Thursday, June 28, 2012

Theater Thursday

Theater Thursday is here! This week's featured movie is The Wedding Planner
The Wedding Planner stars Jennifer Lopez as Mary Fiore, a successful San Francisco wedding planner. She has it all. A great job, a doting dad and good friends but she doesn't have a man in her life. She's been set on making her career and is now getting a chance to plan the biggest wedding of the year for Fran Donolly (Bridgette Sampras) a wealthy CEO. 

When a freak accident happens that causes Mary to be pushed out of the way of a runaway dumpster her life is flipped upside down. Her rescuer also turns out to be her doctor, Steven Edison (Matthew McConaughey). Instantly there is a connection between them and Mary realizes that she likes him. She invites him to an outdoor movie and sparks fly. 

When she meets with Fran to sort out some wedding details, Mary is finally introduced to Fran's soon to be husband... which turns out to be a shocking surprise. 

If you've never seen this movie, you should check it out! It's cute, funny and romantic! 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Another Full Time Job

Planning a move that is long distance has become a second full time job.
If you've ever moved then you know exactly what I'm talking about. I waited over a year to finally get to move and in that time, I could only so much to prepare. Now that I actually know the exact days of moving the pressure is on. 

I have been full go since finding out and have been trying to check things off my list. I have so much to do still and a few things are still up in the air. As some of you probably already know because of twitter, I'm trying to buy a house in Sacramento. The housing prices are lower than they have been for years and the rates are the lowest they've ever been. Plus I'm a firm believer of putting my money into something I'll own instead of paying rent and it not being mine.

So far I've been packing and going through clothing. I've also booked a moving truck. I got one where they drive it across country for me and that scares me to no end! I won't actually see my stuff for almost a week and it'll just be out there in the world. Crossing fingers that nothing goes missing! (the company I'm using was actually recommended to someone I know who used them about a year ago).

The biggest thing that still needs to be done is finding a place to live. I've got my lender ready and my realtor has been sending me houses. In two weeks I'm going to fly out and spend two days looking at houses non stop. I'm praying that I can find a home that I love in those 48 hours and get my offer in and it be accepted. Once I've got that in place I'll feel so much better! 

Any advice? I'm learning really quickly that I need to get rid of a lot of stuff and only taking what I'm really not willing to part with. The move gets closer day by day!

Monday, June 25, 2012

It's About Television & Netflix

This past week I spent a lot of time boxing things up, spending time in the pool and watching television. I have this weird obsession with anytime I get a new dvd, I won't put it on my dvd shelf until I've watched it. So literally right now with everything going on (preparing to move 2600 miles away), I've become a little behind in watching dvds. 

It would be easy if it's just all movies but most of them are old tv series'. This past weekend I finished up season one of...
Has anyone besides me seen it? It takes place in Napa, California and all about a families struggle to have a successful winery. It's from the 1980's and completely awesome. It always makes me pretty excited because I'm only going to be living a short distance from Napa. I feel like I need to go there and explore because you can tell some of the scenes were obviously filmed there in the town. 

Also sitting in the pile, is Charles In Charge, Taxi, 24 season 2, The Six Million Dollar Man and on and on. I can't decide what to start next but I think I'll end up going with Season 2 of 24. I hadn't started watching it till this winter and I was instantly hooked. 

When I move, I'm not for sure if I'm going to have cable for while (ok well at least at first) so I might have to get netflix again. Did I ever mention the experience I had with netflix? No? Well let me tell you about it. 

So I had netflix. I had been holding out for a long time. I like to buy dvds. I can't help it. There's something about knowing that I own it if I want to watch it over and over. Taking the plastic wrapper off and alphabetizing it on my shelf. Hence why I have so many dvds. Well Josh wanted us to get and share a netflix account. Ok fine, no big deal we'll just choose the online option and not the dvd service. For the first month I swear I only watched like maybe 1 thing. The second month maybe 3 things. 

About three months into it, I was like yeah we're not using it enough to pay the money for it. So I went to cancel it. Um no.... they had just billed me and they don't do partial refunds etc. So I was like ok we'll try to use it for the next month then cancel it. So the end of the month comes and I realize that if we cancel it, everything will be gone from our history so if we ever go back to it we'll have to start over. Boo! So I decide to put a hold on the account for like 4 months. Well guess what happened 4 months later. We forgot to cancel and of course they billed us. BOOOOOO

I watched that calendar for a good month on the day that I could it got cancelled. Needless to say, I was not a fan of Netflix. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Theater Thursday

After a two week hiatus Theater Thursday is back! This week's featured movie is House Sitter starring Tori Spelling. 
Elise (Tori Spelling) is a struggling artist painter and is looking for a way to find her groove back and make some extra money. She decides to take a job as a house sitter and leaves Boston for Connecticut. 

Once arriving to the large country mansion she meets Frank (Jonathan Higgins) who seems a little weird but Elise decides he's probably eccentric. Frank only asks two things of Elise while he's away: 1. take care of his cat and 2. only use people from his preferred list of plumbers, electricians, etc. 

While Frank is away, a pipe burst in the kitchen and Elise can't get ahold of anyone on the list so she calls Phil (Dean McDermott). When Frank finds out things don't go well and the house sitting goes from easy to scary. 

If you like Tori Spelling then you'll like this movie. If anything it's fun and campy to watch.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Now Comes the Fear

Moving 2,600 miles away, buying a home and leaving everything you know and are comfortable in tends to bring a little fear with it. It also brings the self doubt. Will I make new friends? Will I still keep the relationships with the friends I have now? Will I love it there? Will I be sad or happy? What if I hate it but trapped there? The list can go on and on. 

At the same time, I believe that you can't live your life in fear. You can't let the fear take over. You have to fight the fear to really live. Sometimes you'll make decisions that aren't right but you learn from them and move on. You can't be afraid to make a change. I found these quotes and they made me feel a little better. No matter what you're going through, maybe they'll help....

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. ~Les Brown

The first and great commandment is: Don't let them scare you. ~Elmer Davis
I have accepted fear as a part of life – specifically the fear of change…. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back.  ~Erica Jong
Do not let your fears choose your destiny. ~ Unknown
Fear is never a reason for quitting; it is only an excuse. ~Norman Vincent Peale 
Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom. ~Mary Ferguson
Where fear is, happiness is not. ~Seneca
Fear is a habit, so is self-pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness and resigination. You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves," I can! and I will!" 
Do what you fear most and you control fear. Tom Hopkins
Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the 'someday I'll' philosophy. Denis Waitley
Fear is faith that it won't work out. 
There are four ways you can handle fear. You can go over it, under it, or around it. But if you are ever to put fear behind you, you must walk straight through it. Once you put fear behind you. Leave it there. ~Donna Favor
Confront your fears, list them, get to know them, and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead. ~Jerry Gille

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

So this is what 28 Feels Like

Well folks, I'm 28 years old now and so far it doesn't feel any different from being 27. This past weekend was busy but fun. Luckily, I had a four day weekend to rest, relax, do some packing for the move and celebrate my birthday.

On Thursday, I got to relax and hang out by the pool. I also spent a large part of the day boxing up miscellaneous things for the move.
Who doesn't love a good pool day? See.... I told you I boxed a lot up!
On Friday, I saw this movie...
Since I hadn't seen the previous two, I was a little lost but still thought the movie was cute. After the movies, I visited my uncle Kenneth and his wife Amy. Their the parents of super cute Baby Olivia.

Even though my birthday was Sunday, I started getting presents on Saturday! I got the quilt that I had been eyeing and wanting from Target. 
I also got a candy bouquet. I thought it was super cute and had only seen these online. 
I also got a ton of dvds and books which of course I love!
All in all it was a good way to turn 28 years old. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

They Say It's My Birthday

Sunday is my 28th Birthday

Incase you missed it, on Tuesday I got an early Birthday present and was told that my transfer went through and I will be moving in August to Sacramento, California. 
I feel incredibly blessed because in my 28 years of life I have been given a loving family, great friends who feel like family.

Now as my life begins a new chapter in these coming months, I realize more than ever that the really important things come to those who sit and wait. The old saying, "Patience is a virtue" could not be anymore true. Also if I had to admit, the phrase, "Everything Happens for a Reason" is also ringing deafeningly loud. 
If I had moved this time last year, I wouldn't have had enough money in the bank to get a home loan. I would have missed out on the birth of Baby Olivia. I wouldn't have got to go to Memphis for Elvis Week. I wouldn't have got to spend a fun summer with my bestie Erica. I would have missed out on a lot. 
To say that this birthday is a big one doesn't cover it. Not only is it another year older but it's another year wiser. It's the beginning of something new and fresh. It's going to be a year of firsts. I hope you all stay along for the crazy ride that's about to begin. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

It's OFFICIAL I'm Moving!

This is the most exciting and scary post I have ever had the pleasure of writing. 

On March 17, 2011 I placed myself on the transfer list at my job and set the location on three choices: Long Beach, California, Burbank, CA and Sacramento, CA with Sacramento being my top choice. 
Yesterday after the long wait and when I was least expecting it, I got the phone call. I was at a work training event and almost didn't pick up the phone call because I thought it was a tele-marketer call. When they offered me the spot I was so thrilled. I didn't cry, I didn't get sad, I was just thrilled that after such a long wait and after thinking last month that they wouldn't call ever that it finally really did happen. 

As the day went on, I started thinking about all the people and things that I'd leave behind and I did feel a tiny bit sad. Then the fear set in. What if I go broke moving? OMG, I won't know anyone! What if I hate my new work place? What schedule will I be working? I have no place to live right now! And so on and so on. Then I took a deep breath.

I have to take it one day at a time. I have eight weeks to box up my stuff, get a moving van, find a new place to live, etc. I'm going to take it one day at a time because that's the only way I know how to do it. When I feel the fear taking over, I have to remember that everyone has to take a leap of faith for something amazing to happen. 

So it's official... I am MOVING to CALIFORNIA in August. 

PS: if anyone has done a cross country move and has suggestions please feel free to pass them on.