Corazon de Swiss

May 29, 2007

Birthday recap

Filed under: Cheesepuff,Love & Relationships,Ringwatch 2007,The Fam — by corazondeswiss @ 6:48 pm

Thanks for the wonderful birthday wishes everyone!  I had a great birthday and weekend.  I had to get ready early and head out to pick up my nephew for my mom who was stuck at work, so I got a little time in with my boy on my way to work.  He’s so happy when he first wakes up!  One of my co-workers brought me a cookie cake, and a card with a scratch off lotto ticket.  Thursday evening I went to “The Ranch” and had drinks with some of the girls that I work with.  My mom joined us and we had dinner before heading home. When I got home, I opened the cards/package that had arrived prior to my birthday.  (I told you I was weird about it.)  In my case it was a good thing since my mom had not bought me any presents because she figured she had until Sunday when the family dinner occurred. 
Friday I worked a shorter day and CP arrived that afternoon.  We had dinner with my family and watched some movies at home. On Saturday we spent the morning at home helping out some (my mom had her monthly girlfriend dinner that evening at our house) and my nephew had stayed the night.  CP and I left in early afternoon to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie at the newly built theater on the beach followed by dinner at Bonefish Grill where I indulged in a couple of very tasty Hpnotiq martinis.  We came home and took a dip in the hot tub.  Sunday, we skipped out on church and went to the Titanic artifact exhibit.  If it comes to your town, you should go see it-  when you go in, they give you a ticket with information on a real passenger.  At the end of the exhibit you find out if your passenger lived or died.  My passenger and CP’s both lived. 
Sunday evening was my family birthday dinner. We went to the family owned restaurant where I worked in high school.  Headed home for birthday cookie (which I escaped with NO icing on my nose, thank goodness!) and I opened my presents- My brother, sis-in-law and nephew gave me a gift card to Books A Million, my sister gave me a decorated photo frame with pix of our Gator game last fall, my parents gave me a new Vera Bradley bag, a blown glass heart necklace with matching earrings and 2 new pairs of Rainbow flipflops (black and brown), CP gave me a gift card to NineWest (new shoes here I come!), electronic Sudoku, a mini speaker for my iPod, and Gator serving pitcher (I’m now started on my collection!)  And NO ring.
Yesterday we went to the beach. And applied sunscreen badly.  But I also used the time to talk to CP about where we’re going.  And it appears wherever we may be going, it will be sometime in the next year (!!!!).  I’ll believe it when I see it. 

So, there you have it boys and girls, the birthday recap- lots of shoes, handbags, jewelry, 2 cookie cakes and 1 happy 20-something girl. 

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May 23, 2007

Wacky Wednesday- Birthday edition

Filed under: Wacky Wednesday — by corazondeswiss @ 9:07 pm

Its not my birthday yet, but it will be tomorrow! 
I just looked through my site- 3 weeks since the last Wacky Wednesday!  How did that even happen? For anyone who is new, on Wednesdays (not every Wednesday) I look up the search terms people use to end up on my little blog.  I got the idea from one of my favorite bloggers and most regular commenter, Alyndabear. (Hi Aly!!) This version may be a little different than usual because I couldn’t get Google to work, so I used Yahoo! Search instead.  Anyway, on with the wackiness!
1. “I’m moving on” – is the title of a category here on Corazon de Swiss.  It’s entries dedicated to the period of time when I was preparing to move home. 
2. How to keep your cat from licking stitches and licking stitches cats– I had my cats declawed when we moved in with my parents to keep them from destroying their new leather furniture.  Instead, they are just marking the house with pee.  Which is a another entry in and of itself.  (Note to self: Have not blogged about this recently. Save for slow blogging day).  I asked people not send hate mail.  The boys have recovered nicely despite their propensity for licking the stitches post surgery.  I didn’t not find a deterrent, btw. 
3. What happens when a toenail does not grow– Fortunately after the toenail-splitting incident, my toenail is indeed growing.  So I don’t know what happens when it doesn’t grow. 
4. Too nearsighted – I am nearsighted, but I can still see to read without my glasses or contacts.  Someday I want to be brave like Aly and get laser surgery, but I’m still a little freaky about it. 
5. Frick and Frack – posts about the above mentioned cats.  They have their own category and in real life, better names than Frick and Frack.  🙂 It’s just a pseudonym I use here to protect the innocent.  And keep people I know in real life from finding me.  For now. 
6. How to pronounce Brie– Its the first syllable of my real first name and that’s all you are getting for now.  BTW, its pronounced Bree. 
7. Go Gators Anniversary– Ummm, I’m a Gator fan? My anniversary was last month?  Seriously, no idea. 
8. How to survive a triple dorm– That I know the answer to- hope that your other 2 roommates are not friends from high school who tend to leave you out.  And become total witches when Housing calls about you moving and you want to take your time deciding where to move into. 
9. Parrafin wax bath blog– I’m not even sure I’ve mentioned parrafin on this blog.  However, I am a fan- it makes your hands so smooth and soft. 

May 21, 2007

Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink.

Filed under: Ringwatch 2007 — by corazondeswiss @ 8:56 pm

I’m getting a bit melancholy because my birthday is rapidly approaching. I am hoping that this one will be better than last year.  Last year I cried.  Twice.  Once because I hated the birthday gift my grandmother sent me.  Once because I was sad about the fact that I spent the evening out with a couple of people I didn’t know (and one I did and is one of my favorite people).  And because it was just another reminder of what I didn’t have.  It also didn’t help that my best friend had her first baby 2 days before my birthday and my brother was expecting his first baby only 3 months later.  That sort of compounded it all for me. 
I’m also a bit melancholy from attending the employee picnic at the waterpark.  All the young happy families playing in the kiddie area, the couples walking by holding hands. And I was alone.  Which is one of the reasons I sometimes stay home from these events.  Its hard. 
I guess my birthday’s impending arrival brings it all back for me- the timeline I had figured out for myself. I certainly thought that CP and I would be married by now.  And enjoying our newlywed status for a couple of years before we started a family.  But every day, week, month, year changes that.  I know, I know a timeline is a stupid idea.  Obviously I am a shining example of how that totally doesn’t work.  And it seems that around this time, I get blaring reminders of what others have, and I so desperately want. 
Which makes me very very very very very close to providing CP with an ultimatum, which I really don’t want to do.  But I think I am beginning to run out of patience. 

May 20, 2007

Eight Days a Week

Filed under: It's All About Me — by corazondeswiss @ 8:43 pm

Peeps, I’m sorry I haven’t updated all week!  Not too much to report.  I’m looking forward to my birthday next Thursday!  CP will be here Friday!! I went to the local waterpark today for the hospital employee picnic and discovered two things- 1. its disconcerting to find out how many of those bratty kids are the kids of your co-workers. 2. I saw a whole lot MORE of my coworkers than I wanted to see. 

Saw this on Frema’s blog – so here we go…
Eight Random Facts about Swiss

1. Since my birthday is coming up, I’ll let you in on this one: If a package arrives before my birthday (or Christmas) I’ll save it for the actual day.  (My BFF sent one that arrived yesterday.)  But I’m not opening it until my birthday on Thursday.  I told you on my 100 Things- anticipation is the best part of a holiday.  My family now knows if you want me to open the present before the actual date you have to write that on the package. 
2. Mint chocolate chip ice cream is my favorite, but it has to be green. 
3. I will not eat anything raspberry or raspberry flavored. 
4. Or banana flavored.
5. I wait to call the hairdresser until my hair is way past too long.  And then I beg her to get me in.
6. I sleep on the side of the bed that is closest to the bathroom. No matter which side it is.
7. I’m learning to machine sew this summer and quilt.
8. CP is dying for me to learn golf.  I’m not so sure!

So tell me Eight Random Facts About You…

May 12, 2007

Mothers…

Filed under: The Fam — by corazondeswiss @ 9:19 pm

I spent the better part of the day with mine today.  We went to the quilt shop where I signed up for Sewing 101 and Quilting 101 (my mom and my aunt are going to take that one too, even though they are both already quilting). Running general errands. 
Then I went back out and got my mom a gift certificate to the quilt shop and the movie “Because I said so”  (So cute.  Love Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore).  Also had to get printer cartridges because my brother called so I would help him with printing and cutting out a picture for the locket he bought my sister in law.  Except it had 4 pictures and 2 were REALLY small.  And then the photo printer was not installed on the computer so I had to go about doing it the long way.  However, I did find and awesome to get the pix small enough and finally! got them all in there.  After which the punk asked me to wrap the present.  And he’ll get all the damn glory for it too. 
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

May 7, 2007

100 Things About Me

Filed under: It's All About Me — by corazondeswiss @ 9:02 pm

1. Swiss is a nickname given to me by a friend who doesn’t like brie cheese.  That’s the nickname my other friends call me because Brie is the first syllable of my name.
2. If I had been a boy, my name would have been Troy Alan.  I’m glad I wasn’t a boy. 
3.  My mother chose our names by imagining them being announced at our graduations.  Since she told me that, I’ve heard lots of names at graduations that no one imagined being called.
4. My father wanted to name me Jennifer originally.  Instead I was named Brie after an actress on TV. I’m glad glad Jennifer was taken off the table, most of the Jennifers I know have been annoying. 
5. I have the same middle name as my mother.
6. I have spent my entire life attempting to teach people how to pronounce my name.  I have cousins who were there when I was born who still don’t pronounce my name correctly.
7. I put up with being called the wrong name until I was a junior in high school.  Then I corrected all my friends, my teachers and earned the nickname “I.B. Brie” for the name change at our I.B. graduation senior year.
8. In high school and college all of my friends shortened my name to “Brie” in order to avoid that treachous, difficult to pronounce syllable. 
9. No one in my family calls me by my nickname.  I answer to it- my best friends use it, my boyfriend uses it.  Sometimes it takes me a little longer because I don’t think of myself that way. 
10. I was born May 24, 1979, 18 days after one of my cousins.
11. I was born a member of the 5th generation of my family to live in Florida.
12. One of my ancestors voted in the first state elections when Florida became a state.
13. In 1988 and 2001 two of my cousins were also born on May 24. 
14. My brother “Ramrod” was born when I was 3 years old.  I was very excited.  The excitement wore off before he was a year old. 
15. I love him, but he can be the most exasperating person at times.
16. My sister was born when I was 8 years old and is named after our maternal grandmother (who died in a car accident when our mother was a little girl).
17. Because of our age difference, my sister and I haven’t always been close, but as we are getting older, we are getting closer.
18. Since I was a sophomore in high school I have known what I wanted to be when I grew up- an occupational therapist.
19. When I took a job in south Florida, I moved into an apartment complex approximately 2 miles from the house we lived in 20 years before.
20. I have lived in Florida my entire life, with the exception of the 2 years I was in graduate school in Alabama.
21. I am left handed. So left handed that my mother calls me “right hand retarded”
22. According to family lore, there was never any question about my handedness. I was left handed practically from birth.
23. I lived rent-free for my entire graduate school career. I lived with my mother’s parents during my coursework and in my father’s parents home when I was an intern. (A couple of my classmates were my roommates during that time.) This is considered by some to be a greater accomplishment than my master’s degree. 
24. I am messy. Messy in a way that would best be described as “slob”
25. Even though I am messy, I am a compulsive organizer. 
26. I inherited “project ADD from my mother. I start one project, which leads to another before I have finished the first.
27. I hate to clean. HATE it!!!
28. One would think that since I hate to clean, I would attempt to keep my room reasonably clean so that I would have to do as little of it as possible.  I don’t.
29. It is my dream to someday pay someone else to clean my home.
30. I really enjoy cooking. When I lived alone, I found it very hard to cook for just one person.  Every recipe in my family feeds about 10 people.  With leftovers.
31. Even though I enjoy cooking, I have argued with my boyfriend our entire relationship about who will do the cooking when we get married.  I firmly believe that as long as we are both maintaining full-time jobs that we should share the cooking duties.  I will probably have to argue this for a very long time. 
32. I think he is a better cook than I am.
33. Early on in our relationship, I agreed to do all the ironing in order to avoid mowing the lawn.
34. But if he wanted to hire a lawn service, I would be okay with it.  And I would probably still do all the ironing.
35. I also don’t want to do all the laundry by myself. I’m not a big fan of laundry, but I seem to do a lot of it.  I can’t figure it out.
36. I love baskets.  I have them all over. I keep my make up in one, mail and miscellaneous in one, lotion/nail stuff in one, books/magazines in one, hair stuff in one, cat toys in one, charger cords in one…
37. I am a weird hybrid of my parents- my dad is a hoarder and my mom is a purger. I hoard and then purge on a regular basis.
38. I was 7 years old when I was baptized and I remember my baptism.  This is unusual in the Lutheran Church. Most people are baptized as babies.
39. My siblings were baptized at the same time.
40. Even though I was born in south Florida, I consider the town I live in North Florida to be my hometown. I went to  school- 4th-12th grades there. 
41. Sometimes people think the name of my hometown means I am from Panama. 
42. I don’t know why- I have a little bit of a Southern accent.  It gets more pronouncesd when I spend time around other people who have a Southern accent.
43. I was in band in high school.  All four years.  I was the Librarian my senior year and a bus captain.
44. I was also in the International Baccalaureate program.  I did not get the I.B. diploma.
45. In other words, I am a BIG HUGE NERD. (Don’t tell CP I confessed to that.)
46. I did however get several college credits and had 19 hours of coursework when I started at the University of Florida.
47. My dad tried to convince me to stay home and go to community college. He tried to tell me I would be homesick.  I cried because I wanted to go away to school so badly.
48. My mom told him I was going even if she had to sell her kidney to pay for it. 
49. She didn’t sell her kidney.  I got multiple scholarships that helped pay for tuition and books. 
50. To this day, I am baffled by my dad’s contention that I would be too homesick. I went without my parents to Washington, D.C. (4th grade), Orlando (5th grade), Space Camp (6th Grade), and Europe (11th grade) on school trips.
51. I did get homesick when I was first away at school, but I got over it.
52. I was accepted to FAMU and offered a full scholarship.  I didn’t apply to FAMU.
53. I joined Campus Ministry on my first Sunday in Gainesville. I met my closest friends there. We all sign the guest book that day.  I wish I had thought to make a copy of that page.
54. Two years later, the guy who would become my boygriend 4 years after that joined the same campus ministry.
55. I had the time of my life in college.
56. I’d go back to college in a heartbeat, but only if my most favorite people were also going to be there.
57. I lived in the dorm for one year. Because my dad promised I would only have to live there for one year when he saw my temporary triple dorm room.
58. I had a meal plan my first year.  I hated it. I changed it over to debit.  It took me all four years to use us all the money in the account. 
59. I lived in a different apartment every year after freshmen year.
60. I had 2 different roommates.  The first one was way better than the second.  I went to high school with both of them. 
61. Because of my long miserable experience with my second roommate I now give the advice to soon-to-be college students “Don’t live with anyone from high school.”
62. I was talking with my BF from college recently, and we decided we should have lived together- we’d have been excellent roommates.  And now it will never happen ’cause she’s married and has a baby.  Another one the way.  And I’m getting married!
63.  I lived with my grandparents in grad school.  They were the best roommates ever.  The kind who cooked and did laundry. Excellent.
64. I started wearing glasses in 5th grade.  I diagnosed my own bad vision, but it was confirmed during my gifted testing. 
65. When I was 15 my left eye had corrected to normal, but my right eye was still nearsighted so I wore only one contact lens.
66. When I was 20 my left eye began to require correction and now I wear 2 contacts.  Or glasses if my eyes are tired and I’ve been on the computer for a while. 
67. My left eye hasn’t caught up to my right eye.  And both have an astigmatism.
68. I love to read.  When I first needed glasses the eye doctor said it was probably because I my voracious reading habits. 
69. I am a fast reader.  I have been known to read a book in an afternoon if I find it particularly interesting.
70. Or stay up until 3 AM to finish one.
71. I cross-stitch, but my mom (who also cross stitches) was unable to teach me to do it.  I taught myself.
72. My mom also could not teach me to tie my shoes.  The next door neighbor did.
73. My other artistic pursuits include scrapbooking, photography, painting (badly) and sewing.
74. I took dance lessons from the time I was 4 until I was 18.  I started with ballet, added jazz and tap (which I later dropped) and progressed to ballet en pointe.  I miss it.
75. I still love to dance and I really want to learn ballroom.
76. I became an aunt in August of 2006.  I love love love love my nephew.
77. Speaking of aunts and uncles, I have 11.  (not including their spouses)
78. I have 19 20 first cousins.  (not including their spouses) And one of my uncles doesn’t have kids yet had his first baby in January.  He’s only 6 years older than me. 
79. My oldest cousin is 44.  The youngest will be 6 on our next birthday was born January 31, the day after my sister’s birthday.  We were sure he would arrive on her birthday.  No such luck. 
80. I loved growing up in a big family.  I think you miss out when you don’t get walked in on in the bathroom.
81. Or picked on for no reason other than you exist.
82. I grew up with pets.  We only didn’t have a pet for the 3 years my parents were renting while we were moving/building our house. 
83. My parents got a poodle when they were married and he died when I was 8.
84. We got a Sheltie when we moved in our house. (She died a few years ago, just before I got Frick and Frack)
85. Several cats (Patches, Ryanne, Alex, Macy (RIP Girls!)) and the AlleyCat.
86. Flabulous (Lab mix) we got when my brother was 12. She was supposed to be his dog.  He doesn’t live at home anymore, but she does. 
87. Shell-pea the standard poodle my mom waited a year to get after the Sheltie died. (And my dad didn’t talk to or about for 3 days when he came home after my mom got here.  He didn’t want another dog.  Too bad for him.)
88.  The Doohead (ShihTzu) my sister was given as a Christmas gift in 2005. Even after everyone tried to talk her out of a dog since she was going away to college this fall.  To be fair, the Doohead is supercute.
89.  My boys- Frick and Frack.  The (two!!) cats I adopted from a client of my mom when I got my first adult job, adult apartment so I wouldn’t have to be alone.  They compete with CP for the Alpha role in our lives.  What none of them will admit is that I am the Alpha person.
90. CP is not a cat person, but I love him anyway. And he says he likes the cats.  And he even said he won’t make me get rid of them.  (Like that was an option)
91. My last roommate in college had a bearded dragon for several months.  I don’t care what you say, a reptile is not a pet. I have never seen one give affection or interact the way a cat or dog does. I want no part of a reptile in my house.  I’m also not planning to have rodents or birds.  Cats or dogs only.
92. I love shoes.  Especially flip-flops and sandals.  CP can’t understand why I have so many.  He once asked me why I needed 5 (or 6 or however many it happens to be) pair of black shoes. He was sorry he asked me when I explained it to him.
93. He also thinks I am anti-sneaker.  This is not true. It just so happens that I currently own 3 pairs. Two for work and one for working out. 
94. But if I could, I’d live in jeans, t-shirts and flip-flops.
95. Scrubs (my work uniform) aren’t too bad. Almost like going to work in your pajamas.
96. I confess, I am terrible about having my hair cut and colored.  I let it grow until it begins to drive me crazy and then call my hairdresser to beg her for an appointment.
97. Is the year I graduated from high school.  GO RAMS!
98. Speaking of high school, my reunion (10 years!!) was in September 2007.  There’s some pictures around here some where.
99. For me, anticipation is the best part of gift giving and receiving.  I love the preparation for holidays and all the family time. 
100. I bleed Orange and Blue for my alma mater, the University of Florida.  It’s GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR!!

Phew! I’m finally done.  Although now that I am, I can think of a few more things to put on here.  Guess I’ll have to update periodically. 

Vented

Filed under: Cheesepuff,Ringwatch 2007 — by corazondeswiss @ 6:22 pm

Its time for my irregularly scheduled breakdown and and frustration to do with CP, our relationship and its usual state. 
What brings it on…my rapidly approaching birthday (I’m going to be 28!)…just had our 4th anniversary…2 (count them 2!!) couples we know who are younger than we are, and haven’t been together any longer than we have just gotten engaged… 
I should be happy for them. I am happy for them, but I am also jealous. Not envious, jealous, green eyed monster jealous.  So jealous I can hardly see straight. Because I want to be them. I want be having engagement parties and bridal showers and planning our wedding. And our life. 
But I’m not.  I’m here.  CP’s girlfriend of 4 years. Waiting for my life to move to the next stage.  Still.  And so frustrated I can’t even express it. 

May 2, 2007

Wacky Wednesday

Filed under: Wacky Wednesday — by corazondeswiss @ 9:11 pm

Here we are back to Wacky Wednesday and I owe everyone for a couple of weeks without Wacky Wednesday.  Let the Wackiness begin!!

1. Tradition of smearing name on birthday cake– I talked about this during the Weekend Update when we used the tradition my friend M taught us years ago on my birthday weekend.  In her family, the birthday person was required to smear their name icing, put it on their nose, and wear it while eating their piece of cake.  Silently.  And everyone else talks about the birthday person.  Fun, no?
2. Proverb its my anniversary 2day– Actually my anniversary was about a month ago.  And I didn’t get my engagement ring.  Instead I recently received an all expenses paid trip to Jacksonville, complete with a stay at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront.  Sweet. I’d have settled for the engagement ring.
3. culinary school in swissland– I have nothing on this one.  I’ve never been to culinary school.  Haven’t even thought about it.
4. Physician paycheck bounced– I know how you feel- my paycheck bounced twice too.  You can read about it here and here.  I found a new job and moved. 
5. Cooking school in swissland– I cook, but only a very little bit, and even less so now that I moved home.  Sorry I can’t help you out.
6. How to keep cat from licking stitches– I don’t know how to do it. I tried peroxide and rubbing alcohol to no avail.  Hope you have better luck than I did.  Let me know if you find something that works!
7. Basketball in swissland– Here’s what I know about bball: The Florida Gators are the National Champs in Men’s Basketball 2006 & 2007.  And they won me $180 in CP’s office pool last year and $50 this year.  Go Gators!  (See how picking the team you like works way better than those spreadsheets those engineering boys used?)
8. Frick and Frack– is what I call my cats on this blog.  Their nome de plume, if you will.  Helps keep me anonymous (as anonymous as an interweb blogger can be). 
9. Employer bounced paycheck– See #4.  Dudes, you’ve got my sympathies.

That’s all the wackiness for this week!
P.S. Am working on 100 things…hope to debut soon.  Stupid word formatting did not work in wordpress.  Must retype.  Makes me mad.  Boo hiss!

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