Friday, November 21, 2008

Tag....I'm it!

Ok, so clearly from the lack of blogging, you can see that I am struggling to find topics that are interesting (it is hard to compare even a very interesting day here with climbing a canyon or scaling a mountain in south america...)

But...thankfully for my friend Greta and her blog (, I have found my inspiration.

Essentially, it is a game of grown-up tag combined with a self-esteem boost all at once. Here are the rules:

1) Write 3 things about myself I like
2) Tag 3 more people
3) Go on in peace

Now I have always considered myself a pretty confident person. But seriously, thinking of 3 things about myself that I like and putting them into words has proven more dificult than I thought! Anyway, here goes...

1. I am a "do-er." Now of course I have been known to procrastinate from time to time but overall, I do what I say I'm going to do. When I decided that I missed school, I got my MBA. When I said I had always wanted to volunteer abroad, I traveled for 6 months teaching. I hope this is a trait I never lose.

2. I am optimistic. Now I'm sure I have been accused of being Polly Anna and that there have been many rolls of the eyes at my overly positive and shiny attitude but that is just how I am. I naturally think people a good, things will turn out well and if you work at it, absolutely ANY dream can come true. ( can startyour eye-rolling now)

3. I am passionate. Everything from walking 60 miles, 6 times to fight breast cancer to fighting passionately over the color of next months Yoplait coupon, I don't think anyone has ever accused me of being complacent. When I decide something is a passion of mine, watch out. And I seem to find a new one everyday....

Ok. So the hard part os over. Whew!

Now it's time for me to tag 3 others! So some of you have blogs and others don't but if you do have a blog, post this on your blog! And if not...please try to do this as a comment on MY blog. It really is fun. It's a challenge but I promise you that you will go to your next meeting feeling a little bit more like you are an optimistic, passionate, do-er!

Ok Kara, Rachel, Michelle Peterson, Chris and Liz and Mom....go on....Tag....YOU'RE IT!


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Shortest vacation recap of all time for the last 5 days, I have been on our annual ladies trip to Naples, Florida. Now you would think that I would have all sorts of stories about swimming, roaming the beach, designer shopping, glamorous eating and nights out on the town.

Well, I just uploaded my camera after this “exciting” weekend and had a whopping total of 9 pictures (about 3 of which were just mishaps with the self timer)

So here we go...the shortest weekend recap ever:

Fly to Naples. Lay down at the pool. Go to f*cking AMAZING dinner. Eat ourselves sick. Go to a bizarre club with even more bizarre characters “cuttin’ a rug” to a strange but very good DJ.
Walk (this was quite ambitious). Lay. Float. Lay. Listen to free CD from said DJ. Lay. Go to another dinner where we proceeded to stuff our faces once again.
Walk/jog (EXTREMELY ambitious). Lay. Float. Think we might possibly go see a movie. Decide that is WAY too much work. Instead, go to target to buy a movie and the very gourmet hot dogs and baked beans. Make dinner (whoa people...that almost put us out of commission). Drink beer. Take some GasX. Lose consciousness on the couch while watching the movie.

Lay. Manicure (at a place with a FULL bar). Float. Lay. Drink a couple glasses of wine. Decide that leaving the house is just out of the question. Order Papa John’s. Profess our undying love for each other. Lose consciousness on the couch.

Laundry. Gas up the van. Head to the airport. Wonder why on earth we are leaving this paradise??

So it may not have been action-packed but it was WONDERFUL. And I honestly can’t think of any other ladies I would like to be complete and utter lazy bums with (Abby and Lindsay...start asking for vacation now for next year...we missed you guys!)


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Watching history in the making...

All I can say is wow.

After 21 months, the day that everyone has been focusing on is now part of our history books and I can't imagine a better way to end the story.

I was at my polling booth at 7:00 am and after waiting in line for 3 blocks, I was outta there in just under 2 hours. Now I know that the lines would have been shorter at other times of the day. And I know I could have voted early. But I have to tell you that I really did love every minute of those 2 hours.

I loved that there was a line to vote and I didn't see a single person getting out of it. I loved that there were people in business suits and others in sweat pants. I loved marking my ballot. And I loved just being part of history.

Immediately after voting, I drove myself to the nearest Starbucks to redeem my free coffee (loved that almost as much as the whole "being part of history" thing...)

Last night, we had our very own election party complete with a secret ballot vote for Cindy McCain's favorite cookie v. Michelle Obama's favorite shortbread.

And at 10:01 when the next president was announced, I think it is safe to say that the entire country felt a sense of historic significance. Whether a democrat or republican, it was impossible to deny the magic of the night (although probably easier to deny it if you are a McCain fan... :)

From McCain's opening words to Obama's final wave, it really was a night to remember. And I'm just so glad I was able to be a small part of it.


Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween. Kid Tested. Adult Approved.

Not too much to say today but I LOVE HALLOWEEN.

I don't know if I just had parents that weren't into Halloween as adults or if this is a generational difference but I was always under the impression that after the age of about 12, Halloween was just a time when Target's shelves were filled with candy.

Not correct.

I think I can safely say that Halloween has only gotten better with age. And this year was no exception! I went with the classic witch costume and was more than impressed with the creativity of costumes I saw this year...turns out that when the country's economy is in the toilet, business leaders are corrupt and election candidates are idiots, costumes improve greatly!