12.14.2005

The Stagewalk

It's a new form of the moonwalk, patented by me, and you've seen people do it everywhere, mainly when they graduate. I'll be doing it this Friday at 2 pm, and I have to tell ya, I couldn't be more excited.

So I'm off a few days but quite a bit has happened, ja know!
At church Sunday they gave every person money. Real money. I have to use it to further Jesus's name and then send back a postcard back to church telling them what I did with it.
I have never looked at 20 dollars the same!

Monday was along day of errands, making contacts, phone calls, setting up interviews, and the like. I wish the job search was over so I could just relax and be disgruntled like every other member of the American workforce! I didn't realize that getting a college degree would get me , well, not a whole lot! But I'm gonna keep on truckin. I apply for at least 5-10 jobs per day, and so far have had nothing promising, and no job offers since the Dallas Stars incident.

Speaking of the Dallas Stars, Jim Lites hosted the team Christmas Party at his 'estate' in Frisco last night. I carpooled with Kate and Valerie. We got there about two hours before the other Ice Girls and were literally just chilling. Ralph and Razor by far had the best costumes - Ralph in his red sequined shirt and zebra tie, Razor in his baby blue blazer and plaid pants, a la Ron Burgundy.
It still seems that no one wants to talk to us or something, and I was kinda bummed....
Until I got a phone call informing me that I seemed to have been awarded a seat at the Arkansas vs. Tech b-ball game next Wednesday night at the AAC. As I began floating on cloud nine, we deuced and I headed home to hit up that cereal and coffee before bed!

Today was an endless drone of workout, errands, yadda yadda yadda
I got a pseudo-job offer, graduation lilies!, and I made a healthy pancake feast for the fam, complete with a fruit salad garnish.
As a woman, I feel it is my duty to learn how to do some of these domestic-type things. That and if I'm going to eventually get a place on my lonesome, I better know how to take care of myself.
Sandwiches are easier and cheaper to make than reservations!
I also got a text message from an un-named professional football player....more details to follow. He surely has contacts in the sports industry, duh!


Thought of the Day:

The reason why we can't explain why love runs deeper than physical attractiveness can be summed up by the simplicity of a Christmas present. Yes, the bow may be crooked, the tape yellowed, and the wrapping may not be large enough to hide the contents, but the fact that it is there, with our name on it? That is more than enough. I don't know about you folks, but some of the best-wrapped gifts I ever recieved were things that I returned, and some paper bag presents have become treasures.

Froehliche Weihnachten!!
Merry Christmas from Germany!!

Have a good one, next time I blog I'll actually have a college degree.
A bachelorette of Sachse with a Bachelor of Science.
Now that sounds like a match made in Heaven!!

God Bless Us, everyone!
-c.Flo-

12.10.2005

Just call me Cort Kringle

For those of you who have been living in a cave under a waterfall for the past 22.5 years, I have an urgent announcement:

Cortney lives, breathes, and engulfs herself in the holidays...Particularly Christmas. The month-long span of November 25-December 25th may actually, literally be the most wonderful time of the year. Luckily, my birthday is less than half a year later, so I have something to slightly look forward to 'till Jesus's birthday comes a-knocking once more.

Christmas is great, because unless you live in Narnia, it will always be here. Everyone wants to get in on it - no matter what their religion. I don't think Jesus minds everyone coming to his party - in fact, I think he would prefer it that way.

Christmas makes everyone feel all happy and warm and stuff. You get mad less, you give more, and no matter how superficial the world seems, people totally find themselves being thankful. You don't need a reason to hug or to pig out on naughty delights like figgy pudding. (had to say it)

Christmas is better than all the other holidays (except Easter, of course).....
You aren't in anticipation of one particular second on the clock just to fall asleep when it arrives.
You don't get pinched for not wearing what some perceive as a very unattractive color.
You aren't expected to give the meanest kid in the class a random card with cupids on it only to find that they forgot to bring anything and ate all the teacher's Hershey's Kisses.
You aren't forced to wear the bare minimum in chilly weather just to keep your significant other's eyes off the suggestive "schoolgirl".
There's no tease here: that turkey will last you the rest of the break....No going back to work/ school with a day's worth of indulgences gobbling through your digestive system.

The two cents - that's all I got.

Yesterday I literally drove an hour out to Arlington to interview for a group sales position with the Texas Rangers. It sounds wonderful and fun, but it's non-salaried hourly plus commission pay with no benefits. Is this really all I am worth? Nobody wants me to be able to go to the dentist? Guess if I get offered that, which I won't even know about till January or February, I'm gonna have to do a lot of flossing, rinsing, brushing, and not getting sick.

I also went to see the giant lights/ inflatable display in Grand Prairie. Nothing says holidays like airblown palm trees and flamingoes. There were plenty of snowmen, in fact there was a "Snowman Factory". Talk about creepy. There were Frosty heads lined up in a row like pumpkins, a waiting to be assembled. Why do some snowmen have stick arms and others guns of snow? If snowmen can smile, what do you make their tongues out of? Why aren't there any African American snowmen?

I also went to see The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I almost forgot reading that book by CS Lewis back in the day! Movie was spectacular, and I can't wait to see the rest of the Chronicles. Perfect allusion to the good book. I accompanied it with my favorite movie candy - Junior Mints. But these weren't any old Junior Mints - they were the holiday inside-out edition. White chocolate outside, and smooth creamy minty dark chocolate goodness on the inside. If I described it to you in person, you'd be grossed out be my overzealous drool.

Ah, Saturday and nothing to do...mom and the girls are at work/ dance and I feel terrible being lazy. Just did the dishes, now onto the wash. Guess it's time to be productive...don't want to make any false statements on those bajillion cover letters, eh?

Quote of the Day:
"I didn't know you were going to Finland!
That sounds great, getting to go there. The President of the company I worked for in South Dallas was from Finland. The company was owned by a Finland Family. How about that?!" - my grandpa upon reading my Ice Girl bio :)

On that note: I found a website that tells me how to say "Merry Christmas" in a plethora of languages!! In honor of an eternal dream, I found today to be a perfect chance for Finland!

**Hyvaa joulua!!**
-c.Flo-

12.08.2005

Game on!

So you didn't think it would happen?
Not gon' lie, neither did I.

Here's the reason I have come back to the blog: Writing about my day is like keeping myself accoutable to it. I'm on this whole kick where I wanna DO good, I wanna BE good, I wanna surround myself with people, place, and beliefs that are going to influence me in this direction. So there!!

And also...I missed it.
Life is too weird on my end not to comment on it.

It's only been a year since I last posted, and rather than rehash the tips and turns of past events, today will start anew!

This morning I drove back from College Station. The recent blast of wintry weather in DF-Dub trapped me there, but I'm not complaining. I got to watch movies and sleep in the most comfortable tangle of quilts, couches, and chairs ever at KK, Court, and Katie's house. When I woke up today Kristy taught me how to use a credit card (or an old Gattitown card) to scrape ice off my windshield. I have never been so cold down there in my life!!!

On the travel home I stopped at my normal Shell stations to get my coffee refilled. I called everyone, let em know I was safe and sound. I bundled up and listened to the Hanson Christmas CD. One of these days, that thing is gonna give up on me. Until then, it's my album of choice from November - December 25th. I saw multiple wrecked vehicles in ditches and skidded over a few icy patches.

When I got here I did something I haven't done since I was 5: I took a bubble bath! I gave my face and hair a respectable mask and I doused myself in sparkly aromatic bath confettis!! I soaked for about half an hour and topped it off with cucumber melon body lotion and foot lotion from Israel! Right now I've never smelled so wonderful or been so smooth!

Get ready...I'm back.
Things I will probably talk more about this year:
Driving. Job-searching. Best friends. Soft pretzels. Hockey. Obsession with Finland. Life. Love. Liberty. Pursuit of Happiness.
And all while keeping that positive, humorous air about it all.
Prepare to be uplifted, for these daily musing are not ever intended to be depressing, but at moments maybe a little cynical.

Thoughts of the Day:

A good bubble bath is like Heaven. You know the greatness that awaits you, but you can't bring yourself to step foot in it until you've actually earned it. It is only then that you can really enjoy what you have to received.

My name is Cortney...I am a laugh, song, dance, and exclamation-aholic.