Profile of a Twentysomething Me

I LIKE:

*playing with my brothers and my little lizard (AKA my nephew)
*hanging out with friends
*bowling
*watching movies
*singing & dancing
*being crazy with the girls
*playing pool
*being outdoors
*roller skating (yes, skating)
*doing girly things like shopping and getting my nails done
*taking pictures
*scrapbooking
*doing pretty much anything creative
*lying out on the beach
*traveling

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I’M THE GIRL WHO:

*loves to read and learn new things just for fun
*is obsessively organized and makes lists for everything
*is the coolest aunt and nanny ever!
*loves her family and friends
*is a little bit of a nut – it’s kinda tough to keep up with me, but I’d say it’s worth it 🙂
*will try just about anything once
*adores her kitty Miss Daisy [RIP] *will wear flip flops as long as it’s above freezing outside
*will probably be in school forever 🙂
*is shy around new people but pretty outgoing with friends
*gets a bit of a Southern drawl when she goes down south
*will do anything for the ones she loves
*loves food! and eats weird things like pickles and sour cream …mmm…
*notices when people use improper English and doesn’t like IM/text shorthand
*is in love with the beach and warm weather
*is independent and strong, compassionate and generous, reliable and hardworking
*needs her nail polish to match on both her fingers and her toes
*drinks coffee daily
*is learning how to live and love life each and every day

My Life List
April 11, 2009

1. Visit all 50 states at least once:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

2. Visit the following U.S. sites/cities/events, take photographs and turn the collection into a scrapbook:

Beverly Hills/Rodeo Drive
Statue of Liberty
Central Park
Empire State Building
Grand Canyon
Hollywood
Mount Rushmore
White House
Lincoln Memorial
Salem, Massachusetts
Niagara Falls (New York)
Golden Gate Bridge
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Las Vegas, Nevada
Atlantic City
Ground Zero
Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana
Times Square
San Diego Zoo
Kentucky Derby

3. Visit the following international sites/cities/countries/events, take photographs and turn the collection into a scrapbook:

Italy
Greece
Spain
Ireland
Germany
Amsterdam
Australia
Mexico
Jamaica
Canada
Bahamas
Virgin Islands
England
Puerto Rico
Great Wall of China
Egyptian pyramids
Carnival in Brazil
African safari
Mona Lisa
Buckingham palace
Great Barrier Reef
Fiji

4.    Meet and marry the love of my life.
5.    Have a happy home and a house full of kids.
6.    Climb a mountain.
7.    Buy a house.
8.    Learn to drive a stick shift.
9.    Become a Researcher.
10.    Learn to ride a motorcycle.
11.    Save at least $20 a week, every week for a year and then spend the money on a trip.
12.    Run a marathon.
13.    Take a self defense class.
14.    Take ballet.
15.    Make a photo album each December with pictures from the previous year.
16.    Parasail.
17.    Make baby books for each of my kids (and fill them out completely).
18.    Grow my hair until it’s long.
19.    Be a maid-of-honor.
20.    Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
21.    Learn how to stop living in the shadow of my past so that I can cherish the present and enjoy what the future holds.
22.    Learn to speak Spanish fluently.
23.    Write a novel and/or publish my children’s book.
24.    Dance on stage.
25.    Meet Joey Fatone and Britney Spears.
26.    Go to a Bed and Breakfast.
27.    Get a tattoo.
28.    Become a mentor in the Big Brother/Big Sister program.
29.    Build a Habitat for Humanity house.
30.    Keep journals to pass on to my kids.
31.    Bury a time capsule with my closest girl friends.  Dig it up in 10-20 years and go through it together.
32.    Learn how to sew/mend clothes.
33.    Ask for forgiveness.
34.    Spend a week traveling “wherever the wind takes me” with no destination in mind.
35.    Rollerblade down a boardwalk in the middle of summer.
36.    Pay off my credit cards.
37.    Plant a garden.
38.    Meditate at least twice a month.
39.    Write my nephew a new story every birthday.
40.    Get to know my neighbors.
41.    Learn how to build a fire (that lasts).
42.    Dance barefoot on the beach underneath the stars.
43.    Chase a storm.
44.    Go paintballing.
45.    Go away once a year with one or two of my friends.
46.    Have a BBQ/Bonfire every year “just because.”
47.    Make love on the beach.
48.    Spend an entire summer somewhere like Nantucket Island.
49.    Be as happy and in love with my husband 50 years later as I am when I marry him.
50.    Work out weekly.
51.    Remember to tell my loved ones that I love them daily.
52.    Eat dinner as a family more often than not.
53.    Spend quality time with my children/as a family.
54.    Take a family vacation every year – even if it’s only camping at a local state park.
55.    Plan and save for retirement.
56.    Swim with dolphins.
57.    Learn how to handle and shoot a gun.
58.    Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow.
59.    Visit a vineyard.
60.    Bake cupcake brownies.
61.    Go water tubing.
62.    Try surfing.
63.    Dance, watch fireworks and/or look at the stars on a rooftop.
64.    Write a letter to everyone who has touched my life letting them know what they mean to me.
65.    Take a ride in a hot air balloon.
66.    Go canoeing.
67.    Take a cruise.
68.    Audition for a music video as a backup dancer.
69.    Be an audience member for “Ellen.”
70.    Learn to ballroom dance.
71.    Audition for a game show.
72.    Sit on a jury.
73.    Teach English in a foreign country.
74.    Attend the Olympics.
75.    Sleep outside for a week.
76.    Spend an entire day in bed.
77.    Kiss someone in the rain.
78.    Meet my grandchildren.
79.    Get over my fear of creepy crawlies.
80.    Buy a meal for a stranger.
81.    Read all of Jane Austen’s novels.
82.    Turn off my cell phone and computer for an entire week (i.e. 7 days!)
83.    Spend an entire paycheck on shopping for myself and not feel guilty.
84.    Carve my name on a tree.
85.    Skinny dip.
86.    Go horseback riding on the beach.
87.    Spend a day building a giant sandcastle.
88.    Watch the sun set, stay up all night, and watch it rise again.
89.    Become CPR/First Aid certified.
90.    Smile at 100 strangers and count how many smiles I get back.  For each smile, donate $1 to a local charity.
91.    Finish college – both undergrad and graduate school.
92.    Rent a limo for a day for a girls’ day/night (when there is no special occasion other than spending time with the girls).
93.    Take a vow of silence for 24 hours and observe those around me.
94.    Write and send a message in a bottle.
95.    Make my own Christmas cards and send them to everyone.
96.    Build a tree house with my kids.  Have tea parties and sleepovers there.
97.    Become a foster parent.
98.    Re-pierce my nose (again).
99.    Host an exchange student.
100.    Climb a tree.

Why Wine is Better than Water
June 18, 2008

To my friends who enjoy a glass of wine . . . and those who don’t.

As Ben Franklin said: In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.

In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli, (E. coli) – bacteria found in feces. In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of poop (that’s over 2 pounds).

However, we do NOT run that risk when drinking wine & beer (or tequila, rum, whiskey or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.

Remember: Water = Poop, Wine = Health.

Therefore, it’s better to drink wine and talk stupid,than to drink water and be full of shit.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information: I’m doing it as a public service. 😉

 

Beauty Tips
May 8, 2008

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.  For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.  For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.  For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.  For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.  People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.  Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.  As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and one for helping others.
— Audrey Hepburn

 

Ways to Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity
December 20, 2007

1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and point a
Hair DryerAt Passing Cars. See If They Slow Down.

2. Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don’t Disguise Your Voice.

3. Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something, Ask If They Want Fries
with that.

4. Put Your Garbage Can On Your Desk And Label It “In.”

5. Put Decaf In The Coffee MakerFor 3 Weeks; Once Everyone has Gotten
Over Their Caffeine Addictions, Switch to Espresso.

6. In The Memo Field Of All Your Checks, Write
” For Smuggling Diamonds”

7. Finish All Your sentences with “In Accordance With The Prophecy.”

8 . Dont use any punctuation

9. As Often As Possible, Skip Rather Than Walk.

10. Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.

11. Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is “To Go.”

12. Sing Along At The Opera.

13. Go To A Poetry Recital And Ask Why The Poems Don’t Rhyme?

14. Put Mosquito Netting Around Your Work Area And Play tropical Sounds
All Day.

15. Five Days In Advance, Tell Your Friends You Can’t Attend Their
Party Because You’re Not In The Mood.

16. Have Your Co-workers Address You By Your Wrestling Name,
Rock Bottom.

17. When The Money Comes Out The ATM, Scream “I Won!, I Won!”

18. When Leaving The Zoo, Start Running Towards The Parking lot,
Yelling
“Run For Your Lives, They’re Loose!!”

19. Tell Your Children Over Dinner. “Due To The Economy, We Are Going
To Have To Let One Of You Go.”

 

Holiday Thoughts
December 13, 2007

It’s that time of year again… Christmas is here!

        So, that magical time of year is upon us yet again.  It’s really hard to believe that another year has flown by so quickly.  You know, time is really a funny thing.  When I take a moment to pause and reflect on how much things have changed in the past 12 months, it really boggles my mind.  There have been some pretty amazing times, heart breaking situations and instances that I know I have taken for granted. 

Each day seems as if it passes relatively slowly.  Yet, when a certain event, such as a holiday or birthday, occurs, it is not unusual to hear phrases like “Wow, where has the time gone?” or “That flew by!”   Yes, time will always pass at the same rate – it is unchanging yet we, as humans, are constantly changing – always growing and learning.  Before the close of this year, I wanted to take some time to share what I have learned this year:

1. Cherish every moment.  If you are always preparing for something – waiting for the “right” time to do something – stop!  The time is now.  THIS is your life.  Live it to the fullest.

2. Tell your friends and family you love them.  Make time to call – or even email if you must.  Don’t let the day to day get in the way of the people that truly matter to you.  Everyone has a busy life.  It’s nice to hear that you’re being thought of once in a while.

3. Don’t be afraid to let go – to grow – to learn – to take risks.  It’s not worth holding on to something if you are not happy.  The reality is that we all live life once.  Do it for yourself.

4. Never forget to kick back and have some fun.  Genuine, real, laugh-until-your-stomach-hurts-and-you-have-tears-streaming-down-your-bright-red-face fun!

5. Take initiative.  Work hard.  Be honest.  Take pride in everything you do.

6. Take credit when you do something well.  Congratulate yourself and be proud.

7. SMILE!  A lot.

8. Remember that everyone has problems in their lives.  And most of the time, there is someone out there worse off than you.  So, count your blessings and give back when you can – even if it’s just taking a few extra seconds to hold the door open for someone or letting that car cut in front of you on the highway.  You might be running late for work – that person cutting you off might be rushing to the hospital because his wife is in labor.

9. Take things in stride.  Let go of the little things.  Don’t gossip.  Try to be a little nicer – remember karma.

10. Every day is a chance at a new beginning – a fresh start.  Stick to your guns.  Stand up for what you believe in.  Don’t get taken advantage of – don’t take advantage of others.  Just be you.

I also wanted to comment on the spirit of Christmas.  Now, for those of you that know me – I mean really know me – this won’t come as a big surprise.  Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year.  And it’s never been Christmas day itself.  It’s not about the presents or Santa.  I consider myself a religious person, but it’s not just about the birth of Jesus, either.  To me, the miracle of Christmas has always been about the days and weeks leading up to it.  While most everyone else is out bustling about with holiday shopping and preparing family meals, I prefer to watch the snow fall or listen to children laughing as they wait for a picture with Santa.  I love how at Christmas everything in the world – for just a few still moments – seems right… at peace, even.  People smile more and greet each other happily as they walk down the street.  Arguments seem insignificant and selfishness and greed melt away; after all, “It’s Christmas”.  The spirit of the season encompasses a sense of hope.  And this is what strikes me the most.

I don’t come from a wealthy family by any means.  When I was younger, it was an unspoken understanding that we wouldn’t have as many presents as our friends and the ones we were fortunate enough to receive were never nearly as good as those of our classmates.  So hoping for that beautiful 3 story dollhouse or bracelet from Tiffany’s wasn’t even a thought.  That’s not the kind of hope I’m talking about.  My family, as most families, is full of drama and complications so hoping for a wonderful Christmas where everyone got along or sat around a piano singing Christmas carols isn’t what I mean either.  I mean the kind of hope that you get from watching someone worse off than you opening a present.  The hope that you get from seeing strangers show kindness to one another.  Hope that is gained only at Christmas.  Hope that one day the whole world can live in harmony and people will act year round as they do at Christmas.

This year, I am very fortunate to have the most amazing friends that anyone could ever dream of.  For the first time in my life I truly feel loved, appreciated, needed, wanted and secure.  I have come a long way in my short 22 years and I actually feel proud of myself.  I’m looking forward to my future instead of dreading it.  I’m enjoying life and worrying less.  I’m letting go of things that are out of my control and I’m preparing for the wonderful things that I finally believe lie ahead of me.  I’ve realized that true friends are there for you no matter what – regardless of the number of times you call on them (or the time of day, for that matter).  And I’ve realized that the family – the family I keep trying to build and hold together – the one I’ve been searching for is right here…  my friends truly are my family.  I love you all so much and I appreciate everything you have done for me this year and always.  I am truly privileged to know each and every one of you and it makes me smile when I think of all the memories we share.  Thank you just for being you.

At this special time of year I just want to say, Merry Christmas.  I wish you all a warm and happy holiday.  May you find your own magic in this season and the kind of hope only Christmas can bring.

 

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