When the world tells you no, just tell yourself “yes.”

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Well, it’s done.  I made it alive, but barely breathing. I graduated.  Passed boards.  Got licensed.  Now that I’ve accumulated enough letters behind my name to compete with the alphabet, it’s time to make my way back to the working world.  It has been quite the change actually having a second to breathe, wondering what I would like to do with my days, cooking dinners with my husband, and cuddling with my family. A nice change.  Unfortunately, there is always something in life that grabs hold of your leg and drags you back to earth when you’re feeling like you’re on cloud nine.

That nirvana buster would be my job search.

For the past couple months Em and I have been on the tightest budget that you could imagine.  We clip every coupon, make our groceries go as far as possible, spend our weekends home, stopped eating dinner out, even evaded necessary doctors appointments to forgo the co-pay.  It’s not fun.  It sucks.  It’s a constant reminder that I’m failing at begining my career.  It isn’t like I haven’t had any bites, the problem is that nothing seems to be working out in our favor.  At least that’s how it seems.

I understand and agree that the first job will not be you last one and that everyone has to sacrifice a little, but I do not believe that one should sacrifice their family and happiness purely for an income.  Have you ever stopped and seriously thought about what happens when you die? Honestly.  Stop what you’re doing and think about death.  Think about how there is nothing left.  How everything is gone.  Life is over.  Think about how it could happen the moment you leave in the morning, or during a lunch break.  It’s a little scary and puts life in perspective.  What are your priorities in this short life? If you ask me, enjoying every little bit of life and spending as much time with my family are my priorities.

So how does this relate to my job search…  well, one position I was offered in Atlanta was very attractive, until the contract came.  5 days PTO, less of a salary than I made as a nurse, on call every other weekend… seriously? Do I look like your work horse? Do I look like I don’t have a family? I had prayed for clarity earlier that week, and that contract was all the clarity I needed.  Another position in Athens had the whole philosophy of medicine wrapped up in a businessman’s tie.  They supported anything that went against the Hippocratic Oath.  Sorry Charlie.  And finally, my current job prospect, which I would love more than anything to have work out.  A job I finally feel passionate about.  A job I can see myself raising kids with, taking vacations with, growing professionally with.  After viewing a sample contract and probing further in regards to FMLA and competition clauses, I have been ignored for the past 3 days.  No answers. Fell off the face of the earth. Is it wrong to inquire about contractual wording? To ask for clarification that I may not lose my job in the instance I want to have a family?

This brings me to a whole other blog post in regards to the inequality that still exists for women and employment.  The pressure to hold off on having children due to the inconvenience it causes your employer is mounting more than ever. Un-freaking-believable.  It’s 2013 for God’s sake.  If I want to have a child, I should not be chastized for doing so. Call me a hippie or a feminist. Frankly I don’t care. My family will ALWAYS come first, and if you want to fire me for bringing life into this world, then I didn’t need to work for you in the first place.

I digress. So this whole job search is a daily struggle.  Over the past month I have applied to 50+ positions and have only heard back from a handful.  It gets tough and you feel like a let down.  Very disheartening.  Kind of makes you not want to get out of bed.  But I do.  I wash my face, brush my teeth, get dressed, and get back to the hunt.

I know there’s something good out there.  I know there is someone who wants my services and believes in the virtues of living your life and family first.  Which brings me to the use of positive affirmations.  Sometimes you really do need to do a little bit of affirmation work when the odds seem stacked against you.  Here are a few that I’ve  come to like over the past few weeks.  These have been taken from: http://www.prolificliving.com/blog/2012/08/27/100-positive-affirmations/

1. I have every bit as much brightness to offer to the world as the next person.

2. I trust my inner light and intuition to guide me

3.  I know the situation will work out for my highest good.

4. I may not understand the good in this situation yet, but it is there.

5. I refuse to give up because I haven’t tried all possible ways yet.

6. I do not settle for boring, meaningless, and frustrating work.

7. I believe in my ability to change the world on a small smale with the work that I do.

8.  All that I need will come to me at the right time and place in this life.

Although it is hard to believe the words I say, I have to keep repeating them, and knowing that it will all work out.  Keep your chin up kid.  I hope this provides some positive to your day.

 

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Filling you in on what’s been going on.

August.

My birthday month.  I had a great August eventhough the next semester was rapidly approaching.  I had my best friend come visit me and help me in covert operation: Summertime Boudoir.  I had arranged to take secret boudoir photos for Em for our upcoming 1st anniversary.  I was so pleased with the outcome and so was he, but whew- we almost got caught! If you ever need photography I highly recommend Angel He: www.angelhe.com. She has done our engagement photos, wedding photos, and boudoir photos.  So many of my friends have used her since us, and they love her just the same! Go check her out!

Em’s surprise gift

September.

As you all know, I am an avid runner. Okay take that back- I was an avid runner until I hurt my knee this past September. Myself, brother, sister-in-law, and best friend did the Disney Wine and Dine half marathon. It was really neat since the race was late at night, but it doesn’t compare to the Disney Princess half marathon I ran with Christine in 2010. I was so proud of everyone on our team “O.W.W.I.E.” (only we would injure everything), especially my mother and her best friend who ran their first 5k that weekend!

Disney Wine + Dine Half Marathon

October.

School.

November.

School. And a visit to Fairhope, Alabama for lectures and seminars.

December.

School. And a nice trip to Gainesville for the holidays with our family. But then right back to Spring semester.

January.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Em and I took a spur of the moment vacation to the Blue Ridge mountains in Georgia.  We stayed in a beauuuuutiful cabin with the most awesome view.  We didn’t have enough time to do all we wanted but it was still a great R +R trip.  We did manage to go to Mercier’s Orchard, Dahlonega to pan gold, and we got to play in….

Blue Ridge, GA

Mercier’s Orchard

SNOW!!!! You know us Floridians are crazy about seeing snow!  We had been joking about it seeing as how the temps were in the teens, and WHAM! We got a whole evening of snow flurries. You better believe we made snowballs, snowangels, firepits, and s’mores!

Snowballs. Literally.

February.

School.  Sensing a pattern?

March.

This little guy came!  Say hello to my new 2nd generation cousin and newest member of Team Numb Nuts + The Lobstars! *Woo ooooh* Isn’t he a cutie patootie?!

Baby Gabriel.

April.

School. Duh.

May.

Grab your camera and keep your hands and arms inside the carpet cause we are on our way to the Middle East! Never EVER did I EVER think the Middle East would be the first place on my wanderlust list that I would tackle.  I never thought we would be able to afford visiting Dubai, let alone Abu Dhabi.  Em’s work sent him to Abu Dhabi for 5 weeks and guess who got to come along? ME! We took the > 24 hour flight into D.C., then Frankfurt, Germany for a 7 hour layover (Das German’s Lufthansa has crappy food and cramped seats), and finally moved into our apartment in Abu Dhabi.  It was GORGEOUS. The people are so kind, the taxi drivers scary, and the architecture- MAGNIFICENT.

We took the first day and spent a night in Dubai.  The best way to describe Dubai would be: Vegas meets Miami meets the desert. We roamed, shopped the souks, and spent time at Ritz-Carlton’s beach club on Dubai Marina (watch out for sea snakes!).  Pristine.  Golden.  And sadly- crumbling.  It’s not hard to look past the fancy buildings and crowds of forgeiners to see that Dubai’s infrastructure will one day topple.  It will eventually become another Atlantis, unless the corporate businesses continue to flourish.  Unfortunately, in this current economic climate, it looks as though things will continue to head south.  Let’s just say, if the cost of our hotel room is any reflection of how bad they are hurting for business- it’s not looking good.  We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Dubai Financial Center for less than $200 a night.  See what I mean? In Dubai.  That’s what gets me.

Abu Dhabi was phenomenal.  THAT emirate will be around forever.  The history is fascinating.  Saaidyat Island is gorgeous, so is Yas, all the fabulous souks, malls, and even the food. We went to Sheik Zayed Grande Mosque and saw the most breathtaking architecture ever.  Marble, gold, jewels, pearls, gemstones, you name it- they used it to build.

Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Inside of the grande mosque

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE. The world’s Tallest Building.

The trip was one I will never forget, but having to leave my husband in Abu Dhabi for another month without getting to show him PDA at the airport was something I would rather not have had to deal with.  Regardless, he made it back to me early (yay!) and safe and sound.  He’ll be headed back for another 5 weeks in August.

June.

I seriously have the best friend in the world.  She knew that I was going to be lonely and mopey without my hubby, so she decided to find herself a cheap Spirit Airlines $1 flight (yes, I’m serious!) and come stay a weekend with me! YAY! We went to Anna Maria Island, Ciro’s Speakeasy, and had ourselves some yummy Kilwin’s ice cream in cones! It was just the getaway she needed, and just the destraction that I needed!

The bestie at AMI

July.

Well, here we are.  I’m happy to report that my INTENSE summer semester is complete and I am on my way into the very LAST semester of grad school! Can you believe that? I started writing again on this blog when I first started school- WOW- I can’t believe how far I’ve come.  I can’t wait to finally have a life again, spend time with my husband, friends, and family, and to begin a new chapter in my life.  It’s so very exciting! It will be especially nice not to get this look anymore from my doggie:

Mah doggie doesn’t like to read.

Breaks my heart! So as we speak I am getting ready to finally eat dinner out with my husband (so unusual!) and begin to enjoy my fast 3 week break from school.  I hope to get on here a few more times during my break so we can chat about other stuff! Hope you’re going well! Happy summer!

The art on the verge of extinction.

One of my fondest memories growing up was sitting in my grandparent’s house (affectionately called Nanny + PopPop) and looking through albums of old black and white photographs.  Images told stories of their entire lives- from Cuba in 1918, to Ellis Island in the 20’s, World War II in the 40’s, the Tropicana in Havana in the 50’s, and Pennsylvania in the 60’s. It was a chance to take a peek back in time and imagine what their experiences must have been like.  They are memories I will never forget, and they are images of which I can look at any time I please- as they are hung up in frames or in photo albums.

Yes, photo albums.  Real, tangible, dusty smelling, yellowed and worn photo albums.  They make a creaking sound when you open them and a sticking sound as you turn the page.  Do you youngins know what those are? With the invention of Facebook, Flickr, Shutterfly, and Twitter, the art of photo album making is on the verge of extinction.  Yes I said it.  Extinction.

On the bright side, all these new social networking and online album sites make life a whole lot easier when attempting to share your life with family and friends a thousand miles away.  Unfortunately, these images we take sit backed up on our external hard drives and never make it to a photo printer or into a physical album.  With the way technology has been advancing, I can almost 100% guarantee you that external hard drives, flash drives, mp3 players, and CD-ROM’s will soon become as obsolete as floppy disks and VHS players (There’s a couple more for you tweens to Google).  Now how will you share those special moments with your kids and grandkids?

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE fan of online albums.  Heck- I do it religiously! I’m just proposing that perhaps we should take more time to print out our photographs and put them in creaking squeaking albums for our future generations to enjoy. Lets not let the art of album making die!  Thanks to my amazing and creative best friend, my desire to continue album making was renewed when she gave my husband and I our Christmas gift this year.  I can’t even imagine the amount of “woman-hours” that went into the ginormous scrapbook that she delivered! From cover to cover, it is overflowing with pictures from Em + I’s relationship.   All the right photos for all the right moments in our lives.  It is filled with pictures that exude emotions and make you eager to see what’s on the next page. Our scrapbook tells our story and we are excited to keep it going.

It’s gifts like that which we will cherish for the rest of our lives.  The kinds that can be shared through the years with the ones we love.

Image above: Excerpt from our scrapbook.

Buzzing around, all over town…

Wow, so apparently I am not very good at blogging at regular intervals, so from now on I will not promise weekly (or even monthly for that matter) posts.  Things have been uber busy around here, and not in a bad way!

Lets rewind back to where we left off.

May.

Still jobless, with hopes of finding something to fill the in between semester void and carry into a part time venture (little did I know the semester that was ahead) and remained unsucessful at finding anything.  So, I followed my husband’s instructions and put all my energy into finishing up our room.  Here’s a before and after of our room and the furniture which I distressed:

Before:

After:

Came out nice right? 🙂 I’m proud of myself! So, after the room was completed we took a 3 day weekend and headed to St. Augustine/Crescent Beach to meet up with Em’s ex-roomie Kevin and his girlfriend, Kristin for some surfing action:

That one came out pretty neat huh?

 In St. Augustine we found the best sangria and fish taco’s ever at Madres! Yum-o!

June.

The new summer semester began, and let me tell you, perhaps it was a blessing that I was no longer working- even part time! The semester became demanding and I began to spend 9+ hours a day studying straight.  I can’t wait to see just how crazy fall is going to be…

So early June we jetted to Dallas, Texas for my ‘cousin’ Shelby’s high school graduation.  From there we toured San Antonio, Austin, and Waco.  Talk about yummy food and heat! This would also be about the same time that my Miami Heat lost the championship to the Dallas Mavericks.  Boo.  Em was estatic…  Here are just a couple shots:

Juan in a Million (as seen on Man V Food!) ~ my breakfast ~ Chicken Tacos!

The Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX

June was also the month I got creative with baking and made some of these deadly chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes!:

July.

4th of July. My favorite holiday.  This year Em and I traveled to Seaside, FL for his family reunion and Aunt & Uncle’s 25 year vow renewal.  If you have never been to Seaside or heard of it, just watch “The Truman Show” with Jim Carrey.  It is a pleasantville-type picturesque beachy town where everyone is happy, laid back, creative, riding a bike, and eating good food.  Minus the “June Grass” (algea) the beaches were filled with life and happiness.  Here are just a few photos:

The coastline

Fun in Seaside

Good old Americana July 4th and some Key Lime Pie on a Stick!

Airstream Food Stand drive, all lined up! Try the grilled cheese and Frost Bite stand!

My husband enjoying Reese + Cream Gelato. 

Beach and ice cream, isn’t that what summer is all about?

So that brings me to today.

July is half-way through and I’m finishing up the end of my summer semester (Thank GOD!).  We are in the midst of planning our big trip to europe for 2013 – my graduation gift! We have our Frommer’s Europe book and are going to start journaling itinerary ideas.  My main concern is spending enough time in Paris.  That’s all I want.  Paris.  We’re looking at early May before the tourist season strikes and possibly visiting Florence, Tuscany, Venice, Rome, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, and Madrid.  If we get to see them all great, if not, I should repeat- all I want is P A R I S.  I can’t wait to take my camera out there and shoot… see the city of lights… and eat to my heart’s desire some of the most delectable and truly ‘savoureux’ dishes.  Shoot… I had brie and fruit with croissants for dinner last night- think I’m prepared? 😉

Hope everyone is having a great summer! Till next time!

xoxo

So much to say.. where to start?

There has been so much going on over here to update you on! 

Let’s go back to last week.  I’m still working on distressing/antiquing our furniture, and I’ve made it as far as the giant desk!  Great progress and they’re looking spiffy.  I’ll post later this week with the before and after photos.  🙂

 Last Friday I decided to make home-made from scratch Vaca Frita! It was quite an accomplishment for me! I used the recipe from http://cubanfood.blogspot.com/2009/05/esthers-vaca-frita.html   – Esther’s vaca frita, is well, amazing!

Here were my ingredients:

And this was the final product:

The critics where very pleased! It was a relatively easy recipe to follow and the flavor was delish!

Next off…. Saturday we did some shopping for the house at Pottery Barn.  Mmm yeah.  We all know how that ends.  Needless to say, an unGodly amount of money spent later and we left with 2 new pillow cases and a long throw pillow (which I will also put pictures up of later this week). I’m obsessed with that store.   There is so much in there I wish I could afford and use in our room! While in there I saw this:

I L-O-V-E this blue and red worn #5 buoy.  Too bad it’s uber expensive.  😦  There was also a super adorable wooden rowing paddle and neat map candles… *sigh*

Onto Sunday.  Em and I woke up early and drove down to Anna Maria.  Remember that gorgeous place I showed you photos of in my post on Thanking God? Yep, that’s where we went again.  This time it was slam packed and the water was a little bit rougher; nonetheless, it was still gorgeous and serene.  We met up with one of my best friends Nikki, her husband Josh, and their edible 7 month old, Jaiden.  We played in the water, lounged, laughed, talked, ate, and drank in the sea and sun from 10 am until around 4.  You had to pry us away from our favorite spot.  Naturally we had lunch at the Sandbar, and you KNOW I had myself another mango colada! 

I figured that this day would be the best photo-op for great candid shots of baby J.  He’s extremely photogenic and he is in love with water!  (Obviously my nephew)  lol.  Here are a few of my favorite shots from Anna Maria:

Mommy and Daddy just gave him a sunscreen mohawk, now he’s giving me a people’s eyebrow.

Such a great shot of Jaiden.

What a goofy boy.

What a smile that seahorse gave him!

Well my friends, that’s all I’m going to post for today, there’s plenty more for me to blog about tomorrow.  Oh! We’ll be getting our wedding album tomorrow as well!  I can’t wait to see Angel and her amazing work!! Yipee!  Have a great night everyone – I’m off to run with my sis in law!

Sometimes you just have to keep on truckin’

I would like to start off this post by telling you that I am no longer employed.  Yes, that’s right.  After all the hooplah I made in my previous posts about how wonderful and perfect my new job was, they decided to hire a full time RN instead.  This meant that they would no longer be able to afford both the full timer and myself; and therefore, they sent me packing.  They are keeping my contact info, and in the case that work picks back up, they will hopefully contact me for more contractual work. 

Needless to say, I was quite upset about the whole situation.  Life was finally taking a turn for the better.  We were less stressed, had a steady income, happy, busy, and everything meshed well with school and work.  Crash.  In an instant everything in that aspect seemed to be in shambles.  It’s so hard to find a job that truly works with you when you’re in grad school.  I keep telling myself that I don’t want to start a full time job and then have to run out on them in a couple weeks when the new semester starts because I don’t have the time.  So… I’ve been searching.  It’s disheartening when you truly enjoyed what you did and now you look at postings of things you’d rather not do.  I applied for a couple positions and have a phone interview with one of them tomorrow.  I’m not sure how I feel about it. 

Em had to give me a serious pep talk yesterday.  I told him in tears that I didn’t want him to have all the financial pressure in our little family.  I wanted to try and work, and I don’t want anyone in his family or my family looking at me like as if I’m a moocher who is doing zilch and using school as an excuse.  He had to calm me down and refocus me.  Seriously refocus me.  (Thank God for this man- he never ceases to amaze me!) He reminded me that the whole reason he took the job in Tampa and that we moved back, was so that there were no more 40 hour work weeks with 20 extra hours of school work after those work hours.  He told me point blank not to stress out about finding a job and relax a little.  Try to focus on house projects and mainly concentrate on school once the new semester starts.  He told me to search for jobs when I had a little extra down time.  As we can see, I didn’t listen very well and am already waiting to see what these positions entail as of tomorrow.  :-/  I’m a serious busy body and overachiever.  I need to quit it and just settle down for a minute.

I’ll keep you abreast.

In other news:

Em and I started a mini herb garden!  We bought a few housewarming herbs for our friends, and along the way picked up a few for ourselves!

 

We have sweet mint, french lavender, and rosemary.  Mmmm, they are all so fragrant!

In other, other news:

I have started distressing the furniture! YAY! Finally! Today I bought a new bed spread and  throw pillows for our bed, and started sanding and priming my nightstand.  Just gotta knock down the other night stand and desk, then grab some pottery barn pillow covers, and get some nice artwork! 70% there!

 There she is, night stand #1, in all her naked (hehe) glory!

Easily enough, I started to sand away with 120 medium grit sandpaper and then went back over her with 180 grit fine sand paper.

Then I primed her using a nylon/polyester brush with Valspar latex white primer.

And here’s how she currently looks:

This was my audience:

Sorry my reflection is in that one, but Daisy and Maya are something else… I just had to capture that!

So, as you can see, the nightstand is a work in progress, and tomorrow morning I will be adding a navy blue coat, paste wax, a top coat, and hopefully starting to sand away.  I’m going to work on the back side so that way if I don’t like the finished product then no one has to see it! 🙂  Good night gang!

 

>Sometimes all we need is a little reminder.

Today I figured that I would leave you with a couple reminders as to why you should thank God. These photos were taken today at Anna Maria Island, Florida. Anna Maria is one of the few beaches left that is still unspoiled- there are no hotels, no massive parking garages, no noise but seagulls and waves, and very few people. Ever since being introduced to the island by some friends a few years ago, it has always been my little piece of Heaven, and giant piece of sanity on the west coast of Florida. Some days, you would swear you were in the Bahamas when the light hits the water juuuust right. At low tide sandbars appear half a mile out, and you are able to walk all the way to the sandbar and collect sandollars and starfish. People pull up their sailboats and regular boats to the shore and enjoy a meal and tropical drinks at the infamous “Sandbar Restaurant.” In celebration of 2 A’s in my first grad school classes and the end to a long first semester, I headed to my Heaven with my sister-in-law in tow. Today was filled with sunshine, smiles, floating, swimming, lounging, mango coladas, grouper sandwiches, crabcakes, and shelling. These are the things in life that make me most happy and bring me back to childhood (minus the colada!). By the end of the afternoon neither of us wanted to leave; needless to say we’ll be back in a few weeks from sun rise to sunset. It was a well deserved half day of relaxation, and a great reminder of all the beautiful gifts that God gives to us on a daily basis. We just have to open our eyes and see it:

 
 

 
 

>You may find yourself where you least expect to.

Like in Tampa- unloading your life into a new room…

My oh my, has it really been over a month since the last time I blogged? I do apologize! And obviously I cannot keep up with my side of the deal! Well, as I told you in my previous posts, Em and I have moved back to T-town. He took up his old job with a whole lot of extra goodies from the company and I wound down a little bit to a part time gig and full time school work. I’m now working for a third party medical review company doing quality assurance on claims. I was a bit worried to be losing my bedside skills as a nurse, but I came to the realization that as a nurse practitioner I will no longer be using those skills and will be on the flip side. In reality, this job is actually helping me with school and becoming an FNP! I analyze cases regarding pathologic processes I have studied, and I learn how MD’s, PA’s, and ARNP’s play detective in diagnosing and prescribing treatment. I am forever thankful for the flexibility this job has given me- I work at home, make my own hours, and enjoy it! School on the other hand has been a pain in the big ol’ booty. I cannot wait to be finished with this semester after Friday. Luckily I have about 2 weeks of respite before the next joyous semester begins. Beh. I’m planning on spending extra time working, running, and going to the beach!

Well, as you saw above, that was our room when we moved into our townhouse in Tampa. It’s come a long way since then… but I’m not going to put up any more pictures until we’re finished… it could be a while so don’t hold your breath. It took us the last month to prime, paint, set up a bookcase and our curtains. Let’s just say, we’ve been even busier since we moved back and I had a severe case of commitment phobia with our paint color. I must say though that I am quite pleased with the outcome, but there is still a LOT of work to be done. The desk and night stands have to be painted and distressed, we need new bedding, throw/decorative pillows, and a rug…. then we move onto the bathroom remodel…. and that’s a whole OTHER nightmare.

Luckily I have stumbled upon this amazing blog called The Lettered Cottage. It’s an interior design and DIY project blog written by Kev & Layla Palmer, an amazing husband and wife duo who have a real gift for vintage and cottage designing. My favorite part of their blog is the mouseover before and afters that they put together for their readers.

Here’s a couple ideas we from The Lettered Cottage that we are going to attempt to incorporate into our bathroom project:

We like the open and pure white cabinetry, so nice and easy.


We aren’t crazy about the curtains in this one, but we really love the idea of the natural wood vanity with white cabinets and a porcelain white bowl. We LOOOVE farmhouse sinks, but haven’t found one that was inexpensive or the right size for our bathroom! 😦

Aside from school, work, running, and decorating, I’ve been attempting to be more Martha Stewart, errr Julia Child (I love her as many of you know) and do more house-wifey things… like baking. Everyone in our home loves cookies, so I followed the recipe on the Quaker Oats lid and made some good old fashioned made from scratch oatmeal cookies. They were delicious warm and with a glass of cold milk…. and they were most definitely a hit!


Can’t you just smell them? 🙂

>On a day with non-to-do lists

Today was the epitome of “The Lazy Song,” and I enjoyed every second of it. It was a day filled with what my best friend and I have called “non-to-do lists.” My non-to-do list today included:

  1. A great 5k run with my bestie
  2. A fabulous Publix sub lunch staring at the ocean
  3. A swim in the sea and the bestie
  4. Golden crisping my skin in sea salt and sunshine
  5. Getting re-aligned by my favorite chiropractor
  6. Setting up my new iPhone (Finally!)
  7. Cooking baked brie, fruits, and artichoke chicken salad for my hubby
  8. Relaxing at home with Em and the girls

Notice how no where in my non-to-do list was there pay the bills, fold the laundry, empty the dishes, write a paper, study for adv patho, work… yeah… basically a way of saying- today was the best day in a long time.

I propose that everyone should be entitled to a non-to-do list day at least once a month. Life gets so busy and we get wrapped up in our little bubbles. Sometimes it is necessary to pop that bubble and restore some normalcy to our lives. Unfortunately, my non-to-do list day will end as of 8 am-ish tomorrow, as I begin to study for my next exam and watch an online lecture. I’ll continue to take some time for myself… well.. accomplish some chores… hoping to wash Sasha (that’s my car which I named to suit her German fierce-ness) and get some pre-moving bathroom shopping done. Then comes some green beer and good food with our friends at The Pub in celebration of St. Patty’s. Tomorrow should turn out to be a pretty good day too. 🙂

My picture for today is- “Something you love.” Love just might be an understatement. Look at that face, we have deep conversations and she totally gets me.

My love, Nee Nee:


>Rise and shine sunshine.

My post to you this morning is from my “work station” in my parent’s house- its really just the dining room table with all my research papers spread around it. My husband and I are housesitting for the week while the family is in Orlando with close friends from Texas. I really wish we could have joined them, but unfortunately Em has to work and I have grad school work on this glorious “Spring Break.” Big news… Em and I are leaving sunny SoFla and moving back to Tampa for the next year and a half. Em got a fantastic job offer with his old company in Tampa, and I will be focusing mainly on Grad School instead of work. Em has brought it to my attention that he does not want me to work 40 hours a week and do school at the same time anymore. I’ve been a neglectful wife spending most nights and weekends with my head in the books. I honestly appreciate the gesture and I think it will be for the best. Luckily, we’ve both lived there before and have friends who live in that area – as well as my townhouse to move back into. Its a bittersweet feeling. Great for the fact that him and I need to get away from this house, and that Em can finally have the breadwinning to make him feel more like the man I know he wants to be. Also great in that I won’t work myself into the ground anymore with school and work… but so sad in that I am leaving my best friend, my family, and my love of south Florida. This place is so unique and beautiful, and I know I’ll be back again.

So anywho- I’m trying out this staying at home thing for the week, my Doc is on vacay, so I used my PTO and decided it would be a great chance to get caught up on work. As you can see it is now 11 am and I have yet to start typing my research paper for the day. *Sigh* If this is a reflection of how it is going to be in Tampa, then I seriously need to work on making a routine. I’ll get on that. So the plan for today is a little blog, a lot of writing, and some time outside doing yard work when the hubs gets home.

I sitll don’t know the direction I’m taking this blog yet, hopefully it will form over the next months as my move begins. Big changes in life ahead. Big. I’m teetering on sharing more of myself with the blog, I’m just a little hesitant to exposure on the internet past FB. Ahhh my crap is all out there anyway… what the heck.

Speaking of FB, they have this 30 day challenge going on where you make an album and fill it with photos that explain some part of you. Sooo… instead of doing it on FB … I’ll try and do a little something on here daily with photos and myself. So today is – posting a photo of something that makes you happy. Today I woke up at 10, the first time in eons I have slept in past 8 am, and I ran to the coffee pot. This blog is dedicated to the nice piping hot cup of coffee I am currently sipping while noshing on my yummy madeline.

Coffee oh coffee, how you put on a smile on my face. Honeslty, this photo is 2-fold. Two things that I am madly in love with- the sea and that big white cup of cafe.

Image credit: http://globalsurfadventures.co.uk/2009/08/