So far I have visited lots of states, but I still have several left to go. Here is the list. One of the girls that I worked with at Beading Dreams was from Alaska and that is definitely towards the top of my list.
Recently, I have started thinking about the future and decided to start working on my bucket list. Thanks to my father I've already accomplished some of them. Here is my list with a few crossed off that I've already accomplished.
Witness the birth of a kitten
Witness the birth of a baby(hopefully my own)
Ride in a hot air balloon
Walk a marathon
Learn to Box
Take ballroom dance lessons
Ride in a Submarine
Drive Across the US(from the east coast all the way to the west coast in 1 trip)
Drive Across Europe
Go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras
Visit Las Vegas, NV
Visit the Holy Land
Go Bead Shopping in Turkey
Stay in Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World
Discover What Makes me truly happy
Become a UCC Minister
Build a Habitat for Humanity House
Hire a Gardener
Have a piece of my artwork(a photograph, mixed media collage, digital collage, scrapbook page or some jewelry) published
Charter a Yacht
Find the love of my life
Have a child (preferably at least 2)
Have a real studio for my creativity
Be a dolphin trainer like at Sea World and be the person that rides on the dolphin
Spend a day on a working farm
Milk a cow
Ride a horse
Have my own outdoor koi pond
Own a summer home on Cape Cod
Own a winter home on Sanibel Island
Have a kitchen with gas stove and electric double oven
So far this summer has been a very interesting and disappointing one. The tractor broke and there has been so much rain that I have had very little work. However, I have learned some important lessons after a few trials and tribulations on Hog Island.
HOG ISLAND LESSON #1: In a pinch go without deodorant before using Old Spice after shaving! One day after showering, I found myself without deodorant, so I scoured the cabinets and all I could find was an old stick of Old Spice one of my ex-boyfriends left kicking around. I applied it to my armpit only to find myself looking like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone only instead of holding my cheeks I was holding the one armpit to which I had applied the deodorant. I learned a lesson that day… don't EVER apply Old Spice to a freshly shaven armpit.
HOG ISLAND LESSON #2: Never hop off the boat to tie up the lines when you are alone and the boat is still in gear! About a week or so ago it was a very windy day and I was in the boat. I was trying to park the boat at the dock, but was going against the wind. I was struggling a bit to get the boat close enough, because my usual technique of putting the boat in neutral and slowly coming in wasn't working. So I was giving it a little bit of gas at a time. As I go close to the dock, I thought I had popped it back into neutral, but oops… I didn't. So the stern of the boat kept going away from the dock while the bow was tied up. Lesson learned.
I came home from school for lunch after my Educating Young Children class. I made some Chicken flavor Cup o Noodles. I realized that if I increase the cooking time the noodles come out much softer and the soup is yummier. I decided I was going to try my self cleaning oven for the first time. I didn't realize it takes 3½ hours to self clean, so now I am stuck at home until it finishes. Hopefully the oven will come out nice and clean.
In the mean time, I have taken to cleaning the front of the oven, the oven top, and the front of the cabinets. I am using a product I purchased at Big Lots. It's Windex Multi-Task. I find that it cleans relatively well, but it makes my skin itch. I've used other cleaners in the past which don't make my skin itch as much as this. I have always felt good about SC Johnson products, but I am a bit disappointed in this one. Not only does it make my skin itch, but also it seems to streak. As we know Windex is supposed to give you, "A Streak Free Shine". On the Windex web site, I find that this product is no longer listed, so maybe SC Johnson had some complaints or maybe it wasn't a big seller. I guess that's what I get for trying to save a buck. Whenever I go to Big Lots I am searching for Brand Name products and especially SC Johnson products. I have purchased regular Windex there several times without any problems.
While I sit here in this loud face paced café located at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, RI, I feel at home. Although my driver’s license was issued in Massachusetts and for about 300 nights a year I lay my head on a pillow in Dallas, I find myself feeling most at home in this small café and bar. I am over 1500 miles from Dallas and almost 40 miles from the home I grew up in Norwood, Massachusetts, but this place feels comfortable and soothing. Perhaps it’s the sailboat models in the windows or the blue paint on the walls reminding me of my most “at home” place, the beach. Maybe it’s the sounds of the people. I hear “wicked” being used as an adverb and a waitress who doesn’t say her r’s, “What would you like to ohdah?” The feeling could be based on the familiarity since its probably the 100th time I’ve sat in this café as I took my first plane ride at 18 months.
I remember the time I sat at the next table over with my sister who has tears in her eyes as we discussed how much we missed this place, “our home”. We talk about the internal battle both of us as facing. Our hearts ache, because we are plane rides away from our friends, family, people we love, and each other. Yet, if we think logically and not emotionally we know that we are making the right decision to be so far away. Her career is taking off in Savannah and Savannah’s market is a good place for her to gain valuable reporter experience. As a poor college student, the cost of living in Dallas pales in comparison to the cost of living in Massachusetts or Rhode Island and I am forced to stay in Dallas until I have finished my Bachelor’s degree.
Another time I was here dining with my father. He insisted on sitting at the bar stools by the window, a much less intimate setting than the one my sister and I were at.We ordered two lobster rolls since Maine lobster in Texas is non-existent. Of course the man who is always in a hurry, order an extra to go.
Thinking about the memories and atmosphere which makes this place special, my heart longs to be home. I yearn to stay here. Will I ever feel at home in Dallas?
I was browsing other blogs here on Typepad and I came across, Cyn City. She tackles many different subjects from luxury bathroom accessories to custom tours of New York City. While browsing, I came across a posting from 2006 about the Michael J. Fox and Rush Limbaugh controversy. This was the second time today that this came up. Earlier when I was watching OnDemand at my Dad's, I watched the Biography of Michael J. Fox. I have been a huge fan of Michael J. Fox since the days of Family Ties, I have always had a soft spot for him. His cute looks and short stature always attracted me to him. I mean how often to I at 4'10" find a guy I can kiss without standing on my tiptoes? :)
Here is one response to Rush Limbaugh's comments:
Michael J. Fox: I Wasn't Acting In Ad
FRIDAY OCTOBER 27, 2006 09:45AM EST
By Stephen M. Silverman
Michael J. FoxPhoto by: Stephen Lovekin / WireImage
Michael J. Fox says he wasn't "off his medication or acting" in an ad for a Democratic political candidate, as Rush Limbaugh has charged, but was in fact overmedicated.
In a CBS Evening Newsinterview with Katie Couric on Thursday, Fox explained that the effects of his medication are hard to predict: "I just take it and it kicks in when it kicks in. Sometimes it kicks in too hard and then you get what's called dyskinesia, which is that rocking motion."
When Couric said Limbaugh had suggested Fox intentionally skipped his medication to increase his symptoms and appear more sympathetic, the actor said, "The irony is that I was too medicated and was dyskinesic. Because the thing about being symptomatic is that it's not comfortable. No one wants to be symptomatic – it's like wanting to hit yourself with a hammer."