Friday, April 30, 2010
Despite my plummeting energy levels, I have even found time to complete a few French workbook lessons, write a chapter or two in the ole' manuscript, and attend our Amgen Tour of California volunteer orientation. Ha to Ryan who told me that my life pre-LA was not the real world. I will be damned if I don't partake in my activities to maintain my sanity and health...even if it eventually kills me!
Work is a whole other story. You can definitely tell that summer is approaching and our National Team events are kicking off because everyone is on edge and snapping left and right. My recent task of planning the Team USA Member Tailgates has been exciting yet time consuming. And with the addition of the rumor that the club affiliation deadline is May 1st, my phone has yet to stop ringing (don't mind the water polo lingo here).
Perhaps my favorite activity thus far this week has been my sweet treats. A surprise visit late Wednesday night by my love dove with a Sprinkles' bag in hand. An hour and a half indulgence at Yogurtland with Nikki last evening.
No matter how exhausted or lethargic I might feel at times, I like to make my loved ones a priority. Because when I look back at my life and when it is all said and done, I will remember the memories made and not the hours of sleep.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I must confess that I have waited 2 long weeks to play this joyous prank on you. April Fools came almost a month late for this little trickster, but I can guarantee I got a few of you! Ha!
In all fairness, the title of this blog post is not totally false. We, being Amanda & Shane, are engaged. My little brother is growing up. Tear.
Back in August, I had the pleasure of accompanying him to purchase the ever so unique setting. It was a feeling of great honor to be a part of such a big spending so to speak. And then about 2 weeks ago when I was casually speaking with him on the phone, I oddly asked, "do you think you and Amanda will get engaged this year?" I was expecting a yes probably in the fall/winter. I was not expecting an alarming "did you talk to mom?" response (**this basically meant that an engagement was about to go down stat if mom knew what was up).
I got so excited that I nearly wrecked making my turn into work. I kept inquiring about the purchase of the lone diamond and the details of how. He told me to 'slow my roll' and that we would discuss options soon.
I don't know how to convey the importance to me of being involved in my brother's decision process of becoming a man. There is something so sweet about being the oldest and getting to be the first to know. To know that my younger siblings value my opinion and look to me for guidance is an amazing feeling.
So low and behold, we will be adding a new sister into our family. Congrats to Amanda & Shane. I love you both!
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
But Derby is more than fancy hats, mint juleps, ponies, and gambling. It is about tradition, community, and pride. It is about beauty, authenticity, and culture. It is about hardwork, dedication, and love of the sport. It is about the thrills and chills of the final stretch. It is about My Old Kentucky Home.
Now that I've gotten the mushy part out of the way...I'll move onto the festive stuff.
My recommendations for first timers are as follows:
1. wear an elaborate hat
2. sip on a mint julep while in the infield
4. attempt to sneak some form of alcohol in just to see if you can get away with it
5. grab a post-derby drink on Bardstown Rd. (Molly Malone's or O'Shea's will do)
6. scream the whole way through the tunnel leading into the infield
7. dare to walk barefoot through the muddy tracks
8. admire the fillies on Oak's Day
9. sing My Old Kentucky Home along with the crowd
10. pretend for just a moment that this place, Louisville, KY, is your home...
Anyhow, we stopped off at Starlite Lounge to grab a glass of wine and enjoy some girl time. We sat right at the bar and talked about anything and everything. We talked about our respective relationships, how I was falling for Ry, how you had fallen for Romee, the importance of having good girlfriends, the pros and cons of San Diego, and so on.
From the moment I met you, I knew that you would be a life-long friend. You have an amazing spirit that inspires me, and you have a heart of love towards everyone. That is something that I truly admire and strive for daily.
So thanks for being you. And thanks for being my friend.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Should you feel compelled to purchase any of these items, please contact me personally so that I can give you the proper shipping address. Happy Shopping!
Come to think of it, I have been dabbling in a lot of LA-area sporting events lately.
We caught the tail end of the Dodgers season last summer.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The little treats have been well received (who doesn't like presents), and they have made for some great times for the two of us. Items include homemade cd's, UK t-shirts, dinners delivered to his office during a long night, a be the change journal, and a mini Boxster. Experiences include couples' massage, LA Kings' game, and a trip to San Fran only to drive all the way back to LA along the romantic PCH.
So last night, I planned another experience for my sweet. A check to be made on his list...one that I knew needed to be pushed along. A one hour harmonica lesson. This surprise sure was a hit. My ears enjoyed a great concert while Ryan learned and Leon (his teacher) played along on the guitar. And I don't think he has stopped playing the darn thing since.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The angel resides here...
And he brushes his little teeth in here...
Some of you may have seen this picture already
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I could, however, live in a spa. My bed would obvi be a massage table and my daily routine would include a morning facial, lunchtime mani/pedi combo, late afternoon exfoliation & seaweed wrap, an early evening waxing, and a bedtime massage. (*if anyone feels like this may be a real life possibility, please let me know asap.)
Despite my love for the spa, I do not have a love for make-up. I do not like the feeling of having a thick & heavy goo on my face. And I have a hidden fear of wearing make-up too often which eventually would lead to me looking like a completely different person should I choose not to wear it. Do not make fun of me for this. I have seen this happen to people before; without make-up, they get a sort of knee-jerk reaction from others. Kind of like, "Oh good Lord who are you?" Not something I want to be tortured with EVER. All of this being said, I have managed to find a make-up brand that I actually enjoy lathering my precious face in.
I have been using this make-up for almost 3 years now. I adore it. The concealer and liquid powder glide on smoothly without a cakey feel. The mascara makes my eyes pop, and the eyeliner doesn't give me a 'hooker who shacked last night' complex. The eyeshadow and blush provide a nice touch of color that stays with me throughout the day and night. And the lipstick is subtle but sheek.
I highly recommend checking it out. Whether you're a girly girl or not, you just might be motivated to become one.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
My ex (well we never dated so we couldn't have broken up)...
My old (err if she is old then I am old and we all know how the age of 30 makes me cringe)...
Let's just call her my former roomie, Shana.
Shana has a talent. A tremendous talent. One that she has turned into a pareer. Yes, a pareer. I just made that word up about 14 seconds ago. It is a combination of passion and career. When you get paid to do what you love/are passionate about.
Something that I have always longed to have. Something I am still searching for...
I have always known this special talent that Shana possess as I have seen her work- for the Padres, friends' weddings, our Neighbor Wars scavenger hunt, and the list goes on & on. Perhaps her most touching and rewarding work was on her adventure to the Dominican Republic with the Rock Church. Her pictures from this experience melt my heart each time I look at them.
While self-promoting my sweet blog yesterday, I inturn learned that Shana finally decided to promote her special talent. And I was blown away. Check out her site. Use her services. You won't be disappointed. I promise.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Timing is key in everything. I had to complete my last task at work, gather my belongings, sip my last drop of water, scurry to my car, fiddle to make sure all things were in place once I was in the car, and flip to the great country station of 105.5...just in time to hear it.
To hear the song that generated a new found confidence in me. The song that I have and will continue to play non-stop until I become one with it. The song that I pretend was written for me.
Eric Church's Hell on the Heart
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
It has taken me awhile to learn the true meaning of friendship and to realize who, indeed, are my true friends. I have been blessed with amazing people in my life, and I have come to find comfort in knowing who will always be there for me.
One of the most wonderful things about my true friends is that no matter how many days, weeks, or months go between our talks, I feel the same comfort in their voice as if we just left off yesterday.
Lately, I have been fighting a battle within myself. A battle brought on by the devil inside my mind. An obsession manifested and created by two people who really have no value or place in my life. And while I maintain that I am very much working to overcome this battle on my own, I have realized that the need for true, honest friends is at an all time high.
On my drive to work this morning, I found consolement (is that even a word?) in one of my dearest friends, Rachel. I have long admired her commitment to being a Christian, living life to the fullest, and having a 'can do attitude.' And I always find myself turning to her for guidance when I feel that I am on my knees with nowhere else to turn. She has this way, even through the phone, of touching my heart and making me smile.
And just like that I feel so much better.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Argueably the most powerful NGB and a front runner in Olympic hype, USA Swimming has operated with ease and arrogance in the past few years. Their "we do what we want" attitude was made apparent in Wielgus' interview.
No one is blaming Wielgus personally for the sexual misconduct of swim coaches around the country. Many of the instances reported were before his time as Executive Director at USA Swimming. The purpose of the piece was to generate action. Action to be taken that prevents these situations from occurring again. Action that protects young female swimmers from being violated by their coaches, their mentors.
As a National Governing Body, it is USA Swimming's duty to protect their members from harmful behavior and acts...especially those that are performed by their certified coach members.
I think it is high time someone took a stand and acted for the children. After all, they are the future.
Click here for the 20/20 interview.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
As I sit on the patio, I can touch the gorgeous pink rose bushes at my feet. The white picket fence surrounding the hotel is a symbol of safety in this beachy neighborhood. A symbol of how people, of how life can be so romantic and beautiful if you just take a minute to stop and appreciate it.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I remember when blogging began not too long ago. A one, Austin Stair Calhoun, took the plunge ever so deeply. I was always so amazed by her tenacity and dedication to the project. Her overwhelming wit, attention to artistic detail, hodgepodge of interests, and astounishing ability to stalk any and all things made for daily enlightenment.
In my tenure, I have had 3 blogs. She helped me create my first one. I deligently wrote for about 3 months. The second was created and never used. Hence, here is my 3rd. I had a fabulous run on it for a good 4 months until I retired from 'kidding around' and became employed in 'the adult world.'
The truth is that I miss writing. I have a dying need to be busy, active, in touch. I have BIG dreams of entreprenurial activities; of impacting the world; of doing something with my life.
Perhaps that is as simple as touching people's lives with my words.
My goal is to finish my book by year's end. By finish, I mean printed, bound, sold. (Sold is a loose term as I am willing to produce myself and sell on amazon.com). I am becoming more and more aware that for this to be possible, I must make time for writing. I must take time to focus on myself. To focus on my dreams.
Friday, April 2, 2010
In concept, it is miraculous. God gave his only son so that we might be forgiven and have eternal life. I do not have children, but I am most certain that I will not be sacrificing them for anyone.
Throughout my RCIA classes, we have been learning so much about Catholicsm, and as we dive into the season of Lent, I find myself being moved to recommit myself to Christ. I am not a saint, but I find solitude in walking with the Lord daily. I have found peace in life, knowing that Jesus has saved me in a sense.
My Easter wish for everyone is that they might find that same peace and comfort in their own lives. Happy Easter!