Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Book Review: The Pact

Title: The Pact
By: Jennifer Sturman
Pages: 304

Book Description:
A mystery for anyone who has ever hated a friend's boyfriend. . .

Rachel Benjamin and her friends aren't looking forward to Emma's wedding. The groom is a rat, and nobody can understand what Emma sees in him. So when he turns up dead in the morning of the ceremony, no one in the wedding party is all that upset. Not even Emma.

Rachel, who had the good fortune to find Richard floating facedown in the pool, is feeling as if she's woken up in an Agatha Christie novel. It doesn't help that everyone around her seems to have a motive for murder. So, while the cops detain Emma's family and friends at her isolated Adirondacks compound for the weekend, Rachel, an investment banker by trade, makes like Miss Marple (minus the gray hair and sensible shoes) and does some digging of her own. Her investigation gets especially tricky when Peter Forrest, the too-good-to-be-true best man, turns out to be the number-one love interest and her number-one suspect. And Rachel can't help remembering the solemn pact she and her friends made back in college--a promise to rescue each other from bad relationships, using any means required. Has someone taken the pact too far?

What I thought: I really enjoyed this book. Chic Lit again for me! The book kept me reading and guessing. I usually judge my books by how long it takes me to read them... this one took 3 days. Which means I wasn't doing what I was supposed to/need to, and read this book instead. I liked it!

I give this book 4.0 out of 5

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

My Senior Quote

I just saw this on Fickr... and it was my highschool senior quote. What was yours?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Soooo, yeah - I've Been Stumbling

Could You See Yourself Doing This?

Wait for it...

It is Official

I'm moving to Arizona in June.

Capital City:



February 14, 1912 (48th)




Grand Canyon State


Ditat Deus (God enriches)

Origin of State Name:

Spanish interpretation of "arizuma," an Aztec Indian word meaning "silver-bearing." Also based on Pima Indian word "arizonac" for "little spring place."



Largest Cities:

Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale

Border States:

California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah

Land Area:

113,510 sq. mi., 6th largest

Highest Point:

Humphreys Peak, 12,633 ft

Lowest Point:

Colorado River, 70 ft

State Bird:

Cactus Wren

State Flower:

Saguaro cactus blossom (carnegiea gigantea)

State Tree:

Palo verde (cercidium)

State Song:


State Web Site:

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Work is SO Busy!

It has been freezing out... so you might be surprised to find out that I'm still working at a golf course. Here is an example of all the hard work I do...Click the pic for more "artwork" ... not ALL of it is done at work.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Straight From My Homework

Strategic Analysis: Everything people say and do os simply strategies to make life work. In this assignment, you will analyze your communication patterns and your unique behaviors, attempting to discover the root of you personal strategies.

Five strategies used to sooth pain and why:

  • I sleep when I get stressed out. I do this in order to shut out the outside world and others which helps to reduce pain. It gives me a sense of security knowing that this is one way to shut everyone out and have a moment not to think about something. It’s become habitual because I always feel refreshed and able to conquer whatever it is when I wake up.
  • I spend too much time on the internet. I substitute my time doing this in order to avoid dreadful homework. I keep busy online to avoid what I really should be doing, but am just not interested in doing. I feel that if I’m doing something, it’s better than doing nothing.
  • With friends I often deny there is a problem. I always say “its okay,” and don’t act mad, when I’m actually upset. I do this in order to please them and avoid confrontation and lengthy explanations. I don’t like to feel the pain of a fight, so I try to avoid it all together.
  • I go for drives. I do this when I’m feeling lost, confused or frustrated. I think I do this for a sense of security, I know that no matter where I go, all always find my way back.
  • I blab my horror stories to my best friend in order to receive some kind o acknowledgement, that yeah, what I’m going through sucks. It also helps to talk through the pain of frustration and I always feel better after talking to her!

Five strategies used to satisfy needs and why:

  • I over-work myself by keeping three jobs. Ever since I could work, I have worked. Not working is seen as “lazy”. I don’t want to appear lazy to anyone, therefore I work three jobs (and have no time or energy to do anything else!) I also like to feel the need of being needed. I feel like I’d be letting people down if I quit one of my jobs.
  • I call my Mom, way too much - like for this assignment I needed help coming up with a few more than I had. I have always depended on her and respected her opinions, so when I need something – an answer to a question, instructions on how to do something – I call her without hesitation. It’s like I need to reaffirm that security of having her there, because she lives all the way in Arizona!
  • I read non-stop. I do this because other people see me reading and I think it makes them think I’m more knowledgeable. There is also the pleasure I get in reading, and how it takes me away from my own life for a little bit and creates a world of stimulation/adventure.
  • I volunteer because I need to feel needed. I also have a need to look good – I volunteer for the same company I work at (a park), and hope to have a future job with after I graduate.
  • I am a perfectionist. One- because I grew up with a pretty much OCD dad and a very crafty mother. And two – because I did great on one high school project that I was really into, and after I showed that quality of work there was no way I could do any worse – too much was expected of me. So when it comes to projects, “crafty” things or just the way I have my things, it has to be perfect. There is a need of significance, I like when other to compliment me on my perfect ways (and I act like its no big deal).

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sunday, January 20, 2008

I Might Start Watching the News

I was googling Cincinnati news in hopes to find an article for class... This is what I came across.

After watching this I googled "dance party friday" and there are a few good dances by the same news station on youtube. In one he is dressed like Elvis... in one he dances with himself... (they double him).

Amazingly... I'm proud that this is my hometown news station! We have fun in Cincinnati!

Saturday, January 19, 2008


Me now....

Me three years ago....

...Why on EARTH did I have my hair that dark everrrrr. lol.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

That's UC for You

$3,133.00 for tuition its quarter... and I have class in a double wide.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Worst Day Ever

First -I find out that apparently some of my classes I'm taking for my Social Sciences minor, may not count becuase they are also Criminal Justice classes (my major). Thats bullshit. I'm not using them for both - who cares. They ARE Social Sciences. Ugh I cant help it if thats all that I'm interested in and my adviser didn't tell me. I'm supposed to graduate THIS quarter people. Please cross your fingers for me and hope that my petitions get approved.
UPDATE 1/16/08: It's all good! Graduating ON TIME

Second- Have you heard me mention before that I HATE my boss with a passion. Well we had it out again today. Basically she jumped to conclusions becuase I responded to her e-mail with a question about the shifts she was talking about... She assumed becuase I asked a question that I was guilty. "Considering you just admitted to not fulfilling a requirement of your position, this would not be a good time to make such a request." My other boss there called me to kinda straighten things out. It kinda helped - but I'm still beyond frustrated. You just cannot please this lady. I try to stay on people's good side.. and I've been a better than good worker at EVERY job I've had - even if I've hated it. Its just so FRUSTRATING.
UPDATE 1/16/08: This is somewhat better 'cause I talked with my other boss... but I'm still excited for the day this job is ovvver!

Third - Guys are assholes. But I already knew that right?
UPDATE 1/16/08: Really who cares anymore ;-)

What did I learn from today? BEST FRIENDS ARE A GODSEND!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Goings On

Blog block. I just have to admit I'm blocked. then the ideas will come pouring out... I'm waiting.

Truth is, a ton has been going on.... I just don't want to write any of it down, becuase then, well, I'd have to admit it.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Can Wii Be Friends?

To Mom, Sara and any one else my # is...

three three two one - one eight three four - six seven four six- six two eight nine

I'm not online yet. I'm waiting on University Internet Know It Alls to fix it so I can be!

... click Jack Black's picture to see how to make a Famous Mii (and MORE!). I've been having too much fun with this!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Wednesday, January 2, 2008