Saturday, November 20, 2010

A little history behind the day I am about to have....

First of all lets revisit World War II’s Battle of the Bulge. During the winter of 1944-45 in Belgium, American troops were surrounded and being infiltrated by English-speaking German spies dressed as American soldiers. The American soldiers had to devise a way to tell friend from foe, what did they do? They asked a simple question that every upstanding American would know the answer to but would baffle any German intruder. The Question: " What was the score in the 1944 Army vs. Notre Dame game?"
It all started in 1913 when Yale suddenly dropped Army from their schedule. Army accepted an invitation to host the then little known Notre Dame team. Notre Dame was so obscure that The New York Times previewed the game with an article that listed Notre Dame as hailing from South Bend, Illinois, not Indiana. The little known team played a daring game, the result: a 35-13 upset. Army won the re-match the next year and thus ensued one of the greatest rivalries in early college football.

By 1923 West Point's campus field was too small to hold the throngs of people that would gather when the Irish were in town. The game was moved to Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, then the Polo Grounds and, finally, in 1925, to Yankee Stadium, which had opened two years earlier. In the following years football history was made. In the 1928 game after loosing three years in a row, with a 0-0 score at the half, Notre Dame coach Rockne gave his "Win One for the Gipper” speech. The team returned to the 78,188 roaring fans and Notre Dame took a 12-6 stand in the second half holding Army at the 1 yard line in the last play to win the game.

The teams played at Yankee Stadium every year thereafter except in 1930. The game was occasionally played in snow, sleet and rain and always before crowds of about 75,000. And although Notre Dame won most of the time in the 1930s, the games remained close, with one of the teams usually ranked high enough to be competing for the national title.

So on Armistice day in 1944 (Nov. 11th) the teams met in the sold out Yankee Stadium in front of a roaring crowd, on one side were hundreds of thousands of Army veterans from two world wars — and their families — who treated the footballers from West Point as if they were a national college team. On the other first-generation Americans of European descent who flocked to Yankee Stadium from the five New York City boroughs to cheer Notre Dame players with names like O’Donnell, Carideo and Mieszkowski. That year top ranked Army routed the #5 ranked Notre Dame 59-0 thus providing a question that any American would know the answer to and a way to thwart off german spies.

Today Army and Notre Dame will resume their historic rivalry at the New Yankee Stadium. The game will be the first college football game played at the new stadium and it will also be the first time since 1969 that the two teams have met at Yankee stadium. So if you haven't guessed by now, I will be attending that game... after a day of galavanting all over NYC of course.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I bought my first real couch!

So my roomate moved out leaving me furnitureless but it was kind of perfect timing as we just had our furniture silent auction at work. I basically came away from it with a fully furnished apartment. I bought this sofa, a coffee table a table to put a tv on (once I get one) a dining room table and a very large cabinet to put in my dining room. I pick it all up next weekend so I will post pics once it is all in my apartment and situated.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Yet another reason I love my job!

So we had a sample sale today and I decided to skip the clothes completely (I have plenty of those already!) and head straight for the home stuff... This is what I came away with...

2 rugs
2 pillows
14 books
1 beatles puzzle
1 cake stand
1 serving platter
1 serving bowl
1 mug
1 huge ceramic pot/vase
1 awesome lamp shade

Best part... $60 :)

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Little update

Ok so it has been a while... But life is good! Crazy but good. Work has kind of consumed my life, but suprisingly I don't really mind, who would have figured me to be the workaholic type, not me. I usually get to work around 7:30 even though work doesn't officially start until 9 and I usually leave around 7:45 even though work officially ends at 6:00.

I have started dating a boy, if you want the details give me a call.

I had a wonderful Christmas with my parents, they are the best!

I am on my way to New York right now with some of my Best Friends, I think it is going to be a great day!

My roomate is moving out next month, because she is not liking her job, so I am on the hunt for a new roomie. I am sad to break up the Rachel and Rachel apartment, but excited to get to know someone else.

Spring in Philadelphia is awesome! I love everything about it! I love the weather getting warmer, I love all the blossoms, I love that all of the outdoor seating at cafes and restaurants re-appears, love that it is light when I leave work and I love that there are flea markets on the weekends again. Needless to say I am glad winter is over and that spring has sprung.

Well I will try to post some pics soon but I am not making any promises.


-- Post From My iPhone

Sunday, November 22, 2009


I absolutely love Thanksgiving and this whole time of year in general, I love fall. My first Autumn here on the east coast has been beautiful and I am loving it out here more and more everyday. I am so grateful for so many things in my life I could never share them all, but I would like to share a few. I am so grateful for parents that I know love me and that will always be there for me no matter how many thousands of miles are between us. I am grateful for all of my brothers and sisters (in-laws included of course) and the much stronger relationship I have built with them over the past couple of years, I consider all of you some of my very best friends! I am so grateful for all of my friends, all my old ones, and all of my new ones, and all the ones in between, you help me through so much and I am so blessed to have so many true friends that are there for me in good times or in bad, no matter what.

Since living in Philly I have come to realize very simple things that I am grateful for that I never really thought about before I was here, here are a few of them. I am grateful that I had parents that read to me when I was a child, that would take me to the library whenever I wanted to go, that put a high value on education, and always pushed and encouraged me to do my best in my academic pursuits. I am grateful for the gospel in my life and the amazing happiness it brings, and also the change I have seen it make in the lives of those around me. I have seen this change take place in many of the new members of my ward and it is so awesome. I am so grateful to know that I am where I am supposed to be, and that I am doing what I love.

On a bit of a lighter note... I am grateful for my guy friends here in Philly they are so great! They set mouse traps, walk us girls home at night, make great food for me, let me watch House, The Office and 30 Rock at their house, help me move all of my stuff into my apartment, let me park in their driveway when I can't find parking, and tell me about things like "Julie Andrews will be at Macy's on Saturday signing her book" (yes I got the book and yes I got it signed, and got to chat with her for a second yesterday!!!!) I am grateful for my girlfriends in Philly who go and really girly movies with me that I would never ever take any guy to (New Moon), who let me sleep on their couch/air mattress when I didn't have a home, who are such great examples of the person I want to become, who spend wonderful Saturdays with me going on runs, going to the farmers market, and to see Julie Andrews at Macy's :).

These are just a few of the many things I am so grateful for, I am so incredibly blessed.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


I got to go to game 5 of the WORLD SERIES!!!! I had so much fun, and although they lost the series, they were absolutely magnificent in this game. Who would have thought that I would become a baseball fan, go figure. Anyway my friend Landon came out and we went to the game, we got hot dogs and Chickie and Petes fries (a Philadelphia tradition) everything you really need to make a baseball game complete! Maybe they will win the series next year. I had sooo much fun!


So I got to go to Boston for Halloween this year and it was fantastic! I went for the YSA conference which was great, there was a masquerade that night at the Harvard Club and I had a blast... costumes, friends, and a good DJ, what more can a girl ask for. I went up there with most of the "city crew", it was a bit rainy and I think I contracted the swine flu there, but it was so much fun, definitely the best Halloween I have had in a while!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Coming Home!!!

I am flying home today!!! I will be in Utah until Wednesday morning, I am so excited! YAY!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

On my way to New York!

Ok so I am taking the Bolt bus up to New York, I am meeting up with my brother Ben and his wife Steph and I am so excited! I havn't seen them since the begining of the summer and haven't really gotten to talk to them because they have been in France all summer. I am so excited to have some family time!

Anyway since I will be on a bus for the next 2hrs I thought that this would be a good time to give a little update, so here goes.... First of all I found an apartment, it is in such a cute neighborhood and it is a really cute two bedroom, that I will be sharing with a roomate (also named Rachel, seems like I am always destined to live with other Rachels!) So I was supposed to move in on Thursday. I went and signed the lease during lunch and had packed up my car that morning, but when I was signing my lease they told me that they were planning on painting it and refinishing the floors starting the next day, they said that they didn't have to do it, but I figured that I could wait a couple of days for new paint and refinished floors. So I currently have all of my worldly possesions packed up in my car and I have been couch hopping around between various friends houses. So it has been a funny couple of days, I have a new found empathy for homeless people, and I am so ready to just have a place to call home! Only three more days!!!

I am still loving work, I work alot more hours than I did while I was interning, but it has been great. This week was crazy insane busy, I think it is funny because when I usually think of someone busy at work I think of papers pileing up, but for me clothing starts pileing up all around me! I am starting to make friends at work which is really fun, and I am making better friends with lots of people in my ward as well. I feel really content here and with my life in general right now.

Well that is the quick update on my life, I will post again when I am settled into my new place. Once I am settled and have Internet I will post a bunch of pictures from the summer! Love and miss you all!


-- Post From My iPhone

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

To do list:

Now that I know where I will be for this chapter of my life my mind is a whirlwind of all the things that I need to do, and things I need to get, and people I need to talk to. Here are just a few things on my list.

Find an apartment
Get a matress for apartment
Somehow get all of my stuff from Salt Lake to Philly
Get dishes
Get pots and pans
Get couch
Figure out car situation
Get car insurance
Get Internet
Get cable and DVR
Sign up for independant study
Get other essential furnishings
Get other essential kitchen items

Yeah so lots to do!!! But I am really excited to do it all, or al least most of it, like I said having my own apartment is one of the things I am most excited for, I can't wait to decorate it, especially with cute anthropologie stuff!

-- Post From My iPhone

Monday, August 24, 2009

Drum Roll Please........

I GOT A JOB!!!!!! I will be the merchandise assistant for the swimwear, legwear, loungewear, and intimate apparel department at Anthro!!!! I am really excited, I am starting to look for apartments, and I can't wait to have my own apartment to decorate. I am also really excited to have the discount while actually having an income!!! Anyway more updates and details later!!! Love and miss you all!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Up In The Air!!!

Sorry I haven't updated this lately, but life has been a bit crazy!!! I am still loving my internship, and I am desperately trying to find a job here so that I can stay! But everything is up in the air and once again I have no idea where I will be at this time next month... Who knows!

Last week we had swim style out which was crazy we called in about 200+ samples, unpacked them, hung them, photographed them on mannequins, had a bunch of people come in to vote on their favorites, sent back all the samples in their appropriate boxes, printed pictures of all of them, put all the info about the product on the back of all the pictures, and divided our favorites into the deliveries that we wanted them to come in at. It was an insane week I don't think I left work before 6:30 the entire week!!! But I absolutely loved it!!!

It is finally getting really hot and humid, I don't mind it too much, but I am definitely having to adapt. I have met so many great people out here, I love all the people I work with and I have an awesome ward out here. I am definitely never board. Maria is great, couldn't be better, she is helping me with my goal of learning how to cook while I am out here, she is an awesome cook and has worked in a bunch of kitchens, so I am really learning a lot.

Although I am absolutely loving it I really miss my family and all of my friends, I have made a bunch of friends out here but I don't really have any bosom buddies, but that's OK because all of my bosom buddies are only a phone call away.

Well love and miss you all!!!


Friday, July 17, 2009

Love it

I just love this new bed from Anthro isn't it amazing!!

-- Post From My iPhone

Monday, July 6, 2009

My 4th Of July

Ok so I have been here for just over a month and I am still absolutely loving it!!! I feel like I am really getting in the swing of things and finding my own rhythm. I bought a bike last Saturday at the flea market for $45, what a steal!!! It is a 1964 Hercules, I then rode it to the bike shop to tune it up a bit and get a basket put on I left it there and walked home. I got it back on Tuesday, I also bought a lock for it when I picked it up $45 funny that the lock costed as much as the bike... oh well better safe than sorry!!! I was sick last week so I wasn't quite up for riding my bike, but I was basically better by the fourth and rode my bike down town saw the parade, then rode over to Penn's Landing for $5 all you can eat icecream... yum! I ate 8 cups of icecream!!!! I started to feel a bit sick and decided to call it quits after 8 cups, I then rode back downtown, wandered around and then back to Penn's Landing to meet up with some people, then rode home to eat a 4th of July feast with Maria, Lucy (Maria's Mother) and Elise (Maria's best friend). The food was great, and the conversation even better, I think that half of the time we were on the bink of falling out of our chairs from laughter. 9:45 Rolled around and I was thinking of hopping on my bike and heading to the parkway to watch fireworks, but I decided to be lazy and watch them from my window. (I was a little pooped from riding my bike around so much during the day.) All in all I had a wonderful fourth, and I loved that I got to spend it in such a great place with lots of great people.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Happy First Day Of Summer!

So I don't really quite feel like it is summer, I think that this in part due to the cold and rainy weather, and partly to do with the fact that at work I am constantly looking at and thinking about winter clothes! But happy summer anyway, I hope it will be a happy one!

PS. Just another reason I love my job, they gave us this cute little card and cd just because it is the first day of summer!

-- Post From My iPhone

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Garden

One of the things I love best about where I am living is that it has a beautiful garden. The back yard is beautiful and the garden connects to other gardens and an emty lot that has been turned into a garden. I love being back there it is so relaxing and amaizing I feel so lucky! And bonus I can actually post pictures now because I got an app that let's me blog from my phone, so the pictures probably won't be great but oh well.

Friday, June 5, 2009

My House

Ok, so I told you all that I would tell you about how I found housing here in Philly so here goes. So I came out here with all my stuff having absolutly no idea where I was actually going to live, and honestly it was freaking me out, I kept having visions of sleeping on a park bench amongst a variety of odd characters. So I got here and went to church the first Sunday hoping that I could find someone looking for a roomate... no such luck. I had talked to the one of the bishops out here and he had a posibility of a place I could rent with another girl in the branch I went and saw it on Sunday after church, and although the girl was super nice the neighborhood had alot to be desired if you know what I mean. We had also made contact with one of the widows in one of the family wards that had a room to rent, so we went to go and see it, but it was way out in the suburbs and I probably would have had a 1hr commute with traffic... Yikes!!! So I felt alittle discouraged that night with no idea where I was actually going to live.

Monday rolled around I had looked at craigslist and I had contacted someone about an apartment that was a possibility, a little pricey but better than my alternatives. The person renting the apartment had not gotten back to me but I wanted to scope out the neighborhood and see if it was even a legitimate option. So we drove over, parked and started walking around the neighborhood.

As we were walking around we passed a couple people standing outside of an apartment one of the guys was selling some of his old books and stuff, we passed them and kept walking. Then my mom said that she was going to go back and ask them if they knew of anything, or if they knew of any good places to look. Anyway she was talking to them for a while so my dad and I went back and we started talking to them as well, we were talking to them when a lady pulled up on her bike, she knew the guy selling his stuff and she started talking to us too. Then the one of the guys asked her if she knew of anything available to rent for the Summer. Then she asked if I was just looking for a temporary place, I said yes and then she said that she was looking for someone temporarily to rent her 3rd floor because she wanted some extra money to refinish her floors. So she asked if we wanted to come see it, so we followed her to her house, and we saw the place, talked for a bit, and decided that we would both think about it and get back to eachother in the morning.So I thought about it, she thought about it and in the morning we both decided that it was a good idea.

And that is how I found my apartment, I moved in Wednesday morning, and It has been so great, She has even made me two really yummy dinners, and I am making her breakfast in the morning. I really don't think that if I hand picked out my whole situation that I could have picked it out any better! I am so grateful for the way everthing has worked out, and I know that it is no coincidence.

I love and miss you all!

ps. still working on getting pictures up, still no real internet!

Friday, May 29, 2009


Ok, so when I first got here I was freaking out a little bit, honestly I think that because I found out on such short notice I didn't really have time to process what I was actually doing. But now I am absolutely loving it! I found a place to live, which was seriously a miracle the way it all worked out. (I will tell the story next time I blog and hopefully include pictures.) In short I am renting the third floor of a house that belongs to an AWESOME lady she is a photography professor at the University of the Arts here in Philly. (Once again I will include more later) I started my internship which is actually what I was least nervous about. The first day I felt a little lost, there was SO many things I had no clue about, there were so many acronyms in every sentence that anyone spoke that it seemed like I was in a foreign country. I have settled in more since then and I am slowly learning the acronyms. I am absolutly loving in though, I thought that 9-5 would be so long but the days fly by. I do something a little different each day. I have done sales forcasts, Sell through calculations, helped pick out colors, sent and recieved samples, gone to fittings, modeled samples, helped catch the rain inside because it was a waterfall of rain outside, I have met the co-presidents of the company, done competitive shopping, put together picture packs, web exclusive boards etc. The building I work in is amaising It is on the old navy yard and I think that it is an old factory and I have my own little desk (pictures later!) the cafeteria building is fantastic, there is a work out area that I am free to use, and the food is SOOO good I can there are about 6 different stations where you can get anything from sushi (made right in front of you) to pizza, to salad, to a hamburger. I am loveing my life here and I am so excited to explore a bit of the city tomorrow. I would post pictures but I don't actually have internet yet, I stayed after work to use the internet here. I feel so at home here in Philadelphia and I am loving it, hopefully I will figure out my internet situation soon! Love and miss you all

Sunday, May 24, 2009


It has been a whirlwind of a week, Packing and pulling an allnighter to finish packing, Driving 32 hours within three days to get here, arriving and thinking "What the heck am I doing?".  Needless to say I have had a tornado of emotions rushing through me at 1,000 miles an hour, my emotions range all over the spectrum from being excited to scared out of my mind, ecstatic to being so nervous that I cry and want to turn right around, along with so many other emotions i can't even think of words to describe them. I am happy, sad, lonely, and excited all at the same time, I feel like my heart is going to jump out of my chest at any moment, and that my stomach is full of a million butterflies. 
I love the quote that I saw on my friend Kathi's Blog “When you get to the end of all the light you know and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: either you will be given something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.” I really am so grateful that I have faith and know that everything will work out, and I am glad that I always know that one person knows how I am feeling and is looking out for me. I miss you all so much already, and I am so grateful for the love and support from all of you.  xoxo Rachel

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


So today my dad told me to put on tennis shoes, running shorts, a t-shirt and a hat and that we were going to do something fun... and we sure did, we thought of all the sports we could and did them all in one day. The result was the Hexathlon!
P.S. My dad made this awesome little slide show!

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