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100

I saw someone do this on their blog… I thought it was cool and something I could wip up in no time. Little did I know it would take me three weeks. Working on it… getting stuck or busy and having to find the time to come back. I didn’t know coming up with 100 Lacey facts would be this hard… or time consuming. It’s kind of cool to sit and think of things that really mean something to you… really make you tick … really define you in a way! This in no way is everything and I could do 1000 more if I had a free couple of months on my hands. For now… and for what it’s worth… here is my 100. Try your own! 
1)   I was born and raised in Georgia and absolutely love being a peach
2)   I love to fish but don’t like to bait my own hook
3)   I’m 27 and 30 doesn’t scare me … yet!
4)   I try to be the best person I can be… and I’m better today than I have ever been
5)   Most of my very best memories took place while doing something outside
6)   My very best friends are all married or engaged
7)   I’m convinced my mom and dad will live forever because my brain doesn’t accept any other option 
8)   I have two dogs and they make my house a home
9)   I am addicted to my blackberry curve even though I probably don’t know about and/or use half the features it has
10) I had my own radio show at 20 years old
11) I work in the wedding industry
12) I have two brothers. I am the middle child
13) I love a comfy comfy couch. The type you sink into when you sit down.
14) My middle name is Ann. I share it with my mom and both grandmothers
15) I was scared to live alone and I have fallen in love with it… even though I can’t wait to share my space again
16) I have written 2 books and have done nothing with them and don’t know if I ever will. I wrote them for me… but I might write one to publish or for someone else down the road.
17) If Im on my laptop I’m in or on my bed (90% of the time not counting when Im at work)
18) I love fair food. Funnel cakes, roasted corn and anything on a stick!
19) I love to cook and I think I’m pretty good at it.
20) I would take a burger and fries over a nice 5 course meal any day of the week.
21) My favie shoes are flip flops I have had since I was 17
22) I have a pair of oversized sweatpants that I call my “feel better pants” and they really do make me feel better
23) I cried the day I bought my jeep wrangler because I was 18 and did it myself… and I will cry the day I sell it because I am so in love with it. A jeep girl through and through
24) Singing used to be a big part of my life. I actually got paid to do it
25) I love peanut butter m&ms
26) Snuggling is the best… ever
27) I love to travel
28) Personal growth has been my greatest accomplishment thus far
29) A song that can take you back to any point in your life is a damn fine song in my book
30) I love to write with pencils. I don’t really get to because it seems there is no place for pencils in the buisness world
31) My favie beer is Yuengling a close second these days is Purple Haze
32) My parents never cease to amaze me. They are nothing short of perfection.
33) I painted my bedroom wall in my last place tourqoise. I really wanted a blue wall
34) I think target is fantastic
35) I hate ranch dressing… I know Im like the only one that does
36) I have a calendar for my purse, one in my work bag, one in outlook, a dry erase calendar and one on my blackberry. I use all of them 
37) It really bothers me when people do not say please and thank you
38) My boyfriend opens the car door for me always and I love it… I think its a dying trend that should make its way back
39) I stopped drinking anything with caffiene over 5 years ago but still need my morning decaf coffee to wake up. It’s a mental thing
40) I only got and used my passport for the first time this year a couple months ago. I’m dying to use it again
41) I’m scared of heights
42) and deathly afraid of snakes
43) I really dislike the color pink
44) It drives me crazy when people ask you to do something they can easily do themselves
45) I love to ride in the car…
46) Im over the top organized at work. And I mean crazy organized… my folder tabs have post it tabs. I have tabs on tabs on tabs and can find anything anytime you need it.
47) I really like blogging even though I don’t feel that I’m that good at it
48) It’s hard for me to find pants that fit most of the time cause I wear a 34′ in length
49) Most of the time I shower 2 or 3 times a day. I love to shower right before I get into bed
50) I love my I-pod and hardly know how to use it
51) I really like the smell of scotch tape
52) I think gift bags are cheating.
53) I have beat one video game in my life. Jak and Daxter on the PS2 and I love it
54) When I sleep I have to have my feet and most of my legs out from under the covers. Not sure why, I just do
55) At work I sit with my legs up in my chair most of the time. Indian style or my knees up to my chest… very professional
56) I set goals for myself and a reward for once I reach those goals. Than I start the cycle over. I find this keeps me reaching for my dreams… anything is possible
57) When I grocery shop I always get a basket even if I need 200 things. Im convinced I can make it fit and don’t need a cart 
58) I love sharpies
59) If we are getting pizza… my vote will always be pepperoni
60) I love to run errands
61) The rain makes any stress I may have go away
62) I met two of my best friends in highschool and the other almost 9 years ago. They are amazing!!
63) My hair is curly/wavy and I wear it straight just about every single day
64) I think an open mind has endless possibilities
65) I love to be barefoot
66) I am a creature of habit and a total planner
67) 24 is my favorite show
68) I wear the same jewelry just about every single day
69) I’m super lucky that I get to work with two of my bffs daily!! Soooo fun
70) I think road trips are fantastic
71) I like tons and tons of pillows on my bed. Extra extra soft please
72) Gerber Daisies are my all time favie but I love roses and all other fresh flowers too
73) I adore board game nights and playing cards
74) I’m a wine girl all the way… red wine only please
75) Listening to music online gets me thru my workday
76) I love cinnamon toothpaste… I don’t know anyone else who does
77) I didn’t know coming up with 100 Lacey facts would be this hard
78) Even though I love the rain…I hate driving in it
79) Laughing is one of my all time favorite things to do and I’ve done it more than ever lately
80) I love love love cheesecake. (hate graham cracker crust though)
81) I truly think people can change… and do change
82) The beach (any beach) makes me happy
83) I think french fries go best with honey mustard
84) Holiday Weeks on The Food Network are sooooo my favorite ever
85) Some people think I don’t shut up and others tell me I am toooo quiet
86) I fell into a new feeling this month and I want it forever
87) I think fruit should be fruit… served alone as fruit. Never in anything particularly desserts!! On the side… but never ever in
88) I watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation every year on Christmas Eve and It’s a Wonderful Life at least three times from Thanksgiving night until January 1st. It’s tradition
89) I hate being cold… but I love the change in season and snow
90) I have horrible eyesight and would love to get lasik, but I always find better options for spending $5000 when it comes down to it
91) I love all music but my favorite has to be country music. I go thru phases
92) I think people that wear bluetooth headsets all day should be kicked in the butt
93) I’m convinced that dreams really do come true
94) If I could travel anywhere right now… Italy is next on my list or some place sunny beachy and amazing
95) I have no patience for rude customer service representatives
96) I love kids
97) I didn’t think I was a very touchy feely person… lately I have proved myself so wrong and I love it
98) I am beyond lucky and happier than I have ever been
99) I must have a REAL Christmas Tree
100) I’ve been in love one time. It has changed my life and continues to every day
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November 10, 2008 Posted by | Just me | | 4 Comments

My Pun’kins!

I have thrown out not once, or twice… but whole lot of times that I am a pretty good pumpkin carver. I thought I should back that statement up. Here are some of the pumpkins I have carved the last few years. Yay Halloween!!!

The best one I have ever done

The best one I have ever done

October 31, 2008 Posted by | Cool Stuff, Just me | , | 4 Comments

Idiot Move of the Day

I’m not a big facebook user… I don’t get the features, I don’t know how to find people and I learned how to post pictures on the thing two days ago. I’ve had the account for a while I just haven’t really put enough time into getting things figured out. I’ve always been more of a myspace girl personally because that’s the outlet we most often use in radio/tv/media projects in general. Recently I have figured out that most of the people I want to be in touch with use facebook more then myspace … sooo… I’m making an effort to figure the damn thing out. Trying to get over my back and forth battle with the oh so confusing facebook world I have been talking to friends, commenting, getting in touch, keeping in touch and doing the best I can at all of it. A dear dear friend of mine and I talk maybe a few times a month… a phone call, a facebook message an email here and there… whatever the means we make it happen. Not as often as I would have liked… but none the less we did it. I met this friend in middle school. We are 27 clearly, we have been friends for what seems like forever. Today I went to his facebook page… we hadn’t talked in a little over a month or so. Last time we talked he told me he was moving back to Georgia and I was going to get to see him and we made plans on plans on plans to see each other. Last comment a few weeks ago I was counting down till I got to see him again! Well, it’s about that time… so this morning I had 2 mins to leave a facebook comment and jump into my meeting. I signed on… jumped to his page… left a post on his page that read something like this “I miss your face!! Are you here yet?… its about that time.. hope you are well!!” Typical Lacey message. I post and run into my meeting.
 
Now… I have facebook on my blackberry. Blackberry facebook is a less detailed version. You see when you get a message, a post or a friend request. Halfway thru my meeting my buddy sent me a message, my blackberry buzzes again, same buddy posted a comment… buzzes again.. another message. I click the link to read the message (in the middle of the my meeting) he writes to tell me that my friend in the first paragraph of this horribly sad post had passed away a little over a month ago. A new reason to hate facebook… I know its not facebooks fault but damn!!!! So I leave a I miss you and can’t wait to see you and call me when you get here message to a friend that is gone. Middle of the meeting tears down my face and an over the top pain because I didn’t know. It took facebook for me to find out. Ugh. I went back to his page and saw comment after comment of rest in peace, you are deeply missed… and thinking of you posts. I looked thru the pictures and just got lost for a while.
 
I’m sick and sad over this. I hate that I didn’t know. I hate that I didn’t go to the funeral, I’m sick with the idea that plans made wont happen and that I wont see him again when I was looking so forward to it. Just sick over it.
 
It’s not the best subject and maybe it is terrible of me to even write about all of this but my healing is writing… I had to get it out. The idiot move of the day… caring so much for someone and not knowing something this huge!!!! Not traveling out to see him, calling more, loving better!! We do what we can and life gets in the way… why do we let it?
 
I want people to know what they mean to me. I want people to know how they affect me, how they make me feel, what they have taught me and how they have pushed me to grow! I think I do a better job letting people know who they are to me and how much they make up my world… but I’m going to do better… much much better. 
 
 
 
 

October 17, 2008 Posted by | You live and you learn | 2 Comments

The sweeter side of life…

The top of my desk

The top of my desk

I have a serious sweet tooth!! And when I say serious… I mean over the top. You can often find me eating peanut butter m&ms for breakfast at my desk or leaving the office mid afternoon for a milkshake run! haha It might have something to do with the fact my dad let me eat cake for breakfast and my mom makes the best cookies (well anything sweet really) ever!! It’s truly amazing I am not 800lbs. I eat healthy for meals I just love little junk food snacks here and there. At work, I have file folders and all of my office supplies ontop of my desk. My tape dispensor, stapler, pen holder, lotion… you name it, and it’s on top of the desk not inside of my desk.  Why not in the drawer you ask….
Theres no room for office supplies because my candy takes up the whole thing. And let me just tell you… the people in my office love me when they need something sweet.
My desk at work!!

A look inside my desk drawer!

October 14, 2008 Posted by | Just me | , , , , | 3 Comments

Renewed Faith

It’s amazing that when you forget just for a moment what you had wanted for so long… someone can come in for a second and not only remind you of what you want but prove that it is possible.

Life is wonderful like that!!

October 14, 2008 Posted by | You live and you learn | , | 1 Comment

Boston and back!!

I feel like I have spent my life in airplanes and cabs as of late. I have to say … I don’t mind it. I love to travel and I’m seeing so much and going places I never would have if it weren’t for my job. People say that I will get sick of it and eventually the travel honeymoon period will end… But I’m not so sure. I will keep you posted on that. Two weeks ago I spent the weekend in Miami and Tampa, last week I was in Fort Lauderdale… This weekend Boston!! Next stop on my tour Los Angeles and Anaheim just in time for Halloween.
 
Boston reminds me a lot of NY… People walking, cabs everywhere (honking of course) beautiful none the less. Exceptional churches on every corner and building upon buildings as far as you can see in every direction. I’m writing most of this in my cab on the way to my work event and I have plenty of time to do so because the traffic is crazy!! I mean hello… Its Sunday… Isn’t it? The unique character of the buildings is unlike anything I have seen before. Even though I have no idea where I am in the city in relation to anything… I think this place is pretty great.
 
Keep in mind though… The sun is shining, I’m here to do a job I totally love and so far no problems.(Knock on wood) I’m sure if I had lost luggage, a bad work event or if it was December and freezing outside I may not like this city as much as I think I do now!!

October 12, 2008 Posted by | Just me | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I think 2 worlds are better then one.

I was telling a buddy of mine yesterday that I was lucky in life because I had grown up in two totally different worlds. As a kid and a little into the teen years… I pretty much had a city life and an escape to the farm anytime I wanted to jump out and get into something else. My parents are from farm country in Indiana. My mom was Miss 4-H and Miss Warren County… a gorgeous tomboy fire baton twirling homecoming queen of a small perfect town. One stop light, groceries from the IGA and neighbors that were your family and family were your neighbors. My dad was one town over yet still in the same school system. A hard hard worker, never slept in a day in his life because you had to work to live back then. An only child just doing what he could to make everyone proud. Working his summers away… and helping his father on the farm where they raised cattle. Student body president and as blue collar under a white collar that you could get. Both my parents were the first of both sides of the family to go to college… and move away from those small little towns in Indiana… that now have a couple more stop lights… a dairy queen, a gas station and a Wal-Mart.
 
My brothers and I would live in Atlanta thru the school year and spend summers on the farm. We would get up and help grandpa with the chores. They had all kinds of farm animals, a full on vegetable garden and crops that you could see for days. We rode horses and four wheelers, waded in the crick and jumped hay bales for fun. There was a TV but no one ever used it… we learned to drive on huge old tractors and old Chevy trucks. You never used the phone unless it was an emergency… if you wanted to talk to a neighbor (who was your aunt and uncle living next door on the other side of the farm or crops… you would ride the tractor, horse or jump in the truck. There was a tire swing in the yard, folding chairs in the yard and the days seemed to last forever!! You snapped peas in the rocking chair, fed all the leftovers to the pigs and played flashlight tag all night because it never truly got dark because the stars shined sooo bright.
 
We were in Atlanta the rest of the time. Suburbia’s finest, a great house… the “best” school system and the biggest yard in the neighborhood with a pool, basketball goal and the a green lot out front that you swore was put there for kickball and the greatest games or SPUD kids could get into. I had my very own car when I turned 16, the mall 5 mins away from my house and movie theaters, six flags, 18 and older dance clubs to list just a couple weeknight and weekend activities. Gourmet food on every corner, a mom who was over the top active with the PTA on top of having one of the most impressive jobs I will ever know anyone to have in this lifetime. It involves the medical world and computers. You have to be a computer geek, have crazy experience in medicine and just be over the top brilliant to jump on board with my mom and her crew. My dad wore suits all the time that I can remember while growing up coming and going from work. He traveled somewhere just about every week but never failed to be home with us on weekends for the two days solid no matter what. A man that has made his success story in sales and has amazed people with his honest and you get what you see “nonsales” approach. My parents built their dream home almost two years ago… and are exactly where they want to be when it comes to personal goals and growth. You would never know… ever they spent the first half of their lives doing the exact opposite of what they are doing now.
 
We really did have the best of both worlds and are lucky enough to continue with it. I don’t get to Indiana nearly as much as I should but when I do get there… I appreciate it that much more. I will forever be a city girl… I love traffic and interstates, I love tall buildings and parks surrounded by a bustling city. I love the opportunity here to be whatever you want and have anything and every recourse at your fingertips… but I still crave sitting around… snapping green beans, shucking corn and having 24 hours in a day feel like forever.  

October 9, 2008 Posted by | Just me | Leave a comment

Unconditional love = My friends

I find it hard to believe people don’t feel the love I do and don’t get to love the way I do on a regular basis day in and out. I have no idea what I did to deserve the constant variables in my life… but thank god I did it… because I wouldn’t be half the person I am today without my daily dose of my best friends. I have a handful of them …and they are amazing. 
 
These friends are the ones that fix it when I’m sad, jump in when I’m happy and want to rescue me and push me in the right direction when I need guidance. They have allowed me to share the biggest moments in their lives and will with no question be there with me until the end. They are the most amazing, unique, intelligent, beautiful, creative, inspiring people in the world… and they are mine.
 
If that doesn’t make you want to go out and be the best person you can for no better reason then to give back at least a tiny bit of what you get … then I don’t know what could.
 
 

October 9, 2008 Posted by | Just me | Leave a comment

Stupid people!

I just moved into my new place, just as in a month ago!! I haven’t written anything because I have not had internet at home. Let me tell you why…
 
Comcast and Bellsouth suck!!
 
I decide where I am moving and when I will move… next step, I call to have internet set up. I can live without a lot of things… but internet is not one of them. I am pretty much the easiest sell ever. I call you and you can get me to pay just about anything as long as you can have it hooked up and ready to go that week. Comcast could not do it. The earliest they could come out was 4 and 1/2 weeks later. I mean seriously?? Did every single person everywhere move the same time I did?? I have been with comcast for so long I naturally just tried them first. Next step, Bellsouth-At&t or whatever they call themselves this week. Same story there too.. they could not come out until the end of Nov. At the point of which I called that was a time frame of over 2 months!! Who does that?? Not to mention… hello I work for a living. I just took off work to move and now you are telling me I need to take off another entire day to sit around and wait for the internet guy to come plug in a cord *just mail the damn thing to me. Not to mention the insane waiting window they give you “okay ma’am we will be out anytime between 11am and 6pm” when in all actuality they will show up at 10:30am knock on your door once (if they knock at all) and have you coming home at 10:45am from your 2 and 1/2 hour workday to find a little note on the door that states something like “Sorry we missed you”.
 
If you dare even ask if they offer Saturday installation ( and yes you do have to ask because they would never just offer up this information) you are looking at Christmas time to be hooked up.
 
Let’s do the math… shall we? If you have people who on avg. work 9-5 Mon – Fri and you are a manager at said Comcast or Bellsouth/At&t don’t you think you would do your best to get more techs available weekday evenings and on Saturdays? What happened to giving the people what they want? What ever happened to hello… every time we tell a customer no we are losing money??? It’s hard to believe these companies just bite it like this and miss all those money opportunities.
 
What did I end up doing you ask??? Wireless baby… all wireless!! I went to Verizon and got myself a wireless card. I travel with work a ton. Now, I have wireless at home when I need it and it comes with me on trips… keeps me blogging in hotel rooms, busy in boring airports and has my attention in all my out of town meetings!! Why didn’t I do this before. I walked in to a store very close to my house… and walked out with a wireless card and a monthly plan that costs less then what I would have paid for my DSL.
 
It’s a new day!! A new day for me at least!!
 

September 23, 2008 Posted by | You live and you learn | 2 Comments

It feels good to be a rock!

I have good friends, okay friends, old friends and new friends, friends that I talk about work with and friends I talk about personal things with … and friends that get everything with no barriers. I was told by a great friend that I was their rock. It’s a truly amazing feeling to be someone that people can turn to, call when in need, cry to when upset and depend on no matter what.

I love those forever friends. You can go days or weeks without talking… or you can even get dinner once a month and you are still as close as you would be if you spent time together every single day. I love love love those friends. It feels good. I love knowing that I have put myself out there enough for people to really be let in. For people to really feel that they know me. It’s pretty cool when someone knows your favorite color, both your dogs names, your best friends (all the details of each) and what you feel like eating for dinner. Again, a compliment having people know you that well.

Maybe it’s a reflection of the friendship I give or the person that I have become and continue to turn into on a daily basis. Regardless, I can look around and really know who I am and where I am headed by the down right amazing people I am surrounded by that have had such a huge role in getting me to where I am and who I have grown to be!!

Yeah, it’s good to be a rock… it’s even better to say that you have one!!

August 18, 2008 Posted by | Just me | Leave a comment