Friday, August 30, 2013

Four for Friday

1. I was super excited to discover that season 2 of Once Upon a Time is now on Netflix Instant Watch this evening. It took a lot of willpower to get the things I had planned to do done and not just start marathoning the episodes. I've got a month to watch them all so I can be caught up when the new season starts. I'm up for the challenge!

2. It may be a 3-day weekend, but it won't be a lazy one around here. I'm taking advantage of the Labor Day sales and heading to the outlet mall on Saturday. Did I hear 50% off at Vera Bradley?! Sunday, we're having our family gathering at my sister-in-law's house.

 3. Anybody else watching Broadchurch on BBC America? I admit that at first, I only wanted to watch it because David Tennant and Arthur Darvill are on it, but the first episode hooked me! It's such a great mystery and I can't wait to see what happens next.

4. Speaking of awesome British television shows, is it any wonder I had to share this Buzzfeed article? The Best Quotes from Sherlock.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Week in Review

 Last week was a pretty normal and quiet week around here.

On Tuesday, I went over to my mom's to help her wash her downstairs windows. It's a two person job because she was taking the screens and storm windows out. We also went out to lunch and then washed my car. Thanks to her OCD, my car is now so clean inside it, you probably could perform surgery in there.

The highlight of my week was that I finally got back to work. I ended up teaching kindergarten on Thursday and Friday. It was great to be back to work and earning some money. 

And that was my excitement for the week. I stayed home all weekend and attempted to do things around the house while being distracted by the Internet and my library books.

How was your week?


Monday, August 19, 2013

Week in Review

 School started last week, so now I'm just twiddling my thumbs and waiting for a job. My scheduler did call Monday night (2 days before school even started) and scheduled me for a job in September. It was exciting to be scheduled before school started. It just confirmed in my mind that I'm at the top the list to call. Hopefully that means lots of work this year!

On Tuesday, we took advantage of free day at the local botanical garden and went for a walk. We haven't been there all summer, so it was nice to see all the plants and flowers that have grown and bloomed since our last trip in April.

It was a nice walk and we might have to make it a more regular thing since we don't like to walk on our street. I'm also hoping to do more walking to the library while the weather is still good.

My 3 nieces that live in Wisconsin have been in town visiting, so on Thursday we went to the Fort Wayne Zoo. M and I went there a couple months ago for our anniversary, but it was so much fun going again. Going to the zoo with kids is really fun! They were excited to see all the animals and feed some of them. I think I took more pictures of the girls than I did of the animals this time.

Saturday night, we had a family dinner in honor of the girls and their mom being here. I love family dinners because it is always at our favorite local Italian place. I managed to stuff myself with an Italian beef sandwich and a small slice of pizza. I couldn't resist!

How was your week?


Friday, August 16, 2013

Four for Friday

1. My husband's job has been frustrating lately, not just for him, but for me as well. And while I'm thankful he has a full-time job and a steady paycheck, it's been hard. But it's a little easier to take when the benefits allow me to purchase a Bissell floor steamer for only $45. And yes, I'm the old married lady that gets excited about deep cleaning her carpets.

2. I'm also the crazy coupon lady at Target. At least, earlier today I was. I don't usually have so many coupons there, but they had some great deals on things I needed or use enough to stock up on. Between my coupons and their Cartwheel program, I managed to save more than I spent. That never happens to me at Target!

3. I've got a stack of books waiting for me to finish my current book and more at the library waiting to be picked up, so I totally identify with this Buzzfeed article about book lovers.

4. And I know you're dying to know if I got any jobs now that school is back in session. I didn't work this week, but I did get a job scheduled for 3 weeks from now! Crossing my fingers for some more calls next week


Monday, August 12, 2013

Week in Review

Last week was the last full week of summer vacation. School starts this Wednesday and I'm crossing my fingers that I'll hear from my scheduler before the week is over even if it's only to schedule some things in advance.

Wednesday was my grandma's birthday, so my mom and I took her out for lunch and some shopping. I baked up some of her favorite cookies for the occasion - white chocolate macadamia nut.

Other than that excitement, it was mostly a quiet week at home. I did get out for some essential shopping, just the grocery store and Target. Going to Target once a week is definitely essential.

We finally watched Argo thanks to the library DVD collection. It was really good. Even though I knew how it ended (thanks Wikipedia), I was still on the edge of my seat and biting my nails. I even kept yelling at the TV.

How was your week?


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sunday Social

Sunday Social

When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up? 

First, I wanted to work at the grocery store because I wanted to scan things. (I did that job in college. Scanning things was actually kind of fun.)
Then, I wanted to be a teacher which is pretty much what I wanted to be for the rest of my life. And it's what I still want to be.

What was your favorite way to kill time as a kid? 
Reading! I spent a lot of time reading in my room especially during the summers. I was really lucky that the bookmobile came to my neighborhood and they parked right outside my house.

I also loved to play with my Barbies. I could amuse myself for hours with those dolls.

When did you get your first cell phone?

Not until college. Having a cell phone wasn't a big thing for teenagers when I was a teen. I really only got a phone because I got a car and would be driving alone to college and home.

What is your favorite magazine to read?

I hesitate to name one because every time I find a magazine I really like, it seems to stop publishing. I'm a not big magazine person, really. I get some magazines, but they were all free through various reward programs.

If I had to pick a magazine, I'd probably say People.

What is the one random object people would be surprised to find in your purse?

Hmm, I don't think I really keep anything out of the norm in my purse...I guess I'd have to say a pocket prayer book.
I carry it because I still don't know all the prayers and I'm afraid I'll go to confession and be told to pray something I don't know. Of course, I'd also have to use it to go to confession because I can't seem to memorize the Act of Contrition for confession. Last time, the priest had me do the one from Mass since I do have that one memorized.


Friday, August 9, 2013

Four for Friday

1. My phone has recently decided that making texts and phone calls was beyond it's abilities which is naturally frustrating. I was pretty sure I'd finally have to upgrade (I've been eligible for a year), but first I decided to try resetting it to factory settings. And while it does seem to be working better so far, figuring how I had everything set is a pain. Luckily Google is a stalker and knows which apps I had, but now I can't seem to remember how I had the screens set up. On the bright side, it's given me a chance to clean up and get rid of the apps I never actually used.

2. While out this week, I noticed some stores with Christmas decorations already up. I used to work retail, so I know it starts early, but really? Can we at least get through back to school first? I'm not ready for fall, let alone Christmas.

3. I'm not in school, but I sure love back to school time. Something about all the school supplies in one place makes me excited. I know, teacher nerd!

4. Adam Scott is my American boyfriend, enough said.


Monday, August 5, 2013

Week in Review

Last week was very much a relaxing week. And while I probably should have been more productive around here, I still enjoyed it.

I spend much of the week still working on my family tree. I'm using Ancestry to get the information and put it together. That site is so good about finding stuff and connecting with people that I've found sixth cousins and relatives all over the place. Very interesting stuff!

One of the highlights of my week was my haircut on Wednesday. I've always loved having my hair played with and done, so haircuts are always exciting for me even though it's usually just a trim. And yes, I go religiously every five weeks. I have to or my bangs get ridiculous and my hair grows funny. Speaking of bangs, I decided to get a little crazy and go back to full bangs. I haven't had full bangs for at least 7 years. So far, I'm enjoying them.

M and I made our weekly trip to the library for books and DVDs. This week we decided to watch all three Indiana Jones movies (the 4th one doesn't exist in our world.) I'm really not sure why we don't own them. Guess I know what's going on the Christmas list this year.

The other highlight of the week? We had a movie date on Thursday. We drove up to the cheap theater to see Red 2. It's a bit of a farther drive that staying in town, but it only cost us $11 total for tickets and concessions. It would have been at least $20 at any theater in town. The movie was good. Not as good as the first one, which we love, but we still liked it and thought it was quite funny.

Saturday, I went to a local arts and crafts festival with my mom. We enjoyed walking around looking at all the vendors (although the mud due to overnight rain was not so enjoyable.) I saw lots of things I liked, but most of them were priced more that I cared to spend on said items. That's the downside of handmade, I guess. I did walk away with some new garden decor and my mom got her big bag of kettle corn.

Sunday was a very exciting day. We went to my mother-in-law's house to watch the revealing of the new Doctor. I admit I was a bit nervous it would be somebody I didn't like, but I'm very excited about the choice. I didn't recognize Peter Capaldi's name, but as soon as I saw his face, I knew I had seen something of his before. Turns out in addition to see him previously on an episode of Doctor Who and several episodes of Torchwood, he was a regular on Fortysomething (a very funny British show starring a young Benedict Cumberbatch and Hugh Laurie.) So, I'm already a fan of his and I can't wait to see his take on the Doctor.

How was your week?


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sunday Social

Sunday Social

What are 3 items you can't live without on a daily basis (water, food, shelter, and clothes don't count) 
  •  My phone because it's how I get jobs and the only way to contact my husband/family when we're apart.
  •  My planner where I keep track of all my job details and appointments and my husband's schedule.
  •  The Wii, so I can watch Netflix Instant Watch.
What is your all time favorite book? Why? 

I read a lot of books and enjoy most of them. I could easily give you a list of books that I love so much, I want to read them again and again. But by far, my favorite book is Pride & Prejudice.
What is something you'd like to accomplish before the end of 2013? 

 Get pregnant

If you could go back and relive any year of your life which year would it be? 

I'd go back and relive the year I turned 23. I was living in Florida at the time and I was going through some massive amounts of stress and I wish I could go back and do some thing differently. I also wish I had bought a Florida resident pass to Walt Disney World and spent more time there while I could. I'm still kicking myself for not having fun on my weekends to help with the stress.

What do you wish people knew about you without you having to tell them?

I'm not pregnant yet. I'm so tired of people I know asking me if I am. It gets awkward when they want to question it and I don't really want to get into health issues with people who aren't my doctor or husband. How about you stop asking every time you see me and I'll let you know when I actually am, OK?


Friday, August 2, 2013

Four for Friday

1. I haven't been blogging much lately because I feel like I don't really have much to share. I do the Week in Review posts on Mondays and that seems to cover the day-to-day little things. I worked all summer, so I haven't done anything too exciting. Also, my PC was down due to some internal things and so I couldn't share with you the pictures I took on our anniversary trip to the zoo like I wanted to. But, my husband got it fixed tonight and hopefully I'll be able share those soon. And maybe think of some more topics to cover...

2. Because my computer has been down for a couple weeks, I haven't been able to print coupons and it's been killing me. I tried to hook up the laptop to the printer, but the printer wasn't having it. I can't wait to go on a coupon printing spree!

3. If you're dying for up to the minute updates from me, don't forget I'm also on Instagram and Twitter. Links are over to the right there. Stuff gets put up there before it reaches the blog.

4. I am geeking out over the new Doctor Who and Sherlock news we've gotten in the past 24 hours. They are going to announce the new Doctor on Sunday! I can't wait to find out who it is! Since we don't have cable, I have plans to be at my mother-in-law's house on Sunday afternoon to watch the special. And tonight, we got a little Sherlock teaser trailer. No real info about season 3 and still no air date yet, but it's something!