Jun

29

Can You Help?

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Several days ago, Marcel came home and asked me if I could help him search for something online for a colleague of his. I said sure, and knowing that his colleague moonlights as a musician, I suspected that it had something to do with music, and I was right. He asked me if I could help him find euphonium at MF’s since he wasn’t sure where to begin the search. I did help him, printed out all the information, and he took it to his computer-less friend the following day. The colleague was grateful and so was Marcel. Now I’m expecting him to come home any day now with a request to place an order for his colleague, to which i’ll definitely oblige him.

Jun

21

Celebrations

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One week ago today we headed home after a great vacation spent with family and friends. It wasn’t our usual vacation, instead we were there for two weddings- one of which I planned and ‘made happen’ in a week and a half time- along with help from mom- and the other I did a little help and directed it, making sure that everything went according to the vision of the gorgeous bride.

Since then, I’ve had a couple people ask me if I would consider adding wedding planner/ director to my ‘job title’ and right now the response is no. I loved doing it for the people I love, but it’s clearly a labor of love. To be paid to do it- I’m not sure if there is enough money. I love planning and making things come together, but it’s something that takes a lot of time, research and thought. Maybe I’ll change my mind once I’m past the jet lag, but right now- nah.

In the meantime- I did come back to a lot of work- I’ve been prepping all week and now I’ll be getting everything ready for delivery on Friday and Saturday. I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together and hopefully will bring a smile to a lot of faces and happiness to everyone’s taste buds.

Jun

21

Keeping Cool

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We just returned from vacation in the Deep South where the heat and humidity were creeping up past warm to ‘hot’ and the air conditioning has been on for a while. My friend in Ohio had to call Colombus AC repairs when her air went out two days ago. I felt so bad for her knowing that she was having to endure the almost 90 degree temps until someone got out there to get the air back on. Luckily for her it was a quick fix and it wasn’t long before they came out for the repair, so she didn’t have to be without the cool air for long.

It’s funny how temperature can vary so much depending on where you are geographically. I remember many years ago, I flew into LAX airport and the pilot announced that the temperature was 93 degrees. It was my first trip out to California, but I remember thinking to myself, “Ugh, I thought it was cooler out here than in the Deep South.” Imagine my surprise when I walked out of the airport on to the breezeway to catch the hotel shuttle and it felt like I was standing in an air conditioned breezeway. I was surprised, very surprised. The difference? No humidity. The hotel and the friends we stayed with from San Diego to Hollister didn’t have air conditioner, but they didn’t need it out there. The evening temperatures were cool. Same during the day. Even though the temperatures did spike, it was never unbearable like in Ohio, the Deep South, or other humid parts of the United States.

Keeping cool and hydrated are two very important things during the summer months. In fact, I’d put them on the ‘key to survival’ list. Marcel is always one to talk about how he doesn’t ‘need’ air conditioning, but after spending time back home for our recent vacation- he has grown to love it and understand just how necessary it is. Keep cool y’all. I know I am.

Jun

21

Home Again

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We are back home and recovering from jet lag. It was an amazing vacation filled with a lot of love and celebration. I didn’t have a lot of ‘rest’ time, plus came home to jump back into the swing of things, but the great thing is- I’ve blocked next week for some ‘me’ time to do exactly what “I” want to do. I am looking forward to having that break to re-acclimate myself to daily life, plus to also work on a list of things that need to be accomplished ‘in house’, along with creating a new work out plan and the list goes on.

SO much to look forward to- plus July is my birthday month, so that means celebrating all month long! Who wants to come celebrate with me?

May

8

Technology and Finding Answers

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One of my favorite things about the Internet is being able to check out sites and places by reading reviews like the ones at Cozy Winters Reviews. Before I order ANY product, travel to any place, I always check to see what others have had to share about their own experiences, and make decisions based on that. It has saved me from buying some products I may have been sorry I purchased, plus it’s also been the deciding factors for me making purchases. Technology- I love it!

Apr

24

Wheels Up – Almost

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After an extremely busy month, my work is finally finished and I can start thinking about vacation. It won’t be long now until we are ‘wheels up’ to Atlanta and spending time with many of the people we love dearly.

It will be wonderful to wake up in my own ‘old’ bed, have coffee on the back porch with a view of the field. All things that I cherish and don’t take for granted.

Now that work is done, I can start packing and doing the little things around here that have been neglected as I’ve been so busy working and playing. The perfect balance!

Life is good- I am so grateful for the life I have and the amazing people who are a part of my life.

Apr

5

Life

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Life is moving along at such a fast pace these days. Vacation is coming soon and work has me buzzing along at a busy pace until we leave. I wouldn’t have it any other way, though.

It was funny, because a friend said the other day- “Won’t it be great to have some time to do nothing when you’re on vacation?” I laughed out loud when I read her question because trips home are anything but chill time for me. It’s always a time for us to spend time with family and friends, so that often means seeing various people throughout the day- sometimes for lunch, dinner and in between. It can be crazy, but again I wouldn’t have it any other way- because I love my people, and I’m beyond grateful that they want to spend time with me.

This year- we are gearing up for the big wedding as well, and with the wedding means that yours truly needs wedding clothes to wear. I don’t have anything at all to wear to the wedding, and so far all my searches have come up empty. I know I’ll find something, but I want it to look great. The clock is ticking, but I know I’ll find just the perfect thing.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Mar

30

Checking-Out and Checking-In

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Today- I took some time to forget the never-ending and forever growing to do list and I spend the day with a dear friend. I haven’t seen her in several weeks, so it was important to me to forget the lists and do what mattered more, and that was spend some face-to-face time with my friend. We had much to talk about, laugh about, and even feel a little sadness about while catching up on what’s been going on in our lives. Her travels, my work, and everything ‘life’ and love in between.

It was good food for the soul. She’s dear to me, and the bonus is that we spent our catch up time together at one of our favorite places, the beach!

It doesn’t matter where it is, being at the beach is like being on vacation. It’s a time (for me) to relax, unplug and it’s where I come to my deepest relaxation (along with being in the mountains). Forget the fact that this particular beach is 10 minutes from my home via car, being there takes me away, every single time.

What takes you away? Your ultimate relaxation, your ‘check-out’ from the world time- and focus on being in the moment with yourself and those you are spending time with?

I’m grateful for days like today- they not only fill my soul, but also energize me beyond anything words can describe.

Mar

27

Happy Easter

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Happy Easter everyone!

It has been an Easter of a different sort for me. Marcel needed to work and I also needed to take care of a few things for work- so that meant I spent most of the day home alone. I don’t mind- It has afforded for much quiet time, but at the same time- it makes Easter not really seem like Easter.

My parents had their get together with my brother yesterday. They had the traditional feast and spent time together. Living away always has me aching to be ‘home’ on days like today- when everyone is gathered together, enjoying the time together as a family. I spent a little time today thinking about when my brother and I were children- and how we would hunt Easter eggs again and again. It brings back so many fond memories of not only with my brother, but also the Easter egg hunts we would have at my grandmothers house. It made me smile.

Family, there’s nothing like it.

Mar

23

Discombobulation

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The title pretty much describes how I am feeling at the moment. Physically, I feel fantastic, but I have SO much to do between now and the time we leave for our vacation, that my head is spinning. Creative painting projects for the living room have pretty much taken the back seat, since I have a lot of work to get done between now and the time we leave. Cake projects, cupcake workshops, sugar work for a wedding I need to do when I return from vacation. All that and then some.

I suspect the feeling of discombobulation also may be attributed to the fact that I haven’t eaten enough today and I didn’t get enough rest last night. Tonight, I’m determined to do both. My work is done- packages need to be created and sent- but that’s tomorrow.

Tomorrow I’ll bake a cake- but now, it’s time to unplug and rest. Maybe tomorrow I’ll be more collected with my thoughts.

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