i am far from a girlie girl.....but i convinced myself to jump on the cornball bandwagon on v-day and make some heart-shaped strawberry banana pancakes.
in the middle of getting Sonny's meals together for day before he headed out, he snuck this guy on the counter while my back was turned. stunned? not even the word! my HP died like 2 years ago and i have really needed that thing since i started blogging last year. also, i wrote down my dream of becoming a well-known blogger just the day before cause Beyonce instructed her followers to do so on Instagram. lol. coincidence? not at all.
God will grant us the desires of our hearts on HIS terms and HIS time. He promised! be encouraged and know that He will take your hand and walk with you on your journey, and put the things and people you need in line to help you get there! i knew from the jump it would take a TON of commitment and time to establish this blog. anything worth having is worth fighting for and i'm ready and willing to grind it out!
leading up to v-day, there was something that had been on my mind all week and i couldn't shake it. i was asked to sub a class format that i had never taught before. while i have used the 'sorry i don't teach that' excuse for a while now...i couldn't bring myself to pull that card this time. unless it's like cycling or something..i shooole don't teach that, WHEW! LOL. i forced myself to accept the challenge right then, but immediately afterwards, doubt, negative thoughts, and nervousness darn near CONSUMED me.
would the members not like my teaching style since i'm not the regular instructor? would i mess up and forget some of my routine? would the members walk out? aaaaggghhh! SHUT UP! i mean really!!! i've been doing this for over 5 years now and can sit down and make up a routine within minutes. what was i scared of? the fear of the UNKNOWN. i couldn't answer any of those questions and it was not my job to do so. my job was to be on my game and prepared to do my BEST. control what you can and don't worry about the rest! my faith was really tested, and through nerves and all, i wanted to teach this class to prove to myself that i could do it.
darn right it does. it's how we GROW. i put that mic on, took a deep breath, said my 60 billionth prayer, and let it go. before i knew it, time had flown by, and class was fun as CRAP! i got positive reviews from the members and guess what? it's over and I LIVED. 'fear only becomes powerful when we give it power.' stop doubting yourself and your abilities when you know darn well what you are capable of. usually when someone asks something of you, they already expect and believe you can do whatever it is...so prove them right!
Sonny and i headed to a late, intimate v-day dinner at a churrascaria type restaurant in the museum district. i tried to take it easy and just hit the salad bar HARD. when i have to teach a class the following morning, i don't like to go to bed feeling too full, cause i wake up feeling the same way sometimes and it's harder to get going. also, my appetite takes a hike when i'm nervous about something. does that happen to you?
2nd plate- the only new things were the crab salad on the left, and the pearl couscous salad at the top. everything was fresh and delish!
my hubs, on the other hand, had no class to teach the next morning nor did he hold back. his competition diet will be starting soon and he went ALL OUT that night, lol!
after. no wait, he was just taking a break and went two more rounds after this. no kidding.
when the meat men came around (look i don't remember what they were called) i stuck with 1 nice sized bacon wrapped chicken breast fillet. oooh bacon can flavor SO WELL!
as we start this new week, remember ^THAT^!!
i dropped the boy off with his grandparents before Sonny came home from his saturday afternoon workout and surprised him with a weekend birthday getaway. i told him to go pack an overnight bag and to make it snappy. s/n, is my husband the only man who packs his own iron from home???? *crickets* we then hit the streets of our city, downtown H-town! (that would be Houston.)
i always assume Sonny knows every detail to my 'surprises', which means my track record with them is awful. however this time- success. we checked into the Hilton America's downtown and right away, i made sure Sonny was on time for his much-needed pedi appointment in the hotel spa.
there was also some trail mix for snacking.
what's funny is that i now see the Four Seasons Hotel in the background which is where we spent our very 1st anniversary getting a couples massages!! that was also the weekend of Hurricane Ike. yeah, we had to postpone most of our celebrations that year cause of the storm. it happens.
bless her heart and hands :shock:
i headed back down to the room to make sure we had the proper necessities- a fridge and a microwave. of course i didn't ask if those things came with the room cause i'm a horrible planner, remember! my training diet is still in effect, so please forgive me and believe me when i say i'm glad it wasn't my birthday!!! isn't that horrible!? i would have wanted a cheat nibble, cheat snack, cheat meal, cheat ANYTHING.... but i just couldn't do it.
waiting for the elevator, and yes, the tummy was OUT that day, bay-bay!!
i did remember to ask for a great view- our room overlooked Discovery Green Park and Minute Maid Stadium below.
and nope, no microwave or fridge in the room, but they were both complementary, awesome. i brought my seasonings, mustard, cinnamon, low sodium soy sauce, everythang. while i was down there i warmed up/ate my next meal as Sonny finished up.
i picked up the in-room menu because, well, reading menus like actual books is fun. just wanted to see all the goodies i would not be devouring!!!!!! :roll:
anyway, mission accomplished!
toes done with slippers to match.
next, you know we checked out the gym- wouldn't mind knocking out some cardio with a view like that! unfortunately, that was our 1st and last trip up there for the weekend lol.
so, Sonny's #1 priority on vaca or a getaway is to SIT DOWN somewhere. don't even get me started on the time we went to Vegas and he was NOT cool with walking up and down the strip like i planned. it was also July and 117 deg outside. but i didn't care. i like to run the streets and take advantage of the free time and do all the things we don't usually get to see and do! however, it's not my birthday. so, i kept the activities and walking to a minimum.
we explored the massive hotel a bit before making our way to catch the Metrorail.
i'll follow him anywhere. i'll give him a hard time first though and i'm working on that!!! but i really will. i mean it.
shot of our highly recommended hotel.
what's up on that Metrorail workout? seems to be working for that guy.
he even incorporated some lower body moves too.
we rode the Metrorail to the museum district and walked around Herman Park and talked. the simplest things make life so ...simple.
my birthday boy!!!
i really had plans to go watch the free Shakespear play @ Miller Outdoor Theater that was being put on by our alma mater's theater department. so, we walked up the infamous Herman Park Hill and took a peek.
however we had no blanket, no snacks, no nothin, so walking and talking sufficed.
back to downtown we go.
what's next? dinnerrrrrr (if you wanna call it that)
snappin' pics before heading downstairs.
ready for great company and convo!
i had a plethora of tea flavors to choose from. *sarcasm*
while Sonny devoured his fried onion ring topped salad, yummy!!
looked and smelled DELICIOUS. field greens, dried cherries, oregon bleu cheese, balsamic vinaigrette all nestled under those fried rings.
we ended the evening with movies and QT- Sonny wouldn't have wanted it any other way!!
the next morning. we ordered room service and ate our egg whites in style.
this was only a teaser as we are UBER ready to celebrate 5 years of blessed married folk life next month. it will be a much-needed break for us both that can't come quick enough!! until then, happy 32, boo.