Friday, June 22, 2012

Broken in Brussels

My luck has been bipolar lately. One minute I'll have something really great happen (like a free flight to Denver to see my family!) then someone breaks my back window and steals muh stuff! The next minute I end up making a lot more money than I expected from a work trip, then I lose my husband's car key at the gym (I'm driving his since my window is busted). We also got a notice from the IRS that we owe our entire refund from 2010...I've never felt like such an adult. I hate dealing with real life trials and especially when Corey is not here!
As a young(er) adult, I frequently experienced mini anxiety attacks whenever I would think about being an adult and surviving in the real world. The years have helped me deal with the anxiety but every now and then I revert to feeling like a helpless child. Or rather, wishing I didn't have to deal with the current crisis. Crisis meaning any obstacle in my daily life.
I'm happy to conclude this story with these feats: My window is fixed, the car key is found and we don't owe the IRS sh!t! I still have to send them proof of that, but at least we figured out what the proof is.

I parked next to a cathedral and a bank...this is what I found after 2 hours in the city!
The Belgian police hooked us up with some plastic and tape. Awesome.

ADAC breaking into Corey's car so I could get my purse and keys out. Ugh.  Sorry about your door, babe. It leaks just a little now :)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mixed Tape

I love making mixed tapes (more recently known as playlists) and regularly dedicate hours to making the perfect ones. I have made people cry with my amazing mixed tapes! My mixed tapes could bring world peace to the 21st century. My mixed tapes are used in the finest institutions as the preferred music therapy to heal the sick. The world's most interesting man doesn't always listen to mixed tapes, but when he does, it's one of mine.
Recently I invested a fair amount of money at iTunes for a killer new workout mixed tape and I can't wait to try it out. I've been running to the same playlist for about 6 months now and it's not working anymore. I keep skipping songs and dreading the next one that I know is coming. This latest creation isn't tried and true yet, but I have a good feeling about it.
I'm not claiming that these songs are great-it's a workout playlist. However, I think they will be great for keeping me motivated on the treadmill. Here's the list and after I run to it a few times, I'll let you know if it works. (Also, I might do some song rearranging to make sure the flow is right)

Telephone-Lady Gaga
Get the Party Started-Pink (the only song of hers I like)
Hello-Martin Solveig & Dragonette
Oops!...I Did It Again-Britney Spears (Oh young were so cute)
Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)-Kelly Clarkson (Chubby Kelly motivates me to keep running)
Undo It-Carrie Underwood (Sexy Carrie also motivates me)
What the Hell-Avril Lavigne
Satellite-Lena (My favorite German Idol artist)
TiK ToK-Ke$ha (Ugh, that dollar sign S is soooooo annoying)
Firework-Katy Perry
Just A Girl-No Doubt (Just A little obsessed with Gwen)
You Make Me Feel...(feat. Sabi)-Cobra Starship (I'm the baddest baby in the atmosphere...lyrical vomit but I love it!)
Rude Boy-Rihanna (Explicit lyrics...bad words help you keep going)
Titanium (feat. Sia)-David Guetta & Sia (I've never done ecstasy but this song makes me feel like it)
Lights-Ellie Goulding
Paris (Ooh La La)-Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
That's Not My Name-The Ting Tings (I added that one to make it 60 minutes)

I tried to use only songs by female artists (there's a couple with dudes in them). That's another part of the mixed tape obsession. There are rules to follow for each tape. It's a challenge. Did I miss any on this one? I need more suggestions.

Sunday, June 3, 2012


After Bahrain, we flew to Salalah, Oman, picked up our sweet Land Cruiser (I now want another SUV more than a baby) and drove an hour through the effing craziest 2 lane winding mountain road to Thumrait. We worked there for a few days and tried to hang out in Salalah most of the time. Here are the things I noticed about Oman:
  • Super nice people
  • Women cover their entire face...they don't even show their eyes
  • Men wear the cutest little hats
  • Frankincense & Myrrh
  • Date trees everywhere
  • Really cheap gas
  • Beautiful beaches
  • HOT!
  • Camels crossing the freeway