Sunrise in South Florida

One last sunrise before we move out of Florida. Eric couldn’t come along because he is still on the road, but it was a peaceful morning and a chance to reflect on the present and the future.
The below photo was my favorite shot of the morning. Sunrise took about 30 mins longer then the estimated time because of the clouds. When it finally happened it was breath taking.
Psalms 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west…”

Girls Weekend 2012

Jamie, Jina and I are really close friends, the surprising fact is that we are all family. Jina is my mother in law, and I married her son Eric. Jamie is my sister in law and she married Jina’s son Brian. A few months ago, when Eric took a new job, it would mean he would be away for a few months. During that time Jina came up with the idea that the 3 of us would have a little Girls weekend at my apartment. Pretty cool the 3 of us get along as well as we do to, because we had a blast. The weekend was full of cooking, tanning, crafting, and matching tattoos. Took us some time to figure out what we wanted, and after much planning and meetings with the tattoo artist we finally picked something. Jina made the final product with all her photoshop skills. The tattoo is 3 hearts, each representing our favorite colors, with wispy details around them. I personally did my tattoo black and grey with white hi-lights. I’m not one for color tattoos myself. I did keep the original artwork to be framed in my new apartment gallery wall. We had so much fun celebrating our first girls weekend, that we are planning one every year now! The plan is to save all coins, and dollar bills for the next year. 
Original artwork 
 Here we are at the tattoo shop before the tattoos started. It was an all day affair, but a lot of fun!
Here I am in the tattoo chair with my stencil in place. This is my “I’m so excited but I know this is going to hurt smile. Then my sis Jamie photo bombing. I love her!

Before I looked in the mirror I had Jamie take a quick snapshot. Still screaming red! 

Finished product that night after I took the bandage off and adding some healing ointment. 

Showing off my new ink the next day.
So even though the tattoo was a family affair, it was also to mark a milestone of losing a total of 20lbs. I also got my -30lbs tattoo before I technically lost the 30lbs. I will talk about that when I loose that total amount. 

My favorite Dandee Breakfast Joint

Through the spices of instagram, I bring you my favorite breakfast place, though the soup and grilled cheese is amazing too. I usually opt for a bacon and cheese omelet, unlimited coffee and rye toast.
Before we leave, we stocked up on a 1/2 dozen muffins for the weeks by. They have a great spread of sugar free, and low fat muffins. Some of my favorites are lemon poppy seed, apple bran, apple cinnamon, carrot raisin, and blueberry bran.

Snowball Glitz

Get it? Snowball Glitz, ballroom blitz? Ok so that may not have been as funny as I was hoping, but at least you have some 70s rock to listen to while you read, though Christmas music may be more appealing while reading about my glitz snowballs.
Supplies Needed:
     Flat matt wall paint
     decorative cheap balls 
     paint brush
     plates, paper towels, newspaper
     protective gloves
     epson salt
     fine grain iridescent glitter 
First I attempted to hand paint each decorative ball, but realized I don’t have enough patience, but the paint brush came in handy later. I decided to dip each ball into the paint (wearing gloves), and then using the paint brush I worked through the paint while it dripped off back into the paint can.
After almost all the paint dripped off, I sprinkled the salt and glitter mixture abundantly, then placed on a paper plate. Keep the paper towels handy because the salt works some chemical magic and the water will separates itself from the paint compounds. Kind of messy so bloat the water so it doesn’t soak through the plates, or mess up the snowballs.
After they dried overnight, I assembled them in a goodwill serving bowl, with fun silver ornaments, old painted pinecones from a few years ago, and placed in the living room mantel. Also known as living room storage.