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January, 2008

  1. I have lost my fangs.

    January 30, 2008 by Danielle

        Well, kids, it looks like Danielle is slowly getting launched into the adult world…. I successfully got my own car insurance (thanks to Michael for all his help!!), completed (well almost) my first bank loan on my own, and this Saturday I will have, for the first time, a car in my own name. Not to mention the brand new, enormous debt that comes with all this adult real-worldness…..

        Is it weird that I feel a sense of security from having said debt? I’m not sure if it’s simply because (as I mentioned before) I am now in the adult world and this is a confirmation of it? Or because it’s yet another ritual to add to my monthly schedule, something that adds a little structure to my life? Or is it that it’s yet another reason to look toward the future, another goal to work towards, something to focus on? I think it’s more this last reason… I like having focal points way ahead of me, and this is a big one… along with starting at St. Joe’s (short term), graduation (long-term), stuff like that.

        So, I think it’s safe to say that I am so totally in love with that feeling of immense relief – the "Whew, thank God that’s over!" along with that sense of pride – that I see even typically "negative" things (such as debt, or cramming my schedule with classes & working fulltime) as just another opportunity to reach that great sensation.. it’s probably one of the best feelings ever, the stuff some of our best memories are made of. There’s no way to reach it without the tough stuff. So bring it on: the boring, the expensive, the time-consuming and the uncomfortable.. not because I am some kind of crazed masochist but because I love to question, control & conquer…. and then, finally, just breathe.

        I mean, when you think about it, what else is life about? We need to make something of ourselves- then not only reap the benefits, but bask in the fact that we earned that right.

  2. P.S., a day late..

    January 28, 2008 by Danielle

        I forgot to write a few things about the weekend yesterday, and I feel like it’s blog-cheating if I go back the next day & add things to an "update" like that.. so I will tell you today:

        Mike & I watched 2 great movies on Saturday/Sunday: "One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest" & "Atonement."

        I made amazing [semi-homemade] Sangria Friday night… it’s easy. Get a box of Almaden White (or Red) Sangria.. like $12- $14. Throw some of it in a big pitcher with cut up lemons, limes, oranges, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, apple, whatever you like. Let it chill in the fridge atleast 2 hours… voila, goes down like fruit juice! (Just ask my mother…..)

        Mike & my dad have collaborated efforts to get me "into" Warcraft… and I hate it. Mike got me a 10-day trial & my dad tries to help me (I am on his server)… but I get so frustrated! It’s just what I thought – a slow-moving character wandering through a huge, pointless land with no direction or initiatives. I’m like "uh what next?" I couldn’t figure out how to kill a wolf, and when I finally DID I died right after he did…. from wolf inflicted wounds. I don’t need this kind of stress in my life right now, but thanks boys.. really.