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What Do You Have To Say? - Do You Believe?

When did you stop believing in Santa Claus and why?


A few kids told me during recess in Elementary school. I was so hurt but I pretended like I had already known. Then I went home and demanded my mom tell me the truth. When she did, I crriiiiiieed. ... I'm over it now, lol.

Diplomas, Parties and Presents!

Here's my week in review!

December 12-13
This was my birthday fun-age. But after it was all over, I felt like I really needed to give away money to a charity but I didn't know where! And then I got a Salvation Army thingie in the mail so I went online and donated to them. YAY! Giving money on my birthday! Makes my birthday more meaningful somehow.

December 15, Saturday
This was a looooong day. I left my house at 11:30 to go up to Huntsville for the 2 o' clock graduation to see my sorority sister get her Masters from Sam! YEAH! I walked in by myself and sat alone and got all nostalgic when I looked down at the seats and saw where I had been sitting back in Spring '04. And then I cheered for her (she had her hat decorated again, hehe) and met up with some friends and sung the Zeta hymn. Then after some pictures I headed back down to A-Train's house to get ready for our work Christmas "Holiday" Party.

That was fun. This was my first time going in two years, so it was fun to get dressed up for something again. We got a tour through our new building and then ate some food and met up with the same people I always see. hehe. But it was a nice place. I wished we could've stayed longer but A-Train had to go to work. BOO!

Today I woke up and wrapped presents...and promptly realized that I'VE COMPLETELY FORGOTTEN HOW TO WRAP PRESENTS!!!! It took two tries to get dad's slippers done right and then I just sort of winged it (and used boxes, lol).

Now I'm relaxing but eventually I need to balance out my checkbook and sort through the pile of mail on my desk.

Ta!

Post-Birthday-Ness

Birthday at work will always and forever suck. I've started having birthdays at work in 2004 and haven't had a free one since...and they still suck. Then again, sitting at home and waving your own birthday cone wouldn't be all that great either, lol.

So anyway, everyone wished me a happy birthday so that was nice. Then me and A-train went to my mom's house and she made me BROWNIES! They were right out of the oven and sooo good! And then she gave me presents (woo! Alicia Keys!) and then A-Train took me to Papasitos. The waiter was really sweet and for my free dessert he came out with a brownie covered in ice cream with, get this, a little lit candle on it!!!! That made my day, it really did.

And then I went home and went to sleep. LOL

Not the most eventful birthday but I enjoyed it.

Here's to twenty-six!

ROOTS

I went here http://www.ancestrybydna.com after reading about it in this month's edition of Ebony. For $240 I could finally find out where I come from completely, maybe even the tribes of my mom and dad, and also what my make up is. Chris Tucker found out he was 83% African, 10% Native American and 7% European.

I think that would be cool.

I will do this one day, I have to, to settle that gnawing feeling of "I don't truly know where I come from" in my heart.

Blue n' white and HAIRSPRAAAY!

Been Christmas shopping...on-line that is. I've gotten all of my gifts in except for four (the first ones came SO fast!!) Only problem is that I bought A-Train's sister a cheerleader teddy bear (she's a professional cheerleader) but.... ... .. well, I THOUGHT it was going to be a good-sized fluffy bear...

But No.

It's like a beanie-baby sized bear.

And it's DIRTY.

It's almost like I picked it up in the discount bin at a dollar store for like 47 cents.

BOOOOOO!

Oh well, my cat loves to play with the packaging paper so it's all good.

Today I went to Target too since I found out one of my friends is becoming a Zeta tonight, so I'm going to go welcome her in "to the family." (LOL that sounds like the mafia.) It took me forever to figure out what to get her. I finally settled on a blue n' white basketball and hoop (mini nerf one, she loves b-ball), and a white candle and a little blue n' white mini-pillow. I wish I had a Greek store closer to my house, but oh well.

Oh and then I bought myself the Hairspray CD for my birthday coming up!!! Only they charged me for TWO of them so I had to go back and say that I only paid for one. Whew.

But that's all, gotta go get ready now!

Later!

Sick AGAIN!

Had another throwin' up fit today. I'm beginning to see a very nasty pattern. Usually if I don't eat anything, like skip a meal, and then eat a REALLY BIG MEAL and then don't work it off...it all comes back up in a rather nasty way. This has been a bad pattern that's only happened this year. Blah.

So I'm at home again tonight. Watching TV. Hey, you get a free Spice Girl's Greatest Hits album if you buy $60 worth of stuff at Victoria's Secret on Thursday. Awesome...that's like two bra's. Or is that three? No...that's two.

I've got nothing to do. BOOO!

Luckily, I'll probably feel better tomorrow.

Guess I'll watch Hairspray again.

Still a Penguin

What's up?

I was looking at old journal entries and saw this animal test I took back in 2001. It's scary how right it still is:

YOU ARE A PENGUIN:
Now you see it, now you don't. Aggressive yet gentle, outgoing but shy, stable yet flighty -- everyone sees the penguin in a different way. It's that black and white thing -- the penguin only reveals the side that it wants to you to see. So, whether you like this darling-devil or not, you have to concede that it's a fascinating and enigmatic individual.

For penguins are birds condemned to live out their days on the ground. Unable to fly, their excess energy has no outlet save their creative talents and emotional outbursts. Penguins are poetic, artistic, and intellectually gifted, and as writers, penguins have no equal. But, if unable to channel their impulses in a positive way, the resulting turmoil proves damaging to their relationships and careers.

With a natural aptitude for languages, penguin personalities dominate the world of publishing as writers, editors and journalists. A strong sense of drama draws them to the theater and cinema, although unlike typical bird personalities, they avoid the spotlight unless they're able to hide behind the characters they play. Once on stage however, they prove to be excellent performers with their multifaceted personalities conveying the full gamut of emotions.

However, a lack of confidence affects their work and penguins tend to give up too easily. So work never dominates their lives and they always put their families first. Those intimate with their penguin personality are impressed by their unswerving loyalty. They are sentimental at heart and always remember anniversaries and the birthdays of nieces and nephews. With a strong compassion for others, they place their family's needs ahead of their own but often end up being taken advantage of.

In matters of the heart, penguins connect poorly with other bird personalities who look down on them because of their terrestrial connections. Mammalian personalities also treat them with suspicion too, finding them to be flighty and unpredictable.

Since penguins have the coldest feet in the animal kingdom, it's no surprise that within its conflicted bosom there beats the warmest heart of all. Unfortunately, most of us will never experience this gentle compassion, for penguins ration their love only to family and close friends.

DECEMBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First day of December and I love it. I don't know why, it may be left over from at least two decades of looking forward to my birthday and Christmas.

Nothing much to note except that I finished reading the Harry Potter series! Hoo-rah! It only took a few months, right?

I'm considering on going to the work Christmas Party too...but I HATE large crowds, but then again, I've missed the last two. Maybe I should go?

November hi-lites

Holy crap, it's been a while. I just took a break from reading the last book o' Harry Potter (7 chapters left!) I took last night off for my mom's birthday, which was a nice reprieve, although I had a nightmare about work and then A-train told me that something bad happened in one of my networks. I feel just a LITTLE guilty about that, because maybe if I'd been there I could have prevented it...

...Or got another Op error. And those suck.

Either way, just little fun things have happened here and there. Thanksgiving was fun and I got to bond and eat with my family as always. My fam went out for my mom's birthday and we got that free cake that birthday people always get at restaurants (minus the singing, because my mom felt a bit old for that.) Then my parents regaled me about how poor they were when they first got married but then we had to leave. I really want to hear more about the stuff that went on when they were in college. I know sadly next to nothing except how they met and that they were in the same sorority and fraternity me and my bro later joined and that they married right out of college. And that's about it. Kind of weird that you never really realize you don't know much about your parents until you get older.

Still, the highlight of November was watching my dad play my American Idol game, crooning, "If you don't know me by now." It was awesome. lol. Oh, and getting the "Hairspray" movie. I LOVE IT!

Later!

Healthier living and stuff

So I’ve been trying to eat better lately. I’ve gotten on a new sleep schedule that allows me to get up and actually eat dinner, which in turn gives me energy to drive to work. On that note, I no longer get sleepy at work at all and I only eat snacks there too, and not greasy meals for my 4:30 am lunch. Then I come home, eat something for breakfast and turn in again. This has left me happier, more rested and full. I LIKE IT! Lol So let’s see how long I stick with it.


Threestripe gave me another site: www.sparkpeople.com and I signed up for it. I’m not EXACTLY following the meal plans, but I did take ideas from the food they gave me. This week I bought some salads and had that for dinner (YUM!) and brought the rest of it for my lunch at work. When I get home, I plan to eat Bacon and eggs and…cheese. LOL Okay, so I’m not all THAT healthy yet, but I’m just focusing on eating better and just plain eating MORE first. I’ve gotten some yogurt in too, which is actually pretty good, just sorta thick. And today when I get home, I promised myself that I’m going to work out for 30 minutes. I did that at the beginning of the year but stopped after I got sick. (Irony!) So I need to pick that up again. I’m going to try to do at least 30 minutes three times a week. And keep eating. And stay on my sleep schedule. Here’s to feeling good all the time!

Quick gossip: Yesterday when I was in line to buy Harry Potter 7 (woo-hoo!) at Target, I was behind some lady who had a STACK of DVD’s on the conveyor belt thingie. When I finally spied the price it said, and no lie, $426! I was like, ‘holy crap, is she buying something for her school or something?’ Well, next thing I know, she pulls out a coupon. (This must be some MAGICAL coupon!!) but the cashier said it was expired. So the lady just said, “Oh…then just put it all back” and left! Oye! If that’s how Christmas shopping usually is then I’m glad I switched to ordering stuff on-line. Oh that reminds me, I’ve gotta go get my mom a Garden Ridge gift certificate for her b-day in a few weeks.

1000 update (since I wrote that at work):
I did to Pilates for 30 minutes with crazy Denise Austin. I think that's her name. Either way it was rough, I'm not limber! But I didn't break a sweat...is Pilates REALLY working out? Oh well, I did it, so gold star for me!