I can honestly say that I have NO CLUE where the time has gone. I feel like life is a swirling vortex of happenings lately. From family, work, and trying to have a social life I have barely found the time to sit here and even write this blog post.
So what has happened in the past month since my last blog post?
First off, Kent and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary on March 2. Again I ask…where has the time gone? It does not feel like we have been married for a year already, but man what a wonderful year it has been.
The last week of February, the week before our anniversary, we decided it was time to put a patio in our backyard! We have an awesome tree in our backyard, but it keeps the grass from growing in a very large portion of our yard, so it was mostly dirt. And with both of our dogs chasing each other in the backyard and rolling around in it, a mini haboob seemed to always be created in our backyard. So we decided that it was time for us to do something about it. Below are some before and after pictures.
Before the work began
The new patio has Fagen’s approval
The end result
Layla loves the new patio
Layla really loves the new patio
Layla hanging in the shade with me on the lounge chair
It makes such a HUGE difference and we are so in love with it. We love nothing more than sitting back there while our dogs run around while listening to music, playing cards, sipping on a glass of wine, and eating some good food.
For our first anniversary we decided not to follow the traditional anniversary gift idea of paper. Instead, Kent bought me this GORGEOUS necklace!! It has the stone of March in the middle to symbolize the month we got married in. He is so good!
Once he finds a smoker that he likes and wants, my anniversary gift to Kent will be a new smoker so he will have something new to enjoy on our patio. So anniversary weekend was a success!
My GORGEOUS necklace from my sweetie!
Secondly, for the weekend after our anniversary, we had ANOTHER anniversary outing planned. We had heard about it through friends and finally decided to sign up to do it ourselves. We went to the small town of Post, Texas to The Garza Hotel and participated in their Murder Mystery night! It was SO much fun!!
It was called the Murder at the Four Deuces and took place in the 20’s.
So the way it works is, you sign up for the murder mystery night, and about 2 weeks before the date you get an email with your character and your characters role. Along with some other information that may be useful for you to know before the event. BUT you cannot share any of your characters information with anyone else who is participating. Do you know how hard it was for me to not cheat and look at Kent’s character??! I was tempted SO many times but I resisted.
Anyway, it is a one night event, dinner and breakfast are provided, there is a champagne toast, game prizes, and you get a night stay in the hotel. PLUS you get to dress up in costume which was probably my most favorite part.
We met some other wonderful young couples and just had an absolute blast. We will certainly do it again!
Inspector Neville and Baroness Ravioli
Getting into character 🙂
My homemade head piece
Friends from work helped me make this
Baroness Ravioli & Inspector Neville
Our characters had a secret love affair
Thirdly, work has been really picking up and keeping me busy. From my work as an academic advisor at the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech to teaching my Public Speaking class at Texas Tech on Monday evenings after work. I find myself just completely exhausted some days. It’s embarrassing how exhausted I have been lately. My Friday nights have consisted of me getting home, pouring a glass of wine, snuggling with my doggies and husband and passing out on the couch at 8pm. PATHETIC!!
On top of all of this there are SO many weddings and trips happening between now and the end of the year. Lots of planning, saving and packing to take place for each of the trips and social events going on.
Woooo….are you exhausted yet? Cause I am, just talking about all of it!
Needless to say, with so much that has been going on, with the weather being so hit or miss, and me just being flat out exhausted, the running has definitely taken a back seat on my list of things to do (insert sad face, embarrassed face, and crying face here).
I am determined though to start doing something again whether it is running or something else to get me moving and my heart rate up. I don’t know what it will be yet, so I am open to suggestions. But I am definitely ready to get back in the saddle again.