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disclose 43 random THINGS about myself (read all 43 entries…)
3. Recycling

I feel guilty when I throw a recyclable can or bottle into a regular trash receptacle. Oh dear…it pains me just to think of it right now! o_O All those bottles and cans forever not decomposing in the dumps…



disclose 43 random THINGS about myself (read all 43 entries…)
2. Grammar

Me fail English? Unpossible!

I know the rules of grammar, but I suck at following them. I always say “me and so-and-so,” instead of “so-and-so and I”. And I’ve actually been caught saying “funner” which totally isn’t a word. And the whole who and whom thing…forget it. I swear those five years of studying English in college did me no good. The irony of it all is that I work as a damn editor and should be an expert at applying this sort of stuff.



disclose 43 random THINGS about myself (read all 43 entries…)
1. Chapstick

I can’t live without it. I have at least 5 or more scattered about so that there is always some within arms reach of me. I’m also notorious for losing any tubes of Burt’s Bees that may be in my possession. Every other brand is safe from being lost except that one…I don’t think I’ve ever had one long enough to start digging out the last of it with the back of my nails.



explore my spirituality without participating in organized religion (read all 5 entries…)
Time to check it off....

It’s been nearly a year since I first listed this goal and I can now say with a surety that I know I don’t need organized religion to maintain my spirituality. I believe there is a greater power out there in the universe and I know that I don’t need to sit in a church to know that it’s there.

The other day my mom was harping on me asking me when I was going to go back to church. I told her NEVER. I told her that I didn’t need to go there to be a good person. I’m not going back to the feeling of being judged or less perfect because I don’t fit in with the norms of a good little church girl. I’m happy with who I am and the 4+ years since I’ve been away from organized religion have been eye opening and perhaps the most personally satisfying for me. I’ve never been happier.



Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 125 entries…)
On Wednesday, Sept 19, 2007 I was grateful for...

1. Finally having a personal checking account (as opposed to the previous joint account from my marriage) to deposit ALL of MY money into. Feels good. :)
2. The beginnings of fall in the air…slightly cloudy, a cool breeze, but not quite cold enough for a sweater.
3. The Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks is BACK!!!!!! Yes!
4. Being able to fit in my skinny jeans…yeah baby!
5. Going out shopping with my mom last night…good female bonding time (as we are the only females in our family!)



Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 125 entries…)
On Monday, Sept 17, 2007 I was grateful for:

1. Finding an apartment I want to move into with my boyfriend…turning in the application today, so wish us luck! :D
2. Getting to back into the groove with my toastmasters club…I was losing interest for a bit, but now I’m feeling it again.
3. Being AWESOME at scrabble. (Anyone want to play me on Facebook?)
4. I lost five pounds (and wasn’t even working out…pure luck!)
5. Just that I feel chipper today!!!



move in together (read all 3 entries…)
New Happy Changes

So my boyfriend James and I have decided that we want to move in together! We went apartment hunting over the weekend and found a really HUGE 1 bedroom apartment right in the neighborhood we were looking for and at a really low price. I have all the completed paperwork for the place in hand and I’m going to drop it off with the manager this afternoon. I don’t think I’ve been this excited to live with someone ever!

Oh and before anyone tries to start dishing out advice, both of us have each lived with two other significant others before and so we know all about what to expect when living with a romantic-roommate. We’re both kind of starting over with our lives though, so we have hardly any furniture and will basically be starting from scratch! Good thing my half of the rent will be less than what I pay for my car payment. ;)



Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 125 entries…)
On Wednesday, Sept 12, 2007

Wait…how did we already get to September?! Hmm…anyway:

1. Having a medical plan that is cool enough to prescribe stuff for me over the phone so I wouldn’t have to take time off work for a dr. appointment.
2. The leftover pizza in the fridge at work from our pizza day yesterday – nice to not have to pay for lunch (especially if you are broke!)
3. The fact that Matchbox Twenty is coming out with a new album soon….OMG I can’t wait…
4. My local favorite radio station finally getting some morning DJs together that are actually funny and that I can actually relate to. No more flipping through junk in the morning!
5. Apartment hunting….it’s fun, but will be more fun once I get moving!



see a theatre production every 3 months (read all 7 entries…)
Jekyll and Hyde the Musical

I saw this at the Music Circus in Sacramento last weekend and I have to say, I was thoroughly impressed. Most people are familiar with the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – the doctor who hopes to make a potion to remove the evil in all people (the big theme in the production is that many people are two-faced hypocrites).

When Jekyll is denied permission to continue his research by the hospital’s board of governors, he decides to perform the research on himself; thereby transforming himself into Mr. Hyde each night when he takes the potion that is meant to remove evil.

Under the guise of Mr. Hyde (a side of himself that Dr. J does not recall each morning; he only recalls being more full of life than ever before) he visits a bordello and begins a violent love affair with one of the prostitutes there. He also goes about killing each of the board of governors one by one for their hypocritical nature. One example is the bishop who is a regular at the bordello – Mr. Hyde catches him outside and wishes him well in hell as he kills him before the bishop can confess his sins.

In the meantime, Jekyll is not only engaged to one of the governors’ daughters, but is mocked as being the laughing stock of the hospital. Jekyll’s fiance, however, is a woman who understands that his work is his life and that even she comes after his research.

So as the play goes on, and more murders occur, Jekyll realizes that he is the one who is the murderous Mr. Hyde. He sends warning to the surviving governors and to the prostitute mistress begging them to leave the city before another disaster occurs. However, nothing gets past Hyde (as he is Jekyll and can remember Jekyll’s actions) and he murders the mistress and the other governor before they can leave town.

I don’t really want to ruin the end, but you can probably already tell, this musical ends in tragedy. I thought the acting was superb and the musical numbers really pulled you into the story. I liked the Music Circus format, which utilizes the circular stage and the aisles from all sides of the theatre. It puts you so much closer to the action (ok, so my 4th row ticket helped too) and makes you more a part of the experience. I saw the matinee show and the actors were even given a standing ovation – I think that says a lot about the production.

I’d recommend this musical to anyone – it’s even a good one to see for beginning musical theatre goers. The good vs. evil theme is something I think everyone can relate to.



Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 125 entries…)
On Thursday, August 30, I am grateful for:

1. The upcoming three-day weekend. Woohoo!
2. A fun baby shower we had at work for a coworker
3. My newly washed car (it’s been dirty too long!)
4. A full day of good tunes to listen to on last.fm
5. That feeling of determination to get things done



see a theatre production every 3 months (read all 7 entries…)
Missed July, but August is lined up

Yeah…I was supposed to go to see Les Mis this month – had tickets and everything, but I dumped the guy I was seeing who had the tickets (he had family attending too)...so I guess too bad for me. I missed out.

But I just scored 4th row seats to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Musical for a Saturday matinée in August. Somehow I have the feeling that my current boyfriend won’t want to go…so too bad for him, I’ll just have to find another date! ;)



Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 125 entries…)
On Thursday, July 26, I am grateful for:

1. My new haircut…it’s really different and super spiffy! :)
2. The good feeling it gives me when I wear a dress.
3. Free lunch Thursdays at work…I’m eternally grateful for these.
4. Knowing that my friends trust me to call me when they need advice on sensitive issues.
5. Doing little things for friends and family like giving rides, dropping off lunches…it only takes a few minutes but makes me feel good that I’m helping out.



Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 125 entries…)
Friday, July 20, I am grateful:

1. I’ll have Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows tonight after midnight!!!!
2. My bestest friend is in town visiting from out-of-state and we’re partying all weekend.
3. Harry Potter! (said with a distinct British accent!)
4. Sangria….wonderful, tasty, inebriating Sangria.
5. Did I mention Harry Potter???!



Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 125 entries…)
On Friday, July 13, I was grateful for:

1. The fact that my roommate hires a cleaning lady to come every two weeks – I didn’t have to make my bed this morning and I don’t have to scrub toilets anymore. Hurray for laziness haha.
2. An ice cold can of Pepsi from the fridge at work.
3. A fun date I have planned with my guy tonight – dinner, casino, drinking, yay!
4. Only a week + a few hours until I have my copy of Deathly Hallows!
5. My pink pedicured toenails.



Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 125 entries…)
On Thursday, July 12, I was grateful for:

(wow have been slacking big time on this)

1. Being able to watch Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on opening day…what an incredible adaptation of the book!
2. Getting a big chuck of paperwork filled out for the last push to finalize my divorce (cross your fingers for August 25th!)
3. Looking forward to having dinner with my new boyfriend (of about a month now) tonight – we always get Mongolian BBQ!
4. ...and the fact that he makes time for me even though he is a single parent.
5. Friends that crack me up with totally random emails.



Finalize my divorce. (read all 3 entries…)
Holy Crapola this is tedious

Okay…so I have the entire stack of what I need printed out to get the last steps completed on my divorce. Just need to make a bunch of copies, make my ex sign and notarize some papers (easier said than done, right?) and then dump it all off at the courthouse and wait for them to return the paper to me that says my divorce is final!



see a theatre production every 3 months (read all 7 entries…)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Arggg…I missed seeing a musical during the month of May, but I got my June musical out of the way. I watched Forum at the community theatre in the round stage, which was pretty entertaining to watch. Very funny, the actors were hilarious and I’d recommend anyone who likes theatre to check it out if it is ever playing!



participate in Script Frenzy (read all 4 entries…)
Well, I participated...for a day...

I learned something about myself. I am NOT a screenwriter. It’s much too technical for me and I don’t think of stories in movie format. I’m a much better novelist than I am a screenwriter. So I’m officially checking this off as having participated, but I didn’t finish. I’ll have better luck with NaNoWriMo in November.



participate in Script Frenzy (read all 4 entries…)
Here goes!!!!

http://www.scriptfrenzy.org/eng/user/127490

My plans for my script have changed. Basically I have this character named Hadley who is a reporter for a cable news network whose mother (who moved back to the Philippines during her retirement) has just died and she is given a stack of diaries that her mother had left to her and she is made aware of the affect it had on her mother to lose her twin brother when they were in their 20s – he had gone to Kuwait to work as a mechanic and was never heard from again. So when Hadley is sent to Kuwait on assignment, she is able to also uncover some of the mystery behind what happened and also delve into the family and cultural connections of her overseas heritage. Eh – and she might even be captured by some terrorists somewhere along the way.

I guess this script will be dedicated to my mother…who no, is not dead, but did lose her older brother in Kuwait the 70s. They have no idea what happened to him and I feel that somehow by writing this story, I can find him once again.

Effing deep, I know…but I still want to write it.



host a murder mystery dinner party (read all 2 entries…)
Shelving this one for a while

I don’t even have my own place to do something like this anymore…and it could be a while, so I’ll put this back up once I have a proper venue.



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