Monday, January 4, 2010

Resolutions and Picasso

Last night I was thinking about New Years Resolutions. Mostly I was thinking about how I haven't made one for the last several years. I make resolutions randomly throughout the year, but rarely at New Years. This year my random resolutions have landed on New Years. Since I know your dying to know them here they are:
1. Get a JOB.
2. Get some idea of what I want to do with my life.
3. Apply to Graduate School.
4. Volunteer (after finding a job).
5. Finish all the books I start.
6. Read all the books I own before buying new ones and check library before buying. - Or sell the ones I don’t wish to read.
7. Don’t buy frivolous things. -This should be easy since on the 15th I will have no money and need more by the next 15th.
8. Improve working vocabulary. – Apparently normal people use more than just psych and criminology terms when talking.
9. Write in blog at least weekly. (Hurray!!!)
10. Start writing short stories and poetry again.
11. Lose another 20 pounds.
12. Go to the gym at least twice a week.
13. Walk Ursa whenever weather permits.- Ursa is my amazing 11 year old (her 11th birthday was New Years Day!) Miniature Schnauzer.
14. Make friends that live in the same general area. (Most of my friends live out of town….. I have no social life now)
15. Stay on top of cleaning.
16. Get rid of junk. -I like to be surrounded by stuff. It doesn’t have to be nice stuff, just stuff. That needs to stop.
17. Try not to let family hurt my feelings. –Trust me, easier said than done.
18. Try not to fight with family. -Trying is the best I can offer.
19. Limit TV time.
20. Go to bed at a reasonable hour. – The job should help with this.

Now on to that lovely Picasso Award from the amazing Courtney . Hmmmm 7 facts about myself...
1. Like Courtney, I love horrible horrible horror/sci-fi movies. I can watch them for hours and hours. I also love good horror/sci-fi movies. But, more often than not, I find myself gravitating to B C D list movies. The best part about these movies, you can laugh your arse off and still get scared. When a horror movie filled with A list actors and a big budget fails, it just sucks. But when a low or kind of low budget movie with not so big actors fails, it is almost always hilarious. Stilted dialog , plot holes (sigh) a good night.
2. Another vice of mine is Romance Novels. I read my first Romance Novel while spending the night at B's house in high school. She always reads to go to sleep so she handed me one of her books. It was Brenda Joyce's The Prize. I began reading, skeptical. Around 5 a.m. B rolled over pulled her eye mask off and croaked (in the way only someone disturbed from their sleep can croak) "why the hell are you still up? Go. To. Sleep." I obeyed reluctantly, woke up an hour later and finished the book. This is a nasty habit I have. I start a book and several hours later I have neglected everything I was supposed to be doing. I often tell myself "Just one more chapter and I'll go to sleep." I'm such a liar. Anyway, that night started my love affair with romance novels. At first I was obsessed with Pirate themed historical novels. They often involve a kidnapping and while my mind is screaming "Stockholm Syndrome!" I'm still loving it. Pirate historical led to historical and if memory serves me correctly Courtney led me to paranormal good paranormal romances (I'd tried a few bad ones first) and mystery/crime romances. Now I read a mixture of the genres, and love them all!
3. I am an Aquatarian. This is like a vegetarian only I also eat water dwellers. Some refer to this as a pescetarian. *I originally had a lot more written after that but I have decided to save that for another day. Right now, as part of me is saying "Save this for later. It can wait! Don't make this too long!" another part of me is saying "Write! Write! You must explain yourself!" But I'm going to revisit this another time. It could easily be its' own post... or 3. (don't worry it won't be 3)
4. I suffer from an undifferentiated connective tissue disease (or a Mixed Connective Tissue Disease MCTD). Basically I have had really bad joint and muscle pains since I was in high school. My freshman year in college I started getting hives associated with it and in my sophomore year I developed a sensitivity to sunlight and must always wear sunscreen. Lately I've been feeling a lot better. I had to recently have my knee injected but other than that I've been comparatively pain free. (Hurray) I'll probably post about this at another time as well.
5. I have the most amazing dog in the world. Her name is Ursa Noir. She was born January 1st, 1999. My family got her in February of that year. I am extremely close to her. When I was very depressed she was always there for me. She always lets me know I'm loved.
6. I am terrified of daddy long legs and mosquito hawks. I don't know when it started, but for as long as I can remember they have terrified me.
7. I get really attached to Jewelry. I have worn the same necklace (actually I've gone through 4 chains, but kept the same pendant) for over a year now. As well as the same ring. I only take them off for medical reasons (like getting an X ray) or when I do take them off I keep them with me in my purse or somewhere on my person. I've done this with various pieces of jewelry since I was in Middle school. Generally the only reason I stopped wearing the item was because it broke or fell off and was lost. I think the habit of wearing the jewelry comforts me.
Well there is that part of my fulfillment. I will send this out when/if I get more Bloggie friends!
Love to ALL!


  1. Haha! I remember starting you off on Paranormals! I believe it was JR Ward I was just adamant you read. I went so far as to explain in full detail the plot line and characters (and their backgrounds) to you and Josh. Aww, fun times.
    Oh yeah, and Jacqueline Frank--also good, though, come on, there's just not topping JR.
    Oh and your daddy long leg/mosquito hawk phobia...I think we started that together. Do you remember about 4 years ago, when you came to visit and !!! there was a m. hawk in my room! We totally freaked! And the sucked started to chase us. I guess we were pissing it off with all of our screaming. ;)
    Love you!

  2. Haha 1. It was Ward and her magic then I believe Frank followed. 2. I do remember that! I also remember that that was when we realized that we were both afraid of them and decided that something must have happened to us as children on the island... Also I believe one of your bro's ran in your room ready to do battle because of our screaming... (sigh) memories.

  3. Hey! I'm just leaving you a comment so you know that I'm reading your blog. :) I'm a friend of Courtney and I got your blog link from her blog.