Friday, October 30, 2009

A Halloween Eve Confession

I must confess, I am "__" years old and I have never been trick or treat-ing! It's not something that my parents ever allowed my brothers and sisters and I to participate in, reasoning unknown. :) I must say, though, I look forward to one day helping my future children dress up and go out and collect some goodies. I think that the idea of dressing up into whatever kind of person (or animal, etc.) you want to be sounds like so much fun!

I've also never carved a Jack O Lantern, but came close this year for the first time ever - my brothers, younger sister, and I made a pumpkin "snowman" and my brother carved it's face.

So now you know a little more of what makes me strange... err.. unique. :)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL! (Have a great time trick or treat-ing and carving your Jack O lanterns and eating your candy.)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Just a Random Fact

Did you know that Walmart now sells caskets and urns online?! My brother just told me about this article that tells all about it. My brother's a little disgusted because he works at Walmart. I asked him if he would quit if Walmart started selling them in store and made him stock them, haha.

Is it just me or does it seem like Walmart is taking over the world? (And no, I'm not against the idea.) :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

My Weekend (in the Presence of Pregnant Women)

My weekend was good - though it could have been a bit longer. :) Friday night my brothers and little sister and I went to a couple music stores so that my brother could try out some guitars, then quickly stopped at Big Lots just to see if they had any good deals, then had a supper of pizza from the restaurant that my brother works at. Saturday we were met by my family (which includes 2 pregnant women) and my brothers in-laws, along with my cousin (who is pregnant herself) and her husband and daughter. My oldest brother's party went good and we had a (chilly) good time "tailgating", only with pizza, in the parking lot for a couple of hours. I got home about 10 last night, and some of my family is still at my brother's house.

It was interesting to hang out with 3 pregnant people, 2 of whom I have known my whole life and I still have a hard time believing that they are married and pregnant (even though this is my cousin's second). Time goes so fast!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Bit More Natural Info and My Weekend Plans

Living naturally can actually save money... because of things that you can stop using, such as shampoo for me. The money I save from not buying shampoo sort of makes up for the money that I spend on natural deodorant. Yes, natural body lotion is a bit higher priced than other lotions, but natural facial wash and lotion are about the same price as other facial products as are natural make up items. The cost of natural living all depends on the brands/products that you use, it doesn't necessarily have to be expensive.

I am so excited about tomorrow! My older brother (one of them) and younger sister (the only one, haha) and I are heading out to stay the night at (another one of) my older brother's house. I really miss my brother and am happy to get to spend the weekend with him. On Saturday the rest of my family (all of the rest), along with my oldest brother's in-laws, will be meeting us in my older brother's town to tour the baseball stadium there for my oldest brother's 30th Birthday party. That enough brothers mixed in there to get you confused? :)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My ( a little bit) Natural Life

As I have mentioned here before, I have been without shampoo for over 7 months now, I have never told what else I have been doing a little more naturally.

1. Well, of course this kind of goes along with going without shampoo, but I have also been without hair spray, dye, etc., the only things that have been in my hair (purposefully anyway) in the last seven months have been baking soda and vinegar - and rosemary once or twice and those elderberries one time, but that's another tale all together. :)

2. I'm not sure exactly when it was, but at least three or four months ago, I switched to natural deodorant - and I am sure you wanted to know what kind of deodorant I use, haha. I use Tom's of Maine deodorant and it has pretty much worked great for me, the weird thing is that it is a deodorant and not an antiperspirant and I don't sweat much when using it. I switched my deodorant because aluminum supposedly causes Alzheimer's among other things.

3. I use a natural face wash, and have for a couple of months now. I switched to this because I care so much about the skin on my face and it is so delicate.

4. I just recently switched to a natural facial lotion as well, for the same reasons as the above.

5. I have a few random make up items that are natural, but I have never switched to completely natural make up because I love some of the make up that I use now too much and because I'm not to sure using chemicals on my eyelashes, etc, is really going to hurt anything.

I have used natural body lotion - and I really liked the Jergens' Natural line - but right now I just needed some lotion and we had a (unnatural) bottle that we had gotten cheap or free and so I am using that.

I was the first one in my family to care about using natural products, but one of my older brothers has started to "follow in my footsteps" a bit now. :)

All of this being said, I am not a "Natural Snob" and I don't eat a lot of organic food. I'm just trying to change where it easiest or where the chemicals are the strongest.

One more thing, I have been without nail polish for over four months now - nail polish is something that, I believe, could have a really strong impact on your health, how could it not? I've seen some natural nail polishes online, but don't really feel like spending that much on nail polish... one day, maybe.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My Brother and Not Caring

I miss my brother - the sibling closest to my age. He lives about 4 hours from where I live and I haven't seen him in a month (or two, I don't remember). I had a bad dream about him the other night and that really made me miss him. :( The good news... I get to see him this coming weekend. :)

Do you have days where you don't really care - what others think of you, etc.? I feel like that today, my sister just posted a bad picture of me on Facebook, but I'm like "who cares that is how I really looked yesterday". You know that feeling? And then, in a couple days (or tomorrow) I will see that picture and I will beg her to take it down. You know?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I Know a Secret!

Yesterday my older (pregnant) sister came to visit... and let something slip! Her and her husband are very secretive about their baby, not letting us know any of their name ideas, not planning on even finding out the gender of their baby (much less telling us what gender he/she is), etc.. But yesterday my sister and I were in a room alone and my sister was telling me how they are going to plow up their sandbox (that was in the yard when my BIL bought the house) to make it into a garden and then she told me that when " " and then she stopped herself... I didn't know what she said until she got all flustered, then I figured out that she had just told me the name that they have planned for their baby! (They are "feeling" that they are having a girl - and I am, too - and so she already calls her baby by the girl name that they have planned.) So, I know a secret and I alone can know it, and I have to continue to keep it a secret for about 7 or 8 months yet! (I know that I can do it, I know that I can do it, I know that I can do it...)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

More 5000 Questions (part 3)

62. What one thing have you done that most people haven't? Gone over 7 months without shampoo.
63. What is the kindest thing you have ever done? Not sure.
64. Are you a patient person?
Usually, yes.
65. What holiday should exist but doesn't? Don't know.
66. What holiday shouldn't exist but does?
Labor day.
67. What's the best joke you ever heard? Don't know.
68. Where is the most fun place you have EVER been? Six Flags Great America.
69. Is your hair natural or dyed? Very natural.
70. Do you have any deep dark secrets or are you pretty much up front?
I have my share of secrets.
71. What is under your bed right now? Boxes and mess.
72. If you were in the Land of Oz would you want to live there or go home?
Go home.
73. If you drive do you frequently speed?
Nope.
74. What is the world's best song to dance to?
Hmm...
75. What song was on the last time you danced with someone? I danced with my little cousin at my sister's wedding, but I don't remember what song it was. :)
76. Do you prefer Disney or Warner Brothers? Disney
77. What is the first animal you would run to see if you went to the zoo?
Marmosets - I saw them for the first time at a zoo this past summer and fell in love with them. :)
78. Would you consider yourself to be romantic? No.
79. If the earth stopped rotating would we all fly off? I don't know, do you?
80. What is the one thing that you love to do so much that you would make sacrifices to be able to do it?
Pretty much anything that I do do.
81. If you (and everyone) had to lose one right or freedom, but you could pick which one everyone had to lose, what would you pick?
The right to drink. :P
82. If you had to choose would you live on the equator or at the North Pole? On the equator.
83. Would you rather give up listening to music or watching television? Watching television.
84. What do you think makes someone a hero? When they sacrifice themselves to help others. 85. What cartoon would you like to be a character in? Spongebob.
86. Name one thing that turns your stomach:
Child abuse.
87. What was the last thing you paid for? Really cute little baby shoes for $1.50 on Ebay!
88. Are you a coupon clipper?
YES!
89. Get anything good in the mail recently?
Some free magazines.
90. Which would you rather take as a gym class...dancing, sailing, karate, or bowling? Karate.
91. In Star Trek people 'beam' back and forth between different places. What this means is they stand in a little tube and their molecules are deconstructed and sent to another tube somewhere else where they are reassembled. Only problem is when the molecules are deconstructed the person is dead. When they are put back together it is only a clone that has all the dead person's memories. So... Is the person who gets beamed the same person on both ends? Not really
92. What insects are you afraid of? I'm not really "afraid" of any, but I don't like ticks or Asian beetles
93. If you could print any phrase on a T-shirt, what would it say?
I don't really like shirts that say things on them
94. What's the most eccentric thing you have ever worn? Striped knee high socks with tennis shoes and gauchos
95. If you could pick one food that you could eat all you wanted but it would have no effect on how much you weigh, what food would it be?
Ice cream or chips.
96. What are your parents interested in?
Don't quite understand this question...
97. Have you ever caught an insect and kept it as a pet? Lightning bugs (fireflies) momentarily Have you ever caught and tamed a wild animal? Nope.
98. What is more helpful to you, wishes or plans?
Plans.
99. When do you feel your life energy the strongest? Never. :P
100. You are spending the night alone in the woods and may bring only 3 items with you. What do you bring? Bug spray, flashlight, blanket

I am now 1/50 of the way done with this survey. :)

Snow and H1N1

So, I didn't post in awhile, oops! :( Sorry - haha, I am sure there were so many people waiting for me to post something for them to read. ;)

It snowed! We got almost two inches of snow on Monday (Columbus Day), and the last little bits still haven't melted. That was unusual, even for Wisconsin. I heard that we usually get our first inch in late November, not 2 inches in the middle of October.

The swine flu is abundant around here, closing down a school near me for the rest of the week. I am a little worried about my pregnant family members, as I here that catching the swine flu would be very bad for them. Please pray for them.

Monday, October 5, 2009

More 5000 Questions (part 2)

31. What 3 things do you want to do before you die?

A Call me crazy, but I really don't know.

B

C

32. What three things would you want to die to avoid doing?

A Killing anyone

B Seeing my family die

C Go through pain for the rest of my life.

33. Is there a cause you believe in more than any other cause? I believe in many various causes, including, fighting for freedom, fighting against poverty, and the right to life.

34. What does each decade make you think of:

The 19..

20's: The decade my grandparents were born

30's:

40's:

50's: The decade my parents were born

60's:

70's: The decade my oldest brother was born

80's: The decade that I was born

90's: The decade that my younger brother and sister were born

2000 (so far): The beginning of my life

2010's: The decade that my nieces or nephews or both will be born

35. Which decade do you feel the most special connection to and why? The one that we are in right now.

36. What is your favorite oldie/classic rock song? I don't know.

37. What country do you live in and who is the leader of that country? The US of A, Barack Obama

If you could say any sentence to the current leader of your country what would it be? Wake up!

38. What's your favorite TV channel to watch in the middle of the night? I don't watch tv in the middle of the night.

39. What Disney villain are you the most like and why? I don't know.

40. Have you ever been a girl scout/boy scout? I was a boy scout, only kidding, nope... never either.

41. If you were traveling to another continent would you rather fly or take a boat? Fly.

42. Why is the sky blue during the day and black at night? Because that is what happens.

43. What does your name mean? I have no idea.

44. Would you rather explore the deeps of the ocean or outer space? The ocean.

45. Word association

What is the first word that comes to mind when you see the word:

Air: Water

Meat: Beef

Different: Unique

Pink: Purple

Deserve: Desire

White: Black

Elvis: Presley

Magic: Wand

Heart: Star

Clash: Fight

Pulp: Orange juice.

46. If you could meet any person in the world who is dead who would you want it to be? One of my siblings who died through miscarriage.

47. What if you could meet anyone who is alive? Not sure.

48. Is there a movie that you love so much you could watch it everyday? Nope.

49. You are going to be stuck alone in an elevator for a week. What do you bring to do? Magazines, a laptop, food and water


50. Have you ever saved someone's life or had your life saved? Saved someone, no. Had mine saved, every day.

51. Make up a definition for the following silly words...

Fruitgoogle: Searching online for fruit.

Ambytime: Morning.

52. What was the last thing you made with your own hands? A card.

53. What was your favorite toy as a child? Dolls.

54. How many TV’s are in your house? Uh... two or three.

55. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Hang out/visit scenic parks.

56. How do you feel when you see a rainbow? Untouched. ;)

57. Have you ever dreamt a dream that came true? Yes.

58. Have you ever been to a psychic/tarot reader? No.

59. What is your idea of paradise? Anywhere with nice, warm weather.

60. Do you believe in god and if so what is he/she/it like? I do. He is unlike anyone else, He is loving, He saved my life.

61. Do you believe in Hell? I do.

I AM SO EXCITED!

A couple weeks ago I posted that my older sister and her husband were expecting their first child (after being married for only 3 months now) and I asked for prayers for my brother and his wife (who have been married for a little over a year) as they want children but had been unable to have any yet. Well...

On Saturday I went shopping with my mom, older sister (the expecting one) and little brother and sister, we go home to find "grandparent" bibs on the table - I thought that someone had left them there for my older sister - and out of our living room popped my brother and his wife with news of their own! They really surprised us, since A. we weren't expecting them to get pregnant, and B. they live about six hours away and hadn't even told us that they were coming.

The baby's are due just (exactly) two weeks apart from each other.

Anyway, I am very excited to have two little nephews or nieces (or one of each) on the way, and am very thankful to God that He helped my brother and SIL to get pregnant.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

5000 Questions

I found this thing called a 5000 questionnaire on another blog (while blog hopping) - and stupid me, I closed the blog window and don't remember the blog address so I can't link to it. Anyway, the link the the questions is here. I don't know if I will make it through all 50 (?) parts, but here goes part of the first. ( I am going to break each part down a bit. )

Part one
1. Who are you? I am a free thinker, independent, pro-freedom, Jesus follower.

2. What are the 3 most important things everyone should know about you? I love Jesus, I love my family, and I am very independent.

3. When you aren't filling out 5,000 question surveys like this one what are you doing? I am writing, playing Wii, reading, shopping or just sitting around with my brothers and sisters.

4. List your classes in school from the ones you like the most to the ones you like the least (or if you are out of school, think of the classes you did like and didn't like at the time). I liked history, and didn't like math, other than that I didn't really care. ;)

5. What is your biggest goal for this year? To start earning some real money with my writing, or just to move on in life in general.

6. Where do you want to be in 5 years? That is something that I don't really talk about with anyone - but I definitely know where I want to be.

7. What stage of life are you in right now? The "time to move on" stage.

8. Are you more child-like or childish? Both. ;)

9. What is the last thing you said out loud? "Telephone!"

10. What song comes closest to how you feel about your life right now? I was asked this in a different survey the other day, and I was stumped - and I still am.

11. Have you ever taken martial arts classes? No.

12. Does your life tend to get better or worse or does it just stay the same? Basically stays the same - little ups and downs here and there.

13. Does time really heal all wounds? Definitely not... but Jesus definitely helps to heal some.

14. How do you handle a rainy day? I don't. ;)

15. Which is worse...losing your luggage or having to sort out tangled holiday lights? I've never lost my luggage, but I have tried to untangle lights, so I will go with that one.

16. How is your relationship with your parents? A little too personal of a question for me...

Will you miss them when they are gone? Likewise... (but, yes.) :)

17. Do you tend to be aware of what is going on around you? Always.

18. What is the truest thing that you know? That God is God and that there is no one like Him.

19. What did you want to be when you grew up? The funny thing is I never really had any big dream, and I some times feel that I still don't.

20. Have you ever been given a second chance? Well sure, every day... :)

21. Are you more of a giver or a taker? I think that I can honestly say a giver.

22. Do you make your decisions with an open heart/mind? I try to.

23. What is the most physically painful thing that has ever happened to you? A horrible back ache, pain so strong I blacked out when trying to stand.

24. What is the most emotionally painful thing that has ever happened to you? Too personal again.

25. Who have you hugged today? No one.

26. Who has done something today to show they care about you? No one. :(

27. Do you have a lot to learn? Doesn't everyone?

28. If you could learn how to do three things just by wishing and not by working what would they be?

A Crochet

B Be more forgiving

C 3D Animation (just to impress my brothers)

29. Which do you remember the longest: what other people say, what other people do or how other people make you feel? How they make me feel.

30. What are the key ingredients to having a good relationship? Be open with each other, commit to always love them - no matter what happens, forgive.

There... far as I am going today. :P

Bargains and Shopping

I love to bargain shop!

Everyday I head to my favorite deal finding site and check out their "Hot Deals" section of the forum to make sure that I don't miss out on any deals.

I love to find coupons that make items free - and double coupon-ing works good with that. :) "Stacking" coupons is great, too.

I love shopping clearance - that is pretty much the only way that I buy myself any new clothes.

I love signing up for free samples online - especially when the samples come with a coupon enclosed.

Is anyone else interested in this kind of thing? Would anyone be interested in hearing more about some of the deals that I have gotten over the years - or current deals that are going on? Let me know and I might post more...