Wednesday, August 24, 2011

30 Day Challenge - Day 10

Day 10 - Something I Don't Leave the House Without 

  Easy. Blackberry. Next Question.

  I grew up only knowing life with mobile phones, now my first one ever was one of those plastic toy looking ones that was for emergencies only after I got my license.  But I got my first 'real' phone as a freshman in college and my first smart phone three years ago and I can't imagine life without.  I ask Boyfriend all the time to enlighten me because, well, being a tiny bit older than me, he grew up before cell phones.  

Me: Um.  How did you find where to meet people?
Him: You picked a spot and met them there.
Me: Impossible.

Me: You went on spring break in Panama City, FL with like eight guys? How did everyone make it home?
Him: It's not hard to find a group of guys on a beach.
Me: Lies.

Me (at the park up in Sherkston where all the children drive golf carts around unsupervised): Um what if your kid didn't come home when you told them to?
Him: You had to go find them - there's only so many places they could be.
Me: Sounds like a lot of walking.

Him (some random story from college): So then I had to run around the corner to the pay phone and call my Gram.
Me:  HAHA - what's a pay phone?

  Anyway - I can't function without mine.  Like super anxiety.  When we go to Canada for the day I have to text my sister way in advance to let her know I'LL HAVE NO PHONE ALL DAY LONG.  And then I forget and try to look at Facebook and Verizon is all - that will cost you $17.00.  So I could leave the house less a purse. I just can't ever leave without my phone, even if I'm spending the day in Canada and it will be off.  At least you know how to get a hold of me now.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

30 Day Challenge - Day 9

Day 9 - My Favorite TV Shows

    Back before I was dating Boyfriend I hardly ever watched TV.  I'd rather play on the internet and listen to music.  But now I'm dating a man who pays for basic cable as "TV Insurance" in case, the DirecTV happens to fail on important days like game seven of the World Series or during the Super Bowl. (I can't make these things up.) So as you can imagine, we watch a lot of TV in our free time.  As a result I can easily answer today's topic.

    There really is only one answer to this question.  True Blood.  This is another thing we can credit Boyfriend with.  I've mentioned before that I love this show.  I said I wouldn't.  I said I don't *do* vampires.  Turns out - that is not exactly true.  I still don't do sparkle-y vampires.  I'm already sad because there are only three episodes left of the 2011 season.  And while I haven't been overly enthusiastic about some of the story lines I still can't to watch it every Sunday night.  And Boyfriend loves to ask me questions during and I'm all 'shhh I haven't watched this episode twice yet - no talking' in my head.  In real life I answer his questions nicely.  And I really do watch each episode twice each week.  Whatever.  But if you're looking for a new guilty pleasure in your life - I'm telling you, this is it.

    A close second would be Modern Family - have you seen it?  Best dialogue on TV right now.  Makes us laugh out loud.  Makes me cry every now and again - I just love happy endings. Wednesday nights on ABC.  They're Wednesday night line up is actually mostly flawless.  At least it was last year.  But Modern Family is easily our fave.  If you've missed the first seasons Hulu it, Netflix it, you have time before season three starts this fall.
    And lastly, Wheel of Fortune.  Don't judge me.  I love it.  I want to be on that show.  Boyfriend said we can't do the couples one because he's better at Jeopardy.  I'll go by myself.  I practice all the time on Facebook.  Last time I checked they weren't accepting any new auditions.  But I'm convinced they'd let me walk on if they're on site in Vegas when we're there in October.  Don't you think?

   What are your favorite shows?  Are we missing out on anything?  And no one talk to me about reality TV - those things raise my blood pressure.


Monday, August 22, 2011

30 Day Challenge - Day 8

Day 8 - Something I'm Afraid Of

     Ohh man - how can I pick just one thing.  Maybe I should write about the things I'm not afraid of.  That would certainly be the shorter list.  None of my fears are in any way debilitating - I mean I can pray my way to the top floor in an elevator like the best of them.  These are things that, given the opportunity to practically avoid, I will do so.
  • Heights
  • Elevators
  • Airplanes
  • Big dogs
  • Little dogs that bounce
  • Cats that sneak up on me
  • Picking up our chicken wings from downtown Niagara Falls in the dark
  • Being alone in the house overnight with only a dog who thinks he's a cat as protection
  • Germs - this results in my going through gallons of hand sanitizer after touching any of the following:
    • ATM
    • Gas Pump
    • Pens
    • Credit Card Machines
    • Door Handles
    • Shaking someone hand - this is why I can never be on Wheel of Fortune.  Because when I win, Pat likes to hold your hand to guide you through the bonus round and I'd lose because all I would think about is needing soap and water.  Boyfriend also says I lack the enthusiasm necessary to be on the show.  I said I would call and ask anyway.
  • Speaking of, I do not make phone calls unless absolutely necessary.  So I'd have to email Wheel of Fortune.
  • Driving with the doors unlocked
  • Not having my ID on me when someone else is driving - what if no one knows to call my sister if there was an accident?
  • Not having my Blackberry on me
  • Any adventurous activity that does not involve walking - we're still deciding on snorkeling.  But that one guy I read about did just get eaten by a shark doing that sooooo. Boyfriend also suggested scuba diving once and I mentioned that bride whose groom drown her in Australia.  He promised he won't turn off my oxygen so I guess we could give it a try.
  • Drinking milk past the sell by date

No thank you.

    I'm sure there are more. I realize these are mostly irrational.  I just have an aversion to risk.  Boyfriend thinks it's funny.  Good thing huh?

Friday, August 19, 2011

30 Day Challenge - Day 7

Day 7 - Favorite Movies

       As I've stated before, I haven't seen as many movies as you have.  I also am not making much progress in that department as I prefer to watch ones I have seen over and over again.  But here are five of my very favorites:

"Rule #76: No excuses. Play like a champion! "
Wedding CrashersWe only watched this every day my last semester in college and it will always hold a special place in my heart.  Plus - I heart Vince Vaughn.

"Hey guys, when's the next Haley's comet? "
The Hangover - Comedic perfection really.  Shmeh on the second one obv.  But the first on is a classic - absolutely timeless.  Plus - I heart Bradley Cooper.

"Sheriff, this is no time to panic." "This is a perfect time to panic! "
Toy Story -  Probably my favorite childhood movie ever.  The last one of the trilogy made me cry.  Ok makes me cry even though I've seen it three times.  Boyfriends laughs at me.  

 "And none for Gretchen Wieners, bye."
Mean Girls Quite possibly one of the most quotable movies of all time.  Ahh for the good old days when Lindsay Lohan was young an innocent.  Plus this is one chick flick Boyfriend will tolerate my watching.

"And the hits just keep on coming."
A Few Good Men The first time I saw this movie I laughed so hard during Tom Cruise's drunk temper tantrum that my mother came in to see what we were watching.  She insists that it wasn't intended to be a comedy.  I say - what's not hilarious about a sarcastic temper tantrum that is not directed at me?

Source: via Alli on Pinterest

Thursday, August 18, 2011

30 Day Challenge - Day 6

Day 6 - A Picture of Something That Makes Me Happy

      Lots of things make me happy.  Thanks to Pinterest I have already identified many pictures that bring me joy.  Coincidentally - if you have yet to become a Pinterest addict you should let me know and I'll give you the invite.  Heroes, these people who thought of it.  

Lilacs - boy do I love lilacs.  Such a shame they only bloom for like four days.

Dresses - and this summer, along with the rest of the globe, gray dresses in particular.  Also,  I do not prefer to spell the color like Grey's Anatomy which I keep seeing everywhere.  It is, in fact, an accepted spelling but I'll stick with the way I learned in grammar school - I'm not British after all.

Source: None via Rachel on Pinterest

Ice Cream - ice cream makes my world go round.  It's also been used as form of bribery on occasion.  I wish I could eat only ice cream for the rest of my life.

Source: via Rachel on Pinterest

My Sister(s) - I'm blessed with five.  But I definitely can't live for one whole day without at least checking in with my BFF.  Thankfully we chat mostly all day long via text.  xoxo.

Source: via Rachel on Pinterest

Him - we all know he makes me happy.

Source: via Rachel on Pinterest

So there you have it - a few things that make me happy via Pinterest.  And seriously.  If you haven't hopped on there to see what it's all about, let me know.  You'll love it.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

30 Day Challenge - Day 5

Day 5 - A Song to Match My Mood

   When I decided to do this "30 Day Challenge" thing - I was all "oh not having to think of topics to write about will make my life so much easier."  WRONG.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

30 Day Challenge - Day 4 (heh)

Day 4: My Parents

                My sister and I have this understanding.  It took years to figure out the formula.  But.  We are best of friends as long as we do not share a bedroom.  We can share an apartment.  We can share a bathroom.  We cannot sleep in the same room.   Similarly, my relationship with my parents is much more functional long distance.  It’s like magic really.  This is the story of how I learned that being a huge b-word is not the most effective way to interact with my parents.

                For some reason, yet to be understood by me, American culture insists that 17 year old children -with life experience comparable to that of a lab rat, must sit down and decide what it is they want to do with the rest of their whole entire life and then proceed to invest thousands of dollars, and if you’re dumb like me and go the private school route, possibly the life of a first born child, to spend four years learning how to do that.  Well when it was my turn to make such decisions, I was determined to move far away from home.  I narrowed it down to two options.  Pittsburgh, PA or Niagara Falls, NY (I had no 518 options).  It took me a full year to make friends, to adjust to college and then I stayed in Western NY.  One, because I got a job.  Two, because I knew there was no way I was going back from where I came from.  Years of homeschooling and a bunch of younger siblings still at home did not sound like the place for this fledgling college graduate.
           My family does most of it’s communicating non-verbally.  And as such we have an unspoken agreement.  I do the visiting.  Not the other way around.  I absolutely dread the drive.  It’s just long enough to be annoying.  Unless Jumpin’ Jacks ice cream is in season and I manage to make it into town during business hours. 
         I got a chance to see everyone this past weekend.  Plus the extended family.  Whom I’ve had the privilege of seeing much more of than usual with the influx of weddings that has been 2011.  It’s been an eventful year thus far.  Some good, some awesome, some less than awesome.  It is so nice to know that there is one place I will be eternally welcome – the arms of my parents.  Thank you both for your enduring love.