Monday, January 31, 2011

Meet Me On Monday



Very fun idea i stumbled across! I am excited to take part :)

1. What do you put on your hot dog? I usually do a mix of mustard and ketchup. But I don't like it on top, oozing out, so usually I put the ketchup and mustard on the bun and then put the dog on top. Sometimes I do relish too.


2. Do you play Sudoku? I try :) I am not the best, so I stick with easy or the occasional medium. I much prefer crossword puzzles.


3. What is your favorite vegetable? Hmmm. I actually love vegetables, so picking a favorite is hard. Let me think about this......probably corn. On the cob, off the cob, either way. I love the sweetness that isn't too sweet.


4. Do you color your hair? Occasionally. Not as a habit. I have dark hair, which I occasionally dye lighter or darker.....usually I use the wash out boxes, so it doesn't show roots. Although I have found a few grey hairs, which has already started causing anxiety lol, so coloring my hair more regularly is probably on the horizon.


5. What is your favorite brand of clothing? I LOVE Ann Taylor Loft, but for more practical (i.e. cheaper) buys, I love Old Navy.



Military GIRLFRIENDS!

I rarely run into the "just a girlfriend" mentality, but I also am not living with or near C, or near a base. But the attitude is out there, and that is partially what inspired one mili girlfriend to create a little blog world for us :)

Miligf

A new place for us lowly girlfriends :P to call home and find others like us!

Thank you to
Kelsey Lauren usaf
for getting us started!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award!

So, I have an amazing new blog friend, Jillian, from Iron and Sunshine. I just "met" Jillian this week, but she is a fellow pilot girlfriend, and her guy is following a similar path to C to get through pilot training, so I feel we are kindred spirits :)

Anyway, she passed on the Versatile Blogger Award to me! I have never gotten any kind of blogging award, so it is so sweet of her to think of me :)


his award comes with a few rules, so read on!

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award

2. Answer 10 questions

3. Pass it along to blogs you've recently discovered and enjoy

4. Leave your recipients a note, telling them about the award


The 10 Questions...

1. Why did you create this blog?
I started my blog because I love having somewhere to log things, and I like the idea that people can keep up with me without me making much effort :) I also just love the idea of blogs in general. I know a lot of military SOs with blogs, so it seemed like a fun community to join. I don't imagine I will ever be a daily poster, or all that popular :P But I have fun with it.

2. What kind of blogs do you follow?
A variety. Most of the blogs I actually follow are other military SOs, just because of the common background. However, I love finding cooking blogs or workout blogs because both usually have great ideas in them for things I never think of. The best way I have found to find them is StumbleUpon.

3. Favorite make-up brand?
I am very lazy with my makeup lol. I buy most things from the drugstore, typically I am a Cover Girl user.

4. Favorite Clothing Brand
Hmmm.......unlimited funds present a million options, but with MY funds, I am a HUGE Anne Taylor Loft fan. When I am feeling cheaper, I scope out Target and Old Navy.

5. Indispensable makeup product?
When I am not too lazy to make myself up, mascara is a must. But, I really should broaden my makeup horizons so I look more attractive on a daily basis :)

6. Favorite Color?
Blue. It has pretty much always been my favorite color, my highschool boyfriend called me Blue (long story), I went to a high school that had Blue and White as the school colors, our CLASS colors were light blue and dark blue, our uniforms were blue......everything in my life is blue lol.

7. Favorite Perfume?
True Star. It used to be by Beyonce (which always cracked me up), but now it might be Tommy Hilfiger?

8. Favorite Film?
Tie---- Dirty Dancing, Annie, and Grease. (And really, there are probably 50 million others)

9. What Country would you like to visit and why?
I am not a crazy huge traveler, but I am dying to see Greece and Ireland. Both places I think I would LOVE.

10. Would you rather forget to put mascara on one eye or forget blush on one side of your face?
Coincidentally, I put mascara on one eye yesterday, went to do something else, and came back to do the other eye and thought it was hysterical how lopsided my face looked. So definitely blush!


I am going to pass this award on to:::

The beautiful Jamie at Jamie Loves. Jamie has been an awesome friend to me :)

My friend Jess (and her Sister-in-law) over at The Tale of Two Kitchens

Monday, January 24, 2011

Mommom

My mommom died today at 3:06 pm. It was very peaceful, and my parents and cousin Ashley  and I were there with her. It was very sad, and I don't really think that watching someone die would have made it onto my bucket list. But I have done it twice now, and I am ready to never do it again.

My mommom is dancing in heaven with my granddad to Frank Sinatra. Ol' Blue Eyes was the be all and end all in Mommom's eyes, EXCEPT for my grandfather :) So I KNOW she is up there dancing, meeting Frank, and elated to see my granddad again. She was never the same after he died nearly 6 years ago. I know she was sad to leave us, she held on for a lot longer than anyone expected her to.

It's times like these that I have NO idea how people survive without faith and a belief in the afterlife. Watching her die was heartbreaking, but it was infinitely better knowing she was joining my grandfather in heaven.

Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers....



Friday, January 21, 2011

Dear Texas

You really just don't know what you're missing. I guess I will forgive you, since I only got to spend a few days with you, Abilene. But you are really not helping out the "Abby Moves to Texas with C" cause.


Trying not to get really disheartened over this lack of jobness :(

Thursday, January 20, 2011

My Favorite New Homeowner!

My flyboy finally settled on his house!! He is getting settled in, and I get a few phone calls a day about a variety of things, including redoing the kitchen, redoing the bathroom (he wants to get rid of the bathtub and shower and put in a shower stall.....I said no haha), going sofa shopping, and picking out a new bedding set. I know it's good for him that he is getting settled in, and I know it will be good for us that I am not there yet.......but I want to play!! I want to help him get settled in! Pick things out!

wahhhhhhh!!


I am not going to badger him for pictures, because he is moving an apartments worth of stuff into a house, is stressed about it, and doesn't really have furniture to fill everything yet lol. So I will just wait til I visit again and take pics myself :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Five Question Friday

Jumping on the bandwagon for Five Question Friday.....looking for something different to do :)


1. What movie could you watch over and over again and not get tired of?


I couldn't pick, and I know there are definitely more that I could watch endlessly and never grow tired of. But since I was a tiny little kid, I have been watching Grease and Annie all the time. When I hit my teen years, Dirty Dancing came onto my radar, and I haven't stopped watching since. These 3 movies are my must haves. Especially since my childhood consisted of watching Grease one day, Annie the next, on a fairly continuous rotation.

2. What's your biggest pet peeve right now?

Residents who like to blame the office for the lack of attention they pay to the situation/lease/apartment/rules/etc.

3. If you had to describe your best friend in five words or less, what would you say?

Well, picking a best friend is hard enough. I have so many people in my life who mean so much to me. So I'll describe different people.
Sarcastic
Affectionate
Loyal
Steady
There.

4. If you did not have to worry about money or go to school what would you do for a living?

If I didn't have to worry about any of that, I think I would be an entrepreneur. I love finding something people need and thinking about how we can make it reality. My dad and I, pre itunes, created a business model for, essentially, itunes. I was probably 10, but I thought we were really going to do this! It was so much fun.

5. What is your one "splurge" item, that you will always buy, no matter the cost?
 
Hmmm. I eat out, a LOT.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

50 Books in 2011

On my 101 list, my goal is to read 100 books. My 101 is up in November 2012, so I still have plenty of time, but right now, I think I am at 27 books.

I also know a couple people who are making it a goal to read 50 books in 2011......so I decided to accelerate my 101 goal and read 50 books this year! That way, I am pushing 80 by the time 2012 rolls around and I will have almost a whole year to read 20 books :)

Check out my Goodreads site ! You can track your reading there......I keep finding books I read prior to 2010 (when I started tracking my reading for my 101) so I keep throwing them on there. But I have made special shelves for "Read before 2010", "Read in 2010", and now "Read in 2011" so I can keep track of what's up :)

I have already finished two books in 2011, both were really good. I read Nanny Returns, as you blog readers may know from my post about it. I also read I Am Number 4, which was really good. It was kind of.....childish? No, that isn't the right word. It was an easy read but with a good story behind it. I am really looking forward to the next one, which isn't coming out until August :(


Do you have any good book suggestions?? Currently, I only have 30-something books on my "To Read" list!

Monday, January 10, 2011

48. Go to a shooting range

I finally hit the gun range! I went with my brother and my boy when I was in Abilene. It was a lot of fun....I don't love shooting pistols/hand guns, but shooting the rifles was fun! We shot two ARs and a.......regular old school rifle? It was a very powerful badass feeling!

boy and meeee

both boys and me :)

shooting the rifle

the boy shooting



86. Purge and donate old clothes from closets

A few days after Christmas, I cleaned out my closet at my parents! I purged 4 big bags of clothes and donated them to whoever picked up in my parents neighborhood!

It was really nice to finally get rid of some things!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

101 in 1001 : Progress Report!

Well, I started my 101 last February, but I figured with the end of 2010, I could do an update!

I have about 22 months left in my 101, and I have completed almost 20 tasks! I have a bunch more in progress, and about 60 that I haven't started yet.

Completed:::
2. Visit my brother in TX
6. Finish the curtains for my living room
8. Get a puppy
9. Save enough money to put money down on a new car/buy a new car
13. Take a knitting class
18. Run Race for the Cure
19. Buy myself a Coach purse
20. Buy a new computer
22. Take a yoga class
23. See a dermatologist.
24. Complete four 5ks (4/4)
35. Try 5 new recipes. (5/5)
37. Meet a WOL friend.
39. Buy someone a gift for no reason.
41. Send random care packages
44. Feed the parking meter for someone random
48. Go to a shooting range
75. Visit my mom-mom 5 times, unrelated to family gatherings (5/5)
78. Try 5 new wines (5/5)
80. Buy a new comforter
83. Use the reusable shopping bags I have when grocery shopping
87. Vote!
89. Send WOL care packages/cards (4/5)
97. Dye my hair some different color

In Progress:
1. Read 100 books (25/100)
7. Use my Crockpot once a month (6/33)
10. Save $15,000
14. Knit a new scarf!
16. Go to mass 5 times, unprovoked (not Christmas/Easter) (2/5)
21. Send Flyboy random postcards/notes 5 times (2/5)
40. Read a self-help book that would benefit me (still reading it!)
46. Watch 52 movies I've never seen, one per week (8/52)
56. Get a mani/pedi 8 times (3/8)
57. Donate blood 10 times (1/10)
63. See 5 new states. (1/5)
64. Blog about every completed task.
67. Watch 20 Walt Disney films (3/20)
71. Save a dollar for every task I complete, for a shopping excursion when I am done. (5/101)
72. Sign Shannon up for four weird magazines/email lists. (2/4)
91. Cook a full meal at home at least once a week
99. Moisturize every night for a month. (2/30) (I fail at doing this every day, but I am getting better!)
101. Finish everything on this list.

Haven't Started:
3. Go on a cruise
4. Buy a bike
5. Finish the slip covers for my couch
11. Live in the same place as my flyboy
12. Collect all the stars in Mario Galaxy
15. Take a photography class
17. Not drink soda for 2 weeks
25. Complete a 10k
26. Sky dive
27. Take a spontaneous road trip.
28. Ride in a hot air balloon.
29. Go horseback riding
30. Go to Hawaii.
31. Do a mini-triathlon
32. Go wine tasting
33. Scuba Dive.
34. Go one week without spending any money.
36. Cook dinner for more than just myself……dinner party!
38. Do something that scares me.
42. Go to Europe
43. Play through Mario Galaxy as Luigi
45. See a play on stage
47. Send in a postcard to PostSecret.
49. Have a spa day
50. Watch Lost
51. Drink only water for a week, 4 times (0/4)
52. Buy a bedroom set
54. Go to bed by 10 at least one night of the week
55. Get a tattoo, if I WANT one
58. No eating after 8pm for 3 weeks total (21 days). (0/21)
59. Plant a tree.
60. Adopt a child for the 2010 holiday season.
61. Answer the “20 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Sunday” 10 times. (0/10)
62. Visit Boston.
65. Send a letter to myself to be opened on my 30th birthday, using www.FutureMe.Org.
66. Ride a motorcycle
68. Make my own bread
69. Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find at the library
70. Pay for someone else’s food behind me at the drive-thru
73. Get my real estate license
74. Buy a nice camera
76. Get professional pictures of myself taken
77. Get professional pictures with the family/brother
79. Make curtains for my bedroom
81. Take lunch to work every day for two weeks (0/10)
82. Take a cake decorating class
84. Draft a living will
85. Make my bed every day for one week (0/7)
86. Purge and donate old clothes from closets
90. Take a bubble bath.
92. Learn to change a tire and basic car maintenance
93. Make my own hillbilly golf game
94. Join an adult softball league
95. Go to Sunday in the Country
96. Encourage someone else to do 101 in 1001
98. Fast for 24 hours
100. Buy a George Foreman grill


Unfortunately, running 210 miles in 2010 was a fail. I got to 120 :(

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

BIG changes

So, if you know me, you know I suck at change. Atrocious. The worst. Literally crawl into a hole cause I am so terrible at change.

As excited as I was in Abilene, the ugly anxiety monster in me reared its ugly head when I got home and I have been internally freaking out since yesterday about moving. It's not something I really want to talk about with a lot of people, although I did turn to my fellow military SOs for some love.

My mind goes back and forth between saying "Hey, lots of people do this, they all survive, you are only a plane ride away from Baltimore and all your friends and family, go in with an open mind!" and "Are you f-ing crazy? You are going to be miserable, why would you move away from everyone you know and love?"

My amazing friend Jamie sent me some quotes to help motivate me and feel better. I compiled a short list of some of them to help keep me focused and motivated.


“A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” –Grace Murray Hopper

“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.” –Arnold Bennett

“Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times” –Aeschylus

“Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” –Martin Luther King Jr.

“Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.” –Henry Ford

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Nanny Returns: A mini book review

Has anyone read The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus? I read the book and then saw the movie, and while it won't be winning any great awards, I found it to be a good read.

So I was pretty excited to see a sequel, Nanny Returns, when I was in the book store this weekend with C. They were running some specials, so I managed to get 3 recently published books for $30! One was even hardcover. I was pretty excited, and I cracked open Nanny Returns when we got back to the hotel.

I really enjoyed it.....I thought the authors did a great job on writing a sequel that I certainly wasn't expecting. I think the story line was original and engaging.

So there is my mini book review.....if you have read The Nanny Diaries, read Nanny Returns. If you haven't read The Nanny Diaries......read it.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Eating My Words

Ok, I can admit it when I'm wrong. (Sometimes). (It depends on who is right). (I am rarely wrong, let's get real).

I judged Abilene unfairly. I took other peoples' opinons and thoughts on the town and made assumptions about it. I am very happy to say, I was wrong.

As I got my first glimpse of Abilene once my American Airlines plane broke through the clouds last Wednesday, I almost laughed. It is so BROWN. I don't think my pictures from the plane can do the brown-ness justice. I am still surprised by how brown it is. Even the entire golf course green is dead! Well trimmed haha but DEAD.



Once I got off the plane and outside with my boy, I was also surprised by how warm it was. I know on a whole, it would be warmer than Baltimore, but I had a very very light cotton zip-up hoodie on over a tshirt, and I was a bit warm. However, that has changed.....it is now in the 30s. That actually makes me happy, cause I have a full winter wardrobe that I want to be able to wear. However, I wasn't prepared for it on this trip lol. All of my real coats are at home!

The boy dropped me at his extended stay hotel (he is under contract on a house, so he is living in the hotel for a few weeks), and headed back to work for a few hours. After work, I finally started getting the tour of Abilene. Where he is staying is right by the mall and the main commercial district. My brother's house is a few minutes down the highway, away from the commercial area, and C's is just a minute or two past that. It was nice to get perspective on where my boys will be.....I could literally go for a run between their houses, it's max 3 miles. C's place is also a mere 3 minutes (I checked the time) from the mall and such, which is where a lot of the apartment complexes are. So it's nice to know he will be close by to wherever I end up living.

My hot pilot looking good in the extended stay hotel lol

We also hit up the older part of town. There is a coffee shop that has the tagline "Keep Abilene Boring" (apparently a play of the "Keep Austin Weird" campagin). So of course, we had to find it. The place is in the original downtown area of Abilene, about 10 minutes from where C is staying. It is definitely old school and a small town, and some parts are seedier than others, but the true down town area is cute. We ate dinner with my brother at an incredible steak house too, which was a lot of fun. We also scoped out this really cool local furniture store.....the taste was eclectic, but they had some really awesome stuff, and I think once C is settled into the house, we might head back for some fun touches.

The t-shirts they sell at Monks Coffee Shop. C, Brother, and I all want in lol.

We rang in the New Year at my brother's neighbor's house. The crowd was a bunch of AF navigators and pilots, and C and I also went out with a few of his friends on Thursday, so I have had an opportunity to meet some of the people in the community......everyone has been SO welcoming, I feel really good about being able to meet people and make friends. The whole Abilene community has been so friendly, too.
my brother and me.....not sure how long it has been since we rang in the New Year together.

4 years running......we have ended and started each year together since we have been together. It's our holiday lol.


I also have been helping do house stuff, which has been so fun and makes me really feel like a part of this process with C. We are in a weird spot, and I am very very aware that the house is HIS house and HIS money is being used for it. But long term, it may become our house and I don't want to have to start all over :P So, he bought (on a great sale) a washer and dryer yesterday, has his eye on a fridge, and we have hit up several furniture stores. It's very fun, but I know the stress is getting to him, so I hope the next few weeks go quickly and he can get in the house and see how worth it all of this is.

Where we have been living for the last few days......tight quarters lol.

So basically......I judged Abilene unfairly. C and I decided today......Abilene seems a great place to live. Visiting (and living on top of each other in a hotel) is a bit boring......not a ton of stuff to do, the sidewalks roll up at 9 pm, etc. But for regular every day living.....what more do I usually do than go to Target and the mall, eat out, and go to the movies? Abilene has all of that stuff, has some nice stores (all the big box stores you could ask for, and some that I really wouldn't have expected), and tons of eating. I think living here will be a great opportunity.

Here's to 2011! My flyboy and I can finally move forward and begin this great crazy adventure :)

.......still gotta find a job though.



Oh, and this counts as 2. Visit my brother in TX on my 101 list!