Monday, December 15, 2014

What's Been Up

Hello there! It's another Monday. How did that happen? I meant to check in again last week but my week was a little nuts and I didn't get the chance. Meh. 

So here's what's been going on... 

- My InsaniT25 is still going strong. Another five days last week! I am safely "in the zone" and don't see myself slipping anytime soon, because I am seeing results. That's the biggest motivator, seeing results. Yay!  Today was the Beta Rip't Circuit workout.  Fun!

- We had our annual girls' Christmas gathering yesterday! We had so much fun getting together, eating, gabbing. We all brought an appetizer dish (I brought the ham and cheese sliders Julie mentioned last week - OMG, heavenly!)  We also had a fabulous cookie exchange. I made the peanut butter Hershey kiss cookies (mostly because I don't eat those so I wouldn't be tempted to eat the batter and test the goods. Smartie!)  It was a fun day!!


- We took a couple of trips out to Epcot - on Thursday and on Saturday. On Thursday we met Santa! 


Jillian wasn't keen about fitting on his lap. She wasn't afraid, she kept saying "HI SANTA!" but she just wasn't down with sitting. Ah well, maybe next year. 

On Saturday we had Disney dining reservations at the Rose and Crown Pub in the UK. We dined on fish and chips, bangers and mash and Strongbow cider. It was good (full review later). Afterwards we met some friends and enjoyed the music of British Revolution. The girls had a dance party. 



And I realized Jillian is going to be really into music and concerts. I'm with the band! 



- I only have three days if work this week before I am off for a week and a half! Aah! I can't wait for some time off. Maybe I'll actually get my Christmas shopping done. 


AAAH!  

And that's all I've got! Hope your Monday is going great!! 

How about you ... Is your christmas shopping done? 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What I'm Listening To

Hello there from frigid Florida!  OK, it’s not nearly as frigid as other parts of the country, obviously, but it’s definitely cold for us.  We woke up to 45 degrees, which made it really hard to get out of bed today to work out, but I did!

I’m three for three this week on the InsaniT25 schedule.  Today was T25’s Beta Dynamic Core workout.  It was quite dynamic indeed.  Definitely warmed me right up.  I’m feeling really good about these workouts and even got a “are you losing weight?” comment from Hubs last night.  Nice! 

So, I have been obsessed with music lately.  I’m always slightly obsessed with music, but there is so much good music right now, I thought I’d share some of my faves I’ve been jamming to during workouts, in the car, on walks, etc etc.  And no, it’s not all Christmas music…

Here we go …

“Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars

After reading about Janae’s obsession with this song, I had to give it a listen.  O…M…G…Wow!  This song is the bomb.  I wish I could dance because it just makes me want to bust a funky move and breakdance or something.  And the video!  It gives me goosies!  Bruno Mars can do no wrong in my eyes, he is so flippin cool.  And Mark Ronson just hanging out in the background of the video – nice!  Thank you Janae.



“Lips Are Movin’” by Meghan Trainor

You know my obsession with my BFF Meghan Trainor (remember when she liked my Instagram photo – besties!), well her new song is so fun and catchy and makes me sing at the top of my lungs in my car (I’m a terrible singer, so I reserve this for car rides when I’m by myself).  Love it!  And I can’t wait until her first album comes out on January 13th.  And did you know she was nominated for a Grammy?  She hasn’t even released a full CD yet and she’s already up for a Grammy.  Fantastic!



“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift

Well duh, you knew a Taylor Swift song would end up on my list given my newfound obsession with her.  This song…  I can’t even describe how awesome it is.  And the video is equally amazing.  Nuff said.



“Little Drummer Boy” by tobyMac

Christmas music!  It’s all good, but this song is great because it’s a classic that is funktified like only tobyMack can do.  tobyMac’s Christmas in Diverse City CD is on constant rotation in our house during the holidays because it’s just good.  Lots of fun, funky Christmas classics! 



 Anything by Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy is sort of killing it lately.  They released their Save Rock and Roll album back in 2013 and it’s freaking great!  “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark” (seriously, they make the longest song titles ever) was a big one and then they had “Alone Together” and “Young Volcanoes” follow.  All great!  Now they have the song “Centuries” out, which rocks my world (video below).  Can’t wait for their next album coming out … soon?



“Habits” by Tove Lo

When I first heard this song I was like “eh.”  I couldn’t get past that line about binging on Twinkies and thowing up in the bath tub (gross).  But as I heard it more and more it got me and now I sing it at the top of my lungs in the car.  LOVE IT! 



“Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson has the most pure and amazing voice ever.  Her new Christmas album has all of the classics, sung beautifully, and this song is sort of an ode to Mariah’s “All I Want for Christmas” in that it’s fast, catchy and infectious.  Love!!




So that’s what I’m listening to, or jamming out to, over here.  Now go and update your playlists! 


How about you … What are you listening to right now?  Favorite song of the moment?  Are you a fan of any of these songs?  

Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekend Recap

Hellooo!  It’s Monday again.  How did that happen? 

Sorry I didn’t get a chance to check in last Friday.  I had a big presentation to give on Friday afternoon, so I spent most of the day fretting over it, which equates to no time for blogging fun. 

So here’s what’s been going on over here…

- I logged five days of InsaniT25 last week!  Woohoo!  I went from 0 to 60 on the workout scale in a relatively short amount of time, which I am super proud of myself for.  One thing I have noticed about myself, once I make up my mind to get back on the workout wagon I boot camp my ass to get me back into it quickly.  No easing into it here.  Not sure if that is good or bad.  As a result, I was sore everywhere for a majority of last week, so I took a much needed breather on Friday and picked things back up on Saturday.  Started today off on the right foot as well with the T25 Core Cardio video.  It was excellent.  I'm back baby!!!

- Over the weekend we did all of the obligatory Christmas stuff – Christmas cards, Christmas lights, Christmas shopping (we did our decorating inside the house last week).  Lots of fun and lots of things checked off the large list of things to do.  Love that feeling. 

Here's our Christmas card, if you're curious... 


- Sunday we spent the day at Magic Kingdom.  We had reservations at Crystal Palace for the character dining.  We had a blast.



- After that we had to go on It’s a Small World for Jillian, because that is all she talks about whenever we set foot inside Magic Kingdom.  “Smaw Waw!”  And then she sings the song.  It’s so darn cute! 


And that was it.  It was a nice weekend!

Gotta jam, I have so much to do.  Aah!  Happy Monday!


How about you … Good weekend?  What did you do?  Is it cold where you are?  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Disney Dining Review: Hollywood and Vine at Disney's Hollywood Studios

On Sunday we got back on track with our Disney dining with a  reservation for the DisneyJunior Play and Dine lunch at Hollywood and Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

Hollywood and Vine is a buffet style restaurant that offers character dining for breakfast and lunch and then a nice buffet meal for dinner.  We had never been here before, so we were excited to see how the restaurant was. And let’s face it, I was excited to meet Disney Junior characters.  I mean, Jillian was excited too, but I was really excited.


The Disney Junior Play and Dine features Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Handy Manny.  If you don’t have a kid then you probably have no clue what I’m talking about, but these characters are a big deal in our house. 

With Handy Manny
And Jake.  She sang the Jake theme song at lunch, too cute.
This character dining was different than others in that every 15 minutes or so the characters and cast members got up and did a song and dance, allowing kids to dance along with them, which was really fun.  And then when they weren’t performing they were making the rounds around the restaurant taking pictures.  I was giddy when Sofia and Doc came to our table.  Just sayin’.

With Doc 
Blowing a kiss to Sofia 
Seeing this picture of myself prompted me to get back on the workout wagon stat.  Yikes.
I'm burning that shirt.
Let’s talk food.  The food at this buffet was some of the best buffet food I have had at Disney.  It was so, so good.  They had a big assortment – BBQ meatballs (the star of the day), creamy asiago chicken breast, sweet and sour pork, assorted veggies and salads and a great kids section that featured mac n cheese, chicken nuggets and tater tots.  Good good food all around! 

My only gripe of the day was where we were seated.  We were at a table right by where they do the song and dance with the characters, so whenever that happened, a flood of kids and parents with cameras surrounded our table.  And honestly, they had absolutely no regard for the fact that we were sitting there eating a meal.  People were literally leaning over our table to get pictures.  One woman was in my chair with me at one point.  I am not kidding.  It was ridiculous.  Shame on Hollywood and Vine for even having a table there.  Oh well, what can you do?   


See that chair in the foreground?  That was my chair.  Now you can see why I am griping.  Why put a table there?

However, sitting there allowed me to get this awesome photobomb from Sofia.


This character lunch was the best character dining experience we have had so far.  Maybe it was the fact that it was Disney Junior characters, or maybe it was the food, but it was such a fun experience we will definitely be going back.  Maybe for breakfast next time, since our last character breakfast was just ho hum. 

Up next … This Sunday we’re keeping the character dining going and going to the mecca of all character dining restaurants – The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom.  (we last went there for Jillians’ 1st birthday).  Can’t wait!

How about you … Ever been to a character dining experience?  Fun right?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Off to a Good Start

I forgot how much I love hate love/hate Insanity. 

Yesterday, as part of my InsaniT25 schedule, I did Insanity’s Plyometric Cardio Circuit.  I haven’t done this workout in years and I instantly remembered how much of a doozy it is.  All Insanity workouts start with an insane (ha) warm up.  Like, a warm up that could pretty much be the workout.  It’s ten minutes of 7 exercises done for about 30 second each, 3 times through (got that?), and each set you increase the intensity and go a little bit faster than before.  Seriously, when the warm up and stretch was over I was like “OK, I’m done.”


 I have missed the fun of an Insanity workout though.  I love how the people in the video are like me (well, me, but with insanely fit bodies), they’re all like “F this S” half way through the workout because they think it’s insane too.  In most workout videos the people are smiling through the whole thing like “this is so fun!”  Not in Insanity, they’re all feeling the pain like me and showing it, and I love that.


 What I haven’t missed about Insanity – how long the workouts are.  I’m so used to my T25, getting it all done in 25 minutes.  Yesterday’s workout was 42 minutes, which doesn’t seem too much longer than a T25 workout, but trust me, I felt that 17 extra minutes.  I thought it was never going to end.  But, I got it done and I felt great afterwards. I learned yesterday that there is an Insanity Max 30 series coming out.  Insanity in 30 minutes.  But apparently like like Insanity on crack.  But it's only 30 minutes.  Sign me up!  

I am proud of myself for getting back into a routine.  Yeah, it’s only been two days, but that’s two more days that I could have been sedentary, and I wasn’t, so yay.  But man, am I sore.  The Monday workout killed me.  Namely the push-ups.  My arms, chest and that area right around my armpits hurts so bad.  Like, it hurts to move my arms, it hurts to touch my arms, it just hurts.  And my abs hurt.  I’m not even sure why my abs hurt, but they do.  Truth be told, I love being sore from a workout.  It lets me know that I did something good. 

So, I’m off to a good start! 


How about you … Did you work out today?  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Back to Being More Me

I’m not sure about you guys, but when I woke up on Monday morning I felt like I weighed about 5 lbs more than I did last Monday.  And when I got on the scale I found out that I did!  OK, maybe not 5 lbs, but I definitely gained some lbs over my gluttonous Thanksgiving vacation.  Ergh.

I don’t feel bad about it, but I do feel like I need to do something about it.  Stat.

As you know, I have been mostly sedentary for almost 2 months now.  Not for any reason other than just pure laziness.  So not me.  I’m a worker outer, so for me to go this long without a workout is weird.  I finally hit the wall Sunday night on the way home from our second Thanksgiving feast of the weekend.  I felt crappy, I felt crabby, I felt uncomfortable in my clothes, and I realized that I have to do something about this.  I always feel better when I am working out regularly – happier, my clothes fit better, my skin looks better, it’s a magic potion for me.  OK, that’s cheesy, but I believe it.


Hee, so true.  I have a bazillion workouts on my Pinterest board, how many of them have I done?

So Sunday night I set my alarm for early and I told Hubs that he had permission to push me out of bed if I didn’t get up.  Luckily, the alarm went off and I was instantly awake, and a little excited to get up and work out.  Yesterday’s workout came from the InsaniT25 calendar.  I’m going to work through that puppy until it’s done.  It might not be 30 days in a row, I might want to run/walk a couple of days a week, but I want to get these Insanity and T25 workouts in the mix because they work.  Bless you Shaun T.


Monday’s workout was the Insanity Fit Test.  It’s a workout that you do at the beginning of Insanity and then every two weeks throughout the program to gauge your progress.  You do a set of 8 exercises for a minute each and count your repetitions and then you compare your numbers each time you do the Fit Test throughout Insanity.  I remember when I did Insanity all the way through the difference in my numbers between Day 1 and Day 60 was just amazing. 

The only problem with doing just the Fit Test is that it’s not the greatest standalone workout.  You do a 3 or 4 minute warm up, then stretch and then you do the 8 exercises for a minute each, but there’s a lot of chatter in between the exercises, so it’s not a continuous workout where you’re huffing and puffing the whole time.  Don’t get me wrong, I was definitely huffing and puffing and had my heart rate up there, but it wasn’t a consistent workout.  I guess it was a good workout to start with since I haven’t done anything in a long time. 

In addition to the Fit Test I dropped and did 30 push-ups and a couple sets of lunges.  Overall, good first day back on the workout track. 

And today I can barely lift my arms – dang push-ups. 

Today’s workout, which hasn’t been completed yet (I’m doing it this afternoon) is Insanity’s Plyometric Cardio Circuit.  I’m scared.  Insanity workouts are just scary.


So that’s it, I’m back on the workout wagon and I am happy and on my way back.  Back to what, I don’t know, but just back to being more me. 


How about you … Have you ever taken a really long hiatus from working out?  How did you get yourself back into it? 

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Monday After a 5-Day Holiday Weekend

After a glorious 5 day holiday weekend, it is Monday again which means it's back to the grind. Here's what's been going on over here ...

- Our Thanksgiving was fantastic. We arrived in Clearwater on Wednesday afternoon and hung out with my parents. I was in charge of building the stuffing, my mom's recipe which is easily one of my favorite foods ever. So it was a little intimidating being in charge of such a big item, but I did good and the stuffing was a success, as it is every Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving morning, as you know, my dad and I got up bright and early to run the Turkey  Trot 5K and then we had a leisurely morning. Hubs' parents and grandma arrived around 2 and then it was food time! 



And photo time. It's tradition that we take a big family picture after dinner. 

- We didn't do any crazy Black Friday, er, Black Thursday shopping, but we did run around a bit on Friday to see if we could get any deals. We didn't buy anything but got some ideas. After that we made our way back home to Orlando. 

- Saturday was spent decorating for Christmas. I have been pining (ha, no pun intended) for a new Christmas tree now for two or three years, and when we pulled out our old tree that we've had for close to a decade this happened. 


Half the lights were burned out! Well darn, guess we need a new tree now! So we went shopping and ended up with this 7.5 foot pre-lit beauty. (And no the lights aren't on in that pic)


(Jillian is pondering the meaning of Christmas here)

I am so super glad we got a new tree, it is just so beautiful!

- On Sunday we were non-stop!  We had early lunch reservations at the Disney Junior character breakfast at Hollywood and Vine at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  I don't know who was more excited, me or Jillian.  Probably me.  It was such a blast!  I will be doing a full recap of the meal later this week, but here's a sneak preview of the fun pics we snapped!


With Doc McStuffins

After that we headed over to Hubs' grandma's house for a belated Thanksgiving celebration with his mom's side of the family.  It was very nice and I got to eat more turkey and stuffing.  Bonus!

And today I feel like a stuffed sausage and vow to make things better in my life.  More on this tomorrow...  

Hope your Monday is off to a great start!  

How about you ... How are you feeling after your Thanksgiving?  Did you do any Black Friday shopping?  Get any good deals?


Friday, November 28, 2014

Turkey Trot 5K

Well, I made it through the Turkey Trot 5K yesterday and didn’t keel over, so I consider that a minor victory. 


After one month - two months, some ungodly amount of time - off from working out I made a last minute decision to run a 5K with no training or prep work.  Eh, you know me, I don’t run races to win or best myself or anything like that, I just go for the thrill of being there and the satisfaction of just getting out of bed and doing something exercise-y. 

We were up and out of the house at 6:10am and it was cold.  47 degrees and the sun wasn’t out yet, so I was faced with the question of “do I wear my hoodie over my long sleeved tech tee or do I just suck it up and be cold for a little while until I get moving?”  I opted for the latter and shivered until the race started. 

We found a turkey to take our picture with ahead of time… 



(Sorry they're blurry)

 That was fun. 

And shortly thereafter we were off and running.  And yes, I was running.  My goal was to start the race running and then walk whenever I needed to.  So I ran about 3 feet and stopped.  Ha, kidding. 

There were 5,000 people running this race, so there were hundreds of people pushing me along and they kept me running for at least half a mile before I felt like my lungs were going to explode.  I wasn’t sure if it was from breathing the cold air in my Florida lungs or the fact that I haven’t used them in that capacity in so very long.  Either way I didn’t like it, so I walked for a while. 

I picked up the pace after the first mile marker and ran for a little bit and then walked again.  I kept this going throughout the race, running little spurts here and there and surprising myself at how much I actually ran, given I haven’t moved that fast in a long time.

At one point in the race an older lady ran up next to me and said “you’re a hard lady to catch up with!”  Um, me?  Really?  You obviously have me mistaken with someone fast.  Maybe she was pacing me?  If yes, I’m flattered, because I don’t know anyone who would pace me, besides a walker.  I smiled and nodded at her and then she smoked me and kept on going.  Guess she wasn’t pacing me. 

The race ended in the stadium of a local high school (my high school’s biggest rival) and I ran through the finish line to Britney’s “Work Bitch.”  Nice.  And that was it.  Dad crossed the finish line a minute and a half after me (he walked the whole thing if that tells you anything about my “running”) and he asked, “can we take a finish line selfie?”  Of course we can!


All in all, it was a great way to start our Thanksgiving morning.  We were home by 8:20 and then ate our weight in food the rest of the day because our metabolisms were revving from all that activity.  Haha. 


So now I’m looking for my next 5K to keep the momentum going.  Maybe I will tackle the Reindeer Run this year after all.

How about you ... Anyone participate in a Turkey Trot?  

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Dad and I made it through our Turkey Trot this morning!


Now it's time to eat!  Hope you have a fantastic Turkey Day!  (race recap coming soon!)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Disney Dining Review: It's Been a While!

I’ve dropped the ball a little bit on my Disney Dining Reviews, so here’s an update. 

1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian Resort
During my birthday weekend we went to the character breakfast at 1900 Park Fare.



The place was absolutely packed, so we were socked in the back room that I think they only open up when they are filled to max capacity.  The room has no windows and no décor (the rest of the restaurant is really pretty and spacious), so it was kind of a bummer to be stuck in there.  And the characters didn’t make it back to us until the end of the meal, which I guess was good because you got the eating part out of the way, but it was a real tease for Jillian throughout the meal.  They’d get close to our little room and then they’d walk away.   

The breakfast is a buffet, so it’s all you care to eat.  Yay!  I feel like I didn’t eat nearly enough to quantify the exorbitant price tag of the meal, but that would also be impossible without exploding.  The spread was good though – fresh fruits, juices, eggs, meats, omelet station, crepes, French toast, pancakes, bananas foster syrup – yum, yum and yum.

Overall, it was a nice time, but I think it’s like a one and done kind of thing. 

Beaches and Crème at the Beach Club Resort
Another birthday weekend outing, because this is one of my favorite restaurants out at Disney.


Beaches and Cream is a tiny little 50’s diner that serves hamburgers and sandwiches and, most notably, ice cream in all varieties.  I’m a little perturbed about this place because it used to be an easy place to walk up to and get a table.  Now, they have made it strictly reservation only if you want a table (you can walk up and sit at the counter), which I think is dumb for a restaurant like this.  I mean, the restaurant is located right by the pool, so if anyone wants to walk up from the pool and get a burger, they can’t.  Dumb.  Anyway.

I love the food at Beaches and Cream because it’s greasy diner food and I like that kind of thing.  I had a $16 hamburger.  Another thing I’m perturbed about, when they made this a “reservation only” restaurant, they also changed the menu and the prices skyrocketed.  You used to be able to get a burger for like $9.  Annoying.  But whatever. 

I had the burger, Hubs, unfortunately for him, ordered a Chef Salad (who does that at a place like this?) and we both had ice cream for dessert.  I had a root beer float, Hubs had a Coke float and Jillian had a Mickey sundae (a scoop of ice cream dressed up to look like Mickey).  Fun all around! 

Coral Reef Restaurant at Epcot
The following weekend we had reservations at the Coral Reef restaurant which is located at The Seas attraction at Epcot. 


We had heard a lot of good things about this restaurant – the ambiance, the food, so we wanted to check it out.

When we looked at the menu, we realized that it’s not really a lunchtime place.  I mean, who wants to eat a NY Strip for lunch?  Not me really.  More of a dinner place, for sure.  I ordered a chicken dish which was very good.  And Hubs ordered a steak, which was also really good.  The star of the show though was Jillian’s shells and cheese.  She didn’t like it (she’s strictly a Kraft macaroni and cheese girl), so I ate it and it was by far the best thing of the day.  Ha, me and me 12 year old palate. 

The ambiance of this restaurant … I thought it would be better.  You’re dining amongst the aquariums in The Seas attraction.  But for some reason I was expecting there to be more aquariums and more viewing.  The dining room was three tiers, all tables facing the wall of aquarium at the front.  It was OK.  We were on the third tier, so we didn’t really pay too much attention to it.  I’m sure if we had been sitting in the first tier it would have been different.  Ho hum.

The service wasn’t very good.  Our server came to our table maybe four times total during the meal – once to take our order, once to bring our drinks, once to bring our check and once to bring back our check.  I sat with an empty water cup for most of the meal.  Not cool.  That’s such a huge pet peeve of mine.  My cup better have liquid in it at all times.  Haha. 

Aside from that, Coral Reef was fine.  Again, another one and done type of place.  Been there.  Check. 

Next up on the calendar – Hollywood and Vine character dining at Hollywood Studios this Sunday.  Can’t wait.  The characters at this place are all Disney Junior – Jillian’s favorite.  She’s gonna go nuts!

How about you Have you been to 1900 Park Fare, Beaches and Cream or Coral Reef restaurants?  What did you think?

New Room For Jillian

It is one of those days where I am just so not in the mood to work. 



Thanksgiving week is always so slow because lots of people take the week off, so there is a whole lot of nothing going on work-wise at the moment, which allows me to talk to you fine folks.  Or… talk to myself, since not many people read this.  Hee.  And it doesn’t help that today is my “Friday” since I am taking tomorrow off, and have a 5 day weekend ahead of me.  So yeah, motivation is out the window at the moment.

The weather report said there was a 100% chance of rain today.  I don’t know that I’ve ever seen the weather report say 100% chance of rain.  80%, 90%, yes.  And it is raining hard.  It actually is so dark it looks like night time outside.  It’s a good day to just curl up on the couch and watch TV.  Wish I was doing that now.  This rain is supposed to bring cold weather.  Good, because yesterday it was 86.  Not very Thanksgiving-y.

Over the weekend we had a major home renovation happen.  Yes, we got our carpet downstairs cleaned, which was a transformation in and of itself.  Man, it’s amazing how clean your house feels when your carpets are super-duper clean.  That wasn’t the major home renovation though.  We created a playroom for Jillian! 


Over the last almost 2 years, Jillian has pretty much taken over our house.  Every room had toys in it.  Our family room basically looked like a toy tornado went through it all the time.  You can kind of see the chaos that was our family in the background of this picture – so much stuff!


So we decided to convert our living room, which we used as an office (but never really used as an office), into a playroom for her.  We moved the books on the bookshelf up to shelves that she couldn’t reach (for now) and reserved the lower shelves for her stuff.  It’s safe to say that she loves it.  And the transformation came at a good time because we have lots of stuff coming our way for her for Christmas (oh, so much stuff), so now we’ll have place for it.  Whew!

And I must confess, it is so nice to have our family room and dining room back to looking like adults live in this house too.  So clean!  Not that the occasional rogue toy (or toys) doesn’t make its way into the family room at any given point in the day, but at least now it has home to go to when Jillian is done playing with it.

Next we will be tackling the upstairs.  We’re converting the current guest room into an office (which is currently in our loft area).  And then we’re making a “TV room” out of the loft (that’s what we’re calling it anyway, it’s really just a place to put the couch and ottoman that were downstairs – because I’m pretty sure we’re not going to be watching a ton of TV up there).  Lots of movement happening in this house!  It’s kind of exciting.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Hope your Tuesday is better than mine – it is raining cats and dogs outside!!  EEK! 


How about you … What’s your weather like?  Do you have time off of work for the Thanksgiving holiday?