they were "tagged," but since I am not much of a blogger... I might as well write about what she wants me to... so here it is... the fifth picture in my fifth folder... and also one of my favorite Florida memories.

Yes, this is what you think it is... a real Civil War reinactment. One of my friends from Florida, Michelle, took me to this in Olusty, Florida, near Lake City. It was one of the FUNNIEST things I have ever seen, although it was meant to be really serious. There were bleachers set up so people could watch... and much to my shock, the crowd started roaring when the Confederates came out on the battle field. When I scoffed at what was happening, I was told the crowd also cheered when the Union came out... but I didn't hear it. Nor do I believe it. You've got to love the South.

Tiffanie also tagged me again... something about 7 things... we'll see if I get to that one. Probably I'll find something else to blog about. No more tagging.

Also... I haven't actually told anyone about this blog... except Tiffanie... so if you're discovering it, it's all on your own. Welcome.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Digital What?

Last February I did a series of stories on the Digital Conversion taking place in 2009. It was an interesting topic to dig into. I interviewed a lot of fun people, including experts on the conversion, as well as senior citizens who were nothing but confused. The basis of the conversion is that, by law, all TV stations have to get rid of their analog signal and switch everything to digital. It will allow TV stations to broadcast a better picture with less interruptions, as well as broadcast more information on a smaller bandwidth. It's said to be pretty remarkable when all is said and done.

You can check out my stories at under "Digital TV Switch Headlines."

The conversion is pretty confusing to a lot of people. And as well as I may have explained it in my stories I'd have to say this one sums it up even better...

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Life is Funny...

This moment in my life seemed so long ago. I look so smug, like I knew exactly what I was doing, where I was going, and how I was going to get there. It's funny how only months later everything is completely different. Now, I'm not doing anything close to what I had planned, and I have no idea what I'm doing and I'm completely clueless why I ended up here... far away from my dreams. Life is funny.

I've prided myself in my single, young-adult, careless, independent life in having adventures. The "adventure" I'm currently partaking in has seemed to hit a lot of bumpy roads, but it is an adventure nonetheless... and I'm sure it's far from over. Perhaps I'll start taking this blogging thing more seriously so I can share my random thoughts along the way...

Friday, February 1, 2008

The Countdown...

Well, I still haven't figured out how to post pictures or anything else on this blasted thing... but text. So, good thing I like to write. And good thing you like to read (I assume).

I've been feeling very reminiscent this week about my time here in Florida. I absolutely love it here. It's gorgeous... and there's no better feeling in the world than knowing it's 60 plus degrees outside when it's snowing and below freezing in the rest of the country. Who wouldn't like that?! Anyway, I've been compiling a list of all my "Florida moments" in my head about why this place is so great, and what I enjoy about it. One day, I'm going to collect them all and make my "Florida moments" into a video. And then when I figure out how to post something other than text on this blog, then you can all see it.

Anyway, I'm starting to realize that my time here is limited... although, how limited is uncertain. I've been applying for jobs... news and non-news. I told God it was up to Him. I'll be fine either way. Although, I think I may feel like part of my identity is missing if I have to switch careers. But I'm sure it will all be for the best. Here's to whatever that is...