Four Fun Facts Blogging Survey

Happy Monday!

It’s a two-day work week and I am loving it!!!


To kick things off, I’m going to respond to the challenge set by Monica at Run,Eat,Repeat.

4 fun facts:

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  • Rosie
  • Ferranda
  • Ms. Ferr-Ferr
  • Amanda Rose

Four jobs I’ve had:

  • English teacher
  • Weight Loss Consultant @ Jenny Craig
  • Sylvan tutor
  • Bagger at a grocery store

Four movies you’ve watched more than once:

  • The Princess Bride
  • Love, Actually
  • Hope Floats
  • 10 Things I Hate About You

Four books I’d recommend:


  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • 1984
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Eleanor & Park

Four places I’ve lived:

  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Grand Ledge, MI
  • St. Paul Island, AK
  • Jacksonville, FL

Four Places you have visited:

  • Germany
  • Turkey
  • Alaska
  • Western Caribbean

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  • In Michigan with my family
  • A bookstore and/or library
  • A big cozy bed with a DVR full of Real Housewives of ______ episodes
  • My crafting room – I’ve got projects to work on!!

Four things I don’t eat:

  • Raw onions
  • Mayonaise
  • Oysters
  • Fried foods

Four of my favorite foods:

  • Sushi
  • Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad from Panera Bread (If they have baguettes, not dinner rolls)
  • Mochi frozen yogurt
  • fruit salad that someone else cut up – it just tastes better when someone else does it =)

Four TV shows I watch:


  • The Bravo Network – a guilty pleasure for sure!
  • Survivor
  • Christly Knows Best
  • The Walking Dead

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

  • Working away on my MA in English
  • Celebrating our 5th year of marriage in June
  • The Diva’s Half Marathon – December 7th
  • Enjoying the reprioritized life that I’m creating with my friends and family (starting now!!)

Four things I can’t live without:

  • My husband, family, puppy Sophie
  • My bullet journal – it keeps me organized and on track
  • The Kindle app – books! books! books!
  • Coffeeeee!


Happy Tuesday!  Before I begin today’s post I want to send my sincerest appreciation and shout out to all the members of the military.  Happy Veterans Day.


Kickstarting the day at the gym is the best medicine for feeling a little frumpish.  I started with an easy run of 3 miles on the treadmill and then complete two rounds of the “Muffin Top Melter” workout.

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It really made me sweat and I was glistening with achievement and a desire for food!!!


While I was eating breakfast at the Metro Diner with my family yesterday, I received a phone call from my admissions counselor at Southern New Hampshire University. (GO PENMAN!)


Alyssa informed me that my FAFSA issues were resolved and I would be officially enrolled in my first two courses by the end of the morning!!!  I am so grateful for her diligent work on ensuring that I would be taken care of before the beginning of the new term, which is Monday the 17th, ya’ll!  Shout out to the Admissions Dept at SNHU – you guys rock!

Later in the day, I received my login information for SNHU’s Blackboard program and downloaded the syllabi for ENG 550 and LIT 500.

SNHU Courses

It looks like I will be doing a lot of reading, a lot of writing, but I am extremely excited about getting start in just a few short days.

A Poe Dinner

Last night, Dan and I went out to dinner with my sister-in-law who is visiting us for the long weekend.  We are all in education so it makes summer an ideal time to get together.  We decided to try a new restaurant that Dan found wonderful reviews for online: Poe’s Tavern.  I’ll let you guess as to why it is named that.

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The atmosphere inside went perfectly with the Poe theme.  Even our waitress had gothic-styled makeup on, although our conclusion was that it was a happy coincidence.

Poes 2 Poes 4Despite being advertised as a “Burger and Seafood” restaurant, it really was made for the beef-lover in us all.  Each hamburger selection was named, appropriately, after one of Poe’s text titles.

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Dan ordered the Pit & Pendulum, my SIL the Raven, and I chose to try one of their salads (lacking a Poe-inspired name, I declared my dinner the “Nevermore”).

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In other exciting, literature-inspired news, I came home with a MAJOR book haul today.

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Book Haul

Would you hate me if I told you that I received all 16 books for less than $20?!?  My two main resources for purchasing classic literature are Amazon Prime (free shipping, ya’ll!) and local secondhand stores.  There are so many Good Will, St. Vincent, and hospice stores in our neighborhood that have excellent bargains, I just can’t help myself!  The most I’ve paid for a book that’s in excellent condition is $1.25.  After being emerged in literary analysis for a week, I can say that a full bookshelf and tummy is the recipe for a content me.