June 28, 2013

So you wanna know about me?

Alabama Women Bloggers

Linking up with a fantastic group of bloggers... Alabama Women Bloggers!  Here are the self-interview questions for June!


1. What part of the state do you call home?  I currently live in Nowhere, Alabama, somewhere along I65 close to the Tennessee  state  line, but I will always call The Shoals home. I was born there, went to high school and college there, had my first apartment & bought my first home there, and even got married there  (but left the ex there!)  Don't wanna go back except to visit  :)

2. How long have you been blogging?   Since March 30th, a  whopping 3 months!

3. Why did you start blogging? I've always wanted to document my "bad luck" events,  but thought it would be a book. Then I started reading blogs and thought that would be a great way to share my experiences!

4. What is your favorite part of being a member of the Alabama Women Bloggers community?  I love being able to find local bloggers so easily. If you make a great friend connection, you're within driving distance if you wanna grab Starbucks!

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Done with grad school, working with a company I love, hopefully married and ready to have babies! And living who knows where!

6. If you could choose an actress to play you in your life, who would you choose and why? I don't keep up with actors/actresses that well,  but I've had people say I look like Ashley Judd and she's pretty awesome (Double Jeopardy is the shit).  I don't see it though...  what do you think? 


But my life is definitely a comedy, so maybe Jenn Anniston or Jenn Garner (is Jenn a coincidence here? I think not.)



7. Name 5 things on your Bucket List that you hope you’ll check off before you die?  I don't have a "bucket list".  I just kinda live day by day.  There's a ton of places I want to visit: NYC, Vegas (again), Charleston, and Italy.  I want to retire and travel across the US in an RV with my dogs.  I would love to do something adventurous like bungee jumping or whitewater rafting or skydiving.  I also want to start my own dog rescue.
 
8. If you could be known for one thing, what would it be and why? Hmm.. either my brain or my heart.  I pride myself on being a smart, educated woman.  And I also have a huge heart and believe in second third chances and karma.

9. Describe the best moment in your life.  I think you're supposed to say you're wedding day, but I got a divorce. I would say the day I got divorced, but that was a very difficult time in my life. So I will say the best moments of my life are still happening. I'm in love, I just got accepted to a very selective graduate program, and my future is just beginning.


10. If you could “be” anything (no consequences, no fear), what would you “be”?  A veterinarian. That's if school or money wasn't an option. I love animals and would love to help them. But I can find other ways to help with my current career path

11. What or who inspires you to blog?  I am absolutely over the moon when my inbox gets filled with comments or new followers. I don't even know what to think. I would blog whether anyone read it or not, but the fact that people actually read it inspires me to keep doing it!!

12. We’re headed to your neck of the woods… what restaurant would you recommend? You don't want to eat in Nowhere,  Alabama. Especially not Southern Fixin' Buffet. But I would recommend Ricatoni's in the Shoals anyday.  In fact,  let's go right now!

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13. What’s a southern tradition you and your family have?  My family is far from conventional and we didn't have many traditions. Plus, my dad was a northerner who didn't even like grits (blasphemy!) But me & Bobby talk about sun tea and front porch sitting all the time, so those will definitely be southern traditions we bring into our family.

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14. If you could pick your favorite blog post from your blog this year, what would it be?   The Tree Stalker -  it was one of my first posts, so probably not the best written, your writing definitely evolves!, but the story cannot be made up.

15. We all love social media, tell us your links so we can follow you!   Twitter //  Pinterest // Instagram // BlogLovin


Linking up with these blog hops as well!


















June 26, 2013

#SidebarLove {June}

I love all the bloggers that choose to hang out on my sidebar, and to show some appreciation, I want to spread some SIDEBAR LOVE!  I will attempt to do this each month, but like I posted before, I'm a bad blogger, so we shall see! Now check out some of the awesome ladies that hang out on my page!!


Meet Rachel!

Her Blog: Can't Google Everything
Favorite Blog Post: Then & Now
Favorite Summer Spot:  My favorite vacation spot was Costa Rica!  It is so pretty and relaxing there.  We went to the volcano hot springs and it was so amazing!  We also relaxed on the beach, explored, went zip lining and deep sea fishing!  It was an awesome trip and I'd definitely go back any time! 


 Meet Casey!


Her Blog: Aslan's Auspicious Albany Adventure
Favorite Blog Post: Why I Do What I Do
Favorite Summer Spot: Anywhere that involves a beach. My favorite spot so far would have to be the Bahamas. The water is brilliantly blue and the Sandals resort was absolutely stunning. We were spoiled rotten by the staff and they made sure we were pampered. Sand+Sun+Cocktails=My kind of Vacation!


Meet Ashley! 



Her Blog: Tracksuit Friday
Her favorite blog post: Things I've Learned Since Turning 20
Favorite Summer Spot: My favorite summer vacation spot is Cabo.  The weather is perfect nearly year-round, the hotels are beautiful, and there is absolutely no reason to leave the pool.  Life is perfect when you can swim to the bar, eat lunch and make friends with the bartender because you're the only white girl there that can speak Spanish.


Meet Cindy!


Her Blog: The Wooden Roller Coaster
Favorite Blog Post: Imaginary Adventures
Favorite Summer Spot:  I don't have anyone place I go to regularly, but the best vacation I have ever taken was a trip to Eleuthera, Bahamas. It was very rugged. There wasn't any resort  to stay at and no pools to swim in, instead it was just a simple rental home with the whole Caribbean to use as our pool. It was untouched by big businesses and had beautiful calm azure waters. It was the most relaxing vacation I've gone on. I wish I could afford to go back!


Meet Jules!


Her Blog: My Mom's a Whack Job
Favorite Blog Post Instead Of
Favorite Summer Spot: London.... Gingers are everywhere so I feel I fit right in, they talk crazy cool and the beer is insane!  On top of that, all things are old, no one cares what anyone things and I am going to nab Prince Harry on day!


Meet Chelsea!

Her Blog: CrazyBullies
Favorite Blog Spot: Myrtle Beach Recap - My Birthday Weekend
Favorite Summer Spot:  Right now we will say Myrtle Beach because It's a getaway that's only 3 hours away. It's far enough away from real life to be able to just relax, but close enough so you are not completely out of your comfort zone!


So you wanna hang out on my sidebar too?  Yeah, I don't blame you. All the cool people are doing it.  Just visit my Advertise page! I offer swaps!


June 25, 2013

How to Follow Me

Now that I have this fancy smancy blog, you need to know how to follow me.  I mean, you don't want to miss out on all the words of wisdom I provide.  There are three ways that I like following blogs and I suggest you try them.  To follow me of course.  And if you want to check out other blogs too, that's cool.  But me first, because it's all about me.



1. Subscribe By Email

This is my favorite way to read blogs.  I never miss a post of my favorite blogs because each post is delivered straight to my email inbox.  You can choose as many or as little blogs you want to subscribe to each day.

So you want to subscribe to my blog by email?  GREAT!  Here's how:


From any page of my blog, click "subscribe" on my sidebar. It will take you to a page that looks like this:


Click "Get Bad Luck Jenn delivered by email".  BOOM!

Don't do email?  Rather have a cute little app?  I got your back!


2. BlogLovin'

You can hang out on BlogLovin' on the website or through its neat app. You can follow as many or as little blogs that you want. I can spend spend hours on there!  You can even leave comments without ever leaving the BlogLovin' app.

What's great about it?  You don't have to be a blogger to use this app.  You can even link it to your Facebook.

Now that I have you totally intrigued about BlogLovin', how are you going to follow me?  Here's how:


Click here or that little cute B on the top of my blog page, or because I like options:



Click that button that says "BlogLovin".  Creative, right?  Once you do...



Click "follow".  Easy, right?!

And if you I haven't given you a good enough way to follow me then you're just too damn picky, lemme give you one more.

3. Twitter

Now this should be your last option.  Why?  Because you're very likely to miss one of of my posts this way unless you are constantly glued to your social media.  And missing one of my posts is just unacceptable.

But twitter is a great way to get reminders to read my posts from none other than myself.  I also try to post random thought throughout the week.  But I make no guarantees that I have any idea what's going on with Twitter, because I seriously don't understand it.

That being said, here's how to follow me on twitter:


Click here or the little birdie on my blog page then:



 Click "follow", duh.


So there you have it guys.  Three awesome ways to follow me or any other blog.  I love my readers!  I reply to every.single.comment (as long as you're not a no-reply commenter - Thanks Sarah for breaking that down for everyone!)



June 24, 2013

I'm Exciting

So it's that horrible time of the week again.... Monday.  And it's time for a recap of my weekend. I'm going to warn you now, I'm super exciting.

My main goal this weekend was to clean out my refrigerator.  You see, my fridge is where leftovers go to die.  I will cook then think, "yeah, I will totally eat that tomorrow for lunch at work." Then I won't.  Because I don't feel like eating it again.  So the food stays in my fridge FOREVER. Or until I get the courage to clean it out.

I was totally going to clean it Saturday, but DirecTV was offering free Showtime this weekend and I watched this instead....


Then decided to pay-per-view this because I was too lazy to go to the RedBox...


 Of course I had to watch both parts! Don't judge me. And I ate this while I watched them...



I finally cleaned out my fridge (yay!) and survived (yay!). I don't know what smelled worse, the month week old food, or the dead bunny that had been sitting in the garbage in the Alabama heat for a few days. YUCK. Shout out to Meg for checking on me via Twitter!


If you can't tell, that's the before & after pictures of my fridge.  And after I even went grocery shopping.  Yeah I live like a bachelor. But I did find these...


I felt like I had a golden ticket to Willie Wonka's chocolate factory!  Put some chocolate and peanut butter together and call it breakfast food and I'm game!

I also blogged. Bobby was featured on my blog and I finally wrote my Liebster blog post

But yup, that's about it.  I'm exciting, I know.  Linking up with Sami & Bre.


June 23, 2013

Love & Liebster

I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by Casey from Aslan's Auspicious Albany Adventure. And Tami at Friday Morning Buzz. And Cindy at The Wooden Roller Coaster. And Adriana at Dog Hair is an Accessory.  Annnnnnd Ashley at Track Suit Friday.

I am loved. Or either I'm just the only person with under 200 followers these days that hasn't done their Liebster post yet. Either way, I'm more than flattered!


I think most bloggers know what this Liebster thing is all about, but for those of you who are new here or just stalk read, here's what I know about it. Only bloggers with less than 200 followers (check!) can be nominated. This basically encourages and helps discover small and new (check!) bloggers

Once you are nominated, here are the rules:
  • Link back to person who nominated you
  • List 11 10 facts about yourself
  • Nominate up to 11 new bloggers with less than 200 followers (and notify them)
  • Ask your nominees 11 10 questions

Some facts about me... 
1. I hate odd numbers. I can't even let my volume stay on an odd number. Especially prime numbers. So yeah, this post is totally freaking me out. Soooo... I think we will change it to 10.

2. I'm terrified of cockroaches... aka roachbugs. Eeeeek!

3. I squeeze the toothpaste from the middle-to-top of the tube. And it infuriates Bobby who thinks toothpaste should be squeezed from the bottom. 

4. I don't like coffee or wine. I'm sure most of you have stopped reading now! I will make it up to you some other way, I promise!! 

5. I actually can't drink - one of the medications I take doesn't mix well with alcohol and I'd rather stay alive, ya kno? So everyone drink some wine for me! 

6. I'm allergic to cats. I don't welp up or anything, but get horrid headaches and sneeze. I guess I will just stick with being the crazy dog lady. 



7. I fell in love with painting last year on my birthday at one of those sips & strokes type places (while I drank sweet tea). I've GOT to find the time to paint my next work of art!

8.  I've always lived in Alabama. But I'm moving to Indiana in August!! Eeeek! (If you don't know why, catch up here slacker) 

9. I'm actually a big nerd. I graduated salutatorian of my high school & magna cum laude in college. I would've just died if I ever made a "C" in any of my classes! 

10. I have four tattoos and want a ton more.  Ink is very addicting! 



Casey's Questions...
1. If you had all of the money in the world for any hobby, what would it be? Painting, photography, scrapbooking... why choose just one?!

2. What is your fondest memory from your childhood? Probably playing Barbie's with my sister all.the.time or playing outside with the neighborhood kids until the lightening bugs came out

3. What did you want to be when you "grew up" I'm going to grad school to be a pathologist assistant 

4. What is your home town's best kept secret? The Shoals area has all sorts of cool stuff, it's the birthplace of Helen Keller and has a great musical background

5. If you could only blog about one topic for a year, what would it be? I'm a lifestyle blogger so blogging about my life is pretty damn funny :) 

6. How has the blogging world enriched your life? I love it!  I learn so much from reading other people's blogs as well as meeting awesome people!

7. Favorite throwback song? REGULATORS... mount up! (Nate Dogg & Warren G)

8. Favorite ice cream flavor? I'm good with regular ole chocolate, but I will eat just about any type of ice cream any day of the week

9. What is your ideal summer vacation spot? I'm not a huge fan of sweating and getting sand stuck to me, but I do love the view of a beautiful beach. So lemme just take my vacations in the fall?
10. How long have you been blogging? A big whopping 3 months!

11. What is something from your past that you wish you could bring back? The past is in the past!  You learn from it and move on!

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Tami's questions...
1. If you had an extra hour in the day how would you spend it? Most likely sleeping... boring I know!

2. If you could only eat one thing every day for the rest of your life what would it be?  Some type of sweet, I'm sure. Candy, cake, ice cream.

3. Do your best friends/significant other/parents have any weird nicknames for you?  Not that I know of, ha.

4. Link to one of your favorite blog posts you've ever written.  The Tree Stalker

5. Which one celebrity grinds your gears the most? I said ONE, people.  I don't get involved with all these celebrities and their lives.  They are just people who have cameras shoved in their faces everyday and lots of money.

6. What would I find in your purse at any given moment?  Lip gloss!  Or I'm dying.

7. If you could have dinner with any one person, alive or dead, who would you choose?  I would love to have dinner with my grandpa again.  He was hilarious and I definitely didn't spend enough time with him before he passed away.

8. What's your blogging pet peeve? I.e. too many gifs, posts about cats, etc. Unintentional bad grammar drives me insane.  And big bloggers that don't return emails or acknowledge your comments.  Reduce the size of your ego folks.

9. Tell us about an embarrassing moment. There was one time in high school when my sister & I had to go to class smelling like skunk!  It was mortifying!!
10. What's your favorite book?  "Marley and Me" by John Grogan.  The book, NOT the movie.

11. On a guy -- boxers or briefs?  Boxer-briefs for sure!



Adriana's questions....
1. If I asked you to dog sit Lil, how much would I have to pay you?  $5/day.  At least that's how much I pay my dog sitter.  Or maybe we can talk free ad space or something?

2. What was your most memorable gift you received as a child?  I still have the clock radio I received when I was in 6th grade.  Damn good clock radio I say! 

3. Do you like my new blog design?!?!?!  Umm duh! 

4. You're invited you to my birthday, what would you bring?  Myself!  That's a gift right thur! 

5. Ocean, Lake, Pond, or Pool?  Lake or pool, clean water over saltwater any day. 

6. If you had a maned wolf as a pet, what would you name him? Foxy Lady 

7. What's your favorite song currently on the radio?  "From Can to Can't" by Corey Taylor

8. Where did you meet your best friend?  Which one?!  My newlywed bestie I met in school, we've been friends since 7th grade!

9. What's your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?   A huuuuuuge bowl of cereal.  Like mixing bowl size. 

10. What's your favorite Bruce Springsteen song?   Born in the USA, duh.

11. Will you send me a bag of tiny Snickers if I send you my address?  Only if it's not in the summer. Unless you like drinking your snickers.  Alabama summers are brutal. 



Ashley's questions....
1. You have an unlimited budget to shop, but you can only spend at 3 stores.  Where are you headed? Target, H&M, Charming Charlie

2. After you're done shopping, someone hands you 3 plane tickets.  Where are you and your fabulous new outfits going?  Vegas, NYC, and Italy!
 
3. Turns out the tickets are for 2.  But your husband/boyfriend/significant other can't go.  Who do you take?  My sister, who has the travel bug like no one else I know
 
4. You can pick 3 languages to speak.  What are they and why did you pick them?  Italian - because I'm going to Italy before I die, duh.  Chinese - because it's hard and if someone could just put it in my brain like bam! I would be all for it. Spanish - I know the basics, but I need to be able to speak it. 
 
5. When you get home, you find out you've lost your job.  But that's ok.  You can pick out a new one.  What will you do?  If school and money wasn't an issue, I would totally be a veterinarian

6. You've got to relocate for work. Where do you want to move?  Colorado, I'd move there in a heartbeat.
 
7. And your job is buying you a work car.  What kind of car would that be?  NOT a low-profile car.  Maybe a Nissan Juke.  Not picky.  But I want all the bells & whistles!
 
8. You've done such a great job at work, you are nominated to be "Queen for a Day".  What pet peeve of yours will now be illegal, punishable by punches to the face?  Lying, hate it. 
 
9. You've clearly got a knack for ruling the roost.  Who is your VP?  Bobby, so I can tell him what to do everyday... legally. 
 
10. President Obama has Camp David.  But you want to give things an update.  Where's your new American retreat? Savannah, GA.  

11. Now that you're out of office, what cause are you dedicating your life to?  Dog rescue and spay&neuter. 

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AND omigod-will-this-post-ever-end... After extensive research and careful consideration, here are my nominations!
  1. Jules at My Mom's a Whack Job 
  2. Jill at My Girlfriend Jill
  3. Chelsea at CrazyBullies
  4. Katie at Confessions of a Southern Fashionista
  5. BrookeLyn at Babbling Brookelyn
  6. Meg at Yammering Yankee
  7. JJ at Dexter Morgan's Mama
  8. Kay at Best of Intentions
  9. Becky at United States of Becky
  10. Felicia at Felicia's Red Door Life

    And here are your questions girls!
    1. Are you a dog or cat person?
    2. What's your favorite blog post of mine? #selfadvertisement
    3. What's your favorite blog post of yours?
    4. What's the weirdest thing in your purse?
    5. What's your worst habit?
    6. What is one of your guilty pleasures?
    7. Besides paying bills, what do you spend most of your paycheck on?
    8. Who are your three favorite band/singers?
    9. What age were you when you went to your first concert & who did you see?
    10. What is your favorite quote?


    Thanks for sticking around until the end!  Check out these awesome bloggers and look for their Liebster posts!















    The Bob Behind my Blog {June}

     
    If you haven't heard me talk about Bobby before now, well you just haven't been reading my blog!  He is an everyday part of my life.   So when I saw this link-up, I thought, "gee-golly, this is awesome!"

    Bobby?  Not so much.  I mean his face in the picture above pretty much explains his feelings towards answering these questions for my blog once a month. But he knows how much I love blogging and how much it means to me, so he played nice and participated.... this time. 
     
    1. Does your wife/girlfriend/fiance use your real name or a nickname on her blog?
    You do use my name.  Not my full name though, I don't think.

    As well as B, Bob, Bobbino...

    2. If you had a blog, what would the title be?
    I wouldn't have a blog.

    He barely uses social media.  I always try to get him to show me "facebook love" (ex: My girlfriend @so-and-so is amazing! She just cooked me dinner! I love you baby!), but he refuses.  But he did give me twitter love this year for Valentine's day!  <3

    3. Do you ever feel ignored by her because of the blog?
    Nah. 

    REAL convincing there babe.

    4. How has her blog changed or evolved throughout your relationship?
    Too early to tell. Besides the layout you spent money on.

    Backstory: Bobby thinks blogging should be a FREE hobby.  The website is free, the layout is free.  So he thought it was ridiculous for me to spend any money on a .com or a layout.  But it's my money! So nah! 

    5. What is your favorite post on her blog?
    I guess the sports one. 

    He refuses to subscribe to my blog (by email of course), but he DOES read my blog (or I read it to him, ha) So he is referring to this post that I linked up with Sarah's Fan Friday.
     
     
     
    So there you have it guys!  I'm sure you feel like you know him so much better now because he just goes on and on!  Maybe if everyone leaves a comment letting him know how much you wanna see him back next month, he will play nice again.  Let's try it!

    Linking up with these ladies:



    AND THE WINNER OF OUR 5 BLOGGERS + 1 DESIGNER GIVEAWAY IS...

    *drumroll please*


    Congrats Breanna!



    June 20, 2013

    My Dogs Are Murderers

    WARNING!
    This post contains gruesome pictures that will haunt you in your sleep.
     Don't let them fool you.  These furry four-legged things are cold-blooded murderers!

    It's just a beautiful sunshiney day and my alarm goes off and I'm attempting to crawl out of bed and I glanced over at the dog bed and in the dark there looks like a pile of shit sitting on it.  DAMN DOGS.  

    But wait, if someone pooped in the house, I would've smelled it.  Especially that close to my bed.  So I investigate further.

    What.the.fuck.  This is what I find. 

    June 19, 2013

    Murphy, we're through.

    As I mentioned here, I was going to have a busy week last week working, going to doctor's appointments, and getting things done for grad school. Which really meant giving up my blood, sweat, and tears... literally.

    I started my week off going to the good ole girly doctor. Every girl's favorite pasttime. While I know it's a necessity to make sure all plumbing and essentials are working properly, getting half-naked in front of total strangers & being violated is just not my idea of a good time...maybe when I was younger.


    This was my first visit with a new doctor, so I had signed a release last week to get the medical records from my last doctor... but they didn't have them yet. Apparently the number to my old doctor had been disconnected. Hmm, that's strange.

    So I decided I would just drive by on the way to work to get my copies (I'm trying to collect all my records anyway since I'm moving soon). Well, some other doctor was in the building. I walked in and the receptionist said my doctor had JUST LEFT. And took all her medical records with her! Strike one.

    Then I went to one of the Vanderbilt walk-in clinic to get a physical for grad school. I really don't know when grad school started wanting blood, urine, and every immunization known to man, but needless to say, the visit was thorough.

    Right after I got in the room and saw the nurse, I got a weather alert on my phone for a tornado warning. I'm safe in a secure building, I'm not freaked out, possibly because I have  no idea where this possible tornado is. I heard a nurse in the hallway on the phone YELL say, "Its not a watch? Okay, everyone we gotta go! We are under a tornado warning!"

    Imma thinking she was a little freaked out.

    Then I was thinking, hmm, am I just going to get to hang out in this room while they all run to safety? They eventually gathered all of us in a supply room including everyone in the waiting area and all the doctors. Because of the nurse's yelling, a 9 year old start crying because she was scared. Another lady was freaking out because she was claustrophobic. The warning didn't expire for omg 20 minutes and I'm locked up in here with all these crazies. Strike two.

    But the warning eventually ended, and after a TB test, 2 unsuccessful blood draw attempts (strike three and four), 1 successful one,  and a tDap shot, I left with 5 band-aids across my arms. I'm pretty sure the folks in the waiting area contemplated leaving when they saw the results of my torture-fest.


    Also needed for school is a background check and drug screen. My background check has been completed and luckily I'm not a sex offender or have any local, federal or healthcare crimes. Yay!

    So then I'm like, just a drug test before Bonnaroo and I'm done!  But like a complete idiot, I made my rheumatology appointment right before and PEED AT THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE before I went to the  lab.  Strike 1,258.  So when I got to the lab and they were all like, you need to wash your hands and dry them in the hallway and pee on this blue water and fill up this gallon jug fill this cup but don't flush or wash your hands again, I knew I was never going to have enough pee.

    No surprise, I didn't have enough pee. They let me drink water and sit in the waiting room for 30 minutes after closing and try again. But even after drinking so much water I could've vomited 5 cups of water, I still didn't have enough! Shit. Damn. Fuck.

    So I just went to Popeye's for dinner, got a sweet tea, and headed to work. And peed all damn night.

    Moral of the story?  Sweet tea makes you pee.

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