Monday, April 29, 2013

Emergency Zombie Survival Car Kit

For my birthday a few days ago my in-laws gave me an awesome Emergency Kit for my car. Not a kit for just any emergency, a kit for when the Zombie Apocalypse comes. I am a huge zombie fanatic, nerd, freak, however you want to classify my obsession. So this gift was awesome and I absolutely love it. Not to mention it may come in handy while my husband and I are driving across country next month. Better safe than sorry!!

The Contents

1. Mini First Aid Kit: for minor cuts or scratches sustained while fighting off the zombies or from running away from them in the woods. 
2. Emergency Blanket: for those cold nights when you may not have shelter.
3. Altoids Container: to store spare cash...before the apocalypse gets too bad and money no longer matters. Could also be burned to start a fire.
4. Pain Reliever: self explanatory.  Lack of sleep, cuts, bruises, muscle soreness from constantly being on the run. This would come in handy. 
5. Duct Tape: fixes everything.
6. Sanitary Wipes: get rid of those germs to prevent sickness.
7. Skittles: sugar to keep your energy up.
8. Gloves: keep those germs away! In case you have to move a dead body or something.
9. Mask: in case anything goes airborne or to prevent a zombie from spitting it's blood in your mouth. 
10. ChemLight: you will always need some light at night. This wouldn't attract too much attention either. You can also throw one down a well or hole and see how deep something is! 
11. Chapstick: no one likes cracked lips!
12. Compass/Whistle/Thermometer: 3 in one! To help you navigate to your destination, to call for help, to distract, and to keep track of the weather. 
13. Drinking Water: always going to need clean water.
14. Paracord Bracelet: in case you need to make some kind of weapon.
15. Pocket Knife: to cut sticks into arrows, open food, etc. 
16. Flashlight/Glow Stick Combo: find you way in the dark!
17. Filtered Water Bottle: collect and clean up that rainwater!
18. Granola Bars: protein!
19. Towel: staying dry, cleaning up a mess, pulling a hot pan or can off of a fire. 

What would you put in your Mini Zombie Survival Kit?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Dancing Like I'm 22

Taylor Swift tells me that everything will be alright as long as I keep on dancing like I am 22. Today I can finally say that I am and I guess I can now start dancing in celebration. However, today just feels like another day. There is nothing special about being 22. I feel like I just turned 32. I'm sitting at school about to take a 30pt quiz and work on some homework assignments. I worked this morning from 8AM-2PM and I'm a bit sad because this was my last day of work as well. I wish my husband was around to sing me happy birthday and eat cake with me. Tonight I will be going out with my best friend. Just to the bars to get my free birthday shots, then we will be heading back to her place to have a chill, relaxing night drinking there and watching scary movies. For dinner we will be going to Old Chicago for beer and pizza. Because I am a Beer Tour Member I get a free medium pizza  anytime during my birth month. I can't pass up free pizza! It should be a good night.
I went over to my in laws last night and had dinner and they gave me a gift. It's a Zombie Apocalypse survival kit to keep in my car just in case there is ever an outbreak (or some other kind of emergency). I freaking love it! I forgot to take pictures of it but I will do that as soon as possible and post it here. I think everyone should have their own mini Zombie Apocalypse kit! I also got some scratch offs from their family friends and I ended up winning $13 which is awesome! I love scratch offs. I get enjoyment out of scratching them even if I don't win any money!
I won't be celebrating my birthday with my family until tomorrow night, so I hope not to be too hung over tomorrow. My mom got my favorite cake for me which is Reese's Cup Ice Cream Cake from Dairy Queen. Oh gosh it is amazing. I don't like regular cake so an ice cream cake is a tradition for my birthday. This will be the last birthday I spend with my family for quite a long time. While this makes me really sad I know I shouldn't dwell on it because I will be back in MN again someday. I won't be gone forever and next year I will hopefully have my husband on my brithday if his schooling for his LAT move doesn't coinside with it.
I'll post an update on how my night goes and on any other gifts I get. I know I still have to open the gift my husband mailed to me!  I hope everyone is doing well!!!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

We Got A House!

After we got married and Jake returned to California we were put on a wait list for base housing. There were openings at the time but not for anything that allowed dogs, and I'm bringing two of them. So we were put on the list and told it could be 6 months (or more) before a home opened up in a specific pet friendly neighborhood that Jake wanted to live in. So, he went and got an apartment in the meantime. He's been staying there for about a month, maybe a little more, and just a couple days go we were contacted by the base housing company and they already have a house for us!! Only crappy part is that we can't move in until May 28th. I move out there around May 20th. So we have to load all my stuff into the apartment, only to move it all again 8 days later. So that will be a little stressful but we will make it work. We are both just super excited to have a house. I wouldn't have minded the apartment but I know my dogs won't be good in one long term. It's comforting knowing that they will have a yard to play in now! A fenced one too so they will be safe and I won't have to worry about them running away! It's two bedrooms, I don't know what it looks like, but Jake drove by it the other day and said it looks nice. Plus he has friends who live in the area so he has an idea. I am very excited to make this house into a home! I will not finally be able to make use of my Future Home board on Pinterest!!! Not to mention, I'm so happy to finally be with my husband and start a life with him as husband and wife. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Favorite Makeup Part 1: SKIN

​This lightweight gel glides on easily to fill in imperfections and dries quickly to a matte finish to create the perfect canvas for a flawless foundation application that enhances foundation benefits and extends wear.
This primer is a little spendy but it works so well! 

2. Almay Smart Shade Makeup
Breakthrough shade-sensing technology starts out white and adjusts to right. Finally a makeup that takes the guesswork out of finding your perfect shade - instantly adjusting to the color of your skin. Antioxidant blend of grape seed, ginseng, and Ginkgo.
This product gives me great coverage and it has SPF 15 to protect my skin from the sun.

A weightless, skin-perfecting powder that makes lines, wrinkles and other imperfections seem to disappear. You get the coverage of a foundation with the comfort of a powder.
You can use this as your only source of foundation and it works well. I like to use it on top of my Almay Smart Shade! 

Lightweight pigments blend easily and wear evenly. Provides a natural, fade-proof bronzed color that leaves skin the way it was meant to be...fresh, breathing and natural.
For soft, natural look, brush along cheekbone, sweeping upward.

If You Really Knew Me...

Got this idea from Cassidy over at I'll Follow You Anywhere. See her post HERE.
Without Further Ado

If You Really Knew Me....
You would know that I am an overachiever. I would rather do my homework than go out and party. I would rather do more than I am required to do at work than sit and be lazy and bored. 

You would know that I always put others before myself. Everyone's happiness always comes before my own. I even try to please people who treat me like crap. 

You would know that I treat my dogs like my kids and spoil the crap out of them. I cuddle them, kiss them, buy them treats and toys, play with them, and talk to them. Some see it as creepy and others can relate. Dogs are family to me and it will always be that way.  

You would know that I hate cleaning. Unless it's at work or a friend's place. I hate picking up after my siblings when I feel they are old enough to do it themselves. Therefore, I never help out around the house here. Having my own house will be a different story. 

You would know that when I have alcohol in me I am a completely different person. Sober, I am timid and shy. Intoxicated, I never shut up, I laugh at everything, and I get...well...very frisky. 

You would know that I am a huge nerd. I love to read. I love videogames of all kinds. I've had the urge lately to play Zelda on my 3DS but I was stupid and already packed it. I also really want to play Spyro but I don't own a Spyro game! I love any game that has to do with zombies. I love board games and play them a lot with my siblings. I'm a nerd and I'm not ashamed of it. 

You'd know that no topic of conversation is off limits to me. I will talk about sex, poop, my monthly cycle, derogatory slang, etc. in extreme detail without any sugar coating. My little brother and sister know things they should not know about for many many years because of me. My parents aren't too happy about that. 

You would know that I am so excited to get out of MN and start a new adventure with my husband in CA and wherever else our lives take us in the future! 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Spoiled (iPhone 5)

My husband spoils me...just a little bit. I knew he was getting me an iPhone but he told me he could only get me the 16GB iPhone 4s because it was the cheapest. At first I felt a little greedy and wanted the 32 GB 4s, mostly because I have a lot of music and pictures and I wanted to make sure I could fit everything. But then I felt guilty and agreed on anything since anything would be better than the crappy Android I was borrowing from my brother. So Friday after work I came home to a package at the door and I was so excited. I ripped it open and this is what I found. 

My husband tricked me!! He got me the 32GB iPhone 5. I would have been perfectly happy with the 4s and I told him that. I do however have to admit that I LOVE my phone. Love everything about it and I am so happy that I finally have an iPhone. I can play my zombie game on the go now and not only where there is Wifi (have an ipad already and ipod touch already). Here is a screenshot of my top apps! 

Top 10 Apps (so far)
1. Please Stay Calm
A zombie survival game. Beyond addicting.
2. Jurassic Park
Have your own dinosaur park. I'm a dinosaur nerd. :)
3. Candy Crush
Just the most addicting/frustrating game in the world
4. Kindle
LOVE having my books always handy.
5. SongPop
Compete with your friends on who knows the most songs!
6. Dead Yourself
Walking Dead app where you can edit your photo and make yourself (or friends) into a zombie!
7. Snapchat
Send a random photo to a friend for a limited amount of time, then it deletes forever. The more awkward the photo, the better! 
8. PicStitch
Turn photos into a collage!
9. Pinterest
Nothing else needs to be said. If you don't know what Pinterest is about, you are behind in the times. 
10. Family Feud
Never gets old! 

Other ones I enjoy are Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Can't live without those!

What are your favorite apps??

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Quitting My Addiction

In an effort to adopt a more healthier lifestyle, I have made the decision to cut out Pop; my one and only addiction. This is a big deal for me because I usually drink 3-4 cans a day. My favorites include; Mountain Dew and Vanilla Coke. Two of the worst pops for you! Now, my last pop was consumed yesterday at noon with my lunch, which has been a daily routine for god knows how long. It is now 5PM the following day and I am struggling!!! I am sitting at school working on homework and I usually am drinking a pop right now. It has only been 29 hours since I've had it and my caffeine withdrawals are on high. I'm shaky and I have a MONSTER headache. I don't like any other beverage that contains caffeine so I have nothing to get rid of this feeling. Coffee is gross and energy drinks are even worse. My husband is making it his goal to stop drinking pop as well because he's drinking a ton of Coke! I would say more than me even, and energy drinks, and he's starting to drink coffee. Hopefully together we will be able to pull this off!!!

The Facts
1 can (12 fl oz) Mountain Dew: 170 calories and 46 grams of sugar
1 can (12 fl oz) Vanilla Coke: 150 calories and 42 grams of sugar
Me drinking 3 cans of Mountain Dew a Day: 510 calories and 138 grams of sugar
Me drinking 3 cans of Vanilla Coke a Day:  450 calories and 126 grams of sugar
It's safe to say that pop has been a big factor in my inability to lose weight. I would drink as much in calories that a meal should be!!

Here are my substitutes for pop

Good Old Water!!
Can't go wrong with this! =]
Zero Calories
ICE Carbonated Water.
My favorite flavors include Strawberry Lemonade and Lemonade with Iced Tea. I like that the carbonation gives the effect of pop but really it's zero calories and healthy for you.
Zero Calories

Diet Snapple: Arnold Palmer
10 Calories/Bottle

 HerbaLife Lemon Tea with H3O
The tea concentrate has antioxdant and thermogenic benefits of green tea and botanicals. It also provides an energy boost and weight-management support. Delicious, instant and low-calorie. The H3O has no caffeine and it's a healthier alternative to high-calorie/high-sugar beverages. I am in love with Herbalife products!

I am hoping I will be able to stick it through this time!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Time Slowing Down

I feel like I am just floating day to day in a trance. It feels like forever ago that my Husband left, and it feels like forever before I get to see him again when in reality I'm just about at the 1/2 way mark. 

This waiting period seems far worse than any other long stretch of time we've been apart. I can honestly say that these past 30 days have been harder for me than his 7 month deployment. He's back home, we are now married, and I still can't see him. I still can't spend time with him and we still can't be a couple. I don't even feel married and he doesn't either. He always brings up that he hates being the only "single married guy." And I feel the same way. I feel like he's just my boyfriend again. I feel like our lives are going by without each other. I feel like we are drifting a part. All we do is text and e-mail. We don't talk on the phone and we just had our first Skype session in at least four months.  He got a nice apartment for himself that I'll be staying in too when I finally get down there. I don't think it will feel like home. A home is a place you build together and when I get there I will just be "staying with him." I hope we will be able to get base housing soon. There was an expected wait time of 6 months. We would have been able to get a house right away but I'm coming there with my two dogs and there were none open that allowed dogs. That was a deal breaker for me. I come with my dogs or I don't come at all and my husband respected that. My dogs are my kids and they will make being completely alone a little more tolerable. 

On another note, my cellphone died over the weekend. The lock button was seriously broken so I would have to push it many many times just for the screen to turn on. In order to shut the phone off you have to hold the lock button and because it was broken it would shut itself off every few minutes so it was impossible to talk or text on the darn thing. So, I stole my little brother's phone for the time being and he is not happy with me at all and either are my parents. I managed to convince by husband to go get me added to his plan so I will have an iPhone soon. God only knows when it will get here. I'm just grateful that I was able to steal my brothers for the week. I could live without my phone. I don't really talk to many people on it anyway but I hate driving without one. My car hasn't been in the best of health, there are deer EVERYWHERE on the route I take to work, and I come home very late some nights. I've seen far too many horror movies to leave the house without a cellphone! RIP Samsung Galaxy S 2. It was nice knowing you. 

On a much better note. I graduate in 34 days! This is both extremely exciting and extremely scary! I'm going to be an adult, out of school, forced to enter the big scary world of a full-time job and bills. I love mostly everything about school. I have always been very good at it, an overachiever you could say, and I am proud of myself for accomplishing a Bachelor's degree! While I would love to someday go off to Graduate school I don't see it happening any time soon. I have to pick up my life and start over in a new place and I've come to terms with the fact that I may have got my degree in a field I am no longer passionate about. So instead of a Master's degree I may return to school to get a degree in something I really love instead but we will just have to wait and see what happens. I also put in my 3 weeks notice at my job. I enjoy my job, the clients, and the people I work with, and I have learned so many great things but I am ready to start over and partake in a new adventure. So my last day of work with be April 26th, which happens to be my 22nd second birthday so I will be celebrating for more than one reason that night! The two weeks following my last day of work will be spent packing and getting all my shit together for graduation and moving. 

To keep myself occupied I've been spending a lot of my time with my bestest friend Lisa.

She is currently going through a nasty break up and I've been keeping her company and trying to find her a nice apartment to move to. I feel horrible for her and I wish there was more I could do. I went through a pretty bad break up before and I can relate to what she is going through. I wouldn't wish that emotional pain on anyone. That whole situation with her is just bad timing. I would love to get an apartment with her and be her roommate. I've gone all through college living at home and I regret it every day. I want to be able to live with my friend and live up my youth while I have the chance but that chance has come and gone. I'd like to think that I live my life with no regrets but I think my experience in college will be one I regret.  

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

One of my favorite recipes to make is Pumpkin Spice Pancakes.  I have never been one of those people to only eat certain foods in the season it corresponds with. This is traditionally a fall recipe but I will make it all year round (I also enjoy ice cream when it's 10 below outside). I also like making the typical "breakfast foods" for dinner. So, my Pumpkin Spice Pancakes are tonight's meal! The original recipe for these are found HERE. I however, tweaked it to fit my likes and that of my family's. I also made it a lot easier and quicker to make which is always important when feeding 8 people in your household. 

Serving Size: Approximately 10 pancakes
2 cups Bisquick
Milk (1 cup)
Eggs (2)
Brown Sugar (2 Tbls)
Canned Pumpkin (15 oz can. You don't have to use the whole can, it's up to your pumpkin  loving preference)
Ground Cloves (1/4 tsp)
Ground Nutmeg (1/4 tsp)
Ground Ginger (DASH)
Ground Cinnamon (1 Tbls)

First, combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl (Bisquick, brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon). 
Next, mix together the milk, pumpkin, and eggs in a liquid measuring cup (or small bowl, whatever suits your fancy).  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk together just until combined.  (The batter may still have a few lumps – that is okay.) 
 Heat a greased skillet or griddle over medium heat.  Once the skillet is hot, add a 1/3 cup scoop of batter to the pan.  Cook until bubbles begin to form on the top surface.  Carefully flip with a spatula and cook the second side until golden brown, a couple minutes more.
 Repeat with the rest of the batter until it has all been cooked, regreasing the pan as needed.  Serve with cinnamon sugar, maple syrup, and/or whipped cream.

Pretty self explanatory to anyone who's made pancakes before.  Super quick and super easy! I serve mine with bacon and sausage. They are divine! Happy eating! =]

Monday, April 1, 2013

April Fools Pranks??

I have never been one to do any pranks on April 1st, but today I thought I would play with the Husband a little bit. So I sent him messages like, "I can't keep living like this anymore," "I don't want to leave my home to move with you," and "I'm not happy with you." I know to some this may seem very mean but in our relationship I can get away joking about this stuff. So I said all these and he tried to calm me down and assure me everything would be ok. After only a few minutes I tell him "I was going to try and drag this out longer but I feel really mean so I need to tell you that APRIL FOOLS!" and his reply was "Baby, I'm going to slap the shit outta you :/" No my Husband is NOT abusive. It was just an expression. Because he isn't around that was the best prank I could think of. If we were living together, I would have put butter all over the floor outside the shower instead so when he got out he would slip and fall, but I'll save that one for next year!! WAHAHAHA. 

Next, I was going to post an ultrasound picture on Facebook,  tag my husband, and announce we are pregnant! Just to scare his family. But I soon changed my mind on the idea when my friend told me that she miscarried her baby at 8 weeks this morning. NOT an April Fools day joke. I thought that posting a fake announcement like that would upset her and I can't do that. I've never been through anything like that but I've seen my mom go through a miscarriage and I don't wish that emotional pain on anyone.  The thought of miscarrying my own child one day is something I do not like thinking about. Both my husband and I want to be parents and I know that a miscarriage would be just as hard on him as it would be on me. My heart aches for my friend. She just announced the pregnancy to everyone yesterday as a little Easter Surprise and now she has to tell her parents and her husband's parents that they are no longer going to be Grandparents?? She seemed so happy about this baby and she deserves to be happy after the life that she grew up with. I was so excited for her too because I love babies. It's hard for me because I don't know what to say to her. I don't know what she is going through and I know nothing I say will take away the pain she feels. I simply told her to stay strong, assured her that God had this in his plans for some reason, and that when the time is right she will be blessed with a child. 

Have any of you done any good Aprils Fools Day Pranks!?


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