Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 30

Last but not least, I am thankful that 2011 has been a pretty good year. There hasn't been any major negative life changes and for once my health has decided to cooperate and be nice to me this year. Angelique's progressing extremely well, I lost weight, and I still have all of my loved ones with me.

Couldn't ask for a whole lot more.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 29

Today I am thankful for my friends. I am kind of a hermit and don't have a whole lot of them, but the ones I do have are great. They keep me laughing and are always there to listen when things are tough. Plus it's really nice to just go out with people outside of your everyday life and wind down or laugh about things that are happening.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 28

Today I am thankful for comfortable shoes. I spent most of the day standing and packaging orders from this amazing retail weekend, and if it weren't for my comfortable shoes I'd be in a whole lot of pain.


(These are my Danskos- they are awesome!)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Day 27

Today I am thankful for the iphone. I used to be one of "those" people that thought it was silly and just a fad, but holy crap was I wrong. I got my first smart phone and will never go back after having one. These things are amazing!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Day 26

Today I am thankful for everyone who can cook and who has ever cooked something for me. You guys rock. I'd probably starve without you.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Day 25

Today I am thankful for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. It gives retailers everywhere a nice happy boost in sales =)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Day 24

Today I am thankful for a holiday that allows you to stuff yourself silly. Happy Turkey Day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 23

Today I am thankful that I don't pee standing up. That whole concept is soooo messy.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Day 22

Today I am thankful for all of my favorite brunch places. I love brunch, insanely so actually. I look forward to the weekends just so I can get it. There is something absolutely wonderful about getting scrambled eggs, chicken fingers, salad, and fritatta all at the same time! YUM

My favorite brunch spots: Cinzettis, Pappadeux, Fresh Fish Company, The Summit, and YaYa's Euro Bistro.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Day 21

Today I am thankful for Adobe Photoshop. I taught myself how to use it several years ago, and it is by far one of my favorite programs. I have yet to master the graphics tablet that goes with it, but I will one of these days! I've used Photoshop more than a zillion times for leisure and for work. I've created everything from work banners, fliers, promotional materials, roleplay signatures, character collages, and have used it several hundred times to get rid of blemishes and/or bad face days in pictures!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Day 20

Today I am thankful for teachers. Their jobs are difficult, especially now, and they don't receive as much respect in the states as they should. They are a huge part of shaping all of us into who we are by educating us in different aspects of the world. I have had some amazing teachers that have had an impact on my life.

Mrs. Oborn (Kindergarten), Mrs. Justice (1st grade), Mrs. Abbott (5th grade), Mr. Baldelli (Middle school science), Mrs. McCall (High school counselor), Mr. Mazenko (High school english- he was crazy!), Dr. Fair (High school Literature), Mr. Stallings (High School Figure Drawing), Mr. Anderson (High school Statistics), Ms. Wyndham (High school Geography).

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Day 19

Today I am thankful for people who spay and neuter their pets (and crazy relatives, weird neighbors, etc) There are so many animals out there that need homes that I am glad there are some responsible people who prevent even more unwanted pets from entering the world.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Day 18

Today I am thankful that I was able to travel around the world to exciting places when I was younger. I've been to Finland, England, Sweden, Jordan, and Italy. There are so many other places I can't wait to see.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day 17

Today I am thankful for books, and the amazingly talented authors who write them. I've lost myself so many times in their elaborate worlds.

I've lost sleep too, reading till 4am... which I'm not so thankful for, but you know what I mean.

Some of my all time favorites: The Sword of Truth Series, Ella Enchanted (LOVED this as a kid), Twilight Series, Sookie Stackhouse Series, Brave New World, The Lovely Bones, Desperation (Stephen King in general) and many more I know I am forgetting.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 16

Today I am grateful that I have the ability to go to college. I may not always like it, but I do appreciate the fact that I can go. It makes me miserable sometimes, but I am so glad I am going.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Day 15

Today I am thankful for my motivation. It helped me lose 30lbs and successfully complete my first 5k. Without it, I wouldn't have accomplished either of those goals. My motivation went into hiding lately, but I'm hoping it will pay me another visit here soon. (Please, I miss you!)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 14

Today I am thankful for doctors and nurses. Their jobs are hard, messy, long, and sometimes miserable, but they still do it to help the rest of us feel better and to keep us healthy.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Day 13

Today I am thankful for the symptom checker on webmd.com. So I kind of maybe might be a little bit of a hypochondriac... just a tiny bit.

Basically, whenever something in my body hurts or doesn't feel well, I rush to webmd or the app for my iphone (yes, there is one! Hypochondriac's rejoice!) and put it in its little symptom checker thingie. It's great because it lets you pick the part of the body and then the exact symptom. And it will ask you questions about the symptom to narrow it down. It then gives you a list of potential ailments!



The bad thing is, cancer has a lot of symptoms that are also part of everyday common illnesses, so it comes up a lot as a result. The good news is, if I ever do actually get cancer, I've seen it pop up so many times in my webmd results that I shouldn't be too surprised.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Day 12

Today I am thankful for health insurance (eventhough it's a shitty plan.) I took it for granted most of my life, until I didn't have it. I spent the past year without it and that was miserable. Always worrying what you're going to do if you get really sick or end up in a serious accident.

I finally have my health insurance back, and am grateful for it. Just to know it's there in case something happens.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 11

It's veterans day, so today I am thankful for all of our Veterans- past, current, and future. I admire all of them so much for putting their lives at risk in order to protect our rights and freedoms in the states. What you guys do for us deserves the highest level of respect.

Thank you

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day 10

Today I am thankful for social networking sites and programs like skype. As a generally anti social individual, they have allowed me to keep in touch with people whom I'd usually never get a chance to talk to. I've made tons of great friends by turning casual acquantainces on facebook into chat buddies.

I've also been fortunate enough to talk to my own family who lives halfway across the world because of facebook. I grew up not knowing what my cousins in Finland ever did, and now I can chat with them every day and get constant feeds on what is going on in their lives. I also am able to get to know my boyfriends mom and family, who also live overseas, where as a few years ago, I'd never have that opportunity.

Technology today is absolutely amazing.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Day 9

I am thankful for Angelique. We've been watching it grow for over 5 years now, and every year it keeps getting better and better. It's been a crazy lesson in how to run a business, but it's been completely fantastic. We've made some mistakes that were devestating, but we also made some that increased business like crazy. It's stressful not knowing what will or will not work, but it's always a lot of fun and so rewarding to see your hard work actually pay off.

I love being my own boss (eventhough my sister sometimes thinks she's mine too, ha!) and I love setting my own hours and seeing the direct benefits of all the work we put into it. It's nice having a job that I don't hate getting up for every day =)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 8

Today I am thankful for my sister. Lately we have been stepping on each other's toes, but she is still great. We're bound to drive each other crazy working and living together all the time, but we still manage to have a good time when we hang out. She puts up with my crap, and I put up with hers, and we both know when the other is full of it, LOL.

I read a great quote once that definitely defines my relationship with her. "A sister is like a best friend you can't get rid of."

Monday, November 7, 2011

Day 7

I'm thankful for my puppies today. Chloe and Dakota are my furry little children and I love them to pieces. When I wake up in the morning to let Chloe out she happily bounces around, excited to go outside, get breakfast, and receive her daily dose of rubs. Their lives are so simple and they are always so happy to see me, which always brings a smile to my face.

Their faces greeting me with their tongues out and tails wagging is the best thing to come home to.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day 6

Today I am thankful for heated cars! I was up in Rocky Mountain National Park today and it was soooo cold! The temperature was only about 20 degrees, but the wind chill kicked my butt. We spent a lot of time stopping at scenic spots to take pictures, and although it was stunningly beautiful, I cringed a little each time we had to get out.

Luckily the SUV we had included a pretty awesome heating system, so the car was always warm when we got back to it. I was very glad we had working heat and can only imagine how miserable it must be to drive in the winter without it.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Day 5

I was out of town for a day, so I have to catch up on my thankfullnesses (that's a word, right?)!

Today I am thankful for music. It has the power to control your emotions, state a point, invoke a feeling, and just make you smile and laugh. It's great for passing boredom, or for drowning out your sorrows. It's fun to play loudly and sing along to, and it's great to dance to. It's a great conversation starter and ender.  Unsure of what to talk about or need to get rid of an akward silence? Ask about music tastes or play a song you like. Need to shut your chatty sibling up? Play music loudly.

Lately my music favorites include: Christina Perri, Taylor Swift, Avril Lavigne, One Republic, and In Flames.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 4

Today and everyday (well except those days where I want to throw a heavy object at him) I am thankful for my boyfriend, who is also my best friend.

I talk about him a lot I noticed, and I can't help it- I am incredibly crazy about him! That's not a bad thing, is it? He's such a huge part of my life that it's difficult not to talk about him :) He's been with me through some crazy and empotional times, and the best part about him is that he lets me be me. I could could gush about him for 100 pages, but I'm not going to bore you all with that.

All you need to know is that I am very thankful for him :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 3

Today I am thankful for the kindness of strangers.

My brother's friend got his car stuck in the grass while trying to reverse down our very steep driveway in the snow. I had to get to work this morning, so I went out to start shoveling some of the snow away in an attempt to get him out so I could leave. While I'm doing this, a man drives by that I have never met and asks me if I need any help. I didn't have the keys to the car to move it so I declined but thanked him about 100 times for offering.

Last winter I also got my car stuck (my lil coupe doesn't do too hot in the snow) and a complete stranger hooked my car up via a towing cable and pulled me out of the snowy ditch I was in.



It amazes me how someone you don't even know, who probably has to be somewhere as well and has their own things to do, will stop to offer you some help if they see you stranded. They are geniunely kind.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day 2

Today I am thankful for my electric blanket. It sounds silly because it's just a blanket, but holy crap do I love that thing. I'm someone who is cold all the time, so that blanket is my life saver. We got hit with a pretty decent snow storm and the house was freeezzzinggg! If I didn't have my blanket, I am sure I would have died from hypothermia in my sleep.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Month of November- Day 1

It's officially November 1st (actually it's an hour away from being November 2nd, so I better make this quick) and since Thanksgiving is this month, I thought it would be fun to post about something I am thankful for every day this month. There's a strong chance I'll skip a few days, but hopefully I'll get them all.

Day 1:

I am thankful for my family. There are some days where I want to throw heavy objects at them, but for the most part they are great. My family knows I'm crazy, so they don't judge me when I have a crazy outburst (most of the time) It's also really nice to be comfortable being myself around them. I can stroll into the kitchen with an ugly night gown, no makeup, hair unbrushed, sobbing and laughing at the same time and nobody will act like it's a big deal. It's definitely something I take for granted sometimes. It is also really nice to know that no matter how badly I mess up or make a stupid decision, my family will always be there for me. They can't divorce or dump me, they're pretty much stuck with me forever.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Rambles

I thought I'd try a different type of post today, one that has absolutely zero direction or structure. I'm tired of structure and today I feel like just writing out whatever random or strange thought comes to my head. In fact, this intro is too structured and it's going to end now.

Structure is so forced into my brain that I just caught myself starting a new paragraph for a new train of thought, how annoying! This is a lot harder than I thought it would be. Okay, focus, focus, what am I thinking about? My nails since that's what I'm looking at. They're an ugly shade of gray right now because of the zombie crawl and the color needs to come off. I think I'm out of cotton balls though, shoot. And I'm too lazy to repaint them tonight, so maybe the grey is better than no color. I better be sure to get it off before they start fading or my sister will go nuts, she hates it when my nail polish fades, it's a weird pet peeve of hers. I secretly sometimes "forget" to remove the polish just because I know it drives her batty. Hehehe.

More paragraphs, I suck. Shakes it out, okay something else! I'm obsessed with my dogs. I only technically have 1 dog, but I watch my brothers so often that he's kind of mine too. They are the cutest chubby fluff balls ever and I just want to bury my face in them and kiss them over and over. They're too dirty though and that would cause my eyes to burn. I miss having Chloe sleep on my bed with me, but she sheds soooo much that it ruins my comforter. Diablo is another dirty dog that needs a bath, but bathing him was so stressful last time that I think it's better to leave him dirty LOL. Yep, I make myself laugh because I'm such a nut. I also talk to myself sometimes. I hear it's a sign of intelligence, but considering how many retard moments I have, I'm not so sure. It's only 9:10 and I am ready to pass out. What the heck happened to me? I used to stay up till 1am all the time and enjoy my "me" time, and now all I do is go to bed early, wake up, work, and go back to bed early- lame! I'm pretty sure this is all part of being a grown up, and I must admit that I do not like it one bit.

I can't fricken help myself. That previous paragraph was looking too long and therefore a new one must begin! Where did I come up with this random crap anyways? I wish I could just hook up an auto typer to my head and see what kind of nonsense it types out. Well that was interesting, I just got a phone call from an unknown number claiming my debit card is restricted, and it tried to transfer me to another line. It's a good thing my noggin still works eventhough I'm tired because I hung up and went straight to my banking site and my card is fine. This phishing for credit card infos is getting super old. I'm tired of fraud attempts on my account =( I don't even have a lot of money, go scam the rich people!

I'm pretty sure this is enough randomness and unstructed writing I can handle for one evening. I just reread some of it and cringed a tiny bit, so I apologize! But, to be entirely honest, it is quite fun to just type whatever you're thinking. I still censored myself though, ha! Wait till I practice this again and type what I'm REALLY thinking ;)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October 12th, 1976

This post is dedicated to a very special individual. On October 12th, 1976 Geoff was born in Minnesota, a day that I am very thankful for because it is the birthday of my boyfriend.


He is more than a boyfriend though. He's my best friend that I can confide absolutely anything to, he's my support system when I am upset and need someone to lean on, and he's the man that still gives me butterflies every single time he smiles at me. We've been dating for about 5 years, but I knew him before that and so we have been through a lot together. 

He is my constant in a chaotic world and knows me better than most. He is an absolutely goof ball and still makes me laugh every single day. He is undoubtedly the best person to ever come into my life.

Geoff, Happy Birthday hunie. I love you more than words can express.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Past Experiences

I haven't blogged about anything in awhile, and was reminded of that today by a good friend. I love to blog, but life has been a little crazy so I haven't had much time to come up with anything witty to post about.

Tonight I was thinking about the ever famous idea claiming that past experiences make you who you are today. While some challenges you go through in life have undoubtedly made us all stronger people and allow us to deal with similar conflicts in the future, there are some past experiences that are just a real pain in the ass.

It seems that almost everyone has gone through some sort of traumatic experience before. The level of trauma is entirely relative to each person and has affected them in some way. Yes, we become stronger from these experiences whether it's in the form of being more cautious, or not so gullible, but they also damage us in some way.

Like most people, I had a traumatic experience when I was younger, and lately it has been resurfacing in my head a lot. It brings back a lot of fear and pain, and makes me wonder how much of my personality today stemmed from my past. If this one short event had not happened, would I still be so frightened and sensitive all of the time?

I would love to see a peek of the person I might have turned out to be if the event didn't happen. Would I still be exactly as I am, or would I be an entirely different person? Unfortunately, unless I find a time travelling device I'll never know, and I suppose I'm not meant to know either.

It's important to remember though that one tiny action may last 5 minutes and seem insignificant to you, may actually change someone else's life completely.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Progress Update

2 months ago I posted about the run that was coming up: Dirty Girl Run.

Well it is officially here in 1 week! I am both very excited and very nervous at the same time. As of right now the excitement is outweighing the nervousness, and I hope it stays that way all week, but no guarantees! Today 6 of us met up at Washington Park to do a trial 5k and to get to know some of the other girls we hadn't met. First off, that park is amazing. I can't believe I have never been there before. Colorado is beautiful, and we have so many active things to do here that I am mad at myself for never taking advantage of them. That is definitely going to change.



I had a fantastic time with all of the ladies on our team and each one of them is incredibly supportive. Plus all of them have lost a lot of weight and made the change to become healthy awhile ago, so they were very inspiring! It was also a nice change to go out and do something active for once, rather than just go see a movie. The perimeter of the park has a gravel trail that is approximately 5k. I was a little disappointed that I couldn't jog as much as I had hoped to, and I was much more out of breath than I have been doing it on a track. I guess the even leveling of the track tricked me a bit. I'm glad we did it though because I'm going to assume the Dirty Girl event won't be on an even surface either.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Public Bathrooms

I have been drinking a ton of water lately and as a consequence I have to use the bathroom a lot. Since I can't stay home permanently I have to use public bathrooms every once in awhile, like I did tonight while grocery shopping. 2 of the 3 stalls are locked for some unknown reason and the 3rd is occupied by a foreign lady on her phone. Not wanting to crawl on the floor to get into the locked ones, I waited for the foreign chick to exit her stall. She finally emerges and as she does (while still on the phone) smiles at me. I personally find it awkward to make any kind of eye contact with someone when you're going to use their stall or they're using yours, but maybe I'm just weird.

I close the door behind me and look into the toilet (you know you do it too) and there's pee in there still! At this point I'm just annoyed but realize that it happens all the damn time. How often do you use a public bathroom and have to skip over a few stalls because of the following:
1) it's jammed with toilet paper
2) theres pee on the seat
3) theres pee and poo in the toilet still
4) there are other weird things in there that you don't really know what they are.

I know I could be the bigger person and just flush the toilet but dang it, that's not my responsibility. I flush the toilet after myself (and make sure it clears) before leaving my stall, why doesn't anyone else do this? Are they afraid to touch the flusher? If so, you're supposed to go wash your hands after anyways. And don't just think the automatic one will flush it for you either. You better wait and watch for it to happen, or just push the little magic button on the sensor to do it yourself if you're in a hurry. I really am quite confused as to why this is such a hard concept for apparently a lot of people to grasp.



And for those who drip on the toilet seat (I'm not entirely sure how this happens either ladies, are you peeing standing up?) take a piece of toilet paper and wipe it up! We bitch about men who do it, so women who do it aren't exempt either.

The moral of this post is flush your toilet. Check to make sure everything is good and clean for the next person after you, so that if they do happen to make akward eye contact while heading for your stall, you'll know you have nothing to be embarrassed about.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fall Semester

Classes started up once again last week and as I count my credit hours after each semester I am convinced I will be in school for the rest of my life. I don't take a full course load during busy season at work because I'd just go batty and be uber stressed out and grumpy and nobody needs or wants to see that.

I get to pretty much only take classes relevant to my degree now, as I got most of the basic core requirements out of the way. So this semester I am taking a class on Business Law. I was super excited for this class because business legal issues are always interesting... until I saw the syllabus for it. The professor was kind enough to require the newest edition of a Business Law textbook, which sells USED at about $200. I know in the grand scheme of textbook prices that $200 isn't bad, but I have become an expert on finding super cheap textbooks every year. I searched every textbook outlet I knew: amazon, ebay, textbooks.com, etc and managed to find the cheapest copy at $195 with shipping. My college fund and I both cried a little inside.

After receiving my overpriced textbook that will be outdated in 2 years (no, I'm not bitter), I opened up to the case assignment I was supposed to review and analyze. If you've never read a case briefing, you may not understand why this was frustrating. The case notes were approximately 3 pages and I had to reread it 4 times to finally understand what the heck the case was actually about. The first time I figured my mind had wandered and forced myself to focus on it. The second time I realized that I didn't understand what half of the words meant and was royally screwed. There was so much law jargon in it that I had to flip to the glossary for every 4th word. After about an hour and a half, I finally had a semi intelligent analysis of the case problem that should have taken 20 minutes.



The good news is if I sell my textbook immediately after this semester is done, I can probably get a good portion of my money back. The bad news is my childhood dream of becoming a lawyer has officially been shot.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Airports are evil

At 6am this morning, I drove my mom and younger brother to the airport because they're going to Finland for 10 days. I am very jealous because Finland is amazing and I miss my family there, but I am not envious of the airport stress they have to go through.

Airports and I never really got along very well, we have had a rocky relationship from the first time I ever flew on a plane. Triple security checks, broken planes, stranded over night during the liquid gel bombing incident, and lost luggage all contributed to my hated for airports. It doesn't help that they always smell like the stale air in the planes and that the seats are so uncomfortable at the gates that you can't relax in them. I mean really, why should they put comfortable seats in a place where some people get stuck waiting for hours on end for flights? That would just be silly.

The other reason I dislike airports is because I am part middle eastern. No, this does not mean I'm planning a jihad, it means I really really dislike the security line and the "random" security checks. I usually am unfortunate enough to have to go through the super extra tight security line and once I even got checked AGAIN at the gate. They saw my last name and had extra security come to the gate to recheck my carry on, it was embarassing. Needless to say, I get nervous going to airports and the process I go through is very similar to what the boyfriend and I did on our way to Minnesota:

Boyfriend: "I wonder if you'll be randomly selected to go through the full body scan because you're half middle eastern?" He says this in a tone loud enough for everyone in a 100 foot radius to hear.

Me: Nudged him hard in the stomach "I wonder why you always forget I'm half middle eastern until we're at the security line at the airport?!"

I walked up as calmly as I could to the security agent and handed him my boarding pass and ID. He glanced at the ID, initialed the boarding pass and pointed towards the regular security line.

Me: Slightly shocked "To this line here?" Pointing to the one for non suspected terrorists.

Security Dude 1: "Yes ma'am, please step through once security dude 2 on the other side gives you the okay."

I grinned like a kid who almost got caught stealing cookies from the cookie jar and tried to act perfectly normal as I walked up to the security check. I don't know why I had to try so hard to act normal, it's not like I was a terrorist or had anything to hide (Except that my liquid foundation was in a 4.2oz bottle, not a 3oz one.. oops)

I flashed security dude 2 on the other side a big smile and shyly asked:

"Is it okay for me to step through?"

He motioned for me to step through the check point as he looked up into what I can only assume is a scanner that will either flash "TERRORIST!!!" or "Non Terrorist" on its screen. I hustled through it, holding my breath, praying no big red alarm would sound announcing to the entire airport that I was part middle eastern. To my relief, nothing happened and security dude 2 forgot all about me as soon as I walked past him to gather my carry on bag and neck pillow.

I could finally breathe a sigh of relief. One of the worst parts of the airport process was over and I could now move on to the waiting for hours for the plane portion of it. I glanced back towards my boyfriend to see if he had gathered his things from the security check yet, and was surprised to not see him behind me.

I searched for my blonde hair, blue eyed, definitely not middle eastern boyfriend, and found him in the last place I'd expect... standing in the middle of the full body scanner being triple checked by security.

I couldn't help but grin.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Cake Wrecks

I wanted to share one of my favorite blogs today because it always provides me with tons of laughs. I can spend hours browsing the archives looking at all the great photos and the commentary is absolutely hilarious!

Cake Wrecks

I loved this blog even before I started decorating cakes, so I know everyone can appreciate it :) Be sure to check out the classics and fan favorites. There are pictures of cakes gone horribly wrong, as well as pictures of really neat concepts some very talented decorators have pulled off! Everything from horrible misspellings to some really really blonde moments on the decorator's part. Here's one as a teaser:

The customer ordered a cake and asked for the following to be written on it:
Best Wishes Suzanne (underneath that) We will miss you!

Unfortunately for them, the decorator took their note literally... and forgot an h.



Friday, August 5, 2011

100 Random Questions

I used to love doing these myspace and email surverys. Here's one just for fun :) If you enjoy them too, copy and paste it into your own blog with your answers!

1. How old will you be in five years?
- 27! Eeekk

2. Who did you spend at least two hours with today?
- My sister, we work together

3. How tall are you?
- 5'7"

4. What do you look forward to most in the next six weeks?
- Seeing how much more weight I can lose and how my endurance will change while walking/jogging

5. What’s the last movie you saw?
- Zoo Keeper, it was pretty gawful

6. Who was the last person you called?
- My little brother, Amir

7. Who was the last person to text you?
- Amir

8. What was the last text message you received?
- "A bunch at lunch! Haha" He was confessing that he ate all the bananas I just bought

9. Who was the last person to leave you a voicemail?
- One of our manufacturers

10. Do you prefer to call or text?
- Both are fine with me

11. What were you doing at 12am last night?
- Sleeping :)

12. Are your parents married/separated/divorced?
- Divorced

13. When is the last time you saw your mom?
- This afternoon

14. What color are your eyes?
- Hazel

15. What time did you wake up today?
- 8:30 am

16. What are you wearing right now?
- pj pants and a tank top

17. What is your favorite Christmas song?
- Carol of the bells by The Bird and The Bee

18. Where is your favorite place to be?
- home :) I'm an introvert


19. Where is your least favorite place to be?
- Airports! They're terrible and they smell funny.

20. Where would you go if you could go anywhere?
- Finland, I miss my grandparents and want to see them again


21. Where do you think you’ll be in 10 years?
- Not sure, just hope I am happy

22. Do you tan or burn?
- I used to tan like a cocoa puff when I was younger, now I burn

23. What did you fear was going to get you at night as a child?
- The monsters from Goose Bumps (books), the clown from IT, the Easter Bunny, and the chick from The Ring!

24. What was the last thing that really made you laugh?
- Everything! I laugh a lot.

25. How many TVs do you have in your house?
- 8

26. How big is your bed?
- Queen

28. Do you sleep with or without clothes on?
- With, there are way too many people in my house that barge in without knocking to sleep naked.


29. What color are your sheets?
- Cream colored

30. How many pillows do you sleep with?
- Used to sleep with 5! I've cut it down to 3 :)

31. What is your favorite season?
- I like all of them

32. What do you like about fall?
- Halloween and the way the colors change on the trees.

33. What do you like about winter?
- Being snowed in :)

34. What do you like about the summer?
- Swimming

35. What do you like about spring?
- The weather here is perfect in the spring, not too hot, not too cold, just perfect.

36. How many states/provinces have you lived in?
- One

37. What cities/towns have you lived in?
- Aurora (now the part known as Centennial)


38. Do you prefer shoes, socks, or bare feet?
- Bare feet!

39. Are you a social person?
- Definitely not, lol.

40. What was the last thing you ate?
- A fruit cup

41. What is your favorite restaurant?
-
I love Cinzettis with a passion, but I don't think I have a "favorite"

42. What is your favorite ice cream?
- Cookie dough

43. What is your favorite dessert?
- Everything, ha! I'm really fond of birthday cake with cheap butter cream frosting

44. What is your favorite kind of soup?
- Chicken Noodle, My dads middle eastern soup, Chicken & Dumpling

45. What kind of jelly do you like on your PB & J sandwich?
- Strawberry, the only kind you can ever put on a PB&J

46. Do you like Chinese food?
- Yes, love it

47. Do you like coffee?
- Nope! I'm one of the rare few

48. How many glasses of water, a day, do you drink on average?
- 64 oz, whatever glass amount that equals

49. What do you drink in the morning?
- Grape fruit juice or skim milk

50. What non-banking related card in your wallet is the most valuable to you?
- My health insurance card and my movie theater rewards card hehe

51. Do you sleep on a certain side of the bed?
- The middle! I'm a bed hog

52. Do you know how to play poker?
- Yep, love it. Although I don't know all of the table rules.

53. Do you like to cuddle?
- Very much so

54. Have you ever been to Canada?
- Nope, but would like to visit and see what they're all aboot, eh!

55. Do you have an addictive personality?
- Kind of

56. Do you eat out or at home more often?
- Out, I know it's terrible but I love restaurants.


57. What do you miss about Pre-School, if anything?
- Never went to pre-school

58. Do you know anyone with the same birthday as you?
- Umm nope

59. Do you want kids?
- Definitely!

60. Do you speak any other languages?
- I can speak a tiny bit of spanish, but not enough to matter lol.

61. Have you ever gotten stitches?
- Yes, for a dog bite on my arm and after surgery.

62. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?
- Nope

63. Do you prefer an ocean or a pool?
- I love to look at the ocean, I love to swim in a pool

64. Do you prefer a window seat or an aisle seat?
- Window, I like to sleep against the side of the plane and I never get up to bother anyone in the other two seats.

65. Do you know how to dance?
- Not well

66. What is your favorite thing to spend money on?
- Gifts for other people

67. Do you wear American Eagle Shirts?
- Nope

68. What is your favorite TV show?
- True Blood, 24, Lost, Twin Peaks, Vampire Diaries, Desperate Housewives, Pretty Little Liars.

69. Can you roll your tongue?
- Yep

70. Who is the funniest person you know?
- My little brother, Amir, is pretty hilarious.

71. Do you sleep with stuffed animals?
- Nope, a little too old for that.

72. What is the main ring tone on your phone?
- The default one that came with the phone


73. Do you still have clothes from when you were little?
- Nope

74. What red object is closest to you right now?
- The lanyard my keys are on.


75. Do you turn off the water while you brush your teeth?
- Sometimes when I feel like saving the planet, but I forget a lot

76. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
- Closed, I keep all of my non-dog friendly stuff in there.

77. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
- A swarm of bees. I could probably handle a lot of stings, but I don't know if I could survive a bear clawing my face off.

78. Do you flirt a lot?
- Not really

79. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
- Honey

80. What is your favorite food?
- Everything, lol.

81. Can you change a lightbulb?
- Yes

82. Have you ever gotten Grounded?
- Nope

83. Have you ever ran out of money?
- Been low? Yes. Ran out? No

84. What is your usual bedtime?
- 11pmish

85. What was the last book you read?
- The 1st book in the Game of Thrones series

86. Do you read the newspaper?
- If I'm bored and if it's in front of me, otherwise no.

87. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
- This house receives every magazine on the planet, but I'm not personally subscribed to any


89. Do you watch TV?
- Guilty

90. Do you dance in public?
- No way

91. What radio station did you last listen to?
- Alice 105.9

92. Who is in the picture frame closest to you?
- My grandparents

93. What was the last note you scribbled on a piece of paper?
- The item styles that were missing from the website.

94. What is your favorite scent?

- I loveeee the smell of cilantro, and anything coconut scented.

95. What is your favorite board game?
- Afrikan Tahti, from Finland, although I haven't played it in forever.

97. When was the last time you attended church?
- For a funeral a few years ago.

98. Who was your favorite teacher in Previous years?
- My Biological Basis for Behavior professor sophmore year in College was very quirky but very cool.


99. What is the longest you have ever camped out in a tent?
- 1 hour when I took a nap in one once. I've never been camping!

100. Who was the last person to do something extra special for you?

- Geoff, he's been pretty amazing lately.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dirty Girl Run

Don't let the title of this post deceive you, it's not anything naughty, I promise! Been working out and focusing on my diet a lot more this year and have successfully lost 23lbs (woo hoo!) I've always been slightly envious of all those skinny girls I'd see jogging every morning in their cute lil sports bras and yoga pants and bitching about how they probably don't even make yoga pants in my size (ok, really envious.)

A few friends of mine recently posted on facebook about how they completed their first 5k's and then 10k's and it shocked me how much I really wanted to do that too. I used to just kinda chuckle at the thought of running because I have NEVER been a runner. Even when I was really athletic (we're going ways back here) and doing gymnastics religiously, I would never go running or jogging. I was in great shape then but I never had the endurance for it and therefore loathed it. So one of my friends posted a link about this Dirty Girl Run that takes place on September 24th:
http://www.godirtygirl.com/

It looks like a lot of fun (I'm not an outdoorsy girl who enjoys mud so I'm not sure what part of me actually thinks this will be fun, but some buried part does) and contemplated signing up for it. It took me about a week to make my decision because of the following:
1) I'm overweight, not just slightly by 15lbs, but a lot
2) I didn't want to be the only girl there really out of shape despite the fact that the site says its for all fitness levels
3) Started having nightmares of being carted off on a stretcher after 1 mile of walking while all the skinny people look on in horror
4) If I made it past the mile marker without the stretcher and actually completed the 5k, I'd be the last person to finish and everyone would be waiting on me for an hour or more as news crews video tape me for their special on obesity in America.

I finally shut my crazy and delusional mind up and just forced myself to sign up for the event. Now that I've paid for it (wasn't cheap) and have told people about doing it, I can't back out. I've actually made an effort to make sure several people know about it so that I'm stuck doing it, LOL. This blog post is another one of those attempts, because if I don't do it, all 3 readers of my blog will know about my failure!

I have 2 months to prepare for it and have started with the Couch to 5k Plan. (http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml) My first work out was today, and I will admit that I couldn't even do the alternate 60 secs of jogging with 90 secs of walking for a full 20 mins. That part lasted about 6 reps and then it went more like 45 secs of jogging and 2 minutes of walking for another 15 minutes. And by jogging, I actually mean the love child of walking and jogging (we'll call her "hobbling") I only did 2 miles, but that's better than the 0 miles I used to do.


Despite the fact that part of my butt bone hurts a bit after attempting to jog, I am really excited for this. I now have something to keep me motivated to keep working out for the next 2 months and will proudly know that I signed up and completed a 5K. I don't care if I have to walk the entire course and skip all of the obstacles, I took the plunge to sign up for it. One year ago I would never even have considered signing up for something like this. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm not an active person, but I want to change that. What it means to me to actually have the courage to sign up for this event is huge because it's a mental change towards becoming healthy, something I've wanted for several years but never actually followed through with.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Still Learning

I had thought that at age 22 I knew pretty much everything about myself. I mean, I've spent 22 years with myself, I should know me pretty darn well, right? (I'm sure all the older people are laughing at my naivety right now, lol) I discovered recently that there are things I didn't know about and it makes me wonder what else there is about me that I have yet to learn.

One of the big things I discovered I had this past week is pretty strong social anxiety. I always knew I had it a tiny bit, but I didn't realize how serious it was. How exactly did I not realize this until I was 22? Well, in all other social situations that I put myself in before, I always made sure to have what I like to call a "safety person." If I didn't have a safety person, I avoided the social situation entirely. These people are the few select people in my life that I am comfortable around such as my family, my boyfriend, and one or two friends of mine. These people are also usually very social and can carry themselves around people really well. I didn't notice it but I always just attach myself to these people and feed off of them in social situations. I can do just fine having a conversation with people if my "safety" person is there. I am also okay doing it alone if it's something like a task such as promoting for work, etc that I know I need to do. If it's a planned conversation it's okay, but if it's something on a whim I don't seem to do too well unless the other person is very social and can hold the conversation pretty much by themselves while I smile and nod. If both me and the other person are not very social, the end result is to panic.

I find this interesting because I actually enjoy doing a lot of things by myself. I am very introverted and love to go to malls alone shopping, driving alone, and actually look forward to grocery shopping when I am going by myself. I have no problem smiling and asking a few questions, but I think it's because I know that nobody there is expecting me to sit and have a full conversation with them and attention isn't focused on me directly for long periods of time.



My sister and I recently met these two great ladies in Vegas and Mia suggested going out for drinks and dinner. She ended up going alone because I wanted to veg out in the hotel room and catch up on school work, but I couldn't help but think that there was no way in hell if I were in her situation that I could go alone and be comfortable going out with two random people without being incredibly anxious and nervous the entire time. Which is entirely silly because these two ladies were great.

The other thing I learned about myself is that I can express myself through writing so much better than I can verbally. Maybe this is why I enjoy blogs and have always kept a journal. I know some of the information I have posted today and may post in the future seems way too personal to be posting on an online blog, but it actually makes me feel better to get it out. Maybe it's because I don't socially discuss my feelings with people and am more comfortable with writing, but I know I've done this since I was little. I can remember a time when I was really sick as a kid and to describe my feelings, I wrote a letter to my mom because I couldn't explain it, Lol.

I've been pretty sheltered all my life, and I have a feeling now that as I grow up and venture out into the world that I am going to discover much more about myself than I ever knew. Before I could always avoid situations that made me uncomfortable, now I know I need to take baby steps towards working out these problems and overall becoming a stronger person. I can't stay a little kid forever, despite the fact that I really want to be.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The sound of thunder

I puppy sit my brothers dog, Dakota, for him after work because my brother works insane hours and is never home to take care of the dog himself. Like my brother and I, our dogs are also siblings, so I love to keep them together so they can play.


While I was driving home from work, it started storming with rain and thunder and I immediately frowned. My brother's dog is incredibly terrified of storms, thunder and lighting specifically- this means I am going to have a very long evening.

I let him out of his crate and lead him upstairs to the doggy door connected to our laundry room and try to usher him outside. The rain is just drizzling at this time, but on comes the doggie e-brake regardless. I put my shoes on and step outside into the doggy pen myself (this sometimes convinces him that it is in fact safe outside and he'll follow, but not today) Our outdoor adventure went something like this:

*me standing outside in the drizzling rain and mud* "Dakota, hunie, come out! See it's safe out here."

A big flash of lightning strikes in the distance followed by the rolling boom of thunder

*Dakota backs up from the door and looks at me like I'm fricken insane*

"No really Dakota, It's not that bad. I'll give you a cookie if you come out!" (he really likes dog cookies)

*Dakota gets excited from hearing the word, cookie, and spins in circles because he is conflicted by wanting cookies versus stepping outside into the storm of loud booms that will surely eat him*

*Dakota pees all over the floor, missing the linoleum entirely and instead aims for the carpeted floor mat*

I end up having to clean up pee from the floor mat for the next 10 minutes because I have to spend 5 of it looking for the carpet cleaner I know we have 20 bottles of, but somehow can't even find 1.

The good news is, he went potty and will be set for the next few hours. Here's to hoping the storm clears up before he has to go again.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Business and Social Networking

I have stumbled upon the crazy world of business social networking. I used to think social networking was for well, being social with friends, but have discovered that there's a huge business aspect behind it that I am just now peeking into.

After doing some research on internet marketing for the business, I have read numerous posts that we should be using the same social networking sites that we use for personal use, for business. This includes facebook, twitter, myspace, linkedin, and blogs. I can barely keep up my own blog, and now I have to figure out how to manage one for a business? I think I'm in big trouble.

We started a facebook, twitter, and myspace for the business awhile back and have a decent sized fan base, but it's no where near what I'd love it to be. As a merchant facebook account, you can't actually interact with personal facebook profiles outside of your business page, so you have to do it via other methods. I read I should use my personal account to drive fans to the business page, and that I should also post links on blogs, emails, etc about the facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Angelique-Lingerie/245457115307 (Insert shameless attempt at getting more facebook fans)

So far what I've read about it though is I basically get to sit and chat with people and network with others online in order to grow our pages. It's a crazy world but it's a really cheap (mostly free) way of advertising, so I can't knock it. Plus, I do get some sick satisfaction from being able to chat on facebook while I'm at work! :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

50 Ways to Annoy a Metal Head

Was going through some old files and found this hilarious list I had saved on how to annoy a metal head! I love heavy metal, so this definitely made me giggle. Enjoy!
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50 Ways To Annoy A Metalhead


1. Tell them every metal band worships the devil.
2. Ask if all black metal bands are trying to copy KISS or just most of them.
3. Hide their joint under their library card.
4. Ask if they know of any other cool bands like Slipknot.
5. If they're listening to metal, tell them it sounds like some mainstream band. Doesn't matter who.
6. Say it's all a ripoff of Iron Butterfly anyway.
7. Ask if they've given their souls to Jesus yet.
8. Vaguely imply that you're gay and would like their company for the evening.
9. Record over their Cannibal Corpse albums with other Cannibal Corpse albums and see if they ever notice the difference.
10. Refuse to accept their fake I.D.
11. Ask how much Dio got paid for his role as Stuart Little.
12. Use the phrase "cookie monster vocals" and act like it's the funniest, most original thing you've ever come up with.
13. If they're listening to metal, tell them "These guys don't have talent. Now (insert any mainstream band here), those guys have talent!"
14. Say "What is vinyl?"
15. Point out how homosexual Manowar is. If they agree, tell them the only thing more homosexual is Black Sabbath with Dio.
16. Tell them it all sounds the same.
17. Admit that Cliff Burton was a dirty hippy who had already peaked musically.
18. If they say they love 80s metal, ask them what ever happened to Poison.
19. Tell them you like underground music too, like (insert the newest overhyped fashionable loud-ish band from the radio)
20. Point out that Tarja from Nightwish can't sing.
21. Insist that Emperor videos would be better if they used a dance troupe.
22. Ask if Mayhem is Marilyn Manson's band.
23. Divert their CD shipments to the local Jewish community center.
24. Write "God Loves You" on their Venom backpatch.
25. Point out that just about every genre of music has an underground with bands who have integrity, so metal really isn't that unique.
26. Post under their nickname on a power metal board and say Ray Alder nutss all over John Arch.
27. Take out the Iron Maiden disc and put in 50 Cent.
28. Give them a spiky pop-punk haircut while they sleep.
29. Pronounce "Celtic Frost" correctly.
30. If they're over 25, say that people can still rock even if they have an unplanned child or two and drive a grocery getter. Then point and laugh.
31. Tell them you're not hiring and to try the other Cinnabon down the street.
32. Sit quietly and applaud politely at a metal show.
33. Make them be sober for five whole seconds.
34. Ask if Randy Rhoads was on the same flight as John Denver.
35. Tell them Korn brought metal back to life in the 90s.
36. Turn the bass way up on their stereo.
37. Laugh at Slayer for stealing their name from the Buffy show.
38. Call Doro fat.
39. Call them on their horrible grammar and/or spelling.
40. Remind them that metal is partially derived from the blues. Then accuse them of being wiggers.
41. Use the phrase "balls in a vice" at least three times when talking about classic metal and/or power metal vocalists.
42. If it's a guy with long hair, address him as if he were female. Don't correct yourself about it.
43 .Be impressed with how much RoadRunner Records has improved over the past ten years.
44. Say you love Metallica's debut, The Black Album.
45. Notice that Lemmy hasn't moved his left hand in 30 years of playing bass.
46. Refer to metal as "that kill-your-father rape-your-mother stuff."
47. Ask them if their favorite band is so good, how come nobody has ever heard of them.
48. Pine for the good old days when Pour Some Sugar On Me was a big hit.
49. Tell them you used to be a metalhead, but grew out of it when you started listening to more intellectual stuff like (insert any band at all here)
50. Post a list of "Ways To Annoy Metal Fans" knowing full well that so many of them internalize everything and can't take a joke.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Craziness!

This past week has been absolutely crazy! After many months of waiting and waiting with no promising updates, Geoff found his birth mother last tuesday. His family is so incredibly nice and welcoming towards him and he is so extremely happy. He went from an only child to having 3 brothers and 2 sisters over night! I tried to tell him that eventhough he now has 5 siblings, he still has only child syndrome and he laughed (he really does!) One of his sisters lives in Minnesota with her family, and the other sister is in Norway. The sister in Norway is coming to visit the United States in July, so we're flying to Minnesota to meet them both. I'm really excited to meet his sisters and to see Minnesota for the first time.


Growing up with 3 siblings, I can't even imagine what it's like for him to have been an only child and then discover all of this family later on in life. I know he's happy though because it's impossible not to see it or hear it in his voice and I'm very glad the process he went through to find them turned out a million times better than either of us ever imagined.


Just for fun, a picture that relates to siblings all too well! ;)



Saturday, March 19, 2011

Starving For Gravity

Today I found out that one of my guildies is the lead vocals for a band! Usually when you hear people are in a band you assume it's some small project they work on in their garage with about 20 followers, so it didn't phase me too much to learn this. Then one of their songs was posted on our front page, and I fell in love with it!

His voice is pretty amazing and I'm in love with the song right now titled "Demon In Me" (it's been on repeat for the past 3 hours) So if you're looking for a new rock group to get into, check them out:

http://www.reverbnation.com/starvingforgravity and http://www.facebook.com/starvingforgravity

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Neglected Blog

I realize I haven't posted since November, but there wasn't really a whole lot I felt I should post. Life has been treading on like it always does. Go to work full time, go to school full time, raid when I come home, go to my part time job and try really hard to get in the full 10 hours of sleep I need to function (I know, I'm pathetic)

I made it through the loss of my kitty pretty well I think, considering he was my first pet and the first thing close to me I've ever lost. The first few weeks were really rough and I spent a lot of time crying myself to sleep every night, but it slowly got better. I eventually started laughing again and even managed to snuggle up with another kitty that reminded me a lot of CK. I still tear up a bit when I think about him, and just about everything reminds me of him, but I think the hard part is over. I do miss him like crazy though and would give just about anything to see him again.

School is going well surprisingly. I'm taking 4 classes and have managed to hold A's in all of them *gasp* I'm sure once the semester is halfway over that will change, but I'm proud of myself for keeping up with it.

Angelique is doing amazing as well. My sister and I have really stepped it up and made a lot of changes that are proving to be incredibly beneficial to the business. We revamped the site a bit and we're focusing hard on SEO optimization. It's kind of sad with how much I'm on the computer and use it through out the day that I know absolutely nothing about search engine optimization... but we're trying to change that! :)

Here's to hoping the rankings keep getting better and better!