Saturday, November 14, 2009

You Don't Know Me

I am completely and totally in LOVE with my family – the whole lot of ‘em. We are close – like can’t keep secrets, share way too much information with each other, vacation together every chance we get – CLOSE. We are a passionate, talkative, funny, competitive, caring, flawed, loving group of individuals who recognize that families really are forever so it helps that we get along so well now.

Happiness is a choice. I am not waiting for anything or anyone to make me happy. I am happy. Every day. Sometimes deliriously so.

Travel is important to me. Random, spontaneous travel is better. International travel is best. Last year at this time I was on four continents in two weeks. Loved it! But that was almost too much even for me. I like to spend time in a place and get to know people.

Expect laughter – because honestly, I am funny! I’m probably not as funny as I think I am but come on, I crack myself up – and then you can just laugh AT me.

Running late on my way out to Eastern Utah to speak at a fireside one night about twelve years ago, I was pulled over twice within the same hour. I was driving a company car and didn’t have my driver’s license on me. I gave the second cop the first ticket to make the identification process go faster because (DUH!) I was in a hurry. He wasn’t nearly as amused as I was. I haven’t been pulled over for speeding since then.

I’m always pushing my limits. I want to be the kind of person who does more than I ever thought possible. And that’s a stretch because I dream pretty big.

A college degree is not required to be my friend – intelligence is, however, a big plus. Speak intelligently. Improve your grammar. Learn how to spell or use spell check. And proofread – or have someone else do it for you. (My mother, the English teacher, taught me well that “you can’t break the rules until you know what they are and how to use them properly.”)

I worked at Disneyland after my freshman year at Ricks. I make an effort to go back at least once a year – to Disneyland, not Ricks.

Now, I am a professional genealogist. A guy from high school is my mom’s dentist. Every time she sees him, he asks, “So, is she still doing that genealogy thing?” I told her next time she goes in she should tell him I asked if he was “still doing that dentist thing?” This is my career. And, I love it! And I am VERY good at it.

Personality and backbone are favorable qualities in a friend. Speaking your mind is important. I WANT to know what you think and feel. I do, however, live by the adage – I can’t have a STRONG opinion about anything unless I know enough to be able to argue both sides.  What do you think?

I love unconditionally and with my whole heart. My love language is Physical Touch. But, I can give love in lots of ways if you just let me know what you need.

My family once tried to have an entire dinner conversation using nothing but movie quotes. We would have succeeded had I not spent the entire time cracking up at my brothers and doing the running commentary on who was winning the game.

So, there you have it. You don’t know me. But, maybe now you know a little more than you did before. And if you learned nothing else, I hope you caught on to the fact that I start and end with family.


  1. CeCe, You are definetly funny. You ALWAYS make me laugh. I really enloyed reading the fun things you are doing. Keep it up! I think you are AMAZING and I'm proud to call you my friend and (relative) even if it's WAAAAAAYYYYYY down the line. You are great at everything you do! P.S. the fundraiser wasn't bad at all. Infact, I was really impressed. Goes to show you that I still don't know much at all. Have a great day!

  2. And I am again reminded of how much I love you and why I do. You consistently crack me up.

  3. oh my gosh loved reading this!! you are so dang fun! Love this! thanks for sharing this link with me!