A few lists of eight

Kel did this last week, and I just needed a post to pass the time. Enjoy! 


1. Being a Nurse

2. Being a mother

3. My husband becoming a Paramedic

4. Our next vacation, because who knows when that’ll be!

5. Warm weather

6. Living a long life

7. Growing a vegetable garden

8.  Learning new things all the time


1. Worked

2. Went to class (The last one for this semester!!)

3. Went to the Doctor’s office

4. Took a drug screen

5. Studied

6. Went to the grocery store

7. Went to the library

8. Read a book


1. Talk to people as easily as I write

2. Not have to think about things for approximately ten years before acting

3. Not have trouble getting pregnant

4. Make friends more easily

5. Be more independent

6. Be less impatient, and have less of a temper

7. Not stress out over things that aren’t worth stressing out over

8. Give better advice


1. Bones

2. Gray’s Anatomy

3. Heroes

4. Private Practice 

5. House

6. Samantha Who

7. Jon & Kate Plus 8

8. Law & Order: SVU


Why is it called a pet peeve anyway?

Em got tagged with this one, and although she didn’t tag me, we’re pretending she did. 

It’s a bit of an annoying day, so what better post than to list ten things that bug me.

1.  I have to agree with her last one, which was mustard.  The stuff is simply wrong.  If it were up to me, there would never be any in my fridge.  I can’t even open a bottle without cringing.

2.  When someone uses the word ‘loose’ instead of ‘lose’.  It happens way too often for me not to notice it.

3.  Sticking with that theme, when I find grammatical or punctuational errors in novels and articles.  You’d think they got edited enough times to weed that out.

4.  Commercials.  Most of the time when I watch a show as it is aired, I start half an hour or so into it, just so I can fast forward through all the commercials.  Or I pause it for a while and do something else.  Oh DVR, I do love thee.

5.  When toilet paper is put on the dispenser the wrong way.  If it isn’t coming off in the front, I itch to change it.  When we had to get a new dispenser, we got one that it open ended on one side, so all you have to do is slide the rolls on and off.  I don’t think I can ever go back to the spring loaded ones.

6.  The time of year when everything turns to mud.  I suppose it wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t have dogs, but it gets rather annoying to have to wipe their paws off every time they come in the house.

7.  Leftover time on the microwave.  I don’t know why this bothers me so much, but every time I walk into the kitchen I glance at the microwave to make sure the time is there.  Derek knows this, and still refuses to ease my worries by simply pressing clear.

8.  Customer Service.  There is nothing I would rather do than try and try to fix something myself, all to alleviate the stress of calling a customer service representative.  Most of the time, navigating through all the recordings, staying on the phone for twenty minutes before even reaching a real person is enough for me.  Derek is usually the one to take care of these things.

9.  Flossing.  I am constantly being lectured at the dentist about this, but I really can’t stand it.

10.  When the dogs blow their coats.  Brushing them every single day and still having handfuls of hair come out when you pet them is pretty frustrating.  Not to mention the vacuuming.  I will forever bless my $80 vacuum and the fact that it has already lasted three of those seasons and is still working like a champ.  Who needs Dyson anyway?

I am just now realizing I should have talked about things that make me happy.  Note to winter:  I’ve decided that you can stay, as long as you keep the mud at bay and the hair at a minimum.

Honestly speaking

So, Meg gave me this loverly award.

Apparently there are rules that go along with this, so here they are, taken directly from her site.

1. Choose…blah, blah, blah…brilliant in content or design

2. Show the…blah,blah, blah…can keep the nifty icon.

3. List at least 10 honest things about yourself

 So, here I am, forced to come up with 10 more honest things about myself.  Not that every other thing I’ve shared with you hasn’t been honest.  Honestly!

1.  I’m a video game nerd.  While I may not be dropping out of school to compete in Guitar Hero tournaments , I do enjoy playing. We finally got a Wii and a Wii Fit to go along with it.  Right now, I am addicted to Shawn White Snowboarding.  And Oh!  Dr. Mario and I are best buds. Since everyone I know refuses to play that with me, I am forced to play people from all around the world.  And just for the record, the Wii Fit is pure genius…it actually got wordy with me recently for neglecting to exercise for 26 days.  And then told me I was a bodybuilder, go figure!  It’s actually fun and is a great way to exercise.  I own at least a dozen workout/yoga/pilates DVD’s and none of them have ever been able to keep me interested long enough to even finish. 

2.  Right now, I am growing my hair long so I can chop it all off and donate it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and am so glad I finally am.  I am hoping by this spring or summer it’ll be long enough.

3.  I recently found out that Derek had originally planned to take me scuba diving in California and propose underwater, but due to the weather it had been cancelled at the last minute.  I probably would have been in too much of a panic to even realize what he was doing anyway.

4.  I could watch The Food Network all day long.  I always see something so delicious and then promise myself that I will try it out.  I never do.

5.  Jeans and I have a love-hate relationship.  I’ve always had the darnedest time finding perfect jeans, and am still not sure they exist.  If they don’t have at least a 36 inch inseam, I can’t wear them with heels.  Then there are the almost perfect sample jeans that taunt me from the shelf, given to me by my personal fashion assistant, who happens to work in fashion marketing and is always sending me the latest and greatest samples they no longer need.  They are so blessedly long, I could cry.  They are also all size 6.  Days of single digit sizes, I really miss you…please come back to me.

6.  Come to think of it, most clothes and I have the same type of relationship.  The tops and a few of the dresses he sends my way end up working fabulously, because they are small and long, which is what I require, thanks to the small bust and long torso.  My lovely body type takes all the extra baggage and deposits it directly to my butt, hips, and thighs, so my upper body rarely changes.

7.  Moving on.  I’m a crazy nut about laundry.  While I’d love to let Derek do the laundry once and a while, I won’t let him or any other person on this planet touch it.  I take such extreme care with everything that you’d think it was solid gold.  I have specific outfits for everything I do, and I never allow myself to wear things outside the boundaries. 

8.  I don’t mind letting people borrow things, but it irks me beyond reason when people forget they’ve borrowed something and either (a) never return it,  (b) keep it longer than necessary or (c) when things are returned in worse condition than they were given out in.  If I borrow things, I always do what I was supposed to do with it and then promptly return it.  I itch to mention to people when they’ve borrowed things and had them too long, or ask them to treat them respectfully, but am too nice to ever say anything. 

9.  I almost joined the Navy at one point.  Right after high school, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do, and looked into joining.  It wasn’t for a few months that I finally realized I wanted to go to college, and so began my seemingly never ending journey.

10.  My most tremendous fear in life is raising a child.  For a while, I was unsure I even wanted children, constantly worrying that I would do everything wrong.  I finally just shoved the fear aside, telling myself I could do it and it’s okay to make mistakes.  I still get bouts of panic, though not as serious as they used to be.  But I know it’ll all be worth it.

Now it’s my turn to pass this along. First, Em, because she needs to get back on the wagon.  Second, my mom, well because, she’s my mom and all. And third, Kel, because she has the greatest way with words, and she’s hilarious!

Me, Moi, Mnie, Mich, Minua

I actually meant to post this for my 100th post, but forgot.  Anyway, coming into a close 102nd, I upped the stakes and listed 102 things about yours truly.  I’ll admit, it’s not the most interesting list, but I am definitely not the most interesting of people.  Enjoy!

1. Since we’ve established that my name is Steph, I’ll tell you that my middle name is Marie
2. If I ever moved away, I wouldn’t be able to live somewhere that didn’t have four distinctive seasons
3. My wedding was exactly what I wanted, you can read a little about it here
4. I write for pleasure, and eventually may try to publish something I’ve written
5. Most stories I write come from characters my dreams conjure up
6. I feel that the pressure of a deadline would take everything I enjoy about it away
7. I’ve always wanted to go diving on the Great Barrier Reef, but after a recent snorkeling trip, I don’t think I’d have the courage
8. As luck would have it, Derek now wants to learn how to scuba dive and proceed to dive as many places as possible
9.  I am not good at accessorizing
10.  My very best friend is gay, and I love him to death
11.  We were born exactly two months apart, and grew up next door to each other
12.  The only states I’ve visited  are; California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.  I’ve driven through many more, but never actually stopped
13.  My favorite childhood memory is going fishing, and I miss it so much, I can’t wait to get a boat of our own
14.  I don’t like cities full of tourists
15.  I always try to imagine Detroit as a city full of tourists, which is extremely difficult
16.  I have a respect for Detroit that I didn’t have when I was younger
17.  I’ve always wanted a truck, but have driven compact cars all my life
18.  I enjoy the downward part of snowboarding/skiing, but going up scares me
19.  I’d love to be a wedding planner
20. The only time I’ve traveled out of the U.S. is when I went to the Bahamas for spring break in 2001, and the many times I’ve traveled over the border into Canada
21. The only other foreign places I really hope to visit in my lifetime are Australia and  Ireland
22. I’d also like to see more of the States; Maine, Alaska, Oregon and Hawaii being the highest on the list
23.  In high school, I had more guy friends than girlfriends
24.  I was the only girl in the auto mechanics classes
25. I have an older brother and a younger sister
26. I don’t see the problem people have with being a middle child, I turned out alright
27. For the most part….
28. I am happy that I spent so many years in college searching for what would make me happiest
29.  I fell in love with Derek when I was 19
30.  I will never get sick of watching Friends episodes
31.  The friend that introduced Derek and I had a crush on him at the same time
32.  She stopped talking to me shortly after that, when she realized we were going to stay together
33.  I’ve seen her once since then, right before we got married
34. I very rarely wear makeup
35.  I don’t like interrupting people, so when I am listening to people, I don’t usually say much
36. I could eat seafood everyday for the rest of my life
37.  I have astigmatism, and had to wear hard contacts for years
38. I am not creative in an artistic way like my mom and dad, but am in other ways
39. Derek is an extremely talented wood worker, here is our beloved entertainment center, and here are some of his early projects
40.  I always wished I could paint
41.  The first time I cut my hair since 7th grade was at my senior all night party
42. I’ve never been able to curl my tongue
43.  I don’t like gambling
44. I really don’t like drama
45.  I love getting great deals on things
46. I have the best family anyone could ask for
47. I freak out every time there is a microwave with leftover time from heating something.  I am overly compulsive when it comes to hitting the clear button
48.  My dogs ALWAYS make me smile, no matter what
49.  I can’t stand it when short women date really tall men
50.  My two best friends are from my childhood, I am proud of that
51.  They live on opposite ends of the country and I don’t see them very often
52. I never dated anyone taller than myself until I met Derek
53.  Every Canadian I’ve ever met has been awesome
54. Derek grew up on the edge of Canada and spent much of his childhood there
55.  I used to spend hours practicing writing, so my handwriting would be perfect
56.  It still isn’t
57.  I used to be a smoker
58. The only time I don’t mind talking on the phone is while I am driving, which I know I shouldn’t do
59. Other than that, I largely prefer face to face, emailing, texting and blogging
60.  Growing up, I hated being tall
61.  I love being tall now
62.  My husband makes me feel short
63. If I ever bought a vacation home, it would be in the mountains
64.  I would love to teach my dogs to pull a sled
65.  I have a hard time making friends
66.  I wish I had more reasons to get dressed up and go out
67. I am an excellent listener, but horrible at giving advice
68. I freeze up when people cry and never know what to say
69. I am extremely obsessive about my paranoia.  Some days, a few hours after I leave the house, I’ll worry that I didn’t shut something off, or didn’t lock the door or that the house will be a pile of ashes when I return
70. At our first house, I had a fear of natural light and kept most windows covered 90% of the time
71. I’ve tried to improve with our second house, and only have blinds on most windows
72. I excel at organization
73. Not so much with clutter
74. I used to write love poems, and even won a few cheesy awards on the internet
75. One guy even emailed me asking for permission to use one of them when he proposed to his girlfriend
76. I said yes, and so did she
77. My So Called Life was an obsession of mine, and I still wish it hadn’t gotten cancelled
78. I play the piano
79. I once tried to learn how to play the drums and guitar…I was told to stick to the piano
80. I can’t start a fire without some sort of liquid stimulant
81. The first concert I ever attended was Porno for Pyros, and if it hadn’t been for the adult accompaniment, I wouldn’t have been allowed to go
82. Everywhere I wore the t-shirt from that concert, I got into trouble
83. I started working when I was 14, at a local flower shop
84.  When the new VW Beetles first came out, my mom was one of the few people to actually get one
85. I took my road test in that car, and the instructor was so busy asking her questions about the car that he was barely paying attention to me
86. Only in rare cases do people pronounce my married name correctly
87. Derek and I never had a honeymoon
88. I am a sucker for cheesy romance in the form of books, movies and songs
89. I’d much prefer to fix something myself rather than pay someone to do it
90. This comes from my dad
91. I believe that your dreams will not come true until you believe in them yourself
92. I used to live in the moment, I don’t anymore
93. Planning is an aphrodisiac to me
94. I don’t like driving at night
95. I have a college degree in Computer Aided Drafting
96. The only place I draft is at home
97. Some of the other areas I was interested in at one point or another were; Mechanical Engineering, Computer Programming, Construction Management and Business
98. I knew for sure I wanted to go into the medical field in 2007, when a few of my family members were hospitalized for various reasons
99. I want children
100. I’d also love to adopt
101. I don’t exercise nearly as much as I should
102. Sterling silver roses have always been and always will be my favorite (for anyone that’s wondering, they are actually purple)

Because I needed something to write about

Meg posted this the other day, and it looked like fun. Just a little survey with a bunch of random questions.

What have you learned about relationships?
I’ve learned that some relationships just don’t work out, no matter how hard you try.  But, when you find the ones that are meant to be, you don’t have to try so hard.

Do you ever think “what if” about anything?
All the time.  It isn’t regret, it’s just a thought about how things would have turned out a different way.

Do you judge people you don’t know?
I try not to.  I wouldn’t like to be judged by someone before they had a chance to get to know me, and I always try to keep that in mind.

Who/what is on your mind right now?

Many, many things.  Most of which are explained in my last post.

Who do you talk to when you’re down?
My mom.

Have you ever had your heart broken?
Yes, I have.  Everything worked out just fine though.

What is one thing you feel that you NEED in life?
My family.

Has more than one person ever told you they’re in love with you?

What are you doing tomorrow?
Well, it’s my birthday tomorrow.  I am working, and going out to lunch with my mom.

Are you talking to anyone at this moment?

Have you ever hung up on someone?
Yeah.  I actually hang up on Derek all the time.  Whenever we are arguing and he is winning (which is usually about 95% of the time), I get frustrated and then hang up.

Do you still talk to the person you fell hardest for?
I am married to him.

Looking forward to something this weekend?
Not really.  I don’t want to be another year older.

Do you drink tea?
Yes, I love tea!  I have a cup almost every night.

Who’s bed did you last sleep in?

Do you have any bruises?
I don’t think so.

Have you ever gotten a sunburn so bad it hurt to move?
Yes.  I was in the Bahamas and used baby oil while laying in the sun.  Not the greatest idea, I was miserable.

How many tattoos do you have?

Who was the last person you took a picture with?

My mom, sister and sister in law.

What’s on your bed right now?

What’s your favorite BBQ’d food?
Chicken.  I absolutely love BBQ chicken.

Like reading?
No, I don’t like reading.  I LOVE reading!  I can’t go a day without reading.

Twirl, or cut your spaghetti?
Twirl, it so much more fun!

What was the last movie you saw?
In theatres, it was Sex and the City.  I only go see the real important ones.

What does your mouse pad look like?
It’s black and says “the house that rock built.”  It’s from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Someone wanted to hear my thoughts, so here they are

My mom tagged me. I hadn’t realized that it’s been almost two weeks….I’ve kinda been busy reading a certain series of books, twice. But, that’s finished now, and I seem to be welcomed back to the real world with piles of dishes and laundry that decided not to take care of themselves while I was out.

This is just one of those simple tags…six random things about yourself, yada, yada, yada. But I am sure you are all dying to know six NEW things about me, right?!?

1.  I had a near death experience while white water rafting.  We flipped in a class five rapid, and I honestly thought I was going to die.   As I was fighting to get to the surface, some rocks decided to get in my way and make things even harder on my kicking legs.  Somehow I managed to find the strength to pull myself into our empty boat, and then two guys that were much larger than me.  It ruined everything for me, and I will never go again.

2.  I’ve got a butterfly tattoed on my lower back.  I got it on a whim when I was 18.  I still like it, but I probably won’t ever get another.

3.  I am an exceptionally fast reader.  I’ve finished average sized books in just a matter of hours.  I almost always read every book for a second time, right after the first.  I usually take my time the second time around, but it’s still over way too quickly.

4.  I’ve never broken a bone.  I did have a dumbwaiter collapse on both my wrists once.  I was told they had been fractured and had to wear splints for two weeks.  It turned out they were never even fractured.

5.  Music is a HUGE part of me.  It’s not very often you’ll find me without a radio on or my earphones in.  When I am doing things, I always do much better when there is music playing.

6.  The Little  Mermaid is one of my favorite movies.  I was obsessed with it as a kid, and I still love to watch it these days.

So, there you have it.  Some new things about me.  Maybe now I can get around to taking some pictures of the house, and all the work that I haven’t done to it yet.

Snippets of me

Meg tagged me with this, and I am really glad.  I’ve been at a loss lately, or my life is just really boring!  Besides, what could be better than learning more about my little self (you don’t have to answer that).

What was I doing 10 years ago?
Ten years ago was the summer between my sophmore and junior year of high school.  I worked at a florist most days, and spent the evenings out with friends.  Let’s see, I played tennis a lot that summer and briefly dated someone.  Nothing real exciting happened that summer.

Five snacks I enjoy in a perfect, non-weight gaining world:
Swedish fish
Ice cream
French fries

Five snacks I enjoy in the real world:
See above,  I still indulge in all these things, regardless.  I have a lack of what we like to call ‘self control’ when it comes to some things.

Five things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Quit work, and finish school, then start working again
Spend 6 months in Ireland
Adopt children from outside of the United States
Give money to all my family and friends
Buy land in the country, build our dream house, and rescue all sorts of animals

Five jobs I have had:
Florist, I did a little bit of everything
Waitress, this didn’t last too long, I just couldn’t do it.
Banquet Server,  I worked at a country club for four years, and those were some of the best years of my life.  It’s nothing like waitressing, it’s actually fun!
Receptionist, this didn’t last too long either.  This company had a rule about always smiling, and even I can’t smile THAT much!
Administrative Assistant, this is where I am now, biding my time until I become a Nurse.

Five habits:
Daydreaming. I do way too much of this.
Repeating things to myself after I say them.  I have a constant need to correct people’s grammar, yet I always think I say things wrong.
I always have to keep the volume of the tv on an even number.  I tend to be a little obsessive compulsive, so that’s where this one comes from.
Listening to songs over and over.  Sometimes I will listen to the same artist for months before I switch over to another or back to the radio.
Sharing my silverware with my dogs.  When I give them food, I usually just give it to them from the fork or spoon, which I use again.  Most people think this is gross, but I’ve never seen any problems with it.

Five places I have lived:
I haven’t had the luxury of living five different places, only three.
Livonia, MI
Plymouth, MI
Dearborn, MI

Five people I’d like to get to know better:
This is where I am supposed to tag some people, but I am not going to.  If anyone decides to do this, feel free.  Just let us know, and we’ll check it out!

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