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Four Things

2 Jun

I saw this fun blog post on another blog I read, KJ Pugs, and thought it would be fun to try out. I think it’s the perfect thing for a Thursday since it doesn’t involve much thought processing.

Four jobs I’ve had in my life

  1. Clerk/snow cone maker at a mini golf/driving range
  2. Clothes bitch at Marhsall’s
  3. Clerk at a card/candy store
  4. Sort-of-slave at a dinner making store for fancy ladies called Dream Dinners

Four movies I would watch over and over

  1. Groundhog Day
  2. Forrest Gump
  3. Talladega Nights
  4. Father of the Bride


Four places I’ve lived

  1. Olney, MD
  2. Northridge, CA
  3. Hartford, CT
  4. Arlington, VA


Four TV shows I love to watch

  1. How I met your mother
  2. The Office
  3. Arrested Development
  4. Pregnant in Heels

Four places I have been on vacation

  1. Outer Banks, NC
  2. Sanibel Island, FL
  3. Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  4. Sea Island, Georgia

That’s right, I don’t eat meat…now move on!

12 May

It has now been about 4 months since I stopped eating meat. I still eat fish, but I refer to myself as vegetarian, mainly because I despise the word “pescatarian”. I don’t know why, I just do. The past 4 months have been great for me. I have felt healthier, had more energy and just feel better about myself in general. The only problem that I’ve experienced in this time has been people’s astonishment that I don’t eat meat. And the dreaded question….WHY.

Here’s a typical scenario for you.

Out to dinner with friends….

Friend: Ohh you want to split the chicken lime tacos?
Me: No, thank you. I don’t eat meat.
Friend: REALLY???
Me: Yes, really.
Friend: Since when??
Me: It’s been a few months now.
Friend: Why??
Me: Because I just don’t want to.
Friend: But isthere a reason…...

It literally happens like that every single time. And it REALLY bothers me. I am so sick of the question. Why do you care so much if I don’t eat meat? Is it a requirement that as a human being I have to eat meat? I don’t feel like I need to provide a reason for the choices that I make, especially when they are not affecting anyone but me! But yet for some reason, everyone feels the need to find out more. As if I need a reason. I don’t ask you why you do eat meat, so don’t ask me why I don’t!

I could say it’s because I love animals or because the texture grosses me out or the whole concept gives me a slight bout of the heebie-jeebies, but instead I always say because I just don’t want to. Because that is the truth! I have no desire to cut into a whole chicken or chomp down on a burger. I just don’t. And I wish people would just leave it at that….and move on.

Rant over.

The Name Game

2 Apr

Soo I hadn’t seen this one before but I found it on a new blog I’m reading – Forget Me (not) and I thought it would be fun…for me at least!

1. How did your parents decide on your name?
My mom and I were just emailing about this yesterday. I was named after my great grandmother, my Grandpa’s grandmother, Clara. My Grandpa was raised by his grandmother and my mom says she always knew she wanted a daughter named Clare.

2. Do your initials (first/middle/last) spell anything funny?
My maiden initials  were CVS just like the store. Now I’m CVR and they aren’t as interesting!

3. Did you take your middle name from childhood or did you drop your middle name & take your maiden name as your middle name? (Or if unmarried, what do you plan to do?)
I kept my middle name from my childhood. My name is Clare Victoria and I’ve always loved my first and middle name. Call me narcissistic but my mom did good on this one and I didn’t want to change it! I also have two brothers who will (possibly) have children to carry on our last name.

4. Are you or will you name your children systematically? (ie, same first letter, same origin, etc)
No, I will name my children whatever I want not according to any system. My brothers and I all have first names that are one syllable but I don’t know if my parents did that on purpose or not.

5. Did you decide on baby names as a little girl? Did you stick to them or change your mind?
I have been choosing baby names ever since I can remember. But they always change. I remember at one point being obsessed with the name Tierney. I still think its a beautiful name but I don’t think it would fit with my new last name.Noah and I will name our first son Benjamin Douglas and I also love the name Charlotte for a girl.
6. Does your family have any names that have been passed down through generations?
We don’t have any juniors/seniors type of thing but we have all been named after someone in the family.
7. Do you look at the meaning of the name or just the name itself?
I look at the meaning and the name itself. However I don’t know if a weird meaning would make me reconsider a name!

8. Do you name pets with human names or pet names?
Yes and no. My dog growing up was named Dillon. I like that name for a boy child too! Our current pets’ names are Kiddie, Nixon and Eddie (but we sometimes call him Edward)….Eddie is the only human name to me.

9. Are there any names that you have an affinity or dislike for based on a childhood experience/someone you once knew?
I can never name my child Nate. I can’t get into the reasons on my blog though!

10. What are some of your favorite names and why?
For a girl I absolutely love the name Charlotte. I also really like the name Zooey and Avery even though I know they’re overdone. For a boy I love the name Logan.

62 power questions

1 Apr

I saw this post while I was stumbling around the internet yesterday and I thought it was really interesting. I haven’t answered every question yet but I think they are great things to think about. Especially when stuck in a life rut.I’d love to hear your answers to any of the questions! I might even choose some questions at random to do follow up posts on.


  1. What is that thing that no one, not even your partner, your mother or your best friend, knows about you?
  2. What would make you feel embarrassed in public?
  3. What do you think is your biggest flaw? What have you done about it?
  4. What is your biggest strength? How did you develop it?
  5. What do you have to put up with in your life? How long have you been tolerating it?
  6. If you could change your name, what would your new name be?
  7. If you could change your appearance, how would you decide to look?
  8. What color dominates your wardrobe? How do you feel when you wear that color? Why?
  9. Which song do you sing only when you’re alone? What memory does it bring back?
  10. Whom do you secretly envy? Why?
  11. What do you really want? But really…
  12. What is the way you often sabotage yourself?
  13. Who would you like to please the most?
  14. What do you think a stranger’s first impression of you would be?
  15. What recurring dream do you have? What do you think is the message your subconscious is sending you through that dream?
  16. What would you try now if you were sure you wouldn’t fail?
  17. What was that thing you never tried because you were afraid of failure?
  18. What was your greatest disappointment in life?
  19. As a kid, what did you dream of becoming when you grew up?
  20. What are you really good at?
  21. What can you do better?
  22. What worries you the most when you think about your future?
  23. What really sucks in your life? Who has the power to change it?
  24. What is your life really about? What is your purpose in life?
  25. What fear could wake you in the middle of the night?
  26. What joy could wake you in the middle of the night?
  27. What are you grateful for?
  28. What time of the day do you feel the most energetic? And what do you usually do in those moments?
  29. If you knew you had only one week to live, how and with whom would you spend it?
  30. Why do you think your most favorite film touches you so deeply?
  31. If you could be a fictional character from a movie or a novel, who would you want to be? Why?
  32. What are you really bad at?
  33. Who would you like to forgive and forget?
  34. Do you often hear your inner voice? What does it usually tell you?
  35. When was the last time you cried without anyone seeing you? And why?
  36. What do you want people you meet for the first time to think about you?
  37. What’s your most striking physical attribute? Do you like it?
  38. If you had the opportunity to go back in time and make a change, would you still want to have the same parents?
  39. If you could go back in time and change things, how would you alter the last ten years?
  40. If you could get rid of one of your responsibilities today, what would that be?
  41. What is the biggest lie you tell yourself?
  42. What do you think is missing in your life?
  43. What do you think is the biggest injustice that was ever done to you?
  44. What type of person angers you the most?
  45. Who never fails to make you feel good about yourself?
  46. If you could start all over again, what would you want to study?
  47. Which type of intelligence do you wish you had: kinetic, visual, interpersonal, linguistic or mathematical?
  48. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  49. What was the one opportunity you always believed you’ve missed out on?
  50. What do you like about yourself the most?
  51. What do you regret the most?
  52. What is the most hurtful thing you’ve ever witnessed? Why did it affect you?
  53. What would you like most to be acknowledged for in your life?
  54. What is the first thought that usually crosses your mind the second you open your eyes in the morning?
  55. What is that thing about yourself you’re sick and tired of?
  56. Who really depends on you? Why?
  57. What was the main factor that played a role in your biggest mistake?
  58. What was the main factor that played a role in your biggest success?
  59. What childhood memory sizzles your heart?
  60. What was the most frustrating period in your creative life?
  61. Do you love yourself?
  62. If you were your own coach, how would you guide yourself?


3 Mar

I saw this countdown on a fun blog I read called Makes Me Blush. Her blog gives me a lot of inspiration for home design and just fin and colorful things (like this awesome dress). You should go check her out!

Five Things I Am Thankful For:

  • I am thankful that it is March and that the time change is only 2 weeks away and spring starts in only 18 days!
  • I am thankful that no one was hurt yesterday during the Explosives scare
  • I am thankful for my coworkers that make my job somewhat bearable
  • I am thankful that my husband cleans the cat litter way more than I do! (sorry babe)
  • I am thankful that the day is more than half over and tomorrow is Friday!

Four Things I Can’t Stop Thinking About:

  • How much laundry I have to do. It’s a lot.
  • Getting a candy bar from the vending machine…or a soda. I know I shouldn’t, but it helps me get through the work day!
  • The fact that we start our French class at my school on Monday!
  • Our unplanned vacation(s) – I want to figure out where and when we are going this year!

Three Things I Want To Accomplish This Week:

  • Finishing the laundry – so I can drink my bottle of wine.
  • Painting the 3rd bedroom
  • Getting rid of the mattress and box spring that have been in our side yard for 2 months because Kiddie peed on them….time to make a stealth operation trip to a dumpster!

Two Things I Am Working To Be Positive About:

  • My job and the fact that I can’t telecommute until next month – it could be worse, I could not have a job at all
  • the fact that I have so much laundry to do (notice a theme here…)

One Random Thing:
I lost my wedding band! Whenever I do the dishes I take my rings off and put them on this heart shaped ring holder my mom gave to me. I don’t ususally put them back on until the next morning when I’m leaving for work. Yesterday when I was putting them back on, the wedding ring slipped out of my fingers and went underneath the refrigerator. I stuck my hand underneath to find it (GROSS) but I didn’t feel it under there. I was in a rush so when I got home later I had Noah take a look with a flashlight. We did not find the ring. I thought I would wait to get a new one until we could afford a nicer ring (like an eternity band) but I found a cheap CZ ring on Eve’s Addiction so I decided to get it to be my 2nd stand-in ring.


24 Jan

I just deleted…or rather, deactivated my facebook account. It feels good. I have always been too addicted to facebook, the internet, the computer, time wasting, but this year I would like to try to better myself. 2011 has already started off really well and with this being our first full year of marriage, I want to start it out on the right note. One of the ways I’m starting this “project” is to try to be on the computer less, starting with facebook. Facebook is the only thing I use on the internet that is a 100% waste of time. Sure, there are plenty of other things out there that are a waste of time (online games, youtube, etc.) but the only thing I use that has no real value to it whatsoever is Facebook. The other things I do on the computer (weddingbee, blogging, looking up interesting things) are actually somewhat bettering me. Blogging is like an online journal in a way and a creative expression of what’s going on in my mind. Weddingbee might be a time waster, but at least I know that I am (usually) helping out another stressed-out bride. And lastly, looking up interesting things on the internet (the news, the weather, gossip) keeps me up to date and it’s where I get 90% of my information! This doesn’t mean that those other websites don’t waste my time, they do, but just not as much as Facebook does. Over time I would like to spend less and less time on the computer and the first step to that goal is to completely rid myself of one internet avenue. I don’t know whether this will be permanent, but for now I want to see how long I can go without it.

Kind of sick, isn’t it?

Nice to meet you, I’m a Virgo.

13 Jan

I don’t know if you’ve heard….but your zodiac sign has probably changed. If you haven’t read about it yet, you can find your new zodiac sign and the reason behind the old bait and switch here. I used to be a Libra, but now I’m a Virgo. I don’t really know how I feel about that! While I’ve always felt I relate well to the Libra traits, I also think there are some Virgo traits that describe me. I still liked being a Libra better though!!


My friend J sent me this e-card today and it gave me a good laugh!