Friday, February 25, 2011


The other day, I was digging through the closet. I opened Cameron's side to put some sweaters away and was struck by the fact that we are now sharing EVERYTHING in our lives. Down to my wooden hangers (now OUR wooden hangers). I don't have these moments very often anymore - 3 years should be enough time to "get used" to someone. It was a nice reminder, though, how blessed my life is because of him. I love you, Cameron!

Our Italy trip may just be coming together. Cameron met a woman named Nancy at the hospital who has taken him under her wing. She is a 30-year practicing travel agent and as a big thank you for his taking care of her husband, she wants to help us book our tickets and plan our trip. I am so grateful for her help - she is a sweetie pie. Now, to get the time off work!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Dirt, sweat, and sweets

I got my hands dirty today by clearing two raised garden beds in my parents' yard in preparation for SPRINGTIME! This proved to be very therapeutic for me - getting to dig in the dirt and pick up big, juicy worms (I LOVE them!). Some things will never get old. I can't wait to start planning the garden for this year.

Jill and I have been doing some of Jillian Michael's workout DVDs. That lady is good for me. Somehow, I've never been able to get into any other workout series, but she is inspiring. Cameron even bought me a very expensive set of DVDs called Insanity a couple of months ago. I did them diligently every morning for 2 1/2 months, until I hurt my back. I owed my injury to the fact that I was NOT having a good time. I think one should enjoy whatever cruelty they are imposing upon their body. And Jillian Michaels makes it pretty fun.

Making oatmeal cookies for an experiment. I'm trying to recreate Ben & Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Cinnamon Ice Cream. I WILL be posting pics - YUM!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Bucket List

Visit Italy.
Learn to cook in an Italian home.
Visit Greece.
Deliver a baby naturally at home.
Serve on a medical mission in India.
Soak in a mud bath.
Travel to all 48 continental US States by car.
Build our own home.
Have a farm (chickens, goats, vegetable plot, herb garden).
Be a mentor to a young lady.

Monday, February 7, 2011


My sweet husband surprised me Saturday night after work by coming home a day early! I drove up to the house and saw the bedroom lights on (I only leave them on when I'm feeling particularly lonely and want to come home to a pre-lit house), completely missing the fact his car was in front of the house. :)

Last night, we snuggled up on the couch and watched CARS on the tube (he watched, I laughed at the funny parts, and started a new book on Italy, 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Visit ). I kept stumbling across these romantic passages about sipping espresso in a cafe, walking along cobblestone streets, and romantic sunsets over the Adriatic, oohing and aahing and looking up from Cameron's lap to get a good chuckle out of him (he rolls his eyes, but, secretly, really wants to experience these things with me). I love my husband. He is my greatest source of joy here on Earth.

Right now, he's a sicky boy. With a fever, he has to stay home from work tonight. It's so hard for me to see him without any energy, coughing up thick secretions. But, I do love kissing him on the forehead and playing nurse at home. PS - Pho does wonders for the soul, especially the sick one!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bountiful Basket

My reward for getting up at 6:30 on a Saturday (all for $15, might I add):

If you are interested, check out Bountiful Baskets ( - my hyperlink won't work). I found them a few months ago, but didn't try it until today. I'm not sure I'm quite ready to be this much of a morning gal, but I might try it once a month or so.

Happy Produce Day to me!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Things I've been doing without Cameron:

Eating chocolate.

Trying on my 1st wedding dress with the help of Jill (I didn't actually the wear the dress I wanted to for our wedding, so I'm going to do a 'redo' shoot with Jill when the weather turns for the better). I wanted to sit down and have tea and read a book in my wedding dress, but Jill had to go and I needed her in order to 'get out'. :)

Antique shopping (yes, I made some purchases... yes, I told Cameron).

Reading about Italy. This is my kind of reading.

Being sad because he's not here.

Being happy because it's not everyday my husband is having a good time without me and I'm having a good time without him. It's good not to be completely dependent on each other.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Party Time!

I am husband - less for a few days, much to my original dismay. However, the circumstances are such that I could not take the weekend off work to go to Eastern with him for a visit. So, the only choice: PARTY! I am SO excited to strip my chair this week. Yesterday, we worked on some structural abnormalities. The two front legs had lost some "parts" (2 had fallen off, 1 was missing), so I had Cameron make a prototype from one of the fallen off pieces. It is amazing to me that someone could be so talented. Literally, in about 40 minutes, he whittled this curvy structure using a menagerie of power tools. After some wood glue and clamping, my chair is wood-complete!

A few days ago, Jill and I made a delicious Tiramisu! Here's some pics...