Dear Walkers,

12.20.2011

A long time ago I wrote some campus rules for college... since graduating I have realized that rule #4 extends far beyond a campus. It extends to any sidewalk or aisle in the whole world. Especially if it is holiday shopping or a regular day at Costco... let's revisit that rule (anything campus has been removed because as I said.. it applies to everything), shall we?

Rule #4 - Walking, merging, and stopping. Let us talk about sidewalk etiquette. I am just going to go through a few key rules within this rule"
1. If you are going to chat with a friend, do not stop in the middle of a hall or sidewalk, kindly move to the side.
2. If you are going to merge in front of someone, do not slow down, stay at the same pace because it will cause a collision otherwise.
3. If you want to text, please do not text and walk at the same time unless you can clearly see you will not hit a single person.
4. Stay with the flow of traffic, do not walk extremely slow.
5. Do not cut someone off and then stop walking to talk.
6. When you are walking straight at somebody and one of you needs to move just pick a side and commit, you'll run into somebody half the time but they'll be the one feeling guilty for not picking the right way to go.


In addition....

7. Do not walk at a diagonal, and if you choose to please watch for oncoming traffic.

Love,
Deidre

Dear Gingerbread House,

I must build one of you. So I can smash it to welcome the new year. We all remember how that goes, right?

Love,
Deidre

Dear Pageant Girls,

I found the BEST swimsuit. Watch this video to see what you could be sporting this year!

Love,
Deidre

Dear Twin Falls School District,

Coming and presenting at your schools has been a serious highlight of my year as Miss Magic Valley. I have loved coming and handing out awards, signing autographs, and talking to your student about the anti-bullying. The response has been extraordinary. I appreciate the constant support from the community. I love hearing about how the students at your school remember how I teach them to STAMP out bullying and how they are working hard to make their school a better place for everyone.

              Stay away from bullies
              Tell someone
              Avoid bad situations
              Make friends
              Project confidence

It has been fun to be a part of your school and for the local news to capture and share my message as well. I can't wait to move forward as Miss Magic Valley and share my message further.








Love,
Deidre

Dear Haleigh,

12.16.2011

THIS ONE IS FOR YOU!
Thank you for reminding me that I am not boring.
But for reals.... I am going to blog real things.

Love,
Deidre

Dear Fail,

11.22.2011

Where in the world have I been? I was doing so great at blogging every day.

I'll be back. And with stories and details this time. Be prepared people.

Love,
Deidre

Dear Memories,

11.15.2011

I am so thankful for all the people in my life and the memories we have shared. You know the memories that just one word can remind you of a whole story? I am grateful for the moments when I can sit down and just laugh because of an old photo or smile because my friend texts me the word "Backstroke". That is what life is about. Remembering the good times and treasuring them forever.

 The reason I am so grateful for memories today? In addition to MANY other happy and lucky days in my life, this little encounter right here...


Love,
Deidre

Dear Chicken,

11.14.2011


Or any kind of meat. Today I am thankful for meat. Chicken, beef, or pork. That seems like a weird thing to be thankful for.... but when you are on a raw foods diet with girls at your work you will understand. I mean, I like vegetables but I am starting to realize how much I really do like things that are made from animal. You can hate me or think that sounds harsh to all those chickens and cows... but come on people! How could you not love a good steak? Or Chick-fil-a? Or roast beef? Or Sweet and Sour chicken? Or a J Dawg? Or even a turkey sandwich? Once this week is over my life will be so much better.. Well. My life is good now. But I realize. I am thankful for a nice hamburger.

Love,
Deidre

Dear Veterans,

11.11.2011

I am thankful for every single veteran that has ever lived. I am thankful for the fights you fought for me and for this country. For the price you paid for OUR freedom. The United States of America is the country it is today because of you.


"On this 11th day of November we celebrate and honor the Veterans and those who have and continue to fight so hard for our country.  Over 40 million men and women have fought and are fighting for our freedoms.  Freedoms that can be so easy to forget we all have.  Freedoms that we have been blessed with in our lives that in return give us the rights and privileges most people throughout the world do not have.  

Today, I want to salute the men and women who have fought so hard for our freedom.  They continue to fight each and every day so we can enjoy the rich blessings this great country provides to each and every one of us.  President Ronald Reagan once said: "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."  This is what the men of women of our armed forces continue to do every waking minute of our lives.  Let us not forget this nor forget the great blessings we all have been blessed with.  Let us honor and thank them today and always."  

The people around me could not have said it better... We are ever so grateful for the things you have done.


Love,
Deidre

Dear Google,

11.10.2011

I am thankful for Google for many reasons. They have made my days much more entertaining with their random finds and gadgets on the home page. They have supplied me with Mystery Google and Google Analytic. But today they reminded once again why I am so thankful for them with their "I am going to guess what you are searching" feature. I went to type in "Why did Joe Pa get fired?" (I wanted more of the scoop since my AM radio went out this morning...) and this is what it guessed....


Thank you Google for that little chuckle. And thank you everyone who has wondered why Mormons are so hot so that Google would make that an important search.

Love,
Deidre

Dear Bed,

11.09.2011

I am thankful for a comfy place to rest my head each evening. I know this is something that seems so silly and unimportant, but I am grateful for a nice warm apartment with my own room. That way every night when I am tired I can go crawl into my bed and sleep like a rock. I don't have to sleep on a couch or an air mattress. I don't have to sleep on the floor. I know that every night when I retire to my bed I am retiring to a place that is comfy and will help me feel happy for the next day.

Love,
Deidre

Dear Ricola,

11.08.2011

Sorry... this weekend was long and tiring because I am sick so I did not post any thankful posts... I will make it up to you. Promise.

Today I am thankful for Ricola and their cough drops. There is nothing better during a cold. And I am thankful for whoever created cough drops in the first place.

Love,
Deidre

Dear Google Analytics,

11.04.2011

My friend posted what people searched to find her blog so I wanted to see what people searched to find my blog. Some make sense, some are super confusing. Actually, just one is REALLY confusing as to how it directed someone to my blog. See if you can spot which one makes no sense. Either way, here is the top 5 from Google Analytics... and Blogger.

GOOGLE ANALYTICS:
1. deidre edmunds
2. deejmb.blogspot,com
3. stripped ripped pirate shirt
4. biggest black booty
5. http://deejmbl.blogspot.com

BLOGGER:
1. stripped ripper pirate shirt
2. deejmb.blogspot,com
3. how do i make a zombie face for my ponkin, scary vampire pumpkins, scaryface in pumpkin, she never wear pants, vampire faces pumpkins, very scary zombie pumpkins (That is right... it was a SIX way tie)

Did you find the misplaced one? If you guessed deidre edmunds, you are right. How did that end up in there? Jokes! Biggest black booty? Really...? Hopefully someone else can make sense out of it.

Love,
Deidre

Dear Turkey,

Stand your ground boy.... STAND your ground.


Love,
Deidre

Dear Friends,

I am thankful for the friends I have. Over my 23 years I have met some of the most wonderful people on this planet. And I am lucky to call them my friends. I will just name some of the things that make me grateful for my friends (and they will probably not make any sense unless you were involved, but that is what makes life so exciting, right?) ...

  • The Drops and Shoshone Ice Cream
  • Breakfast was ready for me every day this week when I was running out the door
  • Denny's, Disneyland, Chick-fil-a
  • Three words.... "Ohhhhhh my gosh" which actually links to "I'm so FREAKING excited" and "SURPRISE"
  • There is always a good reason to play dress up
  • Parade driver
  • When I am having a hard time and a scripture, conference talk, or ensign article is given to me for guidance without them even knowing the entire situation
  • Singing to people on the sidewalk or yelling "YOU'RE IN LOVE"
  • I can say words like "backstroke", "Abra had a ham" and "white hat guy" and I know laughter will follow right away
  • There is always a request for me to be home so we can play
  • Painting the rock
  • Always a person to go to 9 Beans and a Burrito with me. Bean and cheese double wrap with a plate please.
  • Skype and Google Talk... and also Heytell, text messages, and late night phone calls
  • A nice dinner at Tucanos "I don't eat pork"
  • Sometimes I come home and my room is all clean and organized
  • No look camera night
  • Homemade videos to remember the random parties that we have when our parents leave us to babysit the young ones
  • "You're love keeps lifting me, love keeps lifting me, lifting me higher and higher and higher!"
  • Onsies
  • Birds of Prey
  • Random dance parties no matter where we are... apartment, street, car, parking garage
  • Spending time looking up circuits that we can teach other when we go work out together
  • Understanding of nap time
  • 5:00 am is the time we run out of things and go to bed rather than the time we wake up
  • Magic fingers
  • Health food secrets. Whats in that shake?
  • Cupcake girls night and spa day

























Why am I so lucky? I don't know... but I am.

Love,
Deidre

Dear Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints,

11.03.2011

I am thankful for the gospel.

I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. I know without a shadow of a doubt, and I am grateful for the experiences and blessings it has put in my life. I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet and that he was called of God to restore this gospel. I know that we have a modern day prophet, President Monson, that is the Lord's mouthpiece. I know that conference is an opportunity for revelation today. I know that the Lord puts challenges in our lives to make us stronger. He knows when we are ready for growth and he will push us to our full potential. I know that the Book of Mormon is for my generation. I know that I am a daughter of God and he loves and cares for me. He knows my name and he wants me to succeed. I have great worth in his eyes.

My testimony is simple, but I know this church is true and I am grateful every day for being raised in a family that puts the gospel at high priority.

Love,
Deidre

Dear Family,

11.02.2011

I am so grateful for a family that is so wonderful, so loving, and always there for me. I am grateful for a family that has been there for me through the good times and the bad times. A family that isn't afraid to tell me "I told you so," when something wrong happens in my life but they were always telling me to do the right thing in the first place. I have a beautiful family that is there to support me when I am competing in my pageants or when I just want to have someone to talk to. The big moments and the small moments are always made the best moments because of my family.


I am grateful for growing up with three brothers that will protect me from "the-not-the-best" boys, taught me how to wrestle and play Street Fighter, taught me about sports, will call me just to chat or let me call them when I am having a bad day, that married wonderful women that I am lucky to call my sisters now, and always include me in the fun. I am grateful for my sisters-in-law and the examples they are to me. They are always there to give me the girl advice I need since I do not have any sisters.



I am grateful for my parents. They are the biggest supporters in my life. I love to spend time with them, they have let me crash so many of their date nights, and I am grateful for that. I am grateful for a Dad that has taught me to work hard and to never give up. He has shown me how important it is to find a man that loves me as much as he loves my Mother. My Dad is the most honest and motivated man I have ever met, and I hope I can have those qualities too. I am thankful for a Mom that is my best friend. She wants me to always be happy and always has time for a phone call with her daughter. She has taught me how to be charitable and to use my creativeness to the highest. She also taught me how to dress well. My Mom is the most giving, loving, and considerate woman. Someday I hope to be a Mom just like her.



I am grateful for 5 adorable nephews and 1 beautiful niece. They always can make me smile and make me feel like the most important person around. I never have a dull moment with them around.




I am GRATEFUL for my family. And I am grateful for the person they have helped me become.

Love,
Deidre

Dear November,

11.01.2011

The Thanksgiving countdown has arrived. I know Thanksgiving gets the holiday shaft, but it is one of my very favorite holidays ever. Not only do I get the chance to overeat and feel GREAT about it (rainbow jello... yum) but I also am reminded every day of why Thanksgiving is important. There are a one million things in my life that I am lucky to have, and I should be focusing on those things each day, so I am thankful for November and Thanksgiving to remind me of how blessed I really am. I cannot wait to share with you what I am very most thankful for every single day.


Love,
Deidre

Dear Google Analytics,

10.31.2011


Thank you for informing me that when I post sad or serious things I get less readers.... Back to funny Deidre. I need more readers or this blog will start to be a huge embarrassment for me (aka.. a huge blow to my ego).


Love,
Deidre

Dear MJ,

Every Halloween starts with this gem. Thank you for giving it to all of us.


Love,
Deidre

Dear Halloween,

Thank you for constantly terrifying me time and time again. Glad to see you are back this year.

Glad I work where they allow Halloween to be celebrated and admired.

  • I am dead.
  • Galdolph the White is walking around telling people "YOU SHALL NOT PASS".
  • A troll is in the cubicle next to me.
  • Waldo is around the corner, that is right people.... I know where he is.
  • There are a few cowboys and pirates roaming the hall.
  • Ken from Street Fighter is here.


Love,
Deidre

Dear Steven Curtis Chapman,

10.28.2011

Better words have not been sung. Thanks Risa for reminding me about this song with that nice little voice message.


Tomorrow morning if you wake up
And the sun does not appear,

I will be here.


If in the dark we lose sight of love,
Hold my hand and have no fear,
‘Cause I will be here.

I will be here when you feel like being quiet;
When you need to speak your mind, I will listen.
And I will be here when the laughter turns to crying;
Through the winning, losing, and trying, we’ll be together,
‘Cause I will be here.

Tomorrow morning if you wake up
And the future is unclear,
I will be here.

As sure as seasons are made for change,
Our lifetimes are made for years,
So I will be here.

I will be here when you feel like being quiet;
When you need to speak your mind, I will listen.
And I will be here when the laughter turns to crying;
Through the winning, losing, and trying, we’ll be together,
‘Cause I will be here.


I will be here, so you can cry on my shoulder;

When the mirror tells us we’re older, I will hold you.

And I will be here to watch you grow in beauty,
And tell you all the things you are to me;
I will be here.

I will be true to the promise I have made,
To you and to the One who gave you to me.

As sure as seasons are made for change,
Our lifetimes are made for years,
So I, I will be here. 
We'll be together and I will be here.



Love,
Deidre

Dear Faith and Fears,

10.27.2011


Someday I will learn....


Love,
Deidre

Dear Boring Evening,


If there is one thing I learned last night, it is that I can make any night exciting. Rather than sit around my apartment snacking, because let's be honest, that is what I usually do, I decided to take matters into my own hands. 


+


=

ONE FANTASTICALLY NON-BORING EVENING.

Love,
Deidre

Dear Regret,

10.26.2011

You are the suckiest. That isn't a real word.... so let me put it in different terms. I hate you.

Love,
Deidre

Dear Winning,

10.25.2011

I WON! I won a wonderful giveaway from a blog. Who would've thought? Want to see the blog I won from?


Isn't this girl adorable? Well.. she is just as fantastic on the inside.

Love,
Deidre

Dear You Know Who You Are,

I am sorry for what I did. You didn't deserve it. I was scared. I should have listened more at conference when they said, "Avoid fear like it is your worst enemy." I know that now. I hope you will let me make it up to you, because I am willing to do whatever it takes. You deserve the best.

Love,
Deidre

Dear Love and Beauty,


Better suggestions have never been given...



Love,
Deidre

Dear Halloween,

10.24.2011

What should I be?


Campbell's soup can?


Lego people?


Katniss?


Black Swan?

Any other options?

Love,
Deidre



Dear Man Next To Me On The I-15,

10.21.2011


I certainly was flattered by you straining your neck to get a good look at me the second time I passed by you. Next time, would you prefer I wave?

Love,
Deidre

Dear Onsie,

10.20.2011


After a 15 minute test run throughout Target, it was decided you are good for running, skipping, rolling, jumping, dancing, and just making me look good in general. You were a WISE purchase.


I won't be getting cold this year once the Utah winter of death hits.

Love,
Deidre
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