Friday, March 28, 2014

That's A Wrap

I think I've eaten more tortillas in the last two months than I did in the last two years. Wraps, wraps, wraps. All I want to eat are wraps. I'm like a toddler who has discovered popsicles for the first time. Whenever my husband goes out of town, I revert back to the college days of making whatever is easiest. He's back for weeks, but I haven't shaken the habit. Can one go to rehab for Wrap Addiction?

Throw in whatever combination of stuff you like, and roll that baby up! Some of my favorite wrap ingredients (in no particular order or combination) are:

Black beans
Red Onion

On the topic of "that's a wrap"... Hallelujah! It's Friday. It has been a bizarre week at work, but thus is the life of assisted living communities. As they say, every day is an adventure. Just call me Columbus!

Cheers, and Happy Friday!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Saving Money Isn't Just For Undergrads

Remember that thing I used to go called grad school? Well, I'm still at it! It was put on hold in the fall due to our move and my new job. Since things were still changing and settling at work after the holidays, I decided to ease back into school with one class. I'm so glad I made that choice, because I started a new position in January, and work has been craaaaazyyyyy.

So here I am buying my books for spring term already. Where does the time go?! Per usual, I've turned to Saving money isn't just for undergrads! gets me:

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As I bridge from winter term to spring term this week and mourn the tuition money evaporating from my wallet, I count my lucky stars that has saved me hundreds of dollars. Hundreds!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

"Help Me. I'm Poor."

Everyone in my online life has life-changing announcements to scream from their virtual mountaintops. I'm engaged!... I'm graduating!... I'm moving!... I'm pregnant!... I'm awesome! I'm over here like, "Hey, I got new underwear." With no big news to shout from my own virtual mountaintop, I send random notes to friends.

Michelle "gets" me, so I know she doesn't mind getting random e-mails like this from me (and loves it, I think):

Last night I was tired. I was tired at 8:00 p.m. 
Truly, I could have crawled into bed at 8:00 p.m., 
but I knew I'd be in for a 4:00 a.m. wake-up call if I did that, 
and that is not an hour of the day that I care to be friends with.

I walked toward S with my shoulders hunched forward, 
 a furrowed brow, and a pouty bottom lip as a way of saying 
"I am so tired that I don't know what to do with myself." 
He took one look at me and quoted the best scene in Bridesmaids:

"Help me. I'm poor."

He won my heart forever.

That airplane scene gets me every time. 

The first GIF on this blog! (source)

Happy Monday, y'all.

Monday, March 10, 2014

In the Worst of Times Too

I came across this photo while backing up my laptop files. I don't remember ever seeing it before. It must have been taken when we were preparing a shot (that I do remember taking) with our photographer. It captured us in a moment together when we didn't know anyone was looking, and I love it.

It feels like my husband has been gone more than he's been home in the last six months, but it was more like a 50/50 split. Thankfully, his scheduled travel is done for the time being.

We've been having some "future" talk lately which exciting. After mentally approaching certain life matters with "we'll cross that bridge when we get to it," it feels surreal to know that the bridge is not too far off in the distance now. Things are starting to piece together and things seem... possible now. All of this got me thinking about relationships, love, and marriage. If you ask a married person "How did you know she was the one for you?" or "Why do you want to spend the rest of your life with him?" you will hear something romantic and sweet and positive. That's what you would expect, right? Marriage is a wonderful, happy thing! But life can be difficult.

A few years ago, a friend told me about her cousin who died and how her aunt and uncle's marriage didn't survive it. Losing a child is a heavy blow, and I sympathize for those who have to struggle through it. We loosely put our own marriages in that scenario, and she asked me,

"Do you think you guys would make it through?"

Without hesitation, I answered, "Yeah, I think we would. That's one of the reasons I married him."

One of the main reasons I have faith in this marriage is that I would choose to be with him in the worst of times. Crazy things happen in life, and it is in those times that I am reminded that my husband is not in my life just to be romantic and fun. He is my partner and my teammate. When we got married, we committed to doing life with each other, come hell or high water. The details are beside the point here, but I can say that we have been through a lot. Even so, harder things may be down our long road together, and I'm glad I'll have him by my side. I am not saying that I am an expert on marriage. What I am trying to say is this:

To all the people in relationships who have complete faith in it and have already come out on the other side of tough times: Treasure that!

To all the single people: Choose someone who is fun and wonderful but is also the person you would choose to experience life's toughest stuff with, because if you make it through the tough stuff, you can keep having your wonderful life together.

To my husband: I love you around the universe and back. I love doing life with you in the best of times, and I have complete faith in us in the worst of times too. Thank you.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

10 Things I Enjoyed in February (and a Giveaway!)

  1. Sweet reminders from my husband. He was out of town on Superbowl Sunday. Knowing how much I love Bruno Mars, he called that afternoon to remind me to catch the halftime show. As we all recall, there was a football at the Bruno Mars concert. ;)
  2. Leisurely errands. Some women need "retail therapy." Sometimes I enjoy strolling around Target and drugstores rather than the usual "rush in, rush out, check it off the list" errand running. How is it that I can spend so much time looking at face wash and mascara?
  3. Snow. Five beautiful inches of it.
  4. Ten-day break. I checked out of life for ten days. Other than my job, school, and necessary life things like laundry and cooking, I forced myself to take a break from everything else and only do things I wanted to do (and sleep). That may sound a little extreme, but it was needed!
  5. We paid off my car. No more car payments for us! Sending that last payment felt so good. Ahhh, to be an adult.
  6. New purse for $29. Thanks, Steinmart!
  7. I'm settling in my new job. Well, making progress, rather. There is a lot of work to be done, but little by little, I know I'll get things where they need to be. 
  8. Being the bearer of good news. I love offering jobs to people!
  9. S came home after five weeks out of town. 
  10. Making plans. Tennessee road trip with family! Wedding and nephew's 1st birthday party in San Diego! In-laws visiting in the fall!


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