Friday, March 30, 2012

Mega million dreams

(taken with my phone by Michaela) 

I bought lotto tickets today. The mega million is $500,000 and I have a 1 in 176 million chance to win it. This is only the second time I've ever bought a lotto ticket. First time was my 18th birthday weekend with Amy.

So, what would I do with the money?

Pay off all my loans. Pay off my parents' loan for my schooling as well. Pay off my sister and my parents loans (goodbye mortgage and car payments).

Buy a house. Build a house. Not just a house, a family compound. A bunch of big houses for all my loved ones, preferably in a location overlooking the pacific ocean. Buy a condo somewhere else to vacation to (with enough room for my current and future family). Maybe a few condos in several locations. And a town home in New York City. 

Take my Mom to England. This is making me realize that I actually have no clue what my Dad and sister would want. So, take them wherever they want. Spend a year traveling the US, spending a week in every state and see everything. (This is honestly my dream trip). Go to Italy and eat everything. 

Set aside four college funds for children I may have or children I may love. Actually, set up like 15 college funds just because. Maybe for my future grand children and great grand children?

Buy Disneyland. Pay however much money I need to in order to stay in Walt Disney's apartment above the fire house. Also donate however much I need to get to stay in the dream suite as well. 

Give money to North Coast Church.  Donate to charity. Not sure which ones. Definitely the Make a Wish foundation and Compassion International. 

Give plenty of money to my family and friends. 

And ever after all of this, with this big of a lotto winning, I would still have more money than I know what to do with for a lifetime. 

Here's hoping! 

Monday, March 26, 2012

A note for me.

(I just needed to post this for myself, to remind me later on of what I am trying to process this week). 

There's been a lot of sound bytes on my DVR the last few days about the big tenants of the Christian faith. I was watching Rosie O'Donnell debate Stephen Baldwin and then watched Kristin Chenoweth talk with Ellen and all four discussed Christianity.

Most of the four said that love is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. They said love is the big point and that  more Christians should be loving. This is such a common statement made by the media and public figures about Christianity and most of the time the people professing it are not Christian.

Now please don't get me wrong or be quick to judge. Love is a very important part of Christianity (read John 3:16 and 1 Cor 13:13). But the way many of us (Christians and non-Christians alike) view a loving God is like a great big teddy bear in the sky. God is love, but He also requires obedience and a humble heart.

I hate to say it, but Stephen Baldwin (on Rosie's show) was right when he responded to Rosie's comment that the "tenant of Christianity is love," by saying "it is also repent."

This hit me like a ton of bricks. Love is not the blindfold to the way we live. It is the cast that helps us heal in order to walk straighter. And that healing path is down a road of obedience, starting at the door of repentance.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dear Amy: Top 10 Mad Men comments (so far... season two)

Dear Amy,

First of all, happy Mad Men Season 5 premier day! Hope you and Andrew are able to watch it (maybe on Hulu?). I don't know, but I did think of you. :) When you do watch it, make yourself a cocktail, no matter the day, each day deserves one... haha, again, too much Mad Men for me today.

I was going to write this to you via FB, but I assume the post would be too long. Also, I love reading your blog letters to me (and your other adoring readers), so here we go...

I just started episode one of season three (of Mad Men). I have many questions and comments for you.

1. Betty is almost my least favorite character.
2. Pete IS my least favorite character. He sucks. He's egotistical, selfish, mean to his wife, and thinks he is smarter than Don and Robert (which is a lie).
3. I still don't know all the account guys names...
4. But, I find the closeted gay guy fascinating... and the cute blonde writer guy...
5. Peggy is my favorite, for so many feminist and good girl reasons.
6. A, I supposed to hate Don? I can't tell... I read and read and still haven't figured that out.
7. I enjoy Joan... and I HATE her fiancee. The rape scene?! Seriously. She should not marry him.
8. Part of me is continuing to watch just to see more of Joan and Roger together.
9. The other part just wants to be "cool."
10. I really like the real Mrs. Draper in CA. I wish the show was about her and when Don visits. He is too mysterious for words.


Pools of sunshine

Sometimes I like to just sit and listen to the rain. It makes me feel melancholy and hopeful at the same time. That, and the fact that I love the sound of cars driving on wet asphalt. Have you ever noticed it has a different sound? Like puddles dancing.

I love the rain, but I just got back from soaking up the Palm Desert sun and that was wonderful too. A whole week away from problems* and stress. Days full of nothing to do with puzzles, delicious food, shopping, lying in the sun, swimming, and deciding every day to do whatever whenever and however, all with the people I love most in the world. That's what vacations are all about.

I saw in Tommy Bahama's store (which I wish I could live in) that their motto is "make life one long weekend." I love that. I wish vacation could be life, but maybe then it wouldn't be vacation? Unless you kept moving from city to city and hotel to hotel? Live like rich characters in a Jane Austen novel, traveling with your favorite people from big country house to London flat and back again.

Time away and disconnected made me ready to face life again. I missed my friends; my other support system and source of encouragement and laughter. I feel ready to tackle work projects and meetings and make decisions again.

But today I am enjoying my last day of freedom and listening to the rain.

*There was water damage to my apartment (my bedroom actually) while I was gone and I got the call about it on my third day away. Now that I'm home I have to pressure my complex to compensate me for all my ruined bedding and mattress. Thank God I pressured them to fix the hole in the roof and wall before today's rain, or it could have gotten worse. Oh the adventures of apartment living... they never seem to end.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Top 10: Things I Learned from The Bachelor

1. Pretty girls finish first.
2. First impressions really do count. 
3. Hot tubs are the secret to romance.
4. True love will happen once you both climb a bridge, jump out of a helicopter, or scale a skyscraper. 
5. Women and cocktails don't mix.
6. Men will always choose beauty over brains. 
7. Women make better decisions than men (the Bachelorettes' relationships always last longer than the Bachelors').
8. Nothing is final until there's a fantasy suite date card.
9. Smart women finish second (or third or fourth). 
10. Chris Harrison is a superhero. 

Bring on The Bachelorette!