Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Quarter Century Birthday....

I'm turning 25 on Friday. I don't anticipate I'll post, so I figured I would post today.

I'm going to turn this into an easy read. Basically I want to catolog 25 things I am proud of accomplishing thus far in my life, and then 25 things I hope to accomplish in my 25th year. I'll post about my party after it happens this saturday! Paintball!!! woooO!!!

25 things I am proud I have accomplished (or am just lucky to have had) in my 25 years...

1. Being born Butt first... I take great pleasure in knowing that my first act in this world was mooning the doctor.

2. Being Muffin's Mom. (And Akira and Puppy's mom as well)

3. Sky Diving. Rock Climbing. Caving.

4. Graduating High School with Honors and college credits.

5. Marrying Jeff (these are in no particular order by the way)

6. Overcoming the Tumor on my nose, and not letting it defeat me nor allowing myself to use it as a crutch.

7. Becoming a Personal Trainer.

8. Living in Virginia Beach and making such wonderful friends/memories there.

9. Working at Disney World as Alice, and making such wonderful friends/memories there.

10. Expanding my Food Horizons, and learning to LOVE sushi and many other foods I used to refuse to try.

11. Learning German and Going to Germany with my Mom.

12. Going to Taiwan with my Dad, Step-Mom, and 2 Sisters.

13. Meeting Brian, and being with him while he dealt with, and finally succombed to his brain tumors. I learned a lot from that experience and met an amazing man in the process.

14. Growing up with Jonathan, Valerie, Meghan, and Rebekah as my siblings. I couldn't ask for more fun siblings to have, I was never lonely with them by my side.

15. Owning my own business, and making it grow, and making friends in the process.

16. Taking gymnastics at 21! I finally learned to do a back hand spring and a front flip!

17. Moving to Austin when I was 20, the reasons might have been horrific, but in the end it was one of the hardest/best things I ever did for myself.

18. Kickboxing. I love it. I am so happy I got into it.

19. Learning to Ski at age 19.

20. Dying my hair red. I know... it's kinda stupid to put on here, but I am really happy I switched to red.

21. Meeting my best friends, and managing to stay in touch with most of them (even if some of them are only through facebook).

22. Becoming close friends with my sister, Meghan, whom I used to fight with like crazy.

23. Becoming an Oil Painter.

24. Purchasing and renovating a house (I'm not super happy about this, but I am proud of what we have accomplished).

25. Flying Trapeze! I flew in the air with the greatest of ease!!!

25 things I hope to accomplish this year:

1. Make Mostly A's in school, and not drop out of any classes.

2. Re-introduce Dairy into my diet

3. Finish the house (aka get a stair railing, finish the fireplace, finish the kitchen, and the master bath)

4. Get close to finishing my bachelor's degree.

5. Go on the cruise and the vacation I won at that time-share presentation.

6. Keep my PCOS "borderline" and not allow myself to get worse.

7. Pay off my Yaris.

8. Pay off our credit card debt.

9. Go to DC to visit my Mom and Step-Dad.

10. See my Sister, Meghan, more than once.

11. Continue growing my relationship with my husband, and pick up a hobby together.

12. Compete in a triathalon or body competition (I haven't decided yet).

13. Get a bike. Ride it.

14. Think about having kids. Then decide to wait till I have more money.

15. Finish my paintings for my Dad and step-Dad, and maybe crack off another for someone else.

16. Sell a painting.

17. Learn to Wind Surf, Surf, Water Ski, or some other water sport.

18. Get over my fear of Scuba Diving and try it out while I'm on vacation.

19. Eat more vegetables.

20. Take better care of my skin/wear sunscreen.

21. Make more friends.

22. Get out of the house more, go to events in Austin and make myself have more fun!

23. Hang out with my Aunts more, play cards, and eat Salsa.

24. Make more contacts to further my career.

25. Refresh and learn more German.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Hectic Day I decided to ramble about...

Today was just... crazy. I decided that since it was my 1st totally free day, I was going to make the most of it. I went out early, first went to Evie Evan, a makeup store on South Congress between 5th and 6th street. I bought a groupon for the place a long time ago, and it was close to expiring, so I had to use it!

Evie Evan is a great place. It started as an online makeup store, and progressed a year ago to owning a nice little spot in downtown. The website for them is

After spending about 1.5 hours picking out my stuff... and overspending on my groupon by a lot... I got out of there, found my car parked way out of the way, and drove over to the Whole Foods downtown. I really love Whole Foods even though they rape you on prices... but this time I thought ahead and actually printed a coupon for the product I wanted, got it and a few other things, and grabbed a little snack so I wouldn't have to go home.

Then I mosied my way over to Jerry's Artarama, where I had to spend another groupon, this one expired in exactly 1 week! I got some really great, quality brushes to replace the cheapo ones I bought when I wasn't sure how into oil painting I would be. I also bought a few replacement paints for the ones I am about to run out of. I played with oil pastels, considered purchasing some, but luckily didn't, because I also ran over my groupon budget with this store.

Once I finished at Jerry's it was already pretty late in the afternoon and I was getting tired. I drove out of my way over to 183, to the Jared Galleria of Jewelry where Jeff bought my engagement ring. I'm supposed to get it examined every 6 months to maintain the warranty, and it has been almost a year. So I got that in, and she cleaned it up all sparkly, and I was about to walk out when I decided to ask her what it would cost to resize the ring. I've lost a significant amount of weight since we've been married, and my ring is constantly about to fall off. She told me it's covered, so FREE!!!! So I left it there to go from a 5.75 to a 5! That's a pretty big change! She also told me they will replate it with white gold so it will look gorgeous when I get it back! Hooray!

I only had 1 more errand (or so I thought), so I rushed over to the pet store to buy some stuff for my babies, and while there remembered that I needed to call the vet because I had seen some reddish pink in Akira's pee and I was worried about it. She told me to bring her in for a urine sample, and that I might have to leave her overnight. Long story short I rushed home, crated Akira, rushed her to the vet's (who happens to be RIGHT by Jared's, and a good 40 minute drive away from my house) before closing. The vet was sweet enough to take Akira even though she wasn't even supposed to be at the office today and had happened to drop in when I called. She checked everything out and Akira turned out to be fine. She thinks it must've been an old infection that cleared itself. And... that'll be $100 please. UGH!

So I grabbed Akira, drove ALMOST home, and made my final stop at the CVS pharmacy to get a prescription for some awesome Retinoid stuff that makes my face look good.

Now I am home, decompressing, and writing this long ranting blog that probably no one cares to read.. but I feel better telling my blog about my day :).

Saturday, July 16, 2011


The last few weeks...
This cuteness has been hanging out with me... We went shopping all over town so I could make this braided rug:

I'm still in the process of braiding, but we are getting there, people, it is going to be GORGEOUS! Here's Akira helping me... ish...

Meghan and Nick came to visit! We had a lot of fun. We went to SoCo, the Arboretum for icecream, Lazertag, tubing, etc. etc. I really like Meghan's latest boyfriend, and hope he sticks around for a while.. this is the first one I've truly liked.

Once they left, I felt empty inside, so I decided to hit the Aaron Brother's buy a frame, get a frame for a penny and re-frame these awesome paintings from my childhood.I then decided we needed to get all the lighting fixtures put in our house because I'm tired of staring at wiring. Tada!!!

Blog Out!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Impossible Dream Birthday Wish List

As my good friends know, I'm turning 25 on July 29th!!! To celebrate my birthday, I decided to come up with an Impossible Dream Birthday Wish List! It's all the things I wish I could have, but know will probably never happen... but are fun to dream about anyway! So here goes:

Impossible Dreams that I HOPE will someday come true!!!!

First off, I want this Street Strider. It's amazing. I want it so bad.

I also want this awesome underwater treadmill!! How sweet is this??

A cruise around the WORLD!!!

I want my own castle in France, complete with moat.

A Trike! I would make this baby look good.

The ability to fly (1st class of course) to any destination I desire, at any time I desire, no matter what.

I want to have a boy first (I know, I'm not supposed to want this... but little girls need big brothers in their lives), and I want to decorate his room like this, and have little monster dolls and fun stuff like godzilla toys and off-beat decor.

Then, when I have a little girl, I want to deck her room out in all the glitz and glamour imaginable and have the room's showpeice be the crib below... awesome... I know, something is seriously wrong with me, but this is what I want...

A brand new wardrobe that looks just like this, and a shopping spree to fill such a beautiful room with gorgeous, designer outfits!

A Beautiful, Amazing sports car such as this one...

I want my own Personal Chef to cook me all my meals and keep me healthy with a happy tummy and even happier taste buds!

I want to eat authentic Phad Thai from a stand in Thailand.

I want to backpack Europe. With my friends.

I want to go back to Rottenburg and bring Jeff with me so he can see how amazing it is.

I want a gorgeous modern house on the beach... the nice beach... like with waves and clear water.

I want a lab puppy to take on runs with me...

I want a Macbook Pro 2012

I Don't Have PCOS...

I went to the Endo today. Apparently I was misdiagnosed. I don't have PCOS. She ran all my levels, made me pee in a jug for 24 hours, everything came back at normal levels, meaning I don't have a hormonal imbalance, therefore I cannot have PCOS. Yes, I have ovarian cysts, yes I don't have a regular cycle, NO she doesn't know why. *sigh...*

So it's back to the drawing board. She asked me to start a low-carb diet to prevent any further weight gain and hopefully reverse the damage that has already been done, told me it cannot possibly stem from a low-carb diet, so that will start after my sister leaves next weekend.

She told me to go back to my normal ob/gyn, and have him figure out what is causing the cysts. So pretty much I wasted my time for the last 2.5 months while I went from one endo to another and ended up with nothing to show for it.

**************************in other news****************************************

I registered for my classes!!! I am so psyched! I keep checking every day because there are 2 classes I am just DYING to take that are full... so I'm vulturing around waiting for someone to drop... one can always hope, right? I have until exactly my birthday to make my final decision on classes.

From my calculations I should finish school in 5 semesters or less. I might be kidding myself here, but I think it can be done. Then it will be on to graduate school, which I look forward to.

Not much else going on at the moment, my mom was here visiting and she is now back at home. I was really happy to get to spend time with her. This month is the month of awesomeness, I have my quarter century birthday in 28 days! I cannot believe how quickly I got to 25. I'm hoping to do something awesome like paintball or laser tag, which we did for my bro-in-law's birthday and had a BLAST!

I guess I'll look up fun birthday party ideas. I don't really have a wish list this year. It's weird, the older you get, the less you seem to want. Maybe that's because every time I have a true, affordable want, I buy it. Either way, I'll make an impossible dream list for my 2nd post today.