Sunday, November 25, 2012

Passions

Breathe in breathe out, you keep me alive. You are the fire burning inside of me . You are my passion for life.


Anybody else remember this soap opera? During middle school my neighbor and I would record this and watch it when we got home from school. Obviously it didn't last long as this was a pretty short-lived soap opera and we got over it pretty fast. 

This post is not about Passions at all. It's about my next "Thirty Things" task, which is to name five things I'm passionate about. *Sigh of relief from readers*

1. My faith. I live and breathe by the grace of Jesus Christ and without him I would be nothing. A lot of the things I believe are unpopular and have caused many an argument between my family/friends and I. I am not about to force my beliefs on anyone, just know that I will not change them for anything or anyone.

2. Family. Especially now that I'm grown and away from home I am realizing how important it is to keep in touch with my family and cherish any time that I can spend with them. 

3. Music. To me, music is the single greatest expression and release of emotions that there is. If I could choose one talent to have, it would be the ability to write music. 

4.  Education. I kind of have to say that because I'm a teacher, right? Seriously though, these days I feel like the only place some kids can get the stability and structure they need is at school. 

5. Blogging. Does that sound silly? I guess I just mean that it's really important to me to have a place to let out all of the thoughts that bump around in my head making me crazy. 

J has been so gracious as to let me borrow his laptop for a little while, but he's starting to get restless so I'd better give it back. Good night!

xo Steph

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sunday Social Quatro Style

A Complete Waste of Makeup



Sunday already?! Did you all have a great Thanksgiving? My break was filled with lots of cooking, eating, shopping, decorating, and believe it or not, relaxing. Our tree is up, our apartment is festive, and (some of) our Christmas gifts are bought! My computer is still having tantrums so today's Sunday Social is once again brought to you by my iPad!

All of the questions this week are all about the number 4. Here goes.

Four jobs I have had:
Grocery store checkout girl (for two years. I actually enjoyed this job a lot. The people I worked with were great!), I worked in the business office of my high school for a summer(...not sure what to call that job), for 3/4 of my college years I was a dorm janitor (glamorous...I know), and now I teach preschool! 

Four movies I could watch over and over:
Just Friends...this is my all-time favorite movie and I have watched it sooo many times! How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, Step Brothers, and School of Rock! 

Four places I have lived:
Michigan (born and raised), Minnesota for college, Florida, and now Wisconsin! 

Four favorite foods:
Ice cream will always be my number one. Followed by potatoes (prepared in any form...mashed, fried, baked, whatever), macaroni and cheese, and shrimp.

Four things I always carry with me:
My cell phone, hand sanitizer because I am a germ-a-phobe, Chapstick (specifically e.o.s in melon!), and after the lost key fiasco I don't let my massive keychain out of my sight. 

Four places I have been on vacation:
London and northern England (I took this trip in college and it was the best time of my life), New 
York City (this was a spur of the moment trip with my Florida roommates to visit one's dad), Tennessee (a most memorable occasion; my mom, my grandpa and I went to see the Grand Ole Opry), and of course living in Michigan most of my vacations were "up north", generally meaning somewhere in the vicinity of one of the Great Lakes. 

That's all! I'm hoping to get my next "thirty things" post up tonight, and I have an AWESOME pie recipe coming your way. Hopefully I will have a computer to post on in the next few days. J is convinced he can fix whatever is wrong so keep your fingers crossed! 

xo Steph


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Computer Crash and Catch Up

Guess what, friends?! This is my 100th post! It's pretty cool to think back on the beginning of my blog and how much it has changed. My blog started as, and still is, a place to get my thoughts and ideas out but over the course of a few months my photos have improved (I think), I have learned a crap ton about HTML and layouts and such while tweaking my layout, and have made some awesome friends along the way! Thank you for reading! 

Next order of business: My computer. It seems to be experiencing some difficulties. In other words I have been forced to do all of my blog reading and lack of writing from my miniature iPad. Yippee. Posting will probably be scarce- not to mention brief and packed with typos -until that gets figured out. 

Finally, next up in the thirty things prompt is my dream job. I am going to be completely honest and say I'm not sure what it is yet. I love teaching and I have a great job but I don't know if it's the one thing I want to be doing for the rest of my working years. When J and I have kids I know I want to do the stay home mom thing for a little while. What will happen after that? Until I can find a way to make a living off of reading/writing blogs and doing crossword puzzles, it remains a mystery. 

May the blogs be ever in your favor. 
xo Steph 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

It's the Hardest thing I'll Ever Have To Do

The prompt for today is the hardest thing I've had to experience in my life. I want to preface this by saying I have been incredibly blessed to not have had to endure any terrible tragedies and I know there are many people who have things worse than I do. That being said, here it is.

The hardest thing I have experienced in my life so far was my first year of teaching. My college graduation was a pretty bittersweet day to be honest. I went to a WELS college and the way it works at graduation you typically go up for a call, meaning based on your strengths and the needs of the congregation/school a call is extended to you and you are placed in a teaching position.

Imagine my disappointment when I was not called anywhere. It turned out that the school where one of my good friends received a call to had an opening for a  preschool co-teacher, so on an impulsive whim I applied for it, and offered the job. Living with a friend, in Florida, co-teaching preschool...what could be better?

Four days after graduation I got engaged and another acquaintance from school had taken a position at the school and the three of us were going to live together. 

By October, I had moved out of our apartment and lost a pretty good friend. The job turned out to be nothing like I expected, and I was trying to plan a wedding from 1000 miles away. I was sad all the time. I was stressing over my job, trying too hard to please people, and worrying about my wedding so much that at one point I made myself physically sick. 

I had to pick and choose which vacations were worth the money to fly home, otherwise I sat in my apartment alone. And the times I was able to make the trip I had to decide between going to see J or going to see my family. J's and my schedules never seemed to line up and trying to get time to talk or
 Skype just made things harder and we argued a lot. 

I hated not being able to plan my wedding with my mom or my friends or most importantly my fiancĂ©! I had to do everything via proxy and email pictures. I hated not seeing J for months at a time during our year engagement. I couldn't tell you how many times I sat in airports trying to hide my crying snotty sniffly face because I just did not want to go back after I had visited home. 

I am thankful for my experience in Florida and know that I learned a lot, but it was a really hard year for me. If you finished reading this post, bless you. This was not meant to be a pity party. Back to happy posts tomorrow!

xo Steph

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Broiler Nachos and Bloody Marys

That's what's up in this household tonight. Our refrigerator was at that point where pretty much everything was *almost* empty, so we used up whatever we could and ended up with hamburger, refried beans, and sour cream nachos. Paired with my favorite beverage ever bloody marys.

Today's task is five things that make me the most happy right now. Like...

1. My church family. I was nervous about finding a new church when we moved here because I loved my old one so much. But our new church, pastors, and friends are all really welcoming and encouraging.

2. Of course, J. I'm not going to go into a bunch of mushy details but he makes me the happiest girl in the world. :)

3. Let's be real, my blog. It may not be the deepest, most exciting content but blogging it something I honestly look forward to doing everyday. I love to end my evenings sharing bits of my life with you and catching up on all of the happenings in your lives.

4. Chats with friends. I just got off the phone with my bestie a little while ago. I'm not much of a phone person but with her we always end up spending at least an hour chatting.

5. My iPad! I think my laptop is on its last leg. It's incredibly frustrating but I'm so happy to have this little device so I can touch-screen this post!

It took a lot of willpower to not include this Bloody Mary in my list of happinesses. I'm pretty delighted about it. You know what else is delightful? Bedtime. Good night, friends!

Xo Steph

Monday, November 12, 2012

Dear 16 Year Old Me...

If you haven't guessed from the title, today is about things I would tell my 16 year old self. Here are ten.

Dear 16 year old Steph.....

 Put. The soda. Down. You are creating quite the pop-belly that will come back to haunt you as you work your ass off for that wedding dress. 

Yeah, I said wedding dress. Stop painting your nails black and writing little sad journals about being single. You and the man of your dreams had a beautiful wedding. He's worth the wait.

Speaking of guys, the one you took to Sadie Hawkins...the one you daydream about in algebra class? Gay.

Seven years later, Tiffany is still your best friend. You don't see each other often but every time you talk it's like no time has passed. 

Practice driving more. Maybe you wouldn't be such a whimp on the road. And wouldn't have failed your driving test. Twice.

You should have done more theater. By the time you realized you enjoyed it, you were a junior in college and time was limited.

Mom and dad are right. Always.

Latin elective? Really? What were you thinking?

As much as you think it sucks not being one of the "cool" kids, be glad. You have amazing friends and have done pretty well for yourself.

That beach where you were afraid to step into the ocean on choir tour? You end up living there. And teaching preschool. Not quite what you expected, eh? 

 

This was easier than I thought it was going to be. I guess I had a lot to say to my 16 year old self. Fun years, but I don't think I'd want to relive them. Were your high school years the best of your life?
xo Steph

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Number Three

I'm already off by a day in this 30-day thing. So now we're on task number three. My relationship with my parents.

First off, no one in my family likes having their picture taken. Even Bailey. But these are my parents.

When it comes to mannerisms and personality, I am a carbon copy of my father. Our relationship has never been a mushy, sentimental one. We are both pretty shy, reserved and it freaks the hell out of us to be in front of people. Our conversations mostly consist of wise cracks and stupid jokes. I get a lot of my music appreciation from my dad and that's something we bond over. We used to play this game in the car where we would listen to just a few seconds of a song and see who could guess the song first. My mom was a sore loser.

My mom was pretty young when I was born and I'm an only child. Of course we fight sometimes, like every mother/daughter pair. We're both very stubborn and don't like to admit when we're wrong.  But I am a mama's girl for sure. My dad worked a lot of night shifts when I was young so my mom and I spent a lot of time together. My mom and I used to talk about just about everything, and still do. I remember my first big breakup-I was 19 and spending time with my parents over a summer vacation. I got dumped over the phone in the middle of the night- my mom was awake, and sat up on the couch with me just listening to me be upset for most of the night.

I love my parents to the moon and back. They are two of the most hardworking, awesome people I know. I haven't lived near them in several years and don't get to see them much apart from holidays and vacations; I miss them every day!

I was going to make this into a combo 30-day/Sunday social but this turned out a little longer than I expected so I won't put you through that :-) Happy Sunday!
xo Steph

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Once Upon A Preschool...

Since my brain is too fried to compose the epic tale that was my day, here's a quick recap.

Left early to hit Starbucks. No line; 15 minutes early for work.
 Raced eight of my students on the play yard; most exercise I've had in months.
 Cleaned up a pee accident.
Spelled the letter J with jelly beans. Then ate some because I forgot lunch.
Cleaned up a poop (on the bathroom floor) accident. I'm not ready to talk about this.
Parent/teacher meeting.
Lead teacher meeting. Well, half of it. Had to run out halfway through.
Race to church. 
Meet with soloist who has not looked at music at all
Play for church.
Back to school to finish up work.
Home by 10. 
Funny Workplace Ecard: I'm starting to feel sick tomorrow. 
Day two of the 30 day prompt is to name three fears and how they became fears.

1-I'm afraid of flying. I love traveling and I love airports, but the first few times I flew it made me so sick. I take dramamine now when I fly but I still get paranoid I'm going to get sick (it has happened). So paranoid that I hoard sick bags that I find in the back of my seat so I have one for the next flight, just in case. What. A. Freak.

2-I don't think there's really a story to how this became a fear, but I'm scared of spiders. I hate them. One time when I had guts I squished one with a tissue. Then triumphantly opened the tissue to gloat in that arachnid's flattened face and the biotch was still alive. I dropped that sucker like it was hot and threw a book on top of it. Then went to find someone brave to finish the job.

3-I'm a little bit afraid of the dark. It just seems that whenever the lights go out my brain says "HEY! Remember every horror movie you ever watched? Let's replay them". 


That's all for today. It's almost midnight, but tomorrow is Friday AND a short work day for this girl. Praise the Lord!
xo Steph


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Day 1 and Stuff

The first task is 20 random facts about myself. Here we go.

1. I am a natural red head and have never dyed my hair.
2. I hate onions when they are raw and crunchy, but I love French Onion soup and Bloomin' Onions from Outback.
3. I really don't like wearing shoes. I would rather be barefoot or in flip flops/slippers all the time.
4. One time I met Ben Folds by accident.
5. I am an only child. When I was younger I got very upset that because I had no siblings, my children would never have cousins. 
6. I am incredibly repulsed by public bathrooms. No matter where or how nice. I refuse to let my tushie touch those seats.
7. I went through a huge phase where I needed to have the tv on to sleep. Sometimes I still do; this is awful.
8. Lucille Ball is one of my heroes. Growing up, my favorite tv show was I Love Lucy.
9. I am approximately a foot shorter than my husband. 
10. I wash my hands compulsively. Resulting in ridiculously dry, cracked, irritated skin.
11. I love trashy "reality" tv...Teen Mom, Honey Boo-Boo, Breaking Amish...etc.
12. I'm still  not entirely sure what I want to do with my life.
13. I really don't like the feeling of having my hair down and it touching the back of my neck.
14. Bloody Marys are my absolute favorite beverage. I would drink one at any time of the day.
15. I have never broken a bone, nor have I had a cavity. 
16. I have however had two mouth surgeries, braces two separate times, and have a permanent lower retainer.
17. Right before my senior year of college my dad and I went and got tattoos together; his is a barbed wire/American flag armband, mine is the music to the first phrase of "In Christ Alone".
18. I love to crochet.
19. When I'm at home, 90% of the time I am wearing a paint-stained pair of sweatpants emblazoned with the name of my freshman college dormitory down the side.
20. My favorite food is ice cream. 

Well that's that. Rattling off 20 random facts about myself was actually kind of tricky. It took almost my whole teeth-whitening half hour. Speaking of teeth-whitening, J is popping popcorn while I sit here with plastic drool strips in my mouth. Jerk. 

Oh! I have to ask. What do you think of the new layout? Now that I'm over the urge to punt my computer off a bridge, I'm quite fond of it.

One day closer to Friday, and only two weeks until a 4 day weekend at Thanksgiving! Press on, folks.
xo Steph

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thirty Things

I found this little prompt on the lovely Jenna's page and thought it was a cool idea. Every day for 30 days you go through this list and answer one of the questions/topics.This is great for someone like me who gets frequent blogger's block. Maybe it will help me be a little more consistent. One can hope.


1. List 20 random facts about yourself.
2. Describe 3 legitimate fears you have and explain how they became fears.

3. Describe your relationship with your parents.
4. List 10 things you would tell your 16 year-old self, if you could.

5. What are the 5 things that make you most happy right now?
6. What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?

7. What is your dream job, and why?
8. What are 5 passions you have?

9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
10. Describe your most embarrasing moment.

11. Describe 10 pet peeves you have.
12. Describe a typical day in your current life.

13. Describe 5 weaknesses you have.
14. Describe 5 strengths you have.

15. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
16. What are your 5 greatest accomplishments?

17. What is the thing you most wish you were great at?
18. What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?

19. If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
21. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and what would you do with it first?
22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
23. List your top 5 hobbies and why you love them.
24. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood vs. your family dynamic now.
25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?

28. What is your love language?
29. What do you think people misundertand most about you?
30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.


Well, that's what I'm up to. That and watching Big Bang Theory reruns. With wine.
 My Mother Had Me Tasted
 xo Steph

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday Social Savings Time

Sunday Social

What is currently on your wish list? I would really really love to have a house. Not an apartment, but a house. Someplace I can paint and hang things on the wall and have a puppy. Too much for the wish list? I'd settle for a new wardrobe.

Share a new iphone, droid, ipad app you have recently discovered that we all need
I honestly had this huge paragraph typed out about not having any of these things and being app-less. Then yesterday I bought an iPad. I'm still learning everything but so far my favorite app is Draw Something. I could did spend hours playing that game. (My username is liepertsm if anyone feels so obliged...)
 
 What is a new Fall TV show you have added to your DVR?
Hart of Dixie. I have mad love for this show. Obviously Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother are on the DVR but those are not new  or recently discovered. :)

 
Share your Social Media links for us to follow you on(pinterest, twitter, facebook, etc) Tell us which is your favorite and why
FacebookPinterestTwitter. Pinterest is my favorite. Does this need an explanation? Everything is on pinterest. It makes me feel crafty and ambitious. I enjoy Facebook for keeping in touch with my long distance family and friends. I am still kind of figuring out twitter.
 
What is a TV series or Movie or Song you could listen to or watch over and over and over and never get tired of…feel free to name one of each
 TV series is definitely Big Bang Theory. I almost always choose reruns over whatever else is on tv. 
Movie would have to be Just Friends. In fact, I just watched it yesterday. Cracks me up every time!
Song is a tough choice. But the one that has never failed me is Breathe In Breathe Out by Mat Kearney. I am a sucker for all of his music but this is my all-time fave.

I hope you're all having a splendid weekend! 7 more weeks until Christmas vacation!

Xo Steph



Saturday, November 3, 2012

Pearly Whites

I received my first box from influenster! If you're not familiar, influenster is described on its website as

"... a place for culture junkies to come together and share their unique opinions of products and experiences..."

Anyway, they sent me a box of Crest 3D White strips! 
I've only been using them for two days so I obviously can't give a full review but I wanted to give my original impression. 



 See where it says "Advanced Seal no slip technology"? They're not lying. You have to hold it on your teeth for a few seconds when you apply it, but after that these suckers aren't moving. They're meant to be lined up with your gum line and folded around your teeth; I have a permanent retainer on my bottom teeth so I don't fold that one over. 

They feel kind of weird on. The first time I wore them I slobbered all over for fear that if I swallowed I would inhale and choke on one of the strips. Attractive. I know. I had a little bit of tooth sensitivity the first time I wore them, but it is a pretty intense formulation and it hasn't happened since then. 

Taking them off is kind of disgusting, to be honest. Since they're so sticky it takes a minute to get a loose corner to pull off. The combination of tooth gel and spit makes for a good old slimy time. 

They run about $45-$50 in places like Target, WalMart, and Walgreens. I guess compared to getting your teeth professionally whitened that's nothing, but I still feel like it's a lot to spend. I'll let you know in a few days if I feel it's worth the splurge! 

xo Steph
  
 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Is It Really?

This is the second week in a row I didn't realize it was Thursday. Is that ok? I don't know. Once again, here's what is.
Its Ok Thursdays
  • That I am having diet coke and potato chips for breakfast because I'm sick of cereal.
  • That I have at least 3 crochet projects started right now but am not really close to finishing any of them.
  • That I walked around Target for almost an hour with a sweater and a pair of shoes in my hand, but didn't buy them.
  • To laugh out loud at an episode of Golden Girls. Definitely just happened.
  • That I still get nervous every time I play organ for church.

That's all for today, lovelies. Am I ready for a bunch of toddlers all hopped up on halloween candy? No way Of course! Hang in there, pals. It's almost Friday. Let me know what's ok with you this week! 

xo Steph