Thoughts, out loud, that probably should of been left inside my head....

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Herbert Russell Schwencke

January 11, 1923 - December 26, 2007

Goodbye, Papa.
We love you and we'll miss you. We are all thankful that you are in a much better place now. The next few days will be spent celebrating your life. You will never be forgotten.
Goodbye, Papa.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

New Years Resolutions, Early for a Change

Two weeks before the new year and I've already made my list. This is a good sign, my friends, as I'm normally thinking of what I'm going to improve upon two weeks IN to the new year. A sign? Let's hope so.

There's a ton that I want to accomplish in 2008 - a year I am looking forward to, even though not one month into it I will turn another number on my age-odometer.

My personal goals are as follows:
  • Lose weight. 25lbs, in which 20 will be shed by the end of February (prior to the annual ski trip). I put this on every year. I know it. You know it. My brother and his girlfriend have lost a lot of weight and I'm jealous. Time to play catch up.
  • Give up Diet Coke. I'm an addict. Probably one of the worst. It is my coffee, my tea, my juice, nay, my warm cup of milk before bed. I have probably shed a few years of my life off already drinking the quantity that I do, however, my health demands that I get rid of it. I can't continue. I'll be sad to see my rewards points stop accumulating. I'd rather not share how many points I currently have as the number is a rather embarrassing figure.
  • Recreate utilizing Flash (see professional goals as well)
  • Create layout for Schwencke Album so that family members can print their own copy to distribute and share pictures. There are some fantastic family pictures out there that everyone has divided up. My goal is to scan and layout in a photo album so that we can all celebrate our great heritage. On to Forsythe family side after I complete this.
  • Less TV, more self-improvement. This may involve more time in front of the computer, but that time will be spent accomplishing my resolutions. I honestly watch waaaay too much television AND, though I hate to admit it, I'm a reality tv freak! I can't help it..... I try, I swear!
  • See to it that Jeff and I start living a healthy lifestyle. My whole family is making changes. We all need to get on the bandwagon, once and for all.
  • It's time to start paying it forward.
My professional goals:
  • Learn Flash in order to take our client presentations to the next level beyond PowerPoint.
  • Take more initiative. Though I've been pretty good in this area, it's time to take myself out of the comfort zone and into the unfamiliar.
  • Create an online portfolio of my work so far. This would just be good to have in general.
  • In conjunction with learning Flash, brush up on Dreamweaver (you can do this, Colleen, you've done it before. Stop letting this program intimidate you!).
  • Produce a publication/website for someone/company outside of work. It's time to stretch your horizons. Whether it be your home owners association, a friend or a random person, just get out there and get something else under your belt.
As you can see, my list is lengthy, but doable. I just need to stick to it. I've done it before, I can do it again and above all I need to maintain a "I CAN SUCCEED attitude". Life's too short to be overweight and unsuccessful! There's too much I want to do. Bring it, 2008.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Thank you bro!

Let me start out by saying that I have THE best brother ever. Hands down. No competition. As per his usual over generous nature (yes you are, J.R.) he sent us a housewarming present. And of course, it's awesome! You might not think as much, but I'm of the age that I truly appreciate this, especially having animals!

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Thank you, bro! I love you and miss you! Hope you had a great time in Jamaica!

Monday, December 03, 2007


Jeff and I are in our new's total chaos. After sporadically putting things here and there all weekend, we finally decided to finish out one room on Sunday night, post 9pm. ha! Since then, not much else has been done. Tonight, I did about lazy. Oh well, it will all annoy me sooner than later and I'll finish. However, this week is probably going to be busy at work, so I'm gonna take it easy at the house. I already did 11 hours today (sigh).

Sunday, as tradition (thought we are missing my bro), we went and got a Christmas tree from the Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm. Jeff and I picked a nice one, I'm proud at least. We've got the lights on it, but I can't find our ornament hooks anywhere. I'll get around to that sometime this week.

Sad news from the Forsythe farm....Pete aka "Stinky Pete" a beloved cat passed away from causes unknown. We estimated him to be about three years old, so his life was short lived, which makes it all the more sad.