Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

I think it's funny that people say, "HAPPY Halloween!" Shouldn't it be "Spine Chilling Halloween!" or even "Bloody Halloween!" I guess the candy part makes everyone happy, until afterwards when they've gained 10 pounds and/or lost 4 teeth. This morning at work, a co-worker filled up my candy bowl with REGULAR SIZE candy bars!! Skittles, starburst, 3musketeers, and M&Ms!!! Jackpot!
On another note, I decide to go ahead and buy the domain for "" So you can either change your bookmark (becuase i know there's so many of you out there who have this site bookmarked), or you can keep the old addy, and it will be redirected automatically. I'm pretty excited about it. I also added a "Subscribe" link, so please subscribe! It's a cool tool where you can keep track of what's happening on my blog as well as all of the other blogs you read all in the same place. Try it!

Monday, October 29, 2007


It was another successful Halloreunion. The cub, pup, and roo all came to stay at the cottage for a festive fall weekend getaway. This year, we ventured out in the rain to the Avila Barn to pick out our pumpkins, and take our annual family photo. Each of us found a unique pumpkin. Kara's was a red chode, Rachel found the perfect mini, Scott's was bright orange and the perfect shape for a good carve, and us goat's picked out a yellowish one to cover the fall color spectrum in our photos. Carving would not be complete without some tasty pumpkin cake, a few bevs, and some poot. Roo carved stars, Pup carved a ghost, Cub carved some bats, and Goat and Bun carved Sweet Kitty.

After all the detailing and poot pictures, we cleaned up and got ready for the birthday celebration at Shins. We couldn't do Sake BOMBS! but we managed to have some fun anyway with our chum sake, and mickey mouse birthday dessert. After dinner, we crammed into a nearby apartment where we sipped strange Dr. Pepper bevs. Black Sheep welcomed us with open arms, but Kara's Dirty Martini combined with sushi gave her a belly ache. Rachel sobered up quickly, and Steve got his beer spilled on his crotch and almost got in a fight. We had to carry another pal home, and put her to bed. It was quite an interesting night, but a memorable one nonetheless. Sunday we Gussed, lounged, tivo'd, and laptopped until the animals had to depart.

I loved seeing my wonderful friends. They always make my heart real warm. It's nice having a few girls around the cottage to help me pick out clothes and make-up. I miss that. I miss you!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Decade of Difference

As most of you know, my boyfriend is nearly a decade older than me. Although our maturity levels are about equal, there is a noticeable difference between who we are and how we look at life. The biggest difference is how we relate to our parents. I am very close with my mom. I talk with her almost every day, sometimes twice a day. Stephen talks to his parents about once a month, and never reveals anything about his life to them. He told them he was dating me, the day before they actually met me (7 months after we've been together). This is neither good or bad, it's just the way it happens to be once you've been out of your parents house for 17 years.

Another age related difference is the stories. OH man, Steve has some great stories. He has lived like 5 lives, and I have lived one, single, dull, boring, pathetic life! He grew up in a small mountain town, graduated highschool and joined the army, lived in Texas, Alabama, and Korea while in the army, finished the army and moved home and went to junior college, moved to Santa Barbara to go to UCSB to pursue dentistry, changed majors to chemistry, double majored in chemistry and biochemistry, got his masters in chemistry, and now he is a super smart senior process research scientist. WOW! What a freaking amazing life! Let's see, I grew up in your average suburban town, went to college, got a job. I am so lame! We've discussed this difference and I told him I am afraid he will soon get bored with me because I don't have as many cool stories as he has...but he tells me how awesome I am for going straight to college and starting a career at age our perspectives are slightly skewed...and that's exactly why I love him! He tells me he is worried that since I am so young, I haven't done everything I need to do before settling down. I see his point, I am only 24, but most of you know me pretty well, and you'd probably tell Steve, "Jaime is ready! She's had like 405,394 lame boyfriends so PLEASE be the ONE good one for her. She is the most loyal girl on earth - she isn't going anywhere!" So, Steve....I am done. I do not need to go be crazy and wild and skanky...been there, done that.

A huge change from all my other boyfriends is the fact that Steve is an ADULT. He is responsible. He saves money. He cleans. He flosses every day! And we do adult things like go out for wine on Sunday nights, run errands together on the weekend, pot plants, cook dinner, take vacations and weekend road-trips, we TALK and LAUGH, and sometimes we just lay for hours just listening to music! And we don't just babble about stupid stuff - we talk about exciting, interesting things like family, work, investments, what types of cool things we want in our first house, places we want to travel to, music, and of course we're constantly telling each other how wonderful and hot the other person is. I wish all of you could sit and hear our personal'd absolutely understand why I am so dang smitten! Oh, and my favorite conversations go like, "wow, when you were 21, I was 11. Pedophile!"

Side Note: We work together, but no one at work knows we are together, so occasionally as Steve walks by the stairwell leading to my office, he yells random things for me to hear like "Cawcaw!" or a gross burp, and sometimes he just grunts really loud. As I am writing this, he just yelled, "OVER IT! I am OVER IT!" Ha, I bet everyone else thinks he is such a freak.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

change your name, change your life!

So I am thinking about changing the addy for my blog to something better. Don't worry, it will automatically re-direct you to the new address if you have this blog linked somewhere. But, I am trying to think of a catchy, simple, clever, memorable blog title.

So far I only have: get it??

Anyway, please send me your thoughts and creativity! I am purchasing this domain, so I want it to be good!!!


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

I KNOW I Can Dance!

I never realized how much I really missed dancing until I joined the gym. The dance class is relatively basic, but I get to move, shake, and shimmee my way through an hour of non-stop fun. I love being in my own little world, doing something that is not only healthy, but puts me in a really fantastic mood! It's amazing how just an hour of chassé, pas de bourrée , pirouettes, chaînés tournes, kicks, ball-changes, cha cha's, and stretches can get rid of stress, worry, fatigue, and feeling like a complete blob. So, if anyone who is a member of Kennedy and wants a gym buddy, email me and I can tell you when I'm there.

Friday, October 05, 2007

National Fire Prevention Week (click)

National Fire Prevention week starts October 7th through the 13th. The theme this year is "Practice your escape plan" so take a couple of minutes to look around your home or workplace and find the nearest exit. I always think about the ONE thing I would grab on the way out of my house if there was a fire. MY COMPUTER! :) The San Luis Obispo Fire Dept, is holding it's annual Open House on Saturday, October 13th from 10-3, so take your little kid/brother/sister/niece/nephew/babysittee to this event so they can sit in the fire truck! :)

Okay, so now you all get a glimpse into my worklife. I think about safety, health, fire, hazards, exposure, cuts, spills, burns, regulations, inspections, training, flu shots, blood drives, all freaking day long, every day! Yeah, it's a relatively easy job, but it is also very important and at times, scary! You'd think I'd be a stresscase by now!

Speaking of fires, I am going camping this weekend and I plan on making a lovely campfire. :) What a good role model, eh? We are going to this campground called Plaskett Creek up hwy 1 near Gorda. I have been wanting to go camping for quite awhile now. My dad got me a tent for graduation, and I haven't used it yet (and I graduated almost two years ago, how pathetic!) So, I got some new chairs, an air bed, bug spray, a cooler, some rain ponchos (JIC), and of course lots of food and beer! Woot!

In other news, I will be going to Steve's parent's house in Mountain Ranch (Calaveras County in northern CA) for Christmas this year. I am thrilled that finally I get to spend Christmas with a lover! Steve has told me all about where he grew up, so I am really looking forward to seeing it with my own eyes, and meeting more of his family. He said he has never taken a girl home for Christmas! Wahoo! Afterwards, he is coming with me to my dad's house in Gardnerville, then we will probably take our time coming back years plans are still up in the air. It will be nice having 11 (paid) days off in a row!!!!!!!!!! Life is good.
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