You’ve Got Some Blood on Your Face

Happy Halloween! 😀

I’m not usually a “Halloween” person. It’s not one of the holidays that I look forward to the most…not like Thanksgiving or July 4th! But this year, I was feeling the urge to dress up, go dancing and just have fun. I had no idea what I wanted to dress up as or where I wanted to go, but I know that I wanted to do something.

All of my initial costume ideas involved fruits or vegetables 😉 At first I wanted to be mashed potatoes and have Jason be gravy. Then he expressed concerns about looking like a turd, so that went out the window. My next idea? Peas and carrots. Then Jason said “How come everything you want to be has to do with food??”

Ummmm…. ? Because I love it?? I didn’t realise that I was only mentioning food items, so I asked him “What do YOU wanna be?” His answer: Zombies!

And so it was. 🙂

Whitney sent me an invite for a Halloween party at a restaurant/lounge in Charlotte that very same day! We now had costumes and somewhere to go! Hooray!

Jason got off of work and we set out to get makeup for our zombie faces…Party City was crazy yo. It was packed with kids and parents all over the place!

After that stressful trip, we headed home to get ready!

Zombie makeup is hard to do 😦 I watched two YouTube videos on how to do it, but the makeup kept caking up and drying too fast. I had to start over twice! (We don’t really have any pics before we got ready because we both had makeup all over our hands!) Jason was in charge of making our clothes bloody, so I gave him my white shirt and he took it out into the yard to work his magic on it.

Two hours later, and after a fast dinner (where I ate standing up at the kitchen counter) we were finally done! The end result:

Rawrrr…I wanna eat your flesh. (My makeup is done like I have a black eye, but oh well..maybe that’s how I died and became a zombie? :D)

Zombie pose:

Leave it to a guy to put blood on a shirt and he will always find the perfect spot 😉 (Hence the bloody handprints on my boobs)

Time to go! We made the 45 minute drive into Charlotte for a Halloween party at Andrew Blair’s. I was a little nervous when we got there because the people who were going into and coming out of the place weren’t in costume, but inside it was a different story 🙂

After getting through the door, we got a beer and looked around for Whitney. Found her!

Can you guess who she is? I’ll give you a hint:

“Blah, blah blah. Zazazaza talkin’bout.”

She did a pretty great job, no?! Can you believe that it didn’t cost her any money?! Cute, very cute. And I LOVED the braid. As the night went on it sort of became a weapon (she kept slinging it around HAHA) 😀

After my second beer (says the girl who can hardly finish one drink on a normal night) it was time to hit the dance flo’ fo’ sho’.

Jason and I danced for a good hour before taking a break. All of the costumes were amazing! It was fun to try to guess who people were. My two favs:

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This guy was a one-night stand, haha! And this next one was just plain hilarious:

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Tiger Woods! 🙂 Oh, and I also liked the Semi-Pro dudes…

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Hehe 🙂

Jason and I were the only people there that were bloody/creepy looking! All of the girls were dressed sort of sexily (not sure if that’s even a word) and most of the guys picked a character to be. There were a surprising amount of Star Trek people there! I didn’t mind that I was the only bloody girl 🙂 I had fun doing the make up and ripping up an old shirt! 🙂

 There was a girl in the bathroom that said: “I can’t believe you wore blood. Blood is never sexy!”

Hmmmmm..my first reaction: HO-BAG! DID ASK YOU?! You won’t be sexy either once I shove your face in the toilet! But I just kind of let it roll off of me and went back to the dance floor where MY BOYFRIEND (that always thinks I’m sexy) was waiting for me 😉

Jason and I grooved on the dance floor some more, while I had my third beer and a mixed drink…I never ever go out drinking or dancing so instead of feeling guilty about all the calories (or money) that was being consumed, I just went along with it and had fun 🙂 We danced to “Teenage Dream” and “Push It” by Salt-n-Peppa 🙂 Have I mentioned how much I love music?? 😉

Around 1:30 a.m. we decided it would be smart of us to head back home…because after all, I DID have a 5k to be at at 7 in the morning!! Yikes!

And you guessed it: I was feeling totally unreal when my 6 a.m. alarm clock went off….

My head hurt, my body hurt, my mouth tasted disgusting, but there was no way I was going to miss the race! The director of Girls on the Run paid for my registration so that I could be a running buddy for my old team so I HAD to be there, and I wanted to be too! 😀 I couldn’t wait to see them!

I drove back to Charlotte, got stuck in traffic near the race and after 30 minutes of bumper-to-bumper traffic, I was finally told to park in a field. The sun was coming up and it was beautiful 🙂

The CLT runway 5k race was held at the Charlotte-Douglas airport. The course was mapped out along the runway and it was really neat because as you were running, you could watch planes land and take off on nearby runways!

 

But, I’m getting ahead of myself:

I felt like pooh:

No reason in wallowing in agony! I put my best attitude forward and proceeded to the registration pick-up table.

After putting on my number, I started to look around for my school.

Nothing.

I checked with the registration table and the woman said that no one from that school had shown up yet.

Okay, so maybe they are all stuck in traffic? The traffic was pretty bad, I heard that a lot of folks missed the race because they didn’t get to park until it was too late.

I waited and waited. I checked back at the table. Nothing. :/

Pretty soon it was time to line up at the starting line. I stayed toward the back so I could keep watch for my school’s sign, but it never showed. I decided to just run the race so the money wouldn’t go to waste, and as I ran, I encouraged any GOTR members that I thought might need it 🙂 I’d find someone with GOTR shirts and run up beside them and say “You’re doing great! Keep it up!” or if I found some girls that were struggling, I’d say “You can DO this! You’ve got this!”  😀 I’d like to think I encouraged them at least a little! 🙂

When the race was over, I tried to wait around so I could find out my finishing time. As soon as I saw how swarmed the results table was, I decided to leave. I needed a shower and my bed.

I drank some Gatorade and a bran muffin, but everything tasted disgusting! During the race I kept burping and acid would come up in my throat (gross!). There were a couple of times when I thought I’d puke up every drink I had the night before, but I managed to keep it down.

The drive back home was fast. I hopped in the shower, threw on some pj’s and went back to bed for 3 hours. Jason came in and woke me up for lunch. He was nice enough to treat me to a greasy, late breakfast (and much-needed coffee!!!!!) at Waffle House 🙂

Then we went to the store for milk and he surprised me with a pint of ice cream 😀 He sure knows the way to a girl’s heart 😉

It’s been a fun weekend! I think that I’m off of beer for at least a week though, haha. Today I woke up, did Chemistry homework while sitting in my pj’s and watching Spongebob (no judging!). It’s been a good morning, but I think I want to run! Or strength-train at the gym? Who knows!

I’ll post my results as soon as they are online!

See ya!

Did you see any cool costumes this weekend?? I thought the Tiger Woods one was great! Haha 😀

PS. I did end up getting my pumpkin iced coffee on Friday, in case you were wondering! Coffee and me photo:

Cheeeeseeeeee!

Poseidon, Look at Me

Hey friends! Happy Friday 😀

Thank goodness it’s finally here! My week has been a little boring, but I still have some random thoughts brewing in my brain, so why not blog about’em??

The most exciting things I’ve done this week include:

Riding the bike while watching “Friday”… (my favorite part is when Smokey gets set up on a blind date with that girl’s friend that supposedly looks like “Janet Jackson”) 😀

..And giving my stinky dog a bath. Does washing a 55 lb. dog count as exercise? No? Well it should. It’s been 2 months since her last bath (I know! I know! I feel terrible..no hate mail please 🙂 Sometimes things like that just get pushed to the side, but now she is clean and happy)

I think she was ready for one too, she practically jumped into the tub…and she even gave me a few kisses on the face while I was washing her 😉

The worst, most cumbersome part? Grooming her afterwards!

“Rawwwrrrrrrrrrr”

That’s the Hair Monster. He comes around all the time, hiding in sneaky places like under the couch and in corners of the kitchen. And he stays for days. Especially after Trixie-bear has just had a bath. I have to brush and brush and brush her to get all of the fur off! She’s a golden retriever/chow mix…does that give you an idea of the amount of fuzz we have around here?? 😉

That’s pretty much all of I’ve done this week except for Chemistry, my internship and working out. I update my Activity Log on a regular basis, be sure to check there if you’re wondering what my workouts have been like! 🙂

Exciting things that haven’t happened yet:

  • Today is my iced coffee day! I allow myself to get one iced coffee a week, and today is the day! I think I may even add a shot of pumpkin to it 😀
  • This afternoon I get to hang out with my preggo friend (she’s due next week!). We are going to the bookstore to look at trashy celebrity gossip magazines!
  • Tomorrow (at 7 a.m.) I get to run a 5k with my old Girls on the Run team 🙂 Can’t wait to see them again!
  • I have 2 product reviews coming up for the blog, and one involves a “How-To” tutorial 🙂
  • My first Vlog is coming soon! You guys will get to hear my sweet southern accent along with my terrible grammar, haha 😉

The other day when I was working the fitness floor at my internship, I had a random thought pop into my head:

What makes a person a runner, and not a jogger? Is there a difference in the two? Is a runner a person that runs at a faster speed on every run? Do you think any person that gets out there and runs is a runner? Should there be a difference in the two?

I’m wondering this because the other day I was on a run (or jog?) and someone asked me “How did your jogging go?” Ummm…my what? I’m a runner, darn it! Just because I run 10:30 minute miles, am I now classified as a jogger? Do “joggers” run two half-marathons in one year? What’s your input?

Anywho, I better get off of here and get to cleaning my house. I have to get ready for school in a little bit…..though, I kind of wish that I was on a boat. With my swim-trunks and my flippie-floppies. 😉

“This boat is REAL!” “F*@# oak trees, I climb buoys motherf***er” Bwhahahahahaha 😀 Now that should start your Friday off right!

Sometimes

Sometimes I want to throw myself on the floor kicking and screaming when I don’t get my way.

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Everyday Sometimes I daydream about being able to see the Grand Canyon at sunrise.

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Sometimes all it takes is some rolling around on the floor with my dog for my sour mood to go away.

Sometimes ice cream is the first thing that comes to mind when I’m deciding what to eat for breakfast lunch and dinner.

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Sometimes I want to trade in my 4 mile run and opt for some dancing in high heels around my house.

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Sometimes I wonder if I’ve chosen the right career path. Culinary school seems very tempting.

Sometimes the kind of person that I used to be makes me want to cringe.

Sometimes I wonder if peanut butter-flavored almond milk will ever be invented.

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Sometimes I want to buy a hotdog from the vendor at the corner store just because I feel sorry for how desperate he looks for customers. And I don’t even eat meat. (One time he tried to wave me down to buy a hot dog)

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Sometimes I wish there was a national “Cook In Your Kitchen” day, where you can spend all day in the kitchen experimenting with different foods and hold taste-testing for yummy recipes 🙂

Sometimes it feels like my brain is splitting in half. Literally.

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Sometimes I laugh uncontrollably during serious situations.

Sometimes I want to shove a sock in Jason’s mouth when he snores!

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Sometimes my cat and dog really get on my nerves. Sometimes it’s like I have two toddlers running around that I have to clean up after.

Sometimes I surprise myself.  (You are looking at my Test grades for Tests 1 and 2 for Chemistry…um 96 and then 100?!? Who am I?!)

Sometimes I feel like I form stronger bonds with animals than I do with humans. Sometimes I feel like a weird-o saying that!

Sometimes I wake up with the strong urge to dye my hair pink and get oodles and oodles of tattoos all over my body. (Identity crisis much?)

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Sometimes I shout “BOO-YAH” after winning a game of UNO.

Sometimes I wish I could straighten my hair in less than 2 hours.

Sometimes I envy Jillian Michael’s ability to scream and yell at people, and tell them how it really is. I’d probably get punched in the face if I tried it.

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Sometimes I watch Spongebob while working on Chemistry homework.

 

Sometimes I try to dance while I run…and it’s not very pretty…but it is fun!

Sometimes I have many different outlets, but writing is usually my best one 😉

Just For Pretend

Hey guys!

This past week has just been so……off. You ever have one of those weeks when you don’t feel like exercising at all? For some reason, my appetite has been nonexistent as well. :/ Weird.

I think the stair-climbing that took place last Sunday was a bad idea. Well, let me rephrase that: I should have picked a different work out. My legs and butt muscles hurt all week..it really did a number on me. The yoga session we did on Wednesday at the Blend party was very much-needed, but my muscles were still sore the next day. The soreness didn’t go away until Friday 😦

So, in a nutshell: I’m just now getting back on track with my exercising! It’s really weird though because I haven’t felt hungry in 2 days. Of course I’ve been eating and what-not, but my stomach hasn’t growled or anything.

Today I did a 4.5 mile run with some muzzzzaaaacccc 😀 It was a slow run, and kind of mentally challenging because Jason wasn’t there with me and I had a billion things to do today and that’s pretty much all I thought about during my workout. Don’t ya hate that? Luckily, I had my handy dandy running playlist to accompany me! (Loving some Rhianna lately!)

And that’s my playlist 🙂 What’s on your playlist?

I usually like classic rock when I’m running, but I like rap and girly songs when I am strength training! Anywho, moving forwards….

This weekend was a pretty busy one (aren’t they all?! ) but guess what???? I slept for 11 hours on Friday night!!!! 😀 😀 My body’s war with insomnia was full-fledged last week, most nights I only slept for about 4-5 hours. (That could explain why I didn’t feel like exercising!) On Friday night I was exhausted. Jason and I did some quick strength-training at the gym, but my heart wasn’t into it. We watched a movie later that night and I crashed. Out like a light. I woke up the next morning at 10:30 a.m.!! Can you believe it?! I haven’t slept in that late since high school!

It was pretty cool 🙂 Saturday was devoted to us. No homework, no chores, no work. Just “us” time.

We decided to go to our favorite deli for lunch: H&M Deli in Cramerton! –Seriously guys, if you are ever in my neck of the woods, go here.–

I took pics of the decor while we waited for our order to be called out 🙂

I ordered my usual: the Mediterranean salad (mixed greens, artichokes, roasted red peppers, egg, cucumber, feta cheese, onion, minus the black olives) with raspberry vinaigrette dressing on the side.

Nomnomnom. It was yummy (as always!). Annnndddd Jason and I also shared our usual dessert: Carrot cake!

Guess what, carrot cake? You’re goin’ down. Haha 😀

After eating lunch we decided to go look at laptops (since we’ll be needing one when I start the R.D. program this summer!!), but what seemed like a normal laptop-looking afternoon suddenly took a turn for the worse….dundundundunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!! <–insert scary music here

WTH? I turn around from the computers to find my boyfriend squatting on the floor looking under a washing machine. Oh dear God, it’s happening. We are going to be in here for hours! Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Jason is butt-face crazy about appliances. It’s his job to work with appliances (and he is quite good at it, if I say so myself 😉 ) so anytime we go somewhere that has any sort of appliance…it’s over. The man can spend hours looking at them as if they were pieces of art.

Before I could start whining about how I’m tired though not really and my feet hurt though not really and about how I think I’m coming down with something, like malaria or typhoid fever, I see my obsession peeking at me from behind a refrigerator.

Is…Is that a cabinet?

And…and a stainless steel stove?

Oh myyyy…and…and a stainless steel fridge??

And a whole play kitchen just for me?!

Yipppeeeeee! Honey, take as long as you want. I’m gonna play pretend while you look at washers and dryers 🙂 🙂

*Sigh* One day…one day I will have a great kitchen (not that I don’t already, but one day I’ll be able to have it my way! Just like Burger King) 😉

We finally picked out a laptop! Since both of us are going to be online students this summer, it’s definitely a must-have.

It’s 11:30 p.m. right now.

A book and my cozy bed are calling!

A-ble-ble-ble, that’s all folks!

Lululemon Blend Party!

Goo’ mornin to ya!

I literally just rolled outta bed (in case you can’t tell from the pic 😉 )…

It’s time for me to recap the wonderful Blend party that Lululemon hosted for Charlotte bloggers!

There were some bloggers I’d met before, and some I hadn’t! It was really fun to mingle and look at Lululemons awesome clothing collection (though it’s a little out of my price range 😦 ) I took a ton of pics, so I will let them speak for themselves!

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(Pic above borrowed from Lindsay )

Lululemon asked us if we would be so kind to try on some of their clothes just so they could see what kind of styles and colors we would put together…UMMM YESSSS PLEASE! I chose this outfit:

(Pic borrowed from Lululemon Athletica Facebook page!) Whatcha think? I loved the way the pants fit! They were snug without being constricting, but the top…ohmylanta…I had to squeeze the girls in if ya know what I mean 😉

After everyone tried on an outfit and had their picture taken it was time for yoga! Taught by the lovely Elizabeth Upchurch 🙂

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Class was great! Elizabeth just started teaching yoga and she is already a great teacher 🙂 Her class flows easily and she has a very soothing voice! I hope to have a class with her again!

Once class was over, it was time to go but not before taking a group pic 😀

Lululemon is a very goal-oriented place. They love for their customers and employees to set goals in their lives, no matter how small or how big. We were asked to write down one of our personal goals, here is mine:

I’ve been working on my side crow’s pose for about 3 months now. At first I couldn’t even get myself into the position and hold myself up! But since I’ve been practicing, I am now able to get myself into the pose and hold it for about 2-3 seconds before face-planting into the floor 🙂 My goal is to be able to do (and hold!) the pose by December (without breaking any bones in my face) 😉

That leaves me wanting to ask you what goals you have for yourself! It can be today, tomorrow, or 5 years from now 🙂 Just tell me!

I’d like to set a goal for today:

Today I will try to relax and not rush everywhere. I will laugh and not sweat the small stuff 😀

Your turn! Today I will___________________.

Come On In!

Hey all 😀

Thanks for the compliments on my new glasses! I love them! No more squinting to read blogs or traffic signs! Woo hoo, now myself and other drivers are safe, haha. Let’s take a moment for a modeling session can we??

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"Te he, omygah you're like SO funny!"

"OoooH I'm so surprised!"

*Meanwhile, in the backseat, Trixie is wondering when and if  we are ever going to start actually driving somewhere*

Anywho! This morning I woke up with a terrible migraine (probably because I went to sleep with one) that really put me in a sour mood. 😦 Boo. But you know what? I chose to get outta that mood and move on with my day. It was an internship day for me but seeing as how no-one signed up for my cooking class that was supposed to happen this morning, I decided to do a little internship work away from the Y.

Right now we are planning a 5k and my job is to get the massage therapy students from my school to have a booth set up after the race for the runners. Who doesn’t want a massage after running a race, right?? So I drove to school and met with the woman behind the massage therapy and we will see what happens! I also posted flyers of our 5k around campus 😀 Just to promote it a ‘lil more 😉

Then I came back home, ate some lunch and cleaned up a bit. As I was cleaning, I noticed that an unusual amount of self-confidence was washing over me. Where it came from I do not know. I just knew that I wanted to accomplish a few more things in my day…so I kept chugging right on along.

By the time I finished cleaning I was so pumped I wanted to stand on my roof and shout “I am Stacey and I can do ANYTHINGGGGGGGGGG!”

But at the risk of sounding like a crazy person, I kept my adrenaline inside of the house 😉 I sat at my computer and did what I’ve been wanting to do for the past month:

BAM!

Start a running club in Cramerton!

Gastonia has a running club, as does the neighboring city of  Belmont. Why not Cramerton? Though I live in the city of Gastonia, my heart lies in Cramerton. It’s where I grew up and the hills…oh the hills….they train me so well 🙂

With 7 copies of my flyer in hand, Trixie and I set out on a walk through the town of Cramerton to find places to post them.

2 at the parks and rec center:

1 on a trash can outside of the grocery store (probably not my brightest idea):

…and the others were dispersed at my favorite deli and asian eatery 🙂 Here’s to hoping people are interested!

Moving on……….

Self-confidence is something I am working on, which is why it is such a shock that I had an overwhelming feeling of it today…Sometimes when I do something or am about to do something, I stop and ask myself  “Can I really do this??”. This happens a little too often.

I’ve always been the quiet, shy type. You will find no social butterfly in this girl.

I keep to myself and sometimes it’s misinterpreted as me being a snob or bitchy (if I may) and I hate coming off like that. I bet it’s probably made me look a little boring to be around too. But here’s the thing: I don’t feel like people want to hear what I have to say or what I have done. And so I keep quiet.

I feel like people don’t really care what I have to say or any input I have on a situation, so I keep quiet. It’s something I’m working on and blogging really helps. On here, I can be myself.

I can type (and then laugh at) my own jokes like the dork that I am.

I can complain about insomnia or bad food experiences.

I can take off my shoes, sit at my computer with my cat on my lap and pour my soul onto this screen. And I love that.

And you guys don’t judge me 🙂 I love that too. Though I have very few readers, I feel really lucky to have the one’s that I do. Seriously.

So where am I going with all of this? I just want to clear some things up, for my own sake. I’ve been hush hush about where I live because I’ve been ashamed. And I feel terrible for even writing that.  I’ve been ashamed of where I live.

Today I’m going to lay it all out on the table…because when I really think about it, I have no reason to be ashamed. I am very lucky to be in the situation that I am in.

I don’t live in a house with marble countertops or shiny wooden floors. I don’t live in a house made of brick or stone.

I live in a trailer near a junk yard. I have crazy neighbors that sometimes drive me insane – one in particular that likes to come outside in her underwear- . I live off of a highway that never sleeps. And I’m thankful for it.

I know the stereotypes that go along with living in a trailer.

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A la Joy from My Name is Earl.  Do we have characters like that around here? Mmmmmmyyeesssssss…we do. Do I associate with them? Not by free will 😉

Back when I was a nanny I had enough money to afford a rental house in Cramerton. It wasn’t the nicest thing, but it was pretty great to me. I could walk anywhere in Cramerton. I could go outside of my door and run a 4 mile route through the town and end up right back on my porch when it was over. I had decent neighbors and room for all of my belongings.

 Then school happened. I had to cut back my hours so that I could work on finishing school and the rent for the house no longer fit into my new, tight budget. Jason asked me to move in with him. So I did.

Jason’s grandfather is letting us stay in one of his trailers rent-free so that we can finish school. The deal is that as long as we make good grades, we can stay put.

The trailer has wood-panelling and it is ever-so-ugly but we work around it. It also is made of metal. When acorns fall from our tree onto our roof, it sounds like a gun shot and scares the death out of our poor dog. We also live about 200 feet away from a major highway. The cars and trucks are the last thing I hear before I go to bed, and the first thing I hear when I wake up. It. Sucks.

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Despite all of those things… I secretly love our little love-nest 😀 I love that we don’t spend a fortune heating and cooling it in the winter. I love that we work together to keep it looking as nice as we can. I love that we are able to save money to buy our own house one day. And finally, I love that I have a roof over my head and that I share this home with the one’s (including my fur children) that I love 🙂

So here you go, a tour…from me to you. Because I’m not going to be ashamed anymore.

Let’s start outside, shall we?

Inside we go! Starting with my favorite room in the house: the kitchen!!

  

andddd..off of the kitchen is a bar where we sit and eat our meals together…

Moving on into the living room…

(the cat likes to climb onto the coffee table, and we don’t eat there so it’s okay with us)

Hanging in the living room are some family portraits that have been passed down to me by my grandmother and mother. I cherish them with my whooollle heart 🙂

Visitors really get a sense of who we are when they go into the office! Let’s take a look:

*Beware of snoring dog*

In the office you will find that we are students,

(his)

(hers)

(the degree will be attained in December!!!!)

runners,

technology geeks,

fans of good music,

and one of us keeps his dresser a little messy…..

Tsk. Tsk. Time to go across the house and into the bedroom! On the way there, we pass the laundry area:

This is Jason’s area. We have an agreement: I don’t do laundry (hate it with a passion) and he doesn’t do dishes (because he hates them with passion). It’s worked out well so far! Plus, I’m a kitchen nerd and don’t mind doing any activity that is involved in there 😉

Time for bed!

 I mean, time for the bedroom! Hehe 🙂 

Most of the walls in here are bare, and it drives me crazy but it’s a decorating project that is still in process 🙂

Ugh. Humphrey is riding the bike again. He never gets off of the thing!

I think an intervention needs to take place… 😉

On top my dresser you will find more pictures and two books my sister let me borrow..I keep them in plain view so that I’ll remember to give them back!

*The largest picture is a painting of the gazebo at the Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC. Jason and I went there last spring and thought it was the most beautiful place…this painting reminds us of our trip 😀 *

And then comes the “master bath” (bwhahaha..I crack myself up typing that!) 🙂

One thing I love, love, love about this house is that I get a garden tub! The “master bath” – chuckle chuckle – is a decorating project in process too!

It’s my mean, green, relaxin’ machine 😀

Side note: I think the people who lived here before us took the phrase “garden tub” too seriously. The guy used to use this tub to grow and nurture his pot plants. Lovely, right??

So that’s my house 🙂 We do have another bathroom and a few closets that weren’t shown, but they are pretty basic. It’s just a closet and a bathroom..nothing special.

I’m glad I could finally get over my shame and invite you guys in 😀

I think what I’m trying to learn is that your home does not make you the kind of person that you are. Neither do your clothes, cars or other materialistic items. It’s what’s inside that makes you who you are — cliche, I know, but it is also true. If someone doesn’t want to associate with you because of the things that you do or don’t own, or because of where you live…then they aren’t the kind of people you need to waste your time with. Shallow people suck. We all come from different parts of life and one should not be judged by how much money they have in their pocket, or by the designer clothes that they aren’t wearing.

Where and how I live has nothing to do with the kind of person I am or want to be.

With that said: Jason and I met on Myspace! I think I told some of you that we met at school but I was afraid of being judged so that’s why I lied. Sorry! But now you know 🙂

Thanks for coming in! See ya next time 😀

Whatcha Think?

Hey!

Ugh. I’ve had a pretty cool weekend, but my stupid camera is doing weird things! So no pics of any of it 😦 Every time I would try to snap a picture it would cut off! So then I would charge the batteries, but they refuse to charge. So…RAWR. Maybe it’s because we’ve had them for the past 5 years and they are finally just dying on us…never to be brought back to life again *Sniff Sniff* Boo hoo!

Anywho, guess what?!

I got me some glasses <–I’m meaning to use bad grammar by the way 😉

 

Whatcha think?? You like? Don’t worry. The sticker on the left lens is temporary! Hehe 🙂

It took me over an hour to find a pair that I thought were semi-cute. And these were it. So there you have it 😀

Oh and I was also able to take a picture of the most fantastic dinner I’ve ever made. Friday night was deemed Southern Dinner Night for two reasons:

  1. I wanted southern comfort food.
  2. I wanted southern comfort food.

But the “healthy” version of course!

On the menu for our southern fare (said in a southern drawl):

Cajun Black-Eyed Peas and Greens (source)

 

  • 1 (14 oz.) can black-eyed peas
  • 2  teaspoons  canola oil
  • 2/3  cup  chopped onion (1 medium)
  • 1/2  cup  chopped red bell pepper (1/2 medium)
  • 10  garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1  (1-pound) package chopped fresh collard greens
  • 2  teaspoons  Cajun seasoning
  • 1  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1  (32-ounce) carton fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1  bay leaf

Preparation

Sort and wash peas; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above peas; bring to a boil, and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain peas. Wipe pan dry with a paper towel.

. Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Add collard greens, seasoning, and black pepper; cover and cook 2 minutes or until collard greens begin to wilt. Add peas, broth, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 1 hour and 15 minutes or until peas are tender. Discard bay leaf. Serve with a slotted spoon.

Home-style Mashed Potatoes with Gravy

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  • 2 large, cubed russet baking potatoes
  • 1 cup reduced fat milk
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

Boil potatoes in a large pot of water, reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender and break easily. Drain. Using potato masher, mash potatoes. Add milk, butter, salt and pepper. Stir and serve.

Vegetarian Brown Gravy

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1 can vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

Preparation

Add all ingredients into a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir, cook until mixture thickens, stirring frequently.

And last but not least: The cornbread!

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix together wet ingredients into a bowl, dry ingredients into another. Combine all ingredients together. Spray 8 inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Pour ingredients into pan, baking for 20 minutes at 450 degrees. Let cool. Serve hot with butter.

 

Oh. my. fanny.

This meal was the most delicious southern meal I think I’ve ever eaten. Not to toot my own horn or anything but………………TOOT TOOT! 😀 And there wasn’t any meat! Even without meat, the meal was very filling. All of the flavors went together so perfectly. Here is my plate!

Times this plate by 2 please 🙂 Making the cornbread with honey really gives it a sweet and savory taste. I will definitely be making this meal again soon!

That’s all I was able to capture with the camera :/

If you must know, I spent Saturday volunteering a YMCA fundraiser and then went on a 3.5 mile run with Jason. He and Trixie had a snuggle session in the kitchen this morning:

 

I’m not really sure what is with our dog. This morning we wanted to eat outside so we took her out there with us. There is a tree over our house (resulting in bad lighting!) and the acorns fall onto the roof making a loud popping noise. Trixie is scared to death of loud noises. This morning she jumped when it happened and at first I thought it was a little funny because she’s such a scaredy dog, but then I saw that she was trembling uncontrollably from it 😦 Poor dog! She then started to hide under our chairs and table, almost knocking us and the table over! So we took her back in and ate in peace 🙂

 

That’s pretty much it for my weekend! I’m off to go buy batteries for the camera! And next time you see me, I’ll be inviting you in to take a look at my dojo!

 

Hope you guys had have (it’s not over yet!) a wonderful weekend! Thanks for all of the kind words on the last post 🙂

The Happy Body Philosophy

About a month ago, I woke up bright and early on a Saturday morning and decided to be different.  Maybe even a little weird? Yes. But in a good way 🙂

I put on some work out clothes, drove to the grocery store and bought a 24 pack of bottled water. I filled a cooler full of ice and shoved the bottled waters down in there so they would get nice and cold. I then proceeded to drive to the greenway, set up my cooler near the front and hand out waters to everyone that was exercising that morning. It was 8 a.m.

I could have stayed in bed. I had a million other things to do that day, but I wanted to give back in a small way. I wanted people to have a small reward for getting out of bed themselves and making the choice to exercise.

At first I got some really weird looks from runners and walkers. Like: Why is she just giving out water? A few people couldn’t believe it was free and offered to pay me for it! Others called me sweet and said “Thank you” many times over. And that made me happy 😀 One older lady was extremely nice and kept telling me what a sweet girl I was and I think she was about to start pinching my cheeks until her husband caught her attention, haha!

It took 45 minutes to give out all of the waters, which was a little shorter than I had planned (I had even brought a snack with me!). Once it was over I packed my cooler back in my car and drove home. With a smile on my face 😀 It made me feel so great to give to others. Even if it was only a bottle of water. I felt like, in some small way, that I had encouraged them to get up early and exercise again next weekend.

  

I got to thinking that day.

About how wonderful our bodies are, and I’m not talking about look-wise. I mean, I have imperfections everywhere. One huge birthmark on my leg, another on my stomach. A few pimples on my face every now and then. Stretch marks on my hips and maybe a little cellulite on my arse (:D). But inside, I think my body is beautiful.

I think I’m sounding pretty hippie-ish right now, but that’s okay 😉

My body carries me day in and day out. It allows me to place my feet on the floor in the morning when getting out of bed. It gives me the strength and flexibility to do a back bend during a yoga session. It allows me to chug uphill on a long run. And sometimes at the end of the day it tells me to relax and soak my muscles in a hot bubble bath.

And so….I try to do things that will make it happy.

Like staying active…

Feeding it ice cream when the craving hits…

or going the other way and loading it up with veggies…

My body loves that first sip of coffee in the morning..

(source)

and it also loves the many cups of water that follow throughout the day!

(source)

My body is happy when we take Trixie for a walk in the park…

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or when I take it up the mountain for a hike..

It’s also happy to get the occasional beer or glass of wine 😉

And did I mention dark chocolate? It goes crazy for the stuff!

(source)

It’s happy when we complete 13.1 miles together 🙂

My body loves getting hugs from my fur-child…

…and from my not-so-furry boyfriend 😉

It’s happy to stand in the kitchen for long periods of time while I cook up a  nutritious meal to feed it..

..and it’s always happy to get some rest when it can…

I’d like to think my body is pretty happy with me and the way I’ve been treating it 🙂 It may even stick around for years to come if I keep up the good work!

My Philosophy?

Put good things in so that good things will come out. Challenge your body on a regular basis. Test your strength and go beyond what you think are your limits. Find new boundaries and discover a whole new comfort zone that you never thought could exist. Buy a new vegetable that you have never cooked with once a week. Experiment in the kitchen with healthy baking recipes. Find time to try something that you have always wanted to try. Explore. Discover. Experience.

What have YOU done to make your body happy today?

[I am getting glasses today! A happy body is one that can see where it’s going, right?? :D]

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Hey ya’ll! 😀

Whoa, it has been a busy but fun weekend for me! How about you? (Today is the first day that I have time to sit down and read blogs, after I grocery shop of course, so woo hoo!)

Let’s see…where do I start? How about with Fridays Disappointing Dinner?

Jason and I chose to save our date night for Friday night and so all week I was excited to go out to eat. Excited at the thought of not having to cook or stand over the stove for a long time. I get to actually sit down and have someone serve me? Yay!

Not.

The String Bean Cafe is in the heart of the neighboring town of Belmont. It’s about a 30 minute drive from our house. We’ve only been there once and the last time I went I ordered an eggplant sandwich with sweet potato fries and it was pretty good. This visit, I wanted to branch out and try one of their other vegetarian options on the menu.

We walked in and put our names on the waiting list. 20 minutes? No problem, we will just browse through your impressive wine and beer selection!

An hour later, we were still “browsing”. I know that the hostess felt bad because she kept looking at me and giving me an “I’m sorry you’re waiting so long!”-look. It wasn’t her fault, but by then my hunger was getting me cranky and it was everything I had not to dive into the dessert display and go wild like a starved animal.

They finally had a table open. We sat down and tried to order right away. Jason ordered, and then I opted out for the Greek Pizza without the olives.

“Maam, we can’t take out the olives. The mixings come pre-packaged.”  😦 Uhhhhh okay. So I chose the spinach salad with fried brie cheese and tomatoes with an apple vinaigrette dressing.

What I got was not what I imagined.

They basically set a plate of raw spinach with a huge fried casing on the top, and little teeny-tiny tomato bites sprinkled around. I took my fork and cut open the fried brie cheese and there was nothing in there! It was just fried nothingness. The salad was $10 and it was only a bed of spinach. I ran out of toppings in about 3 bites. I also ran out of dressing mid-way through. So there was only spinach left. I pushed the “salad” to the side and asked for a side of sweet potato fries.

Sweet tater fries never let me down. Though, I couldn’t really enjoy them because I was so disappointed with my $10 bed of spinach – Hello! I can make a spinach salad at home for less than $3 a bag! And have some left over for the next day!- Jason paid the almost $50 bill and we left.

Sad face into play:

Let’s just say we aren’t going back anytime soon.

If you have a disappointing restaurant experience, please DO share!  🙂

We drove back home and I went to bed so that I could get up early for a 6 mile run!

Saturday!

Four hours of sleep later and BOOM! I’m awake and ready to run. Jason wasn’t too pleased with me trying to wake him up at 7 a.m. on a Saturday but oh well 😉 I let him sleep in until 8 and then it was go time. I was ready. to. run. The first 3 miles were hell. Hell I tell you! My head was hurting, my body felt all out of sorts and I just felt slow. That completely changed at the turn-around spot!

The 3 miles back to the car were mainly uphill  and I felt so. strong. That second wind really served me well 😀 I started focusing on the weather instead of my headache (which vanished by the time I got back to the car). It was a beautiful morning and I was happy to be alive and outside! It turned out to be a great run and I think I may go do it again today!

The rest of the day went by uneventfully. I pitter-pattered around the house for most of the morning. Later on we went shopping for a few new kitchen items! More on that in another post 😉 I love shopping for kitchen doohickeys. It makes me happy 🙂

Andddd that brings us to Sunday.

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Sunday was too great for words.

So, my friends, I leave you with pictures. But first let me tell you where I am!

My uncle has a farm that I have enjoyed going to for many, many years.

I love the drive down there. When my sister and I were little, we would play a game called ‘Cows’. Every time we would see a cow on the way down to my uncle’s house, we would scream “Cow!” and whomever said it first won. Our screaming drove my mom crazy, but it was all in good fun 🙂

 There is something different about the air in the country. It’s clean and fresh, not like the smog you get in a city. I love getting my shoes and clothes dirty from riding the horses. I don’t even mind the bug bites I get when I’m down by the creek 🙂

I’m a country girl at heart. Traffic jams? No thanks!

So I now leave you with pictures from my Sunday in the country 🙂  Hope you enjoy!

I love a nice day in the country 🙂

Are you country gal or a city gal?

Twitter Convert?

Hey friends!

I’ve been avoiding Twitter like it was the plague…but this morning I finally caved in and made an account.

Tweet. Tweet.

And do you want to know why I made an account? It’s so shameful and I am totally embarrassed to admit it, but here it goes: I wanted to follow Michael Cera. Ahhhhhh! The shame, oh the shame! My deep dark obsession  secret is out.

Twitter has seemed a little silly to me from the get-go. I mean, why spend all of your time around the computer or constantly connected to the internet updating what you are doing? Aren’t there better things to do? I (and this is just my opinion) do not want to be connected to the computer at all times. I actually get a little excited inside when I get time away from the computer, or any other electronic device 😀

And anyway, my Twitter updates wouldn’t be that wonderful. They’d probably look something like this:

“Just ate a muffin. It was yummy.”

“Went running! I heart running!”

“Stupid traffic! Why does everyone except for me drive like an idiot!”

“My cat just puked on our new carpet. What a butthead”

See?! My life really isn’t that interesting…

It’s not that I’m slamming people that have Twitter accounts, it’s just not for me I guess. To each his own 😉

This morning I woke up wondering what celebrities around the world were doing…I found the Twitter site, made a name for myself without getting too deep and then started looking for them. <–Stalker in the making? Probably. Haha 😀

I was only about 2 minutes into my searching that I realised: Oh man, this can get addicting! So I logged off (after reading what Michael Cera was doing). Do I plan on getting back on there? Probably not for a long time. Is my Twitter itch finally scratched? Yep, and now I can continue with my day!

Do you have a Twitter account? What made you want to join? And the big question: Are you a Twitter addict? Come on, be honest. This is a safe place 😉

Maybe it’d help if I told you that I’m a semi-addict for Facebook?