I am supposed to be scrapbooking this weekend and nothing is going to stop that - though no one might want to sit near me!! I'll bring my tissues. And lysol.
Things I've done are in boldtype.
01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs (they didn't stay that way)
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children/currently raising child
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
132. Touched a cockroach
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating- rainbow trout
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident.
150. Saved someone’s life
|You Are Likely an Only Child|
At your darkest moments, you feel frustrated.
At work and school, you do best when you're organizing.
When you love someone, you tend to worry about them.
In friendship, you are emotional and sympathetic.
Your ideal careers are: radio announcer, finance, teaching, ministry, and management.
You will leave your mark on the world with organizational leadership, maybe as the author of self-help books.
I ended up driving to the city instead of taking the train so I could focus on something other than the nervousness. Then when I got to the conference, I was busy getting ready and then suddenly I was being introduced.
When I talked to my mom last night, I was telling her that people had advised me to picture the audience in their underwear. I've heard this before and I hate it - I can't do that, first of all, and second of all, it might make things worse. I thought it was a better technique to look for a friendly face or two in the audience and speak to them. I was able to do that and it really helped me to relax and feel confident in my talk. I was actually somewhat surprised when I was finished and the other speaker was up. After her talk, we had the participants break into groups and discuss some case studies we had developed and then we each took turns engaging them with some questions. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and a couple people even came up at the end to thank us.
I think the best part of the day was when I got back to work. I know that sounds weird but wait for the rest...the way our new offices are set up, we can see right out to the parking lot. We have a back door that we use and as I came around, all three of my colleagues were waiting for me! I didn't even have the key in the door before they were opening it, asking how I did, how things went, etc. They said they were going to text message me an encouraging message but didn't want my phone ringing during my presentation. It was just so sweet that they cared that much - it really made my day!
It's my second week! Yay!
Monday - Chili- Mac Skillet
Tuesday - Morrocan chicken -another great Dream Dinner
Wednesday - Tortellini
Thursday - Morrocan chicken
Friday & Saturday - no cooking for me this week!
Check out other Menu Plans at Org Junkie's great blog!
Better late than never!
So, the update on my new habits:
Vitamins - not so good this week. I need to eat them with breakfast in order for them not to keep me awake at night, apparently, but my breakfast habits are sporadic at best...so I think I only had them once this week.
Water - I am actually doing much better with this one. It's not always water I am drinking (sometimes hot chocolate, chai tea, caffeine free soda) but I am definitely taking in my fluids. And I am definitely drinking more water by having the bottles here in the house.
Menu planning - I started Menu Plan Monday last week and did fairly well. I ended up switching one of my meals but stuck with it for the most part.
So this week...hmm. I need to focus more on my home and things like wash and dishes. These are the first things I toss by the wayside when I am busy and I know it can't go on this way. To help, this week my habit will be to implement
FlyLady's Weekly Home Blessing Hour. I've tried FlyLady before and think it is great way to jumpstart and get back into the habit of cleaning, etc. And so it is time to get back on track! I'm setting Monday as my Weekly Blessing day.
For more Smart Habits Saturday ideas, visit the Lazy Organizer!
Then off to Fuddrucker's for a wonderful burger (but odd service - what's up with the self-serve thing? Weird.) and then on home. I had to do the church bulletins, other copying and prepare to teach Sunday school today. I was so totally exhausted that I was actually in bed by 8:45, which is completely unheard of!!
Today I taught Sunday school, then ran home for a wee bit, then out again to see one of my youth in the local high school's production of "Peter Pan". I love Peter Pan. It was quite well done - and a great shout out to my favorite Indian, Kristin! Good job, girlfriend!
Now I am finally in for the evening, making dinner and procrastinating. Blogging is a very good thing to do when you want to procrastinate. What I really should be doing is laundry and preparing for a presentation I am giving tomorrow. I was first told there would be 30 people in my session; we are now up to 120 and I've never done this before. The slides are ready, my speaker notes are finished, and I am just nervous. I need to run through it a couple times tonight but I am determined not to go crazy over this. I am just praying for calm and clarity in what I am presenting.
I cut back on my cell phone extras - down to the bare minimum now.
And then, the unthinkable.
I got rid of my digital cable and DVR.
Oh, yes, I did.
And I bet I will live to tell the tale.
Money is tight. Money is always tight and I am terribly tired of this state of affairs. But it came to a head a few weeks ago when, still several days away from pay day, I was down to $2.31 in my checking account.
This is bad, bad, bad. I know.
But with enormous student loans, rent, car payment, utlities, and so on, things are often not so pretty around here. I do the best I can and most times am able to keep my head above water. But I had fallen a bit behind with said student loans and the only way to get caught up was to use every cent. I'm still not totally caught up but should be with next pay.
It's really ridiculous. I have a good job (which I should, considering the student loans!) but I cannot seem to get ahead or get a handle on budgeting. I know there is no way on this earth I could take on a part-time job outside the home but thankfully I do have a lead on something I can do in my "free" time that will make a couple bucks now and again.
And so, it is time to try to cut corners, do what I can, see where I end up!
How amazing is that? Thankfully, the kits have been off the recalled brand for some time now and our current brand is not included in the recall but I just think it is so cool that they actually took the time to check customer records and send that email. It's especially helpful because much of the information about the recall has been confusing and difficult to decipher for many people; an email like this one can really make a difference in a situation like this.
Petsmart, you've got a customer for life!
I am speaking at a conference on Monday - the first time I'll be doing this. Initially, I had been told there would be about 30 people in my three hour session. As of today, we're up to 120.
Last night, my dreams were full of ridiculous things - having our room moved into part of a cafeteria and trying to speak over and control the situation in there. Leaving the building for some reason and then being late and unable to find where I was to go.
I'd wake up in between and think, "Are you kidding me? I'm seriously dreaming about this stuff?"
I know it will be fine. I am planning to spend a good portion of my day tomorrow and Sunday preparing for the session. I know that, logically, I will be nervous but I will get through it. I keep trying to convince myself that this is not unlike when we get up for our Workcamp Sunday at church and I talk about the trip and interview the kids and adults who went.
In reality, I know it is different. There is an opportunity here for questions to be asked and answers to not be easily found in the recesses of my mind...but to there goes all the prep time.
There are other stressors put upon me right now too which I'm sure are contributing to my just feeling bone tired. I wish I could figure out how best to healthily cope in times like this. Mostly, I end up feeling frustrated and ready to cry at the drop of a hat (or a comment). One thing I do more in times like this is read - hence the Spring Reading Thing. I started my Max Lucado book last night (and literally cried through the first chapter because it completely hit home) and today went to the bookstore for the first Becky Miller book, then on to the library for The Other Boleyn Girl.
Interestingly, that was a rental. The sign said "1.50 per week" so I rolled up the desk with my card in hand and $3. First, the woman at the desk told me my card was expired. What? I said three times, "I didn't know library cards expired" before she said, "Oh, well, it's just a mechanism to check your address and phone number so we can follow up on fines and overdues." It really isn't EXPIRED then, is it? Oddness. Anyway, she now renewed me through 2010 but said I could not rent the book for two weeks. I can rent for one, bring it back next Wednesday, and re-rent it.
Where is the sense in that?
Plus, their sign should say there is a one week limit on rentals.
But enough about that. I have books, I will read. I am currently Tivo-ing Grey's Anatomy, though I truly believe they jumped the shark with Meredith's drowning. And don't EVEN talk to me about the George and Izzie thing.
I also have two new movies from Netflix that will occupy my whirling mind - The Holiday (love Jack Black!) and Stranger Than Fiction. I hope the previews were a good indication on these movies - I certainly didn't feel that way about Click.
Well, for some reason, Norman is wandering about wailing this evening. Not sure what his trouble is, but I guess I should find out!
I'm not terribly good about putting in too many links in the text here (any tips on that??) so I'll just list my challenge books by title & author!
- Searching for God Knows What - Donald Miller (nonfiction)
- The Measure of a Man - Sidney Poitier (nonfiction)
- Night - Elie Weisel
- Simple Church - Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger (nonfiction)
- 7 Practices of Effective Ministry - Andy Stanley, Reggie Joiner, and Lane Jones (nonfiction)
- When God Whispers Your Name - Max Lucado
- The Yada Yade Prayer Group Gets Rolling - Neta Jackson (fiction - LOVE THESE BOOKS!)
- The Secret Life of Becky Miller & Renovating Becky Miller - Sharon Hinck (fiction)
- The Boleyn Inheritance - Philipa Gregory (fiction)
- Marley & Me - John Grogan (nonfiction)
- A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson (nonfiction)
- Sunrise - Karen Kingsbury (fiction - starts a new series; coming out April 13th!)
- Gardenias for Breakfast - Robin Jones Gunn (fiction)
- Learning to Breathe Again - Tammy Trent (nonfiction)
I think that's enough to start with! I need to check out what the library has in stock and what I have to get elsewhere.
Happy reading, all!
1. Go to Wikipedia and type in your birthday, month and day only.
2. List 3 events that occurred on that day.
3. List 2 important birthdays.
4. List 1 death.
5. List a holiday or observance. (if any)
6. Tag 5 other bloggers.
Birthday: February 7
1795 - The 11th amendment to the constitution was passed
1964 - The Beatles arrive for their first visit to the US
1985 - New York, New York becomes the official city anthem of New York City
Two important birthdays:
1867 - Laura Ingalls Wilder
1885 - Sinclair Lewis
2001 - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
One holiday or observance:
Independence Day in Grenada (1974)
And I tag whomever would like to play!
I always like to just let people know of my crankiness from the get-go, trying then to not let it pervade everything else. I tried to focus on a few unique projects I've got going this week - a presentation tomorrow, some deadlines later in the week, a presentation next Monday to the largest group I've ever spoken in front of, plus the normal projects, church stuff, etc. I ended up staying a little bit later than usual and then running some errands on my way home.
Now I am sitting here, alternating between the need to do some things around the house, the desire to learn more about something so I can start a part-time gig at it, and getting into bed and watching a DVD.
The DVD will probably win.
Speaking of DVDs, last night I finally watched "The Illusionist". It was a fine film - I highly recommend it. Despite my innate desire to figure everything out, I was surprised in the end. Not totally 100% surprised but a very good part surprised.
And because I have completely random, eclectic taste...tonight's movie will be "Click"*. (I guess that decides it - I'm not doing anything productive tonight!)
I need to put "Blood Diamond" and "The Queen" in my queue. Any other suggestions? I heard "The Prestige" is very good.
*UPDATED: Ok, maybe it is my cranky mood but I could really have done without seeing this one....
In an effort to work on my new habit, here's my menu plan for this week. It got a little altered today because I came home not feeling well but hopefully the rest of the week will work out!
Monday - bread & cheese
Tuesday - Italian chicken in the crockpot
Wednesday - take out
Thursday - Pecan-crusted pork chops (this one is a Dream Dinner)
Friday - pasta w/artichoke and parmesan sauce (and this sauce is Tastefully Simple)
Saturday - leftovers!
Sunday - pulled pork in the crockpot
And I was afraid. My slothfulness* had been discovered!
I slowly went to the door, hair askew. The neighbor was there and she said...
I FOUND SOMEONE WITH A PLOW.
Her cousin apparently has a backhoe and came over and did our driveway. Meanwhile, the landlord's kids chopped away at the ice on the sidewalk closest to the street and the neighbor's boyfriend (who drove here this morning from a neighboring state where he had NO SNOW) helped chop the ice off a path to my door.
I cannot tell you the joy that fills my heart at this development.
I'm so joyful to be free from our (somewhat) landlockedness...I may just go get my driver's license picture taken.
Updated: Slothfulness, indeed. The sloth is over here! : )
Ah, finally the weekend has arrived. We had a whole day of sleet/snow yesterday and it is completely impossible to shovel this morning so I am hiding out watching tv and surfing the web instead (and hoping that the upstairs neighbor will not try to shovel it and make me feel guilty!)
As for my habits, I was doing well with the vitamins but did not take them yesterday. I've been taking them later and later, sometimes at dinner or bedtime...and am wondering if that is the problem with my sleep. So today I will take them earlier and see what happens. I will say that I feel better than usual lately, especially in terms of energy...and I'm sure it's the vitamins, so that is a positive!
On the new habit from last week - drinking more water - I've done slightly better but I am not anywhere near where I should be with that. But a habit is not made in a week!! I've found I'm more likely to drink water in a bottle for some reason, so I bought some on sale at Target yesterday. I can always refill them, I guess, if it works for me!
I've been tossing around what my new habit should be for this week. I have a couple things in mind but in some ways I think I need to "prepare" for starting them, if that makes any sense. (Maybe I am thinking too much about this.) So instead, for this week, I'll bring up one that I've worked on intermittently but never consistently enough to make it a habit - menu planning. I know a lot of bloggers participate in Menu Plan Monday, sharing recipes and staying accountable, so I may give that a shot. I know it's not thrilling content for the blog but then, how often is my content thrilling? My goal is not to be a thrill-a-minute but instead to be real and normal and everyday. And this is certainly everyday stuff!
Anyway, Dream Dinners has helped me a great deal. I used to buy groceries and then, on the way home from work, decide I wanted something completely different that I of course didn't have a home, despite the grocery shopping. So I would stop at the store for whatever had caught my fancy that day or by something already prepared. Food in my fridge would go to waste because I needed to give in to my dinner "whim". I guess because of the cost of Dream Dinners, I've made a point to eat at least two or three a week and have been doing better with that. But I think laying out a menu plan would be helpful in many ways...and so it shall be done!
I've been having a terrible time sleeping again. I was up for no apparent reason Saturday night at 3:30 AM and then again Sunday at 4:30 (though this one was from the neighbors upstairs - but that's another story). I don't know what's going on. Maybe too much floating around my subconscious.
I'm looking forward to the weekend. I want to finish up my work in my office and take care of organizing all my scrapbooking stuff. Then Saturday night, we're showing "Facing the Giants" to the congregation - we need this message right now, so desperately. I know many people are trying to stay positive and upbeat with the challenges we are facing but sometimes it's hard. I think it's really important to try to stay inspired and to focus on God's hand in all this. If the movie impacts others the way it impacted me, I think we'll be moving in the right direction.
The scrapbooking station hasn't been setup yet but the space is cleared for it. The closet still needs work and there are a couple rubbermaid tubs that need to be sorted and reorganized but the room is up and running! Yahoo!
For me, it should be Smart Habit Sunday! I can't seem to get my act together on Saturday to post. Anyway, despite the ginormousness of the vitamins I purchased (Dr. Weill's multivitamin and Omega 3):
Using ony one word…..not as easy as you might think. I tag whomever wants to do it! Let me know in the comments so I can check you out!
1. Where is your cell phone?
2. Your Vehicle?
3. Your hair?
5. Your father?
6. Your favorite thing?
7. Your dream last night?
8. Your favorite drink?
10. The room you’re in?
11. Your ex?
12. You are?
13. What do you want to be in 10 years?
14. Who did you hang out with today?
15. What you’re not?
17. One of your wish list items?
18. Where is the ______ ?
19. The last thing you did?
20. What are you wearing?
21. Your favorite TV show?
22. Your pet(s)?
23. Your computer?
24. Your life?
25. Your mood?
27. What are you thinking about right now?
28. Your Shoes?
29. Your work?
30. Your summer?
31. Your favorite color?
I know there is still much partying going on in this crazy, bloggityville of ours - over 700 folks, I hear! Many thanks to all who swung by my place - it's been great to meet you and visit a while!
Today I have a funny tale to regale you all with - ala "Office Space", hence the appropo red Swingline adorning my page.
In my previous place of business, which shall of course remain nameless, I encountered...well, much weirdness. I had difficulty socializing and could go days without speaking to anyone but my boss - and if you know me at all, you KNOW that that just ain't me!
There was also a great deal of trouble with my name. My first nameplate said "Trisha" and when I informed the office manager that that was incorrect, I instead got one that said "Lricia". Yes, Lricia. Seriously! And "while they ordered me a new one" (read: tried to appease me but really did nothing), they fixed it to read my real name with WHITE OUT. When paging or calling me, I was called Tina, Theresa, Terez, and other variations of names beginning with "T". I do need to insert the disclaimer here, however, that this seems to be an ongoing theme. I recently received something in the mail addressed to Trichina (yes, I did) and had someone call for me and ask for Twila.
Anyway, I left said previous place of business several months ago (note the use of the word "months" - as in less than six - not "years"). The other week, I got home to find a number I recognized but could not place on the caller id and a voicemail.
The voicemail was from the hiring manager at said previous place of business.
Who "came across my resume from a long time ago" (read: "fall of 2005") and didn't know if I was still looking but wanted to talk to me about ___________ position.
That I had left less than 6 months before.
This was not an offer to come back.
It was an offer to come in the first place.
She had NO IDEA that I had been employed in that position for nearly a year and it was my previous job she was trying to fill.
Now, granted, she was new there - but surely my name or file or SOMETHING must somehow be on record, filed, whatever related to this position.
Needless to say, (but I'll say it anyway) I called her back. And told her that I had already held that position, in fact it was because I had left that she was trying to now fill it.
And she actually laughed out loud. And told me I made her day.
Yeah, welcome to my world.
Each week, you choose a new habit to start working on. I have A LOT to work on, but I have to start somewhere. And I think this is a neat idea.
So my new habit for this week is...taking vitamins. And let me tell you, I hate vitamins! Mamacita is a big proponent of vitamins and has been for years and years. There was a time when I was a teenager when she had me taking so many vitamins...I'd say it was like 14 or something. And they made me feel sick, every time. Now that I'm a "grown up", I've shied away from vitamins. Occassionally, I'll try a multivitamin but the first time I feel sick to my stomach, it's in the cabinet until it expires.
This week, I bought some B-12 and started taking that. There are a couple other things I think would be helpful to me, so I am going to investigate them and start off slow and see how it goes. Wish me luck!
Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party! It's being hosted over at www.5minutesformom.com! I think I was blogger #536!!!!!!!!!!
So if you have been party hopping, welcome to my humble little corner of the blogsphere! I'm not a mom but I do have a lot of kids - three furry ones, about 13 teenagers, and upwards of 20 in preschool, elementary school and junior high. If you check out my blog, you'll find out how that all translates - I am mom to three black and white cats: Ramona, Nellie & Norman (the baby). I lead the Children's Ministry program at my church and am also a youth leader. I love the Lord and am very active with those ministries and others in my church. I'm always busy, always on the go - but I love blogging. It's a great way for me to have an opportunity to write, which I had been missing for several years, and a wonderful way to keep up with family and old friends. And it's been a great way to meet new ones too!
Make yourself at home and have fun at the Ultimate Blog Party! And don't forget to leave me a comment and let me know you stopped by!