Saturday, February 27, 2010

Farewell... For Now...

Oh how I have neglected my poor bloggy :( Let's just say I'm pretty happy that February is over! I'm afraid I will probably be away for a couple more weeks. Tomorrow we leave for Key West for 9 fun-filled, sunny, and WARM days. My brother is getting married down there next Saturday. We've decided to drive and enjoy ourselves a little road trip. We were never able to take a real honeymoon after we got married so we're taking this opportunity to have one. I'm sure I'll have lots of pictures to share!

On our way back up, I have to stop in Charlotte, NC for a couple days for a quick business trip. So, we will be gone for 2 weeks. I already miss my putties :(


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~AKO

Friday, February 12, 2010

Dear So and So - New York/New Jersey Edition


Dear So and So...


Dear New York & New Jersey,

I have been so irritated with you the past few weeks that this entire post is devoted to you!

1. When the train doors open, step aside and let the arriving passengers off first before you crowd the door and push your way in. Things will move a lot faster... I promise.

2. If you are not going to make a clean entry onto the train, wait for the next one that will be along in approximately 3 - 5 minutes. Do not stand there like an idiot holding the door. You're not funny and all you're doing is making the rest of us late.

3. How about everyone go up one side of the stairs and down the other.

4. Put your umbrella away. It is only snow and you look like an idiot.

5. While we're on the topic of umbrellas... how about learn how to work yours. Walking with your umbrella directly in front of you face is not the correct way to walk with an umbrella.

6. It is not necessary to walk out in the street and in front of traffic while waiting for the light to change. Just because I prefer to stand on the curb out of the way of traffic does not mean you need to push me out of the way because you need to stand in traffic.

7. Oh, and by the way, if you're in your vehicle approaching an intersection and you see the light changing to yellow why not stop on the other side of the intersection instead of stopping in the middle of it. I'm not sure if you're aware but when the light turns yellow that means that it is going to be red shortly. All you're doing now is blocking eveyrone from advancing to their final destinations.

8. When there is a half empty train platform, is it really necessary for you to stand right next to me?

9. How about when you're exiting or entering the train? Is it also necessary for you to be right on my ass for no apparent reason? I don't know you so back off!

10. If you're in that much of a hurry to get somewhere you should have left earlier!

~AKO

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


Winter Nights 2010


~AKO

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Bowl XLIV

Congratulations Super Bowl XLIV champions: The New Orleans Saints! It was a great game and well deserved.


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Now, how about that terrible halftime show???? What was up with that???

~AKO

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Blizzard Bloghop 2010: Meet 'n' Greet


Blizzard Bloghop 2010 hosted by Household 6 Diva


Household6 Diva is hosting a Meet & Greet bloghop. Head on over to her blog to join in the fun.

My name is Amanda and I was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Many people are surprised to find out that I was raised on the back of a Harley :) My family really didn't travel too much but we spent a lot of time camping and domestic vacations, such as Cedar Point and Disney World. I have a younger sister and younger brother. I was deeply involved in the band program in high school. I played flute/piccolo and was involved in Wind Ensemble, Full Orchestra, Pep Band, Marching Band, Pit Orchestra, and Winterguard. The first photo is me (on the left) and my BFF after one of our Winterguard performances when I was a sophomore. The second is me (on the right) and my younger sister at my last Memorial Day parade when I was a senior in high school.

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After I graduated from high school I attended Central Michigan University and earned a BS in BA with a Management Information Systems major. After I graduated from college in 2000 I moved to New York City. My reasoning for this move could fill a whole other blog post :). Long story short is that I needed a change in scenery and since visiting NYC in June 2000 I knew that's where I needed to be. I ended up befriening two other MidWestern transplants through a friend of a friend and we were all roomies for 5 years. This photo was taken in 2002. That's me on the left, Michelle in the middle, and Nicci on the right. We are still very close today.


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I met Freddy in 2005 through Match.com. Yes, we are one of the online dating success stories :) He's been a member of the Army for the past 19 years and is currently Army National Guard. We were married 10/25/2008 and currently live in Jersey City, NJ.


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We're hoping there will be an addition to the family this year, but until then we spend most of our time spoiling our three fur-babies: C-Lo, Hadley & Harley.


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I'm currently working as a manager in the project management department for a large payment processing company. We are part of the electronic payments division and work with businesses to provide payment solutions for their consumers. I've also recently taken an interest in photography and bought my first SLR camera over the summer. You can see some of the photos that I've taken in my other two blogs which are listed at the top of my sidebar. Some of my other interests include cross stitching, reading and home decorating. I'm a die hard Detroit Tigers fan.

I started blogging last summer as a way to allow my family to see what is going on with us. I also used it to start connecting with other military wives. Since Freddy is in the National Guard, it is difficult to form relationships with the other wives when they are not deployed. I don't have any other close friends in the same boat so it is difficult for them to relate to some of this stuff. The topics on this blog span far and wide.

So, for those of you participating in the Bloghop, I look forward to getting to know you better from your intro posts :)

~AKO

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


Hadley