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Daily Babbling: Father’s Day, Furniture, and a Goodbye

Happy Monday friends!

I hope you all had a fantastic Father’s Day.  Sunday, June 19 marked two years since my Dad passed away.  I miss him but am happy to report I’m doing well.  I know my Dad wouldn’t want me to be sad.  Last night was also a full moon.  Fun story:  every full moon my Dad would call me (while I was away at college) and howl on the phone.  My roommates can attest to hearing this a time or two.  So it was nice to see a beautiful full moon on the second anniversary of his passing which also happened to be Father’s Day.  I am so thankful for these signs that God allows my Dad to send me.  🙂


Guys…the hubs and I finally broke down and bought new couches.  We’ve had our current set up for almost 10 years.  *gasp*   Needless to say, the cushions are telling us they are d-o-n-e.  Other than that, they are in really great shape.  We had originally agreed to wait to buy new couches till our next house.   However because our couches are a bit on the wore out side – we hadn’t really had get togethers like we use to with our friends and family.  I mean, we don’t want our guests struggling to get off the couch.  Know what I mean?  Any way – the couch will be here Thursday and our loveseat will arrive in a few weeks.  The huge expense of new furniture has a tendency to leave me with a little buyer’s remorse.  However, when I got back home after the purchase and saw my old well used furniture…yeah…it’s definitely time.  I can’t wait for the new couch.  I will  be sure to post a picture with the new couch.  🙂


Foster Emily

On Saturday morning, we sent off sweet Emily (our temporary foster) and another foster named Toto.  I drove out to the Cabot Animal Shelter to pick up Toto who was an absolute sweetheart.  I left Emily at home because I wanted her to have as much playtime with Olive in the backyard.  The picture above was from the afternoon before she left.  The hubs rode with me to take Emily and Toto to the Conway Municipal Airport for their flight to Minnesota.  I’m sure the puppies will definitely appreciate the cooler temperatures than hot box Arkansas.  I was suppose to take pictures for the animal rescue that coordinated everything.  But the hand-off happened so quickly – probably for the best.  We waited to watch them take off.  I shed a few tears.  However I know they are getting another chance for a new family that will hopefully love them as much as I do.  Sweet Emily – I hope you enjoyed your time with our family and know we enjoyed you so much.  Your sweet temperament and playful spirit were such a joy.  Olive misses you and will occasionally look for you still.  Thanks for being such a great playmate for our “strong-willed” Doxie.

I told the hubs I would totally support him getting his pilot’s license if he would provide transport.  I believe the organization this pilot worked with is Pilots N Paws Pet Rescue.  It was such a cool experience.  A little sad but for selfish reasons I admit.   But if you have the ability, please consider fostering an animal.  🙂


Question of the Day:  Have you ever or would you ever consider fostering an animal?

Daily Babbling: Riverfest, Air Purifier, and Fostering a Puppy

Happy Tuesday everyone,

The summer heat is definitely starting to make its presence known in the Natural State.  Not only does it get crazy hot – but insanely HUMID.  Double whammy.  I’ll take dry heat any day.

A couple of weekends ago I took the kiddo and a couple of her friends to Riverfest.  Riverfest is an annual summer music festival in Little Rock along the Arkansas River that typically lands around the Memorial Weekend.  However this year, it was the weekend after Memorial Day.  We saw X Ambassadors, Kelsea Ballerini, Barrett Baber, and Goo Goo Dolls.  I was hoping to catch Grace Potter but she was on a different stage during Kelsea Ballerini’s performance (which the kiddo and her friends wanted to see).  Goo Goo Dolls were of course awesome!  My all time favorite song “Iris” was the highlight of my night.

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It’s Never OK

I don’t know how many times I attempted to write about this event.  The details are still very clear in my memory.  The emotions are still very raw.  After this event happened – all I wanted to do was forget about it.  Move on with my life and never ever have to deal with those memories and feelings ever again.  But someone asked me a simple question…not knowing what all really happened or the complexities of it all.  Instantly I felt shame.  My first instinct was to ignore the question and flee.  But then it hit me, if I don’t provide him with the facts – it perpetuates the false idea everyone was thinking.  So I told him, not all of the details, but enough that it changed his opinion about what he thought he knew.

See most of us don’t know the whole truths about a  lot of stories.  For me, it seemed the “right” thing to do was to look the other way when you heard or suspected something wasn’t quite right.  I’m just a kid and no one is going to believe a kid/teenager over an adult.  Or someone else, who has the authority, will take care of the situation.  But as I got older, I became less and less OK with not speaking up. Continue reading

Daily Babblings: Memorial Day, Gluten Free, and Homemade Salad Dressing

Happy Memorial Day Images !

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend.  For being two days long, weekends sure seem to fly by a heck of a lot faster than  the work days during the week.  Some highlights from our weekend:

We bought a couple of trees from Bemis Tree Farm.  The two Cypress trees we transplanted from the front of our house to the back aren’t doing so hot.  We learned that trees with fibrous roots often do not transplant well.  Good to know because I was feeling transplant guilt.  Because we are wanting some privacy from certain neighbors, we decided we needed some bigger plants than the sapling sizes available at places like Lowes and Home Depot.  FYI – the bigger/more mature the tree the more $$$.  The nice thing about Bemis Tree Farm is that they deliver and plant the trees for you.  Since I cannot dig a hole to save my life, my husband is truly appreciating this included service.  🙂  I’ll be sure to post some pictures after they are delivered and planted.

We went hunting at Restoration Hardware Outlet for a dining table.  Mainly we went because on holidays they offer additional discounts.  Unfortunately the in store stock had more than minor damage and would require extensive repairs.  If you tell them the style, size, and color of the pieces you are searching for, they will call you if any come in.  Fingers crossed the one I’m wanting  will show up during the 4th of July weekend sale.

I’m trying gluten free.  No I do not have Celiac.  No I do not think I have an allergy to gluten.  However, I have been dealing with inflammation.  It was suggested by my acupuncturist to try going gluten free.  I’ve been gluten free for almost two weeks.  Any big revelations?  Convenience foods are not made for gluten free diets.  I’m craving sugar like no tomorrow.   There are a lot more options for a gluten free diet than back in the day.  Unfortunately, to see a change, I’m probably going to have to do this for a few months.  I think I will give it a month.  I was able to give up sweet tea for a month.  I actually did notice improvements there.  But I also compensated for my lack of sweet tea intake by eating more dessert.  Ooops.

I’ve made my own salad dressing a few times.  And frankly, I think they taste way better than the store bought stuff!  I don’t measure and just kind of go off of taste.  I’ve used olive oil, lemon juice, honey, and Dijon mustard as my base and adjust the seasonings from there.

Have a great week everyone and chat with you soon.

 

My Favorite Brunch Spots

Happy Wednesday everyone,

I’ve been on a really big brunch kick lately.  Thankfully, my husband has kindly obliged my brunch binge.  Here are my favorite brunch spots in Little Rock:

@ the Corner:  A modern diner

I really like this place.  They kept popping up in my twitter feed for Little Rock food places.  The hubs and I finally committed to making the trek to downtown.  I’ve had the biscuits and gravy.  Their gravy is sooo good.  Like their gravy actually is savory and full of flavor.  The hubs had some sort of hash (can’t remember the name of it) and he too loved it.  The kiddo has had their chicken tenders and said they are some of the best she’s ever had.  FYI – teenagers are chicken finger connoisseurs so her opinion has some pretty decent weight on this issue.  🙂  The decor is perfectly described as a “modern diner”.  The space is clean and the service is great.  Everyone is very friendly and the food comes out relatively quickly.  They even offer flavored water.  Talk about classy.  😛

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The Root Cafe

A quaint and eclectic space that offers delicious food supporting local farms.  The food is fantastic here.  They often offer vegetarian and vegan specials.  My personal brunch favorites are the root benny, eggs bahn mi, and mocha.  Their mochas are so good.  The space is small and gets busy fairly early on the weekends.  So don’t be surprised to see lines around 9 AM on  a Saturday or Sunday.


Delicious Temptations

This place is a nice compromise for brunch for the hubs and I.  They offer an extensive lunch menu.  So while I’m getting my breakfast fix, the hubs is able to order a sandwich.  The service is friendly but not always the quickest.  But their pancakes make the wait worth your while.  I don’t even like pancakes – but I devour their pancakes!  They offer lots of add-ins for your pancakes.  My personal favorite is banana, blueberries, and walnuts.  So delicious.  The kiddo gets strawberries and chocolate chips in her pancakes.

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Some honorable mentions:
B-side

Red Door
(Saturdays only)

Loca Luna
(Sundays only)

Question of the day:  Any other brunch lovers?  What are you favorite places to grab a good breakfast?

Daily Babblings: Shopping, Yoga, and FitBit Alta

 

Happy Monday!

OK – it’s been at least 3 years since I’ve been to a yoga class.  I really like yoga.  I mean what’s not to like about savasana??  I haven’t tried hot yoga or anything much more difficult than the beginner classes, but I always appreciate the mindfulness and clarity I feel during yoga.  Helps take the edge off of a mind that is always thinking about a million things.  Know what I mean?  I’ve decided to bring yoga back into my life.  I went to the beginner class at Barefoot Studio in Little Rock.  One interesting thing I noticed during the class, I was a lot stronger than the last time I had done yoga.  I didn’t struggle with any of the poses and even did some balancing on one leg etc.  I was able to flow from the various positions smoothly.  I’m going to definitely consider that a perk from CrossFit.  Headstands – I’m going to get you one of these days!

The instructor was so lovely.  I really enjoyed her instruction.  It was very light and positive.  Sometimes I feel like some yogis are too into the whole yoga image that they make it almost forced.  I had an instructor one time get frustrated because the class’s breathing was not “cleansing” enough.  She sounded like a fire breathing dragon and I found nothing cleansing about her constant comments that we really needed to make an audible cleansing breath.  Luckily – none of that with this class.  🙂 Yoga – I’ve missed you and hope to see you more often.

I got a FitBit Alta.

So I lost my Jawbone Up2.  🙁  And I honestly have no clue how.  The clasp is very secure but I think I was adjusting it while we were walking through the mall and it somehow fell off.  I didn’t realize it until I went to take it off to get ready for bed.   I debated on getting a replacement fitness tracker.  Because honestly I had only been mostly using it for sleep tracking.  Some days I wouldn’t even get close to 5000 steps.  Strangely enough – knowing I didn’t have a tracker on me, I became even more apathetic about walking.  I know…I know…damned if I do and damned if I don’t.  I really liked Jawbone’s app.  But I wasn’t crazy about the Jawbone UP2 I had and the reviews for the UP3 weren’t that great either.  The FitBit Alta is the newest model from FitBit and I really liked the look and features of it.  I’ve only had it for a couple of days so I’m not going to a full review of it yet.  Here’s hoping it’ll help me with getting me moving again.

 

Shopping – I’ve gone shopping a couple of times.  Not nearly the same capacity like I would in the past, but still I didn’t quite stick with my new shopping guidelines.  Sephora just had their VIB sale.  Man I had that online shopping cart filled up!  Like to the point the 15% discount really wasn’t going to offset the amount I was about to spend.  But I decided to sleep on it before clicking the submit button.  The next day I login and remove some items, add a couple of others…and just kept going back and forth with the items I had selected.  I decided to wait one more day.  The next morning I had an email from Sephora with the subject line “You need this…”  *Lightning bolt moment*  Marketing…the perpetual message around us that we need more and more stuff.  It disgusted me.  Don’t tell me WHAT I NEED.   I deleted everything from my shopping cart.  Have you guys ever felt that way?  Like tired of having stuffed pushed at you from every which way?

Unfocused, Distracted….Stagnate

There seems to be something going on…or in my case lack of going on.  I’m not sure what sign/planet or whatever is in the horizon of another.  I’m not sure if the year of the monkey has anything to do with it.   Maybe global warming?  Too many wireless signals?   There seems to be this funk/rut going on for a lot of people.  I guess it’s good to know I’m not alone.  But I hope it’s not like when women’s cycles try to sync up.

First QuarterSLUMP

Since I can’t seem to get my groove going,  I decided to try to get to the root of the problem by going old school.  Like hundreds of thousands of years old school.  I’ve been seeing an acupuncturist.  Who else are you going to call when you need your energy flow fixed?  Not Ghostbusters (totally unrelated but I’m really looking forward to the new one).

After an assessment she concluded my qi and blood were stagnate.

Stagnate:
to stop developing, progressing, moving, etc
to be or become inactive or still
cease developing; become inactive or dull

Yes – Yes I do feel like those descriptions.  For months this feeling, all the attempts to get a jump start and going, and failing can all stem back to this word.  I had become stagnate.  But why…?

This afternoon I decided to take a quick walk break at work.  I exit the building and the weather is gorgeous.  A butterfly passes me by on my walk and I instantly think of my Dad.  It was during the spring two years ago that my Dad was dying from cancer.  I remember feeling like the world, as I knew it, was slowing down.  Here we were starting a new year, the earth was awakening from winter, and I was watching my Dad slip away.  My family was disappearing as we all began to realize that he wasn’t going to improve.  His condition was incurable.  During the first half of 2014, I felt so frustrated and angry at my Dad.  I often felt like he wasn’t trying.  I now know and can clearly see that my Dad did the best he could.  No one would want to spend his or her last months and days the way my Dad did.

That’s the thing with grief related to the loss of a loved one, it never leaves you.  It leaves a void in your life.  Grief randomly will affect you.  Last year, during this time of year, I didn’t feel like I was in a rut.  But I believe that was because I was so grateful to be in a much better place than  2014.  Thank God for counseling!  I was so thankful for no longer feeling constant sadness.  I guess this year…my grief was triggered by the memories of a beautiful day.

Yep…I’m stagnate.  I’m not progressing.

But now I’m able to identify why.   And I’m going to take a cue from my counseling days and be kind and patient with myself.

 

Daily Babblings: Brunch, water heater, and FSA

Happy Monday everyone,

We had lovely weather this weekend.   But as always, I blinked and it’s now Monday.   I feel like I have no free time to just do nothing.  It’s like every day is packed full of stuff that I need or have to do.  I can’t even remember the last time that we had a day free to do absolutely nothing.  I feel bad but my social calendar has been kind of  on hold.  So my dear friends – I love you guys and it’s not you…it really is just me.  I now understand why my parents always wanted to stay home when they got the opportunity.  And of course as a kid/teenager I always wanted to go somewhere and do something.  Funny how these things come full circle…

Our water heater died.  It’s one of those purchases that you hate to have to make.  But we are so grateful to have  hot water again.  We used Precision Plumbing in Cabot, Arkansas.  I originally found them through Angie’s List.  They did a great job, were on time, and completed the job in a reasonable amount of time.  It cost us a pretty penny…but again the work was top notch and we don’t have to question the quality.

We had some yummy eats this past weekend.  We finally tried Baja Grill on Friday night.  My husband could eat tacos anytime.  The Cuban taco was by far our favorite.  It’s a small place but the food was great and the service was nice too.

I am a huge fan of brunch.  The hubs is not that big a fan of it *sigh* but every now and then he’ll be a sport and go with me.  For Saturday brunch, the hubs and I went to Delicious Temptations for the most amazing pancakes (and I don’t even like pancakes…).  They are made with yogurt and you can add whatever you want to them.   We got the banana walnut pancakes and they were so good.  I posted a picture on my Snapchat but forgot to save it to show you guys.  You’ll have to trust me on how amazing they were.

After brunch is was just errand after errand.  I had to drop off my wedding rings to get a band repaired and also get them reappraised so I can update my insurance policy on them.  They are going to be gone for a couple of weeks.  I’m only on day 2 of not wearing them and it feels so weird.  I definitely feel like I’m missing a part of me.  One fun errand was going to Maddox and picking up this cute top.  They have some really cute items and the people are super friendly.  Then it was back to boring errands like buying fish oil etc.  😛

Floral Stripe Shirt

Dear administrators of Flexible Spending Accounts – you do NOT make it easy to use MY MONEY that I’ve set aside to help with various medical expenses.  The whole point of over the counter medication (i.e. allergy medicine) is so you don’t have to go see your doctor for a prescription.  But apparently purchasing my over the counter medication and for it to be covered by my FSA,  I have to get a prescription from my doctor.  After much arguing with said administrators, they said they would settle with a doctor’s note.  Do you know how big of a pain it is to bother a doctor’s office for a note stating you are allowed to use over the counter allergy medicine.  Mind you – I’m not even trying to buy the stuff that people use to make meth!  It’s so frustrating.  I get things need to be monitored because some jack ass has abused the system.  But a lot of times, I feel like all of the additional regulations and rules are only hindering the ones who are truly trying to abide by the rules.

On my agenda this week…

  • couple of CrossFit work outs
  • go for a run 3x this week
  • maybe a yoga class
  • puppy school (got to get them back into it)
  • cooking dinner at least 4 times (I made dinner Sunday night – whoo hoo!)
  • no sweet tea this week 🙁

Question of the day:  What’s on your agenda this week?

 

Friday Favorites: 04.01.2016

 

Happy Friday / April Fool’s Day!

Had you guys fooled into thinking I was going to consistently post again.  Sorry for the let down.  🙁  Quick recap :  previously mentioned new laptop crapped out (like I only got to use it ONCE – c’mon HP!), went out of town (planning to do a recap next week), worked on landscaping/house projects, water heater died…just good ole grown up stuff.

I may have mentioned a time or two that I’m a sweet tea addict.  As a cruel April Fool’s day prank on myself…I’m giving it up for the month of April.  See I time it this way, so if I don’t stick with it I can say that was an April Fool’s day joke.  Ok…I feel really bad for typing that.  I believe I’m invoking the “Planning to Fail” loophole.

OK for reals…I need you guys to hold me accountable on this one.  30 days.  I can do it…I can do it…worst case I can take up drinking wine?  😛 j/k


Without further adieu, this week’s Yays and Oh Nos…
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Friday Favorites: 03.18.2016

Happy Friday everyone!

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve consistently posted.  Sorry about that!  Life has just been all over the place.  I’ve been working through some personal stuff and it’s just really taken a lot out of me.  I’ll post more about that later.

On top of what I just mentioned, my household was hit with the flu.  PSA – even if you get the flu vaccine, you can still catch the flu.  The plus side is that the symptoms will be less severe.  The hubs tested positive for the flu last Friday.  Looking back , I thought I was suffering from severe allergy stuff was probably the flu.  Ooops…sorry babe and everyone that I came into contact with.  I, not knowing that I may have possibly had the flu, continued to go to work and worked out a couple of times.  But since we can’t confirm if I did or whatever – I am on Tamiflu as a precaution.  And Tamiflu upsets my stomach.  🙁

 


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