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30n30 day 27 make your own bloody marys December 14, 2008

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Today, I’m going to brunch with some of my friends to the East Coast Grill.  They have a make-your-own bloody mary bar. I am so excited.  Nothing like a good bloody mary to start your day off.  You add your own spice, celery, kick.  Pure deliciousness. Should be some good times.

Niko was supposed to go, but he has to do some work today.  A last minute departure by someone in his department has left a void and now Niko and his team trying to close the gap.  They’ll get it worked out.  I hope that this doesn’t carry on to our vacation, but if it does…I’ll have to live.

Later today, the plan is to clean the apartment and do lots of laundry.  Over the last couple of weeks, the apartment has become quite messy.  Mostly due to me.  I haven’t really felt inspired to clean.  Most likely a combination of being sad about Erica, stressed about work stuff…adds up to me not feeling very motivated to do work around the house.  Video games and television seem far more appealing at the moment.  This is the last week of work before the winter break and I haven’t needed it more than I do this year.  (Hopefully, Niko won’t have to work over the holiday break…ugh.)

Today, I am thankful that my company gives us the week off during the Christmas holiday.

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30n30 day 20 new hair December 6, 2008

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Today, I went to get my hair done…it had been awhile and I needed an update.  I also brought my friend Tara to get her hair done.  She wasn’t one for ever doing her hair and needed some encouragement to get into a salon and have the person show her the right way to do her hair.  It looked so good when all was said and done.  I added some red highlights to my hair.  The color is totally unnatural – but it’s nice for a little change.

I still can’t stop thinking about Erica’s death.  After yesterday’s post, I just sat in my living room and cried and cried.  I thought about her life, her family, her close friends…her death.  I went to a very small college and everyone knew everyone.  She graduated the year behind me. We lost one of our own…and it hurts a lot.  She was 29 years old.  Let me spell that out for you – TWENTY FUCKING NINE and she died.  I’m at a loss for words.

Today, I’m thankful for my family and friends.

 

30n30 day 19 christmas spirit December 5, 2008

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I come from a background where we celebrate Christmas, yet I acknowledge that there are friends and family that celebrate other things.  For some reason, I feel super guilty when I send out Christmas cards to my Jewish friends.  So I try to find a holiday card that is winter holiday neutral.  This year, I found a really nice card through CVS.  I printed out all the labels, stuck them on the cards, stuffed the enveloped, affixed the stamps and sealed them all shut.  I’m sending close to 80 cards out!  They have a picture of Feynman and Lily and also a picture of Niko and I from our wedding.  They pictures of Feynman and Lily can be seen below:feynmansit1

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I’m going to get my hair done tomorrow.  I’m not sure exactly what I want to do.  On Sunday, I’m going shopping at the mall with my friend Alex.  I will pick up Niko’s gift there.  Only two more weeks and then I’m on vacation!  Yay!

Today, I am thankful for holiday television specials (Grinch, Rudolph, Miracle on 34th, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town).

 

30n30 day 18 December 3, 2008

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No update on the Erica front.  I’ve been checking her blog obsessively for some type of update from her friends or family.  I can just hope that she is resting peacefully and no seizures or struggles.  Tranquility is what I wish for her. As promised, I am not going to complain in the blog for the next couple of weeks.

Today, I am thankful for my husband and cats.  I love them immensely.

 

30n30 day 17 I should stop complaining December 2, 2008

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Last week, I left for vacation to spend time with Niko’s family and my family.  Upon my return, I roll my eyes, state to anyone that asks “I didn’t really go on vacation, I spent it with family.”  Then I complain all weekend that I have to go back to work on Monday.  And I don’t have anything to really talk about.  Blah blah blah.  Complain, complain, complain.  Then, yesterday, I am catching up on a blog that is chronicling a college-mate’s battle with cancer.  A battle of which she is losing, terribly and horribly.  This girl, Erica Murray, who was so full of life and laughter is losing her life.  Cancer, inexplicably, is taking it from her.  She is surrounded by her loving friends and family and they are trying to make things are peaceful and calm as possible.  And I complain that I had to spend my free time with my family over MY vacation and that I have to go back to work in an industry that I love with friends that I enjoy spending time with.  What the eff is wrong with me?  There is a much bigger picture here and I choose to complain and focus on the little stuff.  My dad used to have a book in his bedroom called “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.”  I think I should pick it up and read it (vs. reading my teenage ansty romance novels).  The truth of the matter is that I had a great time visiting Niko’s parents and a good time with my family.  Niko’s parents are very chill and they let us relax…you know…like we were ON VACATION.  My family was all together for Thanksgiving for the first time in over a decade.  We ate good food, no major fights erupted, I got to spend time with my two awesome nephews…yet I complained about it when I got back.  Then I complain about work like it’s life or death.

Erica, who’s blog can be located HERE, has been fighting the disease since February 2006 – the brief description of her blog is:

“PHASE III: RELAPSE This is a site my sister, Jaci, put up when I was first diagnosed with leukemia, in early February 06. I was recovering from a bone marrow transplant of April 29, 2008, a consequence of relapsing in January in Boston this year. Now, 6-months post transplant, leukemia has struck again. I’m back at Stanford Hospital hoping to once again beat this.”

She has been so brave these last three years and to share her story so publicly…there are a lot of people that are following her story and have been touched by it some way or another.  I was not close to her in college, yet the terrible turn of events has hit me quite hard.  She is only 29 years old.  Why do I complain about things I should be thankful for?  Therefore, I pledge for the next 13 days of this 30n30 I am going to post one thing that I am thankful for.

Erica can also be seen in this video.  Song urging people to register on the National Bone Marrow Donor Program.

Today I am thankful for people like Erica Murray…for inspiring me to stop complaining and start living.
 

30n30 day 15 case of the almost mondays November 30, 2008

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Big Spoon, Little Spoon

Big Spoon, Little Spoon

About a 6 months ago, Niko and I adopted Lily from my sister, Leanna and her son Mathew.  We were worried that she and Feynman (our cat of 8 years) wouldn’t get a long.  As you can see from the picture above, they are getting along just fine.  I woke up this morning to see them doing this.  It was too precious and I couldn’t resist getting a picture of the two of them.  Feynman is on the left, Lily is on the right.  As you can tell from the picture, we definitely have to get our cats on diets.  Before we left for vacation, the vet told me to put Lily on a diet when we got back.  Feynman is usually a good eater, but I guess with us gone, he was just eating and eating and got a little “rounder” while we were away.  Niko and I will work diligently to get them back in shape.

Tomorrow is cyber Monday – I’m looking forward to it.  I’m sure that I’ll have a lot of work to do tomorrow, but I plan on spending my lunch hour surfing the internet for deals for my family.  Niko is taking care of his side of the family and I’m responsible for mine.  My mom and her husband are all shopped for (we got them a flat screen television).  It’s just everyone else.  Dad, Leanna, Mike, Doug, Alan and Mathew (and Niko, of course).

I don’t want to go back to work tomorrow.  Vacation went by too quickly.  However, Christmas / Winter vacation is coming up and we’re headed to San Francisco for a late honeymoon.  A couple of years ago, we decided to do Christmas stuff on our own (so that we wouldn’t be travelling back and forth between our families over the holiday BREAK.)  Last year we didn’t, but we will see for years to come.

 

30n30 – Day 4 “oops” November 15, 2008

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I typed an entry yesterday announcing my freedom from credit card debt.  I’m not sure what happened to it, but I failed in keeping my 30n30 vow…so close the the beginning.  I wouldn’t consider it an epic fail, as I did type one…I’m just not sure where it went.  The good news is that yesterday, I became completely credit card debt free – which is pretty amazing.  Also, we went to an awesome dinner with Alex and Meg to The Oak Room in the Fairmont Copley.  DELICIOUS steak, oysters and wedge salad.  Even better?  Husband paid for it!

Today, we got to level 71 in World of Warcraft – and decided to go to Chipotle for lunch.  We went downstairs only to find that the car was DEAD and I am now waiting for AAA to show up and jumpstart us.  I hope that it’s only because husband forgot to turn off the lights and it’s not indicitive of something worse that’s wrong with the car.  That could be very, very bad.