Five Things About Me – Old School Blogging

Five Things About Me
Old School Blogging
Today I’m linking up with Elaine (Miss Elaine-ous) for some old school blogging. This month’s topic is “five things about me”. Join in (please!) and link up so we can read all about you!

Five Things About Me…

Five Things I Have a Passion For

  1. My family – I am completely in love with my husband and children. They pull the majority of my focus, and that’s the way I like it. I really enjoy doing special things for them and showing them how much I love them.
  2. Writing – I have been writing about my thoughts and emotions since I was very young, and I don’t plan to ever stop. It’s the most effective way I’ve found to work through the things that vex me the most.
  3. Knitting – I love to knit and almost always have a portable knitting project with me when I leave the house.
  4. Photography – I’m not particularly accomplished at this passion, but I do enjoy it. I’m passionate about organizing and storing my photographs, printing them to hang in frames around the house, and capturing all of the little moments that make up our lives.
  5. Pinterest – Yes, I will admit it. I love pinning new content and organizing my boards and cataloging all of the fascinating things that the Internet has to offer. If you haven’t visited my Pinterest boards lately, please do!

Silly Family Collage

Five Things I Would Like to do Before I Die

  1. Get in excellent shape – It’s a fantasy of mine.
  2. Watch my girls become women – It’s not about having grandchildren. I just want to see the women that my beautiful daughters will become. I wonder what careers they will have, what they will do with their lives, and I hope that I can see at least some of their adult lives unfold before I die.
  3. Write a book – This is a long-standing dream that I hope to achieve before too much more time has passed.
  4. Move to Charleston, SC – I love Charleston. Always have, always will. I’ve wanted to live there for as long as I can remember. One day…
  5. Get a half sleeve tattoo on my left shoulder and upper arm – I have a lot of unsightly scars from my past on that arm. It’s taken me years to be comfortable wearing sleeveless shirts, and I have gotten quite good at ignoring curious stares, but I’d love to cover it all up with a gorgeous bright-colored tattoo that incorporates all of my family’s birth flowers.
Charleston, SC Sunset

Five Things I Say A Lot

  1. Really?
  2. If you don’t want her to touch you, move to the other end of the couch!
  3. If you don’t want your things to get lost, put them where they go!
  4. I don’t even want to know.
  5. I love you.

Five Books and/or Magazines I Have Read Lately

  1. Amazonia by James Rollins
  2. Interweave Knits
  3. Needful Things by Stephen King

Normally I read a lot, but I can barely find time to write these days… so I have only 3 on this list.

Five Favorite Movies

  1. The Great Escape
  2. The Usual Suspects
  3. The Prestige
  4. What Dreams May Come
  5. The Story of Us

5 Favorite Movies

Five Places I Would Love to Travel

  1. Europe – I dream of traveling around Europe one day. I’d love to take my children on a European adventure, but I can’t imagine that I’ll actually be able to afford a trip like that before they’re adults. It’s a wonderful thought, though.
  2. The West Coast (again) – I took the girls on a cross-country trip from south Georgia to San Diego, California in May 2005. It was so much fun, but the girls were too young to remember it. I’d like to repeat the experience now!
  3. Hawaii – My little brother and sister-in-law live in Hawaii and I’d love to visit them!
  4. New York City – I’ve never been and always wanted to visit.
  5. Jamaica – A trip for two to a Sandals resort would be divine! Unlikely, but divine!

Five People I Invite to do this Meme

Janine, Lizzi, Cyndi, Jessica, Katia

Old School Blogging – Alphabet Meme

Old School Blogging
Old School Blogging
Today I’m linking up with Elaine (Miss Elaine-ous) for some old school blogging. This month’s topic is the alphabet! Join in (please!) and link up so we can all read and laugh and smile at your answers!

Alphabet Meme

A. Attached or Single? Attached to my darling David!

B. Best Friend? David

Old School Blogging - Heather/David

C. Cake or pie? At a recent family get-together, when faced with a choice of either chocolate cake or pumpkin pie, I chose the pie. The older I’ve gotten, the less I like cake… unless it is cheese cake, which is really more like pie anyway, in my opinion.

D. Day of choice? Saturdays… no work, no school!

E. Essential Item? Laptop!

F. Favorite color? Chocolate brown and navy blue.

G. Gummy bears or worms? Gummy worms. I eat them in segments.

H. Hometown? Falls Church, Virginia

I. Favorite Indulgence? Sleeping late, curled up with my honey.

J. January or July? January… July is too hot, too full of mixed emotions.

K. Kids? 3 daughters… 2 {living} wonderful, smart, amazing tween girls… and one stillborn baby girl

Old School Blogging - Girls

L. Life isn’t complete without? Family, laughter, kisses, big hugs from my big girls, sweet tea…

M. Marriage date? 10/10/10 – marriage date; 08/09/09 – when we started dating; 10/10/93 – the day we met.

N. Number of brothers/sisters? 2 brothers/ 1 sisters / 2 step-brothers / 3 step-sisters

O. Oranges or Apples? Apples… Fuji apples.

P. Phobias? Clusters of little holes together… lotus seed pods and even lots of PVC pipes stacked together freak me out. Apparently this is called trypophobia.

Q. Quotes? I post my favorite quotes every day on the blog’s Facebook page, so you can read them all there. Today’s quote: “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” – Helen Keller

R. Reasons to smile? My girls, my husband, my nieces, my nephews, my family.

Old School Blogging - Cousins

S. Season of choice? Spring… flowers blooming, warm breezes, and very little humidity!

T. Tag 5 People. Skipping the tagging… if you read this and want to join in, please do!

U. Unknown fact about me? When I was younger, I planned to major in Secondary Music Education, and minor in French Language and Literature. I wanted to be a middle school music teacher.

V. Vegetable? Broccoli.

W. Worst habit? Nail biting

X. Xray or Ultrasound? Hmm, I prefer when I don’t need either.

Y. Your favorite food? Chicken enchilada casserole… or beef stroganoff. Yum!

Z. Zodiac sign? Scorpio.

Old School Blogging – Pop Culture

Old School Blogging
Today I’m linking up with Elaine (Miss Elaine-ous) for some old school blogging. This month’s topic is pop culture! Join in (please!) and link up so we can all read and laugh and smile at your answers!

1.  What was one of your favorite shows as a kid?  Why?

When I think about being a kid, I think about cartoons. My brother and I watched a lot of Disney channel (of course this was old school Disney channel, so no midriff tops or tween attitude). We watched Mousterpiece Theater, Good Morning, Mickey and Mickey Mousercise. We also watched a fair amount of He-Man and She-Ra, Smurfs, The Get-Along Gang, and Care Bears. They were simple, fun… they made us laugh. I wish there were more cartoons on like those nowadays.

When I was a bit older, I really got into watching Party of Five and My So-Called Life. So many cute guys… so little time.

2. Which actress(es) do you see on the red carpet and kinda wish you could be for a day (or three)?

I honestly can’t think of a single celebrity or actress that I would want to be for a day. I mean, I’ll take their paychecks in a heartbeat, but I’m happy with who I am. Really!

3.  Which actor do you wish you could, um… hang out with? 😉

Josh Holloway. You know, Sawyer? James Ford from LOST? Oh yes, he and I can… hang out… anytime. Fun fact… he’s the purse thief from the Aerosmith video of “Cryin'”, and he was gorgeous then too.

Old School Blogging - Pop Culture - Sawyer from LOST

4. What is one (or two or some) of your favorite movies that you have seen in the last few years?

I really like the new(er) Star Trek movie. I was not a Star Trek fan prior to this movie, had not watched the old TV episodes or any of the old movies — facts which make my Trekkie husband cringe — but I did really enjoy the new one, and I’m looking forward to seeing the next one, which comes out at the end of this month.

Other than that… X-men Origins: Wolverine is a favorite. If I hadn’t answered “Josh Holloway” to question #3, I would have said “Liev Schreiber”, especially with the teeth bared and the sharp pointy claws of Sabretooth. Mmm.

Old School Blogging - Pop Culture - Sabretooth from X-Men Wolverine

5. Who is one celebrity out there now that you could totally do without? That you wish would just disappear?

Any of the Kardashians, Paris Hilton, or any of that crowd that seems to be famous just for… being famous.

6. Have you ever met a celebrity? If so, who? What did you say/do when you met them?

I’ve never met a celebrity… I don’t hang out in places where celebrities are likely to gather. 😉

7.  Which shows do you look forward to watching every week?

We tend to watch TV shows that are already on Netflix, for the most part. We do keep up with The Walking Dead and Once Upon a Time. We used to watch Doctor Who as it came on, but neither of us are big fans of the Eleventh Doctor, so now we just watch them after the fact. We’re currently watching LOST again, this time with the girls, who are pretty fascinated with the Island.

Old School Blogging – Marriage, Babies & Bliss

Old School Blogging
Today I’m linking up with Elaine (Miss Elaine-ous) for some old school blogging. This month’s topics are marriage, babies and bliss! Join in (please!) and link up so we can all read and laugh and smile at your answers!

1. How did your husband pop the big question?

David proposed to me in the middle of a busy intersection, during a street fair. He bought a ring that I had admired at one of the vendors and got down on one knee to ask for my hand in marriage… very fairy tale romantic!

Old School Blogging - Marriage

2. What are the three most surprising things about married life?

1. How completely and utterly irritating it can be to have beard hair all over the bathroom sink, every day!
2. How I adore this man more every day, in spite of the irritating beard hair all over the bathroom sink (every day!).
3. How much I enjoy having him there to hold me, on those days and nights when I used to think that I didn’t want to be around anybody, at all, ever again.

3. How did you find out you were pregnant for the first time?

I found out I was pregnant with my oldest after I had been sick for a couple of weeks with a nasty flu-like bug that wouldn’t go away. I ended up in the hospital, at my husband’s insistence, where I was found to be slightly dehydrated and 6 weeks pregnant. We’d been trying to get pregnant for 13 months, but we’d had a rough patch and hadn’t done much “trying”, so it was the one month in 13 that I hadn’t paid attention to my cycle or taken a pregnancy test.

4. How did you choose your first baby’s name?

My oldest daughter’s name is comprised of my middle name and her father’s middle name.

5. Describe where you see yourself in 10 years from now…

In 10 years, I will be married for 13 years to the love of my life, who I will have known for 30 years. It’s hard to imagine what I’ll be doing by then… a lot of that depends on whether we are able to have Baby #4. In any case, I will have two children out of the house by then, and I like to imagine that we’ll travel as much as possible, and live in a nice little house outside of this busy city, with a garden full of vegetables.

6. Describe how you find bliss, either with words or images.

I find bliss in the little things – the way the sun catches in my daughters’ hair, the spring breeze and scent of honeysuckle wafting through my open windows, the sound of my husband’s voice when he says “always and forever, I love you” every night before we go to sleep.

Old School Blogging - Lakin Fishing

Old School Blogging - Honeysuckle

Old School Blogging - David Love


7. Name those you are tagging for #OSB:

I’m going to be lazy here and tag the same folks I did last month… Janine, Stacia, Emily, Terrye, Kate

5 Stupid Things I’ve Done – #FTSF

Finish the Sentence Friday

I’m late but I’m still joining in with “Finish the Sentence Friday”, hosted by Janine at Confessions of a Mommyholic.

This week’s sentence to finish is “I did something stupid once…” and if you choose to join in with your response, make sure to go link up so everyone can read what you think about social media!

I did something stupid once… five times… actually, I’ve done a whole lot of stupid things. Haven’t we all? Even if you take the sex, addictions, old boyfriends and ex-husband out of the mix, I’ve met many less than stellar decisions in my 33 years on this planet.

  1. I lost my car and house keys for an entire day once. I searched everywhere in the house and car, and finally enlisted the help of my neighbor to find the errant keys. We searched together for another hour or so, finally giving up and deciding to fix a drink to drown our sorrows. Guess what I found in the freezer, hiding behind the vodka bottle? Um… yeah, my keys. I used to drink a lot. Very stupid.
  2. One fine day, I left my house in the morning to take the kids to school. I closed the locked front door behind me before I realized that I had left the keys and my purse on the kitchen counter. Luckily, my bedroom window was unlocked. so I finagled it open and fed my 5 year old daughter through the window. She came around and unlocked the front door for me, then needed to use the potty before we could leave again. While we were waiting for her, my 3 year old decided she needed to pee and couldn’t wait, so I changed her pull-up and got her redressed. We left the house, now late for school, and as the locked front door closed behind us… I realized I’d never gotten my dang purse and keys! Through the window again, my child!
  3. I’ve lost my sunglasses on top of my head more times than I can count.
  4. Years ago, I would resize all of my pictures of my kids to a nice web-savvy size. This was in the dial-up days, so pictures couldn’t be as large as they can be now, or they’d never download for most people. I saved over the originals, not thinking anything of it. The result is that now, many of my pictures of my kids’ first years are too pixelated to properly print out in 3×5 size. I hate that… it makes me feel very stupid, and there’s nothing that can be done about it now.
  5. In 2005, while preparing for a cross country road trip from Georgia to San Diego, California and back, the ex and I bought a soft luggage rack for the top of our fairly new car. It was supposed to clip onto the top frame of each door, mounting it safely for the road trip. Thing is, we ordered the wrong size, so it didn’t want to clip on properly. No worries there, we just peeled back the rubber seal on the doors so that the clips would work. Except, you know, the rubber seal is there for a reason, which we didn’t consider in our haste to just get the installation done. The doors leaked when it rained from that day forward… quite a hard lesson learned.

That’s just the first five things that spring to mind when I think of stupid things I’ve done. I know there are many more… so many more.

What stupid things have you done that you can laugh about now?

5 Stupid Things I've Done | The Destiny Manifest

Old School Blogging

Old School Blogging
Today I’m linking up with Elaine (Miss Elaine-ous) and Heather (Theta Mom) for some old school blogging. Back in the old days of blogging, we used to pass these little lists of questions around and “tag” each other and then we would read and laugh and smile at each other’s answers. Fun!

Join in (please!) and link up so we can all read and laugh and smile at your answers!

1. What were you doing 10 years ago?

In 2003, my daughters were 1.5 years old and 3 months old. My ex-husband and I were packing to move from South Carolina to south Georgia. He was taking a job with his mother’s company, hoping to finally find a job that he would want to keep. Lakin was a ball of toddler energy and Addah was a tiny nursling when we moved.

Old School Blogging - Lakin as a toddler

2. What 5 things are on your to-do list?

I have a rather extensive to-do list… one for 2013 and one that runs for 1,001 days, ending in March 2014.

3. What are 5 snacks you enjoy?

Apples, pears, pecans, graham crackers/peanut butter… and tuna salad on saltines. Yum!

4. Name some things you would do if you were a millionaire:

I would pay off all of our debts and buy a nice little 3-bedroom house in the downtown area of Greenville, SC. I miss living downtown, where I grew up. I’d fund savings accounts for my girls to go to college, make sure our personal savings was well-funded, and take care of our parents and siblings. A second vehicle would be nice, for David, so I could cut down on my daily commute back/forth to work/David’s school.

After all that, we’d go to Europe on vacation. David and I have always wanted to go and show the girls some of the world.

5. Name some places you have lived:

I was born in Falls Church, Virginia. My family moved to Greenville, South Carolina when I was 3, and I’ve lived here for the majority of my life. In 2003, I moved to Mount Vernon, Georgia for 2.5 years, before moving back to Greenville. In 2011, I moved to Keller, Texas for 3 months, before moving back to Greenville.

Old School Blogging - Greenville

6. Name some bad habits you have:

I bite my finger nails. I’ve done it for as long as I can remember, and I do it without thinking about it, so it’s very hard to quit. I stopped biting them for a couple of months in 2011 and had lovely, shiny fingernails that I spent a lot of time filing and polishing. They got a little too long and I broke one… and then proceeded to bite them all off. I haven’t been able to quit biting them again since then.

Other bad habits include worrying too much, over-analyzing everything and staying up way too late at night.

7. Name some jobs you have had:

My first job was a drive-thru cashier at Long John Silver’s, then I worked as a waitress at a little restaurant near my house. After high school, I was a floral assistant for 2 years, putting together bouquets of roses and graveside arrangements of lilies. I became a mama in 2001, and opened my business sewing soft soled leather baby shoes in 2002. I closed Moss Feet Shoes in 2006, and after my divorce I took a job teaching knitting classes and selling yarn. After that, I worked as a web designer for several teachers in the school district, while volunteering with the school and chairing several committees.

8. Name those you are tagging for #OSB:

Janine, Stacia, Emily, Terrye, Kate