29 May 2012

A little bit about me, in 100 questions

I don't know if I mentioned it, but this past weekend, we loaded up all our possessions, threw them in a Ryder truck and moved across El Paso into a new house. I love it. Mainly because it has grass, or possibly because we have a bonafide guest room, or a place to start a garden or, another million different things, but I digress the reason of this post. I haven't posted in almost two weeks, so I'm giving you this post to tide you over until I get my house back into order.

  • Are you young at heart, or an old soul? Young at heart. Though, I think, some days, I belong in the 40s.
  • What makes someone a best friend? They're there for you at your best, worst, and most ridiculous.
  • What Christmas (or Hanukkah) present do you remember the most? My bike. A 21 speed, mountain bike, silk matte burgundy.
  • Tell me about a movie/song/tv show/play/book that has changed your life. LOLZ TWILIGHT. SIKE. This is rather an interesting question. I don't think anything has really changed my life, though lots have been very inspirational, or led me to think/see the world in a different way.
  • Name one physical feature that you like about yourself, and one you dislike. I've always liked my hands. I feel hands can tell you a lot about a person. I dislike my back, mainly, because it's crooked. 
  • Would you like to reconnect with any friends you’ve lost contact with? Just a select few. Normally I get to see the ones I like when I go back home, but it's the few that have moved away that I want to stay in touch with.
  • What’s more important in a relationship: physical attraction or emotional connection? Emotional is the important answer, but I'm going to go into the shallow end and say, if you can't find anything remotely atheistically appealing about your significant other, don't lie to yourself. You'll move on.
  • Name a movie that you knew would be terrible just from reading the title. Freddy Got Fingered.
  • What holiday do you most look forward to? Anyone that my husband gets off. ;D
  • How is the relationship between you and your parents? Good. I don't think I've
  • ever had a point in my life where I wanted nothing more to do with them. Not going to lie, I miss them dearly, but it's awesome to have a "new life" with my husband.
  • You’ve got the TV on, but you’re not really watching. What channel is the TV on? TRICK QUESTION. If I'm not watching the TV to watch it, I'll normally flip it to a music station. I don't have the TV on for the background noise like my husband does. *twitch* I prefer the radio.
  • Name a song that never fails to make you happy. Jump, Little Children - Habit
  • You know at least one person named Michael. Tell me about him. Growing up, he practically worshiped my brother, and did dumb things. Now he's a Marine who blows stuff up with a tank. Makes complete sense to me.
  • Have you ever read the “missed connections” on Craigslist? Have you ever posted one, or wanted to? I read them and I either find them hilarious or creepy. And no, I've never had the urge to post one.
  • If you could pick anywhere to live the rest of your life, where would it be? Somewhere on a bunch of wooded acres. Don't care what state, just give me trees and my privacy.
  • Can money buy happiness? Depends on your definition of happiness. Happiness is a roof over my head, food in my belly, and being content with my husband, and that involves money, so, I think in the long run, yes. Yes it can.
  • Do you drink? Smoke? Do drugs? Why, or why not? I drink, but not often, mainly because I'm such a lightweight, and it makes me really sleepy. I don't smoke, though I have. And I've never done drugs, just because I was terrified of getting kicked out of the house and being on the street.
  • Is there anyone close to you that you know you can’t trust? You don’t have to give names. With the definition of trust here being loose, I'll go with yes.
  • Where was your favorite place to go when you were a little kid? My friend's houses. They were always more interesting and fun.
  • Have you ever spent a night in the hospital? Only when I was born.
  • Do you enjoy being with only one or two friends, or with a large group of people? Depends on the large group. If I know and like everyone, I can deal with it. If I don't know anyone, I start to get antsy. I prefer one to three friends at a time.
  • Do you like the type of music your parents listen to? Do your parents like the type of music you listen to? I do! Mom raised me on Oldies and Dad raised me on Classic Rock. Mom can tolerate some of the music I like, Dad gets twitchy and turns off the radio.
  • Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied anyone else? I wasn't bullied. I was picked on. There's a difference. I have glasses, got picked on for that; was really skinny, got picked on for my "chicken legs", got picked on for being smart, got picked on for being a girl, blah blah blah. Am I traumatized from it? No. Did I ever bully anyone? No. Was I a smart ass? Yes.
  • If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be? Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
  • Do you believe in a god? Of course.
  • Of all the social networks in the world, why use twitter? So I don't flood facebook with nonsense.
  • What’s your favorite hashtag to track? I don't.
  • Would you call yourself/your family “middle class?” Yeah. Except we don't have the required 2.5 kids.
  • Name a TV series you didn’t enjoy until after it ended.  Firefly!
  • Have you ever bought a product from an infomercial? I have a Magic Bullet. Does that count?
  • If you could give up your car and never have to drive again, would you? Hell no. That would mean walking around in the Hell Paso heat. If I lived somewhere like New York, yeah. I'd give it up no problem. 
  • If you go back to one point in time to give advice to yourself, when would you go and what would you say? It would mainly be to say "You can do it." or "Breathe."
  • What’s your “quirkiest” habit? Um. Possibly all of them. 
  • What is “normal?” Are you normal? What is normal? Is there really a norm any more? Though, I've always been above average. Except in math...
  • Someone close to you is dying. You have the choice to let this person live for 10 more years, but if you do, you cause the death of 10 strangers. You don’t have to see them die. Do you take the offer? Depends on the "close" person.
  • What is one thing you could never forgive? Someone who killed any of my family. I'd probably go all Batman on them.
  • Would you rather be in a relationship after the honeymoon period ends, or be single? Uh, doesn't the Honeymoon period always end? I'll keep my relationship, thanks.
  • Is it possible for guys and girls to be just friends? Possible, but rare.
  • Where do you and your friends go to hang out? Either our houses or a food joint. 
  • Write the first sentence of your obituary. Amber's tragic fate was met by losing her battle with the pterodactyl.
  • What is the best TV theme song ever? There's SO MANY to choose from! I honestly have no clue.
  • When you were young, what would you dream you would be when you grew up? I wanted to be everything. From an astronaut to a zoo keeper. You name it, I probably wanted to be it.
  • When you’re alone in your own home, do you walk around naked? Nope.
  • What gets you out of bed in the morning? The urge that it's time to get up. Or an alarm.
  • Do you want to have more friends than you have right now? I'm pretty happy with my friend quota at the moment.
  • What part of the past year sticks out in your mind? This whole month. Gah.
  • You win a scratch-off lottery game that gives you $2000 a week (after taxes) for the rest of your life. Do you keep your job?  Nope. I'd go volunteer somewhere though.
  • Could you be in a long-distance relationship? If you’re in one, what makes yours work? I've done it before. It's not hard, as long as the other person is willing to keep an effort to stay in touch. Once that goes down the drain, it's over.
  • What’s the best route to your heart? Right now? Mop the floors, do the laundry, and share the remote.
  • Have you ever met someone through the internet, then met them in real life? Quite a few people, actually!
  • What is your favorite sport? College football.
  • What has been troubling you lately? Moving. SO MUCH CRAP.
  • Did you enjoy your high school prom? If you haven’t gotten there yet, do you look forward to it? If you didn’t go, why not? I went to two. One sucked, one was awesome.
  • What do you use more often: your intuition or logical reasoning? A mix of the two.
  • Do you know what makes you happy? I do. Do you?
  • Tell me about the last book you read. How about the last one I finished? I just finished The Help. Brilliantly written, quite powerful. Haven't been sucked into a book like that in quite a while. I'm also pleased to say that the movie was just as good as the book.
  • What is the nicest compliment you’ve ever been given? That I was graceful.
  • Who was your first crush? That poor dark headed boy that I kissed in kindergarten. Teacher embarrassed the crap out of me for doing that, too.
  • Do you believe that there is life on other planets? Yes.
  • Predict what your life will look like a year from now. Lonely. 
  • Often, people will ask how your last relationship ended. I want to know how it began. My ex before my husband? I guess...I was loading crates full of Cokes into my car, and he offered to help. He was using his Southern Gentleman charm, and I fell straight into his web of lies. The end.
  • Where is your favorite place to go out and eat? Anywhere that involves steak. 
  • What is something you want to change about your current situation? I'd be happier if I could find a bachelor's degree I actually want to stick to.
  • Early bird or night owl? Neither. Mid afternoon, plz. 
  • Are there any childhood possessions you still hold on to? Yes. Sadly. It's very hard to get rid of some of them.
  • Give me an unpopular opinion you haveI don't think Will Ferrell is funny.
  • What was the last song that was stuck in your head? The Water Buffalo Song from Veggie Tales
  • Where do you live? Be as general or specific as you want. El Paso.
  • Do you believe in giving kids medals and trophies for participation? Depends on the situation.
  • What was the longest car ride you’ve ever taken? Georgia to El Paso. In a Uhaul. Pulling a trailer. With an unhappy cat in a carrier. 
  • Have you ever taken part in a protest? Not in the sign carrying, chanting sort of protest. I didn't buy something, or didn't support a store, kind of thing.
  • Would you ever use an online dating service? Being that I'm married, no.
  • What is your ethnic heritage? German/Irish/Welch and I'm sure there's other stuff, but I haven't bothered getting that far.
  • Describe a person that inspires you. People who will give you the shirt off their back and expect nothing in return.
  • If you earn minimum wage doing what you love, would you? Yes. If you love what you do, it won't seem as if you've worked a single day of your life. 
  • Do you believe in luck? It's the only way I've survived.
  • Describe the last time you were very angry at someone. Brian wasn't very careful in packing the furniture. Needless to say, we have damaged furniture now.
  • Do you want to live until you’re 100? Only if I feel I haven't accomplished everything I want to.
  • Do people change? If so, how do you keep a relationship together when both of you start to change? Yes. Yes they do. You learn to adapt. If your partner suddenly starts snoring, you don't divorce them because of that. You learn to adapt and adjust. Though, if your partner starts abusing you, then, then you get a divorce. You don't adapt to that.
  • Have you ever risked a friendship by telling someone you liked them? Yes.
  • Would you rather be alone doing something you enjoy, or doing something you don’t like with your best friends? Alone, for I am an introvert.
  • Do you practice what you preach? I'd like to think so. Though, I'm not perfect. 
  • If you take precautions to stay safe, do you ultimately act more recklessly? Like, if I bought a fire extinguisher and decide to have a bonfire in the house? No. That's not me at all....*cough*
  • What do you value more in a significant other: Attractiveness or intelligence? Intelligence.
  • Are you hard-headed? I take the cake when it comes to hard-headedness.
  • Have you ever laughed uncontrollably when it was socially inappropriate? It's why I don't willingly go to funerals. 
  • When have you felt most alive? There's a memory of me driving on a dirt road in the dark, music blaring, windows down, but I can't remember what else was going on.
  • Where would you prefer to live? A city? The suburbs? The countryside? The mountains? Give me 10+ acres of wooded land with DSL and I'm satisfied. 
  • Do you often skip breakfast? Depends on what I'm doing for the day and when I get up.
  • How do you know what true love is? True love is not killing your husband when he does things repeatedly that you've asked him not to. 
  • Would you want to know the exact date and time you were going to die? If it was in the near future, no. But if it was like at 70+ maybe.
  • Where is “home” for you? Georgia.
  • What song best describes your life right now? Blink 182 - What's My Age Again?
  • Do you want to be perfect? Perfect is boring.
  • What have you never tried, but would really like to someday? What’s holding you back? Skydiving. People who want to go with me. (I realized I answered this question "wrong" earlier.)
  • How do you express your creativity? Completely destroying whatever room I'm working in.
  • Describe your neighborhood. Being that I've only been here for three days now, I think the only thing I can say is, quiet?
  • Name something you only liked because it was popular. Scene, late 1990s, middle school. Things I liked only because they were popular? EVERYTHING. Then, about the end of 8th grade, I realized I was awesome and didn't need to fit in.
  • Give me the story of your life in six words. Not all who wander are lost.

16 May 2012

Mascarpone Pasta and Garlic Shrimp

Something about my husband? He loves shrimp. I didn't realize this, until I made this meal for him, and he started quoting Bubba from Forrest Gump. I've figured out, that if I make anything with shrimp in it, he'll eat it. Good thing I like shrimp, too.

When the new Penzey's catalog came in, I saw the Mascarpone pasta and garlic shrimp recipes side by side, I knew it was meant to be. So, I headed out to the grocery store, picked up a few things, and started planning dinner.

Now, my picture isn't as delicious as the catalogs, but I guarantee you, it's amazing. Though, everything I've made that's come from the Penzey's catalog is scrumptious. For the recipe, search Penzeys.com

11 May 2012

PSA: Donate Blood

Ever since I was "of age" to give blood, I tried. I've either been underweight or anemic. Finally, in 2006 I was able to give! And then since then, I haven't been able. Anemic, again. CURSED. So, a couple of days ago, I saw on Facebook that they were doing a blood drive at the PX. What the hell, I'd  go try again. Today, after enjoying my Blissful Stitchers group, a very awesome lady who fixed my hair, I walked up there and said I wanted to try. And try I did.

It took them 10 minutes to find a vein (I have tiny veins), but when they did, the very talented Sgt. Riveras poked me no problem, and it didn't hurt at all! Though, I was staring at the Cinnabon sign, so that might have helped. It went by very quickly, and I was entertained by a very cheerful staff. I was doing great! I was ready to eat my cookies and drink my juice and go home! But, then it happened. As the Sgt was taking out my needle, blood squirted out. I got lightheaded, my hearing went, and I was right before tunnel vision when he propped my chair back, and threw an ice pack on my chest. Oh, fainting at the sight of blood, how you plague me. So, I ate two packs of cookies and drank a couple of Capri-Suns and I was good to go. And now I'm sitting here, thinking a nap is in order to celebrate my blood donation. I'm very pleased that I can now!

While chatting with the Sgt and his coworkers, I learned some interesting things. One being that what blood people donate to the military, is what they have. If they have a shortage, they have to BUY it from organizations such as the Red Cross. That's right BUY. B-U-Y. How lame is that? So, my friends, anytime you see a blood drive specifically for the military, please go donate. It doesn't hurt, I swear.

07 May 2012

Monday, Monday

Can't trust that day.

I haven't forgotten about the Photo A Day May, I've just been too lazy to download, edit, upload and then post my pictures. Busy would also apply to this statement.

Brian and I tried starting the Couch to 5K this weekend. Turns out, I wasn't that bad. And I have to remember not to compare myself to Brian, who's been running since like 2001 or something. But, it felt nice and I wasn't too tired afterwards. It was the next day that I remembered why I don't run. Shin Splints. Oh, they're terrible. I barely survived therapy today, and won't survive belly dancing, so I'm coming home to rest and hopefully finish my dress. Next time we run, it'll be in dirt. Or on a proper track.

Dress, did I say? Yes I did! Last month, I bought a pattern, and then a few weeks later, I went back into Hobby Lobby and discovered that they sold red gingham that isn't in the tiny pattern. So I greedily bought four yards. And there it sat. Until yesterday. Our luncheon this month is themed "Let's Make A Deal." You know, that crazy game show with Wayne Brady where everyone shows up in costume? Indeed. That means, I needed a costume. So, trying not to blow any money, I racked my brain for ideas. I saw my granny boots. I could be a Saloon Girl! GREAT. Turns out, I've lost that pattern. Darn. So I thought a bit more. Talked to friends, and then it hit me. Picnic tablecloth fabric? Extra solid red fabric? Basket? GENIUS. I'm going to be Little Red Riding Hood. Indeed, I am. I'll have pictures up as soon as I'm finished. I'm a bit excited.

Also, my trying to stay off the internet is working well! I've gotten a lot accomplished last week, and this week, I might actually put MORE stuff in boxes! How exciting. Packing and I are not friends.

And now, a picture for your time:

I die laughing every time I see it.

04 May 2012

FO Friday

I can finally post these. I've been waiting since March, and then I just became super lazy and also busy and finally got the package in the mail to my friend, Kate.

Those are my first knitted mittens! They're the Peekaboo pattern from Pensive Frog, and I'm pretty impressed with myself. I used SweetGeorgia Superwash Worsted in the color Saltwater. What a fantastic yarn! I'll recommend it to anyone. I'm pleased they're finally done and that they're in Kate's hands now.

01 May 2012

Day Five, Six and Seven: Oops.

I just realized I forgot to finish off Knitting and Crochet Blog week. My bad. Mainly, because I got stuck on day five, and then everything went chaotic. So, I'll finish it now.

Day Five: Something A Bit Different

I personally couldn't come up with anything, so I give you a video someone else created instead.

Every time I watch this video, it just makes me laugh. Worth watching for knitters and everyone else. There's days I feel this is how I should knit, because "yarn can't feel pain."

Day Six: Improving Your SkillsetHow far down the road to learning your craft do you believe yourself to be? Are you comfortable with what you know or are you always striving to learn new skills and add to your knowledge base? Take a look at a few knitting or crochet books and have a look at some of the skills mentioned in the patterns. Can you start your amigurumi pieces with a magic circle, have you ever tried double knitting, how's your intarsia? If you are feeling brave, make a list of some of the skills which you have not yet tried but would like to have a go at, and perhaps even set yourself a deadline of when you'd like to have tried them by.

Well. That's a weighted question. LET'S ANSWER.
Crochet is what started my yarny love. I feel that If you handed me almost any crochet pattern, I could pretty much be like "VOLIA. I give you your three-toed sloth." Or whatever. Now, while I feel that way, I'd still give my skills an advanced-intermediate skill to them. Make sense? No? More like, I think I can do a few advanced patterns, but nothing too crazy. I'm feelin' pretty good with my crochet though. But, once you get to Tunisian, hair pin lace, or broomstick lace? Yeah, no. Ideally, I'd like to get there one day, but I'm a little obsessed with knitting at the moment.

Still definitely a beginner. I can knit and purl, but when you start throwing ssk, 3ktog4, 5ptog, etc, I start getting confused. I think lace is what's confusing me, but that's okay. That's why we practice and learn and progress. So, I'd say I'm in "Less confused beginner" mode. I'm proud of what I've accomplished so far, and I can only go up from here! As the guy in the video said, "yarn can't feel pain."

Day Seven: Crafting Balance
Are you a knitter or a crocheter, or are you a bit of both? If you are monogamous in your yarn-based crafting, is it because you do not enjoy the other craft or have you simply never given yourself the push to learn it? Is it because the items that you best enjoy crafting are more suited to the needles or the hook? Do you plan on ever trying to take up and fully learn the other craft? If you are equally comfortable knitting as you are crocheting, how do you balance both crafts? Do you always have projects of each on the go, or do you go through periods of favouring one over the other? How did you come to learn and love your craft(s)?

I believe I answered the first half of the question for day six. I'm bi-craftual;  a crocheter who knits! I am learning to knit, because I don't like the way crocheted socks look. I just can't get past it. It drives me crazy. I've tried a few different crocheted sock patterns and they just make me sad. So, one of the main reasons for me learning to knit, is so I can make socks. And I love socks. As of right now, everything's leaning towards knitting, because it's my "new" craft and when things are new, I become a bit obsessed with them, and want to do nothing but them. Now, don't get me wrong, I will never give up crocheting, because, to me, it's the best way to make a blanket.

And now for something compeltely different...

...okay, maybe not. But anywho, it's the first of the month. A fresh beginning, a new start, etc. It also happens to be my 2nd wedding anniversary and May Day. I'm still tiny bit sad I didn't dance around a May Pole in my wedding dress, but ah well. One of my fellow bloggers, Kena,  stuck this up on her instagram this morning.

Well, that's kinda fun. I'm pretty sure I can at least do this challenge. So, between packing and the 9485034 other things I do in my life, I am going to attempt this challenge.

So, I give you, Peace.

If you've ever owned two cats, at least one being a kitten, you'll understand.