Monday, November 23, 2015

Seven Days of Thankfulness....Day Two

This year, I am especially grateful that I was able to go on a trip of a lifetime to Greece!   My awesome sister and BIL let me tag along on their family vacay!  I would have been a fool to pass that one up.  We spent 9 days in beautiful, Greece!  It's hard to pick a favorite moment or do you choose when you're dealing with the ancient ruins of Athens or staring at the beautiful blue Aegean Sea from your villa in Santorini!  I guess what I found to be most interesting were the locals and learning about the way they live....

Gus lived in Athens, and he was our driver.  The amount of history that even the drivers know about the ruins is simply mind boggling.  Although we did hire a tour guide, I'm pretty sure we didn't need one because Gus could have told us the same thing.  He was so kind and compassionate, so to hear about his struggles with the economy crisis in Greece was a pretty heart wrenching.  He was the only person working in his family of five, which included three adult children!!  He said the unemployment rate for the older generation was about 20% and among people between the ages of 20-30 it was 50%.  Pretty unreal...

In Santorini, I met George, who was our driver and tour guide.  If anyone is reading this right now and ever plans on visiting Santorini...which I suggest all of you do...please contact me so I can try to help get you in touch with George.  There's not a crevice of Santorini that he doesn't know.  He's kind of the Rico Suave of the island.  Ever the bachelor, he kinda just roams about the island in his Hummer being a Bad Ass with his collar popped.  He's worked as a guide/driver with all sorts of Hrithik Roshan!!

While we yachted on the Aegean see, I met Eddy...He was the co-captain and chef on the yacht.  His culinary skills were amazing...for a guy whose real profession was being a painter.  He was pretty much a jack of all trades and he mastered all of them.  When I interrogated...err, i mean, chatted with him, he told me about how he met his wife in Santorini.  Apparently a lot of Japanese come to Santorini to get married, and she had come along with a couple as the bride's hair dresser.  She met Eddy, they fell in love, and they got married!!...She never went back.  How romantic!!!  They've been married for three years, and this will be the first year he goes back with her to Japan.  He said they work pretty much day and night for seven months out of the year in Santorini and then chill for five months and travel and do whatever they want.  I could handle that...Don't think I didn't think about staying there.

So aside from the people and the beauty of Greece...the food was phenomenal.  Gyros...greek salad...fried anchovies...the best seafood ever...and shrimp saganaki!  Thankfully, I brought a few recipes home with me and can do a pretty close mimic...but nothing will ever compare!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Seven Days of Thankfulness....Day One

It's Thanksgiving week!  What better way to spend this week than reflecting on what I'm thankful for.  It's super easy to think about all the things wrong in your life...but it's a little bit more challenging to think about the good things.

Four and a half years ago, when I was unemployed my frenemy...AKA Shines... suggested that I apply at Paycom.  Thinking we'd be in the same building...and that we'd probably want to kill each other most days... I said, "no thanks."  But he was persistent and he brought up a really good point...I needed a job desperately.  So, I gave in and let him work his magic...and Viola!...I got the job!! 

Since then I've grumbled on Mondays....ok, and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.... but in all honesty, I am so thankful for my job at Paycom...ok ok, and I'm thankful for my frenemy too!!  I tend to lose sight of my gratefulness when I'm up to my eyeballs in work, but I  actually couldn't think of a company in Oklahoma that I'd rather work for right now! I could brag about the $1 insurance, the $4 lunches, the monthly luncheons, Paycom Prom and all the other fun things we do....but those aren't the things that really impact my life.  I've made some unbelievable friends at Paycom.  I can't call them co-workers because that term just doesn't fit when I think about what an integral part of my life they are.  Apparently I'm not the only one who feels this way about Paycom or the friends I've made there.    But most of all, Paycom has given me stability.  I'm not living like life styles of the rich and famous by any means.  But I'm doing just fine...I'm comfortable...even with a horrible on-line shopping addiction! 

So on day one of thankfulness week...I'm ever so thankful to God for opening up this door of opportunity for me to have a stable job at a stable company that cares about the happiness and well-being of their employees and for bringing people into my life that I know will be my besties for the restie!

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Soul Mates....Fact or Fiction

A friend and I were discussing "soulmates" the other day....I was pro.  She was con.  She asked me to explain my stance, but we were texting and she didn't quite catch my drift, so I told her I'd write about it in my next blog.  Days passed and I didn't quite feel inspired to write about something so heavy.  But, here I am on a Saturday night...cuddled up with Moussey under my cozy, new blanket watching the Sex and the City Movie.  I've watched it nearly a dozen times, but I can never get enough.  Watching Carrie and Mr. Big  jump through hurdles to finally tie the knot ***spoiler alert*** suddenly inspired me to write about my stance on soulmates.  I mean was there ever a more romantic pair of soulmates on TV?!?!?

It's a highly debatable just a reminder, everything you read here is merely my opinion.  I realize there is no right or wrong answer to this question.  

Why I Believe in Soulmates
By SueVee

I believe that God has selected one soulmate for each one of us.  I realize this places a lot of pressure on people to find that one person....but hey, no one ever said love was easy.  So not only do you have to find that one person, but you have to convince that person that they're you're soulmate and you're theirs....GOOD LUCK!  Now, I'm not saying that if you find your soulmate, everything is going to be amazing and you'll be skipping through fields of daisies.  Relationships are hard and they take work, regardless of who you're with. God is also a very important factor in this.  Just because you find your soulmate doesn't mean you don't need God's love.  He's the third strand.  With out God, you will never feel content or fully loved.  After all, God is love.  I believe that God intended us to share our lives with one person (mainly) and then share our love with everyone.  He designated and set aside one person just for each of us to connect with at a soul level.  The challenge is finding that person.  

Most of what I just wrote sounds pretty sensible, I think.  Here's where  people start to think I'm crazy....What if you know someone is your soulmate and they don't agree or they die or they pick someone else...or you pick someone else??  Well, the reality of life is that it isn't perfect.  Sometimes these things happen.  Does this mean you'll be miserable for the rest of your life?  I don't think misery is the correct word.  I think that you can still love and be loved by someone else.  But the connection will not be as the what you would have with your soulmate.

Now, I could be totally wrong.  Realistically, I probably am.  But, I've watched a lot of RomCom's and read a lot of ChickLit and this is what happens to your brain after years of doing so.  I would like to think that all the Carrie Bradshaws and Mr. Bigs of the world end up together....but I know it's not always the case. But for those of you reading this who think your soulmate might have slipped away ask yourself if Carrie ended up with Aiden instead...would life have been so bad?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Happy Birthday to the Maternal Unit on this...her 70th birthday

My mom...she's a character.  Now i'm sure a lot of daughters say this  about their mothers.  But no, mom is definitely a character.  Sometimes I don't know if she's gotten the memo that I'm actually 41 years old...because she still checks on me 2-3 times a day, wants to know where I'm going and when I'm going to be back...even though I don't live with her.  I don't know that there's a single solitary human on earth that drives me as insane as she does...but I also don't know if there's  a single solitary human on earth that loves me the way she does.  Happy 70th birthday to my mom!!

My mom with her grandkids...minus Aaron.

Monday, November 16, 2015

My Dog is Transpecies....

I think from the beginning, Mousse has never received the memo that she’s a dog.  When she was a puppy, we butt heads over this constantly.  I tried to do puppy things with play fetch, but she wanted to play keep away instead…I tried to make her spend time outside, but she never would unless I was out there too….I tried to make her sleep on a dog bed, but she preferred my bed over hers…I arranged play dates with my friends’ dogs, but she had no interest in the dogs and wanted to play with my friends instead, she even refused to eat dog food unless it was topped with milk or some kind of human food.  It became abundantly clear to me that my dog is transspecies and that I had to accept her as a human because she would never behave like the dog species she was born into.  People think I’m nuts for the way I cater to her like she’s a little kid.  But, that’s the way she sees herself and now, that’s the way I see her….one big bratty little girl!!  

Every once in a while, I’m reminded how absolutely abnormal it is…Like when Htown brings her pup over.  Riley is a typical pup…she’s playful, loves to be outside, eats her dog food, chases after critters and bugs, plays fetch, sleeps on a dog bed.  She’s a dog’s dog.  This could be why Mousse wants to have nothing to do with her.  She often tries to pretend like she doesn’t see her by being super still and turning her eyes away from her in hopes that Riley will mistake her for a dog statue instead of a dog.

I wonder if there are groups for transspecies dogs.  If not, maybe Mousse and I should start one.

Mousse ignoring Riley... 
 Me &  sweet Riley pup!!  I love her!!  Shh...don't tell Mousse!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Make-Up Hacks...

So this summer, I made a few new friends...two of which are "chocolate chip" and "Htown"  I use aliases not to protect their identity but because it's more fun for me to come up with aliases.  Anyway, these two ladies have introduced me to a lot of new things in the short time that we've been friends...Like new trendy eateries in OKC, how to make a lychee martini, the movie Tristan and Isolde, and make up hacks!!

Chocolate chip showed me an amazing make up hack by Deepicam on youtube.  When I first saw this, I seriously doubted it would work...I have skin discoloration on the side of my cheeks that I am always trying to cover up.  It's been one of those rare Saturdays that I had nothing going on and had time to spare to test out a good make up hack.  So I watched the video one more time, and proceeded to smear on red lipstick on my cheeks!  I then covered the lipstick with concealer, and then used foundation and powder for finishing touches.
So, here's the finished product!  No visible red lipstick on my cheek...and no dark line on the side either!!  I was so surprised!  I'm not sure how in the world this works, but it does, and it's so amazing!  Thank you Deepicam for sharing your brilliance!...and thank you chocolate chip, for always keeping me in the loop about make up do's and dont's!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Fun Facts about Fetty Wap Friday...

It's Fetty Wap Friday....what does that mean?  Well, we're going to learn five fun facts about my current favorite rapper...the one whose tunes will undoubtedly get me through a very boring Friday at work!

1.  Fetty Wap's real name is Willie Maxwell-  He was nicknamed "Fetty" which is a slang for  money.

2.  He developed glaucoma in both his eyes and the doctors were unable to save his left eye and so he was fitted an ocular prosthesis.

3.  Trap Queen was released in February 2014 but didn't gain recognition until November 2014

4.  Fetty usually wears the flag of Haiti in honor of his daughter's grandmother.  He's not Haitian, but he appreciates the culture.  

5.  He was born in 1991...when I was a junior in high school!!!