Hubby and I had a nice, long, interesting weekend (What more could we ask for?)
This was the first weekend we didn't see our nephew since he was born...which was kind of sad...but it was very well needed. I was finally able to organize the basement...and donate a bunch of old clothes and shoes that were scattered everywhere since the move.
When we first moved into the house, we stored everything in the basement...and little by little, we carried things up the stairs...as we needed them. We thought, this was the easiest way to unpack...to avoid having a mess in the upstairs...but boy were we wrong. What ended up happening was...we would rip open boxes, move everything around for what we were looking for...which was usually at the bottom(go figure)...and then everything would be scattered all over the floor...and we would just go upstairs...and pretend like this monster wasn't growing in our basement.
Let me just say...it was a relief to clean it out. I've been dreading it, but now that it's over...i really do feel the weight lifted off my shoulders. I don't DREAD the basement anymore. Actually...I went down there and started looking at all of the great possibilities we have, with such a great...open space (more on that later).
I cooked a lot this weekend. Friday i made shrimp scampi with white rice and salad, Saturday (basement cleaning day), we ordered pizza (i was WAY too tired to even think about cooking). Sunday...i went to my Mom's house, and made Lasagna for my family...which by the way, came out Delish!!!
Monday (last night)...i finally figured out how to make brown rice. OK...i don't want to hear it..."BROWN RICE IS SOOOO EASY!!!"...SHUT UP! No it's not. It's actually hard...and i always end up ruining it...by adding way too much water/too much rice/it having the worst possible consistency...ever...and me ending up just throwing it in the backyard for the birds to eat...
Last night...i finally MASTERED IT! I used 1/2 chicken stock 1/2 water for the base, and put 2 tablespoons of butter...and i think what actually made it so amazing was...i wet a paper towel...and squeezed out the excess water, and placed it between the rice and the lid...when the water was already dissolved and i lowered the heat. Hubby was LICKING HIS PLATE and asked for seconds!! I even packed our lunches with the leftovers!! YUUUMS.
This weekend, I prayed to God...for the first time...in a VERY long time. Hubby and I have been speaking about moving to the apartment downstairs, which stirred up some arguing and just ended up with us giving eachother the silent treatment for a few hours. I hate arguing with him...so i put it in prayer. We both made up (i still had the chip on my shouder-but i really do believe you should NEVER go to sleep angry)...and when i laid my head down, i said I loved him...and i prayed to God, silently. When i woke up, i felt incredibly refreshed and absolutely inspired. I knew exactly what i had to do. It was like, God spoke to me in my dreams. I saw things a little clearer and I spoke to Hubby...and he agreed...and we both were happy we spoke about it...and cleared things up.
I have my reasons of why i stopped praying to god...many reasons why my relationship with him has been absent for many years. I know i shouldn't blame him...for how i felt. I just know, that he is real...and when i really need him...he is there, and he listens and he really does answer.
A goal i have this year...and hopefully...for the rest of my life...is to try to pray more often.
In this moment...I am happy.
"It may be a time of new beginnings, a time of growth, a time of reaping the harvest of hard work, or a time of rest. Trust this beautiful order. Everything in its time".