Sunday, October 31, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 27

Day 27 - Why are you doing this 30 Day Challenge?

First let me say a big HAPPY HALLOWEEN everybody!! Joe and I had so much fun last night at Sonomas for their 80s Dance Party/Halloween Party. I love dressing up and being silly so much! I am going to post the pictures today on my facebook page. Check them out pretty funny!

Ok why am I doing the challenge? This will be the shortest answer and post so far. I am doing it simply to post and write more often.  I am proud of myself for doing it diligently everyday for 27 consecutive days so far. And as I sit here nursing a hangover with a lot more Halloween fun to have, I am still dedicated to my blog. I also did it in hopes of attaining more followers and posting every day on facebook to try to convince more of my friends and family to read my blog. So far I am doing good, I am up to 15! Thanks again everyone for reading! I really do enjoy sharing my world with you!! Trick or treat! Smell my feet, give me something good to eat!! HAHA!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 26

Day 26 - What do you think of your friends?

I think my friends are spectacular, funny, interesting, supportive, loving, kind, generous and overall awesome. I really depended on my friends growing up, probably because there was such a huge age gap between me and my sisters. I am 7 years younger than my middle sister and 9 years younger than my older sister so when they got older they started playing with me less and less. I needed to have some friends around who were my age to relate to, have fun with and to turn to. Then when these two sisters turned 18 they moved out and I was basically an only child. I had great friends in elementary school, some of them I am still good friends with now. One of my favorite memories of that time in my life was Outdoor Ed. We had so much fun!! Like it says in the end of "Stand By Me" - " I have never had better friends than the ones I had when I was twelve - Jesus, does anyone? This really applies to my life because Outdoor Ed was when I really became close with my best freind Niccole , who died a few years later when she was only 14. I loved her so much and it hurt so much to lose her.  I have gone through the worst and best times of my life with my friends. They make me smile, make me laugh, give me some incredible people to love. They remind me that I am not alone. As we have grown older, we may not see each other as often, we have jobs and responsibilities but no matter how much I have to do or how busy I am, I think about my friends all the time and I love them just as much as I always have. Thank you to my friends for being so wonderful and living this life loving each other through it all!

Friday, October 29, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 25

Day 25 - What I would find in your bag

This will be really short and sweet. I will just make a little list of what is in my bag today.
1) My wallet
2) My really good fantastic book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
3) My chapstick
4) Hair Ties
5) My Cellphone
6) My little hand held mirror - you know for checking for those things in your teeth after eating
7) my Vera Bradley tote (very cute with owls on it that I got for REALLY cheap and marked down) I am also a very thrifty kind of girl!
8)my keys
9) Trident gum
10) Water
11) Natural Cheese Curls (my snack)
That is about it, I am a pretty simple chick, no fancy make up or frills and extras. Just the basics to get me through the day

Thursday, October 28, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 24

Day 24 - a letter to your parents

Dear Mom and Dad,

This is going to be a letter of gratitude and reflection. I write this ironically enough, on my parents anniversary. I commend you for staying together for 40+ years, through it all.

Mom, thanks for being such a good Mommy. For all the encouragement and hugs and all the unconditional love. I thought that I couldn't live without you when I was little. I had some major attachment issues. I thought as long as you were there that everything would be okay. I had to grow up and learn how to live in the world without you always around. Thank you so much for loving me so much. Telling me I was beautiful and smart and funny. Thank you for being so sympathetic when I was hurting and in pain. Thank you for making dinner every night and making sure we were heatlhy. I know that my deep love and compassion I get from you. I remember we were on a train going to Boston and I remember that there was a stranger who was really upset and crying. You hugged them and held them and when you came back to our seat I asked you what the problem was and you said that they had just found out that their mother had died. I hope that I can be this loving to others everyday. I try to be. Thanks for telling me to believe in myself and think positively and to try my best. Thanks for being fun and silly with us when we were kids. I remember laying opposite and playing the "chin game" where we would look at our chins upside down like they were the face. We could do this for like an hour just cracking up and laughing. Thank you so much for reading to me all the time. I remember all the countless books and how I loved to listen to you and look at the pictures. Especially our favorite, my favorite children's book, The Maggie B.! Thank you for giving me my love of nature. Thanks for teaching me about art and giving me my artistic abilities. For driving us around, for listening, for being there, buying me clothes, taking me to the doctors, taking care of me when I was sick, giving me so much comfort,  for PAYING ATTENTION and CARING SO DEEPLY about me!! Thank you for EVERYTHING, for raising three crazy girls and putting up with all of our stuff. I know that was hard and exhausting!

Dad, thanks for always knowing how to fix things! Its been really hard to be on my own and not have you around when my car breaks or my toliet breaks or the kitchen sink or the toaster, the WHATEVER is always breaking down or needs a part and I don't know how to do it! Thanks for helping me with my dreaded math homework.  Even in college, when I had to move home and finish my degree, you would stay up and help me with Statistics which was a nightmare! Thanks for teaching me about the world and the universe, about how things work. I would take your National Geographics and gain a lot of knowledge and inspiration about the vastness of the world and the universe. Thanks also for sharing your love for nature. You and Mom always had a heathly garden and you would be out there working so hard, cutting the grass and growing beautiful flowers as well as vegetables and herbs. It wasn't taken for granted. Thanks for being the provider and for managing to raise three girls on one salary for all those years! Wow, that I know was hard and exhausting as well.  I know that I have learned discipline, determination and my more pragmatic and practical side from you. Thanks for teaching me games and playing them with me. Its funny that you are playing these same games with your grandchildren. I learned most of my card games from you. It was fun to do the "mini page" with you and try to find all the hidden items. Thank you for being there, paying for everything that I couldn't like when I crashed the car when I was in highschool, helping me pay for college, for guiding me, washing the cars, telling me corny jokes, being proud of my good grades, telling me I was smart. Thank you for EVERYTHING too.

Our parents give us everything they have and put our happiness before their own. We can't thank them enough and words can't express how much we love them and appreciate them.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 23

Day 23 - Something you crave for a lot

I have already shared that something that makes me happy is chocolate. Crave is a good word, but when its that time of month, really the pms phase, I am ravenous for choocolate. Its not really an option, I MUST HAVE it or someone might get hurt!
I also crave many things that I shouldn't be eating. I crave fried chicken, McDonald's french fries, cheese burgers, ice cream, Chiptole burritos, Chicken Cheese Steaks, soda, carrot cake with cream cheese icing, pumpkin pie, stuffing, mashed potatoes and of course Mac and Cheese. I am big of comfort food. My Grandma used to make real chicken and dumplings. WOW, I loved that and I loved her. I miss her.

But when I was thinking about this post I also thought about yearning and craving love. Craving hugs. I think I might be needier than most in that area. I think everyone just wants love, right?

This is SO AWESOME! My favorite author Lauire Nataro, posted this incredible and amazing video on her page and I had to share it here. This is a beautiful and amazing kiss and hug!! I had to watch it over and over!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 22

Day 22 - What makes you different from everyone else

First of all I have to say a big THANKS FELICIA for following!! Love you! I am up to 15!
I realize that I may be repeating a few thing from Day 1's 15 interesting facts about me.

1) I was born on the November 12th, the Day of Sensual Charisma! I love that (its from the book The Secret Language of Birthdays)
2) I don't have my ears pierced
3) I LOVE MERMAIDS!! (that is why I have a picture of a mermaid for my blog picture. My niece called them mer-beds when she was little, and we tried to correct her but for the longest time she still said mer-bed. It stuck becuase it was so funny
4) I am a great communicator
5) I am very passionate
6) I love James Dean and other things from the 50s-60s. When I was in highschool I wrote a poem about a picture of James Dean and this girl in my class didn't know who he was! I was shocked, I thought he was as famous as Marilyn Monroe, I think he is, but kids these days...
7) I can draw really well and I love to take pictures of beautiful things and people I love
8) My obession and deep love of all things funny and my sense of humor, I think sets me apart, and is the thing that keeps me going when it seems like all hope is lost. I love making other people laugh.
9) I love the color red
10) When I was little I loved animals so much that I thought I wanted to be a Zoologist, someone who studies animals. I thought I might be like Jane Goodall, in college I started off with the goal to major in life sciences. After attempting college level chemistry, I found out that that was not going to happen!! I would come home from that class and act out how disasterous and hilarious the lab had been for my friends in my dorm. I keep referencing freshman year of college in C6, I think that is because I loved my new audience so much!! Thanks again and again girls!

Monday, October 25, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 21

Day 21 - a picture of something that makes you happy

This is another fun one. There are so many things that make me happy I can't really choose just one. Here is a list I came up with over the weekend.
1) The Fall
2) Halloween
3) The Muppets and almost all things Jim Henson although not big on Fraggle Rock
4) Flowers
5) All things from the 80s - music, movies
6) My friends and family
7) My favorite shows - Dexter, True Blood, Weeds, Modern Family, Breaking Bad, The Office
8) Cuddling
9) Music
10) Art
11) Puppies/Dogs
12) Tea with Honey
14) Good Books
15) Good Movies
16) Great Food
17) Great Wine
18) Photography
19) Beautiful breathtaking Sunrises and Sunsets
20) Oh and OF COURSE when I get a new follower to this blog, Thanks Hillary and Patty for being my newest followers!
And the list could go on and on, but most of all I love LOVE and BEAUTY

Sunday, October 24, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 20

Day 20 - Someone you see yourself marrying or being with in the future

I have already showed you many pictures of my adorable husband and gushed and gushed about how in love I am with him, so married, already covered that. So....who do I see myself being with in the NEAR future...a baby, a little one, a bambino, bundle of joy, the sweetest gift..

I added the Halloween ones because I CAN NOT WAIT to be able to dress our baby up and take them trick or treating! I also love watching the kids Halloween parades so much, it makes me so very happy!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 19

Day 19 - Nicknames you have and why you have them

I already explained why I created the name JD racecar, so I will try to think of other silly nicknames or names that people call me. When I was growing up people sometimes called me Juice I guess cause its close to Joyce, I didn't mind that one except that it when typing this it reminded me of OJ Simpson and I do not want to be tied in anyway to that guy!
When I began dating my husband he put in his phone "the doctor" or Dr. Joyce - I am still not sure why, I think because of Doctor Joyce Brothers. I think that is funny but he never calls me that he just uses it for email name and cell phone purposes.
My mom called me Joy and some people at work call me Joy but I prefer Joyce.
People always call me Joycie which is kind of cute
My husband has all sorts of weird names for me, he calls Joycie Botwin (Weeds reference)
I used to have some funny names that I made up for myself that weren't very nice, but as long as I was making fun of myself it was okay. They included such treasures as Jiggly White Girl and Boobs McGee and I always felt a very strong connection to Boobarella from the Simpsons.
Not big on nicknames, but I will end with a funny one from freshman year of college, a few friends and I went to some frat party and there was a guy there I was talking to for awhile, I am not sure if he was the least bit interested in me at all, but we were having a meaningless, probably drunk conversation about working out. I am not athletic or muscular or even in shape. Whatever the hell we were talking about he started commenting to all my friends that I was pretty "buff", He kept turning to my friends and saying "Joyce is pretty Buff!!!" Who knows why he was saying this insanity that night. The next day my friends found that Altoids ad with the bodybuilder and made a sign for my door that said, "BUFF JOYCE!" on it. Pretty silly!

Friday, October 22, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 18

Day 18 - Plans/Dreams/Goals you have

I think I have covered most of these in my blog already, but I will briefly go over my dreams, plans and goals. I would like for Joe and I to own a home this year or next. I would like to be pregnant by the springtime. My goal is to have received my promotion to a higher GS level as soon as possible (my position goes up to that level so I am hoping it is within the next five years). I would like to take many more pictures of beautiful things and people in my life. Then there is the dreaded weight loss goal, 20 more pounds in the next 5-6 months. We plan on getting a new car sometime in the next few years, I am not looking forward to having another car payment becaues both of us have had our cars paid off for some time now, but it will be fun to get a new car. Remember to breathe and relax and enjoy the present moment. HAVE MORE FUN! Increase the appreciation/gratitude and decrease the complaining. LET THINGS GO, something I struggle with very much. Pay off all my remaining debt from the two short months I spent attempting Grad school.  Get a new cellphone, succumb to the Blackberry craze. Things for my house: new couch, new plates, new art (especially for the upcoming nursery!) Joe would like to get some bikes, I think this is a good idea, but it has to be easy like the Land riders with no switching gears and comfortable on my tush! There is always the goal to read more great books and of course write more and work on this blog!
And those are just a few! The most important goal is to love myself and my family and friends and try to enjoy life because I am a very lucky girl!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 17

Day 17 - Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why

Ok, so I thought about this one long and hard in preparation for this day. I thought that I wanted to, of course, be someone funny and charming and pretty. It had to be someone talented and intelligent and a women who gives back and makes a difference. The first person that came to mind was Oprah, I could have all the money in the world, help so many people and get to interview someone really cool, but Oprah isn't really that funny like a comedian so then that led me to think of Ms. Ellen she is so funny and wonderful and positive! I always want to see her show if I have a day off. She is so generous and I would cry everytime she would pay people's mortgage or give money to those who are struggling. She always gives so much to every great cause to whether it be breast cancer or Katrina victims or animal welfare. I love her and I would also get to interview some cool and interesting people that day. So I thought Ellen is perfect. But then my indecisive self kept thinking and I thought about the hilarious Margaret Cho and how she came up with the famous song, "My puss" and how hysterical that was and how I wished I had written it! She is so funny and wild and fun and if I traded places with her I could travel and do stand up that day. But I wasn't sastified, this wasn't the person I wanted to trade places with, I thought, I really want to be SEXY, young, vivacious, still funny and be around other funny people. Then I thought of her...Sofia Vegara!! She is the very funny and gorgeous Gloria on Modern Family. This is one of my favorite shows. I look forward every week to seeing this show, it has the same writer/producer as the Golden Girls another one of my favorties. If I could trade places with Sofia Vegara I could be on the set of Modern Family screaming, "GGGJJJEEESSS (yes) GGGGGJJAAY!" At Ed O'Neil all day and I would get to be with Eric Stonestreet who is my absolute favorite person in the world. I crack up at just his faces, he doesn't even have to say anything and I am already laughing. He makes me SO happy! I wish he would be my best friend! I would be able to strut around in those incredible sexy dresses she wears and talk with that sexy latin accent. She is really beautful and most importantly....FUNNY too!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wear Purple Day

I wanted to make an additioinal post today about wearing purple in memory of the recent suicides of young gay men who were suffering from abuse. This issue is very important to me, not just because it deal with sucidie but because it deals with the abuse of so many young people that disgusts me. I remember how much I hated feeling bullied by ignorant kids, I wanted them all to disappear but they don't they are out there and unfortunately most of them grow up into ignorant adults. I hope that young people realize there ARE good people out there that love them and that it truly does "get better" after you survive school days. I hope that everyone shows their love, respect and understanding for those who may feel so hurt, alone and generally beaten down. I didn't even have a purple shirt or sweater, but I went out on Monday night and bought a few purple things. I always need to add to my wardrobe anyway, but I felt that strongly by what happened. I am so sorry that those boys were treated with such hate, disrespect and evil. Here's to hope and love and a better tomorrow.!/event.php?eid=122462384475928

30 Days of Me - Day 16

Day 16 - another picture of yourself
For this picture I wanted to include a picture of myself when I was little, for fun. This picture I think I am around 4 or 5 and I have the infamous Gunny in my grips. I never went ANYWHERE without Gunny and a few times I lost him and I would cry for days and days until my poor Mother would find him. She once drove around the parking lot of Wheaton Mall for hours looking for his raggedy behind. So here is little me!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 15

Day 15 - Put your Ipod on shuffle : first 10 songs that play
"song" - Artist

1) "Human Behaviour" - Bjork
2) "Dreaming With a Broken Heart" - John Mayer
3) "Sparks" - Coldplay
4) "Panic Switch" - Silversun Pickups
5) "Say It Ain't So" - Weezer
6) "The Next Movement" - The Roots
7) "Marching Bands of Manhattan" - Death Cab for Cutie
8) "Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around the World" - U2
9) "Five Steps" - The Davenports
10) "The End Where I Begin" - The Script

Monday, October 18, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 14

Day 14 - A picture of you and your family

This is from Thanksgiving 09 - I love it so much because we are all making silly faces
Back row: Rob, Bill, Suzanne, Joe, Me, Ruth and Baby Will, Scott, Claire
Middle Row: Joanne, Tom, Joan, Regis, Mom, Dad
Front Row: Paul, Geordy, Ronin, Leah
Missing: My two sisters and their kids

My sister Patty, her husband Ernie and their two adorable kids Aiden and Faith

My gorgeous niece (oldest sister's daughter) Jessica

My handsome nephew (oldest sister's son) Ryan
My oldest sister, Christine
Amanda (Joe's cousin) (who just asked me to be in her wedding!), Joe and Me (my arm looks crazy jutting out of my right side!)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 13

Day 13 - Letter to someone who has hurt you recently.
Instead of writing about someone who "hurt" me, I am going to write about someone who "pissed me off really bad". There is a new person in my office. At first I didn't think much of her she kept to herself and I didn't really know what to think.  Then she started asking me to help her with her cases out of the blue. So I did my best to help her understand how our job works which is not easy to explain AT ALL, every case is different and the law concerning our cases is complex and took me weeks and months to understand. I only been there for about 6 months, and I kept telling her that I was not the best person to be teaching her the job because I am still learning myself. She ignored and DIDN'T LISTEN when I said this, so she kept coming to my desk day after day and asking for my help. During one of these days, she referred to me as "Joy" right to my face while talking to my boss. My name isn't Joy, its Joyce, get it right. Then one morning she comes over to my desk, first thing in the morning when I had just gotten there and says in a very forward, pushy, "I'm in charge" kind of way, "Ok I have two questions, one is about your art and the other is about work" I was tired and didn't feel like hearing her request for me to draw something that I didn't want to do so I cut her off and immediately said, as I am turning red because I am uncomfortable and put on the spot and now I am going to s to say something she doesn't want to hear, "I don't draw for other people's requests because it never turns out the way I want it to, so I always tell people no, sorry." I could tell she was very disappointed that she was not going to get her way and then she "went there" and said what she shouldn't have said. She says, "Well I just think that is a shame because you are going to let your gift DIE like that" I was enraged, but I took a deep breath and said, "Its not DYING because I can choose to use it whenever I want" and I gave her examples of when I had drawn for friends and how it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to and I ended up doing 20 to 30 sketches. This woman probably didn't realize how angry she had made me. What I wanted to say to her was: "You don't even know me at all yet and you want to ask me to draw for you? Why would you say something so rude to an artist? You are just mad because obviously you want to use me to do something for you and its NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!" ( I guess that is my letter to her that I will never send)
After this incident, she continued to ask for my help. But she would come to my desk and say, I am going to need your help later is that ok? And she would do that over and over. So I had two days off at the end of that week and I emailed her and told her I would be out of the office and that she should ask other more experienced co-workers to help her with her cases.
Also, let me point out again that when I would help her she wouldn't listen to me and would act distracted and impatient, which pissed me off even more.
She responded to the email by saying, "You have been doing a fantastic job of helping me"
this further enraged me because AGAIN she wasn't listening to what I was trying to say or taking the hint that I do not want to help you and I am also the NEW girl and it isn't appropriate or a good idea for me to be training you or teaching you about the job AT ALL.
I didn't respond to this email and I knew she wouldn't let it go. She came to my desk later and said, "Did you get my email?" I just laughed in a fake way and said, "yes" and she looked at me awkwardly and returned more fake laughter and walked away.  Since then she hasn't asked me for help and I am very glad. I do not like this person. I think she is rude, pushy, impatient and quite stupid.
She also said a whole bunch of stupid crap about how she has had many books published and it wouldn't be hard to get my children's book published. She is crazy! She is always talking "religious" things and it is extremely inappropriate to do that in a government office. She has a crazy blog and she has written some crazy books. I do not like it when people are overly, overtly religious and talk about Jesus every second of the day. I love God and have a deeply personal faith that I do not wish to discuss or share AT WORK.  This has been an issue that I have been dealing with for years, I don't know why government office seem to have a huge number of religious zealots but that is where you can find them. At my first government job there was full on HAND HOLDING PRAYING going on. Wildly inappropriate and just plain wrong and disrespectful to our fellow co-workers who weren't Christian. It was shocking and horrendous and I am so glad I got out of there. But it seems to follow me unfortunately.
I hope that I can continue to work with this individual and be respectful and not show how much I dislike her!
These are the two drawings I have up in my cubicle

Saturday, October 16, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 12

Day 12 - How you found out about blogger and why you have one

This will be a short one because well, there isn't much to tell and because I am going to have a busy weekend. To show how dedicated I am to this blogging process and this challenge, I spent the last hour or two trying to find a great picture of my entire extended family for the future "picture of you and your family". My wonderful tech savvy cousin, Bill creates a super awesome DVD every year complete with pictures and video even Audio to go along with it all. But I couldn't figure out how to stop the pictures to be able to save one to the desktop to put it on my blog. So frustrating not understanding technology, but I will figure out how to include some great and recent pictures of my family but we won't all be together in one shot.
I found out about blogger from other friends who had started their own blogs and became interested and intrigued. I love to write and like I have said many times already in this 30 day challenge, I love to share funny stories about my life with my friends. I can remember back to the days of my freshman year in old C-6 and a big group of my new friends would gather round to listen to me tell a story. I couldn't have been happier, it showed me that they thought I was funny and that they really wanted to hear what I had to say, that is such an incredible feeling. Thanks to all those girls who made me feel loved in so many ways. Now I can use my blog to share pictures and stories with my friends while at the same time, allowing myself to express all this stuff inside me in a creative and hopefully humorous way.

Friday, October 15, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 11

Day 11 - Another picture of you and your friends

I have been on a Halloween obsessed kick for awhile now. I have been putting a new Halloween inspired picture up on my facebook page every few days. I was looking at Peanuts Its The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown pictures last night and I became nostalgic about my childhood trick or treating with my friends in the neighborhood. Ahhh the 80s, so fun, so much freaking FUN!! So I decided to include a picture of my childhood friends from my elementary school. Featured in this picture is the same friend, Bethany, who was in my last post "picture of you and your friends" who I have been friends with ever since! 27 years! That is impressive! Also included in this special picture is my best friend, Niccole who I lost when I was 14. I miss her dearly. We were all dressed up for the talent show, we danced to Rock Around the Clock so that is why we are dressed in 50s Sock Hop clothes (except for Tamara who was an amazing gymnast). It was a lot of fun! I remember practicing for it at Bethany's house after school too. Love you girls...

From top left : Kristina, Felicia, Sara, Jessica, Me, Melissa, Niccole, Kathy
Botttom Left : Meg, Bethany, Claudia, Tamara, Rachael

Thursday, October 14, 2010

30 Day of Me - Day 10

Day 10 - Songs that you listen to when you are happy, sad, bored, hyped, mad

This is a more fun one to write about. There are so many songs like I like for every situation and emotional state that it will be hard to narrow it done to just a few

"Sunday Morning" by No Doubt
"Lovers In Japan/Reign of Love" by Coldplay
"Rock Lobster" - The B-52s
"I'd Die for You" - Prince
"Stir It Up" - Bob Marley
"Bad Fish" - Sublime
"Day Too Soon" - Sia
"Don't Get Me Wrong" - The Pretenders

SAD: ( I did a recent post about my favorite Saddest Songs so I will try to choose some different ones
"I Grieve" - Peter Gabriel (had to take it out of my Ipod because its just too sad to listen to on a regular basis)
"Let It Be Me" - Ray LaMontagne
"Brothers On A Hotel Bed" - Death Cab For Cutie
"Fugitive" - David Gray
"Cooling" - Tori Amos
"Mad World" - Michael Andrews & Gary Jules (from Donnie Darko)
"Sparks" - Coldplay
"Blower's Daughter" - Damien Rice
"Such Great Heights" - Iron & Wine
"Kid" - Amos Lee

BORED: ( I guess this could be any song?)
"Attitude" - Alien Ant Farm
"The Adventure" - Angels & Airwaves
"Baker Street" - Gerry Rafferty
"Closer to Love" - Mat Kearney
"Dig" - Incubus
"Head Over Heels" - Tears for Fears
"Glory & Consequence" - Ben Harper
"So Damn Lucky"  - Dave Matthews Band

HYPED ( I guess this means excited or pumped haha)
"Get Ur Freak On" - Missy Elliot
"Bad" - U2 ( this song is so good, Bono's voice makes me have a spiritual experience!)
"Lost!" - Coldplay
"Manhattan" - Kings of Leon
"Molly (Sixteen Candles)" - Sponge
"Mountain Song" - Jane's Addiction
"My Hero" - Foo Fighters
"The Next Movement" - The Roots

"Eternal Life" - Jeff Buckley
Any Rage Against the Machine Song!
"Rearviewmirror" - Pearl Jam
"Listen" - Amos Lee
"Hate On Me" - Jill Scott
"Wrong" - Depeche Mode

I could add songs all day, thank God for music!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 9

Day 9 - Something you're proud of in the past few days

I am proud of a few things in the past few days. I am proud that I got through my last 2,000 page case and now am starting on my new 2,000 page case! I am proud of not gaining any weight even though my body refuses to lose more at the moment! I am proud of myself for trying to keep it all together and be the "cruise director" of my household and maintain some sort of order and sanity. But most fitting to this 30 Days of me is...of course...MY BLOG and my NEW FOLLOWERS!! Thank you everyone who signed up to follow me and who read my posts day in and day out or week to week or whenever you can. Thank you to all of you who read and don't want to officially follow but that let me know that you have been reading because that means that you care and that you are interested. I am writing all of this for myself, as a cathartic means of "getting it out" into words and releasing all my emotions, angst, fear, excitement, anger, love - all of me. But I am also writing it for you, to make you laugh, to share my life and so you can relate to someone else out there trying to make it in this world. I love you my readers and followers! I need more so I will not stop shamelessly plugging my blog on facebook and asking for more!
Special thanks to :
Kate @
SND (newest!!)
Ciara (2nd newest!!)
and of course my biggest supporter and cutest (sorry I'm biased) Joseph
All of you inspire me to keep doing one thing that I love and enjoy which is to write - 10 followers!! Can't wait until I hit 20! So exciting!
Its always such a shock and pleasant suprise when I see I have a new follower!
And...I just got one - thanks Ciara! Yay up to 11!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 8

Day 8 - Short term goals for this month and why

My short term goals for this month are a continuation for my short term goals for most other months.

1) Continue to put money into savings for the house
2) Be strong and stick to the losing weight plan
3) Decide what I want to do for my birthday and make the plans
4) Try leaving the house earlier (by 6:30) - this will be very tough since I am finding it harder and harder to get out of bed when it is cold and dark outside, but will decrease my ever mounting road rage
5) Don't forget the camera!! Take more pictures, especially of the trees/leaves changing!
5) Walk or do the elliptical everyday
6) Stay dilligent to my BLOG and my new readers!

Monday, October 11, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 7

Day 7 - Someone/something that has the biggest impact on you - My husband, isn't he beyond gorgeous?

This is easy. The person who has the biggest impact on me is my wonderful, loving, patient and considerate husband. A good man is hard to find. I do believe that God answered my prayers when he sent Joe to me. I am so blessed to have such a fantastic man to be my partner in this crazy world. This past weekend we went to a wedding and I was brought to tears a few times because I felt all the same emotions and feelings that I experienced on my magical wedding day. This is my love, the love of my life. The person who laughs and cries with me and experiences all the hard times and joyful times with me. The person who listens to my fears, worries, hopes and dreams. The person I am going to have a child with. The person I can't live without. I love this man more than I could ever express in words. My heart has found the one I want to be with for a lifetime so what else could I ask for??

Sunday, October 10, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 6

Day 6 - Favorite Superhero and why

I thought about this one and pondered who would I pick for my favorite super hero, I thought of funny possibilities like Under Dog, but I thought back to my childhood and I remember putting foil on both wrists and spinning around in a circle and I knew it had to be Wonder Woman. She was fabulous, the beautiful Linda Carter was so striking, she had a fantastic body and the coolest outfit and boots. I also wanted to share that a few years ago, I was at a friends house and she had the original series on DVD. We watched a very funny episode in which Martin Mull was playing the recorder (or something) and hypnotizing women to do bad things. It was just as bizarre as it sounds, we were laughing so hard. And do you remember that Wonder Woman had a bad ass invisible plane? That was very funny as well because she was just sitting in the sky flying on by!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 5

Day 5 - A place you have been to/visited. I know most of you would think I would choose Hawaii, the miraculous paradise where we got married. But I didn't I chose New Orleans. We went my friend Darcie's wedding, it was really fun and our first time. We were only there a few days, way too short I would love to go back!

Friday, October 8, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 4

Day 4 - A habit that you wish you didn't have

Ok, this is hard because I have to admit to things that I don't like about myself.  I really don't want to share things about myself that are unbecoming and not so pleasant. I have a lot of habits that I wish I didn't have. The one that has recently been bothering me lately is the fact that I constantly bite my lower lip. It has become a major issue because if I have been doing it for some time, then my tooth that is now longer my tooth but an awful, terrible crown starts really hurting for some reason. I don't know what one has to do with the other but I know that I need to stop biting and I can't seem to stop. I do it when I am concentrating at work or I am contemplating some big issue in my head, I do it in traffic, I do it while watching tv, by now you are seeing that I do it everywhere and all the time. If I catch myself doing it, I try to make myself stop but its hard. I think it stems from my extremely out of control oral fixation. I sucked my thumb until I was waaay too old to be doing it. Then I would call my best friend on the phone and ask her if she ever sucked her thumb in secret when no one was looking and she admited that she too was sucking away in secrecy! I don't know how old we were but we were waaay too old to be sucking our darn thumb! Probably like between 10 or 11!! Wow yeah and then as I got older I started the filthy, nasty and disgusting habit of smoking cigarettes. I am still so proud of myself for quitting back in 2007. But I am a worrier and a "thinker" and yes, a lot of times an obsess-er so I think the lip biting just falls in the same category as all of these other oral fixation habits.
About the smoking, I can't believe that now I am so repulsed by other people who are smoking around me. It wasn't that long ago that I was one of them! But when I am in my car, even with the windows up, if someone is smoking right next to me it makes its smelly, evil way inside my car and I am immediately annoyed and repulsed and I have roll the window down. And as for our DIRTY HAMSTER neighbor who was outside AGAIN all night talking on the freaking phone, her cigarette butts all over her front walk way are just trashy and gross and how can she live with it like that. She paid a lot of money to have people come out and landscape her front yard and side yard. She leaves dozens of cigarette butts all over the place and when restaurants or political people or whoever leave stuff on her door she doesn't touch it and it ends up in the plants in her front yard and then it gets soggy and looks nasty and terrible. And the freaking paper! She lets that sit there all week wet and rotting on her front steps. WHY??? Clean your nasty stuff up!! And get off your damn cell phone please!!! You are driving me NUTS you dirty, filthy hamster!! ( thanks to Mike, the Situation for coining the phrase dirty hamster for its perfect and so fitting!)
So this post has turned into a rant about other people's nasty habits and how they make me crazy, but I need to stop the lip biting once and for all. I think I am getting the urge right now to start chewing away. Gross. Help me!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 3

Day 3 - A picture of you and your friends : Joe, Me, Beth and Rob, New Years 09 at the condo

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

30 Days of Me - Day 2

Day 2: The meaning behond your blog name.
This has two parts. First why I call myself Jdracecar and the next is the title of my blog.
I thought up the cool and slick name of JDracecar a few years back. I was hanging out with Beth and Rob I think, and I said that if I had to choose a cool last name to replace mine, at the time Herron, it would be something cool like Racecar. I had never liked my maiden last name, Herron, people always mispronounced it. They called me Ms. HER-NON, (huh?) do you see a NON at the end of that name? Or they said HER-RON, its pronounced Hair-on, like the bird Blue Heron, like the name Erin with a H at the front. Its not that hard to get right. I just never really liked it. So one day I saw a Simpsons episode where Homer changes his name to Max Power and I referenced this when I told them that my alter ego name was JDracecar. The JD is waaay cooler than Joyce. Its my initials - for Joyce Danielle. And the racecar speaks for itself, its fast, flashy and full of power and speed! Its all very silly, but it stuck and I have heard that Rob still refers to me as simply Racecar. And I like that!
The second part is my blog name. I actually started writing a blog last year while at the FTC and I had to erase it when I was trying to get this job that I have now. Stupid big brother. I can't remember what that one was called but this one started off being the Life and funny times. That wasn't a good or catchy title. I recently saw that someone else called their blog the Life and times of the Johnson family, so I knew I needed a new name. So I went about trying to find the best name for my blog. I asked my witty husband to assist me because he is very talented in the art of what he calls "twisted tunes" - changing the lyrics of a song to make it funny. I thought that would be perfect the title of a song changed to something funny, but I finally decided to instead use a popular tv show "Its Always Sunny in Philidelphia" I thought this was a good choice because it is crass, sarcastic and funny all at the same time. But before settling on "ITs Always Funnny in Colum-bubble" I had some other contenders. Side note, Colum-bubble is what call Columbia because its our little joke that nothing bad happens in our beautiful little suburb of Colubia. This isn't true of course but I found out that Rob and his friends who actually grew up in Columbia have been calling it Colum-bubble or "the Bubble" for years.
So here were the others that didn't win:
1) Literary Hilarity
2) Clarity through Hilarity
3) Hilarious Tales and other deep thoughts
4) Poignant Ponderings and funny stories
5) Jdracecar - Speeding toward insanity
6) Guaranteed to make you Laugh
7) Hilarious Disclosure

It was tough to settle on a name becaue while my goal is to always get a good laugh, I can't always write about funny stuff because life does have serious or sad times too. That is why "It's Always FUNNY.." works out to be the best!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

30 days of Me - Day 1

Hi All, I think I have a new follower and to everyone who reads, officially following or not, I thank you and you motivate me to keep writing for your entertainment and mine. Thanks!
Now I will begin my new Blog challenge. 30 Days of Me- Day 1: Recent Picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself. I can't post a recent picture on this post (doesn't work on this computer) but a few posts ago I put up a ton of pictures and the most recent one from our trip to the B&B in Lewes, DE. So there I am in the hammock, enjoying time off with my baby.

Here are 15 surprising, shocking, scandalous and juicy facts about me

1) I don't have my ears pierced, I just never did it and now I just don't really want to, also funny and weird, my mother and Grandma never pierced theirs either but both my sisters did (and everyone else in the free world). My husband has 3 ear piercings I think and I have none!

2) My favorite movie is Raising Arizona and the chase scene in it will always be one of the funniest sequences of any movie ever made in my humble opinion. I love so much about that movie, one very funny quote from that sequence, "Son you got a panty on your head!" - Just cracked up typing that

3) My first concert was George Michael and the album was "Listen Without Prejudice" and I went with Bethany Brown and her older brother Nathan took us, we had a lot of fun rocking out to "Freedom"- so much fun!

4) I can't eat asparagus, I have never officially been diagnosed with being allergic to it but I have the overwhelming urge to throw up every time I try to eat it. And I have tried many times because everyone keeps telling me how great it is!

5) I loved being a child in the 80s so much, I loved everything the music, the movies and the sense that everyone was a lot happier or was that because I was a kid?

6) I am an artist, I come from a family of crazy talented artists and this has been such a blessing and also a heart breaking reality that you can't just sit around in a studio some where and make pretty pictures and get paid a decent salary, well for most people that isn't reality. Art is so important and it has saved my life many times.

7) I am a Scorpio and yes what you have heard is true. We are intense, passionate, FABULOUS lovers and quick to anger (I am working on that last one).

8) I love to make other people laugh. That is a big reason I write this blog and tell funny stories because it really does bring so much joy to watch other people laugh. It feels great and I have been addicted since I was very small. Being funny is a gift and my sense of humor has also saved me from many hard times and struggles.

9) I have been in many different places in the United States, including Hawaii, but I have never left the country. That is a goal of mine and my husband and I want to go to Europe so bad but we are also planning for a child so...

10) I took French for years and years in school but I can't really speak or write it much which is sad, but as they say if you don't use it you lose it and I know that if my husband and I went to French they would laugh at our terrible pronounciations and plus they hate us anyway!! Should have taken Spanish!

11) I am the only one in my immediate family with straight blonde hair and blue eyes and when I was little my sister's would tease me and tell me that I was the "Milkman baby". They shouldn't have done that because I believed that I didn't belong and sometimes I would get so terrified that my Mom was going to take off her mask and be a bad stranger! oh and I have a very vivid imagination too! Haha

12) I never learned how to play chess and I would like to learn

13) I am neither a country mouse or a city mouse, I truly am a suburb mouse!! I don't like feeling like I am in the middle of nowhere with tumble weeds rolling by, but I also hate the grimy, dirty, crowded, concrete feel of the city. And I HATE to be rushed! That is why I love Columbia, because I can drive to the city to do something fun but where i live there are trees and grass and lakes (even if they were put there by men!)

14) I am a tomboy through and through. I like to be girly sometimes when it suits me. But you will never find me in a nail salon or wearing pink frilly skirts. When I was in elementary school I kept it a secret that my favorite show was He-Man and I liked transformers just as much as barbies. Barbies were pretty boring in fact. I don't like fashion, I think its all so superficial, materialistic and silly. Who cares. But thats just me!

15) My favorite thing is to be cozy on the couch under my snuggly blanket with a nice cup of tea and maybe a good show or a good book. I also love to be in bed and sleep, I really NEED my sleep and I am so scared to live without it soon when we have the baby!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Saddest Song in the World?

Hey Everyone, I had a friend suggest a great idea for writing - the 30 days of me, which I would love to start, but first I must talk about this on-going thing on Mix 107.3. I still like to think of myself as having a shred of "cool" left in me and I don't listen to 107.3 that much, especially in the morning cause they talk almost all morning and I don't like that. But when I don't like what is on my favorite radio station, Jack FM, 102.7, I will push the other pre-programmed buttons to see what else is on. So, for the past few mornings, on 107.3 they have been talking about a survey that was done and they wanted to find out what the saddest song was. The answer, #1, that supposedly made most Brittish men cry.."Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. Ok WHAT? I am sorry, yes this song is depressing and the video was "moving" and emotional but Saddest song ever?? No way, So then they had callers call in and say what they thought their saddest song was. Most people had lame, LAME songs - like "I will always love you" and "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson (sorry baby). Ok, these people must not know the extent of my music collection and just how heart breaking and REALLY SAD music can get!! If there is a subject I am an EXPERT at, its SAD SONGS! I have had friends point out that I needed to start listening to some more uplifting songs because all my music was too depressing. And to make matters way worse one of the DJs said that she loved to blast "Goodbye to you" by Michelle Branch when she broke up with a guy and cry really hard. HUH?? Excuse me? That is an upbeat song!!Its a pretty fast song! These people must be out of their minds. The only caller I somewhat agreed with was Bonnie Raitt - "I can't make you love me" Yes, that is a good one. Now we are on to something. But if I had to pick some really sad, make you feel the most rotten pain inside songs? Here are a few:

1) ANY and ALL Elliot Smith songs - The guy who did a lot of songs for the Good Will Hunting Soundtrack - "Between the Bars" - very sad. Also how Elliot died by killing himself by stabbing himself in the heart, makes it impossible for me to listen to any of his songs anymore, but they are so beautiful

2)Tears in Heaven - got to be one of the saddest songs I have ever heard and the story behind it of Eric Clapton's five year old son falling to his death, so incredibly sad. Not sure how he survived that!

3)"Nothing Compares to You" - written by Prince, sung beautifully by Sinead O'Connor, heart breaking, defines the hollow emptiness of losing someone

4)"Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead, or just pick one, they have MANY sad and disturbing songs about death, loss, depressing stuff - big time

5) "Fire and Rain" - James Taylor, always makes me cry and think about my best friend who died when I was 14, the line, "always thought that I'd see you, baby, one more time again" says it ALL!

6)"Waring Sign" by Coldplay - or any number of thier sad songs, there are plenty. Chris Martin's voice can easily bring tears to my eyes

7) "Fall" by Jasmine Ash - a new song that my friend just shared with me. WOW. Very beautiful and sad!

8)"Pictures of You" by the Cure lyrics say, "And all I ever wanted was to feel you deep in my heart" - wow and - "Untitled" is another great one if you want to hear just how low is LOW! they have quite a few sad songs

9)"Hey Jupiter" by Tori Amos - another singer who can bring out the saddest parts of me. This song she actually sounds like she is singing the equivalent of crying, it sounds like she is singing SOBBING. I spent many hours of my life sobbing to this one and MANY other songs by this woman.

10)"Breathe Me" - by Sia, this was the theme song of the finale of Six Feet Under and I don't know if I was the only one but I sobbed and cried my freaking eyes out and I think most of it had to do with this song!

11) "Do What you have to do" - by Sarah McLaughlin - oh yeah, we all know this can make a good woman cry...HARD!

12)"Delicate" by Damien Rice - I dare anyone to listen to this man's music and not shed a tear or two!!

13)"This Woman's Work" by Kate Bush, this was the song at the end of what used to be my favorite movie when I was much younger, "She's Having a Baby" and they play this song during the end when he isn't sure if his wife is going to make it through labor or not. OH THE SOBBING that occured!!

14) Most would say "Black" by Pearl Jam, which I definitely thought was one of the saddest songs they would ever write but recently I heard, "Come Clean" and I can't listen to it without crying, so pretty I can't stand it!

15)I must add one of my favorite songs of all time by my most favorite singer of all time. "Hallelujah" by Leonrad Cohen sung by Jeff Buckely. I have heard (though I have not witnessed) that they like to do this all the time on Americal Idol lately. I must cringe because the version of this song sung by Jeff Buckley can't be imitated or re-created. Its too powerful and too heart breaking and so, ultimately so beautiful. Exquisite!