Friday, December 31, 2010
101. Getting an awesome shirt on sale for just a few dollars
102. Eating the whipped cream from atop a Frappuccino using the straw as a spoon.
103. Body pillows
104. The Drawing Room at the Beach Club Villas
105. ERs! (Disney cast term for "Early release", aka getting off early!)
106. Sugar cubes for tea
107. Driving through the automatic car wash
108. Paid vacation days
109. Hearing your back pop like crazy at the chiropractor.
110. A chai freeze from Anandapur Tea
111. Learning a new song on the guitar
112. Eating fresh baked chocolate chip cookies with milk while they are still warm
113. Chips & Salsa
114. Sitting on a ledge by one of the tanks at The Seas at Epcot and watching fish swim right past me
115. A full notebook of morning pages
116. Sleeping in a hotel on the beach with the window or balcony door open so you can fall asleep to the sound of the waves
117. A really lush, comfy hotel bed
118. Shopping at Sephora. So many pretty colors!
119. Shopping at Lush. Wonderful everything!
120. Researching for and planning vacations
121. Super smooth legs after shaving
123. Potluck dinners
124. Free pizza delivered to work
125. The "Beauty and the Bees" song that plays inside the Tree of Life
127. Falling asleep cuddled up with my cat Tallulah
129. Super-competitive mini golf
130. When my cat Cricket makes clicking noises at bugs. She speaks insect.
132. Unpacking Christmas decorations and the memories that go with them.
133. When Tallulah lays with her paws curled under, so ladylike and dainty for a ginormous cat.
135. Sea of Shoes
137. Well worn in riding boots
138. Cleaning tack
139. The movie equivalents of comfort food, the ones you know in your sleep.
140. Cherry lemonade
142. Amusing bathroom wall grafiti
143. Reading in the pool, or just with my feet in the water
144. Taking the boat across Bay Lake
145. Reading Disney trip reports
147. Walking in the woods
148. Bringing home lots of extra salsa from Moe's
149. Uploading pics to FB and Flickr from my phone
150. Watching my cats dream
152. Actually completing NaNoWriMo (Yay, me!)
153. Discovering something you picked up from the clearance rack is even cheaper than you thought when you go to pay!
154. Glittery polish on my toes.
155. Restaurants that let you dance on the tables!
157. When the band dedicates a song to you.
158. Beautiful, brightly-painted Oaxacan wooden animal carvings
159. Experimenting with makeup
160. When inspiration strikes suddenly and you’re so excited to scribble it down!
162. Strong women.
163. The discussion boards at 20sb.
164. Being interviewed.
165. Winning a game of Sudoku on my phone in less than 3 minutes
167. Really fantastic typos. (I recently called Bono “Bobo” in an IM to Katie. This is his new name.)
168. The little star design when you open a new jar of Nutella
169. A grande Starbucks cafe vanilla frappuccino with lots of whipped cream on top
170. A great night's sleep
172. My Melodia pants
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Yesterday, I lost one of my best friends. I saw it coming for a long time, but that doesn't make it much easier. He was the person I called when I had good news, had bad news, or needed someone to give me an honest opinion. He saw my very best and my very worst, and always loved me anyway.
I remember when I was about to move to Orlando and called him late one night, full of excitement and fears, and he said "You know, I worry about my friends, but I'm not worried about you. And that's not because I don't care, but because I know you are going to be okay."
So I have learned that anything that we think is ours can be lost at any time, and it might hurt, it might be hard. But as long as there is someone who loves us and believes us, even if they now only exist in our heart and memory, we will be okay, we will get through it, and eventually, will be happy again.
Monday, December 20, 2010
As the year comes to a close, one is forced to think about their future goals and past achievements. We all have to review how our year has gone and what changes we need to make in the upcoming new year. If you're like almost everyone I know, you like to procrastinate. To put off the inevitable and to ignore the unpleasant. Believe it or not, I'm the kind of person who jumps into battles that most people ignore, goes forward when others step back, gets it done before it's needed to be done. I don't put off things.
So it might come as a surprise to everyone, and especially me, that there's absolutely nothing I've been putting off for as long as I have been postponing having kids.
I absolutely adore children- always have. When I was 10, I would take my 4 year old nephew to his kindergarten in the morning and beg the teacher to let me stay and help her take care of the kids. Which she would ( who doesn't need help?) and I'd spend my summers playing with little kids instead doing what other normal kids normally do ( whatever it is they do. I was never normal)
So the decision to wait to have kids didn't come out of lack of love for little bastards. I was 18 when I got married and I never felt the need to procreate simply because I was in a stable relationship. I felt that kids need a solid family, one that has gone through years together and that was absolutely 100% ready emotionally and financially to bring that baby to life. So the first 2-3 years were spent just enjoying life with my husband and trying to figure out how to be together. You see, a lot of couples get divorced after the first few years and I see why. The work that goes into being with another person who is completely different from what you are, has different ideas, upbringing, thoughts and is his own person, I mean, that work really takes a toll on some people who might not be willing work on the relationship hard enough.
After the first 3 years, we still didn't feel like time was right. We just didn't feel the need to have a baby. To be honest, at the time I felt shock and fear at an utter thought of being pregnant. Two years later,we moved from Ohio to Florida, opened another business.....and then the economy crashed. We were in no position to have a kid when we were trying to establish a business in a down economy.
So fast forward 8 years from the day we got married, and here we are. Still scared, still trying to figure out how to battle this sucky economic situation, but one thing has changed. We have changed.
In 8 years, we've managed to travel a lot, open 3 business and close 1, move 4 times ( once across the United States), adopt 4 kitties. I got a chance to model in NYC, France and Miami for 2 years. That time apart when I could only come home every other weekend, while living in NYC and working, was very tough on us, but I feel it brought us closer together and was a catalyst to our decision to FINALLY have kids.
We're now in a better place emotionally, we finally feel like we need an extension of ourselves. We can picture that little girl of ours running around our carefully landscaped backyard, with me quickly snapping gorgeous shots of her, and my husband rocking in the hammock laughing at how goofy we both are. I can see us reading little princess stories to her every night as she falls asleep. I can see my husband as a father of our child.
So here we are, at the end of this year, cusp of a new one, ready to plunge into something unknown... Scary and unbelievable rewarding. We have prepared ourselves for our little baby. We have done everything necessary that she/he comes into this word given the best opportunity at having amazing health, sharp brain and good looks. We spent this last year going through tests, and vaccines, and physicals, eating perfectly, reading pre-conception books, and discussing parenting technics- all so that our daughter or son would land in the hands of the best parents she/he could possible have.
WE ARE READY!
Year of 2011- Say hello to a new life!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Never buy your grugs from a pharmacy that isn't certified!
2. Go horseback riding
I am so sad I never got to do this! I was just thinking last night that my beloved horse Emmett that I bought when he was 3 years old is 15 now. I miss him! Katie and I talked about a few different places to ride in Orlando, but I never had the $50+ dollars to spare. Maybe I can find someone who will let me ride for free?
3. Do another Blogathon
Sadly, the Blogathon did not take place this year!
4. Enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian (again)- Complete Oct 1, 2009! I should blog about it, it was much fun!
Oops, I never did blog about this. The Garden View Tea Room has become a bit of a tradition for Katie & Me. We go at least a couple of times a year to stuff ourselves on Eros tea and scones and such, and talk for hours. The last time we went, we ended up getting into a conversation with the manager, and when he learned we were semi-regulars, he asked if we would mind testing some new teas they were considering adding to a seasonal menu. Um, of course we wouldn't mind!
The manager kept bringing out more and more cups of tea until the table was literally covered in cups, and we had a crazy and hilarious sugar high. Our waitress even took pity on my poor Disney cast memberness and snuck me some extra scones and cream to take home with me. LOVE HER.
Katie with some of our many, many teacups!
If you have never done an afternoon tea, I highly recommend it. Although we sometimes do jeans and t-shirts, it is an awesome excuse to pull out girly dresses and cute shoes when we're in the mood. Plus, scones are awesome.
5. Ride a Segway
No luck here, and as I am not currently employed by Disney, chances are mighty slim until I move back to FL and get a job there again! Unless I just go on vacation and do the free ride at Epcot!
6. Take a yoga class
See also: Lack of money. Sad.
7. Kiss someone new *complete*
I am not going to go into details here, but I will say that I kissed both the man I was thinking of when I added this item, and another guy that I totally did not expect. Hooray for kisses!
8. Buy a teapot
No teapot yet. I have my eye on a really cute one from the Japan pavilion at Epcot. Someday!
9. Behind the Seeds tour at Epcot’s Land pavilion
Not yet, again!
10. Eat crème brulee *complete* Thanks, Epcot!
11. Try 30 new things in 30 days
I may or may not have completed this one, byt I didn't keep track well enough to feel right about crossing it off. I would like to try again, though. Going out of your way to try new things is so much fun! You start seeking out experiences, noticing options you have always overlooked. What happens if I take a different route to work, try a different coffee order, wear my hair like this instead of that? I had so much fun grocery shopping because I actually stopped and looked at things on the shelves that I normally walked straight past, in a search for new things to try. I hugely recommend this one, it will seriously enrich your everyday life!
12. Visit Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach, so that I will have officially been to every WDW Resort (And Fort Wilderness! I forgot it!) *complete* (It wasn't on my original list since it didn't exist yet when I wrote it, but I also visited the new Bay Lake Towers at the Contemporary with Megan, and Kidani Village at DAK-Lodge.)
13. Try the school bread from Norway at Epcot that everyone raves about.
Fail! I always seem to either be eating something else at Epcot or have zero money to spend!
14.Clean up my Favorites folder in IE. I have SO much stuff in there! Sort through, organize, clean out the sites that no longer exist or I no longer need, rediscover stuff I forgot about.
Given that the computer I originally wrote this list on was stolen and I had to start all over on a new laptop, and then ANOTHER new laptop when THAT one was stolen too, you could technically say that I REALLY cleaned out my bookmarks! They are still a giant mess now, though. (And I have switched to Chrome.) I don't think I put enough effort into this to warrant crossing it off.
15. Blog every day for a month
16. Take an American Tribal Style bellydance class
See lack of money again!
17. Find at least one thing each day that makes me happy and record it everyday for a year- I saw this on someone’s list at 43things.com, and thought it sounded very good.
I didn't do this, but I am working on a list of 1000 things that make me happy!
18. Attend the Orlando Fringe Festival *Complete*
We went in 2009, and had a great time! I think we only saw 2 shows (Or was it 3?) but I would certainly go again!
19. Visit London- I’ve been drawn to this city for as long as I can remember. Bill Bryson has a theory that everyone has numerous "homes" in the world, and we travel because we are in search of them. (Oh man, I think it was Bryson... it may have been Steinbeck!)
I obviously did not do this, or you would have heard about it!
20. Do another "26 Things" photo project
21. Get a tattoo-I’ve been trying to decide what I want to get for ages now, so if I don’t make up my damn mind within the next few years, I am going to kick myself. I might let you kick me, too.
Still haven't done this! I have finally decided on designs, though! I am determined to get the heart suitcase on my ankle before our Canada trip next summer!
22. Dentist! I have several things that I need to have done, and will finally have insurance soon! *Complete*
I still need a ton of things taken care of, but my lack of insurance for the past 6 months has made that really hard! Even when I had dental insurance I never had $50 to get a filling done. I have been missing a filling that fell out since Feb 2008! How insane is that?
23. Try the Rooibos "Miracle tea" at Animal Kingdom *complete*
I drug myself to DAK when I had bronchitis because hot tea sounded AMAZING. I can't say it helped, but I'm glad I tried it!
24. Go to Jellyrolls
I still haven't been!
25. Catch a show at Comedy Warehouse (Um, crap. It closed!)
Closing the clubs at PI = Disney's WORST MISTAKE EVER. I will never, ever forgive the closing of the Adventurers Club. Ever.
26. Go to the FL Keys
Still not yet!
27. Eat pancakes at that place Katie told me about, the name of which I am too lazy to look up.
I don't even remember what the place was! I just remember that they bring you the batter and you make the pancakes at your own table!
28. Take photos in a photo booth. Must be one that prints out a strip of photos, no lame 5x7s or anything.
Nope! Technically, Katie and I *DID* take photos in a photobooth when we were at The Social to see Jonathan Coulton! We totally cheated though, because we used my camera instead of actually paying, so I am not counting it. I want the cute little strip of photos, damnit!
29. Slow dance-*complete*
30. Finish up my trip report on the DIS boards. Preferably in *less* than 1000 days. (COMPLETE! 9/2010)
31. Eat at the Sci-Fi Dine In at Hollywood Studios. *complete*
Their oreo cookie milkshakes are to die for!
32. Try something new at Starbucks *complete*
33. Star Wars Weekends! (Crap, I totally missed 09! And 2010. EPIC FAIL.)
34. See a space shuttle launch.
Still hasn't happened! The one time I was actually awake for and aware of a launch at the same time, it was way too overcast to see the shuttle from Orlando.
35. Take a non-bellydance dance class
36. Do a 40s/50s Pin-up girl style photoshoot (not nude, just cute!)
37. See "Across the Universe" *complete*
One of my favorite movies!
38. Read something by Jane Austen
39. Get a massage
Never got a professional one, so not counting it.
40. Go to I-Bar *complete* Hehehe, magical!
41. Read a Shakespeare play that I haven’t read yet, or see one of his plays that I haven’t seen (Both! Read Hamlet, watched Two Gentlemen of Verona, 3/2010)
42. Go on a cruise
I find it so sad that I had the opportunity to go on cruises for SO VERY CHEAP while I was working for Disney, but never got to because I could barely even buy food, let alone a vacation.
43. Try a new fruit or vegetable *complete* Jackfruit is... interesting.
44. Stay up all night having a great conversation
45. Buy a reusable grocery bag *complete* I think I have 3!
46. Visit a new state *Complete!* Drove through Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama on my way from FL to MO. I made sure to stop at least once in each state I hadn't been to.
47. Pay off at least one credit card
48. Back up my laptop
49. Watch Season 1 of Heroes *complete* Thanks for lending it, Katie!
50. Catch up on Season 1 of Pushing Daisies *complete* Thanks to Netflix!
51. Read 10 books recommended by friends (Start leaving suggestions in the comments!)
I don't think I read any books recommended by friends over this tiem period.
52. Find out what my credit score is (Most likely it is something like 2.)
If it was 2 when this list started, it is probably now like .027.
53. Do volunteer work through VoluntEars (or in general)
Nope, I suck.
54. Eat/Drink at Raglan Road Irish Pub (preferably on a night with live entertainment)
Still haven't been!
55. See Todd
There’s something wrong about not seeing one of your very best friends for over 4 years!
I haven't posted about it here, because it's sort of private, but I really, really wish I could have found a way to do this years ago, because his health has gone so far down hill that it is not longer really an option. It breaks my heart.
56. See 20 live bands (Seeing Black Ship Sky 20 times does not count, sadly.)
1. Black Ship Sky 2. Built to be Broken 3. Ambertone 4. Johnny Plastic and the Rubber Band 5. Soulswitch 6.Weszt 7. KC and the Band 8. Andy Matchett 9. AM Conspiracy 10. Sugar Free Music 11. Afterglow Radio 12. The Broken Inn 13. Godpawn 14. Traverser 15. Orange Avenue 16. Mr. Bella 17. Lost in Chaos 18. Shut up and Dance 19. Needham and Weep 20. Falling for Sarah
And probably a ton of others I didn't take note of the names of.
57. See Cirque! (La Nouba) *complete* Thanks to free tickets from work! Twice! WOOT!
58. Read 100 books
59. Actually use the pool at my apartment complex *complete*
60. Actually use the gym at my apartment complex (HAH!) *complete*-more than once, even!
61. Finally read Kingdom by the Sea by Paul Theroux (this appears on every one of my lists as a sort of running joke- for some reason, I NEVER get around to reading this book!)
I actually got a few chapters in before getting distracted by something else. GRR, will I never finish this??
62. Go to Universal Studios
Nope, and I even had free tickets once.
63. Visit Islands of Adventure
No, but I actually want to go now that they have the Harry Potter area! It looks awesome!
64. Stand in the ocean (Hopefully both Atlantic & Pacific!) *complete* Cocoa Beach with Ashlee~
65. Nap in a hammock
No naps, but I do spend a lot of time laying around in hammocks!
66. Play board games-*complete*
67. Dance like nobody’s watching *complete*
68. Try ice wine *complete* Yay for food & wine fest 08!
69. Walk the trail between Wilderness Lodge and Ft Wilderness
I walked part of it one day, but it started to rain and I had to turn back. Fail!
70. Read "Walking in this World" (the sequel to Artist’s Way) *complete*
71. Do the Sharon Kihara tribal dance dvd that has been on my bookshelf for months now *complete*- Picked up some fun new bits and pieces!
72. Have at least 5 friends teach me to do something they’re good at (Volunteers?)
73. Meet someone I admire
74. Get a great fortune cookie fortune
I kept meaning to buy some fortune cookies and never did!
75. Attend a nerd convention of some sort
76. Actually write morning pages every day for a month.
I came close, but never hit a solid month.
77. Either play Star Wars Galaxies or Matrix Online again, or try WoW or LOTRO
No $ and way too crappy of an internet connection for about 20 of the months.
78. Attend some form of religious service- preferably one I’m unfamiliar with.
79. "Go to one of those target practice gun shooting things" (Katie and I agreed that this should go on the list with the exact wording in which it came about.)
No, but I still think Katie and I attempting to shoot things would be HI-larious.
80. Actually wear heels somewhere. (Bonus points for not falling over!) *complete*
81. Take a class at Ilham’s bellydance studio
82. Take a burlesque dance class
Neither of these. :( And now burlesque classes will probably get super-busy because of the movie.
83. Visit home- *Complete!* 1/15/10
84. Have photos I’ve taken published
Someone buy some photos from me already!
85. Do some kind of acting, even if it’s just a job as an extra. It’s been fo-ever!
You know, it probably shouldn't count, but since I haven't counted any of the other borderline ones, I am going to give myself a break on this one. I was in a training video for our supervisors at work where I had to pretend I didn't know how to accept a gift card. I never saw the video, which is probably a very, very good thing, but I like to believe I was splendid.
86. Flower & Garden festival @ Epcot *complete*
87. Food & Wine fest @ Epcot (again!) *complete* Try at least 10 things (not ALL wine…) Started 09/09- So far the Irish cheese plate with kerrygold butter, brown bread, and apple chutney, and cheese soup from Canada, which I cant count since I've had it so many times!, Goats Do Roam Red and Rose from South Africa, Airship Red from New York, Sangria from Morocco, Bailey's chocolate ganache from Ireland, Escargot from France, Praligne bread pudding from New Orleans
88. Go to another ren faire
89. Attend a film festival
91. The Wine Room in Winter Park- they have machines that sell wine by the ounce!
92. Work our way through the martini menu at Blue Martini
92b. Apologize to liver for damage done by various numbers on this list
93. See white alligators, bears (1 threat to America!), and ride glass bottom boats at Silver Springs in Ocala
94. See the ducks at the Peabody Orlando
95. Eat fondue at the Melting Pot
96. See wild manatees (Or, as I call them in my conversation with Katie, "REAL manatees!")
Umm, yeah, I didn't do any of those things.
97. Dine and dance on the tables at Taverna Opa *complete*
98. Enjoy the food and art at Café Tu Tu Tango *complete*
99. Buy a piece of original art
I actually e-mailed Lucy Knisley about doing a watercolor comic-type sketch of Tallulah, but I haven't had the spare cash to pay for one yet. I still like the idea, though!
100. Buy/acquire a small digital camera that I can toss in my purse for easy everyday access. (My good camera is a little bulky to carry *all* the time)
Oh, how I wish!
101. Post blog updates about all of the above items!
I posted about a lot of them as they happened, and am counting this wrap-up post to make this complete!
The Bonus Items:
102. Celebrate the end of 1001 days on Monday, Dec 13, 2010
103. Write a new list to start over!
104. Donate $1 to charity for every item not completed
I can't do the donation right now, because I literally have 86 cents in my bank account, but I will be donating a TON of stuff left over from our yard sale to charity soon, so I am hoping that balances things out.
I'm not going to write a new list quite yet, because I still have my OTHER 101 list going on, and I need to decide if I want to stick with that, or write a whole new one and scrap that one, or have 2 going on at once again. Decisions, decisions!
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