Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Pinterest.....I joined the bandwagon.


I have heard of Pinterest. But I hate being trendy, so of course I didn’t jump on the wagon. But the thing is, my desire to not be trendy only lasts so long, and then I WANT IN.

Luckily, my friend Christina had an invite she could send me via email so I didn’t have to wait for Pinterest to invite me!

And I have since spent my evening looking up things to pin. I used Facebook to find friends to follow on Pinterest, so I have found a bunch of great ideas already just by looking at friend stuff! I have found several crafts I would love to do, and I am hoping to expand my craftiness/DIY abilities by pinning things and actually going back to them when I want a little project!

Are you on Pinterest? Come find me! (http://pinterest.com/blueabz/)

I promise, you won’t be sorry!



Sunday, August 28, 2011

10 Day You Challenge:: Day 5


Day 5::: 6 Places
  1. The best place on earth…..Perry Hall, Maryland. My birth place! Well, Baltimore City is technically my birth place, but Perry Hall was home from age couple days until age 22+. When I was little, I remember driving 20 minutes away from home and feeling like we were an eternity away. I used to earnestly tell my mom “I don’t know why anyone would want to live anywhere but here.” I still feel that way :)
  2. Eastern Shore of Maryland….home of Ocean City, Grandma’s house, and Salisbury University. The Eastern Shore will always hold a special place in my heart, as I have the best memories ever of visiting Grandma and going to the beach, and of meeting some of my best friends at Salisbury University. It is also the place I will always feel closest to Grandma, and it always feels like home.
  3.  Abilene, TX…..where C and I are starting our life together! It isn’t my favorite place in the world by far, but I wouldn’t trade it if it meant I didn’t get to be here with him. This is the first place we have gotten to share a life together.
  4. Notre Dame Prep….another place where I met some of the best friends I have. As they say in the recruiting videos, There’s a Spirit About This Place. There is something so special about Notre Dame that still fills me with pride, pride that I got to be an NDP girl, walk those halls, wear those saddle shoes, and always be a part of that community. Plus, without Notre Dame, I would never have met Shannon!
  5. Hogwarts……how I wish you were real! I am a Harry Potter junky, and legit wish that Hogwarts and all its characters existed in real life!
  6. Home….I have slowly learned that home isn’t necessarily one place, but as OAR says, a place where I see faces that remember my own. Home is where my heart is, so right now, home is spread out to California with Dani, to Baltimore with Mom and Dad and Shannon and Jimmy and everyone else in Baltimore. Pretty soon, a little piece of home will be heading overseas with C.

This was a fun one to do!




Friday, August 26, 2011

Comfort television?

Do you have different things that bring you comfort? Food? Books? Hobbies?

I have comfort television.

There are certain shows, when I'm feeling down, that are my go to shows. If I am feeling down or lonely or sad or just plain out of sorts, my favorite go to tv show is Gilmore Girls. I have been watching the show since it started in 2001, when I was 13. I used to video tape every episode on the VCR, in ORDER, and label the tapes so I could watch them whenever I wanted. And I did watch them.....on repeat, pretty much. I would start with season 1 and run through whatever season was currently on tv.

Something about Lorelai and Rory popping up on the screen and making me laugh with absurd pop culture references, 80% of which I don't understand, always brightens my day. I have actually learned a strange number of things from GG, and I get great enjoyment out of spouting out a random fact and then saying "I learned that on Gilmore Girls!"


Another absolute favorite, which will not surprise you if you've read my blog, is Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. She and I go way back :) 1993, to be exact, when that show also came on the air. As a 5 year old, it didn't bother me in the least that the new episodes aired on Saturday nights.....it was my Saturday night entertainment. Now I own all of the seasons, and it is a go to show for me. Something about Dr Mike's crazy ideas, on a wild west backdrop, always improves my day.


In the same way that I can get lost in books, I can get lost in tv shows. The world they create let's me get completely wrapped up in it, and take a break from my own life for a while.

Do you have any comfort things??




Wednesday, August 24, 2011

10 Day You Challenge:: Day 4


Day 4:: Seven Wants

1. A puppy!

2. New clothes. My clothes are so outdated.

3. A life plan. I need to figure out where my focus lies. I know what I want in my personal life, but now I need to figure out what I want professionally.

4. Lifetime supply of new Vera Bradley.

5. Vacation house at the beach, preferably on the East Coast. Big enough for family and friends to join me :)

6. A free trial of a tempurpedic mattress.

7. World Peace??




Monday, August 22, 2011

I heart visitors

We got visitors in our lovely little town of Abilene yesterday.......C's parents! They drove down from Indiana and arrived a little after lunch yesterday.

I really enjoy spending time with C's parents, and we don't get to see them nearly enough. I last saw them when I drove through Indy on my way to Texas in March, and I got to see his sister that time too. They all also got to meet my parents, finally!

We decided to give them a delicious Abilene welcome and headed out to Perini Ranch Steakhouse. Perinis is know for delicious steaks, and it is definitely a favorite for C and me. We were not disappointed in the ribeye, filet, and strip steaks that we got. The sides were amazing, as usual, and we shared bread pudding for dessert. The thought of it is still making my mouth water.

C  has to work tonight, so I don't know what kind of adventures the 3 of us will have without him! I am looking forward to a lot more delicious food and fun times!

And on an unrelated note, I am down 17.5 lbs!


Saturday, August 20, 2011

10 Day You Challenge:: Day 3


Day 3::: 8 Fears

1. Failing. I hate failing at anything. Part of that stems from my ability to successfully BS things. To fail means I REALLY screwed up.

2. Feeling alone. I don't mind spending time alone, I actually really enjoy it. But feeling alone, like no one is around to be there with me or for me, is terrifying.

3. Losing loved ones. I have always gone to funerals since I was a little girl, so I am not afraid of death or dying. I guess I am more afraid of being the one left behind.

4. Losing my strength. There have been times in my life when I feel like I have lost all control and all hope. Since I have felt it before, I am always afraid I will feel it again. I think that moving to Texas was huge test of my inner strength. C is incredibly strong, and strong for me, but I want to be strong for him and my family and everyone I know.

5. Sterility. I am afraid that I may not be able to have kids. I have no basis for this fear, but it is something that, as a woman who wants children, I worry about.

6. Public speaking. I am the worst at public speaking. Even at my grandmother's funeral, when I did a reading during mass, I got nervous. My voice gets shaky, my face gets red, and I start to sweat. Despite knowing not a soul was judging me at my grandmother's funeral, I was still so nervous. Class presentations are also pretty bad.

7. Being an adult. C and I are in a great position financially, and we both have substantial savings. I am capable of making my own decisions. But it is still scary to think about being my own responsibility :P

8. Mice. I have an absolutely absurd and irrational fear of mice. Everyone claims that mice are more afraid of us than we are of them, but I think I break the mold. I am terrified of all rodents.



Thursday, August 18, 2011

Scentsy!

Well, move-in was last weekend, and we had a Scentsy rep set up a table in the office so that residents could purchase something to scent up their new place, while still being safe! Of course, I could not resist the temptation myself!

I have heard of Scentsy, but never bought anything. To be honest.....I hate their logo, so I was always turned off by Scentsy. But Samantha, the representative we had, was awesome! She was so easy to talk to, and she didn't do a hard sell on me.

So I came home the proud new owner of Scentsy products! And I must say.....I'm sold. I have even considered selling it myself. But that is going to take a lot more thought haha.

I got this warmer....

And this plug-in....

And I also got to pick out 3 scents....
Lucky in Love (which I have in now and is awesome!)
Perfectly Pomegranate (which I am anxiously waiting for, it had to be delivered!)
Paradise Punch


I am super excited about this, and I think Scentsy is going to be a go to gift for me now! And I am still going to contemplate selling it.....

Do you have a Scentsy warmer?? What scents do you like?



Tuesday, August 16, 2011

10 Day You Challenge:: Day 2


9 Loves....

1. My boy

2. Family

3.  Friends

4. The ocean

5. Fudgsicles

6. Cranberry Mandarin candles from Walmart

7. One good snow storm a year, enough to snow you in for a day or two. (conveniently placed where it doesn't mess up my plans)

8. Puppies. Specifically, beagles, labs, and English Cocker Spaniels.

9. Reading. I am still trying to get my 50 books in a year goal accomplished. I am in the 30s now!






Sunday, August 14, 2011

Move In!

As we speak, I am preparing for crazy move-in day shenanigans at the apartment complex I manage!

I have tried not to complain over the last few weeks, but I have been largely unsuccessful haha. I have been working 12 hour days without getting days off, trying to organize the insanity that is student oriented housing.

But today, it will all be over! Ready or not, move in day is happening! Keep me in your thoughts today!


Friday, August 12, 2011

10 Day You Challenge!


I found a new challenge! I am going to be doing this every few days, dispersed in my usual blog posts!

Day 1:: 10 Secrets

1. I love the Real Housewives shows. I am mildly embarrassed by this fact. I actually watch a lot of reality tv.

2. I bawled uncontrollably when my parents left my apartment in Abilene. I still cry sometimes when I remember I am not going home, and that home will never be home again.

3. I was SO into C when we met, but played super hard to get. He had no clue if I even liked him as a person the first week we met and vacationed in Assateague. Luckily, he kept at it despite my aloof nature :)

4. I am obsessed with Facebook. I frequently update C on his friends/family's lives before he knows things, since I am constantly on Facebook.

5. I have had a love affair with Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman (the show, not the character) since it came on the air when I was 5. I used to call Sully a hunk. In fact, I still think Sully's a hunk :)

6. I HATE mayonnaise. Passionately.

7. I started listening to country music because my high school boyfriend mentioned a country song that made him think of me. I then obsessively stalked country radio stations to hear it and in the meantime developed a love for country music.

8. I doubt myself often. Positive feedback means the world to me, especially when it is sparing, since I feel it means more then.

9. I own a lot of shoes, and wear the same 2-3 pairs all the time.

10. I am afraid of commitment and change, but I find that once I force myself through the transition stage, I move out of the sad place really quickly. I cried every day for 2 weeks after I moved to Abilene and doubted every day whether I could do this. 5 months later and I still miss home, but I am happy as a clam.






Wednesday, August 10, 2011

WW Giveaway Winner!

The time has come! Time to announce the winner of my Weight Watchers Giveaway!

I was super excited to do this giveaway, and I am glad I got some response! The response wasn't huge, but I also know this giveaway fits a specific group of people.....not everyone wants/needs to lose weight, or wants to do it the WW way.

I also want to say that even though I could only have one winner, I hope all of the rest of you consider giving Weight Watchers a shot! I have never been good at following any kind of diet, but the thing I love about Weight Watchers is that you can fit a lot of different things into your points, and it doesn't necessarily ruin your chances of losing weight. If I go to Rosa's for Taco Tuesday and eat my 3 taco plate, that is 15 points. Means I am probably not going to indulge in a mid afternoon snack, but it doesn't mean I absolutely killed my diet. It means that about half of my daily points was spent on one meal, so I need to be aware of what I'm eating.

I'll get off my soapbox about WW. They have made a believer out of me. But I want all of you ladies to know.....you are worth the $50 you will spend on a 3 month WW membership. If it means saving $10 a month for 5 months, do it! You are totally worth it!

You all were lined up in the order you entered, so without further ado......


The winner is......Amber Marie at Blue-Eyed Blog! Amber, I will get in touch with you about getting you your prize, and I can't wait to hear about the progress! I am super excited for you!

Thanks lovelies for reading! I wish I could afford to give you ALL WW memberships, but don't forget......you are worth it! Give it a try!



Monday, August 8, 2011

Cheesecake.

I finally made my first foray into cheesecake making!

I am a connoisseur of cheesecake. I spent the first.....18 ish years of my life avoiding cheesecake since it sounded like the most vile creation ever. Cheese and cake? I am envisioning a birthday cake with slices of yellow American on top. Gross.

Somewhere along the way, I convinced myself to try cheesecake. This was a life altering moment for me. My waistline would have preferred if I never discovered cheesecake.

I have self control, though. I usually only get cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory. When I still lived in Maryland, my boss made an awesome Snickers Cheesecake for my birthday and going away party. Otherwise, I don't cross paths with cheesecake often.

However, as I think I mentioned before, I have decided to make a birthday cake/cupcakes/dessert/something for all of my staff at work. As the boss, I think it is a really nice gesture that I make a point of remembering my staff birthdays. And it's a fun excuse to eat cake!

Today was Shawn's birthday, and he specifically requested cheesecake. I was a bit nervous, since I had never attempted cheesecake before. My mom was kind enough to donate two spring form pans to me before I moved, so I knew I had the necessary bakeware. I bought the ingredients and searched for an easy beginner recipe!

I ended up using this recipe for Chocolate Chip Cheesecake. I was so tempted to buy low-fat ingredients, but I decided for my first attempt to stay loyal to the recipe. I did mix in some white chocolate chips with the semi-sweet morsels. Next time, I would try white and milk chocolate chips, as the semi sweet were a little bitter.

This recipe made 8 small slices, and each slice was 16 WW points. OUCH. I only have two points left for dinner, but it was worth it.

All said and done, I was happy with the recipe, but I want to try something bigger and better. My mom sent me her cheesecake recipe, which has a lot more ingredients in it, and that will be my next adventure!

Looks pretty yummy, huh?








and don't forget.....you have until 11:59 pm on August 9!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

What is in your car trunk?

What is in my car trunk??

Well if you had asked me a year ago, who knows what would have been found in the trunk of Ruby, my faithful Honda Civic. A variety of junk items, some trash, whatever I swept out of the backseat when I needed to make room for people. Probably a winter coat or two, as I always seem to leave them there.

Now, as I approach my first anniversary with Dory the Es-Cop-Ay, I know exactly what is in my trunk. (Partially because C made me clean out my car last weekend).

In the trunk of Dory, the sexy Escape, is:::


A windshield heat shield. Good place for it, right? Once I moved to Texas, I wanted one. C's friend had an extra, so it was donated to the cause of keeping my car less than 116*. However, I am just a failure at using it. I never think about putting it up, until I hop in my car for lunch and can't touch the steering wheel or put my seatbelt on because it's so hot.


A Sam's Club size box of Peanut Butter Cracker packs. I bought this enormous box RIGHT before I started Weight Watchers. I am not quite ready to get rid of them yet. They aren't the worst for you, but they aren't my first pick for a snack either.

An atrocious 1970s comforter that came from my Grandma or Great-grandma. This picture is not exactly it, but it is very similar. It used to be our beach blanket, and my mom tried to get rid of it a few years ago. I was horrified! It is a family heirloom, and not to mention super convenient to have in the car! I have used it for outdoor concerts, fireworks, and any other reason I may need a large blanket!

And, finally, my trusty emergency car kit! Like any good new driver, I was gifted this for Christmas......doesn't it just scream AWESOME CHRISTMAS PRESENT? I can tell you, I was certainly dancing around the house when I opened it :)

Since getting Dory, I have improved significantly at keeping my car clean. What would I find in your trunk?








and don't forget.....you have until 11:59 pm on August 9!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

First day of the rest of my liiiife!

Today marks 5 months since the day that I woke up in Abilene for the first day of the rest of my life!

On March 3, I got to town, so March 4th was my first full day of my new life in Abilene.

Man, I sometimes can't believe it has been 5 months already. These 5 months have been filled with major ups and downs, and I have to say it.......I am proud of myself!

I worried that I wouldn't be able to do this. C and I had many a "conversation" that resulted in me crying and him trying to calm me down. He was easy on me for a bit, but then the tough love started. Thank God I had him to keep me on track :)

I am also making friends here, which was and always will be my biggest worry about moving. The other ladies here are so incredibly sweet, though, and I feel like when C deploys, I won't be completely alone.

Some days, it hits me that we are creating a life here. I like to think we fall more in love everyday, but I guess I can only speak for myself :P C is not super mushy or emotional, so I don't always get a concrete read off of him......but every once in a while, he says something that reminds me that he loves me and he wants me here.

I still miss home every day, I miss everything about it. I think I am partially just living in denial, because I don't think it's sunk in that Maryland will probably never be home again.

I miss Mom and Dad every day. I miss my best friends, who have been my best friends for years. But I have to remind myself, they haven't gone anywhere, and these relationships will last because we want them to last.

I am happy to say.....I am building a great life with my flyboy, and that life is not dependent on one place. The Air Force is going to take us all over, but I think we have already learned that what we need is each other :)

Mushy post over!



and don't forget.....you have until 11:59 pm on August 9!



And on that same note, go check out my beautiful friend Ashley over at Miss Ashley......she is also doing a healthy giveaway! She has lots of goodies over there, and she is from Canada, so some of it is local to Canada! Check out her blog for the giveaway and for all her other great posts!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011




It’s finally time!

For my 200th post, I have decided to do a giveaway!

All are welcome: Tell your friends so they can enter too!

The prize?? A 3 month membership to Weight Watchers!

I joined WW on May 22, and have been successful so far! I have never been good at staying on any kind of diet plan, but the awesome part of WW is that you CAN eat what you want, you just have to factor it into your points. And, if you jump on board and start making healthier choices overall, your points go so much further!

The WW website has so many articles and recipes as well, really pushing you towards success. Of course, we all have our moments……I have had a few big steak dinners since I started! But the indulgent part of WW is that you get weekly points too! So even if I go over my 31 daily points, I have 49 weekly points to play with! I do make it my goal to use my weekly points sparingly, never using anywhere near all of them. But the weekly points help you factor in dessert here and there, or whatever your weak spot is :)

I am so thrilled with my success on Weight Watchers, as I feel it is helping me implement a lifestyle change with some good structure that will help me get there. I am so excited to give this prize away to one of my readers!

My success so far!




To Enter: 
Each entry needs to be a SEPARATE comment.
Please leave links! Up to four entries.  These aren't mandatory, you can enter as few or as many (up to 4) times as you would like. If you just want to leave a comment or follow me, that's fine!
 
1. Leave a comment. Let me know why you want a WW membership!

2. Tweet: I just entered  flying high with my flyboy's Weight Watchers 200th Post Giveaway! http://tinyurl.com/4y5w6vm


3. Facebook it: I just entered  flying high with my flyboy's Weight Watchers 200th Post Giveaway! http://tinyurl.com/4y5w6vm
4. Follow Me! Follow my blog officially!

*I could never decide, so the winner will be chosen by a random drawing!*


The contest closes 11:59 pm on August 9, 2011! Get your entries in by then!