This weekend was huge, I mean HUGE! Lots of wonderful things really. My Hubbs and I took last Friday off to help his son, my step-son get married. We assisted getting tables set, decorations in place and, I am proud to say, I now know how to cover a folding chair in tule! It was really fabulous, the bride had an amazing wedding coordinator who knew how to take charge and get things done.
The dynamic duo!
When we got home on Saturday night, got unpacked a little and settled in for some Game of Thrones, we are just finishing season 1. Sunday was super busy. My sweet Hubbs took me to the jean outlet store in downtown LA, then to King Taco, DTLA is an adventure! Then to see his friend in the hospital then took me to see The Great Gatsby. Loved the cinematography, it was mesmerizing. I started feeling a little off on Monday. I woke up with a sore throat, but having allergies I didn’t worry about it. After de cat hairing the couch and house we took the Harley South, had lunch and came home. Wasn’t too well, so I took today off. It’s funny when I have a day off when sick, I only want to watch Food TV and eat cold cereal. But one thing popped into my head is, since I’m home, why not try to learn something new? I am a person who puts second jobs and housework before everything I do because it’s productive and needs to get done. Which is true but not totally important. So today I am exploring the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. I need way more creative outlets and this is a start, between sneezing and blowing the nose! So, off to my book and keep writing on this blog because a life without creativity is just busy.
I woke up this morning intending to write, so far I promised my Mom I would be at her place in an hour, cleaned up more Christmas remnants, watered plants and watched some of Paula Deen on TV, and talked to my Hubbs on the phone about gas prices and where to get the best gas. Totally avoiding writing about things.
I had an awesome holiday season! I took 11 days off from work, I had never done that before. Always worked during the holiday season because I do not have kids and always thought, “why take off and use the vaca time when it’s super quiet and so easy to work?” So I took the time off because I have too much vaca time anyway and was asked to take vaca hours. I am doing this next year!! It was great, did not know how great it is taking the time off to just decompress! And I cooked and baked. A lot!!
I made chocolate truffle cookies, white chocolate dipped biscotti, a huge Prime Rib dinner for Christmas, and something new, Black Eyed Peas for New Year’s breakfast. I posted a pic of the Black Eyed Peas with sausage. It was really really good. And supposed to be good luck, at least in the southern states, so wanted to create good karma in the New Year and did it.
I was at the Natural Foods Store when I got the idea to make this dish. I just picked up a package of black eyed peas, soaked them overnight (they always need soaking). Went to a friends home for New Years and played Yahtzee all night while the beans soaked. Found out Yahtzee is really fun and so is Taboo. I am a sucker for board games. I could play them all night. On New Years Day I made the peas with regular breakfast sausage as I was not going out to the store for a ham hock and they don’t sell meat products at the Natural Foods Store. It turned out super good! I made eggs over easy and corn bread to go with the dish. If this tasty goodness doesn’t bring us luck I don’t know what will. Other than keeping a positive attitude, and not getting mad at traffic that is. Have a horrible habit of letting myself get mad at stupid things.
This New Year is off to a pleasantly awesome start!!
I really have a small reading list, I just have to do it. I have to get through a couple of books on sales for my job. Then, I have Ramit Sethi’s I will Teach You to be Rich I need to finish. I know all of it will be good for me, I have been extremely lazy the past week! I think my brain needed some time off.
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“Dont give up 5 minutes before the miracle happens!” I grew up with these words since I was 15. I had no clue what it meant until I was a little older, like gratitude I needed to experience and go through stuff to really appreciate it. I am kind of thick and it takes things awhile before they sink in with me. Have always been a slow learner, sometimes it works sometimes not. But, we are starting a little blog project! I know that i get truly inspired by the big blue world out there and I want to start incorporating that inspiration to actual perspiration!! I want/need to get more creative with my life and the people and things that are in it. Life is all about learning, no one stops learning things, and I don’t want too.