May 24, 2002
Friday Five 24-May-2002

1. What's the last vivid dream that you remember having? It involved my family moving to Las Vegas and living in a hotel, next to Nicholas Cage. Very odd.

2. Do you have any recurring dreams? I have a lot of recurring dreams. One involves a place in the mountains, near the beach (of course) that I drive to (usually through snow). Another involves a house, which often changes, in a neighborhood (which is always the same). Another involves an amusement park/fair that has a lot of different rides, including this really cool water slide. Still another one involves a bridge that is somewhat treacherous to cross. The places are always the same, but the people and what I do in the dreams are often different, so maybe it doesn't qualify as a recurring dream. I used to have this dream every 4th of July that involved my sister and I when we were younger in our first house. We would get up and look out the window of our room and see a parade in the sky (even Santa was in the parade!).

3. What's the scariest nightmare you've ever had? That I lost one of my children. This was right after my oldest son was born. It was awful.

4. Have you ever written your dreams down or considered it? Why or why not? I've thought about it, but never did it. Always forget!

5. Have you ever had a lucid dream? What did you do in it? Because of the frequency of my recurring dreams, something always triggers me to realize that it is a dream, so I am able to "play" the dream out differently than the last time. For example, in one dream, there is this cave that I know is a shortcut to the beach, but it's kind of scary and easy to get lost, so depending upon my urgency to get to the beach, I may take the cave or not. Very odd.....

Posted by Brie at 07:50 AM
May 22, 2002
Lego my Eggo!

Here is my Lego person. Woo-hoo....check out those fishnet stockings. Sexy! :) For the the link to the website that created this, check out John's Blog!

Posted by Brie at 10:14 AM
May 21, 2002
Whirlwind

Brie's (somewhat) Daily Thought

Just a quick post......

Wow! What a whirlwind of a day. This was the first day the house was available to show and already we have 2 offers to consider! Whew! One is for more money than we are offering and the second is for a little less, but cash. Hard to believe! AND we found out that the house that we want to rent is going to be available. We should be able to go see it sometime this week. After the last six months, I keep thinking "things can not be going this easy for us, something is going to go wrong!" But I just think it's our time again. Woo-hoo! Too much drama the last six months. It's about time we had some things go our way!

Posted by Brie at 09:50 PM
May 19, 2002
New Home 4 Us

Well, so many things have been going on in my brain, that I thought I just put them in my blog.....

Home Selling So we've begun the process of selling our home in Vista. What a roller coaster homeowning has been! From the bad loan, to the whole homeowing experience.......yikes! Being out of work for 5 months really put a cramp on the whole mortgage paying thing, too. Now, we are really in a situation where we need to sell the house. Part of me is relieved to be getting out from under the house. The other part of me is saddened at the utter failure of it all. I realize that there was absolutely nothing I could have done to prevent this from happening AND I know that it's for the best, but still part of me wishes it could have worked out, even though it was doomed to begin with. Which leads me to my next thought......

Moving I am actually excited for the actual living in a new home. The thought of putting all these negative experiences behind me and getting a fresh start is a pleasant one. I'm anxious to hopefully be in a newer home, with a backyard that has grass where the kids can play, and in a neighborhood that is more neighborly. I'm also anxious to be able to get rid of a lot more of our stuff and simplify our lives, again. Next thought......

New Home The last two moves have been to places where we had to take into consideration what John's mom wanted (she lived with us for 7 years). Now, all we have to do is consider what we want and what suits us. What a nice thought! Not that Penny (John's mom) had any real "demands" per se, it was just that we'd have to make sure there was enough room for all of us, two stories were always an issue, and the garden had to be certain way. Now, it will all be up to John and I! Scary, yet exciting, all at the same time! Next thought......

Where to live? So many things to take into consideration now.... when it was just John and I moving every six months, it was just move when and where we felt like. Now we have to take into consideration the fact that we have a child in school (need good school district), two large dogs (find a home that will a) take the dogs and b) have enough space for them to run around), and commuting issues (we both work in complete opposite directions). There are so many nice areas around here, I'm sure we will find something. It's just the searching for your next "home" that is always so hard. I want to find somewhere that we can stay for awhile, at least until we decide where we need to move for my work.

So much thinking, such little brain power today.....::sigh::

Posted by Brie at 12:40 PM
May 17, 2002
Friday Five 5/17/02

1. What shampoo do you use?

Right now, a combination of things. Depends on the day! I am using Crome and Lanza Be Long

2. Do you use conditioner? What kind?

Heck yeah! Just started using Lanza Be Long.

3. When was the last time you got your hair cut?

Two weeks ago.

4. What styling products do you use?

Crome leave in conditioner, Graham Webb's Super Stick Straight, and Lanza Be Long ProtectShine

5. What's your worst hair-related experience?

A perm (what else?) that I got right before my wedding. Yikes! Poodle perm!

Posted by Brie at 07:40 AM
May 16, 2002
My "Test" Results

Thought it would be fun to take the same tests as John did today....

I found out that on The F Scale I am a 2.7 putting me well within the airhead liberal.

According to SelectSmart my beliefs are most inline with:

1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Neo-Pagan (88%)
3. New Age (87%)
4. Liberal Quakers (84%)
5. Secular Humanism (82%)
6. Theravada Buddhism (81%)
7. Mahayana Buddhism (77%)

Couldn't get the other link to work. Will try again later!

Posted by Brie at 12:23 PM
10 Days Since My Last Entry

Well, my darling mate was kind enough to point out that it's been 10 days since my last entry. Sheesh! So here I am, after a little prodding from John. Hmmmm, what to say? I guess I should post something in response to his recent contact with an ex-girlfriend. Not much to say.....was I jealous, at first? Well, duh! Of course I was. I try not to be a jealous person, but it's hard sometimes. Am I jealous now? No. I realize that he has gotten some closure, which is what he wanted. From what he tells me, Michelle is a very nice person, who meant a lot to him in high school. She's got her own life and is happy. Hopefully, they will be able to remain in contact and maintain some sort of friendship. I know that is so important to John. My petty insecurities shouldn't stand in the way of that. Besides, I know if the situation was reverse, John would be very mature about it!

So, we move on......

What else has been going on? I've been thinking a lot about my weight lately. Trying to come to terms with the fact that I am as heavy as I am, while not becoming complacent about it. It's a fine balancing act (which doesn't, apparently, burn any calories!). I'm trying to figure out when I'm supposed to have time to get in any sort of exercise. As I get up at 5 AM, leave for work by 6 AM and don't get home again until 6:00 PM, I'm not sure how to fit this all in! The thought of getting up earlier just kills me. I'm trying to watch what I eat, and am generally good during the day. Hometime is harder, because there is so much "kid" food at home, and the family does enjoy eating out. I'm still keeping my account at eDiets although, I'm not sure why. I monitor one of the discussion boards there, which I thought would help, but isn't. ::sigh:: Oh well! I've been thinking about trying something like Metabolife or Hydroxy Cut, something to get my metabolism jump-started. John is totally against that, but he can't relate. He can loose weight, just by thinking about it. John has not had a weight problem his entire life, like me. Desparation sets in after awhile. Have even considered surgery, although I wouldn't qualify for it. What's sad is that I did think at one point in time, well, if I just gain more weight, I'd qualify for the surgery. Sad. But if this is the worst I have to deal with, so be it!

Enough of my babbling......

Posted by Brie at 11:23 AM
May 06, 2002
Random Thoughts

Well, here I am, on the 5th day of being sick. Yuck. Yesterday was the worst day. I didn't even want to get out of bed. Luckily, it hit me hard after the birthday party was successfully completed. Phew! Our best friend Cait was in town and I felt bad I wasn't able to spend more time with her, because all I wanted to do was sleep, sleep and more sleep. Yawn! Makes me drowsy just thinking about it! Tomorrow I go back to work, as I think I am up for it now. Hate to see my e-mail box. Actually the sad part is, if it isn't too"full" I'll feel like I wasn't missed yesterday. I realize that I've only been there for a month now, but I still love to be needed!

Let's see.....what else is happening.....I got my hair done last week. Kind of a drastic change for me as I went a lot lighter, with blonde streaks. It's taking awhile for me to get used to it, but I think I like it. Right now, it's so fried, it doesn't look that good. Anything else.....nope I don't think so. Same stuff as usual! Just thought I'd try to keep this whole blog thing up and since it's been a couple of days. Maybe once I am not so medicated, I'll be able to write more wittier stuff! Later......

Posted by Brie at 09:28 PM
May 01, 2002
Kids and illness

Why is it that kids feel the need to share their sick germs with each other and then with their parents? Can't share toys or food, but germs....NO problem! The kids have all been sick and now I am feeling icky. Sore throat and stuffy and generally irritable....grrrrrrrr

I've got just 2 days to get better as we are having people over this weekend to celebrate some birthdays. Yikes......

Must get better.....

Posted by Brie at 09:41 AM