Boogie oogie oogie til you just can't boogie no more

Thursday, August 30, 2012

It's that time... Ball time. John invited me to the Air Force Ball. Eek! Can I just tell you how excited I am?!

Except now that I've gotten all excited, I've also gotten the butterflies about finding the perfect dress. J has said he will try to find out the dress code and what I should wear. But I want to find a dress that looks great, formal enough, but still something sexy to make J's jaw drop. Although I think that his jaw drops no matter what I wear, but you get the picture. I want a nice dress.

Now I've never been to a military ball. I went to my high school proms and homecomings, but somehow I don't think that the military ball is going to be as sexual as our high school dances were. So I'm a little out of my league.

I found a few dresses that I think is both sexy and classy. Now if only I can find something like it without having to order it online!


I would like y'alls feedback. What did y'all wear to ball? What are you going to wear? But most importantly... did you have fun?!

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Insta Tuesday

Tuesday, August 28, 2012




It's that time again!! Insta Tuesday with Jane. This week I've gotten on the ball a little more with the whole Instagram. Especially since last week was my first week of using it. So here we go!


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1. This week I started on a crocheted blanket for J. I started a chevron patter in Air Force blue and white. It kinda reminded me of the rank patch thing that he wears on his uniforms. Maybe I'm a little crazy and it looks nothing like that, but in any case I like the blanket. This is my progress so far on Thursday August 23, 2012.

2. I tried Katherine's recipe for Mama's Goulash. I was really craving it. I had it when I was in Alabama with J's family and I was just missing them so I decided to make it. I kinda just used any open pasta boxes that we had (hence the crazy pasta seen), but it was really good! If you want to try it, I have the recipe here. I can't wait to try some more of her recipes that she has shared.

3. Saturday was a very rainy day here, so my dad got on a mission to organize and repack all of my college stuff! Gosh there was a lot of it, but when I finally move out of the house I will have enough for my whole apartment!

4. I had a job interview yesterday. I think it went pretty well. There were no questions where I thought man that's tough and I didn't know the answer. So we will see what I hear back.

5. The progress on J's blanket. I worked on it a little last night and this is my progress. I will soon be changing to white again. I can't wait to show y'all next week's progress!


I hope y'all enjoyed. Go on over to Jane's page and see what everybody else has been doing this week!

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High Five

Monday, August 27, 2012

I am really not much of a reader but when a book catches my interest I usually read it very quickly. Janet Evanovich is one of those authors. Her Stephanie Plum series is one of the best book series I've read.



Book Synopsis from Google Books: Stephanie Plum has a whole lot of trouble on her doorsteps. Her Uncle Fred has disappeared and Grandma Mazur is convinced he's been abducted by aliens. Meanwhile, cousin Vinnie has asked her to bring in the vertically challenged Randy Briggs who's jumped bail. But instead of coming quietly, he has taken up residence in Stephanie's closet. The mysterious man called Bunchy is trailing Stephanie in the hope of tracking down Fred. And Benito Ramirez is back from jail, quoting Scripture and vowing to introduce Stephanie to God - face to face. Thankfully Joe Morelli, the irresistible cop, is still around to give her the odd sleepless night - through now he faces tough competition from the enigmatic Ranger.... 


My opinion: I loved this book. I find Stephanie hilarious. Her life is so interesting and full of twists and turns. She faces some of the most difficult challenges such as blowing up cars, break ins at her apartment, and a over-imaginative Grandmother. I would definitely recommend this book. Not only have I been reading the series, I have also gotten my Mom and best friend to read it!
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Sunday Social

Sunday, August 26, 2012


I am seriously loving these link-ups! So here goes Sunday Social with Neely and Ashley. Yay! I'm excited!


1. What is the first website you log on to each day?
     I usually log into blogger.com first! I love to start my day by seeing what my bloggie friends are doing!

2. Give us some funny websites you visit that we need to know about
     I don't really have any funny websites I visit. I'm fairly boring!

3. Pinterest or Facebook? Why?
     Umm.. I do both, however I don't log on to either very much. I think each have their perks. I go to facebook to check in with my friends, but pinterest to get DIY ideas and recipes!

4. Twitter or Instagram? Why?
    Before this week I would say Twitter, however I just got Instagram this week and I'm kinda loving it because I'm a total photo junkie!
5. Favorite youtube video...post it!
    I absolutely love this guy and think he is so funny! This is one of his videos that is very funny and shouldn't hurt anybody's feelings!



6. Biggest online pet peeve?
    Posting something and seeing a typo! I absolutely hate that! Then I feel compelled to go back and edit it to change the typo! I also hate when I want to do something online or to my blog but can't figure out how to do it!

I also noticed that I use a lot of exclamation points. That also kind of gets on my nerves. I'm going to try to change that! (I had to do it then.)




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No! I'm not making that!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

What do you get or do for your man for Christmas? I had thought about making J a handmade crochet afghan. I walked through the craft section in the yarn aisle with him. He didn't like much of the colors. He doesn't like red, most colors are too bright... it just seemed like a hopeless cause.

Tuesday, my best friend called and asked if I want to learn to crochet. She has a project to make for her baby niece to be born in October. I picked out some scrap yarn to take over to her house. I decided to try a new pattern.

Hanging out at my friends with her furbabies!
Over the weekend while J was here, he asked if I had started making his blanket. I told him I wasn't going to make one because he was too hard to please. I'm a little sneaky though because I really like this pattern and color... So I'm going to finish it and give it to him for Christmas.


I ran out of blue yard for now. Gotta make a Wal-mart run!

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Roughing It... Kinda

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


What is your definition of camping? Is it pitching a tent, or pulling up in a big motor home? Possibly it's laying out under the stars. Personally the laying under the stars stuff is left to J. I prefer the camper. It isn't super huge, nor super waterproof, but it isn't a sleeping bag on the ground.

This past weekend (I'm a little late on the update) I went camping with my family! It was quite the headache before the trip, but turned out to be very fun. I have a very large family on my Mom's side. She has two brothers and one sister. One of my uncles and one aunt came out camping with us as well as my grandparents. On Saturday my other uncle and two cousins and families came out to the camp ground. Plus J came up on Saturday! It was quite wonderful. It was his first time meeting the whole family. My family tried to embarrass me so much in front of J, but it wasn't so bad.


When the teasing and embarrassment did get kinda bad I just drank wine. J and I finished that red bottle of wine in one night, although it wasn't hard to do. It had 4 glasses in it. So hence the kinda funny face in the next picture...


The campground had a dance Saturday night. My whole family went, we are friends with the DJ. So J and I danced almost the whole night. Because we are Southerners, we like to line dance. I don't know that many line dances, so that's where I sat out. And I wouldn't dance to a sad slow song, I mean hello, we are young and happy. I want to dance to happy romantic slow songs.

Sunday when we woke up it was raining... so we had a very fun time trying to pack up the camper in the rain. But luckily J never goes anywhere without his handy dandy rain gear.


That's my Dad too. He had a fun time in the rain. You can kinda see the puddles around the site out there. I stayed inside the camper, except it's a little old and was leaking in the bedroom and the bathroom.

But rain or not, this camping trip helped me complete another 101 goal! Yay!

 14. Go camping

DONE!

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Insta Tuesday

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


I found Jane's Insta Tuesday post over at http://www.taingamala.com/ last week and I decided I'd get Instagram and try it this week! So here it goes... a week in review.






Top left - My lovely letter from my pen pal, Elizabeth. I wrote her a letter and mailed it this week!
Top right - Seashells J and I collected at the beach. I made our first bathroom decoration (for when we finally get to move in together!
Bottom left - Sally Hansen HD - Digital. I am absolutely in love with this color. I also look like I have a ton more freckles than I actually have!
Bottom right - Bo sleeping at the top of the stairs. He looked so cute I couldn't help but snap this picture. I love my big fluff ball!

I'm pretty excited about this, and especially excited to look at everybody's elses Insta Tuesdays!


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Love Letter

Monday, August 20, 2012

I am a big sap. Yes, this is true. J and I have a thing we do before we have to part. About 15 minutes before we have to leave each other, we sit down with some paper and pen/pencils and write letters to each other to read after we have been apart for a while.

Some of my friends made fun of us for this, but somehow it means so much to us. Even though we text and we call each other, the hand-written letter means so much more. We write down what we felt the time we were together, what we hope, what we will miss, or just whatever we are thinking.


J left my note on my night stand. When I was standing in my room, looking at this lovely little note of goodness he left me, I felt so empty. I felt like I was missing a big piece of me... like my heart. 


But I love reading his letters. He makes me so happy and I can't wait to spend my life with him. He honestly completes me and makes me feel whole. 

Do you and your significant other have rituals or traditions you follow? 


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Seashells and Lottery tickets, say what?!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


I am 34 days into my 101 in 1001 project and I have FINALLY completed my 101 list! Yes! That was a difficult task for me. I make lists and have goals in mind, but to name off 101 all at one time was a little difficult.

One of the goals I was really excited about was number 70, walk on the beach looking for seashells with J. While I was at the beach this weekend, J and I went out on the beach to see why there was a mob of people out on the beach. It turned out that they were digging up the eggs from the sea turtles that had hatched and seeing if there were any baby turtles left behind. While they were doing that, J and I looked for seashells. We  decided that since we want our bathroom to be blue and green and kind of beach themed, that seashells we collect would be the perfect decoration. So here is number 70 being scratched off the list. I think it's so cute. I'm so excited at how it turned out!



The other goal I can cross off the list is number 38, buy a lottery ticket. This has been something I have wanted to do since I turned 18. So I finally did it. I just got the scratcher, but it still fulfilled my goal.






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2012 Military Pen-Pal Exchange

Tuesday, August 14, 2012



A little bit back, which seems like forever now, I signed up for the 2012 Military Pen-Pal Exchange hosted by Rachel at The Air Force Wife.

I excitedly contacted my pen-pal (Elizabeth over at The Young Retiree) and we exchanged addresses. We haven't really talked since we exchanged addresses. But I sent her a little note last week telling her a little about me and then some about J and I.

Today was a travel day for me. I was pretty bummed because who really wants to leave the beach?! But I quickly got very excited to find Elizabeth's letter in my mailbox!!!


I snatched it up and scurried back to my room to indulge in her letter! Yes, I indulge in letters much like other girls indulge in chocolate.

Anyway, I'm kinda in love with this gal already! She is from Norfolk, VA. Yay for some Virginia girls!

She told me about her dogs, which sound adorable by the way! She even sent me some cute pictures of her and her honey! Awe, why didn't I think of that?!



I suppose I can just send some pictures in my next letter... which I will probably write tomorrow. I'm sure a pen pal lover I write back right away. Oh well, I'm sure that life will eventually get in the way and not allow me to respond so quickly! But until then, I hope she is ready for my letters!


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The Job that Came with a Million Questions

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I graduated from college in May of this past year. It was both a heartwarming feeling and a slight disappointment. It was heartwarming because I was done with this chapter in my life. It is always great to accomplish your goals. But a little disappointing because I felt like I didn't have new goals to go on to. Let me explain.

Before I graduated I had applied to many graduate schools in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. I didn't get accepted at any of them. So in the few weeks before our Commencement, I started applying for jobs. I applied to many without hearing anything back. I applied to a few where I heard that they had hired somebody more qualified and I had one interview. I think the only reason I had an interview there is because one of my best friends got hired there and her boss's sister lives down the street from me.

This interview that I went on was... well see disaster in the dictionary. Okay, maybe it wasn't that bad, but it definitely didn't go how I wanted it to go. They were on a "hiring hold" anyway, so they couldn't hire me or anybody else. But lately my friend has been telling me how they need people to come work and asking if I want a job.

A little background on me - I've never had a job before. Color me a little nervous, okay you got me... a lot nervous. I'm really anxious about this. Will I be familiar with everything they ask me to do? Can I get it done in the time frame that they need me to get it done in? Will I get along with my co-workers?

But the most important questions come when I'm thinking about J. As I mentioned in earlier posts, J had to go to swing shift (3pm-12am). Most likely, my shift will the the normal 8am to 5pm shift. His week day is Tuesday to Saturday; where mine will be the normal Monday to Friday. So here comes all of the hard questions... When will we be able to talk? When will we get to see each other in person? How will this effect our relationship?

Those last questions are the ones that scare me a million times more than previous work questions. J is the one person in my life that matters most to me. We have made a huge commitment to each other and I know we will keep it, but I guess we never said how easy the road would be.

Let's just say I am looking forward to the time where I can move in with him (hopefully not that far away!).

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Puppy Love

Monday, August 6, 2012

I love my dogs. I have 2 Shetland Sheepdogs. Christy is 6 years old and had puppies about 3 and a half years ago. One of her puppies she had we just couldn't get rid of, so we kept him. His name is Bo. Like off of Dukes of Hazzard. And obviously he's 3 and a half. They are complete opposite of each other.

Christy is almost like a cat. She is sneaky and tries to get away with things. Then when she doesn't get her way she transforms into a teenage girl and turns her head and pretends not to hear you. But she loves to go for walks in the evening after dinner. She's the alpha dog in the family and will not let anybody walk ahead of her.








Bo on the other hand isn't the brightest crayon in the box. But what he lacks in brains he makes up in sweetness. He comes and puts his head on your lap and looks up at you with these big sad eyes that makes you just want to scoop his largeness up in your arms and hold him all day.


























They were being very interesting this afternoon so I captured a few pictures of them. Sorry for the horrible quality, they were taken with my phone.

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Hello New Look...

Sunday, August 5, 2012

So I was browsing around the web this morning and I happened to find a way to spice up your old dull blog. As I look at most of the blogs around here, they are very nice looking and mine, well, mine needed help. So I spent practically all day doing that. I mean what else was I going to do on a Sunday while J was working?

Yes, so I spent like 5 hours working in Photoshop and photobucket and the lovely blog of Renee at http://www.livinglaughingandloving.com/. Ahh thank for all the help and advice.

Also, since I'm busy working on the new layout, I have also decided to not put the month of August recipes on this blog but under the Recipes tab which can be found at the top of the page along with my 101 in 1001 stories.

Thanks for stopping by!

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TGIF

Friday, August 3, 2012

Would you believe it? I walked around most of the day thinking it wasn't Friday... I don't know what day I thought it was, but I surely didn't think it was Friday.

And well since it's Friday and we don't have to work tomorrow.... Let's try a new drink recipe, shall we?!

*Note: I had planned to share this cool sounding Watermelon-Mint Margarita, however I had not looked at what all the recipe involved... 4 hour waiting time for the watermelon. Um, heck no! When I want a drink I don't want to have to plan ahead of time, so today's drink has been changed to my new favorite margarita!

#3 Jamaican Cowboy Margarita (Taken from Texas Roadhouse)



1/2 oz Malibu Rum
1/2 oz Peachtree
1 oz Tequila (of your choice)
Equal parts Pineapple juice, Orange juice and Sweet and Sour drink mix

Serve on the rocks or blended.













recipe from http://www.boozemixer.com/drink-recipe/jamaican-cowboy-margarita
picture from http://s3-media4.ak.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/V_JKDANhU2QodEd5Fshhmw/l.jpg

Lazy day

Thursday, August 2, 2012

I haven't really felt like doing much today. I have a friend who works at a chemical lab I'm trying to get a job at and one of the lab supervisors was supposed to call me today, yet it's 3pm and I still haven't heard from him... oh well. 

I know dinner is like a task in my family. We eat the same things over and over again with little variation. Mostly because my mom is allergic to gluten and soy so there isn't much variation we can have. But I ran across this recipe for a variation of hot dogs. So take that family favorite grill item into the kitchen and give this a try.

My family tried this recipe tonight. We substituted the sour cream for Philadelphia Creamy Pesto cooking creme since we have a picky family member who doesn't like sour cream. I would definitely recommend it!

#2 Fancy Hot Dogs




You'll need:
1 Tbsp butter (more if needed)
6 standard sized hot dogs (plan 1-2 per person, or fewer if you are serving kids), sliced into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick slices
1 cup chopped yellow onion
2/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup of water
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional)





1. Melt butter in a large skillet (cast iron works well for this purpose) on medium high heat. Add the chopped onions and sliced hot dogs. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions and the hot dogs are nicely browned, 5-10 minutes.

2. Add the sour cream and water, stir until creamy. Heat until steamy.
Serve with cooked egg noodles, elbow macaroni, or favorite pasta. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley.
Serves 4.


Ashely

Mama's Goulash

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

I have recently created a 101 in 1001 and one of my goals is to try a new recipe every month for a year. So in honor of my goal I am going to post a recipe every day in August. Hopefully when I'm looking to try something new, I can just come here and pick something out. Maybe you will too!

I have been craving some down home Southern food. When I went to J's house in Alabama, this is one of the first meals we ate so I'm really craving it. Thanks to Katherine at http://needsmore-butteryall.xanga.com/

#1: Mama's Goulash




You will need:
1 lb of hamburger meat
1 can of tomato sauce
1 cup of shells or pasta of your choice (elbow, bowties, ect.)
2 cups of water
Cumin, Garlic, Salt & Pepper to taste (about 1 tsp each)
Cheese
Bell pepper (if wanted)







1. Start off my browning your meat on medium high and cooking it through. If it has any fat, drain it off & place shells in the pan just to get them warm. Add chopped bell pepper too if desired.

2. Add spices, tomato sauce and water. Mix well and cover with lid. Lower head to medium low.

3. Allow pasta to cook through until soft, about 15 minutes or until your liking. Make sure there isn't a lot of broth left over. After pasta is done, add cheese (as much as you'd like), and cover once again to allow cheese to melt. Plate and serve.


I hope y'all enjoy this. I'm going to try it for dinner one night this week!

Ashley