Monday, September 21, 2015

30 Things about Turning 30

Today is my 30th birthday.

Got that?

I'm 30 YEARS OLD.

Holy cow. I honestly have no idea where the past 30 years have gone. I'm almost positive that this picture was taken last week.


Sometime in 1986-87. I'm the short one in the middle.
My mom is slightly older in this picture than I am now.

Anyway, I thought it'd be fun to make up a list of a mix of 30 things I'm glad are over, and what I hope to do in my 30's. And maybe some things you might not know about me.



Without further ado.

  1. I'm glad a went to and graduated college. I might have massive debt, but those are years I'll cherish forever. 
  2. I've discovered that I'll probably never be a famous actress or singer. Now I'm setting my sites on either a writer or TV personality. ;-)
  3. I got to go to Disney World three times in my life. Ages 6 (almost 7), 11, and 18 (almost 19). Each visit was magical and two of those trips I got to share with a grandparent. Fabulous memories. 
  4. I discovered cruising in 2009, and have discovered it is my favorite form of vacation.
  5. When I was 20, I went skiing for the first time on Spring Break in Colorado (2006). My friend, Kristen thinks I never gave it a fair shake. I'm not coordinated enough for skiing.
  6. I'd never been to White Castle until the day before I turned 23. I went to St. Louis with Lauren and our friend, Jess, and on our way home, we stopped through White Castle for dinner. I haven't been back since. We don't have any near Council Bluffs.
  7. I've been Maid Of Honor in one wedding, my friend, Jess's in 2007. I've had several people ask me to eventually be their MOH, though (quite a few are from my childhood, who I haven't seen in years).
  8. I've never really been on a good date. I've had a couple in my life, and was bored to tears.
  9. On that note, the few blind dates my friends tried to set me up with in the past never happened. The guys cancelled before they'd even met me. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ~CS Lewis
  10. I love to cook, and have been using Craftsy to hone my skills. My knife skills are pretty awesome now. At least, better than they were a couple months ago. 
  11. I love coffee more than chocolate. Put the two together, and it's the most heavenly combination. 
  12. I went 26 years without getting a single cavity. I'm not even entirely sure they were real cavities. I think I got told weak spots were cavities by a poor dentist. 
  13. I have no idea where my Jane Austen obsession comes from. My family doesn't seem to get it. 
  14. To this day, the greatest burger I've ever had was from this restaurant in or around Orlando, Florida called Jungle Jim's. It was a Peanut Butter Burger, and they had this deal where if you didn't like it, it was free. The waitress came back after I'd practically licked my plate clean, and I said, "I probably can't convince you I didn't like it, can I?"
  15. I miss taking voice lesson. I just can't afford them, but I absolutely loved singing opera and musical theatre. 
  16. You're all familiar with my cat, Jane Austen, but I also have had several cats over the years, and my very own dog. When I was ten, we adopted a dog, Rosie, from the shelter, who turned out to be pregnant. She had five puppies, four rottweilers and a little blonde that we kept and named Charmin. She was my baby. She passed away in 2010 when I was at my lowest. The very next day, I was able to pack and move back to Council Bluffs. 
  17. I'm strangely addicted to Hallmark Movies. When my parents were on their vacation, I started watching in the morning after Golden Girls, and when I realized it was four movies later. #NoRegrets
  18. When I was twelve, Titanic came out, and I became obsessed with it like most girls my age. The only difference was I was NOT obsessed with Leonardo DiCaprio like most people. I was obsessed with the spectacle of the whole movie. I studied everything on Titanic, the people, the costumes, the sets, the history. If I could step on theTitanic, I would. I wouldn't stay, though.
  19. I used to be obsessed with heels and wore them all the time. In the last couple years, they've started to really hurt my feet and back, so I've stopped. I've got them in their original boxes in my closet. Occasionally I'll pull them out to look at them, put them on, but that's it. It's a bit sad. 
  20. I'm a Food Network Fanatic. I think my favorite series is Chopped, but Worst Cooks in America is a very close second. I can't wait for Worst Celebrity Cooks premiering soon!
  21. Jamberry has been a super fun business. I made my money back from my starter kit really quickly (like within a week), and it's just a great company to work for. I was telling Kiri that even if I don't stick with the selling in the long run, I really enjoy how disaster proof my nails usually are. 
  22. Parks and Recs was the most amazing comedy I've seen in awhile. It was just so randomly clever. It was another way Lauren and I could bond, and still connects us across two states. She's the Leslie to my Ann. 
  23. I'm a super crazy Captain America fan. It all started with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I keep looking for Captain America comics to read, but I really enjoy the character. One of my goals for my cruise in October is to get a picture with him. Eep!
  24. I'm also a super crazy Little Mermaid fan. A couple years ago, someone at church compared my voice to Ariel's and my friends agreed with it. That is probably one of the best compliments I've ever received. 
  25. I've been playing piano since I was five. Twenty-five years. If I was better at forcing myself to practice, I'm sure I'd be really REALLY good. But I'm TERRIBLE at forcing myself to practice. I do love playing, though. It's a cool talent that I worked for. 
  26. I prefer waffles to pancakes. I used to have a Cinderella Waffle Iron that my aunt Donna got me for Christmas when I was in college. Lauren and I used to do Waffle Sunday with Bisquik Shake 'n Pour in the dorm. When it broke, I was heartbroken. If someone can direct me to where I can get another, I'd love you forever. 
  27. Little Women introduced me to the profession of writing, and every quiz I take about "Which Literary Character Are You?" pegs me as Jo. As I get older, I totally agree with it. 
  28. The Harry Potter Series, when read or watched in its entirety, makes me bawl my eyes out super hard. When our parents went out to Kansas a couple years ago, Kiri and I watched all of the movies and ended with going to see Deathly Hallows Part 2 in the theatre. We were total wrecks. 
  29. My best birthday to date was probably my 21st when my sister arranged to have a bunch of her Ren Faire buddies present me with a black and purple rose at the Kansas City Ren Faire (Going on every weekend from now until the end of October!). That was pretty epic. 
  30. It was really hard coming up with 30 things about turning 30. I either lack imagination or have too many ideas that don't mesh with this theme. 
Here's to a new decade! I can't believe my 20's are now in my past. Here's hoping I become like Jenna Rink on 13 going on 30, and I become "Thirty, Flirty, and Thriving." lol

Peace out.


Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday Finds #2

Good Morning! Happy Friday, everyone! I hope your day and weekend are absolutely amazing! I want to take a moment to remember all those who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 attack. I can't believe it's been that long and how much the country has changed since that fateful day.

"Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: 'Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.' " 
-- President George W. Bush on Sept. 11, 2001.

We Will Not Forget.
*****
I've got another week of finds to share with you, and I'm pretty jazzed about all of them.

Colour Lovers

Have you heard of Colour Lovers? It's a website where you can design palettes and designs, and use them to make your own web designs! I'm still exploring it a little bit, but I'm hoping to be able to re-design my entire site, eventually! If you join (for FREE!) follow me! Martinbeks.

Podcasts

So, with my new phone and new car, I finally downloaded this app, Podcast Addict, to see if I could find anything worth listening to. I think I inherited my dad's love for Talk Radio, and while I was in the gym this week, I listened to three episodes of KM Weiland's Helping Writers Become Authors podcast. I love that she uses nerdy stories to make her points. It makes things very clear to me. I also listened to a couple episodes of Dave Ramsey while in my new car. I think I'm addicted!

OnStar and the New Car Experience

I realize OnStar has been a thing for many years by now, but I've never had a car with it, and since I got my new car last weekend (!), I've been having a ball playing with all the new features. I hope I'll never need to use the rescue portions of OnStar, but on their app, I can start my car from ANYWHERE! I was in the gym locker room, pressed the button, and when I came out five minutes later, it was on and nice and cool for me! 

I was also waiting for my dad the other day, and hopped on my car's WiFi. Yes. My car has WiFi! I don't know why I'll need WiFi, since I have no children that will need to be preoccupied in the car, but while waiting for my dad, I was able to use it instead of my phone data. Pretty cool stuff. 

I can also make hands-free phone calls, use an Aux Cable to listen to Audible, Podcasts, and Music from my phone. I think I'm in new car Heaven. Now to budget everything so I'm not having to LIVE in said pretty new car. ;-)

Craftsy

If you're a person who likes working with your hands, you need to get on Craftsy.com ASAP. I discovered them based on a Facebook ad awhile back, advertising a free knife skills class. I got an account, and then forgot about my free class for about six months before I hopped on to check it out. 

Craftsy is a website that has online classes your can purchase to teach you almost anything, cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, woodworking, drawing, painting, gardening, so much stuff! Plus, like the knife skills class, they have several mini courses that are free! 

The Knife Skills class, taught by Brendan McDermott, is VERY helpful and informative. he starts you off slow, showing you how to hold a knife in the safest way possible, and how to do basic cuts, chopping, and even peeling with a knife. After watching the class, I took his tips with me into the kitchen, and I've been a prepping fool ever since! I can julienne carrots now! How crazy is that?! Plus, when I was watching him break down a Butternut Squash, I couldn't help but wonder how I hadn't chopped off my hands in the past. Absolute craziness. I HIGHLY recommend this class.

  • What have you found this week that you're absolutely loving?

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