Friday, June 4, 2010

3 Fs Friday (Flashback and Five Question Friday)

Flashback Friday

{June 2002}

{Yay} We're engaged!

The summer Bret proposed he was working at NRL {Naval Research Lab} at the Stennis Space Center in Waveland, Mississippi. Since we were both living in Gainesville at the time, I spent most of that summer at my parents' in Pensacola, just a short two hour drive from Mississippi. Bret would make the drive over each weekend. After our proposal, which took place in Mississippi at a restaurant since destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, we returned home to my parents' for the weekend. Having known for days that the proposal was imminent and being the super duper planners they are, my parents arranged a surprise for the both of us. Early one morning the crew from Flamingo-A-Friend dropped by and left a little something for us in my parents' yard to advertise celebrate our engagement. Knowing how obsessive compulsive my dad is about his yard, I'm not sure which surprised us more: the dozens and dozens of smiley congratulatory faces, or the fact that my dad didn't veto this idea when mom first brought it up. Such a happy memory!

Five Question Friday

Though it's been a while since my last 5QF post, I've decided to join the fun once again over at Mama M.'s. If you'd like to participate just head on over to My Little Life and link up.

1. If you could go back to college would you change your major? Or, if you were to go to college right now...what major would you choose?

Yes and no...

I'm a firm believer that all life's choices {good and bad} happen for a reason and help you grow as a person.

My experience with majors in college took me full circle. During freshman orientation, I declared myself an elementary education major, only to change my major two weeks into the Fall semester to accounting. Not sure what on Earth possessed me, a girl that at the time couldn't balance her own checkbook, to think a major centered around mathematics and numbers was the way to go. I lasted as an accounting major only long enough to squeak through Into to Financial Accounting with a C {and believe me I was thankful for a C} before changing my major once again. Deciding I wanted to be a prosecutor {thanks to a few too many episodes of Law and Order}, I changed my major to political science with the idea of attending Law School after graduation. Then the Fall semester of my Senior year, after taking a LSAT prep course, I shocked everyone during a Memorial Day dinner when I explained that I no longer wanted to be a lawyer but rather I wanted to become a teacher. Though it was too late to change majors at this point, I graduated with a Poli Sci degree and enrolled the following semester in graduate school to pursue a Master's in Elementary Education.

Those life experiences {indecision and all} helped me to realize that becoming a teacher was what I truly wanted to do. Besides, when have I ever been know to do things the easy way? Never!

2. What do you love most about your home?

I love that my house is comfortable, welcoming, and most of all the place where Gillian Grace will someday soon call home.

3. What types of books do you like to read?

Although I don't read nearly as often or as much as I once did, my favorite type of book is a good murder mystery. {Think James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Iris Johansen, Michael Connelly}

Between my mom and me we must own hundreds of murder mysteries. Let's just hope neither one of us is ever accused of a crime; the police would have a field day going through our collection of scary sometimes graphic whodunits.

4. What is the grossest thing you've ever eaten?

Finally, being a picky eater pays off...I can't think of anything!

5. If you HAD to be a character on a TV show, whom would you be?

(FYI-I interpreted this question to mean, which TV character do you most identify with, not which TV character would you like to be...that would have been a totally different answer.)

Debra {minus the ditsy incompetent husband} from Everybody Loves Raymond, watch it and draw you own conclusions.

New giveaway coming soon! Have a great weekend, y'all.



I'maNolaGirl said...

What a sweet moment to look back on. I'm sad for you that the restaurant was destroyed - so many good things were.

I'm a chick lit fan myself, but my favorite recent read was The Help.

Have a great weekend!

Jennifer @ The Toy Box Years said...

What a great photo and a great memory! That's so awesome!

I've lately started reading more murder mysteries myself. I've been reading some mommy mysteries as well as some serial mysteries as well.

Can I just say, too, that I LOVE Debra from ELR!!!

Have a great weekend!

Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

Awww love your picture!!! That is such a cute idea with the sign!!! So interesting to read your story about college. I know what you mean and feel like I've done the same thing in a way!

The Ross Family said...

That's a sweet picture!

Love the questions... thinking I might do that too!

Happy Friday Shannon! I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend :)

Amy said...

what a great flash back and answers. I feel my house is nice and homey also..

Have a great weekend.

liz said...

i LOVE the flamingo-a-friend thing! what a great idea for a business!

KJJ Houston said...

how fun is that, Ive never heard of that flamingo a friend!

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

i've only seen 1 episode of ELR

Lucy said...

What a nice story. I love to think back on those times too. If I could go back to college I would major in computers and technology.

Candice said...

We had similar answers for #4, I'm a picky eater too. Keeps the gross food out of our mouths. :)

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

I love that picture that was taken after your engagement. What a great memory!