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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 14

Someone you love.

2 weeks sure goes by quickly when you have no internet.  But I am finally moved!

I love lots of people.  Some more than others, Ryan Gosling I am talking to YOU!  So, I feel like this is an unfair post.  It's a 10 way tie at the top of my list though. 

So my top five are.... (in no particular order)

My mom.  Obviously.  She endured hours of labor (with no epi) and 28+ years of my antics.  Thsiw oman deserves a medal.

My little sister.  Again...putting up with my antics. FOR YEARS!

My daughter.  I still can't get over how much of a miracle she is. (Cliche much?)  Yesterday out of the blue she ran up to me and grabbed my face and just smiled.  I mean, hellllooooo?!?!?!  I melted.

My boyfriend.  I never believed it when movies, my parents, friends, Disney used the term happily ever after.  Then I met Jon.  It really does exist.  We compliment each other so well, it's amazing.

My older sister.  She is like my 2nd mom in a way.  She was my babysitter from day 1, and in my teen years a confidant. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 13

Someone you miss the most.

My original thought was to say my Dad.  He passed away when I was in middle school.  Suddenly.  He was 46.  But I don't know if I miss him.  He isn't a part of my life now.  Yes he helped shape my formative years, and there are times I think about all the what-ifs, but he isn't 'missing.' 

My mom moved 5 hours away last spring.  My original thought was that I was overjoyed that she wouldn't turn up at my doorstep unexpectedly or guilt ask me to come over for dinner when I just wanted to stare at a blank wall.  Flash forward a year + later, and I just wish she would move back.  I miss being able to spend a few hours with her on a Saturday trying on clothes at Macy's, going to  movie, or gabbing.

I can still do all that, but one of us will have to drive a long way to do it.  bummer.

Monday, May 14, 2012

30 Dy Blog Challenge- Day 12

Describe your siblings.

I have 4 siblings. 3 of which I can say I know. And 2 of which I can say I know well. For their anonymity, I won’t go into too much detail.

I do have a lot of ‘soul sisters.’ A term I adopted for those close ladies in my life that aren’t related by blood.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 11

Your favorite date place.

Does my couch count?  I love chatting while having my feet rubbed.  Okay, I will get real for a minute. In my city there is nothing to do after 9 PM.  Pretty much any date I have been on involves shoveling food into your mouth and then sitting in a movie theater.  Or if you are really lucky, you not only eat dinner, but you drive to a separate dinning facility to eat dessert.  Not really the healthiest way to date, and all that sitting can make me antsy.

My favorite place to go is only appropriate in the warmer months.  I love to go mini golfing.  I get oddly competitive- no really, it's like I turn into Monica Gellar and I have to win.  The place I like is outdoors.  And they have bumper boats and go karts to boot.  In the winter it rains too much, so unless I am feeling particularly crazy, I won't go there.

Mostly the Mr. and I stay in and cuddle up next to each other on the couch.  And if I am really lucky, I get a foot rub ;-)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 10

Where are you from?

I am from the great ol' state of Wisconsin.  It's funny.  Now that I live in California, it seems boring.  People always ask if I like cheese and if I have gone cow-tipping.  But when I lived there there was no cow-tipping, and cheese went on pizza, and sandwiches, and everything else normal.  Except maybe apple pie.  It's a mid-western thing.  I AM a Packer fan, and I do like Miller Genuine Draft, and i STILL have an accent.  And I am damn proud.

On Wisconsin!

Friday, May 11, 2012

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 9

Favorite book and what you're currently reading.

I already miss Maurice Sendak.  We weren't friends, and I didn't know him, but knowing he is gone really gets to me.  Where the Wild Things are is the first book I remember reading to myself all the time.  My mother could probably tell you what the first actual book I read to myself was, but my memory doesn't go back that far.  After bedtime I would sneak out of bed, grab the book and read it to myself.  The thrill of being caught after bedtime combined with the thrill of Max's adventure was almost too much to handle.

Since that book I have read countless 'classics' and mandatory reading for school, and some for pleasure.  The book that has stood out to me, and that changed the way I viewed reading, is 'Good in Bed' by Jennifer Weiner.  No it is not a porno novel.  I found this book on a whim the first summer I was back from college.  Having been over stimulated by professors and papers I found down time of summer break to be rather BORING.  And to top it off, I could no longer wake up when I wanted to, thanks Mom!  So I picked up the book without knowing a thing about the author or plot.

Reading became fun again.  I didn't have to memorize a passage for a class.  I didn't need to write 10 pages on the symbols of the car in the second chapter.  10 years later and I can still remember everything about the book.  I have read it more than a handful of times- I NEVER DO THAT. 

My current read is 'Jeneration X' by Jen Lancaster.  She is hilarious.  If you like a good belly laugh and sarcasm, she is up your alley.

Weekly Wrap-Up

High Five for Friday!  This has been an insanely long week.  INSANE.  It's one of those weeks when you look back to Monday it feels like it was last year.  Sadly, my weekend will be uneventful and filled with packing, tidying and sorting....because... I am moving!  Into a house.  Not a rental house, but a real house with a mortgage.  Wow. Which brings me to my five for this week.

1. The other half and I drove down to my mom's to pick up our fridge, and she threw in a few extras.  Including her beloved sectional that I have coveted since she brought it home.  Now it is mine!
My man and his dad unloading the fridge!

2. My favorite little girl and I had a fun time cuddling up and skyping my mom.  The little miss is more interested in looking at herself....

3.  I had a surprise coupon and award from Banana Republic, so I bought these.  Perfect for a casual summer office look.

4. I discovered Zoya nail polishes.  I painted my nails on Sunday and they lasted all through the work week.  Normally polish lasts 1-2 days, so this is a milestone.  

5.  I have wood floors!!!!!!  After weeks of being completely impatient, the other half finally began the installation on Monday night.
Not bad looking right?  And the wood looks good too.

I cannot believe I move in 8 days. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 8

Your Dream Job.

If anyone had asked me this question 10 years ago, and I am pretty sure they did, I would have said an opera singer.  FAMOUS opera singer.  I was in school studying vocal performance- yes that is a real major- and very much in love with a dream.  As my eyes opened during my collegiate days, I learned the harsh truths about the music and opera industry.  Much like high school, the "business" is very clique-ish and there is so much back-stabbing and false hopes that it knocks you off your feet.  Luckily I realized this before spending tens of thousands of dollars on arts programs not included with my tuition. 

I would love to be a famous classic rock singer.  But it is 2012, not 1962.  I am 50 years too late.

Today the thing that drives me is fashion.  But more than that I love shopping.  Not purchasing.  I like to browse, contemplate, imagine, and visualize the endless possibilities that could come with a pair of pants, or skirt, or LBD.  When my other half changed roles where we both work, it was necessary for him to purchase almost a whole closet full of new clothes.  I had so much fun.  I knew where to pull items from and without much thought, what style to go for.  He liked everything (he is a guy so that means he grunted twice), but the real compliment came when his co-workers (some of them very stylish women) complimented him on how sharp he looked. 

I think being a fashion buyer, celebrity stylist, or similar would have to rank near the top. 

Odd, all of my friends would have said make-up artist.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 7

The movie you could watch over and over again.

Why do I have to pick just one?!!? No fair!

I am going with my gut on this one.  Another cliche... Pretty Woman.  Don't shut your browser down, hear me out.  It isn't so much the love story or the unrealistic rags to riches story... oh no.  It is the shopping scene.  And the way Richard Gere says the word obscene.  Oh to spend 'obscene' amounts of money on Rodeo Dr.  And the clothes aren't terrible.  Yes there is some pretty horrendous 80's fashions that are shown-Hello shoulder pads!- but the brown polka dot dress and the black lace cocktail dress I would wear today.  With different hair.

I know there is a lot of mixed opinions on Julia Roberts.  Some people say she is the most beautiful woman in the world (although People Magazine says that title currently goes to Beyonce), and some people go the other extreme and say she looks like a horse.  Nope, pretty sure she looks like a woman. What I have always obsessed over loved about her is how natural she is.  Sure, she has dyed her hair and put on makeup, but nothing looks too over the top or like she is trying too hard (i am talking to you Elizabeth Banks).  Effortless. 

I never get through the whole movie though.  I usually turn it off before he pops his head out of the limo with a rose... Not that I dislike the ending, I just don't want the fantasy to end.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 6

Favorite Alcoholic Drink.

I would be lying if I said I am a connoisseur of fine adult beverages.  In fact, I am pretty sure I haven't sampled many of the much talked about delicious drinks most 20-somethings rave about.  I was 27 when I had my first Jell-O shot.  27.  That was 6 months ago.  I am NOT a goody-two-shoes, I just never knew how to make jell-o. 

I remember watching one of my favorite TV shows, Sex and the City- here it is again-, and lusting after the seemingly chic pink drinks they had in their hands.  Cosmo sounded so trendy, so adult, I could not wait to try one.  And when i was 19 21, I did.  And I wanted to vomit.  I love cranberry juice, I liked vodka enough, so why did they not go together?!?!?!  So back to the keg-stands and 40's of cheap beer I went.

Then I turned 25.  And my sister made me the BEST drink I ever had.  It was pink, tart, sweet, smooth, and delicious.  It was a cosmopolitan.  But not just any cosmo, MY cosmo.  So why the change in heart?  It was 75% cranberry juice. 

So, moral?  I like cranberry juice, with a splash of vodka and a twist of lime.   Lightweight.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 5

Favorite place in the USA.

Whenever you have to narrow something down to one or two, I find it is nearly impossible.  I have favorite places, but they all are favorites for different reasons.  And my favorite place in the summer is far different from my favorite place in the winter.

So.  The first place that came to my mind with this question is Milwaukee WI.  My hometown.  It can feel like a small town and a big city in one.  Chicago isn't far if you need to escape to some chaos.  I haven't been back in over 10 years, and every year I say I need to go. 

I need to go.  This year.

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 4

What do you want to do before you die?

What don't I want to do?  I guess I am not planning on dying soon since I have a bucket list that is longer than the Odyssey.  Here are just a few.

I want to travel to Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, name it. 
I want to marry then man I am in love with.
I want to pay off the mortgage and live without a house payment, for 20 years.
I want to learn how to cook, well.
I want to run a marathon.
I want to watch my daughter get married, and have kids, and be happy.

The list is quite long.

30 Day blog Challenge- Day 3

Favorite TV show, of all time and currently.

I am obsessed with the show Revenge.  The bitch-faces and fierce outfits are what drew me in at first, but now I am sucked into the storyline.  How will all this play out?  It is the perfect marriage of campy day-time soap and night time drama.  Ah I just love it.

My favorite show of all-time is a total cliche.  Friends.  I remember not being allowed to watch it when I was in middle school.  After all, what 11 year old needs to watch a show about 20-somethings and their  sexcapades through Manhattan.  And don't get me started on their rent-controlled apartment.  You are a waitress and you can afford that?  But the show was cleverly written and had some great real-girl fashion.  Love me some Chandler.  In high school I was allowed to watch it-mostly because my mom LOVED it too.  I miss those 6.

I should point out that Friends only beat Sex and the City by a millimeter.  SATC is one of those shows that I can watch without it ever getting old.  So why is it not my favorite?  I find that as I go through life, SATC is more unrealistic than dating the neighbor from across the hall and marrying him.  And some of those fashions are unforgivable.

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 2

Two things you wish you could tell your most recent ex.

This is a doozy of a question.

1.  We shouldn't have gotten married- my fault!   Long story here, but I can safely say that marriage when you are 21 is a bad idea.

2. You need some serious therapy.  Serious.  Once you get the anger, hatred, and negativity away, you are left with depressed.  It is too much for any one person to have to dealt with.  So deal with it.

30 Day Blog Challenge- Day 1

What food item/meal could you eat everyday for the rest of your life?

Do I have to limit this to 1?  There are so many.

I can safely say I will never get tired of ice cream.  Ice cream can be low fat, high fat, fruity, chocolate-y, creamy, icy, you name it.  However, if I was to only eat ice cream, I would probably go into some sort of sugar induced coma.

The other ting I could eat everyday and not tire of is Chipotle.  The black bean bowls are heaven.  In fact, I want one right now!!!

And now I am hungry...

30 Day Blog Challenge

I found this on a blog I read frequently. Here.  And Since I seem to forget to blog more often than I remember to I am going to do it!
Stay tuned...

Day1: What food item/meal could you eat everyday for the rest of your life?
Day2: Two things you wish you could tell your most recent ex.
Day3: Favorite TV show, of all time and currently.
Day4: What you want to do before you die.
Day5: Favorite place in the USA.
Day6: Favorite alcoholic drink.
Day7: The movie could you watch over and over again.
Day8: Your dream job.
Day9: Favorite book and what you’re currently reading.
Day10: Where are you from.
Day11: Your favorite date place.
Day12: Describe your siblings.
Day13: Someone you miss the most.
Day14: Someone you love.
Day15: Favorite store.
Day16: Your view on soul mates.
Day17: Celebrity crush.
Day18: Favorite band/singer.
Day19: The place/activity that relaxes you most when you’re stressed.
Day20: Favorite quote.
Day21: What your crush/bf/gf looks like.
Day22: What you look for in a person.
Day23: Your best friend, and why?
Day24: Person who knows everything about you.
Day25: Last time you cry and why?
Day26: Thing you love to do most.
Day27: Favorite Boy name and why?
Day28: Most recent concert.
Day29: Your most memorable birthday celebration.
Day30: Your biggest insecurity.