Day In The Life//Friday

Hi friends, happy Monday! How was your weekend? What did you do? What kind of ice cream did you eat? What Pokemon did you catch? If you can answer that last question, please don’t. I’m thanking you in advance.

While my weekend was mostly spent packing for my move (just across town | NH is home), I thought it’d be fun to share my Friday with you, since it was a bit out of the norm of a typical Friday.

There were so many wonderful parts to my day, starting with finally being back in my gym after 3 days away. It felt like a lot longer than that, but seeing familiar faces sure was nice!

After my workout, it was the typical day of work, but instead of working until 5, our boss let us leave at 3, since we worked hard in Dallas. Yay!

First stop was visiting this little furball. Why must you be so cute? I could kiss his little face all day long. My smoosh!

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And then it was on to the library to stock up on a book or two for our beach vacation next week. I arrived with my “must-read” list.

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I have a really hard time saying “no” to books at the library, so naturally I left with 5 lengthy books. I do this to myself every single time.imageAt 3:45, just as I was leaving the library, my friend Sarah, the lovely and hilarious face behind Everyday Sarah Jane, texted me asking what I was doing. Teacher friends who have the summer off are the best. I headed over to her house for an hour of girl talk on her deck. Oh how I love that girl!  imageAnd then it was time for date night, which I had been looking forward to all week. I was given a dozen of the most beautiful red roses that I have ever seen, and a jar of peanut butter. That’s how you woo a girl. The date was a lot of fun, and I’m definitely glad that I said yes to the date.imageI’m kind of digging how the roses look in the Lily Pulitzer tumbler. My Dad offered me a vase just last weekend and I said no, simply because I never receive flowers; great timing on my denial, but I think I might start buying myself flowers every few weeks once I’m settled in my new place.

This weekend was a nice reminder to stop and smell the roses every now and again, to kick back with a book in the sun, and to spend even a quick hour with a friend catching up in person rather than via text.

imageWhat did your weekend look like?

What is the best and worst thing you’ve ever been given on a date?

Let’s Catch Up & Weekend Recap

This weekend felt like fall. It was cold and rainy. The only good thing about chilly weather is that it makes for the perfect sleeping weather. My apartment is the exception to that, so no matter what, it’s always a sauna, and the AC looks like it was made in 2015, yet it works as if it was produced in 1919. I can’t sleep when I’m hot, and since the AC is in my living room and not my bedroom, that means I’ve been sleeping on my couch, almost every night.

So, this is what that equation looks like:

Hot apartment + wonky AC + sleeping on the couch = little sleep =  no motivation to blog.

2 weeks ago I was all, “Hiiiiiii, I’m back to blogging,” and then the heat hit and I was all like “I’m just going to lay here after work and watch TV.”

So let’s catch up with recent photos and probably a few stories.

I recently went down to Brighton, which is a part of Boston, to spend the day and evening with Nicole. We started off by heading to a park in Watertown, where we ate and laid out talking about life, health, dating, and pretty much everything, because girls jump from one topic to another in record speed.

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After eating dinner at her apartment, Nicole and I headed to Malden to take the 4th of July themed paint class! Look at the gorgeous view!

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Allie Picasso! It’s currently adorning my parent’s basement, because even basements need art.  It was a much needed quality day with Nicole, and I cannot wait to see her again later this month hopefully!imageLast weekend my parents and I went to our typical Keith Urban show together, which was amazing as always. Killed 2 birds with 1 stone because my 3rd favorite artist, Brett Eldredge was a main opener for him. This picture isn’t the best quality, but I more so love the fact that I captured him smelling the flower on the screen.

imageOn Wednesday night Lindsay and I met up at Head’s Pond for a 3 mile walk. We had so much to talk about, and I had to fill her in on several of my most recent dates. I feel like I have way too many good dating stories, which I’m not so sure is a good thing! We both felt that the different things we talked about felt really good for both of our souls. It’s nice to have several friends where you can just verbally barf your emotions, thoughts, and anxieties to.

Anxiety is a word that I find a lot of people are afraid to say, like if you admit to getting anxiety over certain situations that it makes you look weak or different. We are all different and weird, that’s true, but I personally feel that if there’s nothing in your life that doesn’t cause a little bit of anxiety to bubble up, then well, you’re lucky, but it’s also rare.

imageI’ve been obsessing over bowls of oats, but more importantly, bowls of thick protein shakes. So thick and cold that it reminds me of ice cream. On a hot summer evening, this sounds way more enjoyable than standing over my oven.image But when I do stand over my oven, it’s to make this meal. I’ve been making it for lunches, and some dinners. I try to eat my veggies and lean proteins early on in the day, that way, if I get home from work and would prefer a bowl of oats or a protein shake for dinner, that I at least know that I got a good dose of my micronutrients earlier in the day.

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And on to this weekend. I had a date Friday night, and was then up early for a workout with Ashley. No matter what, we always try to hit the gym in the morning post-date so that we can give each other an in-person, in-depth recap. After hitting chest and HIIT, it was off to Addy’s baptism. So happy for her! And then, a much needed pedi-date with my Mom!

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Sunday looked a lot like this. I had to pack for a work trip to Dallas, our beach vacation, and then moving. I don’t need to start packing for the beach until next week, but since I was starting to pack for my move, it required me to sort clothing. Rough life I tell ya!

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And it ended in the most relaxing way possible; cozied up in sweats & reading. imageWhat was the best part of your weekend?

What/was your summer vacation?

Beach in t-minus 11 days!!

Weekend Recap: Family & Outlet Shopping

Hi friends, and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend, full of fun and sun… I know I sure did!

After work on Friday, I headed over to my parent’s house, as my brother and sister-in-law were in town from Nashville, so we enjoyed a bbq and game night! There’s always so much laughing that goes on when the 5 of us are together, and I remember one point where we were all laughing so hard that I actually thought I was going to throw up from laughing pains.

imageAfter a late Friday night and the inability to sleep in, I headed to the gym to get a workout in. Sprints for 40 minutes followed by an at-home attempt at barre. The goal is to do a few of these exercises several times a week!

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Eating, cleaning, and laundry followed, along with spending a few more hours with Ryan and Chelsey. Later that afternoon it was party time!

imageLucas had his dinosaur themed 3rd birthday party, and it was a blast. Lindze did an awesome job at planning and creating all the fun little stations for the little tykes to enjoy.

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The bubble sword, or whatever kids call it these days, was the hit of the evening!image

Once the family friends left the party, it was time for a little fire with the Lewis family!

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My family is the best, hands down. It just doesn’t get any better than spending time with them. We stayed around the fire until maybe 9ish, before a group of us headed out for the night. Perfect way to spend my Saturday!

imageAnd on Sunday, the first half of my morning was spent working out, grocery shopping, and meal prepping, before heading to the Merrimack Outlets.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to go on a shopping spree in an effort to build awareness on the athletic stores and the new trend of active wear becoming more fashionable. The Outlets gave me 2 big bags full of gifts from several of the stores at the outlets, along with a $100 Visa gift card to spend on athletic wear. Sweet!

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My first stop was Nike, in which I found items that I loved, but I wanted to check out Under Armour, since I’ve been digging their clothing a lot lately.image

I was really digging these shorts, but I hate wearing shorts, so for now, I passed.

imageAnd I REALLY wanted these leggings, but they didn’t have my size. I made sure to leave a little bit of money on the gift card so that I could get these once they are back in stock!

imageBut I did fall in love with the waistband on these, so I snagged myself a pair, but in all black, due to sizing.

imageThe great thing about the outlets is that you can get some amazing deals, so I snagged a workout top and bottoms for only $33. And the reason I went back to the outlets, well I grabbed the one sized tank top. Doh!

imageA free shirt from Reebok, in an adorable light blue, along with other little gifts. The gear bombs from Puma are a lifesaver because I sweat, and when I sweat, I smell. Not sure how the candle fits in, but since I’m obsessed with candles, I won’t complain! Also was an unpictured protein bar from GNC, which I demolished while shopping.

imageOrange Theory even threw in a book, shirt, bottle, and a 7 day class pass! Hopefully one of my girls will take a class or two with me!

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Anyways, back to Sunday! After a productive morning, the rest of my day was spent being lazy and just relaxing for once. It was a wonderful weekend, but now I have Nashville on my mind, and the countdown is on!

What was the highlight of your weekend?

Do you love the new look of athletic gear for women?

*The Merrimack Outlets provided me with a $100 gift card. All opinions are my own.

A Lovely Weekend Recap

Oh friends, what a happy, happy weekend! I had everything I could have wanted this weekend. My best friend, family, killer workouts, and a donut. A DONUT.

My Friday night was pretty low key, which is honestly how I like it. I had about a solid month+ where I was going on several dates a week and you know what, it felt incredibly good to just have a Friday night to myself and not have to worry about getting dolled up. I was having fun dating, but when something doesn’t feel right and if you feel like saying yes to being someone’s boyfriend will have you settling, girls, do not say yes! Be like Megan Trainor and say “no!”

Anyways, back to my Friday night story. I ran errands and then enjoyed a bowl of peanut butter protein fluff with sprinkles, while watching YouTube videos.

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Saturday morning started at 7 am with this babe of mine. After warming up, Ashley and I worked our back and shoulders for about an hour, before I hit the treadmill for a run. image

And then it was home to shower quickly, before picking up the bride-to-be for her bridal shower. I’m so excited for Nikki (my cousin) to get married this July!!image

While Nikki mingled with relatives and friends, we had a mini photoshoot, which always seems to happen when we are together.image

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Killing it in those pumps!

imageSaw this donut and I knew that I needed to make it mine. I ate about 1/3 of it and Linds took the rest. Thankful for a cousin who will eat the remainder that I don’t want ha!

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After the shower, I headed back to my apartment for a few things, before heading over to my parents to spend time with them… aka, Mom and I watched several shows while Dad did lawn work.image

And this little guy hung out with us too! That face of his <3image

More grocery shopping afterwards so that I could make another bowl of protein fluff with all the works! For once I had self-control with the whipped cream. I’m growing up!imageSunday wasn’t too exciting. It included a run and leg workout, lots of “not for fun” reading.

What were the highlights of your weekend?

A Weekend In Vermont for the NPC VT Championship

Happy Monday my friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. It was absolutely gorgeous in my area, or both areas that I was in this weekend, so if you had beautiful spring weather as well, I certainly hope you made the best of it!

My weekend started early Friday afternoon with a road trip to Burlington, VT with my girl Nicole. Our best friend Lindsay was competing in her first bikini competition, so we went to support her, and celebrate her birthday, which just so happened to be on Sunday. Perfect timing!

Our 2 1/2 drive to Vermont was full of girl talk. I’m almost positive we talked about dating for the full 2 1/2 hours. With a pit stop in the smallest, most hick-town ever.

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We made it to Lindsay’s hotel, and almost immediately went down with her to the lobby to get registered and have her height taken. Her show was the NPC Vermont Championships, and for an NPC show, at least in the bikini division, they break you up into groups by height. image

After getting Lindsay into her group, we went back to the room and cleaned her feet. If you’ve ever had a spray tan before, you will know that your feet can get very dark from stepping on the tan that lands on the floor/towel. After that, we hung out, talked, and had the lights out by 9 pm!image

We woke up bright and early at 6 am. Lindsay got up to have her hair and make-up done, and I hit the hotel gym for a workout.

imageBombshell <3 This girl right here. She worked her butt off for about 18 weeks, and her determination and drive were just remarkable. Lindsay will be the first person to tell you that prep was not easy, but dang, she gave it her all, and the package she brought to the stage was amazing.

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After dropping Lindsay off at the the hotel for the competitor meeting around 10:30, Nicole and I made a pit stop for fuel. 24 oz was necessary.image

We found the biggest Party City ever, where we bought balloons and streamers to decorate the room with. It was a congrats you competed and a pre-happy birthday theme. Nicole and I had way too much fun blowing up the balloons, and I’m pretty sure our workout of the day was laughing so hard and so much. It was really nice having all of that quality time with Nicole this weekend, especially since I don’t get to see her that often.

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A pit stop for flowers, and then it was on to the show!image

Pre-judging went from about 12:30 until 2:40, and since finals didn’t start until 12, we took the girl out for a burger, per her coach’s orders.

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With time to kill, we had our cards read and relaxed for a bit, before heading back to the school.image

Anddddd after 3 hours of finals, our girl placed fifth in her first ever NPC show!! Yeah girl,way to kill it! There she is on the far right.imageAnd finally, our long overdue dinner at 10 pm at the Outback!  We were all extremely hangry at this point, so the food tasted like a little slice of heaven.

imageOn Sunday, we were all pretty famished, so we hit up Ihop for a big breakfast. That stack of cupcake pancakes stole the show. The icing tasted just like funfetti, and we were all in heaven sharing that stack.

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Food for four girls. Totally normal. Please look at all of the food in front of Lindsay, haha.image

After breakfast, Nicole and I hit a local gift shop for a little bit of shopping. I spent a whopping 81 cents on a cow pencil haha. It’s the little things in life, I tell ya!image

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I used to live right next to Burlington for 6 years growing up, so I felt right at home. This is the one place that I could wake up one morning and just decide to move to.

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My Sunday afternoon ended with a bit of time in the sun reading, along with lots of meal prep.

imageIt was a wonderful weekend celebrating Lindsay’s big accomplishment and birthday with great friends, and I couldn’t be more proud of this girl!

imageHow was your weekend?

Ever been to an NPC show before?

 

Weekend Recap Via Pictures

Monday. Eww.

I’m really not thrilled that the weekend is over, but, this week brings new beginnings, and to that, I am incredibly excited and nervous. Since I don’t have too too much to share about my weekend, I decided that I would give my weekend recap in pictures of things that I purchased!

The end of last week left me feeling under the weather. Thanks to my coworker who was brought to urgent care on Friday for vomiting and passing out at work, I started my weekend feeling a bit crappy. On Friday night, since I felt like death had runneth over me, and was expecting a sick Saturday, I bought several sick staples at Hannafords. Well, more so the pretzels and ginger ale were sick related, and the rest were all cravings or staples.

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Dinner, just because.

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Since I am addicted to pineapple BCAAs, I stocked up on a new container of it.image

Along with a pb&j protein bar, which I actually bought on my lunch hour on Friday. This bar is SO good!!image

Since I woke up feeling “okay” on Saturday morning, I hit the gym with Ashley for a low-key workout. We did back/shoulders, and low-impact cardio. If I ran, I thought that I might get sick, so I avoided that, as much as I wanted to. I quickly made a shake, showered, and headed out to Brinkley’s 1st birthday party. While I didn’t buy anything this weekend for her, she’s just too cute not to add this picture.image

Later in the afternoon, I hit the road for a date. I actually really wanted to cancel my date because I felt exhausted and not the best, but after receiving two really sweet text messages, I just didn’t have it in me to cancel on the guy. So, I grabbed an energy drink, for the first time ever, and blasted my music for the drive. Either it was the drink or the company, but I had one of the best dates in years. I really just wanted a quick dinner and to be on my way, but before I knew it, 3 hours had passed by. An appetizer, dinner, and dessert later, and we were kicked out of the dining area and were asked to spend the rest of our time in the bar. I was left speechless for the first time ever on a date when this southern gentleman, with accent, told me during dinner that he was having a really great time with me. What? Thank you! I never know during a date if a guy is enjoying my company, so for him to come right out, left me completely speechless. And for the record, I am incredibly happy that I said yes to this date.image

Saturday night was a late one, and since I was incredibly exhausted, I opted out of an alarm and out of a Sunday workout. I slept until 8:30, worked from my couch until 11:30, and then headed out for gas and an afternoon of errands.

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Broccoli bigger than my face, since I’m addicted! And then from 3-6:30, I worked the day away, before settling down with Grey’s Anatomy.imageWhat did you buy this weekend?

How was your weekend? What did you do?

Weekend Recap in Numbers

Hi guys, happy Monday! Did everyone have a good weekend? What did you do? My weekend was fun, relaxing and awesome. I’ve never done a post in “numbers,” but after thinking of what some of my favorite bloggers do for different ways to post, I recalled Tina’s “numbers” posts, and decided it’d be a fun one for this past weekend.

Number of episodes of Fuller House that I watched: 13

imageHow many times John Stamos made me drool: probably 1,000

imageNumber of workouts Ashley and I got in: 2

Number of times my heart skipped a beat and was full of butterflies on Saturday: infinity

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Distance I ran on Saturday before deciding that I didn’t want to run, and stopped: .10 miles

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Number of tries it took to get a “good enough” picture with Kip: 7

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Number of times I drank pineapple bcaa’s: 5

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Number of lipsticks I considered before choosing the winner: 6

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Number of items in my cart at BJ’s: 0

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Number of pieces of chocolate I ate out of this mix: 6

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Tell me about your weekend, but do it with numbers!! How many men did you kiss? How many miles did you run? How many slices of pizza did you eat?!

 

Weekend Recap: Quality Time With The Little Man

Saturday morning started the best way possible. New running shoes and a kick-butt run.

MizunoCatalystThat run was much needed after an extremely stressful week at work. And that is why I didn’t pop in last week to blog; because I was contemplating jumping off of a cliff. image

For my run, I was testing out the new Mizuno Catalyst shoe that the company sent me. I started with 3 easy miles, and finished with 1.5 miles of sprints. For my HIIT, I do 30 seconds all out, and 90 seconds of recovery.

Lindze texted me and told me that Lucas was counting down until I arrived (melting heart), so I got ready as quickly as possible, and headed over to their house for a day date with Lindz and the kids. Our first stop was to Gibson’s Bookstore in downtown Concord, where we were perplexed by the trains.

imageLucas played so well with the other kids at the table, but once they all left, we had the entire train tracks to himself. You know I got in there and played trains too! 🙂

imageI know this post is a Lucas overload, but this sweet little boy probably owns that largest chunk of my heart.

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Lucas taught me a new way to really savor your peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I could learn a thing or two from this little guy. He’s teaching me not to devour my food in 5 seconds.imageAfter a post-lunch reading of Under the Sea, I headed out, and spent the rest of the afternoon shopping for birthdays. While trying a shirt on in the dressing room, Lindze called me and we got to chatting. I was half in a shirt when she called me, and I somehow managed to get in and out of 2 shirts while still talking to her. 10 minutes later she goes, “I just realized you’re still in the dressing room!” I took the struggle of getting in and out of shirts while on the phone as a reminder that I wasn’t supposed to be spending money on myself during Lent, ha! Reminder noted!

I thought it was a good idea to make my apartment extremely dark and watch a Chucky movie. WHY?

imageSunday morning started with some encouraging progress pictures for my coach, before hitting the gym with Ashley. I had her for the 2nd part of my workout for my run and stairs. Having your girlfriend to talk to while on the stairmaster is one of the best ways to make it fly by. The only downside is when she makes you laugh so hard that you want to fall off of it.

The rest of Sunday was spent doing laundry for the largest load of smelly workout clothes, watching Hallmark Valentine’s Day movies, and visiting with my parents. And naturally stealing Kip. I get puppy time without the responsibilities of owning a dog. Win!

imageHow was your weekend? Tell me about it!

 

Weekend Recap in Pictures

Monday. How did you get here so quickly and why aren’t you part of the weekend? After a long week last week, I’m hoping that this will fly by. I have a few fun things lined up, so I’m sitting here with my fingers crossed that it won’t drag on!

Before we can officially start another week, let’s take a quick peek at my weekend!

Due to a snow storm, our office closed at 2 pm, meaning I declared the rest of the afternoon and evening a “snowed in,” day!

imageI had to refresh my iPod and iTunes library, so I started the process of putting my music back on. I read, I watched a movie, I got to bed early. In recap, Friday was great and productive!

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Saturday morning started with a bi/tri workout with Ashley, before running home quickly to shower and throw back a protein shake.imageBecause it was then on to the movies for a date with Mom. We went and saw The Choice, which is a Nicholas Sparks movie, and I had to say that this might be a top 2 favorite movie of his for me! I loved the book just as much as I love the movie, and I couldn’t tell you which one I enjoyed more!imageOnce we made it back to my parent’s house, I had about 30 minutes to eat before my Dad and I headed to SNHU, the university right down the road, to attend the men’s basketball game. We’ve been going to their games since 2003, so we like to keep the tradition alive!SNHU-mens-basketballSplit a fortune with my Dad. He took the cookie and I took the fortune. And then Kip tried to eat the fortune.

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Sunday morning was deemed a full rest day, and I spent my day grocery shopping, running errands, and taking it easy. Arctic Zero has returned to my life! I haven’t tried the chunky versions yet, so I’m excited for these!image

Lunch was a tuna wrap with sweet potatoes. Simple, easy, quick & delicious!image

Had a Barnes & Noble fail where they didn’t have the book I wanted. How is that even possible?!barnes-and-noble

Sunday afternoon was spent movie watching & reading. The perfect way to end my weekend!imageWhat was the highlight of your weekend?

I Am Retiring

On Thursday evening, I am retiring. This week has been weird. It taught me or reminded me a few important things.

Have you missed me this week? Probably not. It’s been a weird week, starting off with 3 hours of sleep Sunday into Monday. That left me feeling like a bag full of death. My phone also will not allow me to delete or save/take images, so how on earth am I supposed to share my life with you? Words will have to suffice.

I have come to the conclusion that I am officially over dating. Done. I have zero desire to go on any dates. It’s time to focus on myself. It will take a really persistent and friggen’ amazing man to get me to say yes to a date. Instead, my priorities will be my health, my friends, and my family. But first, my last date is Thursday evening, and once it is over, I will be hanging up my jersey for a bit. And then I will come out of retirement like Michael Jordan at an undetermined date.

Let’s be honest, a Saturday night with your cousin and her peanuts are better than a lazy Saturday by yourself or going on a date with a 1 (date) and done.

Family over everything. Lindze has not only been a huge staple in my life, but she reminds me of what’s important. I cannot imagine my family not in my life. There was one point where Lindze had to go upstairs  to take care of Brinkley for a bit, and later on she apologized, but you know what, it gave me quality one on one time with just Lucas, and that time I cherished.

imageA shout-out to all of the stay-at-home Moms out there who do it all. When we are kids, we are always asked what we want to be when we grow up. If you asked me right now what I want to be, I want to be just like Lindze.

My body is subtly hinting at having a low-key workout week. On Saturday I met up with Ashley for a workout, but my body immediately said no. I walked for 3 miles, before retreating to my couch all day for a Parks & Rec binge watching session.image

The above binge watching left me with SUPER tight hips and a lower back, so I guess all of that laying down wasn’t beneficial! It made the 3 miles I ran on Sunday super tough. I’m sorry, but when your hips are tighter than tight, running is not fun. I smelled like a trash can after this workout.imageSo far this week, my workouts have been more so “active rest” than anything, and I think it’ll do my body some good. The goal is to be ready to crush my workouts starting this weekend.

I’m currently reading “The Choice,” so that my Mom and I can go see it hopefully this weekend when it comes out. This is a Nicholas Sparks book, and let me tell you, I cannot stop reading it! And speaking of, it’s 6 pm on Tuesday evening and I’m signing off to go read for the rest of the night. Byeeeee!!!

Oh, and I also cut a good chunk of my hair off, but since the camera on my phone doesn’t work, you don’t get to see it!

I will do my best to pop back in on Friday, as I’m hoping to get my phone looked at by Apple. Once my camera is up in running, I will take pictures of every thing, every person, every pigeon, every meal, and fingers crossed I will document it for Friday’s post!

Talk to me. Tell me something!

What should I do during my dating sabbatical?