Memoirs from a Star Wars Virgin:Episode IV A New Hope

I was hoping that it wouldn’t have to come to this, but in an effort to become well versed in all things pop culture and because the 7th installment of this movie franchise will be out in less than a month, a new journey I must begin. A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…..:( oh star wars i have managed to avoid your existence for 28 years..that rein has now come to an end.

  • Subtitles already? Should I really be reading this?
  • The words are going by too fast, can we slow it down?
  • Ugh. Never mind, it isn’t going to make a difference anyway.
  • I think I may need to brush up on my roman numerals a bit-IV is 4 right? that cant be right..this is the first one..
  • Darth Vader sounds like the guy that stands behind Helga from Hey Arnold that is always breathing heavy.
  • I need to know which came first, Princess Leia’s hair bun or Little Debbie’s Honey Bun. Either way..someone might have a lawsuit on their hands.
  • Speaking of Leia, did she just put a floppy disc in R2D2? Silly Android, at least my iPhone updates via Wifi.
  • It has taken me a good half hour to figure how this movie series works..I think I might have it. The first 3 are actually the middle 3, the middle 3 are actually the first 3 and the last 3(not released yet) actually are the last 3. Makes perfect sense. Geesh.
  • Matthew asked me if I wanted to watch them in chronological order from beginning to end because it would be easier to follow, and I told him no that I wanted to watch it in the order the world got to watch them. Surely I can get this plot down. I have a feeling I am going to be wrong, very wrong.
  • For a movie made in the 1940’s, the special effects are amazing 😉
  • Matthew just informed me that my last joke wasn’t very funny. Win some, lose some.
  • I really hope CP30 got insurance for R2D2, it is my understanding that the sand and desert wreck havoc on all electronic devices. Androids included.
  • Matthew, reading over my shoulder again, has just informed me that it is C3PO not CP30. This time, not a joke. oh well, I tried.
  • “Luke, I am your fathers, uncle’s, cousins former roommate!”  I really wish we were watching that movie instead.
  • When does Yoda show up?
  • Luke Skywalker’s Aunt Beru dresses like Mr. Furley from Three’s Company.
  • I wonder how easy their missions would have been if they had just used an anDROID phone as opposed to those metal robots..they can download the light-saber app in a matter of seconds, no “force” needed.
  • Matthew just informed me that Yoda is not in this movie. What Tom foolery is this? That is like going to a Beatles concert only to find that Ringo is the only member of the band that showed up.
  • Why does the name of every character or civilization sound like it requires a speech impediment to pronounce?
  • is this movie over yet?
  • C3P0 is like the robot version of Sheldon Cooper
  • So let met get this straight, the guys in the brown jackets and bright red eyes steal the droids, clean and fix them up, sell them to strangers for some type of profit and in the end the people who buy said droids may find them to be locked or loyal to their original owner rendering them useless. Where have I heard this before? Oh yes, anyone one who has ever bought a cellphone from Craigslist ever.
  • I know I keep making a lot of cell phone references, but cell phones I know…the inner workings of a galaxy in another dimension..not so much.
  • Chewbacca would make a great school mascot! “Now coming to the field the Minnesota Chewies!!!”
  • I am pretty sure Darth Vader would be a much happier person if he owned a cat or two, maybe took up knitting.
  • Obi Juan just said “The force can be a strong influence on the weak minded”—so can Twinkies and ho ho’s Obi Juan…so can can Twinkies and ho ho’s.
  • I wish someone would pay Matthew 17,000 dollars to fly to Alderon. For an extra 1000 dollars Mosby and I will dress up as Chewbacca and purr.
  • Note to self, I must carry around a large metal pipe in the event I get trapped in a larger than life trash compactor.
  • After asking several times, the movie is finally over. What have l learned? Yoda was not in this episode, Harrison Ford is finally funny in a movie, if you spell enough characters names wrong (C3PO and Obi-Wan Kenobi) your husband will eventually just leave you alone, and no matter how many times I try, making jokes referencing the similarities between droid robots and android phones will never be funny.


what goes through my mind before bed each night…

…..Just because my body has stopped moving a mile a minute doesn’t mean my mind is a pretty accurate sequence of events each night in the Shidler house hold…No I am not kidding and yes, my husband does hate me Winking smile

9:30 PM-What did I eat today that will come back to haunt me at 3 am. When did I become old enough that eating pizza after 10pm would be a bad idea? When did I become old enough to say the statement “when did I become old enough?” …Better get the tums out just in case.

9:33 PM-Why can’t my pillows and blankets be as soft, cool and inviting as they were when my alarm went off this morning?

9:35 PM-Alarm! Crap!! Did I set it? I have to be at work at 9..I showered this afternoon and did absolutely nothing after that so I should be good to go in that department… If I get up now and lay my work clothes out for tomorrow, that will give me an extra 30 minutes to sleep. 8 am it is.

9:36 PM- Ugh..I really don’t want to get up to lay my clothes out. Why haven’t I trained the cats to do tricks/chores yet?

9:38 PM- How come Mosby always chooses to sleep above Matthews head? I bet it is because he feeds them in the morning, I tend to keep the people that feed me close by. Maybe I should start feeding them in the am so he will snuggle with me at night. I guess I can set my alarm for 7:30 so I can start doing that……but then again….Mosby is fluffy and I am already hot at night anyways. Matthew can get up and feed him. Let me put the alarm back to 8.

9:40 PM-  Speaking of hot at night, it is hot and muggy in here..if I could just get my foot out from under this blanket and the fan pointed just on my face I should be good.

9:43 PM- I’m thirsty..but I just got comfortable…is that Matthew snoring or Mosby? I think it’s Mosby..”hey Matt.are u asleep? ..Matt? MATT!” “can I have a glass of milk please?” ‘I think I’m about to have heart burn.

9:44 PM- “Ohhhh while your up, can you grab my jeans and work shirt out of the dryer and put them on the dresser?”

9:45 PM-“Also, can you turn the air down its stuffy in here!”

9:50 PM-Aww! I love milk! Dang it..I forgot to ask for a straw..I can make do!

9:55 PM-I haven’t checked Facebook, Twitter, my email or buzz feed in like 5 minutes, I better make sure I haven’t missed anything important before I go to bed.

9:57 PM-I want to lay on my stomach but this iphone is to big to operate with just one hand free. I guess I’ll roll over. If I move to much though, Lucy will wake up. She just stopped barking and jumping around so I must do this gently.

9:58 PM- While I’m at it, let me switch out pillows. Also It’s getting really cold in here now! Is this what menopause will be like. Oh my gosh…am I in menopause?…oh stop it Jennifer your 28.. just turn the fan off and pull your foot in the blanket and you wont be as cold.

10:03 PM-What was that noise?! I’m pretty sure rowdy just knocked something over in the living room, but what if it wasn’t? What if it was someone trying to break in and they made noise thinking we would think it was the cats and the noise was all part of the plan to throw us off so they can steal all of our stuff? I should definitely wake Matthew up..”Matt…matt..MATTHEW..I heard a noise and I don’t think it was the cat. Can you go check?”

10:10 PM-What did you say Matt? Rowdy just knocked over his food dish? I could have swore it was louder than that. I’m sorry I got you up! Come back to bed.

10:11 PM- “Hey, before you go back to sleep, can you turn the air up? “It’s kind of cold in here!”

10:12 PM- “Also, can you grab me a straw for my milk? Thank you!”


Testing 1..2..3.. Is Anybody Out There?

Dear Diary:

It has been 445 days, 38,448,000 seconds, 640,800 minutes or 63 weeks since I last wrote you. Ugh. When I set out on starting this novice blog some 3 years ago I swore to myself I would never have to do one of the “I know I haven’t written in a while….” post and yet here I am… you still remember me? Do you forgive me?

During my 2014-2015 hiatus I was tagged several times to fill out surveys  by bloggers I follow or who follow me. While I have already posted a survey blog a few years ago, I thought that this might be a great way to catch everyone up on the last year of my life. So, with out further ado…

My Last Year (s) In Review

Lucy Loo

What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?

We allowed ourselves to be out numbered in our household. We now have 3 animals to 2 humans because we adopted our first ever dog; Miss Lucy. She is a dachshund pug mix with sass and spunk who gives our 21 pound cat Mosby a run for his money.

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions?

Keep them? I cant even remember what they were. I avoided the grasps of natural selection for one more year, was not arrested for anything and you did not see my face in the news for anything stupid or cringe worthy. Reguardless of what my new years resolution was or wasn’t, I would call this past year a success.

What is your favorite number and why?

My favorite number is 5. Why you ask? Because it is approximately the number of try’s it takes me to spell the word resteraunt, restrainut, reseteraunt, resterunt, restaurant correctly. (note to self; next years resolution should be learning how to spell)

Did anyone close to you die?

Cruise pic
Roatan, Honduras

Thankfully no.

What countries did you visit?

We visited Belize, Honduras and Mexico. All were a great experience and I can not wait to see where our next travels take us.

What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015 or 2014?

My first reaction is to say children, but then I realize that I probably need to master the act of remembering to let the dog out for a walk on time before I take on a human being. I also would like to have more of Matthews student loans paid off. So my second and more realistic answer to this question would be more confidence.

What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I cant think of any specific dates but I do have several events that do pop into my mind. Our cruise in January was wonderful and we had a great Plane, Train, Automobile trip home this past April where we got to spend some time with family. The day we got our puppy miss Lucy. November when I met the vacuum cleaner of my dreams..(yes you read that right…more details to come in a future blog post) These are just a few events of many that stick out!

What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year?

Confidence in my job. I know I just told you that confidence is what I lacked this year and would like more of next year, but the change in confidence in my job in 2015 is what made me realize how good it feels to be good at what you do. The ability to stand out in a positive way makes me hungry for more.

I also would like to add the achievement of being a better morning person. This time last year I would have been begging for closing shifts in my job. If the alarm clock when off before 10.30am it was bound to be a bad day for someone. And while I am still not miss Mary sunshine every morning, I also do not hate the world or my life everyday when my alarm clock goes off at 7:30-8am (and yes, I realize that still is not early…but it is an improvement for me)

What was your biggest failure?

At AT&T we like to call failures as “Areas of Opportunities” and that sounds like a question I would rather answer. My areas of opportunities for 2015 would be..

  • Diet—less food, more exercise
  • Money –less spending more saving
  • Blogging—less procrastinating more writing
    Did you suffer illness or injury?

2 words…Kidney Stones. Worst pain in my life and I hope that I never have to experience it ever again.

What was the best thing you bought?

It sounds weird to say, because we didn’t really “buy” her, but I would have to say Miss Lucy. Lucy along with her sister where surrender by their original owners because they could not take care of them. She needed a home and we were oh so glad to give her one. I am still a cat person to the day I die but seeing the excitement on Lucy’s face every time I come home from work is definitely something to write home about!

Whose behavior merited celebration?

Today is my day off and while I had no plans I still managed to get up before 9am, shower, get dressed and put make up on my face. Normally it requires an act of congress to remove my body from my bed on a day off. Should a parade be thrown in my honor for this? Definitely not. Should my love ones be shocked and submit me for testing? Wouldn’t hurt? 😉

Where did most of your money go?

Chicago Cubs
Cubs Vs. Pirates April 2015

Food and varying institutions that have loaned us money for our house, cars and our educations. Sigh. Debt..can barely live with it, would be living on the streets with out an education with out it.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Several memories surrounding vacations came to mind, but the stand out excitement of this past year would be the 2015 Chicago Cubs. My love affair for baseball and the Chicago Cubs began in the 90’s. we spent a lot of time with my grandparents and if there was a game on we were either listening to it or watching it. This year has been the most fun to watch/listen to since right before my grandpa past away. While I enjoy the game whether we are winning or losing I will say that a winning season such as this years feels darn good!

What song will always remind you of 2014/2015?

While the song “Timber” with Ke$ha and Pitbul is not my style of music nor was it released this year, it was used as the theme song from our vacation with Chris, Emily, Tom and Amy. We had so much fun creatively counting down to that trip and on the trip itself.

Compared to this time last year, are you:

  1. a) happier or sadder? Happier!
    b) thinner or fatter? You say fatter…I say more readily prepared for the winter season…the opinion is yours
    c) richer or poorer? Richer, in more ways than just money.

What do you wish you’d done more of?

Blog writing, reading and being more social

What do you wish you’d done less of?

Complaining, eating, spending money.

How will you be spending Christmas?

With Matthew and our 3 furry animals. First Christmas with just us as a family. Right now we are optimistic of starting new traditions for the all the years to come, but I know that once the holiday season hits, the realization that this the first one with out any family from home ever will weigh heavy on us. We shall prevail, however.

Did you fall in love in 2014/2015?

our first picture together
Our first picture together Sept. 2008 at BCM where we first met

I have been in love everyday since fall 2008 with the same person.

How many one-night stands?

2! Who has just one night stand? We have two night stands and we tend to switch them out every once and a while. Matthew has one and I have one. Where else and I going to put my midnight glass of milk and phone for charging?………you see what I did there. But seriously though..this is a stupid question and anyone who knows me already knows the answer.

What was your favorite TV program?

I am a product of Generation Y or the Millennials. We helped jumpstart the social media revolution and saw the births of streaming media giants such as Hulu and Netflix. That being said, it is impossible for me to pick which program is my favorite because so many different shows from different years are available instantly. A more appropriate question would be, which 12 hour binges have I enjoyed more than others? The answer would be The West Wing, Greys Anatomy and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Life is too short to hate.

What was the best book you read in the last year or two?

House training your dog for Dummies & the manual that came with my new vacuum cleaner was a page turner.

What was your greatest musical discovery?

I have always enjoyed Harry Nilsson, but this past year I have really dug into his discography and found a sincere appreciation for a lot of his work.

What did you want and get?

If you haven’t gathered from previous posts, I struggle with the past time of spending more money than I should. As a side effect from this past time, I often find a way to get what I want. Not proud of it and realize that this is something that needs to be “nipped in the bud”……..p.s. I got the Vacuum cleaner of my dreams 😉

What did you want and not get?

World Series Championship

What was your favorite film of this year?

No movies really stood out for me this year. We saw the Furious 7 movie..but those types of movies are not my favorite to begin with. The Wedding Ringer, Spy and Ricki and the Flash were among some of my favorites.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

November 5th 2014 I turned 27 and it was spent in Lake Jackson with family and November 5th 2015 I turned 28 and spent the day doing a major merchandising reset at work. It was a long and busy day but my family and co workers showered me with flowers, balloons and cupcakes!

What was one thing that would have made your year overwhelmingly more satisfying?

2 things come to mind. Chicago Cubs World series champs and or loosing the equivalent of a small overweight child from my body my own body weight.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?

#samething 😉

1 word. Cats. 😉 Ugh. Lands End Team colors….

What kept you sane?

My husband. He deserves an award or a stipend for putting up with my crazy.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I have never been one for celebrity crushes. I am too grounded for all that. My last real celebrity crush was Brendan Fraser in like 1995.

What political issue stirred you the most?

Toliet Paper

Anybody who was alive and connected to the world in any meaningful way in 2014/2015 knows the major political issue that has everyone taking sides. And that is for the right for ALL individuals to choose which way the toilet paper should be pulled off the roll. I personally am pro-pull from the top and down but I have many friends that choose to pull their toilet paper from the bottom upwards. While this has driven a slight wedge in our friendship, we have managed to look past our political differences.

Who did you miss?

I miss all the family and friends that I got to see on a daily basis back home in Indiana.

Who was the best new person you met?

This may sound weird, but I really enjoyed finally getting to know one of our neighbors! I doubt I will ever get to have neighbors like the amazing ones I grew up with on all sides of my child hood home, but knowing them by name and exchanging meaningful conversations when our paths cross is a far cry from knowing my neighbors just as cars in a drive way.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014/2015

Trusting God. I fought over a decision earlier this year that involved switching job titles. The switched offered less stress but could have potentially meant making less money and I wrestled with the idea of replacing one stress with another. I prayed a lot about this decision and decided happiness and success outweighed money. I put trust in God that everything would work out, and in the end everything worked out about 100x better than I had ever imagined.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

At Least We Made It This Far by Relient K

“Oh I guess we made it, or at least we made it this far, And it all looks smooth from here. Oh in a future day there may be waves but I must say, The skies have never looked so clear. And Oh, I guess we made it, ’cause it ain’t far to go from here”

Listen to the full song HERE