Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kerry: The Dog Wrangler

Hello there!  I went for my second run of the week this morning and realized that I failed to include two big items on my Real Runner Problems list from last week. 

Spider Webs.  I don’t know how these buggers do it, but they create elaborate, giant webs overnight.  And it never fails, every time I run I run right through their handiwork - multiple times.  BAH!  In some respects I feel bad that I’ve totally deconstructed their hard work.  In other respects I’m so disgusted that I have sticky web on me and worry that I have taken the spider with me in my hair.  Yeesh!!! 


Yes, true.

Dogs.  When I encounter a dog on a run (which isn’t all that often), I never know if I’m dealing with Cujo or Lassie.  A dog who is going to be sweet and nuzzling, or a dog that’s going to bite my face off.  Either way, I’m apprehensive when approaching a pup.  Which brings me to this morning…

This morning I was doing my C210K Week 5/Day 2 run – the one that includes my first 8-minute run.  Seriously, my last run I ran 6 minute intervals (and almost died), I think a jump to 8 minutes is a little much, yes?  Anyway…  I was a little apprehensive about my 8-minute interval, but I was about 4 minutes into it, feeling good, when I ran past a house where, apparently, the owners had just let their dogs out.  They (the dogs) saw me running by and immediately ran at me full force barking.  EEK!  One was a little poodle-y dog that I wasn’t too worried about, and one was a bigger dog that could have been Cujo-ish, but thankfully wasn’t.  And of course, as I ran by they both continued to follow me.  Just great.

Being that I was in the middle of my big 8-minute run interval and I was in the zone, I was annoyed that I had to slow down to walking because I didn’t want the dogs to get too far away from home.  I kept looking for the owners and didn’t see anyone.  And finally a kid comes running after us.  I stopped so the dogs would stop, but little poodle puff darted into the street just as a car was coming.  AAH!  I literally covered my eyes and screamed.  Didn’t run out to help, just stood there screaming.  I’m awesome.  Thankfully the car stopped and the kid ran to collect the dog, but that little bugger was fast (way faster than me), so the kid took off the other way chasing that one down.  And I kept going.  Trying to salvage my running interval, I kept on running and vowed to make up the time I missed during the next walking interval.

About 5 or 6 houses down I realized that dog #2, the Cujo one, was still following me.  GAH!  Do I go back and deliver the dog to their house?  Do I keep going?  I figured the kid who tracked down the poodle would come and get Cujo, so I just kept going.  It was kind of fun having a little companion on my run, but I was worried that he’d dart out into the street and get hit, and then that would totally be on me and I’d feel absolutely awful.  So I kept my eyes peeled for the kid.  Nothing.  Did they not care about Cujo?  Maybe that wasn’t even their dog?  So I kept going.  Finished off my 8 minutes (albeit it wasn’t 8 straight minutes) and finally spotted the kid.  He must not have seen me because he turned down a different street.  So I ran to catch up to him telling Cujo to follow me.  Never saw the kid again, but as I walked toward their house I saw his mom walking towards us, so I flagged her down pointing to Cujo.  I delivered him safely and felt like I did a good deed for the day.  Go me! 

My run on the other hand went into the crapper.  I walked for the rest of the time, fulfilled my 32 minute workout, and went home.  So I’m gonna have to make that run up tomorrow now.  Meh.  But it was kind of exciting, all the dog stuff.  Just call me Kerry: Dog Catcher or Dog Whispered or Dog Wrangler. 


How about you … Any dog encounters on a run?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Randomness

Hi there!  Happy Monday!

So I meant to post a Friday Randomness post, but I never got the chance to finish it for Friday, and I had that Stitch Fix review all queued up and waiting, so I just went with that on Friday.  So here are my random Friday thoughts…on a Monday.

Running highlights.  As you may have noted from my post last week, I’ve totally been bitten by the running bug.  I had a good week.  Got in my three runs and they were good.  I peeked ahead to my C210K app and I have to run a whopping 8 minutes without stopping on days 2 and 3 this week.  WHAT?!!  I feel like that’s a big jump to go from 5 to 8 in a week.  Yes?  I’m OK.  I’ll be fine.  Run 1 is tomorrow.  Wheee!

Heather’s Spotify 90’s/2000’s playlist.  OMG.  This playlist has such an vast variety of awesome songs on it, I couldn’t help but jam out at my desk with a huge smile on my face.  There was also lip synching.  I literally squealed when certain songs came on.  (I’m glad I sit in an area of the office where most of the people work from home, so no one could witness my cheesiness)  Some gems: “Baby, Baby” by Amy Grant?  Hello 8th grade!  “C’mon Ride It (The Train)” by Quad City DJ’s?  I still jam out to this song regularly on my iPod.  “Back Here” by BBMak?  This was post boy band era, but still one of those songs where I was like “OHH!!”.  So great!  Thank you Heather for making my week!


 Olive Garden breadstick sandwich.  Um, yeah.  Have any of you heard that they are going to be introducing sandwiches at Olive Garden using their heavenly breadsticks as the bread?  Chicken parm and meatball sandwiches to be exact.  So we’re talking chicken parmesan on a delicious Olive Garden breadstick (I’m assuming it will be a larger version of their breadsticks, or just a very narrow sandwich?).  It sounds heavenly, and not at all healthy.  But I’m totally in and so are J and Hubs.  In fact we exchanged a group text about it.



Finales.  Last week was TV finale week and I couldn’t be happier.  While I love my shows, it is so hard to keep up sometimes, so I’m looking forward to the summer break.  The big shows I watch all ended last week and of course they all ended with cliff hangers.  Ugh. 

Veggie Chips and Straws.  I discovered these.  Anything with “veggie” in the title is something I normally shy away from, but my mom-in-law had these on hand last week and I tried one and enjoyed it.  After a little research I learned that these are not really “veggies,” they are potatoes.  There’s really nothing “veggie” about them actually.  But hey, they’re better than a normal chip.  Bought a Costco sized bag of them this weekend.  Dangerous.


Jillian's weekend highlights.  And finally, here is a Jillian collage from last week.  Because I don’t include enough pictures of her on the blog.  Fun includes washing the car, playing in the pool, meeting Mexico Donald and dressing up and going to Sunday school.  She has quite the fun life.  

How about you … Favorite music to listen to?  Will you try an Olive Garden breadstick sandwich?  Are your regular shows done for the summer?

Friday, May 15, 2015

A Real Good Stitch Fix

I got my latest Stitch Fix last week and it was awesome!  

Stitch Fix, as you know, can be a little hit or miss.  Some months they totally get you, and then other months you're like "really?"  This month was a hit.  

Jillian was super excited that I got a box in the mail and wanted to help me open it.  She kept saying, "open it?" so I let her dive in.  And when she opened it up, she literally said "OOOOOOOOOHHHH!"  Which is exactly what I normally say when I open a Stitch Fix box. 



The first item I pulled out was this dress -  the Carissa Striped Fit & Flare Dress from Pixley. 




Instant love affair.  If I could marry an article of clothing it would be this dress.  It's perfection.  The fit, the cut, the color, the style - everything is perfection.  I wore it to work the other day and I felt like a million bucks.  Totally kept it.  Duh.

Next was this dress from Pixley as well - the Jakobe Chevron Print Maxi Dress.  




I love a good maxi dress.  OK, well, I don't own many maxi dresses, but I envy people who can just wear them on a normal day to the grocery store and stuff like that.  As soon as I put this dress on I knew it was going to be mine.  I loved the color, style, fit, it was super comfy and looked good.  And you can dress it up with fun jewelry or down to make it more casual.  It is a little long, but if I wear higher sandals I'm good.  Kept it, and wore it to lunch on Mother's Day last weekend!

Next was this shirt from Fun2Fun - the Mina Split Neck Blouse.


You know I love me a sleeveless, flowy top and this one did not disappoint.  It's perfect to throw on with jeans or shorts and I love the colors.  This picture doesn't really do it justice, but it's really pretty.  Keep!

Next was another flowy, sleeveless top from Skies are Blue.  I honestly thought this Stitch Fix box would be "the one" where I bought everything.  


But alas, no.  The fit of this shirt was weird.  It was way too short in the front and then the arm holes were too big.  Boo.  I liked the look and color of the top, but the fit was a no go.  Ah well.  

And don't you just love Jillian's cameo here?  Haha, that face, what is going on here?  

The last item in my box was a big tote that was super cute, but I need another large tote/purse like I need a hole in the head, so I had to send it back.  

So three out of five, not to shabby!  I absolutely loved the dresses I got this time around and sent a note to my stylist to please send more like this because they were perfection.  Hmm, I guess I'm going to have to start wearing more dresses now!  

Yay Stitch Fix!  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Real Runner Problems

Please note that I use the word “runner” rather loosely because … well, you know.

So today on my run I started thinking about a bunch of things that runners face that can be a nuisance.  Apparently I ran into a lot of them today because I came up with this list.  And it still ended up being a great run, so go figure.  So here goes…

#realrunnerproblems

(don’t ask why I chose to hashtag that)

Apprehension.  I peeked ahead at my Couch to 10K app last night to see what I was running today.  As I told you yesterday, Tuesday’s run was tough on me.  The running intervals are getting longer, and the longer they get, the more apprehensive I get. Like “OMG, can I really run for 4 minutes?”  (FYI, the answer to that dumb question is yes, duh)  Tuesday’s run was 3 minutes of running, 2 minutes of walking, 4 minutes running, 3 minutes walking (repeat 2x) and then 3 running and 2 walking – and that was kind of hard.  The 4 minute intervals were tough.  So when I saw that today’s intervals included 5 minutes of running I was like “aw, hell no.”  I got a little nervous about it and sort of dreaded it a little bit.  I let apprehension and a little bit of self-doubt in.  No bueno!  So when I set off on my run today, I made a deal with myself to take it S-L-O-W and told myself that I could get through it.  And I did!  The 5 minutes were, surprisingly, a piece of cake.  So don’t let apprehension or self-doubt get you or deter you from reaching you goals!  (how inspirational am I today?)

Finding the right pace.  As you all know, I am a slow runner.  Like, so slow it’s probably considered walking.  Whatever, it works for me.  And hey, slow running is better than no running in my book.  Anyway, sometimes when I take off on my running intervals I take off a little too fast for me, which is bad because it leads to me getting tired really fast and then I end up walking, so I always have to remind myself “go slow, go SLOW!”  The slower I go, the longer I go, and that’s good when you have to keep it up for 5 minutes or 5 miles.  This is the complete opposite mentality of most runners, but I’m not most runners.  I am the tortoise – slow and steady wins every time.


Shoes.  Finding the right pair of running shoes is crucial.  I found my perfect pair years and years ago – the Adidas Supernova Glide (they used to be called the Adidas Supernova Cushion back in the day).  They are a cushion shoe and after trying all kinds of different makers and styles, I always go back to this shoe because it’s just perfect for my foot.  The problem though is I need new ones.  Bad.  I have a hole the size of a silver dollar in the toe of my shoe.  Like to a point where I can see my sock poking out.  It’s bad.  And embarrassing.  I’m trying desperately to hold on a little longer until our trip to Sanibel at the end of the month, because we always hit the outlets on the way to or from Sanibel, but we may have to make a trip to our local outlet soon because the hole is so big I’m starting to pick up rocks as I run.  Hee.  Or there’s always the fun of running through a puddle and ending up with a wet sock.  Yeah, it’s bad.


It's bad when you can see the foam sticking out, right? 

Sprinklers.  The reference to a wet sock is a good segue into this one.  Why must sprinklers always sprinkle the sidewalks?  I am constantly dodging streams of water on my morning runs – nice if you want a cool down, not so much if you don’t.

Busted.  I listen to awesome music when I run, because it motivates me.  Today I was listening to an awesome playlist and I was jamming out to an old Christina Aguilera jam and lip synching like I was a contestant on LipSync Battle.  Yes, lip syncing and running – I can multi-task.  During my mini concert I was running towards a parked car.  I didn’t realize until I got closer that there was someone sitting in that car who witnessed my entire concert.  True story.  And embarrassing.  But did that stop me from lip syncing more on my run?  Hell no.

John Krasinski doing Tina Turner on Lip Sync Battle

And yes, I do dream of being on Lip Sync Battle.

That’s it!  Hopefully you found this list helpful, or inspirational, or at least a little entertaining. 


How about you … What are your real runner problems?  Or #realrunnerproblems (if you're into hashtags)?  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hey, I'm Back and Success!

Oh wait, what?  I have a blog? 

Wow.  Sorry.  I know pretty much no one reads this blog, but I always feel a little guilty for being dormant for days or weeks. 

So what’s up?  Lots of fun stuff over here, I can’t complain, but today I want to talk about my experience with the 24-Day Challenge and my progress with the Couch to 10K program. 



That pretty much sums it up!  Hubs and I officially finished up the Advocare 24-Day Challenge on Friday of last week (we took two days off from it during our Universal vacay – which I still need to write about too!) and we both had crazy success. 

To recap what the challenge is, it’s basically a cleanse for the first 10 days (not a crazy one where you only lemons and plants) and then a 14 day maintenance program where you take vitamins and supplements in addition to a very clean diet.  Our diet consisted of fruits, veggies, lean protein and complex carbs (no bread, cheese, sweets, caffeine, etc), and I can honestly say I was never really that hungry.  Did I have cravings for cookies pizza soda?  Sure.  But I was never starving, which was pretty awesome.  I look at it as a way to really kind of “reset” and get away from all of the garbage we normally eat (because let’s be honest, we eat a lot of crapola most of the time). 


I know I post this ecard all the time, but it's so good! 

After 24 days of eating pretty clean (yes, we had some cheats), I have decided that I really want to continue eating this way.  Not so restrictive, but a modified version of this.  Because I just felt good during the whole thing.  Real good.  It’s amazing what good food does for you.  I know, noble concept right?  Overall I lost a total of 9 lbs (at one point I was down 10) and inches from my hips, waist and thighs.  Yes, really!  It was all good stuff.  Not sure if the weight loss had more to do with the diet or my renewed interest in running.  Probably a little of both.

I started running again (!!) at the beginning of the Challenge and got motivated by using the Couch to 10K app to keep me in check, and I can honestly say I am loving it.  As someone who has just been dabbling in running for the last few years – and by dabbling I mean doing more leisurely walking than slowly running – having this sort of structure where someone literally says in my ear “start running now” and “start walking now” is good for me.  The app has you run 3 days a week and uses a run/walk method until you get to a certain point in the 13-week program where you start to run the whole time and by the end you’re supposed to be able to run a full 6.2.  Neat. 



I like it because it makes me run longer than I normally would run.  Usually when I get tired f running, I stop.  But when using the app, I stop when it tells me to stop, so it's pushing me to become better, which is great.  

I just started week 4 yesterday and I’m up to running 4 minute intervals and walking 2 minutes.  I seriously thought I was going to keel over.  I know 4 minutes doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you’re hoofing it, it’s so long.  This coming from someone who used to be able to run a full 9 miles without stopping – ah how times change.  Baby steps… 

Anyway, I am super glad I am doing this because I feel great and I am loving getting out in the mornings, getting exercise, listening to my jams, all that fun stuff.  It’s all good.


All in all, I am feeling really good and feel like I’m finally out of a non-exercise funk that I feel like I have been in for a while, so hooray for structure!  And eating good food that makes you feel good and want to workout.  Yay!  

How about you ... Does your diet affect how motivated you are to exercise?


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Crazy

You guys!  It's been a crazy week - again!  I promise to be back soon to tell you all about our fun filled Harry Potter / Universal Studios trip, but until then, I leave you with this - which pretty much sums up how I felt about all of the Harry Potter stuff.  And the butter beer!  Butter beer is SO GOOD!




Friday, May 1, 2015

Friday Randomness - Bonkers Style

You guys!  This has been the most insane week – in so many ways – so I apologize for this being my one and only post of the week.  Although, I’m sure no one was really missing me that much.  Hee.

So here’s what’s been up, and what’s on my mind on this Friday.

- Hey it's May!  And I can't resist this...


- My Monday began with a funeral and ended with a car accident.  Yes, the irony of getting in a car accident on the way home from a funeral is just …  I can’t even.  I am okay, my car is not.  My new car is not.  I was rear ended by someone going full speed, so there’s damage, but thankfully it’s drivable and thankfully no one was hurt.  But for real, seriously?  I’ve had the car less than a month.  And I was on my way home from a funeral.  GAH!

- Work has been absolutely bonkers insane this week.  I have probably done three months of work in the last 7 days.  I’m a rock star, but I’m exhausted.


 - Because we had to postpone our little mini vacation to Universal last weekend due the funeral, we are going this weekend.  I cannot even tell you how happy this makes me. Because after the week I’ve had, I am so ready for a little getaway and some lounging by the pool.  If you need me, I’ll be hanging here.


 - Still Challenge-ing and still running.  I just completed week two of Couch to 10K and I’m totally loving it and still sticking with it.  I know!  I love that the app tells me when to run and for how long.  I just do what it tells me and it pushes me, which is definitely what I need.  Love.

- Speaking of running, registration for Walt Disney World Marathon weekend went on sale on Tuesday.  Michele and I synchronized our watches so that we would log on at 11:59am for the noon registration time for the 10K.  I am happy to report that we both got in.  Woohoo!  And Hubs got into the half marathon!  As of today, everything except for the Marathon is sold out.  Wow.


Here we go again! 

- Because it’s downright summery outside, I’ve been in the mood to buy some new shorts.  Can someone please tell me why shorts these days are so short?  I am not interested in wearing shorts that barely cover my butt.  3” inseam?  That just seems a little too short for most people on the planet, no?  Like every pair of shorts that I checked out yesterday at Tar-jay were obscenely short.  Maybe I’m just old and crotchety, but I like a short that hits me about mid-thigh.  Where do you buy those? 

- My office started pumping in “white noise” to help with the overall noise level within the office.  It is so loud it’s distracting.  It sounds literally as if someone is power washing the roof.  It’s a constant whoooooossssssh.  Isn’t the point of “white noise” to be unnoticeable?  I had to put my headphones on because it was so distracting and annoying.  Sheesh.

- There were other things I wanted to chat about, but I cannot remember them anymore.  This is why I need to write stuff down, because it’s there one minute and the next it’s gone.  Apparently I am getting old – long shorts and losing my memory, yay.

Alright, that’s it.  Here’s hoping you have a fantabulous weekend! 

How about you … What are you up to this weekend?  Thoughts on shorts?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Randomness - Rambling

Friday!  Woohoo!  This week went by wicked fast, and I don't know if that is a good thing or bad thing.  I feel like I need one more working day to feel all caught up.  Hate that.

Anyway, here is some randomness to kick of this Friday of fun!

- This weekend we were supposed to be taking a mini vacation out to Universal Studios to check out Harry Potter land (no we still have not seen it!), however, we had an unexpected passing of a family friend on Wednesday so we had to postpone our plans in lieu of a trip to Clearwater this weekend.  Sad. 

- The last time I was in Connecticut I hung out with two of my colleagues (separately) and both of them smelled ah-mazing.  I asked the first one, "what are you wearing?" and she said it was La Vie est Belle by Lancome, and I made a mental note to buy it, because it was delicious.  The next day I was in the office and my teammate smelled ah-mazing and I asked her what she was wearing and she said La Vie est Belle by Lancome.  How weird is that?  I think it was fate that I was meant to buy that perfume.  So, this week I bought some and now I smell ah-mazing too!  Love it!




- I said last week that I downloaded a bunch of new to me music for my newest running playlists (since I'm into that again) and one of the CDs I downloaded was Tove Lo.  I had her CD on my Spotify, but I really wanted to be able to listen to it not on shuffle (I'm weird) so I bought it.  It is SO GOOD.  Like so good.  I always wondered about the pronunciation of her name, so I Wiki'd her and it's actually pronounced "Too-Vay Loo" - I would have never guessed that.  I always say it phonetically "Tove Low", which then reminds me of Tone Loc of Wild Thing and Funky Cold Medina fame.  (weird, yes)  But I don't think I can just spout off "Too-Vay Loo" and expect anyone to understand what I'm talking about.  Why am I rambling about this?  Anyway, it's a good CD.



- Michele and I have decided to try (TRY) to sign up for the WDW 10K next Tuesday.  Remember, I tried to sign up during pass holder pre-registration and it was sold out in like 2 minutes.  We both have reminders on our calendars set up to go off right at noon when it opens, we'll see if we are successful.  I'm thinking we're not going to be and I'm going to get all mad and ranty again like last week.



Another 10K together, maybe.  Hopefully this one will be warmer!

- Speaking of running, I got my three runs of the week in this week for my Couch to 10K program.  Go me.  Now I need a race to run...in about 13 weeks.  

OK, that's all I have.  Hope your Friday is fab!  

How about you ... Any good weekend plans?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What's Been Up and Awesome 80s Videos

Well hi there!  Sorry for being a ghost all week.  It has been so super busy over here and I just haven’t had time to drop in and say hello.  Eh, it happens.

So, here’s what’s been happening over here.

- Had a great weekend!  On Saturday we met up with some friends and went out to Epcot to the Flower and Garden Festival to see a concert by Jon Secada.  Yep, from the 90s. 



I just love that song.  Ha.  Anyway, we hung out there for a while visiting with our friends, which was awesome because we hadn’t seen them in ages.  We actually planned to meet up again in a couple of weeks to see another Flower and Garden concert – Taylor Dayne.  Yep, from the 80s.  So fun.  And hey, don't laugh, she has a lot of songs that you know you know and can sing along to!


 (OMG, the video is amazing!  The crimped bangs, the 80s outfits, wow.  Just wow!)

- After the concert, we walked over to the Boardwalk for our Disney dining date at a new restaurant called Trattoria al Forno.  That would be Italian food.  And delicious Italian food at that. Or maybe it was just extra delicious because Hubs and I had been on the Challenge for almost a week and hadn’t had anything that delicious in 6 days.  It was our cheat meal of the week and it was so worth it.

- Speaking of the Challenge, we are doing great!  Today is the last day of the 10-day “Cleanse” period and I’m happy to say that we have both been super successful.  We both feel awesome, and we’ve both lost weight, which is a nice plus.  We weren’t really doing it to lose weight, we were really just doing it to eat clean and get back on track with things, but hey, I’ll take it!  Next we embark on the 14-day “Max Phase” which is still the same diet (lean protein, fruits, veggies, complex carbs).  Exciting.

- And I’m happy to say that the exercise is also on track still.  Hallelujah!  I had three great runs last week and a day for Pilates and stretching.  I meant to run on Saturday, but it just didn’t happen.  Ah well.  I ran yesterday and it felt so great.  I actually decided to put some rigor around the walk/runs this week and decided to break out my 10K Runner app and use that.  

It’s basically a Couch to 10K program that maps out your running/walking intervals.  It’s pretty awesome.  So yesterday’s run was 25 minutes – 5 min warmup, 1 min running, 1.5 min walking and then a 5 min cool down.  Easy peasy.  I run again tomorrow and then Saturday - it's a 3 day a week program.  

- This morning I mixed in a little T25.  I did the Rip’t Circuit workout and 10 minutes into the workout, the DVD player stopped!  Huh?  After messing around with it for a few minutes, I ejected the DVD only to find a bit ol scratch on the DVD.  GAH!  I’m hoping that if I play it on my computer or a different DVD player I can salvage it, but we’ll see.  Bummed.  So to finish out my workout I did this arm routine from YouTube. 


And now you’re all caught up.  Not too exciting up in here.  I hope your Wednesday is fantastic!! 


How about you … What was your workout today?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Randomness - All Over the Board

Hi there!  Happy Friday!  This week has been a crazy one, so I am glad that the weekend is upon us!  We have some fun plans for the weekend including some Epcot, some Disney dining and some relaxing.  Can’t wait.

So here’s some randomness… (and I apologize in advance, it’s all over the board today)

- The Challenge is still going strong and going great.  I got on the scale today and did a big ol’ happy dance.  Not eating crap all the time really does work people.  (Case in point, I ate asparagus last night.  Me!  Who am I?)  It’s amazing.  And the exercise too – I feel so great.  I ran three days (Monday-Wednesday) and then did Pilates yesterday.  Today I had an 8am conference call, so that was a perfect excuse for a rest day.  Tomorrow I have a longer run (3 miles) planned.  Woohoo!


 True dat!!

- One of my favorite movies of all time is National Lampoons Vacation and I heard this week that there is another sequel (I guess this would be the fifth one?) coming out this summer.  AAH!  It follows the Griswolds as they take their grandkids to Wally World.  Ed Helms plays Rusty, Christina Applegate (love her) plays his wife and Leslie Mann plays Audrey.  OMG, I cannot wait!!!


- Because I’m back into the running and need some new music to run to, I downloaded a bunch of new music yesterday.  Is anyone else totally digging Nick Jonas  lately?  I was never a fan of the Jonas Brother (I’m too old), but when I heard the song “Jealous” I thought it was Justin Timberlake because it had a cool funky vibe, and I feel like JT is cool and funky.  I was surprised when I heard it was Nick Jonas.  And now he has that new song “Chains” – so good. 


- Speaking of music, Amazon Prime now has a music streaming service like Pandora or Spotify!  I haven’t checked it out yet, but I just downloaded it on my phone last night.  It seems to work just like Spotify where it has playlists and channels and all that.  I’m excited to see what they have out there.  I’m always on the hunt for new music.

- Has anyone watched that show Lip Sync Battle?  Wow, it's so good.  There are legit celebrities on there!  It's not like Dancing With the Stars where you're like "who's that?"  I've seen all the eps so far (I binge watched last weekend) and they are so, so funny.  The battles so far have been:  The Rock vs. Jimmy Fallon, Anne Hathaway vs. Emily Blunt, John Legend vs. Common and Anna Kendrick vs. John Krasinski (this was on last night, haven't watched yet).  It's so fun to see celebs acting totally silly. 


Yes, that's John Legend lip syncing to MC Hammer.  And that's Common in the background channeling Lionel Richie.  For real.

- And on a funny note, has anyone see the American Standard toilet commercial?  That’s a weird question, but Hubs and I saw this commercial one night and we literally could not stop laughing for 10 minutes.  It was so funny.  Or maybe we’re just 12 year old who find potty humor funny.  I dunno.



- And last but not least, I had to share my latest Pic Monkey collage with you.  This is from our trip to Chef Mickey’s last weekend.  I promise I am going to start writing Disney Dining recaps again.  I’m so backlogged! 


Told you it was all over the board!  Hope your Friday is great!!


How about you … Were you a fan of the Vacation movies?  What was your fave? (Vacation, European Vacation, Christmas Vacation or Vegas Vacation)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Another Stitch Fix Review

Hey there!

So a couple of Fridays ago I got my latest box of fun from Stitch Fix.  I just love getting that box at my door - although I know it's always hit or miss.  Still, it's super fun to open it up and see what's in there.

Anywho... this box had mad promise when I opened up the letter from my stylist - two tops, a dress, a pair of cropped pants and a necklace.  Here's how it went down...

I started by trying on this top.  It was sleeveless, it was colorful, it was a little flowy - I knew I was going to like it.


And I did!  Perfect top for the warmer temps in Spring and Fall.  Keep!

And if this top looks familiar, Heather got the same one in her last fix too.  I'm not sure if she kept it though.  

The next top I tried on, again, was totally my style.


You might recognize it from Easter, because I wore it to brunch.  Another hit!  Keep!

I was starting to wonder if this might be the first box where I buy everything.

Then I tried on the dress.  I wasn't crazy about the color - it's hard to see but it's black with turquoise polka dots.  It's a 41Hawthorn dress, which is the brand that I really like from other fixes, and I liked the style and length of the dress, so it had promise.  Then I tried it on.


You can't tell from the picture, but it was a tad tight in the bodice and gapped weirdly in the back.  Bummer.  Return.  I'm still on the hunt for cute dresses!  

The next item was a pair of skinny cropped pants that were so small they barely made it past my calves.  Have I mentioned I hate skinny, straight pants?  I should probably tell my Stitch Fix stylist this.  I didn't take a picture of these - you're welcome.  Return.  Oh, and they were $108!?!  I would never spend over $100 for a pair of cropped pants, that just seems crazy to me.

And the last item was a super cute yellow gold and coral long necklace that I totally would have  kept if I didn't already have one almost identical to it.  Bummer.  Pass.  

So all in all this was a good box, with a lot of potential, but the fit on some of the items just didn't work.  Ah well, you win some, you lose some.  I love the shirts I kept though and I'm sure you'll see them in steady rotation over the hot summer months!  

Yay Stitch Fix!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Feeling Great

Hi there!  It’s Day 3 of our little Challenge over here and I have to say I feel freakin fantastic.  It’s amazing what a little healthy eating and exercise will do for you. 


This also means that I have run 3 days in a row.  What?  Yes!  It’s a record.  I’ve decided that this week I am just going to run (well, walk/run) without any sort of structure or anything like that.  Run when I want to run, for as long as I feel like.  Maybe next week I’ll put a little more rigor around it with intervals and stuff.  Or maybe not. 

I think I’ve decided that next week I want to incorporate T25 into the routine.  So maybe run two or three days and T25 two or three days.  I don’t know.  I don’t want to think too much about it, or schedule too much, because that always backfires on me.  I’m doing good right now, I just need to keep it up.

I’ve noticed a couple of things with my running this week that I probably need to correct if I’m going to keep at this.

- I’m running too fast.  This is actually a comical sentence because we all know I run SO SLOW.  But I’m running too fast for me and I need to fix this because I get tired fast and then I walk. 

- I need to strengthen my lower back.  My lower back has been hurting when I run/walk and I know it’s because I am (for some reason) sticking my butt out as I run.  I need to zip it all up.  How?  Building core strength strengthens the lower back, so Pilates, here I come. 

- I’m dragging my foot.  This is normal for me, but it feels so exaggerated this go round.  Like I feel like I am literally dragging my left leg around with me around the neighborhood.

- I need new shoes.  I’ve had these shoes for about a year.  Granted, I haven’t bene running in them much, but today I ran through a puddle and my sock got wet, which means I have a hole in the toe of my shoe.  Common occurrence (see the last bullet point).

Even with these factors thrown into the mix, I’m still super happy that I am back outside in the mornings running around.  It feel so great!  YAY!


And with my new found excitement about running I went to register for the Disney 10K that is happening during the WDW Marathon weekend in January (yes, January).  Pre-registration for Disney annual passholders went on sale yesterday at noon.  I logged on at 1:30 and … 



SO FREAKING AGGRAVATED.  Can I officially say it?  I am DONE with Disney races.  Registration only aggravates me to the point of insanery.  UGH!  It’s pre-registration!  An hour and a half into pre-registration and it sold out?  Are you kidding?  DONE.

Anyway, that’s my story.  3 days in, I feel great, I’m running, I’m on track.  I just hope it lasts...


How about you … How are you feeling?