Saturday, July 30, 2011

When Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You

We have this friend, she's a spokesperson, for one of the Fortune 500 Companies, that we all know and love. She was very good at her job. It was the perfect fit for her personality.

And because we all travel together, we've personally gotten closer. To the point that I'd go running with her. We'd spend significant time together. It wasn't unusual for her to join us for dinner. This was a real friendship. Much more than a professional, work type of a relationship.

Well, she didn't make the best decisions as a young adult. And very recently, some questionable photos became public. As they say around here, "Her past came back, to bite her in the butt." And oh did it! In short, she lost her job. Her "Dream Job." And with it, I think a part of who she is. Unfortunately, she also lost the respect of so many people.

The last few weeks haven't been too kind to her. Lots of lawyers. Lots of heartbreak. A ton of shame. She just can't believe what's going on. How one bad decision, years ago, could be doing this to her life now. You can't help but feel bad for her. But then, I think to myself, I'd never do that. I'd never do that, because this very thing could happen. And I couldn't deal with that.

I feel bad for our friend. Because what happened, well it's just was sad. Shameful. And uncalled for. Something that she did when she was young, came back to haunt her. Pictures that she took, meant for one other person, are now available for all to see. Being the "dumb kid," years ago, has really had a negative effect on her current life.

In short, when you become a "public" person, anything and everything, becomes game. It's unfortunate. But it happens. All of a sudden, you are this very "public entity." And everyone wants to take you down. So all your past gets thrown around. Whether it was good or bad.

I think this is a lesson for young people to learn. Everything and anything that you do, will eventually come back to haunt you. If you wouldn't show your grandma what you're doing, maybe you should think twice, before you do. Especially when it comes to taking "questionable" pictures. Yes, you might be madly in love today. But just like our friend, tomorrow you might hate each other. And that person, might just want to embarrass you. Right when you land your "Dream Job." ♥

Friday, July 29, 2011

Back to Reality

Yes, we're really back to reality. Full force. This Mr. is back at work. I'm swimming in e-mails. And the dogs are begging me, to go for a walk. Yes, we are back to life. Constantly ringing cellphones and all!

But it's nice. There is always something good, about digging into a busy life. Getting knee deep in things, that need to be done immediately. Making sure the Mr. gets breakfast and lunch, between his crazy schedule. Trying to figure out what we're having for dinner. The same dinner, that we invited 30 co-workers to. And trying, so hard, to include a little bit of exercise in there. Somewhere. Anywhere in my day.

People just look at me, with a completely blank stare, when I tell them about our days. All the things we have to cram into 24 hours. How we manage this schedule. What the Mr. does for a living. How I manage to be a full time Med student, with this insane internship. Oh, all while battling the Big C.

I'll be the first to admit it. It's not always easy. But it's a good life. The life I chose to share with this man. And at the end of the day, when I crawl into bed, to tell him all about my day, I'm glad he's there to cuddle with. We talk about crazy patients, dumb papers, publicity stuff, cars, new business ideas, silly pets, and our dreams for our future. It's the best way to end any day. Wrapped in his arms, dreaming about our life together!

As we look at a solid 4 months of "Being on the Go," I'm OK with it. Because I have this man at my side. Ready to catch me when I fall. Excited to walk this path with me. And even when dinner doesn't come out, just the way that I had imagined, he's OK with it. Because together, we laugh at the silliness of our lives. Even if it leaves us eating PB&J at midnight. While trying to figure out where our luggage is. Yes, we're back to reality!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Incredibly Sad

The news of Amy Winehouse's death, well it just made me sad. What a talented individual she was. A real singer. Not one of these "Manufactured Pop Stars" that we know of. But a real musical talent.

So many things seemed to be wrong in her life. So much trouble, and pain, seemed to envelope Amy. And it's incredibly sad, that no one could save her from it. We don't know what her cause of death is. And I'm not going to speculate anything here. I just wish, that for such a talented and gifted woman, that she would have had a good support team.

I first heard Amy's music, from a friend. This was before it ever was released in the USA. And I was mesmerized. There was just something about her voice. An old school voice. And I was sold. She was almost instantly, one of my favorite singers.

I never really followed the drama in Amy's life. I never bought the magazines, or searched the web. But you couldn't escape it. The drama, and her weaknesses, were splashed all over. On magazine covers, TV, radio, newspapers, and even the news. My heart broke for her.

And it still breaks for Amy. Because she had so much to share with the world. Her untimely death, just makes me sad. I hope that Amy can now find peace and happiness. Something she seemed to be looking for, her entire life. Rest in peace. ♥

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Sancho!

When does 3 + 1 = Loads of Fun? When it's this man's birthday! 31st to be exact. Happy Birthday Sancho!

I can't believe it. We've almost been friends for 10 years. And during those 10 years, well, we've been through a lot! Including dating. But through it all, we've remained friends. We've played and sung together. Being quite hilarious might I add. We hid a relationship. Then later lived together, as 2 poor kids. He nursed me, through the beginning, of the Big C.

Through everything, Sancho has done it with a HUGE smile on his face. I'm very lucky to know him. I thank God every day that he crossed our paths. There have been so many laughs and tears shared. None that I'd ever take back. Isn't that what good friendships are all about?

I'm so glad that Sancho has been able to live out his dreams. He set goals for himself, and never looked back. Not once. He's accomplished so much. And I'm so proud to call him, my friend. I always get excited, when we decide to work a gig together. Or we're actually in the same place, at the same time. Because our time is spent laughing, and trying to play catch up. How fast can you tell your life history??? Yes, we're those 2 people.

Happy Birthday Hombre! You're getting old. But that's OK. I'm just a few years behind you. Have a blast. Go out and celebrate. And maybe just maybe, year 31 will bless you with something amazing and unexpected! Feliz Cumpleanos!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Combat Hospital

Yes, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite TV shows. You know me. I'm a sucker for any kind of medical show. This one is no different! But what I really enjoy about this particular show, is the "inside" look to wartime. Yes, it's a definite "must see" for me! And because I never actually get to see it when it airs, you can watch it here. It's definitely worth a try! ♥

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Perfect Hat

Yes, when traveling, you need to remember the elements. If you are a fair skinned wonder, like me, than you know what I mean. Before anything else, I buy 4 bottles of sunblock, some Aloe Vera (just in case,) and the perfect sunhat!

This one is from Target. I actually found it on clearance, for $5! Total score. It's not too big, that it becomes uncomfortable. Therefore you stop wearing it. No way! It's the perfect size, with just the right amount of "floppy." Yes, this is definitely a favorite of mine. Maybe I should have picked up two!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

15 Years of Urban Decay

Oh ya! This is the Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette! I about died, when this man came home with it, just a few weeks ago. Nicely wrapped up. Seriously, how does he have connections, in the "Beauty World." Oh ya, he's got "people." :P That's what he tells me, when I ask. I'm just glad, that his people, keep finding amazing products like this!

But back to the makeup! This palette is a little pricey. $55 for these 15 shadows. I'll admit it, I was pondering this purchase. Since I had heard about, I was curious. And I was intrigued by this new palette. Who wouldn't be? I just couldn't get past the price tag.

Now that I have this beauty to play with, I'll still say, it's priced slightly above value. Higher, in my opinion, than other Urban Decay palettes. But with that said, I do enjoy this palette. There are plenty of neutrals. But there are also a few fun and bright colors. A perfect mix, to go from work appropriate makeup, to fun party looks.

I was never the "Makeup Phenom." I had to become skilled in makeup, as my career in music grew. And I've been blessed with an amazing friend and personal MUA. Who teaches me so much! But this palette, I'd recommend for anyone! I'm talking makeup newbies, and makeup artists. There is so much, for everyone.

I'd even like to mention, that while I was in high school, this would have been perfect! Like I said, I wasn't all skilled in makeup application. This beauty, would have made all that so much easier! The shadows blend magically, effortlessly. These days, I just can't imagine life without Urban Decay. What did we do before the company came around? ♥

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Colorful Living

If there is anyone one thing that you should know about me, it's that I suffer from OCD. Yes, I said suffer from. Because it's tough to live with. You have a certain way that you do everything. And I mean everything!

Since I was little, I've been organizing everything. And I mean everything! My first memory of this, is when I was 3 years old. And I decided that my books would be "happier" if I color coded them. So I took them all out of my bookcase, and I organized them.

It was only the beginning of things to come. But you know what, I really like the way books look organized by color. Yes, I do! When I came across these pictures, well, they just sorta made me smile. And remember those days.

I just enjoy the clean look of this room. The white walls and bedding. And the fun background of colorful books. I think this would be a fun look for a kid's room. With lots of colorful accessories. Carefully sprinkled around.

Or this fun shelf! Yes, this is a fun look. A nice way to organize a family's books. In a family room, this could be fun. I'd prefer a more substantial bookcase though. Something black. Yes, that would also be nice.

This is probably my favorite look. It doesn't take up too much space, or distract too much. It actually reminds me of a piece of art. Yes, books can be art. Or can add a fun "pop of color" to any space.

Yes, this makes me happy. No, I'm not going to tackle all of our books, in the house. Too much color in our perfectly decorated rooms, would distract me. I've got another way of organizing these days. But I think this would be a fun idea for a white room. A room that is more simple, a little more basic. Yes, this would add to any space that is a little plain. ♥

Friday, July 22, 2011

Bad Habits

Do you have a bad habit? One that you are desperately trying to break? Ya, you know the one. This Mr. was a smoker, years ago. He really enjoyed it. And as I hear, it was a semi-long affair. But he kicked that bad boy habit right in the butt. Me? It's more of an addiction to this sweet nectar...

Yes, we ALWAYS have Diet Cherry Pepsi in the house. In the last few months, I've grown to enjoy a tall glass, with lots of crushed ice, as I work in the afternoons. OK, sometimes, it turns into 2 or 3 glasses. But I know, that it's not good for me. Or something that should be a regular habit. It's only slightly better than regular soda. I need to kick this habit. Oh, just thinking about it, makes me nervous! ♥

Thursday, July 21, 2011

So Fun!

The second I saw this Fox clutch, oh I was so excited! I had a smile plastered on my face. And I spent an entire night, searching the web. With no luck! How does this happen? I fall in love with a beautiful or fun piece, then I can't find it. That makes me sad. But I'm not giving up. Have you seen this clutch anywhere? ♥

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fun Inspiration

I came across this picture on Pinterest. And I was instantly drawn to it. Because it's so fun. And has inspired me, to be more creative with my crafting. Actually, I want to make this lovely piece. A big 'ol cupcake, or maybe an ice cream sundae. Yes, what a fun baby cocoon.

If you're a crafter, where do you get inspiration from? How do you decide on your next project? Are you a "Rule Follower?" Always using a pattern or tutorial. Doing each step, exactly the way it's described. Or do you just "Wing It?" Making up your own patterns. Freely crafting whatever ideas that come to mind.

Depending on my mood, the time frame, and the project...I can be either one. I'm trying to be more of the later. I have so many ideas floating around in my head. I just can't seem to find the time, to make them all come to fruition. Maybe I need to come up with some kind of a plan. ♥

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

For the LOVE of Headbands!

I've been loving headbands for a while now. I have at least 20 saved to my favorites. Trying to decide which ones to buy first. They're all so beautiful. And they make any bad hair day, instantly a GREAT hair day! Here are 5 of my favorites...

This Poppy Headband, oh it just makes me smile. And why wouldn't it? Those flowers just scream fun to me!

Love Stitched roses. On a headband! Are you serious? I might just die from happiness. Because, hello, it's simple and beautiful!

This fabulous headband that Miss Ashley is wearing, well it started my love for headbands. It lead to many late nights of searching Etsy, for the most perfect headband. And honestly, those colors just make life happier!

Yes, this entire picture makes me smile! The headband, hair, and winter-y accessories. Just Lovely Things knows exactly how to do it! It all makes me want Fall and Winter to come soon! So very soon!

Can you tell that I LOVE Just Lovely Things headbands? Yes, they are beautiful. And this one, is just so girly! It makes my silly "Palm Tree" hairdo a little more tolerable, and fashionable.

Yes, I'm in LOVE with headbands these days. If you have any favorites, please leave me a link. Or if there is a shop, that you think I should know about, please tell me! I'm looking for more amazing pieces to add to my collection. Please point me in the right direction.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Fun in the Sun

So we're taking a little time to relax, and recharge our batteries. My Guy and I are on vacation. Enjoying a little sand, sun, and free time. Since we know that our schedule, is pretty much jam packed until Thanksgiving, we're going to take full advantage of the next week!

I might just decide to live on the beach. Or in the water. The cool, clear, blue water. In another life, I'd love to live near the beach. Somewhere were I can smell the salty sea. And look at the crystal blue water. Every single day!

Yes, this is going to be a nice week. And I'm looking forward to a little R&R with the man I love. When you live life as fast and furious as us, it's nice to stop and enjoy the simple things again. And that's our entire plan for the week. There will still be posts. Scheduled posts. So we'll see you next week! ♥

Friday, July 8, 2011

Making Plans

My Guy and I have been talking a lot lately. Making a ton of plans. Things that we've always wanted to do, but just haven't done yet. Do you know what I mean? You have a bucket list of things, that you so badly want to do, but you never make the time. So we're making the time. And the plans are going well.

First on the list, is actually something that my parents have been talking about forever! A trip on this train, in my Home State. So today, this man and I made the plans. We set reservations at the cutest Bed and Breakfast. And we bought our train tickets!

Can you say, 2 excited kids?!?!?! That's what we feel like. How in the world are we going to contain ourselves until October? I just don't know. But this is going to be fun! An old fashioned train ride, a tiny town, and such beautiful scenery. Oh, I can't wait! ♥

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone! I just love this holiday. Being patriotic. Celebrating our country, the men and women who defend us, and just enjoying the fact that I'm an American. Such a great holiday!

We've got some fun plans for the day. Including lots of time on the beach, and in the water, tons of food, lots of friends, and tons of family. There is going to be a big fireworks show later tonight. Over the ocean. What more can one ask for? I'm super excited!

I just wanted to wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday. I hope your day is filled with lots of yummy treats, good conversations, and a ton of fun! Now I'm off to recreate this amazing dessert. Doesn't it look yummy? ♥

Sunday, July 3, 2011

So Pretty!

I'm LOVING this necklace! Does anyone know where it's from? I hope it's from an Etsy Shop. Or something like that. Because I seriously want one. Yes, I do! I just don't know what it is. But lately, I've really been drawn to fun pieces like this. I'd appreciate any help trying to find this beauty. ♥

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Gonna See Her Perform Today!

Yes, I get to see Martina McBride perform today. And I'm super excited! I've been a Country Music fan forever! And I've been a fan of Martina's for years. This is going to be a great day. It doesn't hurt that My Guy's family is also out here with us. To enjoy all the fun we're having. Oh, I just can't wait! This afternoon/evening seems like years away. What am I going to do until then? ♥

Friday, July 1, 2011

Oh Girls...

I've been hunting down this particular crochet book. For a couple of months now. I've searched in every craft store near me. With absolutely no luck! What's going on? It's everywhere on the web. But I don't want to order it. Then have to pay for shipping. I know. I'm cheap. But hey, at least I admit it.

I guess I should just order it. It will save me some stress. And you know, my first stop in every single craft store in the area, won't have to be the crochet books. :) But really, why does this always happen. And you know what else happens...the shipping is always so high. Like 50% of the actual price.

But honestly, if you can get your hands on this sweet book, you definitely should! It's great. With tons of cute patterns. For little girls. If I do end up ordering it, I'll probably also throw in the Boy Book. You know, for good measure. ♥