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Relay For Life

As most of you know, both of my mothers are breast cancer survivors. My Mom was diagnosed in the Fall of '99 and my step-mom was diagnosed about 6 months later. My step-mom has since battled it a second time, roughly about 5 years ago. Everyday I am so thankful for their recoveries and amazed at their strength and courage.

Every year since their diagnoses I've participated or donated to various cancer charities and/or events. This year I'm co-chairing the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life event here in Winter Park. It makes me so incredibly proud to be part of an organization that recognizes the importance of finding a cure for cancer and supports that effort every year and I'm determined to make this years event the best one yet. If you are able to help by donating or, for those of you here in the Orlando area, joining our team I'd be incredibly grateful.

You can donate or join the team by clicking here.

It's Mickey's day in court

It's Mickey and friends' day in court

Hopefully Donald will remember to wear pants in the courtroom. *g*
So I bought my very first tree for myself. I wasn't too sure if I was going to this year or not. I had thought of getting a real one as I love having a real Christmas tree but with both myself and my roommate Sean going out of town for Christmas I decided against it. And I wasn't sure if I would get a fake one either. I wanted to get a pre lit one as I was not about to mess around with lights and such. And most of the really gorgeous ones are insanely expensive unless you wait until December 26th. And well, again, I'm going to be out of town.

But then it was my mama to the rescue! She called me last Friday from Wal Mart and mentioned that they had some very reasonable prices on trees. So Sunday I went down and found my tree. I got a 6 1/2 foot pre lit Colorado Pine tree and it's really not that bad looking. Especially once all the decorations are on it. *g* I've always wanted to decorate a tree around a color scheme and I finally got to do that this year. It's crimson and gold. Why yes, I am a USC fan. Why do you ask? *g* I also managed to find a gorgeous tree skirt as well. I'm really quite pleased with how well it turned out.

And here are some pics so you can see for youself. :)

The whole tree
Don't mind the end of the ribbon on the floor. *g*>
The tree topper This came out a little fuzzy so you can't really see the glittery detailing on it but it's really very pretty.
A closer look at the ornaments

And a meme snagged from belicat

What The Holidays Mean to You

For you, the holidays are about emotional connections and bonds. You are happiest being around those you love.

You celebrate the holidays in a minimalist style. You are likely to only give one great present and decorate your house with a few special items.

During the holidays, you feel magical. You love all of the decorations and how happy people are. You like to sit back and take it all in.

You think the holidays should be energetic and packed with activities. You'll double up on caffeine and sugar if that's what it takes to get you through them.

Your best holiday memories are warm and intimate. You remember special moments more than gifts or parties.

This is so true.

This could get me into trouble

Snagged from tinpanalley.

Here is a poll box where you can ask me ANYTHING you want but no one but ME can see your questions. Then in another post I'll answer them all without attaching the name of the person who asked. So you can ask me ANYTHING. Really embarrassing stuff! Really inappropriate stuff! No one will know you asked, and I will be as honest as I know how in the answering.

Ask me anything at all. I'll try to be as honest as possible in my answer.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

On this day of thanksgiving, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you. Thank you for your love, your support, your kindness, generosity and most of all for being who you are. Without you my life would not be as full of joy or laughter.

*hugs to everyone*


Only four of you want Christmas cards this year? Were last years that awful? *sniff*
It's that time of year again. The big 31st bday and Christmas are just looming around the corner and I'm starting to get asked everyone's favorite question, "So what would you like?". I actually told Mom last night that if Grandma and Uncle David asked, she should tell them to get me phone cards. I barely get any signal on my cellphone in the condo so I've been using the house phone. Not doing that without a phone card anymore. Last months bill was $45. Yikes!

But seeing as how others have asked as well, I'll post this years wish list. This in no way means that I expect any of you to get me anything! This is for those that asked. But should you feel so inclined...*g* And post your own wish list so I can reciprocate.

1. Anything off my Amazon.com wish list would be lovely. It's mostly DVDs and CDs I don't own yet but covet.
2. iTunes gift cards...Mom is giving me an iPod you know *g*
3. Anything from BPAL
4. For any writers on my flist, Buffy/Xander or Dawn/Connor fic would be lovely
5. For the icon makers on my flist, Buffy/Xander or Dawn/Connor icons would also be great. As would Michael Buble, Ugly Betty, Chuck, Brothers and Sisters and Grey's Anatomy icons.
6. For anyone feeling really generous, a Brothers and Sisters/Ugly Betty/Grey's Anatomy mood theme would rock
7. A Christmas card from everyone on my flist would be amazing.

In other news, I bowled three strikes on the last frame last night. Gobble gobble! *g*
So have you been naughty or nice this year? Either way, if you'd like to get a holiday card this year, please make sure you comment with your address. And even if you think I already have your address comment anyways. Chances are I've lost it. And, as always, comments will be screened for protection.

I'm really looking forward to the holiday season this year. I'm debating whether or not to get a tree before the holidays or if I should wait until right after when they're all on sale. I have some of my childhood ornaments so what I might do is just buy a tabletop tree and maybe put that on the coffee table. I'll probably pick up some more ornaments/decorations. Target's got a set that's crimson and gold which are my favorite decorating colors. Very warm and inviting.

I got some other decorative stuff for the condo. I went to Target Friday night to pick up a home tool kit. How sad is it that we had absolutely no tools in the house? No hammer, no screwdriver, nothing. And seeing as how I needed at the very least a hammer, some nails and a screwdriver I decided to buy myself a tool kit. There's this pink one they've got online for Target but unfortunately it's not available in the stores. *pout* But I did find one that had a hammer, several different screwdrivers plus different bits, lots of different allen wrenchs, a tape measurer, and lots of other odds and ends. Now all I need is a tool belt and a hard hat.

I picked up a few other things while there as well. I finally got my painting "The Singing Butler" plus one other one by the same artist, "Elergy For A Dead Admiral". I had been torn between getting the first one in a larger size and having that hanging above the couch in the living room but that would have cost me anywhere between $200-300. These two are smaller, both will fit on the same wall, I have sconces I can hang either on the ends or in-between the two and they only cost $75 for both. I also picked up these two decorative pieces I've had my eye on. They're made out of clay I believe. One is a large platter in a kinda reddish/rust color. Very pretty. The other is a large bowl in a sort of moss green color. I'm not sure what the original price was but the sale price had been $25 the last time I'd seen them in the store. I'd been tempted, believe me, but ultimately decided that they were still just too expensive for me to buy both pieces. Well Friday night I saw them again and now they were on sale for $6-7 each. Yay!!! Those two will probably sit on the dining room table although that will mean that I'll have to find another place for my glass hurricane that's currently sitting there. I'm thinking I'll put that on top of the entertainment center. So now I've got some art pieces to hang and some other decorative touches to add throughout the house. I'll probably do that next weekend. There's also a new IKEA that's opening up this week and I might try to go by there next weekend as well. They've always got some great decorative touches as well that are fairly inexpensive.

Saturday I had to run over to the computer warehouse that Josh works at. I needed to get a new video card for the computer I bought recently from belicat and agnosticfont so that I could play my Lord of the Rings Online game. Whee!!! I haven't been able to play at home in forever! Thank goodness I can play it at work on my lunch break and after hours. Just one of the many reasons why my company kicks ass. *g* But now I get to geek out at home. Woohoo!! Good stuff. *g*

Saturday night we celebrated my brother Jeremy's 26th bday by going to Osaka, a japanese tapaneki restaurant. Andrea's family was there to celebrate as well. And it was just like being kids again with an adults table and a kids table. Hee! Our table was a lot noisier as we were supposed to be. And yet we all were members of the Clean Plate Club. *g* But I scored Mom's leftovers out of the deal so that rocked. I'd swear it was twice as yummy the next day.

Sunday morning I crashed belicat and agnosticfont's Sunday morning bowling outing. One of the local bowling alley's does $0.99 a game on Sunday mornings. I did so-so. I had one great game, got a 139, and then two so-so games. This Wednesday is the last night of the companys bowling league. *pouts* I've really gotten into bowling now and I'll miss it. I even got my own bowling shoes now. I'll take a picture of them Wednesday night and post it here so you all can see them. Eventually I'd like to get my own ball but that might be awhile still. They're not exactly cheap. :P

And that was my weekend. Nothing earth shattering but still very satisfying. I hope you all had a great weekend too.

Our network was down at work so this ended up being a lot longer than I originally intended it to be. *g* I kept copying and saving it in case something went screwy and I lost it all. I started this post at about 9:30 this morning and I'm now finally posting it at 1:00 p.m. *headdesk*

Happy Halloween