Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Novemeber 30th

Today I am grateful for the amazing accounting firm I work for. I can take time off to accomplish goals for myself. Some do not have this luxury. I am blessed and thankful.

Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29

Today I am grateful for advil. My head has been killing me all morning and now I finally have relief. Thank you God for making the man who invented Advil.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

November 28

I am thankful for Christmas trees. They bring loved ones together, smell fantastic and serve as a constant reminder to be grateful for everything around you and of the sacrifices that are made so that we may live eternally.

Friday, November 26, 2010

November 26

I am grateful for Amazon.com. I can do all my shopping online and I do not have to stand in lines, leave my apartment and its good company or be trampled on in the stampedes that were shown on the news for a deal on Black Friday. I'm actually done with my Christmas shopping already. I feel so accomplished.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

November 25

I spent my day sick in bed. I am thankful for my brother and sisters today who came to keep me company on this Thanksgiving Holiday and for my Rakesh who came home early to spend part of today with me after visiting with his family in Austin.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

November 24

I am grateful for phones today. If it werent for phones, I wouldnt have been able to talk to my Grandma today. I miss seeing her as much as I used to as a kid. Life seems to be getting busier and busier. I wish it werent something that was true for everyone. We all seem to get so wrapped up in the day to day we forget to stop and make time to breathe and enjoy the company of our loved ones. I am happy tomorrow is Thanksgiving and that I'll get to spend some time with family.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

November 23rd

I am thankful for my ability to walk. Too often I take for granted the simplest things that I just expect to have in this life. Today I wish to express that I do appreciate those small things that can make such a huge difference in our lives.

Bride's Tragic Accident


Monday, November 22, 2010

November 22nd

Today I am grateful for my friends. Without them I'd have so much less in my life, between quality and quantity, friends have enriched my life. I am so thankful.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

November 9th

I am thankful for parking garages! Seems trivial yes, but on rainy days like today, it's the best thing ever! GO PARKING GARAGE!!! :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

November - A Month of Thanks

I had a fantastic time hanging out with family (you included, Jaya - lol) this weekend at Fort Hood. Rakesh and I spent time with family, after I did some work, and enjoyed a very powerful concert series, which inspired this post.

So in remembrance of the Fallen 13 of Fort Hood in November 2009 and celebration of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I commit to a month of gratitude and thanks for November.

To catch up (since it is the 8Th), listed below are 8 of God's many blessings upon me and my life, which I wish to express gratitude. I encourage you to do the same. If not in blog form, maybe just in prayer or expression to a loved one. :)

1. I am thankful for my health. Life can be so difficult when one lacks good health. God has blessed me with no serious challenges thus far and I am so grateful.
2. I am thankful for the men that stand on walls in this country and other countries so that I can rest my head at night with a sense of security. There is no greater self sacrifice in my book.
3. I am thankful for my job. Even though I struggle to enjoy it, I am grateful that I have one when so many do not.
4. I am thankful for Rakesh (my enduring/permanent boyfriend - lol We'll get married eventually). Rakesh has been my rock. Anytime anything goes wrong, he steadies me time and time again. I am blessed to have him.
5. I am thankful for every meal. I know what it is like to not have food to eat. I do not forget it anytime I sit down to eat.
6. I am thankful for my family and friends. Each of them are a blessing in my life, each who lift me up and dust me off when I take a stumble in life (usually metaphorically, but sometimes an actual physical stumble). I am grateful.
7. I am thankful for computers and the man that invented them. Life could be so much more difficult without them. Just thinking of doing my job without one makes me want to cry.
8. I am thankful to Professor Jackson, Ms. Francis, Ms. Burkitt and Ms. Tarter. Teachers who pushed just a little harder and cared and encouraged just a little more. I am thankful for their support and encouragement during the years of my education.

Monday, October 18, 2010

My Most Recent Scrapbooking Feats!

Just some pics of the most recent scrapbook pages I completed - for your enjoyment!

Number 98

So I officially have less than 2 years left before I have to finish all of these goals - The pressure is on!

This past weekend I marked off another one of my goals - Skydiving.

I don't know if just not thinking about it made it less scary or what but I jumped out of a plane with a man attached to my back and a sheet attached to his and we survived! :D When you first can see directly outside without some kind of window or wall between you and the outside- I think THAT is when it finally hits you. "Shit. Here we go."

Some things I didn't think about before going up:

1. With nothing between you and the sky, it's gonna be cold. I stupidly wore shorts. And for the first minute before my body could adjust, I froze to death.

2. Wearing shorts is also not a good idea because those harnesses rub against your thighs like crazy! I walked funny for a good hour after we jumped.

I think it helped not really giving it much thought before I went. I think its easy to scare yourself out of doing it. Also, there's a lot of paperwork you sign before you get to go up and jump - of which about every other paragraph on 12 sheets worth of 'initial here' and 'sign here' consisted of "skydiving is dangerous. you may die." I tried to read as little as possible of that stuff so I could just get it over with.

Once you're out of the plane its like the most surreal experience you'll ever live through. I know I've been more scared of a roller coaster ride because of the height, etc than I was jumping out of a damn plane 13,000 feet above the Earth! That is so crazy to think! I'm not sure I'll do it again. I think that if I do I'll want to jump solo. Ya know - take it to the next level ;)

Here's some pics from Sunday's jump with Skydive Houston.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Random Junk Email

Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.-Galatians 6:2

Yesterday, I found myself ranting seemingly endlessly about people in my life and my inability to understand others' dealings with thier trials. But as this verse was sent to me today by grace of God, I think I will try to be patient with others and their dealings, even though I still don't understand. I will try and help them, pull them up as Christ would have me do. It's not my place to judge and I will vow to try and not do so. I will walk the path of Christ. Pray for me.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Number 83

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Number 83: Get a passport.

Surprisingly it was no big feat to accomplish. I sent off for my passport on a Thursday and it was in my mailbox by the following Saturday. It only took 9/10 days! Totally shocking! Makes me wonder why I didn't get one sooner.I guess I just needed motivation to get one, which I have now because I'm going to MI for training and some co-workers and I are going to try to go to Canada, since we'll be so close to the border. Very exciting stuff. I can't wait! Oh! Which reminds me, I need to charge my camera battery! Ta!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Number 61

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Number 61: Buy prescription sunglasses.

Yes I know it seems like a luxury expense to buy prescription sunglasses but I was tired of wearing sunglasses over my regular glasses all ghetto like. lol

Anyways, every time I put them on I think of this song:

And then it makes me laugh because it was Amanda's, my best friend, favorite song for like a year in high school. I think of her jamming and dancing like only a white girl could. lol. It makes me smile just to think of it.
I always sing a bit of the chorus when I put em on. And trade out the word cheap for expensive. lol 'Cuz if ya' didn't know, apparently putting tint on prescription lenses is an extremely expensive thing to do. (sarcasm) It doesn't matter though, money comes and money goes but I make them look good. Ha ha.

"Don't 'cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me!"

Number 10

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So.... I've been busy. Obviously right? Hence my absence.

But to update ya, I went to NC and marked off Number 10: Visit Amanda in NC to prove Matt wrong.

This stemmed from last year's road trip to NC with Amanda and the amazing Micah to help her move to NC for a Summer with Matt. The actual road trippin' was awesome! We were sleep deprived - baby included, poor guy. And as usual we had several mini adventures. lol. We did a tour of Elvis' Graceland, Micah got chicken pox? - we're still not really sure what those bumps were lol, slept in a Kmart parking lot, oh and of course we started the trip late because Amanda lost something. lol Classic Chatham move. :)

Anyways after getting there, I helped move her in, get set up, etc. But after being there a few days, my city girl lifestyle was not having the small town limitations. I was bored off my butt. I tried entertaining myself. Forced Amanda to go out. lol. Matt joked that he knew I'd never come back because I was so restless for the entire week after we got there. lol.

So this year, toward the end of June, I went up to NC to visit Amanda - and prove Matt wrong. We attended a scrapbook convention, nerded it up. I seriously think we were the youngest people there. We had a ton of fun though. We walked around and all the women were so nice! They taught us all these different tricks of the trade- it was awesome. We even made time to go out while I was there. Typical Tera-Chatham style! Wine, beer and a couple tequila shots later, we were cracking up and had the men graveling and trying to teach us how to shoot pool. It was good times. :)

I wasn't very adamant about taking lots of photos. But if I had to pick just one photo that sums up the trip it'd be the following:
"Passed out from too much fun :) "

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Finally a breather... And Number 8

Finally a breather! First weekend in a while that I've had to myself to do whatever my heart desired. I suppose it's more of a well-earned break from work as Monday starts the remainder of the Fall busy season. I spent Saturday on my butt, watching tv and scrapbooking. And Sunday I went with Tabs and Rex to Clear Creek Gun Range in League City and shot some guns.

This Sunday was the first time I had ever shot a gun. It was SO much fun! At one point I even got the giggles from how much fun it was. Rakesh and I are so going to start collecting - got to start saving! The above are some pics from Sunday. Rakesh shooting the XD. Me with the .357 and Rex and Tabs with the AR15. The AR15 is probably why I'm sore today in my shoulders but I had a blast! Tabs promises more gun dates and I can't wait!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Quagmire's my Idol.

Sick of stupid people. Wish I could be as on point with people when they cross my path.

Well said.

Friday, September 10, 2010

NEW FAVORITE SONG: I Love College By Asher Roth

Gave a kid on his way to his first year at college some advice recently and it had me reminiscing about those crazy days. Came across this song today and it made me laugh.

My advice, in case you were wondering: "Buy your books online. Dont waste money on study guides. If you're staying in the dorms, dont hide your liquor in the closet thats the first place the CA looks. Study hard but play hard too. It'll be some of the best years of your life. And Thai BBQ fajitas and Margaritas at the Hula Hut (Chuy's) are awesome!" LOL I think I deserve an award for this amazing gift of advice-giving I have. :D

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ya know, when you think about it, jumping off the building sounds fun!

Work is getting to me. I can tell because friends are inviting me to jump out of planes and I'm actually considering it. It actually sounds fun. A non-stressed non-over-worked Margaret is so cautious. She'd never consider these proposals. Today... jumping sounds fun. Like I might really enjoy the wind against my face.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Speak it into truth!

"Speak it into truth" kinda comes from a superstitious origin. It was always told to me in the "Never say you can't do something b/c you'll speak it into truth."

I have been giving thought to my last blog post. So with it constantly being on my mind I can't help but work it into my daily dialogue. I feel like I have started to speak new truths about my life and where I will take it. I do not want to hold my tongue and never act on what I'd like to do. So I'd like your feedback as well on "the options."

-Diagnostic Medical Sonographer.
Reasonable option. More education. Work in the medical field, which Rakesh thinks I'm fully capable of doing. Makes the same amount of money as my current job. But is definitely just as time demanding. It's something I've done a lot of looking into because of Melinda. She's been saying she's wanted to do this for a while now. Looking at the requirements, I cant help but think how easy it'd be to knock it out myself.

-Rock star/Actress.
Probably the most unreasonable idea yet. But I know I'd enjoy it! I've never acted before much less sang in front of people. It may also just be the one thing everyone wants to do, so I do too. But it's gotta be like the easiest gig in the world. Hours may be crazy. Income is nonexistent. But I would do different things. I think I like this option because I'd like to be more outgoing and I'd like to feel like I lived at the end of my days.

-Loan Officer.
Could probably make the same amount of money. Less hours for sure. Minimal additional education required. Reasonable option if I can find a place to work. Don't know if I could handle dealing with individuals seeking loans one-on-one, but if that's not part of the job- GREAT!

-Figure out a way to make one of my crafts profitable.
Not easily done. Not much money in it, unless I figure out something great. Need an idea....

-Write a book.
I'd like to do this just so I can say "I've done that." My life, as I told a friend recently, is a "clusterf*$k of madness" so I really wouldn't know how to write something happy but maybe someday? What to write about is the question.

-Go to Law School.
Could probably be a tax attorney. Being a lawyer would be cool. But again the hours. Though the pay would be higher. So worth it?

Have no idea what the next step would be but it sounds thoroughly my speed. It'd be stressful and at times tedious but I think knowing I was making some kind of impact on the world I'd be OK with that.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Day in the life of...

There are so many things that I wish I could do in a day and amazingly tax returns is not one of them. I hate that everytime I get on here all I can think to do is rant about work. (But its all I ever seem to be doing with my time so I guess its inevitable. See video) So this time I wont do anything but mention that I hate my job, my cube with blue walls, and that I feel like a rat in a maze everyday.

*deep breath*

OK. Now that that is off my chest.... I feel like I'm smarter than this. I can do and be more than I'm allowing myself to be. I need to be more. I can feel it in my blood. The aching desire to strive and struggle with the experiences of doing new and different things. I need to do more than just sit in a cube and rot away, day after day. These statements I know to be truths about the person I am. I know them like I know my name, who my mother is and where I've been and what I've done. I've had teachers, family, friends, strangers tell me I have so much more potential than I allow myself to tap into.

I'm already 25. If I'm going to do something, I need to do it now.

So inevitably the question I find myself asking over and over again is : What's the next step?

What are my options? Are they really limitless? "I can do anything I set my mind to" is a state of mind I have been raised on. But can I really? I can't change my history, who I am. But are those really the only limits?

What should I do???

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Number 29 - Sister Road Trip

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Last week we came back from a 5 day trip to San Antonio- just us girls. It was so much fun. We got to see San Antonio and visit all the attractions. Mel and I had several margaritas and Mari and I got sunburned. lol All in all it was a great trip and I got to mark off something from my 101 list. I hope my sisters had as much fun as I did. I always enjoy my sister time with them. I think it's really important to make time for family moments. These days they're rare and I miss them.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Feeling a bit patriotic...

So it's early July. I look at my life goals (the 101 list), my work goals, my personal goals and realize I haven't really gotten anything accomplished. The year is now officially half over, and for the life of me I can't really remember anything that I've done this year. For this same excuse, it's why I have yet to do Rakesh and I's 7Th year anniversary scrapbook pages (To my recollection we didn't do much last year). Our anniversary is Feb 15. I suppose I could rifle through the pictures I have, but I never seem to get around to it. Slacker much? Yeah, I think so too. lol

I read other people's blogs and they seem to have figured out how to lead the less hectic lifestyle. I think their technique is a schedule. I need a schedule. I used to be adamant about what time everything was happening but since I started dating fly-by-the-seat-of your-pants-Rakesh all of that has gone out the window. I will get back to my old self. That was a good quality I had. I need to be my old self in that regard.

Anyhow, that was just a bit of my mid year ramblings.

And now onto a brief synopsis of my 4th of July holiday:

July 1st - I was officially promoted to Senior Staff. So hooray to that!

Friday started a bit rough-- It rained a lot in Houston and the roads to home made my journey impossible and tiresome. I didnt get to go out like I had planned but I did get to have a sit down dinner with my Mom. So I lost one thing but gained another.

Saturday was nice. Woke up, did some scrapbooking, spent the day with Lauren, Regina, Leo and Rakesh. We went shopping for jewelry for my soon-to-be-stylish niece, bought lots of spices for Indian food, and walked through IKEA. I got to straighten some things out with one of the many unnecessarily complicated relationships in my life. I watched the fight with the Bhattacharya's and got a KICK out of Shuvir. (He was very excitable during his first ever UFC fight.)

Sunday- Spent part of the day at Auntie Ann's. She made a TON of food. Everything tasted great! Later went to Freedom Over Texas in downtown Houston. It was an awesome show despite the fact they lost a lot of fireworks on Friday because of the rain.

Monday - I didn't have to go to work so I ran errands and did chores around the apartment, watched movies with Rakesh and spent most of the day relaxing (well, as relaxed as you can be spending an entire day cleaning and running errands).

Thinking about the 4th, I just want to remark that I never cease to feel patriotic about the country we live in. I will be the first to admit that this place is not perfect by any means. In some regards, I'd dare say it's not even close. But here in this country, I find my pride in the amazing growth we've made throughout our history; how we as a people can come together all on one day and find the good in one another and celebrate, side by side, each other, our history and our future. It amazes me. It truly does. And more than anything I feel blessed to have those among us that would willingly step forward and face the challenge of protecting these moments for me and for all of us. I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July and celebrated with loved ones. I hope it was fun and you made memories to be cherised for a lifetime.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

It's all just Research!

So today's one of those days that I can't seem to get my father-in-law's voice out of my head: "Don't be a worker bee. Be your own boss!" Which I guess is my own fault because I work for someone else and working for someone else, I have to tolerate others, how should I put this, inability to communicate effectively. Yeah I think that's professional but very clear.

I need to find something I enjoy and am good at, that pays at least what I make now. Why is that so hard to come across??

My coworkers and I started brainstorming. We decided I should be an author. And when I am asked about what I did before, I'll say all my previous work experience was just research for the book I was going to inevitably write.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

8 days til I go to North Carolina!

I am SO freaking excited! I'll be taking time off of work to scrapbook for three straight days! It's going to be marvelous! And to top it all off, I'll be hanging with my best girlfriend, Amanda.

I'm trying to get prepared for this trip and juggle the other million things I have to do before I leave: work, pack, study, chores, pay bills, etc.

I want to start working out but there's just not enough time in the day! I have no idea how anyone manages to do anything outside of work. I am so tired at the days end. Most things I do at home I have to force myself to do! I really like doing taxes. (Really, the only challenges are understanding what is going on with certain transactions and how it should be shown on the forms.) I just sometimes wish I had a normal 9 to 5 job- I could get so much more done in a day!

I still need to go shopping and I was hoping to mail my stuff up to NC to Amanda so I didn't have to check it when I fly up. I just know all my tools would get lost if I do try to carry it on board.

I need to go see a dentist before I go. I need some work done and need to get that ball rolling. Not to mention I am suffering from some sort of lock jaw. I'll have to see if Rakesh can adjust it. (I LOVE having a chiropractor boyfriend!)


Friday, June 11, 2010

Work to live? Live to work?

These days I feel as though I'm just living to work, when we should all be working to live. I miss my siblings and my friends and my down time. I miss wondering 'what should I do with my day, today?'

If I could go back in time, I'd go back to my college days and kick my lazy butt out of bed to go out and get something accomplished. Oh, if only we could.

So I decided, since I can never find enough free time to do anything on my 101 list, I could at least blog about why I'm not doing anything. So I'm turning this into my regular blog spot. :)

Welp, gotta get back to work! Much love!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tabi's Road Trip Quotes

Life is good. Great would be an exaggeration and anything less than good would be ungrateful. I am blessed I don't doubt it. Case in point - I could not be happier to have friends like I do. So funny!

Texts from Tabi's Road Trip:

"Sweet home Alabama... The skies are actually quite blue."

"Florida should be called 'the sun will fucking fry you alive state' ... "The sunshine state" is an understatement."

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Number 71

So, in case you can't guess, Number 71 on my list is make a smoothie! And though I've been making smoothies for a couple months now, I thought I'd post today because we, Rakesh and I, made some today. And I'd say, we've officially mastered the art of smoothie-making. I just couldn't take credit for the first one I ever made. It was mostly made by my little sister and the first one I made entirely alone.... well, I spit out what I put in my mouth and threw out the rest. lol.

Rakesh LOVES making smoothies now. Honestly, I don't think I've ever made one entirely by myself when he's here at the apartment. lol. He's always coming and interrupting me making it and he ALWAYS takes over, but I can't be mad about it - he makes the BEST smoothies!!

This is our spiffy new blender. I'd take a picture of mine but as I said, we made smoothies today so mine's dirty and I don't feel like washing dishes (as if I ever do)...yet another reason why I love my guy soooo much! He does all the little dirty jobs I don't want to do. Really makes my life worth living. :D Now if I only I could get him to fold the damned laundry! lol.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Number 13

So it's official! I've marked yet another thing off my list! I'm enrolled in Yoga again. Well, sort of! lol.

It's a class my job is offering during the lunch hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This particular session, which I've already paid for and therefore required to follow through with, has six more classes left. Then the new session starts.

I just went to my first class today and let me tell you, WHEW! I took Yoga in college and I DO NOT remember it being that hard. I guess that's how much I've let myself go. *sigh*

Welp, I look forward to finishing this out and maybe this will jumpstart me doing some of the other things that are active that are on my list. I was hanging out with my In-laws recently and they actually know someone who teaches ballroom!! Maybe I'll do that next!! I'm really pumped about getting back to working out. From what I hear it takes 21 days to form a habit. So here's to hopin' I form this healthy habit of being more active!!

Pray for me darlings, I just know my body's gonna be all-over sore tomorrow. lol.

P.s. If anyone has been wanting to workout but is like me and wants a workout buddy before they start give me a holler!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Number 16

So I did it! I bought another car. (Number 16) Rakesh INSISTS I sell my other one, but I don't want to. I want to keep an extra car until this one is paid off. Is that unreasonable?

Its a 2007 black Camry V6. It looks EXACTLY like a 2010 model. I will hate this car until I no longer have to pay for the stupid thing, but I will be honest - I will enjoy the working A/C until that day comes. lol.

I miss the leather and all the spiffy tools that were in my previous car, though. *sigh* I guess we can't have everything we want. I'll post pictures later. You'll love it - it's a definite upgrade from the Chrysler.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Number 66

So today was... well interesting. lol. Went out to April 15 party and then to an after-party with some co-workers. The night was fun, though I woke up not 100% this morning. Got to work late, which I guess wasn't a big deal because NO ONE but the poor intern was actually here. lol. Poor girl.

I left to give my Mom a lift and got a SPEEDING TICKET on my way back to the office. It was oh-so-upsetting. My car actually started to overheat as he wrote the ticket; I think it made the officer feel bad for me, because he wrote down the ticket.

We took the interns to lunch to Guadalajara, which was yummy and then I, along with a handful of other co-workers left for Baylor for the recruiting event which included PAINTBALL!! (My number 66 on my list) At first, it was intense and I was still a little nauseous from the night before... But after a while, I got the hang of it and fell in love with the sport. I CANNOT WAIT TO PLAY AGAIN!! (Even though I did eat a little paint but it was SO in the midst of war!!) I am just LOOKING for a reason to play again! I'm hoping I can talk my siblings into playing a game sometime soon!

And did I mention?! I got a fake little lame trophy for Girl Player of the Day!! Lame trophy yes, but a trophy nonetheless. lol. So stoked! (Yes its currently sitting on my mantle - DON'T JUDGE ME! lol) Now off to wash the so-called water soluble paint out of my clothes....

Monday, March 1, 2010

Number 2

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Decorate my apartment - check!!

So, my apartment is officially done! It's been a work in progress (February - April)!

Did the living room. Just missing one significant piece of art on the sofa wall and maybe a window dressing. Added shelves, bought furniture and a flat screen. It all looks great and Tabitha and Rex helped with painting, which I am oh-so-grateful for such great friends.

Did the dining room. Added a bold color to break up the monotony of the beige and brown color scheme in the apartment. Bought shelves and wall decor. I finally got around to framing my brother's art and some sketches which bring a nice touch to my dining room to make it feel a bit more young.

Did the bedroom. I wanted to keep adding color to the apartment so I made some drapes to hang. Bought a piece of art to hang on the headboard wall and added some records draw the eye up to the awesome high ceilings in the bedroom.

Did the bathroom. I got some really great items (towels and a curtain) for Christmas from Rakesh's aunts and I finally got to use them. Along with other things I've collected over the years (wall decor and a new rain type shower-head), the bathroom space is fancy and makes the small space a bit more regal.

Did the office. Built shelves, yes BUILT. I just loooove my handyman! Rakesh and I put these together for our books in just one weekend - TRIM AND ALL! Bought my drafting desk I've wanted for years! And got a little organized. :D

Hope you like it!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Number 78

So yeah I actually went to see a psychic almost 2 and a half months ago and I'm just BARELY getting around to posting about it. The date of this post is when I actually went. So I can scratch that off my list!

It was, of course, liquid courage that got me to go. My mother, sister, and co-worker came with me to see the psychic. We all took our turns but naturally I went first. I wish I hadnt because I didnt know protocol for visiting someone with such a "gift."

She said a lot of things. Talked about both my present and future. Touched on relationships and work and attempted to tell me about myself and my family. Some of the things that stood out enough for me to actually recall two and a half months later:

-I would have twin boys. Twins run in the family.
-I would live 2 years longer than my spouse. I will live to 94 and he will live to 92.
-I'm healthy and dont/wont have many health issues in the future.
-My spouse is stupid and drives me crazy.
-I should be a teacher because I'm always teaching someone something.
-I am very smart.

All of us girls got to hear each others. I think my favorite out of all ours was when the lady told my mother should get back with my father because that was her one true love. lol. If you know anything about my parents, you know this: IF THEY EVER ARE TOGETHER LONGER THAN 15 MINUTES, THEY ARE AT EACH OTHER'S NECKS!! One is always trying to dominate the other. Its really ridiculous, but if they werent crazy like they are I wouldnt be who I am today. So I praise the Lord that He knows what He's doing! lol. Also, Melinda will have two sets of twins which she will ultimately abandon because she loves kids but would rather the in-laws raise them. Melissa should work with numbers and write more.

All in all, it was NOT was I expected but I guess I really didnt know what to expect so I went with the Hollywood version. Oh you know, the scene from Ghost with Whoopi (see video below)... yeah it was nothing like that! lol.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Number 88

WHOO-HOO!!! One more down!!
Number 88 of 101

For Rene's (my sister in law) birthday we took her to the IMPROV here in Houston. We saw Maz Jobrani who was very funny and entertaining, as were the opening comics. Mom and Kesh tagged along too and we had such a good time!

Kesh and I got there a little early with Rene so we went to D&B and ran around like wild children playing as many games as possible within the 45 minutes we had til the show started. That was so much fun. For those of you who dont know me... I am VERY competitive. We all played the racing game and were able to play against each other. You should have seen the kids faces when I got up to do my victory dance after coming in first place. lol. The little kids were looking at me like I had lost my mind, whilst I shouted at the top of my lungs "IN YO' FACE!!! ALL UP IN THIS REGION!!!"

The night was a lot of fun and I'm happy that I get to be a memory for Rene she wont ever forget because neither will I! Happy Birthday Rene and here's a few photos from the night!

"For some reason we cant go anywhere with just two of us, there's gotta be like fifty of us in the car. Anytime you see a car filled with people, it's either Middle Easterners or Mexicans"
-Maz Jobrani

"The first thing Obama did in office was pretty black- the cash for clunkers deal. Seriously, leave it to a black president to pimp everyone's ride all at once."

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Number 64

So I bought new bedding this weekend. It's bright red and cinched in a certain pattern. I'll post pictures when the apartment is done. Rakesh hates it. According to him its cheap and itchy. :( But I still like it. Not sure if I am going to return it though. I want to keep it - probably will. I'm too lazy to go back to the store and wait to deal with customer service at Walmart.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Goal Work (42 and 99)

Got some ideas for a few goals. whoo-hoo! I feel like I'm actually making strides in accomplishing these goals. So stoked! Emailed SJC about that PE class and found a place where I might take that self defense class. Check out the sight: Houston Krav Maga. I think it sounds interesting. Wonder how expensive it would be??

Number 72

Dont know if you noticed BUT! my start date for this little adventure was 5 whole days ago! I was asked Monday morning by a coworker if I had accomplished any of the goals I posted. So as a small step (and maybe secretly looking for something to brag about) I decided to pick off one of the easier goals.

So without further ado, my accomplishment of Number 72.... TA DA!

Dont worry you didnt miss anything. Number 72 of my 101 in 1001 list was to create this fabulous blog. Arent you impressed? I used a wizard and everything. lol (as if I have time to do this from scratch).

So, whats next, you ask? I think I'll venture to look into Number 12. Pottery class sounds fun and not very time consuming which is a double positive right now.

Some places I've looked into:

They seem pretty cheap from $35/class to $21/class. Not too bad if I do say so myself, but I'm still on the hunt. Fear not my friends who promised me thier company on this outing! I will keep looking for something cheaper. Never hurts to spend less.

Well, I'm off to bed because my days are long and exhausting and there's no telling how many hours of sleep I'll be getting in the soon-to-be future with tax season coming up. *yawn*

Enjoy the spiffy blog. Look its polka-dotted!! Is it polka dotted? or poka dotted? *shrug* I wonder... probably google it while on my lunch break tomorrow...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

101 in 1001

The premise: write down your goals and give yourself 2.7425 years to accomplish them all. (Yes I just used a calculator) Sounds neat right?! There’s so much I want to do and I didn’t think I could do it, but sitting for two hours in front of the computer I actually came up with ONE HUNDRED AND ONE GOALS for myself. And I have to tell ya'- 2 years and some change does not sound like enough time, but I guess we'll have to see. I'm choosing to share with you in hopes that you’re going to hold me accountable. And if you guys want to make your own lists and we want to do some of the same things, maybe we can do them together! Look forward to all the new adventures. Hope we can make some memories together. Start Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010 End Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012

62 more goals til completed!

1. Pass the CPA exam. <-----------------------
2. Decorate my apartment (my twg is going to help me with this one)
3. Take ballroom classes.
4. Get married to Rakesh.
5. Buy a house.   
6. Go horseback riding.
7. Go hunting with Uncle Chuck.
8. Shoot a gun. Can you believe I’m from Texas and I’ve never done this before?

9. Go on a cruise.
10. Visit Amanda in NC to prove to Matt wrong.

11. Start writing my book.
12. Take a pottery class.
13. Sign up for Yoga again.

14. Take a trip to Vegas with Rakesh.
15. Get professional photos of Rakesh and me taken.
16. Buy a new-er car. Can’t bring myself to buy a brand new car. Too much money, not enough value.

17. Research/start investment plan; start retirement fund.
18. Get back to doing volunteer work.
19. Go to Florida.
20. Visit Forks and Oregon in October. (Lauren’s suggestion)
21. Get in touch with old friends.
22. Learn to play the piano.
23. Learn to play the guitar (acoustic)
24. Learn to play the accordion.
25. Get Landolt to go out.
26. Take photography classes. (Because I know after one I’ll be addicted)
27. Learn to use Photoshop, so I can quit bugging Amanda and Rakesh.
28. Have a formal dinner with my gals and their guys at my apartment. (This has a one year deadline)
29. Take a road trip with just my sisters.

30. Go on a family vacation. Both families- Rakesh’s and Mine.
31. Have a spa day with my mom.
32. Learn to rollerblade.
33. Organize my office/scrapbooking space.
34. Take a cooking class.
35. Learn to make my grandma’s dishes.
36. Take a cake decorating class.
37. Clean out my clothes and donate the ones I KNOW I won’t wear anymore.
38. Make a bible study program.
39. Lose my freshman 15.   <-----------------------
40. Visit family in Arizona again.
41. Get my college diplomas framed.
42. Take that last PE class at San Jac to get my associates.
43. Go camping with just Rakesh.
44. Do my own car maintenance entirely by myself at least once.
45. Get my dentistry work done.
46. Take a rock climbing class and go to Colorado for rock climbing.
47. See the drive-in movie I promised Maricela two years ago.

48. Find out my blood type.
49. Eat at the Oasis on Lake Travis in Austin, TX
50. Visit Martha in Colorado.
51. Find/Make an AWESOME bridesmaid’s dress for Landolt’s wedding.
52. Spend an entire day with just Robert.
53. Learn to play halo.
54. Build something with my own two hands.
55. Send someone flowers.
56. Give an amazing tip to a waiter that deserves it. I’ve always wanted to tip a hundred dollars.
57. Learn to drive a standard.
58. Ride a motorcycle.
59. Watch a sunrise with Rakesh. 60. Go to a new beach. I.e. Not Galveston or NC beaches.
61. Buy prescription sunglasses for myself.

62. Go to 5 new restaurants.
63. Make a new dish/recipe.
64. Get new bedding.

65. Do a Chinese fire drill.
66. Play paintball.

67. Play laser tag.
68. Buy my own PJs so I can quit stealing Rakesh’s clothes.
69. Take a painting class.
70. Plant and grow flowers on my porch.
71. Make a smoothie.

72. Set up a blog for this list.

73. Create another list upon the completion and expiration of this list.
74. Go ice skating in Central Park in New York.
75. Learn a few key phrases in 5 different languages.
76. Find out and master Rakesh’s favorite dish.
77. Visit the Smithsonian museums in D.C.
78. Visit a psychic for fun.

79. Buy bicycles for Rakesh and I.
80. Read the books on my bookshelf I’ve yet to read.
81. Go to a wine tasting.
82. Go snorkeling.
83. Get my passport.

84. Put a letter in a bottle and toss it out to sea.
85. Learn to sail.
86. See the Grand Canyon.
87. Go a day unplugged. (No internet, TV, or phone)
88. Go to a comedy club again.

89. Sew the high school quilt.
90. Fill in my cookbook with my recipes and our families’ recipes.
91. Learn to do tile work.
92. Go fishing.
93. Buy 10 different teas and a tea set.
94. Ride a mechanical bull.
95. Learn to play poker and have friends over for a poker night.
96. Try out to be in a local play.
97. Sing at a karaoke bar.
98. Go skydiving.

99. Take a self defense class.
100. Spend an entire day with just my grandma.
101. Take an adult Catechism class.