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How The Grinch Restored Christmas

Happy Friday, y’all.  We made it.  It has been a looooong week.  Guess we were spoiled by the holiday last week, huh? This morning, I was up and at ’em early for a Chamber breakfast.  There is a program or speaker each month and for December, the Chamber always promotes the importance of supporting non-profit organizations, especially during this time of year.  Today, the program was How The Grinch Restored Christmas.  Organizations such as Golden Harvest Food Bank and The Salvation Army all participated in telling us a wonderful Christmas story.

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Stink, stank, stunk!

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This was one sexy Grinch.  All of the participants did a wonderful job and it was a great way to start a Friday.  They told such a sweet story and it’s true…we really do need to remember that non-profits need our support more than ever.  I’m a firm believer in charitable giving.  I also believe you have to do your research on the organization first!

Anyway, I thought I would share some really random facts with you today. There is absolutely nothing substantial to read here so feel free to stop reading.

This is what my hair looks like if I don’t straighten it.

Yummy.

Yummy.

Cats, 1.  Water bottle, 0.  We reached a record in our household, though.  The tree skirt stayed down for 3 whole days this year!  We are usually lucky to have it down for 30 minutes before they start their decoration destruction.  I felt like a winning mom when I put the water bottle down in front of the tree skirt this year.  I thought I had found a sure-fire solution to our decoration destruction problem.  You made it 3 days, cat mom.  Good job.

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My husband is a damn good cook.  He brought the Japanese to the house last night.  And by “brought,” I mean he actually made it.  Fresh veggies and all.  He even bought some Yum Yum Sauce.  You know, white sauce at the Japanese restaurant.  This could have been healthy…until I drowned it in Yum Yum.

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And this is my cool new trivet.  I ordered this from a coworker’s kid.  I actually think I purchased this with the intent of gifting it but I realized it’s super cool and I need it.  We really do need more than one trivet.  Especially with all that cooking I do…

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All the wine I drank in order to get these corks was well worth it.  See, start projects that need you to drink.  That’s the key…but drink responsibly.

Well, that’s a wrap for me today.  One of my very dear friends, Beth, gave birth to her second sweet baby girl this morning.  Emily weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and has a head full of curly dark hair.  I can’t wait to meet her after work today! Have a great Friday 🙂

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Gym Bag Tragedy.

I am usually super prepared when it comes to after work gym activities.  I pack a gym bag daily, even if I know I most likely won’t be able to make it.  Yesterday, I was scheduled to teach a Ripped Ride class at 6:30.  The owner of the gym sent me a text asking if I could also teach the 30 minute Spin class at 6.  I said sure, I definitely need the extra time on the bike, especially considering all the eating that is about to commence.  I went to change in the bathroom at work and dun dun dun!–NO PANTS.  I literally said out loud, “You gotta be shitting me.”  This would have been fine if I didn’t have to be at the gym until 6:30.  Considering it takes almost 50 minutes for me to get from work to the gym, I didn’t have time to go through town and grab pants from the house.  So, I did what every girl on a budget does and went to good ol’ TJ Maxx.  It’s right across from the office and it was a perfect excuse to buy new workout pants. Is there anything you seem to leave out of your gym bag often?  This isn’t the only time I’ve forgotten pants…

Okay, pants dilemma = solved.  Should have been smooth-sailing from there. Nope.  Not for me.  OF COURSE, I got stopped by a train.  It’s 5:41 and I have to be at the gym at 6:00.  Train was gone by 5:48.  I busted it and made it to the gym in 7 minutes.  I just hate it when that happens because I don’t want our clients to think I’m slack.  In any event, we had an awesome jam-up 30 minute class:

photo 3I had so much fun with Feel Again by OneRepublic.   I’m telling ya, you hear a great song, just Shazam it.  Then I don’t have to think so hard when I’m trying to remember the awesome song I heard on the radio and/or TV the other day. You’re welcome 🙂

Ripped Ride was next…I used some of the same songs as the first class but didn’t have any of the same clients.

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Va Va Voom was used with the resistance bands.

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Take Me Home Tonight, Bad Romance, and Get Lucky were also used with resistance bands on the bike.

Matt-made chili and a Full House marathon were just what I needed to end the night.  Tonight, we are eating with my Mom.  Tomorrow, we will be eating at my uncle’s for lunch and then Matt’s dad’s for dinner.  My dad and stepmom actually drove to Texas to see my youngest brother and his wife.  And I think Matt’s mom went camping…?  Anyway, I’m ready to eat and spend time with the fam. Hope y’all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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My favorite place on Earth…

Sanford Stadium is by far my favorite place on Earth.  I’ve traveled abroad, seen beautiful places, but Sanford Stadium is MY favorite place to be.  Matt and I, along with another couple, went to Athens Saturday to watch the Dawgs play Kentucky.  The only bad part = 7 pm game combined with cold temperatures.  I love night games…but not November night games.  The weather during the day was perfect.  Not too cold, not too hot.  We had a great time.  And of course, the Dawgs won.  Unfortunately, that sweet, good-looking Aaron Murray wasn’t able to finish his last home game as a UGA football player.  Actually, he wasn’t able to finish his last game of his college career at all due to tearing his ACL.  In any event…

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Yeah, it was COLD.

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The couple with us got engaged last week…YAY! (I definitely told them “may God be with you” 🙂

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Where is YOUR favorite place on Earth??  What makes it awesome??

The next day, Matt and I had lunch, went grocery shopping, and then I had a spin class to teach.  Here is the playlist I used:

photo 2 (2) photo 1 (2)Yes, as you can see, I do love Miley’s new album.  Despite what the critics say, I think this girl is a genius.  Yes, she needs to class it up a bit.  But as an artist, she has made some bold but beneficial decisions.  I mean, think about it, we are all still talking about what a tragic mess she is, right?!  My point exactly.  PS. Watch The Miley Movement if you haven’t already.  Might change your mind 🙂

I’ll be teaching a Ripped Ride class tonight, so I will have another playlist for you tomorrow with some new songs I am trying out.  I know we all have a busy week ahead of us with Thanksgiving in just a few days.  I’m looking forward to a lot of things later this week…lots of food and family time Wednesday & Thursday, Van Gogh & Vino session with my cousin Friday night (she convinced me that they CAN teach me how to paint), and our first annual Friendsgiving with Presley on Saturday.  This event also requires me to make a few dishes for our dinner–can I just bring the booze?!  🙂

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You can’t expect people to understand your eating habits…

This is a topic I’ve been wanting to discuss for a while now.  I was at Subway a few weeks ago.  There was someone ordering ahead of me.  She ordered 2 Veggie Delight sandwiches.  From the get-go, this girl had an attitude with the “sandwich artist.”  She acted very snooty and I was already wanting to punch this chick in the throat.  If there are 2 jobs everyone on this planet should work at least once in their life, it’s food service and retail.  And I’ve done both, so I always try to be as respectful as I can to those “serving” me, as long as they are respectful toward me.  Anyway, the sandwich artist asked the customer if she wanted the sandwiches toasted.  She replied yes, so the artist proceeded to put the sandwiches on the toasting tray.  Then all hell broke loose.  The customer was like “really?  did you really just do that?  I want to cancel my order please.”  I had no idea what this girl’s problem was.  She then explained to the sandwich artist that she ordered veggie delight sandwiches and “you just put them on the same tray used to toast sandwiches with meat…you cut my sandwich with the same knife used to cut sandwiches with meat…” and on and on and on.  

Once she started explaining all of this to the sandwich artist, I fully understood.  This girl is an all-out vegan.  Okay, that’s cool…but you are at SUBWAY.  You cannot expect everyone else to understand your specific dietary needs. Being vegan or vegetarian is not the norm so you can’t expect people to understand that they should use completely separate utensils or trays or whatever else.  I am totally down with vegans and veggie lovers…it’s just my opinion that you shouldn’t be so absurdly rude to someone making your sandwich because they don’t even understand what the word vegan entails.  Hell, I didn’t until I worked with someone that was vegan.  It blew my mind that she didn’t want honey in her tea.  Then I started asking all sorts of questions so that I could understand.  

Moral of my story…don’t get mad at your sandwich maker because they don’t understand your eating habits.  I understood where this girl was coming from but for her to talk in such a derogatory manner to the Subway worker for not understanding that she was a vegan was just uncalled for.  And it’s not like this girl made it known that she was a vegan.  I order veggie sandwiches all the time–but not because I’m vegan.  So I’m sure this employee just thought she was ordering a veggie sandwich–nothing else.  

What do you vegans and/or vegetarians think about this?  Have you ever had to explain to someone in a restaurant your specific needs?

 

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Guess Who’s Back? + Rock ‘n Roll Half Recap

Wow.  I haven’t published a blog post since my birthday–that was 11 days ago.  I do apologize.  You might not have noticed I was gone…that’s  okay too.  It has been a complete whirlwind in the life of Logan.  I had a great opportunity arise last week and I had to spend a lot of time preparing.  It may be an opportunity I have the pleasure of discussing in further detail–and it may not.  We shall see! (No, I’m not talking babies so we can all hop off that topic.)  I’ve also been teaching spin on Tuesday nights and I’ve spent a lot of time working on our Dancing with the Aiken Stars routine.  Two weeks and counting!!

This weekend, Matt and I packed up and headed to Savannah, GA with some friends.  Myself and Allison signed up for the Savannah Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon, while our friend Alicia signed up for the full marathon (mad props, dawg).

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Allison, Alicia, and Me

 

Here’s some footage of my first big race expo experience…

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I was quite mesmerized by this volcano…

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I’ve talked about this race a few times.  To be completely honest, my body was totally unprepared for this.  But since I knew what to expect mentally, I felt fine about the race.  I say that…but I could tell I was really anxious about it the day before.  I was kinda cranky and so “over it.”  Then, I found out that we had to be parked downtown by 5:30 am, which meant we had a 3:45 wake up time since we had to drive about 30 minutes to the destination.  I thought I was going to throw up.  Surprisingly (to myself and the girls), I woke up and was quite pleasant.  I was actually really excited to race again.  Hell, I hadn’t spend the time training so I wasn’t even bored with running!  I just kept wondering how my body would react…

I felt like I had been up for an entire work day by this point...

I felt like I had been up for an entire work day by this point…

This was such a FUN race.  Probably my favorite half.  I did, however, enjoy the after-race festivities of the Zooma half in January more.  It catered to women…enough said.  My body was fine until miles 7-8 hit.  I had actually predicted this–I knew I could push out a good 6-7 miles.  Miles 8-13 were really one of those light jog, walk-run type things. And I was perfectly fine with that!  My hips were telling me to cool it and I was just having fun.  Sure, the competitive side of me kept saying “push it,” but my hips started hurting so badly that I just couldn’t.  Thank goodness Mich Ultra ever so smartly placed this inflatable around mile 11–I needed the motivation!

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All in all, I really enjoyed this race.  I know I talk a lot of smack about running,but my racing days aren’t over.  They are for a while though.  I miss weight training and spinning–and I just don’t have the time in my schedule to fit ALL of those activities in.  So I’m getting back to my basics for a while.

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I was super grateful to have Matt and his buddy Chunky there to meet me at the finish line…it helps when you have cheerleaders waiting!!

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By the way, Allison PR’d at this race!! Way to go!!

After the race, we stuffed our faces and since we realized we had been up for basically 10 hours, we decided to take a much needed nap.  Then we got all dolled up and hit the town.  I absolutely love Savannah.  Oh, I also have to mention KT Tape here.  Allison uses it and decided to tape up my calves the night before the race since they tend to bother me a lot when I run…no matter how much I stretch.  Survey says?  Ding ding ding!  KT Tape is the way to go. My calves never once bothered me during the race!

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What’s the best/most fun race you have ever run (ran?–sorry, not a grammar goddess).  I feel good now…like I’m getting back to my blog game. Let’s hope I didn’t just jinx myself.  But hey, when things get busy and crazy, you have to make sacrifices.  With all that I had going on, blogging wasn’t a priority. And if that happens from time to time, it’s okay.  It isn’t how I make a living–I basically just want to tell you everything I do 🙂

PS.  I have a little request.  If you’re a person of faith, please please say some serious prayers for a coworker.  He’s a top executive at my company and had a heart attack almost 2 weeks ago.  He’s been in ICU since.  Apparently he went extended periods of time without oxygen to the brain.  You don’t stay in ICU for 2 weeks because of a heart attack and stint.  This is a man that looked like the almost-perfect image of healthy.  Early 60s, walked/ran 2-3 miles EVERY morning on his treadmill before work, and has never, let me repeat–never missed a day of work since the 70s.  Seriously.  It is breaking all of us to see this man not be himself–and we aren’t sure that he will ever return to that state again.  We all work very closely together…our “family” doesn’t seem complete right now.  So please, add this situation to your prayer list.  He needs it.

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Wait a minute…time to be thankful.

Okay, so after I published my post last night and got in bed, I started thinking…”geez Logan, did you seriously just rant over a PICTURE?”  A picture people, nothing life threatening.  I sat there and really griped about a picture…one that means absolutely nothing.  So what, I have an awkward face.  A friend of mine sent me 3 pictures last night in which I’m making awkward (but still somehow cute) faces.  It hit me that my awkward faces just show my fabulous personality 😉  I have so much to be thankful for…yet I went on a rampage about a picture.  Yes, it still slowly eats at my soul.  But I’ll get over it.  I come home to a wonderful husband every day, 2 cat children, and a home.  I wake up and go to a job that pays my bills.   I have the most incredible family that I could ever ask for…period.  Quirks and all.  I have amazing friends and an awesome gym family.   I don’t have a life-threatening illness, and neither does anyone close to me (that I know of).  I didn’t just lose a dad or husband in a middle-school shooting.  I woke up feeling so shallow.  I just wanted to send out a little blurb…we all need to remind ourselves that there are much bigger issues out there in the world than the ones we want to complain about.  Of course, from time to time, we forget that.  It’s okay.  We’re human.

Anyway…I hope y’all have an awesome Thursday.  I have a Business After Hours event (at the fair!) tonight and then dance practice.  Tomorrow, I get to rock my Miley digs and embarrass Matt.  I know he loves being married to this.

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A lazy week. Well, not really.

It’s been a lazy week in my workout world–but not everywhere else.  I’ve been slammed at work this week so I’ve been working late and through lunches.  I’ve also been pretty productive at the house (which usually gets pushed to the side). After work today, I finally found my Halloween costume…

photo 1 (6)Bet you can’t guess who I’m going to be…

Then I came home and Matt made us breakfast for dinner.  I’m talkin’ the whole nine yards…pancakes, eggs, bacon, and cheese crescents.  It was so nice to eat dinner by like 7:30.  I’m usually just getting home from work and the gym by that time.  Then I have to shower and cook (well, I don’t actually do the cooking).  And it ends up being 9 pm before we eat dinner.  Yes, I do feel completely worthless this week as far as my body goes.  But my mind feels good.  I feel rested. My house is in some kind of order.  I’m prepared for the weekend–meaning I got my friend’s baby shower gifts ready to go and even ironed my outfit.  Yes, I said ironed.  (Plus, I know we are going out Friday and I won’t want to do it Saturday morning before the shower = GENIUS.)

I also went through some giant Rubbermaid containers on the hunt for Christmas gifts I put away last year.  I tend to buy a lot of stuff on clearance right after Christmas for the next year.  Problem is, I forget about it.  Well looky at what I found…

photo 2 (5)Bath & Body Works overload!  I love when I find goodies like this.  I won’t need to buy soap for a year.  And I already have little gifts ready to go for girlfriends and coworkers.

Well, time for me to get some rest.  I’m contemplating getting up early for a run–but not in the dark…at the gym.  We shall see.  No pressure.  I’m so tired of pressuring myself.  Mental health is important too.  I find, however, that it’s a catch 22.  I feel good mentally that I got a lot of things scratched off the to-do list this week.  On the flip side, I feel like complete crap mentally because in the back of my mind, I’m obsessing over how I look…the food I’ve eaten, the lack of cardio.  Everything.  And to put the cherry on top, we had a photo shoot for the Dancing with the Aiken Stars last week. Well I look like a complete moron in the picture that the group wants to use.  Seriously.  Everyone else is smiling and I’m doing some weird caught-me-in-the-middle-of-a-sentence duck face.  What the hell.  It’s on Facebook too, which is super nice.  I try to laugh it off.  I even told the ring leader that I didn’t care–it was all about what the majority of the group wanted to use.  I’m trying to play that whole confidence card.  Part of me really doesn’t give a crap while the other part of me is completely embarrassed.

Okay, I actually feel better that I got to put that out there.  I’ve been wanting to complain about that picture but I WON’T.  Gotta play that confidence card.  Is that healthy though?  I’m good at being fake, basically.

 

 

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