The first roller coaster I rode was The Incredible Hulk at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando. We were in the sixth grade, and thought we were on top of the world. We decided to be daring and go for front row. I was pumped. It wasn't until we were about two or three sets of riders away when I suddenly felt queasy. As we moved up to the front of the gate, we were all giggling with nervous excitement. We were putting on a brave face for each other, while inside each one of us was terrified. As the car pulled up, we settled in to our individual seats, pulling the large green harness down over ourselves and buckling it on both sides. I was dead center in the front row, that's when it hit me. I was NOT ready for this. I had never done anything like this before in my life! What in the world was I doing now?! It was too late, and there was no turning back. The car started to move and began to slowly ascend the long purple tunnel or "gamma tube" in front of us. My mind and my heart were racing. I couldn't believe I had gotten on this thing! Just as I was starting to process everything that was taking place, the car lurched forward and hurtled through the rest of the tunnel, did an immediate zero-g role, and plunged down the 105 ft hill. It was the thrill of a lifetime, and one that we repeated five times that day, and countless times in the near ten years since.

When I graduated High School, my mom gave me a special copy of Oh, The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss, one that came with it's own holder, and a hand written note inside. I often find myself reading the book as a reminder for all the things I can do. The colorful pictures and comforting rhythm ease my anxiety and bring me back to Earth. What I love about the book is that it doesn't present life as being happy and fun and easy all the time. It warns of the Bang-ups and Hang-ups that are bound to happen, and the difficulties of un-Slumping yourself. Usually when I'm reading the book, I've hit a slump of my own and it's nice to be reminded that I will come out of it, even if it's Dr. Seuss doing the reminding.

I've realized that, right now, I'm in a holding pattern. I'm in that brief moment between being in the tunnel and barreling out at 60 mph. I've waited in line, I've done all the pre-reqs and strapped myself in, now I'm just waiting for takeoff. I'm in The Waiting Place. My mind is racing and my heart is anxious with excitement and fear, sometimes I can barely catch my breath.

I've been waiting for school to be over. I've been waiting for life to start. I've been waiting to not be scared anymore.

That's not for you!
Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.
With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of guy.
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!"
- Dr. Seuss Oh, The Places You Will Go!

But now I'm ready. I'm ready to catch my breath. It's going to be tbe thrill of a lifetime.
Today's post is lifted straight from Kelly

  • My phone
  • The internet
  • My Friends
  • The weekends
  • Days filled of laughter that I'll never forget.
I'm a big fan of the show The Amazing Race on CBS. I often watch and try to picture myself in the situations and challenges. Sadly, many of them end with being frustrated and yelling
"I told you we were supposed to go the OTHER way, and now we're going to be eliminated. Stupid!"
Yeah, I'm pretty competitive like that. I get all kinds of nervous just watching that show, yet I come back season after season. Have you seen some of those challenges they do? Doing the second highest bungee jump because you HAVE TO for the sake of $1 million, I'd totally do it. Along with my fantasy Amazing Race challenges, I'll wonder who I would want to be my partner. I've decided my Mom is a no. I love her to pieces, but we'd kill each other in a matter of days. I'd get frustrated with her, she'd make me feel guilty, and then we'd both end up in tears. Yeah. NO. I also don't think I would want to partner with any friends, namely because of my competitive nature. I have a feeling I could lose a few friends by barking orders at them in the name of WINNING. I've narrowed it down to being one of my two brothers, whom I'll affectionately call Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Thing 1, is the older of my two younger brothers. He's determined and SMART. Homeboy reads A LOT and could list all the different types of dinosaurs when he was three. He's got a lot of book knowledge, and can be charming when he wants to be. He's pretty devious too, and can easily outsmart the others. We get along much better now than we did when he was going through his "moody teenager" phase. He's much more laid back and would be more willing to do challenges like, "bungee jumping" or "hang gliding" (Thing 2 is a wuss when it comes to exciting activities). I also think he'd be better at consoling me after I've burst into tears of frustration. He's a sucker like that.

Thing 2 is the baby of the family. He's exactly like me. So much so, I tease him about because I know he hates it. Muwahahaha. He's also incredibly charming, and a good-looking kid, which would be useful in getting information out of the dumb blonde girl team (there's at least one every season). Everybody wants to be his friend, and he works out, so he'd be useful for challenges like "carry 200 pounds of cheese down the swiss mini slope". Thing is, when two positive charges come together, they tend to EXPLODE, and he has a very low threshold for being bossed around. Just like I can't stand his incredible cocky nature.

In the end, I think I would ask Thing 1 to be my partner. I feel like he would be less apt to trying to ditch me somewhere in the middle of Africa.

Who would your partner be for The Amazing Race?
I got a new look.

I kinda love it.

How about you?
Yesterday started out with so much promise...and then quickly went sour. I'm not going to talk about how I got on the wrong bus and then ended up going in the opposite direction I wanted to go. I won't say a word about how this little mishap caused me to miss out on the dance class I was trying to get to by 5 minutes. Not even a peep about how all I really wanted was a cup of coffee, and got all excited about FREE coffee at the grocery store only for there to be no more left. I won't go into detail about how I discovered the can of tuna I was going to use wasn't the pop off top and I had no can opener, until AFTER I had already added all the other ingredients. Let's forget that I have 2 weeks to find a new roommate and ZERO possibilities right now.

No. I'll talk about the happy things instead. Because that's what I'm trying to do, focus on the happy.

  • I now know EXACTLY how to get to the Atlas studio.
  • I got everything I needed to get from the grocery store yesterday.
  • I continued my annual tradition of chatting with my mom online while we both watched the Oscars.
  • Hugh Jackman was on TV last night. Lookin' mighty sexy if I do say so myself.
  • Slumdog Millionaire cleaned up at the Oscars last night.
  • My midterm could have gone a lot worse than it did today.
  • I ate an apple today.
  • Spring Break is JUST AROUND THE CORNER.
  • Ghirardelli Intense Dark Mint Bliss
  • A bug free kitchen
  • Naps
  • It's almost THE WEEKEND
  • A new project with a great friend
I'm at the point in every college student's life, where I'm starting to get very anxious about the future. I want to go into the marketing/advertising/PR field, and I've reached a dilemma. Do I tell possible employers about my blog? I know it makes me look super connected with the interwebs, and I'm a Social Marketing GENIUS, but at the same time, I don't know if I want them to read my personal blog. I could start another blog, one that I wouldn't mind employers reading, but I don't know what I'd post in it, and I don't want it to be blank.

If I do make mention of my blog, where do I do it? In the cover letter? Or is it better saved for an in-person interview? Do I casually slip it in, or drop the bomb as soon as I get there?

"Hi, I'm Ohmygoshi. So nice to meet you. I have a blog." Ok, so I probably won't do that.

I want to do show off that I'm the one to hire, but is exposing my personal space to the people I work for worth it? What are your thoughts on this?
A quick update while the bosses are away:

It's been a rough few days, and I haven't been in a real "Grace in Small Things" mood. Even though, that's the main point, to see the good stuff despite of the bad. I put together a small list of things that HAVE been good these past few days:
  • Daisy shaped cookie cutters
  • Good friends
  • I've made my lunch every day
  • Jack Johnson
  • Checks with my name in the "Pay To" line
  • Ghost Town was hilarious
  • Homemade Tres Leches
  • Good Great friends
  • Family

I know that this is a major cheat, but if you don't like it then you can go get your own blog and write about how much you hate me there.


  • More beautiful weather. It may have been a little windy, but still warm enough for just a sweater.
  • Finding something that I thought I'd lost
  • I woke up in an unusually good mood
  • Someone who is more than an acquaintance but not really a friend did something really nice for me today. (could i BE more vague?!)
  • 2 classes and 4 internship hours away from the weekend!
I knew I'd be bad at this...ah oh well.

  • The weather today was absolutely G O R G E O U S. I'm talking like high of 67.
  • A grade that is worthy of a "woot" and a sigh of relief in a difficult class.
  • Good friends and Happy Hour
  • Ghost town just arrived today!
  • The weekend is almost here!
A few different things to post tonight.

First, a friend of mine has submitted an audition tape for the best job in the world. Seriously, it's the best job in the world. For six months, you get to live in a beautiful house on an island in Queensland, Australia and pretty much create buzz through a blog and other social media tactics. So be sure to go and check out her video here, and vote for her!

Secondly, there seems to be someone who's not very happy with me at the moment, leaving nasty comments here and there. While I don't know who you are exactly, I'll share some details that I do know about you:
  • You are either from or in Boulder, CO
  • You subscribe to Comcast
  • You have a Mac
  • Your preferred browser of choice is Safari 1.3
  • Your screen settings are 1280 x 800 with a color resolution of 24 bit
  • You started looking at my blog at precisely 8:49:11, your time of course.
  • You don't have much of a life as you're a frequent visitor to my blog, sometimes visiting upwards of 5 times a day, looking for, what I'm assuming, new reasons to come here and hate one me.
  • Oh, and I have your IP Address too.

While I would rather you say nice things, I guess I can't be too upset with you for taking the time to think of me and visit so often. So, thank you! I can't say I've been to Boulder, or that I know many people from there, but I have heard wonderful things. You obviously have a grudge against me, although I can't really figure out why. What did I do? If you're going to step into my space and be rude, the least you could do is give me a reason why. I would love to talk to you about it, so please, feel free to email me at missohmygoshi@gmail.com I wish I could say you had a real big impact on me and my night, but the truth is, you didn't. Sure, you inspired me to sit down for 10 minutes and write to you directly, but you'll be long forgotten by morning. I hope you're having a lovely evening, and you're feeling better after getting those thoughts off your chest.
  • Sleeping in on Sunday
  • Getting a box of stuff from home
  • My DELICIOUS roast beef, tomato, avocado sandwich
  • My new Ansel Adams calender hanging up on my wall
  • My boss asked for my permission to make some changes to some things I designed.
  • I'm on a great team for my extra credit/project/competition for the weekend
  • I'm learning so much from my internship
  • I found out that I get to take as many dance classes as I want FOR FREE.
  • It's FRIDAY.
I don't know if it's seasonal depression or what, but man, I have been in a crappy mood lately. With the months beyond May being a black hole of question marks, I feel myself getting more and more anxious and nervous. School is stressing me out, and my classes are just awful and boring. Sometimes I feel that my friends take advantage of my niceness and use me for favors that they know they'll never return. As soon as I make money, it's gone, *POOF* slipping through my hands like sand. I haven't been shopping since November, and I'm in desperate need of some new clothes. Just the thought of spending money on things (like groceries) makes me cringe.

I've decided that I need to start seeing the grace in small things in my life. For the next year, I'm going to TRY and post a list of five things a day that are good in my life. I'm sure you've seen the trend around the interweb, and now I'm picking up on it too. If you don't like it, you can suck it.

  • It's sunny outside, it may be cold, but at least it's not raining.
  • I only have one more class today.
  • I got The Duchess from Netflix yesterday.
  • I'm working on a project that will earn me extra credit in a couple classes.
  • I discovered my professor posts class notes online.

I think it's safe to say that almost the entire continental United States is pretty miserable right now. Even Florida is cold, I could have sworn I heard them whining this morning, but then I realized it was just the wind.
What's the weather like in your part of town? Rainy and cold with a side of miserable? Perhaps sunny and below freezing with side of 17 mph winds?
Let me know.
If I was ever offered an opportunity to re-live a moment or two of my past, a top moment would be from the four years I spent on the dance team in high school. It was some of the best parts of my high school experience, and I miss it so much. The lights, the cheers, the music, and the feeling of letting my body do the moves it had worked so hard to remember, nothing beats that feeling. I will never ever forget that feeling of walking behind stage to the warm-up area right before Nationals. I had worked so hard the past three years to get there, and I was so excited and nervous and scared all at the same time. It didn't help that in our last run through behind stage I had fallen in a transition move, or that I was the leading the team on to the stage in a matter of minutes. My coach was next to me as we lined up to go on next. I'm pretty sure she could feel the nerves radiating from my body. We didn't say much in those moments, but I knew she knew I could do it, or else she wouldn't have put me on the floor in the first place. As we were called to attention, I remember thinking, "this is it. here we go."

Three minutes later, we were done. The routine had been performed, our legs felt like lead, and we were all out of breath. The adrenaline was still pumping and the knowing that we had done the best we could was empowering.

As I watched this year's team's performance last night on-line, I could feel the excitement and energy, and it instantly brought back all those emotions of competition season. Although I only recognized one or two faces, I saw them all as teammates. I knew what they had gone through to get there. I knew that dance camp was a stressful three days, and that those practices in the Florida heat during football season were long and hot. I knew what it was like to give up every Friday night for a football game. I knew that by the end of the routine the girls were fighting to get their legs up in the air. Two minutes flies by for spectators, and leaves them wanting more, but for those performing, it's the longest two minutes ever.

Although I don't miss high school at all, I do miss being a part of that organization. I miss the thrill of competition, and I dare say, I even miss the practices. They were sometimes long and grueling, leaving me exhausted at only 3pm, but they were great (and talk about a great workout!!).

So now, I leave you with the clip that was posted online, just to give you a little taste of what I'm missing:

ETA: I couldn't figure out how to embed the video, so just click the picture. The fun starts at the 6:20 mark :)