It’s Andy’s company Lagoon Day, so we’re off for fun at the amusement park! Have a great weekend everyone.
This is a scheduled guest post from my good friend, Heather, while I’m away on vacation. Heather is one of my closest friends and a person I greatly admire. She has an adorable little boy named Russell and I’m excited that they just moved closer to me from Vegas and now we can spend more time together!
I am so excited to be sharing a guest post on Her Sunday! I wasn’t really sure what to write about so I thought I’d share eleven things instead. Check it out!
Here are the rules…
1. Post these rules
2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random things about yourself.
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you’ve tagged them.
11 random things about me~
~ I don’t have a college degree but I want to go back and get one.
~ I am a mom to the most amazing and funny boy ever.
~ It boggles my mind how much my husband loves me.
~ I love coffee in pretty much any form.
~ I love to dance and when a really great song comes on the radio it makes me want to totally get down club style. Not that that would even be remotely appropriate but still…
~ I hate being so out of shape but I can’t seem to muster the will power to stop eating sweets or to exercise.
~ I have played the piano since the third grade and have even played the organ at church before.
~ I have always known I would do something to help people and for the last 3 years I’ve been working in the non-profit sector.
~ I have always had this feeling like I was meant to do something big and I know I haven’t accomplished it just yet.
~ I love to cook and bake especially for others.
~ I love to travel and wish I could go on a big vacation every year. Maybe someday I will…
Tiffany’s questions that I answered. (Yep I totally stole this off a blog post of a wonderful friend.)
1~ What is your favorite childhood memory?
2~ What song is playing in your car right now?
I have just been listening to the radio lately so nothing specific.
3~ Do you sing out loud when you drive?
Yes! People probably think I’m nuts.
4~ What is the one place on earth you would travel if money was no object?
Japan if I could only pick one pace because I’d love to visit the land of my ancestors. If I could go more than one place I’d totally take a year off and go cruise all over the world.
5~ What is your favorite book?
I don’t really have a favorite. I used to read a ton when I was younger but now I mostly read self help or management/work related type books.
6~ What is your favorite movie?
HMM… I don’t know if I have one. I used to like movies until they all became so predictable or remakes of older movies. I guess I just don’t have the attention span any more.
7~ What seems more scary to do ~ Scuba Dive or Sky Dive?
Both sound terrifying to me but I guess I’d be more likely to try Scuba before Sky Diving.
8~ What is your favorite thing to do with your spare time?
I love to craft. Cross stitch, crochet, scrapbooking, whatever. I love all things crafty!
9~ What are you passionate about?
Helping others. There is no greater joy than to help someone and do it from a place of complete selflessness expecting nothing in return. I always hope that somehow in my life I can help someone else and make their life better.
10~What are you afraid of?
Well I used to think it was failure or being alone but really it’s bugs. I hate bugs. They’re so gross and creepy. EWWW!!! I know I can get over the fear of failing and I know I won’t be alone. I have great friends and family so I guess I just have bugs to fear. *Shivers*
11~Are you Happy?
Overall yes. I have my ups and downs but for the most part life is good.
My 11 questions for you to answer are…
1. If you could make a living doing anything in this world, what would you choose?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What makes you truly happy?
4. What is your favorite guilty pleasure (you know the song you love but would be embarrassed to admit… yes admit it now!) song or band?
5. Where is your favorite vacation spot?
6. What scares you the most?
7. What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
8. If you could have any talent in the world, what would you pick?
9. What is your favorite book or who is your favorite author?
10. Could you live without a smart phone and internet access?
11. Would you rather have money or fame?
Since I’m not tagging anyone, if you play please leave a comment here with a link back to your post so we can check out the answers to your questions.
Friday was the first day of our June Salad Challenge and it was a huge success! The first salad I chose got rave reviews from Andy. Instead of sharing my weekly menu plan, I’ll be putting together a few different update posts on our salad challenge. So stay tuned. Here’s what we got in our Bountiful Basket this week.
My sister got her first Bountiful Basket this week too. She lives in Wyoming and got just about the same stuff that we did except she got a cantaloup instead of a canary melon. She also got a flat of strawberries! Here’s her basket:
Another great week!
I’m on a photo kick lately. I’ve shared nearly 150 photos with you this month and there’s still more to come. Life lately is just chugging along. But that’s a good thing. I’m grateful that our life is peaceful right now. This is what our life looks like most days:
Me: “Oh my gosh. You have to read this book. It is SO GOOD…”
Him: “It’s part of a series, isn’t it?”
Me: “Yes…but it’s SO GOOD!”
(For some reason I have this uncanny ability to choose books without even knowing that they are part of a series, only to find out later.)
And then he groans saying that he’ll never get through all those books, especially if I keep introducing new series to him. I’m thinking I may have to introduce him to Divergent next. muawhahaha!
*I’ve discovered how much I like wedge salads. Although I typically substitute the blue cheese for ranch. I like blue cheese crumbles but I’m not big on blue cheese dressing.
-I was reminded the other day, as Lindsey and I drove up to Logan to visit my mom, how much fun it used to be to loudly crunk “Get Low” with my sisters. We missed Jen though- she’s really the best at it. Oh man, good times! I miss being silly with my sisters.
-Oh my gosh. I need to see Rock of Ages on Broadway!
-It’s Dance Recital tonight and then again for a matinee tomorrow. We had dress rehearsal last night. A culmination of the years work-it always feels like a huge deal and then it’s suddenly over. I’m not dancing this year, just making sure my 1st and 2nd grade classes (combo Jazz & Tap) get on and off the stage all night.
-Sometimes going to teach classes after I’ve worked a full day at the library is hard to do. But when I get to the studio and I’m greeted with little bouncing, energetic, smiley 7 year olds and I’m greet with a hug from the shy, quiet blond who never says anything in class, I’m reminded why I love teaching these kids.
-Typically my students call me Miss Kim, Teacher, Teacher Kim or just Kim but there is one girl this year who has called me Mrs. Kim all year long. It’s too cute.
-I’ve been dealing with some knee pain for the last few months. I know I need to see a doctor but I just keep thinking about my sister and her knee surgeries in high school. Ugh. I hope that’s not what this amounts to.
-I went to a Pilates class yesterday to see if I wanted to attend it regularly. I didn’t feel that the quality of the class was what I needed. Lately I’ve been having a hard time finding group exercise classes that are up to par- the teacher is disorganized, the level of the class is too easy, the teacher doesn’t stick to actual Pilates moves, etc. It’s been very frustrating.
-We have a solitary green pepper growing in the garden. I think I took 15 pictures of it, I was so excited.
And then I thought of the book I had just finished, A Wrinkle In Time, and a passage from it popped into my head.
I thought about that for a little bit. I finally began to feel like I could fall back to sleep, but just before I did, I recalled another line that Mrs. Who said to the children:
Last week I finished:
New challenges I’ve joined this week:
The Dystopian Challenge-ASocial level: Read five Dystopian books this year.
Here’s a list of popular Dystopian books, if you’re not sure what they’re about. I’m a big fan of this genre as it can sometimes overlap with fantasy and sci-fi which I love.
“A dystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian, as characterized in books like Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Dystopian societies feature different kinds of repressive social control systems and various forms of active and passive coercion. They are often imagined as police states, with unlimited power over the citizens. Fictional dystopias are often set in the future and involve technological innovations not accessible in actual present reality.”
The What’s In A Name Challenge-Read a book in the following categories:
- A book with a topographical feature (land formation) in the title
- A book with something you’d see in the sky in the title
- A book with a creepy crawly in the title
- A book with a type of house in the title
- A book with something you’d carry in your pocket, purse, or backpack in the title
- A book with a something you’d find on a calendar in the title
I can’t even tell you how much fun I’m having with my reading challenges this year. In fact, I’m having so much fun that I’ve joined two more challenges. I know- I’m the queen of piling my plate really high and I’m clearly well on my way to becoming a Reading Challenge Addict.
What I love about reading challenges:
1. They’re a challenge! (duh)
2. They get me out of my reading comfort zone.
3. They introduce me to new genres and authors.
4. They allow me to compete in something I’m actually good at–reading!
5. They connect me with other reading fanatics.
6. They inspire me to push myself.
7. They give me a sense of accomplishment.
8. They help me to be creative in my reading selection.
9. They’re so much fun!
After that lesson in grocery shopping, let’s get on to the important stuff. I bought this today: