Nov 12, 2013

Random Survey

I will be back in the swing of things this week . . . to start the week off, I'm borrowing this survey idea from Angela. Obviously I know you guys want to know some random things about me!

1. What's the first thing that you do when you wake up?
     Turn off the alarm! 

2. What's the third picture on your phone? Share it!
     As I went to get the third picture off my phone, I quickly realized - what is the third picture? Is it the actual third picture you took on your phone (which for me was about one year and 1069 pictures ago), or is it the third picture in when you are looking at all of your pictures? So I leave you with both:
Cooper my dog, 3rd picture I ever took on my phone. This is also my home screen picture. Luthor my fluffy cat last night on my lap - the flash bugged him so he hopped off right after this picture and I couldn't get another one.

3. What TV shows are you most excited about returning this Fall?
     I'm a sucker for 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly - half hour shows that I can shut down my mind and just laugh. 

4. What is something really popular that you secretly (or not so secretly) loathe?
     Reality TV - these shows generally annoy and bother me. I do, however, like to watch The Biggest Loser.

5. Do you have any pets? Tell us about them. Bonus points for pictures!

     I'm sure if you have read one of my other posts, you would guess that I had a dog. He is my life - Cooper the Cocker Spaniel will be 13 in January. I also have 2 cats, and 2 turtles. 
     The turtles were a gift 9 years ago and they were soooo tiny and cute. Fast forward to 2013 and they are a giant pain in my butt. They each have to have their own HUGE tank (because they fight), and require expensive light bulbs that pop every other week, and require an extensive tank cleaning once a month. I would love to get rid of them, but being the animal lover that I am, I'm afraid they will go somewhere and be neglected. So until I can find somewhere awesome for them to go, I will continue to shell out the money for all of their needs. 
     The two cats started as one. I was lonely in Allentown, PA and dogs weren't allowed in my apartment - not that I would have time for a dog - I was working my first job and almost always working 12 hour days. So, as being a dog person my whole life, I ventured out and got a cat. Best thing I ever did. His name is Kal-El (Superman's Kryptonian name) and he is 7 years old.
One of my co-worker's cats had kittens. She was going to take them to the Humane Society. I snagged him before he went.

     Luthor is my second kitty, and is a super snuggly fluff ball. I got him because once I moved back home, I was never home and I felt bad for Kal-El. So I got Luthor to be his friend. I was told not to get him, because having 2 male cats wouldn't work, but I haven't had any issues. I saw a picture of Luthor on a shelter flyer, and immediately knew he was meant to be mine. 

6. If you could put together one outfit that represents you perfectly, what would it be?
     Jeans, T-shirt, hoodie, and tennis shoes. I'm low maintenance and like to be comfy. 

7. What's you favorite adult beverage?

     An ice cold Bud Select. If I'm at home that would be a Busch Light.

8. What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

     A manicure and pedicure. I LOVE having my nails look nicely done - but just can't justify spending the money. So I do them myself and they look like crap.

9. What are three positive words that describe you?

     Honest, organized, unique (yes unique could be a negative word, but for me it's positive - I like how I'm my own person).

10. What's your favorite Friday afternoon/evening activity?
     Grab a few beers after work at my local bar, grab some kind of terrible food and head home to eat it while sitting on my couch watching some DVR shows.

11. A day in the life: What does your typical day look like?
    Wake-up, work, come home and do some sort of chore, cook dinner, lay on the couch and watch TV, go to bed. Pretty awesome huh?!

12. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?

     I would love to live way up in Michigan (I know - blasphemy from a Buckeye) on the lake. I'm talking like WAY up in the UP. And I wouldn't necessarily need to be on Lake Michigan, but some kind of lake. I would want it to be secluded and peaceful.  

13. You've got a whole day to yourself... what will you do?
     I'm always by myself. . . . but if I could do anything I wanted, I would wear sweats, start a fire, curl up on the couch with my animals and read all day. Unless it's summer - then I would sit out on my patio with my book. But this hardly ever happens - I have too much crap to do all the time.

14. Dream job?
     A stay at home mom with no kids - that exists right?! 
     Honestly, I would like to write and illustrate children's books. 

15. Least favorite chore?
     Folding and putting away the laundry. No problem doing it - big problem getting it back to where it belongs.
Typical Sunday evening laundry baskets that lurk around until next Sunday.

16. When do you feel most like a rock star?
     After I get my hair colored and cut. I always make sure I put in my contacts, and put on makeup and look cute before going, because I know my hair will NEVER look like that again. 

17. What is something you are currently trying to improve within yourself?

     My eating habits - I'm a super picky eater, and once I find something I like, I want to eat that forever. I'm trying hard to branch out and eat healthier and more balanced meals. This will be a fun challenge while traveling for work for the next month.  

Have a good week everyone!!

Nov 5, 2013

Halloween Recap

I'm only a few days late for my Halloween recap. . . . 

SIDE NOTE: For whatever reason, I have a heck of a time uploading pictures and getting them formatted to look like I want them to. I need to look into some kind of program that I can use, but I only have a work computer so I don't have the freedom to download anything I want. I do have a personal computer - it's a Mac from 2006 and it's still running . . . v e r y  s l o w l y. And after the HVAC this summer, this girl has no plans for a new one anytime soon (unless I hit the lotto!) So any advice on a picture program is much appreciated.

OK enough ranting, now onto Halloween - pretty close to my favorite holiday. 

It started on Wednesday night with pumpkin carving.

This is a re-post from Instagram.( Follow me at @srjones03) 

I LOVE carving pumpkins - and being creative about it. I read some articles on different tools to use for different types of carving. The second I read Power Drill I knew I was in! And you always have to drink a beer while pumpkin carving. And Cooper had to sneak in on the picture. 

Pumpkin carving was always a "dad" thing. And my dad was super busy starting a company and supporting the family - he didn't do a lot of things with us. So pumpkin carving has a special place in my heart. The rule was that we couldn't carve them until the night before Halloween (we didn't want them to rot). And you had to draw out any designs you wanted to do on the newspaper first, then dad must approve. And living on the Ohio/Michigan line meant you had to bring the pumpkin in the house for one full day before carving or you risked carving a frozen pumpkin. So of course, I followed all of those rules to a T. I guess I broke the rules by drinking beer - def didn't do that as a child!

And they turned out great!
Pay no attention to my messy garage - heavy rain and strong winds had me hibernating in the garage for the duration of Trick-Or-Treat. And put Christmas lights around tall drinking glasses to keep them lit up in the wind, and give them lots of light. Pinterest for the WIN!

I'm not 100% happy with the "Power Drill" pumpkin, but it's something different. I need to remember the drill for my planning next year.

And me being the fur-mommy that I am, I dress up all of the animals for the occasion. But, mother nature mixed things up, and the city decided to move up Trick-Or-Treat time by a half hour. Doesn't seem like a big deal, but when I had approximately 20 mins to get everything set up once I got off work, it was. (Pumpkins, music, lanterns, candy, chair, drink . . ) And then after sitting the garage with wind blowing cold rain in and a few beers I didn't have the energy to try and get the cats dressed. 

But, Cooper always has himself made up. The Mohawk just lends itself to a great biker dude costume.

That red hair spiky stuff is no joke. His hair stands in the position until I wash it out with lots of baby shampoo. But he's a ham and he loves the attention (doesn't like the jacket much, but will do anything for a treat). And I love how he looks like a cute little puppy in these pictures (as opposed to the almost 13 year old man that he is).

So Halloween wasn't the greatest this year, but as always I enjoyed it. Normally the neighbors and I have a bonfire, make spiked hot cider, and hang out until way after Trick-Or-Treat is over. Not this year - the poor kids were soaked to the bone. But there is always next year, and more pumpkins to design and carve! 

Hope you all enjoyed your Halloween!