Share your world-Febuary


Regarding your fridge, is it organized or a mess inside?

Depends on life events, but for the most part, it is fairly organized. Honestly, I think I might have to admit to being mildly OCD. It really irritates me when the fridge and kitchen counters are cluttered and dirty…and when certain things are not in their place. So much that the first thing I do when I get home from work is wipe off the counters and put away the clutter.

I mean, really. There is a place for things…and it is not everything goes everywhere. I have limited counter space! So, let’s not make it worse. Just put stuff away! Like, the toaster goes in the cupboard. Keys go on the key rack. Food goes in pantry or the fridge. Which then, gets me started on the fridge! It has drawers for deli meats and cheese, fruit and veggies. The door cubbies are designated for condiments and salad dressings. Should I go on?

I didn’t think so. But before you think I am a kitchen tyrant, hear me out. One, I really do have limited counter space. And, I like it free to prepare things on because I like to cook and bake. Two, I like a clean kitchen for health reasons. Clutter doesn’t necessarily mean dirty, but it certainly can lead to that if you can’t disinfect the space due to clutter. Three, when things are in order they can be found quicker. Four, when things are in order…it makes me feel calmer, like my life is in order. So there. How can you argue with sanitary sanity?

 

Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together?

Well that depends. Stir fry is cool. Salads can be awesome. Mashed potatoes and gravy touching some meatloaf or steak works well. But, I really don’t want my cheesy macaroni stained by the sliced beets. That’s just uncalled for and gross.

 

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?

I love coffee table books and fiction generally. However, I have found some interesting self-help books and biographies that I couldn’t put down either. I guess if the writing is good and the topic sparks my interest… I’m in.

 

Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you?

My back. It is very angry and has been angry for days. Clearly, I have offended it in some way and it is revolting with spasms and pain. I have resorted to walking all hunched over like an old woman with Osteoporosis, laying on a heating pad and wearing BenGay. Now, I am offending everyone within range of smelling and looking at me. Yep, my back is angry…but the alternative facts are: I am fine.

 

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Last week, I completed my second week of a new job and my boss complimented me on my first successful project, which I posted on my photo blog.

 

Next week, I am excited for my  newly ordered lyra (aerial hoop) to come in and my doctor (and my back) to allow me to return to some serious exercising.

 

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Share Your World, the holiday edition


It has been a while since I played along in Cee’s Share Your World Challenge, so I thought I was due. And since it is the holiday time, my blog has been all off schedule anyway. So, here goes…

What is your favorite holiday?

This is tough as I love to embrace each holiday’s special wonder. But, I think I will at least narrow it down to the last few months of the year…

Veterans Day is normally a solemn reminder of deployment that make me more appreciative of my current freedom. It also has become an annual challenge in completing a half marathon in honor of a fallen hero.

Then, there comes fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving. I know this clump of holidays is broad, but to me, it is really a three-month celebration.  Come September, I break out all the autumn decor. The house gets decorated with pumpkins, leaves and turkeys. When Halloween is over, Jack-o-lantern decorations get turned around to become regular pumpkins for Thanksgiving. The cooler weather calls for a bonfire where we can make smores and drink cider. Oh, and making black bean, pumpkin chili has become a staple. Then of course, there is traditionally a gathering of friends and family for a Thanksgiving meal, which is made while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Thanksgiving weekend is also time to welcome in Christmas. The decor of the house all changes from fall to winter. A Christmas tree is put up and decorated. Little snowmen and lights adorned various parts of the house. And generally, tis the season to bake, and I love baking.

What types of food is associated with your holiday?

When I was little, Christmas meant cookies and candy. Not just any cookies and candy though. Christmas was specifically defined by no bake cookies and cinnamon hard-rock candy. I have made them every year in my home too. Now, my kids look at them as holiday treats as well. I guess it is safe to say, a tradition has been made.

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Do you travel for your holiday?

During my last part of the year holiday blitz, I do a little bit of travel. Sometimes it is just in the local area to explore what is around me. It never fails that I am surprised by all the amazing places I can fin within hours from my home.

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Other times, it it is somewhere more exotic and romantic, which is perfectly ok with me too of course.

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Is it a religious or spiritual holiday?

I cannot really separate those two things really. Now that I am truly working at being “present” in my life, I am more aware. I look at things now with more of a spiritual appreciation. And when I see things that way, I cannot help but give thanks to God for all the blessings he gives me. So, they are tied together.

Is there a gift exchange?

The only direct gifts happen over Christmas. However, the whole end-of-the-year-holiday blitz is full of giving. Veterans Day is full of giving thanks. I try to send out little reminders to my Army friends, letting them know how much they mean to me. And between Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, I think I give out out baked goods and meals that I could probably take it as a tax deduction, lol. Yet, I really enjoy the joy of sharing and seeing the happiness it brings others.

How long does the celebration last?

Well, like I said above, my holiday blitz is typically from September to December. I mean why limit it to just one day?

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

This last week, I was grateful for my romantic vacation to Jamaica. The weather was perfect.  My company was adorable. And, our return home was safe and pleasant. What more could a girl ask for?

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This week, I am looking forward to some time with my loved ones. My sister and I plan on hanging out and baking up a storm, making smores, and watching some silly movies. Then, my dad, sister and boyfriend are going to enjoy a few meals together and exchange some presents for Christmas and Hanukkah. I am also planning on wandering around some Christmas decor to take some pictures. So fun, food, family is to come:)

May you all have a wonderfully happy and peaceful holiday too!

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Share Your World ~ Week 24


Time for a little Share Your World this week.

Each week, Cee provides the blogging world with some questions. Our task, should we choose to accept it, is to answer them. Whether or not that are the truth or fiction is really up to us though. And let’s just admit it, sometimes what we think is true is just our happy perception or wish to cover up the reality we may not want to have to look at.

So here we go:

What is the most fun thing you did in school?

FUNNIEST: In highschool, I was a cheerleader. At football games, we typically had these large plastic hoops that we covered in paper that had some painted scene on it. It was a complete event. We cheerleaders would get together during the week and assemble and paint these six- or seven-foot in “hoop covers.” Of course these were social events where we would chit chat about cute boys, demanding teachers and stupid homework. Oh, and of course our parents who could NOT possibly understand us.

Anyway, at the beginning of the game and at half time, we would hold up the hoop for the football players to burst through. At one particular game though, they decided to run passed the hoop, which was frankly kind of rude. So we all just stood there for a second looking dumb, but pretending to cheer. After nearly all the players congregated near the hoop they had just walked passed, a few players decided to crash through it. The problem here was that the cheerleaders had started to walk off the field. Me, being next to the hoop on the inside edge of the field, wound up being perfectly positioned right in front of the hoop. Next thing I know, I hear my name being screamed as I saw feet and helmets bursting through the festively painted paper…towards me.

Fortunately, I was only trampled by a couple of players. And since I didn’t really have time to react and tense up, I left unscathed. Well, I had some cleat marks on the stomach area of my uniform. Decades later though…no shit, there I was at a hotel mindlessly watching America’s Funniest Videos when I saw the scene replayed for the Nation. Wait. Does that mean I should get a royalty check from that episode or something?!

FUN: In college, I was a radio disc jockey and totally loved it. Being a freshman, I got the crappy hours of course. But, I was a freshman on the radio so who really cared back then! Once a week, from 2-6 in the morning, I spun records, classic rock. I am sure I was horrible as I mispronounced names of well-know rockers, told lame jokes, and rambled on with useless banter. However, I had a blast! Oh, and my “potty-break” song was almost alway Hotel California because it gave me time to run to the bathroom and get back before the song was over. (There was no programing of songs back then. Just push play on the disc and cue the cart for a PSA. And there certainly wasn’t anyone else in the studio at that hour.)

As an extra bonus, I was also a “news chick” one morning of the week for both the classic rock and alternative rock stations during the “rush hour.” I would troll through the AP News Wire and put together bits of news and banter with the morning DJs. These DJS were the senior though as they got the prime morning hours and had way cooler radio personalities than us freshman.

Two fun facts about that time:

  1. One morning, I was cruising back to my room on my bicycle when I hit a patch of ice. Let’s just say I know how it feels to fly and that I was happy I had layers of clothes on and thick gloves. Oh, I was also happy that it was not even 7 am yet so the normally busy college campus was pretty empty of witnesses.
  2. After Spring Break, I was bantering with the cool senior DJs while I was acting as the “news chick.” During that banter I casually slipped out the fact that I got married over Spring Break. It’s all on tape and is quite funny. I just need to find a cassette player and transfer it to disc so you all could hear it one day.

What is your favorite type of dog?  (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)

My favorite dog of all times is Copper from The Fox and the Hound. Since I was a child, I adored this movie and its message about being able to be friends with someone who you “shouldn’t be.” The voices of the characters will always be in my memory, “friends forever.”

 

You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met.  Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?

Tough call. I am not normally a socialite at a party unless I am working as the photographer. (Not sure why the camera provides me with the courage to walk up to strangers when I myself cannot do it. Nonetheless, it does.) BUT….fascinating people who I would love to me and the opportunity to actually go is tempting. I think if I did not go, I would regret it. And I have done so many other things by myself….so why not. I just might bring the camera to give me courage though.

Complete this sentence:  Never In My Life Have I…. 

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

This week was wonderfully simple. I went to work. I worked out. I went to a movie with my boyfriend one night and dinner another. (We were celebrating one year of dating! Who who!)  I even managed to squeeze in an oil change for the car. It may sound boring, but it was perfect. It was like life, real life that was filled with contentment.

The bonus of the week was seeing the first few vegetables come out of the garden. And holy smokes batman, that Miracle Grow and full-time garden manager, aka dad, are paying off. Look at the size of these zucchini and squash!

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As for what I am looking forward to…I would have to say that would be my girl trip. I am going to meet up with three gals who I was deployed to Iraq with back in 2005-2006. One of them just had a baby so we are all getting together to meet the newest, and most adorable girl, to the group. Margaritas, baby coos, and chats with Army buddy friends…what more could a girl want in her week? A handsome and supportive guy who will pick her up from the airport shuttle? Consider that checked too.

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Share Your World~Week 18


It’s been a while since I did one of Cee’s Share Your World Challenges, so I figured today was the day. And like Cee states on the challenge page, please remember that we are in SYW so our answers sometimes do not reflect reality. I like that mix of worlds. I am game.

To play, all we need to do is answer Cee’s questions.

Who was your best friend in elementary school?

I met my bestie back in sixth grade. We did everything together: dance recitals, cheerleading competitions, week-day studying. I practically lived at her house. So much that her dad used to buy me my own box of Swiss Cake Rolls to eat on my visits. (Yes, he created an addiction and I have some in my cupboard as I write this now. And my own son is addicted now too, so I have passed it to the next generation. You are welcome Little Debbie.)

My bestie and I stayed friends all through school and still are to this day. As adults, we have visited here and there. We may talk a lot one year and maybe not so much the next. We have even taken a number of trips together. This week last year actually, we were sitting in Jamaica chilling on the beach.

And just last week, we met again to hang out. We strolled about a museum and I introduced her to my boyfriend, a new addition since the Jamaica trip. And yes, she gave him the stamp of approval:)

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We are still silly. Here we are posed with some 3D clothing displays at a museum.

 

What things could people do for you on a really bad day that would really help you?

I think its the simplest things that matter and really touch my heart. For example, my boyfriend randomly picks me wildflowers or brings me little treats like blueberries or avocados. These little tokens of love warm my heart. Or when my dad hears me say something about a broken fan in the house and then fixes it later that week. Now, if my kids could hear me mentioning the dog hair on the floor or my dirty car and address those things….this is where the SYW fantasy part just might be coming into play.

If you could make a 15 second speech to the entire world, what would you say?

You only have ONE LIFE people. Do you really want to waste it on complaining, hating and hurting others. Be happy. Be nice. Be productive. And for the love of God and all that is holy in the world, join hands and stop all this fighting.

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer?

Tough question. I can tell you there have been times where I have envisioned dancing at a ball so gracefully (with a handsome prince of course) that everyone stops to stare. My hair is in place and shimmering. My heels are glamorous AND comfortable. (Again, here with go with some fantasy.) My gown is a blend of pastel hues and flows like bird and makes me look like there is not one ounce of fat on my body. (No fantasy here…..blah haha hahaha) My prince is staring into my eyes with adoration, and my equally as loving stare. OR, I have seen myself on Dancing with the Stars. I am sleek and sexy and can whip out any move ranging from swing to ballroom to hip hop. Yeah, I would LOVE to be a dancer.

Now, on the other hand, I have also had a vision of singing an angry, yet sultry song like Misery by Pink, in a smokey bar while wearing a sexy dress. Or maybe a cool jazz song. Either way, there is a sexy dress involved. However, dancing is a closer possibility  since I can actually do that somewhat.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Last week, I got to see my bestie from high school! (See first question above.) I also completed a few tasks on my to-do list that were dragging, so that was a relief.

This week, I am looking forward to planting veggies in my new garden!!! Actually, once I finish this, I am off to go place my freshly delivered soil into my new garden boxes. I might need some motrin later…perhaps that prince from above will come over, wave his magic wands over me and I won’t be sore. Then, we can go out dancing the night away. 🙂

 

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Share Your World #49


It has been a while since I did a post for Cee’s Share Your World. Well, today is the day. So here goes, here is my world, or part of it anyway.

What would be your ideal birthday present, and why?

Camera gear and/or a laptop with all kinds of photo editing software. Why? Well, I just love photography so a new camera/laptop would feed that obsession. And well, my current ones are getting a bit old.

However, those are expensive items. So, for the sake of a nonexpensive gift that has more thought than dollars….that would be a full day of time from the people I love. It could be as simple as a day of events close to home that has a combination of the following:

  • Kids make me breakfast, clean the house or detail my car.
  • Boyfriend makes me bubble bath and reads to me while I lounge in it.
  • Friends come over for a party where we play games and reminisce.
  • My boyfriend and I go on a trail ride and stop for a picnic along the way.
  • My sisters surprise me with a girl day: movie, spa and lunch.

Any of those or a combination of those would be just perfect in so many ways:)

What color would you like your bedroom to be?

When I was young, I had a lavender room and loved it. Now however, I think I would like beige room that has a combination of teal, deep brown and lavender accessories: comforter, wall decor, accent rug…. This way, if I want to change it, all I have to do is change the accessories and not the walls.

Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why? 

Would a prefer a snowy winter over just a cold non-snowy winter? Hmmmm. Tough because I live in the South now. I do remember winter in the North though. So, I would have to say, yes, snow is preferred.

Snow defines winter to me. There is something so wonderful about a blanket of snow on the ground. It also makes Christmas that much more magical. Now, the only issue with this though, is that Southerns seem to have a big issue driving in this white substance they never see. So, if there is to be snow, I will be perfectly happy to curl up by a fire with a book and a warm drink. That is, after I run around outside building a snowman in my cute winter boots and hat:)

Would you rather go a week without bathing, but be able to change your clothes, or a week without a change of clothes, but be able to bathe?

Sadly, I can admit to having done both of these. Before you think I am just gross, remember, I have deployed a few times. We didn’t always get a choice in the matter if water was low. As for preference, I would chose the week without a change of close with the ability to bathe. That is way more tolerable than a week of not bathing. Definitely more tolerable. That way, at least my skin feels clean.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week, I was grateful for my kids. They were both at home, which is rare these days as they are 17 and 21. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend+. We put up Christmas decor, watched holiday movies and made cookies. It was great to see them sharing the bowl of cookie dough mix, just like when they were little.

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Now that makes a mom smile down in her soul:)

As for this coming week…by the time this posts, I will be photographing another wedding. And not just any wedding mind you, but a friend’s wedding on an island. Oh yeah, I am excited about that! Which island you ask? You will just have to stay tuned now won’t you?

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