Monday, November 30, 2009

santa gave me an early present--a big tire around my waist!!

I'm about to make a conclusive statement, so brace yourselves. I will, undoubtedly, be one of the cutest preggers ever. I'm sure a baby bump will be quite becoming on me... BUT until then, this bloated lump of holiday cheer that is forming in my abdominal area has got to go! For reals, I want to eat everything-ham, turkey, pie, chocolate, flavored coffee, fried chicken (I don't know what that has to do with the holidays-hmmm maybe it's part of the Kwanzaa tradition).
Anyway, I don't think I'll be able to get rid of it exercising (see this post), or eating less. Really, who wants to to eat less at Thanksgiving or Christmas? So, basically I'm just saying that I want to be magically thinner without working at it at all. Can anybody tell me how to do that?

Actually I know several good ways.

1. Get sick. I got a bladder infection once and I let it go untreated. I was so tired that I slept for 16 hours in one day. I couldn't keep my eyes open, let alone eat. Getting sick is a great way to lose some weight. It's not very fun, though. Not to mention, nobody wants to be sick over the holidays.

2. Become really stressed. This is another great way to lose weight. A nice dose of stress will definitely keep your appetite down. Of course, stress is not exactly super fun either.

3. Fall in love. When I'm in love, I don't really eat. My appetite disappears. My tummy is already full... of butterflies! :D Laa la-laa la-laa! Who needs food?! Now, of the three choices, this may be the best... but at the same time the worst! I've been in love before, and it still hurts! It's been over a year, but as you can see from my tweets --> sometimes it still hurts. I'm not sure I want to be in love again, because I'm not sure there's hope for a truly happy love. I know some couples who seem to be happy, but I really don't believe it. They have to fight when nobody's watching. Life can't be as good as it looks on the outside.

So, maybe I'll just keep that little tummy there.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

six word saturday

I shouldn't be doing this right now cuz I'm working, so this is going to be short! :D hee hee hee

Thanksgiving rocks! Working on Saturday sucks!

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Thursday, November 26, 2009


BTW-I messaged Mr. Maybe and told him that he should hang out with us and play games this weekend. Unfortunately he's out of town, but here is his response: "Thanks for inviting me to play games. I would like to meet your parents but I’m not going to be here."

You think he likes me? I can't believe he wants to meet my parents! What does that mean?

the way things have changed...

I glanced at myself in the mirror today as I washed my hands. "Wow, my hair is growing. You can already see a line where my natural hair color is showing. When did I dye my hair anyway?"

I tried to think, but I couldn't remember any cues. Then it hit me. I put it as my facebook status. "I can't believe I just dyed my hair."

Then another, almost stunning though hit me. When did we start measuring time in facebook? When did I become so lazy as to stop thinking in calendars and days, hours and moments? When did I have to look up my life as recorded in real time on twitter, facebook, even this blog. When did my memory forget how to remember?

Monday, November 23, 2009

my thankful-for's

Painting by Henry Ossawa Tanner - Thankful Poor

I woke up this morning and I was so comfortable in my nice warm bed, wrapped up in my many blankets and coddled by my fluffy pillow. I jumped out of bed and wrapped up in my fuzzy bathroom. I made my way toward the bathroom and jumped into the shower, where I had hot water to last for an hour. I lathered up in my vanilla scented Olay ultra moisturizing body wash and washed and conditioned my hair. Even though it was cold outside, my house was warm. I returned to my room and dried my hair with a blow dryer. It took me a long time to decide what to wear because I couldn't choose which of my many clothes I wanted to wear. And guess what? I have always been this blessed. You know, we struggled a lot when I was a kid, but we never went hungry. We were never without heat. Our cars broke down, we went without, we sacrificed for the things that were really important, but we never lacked anything that we really needed.

I say all of this to say how thankful I am for my life. Every moment this morning I was realizing just how much I do have and how many people don't have the same. Every year as the temperature drops and Thanksgiving rolls around I realize just a little sliver of how blessed I truly am.

What are you thankful for?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

hunting shack and other adventures...

Here we see the essence of "The Shack." Hunting + Relaxing + Rustic Sloppiness = The Shack.
In this room a man and his wife raised 5 daughters. Yeah, I know... crazy! I can't imagine raising a family in the shack as it is now, and the size has since been quadrupled!
Look! A sink complete with working water pump! And look, people who are younger than me who had to do the dishes. You know, there are some perks to this getting old thing.
This is what it's all about. Playing games with the fam!
Baby brother, me, and TimTim
I don't really think there's a need to say anything... This picture speaks for itself.
That's my dad with the 13 foot tall Christmas tree we cut from the woods by the shack. It was perfect!

There's Dad, and me, and Baby Brother.

And here's me and Mom.
I don't know why I'm grinning so gigantuously (I know it's not a word. Well, wasn't a word...)

Italian Roomy and me, with traditional Christmas decorating tinsel hair and Santa hats.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

six word saturday

You know how it works. Describe your life in 6 words. Here goes:

Thanksgiving at the family hunting shack

Welcome to northern Minnesota my dear readers. It is hunting season and we're not going to let anything get in our way. As a matter of fact, we're having the whole family Thanksgiving dinner at the shack today. :D I'll take pics so you can see what it's like. And I'm warning you, it's a different world here...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I remember when... flirting was still innocent. You know, you catch a cute stranger's eye. You pass him. He speeds up and smiles at you. You flutter your eyelids and grin. He passes you. This process usually continues until one party veers off the common road.

That is how car flirting should go. Last weekend I had an experience with an awful new form of car flirting. Here's how it went:

Pretty Roomy and I were driving home after the movie we went to with Mr. Maybe (I can't call him Mr. Right. I'm not sure yet and I don't know him well enough). Anyway, we were driving home on the highway. I turned to see an SUV with a younger guy driving it. He noticed me, but I didn't pay any attention. I was deep into a convo with PR. I turned again to see Young Guy staring at me like a dork. I did the giant cheesy smile and childish wave. Then I ignored him again. I continued talking to PR... probably about Mr. M. Then I turned to see YG's friend, Stupid Guy, who I hadn't even noticed, hold up a hastily made paper sign reading "SHOW BOOBS."
Whatever happened to innocent car flirting? When did we ever go straight from cheesy grin to frontal nudity? What is this world coming to?

Monday, November 16, 2009

sticky note tuesday

Ok, so it's Tuesday. You know what to do. Write some stickies saying everything in a nutshell! Here goes!

Friday, November 13, 2009

date update

Ok, so I know I need to let you all know about the date. Now I know it has taken me a few days to get this on to paper the computer. Don't worry. It's not because the date was bad. I really like him. It's just that my sister-in-law already grilled me about it, then I told my mom, then I told my roomies, then the girls at work. Oh, and not to mention, I haven't really don't this dating thing, well, ever before. I guess with my ex's it was more like... well... not dating, that's for sure. With Alex, we started off as friends and it progressed form there. With Carlos, we started off acquaintances and then... I don't want to talk about the rest. Let's just be glad that's in the past! Hallelujah!

Anyway, now the pretty much most handsome, smartest, most talented man I will ever know, is interested in me! Can you believe it? I never dreamed anybody like that would even give me a second look. :D So here's the lowdown on the first date:

He came to pick me up at my brother's house. When he came in, my bro, being the nice guy that he is, started up a conversation. For about 5 minutes, they jabbered on in a language I didn't understand--computer. Lol. He's an electrical engineer, well, studying to be one. Actually, he's doing a coop right now with a computer company here in the area, so he is really doing the work. Anyway, the SIL and I had no idea what was being said, but at least they have something in common.

Then we went out to the restaurant. He made me choose where to go, and I guess I'm really not that good at picking restaurants, but it is the best Chinese place in town. So we went there ordered our food. We just had a good time talking and getting to know each other. I won't cover every topic that we talked about, but he did tell me something about his family and his job and everything that you talk about on a first date.

But the most interesting part was something he told me about a test he had to take the next day. Even as he spoke the words, I could not believe my ears. He said he was taking his test for the ham radio license. And I quote my sentiment exactly, as spoken in the words of Nacho Libre, "Those are my favorite things to do, too, every day of the week!" Well, just kidding about that, part, but it was truly amazing. That's because my dad is a huge fan of ham radio. My dad, mom, and older brother actually all have their ham radio licenses. I took the test, too, but failed. Mostly because I attempted such a feat at the tender age of nine. I don't think my dad had really thought that one through...

Anyway, I don't see how this guy could get any better. Right off the bat he has something in common with my brother and my father. And those are the two people (besides me, of course) who needed to be impressed the most.

Well, it is now ridiculously late and I need to get up early for church tomorrow. I'm so going to regret staying up this late later, I just know it. BUT there's more in the (insert clever nickname for dreamy man here) saga. We actually went out tonight, too. More on that later.

BTW... I need help coming up with a clever name for the dreamy man... Any suggestions? I thought of Knight in Shining Armor-KISA, but it's too soon to call him the man of my dreams. I don't even know him that well yet. So-suggestions! Please!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


So guess what? I have a...

date tomorrow... Yes, I am whispering again. I know, it's hard to hear me, but I don't want to break the spell!

Ok, you can change your browser font back to a normal size. I've stopped whispering. But don't worry. I'll let you know how everything went.

And on another note all together...
Happy Veteran's Day to all! God bless all those who have served, are serving, and will serve--Grandpa (I'll never forget you and I'll always love you, even though you're gone), Uncle D, Baby Brother (you're the best, very strong, and they'll make you even stronger), Cuz, Natty and Hubby (baby girl, I'm praying for you while they kick your butt out there at basic!). I love you all.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

moving on... and UP

For all of you who read my Sticky Note Tuesday post and the stickies to my ex, here is an update. Funny how all this time I was hating on my ex and glaring at him and ignoring him etc, he continued to stop by the HR office and talk to his good ol' friend, Drama Queen. For months he has come to the office one, if not two, times a day. I know he can't really be that interested in Drama Queen. And I know him well enough to know that he is an attention junkie. It doesn't matter if I'm glaring at him, sending him Morse Code hate messages with my eyelashes; he just wants my attention--and preferably my affection. But you know, he'll take that or leave it. Well, probably not so much anymore, but he's a creep like that. I don't think it matters that he's married now. As I've come to see, he's not the most faithful person in the world. And in the end, he just wants me to keep thinking about him.

Well, it really ticked me off that on my birthday he, as usual, came into the office, looked directly at all the "happy birthday" balloons on my desk, and just walked right past me. He never said a word. So I decided a long time ago that when his birthday rolled around, I was going to be different. I would make a special effort to wish him a happy day.

As soon as I walked in in the morning, he was already there. "Happy birthday!" I said with a friendly smile on my face. He thanked me and left.

But that's not all. He came back on his lunch break. As he walked out to leave I stopped him, again saying "Happy birthday. You're really old now," I joked. He seemed uncomfortable, like he didn't want to talk to me. But at least he said thanks and left.

And here's the good great news... (drumroll please) I haven't seen him since Monday! He hasn't been back in to the office since the day of his birthday. Now perhaps he and DQ are fighting or something, but I don't think so. I think I finally got to him. As one of my friends put it, "he sees now that you don't care anymore. You're ok with everything and you're moving on."

And it's true.

I'm moving on. Because... Shhhhh now... I met a guy. I know, I'm whispering. That's because I don't want to break the spell. Nothing has happened yet, but he did say that he would like to spend more time with me.

I'm afraid to say anymore. Besides, nothing has really happened. There's no news to tell. Hopefully there will be. I'm not sure I'm ready for any of this and I'm really scared to death of relationships, but you never know. This could be the one that changes everything. I'm just not sure I'm ready to put myself out there again. It could be one more tragedy... Or it could be the best thing ever. Gulp.

Well, this post reminded me of a poem I wrote a long time ago, back in 2007 during my senior year of college. I think it deserves to be re-posted, so here goes.

closer to nothing

every day i come closer to finding
i know less and less every day
every step i take takes me farther
from where i thought i wanted to be
and when i stand and look in the mirror
i see a face whose dull eyes i don't recognize
and then i walk away

every day it gets harder to step out on a limb
to put myself up for scrutinization
i just want to walk away
and go back to the places where i have been
and if i thought this was hard before
i didn't know what it would be
to stand empty-handed at the door
and to have no one answer me

six word saturday

Here's my life, as of right now, in six words:

Thinking of and praying for you.

and just because I can't really make my life as succinct as six words, another one:

Finally, a Saturday just for me!

Now go play along!

Monday, November 2, 2009

sticky note tuesday

Ok, so making this collage took me way, way, WAY too long!!! Oh, and I wanted to make a cool collage, but that didn't work out. I'm completely fed up and now I have to go to bed. But at least check out my stickies. GOOD NIGHT!

BTW, if you have a better way to make an awesome (emphasis on AWESOME) collage, let me know. Mine is obviously laking in awesomeness... I am also actually watching my sanity slowly melt away over trying to make this thing! Last week one girl had a rockin' awesome collage and I tried to do the same thing, with little success. If you are that girl, PLEASE--tell me how you did it!! Also, why does Supah's sticky show my background behind it, and mine never do? Another Q... how do you add the option of related posts at the bottom of the post. Supah, you have it on your page... And another one--WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE?? Plus also, why do hotdogs come in packages of 8 and buns in packages of 10?? Do they think we want extra bread?! ...Oh, sorry. I think I'm getting carried away.

Ahem yeah... Uh you should play along with Supah Mommy and the rest of us crazies super-cool bloggers! Click the sticky!

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