Posted: January 30th, 2012 | Author: Olivia | Filed under: oDays, oWander | No Comments »
it’s my dear katherine’s birthday today. i’m not a girl of many words, but katherine is so i feel like she deserves some from me. :]
when my father passed away last month, i had two shining stars that kept me going. one was my amazing boyfriend, garrick. and the other was my amazing best friend, katherine. during times of tragedy, the truth in people will come out and you will learn who your true friends are and how much a family’s love can hold you together.
katherine was there for me every single day. she brought me and my family breakfast, lunch and dinner, even when she was exhausted from work. she stopped at target to buy us towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, snacks and anything else she thought we might need. she stayed up with me until 2am after a full day. she played card games with me and didn’t even let me win at poker (but i still got a penguin). she apologized profusely when she wasn’t there with me in person when she was celebrating christmas with family (WHAT? exactly, i agree – completely unnecessary but very katherine). she surprised me with cupcakes and fruit. she met with me at plucker’s, at mccormicks, at my house, at the hospital whenever i wanted to let me ramble on about life. she opened up her home to me so i could escape reality. she gave me a big bottle of goose. she waited for me outside the bathroom to make sure i was okay. she took on the extra responsibility with no hesitation and took photos for us at the service. she held me while i wept and she cried with me.
and not only did she do all these things for me, but she did it for my entire family too. and that in itself means the world to me.
katherine – you are more than i could have ever wanted in a best friend. i told you earlier today, but i would not be the same without you. i love you more than words can express, and i’m so blessed to have you in my life. this is already too sappy, so i will end it here and say i can’t wait for lbt3.
happy birthday <3
Posted: January 29th, 2012 | Author: Olivia | Filed under: oDays | No Comments »
is it sad that i’m this excited about watching monte carlo (which i’m sure will be terrible), eating a bowl of lion head meatballs with noodles (the lesser version of stephanie’s) and reading myself to sleep with shantaram?
no. i didn’t think so. :]
Posted: January 27th, 2012 | Author: Olivia | Filed under: oDays, oWander | No Comments »
one word to describe this week… restless. in my sleep. during the day. mix that with frustration and i’m so ready for the weekend. i just couldn’t sleep well… you know when you have those dreams that just stick with you for awhile? all my dreams had the same theme, so it was almost like a story that spread itself across my week.
i had some good conversation with coworkers.
convo #1: the eeyore
now, i love eeyore’s character… but mostly because i like his deep voice and how he’s so plumpy. but when a person is “an eeyore” it’s just depressing. we were talking about how some people are just perpetual eeyores and to keep your personal sanity… sometimes you just have to “cut” these people out of your life. i know it sounds harsh – but these people can really bring you down. there’s always something good around the corner, but if you’re so focused on the bad, have a need to just complain or just have no desire at all to be happy… then i don’t want you in my life. people in this world suck enough and i don’t need people close to me being that way. enjoy. life.
convo #2: culture
we rush through life. we have “first world” problems. my coworker came by to chat with me about a documentary she watched last night called god grew tired of us that tells the story of three young sudan boys who were given a chance to make a life in the states. the primary point was… we take a lot of things for granted. the simplest thing like turning on a light switch, locking the door, buckling your seat belt are all brand new. they were also astounded at the fact that people here are so unfriendly in a way that… people don’t openly help each other or talk to each other. we walk by each other on the street staring straight ahead. the three young men were confused since back in their home town, they viewed everyone as family. it’s so incredibly unfortunate that terrible people exist that take advantage of the pure hearted people who strive to help each other and be kind.
big jumble of words but… you have the power to change yourself. if you don’t like something – change it. if you have a desire to do something or be someone – do it. i’m starting to detest (and i mean detest) people who hide behind excuses as if those are good enough reasons to be less than who you can be. never settle… you can always be a better version of yourself. things i need to remind myself every single day.
Posted: January 18th, 2012 | Author: Olivia | Filed under: oDays | 1 Comment »
took advantage of not having the dogs or a g to go back home to and went out right after work (gasp!) with jessi to eat at il cane rosso… finally! i’ve been wanting to go for quite some time now and eat there. it was a lot different than i envisioned it would be (maybe more spacious?) and although it’s still good pizza, i think i hyped it in my head so much that it wasn’t AS good as i imagined it to be. BUT still great company :] always fun to hang out with jess (FUTURE ROOMIE!!!)
afterwards, we trekked to central market to find this raspberry truffle cake dessert she always talks about… but ALAS… they didn’t have it!! so sad. so we got our own desserts (brownie for jess and strawberry shortcake parfait for me) and headed over to her apartment where we google huddled with kat, steph and later, frederick! fun times :]
photo courtesy of kat
Posted: January 17th, 2012 | Author: Olivia | Filed under: oDays, oWander | No Comments »
first, i’m happy to be a part of a company that truly cares for their employees. in hard times, they will still find ways to not lay you off. and they find ways to cheer you up and recognize your accomplishments. the big difference between my last job and this one is that i’m in a positive environment where people actually care about you and your development (personal and professional). to think that i allowed my last company to bring me down to where i didn’t think i was good at anything astounds me. honestly, i’m laughing at them now because they’re just a failing company who has to stomp on their “lower end” employees to make themselves feel better. and it’s truly sad that so many people are caught in company cultures like that. so cheers, to all those wonderful companies out there who want to strengthen their people, instead of weakening them.
second, i’m starting to train for the half marathon (2 months late). i ran 2 5ks in the last 2 days… my legs feel heavy.
Posted: January 16th, 2012 | Author: Olivia | Filed under: oDays | No Comments »
Posted: January 10th, 2012 | Author: Olivia | Filed under: oWander | 1 Comment »
i think the first time i really saw this blossom was last year – where a lot of people i knew decided to take one photo each day of the year, ultimately ending up with 365 photos at the end.
i decided to do it for the year 2012 – capping out at 366 photos! i had debated to post on this blog, but decided i’ll put my tumblr to use. i originally had my tumblr just to stalk oriana, but alas… now it will be used for something. once i have 366 photos though, it will remain like that for eternity.
now i introduce to you my 366 day project (click to view):
Posted: January 9th, 2012 | Author: Olivia | Filed under: oDays | No Comments »
best wishes to a happy 20th year. love you much, crumble bumble.
Posted: January 8th, 2012 | Author: Olivia | Filed under: oWander | No Comments »
we went to church for the first time in awhile this morning. decided to try out fellowship church out in grapevine. i guess i’ve learned now to do more research before committing 1.5+ hours of my life. turns out this church gets broadcasted on abc family on sunday nights… think joel osteen. pastor ed young + wife, lisa young have created a mega church and it definitely is apparent.
i don’t really mind big churches, but i think there’s a line you cross from getting too extravagant. the worship service was like a rock concert with three HUGE projector screens. lisa young’s wedding ring was so big, it was actually distracting when she was up on the stage. it just doesn’t rub me the right way when people touting that they serve God and are here on earth to do God’s mission are indulging in these materialistic things that are unnecessary.
anyways, onto why i titled this blog sex in church. so the churchy couple wrote a book called sexperiment which is going to be their sermon series guide for the next few weeks. i think the topic is a bit interesting and am actually quite intrigued to hear what a church has to say about sex, as i’ve never experienced that before. however, i don’t really want to hear what ed and lisa young have to say about it… given the fact that they were hardcore marketing for everyone in the church to buy their book and that if the church members came to a “date night” (with a $25/couple fee), that they would receive a SIGNED COPY of the book! WOW. no thank you. not to mention that they are completely and utterly fake (and fake looking).
anyways, just some random ramblings from me since you haven’t read from me in awhile.
Posted: January 1st, 2012 | Author: Olivia | Filed under: oDays | No Comments »
rung in the new year with some of my favorite people. truly blessed.