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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My side eyes...

I was just thinkin'... and wanted to get it off my chest....

Isn't peripheral vision amazing?!  

The fact that we can see out of the side of our eyes... lol... well... you know what I mean.  I just think it's so neat!  We are amazing creatures, aren't we?

A haiku about a fried egg sandwich

Plinky Prompt: Write a haiku about the last meal you ate.

eggs of many colors
Big Fried Egg Sandwich

With Bacon, Cheese, and Green Stuff

Yum.. Avocado

Monday, March 29, 2010

Zelo - Minneapolis, MN

Copied from my review on citysearch, and updated to be personalized for my blog:
Zelo Website

My review is based on a walk-in visit on a Saturday night. I feel it's necessary to post after reading the bad reviews on citysearch.
Steve and I rarely make reservations, which often finds us in a bind, especially on a Saturday night in downtown Minneapolis. We set off towards Nicollet Mall to find a place to eat before our play at The Orpheum. Zelo is on the corner and looks interesting, so we walk in. We check with the hostess and they are all booked for the night, BUT... the lounge (bar) is seat yourself. So we find a couple chairs looking out on to the street.
Our server comes over (I wish I could remember her name now), and is as sweet as can be. She asks if we want drinks and suggests their new margarita (which uses grapefruit juice, St. Germain, and pure agave nectar), I opt to try it as I love me a good Marg. This drink was so amazing and refreshing... I had to have two!
After looking over the menu a bit and asking our server what she would suggest, we opt to try out a few small plates and try many things. The food was absolutely delicious!!! The Ahi Tuna on Sesame Crisps were amazing; flavorful and full of texture with the seared tuna, avocado, and the crunch of the crisps, MMmm!
Again, the food was delicious and our service was above par; attentive, helpful, friendly. We inquired about the St. Germain used in the margarita and she told us about it and even offered a little sample of it. I'd say going above and beyond is a sign of good service.
I love this place and I can't wait to go back!!
  • Pros: Location, Service, Food, MARGARITA!

Friday, March 26, 2010


So I've been sick... since Wednesday really.  I woke up with a sore throat, went to work anyhow, but decided to take Thursday off.  I never work on Friday's, so today wasn't a real issue.  I'm curious though, what you people do when you're sick.. and more specifically regarding caffeine.

I'm a coffee drinker, 2 cups every day.  So when I'm sick, I don't necessarily feel like drinking coffee, but at the same time I kind of do.  So, I'm at home... with my own coffee pot and my own coffee.  I make a half pot (which is a bit more than I can drink anyhow)... and I drink my 2 cups.  I love my coffee and, while it's probably not the best thing for me to be drinking while I'm sick, I have a hard time skipping it for the day.  That and I don't want to get a headache from not having it.

What do you do when you're sick?  Do you stick to your normal caffeine intake or cut back on it?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mauer with a Hitch

I remember exactly where I was when I got the news... It was Sunday and I was in the kitchen of my boyfriends parents house.  I reached inside my purse to turn my Blackberry from {annoying} ring to vibrate, as to not have someone call during dinner and disrupt the flow of conversation.  I see that annoying little red light flashing telling me one of many possible things, most likely that I have a text or an email.  I decide to look; it's an email... from the Minnesota Twins.  I see the first few words of the email subject line: Twins agree to terms... my heart stops knowing the only player we have been waiting for terms with is the love of my life, Joe "Lips" Mauer.  I have {HAVE} to open it... here and now!
The Minnesota Twins announced Sunday that they have agreed to terms with catcher Joe Mauer on a eight-year, $184 million contract extension covering the 2011-2018 seasons. The deal, which includes a full no-trade clause, will be made official at a 7:00 pm (ET) press conference on Monday, March 22. Mauer, 26, batted .365 with 30 doubles, one triple, 28 home runs and 96 RBIs in 138 games with the Twins last season en route to becoming the AL MVP.
You're kidding, can this be real?  He's ours?  OURS?!  For 8 YEARS!
I try to contain my excitement; Steve's family doesn't need to know {let alone see} how crazy in love I am with this guy.  Happiest news ever!  I couldn't be happier that we have signed him, that he wanted to be in Minnesota, that we'll be able to enjoy another several years with some great players playing at Target Field!

Read the full story here.

A sad Twins related story is that we've lost Joe Nathan, out All-Star closing pitcher, due to an elbow injury.  This makes me sad.  Next to Mauer, Nathan is my favorite player, for sure my favorite pitcher.  I hope we can find someone to fill his shoes while he is out having surgery and recovering.  He will be missed.

A quick, off-topic {but exciting} note:  Yesterday, on my way home from work... I noticed a person standing on the side of the road; guess who it was. HITCHHIKER BOY!  Nothing much to say other that it's extremely ironic that he came back into my life yesterday, shortly after reading this bloggers story about The Briefcase.  Well, that and the fact that I know he has made it through yet another Minnesota winter and he is still alive!  I do hope to be posting more about him in the coming weeks and months.  I likely will not be picking him up in 2010.

Monday, March 22, 2010

My "Bucket List"

Well, I may as well get the ball rolling....  the things I want to do before I die.  I would imagine to always be adding to this list and, hopefully, always crossing things off.

I have added things I've already done, because they were goals... at one point.
  1. Set foot in every U.S. State
    Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | ColoradoConnecticut | Delaware | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | IdahoIllinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | LouisianaMaine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota| Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee | Texas | Utah| Vermont | Virginia | WashingtonWest Virginia | WisconsinWyoming
  2. Enjoy my mother
  3. Go to Hawaii
  4. Ride every roller coaster in the United States
  5. Fly a plane
  6. See the Golden Gate Bridge
  7. Sell a photograph
  8. Get another tattoo (my last)
  9. Be in a parade
  10. Dance on the street
  11. Send a secret to Postsecret
  12. Smash something
  13. Take a photograph of {my) footprints in the sand
  14. Write my name in the sand
  15. Read more, and enjoy it
  16. Walk across The Brooklyn Bridge
  17. Go to a Drive-In movie
  18. Plant a Tree
  19. Get married
  20. Make a difference in a child's life
  21. Be on a game show!
  22. Sit on the Jersey Shore (only partially due to watching the show)
  23. Urban Explore the Gold Medal Flour Mill
  24. Watch the sunset over the ocean, in the arms of someone I love
  25. See The Statue of Liberty
  26. See the "Grain Belt" Sign light up again
  27. See The Northern Lights
  28. Learn to drive a stick shift
  29. Capture a lightning bolt photograph
  30. Meet Joe Mauer
  31. Make love behind/under a waterfall
  32. Build a snow fort
  33. Dine in the dark
  34. See the "New" 7 Wonders of the World
  35. Swim with Dolphins
  36. See Niagara Falls
  37. Enjoy a 100 year old bottle of Red wine
  38. Make Green Eggs and Ham
  39. Invent something
  40. See the 7 Natural Wonders
  41. Invest (buy stock) in a new company and watch as it succeeds
  42. Bungee Jump
  43. Become fluent in Spanish
  44. See Paris
  45. Own a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes
  46. Ride in a helicopter
  47. Skydive
  48. Make {and keep} a family tree with all my genealogy {3/17/11 - currently working on it}
  49. Stay in a glass bottom house in Maldives
  50. Forgive everyone
  51. Attend the Olympics
  52. Sit on a jury
  53. Drive, East-West or West-East, across the U.S.A.
  54. Dance the night away, until the sun comes up
  55. Design my own kitchen
  56. Go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride
  57. Catch a Foul Ball at a Baseball game (preferably in Target Field)
  58. See Mount Rushmore
  59. Move out of my moms basement (might aide in #2)
  60. See The Vikings win a superbowl (I have NO control over this)
  61. Join a fantasy football league
  62. Attend a ballet {coming in May 2011}

Thursday, March 18, 2010

March Vent

Thank God I have a blog to vent.  Bare with me... or don't read, your call.

I've never been a person who can just walk away from a bad situation or a confrontation without it bothering me for a very long time; I hold grudges.  Plain and simple {or not so simple}, it's who I am and who I've always been.  I hate it.  I would change it in a heartbeat, if it were that easy.

As I've grown and as I've matured, it has gotten a bit better.  I always feel the need to get out my feelings and say my piece; I don't need to have the last word, just a word.  Biting my tongue is not something that comes easy, however sometimes it's necessary (at work, specifically).  

I get extremely frustrated with people who ask for your input or opinion when they already have 'the answer' in their head.  Why even ask, why waste my time?  You know how you want it to go... just do it and tell me how it is, period.  That's the end result anyways.  Let's have a brainstorming session, but nothing you say matters.

If you are asking me about something, expect that I'm going to ask you questions in return to get more detail.  Don't take a tone with me and make me feel like a child based on the lack of information you've provided.  You're the one coming to me asking me if I've seen this notification; I don't know where it came from, I don't know if you've done anything about it or with it, I don't know what the end result is.  When I tell you It sounds bogus to me, talk to me like the 28-year-old I am and say I thought so too, not like I'm stupid by saying in your annoyed, raised-eyebrow tone That's why I'm asking.

Sometimes I just want to scream FML!!  ooooooaaaaaahhhhhhhh!

PS. having other co-workers to vent with is such a blessing, and almost makes me not want need to post this.

Thank you for listening,

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Oh Android...

... how you haunt me!

I currently reside with AT&T Wireless as a cell phone service provider.  I currently own a Blackberry Pearl.  I've owned a Blackberry for several years, always the Pearl because of it's size.  The current Pearl is a 'hand-me-down', I was given this smart phone for free by an acquaintance, who never used it and was willing to part with it.  It was a downgrade (by way of model number and software) from the Pearl I had, but that Pearl wasn't operating as it should, so in a sense, it was an upgrade (because it operated, period).   
My Pearl is noticeably slower, my applications (the few I have and use, like Google Maps) run at the speed of a turtle, which.. when using Maps, I can generally find my way where I'm going before the map loads it, either that or end up lost.
Now I'm starting to notice it failing, period.  I have reports of somewheres around 3-7 text messages lost in cyberspace.  The other day, it refused to hang up the many times I pressed the 'end call' button (Good thing I wasn't trying to hang up on someone to make a point!).  A reminder failed to remind me, lucky for me, I didn't need to be reminded of this particular event.  Plus a few other things I don't remember... and I'm sure the next thing to go is my alarm clock, which I use daily.

So now... I'm starting (well, I'm past 'starting', at this point) to think about a new phone.  My history on phones is quick and simple; I always had the free (or cheapest) Nokia phone offered, I knew how to use it, I mastered the SOB.  Then upon deciding I wanted a smart phone, I went Blackberry, and I've had the Pearl ever since.  I know how to use it.. I have mastered the SOB.  
New phones, ones out of my comfort zone, have me a bit stressed.  I hear about this Android operating system, how it's Google's OS, and I'm instantly interested.  For those new to my blog, I fancy any and all Google products.... like hardcore, okay... super hardcore.

Thus begins my research.  Upon beginning I find that AT&T does not offer any Android powered phones... LAME.  However, they have one coming soon... along with several others.  I then find out that AT&T is changing the Google powered phone (the first one offered) to use a Yahoo! powered search feature.  WTF?!  Really?!  Why?!  I don't understand this and assume that they will follow suit with all other phones - so I start researching other options.  Unlocked phones; phones that I have control over.  I find myself extremely confused and overwhelmed with options.  I have this friend, Dawn, who is also all about Google things and she has an Android phone... so she starts blowing up my Facebook with links and information to read.  Now I'm even more overwhelmed with facts.  UGH. 

Not only are these unlocked phones extremely expensive, they are hard to find... and I don't really have a chance to play with them to know if I'll like them.  So I'm basing my decisions on looks, stats (to assure it's compatible with my network), and user reviews (which, on phones, is so hard because everyone has different features they like/dislike).  I find one, at a reasonable price, send Dawn the link and she says "HELL NO", for many reasons.  So I decide fuck it, I'm going to wait, find patience, and hold out until AT&T releases something different, then reassess.  Patience is NOT one of my strong suits.  So I begin to wait... and then Dawn sends me this link, for the Google Nexus One; a phone Google makes and sells on their site and not in stores.  They also offer this phone on T-mobile and if you sign a 2 year contract you can get the phone at a very reasonable price.  I get excited and rush to the site, thinking Hells yeah, my patience paid off, now I can get a bomb phone for cheap and know AT&T can't put their grubby hands on it!  WRONG.  Google is offering the phone, compatible with AT&T's 3G Network, unlocked.. but it's not available through AT&T, so there is no deal if you sign a contract.  Whatever really... until you see the price; $529.00! 

I now have 2 phones available to me; a Motorola that has been tapped by AT&T and isn't really a Google powered phone (and who wants a Motorola anyways?  Not me), or an actual Google phone, for almost as much as I plan to pay for my flight to Hawaii next winter.  
My plan is to go back to waiting, find the patience I had almost successfully found before, and see what AT&T ruins next time around.  All the rumors point to these 'droids coming out within the next couple months... so it shouldn't be that hard to wait, and hopefully my little Pearl can hold out that long (that really is the bigger issue).  I'll continue to check AT&T Wireless daily until I see that another phone is coming soon or has been released... at that point, I will spend the next 4 days reading about that phone and deciding if I want it or not.  

So, sorry about this super long post about my childish needs, I really just wanted to say that I want and Android!  I can get pretty carried away.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Random v10.5

  • So I read a sign yesterday that said "If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?"  It made me laugh... oh so true!
  • HaHa!  Since my blog title has the word sushi in it, you might expect that I blog about sushi often, right?  Not even close, I usually eat it before I have a chance to take a picture to blog with.  It'd be boring to read that I went to sushi without seeing what it looked like, right?  Well, since I rarely blog about it... let me post this link for you, because I think it's such a cute idea... Even if you've never tried sushi; everyone loves PB&J!
  • For those who love Google or for those who love personalized things... or both; do you have a Google Homepage?  Go to this link and check it out.  You can personalize a Google page just for you and then make it your home page.  For example, I have a box on there with my gmail, I have a box with (as in the magazine) so I can keep up with all the celebrity deaths, I have my Google reader (bloggers this would be super neat and handy for you) which feeds all the blogs I follow, so I know when there is a new post.  I also keep local news and weather on there in addition to sports news.  It's like a one stop shop for everything I need to feed my day!  I highly (highly) recommend you at least look into it, if you don't already have one.
  • Wanna hear how bad I dropped the ball last week?  Do ya?!  Remember, in this post, how I told you that if ya don't already, ya need to start following Conan O'Brien on Twitter?  Well, round about the time I posted that, I went to his Twitter and found out that he is doing this national comedy tour thing... so I checked the schedule and, sure as shit, he is coming to Minneapolis!  So I go on and check into ticket prices, email the boyfriend, and we decide we want to go, but let's save a few bucks and go to the box office to get tickets (ticketmaster rapes you with fees, it was $20 more than face value after taxes/fees)... so I didn't have to work on Friday, I figured I'd run down to the box office and pick them up.  WELL... by the end of the night, the show was SOLD OUT.  How f'n lame is that?  I had tickets on my screen that I could have purchased... dropped. the. ball. ugh.
  • Ok, last but not least.. because I'm so f'n awesome.. I've received an award, from Krystal.
    The rules for accepting this award are:
    - Put the logo on your blog or within your post
    - Pass the award onto 12 bloggers
    - Link to the nominees within your post
    - Let them know they received this award by commenting on their blog
    - Share the love & link to the person from whom you received this award

    I don't get many awards, because I don't have a huge following, so it's fun to play along when I do.  However, I also don't follow that many blogs, so I don't think I'm gonna be able to come up with 12 bloggers to pass this on to :(
    All these bloggers bring something sunny into my life, so, without further ado:
    JerseySjov @ A Bit Unaware
    Krysten @ After 'I Do'
    Magpie @ Dazzled By Life
    Gringa @ Gringation's Blog
    Kellie @ Kelleidoscope
    Dana @ My Everyday Life
    Amy @ My LaLa Land
    Kristi @ Mi Vida Ocupada

    Thats all I have for you today folks - check out the blogs I just linked to.. they are pretty neat!

Monday, March 15, 2010

I've got it {bad}

Well ladies and gentlemen… I have something to confess, keep reading...
I generally don’t blog about my personal life from a intimate perspective (or do I?), especially since dating Steve, because I don’t think he likes it.  Fear not, I’m not going to blow up my blog with my porn star fantasy life ;)

I went out of town this past weekend to this place/area, which is ~2-2.5 hours from where I live:

Map picture
I’ve started an annual tradition with the girls in my family (my mom, 3 aunts, and 3 girl cousins)  - we call it Mother/Daughter/Sister/Aunt/Cousin/Niece weekend, or some variation of those words all put together.  We all very much look forward to this weekend.  We have the opportunity to catch up with each others lives, since the holidays tend to be pretty busy and it’s hard to catch up with everyone on a personal level.  We have a chance to have girl talk, take pictures, drink, eat, and do girly things – who wouldn’t look forward to that?!  My cousins, who I’ve blogged about many times in the past, and I get along so well and have such a great time together, it’s always fun to know I’ll be spending a couple nights with them!

Well, we embarked on our journey Friday afternoon, around 2pm.  All 8 of us spend Friday and Saturday nights up at Breezy Point, and left Sunday afternoon to make our way home.  The first next and third thing I wanted to do when I got home was see my boyfriend.

Steve and I have been ‘official’ for about 10 months now, but we’ve been developing for upwards of about a year and a half.  The last time (I think) that I was away from him for an entire weekend was back in November when I went to Missouri.  I feel like we’ve already grown so much as a couple since November and this weekend it was extremely hard for me to think about being away from him for 2 nights.  Lame, I know.  I should be able to go away and still function without my boyfriend… and I can, I just didn’t want to.
This last month has been kind of hard for me, partially because of some new medication (which was, I’m sure, the reason behind all the migraines this month)… I’ve since gone off, but Steve has been extremely supportive and understanding through it all and I can’t even begin to thank him enough for that. 

Back in December I posted about how I was finally in a health relationship and I felt happy, truly happy, for the first time in a long time.  That feeling is continuing to grow with the bf and I’m enjoying every second of it.  It’s an amazing feeling to come home after a weekend away {un-showered, tired, and sore from sitting in a car} to hear him tell me that I am beautiful.  To feel his arms wrap around me know he missed me as much as I missed him without saying a word. 

Steve can be a pretty shy and reserved person, even with me at times, and I think that makes me appreciate him so much more (I think), especially when he opens up a bit more.  The thing he said yesterday that melted my heart (whether intentional or not) needs a short background given:
Steve and I make breakfast together, every weekend, Saturday and Sunday (I think it’s one of our favorite things to do together) – we make coffee first, he makes runny eggs, I take care of the meat, and between the two of us we each end up with a bagel. 
So yesterday, when we were staring deep into each others eyes ;), I asked him “Did you make breakfast this weekend?”  He nods, yes.  I say “what did you have, eggs?” he nods, yes.  I say '”did you have a bagel?” he nods, yes.  I say “What else?” he says “Nothing.”  I say “No meat?  Why?” He says “Because you always do the meat, and you weren’t there”.  Now, this may seem dumb to you, but to me, it’s heart melting material right there.  I loved hearing that come out of his mouth.

The point here… is to tell you, yet again, that I’m happy… and that I’ve got it bad for this guy.
Bad in such a good way!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Random v10.4

  • What is this world coming to?  Did you guys hear this story out of Cali, about the guy that was stabbed with a meat thermometer?!  I'm NOT kidding.  He was in a movie theater, a woman was in there talking on her cell, he asked her to silence her phone (and her fat mouth, I'd assume).. she left the theater with two guys and minutes later the guys came back and stabbed this dude in the neck ... WITH A MEAT THERMOMETER!  Read the whole story here, if you care to, but it's not much more than what I've just told ya.  I'm serious though, what is this world coming to?  You can't even go to a movie and enjoy peace and quiet anymore without getting stabbed in the neck (with a meat thermometer!).  It's not okay!
  • Actor, Corey Haim, was found dead this morning.  What's with all the {accidential} drug overdoses in Hollywood as of late?  I was scared to take Excedrin Migraine on top of ibuprofen over the weekend... obviously, I've learned something from seeing all the death; have you?
  • I'm super (SUPER) bummed about Joe Nathan.  For those that don't follow one of the leagues best pitchers, he is a Minnesota Twin, a closing pitcher.  Since '04, he has the most saves of anyone in the league.  That's pretty huge.  He's pretty huge.  Now he has a pretty huge tear in his elbow ligament.  A season ending tear... some are saying it could be more than just a season.  Joe Nathan is my second favorite player in all of the majors... to watch him pitch is like nothing you've ever seen before.  More than anything, he is the best at what he does.... and you can see it in his eyes.  I can't imagine going through this season without seeing him up on the mound.  I seriously am devastated over this; the only thing worst that could happen would be something happening to Mauer.  ugh... let's not even go there.
  • Who Tweets?  I don't really care if you follow me, I have a Twitter account, but rarely tweet on it.  HOWEVER... you do need to follow Conan!  He's pee your pants hilarious!  Follow him here, then tell me you didn't laugh once - go ahead, I dare ya!
  • So, LT is coming to Minnesota to talk with the Vikings (yes Lyndz, it's true!)... I have mixed feelings on this.  Not even remotely close to the feelings I had when Favre was in talks with the Vikes... but more feelings of can he do it? does he still have it?  I know that sometimes that is not the question to ask, I'm sure he could be an extremely valuable addition to our team, even though he is past his prime. It still brings up questions though, and with the loss of Chester Taylor, he may just be what we need.  I'm pretty sad over that loss too, I think Taylor was a great player, he just didn't get enough play time.  I love how football never stops, just because the season is over!
  • I'm working on a new banner that incorporates one of my favorite things about spring and an item on my {soon to be published} bucket list.  Any guesses of what it might be or have to do with?

Wow, that got long, sorry!  Maybe I should have called it "here are a bunch of links and news for you"...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Things That Make ME {Happy}



Rick Bayless' Cooking Show

Wearing my boyfriends hoodies

The Vikings

My Nikon

Ruby Slippers


Salt on a Margarita

Amazing Friends

Game Nights



Flip Flops

Photos via we♥it

Monday, March 8, 2010

Some things I've done

I stole this from Kayla, cause I though it would be good inspiration for me as I work on my bucket list.  So far I have a great start (soon to publish)... but this was kind of a oh hey, look at what I've already done list- is it wrong to add things to your bucket list that you have done just to cross them off and say you've done them?

Feel free to copy and paste it to your own blog.  Unbold them all, then just bold the ones you've done... maybe it can serve as a list of goals moving forward (some, not so much)?

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain (Eagle Mt, Highest point in Minnesota, only 2301 ft.)
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said "I love you" and meant it
09. Hugged a tree

10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea (over Lake Superior, which is like a sea)
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper

21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon -
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and didn't care who was looking 

38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer

40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched whales

45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Taken a midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain

63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch 
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on a television news program as an "expert"
83. Gotten flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a TV game show
113. Broken a bone-
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol

117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for 30 hours in a 48 hour period
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. States
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi

128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach-
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you -
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone's life

I need to buy new eyebrows!

Oy Vey!  How'd they get so out of control?

Seriously, one day my eyebrows will be in check and the next day I wake up to a full on 'attack of the killer eyebrows'!

Ladies - do you pluck or wax?  Do it yourself or go in to have it done?  How often?!

I go in to have them waxed... I checked my bank account and it appears as though i get it done every 2 months, almost exactly.  I'm just over 2 months now, and it shows :(

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Buried Life

"What do you want to do before you die?"

A little while back, I read a Facebook status post from my friend, Krysten, saying something about this new show on MTV called The Buried Life.  I had seen commercials and thought it looked interesting, but figured I'd never watch it.  Upon seeing her post I thought I should set up my Tivo to record it... so I did.  Now, 2 months after the show first aired, I have finally watched some of it... and I LOVE it!

The premise of the show is very simple: 4 guys have set out on a mission to cross 100 things off a list of things they want to do before they die.  For each thing they attempt to cross of their list, they help a stranger cross something off their list.
Their list is, so far, full of fun/funny and neat things... and they things they help strangers with are touching and moving (raising money to buy a computer for a classroom, helping a blind man ride a horse again).  It's a complete feel good show mixed with a bit of humor while the guys attempt to cross of their items (attend a party at the Playboy mansion, tell a joke on late night TV, ask out the girl of your dreams).  It helps that they're not douche bags either.

I watched all the episodes last night only to find out that the season finale is this coming Monday, which makes me very sad.  The entire time I'm watching this show I keep thinking what I would say if someone asked me
"What do you want to do before you die?"

I'm not sure I could come up with 10 attainable things, let alone 100!  My goal over the next few weeks is to come up with my own list, with the only requirement being that it must be {somewhat} within my means.  At this point it's a developing list, so I don't care if it starts off as 1 or 10 things... I just want to do it!

What about you: "What do you want to do before you die?"

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Random v.10.3

I finished the February Photo Hunt, see that HERE; missed a couple, but I'm overall pretty happy with what I ended up with.
I've also won the opportunity to guest judge.  Kristi generally goes through all the entries (on her own) and picks out all her favorites, then posts them in a new post for judging.  As you can imagine, that becomes a lot of work in a short period of time.  So she asked if anyone would like to help.... obviously I wanted to.  She drew names and mine was picked, so now it's going to be Kristi and 3 guest judges who are pulling favorites for voting.  Not only is it exciting to be a part of it on a different level, but as a friend to Kristi outside the blogging world, it's nice to be able to help her out!

Guess who got a migraine on Friday...??  Yup, me :(
Oh wait.... guess who got another migraine on Monday... ??  Yup, me.
Pretty lame huh?  2 migraines within 4 days of each other, and 3 within 3 weeks.  I tried taking the meds like I'm supposed to, again, and they seem to help a lot with the pain (as they should) but they just make me feel awful in so many other ways!  Yesterday, after taking a bunch of drugs at work, trying to stick the day out so I don't have to use vacation time, I ended up feeling so high - like I was on the real drugs... real meaning the illegal kind. I had to resort to doing pretty mindless work for fear I'd screw something more serious up (like payroll)!  I was just completely out of it, my body was so tingly, my mouth was dry, my mind was confused... I don't know what's worse: the migraine or the side effects of the meds.  I'm pretty sure these last 2 are because of a new medication I'm on... so I talked to the doctor yesterday and she said it's my choice to stay on or go off.  Generally your body takes 3 months to adjust to new meds... so these migraines could be my body saying 'hey, you keep giving me this chemical that I'm not used to... I need to try and kick it' - So I'm going to take it easy and see how the next week goes... if I get another, I'm off the meds, if I make it, then I'll take it one week at a time after that and decide from there.  Sure does suck though...

This past weekend Steve and I went to Duluth for a couple nights.  There was a surprise birthday party on Saturday night that we planned to attend and decided why not make a weekend of it.  We were able to hit up a few State parks while we were up there.  The weather was absolutely beautiful, especially for Duluth!  I'll post a few photos here for you in a second, but first I would just like to mention that while in Duluth, we drove over to Wisconsin... to get a malt (yep, that's right)... and upon walking into the Bridgeman's/Embers establishment (which was set inside a one level shopping mall) we were quickly surrounded by a heavy cloud of smoke.  YUCK!  I've always had ill feelings towards Wisconsin for football reasons, but I had no idea they still allowed smoking inside of places.  Ugh, I just wanted to vomit; we seriously couldn't get out of that place fast enough.  On top of that, our malts were sub-par and we saw Packers yard ornaments while driving there... all around bad (bad) experience.  Dear Wisconsin: ban smoking!
Enjoy these photos:


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