I love this store! Granted I can truly only afford things that are ON SALE or cheaper than their $250 dresses but I can't help but smile when I go in there. The colors, cuts, everything makes me happy. I love the reto-ish feel of some of the clothes. MOST are modest and flirty.
I love my family. I love that I talk to my little brother almost every single day. I love that I see my dad every day and that he gets me and I love that, while she drives me crazy, my mom is my hero/champion and knows my heart more than anyone in the world.
B and I went out to Marble Falls this weekend. We met new people, camped and had a great time...I came back bruised and bug bitten but very happy! We stopped in Austin for Mexican Martini's and drove through campus. It's nice to remember college and to have him in those memories. College was such a wonderful time in my life - I feel lucky that we knew each other and are part of some of each other's college memories.
Every single day I truly think - how did I get so lucky to be with B. It's true. I can't help but be happy.
So I have seen a lot of MUST HAVE MONDAYS on lots people's blogs...and I LOVE the idea...because I have purchased/tried out lots of things people have talked about I've been contemplating jumping on the bandwagon...but Monday is crazy for me...soo...
Today's favorite -
On my toes in the summer-time I love-OPI's Chapel of Love....so pretty, lovely pinky shade and it makes me smile. As my legs get tanner (or a little less pale) it looks even better!
B was out of town for the past 8 days and to say I missed him would be an understatement. I think since I take care of Roxy when he's gone it makes me miss him more - she is so sweet and loving!
So he got home yesterday and went to see his his dad's great aunt and one of her kids...what would that make them to him? (great great aunt and 3rd cousin?...not quite sure!)
After they went to dinner I met up with B and his dad at our wine bar. It was great to see his dad and catch up and it was wonderful to see B again. We shared wine and cheese and chatted up with his dad. His dad left halfway through and then B and I caught up.
I didn't realize how touch is such a powerful love language. I missed his hugs, kisses and I missed how he always seems to hold my hand, put his arm around me etc. It was lovely. Impromtu date nights always are lovely.
Playing Wii- I've only played once before- so fun!
SHOPPING (got 3 pairs of shoes, makeup, 2 shirts and a strapless bra!
dinner at a Benihana-ish restaurant
Strawberry Margaritas- YUM!
Chatting up the BFF
I miss the BF- and that makes me upset with myself! I feel like a phony! I am a very independent and driven person and the fact that he's been gone a week and I miss him makes me feel like a phony when I tell my single gal friends that "you don't need a bf, single life is tres fab!" yes...I'm a phony...I miss the man and I want him home...stat.
I missed Roxy. I know she isn't "technically" MY dog...but whatever she so is and I missed her and her adorable nature. She was SO EXCITED when I walked through the door.
As an English major in college this is a VERY tough one for me to narrow down but I will do my best!
1. The Giving Tree- yes the one you read when you were little. The thing is - this book has so many lessons and yet, no matter how old you get, go back and read it - it makes you want to be a better person. At least for me.
2. Wuthering Heights or Pride and Prejudice - I couldn't choose sorry. I love them both but for different reasons. :)
If anyone has any book suggestions please give me them as I love love love to read and I am always wanting to read more- and I love all kinds of literature!
1. My dream vacation would be a trip that is in Greece. I loved Greece when I backpacked through Europe- but I even wrote in my journal that it is a place to bring someone you love to. So I would go again once I'm married. It is beautiful.
2. The best trip I've ever taken was when I backpacked through Europe. It was the best summer of my life.
3. The most important items to take on a road trip are books, my ipod and sweet tea!
4. The next trip I'm looking forward to is the one I'm taking next weekend to see my best friend K! I cannot wait...then again B and I may head to the Beach this weekend!
5. If I had to pick one CD to listen to for a long road trip it would be a mixed CD for sure.
6. The biggest disaster I've ever encountered while traveling was when my brother and I were young and on a roadtrip with our mom and the car was overheated. My mom pulled into a service station and some guy there CUT HER FAN BELT. My mom was so angry and called the cops on him. The cops escorted us to a new place to get things replaced. Now it is funny, it wasn't then!
7. My favorite traveling memory is my first trip alone with my brother. I was 18, he was 15 and we drove from Texas to Miami to visit our grandfather. It was a blast. I loved it. The summer before I left for college. Truly - it was so nice to have 2 weeks to do whatever we wanted and we did. It was fun and memorable. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful brother.
It rained and rained last night and I slept and slept. It was wonderful. Sometimes the rain makes me sleep better, sometimes not. But last night, I passed out.
I went to dinner with the girls, Indian this time. DELISH. While we were out- I realized how different all of our lives are now. In less than a year all of us are different. L is pregnant with a baby girl, V is single...VERY single and very happy single, R is finishing up school and starting to let go of the bs she has held onto and me...I am 180 degrees from where I was a year ago.
Yesterday marked a year since my ex and I split. Like I said - I remember certain dates and the break up, I remember. I remember because that was the day I started to become myself again. It took less than one year to be me.
My fb profile says "One day I made the decision that I have one life so I might as well love it and be happy every single day - so I am. Try it. " and the truth is...I did that. I literally sat down with myself and said - You have one life. You can be sad and hate it or you can be happy and love it. So I am happy every single day of my life. Sure I have my moments- but that is what they are - moments. There is no need to not smile - I have a wonderful life.
And once I was truly happy with my life - everything fell into place. I was working out more (gotta get back on the wagon!), making new friends, reconnecting with old friends and finding out things that I love to do! I traveled, partied, road tripped, danced and sang along the way.
It sounds crazy to say but I've never been more "alive" in my life. I think every other relationship I have been in somewhat made me feel trapped. Whether it was on the phone due to long distance, being with someone who couldn't do all of the things I wanted to do, or someone who never wanted to do things with me, or someone who somewhat thought of me as a person to clean up after them - I never felt that I could be 100% me.
I wish I could go tell every person that is starting to truly date to always be truthful to who you are, find someone who treats you wonderfully and love yourself more than you thought possible. I learned a lot of lessons over the past years - I somewhat joke that should I had just dated B from the beginning when we first went out on our first date I would have saved myself a lot of pain - but even then I know that we probably wouldn't be as great together had it not have been all of the learning experiences we have had. I wouldn't be nearly as much appreciative of all that he does (and he goes beyond anything I could ever imagine).
Everything falls into place. It all starts with being comfortable with who you are...then you are comfortable demanding what you want in life.
I demanded happiness from myself...and I got it - in every aspect of my life. It truly amazes me how one year can change everything.
So B and I headed out of town this weekend to go to a wedding reception of one of his close friends. It was beautiful, their family and friends were so incredibly nice that I truly felt at ease- up until his ex gf showed up. Granted we knew she was coming but truly I was nauseous just thinking about it. I just didn't want drama, didn't want to be upset about anything and didn't want to deal with bs. She played nice I suppose, but totally left me out of all conversation and every time I left B's side she swooped in. In fact we were staying at a bed and breakfast and she WAS AT THE SAME ONE! Blech! First thing she said to the two of us- " We share a wall tonight so please try to be quiet." I could have died. I felt like I was in another universe. Dinner time- he sat between us. I mean we sat down and she sat next to him. Seriously!
It is what it is but I'm just glad our normal life can resume and we can love each other and hold on tight to one another- but I didn't play it cool- I was not the nicest person to him- I drank too much and I'm sure I said a few things I wish I could take back- I was upset and yet I was not going to play the "he's my boyfriend" game. They talked- I was awkward and not included- it happens. Not often but it happens.
but in the end- this is what matters- the reception was wonderful, the bride and groom were lovely and B and I - we are fine. In fact more than fine- he makes everyday a better day by being in it- I'm just glad we don't have to run into her that often!
And we spent Monday hanging out the beach. I had a wonderful time with B. We spent Saturday going to a farmers market, a winery and seeing the small town the Bride was from. It was fun. Actually the whole weekend was a blast - just a few little crap moments here and there - and I won't let her ruin a weekend.
Plus...seeing him and how he handles things - I just always feel so lucky. I have no idea what I did to deserve such a wonderful person, but I can say that I am with someone that is as nice to me as I am to him and it is just lovely. 100% lovely.
I am married to the most amazing man in the world - B! I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful family and the most amazing friends a girl could ever have. One day I made the decision that I have one life so I might as well love it and be happy every single day - so I am. Try it. I couldn't ask for a better or more charmed life than the one I have been given.