Road Trip!

Load up I need a road trip. On this certain rainy Saturday, a random road trip with the purpose of delicious snacks! I love a road trip filled with good music, laughter, and discovering new snacks!

This road trip was a girls-only adventure. It started with a plan to head to the Trenton bakery a place my Opa loved and filled with all the treats I love. When I open the store door, I can picture your smiling face as I collect our favorite treats and black licorice cat candies, we loved to share my” happy pills” as he called them. I cannot live without those candies. They are the key to my happiness. I constantly crave them and should buy stocks in the company.

Joining me on this adventure is a woman I met through a co-worker. We instantly bonded and have been best of friends. We have so much in common. Katie I am so lucky I found you!  Katie became my Smalls, and I became Talls. Yes, I tower over her over six feet in stature. She may be small, but this woman has the biggest heart of anyone I know. We oddly have so much in common we instantly bonded like we always knew each other. Hanging out with you girl is just easy and it is always so much fun!

We have been on some amazing random road trips filled with endless laughter and random pictures on funny-named roads, kissing statues, and jamming all the snacks in our faces.

We keep finding the most amazing snacks, but we are always dreaming and making lists of places to hit up and try the latest best-find snacks. I hope we spend a lifetime searching out delicious snacks. The adventures we have in search of snacks oh goodness as I think of all the places, we have been I wonder how we are not on a permanent sugar high or maybe we are!

Life is always somehow always better and more fun when you are around.

Just yesterday when I was feeling down and out struggling with the problems of adulting you were my shoulder to lean on and then you randomly showed up with cheesecake the one thing that no matter how sad I am will always put a smile on my face. You came with a huge box of all the favourites. No words needed just some hugs and snacks. You just get me girl thanks for that.

My son loves Smalls and her crazy pets he always wants to visit at her place. If I ever leave this world Smalls you will be getting my son and alllll my pets!

Kelso our beloved corgi goes crazy when Smalls visits she instantly brings all the toys to Smalls because she knows she loves dogs and will always play.

My sons beloved cat Noah will also come running because he knows Smalls will always pet him as she has cats of her own. I avoid cats the best I can not because I do not like them but because I am allergic making cats like me a million times more,

Smalls has just become a member of our family! I always tell her sorry girl you are stuck with me F O R E V E R! I think it’s going to take us that long to find the ultimate best snack ever. Thank you for always loading up on road trips and for always be there when I need a bestie, I am beyond lucky to call you mine. Thank you for all that you do! We love you!


I will not give up!

This weekend reminded me that I am older than I think.  I am forty. This weekend reminded me that even though I think that I am twenty my body would disagree. I have sore spots on my arms where I didn’t even know you could have muscles.

Truth be told I have struggled a bit to make the adjustment to working Monday to Friday 9-5 and having weekends off. I love my house, but it seems even smaller when I never get out of it. I am staring at multiple screens a day and am so tired of screens. I am burnt out. I want a screen-free holiday!

Friday night my partner suggested why don’t we do something like go rock climbing or a movie? I then turned the question over to my son and asked which activity would you rather do? I was delighted and a little bit anxious when he picked rock climbing. I have always promoted doing something outside of screens. I grew up in the outdoors and now with more screens than ever I love it when we can do anything without screens. I however do not enjoy gyms filled with people.

Rock climbing, I may have bitten off more than I could chew. Something you should know about me if I am determined to do something nothing will stand in my way I will not give up and I will do it. I will find some way to complete the task at hand.

The last time I went rock climbing I was much younger and more fit, or less broken. As I watched my son do the training, he looked a little bit scared, but as soon as he was on his own, he lit up that wall and climbed to the top in lightning-fast speeds.

I don’t know who made the grades or rates the walls from easy to hard but I at last was defeated and stumped on the easiest wall rated at a 5.2 it was starting to become impossible. Impossible is not a work I like to use. I think anything is possible if you have the right attitude. I don’t like that feeling of defeat. I despite pain and tears attempted the wall more than once probably 4 or 5 times. Between my discs slipped in my back, nerve damage, almost no feeling in one leg and a broken pelvic floor I am not sure why I thought I would be great. I went in to complete the climb determined. I gave myself points for trying but I want to high five the top of the wall.

Everyone around me in the gym was truly kind yet as the tears that rolled down my face I was feeling defeated. The tears were from a combination of pain and defeat.

Pay attention when I say that I will be back, and I will make that 5.2 wall my bitch. I will make it to the top and happily jump down. Now that I know what I need to work on I have a game plan.

This is the mind set you need for life! When life knock you off a wall before you accomplish what you set out to do. Make a new plan tackle it in a new way but never give up. You got this. If everyone was just instantly great at something the first, try, we would have no reason to work and do better or work up to a goal.

I am determined.

I am strong.

I am surrounded by good vibes.

I got this!

Fit fabulous and getting up that 5.2 rock climbing wall here I come. Stay tuned for my victory picture!

It’s November

I might still be riding a sugar high from last night. I may never shake the cold that the rain left with me.  I did enjoy seeing the costumes and watching the kids run around from house to house. The impressively scary decorations people set up. It was a great feeling even in the pouring rain to see so many people out.

I have never been a Halloween fan and I did not want to go out last night. I had to remind myself that this could be the last year my son lets me tag along. Time really needs to slow down! Thankfully, my sister-in-law joined me on the walkabout. We were rewarded quite nicely upon return and sorting of the Halloween haul.

My son and my niece have gone out together trick or treating for all the years we have lived here and this year they outdid themselves. They dawned the costumes of what might very well be my brother’s favorite movie of all time Monty Pythons Quest for the holy grail. He haunted me with never-ending movie quotes when we were growing up. He has now passed all those quotes onto my son to torment me with. I will admit I do think this movie is hilarious and is a classic must-see that is if you like to laugh.

My niece was King Arthur and she nailed it. She pulled off the look and all the movie quotes. My son was Patsy complete with coconuts that were so believable many people thought a horse was coming down the road. My brother being the big nerd he is made a soundboard of movie quotes and soundtracks.

For the people who knew what Quest for the holy grail was they loved it and shouted quotes. They timed it perfectly to have “run away” play as they left the houses.

I love that my family took the time to craft these costumes and watching the kids faces light up as the got into the roles was so freaking cute. The quest for too much Halloween candy and a sugar high from now until Christmas is complete.

What did everyone else dress up as for Halloween? Hit me with some pictures I would love to see!