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WICKED, again

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It’s no secret, I’m a massive fan of the Broadway production of WICKED! I blogged about it when I went in 2009 with a badly sprained ankle in my overly attractive walking boot (at least I was off the crutches) and again in 2011 with my Aunt Sue.

This year I went with a bunch of ladies from work and had a great time! We went to dinner beforehand and then walked the couple of the blocks to the Paramount to see the show.

While I was excited to see Ashley Parker Angel play the role of Fiyero (I was a big fan of ABC’s Making the Band and the O-Town), I have to say this was the weekest cast I’ve seen. I LOVED this tour’s Glinda, but Elphaba and the other characters weren’t as strong as past years. Don’t get me wrong it was fabulous and still my favorite show!

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What a fun night! Now I don’t know why I’m still awake because I have to be up in a couple hours for work! Until next time….

P.S. If you ever want to hear a great story and laugh about buying 10 tickets from the Paramount be sure to ask me! Boy do I have a doozy …..

 

3.1415 ~ Happy Pi Day

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In honor of Pi Day (well that and an event tonight!) Alex and I made a Strawberries and Cream Pie. I cannot wait to eat it!

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Recipe from: Just Putzing Around the Kitchen

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#CatchTheMoment365; Week 50

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What do you know, it’s already January 13th (Happy Birthday Brandi).  I started out the year blogging strong, well I blogged on day 2, but nothing since.  That’s kind of how life has gone for me in general.  I figured that once the hustle and bustle of the holidays were over I’d get a break and reprieve before life got crazy again.  Not so much.  2015 came roaring in past 2014.

*Sigh*

With that being said, I’m still behind on last year’s photo challenge.  I am proud to say that I took a photo every day for 365 days, the blogging is what is slightly behind!  This week’s photos are from Week 50 of 2014, December 12 – 18th.  This was my final week of work before getting some time off for the holidays and working from home.

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For more information on this project please visit one of the hosts by clicking the badge below!  Feel free to come join us and our 365 day journey behind the camera lens!

Catch the Moment 365

with Mindi at Simply Stavish, Sarah at Nurse Loves Farmer, and Stephanie at Behind the Camera and Dreaming.

How does this work?  Everyday I am posting a new pic to Instagram, Twitter and my personal Facebook page with the hash tags #365DaysofCori and the official challenge hash tag #catchthemoment365.  On Friday’s I will do a recap of the previous week’s photos and *hopefully* give a little more insight into each one, why I took them and any history behind them.

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#CatchTheMoment365; Week 49

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Whoa, look that’s two posts in two days.  Something must be terribly wrong with me!  No, more like tomorrow is December 31st and I’m three weeks behind on posting my Catch the Moment photos to the blog.  I had hope to get all caught up, but it just never happened.  The good news is the last three weeks won’t be far behind!

Week 49 contained a lot of Christmas from movies, looking at Christmas lights, putting up the tree and helping at a holiday gift program that allowed parents in need to pick out new gifts for the kids.  It was truly a magical week!

Oh, and make sure you stop by tomorrow to see my 2014 in Review post!  Yes, that will make it three days in a row, maybe even one on January 1st!  Look out!

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For more information on this project please visit one of the hosts by clicking the badge below!  Feel free to come join us and our 365 day journey behind the camera lens!

Catch the Moment 365

with Mindi at Simply Stavish, Sarah at Nurse Loves Farmer, and Stephanie at Behind the Camera and Dreaming.

How does this work?  Everyday I am posting a new pic to Instagram, Twitter and my personal Facebook page with the hash tags #365DaysofCori and the official challenge hash tag #catchthemoment365.  On Friday’s I will do a recap of the previous week’s photos and *hopefully* give a little more insight into each one, why I took them and any history behind them.

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Find YOUR Inner Awesome {#DropsOfAwesome}

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I’ve suffered from panic attacks, anxiety and OCD for as long as I remember.  I vividly remember my first one at just three years old and they intensified during my move from the only home I knew to a new one.  For years I have suffered both silently and extremely vocally.  I have spent hours in ER’s and on one occasion nearly admitted for intensive anxiety support. 

My mom has always been my rock, never leaving me alone in the face of an attack.  She has spent endless hours laying with me on the bathroom floor helping me not throw-up so my anxiety medication could kick in.  We’ve probably walked my neighborhood loop thousands of times at all hours of the days and nights.  And taken me to therapist, counselor and psychiatrist trying to get to the bottom of my anxiety.

I know anxiety.

I know it extremely well.

I have tried every tip, trick and suggestion ever given to me.  I’ve endured people telling me “just get over it” or “it’s just in your head”.  I’ve spent days laying in bed physically ill and throwing up because of the anxiety I feel.  Many people may not understand anxiety, but to me it’s real.  Extremely real and extremely devastating.

The thing about anxiety and depression is it’s often a silent epidemic.  It’s often easier to just keep your feelings locked inside instead of sharing them.  So for years I thought it was just me, that I was alone having irrational thoughts of inadequacy.  When a friend’s blog post seemed to go viral on my Facebook timeline I looked into it and was shocked too find that I wasn’t alone.

In December 2012, Kathryn Thompson posted a blog post, Drops of Awesome, where she shares an eye opening, life changing experience she had walking her son to the bus stop.  Here’s an excerpt from that original blog post:

As we got half way to the bus, Magoo reached out and grabbed my hand in an uninhibited way that I knew wouldn’t happen many more times. He’s seven now but growing and how many 12-year-old boys do you see still swinging hands happily with their mommies?

I squeezed his hand, felt the rare Seattle sun on my face, and told him I loved him. I was nearly perfectly happy.

Nearly.

Just at that moment, the thought came into my mind, That’s awesome that you’re walking him to the bus stop and putting on this “mother of the year” act today. What about yesterday and the day before that? You hardly ever walk him to the bus. He’s probably holding your hand because he’s so desperate for the love and attention you haven’t been showing him.

My bubble had burst. I am a crap mom, I thought, as I looked down into his smiling face.

Then another thought came. Kathryn. What is wrong with you? You are being an awesome mom in this moment. Your child is happy. You are loving him and caring for him. He’s well fed and dressed. You’re walking to the bus stop in the early morning and you’re already wearing a bra for heck’s sake. Do not rob yourself of this moment’s joy because of what you failed to do yesterday or what you fear you might not do tomorrow.

This started me thinking of all the times I do something good while beating myself up for all the times I haven’t been perfect.

Since that moment Kathryn began noting all the little Drops of Awesome she achieved and found that the more she acknowledged and celebrated her Awesomeness she was becoming the person she wanted to become.

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Her Drops of Awesome idea became an instant internet sensation and now has become adrops of awesome book to help each one of us reach our goals.  The idea behind Drops of Awesome is allowing yourself to celebrate the small victories in your life and the more victories you celebrate, the more proud and strong you will become.  We are our own worst enemy, if we can boost our own self-esteem imagine the momentum that will begin!

I had the honor of receiving a copy of the book prior to it’s release (just was released today!) and have been noting my Drops of Awesome for several weeks now and it’s fun to look back at my achievements!  No matter how small they may seem an achievement is an achievement and deserves to be celebrated!  This is going to sound extremely hokey but, this book has changed my life.  It has changed the way I view myself, how I react (or don’t react) to different situations.  I have shared the concept with other friends suffering anxiety and depression who also are starting their own Drops of Awesome trial and seeing change in themselves, because the more positive feed back you experience, the more likely you are to repeat and want to do more leading you towards reaching your goals.

I’m so in love with this book that I want to give away a copy to one of my readers.  One reader will receive a physical copy of Drops of Awesome and three other lucky winners will win .PDF copies courtesy of the book’s publisher Familius!

The giveaway will run through Sunday, September 28th at 11:59pm PST.

Leave a comment on sharing who you would purchase this book for?

In the event you don’t win, make sure you hop over to Amazon and purchase Drops of Awesome for yourself!

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#CatchTheMoment365; Week 36

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This week was my big event for Eastside Baby Corner, our 5th Annual Pants Party, where we asked our donors to bring a pair of new or gently-used pants and stay for a free family fun carnival.  In just one word….AWESOME….I’m so happy with how well it turned out, the number of donations we received, the attendance count, vendors, volunteers and everyone who helped make it possible!  I’m THRILLED with how everything came together and extremely proud!  Yay!

My only complaint is I messed up on the “days” and was off a day.  I’m so OCD that it drives me crazy, I’m trying to take a deep breath and move on but it’s hard!  So there, I have put it out there for all to know, my week 36 mistake.

Other than that mistake, I had a great week 36!

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For more information on this project please visit one of the hosts by clicking the badge below!  Feel free to come join us and our 365 day journey behind the camera lens!

Catch the Moment 365

with Mindi at Simply Stavish, Sarah at Nurse Loves Farmer, and Stephanie at Behind the Camera and Dreaming.

How does this work?  Everyday I am posting a new pic to Instagram, Twitter and my personal Facebook page with the hash tags #365DaysofCori and the official challenge hash tag #catchthemoment365.  On Friday’s I will do a recap of the previous week’s photos and *hopefully* give a little more insight into each one, why I took them and any history behind them.

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Catch the Moment | 365: Week 4 [#catchthemoment365]

How is already the last day of January?  It still feels like Christmas was last week and not coming up on Valentine’s Day.  Time flies.

I did pretty well this week on taking photos that represent my daily highlights.  I did have two days where I had to really think outside the box and took random photos, but who cares I got the photos taken and have now completed 30 days of photos!  Only 335 photos to go to achieve my goal…

I do have to admit that I’m not looking forward to February arriving because the date will no longer correspond with the day.  Right now day 1 happened on January 1st, Day 2 on January 2nd.  Now I’m going to have to pay more attention to the day and date so I don’t get all mixed up.  I’m certain that I will mess it up at some point, it’s only a matter of time!

Photos from January 25 – 30th are found below:

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For more information on this project please visit one of the hosts mentioned above or click the badge below!  Feel free to come and join us and our 365 day journey behind the camera lens!

Catch the Moment 365

with Mindy at Simply Stavish, Sarah at Nurse Loves Farmer, and Stephanie at Behind the Camera and Dreaming.

How does this work?  Everyday I am posting a new pic to Instagram, Twitter and my personal Facebook page with the hash tags #365DaysofCori and the official challenge hash tag #catchthemoment365.  On Friday’s I will do a recap of the previous week’s photos and *hopefully* give a little more insight into the photos, why I took them and any history behind them.

Happy Friday!

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Celebrity Tweeting

It’s no lie, I’m an HGTV junkie! I have a fedish with any home renovation show! My current favorites, and what I fall asleep watching nightly, include Property Brothers, Love It or List It and Income Property.

Tonight I was doing my random quick perusal through my twitter feed and I ce across a tweet from Income Properties host and star, @smgillivray. He was participating in an HGTV Income Property tweet-around during his show’s new episode that was airing on the east coast.

Since I’m on the west coast, I had another three hours to wait and wouldn’t be able to participate in the tweet-along since the episode hasn’t aired yet. I decided to send him a tweet and never ever expected a response! It was small and short, but a response non-the-less!

What did I ask? I asked if he would was going to stick around to participate in another tweet-along when the episode aired a few hours later.

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You can’t really tell, but he retweeted and put my question into quotes. He then responded with when.

I quickly responded back, but got no response back … Sad day! Oh well it’s cool he responded once, even if it was short and sweet!

Oh and here’s his tweet to me as it appeared on HIS twitter account.

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I’ll keep you posted if I get a late response! Oh and YES, I’m excited to watch the new episode of Income Property!

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