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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 with the Garage Overhaul & Look Ahead

Oh.my.stars.

I’m not going to say I’m glad it’s Monday, however I will say I’m glad this past weekend is behind us.

Hopefully you did something exciting or restful so I can vicariously live through you.

In fact, please tell me what you did so I can vicariously live through you.

Our weekend?

Was spent overhauling our garage.

Plus it was humid and a 137 degrees outside.

Terrific.

Admittedly, the garage needed some serious work.

It was pretty junky.

However, with competing demands to fix up Will’s man cave and overhaul the office (which is still on the horizon), the garage was most certainly an afterthought.

Plus, we honestly had no need to.

Now, however, we have to squeeze three vehicles and a motorcycle into our cluttered space, and that was not going to work!

Sooo Saturday was spent completely taking our garage apart and refashioning it to fit the new situation.

Oh man. Talk about exhausting.

Here’s where we started.

Before

Total junk city.

Please don’t judge.

When we moved back from Kuwait, everything we owned was shipped in footlockers...which were then (mostly) unpacked (or repacked) and placed in our garage.

That meant the footlockers were the first place we started.

We pulled everything out, went through them, washed them, and placed them in our storage shed.

That took forever.

And sheesh those things were heavy. Most were (and still are) filled with lots and lots of hardback books.

The rest were filled with all sorts of random treasures. Haha

We had lots of people that slowly drove by our house. I can’t be sure, but I think they thought we were having a garage sale.

I have no idea why they’d think such a thing…

During

After everything was out, we started garage reassembly.

Did I mention it was a thousand degrees and humid? Check out Will’s shirt in this pic. That was pretty much how we both looked.

During

Glamorous.

My parents were very thoughtful and brought us big Sonic teas and checked in on our progress.

It was good to see them, and it was good to force myself to stop and drink!

Speaking of hydration, oh man. I was a drippy, sweaty mess Saturday and super dehydrated.

I’m a wilty flower not cut out for buggy, dirty, garage work.

We started at 12:45, finished a little after 9:00, sweat buckets, peed once (seriously- only once 😟), and skipped dinner.

But we finished.

Thank God.

And it looks pretty darn good!

After

The whole time I was aching and sweating everywhere all I could think about was pizza.

I told myself it would be my reward for all the hard work.

Pizza, breadsticks, and a brownie. A complete cheat meal trifecta.

However, after we both showered it was after 9:30 and Will was all, “My body is so achy and the heat had zapped my appetite. I couldn’t eat a thing.”

Seriously man!?

For some reason Will not wanting to eat a giant carb infested meal with me took the fun out of the whole experience. Instead I ate two brownies and called it good (but was bummed about the pizza, not gonna lie).

I was a little worried Will was going to be stiff as a board Sunday morning. He kind of overdid it and was hurting pretty bad.

We both hobbled to bed, all old and battered, and were down for the count.

We didn’t set alarms yesterday, and ended up sleeping until 9:30. We opted not to go to church and watched it online instead.

The rest of the day was spent prepping for the week ahead- laundry, cooking, and the like.

Bor-ing.

I did manage to take 15 minutes to see my parents and tan, so that was nice.

Definitely not a glamorous weekend, but one that needed to happen. It feels good to have it done, and I’m thankful it’s over!

Can I totally switch gears for a second and tell you how much my heart is hurting for our brothers and sisters and their children in Iraq right now?

Between all that’s been going on in my life here, I’ve been watching the news frequently for updates. Having lived in a country that neighbored them, I somehow continue to feel connected to that part of the world.

Let’s definitely remember to keep them in our prayers today and the rest of the week.

So now we embark on another week. I have some fun things lined up, and I hope you’ll check in!

Here’s a quick look at what’s ahead:

-Blog talk (and a laundry soap recipe!)
-Working out in the midst of transition
-Thursday Things
-Streams of Consciousness (um, and I haven’t written this one yet but I have a feeling it will be long, so break it into sessions or do what you have to do, but don’t miss out!)

That’s it! My long weekend of garage cleaning. Very exciting. smile

Check in tomorrow and have a good day! 

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!

Thursday Things : 17 July 2014

Okay, nerd alert.

During the dog days of summer, when all our usual shows are off until fall, Will and I fill our evenings with a variety of things.

Sometimes it’s house related stuff, other times we’ll go for a walk, and a lot of the time we will catch up on some of the box sets we own but haven’t watched.

If you don’t remember, box sets were pretty much our major mode of television while we were in Kuwait, so we have lots.

Will is a big fan of the Andy Griffith Show and bought the series soon before leaving Kuwait. 

Can we please just camp out for a second and laugh that Will loves that show?

I think it’s adorable, and I never quite understood why.

Because I’m a millennial, maybe?

Anyway, between the move home, the overwhelming options of cable TV, and life, we never watched it.

Sooo, guess what we’ve been ending our nights with lately?

Yep. An episode of The Andy Griffith Show.

You know what? I find it incredibly endearing and totally get why Will loves it.

I also think Andy is so darn charming, and I can’t get over how young Ron Howard was in the first season.

Will’s parents and grandparents are staying with us tomorrow and part of Saturday.

I think it’s safe to say you know what I’ll be doing on my day off tomorrow.

Creating the fake house.

Oddly enough, I’m way more relaxed about it this year than in times past.

Maybe because I’m over 30?

Because we’ve been married over 10 years now?

I have no idea.

Last time they both came I went total commando on the house.

Washing outside windows, cleaning stuff with toothbrushes, making Will clean crown molding.

What!?

This year I’m like, “Eh. The outside windows are fine.”

I’m still cleaning away tomorrow, but I think I’m making progress with my obsessive cleaning?

I’m making tiny goodie bags with bottled water, a few snacks, candy, Chapstick (yes, my homemade batch), and a thanks for staying note, too.

A little over the top?

Don’t answer that.

I find I’ve become a little crazier more hospitable at my old age. I used to stress so much about making everything perfect that I forgot to actually enjoy myself.

Now I’ve lightened up a smidge (but don’t ask Will or he will probably tell you it’s less than a smidge), I want to enjoy my time with company.

Who the heck am I!?

Alright, that’s all for now.

Any randomness you care to share?

Grandma’s Summery Salad

Let me introduce you to this week’s lunch.

Grandmas salad

If you can open a can, you are going to be awesome at making this recipe.

Yay, you!!

This recipe is a spinoff from something my grandma occasionally makes.

My grandma, God love her.

That woman is a mean cook. She makes everything from scratch and rarely opens a can to save her life. I pretty much want to die anytime I eat any of her food.

It’s a combination of food being ridiculously delicious…as well the fact that pretty much everything she makes starts with butter, bacon grease, or sugar.

My heart races as I type that. Hello sky high cholesterol! So yeah… I’m.dyingggg.

My tastes have definitely changed since those days (putting it nicely smile), yet I do still try enjoy her cooking- in moderation.

This recipe is great to share because it’s actually something I love and eat. Plus it doesn’t make me feel like junk afterward. Oh- and it actually involves cans.

Win!

I took a few liberties (but don’t tell grandma!) and personalized this for my own tastes. Mainly because I’m having this as my entire lunch all week. If you were serving it as a side with chips, you might not need it as hearty.

Who am I kidding- let’s do it up big anyway!

Okay, here’s what you need:

-2 cans, rinsed black beans

-1 can, rinsed chickpeas (or you can add another can of black beans if you’re not sold on the chickpeas… that was my addition, not grandmas wink )

-1 can, sweet corn

-4 tomatoes, chopped

-2 avocados, diced

-1 red onion, diced

-Juice of 1 lime

-cilantro

-salt, pepper, & cumin

Here’s what you do (Careful! These instructions are really hard to follow.)

Place everything but the spices, and cilantro in a bowl and give them a good mix. Season with spices to your preferred taste. Top with cilantro, and serve!

Grandmas salad

Oh, and if you’re not going to eat this immediately, I would skip adding the avocado until right before you serve to prevent them from browning.

Grandmas salad

I made mine for the whole week and am adding the avocado to each day the morning I plan to have it for lunch.

The nutrition facts look good too. Rinsing the beans helps with the sodium, though it’s not actually reflected in the facts.

This recipe makes six servings at about 1 3/4 cups per serving.

Facts

This dish packs a punch of protein, fiber, and healthy fat that will keep you balanced and energized for the afternoon ahead.

So three cheers for grandma and her satisfying summer salad. smile

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

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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…

Flash Cards for Old Ladies

So I’m going to let you guys in on a little something.

I’ve been trying to memorize more scripture. I find it incredibly powerful and helpful in facing circumstances that come my way. I also love being able to pray scripture, too.

But truth be known?

I’m having a hard time.

Aaaand as I’ve mentioned a million times, I also have a hard time being still.

So naturally, I have like 200 verses I want to memorize this month.

Easy breezy.

But let’s be real. It’s no good for me to want to memorize scripture and then get overwhelmed trying to memorize a million verses all at once.

So I implemented a plan and wanted to share it with you!

Each week I am going to post a scripture note card that you can print, cut, and place wherever you’ll see it.

Just like flashcard when we were kids.

Only less annoying and something we want to do instead of have to do.

My plan is to put the flashcard at front of my calendar at work so I see it each and every day and can’t help by to commit it to memory.

At the end of the week, I’m going to punch a hole in the top left corner and place it on a key ring.

Ah- you see where this is going?

What good is it if I memorize it and never look at it again, right?

Anyway, I’m going to do that each and every week, also taking time once a week to review past cards. The goal will be for me to memorize one verse a week for the rest of the year, while rounding up a pretty key ring full of memory verses to keep my memory fresh.

I realize this is my goal and not yours, but I figured I would throw it out there for any of you that struggle with an old lady memory like I do.

Plus, a little meditation on positive thoughts can go a long way into changing an outlook.

Feel free to join along and memorize these verses with me. I can assure you it will not be something you will ever regret, and will likely leave you feeling uplifted. Sounds like a winner to me. smile

Verses

So here’s what you need:

Index cards
Glue
Hole Punch
Key ring

Here’s what you do:

Print out the verse for each week. Cut it out, and glue it to an index card.

Verses


Memorize the verse. smile

At the end of the week, punch a hole in the card and place it on a key ring.

Repeat each week. smile

Enough chattering, here’s this week’s verse:

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Let’s get to it! <3

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)

The One With Sticky Paws & Look Ahead

I don’t want to start this post bragging, but I’m off today guys.

Remember how I said I want to manage my pie better?

Will has today off, so I went ahead and requested it off, too.

Wonderful decision.

I was so happy last night knowing I wouldn’t have to go into work today.

Oh, and sorry!

I’m being rude!

How was your weekend? Tell me about it!

Our weekend was nice, and it’s even better since it’s not over!

Friday night started with bloodcurdling shrieks from the garage.

Long story short, Will was out there and I left the door into the garage cracked and didn’t think much of it.

After while, he came inside and we about our normal business. About 10 minutes later, we began to hear constant ear piercing barks.

We immediately sprang into action, trying to account for the pups.

Boz was inside, but Lucy was nowhere to be found.

We quickly realized she was in the garage.

She was in the dark and going absolutely bananas, guys.

Her barks were so frantic and high pitched and stressed.

When we flipped on the light, we saw she was stuck to a glue trap!

Ugh, oh Lucy.

She was completely panicking trying to get it off, and we were obviously freaking out too because we could tell she was in pain.

Will immediately grabbed her and tried to keep her still.

Boz and Lucy both have joint problems (comes with the Maltese breed) and we were fearful of her little knees coming out of socket (they have, and it’s no fun).

While he held her, I got scissors and hurriedly went to hacking away.

Oh friends, the things you do for those you love. You wouldn’t believe the things on that glue trap.

I don’t do bugs.

Seriously- I do not do them.

And mice?

Don’t even go there.

Not only were there dead crickets and spiders completely adhered to that thing, but girls, oh girls, there was a dead baby mouse there too!

And as I wildly tried to cut part of the trap away from my poor Lucy’s paw, my hands were all over all those things.

Ugh.

Real life. Actually happened

Totally shuddering now just thinking about it.

We got the bulk cut away and were able to then gently pry her loose without any chemicals.

She was a mess, ya’ll.

She finally calmed down enough for us to clean her up and wipe her poor, sticky sore paws.

Wild Friday night at the B-Love house.

Understandably, she was wiped out after all that excitement.

Wiped out after her "exciting" day

Um, I don’t even remember what we did after that. Haha

When I think back to Friday, all I can hear is Lucy shrieking so loud my ears nearly bled, and all I can see is that dang buggy glue trap.

Saturday was pretty typical. Will went to work, and I worked out.

My legs are sore! I changed up my routine a bit (hello lunges!), and really tried to focus on my muscle contractions. I changed my tempo a bit, it made a huge difference, and I had a great workout!

I did a little cleaning, got around for the day, and headed to the grocery store.

Will was home when I got back, so we unloaded together and caught up on a couple shows.

We decided to catch a matinee, so we headed to the theatre to see Lone Survivor.

Such a good movie. So real, and so moving. I am always so thankful for our military, and this movie was another reminder of just how much our service men and women sacrifice.

After our movie, we came home and I did some food prep and we caught up on some of our shows.

Prep

We only had about 5% free space on our DVR, so we were able to clear off a few hours. We both ended up falling asleep on the couch in the midst of a CSI episode.

We’re so old.

Yesterday we were slackers and didn’t go to church. Fail. We slept in past 8, and it felt so good. We got a few things done around the house, and I headed to the gym for a quick workout.

It was so busy!

I hate busy.

I spotted a girl I’d never seen before totally killing shoulder presses with 40 pound dumbbells.

“What a stud,” I thought to myself.

I can’t seem to break 35. I can get 6-7 off with 35, and I know I could do 40 if I had a spotter, but there’s no one at the gym I’d ever really feel comfortable asking to help.

I went over and gave her props and told her I totally hope to do the same. We chatted a bit and I think we’re going to try to work out together in the next couple weeks!

I’m sort of nervous/excited about it. I’ve rarely lifted with other people.

It always seems awkward and weird, like do we do the same sets at the same time? Alternate? Stand and watch while the other does a set?

You see what I mean?

Probably not. I’m just crazy.

After my workout, Will and I took a quick trip to wash his beloved car.

Have I ever told you guys about our 3rd car?

Oh geez. I won’t today, but it’s Will’s “baby.” It’s sort of sentimental for both of us. We had it before we even got married.

And the sleazy car salesman was totally fine with me cosigning for the car as Brittny “B-Love” (Will’s last name) despite the fact we weren’t even married. Haha

Good times.

Anyway, after we washed the car, it was football time!

My dad came over to watch the game, while I went over to see my mom, sister, and Layla.

P and Layla were napping when I got there, so I got to chat with my mom about recipes, cooking and getting stuff done in the evenings. I enjoy hearing what others do for dinners.  I always walk away with tips and ideas for my own dinners!

Layla woke, and I had fun playing makeup and cooking, and blocks. She just gets cuter.

After the Bronco’s game, I came home and made dinner. I made Will some super delicious football food for the 49ers game:

Football fare

Looks pretty. I also made some brownies. I wish I could tell you I didn’t sample any, but yeah, I totally did. They were delicious.

Today is all about relaxing and spending time together. I got a good workout in, and now I’m ready to tackle the day.

Here’s a look at what I’ll be sharing this week:

-A one minute dessert (it’s true!)
-New Year, New Challenge WIOW

-January Ipsy Review

-And how I’m a total broken record

Check in tomorrow for more fun. Now I’m off to enjoy my day! <3

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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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