Drop me in the middle

Grief.

My uncle is being moved to the hospital. I’m glad about this. No one should just lay around in pain. Sometimes hospice care is not enough. I hope he isn’t in pain even though I know he is sad. 😦

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I don’t have much to say. So I will just post some pictures. I’m still obsessed with Project Life. I get obsessed about things and it’s scary. I rarely post on facebook anymore but I posted something about Project Life and my dad responded! It made me realize how hard it is to explain to someone WHY I love PL. If I had kids I would say the standard “It’s for my kids when they get older” but lol, I have no kids. It is so hard to explain why just doing something with PL, makes my day better. It is like I have to do it.  Anyway, since I’m not posting my personal pictures and I haven’t printed that many pictures, I don’t have a lot to post in this blog. I do have 2 layouts which sort of counts as 1 layout in project life land.

Here they are:

random pics

This layout includes:

  • 2 pics from the National Zoo (in DC) 2005
  • random pics that have nothing to do with me but I love them
  • a journaling card.
  • Mariah Carey’s first cassette insert (cut off in the photo – oops). I was so thrilled when I found this. My first thought: OMG, this will go perfect in a 3×5 slot in my album. OBSESSED. The weird thing is that I was not a fan of Mariah when that album came out. Long story. Now I like that album.

  • a pic of my aquatic frogs when I first brought them.
  • my booze in preparation for my 2012 beach vacation. Now I don’t even drink but it was fun mixing drinks during that vacation.
  • taco salad I made. I love taco salad.
  • chicken parm casserole I made. I miss cooking. NO, not really. :/ I do want to cook this again. I felt so guilty eating it because there is so much cheese. But it was soooooo good. I have to fix this next week. I haven’t cooked it in months.
  • journaling cards – I just brought 12 x 12 scrap paper (on sale for .20) and I didn’t know what to do with it so I thought why not decorate my album with it?

Project Life is the best way to create simply, easy yet beautiful scrapbooks

In other picture news, I have a new hobby…like I need one. I LOVE designing necklaces. It was so fun running around the store and picking out beads that go together instead of just random stuff like I used to do. No, I did not want to spend money on beads but my jewelry teacher is making me. 😉 I want to say, “I have to work. I don’t have time to make jewelry outside of class. Plus I’m going to Mexico in less than 3 weeks. I am supposed to be saving money!”. But she really expects us to make stuff outside of class even though 4 out of 5 of us work.

1st step of necklace process

I like how this necklace turned out but I made it too short. It is a choker on me. I will post pics of the final necklace later.

Today was a rough day at work. Sigh. No passport yet. I have decided to only take carry on luggage with me. If this wasn’t my first plane ride and if I wasn’t going out of the country, I probably would do the checked luggage thing but I have enough to worry about. Like what happens when I get to the Mexico City airport and everything is in Spanish? What if I don’t know where to go and I miss my flight to Oaxaca??? I can read Spanish quite well but when people speak it…LOL. My comprehension is not that good. I’m stressed about that. I don’t need luggage stress to add to that.

short term goals 2010

Goals

  • Getting my certificate (by 12/2011)
  • Getting certified (by 12/2012?)
  • Learn how to cook
  • Become fluent in Spanish
  • Come up with an efficient system for my clothes/laundry
  • I’ve already been put down for one of these goals. “Are you really going to use that? Why not just use a cookbook?” LOL. I believe in not sharing goals. It has never worked for me in the past. I only shared the cooking thing because I was concerned about a social issue (info below). Some people are closed minded and and only support what they would do with their life. I think that’s bizarre since we all want different things but okay. I haven’t even posted about serious goals online in years. In the past, I’ve only posted long term things.

    Besides the school goals (or career goals – I guess), the other things I’m working on now because in January I start school and will have no time for unnecessary things. Skipping the first two obvious goals, here is a mini breakdown of the others:

    Learn how to cook: I’m taking a 3 hour cooking class for “fun” in October. It is a class for people allergic to gluten, wheat etc. As far as I know I’m not allergic to those ingredients but it has the most interesting menu to me. Besides I’m booked (time and money) in September. I’ll just say, “I don’t know how to cook at all and this menu interested me the most”. Because I know they are going to makes us do intros. (UGH!) People don’t understand that a cook book is like a foreign language to non-cookers.

    I think one class will be enough for me to get the basics down. Then I will be able to follow regular recipes without going “What?!” This class consists of 3-4 quick meals from scratch. Quick for me means microwave. Heh. I wish I thought doing this would save me money but I’m doing the healthy* thing also. I’ve already checked prices and I know healthy cooking isn’t cheaper than what I’m doing now. Until this weekend, I thought um “making” your own food was healthier but I just read a Korean recipe that had 800mgs of sodium!! In ONE serving. I’m so disappointed. I know packaged food with less sodium than that. 😦

    *As far as healthy goes, I’m focusing mainly on low sodium and high fructose corn syrup. That is how I shopped this weekend. I read the labels on everything before I put it into my basket. Major bummer that the breakfast bars I eat on weekdays, have HFC in them. I wasn’t planning on have none in my diet…those aren’t the cheapest bars, I’ll find an alternative in the future.

    Become fluent in Spanish – I can read spanish on a 3rd grade level but I can’t speak it or write it on much of any level. Is that strange? lol. Probably not. I’m going full speed ahead on this right now. I need to use it more in my daily life so I won’t forget it. I’ve been saying Si instead of Yes for so many years that it doesn’t even occur to me that it is a spanish word. Luckily I don’t think people catch it too often since it is pronounced “see”…but I have gotten looks. 🙂 I’m going to start writing a lot of my paper journal entries in spanish. I’ve been listening to spanish music for years. I’m just sick of knowing a bunch of words but not being able to speak fluently.

    And it may be helpful with any travel plans or jobs. Who knows?

    Come up with an efficient system for my clothes/laundry I live in a 600 sq foot house with no real closets. Need I say more? I’ve never had a problem with organizing until I moved here. Living with a cat doesn’t help the situation at all. Good luck to me trying to sell this place. EVER. Anyhow, this has to be solved by January.

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    So there it is. It easier to come up with this list because all I had to do was ask myself: What do I want to do before I’m back in school this winter? This past summer school session really made me focus. I am going to remind myself daily not to spend much valuable spend time OR money on things not aligned with these goals. I have a hard time working on long terms goals because there are so many things I want to do. These things I WILL do.