Friday, November 29, 2013

Let the Christmas Decorating Begin!!!!

I love Christmas! I love the way this time of year makes me feel. I love how a simple Christmas song can make me feel so good. I love that getting a real tree makes me so excited and can put a ridiculous smile on my face. And above all of that, I absolutely love decorating for Christmas!

If I had my way, I would start decorating as soon as Halloween was over. However, Ebeneezer Scrooge my Husband has a strict not until after Thanksgiving policy when it comes to me putting up Christmas decorations. Except that each year he gets a little bit more lenient. I mean I put a snowflake table cloth on the table the other day and a glittery white bird cage with a holiday garland on it and although he did say something I pointed out that nowhere on either item did it say Merry Christmas. So he let me off on a technicality, haha! What he doesn't realize is that I am ever so slowly making it to where I can begin decorating earlier, haha! 

So today starts full on Christmas decorating! And I can't wait to get everything put up. I want to do something a little different this year, but don't want to spend a ton of money so of course I headed to Pinterest for some inspiration.

First, I wanted to find a great way to display our Christmas cards. Last year I put ribbons on the cabinet doors in our kitchen and attached the cards to the ribbons. But, I wanted to try something different this year. I found some great ideas and can't wait to see what I can find to make one of these ideas.

All of these came directly from my Christmas Pinterest board. You can find the source of each pin on there. 

I also wanted to find a few new ideas for some new decorations. I found some great DIY items and can't wait to see if I can accomplish a few of these. 

This is essentially what I did for our cards last year, but I thought this would look nice just with the bows and no cards!

I see a trip to the Habitat for Humanity Restore in my near future this weekend to see if I can find some old window panes and shutters. And maybe some old picture frames.

I can't wait to get everything decorated. I have been so excited this week knowing that I could finally put everything up today. The Husband isn't too excited but that's because he knows that he has to climb up in the attic and get all of our decorations out. And he has to climb up on the roof this weekend to put up lights, haha! He will live though. He'll grumble through it, but in the end he will be proud that he put them up, because it's his house and something the he should do. Men. They think so differently than us sometimes. 

I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving with your families. And I hope you have a great weekend! 


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are having a great day full of family, food, and football! 


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Weigh-In Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! It's time for Weigh-In Wednesday. Let's get down to it, shall we?

Sorry for the hiatus last week. Glad to be getting back on track this week. 

My eating has continued to be pretty good. I am learning more and more everyday about what I should be eating and what I shouldn't be eating. I am learning to pay more attention to the ingredient labels. I know what I should be looking to stay away from. And also I have decided that if I can't pronounce it, I shouldn't be eating it. These few things have really helped me stay away from things that I would have otherwise eaten in the past. 

I did pretty good with tracking my food and with staying within my calories for each day. Again, I went over a couple of times but not by more than a 100 calories or so. 

My workouts lately have been awesome. I find myself wanting to go to the gym more and more. I am there at least 4 or 5 times a week, sometimes 6 depending on the week. I am learning so much from my personal trainer and I think that is definitely helping. I am getting over the "What the crap do I even do with these weights?" situation that I was always in. I am slowly starting to learn things that I can do on my own and it really helps for when I go by myself. I have also been writing down everything that I do in my sessions so that I have something to reference when I do need a workout. I am also done with my four free sessions and after talking it over with my Husband, we decided that this is something that I need to continue with. So I have purchased 12 additional sessions and am going to be seeing the personal trainer every other week starting in December. 

Yesterday before I headed into Zumba I met with my trainer, we will call him A, to take some measurements. We did body fat percentage and some basic measurements. The body fat percentage was not fun. We had taken it the very first day that I met with him, three weeks ago, on this little hand held machine and for some reason my number has gone up since then, which isn't really possible especially since I have lost weight. And my trainer seemed to agree, so we decided to do it the old fashioned way with calipers. We got something slightly different and he was convinced that our very first reading wasn't very accurate, so we are starting over on this particular measurement and we will see where it goes from here in about a month or so. 

I was pretty discouraged by the results of the body fat percentage and I think he could see that because he made it a point to tell me that I shouldn't be discouraged and that I was doing great, especially with the amount of weight that I have already lost. A also told me that if I can keep up with how I have been doing that I could definitely be under 200 lbs by the beginning of the new year. What?! This would seriously be insanely huge for me. The last time I was under 200 lbs was my Freshman year of College. I am so determined to get there. And there will be a lot of celebrating when that happens. And by that I mean me jumping up and down and dancing and probably screaming at the top of my lungs, ha! I can't wait for that moment. 

Okay, let's get down to the good stuff. The measurements! Or the measurement in this week's case. On the scale this morning I weighed in at 213.6. Which means that I am down 5.6 lbs since my last Weigh-In Wednesday post two weeks ago! I am absolutely excited about this because I know that I have been working so hard for it! And seeing this number on the scale this morning made me realize that A was absolutely right yesterday when he told me not to be discouraged by my body fat percentage because 9 lbs in three weeks is flipping amazing! And if I can keep up losing three lbs a week, I could definitely be below 200 lbs by the end of this year!

The only goal that I am really going to set for myself this week has to do with Thanksgiving tomorrow. My goal is to not over eat. And instead of mashed potatoes and gravy, I will be having sweet potatoes. And I will be eating as many fresh veggies as possible. I will admit though that I will be having a very small amount of stuffing and one very small piece of dessert. I mean, I should be allowed one little cheat, right? As long as I don't over do it, I think it will be okay. 

Sorry again for the hiatus last week. I am definitely going to try and not have another one of those because this really does help keep me on track. Thanks guys for stopping by and checking in on how this journey is going. I appreciate your support more than you know.
I hope you all have a great day and a great Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Weekend Recap

Once again I am late to the Weekend Recap party. I really need to start writing these on Sunday nights so that they will actually get posted at a decent time on Monday or on Monday at all. Haha, yeah! That might not ever happen. I know me all too well. 

Hope you guys had a great weekend. I am happy to report that ours was actually really low key for once. I know! Crazy!

Our weekend started on Friday at noon. The Husband and I both got off work early so that we could head up to Denver for a concert. We went to see Less Than Jake, a ska band. They are my Husband's absolute favorite band. And because I got to go to so many concerts and things this past summer, we agreed that we could purchase the VIP tickets to this particular show. They were $75 a piece and that included our tickets, a free shirt, a free poster, a laminated VIP pass and we got to meet them before the show! 

We got up there around 5:00 pm, found parking and then headed over to the meet and greet. The guys in the band were freaking awesome. They each spent a little bit of time talking with each person individually and signed some of our stuff for us as well. It was a really cool experience and I could just see how happy and excited my Husband was about this, so it was definitely worth the $150 we paid for the tickets. (Sorry in advance for the not so great pictures. I only had my phone on me, so they didn't turn out very well.)

After the meet and greet, we went and grabbed some food at Hayter's Bar and Grill next door to the venue. The food wasn't bad, but it definitely could have been better. After we ate we headed back over to the venue to get some seats for the show. 

They had two other bands that opened the show. It was supposed to be three, but one of the bands had flipped their van a few days before and couldn't make the show. They did end up showing up towards the end, but it was too late for them to be able to play at that point. The two openers were called The Masked Intruders and Anti-Flag. The Masked Intruders were definitely interesting. They all wore different colored ski masks and you couldn't see their faces. They won't even reveal their real names or let you see their face. Interesting for sure. And Anti-Flag was pretty hard core. Definitely not up my alley when it comes to music, but I can see why so many people like them. 

After the two openers, Less Than Jake came on and played an amazing show! And when we met them they asked what songs we wanted to hear during the show and both of my requests were played. I was pretty excited about that. They do happen to be two of their most popular songs, but I would like to think that my requests were heard, haha!

After the show, we made the long drive home where we didn't arrive until about 1:00 am. Talk about a long day. But it was definitely worth it!

Saturday morning I somehow managed to crawl out of bed and go to Zumba. After my class was over I ran a few errands, grabbed some lunch and headed home. After we ate lunch, I proceeded to pass the eff out and took a four hour nap! It was glorious! I woke up around 5 and we decided to grab some Chinese food takeout from our favorite place and just watch TV the rest of the night.

I also got started on some Christmas gifts that I am making for some of my family members. Once they are finished and they are given to the respective people, I will show you guys what I did, but until then, it is a secret! I don't want to spill the beans in case they read this! 

Even though I slept for a good portion of it, it was still a pretty productive day. 

Sunday I woke up at 7:30. Why? I would like to know that myself. Of course I couldn't go back to sleep. And it had snowed some more so I was all excited about that. So going back to sleep apparently was out of the question. So I decided to get up and do the grocery shopping for the day. Apparently I need to get to the store that early every weekend. There was no one there. It was amazing. I didn't have to deal with rude people in the produce department blocking every damn fruit or vegetable that I need to get to with their humongous cart. And I didn't have to wait in a ridiculously long line at the checkout. It was awesome! 

I headed home after my successful morning of grocery shopping and got to work on cleaning up the house and trying to get my Mom's sewing machine working. This thing is older than I am, but it is a beast and normally would work way better than the crappy plastic one that I have, but something is broken on it, so that didn't go so well. It ended with me being really frustrated and pulling out my other machine to work on the project I was working on. Oh well! It was worth a shot. 

I spent the rest of the evening making dinner and watching an awfully frustrating football game. That is all I am going to say about that, haha! 

It was a nice relaxing weekend. And very much needed. I just hope we can have a few more of these in the next few weeks before things get real crazy with Christmas!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday's Letters

Happy Friday! Time for some letters!

Dear Friday,
Thank you for finally arriving. I seriously don't know how much more of this week I could have handled. 

Dear Less Than Jake,
I am really looking forward to your concert tonight. Although this is more for the Husband, I know that it will be fun and worth what we paid. 

Dear Weather,
Okay, I know I complained about how warm it was last week, but seriously I didn't want it to be this cold! Holy shiz! Just walking from the Gym to my car last night, my disgustingly gross sweaty hair was frozen. Yikes!

Dear Self,
Next time you decide to fall asleep around 9 pm, I would appreciate it if you would sleep through the night instead of this whole lets wake up at midnight and can't go back to sleep deal. Yeah, not fun. I wasn't taking a nap. I was ready for bed damn it!

Dear Self, Again,
I am still very proud of what you have accomplished this week, but you need to do a better job next week with your eating. You slipped up a couple of times this week. Let's get that shiz under control. Deal?!

Dear Catching Fire,
I can't wait to see you next week. I am so excited!

Dear Mom,
Thank you again for giving me my Birthday money early. I really needed some new jeans so it was nice to be able to go and get some. You are the best Mom ever! Love you!

Dear Christmas,
I can't wait to start decorating the house for you. Thanksgiving needs to hurry up and get here so I can start decorating!

Dear Louie Bear,
I think it is absolutely adorable when you snore while you are sleeping. That being said, it's really loud too! You are worse than your Dad when it comes to snoring.

Dear Denver Traffic,
Please be good to us tonight. Don't be ridiculous. We would appreciate it.

Dear Boss Man,
Sorry about having a huge breakdown in your office on Monday. I appreciate all of your help with everything though and your willingness to step in and help solve the problem. You are seriously the best Boss ever!

Dear iPhone,
I don't appreciate that you keep telling me that I am low on storage. I keep deleting pictures but yet don't seem to be freeing up any space. It is annoying. I definitely need more storage next time I get a new phone. Apparently I have a crap ton of music that is taking up way too much space. And I can't delete it! I needs it!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Random Musings for the Day

Just a few random musings for you guys today. And maybe a couple of rants thrown in here and there just to liven things up a bit. 

First, I woke up to a Wintry Wonderland this morning and was a very happy girl! Did it take me over an hour to get to work today? Absolutely! But it snowed and that somehow makes everything okay in my world!

I definitely had a huge breakdown at work the other day. And when I say that I mean I was bawling my eyes out in my bosses office for half an hour because of how stressed and overwhelmed I was. Poor guy! I don't think he quite knew what to do with me. But he is pretty much the best boss ever and quickly stepped up and asked what he could do to help me not feel so overwhelmed. Which was exactly what I needed to hear. I didn't realize how stressed I was with everything that was going on. And of course it just took one little thing to push me over the edge. It was all downhill from there. Crying, being pissed, ranting. Ya know? The usual emotions that come along with a breakdown. It wasn't pretty. 

And now for my rant of the day. Why is it that clothing stores can't carry jeans or any clothes for that matter in bigger sizes? Yes, I am a bigger girl. I range from a size 16-18 in jeans. And when I need new jeans and have to go to a zillion different stores to find a pair in my size, it is really freaking frustrating! I went to at least 10 stores yesterday and not one of them carried jeans over a size 14. Really?!

It pisses me off beyond belief. It just screams "Sorry! You aren't good enough or small enough to shop at our store!" And talk about making you feel like absolute crap! I am already not happy with how I look and feel. And yes, I am trying to do something to change that right now, but that doesn't make it any better. It still makes me feel absolutely awful and dislike myself even more. And just because I am bigger than others, that doesn't mean that I shouldn't get to buy cute clothes and feel good about myself in them! I guess I just don't get it. I mean my money is just as good as anybody else's walking into those stores, but yet because of the sizes that they carry I am automatically discriminated against when shopping there. Discriminated might not be quite the word I am looking for there, but for some reason that is the only word I can think to describe it. 

And what is even more frustrating is that before I went to any of these said stores yesterday, I looked on their websites to see what size jeans they carried. And every single one of them went up to the size that I needed, but yet they don't actually have them in the stores. Only online apparently. No where on their websites did it state this. And I could never buy a pair of jeans online. I have to be able to try them on or you run the risk of getting them in the mail, they don't fit and you just have to return them anyways. Which is a complete waist of time. Ugh! I am just getting pissed again thinking about it, so I will end this rant now before I ruin my whole day with it. 

On to something more positive. I did end up finding some jeans finally yesterday. And yes, they were in the plus size section. But ya know what, I love them and they are comfortable and I don't care. I have jeans that fit (for now) and I was extremely excited that I found this particular brand in my size. They are Silver Jeans, which are usually $100 jeans, but they were only $50 a pair and one of them I only paid $36 for. I was very happy after the long and not so great search for jeans earlier in the day. 

And I got some new boots! I can't wait to wear them! But I need to waterproof them first. Thanks again Mom for giving me my Birthday money early so that I could go get some stuff. 

Okay, I guess that is all I have for the day. Sorry for my long rant, but it happens. I hope you guys are all having a great day. Only one more day until the weekend. Thanks goodness. I don't think that I can handle anymore of this week. 


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Weekend Recap

Hey everyone! I know, I know! It is already Wednesday and I am just now getting around to posting this. Work has been crazy already this week. Okay and I didn't want to go through the zillion pictures I took this weekend. So sue me. I was being lazy. It happens. So let's get on with it. 

Friday after work I picked up the Husband and then I headed to the gym to get in a quick workout and he went to the comic book shop. After we were both done at our respective places, we went to Dick's Sporting Goods to get me some new workout clothes and then we grabbed some food and then headed home where we proceeded to do nothing the rest of the night. 

Saturday morning I got up early and headed to my Zumba class. After I was finished there, I headed home to grab a shower and get ready to go meet KB for lunch and for some Christmas crafting. 

On my way over to KB's I got a phone call from a friend of mine who knew someone that wasn't going to use there tickets for Trans Siberian Orchestra on Saturday night. So she was calling to see if we wanted to purchase them. I was soooooooooooooooooooooo excited. I had been complaining telling the Husband all week how badly I wanted to go because I had never been. So after talking it over with the Husband we decided to buy the tickets! But, more on that in a few.

I met KB at her place and then we headed out to have lunch at Red Robin. I was extremely proud of the choices that I made there. Even though I did have a burger I got it on a whole wheat bun and didn't have mayo on it and I didn't have fries. I had fruit instead. 

After lunch we went to Dollar Tree, Michael's and Hobby Lobby in search of some Christmas decorations and crafts. After some pretty successful shopping at all of the stores we headed back to her place and got to work on some the things we purchased. 

I headed home at around 3:30 so that I could start getting ready for the night. We left a little bit early and grabbed some food and then headed to the show. I was so excited. I couldn't contain my excitement and I am pretty sure that I was driving the Husband insane with my over excitement. What can he do though? He is the one that married me. He knew what he was getting into.

The show started around 8 pm and I was immediately thrown off. What I thought the show was going to be and what the show actually was were two totally different things. Don't get me wrong, it was still amazing, but when you are expectin one thing and you get another, it throws you for a loop and you don't know what to do. But even with that, I still loved the show. The lights were amazing and so were all the people in the show. I couldn't believe how amazing some of the singers were. They all blew me away. I am definitely glad that we were able to go. It was well worth it and something that I enjoyed very much.

Sunday was a busy day too. I spent most of the day running errands. Ya know, the usual places. The grocery store. Sam's. After all of my running around I spent the rest of the day picking up the house and doing loads of laundry. I don't know how my laundry piles up so quickly, but it does. And it's real annoying. But I had to get it done so I could have something to wear to work.

That was pretty much the extent of our Sunday. Oh and it was this adorable little guys 3rd Birthday, so we spoiled him with lots of love all day too! Happy 3rd Birthday Louie Bear!

The weekend was once again crazy. But we had a good time. I think I have just given up on the fact that I will never again have a not crazy weekend. Oh well! It keeps life fun and interesting!

Hope you guys had a great weekend. Sorry again for the delay in this post. I will be back next Wednesday with Weigh-In Wednesday. Have a great day everyone!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday's Letters

Happy Friday everyone! 

I haven't done Friday's Letters in a long time, so I thought today was as good a day as any!!

Dear Friday,
Thank you for getting here! I am ready for this weekend to get started!

Dear Budget,
Yes, I am avoiding you this morning. For some reason I am real nervous about what you are going to look like this week. Ugh!

Dear Christmas, 
You could get here a little sooner and I would be okay with that!

Dear Personal Trainer,
You kicked my ass on Monday. My arms are still slightly sore. But I appreciate it. It's something that I need and I am looking forward to next weeks session. 

Dear KB,
I am so excited and can't wait to hang out tomorrow and have lunch and work on some Christmas stuff. It is going to be a blast. 

Dear Weather,
Not sure what your deal is, but I would really appreciate some snow. I mean it is half way through November now and I am not okay with this 60+ degree weather. Get your crap under control!

Dear Self,
Way to kick ass the last couple of weeks with your eating and exercise. I am extremely proud of you and I know that you can do this! Keep up the good work!

Dear Lou,
I miss you and Baby G so much! I'm not real sure about that Husband of yours though! Haha! Just kidding! I miss him too! You need to move back and soon! 

Dear Christmas Music,
Thank you for being such a relaxing and soothing thing for me to listen to!

Okay, that is all I have for you guys today. Have a great weekend everyone!


Thursday, November 14, 2013

tinyprints Giveaway Over at Down at Fraggle Rock

Happy Thursday followers! I don't really have a post for you guys today. But I wanted to stop in and tell you about the tinyprints giveaway that is going on over at Down at Fraggle Rock!

K is once again doing a giveaway for $50 off your order on the tinyprints website. She did this last year and I was the lucky winner. I used the credit towards our Christmas cards and I absolutely loved them!! They did such a great job with them. So when I saw that she was doing the giveaway again this year, I knew I had to enter. Even if I don't win, I will still be ordering from tinyprints because they have amazing cards.

So if you are interested in entering, head on over to K's blog and enter away. But not too much because I want to win, haha! Just kidding! Good luck everyone!

Our tinyprints Christmas card from last year!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Weigh-In Wednesday

It's that time of the week again. Time for Weigh-In Wednesday.

I have so much that I want to share with you guys that I don't even know where to begin. I guess I will start with the biggest change that I have noticed so far, my attitude and drive. I don't know what clicked over the past week or so, but I feel so incredibly amazing about this entire process. I have a new outlook on the whole thing and all I can think about is how amazing it is going to feel when I meet my goals. I think a big part of this had to do with my first training session. I somewhat told you guys about this last Thursday. Something about this trainer telling me that my goal of being in the 130-140 lb range being absolutely attainable has just changed my entire outlook and mood on this entire process.

I have always thought that I could never ever get down to that weight because I am of a stockier build. Ya know, wide hips, big butt, big boobs. I thought because of those things that I would never be able to get to where I would absolutely love to be. But having someone who does this for a living and knows his shiz tell me that I can absolutely do it and all it will take is some hard work, it made me re-evaluate myself. I have been the one getting in the way of me not losing the weight. It has been me getting into my head all along. But now? I am tired of being the reason that I am not happy with how I look and feel. I feel like I finally broke through that barrier and am ready to make this change to be a better me. 

I spent a lot of time at the gym last week and plan on being there quite a bit again this week. Not going to lie, I am loving my personal training sessions. My trainer is awesome. He pushes me to work hard, but doesn't push me over the edge. He shows me what I need to do during my workouts and he has such a positive personality that you can't help but feel so positive after being around him. He is just awesome and I am so glad that I won those free sessions. I am even looking into how much it will be to get more sessions with him because I think he is going to be a great person to help me meet my goals. 

When I say that I was at the gym a lot last week, I am not lying. Last Monday we went and did some cardio. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday I did Zumba and on Wednesday I had my first personal training session. So a total of five days. That is huge for me. And I am already planning on being at the gym another five days this week too! I am starting to enjoy going, which is good. I need to enjoy it so that I will go all the time. 

I also did really well with my eating this week. I was over my calories a couple of times this week, but it was never by more than 100 calories, so I wasn't too concerned. Something that I am working on is making sure that I am eating the right things together. I am trying to pair proteins with carbs for my snacks and meals so that I feel more full. And I am trying to make sure that I get some protein after my workouts. I am not a big fan of protein shakes though, or at least the ones that I have tried. Any suggestions on some good ones?

Okay, let's get down to the good stuff. Here are this weeks current measurements.

Over the past week I have lost three lbs! And I am very proud and excited by that. I didn't take measurements last week, so this week is my starting week for that. But I think I will only do those once a month just so that I can actually see some change hopefully. 

I am going to stick with my same goals as last week which were just eating healthy and actually going to the gym. I am going to add one though and that is to drink tons more water. I don't drink enough and I know that is a problem, so I am going to work on that this week. 

I am so happy with the change and progress that I have seen in just a week's time. I can't wait to see what months of hard work and change will do for me. I have a ways to go, but I am only getting better with each day. And that is all that I can ask. I just need to remember to tell myself that from time to time. 


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Trying To Get Organized

Do you ever feel like screaming because nothing ever feels like it is organized? I do. All the time. 

And I am not going to lie, I can be pretty OCD sometimes, but only to a certain extent. For example, I am super OCD at work. I go absolutely nuts if my office is a wreck. At home though, that is a completely different story.

I wish I could blame it on something else, ha!
I don't know what it is, but I can't seem to keep anything clean/organized. And we don't even have kids! I will spend hours getting things put away and in their place and then a day later, the house is a total wreck again. How does this even happen? 

How can I be so OCD in one aspect of my life, but not in the other? Not that being OCD at work is a healthy thing. Some days it definitely isn't. But I would love to just have that same type of obsessiveness when it comes to organizing my house. 

All I know is that I can't take it anymore. But I don't even know where to start. I think my biggest problem is that I hold on to too much stuff. I am essentially a pack rat and so is my Husband. I always worry that if I throw something away, I will need it. Will I? Probably not, but just the thought that I could gives me a slight panic attack. I know, I am crazy. But admitting it is the first step, right?!

I need some advice my fellow bloggers. How do you stay organized in your home? How do you find the time to stay organized? What are some good tips that you can give me on staying organized and letting go of those things that I don't need and will probably never use?


Monday, November 11, 2013

Weekend Recap

Well hello there Monday. Not too thrilled to see you. I could definitely use a few more days to catch up on a zillion different things. Oh well, soon enough I will have some time off to catch up. Anywho, I am not here to gripe about it being Monday. I am here to tell you about my weekend. 

Friday night I left work and then headed to go pick up the Hubby from work. We decided to stop at Best Buy on our way home. We picked up "Trouble With the Curve" and then something that I have been trying to find for a while now! I definitely squealed with excitement when I saw that they had it on Blu-Ray. That's right, it was the Charlie Brown Holiday collection! It has "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas!" I was a very happy girl after I found this and made it mine!

After hitting up Best Buy we decided to grab something to eat and then head home. This new bakery called Kneaders had just opened up near us, so we decided to give it a shot. Although the food was pretty good, we probably won't be going back any time soon. We had to wait in line for 15 minutes just to order our food. At that point we decided to take it to go. After ordering, we waited for our food for almost a half hour before it was ready. A half hour for a sandwich. I mean it was good, but not that good, which is why we decided to wait a while to go back so that the newness of it will hopefully settle in and they will get all of the kinks worked out with getting the food out a little bit quicker. 

The rest of our Friday night was spent watching "The Trouble With the Curve" which was an amazing movie. I mean it had Justin Timberlake in it, so of course it was going to be good. I mean just getting to stare at him for a good hour or so will make anything amazing! Just saying!

Saturday we got up and started our day off pretty early. I took Louie to the groomers, went to the bank and then picked up Aran and then we headed to the gym. I went to Zumba while he did some cardio on the treadmill. After the gym we ran a few other errands, then I went and got my eyebrows waxed, picked up Louie from the groomers and then headed home to meet my Mom so that she could drop a few things off. 

After my Mom left I got ready to go out to a party with my friend V. It was at her Mom's house which is a good 45 minute drive from either of our places, so she picked me up and we headed out. There was food, good people and a lot of laughs. There may have even been some Spice Girls karaoke thrown in there. We rocked it of course! At about 11 we decided to head back into town. I didn't get home til about 12:30ish, so I immediately went to bed. It had been a fun night, but I was exhausted. 

Sunday I spent the morning grocery shopping and then we headed over to my Brother's house later in the afternoon for a Pre-Thanksgiving dinner. Since my Mom is in town and probably won't be when Thanksgiving rolls around, we decided to do a Pre-Thanksgiving so that we could all enjoy some good food and some time together. 

It was a good test for me too. Thanksgiving is one of my biggest down falls when it comes to food. So it was a great practice run to see how I will do in a few weeks. And if that meal was any indicator, I will have no problem with Thanksgiving. I made great choices and didn't over eat which felt great. I did however have an Angry Orchard Cider to drink, but I still stayed within my calories even with having this, so I decided that it was okay. 

I also had a great time spending some time with my family. I jumped on the trampoline with my Nieces and watched them play and run all over the house. I can't believe how quickly they are growing up. It is just crazy. But I enjoy every minute of it. And it has been amazing getting to spend so much time with my Mom and Step Dad since we don't get to see them that often. 

Like I said earlier, I definitely could have used a few more days to get some things done, but I still had a great weekend. I love spending time with my family and I wouldn't trade that for anything. 


Friday, November 8, 2013

Fall Goodies Swap Link Up

Happy Friday my lovely followers!

The day has finally come for all of our Fall Swap participants to link up and share the goodies that you received from your swap partner.

I unfortunately don't have a post to share with you guys, but that doesn't mean that I don't want to see what everyone else got!!! I can't wait to see all of your fun goodies! Don't forget to link up!

Have a great Friday everyone!