October 14, 2008


So I had a conversation with my kinda cousin, Cathy, today. See she was apparently uninvited, but really never was formally invited, we just assumed she'd be coming to dinner today. She was probably reading too much into it and some how it turned into - my brother helps financially so I'm a loser. What she meant by this was that she isn't as successful as her brother. Now Michael is a wonderful person and I really don't think he feels that way. I mean he is very successful, he has a fantastic job, he speaks Japanese (fluently), lives in San Jose (one of the most expensive places to live in the country), is obviously very educated, and doesn't really want for anything, he's funny, smart, kind, and very loved - so yes he would be considered successful. But, are these qualities any more important than the fact that he has a wonderful life partner, he's funny, kind, and loving. So, what really makes someone successful? Is it all about money or is it about life? Cat is a college graduate, has a good job at FedEx, 3 wonderful kids, a fiance who loves her, she has been a "big sister" to me and at least 2 others, she's a kind friend, funny, and smart. Does it really matter that her brother helps her afford the house she is in? She was in the house first because of a divorce, then because her mother needed help, and now she and her fiance are going to try to buy the house from her brother...does that make her a failure? My brother is very successful in his work, but moves around a lot and is lonely. Does the fact that he makes more money than me make him more successful? I have a good job, a new car, I'm thinking about buying the condo I'm in, I have great friends and a wonderful family. I also have a college degree and am looking at going to more school. So what is the real measure of success? Money doesn't make a person successful - as an anonymous person once said, "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success."

October 1, 2008


Okay - so I was tagged by Stacers and I am very tired and don't want to work so here goes...

1. Law and Order: Special Victims Unit - booyah
2. Little People Big World
3. John and Kate plus 8 - I know weird
4. Unwrapped
5. Sex and the City
6. Days of Our Lives - rarely, but it does happen
7. Friends
8. Gilmore Girls - again - cheesy but what can I say

1. Texas Roadhouse
2. Buffalo Wild Wings
3. Red Robin
4. Mustard Seed
5. The Rex - when I want something fancy -which isn't often
6. Mom's house
7. My house
8. Olive Garden

1. I woke up
2. Came to work
3. went to lunch
4. back to work
5. drove home
6. talked to some people on the phone
7. Watched a new episode of my favorite show (SVU)
8. couldn't sleep

1. figuring out what to do with my life
2. my dad coming up on Saturday and helping him with cows
3. The book with my dad on the cover coming out
4. buying a house
5. falling in love
6. moving somewhere else to fall back in love with MT
7. Mirandy moving back to Montana - me too

1. I wish that I would find a guy worth falling in love with
2. I wish that I could find a way to make my dreams come true
3. I wish that mom wasn't so stressed
4. I wish that Kate was still alive
5. I wish that the people I loved would never ever leave
6. I wish I could eat what I want and stay skinny - agreed
7. I wish our economy wasn't in the crapper so bad
8. I wish I was rich enough to take care of my family forever and none of them have to work

1. Kara
2. Jackie - even though Stacy did
3. Stacy - because she already did it and I'm a cheater and she's already a guarantee
4-10 anyone else who wants to b/c I don't know anyone