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January 03, 2007

2006

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?

Purchased a business (well helped a little), made more money then before, spoke at a funeral, had my son and daughter dedicated.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I can't even remember what they were, so probably not.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
ME! and my cousin-in-law Tiffani.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Bleah. This was not a good year. both my grandpas, Adam's grandpa, my uncles dad and my friend Jessica's grandpa

5. What countries did you visit?

Um yeah, the whole kid thing kind of puts a damper on international travel right now.

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?

A clean house and more time to spend with my family.

7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
January 15-my grandpa died and Conner was dedicated, August 25th, my other grandpa died, and September 25th Lilli was born. Of course there are the birthdays and anniversarys etc

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Lilli and making enough money to give my family what they need and want

9. What was your biggest failure?

The constant battle with my weight and the times I was too easily frustrated with Conner

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Went back on Lexapro for my anxiety.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Ummm hopefully the flooring company and it will make us lots of money

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Conner-he has been amazing to Lilli, and rarely gets frustrated with her. He always does what he can to make her happy, which in turn makes me happy

My mom-she had a rough year. 'nuff said.

Adam-he is amazing with Conner and Lilli, and he deserves props for dealing with his chemically imbalanced wife so well on a daily basis


13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

"anonymous in New Albany"

14. Where did most of your money go?

Conner, Lilli and my closet. Ok so savings and the house too.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Lilli arrived!

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?

Any Johnny Cash song, because every time we get in the car and we ask Conner what he wants to hear he has started answering "Johnny Cash"

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

a) happier or sadder? Happier, I'm not faced with a sick grandpa.
b) thinner or fatter? About the same.
c) richer or poorer? Financially better off.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Ate better, exercised, and cleaning my house.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Yelling, eating and shopping

20. How did you be spend Christmas?

Christmas Eve, we cleaned and had our open house that night, and then I went to church with my parents and grandma. Christmas Day, Adam's sister stayed the night so we all opened presents together as a family. Then we had naps and went to my sisters house, where her boyfriends family was visiting from out of town (like Germany out of town) then off to Adam's mom and dads. whew.

21. Did you fall in love in 2006?

With little Lilli-bug and even more so with Conner and Adam.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Grays Anatomy, The Office, Scrubs, Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe and Mythbusters

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No.

25. What was the best book you read?

Wow, I read so many before Lilli got here, now if I can just remember them...Zig Ziglars biography, and the Devil Wears Prada.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
OKGO, Justin Timberlake, Regina Spektor

27. What did you want and get?
A healthy baby girl

28. What did you want and not get?
A less stressful job

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
SNAKES ON A PLANE

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Umm..oh I worked and ohh ohh Adam got me a gorgeous ring. I was 25

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Winning a bajillion dollars, being able to do freelance work and stay home with the babies

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?

Do cardigans count as "concept"? Umm lets see how about trying to look mature but not 50 years old.

33. What kept you sane?

Adams stability and the adorableness of my children

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Ohh la la House can give me a check up any day

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

The complete and total cluelessness of my city government and Busy sending our people (and potentially) my husband to die for his clusterfuck mistake

36. Who did you miss?

My grandpas

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Lilli!

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006.
Don't be afraid to ask for help, and some stuff is better forgotten.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

"There's got to be a break in the monontany 'cause baby when it rains how it pours"

November 15, 2006

100 Things *UPDATED*

whew I finally got it finished. It's hard to do these without feeling like you're bragging about yourself, no?

1. My middle name is Michelle
2. I have one sister, Alicia
3. My parents are still together
4. I have one son, Conner Addison, born July 29, 2004
5. I have one daughter, Lillian Eve Stockton, born September 25, 2006
6. Both of my grandpas died this year
7. I named Lilli after my grandpa Fred, his middle name was Stockton.
8. I was with my Granddad Dirk when he took his last breaths in the hospital.
9. He moved out here from CA in October of 2005. Before then I only saw him 4 times my entire life.
10. I miss them both terribly
11. I sell advertising for magazines
12. I make more money then Adam
13. It surprises me
14. Adam really is OK with it
15. That’s a lot of freaking pressure
16. I am a Christian
17. I am a registered Democrat
18. I used to drive a Jetta, it’s been my favorite car, and I regret selling it every day.
19. I am a deacon at my church
20. I am involved in the local politics of my hometown
21. I love shoes
22. A lot
23. A whole lot
24. Like, it’s almost a problem
25. I have 58 pairs of shoes
26. See!?
27. We live in a 130 year old house
28. I think it’s haunted
29. But the ghosts are nice, and don’t visit very often
30. We have a lot of renovation work to do.
31. We have the nursery done.
32. We have two weimaraners
33. Gandee and Gracee
34. Adam and I got married on February 26, 2005
35. We got married in a historic home in downtown Louisville
36. Our friend Bret was the officiant
37. He got “ordained” over the internet
38. It meant more to us then anyone else doing it
39. I’ve met Zig Ziglar
40. I think he’s great
41. I’ve never been to Europe
42. I really want to go to Italy
43. I’m a super fast reader
44. Sometimes it sucks because I spend so much on books and they only entertain me for a few days
45. I like to cross-stitch
46. I made a sampler with Conner’s name
47. I’m working on Lilli’s now
48. We are done having babies
49. I’m kind of sad about that
50. We are thinking about moving. AGAIN.
51. We have moved 6 times since we have been together.
52. Hiring movers is the best $150 I’ve ever spent.
53. I love music, like a lot.
54. I miss going to see local shows
55. Adam doesn’t share my passion for live music
56. Both my babies were in the NICU after they were born
57. I’m a member of public radio
58. I used to work at Victoria’s Secret and Target. I have also worked for a law firm.
59. The job I had in college, paid for most of my schooling.
60. I can tell you more about bras and undies then you ever needed to know
61. I have more undies then any normal person needs
62. I hate the word panties, blech it makes me shudder
63. I would love a job at an ad agency or PR firm
64. I scrapbook and make stationary in my “free time”
65. I’m not ashamed to admit I love diamonds and diamond jewelry
66. If only I could Adam to buy me more.
67. I have been struggling to lose weight for the last 5 years
68. I have three tattoos, on my wrist, ankle and back
69. I want more!!!
70. I used to have my tongue and right nipple pierced.
71. I took out the tongue ring when I was pregnant with Conner and it induced morning sickness
72. I took the nipple ring out like 3 months after I got it.
73. The nickname Ceece, came from my younger cousin who couldn’t say Courtney, and said CeCe instead, it eventually got shortened to Ceece.
74. I don’t talk to my best friends from high-school anymore, and it makes me sad. ( hi steph, sarah, amber)
75. In high school, I played tennis, swam, was in theatre and the color guard with the marching band
76. I loved being pregnant
77. I have a Nikon D50
78. I get sick to my stomach just seeing a commercial for Baileys
79. I passed out in my friend’s yard on 4th of July 2005, the cops came, and had to ask Adam if I was alright.
80. I haven’t had a drink of Jager since.
81. I love button-up shirts
82. My favorite stores are Target, Eddie Bauer, Gap and Babies R Us
83. Adam is in the Army National Guard
84. I love to decorate for fall and Christmas
85. I forgo my hair and manicure budgets in Oct-Dec to buy Christmas decorations
86. I love buying people presents
87. I have a hard time waiting till the right time to give it to them
88. My favorite restaurants are Qdoba, Panera Bread, Morton’s and Fuji
89. I love DMB
90. I have seen them 7 times
91. I did an internship at Walt Disney World in college
92. I hated it then, but am so glad I did it now
93. I am currently reading a biography on Walt Disney
94. He was a crazy dude.
95. I like bluegrass music
96. I take way to many pictures of my babies
97. Cardigans are my favorite article of clothing
98. Dr. Pepper is my carbonated beverage of choice
99. I HATE sweetened tea
100. I eat way to many carbs

November 05, 2006

100 Things

1. My middle name is Michelle
2. I have one sister, Alicia
3. My parents are still together
4. I have one son, Conner Addison, born July 29, 2004
5. I have one daughter, Lillian Eve Stockton, born September 25, 2006
6. Both of my grandpas died this year
7. I named Lilli after my grandpa Fred, his middle name was Stockton.
8. I was with my Granddad Dirk when he took his last breaths in the hospital.
9. He moved out here from CA in October of 2005. Before then I only saw him 4 times my entire life.
10. I miss them both terribly
11. I sell advertising for magazines
12. I make more money then Adam
13. It surprises me
14. Adam really is OK with it
15. That’s a lot of freaking pressure
16. I am a Christian
17. I am a registered Democrat
18. I used to drive a Jetta, it’s been my favorite car, and I regret selling it every day.
19. I am a deacon at my church
20. I am involved in the local politics of my hometown
21. I love shoes
22. A lot
23. A whole lot
24. Like, it’s almost a problem
25. I have 58 pairs of shoes
26. See!?
27. We live in a 130 year old house
28. I think it’s haunted
29. But the ghosts are nice, and don’t visit very often
30. We have a lot of renovation work to do.
31. We have the nursery done.
32. We have two weimaraners
33. Gandee and Gracee
34. Adam and I got married on February 26, 2005
35. We got married in a historic home in downtown Louisville
36. Our friend Bret was the officiant
37. He got “ordained” over the internet
38. It meant more to us then anyone else doing it
39. I’ve met Zig Ziglar
40. I think he’s great
41. I’ve never been to Europe
42. I really want to go to Italy
43. I’m a super fast reader
44. Sometimes it sucks because I spend so much on books and they only entertain me for a few days
45. I like to cross-stitch
46. I made a sampler with Conner’s name
47. I’m working on Lilli’s now
48. We are done having babies
49. I’m kind of sad about that
50. We are thinking about moving. AGAIN.
51. We have moved 6 times since we have been together.
52. Hiring movers is the best $150 I’ve ever spent.
53. I love music, like a lot.
54. I miss going to see local shows
55. Adam doesn’t share my passion for live music
56. Both my babies were in the NICU after they were born
57. I’m a member of public radio
58. I used to work at Victoria’s Secret
59. I can tell you more about bras and undies then you ever needed to know
60. I have more undies then any normal person needs
61. I hate the word panties, blech it makes me shudder
62. I would love a job at an ad agency or PR firm
63. I scrapbook and make stationary in my “free time”
64. I’m not ashamed to admit I love diamonds and diamond jewelry
65. If only I could Adam to buy me more.
66. I have been struggling to lose weight for the last 5 years
67. I have three tattoos, on my wrist, ankle and back
68. I used to have my tongue and right nipple pierced.
69. I took out the tongue ring when I was pregnant with Conner and it induced morning sickness
70. I took the nipple ring out like 3 months after I got it.
71. The nickname Ceece, came from my younger cousin who couldn’t say Courtney, and said CeCe instead, it eventually got shortened to Ceece.

August 15, 2002

I'm 25 years old. I am married to my high-school sweetheart and we have an awesome son Conner, who turned two in July, and we are expecting the final addition to our family in October. Lillian.

This site started mainly as a way to keep pictures and updates out there to friends and family that are scattered. Sometimes I use it as a ranting post and it tends to bite me in the ass.

I'm involved in my city's local politics, and my husband and I own a 130 year old house that we are in the process of renovating. That's his real passion.

I sell advertising for a magazine, and like jewelry.

If you have any questions or comments, contact me by sending an email to cparis56 (at) netzero (dot) com.