Look what happened now...
How are things? It was a really, really good day. Both productive and happy. #WIN
I woke up early to warmer south Texas weather. Meaning not too cold, put on a light jacket and only pretend its winter, lol. No snow, no ice, just blue - sunny skies. Yeahhhh..
So off I went for yoga. I always, ALWAYS feel better after. I don't always make time to go to class or practice like I should, but always feel great when I can fit it in. It's funny when life gets busy is when you need it most, but can't (or at least I can't) justify taking the time to fit in a session. #FML
After that I was feeling all relaxed and zen. Had a quick shower & headed to office for another round of meetings. Where I was surprised with this lovely orchid, Its so PRETTY! I just love the colors.
Finally finished up and was free to take a late lunch with an old friend. I think it was after 3:00 before I could get away...But was still calm from a.m. yoga. #Zen
Audrey and I grabbed take out, returned to my office & proceeded to laugh and visit the rest of the afternoon.. We had the best time.
Audrey's been talking about the last sandwich we ate there for months now, lolol So whenever she is in town we always try to eat there. They were open, but no one was home (?) You have to call a cell # and they will open up and make your food. So its kinda different..But the sandwiches are Super good! Look at all those Veggies! YUMMMS :)
+ Its so nice hanging out with old friends. We were talking about everything under the sun. After I took the photo of the sandwich the conversation shifted to blogging and writing in general. I think she might start blogging now, too. She mentioned someone sent her a blog link to a certain house/B & B (The Belle Oaks, remb I posted it here?) and we discussed. She had no idea I wrote it. Too funny! #SmallWorld
Now I spam one more Orchid picture-
Happy Chinese New Year! Hope you have a year of great health, wealth and luck.
May the horse be with you!
I totally mislead you with the travel inspired thingy I made. Cause who wants to make one for cleaning???!!?
I have 5 main closets. I know I am spoiled. I know. I have too many shoes, I know.
Its true. I should join a 12 step club or something. But I just Like them so much...
Yesterday, (if you popped by here), you may remb I was home on a snow day. Which was wonderful until about noon and then I was bored outta my mind! By noon I had eaten, napped, watched TV and conquered the internet. WTF?!? How do people stay home all the time? Anyway on my ever growing list of "shit I gotta get done before I leave the country" (Yes, thats the working title) was clean out closets and organize some of my BS.
Now NO ONE other than me or Rick NEVER, EVER sees these closets and he only see like 1 or 2. He knows better than to poke around in my stuff. #IHaveTrustIssues and I die of embarrassment. But since you and I are so close, I show you... Just don't judge, ok??
Yes, thats a double closet and yes I have 4 more of them. Yes, Its a lot of crap just thrown in there will no order at all.
I am so ashamed! *Crying on keys now. sniff. You said you wouldn't judge me! :o
BUT, BUT! I fixed it yesterday! or at least it is better. I know you are thinking I need a maid. Well I have one. But I never would be so cruel as to ask her to clean up this shit. I put in there I need to sort and clean out. *sniff*
And all these other pairs of shoes. See this is not my shoe closet. WTF?! How did they get in there?? Shakes fist at sky! Who broke in and threw my good shoes in there??? :0
Ok...I'm calming down now. I admit had to be me....
I pulled everything out and cleaned. I went through boxes, paper and clothes. I bagged stuff for Goodwill, neighbors and trash dump. I found old letters from ex BF. I found missing reports from work (WTF?!? Am I sleep WORKING??) and other odd crap. I boxed stuff up for France and threw out old gift bags and cards. I was a working #Tornado!
So after several hours of work it began to take some sorta shape.
Yes, still a lot of crap. BUT is organized CRAP now! :D So how do you keep your stuff clean and in order? Do you have a system or a certain place it goes? How do you do it??? Please share with me!
Will admit after doing all this cleaning I was too tried to be bored. Just so you know the rest of house doesn't look like this. It's clean (thank God for the maid) and organized. Maybe its because I just toss all the loose carp in that closet? IDK. Plus I always go crazy cleaning and organizing right before a trip. IDK why. So next I'm gonna paint the garage...NOT. Next I'm going back to work to get some much needed rest, lol.
Thank you for not judging :)
Catch you later-
I had a busy day of shoe shopping planned for today. But the weather turned all wicked & iced up & stuff. 😒
So I have busy day of sleeping & drinking hot coco instead. #seemsLikeAWin
I have plane tickets to book & novels to read. So I'm gonna let it snow & just enjoy it. Hope you are warm & cozy today too.
Catch you later-
*Warning* Picture heavy post.
To celebrate my completion of the MEGA BIG project at work we went out to eat & party. It was warm again so EVERYONE was out celebrating too. I know they must have been happy for me.
Went here for Angelica's Birthday & it was hmm how to say? Lacking? The food was meh to ugh! So we thought we would give it another try. Apparently so did the rest of Texas...the wait was 45 minutes and it looked like it would be longer. So we passed on that..
Rudy's shares the parking lot with Carino's and it was full too. But like I say it warmed up from Friday's snow to Saturday sweater weather. So everyone was out again, I guess? Or it was some new holiday. The "take your screaming child out to eat day" but that mostly happens everyday. :o
So ok, back to my story. We left Carino's and motored over to old reliable Olive Garden. It was super jammed and wait time was 45-50 minutes. So left there and I'm ready for tacos or grass or cardboard or ANYTHING. #Starved!
Now stuffed and totally happy we were off to Gruene. Weather is getting colder, but still really nice. :D
If you want the scoop on Gruene, (what it is and what there is do there). Click this post for my history lesson. We come here quite often actually, but do different things. It's approx an hour away from my house. My New Orleans buddies hate it. They say too touristy #Whatever We like it.
It was a really nice evening. Gruene is really DARK, so my pictures NEVER turn out good there. (My excuse, ok?) But its a cool place to visit. I was just happy to be outta the office, to be honest. :x
Today I'm gonna chill and read. Monday comes too quick, way too quick. I have a 8:30 am meeting & then a meeting with my insurance agent. Storm did some damage at my house. (OMG! Wait till you see those pictures) :O
But is ok, no one was hurt and all can be fixed. Am just glad it wasn't worse. #LookOnBrightSide
Anyway, hope you are having a great weekend and you get some time to relax too.
Take care and talk soon!
How are things in your world? Cold enough here to be a problem. I sent everyone home (again) to enjoy a snow day. #BestBossEver
Its really snowing in most of the United States. Here we have a few flakes (pun intended) and a wee bit of ice. Just enough to be a general Bitch and a Bitch we are not used to. So everyone count to 10 and then proceed to FREAK OUT! :X
South Texas economy comes crashing to a halt. #WTF?!?!
Canada friends I don't know how you do it?!
We just give up here and go home. #NoFightingSpiritWhenItsCold We don't even have proper coats, what the Hell?! #JustGoHome
See my ice/snow?
But it's all about finding balance, right? Too much work and you stress out. Not enough work and you starve, WTF?!
I just finished up HUGE work project (does happy dance around computer) and tonight we celebrate! (Yes, I'm leaving the house, finally something new to blog about.) Sorry I've been rather lame lately. * ____ *
But to move business forward must try new ideas & push to bring them into reality. (And stay home till they are complete.)
I really should have just bought a Coach wallet, but since I change purses so often, it would drive me mad trying to match it. (I know buy more wallets to match, right?) I just can't seem to. It's just feels like I am wasting money on dumb shit. I would rather spend that money traveling. What my brain says isn't dumb shit. That balance thing again..
Too each his own. (Like cold weather, lol) I think if most American really knew how nice Canada was they would move there in droves, cold/ice/snow or not. Well played Canadians, well played.
Now I must throw another log on the fire and plan tonights celebration! Be on the look out for more blurry pictures on instagram.
Catch you later-
How are things?
I just sent everyone home from the office this afternoon. All we were doing was standing around, drinking coffee and waiting for the roads to ice. #FUN
We were wearing shorts yesterday...lol
It's already almost freezing now..So why wait, right? I try and think about the people 1st and not so much about work. well I mean the people are WORK. But if my employees aren't happy then work is going to be BAD for everyone, right?
Anyway, I went home to find GIANT box from AMAZON waiting.
I also rec'd a Conscious box this week. The thoughtful postman delivered it to my office. (Where I ripped it open & marveled at all the goodies inside.) I faster ate the fig bar and ran into a meeting. #SuperBoss
When I returned it had disappeared. (I’m sure my assistant put it somewhere safe for me?) So fat chance of me reviewing it this year..lol.
Just let me say: Is good deal, lots of good stuff. Good for the planet & you. You should buy one, now. #ReviewComplete
Those were quick iphone picts. Sorry for the blurry images. But things happen super fast at work. LOL Anyway...as I said we are gone for the day. I went home and changed outta nice office lady dress into Layer upon layer of sweats. #exciting, huh?
I'm all bundled up now for next adventure. (4-5 layers, see?) Quick trip to the market and check on elderly neighbors. Then home for hotdogs and movies. #LifeIsGood
Catch you later-
Hope your week is going well. I hosted "Girls Movie Night" last night and am moving rather slow today. This time we did actually turn on the TV! #Progress!
No movies, but we did watch the BBC Sherlock season 3. It was awesome! One of the other girls hosts a Thursday Night Horror movie marathon, (this is what my friends are really like, lol) and we were discussing next movie night we will marathon True Blood season 1 and see how that works. She has some teens at her extravaganza and doesn't get to watch a lot of the more "adult" (read sexy/nude) horror stuff. Not that True Blood is all that scary, but it is a wonderful slice of small town southern life- with Vampires thrown in for good measure. #InMyOpinion
Anyway, back to last night...
As you may know from all my whining lately I have been working non stop. I did plan on cooking a lovely buffet dinner, complete with gourmet touches for the ladies. In my mind I envisioned a pretty themed table, fancy garnishes, fresh fruit in some crafted watermelon bowl and other homemade wonders. :o #Perfection for my best buds..
Then, as is often the case, reality sat in
and I knew I was screwed. I didn't have time to go to the market & since Rick had just blown in & then zipped out, THERE WAS NO FOOD IN THE HOUSE!
So what does a smart, career woman do?
She has the bloody thing catered!
Oo la lal #FancySmancy
I went with a sensible sandwich tray from Schlotzskys.
One lady brought cupcakes (from Sam's) and another brought cake. So we had plenty of food!
They were all happy to eat sandwiches and even looked at one of my work projects. (In my attempt to explain why I have been MIA & so lame lately. #FML)
We watched Sherlock and visited and ate some more and laughed and ate some more. lol
Sandwich tray (plus bottle of hot sauce, lol) to feed 5 was $26. + tax approx $30.USD. So it was a great price and for good, fresh sandwiches. (Not to mention more healthy than Pizza.)
They didn't leave until 4:00 a.m. (OH MY GOD!) so I guess they had fun?
I'm headed home now for a nap.
Catch you later-
How are things? We were set for a road trip to the Brewery in Shiner, Texas today.
How fun is that?!? #loveARoadTrip The weather has been really nice (You need a jacket at night and shorts in the day) so perfect for a road trip adventure!
I've been to the brewery before but it was ages ago. It came up one night that I dated a brewer once, (lol long story for some other time, boys & girls) and one beer related story led to another & then we were planning a road trip. #WTF?!
Shiner is a really tiny town in south Texas. The population is approx 2,000 & Its famous for the brewery.
They say, "Laughter is the best medicine", you know? I should be healthy as the proverbial horse then! I am constantly surrounded by clowns. IDK.. My lovely almost local Texas friends noticed I was still up late Saturday/early Sunday morning (Damn that GetGlue app) and decided to stop by after they closed down the clubs… #partyOn Yo!
So party animal that I am (so sad) I end up baking chocolate ship cookies for everyone. (I guess they were not that drunk after all, WTF??) We stayed up too late, eating, visiting and generally having a lot of laughs. :D Thank goodness I don't have any neighbors close!
I was reading about laughter and stress today. The suggestion was that you laugh as much as a four-year-old. That average four-year-old laughs 300 times a day - wow🎉😳 Meanwhile the average 40-year-old only laughs about three times a day! What the hell? Is that all? Is life so depressing by the time your 40 that you cannot find anything to laugh at???
They sure don't have the friends I do...
Rick decided to take a picture of the cookies baking in the oven using my weather app. WTF? Breaking weather news.... #Moron
After I wrestle (yes, he likes to wrestle) the phone away from him I am just able to take one semi decent picture of cookies before they are all eaten. I had one, BTW and then returned to grapes, the others wanted their grapes in the more liquid form..lol
The studies say laughter reduces levels of stress hormones, soothes tension & improve your immune system. Not to mention just makes you feel better in general. Read a short article here from the Mayo clinic, if you want to know more. I know I'm lucky to be surrounded by such good friends that make me laugh and help keep me (in)sane. :D
I hope you can find something to laugh about today too.
Because its the little, day to day things that make life grand.
Catch you later-
That was my recipe for the week err, month I mean Day. Super Simple!
1st -cut up a hand full of ripe strawberries, add enough low fat Vanilla Soy Milk (I used store brand, WTF? Cheap much?) to cover and blend.
And there you go, super easy and tastes great! Especially after a hike, work out, or even just vegging on the couch. Not that I have been vegging on the couch watching movie or anything…
(Did you see Dracula last night??)
Err ok, anyway, there is no excuse for not getting in some fresh, healthy fruit. This is so simple & quick! Also thats some wild animal, I was minding my own business when he attacked and asked for movies, really. :o
I have to run now, (FOR REAL).
Catch you later-
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