Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday Blogger

I have turned into a friday blogger.  Better something than nothing, right?

This past week has FLOWN by. I can't believe it is already the weekend. This one is jam packed.  We have two christmas parties, a family christmas gathering, baking, wrapping, last minute shopping (just two things)
and a friend coming into town. Phew. I am already tired just thinking about it.  I plan on sleeping in on saturday so that I am refreshed for the crazy fun filled weekend. 

I saw this survery (I haven't done one since college) on one of my favorite blogs and decided to do one of my own. Without futher ado:

25 Questions: Holiday Style

•Eggnog or hot chocolate?

Hot Chocolate (newly Hot Dark Chocolate Almond Milk, so delicious)

•Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

Wraps a different paper than anything else!

•Colored lights on tree/house or white?

My favorite are white everywhere, that is what I grew up with. But colored lights on trees are growing on me.

•Do you hang mistletoe?

No, but my grandparents do, so it holds a special place in my heart.

•When do you hang your decorations up?

Varies, usually within a week of Thanksgiving

•What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?

Lasagna, I eat it both at my Mom's and my Grandparents.

•Favorite holiday memory as a child?

Going to midnight mass. I have been going with my mom since I was 10.

•What is on your Christmas wish list?

The number one thing was definitely a new winter coat.

•Do you open a gifts on Christmas Eve?

Always get a new pair of PJs

•How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

With lights and ornaments. Lots of random ones. I like when the tree has personality much better than when it looks like it should be in a department store.

•Snow? Love it or dread it?

Both. Love it but I can wait until January to have it!

•Real tree or fake tree?

Fake, I'm allergic to pine. It's ok, you can laugh. ;-)

•Do you remember your favorite gift?

I don't know that I necessarily had one favorite over all the years. I am sure I had a favorite each year. I usually like the thoughtful gifts that you don't expect.

•What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?

Spending time with LOTS of family and now all of my and Brent's traditions starting to combine into our traditions.

•What is your favorite holiday dessert?

Cookies :-) Just traditional Chocolate Cuip will always be my favorite. I also love Thumbprint cookie with raspberry jam.

•What is your favorite tradition?

Christmas morning. We take our time opening presents, eating danishes or cinnamon rolls and just hanging out.

•What tops your tree?

At my mom's an angel. At my house a star. But I would like to find a new angel tree topper for next year.

•Do you prefer giving or receiving?

I love giving gifts and seeing the looks on peoples faces. It's always nice when you get a really thoughtful gift as well.

•What is your favorite Christmas song?

That's hard...I love Silent Night at church, The Chipmunk Christmas Song in the car.

•Candy canes, yuck or yum?

Eh...I like the baby ones. But I usually eat about one a year.

•Favorite Christmas movie/show?

I love Charlie Brown Christmas.

•What do you leave for Santa?

Mile and Cookies

•Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?

Stockings first, then gifts one at a time per person, then breakfast and looking through everything 1000 more times.

•Do you prefer to shop on-line or at the mall?

Both, I just love to shop.

•Christmas letter or Christmas card?

Card. And I love getting ones with pictures on them.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Close to a month

It has been close to a month since I last blogged. Work has been busier, I have been addicted to pinterest and save the date creating and I just haven't been super inspired to wrtie. 

But, I am really excited for the upcoming weekend. I feel like the christmas season is starting to get in full swing.  Tomorrow night we are going to see some good friends, and an even better band.  It's our Christmas celebration of sorts with them since after this we probably won't see them until after the holidays!

Saturday is Brent's work christmas party! I am excited to attend our first christmas party of the year. It will be fun to get all dressed up (even though it will be in the 20's that night). 

After this weekend I feel like we will blink and christmas will be here. I only have one more christmas present to buy and I am officially done!

One more thing...

Happy Birthday to Michelle :-) Have a great day! Let's celebrate with some skinny girl sangria soon! <3 you

Friday, November 18, 2011


Tonight I am thankful for Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup" song. It's light hearted and fun loving. Exactly what I love! Happy weekend Loves, enjoy the song :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gray Day

It's been gray and rainy the past few days and it has taken everything in me to not fall asleep at my desk. What is it about dark days that make you so much more tired? Come out Mr. Sun, this whole 40's and cloudy is really cold!
Maybe if I had this umbrella I wouldn't care so much!

One week until thanksgiving! Today I am thankful for my Mom. She's the best. She lets me show her random wedding ideas online, even though it is still 10 months away and she gets genuinely excited everytime!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Generic Sharing

Yesterday, I accidentally found out some sad news. As I was perusing facebook I came across someone from my past. I noticed that his profile picture was an old one of he and his older brother (the brother being the person I knew better, we will call him W).  At that moment I got a sinking suspicion that something bad had happened.  After googling W's name (the number one way to find out information) I quickly found an obituary. At that moment, I felt sad thinking he must have been sick at a young age and passed away. Or an accident must have happened.  I noticed that the obituary said "suddenly", so I looked further down in google and saw a bunch of articles.  Needless to say something horrible happened to him. 

It has been weird finding this out about W after having no contact with him for 10+ years.  It seems as if it shouldn't affect me like it has.  But I have not been able to stop thinking about it since I saw the articles. I can't stop myself from googling and reading more and more.  It's one of those scenarios where you can't really describe how you feel, because you really just don't quite know. Am I sad? Yes, but not in the "miss you" way. How can you suddenly miss someone that you haven't talked to in a long time anyways? Am I shocked? Absolutely.  It was information that had been published on the internet, on television, in newpapers and it took me two months to see it? It all just seems very odd. How did no one who knew W and the connection with my family not see it until me, just yesterday?  Am I disturbed? Yes. I think that is the number one thing I am feeling. How can something so bad happen to someone who was good? You always want to wish and hope that bad things didn't happen to good people, but I guess that just isn't how the world works. 

I know this is the most generic post ever, and I am sorry. But I don't really want to share names/scenarios since I am so conflicted with my feelings as it is.  This is all the explanation that is really necessary. Just that someone, who once had a strong impact on my childhood has passed away in a very sad way and it just doesn't seem fair to him or his family that he had to go so soon, especially like that.  I hope that W was able to find peace after this up in heaven and that he gets to spend time with my Nana up there looking down over his angels, just like I know she looks down over my Mom and I everyday. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veteran's Day

I am thankful that it is friday.

I am also thankful for all of the Veteran's today and everyday. Thank you for serving and protecting our country.

"Better than honor and glory, and History's iron pen,

Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men." -Richard Watson Gilder

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Funny Wedding Videos

These made my day! I love funny wedding videos! The third on is my absolute favorite! I am thankful for people who don't take themselves too seriously to have fun :)
All Videos from YouTube

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Is it lunchtime yet?

Pinned Image
So True Sometimes

Day 7-Turnaround

After three days in a row of awful traffic on my way to work I really needed something to turn my mood around.  The following list which came originally from a chain email, (I saw it posted on this blog today) did just the trick. So many all of these things are so true, they make you giggle, some made me literally laugh out loud at my desk.  I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

****** 20 ADULT TRUTHS ******

1.Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

2.Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

3.I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

4.There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5.How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6.Was learning cursive really necessary?

7.Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8.I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind-of tired.

9.Bad decisions make good stories.

10.You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

11.Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.

12.I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

13.I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

14.I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

15.I disagree with Kay Jewelers; I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay.

16.I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

17.How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?

18.I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

19.Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

20.Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

Sometimes being thankful for a good morning laugh is all you need.  :-)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 5 (through 8)

I have been a bit of a slacker. To make up for it, I have 4 things for the Thankfulness Challenge.

1.) Saturday - I am thankful for some girl time and a manicure with my soon to be sister-in-law (so crazy to think I will have two SILs)! Sometimes just getting a $12 manicure can be so nice, especially when you get to chat while you wait.

2.) Sunday - I am thankful for family. All of it. Just in general. Seeing family, talking to family, and just knowing that they are your support system, no matter what.

3.) Monday - Yesterday, I saw one of the most horrific accidents I have ever seen on the way to work.  At that moment I realized how thankful we have to be to all of the emergency responders that help people everyday.  No matter how big or small an accident they always show up ready and willing to help.

4.) Today - Today is one of those days where I am thankful for something that I read.  As I was reading one of my favorite blogs today (She's Pregnant!) she did a new piece on rescuing animals.  It just made me think of all the good people do in the world that gets overlooked by all the bad in the news.  There is not going to be a news article about an average girl doing amazing things to save animals. But those people are out there, and we should be thanking them everyday.

What are you thankful for? Are you challenging yourself everyday to think of something?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 4-TGIF

Today I am keeping it simple.  I am thankful that it is FRIDAY. I have been looking forward to the weekend since...monday.  The fact that it is finally here makes me want to smile from ear to ear:

I'm a sucker for a smiling Boston Terrier. source
Have a wonderful weekend everyone :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 3-All the Ingredients

There is nothing better than getting the urge to bake, googling a recipe and figuring out that you have all of the ingridients at home to make it. Today I am thankful that I don't have to go to the grocery store to make a batch of Pumpkin Banana Bread. I have everything I need in my pantry at home. So tonight I am going to bake, watch Grey's (gray's?, I always spell that wrong) and relax and celebrate that it is Friday Eve.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Banana Bread (adapted from this recipe)

2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
1/3 cup greek yogurt
1 1/3 cups canned pumpkin puree
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup white sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Ready for it to be the weekend!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day 2-Tuesday Happy Hours

Last night I had one of the best happy hours that I have had in a long time.  My friend Ashley and I met at Ranazul to enjoy a few glasses of vino and appetizers.  We tried their olives and edemame which were both delicious, especially because they were washed down with some pinot noir. 

My real reason for wanting to meet up with her was to take her a wedding photo book that I had made her of all the pictures I took at her rehearsal dinner and throughout the wedding day. I love pictures, taking them and having them and thought the photobook would be such a personal gift. It was so fun to look through with her and see her reaction to all the pictures of her and her hubby :)

She also brought me a bridal survival kit that she put together herself after her experience with wedding planning.  It was adorable. Each item included a note of why it was in there.  There was even a little something included for Brent and her husband thought was a necessity ;-)

Today I am thankful for a fun happy hour, and more importantly a thoughtful friend.  I am really lucky to have her in my life.  I will need all the guidance I can get through this planning process and who better to get it from than a best friend. No wedding planner needed that way!

Us at her Rehearsal dinner

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thankfulness Challenge

I have been having a hard time thinking of interesting things anything to blog about lately. I feel like I have been busy doing exciting things but how many dog pictures/traffic pictures/talk about dinner (leftovers)/P90X do people really want to read.  I feel like I have been living a huge routine during my minimal free time lately and nothing really exciting ever comes to mind.  Needless to say this morning I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Carrots 'N Cake, and she came up with the idea of blogging one thing you are thankful for everyday in November. This is the month of thankfulness isn't it? It can be something as minimal as the fact that the ceiling in your office has stopped leaking (phew) or something very important.  I am going to take this challenge. What better way to get out of a blogging rut, than telling people thank you for all that is good in your life. 

Today I will start with a biggie, since it is the 1st.  Today I am thankful for my sweet, wonderful fiance.  I know that we have our disagreements (what kind of knife you use to carve a pumpkin?) ;-) but I think it is those disagreements that make us understand each other even more. Thanks for being my best friend and my confidant. And also for being so strong, understanding, level headed and compassionate.  I am thankful for you every single day. <3

This is one of our first pictures, look how short my hair was!
Thanks for going to that No Doubt concert too ;-)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Where did fall go?

Today is one of those days where I am so sleepy I am just completely out of it. I am coasting through the day, staring at the clock and thinking of the sweatpants I will put on when I get home and the warm, cozy blankets I can sit under to watch TV and be lazy all night long. After carving pumpkins of course.

This is how I feel to a tee:

Hppy Friday! Enjoy tolerate the snow tomorrow. Snow in October?!?!

Also, enjoy this video (I am pretty sure it is a commercial). It is silly but I think it sends a great message.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Perfect Two

Such an adorable song  :-)

You can be the peanut butter to my jelly
You can be the butterflies I feel in my belly
You can be the captain and I can be your first mate
You can be the chills that I feel on our first date

You can be the hero and I can be your side kick
You can be the tear that I cry if we ever split
You can be the rain from the cloud when it's stormin'
Or you can be the sun when it shines in the mornin'

Don't know if I could ever be
Without you cause boy you complete me
And in time I know that we'll both see
That we're all we need

Cause you're the apple to my pie
You're the straw to my berry
You're the smoke to my high
And you're the one I wanna marry

Cause you are the one for me
And I'm the one for you
You take the both of us
And we're the perfect two

We're the perfect two
We're the perfect two
Baby me and you
We're the perfect two

You can be the prince and I can be your princess
You can be the sweet tooth I can be the dentist
You can be the shoes and I can be the laces
You can be the heart that I spill on the pages

You can be the Vodka and I can be the chaser
You can be the pencil and I can be the paper
You can be as *cold* as the winter weather
But I don't care as long as we're together

dont know if I could ever be
Without you cause boy you complete me
And in time I know that we'll both see
That we're all we need

Cause you're the apple to my pie
You're the straw to my berry
You're the smoke to my high
And you're the one I wanna marry

Cause your the one for me
And I'm the one for you
You take the both of us
And we're the perfect two

We're the perfect two
We're the perfect two
Baby me and you
We're the perfect two
Source: Auburn


Wine, Cake and Love

My Nana always told me:

“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth.”

Today is one of those days that you want to be happy because birthdays are happy but you can't help but feel sad when you know the birthday you could be celebrating won't happen because the person isn't with you anymore. 

Today my Nana would be 80 years old. There is still a moment everyday where I can't believe that she isn't here anymore.  Sometimes I will see something and think "my Nana would love that" or just want to curl up in her bed with her and tell her about my awful day at work, or the exciting things that happened over the weekend. 

When she first passed away I didn't want to forget the sound of her voice, that was what I feared the most.  It has been two years, and I can't necessarily remember exactly what it sounds like anymore, but I will never forget her touch.  She was one of those people that could touch you with a hand, and you could feel it in your soul.  Her hands, although they were 78 years old, were the softest I have ever felt. She cared and loved so much those who were important to her.  I hope that I have at least half the amount of room in my heart to love as she did.

Tonight we are going to celebrate her birthday with a glass of wine, a piece of cake and love. Just because she isn't here with us anymore doesn't mean that she would want us to be sad. She is looking down over us, wanting us to love as hard as we can.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Song Queen

I have been the song queen lately.  The past few days, I have been listening to all the Michael Franti and Spearhead songs (after hearing new ones at the wedding I was in this past weekend).  I love the reggae/low key feel of all his music.  It's feel good music, and I think everyone can appreciate it, no matter age, beliefs, taste, etc.

Here's a little taste:

Speaking of said wedding, I'll post lots of pictures after the bride and her new hubby return from their honeymoon. The wedding was one of the absolute best I have ever been too. I may be partial because she is a best friend of a long time, but it was so much fun and lasted the perfect amount of time.  The wedding was so "them". A little touch of Ashley and Andy on every part of it. Overall, an amazing time with many people that I love!

A sneak peek:

Fun had by all :)

Love you both to pieces Ash and Andy! Can't wait to see you when you get back from the Carribean all bronzed. 

Completely off subject...

I successfully completed my first morning workout ever. 5 am came bright and early but I now understand the amazing feeling of having it done for the day.  I hope I can get my booty out of bed that early more often!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Made My Day

Please enjoy it as much as I did!

It begins

P90X started on Monday and man can I feel it. My abs have never hurt so much so good before in my life. (I rarely ever even attempt to do an ab workout).  I can't wait to see the results if WHEN I stick with it for 88 more days. :-/

I have heard from multiple people that this guy will be my arch nemesis by the time all is said and done:

Tony Horton, I can't believe your 52!  I don't want man arms when all is said and done, but I can't wait to be stronger and more toned!  Plyometrics was one of the strangest, hardest workouts I have ever done. And I don't think I have ever sweat that much in my entire life. 

So, from now until January 8th my workout routine will take place with Tony (except on Sundays when the most exercise I will get is walking Jaks). I feel like with all the time we will spend together it is ok to be on a first name basis. 

Wish me luck :)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

It all started with a game of flag football...

I am feeling mushy today. I have never gone into detail into how Brent and I met, so today I am feeling like is the day. This weekend we have already been engaged for 2 months (time flies) and wedding plans are fully in the works.  I am amazed at how I am not as stressed as I would imagine. I find the whole planning process so fun. I can't wait until the big day (even thought it is almost a whole year from now). If two months goes that quick, I know it will be here before we know it.

On with my story (and random pictures of us through dating thrown in):

Brent and I met because we had mutual friends and were on a flag football team together. The first game was on an abnormally warm day in April.  I went to the game, no makeup, hair in a bun and exhausted. I had worked late bartending the night before.  When, we got there I offered to sit out the first few plays because I had never played on a team like this before and I wanted to see how it was done (and not make an embarassment out of myself). Well, the other three people sitting out were Brent, Kevin (Brent's brother) and Justin (Kevin's Friend).  I boldly walked up and introduced myself, what did I have to lose? We exchanged names and talked and then went on our way playing the game.

First Picture Together

Soon there after I went out with two people from the team for a birthday. I was asking the girl Brent was friends with (Kate) if he was married/engaged because he told me how he was looking at houses that day.  She laughed and said no, and asked if I was interested.  Apparently he had told her that he could possibly be interested in me.

One thing led to another, and the next time Kate and I hung out I called Brent (it happened to be his birthday) and we made plans to go out the next week.

At Sara's Wedding
The first date I was so nervous. I got lost going the restaurant and was freaking out.  I called my friend Leslie (who was then living in North Carolina) and told her what I was up to. She talked me through the nerves and when I got there I had atleast calmed down enough to have a sane conversation.

Brent wined and dined me at Melting Pot (awesome first date). He always tells the story that I ripped apart an entire wine cork I was so nervous.


After the date I called my friend Colleen (who was engaged at the time) and told her all about the date.  I told her how I really liked him but didn't want to jinx it. He seemed like a great guy and I just wanted to make sure I didn't screw anything up.

We went out about once a week for a month but talked every day either through text or on the phone. We lived about an hour from each other so we couldn't really see each other during the week.

We both happened to be at the beach over memorial day weekend so I met up with him and hung out one night with he and his friends. They were all so nice and accepting, I couldn't have asked for a better first experience meeting a group of friends. We danced the night away. 

About a month after our first date (on May 30th) we became exclusive :-) And now the rest is history. We are engaged and I get to marry my best friend in less than a year. I couldn't be happier/luckier/more excited than I am right now!


Monday, October 3, 2011

My gem of the day

I am borrowing this quote from another favorite blog of mine:

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint on the clouds of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things go wrong that you mustn’t quit.

It's a nice little pick me up. Even if certain things don't turn out the way you want them too, there are always other things that will turn out better. Just always have to keep looking at the bright side :-) (even when its hard).

Can't wait to zumba my booty away tonight at a new class. Wish me luck that I can keep up!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"Let me tell ya bout my best friiieeeennnddd"

This is what I found on pinterest when searching the word "bridesmaid" (along with many other fun quotes):

Monday, September 26, 2011

Two Part-er

First, what a fun weekend! We sang, danced and hung out with amazing friends and family! Who could ask for more?

On Friday we headed out to a bar local to us to see a friends band and celebrate Kate's bday.  We have seen it many times before but I love it.  I took zero pictures so thank goodness that Kate is the picture queen and got a million of them!

Lindsay and Geoff love the band too!

some of my favorite girls :)

the boys
Saturday, we went to a deck party at my Mom's house.  The food was delicious and the weather turned out to be just perfect for sitting outside and playing some cornhole.  No rain ruined our parade!

The second part of my post is a HAPPY HAPPY (day late) BIRTHDAY to my puppy :-) He was one year old yesterday! Is this when he starts acting less crazy?? He got 3 new toys, all of which I am sure he is already bored with and ready to chew on my new season of shoes that I swapped out yesterday.

Friday, September 23, 2011

"Cheers to the Freakin Weekend"

Let me just start by saying that I believe the rain is never going to stop in Maryland. I believe that we are turning into the second Seattle. Pretty soon we all need to build our houses on stilts so there will be no flooding. This September has seriously been ridiculous. Let's hope this doesn't mean that we will have hundreds of inches of snow as well.

Next on the agenda. IT'S FRIDAY. Thank goodness. It has been a long, crazy busy week of work. I am more than ready to catch up on some much needed sleep.  Tonight I get to hang out with these gals + Michelle (and our guys)! We are going to do a little birthday celebrating for the chicka in the middle ;-) Birthday shout out anyone?!?

Then tomorrow I get to see all my ladies in one day! It is going to be a packed, fun Friday & Saturday. Sunday I plan on doing as much nothing as possible (and organizing the giant basket of clothes sitting in my room right now).   I am going to attempt to take lots of pictures. I haven't been very good at the this past month. 

Monday starts the P90x challenge...I hope I can stand up by the end of the week.  I always need to be motivated by something, normally it is a race of some sort. Now I am looking forward to Christmas because that is when this p90craziness will be over. Anybody else tried it in the past?

Now back to finishing up work for the week. Come on 4 o'clock (and semi-OK traffic to drive home in)!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Football > Girlfriend?

This picture made me laugh. Thought I should share!

Halfway through the work week :-)

September Birthday

Happy Birthday Kate! I am so happy that we have become such good friends! A daily gchat, girl talk nights and lots of pinto grigio and moscato! Have the best day :-) And enjoy your spaghetti (with some wine of course). Can't wait to celebrate your 26th this weekend! Remember, we will never be old, because they (those Cunningham boy's) will always be older than us! <3

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

When the other shoe drops

Tuesday, which I normally coin, Terrible Tuesday (just always seems to be the day of the week where traffic is bad, work is busy and nothing you plan on getting done actually happens) was looking brighter this week.  I woke up refreshed tired but it was because I stayed up way too late watching TV (my own fault) so it was ok. 

Once I was ready for work I felt good, ready to take on the day.  I made myself a cup of Hazelnut coffee, and a piece of multigrain toast with PB, Banana and a sprinkle of granola.  Jaks was being good, listening to me and not running around like crazy and got right in his crate for me when I left and I was on my way.

It wasn't until I was 2 miles from work that I noticed I never changed out of my bright pink martini glass flip flops, that I have owned since high school, that I walked Jaks in this morning.  Slight panic set in. What was I going to do? Then I looked around my car, and thank goodness I am a car clutterer because there were shoes gleaming back at my. Pretty black flats. "Why do I never wear these?" I thought to myself.  They are so cute.

Well, it is now 1:45 pm and I can tell you why they stay in my car.  My feet are killing me.  Every time I take a step my toes slip and get pinched by the end of the shoe. 

I also had a friendly reminder today at work that my office stays slightly freezing as it approaches fall.  Note to self, start bring a sweater so you don't shiver for 8 hours. 

On a better, less bitter note, I made a delicious recipe last night for dinner.  They were Thai Chicken Broccoli Wraps from Fitness Magazine.  I highly recommend the recipe.  They were filling, healthy and satisfying.  I honestly had never had anything coined, Thai before so it was a nice introduction.  And, who doesn't like a wrap? They are so versatile ;-)

A few fun pictures that made me smile:

Can I get Jaks one?? In blue of course!

I want this picture ;-)

So true

Monday, September 19, 2011


I spent my first 15 minutes on pinterest today.  I have been avaiding it because I knew I would become addicted. And I am.  There are so many amazing wedding ideas on there. Fun quotes. Beautiful gifts.  Home decorating tips.  You name it, it's there.  Here are just a few of the things I loved today!

Cutest Wedding Present Ever

I want this picture :-)
4 more work days until the weekend, too soon?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Survival of the fittest

It started out really really cold (51 degrees in spetember?):

Before we knew what we were getting ourselves into

We set everything up for transitions:

Notice my NOT awesome mountain went so slow.
Then we waited, and waited and waited:
Waiting with 1100 other people
Then it was time to complete in the hardest thing I have ever done physically in my whole life. The ocean was so rough and very intimidating.  But once I was out (aftter i decided against quitting about 30 times) I knew I could finish the rest.  I went slow, very slow, but I finished and that is all that matters.  Brent did great! 97th overall, which I think is a huge accomplishment!

 The after pic:

We're DONE!!

We Celebrated with FREE BEER!

All of us

Dewey Sprint Triathlon 2011
Swim: 27.29 Min
Bike: 50.44 Min
Run: 35.33 Min
Total: 1:56.39

Next time I do one of these I need a new bike and no ocean!