Monday, March 30, 2015

Catch up!

Long time no blog eh? I just have been so super busy - just now really getting the chance to sit down and get to it. My past couple weeks in pics....

ok totally random but - this is the best damn dry shampoo ever. And it's pretty damn cheap. Love!

Made this really awesome salad with spinach, blueberries, strawberries, etc - delicious

Love this scarf - picked it up at TJM for $13! LOVE! :)

Also possibly my birthday outfit... still not sure if I am going to wear this as I typically prefer darker aka black tops - will see!

The beginnings of Miss Maeve's easter basket! :) This makes huge bubbles - which I thought she would find amusing...maybe not the best gift for a 1 year old??

I stopped at Vom Fass and picked up the lemon olive oil I've been craving... dude at the store said it paired really well with the blueberry balsamic vinegar. Pretty damn tasty!

I've been wearing a lot of gold recently...and when I say gold I really mean fake gold costume jewelry :) Picked up the ring and bracelets at Old Navy! I am loving their junk jewelry selection :)

So I have a slight gum addiction as well... I usually have at least three different kinds at my desk. And that starburst gum is so good! I think I may be developing TMJ in the near future....

Trying to give oatmeal the good old college try again.... I don't know if it is a texture thing or what but, it kinda makes me want to throw up when I eat it. Boooooo. The blueberries did help make it tastier though. The oatmeal, not throwup.

Miss Maevers 1st birthday party was last weekend - yay!

The smash cake thingy was a bust. We were so excited to see her tear into it and smash it up. She stuck one finger in and was like - ah hell nah. What can I say - she prefers veggies. The cake however - was so SO good! Delicious!

Maeve was all about her new drum set - best gift ever from Laura!

We ended up playing games after the birthday girl fell asleep.... and also Nick. We played the most fun game called You Don't Know Jack - basically you make up an answer to a trivia question and people try and pick the correct answer - hilarious and - apparently we are all really good liars/bullshitters. It was SO much fun! And - Nick slept through almost the entire thing - including this selfie.

Chad and I tried out a new pizza place in Maplewood - A Pizza Story. So - it was good but - still not as good as Peel or Basso. But - love trying new places... especially new places involving pizza :) I got the mushroom fontina pizza - yum!

 Random pic I took of a recipe I found in a magazine that sounded good to me..... need to start eating more fish and the flavors sounded so good...

So - one of my favorite things about Easter - black jelly beans! I love black licorice so - these are right up my ally. I find that people's reaction to black jelly beans is very similar to candy corn. You are either totally on board or totally like WTF? I find it pretty amusing.

Gotta balance out all the pizza and black jelly beans with some healthy stuff....made some sweet potato fries last week....they turned out pretty good although I wish I could get them extra crispy. These were baked in the oven so - hard to get that crisp - I am sure I can find the secret on Pinterest

I am back on the Shellac kick... I was getting these done and the girl next to me was getting hot pink sparkly color done. She made a face at my color selection and said "Gray huh?" and I said "it matches how I feel on the inside" and gave her a snarky look. She didn't say another word. Pretty sure she thought I was going to blow up the salon. It's the little joys in life I tell ya ;)

Crazy random pic I text to Chad and Alan - long story and kinda had to be on the text to find it humorous but - had to save the crazy selfie

I snapped this on Saturday after spinning - Erin has totally gotten me hooked on spin class - the amount of sweat that pours out of me is pretty impressive. Sweating all my food sins away  - I love it! Anyway - loved this pic with all the orbs/rays - whenever I catch these in pics I like to think it is good spirits protecting me

I picked up some of this stuff so I can make my own Italian Soda's at home. I used to drink the hell out of these when I lived in Athens and I had one the other day trying sugar free syrup - made me feel fancy!

Saturday we went to Side Project Brewing for a Coffee Stout event - they had a small batch release of  One Candle Coffee - barrel aged smoked stout with coffee. It was really amazing.  Hard to tell in this pic but, the place is pretty small and it was jam packed - line was out the door for most of the event

Chad and our buddy Mitch totally needing out on the beer...with good reason :) That is the brewer right over Mitch's shoulder lol

Then we went to the Lupulin Fest - which is a beer fest with a focus on IPAs = hoppy beers. These are not my favorites so, I didn't drink very much but - it was pretty cool to see how much the fest has grown since we went to the first one a few years back. It does make me sad though to be at 4Hands with no Will. Miss that kid.

Chad and Alan did the "strongest man in the world" contest thingy by hitting the thingy with a hammer and trying to get the weight all the way up the pole to hit the bell - they both did it! Officially the Strongest Men at the Beer Fest :)

And I finally got my cornmeal blueberry pancake fix on Sunday.... I ate half and brought the rest home for two very spoiled doggies :)

And so... I have 2 days of work left this week and then my sister gets here and the birthday celebration will begin! So excited!!!

I have been getting back into Interpol again lately - pretty much listening to them non-stop. I love their new album and Chad & I are going to see them Monday May 11th here in STL. Cannot wait!! I leave you with this gem - my favorite song on the new album  - Cheers!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

St. Pat's and Upcoming Girls Weekend!!!

This has been a great week - I was off mid week to take HB to the vet, Friday was bonus day and yesterday was our annual St Pat's Parade/Celebration - fun fun!! Here are my pics from the week...

With the spring like temps - got a craving for grilled shrimp tacos - love these as the shrimp are spicy, the slaw is so amazing I could eat it alone (red cabbage, lime juice, cilantro, salt), guacamole and sriracha mixed with greek yogurt - SO GOOD!! :)

I did a dance in the aisle at Field Foods when I saw they carried Polar Seltzer Water and..... many flavors of it!! Both of these flavors were yummy - I am going to pick up more today when I head up there - I wish they would get the blueberry lemonade flavor... I wonder if I can ask the manager if they would order special for me :)

Girl scout cookies came in this week.... holy lord I always forget how damn delicious Tagalongs are. My box is GONE... I did portion them out and only eat a couple a day but - don't think I didn't want to sit down and eat the entire box in one sitting. They are the devil's cookies laced with crack I am pretty darn sure. Frick! Thin mints are for Chad and the rest don't really tempt me too much.

So my day off Wednesday was glorious!! Got to spend the day doing exactly what I wanted.... work out, mani/pedi, spend time actually doing my makeup! Here is my day off selfie.... love my earrings from the hubs... got compliments on them all day!

Much needed pedi... I was walking around with Fred Flintstone feet....biproduct of a midwest winter! I went with a bright coral/red color....first day my toes see sunlight this season! :)

Honeybee had a great report from the vet - she is responding so well to chemo - she is such a trooper! Such a big heart!!

My perfect day was finished off with beers on a Soulard patio.... when the temps warm up, people come out of their winter blahs in droves... was awesome to enjoy the sunlight and warmth! :)

Yesterday was the St Pat's Parade Run - 5 miles! I ran 4.3 earlier in the week and felt like I could keep going so, thought this would be pretty easy.... boy was I wrong! This was such a tough run for me. I didn't wake up early enough to have coffee before my run so maybe that was it but - I felt like a turtle running through peanut butter SLOW! My legs felt so heavy and every mile was a true effort. But... I finished! It was a chilly, damp, windy run but - so happy I did it. My time was not so good - ran about a 12:30 average mile (S L O W)... so my goal in my next run is to get a sub 12 minute mile average....

 Here we are pre-race - Erin, Alan and Miss Maveve (not in the photos but in her stroller) - super crowded race - I think they said it was like 13,000 participants?? Crazy!

Post run we changed at the Hilton in their "changing station" and hit the parade.... and by "changed" I mean wrung the sweat out of my ponytail, took a whore bath with facial wipes, peeled off sweaty compression spandex, slapped on some deodorant and  mascara on my eyes (Me: I don't think I am going to put on any makeup... Erin: Uh, yeah, you should),  threw on some converse and jammed to the Lynch Family tent in search of cold beer!

Me and Jude at the Lynch Family Tent.... was so awesome to see her! We need a day drinking date asap.

The girls - photobombed by Erin's cousin..... love this pic!! My legs were killing me in this pic BTW!

My post race recovery - came home and took a hot shower, put on my pjs and my compression sock for my plantar fasciitis recovery and chilled on the couch drinking water!

I eventually asked Chad to bring me a glass of wine.... he brought me basically a bottle in a wine glass! Huge pour!

Last night was spent on the couch in recovery mode! I also was group texting my girlfriends from Atlanta - we are having a girls weekend in May to celebrate all of us turning 40 this year! I am so very excited as it has been about three years since we have all gotten together. We have a cabin in the North GA Mountains that is FAB! Check it out....

I will be setting up shop in the hot tub there to the right of the deck!!! :)

I am SO excited!!! Can't wait to see these girls.... we were sending pics back and forth yesterday - blasts from the past - can't wait to catch up, gossip, laugh and make some new memories - love these girls so much. We have all known each other since we were 15!

Me & Mars... goofing around per usual

Me and Shef in Chicago - this seems like yesterday!

Chad, me, Tracy & Mars - Sarasota at Joanne's house :)

Me hung over as hell in Chicago... Mary is in the rear-view mirror taking my pic.... this is the absolute worst hangover I've had in my life. Projectile vomiting red wine for the win!!!

Christy, Mikele, Mary with her Hawaiian Tropic tan & moi! Think we were having drinks in Lawrenceville (our hometown!)

Mikele, me and Christy - my Atlanta bachelorette party :)

Major old pic... we are at the lake here...Shef, Mars and me - notice the cig in my hand so, know this had to be pre 2008, thank god I quit...and lost that hat!

Girls night out in Atlanta!

Cannot wait until May!!! :) :) :)

Today we are having a lazy Sunday morning - headed over to Erin & Alan's to grill out later (temps in the 70s today whoooo!!!!) and then - I am off until Wednesday so tomorrow will be spent springifying our patio, running errands, etc - very happy to have some more days off! Cheers, happy weekend & hope everyone has a fun and safe St Pats!!! :)