Friday, December 31, 2010

Day 365: so it ends...

It's 8:30 p.m. here on this side of the hemisphere, which means my year is almost over... I'm waiting for the rest of the family to come over for dinner and then we can ring in the new year together for the first time in soooo many years (minus my sister though. poopoo, i wish she and her family were here)...

Sitting here, surrounded by so many people I love and looking back at this year that had started out so seemingly rough, it's amazing to see what's happened in the past 365 days... it really feels like I went on a journey to find my happiness only to realize that it truly does just creep on you when you aren't looking... the secret is just as Lloyd Dobler suggested: "Why can't you be in a good mood? How hard is it to decide to be in a good mood and be in a good mood once in a while?"

I found that my year may not have been as great as it was if it weren't for the perspective I chose to have; to decide that there were so many more blessings in my life than not; to keep moving and keep living and to embrace every opportunity I could.

This year, I learned to dance Bollywood style (and performed for the first time in public!), tried exotic dancing, burlesque dancing (do you see a dancing pattern here? lol), worked at a street fair, went to bartending school, did two photoshoots, met a bunch of strangers (including one who ended up being the man I love most in the world...yes, you can barf now at my grossness), climbed the Rockefeller center (again! And in much better time!), saw 311 live for the first time in my life (sheer heaven!), got my first tattoo, flew 30 hours across the world to see my family (twice!) and just...lived life!

I discovered even more about the world and myself (both bad and good) and fell in love. I've stood up for myself and for what I believe in; I've learned to follow my heart and the beat of my own drum...and found that life is everything about what you make of it.

Happiness can't be found in a single person or a thing or accomplishment. Like life, it's a series of moments where the beauty and chaos of the whole
far outshines each independently.

My very first entry of 2010 had a quote from Hemingway:
"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places."
...he was right, you know. :)

I started the year giving the 2009 the stinkeye and am now ending the year with nothing but smiles. :)

2011 starts in just a few hours, and I suppose a new Day 1 starts all over again since I can't imagine not doing a photoblog...

But for the next few hours...

Here is to 2010, the life I lived, the people I spent it with, and all the asskicking I did!

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Day 364: a day with Soeren!

Funny how several years later and continents apart, I still get to catch up with Soeren in some very random places...Japan, NYC, and now Australia...!

Old friends from across the globe meeting up like no time has passed...there's nothing quite like it...what a nice way to spend the end of the year! :)

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Day 363: naptime!

He's soooo angelically cute when he's asleep. Lol

So glad I get to end the year with such awesome kids. :)

Day 362: Australian skies

Spent the afternoon in the park... Now THIS is summer!!!

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Day 361: last day with the Munas..:(

Awww I already miss his "pyew pyew pyew!" gun noises as he runs around shooting everyone! :(

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Day 359: now that's a Merry Christmas

I'm so happy I got to spend Christmas with my family this year... It's always an awesome time when my brother and sister are involved and it is that much sweeter that we all get to spend time together with my grandma and all the rest of our extended family here in Australia...

I hate that we all live so far apart... But love that we are never too far that we've drifted apart from one another... I love that no matter how long or how far the distance, my mom and dad and brother and sister and their families will always find joy in spending time together and always love and support each other to the fullest extent.

This Christmas was truly a special one.

Day 358: how does Santa not have diabetes??

...with cookies like this, alllllll over the world, really, how does fat Santa not have more health issues? Lol

Merry Christmas Eve! ;)

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Day 357: Santa, meet Santa...

Still don't know why he's soooo into Santa but at least he's wearing it more than once so it's way worth the money! :)

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Day 356: cherry pickin'!

Someone dropped some serious cherry bombs later in the day... Lol

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Day 355: my godson is sooo self sufficient

He can feed himself!

Absolutely loving the time I get to spend trying to get him to remember me again... He's toooooo cute and toooooo smart!

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Day 354: Santa came a little early...

...and brought my family with him!!! :)

***Tristan loves his Santa suit... It's all he's been asking for all week...In fact, he didn't want to take it off at the end of the night even though it was already all stinkied up. Hahah Looks like he's going to make it worth not only the money but the time I spent looking for that thing and braving the cold just to get it... There is nothing better than getting someone exactly what they want and knowing they're going to appreciate it for a very long time. :) well... Maybe there is one thing better than that: having my whole family in one place for Christmas....

...the only thing that would have made this Christmas any better were if Jeff were here...sigh...

But I'll take what I can get, because life is pretty damn good. ;)

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Day 353: doggy!!!

Went to the mall today and couldn't resist stopping by the pet shop...Doggy!!! Soooo cute!!!

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Day 352: 25 years later...

Flew in just in time to celebrate my aunt and uncle's 25th wedding anniversary. It used to baffle and amaze me how two people could stay married for so long...even though most of the main examples in my life have done so, this is a day and age where people divorce as quickly as they marry... But now I know (well, maybe I've always known that) when it's right, no matter how hard times may be, you can still find yourself 25 years later, hand in hand and dancing like it was your first dance as husband and wife...

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Day 351: the lost day

30 hours traveling and I'm still not done!!! What an exhausting and disgruntling trip so far!!

This is what I looked like for most of the flight:

That total pillow B made me buy was a lifesaver. Too bad I forgot it in my haste to exit the plane. Total Pillow, I hardly knew ye. :(

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Day 350: Airport lines are crazy!!!

...and I didn't even get to take a picture of the full extent of it!!! This was AFTER I had innocently asked the airport guy if I would make my 5:55 boarding at the end of the line and he skipped me to the very front!!! Crazy!!! People in NY have been soooo nice to me lately... The nice lady at Ricky's who gave me 15% off because I looked panicky at my total and the nice check-in lady who let me repack my shit and the super nice cab driver who apologized for not knowing where Brooklyn was so I was not obligated to pay if I didn't want... Is it just that time of year...? Well, whatever it is, I liiiiiike it. :)

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Day 349: he's watching you!

He was creepier without the glasses. Lol told you everyone looks better with those things!!!

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Day 348: I broke my hat :(

It was too tight but then the garter broke and now it's too big! Lol

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Day 347: Bath and Body Works overload

...kind of went a little nuts shopping for Australia presents....I cannot fathom using this much scented lotion. Lol

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Day 346: Lazy Day In...

I haven't had a lazy day inside in what feels like forever... I kind of remember why, since I feel so gross now. lol ...but for what it's worth, it was very very relaxing and I don't think I look TOO bad for someone who didn't shower until 11 at night! lol

I'm soooo going to get hit with reality tomorrow morning when I have to go back to work and getting ready for this trip. Sooooo much to do!!!!!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Day 345: Office Holiday Party

I love our holiday party for work because that's when you see everyone get dressed up, let loose and have a great time!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Day 344: I have a warehouse...

...under my desk. Lol

I have been LOVING December for the sheer fact that I've been getting a LOT of stuff in the mail. Granted, some of it is for me to take with me to Australia or to send to Jeff, but mail is mail! :)

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Day 343: thoughtful boyfriend...

Got yet another surprise in the mail... Kind of an early Christmas present...

He told me it was so I didn't have any excuse for losing my checkbook (which I always happen to do, lol)... How did I end up with someone so thoughtful?

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Day 342: fleece lined ballet flats--FAIL

Apparently, even my new fleeced lined were not enough to keep me warm for the day.. It was toooooo cold!!!! What business does December have in being 20 degrees!!!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day 341: apples keep me going...

I've figured out that I don't hate the gym. I hate GOING to the gym. So difficult to make my way there in the cold after a long day at work! But once I'm there, the hour seems to fly by...sort of. (It goes real slow when we're working on our thighs. blech. lol)

One of the things that keeps me going in that hour of pain and muscle fatigue is this bowl of apples. There is a bowl of apples that Physique 57 keeps in the lobby area and I always have one after working out. It tastes soooo good and is soooo filling after pushing my body to its limits for an hour. I think it might be one of the best reasons I even go (aside from my fear of getting fat). "I have to go to the gym because then I can have an apple! Yay!" lol Never mind that I can always go to the store and buy them. LOL I just would rather get them for free after working out. :)

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Day 340: birthday cake overload!

I celebrated my birthday so many times in the span of about four days, which meant I had cake about four or five times! This was the last of it... Chocolate mousse from Vincenzo... we were supposed to have it on my actual birthday, but didn't because 1) we ran out of time at the Applebee's because they took FOREVER to even get our orders out and 2) we were soooo full for hours afterwards. So we saved it for Monday afternoon! Good call, it was soooo good!!!

Certainly makes up for last year's cakeless birthday. lol Well, almost cakeless! :) I did get a nice surprise dinner last year, which was very sweet! :)

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Day 339: a Poojama party!

Pooja stayed the night thus making it a Poojama party!! Yayyyy lol
I woke up early to a slew of phone calls...first my brother, then my sister, and then Jeff... All welcome interruptions of my sleep, though I probably would have been a lot better if I hadn't been hungover! Pooja got to "meet" Jeff over skype, and when we all finished chatting, me and Pooj spent the day making ravioli and hanging out and then eating the ravioli and then watching Harry Potter 6 which then prompted us to leave the house at 9 pm to watch Harry Potter 7 (which was soooooooo goooooooooood!!!!!)... Love that she's always down for whatever! :)
Our homemade ravioli turned out sooo delicious. We had so many different fillings (ricotta, mushrooms, onions, crab, roasted red pepper) and two different sauces (pesto alfredo and marinara) and our one meal of the day was a good one!!!!
Yayyy for Poojama parties!!! :)

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Day 338: and the birthday celebrations continue...

I am continually amazed at all the love I have in my life... sometimes, you forget just how many people there are in this world who care about you, and I was reminded (yet again) of how lucky I am to have the people I have in my life. The birthday celebrating continued on Saturday starting with lunch with Jen, Cheryl, and Sharon on the upper West Side. We had a nice little lunch, just us girls. It felt almost Sex and the City-ish (they've decided I'm the Carrie, lol, whatever that means), just sitting there, the four of us and talking like we didn't care who listened in...

After, Jen and I went to Soho for a bit before I tried to meet up with my friend Pooja (the Pooj)at our friend Ana's art gallery opening. After a whole bunch of random communication mishaps, we finally met up at the Apple store where I was charging my dead phone and I found out that she had tried really hard to have a small surprise birthday party for me (!! and here I thought we were just going to go make ravioli! lol). It didn't work out quite the way she had planned, but I had a great time anyway. We ended up having delicious drinks at Kittichai in Soho (first just the two of us and then with our friends Olga, Ana, and two of Olga's friends) and then eating Lobster Ravioli at a place nearby. It was sooo much fun. At some point in the night, the waitress at the bar brought out a plate of chocolate mousse as a birthday plate. It was so sweet. I wish I knew how to rotate pictures on this thing... sigh... lol

I haven't known Pooj all that long (just since our stint as Bollywood dancers at Brooklyn Bridge Park), but she's quickly become one of my favorite people to hang out with. My "same-sex soul mate." lol

This year's birthday certainly kicks last year's ass! :)

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Day 337: birthday party meat platters

...because you can't celebrate your birthday without eating tons of meat!

Am so lucky that I have a group of awesome people who love me and will be gluttonous meat eaters with me as I grow older. :)

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 336: Happy biiiiirthday toooooo meeeeeee

Officially 27 now!

Holy cow. I don't really feel any different, but.. you know, I'm 27! That's getting way closer to 30!! Oh geez!

Like I mentioned back when I was 26 (sigh, I remember it just like it was, I learned even more in my 26th year than I did in my 25th (which was a HUGE learning year for me), and I thought I want to continue the tradition that I seem to have started for myself last year and write about a few of the things I've learned this year.

1) Happiness isn't a destination. It's a state of being. (which kind of makes the phrase "Road to Joy" sort of inaccurate, I suppose...though it kind of still IS a road to get to joy...the process is the road...I guess...)
2) Wallowing is okay for a while, because it's necessary to let yourself be sad and self pitying and not apologize for it or deny them, but it gets tired. lol
3) Pain eventually subsides. (I learn this one over and over)
4) There's not many things better than ignoring the criticism and listening to your own heart. I finally did and it's been working out for me so far! :)
5) There is a huge difference between guarding your heart and shutting people out, but it's a very fine line between the two. It's much easier to shut people out than it is to carefully let them in...
6) Whatever walls a person puts up CAN be broken down. The right person will know how to.
7) Taking my time to think things through has far greater merits than I ever thought possible.
8) Sometimes, the reality doesn't live up to the can fall short and burst the perfect bubble you found yourself in... but sometimes, it can surpass anything you ever expected or dreamed of.
9) If a person wants to be in your life, they will find a way to do so.
10) The ones who matter the most are the ones you will never have to explain yourself to.
11) Even in the saddest of situations, there is always something to laugh about.
12) Bollywood dancing is probably the most carefree, enjoyable and infectiously joyous thing I learned to do this year. And it's not so hard!
13) Sephora has an excellent return policy.
14) You can learn something from pretty much anyone. (Including my 2 year old nephew, who has dispensed awesome advice for coping with Jeff's deployment: "don't be sad." LOL)
15)Things really do happen for a reason. Pain and hardships happen to make us stronger and to make the way for better things to come.
16) Life never turns out the way you plan. It turns out way better. :)

I want to think of more, but my old ass is exhausted and can't think any deeper!

I had a great year. Here is to another one! ...another year of learning, laughing, crying, loving, dancing, singing, living, and growing... Let it just keep getting better and better, and let me take the time to drink it all in!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Day 335: goodbye mid twenties! :(

Today is my last day of being 26 (which apparently is the cut off for being in your mid twenties even though I always thought you only had 25 as mid twenties...turns out 24-26 years qualifies!)... Well... TECHNICALLY, by Guam time, which is where I was born, I'm already 27, but let's just say that I'm 26 so I can enjoy these last thirty minutes contemplating the end of my mid twenties before I have to say hello to my late twenties. My late twenties!!! GEEZ!!!! Where in the world did time go?? I can just see my 20 year old self in my mind's eye, crying over the fact that I was no longer a teen, and getting a manicure to cheer myself up. lol

And now, I'm going to be 27... and 30 is fast approaching! Wow!

I feel like my 26th year was one that was filled with sooo many more lessons than the ones I learned in my 25th year. Is that what life will be like from now on? I'll just keep learning more and more as the years go by?? Or is it that my circumstances led me to the kind of wisdom and lessons that I stumbled upon along the way? Hrm. Not sure...

Since there are actually two or three of you out there in the internet void reading this (that I actually know come no one ever says hi?? lol), I thought I would post up something I wrote last year....I find it interesting how quickly this year has passed and that I can look back on last year's birthday blog post written in some other part of the internet no one on here probably knows about....

Here it is:


I've gone and hit the beginning of my late 20s.

Current mood:contemplative

I'm another year older... It makes me a little sad to realize that by society's definitions, I am definitely a "woman" now. I mean, I've been a woman for a long time, I guess, but I've always felt like still just a girl ("...not yet a woooomannnnn..." that song always comes to mind when I say that phrase) and so have been denying my title of "woman." But now that I'm 26... well, it's harder to deny womanhood no matter how young I feel (or look! My manicurist on Tuesday thought I was like, 18!!! Wooooooooot). Welcome to old age, Joyce. hahaha

...Because of busy work and school schedules for people, instead of being out drinking or partying or whatever to celebrate my birthday like a "normal" person, I spent my birthday with just myself doing random things like buying a new pair of shoes and getting a massage... My low key birthday was actually quite nice... For once, I had some quiet time... Nice, quiet time to just enjoy life as it comes...

As testament to the true nerd/lame-o that I am, I found myself wanting to write on this thing because there is so much on my mind and I have nowhere to put it and no one in particular I want to tell...

It's crazy how much has happened in the past year... I feel like I want to list all the things I learned in the past year... I guess for the sake of posterity... and maybe to remind myself next year of the person I am today, since I definitely am not the same as I was a year ago... so here goes...

This past year I learned the following (in no particular order):

1) Never to settle for anything less than what I really want (because the alternative will never satisfy, and only screw me even more). I find this is true for just about everything, even with something as minute as settling for a salad when I really just wanted french fries.
2) To put myself out there more in terms of trying new things. This year, I climbed 66 flights of stairs (in one go!), tried paintball for the first time, went to pin up school, tried internet dating, and struck up conversations with more than a few strangers. It was scary to think of doing things by myself where I don't know anyone but ended up being more fun than I expected and less awkward than I'd anticipated.
3) At some point, I have to stop caring about what people think and allow myself to follow my heart.
4) True joy can eventually lead to true pain...and while it can be hard to think so sometimes, the joy is worth the pain...though it is not without consequences.
5) My capacity to love, to care, to forgive, to understand, and to feel is far greater than I ever thought.
6) The true measure of my own self awareness and strength is more than I realized.
7) I am actually capable of being the person I always wanted to be: loving, compassionate, and understanding. How I have always seen myself is not how others see me, and I need to believe in myself and give myself more credit than I do.
8) My sister is way more awesome than I even gave her credit for... and I already thought she was super awesome to begin with.
9) Life doesn't stop even when you want it to.
10) I really don't bullshit as much as I thought I did. When serious, I mean every single word I say.
11) Once again, life is too short...Especially to spend on anger and spite.
12) Being fearless in love (and life in general) can be amazing, but being careful and taking things more slowly does have its advantages... The heart is resilient, but it has its limits.
13) Country music is not half as bad as most haters make it out to be... it can be great companions if you let it.
14) Six Alrumpapumpums in two hours is not the best idea.
15) Hair DOES grow back.
16) No matter what happens in life, one is never completely at fault and one is never completely blameless. We all play our part. It's easy to forget that when we are hurt or angry. Trying to see the perspective of others in situations can be difficult, but it's only fair to try.
17) Kids can be the greatest source of comfort without them ever realizing it.
18) Each person you meet in life, whether they stay in your life or not, will change you; sometimes in ways you never thought possible.
19) I cannot dance even with a the use of a manual. Fun to try though. Especially the ass shake.
20) I am truly blessed and I need to remember that always.

I'm sure there are more lessons I've learned... but these are just the ones that come to mind. I wish I could say I had all the answers... but I think I have more questions than answers. I sometimes feel as lost (or even more so) as I did a year or two or even ten years ago... but I know I've grown and I've changed... for the better, I think... I learned a lot, and I feel...almost accomplished.'s to another year of learning, laughing, crying, loving, dancing, singing, living, and growing.


After reading it...well...I'm really proud of the year I had!!! I put those lessons to such good use! And I am all the better for it! It's been a long (yet short, time is weird that way) and crazy year, and though it had it's rough patches, I got through 26 just fine... Actually...better than fine! I got through it pretty awesomely and I honestly don't feel like I would ever have wanted to change a thing!

Here's to twenty six! It was amazing, filled with adventure, sadness, joy, laughter, stress, anger, love...all the chaos that makes up a life!

I had a pineapple coated in green chocolate and toasted coconut to celebrate. lol My tummy was not happy afterwards. LOL

Let's go, 27!!! 14 minutes to go and I start the next blog post... yup! Overachieving today! (Mostly because I probably won't do it at the end of my birthday) Until then, I guess I should fix my face for self portrait. Hopefully 27 looks better than 26. lol

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 334: early morning train ride

Had to take the train in so that I don't get docked for going to the doctor... I haven't decided yet if I like waking up early or not...I do, but I don't...? Hate making the effort!!!

On the bright side, the morning skies are always a view to behold!

Thank goodness the J line is above ground, I get to see SOME sunlight.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 333: pre-birthday goodness

These arrived at the office today from Jeff for my birthday...

If he didn't already have my heart, I'd say he would have won me over with these...but then again, I don't think I could be bought. They would have helped though. Lol that is, if he didn't already have my heart. Lol

I am so lucky to have a man in my life who not only tolerates my love for shoes but also seems to encourage it from time to time. :)

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Day 331: Columbus Circle lights

Gosh I love Christmas lights!!! They always play O Come All Ye Faithful when they do the Christmas light show at Columbus Circle....Oddly enough, I end up singing the Chamorro

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Day 330: wintery escapades

One of the best parts about Christmas is the atmosphere! I spent some time at Bryant Park and while I would not brave the lines to ice skate myself, it was nice just to take the scenery in! I'm loving all the Christmas markets around the city! :)

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day 329: can't have Thanksgiving without a turkey...

...and in our family, any kind of turkey will do... including the tissue box turkey Matty made at school... since we didn't actually have a turkey at our feast...
...well, we did have turkey meatloaf! And it was delicious!

It's crazy to think that Thanksgiving is already here...which means Christmas is almost here...and then soon the new year... which means that this year is almost done! So much has changed for me... I have changed. I'll probably save the whole how-I've-changed or whatever post for closer to the new year... I probably won't even touch upon what I've learned yet either. Instead, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I guess I will stick to giving thanks! :)

This past year has been pretty crazy, and I feel very happy with myself that even though I gave myself time to be sad, I spent a lot of time celebrating life and being thankful for all the great things I DID have instead of focusing so much on what I thought I lost. On one hand, it was so difficult to deal with the heartbreak, but on the other hand, it was also difficult not to see all the blessings I had in my life. I have a lot!

I'm so thankful for each day I get to wake up and start the day. Sometimes, I want to sleep in longer and when I can't, I'm a little cranky, but on the whole, I'm happy to be alive and kicking. :) I get to sleep in a comfortable bed, and go to work (which is also a pain sometimes, but) that helps to keep me living a fairly comfortable life where I'm never hungry (at least not involuntarily).

I have a wonderful set of parents who've loved me and supported me in all that I do and in all that I am and they raised a set of awesome chilgren which means I also have an older brother and sister who love and support me in all that I do and that they expanded our family to include two amazing spouses (one for each of them, lol) and five ridiculously cute and fun kids... I don't think I could have asked for a better family even if I had tried...

I'm thankful for the people who stood by me to cheer me up and make me laugh and let me cry; for the ones who made life better by just being there. People I never had to explain myself to in order to be loved and accepted...

I'm thankful for the opportunities I've had this year to make life what it is: full of fun and surprises and new experiences....

And I'm thankful for the love I lost...because it prepared me for the love I found! My life is richer and fuller than I could have ever imagined because of it! I'm so lucky to be loved and to be happy and to have found someone who does nothing but continue to bring joy into my life, even from halfway around the world. I am continually amazed at how one person can love me for all that I am with all that he is without question, without fail, and completely without obligation.

I think of what I have and what I don't, and I am grateful for all of it....

I didn't need a day to be thankful. I need a whole life...:)

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Day 328: Puzzle Fighter always brings good memories...

Spent the night before Thanksgiving with Rich and Brandon just hanging out and playing Super Puzzle Fighter... I find that my history with the game is filled with nothing but goodness...

Like discovering the game on the original Playstation (which I still have in my possession) with my siblings when I was like, fourteen (almost half a lifetime ago! oh geez!!) and having these huge tournaments well into the night with all my cousins. (My sister was champion a lot.) I love how as teenagers, we all kept each other out of trouble by just hanging out together and doing random "cousin activities" like piling into my sister's four runner (I always ended up in the trunk area by myself) and going bowling or to eat seafood spaghetti at Capricciosa or hanging out at someone's house watching tv or playing video games. We could have been losers, but surprisingly enough, I think we all turned out fairly social/well adjusted and I don't think any of us ever got judged for hanging with family all the time...

After high school, I don't think I revisited the game until after I graduated college and moved to Japan. I went home to visit my brother and he relinquished the Playstation and all games to me (Puzzle Fighter was really the only one I wanted. And maybe Point Blank. If he had Time Crisis, I would have wanted it too, but I think my sister took that when she got married)...And one day, when me and my friend Devin were suuuper broke but wanted to hang out, we ended up spending twelve hours playing Puzzle Fighter...most of which I spent kicking his ass. haha

I took it home to Vegas for Christmas that same year and dethroned my sister as champion. Woooo hahaha That was also the same time we introduced the game to my nephew AJ...and how he learned to trash talk. ("You like that, Auntie Joyce?? Eat that!!!" lol We had to begrudgingly reteach him how to be a good sport.)

You can now download Puzzle Fighter on the Playstation 3, which is what Rich did one night last year when we were jonesing for it...and we've played it sporadically ever since.

...Like that one random Saturday night this past summer where I stayed at Rich's until 4 in the morning, taking turns playing this game...not just because it's fun and I like it, but because I wanted to sit next to a certain boy for as long as I could, holding hands when the two of us weren't playing the game. I almost wanted us both to lose our turn each time....:)

These are things I think about when I play each time. I love in life how there are certain parts that never lose its magic or its good feelings. I feel like there are so many things that lose its luster as we get older. We become disillusioned about things; our perfect bubbles get burst; our innocence gets lost....but that there is always something that will stay awesome when you revisit it throughout the years...well, that's the kind of stuff that makes life great. :)

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 327: "...tis the season to be jolly, falalalalalalala...."

One of the things I love best about Christmas is the atmosphere. The cool crisp air, the Christmas carols that start playing, and best of all, the decorations...

Last year, I was so stupidly heartbroken and depressed about not spending Christmas with my parents that I didn't really get much into the spirit of it... but this year! Even with Jeff away, there's so much in my life to be thankful and happy for and I get to go hang out with my entire Dad's side this year and see my brother and my sister and all the kids and my parents so this year is clearly kicking last year's ass!

Anyway, I went to Target the other day and found this awesomely cute Christmas tree! I got some Christmas lights and tiny Christmas balls and voila! Christmas in my apartment this year! Yay!!!!

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 326: let the season of morbid obesity begin...

The Thanksgiving and Christmas season kicked off this week starting with the annual Thanksgiving office luncheon we had. Let the eating begin!

Brandon waited for everyone to get their grub on before finally freeing the poor turkey's legs.

I don't know how he managed to NOT keel over in food coma after all of that.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Day 325: my best buddy Skype

Finally got to skype with Jeff!!! Like, video chat! Yay!!! Skype, you are the bestest!!! lol

Cousin Jennie (whose husband was deployed last year) wasn't kidding when she said Skype would be my best friend this year. Totally is. Skype bridges the thousands of miles between here and the other side of the world to bring Jeff right to me.... well... at least as close as possible...

On one hand, it's a little bit torturous to see him and not be able to reach out and hug him, but on the other hand, it's suuuuper awesome just to see him! :)

Highlight of my week... :)

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day 324: Burlesque Bikini Boot Camp

In the spirit of 2010, I took another random class. Most of my classes have been fitness related, and I find that I thoroughly enjoy looking for different ways to "cheat" going to the gym and staying healthy.

Fitness flavor of the month? Burlesque Bikini Boot Camp. No, we did not dance around in bikinis. The whole idea behind this class is that you first tone up and do exercises boot camp style (to fit you into a bikini) and then you learn a burlesque dance.

Of all the classes I've taken this year, this had to be the most random one. We started with our "showgirl pose," (one foot in front of the other, toe pointed, chest and ass out, hands up in a V shape) and repeated the mantra of the day. "I am a joy to be loved." lol So awkward to be saying something like that out loud. We then warmed up with some "cutesy burlesque dance moves" that required a red feather boa and a chair and I'm thinking, "yay, I can do this, it's sooo easy and fun." But THEN!!! oh lordy, and then the boot camp section started and it was like, "Pushups! Tricep dips! Wall sit! Sprints! Faster! Harder! Lower!" Kill me. lol

And then we finally stopped and learned a routine set to "Diamonds are Forever" complete with "diamond fingers" (less jazzy than spirit fingers), cat crawling and rhythmic hip thrusting.

So random. Definitely an experience. :)

My teacher (her name was Lady Chardonnay) was a trip.

Only in New York. :)

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Day 323: early morning downtown

Mornings spent downtown...Woke up ass early to go work out. I can't believe I was crazy enough to do it! Though I will admit, being up that early and seeing the early sun out kind of felt nice...

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 322: "you want thingamabobs? I've got twenty..."

...well, not twenty.... Yet. Lol

I love these glasses! Still convinced they make everyone look super good!!!

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 321: weirdest comfortable shoes ever! Lol

Tried on the Vibram FiveFinger shoes at my dance teacher's recommendation... Holy cow, they feel soooo good!!!! Especially the one made for running!!!! Though, they're sooo hard to put on. Like gloves. And my toes are not as cooperative as my fingers~!

Why'd they have to be so ugly though! lol

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Day 320: to the core...

I hate eating apples that aren't cut. I get really paranoid about my teeth breaking off if I bit into an apple...

...but desperation makes you do crazy things. Was sooo hungry after my first physique 57 class (hello asskicking, nice to meet you!) that I ended up scarfing the free apples they hand out at the front desk. Like I'm gonna turn down free fruit!

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Day 319: only in New York...

...would you find these random murals on the street all over the city...

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Day 318: "if it didn't hurt, everyone would do it"

...that's what Brandon told me about getting a tattoo...
I have now joined the club. :)
I can't explain the pain nor how I managed to get through it, but I'm told I was a trooper. I better be! That thing was a lot bigger than I expected!!!!
I will post a picture of it once it's healed and isn't so blotchy... :)

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Day 317: Abandonment issues?

My schedule has been pretty crazy lately, what with Jeff and weddings all over the place and work... It's made it hard to commute to Jersey for regular visits this past month and a half... But I finally got to see my babies!!! Daji looked fairly happy to see me at first...until he got sleepy-cranky... At least, I hope that's the reason he got all sullen and wouldn't talk to me... :(

Here he is sitting in the corner avoiding everyone... soooo cute.

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