Everything Happens For a Reason: January 2012

31 January 2012

The Never Ending Bad Date

Valentine’s Day Challenge 

 Today's Topic is: Love Telling this Bad Date Story AKA WORST DATE EVER

Back in March/April 2009, I began dating this guy. He happened to be only the second youngest guy that I had ever dated. (My hubby being the third. Third time the charm, right?)

On to what happens to be one of the worst dates ever...

The weekend of April 24th-26th, my boyfriend at the time and I were together. We went to fly kites and launch rockets. His ideas, not mine. On Saturday, he said, "Can I hang out with my friend instead? I will see you tomorrow." I said, "Sure." He was his own person. I didn't want to seem like the possessive girlfriend. Inside I was basically fuming, because it was like he was ditching me. I knew this, because he had been texting while we were together. I had to work on my birthday, which majorly sucked. It was my freakin' birthday!

After work, I had went to his place, so we could go out and celebrate my birthday (at the time, it was my 23rd birthday). He had only gotten me a butterfly vase and three tulips that were yellow/pink. I was kind of hurt and disappointed. This was considering that I got him a extremely sweet card and tons of stuff, plus a movie and a dinner. Probably around $100 or maybe even more. I don't mean to sound ungrateful or like I am comparing gifts, but I guess you aren't going to spend a lot of money on someone you are going to break up with (spoiler alert!). We went to eat and he looked at me with a smile... A smile that had something behind it. A smile that had this kind of "I like you and I care, but I feel bad now, because I know I am going to hurt you a few days later." In all seriousness, I thought it was a joke. Well, not a joke. I was thinking to myself, "No, really, where is the real gift hidden."

So, we went out to one of my favorite steakhouses, which happened to be the crappiest of the three locations. That's neither here nor there. Since I was getting a particular feeling (spoiler alert!), I decided to order one of the biggest steaks, double order of bacon cheese fries, and a slice of cheesecake. Hey, I love that meal and it was my birthday. However, the meal really wasn't all that enjoyable.

The next day was Monday, April 27, and I had taken off the day from work WITHOUT pay. The key word being WITHOUT pay, so he and I could have spent the whole day to celebrate my birthday. Well, around 5:30pm, he decided to leave me and hang out with friends. I started crying. Lame, I know. When I get angry, sometimes I tend to cry. I was so hurt and pissed. I had taken the day off from work without pay to hang out, and he didn't want to be with me. I should have just worked.

On the morning of the 28th, I had a bad feeling. I always know when a boyfriend and I are going to break up. I just know. Call it the woman's intuition. Also, one of my bachelor's is degree is in Psychology. I am not flipping stupid. I pick up on subtle verbal and nonverbal clues, what people say, etc. On that same day, I had called him like every other day. This day was not any different. He had men's group that night, so he said he was going to come over. I immediately knew something was wrong, because I usually didn't see him on Tuesdays. I called my friend, John, and told him I believed he was bringing the stuff I left over at his apartment and we were going to break up. Turns out, I was right.

I told him when we were breaking up that I knew it was going to happen. In fact, I knew a week beforehand. I knew it to the exact day. APRIL 28TH. I was soooo right. I sent my friend a message before he got there. I showed Alex the text message and proved to him that I knew it was going to happen. I was like, "BOOOOYAH!!! IN YOUR FACE!"

I had met his entire family: mom, dad, sister, dog, aunts, uncles, cousins. Why in the world would you bring someone around your family, if you didn't plan on keeping them around for awhile? Whatever.

I told him the moment he realized it, is when he should have broke up with me. He said, he didn't want to break up with me on my birthday. Then, he said, "I wanted you to have a good birthday." I said, "Thanks, I appreciate that," in a smart-ass, sarcastic tone.
He said we had nothing in common. I thought this is a bs answer. I struck back with, "You knew we didn't have anything in common to begin with, and you still went out with me anyway." He really didn't have anything to say about that. He said I did some things that annoyed him. I called him out and asked him to name some. He basically said he couldn't come up with any. He did say that I stared at him a lot. Forgive me if I am attracted to my boyfriend and I want to look at him. Screw that. Well, the weird thing was that a previous boyfriend said the same thing. 
Then either the day after we broke up or a few days later, he texted me..."Hey, wanted to see how you are holding up." Seriously, how full of yourself do you have to be. I had already moved on. Seriously.

30 January 2012

A Night Under the Stars...Well Sort Of

Valentine’s Day Challenge

So today's topic is: Loved This Date-Best Date Ever
Let me begin with a little backstory...

It's important to know, because it goes along with the "best" date ever.

It was March 2009. I met this guy named "A" through my friend, Dave from work. We dated briefly. Around the end of April, we broke up. Two days after my birthday to be exact. It would have been sooner, but he wanted to wait, until after my birthday. I really hated my job doing tech support for Apple (I worked out an outsource company that did Apple support, not 'Apple' themselves). I started training for a new job at a financial firm.

This was around June 2009. I got a Facebook message from "A"'s friend, "H" to come hang out with him and some friends. When "A" and I dated, we hung out with him a few times. I didn't message "H" back, since I was busy with studying for my tests for the new job, training for the job, and the current job I had. I usually get back to people, but for some reason I didn't. About a month later, I got a text message from him again saying to come hang out. I had quit the job with the financial firm. It wasn't what all it was cracked up to be. I had went back to full-time with my tech support job. I decided to hang out with him. I wasn't sure where his friends lived, so I had him pick me up. This was the night I met my now hubby-David.

David and I instantly bonded. We talked to each other the entire time I was there. He worked a similar job that I currently had at the time. We all three stayed in that night, but the next night we all went out. I really liked this guy, and wanted to get to know him better. Later, I checked my Facebook, and I saw I got a friend request and a wall post from him. If he hadn't added me first, I would have...in about three days. About a week or so later, we started hanging out. It would have been earlier, but the weekend after we started hanging out, he had drill.

We had the best time with each other. We got along really well and was always laughing. I really wanted to be more, but I really didn't know if he wanted to or not. After about two weeks of hanging out, we had to cut one of our dates short. His grandmother that lives here had a heart attack. Around the end of July, we were together and received a call that his grandmother that is in California had passed away. (He is originally from California-the Los Angeles area). After he was back from LA, he was back here for maybe two or three days.

After that, he was leaving for two weeks to go to AT (Annual Training) at Fort Knox.

 By this time, I really didn't know where we stood. He didn't either. We hadn't even kissed. Now, we have been out about eight times. I felt so comfortable around him, but by the end of the night, I became nervous. David is the only guy that made me feel that way. He is the first guy to make me nervous. Just thinking about kissing him, just made me overwhelmed.

I kept dropping subtle hints, but he was picking up on them. I, even had him help change my tire. He went ahead and did it, but was sure that I had put him in the "friend" zone. Little did he know...

For the two weeks he was gone to AT seemed to go by so slow. I really wanted to kiss him. I just hope I hadn't missed my chance. I talked to John, which is my best friend, nonstop about this. He told me that I should go ahead and do it as soon as he gets back. He also said that I shouldn't wait any longer. Needless to say, when he got back, I didn't kiss him. I chickened out again. Every time he would hug me, I knew I should look at him. Instead, I just buried my face in his jacket. I was beginning to think, and even before this moment, maybe he is trying to kiss me, but I am blocking him. I felt defeated once again. I thought of ways to kiss him 'cause I just couldn't just do it. I was kind of discouraged, since I only got to see him for 2 1/2 hours. He had been gone for two weeks! I had missed him so much. 

Onto to the best date ever...

That weekend, David said he would be at my place at 2pm. I thought this was kind of early. I was sure he was planning on getting rid of me and cutting her date short. Before he left for AT, we stayed up until 7am. I thought maybe our date would end early. I had no idea what was in store for that day. We started on the motorcycle and drove towards our destination. (I didn't know where at the time). I didn't dare ask what we were doing or where we were going. I figured I would see where we would end up. We ended up at the Planetarium at a nearby university.

When he was AT, we texted on and off. One particular night that we were texting, was when there was a meteor shower. I was currently in my hometown for some reason. I had a cold and was laying in bed. (I'm allergic to it!). I missed the meteor shower. I was telling him that I really haven't seen a meteor shower before. 
Now back to the planetarium...He told me that he remembered me saying that I never seen a meteor shower. He said, since he couldn't make one happen that he figured he would take me to the planetarium. I was speechless. I knew from this day forward that this guy was different. This was one of the good guys.

I figured this would be the day we would kiss (By the way, we had already been going out/hanging out/whatever you want to call it for 1.5 months). It would just have to be. I felt it in the air. He finally put his hand around my back when we were walking. While we were inside the planetarium, we were sitting really close. I had to be more obvious. We were really hungry, so we decided to stay and eat at a restaurant nearby. After we got back to where we live, we went to his new apartment. We hung out there for awhile and then went to a movie. We watched 'The Time Traveler's Wife.' We came back to my place. I thought at any moment, he would get up and leave and go back to his place. I became nervous just thinking about it. Instead, we stayed up all night and all day Sunday. We were together, and wide awake, from Saturday 2pm to Sunday 10pm. No, we didn't sleep together. Get your mind out of the gutter. Around 6:30am on Sunday, I could tell he was getting sleepy. He had he arm around me at this moment. He looked at me, and I looked at him. That's when it happened...we finally kissed. 

Now, we all know how that turned up. We are now celebrating almost eight months of marriage.

29 January 2012

Project 366: The Week of New

I can't believe it's almost the end of January. This month has flown by!

Yeah, I know... I may take too many pictures for the posts on Sundays, but you know what? This week is certainly not any different. I say either go big or go home. I like how I can post pictures with the specific days, especially if I didn't use those pictures in a blog post. I love pictures, and taking pictures is a HUGE part of my life. That's never going to change. Plus, I figured that you shouldn't be limited to taking one picture a day. Recently, I've been taking these pictures with the camera on my cell phone, since I have it with me everywhere I go.

January 22, 2012

Hubby and I tried the "Idaho Sunrise" recipe again. They are more tasty than they may look. Since, I don't like the yolk of the egg (sorry, it's gross to me), I used egg beaters for a substitute. I used more for my liking. Next time I am going to use less egg and more hashbrowns. I found a gift card in my purse that we were given for our wedding, so we went out and bought a cutlery set. Pretty self-explanatory. Oh yeah, we made the infamous homemade chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese. Don't judge. I realize that I took like ten pictures of that for last week's post. What can I say? I'm a creature of habit. I like to take pictures of food, even if I already have like twenty of the same meal. So what!

January 23, 2012

Did you hear that Monday, January 24 was supposed to be the most depressing day of the year? According to the scientists or researchers or whoever did the study says that factors attributed to this are: weather, debt, time since Christmas, time since failing our New Year's resolutions, low motivational levels, and feeling a need to take action. Hubby and I decided to drive to the next city near us to try a restaurant that we haven't been together before. Well, I take that back. Hubby had been there once with the guys that he works with. The restaurant gave you so much food. The food was alright, but nothing that would make it stand out above anywhere. I don't see it as a place that we will frequent all that much.

 January 24, 2012

Around the end of December, I won a giveaway that was a part of the "12 Days of Giveaways." that was hosted for twelve pretty awesome bloggers. Well, anyways, I won on day twelve. The giveaway I won was from Ashley @ Advenutures of Newlyweds. Thanks so much for my goodies. I love them!

January 25, 2012

Bentley's favorite place to cuddle and sleep: in the bed with his mommy and daddy, or at least laying near the foot of the bed. He loves nothing more than being with us at all times.

January 26, 2012

The pictures of Bentley were obviously taken early in the morning. I was still awake on my iPad and my phone, while hubby was asleep. Even though I have already seen season 3 of One Tree Hill, it never gets old. I'll keep this brief about my camera, because I am going to dedicate a whole post to it. To make a long story short, I'm excited! If you missed this post, I revealed my first DSLR's name is Jeff, and my new baby is named Charles.

January 27, 2012

On Friday night, my hubby and I met up with another blogger, Stephanie @ take-hart and her husband. I was introduced to her by one of my former graduate school classmates, who also blogs as well. We had a great time, except the waitress dropped their pizza on the floor :( and still charged them for it. Super sad face :( It was still a pretty fun night and can't wait to do it again!

For anyone who wants to know...
dress: OP
cardigan: mossimo
shoes: steve madden
watch: michael kors

January 28, 2012 

I was eating happy face french fries with my lunch. Hubby took one and made it into a sad face. Now, it's a sad french fry.

Disclaimer: All the photos were taken with my cell phone, except the ones on January 24, the ones of me in my outfit on January 27, and the ones of Bentley on January 28.

Linking up with:

27 January 2012

Let's Do This...

I do things a little different.

First things first, I'm guest blogging on Brooke's blog, Tales From My Fairytale. Find out more about my own real life fairytale,. Find out how a girl, who grew up in a small town found her big city boy that is from Los Angeles.

Okay, where was I? Okay. I do things a little different.

How do you ask? Instead of coming up with resolutions, I make a list of fifteen to twenty goals that I want to accomplish for each season. I've did this since the summer of 2011. It's worked out pretty well for me, since I have sort of gave myself a deadline.

 This time around, I didn't create my goals on the first day of winter, December 21. I was late to the party this time, and didn't post my goals until January 10. Better late than never, right? I'll have until March 20 to accomplish these things. 

Granted, it has only been less than three weeks, but let's see how I'm doing.

1. Buy a new DSLR
I just purchased a new DSLR camera this past Sunday. This is such an upgrade from the one DSLR that I have. It arrived yesterday! More to come next week!

2. Organize the guest bedrooms
I'm started one of one the guest rooms, but have taken a two week break. There were things that have came up. I hope to get back to organizing this weekend and the following week.
I didn't "officially" make the announcement yet, but one of my posts has a major clue into what the announcement will entail. It's okay if you missed it, I'm still not ready to "officially" announce it!  

4. Continue getting rid of items that I do not need.
Still working on it.  

5. Have a blog sale for items that I am planning on getting rid of.
I need to sort through everything that I would want to put in the sale.  

6. Drink at least a glass of water daily.
I know this is bad, but I still don't do this. I need to get on this ASAP.

7. Blog daily, including the weekends.
 So far, so good!

8. Take 3,000 pictures (started count from December 21).
Let's break it down, shall we:
iPad pictures: 0
Cell phone pictures: 212
DSLR pictures: 647
Total: 859

9. Keep up with Project 365, or should I say Project 366.
So far, so good. Check out the past posts: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3.

10. Try to reply to comments, on the day that I get them.
I'm now doing a lot better with keeping up.

11. Clean my car out.
This is me that we are talking about. I really need to do this and get rid of everything that I don't need.

12. Make a gallery wall.
Still hasn't happened yet.

13. Try to not care what people think of me and to disregard people's negativity.
This is still somewhat of a struggle with me. People are always going to be negative and bring others down. In reality, those people are really insecure with themselves. I need to remember this: 

14. Be more patient. Something I am totally not.
 Still impatient. Sigh.

15. Do at least fifteen fashion posts.
Only did maybe a 1/2 of one.

16. Organize the bookshelves.

Planning on doing it this weekend.

17. Put photos into all my picture frames.
Still hasn't happened yet. I need to hang up wedding pictures from when we got married back in June.  

18. Send out thank you cards. (It's now been 7 months. It's that the thought that counts)
Still haven't done it yet. This needs to be moved up to numero uno.

G0 For The Goal 

26 January 2012

It Okay... Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays

It's Okay...

To have written this post this morning, instead of scheduling it last night.

To go to a restaurant that you don't like, so you can be with friends.

To still feel bad for Nathan when Haley leaves him for the tour. #OTH

To pay more money for something want, since it isn't available ANYWHERE else. I don't want to wait for it to be available, especially since there is not an estimated date.

To incessantly check my email.

To track my package every couple of hours.

To still show hubby the 'Shit _______ People Say' videos. Yesterday, we watched the blogger one and the stuff people say from LA. (btw, hubby is originally from there).

Note: I know it says mom bloggers, but it could pretty much just be for bloggers. Hubby laughed, because I've been known to say these things a time or two.

To want to cry, because you found out something that can make you happy and change your life (No, I'm not pregnant).
To ignore calls from numbers you don't recognize.

To be making a birthday wish list (My birthday is exactly in three months).

To still have your real Christmas tree up.

To finally unprotected my tweets, because a lot of people could not see my tweets or know I was following them (@imatriplethreat)

To still love American Idol auditions after all these years.

To be jealous of all the bloggers being sent hair dryers or hair straighteners to review. (Misikko, if you are reading this... What about this girl?)

Taken in October 2010

To ALWAYS have my phone on silent.

To play the same game on my iPad, phone, and hubby's kindle over and over and over again.

To love this weird winter we are having. 60 degrees, still at the end of January? I'll take it!

To miss living on a cul-de-sac, when hubby and I move in the next couple of months to another house in our city. Our lease is up, and we don't want to live there any more.

25 January 2012

Sometimes, You Just Have to DIY It

Disclaimer: taken with my cell phone

Well, I did something that I told myself that I would never do...dye my own hair. I've always gotten my hair done by professionals, ever since I was thirteen years old. It could have been a cut, highlight, dye job, extensions, or whatever, I always went to the salon. I've been about every color; black, blonde, different shades of brown, and red. Plus, going to the salon can be expensive. I've spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars, even thousands on my hair. One thing that always intrigued me was the DIY approach. I always wanted to try it, but I was advised against it by my hairdressers. Recently, I just said screw it, I want to go a wee bit darker and try a different color. So, I bit the bullet and did it myself. I think it turned out pretty great, and loved having a new look in the comfort of my own home. It made me feel accomplished.
Disclaimer: Yeah, I know...I posted this cell phone picture yesterday. Don't worry, I'm not driving. I used my cell phone's forward facing camera.
Sometimes, you just have to DIY it.

24 January 2012

Sometimes and Always #2

my new hair 

Sometimes: I get mad.
Always: It's always over something stupid.

Sometimes: Hubby thinks the house is too warm.
Always: I think it is cold.

Sometimes: I screen calls for numbers that I don't recognize.
Always: I answer for my friends.

Sometimes: I want to play with my dog.
Always: He wants to play with me.

Sometimes: I start reading a book.
Always: I forget to finish it.

Sometimes: I like facebook.
Always: I like twitter more. (add me on twitter: imatriplethreat)

Sometimes: I like shopping at the mall.
Always: I prefer shopping online. 

Sometimes: I forget if the door is locked, the oven is off, or if my purse is out of Bentley's wat.
Always: Hubby checks for me.

Linking up with Megan's blog for Sometimes and Always. 

22 January 2012

Project 366: The Week of Indulgence

This is becoming easier than I thought, especially since just about every cell phone has a camera. My DSLR? Still not charged. Oops. This week was all about convenience and apparently food, if you see the pictures below. So, with that said, all my pictures are taken with my phone this week.

January 15, 2012

Hubby and I decided to try two new recipes: Twice Baked Potatoes and Healthy Chicken Nuggets. We have eaten them so many times since then. You can't go wrong with cheap, healthy (minus the cheese and bacon on the potatoes haha), and quick to cook. I posted about the recipes here: Get In My Belly.

January 16, 2012

Hubby and I decided on another recipe for breakfast. Since this was our first time making them, we are going to tweak the recipe a little bit. If people are interested or maybe I will just post it anyway, after I make them again this weekend. The recipe contains eggs, and I hate the yolk, so I'm substituting the egg for egg whites. We will see how that goes. As always, Bentley is hanging out in the kitchen. Hoping for a bite of food. Lunchtime brought the easy, classic meal of pigs in a blanket. Oh lookie, dinnertime brought back the recipe that I made the night before. Yeah, we are five year olds at heart. Can't go wrong, when you find a good recipe.

January 17, 2012

A simple meal: shake n' bake porkchops with mashed potatoes and corn. Nevertheless, still yummy!

January 18, 2012

Hubby and I tried yet another recipe from none other... Pinterest and Google. Had to eat the twice baked potatoes again. This time, I added 1/2 cup of milk, cooked the potatoes 15 minutes longer, and more cheese and bacon. So delicious! Oh and we can't forget about SOPA and PIPA!

I received an email a couple of days ago (January 20), and here's an excerpt:

"On January 18th, 13 million of us took the time to tell Congress to protect free speech rights on the internet. Hundreds of millions, maybe a billion, people all around the world saw what we did on Wednesday.  See the amazing numbers here and tell everyone what you did."

January 19, 2012

I am so excited to see my numbers grow and grow over the days. It feels good to find other blogs, and to have blogs find you. I loved the pink and grey layout with the chevrons, but I just had to go back to the three column layout that I love. I ordered more from moo.com about a week ago. Sidenote: Back in October, I qualified for 100 free mini cards from klout. That time, I used them for my blog. This time, I somehow came across an offer for 50 free business sized cards, so I jumped on the chance. Imagine my surprise, when they arrived almost two weeks early. This is a HUGE deal to me. Not only have I invested in business cards, but equipment, domain name, website template, and everything. I kind of debated about posting it, because of what people will think. People will think what they want. Plus, this happened on this day and I wanted to document it. Btw, I blurred out the contact info, because everything is still secret and not ready, even though I have been working on it for quite awhile.

January 20, 2012
Hubby and I tried, yet another recipe. Yeah, we cooked the twice baked potatoes again. They are addictive. If you make them, you will see what I am talking about. As always, Bentley is interested in seeing what I'm eating. He especially likes the smell of fruit. He even tried to get a few licks in on my sucker. Silly doggie!

January 21, 2012
 Today, hubby and I debated on going on yet another cruise or buying myself a new DSLR. The dates really need match our schedules, and there wasn't anywhere we wanted to go or that we hadn't been. We didn't want to go, just to be going. So, hubby and I went back to the original plan and went to buy my new DSLR. I was in desperate need of an upgrade. The one camera that I want is NOT available anywhere. Like as probably anywhere in the world. Believe me, I looked. Since, the flooding in Thailand damaged one of the Nikon factories, production was halted. Luckily, production started a few weeks ago. I mean, they just released the D4. However, production is not expected to pick up fully until March. Every place I called and looked says it is the most in demand camera and that no one knows when they will be back in stock. Well, I found it one place, but the prices are a few hundrend dollars more, because I guess NO other store has it, and because it is in such high demand. I am even willing to pay more, but sadly, I am going to have to wait it out. Sigh. I can't wait until March. I need it now! #temper tantrum #first world problems. I guess this will test my patience. Sigh. Today, I probably ate a whole bag of almond chocolate kisses. I'm going to remind myself never to buy those again, because the same thing will happen. Hubby and I came back from shopping, and I discovered Bentley had destroyed my M.A.C. eyeliner pencil. Sad face. A fun thing I did: I dyed my own hair. For the past 12 years, I always got my hair done by the professionals. DIY'ing it always intrigued me, so instead of paying $100-$300+ to get my hair done, I decided to do it myself. I think it turned out pretty good, and will be a great way to save money in the meantime.

Linking up with:

 Jenni @ Story of My Life, Ashley from A Little Dash of Ash

20 January 2012

Who Am I?

I am...

Fur mom.
Master's Degree Holder.
Girly Girl.
Former ballerina, tap dancer, and dancer of modern dance.
Fashion, makeup, and nail polish addict.

I want...

a new car.
my credit card debt to magically disappear.
another DSLR camera.
the four lenses that i want right now.
to meet some bloggers in real life.
to go on a vacation and/or weekend trip.

I have...

the best hubby ever.
the sweetest little doggy.
pretty good friends.
receiving packages and letter.

I wish...  

we had a bigger bathtub (i.e. garden, claw foot, or jacuzzi style)
I was more organized.
I wouldn't second guess myself.

I hate...

feeling invisible.
getting gas.
being out in rainy, cold, or windy weather.
not being recognized for my work. 
not getting anything good in the mail.
being late.
voicemail (just text me!)

I fear...

not being able to have kids. (We aren't trying or anything, but when that time comes, I want to be able to have them without any problems)
not living life to the fullest.
that something will happen to the hubby.

I hear...
(written last night)
the fan.
bentley sighing.
hubby snoring.
me typing.

I search...

for ways to improve my 'craft.'
for ways to be happier.
for new blogs.
for new ideas.
for inspiration.
for new recipes.


I wonder... if there will actually be a winter here. where i live.

I regret... nothing. I view everything as a learning and teaching experience, good or bad. It has made us who we are today. As clique as it may sound, it is true.

I love...
my hubby
my doggie
my family
my friends
bubble baths
road trips
I ache... in my shoulders

I always... will stay true to myself.

I dance... in the kitchen.

Haha. This was 8 years ago. I was singing in Tennessee. Such a terrifying experience.

I sing... all the time.

I never... will understand why people need to be mean to others.

I need... to clean tne living room, as well as space off of my computer.

I should... schedule my blog posts for the upcoming week.

I basically stared at my screen last night and this morning, and could not come up with anything for: I usually, I am not, I sometimes, I cry, I am not always, I lose, I am confused. So, I'm leaving it out.

I found this in my drafts back from May 2011. Crazy, huh? I saw this on Lauren's blog, Let It Be. I figured it would be perfect for Follow Friday that is on Hollie Takes Note's blog.

19 January 2012

It's Okay...

Its Ok Thursdays 

It's okay... to have hubby help me think of ideas for my blog.

It's okay... to kiss your dog.

It's okay... to still have your Christmas tree up.

It's okay... to use my iPad more than my computer.

It's okay... to get discouraged at times.

It's okay... to have the tv on, but not actually watch it.

It's okay... to have a lazy day or lazy week.

It's okay... to eat the same thing two days in a row.
(Cooked the same thing on both days that is. Couldn't help myself, it was too yummy!)

It's okay... to steal hubby's socks.
It's okay... to still watch old episodes of One Tree Hill on Soapnet on the weekdays, and including the weekends. 
It's okay... to have quit your job a month ago, even though the salary was pretty good. No amount of money is worth it, if you are miserable. A person's well-being is much more important.

It's okay... to have turned down interviews that are not a good fit and that you are not interested in.

It's okay... to like staying in rather than going out.

It's okay... to not want to go out when it is raining, even if it is to check the mail.

It's okay... to DVR shows or movies, forget that they are on the DVR, and then end up deleting them.

18 January 2012

We Are All Rich and Blessed.

In today's time, we always see others who have more. We always desire more. Some may even be unhappy with what they have or really what they don't have. With television and social media, it is relatively easy to compare our lives with others. By doing this, some may feel inadequate and that they do not measure up to unrealistic expectations. After all, everyone is different. Everyone's life is different. 
There may be people that you see that drive luxurious cars and live in lavish homes. Maybe they even have several homes. Or maybe they take vacations monthly. Or maybe they have a closet full of designer clothes, but still complain that they have nothing to wear.
So, there really is no need to compare.

While writing the above, it made me think of an email that I had received (which you can see in a top ten list).
Everyone is rich. 
YOU are rich.
  1. You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night. 
  2. You didn’t go to sleep outside.
  3. You had a choice of what clothes to wear this morning.
  4. You hardly broke a sweat today. (btw, it isn't talking about exercise)
  5. You didn’t spend a minute in fear.
  6. You have access to clean drinking water.
  7. You have access to medical care.
  8. You have access to the Internet.
  9. You can read.
  10. You have the right to vote.

Some things are taken for granted. It is so easy to overlook the small things, when so much energy is focused on everything else. It is all about perception. We all truly have things to be thankful for, only if we take a look around. 

We all truly are blessed.

Disclaimer: Everything is written by me, except the top ten list.

17 January 2012

Sometimes and Always

This is my first time linking up with Megan's blog for Sometimes and Always. 

Sometimes: My doggie is annoying.
Always: I'll always love him, no matter what.

Back in July 2011. Two days after hubby and I got our doggie

Sometimes: I feel like quitting blogging and feel like I don't quite fit in, even though I've been doing it for years.
Always: I keep on blogging, because it is something I love. 

Sometimes: I feel down sometimes, whether it is sad, lonely, or self-critical.
Always: Hubby always cheers me up. 

Sometimes: I cook dinner.
Always: Hubby does the dishes. 

Sometimes: I second guess my dream and what I really want to do.
Always: I realize that nothing in life worth doing, is going to be easy. It will be hard work, but it will be worthwhile.

Sometimes: I care too much what people think.
Always: (At least I try to) Their opinions don't matter anyway. There are always going to be haters, and people that put others down, due to their own jealously, insecurities, and unhappiness. Just have to let it roll off your back. 

"People too weak to follow their own dreams will always find a way to discourage yours."

Sometimes: I really don't like telling people what I really want to do, and that I don't want to use my master's degree at all, (or at the very least, what it is technically supposed to be for). I want to do what I'm passionate about it.
Always: No matter what happens, I have a back plan with my master's degree and to use in the meantime.

Sometimes: I'm sometimes afraid of failure.
Always: I always try, because you never know, unless you try. 

Can you guys do me a HUGE favor? It will just take a second, I promise. Go to this link: Cristy Elaine Photography and click on 'View Current Rankings and Vote.' Then find me.... in case you don't know, my name is Whitney S______ and this is the picture on my profile. I believe you have to 'like' the page first.

I'm really wanting to win a free photoshoot for my hubby. This photographer is in my city, and I absolutely love her work. I haven't had a photoshoot (excluding engagement and wedding pictures) in five years. I really want to win this! This would be such a great gift to my hubby, as well as make me feel extra pretty. The photo shoot is valued at $600, and I would totally want to win this!

Feel free to pass it on and have people vote for me! It would mean so much! Voting ends on February 1, and you can vote once daily!

As of last night, I am super far behind. I only have one vote, and the #1 place has 17 votes.  So, I have a lot of catching up to do!

Pretty please!

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