Jumping back in…

July 7, 2011

Warning: if you’ve had enough of friends/relatives/strangers going on about finding Mr/Ms. Right, then this isn’t the post for you! 😛

It isn’t something I talk a whole lot about to anyone other than close friends, but I haven’t had the best luck in the relationship arena. I’ve never accomplished anything on a strict timeline; I was 19 when I got my driver’s license, and my university degree has been a true roller coaster of up-and-down emotions and academic results. There are some things I believe in setting a firm goal for; for instance, if you read my 30 in 30 post, you’ll know that I am DETERMINED to lose 30 lbs by my 30th birthday in January. There is no one but me standing in the way of that goal!!

However, I draw the line with relationships and firm goals. I have seen what has happened with the “I want to get married by 28” and “I want to be a mom by 30″ people, and in the majority of cases things haven’t ended well. Of course, I know there are special circumstances; illness, military deployment, or any of a myriad of personal reasons why people want to accomplish something by a certain point in their life. Saying that, I get REALLY stinkin’ jealous of some people around my age who are getting married, have found Mr/Ms. Right, are having kids…they have someone to love them, to care for them and about them. Don’t get me wrong; my parents and brothers are WONDERFUL and have been, and continue to be, an enormous support to me. However, it would be really nice to have someone around to talk with, to cry with when I’m having a bad day, to watch my favorite movies and TV show with…to just be there for me when I need him.

Sooo…I’m taking the first baby step in jumping back into the wonderful world of the awkward back-and-forth tango more commonly known as “dating”; I’m admitting that I truly want to find someone, that life partner who will stick around through the bad times and the good. I don’t know what’s going to end up working for me, but I talk a lot and love meeting new people, so I’ll use that to start with and go from there  🙂  Barring that, there are always arranged marriages… 😀

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If you’re going to chase Royals, WEAR SNEAKERS!!!

July 6, 2011

*I will preface this post by stating that I will refer to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as Will and Kate. They are pretty casual people, after all!*

I was one of those crazy people who got up at the crack of dawn (well, earlier than the crack of dawn, actually; it was 3:50am!) to watch Will and Kate’s wedding. You see, my mother and grandmother are great fans of the royal family, and books about the various members of the monarchy have always been everywhere around the house and cottage. It was a great activity for Mom and I to enjoy, and watching the entire wedding with her will always be one of my favorite memories of time we spent together  🙂

When word got out that Will and Kate would be coming to Prince Edward Island this summer, there was NO question that I would be going! My BFF got the weekend off of work to join me, and I shift-traded in order to make a nice long weekend. Time set aside, we headed over to the Island after work on the evening of Canada Day. On Sunday afternoon, we did a bit of a reconnaissance mission to determine where we would stake out our spot the next morning for the main event; an appearance and walkabout at Province House. The royal couple was set to land in Charlottetown on Sunday evening, so out to the airport we headed! It was really neat seeing their plane land; I forgot (*GASP*) my camera at home (as you will read later, it was just as well!), so I snapped a pic with my iPod Touch:

The next day, we left the cottage bright and early in the morning in order to stake our place in front of Province House. We parked at my grandmother’s house and walked the 15 minutes into town (remember this; we had also done a round trip the day before during our recon mission!). The royal couple was scheduled to speak there, do a walkabout, ride down Great George Street (the street perpendicular to Province House) in a landau (i.e. a carriage pulled by horses!), and then watch a performance on the waterfront. We got to the area at about 8:30, and there were a LOT of people there; some had been waiting since the previous evening! Since I am relatively short (5’6″), there was no way in Hades that I was going to be able to get any decent photos, since people were crammed together like sardines and we were 2-3 rows of people back from the barricade. Instead, I concentrated on enjoying the moment and taking pictures of the giant TV screen that we were coincidentally positioned close to  🙂

By the time Will and Kate appeared outside, we had walked 15 minutes at a rapid pace and stood in the same spot, barely moving, for almost 2 hours. Remember than recon mission from yesterday? I don’t wear sneakers in the summer unless I’m at the gym. Therefore, I was wearing my super-comfy, well broken-in Birkenstocks. Standing in that crowd, I could FEEL giant blisters on the bottom of both feet, and they felt like they were on fire! I managed to limp down to the waterfront to do some more stalking (bff is SO lucky that he’s 6’+ tall and has a SUPER camera!!!), and then managed the 15-minute walk back to the car through gritted teeth. By the time we got home, my feet were so sore that the only thing I could compare them to was the result of the Black High-Heeled Boots in Paris incident of 2005! I unfortunately had to miss Will and Kate’s departure later that day for Summerside, where my bff shook both of their hands, and where my mother ended up on cbc.ca!

Lesson learned: if you’re going to stalk Royals, do so in Nikes, not Birkenstocks. Even the most fit will be taken down. Trust me!!

30 by 30!!

June 12, 2011

JULY [um, yeah…I can’t do math…!] 21st, 2011, is the day. The day when it will be exactly 6 months until my 30th birthday.

Honestly, the number doesn’t mean a lot to me. I’m not one for setting age-related goals in life; every time I’ve tried, I’ve ended up disappointed and miserable. So, I told myself that I will do my best and get things done in my own time! No “I want to get married by X”, “I haaaave to have kids by X”, etc., for me!

One thing that can’t wait, however, is my health. I’ve let my fitness level and eating habits lapse over the past couple of years, and I think that things have finally settled down in my life. It’s time! I have pledged to myself to lose (a minimum of) 30 in 30; that is, 30 lbs by the time I turn 30 on January 21st. I think 6 months is a more than reasonable amount of time to accomplish this goal; I did it 7 years ago, and I can do it again!! My new place of work even has a gym in the basement, and the staff does a “Biggest Loser” competition a few times a year. I do well when I’m accountable to someone or a group of people, so I’m signing up right away for the next challenge! My goal is to be bikini-ready for next spring; perhaps my bff and I will set off on one of our adventures. I really, REALLY want to go back to Hawaii, or on a Southern Caribbean Cruise, or…well, you get the point  🙂

So, stay tuned…as of June 21st, I’m going hardcore and I’ll need my readers’ help. I know that I’m going to have BAD sugar/salt/fatty food cravings, so there might be a few posts with barely more than “I desperately want [insert food here] right now!” There will probably be some bad days along the way, too…but writing, for me, is the best therapy 🙂

“Memorable” commercials- Post #5

June 6, 2011

Hee hee…I was surprised when I first saw this series of ads on TV, and rolled my eyes, but once I saw the tag at the end and knew what they were trying to accomplish, I thought it was brilliant!

Seriously, though…if you have a family history, get checked out!!!

19 years ago today…

June 5, 2011

…my neighbor and close family friend picked my brother and I up at school. We were very excited; after all, it was nearly the end of our 2nd and 5th grade years, plus we would soon be welcoming a new brother or sister! When we saw our neighbor, we knew something was up. Sure enough, my dad had taken my mom to the hospital that Friday afternoon (during, I was to learn later, a nurses’ strike!).

I can’t recall exactly what we did that night, but I do remember my father calling my neighbor’s house early in the morning, telling us we had a new baby brother. “Are you SURE?” I kept asking; I had wanted a sister for years! My father assured me that he was very much certain that the baby was a boy!

The next day, I remember walking into the front door of the hospital, and riding the elevator up to the maternity ward wriggling with excitement. When I saw my new baby brother for the first time, I fell in love immediately and I have never, EVER regretted not getting the sister I wanted.

He has brought us such joy over the past 19 years; from when he used to take our things and sell them back to us, when he wandered off to the mini golf course at the age of 3 (and scared my grandparents to death!), and when he graduated from high school last year with high honors.

Happy 19th birthday, buddy- enjoy your life. You have so much to look forward to!!

Dear teenage boys in the beat-up maroon car…

May 27, 2011

I just want to let you know that when you drove by me earlier and yelled “Hey, fatty!”, I heard you.

You may think it was funny to say this, but I have 2 brothers around your age and several male friends who, fortunately, like me the way I am. I don’t think any of them would find your comments funny in the least, and, if given the chance, my brothers could beat you to a pulp. Good thing I don’t advocate violence except in cases of self-defense!

I know I don’t need to defend my physical appearance, but I’m going to anyway. You see, you have no idea what is going on in my life. Three years ago, I was fit and many pounds lighter. Instead of calling me Fatty, you probably would have driven by and whistled. There is no one event that caused me to gain weight, but let me tell you that I have gotten enough flack about it from my mother; I don’t need it from strangers too. How sad that you are naive and ignorant enough to decide, in the 5 seconds it took to drive by me, that “Fatty” is the best word to describe me.

I am a wonderful, caring person who would help anybody, even you, who was in need. If I saw you being beaten up, I would call for help. If you asked me for a quarter for bus fare, I would give it to you. Too bad you probably wouldn’t ask, since you seem to think that my weight makes me less of a person. Ask my friends, little brother, and family; you’re missing out on a lot. Trust me  🙂

“Memorable” commercials- Post #4

May 17, 2011

The things you discover while surfing the Internet!

I have never heard of this thing, but MAN- would my friends and I have ever had fun with it! *Edit: never mind, I see it’s from the 70s…too vintage for this young’un!  😉

“Hey, good lookin’…”

Take that, Mickey!!!

May 16, 2011

So, I was sitting at my table, working on the computer, when I heard a shuffle and a *SNAP*!!! Yes, I will spare my dear readers the suspense: Mickey is dead! I had started to think that perhaps he was a figment of my imagination, since I hadn’t seen or heard a word from him since I first made his acquaintance several weeks ago. I had been sweeping the floor religiously, trying to eliminate the smallest of crumbs, so that Mr. Mouse would not want to make a repeat visit.

***Warning: dissection talk ahead!*** From the time I was small, I have been fascinated with science. My first dissection was of a worm in Grade 9, and I went another three years before I had the chance to dissect another animal. This time it was a cat, and a heck of a different experience than a worm! Over the years, I have also dissected rats, pigeons, a stingray, and grasshoppers (which is more complicated than you may think). I’ve touched (with gloved hands) hearts, lungs, livers, and all sorts of gloopy, unidentifiable organs of various members of the animal kingdom. **End dissection talk**

However, one thing I have never been able to do without cringing was to pick up dead rodents. My parents have had the usual critters in their garage over the years, and a few of these have been caught in traps. I used to play the female card and make my father or brother get rid of them; no WAY was I touching THAT. Ewww! There was no way, though, that I was going to let a dead mouse sit in my kitchen for any extended period of time, and it seemed silly (not to mention REALLY wimpy!) to call in a male relative to carry the mouse 10 steps outside to my garbage can. So, I sucked it up and did it myself 🙂


Of course, one unfortunate fact I also have to come to terms with is that where there is one…there are likely more!!! 1 trap used, 3 to go…

Fabulous Five: friend or foe?

May 6, 2011


***No spoilers contained in this post!!!***

A few weeks ago, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Canada here in Saint John held their major annual fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake. My little brother and I have been matched up since just before he turned 12; he is now 17 and this was the 6th year we participated in the fundraiser. Something neat they did this year was have prize tables; for each $100+ that you raised, you got to pick a prize from a certain table. I would like to thank each and every merchant who donated  a prize, especially Empire Theatres; my “little” chose one of their $10 gift certificates as our prize  🙂

Mmm...yummy!

Tonight was the night we chose to redeem his gift certificate, as he has tomorrow off from school and I didn’t have to worry about staying out a bit later on a school night. What movie did he want to go see? We’ve seen quite a mix of movies in the past; “High School Musical 3” (*gag*), “Flushed Away” (excellent!) and “Twelve Rounds” (I’m still not a WWE fan, but this wasn’t bad!). Tonight, he picked “Fast Five”. Now, the only reason I knew what this movie was about was because I had seen a poster for it the last time I went to see a movie with a friend (“Limitless”, which I also greatly enjoyed :)). I will be the first to admit that I’m not a fan of what I term “muscle movies” that star Vin Diesel-The Rock-my-arms-are-the-size-of-tree-trunk- guys. However…

I actually liked this movie! Before it started, I had formed the opinion that it was going to be full of people illegally racing souped-up cars, which I believe the first few movies were about. I also didn’t have a favorable view of the whole “Fast and Furious” franchise, due to a past *cough* acquaintance thinking he was the second incarnation of Vin Diesel (a whole other post in itself…! 🙄 ). Anyhow, as a female who has absolutely zero knowledge or like of souped-up cars, I enjoyed the special effects a great deal, especially during the action scenes. Plus, there was actually a storyline to the movie, which there often doesn’t seem to be in action flicks. There were also several women  who had more of a role than standing there with their boobs hanging out, which I appreciated a great deal.

Overall, if you’re a woman who is thinking of appeasing your little brother, significant other, male friend, etc., by agreeing to see a “non-chick flick”, you won’t be disappointed. I hope you enjoy!

My aversion to Glee

May 4, 2011

So, a friend recently tweeted that “Glee” is coming out (hee hee!) with a 3-D movie version of their summer concert tour later in August. Notwithstanding the fact that I won’t watch ANY 3-D movie because they make me dizzy and nauseated, I certainly will NOT be going to this one. surprised

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You may ask the question: why bother devoting your time (or in this case, a blog post), to something that you don’t like? Don’t you have better things to do? Well, yes, I do. The thing is, I’m not sure why I dislike “Glee” so much. Two of my very close male friends are ardent fans, and my best friend actually convinced me to watch the show once. “It’s awesome!”, he said. “You’ll love it!”. Off I went to download the first 3 episodes (I do this with most new-to-me-shows), and I sat down to watch the pilot. I got about 5 minutes into the show, and had to turn it off because I disliked it so much. This is the same girl who still sings along to Backstreet Boys songs, who has the songs “Insensitive”, “Stupid”, and “Call and Answer” on her iPod, and who loves going to professional and, yes, high school musicals. Speaking of “High School Musical”, I wasn’t a fan of that either. Perhaps that’s why I don’t like “Glee”; to me, it’s basically a “grown-up” version of the tween franchise. Yes, I know the storyline is different, but hey- they both take place in high schools!

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To those who ARE “Glee” fans; I apologize right now. The who know me can attest to the fact that I am MORE stubborn than a mule, and that I defend my (often strong) opinions to the death. I don’t like the show, so by extension I’m not going to be a fan of the concert tour movie. I’ll try and restrain myself as best I can when someone posts something about it, but sometimes something just slips out! I am a realist; for example, my bff and I have been friends for 20 years. I like the Backstreet Boys; he hates them. I liked the show “ER”; he did not. He likes “Glee”; I don’t. I’m sure there are countless other likes and dislikes as well! However, we have managed to stay friends and have never, not ONCE, gotten into a fight about anything, let alone entertainment choices. I hope it stays that way with all my friends, and I use this as an open invitation to give me a slap on the wrist if I’m mean, or if *gasp* my sarcastic streak comes out once in awhile. Do understand, though, that this passionate, stubborn streak also makes me a very loyal friend. I promise! 😀

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p.s.- I really don’t like “”Seinfeld, and two of my all-time favorite shows are “Golden Girls” and “Three’s Company”. I suppose I’m really in no place to mock the “Glee”-watchers out there! :p We all have our “things”, and it’s part of what makes us interesting  🙂