Jul 25

30 Week Challenge: Week 17 – A Photo of Your Family

This week’s challenge is to post a current photo of your family. The most current photo I have was taken at my father’s retirement party, which was held in February of this year. 

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From L to R: me, mom, dad, brother, and soon to be sister-in-law

This September is my brother’s wedding, so I’m hoping we get to take a really nice portrait of us all.

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Jul 18

30 Week Challenge: Week 16 – Favorite Food

My yummy candy stash.

My yummy candy stash.

When it comes to the topic of food, I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with it. Growing up I was a fairly picky eater because of taste and texture. As an adult, my limited diet has more to do with digestive disorders rather than just not wanting to eat certain things. See, I have Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), both conditions of the digestive system. And these conditions make eating not fun. I could eat something one day and be fine. The next day, I could be doubled over in pain. Thankfully, my doctors and I seem to have gotten the Crohn’s in check a bit, but the IBS is still running amuck. I eat what I can, when I can and hope for the best. But that’s not really the point of this week’s challenge, is it? Let’s get on to my favorite food. Despite the issues, there are a number of foods that I do love and that don’t seem to trigger an episode. 

Here is a list of my favorite foods:

  • Pizza – I love a good slice of extra cheese pizza. No other toppings needed.
Mario the Baker's Extra Cheese Pizza for the win!

Mario the Baker’s Extra Cheese Pizza for the win!

  • Filet Mignon – cooked medium and served with corn on the cob and a baked potato with lots butter
  • Candy – Fruit flavored candy is one of the few things I can snack on that doesn’t kill my system. Candies like lollipops, Nerds, fruit Mentos, and Jolly Ranchers. But I’m picky about my flavors, I love cherry, strawberry, grape… but despise watermelon and green apple. A plus side to all the candy, is it helps a lot with the constant nauseousness I feel. And it’s a quick pick me up, since I don’t drink anything with caffeine.
  • Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla – As long as it’s simple, just chicken and cheese, I’m a happy camper. I love simple tacos and nachos too. Since I tend to leave off the peppers, salsa, onions, and other things that might be too spicy, I never have an issue.

There you have it, some of the foods I love to eat… and ones that love me back!

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Jul 11

30 Week Challenge: Week 15 – Celebrity Crush

It’s Friday, you know what that means! Time for another 30 week challenge! This week’s topic is a fun one, your celebrity crush! It’s also a very easy one for me, because the answer is Tom Hiddleston. 

If you aren’t familiar with Tim Hiddleston, he is a British actor best known for his role as Loki in Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and The Avengers. But he is so much more than Loki.  He’s a brilliant Shakespearian actor, wonderful with his fans, and he can bust a move! Here are some of the reason’s why he is awesome:

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Besides Hiddleston, I also have a small thing for David Tennant, known for his work as the 10th Doctor on Doctor Who, and Matt Smith, best know for playing the 11th Doctor.  And if you noticed a pattern, your right, I adore actors from the United Kingdom. Something about their accents, their looks, their talent that really catches my eye. As for Americans, only one person comes to mind and that’s Ian Somerhalder from Lost and The Vampire Diaries. His eyes alone could make a woman swoon. And bonus, he’s a cat person!

If you can’t tell, I like my men tall with dark hair and an accent. Who is your celebrity crush?

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Jun 06

30 Week Challenge: Week 10 – A Photo of You Taken Over Ten Years Ago

It’s Friday, time for another challenge! This week’s topic is a photo of you 10 years ago. The photo I chose was taken on October 31st, 2004. It was during a mother and daughter trip to Walt Disney World. The photo also represents the calm before a very bad turn my life took.

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In September of 2004, I took a new position with the company I was working. This new job required me to relocate to Maryland for training and head to North Carolina as my final stop. The move and start of my training was good, things were looking very promising. Come October, things started to sour. This Disney trip was a much need break from a situation that kept getting worse and worse. Mom and I had a blast, got to experience a lot of fun things, and just enjoyed hanging out together.

When I returned to Maryland, I was not welcomed back with open arms. Instead, I was greeted by a kidney stone or ruptured cyst, which I was told I had to work instead of letting myself heal. I also learned I would not be allowed to go home for Thanksgiving weekend. Having to work that weekend meant I could not spend Thanksgiving with my family like I wanted to. I did manage to see them, but it required driving 8 hours in one day to do so. From that point on, I knew this job was not anything it was promised to be and I had a feeling my days were numbered.

Come December, I found myself laid-off, carless (it was a company car), the owner of a new kitten, and stuck in a state 4 hours away from my family. Thankfully, my mom was between jobs, so she stayed with me for a few days. From there we headed back to Connecticut, kitten in tow, to spend Christmas. Come the New Year, I was back in Maryland with my mother’s car and found myself trying to find a job. Having no luck on the job front, once my apartment lease was up, I headed home in April 2005.And it would be a very long time until I climb myself out of a the hole.

But, I always have this photo, and the rest of the trip’s photos, to remind me of some very fun times before life took a turn downward.

May 02

30 Week Challenge: Week 5 – Favorite Quotes

This week’s challenge is a good one, it’s all about favorite quotes. There is only one quote that I need in my life:

The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant.

-The Doctor

This quote comes from the “Vincent and the Doctor’ episode of the TV show Doctor Who. In the episode, the Doctor works with Vincent Van Gogh to defeat an alien who is terrorizing Van Gogh’s town. The Doctor says these lines to Amy Pond after their visit with Van Gogh when she realizes their visit with him hasn’t made much of a change in his life.

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© BBC America

Like myself, Van Gogh was thought to be bipolar, causing him to try and take his own life at the age of 37. Amy thought having spent time with Vincent would have caused him to change his outlook on life and not end it as history states, but she was wrong. The Doctor says these words to comfort her. 

To me, this quote is a sign of hope. The world is full of ups and downs, and if you let the downs pile up you can’t see the good. Always keep your eye on the good and forget the bad. Also, use your time on Earth to add things to other people’s good piles. While Amy and the Doctor didn’t manage to fully tip Van Gogh’s scale, something you do to another could tip theirs. Be the good you want to see and you never know what life you could save.

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