Weekly Update – 7/18/2016

Finally got back to the gym three times this week and it was wonderful!  I realize that my stress levels are so much better when I consistently work out:)

Monday

Finally made it back to yoga class!  It was a little tough to come back after so much time off, but felt really good to get back to my practice and back to a routine.

Tuesday

Gym for the second night in a row! Score! Just did a quick 1.25 mile walk on the treadmill.  No need to rush into anything…

Wednesday

Back to yoga on Wednesday.  My hamstrings had gotten very tight and they got a good stretching this class.

Thursday

On Thursday we went to my mom’s house for dinner to visit with some family that was in town from PA.  As a special surprise, we got to also see my brother in law and my nephew.

Friday

On Friday, we just got some Chinese food for dinner and watched COPS.  We lead such exciting lives, I know.

Saturday

On Saturday, Michael let me sleep in and he did the yard! (Normally my responsibility) I slept through the whole thing, didn’t even hear him do it.  It was such a nice surprise.  We bummed around in the morning, then went to the Virginia Aquarium!  I haven’t been since I was a kid, and it was a nice thing to do on such a hot day! I’m ptetty sure it was literally 1oo degrees on Saturday.

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Sunday

After church on Sunday, we did our chores for the week, but also got in some good R&R.

How was your week? When was the last time you went to an aquarium?

Weekly Updates – 7/4/2016 & 7/11/2016

I decided to lump two weeks together because honestly, not a lot happened that was of note, and I figured I’d just put it all together! Being on vacation also throws a wrench in your blogging plans too….

Monday

I already talked about Monday in last week’s post.

Tuesday

It was hard to come back to work on Tuesday after a nice long weekend that followed our crazy work weeks.  After work I headed to Kohl’s to try to find a new bathing suit for the beach.  I realized that I have been wearing the same suits for the last 4 years now…they are getting very worn out! I found a nice Nike 2 piece suit (I like some more coverage than the average suit).

Wednesday

After work on Wednesday I went to visit my mom.  She’s watching my nephew for a few days and I got to soak up some time with him and his huge cheeks!

Thursday

On Thursday, I brought mom dinner and helped her bake 3 batches of cookies.  Spent even more time with my nephew and it was a blast.

Friday – Wednesday

Friday night was spent doing laundry, packing and getting ready to go to the beach.  On Saturday we left to go to Nags Head for a few days with my mom and stepdad’s family.

Saturday through Wednesday were spent at the beach.  Here’s a few pictures of our time there…notice they are pretty much all of my nephew!

Thursday – Friday

On Thursday and Friday it was back to work as normal.  Its so rough to go back to work after a vacation!

Saturday

On Saturday, Michael went to Dover to do a little gambling.  He came back with $700.  I spent my day completely lazy, catching up on shows on my DVR, doing a puzzle, etc.

Sunday

On Sunday it was nice to get to back to church.  We did chores afterwards and all of our food prep for the week.

How have the last few weeks been for you? Have you had a summer vacation yet?

 

Weekly Update – 6/27/2016

I can sum up this past week in one word: WORK. After our big conversion weekend, we had a lot of immediate cleanup to do, not to mention the work to come over the coming months.  By Friday, I had worked 12 days straight…all 10 hour days or more.  That catches up with you pretty quickly, and I was exhausted by the end of the week.

We did get to enjoy the Fourth of July weekend though.  We got to catch back up with family, watch a ton of Netflix, do laundry, clean the house, get groceries, etc.  I feel like we are starting to get back to normal again.

I can’t wait to start catching up with you guys again, I feel like its been ages since I’ve been able to see what’s going on in your lives!

How was your weekend? How did you celebrate the 4th?

 

Weekly Update – 6/20/2016

Super boring update this week because life was consumed with work.  The good news is I’m still alive?

Monday

Monday was the start of the marathon of 12 days working.  My stress levels have been through the roof and I’m missing yoga a lot.  I just can’t seem to get to a class and its hard to practice at home when there are so many other distractions.

Tuesday

After work I was too pooped and stressed to do anything but sit and become one with the couch.  I know I really could have benefitted from going to the gym, but I couldn’t even think of expending any of the precious energy I have.

Wednesday

On Wednesday we had a special errand to run – see this post for more!

Thursday

On Thursday, we had to work late.

Friday – Sunday

Friday through Sunday was spent working on the big conversion at work.  I worked 14.5 hours on Saturday and 11 on Sunday.

How was your week?

We’re Building a House!!!!!!!!!!

I’m super excited to share that Michael and I will be building a house.  AH! It seems unreal to say that.  We signed the contract on Wednesday night!

We have been working diligently over the past year to pay down our wedding debt, school loans, etc, and we are getting toward a place where we can do this!  Because we still have a few more financial goals we’d like to reach, we won’t be starting the building process until December and we won’t close on the house until June 2017. So basically what I’m saying is that you should be prepared to hear a lot about the process:)

But we have locked in our pricing, our lot (we even know our address!!!), and even have chosen the outside colors of the house!  We have until they start building to finalize any options we want….colors, materials, etc.  I’m not very talented in interior decorating, so this will be an interesting process!

We have a lot of confidence in our builders.  They are well known in our area, produce quality homes and are extremely detailed oriented about the entire process.

Have any of you ever built (or remodeled) a home?  Any advice or lessons learned?

June Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #19)

I say this every time: I know this is outside of my normal fitness/running blogging, but hey – its my blog, and I want to blog about my awesome clothes!

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Here’s how it works: You set up a style profile and you receive a box with 5 items in it.  You can choose the frequency with which you set up the box …once a month, every other month, etc.  You pay $20 to receive a box.  If you keep anything, that $20 goes toward your purchase.  If you keep all 5 items, you get a discount!  They send you anything from jewelry, to clothes to handbags. They’ve even added SHOES to the mix! If you don’t want to keep an item, they have an envelope to send them back.

What I love about this is that I get a stylist that looks at my style profile and picks out items just for ME.  You can even link to a pinterest board so they can get inspiration and a better look into what you like.

Item Number 1 –   Skies are Blue Morvan Cross Back Top ($48)

I loved this top, in fact, I pinned it on my Pinterest board.  She mentioned that in her note.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t even get it over my chest. I asked her to send me a bigger size in my next fix if she has one.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 2 – Market & Spruce Char Geo Print Maxi Skirt  ($58)

I don’t think I’m cut out for maxi skirts.  I think they make my legs look really short….there is something off about my proportions when I wear them.  I do appreciate my stylists attempt to try them again…its a trend I wish worked on me!

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Verdict: Return

Item Number 3 – Pixley Madrella Slouchy Boyfriend Knit Tank ($38)

This tank was extremely long and thin.  It wasn’t very flattering.  I was a little surprised by the price too.  It was the quality of something I could get at Target for $10.

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Verdict: Return

Item Number 4 –  Fun2Fun Katniss Crochet Yoke Top ($44)

I liked this top a lot.  Nice and flowy, like I prefer, but with enough detail that its not too boring.  I like the crochet across the top.

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Verdict: Keep

**I ended up getting a refund for this one because it shrunk after one wash (I followed directions!)

Item Number 5 –  Pixley Dardie Lace Inset Blouse  ($58)

This was a very beautiful top.  I loved the lace detail and the color.  However, it was a little too dressy for me to wear casually, and the lace cutout in the front was way too low to be appropriate for work.

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Verdict: Return

Overall Impression

I have mixed feelings about this box.  She did give me tops like I asked for, but some of them just didn’t work.  I don’t think maxi skirts are for me, so I hope I don’t get more.  It was just an ok box for me.

Still waiting for that perfect box that I keep all 5 items!

For my next fix I’ve asked her to keep giving me a bunch of tanks/short sleeve shirts that are very flowy and loose for summer.  I’ll be going to Vegas in late August and would love some new stuff for the trip! I also asked for some neutral sandals to wear with summer dresses.

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Weekly Update – 6/13/16

Despite another pretty crazy week at work, I was able to have a pretty good weekend and spend time with family.

Monday

Monday was a late night at work.  Afterward, we had to pick up one of the cars from the shop (just an oil change).  Since we worked so late, I had already missed yoga, so I took the opportunity to get some errands done.  My nephew turns one on Wednesday, and we are attending his birthday party over the weekend, so I went and got him some clothes for his birthday.  Why are baby clothes so cute?! I wanted to buy the entire store out.

Tuesday

Work on Tuesday was a much different day than expected.  I was told in the morning that I would be moving cubicles, and by 1pm, my computer was at my new desk.  It took me another almost 2 hours to get settled into my new spot. Its a great spot, I have a window seat (floor to ceiling windows), so I get a lot of natural light.  Its also a lot more private than my old spot!

Wednesday

Michael worked late on Wednesday.  Since I wasn’t able to see my mom on Tuesday (her actual birthday), I went to see her on Wednesday.  She ended up roping me into helping her make a double batch of chocolate chip cookies, rice crispy treats and a few other things. We had dinner together, which was really nice.

Thursday

On Thursday night we met with the sales agent at the neighborhood we are considering buying in.  We went through all the options we thought we might be interested in.  It was a really great exercise.  Its a really cool but really scary process at the same time! Once we figure out if this is something we are going to do, I’ll share more about the process.

Friday

I was pooped when Friday came.  It had been a long week, and we are gearing up for the biggest week of the year for us, because we do our major conversion of the bank we purchased.  We stayed in after work and watched a movie and ate Chinese food.

Saturday

We drove up to Stuart’s Draft for my nephew’s first birthday party! It was a barnyard theme, complete with wagon rides, a petting zoo, and lots of fun!

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Love the farm theme on all the food

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These were almost too cute to eat!

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My Aunt Lisa dressed up as a cow and driving a tractor.  She was saying “mooooooooove over!”

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We smashed cake all over him, because he had no idea what to do with it.  It was adorable.

 

Sunday

After church responsibilities, we ran a few errands around town, then finished up chores for the weekend.  We’ll probably be working the next 12 days straight, so we won’t have a lot of time to focus on housework!

How was your week? Do you like house shopping?