Manistee hit 48 degrees this weekend! Holy crap yay!

Some of you lucky people out there are probably thinking “why is she so happy about 48 degrees?” I’ll tell you.

A month ago today we were at 1 degree. Yeah. Single digit crap. With the “smartphone revolution” there is this lovely little app that’ll tell you the “real feel” temperature. When it reads “Real Feel -27” that is synonymous with “It’s friggen cold as hell!”

Not to mention there was a week where schools were closed every day that week except one. While Landon was partially thrilled (yay, pajamas) and eventually heartbroken (I miss my friends) I was dreading every moment of it.

So for the temp to hit that magical 48 number we saw, was amazing in epic proportions. Almost like summer. Case in point… We walked around in t-shirts yesterday. Yeah, that’s right. It was awesome.

So our first questionably brilliant idea…let’s have a bar-b-que.

And Bar-B-Que we did.

It was a fairly interesting site to see the guys out working the grill in about three feet of snow, but they did it and it was was totally successful.

Unfortunately there are no pictures to share. Seeing as my camera is broken thanks to a precious 5 year old who decided to step on it due to unforeseen complications I am forced to use a camera phone, which I hate. Hate it I say! So you’ll just have to take my word for the great food. The vast ammouts of calories I crammed in my mouth was completely worth how good it was. Did I feel guilty? No, no I did not.

There were ribs, corn on the cob, baked beans, potato salad, gaucamole, coleslaw (ewwww).

I have a feeling that grilling is going to be a regular thing around my house if the weather stays nice.

It’s been rather busy and hectic these last few days, so I apologize for the scarce post. I’m actually about 9 minutes away from leaving from work. Nothing like cutting it close…right?

But in honor of the quickly melting snow and flooded backstreets, I hope that your spring plans are kicking into high gear!



I didn’t post yesterday for a very good reason!

I’m going to be in a movie!


I was just an extra, but I’m totally stoked! I just kind of sat in the stands, but the experience was absolutely amazing. My sister, Brittany, and I went together.

Now… I don’t know if I can spill “trade” secrets or anything… I didn’t even take any pictures because I was paranoid that it was against the rules. But I can say it was amazing.

When the movie comes out I’ll let you know…so you can watch it, and search around for me. Hell, I might be completely lame and tell you exactly where I show up in the movie. That is how excited I am.

But aside from my movie star fame (haha) I have had a very odd week. I’m not 100% sure on how I’m doing. Most weeks I can say that I have been doing awesome or crappy. Of course it’s only Saturday, but I usually have a good idea.

I’m kind of at this point where I’m lost this week. I have been working out (go me!) and I have been eating ok. But it’s just a very average week I think. It hasn’t been fantastic or the opposite side of the spectrum…just kind of blah.

I think it’s a lack of sleep kind of thing. I know it’s best to get 8 hours of sleep, but I never do. Haha. I usually get by on about 6. I work until midnight most nights and get home around 12:30…and I’m the kind of person that can’t just go home and get to sleep. I’ve got to wind down. I usually get home, change into my PJs… then my typical night routine (you know, brushing my teeth and all that). I’m usually never actually in bed until 1. Then I’m waking up around 7ish.

Usually that’s ok. But I’ve been really tired lately. Plus I’m not a “nap time” kind of person…so I just kind of grin and bear it.

I’m sure I’ll snap out of it. Get some sleep, and I’ll feel better. Well, at least that is the optimistic side of me. I mean, people usually feel blah when they are tired…right?

We’ll see how it goes.

One step to fame!

I have been nominated for an award. Haha. Ironically I have been nominated for an award by a fellow blogger… but honestly, if I had heard the of award I would have nominated her. Funny how things work.

I was nominated by the fantastic and super sweet Jules, from over at Beautiful Chunk who was nominated from someone else. She’s such a sweet girl.

The award is called the “Liebster Award.” It’s basically for bloggers who are new to the keyboard scene and have less than 200 followers. Which I totally fall into that category. I honestly have never heard about the award, but I can’t wipe the silly grin off my face. Ha

There are some rules to winning this little award, which kind of makes me think for of like a gameshow. Where we win an award instead of a hefty load of cash. Of course, I don’t know how legit this is…but it kind of reminds me of all those Myspace survey things that I obsessed over for months. Besides, I love talking about me (duh, I write a blog…I think it’s a prerequisite to being a little vain) and I would love to hopefully make someone smile for nominating them as well.

The Rules:

1. List 11 random facts about yourself.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
3. Choose 11 new bloggers to pass the award to and link them in your post.
4. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
5. No tag backs!!

So without further ado, my answers

11 random facts about me

1. I have a rather strange fascination with piercings…I had a total of 19, don’t worry, I don’t wear them all at once.
2. I am going to college for my PhD in Classical Studies. I would love to teach University.
3. I am a budding Underwater Archaeologist, I’m working towards my Part 3 section of my NAS certification (I’m gonna find Atlantis).
4. I don’t like being tickled… the whole “tickle sensation” is a tad painful.
5. I have an unhealthy obsession with shoes.
6. I’m in the process of finishing my first (of 8-9) novels in a Paranormal Romance series
7. I love being on stage and acting, but I am terrified of giving speeches.
8. I don’t touch meat. I’ll eat it (as long as it doesn’t have a bone) and cook it, but I cannot get myself to touch it.
9. I thrive on getting the “shock factor” from other people.
10. I adore Hermione/Draco fanfictions
11. I have read the Iliad and The Odyssey at least 10 times apiece. I love Homer!

So my Jules (my “tagger”) asked 11 additional questions…so here we go.

If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go?
I would go to New Orleans, maybe never leave.

If you could buy anything and the price didn’t matter, what would you get?
I would buy myself everything I needed to open the Cupcake shop of my dreams.

If you called in sick from work on a gorgeous day…what would you do?
Jump in the car and just drive. Doesn’t matter where or what I’m doing…but that’s what I’d love to do

What is your favorite childhood memory?
This is a heavy one… but the 2 years my dad was sober. Bike rides, fishing, BBQs, football… good memories.

What is your favorite joke?
Hmmm… What’s brown and sticky? A stick! Haha!

What is your favorite social media app?
I still like Myspace. Haha.

What is your current obsession?
Burn out shirts (you know, the shirts that are kind of see through. Tank-tops are a must

What is your favorite piece of jewelry?
A heart necklace I got for mother’s day from Landon. I wear it every day.

If you could recommend one piece of advice to someone, what would it be?
Don’t let anyone tell you what future is appropriate for you. People aren’t going to understand the kind of future you want…but it’s your future. You chose it!

What is your favorite color?
Blue, Fushia, Teal, Pink.

What is your dream job?
Owning my own cupcake bakery to pay my way through college. And then starting a Classical Studies program at a certain university.

And here are my 11 questions:
1. If you could change your name to anything, what would it be?
2. What is the one fear you would like to tackle?
3. What is your worst habit?
4. If you could go back in time, where would you go?
5. What is your biggest insecurity.
6. What is the best dream you have ever had?
7. What is your favorite tv-show?
8. If you could only pick one food for the rest of your life to eat, what would it be?
9. Favorite Halloween Costume of the past.
10. Goal you want to accomplish in 2013
11. Is someone was going to pay you 1000 dollars to publish your deepest darkest secret…would you take the money?

I hope those were good ones. And now onto the bloggers I nominate.

1. Criss CrissFit
2. Manda Kay Manda Kay Makes It
3. Laura Laura Must Lose Weight
4. Melinda Does This Scale Make Me Look Fat?
5. Sara Chunky Rants
6. Amanda Fat Bitch on a Misson

Hmmm, apparently I need to be on the lookout for more newer blogs. There are a couple that I follow but I know for certain they have more than 200 followers (ok, maybe not for certain, but I am assuming so because of how long they’ve been around) Although, I’m not even sure if the few I chose have less than 200, I’m just going off an assumption. I’m lame. Hopefully I didn’t break the rules too hard.

Thanks to Jules for making me smile when I read the post. A great surprise for me! Made me smile like I had just won an Oscar. Haha.

Good Luck Everyone!

Green Thumb (Week one)

I’ve always wanted to have a garden… I’ve always talked about having this little greenhouse set up in my back yard that way I can get all kinds of fresh produce all year round. And since winter seems to last 6 months (ok, still bitter about the snow) it’s a good idea to me.

So, we all decided we were going to do some gardening.

Since there is about a foot and a half of snow outside, attempting to plant anything would be physically impossible, haha. So we got this little potting tray that has some potting soil in it and 72 little sections. It was pretty easy to do. Just add water and the soil stuff kind of swelled. Then we just sat around poking our fingers in it and stuffing seeds in.

We went ahead and chose twelve different seeds to get us started. We’ve got cucumbers, sweet peppers, jalapenos, a melon, carrots, and green beans as far as veggies go. Then the herbs we’ve got are oregano, cilantro, thyme, dill, basil, and rosemary.

I also went and wrote out what each spot was on some nifty little plastic markers, but unfortunately I ended up having to cut them way down. I had even written the “gestation” period on the backs… but I had to chop those off in order to stick the lid on the top to promote some greenhouse effect.

See? Now they’re all short and stuff.

Now, I don’t know much about planting anything. And honestly, I am no good at making sure plants live. I have tried, and failed in the past to keep flowers alive…so I’m hoping that veggies are better. Haha. But all that information about where to plant them and everything else that goes along with growing plants is completely out of my league. I’m hoping that it isn’t as hard as it could be. We’ll see.

But I’m really excited for when these things are ready to eat. Actually eating something that I grew, it’s going to be pretty awesome. It’s completely different than cooking or baking. Not to mention, once we get some more veggies, our grocery list is going to go wayyyy down (as long as everything thrives, ha).

But Josh and I are taking this as an opportunity to give Landon firsthand knowledge of this kind of stuff. I think it will be good for him. He already loves vegetables, and he absolutely loved planting them. And up until he went to bed he kept running to the tray to “make sure they are ok.” Funny boy. He’s so proud of himself.

I’m hoping to get some lettuce, tomatoes, onion, broccoli, and peas planted soon. There is this little section in my backyard that is about 10’x20′ that would be perfect for more planting. And I think that is what I would like to do with it. It would be great.

But that’s the cool thing about those potting trays…apparently they are big enough that it will allow the plants to grow and stay in there until the temperature raises enough that it’s safe to transfer the plants. So we’ll be adding several weeks (close to a month) of growth… at least I hope it ends up like that. There were tons of warnings about frost dangers and whatnot… but I am looking into a temporary greenhouse DIY project just in case.

So here goes nothing…going to attempt to grow some food!

Look how proud he looks!!!

Hopefully my brown thumb turns into a green thumb.

Any advice on growing your own food???


Ugh, I am so sick of all of this snow. It’s one of the “things” about Michigan. I mean being surrounded by five lakes… it’s almost predestined that we get slammed with snow. Year after year. Doesn’t help that my small town of Manistee is bumped right up against Lake Michigan. Our winters are more lake effect snow than anything else. Ok. There was an iceberg on the lake. A friggen ICEBERG hanging out near the shore. What the heck.

A little visual of Grand Ole Manistee County. Winter stems from about mid-November…although some years we have been lucky enough to trick or treat in 2 inches of snow. It is customary to hear “make sure you can fit your coat underneath your costume” while shopping for Halloween Costumes. Then the snow decides it wants to melt near the beginning of April. Sometimes we’re lucky that the snow will melt a little early. There have been so many Easter egg hunts that have been plodding through the snow…a few of us have cruel parents who actually bury an egg and laugh while little kids are digging around in the snow (I’m glaring at you, Mom).

Ok, I might just be a little bitter towards snow. But when there are sometimes 6 months worth of snowfall, it’s hard to be happy about the fluffy white stuff. I definitely know that there are other people in different states who are scoffing at my complaints over snow.

But one good thing about winter, it there isn’t any pressure to go outside, at least not for me. So I get some quality time in front of the keyboard.

So with that note, I have a confession to make. I have hinted around about it several times in the last year or so. It just never seemed like the right time to say something about it. For some reason, I’m in a sharing mood.

I love to write. Absolutely love writing. I have a few (ok, ok…like tweleve) Harry Potter fan fictions floating around on various sites. I have a few short original stories on separate sites. And before my computer crashed I had about 11,000 words written for a novel that I have been working on for the better part of two years.

Ok, “working on” is kind of a lose term. It’s more like procrastinating, writer’s block, and a side of writing. I have two years worth of ideas, notes, and planning in various notebooks. It kind of got a little bit confusing after a little while because I had so many ideas and I didn’t know what to do with them all. So I got a brilliant idea and decided to make a series with all of my ideas. That is when I got serious about writing my book.

The whole idea of these stories are kind of based off of slightly twisted versions of Greek mythology. Not the best way to explain it, but I’m too paranoid to go further into detail. Apparently it seems that is the “it” thing right now. With Percy Jackson, Sherrilyn Kenyon novels…well, quite a few Paranormal Romance novels seem to have a Greek mythology undertone. I haven’t quite decided how “paranormaly” they should be…but we’ll get there.

But I have been stuck at 11k words since December… thanks a lot old computer for crashing. And I know that 11k words don’t seem like a lot from a full length story point of view, but it’s a ton for me.

So, yes. I might not be an amazing writer, I have no idea. If I base it off the reviews I get for my fanfics or original shorts…then I’m pretty good. Haha. But basing my writing off of this blog…not the best idea. I don’t bother too much with proper grammar (for those of you who get annoyed with the shear amount of “…” I use will understand) and I try to make nouns into verbs by simply adding “ing” to the end. Googling is probably my best example.

So yeah, that is my confession for today. This way, when I start freaking out about having written 25,000 words…or 50,000 words… you all will know what I am talking about. Haha.