LOVE AND SNORES

Its been four years since Bobby and I hung out randomly one night…me barging in on his plans that he was making with my assistant (one of his boys-Nile) to hang out at a local lounge/restaurant….it was the week before a major fundraising event that I managed for the Overtown Youth Center and I was stressed and needed to get out….

Overhearing them make plans for what sounded like a “boy’s night out” – I not only inserted myself into the plans, I also requested that he come pick me up because I wouldn’t feel like driving…he obliged.  We barely knew each other, but I figured that Nile was going to be there so I would be okay.

I knew Bobby was a cool guy from seeing him around the center working with the kids…what I didn’t know was that night would change my life forever….

Four years later – its 2:45AM and I look over lovingly at my husband thinking – how funny life is….I waited so long for my prince charming and little did I know that he would come in the form of Bob Metelus.  That night, on March 7, 2008 – I thought he was coming to pick me up to hang out for the night – what we didn’t realize was that we were just taking that first step in our journey together as soul mates and partners – for life.

Four years later – its 3:30AM and I look over at my husband….listening to the melodic sounds of his snores…some high pitches..some low…some breathy…some deep.  I’m annoyed. I want to sleep.  And I finally give in and with a firm/gentle shake/slap – I ask him with a sweet yet strong tone – to turn over (the snores that stem from sleeping on the back are generally the loudest). As he deliriously turns over, mumbling words to himself – I think to myself…this is life…this is love…this is marriage.  And I love me some him….

This is us on New Year’s Eve 2011 going into 2012…happy happy joy joy…You’ll be hearing so much more more…of The Mets!

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RELAX. RELATE. RELEASE.

Every now and then (very rarely) – I find myself with a day off….that means nothing on the calendar – no meeting appointments, no conf calls, no traveling..just a big block of empty space on my schedule.  Those days usually come at a time when I least expect it – because I’m too busy dealing with day-to-day issues and work loads – that I wouldn’t notice a free day coming until it actually arrived…its that one Saturday morning when I wake up – check my blackberry and realize – I have NOTHING to do…. nowhere to go – and no one I have to see…And then – panic sets in.

I know…you’ve been there too…

Thankfully, those days of going into panic mode are slowly fading away.  There was a time where I would get myself worked up for hours, only to find the day flew by and I spent most of it anxiously wondering if I was forgetting to do something…OR I would literally feel GUILTY for having time to myself.  Imagine that…

Those times are NO MORE!!!  Over the years, I’ve come to realize that when I have a day with nothing to do – that’s exactly what I chose to do – nothing!  There is always some thing that can fill our time or there are errands we can run….our lives is a continual to-do-list.  But the moments when we aren’t on deadline or don’t have the pressures of projects or must-attend meetings or being away on travel – we should welcome those down times and use them to (in the words of my girl Whitley from A Different World) – RELAX…RELATE….RELEASE!  And that can mean different things to different people.

For me – it usually means laying in bed all day – flipping thru channels or clearing out space on my DVR.  Occasionally I may pick up a book or try to get thru some of my magazine piles…that’s pretty much it. When I’m really feeling jazzy – I may decide to use that time to try out new recipes since I love to cook…but then again, if that requires me cleaning the kitchen – I may just pass that up and place an order for pizza delivery for the night.

We operate in a society where the green light is always on…its always GO with a rare chance to STOP.  As I’ve gotten older – I have become more and more accepting of the idea…The whole – relaxing, relating and releasing idea.  I refuse to allow myself to be worked up into a frenzy because I suddenly have time on my hands.  As a matter of fact – I start looking for those days and pin pointing those moments so I can look forward to do absolutely nothing.  I have come to accept that I am not just WASTING time – I am ENJOYING time – to myself and for myself.

Back in ’91 when I was in high school – I remember seeing the episode with the memorable “relax, relate, release” line….it stuck with me for the past 20 years…so the next time you find yourself in a need to work out of that frenzy – click on the link below and around the 1:59 mark – you can chant along with Whitley + Debbie Allen…RELAX, RELATE, RELEASEEEEE!

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HELLO WORLD!!!! I GOT SOME *ISH TO SAY!!

So I’ve decided that I have A LOT to say – and feel the need to write it out for all to read…

On a recent call with a girlfriend/mentor of mine – in my moment of despair and feeling of overwhelming-ness…I blurted out “I think i wanna start a blog….I got some *ish to say...”

And here it begins….and I have no idea where to start or where all my bright ideas went…

What I DO know is that this life is an adventure…a journey…and there are moments whether good, bad or indifferent – we stop to think – I wonder if anyone has ever experienced this (or that.)  And chances are, not just one – but millions have…

So this blog is in the words of Mary J – a chance to SHARE MY WORLD.…there is NO rhyme, rhythm, reason, structure or system to my blog…I’ll write when I can and won’t pressure myself on the number of times.  This will be my extended version of twitter – with no limits on the number of characters.  I won’t be editing myself to make sure I’m using proper grammar – but I’ll be sure to spell-check!

Hope you take a moment every now and then to share in my world.  A world full of love, laughter, family, friends, faith, travel, experiences, work life, wife life, home life….and one chick trying to balance it all…

Until next blog….