Wednesday, May 14, 2008

DAR, craziness, and Top 5 info...

Sorry for the delay in this post...things have been absolutely crazy around here! But on the plus side, that means plenty to write about. I'll begin with answering the questions from SallyAnn and then catch up with the rest.

5 things under $5 that I couldn’t live without

  • Coffee- I hate to think what morning would be like without it
  • Pens- I am really particular about my pens and which ones I use. Steal my pen and suffer the consequences. I will track you down!
  • Bottled water– I know the bottles are bad for the environment. But I keep a stash in the car at all times and it helps me avoid both buying and drinking soda.
  • Bandaids– I am a total klutz and am always hurting myself. These make sure no one else has to see the wounds.
  • Puppy pee-pads– They keep Chuck from peeing on the carpet until his bladder gets strong enough to hold it better!

5 favorite movies

  •  Juno– It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, and I absolutely love the soundtrack.
  • Evita–I can sing the entire movie. Seriously.
  • Lady and the Tramp –My favorite Disney movie.
  • Monty Python- It makes me laugh my butt off every time.
  • Forrest Gump- Enough said. 

5 baby names I love
NO NO NO. I already have lost several names to public popularity and friends. I will not divulge any girl names. I will say that I like old-fashioned, classic names.

For boys: Max (um, hello, I am married to Maxcy Pearle Nolan IV)

5 songs I could listen to over and over again 

  • Anything from Reba McIntire's For My Broken Heart cd. No.1 listened to tape as a kid. 
  • Drive (For Daddy Gene) by Alan Jackson- my dad used to set the tape so it would play a particular verse when I started the truck. Smilin' like a hero, who just received his medal...
  • Don't Stop Believing by Journey. Pure, unadulterated 80's music. Greatest. karaoke. song. ever.
  • Banana Republics- favorite Jimmy Buffett song 
  • TIGER RAG!!!!! 

5 people who have influenced me in a positive way

  • My parents- crazy but made me who I am. 
  • Brett- who makes me feel bad when I am cynical and mean. He de-Yankeeified me.
  • My grandma- always there for me. I love her tons!
  • Meggie- our relationship has undergone a complete transformation and I'm so glad for it!
  • Savannah- technically not a person, but she is teaching me to be a good mom! 

5 things that are always in my purse

  • Cell phone
  • Wallet
  • A million tubes of lip-gloss
  • Gas receipts
  • Planner/calendar

5 moments that have changed my life forever

  • Marrying Brett
  • Commissioning
  • Stealing home to score the winning run, Cambridge vs. Maplewood, 13 innings, 1999. 
  • Leaving little ol' Cambridge Springs for Clemson and never looking back
  • Getting on the plane for my first deployment

5 obsessions I have now

  • Gardening
  • Learning to knit
  • America's Next Top Model
  • My latest diet/workout scheme
  • Working on our house!

5 places I would like to go

  • Italy.
  • Erie for more than a few days to visit friends and family.
  • Hawaii.
  • L.A. (shopping spree with Heather)
  • Fiji. 

5 kitchen tools I cannot live without

  • Towels for all the messes I make.
  • Flexible little spatulas. 
  • The Magic Bullet blender!
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Coffee maker

I want to start by saying that I should definitely be doing homework right now. My Master's class (Counterintelligence) is over on Sunday and I have several assignments due. But I feel as though I've been writing for work all day, so now it's time for writing for fun.

Today was my first DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) meeting. It was actually a lot of fun. Granted, I was the youngest one by at least 30 years, but there's something to be said for surrounding yourself with positive people with tons of life experience! Background info: both my grandma and Brett's grandma are members of DAR. My grandma and I trace our ancestry back to Hugh Stewart, who was born in Massachusetts, died in Pennsylvania, and served in the Revolutionary War as a member of a militia from Vermont. More info forthcoming, but here's the website if you're curious.

When I got back from DAR I spent a little time in the garden. I cannot believe how much I love it. Between that and my attempts at knitting/sewing/cooking it's no wonder I fit in at DAR! So far my tomatoes are ripening and I have green beans ready as well. I have some tiny peppers (cayenne, habanero, and bell) and some squash and cucumbers on the way, too. I would post pictures, but my camera is broken. I dropped it last weekend when Charleston (puppy) jumped off the boat and into Lake Hartwell. 

Luckily Brett is bringing his camera with him this weekend. I am soooo excited- Dixie and Sean are coming to visit our house!! We are headed to see the Eagles in Atlanta on Saturday, then are taking the dogs to Bark at the Park (Braves' game) on Sunday. Can't wait! 

Random thought of the day: I was taking a break from writing today and cruising Amazon when I recognized one of my favorite books when I was a kid. Inspired, I jotted down a list that I plan to purchase and add to my library. My goal is that the time Brett and I have kids we'll have all the books we liked to read when we were young, plus more. I think that  surrounding your children with great books is one of the greatest gifts you can give as a parent. Here are a few that came to mind:

1. Jacob Have I Loved

2. Number the Stars

3. Bridge to Terabithia

4. The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwiler

5. Little Women

6. The Little House Series (Brett actually me it for Christmas)

7. My Side of the Mountain

What were your favorites?

1 comment:

SA said...

Loved your "five things" list! Too many favorite books to list here, but I'm a sucker for Nicholas Sparks, that's for sure. I like books that really suck me in--i.e. anything by Dan Brown or Ayn Rand, etc. Happy reading!