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?

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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?

Weekly Update – 6/6/2016

This past week was a weird week.  The funeral was difficult.  Life is crazy busy right now, some things I talk about here, some things I’m not ready to share yet.  I know that work tends to be crazy for a lot of people, so I don’t pretend that my situation is any more difficult than anyone else’s.  We are just in a crazy season right now.  My bank has acquired another bank, and we are converting them over in less than 2 weeks.

Monday

Monday was an odd day.  After such a joyful weekend, it was hard to go back to work.  Monday was also Stephanie’s funeral.  It was such a wonderful celebration of her life, but still a very emotionally difficult day.  Traffic was bad coming back from the funeral and I missed yoga.

Tuesday

I was supposed to get my haircut on Saturday, but my hairdresser called on Monday and asked if I was free Tuesday night.  Heck yes! It was time for the long messy hair to go!

I should have taken a before and after picture, but here is a recent picture with the long hair…and then the short!

Wednesday

I ended up working way late on a project at work and missed yoga class.  I did get a lot of housework done instead though!

Thursday

Thursday was a really rough day at work.  We came home, got changed, and went for a 2 mile walk in my mom’s neighborhood.  We ended up staying for dinner and spending time with my mom and stepdad, which was really wonderful.

Friday

On Friday, we spent time with my Aunt Donna and her friend Bob.  They came down to visit and to use their green thumbs to help whip our front flower bed into shape!  It looks amazing.

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I wish I had a “before” picture!

 

Saturday

On Saturday, I slept in while Michael went out for a run (!!!!) He ran some errands while I got some laundry done.  We got Mexican food for lunch, then went out for Coldstone ice cream.  We ate bad on Saturday!  Then we went for a drive, and looked and some of the huge homes in the nice neighborhoods around us.

Sunday

We had church responsibilities on Sunday.  Michael came home and took a nap, while I was a lazy bum.  He went out to get indian food with his brother.  It was a very nice, relaxing day.

How was your week? Do you have a green thumb?

Weekly Update – 5/30/2016

Despite a few tough things that happened last week, all in all, it was a pretty good one.  I celebrated my one year anniversary of marriage with Michael!

Monday

We had Monday off for Memorial Day.  Michael went up to the casino in Baltimore.  I stayed home and totally vegged out.  Disney Channel had a marathon of their original movies, the ones I grew up with on the Disney Channel, so I had a few of those on in the background while I did some closet cleaning.  I didn’t get rid of a ton, but I got rid of some stuff, so I feel at least a little good about it.

I got some bad news on Monday night.  A dear friend of mine, Stephanie had her second heart transplant on Easter.  I know I mentioned it, because I talked about how important being an organ donor is.  She had started experiencing some complications with the transplant and her kidneys failed. I learned that she passed away on Monday.  While this was always a risk with the transplant, its hard to see someone get another chance at a healthy life, and then they don’t make it.  She leave behind a sweet husband and beautiful little girl.  Stephanie was a woman of faith and is most certainly in a much better place without suffering, but its very hard for those of us who have lost her.

Tuesday

On Tuesday we were going to go to the gym, but it was so beautiful outside, I begged Michael to go for a walk.  We drove to my mom’s house and parked and started on our first lap.  Mom joined us for the 2nd and 3rd lap.  We love walking in her neighborhood.  Its a great big loop and there are a lot of beautiful homes.

Wednesday

Wednesday was yoga night.  I struggled through class a bit. I couldn’t seem to get my breathing to match up with my movements, and I was surprised at how sore I felt (though I’m not sure from what).  Still, it felt nice to get back to yoga and it helped open up my back a lot.

Thursday

Thursday was a long, exhausting day at work.  I skipped a workout.

Friday

After work on Friday, we went to get Mexican food with my brother in law. It was a nice time.  Its been awhile since I’ve had some good Mexican food!

Saturday

On Saturday, we slept in for awhile, then did some stuff around the house. We also went to the movies for part one of our anniversary celebration to see the movie “Me Before You.” I really enjoyed the movie, but it was definitely an emotional rollercoaster.  Michael even liked it!

Sunday

We made it a whole year married!  We woke up and had mimosas and cake for breakfast.  It sounds fun, but it was a really bad idea.  We had champagne that was given to us on our wedding day, so we decided to make mimosas.  We decided to have cake for breakfast, because why not?  Our tummies didn’t like it at ALL!

We both crashed afterward and took a nap.  Who knew that at 10am we’d be recovering from partying too hard. We read through our journal from our honeymoon and reminisced about all the good food and fun we had.  Michael took me to Isle of Capri (one of our favorite restaurants in VA Beach) for dinner. It was delicious! We had Caesar salad (made at the table – dressing and everything!) and I had the chicken fettuccine alfredo.

How do you celebrate big milestones/special occasions?

Race Recap: Chickfila 5k 2016

This was my second time doing the Chickfila 5k (I also ran it in 2014).  This was also my husband’s second race! I was proud of him for asking me to sign him up for this race, I didn’t even try to coerce him into this one!

The big draw for this race are the free chickfila sandwiches at the end!

Packet Pickup and Expo

We opted for race day packet pickup.  It went relatively fast, although there were a lot of people signing up on race day, which surprised me.  We were going to walk our stuff back to the car, but decided to just do gear check instead..

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was supposed to be in the mid 70s, but there was not a cloud in the sky.  I haven’t pulled out all my summer workout gear yet, so I settled for some capris and a short sleeved shirt.  I also decided a hat would be a great way to keep the sun out of my face.  In retrospect, I should have known I was going to get very warm, but it is what it is!

Pre Race

After packet pickup, we had a lot of time to kill, so we found a spot in the shade and started people watching.  They had a bunch of stuff set up for kids, so we watched them play games and such before the race.

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Race Time

The 10k was supposed to kick off at 8:30, but it started a little late.  As such, the 5k started a little later than the planned 8:45am start.  Michael was a little antsy to get to the start line.  There were no set corrals, but they had signs to help you line up based on your pace per mile.  Michael and I started together.

The first mile was spent letting the crowd thin out and settle in to where they were going to be. Some faster people pulled ahead, I passed some walkers.  I ran the whole first mile, since I was feeling pretty good.  Michael walked/ran and we stayed pretty close to each other.  I took a quick walk break, but kept running until about the halfway point.  That’s when Michael started to pull away.

The halfway point until mile 2 was a bit rough, it was a really sunny part of the course and I was started to get warm.  I walked most of it.  I saw Michael at the turnoff back toward the finish line at around mile 2.  The last mile was spent forcing myself to run, especially in the shade.  I saw Michael wayyyy up ahead one last time before the finish.

I pushed myself to run in.  I finished in 44:11.  I had hoped for something in the 40-41 range, but given that I’ve had a lot of “life” going on, I haven’t been training to be at that point.  Michael finished almost 2 minutes ahead of me!

After Party

When I crossed the finish line, Michael was waiting for me. He asked how I did and I responded, “I feel like I’m going to puke.”  I was so uncomfortably warm. We grabbed our gear from gear check, got our chickfila sandwiches, and then we found a cool place to sit.  We sat under some trees. I was able to cool down, eat my sandwich, then I felt much better.  Its hard to believe that the mid-70s can feel that warm, but it did!

It was incredible how many sandwiches they had.  There were probably about 2000 people there, and they had just bags and bags of sandwiches.  And they were nice and warm!

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All it all, it was a nice race, with a nice course.  I just wish it had been a bit cooler and maybe overcast! 🙂