Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Best Laid Plans...

Well today was a gloomy day here in the 505, perfect weather for cuddling up with a good book. Since Matt had big plans to study all afternoon, I made plans to cross another item off my list.

90) Spend an afternoon at a book store

I had visions of sipping a Starbucks chai and thumbing through fun magazines all afternoon at Barnes and Noble, but Matt had something else in mind. "What does Barnes and Noble have that we don't have," he asked. "We have books, magazines, snacks and coffee and it's all free."

So, instead of driving all the way to the other side of town and spending $3 on a drink, I threw on my pj's, Matt made me a yummy cappuccino and I settled in for a relaxing afternoon. You can't beat a rainy day spent reading a book (I am currently reading Water for Elephants, a V-Day gift from Matt), curled up next to your hubby.

It wasn't the afternoon I had planned; it was better! I am learning, after a month of the 101, that things rarely go exactly as planned. That's true with this list as it is with almost everything in life. And as much fun as it is to plan and to cross items off my list, sometimes it's just better to go with the flow and let things happen. Some of the best times I've had have been spontaneous and some of the best things in my life have been unplanned and unexpected. After all, I'm really not in control. God has a plan for my life and it's much bigger than the 101! For now, I am excited to accomplish goals and cross items off my list keeping in mind that "The best schemes of mice and men go often askew." (from To a Mouse, by Robert Burns)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I Heart Love Day (Part2)

Well, Valentine's Day 2010 is over and what a fun day it was! Like I said before, I love this day but it's not just because you can find pink stuff everywhere. Five years ago, on this great day of love, Matt asked me to be his girlfriend! We celebrate our wedding anniversary now, but it's still fun to think back on those days when our relationship was so new.

This Valentine's Day we did something a little bit different. Since it fell on a Sunday, we got to celebrate all weekend long. On Friday night we went on a triple date with my brother, his fiance, an old friend and her boyfriend. We ate at one of my favorite restaurants in Las Cruces, Lorenzo's, which I miss terribly. After dinner we stood in line to see the movie Valentine's Day.

(Those pesky bangs are still driving me nuts!)

The movie was great and it was so fun to spend time with good friends!

On Sunday I was able to cross another item off my list. Sadly, I admit that in the past I have been lacking in the creative department as far as gift giving goes, but this year I think I did a little bit better. It's all about the baby steps. :)

78) Write a love note

Isn't that a fun way to use conversation hearts? Definitely better than eating them, those things taste nasty! I wish I could take credit for such a cute idea but I actually found it on a fun blog called Love Actually. If you find yourself in need of romanitc but cheap ideas to show your love, check it out!

That's all for now. Hope you had an enjoyable Valentine's Day and President's Day, for you lucky ducks who had the day off!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I Heart Love Day! (Part 1)

Wow! It's been awhile. I blame my absence on a busy week filled with the preparations for one of the best days of the year. It's hard to believe it's that time of year again and that Valentine's Day is here once more. Since I am a girl who loves pink, polka dots, bows and flowers, it's not a big surprise that I am a huge fan of Valentine's Day. This year I got my craft on and made special cards to send to family and friends.

12) Make and send Valentine's Day cards

I was feeling extra Martha Stewartish this week and decided to make Valentine cookies to give to my co-workers and friends as well. Using my awesome cookie gun, I made a bunch of heart shaped cookies, decorated them with frosting and sprinkles then put four in a clear bag. I topped it all off with some left over wedding ribbon. (I attempted to take a picture of these but it came out really bad.) I even learned how to say "Happy Valentine's Day" in spanish: "Felize Dia de Valentine!" Everyone seemed to like them so I think they were a success!

I had one other project up my sleeve this week but I don't want my Valentine to see it. You'll have to wait till Monday to see what else I am crossing off my list and another reason why Valentine's Day is one of my favorite days.

Happy Valentine's Day friends, hope it's a great one!