Wednesday, December 27, 2006

thanks tojo!

mr. wonderful's sister is in town helping package our little abode so that we can move into a bigger one. she arrived last night and is an awesome help! she can only stay until the afternoon so i'll miss her before she leaves. on friday, she will return with fab father and lots of stuff for us to move into the house. right now it all seems so strange. we're moving. are you sure?

as i finish up a few things here at the office, i came across yet another wonderful place to shop. have you heard of
ten thousand villages? very cool stuff. tojo would love this. maybe i can send something her way soon.

another cool thing i found about a week ago was
piperlime. it's all about shoes. check it out. brand new! fun stuff.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

look what i've done

According to this list I found in the blogosphere, I have done almost half of the following things below.

What have I done?
73/150 = 49%

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea

13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game (and fell asleep)
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight (with best brother…nothing like bananas and twinkies)

28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends (still do!)
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country

44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero

58. Sung karaoke (love some karaoke!)
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving (does snorkeling count?)

62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater

66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business (does mowing lawns in the neighborhood count?)
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch (they were no longer edible)
78. Won first prize in a costume contest (fourth grade. I was a unicorn.)
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage

85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date

89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house (almost there)
91. Been in a combat zone (sort of)

92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror ( watched it a few times )
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi

128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach (mr. wonderful hates them)
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read

136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ (had a fishin’ show)
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

What have you done?

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you.

I love celebrating this glorious day!
Peace to all...

Christmas on the First Coast

Mr. Wonderful and I headed north for our Christmas gatherings with families on each side of the pond. The continued holiday spirit flowed from doorstep to doorstep as we celebrated the birthday of baby Jesus. My sweetie really wanted an ice cream cake but will bring the idea back next December and make it up real special for Fab Dad inlaw.

I have finally come to a true point where the joy of giving is so much better than the joy of receiving. Maybe next year, we'll even suggest to everyone no gifts. If you see something that makes you think of us, then get it. Otherwise, don't be limited by a date to overwhelm yourself to find something perfect and special. Enjoy yourself. Focus on the kids. Be at one with the peace that His birth gave to each one of us. The Love that is shared from one person to the next. Remember to see the season with new eyes...As if you're a child trying to catch Santa delivering your gifts in the middle of the night. Be wise. Be full. Be thankful.

This Christmas, we were thankful. We were happy to have those we love so much surrounding us. We were sad as we missed the one who kept the celebration going and who made it so beautiful for each of us. We were, and still are, grateful for our family, friends and those we haven't met yet who make life so amazing every day.

Friday, December 22, 2006

peace and love

off to celebrate with friends and family. in addition, mr. wonderful and i are frantically packing for the big move. can i just be bored for one day? nah! so not my style.

love and peace to all.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

where are you china girl?

no word from china girl. guess plans changed.

tonight, super wedding planner and i are off to chinese together. would be better with china girl.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

happy happy

last night, favorite boss and i went to a meeting and enjoyed a night of laughter and fun. she's glad i'm here and i couldn't agree more. really glad to be in the house.

on another note, china girl is coming to town tonight! hoping we can enjoy some good hang out time.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

found a house

so it's official. we are getting ready to buy a home. yep! mr. wonderful and i have found a great house, in the neighborhood we wanted and the floor plan we were looking for. the only thing we weren't anticipating was the gigantic pool. it's kind of become an added bonus to the place. looking to move in before the end of the year which is extra fun since there's so much to do between now and then. but, like everything else, we will make it and we will make it so much fun! here's to growing up and doing it together!!!

Monday, December 18, 2006

APR girls rule!

had a wonderful evening at seasons 52 with the APR girls who I now consider close friends. it's amazing what a professionally challenging situation can do to a relationship in terms of growth, understanding and sharing. i am so thankful for both of them. for their support. for their endless encouragement. for the way we are all so similar but so different.

Friday, December 08, 2006

what a week!

so many wonderful things happening...

first, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dear friend, JoAnn! talked to her this morning and wished her a beautiful day. she is taking the fam to "D-I-S-N-E-Y" tomorrow. she had to spell it out on the phone this morning since the pre-schooler was in the car with her. couldn't help but love the idea of showing children the park for the first time. what an awesome thing!

monday was full of adventure and started early at the favorite breakfast place with APR buddy. there's so much going on for both of us. had a great lunch at PHO with the pres-elect of the Florida PR group. really great gal! she's got a lot of wonderful ideas for not only her crowd, but the entire community.

tuesday i went to work and had to leave a bit early to meet mr. wonderful's dad at blue lake. it ended up being a bust since he didn't like the place. we saw a lot of properties and finally settled on one that mr. wonderful was going to love. we were there for, what seemed like, several hours.

wednesday we made an offer on the place we saw the night before that was not at all on my radar because of the asking price.

thursday we heard back from the sellers with their counter. so, we countered. had a meal over at ID that was a bit tense due to our fluctuating state of mind.

friday we finalized the offer and settled on a selling price. in between it all, i had a great sushi lunch with some of the most hilarious people i know. we also got to celebrate with friends at creative girl and super husbands abode. it was a great evening of fun.

all this to show how quickly things happen for people in the world of real estate. as i mentioned in the rundown, the house we are hoping to make ours wasn't even on my radar due to the original asking price. now, we're going through the process and really learning so much. mr. wonderful's dad was a fantastic help and still is. we're so thankful to have him as we plug along this crazy road of home ownership.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

weekend in miami

the golfer, the angel and their boys

mr. wonderful and angel at the doggie birthday party

dragonFLY and angel hanging in south miami

the guys before heading to the jags/dolphins game

Saturday, December 02, 2006

go gators! go dolphins!

mr. wonderful and i are in hollywood with smid and kathy for football, fun and freedom. love spending time with them! their house looks great. looking forward to a super weekend!