Friday, April 18, 2014

30 Day Challenge Failure.

I pretty much failed out on my 30 day challenge.

There' just been a lot going on.
Lance and I are starting to go out more due to the weather getting nicer.
We're working on dieting and exercising again.

I finally got a camera and I've been trying to go out and get more pictures.
So, It's been extremely hectic lately. 
I'll probably pick my challenge back up next month when I hopefully have a bit more time.

In the mean time, here's a few pictures of what's been going on.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Let's Talk Family

Today is Day 11 of my 30 Day Challenge.
Today's Topic: Let's Talk Family

I was really only raised by women, so I'm going to take the time today to talk about all the special ladies in my family. The first one I want to talk about it my grandma.
My Grandma is the one holding the smallest child in the front with the red hair. She's a little crazy, but she's definitely family. Despite that, she's been a fantastic supporter since I've gotten older. When I found out I was pregnant, she showed up at my door with baby blankets and a baby dresser. When I had gotten into some trouble, she came to talk to me to make sure everything was alright. She lives pretty far away now, but I still occasionally get to see her on holidays.

The second person I want to talk about today is my Momma. She had to raise me as a single mom since my Dad died when I was two, and I know it wasn't easy. She worked a lot and I had to stay with baby sitters, but it's because she had to work so much to get money for us to eat and live.
I wasn't always the greatest as a teenager and I know I had her worried how i was going to turn out as an adult, but I'm glad she's proud of where I am now. I've gotten a lot closer with my mom since I moved out of her house. She moved to Potosi, so unfortunately it's hard to get to see her much as well. I always enjoy my visits though. We have these wonderful talks now about things that we couldn't really have when I was younger. I miss her a lot and I'm sad I don't get to see her more. She did a really fantastic job as a mother though. Her reins weren't so loose that I ended up as like a heroine addict or something, but they weren't so tight that I couldn't figure out how to do things on my own. For being such a young parent, it seems like she pretty much had it down.

The third member of my family I want to talk about is my Aunt, Gina.
My Aunt was like a sister to me when we were growing up. She's seven years older than me and lived with my mom for a good part of my childhood. She used to baby sit me and we'd walk down the the local park or walk the railroad tracks. She was like my role model growing up. She always seemed so cool and smart. She had awesome friends and always held her shit together even when times got tough. She ended up going really far in life. She lived in Korea for a few years and ended up moving to Canada to settle down with her husband and her lovely baby boy.

I left the youngest for last. This is my adorable little sister, Brylee. I was always an only child, then when I was 19 years old, my mom called me down to the living room one day and told me to sit down and that she had some news for me. She told me she found out she was pregnant and I'm pretty sure I was in shock for awhile. She had this lovely little girl on September 14th, 2012, just a month before I turned 20 years old. It's weird to have a sister now. I mean, I spent almost 20 years of my life telling people I was an only child. It's strange that she won't grow up in the same household as me or honestly see me more than a few times a year. It's bizarre that by time she's in high school, I'll be in my mid 30's. She's one cute little bugger though and I'm excited to see her grow up.

The final person I want to talk about isn't quite family...yet. She is, however, my soon to be mother-in-law.

This woman as has been a complete saint since the day I met her. Lance and I had a very rocky beginning to our relationship, but as soon as Angela got to know me, she knew I made her son happy and treated me like I was part of the family. This woman is one of those people who just absolutely gives anything to everything she can to people and asks for nothing in return. She gives people rides when they need them, is there for them in times of need, and will always be there to talk to if there's trouble. When the holidays come around, she puts in the extra effort to find things that really suit you or she knows would interest you instead of just giving out gift cards to wal-mart. She always checks up on Lance and I and asks us to visit often. She does so much for everyone in her life and has not once asked for anything in return. This woman is fantastic and I can't wait to call her my mother-in-law.

Coming up tomorrow: Write about your last birthday.
If you're interested to see what questions the next 19 days hold, you can click here to see the list.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Favorite Quotes

Today is Day 10 of my 30 Day Challenge.
Today's Topic: Post your favorite Quotes

"envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide."-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I remember hearing this in high school and absolutely falling in love with the quote. It reminds us that no one is perfect and being envious is useless. Trying to be someone else is sacrificing being yourself.

"Hooray for the Madness; We Are Better By Design"-Motion City Soundtrack
This is actually a lyric, but I've always been a fan. Life is crazy, everyone is has their imperfections, but life is a lot better like this than if everyone and everything was simply and easy.

"In mathematics you don't understand things. You just get used to them."- Johann von Neumann
I was always a fan of mathematics in school, so this quote called to me. It's true, really. Imaginary numbers and such. None of it really makes sense, you just get used to it.

"We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"In heaven all the interesting people are missing."- Friedrich Nietzsche

Coming up tomorrow: Let's Talk Family
If you're interested to see what questions the next 19 days hold, you can click here to see the list.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

favorite TV shows as a kid and now

Today is Day 9 of my 30 Day Challenge.
Topic: favorite TV shows as a kid and now

I'm sticking to cartoons on this one, because it will make this a lot easier when it comes to now. I have watched and adore so many TV shows, it's hard to remember them all in one sitting.

As  a Kid:


Coming up tomorrow: Post your favorite Quotes

If you're interested to see what questions the next 21 days hold, you can click here to see the list.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Day 8 of my 30 Day Challenge


Today's topic is: Favorite Band and Anything you want to say about them.

My Favorite band of all time is Motion City Soundtrack. They've been my favorite band since the summer before my eighth grade year when I was thirteen years old. I still remember the first time I heard about them. We were in my friend Emily's basement and her boyfriend at the time had told me about this song over msn a few days earlier and was finally going to have me listen to it. He was super excited because they said "aw, fuck it" in the middle of the song. That was the day my Motion City love was born.

My love for them only stemmed from there. I listened to every album they had ever put out on repeat. I obsessed over Justin Pierre's hair. I knew every lyric to every song and it was my dream to see them in concert someday and actually get to meet them.

A few months before my 18th birthday, I was listening to 105.7 the point and they were announcing coming up concerts in St. Louis. Then I heard those magical words "Motion City Soundtrack at The Pageant on October 26th." I could hardly believe my ears. Not only was my opportunity to see Motion City Soundtrack live finally here, but it was ON my birthday. I got my second tattoo on my 18th birthday and then went to see my favorite band of all time. The only way it could have been better was if I could have stayed for the meet and greet. Unfortunately, I had already made plans with friends for that evening, so I didn't get to.

Summer of 2013 came around and Dani and I were looking at the Warped Tour line-up when that beautiful name came across the screen. I couldn't believe it. Motion City Soundtrack was going to be there which meant that I would get to see them live again and I would finally get that meet and great I had always wanted.

When Warped Tour came around last summer, I got everything the teenage girl inside of me dreamed for. I saw them live in concert (although I nearly had a heat stroke once they started playing and had to get out of the crowd to avoid passing out, so I unfortunately missed about 1/3 of their show and spent the other 2/3 mostly in the back), they actually did an accoustic set too, and I finally got to have my meet and greet with the band.

I actually have a chest tattoo that says "Hooray for the Madness" which are Motion City lyrics from the song Make-Out Kids and every member of the band noticed it and complimented me on it. I had an actual conversation with Justin Pierre about hair (go figure, right?) and I swore I might faint from all the excitement of my dreams coming true.

I hope to get to see them again in concert someday, but if for some reason that doesn't happen, I'd say I'm a pretty lucky lady to have the interactions with them that I have had.

Coming up tomorrow: favorite tv shows as a kid and now

If you're interested to see what questions the next 23 days hold, you can click here to see the list.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Day 7 of my 30 Day Challenge

Today's prompt: Top Three Favorite Movies and Foods.

I'm actually going to split my top three favorite movies in to two different catagories. I'm going to tell you my favorite movies and then my favorite Ghibli movies (because they're just awesome enough to have their own category). I definitely recommend you watch every single one of these, folks.

My Three Favorite Movies (honestly in no particular order):
3. Fight Club. (I'm pretty sure it's mostly because I'm in love the emotional train wreck that is Marla)
2. Sin City. 
1. REPO: The Genetic Opera

My Three Favorite Ghibli Films:
Crap--I can't choose just three. I'm going with four.
4. Totoro
3. Ponyo
2. Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind
1. Laputa: Castle in the Sky

My Top Three Favorite Foods:
3.  Crab Meat Ragoons
2. Shrimp
1. Home-made Pizza!

There's a few new movies for you to watch and a few foods that made me realize that I am now extremely hungry.

Coming up tomorrow: Favorite Band and Anything you want to say about them

If you're interested to see what questions the next 23 days hold, you can click here to see the list.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Day 6 of my 30 Day Challenge

Today's prompt: Tell us about your pets, the ones you've had and lost.

I'm actually starting this post off with the pet I've lost. I figure it's better to go from sad to happy instead of happy to sad.

As you all probably know, I'm not much of a dog person, but when I was 5 years old, my grandpa brought home this lovely lady home on a whim. He found her in front of Wal-Mart and just couldn't stand to leave her there. From that day on, this was my baby girl. Her name was Abby. She used to lay in my bed with me when I was younger and we always went on walks around town once I got older. She was such a sweetheart until the day she died. My Mom hoped she would live until I got through school and she even made it a year after that. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of when we were both young together, but I loved this dog so very much. She lived a long happy life and I will never love a dog like I loved her.

Since I've gotten older, I've definitely become more and more of a cat person. This is my cat Edgeworth. He wandered into Lance and I's apartment a year and a half ago. Lance's brother was visiting and standing outside with the door open. Edgeworth was a local stray we had seen around the apartment complex. On that December night, he walked in our house and I just remember Lance saying "So, I guess we have a cat now," and I responded "I guess we do." We weren't allowed to have cats in that apartment, but we kept him anyway. He was just such a sweetheart. We used to let him out of the house when we would leave for work and he would always come back at night. Until once when he went missing for three days. Lance and I were heartbroken. We had finally given up on him coming back and we dumped the litter box and put away the food bowl. We heard him meowing out on the porch just a few hours later and he's never been allowed outside since. Now he's our little inside baby and he's spoiled as crap. He's definitely my baby. He's extremely protective of me. He lets Lance hold him sometimes, but if he sees that I'm looking at him, he'll struggle to get away like he never wanted to be in his arms at all. I love my little Edgeworth.

In May of last year, we finally moved into a pet friendly apartment and decided to get Lancelot a little sweetheart of his own. We asked around a bit in July and we had quite a few offers. Dani's Mom had some kittens out on her lot and we decided to visit them first. They were pretty much wild kittens, so they were pretty skittish and not too used to a lot of human contact. There was only one girl t was lighter colored and somehow much sweeter than the rest. After Lancelot picked her up, I think he knew immediately that she was the kitten we would bring home even though we were heading up there planning to get a boy kitten. A few months later, we got a big surprise and found she's a boy after all! We still refer to him and She though (or schlee) and she's kept her name, Maya. She is definitely Lance's baby. She loves him so very much. She coos all the time, loves rubbing her nose against yours, and strangely enough, is terrified of being outside. Oh, and she doesn't have a tail. That's pretty cool, right?

Lance and I definitely got lucky with our kitties. Edgeworth loves me to pieces and Maya loves Lance to pieces. They more or less know who they're supposed to be spending the majority of their time with. Lance and I love them both very very much, though. I couldn't ask for better additions to our household and family.

Coming up tomorrow: Top 3 Favorite Movies and Foods.

If you're interested to see what questions the next 24 days hold, you can click here to see the list.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Day 5 of my 30 Day Challenge

Today's prompt: A picture of somewhere you've been

I had a big story for this, but honestly I'm tired and sick and almost forgot to even post today...So, instead you're going to get pictures of places I like to go. =)

1. Pickle Springs
I absolutely love Pickle Springs. When Lance and I started working out, we would go hiking here multiple times a week. Heck, we drove all the way to Farmington just to go there. It's a fantastic two mile trail full of hills, rocks, and just beautiful scenery.

2. Derek and Mary's House
I first went to Derek and Mary's house nearly three years ago. This is where I met Lance and where I have had many drunken shenanigans. There have been endless bonfires, games or beer pong, and Mary is always kind enough to host my birthday parties.

3. Crystal City Caverns
Crystal City Caverns is an amazing place to play disc golf. Although I didn't really know exactly what we were signing up for when Lance and I went for our anniversary last year, I can't imagine us having a better time. We beat up our discs so much, but he had so much fun playing in the cave. After we finished all the holes, we had a pretty spectacular time just wandering around the cave as well. I can't wait to go back.

4. Stix and Steins
Since turning 21, I've spent a good amount of time at the local bar. I usually have a pretty fantastic time. I mean, I got to watch Derek and Mary get engaged here, I drank with coworkers here, and spent many drunken nights at Steak N Shake after leaving here.

5. Englar Park
Since Lance and I moved to Farmington, Englar park has been our go to park to just get out of the house. When we picked up disc golf last year, we came here almost on a daily basis to play a few holes before the sun went down. Since Englar helped us frequently play disc golf, we also met a lot of new friends at this park.

'So there you are, folks. You didn't hear of one fantastic place I've been, but now you know all my hang out spots so you can be a complete stalker. =)

Coming up tomorrow: Tell us about your pets, the ones you've had and lost.

If you're interested to see what questions the next 24 days hold, you can click here to see the list.