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Finish This… #25: 25 cents, 25 dollars, 25 minutes, 25 miles, 25 years…and a $25 gift card giveaway!

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It’s Week 25 of the Finish This… Link-Up, and as a thank you for participating over the last six months, the each co-host — (Nicole (Three 31), Jen (The Arizona Russums), and Becky (The Java Mama) — is giving away a $25 gift card! To be eligible to win a gift card, you must participate in Week 25 by answering the prompts in a post on your blog and adding it to the official collection list using the link below. Four (4) winners will be selected using a random number generator. Giveaway ends June 30.

Click here to add your post and read other bloggers’ Finish This… posts.

Okay, here goes Week 25!

1. I have a quarter to use a pay phone. I call…
A pay phone? What’s that? I’d probably call our consultant’s project manager on our Salesforce project because I call her about 97 million times a day.

2. I found $25 in my pocket, I buy…
…a Lilly Pulitzer item from eBay. Of course.

3. I have 25 minutes to watch anything on TV, I turn on…
…depends on the season. Vampire Diaries. The Walking Dead. So You Think You Can Dance. Big Brother. A movie. That’s about it.

4. A meal I can prepare, from start to finish. in 25 minutes or less is…
…this (Is this a meal?): Spread one package of cream cheese over the bottom of a medium-sized microwaveable casserole dish. Top that with one can of Hormel chili (no beans), and top that with one package of shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Pop it in the microwave for seven minutes, and serve it up with some tortilla chips and beer, and voila! Taco dip! My mom used to make this for us when she was rushing out the door for bowling and leaving us with a babysitter. 🙂

5. At the age of 25, I wish I had known…
…that gluten gives me the worst headaches on the planet. I wasn’t sick. I wasn’t dying. I just needed to give up bagels!

6. If I drove 25 miles south from my house, I’d be in…
…North Carolina.

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Want to join us next week? See below for the writing prompts. =)

Prompts for WEEK 26 (July 2)
1.It’s never too late …
2. I compare myself to others …
3. My personality is …
4. I can …
5. I embrace change …

Finish This… #23: Compliments, red lips, investments, and memories.

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It’s been another four weeks, so I thought I’d try to jump back on the Finish This… bandwagon. In case anyone even stops in here to see if I posted anything anymore, thank you to Nicole (Three 31), Jen (The Arizona Russums), and Becky (The Java Mama) for continuing to pretend I’m a contributing host of this endeavor. I’m pretty flaky at it, but…I’m trying. 🙂

Well, you know the drill. If you’re a blogger, join in! Click here to add your post and read other bloggers’ Finish This… posts.

Okay, here goes Week 23.

1. The best compliment I ever received …
…was the day one of the smartest people I’ve ever met told me he though I was one of the smartest people he’d ever met. That was pretty amazing, actually.

2. Wearing red lipstick makes me feel …
…SO super blonde. I could never pull off red lipstick until I was this blonde.

3. The best investment I’ve made …
…is probably the time I’ve invested in my career over the last eight months. And possibly all the money I transfer into retirement and money market accounts every month that I don’t spend. 🙂

4. My best childhood memory …
…summer vacations in LBI, winters spent riding sleds down the hill in our backyard, man hunt with the neighborhood kids, climbing trees with Kristy, and Christmas Eves with all my cousins at my grandparents’ house.

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Want to join us next week? See below for the writing prompts. =)

Also, we have something super special planned for Week 25, so check back for that!

Prompt for Week 20 (May 21)
1. I could spend all day …
2. My primary and most essential goal in life …
3. You might be surprised to learn …
4. My favorite place in the world is …
5. I wish I had known sooner …

Finish This…#19: A lesson, exercise, a good hair day, and being grateful.

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Oh, remember this? Yeah, the link-up I “host” every week with Nicole (Three 31), Jen (The Arizona Russums), and Becky (The Java Mama)? You know. The one I haven’t posted in 12 weeks. *sigh*

Well, you know the drill. If you’re a blogger, join in! Click here to add your post and read other bloggers’ Finish This… posts.

Okay, here goes Week 19.

1. A lesson I learned from my mom …
…is to get up early on vacations. It’s how we managed to hike so many trails, visit so many national parks, taste so many delicious foods, enjoy so many hours on the beach, photograph so many sunsets, catch so many waves, drink so many pineapple juices, and experience so many more cool things on our trip to Hawaii. Relaxing is overrated. I can relax on the beach at home. 🙂

2. To burn calories, I …
…run, ride my bike, or walk. Unless I’m working too much, in which case I just eat more, which kind of defeats the purpose.

3. My best hair day was …
…either this day or this day or this day. Or maybe this one.

4. I am grateful for …
…beach days and boat drinks and living near the ocean, family and friends and working on a cool project, gluten-free pasta, Kona coffee, good music, colorful art and photographs, white sneakers, comfy jeans, road trips, sunglasses, noise-canceling headphones, and being right more than I’m wrong.

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Prompt for Week 20 (May 21)
1.My favorite recipe is …
2. I believe in …
3. I need to set boundaries …
4. I began living when …

Finish This… #7: buying, stars, courage, and swimsuit shopping.

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Yup, still a slacker. Squeezing this puppy in with just a few hours left in the day. A more devoted blogger would have gotten this done last night and scheduled it to post a 4am this morning. I have no excuse. Well, actually I have three. Work. Headache. I really wanted to finish the book I was reading.

As you likely know by now, this is a weekly link-up hosted by Nicole (Three 31), Jen (The Arizona Russums), Becky (The Java Mama), and I.

If you’re a blogger, join in! Check the link-up link below to add your post and read other bloggers’ Finish This… posts.

Okay, here goes Week 7.

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1. I plan on buying…
…a pair of trail shoes to wear when I go to Hawaii in April. Got any recommendations? So far I’ve ordered these Olukai sneakers so far. I suspect they won’t look very attractive on me, and I’m sure I’ll order several more pairs before I find a winner.

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2. I give ____ five stars because…
True Romance! I finally saw this movie for the first time on Friday night, and I loved it so much! I was also lucky enough to see it on the big screen at the Naro theater in Norfolk, which was an added bonus. Loved the characters, loved the story, loved the soundtrack, loved the leopard print, and especially loved the sunglasses.

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3. I felt courageous when…
…I nominated myself to manage my company’s Salesforce.com CRM implementation. It’s a big project, and it’s why I’ve been so busy, but it’s totally worth it, and it’s going to completely change the way we do business. Things are only going to get more hectic, but I’m enjoying the challenge.

4. I feel about swimsuit shopping like I do…
…pretty much about anything else — indecisive and kind of nutty. My thoughts go like this: Swimsuit shopping? Yay! Summer! Wait? I have to wear a swimsuit? Crap. I should eat a salad for lunch tomorrow. And go for a run. But I really like this one… Are swimsuits really worth this much money? What color will make me look tan? Will I look fat in this? Am I too old for bikinis? Should I get a one-piece? Maybe I’ll use my surfboard this summer. I want to go on vacation. Oh yeah! I am going on vacation. Shit! That means I really do need to go swimsuit shopping. 🙂

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Prompt for Week Eight (February 26)
Five things I know for sure

Finish This… #5 AND #6: because I missed a week.

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I’m a slacker, and I missed last week. Well, actually I missed it because I’m the complete opposite of a slacker, and I’ve been spending most of my time working. I know that sounds boring, but it actually isn’t. Now that I have a really awesome job, I don’t mind working hard or working a lot. I’ve got the perfect opportunity to learn and accomplish so many amazing things this year, so I’ve made my career one of my main priorities for 2014.

But for now, I’m taking a little break to get caught up on my Finish This… posts. As you likely know by now, this is a weekly link-up hosted by Nicole (Three 31), Jen (The Arizona Russums), Becky (The Java Mama), and I.

If you’re a blogger, join in! Check the link-up link below to add your post and read other bloggers’ Finish This… posts.

Okay, here goes Week 5.

1. I will never outgrow…
…my ridiculously long list of childhood hobbies. Of course, I can’t spend lots of time on all of them at once, but at different points, I always go back and revisit my favorites — especially horseback riding, ice skating, dancing, and music.

2. I splurge on…
…pretty much whatever I want within reason. I’m 32. I’m legally single. I work hard. I save a lot of my money. And so I don’t mind treating myself to the things I want here and there. I mostly splurge on salon and spa appointments, clothes and shoes, wine and liquor, food, vacations, and occasionally having someone come clean my house or detail my car.

3. My worst habit is…
…being late. Or maybe eating too many carbs. One of those two, for sure.

4. My passport represents…
…my ability to flee the country at any time. And the comfort of knowing I have a second form of ID if I ever lose my license?

5. My most ridiculous fear is…
…that I’m going to be kidnapped if I go out running alone in the dark. Or that I’m going to randomly die in the middle of the night, but since I live alone, no one will even notice for a few days. Both of those are ridiculous. And I hate bugs.

6. My favorite thing to give is…
…advice and explanations. I think I’m pretty decent at both, and I’m always willing to listen to someone’s issue — whether it be personal or work-related or whatever — and give a little guidance about how to handle any kind of situation. I think it’s because I like solving problems.

Aaaaaaand…Week 6.

1. I celebrate Valentine’s Day by…
…not celebrating Valentine’s Day. I mean, usually I hang out with my boyfriend, but I don’t really pay any attention at all to the fact that it’s Valentine’s Day. I almost always ask him not to give me anything, but he usually does anyway. Which is nice, but it’s nice just because he’s nice. Not because it’s Valentine’s Day. Friday we are going to go see True Romance at the Naro. But only because it’s Friday and a cool movie from 1993 is playing in a movie theater. Not because it’s Valentine’s Day.

2. My heart goes pitter-patter for…
…caffeine. No, seriously. Ever since I gave up caffeine, if I have any at all, I get all shaky and my heart starts racing. It’s stupid.

3. When looking for romance, my best advice is…
Don’t look for it. Let it come to you. And if it doesn’t stick around too long, just let it go, and wait for something better.

4. My favorite love story (real or fiction) is…
I’m still going to have to go with the old Lisa/Mikey Q love story. It was long and a little bit out of control, but so full of fun, craziness, good music, unique experiences, impeccably written letters, surprises at every turn, and everything I really ever needed to learn about being in a relationship with pretty much anyone. And even though it didn’t end the way we once thought it would, I’m glad that we’re friends now and always will be.

5. The best relationship/love/dating advice I ever received was…
…advice I gave myself a long time ago. It went like this: If someone breaks up with you, just completely stop calling the person for exactly three months. They’ll either come back or you’ll completely get over it…or both. 😉

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Prompts for Week Seven (February 18)
1. I plan on buying
2. I give ____ five stars because
3. I felt courageous when
4. I feel about swimsuit shopping like I do