Tuesday, November 22, 2011

NBM #19

What's on your Bucket List?

Ther's so much I want to do, here's just a few:

- skydiving
- travel to Englad and Ireland
- start a coffee shop
- hike the Appalachian Trail
- take a train trip across the US
- go on a cruise
- have procedures to make my body more in line with who I am

NBM #18

Every family usually has one person or group of people who take care of Thanksgiving dinner. Who was that when you were growing up and who is it now?

All my life my Grandmother, my mom's mom, has prepared our Thanksgiving dinners. All the family gathers at her house. She loves doing it and will only take a little bbit of help in the kitchen. Early this year, she had a stroke and lost movement of her left arm and leg. She has been in a nursing home since then. This year, we will go visit her on Thanksgiving, then probably go to Golden Corral to eat (blah). It's very hard to think about her not being able to fix the big family dinner. It makes me so sad. I can't do it this year, but maybe I will take over the Thanksgiving duties next year.

NBM #17

What are your most favorite smells of the Holidays????

I would have to say some of my favorite smells are the holiday lattes at Starbucks. I love the pumpkin spice, the eggnog, and the peppermint lattes. I wait all year for them to come back during the holidays.

NBM #16

What's at the top of your Christmas wish list right now? Not something you NEED but something you really WANT!

What I really want now is a newer car. I love my Saturn and my Jeep, but they both have over 200,000 miles on them. I would love to have something maybe a few years old, that is completely reliable and comfortable. I will not be able to afford anything for a while, but maybe sometime next year I can.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

NBM #15

If you could go back and have a re-do on one thing, what would it be?

There are many things that at first thought I would love to change. Many actions toward others and especially to myself. But then I think about it, everything that has happened has brought me to this point. Things may have been better if I could change things, but it could also be the one little change that would cause me not to be here at all right now. I would not want to risk doing something that may have ended my life prematurely, butterfly effect. I am here now and only looking toward the future. :)

NBM #14

LIST 50 things about yourself. 50 not 49... go for it..... can be good or bad... but 50!

1.   I just turned 40 last month
2.   I was born in Manassas, VA
3.   I have a 3 legged cat named Bud
4.   I can play trombone, tuba, and baritone
5.   I enlisted in the Air Force right out of high school when I was 17
6.   I was a Rocky Horror Picture Show cast member in Biloxi Mississippi
7.   I am right handed
8.   I grew up as an only child, but I have a step-sister and a half-sister
9.   I was in the high school marching band
10.  I like to play tennis
11.  I used to play competition paintball
12.  I have green eyes
13.  I love zombie books, movies, and shows
14.  My parents divorced when I was 4
15.  I am on a cycling race team, Dire Wolf Racing
16.  I am a mechanical engineer
17.  I was an Avionics Guidance and Control technician in the Air Force
18.  I love coffee
19.  I was a very picky eater when I was a kid
20.  I love "good" food now
21.  I would love to be a chef
22.  When I was 14, I stepped on a large nail that went all the way through my foot
23.  I snowboard
24.  I love to travel
25.  I have been to Japan, Italy, Germany, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico
26.  I was stuck in a hurricane in Puerto Rico
27.  I have always felt feminine
28.  I had a kidney stone 6 years ago
29.  I would like to someday hike the Appalachian Trail
30.  I like my steak rare
31.  My first Saturn was totalled in Kentucky when a Dodge Dakota hit me going 45mgh
32.  My first car a 1978 Subaru Brat
33.  I bought my house 10 years ago
34.  I need to replace my hot tub, it has been broken for 2 years
35.  I drove old air cooled VW's for about 8 years
36.  My favorite was my 1978 pop-up camper bus
37.  I was in the science team of the Acedemic Competition for Excellence in high school
38.  I love Star Wars and Star Trek
39.  I drove to LA, California in 3 days
40.  I like martinis, savory or sweet
41.  I saw the Ramones in Myrtle Beach  in 1995
42.  I would love to climb Mt. Everest
43.  I have had my tongue pierced for 15 years
44.  When I was 16, I was hit by a car while riding my bike, tore my shoulder muscles
45.  I love the beach
46.  I also love the mountains
47.  I am going through many major changes now
48.  I hate predudice
49.  I am a techo geek
50.  I need to choose a new middle name :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

NBM #13

Are you excited about Christmas.. when do you start your shopping..family traditions.. plans... how do you decorate... favorite thing about Christmas.. anything you want to share about Christmas.

I am not excited about Christmas this year. First of all there's not much of a real home life here now, plus I don't have any money. But I will make the best of it. There will still be some Christmas spirit.

NBM #12

Today's topic: Pick a TV show that you like or dislike and tell us a little about the show and what you do AND do not like about it.

My favorite show right now is Walking Dead on AMC. It's in the second season and it keeps getting better. I love zombie books and movies. This show is done extremely well. The acting, story line, and effect are excellent.

Friday, November 11, 2011

NBM #11

 If you have served in the military, describe the job you did, if you liked it, etc. If you haven't served, talk about someone close to you who has.

I joined the Air Force in 1989 right out of high school. I had tried to get into the Air Force Academy, but they only take a small number of applicants from each state each year. I was a semi-finalist, but didn't make. So I enlisted. I had scored very well on my ASVAB testing and I pretty much had my choice of jobs. I decided to be an Avionics and Guidance Systems repair technician. I went to basic training in San Antonio, Texas at Lackland AFB. From there I went to Keesler AFB in Biloxi Mississippi. I was there for 8 months while I went through the electronics training. I was stationed at Griffiss AFB in Rome, NY. My job was to take the faulty electronic components and repair them. These components were off of KC-135 tankers and B-52 bombers. Because I workied on equipment from B-52's that carried nuclear bombs, I had to have a Top Secret clearance. I enjoyed my time in the Air Force and probably should have stayed, but the fairly strict rules were not really for me. I would not trade that time or my service for anything though.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

NBM #10

As a teenager, what were some of your favorite things... like clothes, food, music, subjects, friends, colors, drink, pasttime, etc.......

The clothing part is a bit embarrassing. It was the height of the 80's. So some of my favorite clothes were Member's Only jackets, parachute pants, and stone washed ripped up jeans. :p   I was a very picky eater until I was in mt 20's. I love good food now, but back then it was burgers and pizza. My music taste was mostly Rock and Heavy Metal, but I always had a love for the Beatles, and I still do. Sinve we moved here from Manassas in '84, I didn't have many friends. I was very shy and found making new friends very difficult. I always felt out of place, from social situations to my own body. I did a have few good friends. I am still friends with them today. My activities were mostly the Marching Band, playing tennis, and riding my bike. I would love to go back to those days. Not re-live them, because it wasn't always fun, but to make changes early on instead of waiting another 20+ years to live as me.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

NBM #9

Besides Facebook or your Mail or your Bank, etc.....share the link to a website that you visit everyday (or frequently) and why you like the site!


I love to listen to Pandora while I'm working. It's one of the benefits of sitting at a computer all day. I can choose the type of music I like and it creates a playlist of similar songs and artists. There used to be a time limit of 40 hours a week before you had to pay for it. Now it's completely free,

NBM #8

IF you could have ONE special Talent.... what Talent would you choose to have?.....

Hmm, if I had to choose, I think it would be to play piano. I've always wanted to learn but never did. I know it's not too late. So maybe I should take lessons. I have some musical background. I played trombone, tuba, and baritone in school and the Keesler AFB drum and bugle corps.

Monday, November 7, 2011

NBM #7

You have 2 free round-trip plane tickets to anywhere.... your spending budget for hotel, rental car, food and expenses is $25,000,

who are you taking?

where are you going?

where are you staying?

what car are you renting?

what type of food will be on the menu?"....
I'm not sure who I would take. I guess I would check with my friends a see who needed a vacation the most. For a destination, I think I would choose London. I've always wanted to go there. I would stay at The Savoy, one of the most distinguishes hotels in London. For the rental car, it would to be some absolutely Britsh. So I would to find an Aston Martin DB-9. I thinkI would mostly eat at the cutting edge trendy restuarants. London is very much respected for its cuisine. Of course I would to find a street cart that sold good old fashioned fish n chips too.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

NBM #6

Describe your perfect morning, assuming you don't have the work or do anything in particular.

First of all I would sleep in an extra hour or two. Then I would fix a hot cup of coffee. I would sit out on my deck with a blanket for the chilly air. First cup down, I would come back in, make a second cup and sit in the livingroom and surf the web, maybe comment on the Ark, and watch some tv.

NBM #5

Your most favorite vacation and why.

My favorite vacation would have to be our honeymoon to Cancun. It was an all inclusive trip. While at the resort hotel, all the food and drinks were free. We got a great deal on it. Hurricane Wilma had blown through the previous Fall and many of the hotels were still closed or damaged. With 2 pools and 3 bars, a local mall, and a huge public beach nearby, we had plenty to do.

Friday, November 4, 2011

NBM #4

Day #4 of the challenge is, if you had $20,000 what would you buy? It has to be fun stuff and can't be used for paying bills.

This is tough. There is so much I could do. Does cosmetic surgery count as paying bills? There's a few procedures that I will be needing in the future. But first, I think I would buy a decent vehicle. Nothing brand new. Maybe just a few years old. Both of my cars have over 200,000 miles on them. I really like the new Hyundai Veloster. So mabye in a couple of years, I'll get a used one.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

NBM #3

Tacky Tack Thursday:
List 10 things you find tacky.

1. People with no respect for those who try to help them

2. Angry drivers

3. Self-inflated egos

4. Wacky ties

5. Narrow minds

6. People who do the exact thing that the complain about other people doing.

7. Super baggy pants.

8. People who expect everyone to do everything for them.

9. People whos style has not changed since 1982.

10. Fair weather friends

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NBM #2

Day 2,  Name at least 3 songs you would have on a mix CD for a road trip.

1. "I am the Highway" by Audioslave. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jA13XYlWHc

2. "Ticket to Ride" The Beatles.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY_6b4-N9Uo

3. "I'm Just a Girl" No Doubt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHzOOQfhPFg

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NBM Day #1

It's National Blog Month again. I needed something to get me back into it.

Day #1-  What is one thing on your "Bucket List", you intend to do?

I have lots of stuff I want to do before I kick the bucket. One is to snowboard in Colorado. I got a little taste of deep powder in New hampshire when I first started boarding. It is so much better than the icy snow here. Most of the ski resorts near here have to make their own snow. It works and is better than nothing, but it doesn't compare to natural snow. I have family in Colorado, so I just need to take the time to get out there and do it.