Wednesday, October 17, 2012


I've gotten a bunch of questions via e-mail and comments.  Since I'm horribly lazy, I figured I would answer them all in one fell swoop.

Where exactly do you live?
  I kid you not, people have asked this.  Do you want my address?  Well, you aren't getting it.  But we do live just north of Philadelphia in a town called Norristown.  It's a strange little area.  Don't get me wrong, I love love love our neighborhood, but it is nestled between stone mansions and the ghet. tooooo.  BUT, we are five minutes from the King of Prussia Mall-- and that my friends, is a good thing.

Why the hell do you call your apartment/house Falconhead?
  This is really not that interesting of a story, which is probably why I haven't addressed it earlier.
Before JEGs and I moved in together, we went and saw a comedian named Brian Regan.  This dude is hysterical, you should totally check him out.  Anyway, one of his jokes was about people being pretentious and naming their houses and the punchline was someone naming their studio apartment Falconhead.  I DIED when I heard that, and it was something that stuck with me.
  Fast forward a couple months, JEGs and I are touring this 900 sq ft apartment.  Being the smart ass that I am, I made the comment that we should refer to it as Falconhead-- and it kinda stuck.  Besides, when you are blogging, writing "my apartment" gets kinda boring.  I like to sass it up a little.  FALCONHEAD.  When we bought the house, I felt that it should be differentiated from the apartment, thus Falconhead Cottage was born.  The next house will probably be something grander, like Falconhead Estate.

Where did the nickname JEGs come from?  and how do you pronounce it?
  It's not  "Jay Eeee Geees" (*cough* Shannaigans) it's pronounced like legs or kegs.. but with a J.
My adorable husband's initials are J.E.G.  When we started dating, I was introduced the to world of cars, car parts and car part commericals.  One of them was a company named JEGS.  Their commercials are hysterical and the first time I saw one, I excitedly said to him "THOSE ARE YOUR INITIALS!!" He gave me this look like "durrr".   So every once in a while, I would mimic the commercial and say "JEEEEEEEEGSSSS". 
  Well, he apparently didn't like it ( I can't imagine why).  One day he said to me "I don't have an 'S' in my name."  Not one to let a small detail get in the way of being a smart ass, I started typing it out as JEGs.  And that stuck.  And now he is JEGs.  And I am Mrs. JEGs.  And yes, I call him JEGs to his face.

Do people call you LB in person? or (to those who know me not-from-the-interwebs) why is it LIZZIE in progress?
  This is the deal:   My first name is Amy, and it is the name I go by to most people.  My friends  call me Amy (or Amers), JEGs calls me Amy, and in the general world, I am Amy.  When I started this blog, I wanted to have a a shred of privacy.  Yes, I am sharing some personal details of my life, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to have it ALL out there.  So I went with a moniker my mother calls me: LizzieBeth.   LizzieBeth is a nickname for Elizabeth-- which is my middle name.  Most of my family calls me some form of Liz or Lizzie (or I'll get the occasional 'ELIZABETH!' from my mom, if I've gone too far).

How did you crazy kids meet?
 You can read all about that here.  While you are at it, stop by here and read how he proposed to me!

When are you having baby #2
Little known fact:  as soon as you get married, you are expected to start reproducing. STAT.  No one ever asks if and when you plan on buying a house, or if you plan on staying with your job.  No.  It's kids and only kids.  Once you have your first kid, you are supposed to immediately start working on the next.
  Right now, we are just enjoying our little family of three (four, if you count Winston).  If we decide to have another, it won't be for another couple of years yet.  Financially, we aren't prepared to have two kids in day care, and I work crazy hours, which is hard enough on me with one child, I can't imagine two.  So let me put it this way:  don't put your money on Hunter being an Irish twin ;)

What do you do for a living?
  What, this blogging stuff isn't enough for you?  I've hinted that I work in aviation (I've even shared some of the crazy shit my pilot says) but my official job title is camera operator for a local news helicopter.  That's right Philadelphia area-- when you see a chopper live over the house fire or accident on the Schuylkill, there is a 1 in 4 chance that it's me.  I love my job, I love the people I work with, I don't love the crazy hours I work, but I consider myself very blessed to be here.

Wow!  How did you land that job?
 I totally fell into it.  In 2004 a friend of a friend of a friend..etc knew someone who worked for the local NBC affiliate.  They needed someone to fill in as a back up person and with my connections, I got an interview.  I worked there part time for about 6 months, before landing a full time gig in an office building.  Three years later, a guy I had met while working for NBC called to say they had a full time position at FOX and wondered if I would be interested.  I jumped on the opportunity!  I was there for about a year, went part time for another station and in September 2008 I became full time at my current station and I love it.  BUT, to be fair, I do have a Bachelor's degree in Video Communications and a minor in Photography.  So technically, I am trained to this.

What is your living room/kitchen/bedroom/nursery/etc wall color?
One day I'll get around to putting up an entire source page, but for now this will have to do:
Living Room-  Valspar Jekyll Grand Dining Sea Mist
Kitchen/Mud Room- Sherwin William matched to Benjamin Moore Weston Flax
Stairway/Hallway- Valspar Luna
Nursery- Glidden Navajo Sand
Guest bedroom- Buzz Blaster Blue (painted by previous owners)
Bathroom- Glidden Navajo Sand
Master Bedroom- unknown (painted by previous owners)

Where did you get your couch/kitchen table/ dresser/etc?
 God's honest truth, about 75% of the furniture in this house are hand-me-downs from our parents and I would say 24% are thrifted/yard sales/ trash picked.  The only real item we have purchased is our couch.

Are you still cloth diapering?
Yes, technically   Our new daycare does not allow cloth diapers, so we have to diaper him part time at home.  Here is more on my original cloth diaper post.

Dude... Downton Abbey?
  I KNOW RIGHT?  I totally heart Matthew Crawley.  And Branson, a little bit too...

So there are some of the biggest questions that your inquiring minds want to know.  Any others?  Go ahead and ask!  I answer them-- but I can't promise it will be in a timely manner.

Always & Forever,


Christen said...

Thanks for providing your wall colors- I love them!! :)

Christen said...

P.S. I haven't seen Downton Abbey yet. I'm gonna have to get in on it

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

How cool is your job? Love this post. Thanks for sharing more.