Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Say it Ain't So

It has been a whole week since I have posted. :( And there are no comments on my last post. Anyone miss me? ha

Busy, crazy and stressful does not even begin to explain the essence of my last week.
So I will leave you with 10 random comments(which may or may not have anything to do with above said week).

1) I have been ridiculously emotional the last two days. Fortunately, it hasn't all been negative emotions... but emotional is absolutely draining.
2) Remember that giveaway I won a few weeks ago? I got my Rachael Ray kitchen utensils in the mail today. I put a picture up on my twitter before I tore open the package and washed them. Mrs B(the sweet lady who held the giveaway) left yesterday/today for her vacation to Jamaica! Sounds fabulous. :)

3) I cut 8 inches off of my hair today. It feels weird. But I like it.
4) Because they had too many people at work last night, I got to leave early and had an amazingly relaxing in-home date with T. Very much needed.
5) I missed blogging. I got to read some blogs but I feel so behind. And I profusely apologize for my lack of commenting on your blogs.
6) Am I the only person who gets giddy when I get new kitchen toys? This week I got a rice cooker/steamer(it has a special brown rice setting which is perfect for me!), a juicer and *gasp* funnels. Yes, I have survived this long without funnels. It was about 2 years of married life too long without funnels.
7) I have absolutely neglected my coupons. I have bought them... but they are in a ridiculous looking stack which consists of about 40+ inserts.
8) I started my supplements last Friday. So far, so good. I have seen many positive changes so far. I have a lot more energy and don't feel like I have to take a nap just to make it through the day. My appetite has gotten smaller but if I don't eat something every couple of hours I feel funny. So my days have consisted of 5-6 small "meals". Also, NO headaches. I have felt for so long like I lived with a constant headache. And on top of the everyday headaches, I had migraines. It is so nice to not hurt. :)
*NOTE* I was given some Salmon oil pills to take but I have almost run out of those. I've looked in a few places but haven't found anywhere local to buy them. I am also taking Omega-3 fish oils (1 pill, 3 times daily) and Formula IV Plus (iron free) with Tre-en-en once daily. Eventually I will start taking a pro biotic and protein drinks. Rather than start it all at once, which was what I was initially told to do by the nutritionist, I decided to incorporate one thing at a time so that I can see how my body reacts to each individual thing(which will help determine what helps and what doesn't).
9) 9 months into living in our apartment and I just today recently "moved" my things into the guest bathroom where I shower. I moved my hair brushes, products, blow dryers and makeup into there.
10) We ordered our freezer! The estimated arrival date isn't until the end of March. Looking forward to OAMC days and freezer cooking.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling
Margoret Lee Runbeck

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Face Spasms? Seriously?

I have Complex Migraine Episodes(CMEs). I have had migraines since I was 12-13. My history with it is a whole different post in and of itself that may (or may not) be posted one day.
Last night at work, around 5 o'clock, my eye started twitching. My head had been hurting but hadn't hit migraine status yet. I took some pain reliever at work but it didn't seem to dull the headache. After a few minutes of my eye twitching/blinking, the entire right side of my face started spasming. What in the world? I have had muscle spasms in my right arm and/or leg for years in conjunction with CMEs but I have never had muscle spasms in my face! The spasms last intensely, almost non-stop, for over an hour. My dad brought me a muscle relaxer to work and it helped some but it didn't take the edge off completely. I was also having the normal spasms in my arm. By the time 8 o'clock hit, I was completely pooped. Think of doing a very intense muscle workout for HOURS on end and how tired you would feel afterward. That is basically what muscle spasms do, an intense, high speed "work out". So between the exhaustion from the spasms and the muscle relaxer, I was sleepy and out of it. My parents came to Chickfila to pick me up. Mom drove me in the echo with Poppa following. We dropped it off at Capital for T and then they took me home. My face was still twitching when I went to bed.
I will be starting some supplements in the next few weeks that are supposed to help with the migraines. I am really hoping that this approach will help. I have been on so many prescriptions and none have fully helped. Most have had weird side effect, such as Topamax. I haven't been on it for years but that med stops your body from producing sweat. And guess what? I still can't sweat! While some think this is a great thing, I personally don't. Your body has no way of naturally cooling itself off and overheats way too easily.
I am considering using my blog to document my journey with the supplements and possibly new diet. I think it would be a good way to keep track of everything.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Be Still My Heart - Fantasyland Expansion Update

Oh. My. Word.

Go to this blog NOW!
As an Architectural Drafting and Design Major, a Disney fanatic, and a previous Cast Member, the post that Disney Shawn did on the WDW Fantasyland Expansion absolutely captured my heart. I saw the initial video, the "leaked" photos of concept art and the table top model. But this concept art and his descriptions are simply breathtaking.
That is all. Seriously. I wasn't lying. Go now!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Weekend Recap/10 books

My word, I never expected so much feedback. But I loved it! ;o)
I mostly did that post for my own documentation and was hoping 1 or 2 might respond. It definitely made my day. Seriously. I went and added all of your suggestions to my Netflix queue. I will for sure watch 25 but there is nothing wrong with going above and beyond a reasonable goal, so I am going for it.
Work last night was something else. We had a no call/no show and 2 people go home sick with a possible stomach bug. All 3 of them worked front counter. Solution? Put Ashley bagging front counter(all 5 registers). Little refresher. I work in the kitchen. The only time I work up front is if they need me to replace someone while they take their break. That is 30 minutes max. Once I got used to what I was doing, it wasn't too bad. But we were SO busy. Honestly, it was about the same(to me at least) as the day after Thanksgiving. I guess everyone was going stir crazy and needed to get outside after our lovely snow fall. I came home exhausted and T left for work (12a-8a). T got home around 9 this morning and slept the entire day.
My day? I
- went to church
- ate lunch with my family
- laughed with my dad until Poppa and I both cried
- went to Chi Alpha practice
- went grocery shopping
- cooked lemon shrimp scampi
- dropped T off at work for his 8p-8a shift
- snuggled with my babies
- and I am currently blogging

Honestly, Valentines day is very low key for us. It isn't because we don't want to do anything, it is more because we don't have the ability. Whether it is time, money, or something else, it has never happened. But like Poppa says, "I don't get why everybody makes such a big deal about Valentine's Day. If you treat the love of your life EVERY DAY the way you should, there's no need to go out of your way just because the calendar says so."

I know T loves me and he knows I love him with all my heart. That's all that matters. :)

Another thing on my 101 in 1001 list is to read 10 books on the Time's Top 100 Books list. Is there another list you would suggest using? That was the list originally suggested to me but honestly, I'm just not digging it. ;)
Right now I am thinking of using Newsweek's Top 100 list. Not sure why but this list counts down from 100 to 1. I simply crossed through the ones I have already read. So advise away!
The Second World War [Unabridged, in 6/12 volumes] by Winston Churchill100
The Color Purple by Alice Walker99
Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey98
The Autobiography of Malcolm X : As Told to Alex Haley by Malcolm X97
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame96
The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith95
Good-Bye to All That by Robert Graves94
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad93
General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money by John Maynard Keynes92
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson91
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh90
The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James89
Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung by Mao Tse-Tung88
The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams87
The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud86
Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather85
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman84
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman84
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman84
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman84
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett83
Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller82
The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West81
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser80
Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth79
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton78
Rabbit, Run by John Updike77
Night by Elie Wiesel76
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad75
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White74
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin73
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren72
Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence71
The Heart is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers70
I, Claudius by Robert Graves69
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway68
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner67
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler66
In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust65
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing64
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote63
Lord of the Flies by William Golding62
Animal Farm by George Orwell61
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut60
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway59
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey58
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison57
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley56
Kim by Rudyard Kipling55
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain54
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman53
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare52
Othello by William Shakespeare51
King Lear by William Shakespeare50
Hamlet by William Shakespeare49
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy48
Paradise Lost by John Milton47
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert46
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys45
The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois44
Light in August by William Faulkner43
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess42
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee40
On the Road by Jack Kerouac39
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster38
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis37
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne36
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien35
The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides34
Leviathan, or the matter, form and power of a commonwealth, ecclesiastical and civil by Thomas Hobbes33
Confessions by Saint Augustine32
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli31
Capital: A Critique of Political Ecomony, Vol. 1: The Process of Production of Capital by Karl Marx30
On the Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau29
The Histories by Herodot28
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin27
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville26
Native Son by Richard Wright25
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf24
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley23
Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie22
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck21
Beloved by Toni Morrison20
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller19
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald18
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez17
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell16
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger15
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe14
Middlemarch by George Eliot13
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift12
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer11
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri10
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen9
The Iliad by Homer8
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer8
The Odyssey by Homer8
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf7
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison6
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner5
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov4
Ulysses by James Joyce3
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell2
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy1

Saturday, February 13, 2010

25 Movies

One of my 101 in 1001 goals was to watch 25 of the top 100 movies as voted on at IMDb. The list is actually the top 250 but I chose my 25 from the top 100. I have already watched 4 but I just added the other 21 to my netflix queue. Maybe that will help me make sure I accomplish this goal and actually watch these movies. In choosing my movies, I tried to pick a wide variety, different years, genres, etc. And I also made an effort to watch movies that I wouldn't normally pick. You might be shocked that I haven't seen these movies. T definitely couldn't believe it. Haha
Titles (bold/red text) means they are in my 25.  
Titles (black text/crossed through) means I have already watched them.  
Titles  means I have been able to mark it off my list of 25. 
Hope that's not too confusing!

1.9.1The Shawshank Redemption (1994)475,542
2.9.1The Godfather (1972)383,829
3.9.0The Godfather: Part II (1974)226,464
4.8.9Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. (1966)144,110
5.8.9Pulp Fiction (1994)386,708
6.8.8Schindler's List (1993)256,061
7.8.812 Angry Men (1957)105,715
8.8.8One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)197,321
9.8.8Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)260,091
10.8.8The Dark Knight (2008)423,859
11.8.8The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)338,727
12.8.8Star Wars (1977)303,647
13.8.7Casablanca (1942)157,875
14.8.7Goodfellas (1990)211,908
15.8.7Shichinin no samurai (1954)90,112
16.8.7Fight Club (1999)352,179
17.8.7Cidade de Deus (2002)152,426
18.8.7Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)229,208
19.8.7The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)363,794
20.8.7Rear Window (1954)110,571
21.8.7The Usual Suspects (1995)250,397
22.8.7Psycho (1960)133,184
23.8.7C'era una volta il West (1968)67,469
24.8.6The Silence of the Lambs (1991)227,705
25.8.6The Matrix (1999)355,229
26.8.6Se7en (1995)256,742
27.8.6Memento (2000)251,075
28.8.6It's a Wonderful Life (1946)95,836
29.8.6The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)305,858
30.8.6Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)147,577
31.8.6Sunset Blvd. (1950)50,248
32.8.6North by Northwest (1959)87,113
33.8.6Citizen Kane (1941)131,085
34.8.6Léon (1994)183,445
35.8.6Apocalypse Now (1979)162,652
36.8.5American Beauty (1999)274,496
37.8.5Forrest Gump (1994)276,234
38.8.5American History X (1998)206,849
39.8.5Taxi Driver (1976)143,670
40.8.5Vertigo (1958)85,320
41.8.5Lawrence of Arabia (1962)74,773
42.8.5Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)220,210
43.8.5Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (2001)167,482
44.8.5WALL·E (2008)162,136
45.8.5Alien (1979)167,915
46.8.5Saving Private Ryan (1998)252,825
47.8.5A Clockwork Orange (1971)180,470
48.8.5The Shining (1980)164,357
49.8.4Avatar (2009)187,270
50.8.4Paths of Glory (1957)41,472
51.8.4The Departed (2006)241,030
52.8.4To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)77,521
53.8.4The Pianist (2002)122,576
54.8.4Aliens (1986)159,339
55.8.4Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)92,044
56.8.4Das Leben der Anderen (2006)66,977
57.8.4M (1931)36,839
58.8.4Double Indemnity (1944)34,268
59.8.4Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)203,513
60.8.4Chinatown (1974)73,200
61.8.4Requiem for a Dream (2000)170,953
62.8.4The Third Man (1949)47,788
63.8.4L.A. Confidential (1997)155,843
64.8.4Reservoir Dogs (1992)198,219
65.8.4Das Boot (1981)66,248
66.8.4The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)30,818
67.8.4Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)146,755
68.8.4El laberinto del fauno (2006)139,844
69.8.4City Lights (1931)24,846
70.8.4Inglourious Basterds (2009)136,715
71.8.4The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)55,216
72.8.3Raging Bull (1980)83,588
73.8.3Up (2009)81,148
74.8.3The Prestige (2006)184,350
75.8.3Singin' in the Rain (1952)51,739
76.8.32001: A Space Odyssey (1968)150,514
77.8.3La vita è bella (1997)99,939
78.8.3Back to the Future (1985)186,205
79.8.3Modern Times (1936)32,711
80.8.3Der Untergang (2004)75,542
81.8.3Some Like It Hot (1959)62,697
82.8.3The Maltese Falcon (1941)48,425
83.8.3Amadeus (1984)90,619
84.8.3Full Metal Jacket (1987)140,579
85.8.3Gran Torino (2008)108,415
86.8.3Rashômon (1950)35,955
87.8.3Nuovo cinema Paradiso (1988)41,719
88.8.3Braveheart (1995)225,167
89.8.3Once Upon a Time in America (1984)66,589
90.8.3Slumdog Millionaire (2008)156,996
91.8.3All About Eve (1950)32,789
92.8.3The Green Mile (1999)182,713
93.8.3The Elephant Man (1980)53,744
94.8.3Metropolis (1927)36,123
95.8.3Sin City (2005)238,363
96.8.3Rebecca (1940)32,999
97.8.3The Great Dictator (1940)33,955
98.8.3The Apartment (1960)33,651
99.8.3The Sting (1973)61,436
100.8.3The Great Escape (1963)57,777

This is a working list. If there are some I have chosen that you would suggest NOT watching, let me know.
And if I skipped over any that you think I should watch, leave a comment. :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday Fails

I decided to participate in Friday Fails this week over at Myra's blog, My Blessed Life.
When I woke up this morning I knew exactly what I was going to post about. Let's call it The Ultimate Magically Clearing Your Camera's Memory Card Fail. Yep. I did it!
Last Saturday night we were at Magic Kingdom. I decided to record part of Wishes, the nighttime fireworks at Magic Kingdom, so that I could post a short video on my blog. About 5 minutes into the video I ran out of memory. Being the genius that I am, I had already uploaded the pictures from our previous days onto my computer but I didn't erase them from my memory card. I selected the dates I wanted to delete then tried to find out how much memory I now had left. My heart about gave out when I saw that it "memory card cleared"  and that 0mb was taken. Excuse me? Somehow, I managed to completely clear my memory card. :'( Thankfully the other pictures were already uploaded to my laptop but we had taken A LOT of pictures at MK. Not going to lie, I had sat there for 5 minutes trying not to move or breathe incorrectly while videoing Wishes.
Thanks to Recuva, my pictures (and video) were saved. Nothing was lost and it was FREE! Can't beat that.

Another notable fail? I woke up to beautiful snow on the ground, 3inches or so and still falling. I wanted something warm and delicious for breakfast and T requested pancakes. Started making the pancakes only to find that I had NO eggs. I bought milk when I went on my couponing run to Kroger Tuesday but I didn't buy eggs. Oops. Poor T settled for cereal. Horrible Wife Award belongs to me. ;)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Theater Thursday - Calamity Jane

Hey there! It's Theater Thursday over at Crazy Shenanigans. I know that I am taking a break from posting pictures from our Disney trip but honestly there are SO many pictures to wade through and organize. I might spread them out just to keep the pixie dust flowing over here. :)

For this Theater Thursday I picked Calamity Jane (1953). If you know me or have read for any bit of time, you know I love Disney movies and classic musicals. I decided not to do a Disney movie this time around but I am sticking with my roots on this musical. :)
Because of time constraints, I am simply going to use the summary from Movie Gazette. I only have about 10 minutes to post but I still wanted to participate!
"Doris Day stars as Calamity Jane, a hard-riding, gun-toting, tomboyish woman in buckskins who lives in Deadwood where she is just one of the guys. She has a fondness for army officer Lt. Danny Gilmartin (Philip Carey), but he doesn't seem to consider her to be his type. She also has an ongoing friendly rivalry with Wild Bill Hickok. 'Calam' just can't resist boasting, even though most of her endeavours are a little disastrous. When a crowd of her male friends are disappointed by the appearance of a drag queen rather than an actress at the local theatre, she prevents a riot by promising to go to Chicago in order to bring back famous actress Adelaid Adams (Gale Robbins) to appear on stage in Deadwood.
As good as her word, Calam goes to Chicago and tracks down the theatre where Adelaid Adams is appearing. However, when she makes her way backstage, she mistakes the actress's maid Katie Brown (Allyn McLerie) for the actress herself. Katie has ambitions to be an actress and decides not to tell Calam who she really is, so Calam escorts 'Adelaid' back to Deadwood. It is not long before Katie's secret comes out, but the townsfolk decide they want her to stay anyway, and Wild Bill Hickok is completely smitten by her. However, problems arise when Danny and Katie fall for each other while Bill and Calam are left on the sidelines.
This is a fine musical from an age of great musicals, which makes no pretence at being in any way historically accurate and concentrates instead on being good entertainment. Her outing as Calam may have been Doris Day's finest performance - and certainly her most energetic. Howard Keel is a charming, if unlikely, Wild Bill. Although the plot is a simple one, the action never flags right up until the happy ending. All the songs are outstanding, not just the Oscar-winning 'Secret Love', and are performed with great joy and verve. 'Calamity Jane' is pure unadulterated fun."

This movie is a favorite among my family. I love Doris Day as the tomboy in the movie with her beautiful transformation. I could watch it, with it's musical numbers, over & over again and never get tired of it. Check it out!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

This is thoroughly intended as humorous. If you are friends with me on facebook, you might have already seen this. We saw this sign at a church on our way home from Orlando on Sunday night. I had to stop and take a picture. :)

For more Words of Wisdom, head on over to Jaci's blog at Perpetual Newlyweds - Me and My Soldier Man.

MckLinky Blog Hop

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Day 1 - Downtown Disney

As soon as we got to Orlando, we headed to Downtown Disney. Am I the only one that, as soon as you pass under the Disney World "gates" onto Disney property, I just feel the rush of the magic and get all giddy?
Our first stop was the bathroom and then we got Josie a salad and fries from McDonald's. By the way, McDonald's at Downtown Disney is closing. A Latin chicken chain is replacing it now that Disney's contract with McDonald's is up.

We were going to find something for us adults to eat but got slightly distracted by the Princess Parade going on at World of Disney.

After the girls are covered in Pixie Dust, lined up and taught the proper Princess way to wave, they head down to the carousel for a ride.
While Josie and my MIL, Sarah, were on the carousel, Trevor noticed a squirrel that was sitting right by his feet. The squirrel started scratching at T's pants leg. The result?

I love squirrels. My family had a pet squirrel when we lived in Texas and then tried to help several other sick baby squirrels when we lived in Alabama. This is one of the friendliest squirrels I have ever seen. He would clap his hands for more french fries and T dangled one over his head and he turned around, almost looking like he was dancing for the french fries. So cute! By the time the carousel ride was over, several people were gathered around watching. Right before we walked away, I put my hand on the ground next to the squirrel and he crawled up into my hand and was sitting there until a little boy ran up and scared him away.

 We decided to eat at Earl of Sandwich. We had never eaten there before. The bread was delicious. I tried the Hawaiian Barbecue Sandwich. It was different, but good. After we ate, we walked to Pin Traders to get Josie her first set of pins.
One of the fountains at Downtown Disney.
When we left Downtown Disney, we went to our resort. While my MIL was checking us in, T, Josie and I went outside to check out the 3 pools. Josie was highly fascinated with the kid's fountain pool.

We went up to our suite, T took Josie swimming and Mrs. Sarah and I went grocery shopping. We called it a night rather early because we were all exhausted from the drive. We all slept very well that night. :)