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27 September 2013 @ 04:34 pm

I love our house, I really do. This is actually our second home that we have owned. Our first house was bought in November 2000. It was a 2-story fixer upper that we thought we could handle. Plus it was pretty darn cheap and something we could afford. Turns out it was a heck of a lot more work then we could do or afford. Even with my Dad and Step Mom’s help we couldn’t do it. So in late 2007 when someone offered to buy the house from us, we jumped at the chance especially since it was about double what we originally paid for it.

When we sold the house we hadn’t found a new home yet so we ended up staying with my MIL. That was pure hell and a topic I won’t get into at the moment. We ended up staying there from December 2007 until August 2011 when we finally moved into the home we are currently in.

Our home is surrounded by woods (as well as a few other houses) which means we get a lot of bugs and animals visiting/living in our yard. That doesn’t bother me expect for when the overly large spiders make their way indoors or when animals get into the trash. I actually love the location of our house. It’s only about 5 to 10 minutes away from a few stores (such as Shop N Save and The Dollar Store), gas stations, restaurants and the high school Raven attends, which is the same one Mike and I graduated from. It is off the beaten path and out of city limits. So we live in a rural setting with some of the convenience of urban life just a short distance away. The nearest Walmart is about 15 minutes from our home and the mall is about 20 minutes away.

Our home is older and shows it’s age in many ways. It was built in 1920, has some small cosmetic cracks in the ceiling and walls and the floor creaks in areas. It also makes a “settling” sound throughout the day and night. These imperfections are just another reason why I love our home. Even though a newly built home is nice, I personally prefer the charm of older homes.

Another plus about our home is that we only have about three more years until it is paid off in full and all ours.

There are some things, however, that I don’t particularly like. One thing is that it’s only two bedrooms. Now, the house is just big enough for us and I’m actually fine with the size (even though some remark that its small) but it would be nice to have guest bedroom for when our out-of-town family visits. Another downside is that we have no closets whatsoever. But we do have a full basement and attic so that gives us some extra storage space.

Another thing I don’t like about our home is that the people who lived here before us started a bunch of home improvement projects but never finished them. We have a 2 stall garage that was newly built but they never finished it. We need to add garage doors (there are none on it at the moment) and siding to the garage . We also have to finish digging out one side of the driveway since they never finished it and would like to either gravel or pave it. But all those things are projects that we can slowly do ourselves.

Probably the thing I hate the most about our home is the road we live on. There is nothing at the end of the road except houses but the amount of traffic on it is ridiculous! And since there is a straight stretch on the road in front of our home, jackasses speed up and down it all the time at all hours of the day and night. It is usually pretty quite here except for when vehicles speed up and down the road. In fact years before we moved in here, a boy (I think he was a teenager) that lived in our house was killed when a vehicle hit him as he crossed the road in front of the house to get on the bus to go to school.

What about you, my lovely readers. What do you love/hate about your home?

25 September 2013 @ 05:06 pm


21 September 2013 @ 05:49 pm

I ended up ordering a new charger for my laptop from Amazon and finally received it at the beginning of the week. Since then I have been trying to catch up on the work that had piled up since my battery charger died. I think I am finally starting to get caught up.

Every year our small town has Frontier Days, which consists of a few carnival rides, some food trucks, carnival games, a parade and a few contests. Last night, me, Mike and Raven went down so Raven could hang out with her boyfriend and friends while Mike and I walked around spotting people we haven’t seen for years.

I also took the opportunity to enjoy a carnival food staple, the funnel cake. I actually skipped dinner so I would be hungry enough for the greasy, calorie-filled crap that tastes so good. For an extra dollar, you could “upgrade” the funnel cake to birthday cake, chocolate fudge or peanut butter. I decided to splurge and get the birthday cake funnel cake, which essentially was a normal funnel cake (with the powdered sugar piled on top) that included blue and pink “icing” (made from powdered sugar, water and food coloring) and sprinkles.


After upgrading, it cost $6.00, which seems a bit much for some batter, grease and powder sugar. But it was so freakin’ good!

19 September 2013 @ 01:49 am

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14 September 2013 @ 01:57 am

So my laptop charger crapped out on me the other day and I am waiting for the new one to come in so I can have a working computer. I do use Mike’s desktop while he is at work to get my work done but it leaves me little time for none steady income activities online. Right now I am using the WordPress app to type up this quick post. Anywho, just wanted to let y’all know that I haven’t given up on the September photo blogging challenge and will make a post with the past days I missed once my computer is up and running.

08 September 2013 @ 01:24 am

Day 6 – A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.

Even though Raven absolutely hates sloths (I don’t know why), I think they are cute and want one as a pet. That or a goat!

Day 7 – Your dream wedding.

My dream wedding would be Firefly themed with some of my other obsessions (Doctor Who and Sherlock) tossed in for good measure.

04 September 2013 @ 12:35 am

I’m doubling up the days because I forgot to post Day 2 yesterday.

Day 2 – A photo of something you ate today.

Red seedless grapes.

Day 3 – Your idea of the perfect first date.

My ideal date would be spending the day at ComicCon or some other convention, preferably where the entire cast of Firefly would be there so I could blush and fawn all over them like the geeky fangirl that I am. Of course I would be cosplaying as a female Jayne Cobb and my date would cosplay as Captain Malcolm Reynolds.


BE Society

Day 1 – A Photo of Yourself and a Description of How Your Day Was.

We went to Goodwill in the morning. You don’t know how much I love that store. Especially when working on cosplay. It’s heaven for any cosplayer on a budget. I didn’t get anything for myself except for a cute french cat plate but Raven did pick her up a few sewing patterns for 49¢ a piece. After that, we ran over to walmart and then down to the Chinese buffet for their lunch buffet. I love that place, especially their honey chicken and fried rice. OMG! So good! Later on in the afternoon, we spent about 4 hours over at my mother-in-laws visiting with my her, my sister-in-law, her adorable 18 month old daughter, my Aunt-in-law and my Cousin-in-law. My sister-in-law is in from Virginia for the weekend and I always enjoy her company and we don’t get to see her or her little one very often. So all in all, it was a pretty good darn day.

31 August 2013 @ 10:46 pm

I have been (lazily) trying to lose the 30 pounds that I gained back after initially losing 70 pounds and (of course) it’s not working. I have a hard time dieting because I love food too much. Well, I should say I love bad food too much. And even though I may not look like it, I really don’t eat much. It’s just that I choose the wrong foods to eat. Instead of having an actual breakfast consisting of healthy oatmeal or something like that, I will grab 4 or 5 cookies and then not eat anything until dinner. Yeah, I know, bad Manda.

Anyway, I started a new exercise program called Focus T25 to try to tone up a bit and lose some weight. Tsubasacon is a little over a month away and I desperately need to lose at least a few pounds before then. Anyway, I am on day two and I love it. I have even double up on the sets since each set is only 25 minutes long and they go by so fast. That’s a problem I usually have with exercise programs. I get bored with them fairly quickly and give up. Before starting Focus T25, I was doing Turbo Jam for about a week and I liked it but I didn’t really feel like I did any work. I wasn’t sweating and it didn’t seem like my heart rate was raising. Focus T25, however, leaves me sweating after only 25 minutes! I couldn’t believe it. Even after only day 2, I can feel the pain in my legs. It’s a good pain though. You know you worked your body good when you experience the burn.

Hopefully, I will can stay on track and (if I do) I will update everyone on my results. I know I have researched and tried many different exercise programs and couldn’t stick to any of them. Here’s hoping I can stick to this one!

28 August 2013 @ 06:06 pm