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Un-30s

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!

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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.

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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

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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…

Cooking Up a Home Project

It’s Tuesday, and someone didn’t plan very well.

Which is untypical, because that someone is a good planner.

Kind of.

Sometimes.

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I had hoped to share a super delicious recipe I had made over the weekend and plaster pictures all over today’s post, telling you how it’s the perfect thing to bring to your Easter brunch.

Except, I didn’t make the aforementioned super delicious recipe as anticipated.

Instead of plastering food pics all over this blog, I plastered tape all over our spare bedroom.

I’m terrible at that, by the way.

Will, God love him, knows this fact, and relieved me of my “helper” duties early in the process.

I’m pretty sure I was hurting more than helping.

Perhaps it was the blue little smiley face I made for him?

Such a child.

I’m also positive he will not ask me to help him paint this coming weekend.

I will not protest this decision. I’m pretty sure I would be a terrible painter. Obviously not on purpose, but I could see how my clumsiness could cause us trouble.

(Taupe footprints on the floor, anyone?)

So could Will.


Because we both practically stroke out anytime we have to do a house project with one another
, we’ve decided to take a different approach over the last couple of years.

Hey, know your limitations, right? I’ll clean the house, help move everything back into the room once the paint dries, and make him brownies. And we’ll call it good.

In case you hadn’t guessed, we started a home project recently that is driving me bananas.

I think Will knew if we didn’t at least tape the room this past weekend, I might actually go crazy.

Right now we have everything from that room piled high in the other room, and the clutter is nearly breaking me into hives.

I already have clutter in the office, and one room is enough.

I call it clutter, Will calls it progress.

He’s cute.

Anyway, the good news is that we have a little bit of a timetable because Will’s parents are coming to stay with us at the end of the month, which means everything in the spare bedrooms has to be in its rightful place. Or at least close.

Does any one enjoy doing these types of projects?

I sure don’t, and neither does Will.

Obviously we want the end result, but the work it takes to get there flat sucks.

The truth of a lot of things, I suppose. The reason why we drag ourselves to the gym some days and pass on that donut in the office break room.

Worth.It.

I’m just ready to have everything back in its rightful place.

Except… after this project we have another, and another, and one more.

Being an adult is so much fun sometimes! Ha.

I was going to take a picture and share for you guys, but Will said “no” (because everything is a mess).

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, he wasn’t humored by my blue tape-y smiley face either.

What a curmudgeon. smile

So yeah, delicious recipe. Like this one here, here, or here.

Until then?

Let’s talk paint and all things that make you want to pull your hair out.

Are any of you doing home projects this spring?

Planting Roots

I have some big news to share.

I got a new job!

Yes, it’s really true.

I wasn’t really sure at what point in the process I should post it on the blog- when I put in my resignation at my former company, or actually started at the new one. I decided to split the difference and post on my last day of my current job. smile

It’s weird. Last time I put in my resignation it was a total whirlwind, but nonetheless it was still a happy time. I hated work in Kuwait and was excited about the prospect of coming home.

It felt like such vindication to put in my two weeks’ notice because I just couldn’t take working there another day.

This time was different.

For one, I am older and wiser.

I let some really stupid stuff get to me before. Stuff I should have totally brushed off.

I think that comes with being young and still navigating your way through the professional world. Unless you had a mentor (I didn’t), there was a lot of figuring things out on your own.

I was definitely immature at times. Looking back (and cringing!) at old blog posts is a reminder of just how far I’ve come.

I say all that, but let’s not forget there were some serious issues with where I worked.  I hated the six days a week of work and no time off ever.

This time, I actually like my job, boss, pay, and coworkers. No complaints.

So why would I leave?

With several series of company-wide layoffs, and a dwindling office, I began to wonder about the future for work and growth here in our small OKC location.

I decided it was time to look for something where I could plant roots and grow. A place where I could stay in OKC and still have the opportunity to move ahead.

For that reason, when my dream company, who is headquartered in OKC, posted a job for the exact same thing I do, I knew I had to go after it.

Part of my whole “being still” life anthem also had to do with my job situation. I was waiting on God to give me direction for what to do, and being still as I waited for the right opportunity to come.  I believe God’s hands were all over this, and I still can’t believe it’s real. 

Pinch me!

I leave behind the best boss I’ll ever have, great coworkers, and am taking with me a host of knowledge from my experiences there as I embark on an entirely different opportunity. 

I feel simultaneously sick with nervous and gleeful excitement when I think about starting work at a whole new place Monday. I contemplated taking a few extra days before starting, but things didn’t align that way.

So today I finish work for one of the biggest government contractors in the US, and Monday I start work in a whole new industry.

This change is going to be a transition for me professionally, but also personally too. I’m used to a 12 minute drive to work, and now I will have a commute with traffic and everything. Yikes! Worth it though.

So that’s my news. The Lord is so good to me. I have been praying for wisdom and direction regarding this matter for a long time. I still cannot believe the blessing the Lord poured out on me, He is so good.

So Monday is all about planting roots.

Will and I have decided to make OKC our permanent home, and Monday is a step in furthering our personal plans and goals as well as my own professional ambition.

Similarly, today’s verse is about planting roots too. Being rooted in the Lord and knowing his heart, and growing all the more in thankfulness in all he has done.

It’s time to plant roots, my friends. I hope you join me on this journey.

More to come next week about how my first day goes! <3

Colossians 2:7 NLT

Ups, Downs, All Arounds: Reflecting on 10 Years of Marriage

This week will mark mine and Will’s tenth anniversary.

Tenth!

I seems so long, yet simultaneously I can’t believe it’s already here.

Today I wanted to take a few minutes, just for my own selfish benefit, to shotgun out thoughts, memories, and things I wanted to remember about our life.

Beware, this post is going to be completely scattered.

-Will and I got married the spring of my junior year in college. We were such a babies!

We naturally picked March 13th because it was during spring break, which meant we could get hitched and go on our honeymoon all in time to get back home for the rest of my semester. It was either that or wait until summer, which wasn’t going to happen.

Such romantics. haha

Will kissing Brittny on the cheek with Carissa watching

-The morning of our wedding I distinctly remember starting the day with two packets of instant blueberry oatmeal. Flash forward from 2004 processed instant oatmeal to 2014, and I’m still eating oatmeal. Only steel cut these days. Pass the Benefiber and old lady jeans, please.

-I totally regret my poor bridesmaid’s dresses.

They were hideous.

And I wasn’t even picking out hideous ones to be a total Bridezilla. I’m pretty sure at the time I actually liked them.  Dear Lord, thank goodness my tastes changed. And if you’re reading this and had to wear one of those dresses (Cough:: P), I sincerely apologize. What was I thinking!?

Brittny,Carissa & Kaci Michael-13 March 2004

-Although my tastes in bridesmaid’s dresses might have been appalling, thankfully my house wear selections were not. I went with a very (very, very) simple and classic dish set which I still use to this day and plan on using for a looong time to come.

Dishes

-My wedding cake was layered with both strawberry and lemon tiers.

Will & Brittny getting ready to cut the cake

I still love both flavors and have strawberry cake for my birthday every year.

Um- AMAZING

-Will and I woke up late the day after we got married and barely made it to the airport in time. In fact, we even got into our first married argument at the airport trying to figure out where to go and where to park.

Not much has changed with my directional issues. smile

Oh- and they lost our luggage.

Will & Britt at the airport on their honeymoon with lost luggage

We went to the Poconos. It was a blast.

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-I absolutely loved our first year of married life. Whoever said the first year was the hardest was crazy. For me, it got harder later.

The first year was full of so much fun and wonder. Neither of us had ever been out on our own, so we had a total blast. We were like kids left home alone to play house. Only it was for real. haha

Look at these crazy kids! Such babies.

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Will & Brittny-Falls Creek 2003
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-We had a condo, and our bedroom was on the second floor.

There was a skylight in the living room that you could see from our bedroom, and turns out, when you went to bed each night, the street light from across the street shone right on your face. Awesome.

Will & Britt in front of their 1st home in Lawton,Ok-May 2005

-The very first meal I cooked for Will as his wife was shake and bake chicken (fancy haha), green beans, and instant mashed potatoes and gravy.

Very gourmet. 

Hey, I was 20. Will didn’t marry me for my amazing cooking.

-In fact, one time? I cooked a cookbook.

No guys- I’m serious. I actually freaking cooked the darn thing, in my complete right mind.

In my defense, we got a George Foreman Grill and I heated it up only to realize, “Hey, for some stupid reason they put the cooking guides and stuff, inside the grill part.” WHAT!? Yeah- I think that’s more their fault than mine.

For the record, we did not eat the cookbook.

-It’s no surprise things were tight financially. I was a full-time college student working a student worker job that pulled in a whole $500 a month (cha ching!) while Will was a fulltime youth minister. It was tight, but it was still wonderful.

When we wanted to indulge in a treat, we knew all the super great deals. For example, Back then (haha, waaaay back then), Little Caesar’s pizzas weren’t always $5. It was only on Mondays. So we totally did that pretty much every single Monday. Whataburger had a buy one, get one on Wednesdays, so we would hit that up from time to time. Oh, and let’s not forget Sonic’s brown bag special which we occasionally did too. I remember sometimes even “splurging” on Taco Bueno and walking around our college campus reminiscing.

Cheap meals, good times. Ten years later and the thought of eating greasy fast food almost always makes me feel sick. How times have changed!

Even through being tight and out on our own for the first time, Will still managed to buy me a beautiful Christmas tree that December and surprised me with a weekend getaway that following summer.

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-Getting OU season tickets was definitely one of our first year highlights.

Will & Brittny at last game of the season-2004

Although things were tight, we found a way to swing tickets. I’m pretty sure Will’s entire birthday present from both sides of the family was money for season tickets.

He was so proud to see our tiny names in the football programs that first year. We had so much fun getting up Saturday mornings and driving to Norman for the game. It was a pretty huge deal.

-In February of 2005, I started a blog on The Nest. I had no idea that a community of newlyweds would get me through some serious growing pains while living overseas in Kuwait. I was even one of their featured bloggers for a year. I am so thankful for that place and the fact I have years of memories and posts to read..

-Our first anniversary was totally un-glamorous. I had surgery on both my feet (crazy!), and laid up for two weeks straight.

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My mom and sister had gone to Kuwait to visit my dad, so they let us house sit for them, which was really nice. I managed a short bath that day and changed into nicer sweats (haha).

Very fancy, I tell you.

We had Applebees to go and ate it in my parent’s living room. Me sprawled on the couch, with Will on the floor next to me. Definitely not the first anniversary I had imagined. haha

-When I look back on our ten years, the first one is most definitely among my favorite.

Then, we packed up everything, put it in storage, and spent three years in Kuwait!

Will & Britt at Al Kout mall in Kuwait-May 2005

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Camels in Kuwait

Now that I’m nearly six years removed from my time in Kuwait (seriously- has it really been that long!?!), I now look back fondly, with rose colored glasses and realize just how great so much of that adventure was. There were definitely bad parts- like my job, which was a huge part of my life there, but there were also a lot of good parts.

Will and I got to travel and see so much and experience so many different things. Going to Qatar, Dubai, and Jordan was so special and I will treasure those trips forever.  During the first year or so, when we both didn’t have to work weekends, I really loved that time too. It was fun to spend time in Kuwait together, even if it was doing totally American things like seeing a movie, going to the mall, or eating at Hard Rock. It still felt so different. We were a tight unit because we really had to hold on to each other.

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-Coming back to the States was a hard thing for us.

It was a blessing in a lot of ways, I mean we were home! But it was such a whirlwind. From moving our entire lives back to America and into Will’s parent’s house, to driving two hours a day to work while we searched for a house and waited to close. It was a bit stressful to say the least.

-Eventually things started to settle down, but things just didn’t seem to go as we had hoped and planned. Will struggled to find something he wanted to do which made things difficult for both of us. It wasn’t easy like it had been before. It got hard. We pulled away, I stopped blogging. I became a total grump and didn’t feel like myself anymore. Love, fun , and happiness abounded always, so this hard marriage stuff was something new for me.

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Things weren’t “bad,” they were just distant. Which, I suppose is “bad.” We were always at each other. My heart was in a terrible condition and far from God. Of course, there were many good times too, but anyone who has been married for a long time probably can relate to some degree that marriage is not always easy.

-I did the stupidest thing ever during that time and decided to get a master’s degree. Genius!

It occupied a lot of my time, and most nights were spent on the couch together watching TV while I slaved away at what felt like meaningless research, all for a piece of paper. In the middle of my program, things began to turn around for us, thanks be to God. Will found something he really enjoyed and that seemed to change his whole disposition. It also helped change my disposition, too. It’s amazing how much a job can leave you downtrodden and affect your whole being.

-For that reason, I interrupt today’s post to say- stop being miserable! If you hate your job, you’re not only making yourself miserable, you’re probably contributing to other people’s misery too. I realize our own personal feelings shouldn’t be predicated upon another, but let’s face it, when you live with someone, it happens.

It was like the bitter winter had passed and spring arrived, with fresh renewal, and I was so thankful for it. 

More flower pics. Geez

-I finished my degree in the summer of 2010 and never want to go back to school again. Haha

School is over!

Finishing school took a huge weight off both our shoulders, and for the first time in a long time, we were ready to be carefree and have fun again. To enjoy life and move forward with new goals and dreams.

-The last two years, have probably been the best of our entire 10 years of marriage.

Christmas 2013!

Sure the first year was bliss, but this is blissful in a different way.

It’s blissful because the “beer googles” are off this time.

The first year I was 20 and completely blinded by love.

This time I am nearly 31, and have had lots of life experiences.

Lots of ups and downs and goods and bads, and through them all love my Will all the more.

So much more.

Cheesecake Factory!

Thursday Things, 13 Feb 14

Watching the Olympics has definitely confirmed I’m old.

I have complete admiration for the hard work and dedication these people put into mastering their sport. However, I also can’t help but wince every time I watch them crash onto their knees during many of the sports.

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Can you believe the impact and abuse our poor knees, and especially theirs, take in a lifetime?

Yes, I’m old.

I’m watching the Olympics and simultaneously thinking about these athletes and their knees. (HELP!)

So the mint plant I got last year for my birthday is still alive (yay!).

However, it was recently pelted with avids.

And it totally ticked me off.

“Oh no you don’t!” I thought to myself.

Will helped me concoct a natural deterrent, which helped but also really dried up my leaves. So, I’ve had to do lots of pruning and give lots of extra care to my poor mint plant, but I think (I hope!) we’re through the worst.

Maybe I should start singing to it?

Then again, it’s doing so well…

As you saw Monday, I got into a little trouble with peanut butter over the weekend.

HELP ME

I knew better than to buy that darn White Chocolate peanut butter.

I.knew.better. 

But I thought, or secretly hoped rather, I would be able to be mature around it.

Turns out I can’t be.

I’m like a blood hound let loose in a meat market.

I literally opened the container the second I got home from the store and unloaded groceries.

What is wrong with me!?

Although, I did unload the groceries first.

That shows some type of restraint right?

Keep telling yourself that, Brittny…

Too late

Do any of you guys watch the Sonic commercials on TV these days?

Thanks to the DVR we don’t watch many commercials at all, however we watched a lot of the Olympics “live” over the weekend and had to endure commercials.

Those Sonic commercials?

I’m on the fence.

Will hates them.

I do too… but also secretly maybe sort of kind of like them… a little.

Although I will say, I totally don’t understand the dynamic between the two guys. The dark haired guy seems so normal, and the other guy seems so…annoying. I guess that’s the point.

Any randomness you care to share? smile

what we can learn from the goldbergs

I love the Goldbergs

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Please tell me you’ve watched the show?

If you were born in the 80s, you ought to give the show a try.

It will probably strike a chord.

And you will probably want to live inside their lives.

(HELP ME!)

As some background, the show is about an east coast family in the 80s.

You’ve got the lovable and feisty, grandpa, the tough-love dad, the overbearing and hilarious mom, and their totally radical kids (Radical. Haha Can we please use that word on a regular basis from here on out?).

They’re probably a lot like the neighbors we all had back in the 1980s.

At least, I like to think that is how my neighbors were. smile

The show covers real life shenanigans experienced by Adam Goldberg, the show’s creator.

You know how our grandparents loved The Andy Griffith Show, and how our parents loved Happy Days?

I sort of love the Goldbergs like that.

I think our parents and grandparents liked such shows because it reminded them of a simpler time.

Oh man, here we go.

(Insert the part where I tell you I had to walk uphill both ways to school. Oh, but unlike my parents, it was the 80s, so I had shoes by then.)

It’s true.

I’m old.

And watching The Goldbergs totally validates it.

And I don’t even care.

Because seriously?

Looking back with rose colored glasses, the 80s were freaking great.

Still enough technology to have fun, (Mario Brothers anyone?),

but not enough to let it totally control your life (raise your hands if you’ve ever occasionally fallen asleep in bed with your phone still in your hand).

The show totally takes me back to a much simpler time.

When I actually had to call friends from a phone attached to a cord in my house. A phone I had to share with other people that lived there (crazy, right?).

Oh man, and when we got call waiting and caller id?

Shut.up.

The show takes me back to a time when I got to go to Blockbuster and spend a good half hour hoping, just hoping the videotape I wanted to watch that weekend was hiding behind the store’s display model.

The show takes me back to a time when I got to wear puffy pants, neon pink, crimpy hair, and listen to totally radical (haha) bands like NKOTB, on things called cassette tapes, on a device called the Walkman.

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Remember that huge set of encyclopedias out parents had? Do they even sell hard copy encyclopedias anymore? Haha

Ooh! And remember when we had a tiny diary with the smallest.lock.ever and would handwrite our whole lives in it? What!?

A time when our parents actually knew our neighbors and let us play outside all day long without worry.

A time when there was a lot less noise.

A time when life actually happened before our very eyes, and not on a phone screen with people we call “friends” that we met like two years earlier at dinner one time, had fun, but never saw again.

I realize virtually every generation experiences this nostalgia to some degree. However, I can’t help but wonder if we are among those that have experienced it with a little more heightened awareness.

I mean after all, everything is at our fingertips these days.

Like the touch of a button.

Literally.

I mean, I freaking tried to get Will a diet coke the other day at Qdoba and nearly had a meltdown with the simplicity yet complexity associated with the new giant soda machines.

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Why is this so hard!?

I just want some soda!

(I’m such a technological granny)

But seriously… what the heck happened to these things?

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Anyway, watching the Goldbergs is a good reminder to put.the.phone.down and just live life in the moment. Just because it’s not 1988 doesn’t mean I can’t occasionally turn my phone off and (gasp!) avoid Facebook for a few days. It’s reminders like these that make that whole being still lesson a lot easier to implement in my life.

And for that Goldberg Family, I say thank you.

<3 Happy Friday and more fun to come.

(and maybe even a post over the weekend)

Friday Musings

Sooo, lately I’ve been trying to use things up.

See (perhaps like some of you?), I am a bit of a makeup hoarder.

Yes, it’s true.

And with all the Ipsy stuff I’ve been getting, I feel the need to get rid of the old as the new comes in.

However, at the same time, I do not like to let things go to waste (um, unless of course I made a terrible judgment call in a weird moment of impulse like crazy cranberry colored eye shadow I instantly regretted or way too dark lipstick that looks completely gothic against my pale skin).

Anyway, in the spirit of usage, I’ve been hacking away at a nice neutral trio set that is nearing its way to emptiness.

But guys?

This stuff is old.

Like, I thought about taking a picture to show you the colors, but realized you may recognize getting this set in your 1980 something Clinique bonus set and be all like,

“Wow! I got that too.

Right before I had my first kid.

Who’s 26 now.”



Okay, so it’s not that old, but it’s old. In fact, I’m positive all Marie Claire and the likes would hands town be telling me to toss the crap.

But I’m not listening, darn it. It’s almost done!

My eyes aren’t glued shut with infection (yet), so I’m good right?

Insert nervous laughter.

I disgust myself.

Am I really 30?

Sheesh.

While we’re talking about the un-30s, I might as well also confess I’m wearing a red shirt and sporting light pink nails.

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What!?

Who the heck do I think I am?

And no, it’s not because I’m trying to be all edgy and trendy (or perhaps I could pass it off as being Valentine-y?)

It’s simply because I have not placed value in the need to remove my four day old polish.

Perhaps I should factor that time into my pie management?

Consider it done.

Pie.

Food.

Let’s talk about that that.

Please tell me one of you is watching The Taste this season?

It’s no secret that I am totally in love and have the hugest girl crush ever on Nigella Lawson, so naturally I have thrown myself into watching. Even Will is a fan.

Which is weird for a lot of reasons.

Let’s camp out here.

Aside from a delicious and expensive steak, Will isn’t a fancy eater. Stick a pizza or a burger in his face, and he’s set.

He’s a man’s man. Trucks, paintball, football, action.

So it’s hilarious he sits on the couch with me while we critique culinary cuisine.

“What is she doing!? Why would you add the ginger!? WHYYY?”

“I know, and that presentation is pathetic.”

We’re hilarious.

Or maybe I just think so?

Anyway…

Speaking of food, I’m kind of pumped about lunch this weekend! We’re meeting our Life Group at The Mule to celebrate a birthday, and the menu looks pretty darn good. They even have a vegan sandwich that sounds delicious. I’m pretty much the last person in Oklahoma City to go here for lunch, but hey, at least I’m venturing out, right?

I think that’s enough for today.

Tell me something fun. Ready? Go!

because sometimes, i just feel like posting on a saturday

Hi!

It’s Saturday. Why am I posting?

There are a lot of times when I’m working on content for my blog when I just sort of don’t feel like writing.

It feels too scripted, too structured. On those days (like this one), I just sort of want to ramble.

Is that okay? Can I just ramble a little today?

Actually, I’m sorry to say you don’t get a vote in here.

I’m rambling, it’s happening.

In fact, when I go back and look at my posts throughout the years, some of my favorite were the ones I sat down to write having absolutely zero direction. They were long, wordy, and slightly overkill, but they always (um, well mostly) came back full circle.

Let’s hope that happens today.

Ha, who am I kidding? I’m 30. Of course I can wrap this package up all nicely with a clear underlying message.

Actually, I’m lying.

So I’m camped out on the couch half watching the Colts game with Will, but mostly posting the post you’re reading right this second.

It’s already the end of my first weekend day, and I’m looking at my to do list wondering what the heck happened.

Because the answer is nothing. Nothing happened.

Remember those January Blues?

Let’s blame those.

And it’s not like I had a huge to-do list this weekend, either.

I just simply decided to go on strike, and oddly enough? I’m only hurting myself.

Haha- please tell me you just heard your mom’s voice In your head when I said that?

I would tell you some of the stuff I put off, but I figure I better leave something to discuss Monday. Teaser!

I can’t even blame my lack of motivation on the cold weather. That’s not here until Monday!

So are some of you guys hunkered down in the miserable cold that is crossing the country? Please tell me you’re wearing fuzzy socks, parked on the couch, and watching a movie, reading, or painting your nails.

Even if you’re not, can you please say you did? My ego can’t handle how productive you’ve been this weekend.

Thanks.

Can we please talk about how my blog readership skyrocketed the last couple months? Hey, it’s neither here nor there that the majority of those visitors were courtesy of spam out of China, but hey- perhaps they value my workouts or vegan friendly recipes?

Probably not.

Or let’s talk about how sad I am Will is going to be now that college football is basically over? Thankfully we still have a few weeks of pro football left, but seriously? It’s like a funeral around here come February.

Thankfully we have the Thunder now to help band-aid poor Will’s sad football withdrawals.

Oh, and we also have a trip to plan too! The problem is that this trip is sort of on me this time.

I secretly like when Will makes most of the decisions, but this time? The decision is all mine.

We don’t want to make this trip a major vacation, but rather a trip where we can get away and relax but do it economically.

For that reason, I’m sort of leaning toward a cruise or all-inclusive package.

What do you guys think?

Will and I have never done an all-inclusive aside from our Honeymoon, but it was in the Poconos and I’m thinking this trip would be more beachy. I’ve been on a few cruises, but Will never has, so that’s another option too.

I wonder how he would do stuck on a boat for a few days, but then I realize I can waltz him to the lido deck and stick him in front of the ice cream machine, and God love him I know my love will be just fine.

I’ve asked around to a few people who have done both multiple times, and they say for this type of trip we ought to do an all-inclusive. Plus it’s our 10th anniversary this year and an all-inclusive is more adult friendly. Relaxing, quiet, less “stuff.”

I don’t know! I sure do love cruises… okay- you get to weigh in. what do you think? Oooor- is there a better option?

Sheesh, I hope you say no. I can’t do more options!

Okay…rambling getting long and now I feel like I should save some of these “gems” of conversation points for my “real” blog posts.

Okay, not true. But I do feel like I should be getting those darn things ready today!

Let’s do that.  Ramble over (for now).

What are you doing this weekend?

2013 Year in Review

I did this last year, and thought it would be good to do it again this year.

If anything, because I’m 30 now and old and can barely remember which fibrous cereal I had for breakfast let alone 12 months ago. smile

Without further ado, my 2013 year in review!

January
Saw the cowboy ride away (George Strait’s last concert tour)

The Cowboy Rides Away Tour

Feb
Went to Boston for work

Surprised Will with a small V-Day basket

My valentine

Celebrated P’s 23rd at Bolero

Ps bday

Fed my phone to Rocky

Broken phone

March
Celebrated 9 years of marriage

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Took P and Layla to Zam Zams to enjoy some of our favorite Middle Eastern cuisine

Zam zams!

April
Got a promotion at work!

Traveled to Boston for work
Beautiful blooms!

Turned 30 (and didn’t cry or die like I thought I would smile)!!

One of my fun cards

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Had sushi with P
29.99

Had so much fun touring the OU football facilities

The Bell Dozer

From the press box

Play like a champion today

Went to the Arts Festival

The girls

Went to the Red & White game over my birthday weekend.
Red and white 2013

Started Ipsy subscriptions!

Got a spray tanner for my birthday, and (sort of...) mastered it.

tan!

May
Went to Boston for work…again

Boston

Was rocked by the Moore tornado. Thankfully safe , but knew so many affected. It still hurts when I think about it.

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We bought a motorcycle.

The bike!

June
Spent a weekend in a beautiful remote cabin with my family (part of May too… over Memorial Day!)

Beautiful

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Playing with pups

Learned how to roast garlic.

July
Celebrated Layla’s 1st birthday!
Layla turns one!

Went to the Toby Keith Moore Tornado Relief Concert (and sweat like pigs!)

Toby Keith Moore relief concert

Visited Will’s family & shot some paint balls.

Shooting paintballs

Celebrated Will’s 33rd
Will's Birthday!

Started looking for a life group

August
Babysat Layla

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Got my first ever speeding ticket

Bought a dining room table

My new dining set

Kicked off another OU football season

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September
Lots and lots of OU football

Stripe the stadium  OU-West VA

Went to dinner with my LG girls
Life group girls!

Went to breakfast with P

Coffee slingers

October
Traveled to south bend for the OU-ND game!

BnW OU-Notre Dame

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And made a pit stop in Indy!

Watching the colts game

Got all dressed up and went to a wedding.

Who are these dressed up kids!?

Went to OU-Texas

OU-Texas 2013

Took Layla to a pumpkin patch

The pumpkin patch!  In front of the creepy scarecrow dude

Went to DC for work, got to see Theresa!

A great evening at home with Terry.

November

Went home to cheer on Will’s high school football team
High school football

Shot paint balls
Paintball

Went to our last OU game for the season

OU-IA state  Windy Saturday

Celebrated Thanksgiving in Colorado

The girls

Face timing with my Will

December
Paid off our credit card!!!

Put up the tree!

Beautiful

Battled bad weather

Helped P move into her house

Professionals at work

Had our LG Christmas party, danced the night away!

Celebrated Christmas Eve with my parents

& Christmas Day with Will’s family

Christmas 2013!

It was a wonderful year, full of so many blessings.

I never really set resolutions, but I had a few things I wanted to focus on during 2013.

I wanted to know God more. That’s an ongoing desire, but this year I made such strides in drawing near to God. His grace is so real, and I am so excited about knowing him more in 2014.

I also wanted to be a better wife, family member, and friend. Same thing for 2014. As silly as it sounds, when I turned 30 it was like a switch went off (um, did this switch go off for any of you guys?). I want to focus on loving my husband, family, and friends even more, and blessing them like they bless me.

Just like last year, I want to be healthy. I also want to evaluate whether or not I might need to make some changes to help with my iron and B-12 levels.

I also wanted to give myself more credit in my job. I’m not that mousy 22 year old girl anymore. My second promotion at this company was a great re-validation. I want to continue to evaluate my career this year. There’s tons of changes looming all around me, and I want to really do a gut check and pray about what 2014 holds.

So what about you? Give me your 2013 year in review. Do you make resolutions? If so, share!

The One Where I Got a New Purse & Look Ahead

It’s Monday, but my days feel completely thrown off between last week’s holiday and this one.

I came into work last Thursday and Friday, which was a bit of a joke since the entire world took off those days.  Do you know who works the day after Christmas?

Schmucks.

Schmucks work the day after Christmas.

Or people like me who took the first part of the week off and had to cover for others taking the second half off since they covered to me (which makes perfect sense and is not Schmuck-y at all smile ).

I’m working half a day today, off tomorrow and Wednesday, and then coming in Thursday and Friday.

These middle of the week holidays really confuse everything.

Or just me.

They confuse me.

It feels funny doing a weekend recap today, because I feel like, aside from this half day work interruption, I’m only midway through my weekend. 

Plus, I feel like I’ve been posting nothing BUT weekly updates.

Enough already!

Well…enough starting after this one.

And tomorrow’s post.

But after that, I promise no more boring weekly updates.

Sheesh, who do I think I am!?

My Friday work day was long and slow (see above). 

After work, I went to Dustee’s to spend a gift card I got for Christmas. I like that place SO much, but rarely shop there.

If you’re not familiar, Dustee’s is a giant jewelry/accessory store. I guess you could compare it to a slightly grown-up version of Claire’s. it’s also very overwhelming! So many choices. It’s like a mini crisis trying to shop there and just make a decision already!

I ended up with a pair of earrings and two necklace/earring sets. Everything was 20% off, so that was even better!

Earrings

New necklace!

New necklace!

The night was pretty standard. Will actually ended up working a little Saturday morning, so we just continued to clean out the fridge to finish up more Christmas leftovers and junk while catching up on some of our shows.

We’re very exciting people.

After Will went to work on Saturday, I hit the gym. I go early and always have it to myself, except I didn’t. Close to ten people were in and out while I was there. Crazy!

I usually like to fan out and do a leg circuit- totally taking full ownership of almost every lower body piece of equipment in the gym. Only, yeah, that’s not exactly the best gym etiquette, right? smile So, instead I totally changed it up.

And can barely walk today.

I’m doing a cycle of creatine this winter, and I cannot convey to you how super the results have been just after these last two weeks. I noticed huge changes in my strength and endurance Saturday. I focused on lifting heavy and really feeling each and every repetition. It was a great workout.

The rest of the morning was a much needed cleaning day. I hadn’t cleaned in like three weeks, so I was overdue. My in-laws are coming to stay with us tonight, so I had to scour from top to bottom!

That took all morning! Once Will got home, I got around and we went to the unhappiest place on earth.

The mall.

Have I ever told you guys that I’m not a huge fan of going to the mall?

I know, I know, what kind of woman says that?

I do.

Perhaps I will devote an entire post to why I hate going to the mall, but since this is a recap, I’ll just leave it be.

As anticipated, it was an absolute zoo with post-Christmas shoppers.

I had to exchange the purse my parents got me for something a little less purple. Bless her heart, when my mom bought it, it looked pink on the screen. However, when it came in, it was pretty wild looking!

So, I battled the crowd in hopes of finding the perfect purse and exchanging it.

Only… shopping for a purse is like a major commitment. At least for me it is. I buy a purse, run it into the ground, and never change it out for the entire time I own it.

And eventually people have to have an intervention so I throw it away and get a new one.

That’s sort of how the cycle goes.

I’m so grown up.

Anyway, it was an absolutely overwhelming process. By the time I got to one end of the store, I totally forgot about the purses I did or didn’t like on the other side.

Madness.

Will followed me around like a puppy the whole time, trying his best to help me along the way.

But really? God love him, I really just wanted to tape his mouth shut.

A woman should never go purse shopping with her husband. It just adds to the stress.

The mall was packed, I had far too many choices, I was hungry, and irritable.

The perfect storm.

Soooo, like six years ago my mom bought me gorgeous and very expensive Gucci purse as part of yet another purse intervention.

Only, it just felt “wrong” using it. One, it seems way too fancy for the abuse I put my bags through, and two, it’s sort of small.

Um, well small for me. Not for a normal person.

I like a freaking suitcase.

You never know when you’re going to need a whistle, plastic spoon, full size umbrella, or copy of the Constitution.

(Yes, all real things that have taken up residence in my purse at one point or another… Just call me Mary Poppins. Sheesh!)

Anyway…after walking around and around for half an hour I realized I could stay there another three hours and probably never make a decision.

So I finally decided to just get a new wallet and give the Gucci one a go.

Besides, I’m 30 now.

I’m way more grown up and organized and can totally handle a teeny tiny grown up purse, right?

Anyway…

I picked out this Jessica Simpson wallet and definitely feel like it was a good buy. It has two separate compartments. One for cards, and one for money. Lots of space and very functional. Win! And, it was 20% off. Double win!

New wallet

The rest of Saturday was a bit of a blur after that…

It was late afternoon, so we ran a few errands and came home!

Before long, it was time for dinner. I made a quick trip to pick up Buffalo Wild Wings for Will and Panera Bread for me. When I got home, it was time to watch the UFC fights!

I cannot believe I just said that, and I cannot believe that an exclamation point followed the statement.

We got sucked in a little last year when Fox showed some free fights, and then we ended up watching the Ultimate Fighter this season. The whole Rousey/Tate rivalry was really intense, so we knew we would probably end up watching their fight to see what happened.

The fights did not disappoint! Did I really just say that?

Sunday ended up being a church online day, for no good reason really. The rest of the day was equally lazy.

I usually do all my prep for the week and finish doing laundry and chores, but with the holidays my whole schedule has been thrown off! I didn’t do any food prep this week since we still have so much crap to get rid of, but I did manage to do some laundry and dishes. Will watched football while I got some of my posts ready for the week, and that was about it! Very exciting. smile

I did manage to get to the gym to hit back, biceps, and shoulders. Just like Saturday, my workout was super. I love being able to see my strength gains and really feel a difference in how my body responds.

Oh I do actually have exciting news! I did change out my purse today.

Check out how terrible the handles on mine were:

Time to throw this old hag bag away

Really!?! time to throw this old hag bag away

In my defense, the purse part was still in great shape.

I sound like such an addict.

The change out was really intense. I stood over the counter trying to determine what was going to make the cut and what wasn’t (and no, the whistle, Constitution, and umbrella did not make the cut. smile)

I can no longer tote my 27 lipsticks and glosses, but hey, I guess now that I’m old and mature I should be able to nail down a color each morning, bring that one and only one with me, and commit.

Duh.

new purse

For some reason, it looks blue but it’s not. It’s black.

And now back to work today…sort of. Half a day today, and then off Tuesday and Wednesday. The recent ice storm hurt our poor tree, so Will’s parents are coming up tonight to stay with us so the guys can do some surgery.

We’re going to Eischen’s tonight for dinner. It’s sort of famous in the OKC area for having amazing chicken. The only problem is that there’s only like 5 things on the menu…and none of them are healthy let alone vegan friendly. Awesome! I’m going to be a trooper and positive, but I have no idea what I’m going to do other than eating real food before and then maybe getting some okra when I’m there.

No real meals to share this week since we’re having company tonight and NYE and Day this week. I do, however, plan on keeping my food way cleaner and healthier than the last seven days. I have a freezer full of veggies that I am going to load on my plate throughout the week.

As for workouts, I did cardio today and will also do the following:

Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps & Cardio
Thursday: Off
Saturday: Legs & Cardio
Sunday: Back, Biceps, & Shoulders

Now for posts.

Here’s a look at what we’ll be chatting about this week!

-2013 in Review
-New Year’s Make a Change Workout
-Favorites
And more!

Check in this week! Hope you had a great last weekend of 2013!

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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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