jump to navigation

Four Months Later May 2, 2012

Posted by reddlissa in Single Life, Teacher Stuff, Uncategorized, Weight Loss/Fitness.
Tags: , , , , , ,
add a comment

On January 1st I wrote several goals for myself.¬† Four months later, I suppose it’s time to check my progress.

Financial Goals

  1. Save $1,000 — I am only $120 away from completing this goal ūüôā
  2. Create a monthly budget and stick to it
  3. Reduce my credit card debt by at least 40% — I have completely paid off 2 credit cards. I’m not sure how much this has reduced my total credit card debt, but it makes me feel like I’m making progress.

Health Goals

  1. Lose 50 pounds — I have lost a total of 8 pounds. Despite being somewhat discouraged my this tiny progress, I am trying to stay positive and focused. If only cookies, chocolate, ice cream, and beer didn’t make my tummy so happy ūüė¶

Professional/Educational Goals

  1. Pass the TExEs certification test in Social Studies — DONE!!! I am moving to the social studies department and will be teaching U.S. history and econmics next school year. ūüėÄ
  2. Apply for graduate school

Miscellaneous Goals

  1. Complete a scrapbook
  2. Actively look for ‚ÄúMr. Right‚ÄĚ
  3. Find a new church home with a strong youth program

Obviously I have a long way to go before I can check all of these goals off my list.  Hopefully the summer break will refresh my spirit and give me the motivation to get out there and do something!!

2012 Goals January 1, 2012

Posted by reddlissa in Single Life, Teacher Stuff, Weight Loss/Fitness.
Tags: , , , ,
1 comment so far

As a new year begins, I find myself reflecting on the things I planned to accomplish in 2011 yet for multiple reasons didn’t. Obviously if I want to find success in 2012 I need to try something different. That’s where my bestie Susan comes in; she and I have agreed to be each other’s accountability partner as we each strive to accomplish our goals for this new year. Here are my major goals for the next 12 months:

Financial Goals

  1. Save $1,000
  2. Create a monthly budget and stick to it
  3. Reduce my credit card debt by at least 40%

Health Goals

  1. Lose 50 pounds

Professional/Educational Goals

  1. Pass the TExEs certification test in Social Studies
  2. Apply for graduate school

Miscellaneous Goals

  1. Complete a scrapbook
  2. Actively look for “Mr. Right”
  3. Find a new church home with a strong youth program

My Very Own Bucket List June 28, 2011

Posted by reddlissa in Hockey, Single Life, Weight Loss/Fitness.
Tags: , , , , , , ,
add a comment

Weekday afternoons at the museum are notoriously slow and yesterday was no exception.¬† Having forgotten my book at home, I was desperate for something to do that would help pass the time.¬† Thanks to my iTouch¬†and the museum’s wi-fi, I was able to create my very own bucket list.

  1. Visit all these places
  2. Watch all of Johnny Depp’s¬†movies (50+ according to IMDb)
  3. Fit in a size 12
  4. Visit every continent
  5. Earn a Mater’s Degree
  6. Drive a 1967 Stingray Corvette
  7. Meet a famous person (preferably Johnny Depp or a member of the Red Wings)
  8. Work or volunteer at the Smithsonian
  9. Get married
  10. See a polar bear in the wild
  11. Live in Scotland
  12. Complete a scrapbook
  13. Learn to waltz
  14. See the Northern Lights
  15. Go 6 months without driving a car
  16. Learn American Sign Language
  17. Visit all 50 states
  18. Go white water rafting
  19. See the Red Wings play in Joe Louis Arena
  20. Celebrate Oktoberfest in Germany
  21. Ride in a hot air balloon
  22. Fly first class
  23. Read 100 books in one year’s time
  24. Sing karaoke
  25. Be a zombie in a zombie movie

Here’s My List October 18, 2009

Posted by reddlissa in Single Life.
Tags: , , , , , , ,
2 comments

Last night over dinner and drinks, the topic of conversation turned to “the list.”¬† Everyone has “the list”.¬†¬†I commonly refer to mine as¬†“My List of Future Husbands”.¬† Some people call it “My List of Freebies” or “My List of Guys I’d Love to be Trapped in a Room With After We’ve Miraculously Lost All Our Clothes and Eaten an Aphrodisiac-Laden Dinner.” Semantics can’t change the fact that said list is basically a collection of hot and sexy (famous) people the list-holder would love to sleep with.

So, here’s my list:

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pavel Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Boreanaz

David Boreanaz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Weatherly

Michael Weatherly

This is the Love I Want December 17, 2008

Posted by reddlissa in Single Life.
1 comment so far

My insides would melt…

I Have a Feeling This Is Going To Totally Suck! November 2, 2008

Posted by reddlissa in Family Affairs, Single Life.
1 comment so far

While chatting with a friend, I realized that this holiday season has huge potential to totally suck.¬† This is going to be my first holiday season “alone” since 2000.¬† Although B and I were officially broken up last year, we were still together all the time and spent time with each other at Thanksgiving and Christmas.¬†¬†Unless something drastic happens soon I don’t foresee any romance to make my holidays special.¬† Yeah, this is gonna suck ūüė¶

If You See Smoke Don’t Panic…I’ve Probably Erupted Into a Ball of Flames October 14, 2008

Posted by reddlissa in Family Affairs, Rants/ Raves, Single Life, Teacher Stuff, Weight Loss/Fitness.
1 comment so far

Okay so my stress level is almost through the freakin’ roof.¬† Issues with J, crazy technology problems at work, a demon-possessed middle school daughter, and a sudden desperate need to lose 5 pounds before Saturday are making life INSANE right now.¬† What sucks even more is that I am no longer in touch with the one person who can talk me down off the ledge.¬† I think I am beginning to understand the phrase “Going postal!”

Time for a Change July 23, 2008

Posted by reddlissa in Single Life.
2 comments

Standing among thousands of screaming Papa Roach fans, I came to a startling realization –¬† I’m over him.¬† We will always be friends and he will always be a part of my life, but I no longer have a desire to rekindle a romantic relationship.¬† After a year I suppose many people would say this realization was a long time coming‚Ķthey would be right.¬† Since the day he left I have searched for my place in a world without him; many times I felt secure on my own but at other times I floundered.¬† The past 2 months have been especially difficult as I have struggled to face the fact that while I still harbored non-platonic feelings he did not.¬† My hyper-romantic tendencies and overactive imagination spun many tales in which he came to his senses, realized he couldn‚Äôt live without me, and begged me on bended knee to take him back.¬† Living in this fantasy world was painful and unhealthy, but I never could seem to break free.¬† So what changed?¬† I have no idea.¬† I admit that I prayed for God to release me from this struggle and perhaps He chose last night to wipe that slate clean.¬† Perhaps spending social time with him reminded me of the some of the reasons why we didn’t work out in the first place.¬† Perhaps my eagerness for the future has pushed aside my longing for the past.¬† Perhaps it was simply time.¬† Whatever precipitated this change I am glad it has finally happened.¬†

Good Heavens, Please Tell Me It’s Not My Eyebrows! June 22, 2008

Posted by reddlissa in Single Life.
add a comment

Several weeks ago I was at a poolside gathering with several female acquaintances.¬† The normal female talk somehow wound its way to eyebrows.¬† As I listened, the other women spent at least 10 minutes proclaiming the joys and bemoaning the woes of several different eyebrow maintenance practices; plucking, waxing, threading, and tattooing.¬† One of the women noticed I had contributed nothing to this riveting conversation and looked at me, perfectly trimmed eyebrows raised in question, and asked, “So what do you do?”¬† After an awkward 10-second silence I muttered in embarrassment, “Nothing really.¬† I’ve never thought so much about eyebrows until this very moment.”¬† “Oh,” she responded and turned back to the other eyebrow expert with a look of horror on her face.¬† “I see!”¬†

As I cared little for a majority of these women, I quickly forgot this conversation…until today.¬† Spend fifteen minutes cleaning out your dresser drawer of old swimsuits and tell me that you don’t run head first into the brick wall of self-reflection.¬† Spend an hour in¬†the bath with a Dean Koontz novel and and couple of beers and tell me that¬†you don’t emerge with a line of thought something like this:

All those women were married.¬† All of those women perform regular eyebrow maintenance.¬† I am not now nor¬†have I ever been married.¬† I have¬†no regular eyebrow maintenance.¬† Oh my god…perfect eyebrows are the key to getting married.¬† Men are subconsciously judging women by their eyebrows and I am failing every test.¬†¬† Somehow the well-coiffed female eyebrow signals love, affection, great sex, home cooking, a clean house, maternal¬†strength, and a willness¬†to still let you hang out with the guys and drink beer especially during the big game.¬† A¬†non-maintained eyebrow must therefore speak of…oh the horrors cannot be named!¬† No wonder I’m single, my eyebrows are sending out signals that drive the guys away worse than garlic breath and a hair-growing wart at the tip of my nose.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

Yes, my mind truly operates this way….