5 Years and Counting

March 31, 2012

Yesterday was the five year anniversary of mine and Andrew’s first date. I shared a few details of that fateful night in the Friday Favorites post yesterday.

To celebrate we got all dolled up and went out to eat at Ruby Tuesday so I could finally get the spring rolls I’ve been craving for the past month.
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There was a crazy storm that hit just as we pulled into the parking lot, but luckily it let up after a few minutes and we were able to get into the restaurant without getting soaked. We sat in a cozy little booth, had some good food, and just enjoyed our time together away from the house, away from work, away from distractions. It was really wonderful to just be able to devote our attention fully to each other, if even for just an hour or so.

After dinner we took a short shopping trip to Target to spoil each other a little bit, then came home, made some churro balls, and snuggled on the sofa while watching tv.

It was a great evening of dining, reminiscing, shopping, and snuggling. I look forward to many more nights like this in the future. <3

Friday Favorites: Us

March 30, 2012

Today is the fifth anniversary of my first date with Andrew. I was 16 and he was 17. A couple of our friends set us up [after I confessed to having a crush on Andrew] and we went to see Blades of Glory. In all honesty it wasn’t a great first date. I was incredibly sick, could barely talk, and had just gotten into a huge fight with my ex-boyfriend right before Andrew picked me up. But, Andrew was really great about the whole thing and I assured him that I would be in much better spirits for our second date. ;)

In honor of our little anniversary today, I'm sharing five of my favorite photos of us – one from each year we’ve been together.

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Winter Formal ‘07

Us | allonsykimberly.comBeing goofy at the Beach ‘08

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Winter Beach Adventures ‘09

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Our Wedding Day ‘10

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King’s Island ‘11

Hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane. These have been the best five years of my life and I can’t wait to see all the fun photos and memories we’ll get to look back on after years to come. I love you, Andrew!

I’m Sorry, Bunny

March 28, 2012

The husband and I finally did our taxes last night, and to celebrate we decided to go out for ice cream! But, the festivities were brought to a screeching halt before we even got to the dairy. There was a bunny, peacefully munching on some grass on the side of the road. He wasn’t in our way, but I guess he thought he was. The bunny panicked, Andrew panicked, I screamed, we swerved. KA-THUD!

I was an inconsolable mess for the rest of the drive.

I felt so horrible. I kept thinking about his little bunny family that he wouldn’t be returning to because of us. And Andrew, despite what I’m sure were his best efforts at cheering me up, really wasn’t much of a help.

Me: Maybe he just got a little hurt and he’ll be able to get away and heal.
Andrew: No, I was going too fast for that. It’s definitely dead.
Me: Well, maybe we just ran over its leg or something.
Andrew: That thud was too big to just be a leg – it was a WHOLE bunny.

I stopped seeking comfort from him after that.

I tried to distract myself from thoughts of his poor little bunny brothers and sisters who would never see him again, but then we passed a church with a “clever” Easter pun on its sign.

Me: Bunny…
Andrew: You’re still thinking about it?
Me: That sign. It said “No bunny loves you like Jesus.” That’s where he is now… (sniff, sniff)
Andrew: Kim, Animals don’t have souls. They’re like robots.
Me: …
Andrew: Okay, not like robots. They’re living creatures. God must have breathed something special into them to give them life.
Me: INNOCE-E-E-NCE! (more sobbing)

It was all very tragic.

By the time I got in line for my ice cream I was over it though – or had at least momentarily forgotten about it. Then we went to pet the cows and I felt better.

Nothing like a root beer float and some baby cows to lift your spirits! Or maybe that’s just me…

Friday Favorites: Hunger Games

March 23, 2012

Last night was the midnight premier of the Hunger Games and it was fantastic so I’m dedicating this week’s Friday Favorites to some of the neat Hunger Games related goodies I’ve been seeing around the interwebs lately.

1. Arrow Bracelet from SevinoMa

2. Hunger Games Inspired Wedding
There are some really cute ideas on Green Wedding Shoes for incorporating a bit of The Games into your big day.

3. Happy Hunger Games Poster from Entropy Trading Co.

4. Arrow Pillow from Amelie and Atticus

5. Hunger Games Cookies from Lizy B Bakes

Happy Hunger Games!

Friday Favorites: Crazy Cat Lady

March 16, 2012

It's no secret that I love cats. I’ve loved them for as long as I can remember. And I love anything with cats on it. Shirts, bags, dresses, cups, anything! I’ve been rockin’ cat apparel since I was a little girl.
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[it’s kind of hard to tell form the photo, but there’s a cat on that shirt]
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I wore that shirt all the time! And I played with Furbies… Don’t judge.

Lately it seems like being a “crazy cat lady” is the new trend. I don’t mind though, it just makes it easier to score cute feline finds like these:

cat dress

cat shoes

dr cat
This is from the awesome web comic, Doctor Cat. It’s been on a bit of a hiatus since the writer injured her wrist, but you should check out the older posts!

real men love cats

cat tote
Cat vs. Human is another awesome blog about cats and all of the silly things they do.

If you want to see more kitty themed goodies, check out my Oh, How Pinteresting posts – they almost always include at least one item from my crazy cat lady board on Pinterest.

I’m All Smiles

March 15, 2012

I came across this tumbler the other day, Wookies Love Kisses, and I’m in love! It’s full of old pictures of the cast of the original Star Wars trilogy. They’re mostly of Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford, but there were plenty of Mark Hamill ones to keep me happy. Here are a few of my favorites:
wookies love kisses
wookies love kisses
wookies love kisses

wookies love kisses
[all photos were reblogged from http://wookieekisses.tumblr.com/]
I get the biggest, doofiest grin on my face every time I look at these!

Another thing putting a gigantic smile on my face is the weather lately. It was 77 degrees yesterday! It's feeling a lot more like early summer rather than late winter, but I'm not complaining! It’s mid-March in Ohio and I spent all day outside in a skirt without tights.
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My legs haven’t seen the light of day in quite some time!

Along with the wonderful weather, Andrew finished school/work early this week and we got to enjoy the sunshine together.
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We even got some ice cream and visited the cows at the local dairy.
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It’s been a good week so far and should only get better!

Book Review: What Are You Waiting For?

March 11, 2012

bookWAYWFI first heard about this book when a friend posted a video of an interview with the author, Dannah Gresh, on facebook. I was immediately drawn in by her uncensored yet Biblical approach on sex. I don’t know about you, but I feel like the church tends to just skim over and candy coat this topic by simply saying “Don’t do it till you’re married because the Bible says so.” But why does the Bible say that? Why is waiting so important to God. And what constitutes as sex in God’s opinion? Dannah Gresh breaks down the barriers and gets real about the all of these questions and much, much more.

She begins by examining the original Hebrew word for marital sex – yada. But, it really doesn’t have anything to do with the physical act. The word means “to know, to be known, to be deeply respected”. It's not just used in verses about sexual relations, either. It's the same word used to describe how God knows and loves us.

I don’t know about you, but I found this pretty darn amazing. And enlightening. Dannah writes:
“It’s clear... that yada isn’t about a merely physical act. Rather, yada is a word of intimacy that transcends the physical. It describes the whole knowing of a person. It portrays an uncovering and an embrace of the nakedness of another. There are no secrets and nothing is held back.” (pg. 24)
This is the kind of relationship that God wants us to to have with Him. Like I said, enlightening.

This is just one part of the book. Gresh also tackles tough subjects like causal hookups, homosexuality, porn, and masturbation, presenting both Biblical and scientific truths on the subjects. There are also chapters devoted to questions like “how far is too far?” and “how do I know he’s the one?”. I don’t want to go into too much more detail about the book because I really want YOU to read for it yourself. Even if you’re not a “young” woman or are already married, I still highly recommend this book. It offers such a unique and blunt perspective of sex from a Biblical standpoint. I really wish I had known this stuff when I was growing up, but even learning it now has been beneficial.

Dannah Gresh also co-authored another story I read a while ago, Lies Young Women Believe. Another fantastic read full of things I wish I had learned earlier in life. Here’s a link to her website where you can learn more about her work and the books she’s written.

Litter Box Hideaway Curtain

March 10, 2012

1. Before & After
I love having a cat in the house, but the litter box… not so much. It’s being kept in the half bathroom – you know, the one that guests use when they come over – and this is the first thing they see after opening the door:
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Not so lovely. So I came up with a way to hide it using items I already had on hand.

We got this shelf from WalMart after moving into our first apartment. Our new place has more storage in the kitchen so we weren’t using it anymore.
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I took off the bottom shelf and moved the middle one up so it was just a bit taller than the litter box.
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I had some old curtains that I wasn't using anymore and decided to use for this project.
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Hugo Approves. ;)

Luckily, the panel was the right size to fit all the way around the front and sides of the shelf. I lowered the top shelf one notch so that I could hang the curtain rings on the top pegs.
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I cut the fabric so that it would reach to just above the floor once it was hemmed.
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Then, of course, I pinned, pressed, and sewed up the hem.
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Hugo loves to watch me sew. :)
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Once it was hemmed I hung it back on the shelf…
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…and cut a slit on the side so Hugo could easily get into his liter box. I cut the slit up to the second shelf.
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Here it is in the bathroom over the litter box.
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It still looked a bit unfinished, so I cut up that thick poster board thing I was originally going to use for the comic book tiles and put it on the top shelf.
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All finished!
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Now guests are no longer confronted with my cat’s poop when they use the bathroom and I get some extra hidden storage!

Friday Favorites: Moments with Dad

March 09, 2012

Today is my dad’s birthday! So in honor of him I thought I’d do this week’s “Friday Favorites” post about some of my favorites moments shared with him.

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1. Surprise trips to the Cleveland Zoo. My dad is a music teacher so he always had summer off to spend with us girls. My sister and I would be in our rooms or outside just playing, doin’ our thing, then suddenly he’d tell us to to drop what we were doing and get in the car. He’d never tell us the destination, but let us sit in the back seat and make wild guesses as to where we were going. Most of the time he’d take us to the toy store or to get ice cream, but I remember a lot of times where we ended up at the zoo.

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2. When my mom was pregnant with me, for whatever reason, my parents were certain I was going to be a boy. Then I was born and all of my dad’s hopes of father-son activities were crushed. But rather than give into more Christmases spent shopping down the pink aisles of Toys R Us, my dad raised me as a tom boy. He bought me Legos and Hot Wheels and let me play in the dirt. He also played catch with me in the backyard all the time. I’m definitely not an athlete, but thanks to my dad I at least know how to throw and catch a baseball now!

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3. You may or may not know that I’m a huge fan of old Godzilla movies – well, that trait is courtesy of my dad as well. We used to watch them all the time and whenever my family would go to SunCoast, if I saw a Godzilla movie we didn’t own, we had to buy it and watch it ASAP.

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4. One day back in the Spring of 1995, my dad piled my sister and I into the back of our old, gold Oldsmobile [say that five times fast!] and drove us off to an unknown location, much like when taking us to the zoo. But, this time we didn’t venture quite as far. We ended up at the local animal shelter and my dad told us girls to pick out any kitten we wanted. And that’s how we acquired Pookey. She was our cat for the next 15 years and probably the reason I’m so in love with the little fur balls now!

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5. Of course I had to include my wedding day! My dad isn’t much of a crier – in fact I think I’ve only seen him cry two times in my whole life. He didn’t cry while walking me down the aisle or giving me away, but during the father-daughter dance [which I had to coerse him into doing] he was definitely tearing up. He’s such a mush!

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Friday Favorites: Fandoms

March 02, 2012

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with more that one geeky fandom, so this week I’ll be sharing five of of my favorites as well as answering the following questions about each series:

Favorite Male Character
Favorite Female Character
Favorite Book/Movie/Episode of the Series
A Favorite Quote
Favorite Creature/Alien

Number one should come as no surprise – It’s Harry Potter.
1. Ron Weasley
2. Luna Lovegood
3. Book: Half Blood Prince // Movie: Chamber of Secrets
4. Lavender Brown: Oh Professor, look! I think I've got an unaspected planet! Oooh, which one's that, Professor?
Professor Trelawney: It is Uranus, my dear.
Ron Weasley: Can I have a look at Uranus too, Lavender? -- (Goblet of Fire)
5. NIfflers

Another no brainer – Doctor Who. I’m just focusing on the revived series, Ninth Doctor and beyond.
1. Rory Williams (Other than the Doctor of course – and no, I don’t have a favorite Doctor)
2. River Song
3. Blink!
4. The 11th Doctor: I'm being extremely clever up here and there's no one to stand around looking impressed! What's the point in having you all? -- (The Impossible Astronaut)
5. Daleks

Number three – Star Wars
1. Luke Skywalker
2. Mara Jade
3. Books: The Thrawn Trilogy // Movie: Return of the Jedi
4. Han Solo: I’ll bet you have. -- (A New Hope – Before he shoots Greeto [he shot first, btw])
5. Jawas

The Hunger Games – I was hesitant to put this on the list since I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I still really like the book series so it made the list.
1. Finnick Odair
2. Primrose Everdeen
3. Catching Fire
4. Boggs: Well, don't expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear. -- (Mockingjay)
5. This one doesn’t really apply – other than mockingjays and tracker jackers I can’t really think of any made up creatures in the series.

The Chronicles of Narnia
1. Digory Kirke
2. Jill Pole
3. Book: The Silver Chair // Movie: Prince Caspian
4. Narrator: The trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed. -- (The Magician’s Nephew)
5. Dryads

Hope your Friday is nothing short of amazing!