Monthly Archives: January 2009


There is this strange fad going on around Facebook where people right 25 random things about themselves for everyone else to read. It was annoying at first, but I got sucked in, just like I do with all fads. It’s really fun to read random things about other people. Then I decided to procrastinate… just as I’m doing now and write my own 25 random things, so I thought I’d paste them here too…

1. My biggest pet peave is when people call me “Marie”. Even worse is when they continue to call me Marie even after I correct them numerous times. Next time it happens I’m gonna say that person’s name wrong back to them. Seriously, how hard is M-A-R-I-A. By the way, I love my name, thanks Dad!

2. It is really hard, but I know that sometime in the next year I will give Brodie away to a new home. He needs a large yard to run, and a big family. I just have to work up the nerve to actually go through with it.

3. I live for Hokie Football season. The reason it took me 3 years to move away from Northern VA was my fear of being away from Hokie Football. I still die a little inside every time I have to watch a home game on TV instead of from Lane stadium.

4. Moving to Seattle was one of the BEST things I have ever done in my life. I will NEVER live in Northern VA again.

5. Sometimes I secretly wish I was a prissy girl who put pink clothes on Lane and carried her in a a frilly purse, but I could never actually do it. She’s a dog and walks on a leash with the rest of the canine population.

6. I met my soulmate at the wrong time in my life, and I totally ruined things between us for stupid reasons, and now I totally fear that I’ll be single forever because of it.

7. I am obcessed with Post Secret. I write out secrets all the time, but always too scared to send them in. #6 was one of my secrets.

8. My feet are totally adorable. My toes may be short, but they are perfectly proportioned in a descending line and cute. I love my feet, and I wear flip flops as often as possible to show them off.

9. I’ve gained 30lbs in the past 3 years. I knew it was bad, but it really slapped me in the face when a guy I hadn’t seen since high school saw me this past Christmas and told a mutual friend “wow, she’s really blown up!” although I had to laugh since the guy saying it has gained at least 60+lbs since high school.

10. I love living alone, and will never have another roommate until it’s a boyfriend/fiance/husband.

11. In middle school I used to go to the mall and steal things, just little things. A security guard approached me once while I was sitting on a bench eating dippin’ dots and I was terrified I was getting arrested, but he just wanted me to take my feet off the bench. Never got caught. Sometimes I still wish I stole, it was thrilling!

12. Sometimes I lie….exaggerate really… 😉

13. I’m 4’11” and although hemming every pair of pants I own is a pain, I don’t wish I was taller. I just wish clothes were made shorter and shoes made smaller.

14. I giggle like a 13 year old girl when someone’s name is “dick”. I am sooo immature.

15. I still laugh hysterically when i think of the time at TGI Friday’s in college when Tim looked blankly at the server and said “Dirty Bone!” in reference to a chicken bone he found in his food.

16. I am still laughing out loud just thinking about #15.

17. I clean like mad before anyone comes over to visit, because really I live in a fairly disorganized home, but I want people to think I’m amazingly clean and organized.

18. I will break every bone in my body before I give up trying to learn to snowboard.

19. I drink Gatorade just for the heck of it while sitting on the couch, but never crave it during or after a workout.

20. I regret majoring in Interior Design. Worst decision ever, but I’m way too lazy to go back to school for anything else.

21. I begged, pleaded, and cried my way to good grades in college. It’s a miracle I graduated, and with a 3.3 gpa. I partied, drank, and smoked, my way through college. It was a blast.

22. I am the biggest procrastinator…as I am proving by even filling this out.

23. I am 99% sure I am A.D.D. but refuse to get tested. 😛 I think it makes me quirky.

24. I love cereal. I could eat cereal for 3 meals a day and not mind. I only eat the kid cereals, nothing crazy healthy or with “fiber” in the title.

25. Hands down my favorite part of the day is when I feed the dogs… i make Lane stay in the hallway, and I play tricks on her saying different words…and I die laughing watching her squirm until i say “eat” and then watch her run so fast and face plant into her food dish. No matter what kind of day I’ve had it makes me laugh out loud every time!

adventures in snowboarding

So far I am sticking to my New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve lost 4.5lbs (woohoo!). I spent a gorgeous day out exploring Seattle on a trip to the Sculpture park with dogs, and I have now attempted to snowboard twice!

My first attempt, was merely an attempt at all. I tagged along on a trip to Crystal Mountain, with a bunch of skiers and thought I’d take one 2hr lesson to learn the ropes then hit the slopes! hahahaha….was I mistaken!?! Just putting on the boots and walking made my calves hurt so bad, that when it came time to strap my foot in a binding I could barely stand up. I am so out of shape and have such a lack of endurance and it showed. I made it through the lesson, after having to go to the rental shop twice to get new equipment. Why they assume everyone with small short feet also have narrow feet is beyond me! I am going to open a store that sells size 4 woman’s shoes in regular widths!, but that is a topic for a whole other rant. Needless to say that after the lesson I ended up in the lodge, taking off my boots and drinking beer instead. I quit, but luckily the wind picked up and the snow got bad so we had to leave early anyway, so it made my quitting not look quite as bad.

After a few weeks off, and countless hours on craigslist trying to purchase used boots that might actually fit me, I sucked it up and headed on another trip to try out my snowboarding skills, or lack there of. Snoqaulmie was the destination, about 45 mins East of Seattle. I decided I’d take another lesson, thinking it could only help. We arrived and got our gear with about an hour to spare before the lesson started. I would’ve been happy sitting in the lodge till the lesson but instead was coerced into hopping on the lift and trying to come down the “easy” slope (not the bunny slope!). After 30 minutes of wiping out horribly, feeling my gut in my lungs, hitting my back so hard I was sure I was paralyzed and landing on my knee so many times I was waiting for the blood to start rushing through my pants. It was a rough 30 mins riding and falling, and falling and riding, and falling and falling and falling down the mountain. Fun times! By the time the lesson started I was exhausted, but I worked through the pain and exhausted and finished the lesson. It was great, learns a few things I didn’t know and felt better on the board.

After the lesson we took a snack break then decided we’d head up the easy llift and try once or twice more down the mountain. It was night time and the slopes were lit up, which was cool but scary at the same time. I fell so many times it got exhausting to even get back up, but I had a few good runs between falls. I was all set to get town and take the lift back up for one more run, I was up on the board getting a good ride straight towards the bottom and was thinking… look at me, I’m really riding! Then it came time to stop…I tried to turn and do a heel stop, but didn’t turn enough and didn’t get my heels in the snow… I flew forward, face planted and slid in the snow for what seemed like an eternity. As I came to a hault face down in the snow, I could hear some Gasps and slight laughter from the lift going above me. I lifted my head towards the lift and yelled, “I’m good!” to the guys riding up above me, they yelled back, “Are you sure? Do you need us to yell for help?” . “No I’m good, I’m good!”, I yelled as I slowly rolled to my back to just lie there. That was it, I was done for the night. My neck hurt so bad I was sure I had a concussion of sorts. You know you fell hard when the goggles on your face end up 10′ away from you along with your hat and that snow skirt in your jacket is up around your armpits!

It was a fun day, and I will go back, maybe even next weekend, but for now I am just trying to get through my day barely being able to move and realizing we have muscles in the strangest places. I know this, because every single one of them hurts right now!

Anyone up for a trip to the slopes next weekend?

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Welcome to 2009!!

I rang in the new year in my new home city, Seattle, by drinking champagne, watching fireworks coming straight out of the Space Needle and by dancing  and singing with the biggest group of white people possible.   It was a great time!


In the spirit of the new year, I made some resolutions and goals for 2009!  here they are in a nutshell….

  1. Lose weight! This would totally win the “most popular” superlative in the school of New Year’s resolutions, but I am committed this year .  I’m buying myself gifts for every 10lbs I lose.  First 10lbs is a Wii…so I better get to the gym now so I can start having Wii Tennis Tournaments.
  2. Learn to Snowboard.  Seattle has such great skiing so close by so I want to take advantage of it.  I could just learn to ski, but I figured might as well go for the harder of the two.  (This hobby could help with #1 too)
  3. Host a theme party.  For no particular reason other than to party and make people dress in silly costumes.  I’m thinking the 80’s?  Who doesn’t love an 80’s party?!?
  4. Explore Seattle.  I’ve lived here 3 months and haven’t ventured out but to half-dozen places with-in a 10 block radius of my apartment.   Definitely want to experience more in this city,  I was a home hobbit in Northern Virginia and I refuse to be like that here.
  5. Go on a non-work related trip. Not sure where, but I’m thinking tropical with beaches.

Of course there are endless possibilities for 2009, but I have a good feeling about this year and things to come!   Happy 2009!