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Quick Post August 26, 2009

Filed under: Misa — Misa @ 4:36 am

This week will be a light blogging week. My friends from England are here visiting and we have a very busy week planned. This includes lots of shopping and sight seeing and even a teeny bit of relaxation. πŸ™‚

I will post a full recap once they are on their way back to England.


Interesting Activity August 23, 2009

Filed under: Books,Misa — Misa @ 6:02 am

I’ve been doing a kind of self-help, long-term exercise for artist’s aimed at refreshing creativity. Yes, I know how silly this sounds. I do not usually get involved in these type of self-help exercises because I am a bit cynical, but this particular one is actually producing some results.

Anyway, most of the program will not be of interest to my readers, but perhaps my favourite part of the program will be. The program requires that every morning you hand-write three pages in a notebook or journal. The pages can be stream of consciousness and can be about anything. They can be positive, negative or just rambling, it does not matter. The most important part is not stressing over punctuation, spelling and other grammatical conventions – you just write how and what you want. The second most important part is that neither you nor anyone else is to read your pages until after you have finished the program. Even once you have finished only you may read your pages otherwise you will subconsciously or consciously worry about what someone else will think. It’s sounds a little cheesy, but I’ve found that doing this every morning really makes me a less anxious person. I can write down any minor worries and after I write them it’s like they are gone. I do not entirely understand, but it works for me.

I suppose a blog could act as these pages, but only if it were totally private. The fact that no one will read my notebook is really freeing.

Just thought I’d share. πŸ™‚


Rosetta Stone really works! August 22, 2009

Filed under: Misa,Travel — Misa @ 5:57 am

I tend to by a pretty cynical person especially when it comes to products that claim to make life easier. I find that most of these products really are “too good to be true.”

However, Rosetta Stone is a major exception to the rule. I guess it is really not too good to be true because it is expensive. Anyway, it really works. I am learning the language and it is not painful at all. The only extra thing I’ve done (that they do suggest) is putting notes with the names of objects on them on the actual objects. Not too hard to do honestly. I have been using the program every day, but I only use it for as long as I want. Some days this is as little as 10 minutes (about the length of one lesson) and other days this is longer (an hour or so). At first I felt strange talking to my computer, but now that I have gotten used to it, it is pretty fun.

I highly recommend this product especially if you are PCSing and need to learn a little bit of the language fast!


Ok…wow…just wow. August 21, 2009

Filed under: Misa — Misa @ 8:02 pm

I make an effort to not let what others say bother me, but boy oh boy as that been hard these past few weeks. Maybe I’m just stressed out from the PCS which is causing little things to get to me more?

I was having a conversation with another air force wife last night and I was looking at a list of activities at our new base and I was excited because there were lots of activities I was genuinely interested in – community service, exercise classes, etc. I made a flippant comment about how I would be happy to do any activity on the list except for scrap booking. No offense to anyone that does scrapbook, but I just do not care for this activity even when I’m doing it with other people. Well, my friend gave me this big speech about how selfish I was being and that I had to scrapbook or it would hurt my husbands career and on and on…eventually ending up with how she thinks it is also selfish that I am so interested in getting a job. Just wow. I listened quietly and then made an excuse that someone was at the door so I had to go since I really did not wish to continue speaking with her because I did not want to start an argument.

I really did not think that disliking scrap booking would lead to this kind of conversation. In fact, when I made the comment I thought I was being kind of funny. I’ve been trying to brush the whole conversation off. I am even assuming that maybe my friend was just having a bad day or was hormonal or something, but honestly I am having a hard time getting over it. Even though I know not everyone is like this, it is still upsetting. It makes me feel like some three-headed-purple-monster sometimes just because I do not quite fit the mold that everyone seems to want me to.

Here’s to a better day tomorrow. πŸ™‚



Filed under: Misa — Misa @ 3:16 am

After a failed trip yesterday, I finally made it to the orchard today for peaches and blueberries. They are so good I even ate some of the blueberries in the car on the way home…and have been eating them ever since. At least they are healthy!

The rest of the day was spent packing, labeling and inventorying various boxes for our move to Texas. This has actually been a fun project for me because I am packing wedding presents that we left here in the US while we were in England. It’s like Christmas as there are a few things everyday that I rediscover. Today’s rediscovered item was a really nice set of steak knives.

This evening I went out to dinner with my in-laws. They are seriously the best in-laws in the world and I adore them – they are just so nice! The only thing that sometimes bothers me is that I often get the impression that they are totally disinterested in my career goals. I’m not sure if it is because they think I should start having kids and become a SAHM or if they are worried that it will effect their son’s career. Eh, no big deal. πŸ™‚ Our dinner was really tasty. I had a prawn quesadilla and afterwards we went to Rita’s for some Swedish Fish flavoured water ice. Yummmy!

Tomorrow I plan to finish a pastel drawing I’m working on as well as doing some more packing (does it ever truly end?). Β I am also excited to watch the new season of Project Runway which I taped this evening since I knew I would be out for dinner. I hope it’s just as good as when the show was owned by Bravo!


A Quick Survey August 20, 2009

Filed under: Misa — Misa @ 3:33 am

1. Who is the hottest movie star? It’s a tie between John Travolta and Johnny Depp!

2. Apart from your house and car, what is the most expensive item you have ever bought: Excluding my education as well it’s probably a toss up between my piano, F. Horn and violin.

3. What is you most treasured memory? Our first date at Ooka!

4. What was the best gift you ever received as a child: A kitten!

5. What is the biggest mistake you have ever made? Probably my college major. Shrug.

6. 4 words to describe yourself: Intelligent, Creative, Cynical, Shy

7. What was your highlight or low light of 2008? Getting married!

8. Favorite Film? Sprited Away

9. Tell me one thing I don’t know about you. I hate raisins! Yuck!

10. If you were a comic book/strip or cartoon character, who would you be? Storm from X-Men.


I had a VERY Productive Day August 18, 2009

Filed under: Misa — Misa @ 5:53 am

Today I have:

1. Purchased a domain name for my business complete with email addresses and hosting.

2. Found an online code for a discount on my domain name – woot!

2. Set up the email addresses and sent test messages.

3. Designed and launched the website…in flash.

4. Cleaned the fish pond on the deck and gave them nice cold water – it’s really hot here.

5. Ran some errands – picking up mail, putting gas in the car, etc.

6. Ate some delicious Swedish Fish flavoured water ice.

7. Sent catch-up emails to several of my college and high school friends.

8. Read two (short) books.

9. Did some laundry…

10. Folded said laundry and put it away.

11. Completed my daily lesson on Rosetta Stone.

12. Went for a swim.

13. Reheated dinner – yum!

14. Took a long, relaxing, bubble bath.

15. Began work on an anniversary gift for C. Handmade is the way to go when the boy has everything!

Phew! The strangest bit is that I am not even tired!


Great Weekend August 17, 2009

Filed under: Misa — Misa @ 3:00 pm

I had a great weekend in Chicago. I had never been there before and it is always fun to enjoy a new city, especially with C. The Thunderbirds were performing and while we did not specifically go to see them it was fun watching them zip around the tall buildings.

On Saturday, we needed to do some shopping. C. needed some new pants because a flight attendant spilled tomato sauce all over them. Thankfully, the airline paid for them – Woohoo! We also went to see the latest Miyazaki film, Ponyo. Which I adored despite the terrible dubbing and one misbehaved child. The animation was just so beautiful! That evening we went on a dinner cruise where we had a nice view of the Chicago skyline and were able to see the fireworks over Navy Pier.

Sunday we had to go our respective was. C. back to England and me back to the East coast. 😦

At least Project Runway starts this week so I have something to look forward too! Is anyone else really excited for the debut?


Impromtu Trip August 13, 2009

Filed under: Misa — Misa @ 6:40 pm

I think impromtu trips are the best kind! I’m off to Chicago this weekend to be with my pilot (Henceforth refered to as C.)on his birthday. C is in Chicago presenting a paper he wrote for an engineering conference. We spoke on the phone yesterday and he was very excited because the Thunderbirds are performing in Chicago this weekend. Apparently, the hotel where he is staying has a great view of the airspace the Thunderbirds have been using to practice. He is over the moon.

We are going on a dinner cruise for his birthday on Saturday, but have no other concrete plans. I would not mind trying some Chicago deepdish pizza or a Chicago style hotdog…

Have a good weekend everyone!


Packages on my Doorstep August 12, 2009

Filed under: Misa,My Pilot — Misa @ 12:33 am

For our first anniversary my pilot and I had purchased tickets to one of the first concerts Michael Jackson was doing in London. Obviously, our money has no been refunded. Thank goodness because these tickets were not inexpensive. Since we aren’t going to the concert ( 😦 ) we wanted to come up with another gift for ourselves using some of our ticket refund. We tossed around a lot of ideas, but the most important part was that we wanted a joint gift. Jewelry is really nice, but I would rather do something with my husband for our anniversary. He can get my jewelry for my birthday, hehe. πŸ˜‰

After all of our discussion we decided on purchasing a copy of Rosetta Stone which is something we have both wanted for some time. We will be able to practice our new language together! How exciting! The package arrived on my doorstep today and I cannot wait to try it. I’m going to be good though and wait until our actual anniversary to open it.

I also got a purse I ordered a while ago. Two packages in one day! What more can a girl ask for? πŸ™‚