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Archive for July 2009

Lots of things have been going on in the last few weeks..

School is getting busy.. busy.. busy.. but I have decided that I am going to start on a new exercise regime..

I am going to take that “Couch to 5K” training schedule and I am going to tackle it.. three times a week.. 20-30 minutes a day..

I am going to try to tackle this.. and I am going to do it.. and I am going to succeed..

I will hopefully blog about it on a daily basis.. each time I do a workout.. not like it’ll be more than..

I walked briskly.. jogged and walked.. the end.

It won’t be exciting.. but I’m sure that some people may want to know..

I’m not a runner.. so this should be interesting.. wish me luck!

Last week, I was bombarded with a lot of negativity. 

Some person was trying twist around his bad behavior to make it look like I was the culprit.

No, this has nothing to do with my boyfriend.  He has been lovingly, supportive during this frustrating and trying time. 

I have decided to erase all that negativity from my life, but that negative energy is deeply rooted in something I LOVE to do.. sing.

I have decided that it will NOT stop me from what I love to do.. especially where I do it.

I sing because it makes me happy.  I sing because I serve the Lord.  I sing because that’s my outlet of creative release.  I sing and there is no one that can stop me from doing what I love.

In the past, I have been known to walk away from things when one person bothers me about it.. things that I have loved for so long.. I sacrificed just to stay away from the one person that causes me grief.

Not anymore.

I am going to learn to not let that stand in the way of something I believe in deeply.  One person versus touching the lives of so many with the gift of song..

That won’t stand in the way.. not anymore.

This is what happens when you forget to “unzoom.”

Just thought I’d share.


I am bored.  You have nothing left for me to do here and yet you chastise me for not doing anything.  Where is the sense in that?!

I’m bored and there is no work to do and you already treat me like I’m gone!

It seems like everyone else has something to do, except me.  And when I ask if anyone needs help, they all seem to have it under control. 

So don’t tell me I am not pulling my own weight around here. 

Please find me something to do, or just send me home for the day. 

Your friend,

In an effort to try to make myself a little healthier.. and to balance out my digestive tract a little more.. I have decided to start taking Yakult.

It’s been this asian thing for years.. and had recently made it into the mainstream US market a few years ago.. it’s a Lactobacillus bacteria species that is supposed to promote a more balanced digestive system.. and possibly build a stronger immune system.

Considering the fact that I have gotten sick for the past few months in a row.. this should be a good thing.

I took my first drink of this stuff yesterday and I have to admit that it is pretty good.  I had been warned that it tastes sour and kind of icky.  It’s got the tartness.. but within the tartness is a sweet candy-like appeal.  I will not feel like it’s a “medicine” but I will enjoy it for the “yogurt” type drink that it is..

I’ve also had this dream of running/jogging in a 5K marathon.  My masters degree program is currently hindering the actual progress of this dream.. but I had found a great training schedule on

I’ts a training schedule that gets you from couch to 5K in 9 weeks.  The training sessions are 20-30 minutes a day, 3 days a week.  It looks fairly simple and it’s a gradual progression which makes me feel like I can actually accomplish this.. I just really need the time.. and the discipline.

One of these months I a definitely going to tackle it.  I may not get to do a 5K this year.. but I know one of these years.. I definitely will..

I’ll be changing jobs soon.

I’ve got about 37 working days left in this lab and then I’ll be moving back to my old job, as a Quality Assurance Manager.

Sounds exciting, and it actually is. 

I worked at my old job for about three years, then left that job to work here for three years.  I’m looking to move back to the other job and stay there for as long as it takes.  I’m hoping this is the job that is going to take me places and make me something great.

But who knows what the future brings?

So I’m just biding my time here.  Nothing much to do with all the state economic hardships really affecting this job.. I kind of wander around aimlessly until some work comes a long.  These past few weeks have been terribly slow.. makes the time left here go much slower.

I had the wierdest dream last night.. it was about being chased by many different groups of people and things.

It was one wierd batch of people to the next.. and it never ended.

The boyfriend and I were being chased and for some reason.. HE was the one with the bad knees and difficulties running.. and I was the athletic one with the stamina and good knees to run a marathon!

It was such a vivid dream.. I can still picture parts of it if I think hard about it.

I don’t usually remember dreams.. but when something is that vivid.. I really try hard to think about what I had dreamt about.. and it’s gotten easier over the years to remember my dreams..

The trick to remembering the dream is to think of it immediately when you wake up.. try to remember as many details about the dream as you can.. and if you do.. the dream will not be forgotten.

If you don’t think about the dream as soon as you wake up.. you end up forgetting it completely..

One of these years I’d love to start a dream journal of all the dreams I have had..

I’m not one to analyze my dreams.. I just like remembering some of them..

I got sick over the weekend.  Last week, my throat was starting to bother me, but I got over it.

I was fine all day Saturday.  I spent the day at the beach and at the Orange County Fair..

By the end of the night, my nose was stuffed.. I mean.. seriously stuffed!

Sunday was worse.  I couldn’t breathe through my nose at all. 

Monday was terrible.. I went to work but I seriously don’t even remember doing anything at all.. my brain was just not here.. it was stuffed in all the cold ickiness.. I think that was the peak of this cold..

I’m feeling better today.. I can breathe through my nose.. but my head still feels rather goopy.. I still can’t think straight.. and that’s why this blog is so terribly written..

I’m hoping to recover from this cold by the end of the week.. it just sucks that I had to miss out on a camping trip this coming weekend.. I don’t think my recovering body can handle it quite yet..

Extra money is always a good thing.. but I really don’t have time to get an extra job.. so I found ways to make some extra money while doing the things I love.. going on the internet.. blogging.. yadda.. yadda..

I’ve found two great websites that have helped me with this extra money..

This site allows you to post blog entries, pictures, links and stuff.. and it gives you money based on how many people view your stuff.. you get more money the more people view your stuff and leave comments for them. It encourages you to write good content… and to be interactive with others as well..

It’s similar to Redgage, but it’s based on a points system and these points can be redeemed for paypal payments.. or gift cards. I use this place to get target gift cards.. it’ saves me money on everyday necessity shopping. They recently revamped their points system, so everyone’s getting used to the way it works.. and my points seem to be accumulating a little faster than before.. so we’ll see how well this works..

Clicking on the link sends you to my referral site where you can sign up with my referral.. check it out.. it’s all free to join!

I’m in a complaining mood, but I have decided not to give into it.

Instead, I’d like to talk about my goals for the rest of the year.. in “list-form..”

I have more the exceeded my initial goal for Disneyland visits, and I have done my fair share of Vegas vacations this year.  I’ve gone to the beach.. I’ve had fun this year.. and now that we are counting down to the end of the year (crazy.. I know!).. it’s time to set some goals, plans, promises.. and/or resolutions for this last half..

1.  I promise not to stress out on Christmas gifts this year.  Every year is the same problem.. I never know what I am going to get various people in my life and I start to stress out just thinking about it.. I’m a terrible gift-giver.. I’d rather people just tell me what they want.. it’s so much easier that way.. I can never figure out what people want or like..

2.  I want to go to snow this year. I would love to go up to the mountains and go to the snow.. of course.. being Southern California.. the snow usually comes in January – March of the following year.. but you understand what I’m trying to say..

3.  I want to go to Disneyland (and take the boyfriend) during the holiday season.  To me.. Disneyland is at it’s best when it’s all decked out for the holidays.. it’s a must-go.. so I must take him!

4.  My girlfriends and I have to get together for the Xmas gift exchange BEFORE Christmas!  We always buy each other Christmas presents.. but our busy schedules always cause us to get together and give them to each other after Christmas.. sometimes.. several months after.. like.. in APRIL!! 

5.  I will not get suckered into singing something during the cold winter months.  I get so stressed out when I have to sing during the winter.. cold air makes it hard to hit the high notes.. and then I’m so susceptible to getting sick during the winter.. I know I say I will not get suckered into it.. but I know I probably will.. I can never turn down an opportunity to sing..

There  you go.. my list of five things to hold myself responsible for… for the end of the year..

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