Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Day 8 of 30

Day 8: What are 5 passions you have?
From my 30 day blog challenge

1) Reading- I am a book worm and could curl up for days in a comfy chair with a good book.
2) Computer games- I love computer games, especially MMO's and have met some amazing people through them.
3) My pets- I adore my animals (and my families, friends, and boyfriends animals too) I love to spoil and snuggle them all.
4) Massages & Facials- These are probably 2 of my favorite relaxation techniques above anything and if I had enough money, I would get both of them done weekly.
5) Movies & TV shows- I have seen some great movies and watched some amazing series. Although I can't usually sit and watch TV for hours, I have to break it up a bit.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day 7 of 30

Day 7: What is your dream job, and why?
From my 30 day blog challenge

My dream job is a toss up between graphic design, psychiatry, journalism, and running an animal shelter. I know it's quite a broad range, hehe. My ultimate goal in life though is to make enough money to run a no kill animal shelter or to donate to one consistently and actively help out animals as much as I can.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Day 6 of 30

Day 6: What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?

From my 30 Day Blog Challenge

I don't know if there is just 1 thing that has been the hardest for me to experience because there have been several things that were all equally as devestating. I am fortunate enough not to have lost anyone very close to me (within my immediate family) but I have lost some friends and I have also lost pets, and although it may sound silly, it hurts like hell to lose a pet. Both CK and Meiko were put to sleep due to cancer, and the emptiness that it leaves in your heart is brutal.

Another difficult thing has been dealing with mental depression and anxiety and always trying to put them behind you as your make it through adventures in life, but always being confronted by them no matter how hard you try to make them go away. I'm learning more to cope with them as I am starting to accept the fact they may not ever go away.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Day 5 of 30

Day 5: What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?

From my 30 day blog challenge

1) My new found independence and freedom associated with moving out. I no longer worry so much about pleasing everyone around me and can just live my life how I want it without anyone elses influence.

2) Angelique's amazing success and it's new projects that are coming up that will only make it even more successful.

3) Feeling like an adult by paying my own bills and taking care of everything on my own, without the assistance of anyone else.

4) Losing 50lbs. It's taken almost 2 years to do it, and it's a continuous effort but holy crap does that feel good. Looking at before pictures and current pictures makes me smile now.

5) The people and animals in my life. From my parents, to my siblings, to my boyfriend, my friends, and my amazing furry animals. Everyone plays a role in making me happy :)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Day 4 of 30

Day 4: List 5 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
From my 30 day blog challenge

1) I would tell myself that although things may seem out of wack in life, everything is going to be just fine.

2) Not to sweat the small things because in a few years they won't matter.

3) It's okay not to be perfect, the world won't end, I promise.

4) Do what makes you happy, because nothing else will matter.

5) Smile more, don't judge yourself or others so much.

Bonus) GO TO THE GYM! The weight is going to creep up on you otherwise missy!

Haha ;)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Day 3 of 30

Day 3: Describe your relationship with your parents.
From my 30 day blog challenge

As an adult, my relationship with my parent's isn't too bad. I am very close with my mom and have gotten to know both my parents a little better over the years. Like any parent-child relationship, we've had our ups and downs, but for the most part everything is just fine.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Day 2 of 30

Day 2: Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.

From my 30 Day Blog Challenge

1) I am terrified of spiders. Even little ones that don't seem harmless to most people, are vicious giant man eating creatures to me. I instantly become a ninja if I walk through a spider web for fear of a spider being on me. Ever hear that saying about swallowing an average of 8 spiders a year in your sleep? I was so mortified by that statement that I have seriously considered taping my mouth shut at night and some nights I'll fall asleep with my hand over my mouth (like that will prevent the spiders from crawling in.)

I used to always bug spray my room once a week too. I had a giant bottle of bug killer and would spray it in all the corners of my room, behind my bed, etc. It probably didn't do much, but it made me feel better. Although when I think about it now, the fumes probably have done more damage to me than the spiders. I am also terrified of killing spiders because they move so damn fast that right as you're about to smush them they catapult onto your hand or even worse, drop onto the floor and disappear! If I manage to squish one, I don't like putting the paper towel and squished bug into the trash can because I fear it will reincarnate and come back to get me. I also don't like flushing it because I can't sit on the toilet without wondering if it's going to crawl back out. Wow, I just re-read that last statement and I have some serious issues.

Where did my fear of spiders come from? I have no idea. There is no legitimate excuse for me hating spiders. I was never ambushed by a swarm of them as a kid or bitten or anything, they just creep me out with their super fast furry little legs and eyes *shudders*

(I was going to post a picture of a spider because I like posting pictures with my blogs, but I don't want to google image them, sorry!)

2) I love scary movies, but since I live alone now, I have a hard time watching them because I get so scared and paranoid. My second biggest fear is of creepy dead girls with long black hair, like from The Ring, or The Grudge, or Gothika, etc. Even an episode of Supernatural had one in it and freaked the hell out of me.

This fear comes from watching The Ring, which to date is probably the scariest movie I have ever seen. For whatever reason, that entire movie creeped the hell out of me and ever since I have been terrified of dead girls with long black hair. I have nightmares about them and will lie in bed at night after watching a scary movie and imagine one of them walking towards me in that scary as crap way that she does in The Ring. I have to start thinking about puppies and kittens and rainbows to make it go away.

3) Another fear of mine is of large crowds in tight spaces, like at a concert or an event like Black Friday. I don't freak out and start hyperventilating or anything, but after being surrounded by so many people in such a small space I get a little uncomfortable and grumpy and will pretty much find an excuse to leave. I'm sure this fear has to do with my own personal insecurities.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Day 1 of 30

Day 1: List 10 random facts about yourself

From my 30 Day Blog Challenge

1) I'm a pet lover and super strong advocate for adopting animals from shelters and preventing animal abuse. I love animals so much that I have been told by my family I could potentially be on an episode of Animal Hoarders in my future. Sadly, I can see this happening too so I try to limit myself to 2-3 pets MAX! I do not want to be the crazy cat lady!

2) I nap like an old person. If I don't get a nap in once a day I become incredibly cranky. Around 4pm I come home from work and sleep on my couch for about 45mins to an hour. It's the best time of my day and I wake up from it super refreshed.

3) I laugh A LOT! I seem to find every stupid little thing funny and tend to resort to giggling when I'm in an uncomfortable situation to break the ice. I also have a nervous chuckle I'll do around pretty much every stranger I meet.

4) I love to compliment people, especially random strangers for something, whether it be their hair, their nails, their clothes, dog, whatever. I love the feeling I get when a stranger compliments me on something and I want other people to feel that way too. It's the best feeling when said stranger looks gloomy and then perks up right after you compliment them like you just made their day a little bit better. I have also found that some people are so desperate for conversation that they will sit there for 20 mins discussing it with you because they have nobody else. While this can be annoying if I'm trying to leave the grocery line, etc, it still makes me smile afterwards.

5) I hate the feel of my feet after they've been confined in a pair of shoes or socks all day and therefore must rinse my feet off before going to bed. I walk around barefoot all the time, so even if I shower and walked around on the carpet for 30 mins, I need to rinse them again right before hopping into bed. Weird, I know.

6) I'm a total penny pincher and have been told by my boyfriend that if I had a motto, it would be "Do I really need that?" I am that annoying person that will go shopping with you and talk you out of buying everything that isn't an absolute necessity if you ask me if you should get it. While this has its benefits, it's also really annoying so I have tried to be better about it by allowing myself and others to splurge every once in awhile.

7) I am double jointed in my elbows and although I don't have the body of one anymore, I used to be an awesome gymnast when I was younger. My world was a blur of splits and cart wheels and back handsprings 20 hours a week.

8) I am 50% Finnish, and 50% Libyan. Needless to say, my childhood was weird.

9) The songs I listen to are a direct correlation to the mood I'm currently in. I love music and will listen to everything from super speedy fun driving techno music to sappy girly love songs and back to head banging angsty screaming metal.

10) I'm a neat freak and don't like living in a messy environment, but I also loathe cleaning. This leads to a lot of conflict in my everyday life and also means my place is clean, 50% of the time. :)

30 Day Challenge

I currently have a lot of extra free time and thought what perfect way to spend it than getting back to blogging! (I should be working, but that's not nearly as fun) I was browsing the lovely pinterest and found this awesome list for a 30 day blog challenge from this blog:
and think I'll give it a try. I can not guarantee I will post them all within 30 days, but I'll follow the list in order :)

1. List 10 random facts about yourself.
2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.
3. Describe your relationship with your parents.
4. List 5 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.
5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
6. What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?
7. What is your dream job, and why?
8. What are 5 passions you have?
9. List 3 people who have influenced you and describe how.
10. Describe your most embarrasing moment.
11. Describe 5 pet peeves you have.
12. Describe a typical day in your current life.
13. Describe 5 weaknesses you have.
14. Describe 5 strengths you have.
15. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
18. What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?
19. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
21. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it first?
22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
23. List your top 3 hobbies and why you love them.
24. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.
25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
28. What is your love language?
29. What do you think people misundertand most about you?
30. List 5 things you would hope to be remembered for.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Adventures in Cooking

This weekend I got a wild idea to try cooking again. I was really tired of eating out and my cooking skills needed some practice, so I grabbed a couple of recipes and tried them:

Attempt 1: Burrito Pie ( ) my sister made this recipe before and my little brothers loved it so I thought it would be a good one to try. Here's the final picture:

It actually turned out really well. Today, there's only one piece left so my family enjoyed it. Next time I'll add more tortillas between the layers (was supposed to use 12, only used 6-oops), drain the ground beef so it isn't so soupy, and wait for it to cool so it actually forms into the layers it's supposed to and not just a giant bowl of mexican mush. Weirdly enough, this tasted better the next day after it was reheated lol.

Attempt 2: Crustless Spinach Quiche ( )

I love spinach and I love quiche, so this was pretty much an overall win. I made it the night before (with the burrito pie) and put it in the fridge for breakfast the next morning. It had onions, cheese, eggs, and spinach in it and it was delicious. Next time I'll just make more of it and put it in a smaller pan so it's a little deeper.

Attempt 3: Pot Roast from the recipe genious, my boyfriend. He makes the best pot roast hands down. I didn't even like pot roast until he made it for me. 

This started out as a bit of a struggle, because he told me to get a 4lb bone in roast (they didn't have anything that was boneless and bigger than 2 lbs and Im too much of a cooking novice to combine 2 or something) The roast was much bigger than my crock pot, so I had to slice the bone out of it, that was interesting, LOL.

 I finally got the roast in and seasoned it and all that fun stuff. (I called my boyfriend every 5 mins and sent him pictures to make sure it looked right )
 After 9 very long hours, it's finally done and smells delicious. (The boyfriend has also assured me it's supposed to look like this at the end)

The verdict: It was delicious. It was missing the gravy/mashed potatoes that usually accompanies it, but it wasn't too bad for my first attempt at pot roast :)

And it hasn't killed anyone yet... yay!

Friday, February 10, 2012

New year.. a bit late

I am aware that I haven't blogged anything since November, so there's a lot to catch up on in the New Year (yep, I realize that was 2 months ago, LOL) I will be the first person to admit I'm a slacker. At least I'm not in denial about it, right?

2012 has started out with a bang. Angelique had the best year in sales last year and we have experienced a 56% increase this January compared to last already. Needless to say, we have been very very busy! We're hoping to make 2012 a fantastic year and have so much planned for it.

My mom and my sister were in a really bad car accident a couple weeks ago. I got the phone call and rushed to the hospital where they were brought in via ambulance. A kid had hit them in a Ford Explorer going between 45-50mph. Luckily they were both okay and walked away with some soreness and a few bruises.

This year will also bring a ton of travel with it. In May I will be going to Finland to see my family there for a little less than 2 weeks. In june I'll be in Chicago for a fedex retailer conference and in July I'll be in Vegas for a convention. I have plans to go back to Minnesota with my boyfriend for his friends wedding in August and we're looking to book another cruise for next February (!) While I'm working this summer, the boyfriend will also be visiting Europe for the first time to see his family for about a month. It will be the longest we've been apart and I'm a little nervous I'll miss him like crazy, but I think it will be good for us too. I'm a tiny bit too dependent on talking to him 24/7, LOL.

I have signed up for the Boulder Boulder in May, which is a 10k run here in Colorado. I have kind of stalled a bit on my weight loss, but am getting back on track with it to hopefully at least lose another 30lbs this year.

My dad was able to go back to his home in Libya for the first time since he was 20 years old. He just got back, so I am anxious to see pictures and to see how his trip went for him. I can not even imagine not going back home for more than 30 years. It would be very surreal.

I have also bit the bullet and made the decision to move out by the end of this year/beginning of next year. The date depends on a few factors, but I am going to do it. I've decided that I'm getting too old to be living at home still and need to venture out into the world like a real adult since I'll be 23 in March (ugh).

There will be tons and tons of exciting things happening this year (hopefully all good!) so it will be fun to post updates about what happens as they come.