Random Questions (35-69)

 A long, long time ago like OVER 2 months ago I posted the Random Questions thing…and then I brain dumped and completely forgot that there were MORE questions to answer until now…Oops…so let’s get on with it shall we?
35// What’s one habit you wish you could break?
 Drinking coke. I am still down way less than what I was and I seriously wish that I could just cut it out! I did once for nearly a year and then I had an awful migraine and needed a mt. dew and I caved and I’ve been struggling ever since. I do drink way more water, but every now and then…that coke just draws me in. (Also, by coke I mean any carbonated beverage…I’m southern…it’s all coke)
36// Do you have any nicknames?
My parents call me LuLu
My brother calls me Lu or Louie
My aunt calls me Honey
37// What surprises you the most about people?
 Honestly working with the public not much surprises me anymore.
The fact that people are so rude sometimes always takes me by surprise which it shouldn’t anymore. People can be ugly individuals.
I was going to start ranting about a lot of things that surprise me and annoy me…BUT I think I’ll save that for another blog post.
38// What makes you laugh no matter what?
 There are lots of things. But this video always gets me…
39//  What does creativity mean to you?
 It can mean different things to everyone…
To me it just means thinking individually and forming your own thoughts, ideas, etc
40// I found out that Nicole Kidman swam with sharks. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
 Jumped of a cliff into some water. That was in college…now I’m literally scared of any death defying thing – even though sky diving is on my bucket list.
41// What’s your favorite lyrics of all time?
 That’s really, really hard to pick. I have a lot of favorite songs….
42// What’s one blog post you wish you had written?
 Honestly a lot of things that Steph writes I wish I had thought of. Her posts are always spot on.
43// What’s a favorite memory from the last five years?
 Meeting Tony and getting ENGAGED!
Moving to Indiana!
Meeting Cole!
Meeting all the wonderful people I’ve met here in Indiana.
44// Is taking outfit photos harder than it looks?
 I don’t know. I’m not a fashion blogger therefore I do not take outfit photos.
45// What’s one accomplishment you’re most proud of?
 Moving away from Tennessee where I was comfortable and moving to Indiana where I knew NO ONE but my parents.
46// What’s something you’ve always wanted to try but you are too scared to do?
 Sky Diving.
47// What’s your spirit animal?
 A cat! Duh!
48// If you could get on a plane right now and go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
 Uganda. I’d go and see my dear Hannah and give her a very huge hug and never let her go.
49// Any advice for someone who wants to become a blogger?
 Just write. Also, write for yourself. You don’t have to have the most glamorous blog in the world…do it for yourself.
50// Any pre-blogging rituals?
 Nope. I’m fly by the seat of my pants. If a blog post is actually scheduled it’s an accomplishment.
51// What’s the most difficult thing write to about and why?
 Nothing really. If I want to write about it I will.
52// How many cats are in this room?
 Negative. I’m at work.
53// If you were a dog, would you get along with your dog?
 I don’t have a dog, but if I were to use my parents dog Abbie as “my dog” I’d  say no…she’s too needy and likes to be the only dog around.
 
54// What’s your favorite dog breed?
 Labs and Pugs

55// What’s the coolest thing in this room?
 Me. Duh.
56// If you could raid one woman’s closet, who would it be?
 I don’t know. I’m sure there are things I like from seeing other people wear them, but I’m sure there are also things they wear I don’t really like.
57// What’s your favorite fashion trend of all time?
 Jeggings / Leggings. I don’t even care what you say. They are comfortable.
58// Besides your phone and wallet, what’s a couple must have items?
 Chapstick, lotion, and keys.
59// Can you tell me what you’ll be wearing tomorrow?
 Nope. I think about it that morning. I don’t plan that far ahead.
60// What did you want to do with your life at age 5?
 A teacher.
61// What do you wish you knew at 19?
 Relax you’re not getting married in this decade.
62// What won’t you be doing in ten years?
 Sleeping? Because I’ll be married and maybe having some kidlets. MAYBE….
63// What do you think is the most important life lesson for someone to learn?
 Enjoy your life and stand up for yourself. Don’t let people run all over you. Use your voice!
64// What can you say in another language?
 I can say random Spanish words like the numbers and hi but other than that I would be pretty useless in a foreign country.
65// What do you love most about the town where you grew up in?
 The back roads. Every spot has a familiar place and smell. I miss it sometimes, but I wouldn’t go back.
66// What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
 Moved 4.5 hours away to a town where I didn’t know anyone.
67// Most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?
 Moved 4.5 hours away to a town where I didn’t know anyone.
68// What’s one goal you are determined to achieve in your lifetime?
 Lose 75-100 more pounds.
69// What is your favorite scented candle?
 Anything fall related. Walmart has this mulled cider candle and it is probably my favorite candle in the world.
Until Next Time,
Lora

Wedding Wednesday : Venue

The fact that I can actually link up for Wedding Wednesday because I’m planning my OWN wedding still kind of blows my mind…

Today I want to talk about venue…

When I was looking for a venue I didn’t really know what I wanted. I just knew that every single place I had thought about was way more than my budget was willing to pay. I love Tony so much and I wanted to make our day special, however, I was NOT willing to spend thousands of dollars for a venue and even my church with me being a member AND volunteering still wanted me to pay a ridiculous price. So I looked and I looked and I looked. At one point I was so completely over looking that I was on the brink of saying, “Screw it let’s just go to the courthouse.” Even though that’s not what I really wanted.

Finally I found it…there’s a barn in my town that you can rent. We went, snapped pictures, and I was sold. It’s beautiful and not in the thousand dollar price range. We can’t go IN it but the garden and the barn serve as a back drop for the wedding and it will be perfect for our June 2017 wedding.

After finding the venue we just needed to find a place to have the reception and again I ran into the fact that most places around here are between $1000 and $2000 to rent…and again I just cannot justify that. I’d rather save my money and spend it on other things…So I kept searching and found a community center for rent for $300.00 & if you return it the way you found it you get $150 of that back. They have all the tables, chairs, a stage, kitchen, and can seat 150 people which is more than enough because I doubt we’ll have more than 120…Not to mention the beautiful hard wood floors – I was completely sold the minute I saw it. I don’t have pictures because there was a group playing cards in there when I wen to see it, but trust me it will do the job splendidly.

So all in all with the barn & community center rental it will cost us $364 total (taxes include) and only $214.00 when we get the $150 back. Not too shabby if I say so myself…

I want our day to be special, beautiful, and about us starting our lives together, but I could not justify the thousands of dollars for just a backdrop for the wedding. I’d rather spend more money on other details to make it special and to save where we can.

To Travel & Beyond

Books Lately (June & July)

Since I finally decided to love reading again I’ve been on a roll! This is a collection of what I’ve read the past 2 months because I wasn’t able to link up last month…

Read –

20698530I had read the first book in no time and so I was excited to get my hands on this one as well. AND there’s a new one coming out early next year. I do love me some YA books.

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I loved Mindy’s first book and this one was eh okay. I didn’t hate it and I did finish it.

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I mean it was an easy read and I’m obsessed with the Teen Mom thing. I think I finished this in a day…it’s not that it was a page turner, but I did enjoy reading about her life and it was an easy read.

At first the 1st book took some getting into, but once I did I was hooked! I am currently reading the 3rd one (I had to take a break to read Harry Potter!)

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I tried to read this book soooo many time, but couldn’t. Finally I listened to it on audio and got sucked in. It’s weird and twisted but I enjoyed it.

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I just love Ellen & so I listened to this book too and I’m glad I did because she reads it and I was cracking UP in my cubicle at work.

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Who doesn’t love Betty White? I loved this and she reads it too and it was an easy listen and I really enjoyed hearing her stories.

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I listened to this at work too. I really enjoyed it. I have had it on my bookshelf for a while to read but never did, but when I found it at the library on CD I decided to give it a shot. I wish I had all the money I needed to pack up and travel for a year…

So anyway that’s all I have for the last couple of months. Not as much as some but considering I work 2 jobs I think I did pretty darn well!

What did you read this month?

What’s New?

I really like this link up with my pal Kristen and sometimes I forget about it because I’m a bad blogger, but I am so incredibly excited to link up today!

So what have I been up to the month of July? Let’s see….

I dog sat for my parents while they were on vacation.
I enjoyed this because a bigger more comfortable bed and cable. I watched so much Marriage at First Sight.

I hung out with Tony and his family for the 4th.
This was the first 4th that I can remember where there weren’t any fireworks because of the rain.

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I shared my worst date story ever. 

I went to see Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates with Hannah
Seriously so funny! One I would actually watch again.

Had movie girls day with Hannah

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Went to the drive in with Tony and his family

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I went to California with Tony and his family
Ate animal fries
Had a great fish taco & calamari taco
Saw a beautiful sunrise over the beach

I turned 31!

I got engaged!

And finally, I went to the midnight release of the new HP book

What have you been up to?

What's New With You

August Currently

Slowly, but surely I am really and truly trying to get back into this blogging game…

So! What better way to do this than with some currently action?

Reading: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!!!!!!!!! Also, Charmed Thirds

Loving: My engagement ring. I cannot stop staring at it!

Buying: Nothing! Ya girl has a wedding to plan and pay for!

Annoyed: At my country. This country that I love has seriously gone bat shit crazy.

Appreciating: Tony. Every day! Also, my mom and my aunt both being so willing and open to helping with the wedding. Also, my wonderful bridesmaids!

Wondering: If one of the jobs I’ve applied to will call me…change is good right?

Listening: Love songs. I’m sappy.

Feeling: Content (other than with the job situation).

Failing: Nothing that I know of.

Keeping: A consistent schedule. Bed time has been consistent and I am loving it! I feel so much better when I am well rested.

Writing: Blog posts! I have missed you guys!

Planning: blog posts!

What have you been up to lately?

Until Next Time,
Lora

Movie Reviews Pt 3

When you work at a video store and live in a small town where the only thing to really do on date night is go to the movies you tend to watch a LOT of movies and I don’t mind because even since I was a tot I loved movies and I remember my parents taking me every Friday to the video rental place to meet the pizza guy and to pick up movies. It was a tradition and one that I still love…only less pizza because pizza has calories.

Anyway, more movies!

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I don’t really know what I was expecting with this movie, but with Tina in it I was really expecting a lame comedy. Let me be honest with you here…I LOVED Tina on SNL and she made me laugh…but Tina on 30 Rock or in movies by herself well they don’t tickle my funny bone in the slightest and to be honest she’s not my favorite in movies because I just don’t enjoy her as much. I loved her book, I loved her in Baby Mama, but anything else is just, “Eh.” So with this I wasn’t expecting much, but I did end up enjoying it, but it was a little more serious and a lot less comedy – even though there were funny parts.

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I LOVE Robert De Niro and while this movie made me laugh it didn’t make me cry laughing or have muscle hurts from laughing so much. It’s predictable. Honestly, for once I would love for a movie to NOT end or to go the way I expect for it to…

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I’m about to contradict what I said about Dirty Grandpa because while this movie WAS preditable I absolutely loved it! Tony and I saw this on a date night and bless him for taking me and being willing to sit through a chick flick. It was everything you want a good chick flick to be…romance and feel good and I just really, really enjoyed it. When we get it at the video store I will probably watch it again.

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I was along side Ellen begging Pixar to put out sequel to Finding Nemo. I LOVED Finding Nemo. I went to the theater to see it 3 times AND bought it the second it was on DVD. So of course I had to be there opening day to see it. It was only right. My ONLY complaint is that while I know I am in a kid’s movie if your child is crying the ENTIRE movie please remove said child. There was one child that cried the ENTIRE movie and it was obnoxious. Other than that it’s great and I’d go see it again in a heartbeat! It was worth the wait.

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I loved this movie! It was honestly one of the funniest movies I have seen in a LONG time! I would watch it again in a heartbeat!

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The amount of love I have for this movie I can’t even explain. I LOVED it. I will buy this movie when it is released. Heck I wouldn’t mind going to see it in the theaters again. Also, Kevin Hart’s character totally cracked me up!

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I really really enjoyed this movie and seriously Jennifer Garner is so incredible in this movie. It’s based off a true story too and it just gave me goosebumps. It was better than most faith based films and that’s why I enjoyed it because usually they are seriously WAY too cheesy.

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I didn’t turn it off during it which is huge because usually I do if I don’t enjoy movies and it’s not so much that I didn’t enjoy it because I was able to sit through it and it did grasp my attention, but good gracious was it vulger and almost to the point where it was completely unnecessary.

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And I only give it that because I don’t really want to give it a 0. This was so bad. I did NOT enjoy it. There were parts where I laughed and I liked that they had the old gang throughout the movie, but overall as a whole Tony and I both walked out of there completely dumb founded by what we just sat through. Usually I boycott movies based off originals that were great…I should’ve stuck to that.

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Another bomb. I didn’t even last through this one though so maybe it got better but the opening was so incredibly stupid and didn’t keep my attention I turned it off.

What movies have you seen lately?
What movies are you loving lately?
Have you seen any of these?

Until Next Time,
Lora

Engagement Story + Weekend with Harry

After my huge blow with work I decided that this weekend I just wanted to relax and enjoy the weekend and NOT work because why?

Sorry to have left you hanging with the engagement news…There was a lot going on last week…

Tony is so sweet. I know I have said this over and over again, but he is and I appreciate it so much because I have never had a man treat me as well as he does.

We were in a little shop in New Mexico on our way home from California. We had stopped for breakfast and this shop had all these nick knacks you  never really need but they are there. So we were looking around and it was my birthday and  he told me to pick out something. I looked around and I wanted a pair of shoes, but couldn’t really find any so I found some jewelry and was looking around at it. I found this ring I loved and picked it out…sized it for my right hand because this is the hand I was going to wear it on. As soon as the lady from the store gave it back to me he took it and purposed there in the store.

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It was very sweet and he told me over and over again that my real ring was on the way. I jokingly asked him what he would’ve done had I picked out a pair of shoes…

We were originally going to wait and get married until NEXT December, but this weekend we moved it up to June…not sure on the date yet because I have to call the venue today and see when it’s available…and all that jazz…Just talking about all the costs and everything yesterday was enough to make my head spin…I will not be doing anything at all in the near future…

Anyway, so this weekend was a good one and Friday I just worked at the video store and then came home and relaxed.

Saturday I had to run to the library because a book I put on hold was finally available and then over to feed my friend’s fish. After all that I went to get ready so my parents, my aunt, and uncle, and I could all go have lunch with Tony before he went to work. I wanted my aunt and uncle to meet him and it never seems to work out so we went to him before he went to work. At one point I went to the bathroom and came back out to find a ring box sitting at my chair. I knew he had the ring, but I knew he wasn’t planning on giving it to me right away, but then he knew I had a bad week with work and wanted to cheer me up and let me tell you it sure did the trick!

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After lunch I came home, took a nap, laid around, had dinner with family and then eventually started getting dressed up to go to the Harry Potter & The Cursed Child book release party at the book store. I do not even care that I am 31 and dressing up for this. It was an absolute blast and the bookstore did a great job with everything. In the bathroom they had Moaning Myrtle moaning and just other cute little details throughout the store.

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It was an absolute blast and afterwards we went to IHOP and bless the poor waitress’ heart. She gave us all Harry Potter names for the rest of the night, but then she ruined it all by telling us to call her Gandalf #wrongfandom. We finally got back home around 4AM and I was beat.

I am trying my best not to speed through the book at rapid speed because I want to enjoy it. I was concerned about the fact that it IS a play, but it flows so well and is so easy to read. It has completely sucked me in! I say I don’t want to speed through it because I don’t know when/if JK will do this again, but I also am sucked in and don’t want to put it down!

Now, I do want to get on a bit of a soap box for a second…I saw people say yesterday that they don’t understand the Harry Potter fandom and yadda yadda…here’s the thing…we aren’t asking that you understand it but do not judge those of us that love it. If you’ve never read the books then no you wouldn’t understand it and that’s okay. You’re entitled to be wrong and to live in your world, but I choose to live in this world of magic, of friendship, of triumph, of good overcoming evil. This series is more than a series…and there will never ever in my opinion be another series like it. It’s more than just a collection of books. It’s a completely different world full of incredible characters that you grow to know and love. For those of us that love it the world is real, the people are real, the feelings are real and I’m not asking that you understand it but do not judge those of us that love it.

Yesterday I spent the day watching a movie, watch tv, and laying in bed reading. It was a wonderful day.

And here we are and it’s Monday. I’m doing a challenge of ONLY drinking water the month of August and I’m also getting my butt back on the healthy and working out train because I have a wedding to look good for…

Until Next Time,
Lora