New Years Goals… and all that nonsense…

Hahaha yeah I know it is New Years, and this is the time of year that everyone has goals, goals and more goals.

loose weight, eat better, save money… blah blah blah blah. We have all been there, and well this year boys and girls I am making my goals, fun!

It is also a time to sit back and reflect on what an amazing year you had, and I had one.  I spent the night in three new states Mississippi, Alabama & Iowa.

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I went to San Diego Comic Con & got up close and got up close and  personal with Travis Fimmel,

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was in the crowd that Joe Manganiello teased he was going to strip down…

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I swam in the Belize Barrier Reef,

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zip lined through the Honduran jungle,

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negotiated (in SPANISH!) in the Mexican markets,

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oh and did I mention I kissed a Sting Ray?

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and drum roll please….I FINALLY got my passport stamped & booked my first trip to a foreign country that I am taking by myself.

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As I sit back and reflect, 2013 was perfect 

Well in 2014, I am all about fun or at least my idea of fun, and not a single one of them involves my damn cubicle

Jen’s Fun Goals (not resolutions!!!) for 2014.

Read 150 books this year– I love to read, but even this is a tough goal for me, we will see! Tomorrow I will post the VERY LARGE list of the books I am possibly considering.  Tell me your must reads! I am always happy to hear about a good book!

Watch every movie on the AFI’s 100 Greatest Movies List

Make it to 5 NEW states– This is getting harder for me, so wish me luck!

Make it to 10 different comic cons– I have been working on this plan for a year now! So again wish me luck!

Learn how to use my damn sewing machine!

Learn to Dance Samba.  As I am planning on going to Brazil soon… I feel this is a must.

I want to do a lot of fun DIY projects. I will share what I do with you of course!

All in all I have big plans this year, and I can’t wait to see what unexpected adventures pop up!

Most importantly I plan on living by my favorite quote of all time…

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What are your goals for this year?

Happy New Year’s Everyone, may it be filled with all your hopes and dreams!

 

I kissed a stingray

We are swimming with the sting rays” my mother tells me.

Umm what? like the things that killed the crocodile hunter?”

Yep” she tells me.

umm yay….”

Mind you she didn’t tell me this until we were in Honduras, before this moment I was led to believe we were going on a beach break.

In a word I was terrified.

Terrified.

I like to believe that I am up for anything, but the truth is swimming with animals that have killed one of the most fearless men in the world made me nervous.

But I grinned, and told myself it would be ok.

We get to the location, Everyone Loves Rays in Cozumel and are briefed on what to expect.

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We would get 30 minutes to swim with the rays and 30 minutes to snorkel with the rays.

We learn the main purpose of the facility is educate the public about the rays, and explain why they are quickly becoming endangered. Hint Humans are to blame.

The breed and release the rays into the wild with the hopes of increasing their population, with the hope they will survive.

They are not technically endangered per se, but their situation has been considered problematic by most conservationist.

It was time to get in the water…

ummm…. ok.

I get in the water, and I wish I had the video (that I did not know they were filming, because I kept jumping, every time one came to me)

I was freaked out.

They asked if we wanted to feed them. I quickly said no.

actually it was more of a hell no.

I swim out a little deeper to learn about their ecology.

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We finally can touch them. I touch and quickly pull away.

It was this moment one that as ray that I swear was 10 feet across brushed against me and I freak out.

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Who wants to hold one?” the guides asks us.

everyone in my family is excited to do this, I am quickly shaking my head no.

I was literally minutes away from a panic attack.

Then my 80 year old self kicks in… Jennifer do this or you will regret it.

Ugh sometimes my 80 year old self really pisses me off.

I get in line.

When it is my turn, I am close to panicking…

Animals smell fear, because the minute I hold the little bugger he starts squirming and thrashing about and I scream and drop him and he swims away.

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everyone is laughing at me at this point.

Finally I start to get more comfortable with the majestic animals.

Who wants to kiss a sting ray?.”

Surprisingly I am the only person who says Yes.

So I kissed a sting ray… and I liked it!

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Book Review Sunday

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Anita Anita Anita

I just don’t know what to do with you. I wish I was one of your friends so I can smack some sense into you and please stop making out with everyone.  well I guess at the end you decided to stop making out with everyone

This book was sexually charged for sure, but not nearly as much as the last one, which I was happy with.

I am concerned about where the series is going because the last chapter made it sound like she is giving up the police work and what have you, which is honestly my favorite thing about the series.

The triangle is still present and man I just wish she would choose ONE and stand by her choice. I really do.

As far as the plot? Man, there was so much going on in this book I am pretty sure the only one that could keep up is one on a bad LSD trip, but in typical Hamilton fashion it all resolved nicely by the next to last chapter.

and oh, I am serious have you noticed that when girls play with vampires, they always end up in big trouble? If vamps are real, I suspect I am steering clear thanks to all the vampire novels I have read.

Well on to the next, because I am really curious where this vampire ride is taking me, because boy oh boy Anita is turning into a hot mess….

Moho Chocolate

In Belize, one of the things I was looking forward to was visiting a chocolate factory. I love sweets, and I often joke I would be easily 30 pounds thinner if I would stop eating sugar.

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My brother and I left my parents to travel over to Moho Chocolate to check out what kind of chocolate we can purchase. You can also take a seat at their bar and order drinks! Drinks & Chocolate = Heaven

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We walked up to the store and noticed the smell instantly. It was glorious.

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We found out there was a chocolate tour for a mere $2 so we waiting for my parents and went on the quick tour. It only takes 15 minutes and you get to sample all of their available chocolate.

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After the tour I went through all their souvenirs, and really considered buying the chocolate wine, but didn’t.

The chocolate tour was interesting, we learned about the process.  The Cacao is purchased locally along the coast line and transported to the store where is all processed locally.

You can even make your own chocolate bars! Looking back I wish I would have done this, oh well maybe next time 😉

 

It is all fair trade, the buy everything local to support local farmers. I am a big fan of any company that utilized their countries resources vs outsourcing.

Overall the chocolate store was everything I expected it to be, and if you ever see Moho Chocolate in the store do yourself a favor and buy a bar. It is yummy.

And, if you are ever in Belize City, please make your own chocolate bars, and let me know how amazing it is!

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Just escape the cubicle already

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