So much has changed since I outlined this post several days ago but I’m going to proceed as originally planned. Here’s to hoping I will still have lots of boxes of delicious food to eat despite recent events that may hinder my culinary adventures. Regardless of what’s on the table I am blessed to have the best family and friends. I am so grateful for everyone who has reached out to me on Facebook. Your love, support, and wisdom means the world to me.
Dad and I love spending time in the kitchen. Both of us do a considerable amount of cooking, which we thoroughly enjoy. I’ve always admired his enthusiasm for sampling new recipes and have embraced this sense of adventure when it comes to our meals. However, like most families, we struggle– food waste, time crunches, lack of options, picky eaters, etc. Hearing all the buzz about meal delivery services we decided to hop on board. Considering the fact that there are no shortage of companies offering boxed meals we figured this would be an ongoing project over the span of several months. They all offer a first box at a discounted rate so we’ll just move down the line. Yours truly follows a vegetarian diet so our orders will be customized to exclude meat. Our first foray will be Hello Fresh. I’ll be sure to document our experience with photos and a comprehensive review.
Remember that guy I mentioned in my last post? That didn’t last long. We’re talking less than two weeks of dating before I was dismissed. C’est la vie. He’s a genuinely kind person and I have nothing bad to say about him. I’m glad we realized sooner rather than later we were ultimately not compatible.
Flying solo allowed me the opportunity to analyze my current position in life and determine what I want in a future relationship. I embraced being independent and unattached as it gave me quality time with myself– which I desperately needed. How nice it was to clear my head and focus on me. Never again will I settle for less than what I deserve. When the time is right I will be with a man who is worthy.
January brought snow. It wasn’t the usual icy sludge [though there was some of that] but actual powdered snow. Kids were out of school for almost a week total. I stepped outside briefly for the obligatory snow selfie…and promptly retreated into the warmth of my house. My ‘snow days’ were spent taking hot baths, cozying up with an abundance of reading material, and watching Netflix. Poor Freya didn’t know what to make of the white stuff on the ground. Needless to say she was not enthused. 🐶
Never in my life have I been so sick as I was during the first few weeks of 2018. I caught a particularly brutal strain of the flu. It was so awful I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I ended up in the ER hooked up to IV’s, severely dehydrated, miserable, and feeling like death. Tamiflu and antibiotics ultimately helped. Thank God for the miracles of modern medicine. Endless thanks to my father for making me tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich as soon as I could eat again.
Baby girl lost her first tooth! She got a visit from the tooth fairy [and increased her wealth by a few bucks] and was beyond proud of herself. I couldn’t help but notice that the spot where she lost her tooth was the exact same one where Adam lost his first one. These sibling similarities bring a smile to my face. 🤓
Not one to let his little sister steal all the spotlight, Adam requested a special treat after school. Allen and I picked him up and took him to Baskin Robbins. This seemingly ordinary event was highly therapeutic for me because it was so….normal. I felt like I was a part of something resembling a family unit as opposed to doing the typical single mom thing.
Allen invested in an aquarium with all the bells and whistles. We now have Freaky Fin Roethlisberger [is that not the greatest name ever?], FN2187, Fin Affleck, and a moss ball named Sloaner. Thus far they seem to be getting along fabulously.
Tatum celebrates her sixth birthday next month. When did this happen?! I have so much I want to accomplish for my daughter. Her beautiful face and sassy personality keep me motivated. Mommy won’t stop until the magic happens.
Kudos to the Children’s Museum of Memphis for their Fantasy Princess Tea event. Gigi held down the fort while the rest of us spent Saturday afternoon surrounded by pastries and princesses. Tatum wore her Frozen dress– complete with twinkling lights and “Let It Go” playing from a speaker hidden within the fabric– and collected autographs from some of her favorite characters. Kudos to Adam for being such a good sport [seeing how this definitely was not his cup of tea] and indulging his sister.
Come nightfall, a GH Mafia reunion occurred! Leann was kind enough to open her home to Birdie, Myrtle, Pam, and me. We spent some time catching up and brainstorming future plans. Being with these ladies is cathartic and soothing for my soul. Hopefully next time Brittany— and anyone else that is free and in the area– will join us. Expect great things from this bunch.
Overall I am in such a great place right now. I aim to be as productive as possible every day. I’m happy and healthy. I know that hard work, ambition, and persistence pay off. Things will fall into place exactly as they should.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,