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Things of the Day (and Week)

Funny Quote of the Day: Ok. I have to set this up. I was having a conversation with my mother. We were talking about the insurance agent I’m going to see today. Apparently, she was the insurance agent for my dad as well; I knew she dealt with my brother because he referred me to her. My brother and I are the only two children my mother has by my (our) father. This is what she said, “Alan and his daddy…” The rest of the sentence was last. ALAN and HIS daddy? Who the HELL is my dad?! Ahahahahahahahha. Good thing I look as much like that man as a young woman could possibly look like any man.

Quote to Think About for the Day: You know that I like to set things up, right? Well, I called for my dad. I gave a warm greeting to my godfather’s wife who answered the phone before asking if “my daddy” was there. She said, “Alicia?” Well, yes, it’s me. I confirmed, and she said, “You’re sounding younger and younger every day!” I said, “Well, yes… I try.” Hahahha. Anyway, she probably didn’t mean to be all philosophical or anything, but her response was, “Only one time around, so ya betta do what ya gotta do. Only. One. Time. Around.” -My godfather’s wife.

Song of the Day Week: Technically, this was the song of yesterday. It played on the radio on my way home, and I was JAMMIN’. I’m talking, radio up loud, I’m singing along, and making facial expressions, tossing my head around like I was starring in the music video. Yeah, baby. I am TITANIUM. Please note that the music video that I was in was/is waaayyy better than the official music video for David Guetta’s Titanium which features Sia.

Post of the Day Weekend: Lori is on a journey, and her posts along the way are interesting. Thought-provoking. Last week Thursday, she gave me a lot to think about. It was on my mind on the weekend. I’m getting very close to the answer. I encourage you to think about it. What’s is your personal statement of purpose? Please read Lori’s post over at Slow Happy Runner. It is SO good. It will get you thinking.  I’m going to post my response. I think we should make it a community event. How’d you like to post your response too? We can do it on Monday (Jan. 30) to give us the weekend to think about it. Come onnnn. You know you wanna. Join me in developing a personal purpose statement. It may help. One thing it won’t do is harm.

Awkward Moment of the Week: Yeah, I know the week isn’t over yet, but how can this be topped? I know y’all thought it was cute before, but what about now? Does the silly face make the words more of a joke? Is he jesting? I don’t get it. I think I’ll take a little morning beverage vacation.


Excited about: Wine Dinnerrrrr! I don’t even know what I like more – wine or dinner. But I looove when they’re together. I don’t even have the menu for the 5 course meal yet, but it shall be GREAT. Babe and I went, with our friend Vanessa, to a wine dinner at the same restaurant with the same host in November. I talked about it and shared the menu in this post. The next one will be on February 4. We are all super exciteeeeed!

Do you have quotes from today? Any awkward moments this week? Song that lifted your spirits when you heard it? Read any awesome posts lately? Share it! Share it all!

Excitement: New Job

I’m on vacation! Well, sort of. My last day at the furniture store was yesterday. I was fairly busy. I was training a salesperson to take over my position (which was NOT an easy task), catch up on filing (yes, I left it for the last minute), deleting/emailing to myself all of the personal junk from the computer, etc. The GM came in my office yesterday morning and said, “Well, this is your last day, madam.” I smiled and nodded. She went on to tell me that it was a pleasure, I did a great job, she was sorry to see me go, etc. She also alluded to the fact that I was underpaid, and it was not unnoticed. I felt good about the little chat, as brief as it was. She wished me luck and success, and said she’s sure it will work out.

I’m VERY excited about the new job. I smile to myself when I think of how happy and completely satisfied I expect that I will be in my new position. I keep sort of “checking myself” because I’m not a fan of high expectations. They often lead to disappointment. I don’t like disappoint. BUT. I don’t expect to be disappointed. Yeah, I know how much (or how little) sense that makes. Just go with it. I officially start work on Monday, so I have a nice long weekend. On Saturday, I’ll be meeting with the co-founder of the organization. I expect that we’ll just be going over things, planning my first days, setting goals, etc. My office will be in the same building that she works in, but she probably won’t be there. She has a full time job outside of the organization. I’m excited about the meeting. I want to learn more about what I’ll be doing. EXCITED! I keep using that word, but there’s no other word to express this. I’M EXCITED!

Scrambled eggs, turkey bacon (nice and crispy), half a grilled cheese sandwich, and half a banana with nutella

Today, Babe and I slept in a little, had a nice breakfast, and headed out for errands. We did some things, Babe had a meeting, and now we’re hanging out at a little cafe downtown. Internet. YAY! Tonight, we run. It’ll be my fourth training session. I’m tracking my 5k training here.

Tomorrow is a holiday. We plan to sleep in a little, have a good breakfast, and do fun things. We’ll likely go for native food and sip daiquiris in the sun. Aaah, yes. The life. Island life. I like the days when I get to really LIVE it. And enjoy it. I’m hoping it won’t be TOO busy, being a holiday and everything.

I’m hoping to get to some WiFi to post on the weekend. If not, I’ll definitely update on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend. Make sure you get out and do something FUN!

Hurricane A-coming!

It’s Tuesdaaayyy! I’m sitting at my desk, semi-working. I left my glasses at Babe’s. Whoops. The system I have to use at work is one of those black and green screens. Sucks for the eyes. I usually leave my glasses here since I only really need them for the computer. And driving at night which is pretty irrelevant right now. I accidentally left with them on my shirt on Saturday. Oh, well. I gotta work on this incoming shipment slooowlyyy. Maybe I’ll be done by lunch time.

There’s a hurricane on the way here. Hurricane Irene. It’s supposed to be a category 3 by the time it hits us. It’s looking like it’ll hit on Thursday morning. People are working on battening down houses with shutters and/or plywood. Babe and I need to make sure we’re ready. She has no net and I have no cellphone, so I can’t even reach her to make sure we’re on task. We need to get more tuna, corned beef, maybe some grits, some pasta… Things we can make easily, quickly, and in the dark. I don’t know if there’s a flashlight there. I have one at my place, but really, I can either to to my place, or to hers. Both is out of the question. Especially since I don’t know when the rain will start, and I don’t want to be robbed again.

The Bahamas only gets hurricanes. Well, tropical storms too (which can turn into hurricanes). Hurricane season is June 1 to November 30 every year, but we tend to get hurricanes in August and September. Close to the time for school to open. One year, I believe we went to school for less than a week, and then ended up out of school for almost two weeks due to a hurricane. Hurricane Floyd. It was a category 3 and had winds of over 110mph. Most of Nassau (the island I live on) was without power for 2 weeks, and running water was scarce. That was one time I was glad my family over-prepared. My uncle bought about 7 5-gallon bottles of water. I thought it was a lot of water, but we ended up heating it for baths as well as using it for drinking and cooking. In 2004, we got two hurricanes back-to-back. Ivan and Jean. They weren’t too strong, I don’t think, but we had to stay indoors until they were both over.

[The electricity just cut off. The generator kicked in about 2 minutes later. This is what we have to look forward to. Our power provider already sucks pretty hard. During the summer, it’s worse than usual. LOTS of power cuts. In July, a lot of people complain that they were without power 3 times every day for varying amounts of time. It’s clear that they’re not able to provide consistent, reliable power to the entire country. Oh, get THIS. There was an article in the newspaper about a month ago where they asked people to use their own generators to lighten the load! Yeah, right! Use generators for power, buy our own gas/diesel to fuel them, and STILL pay the electricity bill?! No, thanks! Ok, rant over.]

It’s extremely important to be prepared. Hurricanes don’t scare me at all. I’ve been experiencing them from I was a little girl. The earliest that I remember is Hurricane Andrew of 1992. I remember it being lots of fun. We used kerosene lamps (which I always thought were VERY cool), candles, and flashlights. We ate small, light, meals, different from what I was used to. I got to help get ready for it. I was in the backyard with my uncle, his friend, and his friend’s children. The men were on the roof, securing shingles and trimming trees. We, the children, picked up fruit from the ground, and my aunt took the fruit from the trees. Being inside with loved ones, with no electronic distractions, was a cool experience. After that, whenever a hurricane threatened, I got secretly excited. Of course, I could never tell any adults because they’d tell that’s silly, and that hurricanes are dangerous. I know they can be dangerous, and can cause lots of damage.

Still, I think hurricanes can do a lot of good. We’re forced to live like many before us. All together, indoors. No computers. No iPods. Limited running water. Less light. We learn to use what we need, and only what we need. We eat to be satisfied. We spend quality time with one another. We interact. We become engaged in conversation. No one is watching the clock. No one is concerned about when it’s time to go to bed, or time to get ready to go somewhere. There’s nowhere to be. Nothing to do. All we have to do is BE. Together. Is that really so bad?

Anyway, I’m kind of rambling here. This has been a nice break from the dreaded black screen with green type. Back to that now. Hope it’s a great week for everyone, and just gets better! wish me luck as I try to find a ride to my place to get a few things to take over to Babe’s place. 🙂

What natural disasters are most likely to strike where you live?

What, if anything, forces your family to spend quality time together?