Sunday, June 29, 2008

It's Survey Time!

Ok, I stole this survey from S's blog and decided I wanted to fill it out, so here goes:

1 What time did you get up this morning? 8:00 am
2. Diamonds or Pearls? Pearls
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Bucket List, which was back in February!
4. What is your favorite TV show? Not watching much TV at the moment, but I guess I'd have to say Ugly Betty.
5. What did you eat for breakfast? Kellogg's Corn flakes
6. What foods do you dislike? Liver, red bell peppers.
7. Your favorite potato chip? Doritos Cool Ranch
8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? The one my friend Amy made me. It consists of the new song by NKOTB & some of their older songs from their greatest hits CD.
9. What kind of car do you drive? Civic LX
10. Favorite sandwich? Roast Beef
11. What characteristics do you despise? Arrogance and rudeness
12. What are your favorite clothes? T-shirts, shorts
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? I'd love to go to Spain or Italy, but I'd also love to travel to the East Coast, particularly to Florida & Massachusetts.
14. What color is your bathroom? Blue
15. Favorite brand of clothing? Old Navy, Ann Taylor, Charter Club.
16. Favorite time of day? Early evening.
17. Where would you want to retire to? Maybe Hawaii or Florida.
18. Favorite sports to watch? Don't watch much sports, but it would probably be Basketball.
19. Coke or Pepsi? Neither.
20. Are you a morning person or night owl? Neither, but I'm definitely NOT a morning person.
21. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? Going to be living out a 20 year dream in October with some of my new gal pals! Can't wait!
22. What did you want to be when you were little? A teacher or reporter.
23. What is your best childhood memory? Spending a few Christmases with my mother's family in So Cal.
24. Nicknames? Line (from my mother) & Pixie (from my brother).
25. Piercings? Ears. Yes, I know I'm pretty boring.
26. Eye Color? Brown
27. Favorite day of the week? Friday
28. Favorite restaurant? Tex Wasabi's in Santa Rosa, CA
29. Favorite ice cream? The Fortune Cookie Ice-cream at Tex Wasabi's.
30. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Macy's, Ann Taylor Loft.
31. Bedtime? Usually 10:45ish
32. What are you listening to right now? Some songs in my iTunes folder.
33. How many tattoos do you have? None
34. Next film you'll see? Possibly "Get Smart".

Pondering thoughts about the future

Late last week, I was at the mall running an errand. I had about 2 1/2 hours to kill before I had to return to campus, so I sat in my car. As I waited, I saw this fairly young woman (in her early 30's) taking a stroller out of her car. She had what looked like her 4-5 month old daughter with her. She paid precise caution to assembling the stroller and then placing her child in it. Just one vehicle away from her, I noticed her struggle a little bit, but at the same time she kept her cool and what I saw was this nurturing mother.

After observing this woman with her baby, I began to ask myself, "Will I ever get to a point in my life where I'll become a mother?" I'll be honest. I've always told my mother that she may not be getting anymore grandchildren on top of the 3 she already has. A part of me believed that maybe it wasn't "in the cards" for me to become a mother. The other part of me believed that I would find "Mr. Right", get married, and possibly have children and we'd bring them up in this "crazy" world together.

My thoughts bring me back to the last time I visited my family in So Cal. I was holding my (second) cousin's 8 month old daughter and enjoyed playing with her and touching her chubby, little arms and cheeks. But then I started thinking about her future. What is she going to be like when she becomes a teenager? Will she start rebelling because of peer pressure or will she be this studious adolescent who listens to her parents? I know that having children is a BIG responsibility and it's very hard work, but I do hear that the rewards are great.

Yesterday, I happened to be in the art supply aisle at Wal-Mart when I heard this familiar voice. It was my ex co-worker, Mari, who I hadn't seen since April. We were chatting away and as I asked her 7 year old daughter a question, Mari's 7 month old son just kept staring at me. I started making faces at him & went right for touching his cheeks! He would just smile and wouldn't give up staring at me. I told her that I wish I had the same "animal" magnetism on older guys as I did with the younger ones! ;)

So with all these babies that have crossed my path lately, is this some sort of sign? Is my biological ticking? It's hard to say. I know that God has a plan for everyone and if I'm meant to be a wife and mother, then so be it. Otherwise, I'll continue living as a content, single woman.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

A Night at the Movies

Last night, I didn't have to venture very far to see a movie. I turned on the TV and started watching The Notebook. I know this movie came out in 2004, but I never got around to watching it the first time.

Now I know why so many women fell in love with this movie. It had its sad moments, yet it was very romantic. Ok, I'll admit that I cried my eyes out during several scenes. I don't think I've ever cried so much while watching a film. Call me a hopeless romantic. Anyway, it's the typical scenario of boy meets girl, then boy loses girl, then girl finds boy before she marries someone else hoping there still might be a chance with boy, and then she must choose who she loves more...the poor, down-to-earth boy or the rich, All-American boy? You get the point. And of course you know how the movie ends...they live happily ever after despite a few obstacles. Don't you just wish the "happily ever after" part could happen in real life? Yes, I do too, but life just isn't that simple.

I do have to say that if I could go back in time, it would probably be to the 1940s. I loved the clothes and the styles from this era, and the music was pretty mellow too.

Friday, June 6, 2008

A (K)night I will soon remember!

Ok, so my favorite band, New Kids on the Block (if you haven't guessed it by now) are coming to town! For weeks I had been wondering when they'd be touring the West Coast. Well, on May 16th, during their performance on the TODAY show, the new dates were announced and I am now on countdown mode! :)

I had every intention of going to the L.A. show, scheduled for October 8th, but opted not to go because of school and the fact that my friend, H6 (the # distinguishes her from the others since she & the other 5 have the same name), couldn't make it. Then there's the San Diego show, which is now taking place two days before Turkey Day. I plan on attending this show with my (almost--eek!) 25 year old niece, who lives in SD. I know two shows might be a bit too much, but hey, I'm making up for lost time! If I could attend more, I would. I've read that some other fans will be attending 4+ shows!

I still remember the first time I saw the Kids in concert, which was in December 1989 at the Oakland Coliseum Arena. Unfortunately, the last time I saw them was in April 1994 at the Konocti Harbor Resort. The Konocti concert didn't really count since Jon wasn't there. :(

However, I predict that the best concert ever & the one I'll never forget will be on October 10th, when 3 of my new friends (all women, of course) and I have VIP tickets for the San Jose show! Ok, so we have to drive about 2 hours, but it'll all be worth it! Our VIPs include a pre-party show, some cool gifts, awesome seats, and a meet & greet with the guys! Though my friends & I won't know exactly where we'll be sitting 'til the day of the concert, we're all ecstatic because our dreams are finally coming true! Someone pinch me because after 20 years, I may finally get to meet my celebrity/non-celebrity crush, Jonathan Knight! :)

I must say that 2008 started off a bit rocky for me for various reasons. I'd say, though, that within the last 3 months or so, I've felt a lot happier than I did before. I just have to remember to stay positive and be grateful for everything I do have!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Dose of Reality

Several months back, my niece told me about this store in a neighboring town where you can sell clothes you no longer want & possibly get some money back for them. So last Friday, I finally had time to go to this store to try selling my old pair of jeans. We waited for about 30 minutes when I noticed my niece's name was written on the board. Ok, so they finished looking at her stuff, but what about mine? I went up to the young store clerk & she told me that they couldn't buy any of my jeans. The good news for my niece was that they were buying some of her stuff. This was not a great night for me. :(

It turns out that this store only purchases items to sell to a younger democraphic, meaning if you're 25 years or younger OR you're under a size 7, they'll gladly buy your items. Sadly, all my 22 year old niece could say to me was, "Well, I sometimes see mothers in the store too." Yes, these mothers go to this store because they're selling their kids old clothes or because they are a size 0 to 4! Even though I'm trying my hardest to lose some weight, I'm NEVER going to be wearing anything that resembles what a teen or 20-something wears these days. Can I help it if I have curves that I prefer to cover? Also, do you know how hard it is to shop when you're height challenged? I dress to be comfortable, not uncomfortable. Ok, so maybe that's my problem. Whatever!

Btw, on our way back through town, guess who I saw heading towards us in the opposite direction? Yes, it was none other than Mr. Cutie. Boy, was he a sight for sore eyes! Actually, I saw a photo of him about two weeks ago in the local newspaper. The man sure knows how to dress for summer: t-shirt, shorts and flip flops.

On the bright side, I recently met two young women (both in their 20s)--on separate occasions--and we started talking about things when they asked me my age. One guessed 22 or 23 & the other 25. Then I told them my real age & they couldn't believe it! These compliments sure brightened up my day! :) I owe it all to my parents for my good genes!