Monday, July 30, 2007

For better, for worse, for completely crazy!

Do you have any weird sleeping habits? Do you have to lay on one side or another? Do you have to have 5 pillows? Do you have to have your favorite animal 'Beary'?? ME TOO!!! Not to any of those, mine is more...well....weird. I have been terrified of the dark since I was a little girl. I always dreaded the nighttime when the darkness would roll around. This fear has not escaped me. Twenty four years later I still run up the stairs at night and jump on the bed so as to not get eaten by whatever is following me up or is hiding under the bed. Now, I know what you're thinking, "is this girl for real?" It's sad to admit, but it's true. I would like to say I'm getting a little better, but every time I think so...I start running up the stairs.

So, in order to be able to fall asleep at night I turn the TV on and set my sleep timer. However, I don't watch TV. Instead, I have a movie I put in and for the most part it is always the same movie. This movie I sleep to does rotate every 3 months or so or as the current movie has, can last up to 4 months and be a repeat from an earlier sleep movie. Currently the movie I go to sleep to is 'You've Got Mail'. I have watched this movie, or at least listened to it every night for the past 4 months since I recorded it on the TIVO.

I do have a rhyme and reason to the movies I watch. For the most part they are movies that have a lot of light in them. I don't like anything dark which usually means suspenseful and scary. So, I try to pick comedy's or romantic dramas. I also pick movies that are a bit quiet. I don't like any scenes that will increase in sound suddenly as this could wake me up. Some of my favorites include: You've Got Mail, The Family Stone, Must Love Dogs, A Few Good Men, Rudy, While You Were Sleeping and Something To Talk About. Okay, you can say it now...this girl is a real quack. I might be, but boy do I sleep like I rock with these movies in. The one thing I worry about is what will happen when Jeremy and I get married? Will he accept me and my crazy habit or will this all be better once I have a buddy in bed? All I can say is for better, for worse, for completely crazy!!

What about you?? What are your crazy sleeping habits??

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Good Die Young

I had a rough day yesterday. I learned that my favorite professor at UNM drowned over the weekend while in Hawaii. I have had grandparents pass away, but for some reason this hit me a lot harder than those deaths. I'm not trying to say I miss them any less, but I saw them maybe once a year. Professor Moy was someone I saw at least once a week for the past 3 semesters. He is someone I met with regarding grades and tests. To see his face again and again on the UNM website and the news takes me back to his amazing lectures where he was so full of life and energetic and makes my heart sink that he is no longer here on this earth.

What breaks my heart even more is the way in which he died...trying to save his son. I'm not a parent, so I don't know the love that is felt between parent and child. I can only imagine the lack of thought that went through his head when he tried to save his son who was struggling in the ocean. I bet it never crossed his mind that he might die doing this heroic act. I pray that his family wont hurt. I pray that they instead remember what a great man he was. How loved he was in the academic world, especially at UNM. I know my life is forever touched by this amazing professor!

Thursday, July 19, 2007


I was online this morning checking my mail when I did something I hadn't done since the end of last season....I checked out the YAHOO page for my Denver Broncos. I was reading a story about the beloved Darrent Williams and thought I would check out what's going on with the Broncs...that's when I got super excited. I'm ready for football season to start up again.

I learned the broncos first game is August 13. Yeah, this is just a preseason game, but it's the start of my favorite time of season. I am completely thrilled, however, to find out that the Broncs not only have one Monday night game, they have three. I love watching the Broncos on Sunday afternoons with my family, but there's something about watching them Monday night that really gets me excited.

The Bronco team has really changed over the years. I remember the days of Elway, TD, Eddy Mac, Romo and Rod Smith. These guys have since retired leaving the Broncos with a young team. Although I'm not banking on them to be completely spectacular with these newbies, I think they have great potential and like the long time Denver fan I am ( I think I was born wearing a Bronco jersey) I am excited to see what they can do this season!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

I'm Giddy Again

It's amazing how being engaged can change your perspective on things. In my insomnia-ness I was watching 'Father of the Bride' tonight on TBS. I just got this wonderful giddy-ness to me. I think I might could be the happiest person on this earth right now.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

I feel naked

The excitement and joy of being engaged is such a happy feeling I can't even begin to describe it. The wonderful words of congratulations from both mine and Jeremy's friends have been what this is all about. To hear everyone talk of how happy they are we are to have found one another and what a perfect couple we make brings a constant smile to my face. Although we don't have too many plans yet and haven't faced much that has been difficult to decide yet, one thing has.

I took my engagement ring in yesterday to be sized. My sweet Jeremy in all of his pre-proposal nervousness decided he didn't want the ring to be too small when he placed it on my finger and decided to wait to get it sized. This has been extremely hard for me. I feel naked without it. I sense something should be there on that left hand of mine, and sometimes I get the sinking feeling it has fallen off somewhere and I have lost it. I then come back to earth and remember...oh yeah, it's getting sized. If this is the hardest part of the engagement and planning...bring it on!!! Until then, please don't stare at my nakedness!!

Monday, July 16, 2007

I am sick of hurtful people

Why is it that people are so hurtful? Why is it that you can be doing great things with your life that go unrecognized by those you want most to recognize? Why is it that a great amazing day can be clouded by one phone call? Why is it that someone can be proud of those who lead a life that is not pleasing to God, but those who do lead a God pleasing life are looked over? Why is it that we seek the approval of others, when all we need to do is please God with who we are and what we do?

I'm still alive

I just wanted to let you all know I am sill alive. Jeremy and I went to Illinois for the week to visit with my future in-laws. Yes, you read that right...future in-laws. Jeremy and I got engaged over the 4th of July, actually the 3rd. I have been dying to tell everyone who reads this, but we had to wait until we told all the 'important' people (or at least attempted) so those we love didn't find out over the internet. Because, you know, you can't always believe what you read over the internet, but in this case you can. We haven't set a date yet but it will be next spring or summer. I will keep everyone posted as we have more information. Until blogging will start back again tomorrow. I have so much to share, I can't wait!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

I know its been awhile

I know it has been awhile and I have been slacking on my blogs, but Jeremy and I are currently in Illinois visiting his wonderful family. But don't you worry, I have exciting news when I get back. It happened before we left but I haven't been able to say anything until all the proper people were notified in person. I'm sure you know what I'm talkin about, but in case you don't....JUST WAIT!!!! (It has to do with my giddy-ness I talked about on my previous blog)

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Giddy Giddy Giddy

I have this amazing giddy smile and it just wont go away. Come to think of it, I don't think I want this amazing feeling of happiness I have been experiencing the past two days to ever go away. It's the best feeling in the world!!!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Livin' la Vida Loca

I discovered the most amazing thing this morning while I was getting my shower, the radio stations on the digital cable. Can you believe they have a 90's channel?? It's amazing, all they play is music from the 90's. For a girl who loves the music of the 90's, since I was a kid that grew up in the 90's, this is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Here are some of the songs I heard this morning...don't they just take you back??

Monday, July 02, 2007

Random facts I know you wanted to know!

♥ I have the greatest boyfriend in the world...yes, even better than yours!
♥ I am an October Scorpio
♥ I love my strawberry blond hair, but my blue eyes are the best
♥ If I could go everywhere barefoot I would, but instead I love my flip flops
♥ Starbucks is my weakness
♥ I am terrified of the joke
♥ I never miss an episode of Grey's Anatomy
♥ I miss my high school days
♥ I love to sing in the shower and my car
♥ I am learning to play the guitar
♥ Junk food is the best...I love carbs!
♥ I went through a phase where I wanted a tattoo. Thank God I didn't get one
♥ I think my new mac is a secret I'm glad I found out about
♥ Shusi is gross, apple cookies are good...Yes, Jeremy, apple cookies are GOOD!
♥ Life is good...too much drama is bad
♥ I am in LOVE!!

I'm being a good girlfriend

Jeremy comes home tomorrow, FINALLY, the day that has been one year since we started dating. Although I am working on a couple of little things for him, I decided to be a good girlfriend and bake his favorite...chocolate chip cookies. I learned early on in our relationship that my specialty, apple cookies, are not something he likes. I have decided to try something other than the usual brownies, which I know he loves, and take my morning off and bake some cookies. It was so much fun...the dough is chilling in the refrigerator as we speak. Once they go in the oven, I'm sure they will be gone.

It is incredible how happy you become when you do something you have always loved. For me it has always been baking, and I am so happy to have the time to do it again.

I started a new one

I started a new book while my Mom and I were in Denver. Not because I got bored, but I finished the other book I was reading, A Thousand Splendid Suns. For anyone out there who hasn't read it, this incredible book is the story of young women growing up in Afghanistan prior to Soviet invasion up until the years following the 9/11 attacks on the USA. The author, Khaled Hosseini, knows what it is like to live in the region and experience first hand the accounts he speaks of since he too is a native of Afghanistan.

This book really made me appreciate the freedom we American women have. We have the freedom to choose a choose a life. Often times, I feel we get so used to having this freedom that we forget it is one. As we approach the 4th of July, and the symbolic day for freedom for all Americans, really take some time to appreciate this freedom, because it really is a precious gift.

So now the new book I have started reading, which is the first this summer of the suggested reading I received.....

What am I
reading now??

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

The Sights, Sounds and Smells of Denver

This past weekend my Mom and I went on a girls weekend to Denver. It was such a great time and a blast to experience some amazing time, just us girls.

Friday night we went to see the Celtic Women in concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. If you have never been there, you are missing out. This is an amazing amphitheater amidst red rock mountains created perfectly by God. Seriously, it was as though God has planned for music to be heard here and created an amphitheater surrounded by more of his creation, HUGE red rocks. All that was needed was a stage and some seats. It was amazing to hear the birds sing along with the women, to see the lights reflecting off the walls of the red rocks that enclosed the amphitheater, to see the lights of Denver off in the distance, and when it was dark enough, to see the moon pop out from behind the clouds all while enjoying the amazing smell of mountain air. With the angelic voice of the women singing this was the perfect concert outdoors.

Following that astounding experience on Friday night, my Mom and I went into Denver to the Nature and Science museum on Saturday and saw an exhibit of the Titanic. It was incredible to walk among the belongings of passenger of that fateful ship. To walk down halls as they would have. To stand in a life-size picture of a life-raft as many of them did. It was eerie and surreal. It was amazing to walk and see items I have only seen from Titanic specials on TV, face to face . We were even able to touch one of the pieces of the hull.

After the Museum, we went to one of our favorite places to eat, The Cheesecake Factory. This was such a special treat for us. Since we don't have one in Albuquerque, we make it a point to eat at one when we go to Denver. There is nothing like fried mac-n-cheese and avocado egg rolls followed by the most wonderful cheesecake. For some reason, this trip was full of the wonderful smell of FOOD (what do you expect from me?? I love my food). From Cheesecake Factory to Panera Bread to my favorite Chipotle. I got to have all of my favorite restaurants in one trip. What more could I ask for??