Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Remember that time.....

....I disappeared from my blog, for like, ever? 

I'm busy getting adjusted to my new J-O-B and really haven't taken time to update the blog or stay up-to-date with my favorite blogs.  Truth be told, I really miss the blog world a whole heckofa lot.  I miss my friends, I miss seeing what they are up to and the fun vacations I currently envy they have been on.  Sometimes people ask how in the world I have time to keep up with a blog or keep up with other blogs, and the answer is simple, I don't have time, I make time.  

Lately, I haven't done that.  Lately, I've missed it.   

So here I sit, wondering what to blog about....I have been so crazy with work I haven't even had time to live a cool life and actually have anything to blog about.  This weekend I will spend a lot of time with BL and our families and hopefully this time next week I will be back in the swing of things.  

Until then, be well my friends, and make it a great day!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Happy Father's Day

I'm always a day late & a dollar short. Yesterday was Father's Day and I would be remiss if I let this year go by without paying tribute to my Daddy.  What can I say, he is the very best Dad I know.  I have always been very close with my dad and consider him to be one of my heroes, and always someone I look to for wise counsel, spiritual mentoring, a good hard laugh, some fan support or just a big hug.  

Thank you for always being there for me through thick and thin and for always being honest with me about any situation.  Thank you for loving me unconditionally; not just teaching me about true love but showing it to all of your children, all of the time.  You have been, and continue to be, such a inspiration as you walk through life's ups and downs with your heart and mind focused on the Lord. My favorite memories together are on the basketball court or softball field where you instilled not just sport-specific skills, but life skills about being a good teammate and not giving up.  You have always given everything so freely to your children - time, love, life-lessons - everything that truly matters in this world.  Thank you for being the best you can be, at everything you do.  You are my hero and I love you so much!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Guest Post

Happy Tuesday, friends!  

Come visit me over at sweet Michelle's blog, Living a Life of Love, where I am filling in for her while she is on vacation.

Make it a great day!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Miscellany Monday : I'm so happy to be home

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

[1] I had an exciting work weekend in Houston ...
ate some yummy sushi and had fun with my new colleagues
C & M

MoCo Team 2

enjoyed a great cupcake and adorable milk jug of refreshing milk from Crave

got to meet Lucky & the Honey Bee this weekend....perks of the job ;)
Lucky & Honey Bee

[2] I have been married for almost 9 months and I can't stop day dreaming of an anniversary trip.  We want to get away for a long weekend.  Suggestions?

[3] I am now obsessed with Pinterest .... if you're on obsessed too follow me :)

[4] I am making my first trip to LA this weekend and I am so excited! to come next week!

[5] I signed up for my second half marathon!  Woop! Woop! Training will commence August 1 ... get ready! I told BL I would happily receive more diamonds when I cross the finish line of this race.  He laughed at me.  Oh well, I tried ;)

Well, that's all for now folks.  If you're feeling Miscellany, go link up!

Monday, June 6, 2011

love is [color] blind

I just finished the book 'The Help' and I really loved it!  

Anyone else reading this book?

Here is the synopsis, as taken straight from the author, Kathryn Stockett's website:

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women--mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends--view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

I am fascinated as I read the various perspectives of 1962 happenings, and I keep thinking, what a difference nearly 5 decades makes.  I can't help but feel grateful for the changes we've seen since that time, mainly because of how different my life would be, had these changes not taken place.  In 1962, marriages between blacks and whites were considered void

Can you imagine? 

My marriage would be void, all because BL's skin is a beautiful milk chocolate brown and mine is pasty, casper-ish ivory white.  It blows my mind to think that people actually believe(d) they are superior because their skin is lighter, and I am not niave enough to believe no one in the world still feels this way.  

It's a shame.  

We get plenty of stares when we go out, and they come from all sorts of people....white, black, young, old....but we're 'allowed' to get married and that makes me grateful.  Grateful for the changes which have taken place in this world.  Grateful for the men and women who fought so hard to integrate our nation.  Grateful for a generation who stood up for what is right and broke down barriers.  Grateful for parents who taught me that all people are God's precious children, no matter what color they are. Grateful for a husband who showed me that love is [color] blind, and it does not matter what anyone else sees.  

Go read this book.