Sunday, July 27, 2014

Answering the Questions: Liebster Award

Bonjour!
it's been a while since I felt like a part of the internet community and for the most parts I am too busy to care - really, the wedding blog takes up all of my time. But when I decide to slow down and relax, this blog is just the perfect spot for me. I get to be me, talk about the most random stuff and engage with people I probably would never meet - sound awesome right? So the few times I get to notice a sense of community with this blog, I get excited and if I am not too busy, I participate. 


Saturday, July 26, 2014

24th at Vindaloo

Selfie-cation! I promise, he is the best selfie partner ever!
3 days ago we celebrated another 24th. I know many people count their wedding anniversaries in years but just as you count your toddlers age in months so do Mr. Punch et moi count our anniversaries. So every 24th is always a day to celebrate, reflect and love some more. In most cases we just wish ourselves "Happy 24th" in other cases we treat ourselves with nice things. Yesterday we treated ourselves to fine Indian dining, yuuuuum!

That morning he had asked what I was in the mood for and I said Indian food, so thanks to Google, he found one just 11 minutes away; Vindaloo. Boy O boy, was that a fantastic choice or what? We headed out in black and white; he wore black shirt and black pants, I wore a long white dress. What was extra cool about it was that when we got to the restaurant, it was a black and white themed decor! That was just a fantastic and pleasant surprise.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Vacation, Staycation, Sadcation, Vexcation | Traveler Wife

*Long Post Alert! I was going to break in the 3 posts but I decided I'd spit it out once and for all!*

Yup, this one month that just passed has happened just like the title. I am currently at the BWI airport here just steaming off the last phase of the title (Vex-cation). I bet you are surprised to see a "Traveler Wife" title but I just had to...it represents the trips I take alone; without the man I married.

It all began on June 12th 214 *insert dramatic music here* Mr Punch and I set off to the motherland for the first time together as husband and wife for a two week vacation. Planned to the details, we visited Nigeria first and spent time with my family in Port Harcourt. It was borderline busy for the most part as we had only 7 days to see other family and friends. It was also an experience for us because things were so different to us...I mean Nigeria has changed! And I don't mean for the better. From the unbelievable traffic, to the electricity issue to the bad roads...hello, we really were in Nigeria.

But as much as all those things get under your skin and you feel uncomfortable, somewhere inside of you, you are still happy to be home. Mr Punch was meeting my dad and brother for the first time and I was seeing them for the first time in 3 years...clearly it as a long overdue visit I would cherish for a long time.
Day 1 selfie in Accra. We were on our way to his brother's graduation

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Peace for the Anxious Heart

"Hello Trials & Challenges" said no one ever! Why? Because challenges are never fun. They maybe fun once we get out but when you are in them it is hard to make sense of it all. So we ask ourselves multiple variations of the question "Why?" and get our hearts filled up with worry and Anxiety.

I hate being anxious. I feel when I'm anxious about a problem I'm facing (let's call it problem A), then I begin to see more problems I did not know even existed. So I'm thinking of my finances and somehow I connect it with my relationships, then a few moments later I add an issue with my health. Before I can snap back to the initial problem, I'm back with more of them. Why? Because anxiety/worry is thinking of the issue and the other possible issues the initial issue could bring - hope I did not lose you with the numerous use for the word "issue" there!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My Mistake, His Will?

You know those "religious" statements we make when things go wrong like "God knows best", "There is a reason", etc. Not to say these statements are lies but they have some how been translated into mere words/christian vocab and sometimes I hear myself using them to excuse my mistakes. This post is born out of a recent situation I have faced here in Ghana (that has caused my trip to be extended until somethings are corrected), but I would tie it to another issue I faced when I was back in Chicago and waiting to wrap up the Traveler wife I lived for almost 2 years.