As part of my self-improvement project, I decided to seek after some creative endeavors and pursue some things that I have been wanting to pursue. So far, I have really loved having a weekly outlet and I am absolutely in love with arranging flowers. It is adding a whole new dimension to my garden plans for the new house because I want access to lots of flowers to cut and play with. Here is a little recap of the class (we basically made one arrangement each time) which was focused on creating arrangements from a home garden with mostly foliage and some very easy to propagate flowers. And even some weeds:)
Class #1: We focused on diving in and creating, with no specific style or method. I really loved how this arrangement turned out.
Class #2: We touched on the Japanese Ichibana style of arranging with very few flowers, but with a more Wabi Sabi approach. Wabi Sabi means to embrace imperfection. Basically we took a very structured, minimalist, and calculated flower arranging method and let it run free a little bit. I had a lot of fun working within the constraints of Ichibana but it was definitely challenging.
Class #3: We took principles from our Ichibana and Wabi Sabi lesson from last class but then combined them with basic floral arranging principles. For this class, we brought our own vase and there was alot of gorgeous plant material to work with.
Hoping to have a house update in the next couple days! Were still waiting on our permits but it should be very very soon. But then again, I’ve been saying those exact words for months…
I’m blogging live from my mom & Brian’s house this morning. They have walls!!! It’s unbelievable how fast it all goes once you break ground. Just from what’s here now, I can picture it all and were dreaming of all of the fun that will be had here. It’s gonna be amazing!
Last night was definitely an eating healthy “off day” but man oh man was it ever the best meal! We were celebrating my sweet Auntie’s birthday and picked “The Range” in Santa Margarita for the dark cowboy steakhouse charm and great food. The decor is beyond charming. The food is ridiculously good. I wanted to get one of everything on the dessert menu. But I picked the Creme Brulee cause I’m a sucker for a good one.
We were celebrating this cutie patootie:
After the meal we had last night and what I am sure will continue to be an unsavory food weekend, I am planning for lots of healthy meals next week. Here’s what I’m thinking:
Monday: Baked Herb & Pistachio Falafel
Tuesday: Spring pea salad with Burrata + Fish
No recipe for this lovely but I’m thinking keep it really simple with some arugula, fresh peas, burrata, garlic olive oil, and pink salt. And then I’ll have Sean grill up some fish.
Wednesday: Indian Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Thursday: Peach & Roasted Vegetable Salad + Fish
Friday: Portabello & Peach Burger (on 100 cal thin bun) + Baked Sweet Potato Fries
I am beginning to realize that I have lost a bit of my groove. I mean, life is seriously good, I have no real honest to goodness complaints. Just a little bit of life, laziness, and lack of routine have taken their toll over the past couple of years and I want to be the best version of myself for a multitude of reasons. I am taking a pro-active approach to finding said groove and finding it fast.
Here’s my plan:
-Take time to pursue things that interest me. Last night I started a “flower arranging from the home garden” class and I was kid on the first day of the school year excited and it totally lived up to my expectations! Me and the adorable 60ish year old lady I sat with walked to our cars cooing about how nice it was to do something totally for fun and random and that was all for us. Next up I really want to learn to play the banjo! And you know what, I am going to.
-Slow down. I think I need to do more yoga or find my center or something because I always have about 20 bruises and cuts and bumps from banging into things throughout the day. I’m moving too fast, not taking my time to enjoy the act. Even if its as simple as getting a roll of paper towels from the laundry room, I am acting in too much of a hurry and its draining.
-Get in shape & push my exercise comfort zone. I know that this is cliche and this is by no means meant to be read as “get skinny for summer.” I want to be strong and fit and capable. My sister, Sean and I have been running the same loop from where we currently live, to the site of the house we’re building, up a couple hills and down a couple hills and through the village and back to our house and we recently found out that it is 3.5 miles! I am so NOT runner and its still really really hard but I’m doing it! Boom! I want to take this further though and push myself. I am aiming for being able to run 5 miles by the end of summer.
-Drink one (read: one!) glass of wine a day. For health, of course.
-Eat clean and eat for long term health (most of the time). Up until very recently I had been a vegetarian (but ate fish) for about 5 years and lately I have really been re-thinking my dietary choices and putting a focus on local and seasonal foods. I still don’t eat much meat but I’ve actually been feeling physically better eating the occasional free range chicken breast. I am looking so forward to living literally 20 steps from the local farmers market once our house is finished!!
I hope you guys will keep me accountable!
I fell hard for this little Italian number at a winery over the weekend. I know it’s true love because I can’t get her off my mind. Che Bella!
I am seriously DYING for a vacation. Between Sean’s rigorous paramedic school/real life working schedule, I feel like its been a really long time since we have been able to take an honest to goodness string of days off to go somewhere. And if he gets hired on a fire department full time, it could be another year of probation and not being able to take time off. I’m really hoping there is a week or two in between for some kind of getaway. I would be so happy with just stealing away with all of my favorite people, a blender, & a swimsuit and heading to a cute little cabin on the beach like this for couple days. I’d spend my days sleeping in and waking up to the sound of the waves, alternate between reading, swimming, and sleeping in the sun during the afternoon, consume way too many calories in fruity blended drinks, and play cards every night. Its perfection! Whose ready to go???
If i have learned one thing from my 20s, and the 20s associated rat race, it is that timing is EVERYTHING. That and that God is great, beer (and wine) is good, and people are crazy! This makes it seem as though everything you need to learn in your 20s can be learned by listening to country music…
Anyhow, back to timing… Timing has saved our butts so so many times. Protected us from ourselves. Kept us from making huge mistakes. Caused us to make some mistakes that turned out to not be mistakes at all. If we had gotten everything that we thought we wanted when we wanted it, I don’t even know where we’d be right now. We probably would have lost a house or worse. My husband would probably still be trapped in a sales job he hated. I might’ve not gotten the experience I needed in a bigger city and would have had a really hard time getting my first break in my small town. I had this revelation yesterday that this opportunity to build a house is way more than I ever even hoped for. Six months ago I wanted to so desperately to buy a 2 bedroom house built in 1889 that was basically falling down for 75k more than they were asking for it! Thank God timing had my back on that one.
The take home here is that I am so thankful that things worked out the way they did and that the timing all came together for us to build this house. My mom and Brian and Sean and I were just talking about how the market has already changed so much in just 6 months that we didn’t think we’d have been able to do this if we were starting to look for lots today. Weird right?
Did I mention my mom & step-dad (to be referred to as Brian from here on out) started building?!? They did. I am going to post about their lot and progress ASAP.