Technological Armageddon {Survey}

Goood morninggg!  It’s the first day of school and I have a laundry list of things to do before the kiddos arrive this morning, so I’m shooting to be out the door by 6:30AM.  Ooomph.  At least I have plenty of adrenaline to keep me going ;)   Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly.

A {long} while ago, Lindsay from a runnaroundd life posted about losing everything on her phone, except her contacts.  I’ve had my own fair share of technological blunders, the most memorable one happening when I was in college.

It was pouring rain and the wind was whipping.  I was walking to class while talking to Ryan on the phone.  When I got to the building, I reached to open the door while I simultaneously held my umbrella, tried not to drop my {over the shoulder} bag, and sandwiched my phone between my shoulder and ear…  As soon as I extended my arm a gust of wind flipped my umbrella inside out, my bag slid down my arm, and my phone crashed to the ground.

It was like life was in slow motion.  I saw my phone falling but I didn’t have a free hand to catch it.  Despite having a case and screen protector, the screen shattered into thousands of little pieces.  And so did my heart when I had to fork over ooodles of money to Apple for a new one.



1.  When did you get your first cell phone, and what kind was it?

Middle school, which was around 2001 – 2002.  I was young, but my brother was in and out of the hospital so having a cell phone to coordinate who was picking me up from school/bringing me to practice/etc. made life a little easier for my parents.

The phone was similar in size to one of today’s cordless house phones and had a red faceplate so we nicknamed it “the red brick.”  And it was a Nokia walkie-talkie phone…  None of my friends had a phone at the time, or if they did it was one of the super chic Razor flip phones, so the only people who “beeped” me were my parents.  I was mortified.

2.  If your iPhone {or other alien cell phone that’s not an iPhone} crashed and you could only save ONE app, what would it be?

iMessage.  Or Instagram.

3.  What social media account are you on the most? {Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.}

InstagramFacebook would be second, Twitter third, and then Pinterest rounds out the list.

4.  Are you a Vine user?


5.  How did you choose your Instagram account name?

My Instagram {and Twitter} handle is the name of my blog, minus the punctuation.

6.  What photo-editing apps do you use the most?

VSCO Cam, Rhonna Designs, and A Beautiful Mess.  I used to use Picfx a bunch, but now prefer VSCO Cam.  And I downloaded Snapseed a while ago, but I haven’t played around with it yet.



7.  What email platform do you use the most?

Gmail for personal/blog, Microsoft Outlook for work.  Whenever I see someone with an AOL address I hear the dial tone in my head…  “Welcome!  You’ve got mail.”

8.  What do you wish your phone could do that it can’t do right now?

Have an unlimited battery.  I’m the worst at remembering to charge my phone.  If it weren’t for Ryan {who remembers to charge it for me}, it probably would be dead 6 out of the 7 days of the week.

9.  Do you read the news on your phone?  What apps do you use for that?

I have the CNN and NBC News apps, but never use them.

10.  Have you ever forfeited bringing a camera somewhere in favor of your phone?

Yup.  Even though we don’t get service, I prefer to carry my cell with me on cruises.  It’s easier to carry, I can set reminders so we don’t miss out on any of the fun events, it’s quicker to flip off the flash during performances, and I can play games if I’m relaxing by the pool.

11.  Are you reading this from a phone right now?


12.  Has your phone ever crashed and prompted a completely pointless blog post?

Nope, but someone else’s has  {*cough Lindsay*} which prompted me to complete this survey.

Question:  When did you get your first cell phone?

Question:  Do you have a smartphone or an old school flip phone?

— Allison


Bumpdate: 29 Weeks

Just as I imagined, the first week of school was exhausting.  And I didn’t even have any students!  Between coordinating my student’s schedules, talking with their former teachers, planning with their teachers for this year, trying to figure out my schedule, and decorating my classroom…  I’m exhausted.  Last night my momma felt bad that I was still at school close to 8PM so she came over to help.  Until the custodian kicked us out.

Despite the long days, I’m so excited for the school year to start!  My new coworkers are fun, the administration is supportive, and the building maintenance team couldn’t be more helpful.  Now, the only people who I need to meet are my students.

The PTA hosted an ice cream social Thursday afternoon, but none of my students came.  I was bummed, but it probably was for the better since my room was in shambles and I was sweating like a hog because the AC didn’t turn on until just before the students/parents arrived.


Due Date:  Thursday, November 13th

Gender:  Girl!

Name:  Chosen, but we’re keeping it a secret until she arrives.

Size:  Acorn Squash {15.2 – 16.7 in.}

Symptoms:  I had some pain in my lower abdomen sporadically throughout the week.  Nothing seriously painful, but it felt similar to what I imagine bad period cramps feel like {thankfully, I don’t have bad period cramps regularly}.  It felt like my uterus was literally being stretched from side-to-side.  Laying/siting down helped.  I’ve noticed that I get fuller quicker – it feels like I ate a big Thanksgiving dinner and need to unbutton my pants…  Except I can’t unbutton my belly.  Even though I sometimes feel like I could eat a cow, I should start eating smaller, more frequent meals.

Movement:  This week was the first week when I could really notice Baby Szed’s movement through my shirt.  During one meeting she was wiggling for a good 10 minutes and one of my coworkers noticed it.  We couldn’t help but laugh!  Last week the ultrasound tech said that she was positioned with her head on my left side and her limbs on my right side…  Which makes sense because I feel the most movement on the right.

Weight Gain:  I haven’t weighed myself since last week at the doctor’s office.

Cravings:  No “I gotta have it!” cravings, but I’m loving two new-to-me products: Quaker Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares and Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds.  I’ve been eating handfuls of the Oatmeal Squares straight out of the box or will mix them into oatmeal or yogurt.  The Honey Roasted Almonds are a great mid-morning snack.  I’ve also been enjoying sour cream and onion chips.

Reading that makes it sound like I’ve been eating junk food all week, but I’ve made sure to include a healthy dose of fresh produce, fiber, protein, and calcium too.  Everything in moderation!

Aversions:  My thoughts on veggies change by the hour.  Sometimes they sound fine, other times they sound awful.  This has been pretty consistent throughout my pregnancy thus far.  But even though they don’t always sound appealing, I’ve found ways to sneak them in.

Fitness:  I managed to workout both days last weekend, but only two days this week.  Every morning I left for school around 7AM, worked Monday through Wednesday until 4PM before going to tutoring until 6PM, Thursday and Friday I worked past 7PM, and everyday after I finished tutoring/working I was ready for dinner and bed…  Not the gym.  With school starting on Tuesday, I’ll need to start going in the morning.

Sleep:  It was an off week.  I woke up every morning between 2:30 – 3:30AM.  I have a lot of things on my mind, school and baby related.  I’m not stressed, but I do feel a little overwhelmed and my brain can’t turn itself off at night.  I’ll feel better in a few weeks once things settle down.

Read past bumpdates…

Bumpdate: 24 Weeks

Bumpdate: 25 Weeks

Bumpdate: 26 Weeks

Bumpdate: 27 Weeks

Bumpdate: 28 Weeks

Question:  Have you tried Quaker Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares or Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds?

Question:  How do you sleep when your brain can’t shut off?

— Allison


39 Questions {Survey}

Well, well, well…  I found this post in my draft folder and it was dated January 29th.  I can’t remember who shared this survey originally {sorry!}, but apparently I liked it enough to start but never finished.  It’s a long one, so grab a cup of coffee or wine and have a drink for me because I have three more months until I can enjoy some myself.

1.  Were you named after anyone?

My parents went back and forth between a few names…  But sometime before I was born, they met a couple who named their daughter Allison Elizabeth.  My momma said it was love at first sound, she instantly fell in love with the name.  They didn’t feel guilty for using the name because the couple moved away before I was born, ha!

Another fun tidbit: my birth mom originally named me Elizabeth.

2.  When was the last time you cried?

Two weeks ago.  Moving can be stressful.


3.  Do you like your handwriting?

I don’t hate it?  It’s oober bubbly.  It’s not really cursive, but I usually connect my letters.

4.  What is your favorite lunch meat?

Smoked turkey or honey ham.  Roasted turkey and smoked ham are not the same.

5.  Do you have kids?

Kinda?  Does it count if she’s in my belly?


6.  If you were another person, would you be friends with you?

Yes.  I truly cherish my friendships.  I appreciate all that my friends do for me, enjoy spending time with them, and love looking back on our memories.  I hope that I’m as good of a friend to them as they are to me.

7.  Do you use sarcasm a lot?

No…  Maybe…  Sometimes…  It depends on the situation…  And who I’m talking to.

8.  Do you still have your tonsils?

Yes.  And my appendix.

9.  Would you bungee jump?

No way.  The drop tower at Kings Dominion makes me cry.

10.  What is your favorite cereal?

Puffins or Rice Krispies.


11.  Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

If they’re new and I don’t wanna scuff them, yes.  If they’re getting old, no – I just slip them off.

12.  Do you think you are strong?

Mentally, yes {most days}.  Lately, I’ve felt overwhelmed with all of the changes that are occurring, but I’m trying to remember that everything will work itself out.  Physically, I’m working on it and hope to get stronger after Baby Szed is born.

13.  What is your favorite ice cream?

Didn’t I just ask y’all this question?


14.  What is the first thing you notice about other people?

Their face.  A person’s facial expression can say a lot.

15.  Red or pink?


16.  What is your least favorite thing about yourself?

I can be very indecisive at times and stubborn.

17.  Any tattoos?

Yes, three.  And I plan to add a few more over the years.  They’re personal and small so they’re almost always covered.

18.  Do you have any hobbies?

I don’t do any hobbies regularly besides cooking, eating, and running/working out, but I do enjoy crafting, knitting {old soul}, making jewelry, painting, and scrapbooking.  I should make time to do those more often.

19.  What color shoes are you wearing?

No shoes, just bare feet.  I prefer to have bare feet than to wear socks, unless it’s winter – then I wear slipper socks.

20.  What was the last thing you ate?

Grapes and a bowl of oatmeal topped with Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares and peanut butter + jelly.

21.  What are you listening to right now?

The news.

22.  If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

I was gonna say pink, but there are so many different shades.  The Crayola website is awesome and lets you explore their different colors.  Fluorescent pink and magenta are my favorite.


23.  Favorite smells?

If we’re talking about Yankee Candle, then Black Cherry, Red Apple Wreath, and Vanilla Cupcake.

24.  Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

My momma.

25.  Mountain hideaway or beach house?

Beach house.  I love watching the sunrise and sunset over the water.


26.  Favorite sport to watch?

Baseball.  Go Nats!

27.  Hair color?


28.  Eye color?


29.  Do you wear contacts?

No, but I used to.  I had weak eye muscles when I was younger and had to do eye exercises {dork}.

30.  Scary movies or happy endings?

Romantic comedies.

31.  Last movie you watched?

Apollo 13.

32.  What color shirt are you wearing?

Blue and it says “BOSTON STRONG.”

33.  Summer or winter?

Summer.  But I’m starting to appreciate winter more.


34.  Hugs or kisses?

Hugs and kisses…  It depends on who it’s coming from or who I’m giving it to.

35.  Computer or television?

TV, especially reality TV.

36.  What book are you reading right now?

What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

37.  What’s on your mouse pad?

I use a laptop so it’s a silver touchpad.

38.  What color is your house?

Brown and tan.  It’s in desperate need of a facelift.

39.  What color is your car?

Black.  And I love it.


Question:  Answer one or more of the questions above!

— Allison