I Am Thankful That I Knew You.

In  Memoriam.

Someone I cared a great deal about passed away yesterday.

And he was 100% good people.


I Love Food & I Love Cooking!

I love food and I love cooking…

But only because I can actually cook now.

                                                      I Heart Cooking

I am on my 3rd week of using the food delivery service – Hello Fresh.

This is the most awesome, tasty, easy and simply program around.

At least that is my experience to date.

Look what I have learned how to cook over the last 3 weeks…..

                                      Mojo Drizzled New York Strip Steak

                     Cauliflower Pancetta Mac-n-Cheese (Minus the Pancetta)

                                            Crispy Top Parmesan Chicken

                                                    Sweet As Honey Chicken

                                                      The Pat Lafrieda Burger

                                                      Thai Pork Stir Fry

                                                      Buttered Up Steak

                            Thyme And Honey Pork Chops (Minus the Thyme)

                                        Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner

Not only that, I totally hook up co-workers with left over’s, which has been much appreciated…to date.

Recently I started utilizing the ability to skip some weeks.

This is an awesome option for two reason – (1) I can try out what I have learned thus far on my own and (2) the selection available do not always include enough of what I am willing to part with my money for to try.

I do not need breakfast, but thank you.

And I do not need fish or duck, nor do I want to cook any other parts of chicken except for the breast.

Yeah. Definitely no, but thank you anyway.

Overall, my Hello Fresh has been an excellent experience!

I have learned how to cook soooooo many things in the last three weeks that it is unreal.

If I were in a serious relationship, that dude would fall madly in love with me because these meals are great and thus make me a spectacular chef!!

So.  If you are in a rut, or if you are like me and want to learn how to cook – Hello Fresh has brought me such happiness and delicious, beyond words, meals.

Totally worth the investment!

Per me, a 100% satisfied customer.

Food is life.

Might as well make it right.

 

 

 


The Dragonfly

Two months ago today I ran into this dude on my porch…

Hope

I have NEVER seen a dragonfly up close and personal before.

To be honest, this dragonfly scared the BLEEP out of me when I accidentally and unexpectedly came face to face with him on my porch.

“It happened to be” the morning that I was to take Mozzie (my cat) to the emergency vet for a sonogram.

I thought for sure the sonogram would show that Mozzie did not have much time left to live, he was skin and bones and miserable.

I told the big man, aka God, don’t mess with me.  You are trying to make me hopeful when I am pretty sure this is the end.  Please do not lie to me.

But still, I looked up the symbolism of the dragonfly when I came in and read this…When the dragonfly shows up in your life, it may remind you to bring a bit more lightness and joy into your life.

It turns out the “dragonfly” was correct.

And to date, with medicine, my little man Mozzie is OK.

This really was one of those, did that really happen, wow moments.


A Shift in Focus

A lot has happened in the last two months.

I withdrew from my accounting certificate classes back in June because I was really behind due to taking care of Mozzie.

A “W” (withdrawal) looks a heck of a lot better on my transcript than an “F.”

I lost the money too.

That was a very hard and an expensive pill to swallow.

The school wasn’t going to refund my money nor transfer me to the next semester of classes due to a cat emergency.

Believe me, I looked into it.

I also spent the following upcoming three classes’ and textbooks worth of money on Mozzie’s care.

The necessary ultra sound alone cost $600.

So poof, my scholastic goals went up in smoke rather quickly.

To be honest, I was mad at myself for even beginning that goal prior to beginning an even more important goal that could change my life.

Mozzie?

He is purrfectly good now and I do not regret spending any money on helping him.

He has IBS and I give him a pill every other day.

Although neither of us enjoys the process, he is doing well and we are dealing.

The more important goal that could change my life was (and is)….my health.

I knew that I knew that I should have made that my focus before taking accounting classes.

I firmly believe that without your health, you have nothing.

I learned that first hand when I broke my foot, an eye-opening experience for me.

First time I had broken something and became somewhat immobilized.

Yet I put my hopes of excelling at work and finally making six figures ahead of everything else.

Wrong move.

I am administrative.

There are tons of accountants on staff and new ones coming on board with far more knowledge and that have time in than I could ever hope to have…so my health really should have been my first priority.

Now by default, it is.

A blessing in disguise if you will.

As of this last Monday, I started a 90 day fitness program by Jillian Michael AND I have an accountability partner.

We check in daily.

I also signed up for the Hello Fresh food delivery service.

Simple recipes to cook and the food and recipes are delivered to my front doorstep.

I am finally going to learn how to cook!

Hello. Fresh.

I tried this set up once before with Blue Apron.

But the recipes, although really good, were a little bit too fancy for me so it did not last long.

Check out Hello Fresh.

Now this is simple cooking in my book!

 

My last physical with my doc was SO not good.

It was the worst one that I have had in my life to date.

My doctor said – what (the hell, she wanted to say but did not) has changed in the last 3 years????

You went from 115 to 130 to 150 in three years.

Now things really need to change and go the other way.

Beyond my broken foot that took me from 130 to 150, all I could come up with for her was….

Um, my commute and stress and being less physical due to less time and energy.

As she pointed out…I am in control of me.

Not only that, but I am responsible for me.

My health really should be ultra important because without it, um, nothing else matters.

In order to get myself back on track, I realized that I must make the following changes – diet and exercise.

Now.  I have a dedicated accountability partner in place who wants what I want, both for herself, as well as for me.

I really hope that I am only half way done with my time here on earth.

That being the case, it is time that I take my foot out of the grave and begin living life so I can look back one day and say –

I did well, I am happy and holy smack am I hot!

I would not be me without that last comment.

Just sayin’.

hahahaha

My wish – health for all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Vacationing with Mozzie

Have you ever had a moment when after seeing someone day in and day out you suddenly see them in a different light and think – Holy cow! You have lost a lot of weight!!  Or Holy cow!  You have gained a lot of weight!!

That happened to me on Monday with my cat Mozzie.

He loves attention. At least from me.  I scratch under his chin, behind his ears and the scruff of his neck often because he really enjoys it.

But Monday, I was standing over him so I rubbed both my hands down the sides of his body to give him full body love and I felt his ribs and thought, HOLY BLEEP!  What the bleep is wrong?!  Why are you so damn skinny??

Over the weekend he had gotten sick a couple of times and had diarrhea 3 mornings in a row.  I thought he had eaten something and would be ok once it passed.

Why did I think that?

Let me show you some exhibits of his handy work when I am not home….

He nailed it! And by that I mean Mozzie has successful chewed on the corners of ALL the window frames in the apartment.  He is not a slacker.

Next on his chewing list, he hit the kitchen! Marked the kitchen cabinets as no match for him.

Then he got bored over time and moved on to my furniture. He is worse than a dog! I never see it going down, I just get to admire the results.

This is one of Mozzie’s favorite cat toys. I should know because I have bought at least 20 of them over time because….well, please see next photo

And this would be the same said toy one day later. At $4.99 a pop, Mozzie has a very expensive habit!

But Monday freaked me out because I had not noticed that he was losing weight, and he wasn’t acting really sick or lethargic until Monday.

I went to work, got some things done and was going to leave after the receptionist had lunch, but one of my bosses told me to go home right then and take Mozzie to the vet.

I was so grateful because I was upset, both about Mozzie’s health and my own.  I had received a message that same morning from my doctor that I needed to come back in soon because there were irregularities with my mammogram.

That on top of having poor result with my physical recently, well let’s just say that the only thing I have got going in my favor right about now is my teeth.  I at least passed that exam with flying colors!

Four years ago I was working for a different CPA firm.  One night during tax season I came home and realized that my cat Caesar’s breathing was labored so I rushed him to the vet.  Five hours later, after he and I next rush to an emergency vet, the most unexpected thing happened, he passed away.

That was very traumatic for me.  He and I were very close and we went through a lot together.  I cried so much that my eyes were practically swollen shut.

I went to work the next day since it was tax season and I was pretty much a key figure in getting the returns out the door, amongst other things.  I looked like absolute crap, and no amount of make-up could even begin to hide my swollen eyes.

One of my bosses at the time, who was also one of the owners of the firm, sat down with me and said, “If my dog just died, I sure as hell would not be here! I’d probably be at a bar drowning my sorrows.  Nonetheless, I would not be here.”

It made me feel better at the time.  But since I only had Caesar and he was gone, the very last place I wanted to be was at home, a home that had suddenly become so empty without warning.

So when I noticed “out of the blue” that something was wrong with Mozzie, he became my primary focus.  I have gladly spent some of my vacation time to be able to care for him and watch him carefully.  I do not want to repeat of what happened to me before.

The vet gave him several injections to re-hydrate him, to stop the vomiting and the diarrhea, and I have medicine I am giving him daily.  On a separate day I took in a stool sample and the results came back negative, which is good.

He’s an indoor cat, so it has to be something he ate or something within his own body that is not functioning properly.

He seems to be feeling a little bit better.  He’s eating (food, not wooden house fixtures or toys), he’s going to the bathroom normally, he’s not throwing up, and he is playing with Kennedy some more.

So we are hanging today.  He and Kennedy have been enjoying the sun…..

Chilling

Sunbathing

And if he shows any signs of not feeling well, back to the vet we will go for the next exploratory step.

At this rate, between checking on his health and my own, I am dropping about $250 every other day.

If something needs to be done, I will do it because health is more important than money.

But since I am footing the bill, I’d like to slow it down and take a more cautious yet pro-active ready to move forward at a moment’s notice type of approach.

Like I said right now he seems good, and I am going to relax a little bit today too, since you know, we are on vacation…..

My Little Monster, I mean My Little Mozzie.

Mozzie Snoozing

Cat Nap for Kennedy

Kennedy Snoozing and Happy as a Lark


Epic Fail

I am seriously failing school right now, well at least in my Business course.  I just took Test 1 and I got….64%.  Um.  I am used to an A due to absolutely no social life, aka sucks, but at least I get an A.

I am kinda pissed on several levels right about now.

Maybe disappointed is a better word.

I cancelled my trip to CA to see my sis and family to enjoy Great Wolf Lodge water park/slides and Disneyland with them in order to try to complete the 3 classes I signed up that are needed to complete the Bookkeeping Certificate.

This alone upsets me greatly.  I wanted to hang with them and experience a water park galore.  For real.  A big dream.

Plus.  I really haven’t had a “real” vaca in 10 or so years.

I am a water baby.  I am beyond words energized by water and so wanted to enjoy the lodge.

But nonetheless, here and now, I am between a rock and a hard place.

I don’t want this certificate to take 2 years.  I really don’t.

I have a slight scheduling problem when it comes to school because of tax season, which runs January 1st – April 15th is Spring Session in school.  That eliminates one whole semester for me as there is no way I could do both.

I signed up for 3 summer session classes (which are shorter sessions than Spring and Fall semesters, um, as you can tell, I wasn’t prepared for that).  I am trying to get it done as quickly as possible so I can move on to the next stage…an Accounting Certificate.

That one really may take two years due to tax seasons.

I wanted to at least complete one certificate by the end of 2017.

And I am soooooo pissed that I am spending so much time on this Business Class!

By the way, like I said, it is the class that I am currently failing.

I am spending more time on that than the Accounting Class….the whole freaking reason I am here in the first place!

Anyway, I am a little discouraged tonight.  Tomorrow hopefully will be a  new day.

But for the love of God, I cannot believe I failed my first exam

#MostlyMyFaultButWhoTheHellCanKeepUpWith3OnlineSyllabusesAtOnce!!!!

Do not count me out yet, as I oddly find all of this information I am learning very interesting.

It is just the time frame that I have to pull it all off that is giving me trouble.

Until then, thus far, epic fail…..


Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World

Best. Audio. Book. Ever!

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World by Admiral William McRaven, retired Navy Seal Commander, is an amazing book.

Short and sweet.

After I bought it and went to download it, I noticed that is was just over an hour, whereas most of the books I have purchased can run up to 8 hours.

This book is a bestseller, #5 on Amazon, so I was intrigued as to what he could share that was so powerful.

His book has 5 stars from every reader who rated it on Amazon as of just now.  I don’t think I have seen 100% 5 star rating before.

And I must say, he does not disappoint.

I think it is better to listen to the audio book because he reads the book himself.

His voice alone is powerful.

Here are the bullet points that he makes, but you are going to want to hear or read the full story behind each for yourself.

“If you want to change your life or maybe the world remember:

Start each day with a task completed.

Find someone to help you through life.

Respect everyone.

Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often. 

But if you take some risks, step up when times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the down trodden, and never EVER give up…

If you do these things, then you can change your life for the better, and maybe the world.”   — Admiral William McRaven

Me.

I got up at 5am this morning.

I made my bed better than I normally do.

I completed the task of riding my motorcycle for an hour.

I am telling you, you are going to want to check out this book.

 

 

 

 

 


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