Why does chocolate make everything better?

At least for me anyway, and I know – I know! – some of you can live without it. In fact, you don’t even like chocolate. Oh, I don’t understand you – at all. But to each his own.

As Jason and Sydney took the girls home, I gave in to the pounding in my head. I gave in to the fact – the medicines that got me through the day – were no longer my friends. Admitting what was held at bay was mighty ugly. Much uglier than I thought. I gave up and stopped calling it “allergies” or “trip lag”. The tightness in my chest, the rasp in my voice, the deep rumbling cough, and the gunk in my head. Ugghhhh…..I felt bad. Real bad.

I admitted it. I have a cold. A nasty one.

And on their way home, Jason text me he was going by Wal-Mart and did I need anything? Did I ever? I needed an end-all be-all cure for the head, chest stuffiness of winter, of travel, and of no rest.

So I told him…….something to make me feel better. A cupcake? lol.

I was half-joking, but I knew he would know. Wouldn’t he?

I uploaded the photographs I took this evening for my 365 project. I took them of the girls playing with Sydney and I got a few poses in front of my studio lights I got for Christmas.

I did a little editing and really liked how this one of Bridget turned out. She is growing so fast. Oh, she steals my heart!

My gorgeous model step-daughter age four. My entry for 365 today.

I never imagined it would be so hard to pick ONE photo per day, but it is. It really is…guess it’s a good thing I have many days left in this year’s project. I wonder if it will ever get boring? I am fascinated by this photo diary of life – fascinated.

Jason came home with his hand behind his back. A little smile. A little laugh. I felt my heart jump. There, there in his hand….

Chocolate, sweet chocolate.

Medicine.

It was as good as I thought it would be, every morsel, every chocolate-y goodness of every bite (yes, every one). I even managed to pick the coconut piece last. Score!

And you know what?

I feel better. I really do. Like I just ate a steaming hot bowl of home-made chicken noodle soup.

Chocolate – ahhhh!

Wonder how long before I need my next dose?

P.S.- Lovelovelove the caption entries. Soooo funny! I am so glad I picked Jason as the judge because I could not do it. I will announce the winner on Friday. It’s not to late to get yours in. Just see the below post and comment.

The Other Woman

Her name is Eve.

And yes, I know all about her.

I know he dreams about her during the day and steals moments with her at lunch. He spends his nights with her too. I know. And it is devastating.

His heart longs for her. She captivates him.

And after three months of marriage, I can’t compete.

So…she wins. I lose.

She wins his love, his attention, and most importantly his time.

What is a new bride supposed to do? How do I compare to this?

Jason playing with "her".

Ships, lights, graphics, missions, and let’s not forget the battles.

I mean really? Are you serious? You can see how she is so much more interesting.

And in reality, it’s probably not a real girl, like Weird Science type bombshell. I believe EVE is the acronym to the game (but what fun is that?). Besides, she might as well be the other woman. He loves her. Heh.

For his birthday, I even supported his affair. I bought him a state-of-the-art headset with super sound (ships firing off into space) and a microphone to talk to his shipmates. He apparently plays poker, mines the moon, and plays drinking games. At least……I think that’s what he does? Maybe a few rat barbecues. This is a man’s domain (mostly), except it’s called by a girl’s name, and they do manly space things. Mkay?

So, I don’t ask (much) and I don’t know the details (all). Only that you can get killed, but you don’t die. See, your clone takes over and you are still you, but your clone. Get it?

Yeah, me either. If all the fun is in battles and taking over moons to mine, and your best day is killing another dude that doesn’t actually die?!? Well, that’s just seems wrong. And if your worst day is you die, but you don’t? Heck. I think EVE should be a hot chick. That might be more fun.

But in all seriousness, he loves it. It’s his favorite hobby and it really does look cool. So I guess she can be a fling…..for now.

Goodnight Jason.

Goodnight Eve.

Oklahoma Girls

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say they had been to Oklahoma before. They took to grandma’s house like old pros.

Their favorite, by far (even more so than the dogs), Grandma’s cottage. It has a loft full of toys. They decided it was their school, their house, and anything else they could imagine. Telling each other when to come home and where to park the scooter (yes, they found spots and scooters).

Discovering a "little" house.

It was so much fun watching them.

The play loft in Grandma's cottage.

I love the tiny couch up in the loft. It reminded me of Alice in Wonderland.

Bridget in wonderland.
Playing in the loft.

It’s funny. Now that I am uploading and looking at these pics. I am noticing some of the loft toys were in the yard and I made them put them back inside. How did they get them down? Oh boy. Sorry Mom!

Bridget on an antique rocking horse that still works.

Molly in the yard with Sweetie. She lives up to her name; a very sweet dog.

Bridget loved holding Mom’s little Chihuahua named, “Tiny”. Last time I saw her she was a puppy, and well, she hasn’t grown much.

Bridget and Tiny.

We were not disappointed by the country either. Mom’s next door neighbor’s donkey had a baby. Say it with me, “Awhhh!”

They were scared of me and wouldn’t get too close. I used my zoom lens to try and capture them. I just LOVE animal babies!

Mom and baby.

We had no issues there and back with the kids (thank-you iPhones!). Molly learned to text message (really, really well). You can thank her step-sister Sydney. Sydney was my Day 8 of the 365 project photo. You can check my Flickr account for the photograph.

Sorry this is short, but it’s five minutes until midnight after a long day and this is my promised post of the day.

Goodnight all!

My Cup of Happy

Day 7 of my 365 project.

Drink and be happy! It's the weekend.

It’s actually not even my cup. I got it for Jason on his birthday last year, but it is so much sweeter drinking from his cup of happy. It’s almost a sneaky happy. But really we are sharing our happy. Isn’t that what newlyweds do? Ha.

Tomorrow, we are taking the girls to Oklahoma for the first time. Molly swears she has been there before. Hmmmm, well, I don’t think so and I sure don’t think her mom has ever taken her. But that’s okay. After tomorrow she can say she has been to Oklahoma and it will be for real. I hope she enjoys our tradition of singing the song, Oklahoma, when we cross the border.

OooooooooooooKLAHOMA, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain…..and the waving wheat, it sure smells sweet when the wind comes right behind the raaaain…..OooooooooKLAHOMA!

Hope it doesn’t scare her. It’s worth the risk. We (Sydney & I) just can’t break tradition.

As for featured entertainment (besides our singing), we have all iPhones charged and plenty of headphones. Yes!

The girls will get to see their Grandma B, her 20 or so dogs, and her little cottage. They will get to see country and small town living. I hope they get to meet their cousin-in-laws; my brother’s children from marriage. There will be many firsts. I don’t think I will have a problem capturing Day 8 of 365, but I will have a hard time picking the “one” to showcase that day.

Mom is very excited.

And?

It’s always nice to visit home. I am very lucky to be only three hours away.

Maybe I’ll wash my cup o’ happy and have some more tomorrow.

Welcome to the weekend!

Do you have any big plans? Does anyone else still have a Christmas tree up? (totally slacking here with one tree still up – oops!)