i AM because

when the hubs is away, the retainers come out to play.
oh, and came across this beauty of an idea on Casey Leigh and had to join in on the fun! i AM because...

i am weird because...
i despise the sight, sound and smell of gum
i am deathly afraid of cats
i'm 23 and still love disney channel
i enjoy re-enacting cheesy soap show scenes to the extreme
i still believe nsync will get back together someday

i am a bad friend because...
i have become an annoying homebody
i never return phone calls in a reasonable amount of time
i let some of you go without trying
i never have enough money to buy you any cool presents
sometimes i never am open enough with my feelings

i am a good friend because...
i am the best listener
and because i give pretty good advice (if i do say so myself)
i want all of my friends to succeed
i am loyal and trustworthy
i remember all our best memories

i am sad because...
money troubles seem to consume my thoughts
mr. taylor leaves me all too often
i haven't made very many friends out here in Utah and it gets quite lonely
i miss my family back in WA daily
i miss having lunch dates at sushiland and panera bread

i am happy because...
i am married to my very best friend
i have a roof over my head and a fridge full of food
i have a new family to keep me company during this holiday season
i just adore writing on this blog every day and reading your beautiful comments
it's the time of hot chocolate, fuzzy slippers and fire places

i am excited for...
first holidays with my hubby
watching and listening to everything christmas
making my first appetizers for thanksgiving festivities as a wife
heading home for the holidays
christmas pajamas
creating new family traditions
happy reunions with friends
a new year

p.s. want to see an old family portrait of me in my ballet attire? go and check out Gentri Lee. yay!


  1. i love this idea :) lovely!!! it makes me smile {really, really big!!!} xoxoxo brynn

  2. despise gum? i have never heard of such a thing. do you hate to chew on it too?

  3. I hope NSYNC reunites too!!

    Love this

  4. We have far too many things in common.
    To name a few:
    I'm so happy you share my hate for gum. I once let this information leak out to a high school teacher. She then decided to have kids in the class throw a bunch of gum and wrappers at me. It was a horrible experience. just horrible.
    As for it being lonely, i just moved to a new part of AZ and it is very lonely. You're lucky to have your husband to keep you company :]
    Have a GREAT holiday!

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  5. I CAN BE YOUR FRIEND IN UTAH! granted i am 18, i don't know if you play with the little leaguers, but age is just a number, right? we could go to Guru's, sammy's, all of the hot spots to fill your panera needs (i SO know what you mean) and can we go to Cafe Rio too? because i need to fill my craving weekly, if not daily. Oh, and if you need someone to watch Disney with, i'm your girl.

  6. Girl I don't live near a Panera anymore either....it pains me. Literally pains me. Boo for our men leaving us all too often! At least we have each other and the blog world!! :) Love you girl!

  7. hahah that picture of you in your retainer is classic. love it.

  8. What a fun post! A super good idea...maybe I will try?

  9. Haha, I love this post. I'm pretty sure I am afraid of cats, too. Maybe not deathly afraid, but definitely afraid.

    My hubby and I are getting ready to have all of our first holidays as a married couple too! It's so exciting and it's like it holds so many new opportunities for new traditions and things. :)

  10. Awwh this is such a cool post. :)

    Any reason for the dislike of cats? :) xx

  11. LOVE this post...so cute. I am deathly afraid of cats too...seriously.

    The Other Side of Gray

  12. Girl, I still believe in Nsync, too. Someday it WILL happen.

    Ah! I am so excited to make our own family traditions, too! I love the holidays!

  13. What a beautiful post love you openess about you, we love you because you're YOU amazing. Have a wonderful day my friend.

    Always Wendy

  14. Very cute post. I have some of the same habits/bad habits but I think it's just something everyone goes through. My hubby has been working 6 days a week and has only been home 1 or 2 times to actually sleep in our bed. It's really rough to have to be alone but make sure you get out of the house a few times and it'll help!

    If Work Permits

  15. I love the disney channel, and no one else appreciates it at all. I miss sushi and panera too, because I refuse to eat any sort of fish in a landlocked state. and we can reminisce about washington together. cause i miss it too! I feel like these are all good qualifiers for us being utah friends.

  16. Great post TJ :) It's nice to be open and honest every once in awhile huh? The perks of blogging! See you tomorrow!

  17. That sucks being so far from your family and I've become an annoying homebody too. I need to get out of that rut.

    P.S. Nsync will get back together.


  18. Well I didnt know you were in Utah lady! I need more friends myself! Can we be friends? :)

  19. haha this is so cute! thanks for sharing : )


  20. I know how that is, moving to Utah and not having many friends to start off with, it's really hard, especially with not a lot of fam here either.
    When I was first here I missed my fam back in Cali so so so much, but once you get into your groove and your group of friends here it's AWESOME.
    My husby leaves me alot for work, I'm up here in Orem, so give me a holler for a Cafe Rio or Zupas lunch. Orrrr cause I'm poor newlywed too, we can have pb&js and invite friends over. :)

  21. Oh my gosh I love this! I, too, love the Disney channel! Well, Disney anything. I may copy this idea down the road. :)

  22. ohhhh my gosh! that 90s photo is AMAZING!!!!

  23. TJ i loved this! felt like I got to know you a bit better :) And we have a lot in common! :) I enjoy some good Disney channel time too...I never used to be, but over the last couple years have become a total homebody and am okay with it...but I do love getting out with friends (which is NOT very often because I don't have many friends here in UT either...even after 3 years) and I miss my fam in WA all the time...and i'm SO excited for holidays with family and mistletoe and Christmas pjs!!! :)

    hope you have a great Thanksgiving weekend!! please tell me Mr. Taylor will be back in time! :)

  24. Hahaha. The Disney channel. Clearly this makes me weird too. ;)

  25. You don't like the smell of gum?? haha thats funny! When I first moved to Utah I felt the same way, it was tough to be away from family and have to make all new friends! Luckily there are a lot of young marrieds out there, and your so cute I am sure you won't have any issues with making new friends!


  26. i love this post!
    so fun to find more things about you!

    i am exited for a new year too!
    hopefully next one ill spend it next to my bf :)

    have a lovely Tuesday!


  27. oh you are so adorable and have very normal concerns! hahaha. Everyone worries about the same shortcomings and we're our worst critics!

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

  28. This was funny and sweet! I might be a worse friend than you because I sometimes kinda sorta send my friends to voicemail. I'm not really a phone person. But I'm a good friend in person!

  29. I feel as though I can relate to all of these!!!
    no worries girl, we are all there.

  30. LOVE THIS! This makes me sad that you are LONELY though! Come hang out with us!

  31. hahaha omg we are soulmates! whenever I get a night away from my husband I get the retainer in! Except mine is like an entire mouth guard. It's so embarassing!!

  32. Thank you for the very sweet comment! I also am such a homebody, you wouldn't even believe it! Love the retainer!

  33. saw this idea and will be doing it soon! it makes me laugh you despise gum! i despise the sound of people chomping gum that is for sure! too bad you're in utah and now i'm not... otherwise we could be new friends for each other!

  34. Green gum? Do you despise the sound of red gum as well? Or does green just sound different? ;) Hehe! You are so funny!
    Sounds like you have lots to be happy about! Money troubles come and go and you'll make friends soon enough! :) I'm going to check out your portrait right now!

  35. these are awesome!! great getting to know you more!

  36. you are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also wanted to tell you my big dog is a labradoodle!!!!! sending hugs friend!!!! xoxoxox

  37. I really enjoyed this post! I love it!

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  38. i NEVER return calls in a reasonable time. lol. That just means we have fabulous lives that keep pulling us away. fear not. lol. loved this. thanks for sharing, love. I've got a new fash trend report. Love to hear what you think. xo


  39. this is a great getting to know you post. loved it!

  40. Ha! Don't worry about not decorating for the Holidays. It took me two years of being married to decide I wanted to do something to make our apartment feel festive. Ps. I love your headband in the giveaway post.

  41. I feel ya. I'll stop by sushiland for you soon ;) And enjoy a new and exciting place. It is raining and misty here...with occasional sunbreaks (while raining). How is that possible?

  42. this is great, I just did the same thing on my blog! thanks so much for posting this.

    if you want to check it out, heres my post:

  43. Oh my goodness, I can't stand listening to people chew gum @_@ lol! Funny to know I am not the only one!

    Aya ♥ Strawberry Koi

  44. haha i totally think nsync will reunite, too!!!
    i love this and i love learning more about you :) so fun!! have a great thanksgiving, lovely girl!! xoxoxo

  45. Love this post!! So encouraging... ur blog is so creative and just aesthetically beautiful!


  46. Ummm. 20 years old and watch Disney Channel on the treadmill. Every. Single. Day. Not a joke.
    xo Josie

  47. Such a touching post! We have some things in common...

    x. jill
    those ghosts

  48. Love this! So fun to read all the fun things about you! I secretly love the disney channel too at 24 :)

  49. i've seen this around, but really enjoyed yours! congratulations on being a newlywed...it only gets better. =)


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