Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cozy Cabin in the Woods

This past weekend we headed out to the mountains of Garrett County, MD also known as Deep Creek!
Some of my favorite girls surprised me with birthday cupcakes and hats. Two of my favorite things! I was completely surprised and so grateful to get to celebrate with them.
And of course with this guy...

On friday night we pretty much just hung out, made a few pizzas and snacked while having some fun drinks and playing cards.  Everyone went to bed relatively early so we didn't spoil saturday.

On saturday the girls (+ Shane) hung out at the house playing more cards, watching TV and making bloody mary's and watermelon mojitos (my new favorite drink ever).  We had a blast just being silly and trying to maintain a fire in the fireplace while the boy's were out sharpening their skiing/snowboarding/drinking skills.
That evening we made a full family dinner :-) Lasagna, Ziti, Ceasar Salad, a glass of red wine and burnt garlic bread. And then all just hung out dancing to fun music, playing games and watching some winter xgames on TV.
It was a great weekend indeed! I can't wait to do it again next year. Thanks to everyone for coming and especially for my birthday surprise! <3

Monday, January 30, 2012

Not a day goes by

Between the hustle and bustle of the holidays, which extend into January for my birthday I go through a huge mix of emotions.  Of course there is the excitement of the holidays, the stress of getting everything done and the missing of people that can't be with us.  Everyday that goes by I think of my Nana. She was a huge part of my support system growing and we had a deep, unique relationship that will never ever be able to be replicated. She was the one who taught me about a "one true love" and the one I could lay in bed with and watch the news (and trash TV, but she wouldn't want me announcing that) at any hour of the day. I could hold her hand if I was scared or anxious, laugh with over the dumbest jokes or cry with her over nothing at all. She was also there sharing in the every day events that made me who I am today. 


I thank God all the time for the time I got to have with her.  Not everyone can say that they spent a portion of almost every day with one of their grandparents. That makes me feel pretty lucky.  Her time with me may have been shorter that I would have wanted, and as my wedding nears I may grow sadder thinking that she can't be there to share in the day I have dreamed of and planned songs for my entire life but I know she is watching down guiding me, and happy that she knows that because of her, I really truely know how to love with my whole heart.  I am so happy that Brent got to meet her, even if it was only for a short six months.   She knew right from the start that he was a keeper and she was aboslutely right. 

So is just a normal monday....not a holiday or an event, but I have learned over the last 2 1/2 years that missing someone every day is not a bad thing. I don't cry every time I talk about her anymore (just sometimes) because I know that just because I may not be able to see her, doesn't mean that she isn't with me at every moment of every day.  And she wouldn't want me to be sad thinking about her being gone, she would want me to be happy thinking about all of the times we had over the 8,395+ days that we got to spend part of together.

"Even though I can't touch your face, I feel you with me everyday and I wish you could see all my dreams coming true. When I get lost I close my eyes and feel you shining down so bright, I feel you shining down on me..." -Kellie Pickler, lyrics from  My Angel

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Birthday + Awkward Moments = Memories

Awkward moments of my birthday:

1.) Coworker: Good Morning Amanda, you are in a good mood today...
Me: IT'S MY BIRTHDAY

Just because I love my birthday, doesn't mean I have to aggressively push it on everyone.

2.) While in a meeting today the person leading discussions says: Today is a very very special day.....Happy Birthday Amanda
Woman sitting next to me talks directly into my face: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY?!? HOW OLD ARE YOU?

I know I am still young BUT isn't it inappropriate to ask age? I quietly said my age and got all of the, "No way, you don't look over 18" comments.  How exactly would I have this job if I was 18 or below, I would be going to school here still. 

3.) Not related to my birthday at all, but most awkward moment of 2012 thus far.

I walk into Starby's this morning all excited about getting myself a special fancy birthday coffee drink. I get in line and notice the guy in front of me looks familiar. At first I blow it off but instinctively I look again and realize it is someone that I used to work with/be friends with/hang out with a lot about 5 years ago.  Once he got fired we never spoke again, he defriended me from facebook, the whole nine yards.  I could see him looking at me out of the corner of his eye. At that moment I had three options either A.) run the opposite direction (that's what I really wanted to do but I really wanted my coffee) or B.) Break the tension and say hello or C.) the most mature option of course, ignore and act like I didn't see him. I went with C. Luckily he got a regular coffee and went to the little kiosk to stir in his milk and sugar of choice and I quickly grabbed my drink and dashed before we could accidentally walk out the door at the same time. 

At this rate I imagine myself spilling a drink tonight, tripping in the middle of the restaurant or dropping food on myself at dinner.  But, let's be real, that is a normal day in my life. A little awkwardness and klutziness never hurt anyone...and it is what makes me ME. 

Happy Birthday fellow January 26ers!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Birthday Eve!

I had high aspirations of waking up this morning and screaming "it's my birthday eve" from the rooftops but when my alarm went off for the first time at 5:30 AM (and then hit snooze 3 times, sorry neighbors) I was feeling more like this:


Needless to say when I could finally keep my eyes all the way open after my small McDonald's coffee (it's only $1, I can't see spending more on coffee there so I stick with the small) I was disappointed in myself. It is the one day of the year that I can act ridiculous and make up a holiday and I didnt seize the opportunity.  Tomorrow I will have to make sure to set my alarm extra early and not hit snooze only hit snooze twice so I can dance around the room before heading to work.  I will practice my dance tonight. If only I still had this from my childhood I could really make an impact:

I love birthdays. My own, those of people I love, anyone that tells me that it is their birthday. I think they are fun.  Anyone that says they do not like their birthday is either A.) Lying or B.) Never had an awesome one and should fix that immediately.  Please let me know and I will find a way to show you how awesome birthdays really can be.  :-)

On that note...Happy Birthday Alicia Keys, we are almost birthday twins! And don't worry Ellen whenever asks me when my birthday is I say, "January 26 sameasellendegeneres", along with "I was born on super bowl sunday but please don't ask me who was playing because I never remember". 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Winning

This made me laugh so I thought that I should share:



I can't remember a year where it didn't snow on my birthday, a day before or a day after my birthday or somewhere in the near vicinity.

Last night was bachelor night! I was invited by Kate to a bachelor girls night. Nothing better than delicious food, wine and critiquing everything there is to talk about when it comes to reality show relationships. We had so much fun watching and also reading people's reactions on twitter. I think it actually finally pulled me into twitter, I was a disbeliever for so long.  I won't do a recap of the show, but I will just say Ben F., I do not like you as much as I did when you were on Ashley's season.  You seem like a nice person, and I think that in the real world you are probably awesome, but ABC sure does portray you as pretty boring and kind of dumb when it comes to these girls. Good luck finding true love in Courtney ;-) (please don't pick her, please don't pick her, please don't pick her).

The sun is shining and it isn't 32 degrees outside today! That is a win in my book! (ehhh...winning?? right Courtney?) Lol.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Someone Turned on the Fog Machine

It is crazy foggy out today! One of those days, I imagine it to be like Seattle, when you expect it to burn off and it never does.  It has looked like it is about 4:30 pm all day long. The perfect day for Pjs, movies, popcorn and naps. Too bad its monday :-/

This past weekend was a good one though.  On Friday I headed out with some friends to a bar not too far from where I live to see a friends band.  I have seen them probably 20+ times now but they are great! It is always a good time. The bar was absolutely packed friday night. There were flailing elbows from dancers and shattered drinks out of hands (mine).  Elbow + Drink = Shattered glass on the floor and liquid all over pants and boots. Oh well, a good time was had by all!



Saturday was mother/daughter shopping time! We headed to Tyson's Corner Mall, where neither of us had ever been before . It was amazing!! I never knew I could love a mall so much. ;-) We had lunch at Seasons 52, I had only been there once before (a different location). I had a Spicy Shrimp Chipolte Flatbread after we split the edemame. It was delicious and not loaded with a ton of calories (all of their entrees are less than 400 calories and they do not use butter in anything). 



Then on sunday I cooked my little heart out....banana chocolate chip muffins to use up old bananas on their last leg, ziti and lasagna for next weekends festivities (in the freezer and ready to go) and delicious chicken cachetorrie in the crockpot for dinner. Then I layed around like this guy and watched the two teams I wanted to win football (the Harbaugh Brothers Super Bowl??) lose.


It was a great weekend with a good mix of productivity and relaxation. And I was happy to spend some QT watching football and eating a delicious dinner with my two favorite boys :-)

PS. I was reading another blog today and it is her birthday week too ;-)

Friday, January 20, 2012

19 Sticks of Butter

For some reason I am in a slight funk today, I know I will get over it because it is my favorite day of the week, but for now I just want to get off work, go shopping, be at home and have it be the weekend.

This morning on the radio the DJ's were talking about something pretty interesting. As most everyone knows now, Paula Deen is DIABETIC (who is really surprised, she puts 2 pounds of butter in everything).  People act like it is the plague, Mrs. Deen being one of them.  I waiver on this topic because just because you are a "celebrity" doesn't mean the whole world needs to know your medical records BUT if you are a chef, passing your recipes along to others, the recipes that have aided in your type 2 diabetes diagnosis you need to spill the beans. Right?

Now, I believe that Paula kept her lips sealed because her publicist thought she thought her empire could have come crashing down in an instant if people heard about her health news. ALL THINGS IN MODERATION PEOPLE...just because Paula Deen has diabetes doesn't mean that you will also if you indulge in her southern style recipes every so often.  It is not fair to believe that the only food she eats is her own.  It is also not fair to believe that she did not have some sort of family history of diabetes.

Now, don't get me wrong, diet plays a huge role in type 2 diabetes.  You can help control your blood sugar (not always completely) by eating foods close to "the limb and the ground" but isn't that how we all should be eating anyways? You should know that you shouldn't be making Paula Deen's recipes every night for dinner. She is not a role model to health. She is a chef. Those two can be hugely different. She never once said that she was a healthy living chef.

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It's funny because as I started writing I was thinking that I was going to take the stand that Paula Deen is completely wrong, she should have come clean right away. But why? It really isn't any one's business but her own. What I do think is wrong is that the information is being release 1-3 years after her diagnosis, ironically just as her new book is being released. Fishy? I would say yes. At this point she should have just kept it to herself.  She should have gotten healthy, maybe started cooking healthier foods on her show...other than that, it was too late for the information to be released.
I am passionate about this topic because I have people very close to me that are diabetic.  It is not a secret for those they are close to. They all have bracelets, insulin shots, sugar pills and they are not ashamed.  It is a way of life.  A way of life that Mes. Deen was hiding, until the publicity was needed.

In conclusion of my opinion rant, I believe the only thing that Paula Deen is guilty of is a publicity scheme.  It makes her look desperate. Don't use your health issues to get people to buy your book.  Privacy is privacy, if you want it, keep it. 

What do you think? Do you agree/disagree completely?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wannabe at my Party

I want to have a party and play games like:

"There is a CLEARANCE at the fashion boutique"
And:
Guys and Girls alike can appreciate Guess Who?

And:
Then...let's eat some fun snacks...like the ones you got when you went to the pool:

These were a necessity in every lunch.

I never liked these, I can still remember what they made the inside of my
mouth feel like...Yet I remember eating them more times than
I would like to admit, peer pressure??
Fake cheese at its finest.
The tie-dye ones of course!
Then we can listen to songs from NKOTB, Backstreet Boys, Nsync and my personal favorite:


Want to come?

What am I missing??

All images courtesy of this and various google image searches :-)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Elmo And I Know It

Who has seen this parady of "Sexy and I Know It"? I heard it on the radio this morning and had to share :-)

Find Inspiration Daily

First of all, if you want to see an amazing, inspiring woman and family (and have a good cry) please jump over and watch this video.  I am completely hooked on Ashley's amazing blog. She is a mom, going through chemo, choosing to live a joyful, positive life.  She really has to be one of the strongest people ever. And on top of it all, her blog is originally based on the amazing products she produces.

Next, its just a normal rainy Tuesday here. I think that it rains every Tuesday? That might be an exaggeration but it is close to it.  Today I am liking it though. Just a steady rain, with not so cold temperatures.  No ice, no snow, happy me :-)

Also, I am starting the Winter Shape Up. I am cleaning up my eating a little more (emphasis on fruits and veggies) and going to do the workouts along with some zumba, a running day and a yoga night.  I know myself, and direction in exercise is key for me.  I am excited to try it out tonight.  Along with the winter shape up comes 8 glasses of water a day. I am not a very good water drinker and have felt super dehydrated lately.  I have come up with a no fail method. Two of these bad boys before I get home from work a day!
Lastly, I am a little too excited to watch my DVR'd Gossip Girl tonight.  I have also gotten hooked (after one episode) on Californication....it is a show that I would have never expected to like, but I do.  It's always nice to find a show that Brent and I both like. He get's to watch enough Private Practice, The Bachelor and The Voice and I try to teach myself to enjoy basketball whenever possible. Most girls like basketball best I think, I would rather a football game any day of the week.

What is your favorite gender neutral show??

Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy MLK Day

I am so happy to be having an unproductive day off! Having a random monday off of work is always the best. So far I have hit up a morning zumba class, done some laundry, made an awesome salad for lunch and chased Jaks around the house 45 times.

Anyways, these past few weekend have been pretty good. We have had a good mix of productive (wedding registries DONE, cooking new recipes) and fun (going out with friends at night, drinking our share of wine) :-) Thought I would share a few pics since the beginning of 2012.  Another new years resolution I have added to the list...TAKE MORE PICTURES.

Enjoy your lovely day off work (if you are luck enough to be off)!
Bethany :-)

Brent & Nicole

Kate and I at Caddies
<3

Friday, January 13, 2012

All I can think of is the weekend...

So I am looking through old albums on facebook to pass time. I will not embarrass others by showing pictures that I fould of them circa 2006-2008 but I will show some of my own. A few good laughs on a friday afternoon are always good. 

I found this picture today :-) The first day Ash and Andy really started hanging out.

St. Patty's Day 2006. Someone should have told me stripes are for zebras only...

Back in college when I thought those hats were super cute....

Again with the hat, at Oliver's in Laurel. If you are from Laurel, you know what I'm talking about, lol.

Last birthday cake shooter ever, on my 21st bday. I like to ruin drinks for myself quickly!

Getting poured on at a John Mayer concert. It was still amazing.

I like to call this "bad family photo" because we are all thinking obviously different things.

Nay's bach party almost 5 years ago! Now she's having a sweet baby girl :)

The caption of this was "pose like a dude, act hard". Enough said.



It is fun to look back at pictures because no matter how bad/good/attractive/funny they are...they bring back the memory of that day instantly!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Things I think/wonder about at work

I read a blog that I really like, Low and Behold, and lately when she has nothing to say she does a series "Things I say when I am bored".  I liked this idea. Sometimes I just don't have one long thought to write an entire blog on. And sometimes I don't have fun pictures to post. So, on days like that, random thoughts are what you may get.

Today, as I was sitting in my office I was literally staring at the box of donuts sitting 6 feet away from me for 3 hours. I had a mental fight with myself. I wanted one so badly, but then thought about all of the pretty dresses I would have to fit in this year. And how I would much rather do yoga tonight than run. Then I finally looked at the flavors, I was just going to cut a piece off of one. They were all plain cake donuts. That made my decision easy. Waste of calories. I can't wait to find some sort of sweet to eat later to reward myself ;-)

How many times does that average person look at the clock during a work day? I feel that I probably glance down at it, on average, every 15 minutes. 8 hours divided by 15 minutes is 32. Subtract one hour for lunch and I look at the clock on average 28 times a day. That is pretty ridiculous.

I am obsessed with looking up shoes for my bridesmaids.  I want them to be absolutely perfect and I am having very little luck....BUT I have only looked at shoes for myself once. Fell in love, and have not looked back. Even though I can probably not afford them. It is fun to live in the dream world for awhile. I will hit reality some time close to my first dress fitting.

How do people keep their hair looking nice through an entire day of work? By lunchtime I feel like mine has gone flat/frizzy/tangly or a combination of them all.

Why do I forget every night to take off my awful chipped nail polish? I need to make myself a note.

What is the point of sending in an empty envelope to a school? I have opened 3 this week. Are people really that forgetful? An envelope is for putting stuff in.....if its empty, its pointless.

Is it friday yet? I can't wait to drink wine, talk about weddings, look at pictures, and talk about how hot Ryan Gosling has gotten since the notebook with my favorite girls. (Christine, is there anyway you can catch a flight for the night? Or we could video chat?!?)

Does anyone else ever have a problem with the tights/socks/boot combo? Sometimes, randomly, my tights and socks feel like they suddenly get super tight around my toes and they become very uncomfortable. But I can't really take my boot off, unless my boss is at lunch, so I try to pretend like it doesn't hurt. It works aout 10% of the time. 

Lunchtime is my favorite time of the day. Beaten only by 4pm when traffic is good and I get home in under an hour!

Random enough for you?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Polite vs. Aggravating

I have not written much about wedding planning on my blog, mostly because I like things being a surprise.  I have not given away details about colors or locations because those who need to know, already do and those who don't can wait in suspense ;-)

Anyway, I was talking to a friend yesterday who I go to when I need an honest opinion.  If I really want to know if something is hideous, or ridiculous I immediately go to her. She is 100% honest, even if it isn't the popular answer and I completely respect that aspect of her.  I was telling her how I feel like once you get engaged lots of people lose their opinion.  You could ask them if you look good in a rainbow colored bridal gown and they would say "OMG it's so beautiful". No it's really not.  Now, I know I have more than just one person that is honest with me, and that makes me very happy and grateful but my question is...

Why do people feel the need to be so polite?

I feel like in every other aspect of life, college choice, raising kids, house decorating, people can be brutally honest. But when it comes to planning your wedding, all the sudden they shut down. 

I am not going to lie. Everyone once in awhile it is nice to hear that your ideas are awesome. But I am human, I make mistakes and I have never planned a wedding before so if something I say is far off, please don't restrain yourself. Just let me know!

My point is...sometimes just being polite is more aggravating than it is helpful. If I ask for your opinion I really want it, and I am going to respect it and take it as genuine. If I don't ask for your opinion you can keep it to yourself. Just kidding (kinda) :-)

Moral of the story.  Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy.

Thoughts?

<3

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Glory

I know that people are criticizing Jay-Z's Glory written to his new baby girl but I can't help but like the song. Yes, it's slightly TMI in parts. But it shows the love that he has to Blue and why she has that name. It also shows the struggles that he and Beyonce have gone through to start their family.

Glory feat. B.I.C.

[Hook]


The most amazing feeling I feel

Words can't describe the feeling, for real

Maybe I paint the sky blue

My greatest creation was you, you: Glory

[Verse 1]

False alarms and false starts

All made better by the sound of your heart

All the pain of the last time

I prayed so hard it was the last time

Your mama said that you danced for her

Did you wiggle your hands for her?

Glory! Glory!

Glory! Sorry

Everything that I prayed for

God's gift, I wish I woulda prayed more

God makes no mistakes, I made a few

Rough sledding here and there, but I made it through

I wreak havoc on the world

Get ready for part two

A younger, smarter faster me

So a pinch of Hov, a whole glass of Bé

[Hook]
[Verse 2]

Your Grandpop died of **** failure

Then he died of liver failure

Deep down he was a good man

Goddamn, I can't deliver failure

Bad-*** lil Hov

Two years old, shopping on Savile Row

Wicked-*** lil B

Hard not to spoil you rotten, looking like little me

The most beautifulest thing in this world

Is daddy's little girl

You don't yet know what swag is but you was made in Paris

And mama woke up the next day and shot her album package

Last time the miscarriage was so tragic

We was afraid you'd disappear, but nah, baby, you magic

So there you have it, **** happens

Just make sure the plane you on is bigger than your carry-on baggage

Everybody go through stuff

Life is a gift, love, open it up

You're a child of destiny

You're the child of my destiny

You're my child with the child from Destiny's Child

That's a hell of a recipe

Glory! Glory!

Glory!


What do you think???

Green Pizza

Last night I tried out a quick new recipe that I absolutely loved! After hitting the gym and the grocery store after work it was already 7:52 (exactly) when I started cooking.  It was a "30 minute meal" that I got from Eating Well and it was super tasty. It was healthier than regular pizza, not my healthiest dinner of all time, but there were a bunch of veggies and minimal cheese.  I suggest trying it out.  I wish I had remembered to bring it for lunch today :-/

Adapted from Green Pizza -6 Servings (4 servings if you aren't eating with a salad)



What you need



Premade Thin Pizza Crust (I used pilsbury, thats all they had in the dairy aisle at Giant)

2-3 cups chopped broccoli florets

1/2 cup water

5 ounces arugula ,any tough stems removed, chopped (about 1 Pre-packaged Bag)

Pinch of salt

Freshly ground pepper to taste

1/2 cup prepared pesto

1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Prebake dough on greesed cookie sheet for 5 minutes.
  3. Steam broccoli with the 1/2 cup of water in a large nonstick frying pan (top on) for about 5 minutes. Add arugula and steam for 3-5 minutes more.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Spread pesto over crust. Top with green vegetable and 1 cup of part-skin mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes and then let sit for 5 minutes before cutting (so that all the toppings stay in place)!
  6. Enjoy :-)

Friday, January 6, 2012

A new 100 Workout

Yesterday I got an email stating that I had to try this new "100 Workout".  When I asked where my friend had found it she told me she made it up with moves she learned at bootcamp class. It sparked my interest so last night I tried it out. Holy Sweat! It was hard and I hurt in places I didn't know muscles existed today! So, thank you Christine for a workout that truely kicked my butt last night. It is always nice to find something new to thow in the workout routine to combat the boredom that sets in from just running or biking all the time. Send me new ones as you make them up!

Try out this workout if you are short on time. It should take about 30 minutes (I rested 30 seconds or less between each move)! Make sure you have some good music to listen to while doing it to motivate you.  I was watching E!news which was slightly distracting. Brittany Spears, Justin Timberlake, Drew Barrymore...All these engagements I have to be informed of!

STINE's 100 WORKOUT

100 - Jumping Jacks

95 - Jacks w/ small medicine ball (or 5 lbs. weight)

90 - Crunch Heel Touches (side to side)

85 - Jacks w/ med ball

80 - Punches w/ 5 lb weights

75 - Jacks w/ med ball

70 - Ab Flutter kicks

65 - Jacks w/ med ball

60 - 30 side kicks/30 front kicks

55 - Jacks w/ med ball

50 - Full body squats w/ arm raises (5 lb weights)

45 - Jacks w/ med ball

40 - Triceps in Skiing position

35 - Jacks w/ med ball

30 - Pushup position - Touch knee to elbow

25 - Jacks w/ med ball

20 - Burpees

15 - Jacks w/ med ball

10 - PUSHUPS

5 - Jacks w/ med ball
 
Let me know what you think! TGIF :-)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

7 Things You May Not Know About Me

I am a pretty open book. I don't have a lot of deep dark secrets.  At the same time, I also don't spill other peoples secrets.  Anyway, here are 7 things you may already not know about me.

  1. In high school I was on the softball team, I swam on the swim team (and came pretty close to drowning my first meet, completely different story) and was on Poms.  I know none of those things really go together. I liked trying everything, still do!
  2.  I like every single vegetable. I have honestly never had one that I don't like.  Fruit on the other hand I am pretty picky about. My absolute favorite is broccoli.
  3. I had never been on a plane until last year.  I just never went anywhere that I needed to fly. Now, I don't like them, they terrify me.  I am trying to get over it....because I want to travel everywhere.  Nothing a few blooy mary's at an airport Green Turtle can't fix.
  4. I can fall asleep anytime...anywhere. In a car, on the couch, on the floor, 3 seconds before my head hits the pillow. ANYWHERE. Put a movie in after 8 pm and I am passed out.
  5. My mom is my best friend, my confidant, my favorite. I tell her everything. I get her advice about everything.  We are very alike which is good. Our fights are minimal :-)
  6.  I believe in childhood friends (high school, college) and adult friends.  I have made some great adult friends over the past few years. And I am also lucky enough to have brought a few childhood friends to the adult world as well. I feel pretty lucky with the friends I have had for a long time and the newer ones that I have made! There is no better thing than a night of drinking wine and hanging out with your favorite girls.(Can't wait to take more fun pictures too)
  7. I RARELY get stressed. Like as in, hardly ever.  When I do, I don't really know what has come over me. I am cool as a cucumber most of the time. I think that stresses people out ;-)  
Happy Friday Eve!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A case of the sleepies

I don't know if it is because it is so cold out, or just because I am not used to getting up at the crack of dawn anymore, but OMG I am so sleepy today. Not the tired, lazy feeling but the can hardly keep my eyes open feeling. Hope it passes...or that I find more caffine...stat.

The simple highlight of my day is that although it feels like Tuesday it is actually already wednesday! The simple things in life that can make you so happy :-)

***

Last night Brent and I met with a DJ. He was easy to talk to, nice, local, normal, unobtrusive. Easy sell. Check one more thing off the list of wedding planning.  To date we now have:

  • Venue
  • Church
  • Photographer
  • DJ
  • Dress
  • BM Dresses
  • GM Tuxes
List looks good to me!

Now we need to get on sending out save the dates, confirming cake and finding flowers (I have been putting this one off)...along with lots of little things.

262 days to get the rest done ;-) (The you to The Knot for having a wedding countdown whenever I want to be cheesy and look it up).

My friend Nici sent me this cute app last night, I will share hers, because it is adorable...I may just have to make one for myself as well!



***

Last totally random thought. I know everyone (most people) are hating on Ben F. as the bachelor. But I really like him! How can you not love a bachelor who loves Grandma's and brunettes?! Stay away from the crazies and find yourself a good one Ben! While also kissing multiple women the first night, skinny dipping, having an ex come on the show and going to all the most beautiful places on earth.  Just the normal dating world if you ask me ;-)





Tuesday, January 3, 2012

100th Post and Resolutions

Today is my 100th Blog Post...not too shabby. I haven't been consistent lately but I am going to try to get better in the new year.  January 1 is the day to start resolutions right??

This year I am taking a practical/open apprach to resolutions. I want to resolve to do things that are obtainable. Nothing drastic or crazy.  So here is my list, feel free to weigh in with suggestions:

1. Attend yoga once a week.  I think it is good for the soul and peace of mind as well as good for the body.

2. Attend church atleast once a month.  I havent been as good as I would like about it lately. No better time than the present to start anew. 

3. Have a better skin regimine. I am not 16 anymore. I need to remember that the skin is the biggest organ of the body and it needs some TLC. Daily lotion, sunscreen, etc. 

4. Make time for those that matter. Have it be family, friends, fiance (the 3 F's), make sure that they have your free time. Those that don't matter quite as much come second fiddle.

5. Continue cooking and eating healthy...and working out 3-4 times a week. It has become a lifestyle and I want to stick with it. BUT if there is a week that I mess up, I won't beat myself up. I just won't link too many weeks together and I will jump back on full force.

6. BLOG REGULARLY....it is also good for the mind. A fun outlet! I want to share again.

Happy New Year (a few days late)!

What are your resolutions?