Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Here's a look back at the 2010 with the Candrian family. Enjoy!
I wish you a very happy 2011!
Friday, December 10, 2010
While I like Washington, D.C. and all the history it has to offer, I've had a hard time loving it. Brittany loved it here so much that I just figured I'd easily feel the same way too. But I haven't. With all the incredible monuments, and never ending historical sites, there's always something to see and do. Yet with all of those exciting things, the one thing that has made me completely happy and at ease here is my job. I love going to work every day engaged in a good cause, working with people who know what I stand for, who have become my dear friends, and who "get it." I love my job because I represent a senator who is well-respected amongst his peers, completely honest to his belief system and represents Utah's values to the very core. Simply put, I like going to work everyday because it feels like home.
The content of his speech speaks volumes about the man's character. He called the Senate an "extraordinary place filled with extraordinary people." He said he learned over the years that there is a significant difference between Republicans and Democrats, but that both are necessary. "They're both right-- that's the thing I have come to understand here," he said. Republicans believe free markets will solve problems and Democrats believe that the government will, and both are right, but he explained that different circumstances necessitate different solutions. And then he said, "But let us understand in the debate, that as we go back and forth between these two concepts, that we do not question the motives or the patriotism of anyone on the other side or within our own caucuses." Putting differences aside to accomplish what was best for America was the essence of his service. You can tune in yourself to hear the rest...
So, what's next for me when Sen. Bennett's office closes for good next week? I'm not sure yet.* But whatever it is, I'm convinced it'll provide me with at least some level of satisfaction, just like being Sen. Bennett's press secretary has done. Every job I've had so far in my post-college life has boosted my character in some way, or strengthened talents I barely knew existed. While part of my sense of "home" in Washington, D.C. will fade as I close the door to Dirksen 433 one last time next week, a new door will undoubtedly open that will provide new opportunities I never thought possible. I love how it happens that way every time. But for now, I'm grateful to have had this opportunity and I will always be proud to say I worked for Sen. Bennett. My life has been forever enriched, even when it's hard to find the exact words to express it.
*In all seriousness though, I will hopefully have a job announcement in the next week or two. I'll keep you posted.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
|The "Waffle House Committee" reunion|
|Ryan, Melissa, me, Nicki|
|Not the Speaker's podium, obviously. But I couldn't resist getting a shot of the Senate seal|
Melissa, made this video of our weekend. I hope she doesn't mind me posting it here. The weekend went by way too quick and I can't wait to come back again!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
This spot is one of the first places I visited when I moved to our nation's capitol two years ago. It's called, "Gravelly Point" and it's incredible! It's a park located directly at the end of the Ronald Reagan National Airport runway. Depending on the direction of the wind, you can either watch airplanes take off or land. Watching them land is my favorite... but really I'm fascinated by either. There's just something about watching the airplanes... and hearing their thunderous sounds echoing through the sky... that puts me in my own tranquil world. I love it. I have been twice in the last four days. Both times with friends I consider dear. And every time I am completely mesmerized; by the airplanes in the night sky, with the lights glowing on the tarmac. And it feels like, if you just reach up high enough, you might be able to touch them as they fly overhead. Every one needs their own little place to get away sometimes. By ourselves, or with friends. And it's kind of a fun idea, to go along with this new theme song of mine, to pretend that they're like shooting stars. Because, let's face it, I bet we all have moments when we feel we could really use a wish right now...
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Independence Day always makes me reflect on why I love America so much. It's hard for me to describe my feelings for this great country of ours. I've had a different vantage point over the last few years on the inner workings of our government that have instilled a sense of hope in me that our country will keep surviving and become even better and stronger than it ever has been, because that's what it has always done throughout its short history. Yet at the same time it has opened up an entirely new world to me. One of feelings of frustration and discouragement and even sometimes anger, that I never knew were in me. But despite whether we agree with those who lead our country, or even with those who vote, God has His hand in it all. That is one thing that remains very clear to me. I see it when I walk past the Capitol building every day on my way to and from work. There's something about it that is awe inspiring. It makes me want to work harder and be better. And I feel it when I walk down its mighty hallways, where I sometimes have to force myself to slow down and soak it all in to remember so many of our country's great leaders have walked in this same spot. And I feel it over and over again when I gaze up at the majestic American flag waving in the shadows of the Capitol Dome. It gives me the chills every time. There's just something special about this place. And I love it.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
You may remember my video summation from two years ago (it's still pretty accurate):
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Today officials finally claim the "Top Kill" method successfully stopped the leak... at least for now. I have been wondering how exactly the whole thing works or what made it stop that hasn't worked with their other methods? Maybe no one else finds this fascinating, and perhaps I'm the only one who is completely enthralled by all this... but FINALLY someone broke it all down today and put it in simple terms that made sense. Thank you Bill Nye "the Science Guy" for making it sound so easy. (But then again, if it was so easy, why couldn't they have stopped it sooner????)
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Good company... (yes, that is Michael "superman style" in his stroller. Hey, the kid needs some diversity to stay happy.)
Old buildings in the oldest city in Sweden... Sigtuna.