Tuesday, July 31, 2007

i'm going to be a sister

Oh, wait. That's not right. I'm already a sister. I'm going to have a sister. In-law, that is. The Brother's girlfriend is now The Brother's fiance. That sounds so weird. He's never had one of those before. Congrats to both of them! Welcome to our dysfunctional family.

Monday, July 30, 2007

10 on tuesday (14)

10 Countries I'd Like to Visit

As always, these are in no particular order. Some made the list because of their natural beauty, some because they represent my heritage, and some because of their history. Now my passport is just itchin' to be used...

1. Greece
2. Germany
3. Australia (weird to me that it's both a continent and a country)
4. Costa Rica
5. Czech Republic
6. Egypt
7. Fiji
8. Hungary
9. Ireland
10. Italy
(I know, it's Monday evening when I'm posting. I'm getting a jump on it this week... Actually, I won't have time to post until late Tuesday so I took the lesser of two evils. I, too, hate seeing the "Monday" up there.)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

sigh again...

I'm sad that Biggio is retiring. I'm going to miss him, too.


I'm finished with Harry Potter. What am I supposed to do now? I looked forward to it and then didn't want to rush through it. But I couldn't help myself; it just reels you in. I will not spoil because that would just be mean. I noticed during the reading of this one that I liked to suspend my ever-present analytical side while reading all of her books so that I could be surprised with where she led me. I'll miss the anxiety and the fun. Reading "blimey." The friendship. Mostly the adventure. I don't think anyone will come close to topping this series for quite some time.

10 on tuesday (13)

10 Nicest Things That People Have Done for Me

I'm sure there will be some super nice thing that I won't think of to put on this list. I have anxiety about it. I'll be the person who won the Academy award and forgot to thank her husband.

  1. My biological mother giving me up for adoption. I've learned a little bit about her situation at the time (still anonymous but details nonetheless) and I don't think I needed to fear her choosing not to have me. As her due date got closer, she started waffling about whether or not to give me up. Despite everything I've had to handle in my life, I couldn't imagine having different parents.

  2. All those nice letters of recommendation people have written for me over the years. All those people took time out of their busy schedules to make me sound worthy of a spot in a grad school program or an actual job with a salary.

  3. When I was in college I applied for, interviewed for, and eventually got a volunteer position at the Student Counseling Center. It was a big deal, and I was very excited about it. Days before I was supposed to start, my mother died. I'm not one to shirk responsibilities but I knew I just couldn't fulfill that obligation at that time. I told the people there and they just made sure that was really my decision. Then they told me they'd save me a place the next semester. That was nice enough but then they sent me a card that they had all signed. They were sorry to hear about my loss. These people had only met me once or twice. Yeah, I cried.

  4. This past weekend I was out to dinner with cph and suddenly became super nauseous. Yeah, that's always fun. Not only did she drive me home (with a few emergency stops along the way), but she carried through our plan to buy Harry Potter at midnight. He was on my doorstep first thing Saturday morning.

  5. My brother does lots of nice things for me. There could probably be a list of 10+ just on him. When I got home on Thursday night, there was one of those giant roaches in my living room. I ran upstairs to get my bug spray (since it's never where you need it to be). I tried to spray it. Yeah, there wasn't enough spray left in it to shoot very far and what did come out fell in big blobs. I managed to spray it some and then it proceeded to fly. I have the heeby jeebies just thinking about it. Anyway, I went upstairs to try to ignore it. I turned on my bedside lamp. A few minutes later, a wasp of some sort was in my lamp. Yeah, no bug spray and for once I wished my household cleaners were actually toxic. My brother and his girlfriend ended up coming over to bring bug spray and remove the bug carcasses. It was something like 10:30pm. Why didn't I just leave to get my own bug spray you ask...because there are only 2 entrances/exits to my house. One was blocked by the twitching roach and the other dropped off into nothingness as my brother was in the process of rebuilding those stairs. It was a swell evening.

  6. I have had two people ask me to be their maid of honor. I've been in a few additional weddings. It's just nice to know that people care enough about me and our friendship to want me to be there on their special day (in nice dresses, too).

  7. Since my mom's death, I have been taken in by several of my friends' families. I have been asked to spend holidays with them. They give me motherly advice. They have taught me that your family extends way beyond the one you were born into.

  8. A "surprise" 30th birthday party was thrown for me a few months ago. Even though it wasn't a surprise, it's the thought that counts. It was a fun time.

  9. All my friends have stuck around for the most part regardless of what's gone on in my life or how snarky I can be. Those who have drifted out have done so because of diverging paths. I know that we could fall back into being friends easily if/when the time came.

  10. This one relates to #7 but was so nice it deserved its own number. The Brother's girlfriend's parents are very nice people. It's been fun getting to know them. Her mother has done two exceptionally nice things since I've known her. At Christmas, she had a stocking ordered for me (and one for my brother) that matched the rest of the family's and were monogrammed. And for my housewarming party, she made all the food and even crafted little cookbooks to serve as favors. Too, too nice. I know, I've said nice 3 times now. But it was.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

it's harry potter day!

I'm thru chapter 3. Here's the deal. It's the last book. That simultaneously makes me what to devour it as quickly as possible and drag it excruciatingly out so that it never ends. I really don't want to read it quickly. In fact, I'm forcing myself out of the house (for awhile anyway) so that I don't just sit here all day reading it. But again, there are people who legitimately waited for the book who are probably already finished with it (due to the combination of time differences around the world and the super crazed-ness of the fans). So what are the odds that I'll be able to avoid the media for even a week? You know everyone will be talking about whether or not it lived up to the hype. And dare I even read it on the plane? I don't want some putz saying, "Oh, you know blah blah blah happens, right?" Because then I'd have to kill him. And then they'd have to make an emergency landing. And I'd have to go to jail--all the while making sure all 759 precious pages do not get damaged by blood splatters.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

10 on tuesday (12)

10 Favorite Movies from My Childhood

I'm not sure what years constitute my childhood but here goes...

  1. Dirty Dancing--I know. Children shouldn't have been allowed to watch it since the one brief sex scene hadn't been edited out.

  2. The Princess Bride--So many quotes in this one. So little time...

  3. E.T.--It was the first movie I remember seeing in the theatre.

  4. Cocktail--My best friend at the time and I loved this one. Pre-crazy Tom Cruise...those were the days.

  5. National Lampoon's Vacation--The original one. Good grief we watched this everyday the summer of '84.

  6. Ghostbusters--Perhaps it was because of their catchy song. Or maybe because the library reminded me of the library my mom worked in at the time.

  7. Beverly Hills Cop--I think because it was one of the first movies we owned on VHS.

  8. Back to the Future--Come on, Micheal J. Fox was a hottie.

  9. Pretty Woman--A fairy tale with hookers. Again, what's not to like?

  10. Can't Buy Me Love--Mmmhmm, Patrick Dempsey pre-McDreamy. I was onto something
All these movies were pre-high school for me so I guess that's childhood. None were animated. That's interesting. And to the best of my knowledge, none were rated R. I wonder how this list would be different for kids growing up today?

I still really love many of these movies. Here are a few honorable mentions that I couldn't squeeze on the list: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Gremlins, and The Lost Boys.

As a bonus, here are a few movies from that time that I didn't adore back then but do now (or did by high school even): Say Anything, When Harry Met Sally, Heathers, Bull Durham, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Breakfast Club, The Natural, and Sixteen Candles (let's be honest, any John Hughes movie).

Saturday, July 14, 2007

i'm it

I've been tagged by Bubba's Mom. Here goes...

A- Attached or Single? Alas, still single. But at least attempting to change that. Sorta.
B- Best Friend: I don't like this term. It makes me feel like I have to pick just one. I have several. Then people say "you can't have several bests." I know, I know. Can't I have a best from every stage of my life? That would be Karen, Angelique, Nora, and Clara.
C- Cake or Pie: Pie, pie, me oh my. (Name that movie...)
D- Drink of Choice: Drink of the moment? Mojito. I have a lot of mint in my garden.
E- Essential Item: Laptop
F- Favourite Color: What's with the British spelling? I'm going with chocolate brown (as I sit in my chocolate brown office wearing chocolate brown shorts).
G- Gummi Bears or Worms? Bears
H- Hometown: Lolita (seriously...and I've just outed myself in the blog world.)
I- Indulgence: Clothes, shoes (indulgences but bargains)
J- January or February: February, my birthday
K- Kids: Yes, please. Hopefully one day and hopefully I won't have to steal one.
L- Life is incomplete without: Friends.
M- Marriage Date: If I pick one, do you think it will come true? I'll go with 11.08.08.
N- Number of Siblings: One--The Brother.
O- Oranges or Apples? Depends on my mood.
P- Phobia: Roaches. Enclosed spaces.
Q- Favourite Quote: Again with the British favourite (maybe someone's been reading Harry Potter). Like Bubba's Mom, I can't pick just one. In addition to having books of quotes that people have actually compiled and my little quote o' the day down there and daily quote emails I get, I also have a spiral notebook I write some down in. I like quotes.
R- Reasons to smile: There are many. Thus, "it's the little things."
S- Season: The next one, whatever that may be. I like the change and looking forward to something.
T- Tag Three: I'm electing not to tag anyone. Again, if you feel compelled to do this post, too, you can say I've tagged you. I'm not good with chain email either.
U- Unknown Fact About Me: I went to a little Asian man one time for him to read my cards. Not Tarot cards, the old school regular playing cards. He was freakily accurate in some ways. I wouldn't mind seeing him again.
V- Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animals? Animal Oppressor.
W- Worst Habit: Doing everything on my own.
X- X-rays or Ultrasounds? If I had a choice, I'd like to not be in need of either. But ultrasounds.
Y- Your Favorite Foods: I really like food. If I think about it in a "last meal" kind of way, I'm going with a Freebirds burrito. Yes, I'm an Aggie. Praise Jesus there's one nearby.
Z- Zodiac: Aquarius

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

how you know the town you're in is not hip

The radio station mentions that "this is one of the most influential female artists currently--Melissa Etheridge" and "here's the brand new one from KT Tunstall--Suddenly I See."

Using the word "hip?" How you know you're not...

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

10 on tuesday (11)

10 Favorite Things

This one is an optional photo post. Alas, I'm not home and didn't plan ahead so no new pics here. Ten favorite things seems like a broad category. I've decided to pick one favorite thing from 10 rooms of my house.

1. The porch. I guess this isn't technically in my house but I love it. I love seeing people sitting out there enjoying it.

2. The spice rack in the kitchen. I love this more than I should. I include it on the tour of my house. The day I installed it I wanted to call people and share the excitement. Who would share that kind of excitement? Seriously. You, too, can have one for the low price of $14.99 at The Container Store.

3. The painting my dad did that hangs in my living room. We have maybe 4 or 5 paintings of his that are in various stages of completion. All contain horses and have a decidedly cowboy feel.

4. The Tiffany-style light in my dining room. I've loved stained glass forever. I really hated the light that I inherited with the house.

5. The map in my office that contains little pins that mark all the places I've been (both for how it looks and what it means).

6. My bedroom furniture (no pics yet). I love that a hodge podge of other people's castoffs has turned into a pretty good look. I also like that it shows that The Brother and I can be quite handy and can see the treasure that may be, um, sitting on the side of the road.

7. My family photo wall in the hallway (aka the tiny room). All the ones up right now show where I came from. I like that history.

8. Mom's old sewing machine and table in what was formerly known as the purple room (and is now just the guest room--no longer purple!!! Pics soon.) It reminds me of both my parents.

9. The ugly bathroom...hmmm, hopefully one day there will be many favorite things here. Now, not so much. I'll go with the glass doorknobs.

10. The built-in shelves in the master bath. I just love shelves. After living in a tiny apartment where I had to be super creative with storage, it's nice to not have to be... (They are now more organized than this old picture.)

(Why am I still awake at 12:15?)

Friday, July 06, 2007

better late than never

I'm feeling somewhat lacking in the blogging area lately. Just doesn't seem like there's a whole lot to write about. Despite that, Bubba's Sis has given me a blogging award recently. According to her, I'm a:

That's pretty cool. I'm supposed to bestow it upon 5 other deserving chicas. And they are to do the same. I didn't want to give it to people who are "famous" bloggers or ones who I know have already received it. So here goes...

  • Geek hasn't been able to blog all that much lately. She has a pretty good excuse what with the new baby and all. She has interesting things to say, good links to other blogs, and may occasionally post pics of her super cute baby. What's not to like?
  • StaceyG will make you think. She knew The Secret long before the media beat it into us. She's also witty and is publishing a book. That really does rock.
  • SamanthaJo has already won the Thinking Blogger Award but who couldn't use another award (despite it not coming with a prize of any kind)? You can find serious topics as well as links to embarrassingly fun music videos.
  • Katie Lady has had lots of change in her life recently. It's always interesting to read about. She has moved back to Texas from NYC, has a new house, a new baby, and a new role as a SAHM. Tune in to watch all this drive her over the edge? I don't think so; she's one tough cookie.

I think I'm just picking 4--I'll reserve the right to give the last one as I see fit. Have a good weekend everybody. I'll try to come up with something deserving of an award soon.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

10 on tuesday (10)

10 Things to Do Before I Die

Why are these always so hard? Maybe that's the point. To get us to think.
  1. Get married.

  2. Have babies.

  3. Travel to every state.

  4. Travel to every continent. Well, I could probably skip Antarctica.

  5. Own a dog again.

  6. Feel confident in this body of mine.

  7. Probably try my hand at a different career. Not sure what...

  8. Write at least one really good poem.

  9. Learn all the words to r.e.m.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It."

  10. Retire.

Monday, July 02, 2007

rain, rain, go away

If you live in Texas, it seems like this movie couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. Has it stopped raining for longer than a day in the last two months? This is not good. My grass is green and lush and will be about 3 feet tall before I get a chance to mow it again. On July 4th we'll be able to watch the fireworks or, you know, the destruction that the lightning causes. I have a convertible now for Pete's sake. Please give us a break...