Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I was thankful that today was relaxing. Of course, Aaron and I spent Christmas over at my parents' for breakfast and then we went over to his parents' for lunch.

The day was not entirely free of work. I had an interview yesterday for a position I am trying to fill for tomorrow, so I did spend some time emailing information to the person and to the contact person at the client. This person is on a temp-to-hire basis, and we'll be sending another person out there as well, so this will provide some income through the month of January. Admittedly, it is corny, but I feel as though it's our little Christmas miracle. We've not been as busy as we should be for December, and we started to worry about January when we are not very busy, so this is going to help sustain us until we are able to pick back up with the busier season. Oh yeah, and we also got a phone call from one of our employees regarding her paycheck. We never gret a break....

Last night for Christmas eve we went to a church service at a friend's church because our church does not have one. I got to see her son who is turning 2 on Sunday, and he is a baby doll! I really loved the Christmas music and the candle lighting ceremony, but unfortunately, I felt a bit stressed about the new order for Friday. I've got to admit, it made me a little sad that I was taking phone calls after the service because I never want to be the type of person who is so engrossed in work that I am working non-stop.

My family always opens gifts on Christmas Eve, and I was so excited to present my gifts! If you happen to know my brother, you'd know that he is extremely intelligent. He's in a masters program for actuarial sciences, so I got him a t-shirt that says "Dangerously Overeducated." My parents are so good to us, and they have generously welcomed Aaron into our family and included him in all of our holiday celebrations.

I really enjoyed my Christmas season, and I am always sad to see the season go. But I'm looking forward to the new year especially because it involves graduation and a lot of other exciting events. ; ) I'm also looking forward to reading the time capsule that Aaron and I wrote last year.

Stay tuned for a post on Predictions for 2009 and perhaps some new year's goals and resolutions.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Birthday Post!

Saturday was my 22nd birthday, and thanks to my loving boyfriend, Aaron, it was a birthday weekend.

Normally, Aaron and I go home for the weekend to work for our business, however, this weekend, I wasn't able to go back because I had a recital for a dance class I took on campus. Aaron surprised me and stayed in Bloomington to be with me, and we had a lot of fun. On Friday, he surprised me and took me to a local Chinese restaurant that I had wanted to try for a long time. We had such a great time, first, because the food was delicious, and second, because of the wonderful conversation. The things he said to me expressed an overall theme that I just fit in his life in any way imaginable. Hearing how much I am valuable was so touching, and I could hardly help getting a little misty-eyed. After we left the restaurant, we headed over to a movie store and rented something that I wanted to see. The rest of the night was dedicated to cuddling on the couch and enjoying each other's company

On Saturday, I put Aaron through the paces. First, I wanted to go see a black belt testing for a tae kwon do club on campus,and we ended up staying for about two hours! It was so interesting to watch as the candidates went through all the memorized forms that the had learned over the last few years. Afterwards, Aaron and I went over to Goodwill to get a costume for my recital, and he provided some fashion advice.

The dance recital was held for a belly dancing class that I took this semester. I had a lot of fun with the class, especially since it had been so long since I had been on stage performing--it was fantastic! Our costumes were full, long skirts and tank tops with whatever accessories we chose to pair with the outfit. Aaron helped me choose a dark red skirt, and I wore a blue beaded tank top with a gold bracelt, necklace, and earrings. I felt really girly all dressed up!

I also got a glance at another culture because our professor developed her expertise in very traditional, Egyptian belly dance with traditional music. We learned how belly dance is a major part of traditional Egyptian wedding and which types of music are appropriate.

There were some other belly dance troups that were performing that night, and I was pretty interested that there were people out there who made belly dance a passion. Some of her more advanced students were amazing, and I enjoyed watching them. For me, I'm pretty sure that it was my retirement recital : )

To check out a really great video of a talented belly dancer, see this link:

The rest of the weekend, Aaron took superb care of me. I was way behind on my laundry, so he did it all, and he also tidied up for me. All of my meals were also cooked for me, but I wasn't ever allowed to get up to get my plate or drink. He made me feel like a princess, and I shall return the favor for him for his birthday in January.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Back in a week or so

Dear readers (if there are any of you),

Basic needs of life are not being fulfilled. I'm starting at the bottom of the Maslow pyramid!

By the way, you can thank my owner, the Kelley School of Business.

Blah, blah, blah.....

Friday, December 5, 2008

My favorite items of clothing growing up

I make no secret that fall is my favorite season; I love the slightly cooler weather, the beautiful trees, halloween, the BEAUTIFUL trees and leaves, just to name a few things. This season, I bought a brown sweater that I love, and I wear it all the time. It's warm and cozy, and I feel great in it. I have a hard time from keeping myself from wearing all the time. : ) Actually, I wore it yesterday!
It reminds me of my favorite clothing when I was in elementary school. I wish I had a picture of myself in this outfit, but unfortunately, I do not. It was a pair of purple pants and a rainbow striped shirt that I wore every Friday. Wish I still had the guts to wear something like that again-haha!
Another one of my favorite items of clothing was a pink and purple jacket with black and white striped piping. Trippy sounding, huh? I think this jacket was what started my love affair with fall. I can remember playing outside in the leaves in this jacket, and I wore it well into the cold weather even though it was a light-weight jacket.
In middle school, I had this pink, long-sleeved nike shirt with a hood that I adored. I do have pictures of me wearing this shirt somewhere, but I'd definitely have to dig for those. I remember packing it with me to go on our school's trip to Washington D.C., and I wore that until it was thin.

As I got into high school, I started to refine my image, and I remember a couple of pieces of clothing that I loved to wear. The first was a pair of jeans that fit me perfectly, and that was always tricky because of my height (I'm just under 5'0). Besides their fit, there was really nothing special about those jeans, but they were definitely a staple in my weekly wardrobe. There was a dress that I wore to special functions and in my senior pictures that was red. It was form-fitting with tan flowers, and it made me feel spectacular.

To round off this post, I have left you a beautiful picture from Indiana University during the fall , one from Halloween. (I dressed up as my pet bunny Mimzy, and my boyfriend Aaron was the hunter).