Writer's Block: Raining cats or dogs?
Do you have a decided preference between cats and dogs? Which do you prefer, and why? Would you consider a roommate or partner who had a contrary pet proclivity?

I love them both, but I prefer dogs to cats. Dogs are more loyal, and have more personality. Some cats are great companions, but for the most part they are very independent. I would never marry someone who didn't like dogs. I think there's something wrong with anyone who doesn't like dogs.

Writer's Block: Money to burn
If you were given two weeks off with an unlimited supply of money that was only good for those two weeks (anything you purchased, invested, or saved would disappear when the two weeks were up), what would you do?

I would go on the most amazing vacation ever! I think I would go on a 2 week cruise of the Caribbean! Oh, in my dreams!!!

Sick, Sick, Sick...
So, I'm sick. An old friend came down for a few days on his way to  San Diego and got me sick. For the past 2 days(and again this morning) I've had a fever, headache, body aches and a sore throat. I hate getting sick!! It's one of the works things ever. Luckily, my stomach hasn't really been bothering me, so at least I haven't felt the need to vomit. But I've just been stuck in this room for the last 2 days and it's no fun. Hopefully I'm better by tomorrow. I had so much planned for this weekend too and haven't been able to do any of it. I was supposed to go down to the bay area for my best friend's birthday, order my wedding ring, and get my dad to sign my car title so I could get rid of it. But like I said, none of that has happened since I'm stuck in this room. Oh, well...That's just life. Hopefully I'll get that stuff done next weekend.

So, our living situation is a little messed up. We have 3 roommates. One is planning on moving out in March, one is planning on moving out in June and the other has no idea. He says he might move out and he might not-it depends on when he finds a job. So, my fiance spoke with the third roomie today about the situation. He said that he will probably be out by August 1st, so we have decided that we're moving! We're going to try and move into a new place by July 15th so we have enough time to clean this house up. I am super excited, but also a little stressed. I started looking at available apartments, and there are so few that allow large dogs. Seriously, my dog is less destructive and much nicer than most small dogs so why won;t they let him live there?? It's just dumb. Anyways, I'm excited to finally be done with roommates and out of this house!! WooHoo! :-) 

Writer's Block: Single pride day
Given that we're less than a week out from Valentines, how do you feel about the approaching holiday? Will you participate or abstain? If you're not in a relationship, how will you celebrate your single status?

Personally, I like Valentine's Day but  I don't love it. I like having one more reason to spend the entire day with my fiance. And if we decide to do gifts, it's always fun to exchange gifts. I hate the crowds on Valentine's Day. I hate the lines and the crowded movie theaters, and I hate how restaurants will limit the menu and jack up the price just because it's Valentine's Day. 
My fiance and I are celebrating, but not to a huge extent. We aren't doing gifts. We are going to lunch and a movie(to avoid the evening crowds) and then spending the rest of the day hanging out together, playing games, etc. Also, we are cooking a new recipe that we've never tried before, so that should be fun.

Writer's Block: Meanwhile, back on the ranch ...
What is the absolute worst part of returning to work or school after a particularly long and relaxing vacation? How quickly do you reacclimate to the daily grind?

The worst part of returning to work is knowing that you have to answer to your boss again! When I'm on vacation, I get to do whatever I want and just relax and do nothing. When I go back to work I have to actually do something even if I don't want to. That's the worst part. 

I've come to the realization that I need more friends! I have a few very close friends from childhood and high school that I've known for years and years and have great relationships with. However, they all live hundreds of miles away from me. I have a few friends in Chico that I work with, but none of them that I hang out with outside of work on a regular basis. It has a lot to do with the fact that I am not the type of person that is going to go out to the bars every weekend. Most of the people here in Chico only have one idea of what to do for fun, and it always involves heavy drinking. I wish I had good friends that I could talk to about anything and that I was comfortable enough to go out shopping with, or to the movies, or anything fun that's not getting trashed. 
I also feel like it's kind of a waste of my time to spend a lot of time and energy trying to form great bonds with people here when I know that I will be moving on in a year. 
So, again, I can't wait to move to Denver! I really hope that Steven and I can find good friends(maybe couples) that we can hang out with regularly that want to do things other than drink heavily. 
My best friend from childhood(we're still great friends-she's even in my wedding) recently got a Facebook. I was looking through all of her photos and I wasn't in any of them because I haven't seen her in a year or two. I so wished that I was in them and that we were together again to share our friendship. But, she lives in Portland(which is actually our 2nd choice of places to live) and we are planning on moving to Denver. It makes me a little sad, because I kind of wish that we were moving up there so I could already have a best friend. But I know that that is a bad reason to move there. I wouldn't be able to handle the weather-way too much rain!!  However, if Steven doesn't get into our school of choice in Denver, than we will apply to the school in Portland. 
Well, it's a tough decisions but I know for our lives Denver would be better. 
Anyways, friends would be great, but for now I guess I'll just have to do with what I've got and hope that in the future we can meet great people and make great friends.

Writer's Block: What do you want to do before you die?
What do you want to do before you die?

Here's my list:
-Get married to the love of my life(happening in May)
-Graduate from college(happening in May)
-Buy a house
-Have children
-Travel to the following places:
   -New York City
-Be a good mother and wife
-Move to another state(happening in a year)

And that's my list! I knew it wouldn't be very long. Although my list is not huge, most of the things on my list are extremely important to me!!

Why do I have to be the responsible one?
I've always been the responsible one in my family. When I was a kid, I would make sure we left on time because I hated being late. Now in my adult life, I'm still the responsible one in my family. My brother, Brian, is completely irresponsible. He sold his car and bought a motorcycle that is pretty much broken and he expects me and Steven to be his chauffeur. Why does he think that we will drive him around and take his stuff? I just don't get it. Why does he feel that he can take advantage of us because we have a car? We are just expected to do whatever he wants us to. Why is all of this expected?? My family drives me crazy, and I just can't wait to live far far away from them! My life will be so much simpler! One more year, One more year....

2010 is finally here and I am super excited and nervous! I am extremely excited to finally be marrying the love of my life, Steven! I am not nervous about anything regarding our wedding right now. I know that everything will turn out wonderfully and even if it doesn't, that's okay because I'll be married to my love!! 
I am very excited to graduate but I'm also nervous about finding a real J-O-B!!! I can't wait to be making enough money to pay all of the bills and hopefully have a few bucks to spare. But I'm really not looking forward to interviewing! I'm also nervous that I'll either not be able to find a job or not be able to find something that pays enough. I'm just really anxious about the whole job hunting thing. 
Another huge thing in 2010 is Steven and I moving! We are planning to move either at the very end of 2010 or the very beginning of 2011 to Denver, CO. Steven is going to be going to culinary school, and I can't wait to get out of California! WooHoo!

So, I've made my mind up about my New Year's Resolutions! Here they are:
-Take more pictures!
-Lose the last 5 pounds
-Continue with my healthy habits and work out more often(5 days/week)
-Try to be more positive
-Try not to let little things bother me

Well, I won't be on again until next year, so...Goodbye 2009 and Hello 2010!! :-)


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