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That’s What Friends Are For

I have been so blessed to have some of the best friends ever!!!  😀   One of my awesome friends is Andrew Simo, who I lovingly refer to as Mo Mo.  I know I don’t get a TON of traffic to my blog, but if you don’t mind watching Mo Mo’s video application for THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD, I would LOVE for you to vote for him at

Here is his application video for you to watch as well:

Mo Mo has stood by me and encouraged me when I was chasing my big dreams and I want to do the same by asking you to PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go vote for him!  Thank you so much and thank you for checking out my blog!

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I’ll See You In My Dreams

When I left the house this morning, it was raining…which is nothing new…but then it got lighter and lighter as i traveled from Northgate to downtown to Queen Anne…and now it’s bright and sunny outside!

I recently found out that my 10 days of vacation don’t kick in until I’ve been here a year, so naturally, since I know I can’t do something, I feel the need to do it anyway… so today I looked out the window as I started eating my lunch and I went on a little imaginary vacation!  😀

I started out with a visit to Seaside, CA to visit K.Rowe and we had coffee at Starbucks and brought it to the library on campus because we A) prefer Starbucks to Peets, B) think that Peet’s should know they suck, and C) absolutely HEART the library… i mean really, how do you beat great conversation surrounded by books and starbucks? We chatted for a few hours and then we went to the theater to see Coraline together.  It got kinda dark and scary, so i distracted Kel with some random jokes to take her mind off the creepiness.  Then we went to dinner at a local pizza joint and laughed and laughed some more and talked about Kip, the YouTube guy and about friends back in Austin.  She gave me a giant hug as her and Amanda Beartinez sent me off on my ‘Bjork Cloud’ as I took a shortcut to Bakersfield…

To see Lisa!  And to have tea with Lisa as we talked about creativity and writing and life post MC.  Then I had to hurry and catch the plane to Colorado to see Brooksie & Hannah, Brenty Poo, Seanny Wafa & his beautiful bride, and Gracie Loo & Sean O.B.  We all met up together at The Melting Pot and talked about our lives and shared great memories and Brooks told me all about some new jobs he was doing as well as some new programs to check out for my Mac.  Then I’d give everyone giant hugs and hop on my super turbo segway and speeding off to the ATX…

To see my family…everyone!  I had lunch with dad and cindy, dinner with mom, lunch with my brother, and dinner with my sister and the kiddos  😀  Then I took Vanessa and Annabelle out shopping and out for dinner at Chick Fil A!  After stuffing our faces with chicken nuggets, waffle fries and sweet tea, I bought Vanessa 2 brownies before taking them home to their mom (yes, I do this often…hey, it’s what i’m here for! 😉  ) 

I had to catch a quick nap and then when I woke up, I borrowed my mom’s mini van to go to Genuine Joe’s to have lunch with the MCA staff!  We laughed and laughed and talked about life and about random SNL skits and other fun stuff.  I ordered the Obama Mocha (it’s delish!) and made sure to get whip cream on my nose like I always do. P.Dan gave me the “oh brother. there she goes again” look and Norphy just shook his head slowly while staring at the ground.  :D… mission accomplished!  When we got back to the MC office, I took all the 2nd and 3rd years out to lunch at Freebirds and we stuffed our faces with awesome burritos!  Then I walked over to the worship center and went upstairs to hang out with Brian, Justin and Datkins in their office/s as we laughed and laughed and told hilarious jokes!  For dinner, P.Jesse and Crista invited me over for din (mom’s mini van saves the day again!) and we got to talk about the amazing time I’m having in Seattle and I just get to enjoy their company so much!   It was about 9:00 p.m by the time I got back to central Austin and decided to call up a bunch of MCA alumni to join me for some fun times and coffee at Epoch…and they ALL came!  Some of my high school friends even showed up!  After a few hours of that I decided I should get some sleep before I had breakfast with Lainer Bob and the Masbruchs.  We all overslept (cause we can) and decided to just do brunch at Shady Grove.  We had great food, and after talking about all there is to talk about, I was ready for a siesta…  but with this vacation coming to a quick end, I gave them big hugs and took mom’s mini van (a la my brother) and drove to Louisianna…

Where I was greeted with giant hugs and smiles from all my friends at OSC in Broussard!  I got to go to lunch with all of them and just reminisce and talk about their lives and what’s going on and I got to give Kayla a special hug, because I wanted to make sure that baby Norman felt the love too!  We laughed so hard and just encouraged one another and I left feeling like a piece of me was back…but not complete yet, because I still needed to make a few more stops…like the one to the ATL!…

Where I had dinner with Joy and Britt!  They indulged me by joining me for a little shopping at Atlantic Station before we headed back to Joy’s for an impromptu slumber party…full of chocolate and fun snacks…and healthy food too..of course  😉  .   The next morning I made us all breakfast tacos and after grabbing my To Write Love On Her Arms shirt from Joy’s closet, I decided to fly to BALTIMORE, MARYLAND…

To see my BEST EVER FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!  We had such a great time hanging out.  We called up Stacey and invited her to join us for some fun down by the Inner Harbor…and we were lucky because she showed!  We got burgers and Thrasher’s fries and headed to the Aquarium for some fun and then sat by the pier and just talked about how much we’ve changed since we last saw one another.  When out of the blue, Sarah had the perfect idea: LET’S ALL GO GET PEDICURES in the Galleria!  So we did.  Eventually, I had to say bye to Stacey cause me and Sarah were going to go have dinner with her parents, and then Sarah was going to join me for my next stop.  We hopped in her car and took of with laughter.  After singing about 100 songs out loud, obnoxiously off key, we pulled into a parking garage in…

TIMES SQUARE!  We spent the rest of the evening walking around the square and then headed to our luxury hotel suite.  After sleeping in and ordering room service, we had a great QT together and decided to hit the town!  We had so much fun walking around Times Square and going to Rockefeller Center and Central Park!  That night, we had a nice dinner (meatballs) and watched The Phantom Of The Opera live on Broadway.  The next day we decided to take a short trip to DC and go check out the National Mall and the Holocaust Museum…and we just enjoyed each other’s company so much!  Our last stop together was Syracuse to see her mom’s side of the family!  I had so much fun hanging out with my 2nd family and just loved seeing everyone again!

But alas, the trip was ending… so I hopped a red-eye flight back to the West Coast…and had a 7 hour layover in Anchorage, Alaska!  Danny Allen came to pick me up from the airport while the airport USO held my stuff in their storage locker…and me and Danny went out to eat and just spent so much time laughing and reminiscing about the MCA days!  And after I gave him a hug, just for old time’s sake….I threw a carton’s worth of eggs at him and said, “hmm.. shoulda worn your black clothes!”  hahahahaha!  Then I hopped on the flight back to Seattle and spent the next day hanging out with all my friends here in Seattle!  😀

It was a whirlwind of a trip!  😀

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Bright Red Star


I just read the list of winners and I’m posting the awardees below! Right predictions will be in green and wrong predictions will be in red. 😀

I got 10 right and 14 wrong.  😦 eh.  😀 

It’s OSCAR night, baby! I must admit, I am a sucker for award shows! I love seeing the pretty dresses and hearing the speeches and seeing if my fave movies win or not…and the music is pretty awesome too! However, I’m not gonna be able to actually watch the OSCARS tonight cause I have something else I gotta be at. But I did want to at least get my OSCAR predictions/choices in before the big event! And none of my suggestions may win… but we’ll see. 😀


Sean Penn [MILK]
Heath Ledger [THE DARK KNIGHT]
Angelina Jolie [CHANGELING]
Kate Winslet [THE READER]
Viola Davis [DOUBT]
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire
Revolutionary Road
The Duchess
Slumdog Millionaire
Trouble The Water
Man On Water
Smile Pinki
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire
The Class
The Dark Knight
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Slumdog Millionaire
“Down To Earth” for WALL.E
“Jai Ho” for Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire
La Maison En Petits Cubes
The Pig
Spielzeugland (Toyland)
The Dark Knight
Slumdog Millionaire
The Dark Knight
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Slumdog Millionaire
When I get home later, I’ll check the results and highlight the ones I got right  😀  wheee!!  Happy OSCARS Everyone!!  😀

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Dancing Dirt Into The Snow

Great news everyone! The 2010 Winter Olympic Games are coming to VANCOUVER, BC!!! That’s like 3 hours away from where I live!! woot!! I was telling my friend that if it’s that close to where I live and I don’t at least make a genuine effort to go…I’m a moron!

Of course, with my luck, if I DID go, I’d probably trip and fall down a slope or something… the news report would go something like this:


cue awkward footage of me, stumbling to my feet, yelling, “I’m okay guys! Nothing to see here! I’m good! That’ll be $5 from each of you… comedy comes with a cost…if you laughed, pay up… hahahahaha…kidding…kidding…okay…i’m done.”


I don’t think I’d be able to go to the Opening Ceremonies…which would be phenomenal… but would also set me back $1,118. I mean…they better be handing out gold medals to attendees in the stands for that price! 😉

But I wouldn’t mind going to some of the individual competitions. I mean, I wouldn’t mind BEING in them either…if I had the talent and skill. I decided to make a parody of the priceless master card thingies after thinking about the 3 that I would choose to attend:


and LUGE.

They’re much cheaper than going to the whole thing…and really they’re the only ones I care about. But I’m going to be looking into attending and stuff…i mean, it’s still a year away..and with the way the economy is going, they might just lower the prices… wink wink. yeah, i doubt it too. 😀

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Meet Me At My Window

As I promised, here are some more pictures of my office! 😀 The girl in the pics is the girl who I’m replacing. It’s sad that she’s leaving cause she’s so amazing! I love hanging out and talking with her. 😀 She’s moving to Cali at the end of the month and let me tell you…I got some BIG shoes to fill! In any event, she was pretty proud of the work I did today, which is very promising. I’m super excited about learning InDesign and I think I’m getting the hang of it very well!

a further away shot of the office building (the tan church building on the left)

the temp station I’m at for now…with InDesign open 😀

random shots around the office. the desk that leah’s sitting at will be mine when she leaves. 😦

A fun added bonus…this place is full of secret passageways 😀 okay, not secret really…but I do feel like a secret spy when I go through them 😀

Hope you enjoyed the pics! Day 2 rocked!

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First Day On A Brand New Planet

Today was my first day at the new jobby job!! It’s such a great job! I really like it…already… 😀 I get to learn InDesign, which I’ve been wanting to learn for a long time now. Here are some pictures of where I work. I’ll take more tomorrow! 😀

On the walk home, looking back at the office building…which is really a church that they bought out and use as an office/counseling venue.

On the way home, the view from the office:

So the place I work for is a small local publication company that focuses on counseling. They also have some offices on site where clients will come for counseling sessions. And I absolutely love the job…but I gotta admit, I feel the pressure in working in an environment where there are counselors around. Because I know that they can tell things based on mannerisms and facial expressions and all sorts of other things, so every time I would meet someone new, I’d be thinking, “oh no. can they tell i’m nervous that i’m going to forget their name??” Now I know it’s silly…but that’s seriously the things that go on in my head. hahahahaha. But the people are all very nice and way cool. I love just observing and listening to them! 😀

The girl they hired before me only lasted a week, because she felt she wanted to pursue more active graphic design…but I’m content to do layout and editing’s so relaxing! 😀 But I can’t help but think when I pass these people, “Do they think I’m gonna bail too? Cause I’m not.”

But my boss really likes my work and she’s so fun to be around! I can’t wait to see what new things I get to learn!

PS: another song for you to check out…I was listening to this today on the bus ride home…on repeat…love love love James Morrisson’s voice..and I couldn’t help but laugh cause the song is called PLEASE DON’T STOP THE RAIN…but when you live in Seattle, it’s just a funny concept.