Tuesday, July 8, 2014
So here I am now. I just wanted to say real quick that I was in Florida for a week and tried to check in with y'all a num...oh wait I already did that...haha just kidding.
My cell service and access to WiFi were terribly hindered out in the rural parts of the good ol' Sunshine State, so my communication, social networking, blogging, and all other areas of my life that rely on this technology driven world were somewhat lacking.
I hope y'all are use to my wordy and overrun sentence structure tendencies.
Okay okay...I'll quit messin' around! I have lots to share with y'all about our upcoming move to Florida and stories about my recent trip. I didn't bring my DSLR, but I did get some decent shots on my cell phone and little point and shoot camera...AND...I saved them from Facebook and Instagram just for this corner of my existence online...my favorite and most special little corner!
But I'm tired now, so the story and picture sharing will have to wait until next time! I'll leave y'all with one pic from my phone. When I backed it up, Google+ auto enhanced it for me; and although I don't generally like my photos being altered without my doing, this one was actually kind of cool...enjoy!
Sweet dreams, and hugs and love, my lovelies!
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Sigh. Again. I'm old. Can I please have a personal assistant? Unlimited amounts of money would be helpful too.
Well anywho! Here are some topics I've got lined up for the next few days here!
* Depression and how my attitude and "advice" thus far has been a little too vague.
* My husband's upcoming deployment and the numerous "work ups" leading up to it.
* Starting a new drawing...oil pastel on canvas...does that work out well?
* How I want pink hair...for reals.
Okay, that's enough to start with! I'm happy to be back and blogging...hopefully I can be more prepared with my next leave of absence so I'm not silent so long again!
Thanks for sticking with me and putting up with my run on sentences and overall indifference to proper sentence structure and such. Hugs and love, my lovelies!
p.s. Sometimes I can't find a relevant photo for an entry, so today I would like to begin the "random photo" addition to the blog...a photo that may have no relevance to the topics we discuss, but a photo that can be enjoyed none the less. Today's random photo shall be..."Cute Little Monkey."
Monday, May 19, 2014
I guess I never really took much notice of it until it became an expectation every time I stayed with my friends Anna and Clairessa. We live about 20 minutes apart, so when we plan on drinking when we hang out, I end up spending the night...'cause that's the responsible thing to do, folks! Listen to your elder!
We began to realize a trend; I would wake up with hair that looked like I had either an..ahem...entertaining night in bed...or a head banging with hair spray at a rock concert night in bed. So we woke with laughter...isn't that how life should be? Oh...and just to be clear...entertaining nights or not...my hair is always like this in the morning...and even after naps...just from sleeping, y'all!
Anyway! I've started to document my crazy morning hair, and when I'm not with my gal pals, I text Anna a picture. It's time to take the next step and share it with you, my darling readers. This blog addresses some hard hitting issues, so it's a must that I share some silliness too! I hope you all enjoy!
This is dedicated to The Honcoops and Clairessa! Hugs and love to them and to you all, my lovelies!
Crazy Morning Hair Lady
p.s. This is morning time. No makeup, puffy faced, and melatonin laced. Don't be haters, people! lol
On The View today, Chicago Bears Wide Receiver, Brandon Marshall, shared his battle with mental illness. Brandon Marshall discusses the Brandon Marshall Foundation, and his mission to end the stigma attached to mental illness. This is the synopsis you can read on The View's website. What stories could other celebrities and athletes have to share?
On the 12 o'clock news today, I learned that yesterday there was a run on the Virginia Beach Oceanfront for depression and suicide awareness! I had no idea this was going on!!! Will there be other events to drive awareness?
I now know that there is so much more I need to do to be an effective part of the discussion on mental illness. I'm not a celebrity, an athlete, or someone prominent in the public eye. I'm just an every day woman with clinical depression. I want to also be a part of Brandon's mission "to end the stigma attached to mental illness." I've tried to encourage my readers to talk about their struggles and to not feel like they can't share their illnesses for fear of judgement or becoming an outcast. Now I need to do more research on foundations, resources, events to drive awareness, and places to find support.
This is my last week at work before we move to Florida and I find a new job. I've already shared my plans for The Ro Fo Sho, but I'd also like to say that I will be working on this blog and the topic of mental illness, specifically depression, to provide more information for you, my dear readers. Whenever I read an article or watch a news blip on this subject, I feel like I don't read or hear about it again until an individual has reached the brink. Bullying, cancer, the dangers of smoking, and so many other issues are prominently addressed in the media everywhere we look. I believe that the subject of mental health concerns should be just as prominent and not just when something negative brings attention to it.
Any ideas or contributions y'all would like to make would be greatly appreciated!
The metaphor about the caterpillar becoming the butterfly is definitely well known...and probably used way too often! I for one appreciate the caterpillar. She's sturdy. She's lovely without being fragile. She hasn't yet become what she's destined to be, but she's not just lounging around waiting. She's moving and eating and traveling...she's checking out nature and feeling the warmth of the sun and resting in the coolness of the shade. She's living.
I hope that makes sense to y'all! If not, thanks for putting up with me anyway! Haha! Hugs and love my lovelies!
p.s. I don't know if this little cutie becomes a butterfly lol...sorry I'm no expert here! I don't even know if all caterpillars become butterflies or not! If they do, well that's awesome! If not, well, like I said...I love caterpillars!
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Okay first, here's something to note. My husband and her fiance are on the same ship...so that's why we like to get together so often...our men are gone at the same time when the ship is out! (My friend, Whitney's fiance is also on the same ship...I'll tell you about our sushi dates another time.)
When I first became a part of this military lifestyle, it was challenging during those times when he was away. Thankfully, I had my life savers/ sisterfriends, Anna, Clairessa, and Regina (which will also be featured in later Girls Day Editions), and I still have them! They were and have always been there for me, and I'm forever grateful! Tom being gone got easier to handle when I was with my gal pals! Karla came in to my life after their 2012 deployment.
The really great thing about my friendship with Karla is the convenience of our guys on the same ship and the convenience that we're literally right down the street from each other! I love spontaneous get togethers, and Karla and I get to have those all the time! But, it's always nice to plan something too...and when we found out we had the same day off together...Girls Day!!!
Yesterday morning, we both thought the same thing and invited one another over for breakfast...great minds think alike! Karla won the toss and we shared a delicious breakfast and coffee at her place. She does have the Keurig, and that's always a winning option!
The weather was wonderful! Blue skies and lots of sunshine...nice and warm too! Our first stop, the Navy Exchange (NEX). We're actually not the greatest companions for each other when we shop because we encourage each other to, "yeah you should totally get that!" Haha which means we are more likely to spend more money...oh well who cares? Hahaha! Nothing specifically fun to share about that adventure, except that on the way out we couldn't resist a pretzel! Sooo yummy!
Despite all of the mishaps, Karla and I enjoyed our Girls Day and definitely had some laughs. We're also pretty sure we witnessed two ducks gettin' it on...not 100% sure...but a good story to wrap up the day!
Cheers to Girls Day! Hope y'all are startin' your summer time fun! Hugs and love, my lovelies!
Amy Ro Fo Sho
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Sitting in the furniture aisle at work. Shoppers shuffling their feet as they walk by. Happy children and screaming children.
Advertisements blaring. Florescent lights glaring.
I've worked for this company two times before. I'm the best at what I do. Over qualified really...but it just makes it easier.
Head is steadily aching. Nerve is gradually breaking.
I leave in less than three weeks. I will not work for this company again.
Big retailers are getting more greedy. Customers are getting more needy.
This third time here, not at all a charm. But I've met good people. Brought joy to my customers. Been inspired by others.
So long 1 hour photo lab.
I've got some dreams to grab!
Hello dear ones! Yes...yes I am blogging at work haha! These last few days have been challenging...hence the inspiration for my little...a bit cheesy...poem.
I've got some work to do after I leave here...boring practical things. But before I find another job, I'm going to do some renovating on The Ro Fo Sho! And that means from working on my own health to truly dedicating myself to my art and my blog. I forsee the more than mediocre life I've always wanted...part of it has been that way thus far but I know the majority will soon be taken over! And thank heavens for my husband! I couldn't do it without my hard working, supportive, not to mention devilishly good lookin' man!
Making changes and still kicking depression butt! We just have to...don't let depression, whether clinical, situational, or temporary, keep you from your dreams for too long. Otherwise, it takes longer to start seeing the possibility of those dreams coming true!
Hugs and love, my lovelies!
The Ro Fo Sho
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Anywho! If you want a refreshing and simple drink this summer, this is definitely a favorite of mine!
The Ro Fo Sho