Summer can be a busy time of year. People are more active, children are out of school, and everyone wants to be outside. This summer it has been wicked hot and random thunderstorms have gotten in the way. The storms have actually caused damage in some areas.

I like to be able to go outside without a coat, and to wear lightweight clothes. However, I miss the cool air and the snow! I am a winter gal at heart.

Last winter was a mess. We barely got any snow, and the weather was mild. I hope this year is a better year for snow.

Soon the hot days will be over and the sun will shine less and less. The majority will be complaining and counting the days until summer. All the while I will be basking in the winter season.


Truth – Day Twenty Nine

Day 29 – Something you hope to change about yourself.

Right now I am in a bit of a rut. I feel as if I have no ambition or drive. Right now I have no real goals for myself. I am in a limbo of sorts. I believe this is due to me working so hard to obtain one goal, that I forgot about what would happen after I achieved that goal.

I don’t like “floating around” in nowhere land like I am doing. I want to be driven by a goal and determined not to fail. I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment.

I would like to know why I am having such a hard time finding or setting a goal for myself. I realise that you have to start small and achieve the small stuff, but I don’t even have a small stuff goal. My problem exists partially because I don’t work at any hobbies. Having no hobbies is something that I want to change, but again I have no drive or ambition for anything.

How do I change? I suppose find one thing and concentrate real hard on it. However, how can you concentrate real hard on something that you have no interest in? This is THE dilemma that I have going for me right now. I am not broken, but how do I fix myself?


This weekend is Easter. Easter is a religious holiday celebrated by Christians all over the world. The true meaning of Easter, just like Christmas, is covered by non-related practices. The tradition that I am most familiar with is celebrating Easter with a large bunny and eggs. What do bunnies and eggs have to do with Easter?; Absolutely nothing. However, these traditions make the holiday interesting to children. Yes, at home or at church the true meaning is mentioned, but largely the holiday is masked by commercial marketing.

I have recently noticed that holiday’s are shoved in your face well before the actual date of the holiday. Before Thanksgiving, there were advertisements displaying Christmas decor. I am convinced that all of this hooplah is a marketing ploy, trying to persuade the masses to spend money that they do not have. That aside, people don’t have time to enjoy the holiday’s as they come. There is always someone or something trying to rush us through life. It’s as if no one wants to just stop and smell the flowers.

However crazy any holiday is, please remember to stop and smell the roses. Holiday’s are time to spend away from the everyday nonsense and are invaluable to the health of our relationships. Spend time with family and friends and try to remember the “true” meaning of holidays.

Washington DC


Last weekend I took a little vacation to Washington DC. I had a lovely long weekend and saw many things. From monuments to art galleries. I think I covered all my bases. The Better-Half and I took a little time off to enjoy the good weather and the sights. We walked everywhere! By the end of each day our feet hurt so bad all we wanted to do was sit on the couch and not move. We really had a great time. I had been there once before but the Better-Half had never gone. He was so excited and wanted to see every little bit. Here are some photos of the trip!

The Washington Monument. We saw this on the first evening we were in DC. You are supposed to be able to climb the monument, however after the earthquake in August 2011 the monument has been closed.

In the distance is the Lincoln Memorial, and in the foreground is a lake dedicated to war veterans. This is across from the Washington Monument. In other words, if I were to turn around and take a picture you would see the Washington Monument.

Here is another look at the War Vets lake.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the Reflection Pool. There was construction going on and they had drained the pool.

Here is the Lincoln Memorial. We have former President Lincoln sitting in his chair. I think he looks very contemplative.

On the second day we went to a few art galleries. Here is a picture of art that I thought was kind of neat.

Here is the Smithsonian Castle. This used to be the only Smithsonian, now there are about five of them. Inside here there are still a few exhibits. The architecture is awesome.

Here is the Jefferson Memorial. When we stopped here, there were tons of people who had the same idea. This place was crawling with life!

This year is the 100th Anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival. The shindig “started” the week that we were there. Every year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and the celebration each year is a reminder of the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the close relationship between the two countries.

Our trip was fantastic. But, by the time Sunday rolled around we were ready to head home. I am hoping in the future we return to enjoy the sights and the blossoms again.


Truth – Day Twenty Eight

Day 28 – What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?

I would do what any responsible adult would do. I would own up and prepare myself to be a parent. Perhaps that is easier said than done, but that is the adult thing to do. Having children make people grow up very fast and they are expensive. I hate to use the phrase “actions have consequences,” because calling children “consequences” seems harsh. However, that phrase sums it up very nicely.

Truth – Day Twenty Seven

Day 27 – What’s the best thing going for you right now?

No matter where you are in life, you must find the silver lining. Truthfully, I am in a bit of a rut at the moment. I am a recent college grad with student loans and a relatively pathetic job. However, my job is what keeps me going…in a way.

I do have a nice job at a bank where I have been for the past five years. During that time I have taken on responsibilities and knowledge that I will be able to transfer to other jobs. I have moved up in the bank from part-time teller to having a full-time corporate desk job. That is quite an accomplishment considering the past four years of my job I have been in school as well. Apparently, I have impressed someone, though not enough to get paid well….

I stick with this job because I know that I am learning the nitty-gritty about the job area that I will most likely take more jobs in the future. I am receiving pointers and tips from people that have been pro’s in the financial field for years. having the opportunity to learn from smart people will enable me to move on to bigger and better jobs and be the pro there. Knowing that I will be able to be the best in my field, eventually, keeps my hopes up for the future.

Truth – Day Twenty Six


Day 26 – Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?

There was a time in my life that all I wanted to do was to give up. I thought I had hit a wall and was not able to recover. Those were dark times. I was at rock-bottom. The journey to get to the bottom was so exhausting and horrible that when I reached it I didn’t have any strength to get back up. At that time, I was okay with it. I just wanted to lay on that dirty, smooth, and lonely rock floor that I had collided with.

I was at such a low point that I didn’t go anywhere, I didn’t talk to anyone, and I didn’t want to try to do anything. I was at this point for two months. I lost weight because I didn’t eat. It felt like I lost my voice because I didn’t talk. I lost friends, if I indeed had any at the time, because I didn’t go anywhere. And I lost hope in myself and in mankind.

Over time I recovered. I did find that I had the strength to pick myself up off the cold and hard floor. I climbed my way back to the surface. I was again able to stand on my own two feet and breath the fresh air. No longer was I in the hell that I made for myself.

Though this is a vague post, what can be taken away from it is that I am a fighter. It took this experience for me to find out that I was a fighter. I became stronger after this. “It built character,” as people in my family would say. Every now and again I look back to this time in my history and find the silver lining in the cloud that was hanging over my head. I had lost everything, but emerged with more than what I had started with. I have since learned that I should take everything in stride and try to find that silver lining. Every one and every situation is in some way trying to teach us a lesson. It is up to us to look for that message, read it, and determine the value of it. Everything can make you a better person if you strive to be that better person.


Truth – Day Twenty Five

Day 25 – The reason you believe you’re still alive today.

I met my Better Half at a crucial time in my life. When we met, I was trying to get back on my feet from a recent blunder. As we got to know each other, he did not judge me and encouraged me. Throughout the first year and a half of our relationship I worked very hard with school and my job. (Not that I don’t work hard still). He kept me going through hard days and easy days. He made me realise how strong of a woman I am capable of being. He also showed me that I don’t always have to be so strong. I don’t know if he is the reason I am still alive, but he sure is the reason I want to live to the fullest.

Truth – Day Twenty Four

Day 24 – Make a play-list to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs.

I am going to change this up a bit. Instead of dedicating this post to a random person that alllll of my readers don’t know, I am going to list my top five favourite artists and a song from each of them. To make it even more fun, I am going to find a video of the song!!!

#5 – .38 Special

#4 – Def Leopard

#3 – Shinedown

#2 – Metallica

#1 – Led Zeppelin

Naturally, there are many more. Perhaps another day I will make another list!

Truth – Day Twenty Three


Day 23 – Something you wish you had done in your life.

I would like to believe that I have many years ahead of me to fulfil. In those years I would like to accomplish a multitude of activities. I want to have it all, as they say. I want the career that I love and I want the domestic life with the children and the loving husband along with the house, garage, picket fence, tulips and such. But during that journey, I want to go places and see things and do activities.

I truly am a homebody. I enjoy cuddling up with a blanket, coffee, and a book. But deep down inside of me there is a traveller who is begging to be set free. I want to see the world. I want to travel all over Europe and see everything, all the countryside, the little villages, cathedrals, monasteries, universities, everything. I want to go to Mexico and Peru. I want to visit Machu Picchu and all the Mayan and Incan ruins. I want to see Egypt and scale the pyramids and say hello to the Sphinx.

I have plans to write a book. I have plans to write many books. I would love to scrap my regular job and just become a writer. To become a best-selling author and be able to live off of my creations would be a dream come true.

I have many plans for what I would like to do with the rest of my life. Hopefully I have many years to complete these tasks! But, we cannot put off for tomorrow what we can start today. After all, there may be no tomorrow. What a shame would it be if I never left the place where I live now, just because I keep saying I will make plans tomorrow? We are our own catalyst. It is only us who can make things happen. So go out and make things happen.