The Meaning Of Life

The Meaning Of Life…

I just re-read this book recently— it didn’t give me the answers but it did help me get my thoughts flowing about my life at this moment.

I get in these ruts, that I think most humans do at one point or another in life.

Not having a full-time job can be a little bit of a challenge in more than one way. Lately, when my sweetie (aka: *pt*) is out of the house working I have down time and vice versa. It’s tough trying to create a “home” out of this “house” we purchased together when we are apart. We have all these wonderful ideas about things we want to do and yet we haven’t gotten to all of them yet.

We have a 30-year mortgage; who knows what will happen in the next month let alone 30 years but we really want to create an ‘Inspiration Board’ in our home and add photos or objects of things we’d like our home to be.

We have been talking about the outdoors since the weather seems to be getting nicer but there are also things we want to do inside also.
Now we aren’t made of money and it will be hard to get it all done immediately but I think if we keep our ideas fresh in our mind then each day we can create our HOME!

Maybe the ‘meaning in my life’ currently is to make our house into OUR HOME!

I think I’ll purchase this book for our home and keep it on the coffee table (when we get one) to remind me to keep searching for my meaning in this life.

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Springtime

Springtime…could it be? Well in the Northeastern part of the US anyway. I saw a friends post on Facebook the other day about looking forward to fall/winter… it took me a few minutes to realize they were in Australia.

I do love the spring (aside from allergies). It’s nice to not need a heavy coat anymore, the flowers are starting to bloom, and the sun is still up into the early evening.

Since my sweetie and I purchased our home last summer, this is our first springtime and we are trying to figure out what we want to do in terms of landscaping and a garden.
We might start small this year as far as a garden goes. We have ideas but with both of us working so much it’s hard to start the project together. I think we might just try to grow a few things in a flower box off our deck. Either way I can’t wait to get it all started and continue to make this our home and our property! image-2 image

Happy Spring!

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Baby Talk

The circle of life (for most people) seems to be grow up, meet your partner, get married, have babies. Other people around you (doesn’t matter if it’s a close relative or not) always seem to be asking about the next step immediately after you check one off the list: You’re dating? When are you getting married? You got married? When are you going to have a baby? You had a baby? When’s number two coming along?

When I was dating my husband I didn’t get bugged too much about when I was going to get married but now that we are almost two years, “when are you going to have a baby?” or “are you guys ‘trying’?” comes up quite often. I guess I’m one of the few, but I think that whether we are “trying” or not isn’t anyone else’s business but mine and my husbands. However, it’s hard to avoid the questioning. I think back and can’t imagine anyone asking my grandparents or parents if they were “trying”. It’s just weird to me.

When people do ask, if I don’t respond with, “Yes, we tracking my ovulation and “trying” as often as we can!” they seem to revert to, “Oh it’s ok, you’re young, enjoy being married with just you and your husband”. Kind of contradicting but I think it’s because they don’t know how to react when the answer isn’t “yes”.

Because I’m a Gemini, I of course feel different each day about the “baby talk”. Social media adds to how I view it too. I feel like 90% of the time I sign on to Facebook someone is either announcing they are pregnant or there are pictures of a newborn right there on the front page.

I’m trying to find the positive in this time of my life which can be somewhat confusing. I do feel that although I don’t have a picture of a newborn on my Facebook page, that I am still very blessed. I am young, healthy and have a loving husband and family. It’s nice to see women I know of all ages having children too, which reminds me that there really isn’t a rush even though science says differently.

So for now, I will not pour out any of the thoughts that are for myself and my husband to know. I will  just continue to enjoy the time I have with my nephews and niece– being an Auntie is really great practice!

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A New Recipe For My Cookbook

It’s so nice to have my sweetie home for a little bit! He worked so hard last year and was away quite a bit- as you can imagine the “honey-do” has a few things on it. 🙂

He (we) have been slowly working our way through the list… more on what projects we’ve started later.

Another reason I like that he’s home is that he cooks for me 🙂 I can cook and I don’t mind it but when it’s just me sometimes I take the easy route and have a quick meal. The first few days he was home we cooked a few dinners together. He has been working locally and occasionally we are on opposite hours so it’s nice to be able to make a meal for me to take to work and then leave him some ready for when he returns home.

So I bet your wondering where I am going with this… 🙂 I made my first quiche last week! I know some of you are saying, “quiche, really??? that’s so easy to make” But… it was my first attempt and I think it came out pretty well! I looked up a few recipes on the internet and yes I’ll admit that I may have even searched for “easy” quiche recipes.

I combined a few to put my own spin on it and this is what I came up with!

1 frozen pie crust

4 eggs (originally I started with 6 but it was too much liquid for the particular pie crust I bought once I made the mix)

1 cup half & half

1 red onion (diced and only used about 1/4 cup)

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I did split the cup between white and orange to add a little color and additional flavor)

2 tablespoons of Ricotta cheese

salt & pepper

Meat optional (I used a ham steak which was about 1lb)

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Simple Instructions:

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees

-Line the pie crust with the shredded cheese

-Mix eggs, half & half, ricotta cheese and a little salt and pepper

(Thanks to The Food Network © &  Robert Irvine in “Restaurant Impossible” for the simple recommendation of using S & P to simply season food)   

-Lightly saute ham & onion 

-Layer quiche for baking (this is the order I used)

  • Pie crust
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Ham/Onion mix
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Then bake for about 40 mins or until top lightly brown and egg fully cooked in middle

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Let it cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

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This is definitely getting added to my cookbook and I imagine will be made with many different variations!

Cheers!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Another Year Down

Well clearly the holidays were quite busy for me– I’m finally getting to sit down and write a post in January. (I didn’t realize the last one was written for Thanksgiving!)

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s seemed to have come and gone so quickly this year.

The holidays were good-spent time with family, traveled to see my sweetie on Christmas Day, spent New Year’s Eve at home-struggling to keep our eyes open for the ball drop, and New Year’s Day we had my family over for what we hope will be a traditional brunch.

All in all not a bad holiday season!  We were very blessed this year with so many good things!

Here’s a list I jotted down of my 2013 memories:

-two new baby nephew’s were born- officially making me an Auntie x4 (1 belonging to each one of my brothers) 

-celebrated our 1 Year Wedding Anniversary in Montreal (that’s where he was with the tour)

-“Called” my first Broadway Show

-My sweetie and I purchased our first Home (a struggle, admittedly, but so worth the time and effort we put into making it happen)

-traveled to a few different places throughout the year to visit my Sweetie on his various jobs (Montreal, New Hampshire, New York, Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis;)

-1st New Year’s Eve at “The Bungalow” with my Sweetie talking about the year and wondering what 2014 will bring

New Years 2014

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and New Years! Let’s see what 2014 has to offer!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

There is always something to be thankful for and not just on this day!
Today and always I try to be thankful for all I have.

-my wonderfully giving, caring, and loving husband

-a roof over my head

-my family

-health

-a job

I give gratitude for all and pray for those who have less.

I was thinking back to last Thanksgiving and how much more I have in my life since then.

-a new home

-a dream job on Broadway

-two new healthy nephews added to the family

I hope that everyone enjoys the day and gives thanks to everything they have, even if it’s not as much as the person next to you!

Thank you to those that are away from their families especially our servicemen and women; All the civil service workers who are on duty today; All the transportation workers who are bringing people safely to their destination- especially pilots and bus and train operators;

Life is a gift! Celebrate it everyday!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Army Football Tradition

Last weekend me, my dad, brother, and a few friends continued a yearly tradition of going to West Point Military Academy to see a football game. We make it an all day event, we pack the truck the day before with chairs, a grill, lots of yummy food and adult beverages. This year the weather was great! It wasn’t too cold, although I had a few layers of clothes on 🙂

It was perfect timing this year coinciding with Veteran’s Day! My dad is a Navy Vet and it is always nice to be around him when there is any mention of celebrating Veterans and their sacrifice and service for our country.

The national anthem was playing just as we walked up to the stadium and it was so nice to see how patriotic everyone was- the whole group of people on the street and sidewalk walking up to the gates stopped and removed their hats to listen.

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Before the game, as they usually do some service people parachute out of airplanes over the stadium- it’s really neat to see. During halftime of this game, a few young people who had recently joined the military were unofficially sworn in on the field. And at the end, despite the score of the game, the military band plays the alma mater song and both teams stand and remove helmets and face all the cadets while it is played.

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I hope we can continue this tradition–our group keeps growing! 

Thank you to all the Veterans who served and are serving our country. Thank you for your sacrifice and for keeping our country free! 

God Bless America! 

Hurricane Sandy–1 Year Later

I know it’s a few days past the 1 year anniversary, but after catching a few stories of the year since Hurricane Sandy I couldn’t help but think about where I was a year ago. 

I remember getting an email from my father-in-law saying “Will Leanne meet Sandy?” I don’t think any of us realized the impact the storm would actually have on my world or the state we live in. 

I was working a Stage Management job on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. We thought for sure we were going to be diverted because of the storm. I remember there being a day with a little bit of rain which we thought was due to Sandy. 

As the time passed I found myself taking every little moment to check the internet (which isn’t so easy in the middle of the ocean) and to catch a glimpse of news on one of the few channels I had in my cabin. My mother was good about keeping in touch with me through email and updating me on their current situation.  It was quite tough for me to be away from my family not knowing what the storm was going to bring. 

The area we live in gets flooded a lot and we (my brother’s house in particular) have been surrounded by water too many times in the last few years- I was scared that might happen yet again. 

I can still remember the last conversation with my mom just before they lost power for almost three weeks, “They say we are going to lose power and it might be out for quite a while, we are prepared and so are your brothers, we just have to wait it out.”

And as they waited it out, I watched the news showing the storm hit our state and NY, feeling helpless. Every now and again I’d check Facebook and my email to see if there was any word. Everyone was safe, just no power. But so many others weren’t as lucky. Even still to this day there are so many people not back in their homes. 

I got off the ship after the storm had done it’s damage, we were in New Orleans. I couldn’t help but see both the pictures of New Jersey and New York and remember the pictures of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Having been in NOLA only 3 short years after the hurricane and now 7 years later and still seeing some homes and businesses not back up and running I could only imagine what our state would look like. 

My sweetie and I had the privelige and honor of joining a group that went down to help clean out in Union Beach, NJ. I was humbled by what we saw and so glad I was able to help out, even if it was just one household. 

I continue to put my name out to volunteer with the American Red Cross and other committees that help people in need- I think it’s the least I can do knowing that my family made it through the horrible storm without too much damage. 

Hopefully, New Jersey and New York will continue to rebuild and will be stronger than before the storm hit!

If anyone knows of people or businesses in need of some volunteers please leave a comment! 

Observation in Life #2–Everyone’s Life is Unique

While away from home on a mini-break a few weeks ago visiting my sweetie, we spent some time walking around both the cities of Nashville and New Orleans. We have been to these cities before with different shows but every time it’s a little different, sometimes it’s the weather, sometimes it’s the atmosphere we are surrounded by.

This time I tried to take in more of the city– I observed more of the people who live in these cities all the time. They work and raise families just like we do back home.

The warmer weather on this visit allowed us to see more people spending time outside- hearing the live music on almost every street corner is one of the most distinct feature of Nashville. I often passed by a man or woman playing their guitar with their dog nearby and an open guitar case with some small change in it and wondered what their life was like outside of this street corner entertaining tourists.

In New Orleans, there were people spread out throughout the French Quarter asking strangers who passed by for money, food, water and some even asked for beer.

I did have to stop and think of how blessed I am and how different my life is from so many others in this small world. Even as I rode in a cab to meet Pete at work, we stopped at a red light and my cab driver rolled his window down and gave some money to the man on the off-ramp of the highway- dressed in ripped, dirty clothing he held a sign asking for some money.

My heart strings get tugged at when I see people like this no matter where I am, and I wish I could help all of them–Sometimes the best I can do is smile and politely say hello.

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I can only hope that I can continue to do the best I can for my life and my family and help as many people along the way as I can.

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Observations in Life- 1st Edition

Let’s see how this goes…first edition.

Everyday there are things that happen or that I see and they make me stop and think.

Lately (probably since I’ve been spending so much time with my nephew) I’ve been thinking about babies (not necessarily about having one—hang in there mom—soon enough:)—but more about this thing we go about everyday called Life!

I remember when my oldest brother and sister-in-law told me they were having a baby–that baby just turned 7 in September. Within those 7 years I have been many places and done many things and currently I have 1 niece and 3 nephews! I’m one lucky auntie! 🙂

I look at them all and think: ‘as this Earth turns we all continue to age’.

Not age in a negative way just grow.

I was riding the train to work the other day and I looked around and thought ‘all of these people were once little babies and someone had to feed them prunes for the first time (as I did to Smushy that morning) and someone had to change their diapers. Life is really pretty amazing!

The Earth takes 365 days to rotate around the sun and in that time we all grow! (some become wiser than others 😃)

I have a pretty strong religious base but even without that I can’t help but wonder about how and why we as Earth-lings came to be? And why Earth? Why not Mars or Jupiter? Sometimes I like to think that there are other beings on another planet and they watch our “reality” shows and laugh! Strange thought I know!

Things in our everyday can be tough sometimes but I think if we all stop and take a look at a baby and then at an adult and realize that from one year to the next- 365 really does fly by!

Taking a little “Fall Break” and going to try and observe life some more in the next few days—with my hubby! ❤️

Leave a comment if you ever think of Life like I do! 😎

Cheers to a great weekend!

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