A to Z

I don’t usually do these but this one looked fun so here we go.

Age – 25

Bed size – Full: which is the perfect size for us. Unless I’m 30 weeks pregnant, then it is a bit small!

Chore you hate – Dishes

Dogs – Not yet, some day
Essential start to your day – I prefer to start my day slowly. Watch a TV show on Hulu while  doing some light cleaning or a semi-brainless task like catching up on some work e-mails and reading the news.
Favorite color – Blue
Gold or silver – White gold
Height – 5 feet 2 inches
Instruments you play – Played the clarinet in middle school and high school and spent much of that time as the first chair. I also sorta kinda can play the piano but it’s been awhile.
Job title – Grant Coordinator/Project Coordinator (I really have two job titles because I work two separate positions).
Kids -One 3/4 baked
Live – with no regrets
Married – For over 2 1/2 years (wow time flies!)
Nicknames – Pava, Ca, Bindy, Princess Bindy, Blister.. yup there is a lot.
Overnight hospital stays – None and hopefully I can go another 25 years without one!
Pet peeve – Drivers who don’t use their blinker (cough cough my hubby cough). People who bring their drama to work, especially when they work with kids.
Righty or lefty – Righty
Siblings – 1 brother, 3 sister-in-laws, 1 sister-in-law-to-be, 1 brother-in-law and a hedgehog brother
Time you wake up – 7:45am during the week and around 9 on the weekends.
University attended – Northern Michigan University
Vegetables you dislike – Quite a few.. but my top ones are kale, zucchini, and carrots
What makes you run late – getting distracted and losing track of time
X-rays you’ve had – at the Dentist and of my knee and foot. My knee from a playground accident in 5th grade and my foot when I broke my toe after kicking my brother.
Yummy food – Dessert/anything with chocolate
Zoo animal favorite – Penguins! But I also love polar bears and monkeys. I could watch them all day!

The Beans Have Been Spilled!

That’s right for the last few months…
I’ve switched from coffee to tea (and the occasional decaf).
I’m swapping my snug flitting jeans for comfy sweatpants.
I’ve found myself taking a nap or two to get through the day.
I’m waking at all times in the night to use the bathroom.
I’ve searched my closet for loose fitting shirts to hide my growing baby.
I’m educating myself watching documentaries and reading books and articles.
I’ve spent mornings on the couch waiting for the nausea to pass.
I’ve discovered baby does NOT like Blue Powerade.
I’ve avoided contact with friends and family because I was afraid I’d spill the beans!
I’ve prayed. We are so blessed to be trusted with this special little miracle!
What about daddy? Ben has been…
Taking the lead with housework.
Carrying heavy boxes, laundry baskets, etc. for me.
Picking up extra hours at work.
Changed his work schedule from evenings to days for when the baby comes.
Assisting me in the continuation of simplifying our home.
Reminding me to put myself first – take naps, drink water, eat small meals and rest.
Surprising me with special meals, treats and by completing household tasks.
Encouraging me through the rough days at work.
On Bump Watch – helping me choose the best outfits to hid the bump.
Watching his wife grow and change in front of him.  


Ben and I are celebrating our 27th month as Mr. and Mrs. To celebrate I thought I’d share 27 fun facts about us.

I did this once before and enjoyed the challenge of finding facts you may not know about us. 

1. I would love to make all of our own cleaning and beauty products. So far I make our laundry detergent, body scrub (which I use to shave my legs), tub cleaner, and hand soap. Next on the list – Windex, cleaning wipes, floor cleaner. 
2. Ben would love to make all of the furniture in our house. He tries but trouble is he doesn’t have a wood shop. One day I hope he gets his wood shop! 
3. I could watch The Beauty and the Beast on repeat….all day. Right now… I’m watching it for the second time today. 
4. Ben could survive never reading another book as long as he had the book series; A Song of Ice and Fire. 
5. I love reading historical fiction based on the Tudors (and King Henry’s wives).
6. Ben seriously helps with house upkeep. I don’t know what I would do without him. If I ever complain about the lack of work he does around the house – slap me in the face – for real. He does so much! 
7. I haven’t painted my toes in about 6 months. This is HUGE. Until six months ago I ALWAYS wore nail polish.
8. Ben is becoming a clean freak.
9. I am becoming quite messy 
10. Ben is artistic. He excels at drawing furniture, room floor plans, etc. but in a drawing match he will beat me – every time. 
11. I don’t know if I want to be a teacher. I love teaching. I love kids. Just not sure what is in store for me. 
12. Ben hopes to go back to college for a second degree to dig deeper into the career he is in now. 
13. I hope to go to grad school – maybe for social work. 
14. Ben will attack any bag of chocolate chips that I leave in the fridge. It is his weakness. 
15. I won’t wear short shorts in public. The shortest shorts I wear in public end right before my knees.
16. Ben changes his outfit more than a teenage girl. 
17. Once I get home from work I change into my PJs and refuse to leave the house for the rest of the day. It is just my thing. Once my PJs are on – I am done! 
18. Ben frequently picks out my outfits. He also makes sure I don’t leave the house in mismatched clothes. I’m hopeless.
19. I love Ben’s beard.
20. Ben once grew his hair out for me.. we both agree short hair is best now! 
21. We both love the movie series – the Ocean movies (11, 12, 13), Lord of the Rings, Rocky, the Bourne movies, and Star Wars (Ben secretly likes the Harry Potter series too).
22. Our favorite stores are IKEA (furniture store), Kingma’s (grocery store) and World Market (home decor and other fun goodies from around the world). 
23. Our favorite color scheme is grey, black, white and some random pop of color like purple, yellow, red, green, etc. 
24. We love games! It doesn’t take much to convince either one of us to play a game – board games, card games, video games, games our grandparents played as a kid, etc. 
25. Our ideal weekend would include a few long walks, eating at a local restaurant, and a reading or movie marathon. Actually, an ideal weekend for us is one when we don’t leave the house. Yup, we are old… 
26. We are working on some big projects.. can’t wait to share what we are up to! 
27. It surprises us how much our love has grown in 27 months. There was so much love between us when we were standing in front of our family and friends professing our love to each other on our wedding day. That love is nothing to what we have together now. I see it in Ben’s eyes and I feel it in my whole body. We are so blessed! 

Your turn! Any fun facts you want to share? 

To Do (or not to do…)

I am a To-Do list queen! I love making them, crossing off everything I do and seeing the progress I made. Sometimes I feel like I work hard and there is little to show for it but when I look at my list I can visually see the successes I have had. 

I usually have a few To-Do lists going at all times. My work To-Do list is broken down into my two separate jobs then broken down further by site and yet further by more specific categories. 

My home To-Do list is broken down by room then by a specific task. I also keep an Other category where I place the random tasks (sew button on a jacket, update budget, etc.)

Sometimes I make a Weekend To-Do list, other times I will make a daily one or maybe a weekly one. Other weeks go by without a home To-Do list. Just depends on the mood I am in or the time I have. This past weekend I made a huge To-Do list. Bigger than what I thought I would actually accomplish but I did pretty good. 

Take a peek.

What I accomplished as of Monday late morning. 
(Better than I expected!)

Ben is working nights this weekend so I will finish up this list then. 
My week is too crazy to work on it. It is hard enough keeping up on daily housework! 
So there you have it – a Behind the Scenes look at one way I keep organized!

11 Fun Facts!

At the start of the New Year I saw a lot of blogs that were doing something clever with the number 11. I thought it would be fun to come up with a list of 11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Jessica (Unless You’re My Mother!)

So without further ado:

11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Jessica!

1. I really dislike vegetables! I just really started eating a few veggies this year and now salads too!

2. I can’t drive/ride through a tunnel without thinking of Princess Di’s death. 

3. My toenails are ALWAYS painted. I think I’ve gone a day or two without them painted for as long as I can remember. 

4. I LOVE Blow Pops but would never buy a bag of them because I can eat through an entire bag in a day if I had one around the house. 

5. I would love to be a veterinarian. 

6. I love the name Bindy! It is the name of Steve Irwin’s daughter and I think it is the coolest name! It also happens to be one of my nicknames. 

7. I can’t go to bed with the closet door open. 

8. I fear someone cutting off my toes if they hang off the end of a bed. 

9. I have dated two guys named Ben. Only married one though! 🙂

10. I am a murderer. My pet hamster had babies and I was holding one in my hand and it rolled off and fell to the ground. He didn’t make it. This memory haunts me!

11. I REALLY want a horse!

Now tell me a fun fact about you!!!!