She harnessed the power of Britney, and then She quit.

First I’d like to get off my chest that my coworker is out of town and he has this GIANT bag of M&M’s and they call to me like candy-coated sirens promising to melt in my mouth and never in my hand. It’s awful, I’ll be sitting at my desk and I will feel like I have forgotten something. So I stop, and think, and then I remember, oh yes, those M&M’s are like 10 feet away. And then I go get some. I don’t even want to try to figure out how many bags of M&M’s I’ve eaten by taking my, “small” handfuls every 30 minutes or so. I moved the bag to the end of his cubicle, but it really hasn’t done much to deter me. But it’s his own fault for leaving that bag out while he is not there to guard it. Right?

And on the subject of cubicles. Yesterday was a really big day for me. Though some of you may have already been privy, Eric and I are moving to Philadelphia next month for Eric’s work. We will be there through August. This is a big deal for a number of reasons, but the biggest being it meant that I had to quit my job.

Now I know I may come across like I don’t LOVE my job, what with all the cubicle comments and pleas for guns, but I know what a good thing I have going here. My job is cushy, they treat me extremely well and even though I don’t ADORE every project I work on, I get paid to write. I mean, they pay me to do what I have been doing for free my whole life! Plus I work at a place where I’m not the loudest one (it’s not easy to find this level of craziness everywhere you go!) and the people I work with are exceptionally hysterical. But yesterday I had to give my bosses a month’s notice. My last day of work will be April 10.

It was really really hard for me because 1. I hate letting people down 2. I get a tad bit emotional and I love my bosses and 3. I have a tendency to share too much information when I am put in uncomfortable situations. I practiced not sharing too much information over and over, but obviously I over shared. With comments like, “Well Eric said he’d get me a puppy!”

I know you’re probably thinking, “But Alison! What will happen to your blog!” But you don’t need to worry. Very fortunately I will be able to continue working and writing for my company, I will just be doing it in Philly. I am so lucky that they want to keep me on some projects. Because I will still be able to bring in some dough, but I won’t have to get a job for five months that would have no doubt interrupted my busy schedule of running, laying out by the pool and sewing ponies. So I mean in theory I quit my office hours, but not my job. So don’t try to come all up in here and take it! The blog will not suffer, it will probably begin to thrive! I have some big plans.

So, have you ever had to quit like a real job? It’s rough man! I’ve been here for a year in a half, that’s not a life time, but it’s a good chunk of memories. On my way to work yesterday I started getting emotional and I was so anxious. Even though I was quitting under ideal circumstances. i.e. I wanted to continue to do some work, it was not MY fault but Eric’s…anyway, I was listening to My Morning Jacket, and it was just making things worse. I knew I couldn’t show up to work crying, or I’d never be able to talk to my bosses, so I turned on Britney Spears. I started to get pumped up and I really let the lyrics speak to me man. And I was like, yes! “I am the ringleader! I call the shots! I’m like a fire cracker, I make it hot!” I was about to go into the lions den and the I remembered, and God bless you Britney Spears…

All eyes on me in the center of the ring
just like a circus
When I crack that whip, everybody gonna trip
just like a circus
Don’t stand there watching me
follow me, show me what you can do
Everybody let go, we can make a dance floor
just like a circus!

And swear to you, this is the only thing that got me mentally ready enough to do what had to be done. So, now that I have shared all of that with you. I am really excited for the change that is ahead of me. I am going to miss SLC so much, but I figure I’ll just stomp the hell out of it during the marathon on April 18th, and then Eric and I will hop in Jet Blue (my car) and make our way to Philly. We’re not quite sure what we’re going to be doing after that. We’ve just thrown all caution to the wind!

Do I have any friends in Philly? Do you have any friends in Philly? Have you ever been there? I haven’t. This is part of the reason why I need a puppy. Oh man! Ok! Well that’s that.

I love you all!

I hope you have a great weekend.




  1. Amanda

    The East Coast is where it’s at! I’ve never been to Philadelphia, but they’ve got cheese steaks so how bad could it be? Congrats to you guys, and good luck in your puppy quest.

  2. +L

    that will be such a fun adventure! and believe me, adventures are much harder to come by when you have little mouths to feed, dare i say, including a dog. just something to think about…

  3. Alison

    I know lisset! Both my bosses said, “don’t get a dog!” haha

  4. David and Shalynna

    I love the East Coast! You are lucky to be moving there for a bit.

    My sister is moving from SLC to Philadelphia in May. Maybe you will run into each other.

    I cry at every single job I have ever had- when I start it and when I end it. It can be so hard!

  5. andrea

    are you sure you want a puppy? you didnt even like sandy that much….

  6. Mike

    Don’t go eat at Geno’s, they’re a bunch of xenophobes and racists.

    But the Philadelphia Museum of Art is awesome.

  7. Alison

    ok I’m gonna trust you MIke, even though they have a picture of TONY DANZA on their website…

  8. Mallory

    What an exciting new turn of events! But please tell me your hubby isn’t a summer sales guy???

  9. jenny

    what a fun new adventure for you! can’t wait to hear about it via blog world.

  10. Alison

    I felt like you before I married one. He actually doesn’t sell, he installs. And he is a regional manager of those who install. But yes. Guilty.

  11. Harvey Ralph

    Frankenstein, you can’t wear blue, dark orange/brown, black, silver, gold and purple at the same time. Just some simple advice from a guy with no style. Also, a puppy is a bad idea… don’t do it Eric… just have a kid… the Internet and cable T.V. pretty much raise those… dogs, they’re another story.

  12. Alex

    I love Philly! you will love it too! but how could you not when there are FLY afro-dudes driving around blasting “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer (TRUE STORY- I KID YOU NOT).

    Plus there’s King of Prussia- the 2nd largest mall in america! It’s HUGE!

    Henry loved his time in Philly too!… but don’t get a puppy, it’s called filthadelphia for a reason. xoxoxo so excited for you!

  13. Breanne King

    I LOVE that city. Favorite (in the US atleast). Also, I was listening to My Morning Jacket yesterday morning too! It was totally at the same time, I’m sure.

  14. Matt and Jennae Porter

    Matt is from Philly (well, technically Wilmington, DE, but as you’ll see they’re right next to each other, and philly sounds cooler). He loved it. Unfortunately, summer is super hot PLUS unbearably humid. At least there is LOTS of sightseeing to do and LOTS of cheesesteaks to be eaten!

  15. darcie

    a few things:
    1. congrats to eric and to you on the pup

    2.i liked your column in the latest square

    3.kjell was shaking his rump to some pleasant pictures today. that’s the stamp of approval.

  16. Jen Clark

    Well, I know of a friend who will be in a little town called Pikesville, MD which is approx. 109miles away from Philly, so that definitely calls for some play dates if you ask me! And after you get a puppy, I’ll bring Buddy along so they can have some togetherness time as well! Oh, I’m getting excited already! p.s I got to meet Sprinkles when Ben and I stopped by your abode last week and it was amazing. Much bigger in person!

  17. jo

    You get more comments than anyone I know…well done. you can love my baby all you want. you can squeeze and mush him all you want too. I love your little sis to pieces, therefore I love you.

  18. Sean

    I lived there for five years if you want any advice. I’m so jelous of you getting to go there. I want to go back so bad. West philly between 30th and Market and 50th and baltimore is the shit. Lots of cool restaurants/bars/shops and intensely cool people. Couple of my old friends: Rob Karchnyak and Lia Kershaw. Email me if you want their numbers to show you around. Oh this is Sean Heald, by the way. From Iliad ’01-’02. Long time reader, first time poster.

  19. Bek

    ali, i had to quit my 1st real job in september and it was so hard because i totally loved it. but i’ve always been a believer that change is a good thing. and when you’re making a change for the right reasons, so many blessings fall from the heavens. you will love philly.

  20. Katie

    My best friends live in Philly. Here’s their blog, but they hardly ever update it:

    You’ll love it.

  21. naomi

    Alison, you’re so toxic right now.

  22. lenalou

    I am going to MISS you! But I’m excited for this adventure for you.and I don’t know why everyone’s all anti-puppy. You want a dog, get a dog!

  23. Alicia

    I was wondering what you were going to do with your job! You could always drive to Boston and see us if you get bored, but I don’t know if that would be weird with rival companies and all. 🙂 JK
    I am nervous about moving too! Good luck to both of us on the east coast! BTW, I am taking our TWO dogs, 21 month old and a little something extra with me to Boston. You could do it with one dog! 🙂 You may want the company anyway!!!

  24. Julia

    I know EXACTLY how you feel. I started crying when I told the partners and I don’t consider myself that emotional. I’m glad that you are able to stay on. Are you going back to Utah to pick up after the five months??

  25. Nicole

    Woo, congrats on starting a new chapter in your life! Philly is a great town with tons to do. On the people front, Jennifer Frohlich and Amanda Stewart from PHS both live there right now and know their way around.

  26. Carlita

    I think it’s super that your company likes you enough to keep you on, even from a different state. Congrats!

    and I am running the SLC Half Marathon, but props for running the full. I think that take cajones.

  27. 007

    Wait, do I need to get Jack back before you ditch town?

  28. Patricia

    i go to puerto rico for one week and i miss THIS?! you’re moving to philly? you’re probably going to become really good friends with a smart-alec african american teen who plays basketball and has rich cousins in bel air, so you need to start practicing. welcome to the east coast!

  29. Aji

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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