Saturday, September 20, 2014

Home from TX

So happy to be home - it was a fun trip but crazy hectic! Here is my week in pics :)

Trip started off on an interesting foot...haha. Random creeper in airport flagged me down to tell me "excuse me miss - but you have beautiful feet - what size do you wear? 7.5??" ......uhhhhh - what do you say to that? Yikes - I smiled and slinked away. Really creepy as yes, I sure do wear a size 7.5! What can I say - I am a weirdo magnet.


Good news for all of my 90's goth kids....Creepers are back in! haha - this totally cracked me up on the plane...thanks InStyle!


love my Mom's wine fridge - I may need one of these in my life :)


Wine time at D-lo's house is 4pm...


Cheers! Our first "wine time" of the weekend...


I was able to get three runs in on my trip - go me!


One was in a cool drizzle and felt awesome - 4 miles YAY!


Wine time round 2 ;)


LOL this cracked me up.... texts b/t me and my sister over college football HA - the UGA/SC game made me angry to say the least ;) For those of you not familiar with SEC football - SC's mascot is a gamecock...haha pretty lame right? Yep especially when they beat us :(



My beautiful Mom - this is her champagne with brunch - she put watermelon in hers - was delish!


I ran to the store in Tyler to grab stuff for dinner and WHAT??? They sell Janie Cakes in the grocery store now - oh wow! I would be in big trouble... way too tempting to grab once a week - Chad's favorite too - Italian Jane!


ahhhh - my happy place - wine on the back patio


post run pic with Miss D-lo - love her so much :) Mom said she loved to watch me run and see my ponytail swing - reminded her of when i was little - awww, i almost cried when she said that :)


Mom loved my work outfit  - wore this to the Tyler agent show - I wasn't sure about the shoes but D-lo loved them ;)


Hello San Antonio - Prickly Pear Margarita on the Riverwalk - was so good after a long day


Gratuitous Alamo Selfie.....

Tired me in Austin - such a crazy whirlwind week


Got to spend time with these monkeys - my little nephews are the sweetest... I wanted to take them home!


Back in Tyler before my flight out - had to stop by Janie's for Chad... yum!


picked up a lemon and a java chip poundcake - the smaller sizes so we don't eat as many calories ha! right....  I got major wife brownie points for this :)


Stopped into Cole's to check out the Radkos.... love love love this store!


I wanted to get a more "christmasy" ornament this time as my last couple have been non-traditional sugar skulls - I went with Lone Star Santa - loved the TX flag and yellow roses - kinda Kenny Rodgers-esque ya think?


Me and BTW - we laughed afterward at this pic - he looks so thrilled to be taking a pic with me ha


My awesome husband surprised me with this gift when i got home - a rosegold MK watch.  He hid it on my jewelry rack so when I was unpacking my jewelry I spied it! Guess he was not a fan of my NYC knock off lol - such a sweet hubby! Love it!


Last night we went out to Olio for dinner and drinks - my wine was so delicious - '12 Benanti Carricante - so lemony and acidic and dry - perfect white wine!


And they had an amazing speck sammy with lemon preserves and gruyere - SO GOOD!


And the kale salad was delicious too - i think i ate a pound of kale last night - was lemony with sharp cheese and breadcrumbs - heavenly!


I bought myself a little present right before I left and they came in the mail while I was gone - Kendra Scott earrings - I am in love with these - so simple and chic - love!


Happy to be home and relaxing today...although I know this weekend is going to go by way too fast already....

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall is Almost Here :)

Been so busy lately - it has been hard to make time to blog! I had to switch my workout times to evenings so - makes the weeknights much more hectic and not as much lounge time. I have to say, I do enjoy working out in the morning better - it is nice to get it out of the way for the day. But- evenings are good too - I can really start to see a difference in my body - better arm definition, lifting heavier weights, better endurance, and my skinny jeans are fitting right again :) I signed up for 2 races in October so - pretty excited about that....

Working from home this afternoon and things have slowed a bit so - squeezing in a quick blog

First off - i am so ready for fall!! I am very happy that football has finally kicked off - both college and NFL - although damn those Bears killed me on Sunday :( rough start! Ah well - guess that is a big part of being a bears fan. Anyway - yay for fall being on the way. In fact tonight we have storms coming through and tomorrow's high is supposed to be in the 60's with temps dipping into the 50's! whoooo love it! Never too early to break out the seasonal shower gel.... this smells amazing!


Aaaaaannnnd my favorite seasonal cookie is back at Panera - I treated myself on a workout day as this badboy has 450 calories and 21 grams of fat - yikes. Definitely a treat and not a few times a week occurrence!

This past Saturday, Chad and I volunteered at a beerfest out in OFallon IL - right near our old house in IL. It was such a fun time - great beerfest put on by GlobalBrew, similar to iTap concept on the other side of the river. There was a lot of good beer there and everyone was so friendly. I chatted people up and made beer suggestions with peeps while Chad poured :) We made a good team!


The tshirt guy was in our office recently and I stocked up.... got a cute Cards hoodie, Bears t-shirt and a bedazzled Blues tshirt :) Oh and I saw this camo Cards hat on a girl the other day and thought it was pretty cute. Not really into camo but - this really is a cute hat!


Tonight I am meeting a work friend for dinner, Heather. We both have been at the company forever and used to work together in Atlanta. She is my friend that her daughter is now in remission from leukemia. Can't wait to catch up with her and gossip!

I fly out Friday to Tyler to spend the weekend with my parents and then - quick trip through TX for work. Doing agency shows so, should be a fun week - will be in Tyler, Houston, San Antonio and Austin (Dana if you are reading this I will call you this weekend and try to see you and the boys when I am in Austin!). I am sad about another weekend away from Chad and the girls but - very excited to see my parents and spend some time with them. I told my Mom i need to get my shop on this weekend! :)

That's all for now - hope everyone is getting some nice fall weather heading their way or at least a pumpkin spice something-or-other ;) Cheers!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Staycation Almost Over...

Having the past five days off has been amazing! and of course - it went by way too fast. Boo. Lots of fun with friends over the weekend and lots of patio time :) I may have fell off the healthy eating wagon and into a pile of french fries a couple times this weekend so - getting back on the healthy path today - but, was oh so worth it! Of course today will be spent doing laundry, cleaning, drawer organization and food prep for this short work week - everything that I have been putting off that I wanted to accomplish  for this staycation - perfect rainy day for it too

I was so SO excited Saturday as college football officially kicked off the seasons and I got to watch my Dawgs kick Clemson's ass! Yess! It was a sweet game and makes me so excited for fall :)


I snapped this pic on Bebe's walk over the weekend - this is up in Lafayette Square park which is right up the street. I love that we have such a beautiful park so close to us. Bebe loves to walk the path in the middle of all these flowers and stop and sniff every single one :) so sweet!


The girls are starting to look wild and wooley - time for a grooming appointment soon


Sunday night we grilled out at Erin & Alan's house - so much fun
I love playing Cards Against Humanity - I always laugh so much - so wrong but so right :)


Not sure what bottle of wine we were on at this point - love these girls!


Yesterday was the Benton Park Gateway Cup - bike race through a neighborhood adjacent to ours. We sat on the patio and watched the race with everyone - good times - I took a million pics but this was my favorite - they were so fast


Back to the grind tomorrow - pretty sure September is going to be a long month work-wise. I may have a trip to TX planned for work mid-month but, that may get cancelled. If so - no days off until our trip in October to the Bahamas....ahhhh! How will I survive :)


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Workout and Weekend

First of all - yay me! I worked out five days this week - that has not happened in a long long time. I am feeling so good about consistently working out - it just makes me a happier person :) Today's workout was super tough - the AC went out in the gym last night and the temp outside was around 101 and super humid. There were fans going but - still hot as hell. I did the elliptical for 30 mins and was done! Thursday I worked from home and ran on my lunch break - 3 miles no stopping! Me post run....


Later that night I rewarded myself with a Peach Berliner Weisse from Perennial - oh so yummy! Perfect summer beer as it is very light, tart and low alcohol. We bought a couple bottles to save for another day - delish!

After my workout Friday morning - I got in my car and had this text from Chad....uh-oh.


Our neighbors actually had a bat in their house again last weekend - they text us last Friday night that they needed help with a critter - we went over and Chad caught it with a towel and set it free. Chad is quite the bat slayer it seems. Anyway, I guess Chad thought he heard something like a bat in the wall behind our bed (omg i know, right? UGH) so....decided to be proactive and call the bat guy out to check it out - good news we do NOT have bats! But - a house down the street from us does and they apparently like to hang out at dusk and dawn in our neighbors giant walnut tree... it may have been a bat trying to get into our attic but failing - anyway.... happy the bats have not returned!

My sweet girl - with the weather being so smoking hot and humid lately - poor baby has been spending a lot of time indoors. I can't wait for this heat to break and cooler temps - she is way overdue for a long walk and - it is just way too hot - would not been good for her little paws. She is such a good girl though - love her sweet face! She looks so tiny here...


Saturday evening we decided to have a drink at Sanctuaria - I went with the Aviation - it was a lovely shade of blue :)  Funny - I put this one on Instagram and my niece said this was one of her favorite drinks but her #1 is the Bijou - ha they are right next to each other on the menu - what a coincidence ;)


Aviation....and the Bijou. I will try the Bijou next time for sure - I so love Sanctuaria!


Today I bought something I have not in forever... an actual magazine! I used to be a magazine ho - but now I tend to download them to my iPad but - this one caught my eye today when we were checking out at the grocery store. Admittedly - I am so so ready for fall sweaters and boots! Fall is the best time of year :)

This afternoon/tonight we did our food prep for the week so - egg muffins are baked, chicken is grilled for our lunches & dinner is planned for the rest of the week. It really helps to stay on track and eat healthier when we plan and prep for the week. Makes the week go by so much smoother too.

I am excited that this is a short week for me - I just have to get through four days of work and then I am off Friday....until next Wednesday - YAY! So so so excited to have a block of days off and just chill. I have super big plans too - organizing my closets and drawers ;) But - so looking forward to down time - work has been bananas lately, not sure if the moon is in a weird cycle or what but - something is bringing out the crazies and they all want to talk to me! Makes for some good stories lately but - is really testing my patience and nerves.

One more thing and I am off to bed - I know I have blogged on this band before but - this has been all I've listened to lately. Love love love! Glass Animals - I hope they are touring soon and come through this way or close - I can't get enough!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Chill Weekend

This past weekend was of course too short but - was so happy to have a weekend home with no set plans! Here was Saturday morning....ahhhhh :) Lazy day! Something about a lazy Saturday morning on the couch with coffee, pj's and a snoozing Honeybee - love!


Saturday night we tried a new restaurant in Benton Park - right near our hood called Peacemaker - it is a lobster/seafood place where the old Niche used to be - it was SO good! We got lobster rolls with hushpuppies (not in the pic) and while it was a bit pricey - was really delish. Fun atmosphere and really amazing food - loved it, we will be back for sure!


After dinner we hung out at Erin & Alan's for awhile - had my first pumpkin beer of the season (a bit early i know!) and wow - this Imperial Pumpkin Smash from Crown Valley was super tasty. Erin and I may have been sneaking these behind the boys' backs as we didn't want to share :)


Cards Against Humanity ensued.... lots of laughing also. Had some of the best cards ever this night -ha!


So I downloaded the timehop app to my phone - it is kinda cool to see things you were up to or posting about one year/two years/five years ago.... Erin and I were laughing as apparently I posted on FB two years ago about my love of gingerbread iced hand soap - ummmm ok thanks I am sure FB-land really cared about that! This one from six years ago made me sad a little as holy wow - look how skinny I used to be - boooooo :( headed in that direction again but...day-um! Got a-ways to go yet!



And awwww - how cute - this was Chad and me back in the day - I remember this was his first night back after a six month deployment - and this was our first night out on the town together. Good times and good memories! We look so cute!!


Today was a good day at work - my boss gave me a new pullover hoodie with our logo on it - it is really warm and soft & has the awesome thumbholes that I love on shirts like this! Gotta love free swag. I was happy - not sure why my face looks so glum


Now time to hit the hay - i have not been sleeping really well the past week- I think all of the chaos in Ferguson has me stressed a little at night. It is such a terrible situation - my heart goes out to the families involved. It is also a shame all the people that are not protesting peacefully and are rioting/looting instead. I can't understand the thought process behind the anarchy & chaos -  what positive strides can that behavior accomplish? I know it is a byproduct of frustration and anger but - makes me so very sad for the community there.  Ferguson is only about 20 miles from us but - it is still very very close to home. I hope that all of this resolves soon although - it does not look promising. Last night I finally took something to help me sleep :( But for those people that are emailing and calling/texting - yes we are safe and not in danger. I always feel very safe with Chad near me and - very very happy he is not working nights anymore! I am hopeful that Ferguson finds peace very soon.