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There was an article today on Yahoo about how your face can show signs of other bodily issues and I thought it was really interesting! Click below to take a look.

Reading Your Face

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It seems like only yesterday the New Year was turning 2000 and everyone thought our world was going to end because all the computers would crash. I remember spending that New Years Eve with my best friends at the time, Whitney and Christina; we were only freshman in high school. I cannot believe that night was 10 years ago! A whole decade ago! Where does the time go?

I truly believe that 2010 is going to be a year for changes, for all of us if we allow them. For example, Seth and I will get to move back to the states this year after spending a long 4 years in Japan. That’s going to be a huge change, reverse culture shock I am sure! Aside from a huge move, 2010 is also going to be the year I finally learn to love myself; my resolution is to learn who myself really is and in turn learn to love that person. I really feel like 2010 is going to be a great year if we embrace our changes; after-all change is a good thing.

I have to admit I’m not one to often watch Oprah yet alone read her magazine but a few months back as I was standing in the checkout line at the PX the huge words “Who Are You Meant to Be?” on the cover of the her O magazine really struck me. So I bought it and took the quiz inside “Who am I supposed to be?” To say the least I was a bit flabbergasted by how accurate the results were. I figured no better time to share this than with my New Years post about letting 2010 be the year for changes. Right below the photo is the quiz link to take it online and then my personal results. Take the quiz for yourself to learn what you’re striving to be; it will give you advice on positives and negatives based off of your personality results. Honestly this is some great stuff!

http://www.oprah.com/survey/omagazine/20091001-omag-meant-to-be-quiz

YOUR SCORES

Many people have two or three strong striving styles, and they can all be important in leading you to the person you are meant to be. If you have a few “highest” scores, read each matching description, and see what rings most true.

Striving to help: 13

Striving to be recognized: 13

Striving to be creative: 13

Striving to be spontaneous: 16

Striving to be knowledgeable: 15

Striving to be secure: 8

Striving to be in control: 11

YOU ARE STRIVING TO BE SPONTANEOUS

You are an adventurer: Action-oriented, curious, outgoing, and often technically gifted, you live for new experiences. You are drawn to risk-taking and aren’t afraid to fail. Generally restless, you tend to job-hop or choose a field that offers constant novelty. If you had to name your favorite place, it might be the center of attention—you’re a born entertainer, and can easily adapt to any audience. While you collect many acquaintances, you’re less likely to develop deep, committed relationships.

What to watch out for: When you can’t satisfy your thirst for variety and excitement, you may see yourself as trapped, which can lead to impulsive and self-destructive behavior—drinking, drugs, breaking off relationships, ditching financial responsibilities. Try to find value in some traditions; if you learn to appreciate repetitive experiences, you won’t always feel the urge to bust free. And when a new opportunity thrills you, keep in mind that just because it sounds exciting, that doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

Looking ahead: Life will have meaning for you as long as you feel stimulated. That might mean chasing twisters, exploring the polar ice caps, getting a degree in dance therapy, or becoming an astronaut. It might also mean reading new books, attending workshops, or letting yourself get swept up in an intoxicating romance. As a risk-lover with a lot of energy, you’re a natural entrepreneur. You’ll be happiest if you change jobs every so often and travel extensively. Movement is what keeps you going.


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So Proud!

My blog has officially made it over 1000 views and I only created it not even four months ago. Now shouldn’t all you stalkers be leaving me some comment love? I’m just teasing. Thanks for viewing, I hope you’re enjoying what you see and I hope you keep coming back for more. You could always subscribe (to the left) and receive email updates anytime I post.

I love you all!

Erin

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Thanksgiving 2009

I have been away from “home” for four Thanksgiving holidays now and it’s always the hardest holiday for me. Thanksgiving was the time, from what I recall, that all of the family got together to laugh and tell stories over the best food. Christmas was always a small intimate setting so it’s easy for me to adjust to Christmas being only Seth and I, but Thanksgiving can be a little difficult. This year we went to Seth’s new shop and had Thanksgiving with all of the EOD guys and their families. It was nice to meet all the families but I still miss my good old Indiana Thanksgiving. So, in attempt to bring a little taste of Indiana into our Okinawan Thanksgiving I tempted to make a sugar cream pie. I browsed the internet and found a couple recipes, one of them was actually called HOOSIER Sugar Cream Pie. I ended up with one soupy mess and two gelatin-like blobs that I forgot to add vanilla to. So, three pies in the trash later I made some changes to the recipes and came up with my own. It was no Wick’s, but did the trick for now. For those of you non-Indiana readers sugar cream pie is kind of hard to explain. I guess it is like an egg custard pie without the eggs. It’s kind of a mix between creme brulee and vanilla pudding, but it’s a different kind of texture than those. The recipe is below the pic.

By the way, Thanksgiving 2010 is going to be held at our house in Niceville, Florida. You're all invited!

Erin’s Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie
  • 1  and 1/3 cups white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, unsifted
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (9-inch) pie shell, baked
  • 1 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon if desired
  1. Preheat oven broiler to high.
  2. Mix sugar, flour and cornstarch in a medium pot. Add 4 tablespoons butter and half and half. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until it begins to boil and becomes thick and creamy. Turn off heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  3. Pour mixture into pie crust. Drizzle 1 tablespoon melted butter over top and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Put under broiler until butter bubbles and brown spots appear–about 10 minutes. Refrigerate.

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On November 14th our little weiner dog, Willy, turned one year old. He went from this…

To this…

This would be a good time to finally introduce my other babies, Doobie and Kazi.

Doobie Boi sleeping on the fridge. He never ceases to amuse me!

Being the "King of the World" from atop our bedroom door.

He was my first pet after moving to Japan so we are pretty inseperable and I have Doobie withdrawals if I’m away from home to long. Yea, he’s what Smeagol would call “My Preciousss”.

Doobie and I after moving into our new Japanese home back in 2007.

Kazi (Kamikaze), 8 months old, playing with Willy, 3 months old.

Kazi keeping Willy warm after a bath. He loves his little brother, maybe even believes himself to be part dog.

He may be part dog after all, he licks more than a typical dog does; even weighs 0.4lbs more than our dog does, coming in at 15.4lbs!

That's almost 15 and half pounds of puddy tat! He always lays in the middle of the floor on his back and when you reach down to pet him he'll grab your hand with his paws and lick you to death.

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I have a few things I’d like to share that I just downloaded from my cell phone and they don’t really go together so I apologize for the randomness.

The cutest ice cream sundae ever, from a Japanese Baskin Robins. The Japanese know how to do things the kawaii way. . .

Japan Baskin Robins Halloween Ice Cream Sundae

From this summer’s total solar eclipse . . .Solar Eclipse 2009 from Okinawa, Japan

Apparently, when Seth goes to sleep his neck breaks… he’s going to kill me for posting this!

Soundly Sleeping with a Broken Neck

Some more embarrassing stuff for the hubby… some audio clips I recorded one of the nights we had some guys over to hang out. Even though it’s crappy quality you can tell they’re pretty good for practically pulling this stuff out of thin air using only a single bongo drum and two guitars.

 

Now that I’ve probably officially embarrassed Seth into hating me he should forgive me since tomorrow is our 4 year anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Babe!

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