It’s moments like these…

Sometimes we laugh, and sometimes we cry
Some days it’s hard to figure out our way in this life
But it’s moments like these that make me wish
I could freeze frame time.~Brandon Rhyder

Today was truly one of those days I wanted to put in slow motion.  Sometimes the company makes everything enjoyable.  Sometimes doing nothing with the right person means EVERYTHING.  I definitely laughed today and smiled my ass off.  Tears fell when it was time to go.

It never gets easier.  But I hope one day “we figure out our way in this life”, and it leads us to being permanently together.

Holding hands

Love Will Always Hold Your Hand
Fall in love with someone who wants you, who waits for you. Who understands you even in the madness; someone who helps you, and guides you, someone who is your support, your hope. Fall in love with someone who talks with you after a fight. Fall in love with someone who misses you and wants to be with you. Do not fall in love only with a body or with a face; or with the idea of being in love. — Unknown

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Boys!

I am not a therapist or a relationship expert, but I’m gonna vent a little on the men…ok, boys that I’ve been around lately that seem to be drawn to me.  I don’t remember having these issues ever before.

Type #1-the party boy.  Anyone who knows me knows this is not my type.  Yes, I like to go out, but rarely do I drink or stay out all night long.

Type #2-the couch potato.  I am not a fitness freak, but I can’t stand when someone does NOTHING.  Active guys are totally hot.  My first boyfriend played basketball, baseball, and ran track.

Type #3-the fling.  Sorry dudes, I am very conservative and that ain’t my thing.

Type #4-the opposite.  Sorry, but if you are completely opposite of me in every form and fashion, it’s not going to work.

Type #5-the financial dummy.  If you can’t manage your money, you won’t be able to manage handling me.

Type #6-the scumbag.  Sorry guys, I have high standards.

Type #7-self centered.  I like when you like you, but you need to not always focus on yourself.

Type #8-the kind that won’t take a hint.  If I say I have a boyfriend, please leave me alone.

And then there are those who are more than 1 of the above.  Those are the ones that love me.   Because i’m a nice person, I won’t explain my example there.  If you know me well enough, you know more than you probably care to ;-)

Things I like Thursday

  • Life is short, too short.  Hug your loved ones.
  • It’s amazing how much you can care about people you’ve never met.
  • Sometimes driving 8 hours in a 24 hour period is the best thing to do and TOTALLY worth it.
  • Hugs make everything better.  I needed one and I got many.
  • Thursday morning brunches at Denny’s are perfect.
  • I missed laughing and smiling so much.
  • I’ve really learned to appreciate every moment spent with ones I love.
  • I feel like my heart got a booster shot of love today :-)

Recipe Review: Alice Springs chicken

I modified this recipe from Fabulously Creative.  It’s a knockoff of the Outback steakhouse dish.

Cheese and bacon, seriously, how could you go wrong?  I cannot wait to make this for ODB.  WE LOVE BACON!

Recipe: 
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thickness

Lowry’s Seasoning Salt (I used Anita’s seasoning instead)

6 bacon slices

1/4 cup regular mustard (yellow)

1/3 cup honey (I didn’t really use this, I don’t like honey, any sweetener would work)

2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise

2 teaspoons dried onion flakes (didn’t have any, so I used garlic)

1 cup sliced fresh mushroom

2 cup shredded Colby/Jack cheese (I only used 1 cup and wish I had used 2, I actually went back and added the other cup after the fact, 1 cup over 6 servings isn’t much at all).

First, Sprinkle and rub the chicken breasts with seasoning salt.  Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

While the chicken is in the refrigerator, cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp.  Remove bacon and set aside.  ***Do not discard grease.***

Saute chicken in the bacon grease for 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until browned.  Place chicken in a 9″ × 13″ casserole dish or pan.

To make the Honey Mustard:  In a small bowl, mix the mustard, honey, mayonnaise and dried onion flakes.

Spread some of the Honey Mustard over each piece of chicken, then layer with mushrooms, crumbled bacon, and shredded cheese.

Bake in a 350° oven for 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and chicken is done.

Serve with the left over Honey Mustard Sauce that you made.

*I actually put a bag of thawed cauliflower on the bottom of the dish to add some bulk.  It was divine!

2014 year in review

January

Honestly I don’t remember anything from the first month of the year, except I had a horrible run at 3M.  It was Shiner all over again.  I could not breathe for anything.  I finished and was SO glad to be done.  And I spent some time with ODB which was SO nice.

February

February was crazy.  More than 1 ice storm.  Bought a house by myself, on my birthday. Ran Austin for the first time ever and I felt fine, but my time was disappointing.  My godson turned 1.  I had an admirer hot on my tail and I was not thrilled about that.  Went to see ODB.

March

Another crazy ice storm.  ODB came to my house for the first time and I LOVED every second of it.  He helped me do so many things!  SXSW, I went to see Jimmy Kimmel, met Adam Carolla, and went to Rachel Ray’s party.  Less time and less music but still a fun year. Big work trip.

April

Another work trip, got to see ODB.  San Francisco for LUNA.  Fried my iphone and had to get another.

May

To be honest, I don’t remember anything except missing the Drive By Truckers concert.

June-July

The most  days I think I’ve ever had with ODB in one month!  Vacations, 2 trips here to see me, one there to see him.  Our first vacation together and we didn’t kill each other (and it was amazing).  Saw my college roomie.  Big work function.  Took some added duties at work.

August

Other than Dessert Dash, drawing a blank with August.  I do know it was HOT.

September

Sister’s bday.  It’s the beginning of the year at work, I don’t remember much.  Ran relay and I did pretty horrible.

October

Several work trips.  Several ODB trips. Several really good runs.

November

Another work trip.  BIG speedbump for ODB and I.  Made it through and I love him even more after all of it.  Several ODB trips.

December

LOTS of ODB (not enough).  LOTS of work.  Christmas with family.  Time with my BFF and godson.  An extended drive down 290 (smirk).   And I closed the door on someone who no longer deserves to be part of my life.

In 2015 I look forward to the story that will be written.  It is my hope that my love for ODB continues to grow, I get to see my godson more, and I spend less time worrying about work and more time enjoying life.  CHEERS!

Back in business

I turned off my blog a few months ago.  ODB suggested I bring it back.

So I went and looked back at the last blog I did.  Wow how things have changed!

October was a great month for me at work.  Promotion, lots of travel, seeing ODB.  And then things turned.  Damn it, I am crying trying to even type right now.  We made it through, but it wasn’t easy.  I am not sure I was as strong as I should have been.  Looking back I really think some of my reactions weren’t the best, but they were honest.

So I’m back to blogging.  About what, I don’t know.  I don’t follow weight watchers anymore and haven’t in a couple of years.  I do still cook.  I do still have thyroid issues.  I still run (sorta).  And i’m still madly in love with ODB :-)  So topics TBA!