December 27th, 2012

Well, hello there, shiny-laptop me.

I’m Bethany, actually. (I’m not Beth or Stephanie.) Yes, actually, I do use the word “actually” a lot. One of my favorite movies is Love Actually. Did you know that if you say the word “actually” quickly, it sort of sounds like you’re saying the name Ashley? And that if you live in a dorm with an Ashley and you say the word “actually” a lot, that Ashley will tend to stick her head out of her room a lot and ask, “Were you talking to me?”

For my 100th post, I wrote the traditional list of 100 things about me. I don’t expect you to read that, really. But it was fun to write.

I get lots of the same questions emailed to me over and over, so I created an FAQ. You might find the answer to your question there.

We hardly ever take pictures of just the two of us, which is a shame, cuz we're cute. @troygronberg Remember this purse, @heathersanders_omsh? Annalie still uses it all the time. It is well-loved! Gramaw and Elliora one last family portrait with both cats

I am 37 years old. I’ve been married to Troy, a Navy officer, for 16 years, and a stay-at-home mom since my older daughter Annalie was born in May 2004. Our younger daughter Elliora was born November 2010. When I do have a paying job, it’s usually something to do with kids or education.

I crochet and take lots of photos and paint pottery. I read every day. I love to sit around bookstores and read and drink coffee, but I don’t get to do that as much as I used to, which is probably a good thing because those coffees are expensive. I love to cook, but I also love to eat out. I used to see about 100 movies a year, before I was a parent. I am pickier about the movies I go see nowadays and I end up seeing lots more kids’ movies, but I still love movies in general. I consider myself a geek. My favorite TV shows include but are not limited to Moonlighting, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Quantum Leap, Firefly, Scrubs, Chuck, White Collar, Castle, Veronica Mars, Farscape, Doctor Who, and Stargate SG-1.

I like writing with green ink (.38 Uniball Signo DX pens preferred) and am partial to prime numbers. I used to be a runner, and keep meaning to get back to that someday. I have the bad habit of interrupting people when they’re talking. If you offer me a choice between chocolate cake and lemon cake, I will probably choose lemon.

Day 1 - Nerrrrrrrd

I first created a homepage in 1997 using the free webspace our ISP provided, mainly for fun and to teach myself HTML. It morphed into a way for Troy to keep friends and family up-to-date during his first Navy deployment in 1998 (and his second and third deployments in 2001 and 2003), and a catch-all means of staying in touch with people as we moved around. I maintained the site for seven years, updating it about once a month with news and photos, moving it to new webspace each time the Navy sent us to a new city, often redesigning the site in the process.

Then Annalie was born. I kept it going till she was 5 months old, when it became clear to me that I wasn’t going to be able to keep the site up the way I wanted to. So I closed up shop. I always intended to have a website again one day, so three years later, I let myself be talked into starting this here blog. I expect it will be a constant work in progress. Wish me luck!

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11 Responses to “Hello!”

  1. Lemon cake… a woman after my own heart!

  2. Sarah Bray says:

    Nice to meet you! I found you through The Crafty Crow, and I’m quickly becoming a fan. :)

  3. Elena says:

    I just want to let you know that I have been reading through your blog and smiling the whole time ;) You are quite lovely and have created a beautiful space.

    If you are ever interested in guest blogging on some of your do-it-yourself ideas (like the vanilla extract), I would love to have you.


  4. Mariel says:

    Love your blog. Lovely family. Lovely photos. Nice work.

  5. becky says:

    Came over by a circuitous route…twitter, angellad, then i had to pop by when i saw that you’re in san diego. me, too!

  6. Geaux Ghoti says:

    I just discovered your blog via StumbleUpon and I’m loving it! You have a beautiful family, and I think I’ll be checking out some of your projects with mine soon… Because I never like to take something without giving something back, I’m going to leave 2 of my little projects for you. I hope you and your girls can enjoy them! :)

    The first one is not really a project as much as it is a treat (or a method of bribery as the broccoli ALWAYS disappears when I offer this as an incentive!)

    Fairy Milk:

    1 glass of milk
    1 – 1.5 Tbs of sugar
    Food coloring
    .5 – 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

    In the one glass of milk, add the sugar and stir until dissolved. (I sometimes replace the sugar with honey and warm it up if my girls are having trouble sleeping). Add the Vanilla Extract and the food coloring to make whatever color they will most enjoy. (for my girls, I usually have to make pink and purple by mixing them) Enjoy!

    This next one totally shocked my girls the first time I made this for them, and since then we’ve made them together every year.

    Jell-O Easter Eggs:

    Jell-O mixed normally, but not set. You need it to still be fluid.
    1 dz. Eggs
    1 needle or pushpin
    1 small syringe, sterilized! (Because my girls have helped me with this since they were tiny, I’ve always preferred to use a small diabetic sized setup with a small flexible catheter instead of a needle).

    1. Use the pushpin to poke a hole in both ends of the eggs and blow the egg out of the shell. Fix a bowl of warm water and immerse the shells until they have some water in them, shake them vigorously and drain. Do this a few times, until you are sure the egg is completely gone. If you like, you can bake them at about 250 for about 45 minutes, then wash them out, but this can make the shells more brittle.

    2. Cover one of the holes with tape to avoid leaks.

    3. Using the syringe, fill the eggshells through the other hole with your Jell-O.

    4. Tape the top hole, put them back in the carton and put them in the fridge for the Jell-O to set.

    5. Remove the tape, get the video camera and be ready to watch the children freak out when they crack open an egg and see the jewel colored prize inside!

    I hope you and your family can enjoy these!

  7. francis says:

    What a fabulous easter egg recipe! I must try this out this holiday. Thanks for posting this.

  8. [...] and occasionally he’ll send me photos. Just like when I first started blogging (as I explain on my About page) I’m posting photos here so our friends and family can keep tabs on what Troy’s up to halfway [...]

  9. christy says:

    omg! i say “actually” ALL the time, too. never seen that move Love Actually, but i’m sure i might have a tie with you for most overuse of that word.

    i, too, have a horrible habit of interrupting people….but mostly it’s to finish THEIR sentences, so maybe that shouldn’t count. hee, hee :)

    LOVE the blog and your pics!!

  10. Bethaney says:

    I am a Bethaney too actually! Alright, it IS spelled differently, but still, not a Beth! My siblings called me Bet when I was a kid, but Beth was only for people who didn’t really know me! My sister just sent me the link for your pretzel pralines, since I love pretzels! We will have to try it out! Enjoy your rain! (If it is still around…!)

  11. Carly says:

    Hi Bethany, Carly from It’s Yours Pottery in Omaha! Didn’t take me long to get to my computer to check you out! Great to meet you today… hoping to keep following your blog!

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