Wordless Wednesday: #NYGvsDAL

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It’s that time of year again! My best buddy BA and I went to the Cowboys vs. New York Giants game this weekend, and boy, it was awesome!  And in case you missed it, SPOILER, we won!

A little pre-game tailgating action.

A little pre-game tailgating action.

Rowdy came out to excite the crowd, and naturally, I had to get pictures for Mr. T

Rowdy came out to excite the crowd, and naturally, I had to get pictures for Mr. T

I sent these to Mr T with a note "one day, this could be you!" His response was "if only I liked football."   :/

I sent these to Mr T with a note “one day, this could be you!”
His response was “if only I liked football.”
:/

Yes, that's my BA.

Yes, that’s my BA.

Who, after an elbow to the ribs from me, fixed his face!

Who, after an elbow to the ribs from me, fixed his face!

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The game was so good that I failed to reach for my phone to take pictures until the 4th quarter.  That was when word floated down that Jay Novacek was in the suite.  If you don’t know anything else about football, just know that Jay Novacek is one of the best tight-ends that ever played and is a wonderful human being!

AND I GOT A PICTURE WITH HIM!!

AND I GOT A PICTURE WITH HIM!!

And even though BA told me to leave him be, guess who got a picture with him, too?

Uh huh, that's right.  BA and Jay Novacek.

Uh huh, that’s right. BA and Jay Novacek.

Sometimes Dreams Do Have to Die

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Follow your dreams

Follow your dreams.

Find your bliss.

Follow your heart and your dreams will come true.

When you wish upon a star, well, you get my drift.

We’ve all heard them, heck, I bet most of us have said them.  Those wonderful platitudes.

Platitudes:

a remark or statement, especially one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful.

I love platitudes, because despite what the definition says, obviously at some point they have been true, and repeated often enough as true, to become annoyances in our lives.  So, they were and are true, and I shall continue to utilize them!

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But what happens where there isn’t an easy answer, where there isn’t a platitude you can pull out?

What happens when you realized that sometimes, dreams do have to die?

What happens at that moment when you realize that you’ve given it all you have and there just isn’t anything left to give?

How do you cope with the overwhelming loss of your dream? How do you even begin to move forward after investing years and years of time and energy? What happens in that moment when you realize that the dream isn’t going to come true?

Where is the platitude for that?

que sera sera

Oh look, there’s the platitude for that.

But does it cover the loss?

Probably not.

See this this is where dreams go to die

I have a dream that I realized, I have to let die.  You probably guessed this by now!

And, I’m not going to lie, when the proverbial light bulb went off over my head as the realization struck me like lightening, it was a shot to my heart.

I wanted to double over and cry.  I didn’t want it to be true.  I stood there, in front of the dryer folding laundry, because naturally, that’s where the epiphany had to hit, and I was floundering. What was I supposed to do? What do you do when dreams die? Have I really given it all I’ve got? Do I have to let it die? Maybe it’s not dead yet.  Maybe there is more I can do.

And as I stood there matching up socks, it also hit me.

This isn't giving up this is letting go

Sometimes there isn’t more you can do.  Sometimes, dreams really do have to die.

And, it’s okay.

It’s okay to realize that the dream you had so many years ago isn’t the right dream for you today.  That, by letting this dream die, you are making room for a new dream to enter your life.

And just like in a sitcom, the crises is had and averted in about the time it takes to fold a load of laundry.  It’s okay to let go.  Sometimes dreams do have to die; however, it could just be making room for something bigger and better.

Or, it could just be leaving.

There isn’t always a bigger and better waiting for you.

Just FYI.

In this moment, I’m okay with that, too.

letting-go Joseph Campbell

Wordless Wednesday: Lee Was Here Kitchen Tile

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Just over a month ago we discovered that Lee had left his mark on the concrete under the kitchen floor by writing “Lee was here”.  It was a wonderful treat that still gives me goosebumps when I think about all of the things that had to fall into place for us to discover this!

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Lee Was Here direct on the concrete

Unfortunately, the reason we discovered it was because mom and dad are replacing their flooring on the downstairs…so the search was on to try and figure out how to save this little piece of Lee.  Mom and dad decided to have an exact duplicate of his signature sandblasted into a piece of tile.  It turned out beautifully, I can’t wait until the tile is in place!

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The sandblasted version next to the actual writing.

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Mom and dad got both sizes of the tile sandblasted. The guys doing the install will place the tile as close to the actual signature as possible.

And for those who haven’t met my brother, you can read about him here.

Life Hack Test: Lotion Socks

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So, I’m a big fan of Life Hacks.

DIY expo markers

Splish Splash Ms Lander shows us that if you glue pom pom’s to the bottom of Expo markers, you have a built in eraser!

Or, did you know that you can get an autographed picture from a Disney character?

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So, when I kept seeing one for soft heels and feet, I had to try it out!  And yes, I’ve heard all about putting lotion on your feet and then putting on socks before you go to bed.

I cannot sleep in socks.

I don’t trust people that can sleep in socks.

It’s just weird.

Yes, I called YOU weird.  (I don’t know who it is, but I’m positive at least one of you does this!)

Moving on.

I grabbed an old sock that was hanging out in the sock graveyard.

You know, the pile of socks that don’t have a mate, but you can’t toss yet because the mate Just Might Show Up!

Yeah, that graveyard!

Grab one of those.

Cut the toes off.

life hack lotion sock 1

Then put your lotion on, and now put on the sock… Then take a very awkward picture – and trust me, this was the best of the bunch!

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Now you can go to bed, with the lotion on the foot now trapped, but with your toes being able to breathe!

IT WORKS!

Well, it works well enough.  Usually by about 3:00 am I’m prying those suckers off – but really, the socks just live under the covers until the next night when I put them back on.  Which now that I type that out, it kinda sounds gross.  Don’t judge.

But, I struggle with rough heels – mainly cause I never wear shoes – and I’m kinda excited, after about a week of this, my heels are still really smooth! So, if you have challenging heels, and can’t wear socks to bed, I highly recommend visiting the sock graveyard and trying out this life hack!

You’re welcome. :)

Life hack list

In the Kitchen with Kate: Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Pumpkin goodness going in the mixer.

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My kitchen is about to smell really nice!

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Whaaaa? There’s more?

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The word you’re looking for is “Foodgasm”

Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting.

For the muffins:

  • Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • Can of pure pumpkin (of if you are more talented than me, make your own!)
  • I added Cinnamon, All Spice and ground Nutmeg, pumpkin spice would be good, too.
  • Add to muffin pan, bake approx 18 min at 350 dg.

For the frosting:

  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 block of cream cheese softened
  • dash of vanilla
  • I added a big sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar, about 3-4 cups
  • Mix well, and frost muffins when cool

Personally, these muffins don’t need the frosting, but boy oh boy, were they good!

Pumpking everything is coming

How to Make Your Own Pirate Costume in 10 Easy Steps

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How to Make Your Own Pirate Costume in 10 Easy Steps.

1) Decide to be a Flapper Girl for Halloween.  Spend hours perusing the internet and Pinterest.  Head to the fabric store and discover that the patterns are only so-so, but more importantly – they don’t have enough fringe in stock.

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2) Change your mind on the spot and decide to be a pirate.  Hit the books again to find a pattern.  And then, when you can’t find one you like, hit up Pinterest for inspiration. Create a secret board where you can dump all of the pins you like, that way, your friends are surprised when they see you!

Pirate costume inspiration

3) Buy the fabric, guess at all the measurements.

4) Get home and realize you might have to do more than just guess.  Find a tutorial that makes you do things like this:

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Pull out measuring tape. Measure yourself. Then, because that’s not fun enough, start adding Pi so you can find a radius. Then go find real pie.

 

making a pirate costume

If you look closely, my ruler is from 1965. If you are my parents, don’t look closely as this may or may not have belonged to you at one point. I’m pretty sure I “acquired” it in my teen years.

5) Sit down to sew. Realize you don’t remember how to load the bobbin so spend 30 min on YouTube trying not to get distracted by the offerings, and instead actually load the bobbin. I may or may not have watched this video.

I may or may not have just watched it again.

6) Go back to YouTube to figure out how to fix the machine when you break it.

7) Load everything up and head to your parents house when you can’t fix your machine.

8) Find their sewing machine – it has a computer – so much easier!

9) Go eat the last of the homemade ice cream hidden in their freezer after you possibly break their machine.

homemade ice cream

This is an example of what homemade ice cream can look like. This is not my dad’s famous homemade ice cream because I sat down and ate it all.

10) Sew the skirt by hand and decide that the rest of the outfit looks more like a pirate if you don’t sew it at all. :)