Hope Whispers

June 27, 2016

Menu Plan Monday; June 27th

Keeping it quick today.  To be honest, I am pretty much done fore the day.  I pretty much picked a few things that I know the boys will like and that were easy.  So not a lot of healthy stuff this week.  I can barely handle food at all so, I figured Id make things they like.  Davids on his way home and I am going to get dinner done and lay down.  My menu is just about as boring as my resting plans too.

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Monday:  Hot dogs.  I know.  Its a Monday and Im not grilling, but the boys wanted hot dogs.  I will be enjoying my shake while they enjoy this.

Tuesday:  Fried Chicken.  And I just realized I forgot to buy oil.  So maybe baked chicken instead.  Works for me.

Wednesday:  Moms day off.  Leftovers

Thursday:  Spaghetti.  Why do they always want spaghetti?

Friday:  Parmesan Swai and rice.  Probably the only thing I am looking forward to this week.  And Im not making it until Friday as a reward for getting though the week.

I have been writing up a post about how I am feeling and trying to explain it, but its hard to make sense sometimes.  I have been real short on here and not sharing much of what I intend to because its hard to get the words out right.  Its even harder to explain myself in real life. But, I will share it as soon as I can get my thoughts straight enough to finish it.  

This week my goal is to get to Friday. And to not let the boys run the house down.  And to make dinner.  Im not sure I even want to leave the house.  We will see.

How was everyones weekend?  Who's got big plans for the 4th?  

June 24, 2016

10 Things that made me happy this week

10things spring
  1. Swimming.  Even if its just a pool.
  2. Taking the boys to the park.
  3. Breakfast with my boys.
  4. Morning cleaning sessions.
  5. Finishing Hear of Dixie on Netflix
  6. Getting regular solid sleep!  
  7. Bob Marley station on Pandora
  8. Meeting a new dog I will be sitting.
  9. Fresh homemade bread.
  10. Medication. My brain is working-ish again!
I'm so glad its the weekend already.  Life is always easier on the weekends.  Or will be once I get the backyard mowed and cleaned up so we can have some fun out back.  Saturday is the Great American Campout.  So the boys and I will be sleeping out back, enjoying some BBQ and all around trouble fun. We also have a First Birthday Luau earlier that day.  So it looks like Sunday will be a day full of relaxing!

Whats everyone got going on this weekend?  Anyone doing anything fun? 

June 23, 2016

Instagram Love: Shark Week!!

When David first talked about cutting cable, Im not gonna lie, one of the first things to go through my head was "What about Shark Week?"  Thankfully, he didn't cut us off cold turkey and we are still able to watch! Thanks Babe!

Its no secret that I grew up on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  I love the ocean and everything in it.  Sea Turtles stole my heart the very first time I found one washed up on the rocks. We took it home and nursed it back to health and set if free.  It was the first of many!  A dolphin beached itself and the whole island came out to take turns holding it in the water and making sure it was taken care of before setting it free. Did that a few times to. Saw hundreds of different fish species, rays, starfish, even sea snakes and eels. Want to know what I hardly ever saw?  Sharks!

In my whole life living on the island, there was a grand total of ONE shark bite.  And I say bite, because he admitted to harassing the shark before it bit him.  I can count my shark encounters on one hand. Maybe 2 if you count the few big ones that were caught while fishing.

Was it scary swimming in that ocean knowing there were sharks in the water?  Sure, but it never stopped us. And it wasn't the beaches that were scary, it was the deep blue that really had my heart pumping.  But even after getting pushed off a speeding boat, in the shark filled Bigej Pass (think deep blue water with big waves), I didn't even think about sharks until I was back on the boat.  Mostly I was just praying they actually turned around.  Island kids...can't trust em.  Kidding. Sorta.

Anyways.  Back to Shark Week.  It starts on Sunday and I am so excited.  I love the ocean.  I love the real beach.  And I love sharks.  You know what else I love?  Instagram.  So here are 5 shark loving Instagrams that I love to follow.  


A photo posted by Shark Week (@sharkweek) on

Are there Sharks near you?

A photo posted by OCEARCH (@ocearch) on

Simply Sharks
So many sharks!

I photograph Sharks
Holy Great Whites!

Where it all started.  28 years ago!

When I was a kid I remember coming to the mainland on summer vacation and praying we were still stateside during Shark Week! Then when I would get back to the island I would swim out to the ropes at the beach and just stare out into the blue and hope to catch a glimpse.  The closest I ever came to a live shark in the water, was when a baby black tip bumped into my leg while we were swimming. Saw one or two off the jetty and a few on boat trips. When I left home I moved to Florida and there were 15+ shark attacks just that Summer!  Insane!

Swimming with sharks is on my bucket list.  I mean intentional swimming.  Not quite sure I could do a cage with a Great White, but Whale Sharks maybe?

Got a shark story?  I would love to hear it.  Anyone else watching Shark Week this week?


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