Here’s to another classic Thanksgiving Day post

It’s time for Thanksgiving here in the United States. For many people that means good food, family and football. Not in my case, as I live far away from family and will be working. However, I managed to bake myself a pumpkin pie and will be enjoying that before I head out to work. It’s not Thanksgiving if there is no pumpkin pie. I am a little sad that I am not with my family celebrating, but work calls and bills need to be paid.

Normally I would call this Turkey Day, but this year Thanksgiving is about much more than food. This is probably only because I am not having a Thanksgiving feast (for the second year in a row). My Thanksgiving feast is pumpkin pie and a sandwich. I’m not looking for sympathy, I’m just reminding people that not everyone has a “typical” holiday. Mine involves work and that’s how it goes in this industry.

As the holiday asks, it’s time to look at your life and remember what you are thankful for. Here is my list, although it could be much larger. Continue reading

Why Legally Blonde is one of my favorite movies

Look, I don’t take like too seriously. Why should I stress about X or Y when I could be enjoying a cup of hot cocoa with my family? I live my life one day at a time and try not to get caught up in the busyness of this world. I also learned a long time ago not to let other people’s opinion of me change how I feel about myself. I live my life the way I want to. I am my own person.

This is why Legally Blonde is one of my favorite movies. If you are not familiar with the movie, do a quick internet search. I’ll be here… Continue reading

Coffee date

If we were having coffee, I would ask your opinion on my wardrobe. I really have no idea how to dress sometimes. Work is easy when you are limited to khakis and workout clothes are easy, but dressing up…not so much. Oh how much easier my mornings would be if I had Cher’s closet (from the movie Clueless, but I’m sure the singer has a great closet too!).

If we were having coffee, we would talk about our future and how we still don’t know where the time went. Winter is here already? But I was just starting to get a tan in the summer sun.

If we were having coffee, you would tell me all about your amazing vacation to the Bahamas and I would ask if you had your “bahamian glow.” You would tell me about how you told everyone it was your 21st birthday…even though we’re much closer to age 30. We plan a beach vacation once my life gets back on track.

If we were having coffee, I would ask you what the heck I should do next. I’m at a turning point in my career and have three paths. I have no idea what to choose. Now remember, I’m a real life Charlie Brown so there is little to no chance of any path working out the way I plan. Remember how living in the middle of no where went? Yeah, wrong decision. We both agree that it’s better I live in the city again. Basically, the path I choose will not go how I envision it, so I have to choose wisely.

If we were having coffee, we would sit in the coffee shop and people watch. Then laugh about the time a family had the most difficult time ordering coffee. They were a mess and all over the place. The best part about it was that it was normal for the family and they had no idea that they were basically a walking tornado. We would talk about how we are glad to not be at the point in our lives yet.

If we were having coffee, we would decide to go on our vacation to the beach in three years. We decided my life would be back on track by then. Only time will tell. I think we’ll be okay if we just talk about it for the next ten years. That’s enough time to save for an epic vacation to the beach.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you how I changed my alarm to the song Conga, by Gloria Estefan so I can start my day with a party this month. One morning the song scared me so I shot my arms up into the air while shaking. My husband thought I was dancing! hahaha

Oh, the perils of mountain biking

Yesterday, I read a post by Joan about her lumbar spine and it inspired me to write about my injury. I fell off my mountain bike this summer and have been recovering. I have a shoulder and neck injury which results in my attendance at physical therapy.

Recently I was downhill mountain biking and was feeling really good about my flow. I was in the moment. Those runs are one of my favorite reasons to mountain bike. I was clearing all the jumps and picking up speed. Yes, I’m finally getting faster.

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No, you don’t have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

To whom it may concern:

Yes, things need to be done a certain way. The table has to be cleaned and the chairs straightened. Clothes must be organized by color. I understand aesthetics and organization. But when you go so far as to say, “I have OCD,” jokingly…you need to stop.

No, you don’t have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. You don’t wash your hands over and over again even after your hands start bleeding. You don’t wash your hair three times instead of one because the number three is luckier than the number one. You don’t have to start getting ready all over again because you missed a step. You don’t count tiles on your floor because it’s more important than eating.

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Hand clothes

Do you ever have one of those days where you just can’t remember a word? I do. It can be super embarrassing or totally ruin a joke. Sometimes it can be funny…after the fact.

Apparently that’s really close to the German word for gloves, which I’ve heard translates to “hand shoes.” At least this person was kind of right?

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My writing space

My writing space is more like a temporary location that disappears as soon as it appears. I write using a laptop at home, while sitting at the table. Usually this involves a cup of coffee or tea. If I can get a spot in the sun, that’s better. I like to write in the early morning before the world wakes up. I usually start my computer as my coffee maker begins brewing that morning’s cup of joe. By the time I smell coffee, I know the pot of coffee is ready. And no, I don’t drink an entire pot of coffee. I live with a fellow coffee drinker and the coffee maker brews four cups. Once I fill my coffee cup up, I make my way back to my computer and begin to write.

That’s ideal. However, we don’t life in a perfect world and not every day goes as planned. Like today for example: I committed to other things in the early morning and could not get my writing done before lunch. That’s why it is now dinner time as a put these words together. Once I’m done, the laptop will be packed up and put away. Like it was never even there.

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Walking by the Three Wise Gnomes

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

As I walk around the block with my dog, I look at all the houses and wonder who lives inside. Each house has it’s own personality as my neighborhood is not comprised of cookie-cutter housing. Although one section of the neighborhood is just that, most the houses have been around for many many years.

One of the houses on my street is from the 1800s. It’s my favorite house to walk past. The house is painted white and has huge windows. It is also one of the few properties that is lucky enough to have a yard. Their yard is probably the size of the building I live in.

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Chocolate Abundance

I have an abundance of things in my life. Right now that includes candy. Halloween is always a fun time to dress up and eat too much candy. Right now my balanced breakfast includes a side of mini snickers. Yes, I know that’s not healthy. But that candy bowl isn’t going to empty itself and well…I have to save my dog from eating chocolate. Continue reading