Get To Know Me November: Questions

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I've decided to do a daily "about me" and kind of explore myself and let y'all get to know me some more. I roamed around the internet and got some fun questions to answer throughout the month.

Would anybody like to link up and do this together? If so, when I start tomorrow I will add a linky so we can all see each other's answers.

So here are the questions I plan to answer each day...

    1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
    2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.
    3. Describe your relationship with your parents.
    4. What is one year you would like to re-live and why?
    5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?

    6. What is your favorite form of exercise?
    7. What is your dream job, and why?
    8. What are 5 passions you have?
    9. What sound do you love?
    10. Describe your most embarrasing moment.
    11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
    12. Describe a typical day in your current life.
    13. Describe 5 weaknesses you have.
    14. Describe 5 strengths you have.
    15. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
    16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?
    17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
    18. What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?
    19. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
    20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
    21. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it first?
    22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
    23. List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them.
    24. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.
    25. If you could paint a picture of any scenery you’ve seen before, what would you paint?
    26. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
    27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
    28. Have you ever had something happen to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best?
    29. What do you think people misundertand most about you?
    30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.

Remember to comment and let me know if you would like to do this along with me!


Do You Believe?

Do you believe in ghosts?

I have been running up on this topic a lot. I mean I am watching Supernatural beginning to it's current season. But this topic has come up more than just in the show.

I know everybody might not believe, and if you don't that's okay. You don't have to read on. But if you are the slightest bit interested then keep reading because in honor of Halloween, I will be sharing two ghost stories with you.

Everything I am about to tell you is real to my knowledge. I feel like I am writing the opening to a ghost adventures type of show, but I shall continue. One of the stories is my own. One I heard from a few friends.

My junior year of college I had an apartment with two other girls. The apartment was managed by our university and to our knowledge had not been lived in by anybody but college students. Often at night we would be watching tv and doing homework in the living room where we had 2 couches and a single chair. Each of us would sit on our own seat.

One night out of the corner of my eye, something caught my attention on the couch in front of the window. I don't have any cats, but I could have swore I saw a cat jumping from the arm rest. I didn't say anything and thought I was just tired from doing homework and being up all day. When I saw it again another night, I decided to ask my roommates if they had ever seen such a thing happen. They thought I was crazy, but as time passed each of them saw it. It took a while from how we sit, but one of us would walk past the living room and see it happen. It was like each time we would walk into the room it would disturb the cat from watching out of the window and it would jump off the couch.

Later on in the year, I walked into the kitchen one morning before leaving for an early morning class and I swore I saw a person sitting at the table. It was a boy, but in the blink of an eye I didn't see it anymore. I never saw facial features, just that he had medium length light brown hair and he seemed to be eating something. I told my roommates and they watched but never saw anything. I saw the boy again, but this time he was standing in my roommates room by the window.

I'm sure this might sound a little unreasonable, but have you ever heard of spirits showing up in pictures as auras? Well, here is an example. This is my roommate's PJ birthday party in our apartment. As you can see there are 2 auras behind us and one of the side. We are not sure, but their may have been two cats.

I think I had watched a little too much Steel Magnolia the day before.

After winter break, the roommate, who's room the little boy visited, told the boy that it was ok. He could go into the light and he would be fine. You know, the whole Ghost Whisperer thing. Well, we never saw him after that.

This next story I cannot say with 100% certainty is true. I believe my friends but I was not there. But for the sake of Halloween and my love of ghost stories I'm going to believe it is true and tell you.  

Both of my friends are in the Air Force and work on the planes. Both of them and one other guys had to go on one of the planes on night. To keep this less confusing without using names, we are going to call my friends Z and S and the other guy A.  

The cockpit of one specific plane had said to be haunted. Guess which one they had to work on that night?! Yep, that one. Z and S were in the cockpit of the plane, but S was thirsty and went to go get some water. Z continued to do what he need to do, but began getting this feeling that something wasn't right and he shouldn't be there. He decided to leave and go get S. At this point neither of them are in contact with A. As Z is walking toward S, he hears something in the plane. Thinking it might be A, he turns to look. He see's the face of a girl in the cockpit window. Z said the girl had brown hair about shoulder length, but her eyes were absent. But with the blink of an eye, she was gone.

When Z finally got to S, they talked about how they both heard noises from the plane and what Z had seen. S said that when he was on the plane he didn't feel right and that was why he went to get some water. Eventually A showed up and had a similar feeling. They all felt very uncomfortable, like the ghost was not the Casper type. 

After my friends got off of work, they went to IHOP to get something to eat. They work the 3 to 11 pm shift, so IHOP was not busy. As they were eating they heard a womans voice from the other section of seating. They didn't think much of it assuming that it was a waitress or another customer. When they were walking out of the restaurant they checked the section where the voice had come from. There were two men in the section who were "passed out" as Z said, but no women, nor had any women left. They came to the conclusion that the angry ghost had followed them to the restaurant. Finally later that night after much irritation, they no longer felt the ghost. 

As I said earlier, I was not there and cannot say 100% if this happened, but I do believe that there are some people who are more "in tune" with feeling things such as the presence of spirits. 

Hope you enjoyed.
Happy Halloween!

The Liebster Award

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I was lucky enough to have been given the award by the lovely Jen at The Adventures of Our Army Life. Thank you Jen. This means so much to me.

If you are like me, new to this whole award thing, you might be asking a few questions like...

What is it?
Well, it's an award who is given to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.

What does it mean?
Liebster means darling, sweetheart and beloved.

What happens when you get it?
Each person must write 11 facts about themselves.
Answer the questions that the nominator set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve nominated to answer
Choose 11 people and link them to your post
Go to their page and tell them!
No tag backs.

11 Facts about Me:
  1. I am an only child
  2. My room has a fake palm tree in it decorated for Christmas (all year round)
  3. I've kept every letter or card I received during college and beyond
  4. My favorite color is anything bright... not really a color but I love to be bold
  5. I got lost in Paris, France when I was 13 years old and only knowing a little bit of French
  6. I have an extra bone in each of my feet
  7. My favorite holiday is St. Patrick's Day
  8. My hair won't hold hair dye color, it turns back to blonde in about 3 weeks
  9. Crocheting relaxes me
  10. I have 8 pairs of Converse All-Stars in blue, orange, yellow, hot pink, lime green, red, white and black
  11. I won't pick up any creepy crawly, jumpy, bugs. I call for J or somebody else in the house to get it.
11 Questions from Jen:

1. If you could be any color, what would you be and why?
I would be blue. It is cool and calm and just a pleasant color.
2. Do you have any pets?
I have 2 Shelties: Christy and Bo and 1 tetra fish: Jack the Ripper
3.  If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be?
My grandfather.
4. What is your favorite meal?
Anything Southern... lately it's been goulash
5. If you could pick any actor to play you in your life story, who would you choose?
Catherine Bell
6. Are you a tomboy or girly girl?
Girly girl, most definitely
7. Do you have any siblings?
Nope, only child
8. What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who chew with their mouth open
9. Are you allergic to anything?
A specific brand of medical tape
10. Are you afraid of anything?
Losing the people I love
11. What is your favorite type of music?

Country or light rock

Questions for my lovely nominees:

  1. What are your nicknames and how did get them?
  2. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
  3. What was your favorite childhood movie?
  4. Do you have any pets?
  5. What is your favorite TV show?
  6. If you could vacation anywhere, where would you go?
  7. If you could have any superpower, what would you have?
  8. If you could live in another time period (the past or the future), when would you want to live?
  9. What is your favorite place in the house?
  10. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  11. What is your favorite topic to blog about?
And last but not least... my nominees:

Battling the Home Front

The Air Force Wife

I'll Follow You Anywhere

Sweet Little Somethings

The B's

C. Jane Create

The Very Unofficial Adult

The Young Retiree


5 for Five

Monday, October 29, 2012

I saw this last week and thought how cool it was so I'm trying it out this week.

1. Write/send 3 letters or cards next week
I have been meaning to do this for some time. I sent out 3 last week, but there are a few other people I would like to share the love with.

2. Do Insanity everyday this week
I slacked this past weekend and I want to make sure that I follow through so I can lose some weight

3. Think of at least 3 ideas for the "Get to Know Me November"
I want to do a "get to know me" thing, and I figured November would be the perfect time. Plus it kind of goes together.

4. Buy my mom a birthday present for her birthday on Saturday!!!
This one is a must. I forgot her birthday is coming up so soon and I want to make sure I have her something she will love!

5. Have at least 12 more inches crocheted on J's blanket by the end of the week
I don't want to be pushing it to finish J's blanket for Christmas. I know I still have like 2 months, but I want to have plenty of time to find a big enough box and wrap it to have it sitting out all nice and pretty.


Sunday Social: Halloween edition

Sunday, October 28, 2012

I'm here for another week of Sunday Social with Neely and Ashley to share our Halloween memories/favorites. It's just  about Halloween, let's put it that way. So go visit their sites and see other peoples "Halloween"

1. What was your favorite halloween costume as a kid?(pictures??)
I think my favorite costume has to be when my friend and I dressed up as a salt and pepper shaker. Unfortunately I couldn't find any pictures of that, but I do have one of my mom, dad and I when I was much younger than the Salt and Pepper Halloween.

2. If you could go back and dress up as something what would it be?
The only thing I can think of is to dress as something warmer. I always remember being kind of cold if I didn't run from door to door.

3. Favorite costume as an adult?(pictures)
Hellen Back costume aka Angel/Devil. I wore both costumes the same year to different parties. I loved it!


4. Favorite Halloween Candy?

100 Grand bar. I don't eat this candy bar any other time in the year except Halloween, it is my ultimate Halloween candy!

5. Favorite Halloween Memory?
As a child, my favorite memory is going out trick or treating and then coming back and swapping candy so we all had what we liked.

As an "adult", I had the most fun in college dressing up and going to a party one night then roaming the campus on Halloween all dressed up. See adult pictures above.

6. Whats your favorite scary movie?
Hmm... I don't really have a favorite scary movie, but at Halloween I usually watch Practical Magic or Hocus Pocus. Although, to this day I've played Hocus Pocus two Halloweens, and still can't tell you the plot line except that Timothy McGee from NCIS is in it as a boy... That's pretty sad huh?!

Happy Halloween!


Sandy and New Family

Saturday, October 27, 2012

You know it's probably going to be serious when the state has already declared a state of emergency before the storm even hits. Yep, Sandy hasn't even reached Virginia yet but our state has called for emergency measures.

I can't blame them though. From what I read we (in the Richmond area) are supposed to get wind gusts of up to 50 mph, flooding, tree damage and long term power outages. Perfect! I didn't really want to shower anyway.

During stuff like this I like to have something to do and the people I love near me. This storm I don't have any projects planned. I am in the middle of a book I can read as long as my kindle stays charged. I have my parents with me this time, but J is back on base. Luckily all he is getting is a little wind and maybe some rain. But I would love to cuddle up with him when the weather gets bad and just talk and look out the windows. I can be so old fashioned sometimes.

Since visiting J's family I have become very close with his mom, Mama S. More close than I have been with any other parents. Mama S and I are always texting when we are away and talking about this and that when I was there.

When she found out about the storm coming so soon she was very concerned that it was coming so close to me.

I absolutely love her. I have never been treated so nice by my significant other's family. She always tells me that I can come down and spend time with her and the family even if J can't come.

J's sister is so nice as well. While I was there we hung out a few times. We would go to McDonald's and get a caramel frappe with extra caramel. Oh, they are so good and I loved getting to spend girl time with her. She is like the older sister I never had. She got me new shoes as well as a bag that she embroidered with my name while I was there. I just love her.

Even though we are soon to be hit with a hurricane, I think it shows you who really cares. These people that I will soon call my family honestly care about me and I am so happy to have them.


The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Thursday, October 25, 2012

If you want a good book to read, this would definitely be it. While reading this book I swear I laughed so much more than I thought I would, I wanted to cry at some parts too though. So let me get started in telling you what it's about.

This book is set in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960's (which I wasn't sure I was going to like). It shares the stories of the African American housekeepers during this time. The book is portrayed through the eyes of two housekeepers: Minny and Aibilleen, and one white woman: Skeeter. It tells of the difficulties of colored maids and their families during this time and how they receive help from the level headed Skeeter.

I absolutely loved this book. I had a bit of a hard time keeping interest in it at first, but once I got into it there was no putting it down. I found so many things funny. I would try to tell J about it, but he would just look at me funny.

Anyway, I also liked how the book mentioned notable historical events such as Kennedy's death and Martin Luther King Jr.'s march on Washington. The writing had a way of placing you in the time period. I often felt like I was in the 1960's after I had put the book down.

I would recommend this book to anybody who is looking for a good read. I would like to share one of my favorite lines from the book.

"Wasn't that the point of the book? For women to realize, We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I'd though."  Skeeter, Chapter 33

The next book on my reading list is Army Wives by Tanya Biank in case anybody wants to read along with me.

Sweet Home Alabama: A Short Story Part Two

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sweet Home Alabama: Part Two

A short story by myself on my travels to Alabama with J.

 As I walked up the sidewalk of the plant covered yard, I felt like I had been transported to a Japanese florist. John's grandmother, who was born in Japan, keeps her yard very neat and full of plants blooming with flowers. As we walked into the door, there were about 10 pairs of shoes in the foyer and a warm feeling flowing from the kitchen. I was greeted with new faces of John's uncle and wife along with two noisy girls.

John's grandmother is one of those Japanese ladies that I would not want to cross. She is much shorter than I am and walks in a duck fashion. She speaks with a very thick accent that makes some of her words hard to decipher. However her cooking is excellent. She only cooks Japanese meals, but it is some of the best I've ever tasted.

After all of the family arriving, we all ate lunch. The family is very large and people find anywhere to eat. The five kids get priority at the table both inside and outside. However, before sitting at the table, one of the girls was sitting on the stairs eating cheese. Her evidence was left stuck against the railing to be found my John's mom. We all got a pretty good laugh from that.

Monday morning rolls around very early since John wanted to make sure he got to work on time. After seeing him off, I was alone in the house. I laid back down but laying in an empty bed just doesn't feel right. Even laying in the living room reading a book didn't quite feel right. Even though I was staying with John and his family for two weeks, having him leave me for work still seems sad.

Later in the week, John's sister, Erika, and I had planned a girls evening. I don't get many girls nights anymore, so I was very excited. We crafted and talked about all kinds of things. It was nice to be able to talk about girly things and just get to know my future sister-in-law. We lost track of time and didn't get back to the house until late at night. John is not used to having to wait for me to get home. He was not happy that I got home so late. Unfortunately this wasn't the only time we weren't happy with each other, but it does get better.

To be continued...


Cricut vs Silhouette

Saturday, October 13, 2012

I have been debating over which crafting machine I want. My future sister-in-law has both. Her first crafting machine was the Cricut Expression. She used this machine for many of her projects around the house and helping out at her boys school. Her projects look absolutely great!

She found out about the Silhouette Cameo and got it right before I got into town. She has been playing on it for a few days, enough to figure out how to work it. I went over the other day to play with them. Here are some facts and my opinion (and Erika's opinion) on the two machines

Cricut Expression
  • No computer needed (if using cartridges)
  • LCD screen on machine
  • $45+ per cartridge
  • Computer program can be used
  • Little to no noise
  • Manually change the cutting pressure, speed and size
  • Cutting size up to 12" by 24"
  • Original price: $299.99

Silhouette Cameo

  • Can cut with or without computer
  • LCD screen on machine
  • Images purchased online at 
  • Most images cost $0.99
  • Set size of image on computer
  • Cutting pressure and speed automatically set after selecting material
  • Can cut vinyl, paper, cardstock, fabric and rhinestones
  • Can use any font on the computer for cutting
  • Cutting size of 12" up to 40" (recommended sizes)
  • Original Price: $299.99
Erika and my opinions are very similar. We both believe that the Silhouette Cameo fit our crafting needs a little better. I personally don't want to have to deal with searching through cartridges to find the images I want. Plus I don't want to purchase an expensive cartridge for a few images I want. By purchasing the specific image for about $0.99 I can get what I want for very little. Also with the Silhouette, you can download images off of the internet, change the format and cut it all very easily. 

Silhouette image I found that I love!

I already made my first few crafts with Erika's Silhouette. Some cursive letters for quilt fabric holders and a Movie Night tray. I loved it. They were easy to make. I hope this has helped anybody looking for a crafting machine.


Sweet Home Alabama : A Short Story

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sweet Home Alabama

A short story by myself on my travels to Alabama with J.

     As we drove past Birmingham all the sunny skies of South Carolina had dissipated. Only gun metal gray clouds were left over us that left a distinct chill in the air that screams winter even though it is early October. Our energetic attitudes had long gone after the nearly seven hours in the car. Personally, the sudden dull clouds was what quickly changed the mood.
     When we finally pulled into town we were greeted with three kids starving for attention and a man who was fed up. The three kids were the nephews of my loving man, John. As we walk through the door they scream his name as if they were cheering for him at a sporting event. The man, John's father, quietly shook his head while pealing potatoes over the trash can.
     After a few minutes of yelling due to our arrival, John's father quieted the boys. He was burning up his last nerve. He had been patiently waiting on his wife, John's mother, to come back home with his tobacco fix. While John and I waited on his mother to get home, we listened to the children tell their stories and whine because the other one stole their toy.
     Finally John's mother and his sister Erika, the mother of the three boys, arrived. I was a surprise this trip; his family didn't know I was coming home with him. When the girls came through the door, I hid in the dark back bedroom. As they walked into the dining room, I came out and John's mother squealed with excitement. John had been telling her that I wasn't able to make it this trip.
     The next morning John and I woke up to pancakes cooking in the kitchen. We ate breakfast and got ready for his grandmother's birthday party. We drove separately from John's parents to his grandmothers house. On the way there, we listened to Scotty McCreery. It seemed like it was the perfect day despite the gray cloud cover and chilly weather.  


La Belle Amie

Friday, October 5, 2012

La Belle Amie Vineyards... I am the type of person that loves to go to vineyards and taste wine. It is #40 on my 101 list! So when I was at the beach I found this little beauty.

When we were getting close, we weren't sure that we were in the right place. But when we pull up, it was beautiful. Take a look:

There was a beautiful deck with flowers and outdoor seating. I think you could have bought a bottle of wine  (or glass of wine) and sat outside to drink it. I think if we had of had time I would have liked to do this.

Their wine is Twisted Sister brand. They had super fun names for their wines like Bless Her Heart, Cabana Boy, Ice Queen, Sun Fun Girl, Sweet Carolina Girl and Southern Gentleman. My favorite was Ice Queen but the bottle was very expensive. It was a combination of grapes and other fruit wines. Of course I would have expensive taste! They also had this Spiced Wine. It calls for Crown Mulling Spice (which they sell at the vineyards) I found it on Amazon, but it isn't available now. Bummer.

They also had a Wine Slushie. I wasn't too fond of it because cold things make my teeth hurt a little, but J loved it. He bought some of the slushie mix. It makes a lot of slushie too!

If you have a chance to go to a vineyard to and taste their wine I would definitely recommend going and doing a wine tasting. Usually they are $3 to $5 to taste 5 to 7 of their wines. Plus you usually get to keep the wine glass. I love collecting wine glasses.

Happy Wining!