Archive | May, 2011

Ten Things Tuesday – May 31

31 May

Ten men I’d love to have a man like…

1. I want a man like Jack Shephard, courageous and strong even in impossible situations.

2. I want a man like Mike Rowe, that is intelligent, well-read and well-spoken, hardworking and not afraid to get dirty. Someone who’s easy to talk to, that you can just sit around and have a beer with.

3. I want a man like Anthony Bourdain, rebellious and snarky, who knows all the good places to eat.

4. I want a man like Paul McCartney, because he’s just so darn cute.

5. I want a man like Jim Halpert, that’s sentimental and caring, but says and does hilarious things.

6. I want a man like Mr. Darcy. I can forgive him his pride if he can forgive mine. He’s brooding and shy, but fiercely loyal and uncommonly kind.

7. I want a man like Lenny Kravitz, because he is sexy as hell.

8. I want a man like Jack Sparrow, who provides just enough excitement and danger to keep things interesting.

9. I want a man like John Mayer, who is eloquent and talented.

10. I want a man like George Clooney, who ages like a fine wine and looks smokin’ in a suit.

This is What my Heart Looks Like:

27 May

I’ve spent the last two days at work organizing some very messy, unsightly boxes of files. All because we lost the lid to one of them, and then couldn’t find the original box I had been looking for. Leave it to me to make a huge organization job out of a simple task…

Family Ties

26 May

Plinky prompt of the day: What are your siblings like? Do you wish they were different?

I have one younger brother, named James, who is currently in pharmacy school in SC. I’ve basically been living away from him for six years, either when I was at school, or now that I’m back and he’s out of the house. He’s three-and-a-half years younger than me, which was just enough distance when we were younger to keep us into different things, have different friends, even going to different schools once I left elementary school. We’re not very close at all – in fact, we hardly talk. I’ve probably talked to him a grand total of five times this entire year so far. He doesn’t usually return my phone calls or texts, and of course he doesn’t ever call me just to say hi or to catch up. I know very little about his life, because he’s very private and doesn’t much share what he’s doing. He doesn’t even currently have a Facebook, although he has in the past. He rarely comes home, and when he does, he keeps to himself in the house or is always out with friends. He’s pretty much a mystery to me.

When we do see each other, we get along. This wasn’t always the case, though. When we were really little, we did everything together, probably because my mom stayed home after he was born. The three of us were always together, so James and I spent a lot of time together. When we got into school, though, we grew apart and fought a lot. Not an unhealthy amount, I don’t think, but he definitely became a big pest. For many years we just kind of did our own thing – he had his own friends, and I had mine, and our worlds didn’t really collide. When they did, it was sometimes explosive. Now that we’re older, though, we don’t really fight like we used to; now, we’re like strangers who have spent a lot of time together. I used to know all about him, and could probably tell you his favorite color. Now, the things I know about him are limited to this: He loves baseball, especially the Yankees. He doesn’t get along with my dad at all. He’s just finished his first year of pharmacy school, which he loves. He’s had a couple of girlfriends, but I have no idea why they broke up. He likes playing video games, doing stuff outside (sports, hiking, rafting), and he’s usually pretty quiet. That’s about it.

Growing up, I always wished I had a sister. Even sometimes in college, I wished that. Nearly every one of my close friends has a sister or two, and no brothers. With one exception, I am the only one of my good friends with a brother. All my friends seemed to have such a different relationship with their siblings than I do with mine. They would talk on the phone, come visit each other on the weekends, hang out together at home, and share many things. I don’t have that kind of relationship with my brother at all, but I wish that I did. It’s different for me, of course, because he’s a guy. They’re usually not as into those kind of relationships as girls are. It’s been really hard for me recently to see all my friends with good sibling relationships, while mine is practically nonexistant. Sometimes I feel like I’m an only child. I basically grew up without cousins, too, so now I feel like I have all these missing links in my family.

I don’t necessarily wish that he was different, but that we had a different relationship. I wish we spent more time together, had more in common, and could actually talk to each other like friends. I wish we kept in touch and did things together, but that’s just not the case. I don’t know how it will be as we get older; right now, it doesn’t look like we’ll be living anywhere close to each other for a while. I’ll be interested to see how our relationship changes in the next few years.

Stuff I Want Wednesday

25 May

I found a couch like this one on Craigslist, and I really, really want it! It’s all a sectional that you can arrange in different ways, and even has that ottoman. How clever is that?

Ten Things Tuesday – May 24

24 May

Ten things I need for my new apartment in DC:

1. Sofa. I need a good, comfy one that I can relax in but that also provides plenty of seating for friends and guests. I’m going to be very busy and very tired in grad school, and I will need a good comfy couch.

2. Microwave. For heating up all those inevitable Lean Cuisine dinners.

3. Dining room table and chairs. What’s the use in cooking when you don’t have anywhere proper to sit and eat? Sitting on the couch and eating in front of the TV is always an option, sure, but it’s just not the same as having an actual table. Besides, how will I be able to cook for friends without a table?

4. Desk. I have a large corner desk in my room right now, but I have a feeling I’ll need something smaller to fit into my room wherever I end up living. I’d like to have a desk area specifically set up for my computer, printer, and other related things so I can have designated space to study and work.

5. Plates, bowls, cups, etc. Not like I need a whole large set or anything, but at least something so that I can cook for myself.

6. A walk-in closet. This isn’t a deal-breaker, necessarily, but it would be wonderful to have all that storage space. Anyone who’s seen my closet knows what a pack rat I am when it comes to clothes. I need somewhere that I can organize everything where it can be seen and used. A large closet space is a must for me, especially since I won’t have the option of coming home to switch out my summer and winter clothes as often as I’m used to.

7. Small kitchen appliances. Blender, toaster, coffee pot. Nothing fancy, just the basics. I would, however, love to have a good mixer so I can bake.

8. Pots and pans. I love to cook, but I have nothing of my own to actually use. Everything I’ve been using belongs to my parents, of course. It’s time I got my own.

9. Spices. There’s nothing better to make a meal go from bland to wow than spices. I need a whole variety so I can really enjoy the food I make.

10. Bathroom storage. I have an entire bathroom to myself, and I have yet to master the art of great, compact bathroom storage. It’s a constant problem, and will become even worse if I end up sharing a bathroom with someone (which is likely).

Movin’ on Up

23 May

Amanda is moving this week to start her fieldwork for occupational therapy. She’s spending the first three months in Hilton Head, then the next three months in Nashville. I don’t know what I’m going to do without her, although it’s just going to be for a few months before I move. I’ve taken the day off work today to help her pack and get organized. I love packing – it’s kind of a pathetic thing to love, but it’s somehow relaxing. I can spend hours doing that and not get tired. It’s a great way to pass the time. It’s weird to think that Amanda’s already through two years of grad school and moving on to do her fieldwork. Where has all that time gone? I know that two years really isn’t that much time, but it’s just gone by so fast!

I’ve spent most of my day in her room, helping her pack up her life into boxes, wrapping pictures and keepsakes, and entertaining her new puppy. It’s been such a great, bittersweet day. It’s really gotten me thinking about my own move, coming up here in a few months. So far I don’t have anywhere to live, but I’m looking. I’m already starting to think about the things I’ll take with me, and the things I’ll leave behind. This move is a more permanent one, because I’m actually moving into an apartment this time, rather than a dorm. It could potentially be home for a few years. That’s kind of a weird and scary thought – that I’m growing up, ready for my own place, with my own grown-up stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I’m so ready for that. Living at home has been nice for a while, but it’s definitely time for a change. A more permanent, more risky change.

I hope I can go down to Hilton Head sometime this summer to see Amanda. It’s going to be tough packing all my stuff, looking for apartments, and traveling to see all my friends before I go. I don’t know how I’ll manage it all. Especially since I need to be saving money, and you can guess how that goal is going…

Amanda and I are planning to see Bridesmaids sometime tomorrow, in the midst of all the packing and farewells. I’ve already seen it, and it was hysterical! Really, if you haven’t seen it by now, I highly suggest it. I knew Amanda would really like it, too. She’s finally moving on Thursday, and I’ll help her with packing again tomorrow. It’s nice to have a four-day weekend! I’m just glad that this isn’t a very busy week at work for me right now, so I can spend this extra time helping a friend!

Checking it Twice

21 May

I’ve had quite the busy weekend. Maybe I’m actually Santa, because I’ve got my list and I’m checking it twice! I always feel so accomplished when I can cross things off my to-do list.

The things I have done this weekend:

Change my sheets (finally, it’s warm enough that I don’t need flannel anymore!)
Edit the menu for my dad’s store
Put up the piles of clothes in my room
Pick up wedding present for a friend
Call Amanda
Call Alli
Call Nikki
Go to the farmer’s market
Make salsa with veggies from said farmer’s market
Movie with Mom (Pirates 4!)
Print pictures from graduation
Buy picture frames
Schedule haircut
Watch remaining episodes of The Office
Buy deodorant

The things I still have to do this weekend:

Mail pictures to my little sisters

Can you believe how much I’ve gotten done this weekend? It’s amazing the things you can accomplish when you wake up at 8:30 in the morning, make yourself a good breakfast, and get ready for the day. As much as I like being able to sleep in, I much prefer the sense of accomplishment I get when I’ve run errands all day and been very busy. It’s been a relaxing weekend, too, despite having so many projects. They’re not stressful ones, so that’s probably why I’ve enjoyed them so much. It’s been quite lovely, I must say.