Please excuse me while I try not to gush ! LOL This year has gotten off to a great start. I have been super busy at work over the last several months and though I had been complaining a bit about it, last week I did have my annual review and I must say I was more than pleased that my manager seems to really appreciate my contributions. She has shown me in so many ways that she is cutting for me big time and I count that as a blessing. In this economy, in this recession that is touching everyone, even in my close circle with its effects, I know whom to give the praise.
This weather has done a number on my "Getting it in, in 2010" fitness plan, since it has been colder than usual here, its been hard for me to stay motivated to get out and run like I need to. Despite that, I have been focusing consistently on some changes to my diet and have actually seen some results. The pounds are coming off slowly, but they are still coming. I plan to give up bread for Lent, which is something that I loooove, that is hard for me to not have, but I know that is going to give me a extra boost too along with the exercise when I start getting to it regularly. I have signed up for a 5K at the end of March and thanks to fellow blogger SingLikeSassy I plan to get it done.
I am getting ready for my nieces and nephew's annual Spring Break Retreat to Texas. I have been busy doing my research and planning our activities and outings, making my grocery list, and such to ensure that we have a grand time as we always do. When they come, everything and everybody else is put on hold, and my world turns upside down completely, they run me ragged, we have a blast, we all cry when they leave (or at least me and Savannah do ! LOL), and it takes me at least 3-4 days to physically recover ! LOL But it is so worth it. This year, my cousins are sending their daughters along too, so I will have a full plate of little ones. I have a hard time keeping up with FB, twitter, and blogging now, so I know its going to be crazy when they get here next month.
And lastly, but definitely not the least, I have managed to wake up, turn a corner and encounter one of the most amazing men that I have met in a very long time. It has been only a short time, but the intensity and the level of interest and compatibility is there on all fronts and I am honestly excited and very optimistic. We met just after the beginning of January, I was at a birthday party for a friend, and me and my BFF decided to ride along with him to go pick up some Cigars for the guys at the party, and this new guy who will be known as East Coast was sitting in the Cigar Bar with a group of guys. He was in the corner wearing a hat and he noticed me first. I never even saw him because I was inside the humidor intently trying to learn something about Cigars. Fast forward to our first date at Starbu.cks that lasted 3 hours. The second date we left a jazz club to go to a different Starbu.cks for another 2 hour conversation, on the third date, we saw "The Bo.ok of E.li" and went to Starbu.cks for another 3 hours of great conversation.
We have gotten off to a great start and things are developing very nicely. He is so considerate, very interesting, extremely funny, meaning I am laughing every single day ! LOL He is highly intelligent, and a Christian. He treats me with so much respect and he expresses himself with no problem. He is very giving and a great listener and observer. He is extremely close with his family, even though they don't live here in Texas. We share so many of the same interests, that last night while we are all hanging out, my BFF asked me right in front of him " WTH, did you go to Build-a-Bear or something ! LOL" We were all laid out laughing at her comment. The chemistry and attraction is off the charts and most importantly he is being very consistent with me. All of this to say, that I am very open and happy to feel excited about the possibilities. He knows my whole backstory and I know his. He tells me, that it is amazing to him that I am not bitter. I am thankful that he sees me that way, because I know for sure there are some remnants there, but I feel blessed that HE has healed me in many many ways. I want to be "emotionally available" to receive what is for me, when it's for me. In the mean time, I have figured out that true love can only find its way through an OPEN heart.
To all my readers and lurkers,
Happy Valentines Day !
Any special plans ? How do you like to celebrate ? Other thoughts/comments ?
What are you excited about?