6 things

I'm not really ready to start a new work week, so I'll do this questionnaire instead :)

1. What did you do 10 years ago? Let's see...10 years ago it was June 1998. Oh boy...that was a rough time. I had just finished a very enlightening/traumatic/too-much-fun freshman year at college in Arkansas and I came back home to live with my parents for the summer. That was mistake #1. I was very angsty and unhappy and unsure of just about everything. I was listening to Ani DiFranco non-stop :) I got a job waiting tables at a crappy family restaurant, and stayed after hours every night to eat cheese steak sandwiches (the cook stayed after after hours, too) and drinking from the bar for free. I got caught halfway through the summer, which made July & August really uncomfortable months to spend at home. Man...I haven't thought about that summer in a long time. I wouldn't turn back the clock for a million bucks!

2. Five items on your to-do list:
  • Measure for and buy roller shades for the living room so no one can look in at night.
  • Get my turn signal replaced (this one's never going to happen)
  • Buy a hoola hoop (its my new strategy to get exercise)
  • Put quarter round on the baseboards in the whole house.
  • Pick a paint color for the den and paint it.

3. Snacks I enjoy: I am powerless against a big bag of chips. Can't stop once I start. Other favorites include hummus & pita, apples & peanut butter, chips & salsa, and those spicy Asian trail mixes with the crunchy pepper things.

4. What would you do if you were a billionaire?
  • Pay off any outstanding debt for me, my family, and my friends (student loans, mortgages, car payments, credit card debt).
  • Do tons of research and figure out some organizations to give some major bucks to.
  • Quit my job and do a bunch of traveling....Chicago, San Diego, Portland, Austin, Florida, New Mexico, Utah, NYC, Austria, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Germany, Tokyo...for openers ;)
  • Go back to school to study interior design or photography or ceramics or more printmaking.
  • Start some sort of business.
  • I wouldn't want to move, but I'd fix everything in the house that needs it. And I'd probably also want to get a second home in Florida and in Austin. Okay this is starting to depress me :) Next question!
5. Places I would live: Florida, Utah, New Mexico, Austin, Austria

6. Jobs I have had: "customer service specialist" at Eckerd Drugs (to this day, still one of my favorite jobs ever), server at Pargo's, babysitter for 2-4 year olds at Jewish community center (this one only lasted 2 weeks), canvasser/trainer for Clean Water Action, receptionist at environmental advertising agency, receptionist at design firm, hostess at Laura's Bluebonnet Kitchen (another favorite), cashier at TJ Maxx, cashier at Boston Market (worst ever), phone reservation taker for Days Inn, and a few other various boring office jobs.

By the way, last Friday I woke up completely OVER my too-long hair. It was ratty and cumbersome (my neck was sore from holding it up - seriously!), plus I hadn't had a haircut in 8 months, and I couldn't take it anymore. Luckily I was able to get in to see my favorite hairdresser ever, Jared, and he cut off 5 inches!! I feel like a new person.

He flat-ironed my hair (and gasped when I told him that was the first time I'd ever done that), but you get the idea. Today I fixed it my normal way and its bigger and curlier and more me. And it feels so much better! Sometimes change feels so good.

UPDATE: Here's a non-flat-ironed version of my new hair, just for you Lan :)

Deliciousness & The Fruit

I just discovered a new and delicious vegetarian treat, and I gotta share. Its from Quorn (the same company that made Seth's turk'y last thanksgiving), and its so freaking good -- Goat Cheese and Cranberry Chik'n Cutlets.

Oh man, these things are SO good. And really, anything involving goat cheese is pretty much an automatic winner in my book. I highly recommend them!

One other thing I forgot to mention yesterday about our "LA" trip - Seth and I had to board Ruby at the kennel for the first time ever while we were gone. I'll be the first to admit that I reacted pretty dramatically to the whole thing, but it really was hard for me to do. She hasn't been in a cage at a strange place with other dogs since I adopted her 9 1/2 years ago, and I was just so scared that she felt like we were abandoning her for good (plus I'm sure it was extra scary for her since she's blind). I cried in the car as we drove away, and I thought about her the whole time we were gone. It was especially hard when we got home on Sunday but couldn't pick her up until Monday morning...I didn't like being in the house without her one bit. It felt so empty!

Well, as you might have guessed, she survived the kennel with flying colors. When Seth and I were waiting for her at the end up this long hallway, we felt like we were at the end of an airport terminal, waiting to see her turn the corner :) She was SO excited to see us...she hopped around and licked and panted. And she STANK. When we got to the house, she raced right to her bowls and lapped up water like crazy. I don't know if I've ever seen her so excited!

She's been bathed since, and we've been giving her lots of love. She suuuure is glad to be home, can't you tell?


Beach bunnies

So after that no good day Thursday before last, I got the most awesome surprise that cheered me right up. I got home from work all ready to take a load off, when I saw this guy sitting a few feet away:

He has a mohawk! I stepped a little closer and realized that he wasn't alone:

I freaked out (of course), and even though I knew they probably would be gone when I got back, I went into the house to get my camera just in case they decided to stick around.

Well, they did stick around, and when I saw them facing each other, I knew they were about to play so I switched my camera over to video and I caught THIS:

Seriously, I can't tell you how excited I am to have caught this on video. I tell people all the time how cute the bunnies are when they play, but now I have proof! Plus, they did all this playing with me standing RIGHT. there. It blew my mind it was so cute.

In other animal news, Seth discovered that Chunk has a pal now too! This one is a little smaller, and Seth named her Rocky Rodent (Rhoda for short)....click on the picture to get a better look at these cute little groundhogs.

Seth and I just got back from "LA" (Lower Alabama) for a mini-family reunion, and it was great! I swear, I think being in the ocean jumping waves is my most favorite thing ever....I never feel as relaxed and exhilarated and peaceful as when I'm in the water. It was hard to leave it! The waves were really strong this time, which is unusual for the gulf, and I loved it. The only bad thing was that I got scorched the first day even though I was wearing 45 sunblock (my theory is that the waves washed it off), so for the rest of the trip I wore the works - hat, t-shirt, and zinc on my face. Of course it was great to be with the whole family. We had lots of laughs and it was just good to be together. Here are a few pictures of some highlights, including my nephew Alec's 4th birthday and a ride on a ferris wheel (my first!):

I didn't take any pictures at the beach this time because I forgot to get a disposable camera (I was too scared to take the digital with all that sand....especially when it had a memory card with over 1,000 pictures on it). But I think I got plenty anyway :)
Until next time!