Friday, September 19, 2008


Today is International Talk Like A "Piyate" Day!!

My pirate name is:

Dread Pirate Rackham

Like the famous Dread Pirate Roberts, you have a keen head for how to make a profit. You have the good fortune of having a good name, since Rackham (pronounced RACKem, not rack-ham) is one of the coolest sounding surnames for a pirate. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from
part of the network
'N this be the piyate name given me.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Utah's Best Bagger...

This is Kasala Kasala from the Macey's in West Jordan, and as you can tell, he is VERY excited to be the 2008 Utah State Best Bagger.

There were 38 baggers in this year's competition from Macey's, Dan's, Dick's, Lin's, Harmon's, and Winegar's. Just so everyone knows what this is all about, it's much more complicated than just bagging. They are judged on 1- Speed (You want to go fast), 2- Weight Distribution (You want each bag to weigh the same), 3- Bag Building Technique (Cans on the bottom, boxes on the sides, no glass touching, no chips/bread/eggs smashed, no bags torn or falling over, etc.), and 4-Appearance and Attitude (You should be in dress code and excited to be there!)

Everone bagged in plastic, and then in paper, and then their scores were added together to get the winner. Emily Call from Sandy Macey's came in second and Jenette Solis from Draper Harmon's came in third. Emily will go on to the National competition in February because Kasala leaves on his mission in December.

For all of you who don't care, that's just too bad because this was a lot of work and is what has been consuming most of my blogging time for the last 2 months. So deal with it! (And yes, that is me in the background. I was an official point calculator and was hoping to avoid getting in any news shots, but clearly failed!)

And here is a slide show from Deseret News so you can share in a little of the excitement!

Deseret News - Audio slideshow - It's in the bag

I Know, I Know...

So it has been a VERY long time since I posted anything. Don't get me wrong, PLENTY has been going on lately. I just haven't had time to sleep, let alone blog! On Monday of this week (September 15) it was the Utah Food Industry's Annual Educational Conference and Celebration. That is where I work, along with only three other people, therefore putting together a conference for the entire food industry in the state of Utah was more than a little work and more than a little time consuming!! On top of the conference, I was in charge of the Utah State Best Bagger Competition. You got it, bagging competition. If you are one of the ones saying "Oh brother, it's just bagging", you have got it all wrong!! This is serious business and those baggers take it VERY seriously!! (Some of them a little too seriously!) Anywho... it was fun, and IT'S OVER!!! So I will try to get and keep caught up. :0)