Thursday, June 30, 2011

Simple Things Thursday!

Linking up with Jesslyn Amber again for this delightful series!

The Simple Things

.... sunflowers...
... the sound of my mother laughing...
... postcards...
...heat lightning...
...rainbows... dinner with Firefighter...
...the smell of clothes out of the dryer...
...comforting a friend who just lost a loved one...
...discovering new songs by a preferred artist...
...starting each morning with "edge of glory" by lady gaga... running shoes...'s bread pudding...

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Monday, June 27, 2011


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Domestic Dude

I have been wanting to write this post for a while about how Firefighter has become quite the domestic dude around the house. 

Ever since we got the grill Firefighter has been really into the house lately. He gets motivated and that motivates me and that means we are being productive. It's so nice to have him being an active participant in the house and the way I cook and do things. Although at times I seem to get defensive when he questions me. He isn't "questioning" me like interrogating me, but rather questioning me as to why I do it this way or that way. He offers input and his opinion on things and we are really seeming to find our way running the household as a team and not just me alone. I really enjoy having his input most of the time. There are times when I wish he would just let me do things and not ask any questions. I will never forget one day I came home for lunch and the house smelled like bleach and of course the idea of him cleaning the bathroom NEVER crossed my mind, but that's what happened. HE CLEANED THE BATHROOM (UM HELLLOOOOO!!!!!)! Then later that day when I came home for the day from work he was doing the dishes. In case you missed that...HE WAS DOING THE DISHES!!!! As much as I enjoy having some of the slack picked up, at times I fear that I am going to lose my job. I will not let him do the laundry though (job security). I am afraid he will shrink all the clothes. It's been a blessing having him become more domesticated since I tend to go in and out of consistent domestic diva mode. At times I am right on top of everything and then I lose my umpf and well.... it goes down hill from there. Although deep down at times, I feel like I am inadequate because Firefighter is picking up my slack. That isn't right. We should be doing it together! 

It's been very exciting to have him show interest in the house. I am glad not to be alone anymore. Since we are doing this collaboratively I almost feel comfortable having people over the house. We have managed to maintain the house too. It isn't getting too dirty and we are cleaning up after ourselves during the week. It's so great to come home to a clean house and to not be ashamed to invite my mother over. I don't want you to think I am a pig, but in all honesty I am a bit of a slob... in the "I leave a trail of my belongings in every room" sense. And, sadly, I can be a bit of a pack rat... not good. BUT it's not hoarders bad, it's just that I suffer from the "I will fit back into that shirt from two years ago real soon" syndrome! I like to think of it as being optimistic, not rat packing. If Firefighter had his way... we would just toss it! 

A N Y W A Y . . . . .  life has been pretty nice at home! We grill a lot and we are eating healthier. It's so awesome to be a team, to be partners! 

Amaze Balls

Look who is returning on July 18th

GIULIANA and BILL on E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this couple!

They are the one reality "drama-sitcom" show that I do indulge in!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday Love

Today was a good day. I got up very early... like normal. Sadly, I can't seem to sleep in on the weekends. I think I get so EXCITED about their arrival that I want to get started right away.

But.... I digress.... 

Today was a celebration of life gathering for a dear friend of mine's father in law. It goes without saying that anytime someone close to me has someone they know pass away it reawakens the emotions I had from when my father passed. I arrived with mixed emotions. I have been a little on edge when it comes to dad lately. He has been ever present lately and I felt like my tears were at the surface just waiting for the damn to burst releasing the pressure. 

But today was different... today it was definitely a celebration of life. There were no tears... only laughter. There were shared memories and stories and reminiscing of times passed, no shrouds of pain or sadness. As my friend so eloquently put it, her father in law's passing was not a tragic death. It was the inevitable. The man was 87 years old. He lived a long life... from what I can see he traveled a fair amount, he had a family - a wife, kids, grandchildren. He knew love and I am sure he gave it in return. 

It was a privilege to share the day with her. To be there for her, the way she was for me when my father passed. I can offer some solace to her now and while it's not something I am glad we can bond over, I am glad to know I have someone I can share emotions with. Someone who understands the loss.

After I left her house, Fireifghter and I resumed what has become the normal household festivities... shopping, cleaning out the fridge and the like were on the agenda for today. Firefighter's dad came over and helped to do some lawn work today. The house looks nice. I am excited because we are having a contractor come out to look at the house and we will be getting new doors and hopefully new windows. SO EXCITED! It's amazing how your priorities shift when you have a house to take care of! 

Overall - a very good day! LJP - if you are reading this... LOVE YOU!!!! 

Happy Sunday peeps.... hope it was a good one! 

Stream of Consciousness Sunday - Biz Ideas

I have so many ideas floating around in my head about things I want to do so i can work for myself. i have ideas about all different kinds of things i could do. open a restaurant, start an even planning business, a photography business, etc. but i also want to go back to school. oy vey! how do i get myself into these situations. why can't i just make up my mind about what it is i want to do with my life. i have a thirst for knowledge and i think that is a large part of my wanting to continue onto school, because truth be told i have no one passion no one main focus that i want to focus on. i want to be a teacher, a writer, a psychologist, and a journalist. it is crazy how all over the place i am with that. it is something to be admired when someone knows exactly what their purpose is in life. i still feel like i have yet to find mine. i do know that i would much rather work for myself. i don't like having to answer to anyone about anything. how do i choose what to do? i guess it would be to go with something i am good at but i don't really feel that i am good at any one particular thing, but rather several things. any suggetsions?!?! i am looking into the local community college to finish up my AA (this is troublesome to me) and then go from there. i was hooked on the teacher thing for a while but the local economy has made me hesitant. i just wish i had more confidence in what it is i wanted to do with my life. 
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Fill in the Blank Friday!

Linking up with Lauren at the little things we do for another fun edition of..... 
1. The last thing I ate was carrots and hummus.
2. The next thing I’d like to eat is Panera ( I am going there for lunch with a friend)
3. The best things in life are free (totally copying from Lauren, but I totally agree). You can’t buy a good hug or a good kiss!
4. Something that makes me supremely and utterly happy is when Firefighter does the dishes…a consistent inconsistent event in my house!
5. Sports are fun to watch. I am not a fan of playing sports, but I do enjoy watching some of them, i.e. football and baseball. To this day I do not know how people can watch golf and find it enjoyable.
6. I miss my daddy!
7. Right now I am so glad it’s Friday. I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend and hopefully Firefighter will let that happen. In his opinion we should do yard work… I don’t understand what that is exactly… HAHA!

Happy Weekending!!!!