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Taking A Sick Day

My mom is coming into town this weekend! I am so excited to see her, even though I just saw her last weekend :)  I cannot see her too much and love having my mommy around.
I have decided in lieu of rushing posts and making them happen quickly and not as great as possible, I will do something slightly out of character and take tomorrow off.  I need to clean my apartment and I have been extremely sick for a week and need to rest and not worry about blogging and sorting out my thoughts.  I need to take medicine and sleep and eat soup and drink tea. 
I have also decided next week will be a week of posts revolving around my trip last week and you will hopefully get to see it all.  The following week I will return to posting as normal and join a bunch of link up parties (in hopes of getting more blog friends and followers) :)  Hope this all sounds good to you, because it's official and it's happening.
Thanks for your patience in my lack of ability to put words and pictures togeth…

I Need More Time

Sometimes I sit to write and posts flow out of my head and into the universe in perfect rhythm and happiness, and other time I sit in front of my computer with plenty to say, but have no idea where to start. Today is the later.  I have 400 pictures of my recent trip and, and I need more time to sort through them and make succinct posts with quippy titles and collages of pictures.  
I need more time to sort through my emotions of being separate from my parents and only seeing them for a few days at a time.
I need more time to put into words all the glorious food and smells and experiences.
I need more time to relax and unpack and just be back home.
I just need more time to process my trip...
You will have to wait for my head to catch up with my heart.  
This is all I have for you today folks.  Just a girl trying to learn the lessons God is trying to teach her and put them all into words.  



Oh The Places We'll Go...

I guess you will have to wait one more day to see my Boston and Bar Harbor pictures, simply because the cord and the camera are currently separated.  I solemnly swear to get them on the computer as soon as possible, but in the meantime I will not leave you hanging!
Traveling with my parents and Bill was ideal.  They were perfect company.  They enjoyed shopping and eating at the local watering holes.  They loved being together and had wide eyes taking in all the sights.  We all breathed fresh air and for the first time in awhile had the chance to relax.  This all made me want to travel more.  
I imagined us strolling in France and drinking wine in Tuscany.  I have a list of places I want to see, and I can picture us all there laughing and holding our glasses to constantly cheers.
I sit and imagine some of the places I would like to see with these lovely people, and I only hope the future holds some of these trips for us.





C'est La Vie

I'm back from my trip and feeling well rested and satiated :) Pictures and stories will be up soon, and many details will spill out in my exhuberance to tell you all about the magic that is Massachusetts and Maine, but in the meantime I wanted to share this sweet little picture I stole from my sister Joy's blog.

It reminds me of my lovely relationships and some dear friends. 
Relax today and enjoy a flask of tea.

3000 Miles From Here...

I'm in Boston and Maine for the weekend with my parents and Bill (actually I have been there since Wednesday).  I hope that your weekend is as fabulous as mine will be, filled with laughter and fresh air.  I plan to come back having gained a few pounds from the mountains of food and drinks I am consuming.  Don't worry about me, I am happy at this moment in time.  
See you on Monday friends! Have the most wonderful weekend.

Trading Tasties at Joe's

I asked a bunch of people what their favorite items from Trader Joe's were this past week, and the answers were overwhelmingly diverse! I knew people liked different treats from here, but a ton of people said completely different things.  I thought I would share some pictures of the various answers I got, because I want to encourage us that although what we always get is the best, maybe we should try other people's tried and true favorites.

So, for your viewing pleasure, take it all in!  Comment away and ask me what other items people said, or leave your own Trader Joe's favorites!  I am excited to try everyone's suggestions :)  The great news is there is so much out there that I am sure you have not tried, so go with one of these pictures and search it out in the store.  I trust all your judgement and think so many of these items sound so delicious.

Good luck with your new ventures friends! Let me know how they go.

The Rules of Attraction

There is something to be said for innocence and gentleness that classic movies bring.  The romance is so different and less physical, it seems so genuine.  Movies today revolve around sex and physical attraction.  I can't believe how many women buy into it as something that can really jump start a relationship.  If a man thinks you are attractive enough he will fall in love with you... what a lie society tells!  Women find their value in men thinking they are hot, and honestly it breaks my heart. 

These movies make me smile because they are about a man loving a woman because of her charisma.  Sure he is attracted to her, because she is beautiful, but it is about what he sees in her personality and heart that makes him choose her.  What a picture of love.  Not about staying in perfect shape, but about having personalities that mesh and mold to build the other up and make each other happy.

However, there is something I find lacking in both current cinema and movies of old.  General…

Mornings Alone

On the weekends when I have the morning to myself, I truly enjoy assembling a delicious breakfast.OJ, eggs, toast, avocado, cheese, salsa, coffee, vanilla creamer, and a banana muffin all made my food tray happy to be carrying something so great.I love this tray so much, and every time I use it, a huge smile spreads across my face.  I'm so glad I spent so much time and energy picking out each individual picture and placing them where they work best.
It is truly a simple pleasure to have this alone time.I listen to music and dance around the kitchen alone.You should try it :) 

Serendipity

I was watching the movie Serendipity the other day (hence the picture of Love in the Time of Cholera), and it got me thinking about fate versus predestination.  It is so interesting that the concept of God having predestined our steps is so much less accepted than the concept of the universe bringing our romantic life into form.  It seems so amazing that there is one person out there for us and that cosmic forces are working to bring us face to face with that special someone in a perfect chance encounter we will remember the rest of our lives.  We get swept up in the notion of love and romance and not caught up in the control something holds over our life stories.
However, any time I ask someone on the fence about their faith how they feel about predestination they are completely anti having God in control of what they do.  I think what is misunderstood is the element of control.  We always hold control over our own lives, God is not forcing us into anything.  However, we have the ch…

Fall Flavors - Food I Ate Friday

I started off the week with a post about fall, and I'm ending it that way too.  Get used to it, I love fall! :)
This week I was walking around the grocery store getting the usual suspects, and I stopped dead in my tracks while looking at creamer - peppermint mocha creamer was back on the shelf! Fall is here (and winter is right around the corner!)  I then started walking through the store and found a bunch of fall items.  I bought the creamer and made peppermint hot chocolate, and I could not contain my excitement.
I always hear people excited to get their pumpkin spice lattes and I wish I shared in that excitement, but it doesnt matter because other treats tempt me.  Whatever your fall flavor may be, go out and treat yourself! 
Get in the spirit.  Snuggle up under a blnaket.  Watch a movie with colorful leaves in a scene.  Drink a warm drink.  Wear a scarf.  Whatever it takes :)  Enjoy it!





Tomato Soup, Peppermint Creamer, and a Cranberry Orange Nut Bread Clif Bar for me …

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

 I love feeling like a million bucks and dressing up for work!
I love, love, love tiffany lamps, and this one sits right beside my bed.
I love my bunny and his crazy mane of hair.
I love Teuscher Coffee, Ashley Waterhouse, and Mikaela Holford.

This week I have been feeling as though I take these things for granted.  Not everyone has nice clothes, furniture they love, pets, wonderful friends, or the ability to afford fancy coffee.  I feel so blessed when I take a moment to meditate on my blessings.  If I just rush through life I tend to forget how fortunate I am.  I took a bike ride this past weekend and tried to focus on what God is doing in my heart and how many prayers he has answered for me this year.  I was truly amazed when I took a step back.  Every picture above represents an answer to prayers.  Money, a home I love, that little furry man, and wonderful friends to be with when I need them and when they need me. 

If I Have Not Love, I Gain Nothing...

I'm learning about love.  
It's a lot messier than I thought it would be, and so much more work.  Patience is required every step of the way.  The crazy thing is, he needs to be patient with me!  I'm such a silly girl sometimes.  You always think you will be the one who is cool, calm and collected and then you end up being the crazy and you can't believe it.  Is that just a girl thing? haha
Bill is a man I am proud to be with.  His work ethic, morality, and gentle spirit draw me to him every day.  He makes my heart melt when he tells me I'm beautiful and smiles and looks into my eyes.  I am SUCH a scardy cat, but he makes me feel safe and secure.  He knows when to hold my hand and when to leave me alone and let me work through something. He holds me accountable when I start to slip, and he reminds me who I am, where my faith lies, and why he fell in love with me.  He constantly surprises me with his reactions and makes me the happiest girl in the world.  
I could …

Reflections on Heather Time

Sometimes when people come to visit it feels like a whirlwind and like they are leaving as soon as their plane lands, last weekend with Heather was one of those times.  I miss her desperately, not because I need anything from her, but because she is so genuine, real, and down to earth.  She tells me what is really going on in her life, and sometimes I hate all the sugar-coating people do.

While we may just look like 2 generic, unoriginal girls in all these pictures, I assure you our friendship is much deeper and meaningful than can be captured on film.  I think it's really hard to be friends from a distance when one of your love languages is quality time!  Just being around someone is how both Heather and I show love to our friends, but unfortunately we cannot do so right now, and it has become a stressor on us both.

I hope that instead of this trip being something that reminded her of what she is missing at home, it was more of an encouragement that she still has a friend out th…

A Perfect Fall Ensemble...

This weekend we had a rain storm and the temperature dropped at least 10 degrees, but it still doesn't feel like fall does at home in Maryland.  However, a week from tomorrow Bill and I are headed to Boston to meet up with my parents and it will absolutely feel like fall there!  This made me wish (only for a moment) that I had extra money to buy fun fall clothes.  I just LOVE fall clothes :)  I love scarves and coats and tights and boots!  They all fill me up with joy.
However, since I am not independently wealthy, I decided to pretend for the sake of a lovely fall blog post, that I could find a wonderful outfit for fall and show you guys what I want.  I could never afford this, but I think it's fun to imagine/pretend.
Oh how soft and wonderful these clothes would be :)


It's The Little Things and Food I Ate Fridays Combined!

An old friend of mine, Lindsay, whom I met back in Maryland and now lives in Hawaii with her husband, runs a much more successful blog than mine with sponsors and banners and a sophisticated camera.  She has such a sweet spirit and a lovely way with words, I enjoy checking her page everyday!  Well, this week she has something new going on and I hope I can successfully participate.  For someone as "technologically challenged" as me, you would think this blog thing wouldn't be such a natural fit! I am also trying labels for the first time today! 
Look at me branching out :)
She has a series of posts called "It's The Little Things" where she discusses little things during her week that made her smile or brought sunshine into her life... sounds just like me huh?  She wanted to have a link up party where a bunch of people posted on the same theme and link to her blog and put all our posts in one place.  You can read all about it on her page! And check out ever…
 Today I am feeling overwhelmed and anxious and frustrated and tired.  Why can't life be like this picture? Relaxing and calming... Where is the line between selfishness and my own personal happiness.  How can I do everything for others while taking care of myself? Am I over complicating it?
Everyone in my life sees a free spirit when they look at me, but any label is hard.  Sometimes I want to be uptight and demanding, but feel that I have to maintain this perception and understanding of someone who goes with the flow.  Today I feel selfish, and guilty.  I'm tired of trying to please everyone, yet I want to please everyone else first.  I do not want to have my own way, but I really want people to understand what I want.
I always tell people they cannot get mad if they are not honest about what they want.  "People cannot read your mind."  Well, what I am learning is that I cannot practice what I preach.  I wish I was less self aware often, but then I would not be m…

My Silly Little Garden

I’m not sure what qualifies something as a garden, but if it is more than one plant than I have one!I am pretty infamous for killing plants and then being really sad, so you can imagine my excitement when I walked outside the other day to find these little guys.


I could not believe that I had successfully grown yellow Tabasco peppers AND Thai basil!Both of these plants are going a few months strong and some of my first successful attempts at a “garden.”They sit on my patio ledge and make me smile when I sit in the living room with the blinds open as they reach for the sunlight.I know this update may seem a little frivolous to some, but in my world it’s the little things that make me smile.


Happy Wednesday everyone!
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Sharing is Caring

Happy Tuesday Everyone :)
I had the most lovely weekend!  Posts and pictures to follow, but what you need to know is that my time with one of my very best friends was wonderful and honestly could not have gone any better.  She reminded me who I am and where I come from and she challenged me in new and important ways.  We really shared our hearts with each other and we both really needed that.
I'm so glad to have had time to spend with her!  In honor of Heather's animal love, here are a few giraffes to share my sentiment!
On a separate note, I have recently been reflecting on people's strengths and weaknesses and how we can be stronger together or we can tear each other down.  I think what most tend to forget, is that about 75% of that is a choice.  We can choose to work with those around us to make circumstances better, and we can choose to torture the people in our immediate path because they did something to upset us, whether or intentional or not.  
I guess I realized …

Heather Simone is Coming to Town!

One of my very best friends in the whole entire world is coming to visit this weekend :)
She is the definition of wonderful and I am so excited to see her and spend time with her and just be around her.  Her energy is contagious and it helps to center me.  Her friendship reminds me what is important in life.  I will be making an effort to show her all my favorite places in California and hopefully have her meet alot of my favorite people here.  
Heather is someone who holds me accountable, builds me up, gives me tough love, and never lets me excuse anything.  We have literally been through hell and back, and she knows everything about me.  While this may sound stressful, she is also hilarious and fun and relaxing.  Our friendship is balanced and healthy and one of the strongest I have.  She is never high strung and never difficult. She is always a blessing and someone I treasure deeply. 




I am looking forward to time with her more than I can possibly describe in words.

50 Follower Giveaway
Alright people, SO many who read this blog are not my "followers" and I want to know how many people are reading everyday!  
So...I'm going to give you some incentive.  It only takes a second and when I reach 50 followers I'm going to give away a prize to be announced when I reach 25 followers!
Just go the Google Friend Connect on the right --> and fill in your information :)
Also, don't be afraid to comment!  I would love feedback and just a little something here and there.
Thanks friends :)