Thursday, March 31, 2011

AHHHHHHH!!! First Blog Award! Woot! Woot!

I got my first blogger award! It truly made my morning.
Thank you so much Ashley from over at A Half a World Away!
Now, this award comes with some rules, here they are:  
  • Thank and link to the person who gave you the award. (check)
  • Tell 7 random facts about yourself. (check)
  • Pass on the award. (check check)
  • Tell them the rules. (check)


7 random facts about myself.....

  1. My eyes are two different colors. One eye is about 3/4 brown with some blue and the other eye is all blue. 
  2. I don't like going to the movies. The other people in the theater drive me crazy! They text, their baby cries (I know I'm a horrible person), they cough (again, I know I'm a horrible person), they chew their popcorn loudly and for a $10 ticket and $10 drink I'm paying to put myself through this? Nah, I'd rather Netflix it in 6 months. I can wait.
  3. I LOVE bargain hunting! Give me a flea market, thift store, Target clearance section, or any store clearance section for that matter. I love it. I love it. I love it!
  4. I would rather sweat it out in 100 degree temps than freeze at 30 degrees.
  5. I watch the show Coming Home even though it makes me brawl my eyes out and makes me look like I got punched in the face the next day.
  6. I must have a cup of tea a day.
  7. I'm a board game fanatic.  

 Now, onto passing the award on to other bloggers...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It's the Little Things...

Whoever came up with the idea of chocolate dipped Peeps made me a very happy lady today.
'Nough said.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Is the Army Giving ME a Logistics Test?

Often times I wonder if the Army is giving me a logistics test...

The Army Gods: "You know I feel like we should test Jessica just to make sure she is commited to this whole college thing. Ahhh, you know what we should do? We should give Mr. I the report date of October on his PCS orders, you know, right in the middle of a semester. That way we'll see just how savvy and logisticly inclined this milspouse student can be. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"

Me: "F You!"

Many of you don't know but I started college in Hawaii (at the ripe age of twenty-one because I thought I was too cool for school at eighteen). Mr. I put in for an extension to stay in Hawaii for an extra year because UH had an AWESOME accelarated program where I could finish my BSW in three years. I would have been willing to stay an extra six to eight months to finish.

Well, the Army had other plans. Instead of extending Mr. I the retention guy "messed up" and Mr. I somehow got orders to Virginia...and his report date was a month from when we received the news. Needless to say we were PISSED! Oh, and the orders were only for a year and a half...I know, completely weird.

Anyway, I tried to take this as a sign and forced myself to look for the silver lining. I researched and found a great school in Virginia that had one of the best programs in the country. Being that I don't qualify for financial aid (booooo), I decided to take my undergrad courses at a community college to save money. I figured since we were only going to be here 1.5 years I might as well get my A.S. because it would transfer to any four-year university. I looked at it as a college insurance plan.

Mr. I was suppose to deploy 6 months to Haiti for relief efforts and be back in time to PCS. All weekend we waiting for the call for him to get on the bus and ship out. We waited....and waited...and waited. We never got the call. Here I am thinking, "Yay! He might not have to go!" I should have knocked on wood when I said that. Mr. I calls his higher up and asks what's going on. He was told to report to formation first thing Monday morning....uh oh! The next morning Mr. I was off to formation and I impatiently waiting for him to come home. He came through the door and things didn't look promising. He sat next to me and said, "I'm deploying to Iraq for a year." SILENCE. "Okay," I said hesitating and thinking a million thoughts a minute. I was in shock. This wasn't how it was suppose to be! Then again, when is it ever?!

The next day Mr. I goes to formation again and comes home. "I'm going to Afghanistan for a year." NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! At least that's how I felt inside. I said, "Okay," again and immediately started crying.

Needless, to say Mr. I is almost done with this stinkin' deployment. We have been here for almost 2.5 years now and I'm finally graduating with my A.S. in May and attending that wonderful school, I researched about back in Hawaii, this summer.

Now, back to the logistics test. The Army decided it would be a good idea for us to PCS in October, right smack dab in the middle of the semester! I contemplated moving ahead of the report date in order to start the semester on time but I couldn't do it, especially with Mr. I returning from a deployment. So, I finally accepted my fate that I would have to take the semester off. My reason for not wanting to take a semester off is because I REALLY want to finish my BSW and MSW in Colorado. I DON'T want to move again without finishing. I will have already attended FIVE schools by the time I'm done with my master degree...that's just not normal!

So, this weekend I was stalking the college in Colorado website and found they have something called "2nd session". It goes from OCTOBER 10th - December 11th! I think this was made for me...okay, probably not but it's nice to think about :) So, my plan is to apply to said college, register for those courses, find a home, unpack an entire house and attend classes at the same time. I can do it!

I've actually done it before. The move from Hawaii to Virginia I took four online classes while PCSing across the Pacific and the continental United States. It was also January and I had to do our taxes...without internet...and mind you we lived on tumbling mats for three months while our household goods traveled across the ocean on a boat and road across the US on the back of a semi. Oh, the glamous lifestyle we live! And you ask yourself, "why didn't you just buy a bed?" BECAUSE WE WERE POOR!

The story could go on forever but I won't bore you with anymore details. The point of this post is...

HA! Army you will never defeat me! Logistics test or not I shall prosper!

Too much? Yeah, I think so too.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Some Iron and Wine

What's YOUR Song? Link Up @ Goodnight Moon!

When I first heard this song, I thought it was happy...
then I listened to its lyrics towards the end and its a bit sad :(
But I still like the song.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Break OVER

Yeah, I've been doing a lot of that ^ lately.
Last week was my spring break and we had some amazing weather!
I pretty much spent my days doing yard work, reading in the sun, talking with neighbors in the backyard, cleaning out the cars, playing with and taking Navarro on walks.
I didn't solve logarithmic equations, or analyzine statistical data.
It was a warm, sunny, quiet, relaxing week.
I really wish it could have lasted longer.

*That picture was actually taken in November when I went on a cruise with my mom.

Friday, March 18, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

As usual I am participating in the MilSpouse Fiday Fill-In. Go over to Wife of a Sailor to check out more.

This week’s questions are:

1. What are some of your ideas for staying connected with family…you know, those people we moved thousands of miles away from? submitted by Live it. Love it (or not). Write About It.

We keep in touch mostly by phone. We all have Verizon and get to talk as long as we want for free.

2. What’s the most romantic gift you have GIVEN? submitted by Painting My Canvas

Hmmm, I honestly don't know what would be the most romantic because usually our gifts are extremely practical and usually planned or hinted at lol. Oh! I just thought of one! About a month ago, Mr. I asked me if I could send him something with my perfume on it. He suggested a pillowcase. I remembered that our ACS makes pillowcases with a photo on it for soldiers and their families that are deployed. Well I got a picture of us during R&R and put it on there and sent it to him for Valentine's day and of course strayed my perfume on it for him. He absolutely loves it and sleeps with it every night.

3. Would you encourage your child, if they came to you and wanted to join the military? submitted by Perfectly Imperfect

I wouldn't encourage it nor discourage it. I would want them to research all options and decide for themselves.

4. What is your least favorite bill to pay and why? submitted by A Little of This, A Little of That

I hate paying for cable even though its only $20 a month. I just can't live without television it helps me unwind after a long day.

5. What is the proudest moment you’ve had as a military spouse? submitted by Our Okinawa Life

My husband's last homecoming ceremony. It was a loooong 15 month deployment and we had gotten married during R&R. I had never been to any military anything before that day. I was so overwhelmed by all the signs, and people, and being on a military post in a hanger. When I saw Mr. I walk in with his unit my breath was taken away. I cannot wait for this deployment's homecoming ceremony!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

ABC's of Me!

I'm linking up with Gris over @ A Little Piece of My World. I figured this would be a great way for everyone to learn a little bit more about me.

{a} age: I'm 24

{b} bed size: Queen

{c} chore you hate: Cleaning the tub, it is such a pain and it grosses me out.

{d} dogs: Yep, I have one dog. Isn't he cute?

{e} essential start to your day: COFFEE!!!!

I have this bad boy at home. I need a latte to start my day or I'm a witch.

{f} favorite color: Black

{g} gold or silver: White gold

{h} height: 5'10"

{i} instruments you play: I don't play any instruments but Mr. I is an awesome guitar and bass player. We have about four guitars and one bass in our home and Mr. I has a bass over in Afghanistan with him. He wants to teach me when he comes home, I agreed. Hopefully I'll be jammin' with him soon :)

{j} job title: Student, Volunteer, and Independent Contractor

{k} kids: Not yet, but definitely in the next couple years. I have baby fever like crazy though.

{l} live: I currently live in Central Virginia.

{m} mom's name: Rhonda :)

{n} nicknames: Jess, Sweetheart, Sunshine, Babe, Mrs. I
{o} overnight hospital stays: Hmmm, I don't think I've actually stayed overnight in a hospital before. Well, besides after I was born, does that count?

{p} pet peeves: People who talk crap about FRGs but have never attended more than one meeting. People who are late, especially those who are consistantly late.

{q} quote (yeah, I altered it, shhhh): "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein
I love this quote because Precalculus has been kicking my ass this semester and when I read this is makes me know I'm not stupid, it's just not my expertise. That's for sure!

{r} right- or left-handed: I'm a righty. Mr. I is a lefty.

{s} siblings: One sister. She's five years older and we're like night and day.

{t} time you wake up: Usually somewhere around 6:00am-7:30am. I like waking up early.

{u} underwear: Uhhh, what exactly are you asking here? Yes, I wear underwear...

{v} vegetables you dislike: FENNEL!!! It makes me want to gag. \

Ha! I think I need this!

{w} what makes you run late: I'm pretty much never late ((knock on wood)). If I am its usually caused by traffic associated with a car accident or construction I didn't know about.

{x} x-rays you've had: I've gotten my upper body X-rayed when I swollowed a toothpick lol! I've also had my hand x-rayed when they thought I might have fractured it. I think that's it...

{y} yummy food you make: Everyone raves about my spinach artichoke dip, and my mexican tamale casserole. My husband pretty much raves about everything I make :)

{z} zoo - favorite animal: Giraffes. Here at the Richmond Zoo they let you feed them by hand without any extra cost! I thought that was so cool because growing up in San Diego, the SD Zoo is world renowned and they will charge you an arm and a leg for something like that.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 5 of 30 Day Challenge: Song for Your Mood

With this deployment almost coming to an end (don't get too excited we still have awhile to go), I have been reflecting on what this deployment has brought us: the good, the bad and the ugly. 
There have been causalities.
There have been injuries.
There have been ambushes.
There have been awards.
There have been promotions.
There was R&R.
Everyday, I am more and more amazed by my husband's bravery, dedication and selflessness.
Whether he is home every night for dinner or 8,000 miles away I fall more in love with him everyday.

The song I chose is Marry Me by Train

This song warms my heart.

"Promise me you'll always be
Happy by my side
I promise to sing to you
When all the music dies"

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 3 of 30 Day Challenge: My First Love

My first love was Mr. I. Sure I liked guys, but I was never in a relationship with someone. That’s right everybody I never had a boyfriend before I was with Mr. I! I know, I’m some kind of freak but that’s alright I ended with Mr. I, so if I have to be some kind of freak to end up with Mr. I than I don’t want to be normal :)

Mr. I and I “met” when we were 15 years old. We met online that is. We were both into writing poetry and short stories and met by posting on the same website. There was a chat room on this site and one night we started talking and eventually we moved the conversation to instant messages. We would talk almost every day and this went on for about a year. Eventually “real life” got in the way and we stopped talking and lost contact with each other.

Fast forward three years later, I was 19 and Mr. I was 18 (I’m 6 months older :)). At the time I was working in two coffee shops/internet cafes. One day while at work I was checking my email and came across a new message saying I had a new message on the site that Mr. I and I met on. I thought that was weird since I hadn’t been there in about three years. I clicked and checked the message…it was Mr. I! He had forgotten my email address, so he figured the best way to get a hold of me would be on the site.

Well it worked! We wrote emails back and forth for about a week and then I gave him my phone number. We literally talked for six hours straight during our first phone conversation. We began talking everyday and eventually I ran up a $1200 phone bill. I’m not kidding. Twelve. Hundred. Dollars.

Anyway, that was around the same time Mr. I told me he was thinking of joining the Army. My reaction? DON’T DO IT!!! And that’s exactly what I told him. He was jobless, living with a friend and had already signed up at the local college but he wasn’t happy with the way his life was going. By that point we had gotten really close and I told him to move to California and to come live with me! He said he wanted to be the best man he could, be able to provide for his family and he wanted to serve his country, so against my wishes he joined. I wasn’t mad but I was concerned, I mean it is dangerous! A few weeks later, he left for basic training. It was difficult for both of us, but we made it through and we came out the other side stronger.

Mr. I promised me he’d come visit me in San Diego after he graduated. He kept his promise and in December 2005, he flew out to San Diego. We made a promise to each other that no matter what when we first met face to face we’d kiss each other. So, when I walked into the airport I was so nervous my knees were shaking! I knew his flight had just landed and I was searching all over for this 6’5” soldier. I swear it was like a movie, the crowd parted and there he was…ACUs, huge green bag and all. He walked up to me, I smiled (I think I might have said hi), and he pulled me close and kissed me. In that moment the world just melted away and it was just him and I. I had never felt anything like that before. I knew I loved this man, but actually seeing him there and feeling his lips against mine, I knew this was more than words could explain. Everything just felt right.

We spent the next four days and nights laughing, joking and me showing him around San Diego. I had to work the next morning (6am-12pm) because, well, I needed to in order to pay rent. So, I went to work and came back and there was a sign on my apartment door. It said, “When you get home knock before entering.” What the hell? So, I knocked. He said, “Hold on…” all frantic. I heard things moving around and his feet running across the floor. I began giggling to myself. He unlocks and opens the door with a big grin on his face. Candles are lit, a huge round table was in the middle of my apartment (I lived in a studio…I didn’t own a kitchen table! There was no room for one) with a dozen long stem roses, romantic music was playing in the background, the lights were dimmed and the aroma of food cooking was enticing. I was shocked! It was amazing :) He made me a wonderful meal and while we were talking and eating I noticed something was sticking out of the roses. It was a dark green stick and I poked it.

Mr. I said “don’t do that” I laughed, “why not?” I poked it again.

“Because we need to have dessert!” he said standing up and rushing to the kitchen.

“Oooookay,” I said thinking he was crazy but we had dessert and I thanked him for such a fabulous meal.

He said it wasn’t over yet and stood up. At this point I was stuffed and couldn’t eat anything else if I had wanted. He reached into the flowers and that stick I poked moved out of the flowers. It was a rose shaped ring box. He got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him (I know he said other stuff before the actual question but I don’t remember any of it because I was so shocked). I said yes!

About an hour later, I had a sense of fear rush over me when things started settling in. I am 19 years old! I just met this guy in person for the first time 4 days ago! I love him but what do I know about love?! This is too much too soon! He could sense something was wrong and I wanted to express everything I was worried about but instead I told him I couldn’t marry him and actually broke up with him. Looking back I don’t know why I broke up with him I just blame it on fear! He was heartbroken and left the apartment. He was gone for hours! I was worried sick because he didn’t know the area that well. He finally came back and pretty much didn’t talk to me for the rest of the night. It was awkward to say the least. The next day we kind of made amends but things were still off. I was questioning my reaction but I figured I shouldn’t press the issue.

The next day he left and reported to AIT. I went back to my apartment and found the rose ring box sitting on my desk. Inside was a note that said, “Jessica, Keep this. I’ll always be around. My letters will never stop. And I won’t quit loving you. Mr. I”*I immediately knew I had made the wrong choice. I wanted him back and I wanted to be engaged to this man. How did I manage to ruin this whole thing?!

I called him and left messages but Mr. I didn’t pick up for the first week or two. I don’t blame him but eventually he did and I apologized over and over again. Quickly, our relationship went back to where it was before the fiasco. I went to visit him in Kansas when he had to do his hometown recruiting. And after that trip was done, he reported to his first duty station in Hawaii.

A couple months after arriving at his duty station Mr. I was told he would be deploying to Iraq. I had to see him before he left, so we agreed to meet in Kansas, so he could also see his family at the same time. We had been in Kansas for a few days and Fourth of July was here. The fireworks are shot off over the river, so Mr. I headed down to the river where the whole city is basically there. As soon as the fireworks started Mr. I leaned over and asked, “Will you marry me?” I had the biggest smile on my face and shrieked “YES!!!!”

Mr. I left for Iraq less than a month later. We agreed to get married during R&R and I planned a wedding in less than six months. Everything was perfect and he showed up on time! Thank you Army! We got married 1/4/2007. Our wedding was perfect. We had about 50 people and we got married in a chapel at a resort in San Diego. We had a penthouse reception (just our style) with light hor d’oeuvres and lots of champagne ;) Our cake was beautiful, my dress was beautiful, and everything was just perfect I wouldn’t change a thing :) We never had a honeymoon because there was no time. He left a couple days after our wedding and I did not see him again for another nine months (he was extended three months before he was supposed to come home for a total of a 15 month deployment). I moved to Hawaii the day before he came home and the rest is history.

*This note was dated 1/1/06. Mr. I left 1/1/2011 from R&R. I went to double check the note to ensure I got the exact words. I started balling when I noticed it was dated on the first. Also, the note said “Good Morning Sunshine!” across the top of the paper. To this day Mr. I still says, “Good Morning Sunshine” to me. I immediately broke into tears when I read the note. I also kept the ring box :)

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

I know, I know, I'm suppose to be doing my 30 Day Challenge but don't worry I'm working on it. In the mean time I am doing the MilSpouse Friday Fill-In! Thanks Wife of a Sailor!

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

This week's questions are:

1. During military separations (whether short or long) how do you keep yourself positive and motivated? submitted by Married/Single Parent

My first tool of motivation is the Donut of Misery. The name is not pleasant but the concept is. It is an excel spreadsheet that calculates the percentage of the deployment you have completed and the percentage until you reach the end of the deployment. It also shows the days, weeks, minutes, seconds etc. I love it because everytime it moves a percentage point I get so excited! It's a nice way to see the progress you've both made.

2. What is your favorite concert you have ever been to? submitted by Young but Not (Completely) Dumb

My favorite concert was when Mr. I and I went to see the band Heart perform in Virginia Beach. It was AWESOME! They sounded even better in person. One of my favorite memories with Mr. I.

3. What do you miss most about your “hometown”? submitted by A Florida Girl and Her Soldier

FOOD! I'm a total foodie but I didn't realize how much I would miss the taste of my hometown. I miss the delicious Mexican food, tofu sandwiches at Whole Foods (we have Whole Foods here but they don't make the sandwich here :( ), protein style cheese burger from In-N-Out, and Yogurt Mill (I don't know why but frozen yogurt is non-exsistant in central Virginia. I also miss the HUGE farmer's markets.

4. If you could run in any race, which charity would you choose to support? submitted by Wookie & Co.

If I had to choose one charity it would be the Wounded Warrior Project. These soldiers and their families sacrifice so much, they deserve all the support in the world.

5. You find out Willy Wonka is your father, what 3 course meal do you INSIST he create in that stick of gum? submitted by A{muse}ing Mommy on a Pink Park Bench

First of all, if Willy Wonka is my father...there is a lot of explaining someone has to do. BUT back to the question. My appetizer would be esgargot in garlic butter served with gluten free bread. My main course would be a whole Maine lobster with a side of crab legs and clarified butter. My final course would be banana ice cream with gluten free brownies mixed in. Mmmmm.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Silence and New Neighbors

One thing (of many) that I hate about my husband being deployed is the silence in our home. When he’s home, he is constantly cracking jokes and making me laugh until my stomach hurts. He also keeps a guitar in almost every area of our house. When he has an extra minute he’ll stop, play the guitar and sing…it’s amazing. He just brings so much life into our home. This isn’t something I just noticed but it something that has been scratching away at the surface. It’s just another painful reminder that he is not here and won’t be back for awhile.

There comes a point in a deployment where you feel like you’ve suffered enough, that you just want to say, “Okay, we’ve done enough, now give me back my husband!” Yeah, I’m at that point.

In happy news, I got new neighbors! The house was only empty for about a week, and then they moved in. We kept missing each other and then today when I pulled into the driveway they were sitting outside as the movers were putting things in the garage. So, when I got out of the car I walked up in introduced myself.

I like knowing my neighbors. It builds a sense of community. I also like the friendly neighbor waving to you when you get your mail or drive past them down the street; it’s very Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood-esque.

I met them today and they are extremely nice. The husband is in school here and they’ll be PCSing the same time we are. We agreed to hang out soon and I am excited to learn more about them; they seem like a very nice couple.

All and all, the good seems to be outweighing the bad. I just need to hang on for XX days until Mr. I comes home. We’re so close!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Day 2 of 30 Day Challenge

Explain the meaning behind your blog name. Well, this will be a short post!

I&J is simply my husband's first initial and my first initial.

For some reason it reminds me of that cheesy pick up line: If I could rearrange the alphabet I would put I and U together.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 1 of 30 Day Challenge

 In today's challenge I must introduce myself, post a recent picture and give 15 interesting facts about myself. I'm only doing 10 because 15 seems excessive. So, here we go!

Above is a picture of me from a week ago. I took it to show my husband how beautiful the flowers were that he sent me. They were so huge they couldn't all fit in the picture but my husband insisted I had be in the picture. 

I'm 24 years old. I label myself as a wife, a momma to our sweet dog, Navarro, and as a student. I enjoy volunteering during my free time. Unfortunately, I had to put my volunteer work on the back burner this semester because my course load is outrageous. I normal volunteer as a patient companion for a local non-profit hospice. I enjoy working with the elderly above all others and they bring me more joy and wisdom than I could have ever expected getting into this field. My major is social work and I one day hope to work for a hospice, or for the Department of Veterans Affairs. I am the treasurer for my husband's company FRG group and I enjoy supporting other military spouses. When I'm not working, volunteering or doing school work, I like to practice yoga, and take my dog on long walks around the neighborhood. I also enjoy cooking.

Interesting Fact #1: I just started drinking cow's milk for the first time in probably 15 years last year. I'm not saying I didn't eat things that contained milk (i.e., yogurt, cheese, etc) I just didn't drink milk straight up. The smell. The taste. The look. It all grossed me out. My husband is a milk-a-holic and after watching waaaaay too many documentaries one week I decided to switch him over to organic. I brought home the milk while he was at work, and when we came home he poured himself a cup to go with his dinner and took a sip. I asked him what he thought; he looked at me like I was crazy.

"What do you mean, what do I think? Think of what?" he was confused.

"The milk."

"What about my milk? What did you do to my milk?!" It was like he thought I replaced his milk with some kind of placebo. Was this another one of my crazy experiments again? I've been known for sneaking in all kinds of "weird" things into our meals, i.e., "veggie cheese," fake meat etc. This no longer happens since I'm now gluten free.

"I switched you to organic, how does it taste?"

A sigh of relief came over him, "Oh, ok. It tastes good..." he takes another sip like he's sampling a fine wine, "actually it tastes even better than the regular stuff. Wanna try?" He tries to hand me his glass. I pause. A shiver runs up my spine.

"Umm..." I pause again, "...ok." I hesitate for a moment, and then take a sip. To my delight it was good. Really good! And so from that day on I have been drinking milk.

Interesting Fact #2: My husband was my only boyfriend I ever had. I know. It’s crazy, right? I’ll have to tell the full story one day.

Interesting Fact #3: I had never heard of or tried greens until 2006. This was a shock to my Midwestern husband (then boyfriend) who grew up with his southern stepmom’s cookin’ (you have to say it like that when referring to southern cooking…or at least I have to lol).

Interesting Fact #4: I haven’t been back to my hometown since I left in 2007. We’re planning a trip for next winter.

Interesting Fact #5: I love waking up early.

Interesting Fact #6: I’m pretty tall for a woman. I stand at 5’10”. One of my friend’s actually gave me the nickname Ginormica; she’s 5’1” so it makes sense. I love being tall and I love helping the short people out in the grocery store reach the things on the top shelf…I’ve been doing that since I was 10 years old but then it was library books.

Interesting Fact #7: Because I’m so tall I have ridiculously large feet…size 10 or 11 to be exact. This has always been fun…NOT! It seems shoe stores only like to carry one or two pairs for each style.

Interesting Fact #8: I pretty much never pay retail price for anything. Exhibit A: My Dyson I bought about a month ago. It retails for $399.99 and higher. I got it for $216 with a 30% off coupon and a gift card.

Interesting Fact #9: I have always disliked cartoons. It shocks people that I have never seen a full episode of the Simpsons or South Park. Even when I was little I didn’t like watching cartoons, I preferred Sesame Street, Lamb Chop, and Mr. Rodgers. I guess I didn’t have a problem with puppets lol.

Interesting Fact #10: My favorite flowers are lilies, preferably white lilies.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I'm Hopping on the Bandwagon!

That's right...I'm doing the 30 Day Blog Challenge! I think its just what I need to get through this blogging frump I've been in. I'm excited! Here's the questions I look forward to answering:

Day 0: The 30 Day Challenge Explanation and Description

Day 1: Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts

Day 2: Meaning behind your blog name

Day 3: Your first love

Day 4: Your parents

Day 5: A song to match your mood

Day 6: A picture of something that makes you happy

Day 7: Favorite movies

Day 8: A place you've traveled to

Day 9: A favorite picture of your best friend

Day 10: Something you're afraid of

Day 11: Favorite tv shows

Day 12: Something you don't leave the house without

Day 13: Goals

Day 14: A picture of you last year - how have you changed?

Day 15: Bible verse

Day 16: Dream house

Day 17: Something you're looking forward to

Day 18: Favorite Place to Eat

Day 19: Something you miss

Day 20: Nicknames

Day 21: Favorite Picture of yourself ALL TIME Why?

Day 22: What's in your purse?

Day 23: Favorite Movie

Day 24: Something you've learned

Day 25: Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs

Day 26: Your Dream Wedding

Day 27: Original Photo of the city you live in

Day 28: Something that stresses you out

Day 29: 3 Wishes

Day 30: a picture of yourself this day and 5 good things that happened since you started the challengeDay 1: Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts

Day 2: Meaning behind your blog name

Day 3: Your first love

Day 4: Your parents

Day 5: A song to match your mood

Day 6: A picture of something that makes you happy

Day 7: Favorite movies

Day 8: A place you've traveled to

Day 9: A favorite picture of your best friend

Day 10: Something you're afraid of

Day 11: Favorite tv shows

Day 12: Something you don't leave the house without

Day 13: Goals

Day 14: A picture of you last year - how have you changed?

Day 15: Bible verse

Day 16: Dream house

Day 17: Something you're looking forward to

Day 18: Favorite Place to Eat

Day 19: Something you miss

Day 20: Nicknames

Day 21: Favorite Picture of yourself ALL TIME Why?

Day 22: What's in your purse?

Day 23: Favorite Movie

Day 24: Something you've learned

Day 25: Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs

Day 26: Your Dream Wedding

Day 27: Original Photo of the city you live in

Day 28: Something that stresses you out

Day 29: 3 Wishes

Day 30: A picture of yourself this day and 5 good things that happened since you started the challenge