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Thursday Things, 16 April 15

My Ipsy came in Monday. 

It was like a birthday present to myself.

Do you get tired of me telling you how great all the stuff inside is?

I get it.

I’m sorry.

Not gonna lie, though, this one was yet another winner.

I’m just applied the perfume rollerball that was in the bag and am currently inhaling my wrist. Fantastic.

We’ll discuss next Thursday.

I’ve made roasted asparagus with every.single.meal I’ve prepared at home

For the last two weeks.

Real life.

Easter brunch goodness

I’ve said it a million times, I make things I like for days and weeks on end and then forget about them for like the next two years.

Please don’t let me forget about my asparagus.

Thanks.

The Garage Sale

Yes, the garage sale, as if it were an epic sale of all sales.

I think my mom is going to have a garage sale, and Will and I are going to hook on and make it a joint one.

I think I’m completely underestimating the level of headache that’s going to come from trying to identify, sort, tag, and sell all our stuff.

We should have started waaaay earlier.

Plus Will and I have completely different opinions on keep versus sell. 

I’ve already told him we’re going to make it a like a game. We each get veto power on a certain amount of items. We also get a certain amount of items that are off the table in terms of keeping or selling.

Perhaps that will help keep us motivated and on track.

Probably not.

Workweek Hustle

As in the workweek hustle Fitbit challenge.

Guys, some of these people get fierce with this challenge.

Purposely booking the far away conference rooms so we can’t use them and are stuck using the ones closer to our own desks.

Others faking injury so we think they’re out of the game only to be completely shocked when they sync their steps and see they’ve been logging marathon like numbers.

Like, I kind of think some see how far behind they are and literally walk in place in the middle of their living room until the very second the challenge ends just to make sure they’re declared the winner.

(Mostly) for real.

It makes for awkward water cooler talk…

Sometimes you’re the windshield

Sometimes you’re the bug.

I was the bug.

My birthday didn’t start out so wonderfully.

An asteroid came careening out of he sky and forcefully struck my windshield Tuesday morning.

The result? A giant crack. With several other peripheral knicks and cracks (seriously- what hit me!?).  Apparently Will thinks they’re too deep to fix with a quick call to Safe Lite.

That means we’ll have to gift ourselves a new windshield! Woo hoo! What I’ve always wanted.

It definitely did not start my day off on the right foot.

The breakup

Here goes (yet another) a crazy confession:

I totally love the Air One morning radio show hosts Eric and Mandy.

They have this beautiful friendly chemistry and humor and are so relatable.

Love.

So when Eric left the show a few months ago, I was sad! They get me to work and I always enjoy their banter with each passing mile.

Eric can’t leave! What’s Eric without Eric AND Mandy!?

In case you’re wondering, he’s just, Eric. Ha!

Anyway, this week Mandy announced her departure from the morning slot and that she is moving into the mid morning show instead.

The show I don’t listen to because I’m already at work.

Not gonna lie, I’m sad and am going to miss that goofy bird on my commute to work.

I’m sure the new guys will be ok, but they’re no Eric and Mandy. smile

What’s up, cupcake?
After the windshield incident and a crazy day at work, I was more than ready to be home and do absolutely nothing.

Except, that wasn’t the plan! I was home long enough to change clothes and head to the church for an event.

We rode with my parents and they were so sweet and surprised me with six beautiful giant assorted cupcakes.

What's up cupcake?

My favorite in OKC. 

Thankfully we got home a little early and I treated myself to one two.

What's up cupcake?

Hey, it doesn’t count on your birthday!

That’s it for today. Anything you care to share? 

More Food Things

Lots of junky food this past week, particularly this past weekend. Will’s parents were in and came bearing strawberry cake as an early birthday treat. Between ice cream and an indulgent Easter brunch (did you see that cake!?), it wasn’t my best weekend. Yikes!

Back to normal this week, and thankful for the normalcy in terms of eating. However, I wouldn’t trade the wonderful time with friends and family for it either! Here’s a look below.

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The aforementioned homemade peach preserves that killed me.
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Greek yogurt, not more junk food. smile

posted in Food Affairs bullet permalink bullet 4.07.2015

Thursday Things, 2 April 2015

Peachy Keen
My mom visited my grandparents last week and brought home the most out of this world homemade peach preserves.

I’m dead over this stuff.

I got a small little glass jar, and then a big mason jar. The little glass jar is completely empty. With the exception of a tablespoon my dad had, I killed the entire jar on my own.

I suppose I should have just taken a picture of a spoon in the jar for my Tuesday post?

Since we’re telling secrets about junk food...

I had french fries for lunch Monday.

Real life.

And yes, I did take a picture for posterity. You’ll see it next Tuesday.

We took a quick trip to El Reno, Oklahoma. El Reno is famous for their onion burgers and has been highlighted on national TV.

I didn’t have any healthy options (none at all). Sometimes I’ll forgo eating until later, but I was famished and desperate times call for desperate measures.

We cleaned the office

I shared pictures of our empty office on Monday, but what you did not see was the before state.

It was awful.

With lots of hard work and lots and lots of shredding (so much shredding!), the office is actually serving its full purpose.
Office overhaul

It needs some decorations, but I’m not too worried about that right now. I’m just thankful it’s not covered in stacks of paper and junk!

Oh the treasures we found…

I am so incredibly pumped for Easter weekend!

For lots of reasons.

First, I’ve never worked anywhere that had Good Friday off, so tomorrow will be a special treat.

Two, I have lots of things planned.

Normally that would stress me out a little, but I’m pacing myself and am going to try my best not to freak out if the house isn’t perfect or if the laundry doesn’t get done.

Three, I’m excited about multiple family and friends outings.

Will’s family on Friday, a special friend on Saturday, and brunch with my family Sunday. Wee!

Four, Easter brunch. I pretty much need to plan my entire macro and caloric needs around this meal. You’d die over the stuff we’re making.

Oh, and Easter candy.

It’s pretty much the best candy EVER. 

White Reece’s eggs? Dead.

Cadbury chocolate? Dead.

The Cadbury crunchy chocolate eggs? Dead.

Starburst jelly beans? Dead.

Pretty much all the Easter candy.

Five, early Easter service.

We usually go on Saturday to free up space for big Sunday crowds and I’m looking forward to it.

So yeah, yay Easter weekend!

The Break-up

I broke up with my phone and social media over Lent and it was the best.decision.ever.

There were a few important things I missed, like details about our friend in the hospital, but God intervened without Facebook (gasp 😊) and we found out anyway.

It was such a nice break and quieted my mind. 

April Fools

Did you prank anyone?

I’m old and boring and did not fool anyone this year.

My favorite one was when P took a pregnancy test for me when she was pregnant with Layla so I could fool Will.

Good times.

April Showers

We had our first bout of bad weather last week and thankfully came through unscathed.

I totally wish we could fast forward from March to June and skip storm season. I hate it!

Thankfully we have a storm shelter I intend to overuse.

Will, God love him, is the guy standing outside watching everything roll in at a distance. I pretty much have to force him in there with me.

Crazy.

Let’s end on a happy note

Check out Rocky.
Dad's little helper. That face! 😂

That face.😂

He looks so happy, right?

Will did some major dirt work in our yard a few weeks ago and snapped this picture of Rocky helping.

I love that dog.

That’s it for now! Check in tomorrow for Good Friday. 

March Food Things

Soooo, I’m not liking this whole post my food stuff. What was I thinking!? Ha!

This was sort of an “eh” week.

I had lunch provided at work three times, which makes it difficult to keep things clean. Plus I was out of town one day for work and they fed us box lunches.  In addition to an unhealthy ham sandwich (meat removed), I also had a giant sugar cookie, pictured below.

I ate fish three times this week (!!) as you’ll see below. Will and I also went to The Cheesecake Factory, where I kept things healthyish with their skinny-licious fresh vegetable salad… Until I got a piece of their low carb cheesecake to go. smile

We ate out again later in the weekend, and this time I got the grilled shrimp at Long John’s.

It wasn’t my best week, but it wasn’t my worst either. You get the good, the bad, and the ugly. smile
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posted in Food Affairs bullet permalink bullet 3.31.2015

March Food Things

Last week’s post was nonexistent, so this one is a bit more comprehensive.

As in, it actually contains pictures. Haha

I eat a lot of the same stuff, so I didn’t take five pictures of the same lunch.

You get the drift.

Enough talking, let’s eat! smile

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Chickfila market salad. The chicken goes to Will.
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Weekly fish atop sautéed peppers, onions, and potatoes
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Kashi cereal with Greek yogurt

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This onsie cookie was almost too adorable to eat. Almost.

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Veggie Qudoba gumbo 😍

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This past week’s fish with “fried” rice, egg, and veggies
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Last week’s lunch- veggies, eggs, and spicy hummus

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posted in Food Affairs bullet permalink bullet 3.24.2015

Springing to Spring

Spring is right around the corner!

That means pulling out the short sleeves and springy skirts, and showing a little more skin than in the doldrums of winter.

If you’ve been hiding under fluffy sweaters and cozy pants, it’s time to shed the heavy clothes and lighten up!

I keep healthy year round, but do want to tighten up a little this spring.

For that reason, I decided to devote March Tuesdays to sharing what I’ve been eating.

The good, the bad, and ugly. I figured it would be good accountability.

I’m going to be honest, I did kind of a bad job this week.  I decided on Friday, so there’s a very limited amount of pictures this week. Sorry!

Plus, I’d remember to take pictures, but then I’d forget. No consistency!

I promise to be better next week and capture a full seven days. ☺️

We’ll call this an introductory post. Haha

That’s enought chatter! I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Check in next Tuesday for a more comprehensive post, and tomorrow for WIOW!

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February Food Lately

Let’s talk about food.

And how I love it.

Like lots of people, I get in cycles of eating the same thing over and over for periods of time.

Then for some strange reason, as if I suffer a brief moment of amnesia, I completely forget about the food and go months, and sometimes even years without eating it.

Weird.

Anyway, today seemed like a good day to capture some of my recent favorites.

Who knows, maybe I won’t forget them for months on end now. smile

I have been absolutely killing my water intake. I can thank the dry winter weather.

I love tea, and always have a Celestial Seasonings multi pack in the house. 

On a whim the other day, I decided to ice their peppermint tea and add a packet of stevia.

There’s no going back.

I’ve been icing everything in their variety pack. I hung out with Layla last week, and she agrees, iced peppermint tea is delicious and refreshing.

She wanted to keep my mug!

I’m also absolutely thrilled about using my fresh herbs from the Aerogarden too!

They’re great in my big old mug.

The latest has been lime-basil.

Basil- lime deliciousness

It makes me feel fancy, like I should be in a big fluffy robe listening to ambient music and awaiting a massage.

Except I’m behind a desk and in uncomfortable heels.

At least the water is tranquil.

Lunches have been pretty cyclical, too.

I’ve been eating my favorite peanut noodle salad, sans noodles and double the slaw.

It’s great with tofu or shrimp, too.

The dressing kills me. It’s me second favorite homemade dressing.

Speaking of dressing, the other lunch I’ve been eating is centered around my most favorite homemade dressing ever.

-1 head, roasted garlic, mashed
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1/4 cup vinegar (I like apple cider or rice)
-1 Tbsp grainy mustard
-Juice of half a lemon

Mix it all up and thank me later.

I keep it in my fridge and it lasts all week and sometimes longer.

Aaaand desserts.

They’ve been happening, and it’s time to confess they haven’t been vegan friendly.

I’ve been enjoying an evening treat of Greek yogurt lately.

I like adding some stevia or honey to plain Greek yogurt, and then I stick it in the freezer for an hour.

It keeps me out of Will’s ice cream, and keeps me sane.

So yeah. Just a few food favorites lately.

Tell me what you’re loving so I can add it to my food cycle. smile

posted in Food Affairs,Veganism bullet permalink bullet 2.10.2015

Thursday Things 29 January 2015

Tools for Blondes
Sooo a few years ago I shared a post about my crazy and incessant need to check and make sure I unplugged my straightener about a million times each morning.

Real life.

My mom knows me.

She got me the WeMo switch for Christmas.

This puppy can shut off power to the outlet from a phone app just incase I forgot to turn the straighter off.

Complete and total game changer.

I’m not sure who was more grateful, me or Will. smile

Chaps-tick Hate Turned Chap-stick Love

Remember this NYX chapstick in my December Ipsy I didn’t really like because (even though it tasted delicious) it made me look white and pasty like I had concealer on my lips?

Ipsy

Um hello!

Why didn’t we realize the wonderfulness this stuff could offer!?

It really does wash me out and look like a concealer over my lips BUT it works as a great sort of neutralizing primer to the pink in my lips so the lip color I choose is its true color when I put it on.

So smart!

Brain Training

If there was any question whether I was old, rest assured-

I’m old.

I’m only 31 and have downloaded the Elevate app to keep my mind fresh and engaged.

You know, because little word games are supposed to do that or something?

I figure it’s not hurting. Plus it’s kind of fun to take a few minutes out to play.

Real life.

THE BEST ROAD TRIP EVER

That wasn’t.

Sooo after the Garth Brooks concert we went to a couple weeks ago, Will and I had the brilliant plan to drive up to Ponca City and have a super early breakfast at Perkins (usually about a 3.5 hour trip for us).

Yes, Perkins.

If you read my blog way back in the Kuwait days, you may remember Perkins found a special place in our hearts during our trips back to the US.

We would fly to Minneapolis, shop at the Mall of America a couple days, and eat breakfast at Perkins.

Total tradition.

We went back to Minneapolis in 2011 for old times sake (as well as a game in Green Bay!) and literally ate Perkins for 2 of our 3 daily meals the entire trip.

Heavenly.

Now, if you live near one and don’t understand why we are so crazy for them, I get it.

There’s plenty of regional places people go batty for I just don’t understand, but it’s their “thing” and a special favorite place for them, so that’s what I get.

Annnnyway, long story short, we were so pumped to road trip up there after the concert.

As we were heading up to Tulsa for the concert, Will mentioned he thought we may have to wait an hour or two after getting to Perkins before they opened.

See, they’re open until 10 on weekdays, but 24 hour on weekends.

To us, that meant they’d open at midnight Friday.

“Let’s call and make sure,” Will said.

So I called and…

They don’t open until 6am on Fridays

LIES!!!!!!!

So yeah, they’re kind of 24 hours on the weekend...if opening at 6 counts. smile

I was pretty bummed. I really wanted a huge mammoth muffin for midnight breakfast.

That’s all for today. Anything you care to share?

The One with Playoff Football, Play Dates & a Look Ahead

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Play date!

Lots of playoff football, a delicious (and unhealthy) cheat meal, workouts, herb growth, quiet times, church, Sunday breakfast at Jimmy’s Egg, family time, and food prep.

A weekend of good things.

Check in this week for

Tuesday Things
Gym Rules for Male Newbies
A post all about Garth Brooks (and Will)
Our Healer

Hope you have a great day! 

(Healthy-ish) Festive Fruit Dip

Believe it or not, I still have Christmas junk food remnants around the house.

My mom’s delicious Christmas cookies are lingering in the freezer. I already killed the first batch, but she gave me more over the weekend.

I decided it was wise to stick those in the freezer for more appropriately portioned treats throughout the next few weeks.

Hopefully most of your treats were enjoyed and life is getting back to normal.

I’m sharing a recipe today.

One I’d probably still classify as a treat, but considering it’s made with Greek yogurt and served with fruit, it’s gotta be healthy, right? smile

It’s super easy and simple, requiring only a few ingredients.

Place three tablespoons of brown sugar in a bowl.

Dip ity do da

If it’s a little chunky like mine was, just zap it in the microwave for 15 seconds and use a fork to mash it out.

Add 1 1/2 cups of Greek yogurt,

Add two tablespoons of honey,

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And a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice,

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Give it a really good stir until it’s all smooth!

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Serve with fruit.

Or eat straight from the bowl. smile

Happy Tuesday friends! I met a dear friend for coffee and lunch yesterday and it was very nice.

Then I came home and watched the Sooner game with Will.

Boy oh boy it was embarrassing. We’re hearing lots of changes are in store for 2015. All I gotta say is, there better be!

Will was understandably sick. “I want Bob to apologize for this poor performance!” He said. It made me laugh, but seriously- what a complete joke of a game for a staff that gets paid millions.

Enough of that. Today Will starts vacation with me and I’m so happy!

Perhaps I can get him in the mood to overhaul the office.

Yeah right.

Check in tomorrow for more fun! ❤️

posted in Food Affairs bullet permalink bullet 12.30.2014

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