Jul 25

30 Week Challenge: Week 17 – A Photo of Your Family

This week’s challenge is to post a current photo of your family. The most current photo I have was taken at my father’s retirement party, which was held in February of this year. 


From L to R: me, mom, dad, brother, and soon to be sister-in-law

This September is my brother’s wedding, so I’m hoping we get to take a really nice portrait of us all.


Jul 18

30 Week Challenge: Week 16 – Favorite Food

My yummy candy stash.

My yummy candy stash.

When it comes to the topic of food, I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with it. Growing up I was a fairly picky eater because of taste and texture. As an adult, my limited diet has more to do with digestive disorders rather than just not wanting to eat certain things. See, I have Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), both conditions of the digestive system. And these conditions make eating not fun. I could eat something one day and be fine. The next day, I could be doubled over in pain. Thankfully, my doctors and I seem to have gotten the Crohn’s in check a bit, but the IBS is still running amuck. I eat what I can, when I can and hope for the best. But that’s not really the point of this week’s challenge, is it? Let’s get on to my favorite food. Despite the issues, there are a number of foods that I do love and that don’t seem to trigger an episode. 

Here is a list of my favorite foods:

  • Pizza – I love a good slice of extra cheese pizza. No other toppings needed.
Mario the Baker's Extra Cheese Pizza for the win!

Mario the Baker’s Extra Cheese Pizza for the win!

  • Filet Mignon – cooked medium and served with corn on the cob and a baked potato with lots butter
  • Candy – Fruit flavored candy is one of the few things I can snack on that doesn’t kill my system. Candies like lollipops, Nerds, fruit Mentos, and Jolly Ranchers. But I’m picky about my flavors, I love cherry, strawberry, grape… but despise watermelon and green apple. A plus side to all the candy, is it helps a lot with the constant nauseousness I feel. And it’s a quick pick me up, since I don’t drink anything with caffeine.
  • Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla – As long as it’s simple, just chicken and cheese, I’m a happy camper. I love simple tacos and nachos too. Since I tend to leave off the peppers, salsa, onions, and other things that might be too spicy, I never have an issue.

There you have it, some of the foods I love to eat… and ones that love me back!


Jul 11

30 Week Challenge: Week 15 – Celebrity Crush

It’s Friday, you know what that means! Time for another 30 week challenge! This week’s topic is a fun one, your celebrity crush! It’s also a very easy one for me, because the answer is Tom Hiddleston. 

If you aren’t familiar with Tim Hiddleston, he is a British actor best known for his role as Loki in Thor, Thor: The Dark World, and The Avengers. But he is so much more than Loki.  He’s a brilliant Shakespearian actor, wonderful with his fans, and he can bust a move! Here are some of the reason’s why he is awesome:



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Matt Smith and David Tennant © BBC America

Matt Smith and David Tennant

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Ian Somerhalder

Besides Hiddleston, I also have a small thing for David Tennant, known for his work as the 10th Doctor on Doctor Who, and Matt Smith, best know for playing the 11th Doctor.  And if you noticed a pattern, your right, I adore actors from the United Kingdom. Something about their accents, their looks, their talent that really catches my eye. As for Americans, only one person comes to mind and that’s Ian Somerhalder from Lost and The Vampire Diaries. His eyes alone could make a woman swoon. And bonus, he’s a cat person!

If you can’t tell, I like my men tall with dark hair and an accent. Who is your celebrity crush?


Jun 06

30 Week Challenge: Week 10 – A Photo of You Taken Over Ten Years Ago

It’s Friday, time for another challenge! This week’s topic is a photo of you 10 years ago. The photo I chose was taken on October 31st, 2004. It was during a mother and daughter trip to Walt Disney World. The photo also represents the calm before a very bad turn my life took.

Me Stitch 2004

In September of 2004, I took a new position with the company I was working. This new job required me to relocate to Maryland for training and head to North Carolina as my final stop. The move and start of my training was good, things were looking very promising. Come October, things started to sour. This Disney trip was a much need break from a situation that kept getting worse and worse. Mom and I had a blast, got to experience a lot of fun things, and just enjoyed hanging out together.

When I returned to Maryland, I was not welcomed back with open arms. Instead, I was greeted by a kidney stone or ruptured cyst, which I was told I had to work instead of letting myself heal. I also learned I would not be allowed to go home for Thanksgiving weekend. Having to work that weekend meant I could not spend Thanksgiving with my family like I wanted to. I did manage to see them, but it required driving 8 hours in one day to do so. From that point on, I knew this job was not anything it was promised to be and I had a feeling my days were numbered.

Come December, I found myself laid-off, carless (it was a company car), the owner of a new kitten, and stuck in a state 4 hours away from my family. Thankfully, my mom was between jobs, so she stayed with me for a few days. From there we headed back to Connecticut, kitten in tow, to spend Christmas. Come the New Year, I was back in Maryland with my mother’s car and found myself trying to find a job. Having no luck on the job front, once my apartment lease was up, I headed home in April 2005.And it would be a very long time until I climb myself out of a the hole.

But, I always have this photo, and the rest of the trip’s photos, to remind me of some very fun times before life took a turn downward.


May 30

30 Week Challenge: Week 9 – Pet Peeves

According to Wikipedia:  

A pet peeve or pet hate is a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to themselves, to a greater degree than others may find it.

Some of these are definitely pet peeves, but others might be considered more OCD triggers or other kinds of issues.

  • People that write Dr. Who instead of Doctor Who. The character is not a doctor and his name isn’t Who. His name is the Doctor.
  • Whistling. It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me.
  • The Oxford Comma

    © Eric Edelman

    I’m a huge fan of the Oxford comma. Sentences without it make me twitchy.

  • Could care less. It’s couldn’t care less! If you could care less, that means you can care some more!
  • People talking loudly in waiting rooms and people listing to the radio or TV too loudly. And chewing loudly, talking on the phone loudly, and just plain breathing loudly. I think I just have a problem with noise. I get downright angry when things are too loud. 
  • Broken, ripped, or stained things. Not all things bother me, but I can’t wear clothes that have a hole or a stain. When it comes to my storage items like binders and bins, if there is a crack or a rip, I can’t bring myself to use them. There are somethings I don’t mind though if they aren’t perfect, like toys or craft supplies, because I can work with them to make them perfect.
  • People that touch my food without washing their hands, and I don’t mean normal hand washing, I mean don’t wash their hands every time they touch their face or the dish cloth or the door to the trash. You touch the smallest non-food related item and I want you to wash your hands before you come near my food or dish or silverware.

These are just the major peeves I have. A lot of other things that also make me twitchy, there are just too many to list.


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