Life Is Sweet February 2019 - a glimpse beyond the mixer into what we've been up to in February.
February was a busy and short month. I mean there are two fewer days and it feels like a dang week.
It was a fun month, but I also struggled. SAD is a REAL thing and I got it, not to mention anxiety. Ugh.
I stopped taking anti-anxiety meds about four months ago to get rid of the copious amounts of weight they made me gain as well as the laundry list of other side effects, but it has been a real struggle. I am doing my best to be better and do better, but some days that just doesn't feel like enough.
At any rate, I am trying, which is all I really can do.
February kicked off with wedding dress shopping for my sister, Emily.
Our first attempt did not end up with a dress but was a fun day out. Fortunately, we went back a second time, looked around more, and found the most PERFECT dress for her.
She looked beautiful and the wedding is going to be spectacular!
I, of course, did not take any photos of her dress, but even if I did I would not be sharing them.😉
Valentine's Day Cookies
I don’t go out as much as I would like but when I do I have a designated watering hole. It's a small local pub with a Cheers-type atmosphere.
My friends, as well as "the regulars", love it when I bring in my bakery and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought these White Chocolate Frosted Heart Cutout Cookies were PERFECT.
Unfortunately, I ran out of time and they didn’t make it to the blog, BUT I have St. Patrick’s Day shamrock version in the works.
As for Valentine's Day with the hubby, we didn't really do anything. 😬 I am not upset, with everything going on this year it kind of came and went before we knew it. Anyone else in the same boat?
Duck Pin Bowling
Last weekend we went duckpin bowling with friends and family for my cousin’s birthday. This was our first time, and we enjoyed it! It was fun!
If you've never been duckpin bowling before, you use a 4lb softball-ish sized ball down a lane maybe half the size of a typical bowling lane and try to knock down slightly smaller sized pins. It's basically bowling on a smaller scale. The goofy part (to me) is there are teenage boys who stand at the end of the lane and re-setup the pins by hand. You CAN hit them with your ball, and people do, hence the "please - tip your pin setters" on the scoring screen. Also, they are doing a ridiculous amount of bending and move quite fast, so what I am saying is this job is just too much for me, and it makes me giggle.
Have you ever been duckpin bowling?
Beyond duckpin bowling, we did a bit of bar-hopping and ended up at our signature pub. Suffice to say, it was too much drinking but we had an AWESOME time!
I also made cookies for this event but forgot to take a photo. They were Birthday Cake Chocolate Frosted Star Cutout Cookies. I’ve also used birthday cake chocolate on these Birthday Cake Oreo Truffles.
The building of our dream home, sigh, has been a 2.5-year uphill battle that is still raging on.
I never thought in a million years that building a home that we've dreamed about for over a decade could take SO LONG and be such a NIGHTMARE. 😭
We have had a slew of problems since day one, and they just keep coming. Looking back at the first major problem we encountered with our first lot, I feel as though the cosmos were telling us to pick a different path and we ignored it. 😬
We have a new lot now, that we love even more than the first, but it's been problem after problem with our BEYOND disorganized builder, Steeple Pointe Homes. There isn’t a piece of paper, email, text, or conversation with them that isn’t riddled with errors.
It’s been 6 months since we closed on our new lot and all we have is a basement, and in the last two months, that pile of wood was delivered. It also doesn't help that the weather has been ridiculous!!
Suffice to say, if I could go back in time with this house I would do EVERYTHING differently.
In the meantime, my fingers are crossed and I am desperately trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Most days that is very difficult and I wonder if I will ever find the happiness I once held with/for this house. 😕
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Now that I’ve shared the complaining side of me, I think I shall go.
I’ll try to be more puppies and rainbows in next month’s Life is Sweet.
In keeping it real, not every day is sweet, in fact, living with my anxiety most days aren't, but I am trying.
How was your February?