Life Gets Crazy but I’m still here…kinda

I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last update…but seriously life has just been so crazy busy that the one time I remember getting on here to make a post my mind went blank and then didn’t start again until I was in bed…of course. πŸ˜›

So…I am planning this to be a long post, unless of course the kids wake up and then it may be really short.

Valentine’s weekend went as planned and is definitely a Valentine to be reckoned with πŸ™‚ I got there before my friend got home from work, snuck into the apartment complex and used my friends spare key to get in…such a ninja πŸ˜‰ I decorated the apartment (somewhat), with banners, table center and such fun stuff. Laid out her present and card and well as one for her sister who she lives with and then while I had planned on getting things prepped for the next day… I had a glass of wine and crashed on the couch until she got there. Lol I was nearly asleep when she showed up. πŸ˜›

We enjoyed catching up and exchanging presents and cards before getting in our comfy pjs and heading to get our massages that evening! Man, oh man it was SO relaxing and just what my sore muscles needed that day!

After our massages we picked up food from Panda Express…so yummy, before heading back to the apartment to eat that, watch a movie, have some yummy chocolate and have some more wine. πŸ™‚ We watched “The Holiday” film.

On Saturday we made yummy Texas shaped waffles which we added M&M’s to each slot along with a side of eggs & tortilla with hot sauce. That wonderful breakfast along with coffee and orange juice was amazing πŸ™‚

We prepped our chicken marinade before picking a nail salon to go to to get our nails done. (Wow, that’s a lot of “to’s”!) I put in the chicken (of course) along with red wine, olive oil, herbs, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper.

We also mixed up and baked Creme BrΓ»lΓ©e before leaving it in the fridge to set while we went to get our nails done. πŸ™‚

I totally hit it off with the receptionist and little girl that was apparently a daughter of one of the ladies there and we were gabbing about our favorite books and movies and such. It was so much fun to meet a fellow book lover!!! πŸ™‚

After our nails were done we had to go to Target to get a baby present for her sister who is having a little boy and who’s baby shower we were going to the next day. We got him some really cute outfits…adorbs! And we even saw a friend of my brother’s there with his girlfriend…it was pretty funny since neither of them live there and we just happened to see them!

We went home and made Ratatouille, which thankfully turned out so good! We had that along with pan seared chicken and rice with greens and of course more wine. πŸ™‚ Β It was a delicious meal! For dessert we had chocolate covered strawberries which we had forgotten to dip earlier πŸ˜› and hand whipped (literally!) sweet cream to go with those and the creme brΓ»lΓ©e which turned out SO absolutely YUM-MY!!!!

Definitely going to make all of that again! Though I would most likely add more flavors to the Ratatouille and probably invest in a flame thingy for the creme brΓ»lΓ©e. πŸ™‚

All I can say though is that it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had and I was thoroughly satisfied with how it all turned out!

The baby shower the next day went very well even though I only knew like three people there and I did really well in the “name the book” game which was Β very satisfying Lol.

I came home later that evening, it was a longer drive home than it was getting there it seemed like that time. 😦 I also missed being able to fellowship with fellow christians like crazy that day.

Now, onto some other news, the main news as to why it’s taken me so long to post. πŸ˜€

I’ve been going to a new Bible Study once a week on Tuesdays for several weeks and finally accepted an invitation to go to a meal with a friend I had met through there, Felicity, and some of her friends, she also hinted at there being a guy she wanted me to meet there.

I went and had a great time, the guy never showed up but two other guys were there from the study and along with the girls we all had a lot of fun cooking and chatting.

A week or so went by and then one of the guys from that evening/study started messaging me….we haven’t stopped yet and I’m even going to a wedding with him and some of the mutual friends we have in a couple of weeks.

Oh, and we’re taking a dance class starting tomorrow evening so we will be able to “really” dance at the wedding. I am throughly excited though I have NO idea what he is expecting.

I REALLY need a relationship manual/handbook! I have no ‘real’ practice and no idea what to expect from a ‘good’ guy. ARGGG

Anyway, between work, guys, new friends, old friends, church things, Bible studies and the like there has just been no time at all to get on here to post…I am hoping to get an app or something soon that may make it easier to post more often but don’t hold your breath!

So that’s about all there is that I can think of for the moment, the kids are up now and while one is upstairs with his legos, another is at dance and the youngest is at the table coloring…I gotta go. πŸ™‚

I have no idea if anyone actually reads these but I am happy to keep on posting…even if it is few and far between!

Blessings!

TheYellowGiraffeGirl

Please Remember Me….Little ole’ selfish me

“Please Remember Me” By Tim McGraw

All our tears have reached the sea
Part of you will live in me
Way down deep inside my heart
The days keep coming without fail
New wind is gonna find your sail
That’s where your journey starts

You’ll find better love
Strong as it ever was
Deep as the river runs
Warm as the morning sun
Please remember me

Just like the waves down by the shore
We’re gonna keep on comin’ back for more
‘Cause we don’t ever want to stop
Out in this brave new world you’ll see
Ov’r the valleys and the peaks
And I can see you on the top

You’ll find better love
Strong as it ever was
Deep as the river runs
Warm as the morning sun
Please remember me

Remember me when you’re out walking
When snow falls high outside your door
Late at night when you’re not sleeping
And moonlight falls across your floor
And I can’t hurt you anymore

You’ll find better love
Strong as it ever was
Deep as the river runs
Warm as the morning sun
Please remember me

Please remember me

Valentine Dinner Planning

So I am going to one of my dearest friend’s house this weekend and we’re using the holiday as an excuse (like we actually needed one for a girls weekend!) to hangout and watch comedy romances, going to get massages, and then we’re going to cook dinner and gab about our dream weddings and guys. Typical girls weekend for us. Haha

Well, this weekend I am the one coming up with the menu and so here’s what I’ve got so far;

Main Dish – squat…can’t come up with anything. ;/?

Side Dish – Ratatouille

Dessert – Creme Brulee with fresh fruit (to be decided later) and chocolate dipped strawberries (because how can you have a valentine day without those amazing things??)

Beverage – water and probably a red wine

I honestly don’t know what we’re going to do for the main dish…probably something with chicken or steak but I have yet to decide…any ideas are very welcome!

So…what are you doing for valentine’s day? How are you celebrating? I would love to hear!

– TheYellowGiraffeGirl

The Stormy Sea

Let us learn that serving Christ does not exempt His servants from storms. If we are true Christians, we must not expect everything smooth in our journey to heaven. We must count it no strange thing if we have to endure sickness, losses, bereavements, and disappointments, just like other men. Free pardon and full forgiveness, grace along the way, and glory at the end–all this our Savior has promised to give. But He has never promised that we shall have no affliction. By affliction He teaches us many precious lessons, which without it we should never learn. In the resurrection morning we shall thank God for every storm. Our Lord Jesus Christ, as God, has almighty power. The elements knew the voice of their master, and, like obedient servants, were quiet at once. With the Lord Jesus Christ nothing is impossible. No stormy passions are so strong but He can tame them. No temper is so rough and violent but He can change it. No conscience is so disturbed, but He can speak peace to it, and make it calm. No man ever need despair. Christ can do miracles upon his heart. Christ will carry him through every danger. Christ will make him conqueror over every foe. Greater is He that is for is, than all those who are against us. Our Lord Jesus Christ is exceedingly patient in dealing with His own people. The Lord Jesus is very empathetic and full of tender mercy. He sees their weakness. He is aware of their short-comings. He knows all the defects of their faith, and hope, and love, and courage. And yet he will not cast them off. He bears with them continually. He loves them even to the end. He raises them when they fall. His patience, like His love, is a patience that passes knowledge. His heart is still the same that it was when He crossed the sea of Galilee and stilled the storm. High in heaven at the right hand of God, Jesus is still sympathizing–still almighty–still patient toward His people. Let us be more charitable and patient towards our brethren in the faith. They may err in many things, but if Jesus has received them and can bear with them, surely we may bear with them too. Let us be more hopeful about ourselves. We may be very weak, and frail, and unstable; but if we can truly say that we do come to Christ and believe on Him, we may take comfort.

_ J.C.Ryle

New, New, New… I Like New.

So I got this amazing, awesome, stupendous idea for ANOTHER novel this last week. IΒ was going to make myself wait to start it until I got more written on my Young Adult/Drama novel but I just couldn’t keep myself from starting it. Gah!

I also remembered something that I think I read on here… I’ll have to try to find the blog post but it was basically about if you lose your ambition/imagination for making art or in my case, writing you need to learn something new. Something you’re not worried about messing up. Well, for me I was/am losing my direction a little bit on my Young Adult Novel and so I decided to let myself start writing this new novel and give the other one a short break and so far I’m glad I did. The new story is having some great headway and the first one, my baby, is waiting patiently for me to come back to it. Now, I’ve given myself only till the end of the weekend to write on ‘just’ the new novel but I think that will be enough time to get a good start and get some ideas so I can go back to my other novel with a hopefully, clearer head.

Sometimes I really hate writing. I mean it. It can be really draining at times to be living out the lives of so many characters and going through (in a sense) all the emotional, physical and mental trauma that they are experiencing in all the different scenes.

I love it though even when I hate it and I wouldn’t give up writing for anything.

I like this quote, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

I definitely think I’m shooting for the moon here… only hope I use enough fuel. πŸ˜‰

Que Sera Sera

Well, I was hoping to make updates every day but the last couple of days have been super busy and I haven’t even gotten home until after 8/9 pm. And while that isn’t terribly late, I go to bed earlier or at least always want to and so the thought of getting on the computer by that time is horrible to me. I can’t mark anything off my goal/bucket list yet sadly but I as some of them are habits that I’m making those are going well…for the most part. I probably won’t be making my “3 workout days” this week as I missed yesterdays as I had to bring my dad to work. I am going tomorrow so at least it will be twice this week. Next week I’ll make my goal! πŸ™‚

I also was able to go to a Bible Study/Meeting of sorts with a group that is church planting here in the area that was held Tuesday and it was very nice and I met a lot of sweet people. Really hoping for some new friendships! πŸ™‚

Today I am going to get a few hours off mid-day and so I’m planning on using that time to write and get some things done around the house….maybe I’ll do some yoga or Pilates and Β get that third workout in for the week!

Some things I’ve accomplished/extra goals:

– I’ve eaten breakfast each day this week.

– I agreed to teach a Sunday School Class

– I’ve experienced having to put my nose ring back…yuck

– Made my bed almost every day.

– Had a new novel idea… not gonna tell you about it though, it’s a secret. πŸ˜‰

– Contacted the person who’s going to tutor me in ASL.

So even though I can’t necessarily mark anything off my list yet, I’m making some headway as well as I am making plans when to do some of the things on my list…..

I also think I’m going to buy an alarm clock soon since I am getting sick and tired of using my phone everyday for it. I hate waking up and looking at my phone first thing in the morning and it’s really starting to bug me. Hmm new goal, Buy an alarm clock by the end of the month. πŸ™‚

Adios and Good Day Y’all!

One Down – Two To Go

Well…I’ve already knocked one eating out off my table for the month. πŸ™‚ Met with a dear friend tonight and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. However, I now have only two nights to eat out this month and….surprise, surprise I have already scheduled my second evening out/eating out for this Friday. So much for spreading it out. πŸ˜‰

I made it to my first workout of the week too today, so only two more times that I haveΒ to go so yay me! Crossfit is definitely one of the best decision I’ve made in a while πŸ™‚ Part of the workout was Back Squats…my neck is so sore.

Oh, another big deal for me was that I made my bed this morning…big deal for me since usually the only time I make my bed is when I change the sheets. The whole “Why make my bed since I’m only going to crawl back into it in a few hours” was my philosophy but this morning it really helped to have made it. My mind switched gears during making it and I definitely felt ‘awake’ longer I think partly because of that. So, now that’s a new goal…

#53 Make my bed every morning. πŸ™‚

Hopefully I will actually keep that up too. Drinking water has been fairly easy and I didn’t eat any “real” sweets today either, I was even offered some candy and I said no! πŸ™‚ I was excited that I made it through the day without it. Now to go through the next few weeks and I know it’s only going to get harder since I am basically addicted to sugar, no good. Praying I’ll make it through and break the habit. πŸ™‚ Any tips would be highly appreciated!

So far my goals are being set in motion and I’m slowly figuring out my trips, and when to do some of my other goals, etc., I think I’m going to try to make the ratatouille and creme brulee this month or next. Perhaps around valentines… I plan on spending the weekend with one of my best friends since we both don’t have boyfriends, or such so maybe we could do that… hmmmm possible “lightbulb” moment! Haha

So, I’m going to go soak my nose in a salt solution and finish getting ready for bed before having my quiet time and hopefully feel up to doing some more writing….maybe that was TMI but..well you’re trapped reading this so… πŸ˜€

Night!