Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Workin' Hard or Hardly Workin'?

I love having a job where I can have a lot of fun and learn so much at the same time. Last Friday my boss Tim and fellow PR girls Megan, Abby, Amanda, and I went to the new Real soccer stadium in Sandy, UT, for a V.I.P. tour. It was a lot of fun, and the stadium is super nice. At a press conference yesterday it was announced that the new name of the stadium is Rio Tinto Stadium, named after the coal-mining company. Don't worry, I promise I'm getting work done!
(PS I just wanted to add that I'm holding a bag in this picture, that's why I look kind of funny!)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

They Love Us All Over the World

This post is dedicated to Tyson!
(I know, I'm a cheese ball.)
The weirdest thing happened this weekend. My agent called me and said Tyson and I were popping up all over the place! Apparently we're getting a pretty huge following in Europe.

Here, we made a billboard outside a well-known apartment building in Madrid.

This is what the city life in Rome is all about. This is a shot of the happy couple owning the night skies.

The Annandale Advocate is a small publication in the U.K. I guess our engagement made the front page. Go us!

They really love us in France. Check out the display at the Louvre.

A sidewalk artist was recently spotted painting one of my favorite pictures of Tyson and I on the streets of Rome. Italy loves us. As you can see, he is almost finished with Tyson's face and has started on mine a little bit. Looks great!

I've always wanted to be on a poster. And I get to be on one with my fiance, I'm so lucky. This little stand was spotted just outside Barcelona.

Here we are showing off my ring in a London train station.

Finally, one of our favorite shots is being painted on the side of Hotel St. Georg in Hamburg, Germany. I love the view of the valley in the background.


I know what you're thinking. "How can I get in on all the fun?!" Just go to photofunia.com and go crazy!

I was lucky enough to see my photos all over Europe. Where will your photos end up?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Grey's Anatomy Season 5...Tonight!

Talk about a good night of TV! When "Friends" was still on TV and running new episodes it was the only thing I watched. After it ended I was a little distraught, no lie. But little did I know that same year another wonderfully amazing show would start on abc, and I would be watching it faithfully every week. I love "Grey's Anatomy"! And season 5 starts tonight with what is a definite love triangle. I'm so excited to see what happens with these guys! Especially with Izzie and Alex, I've been rooting for those two from the beginning. The season premiere is two hours starting at 8:00 and I'm just so excited! Although, this will be the first time I watch a new episode of "Grey's" by myself. So I might be sending random text messages with my comments throughout the show. I need someone to talk to about it with!
And for Tyson's sake, I'm super duper excited for "The Office" to start as well, even though it is on at the exact same time as "Grey's Anatomy" and I won't be changing the channel at all. So you better record it for me, Ty!

For all you "Grey's" fans out there: enjoy tonight's premiere! And let me know what you think!

(PS I get to see my fiance in a week, I'm so excited! Woo hoo!)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Cinderella Has Found Her Gown

First of all, I just want to thank all of you awesome friends of mine for your super sweet comments over the weekend! This had to be the most perfect weekend of my life, and I just loved reading all your kind words the whole time. I was able to go to Idaho on Saturday morning with Tyson and we spent a lot of time visiting family and friends, and showing off this awesome bling on my left hand ha ha. I just got back to Utah about an hour ago, and I'm already missing my fiance' like crazy.

But today was quite the event. I decided yesterday that since I really won't be spending as much time in Idaho that I would like to plan my wedding I wanted to get things done every chance I get that I'm here. So today my mom, Amy, and I decided to go dress shopping. And I'm so excited to say that I found my dress at Margene's! It was great, and I absolutely love the dress. The picture below is similar to what my dress looks like. (I would have put the real one on here but I don't want Tyson to see it!)

When I tried it on and knew it was the one, the realization that I was getting married totally hit me. This weekend was so surreal, it felt like a dream. But as soon as I put that dress on reality sunk in. And I'm just so happy! Tyson is calling the Idaho Falls Temple in the morning to schedule
January 10, 2009
for our wedding day.
Life is great! And I'm engaged to the greatest guy in the world. You can't get any better than that.
And while on the subject, Amber and Che' have been married one year today! I love you guys!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Engagement Night Photos

I'm so giddy, I can hardly stand it! :) It has been such an awesome weekend. I can't believe I'm engaged! Before I get into the photos I'll tell quickly how Tyson proposed:


Yesterday was kind of a rough day in the beginning. I was really missing Tyson, and knowing I wasn't going to see him this weekend was making me sad. I went to work at 8:00 and left by about noon when I decided to visit my grandma in Midvale. I stayed for about an hour when I decided to head back to Farmington. Tyson called me when I was just leaving and we talked as I drove back. He was just leaving Rexburg after seeing a client. When I got back to Farmington I decided to run on the treadmill for a bit and relieve some stress. Soon my aunt Penney came in and told me she needed some help with a Thai party she and my uncle Bob were having that night. So I told her I would finish running, shower and get ready, then go help her. Of course I took my sweet time working out. I was so frustrated that day, it helped to run it all off. By the time I had gotten in the shower and out it was almost 4:00. I put my make up on and started my hair when Penney came downstairs to tell me she needed my help as soon as possible. So I sped up a little and started curling my hair.

At about 4:30 Tyson called me. I was getting closer to finishing my hair and wasn't dressed for the night yet. But I wanted to talk to him anyway. We chatted for a bit when Penney came in telling me she needed my help with something. Then the door bell rang and Penney told me to go answer it. I was wearing bright pink sweats and a bright yellow Spongebob t-shirt at this point and my hair was about 3/4 of the way curled, but I thought, "Oh well, nobody knows me here. They won't care." When I got to the door I told Tyson to hold on a second while I opened the door. When I opened it, there he was standing on the front step. I was in complete shock! I couldn't believe he was there. He says now that my face was classic, he didn't know if I was happy or mad! Of course I just ran to him, I was so happy to see him. Then I looked down and saw a vase just full of the most beautiful flowers. Roses, lilies, gerber daisies...so pretty! Then we went and sat down on the bench and he told me he had another "mixed tape" for me. (We have been making each other mixed CD's or "mixed tapes" as we like to call them.) When I turned the CD over the cover said, "Allison, will you marry me?" on the top of it. When I looked up he was down on one knee with my ring. It was so great! I was so excited I didn't know what to do. Of course at that moment I was completely mortified just thinking about what I was wearing when I got proposed to! Horrifiying! (Atleast Amber and Kaylie can appreciate the Spongebob part of it ha ha.) My uncle and aunt came around the corner and they were so excited for us.

I finally got completely ready and we went out in the back yard to take pictures. Penney took them, she's quite the natural! We have a bunch of really good ones. After pictures we drove to Salt Lake and had dinner at The Roof in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. We had a table with an awesome view of the Salt Lake Temple. It was absolutely perfect. And it was so romantic! After dinner we walked around Temple Square and talked about our night.
Our night was perfect, I couldn't have asked for a better engagement. I love him so much! And I'm so excited to be getting married to him in January.

Here are some of the pictures we took that awesome day. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

I'm Engaged!!!

I just wanted to let everybody know that Tyson and I got engaged! He surprised me and came to Utah last night, and I was in complete shock! We took a bunch of pictures so I'll get those and the proposal story posted later.

Just wanted to share the news!

Friday, September 19, 2008

This Takes the Cake

I have a new favorite blog that really puts a smile on my face! Here's a little preview. See if you can figure out what the blog is about:

Yep, you've guessed right! This blog is about cakes that have gone horribly and hilariously wrong. Another of our clients went on KSL's Studio 5 to do a segment, and one of the earlier topics on the show was an incredibly funny blog about really crappy and funny cakes. I was in the audio/visual room by myself making a DVD for our client and I was just laughing my head off at some of the cakes they featured on the show. The owner of the blog goes on-line and finds pictures of cakes that have been screwed up really bad or are just plain awkward and hilarious.

To explain these three cakes:

1. The first cake with the fireman was a poor decision made by a really tired guy ordering a cake. He needed a going away cake and was told by the cake lady he could have a decoration put on it for free. None of the decorations they had were seeming to fit the event (teddy bears, rainbows...) so, being as tired as he was, he just checked fireman. Later that night when he was in bed thinking about his day it dawned on him what he had done to the cake. He was in a panic. The next day he and his wife went to the store and picked up what turned out to be a "Good luck in China" fireman.

2. The second cake (teen pregnancy) can speak for itself. Why would someone even...? You know what, I don't even want to know the reasoning behind it.
3. The last one is just sick. Congratulations, it a girl! Yep, it a girl and a horrible conglomerate of colors and shapes that have nothing to do with a baby shower.

I love this blog!

Every time I look at it I sit there and laugh out loud. I highly recommend it! Just click here and you're on your way to the fun! Let me know what you think! Have fun, you're going to love it!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Home Sweet Home

I can't believe it has already been two weeks since I've moved down to Utah. Time sure does fly when you're having fun! Or something like that. Actually, things have really been going well with my internship and life down in Farmington. I've loved being able to live with family and not by myself somewhere. It has helped a lot.

The last two weekends have been absolutely amazing. I have had a hard time not seeing my family and loved ones every day like I normally do. But last weekend Tyson came down and we were able to spend the entire weekend together. The original plan was for him to come on Saturday, but he decided to leave for Utah right after work on Friday. He surprised me with a dozen multi-colored roses, they were so pretty. We were able to visit his brother, sister-in-law, and neice in Magna while he was here. We also met up with one of his friends from his BYU-Idaho days. She was a lot of fun and super nice. It was such a great weekend! I didn't want him to leave though, it just went too fast.

I spent this last weekend in Idaho and it was a picture perfect weekend. My plan was to leave from work on Thursday night (I don't work Fridays, it's nice) and get to Idaho Falls around 8:30 or 9. Atleast that's what I told everyone I was doing. Instead, I left work at 4:00 (I had to get to Rexburg anyway) and drove to Idaho Falls to surprise Tyson after he got home from work. The plan worked out great, I even surprised Amber. I spent that evening in Rexburg getting some things done and seeing old friends. I miss them all!

On Friday I picked Tyson up for lunch and we headed to Carino's. It was fun being able to see work friends again. We even ran into some regulars that I know just from serving them. Kathy was our server so that made lunch that much better. I love Kathy! She's one of my best pals. It was fun. That night we spent the evening with Tyson's family having pizza and playing games. We played a game called "Laugh Your Butt Off" and it was hilarious. Clark and Tyson were making me laugh so hard, I couldn't breathe at times. It was great.

On Saturday Tyson and I spent the day together relaxing and watching a movie. It was nice to be able to just sit there. That night we had a game night at my parents' house. Amber, Che', Aaron, and Britney also came over so it ended up being a lot of fun. I love my family. I went to Tyson's ward on Sunday to hear him speak. He did an awesome job.

I ended up leaving at about 7:00 last night to head back to Farmington and it was hard to go. I hate leaving my family like that. I just have to keep reminding myself why I'm here, and it makes things easier. Take one day at a time. I love my family, and I'm so glad I was able to spend the weekend with them and with Tyson. It was a lot of fun. And it was so nice being back in my comfort zone around everything I know and love. I already can't wait to come back to visit!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Life as a Public Relations Intern in Salt Lake City, UT

Greetings from Utah! I made it here on Monday and everything is going really well. I'm living at the side of the mountain in Farmington, south east of Lagoon, and the view from my bedroom is amazing! Uncle Bob, Aunt Penney, and their girls Ashleigh (18) and Kayleigh (10) have been so great, and they've really helped me feel at home.

My job at Richter7 has already gotten off to a great start, even though I've only been there three days. I was terrified the first day, but my nerves calmed down quickly. Everyone is really nice, and I've already started making new friends. I was immediately thrown into a lot of work, including writing and editing press releases, and meeting with clients. But today was a big day, and by far my favorite! It was so fun! Here's what happened:

One of our clients is the Dairy Farmers of Utah. The Utah State Fair starts this weekend, and we are doing a lot of work for this particular client. One of which includes advertising for the Butter Cow - a sculpting event where a life-size cow is carved entirely out of butter. Pretty crazy! Today, a nutrititionist with the Dairy Farmers of Utah was doing a segment on Studio 5 - the 11:00 news broadcast for KSL channel 5 news. At this time the two anchors do broadcasts about home and family living. Our client (her name is Rachel) was on to talk about nutritious lunches for kids and how parents can teach kids to eat healthier. My job, along with my supervisor Abby and my fellow intern Amanda, was to bring all the props for the segment and get them set up on the kitchen set. We had to arrange everything perfectly to look good on the camera. Nothing out of place! All labels had to be turned a certain way, and we pretty much had to make it look really good. So we did, and we pretty much rocked it. In public relations, we are there to help our client look good in any case. Even if that means we have to tell them what to say. We had previously e-mailed the anchors a list of questions they should ask Rachel, then we e-mailed Rachel the same questions and also ways to answer each of them. And she did such a great job! She was very relaxed and focused.

I've included our segment on this post, and I'm so excited to share it with everybody! My very first project as an intern...I can't believe it! It was completely behind-the-scenes work, which I know is silly that I'm so excited about it, but it was a lot tougher than most would think! Plus, it was my first big task for Richter7. Keep an eye on that fruit plate and how good of a job arranging I did ha ha. It took some time to get everything just right to fit in the lighting perfectly! Not to mention the Barbie thermos I got to keep. You'll understand what I mean when you watch the video!

I can't believe how much fun I had today! I worked closely with the producer and set people, and I learned so much from all of them. I know I'll have even bigger projects to come in the future. But this made me feel so good about being in the world of public relations and working with real businesses! I had a great time today, and I am really enjoying this job so far! Thanks to all of you for your support during this exciting time! It's been awesome reading such nice messages from so many friends and family!
On another awesome note, Tyson is coming to see me tomorrow night and I'm so excited! I can't wait!
I also want to do a birthday shout out to my Grandma O'Connor! Her birthday is today, and she's spending the next week or so with my aunt Patti in New Jersey. So I'm sure she's having a great birthday!
I love you, Grandma!