YOU COMPETE ME 365: ‎Who Has Better Eyesight? 

TESTING 1…2…365: Avoiding Poo makes you Rich 


Virgin365: day ninety-eight…A Dollar Gift

Operation 365 Poem: day 29…M.O.N.E.Y.


Who’s got the gold?
Who holds the purse?
Why do I feel time accelerating?
Why does that make it worse?

I drift into space
To a far away land
Every time money comes up
Every time I see money in my hand

Why does it make the rules?
Why does it dictate?
Why can’t we all be equal?
Why is it used to differentiate?

I used to feel on top
Now I feel I’m down below
Deep in the tunnels
Where all the survivors go

Why does it happen to the good?
Why do people have to suffer?
Why does it encourage more hate?
Why isn’t there some sort of buffer?

If I won the lottery today
I could help ease many a problem
But I can guarantee
That it takes more than that to solve them

365 ONE: day 234…Happy Birthday Daddy!

Day 234: August 29th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Honey Pie” by The Beatles

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Photos of Dad”

Anything to Note =

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful amazing dad!!

It is his birthday and me and my mum are in the UK and he is in Greece….which in the history of my life has never happened before. I have spent every single birthday with my father, and always made an effort to be where ever he is in the world, by his side to celebrate.

But today.

I tried so hard to find him a flight over but I failed.

I searched for days and nothing. Everything was sold out or outrageous in price! And I mean outrageous!!! Like thousands of pounds or euros – I mean even if you had lots of money it’s still not justifiable to spend such an outrageous amount of money to go just within Europe…these prices are equivalent to flying to America from Greece, or even to Australia and beyond!

This must be a combination of fuel prices, cutting back on the number of planes they have out there, that it’s August still, that the Paralympics start tonight, that people booked holidays after the Olympics ended, and pure poop against the less financially able, like us!!

Poop I say, again!!

So it’s just a little sad today as we can’t be together, and I, the travel agent in the family could not make it happen, so I feel guilty 😦

And it’s just sad as it centers around our financial crisis my family is going through and what life used to be about – just jump on a plane and go, anything for family – and now – when every penny needs to be watched or taken into consideration or justified…and I have always hated money and been money conscious but for my parents this downhill has really hurt them. And they are still just so generous and wanting to give us, give me, everything…and since I can’t fly I know my dad wanted to be here for me, with me, to give me that, and…could not.


I need to seriously play the lottery because I owe him the world. I hate money so much but life cannot function without it and I just wish I had it for my parents, not me. I am the eternal bargain hunter 🙂 And they come first in my eyes.

I’m sorry daddy.

Happy Birthday Loon (that is our nickname for each other, between me and my dad, which I know sounds funny and weird haha, but its Loon or Loonie, or Loonaki – Greek variations of that word!!)

I have no idea how and when that came about actually haha!! But it has nothing to do with the literal English translation of a crazy person or a bird haha! Just special nicknames for each other 🙂

Can you tell I am the ultimate daddy’s little girl???!!!!

My dad wants to come over for the birth of the little schmonkie so I will just have to organize a birthday celebration for my dad then…and get him some big presents to make up for him not being here with us today 🙂


365 ONE: day 232…Tedious

Day 232: August 27th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Ksexase To” by CReal

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Keep Calm and Drink Tequila”

Anything to Note =

Tedious day.

Seriously tedious day.


I was up early after a restless usual no sleep night – partly I am sure to the fact that my mum and I watched The Thaw horror film late last night about a parasite that crawls into your skin – just thinking about it again gives me the shivers!! I went through bedbugs and so naturally anything about small creatures crawling over you is not the greatest way to make me feel relaxed. How could it to anyone!

Anyway, we had a workman come over early so was up early and had to be out of my room so I literally spent the whole day upstairs at the desk where I can get Internet….doing tedious things….dealing with tedious things! Literally – I was there from 10am sitting at that desk until close to 7pm!

First I spent hours looking for a flight for my dad to come over to London. It’s his birthday in two days so we’ve been searching for a flight over tomorrow for the week so we could be together and there was simply nothing! I mean, I would not give up as I really thought there had to be a way – I searched air miles, all airlines, cheap websites, combinations of planes…the only flights I could find that we’re not sold out were outrageous in price! So now we’re all disappointed. I can hear it in my dad’s voice too. I’ve never spent a birthday away from him. And I know he will be over for when the schmonkie is here and that’s not far away, but it’s just sad.

Then I had to move on to figuring out Stuart’s flight to come over for when Fashion finishes. So more searching and irritation at how expensive things are. I was however able to figure out a way to pay out less by using some of my mum’s air miles. Annoyingly I discovered that my mum’s United air miles had expired and she had lost a lot – enough for two trips to USA and back – and this happened in March when my parents were sick and of course pre-occupied and nobody checked. But there was an option for reinstatement for money so to do so and use air miles brings the price down for Stuart. A little more successful, or we’ll see, but again was not ideal.

Then had to deal with mortgage emails and a lack of understanding and miscommunication with back and forth of emails that were driving me crazy! They kept saying they didn’t have attachments when they did and not understanding what I was talking about, and all of this is from my blackberry as my work email is on there. I was trying to take care of things to keep Stuart from having to deal with it as he was busy at work today, but my blood started to boil….I was already stressed from the day so far and I just couldn’t deal with re-explaining again and again, using different tactics. I had to give up and asked Stuart to just re-send what we had sent over ten days ago on his lunch break.

I knew I needed to get out and away from the desk and soon.

Instead I tried to do as much as I could as I was already at the desk. I have to swap over planners as my current one ends in three days and I have been putting it off! I have to copy by hand all my notes and all that into the new planner – yup, I still believe in hand written planners versus on my blackberry. I fear for everything being wiped! And actually something happened to my blackberry a few weeks ago and all my photos were wiped! Which was horrible!! So I now have less faith in the technological planner than ever! But copying everything is….


Anyway, it got to 7pm and I just couldn’t do anymore. I needed to get up and out and some fresh air…to breathe out the stress of today.

Out for a walk around the park!!

What a day. A tedious one.


365 ONE: day 174…Baby Shower!

Day 174: June 30th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Breakeven” by The Script

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Baby Shower”

Anything to Note =

Today was my baby shower!!

Thank you Paloma, Tess, Brianna and Elisabeth for hosting and throwing me a wonderful and amazing baby shower!!! You guys are amazing and the best, and too good to me!!

Thank you guys for also creating the Fat Jar! And taking some of my money!!! ARGH!!! I was warned this would exist at the baby shower – if I called myself Fat I would have to put a dollar into the Fat Jar! Well, I thought it was just the word Fat, but apparently it applied to any synonym of the word Fat…so when I called myself a Whale…twice apparently…I lost some money!

And I really had to catch myself since I wore a form-fitting, or rather bump-forming, dress today. I figured I had to actually show off the bump since the day was about the bump!! And celebrating the bump! So I couldn’t wear my usual hiding massive outfits!

So when I tried to lie down on the loungers to do some Zoe tanning, (although people came to get me out of the sun and not overheat the little schmonkey so that failed), and people were taking photos I called myself a Whale….and BOOM!! There went some money!

So it worked guys as I held back as much as I could after that!!!

It was a great day!! Even though the little schmonkey did not give Tess or Michelle what they wanted – a bubble!! The little schmonkey was probably mad at me for being in the heat, and on my feet all day, and eating all kinds of random food!

Tess tried very hard to get some sort of kick – she sang to the belly, she spoke to the belly, she blew raspberries into the belly! She even went through names to see if any of them would get a reaction! Sadly, he did not give Auntie Tess anything! Already a rebel, I see!

Thank you to all that came up to the rooftop in Harlem to celebrate with us – especially to Michelle who traveled all the way from Maryland to be with us today!

I will miss you all when gone for the next six months!! 😦

SOOOOO weird!

No really….that’s SOOOO weird!

365 ONE: day 162…Duel on the Subway

Day 162: June 18th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Black Horse & The Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Nut Cracker Torture”

Anything to Note =

An odd thing happened on the subway today – there was dueling people asking for money. I’ve never seen that before. I’ve seen dueling musicians on the platform but this was within one small subway car.

I hear “Ladies and Gentlemen….” to my right and then suddenly to my left, a split second later, I hear another “Ladies and Gentlemen…”

At first I thought they might be working together in some way as that would be a good idea to get the attention of the whole subway car, to be on opposite ends, but then I quickly realized they were not.

The one to my right was homeless and in need and the other one to my left was homeless and in need too. But, also blind.

So who do you give to?

I am going to have to say the blind man wins. Wins – not the right word, the wrong word really, but in this case, the exact word.

The blind man made his way up the car as the other sat back, so the other obviously understood he could not compete against someone who was blind. In fact he didn’t compete at all. He hung back while he watched the blind man make his way down the car, collecting his money in his outright cap, smacking the feet of those around with his stick to move out of his way.

I’m not even sure the blind man heard the other try to start his speech first.

Or maybe he did. I don’t know.

I felt bad for the other homeless guy actually as he hung back waiting for the next stop so he could get off and try to collect on a non-competing subway car.

He just looked so defeated. And a little embarrassed that he had started with his “Ladies and Gentlemen….” to only be cut short. He knew those of us around him had heard him. Were watching him.

Right before we reached the next stop, an older woman reached over and gave him a little something. I think she felt sorry for him too.

I know there are a lot of homeless people begging but in my 8 years here I have never encountered two competing for the price of one.

365 ONE: day 154…Apartment Search

Day 154: June 10th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “Beatles Much?”

Anything to Note =

Yesterday was a day of looking at Astoria apartments – ugh – exhausting!! I put in a quick search of cheapest two bedroom apartments for sale in Astoria, to see, as we kind of would love and prefer to stay in this area as we love Astoria – and five came up so managed to see them all yesterday!

And there is one we like but it all comes down to the friggin’ downpayment and coming up with money upfront for it…super annoying as really we can’t afford what they were asking for….

So then spent last night until late looking for listings further out in Queens that is cheaper but still have the subway nearby and still two bedrooms, and made notes on about 26 listings!

All morning I have been emailing the brokers my questions about these listings and now down to 19!! But still! This whole process is just annoying! And I am a licensed Real Estate salesperson and its still annoying!

One of the ones we liked yesterday in Astoria got an offer on it we found out and real estate moves so fast so I feel like I am in a time crunch!!! And its just building and building – you can get lost in real estate and looking and searching and questions and listings….ugh!

I wish there was some way to see all the apartments, all 19 of them left on my list, in one day without moving haha! So I can compare and  figure this out!! I need to invent a teleporter 🙂

And how to grow money on trees!!!!

Or on houses?? 🙂

365 ONE: day 126….Look Down Folks!

Day 126: May 13th, 2012 = COMPLETE!!!!!

Cardio was = Walking

Dance of the Day was = “Apologize” by Timbaland

Improvised Acting Video I uploaded to my other blog was = “No Booze Zoe!”

Anything to Note =

To go along the lines of yesterday’s blog about looking down while you walk, and how in NYC, I think especially, you should be aware of where you are stepping…

I was walking yesterday and doing my usual looking down as I walk, and right there in front of me was money! Lying there were $3!! Three $1 bills!!

The funny thing was I arrived at the money right as this other group was arriving at the money, so we essentially got there at the same time! However, I bend down and picked them up a split second before they had the urge to. So there I was stopped with money in my hand saying “What?” out loud, as this other family was also stopped looking at the money in my hand too.

And then there was silence.


Was I supposed to SHARE my $3 with them?? What, here have a dollar just because we arrived at the same time??!!

Finders Keepers Losers Weepers….isn’t that the saying!!! Right??

It was just a super awkward moment, but they should have bent down quicker than me and grabbed it!!!!

So after what felt like hours, with both of us at a standstill on the sidewalk, I did the whole searching around and looking up at the houses to see if it belonged to anyone, and as I did so, moved a little away in my search, which then allowed them to finally leave me and walk on! Kicking themselves! HAHA!!

You see?? Look down folks, there’s money around!! 🙂