Took a few days off from my crazy busy life. It was much needed and very appreciated.
In the upcoming months, life is going to change: the only daughter becomes a wife to a very nice guy.
Our life went from somewhat crazy to intense all in a matter a simple “yes”. They want a fast marriage – as in five months from “yes” to “I do”. Taste testing, dress searching, flower making, favors, centerpieces, DJ’s…the list goes on.
The soon to be 21 year old will be the one performing the ceremony. I will be putting together the flowers for the bouquets with the bride-to-be’s help. My mother has been calling venues and solidifying those details.
In the end, it will be beautiful and perfect to her. Something is bound to go wrong or mess up, but it’s okay. One step at a time, right? Take a breath, strap in, and enjoy the ride!
Ahhh..spring break. Images of beaches, carefree moments, and late nights come to mind. No alarms. No schedules. No stress.
We were more than happy to pack up our car and head south as local temperatures were dipping into the 30’s – again! I heard they even had some snow in places since we left.
Florida temps are not in the 30’s and the sun has been proving it really does exist. In fact, we are trying to figure out a way to lasso the sun to bring back with us when we leave! Who wants 30 degree weather when 70’s exist without the threat of snow or ice?
Here is a summary of our days along the Gulf coast so far…you are welcome!
Short and sweet…more like savory…
Husband made dinner and it tasted amazing!
I don’t normally post about food because, though I like to eat, it’s not a passion of mine. I leave that to the experts and amateur experts.
Philly Cheesesteak Meatloaf
I am not a fan of meatloaf but this was worth every bite.
That’s chop meat spread out with cheese slices topped with sautéed onions and peppers on one pan. Bacon slices laid out end to end on another pan. Then roll the meat concoction on top of the bacon. Then bake in the oven wrapped in foil for a half hour and uncover for another half hour, or until the meat is the desired temperature. (Or something similar!) The end result is this wonderful, bacon tasting meatloaf. It didn’t taste like a meatloaf. He substituted provolone cheese for cheddar cheese because he isn’t a fan of the provolone, but next time he said he would do it half and half.
So this weeks grateful moment: after working just over 9 hours, I came home to dinner almost ready. It just needed a little extra time – just enough for me to change into comfy clothes.
My husband is an independent driver – does Uber or Lyft sound familiar? He drives and enjoys it. He is also a gadget guy and has found a driver app that allows drivers to share their actual location with another person – besides the regular app for the rider. I am unsure of the actual name of the app but that’s not really important in this post. What IS important is what this app is supposed to do. When the app is turned on, I receive a message which shows me his location – and whether or not he is online, enroute, or on a trip. This comes in handy when he is working late into the night or when we have an appointment and he isn’t home.
He has had this particular app for a few months and it has always shown his vehicle as a blank square. Can you see it in this picture? It’s an outline of a box. That’s all. I call it the Ghost Car. The car is not there. It’s just a box that moves along the highways.
Last week when we had all that wonderful white snow fall from the sky, he was Uber-ing and had to go to Illinois. The area in Illinois that he was traveling does not have Uber yet when he shared the location with me, guess what happened? If you guessed a car appeared, you are correct! Can you see the car that looks like it is sitting in the middle of nothing? That is him in Illinois.
Now what I don’t get is how does an area that has this particular driving app available NOT have a real car while an area that doesn’t, is able to show up as a car? I was so excited when I saw it appear that I had to take a screenshot. Partly because I wasn’t sure how long it would last. And it’s a good thing, too, because as soon as he jumped over to an Indiana tower, the car went back to being a ghost!
These are things that make me scratch my head… 🙂
My life is turning into the crazy cat lady. Thankfully, I only have two. But I look at my photos on the phone and there are two or three photos of the cats to every one of my son. That has to scream “help!”
According to the teenager, this isn’t a cry for help. He assures me the photo ratio is perfectly normal since the cats are cute. I think it’s really his way of saying he doesn’t want to have his picture taken. But I’m just guessing…and I’m Mom, so I might not know what I’m talking about. (I don’t think he is at that stage yet, so I could still be smart.)
My goal now is to take other photos – I have others, but the cats are more interesting. Want to know the boring ones? Pictures of my odometer. Yep, had to travel for work and write down the mileage. Riveting, right?
Tomorrow I will get back to more interesting photos! Tonight, I leave you with the last one I took…
Conversations have changed over the past, oh I don’t know, ten years? Somewhere around there.
Social media and texting has taken over the telephone call. (That was when people had to memorize phone numbers and punch them into a phone connected to the wall.)
This past New Years evening I used several forms to express new year wishes to friends and family. I had a great conversation with a friend in England through the Facebook Messenger app, shared sentiments with friends and family around the world through two social media platforms, verbally recorded my message to my sister and a friend on the VOX app, sent texts to many others and then called my brother on the cell phone. That’s crazy! But I do like the ease of simply sending a message without having to wait for the answering machine (oh wait! It’s voicemail now!) to pick up.
Technology has changed the look of keeping in touch. Some might say it’s the devil (I do but only when I don’t have a signal 😉 ) while others sing its praises. Me? I like the idea of not being rushed to answer a text. I like the idea of being able to really keep in contact with people I grew up with in Texas and New Jersey. It makes it easy when I travel to a place to send out a quick private message seeing if we can connect. It’s more reliable than sending a letter by pony express and faster than snail mail.
They say communication is key to any relationship, and nowadays being adaptable to the changes of modern technology seems to be a part of that key.
On our way to the East Coast with a co-workers whale from her office. She’s never been to Jersey, so I decided to bring her whale. It’s the same thing – really!!