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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Day 20


Before I start on the topic... I just realized I'm more than halfway done with this already. Time is flying!!

So, nicknames is the topic of the day. The one I've had the longest is Janie, next is Scooter. Name's Jane so Janie just kind of comes with the territory. Scooter came about when I became a toddler. I would scoot around rapidly in my little walker, so my parents started calling me Scooter. Janie Wanie/Janey Waney is another given to me by some friends in the military. Little Janie Bogue (LJB for short) is a nickname given to me by my best friend in high school.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Day 19

Something you miss.

Well, let's see, aside from my husband? Haha, I miss the country. I kind of dislike living in the milddle of the city. And living so close to other people. I do like living just minutes away from a grocery store. I don't miss driving 30 minutes round trip just to go to the store.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Day 18

Favorite Place to Eat

My favorite chain restaurant to eat at is Texas Roadhouse.

My favorite non-chain restaurant is Ruth's Diner outside of Salt Lake City.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Day 17

Something you're looking forward to.

A phone call. Something, anything. It's been kind of a rough last few days. The girls need a call from daddy, so do I. I miss him. At least when he was deployed we were able to talk more than this.

Yes, husband is in BCT for the Army until the middle of April. The time he's there will be as long as his deployment was to Afghanistan. Since August, I knew this week would come. And I tried to really mentally prepare myself.

I'm really looking forward to April though. When he can come back and we can actually go do things as a family. There will be better weather in April. It will almost be the wonderful spring time here in Salt Lake.

I'm looking forward to having my husband back. The day before he had to go to the hotel was a great day, even the day we took him to the hotel was awesome. So thinking of those days is making me miss him that much more.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Day 16

Dream house.

Today's post was actually quite easy to write. The explanation below is from a blog post of mine on May 17, 2010. Someone asked me once what my dream home would be. One night I thought about it real hard and came up with the idea below..

My perfect, completely paid for home would have 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Husband and I could share a bathroom, but I would want the girls to have separate ones so we wouldn't have to hear them complain about their sister taking too long. Like I said, that would be in my perfect world, haha. The house would have a living/family room, with a fireplace of course! I would have a huge kitchen with an island and all black appliances. Can't forget the tile flooring! Oh, the oven would have to be gas and not electric, since I have yet to master the art of cooking on an electric stove. Can't forget the HUGE master bathroom with the HUGE tub, and 2 sinks. You know, his and hers sinks, that way I don't have to clean his nasty sink. Guys are messy, they shave and stuff, and the hair gets everywhere, so gross! There would have to be a separate shower, big one too, with a little place to sit down. My mom's shower has one and it's great. Also, I want a little connecting to my bedroom that I could make into a reading room. Lots of windows for some natural light during the day, a chaise lounge, and a big comfy blanket to wrap myself up with while reading. The house would have to be all one floor too since I don't want to have to deal with stairs. I'm clumsy, and I could see it could be hazardous in my old age. Last but not least, the exterior... A deck would completely wrap around my little white house, with blue shutters. Azaleas and rose bushes would line the deck, if they could grow in that climate of course. That is the house where I imagine we could raise our girls, celebrate every holiday, grow old with the husband, and play with the grandkids....

Cinco Pregunta Viernes (5QF)

1. Do you swim in the winter?
I don't really swim during any season. Especially not winter.

2. Do you love or hate winter?
Depends. This Utah winter has been relatively mild. So I'm enjoying it this year. I dislike snow. It's wet and makes a huge, muddy mess. Especially in my home.

3. Do you put makeup/actual clothes on when you know you're going to be home all day with just family?
Let me put it this way, the day my husband left for Basic Training, so this Tuesday, I stayed in an oversized tshirt and pajama shorts, all day. Most days I get dressed, and it's even more rare if I put make up on, just to stay home all day.

4. How old were you when you had your first alcoholic beverage?
Sometime in high school, can't remember exactly when. I know it wasn't before I was 16.

5. How many ill calls in a 12 month period do you think are acceptable?
Ill calls? Like at work? Let's just say, if you are calling in once a week your ass should be fired. Maybe once a month?
If you are frequently calling in, using the same excuse (and have no family obligations), you either have a weak immune system and need to see a doctor or you really don't want to be there and should find a job you enjoy.

The questions for 5QF can be found at:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Day 15

Bible verse

Though I may not read much of it these days, I have one in mind. I don't have a favorite bible verse at all. So I chose the first one I ever learned/memorized. I was a little kid in Sunday School at Grace Community Church in Whitmore, CA. I went with my "Grandma" Dee. My dad's boss' wife, also one of the nicest women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Romans 5:8
New International Version (NIV)
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day 14

A picture of you last year - how have you changed?

This is about a year old, off by 2 weeks maybe, but a year nonetheless. That's me and a friend of mine from high school, Lesley. And I'm a few sheets to the wind here.

How I've changed.. Let's see here. Hair color is different. I still had a little blonde there, now it's completely natural. Gained a few pounds back. My attitude has definitely changed a bit. I was uncertain about a few things and most of which have seemed to completely work out.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Day 13


Ha. It's 11:15 at night and I'm just now writing this post. I've been putting it off ALL day.

1. Save up at least 2 months worth of pay or $7k.
2. Finally manage to put together my Home Management Binder.
3. Keep in touch with people better. It doesn't help that my home phone never manages to stay fully charged. My cell phone minutes are shared between 3 people, so I try to limit those. But between facebook and texting I should be better at it you'd think?
(11:30 Ahhhhhh!)
4. Get down to a goal weight and actually stay there this time.
5. Learn to sew.

For right now these are my goals. It's a new year, I didn't make any resolutions. Well, not really anyway. My husband just arrived at his Basic Training location a few hours ago. I need to work on me, I'm not making many goals or lists for it right this second, which is strange for me. I am starting a work out regimen next week. Other than that, I'm just taking it hour to hour, day to day, week to week.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Day 12

Something you don't leave the house without.

Wallet and keys mostly. Sometimes I do forget my cell even but it's a rare occurrence. And I usually take sunglasses or my driving glasses just in case.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Day 11

Favorite tv shows

Wow, I don't even know where to start.. I have quite a few. Bones, Desperate Housewives, Army Wives, Deadliest Catch (I've met and got an autograph from one of the captains), Teen Mom, Biggest Loser, Wife Swap, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS, Doctor Who, The League, Jersey Shore, Pioneer Woman, Iron Chef America, and Chopped on Food Network.. I think that's about it. I watch a lot of tv or have it on for background noise. Most of the time my stuff gets DVR'd and I just watch it at a later date.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Day 10

Something you're afraid of.

The dark. Have been since I was a kid. I can fall asleep in the dark just fine, just don't ask me to get up and go do anything in the middle of the night. When I was uber pregnant, I used to just go along and turn on every light in my path. Heaven forbid I walk in the dark and pee my pants..

Yes, I know this is odd. I'm almost 25 years old and would much rather stay in bed than get up in the middle of the night. Pretty much the only thing that can get me up is a screaming child.

Friday, January 20, 2012

5 Question Friday

1. Where do you hide the reeeally good snacks?
In the pantry in the hallway. Oh, on the really high shelf so my children can't get to them. I need to find a new hiding spot though, husband has found them.

2. Do u keep your vehicle clean or am I the only one who has things falling out of their van?
I try to. There may be a few miscellaneous trash items/wrappers. But I try not to keep anything major just lying around inside. Call me crazy, but I'm afraid if we were to ever get into a horrible wreck (heaven forbid), I don't want things flying around the car.

3. Have you ever been to Vegas?
Yes, twice actually, only once as a legal adult though. Someday it would be nice to go without the children!

4. Warm room light blankets or cold room warm snuggly blanket?
The frugal part of me is saying cold room, warm snuggly blanket.. But the real me says warm room while working on a light blanket.

5. What is the worst airplane/flying experience you've ever had?
Thank goodness there really haven't been any that come to mind. Of course flying with a child who has learned to walk and thinks she can walk anywhere she pleases, whenever she pleases isn't fun at all. One of the last trips on a plane has probably been the worst experience. I had a crying 5 year old who was done traveling and a 2 year old who was quite insistent upon being set free to run.

5QF questions can be found at

Day 9

A favorite picture of your best friend

My best friend is on the right. I like this one because she's actually smiling. Most of the time in pictures, she just gives you the look like "why the hell are you taking my picture..."

Shawna is pretty cool, I think. We've been friends for almost 5 years. Believe it or not, I've only seen her in person once, after we had been talking for 3 years.

I used to be active on a website called Cafemom. We started talking on that website and on an online game. Then we started texting each other almost every day.

Being in the military, I've made a lot of friends. Some I don't talk to as much and some I'll probably never see again. Shawna is the best friend I've ever had. Nothing has ever kept us from talking for any more than a week at most. One of the things I love most about her is her honesty. I can ask her any question or give her any scenario and she will tell me exactly what she thinks, feels, knows, whatever. We've never fought or exchanged harsh words.

Someday it would be nice to live in the same state as each other, it'd be even better if it was the same town. But I know that no matter what she'll always be there for me, and I'll always be there for her.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Down for the count

This so sucks. I was on such a roll. I was decluttering, throwing stuff out, donating things, and rearranging the apartment. And some strange virus has knocked me flat on my butt. This couldn't have come at the most inopportune time. The husband leaves in less than 5 days now and I have SO much to do.

We're in the process of trying to get Erin into the spare room. There are boxes everywhere. Needless to say I'm looking forward to tax return so I can buy another bookshelf and maybe a few more storage bin type options.

But I pretty much spent most of today on my butt or back. I just feel wiped. 2 o'clock rolled around and I just felt like I couldn't keep my eyes open any more. Thank goodness Erin went down for a nap, I was able to get one in as well.

Day 8

A place you've traveled to.

I've been to quite a few places, but none truly stand out in my memories like Carcassonne, France. It's a fortified town in the south of France, but I just call it a castle. It became a fortification during the 5th century A.D.

We stayed in a hotel inside the fortified town. I thought it was one of the coolest things ever. One day we went shopping. Another day we went on a tour around the outer walls of the city, we even got to see where they had the dungeon. We also spent some time at the museum inside the town as well. If I remember correctly it was a type of "torture" museum. It had many different things used for torturing people around the time of the Inquisition. There were some really messed up devices inside the museum. But it was definitely one of the most interesting museums I've ever seen.

I still have the necklace I bought there. It's a Celtic Pisces pendant. My mom and I still talk about that trip to this day. It was towards the last leg of a 3 week excursion in France with my mom and grandma.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Day 7

Favorite movies

Oh man! There are so so so so, so many! One of my all time favorites in the comedy division is Step Brothers. I go back and forth with my best friend and husband quoting that movie.

I guess my favorite action type movie would be Watchmen. It's one of those comic book type movies, but I LOVE it. It has one of my favorite actors in it as well, Jeffrey Dean Morgan aka Denny Duquette.

For a romance type movie, Dear John. It tugs at the heart strings a little. Nicholas Sparks realllyyy knows how to make a girl cry. And I'm not going to lie, Channing Tatum is a total babe, especially in an Army uniform.

Some other close favorites are Talladega Nights, We Were Soldiers, Boondock Saints, Hot Fuzz, Super Troopers, Julie & Julia, Remember the Titans, Walk the Line, The Life Aquatic, and Royal Tannenbaums.

Honestly, I have way too many favorites. I can flip through the movie channels and find something to watch at any given time. Maybe my favorites change from week to week. So, these are my favorites for the moment.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Day 6

A picture of something that makes you happy

This is one of my favorite pictures. It has all my favorite people in one picture. This is just after the Dumbo ride at Disneyland last year. It was our very first trip to "the happiest place on earth." I took soo many pictures, but this is definitely one of my favorites.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Day 5

A song to match your mood.

Well.. It started off with "The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars." I pretty much just wanted to stay in my pajamas and crochet. Then I realized I had laundry to do, but I had to go to the store for fabric softener. So I got to doing the laundry and ended up reorganizing half my bedroom plus a closet. My plans for being lazy were pretty much foiled.

I guess the song to match my mood now would be "I Wanna Be Sedated." I'm tired, bedtime can't come soon enough.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Day 4

My parents.

Well, I'm very blessed to say I have 3 of them. My mom and dad were married in 1981, 5 1/2 years later I was born.

My mom was from Hillsborough/Burlingame, California. She went to UC Santa Barbara, then moved up to Northern California. My dad was from Whitmore, CA. They were together until 1992. A few years later my mom moved in with my step dad. They were married in 1996.

After my dad died, it still took a few years before my relationship with my step dad changed. We get along so well now. He's now "dad" to me and "papa" to my girls.

I think I am fortunate to have grown up with 3 parents. I learned a lot from each one, and I have a wonderful family who has claimed me as one of their own.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Day 3

My first love... Travis Crowell. I was 12 when I first met him and was in love with him til I was 18.

He was my first real boyfriend. We dated for over a year when I was 16. I broke up with him shortly after my junior year started. But we remained good friends until we both got married.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Day 2: Meaning behind your blog name

Hmm.. "Out of touch with reality," the meaning behind it? I honestly don't remember. Maybe I need to make a new one?

Maybe I just felt I was out of touch with my own sense of reality? Oh I suppose I can only imagine. I do like this reality though. It's not always perfect or pleasant, but it's my reality and I wouldn't give it up for anything.

Reality is only what you make it. If not you would just exist in a fantasy world.

5 Question Friday!

1. What's the last thing you bought for yourself?
Yesterday, I got new workout clothes and a new outfit for date night tomorrow night! I think both choices were good investments.

2. What is your favorite meal on a cold winter day?
I actually have to think about this for a minute.. recently discovered I can make a pretty awesome potato soup. But I also love a recipe from Campbell's, it's called Cornbread Chicken Pot Pie. It's one of my favorite things to make and eat!

3. Have you started looking at swimsuits for this year, and do you buy a new one every year?
NO WAY! And no. No way would I possibly look at swimsuits right now. I'd much rather have bamboo shoots shoved underneath my fingernails.

4. If you could be any candy, what would you be and why?
Chocolate just sounds too generic. And since I'm addicted to them right now.. I'd say hot tamales. Hot Tamales are an acquired taste. Not every likes them. To some they are just too hot =o)

5. What are you most passionate about?
The military, military families. I really don't have too many other things I'm absolutely passionate about. Last week someone I went to high school with died, also spent a lot of time with his family in high school (my high school boyfriend's family are best friends with his). I discovered Westboro Baptist Church was coming to town for the funeral and I was thoroughly angered by this. I was in tears, ranting to my husband.

Bonus: What is your favorite thing to "pin" on Pinterest?
Ummm, anything and everything? Haha! I absolutely love looking at the Home Decor tab.. I have so many plans for the house we have yet to purchase. Someday though!

Today's questions could be found on:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Day 1, 30 Day Challenge

Day 1: Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts

I'm Jane. I'm an Army wife, mother of 2 girls, daughter, and friend to many. I'll be a quarter of a century in exactly 2 months.

Random Facts:
1. I turned 18 years old while in Basic Training for the Air Force.
2. I know how to operate a backhoe and other forms of heavy machinery.
3. I learned to crochet a year ago and I'm addicted.
4. My biggest pet peeve is misspelled words.
5. I'm a mild hoarder.
6. I'm extremely neurotic and a bit of a control freak, kind of goes hand in hand.
7. I love guns, shotguns are my favorite.
8. Jersey Shore is one of my favorite guilty pleasures.. fist pump!!!!
9. I love sports, watching them, playing them, everything about sports.
10. I play World of Warcraft.. and I have played since January 2007.
11. I don't like to cook much, but I love to bake.
12. I have ADD, didn't discover I had it until my then 4 year old daughter was diagnosed. I was 23.
13. I hunt and fish, but hunting is more fun.
14. I'm not artistic at all.
15. I absolutely hate to run.

Rules of the 30 Day Challenge

Only general rule is to post once a day or at the very least every other day.

Here is a list of the days. If you'd like, take the list and do the challenge yourself! Make sure you at least let me know that you are starting it so I can follow your journey too!

Day 1: Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts
Day 2: Meaning behind your blog name
Day 3: Your first love
Day 4: Your parents
Day 5: A song to match your mood
Day 6: A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 7: Favorite movies
Day 8: A place you've traveled to
Day 9: A favorite picture of your best friend
Day 10: Something you're afraid of
Day 11: Favorite tv shows
Day 12: Something you don't leave the house without
Day 13: Goals
Day 14: A picture of you last year - how have you changed?
Day 15: Bible verse
Day 16: Dream house
Day 17: Something you're looking forward to
Day 18: Favorite Place to Eat
Day 19: Something you miss
Day 20: Nicknames
Day 21: Favorite Picture of yourself ALL TIME Why?
Day 22: What's in your purse?
Day 23: Favorite Movie
Day 24: Something you've learned
Day 25: Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs
Day 26: Your Dream Wedding
Day 27: Original Photo of the city you live in
Day 28: Something that stresses you out
Day 29: 3 Wishes
Day 30: a picture of yourself this day and 5 good things that happened since you started the challenge

Saturday, January 7, 2012


First post of 2012.

New blog background.

46 posts in 2011. 59 in 2010. Let's see if I can beat those numbers combined in 2012. Hoping to get more readers, better blog posts, and learn a little more about myself and my family.

Stay tuned!!