Archive for December, 2008

2008? It's been nice knowing you.

December 31, 2008 - 11:09 pm No Comments

The end of the year is here, and tomorrow a new chapter begins. I have so much hope for this next year. There is much to look forward to. A new president, one who shares my views and my hope for this country. I’m moving back home to prepare for starting out on my own in a couple of months. And I’m ringing in the New Year in Nashville, with someone I love.

There are scary things, too. My brother Bryan deploys for Afghanistan in January. I am so scared. This year has potential to bring so much good, but also to be full of fear for my family.

Either way, I’m ready to embrace it. I want to be the strongest, bravest, most improved version of myself. I want to continue to grow and open my mind to other people’s ideas. I want to learn to love myself more, by shelving my own ego and putting others first. I want to be the kind of person I would want to know. I want to be filled with grace instead of negativity.

Be safe out there, kids.

We’re still here.

worry.

December 30, 2008 - 7:36 am No Comments

I hate packing for vacations. I always feel like I’m bringing too much. Or like I’m not packing in the best possible way. This whole thing where the laptop has to go through in it’s own bin? Stresses me out. Or the little baggie thing? For all your liquids and gels? Bah.

Because I don’t do the checking of luggage. I’m always afraid I’m not gonna get my shit back at the other end. Lol, which I guess means that I’m actually bringing less, because if I checked my suitcase, then I would bring an additional carry-on on top of my purse.

I have a tendency to overthink things.

And I hate to fly.

We’re still here.

I strongly dislike the Gig Harbor PD.

December 29, 2008 - 6:59 am 1 Comment

But on a more upbeat note: look! New shoes.

Yeah. I’m still bummed.

Laini’s Mom 3 gave her a crap-ton of Coach. I am insanely jealous of her three Coach wallets, two of which are big enough to hold a checkbook. I want a new Coach wallet. My little pink one is too small.

Okay. I’m done here. Peace out, playas.

We’re still here.

worst.day.EVER.

December 28, 2008 - 11:06 pm 1 Comment

So I had this minor speeding ticket, and I couldn’t afford to pay it right away. It was sent to collections, and my license was suspended.

Then I got a job, and I paid my ticket. Or so I thought. Apparently, I didn’t pay it all. I went to the DOL and renewed my license, paying a $25 fee for a new license, and $75 to unsuspend myself. I wrote a check for $100 on October 7th, I believe. Or the 6th. One of those two.

I’m driving back home from my mom’s house, when all of a sudden I get pulled over. I have no idea why, as I’m not speeding. Or driving erratically in any way.

Apparently my license is suspended. Still. Or again. I don’t know. I almost got arrested this afternoon. Arrested. The cop was a jerk, and I am a big fat fan of cops. They’ve never done anything but do right by me. Rushed out to my house when I needed them. Drove around my exboyfriend’s apartment the whole night while we slept because his creepy ex roommate with a APB out on him kept harassing us. But this cop? He was mean. And I tried to ask him questions because I was scared and confused, and he threatened to book me and impound my car if I continued to be noncompliant. I wanted to die.

I have a court date on January 14th, and tomorrow we are calling the different courts to see where exactly this ticket issue lies, and then hopefully going to pay the fines at the DOL. I hope that it will all get sorted out tomorrow, and I’ll be all set on the 14th. And I’m going to Nashville anyway, so I’m just gonna go hide out and forget this nonsense. From Tuesday when I get to the airport to the following Monday when I get back, well as far as I am concerned this business is not happening.

Boo.

By the way, they had my shoes.

We’re still here. (barely.)

naked blogging.

December 28, 2008 - 7:57 am 1 Comment

Lol, overshare?

I’m doing laundry so that I can pack for Nashville tomorrow night. I leave on Tuesday afternoon, from work. I can not wait.

My brother got me these really cute packing checklists from Urban Outfitters, and they totally mesh with my crazy OCD. I love how I am so anal that I highlight the things I want to pack, and then check them off as I put them in the suitcase. I’m crazy.

And by the way, do you see those finger nails? I got them done for my trip/New Year’s, and the color is plum noir. It’s the exact same color as the detailing on my purse. Love.

I’m currently sitting on my couch in a down comforter and my birthday suit (TMI?), watching the last episode of Sex and the City, Season 3. I’m daydreaming about a pair of shoes I almost bought today (some purplish suede Clark’s, sooo comfy). I am hoping to God they have them there tomorrow morning, but I’m also not holding my breath. Sales! Eeek. I returned a coat I got for Christmas and got a very cute, very large pair of Betsey Johnson sunglasses that Weezer will hate. I love them.

Don’t we look cute? I am not loving my hair at the moment, though. Ah well. I’m off to go dream about those shoes I wish I’d bought. Ugh. Mentally kicking myself over here.

We’re still here.

I'm in love.

December 26, 2008 - 6:32 am 2 Comments

Yes. Love.

I know the real meaning of Christmas is being with family, and celebrating Christ’s birth. But oh man…. This is sexy stuff.

We’re still here.

Merry Christmas, from my family to yours….

December 25, 2008 - 2:07 am No Comments

Man, aren’t the holidays exhausting?

I finished my final Christmas present this afternoon, right before I left for my mom’s for Christmas Eve. Being the product of a broken home means that my family does Christmas presents from each other at my mom’s house Christmas Eve. (Although, come to think of it, even when my parents were together we did family presents on Christmas Eve. And hell, Santa still comes to my mom’s Christmas morning, so I guess not much has changed!) Anyway, the point is, I think the present was wrapped for all of a couple of hours before being opened again.

I got new pajamas, which I am excited to bring to Nashville with me. They have elephants on them. Excellent.

I hope you all have an equally wonderful holiday.

We’re still here.

Just remember, we're making a memory.

December 22, 2008 - 10:01 pm 1 Comment

Is it overly optimistic that I keep peaking out the front window to check out the snow, and notice that our icicles are melting considerably? Or, you know, just neurotic? And you know, I know. Sure. It’s a whopping two whole degrees above freezing right now, but yeah, it’s supposed to be 29 degrees tonight. This will not improve my morning commute. I get that. But still. The damn icicles are melting.

This morning I woke up at 5 to a text message from Angela, wanting to know if I could drive her to the airport.

This made me very apprehensive, but I said yes anyway.

It took us about a half an hour to dig my car out of it’s permanent parallel parking spot in front of our house. At one point I was stuck halfway in the road. We don’t own a shovel, so she dug me out with a plate. I’m fretting. How am I going to get to work? And she keeps reminding me, we’re making memories! It would have been really funny if I hadn’t wanted to punch someone in the face.

So we finally get out, and after a quick stop at the local Forza, where we discussed the liklihood of Angela’s flight actually leaving with the baristas, we were on our way.

For those of us who know the area: we went down 21st and turned left on Pearl, getting on Highway 16 on the Pearl St entrance. It took forever. And you know? My car sucks. I got on the freeway, which was supposedly much better, and was still sliding all over the place. I had visions of a car accident on the way to SeaTac, or getting stuck in Auburn again. I told her what I should have said all along: I can’t do this. We got off on 19th, and headed up towards Jackson. I didn’t think we were going to make it through the traffic light at 19th and Mildred. My tires were just… spinning. Turning right on Jackson, we headed down to 17th which turns into 21st, and tried turning right onto our road. And got stuck. In more snow drifts. I ended up backing out (finally…) and driving up to Orchard, only to do a u-turn, coming back up 21st and ending up at Forza, almost where we started. I had to leave my car in a parking lot. I don’t like that. At all. I like things contained. That is far too spread out for me.

She ended up driving her Prius to the airport, getting there fine, and I assume taking off, since I haven’t heard otherwise. I have taken a nap. This much time spent by myself is not good for my sanity.

I’m about to go for a walk to my car and the grocery store nearby it. I have a movie rental to return.

And by the way, I was taking the trash out this morning, and how cute does this sound? I am wearing white thermal long johns with little jewel toned polka dot’s on them, a white cami under a pink thermal top, Ugg boots, and this ginormous green down coat with a fur lined hood that goes to my knees almost. What? You wish you were me? I know, my eccentric fashion sense is definitely conducive to jealousy. Don’t worry folks, there’s plenty of style here to go around.

We’re still here.

2008

December 21, 2008 - 10:54 pm No Comments

1-?Where? did you begin? 2008???
I worked New Year’s Eve, so I was at home by midnight, ready to go to sleep.

2-?What was your statu?s by Valen?tine’??s Day?
In a dysfunctional relationship with a single father of a 11 year old girl. Oy.

3-?Were you in schoo?l anyti?me this year???
Yes, I graduated from the University of Washington this year with my Bachelor’s in Social Welfare.

4-?Did you have to go to the hospi?tal???
Yeah. I went to the ER once because I am crazy and my Lithium levels were too low. Funny, now that I am not taking any medication at all I haven’t had to go to the ER once.

5-?Did you have any encou?nters? with the polic?e???
Nope.

6-?Where? did you go on vacat?ion???
Nashville twice, San Francisco once, and Portland once.

7-?What did you purch?ase that was over $??100???
Huh. I don’t know that I purchased anything that was over $100.

8-?Did you know anybo?dy who got marri?ed??
Yes, my friend Amanda got married and had a baby.

9-?Did you know anybo?dy who passe?d away???
No.

10-?Did you move anywh?ere???
I moved to Tacoma.

11-?What sport?ing event?s did you atten?d???
None.

12-?What conce?rts/?shows? did you go to?
Sia, Gogol Bordello, Jason Mraz and New Kids on the Block.

13-?Descr?ibe your birth?day:?
Richard flew out from Nashville. He and I spent the day in my hometown with Laini, Kaleb and Lilli. My family and friends had a small party at my house in Tacoma, and then Richard, Angela and I went to see Gogol Bordello in Seattle.

14-?What is the one thing? you thoug?ht you would? not do, but did, in 2008???
Fly to Nashville to visit someone I met on the internet, and then fall in love with him.

15-?What has been your favor?ite momen?ts??
There are sooo many. Making up with Laini is one, meeting Richard is another. Graduating, finally!

16-?Any new addit?ions to your famil?y:?
Not as such.

17-?What was your best month???
Either June or October. This one is pretty good, though.

18-?Who has been your best drink?ing buddy? ?
Well, when I go drinking, Dana is usually my go to drinking buddy.

20-?Favor?ite Night?s out?
Sia with Angela, Opryland with Richard, Twilight and Mojitos with Laini and Angela.

21-?Other? than home,??where? ?did you spend? most of your time???
My mom’s or Laini’s. Or work, lol.

22-?Have you lost any frien?ds this year???
Not really, no.

23-?Chang?ed your hairs?tyle???
Um, hi. Have you met me?

24-?Have any car accid?ents???
No, thank God.

25-?How old did you turn this year???
26.

26-?Do you have a New Years? resol?ution? ?
No.

27-?Do anyth?ing embar?rassi?ng???
Probably. I can’t think of anything off the top of my head.

28-?Buy anyth?ing new from eBay???
Just Richard’s camera.

30-?Get arres?ted???
Nope.

31-?Go snowb?oardi?ng??
I don’t know how!

32-?Did you get sick this year???
Yes. Like, a week ago, actually.

33-?Are you happy? ?to see 2008 go?
I’m ambivalent.

34-?Been naugh?ty or nice???
Probably a little of both.

35-?What kind of phone? did you have??
Um, a pink one. I’ve had three. They were all pink.

36-?Did you date anybo?dy??
Yes.

We’re still here.

Okay, fine. You win. Let it snow, already!

December 21, 2008 - 9:18 pm No Comments

Okay, Winter. You win. I’ve resigned myself to just loving this snow for what it is, and relaxing about everything else. If I can’t get to work tomorrow? Then I can’t get to work tomorrow. I’ll survive, and so will they.

It helps, I think, that I’m at my own house, and I’ve done laundry and cleaned up, so I have nothing to do except sit back, relax, and enjoy this winter snowstorm.

This morning I walked a couple of blocks to the grocery store to rent a movie. They didn’t have the movie I wanted (P.S. I Love You, don’t judge me Weezer) so I rented The Women (stop judging me, Weezer!) instead. Then I stopped at Game Stop to buy a certain 12 year old boy his Christmas present. Once I finish knitting my mom’s present, then I will be done. I would like to point out that I did the handmade thing this year, and I made gifts for my mom, my dad, both of my brothers, my step mom, my step sister, my god-babies, my laini, my adina, angela, and my grandma. I ended up buying Joe’s present, Weezer’s present (because I can’t make a Kodak Brownie Reflex, I fail) and something to go along with Laini’s present. I am quite proud.

Anyway, I stopped at Forza on my way home for a cup of coffee, and now here I am, in my cozy sweats, sitting in the chair in my room watching it snow.

Here is a picture of my backyard:

We’re still here.