Day 2: Twenty Facts About Me!

31 Day Blogging Challenge

Day 2 here for the 31 Day Blogging Challenge created by Erica @ Looking to the Stars!  Yesterday was a fun post but I especially liked today’s topic!  It was fun trying to think of twenty different facts about myself.  Here we go!

  1. I am obsessed with lip balms/chapstick and lotion.  If my lips are dry or my hands are dry and I don’t have these things I get cranky.  I hate hate hate the feeling of dry hands and dry lips.  My favorite lip balms are the EOS balls and my favorite lotions are from Bath & Body Works.
  2. Growing up I had nightmares of being attacked by cats so I used to be afraid of them.  Now I am fully over that fear and have two cats of my own.
  3. My favorite outfit consists for a hoodie sweatshirt, comfortable jeans and sneakers.  I love just being comfortable and laid back.
  4. My ideal climate would be a place with a temperature range of 50-75 degrees F, low humidity, plenty of sunshine and the occasional rainy day.
  5. I love nail polish and  having my nails painted but I have never had a professional manicure or pedicure.
  6. I like shopping for new clothes but HATE trying them on at the store.  Why can’t sizes just be universal?!?!?!
  7. The only Apple product I have ever liked is the iPod Classic and they have now gotten rid of it!  Screw you Apple.
  8. I love going to concerts!  I have seen groups from rock to pop to country.  My next concert is going to be Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney at Target Field this July!
  9. I currently own 695 movies on DVD and bluray.  See the list here!
  10. My ultimate dream is to one day travel to Ireland.  It has been my favorite country for as long as I can remember.
  11. I’ve been to 22 of the 50 states and hope to someday see them all.
  12. From pre-K through 4th grade I was at a different school every year because we moved around a lot.
  13. I am a very shy person around new people.  A lot of people mistake my shyness for me being a bitch.
  14. When I read a book I like to thumb through the pages I’ve already read.  It’s become a habit and sometimes I don’t realize I’m doing it until E tells me to knock it off.  What can I say?  I just like the sound it makes haha 🙂
  15. My parents, brother, two uncles, one aunt, one great uncle and I all graduated from the same college, Luther College.  Go Norse!
  16. I can’t stand football.  Most sports bore me to tears (with the exception of being at a game vs watching on tv) but there’s just something extremely irritating to me about football.
  17. I am terrified of turbulence on a plane, no matter how small it may be.  On our flights to Miami I was a mess, clutching on E’s leg so hard I think I cut off his circulation haha OOPS
  18. In a future home I would love to have a library.  Does not have to be anything fancy, just a room where I can keep all of my books in one place and have a cozy place to read.
  19. My husband and I grew up in the same small town but didn’t meet until he was 21 and I was 23.
  20. I am afraid of heights but got the courage to go upside down on the last segment of the zipline course at Whistler!  That was amazing!

Tune in tomorrow to hear about some of my daily rituals!

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31 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 1: Introduction

For the next 31 days I am going to participate in a blogging challenge created by Erica @ Looking To The Stars!  Each day there will be a new topic to post about and I’m really excited to play along because these look like some fun topics to write about.

31 Day Blogging Challenge

Day 1: Introduction & Recent Photo

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Most recent photo was taken on Christmas Eve (I take a lot of photos, just not of myself haha)

Hi everyone!  I’m Maren!  I’m a 28 year old Minnesota girl, born and raised.  Up until I was in the 5th grade my family moved around a lot but we always stayed in Minnesota with the exception of a sixth month period spent in Sioux Falls, SD.  My parents are awesome and have been married for almost 32 years.  I have a younger brother who is 24 and living in Chicago with his fiance.  He is one of my best friends.  I graduated with a bachelor of arts in History major and museum studies minor from Luther College in 2009.  After college I couldn’t find a job in my chosen field so I lived at home and worked a grocery store job I had had since I was 17.  While working there I met Ethan who was also working there and we have been together since October 2010.  Eight months later he proposed and another 6 months after that we were married.  Our 3rd anniversary is coming up in 9 days!  Shortly after our wedding we bought a townhouse and a month after that we got our first cat, Nika.  Three months later we got our second cat, Enzo.  We both love to travel and have so many places we want to go together.  For our honeymoon we went to Mackinac Island in Michigan.  And for our first wedding anniversary we went on a cruise to the Caribbean.  We currently do not have kids of our own but I have the most adorable 3 year old goddaughter I love to hang out with.

Currently I commute 45 minutes to my job where I work in a small company as a human resources/accounts payable/compliance combo.  I share an office with my dad, who is one of my favorite people in the world, so I get to see him 5 days a week.

I love reading and watching movies and TV shows.  I have massive collections of books, movies and TV seasons.  I just can’t help myself sometimes 🙂 I am an avid user of Goodreads so you can see what I’m reading there.  And I also have a book blog that I post reviews, book challenges and weekly memes.

I love being outdoors, especially away from cities.  I love going hiking and wish that I lived in an area closer to more exciting trails.  Southern MN doesn’t have much besides prairies and corn fields.

So that is a little bit about me!  Stay tuned to find out more over the next 31 days!

Update On An Old Project

Two years ago I had done an organization project with my DVDs and CDs in an effort to create more space.  I wrote this post about the completed project.  I took all of my DVDs and CDs and put them in paper sleeves and then put those sleeves in a fabric bin.  It saved a ton of space!  Alas, the DVD project was a complete waste because after a few months I got really sad not seeing all of my DVDs on a shelf anymore.  I know, pathetic and definitely #firstworldproblems.  So I had put all of the DVDs back in their cases and back on the shelves.  The CDs however I was fine leaving in the paper sleeves.  The only problem with the fabric bin was that it was pretty flimsy and was really heavy.  I happened to win a $50 Target gift card thanks to an awesome giveaway by Erica @ Looking To The Stars so today I went to my local Target and found some cool new bins that would work perfectly.  They are sturdy and a pretty color!  I also had some CDs that I needed to put in sleeves so today I finished up that project.

This is the original fabric bin with the CDs I still needed to put in sleeves.

IMG_20150115_181933I take the front inserts out and keep those in a plastic snap bin.

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Then I pry apart the case and take the side title and tape that to the front of the sleeve.  Then on the back of the sleeve I tape the track listing and any art/photos that might be on the back.

IMG_20150117_194042Once I had all of the discs out of the fabric bin I set it down on the floor and Enzo decided that it was now his.

IMG_20150117_182716I also made new index tabs which I just cut up pieces of cardstock and used a bronze metallic Sharpie to write the letters.  The bins were Room Essential media bins that were $5.99 each.

IMG_20150117_194709Now my CDs are easier to access.  I don’t need to pull the entire flimsy fabric binder out.  I can just pull one out at a time so it won’t be as heavy.

Movie Collection

In addition to having large TV show and book collections I have a massive movie collection.  I’ve made lists over the years but always forget to update it so as of right now here is my movie collection.  Some are E’s but for the sake of this list, they are all of ours.  Titles in italics are free Ultraviolet copies I received.  (I may be missing a couple because I periodically loan movies to my grandma)

Total: 695

10 Things I Hate About You
13 Going On 30
17 Again
27 Dresses
28 Days
28 Days Later
3:10 To Yuma
30 Days of Night
50 First Dates
500 Days of Summer
8 Mile
A View to a Kill
About A Boy
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Across The Universe
Aeon Flux
African Cats
Alice in Wonderland (Disney)
Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton)
Alien
All About Steve
All The Pretty Horses
Almost Famous
American Beauty
American History X
American Hustle
American Pie
American Pie 2
An American Tail
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
American Wedding
America’s Sweethearts
Anchorman
Anna Karenina (2012)
Anne of Avonlea
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel
Antitrust
Anywhere But Here
Argo
The Aristocats
Arlington Road
Army of Darkness
The A-Team
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Atonement
August Rush
August: Osage County
Australia
Avatar
The Avengers
Bad Santa
Batman Begins
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan
Beautiful Creatures
Beauty and the Beast
Because I Said So
Becoming Jane
Bend It Like Beckham
The Best of Riverdance
Big Daddy
The Big Green
The Big Wedding
The Birds
The Black Cauldron
Black Swan
The Blair Witch Project
Blazing Saddles
The Blind Side
Blow
Blue Crush
The Blue Lagoon
Blue Valentine
Boart
The Bone Collector
The Book of Eli
The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Ultimatum
Brave
Braveheart
Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Breaking Dawn: Part I
Breaking Dawn: Part II
Bridesmaids
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Bridget Jones’s Diary: The Edge of Reason
Brokedown Palace
Brother Bear
Brother Bear 2
Bruce Almighty
A Bug’s Life
Captain Blood
Carrie (1976)
Carrie (2013)
Cars
Casablanca
Casion Royale
Casper
Center Stage
Chasing Liberty
Chernobyl Diaries
Chicago
Children of Men
A Christmas Carol
Christmas Vacation
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Cinderella
Circle of Friends
City of Angels
The Clearing
The Client
Clueless
Cold Mountain
Colombiana
The Conjuring
Contagion
Corpse Bride
Country Strong
Couples Retreat
Coyote Ugly
The Crazies
Crazy/Beautiful
CrazyStupidLove
The Croods
The Crucible
Cruel Intentions
Cry-Baby
D2: The Mighty Ducks
D3: The Mighty Ducks
Dan In Real Life
The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight
Dark Shadows
Dawn of the Dead
The Day After Tomorrow
Dead Again
Dear John
The Departed
Despicable Me
Despicable Me 2
Diamonds Are Forever
Die Another Day
Dinosaur
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
DisneyNature Bears
Disturbia
Divergent
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Donnie Darko
Double Jeopardy
Dr. No
Dream House
The Duchess
Due Date
Dumb and Dumber
The Eagle
Eat Pray Love
Eclipse
Edward Scissorhands
Eight Below
Elf
Elizabeth
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Emma
The Emperor’s New Groove
Enchanted
Enemy At the Gates
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
European Vacation
Event Horizon
Ever After
Evil Dead (2013)
The Exorcist
Fantasia
Fantasia 2000
Far and Away
Fargo
Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest
Fifteen and Pregnant
Fight Club
Finding Nemo
Flashdance
For Your Eyes Only
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Four Christmases
Fracture
Freaky Friday
From Hell
From Russia with Love
Frosty Returns
Frosty the Snowman
Frozen
Garden State
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Girl, Interrupted
Gladiator
The Golden Compass
GoldenEye
Goldfinger
Gone in 60 Seconds

Gone Girl
Gone with the Wind
The Good Girl
Good Will Hunting
The Goonies
Grandma’s Boy
Gravity
Grease
Great Expectations
The Great Outdoors
Gremlins
The Grudge 2
Guess Who
A Guy Thing
Hairspray
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
The Hangover Part II
The Hangover
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Heart Breakers
The Heat
Heavyweights
Hercules
Hero
High Noon
Highway
Hitch
The Hobbit: An Incredible Journey
Hocus Pocus
The Holiday
Home Alone
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Homeward Bound: An Incredible Journey
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Hook
Hope Floats
Horrible Bosses
The Horse Whisperer
The Host
The Hot Chick
Hot Fuzz
The House of Flying Daggers
House of Wax
How the Grinch stole Christmas (2000)
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
How To Make An American Quilt
How to Train Your Dragon
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
I Am Legend
I, Robot
I.Q.
The Illusionist
I’m Reed Fish
The Importance of Being Earnest
In Her Shoes
Inception
The Incredibles
Independence Day
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Inglorious Basterds
Insidious
Into The Wild
It Happened One Night
It Takes Two
The Jane Austen Book Club
Jane Eyre
Jarhead
Jawbreaker
Jeremiah Johnson
Jerry Maguire
Julie & Julia
Jumanji
Junebug
The Jungle Book
Juno
Jurassic Park
A Kid In King Arthur’s Court
Kill Bill
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Killers
King Arthur
King Kong
Kingdom of Heaven
The King’s Speech
Kiss the Girls
Knocked Up
Labor Day
Lady and the Tramp
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
The Last House on the Left
The Last King of Scotland
The Last of the Mohicans
The Last Song
Law Abiding Citizen
Leap Year
Legally Blonde
Les Miserables
Liar Liar
Licence to Kill
License To Wed
Life As We Know It
Limitless
The Lion King
Little Children
The Little Mermaid
Little Miss Sunshine
A Little Princess
The Little Rascals (original episodes)
Little Women
Live and Let Die
Live.Die.Repeat/Edge of Tomorrow
The Living Daylights
Lord of the Dance
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowships of the Rings (Extended Edition)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended Edition)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Extended Edition)
Lord of War
Lost In Austen
Love & Basketball
Love & Other Drugs
Love Actually
The Lucky One
Madagascar
Made of Honor
Magic Mike
Magnolia
Maleficent
Mamma Mia!
The Man in the Moon
Man of Steel
Man of the House (1995)
The Man with the Golden Gun
Mansfield Park
Mary Poppins
The Mask of Zorro
The Mask
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix
Mean Girls
The Mechanic
Meet Me In St. Louis
Meet the Fockers
Meet the Parents
Memento
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Mighty Ducks
Mighty Joe Young
Minority Report
Miracle on 34th Street
Miss Congeniality
Mona Lisa Smile
Monsters, Inc.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Moonraker
Moulin Rouge!
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Mr. Holland’s Opus
Mrs. Doubtfire
Much Ado About Nothing
Mulan
The Mummy Returns
The Mummy
The Muppets Christmas Carol
Murder By Numbers
Must Love Dogs
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Week With Marilyn
Mystic Pizza
National Treasure
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Never Been Kissed
New Moon
The New World
New Year’s Eve
The Next Karate Kid
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
A Night at the Roxbury
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Nights in Rodanthe
The Ninth Gate
North By Northwest
The Notebook
Notting Hill
Now and Then
The Number 23
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Ocean’s Eleven
Ocean’s Thirteen
Ocean’s Twelve
Octopussy
Office Space
Oklahoma!
Old School
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
On the Road
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Orphan
The Other Guys
The Others
Out Cold
Out of Africa
Overboard
Oz The Great and Powerful
P.S. I Love You
The Painted Veil
Pandorum
Panic Room
Pan’s Labyrinth
Paranormal Activity
Paranormal Activity 2
Paranormal Activity 3
The Parent Trap
Passport to Paris
The Patriot
Pearl Harbor
A Perfect Getaway
The Perfect Storm
Perks of Being a Wallflower
Persuasion
Peter Pan
The Phantom of the Opera
The Pianist
The Piano
Pinocchio
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Pitch Perfect
Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 1
Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 2
Pleasantville
Pocahontas
Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World
The Poseidon Adventure
The Possession
Postgrad
Practical Magic
Premonition
The Prestige
Pretty In Pink
Pretty Woman
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Pride and Prejudice (1995 miniseries)
The Prince of Egypt
The Princess and the Frog
Princess Bride
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
The Princess Diaries
Prometheus
The Proposal
Pulp Fiction
Pyscho
Quantum of Solace
Queen of the Damned
The Queen
Rain Man
Rambo
Ratatouille
Rear Window
Red
Red Dragon
Remember Me
Rendition
Requiem For A Dream
The Rescuers Down Under
The Rescuers
Resident Evil
Resident Evil: Afterlife
Resident Evil: Apocalypse
Resident Evil: Extinction
Resident Evil: Retribution
Return to the Blue Lagoon
Riddick
The Ring
The Rite
A River Runs Through It
Robin Hood (Disney)
Robin Hood: Men In Tights
Robocop
Role Models
Roman Holiday
Romeo + Juliet
The Roommate
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rumor Has It…
Runaway Bride
Runner Runner
Sabrina
Safe Haven
Sahara
Salem Witch Trials
Salt
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
Saw
Scoop
The Scorpion King
Scream
Scream 2
Scream 3
Scream 4
The Sea Hawk
The Secret Garden
Secret Window
Secretariat
Selena
Sense and Sensibility
Serendipity
Seven
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Sex and the City
Sex and the City 2
The Shawkshank Redemption
Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
She’s All That
The Shining
The Silence of the Lambs
Silver Linings Playbook
Sin City
Sinister
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Sixteen Candles
Sixth Sense, The
The Skeleton Key
Skyfall
Sleeping Beauty
Sleepy Hollow
SNL Best of Chris Kattan
SNL Best of Will Ferrell
Snow White and the Huntsman
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Social Network
Something’s Gotta Give
Somewhere in Time
The Sound of Music
South Pacific
Space Jam
Spanglish
Speak
The Spy Who Loved Me
Star Trek
Star Trek
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Generations
Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Star Trek: Nemesis
Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
Starship Troopers
Starship Troopers 2
Starship Troopers 3: Marauders
Stay Alive
Step Up
Step Up 2: The Streets
Step Up 3
The Stepford Wives
Stick It
Stigmata
Sucker Punch
Sunshine Cleaning
Super Troopers
Superbad
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sweet Home Alabama
Swiss Family Robinson
The Sword in the Stone
Taken
Taken 2
Tangled
Tarzan
Terminator Salvation
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Thirteen Ghosts
This Is 40
Thunderball
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Titanic
Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
Tomorrow Never Dies
Total Recall
Toy Story
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3
Traffic
Trainspotting
Treasure Planet
Tristan + Isolde
Tron Legacy
Troy
The Truth About Cats and Dogs
Tuck Everlasting
Twilight
Two Weeks Notice
The Ugly Truth
Uncle Buck
Under the Tuscan Sun
Underworld
Underworld: Awakening
Underworld: Evolution
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Unfaithful
Up
Urban Legend
V For Vendetta
Vacancy
Vacation
Valentine’s Day
Van Helsing
Van Wilder
Vegas Vacation
Vertigo
The Very Thought of You
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
The Village
The Vow
Walk the Line
A Walk To Remember
Wall-E
Wanted
War, Inc.
Water for Elephants
Wedding Crashers
The Wedding Date
The Wedding Planner
What A Girl Wants
What Lies Beneath
What To Expect When You’re Expecting
Where the Heart Is
White Oleander
Whiteout
Wicker Park
Wild America
Wildthings
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!
Windtalkers
Winter’s Bone
The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolfman
The Wolverine
The Woman In Black
The World Is Not Enough
World War Z
Wrong Turn
X2: X-Men United
X-Men
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
X-Men: First Class
X-Men: The Last Stand
You Again
You Only Live Twice
The Young Victoria
You’ve Got Mail
Zoolander
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Bean
Blade II
Cold Light of Day, The
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Johnny English
Legends of the Fall
Soul Survivors
Stir of Echoes

TV Season Collection

For the longest time I have loved watching tv shows and collecting the seasons on DVD and Bluray.  I think the first TV season I ever bought was Gilmore Girls season 1 and then proceeded to buy all the other available seasons the following day.  What can I say? They were on sale and it’s my favorite show.  One thing I have trouble with is trying to remember what seasons I already have.  So I’m going to make a list of all the ones I own, including Ethan’s so we don’t end up with duplicates.  These are in no particular order.

  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman – complete boxed set
  • Dawson’s Creek – complete boxed set
  • Charmed – complete boxed set
  • Horatio Hornblower – complete boxed set
  • 2 Broke Girls – season 1
  • Archer – seasons 1-4
  • Better Off Ted – season 1 (complete)
  • Boston Legal – season 4
  • Burn Notice – seasons 1-3
  • Alaska: The Last Frontier – season 1
  • Downton Abbey – seasons 1-4
  • The Big Bang Theory – seasons 1-6
  • Deadwood – seasons 1-3 (complete)
  • Gilmore Girls – seasons 1-7 (complete)
  • Entourage – seasons 3.1, 4, 5, 7, 8
  • The White Queen – complete miniseries
  • House of Cards – seasons 1-2
  • Glee – seasons 1-4
  • Ghost Hunters – seasons 2, 3.1, 4
  • Orangutan Island – season 1
  • Raising Hope – season 1
  • House, M.D. – seasons 1-8 (complete)
  • Grey’s Anatomy – seasons 1-8
  • Modern Family – seasons 1-4
  • Lost – seasons 1-6 (complete)
  • The O.C. – seasons 1-4 (complete)
  • The Office (U.S.) – seasons 1-8
  • One Tree Hill – seasons 1-9 (complete)
  • Revenge – seasons 1-2
  • Sex and the City – seasons 1-6 (complete)
  • Roswell – seasons 1-3 (complete)
  • Rome – seasons 1-2 (complete)
  • Samantha Who? – season 1
  • Shameless (U.S.) – seasons 1-3
  • Pawn Stars – season 1
  • Hells Kitchen – season 4
  • Storage Wars – volume 2
  • True Blood – seasons 1-7 (complete)
  • Smallville – seasons 1-10 (complete)
  • The Tudors – seasons 1-4 (complete)
  • The Vampire Diaries – seasons 1-5
  • Weeds – seasons 1-7 (complete)
  • American Horror Story – seasons 1-2
  • Game of Thrones – seasons 1-3
  • Hatfields & McCoys – complete miniseries
  • Life – complete BBC series
  • Mad Men – seasons 1-5
  • Once Upon A Time – seasons 1-3
  • Planet Earth – complete BBC series
  • Spartacus – seasons 1-4 (complete)
  • Supernatural – seasons 1-9
  • The Walking Dead – seasons 1-4

UPDATE: I completely forgot about Ethan’s seasons of Star Trek!  We are low on shelf space so they were all hidden behind some movies on a different shelf!  I don’t know how many seasons he has but he has been getting them from his dad as his dad acquires them on bluray.

What does your TV season collection include?

Whole30: 30 days of clean and healthy eating

Check out my brother and his fiance’s new blog about their journey during Whole30! As soon as Ethan and I can rid our house of all the processed crap food we already have we will be joining them! Big thanks to Steph for loaning me her copy of the book! Such an eye opener!

Change the way you think about your Diet

Hello!

Steph and Jim here to jot down some of our opening thoughts as we start our journey through Whole30. We previously had written about, albeit very little, our diet and our prior relationship with food. After further reading, our relationship has transformed and we are going to be making a drastic change. Our goal for the next 30 days is to have a better relationship with the food that we eat and to be generally healthier people. We are going to try and achieve this goal through the plan that is laid out by the Hartwigs in the book It Starts With Food. This all stems from Steph ordering the book from Amazon a while ago after following the Whole30 instagram page, among countless other reading. After Steph read this book and seeing all the testimonials, she brought it to me and said “We have to do this!” So…

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2015 New Year’s Goals

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve last night!  We had a couple of friends over to celebrate.  Our friend Bill made us a delicious dinner!  Melon with prosciutto for an appetizer and carbonara for dinner.  It was so so so good!  Now today is the day I usually come up with my resolutions but I had them done a few days ago.  Instead of calling them resolutions though I’m going to call them goals, only because resolutions always seem to fizzle out by February.  So here are my goals for this year.

  1. Ease up on buying books.  Remember the library is only 2 miles away and I have plenty of books that I haven’t read yet but own.
  2. Get better organized for blogging.  I started off pretty organized but lately I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants.
  3. Pay off credit card by end of March.  I’m so close!  And then keep the balance at zero… If I buy something with it, pay it off right away!
  4. Pay off smaller student loan by September.
  5. No pop except for “special” occasions.  This one looks familiar!  I seem to try this one every year.  Let’s hope it sticks this time.
  6. Eliminate processed foods as much as possible.
  7. Get at least 60,000 steps per week.  I’ve been really slacking with my Fitbit the last few months.  I want to try to get back up there!

What are your goals for the year?