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2012-08-02 12:35 am
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Sunday Stealing (14)

Too Tired To Think Meme: Part II

So, I fail. I forgot to do Sunday Stealing this past Sunday ON Sunday. So I’m doing it now. Aren’t you so lucky? ;)

26. What type of errands do you like running?
I like going to Target for anything, and I like going to Trader Joe’s for groceries.

27. Have you ever eaten snow?
Yes, when I was younger. And no, it wasn’t yellow.

28. What color are your bedsheets?
I’m pretty sure they’re orange.

29. What’s your favorite flower?
Wildflowers, followed by lilacs.

30. Do you do ballet?
No. Wellll, sometimes I bust out my New York City Ballet Workout DVD. Does that count?

31. Do you listen to classical music?
Yes. I love classical music.

32. What is the first TV Theme song that pops in your head?
The theme song to Punky Brewster. I still know all the words!

33. Do you watch Sponge Bob?
I do when Aidan puts it on. My favorite episode is “The Idiot Box.”

34. What temperature is it outside right now?

35. Do people consider you smart?

36. How many piercing do you have?
Just my ears now, double pierced. Used to have navel a long time ago.

37. Are you signed on [to] AIM?

38. Have you ever tried gluing your fingers together?

39. How do you feel about your family?
Love them.

40. Do you have an iPod?
I have two. One is a classic from 2007 that no longer really works with headphones (but works fine in our dock player), the other is a silver classic. I got it last fall. Apple was nice enough to replace it for me after the one I bought in 2010 crashed and burned one or two days after my warranty expired.

41. What time do you go to bed?
Too late! Wah.

42. What CD is currently in your CD player?
There isn’t one in there now but I can tell you that the last one was Bon Jovi – Cross Road.

43. What movie do you know every line to?

44. What is your favorite salad dressing?
Catalina! Mmmmm. Oh wow, a salad sounds really good right now.

45. What do you want for Christmas this year?
Gift cards to iTunes, gift cards to bookstores (or Amazon), gift cards to Old Navy, just about everything from The Pyramid Collection, safe travels, health, love, my mom’s traditional Christmas dinner (YUM), to be looking forward to a trip to Disney World (hee hee), to be happy. :)

46. What family member/friend lives the farthest from you? Where?
My friend Stephanie Jae lives in London.

47. Do you like hugs?
I LOVE hugs!

48. Last time you had butterflies in your stomach?
Yesterday because I knew I had to do savasana adjustments and I just learned how to do them so I was hoping I wouldn’t mess up. (Someone came up and complimented me after class, so I guess I did OK.)

49. What’s the way people most often mispronounce any part of your name?
It doesn’t happen so much anymore because I introduce myself as Ronni, but when I go by Ronica (my real name), a lot of people think it’s “Veronica” and when I was younger, I often got Roo-NEEK-uh if they hadn’t heard it pronounced (like in a doctor’s office or in a new class with a new teacher). It’s pronounced RAW-ni-kah.

50. Last person you hugged?
Aidan. Although I got a lot of hugs at Moksha–one from Amber, one from Betty, and one from Rachel. <3

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2012-07-25 03:28 pm
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Employment Enjoyment

The Employment Enjoyment Meme

1. What kind of work do you do?
I am a freelance copy editor and proofreader.

2. During the course of your lifetime, which job or career has been your favorite or most fulfilling?
Anytime I get the chance to edit materials meant for primary school I get super excited. My most fulfilling work is when I get to make really cool stuff even cooler.

Fruits of My Labor
this was one of my favorite projects.

3. Do you think it’s necessary in your life to have a day-to-day “career” that is meaningful and service-oriented or do you function better in “just a job” with a steady paycheck?
I have to do meaningful work, but I admit that it taks a certain amount of privilege to be able to say that. Any time I’ve worked on a position that was just a “paycheck”, I felt like I was dying inside. When it’s Sunday night and you’re wishing you’d get sick so you can call off? That’s a problem. When you’re crying on the commute home? That’s a problem. But some people don’t have a choice, and I respect that.

4. Was there ever a time in your life when you wanted to stay home with your children instead of working, even if it meant less money in the household?
Yes, especially when Aidan was first born. Now I am fortunate enough to be able to do most of my work from home.

5. Tell us your worst boss story.
Hmm, there was the time I went to leave work and the boss said, “You have five more minutes.” When I showed him the clock on my computer that did NOT indicate I had five more minutes, he reset the clock and made me sit for five more minutes before I could leave.

6. Have your ever been the boss? Do you like this this role?
No. I purposely avoid those types of roles. I’ve been sort of a “leader” in a way, but I feel that’s different from being a boss. And even then I was dragged kicking and screaming into the role.

7. What is your dream occupation?
New York Times Best-Selling author as well as someone who gets to edit awesome fiction.

Here are some pictures from some of my past jobs:

Working the Front Desk
working the front desk at the stadium scholarship dorm at ohio state university
(yes, i actually lived in the stadium. it was awesome.
this gave me the opportunity to live in less expensive housing.
it actually should’ve been called the stadium workstudy dorm.)

First Day
first day working as a desk attendent at the apt i lived in from 1995-1998

Another Work Picture
i took pictures of myself during breaks when i worked at Nationwide

Grey Contacts

And a couple past workspaces:

Work My Desk at Work

Wanna hire me? Check out my LinkedIn profile. :)

OK speaking of work, I need to get back to it. Ta ta!

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2012-07-22 12:05 am

Sunday Stealing (13)

The Too Tired to Think Meme part 1

1. You have 10 dollars and need to buy snacks at a gas station. What do you get?
Water, Doritos, and something chocolate.

2. If you were reincarnated as a sea creature, what would you want to be?
A mermaid.

3. Who’s your favorite redhead?
Oh this one is hard! I adore Karen Gillan, but I also like Ron Weasley! And Ginny Weasley. SO basically ALL the Weasleys.

4. What do you order when you’re at IHOP?
A Rooty-Tooy Fresh & Fruity, but with all bacon.

5. Last book you read?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (for the millionth time!)

6. Describe your mood.

7. Describe the last time you were injured.
Can’t remember.

8. Of all your friends, who would you want to be stuck in a well with?

9. Rock concert or symphony?
Symphony! Went to a bunch when I was in grade school. Had no idea how awesome it was. Would love that opportunity again.

10. What is the wallpaper of your cell phone? The number? (We’ll just say “hi” – promise.)
My wallpaper is a picture of Aidan and me. Not posting my number.

11. Favorite soda?
I don’t drink soda.

12. What type of shirt are you wearing?
I’m wearing a purple tank top under a black one.

13. If you could only use one form of transportation?
Seems like some of this question is missing….

14. Most recent movie you have watched in theater.
The Hunger Games.

15. Name an actor/actress/singer you have had the hots for.
I had a big crush on Adam Brody about eight years ago.

16. What’s your favorite kind of cake?
Jello cake.

17. What did you have for dinner last night?

18. Look to your left, what do you see?
A door. Table piled with books and toys. Adam’s overflowing trash can.

19. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

20. Favorite toy as a child?
I loved my Barbie Dolls.

21. Do you buy your own groceries?
Sometimes. Adam buys most of them.

22. Do you think people talk about you behind your back?

23. When was the last time you had gummy worms?
It’s been a minute. I’ve had bears more recently. (And when I say recent, I mean sometime in June.)

24. What’s your favorite fruit?
Peaches (in season) and Rainiar cherries.

25. Do you have a picture of yourself doing a cartwheel?
No, but I have a picture of myself trying to do a handstand.

Attempting a Handstand

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2012-05-13 11:16 pm

Sunday Stealing: Get Out of Jail Part 2

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2012-05-03 07:37 pm
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99 Things

I've probably done this meme before. Still fun!

Bolding what I've done.....

Onward.... )
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2012-03-24 08:15 am
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Saturday 9 (7)

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. This one looked fun, so I thought “why not?”

So, here goes!

Saturday 9: Come Dancing

1. When was the last time that you went out dancing?
It’s been years! I went out in December, and I danced when I was out, but I didn’t go out for the purpose of dancing, if that makes sense.

2. Have you ever had an argument with a teacher?
Not that I remember. Once, though, a teacher asked the class, “What am I supposed to do with this?” and I answered, “Eat it.” That earned me a detention. I was seven or eight at the time. I remember my parents putting on this show in front of the teacher: NO MICHAEL JACKSON FOR A WEEK. They never enforced it, and I found out years later that they thought it was hilarious and that’s why I really didn’t get in trouble with them.

3. Do you have a tough time remembering people’s names?
Yes. I’m great at faces but not so good at names.

4. Would you rather change your past or know your future?
I don’t know. There are amazing things because of my past, like Aidan. So I think I like it the way it is.

5. What’s one thing you feel you must do in your life before it ends?
· Travel out of the U.S.
· See Aidan grow up.
· Publish a novel.
· This:

This is Ingrid Yang.
She is beautiful and amazing.
Seriously, read her bio.
I haven’t met her yet.
Her class is level 2-3 and I’ve been doing 1-2.
(Mia, who has been teaching me for nearly two years, thinks I can handle 2-3,
but for some reason, I’ve been scared to try it.)

Ingrid inspires me just the same.

6. How many credit cards do you have right now that have a zero balance?
I have two credit cards, and one has a zero balance. I’m maintaining a balance and paying more than the minimum payment on my other to rebuild my credit.

7. What is the most expensive thing you purchased this year?
My yoga teacher training tuition. Well, I haven’t purchased it outright. I’m on a payment plan. And I got an AWESOME scholarship. But it’s still expensive. Worth it, though.

8 . If you’re married, this probably doesn’t apply to you, but: Are you mindful about getting tested for STDs/HIV at least semi-regularly? Why/why not? Married people: Were you mindful about this type of thing when you were single? Why/why not?
I was never promiscuous, nor did I spend much time single. Once I went to college, I was in monogamous relationships pretty much all the time until I got married.

9. If you could ask the president of the United States one question, what would it be?
I’d ask him if it’s all been worth it. I swear, it looked like he started sprouting grey hairs the very night he got elected. I NEVER want to take on his role. OR I’d ask him if he’d want to hang out with me. Not as the president but as himself. He seems fun.

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2012-03-20 08:00 am
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Me Me Me!!

Let’s just face it. I can’t pass up any meme that allows me to talk about myself. And I was tagged again for the 11 Things meme by the awesome Krista from Army Wife Style.

So, here are my answers to Krista’s questions:

Where would you live if you could live anywhere?
HA. Well, it would be somewhere that never gets a winter but also no violent storms. Actually, the weather would be a perfect 75-80F every day, blue skies, light breezes. We’d get rain, but only at night. Never any thunderstorms.
It would be near all my favorite people. Like, on the same street.
There would be great public transportation.
Taxes and prices would not be insane.
My home would be a nifty brick townhouse with lots of rooms and definitely more than one bathroom, a dishwasher, and a library.
I’d live walking distance to a library, Moksha yoga studio, a grocery store, a post office, a cupcake bakery, a train station, and a diner.
Civil rights and personal rights would be a GIVEN.
There would be a horse farm nearby.
And lots of trees.

What is your favorite color?
I have two. Pink and purple.

What has been your favorite vacation?
Disney World!! All seven times!

Strangest thing you ever ate?

Have you ever punched someone in the face?

Your strangest habit?
I can’t even describe it really. But it’s weird.

Biggest pet peeve?
Rude people. That includes people who smoke in nonsmoking areas, people who blast music and/or TVs at all hours of the night, people who scream and yell and laugh loudly in the middle of the night, people who interrupt, people who cut me off on the road….

Do you judge people who wear pajamas in public?
Depends on where we are.

It’s 10 o’clock. Do you know where your children are?
He’s at his grandmother’s.

Favorite alcoholic beverage?
Amaretto Sour, followed closely by Moscato.

Favorite toy in childhood?

He’s still my favorite. :)

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2012-03-06 08:14 pm
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11 Things

I’ve seen this meme going around, and I’ve finally been for it by the lovely Courtney of Baxtron Life. So, let’s get this thing going, shall we?

1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random things.
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions.
5. Tag a few people, let them know.

photo of me

1. I am 100% completely DONE with winter. Wait, this isn’t so random, is it? Still. I’m ready for spring.

2. Every time I sing, Crookshanks either climbs on my lap or he stares at me, purring like a maniac. He apparently doesn’t mind that I’m kinda tone deaf.

3. I’m currently “singing” The Wind Beneath My Wings. Yup.

4. I used to hate it when Charla (my BFF from junior high and high school) would start singing Wind Beneath My Wings when we were talking on the phone. She also used to sing a Donna Summer song that drove me nuts. I can still hear her singing I’m going crazy just to let you know… in my ear just like it was yesterday.

Here’s a link to the video (Google + YouTube = YOU CAN FIND ANYTHING!):

5. I totally just posted a link to that video on Charla’s Facebook wall.

6. Now I’m singing this along with the video. It’s a fun song to sing. I get it now, Charla.

7. Here is a picture of Charla with Ricky Luna:

MMC in Cleveland 1993

8. If you’ve been reading my blog for at least a year and don’t know who Ricky Luna is, shame on you. For those of you who don’t know, check out this post to learn more.

9. Speaking of MMC, I can get lost in a YouTube MMC spiral for hours.

10. I wanted to be a Mouseketeer on the 90s MMC in the worst way. There’s no way you’re surprised by this.

11. I am meticulous about tagging all my mp3s in iTunes. I hate when there are blank spaces (like missing album names or artists), I hate when the genre is wrong, I hate when there are 14 different spellings for the same artist. I will go on amazon and download proper album artwork. I’ve spent many happy hours organizing my mp3s.

1. You just won a trip, all expenses paid — you have to choose the destination now, where will you go? Who will you take? Why?
BAHAHAHAHA. OK if you’ve only been reading my blog for two seconds you should know the answer to this! Actually, I have many places but the first thing I’d do is plan an EPIC Disney World vacation with all my favorite people in the world. Two weeks, we’d take over the Polynesian or Port Orleans French Quarter. I’d take Adam, my mom, Aidan, Chris, Matt, Rosa, Richard, Aimzy, Charla & her kiddos, Amy R, (I’d invite Jen but I know she wouldn’t want to come), Seanan, s00j, Ryan (but I’d have him avoid it’s a small world–he got stuck on it for hours when he was a kid so he’s had enough of that for a lifetime), Vixy, Amy V, Deborah (and Jeff if he wanted), Adam’s mom and dad, Cassidy, Lola… am I missing anyone? Consider yourself invited if so.

2. Dark, Milk or White Chocolate?
Well, definitely not white chocolate. It’s a toss up between dark or milk. It’ll depend on how sweet I want it. But dark is winning. Which is funny because when I was little, I thought dark chocolate was pointless and disgusting. Now I love it.

3. Have you ever succeeded in giving up something that was bad for you? What was it?
Not really. :(

4. You have four ingredients: eggs, milk, cheese and bread. What is the most creative thing you can make?
Scrambled eggs with cheese, and toast on the side.

5. Zoo, Aquarium or Circus?
Zoo or aquarium. Better yet, zoos with aquariums included!

6. If there were no other factors to consider except for pure joy’s sake, how many children would you want to have?
MAYBE one more.

7. Do you wear glasses or contacts?

8. Have you ever been in a bad accident?
No. I’ve been in a scary accident (totally Charla’s fault), but not very bad.

9. How many pets have you had / do you have? What kind? What are their names?
I currently have three cats. Crookshanks, Helena, and Fi.

Three Cats
not my best but probably the only time
they’ll all get close enough to be in one shot

10. What is the funniest joke you have heard lately?
*shrug* Can’t remember.

11. I like the dream car question, so if you could have any new car of your choosing what would it be?

audi tt roadster, $47,500

1. What is your favorite word?
2. What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
3. What is your favorite scent?
4. Would you rather have the perfect body and your current face, or the perfect face and your current body?
5. What is your guilty pleasure?
6. If it didn’t cause any bad consequences (weight gain, high cholesterol, etc.) what is the one thing you’d eat tons of?
7. What is one thing you would eliminate from the world if you could?
8. Would you rather sky dive or go mountain climbing?
9. What is one talent you wish you had?
10. What is one song that makes you want to rip out your eardrums?
11. Are you a PC or a Mac?

… and I tag Mandi, Jenn, Adam, Firinel, and Lauren! Anyone else want to join in? Go for it. Comment and let me know so I can go read your answers. :)

(If Charla had a blog, I’d totally tag her, too.)

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1. Where are you from and where do you live now?
I'm from Cleveland, OH. I now live in Chicago, IL.

2. Favorite childhood story/book/film?
As for books, I love anything by Janet Adele Bloss (I wish I could find copies of her books still), and the Ramona and Baby-sitters Club books always made me happy. Basically, my mom would go to Giant Eagle for her 'heavy' grocery shopping and buy me a bunch of those little cheap books. I'd be in heaven! And book club day? Oh My God. (I still get that way when I make a big order at The Book Depository and it arrives!)

As for films? I loved Firestarter and The Parent Trap. Anything that had little girls who were my age in it? I was all over it. Except I never got into Poltergeist.

3. If you could change gender for a day what would you do?
What do you think? LOL.

4. Do you feel you family is complete or would you like more/some children?
I'm pretty sure I'm done. Mostly because of financial/practical reasons rather than not wanting more.

5. What do you do/Where do you work and do you enjoy it?
I'm a freelance proofreader/copy editor and for the most part, I do enjoy it. I wish I had more steady work, but I like working from home most of the time and editing is usually fun for me.

6. Which three words do you think sum you up?
Loyal, silly, dreamer

7. If you were a fairy what magical powers would you possess?
Hmm. I guess the ability to make everyone around me happy.

8. If you were invisible, where would you go and what would you do? Why?
I'd go to Disney World and people watch. OH WAIT I do that anyway.

9. What song can’t you listen to without crying?
Slipped Away by Avril Lavigne.

10. Which book changed your life – or at least made you think a lot?
I hate to admit it because so many people hate them on now, but Flowers in The Attic and Heaven, both by VC Andrews. 

11. Why do you blog?
To express myself, update far away friends, and make new friends.

12. What is your top ‘me-time’ tip?
Lying in bed or on the couch with a blanket, a glass of Kool-Aid, a book, and a kitty cat.

13. What can’t you live without?
Food, water, clothing, shelter, love.

14. Which of all your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
I am most proud of the ones that I am most honest, even though it may have been hard to do so.

15. Have you ever met a famous person? Who and where?
Mmm-hmmm. Mario Lopez. LL Cool J. Meg Cabot. Peter Yarrow. Weird Al. Lots more. Mostly in meet or greet situations.

16. When did you last have a full night's sleep?
Last night!

17. What would you think is harder: Going to work or staying at home with children?
I think staying home would be harder. I'd still rather do that, though.

18. What are you doing for Easter?
I'm almost certain Aidan will be here for it, so he'll get an Easter basket and we might make cupcakes and dye eggs.

19. What is your favorite drink?
100% cherry juice.

20. Do you play any sports?

21. What is your most embarrassing moment?
When I was a teenager, I said to my mother and sister, "Y'all wanna see how high I can kick?" And both my legs went from under me and I landed right on my butt. 

That wasn't my most embarrassing moment, but it's definitely more funny than the real one.

22. How clever are you?
Depends on the day.

23. Name a new favorite TV show?
Downton Abbey.

24. Any guilty pleasures?

25. If you could have chosen your own name, what would it be?
This has changed over the years. I think I'd be Tori, which is one of the names my mom was considering for me.

26. Who do you most admire in life, and why?
I hate this question.

27. What is your most treasured possession?
Pandernoodle. But you all knew that, right?

28. Tell your favorite funny joke…
Did you hear the joke about the sandwich?

Never mind. It was full of baloney.

29. What is your biggest fear in life?
Never getting my writing mojo back.

30. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? What does it remind you of?
Chocolate. It doesn't remind me of anything except deliciousness.
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2012-02-18 11:31 pm
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One Thing

One Thing .....

that makes you smile: Aidan's giggle

that makes you cry: failing

that you love to do on the weekends: sleep in

that you do for only yourself: read

that you have in your underwear drawer that's NOT underwear: a teeshirt

that you do before going to sleep: read, sometimes have a snack

that you do within the first 15 minutes after waking: try to go back to sleep

that's in your purse: wallet

that you actually LIKE to clean: I don't mind doing laundry. Putting it away is what sucks.

that you DETEST cleaning: dishes

that other people would find odd about you: when I'm relaxing, I rub my feet together

that you would buy if I handed you a $100 bill: dunno

that you feel you HAVE to do before you die: travel to Europe
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2012-01-14 12:25 am
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Saturday 9 (6)

Y’all. I’ve had the most fabulous week, and I will blog about that very soon, I promise. But I really liked the questions for this week’s Saturday 9, so I decided to knock this one out right quick.

Here goes!

1. Have you ever still been in a relationship that you knew was ending, but you hung in with it anyway? If yes, why?
Yes. Twice. Once because I thought that’s what I was supposed to do. The other because he was the father of my child.

2. Tell why people around the world should be completely enthralled by you.
UM LOL. I really don’t know. I’m nice, silly, hopefully fun to be around. :)

3. Other than where you live, what’s your favorite city and why?
Hmm. I love Columbus, Ohio. I had gotten tired of it when I lived there, but I do love it. Aidan’s there, it’s a nice, mid-sized city, and I even like their nuttiness over the Ohio State Buckeyes. But there is Orlando, which has Disney World! I want to travel more and experience more cities.

4. What is something you are really passionate about?
Reading, writing, Aidan, my family, and yoga.

5. What has been your most exciting prize that you’ve won?
This is a very good question. I’ve won some cool prizes, that’s for sure. But the most exciting? I remember when I won an MMC prize pack from one of the teen magazines many years ago. All the subscribers who were my penpals were congratulating me on it. I didn’t know it because the issue hadn’t hit the newsstands yet and the magazine didn’t let me know! And once I won a Playstation 2 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory game from the official website. The winning page said “I shake you warmly by the hand.” I’ve won lots of little prizes and giveaways here and there, but I can’t wait ’til I win that cool $100K.

6. Do you think there was there a second gunman behind the grassy knoll?

7. What was the silliest, most fun, crazy, or impractical gift that you received?
Silliest? It would be what I call my “America F*** Yeah!” It’s an eagle with color-changing lights. The best part is that the wing broke off in shipment. I’m also sure it was made in China.

8. What was the most practical gift that you received?
A vacuum cleaner from my mom in 2007.

9. What blogger has been in your blogroll the longest? How did you discover them?
I’m going to go with Helen. I discovered her through a message board. We kinda butted heads in the beginning, but I’m crazy about my Helenboo. :)

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2012-01-09 06:55 pm

Stuff I Like Today


Listening to my “Eleventied™” mix on my iPod.
This is the playlist that consists of all my favorite songs.
Some examples?
a. Anywhere Is by Enya (DUH)
b. Soul Man by Kid N Play
c. Cry Little Sister (Theme from The Lost Boys)
d. Addicted by Kelly Clarkson
e. Helena Beat by Foster the People.
f. We Belong by Pat Benetar
g. I Can’t Dance by Genesis

38 songs. 2.7 hours of listening AWESOME for moi.
Hey, I never said I was cool.

Long, hot baths with a Lush bath bomb.
Especially the Dragon’s Egg bomb.
The bath bomb that keeps on giving.
It’s one of the slow release ones. It smells amazing.
It crackles!
It turns the water the most gorgeous, sparkly orange.
I love it.

Demi Lovato is on the cover of my latest issue of Seventeen!
Don’t ask why I still read Seventeen.
Actually, I’ll tell you why.
I hope to be a YA author one day.
And I feel like Seventeen will give me some insight.
Or at least tell me what to avoid in my writing.

Remembering that a year ago, Adam and I were at Disney World.
We’d eaten so much at Liberty Tree Tavern that we had to go into
The Hall of Presidents because we were too stuffed to move!
We’d eaten ourselves stupid.
I regret nothing.
And we get to do it again next month!

My awesome houseguest is en route to my place RIGHT NOW!
She and her boyfriend are staying with us all week.

Beef and noodles in the Crock-Pot.
It smells DELICIOUS.
Dinner is going to be great.

Just getting word that
Make It Or Break It
returns to ABC Family March 26.
YAY gymnastics!!!

Feeling like myself again.
The fatigue has eased up.
My appetite is coming back.
I’m ready to do yoga again,
and I’m planning to go back tomorrow.

Not only did I have the most amazing brunch at
Bleeding Heart Bakery & Cafe,
but I found out some awesome news about a couple of my friends. :D
I’m so happy for them!


My Disney Imagination candle.
It makes the place smell like

What stuff do you like today?

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2011-12-30 04:52 pm

Happy Birthday, Aidan!

Happy Birthday, Aidan!
Happy Birthday, Aidan!

He’s 9 years old today!

And the BEST 9 year old in the world.
If I do say so myself.

We took him to Toys R Us
and where he picked out
loads of LEGOs.

He asked that we take him to
Burger King for lunch,
so we did that.

Now he’s happily playing
with his new toys, and eating his
birthday treats from
Dunkin’ Donuts.

Birthdays are my favorite.
Buying presents for Aidan is my favorite.
Watching him get so much joy out of his gifts is my favorite.
Even listening to him sing “Happy Birthday” to himself over and over….
That’s my favorite, too.

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2011-12-28 07:35 pm
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Favorite Photo(s) of 2011

Can you narrow your favorite photos in 2011 to just one? If so, then grab the button at the bottom of this post and link up at Finding Joy or Sam’s Noggin to show off your stuff.

Because I am IN this photo, I obviously didn’t take it. However, it was taken with MY camera, and we’re having so much fun that I couldn’t NOT include it. We’re dancing with Phineas and Ferb, the coolest Disney Channel characters out there, and having a blast! Look at Aidan’s face!

Rockin' Out With Phineas and Ferb

Hmm, but the one I took that’s my favorite? That IS a hard one. I have a lot of great photos. ;) But seriously. There were so many cool things that happened this year, and Aidan is so dang photogenic, it really is hard to narrow it down.

So, I’m going to go with this one. The colors are beautiful, Aidan is being the clown that he is, and yeah. I like it.

Aidan and some Pumpkins

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2011-12-02 11:00 pm
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Friday 5

Friday 5: BRRR

What’s your favorite thing about cold weather?
NOTHING. I hate cold weather with the intensity of 1000 suns.

I look happy but trust me, I’m hating every second of it.

Soups and hot beverages seem to be everyone’s favorite cold-weather culinary combatant, but what’s another food that seems to take the bite out of the cold?
Beef and noodles.

When the weather is just starting to turn cold but is not yet in full frigidity, what do you add to your bed until it’s time to break out the heavy artillery? (I said what, not whom!)
I turn the electric blanket up a few notches and I have the space heater on til the room is warmed up.

What household chore seems especially unkind in these colder months?
Anything that involves leaving the warmth of the apartment.

Among people you know, who seems most oblivious to cold weather?
My husband. Also, kids seem to not notice the cold.

Snow in Chicago

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2011-12-01 03:47 am
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Hello December/Holiday Wish Meme

My favorite time of the year is here again. It's officially the holiday season, I've had my first taste of turkey and gravy and there's another holiday involving those foods to come!, the stores/malls are decorated and people have lights on their homes and trees in the windows, I'm listening to Christmas music, Trader Joe's has yummy Christmas treats everywhere, and my birthday (and my mom's and Aidan's arrival) is in 19 days!

For the 2011 holiday season, I have so much to be excited about and thankful for!

- My awesome Aidan. He’s now eight years old, in third grade, and absolutely the best little boy ever. EVER.
- My husband. It’s amazing to have someone so supportive of me, so ready to defend me, and willing to do anything to make me happy. And he puts up with my wackiness, which is no small feat, let me tell ya.
- My families. All of them.
- Two trips to Disney World!!
- My work study opportunity at Moksha Yoga. I get to do work I love in exchange for what I love. It's a win-win!
- My friends.
- Fi living with me again. He's the best cat ever. Plus, he's a black cat, and everyone knows that black cats rule everything. If you didn't know, then you know now. So I'm thankful I was able to pass that knowledge on to you.
- My Plurk crew. They are hilarious and fun. Love them!
- The abundance and blessings that have been and keep being rained down on us.
- Anywhere Is just got 100 followers!! WOW!! :)

It’s now time for the Holiday Wishes Meme. I started doing this in 2006, and I encourage you guys to do it as well.

Step One
- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you’re comfortable with) to your LJ/blog. The post should contain your list of up to 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fun ("I’d love a Doctor Who icon that’s just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
- If you wish for real possible things, make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it’s your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your entry, or link to this post (it’ll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two
- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here’s the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it’s in your heart to do so, make someone’s wish come true. Sometimes someone’s trash is another’s treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don’t want or a gift certificate you won’t use—or even know where you could get someone’s dream purebred Basset Hound for free—do it.
- You needn’t spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn’t to put people out, it’s to provide everyone a chance to be someone else’s holiday elf—to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not—it’s your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you’ll have the joy of knowing you made someone’s holiday special.

With that said, here are my wishes for 2011.

1. A gift card, or for you to make donations to, DonorsChoose focuses on education. Teachers ask for classroom project materials. We donate. The kids learn. Most of these schools are high poverty, and the teachers are already doing all they can. Any amount is welcome.

2. Donations to Paws Chicago, the shelter where we got Helena. It’s a cage-free, no-kill shelter, and they are run completely on donations; they receive no city, state, or federal funding. It’s a great place. A shelter situation is stressful for the animals involved, and every animal I came in contact with there was happy and friendly. They have an extensive screening process to make sure you’re aware of your decision and commitment, and if somehow things don’t work out, the animal always has a home at PAWS.

3. Anything from my Amazon Let's Celebrate 2011! wish list.

4. Gift cards to bookstores. I love bookstores. And books. But you already know that.

5. I also wouldn’t mind gift cards to Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, Target, or Kohl’s.

6. A mailbox FILLED with Christmas cards. Come on, guys. You know you want to indulge me.
Comment with your email address if you’re interested in fulfilling this particular wish and I will email you my address.

7. The Kanani American Girl doll.

The things that I’d like your prayers/happy energy for:

1. My mom to be as healthy as possible and to live a long time.

2. My friends and family to be happy, healthy, and secure.

3. Myself to be happy, healthy, and secure.

4. A mild winter.

Happy Holidays!
It’s December now, the holiday and giving season really is here! YAY!

Now, go download my Christmas Bucket List!!! Also pin it on Pinterest. Share it. Link it to me. It's my gift to you. :)

*** If you do this meme for yourself, be sure to comment with a link to your post, OK?
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2011-11-28 02:02 pm

Anywhere Is

I fail because I forgot to wish anywhere is a Happy Birthday yesterday. I bought my domain on November 27, 2000 and have not regretted it ever since. Finally I had a space of my own. I didn’t have to worry about some free server deleting my stuff willy nilly (like had done a few days prior) or throwing ads all over my pretty pages, and well, having a domain name back then was a big deal. It was the *big time*.

So, fittingly enough, the Sunday Stealing meme consists of the following questions. VERY apropos for this topic, eh? :)

Why did you start blogging?
I liked the idea of sharing my thoughts with people in the Internet world. I also liked that blog content was updated and fresh, and easily done so!

Playing on my Computer
Here I am in November of 2000, right around the time I bought Anywhere Is!

Why did you choose your blog’s name? What does it mean?
Anywhere Is comes from my favorite song by Enya. Watch the video here.

Have you ever had another blog?
Oh yes. Loads! I once had a book review blog, and I have two blogs on hiatus: Booknerds in Love, and Ronni the Writer. I also maintain Ronni Loves Disney, which is NOT on hiatus. You should go follow it if you love Disney as well!

What do you do online when you’re not on your blog?
Read other blogs. Pin stuff on Pinterest. Play games on Facebook.

How about when you’re not on the computer?
Read books. Yoga. Edit. Clean. Sleep.

What do you wish people who read your blog knew about you?
Go to the about me page. It’s all there.

What is your favorite community in the blogosphere?
I don’t have a favorite. There’s too much out there to explore!

What is your philosophy on your blog layout?
For now, free, simple, and adorable!

This was my first Anywhere Is layout.
See some of my other old ones here.

Tell me about your picture you use to represent you on your blog.
It represents me in all my geeky, dorky, wild-haired glory.

Pick three random blogs from your blogroll and tell us about them. Jenn is one of the bloggers who is still around from my era. Her sites totally inspire me, and she has a lot of good information on her site to help me along as I master WordPress beyond playing with widgets and installing pre-made themes. Also, she has pink hair.
Mommy Bags. LOVE this blog so much. The author will tell it like it is. With awesome features such as WTF Friday and Bitch Slap Monday, she tells it like it is. I look forward to reading her every single day because she’s hilarious.
Growing Up Geeky. Both parents are super geeks, so their cute little baby doesn’t have a chance in hell of ever being cool! Such a fun blog to read.

What features do you think your blog should have that it doesn’t currently?
I need to do a more customized layout. Pre-made themes are easy, but once upon a time, I used to code my own layouts. I even made the graphics. I’d love to do that again, so my site could have a bit of a “brand.”

What do you consider the 10 most “telling” interests we would infer from your blog persona?
a. Aidan
b. Disney World
c. taking pictures
d. yoga
e. books
f. meeting new blog friends
g. family
h. nature
i. cats
j. cleaning the apartment

Do you have any unique interests that you have never shared before? What are they?
I think I’ve pretty much covered everything. OH WAIT! No! I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about my interest in miniatures. I *really* want to build a doll house one day.

The best thing about blogging is all of the friends that you make. Besides those folks, do you think your blog has fans?
It might.

What’s your current obsession? What about it captures your imagination?
Hmm. This is a tricky one, because I am not sure what my current obsession is. Maybe finding new blogs to read? I like learning about people’s lives, looking at their pictures, and hopefully making new friends as I do so.

What are you glad you did but haven’t really had a chance to post about?

post coming soon!

How many people have you met face to face who were first blog friends?
At least five.

What don’t you talk about here, either because it’s too personal or because you don’t have the energy?
I don’t talk about writing much. Not like I used to. Only because I feel like a failure in that department right now.

What’s a question that you’d love to answer?
How are you going to spend this $500 million dollars I just gave you?

Have you ever lost a blogging friendship and regretted it?
Yes. :(

Have you ever lost a blogging friendship and thought, “That was overdue!”
I did at the time. Turns out I just needed a little bit of distance. I always miss those who touched my heart in a good way at some point. I think about reaching out to this person from time to time, but I don’t think she’d want to hear from me.

I’ve been busy with Thanksmas and visiting, so I’m behind with responding to comments, follows, etc. I’ll get back on track soon! I also don’t feel so well and need a rest. I will have a nice, photo-filled post up before long! So, til next time….

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2011-11-23 05:36 pm

The ABCs of Thanks

Finding Joy | The ABC's of Thanks
…a simple act of gratitude.

Write a list using the alphabet and then list one item that you are grateful for that starts with the given letter. Don’t forget to link up at Finding Joy when you’re done.

Here’s mine.

AAidan and Adam. Need I say more?

High Five!

BBooks. Because reading is AWESOME. Beaches, because they smell like sand and sun and sunscreen. Babies, because they are a nice way to start people. Bananas. They’re funny.

cCats, even when they are bratty, or stinky, or naughty. Cupcakes from Molly’s Cupcakes. Chocolate chip cookies. Mmmmm. Christmas. My favorite holiday.

DDisney World! And for being blessed enough to visit six times so far!

It's Us!

EEmail. It’s my choice way of keeping in touch with people!

FFamily. ‘Cause I love them. Friends, too.
In the Animal Kingdom


Three Generations

GGreen, for the color of grass and leaves in the summertime.


HHugs. They never fail to make me feel yummy inside.

IInternet. I’ve made so many friends and learned so much thanks to the Internet being around. It’s integral in my life. Also, I am grateful for incense. It makes the place smell so good and it makes me *feel* good.

JJuice. Especially 100% cherry juice. Delicious.

KKirtan. Beautiful call and response chanting. It’s non-denominational, and the music of my soul.

LLibraries. A free way to feed my reading addiction.

MMoney. It helps me get the things I need and sometimes even extra things I just want. Also, Moksha Yoga. The community there is the best. I’m honored to be a part of it.

NNice people. They make the world so much better.

OOpportunity. To work from home, to make friends from all over the world, to live in a cool city (even when it does get on my nerves/cost too much), to do yoga, to meet my favorite authors, to meet celebrities, to eat good food, to have a warm home, to wear skinny jeans, to improve my life every day, to be creative. To love. To live.

PPandernoodle. My favorite teddy bear ever.

Q – My favorite letter to sneak and push on people’s keyboards while they are frantically typing. Qs just make everything quirky. :)

RRonica. My name.

SSushi. It’s delicious and good for me. Sun, because it’s beautiful and warm. Skinny jeans, which I vowed I’d never wear. Until I started wearing them and loving them with boots.

TTrees. I am a real life tree hugger. I don’t hug trees in the city because dogs pee and poop on them. But let me loose in an arboretum? Good times.

UUnconditional love. There is a lot of it in my life.

VVacations. Especially to Disney World.

WWater. I love water. I love to drink it, I love to shower in it. I can’t swim in it, though, and I don’t like it when it’s falling the sky in the form of any sort of rain. But I do like water because it’s what keeps me alive. And it tastes so good! No calories or fat! Perfect.

XXP points in those stupid games I play on Facebook. I should quit all of them. Maybe I will one day.

YYoga. It has changed my life. For real.

Wheel/Upward Facing Bow Pose: Urdhva Dhanurasana

ZZoos that have giraffes.



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2011-11-21 04:00 pm

Miscellany Monday (2)

Miscellany Monday @<br />lowercase letters

Aidan & Me… a photo trip down memory lane.

Me with a Brand New Aidan!

Amazing!  :)

Mommy & Aidan

Hanging out in the Backyard

Aidan HATED Pools!

Taxi Jam!

Riding the Carousel

It's Stitch!


Aidan & Me

Mommy and Son

Fun at Millennium Park!

Mommy & Aidan

Like Mommy Like Son

Aidan & Me: Happy!

Aidan & Mommy

On the Magical Express

Aidan's Here!

Aidan and Me at Duckon 2010

Aidan and Me


A Big Chair!

He is my heart.

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