RePost: Sorry for the Use of “APLENTY” | Talking about Energy and Opportunity–energy tomorrow

I am blessed every day to come to work and get paid for doing what I love. Even on the days that traffic sucks, the coffee is cold and has grounds in it and someone is rude, it’s still a great place to work.

Over the past two years, I’ve really grown my career and made a personal effort to get into “the oilfield business” rather than just participate in my day to day. This year, I was nominated to be a part of the inaugural program for the API’s CERAWeek. This blog highlighted that.



Lesley Ann Hadella, marketing manager: What’s making me stay is the family, the people who are in oil and gas. … The amount of networking and the ability to succeed is endless in oil and gas.

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I took a break. And I meant it.

clip_image002I did my first 5k a few weeks back. I wasn’t feeling crazy up to it. But that morning, I drove out, determined to finish it at least. I just got my results yesterday, in my age category I was 7 out of 16. Not too shabby.

I kept my pace at 11:40, which is beating my usual 12 minutes by 20 seconds. I know you can do the math, but I did it for you. Math > Running. So there, let me have my moment.

Sadly though. I’ve not run since then. Sir LAA got back with the flu. And then I got the flu. And then I sold a house. And then we went and saw one of our best good friends run her first half IronMan (inspiring!) and then, well, then, we’re at today.

It’s not been good for my running routine this “semester”. I don’t know if run club’s hours really work for me. 430 AM may be tooooo early , and 7PM is way too late for someone who’s nearing pass out by then. Is there a way to do it all? Who knows. Perhaps when Sir LAA is on summer break I can run right after work with him. Our own run club.

That said, the 5k machine is back at it again. In two weeks (I think) we’ll be doing our first 5K together, and then in May, there will be a 5K supporting my childhood school district’s afterschool program. So there, I’m running…just not as far as I want to yet.

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RePost: I need an Easter Tradition | Bialy Barszcz (Polish White Borscht)–Saveur

This year marks a pretty cool first for Sir LAA and I. Hosting our first holiday at our house. Easter.

Easter’s not a “huge thing” for either of us compared to Thanksgiving and Christmas. I like Easter, every year I love seeing the stores “bloom” in pastel colored décor and restaurants turning out lighter, greener fare. Farmer’s markets pop up with the prettiest of veggies and Easter dinner is a place that I can play with traditions a little more than the usual stand by’s that the fall and winter holidays hold.

I just had this come across my desk today. and I know I’ve seen this or something similar before, but being Polish, my heart strings tug a bit when I think I can wrap some of my personal history into a meal. While my menu has already been played with in my head as to what we’re serving…I kinda sorta want to add this as a “at least try a spoonful” since it seems to be easily made and is traditional….your thoughts?




The recipe for this Polish Easter soup calls for fresh horseradish, but it works just as well with the prepared version.

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WOTD: Confidence



Confidence: giving strength to support yourself

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I’m sorry: I’ve been sick

Seriously. Life just took over. So many things I want to share.

We got back from Disneyworld, Sir LAA packed up and took his spring trip for work, and then BAM! Got the flu. and then so I took care of him and we whirled through a week of that and then because of the move and my house getting and offer and work being crazy and whoosh whoosh, I got the flu too.

So, then I spent the day in bed yesterday and passed out and Sir LAA is taking care of me, and I’m half awake and half passed out and hot and cold and snotty and dry (TMI?) and yuck. So, I’m alive again today and here I am. Happy Friday.

Regularly scheduled programming back next week. Promise promise.


xoxo LA

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WOTD: Crying


Crying, The act of being passionate and caring in liquid form.

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Resolution Check: March

ResoultionProgressWatch out world, 2014 is up and running…and I have to admit something. I hate this set of resolutions. Life has changed ten-fold since I wrote them at the end of 2013 and I think if I’m honest with myself, that some of these just aren’t going to get done. So I’m setting aside the violin lessons. Accepting that my hat skills aren’t top notch enough. Paris will be waiting until the love of my life joins me soon. And so, with heavy heart for changing things, but uplifted by my ability to admit wrong-doing, I’m writing a few other new ones so that my change of heart and life are reflected.

1. I will be completing a photo journal rather than a written journal next year. This is still going strong and continues to excite me each week as I forget which pictures have made my blackberry’s camera snaps by the time the Monday rolls around. Plus Sir LAA is very photogenic, but I don’t find myself lugging a camera to all of our events. Life has become wonderfully peaceful, and while I should still pull out my camera, I’m enjoying the quiet.

2. Each week I’ll be making sure I jot a few little diddies down in my book and hopefully by the end of the year, have a book. Yeah. Nope. This one is morphing slightly. I have two books – an autobiography and a recipe book as well as a photo book that I’m trying to finish. These are all undertakings that I’ve been working on willy-nilly since two years (or three?!) ago. It’s time they got printed and bound and called a day. So for now, poetry is being set aside for a to – do list that I want to accomplish.

3. I plan on running a half marathon. I’m signed up! NOVEMBER here I come! My best friend R called me and said “Austin?” and I said, I can’t…birthday weekend. So then he moved it up THREE WHOLE MONTHS and bam! I’m running. I’ll keep you posted on my training as per usual though, this one is going to be exciting! Currently it’s not fitting Sir LAA’s schedule, so there may another one, just so he can run my first with me.

4. Disneyworld. Seattle. Possibly Dallas. The wild child of Texas – Port Neches. All trips on my radar. Perhaps, just perhaps, a trip to London in December. Wowzers. So yes, Paris got set aside. Not only because vacation time only comes so often, but it’s time to really focus on the living and making memories, not just hitting a bucket list. This year has already brought me immense happiness in the minutia of my everyday life, getting to experience all of this will be a dream come true.

image5. Louboutins have been purchased. And now they’ve been worn. Check out those puppies. I wore them to the Inaugural Gala of the NOMADS in February. So it was not only a great happy-birthday-to-me gift, but it felt good to get that one down on film! These guys are a hoot to hang with, and the black tie event was a first for Sir LAA and I. Enjoyed thoroughly – even danced …in public. Don’t tell the other guys.

6. This blog. I’m committing to writing for my blog daily and keeping up my features. I want to grow it and my readership. I don’t have the full time necessary to truly devote a ton to it in order to become a goddess of blogging, but I want my outlet where I can put what’s going on in my life and head and shopping cart. I hope you continue to read, as I want to continue to write.

7. I do have a crazy craft project that has been on my mind for awhile now. Make my own snow globe. I am still on this. I’m really having a hard time getting a subject…because I’m somewhat limited to what I can find miniatures of. Any help here? That said, it’s on the table and it’s been packed into a box for moving as I’ve decided to put my house on the market.

8. Oh yeah. I’m selling my house. That was actually on the list for this year and then life changed – job, love, big dog needing a yard…and well. It’s back on. I’m moving and seeing where life takes me. I’m very much ready to close this chapter of my life and move on to things that I never thought possible. This move will signify the loss of my first house, but a door opening that I’ve never walked through – that of having faith in someone else.

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