Friday, October 19, 2007

Life is just too hectic

What happened to the days of being bored? I remember being young, single, and bored stiff. Now, quite honestly, a little bit of bored sounds fantastic. I don't even remember the last time that my checklist wasn't longer than my ability to check everything off.

It seems that every year you live, your life gets fuller - and yes I mean this in the non-complaining as well as the whinging-and-whining sense. At the same time I can understand those people who choose to "opt-out" in some way. You know, those people who can fit all their posessions in the back of a pick-up truck, those carefree individuals who frown on mortgages and high-powered jobs, credit-card bills, fashion, and keeping up with the Joneses. These people seem to realize that, with every 'thing' (and I don't just mean commodities) you acquire comes a whole new set of responsibilities. I envy those people some days but could never be one.

There comes a point, though, where you wonder if there will ever be a time when you can stop and just enjoy what you've acquired. I guess you have to make that time for yourself but then sometimes doing that in and of itself is work, you know?

Aaaanyway... all this leads me to my point (I think I have one). I just don't have time for this blog (evident by my less and less frequent posts). It's another one of those things that I want to do, enjoy doing sometimes, but because I have 500 more important things to do, never gets priority. And then I get frustrated because I haven't updated it in a while. And when I do spend time updating it, I feel bad for ignoring other things. PC/internet to me is a magnet that pulls me in and I find hours go by without me having achieved anything on that proverbial list. So again, I am frustrated. Who needs that on top of everything else?

So, I'm signing off for a while. I'll still use this blog to keep you up-to-date on things that happen in my life, you know, places I've been, people I've seen, changes etc.. But in terms of this being a sounding board for my thoughts, rants, and raves... I'm going on hiatus. I waste enough time sitting in front of the PC every day and quite honestly, I'm ready to look beyond the screen and around me again for a while.

So ttfn!

Monday, October 08, 2007

She did it!

Me and the beautiful bride
Originally uploaded by Travel Vixen
From racy bachelorette to beautiful bride.

Friday, October 05, 2007

The way to be accountable

Did you see Marion Jones' statement this afternoon after she admitted lying to Federal officials about taking performance enhancing drugs?

It's rare to see/hear someone in the public eye show such genuine remorse, humility, and accountability. I have to say that, while I'm not impressed with her cheating, I was very impressed with her statement which seamed genuine and put to shame many people in the public eye who could do with just one iota of her courage.

See what you think:

The Bachelorette

The Bachelorette
Originally uploaded by Travel Vixen
Our little Nikester, a friend of mine for almost 10 years, is getting married this Saturday in McKinney, TX (hence me being in TX.) Last night was her Bachelorette party and a good time was had by all. Of course, being the evil women we are, we were sure to dress her up in full bachelorette garb and parade around Fort Worth visually announcing her impending wedlock. Spectacular!

So, we karaoked ("Hopelessly Devoted to youuuuuuuuuuu"), drank, and danced until 1am... AND ON A WEEKNIGHT!

Gosh, married women shouldn't be able to have this much fun.

Tomorrow, the BIG DAY!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

My theory on Britney

At the risk of sending a collective groan through every person reading this blog who is no doubt sick-to-death of hearing about her, I'm going to throw out my theory about this whole Britney Spears debacle.

I was watching headline news this morning, befuddled at the prominence of this story above serious major news issues, and it hit me: I think she wanted the court to take away her kids.

I mean, let's look at this with a little logic. She may be an psychological mess and not the sharpest tool in the shed, but she's not entirely dumb. If a judge warns you that you're going to lose your kids unless you do x, y, z, and if you want to keep your kids, firstly you do those things.

Secondly, the things that she did (or in this case didn't do) were pretty stupid and petty: she failed to produce a California drivers license and didn't show up for a drug test. It's almost like she was trying to strike a balance between not out-and-out defying the court but at the same time daring it to punish her.

Next, when the judge issued the order for her to hand her kids over to KFed at the next court hearing, she didn't bother to wait - she handed them right over without a fight and without delay.

Finally, she didn't even bother to show up at the hearing yesterday to contest the decision and fight to get her boys back.

Does this sound like the actions of a woman who wants to be a mother right now? I think not.

I think she's a 25 year old girl who never had the opportunity to grow up properly. Instead, since the age of 19 she's been living a surreal life of money, parties, and celebrity; showered with adoration, coddled, and no doubt given everything she's asked for when she asked for it by a team of people hired to do just that.

And then she became a mother and even though you can hire a nanny to look after your kids, let's face it, your kids want you as their mother. Kids equal responsibility, hard work, and sacrifice and I just don't think Britney was/is ready for it (her actions clearly demonstrate that this isn't a point under dispute.) And you know what? I think she knows it.

I think she wanted to court to take away those boys. Whether her motivation was selfless ("They're better off without me right now") or selfish ("I just want to party and have a good time!") that's my theory.

Of course, whether she chooses to use this court-given "freedom" to clean up her act and get her boys back or kicks off her heels and goes into high-gear partying, is something that is yet to be seen and will probably peel off the onion of her motivations.

But that's my theory and I'm sticking to it.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Little Tatah is turning one

AdahOne 207
Originally uploaded by Travel Vixen
Forgot to blog this. Sunday was my niece's first birthday party. Her actual birthday isn't until 10/7 but since Hubbie and I will be out of town that day, my sister-in-law hosted the event a week early. (So sweet!!!)

Anyway, as you can see she just gets cuter and cuter every day!

Dress courtesy of moi!

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Monday, October 01, 2007

No rednecks so far...

If you know anything about me, you know that I have not had good experiences with Texas. Houston, Galveston, San Antonio... hated them all. Flat, ridiculously humid, miserable fat people, rednecks, pick-up trucks, yellow grass, and stupid yellow traffic lights... the lot drove me nuts.

But I'm giving an initial passing grade to Dallas. Clean, new, well-organized, friendly people, even some green grass. The yellow traffic lights, flatlands, and humidity are still there but otherwise a more positive first impression for this part of the state. With such low house prices, I can understand why Californians are moving here.

Sitting in my hotel room right now, watching Dancing with the Stars, and waiting for my room service. It's weird, everything comes on an hour early here... that "9, 8 central.." thing they always say on the TV is true and its bloody confusing. I'm two hours ahead but the programs come on one hour early for the time period.

Oh too funny... the room service just arrived. My coffee cup and saucer is the style I just sold at my garage sale... what's weirder is that my Mum bought me that set from England. What's an English tea set doing in a hotel in Texas?

Anyway... off to eat and figure out more TV times.
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