Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Yammering

Hello!  It's Monday again - how did that happen?  (Do I say this every Monday?  I think I do.)

We had a lovely weekend, even though it was a little chilly.  Weird right?  It's been the upper 80s for the last 2 or 3 weeks now and this weekend we had highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s.  Very strange, but not unwelcome!  

So here's some random yammering for Monday morning...

- Did you notice I redesigned the blog header?  I played with Pic Monkey this weekend and created that.  It was a little challenging (why is there no "undo" button on Pic Monkey??!!?), but I finally got it done.  Love it.  Pic Monkey is just cool.  

- Is anyone else super excited that Sam and Libby's are back?  Does anyone remember Sam and Libby shoes (they're little ballet flats)?  Back when I was in the 7th grade, Sam and Libby's were the only shoes everyone wore.  I had them in like every color to match every outfit, and they were just the best.  And now they're back!  Target sells them, so I naturally had to buy them in all of the colors.

- I'm happy to announce that I've returned to the workout wagon again.  I did T25 five days last week, in addition to my favorite Pilates workout on YouTube and an arm routine that literally makes my arms shake afterwards.  And it's really easy - 10 push ups, 10 Pilates push ups (they start at the 46 second mark in that link) and 10 V push ups from Insanity - 3 times through.  It's really good and takes care of that weird flabby skin by your armpit.  Just saying.  

- We had another successful trip to church this weekend.  That's three Sundays in a row.  And this girl loves it!  

- I went shopping yesterday for an Easter dress and tried this on.  I kind of liked it, but part of me felt like a 50's housewife in it, so I didn't buy it.  (I did buy that black and white one hanging behind me though)  It's super cute though.  I loved the way the skirt flared out.  

- There may or may not have been Wrestlemania XXXI in our house last night. 

That's all for now.  Hope your Monday is a good one!

How about you ... How was your weekend?  Did you wear Sam and Libby's back in the day?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Really Old Stitch Fix Review

I was going through pictures on my phone and totally realized that I never wrote about my last Stitch Fix - which I received probably over a month ago now.  Oops.

I’m gonna do that now.

This Fix had a lot of promise, but fell a little short, although I did end up buying a couple of items.

This top was totally me and super cute.  I liked everything about it ... except the arm holes were too big and showed my bra.  That's so annoying.  Return.

This top had promise, but when I put it on I realized that it was waaaay too short in the front.  Like, showing my belly short.  What is that?!  Return.

When I saw this in my box I squealed in delight because, a) I had seen Heather wearing it on her blog and I instantly loved it; and b) it was the same make and style as my favorite Stitch Fix dress ever (41Hawthorne).  (this one)

However, when I put it on I was a little apprehensive about the length.  It was a little short for my liking (above the knee - I'm a little conservative like that) and I felt like it needed a belt or something in between the skirt part and the black top part, and I'm not fashion savvy enough to put that together or pull that off.  So sadly, I had to give it up.  Return.  

But re-looking a these pictures, I'm kind of rethinking my decision...hmph.  

This last dress was a hit.  It's a long maxi dress that fit so perfectly and was super cute.  And ironically, Heather got the same dress in one of her Fixes and kept it.  Weird, right?  I love it a lot.  Keep!

And this gold necklace was in the box too.  I loved it immediately, however, have I worn it since I bought it?  Nope.  But I will.  Likely with the dress.  Keep!

So all in all, good style in the fix.  I liked pretty much all of the items, outside of the fit problems, and am happy with what my stylist picked for me.  I updated my style profile to include a note about my preferred dress length, so hopefully that will spawn some more good dresses in my next Fix - which is actually scheduled to arrive this Friday!  Woohoo! 

How about you ... Are you a fan of Stitch Fix?   

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Disney Dining Review: Tusker House at Disney's Animal Kingdom

A few weeks ago (it's been a while) we took a Disney dining outing to Animal Kingdom for breakfast at Tusker House. 

Tusker House is located in the Africa section of the park (near the safari), which is my favorite place in the park because it's so realistic - African musicians all over, amazing decor, you really feel like you are there. Anyway, we decided to give their character breakfast a try. 

Fun fact:  Even though I am a super Disney geek, I don't know my way around Animal Kingdom at all. We so rarely go there! Unacceptable! 

Anywho... The breakfast at Tusker House is a buffet (my fave) and featured everything you can imagine including some authentic African breads and dishes. It was delish! My only gripe, the lines were crazy and there were no eggs! I had to stand in two lines to get eggs and I got them from the kids section. Weird right? 

The food wasn't the only fun part of the experience, we also got to meet Jungle Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Daisy. 

Hey look!  Another Pic Monkey 3x3 collage!  I swear I am going to sit down and learn how to do something else in Pic Monkey before my free trial is up.  Promise!

All in all it was a good experience - good food and good fun out at Animal Kingdom!

How about you ... Ever eaten at Tusker House?  Are you a fan of Animal Kingdom?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Yesterday I posted my 1,000th post.  How crazy is that?  1,000 writings about complete randomness in my life.  Hooray to me!

Truth be told, as I neared 1,000 I thought about making number 1,000 be my last post.  Yep, I was thinking of shutting down the ol' blog.  But as I got closer and closer to 1,000 I decided that I wasn't quite ready to quit.  I have more stuff to yammer about.

Gosh, what did I ever do without Pic Monkey?  Are you tired of seeing collages yet?

I may not have a lot of followers, or people who read this blog every day, but that's okay.  I like writing about my random stuff, it's an outlet to get things out there and it's something I enjoy doing.  My posts might be few and far between sometimes, but I always come back around.

So keep me on your reading lists folks because I'm sticking around a little longer!  

And in honor of this momentous occasion, here are some of my favorite posts from the early years of the blog - up until Jillian was born.  I kind of cringe when I read a lot of these, but the ones below aren't too awful.  Haha.  Enjoy walking down memory lane!  

Happy Sweet 16 (2011)

I Did it!  Insanity in Review (2011)

Wine and Dine Recap (2011)

9 Miler - Check! (2011)

Mac Attack (2011)

Disney World Marathon Weekend Expo Recap (2012)

Disney Half Marathon Recap (2012)

News!  Good and Bad (2012)

She's Here (2013)

The Story of Baby Jillian (2013)

A Post From Kerry's Dad (2013)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Weekend Recap

Happy Monday!  Wait, is anyone happy about a Monday?  I don’t mind them, but today it was awfully tough getting up because both of our kids – Jillian and Zeus the cat – decided they wanted to be awake and vocal at 2:30am.  What the heck?

Anyway, we are coming off of a stellar weekend, so I’m riding the high of the weekend still.  Here’s what made it great…

Friday night dinner with the in-laws.  My in-laws watch Jillian on Fridays and every Friday night my mom-in-law makes dinner for us and this Friday’s meal was so great.  Nothing fancy, just chicken parmesan, pasta and Caesar salad, but it hit the spot.  And it was enjoyed with some wine, so that made it even better.  And for dessert – peach cobbler!  Cobbler is my favorite dessert ever, so the whole meal was just fantastical.

I got a new car!  After a grueling 4 hours at the car dealership, I finally prevailed.  “Angry Kerry” had to come out because they tried to jerk me every which way on the price of the car, but I proudly stuck to my guns and would not back down in the negotiation process.  I got feisty!!  Like, seriously, I almost walked out a few times because I was so infuriated, but thankfully I didn’t have to and I got to drive away in my brand new car with a ridiculously large moon roof. 

I love love love it and want to just drive around for hours. 

Saturday Disney dining date.  The three of us went out for a Disney dining experience on Saturday night at the Port Orleans Riverside resort.  We went to Boatwright’s Dining Hall and then took a long walk around the grounds of the Port Orleans resort – which is just gorgeous and totally made me feel like I was on vacation.  It was a nice night.  I will recap Boatwright’s in a later post.

Sunday morning.  We had another successful church trip this week!  This marks two weeks in a row.  We are on a roll and I really hope to make this a regular part of our weekend routine.

Magic game.  On Sunday evening we left Jillian with my in-laws and Hubs and I had a date to go to the Orlando Magic game.  We got tickets for Christmas and were ready to use them.  We used to have season’s ticket to the Magic a few years ago and it was great, but a lot of commitment.  Now we try to go to at least one game per year, even though the Magic are not the best team at the minute.  We lost big time to Denver, but we still had fun.
That picture on the bottom right - I posed a question on Instagram:  Are almonds still considered healthy if they are coated in sugar and cinnamon?  I think so.  Hee. 

And that brings us to today and a new week!  Given the fact that I didn’t get to sleep for a big chunk of the night, I slept in and will be postponing my workout to this afternoon.  I’m already dressed in my workout clothes, so there’s no excuse, right?

How about you … How was your weekend?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Randomness - It's Spring!

Hello!  It’s Friday again!  How does that happen so quickly? 

I’m super excited because it’s SPRING!! 

Today is the first day of Spring and that just makes me happy.  We’ve been feeling “Spring like” temperatures for the past couple of weeks now, but now that it’s officially Spring I feel like that warm weather is here to stay!

- Last night we went out to Epcot after work to enjoy the warm weather and the Flower and Garden Festival that is going on right now.  I love Flower and Garden because it’s like a mini Food and Wine Festival with the special food and wine kiosks and concerts and stuff (En Vogue is there this weekend – remember them?).  And this happened last night.

Not my pic.  Got it here.

It’s a strawberry marshmallow macaron from France.  And it’s pink.  It actually looked better than it tasted, but it was alright.  After a quick lap around the world and several food tastings, we headed home.  I love warm Florida evenings.

- Yesterday since I worked from home I didn’t actually put on make-up until about 4 o’clock.  (I didn’t work out until 2:30!)  I put on my normal lipstick combo – Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick + Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Color – and this morning, after washing my face and sleeping I still had full on lipstick.  Love that!  And if you’re wondering why I wear both, it’s because I can never actually buy the color I really want, so I just mix and match what I have to come up with what I want.  It works.

(Can you tell I’ve gotten into Pic Monkey lately?  I’m a little late to the party, I know.  They have a free trial of their Royale package going on right now.)

- Something that does not have super staying power … that new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish.  You get the color and the top coat and it’s supposed to stay just like a gel manicure.  Nope.  I got a gel manicure once and it was awesome!  Nail polish never stays on my nails for more than a day or two before chipping or peeling off (I have weak nails), so when I got a real gel manicure and it stayed for 2+ weeks without a chip I was like “YES!”  The only problem, getting it off.  I tried to take it off myself and in the process took off probably two layers of nails in the process.  My nails are still trying to repair from that.  (You’re actually supposed to go and get it taken off professionally, but who has time for that?)  So anyway, when I saw a DIY gel mani on the market I had to try.  No Bueno.  It lasted maybe 3 days before it started to chip and look worn.  Boo. 

- On my way to work I always listen to EW Morning Live on SiriusXM, because I love me some entertainment news and gossip.  This morning the two hosts were going on and on about how much they hated Friends.  I had to turn it off because that is just madness.  Who hates Friends?!  Heather would not be amused by this.

- We have super exciting stuff going on this weekend.  Tomorrow morning I’m getting a new car!!  So excited about this. I’ve been pitting dealers against each other via email/text this week (yes, they do that over text!  Welcome to 2015!) and feel like I have the best deal in the bag, so I’m going down there tomorrow to finalize.  Tomorrow night we have Disney dining plans out at one of the resorts and then Sunday night we are going to the Magic game.  Fun all around! 

Alright, that’s all I’ve got.  Gotta jet to a meeting.  I hope you have a fab Friday!

How about you … Are you experiencing Spring weather where you are?  Any good plans for the weekend?

Thursday, March 19, 2015


So on Monday I got an email from runDisney saying that the Wine and Dine Half Marathon was going on sale to the public on March 17.  I wasn’t planning on running the half marathon because, well, I’m kind of done with those.  But, I’ve kind of always wanted to run the Jingle Jungle 5K that happens during Wine and Dine weekend because it’s a run through Animal Kingdom. 

When I got this email I remembered that as a Disney annual passholder I get to register for races one week before the public (I utilized this privilege for the Princess 10K), so I jumped on to the passholder site to register.  FAIL.  Apparently there is a cap on the number of passholders who can pre-register (rightfully so), and since I was trying to register on the very last day of the passholder pre-registration it was already full.  Darn it, I wish I had thought of that sooner. 

So I decided set my calendar to alert me when Wine and Dine weekend went on sale to the public (noon on March 17).  I logged on at 12:15 (yeah, that was my first mistake) and I got a message saying that was “in line” and that there were over 100 people in front of me and that my wait time was 22 minutes.  Um, are you serious?  So I waited it out and eventually got in.  I finally got to the login page, entered my info, checked the box for the Jingle Jungle 5K, and BAM sold out.  By this time it was 12:45.  The whole freakin weekend was sold out.  I’m so perturbed at what Disney races have become.

You know I love my Disney races – every single half marathon I’ve done has been Disney – but the fact that you literally cannot even get a bib for them anymore is so frustrating.  I love that they’ve gotten so popular, but sheesh!  So, I have already put a note on my calendar to sign up for the January WDW Marathon weekend (I’m doing the 10K) on the very first day of the passholder preview – April 14 (it goes on sale to the public on April 28). 

I should probably branch out to other non-Disney races, shouldn’t I?  But they’re just so fun! 

How about you … Have you ever run a Disney race?  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fun Filled Outdoorsy Weekend

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  

In honor of the holiday, we made green Rice Krispies treats last night.  Bad idea.  Those things are so addictive!  But it was sort of necessary to make some sort of green treat in honor of the holiday, ya know?  

We had an epic, Disney filled weekend this weekend.  It was so much fun.  The weather was just perfect (albeit a tad on the hot side ... I can't believe it's already "hot") so our goal was to be outside more than inside, and that's exactly what we did.

On Saturday morning we teamed up with Hubs' parents and headed out to the Boardwalk to rent a surrey bike and ride around the boardwalk.

It was so much fun!!  Jillian got to ride in front and ring the bell and yell HIIII at people.

And we got a workout from pedaling around the Boardwalk multiple times.  We had such a blast.  And I got to use my selfie stick to take pictures and the most epic video ever (if I could figure out how to put it on the blog I would, but I'm not that savvy).  

I can't wait to go back and do it again.  

Afterwards we had lunch on the Boardwalk at Big River Brewery.  

And the we let Jillian run around for a while enjoying the weather.

A great way to spend the morning.  

After naps and a little relaxing at home, it was time to go back out to Disney for a Disney dining date at Mama Melrose's at Hollywood Studios.  It was a gorgeous night so we wandered around the park, ate dinner, wandered around a little more, looked for Baymax some more (a cast member told us that they had gotten a shipment in that morning and they were completely sold out resort-wide by noon - how crazy is that?  Apparently Baymax is popular) and then headed home.  It was a good night out.  Great day!

Sunday we got up early and went to church, hung out at home for a while and then we were itching to get back out, so we wandered around the All Star Resort for a while and got some dinner.  

Yep, that's three Disney meals in one weekend.  We are determined to eat at every restaurant our Tables in Wonderland discount allows.  We're dorks.  

And now it's a new (crazy) week.  Why must the weekends go by so fast? 

How about you ... How was your weekend?  Do anything good?

Friday, March 13, 2015

It's Friday!

OMG!  Whatta week!  It has been completely bananas at work this week, and I have not had even a minute to sit down and write something that wasn’t related to insurance (my work), which is pretty lame.  Bad blogger.

But hey, it’s FRIDAY so I thought I would check in and say howdy and share some randomness, so here we go…

- Did anyone catch the Bachelor finale this week?  I caught all three hours worth (ugh, so much wasted time) on Monday night and was fine with outcome.  I really kind of wanted him to choose Becca since she was so real about her feelings - like, “hey dude, I’ve only known you for like a month so I can’t say I’m in love with you yet.”  She was realistic, but I guess he wanted to go with a sure thing in Whitney.  That’s all good, I liked her too.  And she was my friend Amanda’s pick, so she wins bragging rights until the next Bachelor comes on. 

- I have not worked out all week.  I’m not proud.  Especially since it’s hot hot hot here and I want to break out all of the tank tops. 

- I’ve worked from home all week this week (except Monday), so coming into the office today and actually showering and putting on nice clothes was welcomed.  What was not welcomed was the overwhelming smell of omelets when I walked in.  What is that about?  I am now starving.

- And PS, I am so ready to close out this week! 

Pardon my implied French.

- Last night Hubs and I went out to Downtown Disney to roam around.  We haven’t been there in ages because it’s a construction nightmare at the moment, but I was happy to see that it is really coming along.  For those who are not Disney freaks like me, they are completely remodeling and rebranding the entire Downtown Disney complex, so everything (EVERYTHING) is under construction and kind of a mess right now.  We had fun out there though, roaming around.  We were looking for a Baymax stuffed animal for Jillian because she is obsessed with him from Big Hero 6, but they don’t sell him.  What’s up with that?  Oh well, she’ll have to make do with her other million Disney plush toys.

- The weather here is perfection at the moment.  Highs in the mid 80s, lows in the 70s.  It’s Spring!  Well, not officially.  Next Friday we can officially call it Spring. We will be enjoying the Flower and Garden Festival this weekend out at Epcot for sure! 

And that’s all I’ve got for now.  I am really hoping to check in a little bit more next week.  But I think next week will continue to be bananas.  Argh. 

Have a super duper weekend!

How about you … How’s the weather where you are?   Any good weekend plans?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Disney Dining Review: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Hollywood Studios

Last weekend we went back in time to 1957 for our Disney dining date.  Yes, we went back to the days of drive-ins!

The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is so cool!  You eat in cars and you watch sci-fi trailers and clips from the 50s during your meal.  Love it! 

I was so surprised at how many of the trailers and intermission songs I actually knew.  I credit the movie Grease for that, I think.  Didn’t they spend a lot of time at the drive-in?  Anyway… 

The menu is what you would expect, burgers, sandwiches and shakes – perfect.  I had a plain ol burger which was the size of my face.  Seriously, it was like half a pound of beef.  Hubs got something called the Famous All American Picnic Burger which was a burger topped with a hot dog, sauerkraut, onions and all the fixins.  Yikes.  He said it was good though.  I couldn’t go near him the rest of the night because of the sauerkraut/onion breath.  Hehe.  Just kidding.  We actually shared a shake for dessert.

All in all this place was super duper fun.  The entertainment was cool, the d├ęcor was awesome – you literally felt like you were outside at a drive-in and it was just a fun meal. 

How about you … Have you ever been to Sci-Fi?  A drive-in movie?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Florida Strawberry Festival 2015

Hey hey it’s Friday already!  How did that happen? 

This week has been extra bonkers on the work end so I have had literally no time to check in and say hi.  Sad face.  But I wanted to check in and talk about our epic night out last night.  Because it was super fun.

Last night Hubs and I dropped off Jillian at his parent’s house and went on a fun adventure to the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City.  We had tickets to see the Newsboys in concert who were performing at the festival, so we made a night of it.  You may remember us going to the Strawberry Festival in previous years to see tobyMac (in 2012) and Boyz II Men last year.  I love going to the Strawberry Festival, it’s your standard carnie carnival (rides, all the fried food booths you can fathom, etc) but with strawberries and strawberry shortcake and concerts.  It’s really fun.  

We arrived in Plant City (about an hour away from our house) around 7 o’clock and I was blown away at how crowded the festival was for a Thursday evening.  The weather was perfection (it was sunny and 88 during the day in the 70s in the evening – glorious) so that might be why.  We had just enough time to grab some food before the concert.  Choosing food at a carnival is stressful.  There is so much amazing stuff you really have to sort of plan it out.  Since we were pressed for time, we grabbed something quick – a slice of pizza – and vowed to eat more after the show.  (yes, yes we did)

The show was amazing.  The Newsboys never fail to be awesome and this concert was no different.

Their music is amazing, their message is amazing, they are entertaining, and just all around fabulous.  Such a great time! 

After the show we were still hungry (duh) so next on our list was a corn dog.  You can’t go to a carnival and not have a corn dog.  Seriously.

I wonder what they sell there?

The corn dog was just so-so.  I’ve had better.

And then it was time for strawberry shortcake, because you can’t go to the Strawberry Festival and not get shortcake.  So we did.

And it was amazing. (do not look at my hair, it was really humid last night)

After all of the eating we decided to walk around and just take in the sights.

It's a good thing I don't think deep fried candy sounds appetizing

An entire tent devoted to bulk candy.  I loaded up on Cowtails and Caramel bullseyes.

I don't even know what this means, but I had to take a picture of it.

It was a lot of fun to be out, just the two of us.  Around 9:30 we hopped in the car and made the hour long drive home.  Fun night!  

How about you ... Any good plans for the weekend?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Funny Race Photos

Hello!  Sorry I have been non-existent lately.  It's been a super busy week and I haven't had much to chat about.

I got my race photos in my email box this morning and just had to share the hilarity of them (they are always comical) with the world. 

You're welcome for the laughs...

Ready to race ... in 38 degree weather...

Michele and I in our cool hats

Running through France between mile 4 and 5...

Taking a walk break immediately after the above photo because I thought the photographers were gone.  Apparently not...

Close to the finish line!  And i just love the placement of the PROOF here.

The final push - this is where my legs felt like they were going to fall off.  As you can tell by my face.

Crossing the finish line - hooray!

And then me doing a weird "raise the roof" arm dance ... ?????

Seriously, what is that about?

DONE!  With medal...

The end.