- Dad and Deirdre came to visit us Friday night. We took a walk around the neighborhood, had hot dogs and bratwursts on the grill, and just hung out and had a good time. Happy Father's Day to my Dad, who sometimes feels more like my best friend.
- Woke up early Saturday to take them to the airport. Came home and spent a lazy morning and afternoon with Mike. We didn't feel guilty about it because it was so rainy, again.
- I ended up buying 6 pairs of shoes on gojane.com. Oops! But they are so cute and so cheap! To make myself feel better, I did some Spring Cleaning today. I got rid of 11 pairs of shoes and a huuuuuuge black trash bag filled with clothes. I will take them all to GoodWill on Monday.
- Came home and took Herbie for a walk, then went to Target and got some shampoo and conditioner. I love that my favorite shampoo is only $3.50 for a huge bottle :) I got some new flip flops too. Oops, I guess that means I bought 7 pairs of shoes this weekend?! I needed them I swear! The 11 pair I got rid of were in absolutely horrible condition, I promise. Mike wanted to go to Best Buy and of course he bought another PS3 game, Fall Out or Far Cry or something like that, I dont know.
- Came home and watched Gran Torino. I don't recommend it. Very cheesy and horrible acting.
- After our hike we came home, where I proceeded to go through my shoes and clothes and pack them all into bags. It felt nice to clean out.
Now what to do? I am finishing up the laundry and sitting on my lovely new living room furniture with a sleepy puppy on the floor. Mike and I had an argument about getting a 2nd sump pump, lol. Our basement is 100% finished and is beautiful and we get a lot of rain drainage in our back yard, so I said I wanted to buy a 2nd sump pump as a back up and Mike things I am crazy! "It's totally unnecessary". But we compromised and decided we will see how much it will cost and most likely invest in it since it would probably be worth it. We are also looking into additional flood protection through homeowner's insurance, etc.
Okay, this has been a boring entry, I'm sure, but I wanted to recap my fun weekend :) Adios!
“You will not grow if you sit in a beautiful flower garden, but you will grow if you are sick, if you are in pain, if you experience losses, and if you do not put your head in the sand, but take the pain as a gift to you with a very, very specific purpose.”
The message here is that we can learn from every experience, and that in fact every experience can be regarded as a gift. This, perhaps, is a hard thing for us to hear - we have been conditioned to think of illness and pain in a negative way and we try to avoid suffering at all costs. But all growth involves pain and so perhaps we should be less eager to shy away from it, learning instead to welcome it and take something of value from these experiences.
I figured it out! Even though I have to host my pictures on stupid photobucket there is at least an easy link between photobucket and LJ. Sweet! I am not a pro at LJ anymore and I can't make my picture posts look all pretty. But I have posted a few pictures under here of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and some general things around our new house! Righhhttt.... here: ( Read more...Collapse )
Why doesn't livejournal have an extremely easy method of uploading pictures, like Facebook and Myspace?? You have to be a paying member to not have to upload your photos somewhere and embed them in your post. That is so annoying! I just spent like 30 milliseconds updating both Facebook and Myspace with my new photos and it will probably take me 30 minutes to do stupid Lj. Let's see if I have the patience for it... starting... NOW!
So here we are, Thanksgiving Day. I swear it feels just like yesterday we were celebrating the beginning of 2008! I guess I should do you typicaly "What I am Thankful for" type post. Well, right now, there is a lot. I am thankful for:
- Being able to own my own home at 25 years old.
- Being able to travel to Spain and watch Real Madrid play in the Bernabeau in the game that they celebrated winning La Liga!
- Being able to travel to different countries and places and see and learn new things about different cultures.
- Having a job with bosses that appreciate the work that I do, and teach me new things constantly. Job security is something I am truly thankful for right now.
- Having free health care :)
- Being SIDE PAIN FREE FOR 5 MONTHS!!
- Experiencing yoga and accupuncture for the first time, and the positivity that they brought into my life.
- Taking a semester off of school and truly enjoying my time away from it.
- Having a brother and knowing that no matter what he will always be there for me.
- Having a mother that is the most caring, kind soul that I know to exist.
- Having a father that is involved with my life in such a daily, casual, friendship type of way.
- Mike. Its nice to live with your best friend and be able to see them whenever you want :)
- My friends. Although I always keep most of my friends at arms length, they prove time and time again that they are good people and teach me about myself. I love them for that.
- And lastly, I am thankful for myself. I am thankful that I feel the desire to use my sharp brain and my talent to excel in life... that I get bored with the easy way out and constantly try to challenge myself. I am responsible and try to do what is right, right to me and how I was raised. I think I am a genuinely good person, an interesting person, who tries to treat people how I would like to be treated. I am thankful for me! :)
Oh what a rainy Friday. The fog is so heavy I can't even see the Legg Mason building, and it's only two blocks from my work window! I kind of like it, though. When it's rainy outside it helps me feel relaxed and like I am allowed to slow down for a moment. It's also funny to see the emails slow down on rainy days... people just aren't as productive when the weather is gloomy.
I have had a very busy two weeks at work. I worked all last weekend at a large Convention, had two Board meetings, and had an Awards program until 9:30 last night. There are more events next week, and then all of the Holiday parties begin! I can't believe it's that time of year already. I am looking forward to it (the presents, family, and food part!).
The house has started moving at a slower pace with all of these late nights and working weekends. I need to clean very badly this weekend and try to get more things put away. However, we already have six bottles of wine and some Stoli Vanilla in the wine fridge, sweet!
We bought our new stainless steel stove last night and should get it delivered in time for Thanksgiving. That is exciting! I truly never thought I would be able to live in a house this nice, I actually cried tears of joy the other night, it was crazy. I guess all of this hard work really does pay off!
I am so glad I took this semester off of school. I'm glad I listened to my heart and did it. There is no way I could have done this while working this schedule that I do and going to school. None. And, I honestly have not *once* had the desire to go back (yet). It has been great!
I need to get back into yoga... I was going pretty often there for a few months but fell off the wagon this month. I'm telling I have barely had enough time to get 8 hours of sleep, let alone fit in extra curricular activities. Plus $15 a pop is no longer chump change to me with a mortgage and school loans. I want to go back though, its good for me.
Alright, I just thought I would get some of this in writing, I feel excited and inspired and happy and have a sense of something to look forward to. Speaking of looking forward, Mike and I are trying to plan some of our trips for '09. We are trying to decide between Argentina and London. Maybe we will just stay local and go to LA or something, I dont know. Whatever's cheapest :)
I AM SO PROUD OF OUR COUNTRY! I cannot believe that at the age of 25 I have been witness to the first African American President of the United States. How amazing is that?
I am excited to see what Barack can do. I am excited at the prospect of new ideas, and someone who isn't so fixated on mixing their religion in with my country's politics. I am excited about having a young President who is in touch with this country's people. This is exciting, and I hope for nothing but the best for Barack. I worry about him and his safety, but hope and pray that everything is okay.
The people have spoken. This was the fastest decided election in 100 YEARS! I didn't know elections could go so fast. He won Ohio and Florida like they bled blue for years.
I have a renewed hope that our country will turn around, now. I have hope that he will end this pointless war in Iraq, focus on Afghanistan, and more importantly focus on the United States of America! I have hope that he will listen to the people and be pro-active, and not make unilateral decisions.
For the first time in my adult life, I have hope for our President and what he can do for our country. Eight years with the Bush administration is enough to make me realize how much voting, and our elections, really ARE important and have direct affect on my life.
Today, at 3:00 p.m., Mike and I will officially become home owners :)
We went last night for our final walkthrough, and instead of finding any surprises like we were scared might happen, we were once again pleasantly surprised! The laundry room was bigger than we remembered. The upstairs carpet was in better condition then we remembered. The wood floors looked more beautiful then we remembered. The neighborhood was quiet, the houses decorated for Halloween, the trees in our backyard peacefully blowing in the cool Fall breeze.
Only another 2 hours at work, and then I'm off for the rest of the day to prepare for our camping trip with Dad in Seneca Falls, NY! So stoked for s'mores and campfires!
I need to do a million things before we leave today at 6pm. This is a checklist for me, probs not that interesting: - Charge camera - Get Herbie a longer leash and a pillowcase for a sleeping bag - Pack warm stuff (socks, pants, coat, jacket, hoodie, shoes) - Pack some other stuff (t-shirts, pjs, bathroom stuff - contact stuff) - Find the directions that Mike probably threw away - Eat something for lunch - Fold the clothes on the floor in bedroom
The house looks like a hurricane came through, boxes everywhere, trash everywhere, its insane! Two weeks to the day until we close!
I am learning that friendships are worth fighting for, and that honesty with my own emotions in a friendship leads to a better friendship. I have less problems with these issues with intimate boyfriend/girlfriend relationships, but god damn this friendship thing has taken me a long time to grasp :) It's worth it, though.
Ok so I really get pissed when I buy a nice sub from Subway and get back to the office, ready to sink my teeth into it, and then touch it and find out that its HARD flaky bread. WTF? Do they overcook the bread? Let it sit too long? Unacceptable.
This is one of the most accurate descriptions of my personality type that I have ever seen. I actually discussed a few of these things with my acupuncturist yesterday, before even reading this! And HE was the one that brought them up, crazy! I have bolded areas that I feel are super eerily true:
Engaged Idealists are extroverted and helpful. Others find them to be very congenial and inspiring - especially as they are always willing to see the best in the other person. Their humour, their energy and their optimism attract other people. Engaged Idealists are very good at communicating and are good at convincing and firing on others. That is why it is a matter of course that they often take over the leading role in groups. This personality type often produces very charismatic persons.
Engaged Idealists have an unusually strong ability to empathise. They are tolerant and generous towards others; they sometimes tend to idealise their friends. They always try to suit everybody and want their relationships to be harmonious and satisfactory. To achieve this, they are prepared to invest a great deal and to put their requirements last. As Engaged Idealists are very considerate, there is the danger of them sacrificing and overexerting themselves for others. In their job, they therefore have to be very careful not to develop a burnout syndrome.
Engaged Idealists are reliable, well organised and love structuring complicated situations. They have difficulty accepting criticism; they quickly feel hurt and misunderstood. Their perfectionism also influences their love life - they look for the perfect relationship for life. Once they have made their decision, they are faithful, well-balanced and loving partners. However, should they get involved with the wrong person, it can happen that they allow themselves to be exploited for a long time before they end the relationship.
And this couldnt be more true!!!:: These subjects could interest you art, psychology, politics, honorary work, environmental protection, nature, travel
1) It is amazing the difference that a new tube of mascara makes!
2) I get off at 1:00 today, happy Friday! I am going to Whole Foods to get more of the amazing milk from a local creamery. My Dad used to buy it for me growing up :)
3) Had my first acupuncture appointment last week. It was really cool! Anyone who knows me well knows that I have zero anxiety towards needles and actually somewhat enjoy the sensation (thus the 9million piercings I had in my late teens/early twenties). It was really amazing to feel my Qi for the first time. I had to stay a little longer than planned because the needles on my back/spine were taking a longer time to release the bad energies. Geez I didnt think I was so filled with bad energy, lol! I was a bit unbalanced, but he solved that for the time being with a few needles on my right shin and inside of my right foot.
4) Had my first yoga session last night. Loved it, of course! Yoga poses really make the human body feel beautiful and look elegant. Afterwards my feet felt that they had more of a purpose and more grounded. I look forward to next week's class.
5) Poor little Herbie has hurt his back again. Well, I hurt his back, last night. I was sitting on the couch with my feet up on the coffee table, and when I brought my feet down to the floor Herbie was there instead :( He squeeked, and has been squeeking ever since when we get near him. Poor little guy, he didn't sleep at all and would just sit there and look at us.
6) La Liga starts back up soon, but not soon enough. The schedule has been released, at least :)
7) Mike and I will most likely travel to Arizona for our vacation next year. Hit up Phoenix, Sedona and the Grand Canyon. I am definitely stoked! He is also trying to go to South American somewhere (I say Argentina or Brazil) since we can get the flight for free, but we'll see. He is also still trying to talk me into 2010 South Africa. I am not feeling that.
8) I am going to the Body Works exhibit at the Science Center tomorrow night, finally! :)