Sunday, December 26, 2010

New Workout Motivation!

First and foremost......Merry Christmas! I hope you had an incredible Christmas with family and friends :) I had a great time, despite not having my boy and my brother around. I am lucky to have great friends and great family.

Now, on to the point of this post.....my newfound workout motivation! I found out on Christmas Eve that I am going to be a bridesmaid in the wedding of one of my closest friends, Kathy, and her fiance Zach. I was ELATED to hear that they wanted me to be part of their day, and it's actually a funny story about how she told me....but that's another post for another day.

You can see, I am sure, why I have newfound workout motivation......I refuse to be a fat bridesmaid! And many would argue that I am not fat, but I am far from healthy and I am definitely overweight. I haven't been content with how I look and how my clothes are fitting, but I wasn't previously motivated to get the workout ball rolling again. But now, I have until December 17, 2011, to get myself in shape!

I need to focus on weight loss, as well as toning. Depending on the type of dress, my arms and shoulders will probably be showing, and I want them to look good/not jiggle! I also REALLY need to focus on my eating. I have always rather easily maintained my weight, within 10 lbs or so since I was in high school. So I never worried much about what I was eating. But now that I am actively trying to lose weight, I will need to pay more attention to eating a healthy balanced diet.

So, wish me luck, blog friends. And poke your head in here every once in a while to make sure I am on track!


The beautiful bride and me when we were 12

At our 16th birthday party

On my 21st birthday

Happy Halloween 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Updates

Well, my blogging has been slow. But I learned this weekend that some of my friends actually read this thing! So, I threatened to stop writing, ever, if my friend Kristin didn't leave a comment (I mean it Kristin, when you read this you must comment!!)

Not too much new is going on here. Christmas is fast approaching! I am super excited about that. I have lots of good presents to give this year :)

I am spending New Year's in Texas with the boy......my first glimpse of our future new home! I am nervous haha.

I have been applying to jobs non-stop. Heard NOTHING back from ANYONE even though I have been applying for jobs that I am perfect for. Hello, annoying.

It's tough, cause I am REALLY excited for this next phase of my life.....my flyboy is buying a house, we will finally be living in the same town, I will be living near my brother and some of the boy's friends who I have known for a while.......but I can't GET to this phase until I can find a job. It's so frustrating.

Until another day, blog friends.....

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Meanderers

The Christmas Spirit has not hit me yet.

Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas. But for some reason, I haven't been taken over with jolliness this year.

So, with that said.......I have a problem with people who meander. That is the best word I can come up with to describe the annoying people I come across in my shopping travels. There is no other way to describe people who seem to know where they are going, but are in no hurry to get there, and insist on meandering in large groups that block me from my destination.

Sometimes I think I am getting old.



In other news, Old Navy is having a Buy One Get One FREE sale on ALL of their sweaters!!! FREE! FREE! Get over to Old Navy before all the good ones are gone!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Updated Christmas Shopping!

Ok, I have finally had some success.



AAAAND, some stuff is even wrapped already!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

'Poo free?

So I just went through my blog, and I swear I thought I wrote a post about going shampoo free. Apparently I did not. So this is going to be a two in one post.

On November 18th, I embarked on my shampoo free lifestyle. I chose to do this while I had 3 nearly full bottles of shampoo and two nearly full bottles of conditioner in my shower. You might ask 1. Why I decided to go 'poo free at this exact moment and 2. Why I have 3 bottles of shampoo and 2 bottles of conditioner at one time. Both are great questions. My only defense is that I'm a moron.

I decided to try not using shampoo because I got on this healthy hair kick. A friend of mine was trying all different kinds of things to make her hair healthier, and I wanted in! I also had stumbled across several blogs about it. My inspiration? Simple Mom.

The most common directions I found called for baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Mix the baking soda with water and clean your scalp with it, then wash it out. Mix the vinegar with water and wash the ends of your hair with it, and wash it out.

So off I go to the store, buying my baking soda and vinegar, perusing the aisles of Target looking for the best bottles to put my concoctions in. I took my loot home, mixed everything up, and placed it in my shower, ready to go.

I succesfully used the concoctions about 5 times. Yes, I am pathetic. I didn't even last a week.

I had no real issue with the mixtures, it seemed to work out well. Every SAID my hair looked good (it looked bad to me). It didn't smell or anything nasty. But the texture is what eventually pushed me back to shampoo.

My hair just felt.......dirty. I can't think of a better word. It felt greasy (which they warn you is likely to happen) and coarse and hard to get a brush through. I couldn't just wear it down because it didn't move. Every day, I wore it back in a low half up pony tail.

Finally washing my hair felt amazing.

I can admit it, I am weak. Vanity and easiness took over. My poor head and skin will continue to be pelted with chemicals. However, I have noticed my hair feels SO MUCH BETTER now. I think I am just much more conscious of what I am doing to my hair. I always condition now, which I didn't ALWAYS do before. I also think that going 'poo free for a week might have cleansed my scalp. So I think I might make this a couple-times-a-year occurrence.

Moral of the story? Give it a try. If I had been more patient, I think I might have liked it :)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Happy Trails...

My uncle died today. He had a heart attack on the escalator at the airport and fell down to the bottom. I don't know much more right now.

He was my grandma's brother. Slowly, the family has been dwindling. My pop died in 1987, and then my great grandmother died in 1996. My grandma died suddenly in 2002, and my great aunt (Uncle Jack's wife) died of a brain tumor in 2004. He has been our last holdout, and now it looks like he is gone. For as long as my great-grandma (IE) lived (she was 87 when she died), everyone else got cut short. My pop was 56, Grandma was 66, Aunt Phyllis was somewhere around 64, and Uncle Jack just turned 72 I think. What did we do to get gypped out of our family so early?

In memory of Uncle Jack, I have a video.






Happy trails to you, Uncle Jack, until we meet again....

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Budget

A few things I love::
1. CHRISTMAS (NOT X-mas, nothing drives me crazier than X-mas)
2. Gift giving

So you would think that this time of year is my favorite, right? IT IS!


Well, I have been shopping willy-nilly up to this point, buying things here and there. NORMALLY, I love that kind of gift shopping......but this year, I am on a budget! I have set my budget and need to adhere to it as closely as possible. So it's not possible for me to just buy willy-nilly, I need to think out my purchases.

Let me tell you, this takes all the fun out of Christmas shopping.

Anyone else on a tight budget for Christmas?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Calling All Curvy Girls!

For those of you on the curvier/hippier side.......where do you buy your skinny jeans???

I am really trying to jump on board with the skinny jeans and tall boots tucked in look. I LIKE the look. I WANT IN!!!


But man are skinny jeans NOT ATTRACTIVE ON THIS BODY!!!



So I need assistance from some slightly curvy girls :) Where do you get your skinny jeans???

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Boots boots boots boots boots!!!

So, I have a little problem. I have really wide calves. I can rarely get knee high boots because the boot usually won't zip up all the way. I have the family calves.

BUT......Payless has saved me.

These Payless boots are exactly what I have been looking for!! They come in a wide calf size, and they have them in black, brown, and grey! I am in love!

Currently they are $40, which let's face it, is a bit high for Payless. SO I plan to keep my eye on the store and online and wait for a sale. They have a BOGO sale right now, so I could get two pair for $60......but I think I can do better.

So hopefully in the near future I will be posting my new boots!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas Shopping!

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet????

I haven't, officially, even though I have been talking about starting for the last month lol. But first, I need to make my list of who I am buying for!

1. The boy
2. Mom
3. Dad
4. Colin (brother)
5. Donna (boy's mom)
6. Curt (boy's dad)
7. Sierra (boy's sister)
8. Ryan (Sierra's fiance)
9. Trevin (boy's brother)
10. Secret Donkey (don't ask, I have strange friends)
11. WOL Secre Sister (online forum)
12. Shannon!

$500 is the budget for Christmas this year. I WILL NOT GO ALL OUT CRAZY!!!!

Now just to figure out what to get everyone....


And if you're feeling in the mood to get ME a Christmas present, just follow this link :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Well, it's Monday.

Not too much to note over here, but I figured I should keep up my blog anyway.

First....Thankful November for the 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th! Woah I am behind haha.
12. On Friday, I was very thankful for Fridays :)
13. Sleeping in!
14. Shopping! I may not always be happy with my size or fitness level, but overall, I love shopping :) And I scored some good deals at Marshalls!
15. Today, I am thankful for my dad. He came over to my office today to get my house keys so he could chill in my apartment for an hour he had to kill before I got off and we could go for our run. He chatted it up with everyone in the office, and then we went for a pretty good run together. Then, I got to introduce him to our maintenance supervisor and carpet cleaning guy when we were done, and despite any problems we have had, I am proud of my dad. He is smart, he is driven, he is nice, he is sociable! He could talk to a brick wall, happily! So today.....I am thankful for my dad :)


I am still constantly on the prowl for jobs in Texas. That hasn't changed. But the move is coming up.....or, my estimated move haha. C will be moving in about 2-3 weeks, and then after the holidays, he has a  couple weeks of training to do out of state, so he won't really be settled in Abilene until February. So, fingers crossed I can find a job to move and get settled in January, but I won't really be missing HIM if I am not there at that point.

As I said before, my dad and I went for a run today. We did Couch to 5K last winter/spring, and in March did our first 5k. However, since then I have seriously slacked off on my running. I have done 3 5ks since then, but haven't full out run the entire thing since March. SO, I am going back to basics and picked up at week 6 of C25K to kind of get myself back on target. Once I reach 5k status again, there is a program called Bridge to 10k, which will help us jump up to 10k status (6.2 miles)! I felt GOOD on my run today, even though it was a bit wimpy. Feeling good on my runs keeps me motivated to keep going!

I am getting SUPER excited to go to Indiana for Thanksgiving. I will DEFINITELY miss my family, my brother being in town, and ALL the Thanksgiving traditions I have, such as getting schwasty with my brother and Shannon on Thanksgiving Eve, and somehow getting ourselves up for the Turkey Bowl in the mornin (Thanksgiving football game at Ravens Stadium between my brother's high school and another local high school).  I have been going to Turkey Bowl for.......11 years I think. So it will be an odd Thanksgiving to not be there. And, my grandmother is sick and not doing well, and honestly we anticipated she would be gone before Thanksgiving, but she is still holding on, which is awesome. But that means I am going to miss her [probable] last holiday with the family. And my mom is hosting Thanksgiving this year, my brother will be home, the whole family will be there. 

BUT.....I have gotten to share Thanksgiving with C and my family several times. I am excited to have the chance to be with his family this year. I am super excited to see them in general :)

I have also stopped washing my hair :P With shampoo, anyway. I have started cleaning my scalp with baking soda and water and the ends of my hair with vinegar and water. Thus far, I like it! But that's another post for another day :)

Happy Monday!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Fill In!

Thanks to Wife of a Sailor!

1.Were you named after anyone?
           Sort of. Not in a direct way that anyone may notice, though. The day my mom told my grandparents she was pregnant with me, my Pop died. So my middle name is her maiden name, in honor of him. I was also supposed to be born 3 days after his birthday, a birthday present.
          THEN, my grandma's name was Mary Gail D______. My mom was named Michele Gail D______, and then married my dad and added R_____. They named me Abigail D______ R_______. So we all have the Gail piece in our names :)


2.What color, if any, are your toenails usually painted?
            Pink of some kind.

3.How do you flush a public toilet? Hands? Feet? Something else?
           Hands. Then I wash them lol.
4.When you were a little kid, which TV character did you have a crush on?
           Sully from Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Hands down. What's not to love??


5.Let’s say you had to lose one of your five senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell). Which one would you choose? Why?
                Hmmmm. I have thought about this before. I would probably lose smell or taste. Just cause I don't think I could happily live without my sight or my hearing.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Day 9, 10, and 11

9. I am thankful for The Biggest Loser!

10. I am thankful for Anne of Green Gables, the books and the movie :) Yes, I know that makes me a nerd.

11. I am thankful for Grey's Anatomy!

Monday, November 8, 2010

I wonder if my boyfriend ever reads this....

I'm going to assume NO and proceed haha.

So a discussion came up with friends over the weekend about engagement rings. And whether the guy should purchase it alone, propose with a ring, propose without a ring, take girl shopping, etc.

Let's give you some background story. My dad proposed to my mom without a ring (it also took her a couple months to say yes haha). And after she said yes, they went shopping together to pick out a ring she liked that he could afford haha.

I have always thought that was a good idea......I would like to have a lot of faith in my boy's jewelry picking ability, and thus far he has always done a great job. But your ENGAGEMENT RING.....that's a big deal! What if he gets the exact thing you DON'T want??

I have a set of friends who are engaged, and they picked out the ring together, bought it together, and the surprise part was when he actually proposed. I know a lot of people who get proposed to with a ring in hand, picked out by the guy. And I know others who pick it out after the fact, together.

So what are your thoughts? What do you think is the way to go? Are you non-materialistic and don't care? Do you think you'll "love it" just cause he bought it? Waddya think??

Days 6, 7, and 8

I have been a slacker. I missed the whole weekend on things I am thankful for!

So, I am thankful for my friend Dani, Daylight Savings Time, and knitting.

On Saturday, Dani and I spent a good majority of the afternoon shopping and hanging out, our standard weekend plans. Having a friend like her is a blessing.

Daylight Savings Time gave me an extra hour of sleep on Sunday!

And I learnd to knit yesterday :) :) :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

5. Postcards!

I am putting together my Thankful November post with my Postcard Swap post!

I am thankful for Postcards!!


My postcard came a while ago from Lacey in Durango, CO!

I need to take a picture of it, which I will do on my lunch break! It was such a fun surprise, I had totally forgotten about the swap! It was so nice to get something other than bills and netflix in my mailbox!

EDIT: Here it is!


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Coat/Hat/Scarf/Mitten Drive!

So I spent most of 2009 doing an internship at a transitional housing program in Baltimore City. Lanvale provides interim housing for homeless recovering substance abusers (primarily women). Most of the residents lost their kids due to their addictions and are completing a long process when they come to Lanvale. For most, the last step to getting their kids back is finding somewhere to live, and Lanvale supplies that. It is a great experience to see parents reunited with their children, and working hard to keep it that way.

It is really an incredible place and an incredible experience. Some of the residents really seize the opportunity to create a better life. If they live at Lanvale for a year and stay clean and follow the rules, they qualify for Section 8 vouchers. For a verrrrrrry long time. So they truly have a chance to get on their feet. One of the residents who I grew close to called me recently to tell me she moved out of Lanvale with her daughter and has a house in the county now. It was so great to hear that.

In conjunction with my mom's Keller Williams Realty office, last year we successfully held a winter gear drive. People made donations of mostly used and some new hats, scarves, gloves, and coats, as well as variety of other odds and ends people had in their closets. Donations came in for women, children, and some stuff for men. Lanvale is primarily inhabited by women and children, so that is where the most need is.

Due to the cycle of openings, a lot of residents move in to Lanvale in the summer, with only the clothes on their backs. When this time of year rolls around, the parents don't always have the resources to buy warm clothes for their children, and the residents almost always do a lot of walking since they don't have cars. It's an important need that we sometimes forget about.

I was contacted by KW to help them orchestrate the process again, and I am really excited about it! I figured I would throw it out in blog-land that we are looking for donations!

Primarily, we are looking for clothing donations. HOWEVER, if you are wanting to contribute but are too far away to make a clothing contribution (although you can mail stuff if you want!), I know Lanvale would also greatly appreciate any kind of monetary donation that we can use to buy new items for the residents.

If you are interested in donating anythinggggggg to these women, men, and CHILDREN, feel free to email me :)

This November, I am definitely thankful to have my warm winter coat, gloves, boots, scarves, and a warm home.

Rainy Days

So, as I sit here at my desk, I am not quite 100% thankful for rainy days. I am thankful MORE for rainy days that involve me staying in bed until I feel like getting up. But, a nice rainy day spent in bed is definitely something I am thankful for.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 3. America

I'll admit, I don't pay much attention to politics. I am conservative, and I know what I believe, but I don't pay much attention to what they are doing in Congress or the White House. But, that doesn't stop me from thinking Republicans are the best!!! And last night, O'Malley won the race for Governor of Maryland. And O'Malley is most certainly not a Republican.

So, before I start spouting off about things I don't know, let's get to my point. I am thankful for America and our rights. I am thankful that, even though I don't agree with a lot of those elected, that I had the opportunity to vote. I'm not sure what the majority was thinking, but the majority ruled and this is our result.

I am thankful to be an American and have rights and the ability to vote for our leaders.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day 2: Netflix

I am allowed to be materialistic, right????

I am thankful for Netflix. Oh dear Netflix, you are so wonderful to me. You don't mind when I forget to return my movies for a month.....doesn't matter to you! You understand me. You KNOW I can't go to those silly red boxes cause then when I forget to return my movie, I get charged every day. You know that going to Blockbuster costs like $5 per movie. I pay $14 per MONTH with you, dear Netflix. For 2 movies at a time! Delivered to my mailbox! I only have to remember to return my videos ONE TIME in a month for it to be worth my money!

So, dear Netflix, my Thankful November post today is dedicated to you.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Thankful November

Now that I have re-entered the blogosphere, I was doing some of my standard blog stalking and came across an idea called Thankful November over at Sarah's blog, Wears Inappropriate Shoes. She suggest we all link up and post something we are thankful for each day of November.

Now, if you read this, you probably know me. And you know it is unlikely I will REMEMBER to post something every day. However, I can always try right? I think I will make it my goal to post 30 things I am thankful for by the end of November haha.

So, let's begin.

The First Thing Abby Can Think Of That She Is Thankful For:
  1. Warm comfy sweaters. When I am hot, I am really hot, but when I am cold......man I am really cold. I could feel the cold seep into my bedroom last night (of course, it is too early to turn the heat on). So this morning, as I stumbled out of bed and convinced myself not to dive back in, I knew I needed a warm sweater to wear. And it has to be comfy cause let's get real, if it's 30 degrees out, my last concern is being cute.
          Luckily, this time cute and comfy coincided. I love me some Ralph Lauren, and I have to say, their cable knit crew neck sweaters really trump all others. I threw on my favorite navy blue Ralph Lauren sweater, winked down at the little green embroidered Pony, and donned my furry boots (cause what good is a warm sweater without warm shoes??)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Back from the Dead, Blog Edition

Hello Friends! I know you're out there! Don't give up on me yet.

I am back to the blogging world, at least for the moment. I haven't really felt like I have anything to say to the blog world, and sometimes it takes me a minute to realize that I don't really have to have anything to say......I can say anything, as long as I strive to do it without typos :)

Things are a'happening in the life of Abby! I can't believe it is November 1......that puts us at a theoretical 2 months out until I move to Texas! Needless to say, that whole business is still way up in the air because of the job situation. I have been searching daily for job listings in Abilene, and I have an appointment on Tuesday for another step in the process of getting hired as a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer in the Abilene Airport! Not my dream job by far, but it's absolutely somewhere to start. Plus, it would play into my next endeavor pretty well.....

I have decided to start grad school. I started undergrad as an education major, with a goal of being an elementary school teacher. That was my goal since I was a kid. However, I decided  during my sophomore year that I didn't want to deal with the politically correct bullshit of the public school system and I changed my major to Family Studies. I can't say that was a bad choice, cause it got me where I am, and a semester early :) However, I keep coming back to education and teaching.

My goal originally was to find an online Master's of Arts in Teaching program (tend to be initial certification programs) geared toward elementary ed. However, that's like finding.........not quite a needle in a haystack, but maybe a tennis ball in a huge haystack. Now, I am thinking of the colleges in Abilene for accelerated teacher certification programs. After that, I could go back to school for a Master's in school counseling or reading education, or something else that interests me and would enhance my career. So, after countless hours spent searching the internet, I am still seeking out the RIGHT program.


Other than that, I am just enjoying fall in Baltimore. I love my home, and I can't say I won't be really sad to leave. But the prospect of getting to the end of this LDR is just........elating. I am so ready for us to finally have a chance to be NORMAL haha. As normal as we get anyway :)

I will do my best not to leave blog land for so long again. I don't think too many people follow, but I know how annoyed I get when I go to someone's blog and they never update! So I will do my best not to be that person :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mama, you taught me to do the right things. 
So, now you have to let your baby fly. 
You've given me everything that I will need. 
To make it through this crazy thing called life. 
And I know you watched me grow up, 
and only want what's best for me. 
And I think I found the answer to your prayers. 

And he is good, so good. 
He treats your little girl, 
like a real man should. 
He is good, so good. 
He makes promises he keeps. 
No, he's never gonna leave. 
So, don't you worry about me. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Forums for AF SOs???

So I have been on the prowl for an online forum specifically for Air Force wives/girlfriends/fiances. As the move to Texas gets closer, I get more worried about making friends. I know my transition will be MUCH better if I find some people to connect with, especially since I'm not a wife and won't automatically have the wife community. I figure my chances of finding people stationed in Nowheresville, TX.....uh I mean Abilene, will be better on an all Air Force forum.

At the suggestion of my friend Jess, I am putting the word out here. I found two forums, but they really seem inactive.

Anyone know of any good Air Force SO forums?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Friday Fill In

Thanks to Wife of a Sailor!


1.How do you spend your deployment money, do you save, pay off bills or enjoy the extra money while it is there to buy the things you do not normally have? (from Troop Petrie)
      Well, it's not "our" money AND my flyboy hasn't deployed yet. But knowing him and knowing us, most of it would go towards paying off the house he plans to buy. C hates having debt, even "normal" debt like a house or a car. My brother put about half of his "extra" money in savings and spent half on fun stuff (i.e. guns, for him haha.)

2.If you could relive one occasion or moment, what would it be? (from Currently On Land)
      Probably a moment when my grandma was still alive. One of her hugs.

3.What’s the worst job you ever had and if it was so bad why did you take it? (from Faith and Deploying)
      I have actually had pretty great jobs. I started lifeguarding when I was 16 and did that for 6 years, working my way up to manager. I LOVED my pool and the members and my coworkers. I worked at JC Penney in high school, which wasn't cushy but was far from bad. I guess my most boring job would have to be working in the Housing office on campus at Towson. It was miserably boring.

4.If you could play any character on TV, who would you be? (from Many Waters)
      If I could play any character on tv, I think I would play Piper Halliwell from Charmed. I relate to her a lot, because the character is super responsible and controlled. She focuses on things, sometimes too much. I think I would be comfortable playing that character.

5.If you could become the world’s expert in something, what would it be? (from Army of Two)
       Something worthwhile. Maybe knitting, cause you get good products out of it, and cause I HAPPEN to be really frustrated as I try to teach myself to knit haha.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Nom nom nom.....Bake-N-Blog!

Yayyy! It is time for the Bake-N-Blog!

However, I have to rack my brain about this cause I made my cupcakes about 3 weeks ago!

OK, first of all, I made cupcake #25, Sour Cream Raspberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting!

The first step for me was to go to Target and buy my supplies (except for the raspberries, got them at Superfresh). However, of COURSE I didn't check to see what I had before I went shopping, so I ended up having almost 2 full bags of powdered sugar and EIGHT sticks of butter.

Step 2. Begin making of the mess. I mean uh....prep work! I had to buy a mixer for this project, since I had been bumming one off of a friend.


Step 3. Mixing the dry ingredients together. I have noticed, with a lot of "from scratch" recipes, the main difference is you have to mix the dry stuff together instead of getting it from a box. And lucky me, I got a great set of 3 glass mixing bowls as a graduation gift.


Step 4. No pictures, but you add the wet stuff......butter, eggs, vanilla, and the sugar. You had to beat the sugar and butter together first in with the flour and all that. Then, when you hit that point of being annoyed at how dry the batter is, they let you add the eggs and vanilla haha. It is supposed to be mixed on low, but my mixer has 6 settings that are all fast.



 
Step 5. Add the raspberries!
 Clearly, I overpurchased on the raspberries haha.


Step 6. Put the batter in the oven. I really liked this batter, because it was thick and therefore easy to spoon into the cupcake liners.


Step 7. Make the icing! I personally LOVE cream cheese icing, and it was super easy to make. Although, the recipe calls for 1/2 lb of confectioner's sugar, and in my calculations, I accidentally added 1.5 lbs of sugar.....luckily I had those two bags!


Step 8. Marvel at the mess I have managed to make.


Step 9. Showcase my amazing icing skills.


Step 10. Pick the best-iced cupcake and take a picture! (I have low standards)


They may not be pretty, but they are yummy!!! I think that I could do with fewer raspberries in the batter next time, but I would definitely make these again!


Car Woes

So, I knew that buying a new car would be a huge and great experience. And it was! I am all set to start making my payments, and even though the first one is not due til October 3, I have already made one! So yay!

Unfortunately, I have also experienced another first of car ownership...car repairs! Combined with car accidents! I got rear ended on September 1, and finally got to take my car to the dealership today! My little Dory only has 910 miles on her, and I had to leave her at the shop :(

Luckily, the damage was minor....my bumper is scratched and a bracket underneath was bent. They are going to paint it and replace the bracket and she should be all mine by Thursday!

However, in the mean time, I am driving a rental car. A Chevy Impala. Now, overall, I don't have a problem with the car. Except for it's boat like feel and how low to the ground I am. I turned around while parallel parking and couldnt see anything but my head rest. But I have to say, I am infinitely better at parallel parking a sedan than my Escape......I still can't remotely parallel park Dory.

And the final car woe.....I got a parking ticket! $22 to Baltimore County for not feeding the meter. However....I think that is $22 well spent, considering I park in Towson at the Post Office at LEAST 3 times a week and never feed the meter. And have been doing this for at least a year. And Towson moved to the parking machine things that spit out a little paper permit for you, so I would spend at least a dollar a visit because you can't put less on a credit card. So that's at LEAST $150 I WOULD have spent had I chosen to feed the meter.

Guess that means I can get 6 more parking tickets and still be in the clear :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Day 02 – Your first love, in great detail

My first love. Where to start.

He was a good first love. Dave is 7 months older than I am, and was a school year ahead of me. We dated when I was 16 for about a year and a half. We talked all the time, we texted all the time, we saw each other all the time. It's kind of funny, considering the long distance relationship I am in now.

Dave treated me like a princess. Ultimately, we broke up because of some fundamental differences that I am not sure we would have ever seen eye to eye on. He had a tendency to be possessive and could get jealous, but it was only because he thought he loved me.

Dave was a great first love because he helped me establish my standards. I have discussed with friends why they date d-bags and why I have not.....I am 100% sure it's because my first experiences in dating were such positive ones. Dave treated me well, so it helped me solidify the belief that I should be treated well.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

22. Take a yoga class

I have now gone to 3 yoga classes with my friend Dani.

I have taken all 3 from 3 separate instructors, so it has been really interesting to see how different teachers teach! I have done a headstand (against the wall lol) and all kinds of fun stretchy yoga poses!

I am not great about the "ohm" thought part of yoga, but I try! haha.

I definitely want to keep going :)


ps forgot to add.....C came with us to one! It was fun to have him along :)

9. Save enough money to put money down on a new car/buy a new car

I bought a new car!!

Meet Dory, my Ford Escape......I mean Es-Cop-Ay!

Wordless Woman Wednesday!

I am woman, hear me roar!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Always spending money! Hobbies are expensive

So, I have decided I am not content with my Canon point and shoot. I want the ability to take prettier pictures. In high school, I took several photography classes, and I am not trying to make a job out of it, but I would like to be able to play around some more, which is tough with the results of simple point and shoot cameras. My dad has an entirely manual Nikon from the 70s, which is what I used for my photography classes. It’s a lot of fun, especially developing prints and such, but not really feasible considering I don’t have a dark room haha.

So, dear blog readers, I need recommendations! I am looking at the SLR and dSLR cameras. I don’t need anything “professional”, per se, and I am not trying to spend $234098094 on this endeavor. However, ALL suggestions are helpful!

What SLR cameras do you recommend?

p.s. don’t worry, all of my drunken bar picture taking sessions will be taken with my old Canon :P

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A new one......Wee Bit Wednesday! Cause you never can have too many blog posts, right?

In my blog stumbling, I came across this!





So of course, what else can I do but jump on board?!?!

{one} what’s your favorite day of the week and why?

I discussed this with a friend last night......I think Thursday, in anticipation of Fridays. Haha I couldn't just love Fridays.....I have to make it complicated.

{two} if you could have a glimpse of your future, would you choose to see it and what time would you want to see?
If I knew what was to come, how could I live in the present??

{three} if you could be any animal, which animal would you be?
I think I would be a dolphin. I like swimming. (That is the lamest answer ever.)

{four} do you have a lucky number?
I don't know that it's ever been super lucky, except when I won a million dollars on online Deal or No Deal. Booooo. But 21 is my number whether it brings me luck or not.

{five} if you could bring one famous person back from the dead, who would it be and why?
Hmmmm hmmmm. I would wait til Andy Griffith dies and then bring him back. I love Andy Griffith.

{six} fill in the blank: peanut butter and ____________.
Jelly. I know, lame again.

{seven} would you rather live by the mountains or by the beach?
Beach, for sure.

{eight} do you have any tattoos?
Nope. I would be willing, but haven't picked MY THING yet.

{nine} if you could retire tomorrow, what would you do?
Travel. As long as I was retired and rich.

{ten} what is your favorite all time movie?
Man oh man. Always a tie. The Sound of Music, Grease, Annie, and Dirty Dancing do battle for tops

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, August 30, 2010

Balancing "me" and "us"

So you are going to laugh at me when I tell you what made me start thinking about the topic I am about to write about. I was thinking about my blog design, and how I really like the graphic I use for my blog title, but I love when I see really well done things with pictures and such. And I always want them. Which got me thinking, what picture of my flyboy and me would I put as the header? But then I thought "Wait, this is my blog, why would I put him at the top??" Which got me thinking about defining me and defining us.


In high school, I had a long term boyfriend. I spent a lot of time with him, and enjoyed my time with him. I also spent time with my friends. I had one friend who thought it was ridiculous that I would go see him after school some days (we went to different schools) because she was only able to see her boyfriend once a week and was content with that. I decided then, at the age of 16, that I was ok with not being like all my friends. I wanted to spend time with my boyfriend, and that didn’t mean I didn’t have my own identity.

Clearly, spending too much time with C is not an option. But I find myself defining a lot of who I am based on who he is. I refer to myself as an Air Force Girlfriend, I take pride in what he does and tell people about it, I am about to uproot my life and move to where he is going to live. My blog title includes him. My Facebook profile picture always includes him. I tell people “My boyfriend’s in the Air Force”, as if that explains my entire life (it explains a lot lol). I am writing an entire blog post about it lol.

There are also plenty of women in the military SO community that go out of their way to NOT let what their SO does define them. They are anti-car sticker, anti-military SO shirts, etc. You get my point. I even heard one girl say “I pride myself on knowing as little about the military as possible.” She is married to a service member. I hear others say “If my husband gets a sticker that says ‘I love my accountant’, I will get one that says ‘I love my Airman’.”

I think I have re-decided what I decided back in high school…..I am ok with being different. I am ok with defining a piece of myself as C’s girlfriend. That is one of the titles I am most proud of. I have spent almost 3 years proudly wearing the title of Air Force Girlfriend, and I think, especially with the military, that embracing that title instead of reluctantly wearing it is important.

I am Abby. That will never change. But who I am is dependent on those around me, and having rich relationships in my life, like the love I have with my flyboy, bring a lot of happiness to my life. Regardless of what anyone else thinks.


p.s. whether he was in the military or not, I think it's rude and I would be offended if my SO purposely tried to show little interest in my job and the "company" I work for. But hey, that's just me. I am ok with being different, remember? :P

Friday, August 27, 2010

Feel Good Friday!

Pause for a moment while I go find the graphic and link....




1. I sold my car!! I am going to miss my little Ruby, but she is going to a Marine fresh out of boot camp, and I have known him for a while. He is a really good kid. And my Ruby is a great car :)

2. I am loving my new car :) Dory and I have been together for a week, happy anniversary Dory!



3. My runs are going SO MUCH BETTER since I decided to go back to the basics of C25K and take walking breaks. On Monday, I did 9 minute runs with 2-4 minute breaks between, running for 27 minutes. Last night, I did 10 minute runs with 4 minute breaks in between, running for 30 minutes! It doesn't sound all that impressive, but I was really fading. Running a mile was getting tough again! I am excited for our next 5k, most likely on September 11.

4. Sookie Stackhouse novels. OMG. SO GOOD. Better than I ever expected. I am addicted. I have read more this week than I have in months. I have finished 3 of the books this week, and am on to my fourth.

5. My boy will be here in ONE WEEK!!!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

My Problem with Cover Letters

So I have a problem with cover letters. One, I was forced to write so many during college, for no apparent reason, that instead of building good cover letter skills, I built a hatred for them.

And two......they are so contrived! There are 29123435 websites about how to write a cover letter.....exactly how many paragraphs, exactly what goes in each paragraph (in your own words, of course!), what paper it needs to printed on, words to say and not to say. WHY you applied for the job......hello I need the money! And then, inevitably, you get judged on it. Even I judge. And I hate cover letters!

The reason this is in the forefront of my mind is because I am beginning to look for jobs in Texas. I really think I owe it to myself and a potential employer to be totally upfront in my cover letter, explaining that I will be moving to the area around the first of the year, but I am a the best candidate for the job and they should wait for me (my parents always told me, if you don't toot your own horn, who else will?). However, explaining my situation really doesn't fit well into the contrived cover letter, and even I, hater of cover letters, don't want to be written off for a bad cover letter!

Who else despises cover letters???

THURSDAY Fill In (What can I say, I'm a rebel)


Thanks to Wife of A Sailor!


1.What secret indulgence do you act on while your spouse is away? (from Devil Dog Darling)
        Well, he is always away haha. BUT, when we are together, he finds it painful to watch trashy reality tv. So I think that will be my indulgence when we live together.

2.If you were a spice, what would you be? (from New Girl On Post)
        Hmm. Cinnamon.

3.Where do you go for support when your significant other is deployed? (from Texas Meets Washington)
       To my favorite message boards. C hasn't been deployed yet, but when he is, that's where I will be going lol.

4.What is the oldest thing you own? (from A Troop’s Girl)
        I have my Grandma's engagement ring. It's probably circa....1960s, since it was an anniversary replacement ring lol. That isn't very old though. I have pictures that are about that old too. OH I know.....my great-grandma's Blessed Mother statue. That has to be about 90 years old.

5.How did you vision your future pre-military? (from Daddy’s Duty)
         I don't even know. I can't even see it anymore lol.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day 01 – Introduce yourself

As if I haven't introduced myself enough already. There are pages and posts dedicated to introducing myself. However, the 30 day list calls for it, so I must do it :)

I am Abby. I have many nicknames......Abz is pretty common. Ab is less common but I hear it. Abby in itself is a nickname, since my name is Abigail. One of my closest friends calls me Loo Loo, and another calls me Loseer (yes, with two E's). My dad calls me Dabba, as do my brother and my mom sometimes. That came from Yabba-Dabba-Doo.....we were a Flintstone's family :) He started calling me Abba Dabba Doo, and I get all variations.....Abba Dabba, Dabba, Dabba Doobio, Abba Dabba Doobio, Shmabba......what can I say, my dad is an interesting guy :)

I was born into a very Catholic family. Not in an extreme born again sort of way, just religious. Both sides of the family are Catholic as far back as we can tell. I went to private, Catholic schools my whole lif. This isn't uncommon in Baltimore, and my parents decided while my brother and I were in utero that they would sacrifice what they needed to to ensure we got a good education. I have to say, I can't ever thank them enough for that....the education and experiences I had through school are priceless.

I resist change whenever possible. My grandma died right before I graduated from middle school, and I think that is when my aversion to change reared its ugly head. But really, I have always hated change and goodbyes. Why I date a man in the military, who knows? :P When I was a little girl, my brother and I each got to spend a week with Grandma over the summer....she lived about 2 hours away from us, and visited us all the time. But these weeks were our special time. One year in particular, I got so homesick (even though Grandma was my best friend) that Mom came down a few days early to hang out with us. A few days later, when we left to go back home, I cried and cried since I didn't want to leave Grandma.

What this taught me about myself is that I epitomize the Charles Schulz quote “Why can't we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn't work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.”

I think this is enough of MORE of an introduction to me :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Snagging things from all over!

Looks like I keep snagging ideas from fellow blogging friends :) My friend Jenny posted this in her blog, and I am thinking I am going to try it! I am probably not going to do 30 days straight, more likely I will do it over a couple months. But like Jenny said, it helps me have ideas on things to blog about :)

30 Great Details

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Your first love, in great detail
Day 03 – Your parents, in great detail
Day 04 – What you ate today, in great detail
Day 05 – Your definition of love, in great detail
Day 06 – Your day, in great detail
Day 07 – Your best friend, in great detail
Day 08 – A moment, in great detail
Day 09 – Your beliefs, in great detail
Day 10 – What you wore today, in great detail
Day 11 – Your siblings, in great detail
Day 12 – What’s in your bag, in great detail
Day 13 – This week, in great detail
Day 14 – What you wore today, in great detail
Day 15 – Your dreams, in great detail
Day 16 – Your first kiss, in great detail
Day 17 – Your favorite memory, in great detail
Day 18 – Your favorite birthday, in great detail
Day 19 – Something you regret, in great detail
Day 20 – This month, in great detail
Day 21 – Another moment, in great detail
Day 22 – Something that upsets you, in great detail
Day 23 – Something that makes you feel better, in great detail
Day 24 – Something that makes you cry, in great detail
Day 25 – A first, in great detail
Day 26 – Your fears, in great detail
Day 27 – Your favorite place, in great detail
Day 28 – Something that you miss, in great detail
Day 29 – Your aspirations, in great detail
Day 30 – One last moment, in great detail

Friday, August 20, 2010

Alphabet Friday

My friend Carla posted this today in her personal blog, and I decided for my Feel Good Friday, I would take a little different spin. I am going to post something I am thankful for from each letter of the alphabet.

I will be back later in the day as I think of things! If you have any ideas, help me out :)

A :: Apples......I love a good fresh apple! I need to go get some from the grocery store.
B :: Bananas......where there are apples, you gotta have bananas right? I LOVE bananas too!
C :: C! my flyboy :)
D :: Daddio!
E :: Es-cop-ay!!!
F :: Freckles......my puppy girl. She is getting up there in years, but she still acts happy to see me and barks for treats :)
G ::
H ::
I :: Income! I am so thankful to have a job, even if i don't always love it.
J :: Justice....new information has come out in the case of Yeardley Love's death, and I went to high school with her. Hopefully, justice will prevail and her murderer will rot in jail for the rest of his life.
K ::
L :: Long distance relationships......an odd thing to be thankful for, but without it, I would not have my lovey!
M :: Mom!
N :: Notre Dame 06 <3
O ::
P :: PLANES! They provide a job for my boy and my brother, AND take me to and from my love, making this LDR possible.
Q :: Quilts......I really want to make a quilt like Bella's mom did in Eclipse, made of all their old road trip tshirts. Plus, I love cuddling in a big quilt on my big blue chair.
R ::
S :: Sookie Stackhouse novels, which I am finding out are NOT really the same thing as True Blood!
T :: True Blood
U :: Umbrellas.....even though I never carry one!!
V :: Vera Bradley
W :: WOL and my WOL girls, without whom I would be lost :)
X :: Xena Warrior Princess.....that girl is badass.
Y ::
Z :: Zoos! I miss the zoo, maybe in the fall when it cools off I will go check out the zoo!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fill In! (whatever day of the week it is)



Thanks to Wife of a Sailor for the questions each week!

1.If you could be a fugitive from the law for whatever reason, what would your crime be? (from It’s a Hooah Life)
         Hmmm. I really like not being a fugitive haha. BUT, I guess I would steal something REALLY expensive......or money, cause it's easier to conceal :P Or perhaps I will go the noble route, and be framed for a crime I didn't commit :)


2.How long do you think you will be a military family? (from Julie the Army Wife)
         Forever, fingers crossed :) C is going to make a career out of the Air Force, and I think he is someone who could really excel and make it more than just a 20 year career. I really like a lot of things about the military, and it's a life that so far I am willing to embrace.

3.What’s your favorite recipe? (from Keep Calm and Soldier On)
         My chili recipe is my faaaaave. Perhaps I will make it and blog about it :)

4.What would you want your last five words to be when you leave this life? (from My Goal is Simple)
          I've loved and I've laughed.

5.Where do you hope to retire? (from Pennies from Heaven)
          My goal is to come back to Baltimore, after 20+ years away. However, I also know that after all that time, I may not even feel like it is home anymore. C really wants to retire to Colorado.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Failure.

I am a failure at updating my blog. I like to update when I have something specific to say, and not just random stuff jumbled together. But work has been busy, and life has been busy, so I haven't HAD anything to write about specifically.

On an exciting note, I am buying a car! I was debating for a while between the Honda CR-V and the Ford Escape, but the Escape really is my first love. I have wanted that car for so long, so there is no point denying that just to buy a Honda, which is historically more reliable and has better resale value.

So, it's down to two cars.....I am waiting to hear back about one. The other is a great price, new, and black. My only hesitation is I prefer the gray slightly over the black.

Here they are....


I'll be sure to let you all know what I decide!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Money Between Friends

Money between friends. Such a fun topic.


Recently, I went away with some good friends for a weekend. Coincidentally, another good friend of mine was spending a night in the same area with her boyfriend (close friend of mine, but not of the friends I was vacationing with). They had plans to stay with someone else, but there was a little too much alcohol drinking that night, and they really just had to crash with us. Because of more people staying with us, the hotel booking friend split the cost more ways. However, my crasher friends didn’t offer us any money. Since they were MY friends, I felt responsible for it.

End result? I paid DOUBLE what everyone else paid to cover their shares.

This made me start thinking about money among friends. I have never been one to skimp out on friends or not be willing to cover someone’s share. Two of my closest friends, Jimmy and Shannon, frequently lend or borrow money to/from me (a few dollars here and there) when we are out. Usually, I make a point to pay it back. However, over the years, Shannon and I have lent each other so much money to cover different things, I think we can call it even.

But then that makes me think more……does SHE think we are even?? Does she feel like I am a mooch?

Lending money to friends can be really uncomfortable. It’s tough for me to ask a friend “Oh hey, remember when I lent you $5? Well you never paid me back.” I know a lot of people choose NOT to lend money or have monetary transactions with friends for that reason.

I also have a tendency to ALWAYS forget when I owe someone money. Convenient, isn’t it? Haha just kidding. I don’t do it on purpose, so I make a point now of saying to anyone who spots me money “PLEASE remind me I owe you this…..I always forget, and it’s not cause I don’t plan to pay you back.”

When I lend someone money, it’s slightly less uncomfortable to remind them about it. However, with the case of this weekend, I was too uncomfortable to ask my friend for the money so I paid it myself. That ended up being $80 more than I owed for my share of the trip. That’s a lot of money to me. And it’s not a situation where I chose to lend money so I have to deal with the fact that I didn’t get it back…..I just don’t want to ask for it.

I am in no way trying to make a dig at my friend, or stealthily try to get the money from her. There is a reason I didn’t name her. However, going into the weekend, she knew what the cost of staying with us would be, and she chose to find someone else to stay with. I felt I was doing the smart thing by bringing her back with me, since I was much much much more sober than they were and staying with her other friend would have required filling 2 more hours til she got off work. However, I feel slightly insulted that she chose not to offer any money, knowing that had she planned to stay with us, she would have owed money. And I don’t like that my frustration with her right now has to do with MONEY.

Moral of the story? Be upfront. PAY upfront. We all go through tough financial times, so if you are having one of those tough times, let people know. Be honest. Don’t mooch. Offer money to friends for services/food/lodging/etc., so they don’t have to ask. Only lend what you are willing to give away, knowing it may never come back. And don’t be like me…..don’t dig yourself into a financial hole just to avoid making things uncomfortable with friends.

Friday, August 6, 2010

It's a Hybrid Week


1. I am going to the beach in 6 hours!!! I am so exciteddddd.

2. Now that it’s August, that puts C and me one month closer to being together!

3. I did a yoga class with Dani this week, and ever since I have been itching to get back!

4. In 9 days, I will be relaxing on my first real day off in a couple weeks, since move-in will be over!!

5. My flyboy found out this week that he gets a 4 day weekend for Labor Day! So he will be making a return to Maryland that weekend :)



Thanks to Wife of a Sailor for the questions!

1. What is something you wished you’d learned to do earlier in life?
       Run. I mean, I knew HOW, but running for exercise. I wish it was more engrained in me to just go for a run, instead of regularly having to convince myself.

2. What is your biggest pet peeve with the military?
       The complete inability I have to plan my life or move or anything. Which directly relates to their complete inability to make a schedule.

3. What tourist attraction near you have you never seen?
       I’ve never been inside the Capitol. I have been to DC a ton of times, but I usually either go with a school trip or something, or go with someone who has never been. Which means, you don’t waste time taking tours…..you see all the monuments and the big things DC is known for.

4. What are you avoiding doing right now?
     Working and looking at the clock. Only 6 hrs and 1 minute til I leave for OC!

5. Wine, beer or liquor?
      Toughy…..depends on my mood. I am SLOWLY acquiring a taste for beer, and sometimes really enjoy a Bud Light Lime. I love White Zinfandel and can drink…..a LOT of it haha. And I enjoy mixed drinks. So I guess, if I HAD to choose, I would go with wine.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

My flyboy and me

ME

I am not really adventurous, but sometimes I get ridiculous ideas, like soberly jumping into the Atlantic Ocean at night, fully clothed. I can’t dance to save my life. If I could have one super power, it would be apparition….from Harry Potter, duh.

I love Christmas more than any other time of the year. The beach at night is my favorite place in the world. The Lion King still makes me cry. I miss my Grandma every single day. I love eating pretzels and coke, especially dipping the pretzel into the coke to make it soggy and full of coke.

I wore a uniform for 12 years and loved it. I love surprises. I think I just decided my favorite flower is a Calla Lily and I despise carnations with a passion. Most random pieces of information that I can quote come from a TV show. I have a tendency to be difficult and disagreeable and I should have a sign that says so. I am a firm believer that if you never try, you'll never know. Therefore, you should always try.

Yes, my brother and my boyfriend have the same name and they are both in the Air Force far away from me. I love really big mugs to sip my raspberry tea from, but am usually too lazy to make raspberry tea. I LOVE Lipton Diet Green Tea with Citrus. I have no real idea what I want to do with my life. I LOVE fresh cool sheets, but I hate changing the sheets

One word- IKEA. Two words- True Blood.

HIM

He likes sweet tea. He is a total sci-fi nerd. He is super particular about his Netflix queue and doesn’t appreciate when I threaten to mess with it. He loves the libraries in Baltimore County because they have a full assortment of graphic novels. He can read in the car….we road tripped for 8 hours, and he read the ENTIRE time and did not get an ounce of motion sickness.

He could eat like a horse, but he really values his health. He jumps into new activities with gusto, like mountain biking and rock climbing. Despite his active lifestyle, he can be found sitting on the sofa for HOURS and DAYS playing on his Xbox or PS3 when a new game comes out.

He doesn’t need me to dress him. He dresses well all on his own, and can be pretty particular about new clothes. Just about all of the boxers he owns now, I have bought for him. He rocks a flight suit.

He is very punctual. He hates when people are late. He can cook really well, but can also appreciate a quesadilla from Taco Bell. He doesn’t think there is a difference between Pepsi and Coke, and he makes fun of me when I ask at a restaurant. He somehow always finds the yummiest tasting Rums. He always makes my sandwiches for me because he knows I hate the site of lunch meat, even though I like eating it.

He believed me when I told him I found half of a dead deer behind the pool. He plans Skype dates with me. He hates popcorn, but gets elated over the praline nuts he found in the grocery store.

US

We love eating out. It doesn’t have to be fancy; MY flyboy likes to take me on Waffle House dates. We go on Taco Bell dates long distance, and go through the drive thru at the same time on the phone. We also love lying around, watching TV and playing on our computers. We both love being together and with other people, but we also require a certain amount of alone and down time.

We have completely different Netflix queues. When we eventually live in the same house, we might still have two different Netflix accounts. He can’t believe I watch trashy reality television, and I can’t believe he enjoys Southpark.

We love family. We love spending time in Indiana with his family, and we love spending time in Maryland with my family. He envies my roots sometimes, and I envy his amenability to change sometimes.

We spend absurd amounts of hours in cars. We seem to road trip entirely too much. We have done long road trips, like from Indy to Pensacola and from Pensacola to Corpus Christi, as well as short trips from Baltimore to Dover and New York City. I think we are sometimes most comfortable in the car.

We really met on the beach. Technically, we met in Eric’s backyard, but we finally talked and fell in like on the beach at night. Ironically, in the last 3 years, we haven’t managed to get back to the ocean at night. But meeting him there is one of the reasons why I love the beach at night.

He pushes my buttons, and he pushes my limits. I have tried things that I may never have tried without him, like crazy water tubing positions and Greek food. I definitely push his buttons :-) Sometimes on purpose.

And we love, enough to get us through 3 years spent apart, with a few short trips thrown in.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

30 Day Challenge?

So, when Jamie and Ashley talked about doing their 30 Day Challenge, I didn't even think about joining in. I don't enjoy working out, and I don't strive to do it every day. I am content with working out a couple days a week, and sometimes less than that haha.

However.....a challenge is a good thing. If I didn't challenge myself, what would I ever accomplish?? I would never have started running, or developed an interest in any exercise.

So, it's a bit premature to jump on the 30 Day Challenge bandwagon, BUT......I am on the 3 day challenge!! Haha.

On Sunday evening, I decided to head to my parents and pull out my bike, which has been buried in the garage for probably 10 years. It is an adult sized mountain bike, though, so I hoped with some air in the tires, it would be good as new. My mom and I both pumped up the tires in our bikes and took off. It was weird to ride a bike again, after a long while of not riding one. They always say "It's just like riding a bike," and sure, I didn't forget HOW to. But biking requires a certain amount of balance combined with how fast you are biking. When you haven't done it in a long time, it's a little unnerving.

We didn't bike far on Sunday, about 1.5 miles, and then I biked about 2.3 yesterday. Not huge distances for biking, but biking near my apartment includes a lot of hills. And it still counts as working out!!

Then, today, I took a yoga class with my friend Dani. I hadn't done a yoga CLASS before, just random dvds and such. I really enjoyed it, and I think it is something I could definitely enjoy doing MORE. I got the intro rate, 2 classes for $10, but after those 2 classes, it gets more expensive. Dani and I are going to go again next week, and I am going to try and convince my mom to come with, since she has always talked about doing yoga.

So, tomorrow throws a wrench in the works.....I have a hair appointment RIGHT after work, and I am not going to get my hair done, just to go running and sweat it up! So tomorrow, I think I am going to get up early and either bike or run. Maybe I'll go for a short run, since my dad and I are already planning to run on Thursday evening.


SO I guess this is my TENTATIVE joining of the 30 Day Challenge????

Friday, July 30, 2010

Feel Good Friday!


I'm having a tough time thinking of positives this week, cause it has been a long work week. However, I can't dwell.....time to find some positives!

1. The weather really cooled off after a huge thunderstorm on Sunday, so my dad and I were able to run on Monday and Tuesday without dying of heat stroke!

2. I got the Garmin Forerunner!! And my dad LOVED it, we were total nerds together :)

3. Collin sent me a super sweet note (along with a check!), telling me how much he appreciates me and the things I do to look out for him and the things I do for other people. I don't really do what I do (nice gestures) for recognition, but it's nice to be told by someone I love so much that he appreciates the things I do for him.

4. My running is getting back on track. I am focusing on NOT being lazy and committing to running 3 times a week. I need to get  my distances up, or run more frequently, cause I would like to be running 10 miles a week.

5. Thank goodness for good friends :)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Friday Fill In (copying Jess and doing it on Thursday!)

Thanks to Wife of a Sailor for the questions!



1.What is your SO's best feature? Where to even start :) When he laughs, he has a great smile. But I also like that he has broad shoulders and muscled arms, without looking like a meat head.



2.Mild, Medium or Hot sauce? MILD. I HATE spicy. I avoid spicy at all costs. And my idea of spicy is actually probably pretty mild. Spicy does NOT taste good to my taste buds.


3.What is the worst uniform you had to wear for a job? I have had pretty good job uniforms, as well as the fact that I wore a uniform to school from 1st-12th grade. The only true uniform I had to wear to work was when I lifeguarded/managed a swim club. However, that was awesome cause I spent my summers for 6 years wearing a bathing suit, shorts, and a tshirt.


4.You have invisible powers… where is the first place you would go? I would probably hide in a corner. I always THINK I want to know what people are doing or saying about me, but then when I find out, it hurts my feelings in a sort of paralyzing way if they have something negative to say. I'd rather be conspicuous.


5.What’s left on your “to do” list for this summer? This summer was the first that I didn't work at the pool in 6 years, and the first that I didn't have school to go back to in the summer. So I didn't really have a summer to do list. I have been working on my 101 list though, although that is not remotely summer related.