Last Post of the Year

It has been one crazy year. From three failed IVF cycles to losing my source of income to getting a new job, it has been a rollercoaster of emotions. I saw a motivational poster recently that really struck home. It was of a Chinese proverb that said: Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.

That is one philosophy I intend to take with me into the new year. Progress, however minute, is still progress and I need to remember that. Even if I am only inching forward towards my goals, I am still moving. It’s something I tend to forget, a lot.

My goals aren’t huge as of now. They are pretty basic: Drink more water and less soda, stop cussing, and start exercising again. I know I can attain each of them, so long as I remember that it’s not going to happen overnight.

I believe we can all reach the goals we set for ourselves, no matter how big or small. All we need is the motivation and support to get there. As a last token of whimsy for this year, here is a picture of my two Narwhal mugs to make you smile.

Happy New Year, everyone!!

Remembrance

Twenty-two years ago today, my great-grandmother passed away. I didn’t know her as well as I would have liked, but I do have some fond memories. She always wore a turban, for some reason, had a collection of glass trinkets. She gave me one for my birthday one year. It was a glass dish shaped like a bunch of grapes. It was beautiful and particularly special since she didn’t usually give away parts of her collection. I’m pretty sure I still have it, somewhere. In all my moves, it got misplaced. I hope to find it again someday.

The winter holidays are all about family, the ones that are here and the ones that are gone. We lost GG Vi while we were in Okinawa, five months before returning to California. It broke my heart that we weren’t able to say goodbye, but I continue to remember her affectionately, especially this time of year.

I will never forget you, GG Vi, for you are always in my heart.

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and joyful time spent with family and friends.

Balance

Eight months ago, I published my first book. It’s a book of poetry titled Juxtaposition. It is full of poems that speak to both the light and the dark sides of humanity. I find the contrast between the two fascinating, especially since there is both in every person.

We must all find a balance between what is good and what is bad. Sometimes, that balance is harder to maintain than we’d like. Those are the times when we all need a little reminder that things will get better.

I want everyone to remember that depression lies. You are worth more than you know.

Happy Holidays.

Breathing is Hard

This week has been a total bust. I have bronchitis which refuses to get better and I had to call off work more than once. The only thing I can hope for at this point, is that next week goes smoother. It would be nice if this cough would go away, also.

In the spirit of healing, I will continue to rest and hydrate as much as possible.

I hope everyone else is feeling better than me.

Schedule Change

The holiday season is upon us, as is the cold & flu season. With that in mind, I am going to be changing my blog post schedule.

Until now, I have been posting twice a week, on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s. With my currently hectic schedule and being sidelined by sickness, I will be posting only on Saturday’s for the foreseeable future.

I hope that everyone has a lovely, healthy, stress-free winter.

Tis the Season to be Sick

It’s December, there is snow on the ground, and I am sick. Of course. I’ve caught it right at the beginning, so hopefully it doesn’t last too long.

I just worked six days in a row, which didn’t help. But, I have a lighter week ahead. Of that I am super happy.

Now, it’s time for me to get some sleep and hydrate. I hope everyone else is feeling better than me right now.

My New Obsession

I just started watching the History Channel show Vikings and I am hooked!! I can’t believe I waited so long to start watching it. This show alone makes having Amazon Prime Video totally worth the annual investment.

I would continue to wax poetic about the show for pages and pages, but I want to know what happens next.

Gotta go.

NaNoWriMo Update

So, life being what it is, I’m about 10,000 words behind and there is only a week left of November. I don’t think I’m going to make it, but I’m pretty happy about how far I got in my first attempt.

Maybe next year I’ll get a little farther.

Maybe I’ll even make it all the way to the end.

Who knows – stranger things have happened.

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s almost Turkey Day!! The food holiday that many people look forward to all year long. It’s the one day when eating way too much is not only socially acceptable, but absolutely expected. The day for stretchy pants and food coma’s.

It’s a day for being thankful for what we have and spending time with family while eating fabulous food. I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year, but we were invited to a cousin’s house for dinner. She has everything covered, but I wanted to bring her a little something anyway. So, I had a bit of a baking day today.

I made Shortbread Cookies using a recipe from GeniusKitchen.com

I made a Pumpkin Roll using a recipe from GimmeSomeOven.com

I made Raspberry Pastry Roll-Ups using a recipe from GeniusKitchen.com

And, I made Cheesecake Stuffed Banana Bread using a recipe from CookiesandCups.com

It was a fun and tasty day.

I’m super thankful for all the people in my life who are there when I need them. I’m also thankful for my husband, dogs, and birds. Our little family unit makes me happy every day and I will always be grateful that we are together.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Surgery Update

My procedure went well yesterday. I’m still pretty sore, but otherwise doing fine. I go back next week to find out what the doctor found out, if anything.

That’s it for now. I gotta go lay back down.

Talk to you again, soon.