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 #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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Sharing My World


For today, I thought I would do Cee’s Share Your World Challenge, which is to make some lists about your life from her topics ideas. So here goes. This is my life, this week anyway.

Movies that cheer me up:

Dances With Wolves

This movie is so beautifully done. It makes me embarrassed to think how the government treated the Indian nation though. I am not a history buff, but I assume there is some resemblance to history in this movie. And if so, those truths are very sad. I like to think that Kevin Costner’s character represents the good (maybe fewer in numbers) who tried to be fair and kind though. His character shows what good can be and how hard it is to do when it is not the “norm” of the times.

 
 
Serendipity

Oh, this movie makes be believe in true love, romance and destiny. [Insert deep sighs here.]

 
 
Ever After

One of the most romantic and dramatic versions of Cinderella. I adore Drew Barrymore and this movie makes me cry and laugh every time. This also makes me wish there was some knight on a horse to come save me. [Insert a bigger deep sigh here.]

 
 
Fox and the Hound

My all-time favorite cartoon classic. It has friendship, drama and action. I cried. I laughed. I wanted to be the fox and have a hound friend. No matter how old I get, I will smile every time I see this. Never fail.

 
 
Stuff that makes me laugh:

Sarcasm, lots of sarcasm
My dog’s faces and noises
Listening to people’s excuses for missing work
Rude but true eCards on Facebook

Books I want to read:

I actually have a wish list of books that I have read reviews of, heard friends speak of, or came across that looked good. Slowly, I will get to them.
(Currently want to finish reading) The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory and then the sequels to this Cousins War Series (The White Princess, The King’s Curse)
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Love Story by Erich Segal
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

Recent Favorite Songs:

Baby I’m Worth It by Fifth Harmony (Makes me want to start dancing, lol, and could be a picky dater theme song.)

 
 
Assassins Creed by Lindsey Stirling (All of her music is amazing to me. So powerful.)

 
 
Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood (Just love the beat and the lyrics. Makes me want to sing this to all the people who went out of their way to hurt me. And the video is pretty fun to watch too.)

 
 
Sail by AWOLNATION (I just love this beat. Never watched the video till now. Kind of made me think about the actual lyrics. Adds a new layer to my interest now.)

 
 
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 freedom. Over the Memorial Day weekend, I had the complete freedom to do whatever I wanted. So I kayaked, rode my horse and bike, took pictures, slept in, cooked out, blogged, and house hunted. Years ago, I used to make plans but they were always usurped by family members who had things for me to do. (Some of genuine need but some not.) I have also spent many a day either deployed or at some military training school/event. So, being home and free to do whatever I desired is greatly appreciated when I get it.

As for what I am looking forward to…Well, I need to look for a house since my landlord informed me that she would like hers back. Therefore, I have found a few places that look interesting and I will be going to see them. I also met a gentlemen over the Memorial Day weekend. We exchanged numbers after crossing paths the second time in a few days, and a potential lunch date was thrown out. So…guess we will see what happens with those things. The future could have lots of excitement 🙂

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