Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pillows, flowers & plants.

So, if you think you've already seen this post or even commented on it, it's because you have. It just dawn on me that I must have deleted this post by accident, which is the first I've ever deleted a published post in my almost 8 years of blogging.
First time for everything.

Three things I love to decorate my home with. It also helps that they are all relatively inexpensive so it is a guilty free pleasure. There is something so stress free to me about creating a bouquet. I honestly don't know if I'm doing it right but I know I love doing it. I love the process of entering Whole Foods and going through a bunch of flowers and imagining in my head how the flowers would look together. I know that it would be a much easier and quicker process to just buy the bouquet already created but I enjoy the process and it is one of the few ways that I feel that I can actually be creative and it work OK in my favor.

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And I've become a plant lover. I was that person who could not keep a plant alive. I started small with succulents when I decided that I wanted to give it a try again. I had some lost along the way but I've finally figured out what works for succulents and I've had some of my succulents for a couple of years now. And I'm happy to report that my majestic palm is doing nicely as well. I don't know how it will go in the winter but I'm crossing fingers and toes that it stays vibrant and most of all, alive.

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A couple of weeks ago, I saw this turkey pillow and walked away from it three times because I could not understand why I would like such a thing. I sent a picture of it to Cinthia for her opinion and she wrote, “def not my style too in your face”. Well, thanks a lot ;).

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But I won’t fault her for her honesty. The thing is her house is only shades of white, black, grey and gold so of course I expected that answer. There are just those four colors in her house, where my house has turquoise, yellows, greens, greys, reds, golds, blues ... well, if it is a color my house most likely has it. So I “LOL” her text because it was funny and put the “too in your face” pillows in my cart. And well, to me, it goes. It goes just nicely. Just like all the do it yourself flowers and plants around our house.

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Orleans: Evening jazz cruise

On our third evening in NOLA, we went on Steamboat Natchez for their evening jazz cruise. It is a two hour cruise ride along the Mississippi River and it was just so beautiful. We had dinner on the boat and although the food was nothing to write home about the overall experience was such a great one. The music, the views, the people... it was truly just a lovely experience. We experienced the loveliest sunset and just being able to see it and be in that moment was just one of the reasons why it really is so grand to be alive. Too many pictures were taken, even Sean wanted to take pictures and well, I don’t think you can blame us too much.

Many of my pictures turned out like the one below because of the humidity.
My lens would fog up immediately.
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It truly was such a great evening and one that I will not soon forget.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Difficult times.

The last few weeks have been tough, a reminder that life isn’t always pretty. It gets hard sometimes to see all the good when something bad or evil happens. I know that I get caught up a bit and my mind runs wild with thoughts and Sean and my sisters often have to tell me to stop. I cried so much when I heard the news of Vegas so I can’t imagine how those who lost loved ones (because of a senseless terrorist act) feel.

Coming from a person who goes to Vegas 1-2 times per year, I know the excitement one feels when they’re in Vegas. This is a place that I call Disneyland for adults. And for a person to take away that feeling for no reason, I just can’t understand. And because I can’t understand, I can’t stop thinking. At this point, I just begin to feel hopeless. Because tragedies like these continue to happen and nothing is changing. Our lawmakers/government are not making the streets safe for any of us. It is not right that you can’t go to the movie theatre, church, concert or a shopping mall without wondering if you’re at the wrong place at the wrong time. No one needs an automatic. No one. Stricter gun laws are necessary, why can’t we all see that? Does it have to be you, a person you love, before you’re able to see that? I’ll never understand.

My sisters know that I leave for Vegas this month but they were not sure of the exact dates. As soon as the news began to trickle in about the Vegas shooting, I received separate texts from each of my sisters within minutes of each other. The texts made me sick because I could actually feel their worry. All I could think was that this same scenario must have happened and someone didn’t get a response that their sister was OK. That makes my heart hurt so bad.

I didn’t expect this post to turn this way but I’m just going to go with it.

But in all the bad, you can see the good. They say that light will always overcome darkness. Even just a little bit of light. In all these tragedies you see all the goodness. You see people risking their lives to help, to save others. That is what I have to also remind myself when I can’t stop thinking of the bad. There is still so much good. There is so much good that I can do, to make a difference in this world.

We leave for Vegas in less than three weeks and we thought about canceling it but we changed our minds. It will also be Cinthia’s first time going so we intend to show her all the good fun that Vegas offers. I won’t live in fear. Even though I am afraid, I won’t let that fear get the best of me. Life is just so short and unpredictable.

Truly, live life well. Tell the people you love that you love them and often. Pick up the phone and call someone versus sending a text. Life gets busy but be sure to see your friends, see your family. Make a stranger smile. Feed the hungry, help the less fortunate. Be good. Do good. You are good.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New Orleans: Day 2 & Part of 3

When we hit the streets the following morning it was as though the red dresses were never there.
The streets were cleaned as through there wasn’t a massive event the prior day.

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We decided to do brunch at Brennan's and had an amazing experience. Our food was ridiculously good.

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After brunch we walked to Jackson Square and mainly did sight-seeing during the day. After seeing it in pictures for years, it was incredible to see it in person. It was lively, filled with artists and musicians. We made sure to sit for a while to take in the sights as these artists are so incredibly gifted and it's a wonderful experience to sit, listen and get lost in good music for a little while.

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When we were planning our trip, Sean became aware that there’s a Harrah’s casino. And well, when there's a casino Sean must visit. So we had some casino fun in the evening.

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The following day we took an UBER to check out the above ground cemeteries and that was such a weird experience. I never in a million years thought that I would be comfortable to tour a cemetery but it was so interesting. I couldn't wrap my mind around the fact that these bodies were not in the ground but sitting upright in this cemetery. It was quite an experience and never thought I would say it, but I think it's worth a visit if you're ever in New Orleans.

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After that we took the trolley down St. Charles Avenue to check out the amazing homes that we heard so much about.
Sadly, I did not take many pictures and I'm not exactly sure why.

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The evening of this day was one of my favorite things we did during our trip so I'll share that post soon.

If you're interested, you can find my NOLA food guide here and day one in NOLA here.