My first blog award! I’m touched! The Versatile Blogger Award was bestowed on me today, thanks to Florida Girl at
|Super HOOAH pumpkin!|
I can’t take credit for that beyond fabulous pumpkin above, but I can wish you and yours a Happy Halloween! This is the first Halloween that DH and I have been together since we’ve been married. He’s here reminding me that we have spent the holiday together, but that was back when we were just dating. I’m not a huge Halloween person, but I do enjoy passing out candy, carving pumpkins, and watching some Charlie Brown! I hope you’re enjoying the fun festivities of the season!
|This one I actually DID do!|
I don’t think I’ve talked about it too much on here, but I’m a huge country music fan! I love going to concerts, I love going out to country bars (that’s where I met DH) and getting my two-step/linedance/waltz/east coast swing/west coast swing on! So, when I heard that
This may as well have been called “What regrets do you have?” and I’m not a big fan of regrets. Every decision I’ve made, both good and bad, have lead me to where I am today. My life may not be perfect, but I’m happy with where I’m at and where I’ve ended up.
Every negative experience that I can think of (drank less my first year of college, saved more/spent less when I was younger, appreciated my first home purchase) has helped shape me into the woman/adult I am today. I have much better bearings and a better understanding of what I want to do and how I want to treat the rest of my life and the opportunities that come along with it. Wish me luck!
…and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
I’d do what any good friend would do…rush to the hospital, sobbing all the way, and apologizing profusely and blaming it on myself. Then sit by her side as much as I could, praying to God that she’d be ok.
Trinnie and I really don’t fight, fortunately! Gotta love those 10+ years of friendship! They make for quality folks!
Head on over to Wife of a Sailor to jump on board the Friday train! Choo choo!
1. What’s the nicest thing a stranger has ever done for you? That’s a really good question, actually. A situation springs to mind from this summer. My car was having transmission issues, so I stopped at local truck stop/gas station. I picked up a funnel and a bottle of transmission fluid, but I didn’t know what I was doing. Luckily, a man came out of nowhere and checked my fluids for me, then disappeared as quickly as he’d arrived.
2. If you are having a hard time going to sleep, what do you do to help yourself? *giggles* Well, if I have a hard time falling asleep because I keep hearing noises or I’m freaking myself out, I turn on our “sounds” alarm clock to the crashing ocean waves. It’s a good source of while noise for me, as it reminds me of holidays in Mexico where you can sleep with the French doors wide open.
3. Name something that makes you wish you were a kid again. Bills. Yes, I could definitely do without them. Oh, to be back in the days where my cares consisted of school and my playtime, nothing else! I could really go for that right now!
4. What is something you never believed in until you experienced it? I’m inclined to say falling in love, as I’d never really experienced it until I met DH. <3
5. What can’t you say “no” to? New MAC pigments in warm tones, chartreuse and coral anything, and fondue!
“How can you be in education if you don’t imbibe?”
That’s what I got asked two days ago, no lie. It was said in fun, but it’s true. Teachers are some of the bigger drinkers out there. I knew of a pub crawl that was conducted by and for teachers after the last day of school, complete with a “class schedule” and “tardies” if you showed up “class” late.
As for me, I did my fair share of drinking when I was younger, definitely when I was in college. It wasn’t until 2006 that I made the conscious decision to stop drinking. Completely. When I tell people that I don’t drink, they either assume I’m either a recovering alcoholic or that I had something traumatic happen to me, but neither is true. I chose not to drink for a few reasons. When DH and I first got together, we were flat broke [gee, I can’t relate to that right now]. We would go to the local country bar and run up a $60ish tab, between ourselves and rounds for friends. That just didn’t make sense to me when we had other bills for the same amount. Drinking gets expensive! If I’m going to blow $60, I’d rather have it be on makeup, or something tangible. I also stopped drinking because I wanted to ensure that I was always in control of myself and my situation – what I was saying, what I was doing, and what was being done to me. DH was working out of state then, although not yet in the military, and I wanted to make sure that I was always safe. I also never wanted DH to wonder if something shady might be going on if I were drinking and socializing with male friends. It was easier to eliminate the drinking element that way it would never be questioned. DH drinks less now that I don’t drink at all, and I prefer it that way. I was incorrect when I calculated it earlier, but I’m up to five years of sobriety! It’s been such a long streak so far, I don’t dare want to break it! I’m on a roll! I don’t miss it either. If you want to drink, please, be my guest! Just do so responsibly and make arrangements so that you can be safe.
When it comes to drugs, I’m pretty narrow-minded, so if your attitude is pretty lax about that sort of thing, you probably won’t agree with me. I’ve never done any sort of drug – never. It never seemed worthwhile to me. Frankly, I think if you’re out of high school and still doing pot, you’re a loser. I think I could make exceptions for medicinal marijuana, but only in terminal or severe cases. As for any other illegal drugs, no way. I don’t agree with using/abusing drugs and I am judgmental towards people who choose to do so.
I had forgotten about this meme until I saw it on Taryn’s page. Five words to use in sentences describing my week, courtesy of Mrs. Gambizzle. This week’s words are:
“What do you think of religion?” is a pretty broad question. I was raised United Methodist and came from the kind of family who dressed up for church every Sunday. As a kid, I got excited on those rare Sundays when we didn’t go to church, since it meant I could sleep in. I participated in summer church camps (as a camper and a counselor), church choir, and youth group every so often. I was even a Youth Director at one point. I didn’t fully embrace my faith until I was in college, when I connected with a group on campus that challenged my beliefs and my spirituality and pushed me further than I’d been before. Unfortunately, the leader of that group left after my first year, and I took that a little hard. After that my focus from the group was gone. My then boyfriend/fiance/husband didn’t come from a religious family and I didn’t want to push my beliefs on him. Church slowly faded from my life, and I was ok with that. I had always felt that if I was doing it out of a feeling of obligation, I should step back and then come back when I was ready and willing.
DH was raised as Catholic, but identifies as an Atheist. While that may be off-putting to some, it has been such a learning experience to me. I’ve grown so much more tolerant and sensitive of the beliefs of others, and I credit that to him. I find myself thinking about how uncomfortable people who aren’t Christian must feel when in situations when assumptions are made about the beliefs of the crowd. For example, at one of my jobs the leadership distributed religious Christmas cards at holiday time, complete with a CD of traditional, religious carols. I was a little flabbergasted, to say the least.