Tag Archives: 2017

Eat. Drink. And Be Merry.

I own a condo!

Again.

8 years later since selling my first condo.

Thanks to one person specifically.  You know, the whole…He who must not be named.

No.  This person is not evil, nor is he Lord Voldemort. hahahaha #HarryPotterJoke

Check out my new home  (keep in mind I’ve got some serious painting to do)!

Nice, huh?

It is to me!

It is the same exact setup as the apartment I have been very happy with for the last four years.

Except, um, the MAJOR upgrades. Um. Yeah. They are Nice!!

And oh, I now have a fireplace. Still not sure how I feel about that.

I love fire in fireplaces.

In other people’s homes!

I have a fear of fire, burning down my place.  Don’t know why, but I do.

Maybe I will turn it into a gas fireplace.

But then again, I fear gas fueled items too for fear of fire. hahahaha #NoWinningOnThisFront hahahha

Saturday, December, 2nd – First Day I Let Go and Enjoyed.

I am done.

I am done moving.

I am done taking care of two places at once.

I am home, I got my happy on and I have been eating, drinking and being merry!

Because tomorrow, Sunday, mama still has a lot of work to do at her new place.

For my southern food eating peeps, check this out –

Frozen Buttermilk Biscuits.

Who knew?

Holy. Crap!

My dad told me about these and they are AMAZING!

This is the new best friend in my house!!

Life is good.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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My Day…

I accidentally lashed out yesterday morning due to being frustrated. Ok. It wasn’t accidental, but I regret it now. Not that what I said wasn’t true. It is just, sometimes my delivery seriously lacks…well it can be a bit brutal when I have tried to share same said info multiple times before. I am not proud of it, but, it is what it is now.

I should be asleep right now because it is, um, 3 am. But yesterday’s events have me up because I am really bothered.  Ever had one of those days when you wish you could have a do over? Um. That’s me right about now.

Thank God this is Thanksgiving week.  I only need to get through today and tomorrow, keep my head down, work hard…and then I am free for four whole glorious days to collect myself.  God grant me peace, please grant me grace and for the love of all that is good the freaking wisdom to zip it! hahaha


In A Really Good Place

I am in a really good place in my life right now.

And I am beyond thankful.

I cannot even express the amount of gratitude I have for all who have helped me and for everything I have in my life right now.

Normally I would be scared to say how good my life is for fear that something really bad would happen.

The whole….and then the other shoe drops kind of thing.

But you know what I have learned?

There is good stuff in life and there is bad stuff in life, and life is always going to go between the two so I might as well be in the present and know and feel and say – I am in a really good place in my life right now.

This has been a long time coming.

I have had my share of ups and I have had my share of downs in my 46 years of life.

And when I say downs, I mean d-o-w-n-s.

There is one area of my life in which I feel charmed.

And that is in real estate.

17 years ago I purchased my first condo for $110k.

8 years ago I sold my first condo for $330k.

I sold my condo on November 30, 2009.

It was not a happy event.  Not. At. All.

I sold it out of fear.

Fear that I would not be able to meet my financial obligations at the time.

I tried self-employment for a while.

Um.

That did NOT work.

I wanted to make sure that I did not default on anything, so I sold my much-loved home.

Present day, November 2017, 8 years later, I am buying a new condo.

I really never thought I’d be here again.

I was cool with renting.

Footloose and fancy free baby!

Although, come to think of it, I have lived in my current apartment for 4 years now.

BUT, I could leave if I really want to move somewhere else!!! hahaha

I have had a lot of help to make this transition from renter to home owner which I am so grateful for, I have had the quickest start to finish home buying process that it still blows my mind.

It has been so smooth, and quick that there is now talk of settling earlier than the scheduled date of November 20th.

The condo that I am buying, um, EXCEEDS what I thought was possible for me.

Everything is BRAND NEW and TOP OF THE LINE, outside of the condo itself, oh, and the stackable washer and dryer.  But I’ll gladly replace that down the road when necessary.

I love my job and the people I work with, and there are so many things that I am excited about learning that will benefit both them and me.

Of course, I love my cats.

I love my family (SO MUCH) and my friends.

Oh, I love the vehicles I own.

And I am very grateful that I have a surrogate brother-in-law to help me with all kinds of stuff (read: my motorcycle) since my real bro-in-law currently resides in CA.

Bottom line, in this moment in time, I am in love with my life and I am grateful.

Like I said, I am in a really good place in my life right now.

I am beyond thankful.

And this has been a long time coming.

Note to all:  Never give up.

Never.

 

 


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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