Thursday, October 23, 2014

W is for...Woo-woo free

Day 23. Favorite instagram editing apps/ or editing tools for your blog

UUUggghhh..I thought about skipping today. I don't get all fancy woo-woo with my photo posting. I use whatever Instagram provides for editing and it seems to work pretty well. I don't have a favorite, really. It just depends on the photo I'm it outside or inside? Bright or dim? Is there a lot of color? Most of the little editing I do is to try and enhance the photo. Sometimes I don't use any editing.

But, with all that being said, there are a couple of Instagram filters that I default to...

X-Pro II

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

V is for...Very Annoying

Day 22. Your Pet Peeves

There are a lot of things that annoy me. But, within that long list, there are things that mildly annoy me and things that make my eye twitch. Things that are mildly annoying, I usually get over the annoyance in a hot sec.

For example...

1. Duke making old man wet mouth the middle of the night. Dude, really...STOP LICKING YOUR LIPS.

2. People talking on their cell phones in public restrooms.

3. My dogs nails going clickty-clackety on the hard wood the middle of the damn night.

4. Harley meowing forlornly from under the guest bedroom when what she really wants is attention. If you want to be petted you are going to have to come out and be around the rest of the family, Wednesday Addams Jr.

5. The cats tossing their food outside of their dishes. Seriously, my cats are the messiest eaters ever.

6. Stepping barefoot in water slobber spots around the water bowl.

7. My mom and sister calling my cell phone and then my house phone and then sending a text...and then sending out a 911 search party.

8. The dogs having to get up and follow us around..even if we are coming right back to the same room.

9. People who post thinks on social media just for attention {ggguuuiilllttyyyy}

10. People who call me and when I try to call them right back they don't answer.

11. Screaming children in public places (I love kids and I'm very sympathetic to parents..but its still annoying)

But there are only a few things that I would consider true pet peeves. Things that annoy me so bad that I may or may not fantasize about murder.

1. People who do not pay attention to me when I am talking to them. Now, if we are together and there is a lull in the conversation then by all means...check your phone. I'm ok with that. But if I am actively in the middle of speaking to your face you better be making some serious eye contact with me. And if, while I am speaking, you interrupt our conversation I expect you to give me a signal that you are ready for me to get back to my unfinished thought.

Honestly, nothing annoys me more than to be stopped in the middle of a sentence and then that person doesn't bother to even come back around to what I was saying. It makes me feel very under-valued and I was wasting my time (and as an introvert, that shit sucks).

2. People who make mouth noises when they eat. I didn't even realize this was a pet peeve until I sat next to someone at work who always ate lunch at their desk. The noises they would make had me clinching my teeth. I tried to covertly record it once, because I wanted the husband to hear what was making me so crazy, but you couldn't hear anything over the normal office noises. It was actually very similar to Duke's wet mouth noises. I guess I can forgive him quicker because A: He's a freakin' DOG and B: I love him.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

U is for...USA to UK

Day 21. Dream Vacation 

In the past, when I thought of dream vacations I thought of beaches. Some fancy pants resort "right on the beach", "all-inclusive", with the ocean-side canopied beds or hammocks. But I've been to the beach...and it's nice...but not what I day dream about.

I dream about rolling hills of green and breath-taking cliffs that drop off into swirling waters. I dream about hairy coos and sheep. I dream about sky kissing Gothic churches and lonely castle ruins. I dream about cozy pubs and fishing villages. I dream about bustling cities that have old right next to the new, places that have more age on them than anywhere else I have ever been. I dream about history and legends, folk-lore and magic.

So, with all that being said, my dream vacation would be the UK. I want to see it all, from London to Edinburgh. I don't know how long something like that would take, but however long..that's what I want to do. I want to travel by car and train all over that island, to see and hear and taste it all!

I'm never going to get my dream vacation (not as its written here) but we are working towards possibly making some of it come true. We are saving for and tentatively planning a trip to London next year. Cross your fingers that we can make it happen!

Helene in Between Blogtober

Monday, October 20, 2014

T is for...Terrified

Day 20. Your biggest fear

There are two things that I am very afraid of.


I didn't have the best experience with dental work when I was younger. It had such a lasting effect on me that when I was old enough to make my own decisions I stopped going to the dentist. In my mind, it was never just a teeth cleaning..there was always something wrong that required more extensive work.

So, I didn't see a dentist for nearly 10 years (You read that right). Jeremy's constant dental issues forced us into finding a new dentist. It took a few tries to find the right fit (sad to say, many dentists are super duper into the cosmetic aspect of dental work) but we finally found a great dentist who has a wonderful staff that were sensitive to my dental aversion. My hygienist has been wonderful, she has really helped me overcome a lot of my fear of going in for my bi-yearly cleanings.

And when I found out I had to have my wisdom teeth out last year, she helped talk me out of the crazy tree when I was anxious. I was so afraid at the extraction appointment that I a baby..and couldn't even look at the dental surgeon (who wasn't my normal dentist) while he was trying to make small talk with me to make me more comfortable. He was nice too and knocked me out quick.

I still get a tad nervous getting in the dentist chair (I have an appointment tomorrow) but knowing I'm going to get to see my hygienist and have her chattering away actually gives me something to look forward to.


EEWWW! I know, right. There is just something about them that makes me freak out. I thought I had a normal fear, you know, like everyone else. But one weekend while my sister was in town there was a huge cockroach crawling on my bedroom wall and it was between me and my bedroom door. I had to work up the nerve to army crawl (just about) out of the room to go wake up my sister so SHE could kill it.

Once she stopped laughing at me, I think she realized that I was really, super afraid. I couldn't even go back in the room. So she bravely went in (with my husbands flip flop) and killed it. But she made me clean it up. And I had a hard time even doing that..I'm talking sweeping it into a NEW EMPTY trash bag while I was on the bed and a broom handles length away from it.

I'm getting the heebie jeebies just thinking about it.


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

S is for...Simple

Day 19. What makes you happy

This guy..this guy makes me happy.

My babies make me happy.

Our love cottage makes me happy.

My family makes me happy.


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R is for...Radio Pop

Day 18. Share A Secret About You

I know I'm late with this one. I thought about it all last evening, trying to come up with something to share with y'all.

I even posted about it on Facebook...because I was stalling. And a friend suggested I talk about my love for crap TV or really bad music. The closest thing to crap TV I watch is 'Say Yes to the Dress' and I haven't watched that in a while.

But music...well....there might be something there.

My husband is a huge heavy metal/rock lover. We listen to Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Metallica, Megadeath, Machine Head, Trivium, Volbeat, Stone Sour...etc, etc, etc. He loves good riffs and great song lyrics.

I love all that too. However, the songs that get me grooving are radio pop. I know they are studio manufactured with fluff song lyrics that mean absolutely nothing...but I can't help but sing along and shake my booty. They get stuck in my head! I love Britney Spears, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Maroon 5, The Black Eyed Peas.

Jeremy was helping me edit my play list on my iPod and he noticed that I had a Justin Bieber song on there. He scoffed and said 'It's like I don't even know you anymore'. lol....totally busted.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Q is for...Questioning myself

Day 17. I'm an expert at...

I am the self-doubt queen! I know I come across like I know what the hell I'm doing....but I don't. I second guess myself all.the.time.

I give up.

Change my mind.

Convince myself I'm going to fail.

Decide that my decisions and ideas are stupid.

Thinks no one really likes me.

They're all gonna laugh at you!!!!


*deep breath*

If y'all could hear some of the crazy, asinine conversations I have with myself inside my head. It's a constant battle....with myself. I haven't quite figured out how to end the war, but sometimes I manage temporary peace treaties..and those are really great days.

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