Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekend Rundown

I'm pretty sure I discovered the perfect work to play ratio over the weekend. Friday was technically my first day off from what seemed like the longest work week, ever. But, the day was filled with catching up on laundry, grocery shopping and running a few errands. I felt like I didn't have enough time to truly recoup before having to jump back into the world of red and khaki on Saturday morning. Come that evening, I was ready to knock out and I did after watching a few episodes of The Office with G.

Yesterday morning I rolled out of bed around 7:30 feeling fully refreshed. Once G woke up, I fixed breakfast and we snuggled in to watch the season 8 premiere of Doctor Who that we'd recorded the night before. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the 12th doctor (Peter Capaldi), but I have a feeling he'll grow on me. I felt the same whenever Matt Smith replaced David Tennant and he ended up being my favorite doctor, though David Tennant will always have a special place in my heart as well.

After mama-bear got back from church, we all went out to eat at Olive Garden and then indulged in a little retail therapy. G was able to get the X-Box One (since PC gaming was somewhat of a bust) and I finally purchased the prime lens for my camera that had been on my wish list for well over a year now. For once, I didn't feel bad for spoiling myself a bit. I don't purchase expensive things for myself very often, but I've been working hard and I felt like a reward was in order. You guys, this lens is a beast! For something so compact (it's the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II), it's image quality and performance is great. Great investment overall.

Here's a few of the shots that I've taken with it so far: 

I'm off today, but I have a few more errands to run and loads of laundry to do. I feel like I've gotten enough rest and I'm ready to conquer the world whatever this week throws at me! I hope you all had a nice weekend and try to enjoy the rest of your Monday.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Highs + Lows

The past week has been rough, guys. Without going into too much detail, having your coworkers (and boss) constantly slander you (and your family) behind your back isn't cool. Things have gone downhill ever since my dad passed away. His replacement doesn't care about the well-being of the company and he definitely doesn't care about his employees. I feel like we are stuck between a rock and a hard place right now. But, that's life. I'm trusting God to handle the whole situation because, honestly, I'm not sure what I should do at this point. We have been praying about the whole thing and praying for him for a long time now.

After all of that, I'd really like to focus on all of the highs this week since what I just shared above was obviously a low. I need to remember that no matter how bad things may seem, there's always something to be thankful for. Am I right?


+ I'm finally over that awful cold that I had been battling the past couple weeks, thank God. I've been feelin' good lately.

+ Getting pizza from our favorite little pizzeria, Cristino's, on our way home from work on Sunday evening. Sundays are normally our cheat days and, boy, was it worth every calorie after pulling a hard 12 hour shift.

+ Having a chance to catch up with my good friend, Victoria, throughout the week. We don't get to see each other very often, so being able to work with her is always a treat. She certainly helps keep me sane when I feel like pulling my hair out.

+ Getting together with a few of my Target coworkers on Tuesday afternoon. I'm 100% convinced that wine, good food and laughter are good for the soul. If it weren't for the people that I work with, I would have bowed out from retail a long time ago.

+ Finding out that we have a lot more work opportunities heading our way in the next 2 months. Some may consider that a low, especially since we've been busy enough as it is, but I couldn't be happier. We'll finally be able to pay some things off!

+ Stocking up on Bath & Body Works fall scented candles. Just FYI, vanilla chai and bourbon butterscotch smell aaa-mazing.


+ The whole work situation that I opened this post with. Yeah, that has had me pretty stressed out for the last few days, but I'm throwing my hands up. Like I mentioned before, God has total control over the whole thing.

+ Feeling like I should be so much farther in life than I am right now. I know I shouldn't compare my life to the lives of others around me, but sometimes that's hard to do and it makes me feel like I'm not measuring up in certain areas.

+ Not being able to go to the gym in 2 weeks! We were doing so well, but after working 6AM-6PM everyday, G and I just didn't have the strength (or motivation) to get our butts down there. I feel like a total bum!

+ Letting fear creep in after hearing about all that's going on in the world at the moment (the Ebola outbreak, everything that's happening in the middle-east and even here in the United States). I need to keep my focus on God instead of being frightened.

At least my highs outnumbered my lows! That's always a good thing.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Painting with a Twist

Well, we did it. Lauren and I were finally able to go through with our plans to attend a 'Painting with a Twist' class and we had a great time! Deciding on which painting class we wanted to attend was basically a no-brainier. As soon as I laid eyes on the jelly fish painting and showed Lauren, we both knew we had to do it. I was a little worried about the scheduling since I had to work until 6:00 that evening and traffic is usually a nightmare, but it wasn't bad since it was a Saturday. I can't stand being in a rush.

The studio we visited was delightful, as were the people who work there. We definitely didn't waste any time popping the corks from our wine bottles and breaking out the array of delicious snacks that Lauren brought for us to share after we got settled in. Smoked gruyere, prosciutto, pancetta and grapes. You can tell that Europe rubbed off on her while she was living in Germany, which isn't a bad thing since I reap the benefits too! She also introduced me to a new moscato and I've been hooked ever since. It isn't European, but it is yummy (and inexpensive). It's put out by The Naked Grape. If you haven't tried it, you really should.

Once I had some wine in my system, my inner artist started to come out. Okay, not really. But I'm fully convinced that it helped a little. The instructor went through each step of the painting with us and we took a handful of breaks within the 3 hours we were there. At first, I was afraid that my painting wasn't going to turn out very well, but my fears were soon silenced as the colors started to unfold on my canvas. Each layer welcomed a new scene and once it was complete, I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. The class actually finished before the 3 hours were up, so we headed to Chili's afterwards for  dessert. 

I'm glad that I can mark this off of my dream list now! It was such a fun experience and I'm really looking forward to going back soon. And by soon, I mean before August comes to an end. I already have plans to go back with my friend, Melissa. I would highly recommend taking one of these classes if there's a studio near you. It's totally worth the money.

Friday, August 01, 2014

July in Retrospect

I went into July thinking I would have more free time to attend to writing and sharing here, but as you can see, I was wrong and my unintentional hiatus has lasted a whole lot longer than I thought possible. So far, our summer has been filled with late nights and early mornings, crazy work schedules (which you all know is nothing new) and trying our best to squeeze in time with friends and family. We still haven't had a chance to break away and go on vacation, but next month looks more promising.

It's hard to believe that another month has faded away so quickly. I didn't get as much accomplished as I had hoped, but it's all good. Much to my surprise, I haven't been going into total slug mode on my days off anymore. Ever since Lauren moved back in June, I've been spending a lot more time out and about with her and her kids. The hubs and I have been going out more too. So, between coffee/breakfast dates, girls nights, thrift store flings and everything else in between, July was a pretty good month.

In other news, Garrett and I have both been killing it at the gym lately. We've been going for an hour at least 4x each week. He's already down 20+ pounds and even though my weight has stayed the same, I've been losing mad inches (I'll share more on my progress another day). I can definitely feel myself getting stronger every single day. Unfortunately, I manage to strain one of my intercostal muscles (one of the muscles between my ribs) about 2 weeks ago. Breathing, laughing and sleeping caused me so much pain and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to lift for a long time. But, after some rest and lots of prayer, I'm 100% better now.

I'd like to thank all of you who continue to read what I dish out. I haven't been sharing as much as I'd like to the past 2 months, but I appreciate the fact that you've stuck around and I hope I'll be able to give this space more attention in the weeks to come!