Saturday, October 24, 2009

She spoke, and I listened...

This evening....Grandma Valeria entered my home and spoke to me I believe. Now, I don't do the whole "ghosts/resurrection from the dead/visiting from the spirts" kick. I think it's kind of lame, to be honest. But I do believe that people whom we have lost speak to us in various methods. And this occurred in my home this evening.

Now let me give a little background info before proceeding with this story!

There is a term in our family we use called "The Val Curse" or "Woah...Val alert!" This alert is the fact that my Grandmother cleaned, and cleaned, and cleaned, and cleaned some more. She was the queen of Chlorox and a beautiful, spotless, clean home. She also cooked food of Godliness. She was basically Super-Woman.

My dear mother, Marlys, definitely received these traits. In fact, nearly everyone in our family received a little Val. A trait to be proud of. I unfortunately was very young when my Grandmother Valeria passed--so just live out memories from stories I Have heard, and her similarities in my Mom!

I remember growing up, my Mom did not sit down. I have acquired this trait. I drive my poor husband, Ryan, crazy with this characteristic. I hate to sit down and relax--it just doesn't feel right! Often when I have a day at home alone--I clean, cook, and strive to make everything in the house picturesque and perfect! When I feel like I run out of things to clean, I ask myself "W.W.M.D" (What...what...Marlys do?) And I often come up with a new cleaning project! (Mom, you are truly an outstanding influece! :D)

Today...I returned from my 12 mile run and got straight to cleaning: organizing book shelves, boxing up summer clothes, cleaning cupboards, and of course vaccuming--it's been 2 days since I've vacuumed the house!

After completion of all this--I decided, "I am on break between semesters. Starting Monday, the next 8 weeks are going to suck. I deserve to sit down and read a book."

The entire time I was sitting and reading, thoughts ran through my mind of "Gee, I should really be doing something around the house. Maybe I should bake some cookies or bread." Then I finally thought, "I know! I should be cleaning the refridgerator. It's been a couple weeks....." But I talked myself out of it, and decided I deserved to sit down for a few minutes and read.

When all of a sudden I hear this interesting noise in the distance. I couldn't put my finger on it. Then I realized it was a "drip-drop" noise.

I started checking all the sinks and tubs--thinking maybe a sink wasn't turned off. But no...that wasn't it.

And then I looked at the kitchen floor--and I see a LARGE puddle seeping across my kitchen.

I opened the fridge door and there was the culprit! I had a GALLON pitcher of iced tea with a spigot. Well, my box of wine (yes, I know...classy) was leaning against the spiggot. The ENTIRE GALLON managed to pour out into my fridge, even into my vegetable drawer.

Guess what I got to do? Get a bucket of pinesol, sponges, and rags--and clean the refridgerator!

I am truly convinced this was Grandma Val speaking to me. As I was on my hands and knees emptying the fridge and cleaning, I could actually hear her saying, "You're going to sit on the couch and read instead of clean the fridge? Fine then--I'll give you a reason to clean the fridge."

So now my house is thoroughly cleaned and I am satisfied. Thank you Grandma! I should know better than to be gluttonous and sit on the couch and read apparently!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ten on Thursday

Once again, I am stealing another survey from my sister Lisa's blog!

My week has not been the greatest. School has me wanting to pull every hair out of my head. In fact, it's Thursday and the fact that I'm not bald yet is amazing.

Things are starting to perk up, however. I am pretty much done with this 8 week session. So am on "vacation" until Monday. So am reallly looking forward to destressing by doing so extensive deep cleaning around the house.

SO excited!!

So here we go:

1. What's your favorite late night talk show?
I like Jay Leno now. I used to not, because seriously (as conceited as this may sound)--the shape of his head and appearance kind of annoyed me. I like watching it because it's on at like 9:00 now. So I am actually awake for it! (I got to bed at like...10:00-10:30 often).

However, I love Conan. His weird quirks make me smile.


2. If you got an all expense paid week-long trip for two, where would you go and who would you take?
I would take my husband, Ryan. We would get SCUBA certified prior to our trip to......Whitsunday Island, Australia (White Haven Beach). Absolutely gorgeous beaches with rain forest surrounding.

3. What's your stance on Botox?
It's horribly risky and not worth it. People have died. What's wrong with aging? It's part of the natural process of life. It's our skin--inevitable. I have no problem with dying your hair, staying fit and in shape to look good...but do we really need to inject botulism into our faces to freeze a smile on?? Just 2 cents...

4. I have to read a few classics for my 101 in 1001. Do you have any recommendations?
Unfortunately...not. I have read very few classics in my life. I plan on tackling this when I finish nursing school, and my masters (which I decided last night that I will be doing ASAP after I graduate next September!)

5. Have you ever broken any bones?
Upon my entrance into this world the doctor broke my collar bone. I was a big baby--needless to say. I think this just proves that fact that I was destined to be accident-prone and clumsy.
I've had a few stress fractures of my toes/feet in my days too.

6. What are your top five favorite television shows?
1) America's Next Top Model (I know, pathetic...but I love it)
2) The Today's Show
3) The Biggest Loser
4) Iron Chef
5) Fox News

7. What is something you are embarassed to admit?
I failed a test yesterday. It is the first thing I have ever failed in my entire life. It probably ranked up there with one of the most defeating moments of my life. Then I found out the teacher curved the test, and no one in the class passed the test. So I feel a little better.

8. Best movie line ever?
That is way difficult for me to pull at random out of the air. But my favorite movie moment to this day is probably the big, dramatic Jerry McGuire speech by Tom Cruise and Renee Zel. of "Shut up. Just shut up. You had me at hello. *tear* You had me at Hello!" I'm not letting you get rid of me. You. Complete. Me. *more tears*"

Oh..I cry everytime.

9. Cupcakes, cakes, or brownies?
To be honest. Neither really. But I guess I'll say brownies. I'm not a big fan of *cake* stuff. To be honest--I don't really like desert

10. Can someone PUH-LEASE help me find a dress to wear to a few weddings this winter?
Well..I don't have an answer to this. To be honest--I have the biggest fashion-deficit ever. I am a train-wreck. I would say 75-80% of my wardrobe comes from Target or Express. But ONLY Express because I used to work there--so everyhting is out-dated. If I lived in a cooler climate..I would definitely wear jeans and a cardigan sweater every single day of the week.

Monday, October 19, 2009

My Daily Rant

Okay..I really wish I didn't have an exam and presentation today. Because if I would've had time to blog about this around 10:00 this morning upon my return from the gym--this would have be far more angry and vent-ful.

Do you guys have membership at a gym? Have you ever seen pure, disgusting, sweaty meatheads at a gym? Have you ever wanted to drop a 100 lb weight on someone's toe at the gym?



In high school...I really didn't like jocks. The jocks in my high school were idiots. A-holes. Gross. Annoying. Going no where. Stuck in little North Dakota for life. But "Oh, how the girl's loved them."

Not me.

They made me sick to my stomach.

Now, one would think men would out-grow that jock-ish, gross, testosterone-hyped phase of life.



No. They just hang out at their local gym/fitness club all day. ALLLL DAY.

Thankfully, it has been cooling off lately--and I have been getting more serious about running. And Ryan and I have set up an "at home gym" with weight bench, jumpropes, and all in our garage. So going to the club-house fitness center is no longer a daily event.

However, this morning--I headed to the gym for a "nice de-stressing-work out" before my test.

What a horrible idea!

During my work out, I really wanted to drop weights on people's toes. However, I would be written up by the HOA of our neighborhood. So just gritted my teeth, and wished I had my I-Pod with me.

1) Do not grunt and moan after you have finished your lift. There is nothing hard about standing in the middle of the gym flexing your muscles.
2) Do no walk by me, and drip sweat in my area.
3) Do no cut your tshirt into a halter top, Males. I know you love to show off your pecs, and are jealous of women's sports bras. But it's not necessary.
4) Don't talk about your "weekend habits" on your cell phone while on the tredmill. I really don't care how many shots of tequila you took.
5) Don't talk to strangers at the gym. Normal people don't come to the gym to make friends.
6) If you can't lift 300 lbs, please don't try.
7) No matter how fit, and how good you look. It is NOT OKAY for you to wear spandex and a bra and do yoga in the middle of the gym.


These are all things I witnessed at our gym. Granted, it didn't all occur today. But it is likely to be seen during a given week.

Gross.