24 December 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone! Have a blessed holiday wherever you are!

19 December 2008

another long list.

Things I’ve Done. To participate just copy and paste in your own blog, and bold all of the things you have done.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyworld
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty (You can’t anymore)
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen an eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (as far as you can go)
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square on news years
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London7
7. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

16 December 2008

No, I don't hate you...but right now I just don't like you

one of my favorite real bloggers, vlachster, posted this the other night. She's a fun coworker and I wish that we worked in the same office...and she's got quite the eclectic music taste, too! So, here's what I've got...if you need to warm yourself up, fill in some time while you're snowed in, or just want to have some fun...

1. Put your iPod (or media player) on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
4. Tag you're it-- if you want a musical mental break.

I do Believe ~ Steven Curtis Chapman

Lo Que Paso Paso ~ Daddy Yankee

If Only ~ Hanson (hmm...if only what?)

It All Goes Wrong ~ Everclear (so true, it was a day like that!)

Name ~ Goo Goo Dolls (what, everyone will know my name?)

Rooftop (Instrumental) ~ Newies Soundtrack

Closing Time ~ Semisonic (hmm....)

Corazon Espinado ~ Mana/Carlos Santana

Seize the Day ~ Carolyn Arends (now the secret is out!)

The Midnight Cry ~ Dordt College Music Department (hmm, is the title or the artist the worst thing that could happen??)

My Worst Fear ~ Rascal Flatts (interesting...)

Yakko's Universe ~ Yakko Warner (true, some might say I regret having this song on my iTunes...)

Big Girls don't Cry ~ Four Seasons

Everything ~ Michael Buble (gosh, I hope not!)

8 ~ Everybody Duck

The Ballad of the Green Berets ~ Sgt Barry Sadler

WHAT IS 2+2?
Falling Slowly ~ Once Soundtrack (yes, it is falling slowly out of my brain...)

Es Mentira ~ Pimpinela

Hate this Place ~ Goo Goo Dolls (there is some truth to that currently...)

God's Been Good to Me ~ Keith Urban (true that!)

Hairbrush Song ~ Veggie Tales (take that for what you will...)

Happy Days Theme ~ Happy Days (true, their days were happier...)

It's Not Just Me ~ Rascal Flatts (I know it's not just me...)

Somewhere In Between ~ Lifehouse (I think this may be true...)

If Only She Knew ~ O.A.R

Which to Bury, Us or the Hatchet - Relient K

12 December 2008

microsoft word speech recognition

When a man put the theme song to "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" on and had Microsoft Word transcribe it, here is what follows (this will make any true child of the 80's/90's laugh!)

Subject: My first experience with Microsoft Speech Recognition
Date: Sun, 07 Dec 2008

This is a story all about how
My left at floods turned upside down
And like to commend it just sitting right there
To tell you how the team approves the time called dollar.

In West Philadelphia born and raised on the playgrounds were spent most of my days,
Chillum out Maxson relax and all cool
to shoot some people outside of the school.
When a couple of guys were up to no good
started making trouble in the neighborhood

I get in one little fight and the mom got scared,
She said you move in with your aunt and uncle in dollar

I wasn’t for a cab and one each in your
The license plates of fresh and it had base in the mirror
If anything, I can say that this cab was rare,
But I thought, now a forgets, you know home to Bel air

I pulled up to the house around seven or eight
And I yield to the cabbie your Halsey Smalley later
Look at my kingdom I was finally there
Consider my thrown as the prince of Bel air.

11 December 2008

Christmas Songs

Very important question here for you. What are your favorite Christmas songs? Specifically, I want one "fun" one and one "Christmassy" one (i.e. you sing it in church or whatever).

I'll start us off...

My favorite Christmassy song is "Joy to the World." I love singing harmony on that song.

My favorite fun song is "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas". Check out the YouTube video...it is classic!

10 December 2008

chow, wine, chill, gifts, sleep, work.

I am going to give you more posts more often. Because I think that's exciting.

I had a few thoughts that I wanted to share with you from the past few days...

1. Puppy chow is addicting. I never like the sound or look of it, but once I start eating it, I can't stop.

2. Wine bottles with corks are hard to open when you don't own a cork screw. I guess that's proof that I only buy Arbor Mist for myself, which has a screw cap for a lid...

3. It's cold in Minnesota in the winter. Especially when you are attempting to be dazzled by the Holidazzle parade.

4. No matter how often I say that I am going to buy less gifts this year, somehow I still have a massive list of people to buy for and I'm never sure what to get...

5. I still sleep during movies. Ones I've seen, ones I haven't seen...in my house, in the theater, at someone else's house...I have no control over my sleeping habits.

6. It's hard to work until 8pm and then have to be to work at 8am the next day.

Those are my thoughts. If you are reading this and expecting a Christmas gift from me, you might be disappointed. My words are my gift to you. Unless you get a gift from me. Then you're lucky!

06 December 2008

bits and pieces, odds and ends

It's been a really long time since I've posted.

First, I want to share that I went to Chicago over Thanksgiving and it was FANTASTIC! I got to see my chicas from my semester abroad once more and we hung out in Allison's studio apartment, went salsa dancing, went to see Wicked, checked out the city, ate deep dish stuffed pizza, and more. It was a great weekend. Check out some of the pictures from the weekend here.

Secondly, well, I guess it's time to drop the ball. About 2 months ago I met a boy. We dated. This week we stopped dating. For the most part, I am coming around and saying that it was for the best. It was definitely a difficult decision to make (his to make), but in the end, I think I would have made the same decision. It's been interesting going through all the stages...angry, sad, regretful, questioning, angry again.

Now that it's done, I'm still glad that it happened. I'm glad because now I've had my first relationship. Now I know some more about things that I am and am not looking for in a guy. And the truth is, I think we will still be able to be friends in the end of all of this. I am hopeful for that.

These flowers that my parents sent to give me a "boost" yesterday, are also getting me into the holiday spirit:

Thanks, Mom and Dad! They are now the replacement for my Christmas tree in my apartment :)

03 November 2008

all eyes are on...

Your time has come my friends...
Raise your voice, be heard, and vote - TODAY!
On an awesome note: The lady who lives down the street from me was standing in line in front of me to vote. The line at our polling place was out the room, out the front doors, and past the gate. She turned and said to me, "I've been voting here at the same place for over 30 years, and I've never seen this many people in line to vote!"

08 October 2008


It's been a while, I'll be the first to admit. Sorry about that.

Life has been good - my weekends have been busy filled with plenty to do. One weekend I had a retreat with the middle schoolers from church. That was a blast minus the part where I fell off a merry-go-round. Ouch. Last weekend I went home to Iowa for an extended visit, which was nice and relaxing. I got to sleep a lot, which I needed because I'd had a crazy week. Here are a few pictures of my mom and me attempting to get good pictures together...

This is the part where I'm pretty sure I told her something funny right before I took the picture....
And here we were just being plain ridiculous...

But here, we took a good picture!

'Twas a lovely visit home and it was nice to be there during the fall time. Hope you're all doing well.

18 September 2008

just when I said I wouldn't go back....

I know we all say we won't go back to school...

But I'm thinking of going back to school. The University of Minnesota has a program in translation and interpretation that I'm thinking about getting involved in. It's a 2-year program where you take one night class a week. I won't be able to start until next summer or next fall (either would work - if I start in the summer I would have one semester off in the middle), but it's an exciting prospect to think about possibly going back to school and adding to my experience. And it would probably make me more marketable to the area that I'm interested in...

So anyway, that's what's new with me this week. I've been thinking about it for a while, but now I'm finally thinking in a pretty certain way that this is what I'll do. Now it's time to start saving up!

13 September 2008


tried to post this directly from YouTube but something wouldn't work...

Check out this YouTube video of Brad and Colin from Whose Line is it Anyway? This video puts my mouse conundrum into perspective...

11 September 2008

pictures...por fin!

Good news for you and for me...pictures have finally arrived, with a bit of patience and a good night of internet connections. Here for your enjoyment! (Oh, and forgive the small size, but that's all I could do to get them uploaded...)My bedroom (and bed frame, huzzah!) plus my desk from a desk swap...
New dresser from Ikea, plus Puerto Rican lamp and Panamanian painting...
Living room - hand-me-down couch plus Panama molas
Kitchen - stove, sink, fridge...now you've seen the kitchen!!
Dining room (which is in th esame area as the kitchen and living room) with spectacular curtains courtesy of my mom
Family visit...I promise, my mom wasn't trying to take out my dad...but, that's the kind of pictures you get when you set the camera on timer!

05 September 2008

pictures and more

Hello Friends,

It's been a while since I've posted. I've been busy with moving, getting settled, etc. It was a good move, although long and arduous and full of muscle soreness and bruises. Reminds me that I don't want to move again any time in the near future!

Things are going well at the new apartment. I've officially been sleeping here for about a week and a half, and have been here all by myself, except for a newly discovered roommate with four legs, whiskers, and goes by the name of Mickey the Mouse. We're working on getting rid of him... ;)

I was going to post pictures, but my internet connection is horribly slow right now at home. I'm working on fixing that, or at the very least trying to find out if I can change that! Anyway, pictures will come soon...maybe this weekend or in the coming week once I can get to a better internet connection...until then you'll just have to visualize Mickey and me hanging out in my apartment, drinking tea, reading a book, and watching the slow, slow internet :)

23 August 2008

where do I begin? it's been a crazy little while lately, but all in all, a good crazy.

my lease began at my new apartment on the 15th, so I'm slowly/quickly moving things into the apartment. I'm waiting for paint to be put on the walls, since my landlord prefers that I not do the painting myself.

last night we had our "final" roommate time together before we're all moved out. it was a great time filled with laughter, food, self-taken photos, good drinks, fun games, awesome dessert, and all 5 of us sleeping in the living room together.

you can check out all sorts of pictures here

on tuesday, i will be moving the rest of my things, hopefully, and will start sleeping at my new apartment! huzzah!

that's all for now. hope you're doing well!

11 August 2008

this week

it becomes official. i'll have a new apartment which i'll slowly move into for the rest of the month. because i chose to be crazy like that?

It's our last few days/weeks together as a house, something that I'm becoming sad about. Here we are on a city tour, picture courtesy of Christy's iPhone.

I love Minneapolis and my roommates.

Hope you're well.

01 August 2008

one of those days

we've all had them. one of those days where it seems like nothing can go right. you get a headache because you're frustrated, you're either way too busy or not busy at all, and no one seems to do anything the way they're supposed to.

i'm having one of those days. where a fun paint project at work turned into a nightmare. where no one did their jobs and informed us of important information, making us look completely incompetent. where multiple people accused me of not doing my job, which just so happens to be 5% of my entire job duties and i'm doing the best that I can.

it makes me head hurt. it makes my coworker's stomach feel sick. and it makes me want to leave this office, go to the park, sit under a try, and have nothing to do with the world. why can't adults be competent at doing their jobs, when it's the easiest job in the world to do?

23 July 2008

random thoughts

it's been a while since I posted. here are some things that happened since then:

- volunteered at camp for a week. Not quite sure yet if I worked more or had more fun, but it was a good experience
- hung out with some good friends. craziness. check out Facebook to see the photos of camp and craziness, combined into one.
- Mom is still up and down - we're waiting to hear on a second opinion from Mayo
- Found a new apartment! I'll be moving in between August 15th and 30th, so I'll have a nice chunk of transition time

Do you want my future address? Do you want to tell me something? Let me know and I'll hook you up with whatever you need :)

09 July 2008

mi mama

Most of you know...but if you don't, please pray for my mom, and here's the story:

My mom has been having headaches for over 9 weeks now. At first we thought they were just the result of jet lag and having returned from Taiwan. Soon, we realized it must be something more, since they weren't going away. After lots of tests, they finally determined she's been leaking spinal fluid from somewhere - the question is, where?

While they attempt to find out where the leak is, my mom continues on with headaches, at least one a day, and lives on pain killers. As you can imagine, it's frustrating to not be able to work or get around as easily as she would like.

Her next test is this coming Tuesday, unfortunately postponed from this week, which means even more waiting.

Please pray for her - I believe in the power of prayer and the strength in numbers. She and I will both appreciate your prayers.

03 July 2008

a list of thoughts

1. Lawn games are a blast, especially ones easily learned

2. Trying out some soft contacts this weekend. Not so bad...yet.

3. Mosquitoes are out in full form this summer. Bug bites already in the double digits

4. Iowa should try out having more lakes, like Minnesota does.

5. Movies in the park are fun, free, and great to hang out with friends

6. Headaches are not fun, especially when had for 8+ weeks....pray for my mom

7. It's okay to be at home 3 weekends in a row.

8. I'm going to miss my roommates

9. Work slows down in the summer

10. Even after college, I still know how to procrastinate

11. Apartment hunting is a lot of work, especially when you know what you want.

12. Puppies are adorable and love to give kisses.

13. Unexpected e-mails from old friends are wonderful.

17 June 2008

'twas the day before last

'twas my birthday on Sunday. It was a great day, filled with wonderful things:
- went to lunch with a good friend, followed by some shopping and then seeing her new place
- got a surprise visit from a family friend, including flowers ordered by my parents, delivered straight to me! They smell even better than they look :)
- went for a great walk with roommate, stopped for some wonderful ice cream, and walked back home

I also received lots of great phone calls, birthday wishes, facebook messages and notes on my wall - thank you! It was a good birthday!

10 June 2008


spent two weekend ago with the two above lovely ladies, plus a husband (not mine!)
click on the picture to see more pictures from hanging out, Sarah's office, and a winery visit

spent last weekend with these crazy ladies. i haven't laughed like that in a long time, which is why i love them so much. click on the picture for more.

04 June 2008


time change. everyone's favorite. just came back from an excellent excursion to salem, or. it was good to see Sarah, Neil, and Denise. The last who was so kind as to drive 5 hours to see us for only 24 hours. Thanks, Denise!

Went to work at 8am this morning - woke up at 6:30, but sure felt like it was more like 4:30am! Even when it's not that big of a time change, I still feel the difference. It was a lot easier going the other way, that's for sure.

It's June now, you know. Doesn't really feel like summer to me, though. But, I'm getting some lovely visitors - both Dani and Rachel coming to see me this weekend, and I'm excited for the visit - it will be well worth it!

It seems that in the summer, people's weekends are busier. I suppose that makes sense. At least mine are busier and more filled, probably because I'm more willing to go outside.

Now, if only I can figure out how to use as little gas as possible this summer...I will be a superhero!

22 May 2008

meet our newest roommate

Meet Rocky. Rocky decided to become our roommate this morning. After fighting/"playing soccer" in our ceiling around 5:45 this morning, Rocky managed to get into the duct work in our ceiling. After running around, my roommate opened the bathroom door and...

Rocky fell out of an open vent onto our dining room table.

That's right my friends, Rocky was in our house this morning. Ran around the dining room, the kitchen. After my roommate called our landlord, they tried to chase him out of an open window. Soon enough, Rocky was running around frantic for escape, so he ran up into my roommate's room, under the door, and introduced himself. She was not impressed, nor did she return the favor!

Rocky finally ran out of an open window, but not before traumatizing our house. We made a house decision to stay at 5 girls in the house. No squirrels. Hopefully we'll patch up some holes and finally solve this problem.

17 May 2008


After warning from Sheriff, Family of autistic child attends different church
(Lora Pabst, www.startribune.com)

The mother of a 13-year-old autistic boy who was banned by a court order from attending services at a Roman Catholic church in Bertha, Minn., woke up Sunday determined to take her son to mass.

But Carol Race changed her mind when Todd County Sheriff Pete Mikkelson met her at the end of her driveway Sunday and told her she would be arrested if she brought her son, Adam, into the Church of St. Joseph.

Instead, Race took Adam and her four other children to mass at Christ the King Church in nearby Browerville, Minn. "It occurred to me that if I step foot in [St. Joseph], they will arrest me and I won't end up going to mass anyway," she said.

She is scheduled to appear in court today over a citation she received last week for violating the restraining order by taking Adam to church on Mother's Day.

The dispute has drawn attention to what Race and advocates for the disabled say is a lack of education and understanding about autism. Race said that even though her son, who is home-schooled, sometimes acts up in church, the experience benefits him.

"He has a sense of the routine," she said. "That's one of the beautiful things about the Catholic mass for autistic individuals, its routine."

The Rev. Daniel Walz, who did not return calls left at the Church of St. Joseph parish office, wrote in court documents that Adam's behavior was "extremely disruptive and dangerous." He alleged that Adam, who is more than 6 feet tall and weighs over 225 pounds, spits and urinates in church and has nearly injured children and elderly people.

In an affidavit, Walz wrote: "The parish members and I have been very patient and understanding. I have made repeated efforts through Catholic Education Ministries, Caritas Family Services, and most recently, sought to try and mediate the matter with the family to ask them to voluntarily not bring Adam to church, but it has been to no avail." The Diocese of St. Cloud said in a statement that the restraining order, issued May 9, was "a last resort."

Race said Walz's descriptions of Adam's behavior illustrate that he understands little about autistic behavior and how to address it. She said that Walz used language like "urinate" to describe an incontinence problem that Adam sometimes has which is no worse than that an elderly person or a young child might have.

Adam's parents sometimes tie his hands and feet with fabric restraints, which Race said is a technique used by other families and school personnel who work with autistic children. At Sunday's service in Browerville, Race said Adam participated in the service, kneeling with the congregation and accompanying family members when they went up front to take communion.

Carol Race said that her husband, John, attended mass at St. Joseph's on Saturday evening without his family and had stayed home Sunday morning because the family wanted to ensure that one parent would be available to care for the children if Carol were arrested.

The restraining order will remain in place for one year.

The Races haven't decided whether they will attend another parish. "My primary focus is to do the right thing, according to what God wants me to do," Carol Race said. "Without church every Sunday, my family life would have fallen apart. This is what sustains us."

Sheriff Mikkelson said he sent deputies to Sunday's service in case the Races tried to violate the restraining order.

"It was an uncomfortable thing, and we didn't want to get involved," he said. "She heeded our warning. Now, hopefully, this will get resolved through our courts."

14 May 2008

All Creatures Great and Small?!

On the way home from Iowa this weekend, a deer and my car had a meeting. Poor Ruby Garcia took some of the damage, the damage to the deer is unknown. Didn't really want to go back and see if it was alive or dead, so I chose to just not look at all. Pictures follow of dear old Ruby, who is now at the shop getting fixed so she can be good as new.

edit: I'm okay. No harm done to human. :)

Luckily, the car was still driveable, so I was able to get all the way home and to/from work yesterday. Now I'm without a car until Monday or Tuesday of next week. Alas.

05 May 2008

good ole bobby dylan

I'm remind of the ole bobby dylan and his song, "The Times They Are A-Changin'"

Just seems like a lot of things around me are changing:

- My coworker moved this past weekend
- My best friend is moving across the country this week
- Dordt students are graduating this week
- My sister is going to Brazil today!

Plus a lot of other good things are going on as well! It's finally spring weather, which means open windows, spring air, and the sound of the ice cream truck and kids playing outside.

Our neighbor kids were all over the place this weekend. They love the outdoors and I could hear them playing through our open windows - laughing, yelling, crying - all of the typical childhood sounds. It was downright wonderful!

On another note, if you know of anyone who needs translation/interpretation work done, I'm in the market for such work. I'm hoping to start doing more of it. I had wanted to do it at my job now, but apparently due to "legal issues", that's not allowed.

Anyway, hope you're doing well wherever you may be. Enjoy the weather, enjoy the creation. Life is good right now!

25 April 2008


amazing marketing.

today, this man walked into out office. he said, "we're the new hardware store down the street and we're giving out free lunches today."

so, on the day when i brought no lunch to work because I'm out of groceries....free food down the street! Tortas, Chips, and Coca-Cola. Straight after my own heart, I tell you.

amazing marketing - now I'll only ever want to do my hardware store shopping there.

22 April 2008


hi there. how are you doing? I hope you're doing well.

life lately has been busy but not terribly exciting. a general week follows:

mondays: work, relax, chill
tuesdays: work, arabic class, roommate time
wednesdays: work, tutoring
thursdays: work, aerobic class
fridays: work
weekends: clean, attempt to do free laundry somewheres, go for bike rides/walks, hang out, spend time with roomie

that's life lately. not very exciting, but at least semi-busy. how about you?

06 April 2008

Under the Same Moon / La Misma Luna

If you can, you should go see Under the Same Moon / La Misma Luna. It's in limited release right now, but it's a fantastic movie that deals with immigration as well as family issues. It was both dramatic, stressful, touching, and romantic.

Even if it doesn't sound like your type of movie, I highly recommend it. It's in Spanish with English subtitles and was the most fantastic movie I've seen in a very long time.

Go see it.

24 March 2008

for please....

Happy Belated Easter to you all.

Also, I usually have pictures on my computer desktop, and if any of you are interested in e-mailing me (or sending me a link of) good pictures of yourself or good pictures in general, please do so.

Or if you'd like to send me actual tangible photos, that is welcome, too - I happen to have a bulletin board right by my desk.

You can conveniently e-mail me at nclmtmn (at) gmail.com, or post links on the comments.

I look forward to jazzing up my computer background!

19 March 2008

Insanity Factors

What follows is my own personal list of factors that are bound to cause insanity at the workplace:

1. Chronic, frustrating situations: This may vary depending on your job situation, but one will find that even the smallest frustration that happens repeatedly will end up driving you crazy.

2. Working inside when the weather is nice: Increasingly, people walk into the office to tell me, "It's so nice outside," or "The sun is great". Personally, I wish they would say, "The weather outside is miserable, be glad you're inside." At least then, I wouldn't feel so quarantined.

3. Having someone call repeatedly: We have people who like to call about 8 times in 2 hours for the same person, after we've told them they're either out or unavailable. They think we don't know it's them, but we do.

4. The hang-up: Lately it's been a favorite for people to hang up on us when we call. Being suddenly disconnected when you're only trying to be helpful is just so comforting!

5. Working alone: Maybe you like it, but when I come in to work with the expectation of being with people, and then hearing "Oh, so-and-so is going to be late" or "I'm actually leaving early," and you're suddenly doing the job of 2 people...mm, what joyous fun!

6. The lack of sleep factor: Whether you didn't go to bed on time, you didn't get up on time, you could hear noises in your house, or you just couldn't sleep, that tiredness factor will get me every time. It seems like all I can think about is, "Man, I'm tired!"

7. The lack of caffeine factor: Related to the lack of sleep factor is the lack of caffeine factor. When I forget my coffee or don't drink enough, it doesn't matter how much I drink later in the day to make up for it, I'm a goner for functionality.

8. Consistent beeping noises: Today someone came to look at our security system. While he messed with it, the system beeping continuously in the background, just loud enough for me to hear and wish it would STOP, STOP RIGHT THIS INSTANT! :)

So, that's my own personal list of things that are bound to cause insanity in the workplace. Isolated incidents, they don't usually bother me. It's when all of these things happen at the same time, I start to wonder if I'm still a sane person...or maybe I've never been sane..??

What about you? Do you still claim sanity?

11 March 2008

Top 10...

This is borrowed from a metroblogger who wrote about his time in Texas and the comments people not from the Twin Cities made to him when they found out he was from the Twin Cities. If you're from the TC area, you'll understand what he means...it holds true to lots of places in the midwest, to be honest...

So for your reading pleasure...

1. Wow, it must be warmer here, even though it’s been cold in Austin this week.
2. Life must go by very slowly there compared to (insert where idiot person lives).
3. Grumpy Old Men is my only reference for Minnesota.
4. The person I’m rooming with at my town is from Minnesota. Her name is Zara. What? You don’t know her.
5. I was there once. Actually, just in the airport. It was okay.
6. Oh, well I’m sure you can’t wait to leave there.
7. Do you like the Vikings? I’m a Patriots fan.
8. I love Fargo.
9. The Twin Cities have a vibrant arts scene. I bet it’s great living there.
10. Where is that again?

25 February 2008

Oh, so funny.

This site is hilarious, and also true. I find myself nodding to a lot of things on this blog thinking, "Yup, that's me!"

Stuff White People Like

So, in honor of that, I'd just like to say, I'm voting for Barack Obama, and once I'm done, I'm taking my fair trade coffee and moving to Canada while I listen to Mos Def. ;)

19 February 2008

and so they all become critics

I joined Netflix this weekend.

Reject movies: Suburban Girl; El Crimen Ferpecto

Winners: Wedding for Bella; Spellbound

Netflix is my new best friend.

The Song of the Day blog has been resurrected to remind you of my ecelectic taste.

06 February 2008

LA pictures

Go here to check out pictures from LA!

I was photographer for most, some were done by Jack.

05 February 2008


Job = Good
Life = Good

It's all good right now. Just thought I'd let you know.

29 January 2008

Minnesota Cold (Part 2) Pounding a Nail with a Frozen Banana

Plus, this week's exciting forecast:

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around -20. Wind chill values between -38 and -43. Blustery, with a west northwest wind between 15 and 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

Wednesday: Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 4. Wind chill values between -33 and -43. West northwest wind between 7 and 10 mph.

when your little dreams come reality....


1. Went to an 8am orientation for work downtown. After finally finding parking and getting there, I was ecstatic to know that in one short month, I can have health insurance. Dental insurance. Life insurance. Paid time off.

2. Was inspired by another new employee who talked about working for a non-profit being her dream since she'd graduated from college. I'm so thankful that I was able to get into the non-profit world faster than many.

3. Met many employees at my office - too many to remember! Every single one of them nice, ecstatic to meet me (even if they just came down for the donuts and fruit!)

4. Encouraged as my supervisor commented that I "catch on fast" and she's willing to let me learn things at my pace

5. I have a computer account and e-mail address, soon will have a direct phone number.

6. Went to a dinner for one of my volunteer places. Took a student home, she makes my day every time I see her.

7. Went to bed early, only to realize my work day doesn't start until 10am!

It's a good start to the week, didn't encounter "a case of the Mondays" - my pipe dream of working for a non-profit has finally come to truth. It will be a long road still, but there I am.

27 January 2008

good things, every day...

in no particular order....

1. Enjoying wonderful California weather while it was barely (or sometimes not even) 0 degrees in Minneapolis.
2. Seeing a best friend in happy situations when we expected sad situations...
3. Anticipating the start of a new job in under 24 hours.
4. Cereal nights!
5. Seeing mission-style architecture
6. Getting to know my sister (-in-law) better.
7. Loving on some dogs
8. Dreaming of owning my own dog someday
9. The weather looking up, at least for a little while
10. Laughing, laughing, and more laughing

It's been a good long while. God is so good.

12 January 2008

the times, they are a changin'

Hello friends.

I have exciting news for you! I will be starting a new job 2 weeks from Monday! I just found out yesterday that I got a job with a non-profit agency working as the front desk receptionist/hotline answerer.

So, that means, without having to go into major explanation, that I have 2 weeks off before I start a new job! I'll be seeing my dad, going to LA to see brother and sister-in-law, and then my best friend and almost-sister will be coming to see me right before I start my job!

I'm super excited and would love to post more about it later, but I thought I would let fellow readers know that I'm switching jobs! And, thanks to those of you who put up with a lot of complaining, tears, and frustration. Hopefully that will be gone from my life in regards to my job for a while!

Hope you are all doing well, also :)

08 January 2008

a real-life anecdote:

For those of you looking for some humor, give this one a try:

As of yesterday afternoon, my boss tells everyone that we'll be having our "Holiday Party" on Tuesday night. This hereby qualified as our 28 hours' notice. He tells us vaguely that we'll be going to "Buca" although he doesn't know where. We'll be leaving at 5pm.

At 5pm, we're waiting in the front of the office for our boss to show up. A variety of people have either real or made-up excuses as to why they are not coming. The rest of decide we want the free food. We soon discover that our boss is in the other room getting a chiropractic adjustment. So we have to wait for him in order to go.

Then, deducing that only he knows how to get to the restaurant, the rest of us agree to follow him. Being the entirely individualistic society that we are, WE ALL TAKE SEPARATE CARS. That's right, separate cars.

We then proceed to follow my boss, who puts on his hazard lights for the entire trip, going roughly 20 mph in a 40mph zone. On our way there, we then turn around in a random parking lot, him leading with 4 cars behind him, following.

We eventually arrive at the restaurant to eat Italian (which tasted very good, by the way!), but not before laughing at how ridiculous we were!

On a more nostalgic note, some picture from a visit from dear Becca this past weekend:Happy to see each other!

Sad that Sarah can't be here with us!