Keeping Caught Up....

I count myself in nothing else so happy as in a soul remembering my good friends. - Shakespeare

Friday, June 09, 2006

Inconveniently far away

Here's Simon and me Last Autumn at a cool German castle. I was disappointed to realize I'd miss Tamara's party by only a week. I was in Utah the week before the party for a few days for my Grandmother's funeral. But as you might imagine, I didn't have much free time available - being kept pretty busy with family stuff. Sadly, it doesn't appear likley that I'll be in town for the reunion either, it's quite an expensive ticket. Though, I am planning to be in Utah for Christmas this year, it would be cool to see those of you who might be around. I've torn a collateral ligament in my left knee, so I'm laid up at home at the moment, can't go to work, only have two English TV channels... so what better to do than blog? They actually have CNN as a normal channel here, and EuroSport. Has anyone ever noticed how repetitious CNN is? It's a great time to be in Germany, though. The World Cup starts here tomorrow and there are huge street parties in the major cities. They've erected a huge screen in the middle of the river in downtown Frankfurt where they'll be showing some of the games for those of us who were unable to get tickets. It's the most watched sporting event in the world - even more viewers than the Olympics, it's odd to be an American and come from the one country that doesn't care about soccer. Being married to an Englishman has educated me in this area. :) Hi to everyone - I wish I could have been there for the party. So, what happened there? Love, Leah

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

10 year reunion, Class of '96 West Jordan

Hey, it was fun seeing a lot of you at Tamera Adams' retiring party. I wish I could have stayed and talked to you guys longer. We'll have to get together sometime with whoever is still in Utah. I finally found out that there is going to be a 10 year reunion for the WJHS class of '96. Racheal Lavato is organizing it. I don' t know if she would have me put her phone number on the web, but e-mail me at and I'll send you her contact info so she can send you information about the event.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Heidi's Long Story Short

Hey everybody. I guess it's my turn. I went to school at the University of Evansville in southern Indiana, and graduated with a BS in Theatre in 2002. While I was there, I spent a semester abroad in England, and absolutely loved it - Leah, I'm jealous you'll be living in London, I love that city. I came back to Salt Lake after graduation, and I'm now working as the Marketing Director for Repertory Dance Theatre, and trying to do some playwriting in my spare time. I'm living in Sugar House at the moment, but I'm in process of buying a condo a little closer to downtown, which has been quite a trip. I'll probably be moving in sometime in April. Wow, I just summarized the last eight years of my life in a few lines. Not sure how I feel about that... Good to hear from all of you, Heidi Schmidt

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Leah's life for the past four years

Hi Everybody! Thanks for the invitation to the blog, it'll be great to keep updated, it's great to read about everyone. As for me....well, after graduating from the U of U in 2001, and working as a receptionist for a few months, I decided it was about time to have an adventure. So....I moved to Taiwan. Yeah, I found a job on the internet, had a telephone interview, and decided to go be an English teacher. It's really a fantastic opportunity, I made quite a bit of money, traveled to China, Japan, Thailand and the Phillipines on vacation, and met some amazing people. I even learned to speak Mandarin. I was there for just over 13 months, but by then I was itching for something more intellectually challenging, so after three months back in Utah, I went to Canterbury in England to do a Master's Degree in 'Dickens and Victorian Culture' at the University of Kent. Most MA's in England only take one year, so I figured the overseas tuition would be worth it - didn't count on the ridiculously high cost of living - so I quickly spent all the money I had earned in Taiwan. That's life I guess. However, I learned a load about literature, wrote a dissertation, saw some great places and....met my husband, Simon! We were married on 8 April 2004, and it's been great. Simon's from London, he's a fantastic guy, great sense of humour, loads of ambition, and the love of my life. He's also four years younger than me, so he's technically a Junior at Universtiy now. He's doing a degree in English Law and German Law, so we're spending this year in Germany. We live in a lovely little town called Marburg, and I commute to Frankfurt every day for work English Teacher! It's a great job, I get to be creative and meet lots of people. I'm really enjoying it. We'll be here until August, then spend the next year in London, then...I have no idea. Pretty exciting anyway. My note about Eric: Sad that it took Eric's death to bring us all together. He was a huge influence on my life - he affected what I studied at Uni, my hobbies, interests, and goals. It's hard to imagine him gone, but the evidence I have seen and read suggests that he is still very much alive in all of our hearts - he certainly is in mine.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Another update on a different me

Hi, this is Bob Bateman. Just to give a quick update. I'm still in school at Utah State University up in Logan. I'll be finishing my Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in May 2007. I got married in Dec 2002 to Lindy. We recently had our first baby in July 2005, Sydney Loren, She's adorable here's a link to our hospital pictures. We also have a homepage where we have some pictures of us, but we haven't updated it for a little while. We really need to get some more pictures of Sydney up soon. Once I'm finished with Grad school then we'll be moving back to the SLC area because all of our family lives there. I'm excited to here from everybody. ~Bob Bateman

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Update on me

I live in, you guessed it, West Jordan. I was married in Aug. 2002 and I have a 15 month old girl named Lydia Elise. I work part time at a dental lab and my husband just started a job as an electrician apprentice. By the way, his name is Jake. I too have been wondering about old high school friends, especially since Eric died. I hope you all are doing well. --Anita

Death is a funny thing

It makes you think.... It makes you evaluate your life... and often times you will choose to change something in your life. Going back to Utah this past weekend for Eric's Memorial service was a different kind of experience. The memorial itself invoked in me a potpourri of feelings; sadness, calm, humor, terror, guilt, happiness, wonder... the list goes on. It was nice to see and hear the different perspectives people had on Eric and his life. He was something different to everyone he met. To me he was my closest friend. One of the few people in this world that I knew I could count on at to be there no matter what the situation. Someone to laugh with, cry with, argue with, relax with.... Someone that no matter how many times we seemed to annoy each other we could still say "I love you". He was my "Bengy" and I his "Crackers". I will always miss him, always love him, and always wish I had had more time with him. Love ya Beng!

Monday, January 30, 2006

These last few days I have spent a lot of time thinking about who I am. Along with that comes the thoughts of what and who helped make me who I am. With the passing of a dear and close friend I have really being thinking a lot about the relationships in my life. I have talked to a lot of frineds from my past this last week and in each conversation there has been a lot to catch up on. So.... Bob and I decided this would be an easy way to stay caught up. This site will primarily be for West Jordan High School Alumni who are interested in what is happening in the lives of the people they used to be so close to. We all know life is hectic, busy and sometimes down right insane. and we all know that no matter how good our intentions... life gets in the way of staying in contact with everyone we once we frineds with. This is just a way to see what everyone is up to. SO, take a moment and let us all know what is happening in your life and then check in with us every once in a while.