Saturday, February 23, 2008


Ok, Amy started this so I figured I'd do it as well. You're supposed to take the letters of your middle name and tell everyone something about yourself. Mine is easy cause my middle name is short. And then you're supposed to tag the same number of people as letters in your middle name. But Amy tagged everyone that I would've tagged, so oh well. Here we go:

D - Daring. Yes, some people might say that I am daring, and I would also agree. I enjoy the adrenaline rush of jumping off a bridge into the water or rappelling off a cliff. Within reason, of course, but I do love a good dare.

A - Adventurous. This kind of goes along with the first one, but I love going on adventures. Traveling to exotic places, adventuring around Maine, or driving just for the fun of driving.

W - Worker. Ok, this is kind of a silly one, but I guess I am someone who works hard. If I am committed to something, then I will put my all into it in order to succeed.

N - Non-Conformist. I had to stretch on this one, as none of these words seemed to fit - nice, nifty, naughty, or normal. But I am definitely not a conformist. I don't like to just do what everyone else does - I try to be myself and encourage others to also be themselves.

Well I guess that's it for now!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Dunkin' Donuts

I recently got a gift card to Dunkin' Donuts from my boss for my exemplary performance at work. Ok, that's an exaggeration. She did give me a gift card, but it was just for what I consider doing my job. Anyway, I was SUPER excited because I love free stuff! Especially free donuts, coffee, and bagels. So today I headed to work and wanted to use my gift card. I drove up the drive thru, ordered my cinnamon raisin bagel, toasted, with cream cheese on the side and a french vanilla coffee - just sugar, no cream. I got my order, paid with my gift card, and pulled up a few feet to make sure they got my bagel right. Then I turned out onto Broadway and headed to work. That's when I looked down at my coffee, and saw a little "C" on the top. Then I looked and saw that they had put creamer in the coffee. ICK. And not just a little creamer, apparently it was EXTRA CREAM. So then I took a sip. NO SUGAR!

What the heck? Why can't they just get a simple order right. ALWAYS, always, check your order before driving away. I honestly almost drove back to complain and get my correct coffee. But I decided if I couldn't handle it, I would just get coffee at work. That was the nastiest cup of coffee I've had in a while - the creamer literally drowns out the taste of the coffee.

So, that was quite a frustrating experience. Thankfully, it didn't totally ruin my day. I had to drive a lot today but it was a beautiful drive - down by the coast and it was just beautiful! Anyway, now I'm gonna eat some yummy chocolate eggs that I bought at Target - that will DEFINITELY make up for the coffee escapade!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

14 Things I Love

Ok, Amy did this so I feel that I should too. It's a fun little game. Since today is Valentine's Day, and it's the 14th of the month, you write out 14 things you love. So here I go:

1. My hubby! He is super-awesome and I am so blessed to have him. Tonight he warmed up a hot pocket for me and it was just so sweet. (We're going out to dinner tomorrow night so as to avoid the crazy Valentine's crowd).
2. My doggies. Yes, I do love Moxie and Mia. They add a lot of fun to our lives, and even though they (mostly Moxie) can be incredibly naughty, I still love 'em. It's funny to see them play together as well as get jealous of each other when we give one of them attention.
3. Can't forget my sweet kitty - Kira. She is snuggly and I love how she usually curls up against my legs at night to sleep.
4. Friends - Shan, Jess, Amy, Sarah, and many many more. I love the fact that each of you have impacted my life in one way or another. I feel blessed to have such awesome friends.
5. My family - Mom, Naomi, and all my other extended family. I am glad that me and my sister get along a lot better now. And my mom is a friend and business partner, and I love her!
6. Our youth group kids - I love all the students that come to Beyond Existence! They teach me a lot about life, about what's important, and about how to keep my life in balance.
7. My business - I have been so blessed to have been introduced to my company and business in November of 2006. It has been a lot of fun not only achieving my own wellness goals but also helping others achieve theirs. I also love my support team who have helped me achieve these goals and the fact that Sheila promoted to Senior Director today!
8. Being outdoors. I love going for hikes, spending time by the ocean, camping under the stars, and seeing all the beautiful sights.
9. Traveling. I love going to new places and old favorites as well. Particularly Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Cuba. I'd love to go to Colombia sometime, as well as Europe, New Zealand, the Caribbean, and Hawaii.
10. Playing games. Current faves are "Settlers of Catan", "Cranium", and "Scrabble." I also love "Mafia" which I was first introduced to on LASP.
11. My job. I really enjoy my foster care job - I love the flexible schedule, working only part-time, and my supervisor and boss. On Friday, I had to go in and help with a crisis, and that is usually my day off. My boss gave me a card on Tuesday that said "Queen of Everything" : ) and also gave me a gift card to Dunkin Donuts. It's nice to be appreciated!
12. Reminiscing. Sometimes it's fun to look back at the past and realize how much you've changed. Or just watching old tv shows, such as "Saved by the Bell" on netflix. Ah, the late '80s, early '90s. Those were some crazy years.
13. Yummy food. Yes, I am in love with food. I am trying to eat healthier nowadays, but I still love pizza, tacos, Italian food, and Mexican food (On the Border!). It's fun to eat. ; )
14. Life in general. I am thankful for the life God has given me. Although there have been some hard times, I feel that the good has far outweighed the bad. I am looking forward to continuing to live life to the fullest!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

I just want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day! And what a day it has been... Let me share. I started out this morning by getting up at a decent time and getting ready for work. I had everything ready to go last night, so that helped. Then I started driving to work, and had to drive slowly on our road because it was covered in ice. People were tailing me but I didn't care as I wanted to be safe. Once I got out onto Broadway and it was much better - mostly wet. So then I was coming up on the Pushaw Road and realized that the car in front of me was braking. So I started braking, and then slipping, sliding, and swerving ensued. NOT FUN. All I could do was pray that I was not going to hit the back of the car in front of me. I came about 6" from hitting that car. I ended up sideways facing the stupid snowbank. Gosh, not a good way to start Valentine's Day.

At work, I had a crazy day that involved prepping for a team meeting that I was not looking forward to. Then I had an appointment, followed by the team meeting. That actually went better than I thought. But then I had to make tons of phone calls and my phone kept ringing, and yet it seemed that I didn't really get much accomplished. So after that, I finally got all my stuff ready to go and head home. As I was walking down the hallway, I realized that I forgot to call someone I was supposed to. So then I turned around to make the call, which lasted over 20 minutes - argh!

Finally I got to come home, and that drive home was much safer than the one to work. At home, Moxie jumped on me and snagged my coat, which was annoying. But then I saw Scott and he hugged me. Yay! Then I went to turn on my computer, and I found a lovely card from Scott inside. The card directed me to look under my pillow, where I found some lovely socks which look very cozy. Now, I am sitting next to him on the couch, being lazy and relaxing my evening away. We plan to celebrate Valentine's tomorrow by going out to dinner somewhere... any suggestions?

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Update on Politics

I'm sure this is not news to you, but Romney has "suspended" his campaign. Which means McCain is going to be the Republican nominee. Unless, of course, something crazy happens. But there is no way that Huckabee is gonna get the delegates he would need. I know there's a lot of Christians out there who would like to see Huckabee get the nomination, but I believe you have to look not only at someone's religion, but also their political background and choices. Anyway, even though Romney won Maine with more than 50% of the vote, he's out.

So now I am faced with the same dilemma as many other conservative voters. Vote for McCain, vote for the 3rd party, or not vote at all? I would probably be leaning towards voting for McCain, simply because I don't feel that Clinton or Obama would be the right choice. Time will tell...

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Good Movie

Scott and I watched "License to Wed" tonight. I had a free rental at the Movie Gallery, so I choose a chick flick of course. But Scott agreed to watch it with me. It turned out to be very cute and funny as well. I thought it was great - and Scott said it was the only movie he had seen with Robin Williams that he could actually stand - which is code for him thinking it was good.

Anyway, it's hard to find decent movies out there and I thought this one actually was quite good.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Politics, Politics, So Confusing!

As a child and teenager, I really wasn't into politics. I didn't understand it, and I didn't care. But once I got to college and then especially during my time in Central America, I realized that politics were important. Even so, I still agree with MXPX - Politics are so confusing!

On Saturday, I attended my first caucus. I went because I wanted to make my voice heard. With the Republican race so tight, I wanted to do my best to keep McCain off the Republican ticket. It was a very interesting experience. It started at 1pm, and much of the time was spent with announcements and people running for state office asking for our support. Anyway, once it finally came to do the caucus, we were supposed to be with our town. However, what ended up happening was a lot of standing around and waiting for someone to tell us where to go. Finally, I found the other Glenburnites and we all sat down. We realized that none of us had ever been at a caucus before, and therefore none of us knew what we were doing. Somehow I was elected secretary of the caucus, and therefore I ended up taking notes and I still have to type them up and send them in.

Well, after all was said and done, Glenburn actually had a majority for Huckabee (not me - I went for Romney), but Romney took the state with 52%. Of course, we get no national media coverage since we are such a small state, but I was still surprised with the vote, given that we are a very independent state with very "moderate" Republican Senators.

So now I'm sitting here on Super Tuesday waiting to find out who will end up with the nomination. Of course, it might not be decided tonight - in fact I hope it's not! It's looking good since Huckabee has actually taken a few of the southern states, with McCain even losing West Virginia with only 1% of the vote! Many people were ready to hand McCain the nomination, but perhaps the conservative voters are getting out and voting for Romney or Huckabee instead of the non-conservative McCain.

Well I think that's all the politics my brain can handle today. I am hoping that tomorrow will bring good news that McCain is not necessarily the nominee on the Republican side.