Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Recent Finds No. 15

1. How true are the words on this print? The bare wall directly above my desk could really use some encouraging messages, and I believe this one would go perfectly. It would be a great reminder when I'm battling anxious feelings.

2. Have any of you guys ever tried broiling grapefruit before? I have not, but this recipe for broiled grapefruit with honey and bananas has made me want to try it soon. We have two grapefruit trees in our backyard, so I have no excuse for waiting.

3. I have this intense obsession with the sea, and it's mostly due to being around it so much growing up. Since I was little, I have been visiting the port with my parents (for their line handling business). And the majority of men in my family were tugboat captains as well (my dad, grandpa, and two uncles) So, as you can imagine, it feels like this love of nautical elements has been engrained in me over the years. With all that being said, I'm very fond of this illustration.

4. I would have never thought to create a photo display using driftwood like this one. I'm thinking this would be a nice addition to our bedroom, especially since I've been looking for a creative way to showcase our photos for some time now.

5. Lately I have been drawn to abstract art such as this art print by Lucy Knott on Society6. Anything that showcases a black and white image with a pop of color tends to catch my eye easily (and I have a thing for hands).

6. Bokeh city lights (taken in Bangkok I believe). Love how colorful this shot is. The photographer did a fantastic job of turning something as ordinary as a city street into a work of art. I only wish that I could find the original source.

7. This whole tabletop terrarium trend has my attention. I know that they've been around for ages now, but after seeing this ship terrarium, I decided that I need to buy one (or make one myself since it's mad easy).

8. These baked margarita chicken wings look tasty. The recipe sounds simple and doesn't call for many ingredients. #score.

9. Again with the words. Well, this quote is pretty spot on. Let's focus more of our attention and effort onto being kind, funny, smart and strong instead of wasting time trying to fit into the superficial mold that society has so kindly provided us.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Celebrating Relationship Milestones

Yesterday marked six years since G asked me to marry him. As silly as it may seem to some people, I thoroughly enjoy celebrating (or at least acknowledging) whenever these milestones in our relationship come around each year. We didn't really celebrate this time, per se. I was curled up on the couch, fighting an intense migraine for the majority of the afternoon.

Later in the evening, I finally decided that it was time to wave my little white flag and surrender. Which, in this case, meant popping a couple of ibuprofen pills. For the record, I loathe taking medicine of any kind (unless it's a natural home remedy or some kind of essential oil). But I couldn't take the pain any longer. About 30 minutes passed by and I began to feel a little better. I was able to cook dinner (chicken and mushroom rotini + salad), and then I freshened up as G said he wanted to visit the bookstore. So we took a drive to our local Barnes and Noble and spent some time together. We do this quite often, actually. If we're feeling cooped up or need a little time away, we visit the bookstore. He'll grab a handful of magazines as I scout out a book to read, then we make our way to the café to grab coffees (and an occasional sweet treat).

It was too late to drink coffee when we went last night, so I opted for a passion tea lemonade and he chose a strawberry banana smoothie plus a vanilla bean cupcake. I was going to pass on the sweets, but I grabbed a massive chocolate chip cookie right before the barista totaled all of our items. We sat and read, chatted a bit, sipped on our beverages and ate our goodies. Whenever we first walked into the door, I found myself drawn to a book/journal that was titled 500 Writing Prompts. As I scanned through it, I knew I had to buy it (the inner blogger in me was pretty stoked). And I did just that, along with a book from the 30 Second series called 30 Second Photography which had been on my wish-list for a few months now. After roughly an hour, we began our drive back home. I still love spending time with G, even if it's a simple trip to the bookstore.

Do you and your significant other still celebrate important milestones like this?

Monday, April 06, 2015

April Update

I often wonder just how many of my past entries have begun with the words "it's been a while" or "let's catch up". It feels as though months and months have passed by since I last connected with you all here, but in reality I've only been away for a few weeks. I may never be as consistent with sharing here as I'd like to be, but after nearly 3 years of blogging, I'm finally realizing that there's nothing wrong with my long spans of silence and stillness. Life gets pretty hectic and priorities change.

I used to have really big plans for this blog, but here lately I'm wanting more and more to simply use it as an outlet. A place to pour out my heart and share what's on my mind when time allows. I'm no longer wrapped up in the amount of followers I have or don't have, though I do appreciate each and every individual that has made the effort to follow along, read my thoughts and share their own (you guys are seriously awesome). With all that being said, there are a handful of things that I'd like to share about that have happened while I've been away.

1. I started sportin' a new 'do. I'd been going back and forth with the whole full bangs idea for a long time. I tried them out a couple years ago, but quickly veered back to the good ol' side bangs soon after. My sister-in-law did the honors a little over a month ago, and I love the way that they turned out. On the days that I don't really feel like bothering with them, I just use a headband to keep them pushed back. I do think that they suit me well and I plan to keep them for a long time.

2. I believe I found a new home church. In early March, I was invited to a service at Citylife Church here in Tampa by my good friend, Steph. As soon as I walked into this church, I had a good feeling about it. The week before, I had visited another church that was closer to our house with my friend, Lauren, and both of us felt it wasn't the right place. Citylife was different though. In a way, stepping through the front doors felt like coming home. I know that I was leaning towards a smaller church, but despite it's size, I feel good here. The praise and worship was anointed, the message was just what I needed to hear and I felt the Holy Spirit as soon as I entered the sanctuary. I've only been able to go to one service so far, but I look forward to going back soon. G wasn't able to visit yet either, but I have a feeling he'll like it too.

3. G and I were able to visit our friends in northern Florida. Ever since our friends, Jennifer and Jose, moved up to the Jacksonville area back in October, we have been trying to plan a trip up to visit them. Two weeks ago, we were finally able to. It was awesome how everything fell into place. G and I were afraid we weren't going to be able to make the trip up before my LOA from Target was up (I go back in a week). But, lo and behold, it happened and we had a blast! We stayed with them for two days before heading down to St. Augustine, which brings me to my next point.

4. We were finally able to stay in St. Augustine for a couple days. Although it was rainy a good portion of our time there, we made the best of it. I'll be sharing a whole entry about our time there. Good food was eaten, great places were explored and memories were made. I'm so glad we were able to enjoy some quality alone time. It was much needed.

5. I finally purchased an e-reader (as an early anniversary present). My dear friend, Charlene (from Charlene Zale), pretty much talked me into it. She's extremely persuasive and it played a huge role in my decision to pick the Kindle Paperwhite. It's been one heck of an investment. I've found that I read quicker when using my Kindle. Since our wedding anniversary is in May, I decided it could be an early present (totally justifiable). I couldn't be more happy with this device.