I’m Baaaaacccckkk…..

Anyone out there? Bueller…..Bueller?

This may be my longest hiatus ever. Pretty sure I haven’t blogged in about a year. In my last post, I talked about  some of the things that I was working on, had been up to, etc. All of which are pretty true, but that’s not the true reason why I stopped blogging.

I took a step back and assessed what I had blogged about since starting this little online journal in 2011. Let’s be (Lisa) frank shall we? This ish was depressing. I was just constantly complaining about my sad little life. Was it rough? Absolutely. But why did I feel the need to talk about it in 800+ words. #firstworldproblems

The last few months, I’ve been able to really evaluate the last six years of life. Why six years? Because that’s how long it’s been since I graduated from OU. Good Jesus. Time is flying by right? My point exactly. I needed to start living and stop dwelling in my own misery. I’m all about being transparent. Heaven knows I can’t stand it when these bloggers document their lives like they are the star of their own series on E!. That is so annoying. However, maybe I went a tad bit too extreme in the opposite direction.

I’m not going to take those posts down. No, I think it’s important that you see every side of me, peaks and valleys. But we won’t be going back to Debbie Downer Land, not even on a short road trip.

Back to our regularly scheduled blog posts all about things that make me happy. This list has changed a little bit since I first started, but hey, that was three years ago right? People can change.

With that said, Welcome back to Vicky D’s Delights where I eat, drink and live through all of life’s sweet and sour moments. Let’s hope it’s more of the former.

Ta ta for now,

Vicky D

Spring is Here!

Well Hello There!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Employee Appreciation Day and every other holiday that has passed since my last post on New Years Day! Phew. I could say that I’ve been busy, but that’s really not the entire case. Time has just literally flown by. One day it was January, and before I knew it, spring was here. That ish cray.

The truth – I spend all day on social media platforms, blog post, etc. AND I have to monitor my work platforms in the evening that I like a break from my personal blog. Is that sad? No.  (Although i’m wondering if I just shot myself in the professional foot.)  Does it mean I don’t love what I do? Absolutely not. I enjoy it every day. But I don’t want to burn out; I want to enjoy life, so I’m trying to set up boundaries. Surely, someone understand where I’m coming from….anyone?

Annnnddd….if you didn’t notice from my despondent posts the latter months of 2012, I was in sort of low moment. I thought it would be best for me to figure things out and take a break from broadcasting my life, so that everyone wouldn’t run away screaming. I’m sure you’ve missed me a little since I’ve been gone.

I do have lots of post to share with you all. I’ve been eating clean and trying to save money lately, which results in lots of cooking and lots of tasting. Yum, yum, yum!

I’m currently working on a few “projects,” and I look forward to sharing those with you too!

In the meantime, have a fantastic weekend! If you’re in to celebrating St. Patty’s Day, enjoy your Saturday full of green debauchery. Dallas has a HUGE party. I participated one time. It was fun and then miserable. Apparently, I ain’t about that life. Ha! Happy Friday!

Ta ta for now!

Vicky D

P.S. Special prize for the person who can name the rap songs I used lyrics from above. haha!

Slapped in the Face

Oh life, it never seems to amaze me. Ironically, I started writing a post last week right after I suffered through Labor Day weekend with a disgusting and random stomach bug. So annoying. It was supposed to be the weekend of happiness- the FIRST time I would actually enjoy the holiday since graduating from OU in 2008. My previous employer had a HUGE event that required my working Friday (usually late), Sunday and sometimes Monday.

Instead of going out with friends, I sat at home, or rather laid on the couch, nursing myself back to health and trying to keep food down. So annoying. I saw friends check-in on Facebook at various fun places in the city, photos on Instagram, etc. of them enjoying those last few days of summer. I was dwelling in some serious self pity, and then I realized, maybe this was a good thing. Perhaps, this was an opportunity for me to rest and enjoy life. Sure, I wanted to celebrate the peace and joy I had for life, but instead I was forced to stay at home.

Isn’t that how life always works? In an instant, things change. There’s nothing we can do about it. No matter how hard we prepare, some moments slap us in the face and often times knock us down to some really low moments.

The same weekend, I was sitting at home, my best friends from OU were experiencing some HUGE life-changing moments. One of them lost her father. The other got engaged. All three of us are very close. Our heart went out to our friend who lost her. Then, we rejoiced when the other was proposed to by a really nice guy. Talk about emotional extremities. I was inspired to see my friend who was mourning her father’s sudden death so excited about our other friend’s future nuptials.

I quickly realized that it would be childish to throw temper tantrums every time something does not go our way. That reminds me of scene from Julie & Julie, which I watched three times that sickly weekend, when Julie has not one, but TWO melt downs on her kitchen floor because the task of completing her cooking challenge became overwhelming.

There was nothing I could do about getting sick. Was it a HUGE bummer? Absolutely. But I’m sure my dear friend didn’t plan on losing her father either. I know she planned on grilling out in her backyard and watching the game on TV with her family as she always does. I know (because I saw it on Facebook) that she expected her dad to call her and yell “BOOMER” on the phone before the game began. He wasn’t there. Life had to continue despite his passing. As much as it hurt her, she gathered the strength to still keep living. I don’t know how she did it. I would have been a mess.

Did I wish I could be bar-hopping with my friend all day that Saturday? You betcha, but I couldn’t. I had to move on and honestly, get over that nasty bug for work that week.

How grateful I am that I learned that HUGE life lesson when I did, for the upcoming week would be the most difficult one in my entire life. I wish I could talk more about it, but I am still trying to process everything that occurred the last couple of days.

In the meantime, please keep me and my friend in your prayers!

 

 

Fall, Point and Laugh

Hey There!

Before I get to my recap on my family vacation to San Antonio and a few other things I’ve been doing lately, I have a hilarious story to tell.

The other day, I bought these gorgeous Vince Camuto wedges with a platform. They are beyond beautiful and the perfect accessory to accompany with shoes, skirts, maxi dresses (maybe) and of course skinny jeans.

Gorgeous!

I wore them with this outfit. Obviously, I was really feeling myself.

Don’t you just love bathroom pics?!

I felt so pretty and summery the whole day! Anywho, when NOLA and I met for dinner for the El Fenix Wednesday special (salad for me), he gave me the side-eye and of course some unwanted commentary.

“Victoria, you know you are too clumsy for shoes that high. Why did you even buy them?” he said with a disappointing look.

Oh, how right he was! LOL

After a lovely (and healthy) dinner at El Fenix, we carried on to Paciugo in West Village. Walking through the parking, and the expected happened.

SPLAT!

I bit it HARD on the concrete. I looked around slightly to make sure no one saw. Thank God no one did besides the Boy. I stood and immediately checked…my MK rose gold watch of course to make sure it wasn’t scratched. HA! After I stopped laughing, I picked myself up (and my pride) and stood up to a confused NOLA. He looked across the parking lot to see if I had stumbled on a speed bump. I didn’t. He looked closer for some dips or cracks in the pavement. There wasn’t.

Oh, how silly I felt. Oh, how embarrassed I was.

I laugh when I think about it. I see the little scratch on my knee, and I still laugh. Why? Because you just got to laugh at those silly moment’s in life and embrace them for what they are. I’ve had a stressful and challenging last couple of weeks at work. With one of my teammates leaving to take another position, it is only going to get busier. I needed a moment like that.  A moment to remember that I am human and flawed. A moment to just not take life so seriously.

Hmmm….more confirmation of why I started this blog—to savor the sweet and salty/clumsy moments of my life.

To ignore them would be unwise and well, just boring.

Plus, these shoes are calling my name too. They will join their friends in my closet very soon.

Is there anything better than a nude sandal?

I fully intend to share my family’s trip to San Antonio, my first visit to Title Boxing Club and a few other things this week. I spent two hours at the gym today, plus did a load of laundry. Can we say exahusted? Nitey night.

Toodles,

Vicky D

P.S. I did not spend $100+ on those shoes. DSW is my friend. 🙂

Friends & Melons

Goooood Morning Everyone!!

How is YOUR week going so far? It is only Wednesday, but I am super stoked because I have a 4-day work week!!! Yaaaayyyy!!!! My family and I are going out of town early Friday morning to San Antonio for my mom’s birthday! OLE!

As USUAL, I started working on this post last week. Every time, I would type one word during a “break”, something would pop up for me to do. It’s okay though. I would rather be busy than bored.

Anywho, last week had a bitter-sweet moment…I said “See You Later and Good Luck” to my friend with my friend Ashley! She moved to Houston this past weekend Houston to teach 2nd grade!! We’ve only been friends for a little more than a year, so I was so sad to see her leave. BUT, I through aside my selfish desires and realized this is truly an amazing opportunity for her!  

It’s kind of a funny story how Ashley and I met. I wasn’t going to say at first, but I’m all about being transparent. My mom and I actually introduced us. Is that weird?? Oh yeah, i thought it was SOOOOO weird at first! I was really embarrased, but I’m glad my mom did because Ashley is such a great person!! She came to my graduation party last year and we have been great friends ever since!

My MBA Graduation Party! Ignore my nasty hair! LOL

I could no longer avoid her leaving me. We met up for dinner at Malai in West Village! I had been there before, but she hadn’t. We started off our evening with the Ma’Lai sampler. YUM!! It came with chicken and beef satay, imperial rolls, spring rolls, Vietnamese meatballs and four really interesting sauces. My fave were the meatballs and the spring rolls, which was convenient because she isn’t a fan of meatballs…at all! Something about the texture doesn’t sit well with her. 

Ma’Lai Sampler

Can’t lie…I might have had two one Mango Mojito too! I didn’t photograph them, I mean “it”, because I was so ashamed. I just couldn’t help myself though. There were only $5. I washed down my guilt. I was a little perturbed at the bartender/waitress because my drank was definitely NOT topped off. I don’t care if I AM paying only 5 bucks for a drink, I would like ALL of it please. 🙂

The main entree was refreshing and light. I had the Vermicelli Salad with Grilled Hanger Salad. When I eat salads for dinner, I tend to always pair it with some BIG meat; otherwise, I will wake up the next morning hungry and angry at the world.

Vermicelli Salad

After dinner, we walked over to LOFT to check out the sale AND not buy the entire store. I succeeded.

Paciugo was calling my name! (yes, yes, yet another things that’s not a part of my challenge, BUT this was a special occasion). So we walked on over to the establishment for some delicious gelato and people watching.

Pretty Friend!

 SIDENOTE: Have you ever watched the West Villagers/Uptowners in the evening while eating Paciugo?? It’s pretty darn funny! How about these spoons on the light fixtures? Never noticed them until now. HA!

SPOOOOONNNSS!!

We chatted for another 30 minutes before walking back to our cars and saying our good-byes! WAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!

I treasure Ashley’s friendship dearly. She has such a sweet spirit. We are both very busy people, but we always made time to hang out. We laugh at how we became friends, but at the end of the day, I am so happy my mother intervened (as she always does).

Good Times with a Good Friend!

Friends have been a struggle for me in the past. I find that most people aren’t able to reciprocate my level of friendship. It can be very hurtful. I give and give to friends, and it seems some can’t do the same. I don’t have a lot of friends, but I am so thankful for those individuals who make me a better person.

I’m sad that Ashley won’t live in Dallas anymore, but hey, at least I can take a little vacation and see her.

 “Friends are like melons; shall I tell you why. To find a good one, a hundred you must try.” ~Claude Mermet

Do you have a lot of friends?

Working Hard, Having Fun

So, the other day at work, we had tested our Disaster Call Center. You see in times of disaster, my agency is a part of a much bigger collaboration of nonprofits who are experts in disaster. (I think I hinted at this back in April when Dallas was overcame by Tornadoes.) Anywho, the center filters calls from North Texas who are ready with their chain saw to volunteer and help the recovery efforts. You can only imagine how madly insane this becomes.

While I was taking pictures of the test, one of the volunteers APPARENTLY snapped a pic of me and THEN POSTED IT ON OUR FACEBOOK WALL! How surprised was I when I saw this pic this morning on our timeline.

Please excuse my nasty face!

She called me a “snappy” photographer. No pun intended.

This might explain why I’ve been MIA for the last couple of months (I know, I know). I have been hard at work, having an amazing time tackling new projects and challenging myself in ways I never thought were possible. I really do enjoy my job. It is honestly a lot of fun. Sure, it’s a lot of work. I drowning right now, but I LOVE what I do! It’s really a blessing. I hope each of you have similar experiences.

Don’t you worry…I haven’t forgot about my blog though. I have a few posts up my sleeve/on my hard drive at home. The goal is to finish writing AND publish several this coming weekend. I don’t have any plans Friday night because I don’t get paid until the 31st. I am currently suffering from a disease called Myfundsarelow (Sidenote: As much as I love my job, I do NOT like the pay cycle of the 15th and the 30th. It stinks like old cheese!) Perhaps, I should write the ones I said I was going to write first! GAH! Just not enough hours in the day.

In other news, tomorrow’s Friday. Yes!

Vicky D

Mission Accomplished

Hello There!

I intended to publish this on Saturday, but my Internet/WiFi was trippin. So, I had to postpone until today, which is slightly annoying because I had other post intended for today. Oh well, not going to sweat the small stuff. I’m not even going to talk about the amount of time that has elapsed since my last post. Just going to move on….LOL How’s everyone been doing?? I have been busy lately. When am I not busy though?? It is surely the story of my life. I’ll save that for a future post though.

Now, during the month of March, which was nearly 2 months ago, I had several workout challenges going on in March—abs, jumping jacks and Jillian Michaels—all of which were to assist me in my never-ending weight-loss battle. Each challenge grew progressively harder as the month continued, partially due to the fact that I was doing all three at the same time. Maybe that wasn’t the brightest idea, but everything is 20/20 in hindsight.

I am happy and proud to report that I not only beat my challenges, but my weight loss as of April 6 was 14 pounds total…YES, 14 WHOLE POUNDS!! I am so proud of myself. That is nearly 1/4 of the weight that I want to lose! Yes!Mission Accomplished! I have to acknowledge each milestone or this journey will be brutal. Not only am I getting more fit and healthy, but I also feel soooooooooooo much better too. I was thrilled to see some slight definition in my biceps from my birthday photos. I am no Jillian Michaels…yet…but I am getting there FOR SURE!

Since completing the March goal, I have spent most of April staying on track with my eating. It’s a lifestyle, not a diet. I also invested in a new DVD—Jillian Michaels Killer Buns & Thighs. I’ll do a review of that at the end of the month probably. (I just realized that’s like Wednesday. Where is the year going?) So far though, I am LOVING it. It is indeed KILLER! But, I really like it. I am definitely seeing results.

It has been a very busy month between the tornado outbreak in the first week of April…

My birthday, which honestly got slightly dismissed since it was the DAY after the tornadoes. I was exhausted, but had an awesome time celebrating 26 years of life with my friends and family!

That’s okay though. ANNNNNDDDD..it’s National Volunteer Month, so I have been busy, busy promoting and doing interviews.

May will be a lot less busy, or at least I hope so a little bit. Who am I kidding?? I really want to spend some more time in the gym to get ready for the summer. Gotta to be fly in my swimsuit.

There is still a LOOOONNNNGGG way to go before I reach my weight loss goal.  But I am going to stick to it and see it through. I’ve worked too hard to give up now. Long day ahead. Holla at ya lata!

Toodles,

Vicky D

P.S.

I am still trying to figure out how to insert photos the RIGHT way! I am completely open to suggestions! 🙂