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Ten on Tuesday!

Wow, has it been a long time or what?


I haven’t really been writing much lately, but I really enjoyed Chelsea’s Ten on Tuesday questions today, so I thought I’d participate!


1. What’s your favorite television show  for each day of the week?

First, I need you to understand that I live in England and don’t have cable or any type of “live” tv. Everything I watch is from Hulu etc, so I may get my air-days mixed up. I’m sorry!

Sunday – Once Upon a Time
Monday – Teranova or House, I’m not sure yet and I don’t like decisions.
Tuesday – Ringer
Wednesday – Suburgatory
Thursday – Secret Circle
Friday – Grim
Saturday – I have no idea

2. How many times do you wear your jeans before you wash them?
This sort of depends. I’m at a weird stage right now where I mostly stay at home in my pjs unless I need to run an errand or go to an interview. So, it all depends on where I wore my jeans to, how long I wore them, and whether it was raining outside. (Raining = wet, gross pants legs, which = laundry time.) But generally, somewhere in the 1-3 times range.

3. What is your favorite pasta shape?
I like most any shape that isn’t spaghetti or angel hair. But spirals do make me pretty happy.

4. Do you read newspapers?
Nope. I probably should, though. I follow the WSJ on Twitter, does that count?

5. Do you sleep in socks?
Not really. Since it’s gotten cold I keep finding myself trying to sleep in socks, but I always end up taking them off before I fall asleep.

6. Favorite genre of movies?
This is hard. Maybe fantasy? Or romantic comedies. I don’t know

7. How do you feel about wrestling?
I don’t really get it.

8. Should men pluck their eyebrows?
Not in the way that girls do, but as upkeep, definitely. There is nothing attractive about a unibrow or a pair of furry caterpillars above your eyes.

9. Do you have dimples?
I don’t think so.

10. Do you like to camp?
In theory. However, I grew up in Texas, which means camping = sweating and bugs and trying to get ready in a sweltering camp “bathroom.” Maybe if it were in the mountains on a brisk, dry, fall morning it would be fun. I do love hobo meals!


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Ten on Tuesday!

Wow, what a nice break it’s been since I finished the February Challenge! I’m back, now, with Ten on Tuesday, hosted by Chelsea at Roots and Rings (go visit her!)

1. How did your parents decide on your name?

I think they told me once, but I was pretty little and I don’t remember now. Let’s just say it was the name of a childhood friend of my mom’s and call it a day.

2. Do your initials (First, Middle, Last) spell out anything fun/funny?

They spell out LAF, so, I guess that’s as funny as it gets.

3. Did you take your middle name from childhood or did you take your maiden name as your middle name? (If unmarried, what do you plan to do?)

I took my middle name, but it was such a hard decision. Growing up, I hated having a vowel for my middle initial because it meant my initials spelled something (in my case, LAB). I couldn’t wait until I got married and would have a different middle initial. But then, after 22 years of enduring lame jokes about my last name (a last name I shared with a popular male movie character), I realized that I couldn’t wait to rid myself of it. It’s not that I disliked it as a name or disliked the association with my family, but I had grown weary of it. Also, I was a new person in a new life with my husband. I think it made my family a little sad, but, I think it goes hand in hand with the leaving and cleaving idea.  

4. Are you or will you name your children thematically (ie. same first letter, all of same origin…)

Probably not. I like originality. (Which unfortunately means that my kids will probably be named Baby One and Baby Two  for years because I will never think of a name original enough for them.)

5. Did you decide on baby names as a little girl? Did you stick to them or change your mind?

Not really. I haven’t been able to stick with “future names” for much longer than a week.

6.Does your family have any names that have been passed down through generations?

My grandfather’s name was James, after his father. Coincidently, it’s my husband’s middle name, after his uncle. Both my brother-in-law and my father-in-law are named David (I’m not sure if there were more before them.) I’m not sure that we’ll continue either of those traditions, though. Probably not.

7. Do you look at the meaning of the name or just the name itself?

Both. Given my husband’s field of study, I think it would be really neat to find a meaningful word in Greek or Hebrew to use as a name. (But so far I haven’t found anything name-worthy, so that idea might go out the window.)

8. Do you name pets with human names (Sally, Henry) or with pet names (Fluffy, Mr. Bo Bo)?

Both. There was a black gerbil named Blackie (unique, I know) and my dog’s name is Skidd(mark). But there was also a rabbit named Dexter, a gerbil named Quinn, and one day there will be a puppy named Chester Fitzwilliam.

[Side story: Actually, I realized that my brother was the one to name the gerbil Quinn, after a business associate of my dad’s who my brother thought was cool. Then one time Quinn (the business associate) came over for dinner, so the whole night we pretended that the gerbil was named something else so that he wouldn’t think we were weird kids who named our pet after him. Judge accordingly.]  

9. Are there any names that you have an affinity or dislike for based on a childhood experience/someone you once knew?

I’m not sure. It’s extremely hard for me to seperate names from those who own them, so I guess the answer is kind of.

10. What are some of your favorite names? Why?

I’m not telling. What if I decide to use them as baby names one day? My lips are sealed.

❤ LF

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Ten on Tuesday!

Today’s February Challenge post will be coming later, but I really wanted to participate in Ten on Tuesday this week, so here you go!

Ten on Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by Chelsea of Roots and Rings. Please give her some blog love here

1. Any vacations you are looking forward to this summer?
If we get accepted to Cambridge, then we’ll be visiting the city this summer to find a place to live! Not technically a vacation, but since I’ve never been to the UK before, I think it definitely counts!

2. What is your favorite article of summer clothing (shoes are included)?
I don’t really have a favorite, so let’s go with: my swimsuit cover-up. It’s SO great. It feels so soft and could pass as a casual summer dress. Also it implies that I am at the beach (since I don’t exactly where it elsewhere), which means you can bet I’m having a great time.

3. What is your favorite summer drink (alcoholic or non)?
I don’t really categorize my drinks by season, but in the tropical arena I really enjoy a good mai tai, pina colada, or mojito.

4. Do you tan or burn?
I’m a natural redhead, so obviously I burn. And then develop freckles.

5. Any goals you are working toward this summer?
Does moving across the ocean count? My goal is to trust in the Lord and not hyperventilate when I contemplate leaving my entire world behind in Texas to move to Cambridge.

6. What is your favorite summertime food?

7. What song most says “summer” to you?
Anything light-hearted with a happy-beat

8. Any home improvement goals planned for this summer?
Pack up my entire apartment in the most efficient way possible

9. What is one thing you hate to see at the beach?
Sunburns. Jellyfish in the water. People who aren’t wearing enough clothes.

10. Did you ever go to a summer camp?
YES! 10 summers of my life were spent at Camp Good News in Huntsville. It was so so great.

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Ten on Tuesday

First, I’m DONE with the second section of my CPA exam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Praise the LORD that is behind me!

And now, Ten on Tuesday!

1. What is your favorite decor item in your house?
For our wedding someone gave us a little green and brown nature-ish-looking plaque that says “Worship” on it. I’ve done a terrible job describing it, but it’s really pretty and I feel like it’s a great reminder to see everyday.

2. What is your favorite hair product?
Leave-in-conditioner. I think by Nexxus. It does wonders.

3. Are you a good dancer?
Not at all. The closest to dancing I get is swing dancing, and I’m not even that great at it.

4. You get some good news, who’s the first person you call?
Chris. Then, depending on the news, I either call my mom or tweet about it.

5. Would you rather take pictures, or be in pictures?

6. What is your shoe style?
Comfortable. I generally don’t care as much as I should about how they look as long as they’re comfortable. I’m working on this though – I bought my first legit pair of flats a couple of months ago and they are super cute. (And I MADE them comfortable!)

7. How often do you eat out?
Not very often. Especially since I quit my job and my husband only works part-time. (We’re pretty good cooks though, so it works out!)

8. If someone has food in their teeth, do you tell them?
I would like to think that I would, but unless they were my husband or mom or I was feeling extra close and comfortable to them, probably not. I’m not sure whether that makes me a terrible person. (For the record, if the situation is reversed and you notice I have food in my teeth, please please tell me. I will like you even more!)

9. Do you fold your underwear?
No, that just takes up more space.

10. Milk, dark, or white chocolate?
Milk. Never ever ever dark. (Okay, except in a York Peppermint Patty, but that’s the only exception)

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Ten on Tuesday!

Hello again, Internet World! It feels GREAT to resurface from such a long time of doing nothing but studying! I really wanted to participate in the photo week of Ten on Tuesday, but I missed it due to studying. I thought I would try to bend the rules a little bit and use last week’s questions this week. So here are Chelsea’s Ten on Tuesday questions from last week:

For each of the following, take a picture. This is a chance for us to get a literal glimpse into each other’s lives. Feel free to skip a question if it doesn’t apply to you or it’s too personal. You can include explanations if necessary.

1. Your House

I live in an apartment and I don’t want to tell you which ones, so I’m skipping this.

2.Your Shower

In real life, the wall isn't that yellow and the towel isn't that green

3. The Inside of your fridge

I really like Sangria and it's cheaper that way. And the eggs were on sale and last forever!

4. Your Pet

Unfortunately we don’t have pets in the literal sense of the word. My husband, Chris, says we are too busy to get a puppy, or any other pet for that matter. We do each have a dog from our childhood which both live with our respective parents because 1. My dog is now blind and deaf and just generally too old to walk down two flights of stairs just to get outside and 2. Chris’s dog is super rambunctious and we don’t have enough space for him. Oh and he’s a guard-dog at my mother in law’s house.

This is my dog, Skidd, about two years ago

This is Chris's dog, Rebel, about two months ago

5. Your favorite pair of shoes

What's better than purple, comfy, worn-in, house shoes? Nothing.

6. The most comfortable seat in your house

Birthday present from my parents before the wedding!

7. Your favorite cup or coffee mug

I couldn't decide, I love all three

8. Your laundry room

Nothing special here

9. The view from your office chair

I don’t have a set office -chair. As an auditor, I moved around a lot. Case in point:

The view last Mon-Tues, mid-lunch

The view last Wed-Thurs

The view last Friday - AKA my LAST day of work!!!

10. Your spouse/significant other/roommate

Chris on our wedding day!

The end. I hope you enjoyed the glimpse into my life!

❤ LF

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It’s Tuesday and that means Ten on Tuesday Time! Before I begin, I need to tell you a few random things:

First, my work schedule has suddenly increased…with a vengeance. I thought I would be unassigned through the end of August, but now I’ll be working on a combination of three different clients, which includes two full days of observing inventory counts (which, by the way, I have never done before and now I’ll be doing TWO on my OWN next Monday and Tuesday). Two, I really do plan to get back to the Maui update, it just might not be until the end of the week.

Now, without further ado, Chelsea‘s Ten on Tuesday questions!

1. Do you have an innie or an outie?


2. What kind of milkshake do you order?

Chocolate. I used to order cookies-and-cream to share with my husband, since that’s what he likes best, but one time I ordered one without him (chocolate, of course), and I was hooked.

3. How often do you repeat outfits at work?

I try to put at least 2 weeks between things, but that doesn’t always happen because of a combination of the fact that I’m forgetful/lazy/don’t have enough clothes.

4. What are your feelings about thank you notes?

This question was perfectly timed since as of yesterday all of our wedding TY notes have finally been written. (To clarify, my half were done awhile ago but my husband is not so much a believer in thank you cards, so his half took a little longer to get written!) I think they’re a nice gesture, but I don’t think they should be expected or something to get upset about by people who don’t receive them. The point of giving a gift is not so you can be thanked later through a card in the mail. That said, I do think they are a thoughtful thing to do for people who have done something (or given you something) that you are really appreciative of. I also think that while we can all agree that it’s nice to be appreciated, when we start EXPECTING a card that says so, it kind of takes the sincerity out of the note. (And, sometimes, when you know you’re expected to write a note, it can take away a little of your thankfulness.)

5. Do you like spicy food?

No. Not a chance. Definitely not. N. O. If you think that it’s maybe, kind of, just a little, mildly spicy, I can guarantee you that it’s several degrees too spicy for me. I am fully aware of how inconvenient it is to have this taste issue, but I doubt it will be going away anytime soon.

6. How many toilet paper squares you use?

Too many.

7. Were you in Girl Scouts?

Yes, but I think just in Elementary school.

8. Notebooks/Journals: College ruled? Wide Ruled? No lines? Spiral Bound? Plain front? Decorative?

College ruled. (Because 1, I write so incredibly small, and 2, having no lines makes me crazy! I can’t write in a straight line to save my life, but my slanted lines stress me out!) Spiral bound so I can flip it all the way open without having to awkwardly hold it open and decorative because that makes me happy.

9. Do you snack throughout the day? What do you pack for snacks?

Yes, definitely. I take Kroger brand frosted mini wheats (Spooners!) for my morning snack and pretzels for my afternoon snack. I love pretzels. I could eat them all day.

10. What is your favorite month? Why?

It’s a tie between December and July, and not because those are my two “presents” months (oh, and the two firework months!!!). July because it’s my birthday month and until next year, I’ve never had to go to school or work on my birthday. It has always been a mostly leisurely month for me with the celebration of my birthday in the middle. December is a tie for lots of reasons. I love the winter and every few years it’s actually cold in Houston that month, I love the feel of that time of year when everyone is gathering together, starting this year I will be celebrating my wedding anniversary on the 19th, Christmas Eve is my favorite day of the entire year, Christmas Day we celebrate our Savior’s birth, and on the 31st we celebrate the coming of a new year with my favorite way to celebrate: fireworks!

❤ LF

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I am so drowsy tonight I can hardly keep my eyes open, so I apologize in advance if these answers don’t make any sense. Instead of leaving for our vacation last Wednesday morning, we have stayed in town and spent lots and lots of time this past week with our family who is here from Norway (including my two precious nieces, photos to come later). That combined with July 4th celebrations and studying/wedding-photo-sorting has worn me out! But anyways, without further ado, here are the Ten on Tuesday answers this week:

1. If given the opportunity, would you choose a mediocre job that paid well or your dream job that paid poorly?

Considering I currently have a terrible-beyond-belief job that pays well, I would take just about anything. 🙂 (Anyone have a job they want to offer me??) On a more serious note, though, I would probably have to say the mediocre job since my husband is a grad-student for the foreseeable future and I’m responsible for most of our income. (And someday, far far in the future, I want to be a stay-at-home mom, which means saving a lot of our money now.)

2. What is your favorite thing about the 4th of July? (For the foreigners: What is your impression of the 4th of July?)

Fireworks, fireworks, and more fireworks.

3. What’s the most random fact you know about American history?

I was going to say that Texas is the only state who is allowed to fly their flag at the same height as the US Flag, but I just checked that on Snopes to be sure before I posted this…and it’s not true after all. So, I don’t really know any random facts about our history. (Probably because I slept through most of my history classes in high school and didn’t really have to take any history in college when I finally learned the importance of being awake during class.)

4. What is the best fireworks display you’ve ever seen?

New Year’s Eve in Stavanger, Norway, 2006. Most. Amazing. Show. Ever. We went out to this inlet (large lake?) to shoot off our fireworks (real fireworks, not little things that explode 5 feet off the ground), and meanwhile there were fireworks going off in every single direction. It felt like we were in the middle of a really colorful and happy war-zone. Additionally,  since it’s dark for most of the day during the winter, people shot off random fireworks for about 3 days straight around New Year’s, at all hours of the day. Norwegians know how celebrate.

5. Who taught you how to put on makeup?

My mom kind of, but not really. This lack of direction is probably why I’ve never been wonderful at application, haha.

6. Have you ever gone through a financial planning process? Tell us about it.

No. The most I’ve ever done is create a very detailed budget with my husband that we try to stick to every month.

7. What was your favorite outfit as a kid? Bonus points for pictures.

I don’t really remember liking too many of my outfits as a kid. My mom would usually dress me in outfits that consisted of a matching shirt, shorts, and fabric hair bow. (And not matching as in the same color scheme, I mean matching as in mostly all the same fabric, bow included.) I was not a fan and my kids will not be participating in this. That said, the only outfit I can remember very well is my Batgirl pajamas. They were pretty sweet.

I think I was pretending to sleep in this photo, but I’m not sure why I was pretending this in the middle of a hallway:

8. Do you prefer a beach, lake, swimming pool, or no water?

Beach. If I’m in the water, I want to be doing something. The summer of 2005 I discovered the joy that could be had in a boogie board and waves and I never looked back.

9. Do you recycle? If not, why?

No. I live in an apartment and we don’t really have anywhere to put recycling. There might be a way to do it here, but I haven’t had the time to look into what I need to do to participate. I’m a bum, I know.

10. What are your thoughts and feelings about the Twilight Saga?

I resisted reading the books, but some college friends convinced me the December after the first movie was released. I read them all over the course of 5 days while everyone I knew was taking finals and I was magically exempt from mine. I really really enjoyed them and my enjoyment even convinced my now-husband to read them. I enjoyed Edward’s humor in Midnight Sun and Alice’s personality in all the books. While the lack of depth of the movies annoys me, I’ve enjoyed seeing some of the parts acted out. I think I’ve enjoyed each movie a little more than the last as the directors change and try new styles–they’re slowly getting a little closer to the feel of the books. I think the actors who play Jasper and Carlisle are pretty funny in real life and I actually follow Peter Facinelli on Twitter because I enjoy some of the things he writes. Some people think the whole vampire thing is a little weird, and it definitely is, but it’s fiction and I enjoy fiction. It provides a good fantastical escape from life.

❤ LF

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