Thursday, May 31, 2012

Favorite Teachers

For Christmas I got my sister some things from Carter and Cavero, a store in New Jersey that sells gourmet olive oils and other stuff.  Thank goodness for websites and online ordering!

So I got this e-mail the other day from Carter and Cavero that basically suggested purchasing goodies from them for your children's teachers.  I don't mean to minimize the e-mail, I just don't remember all of it, I do think it's a fantastic idea though! Why not buy a teacher something they can really use and appreciate? For Christmas I purchased some brie, crackers, spread, wine, and a gift card for each member of one of our committees and they all commented how they were so appreciative to have received something they could actually use.

Anyway... the e-mail had me thinking about some of my high school teachers that I really liked and appreciated.  These are teachers I enjoyed even when I was in their classes, not strictly in retrospect. 

Mr. Pope, history.  He was awesome.  He was such an entertaining teacher and made me LOVE history.  I actually haven't taken a history class since his and I'm not sure it would be remotely close the experience I had in high school.  He always told us the best stories from his life and just drew the class in.  Such a great talent!

Mr. Bonomi, history.  He, too, was awesome.  He was probably in his 30s and very youthful when I was in high school so he was still pretty in touch with us kids.  Mr. Bonomi started the Singing Santas at our high school, which was basically a crazy chorus that sung Christmas carols, some traditional, some original (S.N.O.W. sang to Y.M.C.A. is one of the many original hits).  Anyone could join, you didn't have to be a great singer because we just belted out the songs.  The only requirements were a red shirt and a Santa hat.  We'd practice after school, and a couple of times before Christmas we'd go to local nursing homes and perform.  Then there was a big Christmas concert at the high school.  My sister was a Singing Santa before me and I remember wanting to be one so bad! I couldn't wait.  Singing Santas was probably my fondest memory of high school and I have Mr. Bonomi to thank for that!

Mrs. Sullivan and Ms. Tonnetti, Foreign Languages.  Interesting how I choose not one but two foreign language teachers as my favorites after my college Spanish debacles.  Mrs. Sullivan was great.  She was a very fair teacher.  You always knew where you stood with that and even as a teenager I respected that.  Ms. Tonnetti was very sweet.  I really enjoyed learning from these two wonderful ladies and I hope that students after me did as well.

I've had other teachers who I liked, but every time I think back to high school I think of these four.  I think it would be so neat to sit down with them today and see what's up.  I know some are retired and Mrs. Sullivan is actually the assistant principal now, good for her!

Do you have any grade school teachers, or even college teachers, who really stood out?

Pondering With a Purpose: Love

Ok, I'm winging this week's post through my e-mail.  For some reason Blogger will not cooperate with me.  Whether it's my computer or the website, I do not know, all I know is I can't make a new post.  So here goes nothing with a post e-mailed to my blog! Hopefully my links and pictures will cooperate with me!

Think on Thursday

This week's topic is love... what is your favorite thing to do to show love? Click the button above to go visit Brenda and join!

There are so many things I like to do to show love! I love writing little notes or, nowadays, sending little love texts.  Hugs and cuddles are great too.  Even a smile at the just right moment can let someone know you care.  I think pictures are a great way to see who you care about.  I look back at old photos and I can tell just who my favorite people were at that time.  Granted I wasn't in love with all of them, but you do love your friends!

Here are some love notes from Brad that I have stuck to my monitor at work.  The first was a little scribble when he was visiting me at the office one day.  The second was in with my lunch.  I love him.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Commute Conversations

Brad and I carpool to work.  We're very fortunate to work right across the street from one another so it makes it real easy.  Don't even get me started on the fact that I'm off at 5:00 and he's off at 6:00.  We, and by we I mean I, make it work.

Usually we're pretty quiet in the car.  I'm cranky in the morning and he's cranky in the afternoon.  We've found that it's best not to speak too much when we're locked in a box traveling well over 65 miles per hour.

When we drive "his" car, he likes to drive to and from work because it's his man machine and he loves it.  Well yesterday I was in the driver's seat because I ran an errand and when he came out of work I was still in it so he kicked and screamed and eventually happily got into the passenger seat.

As I was driving home, I was feeling pretty giddy because hey, it isn't often I get to drive the man machine on the highway.

The conversation went a little like this:

J: Oh wow, I was going real fast.  You're right, this car does ride well, you can't tell.

B: [Nothing.  Maybe some crickets chirping.]

J: It probably doesn't help that the position I set the steering wheel blocks out the speedometer.  Speedometer.  Speedo-meter.  Hmm.  I wonder if there was a thing called a "speedo-meter", what exactly it would measure? 

B: Speedometer is spelled like that but that's not how you say it.  Dumb people say it that way.  Stupid people call my store all the time (he works for Napa) and call it a speedo-meter. [See why we don't talk in the car? Mr. Cranky Pants!]

J: I know that.  I'm talking about Speedos! The man underpants bathing suit things.

B: [Crickets are back.]

J: If a Speedo-meter registered at 80, what do you think that would mean?

B: [If he didn't love his car so much I think he would have jumped.]

J: Do you think it would mean 80 years old? Old people wear Speedos. 

B: [Chirp chirp, chirp chirp.]

J: Or do you think 80 would be how many grapes he's smuggling?

B: [Ah ha!] Can you stop talking now?

Later on down the road, stuck in the middle lane with slow people in front of us and in both side lanes...

B: If you gun it you can squeeze in between that car and that car.

J: Yeah but I only register like a 2 on the Speedo-meter.

B: [Rolls his eyes and forces back a grin.] You're not driving my car anymore.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I think it's going to rain... hello Beryl...

It seems we were spared nearly all weekend... not that I wish a disaster on us or anything, but I wish it was a little bit stronger so we could have an office closure at work!

Coffee Chat: Memories

This week Leslie is challenging us to some deeper thoughts... deeper than the elevator conversation last week, though not as fun, haha.  This week is about memories, what memories do you hold close to your heart? This time I remembered not to finish my coffee! Click the button below to hop on over to Time Out For Mom and join!


I've been reminiscing about my time in New York a lot lately so it only makes sense that the memory I hold closest to my heart right this moment is the beach.  I used to go to the beach for everything.  To be lazy, to be crazy, to be alone, to be with friends... bonfires, camping, fireworks, swimming, collecting shells, boating.  The Long Island Sound will always hold a special place in my heart.  Always.

Random vacations: New Hampshire, Myrtle Beach, Ocean City, Orlando...

Spending a week with my sister at her college, Villanova, during my spring break from school.  I remember thinking it was the coolest thing ever, and it really was fun.  Looking back, I seriously can't believe my parents allowed me (I was like 11 or 12 I think) to go stay at a college for a week! Granted my sister was responsible and there was no trouble to be gotten into, but seriously? Who lets their 12 year old spend a week at a college? 

My wedding! I could go on and on and on about that.

The weddings of others.  I love weddings because they are an opportunity to connect with people you haven't seen in a while.

Holding my nephew/nieces for the first time.  Still waiting on you Peanut!

Pets... Sasha, Puma, Alex, Metallicat, Penelope... gone but never forgotten!

Being a nanny to five pretty awesome kids.  I can't even list all the memories attached to that group.

The many hockey games I went to with some of the best friends ever.  I seriously need to dig up some of the crazy face painted pictures that I have from those trips.  It was so much fun.

Well, I came up with more things on the spot than I thought I would.  Woohoo, good for me! Now remember, click the button, visit Leslie, and join up! It's fun.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday Quiz About Me

Going to participate in this Monday hop again.  I like the added fifth question! Click the button below to head over to Acting Balanced and play along!

Acting Balanced

1. The thing I dislike most about shopping is ___.

The people? I don't like it when stores are crowded because people have the tendency to be ignorant and rude.  I also can't stand getting stuck behind the person with 5,000 coupons who didn't read the specifications properly and therefore has a problem with every other coupon.  Trust me, I like to use coupons too, but when I make a mistake with the coupon, I don't sit there for 10 minutes and wait for the cashier to fix it so I can get my 35 cents off. 

2. What is your favorite flavor of Jello?


3. If you could trade places with anyone in the world for one day who would you be and why?

Who is the richest person in the world? No, seriously.  I'd be that person for just one day, for five minutes even, and write a check out to the real me for millions! And before you think I'm a money hungry greed monster, let me finish! I'd donate a good bit of that to local animal charities so they can build larger facilities to house the animals so they wouldn't have to worry about space, and then I'd pay my student loans and buy stuff!

4. Who changes the light bulbs at your house?

There isn't a designated light bulb changer.  It kind of depends on who sees that it's out and who (me) tells who (husband) to change it.

And my number 5 question:

Are you a do-it-yourself type person, or do you buy it made/hire someone?

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Shot Tales: Hoover Dam

This week's shot tales featured shot glass was a gift.  I can't remember if it was 2006 or 2007, but my parents went to Vegas.  Since I wasn't actually with them, the story isn't about the glass itself, but rather what went on back at home while they were away.  They got me this glass on their day trip to the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon.

My parents and I have a sort of agreement, an unwritten or unspoken rule.  We try not to take trips at the same time so I can watch their dog while they are away and they can watch my dog while I am away.

So Brad and I were living in our apartment back then.  This was pre-house.  We were on the third floor of said apartment building.  Third floor = top floor.  It was nice being on the third floor because there was no one above you to listen to stomping around.  You also had a lot of privacy since you weren't on the ground floor.  You were also guaranteed a little cardio each day climbing up the darn stairs.  That's one reason me, Brad, and Daisy have gained weight since moving into our house! No stairs.

Not so nice thing about being on the third floor: storms.  When a thunderstorm rolled through, it was like you were up in the heavens with the storm.  Insane.  The wind was awful up there and the thunder was in your head.  Insert tornado warning! I thought for sure I was going to die.  How do you survive a tornado on the third floor? How? Most internal space in the house? Ok, I'm still on the ROOF THIRD floor!

There were many freaky storms like that when we lived in that apartment.  Many.  The one that was most memorable was the one while my parents were in Vegas.  There was a terrible storm complete with a tornado warning and I was in the hallway, under a mattress with the two dogs.

It's funny, I don't know if it was the fact that storms are more loud the higher up you go, or if there just hasn't been anymore like that, but since we've been in the house, I haven't been that terrified during a storm.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged by Janice at Janice's Footsteps! And, oops, I forgot ALL about an old tag from Leslie at Time Out For Mom! It was during my little sabbatical while I was finishing up my classes and when I saw the tag from Janice I thought, hey! I had another one of those.  So I'm going to wing them both right here, right now!


# 1 - You must post these rules.
# 2 - You must post 11 things about yourself.
# 3 - You must answer the questions from the tagger AND post 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
# 4 - You must choose 11 people to tag and link them on the post.  Let them know they've been tagged! Don't tag back the blog that tagged you.

11 Things About Me:

1. I can be a real b***h. 
2. I used to love to write stories.
3. I would jump in front of a car for my pets.
4. I would jump in front of a car for my family/friends.
5. I would jump in front of a car for a random animal.
6. I'm not sure I'd jump in front of a car for a random person.
7. I'm tired of my backyard being used as a trash can for the neighborhood kids.
8. I'm extremely far behind on my card making.
9. I'm sad the Rangers lost last night but I am at peace with the fact that I won't have to suffer anxiety during another playoff game.  Does that make me a bad fan?
10. I'm a little apprehensive about an approaching work trip to Texas.  I don't know why.
11. I'm extremely excited about a work trip to St. Louis.

11 More Things About Me (since I was tagged twice!):

1. When I finally finish school, I want to work with children.
2. I don't think I'll find my dream job at my current place of employment.
3. I don't want to be a teacher.
4. When I was little I used to LOVE to play teacher.
5. My neighbor's car lights are on and I told my husband to call him and he didn't.
6. If my lights were on, I hope someone would tell me.
7. I need to clean my car.
8. I don't want to clean my car because I'm lazy.
9. I had a great time today at my parents' house for a Memorial Day cookout.
10. I was the youngest person there by like 30-40 years, except for Brad, he's only a year older than me.
11. I want to go see Peanut at the hospital tomorrow.

Janice's Questions:

1. How many times did you change your first born's name?

I don't have a child yet, but we have a name picked out for a boy that has remained the same since before we were even married, but the girl's name has been all over the place, I can't even count.  We've circulated the same five or so names, but every time we talk about it we choose a different one as number one that time.  Who knows what name we'll have in mind when the time actually comes!

2. How many radio stations do you listen to in the car?

When I'm in my car I listen to regular radio and I tend to flip between pop, two mixed stations, and one country station.  So four.  When I'm in Brad's car I listen to satellite radio and I tend to listen to the 80s station, the 90s station, the 2000s station, and the two hit stations.  His radio has an alert thing that tells you when a song or artist you like is playing on another station so when that happens I may flip to another, but typically it's the first four I mentioned.

3. What is your all time favorite band?

That's tough.  I might say Billy Joel because I know all of his songs, but I'm know sure knowing all of his songs constitutes a favorite, I've just maybe been listening to him the longest.  I really love Goo Goo Dolls and Linkin Park, I also really like George Strait.  Too hard!!

4. First pet you ever got? It's name?

Well my family had cats, Puma and Penelope.  At least those are the first I remember.  The first pets for me personally were hamsters and fish.  Maybe fish first? I can't remember, but Hammy was the hamster.  Original right? Loco was my first cat who was all mine, and I still have her today!

5. If you had to give up one favorite food, what would you give up and why?

Ice cream.  Occasionally it doesn't agree with me, the dairy thing, so I'd have to say if I had to give up anything that I love, that would be it.  Sad.

6. Boat or airplane to cross the continent?


7. Brady Bunch or Partridge Family?

Brady Bunch all the way!!

8. Insect you hate the most? Why?

I know spiders aren't insects but I can't NOT say spiders! Ok, insects I hate are mosquitoes - obvious reasons, flies - they have NO boundaries, beetles - they're stupid and fly into things, and fire ants - they bite and it stings!!!

9. Favorite late night talk show host?

I don't watch late night TV.  I used to watch Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien, but that was like 10 years ago.  Can't say I have a favorite now.

10. Frozen yogurt or ice cream? What flavor?

Ice cream.  Vanilla OR Walgreen's brand Rocky Road.  Real marshmallow rocky road is awesome!!

11. Do you have a passport? If so, how many stamps?

Don't have one! Need to get one!

Leslie's Questions:

1. Oreo cookies: are you a milk dipper or pull them apart and lick the cream inside?

Pull them apart! I'm not a fan of chocolate cake or cookies, so I tend to lick the cream and chuck the rest.  Wasteful, I know!

2. Beach or pool?

Can't I say both? Here in SC it's easier for me to access a pool, but in NY I was all about the beach! It will always hold a special place in my heart.

3. What is your freak talent?

Name that tune? Does that count? I actually did 50 Billy Joel songs in a row the other night with Brad, within like 30 seconds at the most but usually after about 5-10 seconds.  He was amazed and it isn't easy to amaze Brad with simple things like that!

4. What's in your bag?

Which one? My purse? I have my wallet/wristlet, business card holder, pain killers, pen, keys for work/home, lip gloss, cell phone, hair thing, ummmmmm, that might be it?

5. You are a closet ___ fan?

Hm, I'm pretty open about everything I "follow" so I'm not really sure what to say here.  I'm not shy about any particular TV shows I watch or sports teams... I'll have to think about this...

6. Who is the celebrity you would most like to meet and why?

Brad Pitt.  I'd like to ask him why the hell he'd leave Jennifer Aniston.  Ok, not really, but sort of.  I know things go on in all relationships and it works both ways, blah blah blah.  Not my business.  Um, I think I'd like to meet Tom Hanks or Morgan Freeman or one of those older, seemingly wise actors who it would be really neat to just have a conversation with.  Or you could just throw in my elevator men and I won't get into why! (Insert evil laugh here.)  Gotta keep this PG, or at least PG-13!

7. Can you put your mascara on with your mouth closed?

Don't wear any! I have in the past and my eyes are so sensitive (I have special eyes - 1-800-Contacts commercial anyone?) that they will turn bright red and make me look high as a kite, so I skip the mascara.  It's been so long that I couldn't even tell you how I used to do it! I'm fortunate to have long lashes so it's not like something is missing at all.

8. Last thing you bought.

Toner, cotton balls, make up sponges.

9. The best part of waking up is ___?

Yeah? You tell me!

10. You have one phone call - who you gonna call?

Ghostbusters! Probably Brad, unless we're talking about being in prison and he's there with me, then my mom!

11. What is your favorite thing about the opposite sex?

Visually, I like the eyes! If we're thinking deep thoughts here, I like how men aren't catty.  No, not all women are catty, but sometimes when I'm talking with a female I get the sense that it's a competition.  Men are on a different level, we don't compete about the same things, so it's nice to have that disconnect.

Tagging 11 People:

Kim @ Mommie Again
Teresa @ Memes and Fiction
Heather @ Acting Balanced
Marti @ Marti's Musings
Donna @ My Life, One Story at a Time
Briana @ Sweet Carolina Grace
Shannon @ Moments of Introspection
Nani @ Chronicles of Nani
Kassandra @ Coffee and Their Kisses
Tere @ Yep, This is My Life, Wanna Trade?
Angie @ Angels are Kids and Furkids

Wow! It was really tough trying to find people I love to read who hadn't recently been tagged! I'm sorry if you were recently tagged! Please feel free to be "it" or just ignore me! lol.  And if anyone else wants to play, please do!

My 11 Questions to You 11 People:

1. Are you a Walmart shopper?
2. Do you speak any languages other than English?
3. What was your favorite job?
4. Favorite pastime?
5. Black and white or color?
6. Small businesses or big box?
7. Do you recycle?
8. Home phone/cell phone/no phone?
9. Were you ever an AOL user?
10. Favorite website? Besides your blog of course!
11. Favorite beverage?

Have fun!!

First Small Business Saturday Spotlight!

Hi there! I'm starting a new series on my blog this week called Small Business Saturday Spotlight.  I have some friends who have started their own small businesses and one way I thought I could support them is by sharing their good news here on my blog.  If you or someone you know has a small business and wants to be featured here, by Yours Truly, please shoot me an e-mail at

For this first spotlight I'm introducing my good friend T.  T runs an Etsy shop called Always With Me.

How long have you been in business?

A year this month! Very excited about that. :-)

How did you get started?

I actually saw a show on television featuring a woman who had a shop on Etsy.  I knew then that I wanted to have my own shop, but I didn't know what to make.  Well, months went by and I finally made a decision.  I wanted to make something unique and close to my heart.  That's when the idea for Angel Baby Memory Boxes was born.  I started out with just three little boxes for the first couple months.  I have since expanded and feature items that are inspired by the people and moments that have touched my life, the ones that will be Always With Me.  I have products for adoption, infertility, loss, nursery and new baby items, and home decor.  My shop has helped me honor the memory of my angel baby, as well as, helping me to cope during my long journey through infertility.

What has been your best moment so far?

I have had a lot of amazing moments.  I get the most amazing letters from women.  Some are my customers, others are ladies who just happened upon my shop.  They share their personal stories of loss and infertility and thank me for my work.  It always brings tears to my eyes. 

What is the best thing about what you do?

Knowing that I can help women in some small way that are going through a loss like I did.  It's an honor to be able to help these women remember their angels in a special way.  I made an angel baby box for myself and it's something I treasure, and it's humbling to think the women who purchase my boxes treasure them as well.  I remember I sent out a box to a customer.  About two weeks passed before I finally heard from her.  She confessed that they had received the package but had to work up the courage to open it.  Thankfully they loved it.  Reading about that was a reminder of how meaningful these boxes are.  They are not your typical product, they are something that can really tug on your heart strings. 

Where can we find you?

My shop is  You can also check out my blog at

Anything you'd like to add?

I love my shop and the people who visit.  I am inspired by the strength and love shown by the women I meed in my shop and in my life.  My shop has been such an amazing outlet for me.

Thank you T!

Please feel free to hop on over to the Always With Me blog or shop and look around! I plan to run this small business spotlight weekly, or as often as life allows, always on a Saturday.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Ode to blogging...

There are so many wonderful things about blogging.

It's an outlet.
It's a way to make new friends, who knew?
It's a way to keep up with old friends. 
And what I love most about it today?
It's a reminder of what you've done, where you've been, what you've been through...

I was just looking at some old posts under a particular label and it was so neat to experience some of those things again with such description, and the pictures! All in one place.  Things I didn't even remember and that were probably meaningless at the time.  It's neat to go back and see that the babbling post was worth it.

How about you? Ever browse through your old posts and find something you had forgotten about? Or something that was meaningless that is now meaningful?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Follow Friday Four Fill-in Fun!

Welcome to the 64th weekly Follow Friday Four Fill-in Fun Blog Hop!


Each week, Hilary at Feeling Beachie lists four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is me! I came up with the last two statements

Hilary would love if you could please help her spread the word about this hop…. So, please Tweet, FaceBook share, and add the linky to your post…

This week’s statements:

1.       After a long day, I like to ___.
2.       ___ is my favorite cleaning product
3.       I can't stand to watch ___.
4.       I want to ___ when I ___.

My Answers:

1. After a long day, I like to relax on the couch and play Scrambled/Words/Hanging With Friends.  I love my iPod Touch!

2. Windex Multi-Purpose is my favorite cleaning product.  It works on everything! Oh and does the dishwasher count? I couldn't live without my dishwasher!

3. I can't stand to watch shows that talk about the end of the world.  Get a grip people.  If it's going to happen there isn't a darn thing any one person can do about it and if it's doesn't happen you're going to feel like an idiot.

4. I want to shop when I get my paycheck.  If it weren't for bills and trying to be a responsible adult, I'd blow my whole paycheck every other week!

Now link up!

Pondering With a Purpose: Comfortable

Hi.  I think it's safe to say good morning.  Aside from the fact that I still feel asleep and just lost my shoe under my desk.  Found it.

Morning anecdote (side anecdote: I used to get anecdote and antidote confused when I was little, good thing no one ever got poisoned around me!): Every morning, after my shower, I go outside with my Daisy for her "second potty" before I get dressed and leave for work.  This "second potty" is to guarantee there are no accidents during the day.  I get out of the shower, put my hair in a towel, wrap myself in a bath sheet, and then on top of that I put on my wonderful terry cloth robe my sister gave me years ago, go out to the living room and say "Come on Boo Boo, second potty!"  She jumps up and we go outside together.  She knows what "second potty" means: wring out that bladder dog! And yes, I go outside in all that post-shower terry cloth glory.  We have a privacy fence and the only way someone can see me is if my next door neighbor happens to be on his/her back porch.  I don't really care though because I'm comfy and half asleep still.  Anyway, this morning when I went outside it hit me.  It was HOT.  It was 76 degrees which I know isn't hot hot, but at 8:00 in the morning when you're wrapped in terry, it's HOT.  And the sun was beaming down which made it even hotter! I wanted to share that story because this was the first morning all year that the heat hit me like that, which is just a little friendly reminder that summer is right around the corner! As if the other hot temps throughout the day and the daily thunderstorms weren't already a sign...

Think on Thursday

So now let's ponder! Linking up with Brenda again this week for Pondering with a Purpose.  This week's question is: what are you most comfortable in? Click the button above to hop on over to Brenda's blog and join us! The more the merrier.

What am I most comfortable in? To be honest, when I first saw the title of Brenda's post "Pondering with a Purpose - Most Comfortable" I thought it was going to be one of those deep thoughts kind of questions and I immediately thought, oh no I don't know if I'm capable of deep thoughts in my half asleep state this morning.  I might have to wait until this afternoon to ponder.  I was relieved when I read the post and realized it was about clothes! Phew!

I'm with Brenda on the pajama pants and fuzzy slippers! One of Brad's over-sized t-shirts is the icing on the cake.  And of course after a shower, my very worn terry cloth robe (link to story above, score!) is amazing.  In terms of shoes I'm all about the flip flops.  I also have this very old pair of slip-ons that have a fuzzy inside.  Of course years of wear have made them not so fuzzy anymore, and they are also ugly as sin, but that fuzziness was a fine selling point regardless.

I think the most uncomfortable thing I ever wore was all that junk you have to wear under your wedding dress to make things smooth and poofy.  I took that skirt thing off as soon as I got to the reception, needed to make room for the food after all! I get a shiver just thinking about that torture device.  No, it wasn't a corset, just a poofy skirt thing taking up more space around my gut than was necessary. 

Next to that, I'd say other uncomfortable things include an assortment of shoes before they're broken in.  If shoes remain uncomfortable after I've given them sufficient time to be broken in then I don't wear them anymore.  Aside from my staple flip flops (which I just misspelled as "slip slops", fail), pretty much any new shoe I put on rubs and irritates an area on my foot so I have patience the first week or so and then my tolerance is shot. 

So yeah, give me some pjs and I'm set! Don't forget to visit Brenda and join up this week!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday Coffee Chat: Elevator


Happy Tuesday! Any day is better than my Monday was, I'm still not quite sure why it bothered me so, but it did and I'm glad it's gone! And I have a three day weekend coming up, yipee!

So this week's Tuesday Coffee Chat is about being stuck in an elevator.  Who do you want to be stuck in there with? Who do you NOT want to be stuck in there with? Click the button above to hop on over to Leslie's, Time Out For Mom, and join us in this fun weekly hop.

So, the correct answer to the first part of this question is "my husband Brad, of course" (cough, yeah right, cough).  I love him to pieces but we'd kill each other in the first 20 minutes and we both know it.  I'm going to have fun with this.  There are three people I can think of off the top of my head and I would break an elevator just to get stuck in it with them.

Chris Evans
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 Josh Duhamel
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Channing Tatum
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 Hubba hubba hubba.

Who would I not want to get stuck in an elevator with? Anyone who is not one of the three aforementioned men.  I need a hero guy to save me when I'm stuck in the elevator (insert Captain America, Transformers guy, and GI Joe).  I need to be able to put on my best damsel in distress attitude and go with the flow.  Of course, I'm a take charge kind of girl so I don't even know if I have a damsel in distress persona, but for them I will try.  A bruised ego is a risk I'm willing to take. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday Quiz About Me

Happy Monday! NOT.  I'm telling you I had the most horrible day and I don't even know why.  I had a severe case of the Mondays.  

I haven't participated in this hop yet, but it looks like it will be fun.  Click the button below to hop over to Acting Balance and join.

Acting Balanced

1. Finish this sentence: The last book I read and enjoyed was...

probably the last Sookie Stackhouse book.  I know, I know.  But it's been so long since I've had time to sit down and read.  I plan on doing the whole library card thing, I just need to get my act together and chill for a little bit longer, school has only been out for two weeks.

2. Do you have special Victoria Day (Canadian) or Memorial Day (US) traditions?  If you don't live in Canada or the US, what is the next holiday that you are celebrating where you are?
My parents have been having their annual barbeque during Memorial Day weekend so we do that.  Nothing else really going on.

3. If you could invent something to make your life simpler, what would it be?

Another me.

4. What is your favorite recent blog post?

I think my favorite recent blog post is the one I did on my photo blog with my sister-in-law's maternity photos that I took (link).  I was just really amazed that they came out so well.  And of course I can't ignore the post, also on my photo blog, that has the pictures of my niece Peanut (link)!  

And my fifth question for all of you is:

What's your favorite game? Any kind... board, video, etc...

I love some restaurant/bar trivia but I also love Cranium!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Brad's going back to school!

I'm so proud of him!

He has decided to return to school for a bachelor in psychology with a minor in criminal justice.  He'd like to work for the government one day, state or federal, and he needs a four year degree to do that, so here he is! I'm so proud of him for deciding to do this and I can't wait to cheer him on!

Shot Tales in San Diego!

No, I'm not actually in San Diego, unfortunately! This week's installment of shot tales brings be back in time to the birth of my nephew, Ben.

It was 2002 and I had just moved to South Carolina.  My sister and her husband were living in San Diego.  She had Ben-jammin in July and my parents flew out to see him them.  The following month my other sister and I met in Washington, D.C. and flew out together to see him them, too.

He was so tiny!

He's going to be TEN this year!!

While in San Diego we went to the Wild Animal Park. I got two shot glasses while I was there, one was for the Wild Animal Park and the other was for the San Diego Zoo, which I didn't actually visit, but I liked the colorful little animals on the glass!

My sister and her family no longer live in San Diego, but I do have a new friend out there.  I hope that one day I can make it back and actually visit the San Diego Zoo.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Grades are in!

Spanish 4 & Culture - B.  I really thought I was going to fail so I am extremely pleased with this grade.  This class was a complete nightmare for me the past few months.  But, it goes to show that if you bust your butt and complete all the assignment, horrible quiz and test scores will not do you in.  You can still so well.  And by horrible, I don't mean a 70, I mean a 30!!!! I did so bad it's embarrassing. 

Human Ecology - A.  I kind of liked this class.  The teacher was a bit anal retentive, but that's her prerogative.  I like taking classes that I can apply to real life.

Intro to Gerontology - A.  This class kind of bored me.  The teacher was good, but the content was blah.

My GPA before this semester was 3.763, it is now 3.736.  Stupid B.

Season Finales

Well I was a little MIA this week due to some season finales.  I can't believe the seasons are over already.  Without those, and without school, I'm really going to be looking for stuff to do.

The finales that got to me most were The Vampire Diaries, CSI, Criminal Minds, and Grey's Anatomy.

I really punished myself with the Grey's Anatomy finale though.  You may remember earlier this year, during my last break from school, I began watching Grey's.  Needless to say I was completely hooked, I am completely hooked.  The one thing I had on my side was that I was behind so I didn't have to deal with cliffhangers because I could watch one after the other thanks to Netflix.  And Netflix didn't have season 8 since it was on TV at the time, so I was going to have to wait.  Enter a free trial of Hulu Plus and I got caught up.  Just in time to watch the finale this week.  And  I might just die between now and September.

If you're a CSI fan then you know who Warrick Brown is.  I was convinced, after the episode he died in, that he was in witness protection because of all the stuff he was involved in on the show before he died.  I really thought that storyline was going to come true in the season finale when they brought the guy who shot him out of jail for questioning in another case.  So close, but so far away.

I don't want anyone to leave Criminal Minds! I like the dynamic of the whole cast together! I don't want anyone to get another job somewhere else.  That's not fair, especially after Emily and J.J. left last year, they had to bring them back because it sucked too much.  Ugh.  I'll be very dissatisfied if that happens and they are sure leading you to believe that it is.

And Vampire Diaries!! If you read the books then you'd assume that this would happen eventually, but because the show is not consistent with the books, it was kind of hard to say with much certainty that it would happen, and you would have absolutely no idea when, they made certain of that.  I don't feel like it's much of a cliffhanger though.  I can't wait for next season because I think it will be fun, but it's not like I'm going to die waiting as with Grey's.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Follow Friday Four Fill-in Fun!

I'm excited for another week of fill-in fun.  Click the button below and hop on over to Hilary's blog to link up and play!


1. I like to avoid ___ if possible.
2. ___ is a virtue I do not have.
3. Sometimes the ___ are the ___.
4. I think that ___ are the best ___.

My Answers:

1. I like to avoid traffic if possible.  In fact, I've been known to pop on my GPS on the way home from work and just start turning to avoid back-ups from accidents and stuff.  Probably takes me longer but at least I'm moving!
2. Good temper is a virtue I do not have.  When I get angry, I get angry.  I'm Irish and Italian, what do you expect?
3. Sometimes the biggest mistakes are the best teachers.  That was deep.
4. I think that kid's cereals are the best cereals.  Bring on the Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Fruity Pebbles, Cookie Crisp....

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pondering with a Purpose: Favorite Color

A day late and a dollar short... better late than never though, right?

Think on Thursday

This week's Pondering with a Purpose hosted by Brenda Youngerman is about your favorite color.  This isn't just a one word answer, it's deeper than that.

My favorite color has always been purple.  I had a purple bedroom when I was a teenager and I loved it.  I still love the thought of it to this day.  The walls were a super super light purple and the carpet was a very dark purple.  It wasn't tacky, it was subtle and I loved it.  Unfortunately a purple room doesn't quite fit into our house now otherwise I'd totally try to pull it off.

I'm a fan of wearing black.  Not so much for the slimming effects, though they can't hurt, but rather because it goes with just about everything.  Black shoes are so interchangeable, as are pants, skirts, cardigans, etc.  Also, if you spill on it, unless it's white out, who can tell?

I love some silver and white gold jewelery.  Like black clothes, they go with just about everything, especially black! My wedding ring set is white gold and any jewelery Brad has ever gotten me has been white gold or silver.  I do not like yellow gold at all and will not wear it.  Ok, a small lie because I do have a pair of earrings my dad got me for Christmas one year that are gold and they're very cute.  But, they're like a brushed gold, not a shiny gold, know what I mean? Like a sanded surface? I think it's the shiny yellowness of yellow gold that turns me off.

I also like pink.  Not necessarily to wear or to paint my walls, I just think some things are cute in pink.  Pastel pink, not hot pink.  I like a lot of pastel colors.  Green, blue, yellow... the room I am sitting in right now has pastel yellow walls.  It's very refreshing, but I just noticed a mark on the wall... not very cool.

What colors do you enjoy? Click the button up top and hop on over to Brenda's to link up!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Meet Me On Monday

Happy Monday!! Heading over to Java's for some Monday fun.

Meet Me On Monday


1. For Mother's Day I _______

We did breakfast with my husband's family, the herd of us go to this fancy buffet.  Every year I end up sick to my stomach and I say I'm not going anymore.  Well this year I mean it! Then my mom and dad came over for dinner that evening.  In between we couched it while watching Grey's Anatomy.

2. What is your favorite dish that your Mom makes?

Hmm, that's hard..  Mainly because my mom and dad were/are always interchangeable in the kitchen so there are some things that I've seen both of them cook but I'm not sure who the dish actually "belongs" to.  My mom makes these really awesome seasoned potatoes, but that's certainly not my favorite dish of hers.. maybe corned beef and cabbage? I love that!! It's not really exclusive, but she makes it pretty great.

3. Who are you a "Mom" too?

First off I'd like to say that I appreciate this question.  I don't have children and I'm pretty sick of hops that ask questions that specifically refer to life as a parent of a human child.  I feel like an imbecile writing "I don't have kids" as a response.  Be considerate and ask an unrestricted question, such as this one, that can be answered many ways. 

With that being said, I am a mom to four fur-babies.  My almost 6 year old rat terrier pup Daisy; my 14 year old cat Loco; my almost 9 year old cat Phantom; and my cat of unknown age, Buster.  I say my but they're "our" babies.

4. What did you have for Mother's Day dinner?

For dinner my husband cooked fried shrimp and hush puppies.  I made a pasta salad and regular salad, or should I say, "I prepared" the salads since there was no "making" involved.

5. What is your fondest memory of your Mom?

It's hard to pick just one, all my memories with my mom are fond ones.  I'm really enjoying recent days/weeks/months since we've been playing Words/Scrambled/Hanging With Friends and Draw Something.  Fun, fun.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

What to do?

While I was sitting in the car waiting for Brad after work the other night, it dawned on me... I didn't have anything to do when I got home. 

No homework. 
No reading assignments. 
No tests. 
No quizzes. 
No discussion questions. 
No essays. 
No nothing. 

I was a little overwhelmed at the thought of being free.  What would I do?

I could sit on the couch all night without the computer.
I could sit in the backyard all night.
I could clean my car.
I could pull weeds.
I could do my nails.
I could do laundry.
I could clean my carpet.
I could go for a walk.
I could go to the gym.

Not that I really wanted to do any of those things, but I could have done them.

It's like every evening is a weekend! At least until September.

When you have a free evening, how do you fill it?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Prepping for a new semester... already?

My classes haven't even been over a week yet and I'm already prepping for the new semester.  What is wrong with me?

Banging head on desk avatar
Image courtesy of Avatarist.

Let me start by saying this was not my intention.  My intention was to chill for as long as possible before worrying about what classes I was going to take in the fall.  I am slightly (maybe more than slightly) obsessive so when I have something in my head it can consume me so putting things off can be good in the sense that I won't obsess about them.

Anyway, I was checking the online student information system to see if my grades were posted yet and one of the announcements was that fall registration opened back in mid-April! What???? So of course I needed to get cracking and I ended up spending hours picking courses and getting enrolled.  Was not expecting that.

See, there are these two classes I have to take that are prerequisites for several other classes I need for my degree, so it is essential I get in these classes as soon as possible otherwise I'll never be able to take those other classes and I'll be attending college forever! Not what I want and they are always booked up immediately.  Fortunately I made it into one, but I am first on the waiting list for the other.  I am hoping that will change, that someone will drop the class or that they will open up another class so now I keep checking back because of this stinkin' wait list.

Right now I'm enrolled in five classes.  I know right.  I intend on dropping at least one depending on how this wait list goes.  If I'm still on the wait list and no other classes open up, then obviously I won't be taking that class.  But if I do get into that class, then I'll drop one of the other classes.

I'm a little nervous about taking four classes, taking three and working full time was hard! But I have 13 classes left and I can do that in three semesters (yes, I'll have to take 5 one semester) and be finished with my degree in December 2013 if I bump it up a notch.  So I'm going to try.  If after I look at the syllabi I find these classes have way too much work, then I can drop one, not a big deal, I just want to go at it with all I've got.  I'd hate to not get in that fourth class and then find that I could have done it.  Nothing like kicking yourself after the fact.

Follow Friday

I'm so happy to be participating in some Friday fun again.  It's been too long! So here's the deal... each week Hilary @ Feeling Beachie posts four fill-in statements on her blog, take them to your blog, fill them in and link up.  Real easy, occasionally thought provoking, a good time! Join us!


1. In the summer ___.
2. I always ___ when I ___.
3. Reading ___ makes me ___.
4. I like to live ___ because ___.

My answers:

1. In the summer I tend to stay in the AC.  It is just too hot here.  I'm not close enough to the beach and I don't have a pool so unless I want to fry, inside it is!

2. I always laugh when I do something stupid.  I figure if I laugh first, I set a precedent for the situation.

3. Reading a good book makes me eager for another good book.  Ok, not very imaginative, but doesn't a really good book make you want to keep reading, but a bad book kind of puts you off? Ok, maybe it's just me!

4. I like to live in New York because of the Chinese food, pizza, bagels, and Slurpees.  I was seriously just having this conversation with a co-worker from Jersey.  She doesn't feel it yet because she hasn't been here long enough, but after our conversation she's afraid she will.  Haha.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Check out my photo blog post!

Hello again!

Hop on over to my photo blog to check out the first post under my new format.  :)

The new URL for my photo blog is: JADPHOTOS.BLOGSPOT.COM

Pondering With a Purpose: Comfort Food

What an awesome topic Brenda!.  Food is probably my all time favorite thing to talk about, and you could probably see that if you looked at my labels/tags on the right side of the page, "food" is one of the biggest ones there.  That's actually quite sad...

I would have to say that my all time favorite, most comforting comfort food, has got to be Thanksgiving food.  You know, turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, broccoli casserole... Wow, is it November yet?

Also, when I'm feeling sorry for myself I sometimes really enjoy a king size chocolate bar... not a plain old bar, but a Cadbury dairy milk, or Symphony almond with toffee chips, or Ghirardelli with caramel...  Those melt in your mouth delicious chocolates.  Oooh or Lindt truffles.  Ok, enough, I can feel my arteries clogging.

Fried chicken is one of those traditional southern comfort foods but I'm not feeling it.  Don't get me wrong, I like my chicken fried, but you kind of have to work to eat chicken on a bone a little bit more than you do Thanksgiving food and I'm all about lazy comfort food.

Now head on over to Brenda's and link you your Pondering With a Purpose post!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


I was surprised to see that after all the hype that the gas prices were rising, the price at the station near me has been on a downward trend... of course now that I say that they'll start going back up...

What are the prices by you?

Happy 4 Years!

Last Thursday Brad and I celebrated our four year wedding anniversary.  We spent the day at work and the evening visiting Peanut.  Couldn't imagine a better way to spend the day (aside from the work part).  

Typically we try to have a cake or some kind of desert and whip out our engraved cake cutting set and reminisce.  Our wedding day was utterly amazing.  I planned it for nearly two years and I am amazed at how perfect it turned out.  The people, the food, the decorations...

People say that your wedding day is just one day, not really a big deal because it's just that one day.  You spend thousands of dollars on one day and then it's all gone.  Not for me, at least not yet.  Of course I have my wedding album and we had a video made, so I have those memories forever.  I also have other little trinkets from that day, like the personalized napkins and stirrers I just had to have.  People say that stuff is irrelevant and you shouldn't waste your money.  But it's not to me, not yet.  

You may remember a post I did a while back about my wedding box.  It's been four years and I still love digging through that box and pulling things out and remembering the bits and pieces, the unimportant bits and pieces.  I remember ordering them, I remember receiving them, I remember putting the pieces together to form one beautiful wedding.  From the place card holders to the bubbles, everything.  I love that I still have these things to look at and remember all the intricate details that went into that day.

People say not to worry about the food at your wedding, go with the flow because you won't eat anyway.  See that picture up top? That was Brad and I at our table at dinner.  I said "heck no" to the not eating at my own wedding thing.  I wanted to experience every bit of it and I did.  I don't regret a single thing.  I loved my wedding, and I love my marriage.

And one of my favorite pieces of my wedding day, the cake.  The cake.  Oh my goodness it was positively amazing.  It was beautiful and delicious and huge.  I had to have huge.  I love cake and I think the cake is one of those signature things at weddings, aside from the dresses and the flowers, so naturally I needed something epic.  And it was.  Aside from the tiered cake you see above, there were four smaller cakes on the table around it with various yummy flavors.  Brad's aunt made it and I got a great deal, there is no way I could have afforded that cake otherwise!

I'm pretty sure if Brad and I ever have a daughter I'm in some serious trouble!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Photo Blog Changes

I'm working on some changed to my 365 photo blog.  I pretty much consider my attempt at a 365 photo blog an epic fail.  With all the chaos that is my life during the days/weeks/months that I have school, it's nearly impossible to keep up with anything, let along a daily photo blog.  So I'm admitting defeat on that one.  I'm going to convert said blog into a regular photo blog and I'm going to spend some of my non-school year on my photography hobby.  I'm no pro, but I do love taking pictures! So please stay tuned for a revamped photo blog, I will probably change the URL and will post when I do so, so please update your reading lists if you subscribe!

Tuesday Coffee Chat: Music

Good morning! I can't believe I'm actually sitting here with a coffee participating in this week's coffee chat.  Usually I do these posts in the evening when it's dangerous for me to have coffee, so I fake it.  But I miss participating in the weekly hops so much that I am eager to get started early! Coffee in hand, or on desk because that would make it real difficult to type, here we go!

Music is such a great topic, I love it.  I have a very eclectic collection.  Like Leslie, what I am listening to at the moment really depends on my mood.  I tend to opt for the radio when I'm in the car because there is a variety at my fingertips and unless I'm in a particular "type of music mood", I get sick of one genre too quickly.

I'm thinking and thinking and I can't think of that one song I'd sing for my hypothetical audition.  Is there a song that sounds like dying cats? Hey, I could probably rock the Meow Mix jingle...

I can't sing.  Absolutely. Can. Not. Sing.  Doesn't mean I don't try, when no one is around of course, usually in the car.  Which reminds me of a funny story.  Excuse me while I sidetrack...

I was on my way back from Greenville, I had to do something there for work.  It was about a 4 hour drive back home and I was in the oh-so-comfy minivan that I kind of miss.  So there I am driving down I-26 in a minivan, listening to... wait for it... Linkin Park.  I hadn't listened to their Hybrid Theory album in so long and I was surprised at how many of the lyrics I remembered.  So naturally I was belting them out and dancing in my seat.  Little did I know my speed had ridiculously increased.  Out of the corner of my eye I could see a car was maintaining speed with me and it kind of creeped me out because they couldn't possibly want to see me dance.  I dance as bad as I sing and when you're driving it's no better.  So I stopped bouncing and slowly peered over to my left and it was a cop.  Great! Fortunately he just motioned for me to slow down, I nodded, and he sped away.  I think it was the minivan that let me get away with it, either that or he saw my dance moves and figured I had enough problems...

Image Courtesy of RPS

So back to the audition! Maybe I could do R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It"?  I do know all the lyrics and maybe that would impress the judges enough to let me through despite my voice. Maybe.

So some of the artists/bands that I like are: Billy Joel, Elton John, Eagles, Metallica, Linkin Park, George Strait, Bobby Darin, Adele, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, R.E.M., Clay Walker, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Our Lady Peace, Filter, Norah Jones, Mazzy Star, 311... and the list can seriously go on and on and on... you can tell I'm all over the place when it comes to music! Who am I kidding, I'm all over the place when it comes to anything!

And a moment of silence for Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys.  I grew up with the Beastie Boys, I even went to see them in concert in the 90s.  I had License to Ill on cassette! So sad to hear of his passing.
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