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Things I Love to Dislike

… Celebrity news – I have not read any Brangelina news and I don’t read much/any celebrity news. I’m not that interested and I feel weird reading celebrity relationship stories anyway and pretty much don’t believe anything I hear.

… Any housewife show – I tried, but I cannot sit through an episode. All that keeps running through my mind is, “Why? Why do they care?” I just can’t get interested in rich ladies talking behind each others’ back. Whatever the draw is, it’s not for me! I have recently watched a few episodes of Say Yes to the Dress, though, so who am I to say what to watch.

… Beer – I feel like flavored beers are such a trap. Before I turned 21, I was so excited about pumpkin flavored beers, only to be utterly disgusted when I finally had one. Beer and I have never become friends. My favorite drinks are ciders, but I haven’t missed drinking much since becoming pregnant since I didn’t do it often.

… Cats – Just kidding, I love my cats. I put this in here only because my cat is running rampant around my house right now scratching everything in sight out of… what? boredom? an effort to annoy me?

... Spicy food – I wish I liked spicy food, sometimes, but it is not for me. When I eat it, all I can taste is hot. And if there are certain spices in it, my mouth breaks out and gets all swollen, which is not fun (I’m looking at you, Cool Ranch Doritos, which I realize are not even spicy).

… Snow – When did I stop being a kid and snow became the root of all evil? I am from the South, and snow used to be a magical thing that we rarely got. Now, living in Delaware, we get it every year and I love the light snow but could do without the snow storms. The number of times I have driven through snow pouring down is crazy.

… Politics – I will freely share my views, but seriously – why can’t we all just get along?

… Wearing pants – I’m not sure if I’m ready for fall weather and leg traps, yet. I like the feel of shorts and dresses and no pants!

… Coffee – Again, with the fall thing – I won’t be getting pumpkin spice lattes. I will drink coffee in situations where I reallllly need to wake up, but I am not a big fan. I basically have little kid tastes – I like hot chocolate, and strawberry daiquiris without the liquor.

Anything you agree/disagree with? Please help me see the merits if there are things that you like.

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23 Facts Random Facts About Me

Because why not tell you some random facts to help get to know me better.

1. I sleep in a jacket/hoodie sometimes, and I don’t find that weird. It’s comfortable.

2. I will judge you if you serve me a sandwich at a restaurant on poor quality white bread. I want that artisan bread.

3. I was born in Pensacola, Florida, because my dad was momentarily in the Navy. We moved soon after, so I don’t remember.

4. I don’t maintain contact with my dad, anymore. I would be open to it at this point, but we both lead different lives.

5. I once puked on my cat and Breaking Dawn in one go. I felt terrible about my cat, but only sad about the book because that meant I had to buy it. It was a copy from the bookstore I worked at, and was borrowing.

6. I had a pet pony when I was a kid, and fell off one day and was terrified to get back on. Apparently, I did not believe in that fall off, get back on stuff.

7. I have never liked chocolate ice cream. It’s okay now, but I would only eat it if there was no other ice cream. Vanilla with toppings/mixings is awesome!

8. Back to Nature creme cookies ruined Oreo’s for me. These things are amazing.

9. I had a mini four wheeler once, and I threw caution to the wind when everyone told me to “push the gas.” I pushed the gas – all the way down, without turning the handlebars, and drove straight into a holly bush. You know, those pointy bushes that look like this:

10. The first time in my life I did not have any pets was when I moved out on my own, with Greg and two roommates.

11. My husband never had pets growing up. This is still a fact about me, because it weirds me out. Luckily, he has to live with cats, now.

12. When I was a kid, I was a big fan of staying the summer at my dad’s, because he let me read Goosebumps and eat Cookie Crisp.

13. A lady hit my car on the way to my driver’s license test. I told this story to the tester when we retried the trip and I’m pretty sure it earned me some sympathy points.

14. I can bend my toes almost all the way back to the top of my foot.

15. My fingers also bend back freakishly far, at roughly a 90 degree angle.

16. I know a restaurant is probably good if they have sweet potato fries.

17. If I could have a superpower, it would be flying. I always wished I could fly anywhere I wanted and go to secluded places and come back when I feel like. It would be nice if Greg could fly, too.

18. My favorite soda is Pibb Xtra.

19. I’m always covered up with a blanket when I sit on the couch.

20. I think grape-flavored anything is gross.

21. Orange soda is way too sweet and I don’t like it.

22. Greg and I dated for 8 years before we got married.

23. We started dating on my birthday, September 29th. We got married March 26th, 2014. This month is our second anniversary!

Well, that’s all about me for now. I like reading these so please continue sharing your randomness!

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Currently / Goings-on Lately

I haven’t gotten into much these days, but life is constantly changing pace. The weekends especially seem to fly by. Here are a few things I have been up to, lately.

Thinking… Adult life consists mostly of things I do not want to do, like calling people to make appointments or calling any strangers ever.

Enjoying… The nap I had earlier today. I came home from shopping and immediately fell asleep on the couch. My situation is about the same now, except I’m conscious and am surrounded by two cats instead of one.

Reading… I just finished a book which had sort of a heavy ending, so I started Matched for something lighter. So far, she’s only described a boy’s eyes about a million times – they are dreamy blue and he has blond wavy locks. I have no complaints, though. Let the dystopian teen romance begin.

Watching… I’m back into The Walking Dead. I’m catching up on season 5 on Netflix, so I am not up to the new season, yet. I don’t know if I’ll continue once I reach season 6. It depends on if I can find it on my TV for free. My moods are also fickle these days, and change within hours on what I feel like watching.

Wishing… I can get through these few days of work and they are not as boring as last week. I don’t know what to do with my life.

Missing… Greg, like always. It’s only been a month of his deployment, and I miss him bunches.

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A Few Things

Kristen posted this, and I thought I would join in, because if everyone else is doing it, I should jump on that bandwagon, right?

Four names people call me other than my real name:
1. Jessi
2. Jet
3. Jennifer (not close??)
4. Oh sh*t (people at my work used to say this when I walked up, because it was usually to tell them something they did wrong 😉 )

Four jobs I’ve had:
1. Bookseller
2. Server at a pizza place
3. Intern in the public affairs office in a public library
4. Workflow coordinator – my job now, not as crazy complicated as it sounds

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:
1. Shaun of the Dead – my favorite movie ever, I will watch it over and over. Also my first zombie movie.
2. Brave
3. The Avengers
4. The Heat

Four books I’d recommend:
1. Outlander
2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane (anything by Neil Gaiman!!)
3. Wool
4. Hyperbole and a Half

Four places I’ve lived:
1. South Carolina
2. Georgia
3. Gulfport, Mississippi
4. Newark, Delaware

Four places I have visited:
1. Canada
2. Niagara Falls, NY
3. Jamaica
4. Orlando, FL

Four places I’d rather be right now:
1. England
2. Scotland (I am reading the third book in Outlander; it makes me want to see Scotland badly)
3. New Zealand
4. Iceland

Four things I don’t eat:
1. Meat – duh, since I’m vegan
2. Eggplants – I’m not saying I won’t eat them, but they are a weird vegetable
3. Cheese/dairy
4. Beets – the wet kind, chips are okay

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Chipotle
2. Chocolate chip cookies + glass of milk
3. Avocado
4. Garlic bread

Four TV shows I watch:
1. Gilmore Girls
2. Outlander
3. Saturday Night Live
4. Doctor Who

Four things I’m looking forward to this year (going into next year):
1. Buying a couch for Christmas
2. Travel – buying tickets for as far away as our budget will take us
3. My mom getting her own place instead of the apartment she has now
4. Our 1 year wedding anniversary – coming up so fast, how did it happen?

Four things I’m always saying:
1. “Where’s (insert cat name here)???” Said cat is usually hiding under the bed.
2. “Cuddles.” Just in case the person you are cuddling is not aware they are being cuddled.
3. “Can we get a puppy?”
4. “I need a puppy.”

I hope others join in, I like to read what we have in common :).

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Things I Do When My Husband’s Not Home

Get ready, this is about to get very scandalous. Greg was helping a friend move back, and I was forced to entertain myself. There are some things I do when my husband’s not home that I just don’t do otherwise.

1. Wear a new dress.
Because the best time to wear a new dress is when no one except that guy selling me my tacos is going to see it. That will be explained in the next one.

Just kidding, I was too excited not to wear my new dress and was going to wear it at home or anywhere.

It was purchased from Sandy a la Mode at her shop my closet. Made by Everly.

2. Order tacos.
If you do this, make sure you order enough that it looks like it may feed a family of roughly 12 people. Although, really, that guy probably knows it’s just you and your cats tonight.

I also took no pictures, because when there’s a plate of tacos in front of you, you don’t ask questions or leave evidence.

3. Browse Amazon.
And then come to the amazing realization that I need a teeth whitening kit. And Amazon wants me to try ANOTHER free trial of Prime AND is giving me a $7.00 off coupon?? How could I say no?

Anyone tried these? I’m going to try every other day, since I heard they can make your teeth sensitive.

4. Bake cookies.
Then pretend to be a rogue and decide I don’t need timers. And promptly forget when I stuck them in the oven and be forced to check them every 2 minutes.

Peanut butter cookies made from this recipe. They were chewy and delicious.

5. Watch Outlander.
What am I, obsessed? Reading the books and watching the show. I have no words, but it’s really good so far. And if you are into Highlanders and/or historical dramas at all, you should check it out. And not Sean Connery, although he is a fantastic Highlander in his own right.

Luna fell asleep beside me wrapped up in the heating pad.

I also did some productive things, like clean the bathroom and do the dishes. I made a trip to Old Navy, but quickly decided online shopping would be easier, with more discounts, and no walking behind people who walk really, really slow.

Holiday traffic and shopping is beginning!! I took my happy tacos home and watched some TV in a warm house.

What do you do when/if you have a day by yourself?

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Night of the Living Bugs

If you want to see me turn into a 5-year old and start freaking out, no matter the setting, all you have to do is bring me near an insect.

I have been known to have minor outbursts near them. I’d rather see a snake in my yard than come across a furry, gargantuan spider.

They have taken over my car.
Once, I was dropping the mail off at one of those blue bins in our neighborhood, and as soon as I rolled down the window, a spider crawled in.

I took no time at all to crawl across to the passenger seat and leave through the nearest exit, leaving the spider to do what he would with my car. I managed to get him out from the outside.

Crickets are scary, really.
I came home one night, only to find a cricket waiting on my front step. I took a step backward, he took a hop forward. I started running backwards, he started hopping after me.

Greg heard my screams from inside and thought I was being murdered. He found me outside, scared, staring down the cricket, saying, “He’s blocking my path.”

Bees are friends, unless you make them angry.
I have never been stung by a bee *knock on wood,* so everytime I see one I get super nervous. We went zip lining this year, and afterward we were standing in a group when this bee started hovering nearby.

My first mistake was to separate myself from the group, because that bee looked at me and got pissed. Like I just crossed the line. One more thing to his shitty bee day, and he had had enough.

He started chasing me, and everytime I thought he was gone, I would hear that angry buzzing come back. I ran in circles, screaming, naturally, because I am nothing if not graceful.

Everyone else was laughing, telling me to stand still and he would leave me alone. This is not a T-rex, people.

He doesn’t stop seeing me if I stop moving. Finally, the whole group got there and we were able to leave, with me running ahead.

Do you have any bug horror stories?

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Best/Worst Fictional Places

I decided to follow in Amanda’s footsteps from a post she wrote a while ago and pick some fictional places I wish I could visit. Then I realized there are a lot of fictional places I would probably NOT want to visit, so here are my top three best/worst.

Best Fictional Places:

I was a huge Gilmore Girls fan, and Rory was my hero. Even though things got weird and she stole a boat later. Lorelai ran a sweet bed and breakfast, and it seems like a cozy town. I just want to go to Luke’s and get some pancakes and coffee, then go watch all those weird, quirky residents. In my daydreams, when I live here, I fit right in because I live on the edge of town with about a thousand goats and cats.
Sure, Rivendell is beautiful, but Hobbiton is so much more fun and inviting. I would definitely be more of a hobbit lady than an elf. I am not coordinated enough to ride down banisters while shooting a bow and arrow. The Shire is a gorgeous place; I would love to visit there. Also, I love food and fireworks, so I would fit right in.
“YER A WIZARD, HARRY!” are the words I’ve always wanted to hear, minus the Harry. My all-time favorite fictional place is Hogwarts. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. Again, delicious, seemingly-neverending food. Big comfy couches and beds! Then there’s Hogsmeade, and the hippogriffs, owls, and butterbeer!! Plus getting to take magic classes instead of math classes. I want to go there right now.
Worst Fictional Places:
This movie probably gave me the most nightmares as a kid. Tyrannosaurs and raptors running around. Get that shit under control!! In theory, I would love this place. In practice, I know the dinosaurs would always escape. Always.
Some books you read and wish you could be there. Not The Hunger Games. Even the Capital district is too crazy to enjoy, and the rest are miserable. I also have no sense of direction and would get lost in the Games while trying to hide from the other contestants.
Does the sun ever come to Gotham? It’s the ultimate crime capital of the fictional world. Corruption, gangs, murders, etc. I can’t think of any reason to visit unless you are lethal yourself or have some impressive bodyguards.
Do you agree?
What places would you / would you NOT visit?
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The Funnest Firsts

I’m linking up with Helene today to share some firsts; there are so many it was hard to choose!

Helene in Between

I decided to go with some of the funnest firsts I’ve had. I moved from South Carolina to Delaware to be with my then boyfriend, now husband, in 2007. Ever since I moved up, we have been doing crazy stuff together as much as possible, whenever not eating pancakes watching TV on the couch. Under a blanket. In pajamas.
Tough Mudder
He just hit his number 3 on Tough Mudders this year. Here is his very first, when he had no idea what to expect:
Running 12 miles through ice, mud, fire, water, and enormous obstacles? Why not? Giant adult obstacle course, hell yes! Haha I have not done a Tough Mudder yet – 12 miles is pretty extreme, but I have been thinking about it. He loves them.
Meanwhile, I was walking around like an idiot getting one of the worst sunburns of my life, which I was to find out later:
Warrior Dash
Here we are after our first Warrior Dash together. Notice how I managed to get so much muddier higher up than he did.
One of my favorite firsts ever was when we adopted our first kitten, Boba Fett. As Greg says, “She wanted cats, and I didn’t, so we compromised and got cats.”
Which naturally led to our first cat Christmas.
And finally, our first grown-up vacation. To Hogwarts.
Who’s that glowing white nerd with the Butterbeer?? The T-Rex was NOT part of Hogwarts, BTW. Jurassic Park was pretty sweet, but my favorite was Hogwarts. We had SO much fun, and my Harry Potter fangirl heart was loving it. We went during what turned out to be a tropical storm in Florida, but you know what that means? Less crowded rides!! We rode all the rides rain or shine, and it was awesome. The main Harry Potter one is inside the castle, and there is soooo much stuff just to look at before you get to the ride. Now my next dream is to do the Harry Potter studio tour in the UK.
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The Blogmopolitan Quiz

Do you guys read Cosmopolitan? Me either. If you want to know why, just read 12 of Cosmo’s Sexiest Sex Tips as Presented by Gollum. For example, here’s a great tip:

Actually, that one’s not that bad, minus the Gollum. These are the truly terrible ones, one which involves sticking a donut onto your guy’s business.

If you’re interested in the quizzes, though, Erin has posted a great quiz on Two Thirds Hazel that’s a lot of fun. Here are my answers:

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Quoth the Lady

“I want [female characters] to be allowed to be weak and strong and happy and sad — human, basically. The fallacy in Hollywood is that if you’re making a ‘feminist’ story, the woman kicks ass and wins. That’s not feminist, that’s macho. A movie about a weak, vulnerable woman can be feminist if it shows a real person that we can empathize with.” – Natalie Portman

 Just because a woman is kicking butt in a movie does not make her a strong female character. A woman does not have to physically kick a guy’s ass to be a well-developed character. In fact, most times I’ve seen a woman physically prevailing over everyone, she’s also been over-sexualized. Sure, she may be fighting guys, but she’s still there for the guy’s entertainment. Give me someone who can be weak and sad and strong and resilient, who is capable of showing she is human.

“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love.” – Zooey Deschanel

 We might by ooey gooey sometimes, and we might be strong sometimes. I agree with her; there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the happy things and showing how much you love them. We are not one-sided; you’re allowed to be tender and you’re allowed to be hard. Enjoy what makes you happy.