Tuesday, October 21, 2014

U is for...USA to UK

Day 21. Dream Vacation 

In the past, when I thought of dream vacations I thought of beaches. Some fancy pants resort "right on the beach", "all-inclusive", with the ocean-side canopied beds or hammocks. But I've been to the beach...and it's nice...but not what I day dream about.

I dream about rolling hills of green and breath-taking cliffs that drop off into swirling waters. I dream about hairy coos and sheep. I dream about sky kissing Gothic churches and lonely castle ruins. I dream about cozy pubs and fishing villages. I dream about bustling cities that have old right next to the new, places that have more age on them than anywhere else I have ever been. I dream about history and legends, folk-lore and magic.

So, with all that being said, my dream vacation would be the UK. I want to see it all, from London to Edinburgh. I don't know how long something like that would take, but however long..that's what I want to do. I want to travel by car and train all over that island, to see and hear and taste it all!

I'm never going to get my dream vacation (not as its written here) but we are working towards possibly making some of it come true. We are saving for and tentatively planning a trip to London next year. Cross your fingers that we can make it happen!

Helene in Between Blogtober

Monday, October 20, 2014

T is for...Terrified

Day 20. Your biggest fear

There are two things that I am very afraid of.


I didn't have the best experience with dental work when I was younger. It had such a lasting effect on me that when I was old enough to make my own decisions I stopped going to the dentist. In my mind, it was never just a teeth cleaning..there was always something wrong that required more extensive work.

So, I didn't see a dentist for nearly 10 years (You read that right). Jeremy's constant dental issues forced us into finding a new dentist. It took a few tries to find the right fit (sad to say, many dentists are super duper into the cosmetic aspect of dental work) but we finally found a great dentist who has a wonderful staff that were sensitive to my dental aversion. My hygienist has been wonderful, she has really helped me overcome a lot of my fear of going in for my bi-yearly cleanings.

And when I found out I had to have my wisdom teeth out last year, she helped talk me out of the crazy tree when I was anxious. I was so afraid at the extraction appointment that I cried...like a baby..and couldn't even look at the dental surgeon (who wasn't my normal dentist) while he was trying to make small talk with me to make me more comfortable. He was nice too and knocked me out quick.

I still get a tad nervous getting in the dentist chair (I have an appointment tomorrow) but knowing I'm going to get to see my hygienist and have her chattering away actually gives me something to look forward to.


EEWWW! I know, right. There is just something about them that makes me freak out. I thought I had a normal fear, you know, like everyone else. But one weekend while my sister was in town there was a huge cockroach crawling on my bedroom wall and it was between me and my bedroom door. I had to work up the nerve to army crawl (just about) out of the room to go wake up my sister so SHE could kill it.

Once she stopped laughing at me, I think she realized that I was really, super afraid. I couldn't even go back in the room. So she bravely went in (with my husbands flip flop) and killed it. But she made me clean it up. And I had a hard time even doing that..I'm talking sweeping it into a NEW EMPTY trash bag while I was on the bed and a broom handles length away from it.

I'm getting the heebie jeebies just thinking about it.


Helene in Between Blogtober

Sunday, October 19, 2014

S is for...Simple

Day 19. What makes you happy

This guy..this guy makes me happy.

My babies make me happy.

Our love cottage makes me happy.

My family makes me happy.


Helene in Between Blogtober

R is for...Radio Pop

Day 18. Share A Secret About You

I know I'm late with this one. I thought about it all last evening, trying to come up with something to share with y'all.

I even posted about it on Facebook...because I was stalling. And a friend suggested I talk about my love for crap TV or really bad music. The closest thing to crap TV I watch is 'Say Yes to the Dress' and I haven't watched that in a while.

But music...well....there might be something there.

My husband is a huge heavy metal/rock lover. We listen to Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Metallica, Megadeath, Machine Head, Trivium, Volbeat, Stone Sour...etc, etc, etc. He loves good riffs and great song lyrics.

I love all that too. However, the songs that get me grooving are radio pop. I know they are studio manufactured with fluff song lyrics that mean absolutely nothing...but I can't help but sing along and shake my booty. They get stuck in my head! I love Britney Spears, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Maroon 5, The Black Eyed Peas.

Jeremy was helping me edit my play list on my iPod and he noticed that I had a Justin Bieber song on there. He scoffed and said 'It's like I don't even know you anymore'. lol....totally busted.

Helene in Between Blogtober

Friday, October 17, 2014

Q is for...Questioning myself

Day 17. I'm an expert at...

I am the self-doubt queen! I know I come across like I know what the hell I'm doing....but I don't. I second guess myself all.the.time.

I give up.

Change my mind.

Convince myself I'm going to fail.

Decide that my decisions and ideas are stupid.

Thinks no one really likes me.

They're all gonna laugh at you!!!!


*deep breath*

If y'all could hear some of the crazy, asinine conversations I have with myself inside my head. It's a constant battle....with myself. I haven't quite figured out how to end the war, but sometimes I manage temporary peace treaties..and those are really great days.

Helene in Between Blogtober

Thursday, October 16, 2014

P is for...Please make up your mind!

Day 16. Fall fashion

This is West Texas. Our fall lasts about a blink of an eye. For example, it was 90 degrees today. But its getting to that time of year where it's cold in the morning and hot by the afternoon. So a girl has to learn how to dress herself.

I'll be honest, I haven't always been a fan of the scarf. I just didn't feel like I could pull them off very well. I don't know if I felt like they were too large for my petite (as in shorty) frame or what. But they are starting to grow on me. And anything that can be added on for warmth and then easily taken off when it gets too hot is a must around here.

So, scarves and cardigans are my go-to fall fashion picks. Easy to throw on and/or take off, because our weather is so crazy this time of year. You can find both of them in all kinds of patterns and colors, which is fun and you can find something that goes with everything.

Here are two of my current favorites...

This is one of my infinity scarves. As my good friend Jonessa says, infinity scarves are great because you don't have to worry about how to tie them. I got this one at Charming Charlies. You can see my other scarves hanging on my mirror over there. This was Monday, by the way, long sleeves...long pants...close toed shoes..it was cold! The next picture is from today..

I love my little light weight cardigan! This one isn't going to be able to carry me into the end of the year but I have a few other fun cardigans in my closet. They are just so easy to throw on and go. Y'all can see here that I have short sleeve...short pants...and sandals on today..because it was HOT!

Texas is like a woman..first she's hot and then she's cold.

Helene in Between Blogtober

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

O is for...Oh, Betty

Day 15. Favorite quote and why

Jeremy and I are very pro-mind your own business. We rarely talk religion or politics to anyone outside of each other. We have plenty of opinions and beliefs, but for the most part no one else really needs to hear what they are. People are going to do what they want to do, no matter what we think or say. And honestly, we are going to do what we want, no matter what others think or say.

Helene in Between Blogtober