Monday, October 24, 2011

I survived 13.1

I did you guys. I completed my first 1/2 marathon. I'll do a full recap once I get all the pictures uploaded, but I made it. And here is the teeny tiny picture proof. Without my medal. Because they ran out. WTF. It should be mailed out soon but dang, I WANTED THAT MEDAL!!!

Thank you to everyone who supported me not only on that day but throughout my training. I couldn't have done it without your encouragement:)
Sunday, October 23, 2011

Odds and Ends

By the time this post goes live I will have completed my first half marathon. Which is both terrifying and exciting at the same time.

I have lots of random things to share from the past week or so so let's get to it.

Chobani Pomegranate Greek Yogurt. I love it, but sometimes the yogurt will have no seeds and other times it has like 30. What's up with that?
This little guy. He sat down and looked through my Glamour magazine the other day. Maybe he was pointing out what daddy should get me for Christmas.

Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. I tried it and have to say I didn't love it. I think I'm finally at peace with admitting I don't really like hot chocolate. Even if it is mixed with caramel and topped with whip cream. 

Blogger Etiquette. Excuse me while I step up on my soap box for a minute. The other day I was reading a blog of someone I know in real life, but we aren't really friends. I noticed she had left her address on an invitation she made and when she posted the invitation her address could be seen. Normally she blurs things like this out so I sent her an FYI message about it on Facebook. Instead of being grateful or at least kind, her response was I am aware...and then went on further in a pretty rude tone. How about a little blogger love for watching out for one another? 

Mimosas. Sometime you just need a mimosa in the middle of the week. At 8:00pm. 

Caramel Apples. I made some apples using the pre-made sheets of caramel you can buy at the store and they were the biggest disappointment. Next time I'll try making them the old fashioned way.

Look for a recap of my first 1/2 marathon tomorrow!!!
Friday, October 21, 2011


Not the food, but rather this cat. 

We first met Snickers at the beginning of Summer when it came to our house looking for food. The cat was so skinny and had the sweetest little meow that we felt so sorry for it and fed it. As we were feeding it we noticed the neighbors up the road walking towards us. They introduced us to Snickers and told us they also fed the cat, whose owners sadly left him/her to fend for itself. We're still not sure whether Snickers is a boy or girl so we randomly refer to it as both.

Snickers seems to like us more than the neighbors because she promptly waits for us to come home every night so she can eat. And since we don't have a cat and had no cat food on hand, J went out and bought a big ole bag of it.

Every night Ben comes home and waits anxiously to see if the cat is there. Although he would love to hug and squeeze it, we're not sure what vaccines he's had or what other little bugs might be living in that fur so Ben just watches from a distance and talks to the cat about his day before it leaves to roam the neighborhood.

That was until yesterday. When it was 40 degrees and J felt bad that it was so cold and built Snickers this little house out of a Rubbermaid bin complete with a carpet square on the bottom. When I went to the gym at 5 this morning guess who was asleep in her home? 

You might be wondering why we don't just take Snickers to the vet, get her all cleaned up, and bring her inside. I had cats once and ever since then I start to sneeze and sniffle if I'm around them too much or pet them. We also don't want to take her to the Human Society because ours is really over crowded and being an older cat her chances of adoption aren't great. I don't even want to think about what would happen if she didn't find a home. We may take her eventually in the future, but right now she seems to be content.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Life Update

Where to even start? I think from now until Christmas our lives are booked solid.

Last Thursday, I headed to St. Louis for work with two other coworkers. We stayed at the Drury Inn and it was amazing. The customer service was phenomenal, you get free food and booze, and did I mention the people were just so darn nice?!?

Dinner at the Cheesecake factory. 

And cheesecake to go which I ate in the hotel bed in my pajamas. You'll be happy to know we all woke up early the next morning and worked off those calories in the hotel gym.

After wrapping up work  I headed home to celebrate the upcoming arrival of my best friend's baby. Her church threw a beautiful shower and I'm excited to throw her a friend's shower in a couple of weeks.

I made her a basket filled with the cutest little pair of shoes and socks along with some other random goodies. 

What's keeping you all busy these days?
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I'm a Pinterest Fool

Creating a Pinterest account has been one of the best and worst decisions of my life. So many great ideas, so little time to do them all. 

Last weekend I managed to complete two things I've had pinned forever.

First up Lemon Burst Cookies. Now I'm normally not a fan of lemon foods. I love the smell, great for soap, but in my food, not so much. However, after the magic that was Funfetti cookies, I thought I'd give these a try.

1. The batter
Ya'll. This is even better than the actual cookies themselves. It wasn't a coincidence that I made these while J wasn't home. True love may be a lot of things, but it doesn't need to be your man watching you lick a mixing bowl clean.

2. Roll 
I'll admit. I was skeptical. I thought, why don't I just dust the tops with powered sugar? Roll people, roll. Trust the creator of this recipe.

3. The finished product

If nothing else, they were pretty. They weren't bad and they were very light and fluffy, but I'd personally rather not waste the calories. I ended up taking the extras to work and they were all gone by lunchtime so apparently others loved them.

My second Pinterest activity was a moss and burlap wreath. Instead of a grape vine wreath I used a foam wreath from Michaels.

You'll also need a bag of moss and I got mine from Walmart. The moss at Michaels was a very small bag and  almost $4. I got this large one from Walmart for $2.50 and I used only 1/2 the bag. I went to Walmart to buy burlap but was told they were out. The sweet manager told me they had used a lot of it for decorations around the store and then she found a foot of it they were using for a mum display and since it was "used" she gave it all to me a dollar!

The finished product. I'm pretty proud of myself.
Monday, October 10, 2011

A Weekend of Festivals

As the title suggests, we spent the majority of our weekend partaking in my favorite fall activity, festivals! I love fall almost as much as I love Christmas. Almost. Candy corn, colored leaves, pumpkins and cooler weather. What's not to love?

The festivals began Friday night at the Cougar Fun Fest which is held at a local elementary school which just happens to be the elementary school I attended. They have games, food, and the Great Pumpkin Drop and besides being lots of fun, it's also a fundraiser for the school's PTA.

The Great Pumpkin Toss

Saturday was spent hanging out around the house and then Sunday we headed to Hartsburg, MO for their annual Pumpkin Festival. We've gone every year since Ben was born and each year he is able to do more and more. 

This year Ben particularly liked the homemade potato chips.

And he completed the kiddie corn maze all by himself.

He also picked out his little pumpkin which he told us he would like to paint purple. 

Years Past 


Friday, October 7, 2011

Birthday Weekend

I got lucky enough to celebrate my 26th birthday all weekend long. Saturday was my actual birthday and we went to lunch with J's family at a local Mexican restaurant. We also celebrated J's brother's birthday since his is a few days after mine. 

Ben went home with his grandparents so J and I  celebrated that night at our favorite steak place and then grabbed drinks with some friends after.

J got me this Cannon Powershot and it's very similar to our big Cannon DSLR camera, but small enough it fits in my pocket. 
On Sunday we went to dinner with my parents, sister, and her family and we also celebrated my other brother in-law's birthday since his was a few days before mine.

What I Wore

Before we left for lunch J changed my flat tire which happened on the way home the night before. What would I do without him?

I had a great birthday and was definitely spoiled. And just when I thought the fun was over, my lovely co-workers gave me a sweet card on Monday along with a delicious fruit pizza.

Thank you to everyone for all the birthday wishes and a wonderful birthday!