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A new year  
12:34pm 02/01/2011
I've always been a gung-ho new years resolution maker. Of course, they are usually broken within a few weeks. This year, I think I'll try something a little different. I'm going to set new goals each week. Supposedly, writing them down will help me be accountable, though it may bore you. :)

Area 1: diet: Usually, I would make some kind of resolution like "lose 30 pounds" or "track calorie consumption daily and eat healthy foods." Even if I made more specific goals, I would usually try too much too fast. So my goal for week 1 is to write down everything I eat and drink. That's it, just write it down for now (don't worry, I won't write it all here). I'll add more in a week or two like calorie tracking and limiting fat.

Area 2: exercise: Again, I usually burn out super fast on this one. Trying to go from nothing to 30-45 minutes cardio 3 times a week never has worked for me. So again, I will start super small. This week's goal is 10 minutes of purposeful cardio movement twice this week.

Area 3: professional: I sometimes feel like a kid playing among grown-ups. This week, I will dress like a grown-up for work twice. This means no jeans and hoodies.

Area 4: house: I do okay at keeping my house somewhat clean and organized, but there is lots of room for improvement. This week, I'll do whatever cleaning and such that I feel like, but before I go to bed every night, my kitchen sink will be clean. (This is the first baby step from FlyLady in case anyone was wondering.)

Area 5: misc: this week, no smoking. Should be relatively easy as far as not being around it, but difficult because of the three days or so withdrawal period.

Hopefully these will be small and manageable goals. I'll write a reflection on week one next Sunday. Wish me luck! :)
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Race for the Cure  
12:11pm 01/10/2010
I know I don't post here much anymore (I'm more on Facebook now), but I do read occasionally and wanted to share my Race for the Cure website with you all, in case any of you are feeling generous, lol. :)

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Year End Survey 2009  
10:54pm 01/01/2010
1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
Chemo, had a body part removed, went bald, got an exchange student, started the adoption process for two fabulous kids, etc. :)

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't remember if I made one last year. I have a couple in mind for this year, but will wait to mention them as I don't want to jinx myself.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Janice had Hayden, and Megan had Meredith. :)

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Homer, Cody's granddaddy

5. What countries did you visit?
Countries? I've never been out of the U.S.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Children and foobs.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 15, the date of my mastectomy, and when I get to count as being 'in remission' or 'NED' (No Evidence of Disease)

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting rid of cancer and becoming a Mom!

9. What was your biggest failure?
A messy house all the time.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I'm not sure, but at the moment I really like my new cell phone.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Cody, for being my strength through cancer, sharing parent responsibilities, being my strength through the legal issues we are dealing with for the kids now, buying me the awesomest present ever, helping out around the house more, taking care of me when I'm not feeling well, not complaining when I choose to make an 'easy' dinner or don't have the laundry done, etc. He's been super this year.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Not having my babies for our first Christmas.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Food and stuff for the kids!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Chikara (my new ride), Christine, and my 2 babies.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
'It Happens' by Sugarland, and 'Live your life' by Rhianna

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
happier or sadder? About the same (though I'm a little down at the moment)
thinner or fatter? About the same
richer or poorer? Poorer at the moment (after all my Christmas spending) but make a lot more so will be much richer when I get caught up.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Dissertation work, showing appreciation.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Complaining, worrying.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas Eve with my Mom at my in-laws. Christmas Day at Cody's grandmother's. The day after Christmas with my kids.

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Yes, with my babies (all my answers involve them or cancer it seems, and that really is how my year was defined!)

23. How many one-night stands?
None (duh, who came up with this question?)

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Sons of Anarchy, Nip/Tuck, and Big Bang Theory

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nope, hate is a waste of energy I think.

26. What was the best book you read?
Sorry but I didn't read much this year so I'm gonna have to say Twilight. :P

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
That a little bit of upbeat country is a good addition to my music library.

28. What did you want and get?
My Element! My bestie moving closer. Clean bill of health.

29. What did you want and not get?
My kids for Christmas. Foobs.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Haven't seen many new ones. Enjoyed the new Saw movie. Hangover was funny.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Rachel and I celebrated by karaoking! I turned 29. We had a great birthday celebration with all our friends this year! (It was also the first time I felt like I looked 'normal' again!! I remember crying in the bathroom looking at my hair in the mirror, lol!)

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Graduating, lol.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Comfort first. I know that's wrong, but this year I took it easy on myself and looked like a slob all the time. I *will* make more of an effort this year.

34. What kept you sane?
Cody (as always), but also my many friends and even acquaintances who always make me smile no matter what kind of crap happens. Thanks y'all, each one of you mean so much to me.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hands down, Charlie Hunnam. Yeah baby.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
To an extent, all of them and none of them.

37. Who did you miss?
Me, pre-cancer. I'll never be that person again.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
My exchange student, my babies, and all my awesome students (I had great classes of students this year!)

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
Summed up best by my fave quote of the year: "Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength." (Author unknown)

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

Ain't no rhyme or reason
No complicated meaning
Ain't no need to over think it
Let go laugh and

Life don't go quite like you planned it
We try so hard to understand it
The irrefutable, indisputable fact is...
It happens
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Writer's Block: The one that got away  
12:53pm 10/10/2009
Do you believe in the concept of a soulmate? Do you think you've met him or her? Do you ever worry that "the one" got away?

Yes. Yes. No.

You would think that I wouldn't believe in soulmates, as I have trouble believing we even have 'souls,' but the romantic idea of that one person that is meant for you is something I can't/won't let go of.
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Writer's Block: My Dream Job  
07:13am 15/09/2009
What is your dream job? Do you think you'll ever have it?

This one is easy. Singer or actress. Nope.
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Writer's Block: On the (Job) Hunt  
07:11am 15/09/2009
What's the hardest part about looking for a new job?

I guess just the writers cramp from filling out applications? Lol, I never found it all that difficult to look for a new job (and yes, even before my degrees). You just have to do a lot of legwork and talk to a lot of people, and take whatever you can get.
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Writer's Block: Do you see psychics in your future?  
11:07am 13/09/2009
If an online psychic warned you not to leave home, would you cancel plans to attend a party? Would you refuse to date someone with a clashing astrological sign? In short, do you believe?

Not once has there been a confirmed case of extra sensory perception, so no.
Astrology is pseudoscience. Astrology signs are off by one full sign now (e.g., if astrology tells you that you are a scorpio [I might have that backwards, sags are scorpios, but you get my point], you are actually a saggitarius now, and have been for the last 2000 years or so), but astrologers just ignore that fact. And astrologers cannot even match up people with their sign. No evidence whatsoever for astrology. So again, no.

:D That was a fun question, lol.
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My new piece of furniture  
04:23pm 22/08/2009
My new gorgeous piece of furniture...I finally have somewhere to put my red vase collection!
Got it at the Southaven Goodwill for....$149!!! I know it's worth way more than that!

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Day 4  
09:40pm 20/08/2009
Today was Shoulders and Arms first (for an hour!), which will probably be one of my favorite workouts, after my scar tissue and everything on my mastectomy side gets used to it. Right now it's a little hard, but I think this will help with my range of motion. The other part of today was a 15 minute workout called...Ab Ripper X. And it was exactly like it sounds. But we did as many reps as we could of each exercise. I think tomorrow is Yoga X, which is supposed to be brutal (and long, like an hour and a half). And supposedly not really Yoga (according to reviewers). Oh well, we shall see.
tags: p90x
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Doc appointment  
12:32pm 20/08/2009
Went to the west clinic for my monthly appointment yesterday. Everything looks good, and I don't have to come back for 3 months! Woohoo! I did have a new nurse doing my blood draw from my port, didn't do it quite right and so another nurse had to come twist and poke and hurt to fix it. Then my shot (which goes in my upper butt), was given by a nurse who uses the stabbing method of giving shots. It actually bled and I know have a bruise there, on top of a sore muscle. I usually don't have any problems like that, guess it was just an off day, lol.

School is going good so far. Got a new student today who is 'one of those' talkers... I like talkers, but there's a line between talking and manipulating the conversation. She kept on and on about everything. Oh well. :)
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