Sometimes it takes big things and sometimes it takes small things for us to slow down, take a look around and tell the ones you love that you love them.
Life for me lately has been 100% wedding. Full of flowers, happiness frivolous thoughts.
Then April 15th happened.
While I am still in the midst of my "happy time" - I am also fully aware of those who are not.
I am always one who tells people I love them, to hug them and let them know how I feel.
On April 15th - I wanted nothing more than to be home with B and Roxy. I wanted my family. I just wanted everyone to know how I felt about them.
So I embarked on a letter writing campaign. I used to be better at writing letters to my family and friends. To brighten up their day. So I have started again. The goal is 52 letters this year. One a week (and yes I have to make up the difference since it is May already).
Who are you: A. A Texas Gal, TexasGal05 - Currently ANG - soon to be ANS
Where do you blog: Right here at "Figuring out this Long Road called Life"
How did you pick your blog’s name: Well Texas Gal came from - I went to UT, and graduated in 2005 and I am a Texas Gal. The Title of my blog - well I am trying to figure out this long road called life.
2. Location, location, location
Where did you grow up: Texas - North of Houston
Where do you live now: Texas - IN Houston
Where would you live anywhere in the world: Italy, France, Texas, Greece
3. Let’s talk beauty - what is your favorite or signature:
Cocktail: Cape Cod
Dessert: Key Lime Pie
Pizza Topping(s): Pepperoni
5. I always have these three things in my refrigerator:
Trois: Dr Pepper (for B)
6. Get artsy - what is your favorite:
Movie: When Harry Met Sally
Book: TOO many to say...
TV Show: All of the Real Housewives, New Girl and Parks and Rec
7. Kid stuffs - three questions about your youth:
What did you want to Be when you grew up? a Neurosurgeon
Who was your favorite teacher and why? My 3rd grade teacher- Mrs. Boren - she was just amazing in general.
What was your worst sickness/surgery/hospital visit as a kid? When I was 5 I swallowed my little ruby ring on Christmas Eve - so I spent the night in the hospital hooked up to make sure my body didn't swell up due to the foreign object. It passed through my system and I still have that little ring! (It doesn't fit, but I will give it to my daughter if I have one!)
8. The Pretty Things - what is your:
Favorite color: yellow and pink
Favorite flower: peony
Favorite artist (painter, photographer, etc.): Monet
9. Shop ‘Til You Drop
What’s one thing you buy the most often: makeup
Do you prefer to shop online or in-store? online
Imagine you open your own store - what would you sell? makeup
10. Be a Hater: what are three things you would like to go away?
Ein: media attention to people who don't deserve it (I know I need to stop watching REAL HOUSEWIVES)
Zwei: The oversexualization of children
Drei: crappy over produced music
11. The Final Three (x Three)
I hand you a genie - what are your three wishes? world peace (cliche), I wish that B would have met my grandmother, lots of $ to donate as I please.
List 3 things you can see out of your window right now. The freeway, a billboard for "The Pink Palace" and another Oil and Gas company.
Who are three people, living or dead, you would invite over for dinner? Pope John Paul II, My grandmother and my brother.
OK from the Corporette forum/comments from a few weeks ago to this post HERE to Blair's Head Band post here....LEAN IN is certainly a topic of discussion among women.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?
A quick overview for me is this- do what is best for you. LEAN IN if you know that is what you need - LEAN OUT if that is what you need.
I read the book - I have a lot of thoughts on it. I will discuss at a later time - but for now - with so much discussion on twitter, the blogs, op eds - what are your thoughts?
I need more book recommendations. I read a lot and fast. I try to read at least one book to 1.5 books a week (depending on size and time constraints) - I also listen to them on CD in the car and if I feel antisocial for lunch I will close my office door and read. Like I said, I read a lot. I love reading and learning. Sometimes it is for escape and other times it is to learn. All of it is for enjoyment.
In the Months of March and April I read:
Bringing Home the Birkin
Proof of Heaven
The Language of Flowers
Across Many Mountains
A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
All were good in various ways.
31 days until we get married.
I may be going a little bit insane, but I am ready. I have no worries about B and I and our relationship. I am only worried about things going smoothly - and even that I don't care. As long as we say our I DOs - I am happy.
This weekend we go to Dallas for our Couples Shower thrown by B's Aunt. I cannot wait.
This year.... has been one of the best years of my life.
In a little over a month I will be marrying the man of my dreams. Sure I didn't know he was the man of my dreams when we first met (oh that would be too easy).
So here are 10 of the reasons why he is the man of my dreams:
He lets me talk. I talk a lot.
He makes me laugh.
He is kind always.
He takes care of me on good days and bad.
He saw me through one of the hardest years in my life and did it effortlessly.
He holds my hand.
He pushes me to be a better person.
He listens (see above to me talking).
He makes me smile.
He says I love you every time we are getting off the phone.
Obviously, there are so many more reasons. But those are 10. I know throughout my lifetime there will be countless more "why I love him" lists and I can't wait to see everything I get to put on that list.
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.