Thursday, December 28, 2006


ok, so my computer is being stupid and won't let me post pictures.....but anyways.....

You all MUST SEE "Pursuit of Happyness".

it's awesomeness cannot be denied or ignored.

it was freakin' AMAZING!!!!

i completely sobbed through most of it and Will Smith and his son, Jaden, did SUCH a good job!

man, if he doesn't win an Academy Award this year......someone's gonna die and it ain't gonna be pretty.

haha. but seriously guys......SEE IT. then tell all your friends. then see it again.

Friday, December 22, 2006


Dear Readers.....

First let me say that.......NO ONE COMMENTS ON MY BLOG ANYMORE!!!!! *sobs*

ok, now that i'm done with that......on to the real post:

I love being home. The most beautiful, weird, annoying and wonderful thing about home is that so much can change and yet.....everything that is important stays the same. i mean, my brothers are yards taller, my niece is TALKING all over the place, my nephew is a cyclone, my sisters actually WANT to talk to me, and my mom now listens. but....the house is still crazy and a mess(c'mon....ya really think that's gonna change?) my younger brother and i still argue like there's no tomorrow, MI still has crappy weather, that- let's be honest-..... one can at least count on, and Dominoes still has daily 5:00 mass. the Sharps still call a million times a day(i've calculated least every 2.6 minutes) we still only have ONE bathroom for ALL of us, i still sleep on the couch, and the refrigerator is still empty. you know....the essentials. =)

and yet......i love being here. maybe it took a cross-country move to wake me up, but when it comes down to it.....there really IS no place like home. no matter how awful or boring or gross life at home can always was, still is, and will be forevermore.....your comfort zone. there will always be that one or two things that you ONLY do while at home.

and for me, myself, and i......i hope it never changes.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

A Reflection...

i was told the other day that i am hard to read. yeah..... blunt, right?

anywho, not that it was a bad thing at all, but it really took me by surprise, and i had no idea that i was or whatever, and now i'm curious to know if others agree or disagree with that.

your thoughts appreciated.

that's all! Happy Advent dear readers!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Internet is so interesting at times....

Dear Readers.....

first off......ONLY 6 MORE DAYS UNTIL I GO HOME!!!!!
that being said....on to my other news. well, it's not really "news" per se, but you get the jist.
here are some of my favorite internet clips from today's MSN highlights:

On the Holiday Blues:
- "Make a payback visit where you go to someone who helped you a lot and give them a thank-you gift. Research shows that these steps help create happiness."--- well, if research shows it, it MUST be true....thanks Einsteins.

- " 'It has been scientifically documented that exercise stimulates the endorphins, which send a calming effect throughout our bodies.' Plus, you might meet someone cute and available at the gym."
---- the P.S. is the one that just kills me...."now kids, do not, under any circumstances, go to the gym unless there is a possibility of meeting someone cute and available. make SURE about the last part because we don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, now do we?"....haha. what a scream! to say nothing of the "scientifically documented" part.

and last, but not least.....this Christmas, make sure that your travel plans are made complete with your new and improved.....*drum roll please*.......Find sexy bartenders in 20 major cities Guide!!!

see? the internet is proof that if one looks hard enough, one doesn't need Mastercard to have fun. =)

Merry Christmas!!!


dearest readers.....

well, i don't have much to say about my last post. that was just overall really....weird.

however, on a VERY positive note.......

I'M GOING HOME IN ONLY ONE WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

now, to some that may not sound like a big deal.....but believe me when i say: it IS.
not only am i going home to wonderful CATHOLIC traditions and fun parties/celebrations, but i am also going to enjoy a mini reunion at Corie's and Joe's wedding!!!!!

needless to Stoke-tation has gone WAAAAAAAY beyond the legal limits. =)

and now i leave you with this pleasant thought : Norah Jones rocks my socks off. seriously.....she's just about the most underrated great artist of today. i'm completely head-over-heels in love with her first CD. timeless.

ok. goodnight. oh, and Happy Feast of Saint Lucy!

Monday, December 11, 2006

So...I Flipped Out Today....Again.

Dear all,
as i realized that my last post was QUITE long, i'm going to try and be better with this one. i don't know about you....but long posts generally discourage me.'s to a hopefully short post: Cheers! to begin.....hmm. well, it was such a shocker that i guess i'll just come right out and say it. Today i was completely startled when, this morning at breakfast, Ruthie(the lady i take care of, not my sister) asked me if my mom had a boyfriend. the comment and my subsequent short burst of "NO! of COURSE NOT!!" made me stop and think about that scene. it was NOT pleasant in the least, let me assure you. but then again.....i had literally NEVER thought about it. the idea that my mom COULD even date and marry again was just never an option. at least to me. it never even occured to me that it was even possible. and now i find that i can't stop thinking about that possibility and what i would do if it ever happened. which, for the record, i don't think it will. i hasn't even been a year since my dad passed away, and yet to someone like Ruthie, that wasn't a problem. i mean.....she acted like it was so matter of fact and feasible. of course....when i was thinking about it later, i felt bad because i really DID flip out on her. and she was only asking a question that was very natural to her.

this is SO surreal.

i mean...when she said that, not only was i startled, but i then found myself upset by the very idea that it COULD possibly happen! and then i found myself wondering what the heck i would ever do if that DID happen, and if i would EVER be ok with it! *WHEW!* what a load of stress!

i just don't know what to make of it. my MOM dating again??? being married to someone other than my dad??? HAVING another "dad"?? no WONDER kids are SO screwed up in today's society!!!! man, having to deal with this on an consistant basis would drive me NUTS!!

anywho.....that's really all i have to say. i'm just so flustered. and i apologize for this random post, but i needed to get it out of my system. hmmm....

Friday, December 08, 2006

I Love Catholic Decembers =)

Dear All....

i love....i simply LOVE being Catholic in December. it is such a RICH month for feasts!! i don't know about all "ya'll" (haha...HAD to throw that in.= )), but for my family we have special traditions for most all of them. We start out with the Eve of St. Nicholas, which for my family was almost as exciting as waiting for Christmas! i mean, not really, know what i mean. it was exciting. and we would all make sure that we were home that night(at least when we were younger) because "St. Nick" (a family friend) would visit us and read off our names from this LOOOONNG list and then give us a tiny present(nothing special, was just the thought, mostly) and a little bag of those wonderful gold chocolate coins. and that was just the beginning! then when we were ready for bed, we would put our shoes out on our stairs(of course we would always try to find the BIGGEST shoe we had!) =) and the next morning it would be filled with MORE chocolate coins and other candy and usually a book(that's my mom for ya!). And of course this feast day always coincided with my dad and sibling's birthday! Andrew's is on the 5th, and then Ruthie's and Dad's are on the 6th. so those two days were just FILLED with celebrating! =)

then.....right when we catch our breath from St. Nicholas day.....POW! we're hit with another feast day: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception! now, my family always went to Mass(because we HAVE to....=) ) but other than that, we never really did anything special as celebration of this day, and yet i've always felt really special on this day. i can't really explain it, but i love it just the same! =)

following that feast day we're hit only FOUR days later with the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! i remember in college (especially my first two years) we would do something really pro-life that day and commemorate it specially with that. i love the story behind this feast day. my mom has different story versions and i would just sit and read them all and it still fascinates me to this day!

now, i don't know if any of you celebrate St. Lucy's feast day(which is the day after Guadalupe), but i had the American Girl doll, Kirstin, and in one of her books it tells how they would celebrate this feast with the eldest daughter dressing in a white gown with a wreath of candles on her head, and she would get up really early and bake hot cross buns and serve the rest of the family in bed. mom decided to start doing that and it started with my oldest sister, and then it went to me! and my first few years doing it, i remember getting so excited! i would get up around 3 or 4am, and start the dough.....let it rise....and then bake it and serve it to everyone in bed! i loved it....and i felt so honored to have such a job! of course, with was cinnamon rolls(man, i would LOVE some right now) and after a while i lost interest, which kinda bothers me now. i wish i had kept it up. *sigh*.....ce la vie!

and throughout it all we're in Advent preparing for the birth of our LORD!!!! i mean, how amazing....when you just sit down and think about it...we are SO blessed!

of course, my family being my family....we ALWAYS wait until Christmas Eve, or the day before Christmas Eve to get our tree. and then we put it up and the whole family decorates it and the rest of our house, and we put up our stockings and the presents under the tree.....and when our fireplace worked, my dad would build a fire and we would turn all the lights in the house off, except the ones on the tree, and just sit and look at it all. maybe drink some hot chocolate. usually the 22nd is the baking day, while the 23rd is the cleaning day. the 24th is decorating and getting ready for Midnight Mass, and the 25th is CELEBRATION!!! gosh, i simply LOVE this time of year!

and it doesn't even end there! the 26th is St. Stephen's day(my brother's feast day) so we usually have a nice dinner for that and before we know it there's still New Year's Eve and Day and then Epiphany to top it off!

yep. i LOVE being Catholic in December....=)

ps. what are some of YOUR family traditions for this time of year?

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Which Jane Austen Heroine are you?

Dear Female Readers....ENJOY!!
i took this quiz that my sister sent me and here are my results! it was lots of fun, i recommend it for procrastinating! =) unfortunately, the blogger thing wouldn't let me copy and paste it all, so here's what i could get. see below for the link if you want to take it yourselves!

You scored as Elizabeth Bennet.

You're Elizabeth Bennet! Witty, intelligent, and cynical, you're the heroine most people want to be like.
Elinor Dashwood
Elizabeth Bennet
Anne Elliot
Catherine Morland
Emma Woodhouse
Marianne Dashwood
Fanny Price

Which Jane Austen heroine are you?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Are Liberal Arts Degrees Better?

dear readers.....

so, just to give you a little of my morning routine....

i usually wake up around 7:30 or 8am, depending on whether Ruth has therapy or not. and on non-therapy days i get the luxury of checking my email first thing, after i get her breakfast. i know, i know, i'm so blessed.=)

but anywho, the point is that my opening page is and normally there is nothing interesting so i scroll down to the entertainment part. because that's ALWAYS entertaining. i mean, that's the whole point, right?

but today was different. today they actually had something worth reading! REJOICE, ALL YE MSN READERS!!! and Ave Alumni!!! for today they had an article about liberal arts degrees, which was, in my opinion, pretty good. so, for those of you whom i've now gotten interested and curious......go here:

your time won't be wasted.=)
more later.......perhaps.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

So much for "Snow".....

hello dear ones.....
ok, so today is better, but there is no snow. pooh. however, i got really excited because i discovered the Galleria in Dallas. not only is this one of the most GINORMOUS malls i've ever seen(i'm talking NIIICE stores), but it also boasts an ice-skating rink in the middle of it with a HUGE tree right in the center!!!!! cool, no? so, now i am finding hope in the midst of such....sniff.....trash.=) it's not even that far away, which makes it that much more appealing. however, considering my history with ice-skating...i am a little wary still. but who cares??? let us throw caution to the winds!

so anyways....i'm spending the weekend at UD. and today is good. i LOVE just waking up with nothing to do and taking my time to wake up. i guess that's ONE good thing about graduating.=)

i'm so excited to come home. really i am.