I have bad travel juju

3.31.2014

I used to think Joe was just overly leery about traveling with me when we first got married.
He would make comments about his flights never being delayed until he married and traveled with me. Psssh yeah right, everyone always gets delayed at the airport.

Fact. Of. Life buddy.
I mean seriously I do a lot of flying in my life and I'd bet that 2/4 flights that I attempt are delayed and more recently cancelled. This is normal right?
Apparently not, according to my husband. And because of this conspiracy theory we have started a list of traveling mishaps with Casey.



How about the time:

Our flight leaving Albany was super delayed due to who knows what. We were forced to sprint literally 4 terminals to the next gate, where we had to beg on hands and knees for the stewardess to reopen the door to the plane. Talk about out of shape exertional angina…truth.

Or when the sudden trip home after our Rex passed away, was cancelled TWICE making us get home days later than expected. (This one was rough and full of angry tears)

Now yesterday's travel debacle was one for the books.
We had tickets to yesterday's showing of The Book of Mormon on Broadway at 2pm. We woke up at the crack of dawn to hop on a train down to the city, which was relatively painless.
Our plan was to meet up with friends in Brooklyn for brunch, which I crave on the daily from Harefield Road. We had a grand time at brunch with bottomless bloody marys, and we were set to make the trek back to Manhattan.
We left the restaurant at 12:30 giving us PLENTY of time to make it across town to Broadway for a show at 2.  Right?
WRONG!



As there is only one line out of Williamsburg we were forced to wait on a train for 20 minutes before they let us know a rail had been broken and emergency repairs would be mandatory before we could leave the station. So we did what any brilliant train hopper would do and jumped up the few blocks to the next stop. No. Such. Luck. Still delayed.

At this point its 1:10 and I'm beginning to wonder how the heck we will make it out of Brooklyn to Manhattan; remember hundreds of other people were thinking the same thing.
We hailed cab after cab with no success. Seriously 10 blocks with zero cabs?!
As of 1:30 we found a cab and asked him to book it to Broadway and 49th.
All obstacles you could ever imagine were in our way, traffic, construction, crazy people ETC!

Needless to say we made it to the play at 1:59. Found our seats and the show went on…phew.
And again my loving husband blames it on my travel juju which sadly I'm beginning to believe!



Have you ever had any crazy travel mishaps?

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Cheers Not Jeers

3.26.2014


Cheers not Jeers Episode 18
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This week's Cheers not Jeers goes out to a wonderful blogger who is down to Earth and has nothing but love for her marriage, and her hubby Joe (great name right?). Amberly is the brains behind "Life with Amberly and Joe" Her posts are uplifting and spot on when it comes to new marriages in this day in age. She opens up about "Getting Lazy in my Marriage" but also shares with her readers a "Spring Date Night Bucket List" to spice things up a bit! Be sure to stop by and say hello to such a wonderful blogger and check out their adorable pup too!




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As bloggers, more importantly as women, it is often easy to get caught up in the strains and drains of life. Lets face it, life can just flat out SUCK at times. And I don't know about you, but I don't know anyone who doesn't love a sweet compliment or a simple thumbs up thrown their way. As motivation to spur a little female bonding around the "interwebs" I introduce to you this weekly link up "Cheers not Jeers"

This is your chance to build up some of your favorite women and showcase their talent through your blog and spread a little sisterly love.
How it works:
  • Every Wednesday join in the link up by including "Cheers" about your favorite bloggers. These are bloggers who spur your creativity, touch your heart, or keep you sane laughing.
  • Post a small shout out or devoted post to your blogger loves, creating more community between each other, while posting a link to their blog in your post so others many be inspired.
  • After linking up, find a new face, visit a new blog, introduce yourself and send them a "cheer" 
Highly Encouraged:
There are no specific "rules" about following certain individuals in the link up, but just strongly encouraging women to seek out one another and offering praise instead of the negativity we can often see floating around the world wide web. I will personally visit each blog in the link up to see what an awesome impact this is making.


Cheers not Jeers

Check out my newest adventure!

What they didn't teach me in nursing school

3.25.2014

Nursing school was a daunting two years where I think I probably aged 10 years but learned skills for a lifetime.
I learned how to insert all sorts of inanimate objects into the body. Tubes, cannulas, catheters, needles galore!
You name it, I've done it.
They also taught us the act of therapeutic listening without the cliche "And how do you feel about that?"
We learned that when someone is sick they are not always there most polite version of themselves and to give them a little slack.
We learned about treatments to multitudes of diagnoses; signs, symptoms and all things vital in between.
We were taught to have a "nurses face". You know, when someone may have a metal rod sticking out of there head, you must nod like it's something you have seen everyday.

The list is innumerable. But you know what they didn't teach me?
The paradigm shift when someone in your life becomes sick.
Do you grieve? Do you show no emotion as you "see this all the time"? Do you ask the questions that you're supposed to know the answers to? Do you fear the worst because thats what you were trained to do? Do you have hope when you know things look pretty grim? Do you distance yourself because you just don't know what to do? Do you put down the proverbial nurses "hat" and be the daughter instead?

As I figure out the answers to these questions, I remain faithful that there is a plan and that I must cherish the time I have with my loved ones, as I urge you to do the same.


I do know one thing: Family ROCKS and Cancer SUCKS!


Check out my newest adventure!

Cheers Not Jeers

3.19.2014

Wow I do apologize for the lack of posts…but I've been working my buns off so that I can go HOME!! Actually if you're reading this at 11am central time, my feet are firmly planted on Texas soil…can I get an AMEN? As I have been hurriedly prepping for the trip home, my space has lacked, and for that I am sorry. But what would a hump day be without Cheers not Jeers?

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Luck Fupus

The featured blogger this week is one who I have seen on plenty of sidebars but never took the time to peek at….and boy was I mistaken. Marla from Luck Fupus is a brilliant woman with a story that will move you to tears, make you die laughing and leave feeling like you have just talked to a close friend. You see, Marla was diagnosed with Lupus merely days after she said I do. Her blog is about her tail spin adventures of a nurse turned patient. I have so much respect for this AMAZINGLY strong woman, and I think anyone can find strength through her posts. I can't imagine the amount that she deals with daily. Stop by and say hi to Marla and admire her courageous strength!




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As bloggers, more importantly as women, it is often easy to get caught up in the strains and drains of life. Lets face it, life can just flat out SUCK at times. And I don't know about you, but I don't know anyone who doesn't love a sweet compliment or a simple thumbs up thrown their way. As motivation to spur a little female bonding around the "interwebs" I introduce to you this weekly link up "Cheers not Jeers"

This is your chance to build up some of your favorite women and showcase their talent through your blog and spread a little sisterly love.
How it works:
  • Every Wednesday join in the link up by including "Cheers" about your favorite bloggers. These are bloggers who spur your creativity, touch your heart, or keep you sane laughing.
  • Post a small shout out or devoted post to your blogger loves, creating more community between each other, while posting a link to their blog in your post so others many be inspired.
  • After linking up, find a new face, visit a new blog, introduce yourself and send them a "cheer" 
Highly Encouraged:
There are no specific "rules" about following certain individuals in the link up, but just strongly encouraging women to seek out one another and offering praise instead of the negativity we can often see floating around the world wide web. I will personally visit each blog in the link up to see what an awesome impact this is making.


Cheers not Jeers

Check out my newest adventure!

Cheers Not Jeers

3.12.2014

So I have previously mentioned Happy Hour Hangout last month was a great opportunity that I was so pleased to be a part of. One thing we talked about was creating a theme for your blog. We were able to share with each other what we thought the theme was to another persons blog who we read frequently. Have you ever thought of what your theme may be? Or what you would want it to be?

Now these women are repeat "offenders" here for Cheers not Jeers, but these are women who I go to when I need that specific blog post
Cheers not Jeers Episode 16

Mr. Thomas and Me

I don't ever have enough praises for Amber and her amazingly uplifting blog. Her words are eloquent but hit you straight to the core where you need it most. She blogs about remaining strong during the hard times and giving it all up to God when she knows it's out of her hands. I admire her sweet spirit so much and just wish we didn't live on opposite sides of the country. She says I must come visit her in Cali because she's not a fan of freezing…me either girlfriend! If you haven't visited her blog it is a MUST because you will instantly fall in love with her incredibly real space.


Laura is your best friend you never knew you had until you stop by her blog. She is one of the most down to Earth people I have met via blogging. Over on her space you can see what an amazing wife, aunt, sister and friend she is. Her shoes are ones I would love to step into for a day. I would be no good at being a farmer's wife, but I love the times she spends in nature. Not to mention the beautiful photographs she is able to capture of her surroundings. As much as I'd love to visit North Dakota to meet this blogging bestie, I'm going to have to wait until it warms up. North Dakota makes New York look like a sissy when it comes to cold weather! 



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As bloggers, more importantly as women, it is often easy to get caught up in the strains and drains of life. Lets face it, life can just flat out SUCK at times. And I don't know about you, but I don't know anyone who doesn't love a sweet compliment or a simple thumbs up thrown their way. As motivation to spur a little female bonding around the "interwebs" I introduce to you this weekly link up "Cheers not Jeers"

This is your chance to build up some of your favorite women and showcase their talent through your blog and spread a little sisterly love.
How it works:
  • Every Wednesday join in the link up by including "Cheers" about your favorite bloggers. These are bloggers who spur your creativity, touch your heart, or keep you sane laughing.
  • Post a small shout out or devoted post to your blogger loves, creating more community between each other, while posting a link to their blog in your post so others many be inspired.
  • After linking up, find a new face, visit a new blog, introduce yourself and send them a "cheer" 
Highly Encouraged:
There are no specific "rules" about following certain individuals in the link up, but just strongly encouraging women to seek out one another and offering praise instead of the negativity we can often see floating around the world wide web. I will personally visit each blog in the link up to see what an awesome impact this is making.


Cheers not Jeers


Check out my newest adventure!

Truths and a Lie

3.11.2014

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This weekend I had the chance to finally sit down with a close friend of mine who I haven't been able to see in a long time. A little vague? Ok…the first friend I made in NY, now has a traveling job. When I wasn't working we were attached at the hip and both of our schedules are just so busy now that we may see each other once a month and I look forward to our meetings each time.
Better?

I shared with her the fears going on in my life with a few tears on top, and the advice she gave me was so simple, honest and exactly what I needed.
She encouraged me to write a list of "truths". Things I know that will happen in my lifetime, and the truths of my heart.
So as I have lately used this blog as a "Dear Diary", I figured I wouldn't let her down.

Truths

It is true that we moved to New York for a reason that is beyond my understanding.
It is true that with this move I have found peace, let my heart become still and drown out the unnecessary noise.
It is true that my marriage is stronger because of this stillness.
It is true that I miss my family so much it hurts.
It is also true that even in my stillness I try to put our families' wants before my own.
It is true that life has a beginning and we always know there is an end. Alpha and Omega
It is true that life should not be filled with anxious worrying about when these days will come.
It is true that I feel guilty when I'm not anxious and worrying about these days.
It is true that I would feel regret.
It is OBVIOUSLY true that I am torn and in this season of life, and feel lost as to the direction I should follow.

In the days when I can't find the peace and stillness, it is a lie from evil that I am not capable, or that I am too weak to handle what may be thrown my way.

This post is in no way a cry for pity and poor me. This is a challenge for you to write out what you know to be true in your life. Quit trying to predict what will and won't happen. Stay true to yourself and don't fall for the lie that evil will daily attempt to bring to your heart.


And on a much lighter note, don't forget about Cheers Not Jeers tomorrow!
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My name is Casey and I'm a carb junkie...

3.10.2014


Nom, Nom, Nom! I'm a carb junkie! Now find out other things about me you may not have known…

Joining Erin for this fun link up.

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Come on New York, jump on the bandwagon

3.07.2014

I'm hanging out with the ever so lovely Ashten and sharing with you all the things I miss about the good 'ol Lone Star State!


See it just can't quite compare. 
But again I won't complain because I pretty much love life up here for the time being!

Always Ashten

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My feet may fail when fear surrounds me.

3.06.2014


fear: (noun)
a feeling of anxiety concerning the outcome of something or the safety and well-being of someone.
the likelihood of something unwelcome happening.

I fear anxiety itself. I dread moments when I feel anxious, empty, or lonely.

I fear the future. I fear not knowing if and when we will return "home" wherever that may be.
I fear having children. I fear that I am responsible for a small person's life, faith and well being.
I fear not having children. One of my worst fears is that my dad may not meet his grand babies, or watch them grow up if we wait around to have kids.
I fear leaving New York and the relationship we have developed here with each other.
I fear having to leave our church family here.
I fear the idea of having to live here forever (fickle I know).
I fear the world we live in. The people, the violence and the self entitlement.
I fear that bringing a child into this world could be a disaster.
I fear being alone. What if God one day took Joe away from me. I would be so, so lost. 
I fear looking weak in front of my peers. 
I fear the death of others, but not of my own. It's selfish really. I fear the sadness it would bring.
I fear that there are dark times and worse moments in my future. 
I fear all things out of my control.

Fear is the burden we carry on our shoulders daily. It is fear that forms the wrinkles around our tired eyes; and fear is what ages us. Fear is stressed without spelling desserts backwards. 

What is fear for you?
Does it motivate you? Does it encourage you?

Fear is something I take to my creator. When I cannot handle it anymore, I leave it with someone who can. My fear evaporates as I am still instead of worrying.


Won't you sit still today?



"Oceans" Hillsong United


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Cheers Not Jeers

3.05.2014

This week I am introducing you to more of the lovely ladies I got to meet during Happy Hour Hangout last month.
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Annie, from What She Saw, is an amazing blogger who has a beautiful soul. She is wise beyond her years and understands what guides her life. I was honored to have met her via the hangout as well as her thought provoking blog posts. Her love for vocabulary is apparent through her words. Did you know she even wrote her own book? I'm seriously impressed and you need to check this girl out!



Jessa, from Life of a Sports Wife, is the most amazing gal at being incredibly flexible. I think I had it bad moving across the country. Talk about moving multiple times a year! You can tell she adores her husband and I love seeing that in other women. Recently, they were able to bring their pup "Heisman" home, and I'll be the first to tell you, he is stinking cute! Check out this sweet family!


_________________________________________________________________________________

As bloggers, more importantly as women, it is often easy to get caught up in the strains and drains of life. Lets face it, life can just flat out SUCK at times. And I don't know about you, but I don't know anyone who doesn't love a sweet compliment or a simple thumbs up thrown their way. As motivation to spur a little female bonding around the "interwebs" I introduce to you this weekly link up "Cheers not Jeers"

This is your chance to build up some of your favorite women and showcase their talent through your blog and spread a little sisterly love.
How it works:
  • Every Wednesday join in the link up by including "Cheers" about your favorite bloggers. These are bloggers who spur your creativity, touch your heart, or keep you sane laughing.
  • Post a small shout out or devoted post to your blogger loves, creating more community between each other, while posting a link to their blog in your post so others many be inspired.
  • After linking up, find a new face, visit a new blog, introduce yourself and send them a "cheer" 
Highly Encouraged:
There are no specific "rules" about following certain individuals in the link up, but just strongly encouraging women to seek out one another and offering praise instead of the negativity we can often see floating around the world wide web. I will personally visit each blog in the link up to see what an awesome impact this is making.


Cheers not Jeers

Have you seen my new adventure?