Five on Friday 2.6.15

I am so excited to be linking up with April, Christina, Natasha, and Darci for Five on Friday!

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Thank goodness it’s Friday. I’m pretty sure I say that every week, but it’s also true every week. Hallelujah for the weekend.

Five on Friday 1I had the weirdest conversation with one of my kids yesterday. I actually had to say “You really shouldn’t swallow other people’s spit.” Never thought those words would come out of my mouth. Gotta love the endless entertainment though.

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I just finished Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury as part of my 2015 Reading List (stay tuned for that post), and I was completely unimpressed. Call me uncultured, but this is supposed to be an example of classic modern literature? Ick. Give me a book by Nora Roberts any day. Although the concept was interesting, I hate the writing style. Way too flowery for me. I’m also not big on the symbolism. Sometimes a tree is just a tree! Anybody else feel that way?

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2015 GoalsComing up next week, I’ll be sharing some of my goals for 2015. I know, I know. It’s February. I’d like to think that if I’m just getting around to sharing them, that must mean I’m actually sticking with them. Here’s a hint: 1500 miles. Intrigued?

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Thursday nights just keep getting better and better.

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Is anybody else super excited for the return of Walking Dead on Sunday? I am, I am! The end of the mid-season finale was heartbreaking, so I’m even more excited than usual to see what happens.

Happy Friday!

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Five on Friday 1.16.15

I am so excited to be linking up with April, Christina, Natasha, and Darci for Five on Friday!

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Five on Friday 1So it’s taken me longer than I would have liked, but I’m finally working on the final Lord of the Rings book. I actually watched all of the movies before reading the books, which is so unlike me, but I’m pretty impressed with how the movies seemed to stay close to the books. Granted, it’s been quite some time since I have sat down and watched all of the films, but I’m looking forward to doing so again after I finish this book.

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Five on Friday 2Is anyone else ridiculously excited that Friends is now on Netflix? Even though I own all ten seasons on DVD, it’s so much more fun to watch them instantly. I’m not ashamed to say that I’m almost done with the first season. It’s the PERFECT show!

Five on Friday 3If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I got the best. email. ever. this week.

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Five on Friday 4Look for a post on my yearly goals coming up next week! Yes, I’m aware that it’s halfway through the first month of the year already. I like to gather my thoughts, ok?

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Five on Friday 5I’m super excited for my plans this weekend. I get to attend my cousin’s baby shower! Family, food, and cute baby things? You can’t get much better!

What are your plans for the weekend?

Happy Friday!

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I’m still alive!

I promise, I’m here! Just doing the virtual drop-in to tell anyone who may still care that I am, indeed, still alive and kicking.

I took some time off to enjoy the holidays and my anniversary with Portage (5 years, what?!). The holidays were wonderful and filled with my favorite people and foods. What more could I ask for? I do actually have proof that I spend time with people. One. And he kinda doesn’t count. (Love you anyway!)

Christmas 2014 - Potter and meI wasn’t overly concerned with the scale during the holidays because I really wanted to enjoy them. Did I faceplant into the cookie dough like I really wanted to? No. Did I eat cookies? Hell yes. It was glorious. I am not ashamed.

Other than that, I’ve been working. and working. That’s about it.

My new goal is to post at least once a week this year, and I’m going strong at a solid 1/3 weeks so far. Awesome.

Look for some updates on some of my other goals for the new year as well as a race (or 2 – ahhhh!) that I may be doing.

Peace out homies.

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Focus on Today

Apparently I am the queen of the blogging hiatus. I’ve done it about a million times, and I’ll probably do it a million times more. That’s one of my favorite things about this space though. I can come and go as I please because it’s more for me than for anyone else. This latest hiatus (does anyone else think this rhymes?) came as a result of a lack of motivation…again. Broken record, say what?

This time though it was more about trying to keep up with the blog. I was so worried about taking pictures and keeping track of everything during a run instead of just…running. I needed to make things simple again.

Unfortunately, simplifying my life turned into laziness. I sporadically ran/exercised, and I never really changed my diet. Sure, I’d go a day or two here and there tracking everything and not eating as much, but it never lasted for long. I, of course, continued to pay for weight watchers during this time because it was too difficult to admit to myself that I had stopped trying. Psych 101 over here.

Over the past few days though, I’ve started getting tired of the overeating, all of the crap that I put in my body, and the occasional half-hearted attempts at exercise to counteract the damage. I’m happy to say that I’ve tracked all of my food for the past two days, and I’m going to continue.

Instead of thinking of tomorrow, next week, next month, and all of the work that it will take, I’m working on today. I’m going to do the best that I can today. That’s really all that I can ask of myself.

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Five on Friday 10.03.14

I am so excited to be linking up with April, Christina, Natasha, and Darci for Five on Friday!

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Since the link up is coming back from its summer hiatus, I thought it only appropriate to focus on what I’m loving about fall so far. Also, Indiana is finally cooperating and giving me fall-like weather instead of the heat and humidity that we’ve been dealing with (again) for the past few days. I’m even drinking hot apple cider as I write this. What can I say, I have fall on the brain. Can you blame me?

Five on Friday 1I recently discovered Sally’s Baking Addiction after finding her recipe for white chocolate pumpkin snickerdoodles. My life is forever changed. Pumpkin? Whit e Chocolate? Rolled in sugar? Sign me up! Please try the recipe. Pretty please. The best part is that the recipe doesn’t require very much pumpkin at all, so I’m searching for some recipes to use the rest of it up. Here are some possibilities so far.

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Sweaters are one of my absolute favorite things in the whole world. A large, comfy sweater? Even better. I’m loving this one from Kiki La Rue. (Side note – I’ve never shopped KLR, but I’ve heard it’s fantastic – opinions?)

Five on Friday 3It’s the first full weekend in October, which means it’s Riley Days (now known as the Riley Festival) time for those of us from Greenfield, Indiana! Don’t know who James Whitcomb Riley is? That’s ok, most don’t. It’s still a fun festival. I’m so looking forward to going with my mom on Saturday, and hopefully we can find some unique things!

Five on Friday 4I’ve been saving all of my empty wine bottles lately (don’t worry, there aren’t THAT many), but I didn’t know what I was going to do with them until now.

Aren’t these the cutest? I’m not a huge candy corn fan, but these just scream FALL to me. I don’t think I can resist.

Five on Friday 5Could not be more true.

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Chocoholic Frolic 10k…I survived.

Remember when I lost my mind and signed up to do a 10k? You probably don’t because I haven’t reminded you on purpose. Believe me, until about two weeks ago, I wasn’t reminding myself either. I thought I should probably at least start walking a few miles during the days leading up to the race, so that’s what I did. I didn’t run very often, and when I did, it wasn’t for more than a mile at a time. Why did I think I could pull running 6 miles out of my ass come race day? Who knows. I had that goal until I actually got there, and then I decided that finishing was enough for me. 6.2 miles is 6.2 miles no matter how long it takes you. Here are a few pictures from the race weekend!

One of my favorite quotes from the expo/race

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Before the raceIMG_2865-1At the start line

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IMG_2858-1Our rewards

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IMG_2859-1My official time was 1:19:39 (12:50 pace), and I am perfectly fine with that.

IMG_2860-1I’m not too impressed with how the GPS worked through my RunKeeper app though. I promise I did the entire 6.2 miles!

Overall, I don’t think I would do this race again. The course consisted of two laps around the fairgrounds, which did not provide much in the way of scenery. So boring. I was also upset because they only had one water station set up, which meant two water stops total. When I did my 5k, I had at least two water stations for half the mileage. Not cool. I was also extremely underwhelmed by the chocolate portion of the Chocoholic Frolic. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t a disgusting candy bar and a couple tablespoons of melted chocolate (which I didn’t even eat). I was expecting it to be completely awesome, and it was way disappointing. Not impressed at all. If I didn’t get to spend the time with my mom, it would’ve been way worse. I’m so proud of her for doing it with me!

The crazy thing is that I think I’m going to sign up for another 10k. Shocking, I know. I just can’t stomach never being able to run it completely. If I actually train this time, I know I can be better.

What do you think? Have I completely lost my mind?

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Fall 2014 Reading List

Fall 2014 Reading List iconI’m so excited to share my reading list for the fall with you guys! I kept the books that I didn’t get to from my summer reading list, and I added a few more that others suggested.

Fall 2014 Reading List1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

2. Chaos Walking series – Patrick Ness

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

4. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

5. The Declaration series – Gemma Malley

6. Bossypants – Tina Fey

7. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

What’s on your fall reading list?

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Summer Reading List 2014…What I Actually Read

Now that it’s officially fall (and that deserves a post all on its own), I thought I’d update you guys on how my summer reading went!

From my actual list, I did manage to read a few of them. Unfortunately, not all of them were available at the library when I went. I, of course, am too lazy to stalk the library website for all of them to return. Here are the books that I read from my Summer Reading List 2014.

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I absolutely LOVED all of these books. They were fantastic and all very, very different. Still so good though.

Here are some of the other books that weren’t on my list, but I read them anyway. I’m just a rebel like that.

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Yes, most of these are Nora Roberts, and yes, I’ve read them all before. The number of Nora Roberts books that I share with my mother fills many shelves in our ‘library.’ I can’t get enough. Her characters and storylines are interesting and fun. No matter how many times I’ve read one of her books, I always go back for more. If you’re interested in reading one of her books, I’d recommend any of them basically. These are some of my absolute favorites though.

Stay tuned for my Fall 2014 Reading List!

Happy reading!

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Life Update Part 3: Work Work Work

I’ve been (not so) noticeably absent lately, but I realized that I never finished updating you guys on my life after graduation! You can read Part 1 and Part 2 here.

Remember my minor freak out over employment after graduation and before (hopefully) grad school? Well, I decided to just find a job and worry about possibly getting another job for school later.

Luckily, I was able to find a job fairly quickly – as a nanny to three kids (a boy and two girls)! The oldest is 4, and the two younger girls are almost 2 and 5 months. It’s definitely one of the most difficult things that I’ve done, but it’s oh so fun at the same time.

Yep.

Plus, I get to wear yoga pants to work. If that’s not a win, I don’t know what is.

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Life Update Part 2: Becoming an only child…kinda.

My life…it is a-changin, friends. As of about a week ago, I am officially kinda sorta an only child. And by only child, I mean that I am the only child living at home right now. That’s right, my baby brothers that were 2 years old five minutes ago…

SCAN0093…are in college now. No, I don’t know if they’re actually 2 years old in this picture. Just go with it.

Different colleges, of course, because (heaven forbid) twins go to the same school. Here are some of my favorite pictures from their move-in days. There aren’t too many because I was too busy sobbing to hold my phone.

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I jest, I jest….kind of.

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IMG_2652-1(Apologies for this one – my degree apparently didn’t teach me how to photograph while facing the sun)

IMG_2644-1Aren’t they cute?

If you read my update from yesterday, you know that I graduated at the end of July. My graduation + babies in college = recipe for disaster. Basically, my parents are going crazy. Yes, that’s right. Like the good daughter that I am, however, I am willing to live at home rent-free in order to ease their suffering. Just kidding. I’m poor, and they’re nice.

For real though, I miss these losers. If you’re at all interested in looking at some more pictures of them as mere babes, check out their 18th birthday post.

Good luck Jacob and Logan!

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