Thursday, January 24, 2008

Happy Birthday to me!

Yup. Today is my birthday. Apparently it's my "Golden Birthday," so woohoo for me! So far, things have been good. I'm feeling better - not good or great, just better. I still get winded walking across the street though, that's not fun. I went in to work today for half a day and I actually got a lot done, then I came home and slept for a couple hours. I'll probably do the same tomorrow. Then tomorrow night my mom and I are heading out to VEGAS. :) Despite still feeling ill I think we'll have fun.

Overall, this has been a really good thank you all who read this who made it a good day :)

On a sad note, I wanna talk about Heath Ledger. I still can't really wrap my head around the fact that he's dead. I'm not going to go all "teenager" on you and say how he was my favorite actor and I was his biggest fan, but seriously, he was amazing. I was sad to hear the media assuming it was a drug overdose, suicide or even that he was high on coke. I understand it's easier to assume the worst in situations, especially situations regarding celebrities, but I'm glad all the assumptions are just that so far.

The name Heath Ledger and dead just don't seem to fit in the same sentence. In my generation, his name is up there with Leonardo Di Caprio and...and...I don't know, people like Matthew McCanaughey and Owen Wilson. They're just rising stars! It's just very sad. Very, very sad.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


I really didn't think being sick and having a cold could hurt this much. I physically can't cough anymore because every time I do it's so incredibly painful. What I do now is just hold the cough in, which clearly can't be good for you because the next time I actually do cough it's just a million times worse.

On a good note: I somehow managed to get an appointment with my doctor in about an hour, but my worst fear is that this is just a cold and she can't do anything about it.

UUUUUGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!! I'm sure I'm not helping myself either by continuing to go out to the Home Makeover Site. Ggggrrrrrrr!!!! Truth is, I'd so much rather go to the doctor in my sweats (because that's one of the only places you can get away with going someplace in your sweats after you graduate college) and then come straight home, take some of the cough medicine my grandma has with codeine in it and sleep the day away.

Monday, January 21, 2008


I don't have the energy to cough anymore. Every time I cough it's like a violent beating on my body. My throat is raw because I've coughed so much and I feel like every ounce of energy I did have is now gone.

I hate being sick.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

house of sickos

It started a few days ago with my mom saying my dad felt bad. I heard him cough a few times, but when his sisters and brother wouldn't let him go stay with my Tia yesterday I knew it was serious. When he stayed home instead of going to the Lobo game last night I knew it was REALLY serious. Ok, well not REALLY serious, but I knew he was sick.

Yesterday while I was at the Home Makeover set I started feeling achy. No good. Then I started coughing. Definitely no good. I came home, took some medicine and slept for about two hours. It was the best nap I've ever had, but I woke up feeling just as bad, if not worse than when I went to sleep.

My mom seems to be healthy, except she hurt her back really bad and can hardly walk today. Chris seems to be doing fine - he broadcasted to everyone that he hasn't been sick in a year. Lucky.

So, today I woke up, took more medicine and fell right back asleep. I'm awake now (obviously. Wow, I can't really write when I'm sick apparently) and trying to decide if I'll be able to make it back out to the site today. It's a sticky situation because they're only here for a week and I have to get my story while they're here. Ugh. I just wish I wasn't sick.

I have a very busy week ahead of me. They're handing over the keys tomorrow and then the family comes home on Tuesday. There's a press conference on Wednesday and my birthday is Thursday. On Friday my mom and I are leaving for Las Vegas, Saturday is the Miss America pageant and Sunday we come home. Yikes. That's a lot of stuff and I don't wanna be sick for it.

....time for more meds...

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Albuquerque's on the map!

I'm so ridiculously excited right now for things going on in New Mexico and Albuquerque I can hardly stand it. Seriously.

First: Extreme Makeover Home Edition is IN Albuquerque AS I TYPE. This is their first appearance in our state and I couldn't be more excited. There are only a few shows I watch religiously: Grey's Anatomy (...writer's come back, I need a new show), How I Met Your Mother (woo hoo for Albuquerque native Neil Patrick Harris and Extreme Home Makeover (ABC site). I'm working on seeing if there's any way the magazine can cover it, although truth be told, I don't know how professional I can act around Ty and the gang. It's probably a blessing that the high today is only about 35 degrees, because if that man took off his shirt I may completely loose it. Seriously.

I can't wait to be there and help them yell, "MOVE THAT BUS!!!!" Woo hoo!

In other news...

Just about every girl can remember sitting in front of the TV while watching the Miss America pageant. The girls on our screen were like real life Barbie dolls wearing beautiful gowns. Only a handful of girls actually become 'beauty queens,' and even at such a young age you know you're not one of them, but for one night out of the year it's fun to dream and watch these women strut their stuff in sparkling dresses.

Well, it just so happens that I know this year's Miss New Mexico, Jenny Marlowe. She's a friend of some of my really good friends, and although I don't know her as well as I wish I could say I do, she is still a good friend of mine. Next week she is competing for the title of Miss America in Las Vegas. The exciting thing is that the pageant is just two days after my birthday!! Last night my mom and bought airline tickets to fly out there on the 25th and enjoy a weekend in Vegas. I'm currently working on getting a pass to the pageant with the hope of seeing Jenny win!

Actually, they're doing something really cool this year: they're letting America PICK the 16th top contestant.

GO HERE AND VOTE FOR MISS NEW MEXICO!!!!. Seriously. Do it. You can vote every day, and how cool would it be if New Mexico actually won? I'll tell you how cool it would be. It'd be ridiculously cool - not to mention I'd have a story to write about!

I also urge EVERYONE to watch the TLC Miss America:Reality Check (here's the schedule) on January 25th. Go now and put it on your calendar - you're gonna want to see this.

I think that's about it for the exciting stuff going on over here, and it's plenty to keep me going for the next couple weeks. OH! I bought a ticket to go see Kenny for the weekend after Valentine's Day...CAN'T WAIT FOR THAT!

Have a happy day everyone :)

Monday, January 7, 2008


schmum.fy (ssshhh-mum-fee)
-adjective, noun

Providing or experiencing extreme physical well-being or relief ('schmumfy' is informal); "schmumfy" clothes"; "schmumfy chair"; "made himself schmumfy off of Southern Comfort"; "the antihistamine made her feel very schmumfy"; "are you schmumfy?"; "feeling schmumfy now?" Also, the name of Jessica's new hamster.

Schmumfy is, indeed, the name of the newest part of my family. She's a little two-month-old teddy bear hamster and I love her!! She fits in the palm of my hand and is sort of black/greyish and white. My mom and I spent the good part of Saturday driving from pet store to pet store trying to find the perfect hamster. We finally found her at Clark's, the same place I got my first hamster.

She's now living in a very tiny house and seems to take after me. This little girl likes to nap - a lot. We were actually afraid she was dying Saturday night because she was sleeping so much (yes, I know they sleep during the day). She's crazy, she'll literally just fall asleep, like she's a little narcoleptic! I, personally, love it! We bought her a little ball to run around the house in (a way for her to get some exercise without us stepping on her), but she hasn't quite figured out the wheel in her cage.

I'm secretly crossing my fingers that my brother will buy one for himself so we can put the two of them together and get adorable little hamster babies. I wonder if you could call hamster babies "hamps" or "hampies."

...I'll get some pictures of Schmumfy up as soon as I take some.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Goodbye '07, Hell-'08

Ah, another year. I was trying to remember what my resolutions were for 2007 and the only one I can really remember was "Learn to knit." Well, I kind of accomplished that, but never kept it up. I made a little piece of knitted yarn and that was it.

I ended up doing more in 2007 than I could have imagined:
I fell in love.
I ran a half marathon.
I contributed to a cause very close to my heart.
I learned to knit.
I landed a dream job after only 6 months out of college.

Here are my 2008 New Year resolutions off the top of my head:
MAKE a scarf.
TRAVEL to England.
MOVE out of my parents house (maybe - I actually enjoy living there)
GET a pet hamster
GET published in another magazine
EAT healthier
DO more spontaneous random acts of kindness
VOLUNTEER for an organization I'm interested in.
CREATE a book from my European pictures
READ at least one book a month.

Those are all I can think of for the moment. Not a bad list if you ask me, and they all seem like they are attainable. Nice.

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