Bonnie’s Beach 🏖

My Life. My Experiences. My Love. My Words.

Let Me (Re)Introduce Myself…

Hi!

My name is Bonnie. I am a lover of the ocean, the mountains, the desserts, the forests, the grasslands, you name it! I am a bit of a sun whore who will probably end up dying from it (I know, terrible). I love food! I love cooking food! I love eating food! I love reading and writing and painting and speed skating and stand up paddling and climbing and hiking and drinking and challenges and cryptograms and making people smile and my daughter and my mom and family and friends who are family and friends who are friends. I realized this list could go on for far too long, so I’ll just stop there. But I’m pretty sure you get the idea. I do and love and enjoy a lot of things in life!

I am a believer in balance. I don’t necessarily follow any religions, but I do have my beliefs. I was raised Christian, and grew up going to small (like seriously teeny tiny) Christian schools until high school. Lemme tell ya! That was a shock to the system! I had never seen a locker before! No joke! My classes had maybe up to 21 people in them. Then I go to a school where I have to change rooms, and there are 300+ fellow classmates. It was strange not knowing everyone in my class or classes or anything. This was the end of my innocence for sure!!!

So, graduated high school with honors. Failed at my first attempt at college. Joined the Army. Got out of that early (story for another time). Married. Child. Divorced. Single mom. School from time to time. Married. Moved to Hawaii. Moved back to Texas. Divorced. Single mom. Child moved in with her dad. Alone. Stupid boyfriends. Lived in car. Lost friends. Moved into apartment. Really stupid boyfriend. Child moves back in. No more stupid boyfriend. Finally earned my AAS degree! Moved with child. Single mom again. Awesome boyfriend who was my first love from high school!!! Not joking!!! Thought he was dead honestly. 20 year HS reunion had me Google his name. There he was. Messaged him on FB. He messaged back. C’est la vie! Due to his request for privacy, I won’t be writing much directly about him. That’s about all you’re getting for now. 😉

Life is crazy for sure!!!!!

So, hi everyone! Even people who know me probably don’t know all of that, and it’s fun to share my randomness. I think that’s part of being human, passing down stories in general. Not that knowing more about me will do your life really any good, but it’ll help give you a base for any of my future posts. I had mentioned I believe in balance. That is a very huge part of who I am. Future posts will probably involve the misadventures of me trying to find my balance. I will do my best not to bore you, and fair warning: I have a crude sense of humor, and I swear a lot at times (especially if I’ve had a couple of adult beverages before I decide to write, or during, whatever), and I just want to make sure you know that before you get sucked in.

With that, I will try to get on here and write more often. This will be a sort of therapy for me like journaling. I may be brutally honest in some posts. Others might be pretty meh. The future holds so much adventure that I can’t wait to share with you!!!! Let’s see where we go!

-Bonnie 💙

That is my mini me. Life would be boring without her!!!! Love my amazing Angel Pie!!! 💙💙💙💙💙💙

Yes. I do realize that is missing an “a”.

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It’s a Little Bit Funny…

…this feeling inside. But seriously though, isn’t it?

I’ve had a lot of changes in my life over the past few months. None of them bad, that I can recall. I have been anointed with amazing luck at this point in my life. All of it unexpected. All of it amazing!

I would go into more detail, but it’s not quite the right time yet to discuss everything. As much as I have ranted in the past and discussed personal matters, I am trying to conduct myself in a perceptively more mature way. What I will tell you though, is that the heart is an amazing muscle!!!! Don’t ever underestimate it! I say this to you as much as I say it to myself. It has helped me survive over the years, and even when I think it couldn’t break any further, it continues to beat and to thrive. I’ve always promoted loving with all you have. Sometimes that is extremely difficult to do, but what’s the point of life if you don’t love it?

During spring break a couple of weeks ago, I took my amazing mini me, aka Angel Pie, camping for a couple of nights. She and I had never done that as just the two of us. We organized all the camping stuff, grabbed my two tents (we weren’t sure which one we’d have to use), the hammocks, the sleeping bags, all that fun stuff! This had to have been the most organized camping trip ever! We stopped at the store on the way out to Mineral Wells State Park. Living in Fort Worth, Mineral Wells always seemed so damn far away! I pulled up Waze, and MWSP was only 35 minutes from where I currently live. We were almost disappointed how close it was!

They had one spot available when I had gotten online to reserve the spot, and it was only for one night. We were at the rv portion. Which was totally fine. We had no one across from us, no one near us, and it was awesome! We got there early to set up our site and then went out looking for a place to hike and check out for the afternoon. They have climbing there!!!! We decided to free climb around the area. Lots of really cool spots to climb up and down and get into precarious situations. It was a blast!!!!! That evening we get back to the site, ride our longboards around the camp circle (which was perfect from where we were at since it was mostly downhill), and we got the hammocks hung up and the fire going. It was a beautiful night!!!!

The next day we knew we had to pack up, which sucked, because we really want d to stay another night. No open spots for the second night and no cancelled reservations. Bummer! But!!!! They had primitive camping available. We have never done this, mind you. We have never hiked out to camp. Ever! So, we decided to just go for it! Why not?! Let’s just say we fell in love!!! Yes. It was just one night, but it was greatness!!! We filled up my Camelbak, grabbed a snack, bungee corded the crap out of our hammocks and sleeping bags, took the couple of essentials just in case, and headed out. Now, we were exhausted from spending the day climbing and hiking, and we decided to hike some more. We got to our spot, hung up the hammocks, and were worn the fuck out. We basically relaxed the rest of the evening.

The fun part of this is how you don’t realize how cold it can get sleeping in a hammock. Our first night was in a tent, on the ground, with mats under us. I hadn’t planned on sleeping in my hammock at all, so I never packed up my over quilt. Never crossed my mind! I woke up in the middle of the night to my mini me asking me for my sweatshirt. I informed her I was currently wearing it, and I suggested she join me in my hammock (thankfully I have a double and a couple singles, I brought the double, whew). The hammock sleeping was super comfy until then. But it was much warmer!!! Still had a blast!!!

We waited the next morning until the other campers packed up and headed out. We wanted to be lazy and enjoy our time out there. It was amazing! We had a nice little hike back, got some coffee at the camp store, and went out climbing one last time. We were so tired and worn out, but we had so much fun! We met and climbed around with a family that we met out there. Super sweet people!

What a great short trip we had!!! Even though we weren’t far from home, it made us want to do more. So now we hope to start camping over the weekends when we can and when the weather will hopefully be nice. We probably need to practice a bit more before we do any crappy weather camping. Just sayin.

Anyway, I thought that would be fun to share with you. I hope you have an amazing weekend enjoying whatever it is you enjoy doing.

Love,

Bonnie

Me and the mini on the first day!

Awesome pic the mini got! These smelled absolutely amazing!!!!!

The view was incredible!!

We had a blast taking photos on the rocks!

Our campsite the first night. Didn’t have the hammocks up yet.

Sunset on the first night was gorgeous!!

Fun selfie the first night! Flash was a tad bright…

Our second night spent in the hammocks this time. This was out at our primitive spot.

Fun little pose on our last day. Love that girl!!!

My mini is pretty awesome!!

Quick video of the lake. It was so peaceful out there!!!

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Getting Back Into the Grooooooooove…

Sitting at my dad’s for the last night, eating a bowl of organic raisin bran, and getting a load of laundry done before I enjoy the comfort of a bed one last time before cocooning myself in my vehicle again. Since the holidays started through my dog sitting time, I haven’t spent any time in my car. This translates into my car being a wreck (I put part of my backseat up for human transport), and now I need to reorganize. I have crap spread between different bags and suitcases, and I have accumulated more stuff from Christmas and my birthday. I have not made a trek to storage in quite a while, so nothing has been dumped off over there. Saturday I went through and cleaned out the car. Dropped off all my sake at my mom’s. Now I have stuff that needs to go to the office and stuff that needs to go to storage before I can fully enjoy the comforts of my home. 🙂 Basically, tomorrow is going to be a busy day. Woohoo!!!!

Anyway, had a pretty good weekend. Met a woman I love working with for the first time on Friday. She works for the company that my company distributes for, and it was awesome getting to put a face to the voice. Nothing at all what I imagined her to look like! Crazy how the mind does that. You get this idea of what someone would look like based on their voice, and they never ever ever look like what you think! Ever!!! Just crazy!!!!

Hung out at my mom’s for the weekend. Always love hanging out at mom’s, but I swear that place is like a vortex of laziness. I mean, it’s like a place to get away, and you just don’t feel like doing shit. It’s nice! It’s relaxing! I can be myself and not care about the world. At least until my mom and I start discussing politics and randomness. Then a fire is lit, but we’re usually thinking along the same lines. Usually. Love you mom. My sister dropped by yesterday and today. Always good to see her! It’s weird being over at mom’s and she’s not living there anymore. I always love it when all of us girls are together!

So Texas weather is crazy! It was cold and rainy most of last week, and now it is warming up again. It’s supposed to be in the mid-seventies through Thursday!!!! I think I might be mixing up some outdoor time with my gym time this week. Maybe get some vitamin D production going. Today was the beginning of the warm up. It was windy as all hell, but the sun was out and shining, and the sky was a beautiful blue! I decided to pull out the ol’ bow and get some target practice in. Damn wind! Damn wind!!!!!!!! I didn’t do too terribly bad, but boy that wind made it a challenge. Hell! It’s been so long since I last practiced I’m surprised I hit the damn target at all!! It felt good though! It was nice shooting something! I just picture someone’s face in place of the target bag and voila! Instant stress release! Just kidding! I wasn’t picturing anyone’s face, but now that I have thought about it I wish I had.

Alright, I am going to finish up laundry and do some dishes and go to bed! Oh yeah! Must enter my calories for the day! I have been really really bad this weekend! But it was oh so worth every fattening, calorie-dense morsel!!!! Eh! I’ll work it off this week I am sure! I won’t have much else to do but go to the gym. On that note, good night and sweet dreams!

-Bonnie

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It burns!!!!!!

Still not in my car. Totally lounging at my dad’s this week, because I keep putting off reorganizing my “home.” I am being lazy. Yep! L-A-Z-Y! That spells not-getting-up-off-my-ass-to-do-what-I-need-to-do!!! 🙂

Besides that all is great! Work has been crazy busy, and I almost had a mental breakdown last week. From the craziness of a project to people hammering for crap to an ex idiot trying to say I have publicly slandered him and has sent a letter to the Texas Supreme Court and reports me to Facebook!!! Oh noooooooo!!!!! What will Facebook do?!?!?! Obviously they don’t give a rat’s ass, because they haven’t done shit. Oh nooooooooo!!!! The Texas Supreme Court!!!!! I really don’t think they give a rat’s ass either! Idiot! Dear god where do I find these losers?! Why do they find me? Why do they exist? All I wanted was to start this new year off great! And then BAM!!!! DRAMA!!! In my G D face!!!!! Whatever. It was last week. He’s an idiot. My life is great, and one loser isn’t going to ruin it, dammit!

So, I have started training. Started two weeks ago. Definitely feel a difference already. My trainer is pretty awesome, and very cute, which my daughter busted out with (and now denies). Yes. He is. But he is also a great trainer! I am so glad my old trainer recommended him! Different style than I’m used to, but that’s a good thing! Hitting the gym again is great!!! Although I let myself go for far too long, and I hate that I have gotten so weak and fat and just ick! Moving on…

So there’s really not too much going on over here. My mini-me has her first competition of the year this Saturday, so that’s pretty awesome!!!! She is doing great in school, and makes me so proud! I love my angel pie!

With that I am going to sign off. I don’t have much to really update you all on, and I’m sorry, but I know there were a couple of you commenting on my lack of blogging. I hope I have satisfied that hunger for Bonnie-isms. Have a great night!!!!! Sweet dreams!!!

-B

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