Sunday, January 31, 2010

Weekly Workout Blog

Week 34....

Sunday - Nada

Monday - 20 mins Pilates (all abs..... killer)

Tuesday - Power workout day: Curves, 30 mins Elliptical, and 30 mins Treadmill

Wednesday - Nothing

Thursday - Curves, 30 mins Treadmill, and 15 mins Elliptical (yeah, didn't quite make the Power Squadron, this time around)

Friday - Nothing

Saturday - Nothing

Grade for this week - B+....... I missed one Pilates and half of an Elliptical goal, but overall, I did well.

Goals for this week:

  • Curves at least twice
  • 30 mins on the Elliptical at least twice
  • 30 mins Walking at least twice

Random Question Sunday........

Is it sad that this is becoming a highlight of my Sunday, lol?

Head over to Mann Land5 and join the fun!!

The questions..

1. Do you iron your sheets?

Um, no. I do get the right out of the dryer and put them on the bed, though.

And, I'll admit to putting them on "Dewrinkle" if they are wrinkled.

But, I don't actually iron them (or, anything else for that matter).

2. Your dream car is....?

I'm not a big "car person." I can't tell you models or anything. Really, as long as it drives and looks cute, I'm cool with it.

However, I do kind of love this car and this EXACT color. I'd love to have it as my own, lol.

3. Do you have an innie or an outie belly button?


4. What meal do you look forward to the most..breakfast, lunch, or dinner?

Ususally lunch or dinner.

5. Favorite mascara?

6. What would you say your decorating style is..traditional, modern, eclectic, country, french country, shabby chic, etc..?

I'm guessing it's pretty traditional with a little country/french country/shabby chic.

7. Have you ever been skinny dipping?


8. I hate the smell of...?

Mustard, Ketchup, Brussell Sprouts, Cigarette Smoke

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Heart Abandoned

So, after my Random Question Sunday post, I was going to finish my recap on my trip to St Jude. It's coming, I promise (all of my pictures are uploaded into the post..... that's progress).

However, this morning at church, I had an experience that I just felt the need to write about. It kind of hit me how everything is working together, right now.

I'm guessing that it all truly started about three or four weeks ago. They introduced this new song to our Worship portion. It seems to have really hit a chord with many in our congregation and we've sung it every Sunday since.

The chorus goes....

So, I'll stand
with arms high and heart abandoned
in awe,
of the One who gave it all.

So, I'll stand
my soul, Lord, to You surrendered.
All I am
is Yours.

Now, I've been going to church my entire life. One thing I've always struggled with is the whole arm raising thing when singing. It's just not me. I've always told myself.

Only, it is me. I've always been highly affected by music. As a little kid, I'd dance in the aisles of Publix or WalMart to the overhead music (which drove my mom crazy). When I'm at a concert, I sing and dance and wave my arms around. When I'm in the car by myself, I sing at the top of my lungs. When I'm on the treadmill, I mouth the words and make facial expressions and kind of dance/walk.

So, I do have the ability to be physically and emotionally moved by music.

Admittedly, I do sit down at concerts and just sit quietly when I'm not into the song, lol. Or, I'll skip past a song on my IPod if I'm not feeling it, at that moment.

But, when it came to "church music" there have only been about a dozen or so songs, in my entire life, that get me excited or emotional. And raising my hands? Probably about 2 or 3.

So, they started singing this song. And, I felt really moved by it the first week.

The second week.... I did raise my hand a little and sing more loudly then usual. I then posted the first part of the chorus as my FB status (which is SO unlike me) and I looked up the lyrics to the song on the Internet.

Last week, I was in Memphis, so I didn't go.

This week.... well, this week, I had a total epiphany about the past several weeks.

See, the whole time that I've been keeping that song in the back of my mind, I've also been making these small little changes that are gradually becoming bigger.

A couple days after that first week, I did a "I've Come To Realize" Post. In that post, I admitted to myself that a really good friendship of mine had come to an end. That week, I wrote a letter to that friend basically acknowledging the change and apologizing for the part that I played in it. Sadly, I doubt that it will get much better....... mainly because that person never really knew me and can't accept that I'm not who he thought I was. I also decided that while I'll do my part to try to reinstate some friendliness between us, it probably will never be what it was.

I also started writing another letter. To "The Guy." Not really to send it.... just to write my feelings out. I kept it on my computer and just would go back to it, every couple of days. I'd change a word here or some phrasing there. Then, I let a few of my friends read it.... so, they'd have a better understanding of what I was trying to get at. They all encouraged me to send it, but I just wasn't quite ready.

Well, last week, I went to Memphis and gained some serious perspective. When I got back from the airport, there was a small group in our house.......... our house hosts the 11th and 12th grade girls' small group. Apparently, the message that morning had been about being transparent with people and not hiding yourself in order to protect yourself.

On Tuesday, I hand wrote that letter to "The Guy", put it in an envelope, addressed it, stamped it, and mailed it to Minne-friggin-sota. It laid EVERYTHING out on the table. Every thought, every feeling..... everything. 5 pages of everything.

Maybe it's overkill, but it was honest.

I've been nervous about it all week. So nervous that I posted about being nervous. Gina.... that was a really good guess.... I went way beyond asking him out, though, lol.

He should have gotten the letter by yesterday, I think.

He's been out of touch for about a week now. That's not totally unheard of, but still a bit rare. So, on top of not hearing from him, I now assume that he has the letter and has probably read it.

And, while I wasn't expecting to hear from him right away..... NOT hearing from him is making me a crazy person. Because, I've pretty much convinced myself that he doesn't feel the same way. And, I'm afraid of losing a great friendship. And, I'm scared that I've basically mailed my heart to Minne-friggin-sota and it may get mailed back to me, in pieces.

Like I said, I wasn't expecting to hear from him right away. I mean, it took me a few weeks to process that letter before I felt ready to send it. Even if he does feel the exact same way as I do, I laid out a lot more than just my feelings for him..... so, I can't expect that he'd be ready to pick up the phone right away and talk about it.

But, knowing that it was in his hands....... it's stressing me out.

On a much smaller note, I also emailed my boss regarding an issue that I've had for a while now. I was a lot more forceful than is in my nature.

Apparently, it's been a letter-writing few weeks.

Enter this morning.....

I go into church thinking it would be any other sermon.

We learned a new song. And, while it was nice, I wasn't particularly moved by it.

Then, our pastor said that he felt the need to individually pray for anyone who was dealing with pain or anything that felt bigger then themselves. Several of our pastors went up to the front and anyone that wanted/needed prayer lined up, told the pastor quietly what their need was, and then was prayed over.

Here's another thing..... I don't like going up to the altar. I'll pray in my seat.

So, I stood where I was and just sang along. But, I also started crying as I was doing it. I internally FOUGHT the urge to go up there.

Eventually, though, I did. And, I simply told the pastor available that I needed pray about worry and stress and a broken heart. And, he prayed over me. They were really sweet words that he spoke just so that I could hear.... and while I was crying (which I hate to do in front of people I don't really know), I also felt better.

So, I went back to my seat and continued to sing.

Then, they started that song.

When it came to the chorus, my arms went up high and I literally sang at the top of my lungs (to the person in front of me..... so sorry you had to deal with that).

As I was singing, it hit me......

Arms high and heart abandoned.

There really is nothing more vulnerable that that. Or, trusting.

Without pushing too hard, I think that God has been getting me to do that, lately.

I'm a bit of a control freak. I'm also cautious. And, scared. And, worried.

See, for a really long time, I've been holding on to my feelings because I was too afraid to let go. TG may have already known how I felt, but as long as I wasn't telling him, then I had the illusion of control. The fear of a bad reaction or him not feeling the same way was keeping me in this state of limbo. Even though I was praying to God that He would work it out according to His plan.

It hit me today that until I abandoned my heart and fears, there wasn't any way that God could work it out. I wasn't really giving it to Him.

Well, I'm still afraid of how it's going to work out with "The Guy." I really don't want to lose him.

However, it's completely out of my hands, now.

Random Question Sunday......

I do love these little questionnaires. Head over to Mann Land5 and participate!!

The questions.....

1. Waffles, pancakes or french toast?

This is quite possibly the hardest question ever.

I do love pancakes (especially if said pancakes are being eaten in the Pancake Pantry in Nashville).

Unless they are from the Pancake Pantry and I have a choice of waffles or pancakes, I will usually choose waffles.

Except, when there is a choice between waffles, pancakes, or french toast..... then I usually choose french toast...... ESPECIALLY if it is sourdough french toast.

However, if there is a choice between non-sourdough french toast and Belgian Waffles.... I'll go with the BW.

See? I told you this was hard.

2. Dream home..What would it look like?

I kid, lol....... although, I do think The Biltmore is the coolest thing ever.

My dream house would have porches, a really relaxing master suite, an awesome baby nursery, a dance studio area, a gym, and a couple of great guestrooms for visitors.

3. Favorite sport to watch during the Winter Olympics?

Figure skating.

4. The first word that comes to mind when describing yourself?

I hate describing myself. It feels weird.

5. Dresses, pants (jeans, leggings, etc.) or skirts?

I'm definitely a pants girl. On occasion, I'll wear a dress. I actually can't remember the last time I wore a skirt.

6. What is your favorite time of day?

I'm a night-owl, so I prefer evenings. However, I think my absolute favorite TIME is in the early evening (5-6:30ish)...... it's just at that point where you still have a few hours before you really need to get ready for the next day. The workday is (hopefully or almost) over and you have some free time to go to the gym or out to dinner or to a movie or veg out on the couch.

7. Beach or Mountains..which do you prefer?

I am a Native Floridian and I'm going to say something that will probably make all you landlocked state residents very, very angry.....

I don't like the beach.

I hate the sand and the sun and sunscreen and having to wear a bathing suit and the nasty bathrooms and the salt water.

And, at night, there are these awful things called sand fleas (or noseeums, as we Floridians call them) of which I am highly allergic. No, seriously.... when I was going into my junior year of high school, I went to the beach with some friends for a friend's birthday. I got EATEN UP by those things. We're talking hundreds of them on each leg. I was in pain from the itching for over a week and it took over a month for all the bites to go away. It was awful.

I'm not exaggerating. You can ask my friend Meg. Or, my mom. It was horrid. Since then, all it takes is one or two bites and my whole body starts having a reaction.

So..... I prefer the mountains.

8.Will you watch the Super Bowl?

I will watch the Super Bowl commercials.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Weekly Workout Blog

Week 32...

Monday (the 11th) - Curves

Tuesday (the 12th) - Curves

Friday (the 15th) - 45 mins on the Elliptical

..... Ok, not so great, but I am SUPER proud of the Friday workout. It was at the hotel, while we had a break at the seminar. People, I don't workout while I'm travelling. So, for me to actually find the hotel gym was impressive. The other days didn't have long enough breaks for me to get away, again.

Week 33....

Tuesday (the 19th) - Curves

Thursday (the 21st) - Curves

Saturday (the 23rd) - 45 mins walking and 20 mins Pilates

.... Again, not so great, but ok.

Goals for this week:

*** I'm going to preface this with something..... my friends and I want to start P90X this week. However, as they aren't my DVDs and it's not my house, I'm not so sure that we will actually do it. So, if we do, these goals are null and void. If we don't, then I'm holding myself to it.****
  • Curves at least twice
  • 30 mins on the Elliptical at least twice
  • 30 mins Walking at least twice

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The "Oh, crap.... What have I done?" Post

So, in my last post, I mentioned that I'd decided to "take some action" in my life.

I bit the bullet.

Dove off the high-dive.

Jumped without a parachute.

Laid it on the line.

..... and, I'm seriously freaking out about it.

In the next day or two, the reprecussions of my choices should be made known. It's sort of hitting me all at once and I'm in a bit of a panic-mode.

No matter what, I'll be ok. I know that I can handle it.

I'm just freaking out, lol.

Monday, January 18, 2010


The past week has been full of events that have offered perspective.

The most obvious has been the situation in Haiti. It's a horrible tragedy that we cannot even fathom. I can't begin to process the thoughts on this situation..... only that I'm praying for them.

There was also an instance at work, last week, that started out as ridiculous and quickly turned unfortunate. It's actually a great story, but I probably shouldn't post about it here until I can figure out how to make it a little more anonymous, lol.

More personally, my trip to St. Jude (which I will still be posting about). There is nothing like standing in front of a child with a life-threatening illness..... a child who is fighting that illness with everything you've got.... to give you a wake-up call as to what your life is about.

To quote Chase, a 15 year old who is currently fighting Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in his skull, when he was asked what his dreams for his future are as he succeeds in fighting this illness...... "I don't really dream for the future. I live for today, because it's the only day that I know I have. If I want something, it has to be fought for now..... not, someday."

Amen. That's perspective from a 15 year old boy.

My friends/coworkers and I that went this weekend kept an ongoing conversation about this. The past week has been a bit of an eye-opener for all of us.

I'm cautious. I'm a planner. I think and I ponder and I weigh the pros and cons. The good news is that once I finally do make a decision and take action, I very rarely regret it.

The bad news is that I probably do miss out on some things because I too cautious.

So, all that said, I'm about to take some action. It's scary and to be perfectly honest, I would like to throw up just thinking about what may come of it.

So, please do me a favor...... cross your fingers and pray for me over the next week or so. Whatever the outcome is, good or bad, I'm going to need it.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sunday Questions

I just got back from Memphis for the Country Cares for St Jude Radio Training Seminar. This is my third year attending and each year, I learn more and am even more astounded by that place. Stay tuned for a full recap.

Until then.....

Keely over at Mann Land5 hosts a Sunday "Getting to Know You" post and I like to join in on the fun! She is also using this post as a way to help Haiti, so even more reason to head over and play along.

1. Hair color..Au naturale..or not?

Kind of.... I have highlights, but the actual color is mine.

2. If somebody has food in their teeth or lipstick on their teeth do you tell them?

Yes, as quietly as possible.

3. Would you rather have a million dollars or your vision of the perfect body?

My vision of a perfect body, lol. I think it's actually harder to workout and lose weight than it is to work for my paycheck (which is way less that a mil, lol).

4. Favorite magazine?

I like People and soap opera magazines, lol.

5. Bra style..lacey or plain?

Not lacey, but not exactly plain. I like cute and fun patterns.

6. If you walked into Victoria's Secret..would you most likely come out with something sexy or comfy?

I would have to walk into there before I could walk out of there, but that's not the question. Probably sexy.... if I'm going to spend that much money, then I want to make it work for me, lol.

7. Do you fake and bake?

I have before (the summer of 2008), but that was a 3 month thing, lol. I got slightly addicted to it and having color. Then, I decided to stop.

8. What's your favorite body part on a man?

Arms and chest. And, hands. I love it when a man has really manly hands and make mine seem small, in comparison.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

In honor of the return of American Idol

That's right!!! It's back!

I love American Idol. I just do. From the beginning, you pick your favorites.... then, you watch each week to see what the theme will be and how well they do! At the very end, there is a winner.

With the exception of a few, the Idols that we cried, fought, and cheered over for 4 months are usually forgotten by the next January. A new crop of contestants come in and it's out with old, in with new.

Surprisingly enough, the Idols that go country have shown the most success. Carrie Underwood (duh), Kellie Pickler, Bucky Covington, Phil Stacey, and Josh Gracin.... all are doing pretty well. The crazy part is that I've actually met ALL of them, except for Carrie, lol.

Well, Idol fans, a new one has joined the Country Fray..........


I still wish he were in the finals, instead of Adam Lambert.

Anyway, he recently signed on to do a Country album and was making his way around Florida, last week.

First, he chatted on the air with S and J.....

We invited some listeners to join us in the conference room for a small concert.

He sang for about 45 minutes, including some new stuff and some of the songs he sang on Idol.

He is SUPER nice.

J and Danny

Danny and I

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Random Question Sunday....

Apparently, Gina has really great taste in these little questionnaires because this is the second one in a week that I'm stealing from her, lol.......

1. If you were stranded on a desert island and could pick one person to be stranded with you, who would you pick? Family members not included.

Ok, if family members were included, hands down.... Heidi. But, since they aren't...... Jeni, "The Guy", or Meg.

Jeni because we always have so much fun when we're doing absolutely nothing.

"The Guy" because he's a boy and can handle the whole outdoors thing..... plus, I figure it would give us time to figure some things out.

Meg because I know we'd be able to work together to get us off the island.

2. Do you read celebrity gossip?

I do and I don't. Most of the time, I don't have to because someone at the station will either email it to me or tell me about it.

3. Favorite show you're watching this season?

I watch way too much TV. Grey's, Desperate Housewives, Glee, The Mentalist, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory.... just to name a few.
However, I'm really looking forward to American Idol starting this week!!

4. How tall are you?

5'7 1/2"..... I sometimes wish I were cute and petite, but overall I'm good with my height, lol.

5. What was the last book you read?

I just finished Nicholas Sparks' Dear John last night. I really liked it and am looking forward to the movie. I doubt it will follow to the letter, but I still think it will be good.

Now, I'm reading Nanny Returns, the sequel to The Nanny Diaries. So far, so good!!

6. Flats or heels?

Mainly, flats or flip flops. I'm a Florida girl, through and through. However, I do own some pretty great heels that I break out, on occasion.

7. If you had to choose one natural disaster to go through, what would you choose-- Earthquake, Tornado, or Hurricane?

I prefer none. However, in 2004, I went through 3 Hurricanes. So, I guess I'll choose that.

BTW.... with Hurricanes, come Tornados a lot of the time.

8. Thong, panties, or (gasp) granny panties?

Panties, mainly..... bikini-style or hipster/boy shorts. I do wear thongs, when needed.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Weekly Workout Blog

Week 30.....

Monday - Curves

.... and, that's it. Unless you count walking around Universal.

Week 31....

I made it to Curves twice.

Progress, lol, just not what I should be doing.

I promise, I will hop back on the Fit Train.

I'm going to be going to Memphis, this week, so I won't make any hardset goals. However, I will be making goals for the following week.

Frostbite in Florida

It is freaking cold outside.

Like, it's 1:30 in the afternoon and it's currently 34 degrees.

In Florida, that's INSANE. Do you know how many days in my Native Floridian life we've had days this cold?

Um, not many.

I kind of like it for a day or two, but then it needs to get back up to the 50s, lol.

This week, as a whole, has been cold. That's another rarity. Usually, we'll get a 2-4 day cold snap, then it's back to the 70s. We're on a full week of cold weather and it's not stopping until about next Thursday. At that point, I'll be flying to Memphis..... where I'm presuming it will be cold.

People..... I don't own two weeks worth of cold weather clothes.

**** We pause this writing of the blog, as there are reports of SNOW about 10 miles from my house.*****

I'm back. It totally has been snowing!!! It wasn't the snow that you Northerners are used to, but it was snow. I took video of it and will try to post it later, if Blogger will cooperate.

My brother got a phone call from one of his friends and his girlfriend, who both live on the same side of town, to tell him that it was snowing. I literally jumped up, grabbed my robe (I was still in my PJs), and got in the car, lol. We drove over there..... it was snowing as we were driving, too!

Seriously, so cool! The last time it snowed here was in 1977. Today, January 9, 2010, it has snowed, lol.

Like I said, I'll try to post video, later.

What I was going to say before the little newsbreak was that my lack of cold weather clothes is causing problems.

Thursday morning, I had an early morning event at a Holiday Inn. I had to be there at 5am. At first, while we were setting up, I was fine. But, once everything started, my job is to sit at the front table and greet people.

Usually, I'm cold at the Holiday Inn. They like to keep it at 70 degrees in that lobby, so I bring a jacket, even in the summer. Thursday morning, they didn't need the A/C. The cold air blasting through the lobby everytime someone would walk in kept the place at about 60. Lucky me..... I was in direct line of the cold air blast. By 6:30, my teeth were chattering, despite my long sleeves, hoodie jacket, and the only coat I own.

One of the people at the front desk took pity on my and had housekeeping bring me two huge blankets. I looked like the Yeti, but I didn't care because I was finally warm.

D took a picture because he thought it was funny, lol......

Stay tuned, as I'll try to post proof of SNOW in Central Florida.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I've come to realize.....

I borrowed today's post from Gina, who borrowed it from Molly Lou Gifts.

I’ve come to realize that my job. . . is amazing, even when it gets on my nerves. And, whether I'm at my current company forever or not, I'm definitely in the industry I'm meant to be in.

I’ve come to realize that when I’m driving. . . I prefer to be on the phone. It's the best talk-time. However, if I can't get someone on the phone, I usually want quiet over noise.

I’ve come to realize that I need. . . to get some things figured out. Mainly, though, I need to let God show me what He wants in this situation.

I’ve come to realize that I have lost. . . a pretty good friendship over the past few months, partly at my fault and partly at the other party's. The sad thing is, as much as I care about this person, I'm too tired of the situation to fight for the friendship.

I’ve come to realize that I hate it when. . . . I get mad or down in the dumps. I don't like that Jess.

I’ve come to realize that if I’m drunk. . . you're looking at the wrong person, lol. I drink, on occasion, but I don't get drunk.

I’ve come to realize that money… is really hard earned and very easily wasted.

I’ve come to realize that certain people. . . aren't going to like me and there's nothing I can do about it.

I’ve come to realize that I’ll always. . . care just a little too much.

I’ve come to realize that my sibling(s). . . are not like me and that's okay.

I’ve come to realize that my mom… isn't perfect, but she's the most perfect mom for me and my brother, Trevor.

I’ve come to realize that my cell phone. . . is what keeps me connected to the people I love and I, in return, love it, lol.

I’ve come to realize that when I woke up this morning. . . it does in fact get COLD in Florida.

I’ve come to realize that last night before I went to sleep. . . I miss reading books. I get so sucked into the internet and TV, etc, that I rarely sit and read, anymore. Last night was the second night, in a row, that I read before I went to sleep and I loved it.

I’ve come to realize that right now I am thinking. . .that I really want a brownie with ice cream.

I’ve come to realize that my dad. . . is my dad, even though I can't be around him.

I’ve come to realize that when I get on Facebook. . . I get sucked in. It's a blessing and a curse, lol.

I’ve come to realize that today. . . . was a good day. Nothing brilliant happened, but nothing bad, either.

I’ve come to realize that tonight. . . . I didn't meet a goal that I set for myself, but I did a lot better that I thought I would.

I’ve come to realize that tomorrow. . . is a day that I need to live to the fullest.

I’ve come to realize that I really want to. . . . be a wife and mother, someday. For a while, I wasn't sure that I wanted kids. I was around too many too much. But, having been away from the craziness for almost a year now, I know that I *do* want them. Not now or even 5 years from now, but someday.

I’ve come to realize that the person mostly likely to repost this is. . . a mystery to me.

I’ve come to realize that life. . . is all about the journey.

I’ve come to realize that this weekend. . . is unplanned and I like it.

I’ve come to realize that my friends. . . are amazing and I'm very grateful for them.

I’ve come to realize that this year. . . is full of possibilities for me.

I’ve come to realize that my husband. . . is out there, somewhere, lol.

I’ve come to realize that maybe I should. . . take better care of myself.... physically, mentally, and emotionally.

I’ve come to realize that I love. . . cautiously, at first.

I’ve come to realize that I don’t understand. . . men, but that's nothing new.

I’ve come to realize my past. . . is nothing I can change and I probably wouldn't, even if I could.

I’ve come to realize that parties. . ..are a little stressful for me. I don't always do social events well.

I’ve come to realize that I’m totally terrified. . . of losing absolutely anyone I love. And, rats (I'm really scared of rats).

I’ve come to realize that my life. . . is full accomplishments. It's also full of unreached potential and I'm excited to see where it goes.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

$3.00 for a pack of 6.

This is quite possibly the most random bit of information about me, EVER, but I'm waiting for the new Desperate Housewives to come on, so here goes.

I have this problem with socks. Literally, every single pair has at least one hole in the toe. Don't ask me why I've yet to just throw out the socks with holes in them and make new pairs with the non-holey socks. It's just this unconscious thing.

Until today.

See, it's freezing outside.

Well, it's in the 40s during the day in Florida. Which is freezing.

I know that in most other parts of the country, it's legitimately freezing. "The Guy" posted a picture of his thermostat on Facebook this evening...... it's 20 below zero outside in Minne-friggin-sota. But, in Florida, the 40s is freezing.

Anyway, I wore socks today because it's freezing. I usually don't wear socks unless I'm working out, but it's freezing.

Since I usually don't wear socks unless I'm working out, most people don't know that there are holes in them.

My mom noticed today, though. "Jess, your socks have holes in them."

"Yeah, I know."

"Why don't you put on another pair and throw that pair out?"

"Well, because they all have holes in them."

"Jessica! You can afford new socks! They are $3.00 for a pack of 6 at WalMart. Go buy some!"

I'm not sure why that never occurred to me, before. For now, though, I'm living with holes in my socks......

Friday, January 1, 2010

Looking forward......

It's Here! 2010 has offcially arrived!

I'm going to be honest.... as the last 4 months of a year are always my favorite, I'm usually a little more sad to see the year go than happy to see a new one come. The New Year is when all the pretty decorations go away, all the festivities are shutting down, and all the obvious reasons to be excited have come and gone.

Plus, other than a couple of really sucky years (2004 really wasn't that great....), I don't usually wish a year good riddance. I get all sentimental and wish it didn't have to end.

All that said, as the ball starts to drop, I get excited. It's a new start, a new beginning.... and there are all these possibilities.

I'm not really one for New Year's Resolutions. I tend to make my goals/resolutions around my birthday. I already have a list that I'm working on.

However, I do have many things that I'm looking forward to........

  • Another trip to St. Jude! - In exactly two weeks, I'll be in Memphis visiting my favorite hospital.

  • Our Radiothon - Feb 25 and 26

  • Taylor Swift concert in March - I will probably be as bad as the teeny boppers, lol. I've listened to her Fearless album no less than 150 times.

  • Strawberry season - Central Floridians will know what I'm talking about. We actually have a Strawberry Festival. That's fun and all, but that's not what really matters. What really matters is the dirt cheap strawberries that you can get on the side of the road. Also, all the strawberry farms where you can stop and get homemade Strawberry Milkshakes...... and Strawberry Shortcake.... and Strawberry Cookies. Seriously, it's one of the best things about living in Florida during March/April.

  • Getting back into a workout routine - As much as I love late August through December, it's a crazy time. It makes it a little tough to devote myself to working out. Things tend to slow down a bit in the earlier part of the year, so I'm excited to get back into my hardcore routine.

  • Hitting a full year with my job - It's getting so close, lol. It's hard to believe it has been a year. I didn't "officially" start until the first of March. However, they asked me in mid-January to apply for the job and act as interim.... I started the first of February. So, it's really close to being a year. It's been a great year, but it will make it a little easier now that I'm not in that "transition" phase.

  • Having a full-time intern - HALLELUJAH!!!!! I'm so excited about this, lol. For three glorious months, I will have SO much help, lol. My intern seems like a really great girl.... I know she's going to be wonderful.

  • My cousin visiting - I have been promised that this will happen, lol. I don't know when, but at some point in 2010, I will get to hug Heidi's neck on Florida land.

There are lots of reasons to be excited that 2010 is here!

What are you looking forward to?