Thai’d Up

Tonight felt like old times.

Its been WAY too long since the stars seemed to align just right letting me find time to get together with a few girls.  Good food, deep bellied laughs & thankfully plans to make this happen more often.  Just exactly what I needed.

Even though it was way to hot to be May, we decided to eat outside.  And didn’t regret it for a moment.

Did I mention the food?

TO DIE FOR….

& I ALMOST went for something new. BUT like always I went with my FAVORITE Pad Cee U.  (yeah I probably didn’t spell that right) DELISH!

Course mine was less entertaining than the mussels my friend ordered.

What’s that?

Meal in a meal?

A baby crab! Hidden inside.  IT was too much fun.  Guess they were really fresh.  We decided it was the the equivalent of getting the baby in the King cake at Marti Gras!

We also decided that its been far too long since we all got together.

That & life is never normal when we chicks get together!

Day of Remembering

No matter what chaos we all find in our own lives, we should take a moment to reflect on all the sacrifices the men and women in the armed forces make to make our lives possible.  Also don’t forget their families and friends who struggle to support and stay connected.

Even better than taking a day off work to celebrate, DO SOMETHING FOR THEM!

Numerous programs are around that can provide ways to support and make the days of those who serve.  Check out which sounds like something you could do & do it.  Also if you know of one not listed here, post the information in the comments & spread the word.

Baxter LOVES his friends in the service!

OPERATION SALSA DROP:   one of my favorite since its local to me & who doesn’t love salsa? especially if they are stuck overseas?  Supporting is EASY!  you can buy salsa for yourself & support the cause, you can donate cash (paypal) to pay for shipping, you can even sigh up someone you know that is deployed & send some directly to them.  If you aren’t up to paying for the whole cost of sending the case of salsa, you can always sign them up with their address for no cost.  They just want to bring salsa smiles to those who serve!

eMail Our Military: eMOM connects you with deployed service members and allows you to support thru emails.  If you have ever wanted a pen pal… this is your program!  Its a step up from the traditional “any service member” mail.  You are connected with a soldier who signed up to be in the program for the encouragement, motivation and distraction of your correspondence.

Operation Homefront:  One of the hardest things on those deployed are worry for those they left behind.  Operation Homefront works to easy that concern.  Their focus is ensuring that families are cared for.

USO:  til every one comes home.  Need I say anything about this group? they seem to be the one we all know to turn to in order to give support.

Troop Support also is a site with a TON of links to ways to show your support.

The main thing I see is to share a smile.  Welcome them home.  Recognized the opportunities to help how you can.  Open a door, buy their meal & most of all THANK THEM, in person, verbally a simple THANK YOU can mean the world.

Showing your support should mean a lot more than slapping a magnet on the back of your car or wearing a T-shirt you brought from a big box store.

Show them you care….because you do.  Not just because you should.

melting down

oh life… its never predictable.

Yesterday started out awful.

one bright spot was a new bloom

Everything just got to me all at once.  My mom being sick, my chaos of potentially moving or re-organizing the current place, another friend moving across country & out of my life, the passing of a child who had cancer (never met him, but there have been local events for him & we were all rooting for him to get better. its all just too unfair) and the reality that my finger is looking worse than before and frankly there isn’t any hope for it being normal.  Then the whole single gal in a seemingly couple centered place.  The fact that I have money, yet can’t seem to get to any of it at the moment.  Check being mailed to me, check needing picked up but I didn’t have time to get it Friday & that the pay check from work is taking a lot longer to deposit into my account than it should each week… meaning I am not being able to budget paying bills the way I had scheduled.  Just frustrating all over the place.

Nothing new – except the child passing.

But for whatever reason it all just hit me at once & hard.

I had plans to meet up with friends…. I tried to pull it together & put on a happy face, but not happening.  Then I got the message that my friend needed help moving & so there I went.  Maybe hauling boxes & packing would be a good distraction & how can you pass up a few more moments together with someone you may not see again off facebook?

Several other snafus later I’m pretty sure I had smoke billowing out my ears.  Klonapin wasn’t working, deep breaths didn’t seem to help fight the tears or heartache.  So I opened a bottle of pinot noir.

a heart to heart & a few bottles later life was feeling a little less heavy even if nothing was changed other than I now had her queen mattress at my home waiting for me to crash on.

Not sure how to become okay with all the crazy stuff in the world, like cancer, but hoping that good friends, stopping to take time when I need it & a cozy place to sleep with strong arms to hug me when I need it, this too shall pass as they say.

Did I mention how lucky I am to share my life with a face that both adores me & makes me laugh when I need it most.

So hoping that taking some time to just be.  Not think, not over think, not plan, just be will help me.  Grateful to have a bed big enough to hibernate in a little longer.  Bonus is I’m avoiding all those tourist who are in town for the weekend.