Let’s Re-Cap, Shall We!

 

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I haven’t been posting regularly like I’ve planned, so I thought I’d complete a list of fun things I’ve done with family and without family over the last several months. Not all on the list have photos.

  1. Saw Steelers vs. Chargers – Steelers won!
  2. Saw American Idiot Reloaded- Awesome!
  3. Met Steve DiSchiavi of Dead Files.
  4. 5k American Cancer Society Walk to raise awareness for breast cancer.
  5. Did a meet-up with some fabulous ladies!
  6. Saw Andy Grammer, Pentatonix and Train in concert – Amazing!
  7. Saw Fluffy perform stand-up – Hilarious!
  8. Saw Motley Crüe in concert – Rocked it!
  9. Renewed our wedding vows – after the rocky road we had, this ceremony meant the most to us.
  10. Went to an indoor gun range – Exhilarating!
  11. Saw AC/DC in concert – Been over 20 years since I’d seen them!
  12. Saw Kevin Hotter perform stand-up comedy – So funny!
  13. Saw Mel Brooks speak after watching Blazing Saddles – He’s still funny!
  14. Went to Austin, Texas to watch MotoGP race – COTA is a great track!
  15. Saw Iron Maiden in concert – Loud & proud!
  16. Attended viewing of Nancy Reagan- Sad
  17. Vacationed in a house in Cambria – Simply gorgeous!
  18. Toured Hearse Castle – Grand indeed!
  19. Started to make clean eating choices – My life saver!
  20. Beach bums at least 5 times so far this summer!

It’s been an excellent 2016, and want it to stay that way!

#Romantic Tuesday

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Not quite a month ago, we had a photo shoot together.  The timing was perfect as we were soon approaching our 26th wedding anniversary.  Although the photographers took tons of photos, this is one of my favorites.  It’s not often that we both gaze into each other’s eyes without me giggling or bursting out into laughter.  This time, our gaze brought tears to our eyes.  It had a different meaning.  Our unspoken love and commitment to one another without a single word, captured in time.

Unashamed with a Side of Imperfections

I am very far from perfect and embodied of imperfections.  I know, I know, it’s extremely hard to believe!  I am only human.  I do make mistakes on a regular basis, and probably more often than I realize.  I will say things, unintentionally, that may be offensive to others, without even realizing it.  I may have done something, unknowingly, that may have hurt someone’s feelings.  Admittedly,  I know I’ve done someone wrong as opportunity presented itself, to where it haunts my conscience.  Regardless, it’s my life’s story, which I hope may inspire others. Without poor choices and mistakes made, valuable life lessons would not have been learned.  Hopefully, because of these learned lessons, I will instinctively know how to better handle and/or conduct myself in future situations, if and when they ever arise.  Life is an ongoing adventure faced with undaunting obstacles.  I have grown up having high expectations of myself.  Now that I am somewhat grown up, I have learned to show myself more leniency and to be more self-forgiving.  Or  I can just do or think the obviously easy response to everything from now on and just say fuck it. 😊

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All I Ask

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This song will be a lifetime favorite for me. I dedicate this to a special someone who was placed in my life for good reason & purpose.

All I Ask
by Adele

I will leave my heart at the door
I won’t say a word
They’ve all been said before, you know
So why don’t we just play pretend
Like we’re not scared of what is coming next
Or scared of having nothing left

Look, don’t get me wrong
I know there is no tomorrow
All I ask is

If this is my last night with you
Hold me like I’m more than just a friend
Give me a memory I can use
Take me by the hand while we do what lovers do
It matters how this ends
Cause what if I never love again?

I don’t need your honesty
It’s already in your eyes
And I’m sure my eyes, they speak for me
No one knows me like you do
And since you’re the only one that matters
Tell me who do I run to?

Look, don’t get me wrong
I know there is no tomorrow
All I ask is

If this is my last night with you
Hold me like I’m more than just a friend
Give me a memory I can use
Take me by the hand while we do what lovers do
It matters how this ends
Cause what if I never love again?

Let this be our lesson in love
Let this be the way we remember us
I don’t wanna be cruel or vicious
And I ain’t asking for forgiveness
All I ask is

If this is my last night with you
Hold me like I’m more than just a friend
Give me a memory I can use
Take me by the hand while we do what lovers do
It matters how this ends
Cause what if I never love again?

Follow Your Heart ❤

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I have always been told to “Follow your heart”.  I’ve come to the realization and have come to terms with that the heart wants what the heart wants.  It just knows all.  Rather than beating yourself up and being torn to pieces, just stop, then remember to just always follow your heart.  It’s that simple.

To Love is to Live and Learn

Life is full of surprises.  People come into your life and choose to actively remain.  Then there are others.  Those people who are placed into your life for purpose and reason, may end up leaving unexpectedly. . . slow and easy, or like a bat out of hell!   Those are the people who teach us life lessons.  Either way, the experiences are what we chose to live during those moments.  I’d like to consider my shared experiences as happy moments, without an inkling of regret or reservation.  Those moments become memories over a lifetime.  There are numerous experiences and memories that I love to share and talk about with others.  Then, there are specific experiences and memories I choose to keep to myself.  Honestly, I could write an autobiography that would make for excellent reading, raise an eyebrow, or turn a head!  As tempting a task it may be, I refuse to put myself through tortured drama at this point in time in my life.  Although, I’ll never say never to the notion.  There is a high probability that I will eventually, but only when the time is right.  Those specific moments are my treasured and intimate memories that I choose never to be free from.  They are my personal and cherished collection of a lifetime full of happy moments.  Each day I keep adding to my wonderful collection.

Eight Under the Belt

Reblogging this as TODAY, Feb. 8, 2016, marks my 9th year anniversary of being diagnosed with that dreaded breast cancer. My personal account of it all, but of course, with my sense of humor. Enjoy!

Reflections of the Heart

After a little over eight years, I thought it time I start blogging about that dreaded disease I had the displeasure to experience, which seems so long ago.  Yes, folks, I’m talking about cancer.  Breast cancer to be more specific.  Or as I called them, “The Intruders”.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  The norm was to have your first mammogram at the age of forty, so a month after I turned that golden age, I schedule my first mammogram.  The day came, and I was a little nervous not knowing what to expect.  Thank goodness, the technician had wonderful bedside manners, and was very compassionate all the while explaining what was happening step-by-step.  The standard procedure is to be notified at a later date after two radiologists read the film results.

I ended up receiving written correspondence from the facility.  After reading it, I wasn’t really too concerned…

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