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You feelin Lucky?

 Happy St. Patty’s Day, you guys! 🙂

I’ve had that saying – “luck of the Irish” stuck in my head all day.  Perhaps because I might hear back from the school I interviewed with last week and I’m hoping maybe I’ll have some of that Irish luck on my side today!  Hey, I’ll take whatever help I can get. 😉

Anyway, this saying got me thinking about what ways I’ve been lucky lately.

Regardless of what happens with the grad program I am waiting to hear back from, I feel lucky to finally have found a career path that I want to pursue and feel passionate about.  Being at the interview days last week really got me so excited and calmed some of my nerves about whether I was making the right decision.  I felt sparks – like yes, this is the right career for me, how could I have not realized this sooner!  I’ve NEVER felt that before.  That was always my problem, I was always waiting to find that one career that really, truly called to me.  So I feel very lucky to have realized this path I’d like to go down.

For many years, I thought I was cursed with bad luck in love (this is truly not an exaggeration – 100% thought I was CURSED!).  Well, right now I feel pretty lucky in love and I can only hope it stays that way.  Maybe it’s the Irish in both of us combined to bring us some good luck – who knows!

I’m lucky in friendships.  As I get older, I realize that not everyone gets to see there friends as often as I do.  Maybe thats partly because we haven’t totally entered the marriage and baby phase.  Or maybe because not many of us have moved away yet.  But right now, I feel lucky to have a bunch of close friends that are an amazing support system (and also ones awesome enough to partake in weekly LOST parties every Tuesday night!)

I’m lucky in family and health and happiness.

I guess too often we focus on the unlucky things.  Today, I encourage you to reflect on your good luck.  It might just make you feel warm and fuzzy. 🙂

Wishing you lots o’ love & luck today!

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A Love List

After not writing for awhile, it’s always hard to come back. I haven’t written for so long that I don’t even know where to begin. So I decided I’ll just ease my way into things with a little love list because really? Who doesn’t like love lists? They make me happy.

Evan Lysacek – Omg, people I just love him!  I love his skating style, he’s freaking adorable and on Monday night my life got a little bit sweeter when I found out he’s going to be on Dancing with the Stars – my bet is he will be great!

My FAVORITE lotion OF ALL TIME is back!! I am not even exagerating when I say that this was the best news I got all last week lol. Bath & Body Works discontinued this magical stuff awhile ago and I tried to find some online but people who had a supply jacked the price up from $12 to $40 (b/c they KNEW how amazing it was and how stupid B&BW was to get rid of it!) You better believe I’ll be stocking up on these bad boys so that I have a nice supply before they discontinue it again!

The Office – The baby episode is on tomorrow night.  I’m so excited – there’s a 99.8% chance I will cry, lol. I’ve become quite emotional at things such as weddings and babies these days.  Kendra’s Baby Ep – bawled like a baby.

Speaking of The Office, this is My Lovey’s “Jim Face” hehe. Everytime I look at this pic, I fall a little more in love with him. It’s like we’re constantly in a contest of who can act goofier… and I wouldn’t have it any other way. One more shmoopy thought, I love that Uncle Kracker song, “Smile” and it ALWAYS makes me think of My Lovey and so that fact that they are using it on The Office commercials makes me soooo happy. The Office is our show. AND I said I wanted to find my Jim and I did! 🙂

Okay, I’m sorry… the shmoop is over I promise. Something else I’m loving? Four grad applications are totally complete! I’ve already been rejected to one school but it was my reach school so I got over it pretty quickly. Next week on Thurs and Friday are interview days at another school so keep your fingers crossed for me!

Lastly, I turn 25 on Monday! I dunno if I LOVE this per se but I do LOVE my weekend plans. I’m celebrating my birthday with my friends on Saturday night, then Sunday I am going to Atlantic City with Lovey to celebrate my bday & our 6 month anni and then we have Monday off together (which is my actual bday). Oh and also, College Roomie is coming to visit Fri-Sunday so I’m really pumped about that as well!

What are YOU loving these days? And p.s. I missed you!

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Some 2 0 1 0 Resolutions.

Two thousand and ten (well, at least that’s how I say it) It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? 🙂  A brand spankin new year, filled with promise.  I don’t know exactly what this year has in store for me but all I can do is hope for good things, no, actually I hope for really awesome things.  As I said in my last post, I feel like 2009 was a really great year for me, filled with personal growth and I think the goals/resolutions I have for myself this year will help keep the momentum going.  Oh, the possibilities, I am excited.

Find outlets for my creativity – Ever since my girl scout days, I have always loved crafting and using my creativity so this is a big goal for me this year.  I feel like I have all this creative energy pent up and not enough outlets to let it out.  First, I’d really  like to learn to crochet/knit.  There is a store right near my boyfriend’s house that offers classes so I’m going to look into those (so excited!).  I also want to continue to learn more about jewelry making, which I started this year.  And finally, I’ve been really wanting a DSLR camera for awhile now and I’m thinking of putting my Christmas money towards one.  I loved the photography class I took my senior year of college and I feel like I would use my camera SO MUCH MORE if it was digital.  If anyone has any suggestions for a good starter DSLR, feel free to let me know. 🙂  I’m really excited at all the possibilities to create and maybe next year I will be ready to open my own Etsy shop!

Get in shape/lose weight – This was a resolution last year and pretty much the only one that I 100% failed.  I’m still not off to a good start this year either.  What’s it going to take?  I need to get a grip because the last two and a half years have been a steady increase in weight and a steady decrease in the amount of excercise I get.  I sit all day long at my job; I need to get up and get active.  The hardest part is starting – I just need to find my motivation – where, oh where, are you hiding mister motivation!?  I put “get in shape” before “lose weight” because that truly comes first this year.  It’s not all about how I look anymore (although I’m not so happy about that either).  It’s just I feel very out of shape and I don’t like it.  Once it gets a little nicer out I’d really like to start running (Couch to 5K program).  I have always struggled with running so it will be a real challenge for me but I think that will actually help.  I like to be working TOWARDS something so having a strict plan might just be exactly what I need.  So, running at least one 5k is a big resolution for me this year and I really hope I follow through.

Finish applying to grad school – Ok, plain and simple – the process is annoying.  Seriously, every school wants something different from you.  I feel like I’m on a scavenger hunt to just decode exactly what the program requirements are.  Sometimes, I just want to say ughhhh, fuck it.  But I just need to buckle down and finish the rest of these applications.  The most annoying part is getting the recommendations.  I hate having to ask the recommenders over and over to submit their letters BUT I just need to do what needs to be done and stop putting things off.  One school down, five to go!

Be happy & appreciative for everything I have – I really would like to start a gratitude journal and list a few things every day or every few days that I’m thankful for.  I feel like it would really help put things in a positive perspective for me.  I already make an active attempt to be grateful for everything in my life but I think writing it all down would just take it to a new level. 🙂

What are your resolutions?

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Randomness, I has it.

* I was out to dinner with one of my single girlfriends tonight and we were discussing her dating situation.  She, like me before I met the Boyfriend, has had a string of bad luck with guys.  As we were talking, I remembered a quote I often reminded myself of when I was feeling lonely and like no one would ever be able to love me (what can I say, I have a flare for the dramatic)

Six billion people in the world, six billion souls. And sometimes… all you need is one.

*  I would stop and think, all it takes is one person to change everything.  One person to understand me and love me exactly how I am.  Insecurities and all.  Someone who will love me despite my flaws.  Not everyone is going to love you, it’s just about finding that one special someone.  I believe that.

*  Today was kind of rough.  I NEVER expected to be so stressed out about applying to grad school.  The majority of the stress is coming from not knowing how I will pay for this.  My student loans already make me want jump out the window, I don’t think I can afford any additional payments.  The only solution – pray hard that I get an assistantship that will cover full tuition.  CROSS YOUR FINGERS EVERYONE!!!!!!

*  While we are on the subject, after lots of thinking and soul searching, I have decided to get my masters in higher education/student affairs with the goal of being a career counselor at a college or university.   I figure if anyone knows how confusing choosing a career/major can be, it’s me.  So I would love to help students figure out what they would really love to do.

*   I was terrified to tell my Mom about my plan though.  I never talked about what went down last year when I was thinking of going to school for school counseling.  My Mom did NOT react well.  Even told me she thought I would be bad at it.  Gee, thank you.  But she responded much better this year, probably because it was obvious I had thought this through very carefully.

*  I had a thought as I was walking to my car after work today.  It was freezing outside and the coldness was biting the exposed part of my feet and chest.  I tried to cover myself better and started wondering if it was ALWAYS so damn cold in October.  I thought back to when I was a little kid and Halloween would come around and I always wanted to just wear my costume with no long sleeve shirt underneath.  (I felt that it ruined the authenticity of the costume lol)  But you know my Mom would FORCE me to because it was usually cold.  I thought about how I’d be so busy running around, having fun collecting candy that I didn’t even NOTICE the cold.  I sort of long for that sort of care free feeling.

*  Approximately 2.5 seconds ago, I removed The Ex from my friends list on Facebook.  I needed to stop stalking him and his new g/f (who is 35 with 3 kids, who he apparently LOVES after a hot second)  I’m not sure how I feel about this.

*  And finally, now that Twitter is unblocked at work (yayyyy) I have a feeling I will be tweeting again so follow me if you would like!! 🙂

http://twitter.com/littlemissxo

 

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Things That Are Making Me Smile Today…

Hearing my favorite song on the radio on the way to work (Taylor Swift – “You Belong With Me” in case you were wondering 🙂 )

Singing at the top of my lungs and dancing in my car to the above song all before 9am.

Arriving at my desk to find out that my manager is out today which means peace and relaxation.

It also means an extended lunch hour to get my nails done and free up my time after work. :0)

Knowing that in 6 hours I will officially be on vacation for the next 9 days!

The fact that I will be roadtripping it down to Myrtle Beach tommorrow and spending the week with the loves of my life! 

The idea of coming back with a great tan and plenty of blog material.

What has YOU smiling today?

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LOST, LOST, LOST… Oh and an Update on WorkSpouse

I think it’s a bullet post kind of day… partially because I’m posting from work and partially because my head is filled with so many thoughts of LOST I can barely function. 🙂

  • Right now, I can hardly contain my excitement for the LOST finale tonight.  I really think it’s going to be amazing.  From what I’ve been hearing from interviews with the producers and castmates, there are two big shockers at the end and one will leave us wondering how the show will even go on! 
  • Also, any guesses for who the major death is going to be?  It’s supposedly going to be as sad as when Charlie died.  I don’t know if I’m prepared for this.  Last week, I kept having a nagging feeling that it would be Sawyer but I really don’t think they would do that with the whole love triangle going on.  Perhaps, Jin or Sun?  That would be so sad.  I guess we’ll see.  Make sure you have the Kleenex handy!
  • I have a mini work event in the middle of the day today which is also bringing me happiness.  I get a 90 min break plus free food.  Saweet.
  • The day after I wrote the post about WorkSpouse I decided to ask him what was going on with the crazy girl he is seeing.  WELL, they are basically in a relationship… apparently, he made her break up with her boyfriend a couple states away.  I don’t know if I was just emotional from rehashing the whole thing on here or if it’s because my Girl Time is coming but I lost it.  I was mad and upset and I basically told him that we are not friends anymore.  My exact words were: “I just can’t look at you the same anymore.  You treated me like every other jerk I talk to and thats not okay.  I want to still be good friends but we aren’t… and I blame you for that.”  I felt lied to and mistreated and I don’t want to be friends.  Maybe that is immature but I was a really great friend to him and I feel like he does not deserve my friendship anymore. 
  • To end this on a happier note, because I really am in a great mood despite the stupid boy drama, this weekend my seester graduates college!  I’ll be out of town for a few days and probably won’t be posting.  I get to see some of my family I don’t see often and I’m super excited.  I’m so proud of my sis and can’t wait until she uses her new degree in dental hygiene to benefit me with some free teeth whitening. 🙂

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Christmas Lovin’

Merry Christmas Eve loves!

First, super quick update on the boys, The Ex was at the party on Saturday and around 4am it turned to disaster –  DISASTER, anger, tears, totally not rehashing the story right now but it’s led me to a lot of thinking and he is officially cut – cut from MY life as much as possible.  I don’t want to be friends, it doesn’t work right now and I am absolutely done with the games.  I’ve said this before but I can’t do it anymore.  It’s a new year and time for a clean slate. 

There are more updates on boys but I’m saving that for another day.  Anyways, onto the Christmas stuff!

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My Top 5 Favorite Christmas Movies:

  1. Holiday Inn *all time fave
  2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  3. Elf
  4. Love Actually
  5. Christmas Story / Muppet’s Christmas Carol

My Top 10 Favorite Holiday Songs:

  1. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  2. Chipmunk Christmas Song
  3. Santa Claus is Comin to Town – Bruce Springsteen
  4. Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
  5. Last Christmas – Wham
  6. Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  7. Do They Know It’s Christmas Time
  8. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – NSYNC
  9. My Only Wish This Year – Britney Spears
  10. All I Want for Christmas – Mariah Carey

My Top 5 Favorite Christmas Traditions

  1. Watching Holiday Inn every single year with my whole family
  2. Making a Gingerbread house
  3. Wearing Christmas PJ’s on Christmas Eve
  4. Grab Bag Game on Christmas Day where you can steal each others presents – my Gma is always so funny during it.
  5. Opening presents on Christmas morning with Christmas music blasting, sitting on the floor with my sister just like when we were kids. 🙂

Couple more random Christmas Tidbits:

  • I LOVE wrapping Christmas presents… LOVE.  But I am a perfectionist and it takes me forever! 🙂
  • I hate the Christmas Shoes song, so much!  It’s probably one of the only Christmas songs I don’t like.
  • Last year I asked for a Nintendo DS and this year I asked for a Wii… how old am I again?

Merry Christmas!  Feliz Navidad! Happy New Year!  Love you guys and hope your holidays are fabulous!

xOxO

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