Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I Wish I Could Spend Tuesdays With Morrie

Today I just finished Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom. I have read another book by Mr. Albom entitled The Five People You Meet In Heaven and I loved that book, so I was excited to begin Tuesdays With Morrie. Let me begin by saying that this book is so moving. It touched my heart in ways that are indescribable, but can be felt by reading the words shared on each page. Tuesdays is a true account of the last days of Morrie Schwartz as his life was slowly taken away by Lou Gehrig's disease. As Morrie's body decays he imparts timeless and everlasting life lessons on Mitch.

I love the last line of this book:

"The last class of my old professor's life took place in his home...the subject was the meaning of life. It was taught from experience. The Teaching goes on."  

The whole time I read this book I couldn't help but reflect on my life and my future. I have learned to enjoy every moment to the fullest and most importantly, not to fear death. In a small chapter Mitch tells a story of him as a child, facing death while playing with friends in the street. As they barely missed being demolished by an oncoming car they all scream, "Let's do it again!. It is funny that as children we are not afraid of death, we never think of death, and we live life to the fullest. Why has that changed? Why can't we live our lives,  unconsumed by work, money, possessions and the fear of death, just as we did in our childhoods? Morrie sheds light on how we can accomplish this. EVERYONE! READ THIS BOOK! It is beyond EXCELLENT and I recommend to everyone.

The next book on my list is Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich. As an investigatory journalist, Barbara  dives into the world of the white-collar unemployed and chronicles "The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream".

I have read another book of hers, (I am very picky about what I read, so when I find an author I like, I roll with it) Nickel and Dimed, where she went undercover to chronicle the lives of the "working poor". This book opened my eyes to the world of the minimum wage worker so I am hoping to learn about the white-collar world in my next read.

On a side note, If you have any book you love and would highly recommend I would love to hear it!

And on a side note to the previously stated side note. Today I also worked,  finished all my classwork, cleaned my car (inside and out), cleaned my room AND did laundry. I'm feeling very productive today, I love it!

Hope you all are having an amazing week!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I'm Feeling the Love!

First things first, I have a new button! The wonderful Mrs. Gambizzle at Life as a Sailor's Girl made it for me. In fact, shes making them for everyone! So if you would like a new button, head over to her, shes amazing.

Here they are!:

Now I just have to figure out how to put it up on my page, and grab everyone elses buttons too!

Secondly, I changed my blog title. I think it gives a good incite on what my blog is about. Seeing that most of it is about my life, I find it is very fitting!

And third, I received TWO awards!! Thanks to my girl Marissa at IT'S A SEMPER FI KINDA LOVE.

And thanks to my other lovely girl Brittney at A Day In The Life Of A Navy Wife.

So since they both have the same rules I shall kill two birds with one stone. I have to tell 10 things about myself then pass them on, so here it goes!

1. I am a nonstop snacker. I LOVE food and have to be eating at all times. I foresee this being a bad habit in the future.

2. TJ's homecoming is one of my fondest memories. Nothing was better than falling in love all over again (and getting used to each other all over again) when he returned. There was something very special about those moments.

3. I hate spending money on my self, and rarely ever do. When I do spend money on myself it is on necessities, and activities (like Disneyland!), but never on clothes, shoes, electronics etc. I foresee that being a good habit in the future.

4. I am an Aunt to a one year old beautiful bugger! His name is Kaleb and he is perfect. I am not biased or anything, it is a solidified fact.

5. I have an obsession with bellybuttons and I love the fact that TJ's green skivvies leave lint in his bellybutton so I can pick it out. Weird? Yeah. He hates it but lets me do it, because that is true love.

6. Morning is my most hated part of the day. If I could, I would never see another day before 11am ever again. But sadly, to be a functioning member of society, I must wake up early.

7. My mom makes the BEST potato salad. If I ever found a potato salad contest I will enter her in it and she would own the whole thing. Her potato salad is that good! (I am eating it right now on my lunch break!)

8. I am mortified to turn 20. Although adulthood doesn't scare me, being labeled as an adult does.

9. My goal for this Fall is to complete at least 5 books. I want to get back into reading even though it is not my favorite thing to do.

10. Lately, I have been having baby fever. I cannot wait to have children, lots of children! I made a comment at Disneyland about getting into line before the stroller brigade and TJ said, well one day we will be the stroller brigade. That put a smile on my face.

I shall pass it onto:

Via @ Cloud Nine and Counting
Reina @ Semper Grumpy...the Return of Sunshine
Amanda @ My Adventures in this So Called Life
Mel @ I dream of a better world...

Much Love!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tuesday Tag Along!

Tuesday Tag-Along

I love Link-Ups! So I am very excited to do this one. I look forward to new followers.

Just for a preface, my blog is pretty much about my every day life as a Student, Employee, Daughter, Girlfriend and Aunt. I cry a lot but I laugh even more. Sometimes I share far too much about myself, but midas well know everything about me right? Well,  here it is, my blog!

Much Love,

Monday, June 21, 2010

My Week In Short

Disclaimer: This post is slightly all over the place, like my mind at the moment. P.S, I sat here for 5 minutes thinking about a catchy title, but I ended up with nothing, sorry for my lack of wit.

Alright, so now that you are forewarned here are a few things went down this week.

1. The Corpsman Ball was this past Friday. It was interesting, and to be honest, pretty boring, but it was nice to meet the people Teedle works with and his bosses. I also thoroughly enjoyed how tight T's pants were from behind. I wish I snapped a picture of it, everyone else sure did. We ended our night at the Ball pretty early, apparently too early. We missed all the juiciness. Note to self: Stay longer than you want to. You'll get to to whiteness all the drunken shenanigans.

 The Dress

 Boys Being Boys

Us Being, Well, Us

2. The following day, we went to Disneyland and California Adventure to specifically see THE WORLD OF COLOR! Oh my goodness it was absolutely AMAZING! As a kid I used to think Fantasmic at Disneyland was incredibly majestic (Fantasmic is still amazing in my book). Now this new addition to California Adventure makes me feel like that astounded kid again. The World of Color is an magical water, laser, fire, bubbles, light and music show. It has EVERYTHING ! All of you need to make the trip to Anaheim to see this. It is life changing!

3. Sunday Teedle and I went to see Toy Story 3. A movie this great I will gladly wait 11 years for. Pixar never lets me down. I don't want to go into further detail because I don't want to ruin the movie but it touches on what we all go through when we essentially grow up. This is a must see as well. Seriously, perfect date movie. Oh, you must see it in 3-D. It is amazing how 3-D doesn't ruin movies anymore, it makes them BETTER!


4. I just started hitting the books again. My Summer classes began today and so far so good! Geography, well, there is not much to say about it, it fulfills one of my sciences requirement and my teacher seems very nice. My Child, Family and Community course I cannot wait to delve into. I am finally starting to take classes that pertain to my major!  I am also very excited that the two books needed for this class are in the Reserves at the campus library so I can get away with not buying books. Exciting, especially for my wallet.

That is all for now! I hope you all are having a great week!
Much Love,

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Oh my gosh. How could I be so naive? How could I think my fat butt could fit into a dress I fit into 3 years ago? The Corpsman Ball is tomorrow and there is a HUGE gap between each sides of the back zipper. Guess what sits between it? My BIG FATTY FLESH! I am going to a tailor first thing in the morning to BEG and PLEAD for them to fix this somehow.

AND, the freaking Lakers won tonight.

It has been a sad, sad night in my household.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Boats, Bikes, Guns and Family!

Alright! It is time for vacation pictures!

We had lots of fun just chillin with family and friends. Although the vacation was a rocky start (for me at least), we ended up having tons of fun.

We celebrated Megan's Graduation

We spent a few days in this lovely "Cabin"

Which was right on Pineview Reservoir  

 So naturally we went out on the boat

Aren't we cute?

And did some "Extreme Tubing" (this is Andrew and Megan I think. The camera died when we went on.)

 Rode some beach cruisers around the cute town of Huntsville.

And ate tons of family meals!

Then we headed to Henifer, 400 acres of beautiful! Rode some ATV's, messed with some cows, you know, the usual. (This is Cousin Matt and his girlfriend Crystin. They are so cute together! We spent most of our time with these two lovely people.)


Then we got rained on. Serious rain. But the impending storm clouds were beautiful.

 Then we headed to one of the largest mines in the world Kennecott Copper Mine. This place is absolutely astounding!

The mine is so deep, you can stack 2 Empire State Buildings, on top of each other, and still not reach the top!

Then we decided to go shooting. My first time shooting a gun! Sadly, I have no pictures of this because it was raining outside. Then a light rain turned into a CRAZY downpour and we all ran into the truck for shelter...

Exhibit A

And Exhibit B

And Before we knew it, it was time to head home =[

We made record time, because when your whole drive is through nothing, 100 mph is no big deal.

 My favorite picture of the "nothingness"

And, in a flash, our Vacation was over.

I loved this trip because it was incredibly relaxing. We weren't on the go all the time, which was extremely nice. We had the chance, probably one of the last chances until Christmas, to be with family and do whatever we wanted to do. Now were back to the "real world". Back to work, and for me back to school in a few days. All in all, I must say, we had a  fabulous 2 week summer vacation.

Much Love,

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Home Sweet Home

We're home! Although it feels good to be home I was very sad to leave.

A real post is coming soon. I am far too tired to do write right now. But I promise one tomorrow about our wonderful  (Wonderful? Yes! By the end I was having so much fun I didn't want to go.) Utah trip, and our road trip back home.

P.S on a semi-related note TJ and his cousin Matt presented me with a bet (more like an agreement, I just can't find a fitting word). They wanted me to stop drinking coffee and tea and  in turn the both of them would stop drinking soda. (Seriously, you should see how fast they go through Mountain Dew.) So, I decided to bump it up. If I don't drink coffee or tea (which I live off of), they are not allowed to 1. drink soda and 2. play video games when I am around and they agreed!

How smart I?! No more video game nonsense on my watch!

Anyhow. I am happy/sad to be home. Definitely sad to be going to work tomorrow morning but money must be made.

Much Love,

Saturday, June 5, 2010

I've Got Nothing

Hello from Salt Lake City! Well, to be honest there is not much to write about. I could write about how ticked off this vacation is making me. Which would make for a pretty interesting post, but I'm not. I am not sure why, but I am not really ready to post the bad feelings I have toward certain things on my blog. So while T is playing video games with his cousin and uncle (hint, hint) I shall conjure up something interesting.

Yup, I've got nothing.

Hopefully I'll have something interesting to post sometime soon.

Much Love,