My Top 10 Reasons Why I Haven’t Updated My Blog

Just in case you are wondering where the heck I’ve been… because I just know you’ve been losing sleep each night and we just can’t have that can we?

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10.  Sticky Chicken.  The very last recipe I was making before my world became turned upside down.  Ladies and gentlemen, this is one sticky but delicious mess.  Being the procrastinator that I can be at times, I am still trying to rework the instructions to ensure success before posting the recipe on my blog.  This recipe is actually prepared mostly in the crock-pot but there is definitely a science to it.  When the Test Panel tried it, they declared it an immediate winner!

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My Test Panel, consisted of Thing 1 (soon to be age 16) and Thing 2 (soon to be 30… I mean 13.  For further clarification on this matter, you can read all about Thing 2 right over here. Thing 1 (my pickiest eater) instantly proclaimed, “with chicken like this, who needs Panda Express?”  As of this writing, I’m still not sure if I should be flattered or insulted by this declaration but I’m sure through the lense of a teenage boy, this is the most highest form of flattery.

9.   A call from the Emergency Room.  Literally, the day after I made the sticky chicken, I received a call at one o’clock in the morning from the hospital.  My 82 year-old dad had a heart attack.

8.  Non-stop trips to the Cardiac ICU.  Unfortunately, the heart attack led his admission to two hospitals, a triple bypass surgery and countless trips to ICU.

7.  A week’s long staycation with my family. Sadly, this event all coincided with my family’s first cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines.  We, of course, cancelled our trip so we could support each other and white knuckle our way through the endless tests, surgery and recovery of my Dad.  On a brighter and more personal note, my husband and I consider ourselves to be 100% optimist most of the time.  And the one positive thing we took out of this horrid experience (besides the given – my Dad fully recovered) is this…

We are a “blended” family of 6 and oh by the way, a newlywed couple of one year this month.  During this past week, a lot of tears were shed by everybody but as a family every single member came together as one.  During this emotionally charged week, our family pulled together like it never did before.  There were unsolicited hugs, random acts of kindness, somber moments of support and incredible moments of bravery, self sacrifice and selflessness.  While we never would wish this circumstance to ever happen in a million years, the outcome and aftermath is truly a blessing beyond even words I can express.

6. Movies.  On a much lighter note, we did manage to squeeze in some fun family moments during the week.  Seeing Despicable Me 2 being one of the more noteworthy.  How can anyone NOT smile at the beloved minions?

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5.   Summer Waves, Jekkyl Island.  We managed to do what Floridians do best… have fun in the sun.. and hit a local Water Park.

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4. Adventure Landing, Jacksonville Beach.

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We played mini golf, air hockey, road on go-karts, and played mini-golf!

3. Jacksonville Beach.  We walked on the beach at sunset.

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2. After a whirlwind week full of both ups and down, tears and hugs, laughter … complete exhaustion.

1. And the number reason I didn’t update my blog over the past 13 days… (besides of my Dad, of course 😉  I didn’t cook!  Not once.

With that I leave you today, with the promise of posting the infamous “Who Needs Panda Express Anyway?  Sticky Chicken” tomorrow.

3 sunshiny thoughts for today

I will warn you…. it’s a hot and sticky day in Florida.  Even more so than a typical summer day in the land of Sunshine and I will do just about anything to avoid finishing the last leg of mowing my yard.  So forgive me if I get a little long winded on this post.  The air conditioning is feeling a little bit too good right now.  And forgive me, if these random things make no logical sense, just blame it on heat stroke and come back and visit me on another day… please?  Pretty please?


So, as I was mowing the first portion of my yard at 10:30 this morning in the cooler part of the day (and by cooler I mean 80s), I did a lot of self analysis.  This is NEVER a good thing lol.  Analysis, at least to me, brings awareness of weakness, followed by …  acceptance/recognition of said weakness … followed by .. change.  Or at least an action plan for change.

Side note:  I will publicly acknowledge the fact that I am a “dot dot dot” kind of girl (which is just one of the million reasons why I love the movie Mamma Mia)

but alas this less than desirable trait probably will not change any time soon.   I digress.

Moving… right along…. Three things that I learned about very sweaty, dehydrated self (because I know you are dying to know *cough cough*

I despise the heat.  Well gee there’s a shocker (lol).  Wait what?  A Floridian that hates the heat?  I  have now lived in Florida for nearly two decades and still have not learned to adapt to the heat.  I’m guessing it’s the Yankee girl still left in me.

I truly love, with all of my heart, my husband.   The single regret I have is not meeting him earlier in my life.  He brings out the best in me in which I truly didn’t believe that anybody could.  He brought back a part me back to life –  that believes in the good in all humanity.  He brought my compassion.  My love for all that is good in life and how to forgive those and those things that are not.  He is the single person in my lifetime that makes me believe that I can achieve anything as he is standing by my side and that I shouldn’t settle for anything less. He is the person that completes me. I am truly blessed. .

Lastly, I still… much to my dismay… live my life based on some level of fear.  One would thing that in your fourties that you would run out of fears but it seems when you dig deep enough, the same insecurities are still there. Are my skill good enough for that job?  Can I overcome my public speaking fear for that job?  How could we possibly move across the country and overcome a ton of obstacles for that job?  What if we fail?  How could I possibly tell two sets of parents that we would be moving thousands of miles away without breaking their hearts?  My husband calls this “stinkin’ thinkin”.  Thinking that focuses on failure instead of succeeding.

So what do these three things have in common?  Cha-cha-cha-cha-cha-cha-changes…  once again, I pause and stand and face the fear head on. What changes do I have to make.  What fears do I have to overcome to live the life that I want for my family?   My question to YOU is what one fear or one change you need to make that is holding you back?  More tomorrow… as it is time to mow once again.

I leave you today with 10 quotes that Zig Ziglar claims that will change your life.  

10) “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”

9) “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
8 ) “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”
7) “There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.”
6) “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.”
5) “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
4) “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”
3) “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
2) “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
1) “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”

Three random facts about me

Because I just know you are dying to know more 😉

  1. My life has been touched by adoption.
  2. I am a retired Preschool Teacher who use to teach three-year-olds (no foolin’!) 
  3. Three places I have always wanted to visit was Paris, Alaska and Scotland. One of which, I almost eloped to.  Can you guess which one? 
Your turn.. tell me your top 3!

3 Numbers

I am going to do the unthinkable.  Are you ready?  I’m going to give you three sets of numbers.  Let’s see what you can guess what they are. 
145
162
114
8
4
14
40
20
30
These numbers, dear readers, are what every woman is judged by during the course her lifetime by the media, complete strangers and sadly sometimes by those closest to her very own heart.

Those numbers are my weight, my dress size and my age — obviously at various checkpoints in my life.

Weight has always been something I’ve struggled with my whole life.   Ironically, since I have become gluten free, I now weigh the least I have in my 40+ years of life without trying.  I only mention this fact because I still have a wildly skewed body image of the awkward, pudgy, picked on teenager who was always one of the last two picked kids in gym class.  Body image is such a delicate and odd thing.

Why is it that we are programmed to see the very worst in ourselves and have such a difficulty of letting go of the very worst parts of our lives?  Why do we focus on such shallow things like size and shape when true inner beauty like kindness, compassion, patience and humility are what matters?  And more importantly, how do I express these words in such a way that  my daughter who now struggles with her own body image believe them?

This is the what haunts me today.

If you haven’t already seen this Dove commercial, please take the time to watch it.  It will really change the way you think.  Pass the tissues, please 😉



 Trois.  Tres.  Three.  3. 

Such a small, unassuming but complex number. Three is one of the first numbers that we are taught as wide- eyed toddlers seeking their Mommy’s approval and accolades. For Christians, Three is a holy number – as it is symbolic of the Holy Trinity (The Father…The Son and The Holy Spirit). Conversely, to the superstitious only bad things happens in 3s to the misfortunate.  To me, 3 pretty much sums up my life. Three different relationships, 3 very different career paths in 3 different decades.  Color me a Gemini, but this very fact alone is what makes me … me.  A person who embraces challenge, has the drive to always improve and reinvent myself and a person who has decided to take ownership of my own happiness.  The latter was a life lesson learned in the last decade.  And btw, if you are paying attention, you will notice that I just listed only 3 things about me lol.  If you want to know more, you’ll have come visit my blog regularly 😉

Yes, I know what you are thinking.  Okay got it, she like’s the number 3… so what’s this blog all about?  Change lots of change. In the past 3 months, I’ve  married the man of my dreams, changed professions and moved into a new house.  In the past 3 years, I’ve gotten divorced, met the man of my dreams and became gluten free.  So with all of this being said, life is moving a million miles a minute for me.  This blog will chronicle these changes (for my own sanity and for the entertainment of the extremely bored). I’ll also include exciting things that you can’t live without (tongue in cheek) like the latest and greatest gluten free recipe for my Pumpkin Cinnamon Muffins and the thrilling non-stop adventures of becoming a life insurance agent.  Great.  I just noticed I gave 3 more examples.  I wonder if therapy comes in 3s? Being a huge Simple Abundance fan, I will also list 3 things each day that I am grateful for.   Please feel free to join in anytime you are ready.