Monday, September 18, 2017

Sunday Dinner

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Sean and I’s schedules are complete opposites and now that he is working in Jersey again he is gone 3-4 days out of the week. It also doesn’t help that two of his days off I am busy working. I will admit that because of this when we are together there is no nitpicking or nagging, haha. Because I’ll be honest, sometimes I just can’t let that annoying thing he did go without some mention. Now that he’s gone for most of the week, it is hard for me to find something to nag him about. We truly make the most of our time together and I'm finding myself wishing throughout the week that he was home when he’s not around.

Due to our schedules, it isn’t often that we are able to have a meal together at home; so we’re making it a new tradition for us to have Sunday dinner at home before Sean leaves for Jersey. It was so nice to just sit down, eat and talk when our mouths were not full. Just the two of us. So who knows? Maybe this will be a new series on the blog where I just have a post of our Sunday dinner just to ensure that we keep up with it. There may not be much words but it’ll keep me accountable and intentional about our time spent with each other. I hope you all had wonderful weekends!

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Dinner: Vegetable (onions, green & red peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms & fresh spinach) lasagna with baked broccoli & cauliflower.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Summer Bucket List: Go to a music festival

I've not been wanting to blog and it isn't because I don't have anything to blog about. I do, but I just don't feel like doing it. I don't know. Hopefully that changes soon but I figured that I get this post up since summer is coming to a close.

OK, let's talk about a good weekend! Sunny days, warm evenings & time spent with great friends does amazing things for the soul.

Several Saturdays ago, Cinthia and I went to a girlfriend's (Krista's) house for some pool fun. There were snacks, drinks and great conversations. If someone told me before we moved to Pennsylvania that I would be loving living in Pennsylvania so much I would not have believed them. But somewhere along the line Pennsylvania has become so much like home to me and I can't picture myself anywhere else right now. And, well, I forgot to take pictures. What?! Me?! #bloggerfail

After the pool, we headed home to get ready for Musikfest. I look forward to Musikfest every year and to be honest it is because of my absolute favorite corn in the world! I get the happiest and giddiest feeling when I know that I am just a few minutes away from indulging in this corn. If there was a way that I could share with all of you that way you could also know of the goodness, I would! This festival I took three to go right before we left for the night and I think I'll do that every year now. #inserttongueemojihere.

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We enjoyed a fun evening of listening to musicians, stuffing our faces (fried dough not pictured) and just enjoyed a nice summer night. Ya know what? I'm really going to miss summer.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Random Thursday Morning Ramblings.

I’m thrilled for a three day weekend but still feeling bummed that Labor Day weekend usually marks the end of summer. I know that we still have a few good weeks of sun and warmth but at night when you’re able to sleep without central air it’s a little reminder.

But I’m also thinking of little things that have me excited for the next few weeks. Sean and I are going to our local fair tomorrow. I haven't gone in a couple of years so I'm excited for cotton candy and possibly some fried dough. My sister (Priscilla) is holding her annual Labor Day weekend barbeque this weekend so I’m excited to see her and my nephew. My baby nephew Rhys turns one in one week so I'm excited to celebrate him very soon! Tell me, how is he one already?! So yeah, a bunch of little excitements sprinkled here. I just realized I used the word excited a lot in this paragraph. I'm sorry. I guess, I'm excited? ;)

Before we left for New Orleans we got a new tenant to rent the downstairs apartment of our new rental property! Initially we thought we were going to have a little more time to get the apartment ready. Due to the apartment being rented quicker than we expected we were unable to do a few things we wanted because our new tenant wanted the apartment as soon as possible. You should have seen us rushing to complete painting before we left for New Orleans. And although we didn’t get to finish all the things we planned we are thrilled to have been able to get the apartment rented quickly. I had grand plans to take some before and after pictures to share on the blog of the bottom apartment but it did not turn out that way. I will share a few (maybe) that I was able to take but fair warning, they’re not great.

I haven’t made a trip to my favorite local winery this summer which is a big surprise so I definitely have to make plans to get a trip in soon. I hope that time does not get away from me before it happens but fall trips to the winery aren’t so bad either.

What are a few things that you are excited to do before summer is over?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Summer Bucket List: Try a new restaurant

I cannot believe that summer is almost over. It went by so quickly! I know it happens every year but now when I head out for work in the morning (6:30am) it isn't as bright outside; and it's making me wish for summer to start all over again. I'm going to savor these last few weeks of summer; dining al fresco, grilling, spending evenings on our deck drinking chilled wine and maybe get in one last beach day. Basically doing all the things I'm going to miss once these temperatures go down.

OK, moving on. Part of our summer bucket list was to try a new restaurant. We had this restaurant marked for over six months and so when we finally had the chance to visit you can say we were pretty excited. Unfortunately, for us, it was a big letdown. Our food was just not good. I was so excited for my mac n cheese but it was soooo bland. Cinthia’s egg dish sounded like it was going to be incredible based on the description on the menu but it was basically just eggs soaked in tomato sauce. I will say that the fries were pretty good so there’s that. Union and Finch, first and last time which is a bummer because there’s a lot of potential here.

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After our fail of picking a good new restaurant to try we headed to the movie theatre to watch “Girl’s Trip” and omgoodness! If you haven’t already seen it, do it! Seriously the funniest movie I’ve seen in the longest time. We could not stop laughing. It was hilarious and a good message as well. This is a movie that I’ll own eventually and will watch all the time.

After the movie I was feeling pretty hungry since I ended up not eating much at Union and Finch. I just refuse to eat food that doesn’t taste good (something about not being worth the calories, lol) even if I paid for it. We went to good ole Torre which is actually a restaurant I tried the first time this summer and have already gone back to three times. It’s that good.

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Minus the fail of our new restaurant choice this was such an awesome day as funny movies, amazing friends and great food are a few of my favorite things. I hope you all had wonderful weekends and have great weeks!

P.S. I've been watching Hurricane Harvey's footage and my heart breaks. I can't imagine what those who have been are affected are going through. Sending prayers to all my readers and friends who have been affected. Please stay safe. ♥

Friday, August 25, 2017

Summer Bucket List: Blow bubbles

When Cinthia and I made our summer bucket list we were quite sure that it would be so easy to accomplish. Only problem is that we did not factor in that summer weekends get booked so quickly and that with us both being working gals it just wasn’t going to be as easy to accomplish. Upon realizing that, we decided to give ourselves until the end of Fall to accomplish.

Naturally, Sean and I picked up bubbles (and water guns) for the kids that would attend our annual summer BBQ because I can’t remember anything more delightful than blowing bubbles when I was a kid.

Funny enough, blowing bubbles is on our silly summer bucket list and when it dawned on us, outside to my deck we went to blow bubbles. My sister, Emma (love you!) took pictures of us being silly blowing bubbles.

There is something just so simple but fun about blowing bubbles. It takes me back to a time when life was so carefree and my only true worries were not being able to stay up late, being forced to eat brussel sprouts or having to wake up early to go to school.

When we would blow an abundance of bubbles we couldn’t help the laughter or the feeling of being young. I don’t know the last time you blew bubbles but if you haven’t done it in a while, do it for me. And if you tell me that you did not feel all sorts of giddy, silly and carefree while doing it then something is quite possibly wrong with you. I'm kidding. Maybe. ;)

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On the topic of our silly bucket list, I'm happy to report that we crossed three things off our summer bucket list that weekend. Blow bubbles, try a new summery cocktail (a strawberry, basil mojito that Margaret made, DELICIOUS!) and have a barbeque!

In case you're curious, we've also watched an action movie (Wonder Woman), went cherry picking, went to a music festival and tried a new restaurant which I'll blog about eventually. This means that we only have twenty things left on the list, ha!

I hope you all have wonderful weekends and enjoy the last days of summer! ♥

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Waste of spaces.

I often want this space on the internet to be light and fun but it is also my diary of sorts and I can’t leave it blank from what’s going on in our world. Let’s just say that I’m at the angry stage. I was in disbelief at first (not sure why because America) but now I’m pissed. And the issue isn't even that I'm pissed, the issue is, why aren't you?

The thing is that when you’re a black person living in America, you’ve already dealt with a lot of issues that people can only imagine; and sometimes they can't even do that. It’s being followed when you’re in the store because of the color of your skin, it’s white people telling you that you don’t talk like a black person as though there’s a way to know what a black person sounds like, it's being told that you’re pretty for a black girl by more than one white person, it’s being told that you got the job because of affirmative action; when in fact white women are the ones who have benefited the most from affirmative action. Don't believe me, do some research. It's being called the N word by a bunch of white college guys (driving by in a truck) while you're walking on your college campus. It is having to explain to your husband why we can't live or travel to certain places in America because of the color of my skin.

And this is just my personal experience. But trust me when I say I have a lot more.

It is having to cancel your weekend plans to drive to see your sister and her family. Why? Because your older sister is worried for your safety because cops are stopping and summoning black people while driving with absolutely no grounds.

It is your sister telling you not to travel to see her without Sean, as she would be more comfortable if Sean, a white person, was in the car with me. This isn’t her being extra but because this week that is what happened to her. She was summoned for inappropriate use of her cellphone when the cop clearly saw that her cell was in her purse. Why didn’t he just admit that he made an error when he realized he stopped her for no reason? The thing was he was stopping her for NO reason.

And I don’t want to hear that stuff like this happens all the time. I know the reason why she was stopped, she knows the reason why she was stopped. She also knows that it is because my niece (sleeping) and nephew (singing) were in their car seats that it did not get ugly when she asked (politely, sucks that I feel that I have to add that) why she was being stopped.

I’ve been in the car with Sean (SO MANY TIMES!) going over 30 miles per hour and he being given warnings to slow down. One state trooper actually told him to, "Slow down bro". And trust me, every.single.time he should have been given a ticket!

It’s a sad and scary world we’re living in. Some of y’all are truly lucky because you don’t live with constant worries about things that people of color worry about. We worry about the same things you worry about (family members getting sick, losing a job, death of love ones, etc) but then we get added worries about being treated poorly or just killed because of the color of our skin.

And when the president of the United States actually says that those protesting Nazis are just as bad as Nazis, how can any one of color be safe?! How can people still stand with and behind a president who does that? To be honest, I’m glad he said what he did. Because there’s no sugar coating it. There’s no, he didn’t mean what he said. He said it; loud, proud and clear. And if you decide to still support him then you’re just as bad as him. Yes, I said it, you are just as bad as him. I’m not going to make excuses for people who say they aren’t racist but CLEARLY don’t mind racism. If you don’t mind racism then you are racist. Plain and simple.

Forget your political party (let's be honest, none of them care about us!), it is no longer about that, and if you didn't know that by now you haven't been paying attention. Seriously, it must be so nice to live in that world.

I just wish there is an undiscovered land that we could find to have all these pieces of shit dumped on and left to figure it out on their own. You want to live in a world with people that only look like you, then by all means find that place and go there. Leave the rest of us to live in a world full of beautiful diversity. It is no longer even about tolerance. It is about being a damn good person.

Just be a good, decent human being, that isn’t fucking racist.

P.S. I would normally apologize about the cursing, but I'm not sorry. Racists deserve all the fucking curse worlds in the dictionary.
Bye.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Annual Summer BBQ

I am finding myself so behind on blog posts. I would say I’m working on it but I’ve been saying that for a while & look where we are.

One month ago today, Sean and I held our annual summer BBQ. Our house had never been so packed before. At first, I worried that we wouldn’t be able to house so many people since our house is not big by any means but it worked out really well. We rented tables and chairs to go in our backyard but it was really hot that day so it was no surprise that besides the kiddos everyone wanted to be indoors with the central air. We filled up the kiddie pool, handed out water guns and water balloons to keep the kids entertained and we found that, that was all they needed.

We also had never had so many kids in our house before and wow, did our house come alive! Let's not mention all the décor that was moved from hands reach. Every single mom in attendance had a part in moving something from our tables and it was pretty funny to watch. I won’t lie, when everyone was gone the following day I really felt the difference & became sad. Our house is so quiet on the regular and it was really nice, if for a short while, to feel our house come alive with our friends and family. Of course, after a day or two I was more than happy to sit on my couch with my décor on my tables and read a magazine in peace and quiet ;).

I really, really wanted to take some great pictures (since I didn't do so great at last year's BBQ) but once again I don't think I did too great of capturing everyone who came (you wouldn't even know my dad was there if I didn't tell you), but here are the ones I did get.

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Colleen brought me an amazing basil plant that she had been growing for two months. It was such a nice surprise!

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I already can’t wait for next year. And who knows? Maybe next year the guest list will be even bigger and I'll take proper pictures :)