Sunday, May 6, 2012

P365: Week 17

Saturday 4/28/12: 2nd Dinner.  The first one was a big let-down.

Sunday 4/29/12: New cat tree, so hopefully they will be nicer to the dog  and Lucy will stop scratching the furniture!

Monday 4/30/12: Surgery sucks

Tuesday 5/1/12: Mmm.  Rosemary, sage, oregano, basil, and thyme! Oh my!

Wednesday 5/2/12: Rainbows are delicious!

Thursday 5/3/12: This guy sitting on my desk all day made my office smell yummy!

Friday 5/4/12: Deathcab for Cutie at Austin City Limits Live

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

30 at 30

I have now be 30 for 30 days.  As my 30th birthday was approaching, I thought it would be fun to do a little “30 Things About Me at 30”.  I’ve been reflecting a lot on my life and on life, in general.  I’ve grown a lot in my first 30 years, and I look forward to what life has to teach me in the next 30.  I like the person I’ve become.  The good.  The bad.  The funny.  The serious.  These are just a few things that make me who I am:

  1. I love going to the dentist.  Maybe I’m strange.  But there is nothing better than that feeling after a nice ole’ tooth polish.
  2. I try to be optimistic.  Some people may find me annoyingly optimistic.  My husband thinks that is hilarious and completely untrue.
  3. I have a major sweet-tooth.  Not just at this moment.  Always.
  4. I have a small number of best friends, but also very few people I dislike.  And I want people to like me.  I know very few people who don’t and I think I’m really quite easy to get along with.
  5. I am a genetic counselor.  It has been a long journey to find this career, but I finally love what I do. 
  6. I have been dreading my 30th birthday for approximately 18 years thanks to memories of my mom’s 30th birthday party.  In my child-mind, 30 was old.  30 meant having 3 kids… 30 meant having a 12 year old kid!  30 meant mom jeans and weird clothes.  The closer I got to 30 the more I have been reflecting on my short life so far and how young I truly am.  I may not have any children yet, and may not always feel as “accomplished” as my kid-self thought I would be, but I have a lot of other things to be proud of and to be thankful for.  30 hasn’t started off half as bad as I imagined all those years!  
  7. I like writing in short choppy sentences.  Just for fun.  But when it comes to real writing…for school, for work, anything more formal…I’m actually very particular.  I have excellent attention to grammar, punctuation, word choice and flow.  Writing has always been one of my strengths.
  8. I really want to be a mom.  I have been ready for a long time.  And Chance has been ready even longer.  Delaying our family-- in order for me to quit my job and bulk up my resume for a year, to get into grad school and not fail out of grad school, for both of us to start new jobs (for him, multiple times!) and buy a home, and for me to (fingers crossed!) pass my boards in the fall—has been harder than people realize.  I get really tired of people asking why we don’t have kids yet or when we are going to start.  I am so excited for all of our friends and family who are pregnant or who have a baby.  Or two.  Or three.  But it’s also really difficult.  It’s hard to not compare.  It’s hard to not be a little jealous.  It’s hard not to wonder “where did I go wrong?”  or “why you and not me?”  We are definitely the minority.  We have been married for almost 6 years.  We’ve been together for about 11.  We’ve been through ups and downs and everywhere in between.  Our life is good.  And I can’t wait to share our life with a child.
  9. I am a master list-maker.  It helps me with stress management.  And sometimes it’s just a distraction from other things I should be doing.  It is not uncommon for me to have 3 or 4 scraps of paper in my purse with various lists on them…perhaps with some overlap...which is really just an excuse to condense them and make a new list.  Maybe even a subdivided list with multiple sections and categories!  As soon as I publish this blog post, I can check it off one of my to-do lists.
  10. I love reading.  I don’t make time for it very often, but I wish that I would.
  11. I am creative, but I usually take on more than I can handle, so I have many unfinished projects and more ideas than I know what to do with.
  12. I have 8 nieces and nephews, and one on the way.  This usually confuses people, so let me clarify: My sister has a son and a daughter.  My brother has a daughter and another still cooking.  Chance’s oldest brother has 2 sons.  One of Chances’ step-brothers has a step-daughter and a set of twins-a boy and a girl.  We adore them all and think they are just about the coolest, funnies, cutest kids ever!!!
  13. I was born in Millington, Tennessee...just outside of Memphis…which is where Justin Timberlake was born just 15 months prior.  We didn’t live there very long, and I have no memories of this.  But I do like to pull this out as a fun getting-to-know-you trivia fact.
  14. When I was really little we lived on an island in the Puget Sound, off the coast of Washington.  Some of my very first memories (although few and faint) are from here.  I remember going to the Seattle Fish Market and getting to buy candy that you could eat with the wrapper still on.  And I remember many times since then, getting candy and asking, “Can I eat the wrapper too?” 
  15. One of my favorite places I’ve ever lived was Boston, Massachusetts.  I was only there for about 4 months, but I fell in love with the city, and really wish I could have stayed longer.  I rented a room from an artist and his pug in one of the neatest little neighborhoods called Jamaica Plain.  Our street practically split the neighborhood between the very gay-friendly half, full of cool little shops and some of the most delicious restaurants I’ve ever discovered, and the Hispanic half, with a wonderful Cuban restaurant on the corner and a Latin grocery store full of exotic ingredients I had never seen before.  I spent endless hours walking the entire city, exploring all the neighborhoods, trying tons of great food, visiting all the historical sites, and ultimately blending in as a local, who could help tourists navigate the subway and give directions to Harvard or Boston Common.  I could go on forever.  I would love to live there again, but I don’t think I could talk Chance into it in a million years.  I guess I’ll have to settle for a vacation visit every now and then.
  16. I have always loved “arts and crafts”, and it’s pretty exciting that it’s the new “cool” hobby for my demographic. 
  17. I like who I am.  I think there are many people who don’t feel that way about themselves, and I’m sad for them.  I’ve been mistreated.  I’ve been cheated on.  I’ve been taken advantage of.  I’ve had friends say they wanted nothing to do with me anymore.  I dated A LOT…good boys, bad boys, nerds, jocks.  I’ve lost friends who thought I dated too much and didn’t take relationships serious enough.  I’ve been dumped on Valentine’s Day.  I had my biology teacher help me ask a boy to a school dance and earned the nickname “bacteria girl”.  I don’t hold grudges.  I live in the present.  I have no regrets.  I often feel nostalgic.  I tend to only remember the positive things from my past.  And I try to learn from the negatives.  Some people don’t like me, and I’m okay with that because I like me.  And that’s really all that matters.
  18. I wish I was more adventurous with fashion.  I love flipping through fashion magazines and blog-hopping to find new ideas.  I am really loving the retro look that seems to be so popular right now, but when I’m out shopping I tend to stick with the basics...I find myself thinking, that is so cute…but it would look weird on me. 
  19. I love the X-games and any alternative sports.  I love punk music, and am a total skater/BMXer/snowboarder wannabe.  I think in an alternate life I must have been a bad-ass little rocker chick….which is so far from what my life really is now.
  20. I wish I could sing.  For all I know, I may have an amazing voice.  But I am way too shy and have zero singing confidence to ever find out.  The last time I was in choir was middle school, and sometimes I would lip-sync just in case I sounded bad.  What a shame.  I wish I would have just given it my all.  And it’s funny because I don’t mind being in front of a crowd.  Public speaking doesn’t bother me.  In fact, sometimes I think it’s fun.  And I think I’m good at it.  But put my voice with music and I’d freeze. 
  21. Chance and I prove that sometimes opposites really do attract.  He is really not my type, nor I his.  It’s funny how love works like that.  I never imagined I would be married to the guy who was Mr. Popular, a football player, the guy who hosted the best parties in high school, the guy who likes the athletic, cheerleader type.  And he never thought he’d end up with me.  The quiet, strong-willed, smart girl who “doesn’t need a man’s help.”  It must have been fate (or frat parties and plenty of beer) that brought us together and a pure mix of his charm and sensitivity combined with my wit and sarcasm that keeps us together.
  22. I get bored easily.  I can’t stand to sit around and do nothing.  It’s hard for me to just relax.  I need to always be up doing something, being productive, moving around. 
  23. I am bad at keeping in touch.  This is probably one reason I have so few best friends.  I have tons of friends, but I find it so hard to keep up with everyone in order to maintain strong bonds.  I think about people all the time and wonder how they are doing, hope that they are well.  But taking that step to call and say hi…I’m just terrible.  I hate talking on the phone.  Even with my own family.  My mom and my sister are just about the only two people I talk to on the phone…and generally only once a month or so.  Usually for a particular reason. 
  24. I’m getting sick of Facebook.  I mean real sick.  I want to spend about 5 minutes a day max, catching up on old friends, seeing new photos, hearing about big things going on in your life, maybe reading a funny post or two.  I do not want to trudge through crap like your daily horoscope or your latest score in some stupid online game.  I don’t want to hear about your relationship drama every 30 minutes or your child’s bathroom habits.  I don’t want to decipher your cryptic status updates, and I will not ask you what’s going on…put what you mean or shut up.   I’m tired of religious quotes bombarding my news feed and the political rants that prove how close-minded you really are.  And if you post a story, make sure it’s one we can all read.  Nothing irritates me more than wasting my precious 5 minutes on a link or story that catches my eye, but then requires me to sign up for some stupid membership to read it.  What is this, secret society of random news stories?  No thanks.  If I care that much, I’ll Google it.
  25. I have allergies.  I mean major, nasty, the-world-must-be-out-to-get-me kind of allergies.  I was tested when we were living in Kansas and I was allergic to about 95% of the test allergens…grasses, molds, pollens, dust, feathers, cats, dogs, you name it.  The treatment involved injections….THREE shots each time.  They also recommended hypoallergenic bedding, never opening the windows, driving with the A/C on and never rolling the windows down, avoiding the outdoors, avoiding house-cleaning, never having pets…especially in the bedroom.  Just call me bubble-boy.  And excuse me while I go hug my cats and dog.
  26. I love music.  Here’s where I get all hippy-trippy on you.  I really feel music.  It’s like it speaks to my soul.  Music can transport you anywhere.  I just can’t imagine my life without music.
  27. Animals love me.  Even when I don’t care for them, it seems.  Chance sometimes calls me the animal whisperer.  I can’t explain it, but they say animals can tell a lot about people and they know a good soul when they meet one.
  28. I can’t swim.  I mean I can, but probably not to save my life.  You ask if I want to swim laps and I will laugh.  You tip me out of a boat or throw me in a pool I will hate you.  You want to sit on the beach with a cold cerveza, I’m down.  Take a dip in the pool just to cool off and relax, call me.  Take a boat ride or go kayaking, why not.  But swim?  Just to swim.  No thanks.
  29. I love wrapping gifts.  I love buying gifts for people and I love giving gifts.  But the best part is really wrapping them.  Christmas is one of my favorite times of year because of all the gift wrapping I can do!   It’s a personal challenge to wrap every item and not use any bags.  Plus, it’s so much more fun to rip open a nicely wrapped package, tied up perfectly just for you, than to simply pluck an item out of a bag that has been used 5 times before.
  30. I have been told by multiple people that I am intimidating.  I think this is hilarious.  All 5 foot, 125 pounds of me.  Intimidating?   Once you get to know me, I’m very easy to get along with.  I hate drama and avoid it whenever possible.  I really love people, and I value each person’s uniqueness.  In fact, my Strengths Finder tells me I am excellent at “individualization,” meaning that I am “impatient with generalizations or ‘types’ because you don’t want to obscure what is special and distinct about each person.” It makes the world a beautiful place.  But before you get to know me, I am more reserved.  I am going to sit back and observe a new situation before just jumping in.  I am quiet.  I may be serious.  I want to learn more about you.  I always thought people just considered me shy.  I’m really not shy.  I’m not afraid to be in a crowd, or in front of a crowd.  I enjoy meeting new people. But I am a people-watcher.  I’m a good judge of character.  I can tell a lot about people just by observing their interactions with others. Apparently, that comes across intimidating.  I’m trying to be more aware of this.  I don’t want people to be afraid of me.  I promise, I’m really very nice J

Friday, April 27, 2012

P365: Week 16

Saturday 4/21/12: Just a little mitosis and meiosis review before date night.

Sunday 4/22/12: Nice evening stroll with the boys

Monday 4/23/12: Home base

Tuesday 4/24/12: Ellie is helping me plan our meals this week

Wednesday 4/25/12: A bad hair day and accidental after-work nap calls for a long, hot shower

Thursday 4/26/12: Helping me cook, aka guarding the pantry from the dog and hoping for some tortilla chips

Friday 4/27/12: Who's thirsty?

Monday, April 23, 2012

P365: Weeks 13, 14, 15

Saturday 3/31/12: Three pets, two trips to the vet (and back), and $530 later, everyone is caught up on shots and meds.

Sunday, 4/1/12: Treated myself to some prebirthday shopping

Monday 3/2/12: Awesome birthday gifts from my coworker friends

Tuesday 4/3/12: I would make a terrible junkie...a souvenir from my blood draw one week ago!

Wednesday 4/4/12" I might need to straighten up my closet

Thursday 4/5/12: Book club tonight. Didn't even read past the front cover this month. Oops.

Friday 4/6/12: Fuchsia still alive so far

Saturday 4/7/12: Luke hunting eggs

Sunday 4/8/12: Jack's baptism

Monday 4/9/12: Window washing

Tuesday 4/10/12: Typical morning routine

Wednesday 4/11/12: Mysteriously broken :(

Thursday 4/12/12: Cleaning the garage

Friday 4/13/12: A few of my surprise guests! Love these 3 girls!

Saturday 4/14/12: Happy Birthday (party) to ME!

Sunday 4/15/12: Lonely night. Just me, some Chinese food, and the DVR.

Monday 4/16/12: Sure sign of a good party...what wouldn't fit in the dumpster for pickup today

Tuesday 4/17/12: Getting back on a healthy eating plan. Less crap. More real food.

Wednesday 4/18/12: Need to get motivated

Thursday 4/19/12: She's not impressed

Friday 4/20/12: Sick puppy

Monday, April 2, 2012

52 Lists/52 Weeks: #44

#44 April's To-Do List:

* Get the house cleaned for my party next weekend
* Order contacts before our vision insurance is gone (ahem, self, that means tomorrow!)
* Get back on track with a Boards study plan
* Kill all the weeds
* Don't kill the flowers

Saturday, March 31, 2012

52 Lists/52 Weeks: #43

List #43: What's on your declutter list?
Fortunately, I have been decluttering a lot lately, so there's not a ton left:

* Office/Craft room
* My closet
* The garage
* My bookshelf at work
* Magazine collection
* Our Genetics Department shared drive

Not too bad. Any decluttering or spring cleaning on your list?

52 Lists/52 Weeks: #42

#42: 12 Things Learned in 2012

1. The DrawSomething app is awesomely addictive

2. I'm seriously losing interest in Facebook. Too many people complaining or pushing their beliefs on everyone else, too much public arguing, too many details about personal life/childrearing/relationships that I don't care to know, etc, etc

3. I can handle clinic as the only counselor.

4. I don't like handling clinic as the only counselor.

5. I have a hard time keeping up with all my online interests

6. Slowly learning details about my upcoming birthday party

7. How to use our sprinkler system

8. How much my coworker hates public speaking (even though she shouldn't because she does fantastic, but she psyches herself out too much!)

9. Just how many crafty-minded people are out there

10. That taking 2 cats and one large puppy to the vet can take a whole day, cost way too much money, and totally wear me out!

11. That Woodchuck seasonal flavors are delicious

12. Just how much I still enjoy reading

52 Lists/52 Weeks: #40 Revisited

Remember Week 40's list was to take note of all the good things that week. This week definitely had a lot of good things!

* Beautiful spring weather
* Chance had Saturday off work
* We got tons of yard work done
* I planted some new pretty flowers
* It was an easy work week (Dr. out of town=no patients)
* Builder came out and finally got some repairs done
* Chance got off work early on Tuesday (in fact, he has not worked late all week)
* Yummy dinner Tuesday night (steak and broiled potatoes, onion, and broccoli)
* Had fun giving a genetics talk at Baylor on Wednesday
* Rain!
* Getting caught up at work
* Participating in the new Cancer Prevention Study
* Getting in to the eye doctor before our insurance ends
* Birthday surprises
* Another yummy dinner and our first "Date of the Month Club" date night Friday

So many little things to be thankful for. Life is good.

P365: Week 12

Saturday 3/24/12: Yard work day

Sunday 3/25/12: I believe red velvet pazookie and ice cream is a perfectly acceptable Sunday morning breakfast

Monday 3/26/12: Cancer Genetics Meeting in Dallas today

Tuesday 3/27/12: Wow. First you tell me I'm probably going to die, and then you ask me for money. 30 is going to be awesome.

Wednesday 3/28/12: Glorious rain. Funny how now that we are homeowners, we care so much more about the weather

Thursday 3/29/12: Enrolled for Cancer Prevention Study today

Friday 3/30/12: I have some of the BEST friends and family a girl could ask for! Tons of little birthday surprises arrived for me today!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

P365: Week 11

Saturday 3/17/12: Chance wouldn't let me post photo of the day right away, so we had to make due with "announcement to come" which of course makes everyone think we are pregnant, since everyone else I know seems to be knocked up these days. Sorry to disappoint. Still no baby here. BUT, we are very excited that Chance has accepted a new job at Lifetime Fitness!!! This is a really big deal, and I am so proud of him! This is the first time ever that he has taken a new job because he WANTED to, not because he HAD to. And Lifetime really doesn't hire management from outside the company, but Chance is just so awesomely fantastic that they couldn't pass him up!

Sunday 3/18/12: Dex, the newest addition to the Nichols' house.

Monday 3/19/12: Guess I'm still allergic to dogs

Tuesday 3/20/12: There was previously a shelf hanging here, but it decided to jump off the wall tonight. Apparently, I am not the carpenter I think I am.

Wednesday 3/21/12: Working on a presentation we are giving at Baylor next week

Thursday 3/22/12: "Put the camera down and play with me, lady"

Friday 3/23/12: Lucy's secret hideout