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Friday, April 4, 2008

Thanks Amy

Well, apparently, I have been tagged by my fiance to write down 100 facts about myself. She obviously thought that this would be a good way to spend my time as I was in my bed sick, and she was studying. I guess I can tag someone later once I meet three more people on here! So here we go:
1. My full name is James Richard Willis
2. I was born on November 27, 1980.
3. That was Thanksgiving day.
4. Right now, I am sick with mono. No fun!
5. I am severely color deficient.
6. I graduated high school in 1999 from Chester County High School.
7. I have a BS from Freed-Hardeman University in Physical Sciences in 2003.
8. I have a BCE from Auburn University in Civil Engineering in 2004.
9. I got an MS from Auburn University in 2005.
10. On December 19, 2008, I will receive my Ph.D. as long as I can write my dis.
11. I have been dating an incredible woman since April 5, 2007. That is you Amy!
12. On March 1, 2008, she agreed to marry me.
13. On November 22, she will become Mrs. Richard Willis.
14. We will be moving to wherever she gets into her dietetic internship and PA school.
15. I have no clue what I am going to do with a Ph.D. in asphalt technology.
16. I enjoy watching pretty much any movie with my fiance even if it is Step Up, Center Stage, or something like that.
17. I love the theatre.
18. I get into kicks where I read a lot.
19. I am taking my last class this semester for my last degree.
20. My favorite baseball teams are the Atlanta Braves and the Baltimore Orioles.
21. My favorite football team is the Tennessee Titans.
22. My favorite basketball team is the San Antonio Spurs.
23. My favorite hockey teams are the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators.
24. I guess that means I enjoy sports.
25. Some people call me injury prone.
26. I teach group fitness at the local Gold's gym.
27. But that does not mean I like to eat healthy most of the time.
28. I would drive 2 hours just to get a world-class meal.
29. I have seen more movies than I thought humanly possible since mono has taken me over.
30. I have become a huge fan of and respecter of a properly working lymph system.
31. I like classic television.
32. Dick Van Dyke is one of my favorites.
33. The food network relaxes me.
34. I am going to win the Ultimate Recipe Showdown one day
35. I want to grill with Bobby Flay!
36. I used to enjoy writing music, but I have not done that recently.
37. My neck is starting to swell right now, so I will continue later.
38. Amy can give me a smile that makes me feel like I can do anything.
39. Registering for wedding stuff really overwhelms me.
40. I have taught the Civil engineering materials lab for the last two semesters.
41. I am teaching the Hot Mix Design Lab this summer.
42. I should be working on my dis. proposal right now.
43. I love traveling.
44. I have traveled to Scotland, Belgium and Romania on mission trips.
45. I have traveled to Greece for a engineering conference.
46. I hope to travel to Spain this fall for a conference.
47. My students complain about how hard I grade their writing.
48. I have slept through both Beaches and Pete's Dragon in the past 24 hours, along with getting 10 hours of sleep last night.
49. My fiance likes to clean my apartment when I am sick.
50. I am marrying the most wonderful woman in the entire world. Have I mentioned that?
51. I think reading a children's book can solve any problem.
52. I want a big dog one day.
53. I am allergic to cats, dust, and mountain cedar.
53. Some people have called me a picky eater, but I think I just have a sensitive palate.
54. I typically run a low body temperature.
55. So my 99.6 degree temp right now is really high!
56. I want to see Les Miserables.
57. I can sing all three hours of it (right now, if you wanted?)
58. I do not respond well to "ready, go!"
59. I am not a distance runner.
60. I am training for my part of a triathlon if I can get out of my bed any time soon.
61. I like the color black.
62. I like things neat and orderly if I have the time to keep them that way!
63. I like a schedule.
64. I have a wonderful sister Becky.
65. I have a great brother Chuck.
66. I guess Damon is alright for a brother-in-law. Just kidding Damon.
67. I am looking forward to getting my new sister, Lyndsey.
68. I love playing with Laura Beth and Carter.
69. I enjoy taking naps on Sunday afternoons whenever I get the chance.
70. I cannot tell you how much I want to graduate.
71. I still get scared of the future at times.
72. I like consistency.
73. My fiance says I radiate heat.
74. I think that is her way of telling me that I am "hot." (Just kidding Amy)
75. I cannot tell you how tired I am of being stuck at home.
76. I should have trained to be a masseuse, but my hands are too bony.
77. I am a sucker for a good song.
78. I really enjoy playing majohg to waste time while Amy is studying and I am supposed to be.
79. I think my fiance is the most beautiful woman on the planet, but she can't see it for some reason.
80. I try, but I don't always succeed.
81. I miscommunicate when I am tired.
82. I very rarely jump out of bed in the morning ready to go.
83. I should probably drink coffee, but for some reason this is disintuitive.
84. I like the cards that play songs even though most are cheesy.
85. My fiance likes it when I am cheesy. Good thing too considering it happens A LOT!
86. I have written 85 previous facts about me!
87. I like Snickers bars.
88. I am excited that I am able to eat unbland foods again because the Prednizone is out of my system.
89. I like the beach, but I am not a big fan of being in a swimming trunks, sunburn, or sand.
90. I wish I were a better swimmer.
91. I am a roller coaster enthusiast, and I am going through withdrawals.
92. I am hoping to go to Aspen for my honeymoon in December.
93. I have two more hurdles to jump through before I can graduate.
94. I hate ironing my clothes. Everything should be wrinkle-free.
95. I believe Dr. Seuss was a genius.
96. The man or woman who came up with the idea for The Cheesecake Factory was the MAN!
97. I enjoy world cuisines such as Greek, Thai, Italian, etc . . .
98. I am not a fan of onions, green peppers, and English Peas.
99. I hate lunge tracks in BodyPump.
100. I am done with this thing. Thanks Amy. I guess I need to search and figure out three people that I can make go through this!


Since my sister tagged me...I guess it is my turn to fill out 100 facts about myself. I don't really know how this works, but I guess I am supposed to tag 3 people. Since I don't have very many blogger friends :(...I guess I will tag Becky (my future sis in law!), Richard (to give him something to do while he is stuck in bed) and Russell! :) Okay so here we go:

1. I grew up in Montgomery AL
2. I am graduating from Auburn on May 10!!
3. It has taken me 6 years to finish my undergrad :(
4. I met the love of my life in February 2007
5. I was a Richard groupie/ stalker (I was at every class he taught)… before he even knew

who I was
6. We officially started dating on April 5.2007
7. On March 1, 2008 I said YES!!
8. On November 22, 2008 I will say I DO!!
9. I cannot remember life before Richard!
10. I do not want to think about life without Richard!
11. Richard has taught me the meaning of unconditional love.
12. He is my best friend
13. I like PINK
14. I love chocolate…
15. And peanut butter…..
16. And…when you put them together…YUM!
17. I like nutrition
18. I cannot go for more than a day without working out
19. I teach group fitness
20. I swam for 14 years of my life….
21. Now I hate getting wet!
22. I am ADDICTED to food network
23. Throw down with Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, Iron Chef America….cant get enough
24. I am emotional
25. I cry easily…
26. Especially at sappy movies
27. I get frazzeled…
28. Very easily
29. I do NOT like Arizona
30. I am cold most of the time.
31. I would rather go to the mountains than the beach
32. I am a germ-a-phobe….
33. I get stressed when I lose my germ-ex
34. I am a horrible speller
35. I do not really like watching sports (like football, basketball, etc…)
36. BUT I am trying b/c my future in-laws are HUGE fans
37. Richards 6 yr old neice and 4 year old nephew know more about sports than me! (They can probably tell you every Braves player and their numbers without thinking twice about it!)
38. I am starting to really like baseball
39. I am competitive…
40. Very competitive…
41. To much for my own good at times…
42. I think I get this from my dad!
43. I don’t like getting dirty
44. But I love to get sweaty when I workout
45. I tend to feed people when I care about them….
46. Or when I feel bad…
47. Or when I want to make them feel better…
48. I think I get this from my mom!
49. I used to pride myself in not liking ‘unhealthy ‘ foods….
50. Unfortunately…..i am starting to like them
51. I am deathly afraid of roaches, snakes, spiders and clowns
52. I know maybe 10 words of French…
53. And insist on randomly using those 10 words.
54. I do not like mess
55. I pretend like I know how to cook
56. I do NOT….DO NOT like EBV…aka Epstein Barr Virus…aka MONO…aka the virus that is keeping my fiancée sick!
57. I like Disney movies
58. House is my favorite TV show
59. I am starting a dietetic internship in the fall (HOPEFULLY!).....
60. Location: TBA
61. Those 3 months without Richard will be the longest of my life
62. I want to be a Physicians Assistant…
63. But…I do NOT want to be in school for 3 more years
64. I am going to be married to a DR!! :)
65. You can call me Mrs. Dr. Willis! :)
66. My future hubbie will be able to build cool things and he will be able to play with asphalt
67. I am getting a dog
68. I am naming her Zoey
69. I have a tendency to be overly dramatic
70. I love coffee…
71. And diet coke…
72. And diet cherry limeades
73. And diet dr. pepper….
74. I like getting flowers
75. My grandmother gets mad at me because my toes are never painted
76. Even though I love pedicures
77. I like being surprised
78. Richard is good at surprising me
79. I have a hard time keeping fun secrets….which makes it incredibly hard to surprise Richard
80. I have trouble sitting still….which is hard when my fiancée has MONO
81. I have a hard time saying no
82. I like being outside…
83. Only when it is not too hot…
84. Or too cold…
85. And when there are no bugs!
86. Spring and fall are my favorites
87. Richard makes fun of me because I call all scents (like soap, candles..etc) flavors
88. I am a firm believer in retail therapy
89. I love my family
90. I have one PRECIOUS niece Clarie Collins McCrory
91. I wish I liked to read for fun…
92. I only like to read cookbooks and wedding magazines
93. My wedding cake is going to be CHOCOLATE!
94. My only real jobs have been in a gym…
95. Which is a good thing …..because that is where I met my future hubbie! :
96. I am a compulsive list maker
97. I am very very very indecisive at times
98. I have a small tendency to be bossy
99. I like MAC make up
100. I do not function past 9:30 at night…even though I can rarely sleep the whole night thru…and I can not function in the morning without my coffee

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Epstein-Barr Virus

Richard and I made a trip to Montgomery yesterday afternoon to REGISTER! I had no idea how overwhelming it was going to be! I honestly felt guilty and selfish for making a list of things I want! I have been blessed with more than I could ever need or want and I can not imagine needing anything else!
In other news...after chronic headaches for a couple of weeks and a recent golf-ball size lymph node, we found out today that Richard has MONO!! :( Make sure you keep him in your prayers. This is a very busy month for him and he needs his energy!

Here is a new picture for Mom....

Friday, March 28, 2008


After years and years of school....countless hours spent studying and preparing....and taking a 40 hour test....a UNANIMOUS decision was made by Richards panel that he PASSED HIS WRITTEN COMPS!! I am SO proud of him!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Spring Break and Easter!

Richard and I made our rounds over spring break. We were able to make a trip to Henderson to visit his family...we have not seen them since Christmas...OR...our engagement! We really enjoyed spending some much needed quality time with his family. After our trip to Henderson we made a quick stop in Montgomery to look at wedding locations. Fortunately, we absolutely LOVED the very first place we visited! It is offical we are getting married November 22, 2008 at Wynlakes Country Club! We then rushed back to Auburn and had a mini marathon of teaching at Golds (5 classes in 48 hours!) Then it was off to Guntersville. We left Thursday and about 4 hours later...(yes it is supposed to take under 3...) we met my family at a cabin on Lake Guntersville! It was our first time to visit Lyndsey, Russell, and Claire since they moved up there in December. It was BEAUTIFUL and very relaxing!