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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

MyFitnessPal

When I decided that I'd track my food and exercise, I did a search in the App Store to find an app to use to track both.  I knew there would be plenty to choose from. 

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The first one on the list was MyFitnessPal and it was free.  Sounds good to me! I used LiveStrong in the past and I liked it, but I'm all about trying new things for new chapters in my life.  LiveStrong was also on the list as a free app, so I figured if I didn't like MyFitnessPal I'd use LiveStrong. 

Granted it's only been a few days, but I really like it.  It has this feature that after you update your daily log, it tells you how much you could weigh in 5 weeks if you keep up with your current level of consumption and exercise.  I know it can't possibly be accurate and it says right on the screen that it's only an estimate, but it is motivational. 

If you are or have ever been a tracker, do you have a favorite way to track your food intake and exercise levels?

This is where I live...

So I went online at work to check the weather the other day because it looked like it was getting a little dark outside and we've been having some crazy downpours lately.  This is what I see on the page after I type in my zip code.



I mean seriously? Is this Romancing the Stone? Jaws? Where the heck did I move to?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Quiz About Me

Happy Monday!! I had a good day today, how about you? Pretty good for a Monday at least. 

You probably know the drill, click the button below to head over to Acting Balanced and play along!!

Acting Balanced

1. What is your favorite Olympic sport?

Summer = gymnastics.  Winter = ice skating.

2. What is the healthiest meal you have eaten this week?

I think the grilled chicken salad is probably the healthiest I've had this week.  Yummy too.  Since I'm beginning my diet, I'm going to take a chance here and say EVERY meal I eat this coming week will be healthy!

3. What is the unhealthiest meal you have eaten this week?

Last Thursday night, I think it was Thursday, we had pizza.  It was delicious, but soooo not good for you.

4. What jewelry do you wear every day?

My wedding and engagement rings.

And my fifth question for all of you...

What's your favorite fruit?

Mine is peaches, at least at the moment, because they're in my kitchen waiting for me to eat them!

I hate to fuddy duddy out for the evening, but I'm zonked! Will do my hopping tomorrow! :)

Music Monday

I've decided to attempt to start a weekly trend of posting some of my favorite songs, via YouTube, on Mondays since it's all alliterative that way.  :)

So here is the first, U2's All I Want Is You.



The first time I heard this song was when I was visiting my sister Kerry when she was in college at Villanova University in PA.  Some of her friends were participating in a benefit concert on campus and that was one of the songs that they did.  I absolutely loved it! Up until VHS was obsolete, I had the concert on tape too.  One of my most favorite things from that trip to Villanova was the cookie dough ice cream from Campus Corner, obviously memorable since it was probably close to 20 years ago and I still remember the name of the place that sold the ice cream.  It was delicious!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Winning by losing

I didn't start the 30 Day Shred yesterday as planned because I was glued to this book and before I knew it it was 11:00 and I could barely keep my eyes open! The last time I tried the 30 Day Shred I decided to buy Jillian Michael's book, Winning By Losing.  It has sat on my shelf ever since.  This time around, I decided to pick it up.  I need a change and I know it.  I need all the support and reinforcement I can get.  It's just a book, it can't hurt, so why not?

Jillian Michaels - Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life (Paperback)
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The book is split into three sections, self, science, and sweat.  I began the book last night and have gotten through a good bit of the "self" section.  Jillian is smart.  She knows what she's talking about.  She gives you the tools you need to change your attitude about yourself and think positively about your body.  I didn't realize how bad my self-image is.  Don't get me wrong, I know I'm smart.  I've seen results in that department.  But when it comes to my body, I didn't think too nicely of myself.   After reading through this first section, I realize that I need to change that attitude if I plan on changing anything about myself.

Two lines from her book really stood out to me:

"There are no mistakes, just learning experiences." I've always thought of my mistakes as learning experiences.  I've made my share of them.  But I never thought that way in terms of my health and fitness.  Anytime I've started some kind of wellness routine, if I have a slip up I completely lose hope and feel like a total failure.  Often it leads me to quit whatever plan I am on.

"Every day truly is a new beginning."  This is so wise.  If you recognize that every day is a new beginning, those little slip ups won't mean all that much and won't thwart your entire plan.  You won't ever give up, you'll persevere.

I'm so glad I started reading that book last night because those things were exactly what I needed to hear.  I can't tell you how many times I've made fitness mistakes and let them completely take me over.  In fact, yesterday was no exception.  It's embarrassing to admit, but I made a mistake on the very first day of my fancy new plan! Brad went out fishing with the guys for the night and before he left he went to the store and came back with a "treat" for me, a Symphony Almond with Toffee Chips bar.  Probably one of my biggest weaknesses.  And I ate the whole thing.  The whole thing.  600 calories! I was disappointed in myself of course, especially after I had just downloaded the MyFitnessPal app (which I'll save for another post) and logged my foods for the day.  I had a little over 400 left for dinner and those 600 totally wrecked that.  Not to mention the fact that I didn't exercise.

Before I read this book I probably wouldn't have logged the chocolate bar, or if I was days into the plan I may have given up.  But I realize now that I have to own up to my mistakes and move forward.  I'm not going to say I won't eat an entire chocolate bar again, I just will not beat myself up about it. 

Shot Tales: Rainforest Cafe

I really wish I had pictures of the restaurant to accompany this week's shot tales at the Rainforest Cafe, but pictures on their website will have to do!



I love themed restaurants, so much.  I know the food isn't always that great and the prices are usually pretty high - they're tourist traps for sure! But the experience and the visuals are so worth it.  They are memories that will last a very long time.

I got these glasses the first time, the only time, I went to Rainforest Cafe in Orlando, Florida.  It's in the Downtown Disney if I remember correctly.  It was the first time I ever went on a trip to Florida with Brad and his family.  It was 2004, and we were in Florida for our one year dating anniversary, remember those? We still try to remember to say happy anniversary to one another on June 23rd each year.  :)

The interior is seriously like you're in a rainforest, or at least what I'd imagine a rainforest to be like since I've never actually been in one.  There are (fake) trees, rock walls, animals, and sounds of rain and thunder.  It was so neat.  The food actually wasn't that bad either.  I'd like to think we'll go back one day, but considering all the themed restaurants in Orlando that I'd like to check out, I'm not sure when that might be!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

30 Day Shred, Take 2

Jillian Michaels '30 Day Shred' DVD
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A while ago, and I mean a long while ago, I tried Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred.  I had a love/hate relationship with it.  I thought the workout was great and the 3-2-1 approach made it perfectly balanced compared to some of the workout videos I have done in the past.  I also liked that there were tiers you could move up to at your own pace.  And you could feel the burn which is some reinforcement that it is working.  It wasn't difficult to do the moves either.  Jillian is a very motivational trainer.  Don't get me wrong, the attitude that made her a star on The Biggest Loser certainly shines through on this DVD, but it comes and goes at the right times.  Still doesn't mean I wouldn't like to smack the TV, but I refrain.

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Since I'm feeling optimistic today, I've decided I'm going to give this thing a shot again.  I have a lot of weight I'd like to lose.  Now I'm not going to get all specific here, but I will say that my first goal is 21 lbs.  I've checked my weight and taken my measurements.  Everything is logged in a nice little spreadsheet that will track my losses.  And there will be losses.  I'm that motivated today.  Tomorrow may be another story, but only time will tell.  I'll log my weight and measurements again on August 27th, after I have completed the 30 Day Shred.  I want to see if something really happens in 30 days.

Funny cats weight scale  cartoon from July 11, 2012
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So, the 30 Day Shred is really only one part of this new journey.  Brad and I purchased a gym membership earlier this year and were pretty good about going the first two weeks.  That's about it.  So I'd like to incorporate the gym back into my routine as well.  I am going to wing it in the beginning so I can determine the best schedule for myself.  I don't want to say "go to the gym at 7:00 PM" if I don't know that 7:00 PM is going to work for me.  I don't want to lose my motivation by missing scheduled items or goals.  So I'll ease into it.

I also spent some time this morning looking through some of my healthy recipe books, yes I have them, and found a few that I can put together for this coming week.  So I made my shopping list and am planning to go to the grocery store tomorrow.  I actually really enjoy "good for you" foods so I'm looking forward to it.  Of course I enjoy junk food just the same, but at least it won't be like I'm eating cardboard.

Do you have any high hopes for fitness? Any fitness tips and tricks you'd like to share?

It was a pretty good week

I've had a pretty crappy July.  This has just not been my month.  It started off pretty good, the middle sucked, now the end has started to pick back up.  Thank goodness! I don't like being melancholy.

I spent the first two days of the week prepping for my new office mate's arrival on Wednesday.  I finally have the help I've been needing for a long, long time.  And she is great.  She is smart, creative, and very competent.  It's a blessing.  Today I told her it was wonderful to have someone you could tell to "click the button on the top" and they actually go to click the button at the top, instead of the side or the bottom or somewhere else.  I'm really looking forward to working with her!

And I'm a supervisor! For real this time.  The last time it was kind of a fake feature of my job description.  I call it fake because I was never given the full authority to do what being a supervisor would have entailed.  My boss now trusts me completely and gives me much more authority.  It's nice to know that my hard work and my knowledge and competence actually goes noticed.

It'll be nice to get started on all of our fun new plans for the organization.  There is so much that's had to be put on hold because I can't do it all.  I try, but I can't.  Having my new coworker will give me the time I need to work on some other things, and she's so competent and adaptable that I know she can go above and beyond and help me out in so many other ways than we had initially planned.  Really looking forward to the future at work.  And yes, I just said that!

So it's been a really good week.  I'll take this week over the middle weeks of July anytime!

What was the highlight of your week?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Pondering With a Purpose: Staring

This is my 600th post! Woohoo!!

So this hop (that I missed yesterday because I was exhausted!) is really great.  Brenda gives you a topic and you talk about it.  Use your imagination, go where you want to go! Just don't forget to link up! Click the button below to head over to Brenda's blog and play along.

Think on Thursday

This week's topic is staring.  When you stare off into the distance, what is it that you are thinking about?

Sometimes it's nothing, sometimes it's something, sometimes it's everything.

Sometimes I seriously just zone out.  For whatever reason a particular object mesmerizes me and I'm frozen.  I may realize I'm zoning out and tell myself to knock it off, but it takes a second to pry me out of my trance.  Kind of goofy.  Had a couple of moments like that this afternoon, I was so exhausted!

Sometimes I'm lost in a thought about something in particular.  Sometimes it's the thing I'm staring at, sometimes the thing I'm looking at reminds me of something and I end up thinking deeply about it, and sometimes the two are completely unrelated.  It's interesting how the mind works.

And sometimes I have it all on my mind at once.  Those times aren't always fun.  I've had a lot of those over the past few weeks.  So much going on and not enough outlets for it all.  I'm happy to say it's on the upside, at least for now!

I'll be hopping around the linky tomorrow, way to zonked to do it tonight.  I want to make sure I can form actual thoughts about what I'm reading.  I used up the last of my coherence writing this post!

Good night all!

Friday Fill-in

It's been a great, but busy, week.  I'm happy to say it has ended pretty well and I'm feeling an overall sense of optimism, which is more than I have felt in a long time.  And, of course, it's the weekend! How awesome is that?

Welcome to Friday Four Fill-in Fun hosted by Hilary at Feeling Beachie.  Each week she lists four fill-in statements and you take them to your blog, fill them in, and link up.  She's always looking for co-hosts so e-mail her with your statement suggestions at feelingbeachie@gmail.com.  Also feel free to share about the hop on Facebook, Twitter, etc...  Click the button below to hop on over to Hilary's and have fun!!

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This week's statements:

1. I learned how to make ___ in ___.

2. I have always wanted to ___.

3. My purse always has a ___ and ___.
4. One day when I am ___ I am going to ___.

My answers:

1. I learned how to make sushi in 2012.  That is a goal! I haven't learned yet!! I got a rice steamer and a sushi "cookbook" for Christmas last year and I plan to use it!!

2. I have always wanted to swim in crystal clear waters.  And pools don't count! I'm talking Caribbean blue!

3. My purse always has a zipper pocket for my personal items (chap stick, mirror, etc) and my keys! I never misplace my keys.  Well, sometimes I do, but not as often as my husband, who doesn't have a purse, does!

4. One day when I am older I am going to look back on my life and feel good.

Now go to Feeling Beachie, link up, and play along! I'll be hopping to all the blogs on the linky tomorrow!! Can't wait.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Evening light show


Crazy light show outside this evening.  And of course I'm the idiot standing on the front porch taking pictures...

I never asked for a brother...

I am the youngest of four girls.  Growing up I always wanted a younger sister.  At times I may have asked my parents for a baby in general, but specifically I wanted a little sister to mother, play with, and corrupt of course.

I never asked my parents for a brother.

Funny how things work out.  I was born with and I grew up with three sisters.  Today I have six brothers.  All through marriages, of course! I also have two sisters-in-law, but still, the boys outnumber the girls in my immediate family.

And all my siblings and siblings-in-law are wonderful people.  I'm very blessed.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Quiz About Me

What a busy day! Work was as fun as work could be today, and I really do mean that! Not my usual sarcasm.  I had a good day.  I'm very excited because I'll have a new person starting in the office with me on Wednesday and she came by today to fill out her new hire paperwork.  Hopefully my good day today will be a sign of things to come... a good week!!

On to Monday Quiz About me with Heather from Acting Balanced.  This is a fun five question hop where the last question is one that you ask to your readers.  A fun way to interact with fellow bloggers.  Click the button below to play along.

Acting Balanced

1. What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Ham, bacon, and pineapple.  Yummo!

2. What is the strangest name you've ever heard for a child?

Apple.  No matter how many years go by, I still can't get over Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin naming their daughter Apple.  It's just weird to me.

3. What is the best vacation you've ever gone on?

Wow, this is hard.  I have had vacations that I've enjoyed, but I'm not sure I can call one "the best" yet.  I loved family trips to Ocean City and Myrtle Beach, and of course our annual trips to Florida, but they all have a "routine" feeling to them, so I don't think I'd venture to call them "the best". 

4. What is your favorite quick summer meal?

Grilled chicken salad with pineapples and mandarin oranges.  It takes a little while to grill the chicken, either in a pan or on the grill, but the rest comes together nicely and it's very light and cool.  Perfect for the summer.

And my question for you...

5. Do you buy all your groceries at one store, or shop around?

I shop around, sometimes visiting more than 4 stores in a day! Fortunately they are all down the same road, so I start with the farthest away and just work my way back home so it's not as much of an inconvenience.  If they weren't on the same street, I can promise you I wouldn't even bother since the savings most likely wouldn't be worth the gas I used.

Four Thoughts on Song Pop

My most recent game app addiction is Song Pop.  I can't even begin to describe my love for name that tune type trivia games.  My sisters used to play such games with me when I was younger and I mastered artists lie Billy Joel and the Eagles, this was long before smart phones, or even cell phones, so it was done by humming.  At the end of last summer, Brad and I stumbled across some name that tune trivia at Logans Roadhouse, very close by our house.  It was so much fun! This year, not so much.  They changed it to regular trivia.  I miss it.

So back to Song Pop, it's addicting but there are some quirks for sure!

First, the "fat finger".  It's a multiple choice game.  They play the song and you're given four choices.  It is pretty common to be aiming for one and end up hitting the one above or below it, hence the term "fat finger" coined by my wonderful husband Brad.  I think I may have discovered a way to beat the fat finger, but I need to play another game to be sure.  I think if you realize your mistake before you pull your finger off the screen, you can move it to the right choice and then lift.  I think! I did that on one game, but I'm not certain it was what it was... don't hold me to that.

Second, the scoring.  I don't quite get it.  I fully understand that it depends on the seconds in which you guess the song (I think you have up to 10 seconds total) and you get more points if you do streaks (more than one in a row correct - you have 5 songs to guess total).  But when you get 3 right and the other person gets 3 right how does one of you end up with 3,000 points and the other 10,000 points? Seems a bit extreme if you were both doing nearly the same thing throughout the game.  Sure, some of it probably depends on the streaks, but still, that's a big gap!

Third, surrounding sounds! Use headphones if possible, or play alone.  My husband doesn't always like when I pay attention to my iPod and not him, even if he is doing something on his own like playing xbox, watching TV, or surfing the web.  So when I play Song Pop, he likes to make A LOT of noise and it totally screws me up.  Even if the song is the most obvious one on the planet, when someone is singing something else or going "na-na-na-na-na-na-na" you couldn't guess it if it were Michael Jackson's Thriller. 

Fourth, the song selections.  They aren't bad, don't get me wrong.  The only category I've completely sucked on so far has been Modern Rap because I'm no rapper.  The songs are pretty decent and well known.  But they start you out with a limited category selection of some 80s, 90s, Today's Hits, Rap, and Love Songs.  I did OK with these categories, but I like to play games with my mom and she couldn't do those.  After I called her to tell her to download it, I had to quickly call her back and tell her not to download it! Once you are playing for a little bit, you can use your coins to buy more categories and there are many, many more categories to choose from.  Personally, I think that when you start you should be able to choose your starting categories.  Not piece by piece because then of course we'd pick out the 5 or so we'd master and we'd kick our competition's butt and that wouldn't be fair, but maybe have packages that include 5 categories so you can at least get a couple you'd be good at.

If you have Song Pop, find me! JenniferSC7
If you don't have Song Pop, you should try it out, it's fun!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Shot Tales is Back!

I took an unintentional hiatus from my Shot Tales posts.  Truth be told, I scheduled a bunch of the posts and when I realized they ran out I forgot to replenish the stock! :)

So here it is! Not traveling too far for this glass, purchased right down the highway in Charleston.  I know Nani will appreciate this, being the baseball lover that she is.


The Charleston Riverdogs are the minor league baseball team affiliated with the New York Yankees, yucky!

Brad and I have been to our share of games.  We've been there on Thirsty Thursday when the beer is $2.  We've been there on Splash Day when there are water hoses, wading pools, water guns and whatnot for the kids (this was while I was nanny).  We've been there for the Dog Days of Summer when we can bring our pup to the ball park.  And of course, my favorite evening, Friday Night Fireworks! Oh how I love fireworks!

I'm not a huge fan of baseball.  I'd rather watch it at the park than on TV, but I'm still not a "got to go to every game" kind of fan.  But going to Riverdogs games are fun because there is always so much going on there.  In fact, they have those sumo suits that people can get in and beat each other up and I swear one day I'm going to get Brad into one of those and beat the heck out him! How much fun would that be? Heck, I'd fall down and not be able to get back up... knowing my luck...

If you want to read more about some of the other pieces in my collection, check out the posts here.

Pondering With a Purpose Cheater :)

So I missed a week of Pondering With a Purpose and I'm late on another week.  Since the first week's linky is closed, I'm combining the two so I don't miss out! :)

Click the button below to hop over to Brenda's page and ponder with us!

Think on Thursday

First, I'll do the topic I missed, respect.  When you hear the word "respect" what do you think of?

For me, it's a combination of things.  I believe you've got to give it to get it.  You can't walk around treating people like garbage and expect people to respect you, except other people who treat people like garbage, and you can have them! I believe everyone deserves the opportunity to receive respect, and they need to prove themselves worthy in that moment.  I think respect has to do with treating people the way you'd want to be treated, in some cases whether they deserve it or not.  I think it's being free of ignorance and prejudice, too.  You can't judge a book by it's cover, you haven't walked a day in anyone's shoes but your own.  People deserve a chance, that opportunity to earn your respect.  If they fail, then they fail, but they should be offered that chance.

Second, we have extremes.  Talk about the extremes you'd be willing to go for the people you love. 

I would do anything within my means for the people I love.  I'm certainly not superwoman so there are things I can't do, but if I can do it I will.  And I'd prefer to keep it legal too, though there are some things I'd break the law for, and by that I pretty much mean speeding or other traffic violations, I'm not going to rob a bank or commit murder, I'm no good to anyone if I'm in jail or a psychopath.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Has my black thumb turned green?

I'm not sure I'd go that far, however things seem to be looking up a little bit.

These are the royal palms I planted last year.  In the winter the fronds turned brown and we cut them back, they looked like hideous little stumps and I really thought we'd have to pull them.  I'm pleased they seem to be coming around this year.



I'm not kidding when I say I have a black thumb.  Everything I plant, or even leave in the pot, dies.  In fact, if you visit the garden centers of the Home Depot or Lowes by my house, you'll see a picture of me by the cashier with a caption that says "do not sell plants to this woman!"  It's embarrassing really.  I'm a planticidal maniac.

The only thing I can't seem to kill is weeds!

Do you have a green thumb, or a black thumb?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Ode to Alex

On a typical Friday I'd be participating in a fun fill-in the blank Friday hop, but it's on hold this week due to the passing of a loved one - Alex, the beloved cat of Hilary and Marc of Feeling Beachie

For people who do not have pets, they don't quite understand the connection us people have to our fur-babies.  And people who aren't cat people really don't get the connection we have to our cats. 

My pets are my kids.  I'm sure I may feel a little differently once I have kids, but that's another story.  Right now my pets are my kids.  I love them to pieces, how can I not? They love me unconditionally and depend on me for everything.  They need me.

And I need them! When I'm having a bad day, I can always count on at least one of them for a snuggle.  They rarely talk back.  They are so fluffy and warm.  They can be so funny and so aggravating at the same time. 

I remember a time when Loco got out of the house.  She was gone a whole weekend.  She was about 12 at the time and I was just convinced that she was sick and ran away so she would pass on away from me.  People say that's what cats do.  I cried all weekend long.  Then one night I brought the dog outside to go to the bathroom and I heard a faint meow.  It was far away but I knew immediately it was her.  I ran inside to get Brad and we looked for her.  The goofy cat was three doors down, at a house that looked identical to ours, sitting on the front porch begging to be let in.  I couldn't believe it but I was so happy.

Alex was a sweet kitty.  He often wrote his own posts and was quite a handsome fur-man.  He will be missed and he will be remembered.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Monday...

As is the story of my life... I have fallen behind again.  It has been a hard few days.  Brad's beloved Uncle Bobby passed away Thursday evening and our weekend was spent with family as we celebrated his life and mourned his death.  Sadly two other relatives of his passed this weekend as well, then today I read that Hillary's dear Alex passed on.  Breaks my heart.  To add insult to injury, I seem to be losing my voice and I'm feeling rather crappy.  I hope I'm not getting sick.  So as I attempt to get myself organized this week, I will catch up on posts and hopefully some of the hops that I missed last week.  I almost didn't play along today but I need to get my normal back and not participating in one of my favorite hops wouldn't help!

On that note, click the button below to hop over to Acting Balanced and play along with this fun Q&A hop.

Acting Balanced

1. If you could be on a reality TV show which one would you want to be a part of?

I'd have to go with one of the baking ones on Food Network.  Not sure if that counts or not but it's pretty much the only reality TV I watch.  I would really have to practice my cookies and cakes!

2. You have the power to create one law, what would it be?

A fine for complaining.

3. How's your weather today?

Hot.  Summer in SC has only one temperature, hot.  It rained a little bit in Charleston when I was at work, but not at home.

4. Other than the country you currently live in, where else would you want to live?

Italy.  Tuscany.  And I have a friend there who I'm sure would LOVE to help me start out.

And my fifth question for you...

What's for dinner tonight??


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sisterhood Award

I have had an atrocious week.  Atrocious.  Do you know what an atrocity is? Something that shouldn't even happen in war time.  I remember that definition from my high school vocabulary workbook with the pencil on the cover that I remember my sisters outlining over and over again until they could punch out the pencil so I had to do that too.  Atrocious. 

I'll talk about it soon, I think, but today I am going to appreciate this awesome award Brenda bestowed upon me.  I swear it's like she knew exactly what I needed at this moment and it got me all teary and emotional.  Thank you Brenda!!


So I'm supposed to post 7 random facts and then pass the award on.

1. When my sisters and I are talking to one another, or when we are talking to our parents, and we refer to one or both of our parents, we call them "mommy" and "daddy" but when we address them directly we say "mom" and "dad".  Examples: "Where's mommy?" "Dad, how do you fix this?"
2. Sometimes I still feel like I need my mommy and daddy.
3. I am so excited to receive the stuff I'm ordering from my Scentsy party!! (Closes tomorrow night if you're interested, wink wink, overthemoon.scentsy.us, pick to buy from my party, Jennifer E, on the right side.)
4. I like to listen to country music in the summer more than any other time of the year. 
5. I wish I had a porch or covered patio so I could sit outside and watch the thunderstorms.
6. I tried to type that "6" five times and I kept hitting "5".
7. I always wish on shooting stars and check for heads-up pennies on the ground.

I'm going to pass this award on to all the ladies who read my blog.  I appreciate each and every one of you and can't pick just a few to give it to.  You're all amazing in your own way and your presence and comments are so much appreciated!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Monday Quiz About Me

Click the button below to hop on over to Acting Balanced and play along!

Acting Balanced

1. What are two must haves when you go on a road trip?

Music and snacks.  Music makes the time go by quicker; having a good selection is essential to any road trip.  Snacks are also essential, even lunch in a cooler.  I am not a fan of stopping to eat while on a road trip.  I feel like it throws off the groove, unless it's absolutely necessary.  If we stop overnight or otherwise need to break a trip up, then fine.  But for our 12 hour trips to NY or our 6 hour trips to FL, it's really not necessary to stop for more than gas and a quick stretch.

2. What is your favorite amusement park ride?

Ferris wheel.  I love being up at the top and being able to see so far out.

3. Post a favorite picture from the past 6 months.


4. What did you call your grandparents?

I called my grandmother (dad's mom) "grandma."  My grandfather, her husband, died when I was very young so I don't remember him, I probably wasn't even talking yet.  My mother's parents both passed before I was born.

And my fifth question for you:

What was the name of your very first best friend?

Mine was Amanda!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Cypress Gardens

A couple of weekends ago Brad and I decided to wander over to Cypress Gardens, a plantation about 20 minutes from our house. 

It really was beautiful.  The Butterfly House was whimsical.  The Swamparium was full of creepy critters interesting.  The Heritage Room was humbling.

We didn't take a boat ride, though we definitely should have.  Brad's a little frightful of canoes for some reason.


We took a walk on the train and it started to rain.  Fortunately we were by a gazebo and we ducked in until the rain let up a little bit.

Then, Cypress Gardens became the mosquito jungle.  It was insane! We probably looked ridiculous to boaters passing by as we practically ran through the trails, smacking each other and ourselves to get rid of the bugs.

Tiny turtle on log

I'd definitely like to go back some time, when it's less buggy (a.k.a. dry) so we can really enjoy the trails and take more pictures.  I only took a few because of the rain.

Interesting side note, some of the movies The Patriot and The Notebook (and a couple others) were filmed at Cypress.  Hm, I wonder if Mr. Ryan Gosling happened upon the same trails we did?

There are actually many places in South Carolina where movies have been filmed.  Aside from the two I mentioned, Dear John was filmed here as well as some of Forrest Gump.  Being the cheeseball that I am, I'd love to take a picture in one of those places that mimics a scene from the film.

Another fun fact, I was driving down the road one day, heading to Charleston, when what seemed like a hundred old-time cars were passing me going in the other direction.  Come to find out they were the old cars that were brought in for The Notebook!

Tell me about a place you've been that a movie was filmed?

Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Four Fill-in Fun!

Happy Friday all!

Click the button below to join in on the follow Friday fill-in fun with Hilary at Feeling Beachie! It's a fun hop so please play along! If you have ideas for statements, send them to her at feelingbeachie@gmail.com.

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Statements:
1. I ___ wear ___.
2. I have had a lot of ___.
3. Public speaking makes me ___.
4. My car always has ___ because ___.

My Answers:
1. I always wear Brad's t-shirts to bed.
2. I have had a lot of candy in my lifetime.
3. Public speaking makes me nervous and forgetful and a speed talker.
4. My car always has a mess in it because I share it with my husband.



Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday Quiz About Me

Here is another fun installment of Monday Quiz About Me.  Something I love about this hop is that at the end, you get to ask a question for your readers to answer.  It's a fun twist to participating in a hop.  Click the button below to head over to Acting Balanced and play along!

Acting Balanced

1. What is your favorite thing to BBQ?

Probably steak.  Yum.  I love steaks and could eat them every single day, no lie.  Ribeyes are my favorite.  Brad makes a mean steak on the grill.  Note to self: go buy steak!

2. What is your favorite thing to do on a long holiday weekend in the summer?

Anything but chores! I love cookouts, being a tourist, going out of town, staying in town, having a movie weekend, etc... This weekend Brad and I went with the car club to the drag strip in Bowman.  Aside from the fact it was 102 degrees, we had a really good time.  I wouldn't mind doing that again on long weekend.

3. Who is the last person you ate out with? Where did you go? What was the occasion?

The last time I went out to eat was last week with a couple of girlfriends for lunch.  We went to Riso's Noodle House in West Ashley.  It was really, really good.  And in the tradition of Chinese restaurants, way too much food!! There was no occasion other than lunch with the girls.  It was fun.

4. Do you recycle?

Yes! The guidelines just changed for our neighborhood and now they take almost everything!! So we recycle plastics, glass, metals, paper... It has been a great change.

And now my # 5 question for all of you...

What's your favorite form of exercise?

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Pondering With a Purpose: Punishment Part II

Last we talked about how we dole out punishment, this week we'll talk about punishments we've received.

Click the button below to hop on over to Brenda's blog and ponder along!

Think on Thursday

The one punishment that sticks with me the most was actually given to me by my sister! I cursed.  I can't remember what I said, but my sister was babysitting me and pumped Dial soap in my mouth!!!! I was a pre-teen at the time and probably deserved it because I was a punk back then but oh my gosh it was the worst punishment ever!! It didn't really do me any good though because I have the mouth of a sailor, however, I always watch my language when I'm with my family!
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