My name is Marissa Renee Henriquez.
I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA with my mom, dad, two sisters, and living next door to my maternal grandparents and down the street from my paternal grandma. I went to Geneva College and graduated with two Bachelors of Science degrees: Psychology & Human Services. I believe in Jesus, family, and good books. Green tea > Coffee, though I have my fair share of both. My family heritage is a majority Middle Eastern or Arabic with a mix of German, Irish, and Slovak as well. I’ve never gone through Ancestry.com to find out the exact percentage of each, but would love to at some point in life. My dream is to eventually learn enough Arabic for conversations and travel. My Sittee, what we called our paternal grandma in arabic, taught us all the important words… food and swear words!!!
Fun Fact: I took Latin in middle school for 3 years, and then 2 years of Spanish in high school. I would love to learn Spanish again, too! Do I remember anything from either language class though? Latin…hardly. Spanish, some. I wish I paid better attention in Spanish instead of studying to pass the tests or worrying about whatever my middle and high school self worried about – most likely clothes and boys. Ugh.
The one good thing that came out of me focusing on boys in middle school is that I met my now husband in middle school! Armando was in 8th grade and I was in 7th. He was sweet, shy, friendly, and always wanted to hold my hand. Me on the other hand…I was awkward and miss brace-face, with blonde highlights in my hair. 2007, what a year! We “dated” in middle school, which consisted of holding hands in the hallways and study halls when we weren’t supposed too and passing notes while hardly saying a word to each other. Luckily, our parents were friends and we spent time together outside of school – also being awkward and not talking while our hand-holding got clammy and sweaty. We did have a lot of fun though too, we played Wii, watched movies, danced in his living room to Michael Jackson, laughed, and talked about a first kiss (gasp). Spoiler Alert: It didn’t happen. As all middle school relationships, I told a girl who told a friend who told Armando that I wanted to break up with him. My mom, being a solid human being freaked out and made me write a letter to Armando’s mom apologizing for how I broke up with her son. Talk about traumatizing! I literally can still picture myself walking to the school office (she was one of the office lady’s at the time) and handing her this note, saying “I’m so sorry” and running out of the office holding back tears. But guess what, now she’s my mother-in-law and I love her to pieces and the time we spend together! Yes, I have told her about my traumatic experience in middle school giving her that letter too. Armando and his family moved away after that school year and we emailed back and forth for a few months before we lost contact and went on about our lives.
*Fast Forward 10 Years*
Armando moved back to Pittsburgh and Facebook messaged me in the summer of 2016 all nonchalant and asks how I’m doing…I respond…we go out one night to catch up, which apparently he thought was a date. I was really just wanting to hanging out, but it turns out my heart had other plans when he opened my car door and called me “sweetheart” at the end of the night. And well, because I’m still an awkward human I blew him off on the second date (sorry babe), but agreed to another date afterwards and that was pretty much history. On the official second date we sat at a grungy bar style restaurant and talked for 2 hours straight then went to see a movie and talked through the entire thing sharing a few beers and movie food. During the movie, he asked me if I remembered how he used to tell me he wanted to hold my hand in middle school and when I said yes, he did our 10 year old secret signal and there we were: Twenty-two year old middle-schoolers holding hands at the movie theater reminiscing and catching up on all the time we lost. We stayed up together driving around Pittsburgh and talking until 3-4AM that night. A year and a half later we were engaged and two months after that, married. We’ll get to planning a wedding in 2 months time at a later date. Stay tuned.
You didn’t know you were getting the whole love story on the first post, huh?
We currently live in Virginia Beach with our pet snake in a cute 2 bed 1 bath next to a golf course and 25minutes from the beach. Armando and I have become gluten and dairy free in the last year and I have been trial running various recipes and grocery store options that fit our new lifestyle. I am an introvert, but highly sociable. I operate in a very gray area of life, with few black and white notions. I’m an enneagram Type 9 constantly fighting the urge to be a sloth which means I am always on the move either tidying up the house, re-arranging furniture, re-decorating, creating new home projects, putsing around on my Cricut Explore Air 2, or buying a new house plant and desperately trying to keep it alive.
This blog is intended to be a collection of stories, thoughts, recipes, home projects, crafts, and all the things that help inspire me to be a better person and live a healthy lifestyle. I share these all in the hopes that it will do the same for you.
If not, I at least hope you have a good laugh at the comical series of adventures you’ll read through.