Monday, October 7, 2013

Answers and Peace...

Shortly after my Step-Dad passed away on September 9th, 2013, I got to thinking...of all of those things I wish I could have told him...apologized for...begged for forgiveness...asked for permission...and expressed.  I'm sure that I'm not the only one who wishes this for the people in their lives that have passed.  I know I felt that way with my father.  So why would a Step-Dad be any different?  *For those of you that don't know, Mark was diagnosed with cancer in October of 2012...and passed in September 2013.  Less than a year after diagnosis. 


Sunday, September 15, 2013

September 9th 2013

September 9th, 2013 - the day my Step-Dad took his last breath...at 9pm to be exact. I love you, Mark.  Always will.  Remember I told you he was diagnosed with cancer?  Well, here is his obituary, and as a matter of reference, here is his picture...it was taken when he was awarded "Fireman of the Year".  He was so proud when he won that award...

Below is the eulogy I wrote for him, and read at his funeral on 9/13/13....

Friday, August 16, 2013

Hanging on by a THREAD

You've all heard the expression "hanging on by a thread", right?  Or you've seen the movie where these guys are hanging on a rope, trying to get away from the bad guys, and the bad guys on the other end, start to cut the rope...and they get down to the last "thread"? Then that little thread starts to fray away, and unwind itself, and then POOF, it snaps?  


Well, I'm waiting for my rope to snap.  I feel like a million tons of weight on this one little thread...and I can literally FEEL it weigh me down, and pull tighter, and I'm just waiting for the day that this rope of mine frays and snaps.  Not kidding...

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Thoughts and Ramblings...

So.....I'm sitting on the couch in our apartment...and watching Chopped (shocking), and thinking about my dream of owning and managing my own restaurant.  Greg and I have thought about the concept of the restaurant, and it's in a really great place.  It's just missing the backing of funds to get it started.  The other issue is my location.  I doubt myself and the ability to "cut it" in this area...right outside of Manhattan, and in the thick of Bergen County...it's super difficult to "make it" in the area. 

So maybe owning and managing a restaurant will stay as a dream.  Yup - it's just going to have to stay as a dream - that'll avoid disappointment and sadness (and a RIDICULOUS loss of money).  

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

January, February, March, April, May, and (part of) June

Yeah, I know...the worst blogger in the world.  For any of you out there that keep reading this thing (without seeing any updates), and have stuck around this long...KUDOS MAN!!  Here's an update, and a promise to keep blogging...

Most of you already know all this stuuuuuff (if you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or FaceBook), but for those of you that care (or are just curious to see if I'm still alive), here are my reasons for being too busy to blog excuses:

January was January - full of New Years Resolutions, trying to lose weight, trying to start to blog again, and it was just plain COLD.  Which pretty much meant that I wasn't getting to ANYTHING on my "DIY To-Do List".  HA.  We also made a trip down to Seaside to see the devastation from Hurricane Sandy...that b*tch.
February and the rest of the months are continued below...just click the little link to go to the rest of the post :)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sugar 'n Spice VoxBox

Very nice!!!  On Monday, in addition to starting my new job, I received a VoxBox in the mail (courtesy of Influenster).  It's their Sugar 'n Spice VoxBox....and here's what I got!!

  • Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisture (Retails for $7.99 per 6.5oz can)
  • NECTRESSE ($6.99 for a 5.9oz container, or $3.99 for a box of 40 packets)
  • Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes ($5.99 for a 20 count box)
  • Colgate Optic White Regimen:
    • Toothpaste ($2.99 for a 4oz tube)
    • Mouthwash ($2.99 for an 8oz bottle)
    • Toothbrush ($2.99 per brush)
  • belVita Breakfast Biscuits ($3.69 for a box of 5 packets of 4 biscuits)
Now here's when I tell you what I loved and hated...here goes:
Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisture
- Let's start this out by saying that I am a moisturizing fiend.  Like EVERY TIME I get out of the shower, and EVERY TIME I feel my hands, legs, ANYTHING to be a little bit dry.  I take pride in the softness of my skin, and I've gotten complimented on it that it's baby soft.  I also have to admit that I saw this product in the store a couple of weeks ago, and was a little doubtful that it would work.  BUT, this amazingly smooth, Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisture will NOT ONLY keep my skin baby soft (and smelling great), but will get me on my way even faster!!  LOVE LOVE LOVE this product, and I am now hooked!! :)

NECTRESSE
I have ALWAYS been a Splenda girl...and when NECTRESSE came out (100% natural, zero-calories per serving), I was psyched to try it!  I typically put 3 packets of Splenda in my coffee in the morning, but I only had to use 2 packets of NECTRESSE (because it's made primarily from monk fruit - which is sweeter than regular sugar).  

Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes
- My current facial regimen is MaryKay...but let's be honest...MaryKay isn't always affordable, and isn't always available by MK Representatives.  I was looking for a replacement regimen that I could work with, afford, and it would feel great.  I was also looking for something natural, and when I got sent the Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes, I think I might have found my replacement!!  I tried it out, and it didn't leave my skin dry at all (which was what I was afraid of).  The towelettes left my skin feeling refreshed and super clean, like I just washed my face.  I think I might have found a line of facial products that can replace my MaryKay line!! :)

Colgate Optic White Regimen
- I LOVE LOVE LOVE this regimen.  It's fantastic, and keeps your breath staying SUPER fresh.  

belVita Breakfast Biscuits
- YEAH buddy...these are addicting.  I had these when I first got my VoxBox...and no, it wasn't breakfast, but I immediately went out and bought two more boxes (they were on sale at Stop n Shop - 2 boxes for $5!!).

Please note - I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

HAPPY New Year?? AND 2013 To-Do List!!

Well...it's me...Christina...and I'm back (sounds like a song, doesn't it??).  ANYWAY...After not blogging for the entire month of December, I figure I should get back on the horse blogging.  So, say a little prayer for me (another song...lol), and here goes!!  Oh, and a pretty picture to get your morning going :)
It's a picture of Cape Cod after one of the recent snow storms.  Just LOOK at those waves!!  Oh man, what I wouldn't give to go there right now...talk about somewhere you can go to clear your head...

Friday, November 23, 2012

CHOPPED Thursdays - Winner & Scores REVEAL!!

Good morning all!!!  Welcome back to CHOPPED Thursdays!!

Today...we recap the basket ingredients, as well as what each Chef Made.  

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

CHOPPED Thursdays Round #8 - MY TURN!!!

Welcome back to CHOPPED Thursdays!!!  

Disclaimer:  We did this "Thursday" edition on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (for obvious reasons).  

I was this chef this week, and it's now my SECOND time in the CHOPPED kitchen.  I was insanely nervous...mainly because Greg was buying my basket...oh man.  Greg chose chose 2 packages Carolina Yellow Rice, a Large Container of Del Monte Citrus Salad in Extra Light Syrup, a Cheese and Pepperoni Variety Package, and EXTRA FIRM Tofu.  Total Spent = $22.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Reflections and Pathways

Reflections and pathways in LIFE of course...I had a lot of time to think this weekend...mostly because of the upcoming Holiday, and the fact that I have a lot to be thankful for.  Saturday, Greg and I went hiking in the morning (our tradition now), and since I always take pictures of our hikes, I figured I would give myself the challenge of taking pictures of something specific.  One of my photo-geek friends (Erik - thanks!!) gave me the suggestion of challenging myself with something specific a while back, and I figured this weekend I would put it to good use.  I mean - how many pictures of trees do my friends REALLY want to see?  So...this Saturday, my photographic self-challenge was taking pictures of pathways.  The challenge "topic" was triggered by the entrance to the state park we went to...something I have thought was insanely beautiful ever since Greg brought me here (almost 2 years ago).  10 "points" if you can guess where we were:
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