There’ll Be Parties For Hosting

One of the selling points when I bought my condo was the large kitchen with ample countertop space.  I pictured myself playing hostess to friends for dinner parties, festive get-togethers, and celebrations of all seasons.  I imagined yummy foods and delicious drinks atop every available surface.  Happy faces would be everywhere and laughter would be the soundtrack of the evening.

I just knew I had to have a party before the year was up.

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A Black Treat For Halloween

It’s Halloween! Whether you are dressed to the nines as a sexy [insert any profession] or are home in sweats passing out the unwanted chocolates to trick-or-treaters while hoarding the favorites (I’m looking at you, Milky Way Midnight), the night is full of fun movies, delicious morsels, and just a hint of the spooks that make our hearts race and our palms sweat. There are tricks and there are treats. Just don’t let a black cat cross your path.

Or in my case, try to trip you.

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30-Before-30: After Summer Update

Photo credit:  www.ohmyhandmade.com

Photo credit: www.ohmyhandmade.com

I’m almost to the halfway point and there are still quite a few items left to complete on my list.  Luckily, 2014 has really been my year and accomplishing goals has never bene easier.  Ok, so they’re not all exactly easy, but they have been coming together better than I could have ever imagined.  There’s a lot I’ve already written about, but some things didn’t seem big enough to warrant their own post.

To celebrate the return of sweaters and getting to wear boots for a week straight, I present to you the other items I was able to check off this summer.

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A Living Legend

This world is filled with a variety of talented people.  Some are starving artists waiting to get an interested buyer while others happen upon an idea that changes the world (I’m looking at you, Mark Zuckerberg!).  Many of us will never have the chance to meet these revolutionaries, but when the opportunity comes up to share the same air, we must seize it for they come along with the same frequency as a winning lottery ticket.  That would be a very slim chance.

About a month before our trip to Costa Rica, Karen asked me a question:

Do you like the Beatles?

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Home Sweet Home

That’s right, Wonderlings. I have finally checked off #1 on my 30-Before-30 list and I am the proud owner of a ginormous townhouse. As you may remember, the road to real estate bliss was paved with multiple disappointments.  I walked away from a home, I lost out on a home, and I moved in with my mother while I waited for the The One.  Despite the emotional roller coaster that real estate can become, I never lost hope that I would eventually have a place to call my own.

And boy do I!

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Adios, Costa Rica!

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Despite being woken up throughout the night requiring several trips to the bathroom, the morning from our balcony was absolutely gorgeous and no amount of stomach-ache could make me ignore it.  I couldn’t help but capture the glorious morning before the monkeys started howling and the mosquitoes started biting. Continue reading

Painted To Perfection

Sorry this is a day late, Wonderlings.  This post was supposed to publish yesterday, but silly me, I scheduled it for July 29 instead of June.  That’s what I get for trying to rush a post before a vacation.

I’ve never considered myself very artistic.  Sure, my grandmother used to teach me to paint sculptures and watercolors.  I learned lots of crafty things from her, but I could never come up with something on my own.  Navigate me through a project and I’ll get it; hand me a brush and an empty canvas and I’m completely lost.  I struggle with creating something from nothing and it’s hard to get my brain’s right hemisphere to work sometimes.

But I sure do love a challenge.

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Say Goodbye To My Little Friend

 

For years, I have been known for my love of Monster energy drinks. By no means addicted, I would indulge in one can a day in the morning the way some people enjoy their cups of coffee. On the rare days when I didn’t have one, I suffered from headaches and drowsiness.  One night, I even suffered the worst migraine of my life when I hadn’t had any caffeine that day.

That’s when I knew it was time to give them up.

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