Friday, October 12, 2012

4 Years Ago We Renewed Our Vows!

The hubby and I renewed our wedding vows at Victoria's Family Chapels, Las Vegas, 4 years ago today! We also renewed our commitment to our family with an unity candle lighting.

Is it possible to go through so much, stay together and love each other even more?! Oh yes, it is!
summer 2012

5 Minutes for Mom Pin It Fridays ~ Halloween Costumes

The best part of Halloween is the candy? No, it's the costumes! Here's just a few of my favorite finds for couples, kids and even the dog. Thanks to 5 Minutes for Mom for hosting Pin It Fridays.
smores anyone?
dog frog
couple costume
spaghetti and meatballs
bag of groceries
chia pet
soap and scrubbie

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Simple Potato Gnocchi - Everyday Food Blog - MarthaStewart.com

Today’s Recipe: Simple Potato Gnocchi - Everyday Food Blog - MarthaStewart.com

 
Source: recipe.com via Karen on Pinterest

This is one of my favorite things to order at an Italian restaurant when I see it's on the menu!  Add a marinara sauce with shredded cheese and I'm so there!  I'm just wondering how hard it would be to make them.  I mean they use the word, Simple.  So it's gotta be simple to do .  Right?

What Book I'm Reading?

My adorable husband picked up "The Fiddler" by Beverly Lewis for me last Saturday. I'm halfway through the book.

What are you reading?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It's World Mental Health Day! Let's Talk About It

World Mental Health Day is today! By having an open dialogue about mental health conditions there's hope that will result in removing the stigma, get people to seek help and improve mental health care and access.

Twitter is all a buzz with tweets regarding mental health conditions, links to blog posts, articles and resources.

You can also join a blog party being hosted by PsychCentral today.

Do You Remember This?! Schoolhouse Rock Verbs

  I remember this one.  It came in handy for grammar tests in middle school! 

The Dr. Oz Show is Looking for Your Fibro Stories

The Dr. Oz Show is looking for people with Fibromyalgia, who are willing to share their story on his show.

If you meet this criteria, here is a link to apply

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Therapy Session: My Time in a Mental Institution

At this week's therapy session, my husband joined me and I shared a little about my time in a mental institution.

First of all, let's get the scenes of a high end facility out of your heads. There was no yoga classes, acupuncture or even daily visits with a psychologist. The walls were a washed out gray. The cold dirty floors and heavy steel self locking doors didn't promote a place of healing. Physical activity amounted to standing outside surrounded by tall walls and barbed wire.

I don't remember being admitted because the hospital doped me up for the trip. But they showed me where I signed the commitment papers!

A person is segregated by age in sections of the building and never come into contact with the other age groups. (teens, seniors) But they do put you with bipolar disorders and schizophrenics. My roommate, Sylvania, pronounced Savannha, kept bugging me and everyone else to have sex with her. She even punched a guy in the face because he was wearing a Sponge Bob Squarepants t-shirt. And she would want to fight you if you didn't pronounce her name correctly!

You find yourself standing in line for everything. (getting your food, pills, seeing the doctors, using the common bathroom, etc) The coffee was very good. The food sucked. We had no TV, no access to computers or cell phones. Group therapy was always interesting because there might be an argument amongst the patients. You can't keep people locked up with nothing interesting to do and not be surprised there's tension!

There were many 'return guests' during my stay. Several knew each other and the staff. I decided right there I wasn't going to be part of the frequent guest list.

I told her and my husband that I felt that over these 2 yrs I've learned to use coping skills when dealing with my depression. As we were walking out, I felt my hubby take my hand and squeeze it tight! That made me feel better too!

Call the Midwife, Episode 2 ~ I'm a Fan!

Watch Call the Midwife - Episode 2 on PBS. See more from Call the Midwife.

Have you been enjoying the arrival of "Call the Midwife", on PBS? I was looking forward to the introduction of "Chummy" and wasn't disappointed. The scenes of her learning to ride a bike were delightful.

I promise no spoilers here. Just enjoy the episode.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Halloween Decorations

I remember a time when Halloween was more about trick or treating, kid's costumes and school parties. Who knew that a record 170 million people in the United States will spend up to $8 billion, according to a retail industry survey.

Source: etsy.com via Rona on Pinterest

Source: etsy.com via Rona on Pinterest

Menu Plan Monday ~ October 8, 2012

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing and unplugged weekend! We took a bus ride to Summerlin, a planned community outside of Las Vegas, on Saturday. It's a beautiful location with manicured lawns, gorgeous homes and clean streets.

The bus took us pass the JT Shiners' golf tournament which was in full swing! The streets were busy with pedestrians and traffic!
Thanks to Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Monday!

beef ribs, quinoa, turnip greens
chicken and dumplings
korean beef with brown rice
philly cheesesteak sloppy joes, cole slaw
slow cooked sticky rice, brown rice, mixed greens salad
Reuben sandwiches~my pick
Ina Garten's Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing