March 25, 2015

How Do You Unwind?...


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This is how I unwind:

  • I paint my nails
  • Read
  • Orange juice
  • Watch an episode of Friends or The Office
  • Pray
  • Pluck my eyebrows
  • Alone time with Jayson

I can talk through and think logically after one or two of these things happen. No matter how frustrated I feel, It's so nice to have something to fall back on when anxiety or stress hits. I want you to know though that I always take it easy with my brows. 

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love,
Denise

March 24, 2015

Rain...


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Nope, there's not much of a drainage system in the middle east. If it rains, it will give you a pond. 

So gloomy here guys. It's been raining here for days. By this month of the year, it simply means summer is about to arrive. Yup. That's how it goes here. The rain signifies a change in weather. I remember last year, in the middle of a scorching day it started pouring for like five minutes. Everybody was just so happy, you can hear it all over the radio, it was festive really. All DJs are freaking about it. It's a sign they were all saying. Winter is here! Winter is here! Everybody can feel it. It was the most glorious 4 to 5 months of great weather in middle east. And then, this Sunday it rained. Summer is here, and some of us feel doomed. Am I grumpy or what? But let's focus on the rain for now. Because people here seems to enjoy it. Mostly by the locals. I've seen a lot of them walking on the street, just soaking the rain. Just walking under the drizzle, smiling and just enjoying it. So two days ago I asked Jayson to have our lunch out. But it's raining he said. So? This is the very last day of coolness here, let's have fun with it.  

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Every time he sees this lion, he must pose and take a picture with it. 
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And hey hey hey, this is an outfit post too.

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Yep!

So, i've been thinking. I've been formulating a certain no-brainer-look for work wear these days. And waaaahhhlahhhh!!!! as dumb as it looks, this is what i came up. Blazer. Shirt. Pants. Blazer. Shirt. Pants. Two minutes and am all dressed up. Is the point of a capsule to get you out of a rut, or to dig you deeper in your own rut? Because i like my rut. That's all am gonna say for now.  

The end. 

March 23, 2015

Cakes...


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My birthday this year fell on a Sunday, which happens to be the first day of the week here. What fun! This year, Jayson and me took a different approach on surprising each other on our birthdays. I think I started it. I'm taking credit for that. I managed to surprise him on his birthday last January by giving him his presents 3 days before his birthday.  Man, the look on his face. He was so happy. And on the exact day of his birthday, I called him and asked him to just drop by on our favorite coffee shop, order a latte and cheese cake, I got the candles. It was Saturday evening, he was still in his office. How fun was that?

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March 15, Sunday

As I've said before, my birthday was on a Sunday, the busiest and the most frantic day of the week. At the end of the day, all I wanted  was to collapse. On our way home Yllac fell asleep. Amazing! Peace and solitude before my own bedtime??? Birthday wish granted. I may be tired but verbally I am on fire. So Jayson let me talk while he made us some tea. So i talked and talked and talked. I have to say, today most especially, that I have the best, most supportive, and most wonderfully, frustratingly fantastic husband and i love, love, love him. Just like all the things I am crazy about, I sometimes get all grouchy at him, but really seriously, I am the lucky one to have him. So Jayson my love, thanks for choosing this wicked queen over other princesses.

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On the following evening, Jayson one-upped me by actually getting my cake. And so we've managed to do a celebratory cake blowing with Yllac's help of course. It's always so so so fun with Yllac's help.

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ladies and gentlemen, my son. 
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Cannot wait for 36th!



March 15, 2015

35 Today! God Is Good...


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Here I am folks, another year, another birthday. A year older, hopefully a year wiser. I was just looking over at my year and it looked packed.  As I've reflected on all that happened, my heart has caught up with my head and I'm so thankful. Just thankful. God is so good. He always is. Over the past years as a parent and an adult, there were times I'd start to feel as if I would just get past one obstacle to find another staring at me right in the face. Some of them weren't too difficult to overcome,  however some others would cause me to wonder how I'd ever get past them. And day to day, as God performs miracles in our lives, we are surviving, living, and most times thriving. The hard times also helped me come to the realization that good things often come hand in hand with the bad. Despite the trying times I came to be happier now than at any other time in my life, not to mention more sure of myself and contented. 

"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." ~ Philippians 4:12-13

...I love this passage. It speaks true to my life. Contentment is one's choice to live in peace. It’s a lifelong journey for me that requires regular self examination and an ongoing process of making peace with my self and to the things I have no control of. As long as I have the basic in my life, which to me is, my family and friends, my husband and Yllac, having food on our table and a home to keep us safe, (and internet of course!) and to extend that to treating the people around me with kindness....so I think that covers it. While I hope for a better me, for now I am fulfilled with every single blessing in my life. 

This morning I woke up with a slight pain on my back. More white hair on my head and bags under my eyes. I am 35. I bought a hair dye last weekend and i promise myself to sleep early. Jayson hugged me so ever tight and kissed me like he's never kissed me before and pinched my butt just enough and called me sexy. I haven't brushed yet. Yllac sang me half of the happy birthday song while he ate his breakfast. He kissed me and said, "hug mama." A few minutes later my parents,  and my brother's family were on skype. They sang me a happy birthday. Half jokingly my brother said, "Ate, you're awake now at 5 in the morning?", and he laughed. He could not believe it. Neither do i. We've known each other since birth and i miss him so much. After saying goodbye, by six in the morning, Jayson and Yllac were out on the door and on the way to the school and office, and I am alone to finish what's left of my breakfast. And in silence i say a little prayer of protection for my boys and loved ones. God knows they are my life. I live for them. They are one of the many purposes of my life. They made me so happy. My favorite part of the day is to wake up and have breakfast together in our tiny home and go back home with them after the long hours of work. My life is simple, uncomplicated, not without a challenge, never perfect. I thank God for everything, for my life, for another year, another chance to create memories, to love more, chance to develop more friends, to continue to hope,  to forgive, to work harder, and to give back. 

Yay! Happy birthday to me. 


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