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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Thankful for the holiday season

Happy holidays!  Hope this season has been good to you! I am feeling all warm and fuzzy inside after these past weeks.

First we were blessed to have been able to host our very first "Friendsgiving" in November.  A group of friends (total of 11 adults ) sat at our table being thankful for so many things, but especially having each other in our lives.  It was a pot luck dinner which made it easier than our usual Thanksgiving celebrations. 

I had no idea there was such a thing as "Friendsgiving", but I found an e-vite format that tells me this concept has been around for a bit! 

Of all the things I am thankful for, I am most thankful for the friends who share my joys and allow me to lean on them thru my struggles!

Don't ask me how but somehow we managed to put up our Christmas tree on December first!  We also sent out all of our Christmas cards the first half of the month, and being that last year we didn't send out any and the year before we sent them out right before the new year I am feeling very accomplished! The honey also managed to put up lights on the house without any injuries! 

Anyways, this year a good friend invited us to spread some holiday cheer in downtown San Antonio (TX) and I have to say it was the best time I've had at Christmas time since I was in high school when the choir would go caroling on the Riverwalk. (a mighty long time ago!)

We dressed very festive (a few of us in costume)  to hand out candy and toys to all we ran in to.  The smiles on children not expecting to get "Elved" (Santa's elves were running amok) was priceless.  Our friend was very much prepared with the loot to give away because he even had a few very warm pieces (scarfs, gloves, and hats) for the less fortunate living on the street.

This holiday season I attempted my usual baking, but this year the results were right down pathetic. I baked on three different days and each time I managed to burn cookies.  It is the horrible to be stuck with 7 dozen cookies that aren't good enough to wrap up and give away and not burnt enough to toss out!   There was only one batch of cookies that were half decent.  My first try at baking gingerbread men or rather "ninja-bread" men: solely attempted for  my 8 year old neighbor who is a cool little kid in martial arts (Brazilian Jujitsu) and I very much encourage girls to kick butt.

So the year will soon wrap up; I sit on my couch admiring our Christmas tree loving the new ornament additions. I am glad I found an ornament that "my nerd" would think was cool.

I am also glad my honey insisted on buying me a tree ornament in the middle of July while on vacation this year.

I am hopeful the new year will bring wonderful things to us, and I wish the same to you all.  May you make wonderful memories in 2014

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


I've been in a constant state of grief ever since my honey decided to act on his constitutional right to bear arms.  With the tragic deaths in Texas this year where court officers were shot my honey felt it necessary to acquire a gun.  I have mixed feelings on the subject.  My family has a history of being in law enforcement so I am not totally unfamiliar with firearms. 

Obtaining a Concealed Handgun License was encouraged at my honey's job and so without hesitation he filled out all the forms, and signed up for the class, but not before running to buy one more pistol (the thought never crossed his mind to discuss the purchase with his spouse)!  He took the class, applied for a license and shortly after; "Ta-Dah", he started leaving home armed! 

Now I don't want this post to be about the pros and cons of guns.  To each their own minds, conscience and civil duty to vote for or against laws in their own state!

My worry is knowing my husband is out and about armed! And when I say out and about I don't mean at work: where security could always be improved.  I mean he takes it just about everywhere!! This really stresses me. I see my husband as someone who could handle himself, but my number one fear is of him being disarmed and having his piece used against him.

Like I said, I am not uncomfortable being around firearms.  My brother is a police officer and I see him armed on and off duty.  I believe it's the fact that IT IS MY BROTHER'S JOB to carry.  I know him to religiously go to target practice and to have the respect firearms deserve. It is HIS JOB to be knowledgeable and proficient with firearms!

My honey tells me he grew up around guns.  Heck, my father in law has given both his sons some type of gun as gifts.  The thing is that it was several years into our relationship before we discussed having a gun in our home and before then I never considered seeing my husband in that light!  I knew my honey to be more of an "egg-head".  A smart man, full of logic and knowledge but never a gun carrying guy. In all the time I've known him he's never been hunting, as to say he is a hunter and therefor is familiar with guns.

He is also not ex-military, and he is definitely not one of those doomsday survivalists.  I know my worrying may make my husband feel like I think him incompetent when it comes to carrying an arm.  That is not the case.  My true grief is now seeing my husband as a possible target.  You see, I grew up without a father. My dad was in law enforcement and died in the line of duty.  Those are the dreaded words "Line of Duty". 

I saw my mother lose a husband whose job was putting himself on the line every single day! Now my mother will say that she married a "regular Joe"-- she never dreamed he would enter law enforcement after they got married.  She lived in a constant fear of him not coming home, and in the end one day he didn't. 

I had felt relieved that I didn't have to worry every single day like my mom did since I did not marry a cop, but suddenly now I do!  Seeing my honey carrying a gun on him only makes me imagine the worst scenarios and it stresses me! I know with the recent shootings this week some might think I should feel some relief knowing my husband is not unprotected and may have better odds if fate brought violence to his feet but it doesn't.  The truth is my fear is of losing my loved one and him carrying a gun only makes the possibility more real to me.

We will most likely continue to be a nation divided by our gun laws, but my heart and prayers go out to those who've been recently touched by these latest tragedies.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Relationship baggage..

At twenty-something, and more so at forty-something, most single people come with relationship baggage!  For most is the fear that your current love will reveal some of the worst characteristics of your last love...  immature, irresponsible, unfaithful, (insert here your own nightmare)! 

Sometimes the baggage is high expectations.  For example, someone I know remarried and expected her new husband to be equally generous and romantic as her deceased first husband which left her in a constant state of disappointment.  Either way, good or bad expectations are hard to shake and can sabotage a relationship. 

In our marriage, the worst baggage we carried were material things acquired in past relationships.  For us the biggest one was the house my husband was awarded after his divorce.  The house is in a different city, and for a while the possibility of living in it was there, which made every cell in my body convulse. I am glad we never did move there, but dealing with renters, realtors trying to sell the house, and a mortgage for a home we did not live in was definitely strenuous in our marriage!

Another example  of  our "material baggage" were our beds. When we decided to move in together, my honey's lease on his apartment expired first so all his furniture went in to storage and he moved in to my apartment. Some months later my lease expired and we were able to move in to a home large enough to merge all our possessions. It was then when we faced the decision of which bed we would use in the master bedroom (with plans for a wedding it wasn't reasonable to make the expense). Call me irrational but refusing to make a bed my husband "came with" that might have been his marital bed (I'd never want to know - la-la-la.  Fingers in ears) "OUR bed" was something that I would not budge on.  My honey tried "reasoning" and argued that he could make the same argument about "my bed".  Here is where I saw the difference!  My bed was MINE and mine alone! It wasn't purchased with anyone else, it had never been a bed for no one else than me!  Sure it had been shared but no one had "co-owned" it with me!  I don't want to say I won that argument, but it was my furniture that made it in to the master bedroom.

Not long after we married and again the beds came up. The honey suggested we swap the mattress from our master bedroom with one from the spare bedrooms (which came with him) while we saved to replace our entire bedroom suite. I admit they were more comfortable but Nope! That wasn't going to happen!  His argument was that I had not had a problem sleeping on them when I would stay at his apartment before we lived together.  That was true; I  had no problem then.  I told him I didn't care then because at the time I didn't know how our romance would turn out. 

Out of curiosity (not needing support) I asked some of my girlfriends how they would feel if they were in my shoes..  They all understood my point. One even suggested it may be a female thing, but only because her ex-husband #2 didn't mind moving in to the house or the bed left behind by ex-husband #1.  I have to disagree there and point out it may be the character of ex-husband #2 which may be also why he is an ex-husband.

Anyways, as far as I am concerned we ended up with the less "evil" type of baggage.  No police record, unmanageable debts,  traumatic memories,  lingering exes or other type of things haunting us. I know we were lucky to be pretty "damage free" folk when we met, and I am glad falling in love didn't come at a price...  Ok, maybe the price for me was waiting longer than average for the right man. 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

A funny thing about QUIET

Our home is strangely quiet.  Strangely, because we both grew up in households where yelling (for good or bad reasons) was the norm.

In my childhood home, there was only one parent and three kids.  My mom had to do a lot of yelling to stay on top of 3 very loud and headstrong children.

She would yell to call us to sit for a meal, she would yell to keep us from fighting each other, she would yell to get us to move from whatever part of the house we were in to where she was.  I never really noticed how much yelling there was involved until I lived a few months with an aunt and her family.  There was no yelling there!  I figured because there was only one child in the house (my cousin) there was very little high volume (noise).

It wasn't until one of my good friends had children and I saw how she interacted with her kids that I realized the number of children does not determine the noise volume in the house.

Since I lived alone for many years before my honey and I met there was no yelling (no one to yell at) in my home.  When we began to live together there was only one special request from my honey.  Yep, no yelling.  In a small apartment it would take little effort to walk across and speak to one another.  It took some getting used to.  I found it unbelievably difficult not to give a quick holler to get his attention and NOT HAVE TO walk ALL THE WAY OVER to say something.  Ok, it was more than difficult.  It was right down a pain in the butt!

It took time to get used to, but now I appreciate it very much.  I have actually thought about how loud other people's homes are.  I have seen members of my family carry on with that yelling habit and honestly, it makes me very uncomfortable witnessing it.  I never know if they are irritated at one another or they are just LOUD!

So for now we enjoy a "quiet life" where the only things loud in the house are my honey occasional  blasting Rush (or some other classic band) in the stereo or my blasting of the T.V. trying to listen to the morning news while I am drying my hair in the bathroom.. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Making some "ME" time..

 I know it seems like I've fallen off the face of the earth with little to no posts lately.  I've been entertained with old interests and there is only so much time to do all the things I want.

I have had the good fortune of having an old friend move back to town recently. He is a well seasoned musician and is now giving me private drum lessons. 

He seems to think I want a new career because he's been telling me that in no time I will be able to "get some gigs" (got to love the lingo) subbing for local bands.  My friend is in his 60's and looks like a salt & pepper version of "Animal" from the Muppet's.

I have no delusions of becoming a paid musician/drummer.  The drum lessons I have taken in the past (in a class of 5 or 6 students) have all been to have fun.   I strive to soon feel capable/confident enough to sign up at "open jam night" and play my part on a song or two.  I am finding out that I haven't had enough instruction, and my bad technique is due to little supervision in learning in a group class. 

Drumming is something I took up before I married, and thought I haven't exactly kept up with it these past couple of years (my drums have spent more time neglected in our office than taking licks!)  my honey has always been very supportive.

Anyways, lately I've had the opportunity to spend more of my free time with my two best friends. In early May I took a long weekend to the beach with the girls.  We used to have a "Girls weekend getaway" every year, but marriage, kids, divorce and other responsibilities has made it hard for our usual little group to gather.

I am lucky that my honey is understanding of my need to bond with my girl friends.  He's never been jealous or stood in the way of my friendships like it some times happens in relationships.   He does sometimes pretends to lay a guilt trip by playing poor me!  "All alone... Unsupervised!"

It's been nice to have gone back to making time for ME.  I really can't say that I resent work, marriage, home or family that absorb my waking moments.  Somehow I noticed I had a long list of things to do and few items of things I WANTED TO DO so it was time stop trying to stretch hours in the day and just schedule some "fun time". I am very fortunate that there wasn't a tragedy shaking me up to prioritize!!

So we've been enjoying some simple pleasures: hanging out some nights on the driveway with a group of neighbors (next time I am making Mojitos), catching a few matiness on the latest movie releases, have gone back to cooking and eating more meals together during the week, even managed to squeeze in reading a book or two (I am on a "classics" kick and for the first time have read EMMA and DRACULA).

Now I just have to schedule some time to write & read blogs on a "regular" basis while we share one lap top.  The honey's dinosaur of a laptop expired a few weeks ago, and we've agreed to research our purchase and wait for a good deal.  I know one of us can always use our "almost forgotten" desk top, but neither likes to actually work in our office.

Anyways, I hope your Summer has been festive.. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Late news... a new "Bride to be"

Sometimes it's difficult to gather all of the family, ok not all but the "immediate family" (who live within a 1 or 2 hour drive) for the holidays.  This last Easter the turnout was great and it coincided with an unexpected surprise.

My young 20 year old cousin (daughter to my youngest uncle) got engaged over the Easter weekend.  We didn't see it coming.  I guess it's her young age and the fact that she could actually be my own child that makes me think of her as a little girl. 

I am excited and happy for her!  It is rare these days to see a young couple who want to marry and spend the rest of their lives together without any "obligations" stirring them thru that path. Marriages are happening when the couples are a little older. I can't say that I envy her, but I do wish I had been that lucky.  To have found my companion in my younger years... (only because I wish we could have shared more of our lives' experiences)

My honey has told me countless times how he wished we would have met when we were younger.  My response to his wish (and mine occasionally) has always been that I am pretty certain we might not have appreciated each other as much had we not lived the previous lives we lived apart. 

Until this wedding anouncement I never felt so much emotion and regret for not having found my love earlier.  All I can tell myself is "I didn't settle", and every day of my married life I have been certain I married the "The Right Man".

I am thrilled that my cousin will be traveling her life path with love at her side.  I wish her the best!  The lovebirds are young, but they are mature in their thinking and have a logical and attainable "game plan".  Their future looks bright and that is what we can hope for our loved ones.

Now, as for my aunt and uncle.  They are pleased with the match.  Their only child is an actual adult, and she will be marring as young as they did themselves. 

Congratulations Miranda & Carlos!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Happy birthday to us!

The honey and I have birthdays (about 5 weeks apart) soon after Christmas and finding a good birthday gift  especially after the exhaustion all the holiday shopping is hard! This year I totally blanked out!  I couldn't come up with ANYTHING at all that would surprise him! 

Even after managing to leave work early on his birthday to make one final attempt at finding a gift, I came up with nothing!  I didn't want to just buy something so he would have a gift to open.  I wanted to find a gift he would be excited over, not like the chain and charm I gave him not long ago. Nothing came to mind so in defeat I resigned to the shame of having NO GIFT.

I did manage to put a smile on his face by gifting him, of all things, a box of Poptarts!  He loves them and since I police our sugar/junk food so much the treat actually excited him! That and a geeky Star Wars birthday card (aside from the muchy-lovey-dovey one) was all I had.

I took him to dinner at a restaurant of his choice and at the end promised him I would buy whatever he wanted or at least give him cash he could spend guilt free.  Very lame, very "throw money at the problem" and impersonal.  Weeks later I still feel awful!

On Valentine's Day (which is also my birthday) I did much better on the gift department.  I got him (3 weeks in advance) the latest CD and a T-shirt from one of his favorite non-main stream bands "Dread Zeppelin".  My honey is a big Led Zeppelin fan and owns a large collection of music from tribute bands. This particular band (Dread Zeppelin) has become one of my favorites as well!

Anyway, my honey gets brownie points for making my birthday special.  Not only did he have a gift for me 1st thing in the morning, he also arranged to work a half day and go in to work early so he could leave in time to make the 80 mile trek from the town he works in to San Antonio just to take me out to lunch at my favorite Thai restaurant. Since we work in different towns (from where we live) and in opposite directions meeting for lunch on a work day only happens when one of us has a day off.

Our Valentine's Day celebration wasn't the traditional going out to dinner most couple's do.  Instead we opted to stay home and have a quiet evening where we made home made pizza and as the nerds that we are sat together to watch Big Bang Theory on T.V.

Valentine Pizza!

I hope your Valentine's day celebration was great for you all, no matter how you chose to celebrate!

(I know this post is a month late, but I am easily distracted and haven't had much time to play/write lately.)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Not exactly the Oscars, but thanks anyway!

I've caught the last two award shows on T.V. (AMAs and Oscars) this year, and anyone whose seen them or any other award ceremony has heard a recipient thank specific people for their help and support.  It is specially touching when a spouse is acknowledged.. 

Well to my surprise I got my own acknowledgement.  You see, my honey was asked to collaborate on the writing of a wargame last year and it was finally published last month.  I have been so very proud of my honey.  He has been talking about wanting to one day write a book and things worked out that he was able to write about a subject he enjoys.

This weekend he was finally able to show me on the hard copy of the book that he mentioned me in the acknowledments, and I was truly moved.  I did nothing but encourage him to enjoy his free time doing what he likes.  So the writing may only be a wargame and not Nobel prize-worthy, but his thanks made a knot in my throat. 

I hope (my love) this is a stepping stone to a bigger dream!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Having children over 40

We have been married for over 3 years and I love to say that we've enjoyed ourselves "honeymooning" all this time.  Never having been married before (Me; it's my honey's second time at the rodeo) I chose not to be a single parent and spent years doing "everything under the sun" to avoid a pregnancy. 

Once I realized I wanted to share the rest of my life with my honey, the desire to start a family was a major thing we both agreed on.  I confess I have feared taking a STEP I can't take back.  Parenthood isn't something to be taken lightly.  Every month I have been relieved as well as disappointed not to be pregnant.  I also confess to not having been as proactive about getting pregnant as I was about not getting pregnant (in my single years).

I have been shamelessly blaming God!  I am a "Christian" and believe children are God's blessing, but I also believe in the saying "God helps those who help themselves".  I haven't helped myself! We've been only going about it the "old fashioned way". 

When my honey and I moved in together, we knew it wasn't just shaking up.  We had discussed marriage already.  I asked my honey to please let me enjoy all the facets of a relationship.  I wanted to be a girlfriend and a fiance (and not rush in to marriage). I wanted adequate time to make sure we were making the right choice "for the rest of our lives".

In my mind I never had the picture that so many women have of "My Wedding Day".  I lacked that gene, because I was totally clueless when it came to planning a wedding. If it wasn't for my girlfriends who stirred me in to the right direction often lighting a fire under me to get all different arrangements done for an intimate wedding ceremony I would have probably taken the easy road and gotten married at the courthouse. (To my Honey; please no comments about how much money & stress we could have saved!)

Anyways, for me.. the idea/dream of "getting married"  was a timeline progression in a relationship.  Meeting, being exclusive, trial period, getting married, two or three years making sure we didn't make a mistake and having some "alone" time before bringing in a third party (meaning babies, third parties have always been non-negotiable!).

We've been having fun all along, and despite the occasional heart felt disappointment of "not yet" getting pregnant, it's been mostly when another girlfriend is expecting. I haven't been to anxious about taking advantage of all the "help" available these days.  I haven't consulted a fertility doctor about why "we" haven't gotten pregnant.  I've been told extra weight sometimes does not help, yet I have been doing very little there too!

My best friend has had "the talk" with me several times.  We need to make a decision!  Time isn't just ticking, we are in overtime!  May be it's because "we don't feel our age", and we are so young at heart that the concept of time running out hadn't been real!  There is also indecision, when I AM feeling old (not enough sleep, too much work, or occasional back pain) I ask myself if I REALLY want to take on running around after a kiddo at 40 something.

Well, it became real to me a couple of months back.  We were having dinner with another couple, friends of mine for many years when my girlfriend mentioned they had wanted to start a family but she had been diagnosed as pre-menopausal.  That funky tunnel feeling you watch in some movies took over me!  I am almost 3 years older than she is!! Needless to say I could not fully concentrate on the rest of the evening. Regret for taking "my time" and not making a decision landed heavily on me. 

I've known (and I don't mean WE here at all) that I do not want to get on some hormone program to conceive.  The thought scares me!  I am afraid to mutate in to an emotionally unstable witch that will most likely achieve pregnancy as well as push her partner to run away for dear life.  I already have a temper and often wonder how my honey has not locked me in a closet sometimes when I am PMSing.

We known that we have too much debt right now and no money for expensive treatments.  I also believe that getting in debt to fulfill the desire to have a baby may result in to not being able to provide later for that wanted offspring.  On top of that, fertility treatments usually result in multiple births or the dilemma of what to do with unfertilized eggs.  I am pro-choice, but admit MY choice would never be to terminate a life. 

So I waste time thinking of all the possibilities and hoping that God/Fate will make the decision for me.  I do know that the bigger regret of not having children would be my husband missing out on being a "dad".  I think he would be an excellent parent. 

I feel extremely blessed/lucky to have found my mate (especially when I had resigned myself to not ever finding him) and sometimes I think it a bit greedy wanting the happy family as well.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2012 Year End Recap..


I hope you all had a wonderful holiday.   I truly enjoyed the 2012 Thanksgiving/Christmas season.  There wasn't much time to blog, though there were a few things to blog about.  We (the Honey and myself) were able to take more than 5 consecutive "work" days of vacation, ran East and West thru Texas spending time with family and actually got to veg out at home for a day or two without stepping foot out the door!  This last was particularly nice since we lived out of a suitcase for most of the Christmas holiday.

Picture of Bunuelos or Buñuelos - Mexican Recipe - Item No. 502-bunuelos-bunuelosThe cool weather called me to the kitchen.  There were fewer home cooked meals, but more than usual holiday baking.  There were the favorite Rum Raisin Oatmeal cookies, Pumpkin Cheesecake, and this year we tackled Buñuelos which caused us to almost set the house on fire.

The world did NOT end, thank goodness!  I spend the last hours of the "Apocalypse" (Dec 21st) with my best girlfriends drinking and dinning on our early Christmas celebration.  I am ashamed to think that had the world really ended I would have been 50 miles from my husband.  It wasn't intentional, it was the only night a small group of us could agree to meet for a "girls night".

Anyway, the highlight of our holiday season is that we finally upgraded our much needed cell phones.  I am a big tightwad and fight technology kicking and screaming mostly because the high cost of it. Luckily for me my husband is very much aware of the student loan debt we carry and he won't jump on the "techie band waggon" every time a new "toy" has been launched.

Another toy we acquired was a "Nook".  Now my husband is a purist when it comes to reading.  He loves to handle the actual printed work in his hands.  He proudly carries a library card and enjoys checking out books on a regular basis.  We had talked about buying some e-reading device, but argued against spending money on another gadget. I didn't think we would get such a device any time soon unless it was a gift or something. 

Well, I lucked out this year.  I NEVER win anything, honestly!  I don't have good luck when it comes to raffles or any type of gambling. This year I won a Nook as a door prize at my company Christmas luncheon.  It really came in handy while traveling thru Texas by car.  (Slo-Mo read Pride & Prejudice in 2 1/2 days)

This year there was no time to send out Christmas cards.  I like to send them with a current picture of us, but with my working late just about every night to be able to take vacation,  not being able to get a hair appointment (no way my gray was making a grand appearance on our cards) and my honey walking around all shaggy reliving his younger years with longer hair after Movember there was no chance to take a good picture.  So..  I may just end up printing a version of this blog and sending out our first "news letter" to family & friends.