Monday, November 29, 2010

long weekends never feel quite so long...

I had such a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday this year, and I hope that those of you reading out there in the cyber world were able to kick up your feet for a bit during this not-so-long-feeling weekend. I can proudly say that Cyber Monday has been good to me, and I am already 1/2 way done with my Christmas shopping!
{Sean is getting so spoiled this year; I love it ;)}

And check out the view from my parking deck this morning, not too shabby...
Don't you just love fog? I secretly pretended the Manchester Bridge was in San Fran this morning...
oh to dream!

Top 5 things that I loved about this weekend:

[01.] Getting my hair done!!


[02.] Making from scratch what my father-in-law now calls "the BEST pumpkin pie he has ever tasted in his life"
{yes, he was talking about food that I made! that was actually edible! and damn good!}

[03.] Hanging out with my in-laws and eating entirely too much food.
{Pete relaxing at grandma's...real men wear pink wink wink}

[04.] Buying a Christmas bed for the pups and rotating between naps and holiday movies.

[05.] Sleeping in. Snacking all day long. Snuggling. Staying out late. Table top dancing with friends. Red wine. White wine. PBR. Laughing. Brunch with my best friends. Motivating myself to train for a half marathon. Realizing that I actually miss working out. IHop with my parents and grandma. Big Love marathons. Watching Home Alone 34712389573489057345 times. Home made popcorn. Shopping. Themed parties. New socks. Singing loudly and obnoxiously. Eating some more.

26 Days 'Til Christmas!!
{I like the build up better than the actual day, anyone else out there feel the same?}

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

a quick post about weight loss...

I first wrote about my desire to lose about 50 pounds here and here. Yes, you heard me right - Fifty! And so I started walking to work and then walking for about 45 minutes 3 days a week during my lunch break. And guess what... 3 months later and I hadn't lost a single pound!! Embarrassing!! So I quickly realized that I could walk and walk and walk until my legs fell off, but if I didn't change my eating habits... it wasn't going to really matter. I guess the term ''lifestyle change'' wasn't as bogus as I thought afterall...

I found a link online several weeks ago, and it's been so inspiring that I just had to share it with you! I mean, losing weight is the hardest thing in the world to do [especially for foodies like myself!] and if you're anything like I am, a step by step guide can be the extra nudge you here's what I've been doing:

Breakfast: 1 packet of oatmeal, made with water + vitamin
Lunch: 1 can of vegetable soup, sometimes a half sandwich + vitamin
(Friday's I treat myself to a 12-inch veggie sub at Subway!)
Dinner: Some sort of pasta and grilled chicken
*Sometimes I eat a 100 calorie bag of popcorn around 2pm if I'm hungry.

Basically, I haven't been drinking soda or juices and I haven't been eating chips around the clock - I haven't even really been craving these foods either, which I find amazing. Actually, I just realized over the weekend that I haven't had chips with my lunch for almost 2 weeks now - I didn't even notice! Another thing that I've been doing is paying attention to portion sizes, and this has really helped me out. I no longer eat until I feel like I'm going to throw up... which is gross to admit, but that's what I was used to doing up until a few weeks ago. I've been listening to my body, and it has payed off in a big way! Another thing I have been doing, I wait until my stomach growls before I eat -- this may not be helpful for everyone, but it's been a really great way for me to learn when I am hungry and when I am eating out of boredom.

So... workout schedule. I'm not gonna lie, I've been busting my ass in the gym and the more I work out the better I feel! Seriously!!! Monday, Wednesday and Friday I have been working out in the gym for 30 minutes before work. This workout basically consists of 20 minutes on the treadmill (walking 5 minutes at 3.5 speed; running 5 minutes at 5.6 speed; ect) and then 10 minutes of free weights, which focus on my inner and outer thighs, arms and abs. Then, on my lunch break I get on the treadmill for another 25 minutes walking/running in the same intervals as I did that morning. Tuesday and Thursday I take a "break" and only work out during my lunch break, so the same as the other days, except I get to sleep in an extra hour. I will admit, I am extremely lucky that my job has it's own gym - and the gym is on the same hall as I am.

As crazy as it may sound, the more I bust my ass in the gym the less I want to ruin my hard work by eating crappy foods from the vending machine. Before, I would reward myself for a good workout by eating ice cream or chips or both... but I don't really want that anymore because I don't want my hard work to be wasted on a 5 minute indulgence.

I will be honest with you, I stepped on the scale yesterday and I almost cried. When I looked again today and saw that it was even lower... I almost ran from office to office in excitement! So far, I have lost 6 pounds!!! And that's only since last Monday... I'm pretty proud & it feels good that I've worked for every pound I've lost!

As I mentioned on facebook several months ago, once I lose the first 20lbs I'm going to reward myself with a tattoo [sorry, mom!].... I want this guy on the back of my right upper arm :)

Anyway, sorry to ramble on and on... but maybe there's some one out there who needed a little inspiration and this post did just the trick. Maybe there isn't, and this was just a nice little ''virtual pat on the back'' to myself. Either way, it feels good to feel good about yourself!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving To Y O U !

Tomorrow is my last day of work for four days. Four days!
In case I don't get around to saying it . . .

H a p p y
T h a n k s g i v i n g
! ! !

I am so thankful for all of you out there in cyber land :-)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pieces of April

In a dark and twisted way, Pieces of April is my favorite Thanksgiving movie. Ever. It's a story about a girl and her struggle to build some sort of relationship with her estranged family in a final attempt to make contact by inviting them to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner. Her and her mother have a vile relationship and she refers to herself as "the first pancake" aka the one you're supposed to throw away. Every time I hear this character say that, I can't help but cry. There are several similar moments scattered throughout this film.

Relationships are hard. Family relationships are even harder. But the hardest relationship that I have ever encountered in my life is the relationship that I have with my mother. She's not dying, and she has never told me that I was worthless or that she's happier without me around, but we [like most mothers and their daughters] have our fair share of "issues". Growing up we were in constant battle, and I remember laying at her feet screaming and crying and spouting out how much I hated her with so much anger that I felt as if my body would explode and shatter into a billion peices. I am "the first pancake" and sometimes I have felt as though I was her experiment... that she learned what worked and didn't with me and saved the best parenting for my younger brother. Sometimes I feel that she favors him, that she tries harder to understand him and in general just likes being around him more. It's a lonely feeling. And in response to these feelings, I tend to isolate myself and put up walls. In the process, I have done a really great job at becoming an outsider to my family members. It's not really something that I'm proud of.

I don't have a relationship with my brother, and to be honest I try to keep my distance from the rest of my family because we have trouble talking to each other and in general, just being together. I can always talk to my dad, he's the exception, but it's my mother that seems to be the ultimate challenge. It's amazing that some one has as much control over my thoughts and feelings as she does. She has the power to make me the happiest or unhappiest person, the power to brighten or ruin my day. And the funny thing is, no matter how many times I tell myself that I never want to see her again -- within weeks I am already talking to her and trying to find a way to spend the holiday's with her. It's difficult. And I know it's confusing for the people around me. It's confusing to me. But there's something there that keeps me coming back to her; something about her that I cannot live without.

Sometimes I feel like I am still attached to her by an imaginary umbilical cord - when the connection isn't there I feel as though I am suffocating, starving. But when we are reconnected, I feel as though survival is possible. I feel almost unstoppable.

For a while I thought that I could find a make-shift family. I surrounded myself with my friends and for a while I had myself believing that this could work, that I was totally okay with cutting myself off from my mom and brother. But something always pulls me back in. I think that no matter what happens in my life, I will always strive for that relationship with my mother. There's a hollow place in my soul that only my family can fill, and I think that this movie reminds me of that. It reminds me that no matter how much pain they may cause, how many hurtful things are said or done, I need my family. I need my mom. And that's the perfect message that I need to be reminded of, especially around the holiday's.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

i'm in the mood to do something c r a z y . . .

Do you ever get really bored with your hair? To be honest, this happens to me a. lot. Especially since I accidentally died it black and ever since then I haven't been able to get the color to budge on my own.

So. I made a hair appointment yesterday for next Wednesday! I am beyond excited - it's amazing how something so small as adding a little color to your hair can brighten up your mood and make you feel so much better about yourself.

As for me, what I look forward to most is that shocking feeling you get each time you look in the mirror. I always try to choose a color or style that is totally different. Granted, you only stay shocked for a day or two, but I just love being surprised when I get a glimpse of my new hair! Pics to come!

[i also want a new piercing and/or tattoo... but one thing at a time i guess!!]
. . .

In other news, I am so ready for a vacation! Thank goodness next weekend is Thanksgiving -

For the record, this picture was found at weheartit - I would totally freak out if my food was this close together on my plate! No thank you, I refuse to let juice from my turkey or veggies run onto my roll! Are you this anal about your food touching??!!

I have been working out like crazy this week and following this diet/work out plan. . . I've already lost 3 pounds since Monday! Fingers crossed I don't cancel out my hard work by eating everything in sight next Thursday :)

Speaking of eating everything in sight, check out this blog on a yummy recipe for potted pumpkin pies.
What's your favorite holiday food?
Mines a tie between Pumpkin Pie and Sweet Potato Casserole. My mom makes the best sweet potato casserole. Like, ever. Swear. To. God.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

how i feel right now...................

Reaaaaaally wish I was at home right now, cuddling with Samson.
I kicked up my workout yesterday.... and today I can hardly move! I swear, last night I slept like a freakin' baby!

Monday, November 15, 2010

I am thankful for.........

Thanksgiving seems to be a holiday that gets forgotten, probably because people have just put  away their Halloween costumes and already pulled out their Christmas lights and tacky sweaters.

Considering that I have more stuff than 75% of the rest of the world's population,
it's important to remember Thanksgiving rather than skip over it.... honor of this almost-forgotten holiday...
{which is only 10 days away}
30 Things I Am Thankful For:
-in no particular order-

[01] A husband who loves me. Who has never hit me or beat me. Who knows that 'no' really does mean no. Who tells me daily that he loves me.  Who stands up for me, supports me, and is willing to fight for our happiness. Who has talents and accomplishments and goals and plans. Who wants the same things as I do, and also some things that I have no desire for. Who is going to be one hell of a dad one day. Who makes me feel safe, secure and complete. Who has been there through all of my biggest life events and challenges. Who will still be by my side when I am 80.

[02] Family. Who have loved me through the good and the bad. Who want to be around me. Who plan dinners and beg me to join them and let them cook all of my favorites for me. Who, even though I deny deny deny, I wouldn't trade for anyone else in the entire world. Who I strive to become, and strive to not become. Who keep me grounded. Who remind me of my roots. Who can make me laugh on even the hardest days. Who I am forever connected to, no matter how far away we travel. 

[03] My dogs, who on a daily basis teach me to be patient and loving. Even when they poop and pee all over my floors that I have literally just scrubbed and bleached. Who teach me to close my eyes, take a deep breath, and count to ten. Who are my forever cuddlers. Who cry when I leave, and jump with pure and total excitement once I return. Who get my lazy ass off the couch. Who steal the covers and keep me up with their snoring. Who keep my feet warm at night. Who love playing in the snow. Who I love to dress up, and allow me to do so. Who make me smile and feel loved, even when I'm at my worst. Who don't hold grudges or bring up the past. Who remind me that life isn't as serious and I try to make it.

[04] For a loft in the City that is in walking distance to my office. That keeps me warm and dry and cool and sheltered. That teaches me responsibility and reminds me that taking out the trash is an important step in eliminating flies.

[05] For a job that is rewarding and although it doesn't pay enough, provides money to pay my endless bills and keeps me from falling deeper into debt. That allows me to meet different people every day. That allows me to do something positive for the community. That is in my feild of study. That has a gym right down the hall from my office. That my job gives me my own office. That values personal health and provides awesome health benefits.  

[06] For the clothes on my back.

[07] Food in my belly.

[08] Shoes on my feet, even if they are wearing out.

[09] My college degree. Even though I will be paying off student loans for the rest of my life, my job would not be nearly as rewarding without it.

[10] My ability to further my education and become anything that I want in this life. The ability to choose what I want to do, develop a plan, and then accomplish it.

[11] My car, even if it is a peice of shit. It still manages to get me from A to B.

[12] Friends who support me and challenge me to think deeper about my beliefs and convictions. Who look out for me when I've had too much to drink. Who stick up for me. Who include me in their plans. Who let me yell at them and then forgive me when I tell them I'm sorry. Who gossip with me. Who encourage me to work towards my goals. Who don't allow me to give up on myself. Who are the voice of reason when I need them to be, and the voice of possibility when I'm feeling hopeless.

[13] That this is the first Thanksgiving in seven years that I get to eat an actual turkey. That in the past, other options have been available for me to eat. That I always leave the table feeling a little too stuffed. That the leftovers get to sit in my refrigerator and be re-heated for the next week. That I have people to spend the holiday's with.

[14] Shamelessly, I am thankful for my iphone and the ability to connect {or disconnect} from the rest of the world with the simple press of a button.

[15] My imagination. It has saved me from several near-death-due-to-boredom experiences.

[16] My health. The fact that the last time I had the flu was sophomore year of college. That I am healthy and functioning after donating my kidney. That I am able to do anything physical that I put my mind to. That I have stuck to my work-out routine for 3 months straight and I am still motivated. That, despite the torture and abuse I have put my body though, it is still working and I don't have any serious health issues. That I can still run a 10 minute mile despite smoking cigarettes and that my time continues to improve. That the more I exercise, the less I crave cigarettes.

[17] That I have a choice in what I choose to believe spiritually. That I can change my mind over and over again and that this doesn't make me lose credibility, but rather strengthens it because it shows my interest in learning and thinking things through. That my life is not in danger because of what I believe. That my family has not abandoned me because of my beliefs.

[18] That I was born in America. That I was not born in a country where woman do not have a voice. I was not born in a country where it is ok to abuse women. That I was born in a place where anything is possible. That even though I don't agree with the way the government is run, I am allowed to voice my opinions. That my life is not in danger whenever I disagree with politicians. That if I wanted to be, I could be a politician.

[19] That I have access to clean drinking water. That I can refuse to drink tap water if I choose to do so, because I can afford to drink filtered water. That filtered water is always available. That I do not have to risk getting stick when I drink water from my sink. That I do not worry about getting sick from my drinking water. That I get to bathe, wash my clothes, and drink from different water sources.

[20] That I can make decisions about my own body. That one day when I have a baby, I can choose to give birth in a hospital or at home and either way I will not be putting myself or my baby at risk. That I can decide when I want to have a baby. That when I do have a child, I will not be defined by him/her and I will still have the ability to work outside of the home if I choose to do so. That there is more to me than my ability to give birth.

[21] That I have money to spare on tattoos and other hobbies.

[22] That I can read. I have the power to learn about whatever I want without having some one else read for me. That I don't have to worry about signing a document that I can't understand. That people aren't able to take advantage of me in this respect.

[23] That unlike many people in the world, I can afford to live on more than $1.25 a day. That when I don't like the food in my pantry, I can afford to buy lunch. That when I pass a homeless person on the street, I have extra cash to spare. That if I want to buy a house, I can save up and buy one. That if I want to continue my education, I can afford it. That if I want to waste money on a shirt I will probably only wear once or twice, I can without feeling really guilty about it.

[24] I am thankful for a boss that I can laugh with. Who cares about her employees personally. Who supports me and believes in me.

[25] That I live close to the river. That I can see it from the roof of my loft. That I can smell it when I leave our building.

[26] Dinner dates and laughing with friends over food and wine.

[27] A hot bath at the end of the day, with or without bubbles and music depending on my mood.

[28] My husbands willingness to let me cook dinner once in a while. His understanding that my ability to cook a meal without his help is important to me. My friends willingness to teach me how to fix some of their favorite dishes.

[29] The ability to switch from vegetarian to pescetarian to meat eater to back again without having a limit in food choices. To have knowledge and endless resources on doing so in a healthy way.

[30] The ability to live my life my way. That there are options for happiness and everyone gets to choose their own path. That there are a million ways to do any given task, and the courage to keep trying until I find the way that works best for me.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

i love holidays

This week has been awesome. Normally, the Christmas-stuff-out-the-moment-Halloween-ends really annoys me... but this year, I am already full of the Christmas spirit. My husband and I spent our entire Sunday making cookies, watching Christmas Movies and drinking eggnog {which, in case you were wondering, is the nastiest thing that has ever passed my lips!}. This morning, I sat here at my desk and completed my Christmas List -- I totally know what I'm getting almost everyone and I'm so lucky to be able to afford awesome gifts this year!

{Sean, if you're reading this.... get ready to pee your pants this year!!}

Usually, not gonna lie.... I'm a bit of a scrooge. Family gatherings make me nervous and spending large quantities of cash on gifts makes my heart race in an i'm-gonna-have-a-heart-attack kind of way. But this year is gonna be different! I can feel it!

Here are some things I am absolutely looking forward to:

[1.] Blue Christmas Lights

[2.] Snow {please, please, please let us get snowed in again this year!!!}

[3.] Knitted Socks and Mittens

[4.] Cookies + Milk, in large quantities

[5.] Silent, Cold Air {the kind where you feel like you're the only one around for milesssss}
[6.] Tacky Decorations... everywhere you turn!

[7.] Dressing my doggies up in ridiculously themed costumes

[8.] Snuggling on the couch watching movies

[9.] Tacky Sweaters

[10.] Starbucks Lattes....every. single. day. {ok... this ones sort of a fantasy....maybe not every day...}

Oh yeah, I'm also looking forward to Thanksgiving! This is the first time in 6 years that I get to eat a real, actual turkey! No more crazy looks for bringing out my tofurkey!

Are you in the holiday spirit yet?!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Universe.

[First I will say this, if you haven't read this blog then you are most definintly missing out. I read it every. single. day. and on days she doesn't post, I read several from her archives. This is who I hope to be one day as a mother, wife, and woman in general. Specifically check out this post which inspired my thoughts today.]

A lot of people ask me what I believe in, especially since I move from Buddhist to Agnostic to sometimes Athiest depending on the day or hour or minute. People have a hard time wrapping their minds around the possibility of having a fulfilling life and not being attached to one specific dogma. I want to be clear. I am writing to get my thoughts out, for my own benefit, and not really to please or defend and especially not to offend. I think that there is a common thread, common good if you will, that we sometimes miss because we are so focused on following one specific path. There are many paths, and each of these paths leads us to exactly where we need to be.

Yesterday I was in the car with a client and his mother. She was talking about how Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and how they needed canned foods and maybe even a turkey. I asked if she had called the food bank and she said that she had, but that they no longer allow people to come directly to them to get the food but rather assign them to certain churches that are closer to them. She stated that her assigned church does not pass out meat products... and although I'm not sure if I believe her, I kind of get the sense that she could possibly be telling the truth. So then I ask if she's talked to any of the other churches around her, since there are at least 3 in walking distance from their house. Get this, their food is for members only. I have a problem with that, because it sounds to me like they are trying to get their numbers up - higher numbers equals more money. I hate money, and I hate money more when it gets mixed in with religion. If a person is hungry, they should be allowed to eat --

I was raised in a Southern Baptist home. We went to church every Sunday and every Wednesday and sometimes I even went to a bible study during the week just to get my Jesus Fix. My mom eventually became a pastor, and shortly after that I realized that I was cought in a whirwind of bible camps and contemporary hymns and I began to judge people and that's when it scared me. It became a not so nice club, where if you don't believe exactly as we believe, you're on your own and you're going to hell with our backs turned. The final straw was watching a group of three and four year olds singing about Jesus hanging on a cross - the experience was so twisted and so disturbing that I ran as quickly as I could and haven't returned for almost 2 years.

I started trying to find something to fill this God Shaped Hole [great book, by the way] and quickly became intrigued by a Buddhist Temple down the road from my loft in the city. I sat and meditated for 2 hours, twice a week, and even some mornings before work at a shrine I set up in the lower level of my loft. It felt taboo and exciting. I especially liked the chanting and the incense which burned as I sat with my legs folded peeking through my half closed eyes at a painting of Buddha and the Wheel of Knowledge. I loved sitting through the pain as my legs fell asleep and really feeling it - learning from it. I read books about Buddhism on my lunch break and began to feel for the very first time that I was connected to the world around me and found comfort that trees and rivers and grass and the sunshine were all telling their own stories and teaching me about oneness and calmness and living life with only the bare essentials. But I stopped going seven or eight months later when the fire burned out and I admitted to myself that I don't really believe those teachings in their entirety. They weren't enough to keep me committed.

My family mocked me and continues to mock me ever since I left the church, and despite their efforts it has only made me more passionate to stay away. Friends that I have grown up with have looked at me with question and asked where I think I will end up after I die, and have been offended when I tell them that not only do I not know, but I am at peace with this unknowing and more alive than ever living with the mystery of what may or may not happen once I take my final breath. If I have realized one thing it is this: people get upset when you force them to think about or question things that they aren't ready to face. So I shrug off their attempts, keep my mouth shut, and keep quiet about my joy in the lack of needing to commit to one thing. Even more so, the joy in knowing I will not go to hell for it. Because I make my own destiny.

I think, or rather I suppose, that when we die our bodies decompose and nurture and feed life into the soil. The soil nurtures and feeds life into the grass and the trees, which in turn nurture and feed life into the humans animals who eat them, which in turn nurture and feed life into the humans and animals that eat them, and so on. In this way, we are not only all connected - but we are one. There is no I or You or She or He or They. And because we are all made up of 99% of the same matter that the rest of the universe and everything inside of it is made up of, I cannot help but believe that we are the universe as well.

“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. The atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing i know about physics: you are all stardust. you couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements; the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life; weren’t created at the beginning of time. they were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. the stars died so that you could be here today.”

That is what I believe. And also that when our bodies die our spirits find themselves in new bodies and this cycle continues until we learn whatever it is that we are supposed to. That when you talk to trees, they really listen. That we can learn so much from animals; they are much wiser than we give them credit. That in a past life I could've been walking the tightrope in the cirucs, or an artist, or a shrub in a magical forest with faeries and gnomes and imps. That I am connected to water and the moon for a reason. That astronomy isn't entirely bullshit, that magic can exist.

Mostly I believe that everything exists because of love. Without love, we have nothing.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Me, Myself & I

Today I am feeling like doing anything other than work. Bleh. I copied this little survey from my friend's tumblr account and it entertained me for about 10 minutes, which is really all I can ask for right now in an office without windows!

LAYER ONE: On the Outside

Full Name: Kara Diane Workman Hooker
Birthday: June 25, 1986
Single or Taken?: Taken
School: Graduated from Bridgewater College in 2008... hoping to attend VCU for my Master's next fall :)
Eye Color: Blue/Green
Hair Color: Black
Righty or Lefty: Righty

LAYER TWO: On the Inside

Your Fears: Not living every moment of my life to the fullest, condensation [ugh... don't ask]
Goal(s): To get my Master's in Social Work, own a house, start a savings accout, travel....
Regrets: If it weren't for my mistakes, I wouldn't be where I am today... no regrets!

LAYER THREE: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Your thoughts first waking up: ''5 more minutesssssss!"
Yesterday: Woke up, walked to work, got a ton of paperwork done, watched movies w/ husband
Today: Woke up, walked to work, visited some clients, voted, splurged on fast food [!!!]
Tomorrow: Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

LAYER FOUR: You’re picking
Pepsi or Coke: Coke
Mcdonald’s or Burger King: BK... once in a blue moon....
Single or Group dates: Single, since we spend a lot of time w/ a group :)
Lipton Tea or Nestea: Lipton... but never out of a can!
Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate
Cappuccino or Coffee: Depends...


Do Drugs: I smoke and I drink, so maybe.
Think you’ve been in love: Yes.
Want to get married: I am :)
Believe in yourself: Yes, most of the time.

LAYER SIX: In the Past Month, Have You…

Gone to the mall: No. I prefer online shopping.
Eaten Sushi: Yes.
Gone skating: No.
Dyed your hair: Yes - Saturday :)
Done something exciting?: I like to keep things interesting...

LAYER SEVEN: Have You Ever?

Hid something from someone?: Yes.
Stolen anything: Yes.

LAYER EIGHT: Getting Old

Age you’re hoping to be married: I got married at age 22.
Age you’re hoping to have children: Soon.... hopefully 2-3 years down the road :)
Want to travel to: I want to go back to London and Amsterdam, and hope someday I make it to India.

LAYER NINE: Perfect Mate

Best Eye Color: Doesn't Matter.
Best Hair Color: Doesn't Matter.
Short or Long Hair: Long. With a thick beard.

LAYER TEN: What were you doing?

5 MINUTES AGO: Paperwork.
1 HOUR AGO: Voting :)
1 YEAR AGO: Working at this same desk... amazing how time flys!

LAYER ELEVEN: Finish the Sentence

I Love: My husband, My pets, My friends, Humanity.
I Feel: Cold, Sleepy, & Unmotivated.
I Hate: Living without a fenced in backyard...
I Hide: Candy in my desk drawer...
I Miss: College life - especially midday naps & being surrounded by mountains.
I Need: To stop procrastinating at work..................

Your Turn! :)

Election Day!

Have you voted yet??

[1.] if you don't vote... don't even think about complaining!

[2.] vote to counter-act a friend or family member who you disagree with politically!

[3.] it's your right & it doesn't take a lot of time!

[4.] you represent a combination of interests unique to only you - it's an easy way for your voice to be heard!

[5.] communities with a higher number of registered voters get more attention from politicians!

[6.] young people are notorious for skipping out on elections & the biggest election issues often directly effect the youth of the nation... break the stereotype! 

[7.] going along with #6... politicians want to be re-elected and thus represent the people that are registered to vote. if college students are not registered to vote they will feel no responsibility to fund higher education and financial aid programs!

[8.] it's your responsibility as an active citizen! our forefathers (and foremothers) fought wars and staged protests to gain the right to vote and govern themselves - we can spare a few minutes!

[9.] our government was designed for citizen participation, so if you don't vote - other people are going to make the decisions for you!
[10.] believe it or not, people just like you in other countries actually fight and even die for the right to vote... it's a valuable gift that you should take advantage of!
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