Standing on the outside looking in

I’m standing outside in the cold damp grass watching the perfect family through their kitchen window.

The four of them sitting at the dinner table with a fine meal before them.  They lower their heads in family prayer and then begin to enjoy the feast.  They laugh at each others jokes and funny comments. Talk to each other about their day and what they would like to do after the meal. The dog and cat are even enjoying dinner next to each other without a hiss or bark.  It all looks picture perfect.

As they eat, talk, smile, and enjoy their company I can feel the cold earth beneath my feet begin to cave in. A black thorny vine starts to crawl slowly up my legs binding them together making small shallow cuts on its way.  Cold, damp, strong, and irresistible, it travels up my body consuming me to my neck.  It pulls me back into the damp darkness of which no light can find.
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Fun Spring Weekend

This weekend was busy and relaxing at the same time. My husband and I went out to dinner with friends on Friday. Saturday, I spend part of the day with my mom, a late Mother’s Day. We went for a run, picked up a greek chicken sandwich (from Green Kitchen) at the Milwaukee Market, and enjoyed some coffee at Stone Creek Coffee. The time was also spent with another ‘how to use Facebook and your iPhone’ session with my mom, I’m her on-call tech support. Sunday was rushing to get everything done day. I had cleaning to do before my sister-in-law visits this holiday weekend, it’s only half done. But my husband and I found time to visit the Milwaukee Market and Whole Foods. The weather was just wonderful, it was so hard to work on things inside. Hopefully the forecast for this up coming weekend changes to be less cold and more sunny. Either way, it will be a fun week ahead.

Some pictures from this weekend:

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Skyline from I-94

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Stone Creek Coffee Giant Mug!

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Giant Jawbrakers ~ Milwaukee Market

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Mmm.. chocolate Eiffel Towers ~ Milwaukee Market

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More vendors ~ Milwaukee Market

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Greek Chicken with avocado from Green Kitchen

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Latte ~ Stone Creek Coffee

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Manual V60 drip coffee ~ Stone Creek Coffee

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Sugar cookie for the hubbys

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Basket for the farmers market from my mom, Pepper is checking it out

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First open rose on the balcony

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My setup outside, enjoying the wonderful weather

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Outfit of the week – New Work Dress

I have to admit I’m a little nervous with this post because instead of a fashion board, it’s an outfit that I’m wearing.

The dress is comfy, fits great, and looks professional enough that I can wear it to work…. Once the weather warms up and stays above 35 for more than 2 days.

Dress pic 1

I was wondering if my husband would ever take the picture.

Dress pic 3

Dress (Maurices) | Bracelets (Pura Vida ) | Heels, Necklace and Earrings (Mine)

Pepper

Pepper, he insisted he to be in pictures

Pepper and meNow that his picture is being taken, he doesn’t look so happy.

The bracelets I have on are from Pura Vida, I wear these 2 whenever my brother is deployed.  The are very durable, I’ve had them on this time about 3 months straight.

Maybe I’ll do more outfits instead of fashion boards, if it gets warm out.

Pictures taken by my husband, Adam.

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The weather is getting better

I wasn’t planning on writing anything today but when I left work the weather was beautiful.  The sun is shining, it’s around 60 degrees out and I just couldn’t make myself go back indoors to work out.  So instead I worked on cleaning off my balcony.  I had to clean off all the roofing nails, cig butts, and pieces of shingles that the wonderful roofers left a mess of.  I knew that there was no use to complain to the apt manager because they would just make their maintenance team clean it and it isn’t their fault.  Once I got the left over roofing things off I working on cleaning up the plants.  The dead plants from last season that were still in their pots.  I know bad me, I never got around to it at the end of the season.  But it is done now.  All the leaves I could pick up are in the bag, the dead plants, nails, and pine needles.  My foldable (awesome for apt balcony) table and chairs set is out.

Now all I have to do is watching the lady walking her dog talking on the phone, the guy running after work, the teenagers walking back from Target, listen to the airplanes, cars, trains, and to the woodpecker working on the trunk on the pine tree that comes up to my balcony.  And last but not least my little Pepper meowing at me wanting to come outside.

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Thankful for – Nov 21

I am thankful for my cats. My cats are like my kids. Yes, go ahead make the crazy cat lady joke or giggle. Ok…back now? Yes, I love my cats. They are always waiting for me when I get home, mostly to meow at me and have me follow them to their food dish. The older one, she’s about 20+ years, enjoys waking me up at 4 am everyday. The 7-year-old cat is a bit more lazy and prefers to sit on your lap, mostly to prevent you from going anywhere.

What pets are in your life that you are thankful for?