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The One Where I Got “Snowed In” & A Look Ahead

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Hi friends! Do you see that!?

It’s snow!

I realize some of you may see it all winter, but it’s a rarity here and I relish taking tons and tons of pictures when it finally surprises us here in Oklahoma.

We typically get ice and not a lot of snow.

This?

Is snow.

Love it.

I ended up leaving work early Thursday afternoon and set up shop at the house because of it. I woke up to snow Friday morning and news of closings everywhere because of the dangerous roads.

That meant I got a work from home day!

It was so so SO nice to be able to work from the house. I see why so many companies allow their employees to flex their time between the office and home.Such a morale booster.

I nested the entire weekend. It was ridiculous!

I made a pie, cookies, soup, jalepeno poppers, queso, and tamale pies.

Pretty crowned cookies. Snow storm nesting.

Oh, and can I please back up a moment to tell you about the Wednesday that led me to an enjoy this snowy weekend and all that cooking?

Thanks.

So anytime there’s a threat for icy or snowy conditions here, the entire state flips out…me included.

Since I was in Colorado the weekend before for Thanksgiving, I hadn’t made it to the store for about 10 days. Our cupboards were getting pretty bare and I knew if the weather it and we were stuck inside for a few days we’d be in trouble.

Soooo, I braved Walmart Wednesday night alongside heaps of crazy suburban women fighting for the last loaf of bread and bag of Oreos.

Hey, I don’t judge. I’m pretty sure Oreos would be great when you’re snowed in.

Only I wouldn’t know since that wench ahead of me violently ripped them out of my hands!

Okay, only kidding, but seriously. The place was a ZOO.

Carts everywhere. Bread nowhere.

Yep, gonna snow a couple inches in Oklahoma

And I spent a fortune. Between a bare fridge and planning to be stuck inside for a few days, no doubt Walmart had even more stellar sales than usual.

Anyway, I was prepared. Bring on the snow!

And the snow did not disappoint.

And I thanked the good Lord by staying inside my house all weekend.

No really- all weekend.

Okay wait, I did get out.

To go a couple doors down to see my family.

To do very important things.

Snow day: when important stuff happens

Such as touching up Layla’s masterpieces.

Moving along to Saturday.

Poor Will had to work both Friday and Saturday. I was pretty annoyed about the whole thing, I mean- hello! It’s bad out there. He works in oil and gas, and if it freaking dropped three feet of snow, they would probably still make everyone come in.

Will only worked part of the morning, so that gave me some time to get stuff done.

Since it was still icy and snowy, I kept my workout at home.

I did the Insanity Max Interval Circuit. It was a good workout, but I missed really hitting my legs like I normally do on Saturday. It has now been two weeks since I’ve worked legs in the gym! I’m sort of going through withdrawals.

Afterward, I cleaned the house. It felt so good! It had been a few weeks between Thanksgiving and the last OU game. I felt very accomplished. Haha

Then Will was home just in time for Bedlam!

Oh man, please tell me some of you guys caught the Bedlam game!?

It was crazy!!

OSU was favored to win my double digits, so I was already psyching myself up for a loss.

But seriously guys- please tell me you at least know how it finished? It was close the whole entire game, and then in the last two minutes, OU took it all the way down to score a touchdown in the last minute, and not only that, but when OSU took over possession we intercepted their pass and took it down for another one!

Crazy.

Will? Totally flipped out.

I had a hard time watching most of the second half.

I have no idea why.

Focused on channeling the sooners

When we won we were both standing in that position and totally jumped up and down like complete fanatics.

And I suppose we are.

Haha

Anyway, excellent game!

The rest of Saturday was full of watching lots of good football as well as food prep.

It’s amazing now nice it is to “have” to stay indoors sometimes. I got so much accomplished.

Yesterday was much of the same. The main roads were fine, but hey, the residential ones weren’t.

I fit in another workout, and the rest of the day was spent on the couch getting posts ready for the week, watching football with Will, and doing a little more food prep for the week ahead.

In fact, here’s a look at what we will be having for dinner this week:

-Tamale Pies (recipe this week!)

-Vegan Potato Soup (recipe soon!)

-BLTs for Will, Broiled Eggplant for Me

For workouts this week, I plan on getting back on track at the gym since Thanksgiving and the weather kept me away.

-Monday off

-Tuesday at home plyo

-Wednesday- Back, biceps, shoulders (plus abs & calves)

-Thursday- off

-Friday at home cardio/plyo

-Saturday- Leg/cardio circuit (plus abs & calves)

-Sunday- Chest, triceps, shoulders (plus abs)

Here’s a look at what I’ll be posting about this week too!

- Tamale Pies for cold winter days

- Should you add new workout wear to your last minute list this year?

-Thursday Things

-Friday Favorites

Back to normal today. It’s the first time I’ve worn makeup since Wednesday!

Nice.

Ready to tackle this week. I doubt next weekend will be as incredibly relaxing as this weekend (read: I’ve put off my Christmas shopping, as usual), but I’m just ready to get there.

Oh and the tree! The tree! The masses have spoken (haha). It’s going up! Stay tuned.

Alright, your turn. What did you do this weekend?

The Goods & Bads of Travelling: DC Edition

The Good:

I was supposed to get in at noon.

And I did!

Not only that, but my luggage was waiting for me.

Um- talk about a super travel day all around.

The Bad:

I had to get up at 3:45 in the morning to catch my first flight, and I took a tiny “detour” out of the airport.

Typical.

On a positive note, there is a beautiful park right outside Reagan Airport!

The Good:

I’m staying close to the office.

The Bad:

I had no idea where I’m staying (seriously, how many times do I have to tell you I’m bad with directions).

I had to google directions to my office.

Turns out it’s only 0.2 miles from the hotel.

And I still had to use the navigator to get me there.

HELP ME.

The Good:

I realized I wouldn’t know where I was staying, so I pre-printed directions.

Smarty!

The Bad:

Apparently I cannot read anything related to directions. (See above)

The Good: 

I found a super delicious looking place for dinner called Sweet Greens.

The Bad:

Turns out, it wasn’t as close as I had hoped, so after being in the car in traffic for half an hour, I settled on Subway. Eh…

The Good:

The weather is beautiful! Absolutely beautiful. I am also surrounded by gorgeous changing trees, all majestic in orange, red, and brown.

The Bad:

I didn’t take any pictures of this majesty.

Fail.

The Good:
My sister was so so sweet and Facetimed with me and emailed me tons this week. It made me feel so loved!

The Bad:
My internet connection was shotty so I had a hard time staying connected at times. Regardless, though, I was still so happy to talk to her and Layla, and I even got to talk to my mom too!

Seriously- how beautiful are these girls!?

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The Good:

I got to have dinner with my real life blog friend Theresa!

We went to Seasons 52 and it was incredible! Their autumn vegetarian meal was delicious.

Seasons 52!

And they have super cute dessert “shooters,” which of course we had to try. We both got the pumpkin pie. Yum!

Seasons 52!

It was so nice to see her. The last time we met face to face was for our real life blogger friend Sarah’s baby shower, and before that was for Theresa’s wedding!

Bts

The Better:

I got to go to her house last night and have dinner with her and her family!

I am pre-posting before I go over there, so I can’t tell you how great it was, haha, so I will have to add that to another post later this week. smile

The Best:

I am headed home today! I am so happy and so ready to be home to see my sweet Willy and my little baby faces

making you feel better, one confession at a time

I cannot stay away from the banana bites.

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I find them far too convenient to make.

And eat.

Don’t do it.

Actually, do it.

Just put a lock on the fridge.

And give me the combo. I’ll keep them safe.

Lately I have been over office chit chat.

I realize it can be an important tool and helpful in the workplace- yes, I get that, so please don’t tell me.

However, lately… I’ve just been over it.

In fact, I am ashamed to admit this but I was so busy last week that I used my desk phone to call my cell phone and faked a conversation with “someone” about work stuff so I could keep working on my computer and not deal with someone that wanted to shoot the breeze.

True story.

But, in my defense (a little at least), I saw a study last week that said most water cooler conversations can last as many as 26 minutes per exchange.

Who has time for that!?

Oh, and incase you’re wondering?

Me and my cell phone pal were a hoot. I love that girl, and she is so helpful! wink

The Pumpkin Mask

So remember our last Ipsy review? 

I got a Michael Todd pumpkin rich face mask.

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Well, I just got around to using it last weekend, and yeah.

It’s like smearing mashed Thanksgiving all over your freaking face.

It was amazing.

And weird all at the same time.

I couldn’t decide if I should mosey on into the kitchen and whip up some mashed sweet potatoes and pumpkin muffins,

or just eat the mask.

I disgust myself.

I may or may not have used my husbands face scrub.

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Twice this week.

But probably not.

Because what girl goes that!?

Exactly.

Totally unladylike. And totally un-30.

I mean the stuff even says PRE SHAVE.

Forget that it is cheaper than your girly scrubs,

Or that it smells totally perfect,

Or that the scrubbieness is like an awakening massage each morning, kissing your little cheekies with each stroke.

It’s for boys.

So I totally didn’t use it… Today.

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Okay, that’s enough sharing for today. I think I’ve done an adequate job of making you all feel a little better about yourselves.

So carry on.

But before you do? Share your own confession in the Share The Love box below!

Random Fun Facts

So for my 30th birthday, my work dad got me a mint plant.

A hearty, full one.

And that whole day people came into my office commented on how they had mint in their yard and “how easily it took off and grew.”

Um yeah, about that.

I took the mint home and

proceeded to kill it in a matter of weeks.

I’m hopeless.

So he pulled some out of his wife’s garden and got me a small sprig started again so I could get it to root and then plant.

Only it was dead by the weekend.

I’m striking out guys.

Here’s my last attempt:

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Look how healthy this looks, right!?

I am going to keep it here at work for awhile in hopes this is a perfect spot and will allow it to get even fuller.

It’s totally got to be the location killing my mint and not me…

(HELP!)

Sometimes? I’m a terrible dishwasher loader.
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And it really makes me question my overall organizational skills.

I mean, sometimes there are days when the bowls and cups are perfectly aligned and fit nicely.

The silverware is all facing the same direction and allocated correctly, and the bottom rack? Is not an afterthought.

Dishes are carefully placed in each section.

And it makes sense.

I find my days go splendidly when this happens.

Except?

Most of the time that never happens.

And the bottom rack?

ALWAYS an afterthought.

It’s like I play a game of “how many dishes can I cram into the bottom so absolutely everything in the sink fits into the washer?”

And, as I’m sure you guessed, I always win this game because it’s not about order.

It’s about squeezing.every.last.dish.in.

Duh.

My hair stylist’s husband plays NFL football
Um, how cool is that, right?

She comes home every few weeks to keep with her clients, and I have an appointment this week!

I always love our appointments because she always has such fun stories about all their adventures, and the Christmas presents some of the big players get for their fellow teammates, and their unique outings and get togethers.

It always inspires me to want to do something fun myself.

Sure, I may not have a movie debut watch party with all sorts of glitz and glam, but I can totally have a movie night with all sorts of sweat pants and healthy snacks.

It’s totally the same…right?

And if you’re lucky? I’ll even wear my good sweatpants.

Yes, there is such a thing.

So remember earlier this week when P was totally down on a purple smoky eye?

I was out to prove her wrong.

Check this out.
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Totally doable, and not too shabby if I do say so myself!

Not even a hint of go-go dancer-ness.

Um, please say you agree.

So here’s a fun fact you wish you never knew-

If you walk into my office to talk to me? Chances are I’m not wearing any shoes

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Pretty much from the moment I get in, until the moment I leave, if I’m behind my desk? I’m not wearing shoes.

Obviously when I have to get up to do my usual rounds or go to the break room, meetings, etc. I’m donning my heels, but for the rest of the day?

Forget about it.

PS- Like my tennis shoes, too? I wear those when I go walking around the building.

Any randomness you care to share?

Work it Out Wednesday: Exercises for Couch Potatoes

Wiow

I sit all.day.long.

I have such a sedentary job, which can definitely come with its fair share of health issues.

If you remember this post, I do my best to stay active during the day when I can by increasing my NEAT (non-exercise activity thermogenesis), but for the most part?

I’m still sitting close to 8 hours or longer each day.

Yikes!

Maybe that’s you, too?

After the madness of getting home from a stressful day at work,

getting dinner started,

prepping food for the day ahead,

and trying to clean up the mystery goo on the kitchen floor-

All I want to do is watch a couple of my favorite shows and unwind.

Am I right?

That’s pretty much our evening routine.

You see these guys?

Lazy

They’re total lazy bones.

I used to look very similar in the evening.

Only, ever since I finished school last year, I’ve really tried to make that TV time more efficient.

The thought of sitting down and doing nothing sort of stresses me out.

Instead, I try to keep moving during our TV shows to make sure I can increase my NEAT and get in a little extra calorie burn amidst all the desk job sitting!

I don’t do a full blown workout, just some isolation exercises to keep me moving and target areas.

I don’t do this in place of my workouts, either. I do them in addition to my usual workouts. Just a small and easy extra I work in most evenings.

Here are a few examples of exercises I do during our evening TV time. I would definitely encourage you to do the same during:

-all the commercials of an hour long show, OR

-for an entire 30 minute show OR

-if you’re feeling really energetic, during an entire hour long show (with breaks during commercials)

Did you know if you add in a few of the below workouts during an hour long show, taking breaks during commercials, you’re moving for about 40 minutes!?

Not only that, but performing crunches/sit-ups at a moderate pace for 40 minutes can burn about 120 calories according to some of the calorie calculators I checked!

And you don’t even realize it since you are preoccupied with your show!

Mix it up to create your own little mini workout. If you really want to break a sweat, throw in jump squats or jumping jacks too and make it a “real” workout!

-Regular crunches

-Oblique crunches

-Bicycle crunches

-Lying leg raises

-Calf raises

-Glute Bridges

-Hip rotations

-I also love this leg routine and highly recommend it during TV time

Bottom line, make this workout your own, and adjust to your own needs- just don’t sit on your bum after an entire day of sitting!

Focus on enjoying your favorite shows, de-stressing, and also getting a little extra body work in.

You’ll be glad you did! 

Work it Out Wednesday: How to Survive a Desk Job

Do any of you sit at a desk, staring at a computer screen all.day.long?

I do.

ALL DAY.

Many of us endure office life for a living, when the only time you get up is to go to the bathroom or get something off the printer.

Or if you’re really spoiled, you have a printer at your desk.

And then you only get up to go to the bathroom.

How lazy are we, right!?

Um, maybe walking 100 steps a day!?

It would be frightening to wear a pedometer and see just how infrequently we walk during the day.

Before we dive further, did you know some of the risks of having a desk job?

Yeah- I know you’re thinking risky jobs are reserved for air traffic controllers or skyscraper window washers, but I assure you even desk jobs come with some too.

A Women’s Health article notes research shows sitting for long periods contributes to a slower metabolism, increased heart attack and stroke risk, higher risk for diabetes, lower life expectancies, and most alarming (haha) larger bottoms!

So that’s what I want to talk about today.

No- not larger bottoms, silly!

How to minimize some of those risks.

If you have a very sedentary desk job like me, I am here to share there’s definitely opportunities to stay active during the work day.

I have incorporated these tips in my own work day to help breakup the monotony and keep my blood moving when possible.

Women’s Health suggest you rev up your “non-exercise activity thermogenesis” (NEAT). That’s the energy (i.e., calories) you burn doing everything but exercise.

What’s great about it, is that it helps contribute to overall increase calorie burn. The article put it into a great analogy:

” Think of your body as a computer: As long as you’re moving the mouse and tapping the keys, all systems are go. But let it idle for a few minutes, and the machine goes into power-conservation mode. Your body is meant to be active, so when you sit and do nothing for too long, it shuts down and burns less energy. Getting consistent activity throughout the day keeps your metabolism humming along in high gear.”

Sounds easy enough, right!? I thought so. It didn’t take me long to think up efficiencies I can be doing in my own workplace to help me stay a little more active when possible.

About a year ago I started incorporating these tips into my own work day to help breakup the monotony and keep my blood moving when possible.

Definitely incorporate a few of these (or more!) into each work day to make sure you increase that that NEAT and keep a little more active than going into conservation mode!

-Set a kitchen timer to 60 minutes, and when it dings, get up and do a quick lap around the inside of your office.

-Stand during teleconferences.

I am on a lot of calls each day, and most of them only require me to talk for a small portion of the overall meeting. I just shut my office door, put the phone on speaker, and pace while the call is in session. If I have an email come in, I check it while standing.

-Take a quick walk outside during a break. I have a pair of tennis shoes under my desk, and my coworker and I try to walk for 15 minutes about three times a week. We mapped our path, and three times around our building area is a mile. It doesn’t take long, the fresh air is good, stretching my legs is better, and the company is nice too!

-Trade your chair for a stability ball. I’ve never done this, but I do know people that have.  It is excellent core work, as it forces you to engage your muscles all the time!

-Don’t you dare take the elevator! Use those stairs!

-Instead of emailing or calling coworkers from your desk, stop by their cube or office for a face to face chat.

-Park farther away.

-Believe it or not- fidget when you’re alone at your desk. I know our moms said it was bad, but in terms of NEAT, it’s actually a good thing.

-Take your bathroom breaks at the restroom farthest away from your desk.

-Print to the printer farthest away from your desk. Pick up your docs as you make a stop to visit your coworker or head to a meeting.

-Take time to stretch at some point during the day. I extend my legs out from under my desk all the time, as my hamstrings always get tight from sitting all the time!

-Obviously if you’re feeling a little stir crazy and have an extra minute or two do some quick squats to keep blood flowing to your lifeless legs that sit in a chair all day. Or heck, get crazy and do lunges up and down the hall.Actually, don’t do that.

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Anyway, those are just a few ideas to help keep you moving during the day. I really wish I had the chance to do more than sit so much, but hey I’m thankful to have a job and will try to do the best I can with the situation I am in! Hopefully you are able to use some of these to improve your own desk job lifestyle too.

So get moving and be busy worker bees!

Deep Thought Thursday

1. On Tuesday night I actually had a dream about arguing with Will.

And on Wednesday? We totally did!

Um, you would think my premonition would have prevented it, but rather it seemed to fuel it.

Of course it did.

2. We’ve been battling storms all week.

Which is understandably making many of us a little jumpier than normal.

Ugh. I hate living here during these stormy months!

3. Things have continued to deteriorate at work.

Morale is in the dumps-and I have pretty much altogether stopped ironing my clothes.

I don’t know what exactly that means, but it can’t be good.

Cleanliness Ironing is next to Godliness

4. I am doing a She Reads Truth devotional on my YouVersion app.

I would recommend their studies if you are short on time but still want something that leaves you thinking afterward. It has definitely blessed me.

5. Me and P are becoming pretty darn great with our tanning machine.

We had absolutely no orangey-ness this week or darkness in weird spots. We’ve got a technique down.

Want to come over and let me tan you!?

No Bones About It: Brittny (sort of) Meets a Celebrity

You’d think as I got older I would outgrow things.

I mean, sure I’ve (mostly) given up my love of Barbie (totally lying),

All things sparkly (again, lying),

And flavored lip gloss, love of Ryan Gosling, and anything bright pink (lying, lying, lying).

Yet there are a few habits that just die hard.

Like my ability to recognize people’s celebrity lookalike.

Yes, it is true.

For example, some days my celebrity lookalike is this:

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While others it is this.

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(HELP ME!)

Anyway, the ability to recognize a lookalike tends to be a bit of a distraction.

I’m sure you can imagine.

And probably confirms Will and I watch way too much TV.

So I’m sitting in my meeting this week (a three day meeting, mind you), and immediately freak out because Dr. Temperance Brennan from Bones is freaking sitting right across the table from me.

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WHAT!?

No seriously.

This is actually happening before my eyes.

And she’s right across from me so I cant.look.away!!

There’s lookalike resemblance, and then there’s downright uncanny,

do a double take,

“Do I look okay and would it be awkward to ask for a picture I can post on Instagram?” lookalikes.

This lady?

Was the latter.

Sure she wasn’t wearing any makeup, and her hair was curlier-

BUT SHE WAS BONES.

She was even wearing a white shirt, which I kept referring to as her “doctor’s jacket” in my mind all afternoon.

(Probably because I’m crazy)

I’m sitting here, listening to her speak, and automatically taking her more seriously.

Should could have the IQ of a rock, and actually have a hard time walking and chewing gum simultaneously, yet in my mind she’s totally legit.

That’s how I roll. (apparently)

I kept waiting for Booth and Sweets to burst through the door, telling Bones there was some super highly sensitive covert operation going down and they needed her expertise immediately!

Only that never happened.

Bummer.

And then, after I thought about that,

I thought about how Booth is pretty cute,

And then my mind then wandered back to reality.

Sort of....

I began to think, “Maybe the Jeffersonian gave her a sabbatical to pursue other interests?”

Interests like the painful reality of project schedules, and contracts, and sequestration.

Fun!

But who am I kidding? It’s Bones? She’s a genius and loves a challenge.

Of course she’d pick something ridiculous like this.

As I continue to sit in the meeting,

day one,

day two,

and day three

everything progressively gets more and more technical- which means I begin to zone out because it doesn’t really pertain to me.

Which gives me time to multitask.

And contemplate whether it would be awkward if I asked her if she ever gets mistaken for Bones.

Or worse- ask if she really is Bones.

Every time she uses a big word, I secretly giggle in my mind. Of course she would use a word like “parsimonious,” she’s Bones!

When she corrects someone I can’t help but want to say, “That’s exactly what Bones would do!”

Or when she talks about her kid, I’m obviously thinking “Christine,” the cute blonde that in no way resembles Booth or Bones.

And I suppose it’s because it’s a TV show.

Only it is not.

It is freaking REAL LIFE because Bones is here, in my conference room, in the flesh!

I’m so confused!

Deep breaths.

So yeah, obviously I learned a lot during my trip this week.

I did mention some habits die hard, right? wink

Boston

So I’m going to let you in on a not so secret, secret- most of the time when I travel for work, I go to Boston.

Before all the funding cuts, when travel was less scrutinized, my coworker got to go to amazing places like Greenland and Italy.

Me?

I get to go to Boston.

I’m not complaining, I actually find the area so charming, but hey- how come the work I do doesn’t require me to travel somewhere a little more exotic?

Anyway-

Pity party over.

I was in Boston a few weeks ago (remember my hotel after party?), but this time when I go, I can’t help feeling a little different.

I know when I get off the plane and drive to my hotel, everything will look the same. I know the places I frequent will be no different, and I will see the same faces.

However, I can’t help but feel differently about this trip because of the recent bombings.

Think back long and hard to when you were a kid. My parents used to let my go play outside for hours with my friends. We would ride bikes between our houses, play at a nearby playground, and simply “check in.” Granted, that was a long time ago, but can you even imagine letting your kids do something like that nowadays?

I think about all the fun events we have been to over the years, events full of crowds, and full of chaos- never once thinking we were in danger.

Yet, in recent years it is one thing that always crosses my mind. Whether I’m in a theatre, minding my own business watching a movie, or I’m at a Thunder game with thousands of others cheering on KD.

I know it seems so simplistic to ask, yet I still find myself doing so-

Where did we go so wrong? How did we lose our way?

I know the answer is convoluted, and republicans and democrats want to pontificate the whys and they hows.

And I’m not wanting to do that today, so much, but rather just to take another moment to take a step back and simply allow myself to wonder how we got here.

Today’s post is not about answering this question, because I believe there are tons of contributors. It’s not about figuring out how to make things better, because I believe there are tons of solutions, too.

Rather, as I head to Boston today I find myself mindful of the changing times, and simultaneously hopeful and fearful for what the future holds for our world as we continued down our paths, both globally as well as within our own small egocentric circles of life.

I could obviously devote paragraph upon paragraph about all this “stuff.”

But let’s not do that.

It’s exhausting.

I’m exhausted.

I can’t change someone.

I want to change people, but I can’t change them. I can only change me. I can only change me and hope that it inspires others around me to want to change themselves, too.

I want to be a light, and sometimes I am, but most times I’m not. Most times I’m just neutral, just coasting through the motions.

But days like today remind me of my value and the importance of really living the life I have to the fullest.

So hug your babies and love yourselves and thank God for today.

Because it’s all we have to be our best.

So let’s be our best.

More to come…

<3

see you on the other side

Well friends, it’s been a good decade.

However, it is time to say goodbye.

Before leaving the awesomeness that is the 20s, I wanted to take a moment to soak it all in and really look over some of the milestones of the decade.

Without further ado, here is a quick recap of the last decade.

20
Got married
Honeymooned in the Poconos
Moved in with Will
Still in school (blah)
Worked in the school’s transcripts department (big money!)

21
Turned 21!  Not a wild night (I was a pastor’s wife)
Had been married for a month
Still in school
Took a weekend quick trip to the mountains for a surprise getaway
Got a surprise Christmas Tree from Will
Started a blog!
Had major foot surgery

22
Graduated college with a BA in Communications
Moved to Kuwait the same day
Lived with my parents
Had the summer of unemployment (which turned out to be something I’m thankful for, looking back)
Went to Qatar
Started my job
Went home on vacation

23
Endured the heat
Went to Dubai, Will got to ski indoors!
brr!
Went home on a really long vacation (and got Boz and Lucy while we were there!)
Got a new job, turned out to be a really important move for my future,
Went to the Super Bowl (and sorry there are no pictures where they say there are… when I moved my old blog over I lost all the pics. Bummer)
champions!

24
Started The Blove Life!
Experienced a Kuwait earthquake
Went to Jordan and celebrated Thanksgiving there
me and p being brave and climbing rocks
Went home on vacation and went to the Fiesta Bowl
happy sooner couple- pre-loss

25
Applied for a job back home and got it!
Left Kuwait
Moved home
Bought a house, started the job, began making sense of life back in America
Got the bigs
Pups!
Went on the most amazing vacation of my life with P
in front of the library
Went to the OU national championship in Miami (and lost. Boo)
save the sooners

26
Stopped posting. :(
Got a promotion
Saw my BIL get married
I seriously love this picture- down with the longhorns!
Went to Chicago over Labor Day and visited my sister!
skyline
Went again over Halloween and saw Tiesto! Amazing concert
so much fun

27
Started school
It sucked
Still not posting much during this time
Got serious about eating right
Went to Broken Bow for an amazing glamping weekend away
DSC01882
Went to my Gran’s birthday party in Iowa
The Fam w Gran
Saw my sweet friend Terry get married and got to go to New York!
Bts
Celebrated my sister’s 21st in Chicago!
Sister friends

28
Continued to endure school
Still hardly posted
Went to Florida for the OU-Florida State game
WB<3
Found out my sister was going to have a baby
Cut my long hair!
A little scary at first!
Went to Green Bay and Minneapolis for vacation for old time’s sake
Go Pack Go
Found out my sister was having a girl, got to be there for the ultrasound

29
Finished school! AMAZING!
Celebrated by going to a murder mystery weekend
Stone Lion Inn
Started posting again
Saw my sister have a baby girl, cut her umbilical cord
Untitled
Began following a predominately vegetarian/vegan friendly diet
Got promoted last week

Oviously lots more I wish I could recap, but I had a hard time remembering, and I feel like this is a pretty good consolidation of the last decade. God is so good. I am so thankful for my family and the blessings along the way.

Thanks for following the journey one day at a time.

Here’s to another good ten years.

See you on the other side.

layered hair

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