Friday, September 21, 2012

Five Question Friday!

Yea, I haven't posted since last Friday. It's been a whirlwind of a week. I promise I'm trying to post more! Even if that feels like I'm lying. Oh well. 

The weather's beautiful, so it's time for a bonfire/BBQ night! 

1. What is one grammar issue you cannot let go without correction?
Ugh grammar. It's the worst thing about working in the trucking industry - half of the time, the people I work with didn't even graduate high school, much less know the proper form of English. But the things I hate the most? Spelling (you have a SPELL CHECKER), your/you're and they're/their/there, and commas/apostrophes. Put AWAY the comma shaker. KNOW that things aren't always possessive. ERG. 
2. What's your favorite thing about fall?
 SWEATERS. I love them. I have WAY too many of them. But I wear them all!

3. What's your favourite dish to take to a potluck?
It depends on the potluck. I should bring an appetizer/dip? Cheesy Bacon Ranch Dip. Bread? Garlic butter pinwheels. Side? Corn pudding or baked beans (depending on time). Vegetarians? Mac n cheese. Dessert? Anything in my list. No, seriously - I'm not kidding.

4. When do you start Christmas (Holiday) shopping?
Black Friday. Or rather, the night of Thanksgiving. It's family tradition to share all the ads and make lists (for ourselves or for others). We then spread out and tackle stores together throughout the day - it's a ton of fun! I then buy for others throughout the rest of the season up until Christmas. 

5. Did you move homes a lot growing up?
Nope. My parents bought a "starter" house right before I was born (move in day happened when I was a month old!). They still live in that same house, 3 kids and 24+ years later. And I'll have to sell it one day, because they will never move. Needless to say, it's no longer a "starter" home, and they've definitely made a TON of upgrades. 
Until next time! 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Five Question Friday!


1. How long did it take for you to find your wedding dress? (Wedding dress pics anyone?)

Um, it was the second dress I tried on. Kid. You. Not. And the first one was WAY out of my budget, so it wasn't even really an option (but it was Maggie Sottero, and I HAD to try it on). It fit perfect - no alterations needed. And I loved everything about it. The sweetheart neckline, the layered bottom, the lace, the train - it's beautiful. Which is probably why, even though I told myself over and over I wouldn't sell it, I just can't bring myself too. Guess I ought to go ahead and get it preserved then...

2. Someone in your general vicinity releases a NASTY smelling fart. Do you say anything or blow it off?

Depends on how well I know them.  Sean or a close friend? Totally calling you out. Someone else? I'll find a reason to leave the room.

3. What is the scariest thing that happened to you or scared you recently?

Well there's currently a terrorist bomb threat going on downtown in my city. Sean works downtown.  Thankfully it took me only a text to find out he's a good 10 blocks from the action. Whew.

4. Favorite brand and flavor of ice cream.

Ben & Jerry's Brownie Fudge whatever. Brownie pieces, fudge, and chocolate ice cream? Sold. 

5. Are you able to sleep well in hotels?

Depends. I sleep like a baby at an Sheraton or Hilton brand - even the cheap ones. Their pillows are just amazing. I sleep terrible at Microtels and Drurys :\ The bed just doesn't work for me - though I tend to like their amenities better. 


Thursday, September 13, 2012


So I've had a cough for 2+ months. It's awful. It's worse at night - I have to use my inhaler and/or take Nyquil every single night to sleep. I wake up coughing and sputtering, and Sean isn't sleeping well because he's afraid I'll stop breathing in the middle of the night. I'm terrified of an asthma attack that puts me in the hospital (or worse). Should I remind everyone that 4 years ago my dad had to be revived from an asthma attack? Yeah. Kinda scary.

I went to the doctor today (who by the way, I love). I've always had seasonal allergies - which created asthma. I'd have an asthma attack once or twice a year, use my rescue inhaler, and that'd be it. Well, not anymore. I'm officially an asthmatic. I have a month of steroids for my lungs, and hopefully I'll be back to my more normal self. We'll see.

But even worse? I was diagnosed with high blood pressure.


Yeah. It threw my doc for a loop too. I'm young, I'm fairly healthy, and I'm only slightly overweight. According to her, there's no reason I should naturally have high blood pressure. Sooo we're fighting it. I'm currently taking high blood pressure meds. It could just be that this asthma is affecting my body so much that it's raising my blood pressure. Or it could be something more. Luckily Sean and I are already on a diet makeover, so we're 1 step into the process. One thing for sure? I have to go back in 2-3 weeks, and there will be an ass-kicking of lab work. My mom has already had blood clots at 45, and her mom died from her heart stopping. Terrifying!!!

Hopefully I can really kick up the being healthy. Hopefully I can beat this.

Friday, September 7, 2012


We paid off my car!! Whooo! What are we going to DO with that extra $330 a month?! Oh right. We're gonna put it to work. We'll be adding $150 of that to my student loans, and start tackling them. The rest will be stashed into the house fund. Now that Sean's in his last year, we really need to kick it into gear with the savings.

Speaking of savings...has anyone ever used an INGDirect saving account? It's an online savings account, but it means a higher interest rate and a separate area to save. I HATE the hassle of opening accounts with our traditional bank, plus I feel like seeing all of the money on one site makes me think we have more than we have (which is NOT good in the money department!). I just don't know anyone who's ever used one. :\

Sean and I are starting a super makeover. Sort of. Basically, we're competing with each other Biggest Loser style (first weigh in is Monday!). It means more salads (only spinach please), veggies, and fruit. It also means our grocery bills are a tad more expensive, which sucks. But it means healthier us - which is huge. Being healthier will definitely help with my asthma, fitting into my shirts, and being able to play with Bowser more. Plus, we want to start trying for kids in the next year - and I want to be healthy for that too. The winner gets a new Mizzou jersey at Homecoming, but I'm kinda hoping for an exact tie. I'm using MyFitnessPal to help track everything (and super fell off the wagon today - oops) - my username is AFbacher if you want to join up!

Speaking of Bowser...we're thinking about training him to be a therapy dog. We already wanted him to take (and pass) the Good Citizen test, which is the first step for therapy dogs. Plus, he has to be 3 years old (so the puppy is grown out of him and he's much calmer) for us to sign up. We're thinking more along the lines of a Reading Therapy dog - we'd go to schools, and he'd let kids read to him. It's a great program - Bowser can't judge or correct kids that are struggling with their reading, and they get to spend time with a dog too.

I'm getting really anxious to settle down. It frustrates me to no end that I feel like I can't take a promotion because I don't know where we'll be in a year. I hope it's KC - I love my coworkers, I love the feel of this city, and I love that Google Fiber is coming here. I love our friends, and all the opportunities here.

That's about it for now - maybe I'll start posting more often? Heh. Don't count on it. :D