Monday, January 26, 2009

No posts

I love reading my friends' posts, but usually don't have much to say. So sorry for those of you who do keep up w/ my blog - I'll try to be more consistent.

The newest news:

I have a week of vacation I have to use by April 1st or I lose it. And who wants to take time off work with nothing else to do?

So......I'm going to Las Vegas.

That's right.

March 14-18th.

Kind of by myself....

.....but my parents will be there too :)

Yep. I'm going to Vegas with Mom & Dad :) I'll get there late Saturday night - crash in their room for one night, then move into my own room for the next 3 days.

So if anyone's in need of a vacation - I'll be in Vegas. You can come stay with me :)

And for those of you good at math :) you'll notice I'm coming home Wednesday.

Hoping for a road trip to Chicago.

With my college roommates.

To see my other college roommates :)

Miss you girls, hope to see you in March!

.....need to start making some more plans so this actually happens.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

So, this seems to be the day for stealing blog ideas from my sister, but I like these kinds of things - they give me ideas of things I'd like to try or see....I've bolded the things I've done & made comments on some of the ones I haven't :) I've completed 31% of the list below....not bad (some I don't want to do!-be fired from a job, get food poisoning!)

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars - 1st real camping - Rocky Mountains, no tents :)
3. Played in a band (does orchestra count?)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower - summer - laying in the road at the Darby's
6. Given more than you can afford to charity (how about to one person in need)
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain - I've definitely hiked/climbed, but never to a peak (14ers in CO, should have taken advantage of summer 2003 and conquered one!)
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill - went garage-saleing when I was moving :)
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse - I always seemed to miss it when it would occur.
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance - my freshman year of college
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (in Cozumel, Mexico)
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class - Jiu Jitsu at UNI
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen - Rosebud & Iowa City
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma - I tried to once, but they wouldn't take it - high heart rate from rushing back after my lunch period!
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial - August 2008
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt - someday!!
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London - not in London, but at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington. Not the same thing, but probably just as awesome.
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle - maybe not speeding, but it was without a helmet so it felt just as rebellious - I'm counting it!
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper - Summer 93 w/ Sarah T & 6th grade for poem published in Highlights magazine.
85. Read the entire Bible - starting my 3rd time 1/1/09
86. Visited the White House - I stood outside of it but I couldn't get in :)
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one (Great Grandmas when I was little, Grandpa this year)
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee - I made one mad in Erin's backyard - it stung my eyelid.

Where I've Been....& where I want to go.

I found this from my sister's blog and just thought it'd be an easy way to jump back into my blogging - it's been a while. Below are maps of the states and the countries I've visited.
visited 17 states (34%)

visited 4 states (1.77%)
Create your own visited map of The World or try another Douwe Osinga project

I love to travel. I love to fly - I know airports are a hassle, but I love them. I think I've complained that I never get a chance to do it - but as I've been reflecting on the last couple of years, I've gotten to do quite a bit!

August 2007 - San Diego to visit Katie

November 2007 - New York/Niagara Falls & Canada with Jess

March 2008 - Colorado with Andrea & Julianna

August 2008 - Washington D.C. to visit Christie

November 2008 - Chicago with my friends from church

I'm itching for some more. I've thrown around Nashville. I'd love to go to Las Vegas - I went there in 8th grade, but I'd love to go again. Somewhere northwest like Oregon or Seattle. I think the next destination will be a roommate reunion w/ Katie, AO, & hopefully Kelly in Chicagoland!!

On a completely unrelated note, I've decided to give up pop for 2009. Yep, me, who was having it every day - my Mountain Dew & Code Red craving has actually not been that bad....until today. But so far, I've been given the strength not to give in (plus it helps I don't have cash for the vending machines!) I'm not one to be big on New Year's resolutions, but I needed a deadline - or a starting point I guess is a better term. So around December 27th, I planned to give it up. I'd been sick for several days and worked my way through a bunch of 7UP and a gifted 2 liter of Code Red in only a couple of days. It's just something I don't need anymore. I need the change for my health. So as of January 1st, I am no longer drinking pop. I'm not going to cry a tear if come April I change my mind. But I'm shooting for the whole year - and I'm going to do the read-through-the-bible-in-year again, so I thought these could go hand in hand. Wish me luck!