If I can't sleep, I turn to meditation

Meditation. It is the key to falling asleep. I have TERRIBLE insomnia and so over the years I've taught myself how to relax. In essence - turning off my brain - to get to the magical *drifting off* point. Generally, I can get to sleep using that method within a half an hour and usually get a solid 3 -4 hours of rest.

When I wake up in the middle of the night, I look at the clock and make a decision based on what time it is. If it is after 4 there's really no use in trying to get back to sleep as it will take a while to get back "down" and I will end up feeling like a zombie for the rest of the day. If it is before 4, I pull myself back into a meditative state, and hope it doesn't take too long to get back to sleep.

I'm usually one of those people that can function on about 4 hours and be okay. Less than that, I get cranky. More than that, I get tired.

Naps? Forget about 'em! If I sleep during the day, my body protests and I can't sleep at night. My doctor has suggested medication but I don't want to be reliant on sleep aids so here I sit. Awake. Awake. Awake.

My new career: life coach

I think I would start over as a life coach or therapist / counselor. I don't want to prescribe medication or diagnose illnesses but I enjoy talking to people and helping them help themselves. I think a life coach would be more up my alley but you never know.

I enjoy what I do now but the idea of starting over and reinventing is exciting too. I also don't feel like what I do has as much of an impact on the community as I'd like it to. It is fun and that is important but it would be great to be able to do something fun and worthwhile for a change of pace.


There'll be a CARB-FEST on my Thanksgiving plate

My perfect Thanksgiving plate includes

Love to eat turkey 'cause its good. Love to eat turkey like a good girl should.

Cornbread Dressing
Cornbread dressing is the quintessential item that makes a holiday a holiday. Slather on some giblet gravy and you are good to go!

Giblet Gravy
Perfectly paired with cornbread dressing and turkey.

Corn casserole
Corn, cornbread, sour cream, and cheese baked in the oven for an hour - can't go wrong

English Pea Salad
I heart peas, cheese, mayo, pickles and onion - throw all that in a bowl and mix it up - it is an amazing addition to a holiday meal.


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I do most of my shopping between Thanksgiving & Christmas

In the past I've done most of my shopping on Black Friday but this year, I didn't have the money nor the desire to get out with all the crazies and marathon shop. So this year, I'll be doing some shopping here and there until Christmas Eve to get everyone's gifts.


I recommend getting a toy fox terrier for a pet

I have a Toy Fox Terrier, Trixie, for a pet and she is a great dog! She travels great, is loving, fun and doesn't need a lot of exercise or grooming. As far as dogs go, she is super low maintenance. I can let her off the leash and she will walk right beside me. She will fetch, sit, and curl up under the covers when it is cold outside. She doesn't much care for kids but she tolerates them alright.

My Trixie is a rescue dog but even after all the hell she was put through during the first part of her life, she is a joy to be around now. She is also small enough that if I needed to take her on an airplane she would be fine in the cabin.

Toy Fox Terriers are GREAT dogs!


Hope there's no 3 Musketeers in my Halloween haul this year

3 Musketeers and Milky Way - they are DISGUSTING! So I bought bags of both to hand out to Trick or Treaters so I wouldn't be tempted to eat any! I don't care that it has 100 calories - 3 Musketeers is YUCKY!


A lily by any other name

I really like lilies. I know most people associate them with funerals but I think they are beautiful and fragrant which make me really happy. There are many different types of lilies too which make them (in my opinion) one of the most versatile flowers around.


Money-saving tip: Check the ads

With little extra effort, you can really save at the grocery store! It is also a good idea to only use credit card for emergencies (unexpected car or home repairs). Always have hospitals bill you if you don't have the money in checking or savings to pay it outright - hospital bills don't count negatively toward your credit score. Cancel what you don't need (Internet, cable, home phone) and start living within your means - you'd be surprised how available those things are now. Going without isn't a big deal especially since you come by lots of stuff for free in public places...

Check the ads
Did you know that Wal-Mart will price match other stores' shopping ads? Now, I know for some the idea of going to Wal-Mart is worth not saving a couple of bucks but if something you would normally buy is on sale at Tom Thumb and it is cheaper than the price at Wal-Mart - you can get it for the Tom Thumb price. This is great for not having to go to 5 different stores to get the best deals!

Clip coupons
If the idea of clipping coupons embarrasses you - you aren't alone. BUT if you are anything like me, you need EVERY PENNY! Clipping coupons on stuff that you are planning on buying anyway combined with the price match ads at Wal-Mart above can add up to BIG SAVINGS!

Probably the most important tip is to budget your money and STICK to it! I'm a fabulous budget-er but when it comes to sticking to the amount I've allotted for each category I can sometimes get into trouble. First and foremost - pay yourself first! Put $ in your savings account and TRY NOT to touch it. Then prioritize - you need a roof over your head, groceries, electricity, water, gas, car payment, fuel and insurance. You CAN get buy without cable, Internet, phone, and the other "luxuries" that we now view as necessities.


Diet coke wakes me up in the morning

I don't care for coffee and most of the time it is too hot to drink hot drinks so I get my "wake-up jolt" from diet coke. By the time I get to work, if it is fall or our version of winter I will have a cup of tea. I also need time to just wake up, so I usually watch the news for a little while before I actually get moving. I have my routine that I do when I'm half asleep: let the dogs out, feed and water the dogs, take my medicine, pour a LARGE diet coke, and flip on the tv to see what the weather is doing today. Only after all that, I'm able to actually wake up and function.


Helping those in need

I would take up a cause for regular people like myself to finish school. I put myself through college but was ineligible for government aid (aside from loans) and as an average Caucasian student I wasn't eligible for many scholarships.

It took me 12 years to get my degree and now I'm drowning in a MOUND of school loan debt (I desperately need a new car but can't afford it because of my loan payment). It is difficult for me to swallow that there are people out there that manipulate the system and get things that I have to work my behind off for - for free.

My sister, had a child and was basically offered free money to go back and get a degree because she had a kid (that she couldn't afford in the first place). How does this system incentivize the people who want to get to a better place before they have kids to keep their goal?

My foundation would help ordinary people go to school and reduce the amount of loans they have to take out not only by financial circumstances, but taking into consideration their work history, their grades, commitment, and what they are doing to help themselves.

The only question now is where will I get the money and what will I call it?


Check out my money tree

If I had a magic tree it would HAVE to grow money! Of course I'd have to get some pretty heavy duty security for it but that is the one thing I don't' have enough of that I really can't afford to have a shortage of!


Earthquakes are no fun

I've never been through an earthquake, so to me that is the scariest. As far as fire - I wouldn't want to die in one but at least you have the opportunity (most of the time) to get somewhere safe. With an earthquake, they aren't really predictable and you could be crushed and trapped somewhere for days - alive with no food, water or facilities just waiting for someone to find and rescue you. I can't imagine that!

I don't live close enough to the coast to really worry about tsunamis and I've survived hurricanes and tornadoes so I know what to expect and what to do. So maybe it is more of the lack of preparedness that freaks me out about an earthquake rather than the earthquake event - either way though I don't want to find out!


I've never bothered to check out State Fair of Texas

I haven't been to the State Fair mostly because of the expense and the lack of someone to go with. It isn't in a very great area of Dallas and so I don't feel really great about going by myself. Friends of mine have gone when they were younger and don't really want to go back (plus the weather is so iffy every year).

On the other hand, I'm not so sure I want to go anyway. I don't / can't ride the rides so all there would really be to do is to walk around to booths and eat. Now the eating part sounds fine to me (especially with all the funky stuff they serve) but driving 30 minutes, paying $10 (minimum) for parking, and then fighting with crowds of families to have fried butter just doesn't sound like a worthwhile way to spend my Saturday or Sunday.

I think I'll go some day but not this year.


Whenever I see a swing-set, I long to be a kid again

Being a kid when all you have to do is go to school and then play outside. The swing-set in our backyard was SO FUN! It was the closest I ever felt to flying. There were two swings so my sister and I could BOTH enjoy at the same time so there was no fighting and on the weekends my Dad would come out and push us REALLY HIGH.

Nothing like a swing-set to make you feel like a kid again.


My mood ring is purple

I'm going with my mood ring is purple and assigning a mood of "hopefulness". It is Monday and there are MANY opportunities for today to suck and make the entire week one to forget. But it is early yet and I'm hoping that this week is great. I have a good handle on the things I need to get done, I've got my office to myself today, good jams from the iPod, plans for lunch with a friend I haven't seen in awhile, right now - in this second - I'm hopeful that this will be a great start to an amazing week.


The best part of a wedding? Family & friends coming together

Hmmm... The best part about weddings is looking around and seeing everyone's family and friends come together for such a joyous occasion.

As a wedding planner, you witness the stress and craziness that EVERY couple goes through dealing with imposing families, scheduling vendors, what the wedding colors should be... all that falls away on the wedding day.

It doesn't matter if I'm in the wedding, an attendee or the planner I ALWAYS cry. It is a beautiful occasion to witness two people so much in love committing themselves to one another until death.

Of course, you can't beat a good reception either!


My next birthday party's at Great Barrier Reef

It would be amazing to snorkel and scuba in the reef with friends and family - especially if someone else is footing the bill for our travel. It is something I've always wanted to do and see so why not make it a special birthday celebration.


Bacon makes it better? True.

Bacon bits, pieces, strips - you name it - it is GREAT! What else can dress up pretty much any dish and make it more flavorful and yummy!

I like to fry a piece of bacon in the pot I'm going to cook green beans it (YUMMERS!). It is one of the most vital ingredients in baked potato soup. Throw some on a burger or sandwich you've got the makings of a heart attack - maybe - but what a way to go :)


I head to Nana's Kitchen for my favorite sandwich

Holy cow! They have this California Club sandwich that will change your world. All the yummy-ness of a club sandwich with melted pepperjack cheese on a panini, can't get much better than that.

The downside to Nana's Kitchen is that they are only open for lunch and they are only a two-person shop so if someone is out or they have to make a delivery than you could be out of luck. They are also kinda pricey. That and while this sandwich tastes amazing it isn't really good for the waistline makes it easier to only go for "special" occasions (like a really bad Wednesday)!

If you are in the area, I highly recommend it!

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If I had to, I could go without my television for a month

Well, due to modern technology I can watch any show I'd like on either my cell phone or my computer (without commercials) so I think I'd be best without a television. Besides I should probably cut back on the amount of television I watch anyway.

You know it's bad when you don't walk your dogs on Tuesdays because you don't want to miss "The Biggest Loser"... how sad :(


Someday I'll have a house on the beach

A nice little cottage on the beach in California, Maine, Oregon, or Washington would be splendid. Being able to watch the sun rise (or set) on the ocean is something I thoroughly enjoy. Not to mention the beauty and calmness of the ocean. I can't decide though if I want somewhere that doesn't get warm (or doesn't get very warm) or somewhere like southern California that never gets cool.

Oh well, I guess that's something to decide when (and if) I ever get to the point of having my "ideal home"!


Kermit would make a decent roommate on Sesame St.

Kermit The Frog

I think Kermit would make an excellent roommate. He does karaoke, he's funny, and he's GREEN! What more could you ask for in a roommate?!?!?!?

I wonder if he likes dogs?


I'd pick the Navy

I like to swim and rarely get sea sick if I'm under water. My 2nd choice would be Air Force but I don't think I would be able to fly those planes...

Navy submarines are super strong too, much less painful death to drown than to fall from the sky (at least it seems that way to me)!

By the way - this is my Happy Birthday blog edition - Happy 31st birthday to me!!


Music sounded better on record

We had tons of music on records, 8-tracks and cassettes. Mostly on Sunday mornings my Dad would put on a record or an 8-track and we'd listen to an entire album of the Beatles or something from his childhood / teenage years. I guess that's where my love of music comes from.

I remember having my first record (Madonna) and then the rest as cassettes. CDs weren't as much of a big deal until I was older... well maybe they were to other people who had more money but for us it was all about the record and the cassette.


Thought for the Day

Today's thought of the day is: Can you imagine what mess the world would be in if you were God?

As a matter of fact, I can't.

We, as humans, are selfish and self-centered people who would generally automatically say save me who cares the consequences. If God were human we'd be in a hell of a lot more trouble than we are in now. I certainly don't want that job - mine is stressful enough and I don't hold people's lives in my hands.


If watching TV was an exercise, I'd be in tip-top shape

I probably watch too much TV as it is so I wish it would help me lose weight, and keep me fit. I used to get up during commercials and do jumping jacks or jump rope but since the advent of DVR I just sit there and fast forward. There's no hope for this one. Guess it's off to the gym for me!


I'll take a tattoo of a peace sign – just for a week

American Peace Flag, Stars & Stripes, Red White Blue, Old Glory, Waving Wind Blowing

If I were to get a tattoo just for a week, I would probably get a peace sign. Of course, I don't have any tattoos (permanent or otherwise) and I'm not planning on changing that decision. I think they are cool for some people I'm just not one of them. Perhaps that is because I can't think of anything cooler than a peace sign :)


My TV guilty pleasure Toddlers & Tiaras...

Actually, I confessed my 'guilty pleasure' TV show to a friend yesterday. It is Toddlers & Tiaras. I know - SAD!

To me that is a show that is one step above a train wreck - you can't help but watch! These girls (and sometimes boys) that are forced to practice, spray tan, and glam up at age 4 it is UNREAL!
The one that I watched yesterday was about a girl (age 4) that had a 5 hour spa day! Can you believe it?!?! I'm over 7 times her age and I've NEVER had a 5 hour spa day। What could a 4 year old need an hour long massage for? And a facial, seriously?!

That being said, I'm addicted - I can't help it। I am one of those people that keeps this horrible show on TV :(


Next birthday, I'd like to Win the Lottery & have a PaRTY

Win the Lottery
Winning the lottery would make my birthday THAT much better! I am a big fan of birthdays anyway even if it means getting older but being a BIG WINNER on my birthday would be FAB-U-LOUS!

It is always fun to be surrounded by friends and family in celebrating another year of well... YOU! When I'm at a party in MY honor it just reminds me of how grateful I am to have so many wonderful people in my life to celebrate with.


Tales of the oldest child

I am the "textbook" oldest child. A leader (can be a little bossy), independent, and probably the "sanest" one in my family (which is really sad).


In 100 years, my iphone will be worth something

I'm sure the technology will be so out of date, they will wonder how we communicated with such a primitive device.

I have an antique wardrobe that has this beautiful inlaid wood design that is worth quite a bit now. It is sturdy and should last for many years to come - this may make for an interesting piece at an antique store in the future.


Saturday I'm in love

Saturday is the best day of the week because I can knock out all my chores in the morning and then I have the rest of the weekend to hang out, spend time with friends, catch up on tv shows, watch movies, and just have FUN!


My invention would help me with tradeshows... boring, I know

I actually have an idea for a box that would have all the compartments you would need for bringing materials to a trade show. It would be on wheels, have an accordion file for paperwork, have space for giveaways, fliers, office supplies, laptop, and basically everything that would support the efforts of your booth.

I thought it up at the last trade show I was at when I was missing quite a few things that I needed and thought I had packed. With the above mentioned kit, it could stay packed up and ready to go the only new things that would need to be added for a show would be updated marketing materials.

Oh if I only had the time to bring my creation to life...


'He's Just Not That Into You' was kind of a letdown

I was expecting more. There were lots of opportunities for this to be a HILARIOUS movie but in the end it was just kind of... there. Maybe I expected too much given the hype surrounding the movie but perhaps this is one they should have passed on turning into a film. Oh and I guess that would have saved me about $10 too!


I wish I'd gone away for college

I feel like missed out on the whole going away to college experience and I kind of wish (looking back now) that I'd taken a different route. I don't regret it or anything like that but I think had I gone away to college I might have stuck with it in the beginning for longer. Being able to be at home and have my life not change all that much was too easy.

That being said - I had some really amazing experiences going down the path I chose and I may not have had if I'd gone away to school. Hell one of them, I would have still BEEN in school so I know that wouldn't have happened.

If I ever have children, one thing I will encourage them to do is to go away for school - even if it doesn't work out in the end. From what I've seen, the experience really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see what you are made of at a young age and have some fun along the way.


Head to Fred's when you need to relax

Fred's for Big-Ass Burgers & Cold-Ass Beer!

During the summer, spring & fall it is the perfect place to unwind because they have live music, great burgers, and cold-ass beer. It is a great place for people watching, to meet new people or just hang out with friends. They have a nice patio area for music and you can enjoy the weather, soak up some sun, and have a good time.

The perfect cure for a long crazy-hectic day!


I could do without smell for a year

If I had to go without one of my senses for a year I would have to pick my sense of smell because I think it might be the easiest to deal with losing. The worst part about it would be not being able to taste some foods to the fullest extent but that might help me lose a few lbs so that wouldn't be too bad.

Currently, I have a very heightened sense of smell and sometimes it can be annoying. I actually can smell illness on people. If someone wears too much cologne or perfume it is often intensified to the point that it makes me nauseous so I have to think that perhaps in those arenas ignorance is bliss and losing my sense of smell might not be too bad.

Although I'm sure if I did get it back after a year I would have missed it dearly.


My childhood fantasy

A childhood fantasy I had was of my wedding and no it hasn't come true but it has changed dramatically. I guess that is part of the reason I started planning weddings and events. Helping people live out their childhood fantasies of their weddings like I had when I was little.

I remember wanting to be a teacher when I was little but there's no way I could do that now. Patience is a virtue that I reserve for adults and things I can control - my niece and nephew are about the only ones I can handle in large doses.


Cinnamon Toast Crunch is a cereal suitable for every meal

The Perfect Breakfast (57)

I crave Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Frosted Flakes, and Cap'n Crunch. I go through phases when all I want morning noon and night is one of these cereals. Mostly though, it is between Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Frosted Flakes. They both make the milk taste less like milk and more like YUMMY goodness. YAY for CEREAL!


It's hard to apologize when I don't think I'm wrong

If I don't think I'm wrong then why should I apologize and WHAT should I apologize for? Now, I'm usually the first one to apologize in any given situation EVEN if I don't think I've done something wrong because I don't like extended times of conflict. I'm very much - lets get it out there, talk about it, and move on. If I can tell that something I've done or said hurt someone or that they viewed it as a "dig" then I definitely will be the first to apologize.

I guess I've mastered a way though to apologize for how you feel versus my actions (if I don't feel they were wrong). Because if I really thought I was in the right and no *new* information has surfaced to make me believe otherwise, I have no reason to be sorry for my actions. I can be sorry though that they caused someone pain or discomfort but then again - that is THEIR reaction.

The most important thing I've learned over the course of my life when dealing with this kind of thing is that people just want to hear that you care and that you empathize with what they are going through and sometimes the most "universal" way to get that message across is with an apology.


Here's what I'd tell the aliens.

I think that if aliens landed here, the one thing I would make sure to tell them about is the awesomeness that is the peanut butter / chocolate combination. You just can't get much better than that AND it is something they could take "on the go" with them back to wherever they came from :)


Requirement #1 for a good day: a sense of accomplishment

a sense of accomplishment
If I feel like I've accomplished something then it motivates me to continue down a path of accomplishment. Helping people, helping my organization, helping myself - these are all things that make my choices feel impact-ful and worthwhile. If, at the end of the day, I can go home and know that I made a difference the day was worth it. If not, then I have to try even more to make tomorrow worth it!


What my ride needs is REPAIRS

Hmmm... the ability to stay on while I run the air conditioner would make my car the GREATEST ride ever. Not really, but that is how I feel today. I drive a Honda Accord which is (as a general rule) very reliable with minimal repairs. For the last several months my car has started randomly turning off (I still keep electrical) when it gets hot. Seeing as though the average temperature (w/o the luxurious heat index) hasn't been below 100 degrees in more than a week I have been forced to replace every component in my ignition in the hopes that the problem is rectified.

So far, so good but I'm not holding my breath. SO just being able to drive safely and with a cool breeze would make me NEVER want to give up my car. It may not be much to look at but it is paid off and once the repairs (for this month at least) stabilize I'll be sitting pretty & chilly :)

Oh, if I had to pick a dream car though I think I would go for a jeep - it can go ANYWHERE and they are just cool.


One day, I'll be good at this

I would like to master the skill of remembering everything! My memory has gone to hell in a handbasket recently and I need to get it back. So I would like to master memory techniques that will help me stay on top of the things I need to get done without having to write everything down. I don't know if I'll be able to but it is a skill worth trying to master.


'Hello I Love You' is on my summer soundtrack

Hello I Love You by The Doors

It is a windows down, crank it up kind of song that just seems to suit the season (at least to me).

Under the Boardwalk by The Drifters

Under the Boardwalk reminds me of the beach - which is the BEST place to be in the summer. It also brings me back to the days of summer romances, which are pretty nice memories.

Vacation by The Go-Go's

Any song that has "vacation" in the title is sure to be a summer anthem! Although I really don't get to do a summer vacation much anymore, it is also one of those songs that you can turn up really loud and sing along to and takes you back to summer vacation when you were a kid - SUPER FUN!


I'll get around to mop one of these days


Sweeping and mopping! I desperately need to sweep and mop my living room and kitchen but I'm totally putting it off. It isn't nasty or anything but with the dogs and my family being in town last week I need to do a really good nook and cranny sweep and PINE SOL crazy mop. I've cleaned the bathrooms, kitchen and done all the laundry I just can't bring myself to do a really deep clean. When I get home from work I swiffer and sit. Gotta get motivated!!


If I had to, I'd spend a week in a treehouse

I guess this really depends though... where is the tree? And what is on the ground (animal wise)? I would choose a treehouse though in case there were animals I needed to watch out for and usually if there is a breeze you are going to get it in a tree. I would just be afraid of falling out!


I don't get stupid people

Why people act the way they do. I just don't get it. I mean I understand that our differences make the world go 'round but seriously!?! Why is it that people slam on their breaks at the sight of goats grazing in a field next to the highway? Why is it that people take things SO DAMN personally? Why can't we all just get along?! :)

I am constantly amazed at the way the world takes care of people! Those of us that try to do the right thing and make responsible choices end up paying for those that don't. Why should my neighbor (who got pregnant by some guy she doesn't know) get to go to college for free while I'm stuck under $30K in school loan debt? Why does she get incentives to buy a house when I'm stuck coming up with the entire 5-10%?

Maybe my "mis-understanding" comes from a place of jealously and I'm not saying those people have it easy but - I will NEVER understand how we can turn out backs on some and give everything but the kitchen sink to others.


Now that I'm invisible, I'm heading to Work

I wouldn't mind being a "fly on the wall" at my office to see some of the things that *really* go down. I think being able to be invisible, at least for me, would afford me the ability to see who my real friends are versus who just talks the talk...


My life would make a great comedy movie

I think my life would be more of a dramatic comedy than just comedy, but that wasn't one of the choices! I spend a lot of my time laughing and making jokes and generally enjoying life. However, into every life a little rain must fall and at times I've been drenched! I guess it just depends on what part of my life the movie was about. Cheers!


One of my quirks: I have to drive.

Anyone up for a road trip??!?! :)

I have to drive.
I am somewhat of a control freak and I *can't* go on a long trip without driving for most of the way.

I can't sleep in the car.
I also can't fall asleep in the car. If, by some chance, I'm not driving I can't fall asleep. I am SUCH a joy on a road trip :) Actually, I try really hard not to be too much of a pain but when I'm having trouble keeping my eyes open and want to go to sleep, God help the person that doesn't pull over to a hotel.


'In the Living Years' gets me every time

In the Living Years by Mike & the Mechanics

In the car on the way to my Grandmother's burial after her funeral, we heard this song. My Dad just broke down in tears. The song tugs at your heartstrings anyway but to add the funeral element it just breaks my heart. To this day, I still can't listen to the whole song.

Cat's In the Cradle by Harry Chapin

As I've gotten older, this song totally illustrates the relationship between me and my parents (as I'm sure is the same for LOTS of parent/child relationships).

Calling You by Blue October

I didn't cry so much at this one until I saw the video and now every time I hear the song it fills me with so much emotion, I can't help but cry.


My lucky karma

I don't really have a good-luck charm, per-se. Whenever I need luck, I pray and call my friends to keep their fingers crossed for me. That seems to work out pretty well. When I'm feeling good, that also tends to bring me good luck so I try to make sure I look and feel my best sending out the good karma so I get some in return.


Sundance Square: a perfect summer music spot

I enjoy concerts there because it is very casual, usually free, family oriented and fun. They close off a parking lot or two (or sometimes the entire street) and just have live music. You can go into a shop or restaurant and take in some A/C or you can take your cooler, lawn chair and a blanket and just enjoy the warm weather.


Only in dreams

Actually, I had this really hot dream about Ryan Reynolds... but seriously - the last dream I remember having had to do with my sister. I'm not really sure of all of the details but I did feel like I should call and check on her when I woke up - I should probably mention we were not speaking. I guess it was a subconscious way of motivating me to offer the olive branch. It's not like we were in a monumental, life changing throw down but we hadn't spoken in about a month. She is fine and now I guess we are getting closer to being fine, so I guess the dream "worked"...?

Kinda boring dream, right?!? I guess I'll have to remember a really great one for next time :)


Hook up the Diet Coke

Diet Coke

Diet coke should be piped into the house. Although, that would probably be dangerous because then I'd drink nothing but diet coke all day... It sure would be good though!


I wish I could have seen Guys and Dolls in the theater

I heart musicals and this one is a great one. Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine you can't go wrong. It is an entertaining film that is family fun for all!


Cool stuff for your pets...

If I owned a store, I would probably stock it with specialty pet items. One of my hobbies is making homemade dog treats. I would love to have a shop that I could sell my treats and other speciality items for pet lovers. I would also offer services such as grooming, training, doggie day care, pet education classes and I would LOVE to have an indoor dog park.


I get by with a little help from the web

I use the web to meet people and to get the word out about my event planning business. I also use it to stay connected to friends, family and business associates. I really can't imagine what we did before the advent of email, blogs, and (unfortunately) facebook. I am addicted. I think in a lot of ways it is better though because I can keep in contact on my terms instead of having to call at certain times or something like that. I also wouldn't have more than half the business I've had if I didn't use the web for advertising, lead generation and contacting prospects. Between the Internet and my cell phone I would be lost without them :(


The chicken came first

There can't be an egg without a chicken. The chicken had to come first... maybe there was some evolution happening in the chicken world :)


'Diary of a mad bride' will help pass the time

This book is extremely HILARIOUS! It is a funny and lighthearted read about a woman that never really saw herself getting married - then out of the blue her boyfriend pops the question all of the sudden her "CRAZY" comes out! Any bride I come in contact with, I suggest she read this book. It is much nicer than saying "Honey, you are crazy and you are the only one that cares!" The opportunity to re-read this one might make me look forward to a day of jury duty :)


Hello, my name is...

I would pretty much take any other name than Jennifer... it has been in the "Top 10 U. S. Girl's Names" for the better part of 2.5 decades. I hate having to identify myself by my first and last name since people know SO many Jennifers...

When I was little, I always liked the name Emily but that has gotten just as popular. So I'm thinking something like Grace, people know the name, there won't be trouble spelling it or pronouncing it and there aren't 5 million people running around with the same name (at least in my age group). Oh and I should probably mention - I'm not Grace-ful so maybe the name would help that out a little :)


This summer, I'll be eating pretty much anything that comes off the grill!

In-N-Out Hamburger, medium, with extra everything

During the summer, I really look forward to getting to grill - everything. It just seems like every food tastes better when grilled over an open flame. Hamburgers, chicken, steak, pork chops - you name it! Fruit is usually better during the summer too - nothing finishes off a great day like a watermelon fresh from the fridge.

The other thing I love about summer (or warmer weather at least) is the opportunity to do stuff outdoors. There are several restaurants around that have outdoor music and ice cold beer that can't be beat. Being able to hang out with friends, people watch, enjoy some great live music and an ice cold beer is the best!


A few of my favorite words...

Taking time to think about the words you love instead of hate (especially first thing in the morning) really puts you in a better state of mind. I think most people tend to focus on the negative when it is just as easy and WAY more FUN to focus on the postive.

When someone tells you that you are beautiful (in a non-creepy way) it can make you feel like you are floating on a puffy cloud of happiness. A genuine compliment is wonderful.

The word "vacation" brings out in me a feeling of relaxation, rest and reward for work well done. It is a break from the day-to-day "ugh" that can bog us down.

When you have success it is empowering. I try to take time to enjoy the little "successes" that I have every day in both my personal and professional lives.


Woo hoo!

Yesterday I yelled a big 'woo hoo' once I finished being audited for my job. I passed and the pressure was suddenly lifted. It isn't any fun being stared at by 3 people one of which is asking you questions and the other two are just praying you don't f' it up. I won't say I passed with flying colors but I still have a job today and I got an 'atta girl so what more could I ask for! Woo Hoo!!!


My money's on the wolverine

Wolverines are hard core with a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size. They have been known to kill prey many times it size. The real question is when actually would a wolverine and a Tasmanian devil actually meet?


You learn something new every day

I have learned today that my tires are magically attracted to nails. I've also learned that if I take a little extra time in the morning I'll get all sorts of compliments on my appearance. Which generally isn't usually that important to me but today it has been unreal. Guess having a good hair day and topping it off with good makeup and a smile really does make a difference. I really probably *knew* that before but it was a really nice reminder.


If I could time travel, I'd go to 1955

It was just a totally different time back then. To go back and see the year my Dad was born - meet my Grandfather and witness the era that was the 50s. Hey, if it was good enough for Marty McFly ;)


The Las Vegas Strip is a great people-watching spot

You see people from all walks of life in Vegas and all walking along the strip there. It can be very eye opening because it isn't just Americans from all walks of life but people from all over the world.


To the graduating class of 2009

Enjoy your next steps, whether it is college or a first job - these are the experiences that continue to mold you into the adult you will become. Have fun because the entire rest of your life will be there for responsibility - do the things you HAVE to do but make sure you have fun in the process.

1. Go to college. I know it isn't for everyone but the people you meet, the things you learn and the experiences you have are all things no one can ever take away from you.

2. Travel. Go to a foreign country, state or EVEN city! It is important to see how other people live and learn about their culture. It will give you a greater understanding of your own and a better appreciation for the people around you.

3. Fall in love. It is the most wonderful feeling. It too, will change you forever.

4. Learn from your experiences. You are no better off for having experiences if you don't take the opportunity to learn from them. For better or for worse.

5. Make mistakes - that is the only way to get better judgment.

6. Be kind, caring and compassionate as much as possible. You never know when you will need to have those things in return.

7. Recycle! We need this earth for years to come and it is our responsibility to take care of it.

8. Read books - you don't want to meet the love of your life, your new boss, or the President of the United States and not be able to carry on an intelligent conversation, right?

9. Enjoy the outdoors. A nice sunny, breezy fun day is just the "pick me up" you may need for motivation to do just about anything.

10. Cherish your family and friends. You will be going through a lot of changes in the coming years and they won't be around forever, so make sure you spend as much time with them as possible and always show them how much you care.

Party on!!


'Tis better to have loved and lost

Being truly in love makes all the crap you deal with in relationships worth it. The excitement and anticipation of being with them, seeing them, spending time with them - makes you view the world in an entirely different way. For me, it has been a life changing experience for the better. I had so much fun, so many unique experiences and have been able to be more myself than with anyone else before. I am the person today because of the people I've loved and lost. And I kick ass so why would I want to change it...



Midnight at the Oasis....

Lonely Hammock

I meditate in order to relax. If a hammock is available and there is a nice breeze that is the best (since I don't live close to the beach). Otherwise, every night when I'm winding down from the day and getting ready to go to bed, I use the "lottery scenario" and think about what I would do if I won the lottery. Vacations, houses, cars, furniture, family, etc... I find that it puts me in the right frame of mind for a good night's sleep and when I take the time to relax I have better dreams.


Songs that need to be blasted!

Break Stuff by Limp Bizkit

It is the ultimate RAGE song

Free Falling by Tom Petty

I know all the words and it is just fun!

Enter Sandman by Metalica

It is just a great song


birthday rounds

I went to 2 birthday parties today for friends' kids. I always feel a little odd at those types of parties because I have no children, no spouse and seemingly nothing to talk about with the parents that aren't my friends. Luckily the parties I went to today had parents that I knew other than the b-day child's so I felt a little less awkward.

I did have some fun while shopping for presents though - how many people (with or without kids) can name most of the characters from Thomas the Tank Engine? That must be what's taking up all the space in my brain!

5K... bitching and moaning

So my friend M decides that she wants to start doing charity walks this year as a way to not only "give back" but also to rebuild her waning t-shirt collection. I plead with her that I would be happy to buy her $100 worth of t-shirts if she'd just find someone else to walk with but she declines. Secretly (or maybe not so much) I think she wants to do this in an effort to help me shed some (read: A LOT of) unwanted lbs.

And we are off - the first walk benefits the Women's Center of Fort Worth - a great cause. The morning starts off with us playing phone tag bitching and moaning about the weather, sunscreen, water, parking, etc - it is WHAT we do. We decide that our warm up should be getting a jump start on the walk so we head down the path. We get caught starting early so we hide out on the side about .25 mi up the trail and once the runners start we join the pack.

Mile 1 - 14.5 minutes - my legs are feeling good, I am a little out of breath but pushing through.
Mile 2 - 31 minutes - my legs start hurting a little, but I'm still breathing all of the sudden I have the urge to go to the bathroom and there are NO facilities along the way.
Mile 3 - 51 minutes - the most difficult of all the miles, I'm battling a serious need for a bathroom, a slight burn in my shins and the fear that tomorrow I am going to hurt like a SOB.

The finish line is in sight - We made it!! AND in under an hour. Now this may not seem like a feat to anyone else but for me (quite overweight AND totally out of shape) I was SUPER excited.

The new goals is completing the Jingle Run in December in 30 minutes or less. Stay tuned.


Virgo horoscope for today from Tarot.com

"You don't like being bossed around by someone who isn't as smart as you are today. You're not willing to settle for less than your fair share of credit, some of which may be given to those who are more vocal. Still, there's no need to blow your own horn or to wave a banner so you'll be noticed. Rest assured that if you continue to follow your work ethic, eventually others will begin to appreciate your unique contribution."

This horoscope just begs the question... Who DOES like to be bossed around by someone who isn't as smart as they are ANY day???

I guess this is right in line with the event I have this week - today is our pre-con meeting. Sounds like trouble Lucy! Stay tuned.


Geography of Man & Woman


Between 18 and 22, a woman is like Africa; half discovered, half wild, fertile and naturally beautiful!

Between 23 and 30, a woman is like Europe; well developed and open to trade, especially for someone with cash.

Between 31 and 35, a woman is like Spain; very hot, relaxed, and convinced of her own beauty.

Between 36 and 40, a woman is like Greece; gently aging but still a warm and desirable place to visit.

Between 41 and 50, a woman is like Great Britain; with a glorious and all conquering past.

Between 51 and 60, a woman is like Israel; has been through war and doesn't make the same mistakes twice, takes care of business.

Between 61 and 70, a woman is like Canada; self-preserving, but open to meeting new people..

After 70, she becomes Tibet; wildly beautiful, with a mysterious past and the wisdom of the ages...only those with an adventurous spirit and a thirst for spiritual knowledge visit there.


Between 1 and 70, a man is like Iran; ruled by nuts.


Happiness is...

Albert Schweitzer:
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

This is SO true! I never could have said it as eloquently as Mr. Schweitzer up there but when you are doing something you enjoy you give your whole heart, head, body and soul therefore you are successful at it. Great advice for life!


Great new words

Here is the Washington Post's Mensa Invitational which once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. The winners are:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

3. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people which stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon (n.): The gruelling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido: All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.

The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. And the winners are:

1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.

3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.

6. Negligent, adj. Absent mindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown .

7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.


In a dream several nights ago I found myself in a mini-van with a "dream boyfriend" (dbf) and his family. It was dark winter night with snow all around, I was unsure where we were headed but his mother was driving. I was in the middle seat, and he and his brother were in the far back seat. DBF and I were talking across the seat very privately about who knows what and he blurted out "I love you". Without missing a beat and before realizing what was going on I replied "I know you do, I love you too."

The look on his face suddenly changed from a soft look of admiration to one of complete surprise - he found his voice only to respond quietly "that is the first time we've said that" My emotions welled up inside like a giddy teenager that just got her first kiss. My heart tried to escape my body through my chest it was pounding so hard. I realized the sheer emotion and passion of being told "I love you" from a lover was something I hadn't had in such a long time. He beamed with delight and I was 100 stages past cloud 9 - that's the last part of the dream I remember and I must say, when I woke up I was kind of sad that it was just a dream.

So now I've got all these thoughts in my head trying to decipher my LOVE dream. Guess my subconscious is telling me to get out there and FIND A MAN!!


Finally feeling productive

So Monday I get a call from my Mom saying that my Dad is ready to look for a job and go back to work after losing his job due to the lack of work from Hurricane Ike :( My Dad hasn't looked for a job (that I'm aware of) in over 20 years, and me being somewhat of a bs artist I offered to help. I must say... I'm pretty impressed with what I produced. I knew my Dad was a brilliant broadcast engineer but also that he has had a couple of years of tough luck. When I looked at all the things he was certified in, had attended and accomplished I had an overwhelming feeling of pride followed by a strong need to shout from the rooftops that any and all media outlet(s) can't possibly continue on without this man's brilliance. Now, of course I am probably more than a little biased, but I began to wonder how often we really realize how much our parents have done and accomplished.

My childhood was modest (to say the least) we never went without anything we needed but we weren't living in the lap of luxury either. On many occasions I remember my mother telling me that I couldn't have that new toy or doll because we simply couldn't afford it - there were no explanations or apologies. Did I deserve either? Hell no! My parents did the best they could, I always had a HOUSE, clothes, food, and enough toys to keep me occupied - oh and there was always playing outside, riding my bike, running around with the neighbor kids.

I guess what I'm saying is that my parents are a lot more accomplished than I realized. I knew they were smart and that they worked hard but I guess I didn't realize until I looked at it in writing how many cool things my Dad was involved in - the Olympics, the Eco-Challenge, World Cup, movies, world news events, you name it. They had great experiences and when they started making more money (and they could buy all the latest and greatest) our lives didn't change all that much. They were (and continue to be) modest and humble people just trying to do the right thing. I'm grateful they are my parents and that they've taught me that it isn't what you've accomplished or how much money you have. Life is about being able to go to bed at night knowing you did the best you could all day.


It's been awhile...

I guess it has been awhile since I've posted. I am back at work today after a 2 week break/vacation for Christmas. My holiday was good but it got me thinking - I don't want to go back to work. When I used to get this vacation, I was pumped up and ready to hit the office and tackle all the stuff that went on while I was gone, this time my heart is just not in it. Which leads me to my New Year's resolution... work on my business and possibly expand it so this time next year I can work just for me.

It is a lofty goal and one I've had for many moons now but in the wake of unknown funding, a crappy commute and the fact that my job has lost its luster I am feeling the pull of striking while the iron is hot and I am motivated to do something about this situation.

Stay tuned :) and Happy New Year!!!