Friday, January 25, 2013

Introductory Post

I was inspired to create this blog by my sister Jeanna (pronounced Jean - na), who is secretly a turtle. You can find her blog here: Snapping Turtle Crafts, I recommend you check it out! Though since I am the new one, I won't be surprised if she sends people here instead of the other way around.

The second inspiration for this blog is actually a class I am taking right now. It is a composition course and has inspired me to begin writing again. Status updates just don't cut it for people who like to write. As a side note, it is one of the last two classes I am taking to finish my degree! How exciting!

Now for my blog's introduction! I thought I would start my blog out by giving you a little bit of information about myself and why I am here. So here it goes:

About Me
Hi, I'm Stephi! As you can see by my little profile blurb on the right, I am an "Air Force Wife," and we have just moved to our first base together. My husband just finished tech school one month ago. I actually grew up an Air Force brat, so I already know some ins and outs. This is a new place for both of us though, and I've never lived in the South before. I'm not counting the ten months I living in Virginia, those accents weren't very strong. Louisiana is a much different place. I also do not know ANYBODY here except for my husband.

I am currently a college student in the home stretch to get my degree. I created my own major in a way. I am a 'general science' major with an emphasis in environmental studies and Biology. Basically, I changed majors a handful of times and wanted as many of the classes I'd taken to count for something as possible. This degree allows me to do that. I only have two classes left, both of which started this week: Advanced Composition and General Chemistry II. I'll be doing lab experiments at home, that can only end well!

I just finished an internship with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. I might write more about that later, but I was in the Park Ranger series as a Visitor Services Technician. What am I doing right now? Staying busy, but without a job. I am going to focus on my two classes for a month or so along with fixing up our first place. We are lacking on furniture and what we do have needs some 'help.' We also have close to zero decorations--that needs some fixing. When I am satisfied with the house, I'll be adding learning American Sign Language into my routine. My husband is what the deaf community refers to as a CODA. Basically, his parents are both deaf. I have taken one sign language course and have gotten pretty good at understanding signs but I am absolutely horrible at signing myself. In the meantime I am looking at job postings and might apply for something part time. We currently only have one vehicle, so it might be less expensive for me to not get a job right away. We have bills to pay, furniture to buy, etc. We don't really need to be car shopping on top of that. Starting a life together sure is expensive! Part time might allow for the flexibility we need with his work schedule and only one car. School is the priority at the moment though, the job hunt will get much more serious when summer rolls around! Also, more environmentally-related jobs might pop up between now and then.

We are currently working on getting 'his' cat and 'my' dog used to each other. The puppy is a bit rough for a six pound cat, but he is learning quickly. In fact, we just started an obedience class with him this past Sunday. He already knew sit, down, and shake. Unfortunately, he did not feel like being the class show-off for us. Zeus the German Shepherd - half his age- definitely showed him up. Amos is a blue heeler mix, gets distracted easily and is going through a bit of a stubborn streak. He actually doesn't like to take bribes. He is really smart though, so hopefully this class straightens him up a bit. So far, he has only been a problem with the cat once. The cat is actually the one being a brat. She has definitely been pushing her limits this week.We are currently working on transitioning her from dry food to wet food. We forgot to get the hairball control kind.
Agent Zero

The Blog
You might be wondering why my blog is named Miniature Mishaps.

The first part is due to my physical stature, or lack thereof. I may look like a normal young lady in that wonderful profile picture to your right, but I am in fact only five feet tall. I spent most of my teen years trying to convince everybody I was five feet and 3/4 inches tall, but it never worked out.

The second part of the blog name is to describe what this blog will be about. It will generally be about my adventures. I have been sharing short stories on facebook with friends whenever I come across something completely silly. For instance, in this new city I'm living in they have strong southern accents and mumble ALL THE TIME. It causes some serious misunderstandings. Other 'mishaps' that might show up on this blog will have to do with my explorations, and learning new things (one of my first adventures will be learning to sew curtains!).

I just want to let you know it did take a bit of brainstorming and trying out a ton of names that I thought would be FANTASTIC to settle on one. Mostly because all the other awesome ones were either taken for the name or taken for the link. Jeanna helped me brainstorm. We went through the following first.

  • Confused Cacomistle - I decided nobody would remember cacomistle.
  • Misunderstandings and Misadventures - Taken.
  • Stephi's Snafus - People might misspell it, not sure if I want my name in it.
  • Mrs. Dalen's Mishaps - Decided against the name thing.
  • Mishaps and Misunderstandings - Taken.
  • Miss Adventurous (aka Misadventurous) - Taken.
  • Tiny Traveler - Apparently a company?
  • Teeny Traveler's Miniature Mishaps - Too long.
  • Tiny Tourist - A blog elsewhere.
To summarize: I hope you appreciate the trouble I went through to find the perfect blog name. I think it'll grow on me :) 

Watch out for my next post, which will be about the move here and our new place! 


  1. I think your layout background is very appropriate on many levels. I think it not only represents your love for nature/environment, but also you having taken flight, beginning this next stage in your life. Oh, and the fact that you "migrated" South ;) Welcome to the Blogosphere! (I may have made up that word)

    1. I'm sure I've heard the word Blogosphere somewhere before...either that or I've just heard you say it before. I was trying out a TON of the layouts before I settled on this one. My favorites definitely included the one that you are using. It would have also been appropriate for a travelling blog :)

    2. Oh, if you changed we'd have twin blogs. That would either be super cool, or just really strange.

    3. I decided on super strange and possibly confusing. So I went with this one :D