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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Anyone see the State of the Onion Address? Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Another fun adventure with Poodle Pez! Posted by Picasa

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.
Edgar Bergen (1903 - 1978), (Charlie McCarthy)

What a weekend!

The fun started on Friday when I put in my two week notice. For those of you who have not already heard, I have BIG news! I am going to be putting in more hours at the theatre. In addition to being the House Manager I am now the Assistant to the Box Office Manager. I can't tell you how happy this makes me. I fell very fortunate to have found my way into a theatre company so quickly. The BO Manager said it took her three years of looking to get the job she has now! Yes-I feel VERY lucky.

On Saturday Erin came for a visit. We had fun frolicking through the Alderwood Mall. Erin had a huge mission to accomplish. She needed fancy clothes for her auditions. The best part is that not only did we find the perfect outfit...we found it at the first store we went to! Check out Erin's blog for pictures of our shopping adventure.

Today was a lazy day. We drove Erin back to Seattle in the morning. She played, very poodle-ie, for us before we left. When we got back to Everett Scott and I decided to have breakfast at our favorite spot. It was, after all, only 1:30pm! We had eggs, hashbrowns, toast and LOTS of coffee...Yum. I know, I know...Not really good food for a diet but I worked hard at the gym this week!!! After we ate so much we could hardly move (well, I was fine really...It was the boy Pookie that was all sloshy) we came home to do-NOTHING!!!!! That's right-For the rest of the day we did absolutely nothing of any importance. It was lovely.

Now I am off to bed. Tomorrow begins the countdown to the end of the "stupid day job." I will miss the ladies I work with. I will not miss getting up at the crack of dawn, having three hours in the evening before I have to go to bed, only seeing Scott one day a week or filing. (God I hate filing!) Tonight I will dream of stacks of files on fire, phones that never ring, lunch breaks that last for 7 1/2 hours and paychecks so big that there isn't enough room for all of those zeroes.

Yawn-Good night.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

My Blog is very, very pretty. Posted by Picasa

Friday, January 27, 2006

My Blog is very pretty! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

You Are Wind
Strong and overpoweringA force to be reckoned with, no one dares cross youYou have the power to change everything around you
You are best known for: your wrath
Your dominant state: commanding
What Type of Weather Are You?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Men! I swear!! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
Oprah Winfrey -O Magazine

Monday Meme

#1 List 6 places you hope to visit in 2006:

1. Mt. Saint Helens (Camping and volcanos go well together!)
2. Texas (I want to take Scott so that he will understand...)
3. California (To see My Mom and Lily)
4. The top of the Space Needle (Hey, I've seen the bottom part plenty of times might as well see the top too!)
5. San Juan Island (Just north of here is the only park in the US dedicated to whale watching)
6. Europe (I know that it won't happen but I would really love to go someday. I figure if I keep wishing for it maybe someday my fairy godmother will get up off her butt and grant my wish.)

#2 Name 6 people you hope to see more of in 2006:

1. My Mom (Miss you lots)
2. Lily (Miss you lots and lots)
3. Erin (She lives 20 minues away and we never see her!!!)
4. Katie (and John-Never met him but he likes Katie so he must be cool)
5. Adam (and Bridget-Although I've never actually met her either)
6. Scott's Mom, Bill, Gammie and Joe (I always have the best time when we go to visit my Pookie's clan)

#3 List 6 changes you expect to see happen in 2006:

1. Higher gas prices
2. A DVD player upgrade for the drivers side visor
3. A law passed against being gay, pagan, any skin color other than white, liberal, democratic, or free thinking in any way.
4. The end of the "war"
5. Talking Poodles
6. Flying cars

#4 Name 6 new things you'd like to do in 2006:

1. Whale watch.
2. Do a 5k walk (Feb. 12th I will do this for the first time ever!!!)
3. Backpack (I've camped and I've hiked but I've yet to backpack. I can't wait to do this. It will be a huge challenge)
4. Complete my first year of Grey School
5. Sew a quilt
6. Go somewhere in a boat in the Pacific (I've kayaked and canoed in lakes but I've never been in a real boat and never put more than my toes in the ocean)

#5 List 6 things you plan on buying in 2006:

1. Gym membership (check)
2. New Bathroom stuff
3. New bed stuff
4. A new pair of Dansko's
5. A dress 2 sizes smaller than I currently wear
6. A kitty

I was the 311th person to take this week's Monday Meme!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

My boyfriend is sooooo pretty! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Nothing much to report...I wake up, work, work out and go to sleep again. Anyway, thought that I would post so that you all know that I'm still alive. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Seattle is not only smart but fit too!

Here are the results for Most Fit and Fattest Cities:

Top 25 Fittest
2006 Ranking

1. Baltimore
2. Honolulu
3. Virginia Beach
4. Tucson
5. Milwaukee
6. Colorado Springs
7. San Francisco
8. Seattle
9. Louisville - Jefferson
10. Boston
11. Sacramento
12. Nashville - Davidson
13. Albuquerque
14. Tulsa
15. Phoenix
16. Atlanta
17. Portland
18. Washington D.C.
19. Oakland
20. Denver
21. Minneapolis
22. Arlington, TX
23. Austin
24. Jacksonville
25. Omaha

Top 25 Fattest
2006 Ranking

1. Chicago
2. Las Vegas
3. Los Angeles
4. Dallas
5. Houston
6. Memphis
7. Long Beach
8. El Paso
9. Kansas City
10. Mesa
11. Indianapolis
12. San Antonio
13. Fort Worth
14. Miami
15. Detroit
16. Columbus
17. Oklahoma City
18. Cleveland
19. Wichita
20. Charlotte
21. San Diego
22. Fresno
23. Philadelphia
24. San Jose
25. New York

I'm hoping to help boost Seattle's rank in the future! I'm all signed up for the gym and am off to my first session today!!

Scott and I also signed up for a Valentine's Day 5k too. It's my first one ever and I am very excited.

I'm very happy with my fitness plans thus far. This is the year I am going to actually make my fitness goal...If it's the last thing I do-damn it!!

Monday, January 16, 2006

Three years... Posted by Picasa

94,694,400 seconds... Posted by Picasa

1,578,240 minutes... Posted by Picasa

26,304 hours... Posted by Picasa

1,096 days... Posted by Picasa

156 weeks... Posted by Picasa

3 wonderful, crazy, adventure filled years. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, January 12, 2006

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. -Eden Phillpotts

I got my letter today! It's official...I am now a student of the Grey School. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Here it is...My "life path". It's me all summed up by another meaningless quiz.

Your Life Path Number is 4
Your Life Path Number is 4.
Your purpose in life is to build your vision.
You are practical and responsible. You work hard, knowing that there are no shortcuts in life.You work for a better life for yourself and those you love, but you are not an idealist.Trustworthy and honest, you also demonstrate great courage. People can count on you.
In love, you are a loyal and committed partner. You are the ideal spouse.
You don't give up easily, and sometimes you can be too stubborn and unwilling to change.You also can be too conservative at times. You sometime miss out on good opportunities.Also remember that not everyone can work as hard as you, as disappointing as that is!
What Is Your Life Path Number?

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The results are in.....Seattle is more smarter than you!

Here's the link for the following reults:

Most-Educated Cities in the United States

City, in order of education rank
Percent of population with college degree or higher
Median household income & (rank)

1. Seattle, WA 51.3 $46,650 (8)
2. San Francisco, CA 51 $60,031 (2)
3. Raleigh, NC 49.7 $47,878 (7)
4. Washington, DC 47.7 $46,574 (9)
5. Austin, TX 45.1 $45,508 (15)
6. Atlanta, GA 42.9 $37,385 (50)
7. Minneapolis, MN 41.1 $44,116 (20)
8. Boston, MA 40.9 $45,892 (13)
9. Lexington-Fay, KY 39.2 $38,322 (43)
10. San Diego, CA 39 $51,382 (5)
11. Portland, OR 37.8 $41,128 (28)
12. Oakland, CA 37.7 $46,190 (11)
13. San Jose, CA 37.3 $71,765 (1)
14. Charlotte, NC 37.2 $46,082 (12)
15. Denver, CO 35.9 $43,777 (21)
16. Honolulu, HI 34.4 $46,500 (10)
17. Colorado Sprgs, CO 34.1 $45,388 (16)
18. Pittsburgh, PA 33.6 $31,910 (59)
18. St. Paul, MN 33.6 $38,731 (41)
19. Cincinnati, OH 33.5 $31,960 (58)
19. Virginia Beach, VA 33.5 $55,781 (4)

Interesting survey. But...Where is #20?

Monday, January 09, 2006

On Monday mornings I am dedicated to the proposition that all men are created jerks.
H. -Allen Smith, "Let the Crabgrass Grow"

Mondays suck! I had the death flu all last week and when I got to work today I started wishing that I had it again. Posted by Picasa

(Update on 2006 goals-I've began working on #6...I found Jesus! He was behind the couch all this time!! Just kidding. I applied to the Grey School last week and...I received my acceptance e-mail this morning. I can begin my studies as soon as my real letter comes in the mail.)

Sunday, January 08, 2006

It's laundry day. Yuk! However as a treat....Later today we are going to go see The Producers. Yay! Posted by Picasa

Friday, January 06, 2006

Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average. Which means you've met your New Year's resolution. -Jay Leno

If I don't do something quick...Well, it could get really ugly! Posted by Picasa

Goals #2 and #3: As some of you may know, I have a problem with finding the motivation to work out and diet. So I've decided to set some fitness goals to work for. I've combined my 2006 goals #2 and #3 in an effort to get in shape and have some fun!

First of all I found out that Discovery Health Channel has set up a National Body Challenge.

What is this you might ask? The Discovery Health Channel's National Body Challenge is a FREE eight-week, comprehensive fitness and weight-loss challenge that provides the tools and inspiration, online and on television, to get in shape, shed extra pounds and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Open to individuals, groups and families, the National Body Challenge offers the flexibility for participants to make the right choices to meet their personal nutrition and fitness goals.

FREE-As in no charge! Plus when you sign up you get a free membership to Bally Total Fitness for the 8 weeks the challenge is running!

The challenge ends on March 11th. The following day I am going to participate in my very first walk!

After this I will enroll full time at either Bally or Worlds Gym both of which are only a few miles from my house.

All of this will be leading up to the main attraction.

I have decided to try to enter the 3 Day (60 mile) walk to raise money for breast cancer research. This is a very hard walk to be part of. It requires a lot of fund raising. I don't know if I'll be able to do it this year. I'm going to do my best. I'll post more details after my orientation.

This is a really big deal for me. I've never taken on such a huge fitness goal. I'll keep you all posted on my progress.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Happy Hump Day. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends.
-Cindy Lew

Yes, but an iPod Nano won't hurt your friendship either... Now will it Cindy Lew??? I love my new Nano! Just one of a series of great gifts I got for the holidays. (My most favorite was the necklace Scott gave me.) Posted by Picasa So what was your favorite gift(s) from Christmas 05?

Monday, January 02, 2006

My strategy! Posted by Picasa

In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it. -Robert Heinlein

Every year I set 10 goals for myself.

The goals I attained in 2005 were:

#1- Get a Paying Job in Theatre- I worked as a paid actress (2 shows), a stipend high school Drama teacher, a paid Director (1 show), a paid Stage Manager and a paid House Manager.

#2- Move- I actually did this twice this last year! First we moved apartments in Merced and then states from CA to WA!! Yay for us!!!

#3- Give to Charity- I did this via Bookcrossing this year and I feel a bit guilty for it. It was so much fun!

#4- Perform on Stage- As I mentioned I had two paying gigs this last year! This is a big step up for me as I usually have to act for free. I played Belinda in Noises Off and Hippolyta in Midsummer Night's Dream.

#5- Lose Weight- I am listing this as a goal completed but I must confess I did not do very well at all this year. I really need to work on this some more!

#6- Travel to New Places- I discovered many new lands this last year including: The tide pools of Northern CA, Crater Lake, OR and the whole state of Washington!

#7- Be Happy- Yet another goal that I still need to work on. I am happier now than I have ever been and yet that is still not as happy as I want to be. I will continue my attempts to find happiness in everyday life. My journey is a long road from pessimist to optimist but I will press on.

As for #8, #9 and #10...Well, a girl can only do so much in one year.

Goals for 2006:

#1-Make the move from part-time to full-time job in theatre.

#2-Lose MORE weight...a lot more. (Massive diet time I think)

#3-Join a charity walk...I want to do a 2 or 5k charity walk this year.

#4- Travel (This should include a trip to CA=Mom & Lily, trip to Tx=Adam & Bridget+baby and various others and a major camping trip somewhere in WA)

#5- Begin writing the play that I have had running through my brain for at least five years!

#6- Find Jesus (just kidding)... Study paganism and join the G school.

#7- Learn a new skill (I was thinking of taking a class on jewelry making or knitting)

#8- Get health insurance. I have got to see a doctor soon. It's been a very long time which is not good for a girl with a chronic illness!

#9- Have a baby (the fuzzy know, of the kitty purrsuasion)

#10- Be happy. Like I said before this is a long term goal.

So there they are all written up and official like. No taking them back now! I guess I'll just have to go out there and get busy with my tasks. Sigh. This is going to be a busy year!