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Thursday Things: The 11th Anniversary Edition

Tomorrow is my 11th anniversary.

Which simultaneously feels wonderful and weird.

How did 11 years pass us by so quickly, and where the heck did they go?!

In honor of the event, we’re doing 11 Thursday Things today.

1. Favorite things about the road to 11 include the new job, the alternate work schedule and having more time together, and buying our car.

2. Will and I have our best discussions: on long drives, at parks on sunny days, and on weekend afternoons as we become sad for the week ahead.

It’s pretty much always been this way, and now that we’re 11 years in, I figure it always will.

3. Looking back I realize I was (and probably still am) more selfish than Will.

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but looking back on all the petty things I fussed about, he was (and is) far more mature and selfless.

I’m thankful God is working in me to identify my “self stuff,” as our beloved Beth calls it, so that I can be better and more selfless, too.

4. Unless it’s less than 10 minutes away, there will never be a time when Will tosses the keys and asks me to drive.

It’s been 11 years, and I’m still waiting. (Just between us, I like it better when he drives anyway!)

5. I’ve all but given up on Will being healthy.

Notice I didn’t say I HAVE given up, but I’ve pretty much all but done so!

I realize people change, but after 11 years, I doubt we’ll ever have his and her bikes or have a deadlift contest. Haha

6. In fairness, I have to say something about myself now.

Will has all but given up on me being tough.

By golly he’s tried, but I’m softer than a Jet Puff Marshmallow left out on an Oklahoma July afternoon.

7. I can’t pick a favorite married year.

I absolutely loved our first year because we had never been out on our own, and everything was so new and exciting.

Our time in Kuwait was fun (minus the work woes) and allowed us the opportunity for lots of adventures.

Our first few years back were hard, and I don’t like thinking about my ugly heart and distance from God. However, they also remind me of the fact that marriage isn’t always easy and things don’t always go to plan. It also reminds me of God’s love.

This year was a really good one and different than all the others.

Will and I have grown up so much over these 11 years. I feel like we have so much more love and respect for one another, and it has led to a deeper relationship. I honestly feel like we love each other more now than ever before. Eleven was a good year.

8. Much to our surprise (and perhaps dismay? Ha!), 11 brought some role reversals to the B-Love family.

I’m the golden retriever of the relationship, and Will is my lion. He’s firm, and I’m not.

This year was interesting because there were quite a few things that happened that brought out the lion in me, but rolled off Will’s back. Like super big things I felt he should have been riled up about!

What’s also funny, though, is that true to form, Will’s response was the wiser of the two. While it felt good to be the lion for once (albeit privately amidst conversations between just the two of us), it was much better to respond like a golden retriever.

Still- funny how we approached the situations completely opposite of our usual nature and much like the other person.

I wonder when we’ll start to look alike? 😂

9. The latter part of the road to 11 was hard.

Something completely rocked our world and has left us uncertain about the road to 12.

I’ve been hesitant to post about it, and perhaps I will in due time.

By God’s grace, he is carrying us through and has brought Will and I closer than ever.

What had the opportunity to cause strife, has brought agreement, understanding, patience, deeper trust in God, and more love.

By God and God alone.

10. Early in marriage, I came to accept most every trip we take will also include some sort of sporting event.

Namely football.

Eleven years in, and nothing’s changed.

The Miami Super Bowl in 2007,

the Arizona Fiesta Bowl & Miami National Championship in 08,

Multiple trips to Minneapolis followed by a road trip Green Bay for Packers games (and a trip to Indy Will took with his dad and brother to see the Colts),

Notre Dame, FSU, Nebraska and an upcoming “vacation” to Tennessee in 2015.

(Side note- here’s where I’d normally link you to all the posts of these adventures, but I’m a little lazy today)

We may be vacationing… But we’re also footballing.

Will understands this may not always be the case, and we’ve agreed an Alaskan cruise vacation is a definite must in the coming years.

Even if they don’t have a football game we can attend.

11. As we celebrate 11 years and look toward12, I’m hopeful and optimistic.

This year has the potential to be different than any other. God has orchestrated a strange and divine series of events, and we have no other option but to wholly trust Him.

I don’t know what 12 will bring, but I have faith God is going to show up, and I pray He guides and blesses our marriage along the way.

Look how young and crazy happy we are. I love it.

Will taking Brittny's garter off
Will & Brittny in the reception line

That’s it for today. Thanks for checking in, friends!

Thursday Things, 5 March 15

Sooo last weekend Will and I spent 3.5 hours at AT&T and they still didn’t get everything right.

We drove to where Will’s parents live in hopes of getting it done faster. (Ahahaha)

What made it even better (ha) was that we didn’t realize everything that was wrong until after we drove the 1.5 hours home and Will’s mom received a cancellation on the iPad mini she got with her phone upgrade. I also got an email confirmation my iPad had shipped… But it’s tied to Will’s dad’s number. Wee!

Will’s mom is so sweet and gentle, and even she was miffed by the whole experience.

Please tell me you have bad phone stories a too? It seems like everyone I know has some ridiculous headache of a story.

Longest. Day. Ever.

And it keeps going until all this junk is sorted out.

On a positive (??) note, Will’s phone had serious sound issues but we were able to take it back and get a new one this week without a headache.

Want to know what made the whole AT&T outing even more awesome?

It was during a snowstorm.

Aaaand my sister was on vacation during the most miserable week of the year.

I’m sending her pics like this

That one time we drove to AT&T an hour away in a storm to sit there for 3.5 hours. Wee!

That one time we drove to AT&T an hour away in a storm to sit there for 3.5 hours. Wee!

And she’s sending ones back like this

Paradise. All pics sent amidst an OKC snow storm

Paradise. All pics sent amidst an OKC snow storm

Way to rub it in there, P.

Oh and did I tell you about my Fit Bit?

Now we'll get to see the awesomeness of sitting behind a desk all day in charts and graphs 😂

My company is so wonderful. For participating in various healthy challenges, they gave employees Fit Bits!

Now we get to see the awesomeness of sitting behind a desk all day in charts and graphs. 😂

Hopefully the realization of how much I sit all day presented in cold, hard, facts will help me get moving more while at work.

With a the snow lately, I had to post this pic for our TBT.

Brittny FLint-9 yrs old playing in the snow in Vilseck,Germany

My technicolor coat. haha

Will and I rediscovered the fact that we can make our own super delicious popcorn at home.

Not the kind from a bag. I mean using kernels and popping it on the stove.

We went through a whole phase back in Kuwait and had it a lot.

We’ve been back almost seven years and hadn’t had it once until last week.

How does that even happen? Being so nutso over things, only to have them completely fall off the map for years.

Weird.

Anyway. Popcorn. On the stove. Hello 1958!

Early Anniversary Festivities

Through a string of events, it looks like Will and I might be celebrating number 11 apart. :(

I’m off next Friday, and I was so very excited about having the entire day together, as well as the whole weekend, too.

Now, however, it looks like I might be out of town. Not only that, but Will’s parents are also scheduled to spend the night that same weekend, so regardless of whether I’m home or not, we’ll have visitors over the weekend.

To be safe, I think we might we celebrate a week early. The highlight will probably be spending all day Saturday morning cleaning for Will’s parents. Haha

But for real, I can’t believe we’re old enough to been married for 11 years!

That’s it for now, sweets. Anything you care to share?

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2014 Year in Review

Happy last day of 2014, dearies!

Instead of the usual Work It Out Wednesday post, I’m doing a quick year in review.

Mostly for selfish reasons, as I enjoy taking a look back on some of the events throughout the year.

Thanks for indulging me.

If you’re bored today, you can check 2012 and 2013.

Ready!?

January
Went to Eischens

Eischens

Went bowling

Actually happened

Had a job interview
Before it went down

Bought a new TV

Raked up makeup

Went to a nice dinner with friends.
The mr. & mrs. Getting ready to go

February
Kissed a valentine
Valentines day kiss

Attended If conference

Will Helping out
Assembled my Rake up the Makeup goodie bags and donated them. Be sure to watch for another opportunity in 2015!

Giveaway

Got a job offer!

March
Said goodbye to my most favorite boss ever and left a wonderful company after six years

Going away cake

Got a Vitamix as a parting gift

Started a new job!

First day!

Went out with my parents, sister, and Layla
Family!

Attended a Bachelorette party

Jess's batchelorette dinner

April
Went to a wedding

Beautiful day for a wedding!

Went to the Red and White game

WB red and white game

Had breakfast with Layla

Lu

Turned 31!

31

Got a Dyson DustBuster. Game changer.

My new toy

Celebrated Easter with my family

Resurrection Sunday brunch spread. I'm dying over here.

Painted Will’s man cave. Vowed to never paint again.

Got a (temporary) tattoo

Rocking a Princess Ariel tat courtesy of Layla

May
Made chapstick

Crafting.
Hung stuff in the man cave
Hanging away

Had a lunch date with my girls

Lu
And lots of coffee dates
Celebrated Memorial Day with my family.

Did lots of praying for a big family decision.

June
More lunch
More coffee

Became obsessed with sonic tea

Went to Canada

Untitled

Rode the private jet

Had dinner with my friend Angela

Great food, better company

Shot paintballs with Will

Paintballing

Cheered on Will and his softball league!

Softball

July

Watched fireworks with my family

Snuggled a baby

Saturday snuggles

Celebrated her 2nd birthday

2!!!

Organized

Had Will’s family visit

Weekend with the fam

Had a library date

Library fun

Celebrated Will’s 34th

Happy birthday Will

Ate peaches. Lots of them.

Just peachy

Bought a car!!!!

The one we rest drove and similar to what we bought!

August

Celebrated a special 65th anniversary

Celebrating 65 years. ❤️

Cleaned the garage

During

Got a storm shelter

Bought mint in hopes of having a huge healthy plant… It died.

Took the ice bucket challenge

Ice bucket challenge:After

Went to the fair with my parents and Layla

The county fair!

Will went to Pennsylvania over a single weekend for something big

Kicked off the OU season

September

Had a sleepover party

Girls night

Made fabric softener

Lots of OU games
Oklahoma striped sky and a sooner striped stadium. God is good

Went to the Guitar Center drum off!

The big changes (to be mentioned soon) became official… Sort of. wink

October

Did some dirty work

My husband put me to work (and a Teddy photobomb)

Went to Dallas for the TCU game… And loss

Road tripping to the TCU# game

Went to Dallas again for OU-Texas!

Boomer!

November

Had a family gathering

The birthday girl Watching her birthday movie

Went to another OU game

All smiles before we got completely embarrassed.  OU-Baylor 7 Nov 14

Made pancakes that turned into muffins

The save: delicious pumpkin muffins

Had a nice Thanksgiving with Will’s family and a wonderful one with mine.

Love my mom

December

Went to Layla’s Christmas show

Went to the Nutcracker

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Took Will to the minute clinic

Wee!

Ate lots of cookies

My mom's out of this world cookies

Was surprised with an Aerogarden by my fantastic husband

It's about to get herby

Celebrated Christmas Eve with my family

Merry Christmas!

Saw something important to the B-Love family

Went to dinner with my parents and looked at Christmas lights across OKC

Christmas light fun

Had Christmas with Will’s family

And started a week-long vacation!

It may not show, but this year has been full of changes. Between my new job and a huge change for the B-Love family, there’s never a dull moment.

Ups and downs, and God’s grace and hand through it all.

Thanks for stopping by throughout 2014. I hope you’ll join me for another year of fun as we embark on 2015. ❤️

At the Doc w/B-Love: A Peek at My Recent Blood Work

Alright girls, I’m getting personal today.

I’m inviting you to take a peek at my recent blood test results.

It doesn’t get much more personal than that!

I had a health screening last week.

Full disclosure- it’s been years, many years since I’ve done this.

Maybe even before we moved back? I have no idea.

As someone who claims to live a healthy lifestyle, I was embarrassingly overdue.

Probably ought to do this more than once a decade, eh?

Anyway, I was pretty pumped to see my results.

I claim to be healthy, but it was encouraging to actually see cold, hard facts.

I still have work to do (you’ll see my cholesterol is a little higher than I’d like it to be), but at least I have a baseline to compare against next year when I do this.

Notice I didn’t say next decade. Haha

Oh, and as an aside, can we please talk about the fact that Will and I got ours done on the same day?

I say I’m not competitive, but I sure did want us to whip out our papers and compare.

So sad.

But true.

Will’s results were a little sobering, but not surprising. The good news is that the reality of seeing them in black and white motivated him to make a few healthy changes.

So now let’s get to the nitty gritty. My results.

The numbers in the first column are the “desirable” numbers, the middle is “borderline risk,” and the last is “elevated risk,” with my results written on the end.

Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights, as well as some lovely personal commentary on how I think I can improve or stay strong.
Biometrics

With the exception of total cholesterol, I was in the “desirable” range for every single element.

I completely attribute that to exercise and my primarily vegetarian diet. I’m a firm believer both these elements were the reason I had such good results.

Blood pressure was good, but Will can attest that can fluctuate on a given day. I’m a woman after all. wink

My “good” cholesterol was through the roof, and my bad was good too, however my overall composite cholesterol was 216, with the desirable range being below 200.

I was kind of bummed to see it was a little higher than desired. I certainly don’t feel as though I’m at risk by these numbers by any stretch, however I do want to be a little more cognizant about the cholesterol I eat and where it’s coming from.

I already do a pretty good job about it, however high cholesterol runs in the family and now that I’m old over 30, it’s time to keep an eye on it.

I was surprised by my blood glucose and it answers why I have to eat before I workout these days.

I used to be able to get up and hit it hard on a completely empty stomach, but over the last year I’ve had to have just a little something or I’ll feel faint. Ha, well there we go!

As for other things, I was really disappointed in my body fat level.

Having a desk job and literally sitting for close to ten hours a day really takes a toll on a body, and getting older hasn’t helped either.

I was in the desirable range, but I really felt like it should be lower than it was. It is difficult to find ways to do more than I already do, so I may just have to find creative ways to get up during the day and move around a little more.

So yeah. We just got pretty personal. You went to the doctor with me. smile

There you have it, friends! Check in tomorrow for a goal review!

The Batchelorette One & Look Ahead

Hiiiii!

We have a holiday weekend looming.

Forget that it’s only Monday, let’s get excited!

...

Okay, I realize it still feels forever away, but indulge me.

How was your weekend?!

Mine was different than most, but still good in its own right.

I was a batchelorette this weekend!

Will made a trip to Pennsylvania and back in one weekend.

20 hours one way.

Just typing that makes me exhausted.

Future disclosure to come fairly soon on why exactly Will was gone, but until then we can agree he had a whirlwind of a weekend!

And I pretty much worried the whole time. Driving that long and far is very taxing on a person. He had a friend with him, so they slept in shifts, but if was still not exactly ideal.

Anyway, with Will gone I was on my own this weekend.

If I didn’t make a game plan, I had a terrible feeling I would wake up Sunday morning in a carb stupor and find myself covered in cereal boxes, magazines, and canned frosting.

So I made a game plan. smile

Will went in early Friday, so I skipped my morning workout to help him get out the door and see him off.

The good news was that even though I skipped my usual workout, I was able to hit the gym Friday night to work back, biceps, and shoulders!

I’m not a fan of working out at night. For me, if I don’t do it in the morning, I probably won’t do that all.

However, with Will gone it gave me something to do and allowed me to “make good” on my usual Friday scheduled workout.

I got home, did some laundry, showered, and ate homemade fried rice.

Then I got to babysit!

Woo hoo.

Layla and I had a great time.

Hanging with my best gal

We played kitchen, did our hair, watched a show… I don’t know how you mamas do it.

I taught her how to hop and then march with high knees and everything in hopes it would tire her out.

Turns out I tired much faster than she. Ha!

Well played, Layla.

After she tuckered me out, I headed home with the pups.

PS- I totally hate when Will is gone, especially at night.

Saturday came early by choice.

I hit the gym and worked legs crazy hard. I’ve been going heavier lately and was pumped to bang out 5 reps of 360 on the leg press for the first time in months.

360lbs. I'm coming for you 400!

I focused on light weights and high reps for so long, and it felt good to change it up again.

As bodybuilder Dr. Jim Stoppani says, “Everything works, nothing works forever.”

I love this quote. Future blog post!

After my workout?

Well, let’s just say nothing starts your morning like a post workout slap in the face with ice cold water.

I did the ice bucket challenge. I wish I could share something witty, but all I can muster is- holy cow that water is cold!

Here’s a link to part of the video. 
Here’s my after, sopping wet.

Ice bucket challenge:After

And yes, I’m wearing the same thing as I did when I babysat Layla haha. It was well into the evening when I babysat and if I’m going to get up early the next day to workout, I sleep in my gym clothes for one less thing to do and one more reason to get up! smile

Anyway, Saturday morning we visited the Canadian County Fair in El Reno, Oklahoma!

Hanging with my best gal

We went early, before it got hot, and saw lots of animals.

The county fair!

The county fair!

I loved seeing them all. Plus seeing how friendly and playful most of them were reminds me why I enjoy animals so much and choose to follow a vegetarian friendly diet.

Layla like most of them, but was afraid of the poultry and ponies! I thought for sure she would like the horses but she was scared. Maybe next year?

The rest of the day was all about food prep and laundry. I even read part of a book, which I rarely do on weekends.

Saturday night I went back to my parent’s for pizza and hanging out.

I am so thankful for my family. I love them so much! I was bored out of my mind Saturday and am so thankful I have them so close and can spend time with them.

With Will gone, I didn’t go to service on Sunday and instead watched online. I don’t know why I’m weird about not physically going since I was on my own, and I guess I should pray about it!

I hit the gym and got a few things done, and by late morning my dear, exhausted husband was home!

He looked like a complete train wreck. From Oklahoma to Pennsylvania and back in two days. Yeah, that will do it to you.

I was so glad to have him home! I missed him so much. He slept most of the day, so we didn’t really hang out, but I was just glad to have him home.

So now we start another week. A short week with a holiday on the horizon. Woo hoo!

Let’s take a look at what’s ahead this week:

-Tuesday Things
-A gym friendly circuit
-August Ipsy Review
-A gold ring in a swine’s snout

Check in tomorrow! 

Thursday Things, 14 August 2014

I love my new car.

Checking out the new ride

I feel so incredibly blessed to get to drive it.

I’m sorry to drone on and on about the car, but guys, up until last week I was driving a 1998 model.

A 1998 model that came off the lot on 1997.

That means it is actually 17 years old. Please let me have this one today.

Football starts in two weeks. How is this possible!?
No really- how is it already here?

I had big plans if getting some huge things crossed off my to do list before the season started.

Yeah… Some got done, some didn’t. Looks like it will have to wait until January now.

Like many of you, I’m saddened by the death if Robin Williams.

Robin Williams

He was a smiling force of energy in so very movies I enjoyed over the years. P and I shared a few texts this week reminiscing of sleepovers spent watching his movies, and it warmed my heart.

Oh friends, if you are in the depths of despair, don’t give up.

Don’t give up, and don’t believe the lie. You are valuable and life is worth living.

You have a Savior who loves you and wants a relationship with you, and people around you who care.

In much lighter news, my tan is an absolute wreck this week.

I know I say I’m resigned to being okay with the terribleness that sometimes results, but yeah… This is bad.

Bad tan

How did we miss half my leg!?

We got a storm shelter this week.

I know what you might be thinking- “How do you live in Oklahoma and not already have one, crazy woman!?”

I know.

You’d be surprised to know most of us here don’t have them! Many new constructions these days are installing them, so that’s good. However lots and lots don’t, and I’m thankful we do now!

Sooo I think I love The Andy Griffith Show

Yep. I’m a total granny and bore now, but it’s true.

Remember how we started watching out box set (yes- we own the box sets) a few weeks ago because it’s one of Will’s favorite shows and I didn’t really get why he liked it so much?

I totally get it. I love the way they spoke to each other, and Andy’s charm, and the silly predicaments they got into. It’s kind of a nice break from the stuff we typically see these days.

Do it.

My Ipsy should be here this week
I’ve been trying not to look ahead and see what came in the bags.

Here’s to hoping I don’t snoop.

Alright my dears, that’s it today. Any things you care to share?

The One Where We Bought a Car & Celebrated a Birthday (And a Look Ahead)

Last weekend was a bit of a whirlwind, and this weekend was much of the same.

As you can seem from the title, not only did we celebrate a birthday, we also bought a car!

Real life.

Where do I even begin?

Let’s start with now I had to go to Coldstone Friday night to pick up the birthday cake Will wanted.

Real life.

Happy birthday Will

Have you guys been in there lately? The smell one is enough to pack on five pounds.

I was insanely close to getting a cup of something horribly delicious, you know, to tide me over before eating the 40,000 calorie cake, but refrained.

Saturday came really early. Will had to work a few hours, so I hit the gym and did a leg circuit followed by a trip to the store.

Afterward, I met these little ladies for some iced tea/coffee.

Farmers market fun

We even made a trip to a farmers market and the library.

Very productive morning!

Are you able to see this video I posted below? It hope you can because it’s kind of funny. 

After my morning with the girls, I quickly got around and was off to run a couple errands with Will.

After that, we made a planned stop at a local Honda dealership.

Yep, the B-Love family went car shopping.

The newest (and I use that word loosely) car we own is a 2001 truck.

Real life.

God has had his hand over our cars, that’s for sure.

We knew it was quickly approaching time to begin “upgrading the fleet,” so when we saw Honda was having a super great summer sale, we felt it was a good time to make a move.

Will and I prayed about it all week and asked for godly wisdom.  I love my 1998 Accord, but it was definitely time to retire it to shorter trips.

Soooo we spent the better part of three and a half hours Saturday doing just that!

Oh, and can we please talk about how much cars have changed since 1998!?

My car starts, with a real life key, and drives.

I feel like you darn near need a pilot’s license to operate new cars!

All the buttons.

All the screens.

All the cameras.

All the voice activated stuff.

What!?

Anyway…

Have you guys bought a car recently?

I had no idea how intense it was. Haha

All the back and forth and, “Let me see what we can do...”

It was enough to drive me crazy. Let’s just cut to the chase!

Thankfully Will was on his game and ready to go. I’m am so thankful for his help with this stuff.

After all the waiting, and back and forth, and wheeling and dealing, we had ourselves a car!

Well, sort of.

The one we wanted wasn’t at their dealership, so they’re going to have to bring it in this week.

Here’s the one we test drove.
The one we rest drove and similar to what we bought!

The one we rest drove and similar to what we bought!

It’s the same as what I’m getting minus some add-ons.

We are also adding the sports package, so they’ll have to put that on, too. It should be ready before Friday. Woo hoo!

Believe it or not, Will is upgrading and getting the old ‘98 Honda as his daily drive. His truck, while seriously cared for, is old. It has paint fading like crazy, and in need of retirement.

So yeah, definitely some big news in the B-Love house. We bought our first new car. smile

That took up much of Saturday, and we were spent after it was over. We stopped by my parent’s house and chatted about our news, so that was fun.

Because of the time, we decided to go to church Sunday instead of Saturday. We got comfy and took it easy.

But....

Later that evening I had to pick up a delivery.

Half a bushel of the freshest, most delicious peaches you ever did see! 🍑
Just peachy

True story.

Someone from work ordered heaps from a nearby farm, so my mom and I decided to split half a bushel.

Oh.my.goodness.

I’m dead.

In peach coma.

They’re so so good.

I can’t even take it.

I thought there would be too many to use up. Yeah, so not happening.

We ended Saturday night on the couch, in peach coma, watching an X-Men movie.

Sunday we celebrated Will’s 34th birthday!

It’s crazy to think I met him when he was such a baby-22!

We took it super easy yesterday, which was nice.

I got up early and worked out, and then we went to breakfast.

Yesterday was definitely not my best eating day, but hey, it was celebratory, so that’s okay. smile

After breakfast was church, a nap, birthday cake, and prepping for the week ahead.

This weekend was wonderful in a lot of ways. It was nice to get a new car after so long, and also spend Will’s birthday having him totally to myself and enjoying the day.

Another weekend closes, and another long week begins. Thankfully this is my short week, and I have a new car to pick up later this week!

Let’s take a look at what’s coming up this week:

-Roasted Carrots
-Why you might be selling yourself short
-Thursday Things
-Laser focus

Check in this week for more fun. Now let’s tackle Monday!

Out and About in Canada

It’s Thursday and I’m home.

Woo hoo!

I loved my time in Canada and was thankful for the opportunity to visit such a beautiful country.

But man, I really love being home.

Today’s post is devoted to pictures and a recap of my time in the great land of Canada.

The weather was mild, but unfortunately it rained for a large portion of my trip. I don’t think I saw the sun once.

I was disappointed because I was hoping to spend some time out and about. Thankfully, though, I was still able to explore a little.

Out and about in Canada!

Out and about in Canada!

I was fortunate enough to travel in style to Canada and back. Quite simply, it was spectacular. I fear the next time I travel coach I will feel like a heifer being crammed into the back of a cattle car.

The jet I took ruined me in the best way possible.

We got in Sunday afternoon and had a little time to explore before the first round of rain came.

Out and about in Canada!

Out and about in Canada!

I had dinner at a place called Joey’s, and enjoyed a healthy(ish) quinoa salad.

The best part of the evening was climbing into bed before 8:30. smile

Oh, and can we please laugh at the differences between FaceTiming with Will versus P?

P is engaged and dynamic.

FaceTime ❤️

Heck, even Layla gets it.

FaceTime ❤️

(Her smile!! Killing me.)

Will?

Well, I’m often being carried to different rooms and staring at the ceiling. Look at my face in this pic. Haha

FaceTime...mostly with the ceiling

Aaaand the ceiling again.

Is it FaceTime if you never see a face?

Mostly the ceiling with a Will photo bomb. haha

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Anyway, FaceTiming with him always cracks me up, so I decided to capture the “fun” of video chatting with Will during this trip.

Monday was busy and full of lots of meetings. I had quite possibly the best sandwich EVER for lunch that day (and Tuesday. And Wednesday. smile ) at a place called Chachi’s.

Ridiculous.

I never go bananas over sandwiches, and I still can’t put my finger on why I almost died from its deliciousness, but seriously- so good.

If you have one and haven’t been there, get The Veg toasted on brown bread.

Obviously the highlight of the afternoon.

My Monday evening was fantastic! After work, Angela was kind enough to walk over to my hotel to come pick me up for dinner.

It was so very good to see her in real life and give her a big hug! She’s just as beautiful and vibrant in her pictures, and it just totally lit me up to see her in the flesh.

We walked from the hotel to her apartment, which was so nice and allowed me to see more of the city from a local’s perspective. I got to see where she runs, as well as the fun stuff like the local grocery stores and coffee shops.

Like many metropolitan areas, the masses seem to get around by bike and foot. Sadly, Oklahoma City is so spread out its impossible to be able to do that, so I enjoyed the opportunity Monday night.

We walked to her apartment and enjoyed a glass of wine and conversation. I even got to meet her kitty Merlin, who is way more beautiful than Boz and Lucy.

But let’s just keep that between us.

Then it was on to dinner! The initial plan was to go to a new vegan place (!!!) called The Coop, but it ended up not opening until Tuesday.

Instead, we tried a quaint little place called The Market.

Oh. My. Goodness.

It features fresh and local fare, and offers a seasonal menu. The food was delicious! It was a carrot-y night for me. Haha I got a carrot salad full of all sorts of beautifully colored and fresh carrots, as well as a few other veggies. I also got a side of roasted carrots. Dead.dead.dead.

Angela and I both agreed they were most definitely the most delicious carrots we’ve ever had. I think perhaps they brined them in salt and then roasted them. So darn good.

We enjoyed good conversation until about 9:00.

Proof we met in real life. smile

Great food, better company

Then?

Then it started to rain.

Instead of enjoying a nice walk back, we parted ways and I took a cab back to the hotel. 

To put a bow on the day, Monday night was fantastic.

Tuesday wasn’t as fun, but eventful nonetheless.

It was full of things I won’t bore you with, as well as another trip to Chachis for lunch.

That evening I was able to do a little more exploring and take a few pictures. I had dinner at Bank and Barons, an old bank converted into a restaurant. So so cool. The food was good and the atmosphere was better. I got the Quinoa Chicken Salad, minus the chicken. Ha! They compensated by giving me a “boatload” of quinoa, as seen by P.

Bank & Baron for dinner in Canada

Bank & Baron for dinner in Canada

She has a point...

Oh, and considering this entire post is mainly food related, I feel like I should also tell you I worked out every single day on my trip.

Yes, I’m asking for a pat on the back.

smile

Not a whole lot to share from yesterday. Meetings, lunch at Chachi’s again (hey why ruin a good thing?), and a trip home.

Home.

Where I belong.

Tonight a Will has softball practice and I can’t wait to sweat all over myself watch and cheer him on.

I’m also off tomorrow, which is pretty darn exciting.

So that sums up my adventure to Canada! Thanks for indulging me! Check in tomorrow!

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31, Reflections, & A Look Ahead

Hello lovelies!

I realize it’s Monday, and we have a week ahead of us, however it doesn’t feel too bad this week because:

1. It’s my birthday, and
2. Will and I both get Good Friday off!

Not too shabby.

Before we get into all that, though, let me hit some of my weekend highlights!

Friday Will and I were both off and had a very productive day.

I made it to the gym before 7, so it wasn’t too busy. I enjoy not having to share equipment. smile

Then, got ready and was able to shop at the grocery store in peace, get a fancy (read: cheap) watch at a local jewelry shop, as well as run a couple more errands all while Will painted our spare bedroom!

Watch

Afterward, we went downtown to a glass shop to get a piece cut for our entertainment center. Then we went and saw Draft Day!

I’m sure you’re shocked we went to see a football related movie. Ha

Friday was a busy and productive day.

Saturday was full of fun and just as packed.

I got an early leg workout in at the gym, followed by a little time with my sister and Layla.

Afterward, I got ready and Will and I made a trip to Lowe’s, and then headed to Norman for the red and white game!

It was a big crowd Saturday, making it all the more exciting. After that decisive and epic victory over Alabama last season, I think we are all pumped and ready for football.

Red & white game

WB red and white game

After the game, I had Will take me to Cool Greens for my “birthday lunch.”

I’m a super cheap date. smile

We just bought another matching couch to accompany the one we just got in a few weeks ago, so I didn’t want to do anything over the top. Plus, honestly? It’s one of my favorite local places.

I got their skinny plaza salad. So, so good.

Afterward, we came home and had a relaxing and uneventful evening!

Yesterday I got to spend the morning with my family! I love them very much. We had a birthday breakfast, and Layla even sat by me which was a nice treat. smile

My sister got an action shot of us admiring artwork. haha

It's a Bird, it's a plane, it's a huge pic of food at Jimmy's Egg!

We missed church because breakfast was followed by a trip to Best Buy and a two hour nap (!!), so we will have to watch online this week.

The rest of the afternoon was far less exciting than the rest of the weekend, but it was really nice to relax and not do much!

I did, however, spend a couple hours in the kitchen prepping food for the week. More on that soon.

That afternoon I went over to my parent’s house and had birthday cake! I love my mom so very much. She made me the prettiest, springiest, most beautifully colored cake. smile

31

It was delicious.

So that was my weekend!

And here we are again.

And here I am, 31.

How did that even happen!?

Last year felt like a huge milestone, and I suppose it was. I felt old, but I also felt “official,” like I had finally come into my own.

I’ll leave you with a few random thoughts at the end of this post on life in the 30s this far, and would welcome your own comments, too!

But for now, let’s talk food this week.

This week we’re having:

-Vegetable lasagna (with zucchini as the noodles smile h
-Caprese salad
-Philly cheesesteak sandwiches (I’m having leftover lasagna)

Yum!

Now let’s talk posts.

This week we are talking about:

-How you just gained refrigerator rights
-Arms month continues! Sculpting sharp shoulders
-Thursday confessions
-How the Bible helps

So check in this week and don’t miss out!

I close with just a few random thoughts on the 30s (or lack thereof at times smile)

Share some of your own thoughts below! <3

1. I finally feel like I’ve arrived and have more of a seat at the table.

Unless it’s Thanksgiving with Will’s side of the family.

I’m pretty sure we will forever be at the kid’s table there. 

2. I’m still terrible with directions.

And feel like I might always be.

3. I’m more comfortable with who I am, who I’m not, and who I want to be.

4. Oddly enough, I feel way more comfortable and less self conscious about my flaws. While I looked better in a bathing suit 10 years ago, I’d probably rock it with more confidence now.

5. I’m a better wife.

6. I understand the importance of rest and a day off work sometimes.

7. I finally understand God’s grace.

8. I’m (slightly) better at putting on fitted sheets.

9. If I want a giant spoonful of peanut butter, I’m going to eat a giant spoonful of peanut butter. I trust myself way more and no longer fear self-sabotage. It comes with understanding moderation.

10. I realize birthdays are far better than the alternative and therefore appreciate each passing year.

So there you go! Now let’s enjoy our Monday!

More to come…

The One Where I Left my Job, Got a Vitamix, New Couch, &Prepared for a New a Job…And a Look Ahead

Sorry for the long title. I’m sure if I was more thoughtful I could have come up with something shorter, but…

Anyhow, hi! Where do I even start?!

Friday was hard.

I honestly didn’t think I was going to cry, but yeah, I totally did.

When I walked into my office I was greeted with a beautiful pink gift bag from my boss.

Inside was this gorgeous (and huge!) purse:

Beautiful bag Kelli bought me

You may recall my issues with purses over the years, so this was obviously a very thoughtful gift.

The card inside was full of such nice words, which meant I was at work a whole five minutes and started to tear up. Happening.

I have (er had) the best boss ever. Seriously, the very best. That’s what I’m going to miss most.

About an hour into my day, I was called into our break room and greeted by everyone in the office. It’s gotten much smaller over the years, but we are still a tight group.

They got me a beautiful cake with pretty pink frosting, which was so sweet.

Going away cake

Then, they directed me to the biggest gift bag I had ever seen!

I pulled back the tissue paper, and immediately started crying.

They got me a Vitamix, guys.

A Vitamix.

I can't believe they bought me a Vitamix!

Not only is it an incredibly thoughtful gift, given by people who have gotten to know me and my healthy habits over the last six years, but it was also a very expensive gift.

Not only that, but there was leftover money that went to a Whole Foods gift card for me.

I was in total disbelief by their generosity. I really liked where I worked and who I worked with, and I know they felt the same.

So that was kind of hard to get though!

After my out processing, we all went to lunch one last time so I could say goodbye.

After lunch, I said goodbye.

Let’s leave it at that.

I let myself listen to the Jose Gonzalez Pandora station for the afternoon, which seems incredibly appropriate on a morose afternoon. I gave myself the freedom to be sad, so I could start to look ahead to the week ahead.

Oh, and can I please tell you how ecstatic I am to use my Vitamix!?

I spent Friday night at dinner with my family! My mom’s birthday was Saturday, so we had an early dinner out. Will had poker night, so I spent some time at my parent’s house afterward.

Gamkly

Saturday was super busy.

I started the morning with a great workout. I also ran into the girl I met several weeks before- the one who shoulder presses 45s like they’re nothing.

Turns out she’s a bikini competitor and pretty darn amazing! I was so honored when she said she wanted to hang out with me! That looks to be in the works next week.

Afterward I came home and made a shake. Then it was time to get busy. We had lots to do to get ready for a beautiful delivery that afternoon!

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Our couch finally came in! I was so excited to finally have it here. We had to move some furniture around to prepare for it, and did some more stuff around the house.

Saturday was full of house stuff. Will woke up with a migraine Sunday, which was a bummer. We skipped church so he could rest, and I hit the gym so he could sleep without me clanking stuff around the house.

It was my last workout before my recovery week, so I tried to make it count.

Will was feeling better by afternoon, which made me happy. We filled out some paperwork for my big day, and I also ironed clothes for the week.

What to wear on your first day at your dream company?!

I have no idea. Let’s hope I chose wisely.

So today, my first day at work. I’m nervous and wish you could come with me to keep me calm!

Moving onto meals and posts for the week!

This week we are having:

-Black bean and potato burritos

-Asian peanut noodle salad (recipe coming soon)

-Carne asana nachos

Will is crazy about those nachos. I usually just make myself a separate bowl with everything but the steak and chips, and add black beans for some oomph.

As for posts, we will be talking about,

- Why I sometimes eat Thin Mints

-Dropping it like it’s hot (an intro into drop sets)

-Thursday things

-A heart that’s full of emptiness

And more! Check in tomorrow, friends, and wish me luck!

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brittny I'm B-Love. Lover of God, my husband Will, my doggies, OU football, weight training, plyometrics healthy eating (mostly!), peanut butter, and all things health related. Buckle up and get ready for my constant embarrassing moments, health and fitness tips,and my effort to rely on Christ while living life in the real world. Follow me on Feedly! Sign up for monthly emails at blove@theblovelife.com!


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