Monday, December 31, 2007

2007--year in review

It seems like today warrants a post that sums it all up. Some of you (I know, I've received e-mails) would just like a post of any kind to know I'm still alive and postin'. I went over to Bubba's Sis' blog and she had a neat little entry that I tried to apply to my blog but mine didn't work out so well. It seems like the most important things in my life this year haven't happened near the beginning of each month.

Instead, I thought I'd elaborate on the insert I sent with my Christmas card this year.

0: Job changes This one is shocking. It seems like all I do is change jobs. I'm happy here and am not ready to start looking. It's a nice feeling.

1: Great new boyfriend Yea for this one! Yea for someone who has stuck around through my holiday crazies. Who am I kidding? Yea for someone who has stuck around through my everyday crazies.

1: Cruise Ah, relaxation and fun. A vacation where I really didn't do any work at all.

1: Engaged brother Also very exciting. Lots of change but it's not freaking me out as much as I thought it would.

1: Solo vacation Katielady recommended this some time ago. It really was a nice way to travel. I didn't feel like I needed to plan very much. That said, I still enjoy traveling with my friends and was glad to have the opportunity to do that so many times this year.

2: Weddings I’m in next Spring And boy am I going to look cute in those dresses.

4: Vacations How did this happen? I'm not sure but I'm glad it did. Hopefully 2008 will bring a few more.

5: New states to which I’ve traveled Four of these were from one trip. All were up north. All I'd like to go back to and spend a little more time...especially Washington. Loved Seattle and the surrounding area.

7: Rooms painted in the house Dare I say 4 to go? Can that be right? Wow. Yeah, this place has come a long way this year.

11: Astros games Why couldn't the writer's strike have happened during baseball season? Or when the weather is more conducive to outdoor activities? Love the 'stros. Also, 2: games I cried during due to Biggio retiring.

16.5: Books read Not too bad considering everything else that's on this list.

26: States I’ve now visited Over half! And I have the snowglobes to prove it.

129: Days traveling for work Good grief. When I counted this one up I became exhausted. January '08 will start me off at a freakishly high number as well.

140: Blog posts Not too shabby. I've definitely fallen down on the job lately. Still feeling good about blogging. Perhaps the new year will bring new excitement to share.

389: Days I’ve lived in my new home I realize this is more than 365 days and the title of this pertains to 2007. It just seemed like it needed to be in days for some reason.

It really was a good year. As opposed to some years when nothing terribly memorable comes to mind, 2007 will be a year that will mean something to me well into the future. As I sit here on New Year's Eve, that's a really great feeling to have.

Wishing you all a very prosperous New Year. In all the ways that count.

Monday, December 24, 2007

merry christmas

When we were little, we would open presents on Christmas Eve. I wonder how things would have worked out if I hadn't had a brother who was five years my senior. It was fairly easy to be distracted while Santa came when we were wide awake. I'm not sure why we did it then instead of Christmas proper. I think part of it was because Mom couldn't wait for us to open presents. We surely couldn't wait. In fact, we still could convince her to give us one early present even though technically all were early.

After Mom died, The Brother forced us to wait until Christmas morning. It's because he hates me. Actually, I have no idea why because he can't stand to wait to open presents. In the days leading up to Christmas he's all "What? We're waiting till Christmas. No, no early present." Then on Christmas morning I act like nothing special is happening that day. This really gets his goat, and he'll break down and ask when we can open them. We're in our 30s. Some Christmas feelings never change.

This year we have already had one Christmas celebration with some extended soon-to-be family. The Brother and our significant others are celebrating at lunch. Then I'm going to The Boyfriend's family celebration tonight. I'm abandoning The Brother. For the first time in 30 years we won't be together on Christmas. We've grown up. Some Christmas feelings are new and freak the crap out of me.

Merry Christmas, everybody.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

am i fancypants or what?

cash advance

but also only in shreveport

...will a mid-40s self-proclaimed backwoods country boy who works at a hotel get cast in not one but two movies.

Interesting life to gotta give this city that.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

only in shreveport

Will a person get called a pagan for buying these: (from

Monday, December 17, 2007

oh, oh, mexico

10 on Tuesday is about Resolutions. I'm just not up for that so I'm skipping it again this week. Things have been so busy lately, but I know all of you could say the same thing. I can't bear to think of a whole list of more things for me to do...

So with December came my first cruise. Yea! It was a much needed vacation that went too quickly and brought me back to a little too much reality. But, oh, the during. There was great food. All. The. Time. The first day we snacked so much that I couldn't even eat all three courses at dinner. And I felt a little barfy with the rocking. I apparently acclimated fairly quickly. We had pretty rough seas most of the time but I could eat three courses every time I was given the option after that. And then some.

We left from San Diego and had three days in port bookended by two days at sea. I thought it would be too much time with too little to do but it was very relaxing. It forced us to actually vacation a few days. When we weren't lounging, we ventured into Cabo, Mazatlan, and Puerto Villarta.

Cabo--did some shopping, a catamaran ride, unexpected whale watching, saw Los Arcos, went to Cabo Wabo, had some Waboritas, listened to some live music.

Mazatlan--another little boat ride over to a nearby island, ate a local lunch, went horseback riding, spent some time on the beach, watched kids hit a pinata, more shopping.

Puerto Villarta--even more shopping, lounged on the beach most of the day, had a drink out of a coconut, went to the markets, saw an old church, took lots of pictures.

My friend, Nora, and I went with a group of single alumni. We booked the trip before I met The Boyfriend (which is probably why I met The Boyfriend...would probably be single if I hadn't gone on a singles' cruise). I wasn't sure how that would work out but it was great. Such a fun group that we could hang out with when we wanted to but we could also spend time on our own. We met up with the group on and off the ship. We went dancing four of the seven nights and frequented the piano bar. It was nice to know that we'd know other people there.

We all had such a good time that we were talking about doing it again next year. It probably wouldn't be the same, like trying to recreate perfection. Ok, so perfection is a little strong a word. There were a few people we could have done without but we had our fun little clique. And just for a week, I could forget about work and the holidays and all sorts of obligations.

We also spent the day before and after the cruise in San Diego. We stayed at a very nice hotel (great deal!) and had a good time there as well. We checked out some of the area on foot, and we went to the zoo. It was amazing. Loved the pandas!

So that's the brief version of the trip. I'm back at work and had to do all my Christmas shopping (not done yet) and make Christmas cards and pay bills and juggle obligations and and and... But don't get me wrong. I missed everyone and would have wanted to come back eventually. Or maybe when I run away to Mexico you can all join me. Coconut drinks all around.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

mexican picture post

Words to come later... Things are still frantic over here but slightly better due to me making the executive decision to postpone today's trip. Too bad there's one tomorrow. And the day after that. And the day after that...

Monday, December 10, 2007

back to the grind

Could there be any more emails in my inboxes? Could I feel any more behind on Christmas-related activities?

Back from vacation (which was fantastic...more later). Leaving again tomorrow. Lots to do today.