Wednesday, July 28, 2010

My Life is Pretty Sweet

I have a super sweet husband.

While filling out the ten on Tuesday survey, I asked my husband for help with one of the Answers.

Ashley- What word describes me best?
Hubs- Ashface
Ashley- Really? True.
Hubs- I can't describe you in one word. You're too multifaceted.
Ashley- ........
Hubs- Smart, pretty, great sense of humor, loyal
Hubs- Fun, outgoing, chill, family oriented, loving.
Ashley- WOW
Hubs- I didn't fall in love with you because of one thing.
Hubs- Oh, and you love Sage and Snap.

Like I said, my life is pretty sweet.





*This was a BBM conversation. My memory isn't that sweet.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ten on Tuesday




1. How do you take your coffee on an average day? How do you like your coffee if you’re spluging?
I can't live without coffee. In the winter I drink my coffee hot with a tiny bit of french vanilla powdered creamer. In the summer I drink my coffee iced with skim milk and a tiny bit of sugar. If I'm splurging on coffee I don't make it at home and get the exact same thing at Dunkin' Donuts.

2. What is your genre of books to read?
I like chick lit, fiction, if it's on Oprah's list I probably loved it, some biographies, and some "self-help" books.

3. Where do you want to retire, if you could go anywhere?
The outerbanks. I've never been there, but it just sounds like the perfect place for us to retire.

4. The 17-year-old you is told to write a 10-minute speech. What topic would you have picked?
If I were giving my 17 year old self a speech I would say: don't waste your money, don't buy things you can't afford, that boyfriend you cried over for days was a loser. When I was 17 I talked about boys, shopping, clothes, and sports.

5. What word describes you best?
Ashface

6. What is the next “event” that you are looking forward to? (ex.: vacation, moving, date, job change, etc)
Well, I'm about to be 29 on August 13th- which is slightly depressing, but I still love birthday month. I'm looking forward going to Bethany Beach for a few days in August, and for our one year anniversarymoon carribbean cruise this fall!

7. Do you like to discuss controversial topics or do you prefer to avoid those types of conversations?
It depends on who I'm talking to. If I'm with someone who can handle what I have to say and won't throw their opinions down my throat, then sure. If I know they can't handle it, I won't even touch it with a ten foot pole.

8. Would you rather add 4 free hours to each day, or add 1 extra day to the week?
Definitely 4 free hours in the day. Strangely, I'm the only one that answered this way. I'd love to have more time in the evening to unwind with the hubs, to work out, run errands, read, cook etc.

9. If you created a sports team; what would your colors and mascot be?
Although purple is my favorite color, that's too close to the pukey Ravens (who I strongly despise) so I can't pick that color. I'd have to make my dream team bright green and bright yellow. You'd smile just looking at those colors. Naturally, they'd be called the Giraffes.

10. If you had to be a teacher, what subject would you teach?
I'm a school psychologist which is kinda sorta like a teacher. I teach bad kids how to behave. 99% of the time they don't listen so I teach them the exact same thing the following week. If I were to be a real teacher I'd teach AP English (I loved it, I have a thing for Shakespeare plays) or AP psychology since I'm kinda an expert.

Men Tell All

Truthfully, the Men Tell All always sucks. Especially nowadays when the trouble makers bow out of the show. If I were in charge of ABC I'd fix up these contracts to REQUIRE that all men attend the Men Tell All episode. I wanted to see Justin squirm in his seat. ABC could easily state that Justin would owe them $23453454300872934371 dollars if he does not show up for taping. Seriously, I'm so smart I should own a multi million dollar television broadcast company.

Anyways, all the same boring men that couldn't win Ali's attention showed up. Oh, and Ali's hair still sucked. ABC should really fire the hairdresser (honestly, see how smart I am. I told you that I should be in charge).

I really didn't have much to say last night besides these gems of wisdom...

I hope that @chrisbharrison explains whats up (or questions) with Kasey's voice.

Jonathan is as straight as elbow macaroni

guard and protect your heart drinking game. Can't see straight any longer

how many bird eggs is Ali hiding in that Men Tell All hairdo?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Summer Reading: Book 8



At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape.

A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices--those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal--that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.

Writing with a pace and intensity surpassing even her own greatest work, Anita Shreve delivers in TESTIMONY a gripping emotional drama with the impact of a thriller. No one more compellingly explores the dark impulses that sway the lives of seeming innocents, the needs and fears that drive ordinary men and women into intolerable dilemmas, and the ways in which our best intentions can lead to our worst transgressions.


I love Anita Shreve, so when I found this book laying around the "give a book, take a book" table at work I picked it up. In case you're wondering or want to read more, Fortune's Rocks and Eden Close are some of my favorite books that she's written.

This book was pretty good as well. It opened with a pretty traumatizing and graphic underage sex scene, but the rest of the book was much less graphic (thankfully). I enjoyed that she wrote the book from several different perspectives, but I did find myself disliking the headmaster. That being said, it was a fast, easy, but entertaining read.

Have you read it? What did you think?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Dear Younger Version of Me,



Dear Younger Version of Me,

Although Tufts University was a good education and 15% fun (it was graduate school) you probably should have gone to a much cheaper state school for your masters and C.A.G.S.

Why?

Because then you wouldn't owe Tufts a trillion bajillion dollars despite receiving a pretty heft scholarship.

The children that I work with can barely read "Hop on Pop," nevermind a diploma. In fact, I'm not even sure that they know what a diploma is.

Damn it. I got served.

Love,
An Older, Wiser You








* Sorry for all the money posts but I've recently dragged my husband to a thirteen week financial peace course. It's on our (ahem my) mind.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

No- We're not TRYING



We are not trying, but we are thinking about it (and don't get your hopes up, we're going on a cruise this fall for our one year married anniversary and I will be boozing).

Did this chart work for you?

It looks like if it does work, chances are good that we'll be having a bouncing baby boy-- look at all that blue for 29 year olds (wah, don't even get me started about the fact that I'll be 29 in August)!!

That being said, I want a girl and I want a boy. I could care less which comes first!

What about you?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mnnn Lunch!

How sweet is this deal? I think I know what I want for lunch today.

Click below to get your own coupon for a $2.99 lunch!

I SAW IT!!



I finally saw Eclipse last week and I want you to know ONE thing--

I DID NOT

(not even for one measely little second)

JUMP SHIP for team Jacob.

Jacob may have a hot body, but he has a girly voice and a pug nose. I am all Edward.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

HA! I Love This!

Do you watch the real housewives of New Jersey?

If so, you'll love this!

EBay Sales!

If anyone is in the market for some new clothes or purses please check out my listings on EBAY (go to advanced search and my seller ID is Spicey8138).

I recently cleaned out my closet and we're trying to start a 3-6 months emergency savings plan. Hopefully my EBAY sales will help.

Most items are almost new or new with tags. All items are misses size 4-8 (sorry if you're bigger or smaller than that, that's all I've got in my closet right now).

Most items are either Coach, Vera Bradley, JCrew, Ann Taylor/Loft, or BCBG/Max&Cleo

I attached a few pics so you could see some of what I have on sale right now!









THANKS!

Ten on Tuesday (39)

For each of the following 10 categories, tell us which brand/product you use and why.

1. Cell Phone
We use Verizon Wireless.  We both have blackberries, but I'm currently wishing that we didn't.  That bill hurts. 

2. Email
Gmail. As if there were any other way?!?!?

3. Toothpaste
I'm not loyal to any brand, but I do prefer gel.  Bonus points if it has those little metallic flecks. 

4. Car
Another bane of my budgeting existence. Last summer my 2003 jetta (with only 40,000 miles on it) died for the second time.  Seriously, don't even get me started on Volkswagen--- they suck.  They couldn't stand behind a car with only 40,000 miles on it with a broken transmission (in 2008) and a broken engine (in 2009).  Also occurring last summer-- the death of my husband's jeep.  We weren't prepared for either car to die so we had to run out and buy not ONE but TWO new cars within one month of each other----AND ONLY 2 MONTHS after buying our new house. Anyways, I'll try to calm myself down. We now have a silver honda civic and a red honda crv. 

5. Writing Utensil
BLUE pens.  I'll use any color but I prefer blue. 

6. Lotion
On my face I use Oil of Olay and I have since I was 13.  On my body I use anything. 

7. Interior Paint
Do people really have preferences about this? I hate all paint equally because it is a dreaded task. 

8. Soda/Drink
75% of the time I drink water or flavored soda water.  Every once in awhile I allow myself a coke or a cherry coke. 

9. Laundry Detergent
Whatever is on sale. 

10. Medicine
I am a broken record.  Whatever is on sale.

Girl Crushes

I'm not sure if it's true that gentleman prefer blondes, but I sure do.

If I had to admit to a girl crush, I'd admit that I have two-- both of which happen to be blondes (sorry brownies).

Although I probably don't look anything like them, I've had a handful of people tell me that I look like both of these girls in my lifetime (6ish for girl #1, 3ish for girl #2). I almost died each time. My friends, coworkers and hairdressers may have needed glasses, but their comments most certainly made me happy.

Girl crush #1: Reese Witherspoon. I'm still trying to convince my husband that we should name our first daughter Reese. Not because I'm a crazy stalker, but because every girl named Reese is cute. Especially her.



Girl #2: Carrie Underwood. Seriously, she's adorable-- and that hair?- I wish. My mother and I are proud to admit that we helped Carrie win American Idol. We spent at least two hours pressing redial constantly to vote for her.



Who's your girl crush?

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Bachelorette: The Final Three

My thoughts, via the twitter frenzy I had tonight :)

@AshleysAntics Can't wait for the bachelorette tonight. We get to see the loser that is actually dating Frank. I'm sure she's a real winner.

@AshleysAntics cast your vote: Will Frank wear another tragic cardigan in Tahiti? Will Ashley cry or vomit if he does?

@AshleysAntics I would like to gain the 1223214343 minute I wasted watching Frank cry with insecurity back. What a wiener

@AshleysAntics Roberto, didn't your mother tell you how to pack ur Lion King CD? Stick it between two sweaters, it may crack on top.

@AshleysAntics Frank says, "it's killing me that I love two girls" Well, it's killing me that snaggle tooth can actually snag two girls!

@AshleysAntics Ali never picks the right outfit- hooker boots for the beach and pants in Tahiti?!? WTF

@AshleysAntics ME TOO @BTVBachelorette Where is the button on my remote that I press to make Chris come to my house and be my boyfriend?

@AshleysAntics OOOooh Roberto drops the L-Bomb and he is shocked by the room key and the note. Has be been living under a rock for the last 10 years?

@AshleysAntics Ali and Chris are a good match but that was a far swim. I would have drowned.

@AshleysAntics Ha, does that store still exist? @Possessionista I gave him my heart, and he gave me the friends and family discount at Structure

@AshleysAntics she wears a slutty dress for dinner with Roberto and granny pajamas with Chris. This is not good.

@AshleysAntics I'm loving Chris with Ali tonight. He's cracking me up and you can tell that they have a great time together! Chris > Roberto

@AshleysAntics Frank- overanalyze this- u work at the gap and live in ur parent's basement. I'm thinking that analyzing is NOT ur strength

@AshleysAntics what is wrong with the girls that allow their boyfriends to go on this show and then date them when they return home? Tragic!

@AshleysAntics Why is she hugging Frank for 30 seconds? Do all women in America a favor and kick him in the balls!!!!!!

@AshleysAntics and I thought that I was a good psychologist (it's true, psychologists watch this show). @chrisbharrison is giving me a run for my $$.

Summer Reads: Book 7



When I started this book I had no idea what it was about. I had read about it in People magazine- where it was listed as a must read- but there were no details about the plot. While reading the dust jacket, again, there are NO details about the plot so I had no idea what to expect. I figured it's chick lit, of course I'll like it.

The first half the book was a bit disappointing. In fact, certain parts made me want to puke. HA. The character development was fantastic, but it was all rainbows, unicorns and butterflies. I almost stopped reading at several points throughout the book because it was all a bit too Pollyanna.

Then, a little more than halfway through the book tragedy strikes and you find out that one of the main characters had cancer several years prior. Considering how detailed the writing was prior to the cancer bombshell, the details in the rest of the book were lacking. Callie's health deteriorates rapidly, but we never hear what she thinks, what she feels and how she gets through it. We spend the first one hundred pages reading about Callie and Reese's story book romance, but then hear nothing about how they cope with the diagnosis and later death. Steffi's recovery was limited to one line-- lexapro and weekly counseling.

It just didn't flow the way I would have liked. If you're going to spend page upon page of Pollyanna love, tell us what happens when things get rough.

In the end, I enjoyed the book and I'm glad that I read it. That being said, it's not on my top ten list.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Are you NEW?

Want to know how bratty I was as a child?

When people would ask me stupid questions I would say, "Are you new?"

In fact, don't tell, but I still do this to my favorite aunt. It cracks her up.

Anyways, I've noticed a lot of new readers visiting my blog. Are you new or new-ish to my blog? Let me know, because I'd love to check out your blog as well and to share the blogging love.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

HouseHunters

These couples on House Hunters (duh, my favorite show on HGTV) drive me crazy.

Husband: "Oh, these colors are too modern, they just won't work for us."

Wife: "Well, we might be able to work our furniture around this paint."

Then, they buy the ugly house with the nice paint colors.


DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMMIES- you can change the paint.

Summer Reading: Book SIX

Thanks to this book, I bought $121.00 worth of food for only 70 bucks today at Safeway!



“Of all the how-to-do-it books ever written, the best and most constructively useful are the Bible, Voltaire’s Candide- and this one. The time is right, right now, for somebody to give us all a top sergeant lesson in practical economics: ‘There is no free lunch.’ Congratulations, Annette and Steve Economides: I pray your readers will practice what you teach.”
- PAUL HARVEY, legendary American radio broadcaster and host of The Rest of the Story on the ABC Radio Network

“If your family is struggling with debt or you find yourself spending more money than you can legitimately afford, pick up and READ this book today! Implement the strategies you find and enjoy a lifetime free of financial anxiety!”
- Glinda Bridgforth, financial coach, Oprah Debt Diet consultant, and bestselling author of Girl, Make Your Money Grow! and Girl, Get Your Credit Straight!


I just recently finished this book because my husband and I are on a budget kick! Overall, it was a quick easy read with some great ideas. I've read the Dave Ramsey books so nothing in this book was particularly new -- but it was inspiring. I especially enjoyed reading about how they budget and save money for groceries. Some of it was a bit drastic- such as shopping for clothes at thrift shops and spending five hours at the grocery store, but it was a good read overall.

Have you read this one?

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Bachelorette: Hometown Date

Random thoughts and observations:

First up.. Roberto. They both show up wearing matching yellowed checkered shirts. Tragic. Ali thinks that a baseball uniform is the sexiest outfit that a guy can wear. Men in tight pants--- no thanks. Out of all of the uniforms in the world, baseball is not in my top 5.

Roberto's mom reminds me of my Zumba teacher. Neon colors and a full on WOO girl.

Next up, Chris. He's cute and he's probably my pick. How cute it their date?!?!?!

Ali wears high heeled leather boots to run around the beach with the dog. This girl chooses the wrong shoes all the freakin' time. She wears converse sneakers with wedding dresses and hooker boots for a day at the beach.

She really fits in perfectly with Chris' family. So far, they are the big winners.

Kirk's family is interesting. His dad has a lot of crap in his house and he's a bit strange. Kirk's mom reminds me of Vienna. Ha.

Kirk and Ali didn't really seem to connect this time. Not good for him.

FRANK IS SO EMO. He's become pretty obnoxious and he's wearing the worst outfit that I've ever seen. Men should NOT wear cardigans with wife beaters. Ugh.

Poor, Kirk. I feel for him. Frank is a d-bag and should have told Ali that he didn't like her tonight instead of wasting all of our time and energy tonight.

The end.




oh and in case you were wondering, Ali's hair is still scraggly, she still has black roots, and her extensions look like my cat spent the last several hours swatting them.


The end.

Again.

Chinese?

Man, I wish I could read Chinese characters.

Someone from China is writing on my comments every day.




HA.


Man those spammers.

All About Google Reader

My last post brought up a few questions about Google Reader. Basically, it's a blogging time saver and a great organizational tool.

If you have a gmail account, you have access to google reader. If you log into your gmail account and look at the icons at the top (i.e. Calender, Documents etc.) you will find a tab that says "Reader."

1. All you have to do is click on that and then click on the add a subscription button.

2. Copy and paste the links of all of your favorite blogs into the add a subscription feature.

Then, whenever you want to read blogs on your computer, go to google reader and it keeps track of when your friend's updated their blog and if you've read their updates. Instead of clicking on a million blog links every day only to find out that your friend hasn't updated, google reader keeps all of your subscriptions linked and organized in one place.

I read all of my blogs this way because I find it to be an easier method than the click method. Of course, to comment you must click on the blog, but I certainly don't mind doing that.

Another great selling point-- the search option. If I remember that so and so wrote about a fabulous recipe last year- I can search all of the blogs that I read for certain key words. Beats searching through someones archives for hours.

Anyways, I swear by google reader- but to each their own.

Also, unless you specifically log on to google reader and change your feed options, everyones blog comes up in full text (that's for your Laurie-- yours reads perfectly).

I hope this helps clarify some things! Enjoy!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Lazy Girl

This may make me sound really lazy but I really hate when people don't allow their entire post to be read in google reader.

I know that they probably want me to click over to their blog so that they can get credit/keep tally of website hits, but I'm actually too lazy to actually do so.

99% of the time, I "un"follow these people.

I feel guilty about it and I had to get that out there. I may feel guilty, but not guilty enough to click over. Does anyone else have this problem?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

TP Dress

I went to a bridal shower tonight for one of my friends. I like any type of event where wine and snacks are served. However, I'm not too sure about how I feel about party games. I'll take them, but you better make sure that I have a few glasses of wine in me first (I did).

Tonight we played the design a wedding dress out of toilet paper game.

I came home and "googled" to find out who came up with this game. Would you believe that there are actually professional toilet paper dress designers in this world?

See below and this website for proof that toilet paper dresses are all the rage.



I will have you know that our dress looked NOTHING like the one pictured. I'd like to blame it on the fact that we were using economy style one ply sheets.

Now that I've reached the age where a lot of my friends are getting married, I really need to work on-- and perfect--- my toilet paper decorating skills.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Hip Shaker

Dirty Little Secret number 2312324352343: I can't seem to shake my hips anymore.

I will have you know that although I'm no So You Think You Can Dance contender, I was a ballerina, a jazz dancer and a cheerleader for most of my childhood- I'm talking 15 years here. Did I rule at it? No, but I was decent.

I have been faithful to the gym-- don't faint-- at least four times per week for an hour class-- I am shocking myself as well. Of course I'm drawn to the classes were you blast loud music and shake your hips. Except I can't seem to shake them correctly. All the other girls are gyrating to the music and I look like a fool. I feel so bad for the girls standing behind me.

Would anyone care to point me to some good hip shaking tutorials on you tube? I tried to google it myself, but what came up was XXX rated.



Thursday, July 8, 2010

Summer Reading: Book Five



A resolute yet naïve Chinese girl confronts poverty and culture shock with equal zeal when she and her mother immigrate to Brooklyn in Kwok's affecting coming-of-age debut. Ah-Kim Chang, or Kimberly as she is known in the U.S., had been a promising student in Hong Kong when her father died. Now she and her mother are indebted to Kimberly's Aunt Paula, who funded their trip from Hong Kong, so they dutifully work for her in a Chinatown clothing factory where they earn barely enough to keep them alive. Despite this, and living in a condemned apartment that is without heat and full of roaches, Kimberly excels at school, perfects her English, and is eventually admitted to an elite, private high school. An obvious outsider, without money for new clothes or undergarments, she deals with added social pressures, only to be comforted by an understanding best friend, Annette, who lends her makeup and hands out American advice. A love interest at the factory leads to a surprising plot line, but it is the portrayal of Kimberly's relationship with her mother that makes this more than just another immigrant story.

This book has been getting rave reviews all over the place. My favorite book in the world is Memoirs of a Geisha, so of course I was drawn to this one.

That being said- I was kind of disappointed by it. It was a good book, but I'm not sure that it matched all of the hype surrounding it. I enjoyed reading about Kimberly and her mother and I was fascinated by some parts of their life. That being said, I was also bored by others. The author never really delved into the details of the characters' lives. In Memoirs of a Geisha, the author intimately detailed the clothing, the culture, the characters. This book left me wanting more.

Even more disappointing-- the ending. It came out of no where and the story ended very abruptly.

Overall, I'm probably being a bit harsh because it was an interesting read, but I wouldn't read it again.

A,B,C's of ME

A- My AIR CONDITIONER is set on: 75 degrees when we are home and awake, 85 degrees when we are at work and overnight. 

B- My BEDROOM theme is: It doesn't have a strict theme, but it's resembles a beach cottage look.  It's light blue with a white bed and white furniture.

C- The CAR in the driveway is: Two hondas. A civic and a CRV. We're practical (unfortunately).

D- My DESK looks: neat. I'm anal.

E- The EXACT time I wake up daily is: as late as possible.  It varies daily depending on which school i'm going to and how far away it is (my schools range from 10 mins away to 35 mins away).  When I'm working it's usually between 6:40 and 7:10.

F- The FIRST thing I wash in the shower is: my hair.

G- My GARAGE is filled with: My garage is only in my dreams.  Someday I hope to be rich.

H- My HOUSE is: a three level townhome. 

I- If you peeked INSIDE my bedroom you'd see: a bed, two dressers, beach pictures, and my husband's clothes on the floor by his side of the bed.  He hasn't learned yet.

J- My favorite JUICE is: I don't drink much juice-- if I do I drink soda water with a splash of cranberry.
 
K- The best part of my KITCHEN is: Not much.  We currently have a leak in the ceiling and it's teeny tiny.

L- The LAST person who visited my home was:. My parents, sisters, cousins and aunt for a birthday cookout.  

M- The last piece of MAIL for me was: I haven't checked yet today. Probably junk mail.

N- My NEIGHBORS think I'm: Lord only knows.  My husband is the nice one.  They probalby think that I'm that lady married to that nice man.

O- If you OPENED my fridge you'd see: lettuce, sugar snap peas, watermelon, oranges, mushrooms, soda water, ice tea, eggs, deli turkey, cheese, carrots, leftover manicotti, and assorted condiments.

P- My last house PARTY was: Two weekends ago for John's birthday, my sister's birthday and father's day.

Q- A QUICK meal I like to fix is: Spaghetti. I love it.
 
R- My favorite ROOM of the house is: The living room. I love the color, the curtains and the decor.

S- The SHAMPOO brand I use is: Pantene full and thick.

T- My largest TELEVISION is: 42 inches

U- UNDER my bed you will find: Clothes and other assorted junk.

V- The last time I VACUUMED was: 4ish days ago. I like to vacuum twice weekly.

W- Looking out my WINDOW I see: Probably our neighbor and her 23432432 kids sitting on the front step.

X- I wish I had X-TRA: Money. Life would rule if I could fall into $20,000 right now.

Y- My YARD is: is a hot mess thanks to two weeks of 100+ degree weather and no rain.

Z- ZZZZZZZ My bedtime is: between 10:30 and 11:45 most nights.
 
Let me know if you do this! I'd love to see your answers! :)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I Just Can't Wait!

Edward Cullen is my homeboy.



I am dying to see Eclipse, but I'm going to have to wait another week. I want to let the teeny boppers clear out before I go.

In the meantime I'm dreaming about Edward-- and the rest of the Cullen family.

I've heard rumors that people are jumping ship and joining team Jacob because (reportedly) he looks super hot in Eclipse. I won't do it. He's too desperate. Bella wants to be a Cullen ... not a Black. Jake needs to take a ride on the clue bus.

Plus, I think he has a pug nose.

Since most of America has seen it, what did you think?-- but don't give me any spoilers!!!!

Ten on Tuesday!

from (title unknown) by RootsAndRings

1. If given the opportunity, would you choose a mediocre job that paid well or your dream job that paid poorly?
To be honest, I'd probably choose a mediocre job that paid well.  I'm not entirely sure what my dream job would actually be.  Do people honestly know these things? I tend to think that my dream job would be something that paid well, so perhaps my mediocre job would turn into my dream job at some point. 

2. What is your favorite thing about the 4th of July? (For the foreigners: What is your impression of the 4th of July?)
I love the food, I love relaxing, and I love spending time with friends and family.  Plus, the fact that the entire holiday revolves around the outdoors and the pool doesn't hurt. 

3. What's the most random fact you know about American history?
Wow, I don't work well under pressure.  I'll have to get back to you :)

4. What is the best fireworks display you've ever seen?
Probably the fireworks I used to watch when I lived on Marthas Vineyard (I lived/work there for four summers).  There's just something about watching fireworks on the beach (next to a lighthouse) that is incredibly appealing. 

5. Who taught you how to put on makeup?
No one.  My mom doesn't wear a stitch of make up unless I force her to.  I still wish that I could take lessons somewhere. 

6. Have you ever gone through a financial planning process? Tell us about it.
That's funny that this came up-- we have made a budget, but we need more help.  We just signed up and ordered Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University class last night- which is a 13 week class on spending, saving and how to get out of debt.  Has anyone tried this-- if so, did you like it?

7. What was your favorite outfit as a kid? Bonus points for pictures.
I had a red oversized sweater that I would wear with leggings.  The leggings were covered in pictures of Marilyn Monroe.  My mom always found us the coolest, funkiest clothes when we were little.  I have a picture somewhere, but it's at my mom's house. 

8. Do you prefer a beach, lake, swimming pool, or no water?
I like to sit by the beach, but swim in a pool.  I'm slightly afraid of crabs snapping at my feet in the ocean and I'm terrified of lakes.  I don't like bodies of water where you cannot see the ground.  When I was little a fish swam by me and grazed my leg and life has never been the same since.  I don't want to swim anywhere where fish hang out, snapping turtles snap, and/or where water snakes live. 

9. Do you recycle? If not, why?
No, but I should.  I always did growing up, but my neighborhood does not make recycling convenient.  That's not a good excuse though. 

10. What are your thoughts and feelings about the Twilight Saga?
Obsessed.  If I didn't marry my husband, I would stalk out Edward in a second. 

Monday, July 5, 2010

Jake the Snake?

Jake was NEVER my favorite bachelor. He's a little fruity, a little fake, and he reminds me of Mister Rogers.

What did you think of their show down tonight?

The Bachelorette: Ali's Hair Continues to be a HOT Mess

Ali and the fellas are in Lisbon, Portugal. Blah Blah, wish I were there.

Roberto gets the first one on one date. Ali wears a super short skirt and Roberto lays on the charm. He's cute, but he's a bit cheesy for me. John and I do super lame and cheesy stuff at home, but dancing in the middle of the street? Over rated.

Roberto believes in telling women thank you for kissing him because he appreciates the kiss. I'm not sure that I buy it. He kinda reminds me of one of those really sweet guys that beats the crap out of you a few years later. I hope I'm wrong, but he's too good to be true.

Next up, Ty and Frank have a two on one date. It's awkward like all two on one dates are. Frank is a 31 one year old second grader. He stills lives at home with his parents. That's a bit of a red flag. Ahem.

On Kirk's date, Ali is a total dud. She's so boring and Kirk got the shaft.

Lastly, we have Chris. Chris and Ali go for a moped ride through town. It looks like they may die. HA. Ali makes it really clear that she's unsure about Chris. She says it no less than fifty times. They kiss weird.

Ty goes home. I saw that coming, even if my mom didn't.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July?

Seriously, how?

It's been six months since new years.

Only six months till 2011.

Why does life fly by before my eyes?

Book Review: Book #4



But inside I'm screaming is one woman's unforgettable story about what it is to lose control as the world watches, to figure out what went so very wrong and to accept an imperfect life in a world that demands perfection.

While breaking the hottest news story of the year, broadcast journalist Isabel Murphy falls apart on live television in front of an audience of millions. She lands at Three Breezes, a four-star psychiatric hospital nicknamed the "nut hut," where she begins the painful process of recovering the life everyone thought she had.

But accepting her place among her fellow patients proves difficult. Isabel struggles to reconcile the fact that she is, indeed, one of them, and faces the reality that in order to mend her painfully fractured life she must rely solely on herself.


I finished this book in a matter of days. Anything with a psychological twist, turn or plot interests me. This was an easy read and it was hard to put down. The story follows a 35 year old woman who is overstressed and experiences extreme anxiety. She ends up in a mental hospital and her journey is outlined from admittance to her eventual exit.

Have you read this one? If so, what did you think? I most certainly recommend this one-- but I'll warn you, it isn't a carefree beach read.