For today, I will leave you with a few images I'll catch you up on later.....
If anyone needs me, I'll be in bed....well, soon anyway. I hope.
Jim and I are also in the process of contemplating buying a house. And you know what? I'm terrified. It's such a huge commitment and has such a huge price tag! There are a million things that could go wrong, a million places where we could fail. But you know what? We're doing it anyway.
And with these couple huge decisions, I'm finding myself taking more small risks, too. Even as small as trying new foods and finding the strength and courage to tell someone the truth, even when it may be hard for them to hear.
I have a list of Things to Do Before I Die on my blog, and I intend to begin checking them off. In fact, I checked one off last night: "Start my own business." And I plan to add to this list....little things. Tiny things even. I love checking things off lists! But that's not the point. The point is, I intend to make every day count for something, to have an adventure, even a mini one, every single day!
I'm excited. And happy. And PROUD of myself! It's an amazing feeling to realize your weaknesses and then be able to overcome them.
Have you ever overcome a huge obstacle that changed your life?
Help me think of some exciting mini adventures!
Along with a substantial amount of ice (which, by the time I'd taken the picture had almost all melted), I tossed into my water bottle this morning a few mint leaves and some sliced strawberries and cucumbers.
So delicious! And amazingly refreshing. I have a feeling this combo is going to be a front runner in this summer's hydration strategy.
What is your favorite way to stay hydrated? Do you ever add stuff to your water to make it more fun?
With a sufficiently full belly, the couch and American Idol (and some leftover Easter candy) are calling my name! Go Hollie!
Nosh from another night.
We had black bean taquitos from Trader Joes, a little bit of leftover frozen fried rice, some mini pizzas, and in the black tray are puff pastries with feta and caramelized onions....all of which was actually from Trader Joes now that I think about it. You'll also notice the giant bowls of salad, the only thing that actually somewhat justifies all the excess prepackaged food! Oh, and Jim had some chips (you can kind of see the bag on the floor to the left) and salsa.
And yes, it was necessary to top it off with a glass of wine (a beer for Jim) and a healthy dose of Friends on TV. It was actually quite a relaxing evening. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Although the evening wasn't all fun and relaxation. I went back to the specialist so he could read the results of my recent round of blood tests. Honestly I wish he would have just called me with the news. It was such a waste of my co-pay for me to go in there and sit down so he can tell me everything looks fine...oh and recommend a therapist to help control the excess stress he assumes I have.
I guess it's on to Plan.....uh...C? D? I don't remember. But either way, my mom has a doctor that practices Eastern medicine, acupuncture, herbal remedies and such. When no one else could diagnose my mom's ailments, he figured it out and treated her successfully. So I figure I'll give it a whirl. He does a lot with allergies. Maybe I'm allergic to something I'm eating. There are a million different possibilities. I just have to find someone who can pinpoint the One.
Until then, I'm doing the best I can to survive on caffeine and sheer will power!
5. I'm going to have a photography business! I submitted about half of my paperwork last week, so now I just wait to get it back. And I have my first wedding booked in May, so everything is really coming together. I'm super excited!
6. I got to get back into my wedding dress! Jim and I posed for a promotional photo shoot for the vineyard. Some of them turned out really great!
7.I get to make my nephew's first birthday cake!His party is going to be fishy themed, so I'm going to make a goldfish bowl cake, I think. I'm not the greatest at decorating, but I can make it work. And I'm making cupcakes for everyone else. With fishies too.
8. My little brother is coming home for Easter!He is going to school in Reno, which is not terrible far from home, just far enough that I don't get to see him too often.
9. Looking at the photo of Jim and I from the other day, I'm realizing I may just get some good wedding photos after all. I'm plagued every time I think about it by the knowledge that I chose the wrong wedding photographer. Of everything about my wedding, I regret that choice most. In fact, it's about the only thing I regret. She had an amazing portfolio, but somehow we just didn't get the quality she's capable of.
10. That being said, I know I am a good photographer. I set up and posed the shot of Jim and I from above. I did everything but hit the shutter button. I CAN take good photos, and I will be a great photographer. I care enough about people not to leave before the bouquet is thrown and to recognize that direct sunlight is harsh and will cast obnoxious shadows (see my face in the photo with my brothers). I can only hope that in 20 years, I will still care as much and won't become jaded enough to let a bride pay for shoddy photos.
I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday and an amazing week. Oh, and if you need your wedding photographed, shoot me an email!