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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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The Things You See at the Fair…

Get ready for picture overload, y’all.  I’ll try to keep the commentary to a minimum (but I’m not making any promises).  After my friend Beth’s baby shower brunch yesterday morning, Matt and I decided to hit up a local fair.  But first, check out this hot mama…

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Hey girl, heeyyyyy

photo 1 (7)Now, about the fair.  We had the BEST time.  I have noticed lately that Matt and I haven’t been doing things alone much.  There was a time when we did everything alone and didn’t socialize much.  Now I feel like we are socializing a little too much, if there is such a thing.  I miss our one-on-one date time.  Any other wives/fiances/girlfriends/husband/boyfriends out there that feel the same way?  Anyway, we had such a great day.  The weather was perfect.  As soon as we walked in the gate (which one of us got in for free!–thanks to the nice parking lot guy), we hit up the first food station we saw.

photo 3 (4)It was glorious.  Look at those beautiful colors.  Matt got an enormous corn dog (but we couldn’t handle all the batter) and I got a chicken on a stick basket.  As we sat there eating, I noticed a girl taking a break from whatever carni job she was doing.  I also noticed that fact that she was taking a selfie of not her face…but a tattoo on her BOOB.  I’m talking it was OUT there.  I almost saw the whole thing.  As a side note, my favorite quote of the day, “I can’t wait for the livestock exhibit afert we eat all this.”  After we recovered from all of that, we just started walking and people watching.  After we made one loop around, we decided we weren’t ready to end our date just yet.  So we took another loop and I am so glad we did–we made it just in time for the best animal show I’ve ever seen.  I was like a kid on Christmas morning.

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I can’t wait to post this on a Wednesday…

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Mini horses…now I want one.

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Yep, that tiger is jumping through fire. You go boy.

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I’m also glad we took another loop around because the livestock exhibit had opened.  It was closed our first time around.  I found the cow I want.  She seems cute.  Reminds me of my cat…don’t ask.

photo 3 (5)We also saw a brand new baby…this mama was cleaning up her calf that was born at 4:30 yesterday morning.  The guys running the show said it was very rare to witness this!

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Yesterday was seriously just one of my favorite days with Matt.  We are going to have to remember to do things like that more often, just the two of us.  I also realized we have an obsession with food.  I mean, I always knew that we had a love for food–and usually not the good kind.  But we seriously walked around the fair saying “OMG, a fried oreo.  OMG, giant slices of pizza.  OMG, quesadillas!  OMMMMGGGG, a doughnut burger!”  We refrained from partaking in any extras since we ate as soon as we got there.  But next time, we are going to take it easy.  Just get a little something from like every food stand.  Because that’s normal.  And healthy.

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Alright, I’m off to watch the Sunday usuals.  I promise I’ll have Miley pics soon.  I took NONE with my own phone.  Fail.  Hope you had a happy Sunday!

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So yeah, maybe I should start running…

Before we get started, I wanted to show you what one looks like after hot yoga

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I know, I know…hot right?  Hot as in temperature hot.  I got home from Columbia around 1:30 today and decided since my hubby was going golfing, I was going to hot yoga.  I am so glad I did.  It was just what I needed to wind down a great weekend.  (By the way, if you want your hair to look this good, don’t brush it for about 24 hours…works wonders.)

So I mentioned that I went to Columbia…well before that, I played in a bocce ball tournament yesterday at the Aiken Mini Bluegrass Festival. I had definitely never played bocce ball before yesterday.  So yeah, we were totally in it to win it.  I played as a member of our Young Professionals group–and money from the tournament went to a good cause (United Way), so I didn’t mind getting roped into this.

photo 1Here is me with our team…Bocces B Crazy.  Clever right?!  (The guys came up with that…)

After I wrapped up at the Bluegrass Festival, my cousin, aunt, and I headed to Columbia for a quick little girls’ trip.  Our aunt had been dying to escape the reality of motherhood and really needed a break from the pre-teen and toddler woes. Megan went to school in Columbia so she wanted to take us to her favorite sushi place.  Oh and did I mention Megan worked as an intern at a hotel while she was in school?  Hellloooo free hotel room.  I holla atcha.

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We hitched a ride with the hotel’s free (cha-ching!) shuttle and headed to Sakitumi.  I wasn’t very crazy about their sushi…probably because I’m used to eating flash-fried rolls.  However,  we did order some saki.  I’m not sure how you are used to drinking saki, but this is the biggest thing of saki I’ve ever seen…

photo 2That’s a carafe full of saki.  Wow.  After dinner, we headed to Tin Roof and ran into some friends from home.  I wasn’t even gone from home for a full 24 hours but it was a great little getaway.  One night is about all I need…I do tend to miss the hubby (I’m a total sap).

photo 1 (2) photo 2 (1)Okay, now it’s time to break the bad news to everyone…I have a half-marathon to run in 6 weeks!  Have I started training?  Ahhhh, nope.  Am I starting to get nervous?  Ahhhh, yep.  Can I still get my butt in gear and make it happen? I think so.  For some people, 6 weeks may be plenty of time.  But it isn’t for me. Between work, home life, family, and teaching spin, I typically only have time for 2 runs a week (when I actually stick with it), one of those being a long run. So it’s time for me to get down to business.  I have just kept telling myself “it’s okay, you ran two of these before…you can do it again.”  I also trained for the first 2. Duh.  I was really hoping the race I was supposed to run last week was going to give me my kick-start into training mode.  But we all saw how that turned out.  In any event, it’s time to get to work.  Have you ever had to train for a race in a short amount of time?  Help me tell myself I can do this.

Now…I’ve had my hot yoga, dose of Wal-Mart, and a plate of Matt-made nachos. Time for Boardwalk Empire…annnnd guess what else is back?  Eastbound & Down!!  Night made.

 

 

 

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Wanna win a bill?

Ha!  Totally got you with that title, didn’t I?!  Sorry…I kept going blank and couldn’t think of a creative title that remotely applied to this post.

First, I would like to say thanks with regard to my last post.  Not only did I get reassuring and supportive comments, but I received texts and emails from friends wanting to check on me.  You should know how much I appreciate you taking time out of your day to check on me!  Re-prioritizing my life will take some time–it’s a work in progress–as I’m sure it is for most of us.  We don’t always get it right but I’m damn determined to get close.  Now, the pity party has ended and we have finally reached my second favorite day of the week, Wednesday.  (Monday is obviously my fave…said no one ever.)

I taught an hour long Ripped Ride class last night, followed by a very productive gym staff meeting.

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Teaching Ripped Ride is such a struggle for me!  I assume my class doesn’t recognize it but I do.  I think what is hard for me is that we get really pumped up and reach a high heart rate and then it’s time to take the resistance bands down for upper body work which slows us down.  The way I planned this playlist out was 4 songs, then bands, another 2 songs, bands again, 2 songs and bands, then one last sprint to end the class with a bang.  I think it’s hard to get the adrenaline rushing again after you slow down.  It is for me anyway so I have to assume it is for some of our clients as well.  I’m going to keep working at it though.  It may just involve me getting off the bike more and working the floor to motivate our clients.  Any advice here?

Not a lot going on in my world today.  However, I am super excited for a hot lunch date with my main squeeze today. He works in my part of town on Thursdays.  Even though I have to wait until like 1:30-2:00 to eat lunch, a quiet hour out of the house is well worth it.  I hope you guys have an awesome Wednesday!  The weekend isn’t far…

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It’s the weekend baby! & time to race…

It’s Friday…it’s payday…and it’s the day before race day…

I told y’all that I ran on Tuesday…I have been sore ever since!  Muscles that haven’t been activated in quite some time have been screaming at me for 2 days. I wanted to get another short run in this week before the race but since I’ve been so sore, I opted out.  I definitely don’t want to be sore for the race tomorrow.  I feel like such a wimp…I worked so hard last year to train for 2 half-marathons and now I can barely run 3 miles without whining.  Oh well, I knew what the consequences would be of taking time off and now I’m living and breathing them.  Just gotta keep moving forward!

The race tomorrow is being held to benefit a local resident who was involved in a terrible attack a few months ago.  I have a feeling much of our town will show up in support.

So, now that it’s almost race time, I have to prepare.  I have my “outfit” picked out including the matching headband, my GPS is charging, chap stick, knee strap and body glide are on deck, and my playlist is ready to go.  Oh, and I also have to chew gum while I run.  Don’t come at me with your safety stuff…I know.  But it’s a thing.  What are your race day essentials?  Do you have a weird (or let’s say ‘odd’) routine before or while racing?

As soon as the race is over, I have to haul my tail to the house for a quick shower and a possible blow-drying of the hair.  We have a 12:30 football game to get to! Needless to say, I won’t be sticking around for awards and stuff but it’s not like I’m going to win anything.  That’s not what my goal is anyway.  I’m not being negative but winning isn’t my goal–I know I don’t work hard enough to actually win and that’s totally okay with me!  If I finish in under 30 minutes, I’m a happy girl–that is my goal. Tonight, we head to the usual Mexican where I WILL NOT partake in margarita drinking…maybe a beer or two.  And we will be celebrating Bess’ birthday.

The birthday girl is on the far right.

The birthday girl is on the far left.

I need to be on my best behavior so I will feel up and at it in the AM.  However, on a side note, I did run my second 5K after drinking too much wine one night…it actually helped me detox 😉

In any event, I can’t wait to be at my favorite place in the world tomorrow…

304553_365561593514591_1200554032_n 229039_150104718393614_6005629_nI’ll let you guys know how the race goes.  Till then, have a great weekend!!

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What I Love About September.

I feel like it’s been forever, guys.  Sorry, I have been working my butt off.  Not as in working out but as in actual job-work. In our little city, September brings fall, football, and good ol’ Aiken’s Makin’, a giant 2-day craft show.  In my last post, I discussed going to RPM Friday morning and not drinking margaritas…well I only drank one margarita but since I had to be at work at 7 am the next morning, RPM was a no-go.  My employer sponsors a kids’ activity section at the craft show so I was there both Friday and Saturday.  No, I wasn’t in the office and that was totally awesome.  But I was in the heat for 2 days and doing some physical labor which can totally kick your butt.  I did, however, get to take in some of the scenery…

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Yes, I totally had a corn dog at 10:30 Saturday morning…how could you not?!

photo (21)On Saturday, I was able to get a bit of a break and Mrs. Presley and her stud muffin met up with me for some fun…

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Wait, no, that’s not her stud muffin. Just some random at the ATM…I just thought it was funny.

photo (24)Pizza time!  I was totally grateful for this break.  It rejuvenated me and got me through the rest of the day.  The Georgia-Carolina game came on at 4:30 so you betta believe I made sure I was home by then.  I got home, got dressed, and we went to a friend’s house.  This game day get together included the parents too.

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Dad, Megan, & Me

We had an awesome night.  The Dawgs pulled out the W and we celebrated (maybe a little too much).  I also gotta show off my awesome new koozie that Megan got me…

photo (20)I don’t know if you can tell but uhhhh, this thing is sparklin’ something serious.

Yesterday, I seriously laid (lied?) in bed until 1:30 pm.  All of the exhaustion from work and playing over the weekend totally kicked my butt.  Sometimes you just really have to rest and be lazy.  After a day of doing nothing, it was time for one of my other favorite things about September…

photo (26)Yes sir!  Nucky is back!  We love this show.

Today, I had such a hard day…

photo (19)Ha, totally kidding.  September also brings about work golf events.  So I sat at Hole #18 for 5 hours while schmoozing and handing out marketing goodies. Some days, my job can be so awesome.

I taught Spin 30 tonight and came home to my hubs cooking dinner.  Thank. You.  This girl was hungry.  Now we are watching Life of Pi so I gotta run to catch the end.  I’ll post my playlist tomorrow.  What do you love about September?

Oh!  One more thing…tomorrow is our 2 year wedding anniversary!!  This year’s traditional gift is supposed to be cotton.  We shall see…

 

 

 

 

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Quick update!

Hey guys!  I just wanted to throw out a quick update…it’s been a crazy week at work.  The consequences of getting a day off…right?!  But hey, totally worth it.

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I taught a 30 minutes spin class Tuesday night and then hung around for an hour of Ripped Ride…I really needed that hour and a half of cardio after a long weekend filled with tailgating food, and they were both fun classes.

photo (44)Yesterday morning was so crazy that all I found for breakfast was a sugar cookie…of course I was starving all morning.  Thank goodness for my new batch of munchies for my “at-the-desk” snacks!  And yes, I keep 3 lb. dumbbells under my desk…ya just never know.

photo (46)Not crazy about the yogurt pretzels…they look better than they taste.  But I am completely obsessed with okra chips now.  Think I’ll try the green bean chips next!  Have you ever tried them?

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My youngest brother and new sister-in-law.

They tied the knot yesterday in Tahoe, California.  My dad and stepmom are there.  I hated we couldn’t make the trip but dad was great about sending videos and pictures all day.

photo (43)Annnndddd this was the aftermath of 5:30 am Body Pump this morning!  I know what you’re thinking…dannnng she a dime!  But in all seriousness, I had a hard time in class.  #1–I was tired.  #2–I drank beer and split jalapeno poppers and a club sandwich with Matt last night.  #3–All I could think about was an appointment I had today at 9:30 and I couldn’t remember where or what for…I basically obsessed about it the entire hour.

I left thinking “was that even worth it?”  But I know it was.  At least somewhat.  My body will tell me later and I do feel more energized today.  I also knew I wouldn’t get a workout in tonight because we have dinner plans (ahh, the struggle…workout, food, workout, food).  So I plan to be at RPM tomorrow morning.  I say that…I need to remember that while we are at Mexican tonight.  NO MARGARITAS!!  🙂

Hope y’all are having an awesome Thursday!!

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