Monday, January 26, 2009

20 Random Things About Me...

I filled this out today on Facebook. I thought I would post it on here. It was a lot of work:)

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You must tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

1. I started dating my husband, T.J., when I was 14.
2. I think shih-tzu dogs are the best. If grooming and yearly shots weren't so much, I could have a few more! I do want a big dog someday, though.
3. I want to adopt my next dog from an animal shelter.
4. Before I'm 30 I want to have my own baby and/or adopt a baby.
5. I would like to be a foster parent.
6. I love my job!
7. I ran a half marathon the fall of '07. I want to run a full marathon in the next couple years.
8. In March my sister, Keriann, is coming for a visit, and we are going to chop our hair off and donate it.
9. I have one sister, two half brothers (and another on the way), and a step brother & sister.
10. I am addicted to eBay.
11. I bite my nails -- nasty habit. I hate it!!
12. I love Harry Potter & Twilight!
13. My first job was as a telemarketer & I lasted two weeks.
14. My first car was a Plymouth Reliant. Before I got rid of it, it would leak water out on my feet.
15. I love to dance! I am always dancing around the house for T.J. or any other member of my immediate family.
16. I graduated in 2000 with a class of 26. Most of which I went K-12 with.
17. I would like to take photography, sewing, cooking, guitar classes.
18. My husband makes me laugh, smile & feel loved everyday.
19. I LOVE to travel and hope to go on at least three vacations this year -- Vegas, Colorado & Sandusky, OH on the lake. I would like to go to NYC and back to Sweden for a visit before I have kids.
20. I talk to my mom everyday on the phone -- probably at least three times a day!
21. I love my childhood & college friends. I also enjoy meeting new people and making new friends.
22. I want to ride RAGBRAI in its entirety.
23. I love playing games.
24. I have been told that my sister looks older than me -- ha! I am 6 years older than her. It used to bother me, but the older I get, the more I don't mind hearing that!
25. When we retire, TJ and I are going to buy an RV and cruise the US & Canada!
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Saturday, January 24, 2009


Last night after T.J. got done with work we went out to eat at Red Robin Burger. Yum-O! This morning we got up, cleaned house, got ready & headed downtown. We had tickets to go to the Bodies Exhibit. It is a traveling exhibit. It is made up of people's bodies who have donated them to science. They show actual organs, nerves, muscles, brains, everything. It is really neat and educational. It was only a little disturbing. You couldn't take pictures in the exhibit, so I found this one online. It was in the exhibit we saw too. They cut a person in half so you could see what it looked like.After we got home, we watched Tropic Thunder. It was funny -- stupid funny.
Now we are just hanging out and relaxing. Tomorrow we are going to run to Wal-Mart. T.J. wants to wash his car. I am going to start working on my crummy video depo from Friday. Sounds like a crazy day for us!
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

I am so glad that I was at home today and able to witness history in the making. Barack Obama gave a powerful and moving speech. He is such a good speaker (I bet his speech teacher is proud!). The amount of people that showed up to physically witness the ceremony is estimated at over 2 million.

This is one of my favorite parts of his speech:

"That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet."

And then later this part:

"For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace."

I will pray for our new president. He has a big task ahead of him as he begins leading our forlorn country.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Flu Blues

So Saturday started off just like any Saturday. Sleeping in with no alarm, showers, breakfast, not a whole lot to do. We decided to go and eat our favorite Mexican place, El J's, for lunch -- it had been about a week and a half. Then we went for a little drive, stopped by Wal-Mart, and headed home. Once we got home, I unpacked the groceries. By the time I finished that I was sooo exhausted and had a terrible stomach ache. I sat on the couch for a while and it wouldn't go away. I felt like I was going to get sick. Long story short, I did get sick. My Saturday night was shot. So was T.J.'s (sorry, Honey!)

Sunday I woke up on the couch. I had moved there around 4 in the morning b/c I just couldn't get comfortable in bed. I spent most of my day on the couch being a pile of mush. My muscles hurt! Especially my back. I had headaches all day too. What a crummy way to spend your weekend; huh?!?!
Today I feel MUCH better! I slept a good 12 hours last night, and I think I really needed that. Hopefully T.J. doesn't get it!
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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Stewart Richardson Girls Night Out

I didn't have a job on Friday and was feeling a little restless all cooped up in the house, so Regina and I went shopping at the Greenwood Mall. We had a really good time chatting and shopping. We even found some good deals!

Friday night Jade organized a get together for everyone at Stewart Richardson. I think there were 10 of us there. It was so nice to get out and chat with my co-workers! We met at Ram Brewery, which is downtown Indy. The service sucked, the food was okay, but the drinks were good! I tried the Indy Blonde, which is their light beer. A couple of the girls got some flavored long island iced teas and they were delicious. Too bad I had to drive! Here are a couple of my favorite pictures from the night:)

Me, Judy, Nancy & Regina

Dawn (Michelle's sister), Michelle & Jade

I keep forgetting to add some pictures of my wedding band addition. Her are some pictures. First of all, hand pictures are hard to take by yourself. Secondly, please don't mind my super short fingernails. Just look at the ring:)

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Well, since the first of the year, T.J. and I have been in hibernation. Work has been picking up slowly but surely. Because of that, I have had some free time on my hands. We have both been working out in the mornings. I have been trying to make better meals, instead of just having frozen pizza. T.J. has been working on reading New Moon. I have been reading The Magician's Nephew, the first book in the Narnia series. We have been catching up on movies. We saw 7 Pounds in the theater. This weekend we rented Burn After Reading and the Duchess. T.J. has his xbox hooked up to our Netflix, so we also watched The Butterfly Effect. It had a different ending than the first time we watched the movie, but we like the new ending better...

All in all, not a whole lot going on. Last night we were supposed to get a couple inches of snow, but it was too warm here, so nothing really stuck. The wind has really picked up, though, and I am dreading going to my 1:00 job! Today would be a good day to stay on the couch with a blanket.

Herky & Baxter have had an interesting couple of days. We decided to switch their food from Iams to Purina. We will save $4 per bag! I made a mix of food for them...3 cups Iams with 2 cups Purina. As soon as I put it in the bowl, Baxter was over there pecking through it and eating out all the colorful Purina pieces. Herky, on the other hand, didn't eat anything for a day or two. Now he is back on board with eating and doesn't seem to mind it. Here is what Baxter does with his new food:This was day 1. This morning I think half the food was in the bowl and half was on the ground. Herky usually comes around and picks up all of Baxter's unwanted food like a little vacuum:)

Also, I have been really into thrift/flea market/eBay/antique shopping lately. Last Friday I hit up an antique store here in town, then I headed to Goodwill Outlet. Now, I will tell you that I thought I was just going into a big Goodwill or something...oh, was I mistaken! When you walk in, you see these big blue bins lined up like this:

But then you also see this:There were people with carts full of stuff. And people digging like crazy through these bins. I was a little shocked since I had expected to find racks and hangers. I decided to look through the book bin and see if I could find anything. I was halfway through looking at half a dozen blue bins on a wall when I noticed that all these people were in my way. They had their carts lined up against the bins I wanted to look at and were patiently waiting for something...I just didn't know what. Then all of a sudden there was a bang -- a blue bin hitting swinging double doors.

The workers were bringing out new bins. They replaced the old bins with the new ones and the people were sorting through like there was $100 bills in there. Most of the men were wearing gloves. They were throwing stuff out of their way or grabbing whatever prize they found and stowing it in their cart. I am pretty sure I stood their with my mouth hanging open for a good 30 seconds. It was just so crazy. People digging through junk like they were digging for gold. I wouldn't be surprised if people get in fist-fights there!

When another row of bins came out, all the people shifted over there. I was standing next to a nice old man and I told him I had never been here and didn't know what to expect. He said that every 2 hours they change the bins. Whatever is left in the bins after two hours gets sold off to the Salvation Army or sent overseas. He also said that the stuff in the bins gets weighed and that's how you pay for what you find...besides books and furniture. He told me that most people wear gloves b/c it can be dirty and glass stuff gets broken, so I should be careful! I wandered around a little. I mostly just stood by the people that were power digging and looked to see if there was anything I wanted. I ended up buying half a dozen books. Softback books were a quarter and 50 cents for hardback -- what a steal! I do want to go back sometime now that I know what to expect. Maybe on my next day off. It would be fun to go with someone, but I know there is no way I could ever drag T.J. there with me:)

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year! 2009, here we come...

Well, our New Years was very uneventful. T.J. had to work New Year's Day, so we didn't make it out to celebrate...we didn't even stay up until 12:) We didn't even make any resolutions... This weekend we were pretty low key. All the work I had out was sent to my proofreader, so I had lots of time to myself, which doesn't happen very often.

I started feeling like I was getting a cold on Friday. Saturday T.J. and I did some shopping, ate at Friends Tavern in Zionsville, then cruised around. Later that night we went grocery shopping, which is when my cold really set in. I was exhausted after walking around Wal-Mart! On Sunday we stayed home all day. I tried to relax so I can get better. T.J. took the dogs out every time -- thanks, T.J.!!

We had such a good time seeing everyone over the holiday, but we are really looking forward to getting back into our normal routine!
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