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.

Mar

19

I spent a little time the past weeks feeling somewhat down and deflated about the total lack of energy I’ve had. Sunshine didn’t help, vitamins haven’t helped, nothing has. I know that the flu so many have had this winter (myself included), has left lingering effects of tiredness long after the flu had gone, so I really felt that it was probably that.

I also started the Whole 30 five days ago, and have been following the plan to the letter. Today, I woke up feeling not much different than I usually do, although I didn’t have that immediate feeling that I wanted to sleep for another hour, nor did I feel groggy. I noticed, but didn’t attribute it to much.

As the day wore on, and I wasn’t dragging and actually felt like getting out and walking- I was SO excited! My energy is so much better today and I can’t tell you how much joy it brings me. I’m grateful.

Tomorrow, after I finish working, I may put on my running shoes and walk a little further. Little by little I’m going to rebuild my stamina.

If today brought this- I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Mar

17

Life has been moving along this week at a quick clip.  I started the Whole 30 program and so far so good.  I am dedicated, so I suspect all will go fine, even though I did admit hitting a brick wall today-   I wanted to eat sugar, but I refrained.

I had several last minute orders come in for Easter, so I’ll be busy working on those next week.  I’m very grateful for the opportunities- and also that I can be a small part in someones celebration.

Today I had someone message me and in the midst of a conversation say they were saving their money to visit.   It isn’t someone I’m close to, even though they are family, and yet-   they’ve  never discussed with me about coming-  only told me that they are visiting.    I’m flattered that they want to visit, but I know that it isn’t ‘me’ that they want to see, but rather assume they have a free place to stay so they can jet around the area.    I let them talk and didn’t say anything, but I will when the time comes.

I believe having expectations and assumptions are one of the worst things we could do.   It’s a projection of what we ‘think’ should and will happen, but often that isn’t the reality of what someone else is thinking or feeling.    I’ve walked that road, had my own disappointments based on an expectation, and I’ve learned to try not to have them any longer.  Key word being try, as I’m human and it does happen.

My  home space is my sanctuary,  and having people stay in our home, as it does with everyone takes major adjustments.   I’m willing to go to the end of the earth to make that happen for some, and not for others.  I think that’s the case with most of us.

 

In other unrelated news-  the sun has been absolutely amazing!!    I haven’t been able to get out and enjoy it much, because I’ve had so much work to do, but I’ve been soaking it up through the windows.   Fingers crossed that tomorrow we’ll see more of the same, as I will be getting out and about tomorrow and enjoying a free day as we head into the weekend.

 

What are you going to do?

Mar

17

Empire

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When my good friend was visiting last weekend, we got on the subject of Hulu and some of the great shows. One of the shows she mentioned was Empire. She knows I’m a huge music lover, so I decided to sign up for the free week of Hulu to check it out. She’s right- the music, the riffs, the family dynamics- I love it. There is something special happening when you can pull together the sounds of the stylus rmx and other groove sounds, and add it to a family drama series. Pure brilliance. As for me- I have one day left on my week- so hopefully I’ll get caught up- I’m doubtful, but the music- oh the music. I can’t imagine not keeping up with this show. Who has seen it?

Mar

14

Soul Food Time- and Spring

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This past weekend, I spent time in the company of one of my good friends-IMG_0910    She lives several hours away, so we don’t get to see each other too often, but when we do- it’s always a great time of fun, laughter and good food for the soul.

Friday we spent the day exploring some of our favorite foodie haunts and on Saturday morning we went to a weekly market in a town about a half hour from us.    An acquaintance of ours recently quit his day job and decided to live his dream of creating gorgeous artisan breads.   He sells them at this weekly market so we went to support his venture by buying from him.   You can taste the love in the flavor of the bread, plus being a small business owner myself, I love the idea of supporting other small businesses.

The weather was absolutely perfect both days- which is not always a given in the land of never.   As we strolled along the market area, I noticed these pink flowers at a local garden shop.    I loved the color, and the yellow center seemed to scream happiness and Spring.

Spending time with people I love is one of my favorite things.  What about you?

 

 

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