Sunday, November 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Michael!

Yet again, I've been a very bad girl! Having just returned from my trip Thanksgiving morning, I forgot to wish a Happy (Belated) 40th Birthday to Michael Vartan , whose birthday was on November 27th! Just like with Jonathan Knight, I can't believe Michael is 40! He too has aged like fine wine and I'm pretty sure his secret is that he doesn't take himself too seriously, despite his fame.

I know one Michael project I'm looking forward to and that's his new comedy titled "Demoted," which is scheduled for release in 2009.

I leave you with one last thought to ponder. What is it about these Sagittarius men that make them so darn attractive?! :)

Happy Birthday Jonathan!

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I'm a bad girl for not having posted this yesterday (Nov. 29th), which is actually Jonathan Knight's birthday! I still can't believe he's celebrating this milestone. He's definitely aged quite well and if that's what 40 looks like, then where do I sign up?! I think his secret to aging so gracefully is that he laughs a lot and seeing how goofy the guys act on & off-stage, it certainly is working for him!

I know for a fact that he flew to Mexico on his special day because the guys are performing three shows there before they take the next few weeks off in December and then start their European tour in early January.

I'm glad I was able to attend the last two NKOTB shows in Southern California. I will tell you all about it in my next blog, which also reveals a little moment I had with the birthday boy in honor of his special day!

I can't wait to see Mr. Knight again in '09! And this time I promise I'll be more gutsy and will say more than four words to him!

And here's a tune by the birthday boy himself!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Another Year Older & My Last Adventure for '08

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Well, it's that time of year again when I can add another laugh line or wrinkle to my face. Yes, I celebrate another birthday! I can honestly say that this year has been like a roller coaster...I've had a few ups and downs. I had a little health scare in early August, but thank God it was just a false alarm. I was laid off in early January, which put me in a funk the next few months. Not long after did I hear a rumor that a certain 80's singing group, who I loved as a teen, was reuniting. Once the rumors were true, my life started getting a little better.

Speaking of that group, as you know, I was fortunate to have met them twice this year. Will it be 3rd times the charm come next week? Whatever is meant to happen will happen. Unfortunately, I don't have VIP tickets this time around, but I do have great seats! My friend M and I are headed to Southern California to see the last two shows: San Diego on Nov. 25th & LA on the 26th. We leave for LA on the 22nd, attend a special event {I'll fill you in on the details later} on the 23rd, and will then drive down to San Diego & stay with my niece on the 24th. My other niece is flying in on the 24th and she, her sister and I will be attending the SD show together, while my friends T & M will in the VIP section. My nieces have NEVER been to an NKOTB concert and I can't wait to tell them the surprise on the day of the show: our seats are right next to the B Stage! This is the rotating stage in back of the arena, where the guys will head to in the middle of the show and will perform a few songs. I'm going to do my best to catch Jonathan's attention again because, after all, his birthday is on the 29th! Finally, M & I drive back to LA on the 26th to see the guys for the last time this year. I'm going to be so sad when it's all over. Well, at least I have something to look forward to for next summer!

I really intend to enjoy myself during my little vacation/adventure. I'm going to meet up with a few other Blockhead friends--some from the Bay Area & others from So Cal--at both shows. Then hopefully on the last day we're in town, three LA friends and I are planning on getting together to celebrate our fabulous November birthdays! :) Hey, who knows. Maybe I'll run into Michael Vartan while I'm in LA. That would totally make my year!

Details to follow upon my return, on Thanksgiving Day. :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

History has been made!

I don't normally like to discuss politics, but I just couldn't let this pass. I actually got emotional while watching the people of Chicago hear the news of the projected winner. I just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS to the next President-elect of the United States, Barack Obama! :)

History has definitely been made and hopefully "our time for change has come"! Even though Obama's grandmother passed away yesterday & didn't get to see her grandson make history, I believe she already knew the outcome.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Pondering My Future

It seems like every year as my birthday approaches, I get these feelings of changes I'd like to make in my life. I keep asking myself, "What have I accomplished with my life thus far?" Well, for starters, I'm still in college, I'm at a job I don't care to be at, and I'm still single. To me, that doesn't seem like much. Ok, so maybe I'm starting my midlife crisis a little early!

My dream many years ago was to go away to college and major in Communications/Media Studies. I always had aspirations of attending school in L.A. & when I told my mother this back then, she made it clear that she didn't want me living in a big city because I would never be able to defend myself if something terrible happened. Oh, and btw, yes, I inherited my anxiety problems from my parents. So for that matter, that's why I never moved away from the area I grew up in. :( As I approach my mid-30's and am getting closer to 40 (might I add that I still have a few years left 'til this major milestone), I feel I haven't accomplished anything in my life. Yes, I'd love to have another story or two published, but many publishers don't wish to give new writers a chance; therefore, that's why I need to continue with college. But who can live off a measly salary with the constant reminder of feeling used, yet cannot utilize her talent, her life experiences, nor her skills she went to school for?

I recently had a conversation with my college guidance counselor, who I was interviewing for another article for my Journalism class. We started talking about jobs and I told her I was looking for a new one. She told me that they're going to be hiring soon in her department and that they needed someone bilingual. I told her to look no further because I'm the right person for the job! I checked back with her the following week regarding the job posting & she told me that the woman in charge of this hadn't posted it yet, but she'd let me know if anything happens. Well, it's been two weeks now and I haven't heard anything. I plan on contacting my counselor's co-worker to ask about the job & let her know I'm very interested! The problem with trying to find a permanent job on-campus is that the college takes FOREVER to either post the job or make a final decision. I'm not holding my breath. I recently applied for another on-campus job in another department, which would allow me the flexibility to continue with school & is a permanent position. Coincidentally, I have a job interview with this department this Friday!

The dilemma I'm currently facing is making the decision to return to work full-time. YES, I need the $$, but this will further delay my schooling. The college I'm attending only offers selected courses at night and/or online. This is why I'm hesitating in seeking full-time employment. Then there's still the matter of wanting to move away from this county--which has now become a tourist trap--to Southern California to pursue my dreams. I'm hopeful that I'd be able to find something in one of the industries I want to get in to, but I think in order to get where I want to be, I need to continue with my education.

I believe the reason I'm getting stressed out over my future is because I want everything to happen now! Call me an overachiever, but I've always been goal-oriented. However, it's taken me several years to work through some obstacles that were associated with continuing with my goals.

Speaking of goals, several years ago during a trip to L.A., I got a little discouraged after I had spoken to this girl, who was working at a famous TV/movie studio. I asked her how she got her job and she said that she had a friend in the biz, who she networked with & got her the job, which was an entry level position. I know I'd have to start somewhere, but I'm willing to take that chance as long as I can afford to pay to have a roof over my head! If I plan on moving, I'm going to have to start saving $ to make the move. Unfortunately, I don't see this happening until I get a good paying job & am there at least two years.

Finally, there's the problem of not having that special someone in my life. :( To be honest, I haven't really placed a lot of effort into going out & meeting new people other than the ones I've met at school. I'm either too busy or don't have anyone to go out with to be looking. Actually, my biggest complaints are that there aren't enough good quality men that meet my standards (i.e. single, smart, good-looking, holds down a job, has NO kids, is goal-oriented, has a full head of hair, and has a similar background, etc.) nor that live in my area. Also, I don't want to date someone under the age of 32 nor over the age of 41! I recently was speaking to a co-worker of mine, who's been married for over 30 years & has children my age. She told me a while back she had visited her daughter in Arizona & noticed one thing: There were plenty of men available in AZ! I've been to AZ twice, but didn't get a chance to meet anyone while I was down there. It's a nice state (I love Sedona) to visit, but it's just too dang HOT there! It reminds me of the Southern Cal town where my parents were raised, where every summer, the temperatures reach up to 120 degrees! That's one of the reasons why my parents moved to Northern Cal. I think I'll pass on Arizona!

Well, I guess I'll continue to keep searching for answers and pray that I'll come to a decision about my future one of these days.