Sunday, June 10, 2012

Give Your Heart A Break

"Give Your Heart A Break" - Demi Lovato

Sometimes, you have to step away from it all and...

Give your heart a break.

There are moments when, if you're lucky enough,
 the heaviness inside seems to drift away effortlessly.

I sat with my friend, Jessica, this weekend.

We celebrated.
30 years of her life.
Almost 20 years of friendship.

We joked at how we could easily become "ladies who lunch" and never get sick of it.
We outdid ourselves with our usual bouncing around of a million and ten chat topics...

Food, new songs on the radio (which we sang ever so beautifully to one another), our men, hot blonds, Rhianna, New Orleans, chicken farms and chicken nuggets...
And how I'm secretly in love with this song.
And how I belt it out at the top of my lungs whenever it comes on the radio.

The beginning of a beautiful 14 hour day together began with a walk in town.

We couldn't resist a trip after lunch
 for a couple doses of
  Raspberry Truffle and Guatemalan Ripple.

I kinda inhaled mine.

And entertained Jessica while she finished her last scoop.

Next destination...


We added "ladies who get pedicures" to our "ladies who lunch" list.

A little intermission...

Putting my crazy cat lady skills to good use and feeding the stray kitties at one of the offices I clean.

It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.

Pottery painting was next on the list.

After deciding on a platter and vase, we picked out our paint and sat down for some fun.

I couldn't wait to see what my super talented amiga was going to create.

Yep, it's awesome!

We're so excited to see them once they're fired up!

Naturally, we closed the place.

one cupcake left...

Dinner at casa de Marino's.
Steve was a sweet Mr. and grilled us up some yum-o chicken.

I cooked for Jessica - Gnocchi alla Purina Cat Chow.

Dinner is served!

Within 5 minutes of walking in the door,
I'm already making a mess. LOL

Jessica taught me how to saute spinach for the fifth time.
And who am I kidding...she cooked.
But, hey, let's not forget, I "chopped" the bread. 

Stuffed with goodness

Gifts for "Cins"
She was upset the cat candle wasn't for her.

Reunited and if feels so good.

We laughed hysterically when Muffin took the spotlight with her mad paper chasing skills.

What a sweet and special day it was. <3
Tonight ended with a glass of red, dark chocolate cupcakes, and the newest episode of  "True Blood"
while sitting close to my husband.
And, I'm thankful for that, as the weeks ahead push us closer to challenging times and decisions.

Life sure isn't always cupcakes, pedicures and vampire soap operas.

But when the weight of the world sits on your shoulders,
you can always count on the love placed in your life to
give your heart a break, help ease the ache,
and make you realize that
life is still so, so good.

Wishing everyone a great start to a fresh, new week!

I'll be back in a few days.  <3

Lots of Lovin',

31 comments: said...

It always makes me soooo happy to read your posts when you're out enjoying life. You and your friend have contagious smiles!
Praying for your strength, the lessening of your pain and that you feel the love and support from all of us as you face the future.
Big hugs,

Maria said...

I cannot wait for us to get together!!! You always have so much fun with your friends! Someday soon... Seriously!

MrsV said...

I'm always so jealous of all the fun I see in your pictures! I need to get out of this house ! LOL
I'm glad to see you are enjoying yourself :) I hope your week has been an enjoyable one <3

Sara-Jayne said...

Ohhh, what a day! You had the best time, all those activities crammed into just one day! I love that you feed those little kitties too, awww! I'm a new follower ( and I'd love you to follow me back!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi there Maria,
What a wonderful message "Give Your Heart A Break!" Guess what?! Even my unreliable internet service made me hear some of the song. I tried to picture you singing along!:) As always the pictures are so beautiful. Happy Belated Birthday to your friend and I wish her many, many, more Happy Birthdays. By the way, I note that you can paint Maria! You and your friend did a great job! I can't believe that I did Art classes in high school. They did not last long!LOL It is really nice that you got to have such a fun time celebrating with your friend. Continue to have good times. Take care and have yourself a wonderful week. Lots of Love, Friendship and Best Wishes always!
Judy said...

You have so many wonderful people in your life to celebrate. I am glad you are able to get away from the hard stuff. Wishing your a wonderful week!!! Hugs!!!

K said...

I love that you choose to see the goodness in your life despite the sadness and pain. Thanks for being an inspiration, sweet Maria.

PS - I'm a crazy cat lady too, and I LOVE that you feed the stray kitties!

~Jess said...

yum! That all looked delicious!

I love the painting place...that looks awesome!

Our Journey Through This Lovely Life said...

Pedicures and Margaritas! Girl we need to road trip to a weekend get away! Love love love all your pics! and I think I may have to go pant some pottery this week! There is an adorable place by my house that does diva night once a month, You bring your drink of choice and the owner puts out all kinds of yummy food! Its so Fun! Glad your heart is beginning to heal! Thinking about you always!
♥ Alexis

Rachel Marie said...

Maria, sounds like you had an amazing day yesterday :) I would so love to hang out with you one day for sure!!! And true blood ... I am a huge fan of it. I just can't help myself ;) Huggsss, gurllfran

Rebecca said...

What a fun day! I'm jealous :)

Gumdrop Pass said...

What an absolutely perfect day! I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm just a teensie bit jealous! ;)
I'm glad to hear that you're soaking up all of that goodness -- you deserve every single bit of it! :)
I hope your week is off to a good start and that the weeks ahead follow suit!
Love your way, friend! :)

Ashley said...

What an awesome day with your friend!! Looks like it was filled with lots and lots of things you love!

I think it is so sweet that you feed the stray cats. That is totally something that I would do too. :)

Thanks so much for being such a sweet friend!

Brittany said...

Awwww it looks like you an Jessica had such an awesome day!! Ice cream and pedicures....what could be better?! You are so sweet to feed those kitties!

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KERRY said...

Yay for great friends, good food, awesome pictures, loads of laughs, yummy cupcakes and Eric from True Blood!!
Love you xo

Jennifer Cluff said...

Looks like you had an amazing time together! Love all the pics - they're great :)
Stopping in from Totally Tuesday Hop

Heather @ A Little Hope in My Pocket said...

What a great day! Love the pottery - You are both so talented!!!

Jen (buckeyebaby814) said...

What a beautiful day! I'm glad you had such a wonderful time- and you are right, sometimes your heart just needs a *break*.

carlia said...

what a way to spend a day! looks like it was a blast. totally jealous! ;) i've never gone to paint pottery, but i've been wanting to for so long and your post just reminded me. oh, and true blood! i've been obsessed since the first book and i'm LOVING the latest season of the show! anyway, i'm so glad you're out having fun and enjoying life. it's days like this that get us through the hard times. hugs!

Kari said...

You're such a sweetheart. I love seeing you having fun and enjoying life. You're always in my thoughts...(though I know you know this already!). Hope you're having a great week!!


Esther V said...

What a wonderful site you have! I love the heart felt posts and reading about the wonderful people in your life. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us! And thank you for stopping by my blog hop at to make us aware of your site!

Kristina said...

I just love how much you love life! What a beautiful friendship and day! So glad you were able to celebrate with her. Sounds like a perfect day to me!!


Ashley at flats to flip flops said...

What a great support system you have! It's always good to give your heart a break..for lots of reasons! Good to see you smiling friend!

Mrs. E said...

It looks like you had such a wonderful day! I'm so glad =) We are going to have to get pedis when you come up--and can we be ladies who Taco Bell?! Haaga! Love you xoxoxo

Cami said...

This post made me smile SO much. Seriously. I love that you are loving life + enjoying it. You deserve that. HUGS. <3
You and your friend are so gorgeous - your hearts are so beautiful. Looks like you both had such a fun time! I love all of your friend's rings!
I also love that you are a "crazy cat lady" ;) I bet those kitties love you to pieces!
I love pottery places like that. We have a couple in town and they are always SO fun. I don't think ours have nearly as many choices as yours, though!! :)

Oh, and Maria, I love that your mom eating chia seeds made you think of me <3 that makes me feel pretty awesome - not going to lie!! Thanks for thinking of me and always being such a positive, supporting person in my life <3

Loveyou! Praying for you <3

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

I was going to text you tonight to see how you were doing. First off, you somehow always make me smile no matter how difficult life can seem. You are the true definition of optisim. I love all the pictures- it looks like such a fun time! The pictures had me all saying AWW! You deserve a good old grand time! It seems like a truly special time with your friend and family! I am so glad!

Vivian said...

I found your blog through a comment you made on Kerry's blog. And when I read your name, I knew one can never go wrong with somebody named Maria! So lucky to have found you in the big world of the internet. Following :)

Thrifty Miss Smith said...

What a great day you had!! I really wanna try that paint your own pottery stuff, it look really fun :) New follower from the MWU hop. Have an excellent day!

Angela said...

Love a day with a great friend, especially one that you have known for so long. Looks like the two of you had a lot of fun. I am now following, and found you via 'Mingle With Us' blog hop. You can find me at
Hope you have a great day!

Jess Judkins said...

what an incredibly sweet day with your friend! :-)

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