Sunday, July 20, 2014

Answer Me This

What’s something you've won and how did you win it?

I won an overnight trip to Cincinnati last year by entering a sweepstakes. Sadly, we didn't take the trip due to finances and laziness.

I've also won Vera Bradly laptop sleeves 2 different times. Both times I won through Twitter contests.

Do you save old greeting cards and letters, or throw them all away? Why?

I do save them, although I never seem to know what exactly to do with them. I feel guilty about throwing them away. With Christmas cards, I have reached the point where I only save photo cards. I did scrapbook all of the cards we received for our wedding and I stick the cards we get for our anniversaries in there as well.

When you’re at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

I try to go barefoot as much as possible because I just don't enjoy wearing socks. However, since my husband is the heat miser, I have to wear socks in the winter. In that case, I prefer to wear those fuzzy slipper socks. 

Who’s the most famous person you have ever met?

I've never "met" anyone famous. I did touch Clay Aiken's hand once after a concert (yeah, I was one of those girls once upon a time.) And a few years ago at the National Book Fair, I saw Julianne Moore. I have a blurry cell phone photo of that somewhere...

Totally Julianne Moore, I swear.

What has been your best work of art?

I am not artistic at all although I did make a pretty cute craft stick flag with my campers a few weeks ago.

What’s your strongest sense?

Definitely not sight. Probably my sense of smell is the strongest because lately I've been smelling things clear across the room (and NO I'm not pregnant.)


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Answer Me This

How did you get your name?

My name is Jennifer and I was born in the 1980s. I think it's pretty obvious how I got my name. :)

My mom actually admitted that she named me Jennifer because it was popular at the time. Yeah, I don't understand her logic either.

Do you have a set time for prayer in your day?

Before bed every night.

Did your mom work or stay home (or both)?

 My mom stayed home until I was around 12 (I think, I can't remember when exactly.) She mostly worked part time jobs until I went to college and my brothers were in high school.

Do you vote?

Yes, although I don't always vote in the primaries. It depends on the races and the issues. In Indiana, you have to declare a party to vote in the primary and you can only vote for that party, so if there are a lot of incumbents on that ticket, it's really just a formality. I voted in our May primary this year because there were some school issues on the ballot.

What's your favorite drink?

It really depends on what I'm craving. I like Coke, lemonade (especially Chick-fil-A's), frozen margaritas, and the occasional rum and Coke. And I never turn down a chocolate milkshake.

How are your photography skills?

They're fine, I guess. I only have a point and shoot and I think it's not working as well as it used to. I really want a DSLR and I want to learn how to shoot in manual. But unless I get lucky and win one, I don't think that will be happening for long time.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Weeks in Review

 I've been seriously slacking on my weekly reviews, so I'd thought I'd catch you up on what I've been up to lately.

Camp is half over already and I'm a bit sad about that. The weeks have flown by and it feels like the next 3 weeks will as well. My group of little kids is great and I'm going to miss them. My coworkers this year are great too.

We've had a very busy 3 weeks. We've been to the local pool twice, we went roller skating and bowling, and we've visited the local municipal airport. The airport was a lot of fun. We saw lots of airplanes and even got to go up in the control tower.

On Thursday, we went to the local beach for our annual sand building contest. It was a cool day, but the kids still had a lot of fun.

We've also been doing lots of crafts and playing lots of games. Additionally, we've been practicing our talent show routine. It's going really well and I think we've got a good chance of winning this year. And of course, the kids are having a blast which is the most important part.

My younger nieces are down from Wisconsin and we had dinner with them on Thursday. We watched Monsters University and Frozen.

Since I had Friday off from work, my mom and I went antiquing. Sadly, I didn't find anything interesting to buy. We did hit up Five Guys for lunch. We haven't been there in over a year and it was absolutely delicious.

We spent the weekend quietly at home mostly, although we did hang out with M's family after Mass on Saturday night since his nephew was there. I did some preparing for camp this week. It's sure to be a busy, but fun week.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Answer Me This

Have you ever walked out of a movie?

I have never walked out of a movie in a theater. We so rarely go to the movies, that we only see movies that we really want to see. I have however, turned off movies that I've rented.

What do you most often use for blogs and blogging: desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone?

I usually use my laptop, but I sometimes use the desktop especially if the pictures I want are on that computer.

Have you ever had anything stolen from you?

I have not. (Knock on wood.)

Do you identify as a member of a particular ethnic group?

Does Canadian count? Thanks to my dad, I'm Canadian as well as American. My siblings and cousins (who are also dual citizens) are very proud of our Canadian heritage. We've also got some Russian, Polish, and German in our bloodlines.

Do you abstain from meat on Fridays?

Only during Lent. Since I've only been Catholic for a few years, it's still a struggle. I did do a good job of remembering this year, but I need to be more creative in coming up with meatless dishes. We ate a lot of grilled cheese and fish.

Seen anything weird lately?

 I went antiquing with my mom on Friday, and I did see some interesting things. Of course, now I can't remember anything.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Social

I liked this week's questions, so I'm linking up for Sunday Social again.

What was your college major? Did you ever change majors?

I majored in Elementary Education. Once I started college, I never changed majors, but right before I applied I changed from Social Studies Education to Elementary Education.

I did change my concentration (basically a minor for the elementary education majors) during college. I started with French and switched to State and World Connections (aka Social Studies.)

What is the best purchase you’ve made lately?

This shirt from Kohl's:

I ordered it online without seeing it in store, which is always a gamble, but this one paid off. I really love how comfortable this shirt is. I've declared it my new Saturday shirt. It's comfy and looks good for running errands. 

What is something silly we don’t know about you?

I love to sing in the car. My favorite thing to sing is musicals.

What is your favorite Holiday? 


What is the first thing you do when you wake up?

 I usually hit snooze a couple times and then stumble for the bathroom.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Answer Me This

How often do you take public transportation?

Only when I'm on vacation. We have a bus service here, but it's much easier to just drive myself. I've used the local commuter train to get to Chicago several times, the Metro in DC, and the Metro in Paris.

How many cousins do you have?

I have 2 first cousins, which are the cousins I'm closest to. I've have lots more distant cousins, but I don't really know them.

Have you ever fired a gun?

I have not. Last year, my brother-in-law took his guns up to my sister-in-law's house for the 4th of July and most of the family did some shooting at targets. I stayed in the house. I'm a klutz and am terrified I'll shoot my foot or something.

However, should something happen, I do know where my mother-in-law's gun is located and how to fire it.

Do you ride roller coasters?

 I do if they meet my very specific conditions. They cannot go upside down, be too high, or too fast. Basically, I can ride just about everything at Walt Disney World (with the exception of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.) At Cedar Point, I can ride Disaster Transport, Iron Dragon, and Cedar Creek Mine Ride.
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 Technically, I can ride Expedition Everest, but I don't enjoy it. It's slightly too intense for me. My husband on the other hand, loves it.

What's your favorite flower?

 Peonies! I love them so much, we scheduled our wedding so they'd be in season.

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My gorgeous wedding bouquet. Photo by Amanda Fales Photography

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Bridesmaids' bouquets and my bouquet. Photo by Amanda Fales Photography
Are you allergic to anything?

I'm not allergic to any foods that I know of, but I am allergic to the drug Azithromycin. Which just means I can't have Z-paks and have to take Amoxicillin.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Answer Me This

When's the last time you got a new bathing suit?

Last summer. I had to get one for my summer camp job since we take the kids to the pool and lake.  And no, there won't be a picture of that.

Who made the last incoming call on your phone?

My mom. We ended up talking for over an hour last night.

If you receive communion, do you receive it in the hands or on the tongue?

Hands, always. The tongue thing weirds me out, I don't know why. I was seriously concerned with how to receive communion at our wedding since I was holding my bouquet, but I made it work and received in my hand.

Receiving First Communion

Do you have a tattoo?

 I do, but it's hidden. I got a purple butterfly when I was 19.

How many dinner plates are in your house?

I think there's 9. We have two sets of place settings and an extra plate. There would be a lot more if I had my Christmas china in this house instead of stored at my mom's.

Do you have an accent?

I was born and raised in Indiana, so I've got that flat, Midwestern, no accent thing going for me. Although I'm sure people from other areas might think I have an accent.