Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Easy As 1-2-3

It has been kind of an embarrassingly long time since I've posted. If I'm being completely honest, my life hasn't been terribly exciting. I really haven't gone anywhere except work, church, home, and a camper show--which is not exciting. The most exciting news I have to share with you is that I've started Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. It's been 3 day and I already feel shredded...if shredded means I can't move.

I got this little ditty from Angi and thought I'd share. Here are my ABC's.

ABC's of Me

[A] Age: 23

[B] Bed size: I sleep on a queen sized bed, and dream of owning king.

[C] Chore you hate: Laundry. Oh my GOSH I hate laundry. Everything from hauling it down stairs, paying the stupid machines, folding it, and putting it away. Laundry sucks.

[D] Dogs: I like dogs, but I'd never want to have my own.

[E] Essential start to your day: Shutting off an alarm or two. I set three alarms every morning. I shut the first two off without fail. Now I'm afraid to set less than three.

[F] Favorite color: Green, red, and purple. Not together. I just can't choose.

[G] Gold or silver: Silver. Or rose gold. Yellow gold ain't my thang.

[H] Height: 5'2 and a half.

[I] Instruments you play: Piano and organ. I have been saying "I'm trying to teach myself guitar" for almost a year now. But I haven't taught myself much.

[J] Job title: Preschool teacher. 2-3 year old teacher, to be precise.

[K] Kids: None right now. Eventually two, maybe three. Every time we have serious discussions about having kids I freak out.

[L] Live: Wisconsin. I have nothing special to say about it. Packers, cheese, beer.

[M] Married: Yes. For about 8 months now.

[N] Nicknames:  Most people call me Steph, which I guess is a nickname. Since I was little my dad's family has called me Weeble. Yes, like the toy. All of my birthday cards are still addressed "Weeb". 

[O] Overnight hospital stays: None that I can remember. Since I think that's something I would remember, I'm gonna say none. 

[P] Pet peeve: I could go on and on. Maybe that makes me a bad person. Bad grammar, loud crunching while eating, silverware scraping on plates, etc.

[Q] Quote: "Stay gold, Ponyboy". I don't know. I really like that book and that's the first thing that popped into my head.

[R] Righty or Lefty: Righty. I'm one of those people who can't even comprehend holding a pencil correctly in my left hand.

[S] Siblings: I am an only child. I guess my parents just got it right the first time. :-p

[T] Time you wake up: My alarms are 5:40, 5:45, and 5:50

[U] University attended: Martin Luther College.

[V] Vegetables you dislike: Onions. I don't mind them if they're cooked in something, but I'd just rather not be around them at all.

[W] What makes you run late: My obssesive need to check and recheck that the lights, curling iron, stove, keurig, everything else in my apartment...is off. And that the door is locked.

[X] X-rays you've had: My teeth, of course. And also my ankle. 
[Y] Yummy food: Chinese. Or mashed potatoes and gravy.

[Z] Zoo animal favorite: Red pandas. Oh. My. CUTE!

xo Steph

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sunday Social; Love and Updates

You guys, I have not written, read, or opened a blog all week. This past week knocked me on my butt, big time. Before I left for work Monday morning my best friend called me with news that her dad passed away. It breaks my heart that I couldn't be there for the funeral. At school I sent three kids home sick over the course of the week and am fighting it off myself. I had a grand Valentine's Day plan to surprise J with, but it didn't turn out at all like I had hoped. 

I've decided my debut back into the blogging world would be Sunday Social, so here it is.

Sunday Social 
1. What is the best Valentine's Day you've ever had?
Despite the hot mess that it started out to be, I would have to say this year. I typed out a huge answer to this question telling you all about it. Then I realized a question below asks what I did this year. Just be patient.

2. What is the worst Valentine's Day you've ever had?
Last year; in Florida. Justin sent me a really sweet package of wonderful gifts, but I would have much preferred to be with him. 
3. What did you do for Valentine's this year?
 I had the afternoon off and was able to keep it a secret from J until I found out about Tiff's dad. Even though it wasn't a surprise, I was able to clean up the house, get a little dressed up and start dinner before J got home. We finished cooking together, ate dinner, and agreed that we would keep our phones and computers off for the night. We just relaxed and spent some time together. It was fantastic.
4. What is your best Valentine's idea if you're single?
I'm taking this to mean what to do on Valentine's if you aren't in a relationship. I think that Valentine's day is more about showing love to people you care about than about romance. Even if you don't have a significant other, you can still spend time with someone who is important to you and let them know what they mean to you.

5. What is your favorite Valentine's candy?
I don't really have a favorite. But I absolutely hate candy conversation hearts. I think they are disgusting and the sayings are stupid. 
6. Favorite Valentine's memory from your childhood?
When I was younger my grandma used to buy all of the grand kids Valentine's socks. I looked forward to them every February. 
That's all, Valentines. I hope you had a great week, and I look forward to being back to blogging! 
xo Steph 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday Social 2/10

Before I start being social this Sunday, I want to share that tomorrow I will be guest posting on the fabulous Katie's blog. She is having a series of guest-posters while she is away kicking butt at Basic Training and I am honored to be part of her blog! Be sure to check it out. Now on to a Sunday Social about my awkward school-age years.
Sunday Social

1. What was your first car?
My first car was a 1993 Buick LeSabre. Burgundy, with cushy cloth seats and no air conditioning. It was a freaking boat. I loved that car.
2. Who was your favorite childhood teacher?
My favorite childhood teacher was Mrs. S. She came to our school when I was in 7th grade. I had her for 7th-8th. When I went to high school, I had her husband two out of four years, and as coach. After graduation I worked for her in my high school's business office. She was like my Feeny.

3. Were you involved in any sports/extracurricular activities? Share pictures if you can!
In grade school I tried basketball, softball, volleyball, and cheerleading. I don't have pictures of this because they are memories I try to block out. I am not, nor will I ever be a sporty athletic person.
In high school I didn't get involved in much. I did traveling choir for the two years it was available to me. I was also equipment manager/water girl/bandaid carrier/ankle taper for the football team all four years.
Senior girls of choir, and seniors after the last football game.

  4. What was your favorite birthday party?
I never really had big birthday parties. Most often my grandparents would come over, we would have cake, and they would leave. For one birthday I had my first sleepover; we watched scary movies because we thought it was the cool thing to do. I didn't sleep all night.
My 18th birthday was the day of my graduation party. 
 My 21st birthday I was recovering from jet lag having just come back from England the night before.
My 23rd birthday was pretty great; I was freshly married--the day before--and heading off on my honeymoon.

5. Who was your teen celebrity crush?
Ok, I loved AJ McLean. I was a Backstreet girl through and through. But that was a little bit before my teen years. 
During my actual teenage years it was Clay Aiken. Yes, the scrawny southern boy from American Idol; not an Idol winner, but the runner up. Oh, mercy. This guy's voice made me weak in the knees. Over the course of my teenage years I saw him in concert...five...times.
6. What show/movie did your parents not allow you to watch?
I wasn't allowed to watch Ren & Stimpy. Or MTV. In hindsight, this was pretty smart on my parents' part.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Zumba & Thoughts

In a somewhat desperate attempt to get back into an exercise routine, I went to Zumba last night. Let me set the stage. 

There is a group at our church that gets together to do Zumba on Monday nights. This group was made up of women old enough to be my grandma, all the way down to a couple of 7 year old kids there with their moms. I chose a spot in the back, next to my pastor's wife. By the door. 

It didn't take long before my burning thighs were reminding me how out of shape I was. I'm also one of the least coordinated people in the world, so all of this hip-moving salsa business had me a little intimidated. I was standing near one woman though, who apparently was a Zumba pro. She donned a neon yellow spandex-y top and some rockin' baggy black sweats. This woman's jumping, jiving, and gyrating put everyone else in that gym to shame. I know this woman was channeling her inner diva.

However, I'm sure my dancing looked more like this.

Today I took my students sledding. On a "mountain" behind school. Of course I don't have snow pants so it didn't take long before my buns were frozen. They had a blast.

It was also pizza day at school. And one of the kids pooped on the toilet for the first time. That's a big deal, ok? Hearing "Miss Tephie, poopy on potty! Poopy on potty!" pretty much made my day.

To top it all off, Justin had a delicious dinner cooking when I walked in the door. It was a pretty awesome day. Now I'm off to enjoy this pasta deliciousness that my husband prepared. Good night.

xo Steph

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Sunday Social 2/3

Sunday Social
  Here I am again for Sunday Social! This week's questions are all about 2's.
1. If you were stuck on an island what are the two material items you would want to have?
Depends how "stuck" I am...
A phone and a boat? Or sunscreen and magazines? 
2. What are two TV shows you'd watch over and over?
I don't know if this is good or bad. But we really do watch shows over and over. When there's nothing on tv we go back through seasons of How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang Theory.

3. If your house was on fire, what two things aside from family, pets, etc would you grab?
My box of yarn/projects, and our wedding album.

4. What are your two most favorite articles of clothing?
Yoga pants. 
And this dress.

5. What two movies that you saw in the past year would you recommend to us?
I haven't watched a lot of new movies lately. Pitch Perfect for sure. Yesterday I watched Trouble With the Curve; that was pretty good. You know what I do not recommend? Ted. I was pretty excited about watching this, but it was incredibly vulgar, raunchy, and stupid.

6. What are your two biggest guilty pleasures?
 And of course...Honey BooBoo.
Who's excited for the Superbowl? I sure am!! Ok. I'm excited for Beyonce. And commercials. And party food. Our friends Newlin and Emily who are hosting the party are awesome cooks. J is making cheese straws and I am making wontons! Whatever your plans are; Superbowl or not, have a wonderful Sunday!
xo Steph

Friday, February 1, 2013

Mac-don's and a Name Change

I need to preface this post by telling you I went to McDonald's for lunch today. Some more background information: I went once last week as well. I'll tell you it's because I wanted to get out of the building on my lunch break and enjoy some free wi-fi. It's really because I don't give myself enough time to pack a lunch in the morning.

I was...blessed...to have the same lovely woman take my order both times. At this particular establishment apparently it is a policy that they write the customer's name on the receipt so that the orders of roughly five people the entire restaurant don't get mixed up. 

To ensure the security of my chicken nuggets, I gave the woman my name. Stephanie. She stared at me blankly. I said again "Stephanie".  

She scrambled around a few minutes for a pencil and began to write. She got as far as S before she asked "Stephie. Is that S-P...or S-T??"  

Oh. This stranger did not just call me Stephie...er...Spephie? "It's S-T". She continues to write. Once she got through Steph I should have stopped her. I don't know what I was thinking. But I watched as she wrote. Then erased. And wrote some more. Erased one more time. The finished product read: S-T-E-P-H-I-N-E. 

She looked up at me and smiled. "Right?" "Close enough". "It's a A at the end huh. I knew it". Before I could respond she changes my name to Stephina, slides me some fries, and sends me on my way. 
Maybe it's my accidental side-pony that made me look like a Stephina.
So today I go back. The place is dead hopping as usual and homegirl offers to take my order. I give her my name again, thinking at this point we should be on a first-name basis. She had her pen behind her ear this time; obviously gunning for employee of the month. 

She writes S on my receipt. "Is it a P or a T?"

"It's a T"
My name actually gets misspelled pretty often, believe it or not.This particular variation is beginning to grow on me. Perhaps I'll make the change permanent to make it easier on the general public.

xo Stephina