Thursday, September 21, 2006

Life List

...because I feel it's important to take a look at your life and get focused on all that you hope to do with it.

(In no particular order)

With my life, I hope to:

Swim with the dolphins
Learn How to Play Guitar
Visit the rainforest
Eat more Vegetables
Drink more water
Learn How to Play the Bongos
Visit every continent…yes…even Antarctica
Become fluent in a foreign language
Watch a wale swim wildly in the ocean
Take an African Safari
Open my own business
Raise a family
Scuba Dive
Sky Dive!
Do more things that scare me
See the Grand Canyon
Take a cross country road trip
Live in New York City
Swim in the Mediterranean Sea
Bike through Ireland
Lick a frog
Study Buddhism under a Buddhist monk
Learn to cook
Volunteer more
Become a mentor

Friday, September 15, 2006

Another Weekly Shoutout

I think I may just make this a regular post =)

* Katie K. HAPPY 30TH!!!

* Flashback Fridays on 94.5 WKTI. I love singing along to them on my drive to work in the morning.

* The flying V! Although it signifies the coming of colder weather, I can't help but stare in amazement as I watch the birds flying high overhead, in that all too familiar manner. And in my amazement, I can't help but wonder: WHAT the H makes them do it, WHERE do they go, and HOW do they decide what birds get to go and which ones have to wait for a different V.


Monday, September 11, 2006


In a world where entertainment power houses profit on a nation’s suffering, and “remembering” has been reduced to magnetic ribbons on our cars, I’ve found it hard to figure out my own personal way of paying tribute to so many loss of lives during this 5 year anniversary of 9/11. As luck would have it, I randomly came across a blog which had dedicated itself not only to remembering the victims of 9/11 as a whole, but to remembering each individual, by name…all 2, 996 of them.

2,996 bloggers were assigned a different person and were asked to post a tribute to their specific victim. I was thrilled to receive my name in my email inbox and I spent numerous days researching his name and his life, trying to get the best sense I could as to who this man was in his years before the terrible tragedy of 9/11. With each article I read and each picture I saw, his presence began to feel more real and I found myself crying for his loss, many times. For the first time since the attacks, I somehow felt personally connected to an individual and I knew that the other 2,995 people felt the exact same way.

Today, I remember Herman Sandler who according to his obituary was a loving husband, a devoted father to three, a role model and mentor to hundreds of young people. He was a generous and caring man, devoting much of his time and money to Sting’s Rain Forest Foundation and in smaller projects such as the Tibetan Peace Garden in London. His memory is not forgotten, and the kind words of remembrance can be found all across the World Wide Web. As I close my tribute to Herman Sandler on this five year anniversary, I’d like to leave with words from his closest friends and family. Today, Herman is not just another number…he is remembered.

“I will miss his company; I will miss trying to amuse him just to hear his infectious laughter. He imbued New York with his vital life force, and it’s a smaller apple without him. We will always remember him.” Trudie Styler and Sting

“To our best friend who filled us with a passion for living and the inspiration to carry on. We will always remember and love you.” Melvin, Helen and Jack Heller

“We will miss you, your knowledge, enthusiasm, generosity, humor, and most of all your friendship. Our deepest sympathies to Suki and the family.” Jackie and Mort Ackerman

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Herman Sandler, 57

Thursday, September 07, 2006

My Own 100

I never really envisioned myself making a big deal out of my "100th" post in fact, I didn't even know I was nearing my 100th until I randomly checked my profile the other day and realized I had just posted number "99". What are the chances!

As I purused other blogs I realized that the trendy blog-thing to do is to post a "100 Things About Me" post, and I happily obliged.

So here it is, my very own 100th post...100 list.

1. I was born on May 18, 1982 in Burlington, Wisconsin

2. I was born to two teenage parents who fought all odds and have developed a successful, healthy family life.

3. They were married when I was two, and have been together ever since!

4. I have one younger brother, his name is Mikey. Hes one of my favorite people on the planet!

5. When I was younger I used to plan out our marriage to each other. I was seriously under the assumption that every family had one boy and one girl so that they could be married some day. I was shocked to later find out that kind of thinking is a crime! (And that some of my friends had more than one sibling!!)

6. There are 8 children on my dads side and six children on my moms side. Our Christmass are always quite big!

7. I used to memorize books on tape when I was three and then read to my parents.

8. I cried on my first day of Kindergarden because I got on the wrong bus, and I didnt learn how to actually read!

9. I grew up idolizing Madonna and Cindy Lauper. I used to run around my school singing "Like a Virgin" when I was 4.

10. I miss the way the world looked behind the handle bars of my tricycle, but now I love the way the world looks under the drop top of my Cabrio.

11. Ive always been ridiculously independent. In first grade my parents would have to leave early for work so I would have to get to and from school by myself. I always knew it was time to leave when Captain Kangaroo was over =) Ive done things on my own pretty much ever since!

12. In 3rd grade I used to force my friends to skip their recess because we had to practice our dance for the talent showthe following year!

13. I once cried for a week straight when I found out my parents butchered the pig I thought they were bringing home to be my pet.

14. Ive ALWAYS been a girly girl

15. I loved barbies, dresses, and makeup when I was younger.

16. I started myself on a strict skin care routine at the age of 10.

17. Ive been following it ever since!

18. My mom and I make yearly trips together to the Spa to get facials.

19. My parents always wanted me to be a jock so they enrolled me in a number of sports.

20. With each sport I was always more interested in the flowers on the field or the food in the stadium.

21. I once tried to pee in a Depends to see just how much those could really hold.

22. I went to a Catholic grade school and a public high school. I never bought the Catholic beliefs. I was a born skeptic of everything I was taught. Ive had a hard time going to church since I left.

23. We had two cliques in Grade School: The Snob Squad and The Nerd Herd. I was of course part of the latter =)

24. I drank my first beer the summer leaving St. Marys at Tony Belmores going away party. It was the first time The Snob Squad and The Nerd Herd hung out together. Ill remember it always =)

25. I once saved $500 for a horse but ended up going out and shopping with it instead.

26. My first kiss was in my Freshman year of High School.

27. We ended up dating for 4 years but never officially broke up. I wonder if that means all this time Ive been cheating on him =)

28. I LOVE to eat Gushers

29. I like to pop out the juice from them first, suck it out then eat the squishy part last.

30. I peel ALL the cheese off of my pizza and just eat the crust.

31. I also refuse to eat the last bite of any of my food, or drink the last drink of any of my drinks.

32. *knock on wood* Ive never broken a single bone in my body.

33. But I did sprain my tail bone REALLY bad at Karen Smileys birthday party in fourth grade. I never told anyone!

34. I have pride issues.

35. I get my hair done every two months and every time I go in, I change it.

36. I think I have ADD

37. Im fascinated by how people act when they think nobody is watching

38. I was once in a damaging earthquake while studying in Mexico.

39. It was the strangest feeling Ive had to date.

40. I think Im addicted to Myspace

41. Im a TERRIBLE speller.

42. Its more so just laziness.

43. I could dance every day of my life

44. I was on the dance team for two years in High School and I absolutely loved it!

45. It wasnt until many years later that my best friend Erin and I were watching old tapes of our routines and we realized we were actually quite bad! (We thought we were pretty good at the time)

46. I was on Prom Court in High School. I was seriously convinced for the longest time that it was a joke. (was it?)

47. I had a hard time saying goodbye to High School. It was a great four years!

48. My best friend and I planned a three week tour of Europe for the summer we left High School. The day we went to buy our tickets, she bailed on me and I think Ive held a grudge against her for it ever since.

49. I went to three different colleges after high school, in three different states and I finally graduated with a BA in Fashion Merchandising from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago, IL.

50. Im still trying to tap into the fashion industry.

51. I went through a huge experimentation phase in college.

52. Its important for my character that I try everything once. Im a firm believer in the dont knock it until you try it cliché.

53. If I could choose to be addicted to one drug I would definitely choose Exstacy

54. I truly feel everyone should try it at least once (please dont fight me on this he he)

55. I got my first and only tattoo when I was living in Minneapolis. My roommates and I were very bored one day and so we decided to get tattoos to pass some time.

56. Its a butterfly on my lower right hip.

57. It means absolutely nothing

58. Politics bore me

59. Im not an over opinionated person

60. I just like things to go my way =)

61. I love to travel, but I have a fear of flying! I literally have panic attacks on every plane ride.

62. My first plane ride was when I was 11. My entire family went down to Florida.

63. Ive been to four different countries (other than the US) and 24 of the 50 US states.

64. I have a slight (read: immense!) fear of terrorists and death. Enter my fear of flying.

65. My first concert was when I was 15. It was Alanis Morrisette. Since then Ive seen well over 100 different concerts in my lifetime.

66. Ive always been relatively quiet and well mannered. Every year my parents would always hear from my teachers I wish all my students were like Christi

67. I lost my grandma in 2003 and Ive thought of her every day since then

68. I ran and finished the Chicago Marathon in October 2004. It has been the greatest achievement of my life thus far.

69. I recently lost a family member to suicide. I found myself angry at the situation and I still to this day cannot understand depression.

70. Im a true optimist, but rather cynical with my own personal life.

71. I over analyze most tough (read: all) decisions

72. Jealousy annoys me

73. I am in love with a wonderful woman. Weve been together for two years.

74. Shes the first person Ive fully let into my life.

75. I refuse to label myself as a lesbian, or as bisexual. I believe labels are too confining.

76. Ive only had my heart truly and fully broken once. It was the hardest year of my life!

77. I LOATHE the malls. I love shopping in an intimate boutique setting as opposed to a cattle-like shopping arena.

78. I have a slight obsession with couture denim. Ill usually spend between $200 and $250 on my jeans.

79. I love to reminisce. I miss a lot about my past.

80. I could watch old home videos for hours!

81. I get bored easily

82. Ive always loved planning things. Even as a kid I would plan little events for me and my friends to do.

83. Music is in my blood. Its the one thing I turn to when Im having a rough day.

84. Drives in the Cabby with the top down and fabulous music blaring is one of the things I look forward to most in my life.

85. I love simple pleasures and playing with my inner child.

86. People will argue with me, but I am absolutely NOT high maintenance

87. My first job was as a hostess at Houlihans in Lake GenevaI HATED it!

88. Soon after, I went to work at Geneva National Golf Club and it is still to date the best job I ever had!

89. I currently work in the bridal industry but am desperately trying to get out of itat least the retail end of it

90. Im not an over doting person.

91. Romance and sweet talk makes me laugh.

92. Im a huge mood killer

93. When I am tired, I play with my hair. Its very soothing.

94. I am not engineered for the cold. When the temperature drops below 70 my sweaters come out and the extra down comforter goes on.

95. Im very passive

96. My biggest pet peeve is when people slow down traffic to stare at whatever is going on off to the side of the road.

97. Im a big flirt, sometimes unknowingly

98. The words poop and sippy cup ALWAYS without fail put a smile on my face. Im smiling as I type this.

99. If I could own an entire farm of Pugs I would!

100. I love these self indulgent blog moments

Friday, September 01, 2006

Weekly Shoutouts

  • TARA RAE! She FINALLY came out!!! HORRAY!! It has been a long overdue occurance and I am so excited for her to finally share in this part of her life with her family.

  • Autumn. It is well on its way and I have to admit I'm ready for it. As I drove to work this morning I was honestly thrilled to see the leaves begin their yearly change to orange and red. I am sad to see the Summer end, but I know that in 7 VERY long months, I'll get to go through the re-growth process all over again, and that makes me really happy!

  • Harley Davidson for giving me an interview on September 13. Here's hoping!

  • My Aunt Jackie, for sending me a card that made me bawl my eyes out. I am truly blessed to have a close-knit, ever accepting family.

  • Nicky...I'll miss you roomie =(