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Bucket List

If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, y’all know that I love going to famous chef’s restaurants.  So David and I were in Las Vegas for our anniversary and birthdays.  We were able to go to several Bucket List places.

We went to Giada’s, and to Robert Irvine’s Public House.  Both were wonderful.But the one place we were absolutely in love with was Hell’s Kitchen-at Caesar’s Palace.  We had seared scallops, lobster risotto as appetizers.  (And I did’t eat all of my meal.)Then I had the Beef Wellington and David had the beef short ribs.  Everything was incredible.  We have watched Hell’s Kitchen, and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Being able to eat at the Gordon Ramsey Hell’s Kitchen was amazing.  I know that it wasn’t the actually studio for the filming, but…it was incredible experience and meal.We had a ball, had some really great food.  Truly a wonderful day.

Blessings.

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Seat Belts

I hadn’t flown since I had gastric sleeve surgery. I used to have to get a seat belt extender when I flew. I would always get a seat next to the window so I could squeeze as much of myself next to the window as I could. I still felt as though I was spilling over to the next seat (and I am certain I was).

David and I flew to Las Vegas for our anniversary/birthdays last week. I was blown away sitting down and fastening the seat belt. I cried when I fastened the belt.

I didn’t feel squeezed in the seat. In fact, I was in the middle seat, and didn’t feel as though I needed to lean over to one side or the other. I had six inches of the seat belt left over when I belted it!!!! Do you see?!

Tears. Non-scale Victory. I may have gained some weight back, but this feeling was incredible. Typing this today, I am tearing up again as the feeling was so strong. Something so small and insignificant to so many, meant so much to me.

So…what victory have you had lately?

Feeling incredible. Blessings.

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Georgia O’Keeffe

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

Loved being able to see this with my own eyes…at the National Gallery of Arts East in Washington DC.

Blessings.

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Sunday Thought

This past week has been wonderful, as we have been in Virginia and DC.  David had to work, and I got to go along to play in DC on my own and to visit family.  Truly satisfying all my desires of my heart.  I have missed my nieces, and being able to spend three days with them was glorious.  DC on my own was wonderfully exhausting.  Over 14,000 steps –such a NSV as when we went with the family a couple of years ago, I was unable to walk up the stairs to see the Lincoln Memorial.  So to be able (after a day of already walking everywhere) walk up with NO issues and take this picture–perfect!!  I will say…I was really sad at myself after walking up those stairs thinking about the time before—I had thought it was so far up that I couldn’t do it—it really was nothing–this time. WOW.  Time with family was the best…I got to spend three precious days with my nieces on their farm–aren’t silly faces the best?  Then back to DC with David. On Friday, David and I got to explore DC.Not as many steps as I got on Monday, but a wonderful time exploring DC. If you have an opportunity to go to The Dubliner–GO. David actually got a 10 year old whiskey called the Dubliner, I got Chardonnay (I know – not Irish but really a nice wine).It has great food, Guinness, and Irish whiskey. We explored some more of DC…before heading back to the hotel in Reston, VA.  It was a wonderful week.  The 16 hour drive from Reston, VA back to Fort Walton Beach, FL was exhausting yesterday…which is why my post today is so late…

So…go explore, wherever you might be!

Blessings.

 

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Bestie Time

This past weekend I got to spend with my girlfriends Beth and Julie.  This was our fourth year getting together over the first weekend of December.

Last year, December 2016.

December 2015.

Lot of changes, love these women and the unconditional love they give.  Love our time together as well.

Blessings.

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Letting Go

Asking for God to give me the grace to let go of former things so that I can embrace what He has for me in the future. 

Ecclesiastes 3:6

Blessings. 

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Non-Scale Victory 

Carmen and traveled to Walt Disney World over the Fourth of July holiday.

In the past, I would have had to rent a scooter just to get around.  I wouldn’t be able to ride any rides (or if I did my bones would not like me).

This time was SO different.  I was able not only to walk, and ride the roller coasters, but I was able to last till then end of the day.

I was so grateful to be able to fit into the chairs of the rides.  To sit and enjoy the day.  It was amazing.

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It was such a nice trip.  I have a bit farther to go in my weight loss, but this trip confirmed that I have come a long way already.

Blessings.

 

 

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Cold Cuts and Cheese

Carmen and I spent some time last week (around the 4th) at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

We ate at several wonderful places at each park, but one that is really special to us is the Brown Derby in Hollywood Studios.  The Starring Rolls Cafe (just outside The Brown Derby) is a tapas and lounge area that was unexpected treat.

Since my surgery (once I was released to normal food), I normally eat cold cuts and nuts for my lunch.

This board was super flavorful with blue, cheddar, Gouda cheese, prosciutto, hard salami, duck pate’ and I don’t remember the other pate, fresh pickles and kalamatas, dried fruit, and a ground mustard with applesauce.  The crackers were enjoyed more by Carmen, but I did have one.

It was light, refreshing, and filling.  The pate’ was amazing (garlic and spices really made the flavor pop), and the combination of flavors were really nice.

We enjoyed our time just sitting and people watching as well.  This is a great spot to do just that.

Blessings.

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Kentucky Derby

So today is the Kentucky Derby.  I have become more fascinated with it the past several years, and would like to attend one day.  Won’t be today, but one day.

And, just really to dress up and wear a fascinator: A fascinator hat is a small ornamental headpiece that fits on the head using an alice-band-type base or headband or even a small comb. It is always lightweight and usually features feathers, beads or flowers.

I especially like these:

Ah, one day.  Just add it to my wish list.

Happy Saturday! Happy Derby Day!

Blessings.

 

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Weekend Trips

I am in charge of our next couples weekend trip.  Some of the parameters for the trips are that they stay in budget of $400 for each couple for the rooms, within a days drive, and can work within everyone’s schedule.  Ha.

So, we are looking at early October, and I have no clue where to go.  The girls have gone to New Orleans, and that is an option for all of us since there is so much history for the guys to see.  But, been there, done that, ya know.

So…do you have any ideas? Favorite places in the South?  Any input is welcomed! And, thank you in advance.

Blessings.