My Twentysomething Life

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Happiness

I have been having a great week!
I got my house clean, I got to spend a couple days with my family.  It was too short but so good to see them!
I took a day off, I finished Season 2 of Pretty Little Liars and I’ve watched a couple movies.
I watched a very funny movie tonight which put me in a very good mood!
I got to spend an evening watching tv and eating pizza with my husband.
And I am so excited for the weekend where I will have down time, more movie time, book time, and friend time.
AND I haven’t had a migraine since Monday night!!  4 Days with no Migraine!  Woot Woot!!

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What a Weekend

Wow, it feels like it has been longer than only 2 days since my last blog post!  So much has happened since Friday.

Friday night at work there wasn’t too much going on, so I started watching a new show on Netflix.  Lately I had been watching tons of Grey’s Anatomy, but I am all caught up and ready for the new season this Thursday!!  So I have been looking for a new show to watch, so I picked Pretty Little Liars.  I only watched two episodes on Friday, but that was enough to get me hooked!  Question: How do those pretty little liars get their hair to look so perfect?!

After work, I watched What Not To Wear and waited for Adam to come home from playing with some of his friends.  When he got home, we took a late night trip to Walmart, which we have not done in forever.  We browsed and got some grocery shopping done and got home around one AM.  But it was fun to spend that time together.

Saturday morning we both just woke up around 9.  We took it easy in the morning, reading and watching cartoons, and then we went out to run some errands.  Adam’s mission: Yugioh cards.  My mission:  some new work clothes.

Adam was successful at the first store we went to: Target.  Then we went to Books a Million where I bought the new Nicholas Sparks book (!) and got a great deal on it with my member coupons!  Then we went to the mall and did some shopping (there will be a shopping/clothing/work clothes rant coming soon).  We finished our excursion with Pals (for me) and a pretzel (for Adam).  Delicious!

When we got home, Adam and Jacob played some Yugioh and I crafted upstairs (pics to come) and watched more Pretty Little Liars.  Then Jacob left, I made dinner, and we went over to Jacob and Lauren’s to play some games with friends.  It was so fun!  We made another stop at Walmart on our way home, for a full length mirror, can you believe that we didn’t have one?!

Sunday morning we woke up, went to church, and had lunch at Taco Bell.  Then we watched some Big Bang Theory, Amanda came over to do laundry, and we called my parents.  After church in the evening Adam and I watched Harry Potter 7.1 and just hung out.  It was a great weekend!

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25 People who have Impacted my life in Positive ways

David and Phyllis Eversole  My parents are amazing people.  I am so thankful for them and all that they have done for me.  I am the person that I am today because of them.  They raised me well and I learned a lot from them.

Adam Tomlinson  My husband has had a positive impact on my life because he encourages me to be the best I can be and he brings out the best in me.  There is no doubt that when he asked me to marry him he impacted me for the better.

All four of my Grandparents  Your grandparents can teach you a lot of important things if you let them.  I know that mine have.  My grandparents have always been very important to me and they make me a better person.  They build me up and encourage me and they are always there to love and support me.

My sister  Amanda has made a positive impact on my life because she has always been there when I needed her.  She has become one of my best friends.  I don’t know what I would do without her.  We are so unalike that we make each other better.

Jim and Stephanie Dalrymple , Derik and Jen DeVries  These four people were the best mentors and spiritual guides that I ever had.  I looked up to them so much and they are all instrumental in shaping me into who I am today.  I have learned so much from them and I miss them being a part of my daily life.

Megan, Kylee, and Rachel  These three were my best friends in high school and are still some of my best friends today.  I have always been able to count on them and they were there for much of my amazing memories from living in Monticello.  Their friendship has meant so much to me.  They were with me when I married Adam and I know that they will always be with me in the future, even though we are far apart.

Janna Peterson  Janna is my longest friend.  I do not remember a time in my life when Janna was not my friend.  She has taught me that long distance doesn’t have to end a friendship and it certainly hasn’t for us.  I think that when you compare the time we spent as friends living in the same town and friends living apart from each other, we have been apart longer.  I think that is a great testament to our friendship.  I can’t imagine not having her friendship.

Lauren Albrecht  Lauren and I haven’t been friends for very long if you’re counting, but it feels like we have been friends forever.  Lauren quickly became one of my best friends.  She encourages me, builds me up, and keeps me accountable.  I am better because I have her as a friend.  I don’t know what I would do without her.

Grandma Watkins  For most of my life, I had the blessing of knowing my great-grandmother.  We would get to see her several times a year.  She was a great mentor and encourager to me.  From her I have learned constant love and devotion.  She passed away a few years ago and I have never stopped missing her.  I hold her close to me every day.

Last, but not least, Bethany, Josie, Christa, Mindy, Lauren, Lyndsay, Kyle and Stephen  I may have only been at Anderson for a year, but I consider all of the friends I met at Anderson to be lifelong.  Some of the most fun that I have ever had happened with these people and some of my most cherished memories as well.  I wish I could see them more.  I really broke out of my shell because of these wonderful people and I miss them very much.  They have changed my life for just the one year at school with them.

All of these wonderful people have made a huge impact on my life.  I do not know where I would be without any of them.  I am the person I am today because all of these people have touched my life.  And I am so thankful to have known all of you.  You are huge blessings in my life and I thank God for you every day.  Thank you for everything you taught me and for your love and encouragement.

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Where Have I Been?

You might be wondering where I have been.  I had been doing so well at blogging more frequently and then poof I was gone.  Well let me tell you where I was.  I was (well am) sick with a sinus infection.  It started last Thursday.  I didn’t go to work and instead went to the doctor.  She started me on an antibiotic and told me if I did not feel great on Monday to come back.  Well Friday started out pretty good, I went to work and everything, but in the afternoon I got really worn out and was feeling awful so I went home and laid on my couch and Amanda kept me company.

Saturday I took it easy for most of the day.  Adam and I ran a couple errands and then we went to dinner at our pastors house who is also a professor at Milligan.  There were more people there than we had expected but it was a nice evening.

Sunday morning I was feeling pretty good, we went to church and to the fellowship meal.  And then I started to set up for the shower that Lauren and I were throwing for our friend Sarah.  Since I forgot to take pictures you can check out Lauren’s pictures on her blog here.  Then in the evening Adam and I went on a date.  We went to McDonalds for dinner and then saw The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.  I’ve been reading the books and was so excited about the movie and we both enjoyed it.

Once we got home is when I realized how exhausted I was and how sick I felt.  Sunday night was miserable.  I had a hard time sleeping, was running a fever, achy and all that.  I finally fell asleep and when I woke up felt even worse.  So I didn’t go to work and instead went back to the doctor.  While there they tested me for strep and mono and then said I still only had a sinus infection.  They switched my antibiotic and I went home and slept for a lot of the rest of the day.

Yesterday I was feeling a lot better and went to work and got to hang out with some wonderful friends last night.  We had so much fun.  I hope I keep feeling even better.  I hate being sick.  I’m also hoping this is the only time this year I get sick.  I’m crossing my fingers.

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Games

I love to play games!  I am always looking for people to play games with.  I enjoy board games, card games, trivia games, really any kind of game.  I like to play new ones or old favorites.  The only games that are hard for me to play are the ones with significant time commitments, the ones that take over 4 hours to play.  That is pushing my limit.

What is your favorite game to play?

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I miss…

I miss Janna.  She has been my friend for almost as long as I can remember.  And soon she will be leaving and going to teach in Indonesia.  I am seriously going to miss her then!
I miss my sister.  She is in Lexington with my parents for the summer and I can’t wait for her to come back to Milligan!
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I miss all my lovely Anderson friends.  My freshman year of college was amazing, largely because of my amazing friends.  To all of them reading this, I am so sorry that I am not so good at keeping in touch!  I miss you all.
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I miss all of my bridesmaids!  I wish I lived closer so I could see you more often!
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Friends

I’m the kind of person who just has to have friends.  Life is so much better with friends around you.
I have so many friends that I am blessed to have in my life.  I do not know what I would do without them!

If I had time to write thank you to all of you, I would.  But I’m afraid that I wouldn’t do it justice to say how much you all mean to me.  And I’m also afraid that I would leave someone out! (Yikes!)

So here’s to all my friends: I love you and I don’t know what I would do without you, and I miss you!  Thanks for being my friend.

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Thursday-Morning Tell-About

My Movie Queue: Hamlet, The Best Years of Our Lives, Cimarron, Wings, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Top Gun, Bella, Stranger Than Fiction
Pages left to read in my current book: I am currently reading three different books.  I have 290 pages left in Julie and Julia, 113 in You Lost Me, and 566 in Anna Karenina
I have made: I have practiced crocheting doilies, but they have not gotten much better since the last time.
I have worked on: keeping the house clean in spite of being hurt and not feeling well
Food made: delicious skillet mac and cheese and strawberry oatmeal bars
Goals checked off: calling my mother once a week, writing a thank you note for the month.  unfortunately, I had made plans for having people over and the sister date for the month and both have fallen through from sickness, so I guess I won’t be checking those off this month since it is the last day of February
Games played: Carcassonne, hand and foot
Favorite Pinterest pin:

"Relax!  I'm just kidding."

“Relax! I’m just kidding.”

Total Blog views since last Thursday: 158  (all time views 1,013!)
Number of snow days: 0
Movies Watched: 5: Grand Hotel, South Pacific, Shallow Hal, Pitch Perfect, Lawrence of Arabia
Books read: none finished this week
This week I love:  birthdays and the love of family and friends
This week I hate:  getting sick

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My Wonderful Weekend

I had a really good weekend this last weekend.

On Friday there was a game night/potluck at Emmanuel.  Adam and I went and took Bacon Mac N Cheese (Yum!)  We played some fun games.  I left in the middle of game night to go to my sister’s concert at Milligan.  It was a Valentines concert and it was great!  I really enjoyed it.  After the concert I went back to game night, enjoyed a couple more games and then went home.

Saturday started out very boring.  Adam and I were going to go to see a movie, but it started snowing and we didn’t know how bad it would get, so we got some movies from the redbox.  The first one I watched by myself: Hope Springs.  This movie was actually rather depressing and not as funny as I thought it was going to be.  I did not really enjoy it.  Later that night, Adam and I watched Here Comes the Boom, which we really enjoyed.  It was funny and a good story.  But if you are only going to watch one MMA movie, we would recommend Warrior over Here Comes the Boom, but they are both good and very different.

On Sunday after church we came back home and watched Premium Rush.  We both really loved this movie and recommend it.  It was really fun and actually had more of a plot than we were expecting it to.  After the movie Adam went over to a friends house to play World of Warcraft.  While he was gone I watched another Best Picture movie, Tom Jones.  This movie was really fun and lighthearted.  I enjoyed it.  Then we went to Buffalo Wild Wings with Jacob and Lauren.  It was good to go out to eat and spend time with friends.  After dinner Adam stayed to play more with Jacob and I went home to watch Sleepless in Seattle.  I was very tired after this and went to bed early.  It was a good weekend, but I wish I had gotten more rest.  I’m exhausted!

Also, I finished the book I was reading and now I need suggestions for what to read next!

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Only One Fight

Today’s storytime is about a friend, and a fight.  I have a friend that I have known almost my entire life.  I don’t remember the details of how old we were when we first became friends; I don’t even have a memory of when we first met.  In my mind it’s almost like it has always been.  Her name is Janna and she has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember.  We didn’t go to the same school, and we weren’t neighbors.  We met each other at church.  I think we were in elementary school when we met, and we stayed friends through middle school, my moving away, high school, and both of us going to college.  During all this time, we have only had one major fight.  And this I remember clearly.

Throughout our friendship there have been many sleepovers.  One weekend when we were young, probably elementary school age, Janna got to stay at my house for several nights.  It was the last day, and my mother says that we were finally getting sick of each other.  She took us around to some garage sales, probably because she didn’t know what else to do with us.

At one garage sale, I stumbled upon a purple tuft of hair with eyes and a sign that said, “Hang in There.”  I was in love with what I would later name “Mr. Fuzzy.”  I ran up to my mom to show her and Janna said she also liked it and would like to get it.  My mom decided that since Janna was the guest she got to buy it.  Well I thought this was the meanest, most unfair thing that she could have done.  I was so mad.  I don’t know how long I was mad for, but probably a few days.  But I soon got over it.

Several years went by and in seventh grade I found out that my dad had gotten a new job and we were moving four hours away!  I was devastated.  All of my friends, my home, my church, and Janna were in Crown Point, Indiana.  Our group of friends had a going away get together at some point before we moved and at this party Janna handed me a gift.  What should I find wrapped up inside?  None other than Mr. Fuzzy!  I probably cried or something, I don’t remember.  So, Mr. Fuzzy moved with me to Illinois.

Janna and I continued to write letters, make phone calls, and visit each other over the years.  A year and a half ago last week she stood with me as I got married!  And at the rehearsal dinner the night before, I passed on a gift to her:
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And I know our friendship will be life-long because as Mr. Fuzzy says: We “hang in there!”

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