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Grandma Brittny

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

The One Where the Tree Stayed Up & Look Ahead

Aaand, now we’re back to the totally predictable Monday updates.

I bet I don’t even need to give you guys one, right? In fact, I bet you could probably write these for me!.

But since we’re here, why mess with tradition?

Weekend update it is.

Friday was pretty boring. We had a late night Thursday because of the OU Sugar Bowl victory (and I’m still pretty pumped about it), which naturally meant we oldies were tired all day Friday.

That meant an early night! Seriously- a really early one. Like before 9.

I’m so old.

Saturday came early, since Will put in a few hours. That usually means I hit the gym and clean the house before he gets home. However, this week was a little unique compared to most (and I plan on sharing sometime soon), so no workout that day.

I actually ended up going back to sleep all the way until 8! It felt really good. I was pretty wiped and needed the rest.

I got up and managed to vacuum, dust a couple things, and get a load of laundry started.

Afterward, I got around and headed to the salon to get my hair done.

I love these days, aside from the time it takes. I prefer to go on a weeknight, but my stylist is having a baby this week so I was glad she could fit me in!

Same color as last time, a little on the darker side compared to the blonde-blonde I sported most of last year. It felt so good to get fresh brows, too! They needed a wax.

Red just waxed eyebrows and all.

New hair

By the time I got done, I was well into my Saturday.

I came home and watched the Army All American Game to see if OU picked up any recruits. There was one kid in particular they wanted (as well as 50 other schools!), so Will was glued to the TV.

I think we were both pretty surprised when he put on an OU hat! So exciting for the program. Between that and the Sugar Bowl, it was a good week to be an OU fan. smile

Afterward, we went straight into the Colts playoff game, which was a bit of a nail-biter! So glad they squeaked by.

After the Colts, it was the Eagles and Saints. Saturday should just be labeled, “Football Saturday.” Because really, that’s pretty much all we did. I managed to get a little multitasking accomplished and posted on Saturday too. What?

I know, right?

What I didn’t do, however was this:

Defluffed, but still out. Good thing I decided not to stop procrastinating in the new year

Pathetic.

Good thing I decided not to stop procrastinating in the new year.

As you can see, I did manage to de-fluff and get it ready for dismantlement.

But that was it.

One more week is okay, right?

Don’t answer that.

We woke up to a light dusting of snow yesterday!

Snow! And dogs

Because of the late football game, we missed Saturday night church, which meant Sunday instead.

We made a quick trip downtown, placed a deposit down on the couch we want to reserve it when it finally comes in, and had lunch at Ted’s.

Pretty productive I’d say, despite the whole leaving the tree up part, of course. 

The rest of Sunday was devoted to prepping meals, laundry, and blogging.

We’re very exciting.

Meals this week are finally totally back to normal now that we’re past New Year’s week.

This week we’re having:

-Eggplant parmigan

-Jambalaya

-Chicken fried rice (we have that a lot around here. smile)

Workouts are the same as usual, and it feels good to hit all the muscle groups this week!

-Monday-Off

-Tuesday- Boot camp cardio

-Wednesday- One of my at-home workouts

-Thursday- Off

-Friday- Back, Biceps, Shoulder Abs

-Saturday- Legs & Abs

-Sunday- Chest, triceps, shoulders

And posts? I didn’t forget about those.

This week we’ll be talking about

-Sweet treats

-Getting out of our fitness comfort zones in the New Year

-Managing our pies

and more!

So check in tomorrow. Until then? Let’s tackle this first week we have without a holiday.

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!

Christmas Recap

I realize I have inundated you with Christmas memories, pictures, and stuff ALL WEEK LONG, and I am here to tell you today is no different.

I’m sorry, I’m sorry!

Please indulge me just one last time this year so I can make sure to recap some of the highlights.

This was my 12th Christmas with Will and, well, they all sort of blur together after awhile, so it is important to recap!

Alright, here are some of the highlights over our extended weekend.

Will won second place in his Fantasy Football league, which means prize money!

We saw the Hunger Games on “Christmas Eve Eve.” We also bought a sixth dining room chair that will probably end up in the office.

New chairs!

It’s just nice to have it if we need it, and the fabric patterns change so much we figured we better buy it while we still could. Merry Christmas to us!

Afterward, we had a nice dinner at The Cheesecake Factory with my family.

Cheesecake Factory!

Christmas Eve brought more time with my family.

We went over mid-morning and exchanged gifts. This year we decided to focus more on stockings, which ended up being so much fun! Will and I made out very well.

My sister and I unknowingly got each other very complimentary gifts, too! Since I am a vegan “hippie,” as she likes to tease, she got me a variety of cool tooth powders homemade on Etsy. It’s something I’ve been curious about, but would probably have never tried it myself. They’re surprisingly great! I might have to do a review sometime soon.

I got her a gift card so she could get stuff for the house, and then these super wonderful ultra-strength teeth whitening trays I bought from my dentist! THEY ARE SO GREAT. I had a four extra, so Will is going to use two, and I will have two. I am definitely going to post about these soon.

We got my mom a Keurig, she loved it.

Keurig!

Layla was very distracted by all the gifts and didn’t open all of them until days later, which I think drove her mom crazy. smile

Christmas Eve

They held a purse intervention for me. Mine is, um, hideous, embarrassing, and about to fall apart, slightly worn so my mom and sister picked out a new one for me. Yeah, I should probably act 30 now, right?


We ate.

A ton.

Such a good day!

Christmas Day was nice too!

Most of the time, Will and I spend our Christmas money on a collective item. For example, we got our dining room chair, we need a new mower (thrilling haha), and are also looking to upgrade our “fleet” this coming year (ie buy a new car). We also want this couch super badly. How beautiful, right?

So, that’s what we have our eye on as a slightly belated Christmas gift to each other.

We spent the day with Will’s family, which started off with a big brunch full of deliciousness.

Afterward, we exchanged gifts. Will’s grandparents always get all the grand kids stockings, but this year there were NO fuzzy socks!

I almost cried.

Thankfully, my mom had me covered and got me some the day before.

I’m such a grandma.

We chatted and had a wonderful time, and before we knew it , it was time to head home.

The night was full of putting stuff away and getting ready for work the next day. What a drag, right?

Nonetheless, my five days off were wonderful. Absolutely wonderful, and just what I needed.

I hope you guys had a great Christmas too! Enough of my boring recaps… well except Monday which is usually a recap… but hey- that’s standard. smile Enough of these EXTRA recaps.

More to come.

Christmas 2013! The tree

Thursday Things

1. So during the winter, I have this crazy love with what I call “grandma socks.”

I’m sure you’ve seen them. They’re the big, fluffy, ugly looking socks that girls that have no life (ie: me) stay home in.

Or if you’re feeling daring like me, you go out in them too.

I disgust myself.

Anyway they’re splendid, and I love them.

And I don’t care what you say.

Once you cross over to the fluffy sock side, there’s no going back during cold weather season.

Will’s grandma gives all the grandkids stockings every year full of cute little things, and every year the girls get colorful, fluffy stocks.

The first year I got them I laughed and though, “Yeah right! Like I’m going to wear these things.”

I said that sarcastically.

Because I was sooooo cool.

Now, I say it with heartfelt joy. “Yeah! I’m so going to wear these things!”

It’s amazing what turning 30 does to you.

Granny

2. The pressure is mounting to finalize Christmas shopping.

I already told Will under no circumstances will be visiting any mall at all during this year’s Christmas shopping extravaganza.

No way, no how.

We went to Bath & Body Works for Will’s grandma last year, and I think I aged five years. It was hot, crammed, loud, smelly, and full of grumpy Grinches.

I can’t afford to age almost a decade in two years, ya’ll.

No mall!

3. Speaking of Christmas shopping stress, do any of you guys feel “happy stress” about cooking for all these shindigs, too?

We have our Life Group Christmas party coming up, and I want to find the perfect (but healthy) recipe to bring. Plus, I want to make a few gift sacks of yummy snacks for people at work.

Googling recipes is overwhelming. There’s about a million of delicious Christmas recipes I want to make.  I might as well just hole up in the kitchen for the next seven years.

4. Buuuut- despite feeling overwhelmed about recipes and shopping, this gal has her tree up.

Yep, it’s true!

Check out this beauty.

And it didn’t kill us in the process.

Tree!

Standing tall

Beautiful

Decorated

Beautiful

Lit up!

I think it needs some gold tulle, but other than that- done!

Hopefully takedown will be just as successful.

5.Those cookies I made Will last weekend?

They’re killing me.

Pretty crowned cookies. Snow storm nesting.

They’re so darn cure and bite sized. What was I thinking!?

That’s it for today dears! Friday favorites tomorrow! 

One with Sleet & A Look Ahead

Happy Thanksgiving week!

It’s Monday, yet it feels like Wednesday since it’s a short week. I can’t dread the day like I usually do, right?

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. This past weekend was our first frigid one of the season, and I did very little.

Very.

It was a lazy weekend in, complete with cold weather and snow. Pretty great if you ask me!

It started to get icy Friday afternoon, so Friday night was pretty low key, with the exception of a quick trip to Walmart to grocery shop… alongside everyone else in the great state of Oklahoma.

Not only was it payday weekend and the Friday before Thanksgiving, but the weather promised to get worse this weekend.

Which means everyone in Oklahoma completely freaks out and buys enough to feed an army for two weeks.

Fun times.

I’m not a Black Friday shopper, but I imagine my trip to Walmart Friday night was eerily similar.

Will and I stayed in and caught up on some of our shows.

And even stayed up past 10:00!

It got crazy round here, ya’ll.

Saturday was not much different.

I actually slept in (you know, since I stayed up so late haha) and hit the gym later than usual.

I missed my chest and triceps day and wanted to incorporate them into my leg day I figured it wouldn’t be all that of an effective workout day, but turns out it was a great one!

Just making a few changes to my program by throwing in triceps and chest during my cardio and legs made a big difference and torched a ton of calories since I was constantly moving. Definitely a fun workout.

Afterward, I came home, showered, made Will a chocolate peanut butter pie,

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and watched the OU-Kansas State game!

It was nice to see the boys bring home a victory.

We didn’t have much time after the game, and I can’t even recall what we did with that time!

We ended up making a quick trip to Buffalo Wild Wings for Will and Panera Bread for me to grab a quick dinner while we watched the Baylor-OSU game.

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I really thought the Bears were going to win this one, so I was pretty surprised.

After that game, the OU basketball team was playing Michigan State (who’s ranked #1 right now), so we flipped over to that. It was a good game for awhile, but eventually Michigan State pulled away.

We even caught up on a couple shows after that, which means bedtime was near midnight.

Who are these wild and crazy kids!?

We slept in until 8 and woke to sleet!

South Oklahoma got pelted with snow, but we didn’t get too much, but did have some ice on the roads. We ended up watching church online and staying in for the day. I did some stuff around the house and then visited my family for a little baking!

We had a good time, and made something I’ll be sharing tomorrow.

Last night was spent getting ready for the week ahead and spending time with Will.

This is going to be the first Thanksgiving Will and I have ever spent apart, and my heart already aches. We sat on the couch and watched more football and just hung out together.

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Dinners this week are pretty boring.

I made a big pot of vegetarian chili Saturday, so we’ll have leftovers Monday and Tuesday.

And I fear I’ll be having it for lunch until the day I die. smile

Wednesday I’m going to make Will this buffalo chicken dip that I keep hearing about.

Remember how I hate travelling and being away from Will and it makes me justify cooking him unhealthy food?

Yeah, that’s what this is.

I will be having a sweet potato with tofu.

As for workouts, this week is going to be a little trickier than normal, which is all the more reason to plan ahead.

No workout today, but I plan on hitting the gym Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

Thursday my family and I will be on the road, so no workout that day. I plan on doing one of my at-home workouts (like my cold weather workouts I’ve been sharing!) on Friday and possibly Saturday, and then off again on Sunday as we head home.

Truth be told, I’m happy about the time off and getting to see family (especially my grandma since she is in such poor healthy), but I’m also sad this week since Will and I will be apart. I am focusing on being thankful this week and mindful of all my blessings, and hopefully you are too.

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

-Fall Favorites: Why sometimes you just shouldn’t mess with a good thing
-Another Cold Weather Workout
-Happy Thanksgiving!
-And more!

Check in this week for fun, and let’s make it a good week!

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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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