Sunday, January 30, 2011

101 in 1001, update pt 1

I've been slacking on the 101 Things, but I did go through and check some things off. For some reason their site is down. So I'm really glad I copied it and posted it on here, hehe....

So I went to a movie last night, No Strings Attached, the Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman flick about being "sex friends" - it was a really funny movie, and super cute. Plus I love Natalie Portman! It was a fun night out with my neighbor! I hope to do it again more, when my husband leaves.

I also watched a movie on Lifetime that really stuck out, And Baby Will Fall, it was about a couple who were pregnant with their 3rd pregnancy, and this girl they went to high school with was obsessed with the husband. She pretended to be pregnant, so that she could steal their baby. She ended up killing her own mother, but made it look like she was dead instead, and that the husband did it. In the end, of course, everything worked out, and the bad guy died. And they gave birth to a healthy baby, unlike the last times they gave birth.

Onto some more things I finished:
Finish a book in a day (My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler) - it was super funny and couldn't put it down
See a comedian live (Josh Wolf & Chelsea Handler) - hilarious night, laughed the whole time
Host Thanksgiving dinner - had the neighbor over, we did steak and all the fixings
Answer the "50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind"
Buy something from Etsy - I got a really pretty painted canvas that says "home is where the Army sends us"
Bake cookies - made chocolate chip
Stay up for new year countdown with friends - we had a get together with the neighbors
Send Christmas cards - got the free ones from and send them out!


Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Poem, A Package, and Cross Stitch

When I first saw this poem I thought it would be great to cross stitch and frame for the adoptive family. I hadn't started yet, I couldn't figure out how to do it, or what to use. Well, Hobby Lobby online had a special $2.95 shipping deal, so I figured what the heck, I'll go ahead and get the stuff. I also got some stuff for a special piece for my house, I have to get different thread for that one, as the colors I got weren't what I had in mind. Anyways,  back on track...I started putting the poem on the fabric. It is a long poem, and I think I should have gotten a wider piece, and it might take two to get the whole poem on it, but I think it will turn out well. I'll post pictures when I'm at least done with the first stanza. Maybe ya'll can tell me what you think, please be honest, let me know if it sucks. I'll post pictures tomorrow, as I'm hoping it will be somewhat least the first stanza. I call it that, but I don't know what else to call them, lol....I'm using blue thread and I'm going to back stitch in black. I'm trying to think if I want to put a boarder around it or not, I haven't decided. I think it depends on how long it turns out to be, and well, yea, I'm rambling, sorry...

I did send off a package to the adoptive family. I included the book I won from Kelsey, a christmas ornament I picked up, and the main reason it was so late in going out is because I decided to include some pictures from when I was a child, and the wedding and our first year here in Hawaii, and instead of using 1 hour, I did site to store on wal mart because it was so much cheaper than 1 hour or even to have them shipped here, it would have cost more than the pictures to ship them, and call me cheap, but I wasn't going to do that when I could have them shipped to the local wal mart for I picked those up, and sent them along with a birthday card, a pretty long letter and then a note explaining why it was kind of late, I mean, I have no schedule as to when to send things, but they did send one to me between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I felt bad waiting. Anyways, they should get it next week. I hope they enjoy the book as much as I did, and I can't wait to get one for myself. The ornament I got was a cute little bear that was wearing a shirt that said "I <3 Hawaii" and I think he had a surf board, I can't remember. I thought it would be neat to give him an ornament from somewhere I lived, I think next year I'll send one from Tennessee or Georgia, but I don't know. His first ornament from me was Noah's Ark, because my mom wanted to give him my Noah's Ark music box, so I thought it was something neat to do. Last years was just a sugar cookie 2 with a bear....I was going to get the 3rd one this year, but I wanted something different. I'm sure I'm putting way to much thought into his ornaments, and I am sure right now he doesn't give a rats ass about them, lol...

The hubby will be able to talk again in 6 days, I can't wait....I haven't been having a hard time with it, until lately, the last couple days. He'll be home in just 2 weeks too :) Well, a little over 2 weeks. But either way, I miss him. I've tried not to complain, and I really don't feel like stating that I miss him is complaining. But if you think it is, then know that I don't mean it that way, and if you think it is complaining you can just skip this section...

Here is the poem put to music, it is quite touching...

So many wrong decisions in my past, I'm not quite sure 
If I can ever hope to trust my judgement anymore. 
But lately I've been thinking, 
Cause it's all I've had to do. 
And in my heart I feel that I 
Should give this child to you. 
And maybe, you could tell your baby, 
When you love him so, that he's been loved before, By someone, who delivered your son, 
From God's arms, to my arms, to yours.

If you choose to tell him, 
If he wants to know, 
How the one who gave him life 
Could bear to let him go. 
Just tell him there were sleepless nights, 
I prayed and paced the floors, 
And knew the only peace I'd find, 
Was if this child was yours. 

And maybe, you could tell your baby, 
When you love him so, that he's been loved before,
By someone, who delivered your son, 
From God's arms, to my arms, to yours. 

This may not be the answer, 
For another girl like me. 
But I'm not on a soapbox, 
Saying how we all should be. 
I'm just trusting in my feelings, 
And I'm trusting God above, 
And I'm trusting you can give this baby 
Both his mothers' love. 
And maybe, you could tell your baby, 
When you love him so, that he's been loved before, 
By someone, who delivered your son, 
From God's arms, to my arms, to yours.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The inner workings of my mind...

I find it really hard to write when things are going well for me. The last few weeks have just been good for me. Nothing special about them, just good weeks. And I'm so grateful for them.

I think I did this growing up too, I started a journal when things weren't so great, and would write in it all the time, but then, once I was feeling better, or things were going well, I'd stop. I've done that now, with the journal I started for my son. The 1st year after he was born I wrote almost every day, I filled a WHOLE journal before his 1st birthday, but now that I've gotten a second one, I haven't written much in his 2nd year of life. I feel bad, I feel guilty when I don't write to him. And I know I should write to him NOW when I'm doing well, so he can see that side of me, but it is SO hard to just sit down and write. I did write the other night. And it felt good. But I have found myself doing the same thing with my blog. I need to sit down and write down some topics I want to write about, some things that I want to discuss. I started this blog for myself, as an outlet, and then I decided to take it in a whole different direction as a tool for other's to go to for help. I want to help people with it, but I can't help people if I don't write. But I can't seem to find the motivation to write when I'm doing well.

And I'm SO thankful to be doing better, and to have been doing better for more than a week. I hope it stays, but the reality of it is that it probably won't. It never stays long. So I feel like writing in my blog or journal is going to take away from the time I have to enjoy this period of time where I am happy. Which really is stupid.

And this is pretty much what goes on inside my head on a daily's a constant dialog of gosh I hope I'm happy tomorrow; geez what's causing this; what might cause me to be unhappy; when will this end; if I take the time to write in a journal or blog I might take away from my happy time; and so on and so on....

Anyways, I know I've said it before, and I'll probably say it a lot more, but I am going to try to do better at blogging, I am going to write down some ideas, and go from there. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment....


Friday, January 14, 2011

Oops, it's been a week...and 5QF

Well, I'm doing the Five Question Friday post, but I can't believe it's been a week since I posted, I'm such a slacker when it comes to blogging sometimes...

The hubby left Saturday for NTC, he'll be gone a whole month, which doesn't seem like that long when you look at the deployment itself, which is 12 months...

His birthday was Sunday, and he was so busy with training, but he called me that night, so I got to tell him happy birthday over the phone, I had texted him happy birthday, but it was nice to hear his voice. And yesterday was the first time since Sunday he had called, we'd texted a few times, but it was nice to hear his voice, since I won't be able to for 2 weeks. It is probably nothing compared to when they deploy, and I feel bad complaining about it on Facebook, but I really wasn't complaining, just saying I hadn't heard from him. And then he called! It was nice to hear from him, and say hello and goodbye and I love you before the 2 weeks with no contact!

We had a HUGE storm Wednesday night, it was AWESOME! But I baby sat for a friend, and ended up staying until after 10pm, when the storm was pretty bad, and I got SOAKED and I was wearing flip flops, and my feet got SOAKED, and I woke up not feeling well. I really hope I feel better soon, I have tickets to see Comedian Chelsea Handler on Saturday! (you know the show on E!, Chelsea Lately) Josh Wolf is going to be with her, I wish it was Jo Koy, Sara Colonna, Ross Mathews or Loni Love, but I like Josh Wolf too...and I got the tickets for a great deal from a friend who should be cuddling with her baby right now, hopefully....I told her I'd get a picture of Chelsea, and I will do my BEST! I hope Chuy, her little Mexican Nugget assistant is with her! He is just too funny!

So onto Five Question Friday.....

Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky to appear Friday morning! Oh, and HAVE FUN!!

Questions for Friday, January 14th: (Special thanks to SharayaKate, Deanna, @trooppetrie@ChelsVandy for their question suggestions! Wanna be linked in a future 5QF? Bring your awesome question suggestions to my community, or shout 'em out to me on Twitter [@5crookedhalos]!!)

1. What movie could you watch over and over again and not get tired of?
Sound of Music, Twilight Saga, The Notebook, A Walk To Remember, The Hangover, any animated Disney movie (well, mostly the classics..)

2. What's your biggest pet peeve right now?
When the DVR doesn't record what it said it did, when the satellite goes out during a recording, or when watching TV, and dead beat parents....

3. If you had to describe your best friend in five words or less, what would you say?
Loving, Caring, Beautiful, Selfless, Wonderful (and that can describe about 5 or so people in my life...I set my standards high when it comes to friends LOL)

4. If you did not have to worry about money or go to school what would you do for a living?
I would just be a wife, I would have maids and chefs and a trainer and all the other things rich people have, LOL...

5. What is your one "splurge" item, that you will always buy, no matter the cost?

Well, I'm not sure, I can't think of anything, maybe notecards or stickers, my husband it would be video games, but for me, I really can't think of something...I mean, nothing huge, so I guess that doesn't really matter, since price isn't a factor...scrapbooking supplies would fit somewhere in there too....


Friday, January 7, 2011

I think....and other random things

I think I have a problem, I was looking over at the list of posts and noticed that I had written 40 in 2009, 141 in 2010, and well, 5 in 2011 (counting this post) and I had to delete a post from 2010 because I did not like the odd number, and I liked how it would just be a difference of 100. It's no secret that I like even numbers...but I think this is a little extreme, don't ya'll, bahahaha....anyways, I deleted a post that was dumb and stupid and had no relevance to my life right now, and so I figured it wouldn't even my goal for this year is to get 240, or 180...I think it's doable ;)

I'm kinda bummed today though, tomorrow is going to stink. But thank goodness it's only a month! The hubby will be on the mainland for a month for training. I think the time will fly like it has the last 2 times he's left. I'm feeling pretty good about the upcoming deployment. I think I'll be fine. I'm sure I'll have my days, but the last 2 times he's gone I've been perfectly fine. Although, those times he had his cell and could call every night, or almost every night. This time he will have his phone taken away, it'll be a lot like when he's deployed. So that will be good. I've kept telling myself that this training isn't just for the guys, but for the wives. And so far, I think I've done really well! But I owe that to my friends and the awesome FRG!


5QF part 1 in 2011

Rules for Five Question Friday: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them (duh!!), then watch for the linky post (with my answers) to appear tomorrow morning!

Questions for Friday, January 7th: (Special thanks to @mom2xover2002@trooppetrieScottKate, and Leslie for their question suggestions! If you want to be linked in a future 5QFc'mon over to my community and offer up your best question suggestions! Feel free to shout 'em out on Twitter too, use hashtag #5QF and tweet to me, @5crookedhalos!!)

1. What is your current favorite book, and why?
I am LOVING the Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels (I'm going to put the list of them at the bottom...there are 20 so far....)
Also, Nora Robert's Bridal Quartet (I'm waiting to buy the last book, but I've read the first 3!)

2. Do you go to the dentist regularly?
Yes, now that I have insurance! :)

3. What is your worst memory from High School?
I did not have many good memories of High School, and I have too many bad ones. High School was not my favorite. I think the worst thing to happen to me in High School though would be when I got mono and ended up home for 3 months. 

4. What do you hope to be remembered for in your life?
Good things =P Right now, I'd like to be remembered for being a good wife and for making an impact in the Army Wife world and adoption world. As for later on in my life, I'm not sure yet!

5. Are you superstitious or do you have any superstitions?

I wouldn't call it superstitious, but I do NOT like ODD numbers...

(The list of Sisterhood Books)

The Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels

1. Weekend Warriors (2003)
2. Payback (2004)
3. Vendetta (2005)
4. The Jury (2005)
5. Sweet Revenge (2006)
6. Lethal Justice (2006)
7. Free Fall (2007)
8. Hide and Seek (2007)
9. Hokus Pokus (2007)
10. Fast Track (2008)
11. Collateral Damage (2008)
12. Final Justice (2008)
13. Under the Radar (2009)
14. Razor Sharp (2009)
15. Vanishing Act (2009)
16. Deadly Deals (2010)
17. Game Over (2010)
18. Cross Roads (2010)
19. Déjà Vu (2010)
20. Home Free (2011)


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What's Your Advice for Teens?

I really am over the 16 & Pregnant/Teen Mom thing, but there just wasn't anything on TV, so I got sucked in, and it was the Reunion show for the 2nd season. It seems that they have someone who choices adoption in every season. Which is great, that they show the struggles, but Lori, the one from Season 2 that placed was asked what she would say to Teens, she said to choice adoption.

Well, it got me thinking about what I would tell teens/young adults...and it isn't to choice adoption, or use contraception, but instead to NOT have sex, to wait until you're married and settled. BUT that if you do decide to have sex, then be on birth control AND use condoms. No teenager and young adult is ready for the responsibility a child brings. Even if you do make an adoption plan, and follow through with it.

You might feel like you're ready to have sex, but believe me, you're not. And the guy you're with just might not be there forever. And getting pregnant isn't going to make him stay, it might even push him away. Lucky for me, I didn't feel that way, I think cutting all communication with the father, and realizing that things weren't going to work out with us helped save me a lot of heartache, a different kind of heartache, but heartache nonetheless.

If you do find yourself in a situation where you are young and pregnant, then please, think about ALL your options. And seek the counsel of someone older and wiser, and who has been in your shoes. Talk to someone who had a child young, and kept it, then talk to someone who followed through with their adoption plan, even talk to someone who had an abortion. Educate yourself. Weigh ALL your options. Don't be afraid to talk to your parents.

Do research, and don't make any rash decisions. And if you're reading this, and find yourself in this situation, please don't hesitate to contact me.


My Adoption Story part 2

Since it's a new year I thought I'd catch up my adoption story, from where I left it off last time, which you can read here.

I left off with the good-bye, which was Dec. 11 2008, a day after he was born. I have not seen or held him since Dec. 11 2008. I get pictures and a letter about how he's doing, but that is NOT the same as seeing him and holding him, I don't care who you are, that just doesn't compare.

I couldn't leave the hospital for another day or two since I had gestational diabetes and a c-section. So the night he left was worse than the night he was born. I think because I knew he was no longer in the same place, that he was no longer just down the hall in another room in the hospital. I don't remember the rest of the time I was in the hospital, or leaving. I think I blocked the time out. Every day after that for about a week or two was just a blur. The next day I really remember is Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I know I cried myself to sleep a lot the first month or so, but I really remember Christmas and how I pleaded with God to somehow let me have my son. My heart and arms felt empty. I felt empty.

Around January of 2009 I wasn't doing well, emotionally, mentally. I tried to go back to work, but the next day I was admitted into the local mental facility. I spent almost 2 weeks there, we changed my medicines, and I attended all the groups and classes they offered. I learned how to deal with my grief and how to cope. As much as I hated going, and as much as I did not want to go, I'm so thankful that I went. By Feb. 2009 I was doing the out patient program, so I could work, and I was no longer working with the children at the after care program. I knew that I just wasn't going to get better if I worked with children, they reminded me of what I would miss out on. I started working with my dad, filling in for his bosses daughter, and I was suppose to go full time after his daughter got back.

A few months after his birth he got acid reflux really bad. The doctors thought it was just that. But his parents kept pushing. The mom's mom was getting sick, and they moved up the date they were moving so they could go be with her, and help with her. As soon as they moved they got him into see a new doctor, and she quickly put him in the hospital for some tests, I think they changed doctors another time, and finally found out what was wrong with him. The doctor said that this was something that should have been found earlier, and that he had not seen a case this bad in a very long time. What had happened is that his stomach wasn't emptying fast enough, and because of this, a piece of skin grew over the opening. They did a procedure and fixed the problem, and he was good as new! About a month after the surgery the doctor who performed it was in a fatal car accident. I'm not sure if I wrote about how God worked in the adoption in part 1, but this was just another way of seeing just how much God was working in this situation. Even though her mom passed away shortly after they moved there, God moved them there just in time to find out the real problem with him and someone who could fix the problem. Just one more sign that God was ALL over the adoption! (And if I haven't written about that before, let me know and I will write about it...)

While all that was going on with him, I started dating a guy I met through a friend I met in the mental facility, which was a really bad idea, he was really no good for me, and it didn't last long, thankfully. A few weeks later I met another guy online. When I was pregnant a friend of mine told me about, a free dating site, which I joined for fun, there were a lot of quizzes you could take, and a blog you could write on. I had met a few guys there, and dated one or two, but this guy I met late Feb. 2009 was different. Neither one of us was looking for a serious relationship, I was still dealing with my feelings, and trying to find out what I wanted to do. And he was about to graduate from college, commission into the Army and move to Hawaii. We met for the first time the last weekend of March, and what was suppose to be just a day or two turned into the whole weekend. We hit it off right away. And by the time he left, we were boyfriend and girlfriend. He spent tons of gas money coming to Chattanooga to see me, and I would drive to him. In May he graduated from college, and commissioned, and shortly after that he went to Fort Benning, GA for training. We were use to not seeing each other every day, but we spent every weekend in his home town, because he wasn't able to come farther. Then he went off to Oklahoma for the rest of his training. I went for a week while he was there, but that turned into a month, and then ended up having to go back. In August we got engaged, and had set the date for Nov. 14, 2009, but due to his not having enough leave, we had to move it up 2 weeks, which was Oct. 31. We drove home from Oklahoma just in time for our wedding (Oct 29), and went to Atlanta for our honeymoon for a few days, and drove to Chattanooga to pack ALL my things and move them to his grandparent's house for pack out. He left for Hawaii Nov. 7, and I had to wait to come until I was on his orders. I left for Hawaii on Dec. 5, just 5 days before my son's 1st birthday. And now we are getting ready for our first deployment. My husband will be gone 12 months, but since we've been in Hawaii he's been gone twice now, and will leave again for another month soon, and every time I've been fine. I know I will be just fine once he leaves for good. I'm so glad to know that I will be okay, it's such a good feeling. The training that has taken him away for a month twice, and almost a third time, isn't just training for the soldiers, but for the wives/husbands as well.

I've gotten 3 updates since moving to Hawaii, 1 of which my dad had to send me because they sent it to his house before they got my new address. I've been here for 2 birthdays now, 2 Christmases, 1 Mother's Day. I'm so thankful that I found my husband when I did. He's been great. He's completely understanding of my feelings, and is just all around supportive. Sure there are times he doesn't understand how I'm feeling, or why I'm feeling that way, but we've been so open with one another, that he'll just give me space, and I give him space. Sometimes that doesn't happen, but not every relationship is roses and candy canes. We've had our ups and downs.

I struggle with the adoption, just in different ways. It's always on my mind, but it isn't something that stops me from doing day to day things. And I'm no longer really really sad about the whole thing. There are times when I wish for more contact, and when I wish I could hold him and hug him and love on him. But the letters and pictures I get, even though they're so far apart from each other, help me to see just how good he's doing, and how happy he is.

And that is my adoption story up to this point....


Monday, January 3, 2011

2010 in Review

I borrowed this from Stefanie, I thought it was a good survey, kind of sums up the whole year of here goes!!

1. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before?:
Went to Maui, somewhere I had never been, and went on a submarine ride
Spent each other's birthday's together, first time EVER, he left for Oklahoma right before my birthday when we were dating, and we started dating after his birthday.
Celebrating 1 year of marriage, in the same place.
Had our first Thanksgiving together(in the same place, last Thanksgiving we were on opposite sides of the country, sorda - he was in Hawaii, I was in Georgia)
I made my first Ham and Cornish Hen for Christmas, and we spent Christmas in the same place, again, which if you're a military family, you know it is quite rare to spend multiple holidays/special occasions together.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?:
I didn't make any last year, and didn't this year...

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?:
Nobody really close, but I had a lot of friends give birth....

4. Did anyone close to you die?:
My grandmother passed a year ago this weekend...and my great-Aunt passed also...

5. What countries did you visit?:
None this year, but I went to Maui, that was the extent of my traveling, my husband will go to Afghanistan later this year....

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?:
A cleaner house, more money, closer friends (who live closer), better relationship with family and my husband (not that we have a bad one)

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?: 
Jan. 9, July 10, Oct. 31, Dec. 10 - those dates will always be special to me

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?:
Spending time apart from my husband twice, it might sound stupid, and those whose husbands deployed last year and spent longer away might hate me, but it was just a few months after I moved to Hawaii, THOUSANDS of miles from friends and family, and I made it through both those months just FINE! And it helped me realize my strength and that I would be able to get through the 12 month deployment....

9. What was your biggest failure?:
Housework, bahahaha

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?:
I sprained my ankle in July, and I suffer from depression and an anxiety disorder

11. What was the best thing you bought?:
oh geez, we didn't really make many big purchasing, and all the small purchases were pretty much clothes and food related, but for my birthday I got a very pretty pearl necklace from Maui and a Kindle, and at Christmas got a PlayStation Move, Crock Pot, and an open hearts necklace from Kay's...

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?:
I really don't know, nobody's behavior really stands out...

13. Whose behavior made you appalled?:
I really don't know, nobody's behavior really stands out...

14. Where did most of your money go?:, gas...

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Spending birthdays, and holidays with my husband, and getting to spend our 1st anniversary together.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?:
Airplanes by B.o.B.
Dear John, Mine, Back to December by Taylor Swift
Firework by Katy Perry
and there are probably more that I just can't think of now, lol

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?: happier

ii. thinner or fatter?: maybe a tad bit fatter...
iii. richer or poorer?: uhm, richer maybe....

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?:
Going to the beach with my husband, not procrastinating, cleaning the house more, doing dishes more, getting to know more people...

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?:
Procrastinating, sleeping...

20. How will you be spending Christmas?:
We spent Christmas together, I made a ham and a cornish hen and some sides, we exchanged our gifts early, but had a few small things to open on Christmas day...this was the 2nd Christmas in a row we got to spend together, next year we might not be so lucky :(

21. What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you in 2010?:
Hmm...I think falling and spraining my ankle was really embarrassing, I felt so bad, and I pretty much ruined the rest of our trip to Maui, thank goodness we were leaving the next day....

22. Did you fall in love in 2010?:
well, I originally fell in love in 2009, but I fall in love with my husband more and more every day

23. How many one-night stands?:

24. What was your favorite TV program?:
Chelsea Lately, hands down...Modern Family, Cougar Town, Better With You, General Hospital

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?: 
No, I pretty much hated the same people, totally kidding ya'll...I don't hate anyone!

26. What was the best book you read?:
The Bridal Quartet books by Nora Roberts, and the last few books from the Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?:
Katy Perry, I'd heard her stuff before, but recently just fell in love with her! Especially Firework...

28. What did you want and get?:
A crock pot, some video games, a Kindle

29. What did you want and not get?:
I'm not sure, I honestly can't think of anything...

30. What was your favorite film of this year?:
Eclipse, and I have such a bad memory I can not remember any of the other's I saw, oh Inception was one I saw and liked, and I think Iron Man 2, Sherlock Holmes, Avatar, and maybe a few others...

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?:
We went to Maui on vacation, and I turned 25! I got a very pretty pearl necklace, and a Kindle!

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?:
Spending time with my husband, meeting new people, and getting updates on my son

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?:
Comfy....I'm totally all about whatever is comfortable, not so much fashionable, but all about the comfort!

34. What kept you sane?:
I'm not sane, never have been ;) Probably therapy and meds! And the updates I got on my son...

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?:
Chelsea Handler, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Jo Koy, Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey

36. What political issue stirred you the most?:
The pay raise freeze Obama is putting on all Military, as if sending them overseas to fight for our country and spending countless months/years away from their families you're going to NOT give them raises every about YOU take a pay freeze Obama, and everyone else in politics....

37. Who did you miss?:
Well, my family and friends on the mainland, and my son for sure

38. Who was the best new person you met?:
I met so many wonderful new people this year that to choose just one would be totally unfair to the rest! 

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:
Never go to bed angry, and don't send your husband away angry; also that I will be okay when my husband deploys...

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
Airplanes by B.o.B. 
"Can we pretend that airplanes
In the night sky
Are like shooting stars
I could really use a wish right now 

(wish right now, wish right now)"

Dear John by Taylor Swift
"Dear John, I see it all now that you're gone
Don't you think I was too young to be messed with
The girl in the dress cried the whole way home
I see it all now that you're gone
Don't you think I was too young to be messed with
The girl in the dress wrote you a song
You should've known
You should've known
Don't you think I was too young
You should've known"

Firework by Katy Perry
"Cause baby you're a firework
Come on show 'em what your worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y
Baby you're a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
You're gunna leave 'em goin "Oh, oh, oh!"
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon"