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March Resolutions

March 1, 2010

Is it March already? This month I will be attempting to:

  • Work out twice a week (despite failing miserably since starting this thing)
  • Find out WHO IS STEALING MY EFFING NEWSPAPER. And I will. Mark my words.
  • Attend two volunteering events
  • Read 1 book (despite failing at this one, too)
  • 100% complete all of my calligrpahy homework.
  • Fully clean out my car.  Vacuum and everything.
  • Finish decorating the apartment
  • Get my total credit card balance below $1000. The finish line is in sight!!!!!

As a side note, these monthly resolutions are working significantly better than the standard yearly ones.  I feel like I am getting so much more done… and I am feeling so much more motivated to do it 🙂


February Resolutions – 5/8 is Acceptable

February 28, 2010

PHEW! I almost forgot it was the end of the month!!

On December 31st, I declared my New Years Resolution:  Make monthly resolutions.

For the month of February, this is how I did —

  • Read at least 1 book: FAIL. I did not read a single page.


  • Work out at least 3 times a week – hopefully this will go better this month…: FAIL. I did not go once throughout the month of February.


  • Pay off another $1000 on my credit card *sigh*: TOTALLY PWNED. Thanks to that wonderful tax refund I got, I accomplished this and then some.


  • Put $1000 toward my student loans: SUCCESS! I just barely made it. Again, I’ve got to give props to the government for taking lots of my money and giving it all back to me.


  • Attend my calligraphy class each week – no skipping class!: DONE! I love that class 🙂


  • Love Dan (he requested that one…): ALWAYS & FOREVER


  • Follow my dermatologist’s orders every day after my appointment on the 8th. In the past I have followed the doctor’s orders for about 4 days and then tapered off from there: TRIED, BUT HAD TO GO A DIFFERENT ROUTE. My health insurance held me back from that one. I went to Ulta instead and grabbed Dermalogica, which I have been following consistently. Sure, it’s not the same, but it is as close as I could get without dropping $400+ (no joke) on medication.


  • Do my laundry every week instead of waiting until I have nothing to wear: I DID IT TWICE THIS MONTH. SO NO.


So for those of you keeping track, I succeeded at 5 out of 8. 

I still struggle to believe that I didn’t go ONCE thoughout January. I mean.. I can believe that I didn’t go since I was there every morning when I rolled out of bed late and got to work barely at 9am, but… ugh. Disappointing.

I guess I can pride myself in that I don’t just “kind of” fail. I fail big and go home. *HIGH FIVE*

February Resolutions

February 1, 2010

On December 31st, I declared my New Years Resolution:  Make monthly resolutions.

Since January is done and over with, it’s time that I make up my resolutions for the month of February!

  • Read at least 1 book
  • Work out at least 3 times a week – hopefully this will go better this month…
  • Pay off another $1000 on my credit card *sigh*
  • Put $1000 toward my student loans
  • Attend my calligraphy class each week – no skipping class!
  • Love Dan (he requested that one…)
  • Follow my dermatologist’s orders every day after my appointment on the 8th. In the past I have followed the doctor’s orders for about 4 days and then tapered off from there.
  • Do my laundry every week instead of waiting until I have nothing to wear

The payments are going to be tough, but hopefully I can commit myself.  Ideally, I will receive my tax refund before the end of the month so that I can use it to help me out a little.

Notice that snowboarding isn’t on the list this month.  I don’t want to commit myself to a huge number of things, so that will be my “side project”.

I’m ready for February!  Wish me luck!

Latawnya, the Naughty Horse, Learns to Say “No” to Drugs

January 12, 2010

I came across a review of Latawnya, the Naughty Horse, Learns to Say “No” to Drugs while I was looking at Awful Library Books


 This book is hilarious!  I admit that I have been giggling (yes, giggling) about it all day.  Horses doing drugs?  Don’t you need… you know… hands?  How did they open the bottles?  And how did they light their smoking drugs?  And what do these smoking drugs consist of (cigarattes, marijuana, crack, etc)? And why would horses want to do drugs in the first place? 


new years resolutions?

December 31, 2009

Every year on January 1st I declare my new years resolutions to everyone around me.  “I want to exercise” or “I want to save a lot of money” is something that I always come up with, and typically I will throw a few more in there to show that I actually did put some thought into it. 

On that very same year, once December 30th rolls around, I try to remember what my new years resolutions were and I typically cannot remember.  The timespan is simply too long for me to recall what I initially planned to do for the year let alone stay motivated to complete any of it.  New years resolutions for me are useless, forgotten, and lost throughout the year.

This year I plan on trying something new.  Monthly resolutions.  One month is short enough to keep me motivated and long enough for me to achieve something.  And lets not forget that after one month my chances of remembering what I set out to do in the first place are greatly increased.

I suppose that if I must have a new years resolution, it will be this:  make monthly resolutions.


pirates of ashlen

December 15, 2009

One of my best friends, Nick, wrote a book recently.  It has been published, and today I found it on Amazon!! I haven’t had a chance to read it, but I certainly plan to. 

Jay Perry’s stepbrother, Thyran Vilkus, frames him for a malicious crime, forcing the teenager to go on the run and take refuge with a crew of pirates. During a heist several years later to steal a diamond locket, Jay learns the locket is a key to an ancient magic belonging to the legendary sorcerer, Ashlen Venclin, a magic for which Thyran has been hunting since murdering the governor of his hometown. Now, Jay is thrust into a high-velocity adventure to stop his stepbrother from completing his mission. He must outwit and outmaneuver his cunning stepbrother, avoid capture by an overzealous thick-skulled general, and survive attacks of vicious gorgrims (massive, gorilla-like creatures with venomous barbs finishing their reptilian tails), all to stop Thyran from obtaining Ashlen’s powers that have been hidden for centuries. The race is on.

Check out the Pirates of Ashlen on

diary of a wimpy kid

November 15, 2009
Dan and I went to Border’s today, and as we walked in, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” was greeting us on a big stand at the entrance.  Somewhere on the interwebs I had come upon a review of the books and it had a lot of good things to say (for both kids and adults), so I decided to sit in the cafe and give it a quick read.  I wasn’t really at Border’s to buy anything inparticular anyway.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

I felt kind of silly reading it.  I’m 22 years old and this book is probably meant for kids 12 and under (which was validated by the 8 year old girl sitting a few seats away from me reading the same book I was).   I asked Dan to read it with me, but he said something about “man hood” or “pride” or something, so I just read it on my own. 

The book is the JOURNAL of Gregory, a new middle school student.  The best part of it is that it did a great job at making me feel like I was in middle school again because everything he did reeks insecurity.  At one point he breaks his friend’s arm and, when his friend comes in to school with a cast, all of the girls are concerned and are even feeding him at the lunch table.  Greg is jealous and wraps his arm in bandages and tries to get their attention by talking about how he got a nasty infection, but all of the girls think it’s gross and the only attention he gets is from weird kids that want to see the infection.

One of my favorite jokes:

Obviously I didn’t want to drop $15 on a book I was never going to look at again, so I just read the whole thing in 20 minutes.  There were 3 other volumes of this on the stand, but I decided that while it was good for the 20 minutes I read it, I wasn’t going to devote another hour to it. 

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand has been sitting on my shelf for years and I have been meaning to get around to reading it.  I think that, before I read any more “Wimpy Kid” books, I will finish Atlas Shrugged.  If nothing else, it will make me feel like the adult that I really am instead of someone of the appropriate age to be reading childrens books.