Saturday, March 31, 2012

If I'd Won $450 Million (roughly)

Yesterday, my boss walked in and told me to pick a lottery ticket, as she had purchased one for everyone in the office with one stipulation: if any of us won, we had to give 5% to Community Partners (my work).

Shockingly enough, I didn't win. But I confess that I did start thinking about some of the first things I'd do if I had. Here are my top 5 (in no order).

1. 5% to CPD and 5% to my boss. After promising to give to our charity, I promised her I'd share some wealth with her as well. After all, she bought my ticket, gave me my first big girl job, and signs my paychecks every month.

2. Pay off my student loans. Now, I really don't think that student loans are the end of the world. College was incredible and I'm willing to pay for that experience (ask me again in a few years), but it would be incredible to not have that burden. I also have a few friends that I'd like to remove this burden from as well.

3. Head to Europe. I've been aching to go back since the minute I left about three years ago. I'd love to revisit some of my favorite places in Western Europe, but also I'd love to explore some new places in Eastern Europe. And I'd love to bring some of my favorite pals with me.

4. Presents for the fam.
*Daddio would get a motorcycle and cool car of his choosing.
*Mama would get the snazziest sewing machine imaginable as well as an add-on to the house at the farm (or just a new house altogether!).
*Step-padre gets whatever toy he wants, especially because he always says if he wins the lotto, he'll help me out. I'll also hire him someone to mow the farm for him so he won't have to anymore.
*Bubby gets an airplane so he and Cara can come visit me whenever they want. I think I'd let them all go ahead and retire as well . . . if they want.
*PoPo and Uncle Rick get a vacation to the beach of their choosing, because they love the beach.
*Cousins are included in student loan payments.

5. Right some wrongs. Step-padre pointed out that if I won this mega million, I could give every person in the United States one million dollars and still have plenty to spare. Granted, there are a few people in the US who wouldn't need my mula, but I would love to put that money to good use providing resources for those who need it. I'll tack onto that traveling world-wide in an effort to right wrongs elsewhere as well.

Other tops: go to grad school, go on adventures, shop for some goodies, etc.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

4 Phases

Sometimes, I think it's safe to say that my life moves in phases. Am I alone in this? Each phase is of a varying lenghth. For example, my love of jellies in elementary school didn't last quite as long as my phase of believing that a Jeep would be the perfect car for me. I don't think that phase will ever die.

Here are a few of my current phases:

* Top Buns. I prefer to give my hair as little attention as possible each morning. Once I give this mane an inch, it takes a mile, and I just get more and more frustrated. The top of my head is just the perfect place to wrap up that mess and call it a morning. I'm thankful the fashion world thinks so too.

* Books Written by Celebrities. But more specifically, those written by celebrity writers. My two faves so far, of course, come from Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling. I like to think that if I ever wrote a book, it would be just as witty and clever as these with maybe a few less curse words. Searching for a few more of this caliber.

* The Judd Apatow Clan. Now, I can totally understand if you don't love some of his raunchier titles (think Knocked Up, Step Brothers, Superbad, etc). But if you don't love and/or appreciate Heavy Weights and Freaks and Geeks, then my heart just aches for you. The fact that virtually the same actors keep coming back to work with him for every single movie just makes me think he must be a pretty cool guy. Not to mention a lot of those actors seem pretty cool as well.

* Slow jogging. I hope and pray that at some point, this would morph from a phase to a hobbie. I'm signing up for my first 5k soon and just won't know what to do with myself if I can actually pull it off. Look out Dallas. I will be running all over this city . . . in three mile increments.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Umba Box

Have you heard of stuff like this?

Pay a fee and the company sends you a whole box of wonderful goodies each month?

Because I hadn't. Not until my sister-in-law told me about Birchbox.
I have yet to give it a shot, but once when I was visiting my Okies, she got hers in the mail. For $10 a month, she receives a box of samples that range from hair and body products to makeup to chocolate. That's right. Chocolate. The greatest part? Often the "sample size" turns out to be the same size you'd buy in a store, especially the makeup. How great is that?

Yesterday, I stumbled upon Umba Box, very similar to Birchbox.
Downside: Umba Box is slightly more expensive ($26/month)

Upside: Everything that comes in your Umba Box is 100% handmade.
Is there some sort of craft movement going on these days? I hadn't noticed. But I like it!

So like I said, I myself have yet to experience the loveliness of one of these boxes, but that's going to change in May! Expect a full report on my first Umba Box.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

First Day of Spring

Yesterday was a very busy day, peppered with some really awesome stuff.

1. I ate at the ever delicious Twisted Root for lunch. The more I eat here, the more I love it. Especially their homemade pickles and french fries. Plus their yummy burger combos. And their spicy ketchup is just heavenly. I'll stop now.

But what made this trip really special was my company. My lifelong friend, Kendyll, who lives and works in Ft. Worth gave herself a little Dallas day trip. I was so blessed to be a stop!

2. (Not pictured) I have never claimed to be an athlete. I probably never will. But I've been trying to discipline myself as of late to be a little more active. Mostly this consists of walking/slow jogging (and I do mean slow) around a trail in my neighborhood. Yesterday's slow jog was made worthwhile thanks to pretty scenery and some great pump up jams.

3. Yesterday, The Muppets movie was released on DVD. You better believe I hauled my tooshie to the Walmart at 9:00 p.m. to pick this bad boy up. I've been without this little snippet of joy since Thanksgiving and I just couldn't wait any longer.

4. My past several Tuesday nights have been missing time at The Porch. This wrong was righted last night and it was so wonderful to learn and worship right next to my pal Lindsay, who introduced me to these wonderful Tuesday night meetings.

It is amazing to me how such a plain day can turn into something really fun with just a few little things.

If yesterday was any indication of what Spring 2012 has in store, consider me on board.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Back in the Game

One year(ish) ago, I started this little blog for a writing class.

I've had several blogs over the years, but I have a hard time keeping up with them. You know, that whole writing-posts-regularly thing. It almost always feels like a chore. And I'm a firm believer that writing shouldn't feel like a chore.

So I thought back on writing that I've enjoyed and this blog popped into my mind immediately.

I am an avid list maker. 100%. To-do lists, grocery lists, things to remember lists. You get the idea.

So this blog is my new project. Hopefully I'll be able to post a little more regularly than I have on blogs in the past. I'm looking forward to making lots of lists about things I've done, things I'm doing, and things I want to do. Maybe I can inspire a few readers (and I do mean few) to add a thing or two two any lists they have in the works as well!

Wish me luck non-existent readers! This shall be an adventure!