Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I just got done reading Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson. As I have said I am now reading a lot, as I have also said I'm cheap. And well reading can be an expensive habit, until I finally found my local library! This was a book I got at the library. I didn't really like this book. Their really wasn't a beginning of the book. No introduction to the characters, no back ground, no date or location. Which I think is really weird. At one point in time I didn't really want to finish the book, but I figured I started it I may as well finish it. The story did finally get some depth by the middle. It is a story about a woman who has everything, a loving husband who is a doctor and a 15 year old son, but she is unhappy in life, and trying to find herself. I think this book could have been good if the middle of the story happened at the beginning and the end of the story talked about more of what happened about 3/4's through. The book set up some great stories that didn't take place because the book ended. I wouldn't recommend this book.
Saturday I went to go see My Best Friends Girl. It was a good movie, very funny. I loved Kate Hudson's hair in this movie. Beautiful. I wish I knew how to do my hair like that. Plus Dane Cook. He's not too bad on the eyes. If you like funny movies check it out. I really want to see The Women. I spoke to my friend Tina this weekend and she went to go see this movie with her husband. She said it was a good movie for the dynamics's of women, and the relationship you have with them. I love my girl friendships. I honestly don't know what I would do without them. Each relationship has its own dynamic. Tina said this movie made her want to hang out with the close women in her life-which I am included! It is crazy how life brings different people in your life, and how you work to keep these in your life.
This was Tressa's idea. My all time favorite movie is Good Will Hunting. This was when I first fell in love with Ben Affleck. Yummy. I like this movie because it has just the right amount of romance, drama, and humor. I love this quote: "Do you like apples?" "What?" "Do you like apples?" "Yeah, I guess...whatever?" "Well how about these apples!, I got her number!" Cracks me up every time! Great movie.
Favorite Book Series
The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich. Now I'm biased because I almost positive this is the only series of books I've read(in my adult life, do the Babysitters Club books count, I think now) so can it really be my favorite if this is all i've read? Anyways, I love this series. Super funny, and clever. Very easy reading, which I enjoy. These books have suspense, romance, humor, and a little bit of drama. I love the humor the best. These books seriously make me laugh out loud. A few people have recommended the Twilight series books, but I don't know if I would really be into them. I'm not much a vampire type girl.
TV on DVD Review
Six Feet Under, check it out, seriously. I had never even heard of this show until my ex's roommate got the first season on DVD, and we watched it. It's a great show. Drama and humor. And a crazy family to watch, to let you know your not alone.
So as you can tell that I'm not really giving any reviews. Just telling you what I like. My friend Emily did TV reviews on her blog, and I thought what a great idea, but I have no idea what I would write. I know I would just write about the TV shows I like. So you know what, it's MY blog so that is what I'm going to do. All I can say is thank goodness for my DVR!
Dancing with the Stars - I love to dance. Seeing this show makes me get upset at my mother for not letting me pursue professional dancing. The only thing I watch on this show is the Dancing. I fast forward through all the talking from the judges etc...although I did stop last weeks to watch the crazy old lady talk to the judges. That was some funny stuff! That has the be one awesome thing about being old, you really don't care-so you act however you want.
The Hills - I know I'm sorry. But I love MTV, and I gotta watch it.
The Biggest Loser: Families - I first watched this show last season. And holy cow it is motivational, and at timed de-motivational. I can barely lose 8 pounds in a month right now, let alone 18 in one week! But it has some great pointers which I appreciate.
Grey's Anatomy - Love it. This weekend I watched the season premiere. I like this show because it makes you think about your life without really thinking about your life.
America's Next Top Model - I'm not too sure why I like this show, to tell you the truth, but I do. Actually I do know why. Because I like pictures. I always like seeing the different types of photo shoots they do, and then seeing the final outcome.
Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Island - Again MTV, my guilty pleasure. I think I like this show because of the crazy make out sessions!
The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency - I told myself not to get into this show, then I saw all of last sessions play and so now I'm watching this session. The male models are hott!
Project Runway - I like clothes.
Private Practice - Like Grey's makes you think about your life without thinking about your life.
Desperate Housewives - I haven't seen the season premier yet, but I'm hoping this season is good. I'm not too sure about the whole 5 years in the future thing. I think it would have been fun to see how things happened to get to this 5 years later. It's the stuff in the middle that makes it good, right!?
Monday, September 29, 2008
Moving on. I have lots coming up and I'm super excited. This weekend I got my T-shirt for Race for the Cure. It is Sunday. I can't wait. I know I won't want to get up early on Sunday, but I know that I will, and once I finish it will feel Great! Then next Wednesday I leave for Chicago. Going to a place I've never been to. I can't wait! I'm meeting my friend Michelle there for her birthday. It is really excited because it has been a really long time since we have celebrated both of our birthdays together. ...I went to see her in San Francisco in January for my birthday. I've been so lucky to do all of the traveling that I do, do. I have to really watch my budget, but it is SO worth it! I wish the timing was a little bit better. My Uncle Billy who has lived in Seattle for a long time, moved back to Albuquerque this past Christmas to get better. And now his wife (my Aunt Luanne) will be flying to Albuquerque the weekend I'll be in Chicago to drive back to Seattle with my Uncle Billy-where he is moving back to. I was originally going to be in Albuqueruqe that weekend for my Mom's birthday(my mom and Michelle share the same birthday.) but when I found out Michelle had extended her job in Madison, I asked if I could met her in Chicago for her birthday. Uncle Bill and Aunt Luanne very rarely make it to Albuquerque, and now that Uncle Bill is moving back to Seattle I'm sad I won't be able to see them. Although I'm very happy I was able to see my Uncle Billy when I was in NM in July. I just wish all of this wasn't happening in the same weekend.
Lots of coming up! And I will have pictures to post!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Let me introduce you to my family. I have 2 cats, Otis and Denali. I never thought I would be a cat person. I grew up with dogs. When I first moved to Denver my cousin Kari suggested I get a cat for good company. I never really thought about it. Then my friend Sarah moved in with me, and after about a month she got Zelmer. A cute white and gray cat. This was the first time I had ever lived with a cat. It was very fast that Zelmer grew on me. Then Sarah got Kit about 2 years later. Super cute kitten. It was only after having Kit that Sarah and I moved out in our own separate places. After being in my own 1 bedroom apartment by myself I immediately went to the Adams County Animal Shelter and got Sierra. Sierra was a beautiful gray kitten. And very very talkative. She meowed ALL the time. She was sick when I got her. She had a very watery/runny left eye. On her first vet visit I got antibiotics which cleared it up for a while. But it slowly came back. After having Sierra for about 5 months, I came home from work to pack for a trip to Florida. This was in April 2005. Sierra was being her usual talkative self. I had my closet door open, which she loved to run in and out of. While I was packing I look outside of my bedroom door, and I see Sierra fallen over, dead. It was horrible. To this day I don't know what happened. She was probably just 7 or 8 months old. Sierra was my first cat.
After coming back from Florida I went to the vet to select a new kitten. I knew I didn't want to be home without one. The few weeks without a cat in my home was very strange. I didn't like coming home to it being empty. The vet I go to gets their cats from Adams County Animal Shelter. When I arrived they had a selection of a bunch of black kittens. Otis rubbed up against me, and that was all I needed. That is when I got Otis. My all black male cat. Otis was super tiny when I got him. I think he was just 8 weeks old. Bringing him home and watching him play was so much fun. We bonded very fast. I have now had Otis almost 3 and half years. Otis is a scardey cat, in every sense of the word. He is scared of everything. You move to fast, make a noise he freaks out. My home is great for him, because it has a basement where he can hide. Otis isn't a social cat either. Whenever I have guests over he hardly ever comes out of hiding. A couple of years ago my cousin and her family came to visit for a whole week, it wasn't until the 4th days he finally came upstairs.
Two years ago I got Denali. She is my girl tuxedo cat. I went back and forth for a long time about getting a second cat. Mainly because I didn't want to be the crazy cat lady. Once I decided I would "look" I knew exactly what I wanted, and figured if it was meant to be it was meant to be. I knew I wanted a girl cat, mainly because I had a girl name already picked out. I also knew I wanted a tuxedo cat, because how cute would a black cat and tuxedo cat look together?! c'mon now. So I would randomly call the vet to see what kind of kittens they had in. After about a couple of months I called, and they had what I was looking for. I immediately went and got Denali. I was very nervous about bringing Denali home because of Otis. For the couple of months leading to Denali's arrival I would have conversations with Otis. "What do you think about being an older brother?!" etc... Otis is somewhat talkative, and meows back at me when I talk to him. Once Denali came into the house inside of her crate, and once Otis realized there was something inside of the crate he got pissed. Oh boy was he mad. So Denali had her own home in my room for about a week. One weekend day I let Denali out, and let Otis be more curious. I seriously thought they would kill each other, but by the end of the day Otis seemed ok. Of course now they are fine. I think Otis doesn't want people to know that he enjoys her. He actually gets pissed off and hisses at her when he is the one chasing her around. And Denali she just doesn't care. Denali is much much more social. She enjoy's it when people come over, and is a licker. She'll give you a full on bath if you let her. She is also the purrer. She purr's a lot. Otis not so much. And when he does it is very quiet. Denali also doesn't talk/meow all that much. She meows when I'm about to feed her-she acts like she is starving to death every night. I really enjoy Denali because she still looks like a kitten. Not too sure if she was the runt of the group, but she is super small for being a grown cat. I have had Denali almost 2 years now.
I'm going to be posting "Otis and Denali updates" on my blog. I got this idea from my cousin Nikki who does the same with her cat. Denali is a model. She loves to take pictures, so majority of the pictures will probably be of her, but that doesn't mean I love Otis any less. Otis is my cuddlier. He loves to cuddle with me. Which can sometimes drive me crazy. But they are the perfect duo.
What's in a name? I helped Sarah come up with Zelmer. We were watching a movie one day(couldn't tell you what movie) and we were watching the credits at the end. And one person had the last name "Zelmer" and I suggested it. It was long after that, when we realized that Rachel on "Friends" had a boss named "Mr. Zelner". I went to go get Sierra with Aaron. As we were bringing her back to my place driving in the car with Sierra meowing away. And we are both throwing out names. We pull up to a Sierra(the big truck), and Aaron says "how about Sierra?". I immediately liked it. Otis, I got a from a street name. One of the streets I used to pass from my apartment to the vet was "Otis". Then Denali. In the summer of 2003 I went to Alaska. It was a trip of me and 11 family members. It was an awesome trip. One of the stops was to the Denali National Forrest. When I thought about getting a second cat, I knew I wanted it to be a girl, so I could name her Denali.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
P.S. Thanks to my beautiful cousin Nikki who showed me how to make my page pretty!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Summer of 2008 has had it unofficial end. And I have had a crazy summer. That is the way I like it. It started with a brand new job, which I now know was a great career move. I work with a group of great people. I've done lots of traveling. Which I feel so blessed to be able to do. I've been to Florida-twice. To Rhode Island and New Mexico. And I have a fall trip planned to Chicago. I have seen different parts of my past, at my 10 year High School Reunion, and a more recent past, my ex. I've done more swimming this year since my first summer here-which I love. I have gained a stronger friendship in a friend I never thought I would be close to, again. I went to baby shower, and a wedding. I had my parents here for a Rockies game. I experienced yet another birth into this world, as well as another tragedy of death for my family. The beginning of a bunch of babies turning 1 has started, and will continue for what seems like forever! I experienced history with the DNC and new memories with wonderful friends. I worked hard at the gym and focusing on being healthy, and put in some labor into a new bathroom. The summer was filled with a lot of firsts, and I hope that the firsts keep coming. I enjoy and feel so blessed with all the new experiences coming into my life. I am open and looking forward to what the rest of the year will bring.
Every summer I have a summer song. And well I don't really have one this summer. I've been thinking of what could be my summer song for awhile now. And well, no new dance song comes to mind. But one of my new favorite songs is "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis. It is a beautiful song, but not a song I would classify as a summer song. But one of my favorite memories of this summer has to do with that song. On my second trip to Florida this summer, my friend Tina, her two boys(that I've known since they were born) Max, and Jakob were driving home one day. And "Bleeding Love" came on the radio. Well all 4 of us starting singing along with this song at the top of our lungs. We were really screaming this song, not really singing. Well at the end of this song it has 2 very long notes of "and IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII keep bleeding, I keep keep bleeding..." well in the "I...." we all screamed as loud as we could. It was one of the moments where I wished so much I could take an aerial picture of that moment. The 4 of us, having the time of our lives. It was a beautiful moment, and now every single time I hear that song, I can't help but life and remember that moment with Tina and her boys, Max and Jakob, and laugh out loud.