Sunday, January 11, 2015

Things I've Done: Updated

I first posted this on 1/29/09 and bolded the things I had done at that time. Looking at it now, I sure haven't done much more, but I'm putting the newer things in red bold. This list makes me realize how much there is to do and how much time I'm spending in school or planning to do things rather than acting!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity (Just ask Equine Rescue League)
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort (it was more of an ice igloo)
25. Held a lamb (well yeah, I went to NC State)
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (I prefer sunsets)
31. Hit a home run (yes, on the Wii)
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight 
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud (if you never did this as a child you seriously missed out)
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies...speaking of, I need to buy some of those
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (see Brownie the Horse)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book (still working on that...slowly)
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Friday, January 9, 2015

I Give!

I'm throwing in the towel on January NaBloPoMo; I'm happy enough that I made it through December and with everything going on, I feel like trying to do it this month is too much. I will keep posting as often as possible now that I'm in the habit, but with school starting next week I foresee the amount dropping off significantly. I hope that I don't lose any of my steady readers but if I do, I definitely understand. I hope everyone is enjoying their New Year, and in most places, staying warm!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

January NaBloPoMo Prompt #5

Prompt: Tell us about the habit you wished you had. What stops you from trying to build it into your daily life?

I wish I could make running a habit. I hate it so much, but want so badly to like it (solely for health benefits) but making myself do it is such a chore. So what stops me? Sheer dislike, lack of motivation, and ultimately laziness.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January NaBloPoMo Prompt #4

Prompt: Have you ever tried to break a habit and failed? What made it so difficult to break?

I have tried to break numerous habits and failed (who came up with this prompt?)! I think a lot of habits come so naturally to most people that trying to convince your body and brain to stop doing them is a lot to contend with. One of my worst habits is cursing but I don't necessarily think about what foul words I'm going to use so much as what I'm going to say overall. I think it's the same with most habits (good or bad); they just come naturally and you don't consciously think about doing them.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


eating/drinking: a turkey and havarti sandwich, honey BBQ chips, and water

feeling: okay actually. i'm just happy to have the stent out

listening: to the tv, the trash truck outside

watching: love it or list it, too. my mom got me addicted to this show. i feel like people bitch way less on this one than on house hunters

reading: still (yes, still) working on "unbroken" and "harry potter"

loving: that this stent is out. people just don't understand

disliking: that all of my pets are getting old, that school starts next week and i can't buy books until the refund goes through, that our tahoe keeps going bobo

thinking: i really need to exercise and lose this holiday poundage and i will be starting today. i've also signed up for a 5k every month through april so hopefully that's motivation

hoping: this semester goes more smoothly than the last one. my pets age gracefully

wishing: for world peace. and to win the lottery. and not to pay taxes this year...or ever. and to be done with school

Monday, January 5, 2015

Four Facts Survey

I saw this on another blog I read frequently and it looked like a fun post to do. 

Four names that people call me other than my real name:
  1. Ali
  2. Chunky
  3. Boobsily
  4. Alicebird
Four jobs I’ve had:
  1. RN
  2. Research Specialist
  3. Assistant Manager
  4. Vet tech
Four movies I’ve watched more than once:
  1. LOTR
  2. Harry Potter
  3. The Avengers
  4. Transformers
Four books I’d recommend:
  1. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
  2. State of Fear by Michael Crichton
  3. Dispatches from the Edge by Anderson Cooper
  4. Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC by Joseph McCormick & Susan Fischer-Hoch
Four places I’ve lived (and clearly I don't get away much):
  1. Raleigh
  2. Durham
  3. Wilmington
  4. Greenville
Four places I’ve visited:
  1. Whister, BC
  2. Jamaica
  3. St. Kitts
  4. Bahamas
Four places I’d rather be right now:
  1. Skiing in Whistler (yes, in boots that fit)
  2. On a beach in the Caribbean
  3. Horseback riding in New Zealand
  4. Visiting my sister and family in Okinawa
Four things I prefer not to eat:
  1. Brussel sprouts
  2. Chorizo
  3. Smoked meat of any kind (sorry to my Dad and Alister- I just don't like the smokey taste!)
  4. Eel
Four of my favorite foods:
  1. Standing rib roast and mashed potatoes
  2. Fried turkey
  3. Sushi
  4. Domino's deep dish piza
Four TV shows I watch:
  1. Justified
  2. The Following
  3. Stalker
  4. Castle
Four things I’m looking forward to next year:
  1. The end of third semester in December
  2. A new year, a new start
  3. Being crafty 
  4. Starting clinicals
Four things I’m always saying:
  1. "Nice"
  2. "Seriously?"
  3. F-bomb (sad but true)
  4. "Right?"

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January NaBloPoMo Prompt #3

Prompt: Tell us about your worst habit?

My worst habit would definitely have to be my foul mouth. I don't consider it "cool" to curse, and I do have a rather extensive vocabulary so I'm not a total idiot, but I do come off like a sailor especially when I'm pissed off. I do manage to keep the f-bombs under control when in public, in school, and at work, but if you've ever ridden in the car with me you'd understand that it's definitely a bad habit of mine.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

January NaBloPoMo Prompt #2

Prompt: Do you usually keep your resolutions? Tell us about a time when you were particularly successful.

As my husband and family well know, I do not usually keep my resolutions, mainly because I set the bar way too high and lack any motivation once said bar is set. The only resolution I can think of that I kept was to get into grad school last year. I think I also said something about making all A's and (brag) since I did I'll just count the two of those together. Part of the reason I created more attainable goals this year was in hopes of being able to reach some of them rather than look back and go "Well damn, missed those too".

Friday, January 2, 2015

5+ Things Friday

Usually I do a post every Friday about things that have happened or things I have enjoyed over the previous week. This week I had to cheat and make it 5+ because I just couldn't narrow things down to only 5 (which I think is a good thing if they're all good)! I hope everyone is enjoying the first couple days of 2015 and here is my 5+ Friday:

  1. New Year's Day dinner with family. Alister and I went over to my parent's house yesterday for the typical NYD dinner of pork, black-eyed peas, collards, and cornbread which as usual, was really yummy. Afterwards we all either watched football, read on our Kindle's or played Shanghai Rummy (of which I won- just saying!).
  2. My mom's apple chutney. She made it from scratch and aside from eating it on ham, Alister and I loaded up our Omaha Steak burgers with it the other night and it tasted awesome.
  3. Baked potato bag. One of my coworkers made a bunch of baked potato bags for everyone in the office. I love how crafty she is and I admit, I had never heard of a cloth bag to put your potatoes in the microwave in. Alister and I will definitely be giving it a try soon!
  4. More Japanese candy. These were part of the box that Alex sent my parents, and I can't believe I didn't see them the first time I broke in to their stash! Luckily my parents are worn out on candy so I hauled these home with me.
  5. In Cold Blood. I've been working my way through the 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (see tab at top of page) and currently am working on "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote. So far I've read a couple of miserable ones but I'm really liking this one.
  6. My giraffe. My mom brought me a "Feel Better" giraffe on Monday after my procedure. He's a cute thing although, except for his little horns, he does look a lot like a horse!
  7. Ridiculous someecards & meme's. These always make me laugh, and everyone needs a good laugh sometimes.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January NaBloPoMo Prompt #1

Prompt: What are your resolutions for the new year? Tell us how you picked them.

My resolutions for the new year are actually listed under my "15 in 2015" post found here. I chose them based simply on things that I want to do better or that I feel would make me a more well-rounded individual. I specifically didn't choose anything that had to do with my weight, dress size, etc because it just ends up stressing me out. The goal this year is to learn to love myself the way I am- albeit in a healthier way- and not give a shit about what the people around me think as long as I'm happy. At the end of the day, there's just me and that's who I need to be satisfied with (my husband and pets, I believe, love me the way I am).