Monday, April 20, 2009

The House Hunt

Anyone who has ever searched for a home can tell you that it is unbelievably exciting and frustrating at the same time. Add the fact that sometimes I can be obsessive about certain things and we've got a full-on dramatic series going on in my house right now!

There are so many fun things to dream about, my mind can NOT stop! I've fallen in love with a particular house right, but unfortunately it doesn't fit all of our criteria. The house is absolutely perfect, but it is in a new neighborhood that has very narrow streets and no sidewalks. C'est la vie, no? So, the hunt continues, but I literally can't sleep at night thinking about the house and how I would decorate it and the fun recipes I would try in the new kitchen. I've already hosted an imaginary party there, complete with a Spanish theme. Bienvenido mis amigos, would you like some paella? I've also called dibs on the walk-in closet that is to die for! I've never had fabulous closet, don't we all think it's time? Needless to say, I am going nuts, driving my husband nuts and probably driving the puppies nuts with my antics: constantly searching MLS for new listings, watching 24 straight hours of HGTV and tearing out pages of Domino. Occasionally I will cry out, "We'll never find the perfect house!" like a spoiled child. Help! I've already picked out the majority of the furniture for the house - very Hollywood Glam. It will be perfect for cocktail parties. I'll make sure to serve my special Flirtini recipe in my crystal stemware while everyone admires the incredible art I picked up while shopping in Austin. I wonder if I can fit all of my family at the dining room table for Christmas.... I think so! I'll have the perfect kitchen to get it all prepared! I've never cooked a turkey before, but mine will taste so good in the new house! Right...

Oh yes, I almost forgot that I have become obsessed with the notion that we will desperately need a swimming pool at the new house. This is Texas, how can one enjoy life here without one? Plus, I swear I will swim laps and play with the dogs in the pool everyday, if James will take care of the chemical chores.

Am I setting myself up for disappointment or am I just dreaming big? It's not like I'm asking for a big slide on the swimming pool - but that would be cool! Don't you all want to hang with me at my imaginary dream home? If you end up staying the night, I'll cook you a delicious breakfast in my new oven!
Disclaimer - Photo listed on this post is not the home I can afford, but the home I would love to live to own someday!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

La Vie en Rose

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony"
Mahatma Gandhi

I came across this quote this week and I actually paused for a moment to grasp the concept. This quote sums up exactly what I am striving for in my life - to be true to my thoughts. For instance, I constantly think about getting in shape, but my thoughts and my actions are not in harmony, so it creates a number of problems: I feel badly about myself, I reprimand myself, etc. I tend to 'head the other way' when an uncomfortable situation presents itself, but I still constantly think about it. I know that I'm just creating a mental traffic jam by doing this and I want to stop. My ambition is to become a got-it-together-girl who says, "I need to..." and actually DOES it.

I think that's why Gandhi's quote struck me. There are so many ways to apply the concept in your life. The idea of aligning what I think, say and do makes a lot of sense to me. Sometimes I don't verbalize my thoughts because I know they'll be met with negativity, disregard or worse - apathy. Another problem - I will say what I'm going to do, but then I won't do it. This may seem to be the same as thinking you are going to do something and not doing it, but it is different.

My last blog proclaimed that I am trying to adopt a French way of life and in some ways I am doing that. I haven't been doing so well with the food part, I'm not shopping at the farmer's market every couple of days... However, I think I am learning more ways to enjoy life like a French girl. I know this may sound silly, but I'm trying to take a bubble bath, complete with sparkling water and candles at least once during my work week. I'm also trying to wear pretty underthings instead of utilitarian ones. Apparently French girls do not skimp on undies the way we American girls do! It does make you feel sexier when you have a little lace on underneath! Another positive trait that I'm working on is to adopt the average French woman's confidence rather than the American self-loathing that I am so great at! So far it has been a lot of fun to learn about women of another culture and it inspires me to live La Vie en Rose!