May 31, 2013

7. What is Your Dream Job, and Why?

If I had to pick a dream job, it would probably be a combination of a hospice nurse, a momma (which I hear is a full-time job in itself), and to host Travel Channel's show "Passport to [insert your country of choice here]" during my vacations. I know, I know. That last part is far fetched, but a girl can dream.
Why would I want to be a hospice nurse? Death isn't always an awful experience. Really. I know some people think that it's a pretty morbid thing, but doesn't have to be. Death is really just a part of life, and it's a great feeling to be able to comfort a dying patient by just holding their hand while they're taking their last breath. And it's not just the patient, it's the family members as well. I like the thought of helping people die comfortably, peacefully, and with dignity. You know that you've made a difference.
I've always wanted to be a momma. I like to think that I'd be pretty good at it. The urge gets even stronger every time we hang out with our goddaughter and her sister (or when I see the most adorable baby gear.) We're not rushing things because we just want it to be just us for a while. I feel like we need time to ourselves to be a married couple, because they say everything changes after you have kids. We do want kids to have in about two or three years, though. My dad can't even stand it. He's already picking out baby names!
Ever since the first time  I watched "Passport" with Samantha Brown I was convinced that that was the perfect job for me. Samantha gets to travel to all of these amazing places all over the world and tell about it on camera. And she even did a Disney episode! She's kinda like Anthony Bourdain without all of the cursing and sarcasm or Andrew Zimmern without all of that crazy food. Did I mention that she even did a Disney episode?
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May 28, 2013

6. If You Had Three Wishes, What Would You Wish For?

  1. I'd wish for a never ending supply of money. I'd repay my grandparents for my car. I'd pay off my in-laws' mortgage and buy both of my parents new homes. My husband and I would be able to travel to any place we wanted. And we would never have to worry about paying for our kids' education. Also, we'd never have to work another day in our lives. We'd only work if we wanted to...and it would never involve waking up any earlier than 8 AM.
  2. I'd wish for infinite happiness. I'm not saying that I'd want to be happy every second of every day, because then you'd never get to experience the vast array of human emotions, like sadness or heartache. And I think that would be sort of like a robot's life. Instead I'd wish to just be happy and content with my life in general. I don't want to be 85 years old and looking back on my life and not being happy with how it had turned out. 
  3. I'd wish to always make the right decision. Sometimes in life you have to make tough choices, and the right and wrong choices aren't always clear, like buying a house or choosing a college. Sometimes you can't decide which paint color works best in your bedroom. Whatever the instance, I really think that life would be so much easier when you always make the right decision.
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May 26, 2013

5. 5 Things that Make Me the Most Happy Right Now


I'm going to take the words "right now" and run with them. 
  1. Being a newlywed makes me really happy. As much as I loved our wedding (and I'd totally do it all over again) it caused me a lot of stress, especially since I was planning while I was in school and because I'm a bit of a control freak.
  2. Being a college graduate make me supremely happy. I never want to go back to school. Maybe I'll change my mind in 5 years, but right now I never want to go back.
     My hard earned Charity School of Nursing pin
    Me with my pin
  3. Our dogs, Aspen and Caesar, always make me happy (even when they make me angry, because I can't stay mad at them for long. I think it's the eyes.) They're both  the sweetest dogs I've ever had the pleasure of loving. Also, they're BFF's. Seriously.
    Caesar got into some flour. I don't know how it happened.
    Aspen being her normal happy self. Such a model.
  4. "Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John always makes me happy. For example, I'm listening to Pandora (I'm always listening to Pandora) and I was in a perfectly fine mood about 30 seconds ago, but right before I finished number 3 "Bennie and the Jets" came on. Now I'm in a great mood. I just love this song so much. I've love it ever since I was five years old.
  5. Looking at my "Animals!" Pinterest board. I just love animals.
  6. I had to add a number 6. I couldn't leave out this video that a guy made to help him sell his 2000 Toyota Corolla in "grandmother white." It doesn't necessarily make me happy, but it makes me laugh a lot. And I thought it might make other people laugh, too. Just please trust me and watch it. It's good clean humor. 
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May 25, 2013

4. 10 Things You Would Tell Your 16 Year-old Self

10 things I would tell my 16 year-old self. Only 10? There are so many! I knew everything, and my parents knew absolutely nothing! Or so I thought. I don't consider myself to be one of those people who made bad choices, but I certainly had to find out things on my own (like numbers 5, 6, and 7.)


  1. Your mom is not your enemy.
  2. Don't take a year off of school after graduation.
  3. Try harder on that ACT next time.
  4. You don't know everything.
  5. He doesn't deserve you.
  6. Don't waste your time on him.
  7. He's gonna break your heart. Again. And again. And again...
  8. Pay attention in your government class.
  9. Take piano lessons.
  10. Volunteer more.

This photo was taken the summer I was 16 years old. Somehow what started as a water balloon/shaving cream fight turned into a massive mud fight. It was one of the best Sabbaths ever. 

When I was 16 (maybe 17) the juniors and seniors went on our annual American history trip. We traveled the east coast/New England and stopped at all sorts of historical places. I think this one was taken at a monument at the Valley Forge battle ground in Pennsylvania. 

This photo was taken at my wedding last month (4/20!). Were were inseparable when we were 16. We've all changed so much, but it's so crazy how we can just pick up where we left off.
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May 21, 2013

3. Describe Your Relationship with Your Spouse

Oh man. This is a tough one. I've never even thought about putting our relationship into words before. I'll try my best.

When your dad and I first started dating he told me that he didn't want children because he thought he was too selfish. Your aunt Jonni knew how he felt about having children and asked me if I'd be willing to sacrifice that to live my life with him. I really had to think about it. I just always thought that he'd come around. One day Uncle Chris and Aunt Angela asked your dad if he would be their new baby's parran. He was so excited! And when Brooklyn was born he instantly changed his mind about having children. As soon as we left the hospital he told me that he had changed his mind about having children. He's loved that little girl from the moment she was born. That's one of the reasons I love him so much. I can't wait to have children with him. Just watching him with Brooklyn makes me think about how much more he'll love his own children. 


Your dad and I have fun together. He's just so goofy sometimes. He only likes being goofy at home though. He doesn't let other people see his silly side a whole lot. I make fun of him a lot because he always mixes up words and phrases. For example, he'll try to say something like "once in a blue moon" and he'll say something to the effect of "once in every other blue moon." Or sometimes he'll mix two words together and just sound really silly.


One of the things that makes me most crazy about your dad is that when we have an argument he usually gets over it pretty quickly. I, on the other hand, have this thing where I want to be mad for just a little while longer. I don't know why. I just do.


One reason I love your dad so much is that he's a handy man. Whenever something goes wrong with our vehicles or our house we don't ever have to call anyone to fix it. Because your dad and your pawpaw already know how to take care of it. And he's much too picky to pay someone else to do it for him, because he knows that if he does the job himself it will be done the right way. I love that about him.


I think we work really well together. For the most part, he understands me and I understand him. We're intellectually compatible, which I think is really important. We both want the same things: to live a quiet life with a few kids and a few pets, a bigger house so we can have our family members over for holidays and Superbowl parties, a huge yard for our kids to play in, and to be mostly debt free. And your dad wants a boat so that he can go fishing and duck hunting whenever he wants. He aches for a boat. 


We definitely aren't one of those couples who are totally 100% in love with each other and can't take our eyes off each other for longer than 10 seconds. I don't think that really exists, and if it does I don't think it lasts for long. We have arguments and fights. I think that's only normal. We are in love, though. And I hope we always are. 
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May 13, 2013

2. Describe 3 Legitimate Fears

I have a lot of fears, so it took me a while to come up with only three of them (except for number 1, which was a no brainer.)
  1. Snakes. Any snake. It doesn't matter whether it's venomous or not. A snake is a snake and all snakes bite. I'm not really sure how I became so terrified of them. I just am. I've only ever touched a snake once in my whole life. In high school our biology room (which was also home to the Spanish 2, A & P, integrated physics and chemistry (IPC), and technology classes...so I was in that room a whole lot over the course of four years) had a pet python named Hercules. At first I would sit at the completely opposite end of the room from where the snake's tank was kept. After a year or so I got used to the idea that there was a live snake in the room and he wasn't going away, and I began to relax a bit more about where I sat. Anyhow, during my junior year I was on the verge of getting a D in my IPC class, and my teacher, Mr. Taylor, knowing how terrified I was of Hercules, told me that if I would hold Hercules for just 15 seconds he would give me enough extra credit points to bump me up to a C+. It was the longest fifteen seconds of my life.
  2. Losing my mind. Literally. I have the privilege of taking care of people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Sometimes they're just pleasantly confused. But  sometimes you can see the frustration in their faces when they are trying to express themselves and it just won't come out. Or when they're trying to remember who their loved ones are, but they just can't. You see people who come to the hospital and they have absolutely no clue where they are (but they know they're not at home) and they don't know why they're there. You're trying to bathe them and they're terrified because they can't figure out why you're taking their clothes off. I know, it's a little bit heavy. But that's my fear. I'm afraid of being trapped in my own mind. 
  3. Flunking out of nursing school. I guess it's no longer legit because I just finished nursing school. But it really had a good grip on me for about a year. I was doing really well in nursing school for the first two and a half semesters. Then I flunked my Parent-Child Nursing (PCN) course. I started to have pretty serious test anxiety and it really made it hard for me to pass any test. I passed PCN the second time around and I moved on to Nursing of the Adult Client II (NAC II). And I flunked. By this point I was really thinking to myself, "I've failed two courses and if I fail one more time I'm going to get kicked out of school." It was really a struggle, but I passed NAC II the second time around.
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May 11, 2013

1. List 20 Random Facts About Yourself

I don't have kids, but I'm going to write this list as though I do. Here goes:
  1. Even though they were absolutely beautiful and they were everything I was expecting them to be, I do regret spending as much as we did on our wedding flowers. I think they were really worth only about half of what we paid. Don't tell your dad.
  2. I wish I lived somewhere where it snowed in the winter and there were actually four distinct seasons.
  3. I'm both pro life and pro choice if that makes any sense. My religious and moral beliefs and every fiber in my body tell me that abortion is murder and murder is wrong. But, at the same time, I believe that a woman has the right to choose. Especially if the child was conceived out of rape. It's a twisted thought and I know it. But it's my thought.
  4. I absolutely loved high school. I had the time of my life.
  5. I ALWAYS cry after watching the following movies: Beaches, The Notebook, Marley and Me, and P.S. I Love You.
  6. My favorite fruit is a persimmon. The large ones. Don't make the mistake of eating them if they're not 100% ripe.
  7. I hate cleaning up after I cook.
  8. I have a paralyzing fear of snakes.
  9. No matter how hot it is I have to have a blanket while I'm sleeping.
  10. I really wish I could read music and play the piano.
  11. I want to take interior design classes.
  12. Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) is my favorite TV cook.
  13. I have a very good Spanish accent. I just need to brush up on my vocabulary.
  14. I'm not good a contact sports.
  15. I refuse to use fad words and phrases like "epic", "bestie", "stay-cation", and "YOLO."
  16. My favorite poem of all time is "A Noiseless Patient Spider" by Walt Whitman. So inspirational. I would would've gotten a tattoo with an excerpt from this poem, but the whole thing is so beautiful that I couldn't pick just one part.
  17. My favorite teacher of all time was Mr. Rector who taught every single English and American literature, grammar, U.S. history, and government class I ever took in high school.
  18. I have one tattoo. It's of a lotus flower and beneath it reads, "She walks in beauty." I got took the phrase from the poem "She walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron, which is my second favorite poem.
  19. The only carrot cake I will eat is made by my granny. It's the best in the whole world and I refuse to taste another.
  20. I instantly melt when cuddly baby animals are near.
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