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The completion of #26, my list of 100 things that make me happy:

  1. Naps.
  2. Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream.  (And I don’t even like cherries, go figure.)
  3. Lasagna & garlic bread.
  4. Pay day.
  5. Thinking about going back to school for my Master’s degree.
  6. Greek mythology.
  7. Comedians.
  8. Potlucks.
  9. The Burrito Buggy (unfortunately for me, it’s in Athens, Ohio).
  10. Waterfalls.
  11. Onion rings.
  12. Rainbows.
  13. Sunflowers.
  14. Volunteer plants in my garden.
  15. Giving/receiving a smile.
  16. Receiving random email/texts from my oldest brother.
  17. Hearing my younger brothers’ voices on the phone.
  18. Clay face masks.
  19. Watching Kori (the Corgi dog) rub his face.
  20. Mimosas.
  21. Back scratches from my hubby.
  22. A barn full of gorgeous hay.
  23. Fresh shavings in the horses’ stalls.
  24. Headache-free days.
  25. When my husband calls me to tell me he’s on his way home.

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Still working on #26, my list of 100 things that make me happy.  This has actually been way more fun than I had thought it might be!  Here’s #51-#75:

  1. Clean sheets.
  2. A good run.
  3. Warm, freshly baked bread.
  4. When my husband sings to me.
  5. Black & white photographs.
  6. That time in the spring when I break out my flip-flops again.
  7. The color blue.
  8. Pickles.
  9. Seeing a movie in the theater.
  10. A toasted bagel with cream cheese.
  11. The feel of freshly shaved legs.
  12. My aunt’s apple pie.
  13. Doggie play dates, especially when my mutt-dog behaves.
  14. Penn Station french fries.  LOVE THEM!
  15. Thanksgiving with the Hesses.  Turkey Day is my favorite holiday!
  16. Visiting my Aunt Nancy & Uncle Ed at their farm in Pennsylvania.
  17. White Elephant gift exchanges at Christmas.
  18. Learning new things.
  19. Ace-ing tests.
  20. Eating dinner out.
  21. Getting my Practical Horseman magazine in the mail.
  22. The full moon.
  23. Boats, even though I get slightly motion-sick.
  24. True Blood on HBO, and House and Fringe on Fox.
  25. Ferrets.

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#26-#50 for my list of 100 things that make me happy (#26):

  1. A successful grocery shopping trip.  To me, successful means I’ve gotten some awesome deals and have an interesting menu for the week.
  2. Free photos from Shutterfly.
  3. A good haircut.  (Which is rare for me!)
  4. Finding deals & steals on Craigslist.
  5. Babies.  Baby people, baby kittens, baby puppies, baby horses, baby anything!
  6. Planting things in my garden.
  7. Picking veggies from my garden.
  8. Horse movies!
  9. Homemade chili & cornbread.
  10. Going to the library.
  11. Finding new clothes/shoes that I love.  (Doesn’t happen very often.)
  12. Traveling to new places.
  13. Finding new favorite websites on the internet.
  14. Making–and then crossing things off–my to-do lists.
  15. Bookstores.
  16. Campfires/bonfires, especially with marshmallows.
  17. Finding a new favorite author.
  18. Weddings.
  19. Comments/messages/friend requests from Facebook and WordPress.
  20. Hot tea in the morning on my way in to work.
  21. Getting my stocking at Christmas.  It makes me feel like a kid again.
  22. Victoria’s Secret.
  23. House shopping, even though we’re NOT looking.
  24. Waking up early, getting lots done, and then taking a nap.
  25. Ice cream in general, Coldstone and Graeter’s ice cream in particular.

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Christmas List 2009

My mother-in-law called hubby yesterday to remind us that she needs our Christmas lists ASAP, because it’s only 8 weeks until Christmas!  Yes, it’s that time of year again!

Let me preface the list by explaining why I’m writing a Christmas list at 26.  No, it’s not because I’m a spoiled brat.  Actually, in my family adult Christmas lists aren’t really done.  In hubby’s family, however, they’re expected…and the earlier in the year the better.  I have to say, I’ve come to value the beauty of the Christmas list.  It allows family who want to give a gift to do so in an enlightened way, rather than taking a blind stab in the dark. 

So, when I write my Christmas list, I’m not saying “yo, buy me shit”, I’m saying, “hey, if you happen to want to get me a gift and need an idea, I’ll helpfully supply some.”  And of course I appreciate the same, for those in my family who care to write a list of their own.

And, here it is:

LowesGiftCard

1. Lowe’s gift card.

Showcase Cinemas Gift Card

2. Showcase Cinemas gift card.

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3. JoAnn Fabrics gift card.

victorias secret

4. Victoria’s Secret gift card.

little black dress

5. Little black dress, size 6, black (obviously :)).

rain jacket

6. Windbreaker/water-proof jacket, size M, somewhat fitted.

Hush Puppies Bassa in Dark Brown Leather

Hush Puppies Bassa in Dark Brown Leather

7. Brown shoes, size 9.5, with 1.5″ or less heel.

Dressage Socks
Dressage Socks

8. Tall doggie/kitty/horse socks.

satin pj

9. Satin PJ’s and/or a nightshirt, size M, extra tall, any color.

fleece vest

10. Down or fleece vest, size M, somewhat fitted, extra long–i.e. long enough to cover my hips, any color except pink.

jeans

11. Blue London jeans, size 8, 36″ inseam, mid rise, dark wash.

canner

12. Pressure canner.

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13. Herbal teas.

P.S. Kori and Karli dictated their Christmas list to me.  They want doggie treats.  And Earthbath all natural doggie deodorizing spritz.  And more treats.  Micky says he just wants tuna. 🙂

What’s on YOUR holiday list this year?

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Working on #26, my list of 100 things that make me happy:

  1. Cuddling with my husband.
  2. Holding Kori (our Corgi dog) like a baby.  He actually likes it.
  3. Hot showers.
  4. Getting a hug from my horse.
  5. The smell of oats.  (Not oatmeal, but real horsey oats.)
  6. Hearing my girls sing their “I’m a happy hen, I just laid an egg” song.
  7. Pasta.
  8. A good Mojito.
  9. Pancakes/waffles with homemade jam & whipped cream on top.
  10. Hearing my kitty’s “chirp” the moment he hears me opening a can in the kitchen.  He’s convinced it’s tuna every time.  Micky is Pavlov‘s classical conditioning in action.
  11. Hot chocolate on a cold day.
  12. The beach.  I could SO live at the beach.
  13. Cooking/baking for pleasure.  I really enjoy cooking in general, but cooking for fun is so much better than rushing to get dinner done on a Wednesday night.
  14. Fleeces of any type.
  15. The sun.
  16. Swimming.  (It’s very difficult to be a klutz in the water.)
  17. When my hubby brings home a Praying Mantis for my garden, even though he hates bugs.  That’s true love!
  18. Reading a book that makes me think about it long after I’ve put it down.
  19. Popcorn.  My comfort food.
  20. Driving with my sunroof open and my radio up.
  21. Mondays, which I have off.  It’s nice to have a “me” day, since hubs is at work.  Sometimes I’m uber productive and sometime’s it’s a lazy day.  I love that I can chose.
  22. Doggies that smile.
  23. Finding long-lost friends on Facebook.
  24. Phone calls from my Grandpa.  Hearing his voice makes me smile.
  25. Roses.  I hate to admit it, but I’m a classic rose kinda girl.

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I’ve tried to write this post a couple of times.  And so far it’s ended up blank every one of those times.  This time, I’m just going to spit it out.  It may not make much sense, but at least it’ll be here instead of still just sitting on my shoulders.

I was extremely fortunate to have been offered a job almost a year ago which, at the time and for many reasons, served my needs perfectly.  However, I accepted the position knowing full well that it was not a long-term match for several reasons, which I won’t go into because they’re not really relevant to my current conflict.  (My supervisor and I discussed these issues when I was hired and agreed that the position would probably end up being relatively short-term for me.)

I’ve been having the “where do I go now?” conversation with myself a lot lately, for a couple of reasons.  One, my annual review is coming up next month and I’m pretty sure the subject will come up then.  Two, I’m having a mid-life crisis. 

Yes, I have come to the conclusion that I’m having my mid-life crisis at the ripe old age of 26.  Why, I have no idea.  Ok, if I’m being honest with myself, I know.  See, I had this novel idea that I would graduate from college, buy a horse (first things first afterall), find a dream job, and work my way up the corporate ladder to a leadership position.  Tada, career!  I had this notion that hard work, dedication, loyalty, selflessness, etc. all paid off in the end.  I don’t want to sound jaded–I’m not, just more realistic–but I know now that that’s not entirely how the world turns. 

Ok, back to my mid-life crisis.  It’s because my life needs new direction.  I need to have my life/job/career mean something.  You know–I want to make a difference, do something meaningful, all that jazz.  So…

Goal: find new direction for my life. 

I’ve come up with three possible options:

     1.   Have a baby.

Because this completely re-focuses your life, correct?  On days when I’m having baby-longings, this seems like the answer to my mid-life crisis.  I mean, a child totally gives new meaning to your life, right?  However, I also have days when I think my main problem is lack of mental stimulation.  On those days, I’m pretty sure having a baby isn’t going to solve much.

     2.   Find a new, more career-oriented job.

Really, this is the solution.  It’s just a matter of finding the right fit.  However, after 3 years of constant searching and a year of “keeping-an-eye-out” searching, I’ve come to the conclusion that there really aren’t any equine/animal sciences/research/veterinary jobs in Dayton, Ohio that fit my credentials.  (Bachelor’s of Science @ OSU, majored in Animal Sciences w/focus in Equine Science, minor in Communication, reproductive physiology research exp.) 

Major Concern(s): This decision leaves me with a requirement: MOVE.  Probably out of state.  Since we just bought a house and are still paying for our wedding, this isn’t really feasible.  At least not right now.

     3.   Go back to school for my Master’s in Equine Reproductive Physiology.

Also a valid solution, providing a Master’s degree can actually help me get the type of job I want, not just land me with more student loan debt.  This was where I was headed in 2005 (when I graduated from undergrad), before a few road blocks fell in my lane.  

Major Concern(s): Same as above for solution #2.  Also, I would have about 20-30 credit hours of pre-req courses I’d have to take before I could even apply to grad school.  And I’d have to re-take the GRE, since my score from 2004 doesn’t count anymore.

Ah, dilemma, dilemma.

Here’s where a few personal stories would be quite helpful.  Anyone care to share a similar story, preferably with your choice and how it turned out for you?

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The bad news: I have the flu.

The better news: I have extra time to visit my fav websites from my sickbed (aka the couch).

The best news: While visiting Stephenie Meyer’s website, I found out she’s secured a deal to make her adult sci fi book, The Host, into a movie

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

So. Freakin’. Excited.

Like her Twilight series, Stephenie Meyer’s The Host is driven by her characters and their relationships.  I can’t wait to meet Mel and Wanderer/Wanda, Jared and Ian, and Jamie.  I fell in love with them when I read the book.  However, the writer & director for the screen adaptation, Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show), will have his job cut out for him.  His great challenge lies in the fact that the majority of the story centers around the internal conflict between two of the main characters–Mel, the human/host, and Wanderer/Wanda, Mel’s alien “soul”/hostee.  (Here’s a review of the book, for those who haven’t read it and are now thoroughly confused.)  Pulling off the inner dialogue, and pulling it off well, will either make or break this movie.  But–if Mr. Niccol does a good job–the movie version will be well worth the 2 hours and $20 to see in the theater.  (And yes, it will be $20, because I will insist that hubby come see it with me. :))

And now, in my flu-haze state, I’m going to indulge in a little dream casting.  Not my normal pastime, but I’m bored.  Humor me…

Mel ~ has to be brunette, strong-willed, intelligent, above average height, tough, pretty but not drop-dead gorgeous, 20-ish, and above all athletic.  My picks:

Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline Lilly

Ashley Greene

Ashley Greene

Sophia Bush

Sophia Bush

Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel

Wanda ~ should be blond, pretty, extremely petite (doll-like), early 20’s, and expressive.  My picks:

Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning

Emilie de Ravin

Emilie de Ravin

Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere

Jared ~ handsome, brooding, protective, tallish, late-20’s to early-30’s.  My picks:

Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder

Drew Fuller

Drew Fuller

Christian Bale

Christian Bale

Ian ~ built, boyish, mid- to late-20’s, ability to be intense, and lovable.  My picks:

Jared Padalecki

Jared Padalecki

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt

Jamie ~ Mel’s brother, a boy on the brink of manhood.  My pick:

Josh Hutcherson

Josh Hutcherson

Jeb ~ rough n’ tough hiding a soft heart, mid-50’s, a little crazy, and authoritative.  My picks:

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

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…and I’m a Martian.  No no, I don’t want to be a man.  But, I’ve come to the conclusion that I generally prefer the company of men.  And a few special gals who don’t fit the typical mold.

I realize that I’m taking the liberty of drastically generalizing here, but why is it that women seem to be so threatened by each other?  We are constantly measuring our self-worth by the yardstick of other women’s attributes and achievements.  And we care so dratted much about how we measure up to these other women’s standards.

Women are masters of the subtle jab, and they take plenty at each other.  We are naturally suspicious creatures, prone to imagining other women harboring secret grudges….oh but wait, but perhaps it’s not always our imagination.  Often, the grudges are real enough.

If you are a woman, you never really know how you stand with most other women.  And their opinion of you could change as quickly as you can do something–anything–to become a perceived threat to them.

I’m still generalizing…but, women can be so damn catty in the workplace.  Put your typical man and your typical woman in the same confrontational situation with a coworker of equal rank and of the same sex, and you get two completely different scenarios.  Your typical man will confront said coworker directly and to-the-point.  Confrontation will occur.  Confrontation will then come to completion.  Thirty seconds later, confrontation is forgotten and life is back to normal.  Insert your typical woman into this equation, and the scenario is far different.  The woman will dance around the issue, sugar-coating it to the coworker.  Then she will let the argument fester, silently.  She will discuss the issue to death with anyone who will lend her an ear, save for that person with whom she has the disagreement.  However, her subtle rudenesses and strategic comments to this person will ensure that they are aware that all is not well.

Don’t get me wrong, men have their faults, too.  Many have an internal enemy known as EGO.  However, at least men’s faults are usually fairly straightforward.  I get men.  Women are just too damn complicated.

And so, I’ve decided that I’ve been in workplaces with predominantly female coworkers for too many jobs, too many years.  It’s time for a change.  Nothing personal ladies, I promise!

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Flying!

Since hubby has always talked about becoming a pilot, his parents & I gave him a 1 hr. flight instruction for his birthday.  We went to Kathy Samuelson of Columbus Flight Instruction out of Port Columbus International Airport.  (She was terrific, by the way.)  My brother-in-law and I went up, too, and it was AWESOME!

Our plane was a Cessna 172.  It looked tiny from the outside, but inside it was actually quite roomy.
Our plane was a Cessna 172. It looked tiny from the outside, but inside it was actually quite roomy.
Hubby in the cockpit pre-flight.

Hubby in the cockpit pre-flight.

Pre-flight checklist

Pre-flight checklist

Bye-bye ground!

Bye-bye ground!

Downtown Columbus, Ohio & a beautiful blue sky

Downtown Columbus, Ohio & a beautiful blue sky

OSU Ag Campus - This is where Tim & I both spent most of our time during college.

OSU Ag Campus - This is where hubby & I both spent most of our time during college.

He looks like the real deal, doesn't he?

He looks like the real deal, doesn't he?

The Shoe!!

The Shoe!!

We could even see the sailboats out on Hoover Reservoir when we flew over.

We could even see the sailboats out on Hoover Reservoir when we flew over.

The pilot after a successful flight.

The pilot after a successful flight.

And we all made it back to the airport in one piece!

And we all made it back to the airport in one piece!

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Breaking things down so I actually get stuff done sounds like a good idea, right?  So, I’m going to give it a try this month.

1. Find & purchase at least one bookcase for my currently semi-homeless book collection.

2. Look for a new dining room table.  (I don’t want to rush this process, so I won’t corner us by saying “purchase”, but perhaps looking will be a step in the right direction.)

3. Find & purchase a photo album for our wedding photos.  (Confession time: our wedding was 5.19.07 .  We have yet to put everything together in a photo album.  Eeek!)

4. Winterize my garden, front flower bed, and both side beds.

5. Place a “for sale” ad for my horse.  (Sadness, but really Pea has so much more potential–currently wasted–as a sporthorse than I ever will have as a rider.  She needs to be ridden and shown regularly and I haven’t been able to give her that.)

6. Update boarding ad(s).

7. Complete my barely-started knitting project.

8. Mail care package.

9. Buy at least one Christmas present.

10. Figure out our holiday plans.

11. Pick up manure in arena & hual at least 10 loads of sand into the arena.

12. Take hubby to Columbus for his now belated birthday weekend.  (Scheduled for Oct. 11th.  The weather got in the way last weekend.) 

13. Meet up with some old friends at the Circleville Pumpkin Show October 21-24.

14. Donate to a charity.

15.  Read at least 3 books.

16. Request absentee ballot for Nov. 3 election.

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