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Mr. & Mrs. B-Love

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

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

Anyhow, hi! Where do I even start?!

Friday was hard.

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

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

Inside was this gorgeous (and huge!) purse:

Beautiful bag Kelli bought me

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

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

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

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

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

Going away cake

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

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

They got me a Vitamix, guys.

A Vitamix.

I can't believe they bought me a Vitamix!

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

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

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

So that was kind of hard to get though!

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

After lunch, I said goodbye.

Let’s leave it at that.

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

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

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

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Saturday was super busy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moving onto meals and posts for the week!

This week we are having:

-Black bean and potato burritos

-Asian peanut noodle salad (recipe coming soon)

-Carne asana nachos

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

As for posts, we will be talking about,

- Why I sometimes eat Thin Mints

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

-Thursday things

-A heart that’s full of emptiness

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

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

13 March 2014

Today is my tenth anniversary.

Will & Brittny saying their vows

Will & Brittny in the reception line

Will & Brittny showing Billy her ring

Mr. & Mrs. Loveless to the reception

Will & Brittny running for their car

The brevity of that statement hasn’t quite hit me.

When I look over the last decade of our life together, so many words come to mind.

Love, fun, blessings, regret, laughter, thanksgiving, tears, worry, peace… so many words. Yet, when I try to epitomize ten years of marriage, I have a hard time putting it all into words.

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Will & Brittny on her 22nd birthday

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champions!

Chilly Willy OU-OSU
The mr. & mrs. Getting ready to go

B&W at notre dame

Walking in the rain after the colts game

Who are these dressed up kids!?

It’s amazing how many emotions and experiences can fill up ten years.

Reflecting on a decade together is sort of hard to do.

There are so many days, weeks, and months that make up ten years with someone.

So many moments I’ve tucked away in my heart to cherish forever.

I still can’t believe that I get to be married to Will.

That he picked me out of everyone else.

Is this real life?

Yes, it is.

Will & Brittny laughing at the alter

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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!

The One Where We Served & I Looked at Old Pics (And a Look Ahead)

It’s Monday, but for me it sorta kinda feels like Friday.

It’s about to be crazy around here, ya’ll.

This week is going to be over before I know it!

But I’ll share more about all that later this week.

For now, let’s just share a few pictures and weekend highlights.

Saturday was busy. We spent the morning with our life group doing work for a member of the church. We all pooled our resources and were able to make a big dent in what needed to be done, which was pretty neat.

Here I am in work clothes. Actually, Will’s, work clothes. This is his Camp Virginia, Kuwait jacket.

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Oh hey- and there’s my memory verse at the bottom of the pic! smile

I had to leave early because I had a hair appointment. Yay for fresh hair and brows!

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We were both wiped out after the morning and treated ourselves to a nap!

And baked sweet potatoes.

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I also uploaded nearly one hundred old pictures this weekend too!

Who are these kids!? wink

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Will & Brittny at lunch after church-2003

It was a blast looking at all of them Saturday night.

Yesterday we got to go to breakfast with my parents and this cute baby. It was nice to see my parents, and I always love seeing Layla.

Breakfast with Lulu

Amidst everything else, we also made time to watch the Thunder lose. Bummer.

Luckily, Lucy was there to console Will. smile

Snuggles with Lucy

This is our anniversary week!

Will & Brittny Loveless(2)-13 March 2004

So between a busy and emotional work week, I’m also on the heels of a major marriage milestone.

With that in mind, this week’s posts are devoted to just that!

Before we talk posts, though, let’s talk food and workouts.

This week we’re having:

-Leftover baked potatoes w/ BBQ brisket for Will and tuna for me
-Salsa chicken (black beans for me)
-Citrus pork/tofu tacos

As for workouts, last week was crazy. I didn’t make it to the gym once!

I’m convulsing a little.

I did, however, still managed to get in some pretty darn good workouts despite only having two, 5 pound dumbbells and one ten pounder. I plan to share more about how to manage a great without with what you’ve got soon, too.

Because there are some changes looming for the B-Love family, I decided to make next week a recovery week. The timing couldn’t be more perfect.

With that on the horizon, I’m going to try to make this week a little bit more intense, hopefully only taking one rest day instead of my usual two days.

Here’s a look at what I plan on doing:

Monday- Kickboxing

Tuesday- Full body at home resistance workout

Wednesday-HIIT Cardio

Thursday-Off

Friday-Back, Biceps, Shoulders, Cardio

Saturday- Legs

Sunday- Chest, Triceps, Shoulders

As for posts, we’re going to have fun this week! Fun looking behind, and fun looking ahead too.

-Reflections on 10 years of marriage

-A rest-pause workout

-Will & Brittny celebrate a decade of marriage

-B-Love news revealed

So there you have it! Check in this week for lots of fun, and lots of old pictures. smile

More to come!

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

The One With Taxes & Look Ahead

Hi, hello!

Here we go again.

This weekend was incredibly boring and painful and can be summed up with the following: taxes, financial planning, and the like.

Thrilling.

Oh, on an exciting note (haha), Will bought some outlet covers that have lights on them. He’s pretty excited about them.

Will's covers

Aaaand, in the dark:

Will's covers

Me? Not so much.

Pick and choose your battles I say.

Oh, and we watched a lot of Olympics.

While sitting on the couch.

Eating peanut butter.

Fat.

Obviously, I’m not going to bore you with a recap.

Instead, I’ll share a few pics (with commentary haha) from the last few days.

The pups… and hideous slippers.

I hate that I love them.

But gosh darn it, they’re so warm.

Pups… And hideous slippers

Crazy hair
I love this crazy girl so much!

HELP ME.

HELP ME

Too late.

Too late

I knew better, but I did it anyway.

#Weak.

Will helped some too.

I disgust myself.

Getting ready for Valentine’s Day.

Pretty v-day nails

It’s Mexican food week at the B-Love house.

I have no idea why, but for some reason everything we’re eating this week is tied to good old Tex Mex inspired food. It all just sounded good. smile

-Meatless Monday (and Tuesday) is Oh She Glows Black Bean and Potato Burritos

-Wednesday & Thursday are shredded beef tacos for Will (and black bean for me)

-And Friday are How Sweet’s Carne Asada Nachos

Will absolutely loves those nachos, and even agrees to have them with baked scoops to help somewhat clean them up a little.

As for workouts, they sort of depend on the weather. We’re supposed to get snow tonight and part of tomorrow, so I think I’m going to keep my workouts at home the first part of the week, with weights at the end of the week.

Let’s talk posts!

This week we’ll be talking about:

-a healthy snack gone wrong

-when you might want to skip eating before the gym

-Thursday Things

-Valentine’s Day!

-and a weekend post

Check in tomorrow! Until then? Let’s conquer this Monday. Prayers you guys have a blessed day. <3

The One With The Nice Dinner & Look Ahead

Hi friends!

I hope you had a great weekend full of fun. Ours was great, and (as usual) it was hard to see it end.

Let’s jump right in!

I absolutely killed my workout Friday morning.

Killed. It.

Ever since I took that Les Mills class, I made a few tweaks to my current program. It’s funny, a few years ago I incorporated a lot of circuit training complete with cardio bursts, compound movements, and weights, however over the last couple years I got away from it and focused a little more on more traditional bodybuilding splits.

I felt like Friday’s workout took me back to those earlier years, and it was such an amazing change of pace. I totally crushed it, incorporating squats into my shoulder presses and even triceps pullovers. I was so sweaty and my heart rate was up the entire time. Such.a.good.workout. My arms felt like spaghetti most of Friday, and my quads are still a little sore today!

Thankfully the work day went fairly fast, and I was able to get home right on time.

We had plans to go out to a nice dinner with friends, so I wanted to be sure to have a little time to get ready before we left.

My 6 am foundation held up fairly well, thankfully, so I just powdered my face and added some darker eye makeup and lipstick.

Here’s a fun fact:

from January to August Will and I probably only take about 10 pictures together.

Will hates taking pictures, but he’s more open to them during football season, hence the chronicle of us at football games but hardly any others the rest of the year!

I did manage to snap this picture of us right before we left for dinner. Not ideal, but I at least captured the moment!

The mr. & mrs. Getting ready to go

We ate at Mahogany, a nice steakhouse here in OKC.

Although I’m eating some fish and eggs these days, I’m still primarily following a plant-based diet.

I’ve eaten there once since transitioning to a vegan diet. Last time I never bothered to ask about other options and just ordered one of their salads. It wasn’t all that substantial and left me hungry. This time, I called ahead to make sure I’d have an option. Way to plan ahead.

My dinner wasn’t healthy by any stretch, but it was yummy. Corn right off the cob, sautéed spinach with garlic, and delicious asparagus. Had we not been out with another couple, I would have snapped a picture. I also ate some of Will’s side, as well as some bread.

I was stuffed after dinner, but that didn’t stop either couple from ordering dessert. I typically don’t like to do that, but since we treated ourselves to such a nice restaurant, I went ahead and agreed to split a piece of chocolate cake with Will.

We were both so full, we didn’t even finish it.

Which means we were about to explode.

No one leaves chocolate cake on a plate.

I hate stuffing myself like that! I was miserable.

So full!

After dinner, we parted ways with our friends, I took off the layers of makeup, ate some Tums, and went to bed!

Surprisingly, I was up and raring to go at 6:30 Saturday morning. I sneaked out to let Will sleep, and hit the gym early.

My legs were sore from Friday, so instead of hitting them like I normally do, I worked my back and biceps.

After the gym, I came home and pounced on the bed to wake up Will and Lucy.

They loved it.

Not really.

The first order of business Saturday was getting a giant piece of glass atop our dining room table.

Here’s another fun fact. Will loves covering everything in glass.

Our coffee table, our TV stand, our desk… you get the point. I totally get it’s protective, but I’m not as much of a fan as he is. Nonetheless, some things are not worth arguing about, and this is one of those things!

We measured out where to put the felt pads, got them on, and put the glass on the table without any issues.

Glass

Afterward, Will got around and went to Billy Sims BBQ to order meat for our Super Bowl party, while I made a grocery list and got around for the day.

One of the ladies in our life group was having a one year anniversary party for her nutrition shop, so I made a little detour to go celebrate with her!

She had a good crowd when I went, so that made me happy. She made me a delicious protein shake, so that was a nice treat!

Yummy shake! Don't be jealous of my 98 Honda. <img src=">

Just the right thing to enjoy before going to the grocery store.

After shopping, Will helped me unload and then we were back in the car again!

We got my car washed and then headed to Sam’s to pick up a few things.

Sam’s kills us. Anytime we go, about 5 extra things make their way into our cart. Thankfully, we stayed on target.

Will came home with a Sam’s pizza, while I got Panera.

We ended the night watching UFC! I was happy to see Henderson win the fight. He seems to be a great Christian guy, and excellent at what he does!

Sunday went fast, and aside from church and working out it was lazy!

Can I please tell you guys how excited I am!? Will agreed to work out with me three times this week. His stipulation was that I keep the workout down to 25 minutes.

I think we both know that will be easy.  If you’ve taken a look at some of my circuits in the health & fitness category, you know you can get a full body blitz in no time.

In addition to chatting with Will, we caught up on shows, I prepped meals for the week, blogged and caught up on laundry.

The evening ended watching the Pro Bowl with Will and the pups.

Sunday snuggles

And here we are again, another Monday.

So let’s talk posts this week. Here’s a look at what we’ll be talking about this week:

-Super Bowl snack roundup

-Wrapping up the New Year New Challenge series

-Thursday Things

-Friday Favorites

That’s it for now!

Hope you had an excellent weekend.

Check in tomorrow! 

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

Friday Favorites, 17 Jan 14

Being able to laugh at myself.

Look what I sported at work all day Monday:

Fancy pants

Classy.

At least I took the time to get them dry cleaned, right?

Oh and hey- don’t be so judge-y. I realize it’s well after Labor Day. This is a winter white. Sheesh.

Smuckers Creamy Natural Peanut Butter

I think we all know peanut butter is not a new favorite for me. I have been pretty vocal about my addiction to love of peanut butter over the years.

Addiction?

I pretty much spent the better part of 2013 buying crunchy natural peanut butter.

Which is weird because, growing up we never had it in the house. It was creamy all the way.

And maybe that’s why I spent all of 2013 eating crunchy peanut butter? Flexing my 30-year-old muscles and independence?

I’m such a total rebel.

Anyway, I have no idea.

On a whim the other day I decided to go home.

Back to my roots.

Back to creamy.

image

Um, where have you been all my life?

Er, the last year of my life.

Anyway- totally fell in love all over again.

Les Mills GRIT

Um, what!? Have you ever done one of these workouts? I have heard about Les Mills for years now, but have never really looked into any of his programs or workouts.

I’ve always been partial to Shaun T’s at home workouts since Insanity and never stopped to think that maybe, just maybe in this entire world there might be another amazing trainer out there too. smile

Anyway, I gave one of the Les Mills strength classes a try and totally loved it!

I definitely have a better understanding why so many people are loyal to the program. I think I am going to try another one of his classes very soon.

This post about ways to show kindness on the spot

Spontaneity (well, sort of)

We bought a TV!

Tv. And a boz.

Or a TV box. wink

Pup included.

It’s been a purchase we’ve been talking about for awhile now, especially as we start to transition out furniture and finally work on Will’s man cave.

The plan is to use his room as our main hangout spot for watching TV. We will use our living room to house the new couches we plan to buy soon, and current TV, and be more for when guests are over.

Will did his research and found the one he wanted, but unfortunately Panasonic stopped making the model late last year and they were nowhere to be found. After several phone calls we were able to find one in Stillwater, Ok, the home of the OSU Cowboys. So, despite the fact we were headed to OSU territory smile, We made a super quick impromptu trip to their Best Buy on Wednesday night to get the TV.

Now?

Now we just need to clean up Will’s room and get it ready. It’s much like the office. As in driving me absolutely crazy. Which is NOT a Friday favorite!

What were some of your favorite things this 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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