I know my posts have been sporadic, but my life lately has been centered around nurturing myself and preparing for the next steps in my lifes journey. In addition we had a sorrowful event happen with the death of my stepmother (may she rest in peace) and I have been devoting a large portion of my time to thinking about my father and praying that he will get through all of this ok. Yesterday was this birthday and so I made a lovely dinner for him, my step-sister and her daughter/my niece. We had an absolutely wonderful evening. I made these wonderful bacon-wrapped meatloves. Recipe courtesy of Spencer's sister. :)
and served it with slow-cooked green beans that I simmered in the crockpot all day, baked potatoes and Velveeta macaroni and cheese! My dad seemed to really enjoy himself and it was nice to see him. Mia LOVED him and was all dog smiles as she ran around him in circles stopping for licks, pets and love. Betty on the other hand was a bit of a jerk and wouldn't stop barking! We had to put her in the backyard and let her wear herself out.
♥ The rest of the week i've been working hard to get my portfolio into shape. When I got laid off I wasn't prepared. No resume, no cover letter, no portfolio.... so it's been a scramble ever since and has been monopolizing all of my time. A lot of my work was still on my computer at work and so I had nothing to put into a portfolio. Cristin, my pal from my old job, has gone above and beyond providing me with my files so I could have something to show. I owe her more than I can ever say! Thank you so so so much Cristin! I miss you!!!! Everyone should go visit her and give her some love. Her workload doubled with my layoff. Poor thing.
♥ Today I had an interview with a wonderful little advertising company. I met with the Creative Director and he gave me some wonderful information and tips. They aren't hiring right at this moment, but that could always change soon and he urged me to stay in touch in case a position does open up! He said that with my background in photography, graphic design and marketing skills i'm acquiring I am creating a nice little package for myself. He also gave me insight to look at smaller companies because in a smaller firm everyone has to wear multiple hats and with my collection of talents I would fit in perfectly. Now I have some ideas of things to add to my portfolio and a direction. It was nice to hear that i'm on the right path and that I have some real talent.
♥ Over the last 2 weeks i've lost 6 lbs. I don't know wether i'm stressed and it's causing me to lose weight or what....but either way, unemployment at least brought me something good! The strange thing is that I haven't been exercising since the layoff. My gym was at my work, so I lost my gym and don't have a place to go. So I've been trying to figure out ways to do it at home, but its been a little cold so i've been confined to stay inside.Today I went ahead and did the 30-day shred....level 2.... All I can say is "OH MY GOODNESS! I have done level 1 a lot....and I even follow the girl that does it full out rather than the girl who does the low impact version....and I am not in horrible shape right now but that thing kicked me in the butt! It was so hard and I was just completely exhausted by the time that I got done! I had to just keep walking around drinking water as my face slowly returned to a normal color and my body stopped shaking. Sooo I guess tomorrow will be day 2!
♥ Friday is the big day! We are going shopping for my wedding gown! I am so excited and I just can't wait to find the right dress! I know I want something that has a little bit of a fitted corset with a fuller skirt. Maybe strapless. I also want the overlay to be satin and not tulle so it weighs down the poofiness a bit and gives it a sophisticated edge. I am just so excited to try on those beautiful gowns and find the one that is perfect for me!!!
♥ We went over and visited Sarah last week and she had the most delicious cupcakes ever for us to try! They were a day old, but still moist and perfect with thick creamy icing! Sooo good! We decided that they will be the base for our two chocolate wedding cakes! The surprising part? They were Vegan! Vegan Chocolate Ginger Orange to be exact. I am just so shocked at how tasty they are! If anyone attempts the recipe remember to use a big bowl! Sarah said she was scared her bowl was going to overflow as the cupcake goodness kept rising!